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Get gardening and DIYing - if you want to live longer! THAT'S the unequivocal message from Swedish research, which shows that regular gardening (or DIY) can prolong life among people in the 60-plus age-group by as much as 30%.

adults, because individuals in this age-group tend, compared with other age-groups, to spend a relatively greater proportion of their active dayperforming (routine activities) as they often find it difficult to achieve recommended exercise-intensity daily life were at much less risk of heart-attacks levels," wrote the scientists in the British Journal of (even if they did not exercise) than those with low Sports Medicine. levels of daily activity. They also has smaller waists, lower levels of potentially harmful blood-fats, and lower glucose, insulin and clotting factor levels in men, high levels of which are linked to a raised heart-attack and stroke-risk.

According to a study of almost 4,000 60-yearolds in Stockholm, it can cut the risk of a heart-attack or stroke and prolong cost by that percentage. The researchers found that even those who spent their retirement training for marathons were not at less risk than the 'green-fingered' group.

The benefits of regular activity continued throughout the course of the study.

Gardening (voted pensioners' favourite pastime in a recent Age UK study) provided as many health benefits as regular exercise. The 60-year-olds who were most active on a daily basis had a 27% lower risk of a heart-attack or stroke and a 30% reduced risk of death from all causes, irrespective of how much regular, formal exercise was taken. "Our findings are particularly important for older

During a 12-year period, the team, led by Dr. Elin Ekbloom-Bak at Karolinska University Hospital's department of medicine, asked 60-year-olds for information on diet, smoking and alcohol-intake, in addition to data about whether they did regular activities, such as gardening, DIY, car-maintenance and blackberry-picking. At the start of the study, those who had an active,

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For example, those who exercised regularly, but were not routinely physically active, were also at less risk of cardiovascular-problems, and those who exercised regularly and were active on a daily basis were at the least risk of all. The study suggests gardening and DIY can be as good as exercise for the over-60s, because they increase overall energy-expenditure - prolonged sitting drives down metabolic rate to the bare minimum, while standing up and down physically enhances it.

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CONTENTS FEBRUARY 2014 4 The residents of Lawton Manor Care Home, at Church Lawton, spent an enjoyable morning with the owners and dogs from the Kath Bell Dog Training Club. The group kindly came, along with their K9s, who were more-than-happy to parade around and perform some of their very clever tricks. 6 Founded in 1987, Alsager Animals in Need celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. This small (but dedicated and ultradetermined) group offers shelter and veterinary care for sick, injured, stray and abandoned cats and helps with the re-homing of dogs. Now, Hilary Baxter, Animal Co-ordinator, is making another to concerned readers for much-deserved assistance in the group's work. 16-17 The first Signal Bridal Fayre of 2014 takes place on Sunday, February 2nd, at Tern Hill Hall Country Hotel, an exclusive wedding venue, nestled on the borders of Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. Built in 1911 and set in five acres of beautiful gardens, Tern Hill Hall promises to provide an unforgettable country hall wedding that is uniquely yours! 20 Did you know that a staggering HALF of dogs and ONE-QUARTER of cats are estimated to be overweight? Accordingly, staff at The Croft Veterinary Clinic, Newcastleunder-Lyme, advise that now is a great time to take a look at your pet, and check whether he/she is carrying a few, extra pounds! They stress that pets which are an ideal weight tend to be generally heralthier, have a more effective immune system and have less skin-disease. 30 Get ready for a 'battle of the sexes', as a father and daughter go 'head-to-head' in the classic comedy, 'Hobson's Choice', at Newcastle's New Vic Theatre, next month. Widower, Henry Horatio Hobson, is struggling to handle his three grown-up daughters, each seeking a husband and an escape from the family boot-maker's shop. You can enjoy Harold Brighouse's perennial favourite from Wednesday, March 26th, to Saturday, April 12th.

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Are you a Wise Owl or a Head-Burying Ostrich when it comes to that d-word? THIS month, we discuss the many complexities which can arise from NOT making a Will.

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SINGLE: If a single person dies without a Will, the line of Inheritance can be complicated and can often involve relatives you have never even met!

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IF you die without a Will, all your money and possessions (your Estate) will be distributed, according to strict legal rules and regulations. These rules are called the Laws of Intestacy. In many cases, the Intestacy Laws distribute an Estate in a way the deceased would not have wanted, sometimes with disastrous results. YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES will fall into one of the following categories: Married, Cohabiting or Single. MARRIED: In the event of the death of a married person, the Intestacy rules divide the Estate into shares, with a share going to the surviving husband or wife (the spouse). The amount a spouse can inherit is restricted to an amount set by the Government. THE POPULAR BELIEF that a spouse automatically inherits everything is simply not true. This is because your nearest blood-relations (children, parents, brothers, sisters etc.) are also entitled to take a share under the Intestacy Rules inherit, with the rising values of Estates, the SPOUSE'S SHARE could be the smallest one. FACT: If you have not made a Will, even your life insurance policies will not be paid until probate has been granted, unless they are written into trust! (Probate will take many months, sometimes years, to be granted!). FACT: If your Children are orphaned and you have not appointed a guardian in a Will, then Social Services will decide who looks after them, including allocating them to Foster Parents). FACT: If there are no surviving members of your family, the whole Estate would go to the Crown (Government). COHABITING: Thousands of people live together without getting married. Unfortunately, most think that, after a few years together or if they have become a Common Law husband or wife and have same rights as a married person. Let there be no doubt about this. If you live with another person unmarried (including single-sex couples), with respect to finance and inheritance you are known as a Cohabitee and do not have the same rights as a married person. The general term, Common Law, means law-based

HERE WE GO... first, you children will inherit your whole Estate - if there are no surviving children, next in line are your grandchildren - if you have no grandchildren, then both your parents - if both have died before you, then your brothers and/or nieces - if none, then your cousins (however far removed) and, if no cousins, everything goes to the Government... phew! IF you are single and without a Will, I can hear you are thinking: 'Well, that's OK, it will go to my children, anyway'). That may be partly true, but what is also true is that it will take months and, possibly, years to sort out your affairs (obtain Probate), and the Solicitors who sort this out will charge THOUSANDS OF POUNDS for their work. This is money that, for the sake of making your Will (£69), you could have left your Children! Even if you have no Children or close family, many people would want their Estate to go to CLOSE FRIENDS or a CHARITY, rather than the GOVERNMENT OR UNKNOWN RELATIONS.

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The Majesticare way of life at Lawton Manor

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Not only do we offer beautiful settings, modern facilities and a wonderful varied activities programme we also go out of our way to create a real feeling of community. When residents join us we do everything we can to make them and their family welcome.

dogs from the ‘Kath Bell Dog Training Club’. The group kindly came along with their K9’s who were more than happy to parade around and perform some of their very clever tricks for our residents.

Set in two acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, Lawton Manor, like all Majesticare’s luxury care homes, has always offered the best possible quality of life, and now with our Garden Rooms extension, we can offer ourinresidents, friends and families even more. Lawton Manor, like all Majesticare’s luxury care homes, Set two acrestheir of beautifully landscaped grounds, has the possible quality life, andthe now with our Gardenstandards Rooms extension, Wealways have aoffered number ofbest rooms available, all of featuring highest possible of luxury we andcan the offer latest our residents, their friends and families even more. technology, including full en-suite with shower, electric profiling beds, flat screen TV and extensive views of

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Cat-shelter volunteer needed urgently!! ONE thing is certain: life is never dull for anyone involved with this small, caring rescue-service (covering Alsager and the immediate, surrounding area)!

Founded in 1987, the rescue-service celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012.

dogs and cats, we pay all the vet's bills and meet all their other costs.

This small (but dedicated and ultra-determined) group offers shelter and veterinary care for sick, injured, stray and abandoned cats and helps with the re-homing of dogs.

"Everything is done for them, and , if they have any problems or queries, we're always here to provide support and advice.

"Unfortunately, rescue-work here is very slow; recently, two excellent members, who carried out a lot of 'donkeyShould an animal coming into the care of the rescue be work', have retired, and we desperately need volunteers sick or very old, a long-term foster-home is sought (also, short-term foster-care may be available, if people have to to replace them." Now, at the very beginning of this new year, 2014, Hilary go into hospital). Dogs which come into the care of the rescue are is urgently seeking someone local to Alsager to 'plug accommodated at a local boarding kennel, which is able Every effort is made to trace the owners of animals the gap' by having an essential 'Lindee-Lou' cat-shelter to provide shelter and an exercise-area for five canines. coming into care, but, failing this, once the animal is located in their garden. confirmed as healthy by the veterinary surgeon, the Operating 24 hours a day and 365 days a year, "After surmounting lots of problems during the past, two creature is vaccinated, micro-chipped and, if necessary, Alsager Animals in Need is also able to provide neutered. years, everything seemed to be going well for us, and, accommodation for eight felines within three shelters then, on Monday, January 20th, came a bombshell, which There are, of course, ongoing worries, and prominent (all of which boast roomy pens and exercise-areas). meant that it has become vitally important that we find a amongst these is a distinct lack of people coming "Everything we achieve is possible only through the new home for this cat-shelter," she told us. forward as volunteers, offering homes, on account of the generosity of the public, especially our loyal Alsager and consistently-rising costs of both vets' and kennelling bills. district supporters," added Hilary. "The 'Lindee-Lou' is a well-known make of cat-shelter, and cost us £6,000 to purchase. Funds are raised through essential, monthly and annual Said Hilary: "We still have kittens, born last August, events, together with donations made by the supporters that have not been rehomed, and have, therefore, been "It is a roomy, heated cabin, offering felines their own of the rescue. exercise-runs and litters, and we shall, naturally, pay the obliged to have them neutered. electricity-bill and other costs. "To start the New Year with five-months-old kittens here The next coffee morning is being held at Alsager Civic Centre on Saturday, February 8th, between 9.30am and is absolutely unheard of! "All we ask for is the person or persons actually to have the pen sited in their garden and look after its cats for us. "Neutering is a key for us; kittens come into season after 11.30am, at Alsager Civic Centre, when good-quality clothing, books, gorgeous cakes, bric-a-brac, toys, plants just five months, and, then, an explosion then occurs! "In addition, Alsager Animals in Need will carry out all etc. will be on sale, complemented by a raffle. the necessary work to re-locate the shelter, dismantling "We endeavour to find a loving, responsible home for ALSO, AN AUCTION HAS ALSO BEEN ORGANISED FOR FRIDAY, it at its current location, creating a concrete-base for it the creature, and all potential homes and owners are MARCH 7TH (VIEWING FROM 6PM, COMMENCING AT 7PM). to stand on in the new garden and, then, re-erecting the thoroughly vetted, prior to re-homing taking place pen, as well as paying an electrician to connect it to the "Our auctions offer 'something for everyone', and are and an 'after-care' service is offered, giving advice and requisite always a good night-out, with the chance to pick up support. energyLongton jazz nights some bargains and enjoy refreshments and the bar," "Our deal with fosterers is simple; if they look after our supply." added Hilary Baxter, who can be contacted for further A JAZZ Night takes place every information on (01270) 875260/07939-255444. Wednesday, between 7pm and 9pm, at In 2012 and 2013, Hilary Baxter, Animal Co-ordinator, made passionate appeals for more fosterers to come forward and assist Alsager Animals in Need.

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Thus, The Guardian on Fascinating Aida, who are bringing their brand-new show to Blackpool's Grand Theatre on Sunday, February 23rd. Following a sold-out tour in 2012, three Olivier Award nominations and ober 10 million YouTube hits for 'Cheap Flights' (their infamous anthem to budget airtravel), Dillie Keane, Adele Anderson and Liza Pulman celebrate 30 years of

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Ask for Tony Heath Back by VERY popular demand!! FRIDAY, March 14th, sees the return of Europe's leading tribute band to legendary, Manchester group, Oasis, to Baddeley Green WMC! Since forming in 2004, Oasish has quickly become the most-soughtafter tribute band in this country, because, not only does it feature members who have played the bigger stages with names, such as Robbie Williams, Pete Townsend (of The Who), Bryan Adams, Chesney Hawkes, Nik Kershaw and Jason Donovan.

Boasting a back-line which matches the same amps that Oasis use, Oasish also plays the same instruments; indeed, the 'Noel' uses either a Sunburst Gibson Les Paul, Cherry Red Gibson ES335 or the Union Jack Epiphone Supernova (the signature-guitar that Noel helped design, after appearing with one at the Maine Road show in Manchester during the the mid-'90s). Also, these days, 'Liam' will be seen wearing the exact-same Pretty Green Parka that Liam Gallagher wore on the band's final tour, before it, sadly, split in August, 2009.

As one happy spectator said: "Oasish was far more entertaining than the real thing on the two occasions when I have seen them: It is this attention to detail which sets if they were ever on the same bill at Oasish apart from all the other Oasis the same time, I would watch Oasish every time!" tributes out there (the 'attitude', the swagger and the on-stage banter Commented Ant Munday: "I've in-between songs); so, as a result, been inundated with requests to readers will have to pinch yourselves get these guys back to the club, to check that you haven't slipped so get your tickets early to avoid back a decade and are watching the disappointment." Oasis of old all over again! Priced at only £6, tickets are on sale Such is the demand for Oasish, it behind the bar (the Leek New Road is now the ONLY band ever to have club is not open in the daytime, played at the now-world-famous Monday to Thursday); for further Glastonbudget Tribute Band Festival details, telephone the Leek New Road EVERY YEAR that it has been club on (01782) 541246.

Goldenhill WMC We’re famous for our ‘Lounge Lizard’ Club Entertainment System

(it does everything from Race & Quiz Nights - Karaoke - Top TV Show Games and more)

Our Top-Flight live entertainment for Saturday & Sunday nights FEBRUARY WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

Sat 1st Kay Jay Sun 2nd Terry Dean Sat 8th Andrew Hall Sun 9th Jane Woodward Sat 15th Amanda Lea Sun 16th Alan Rodgers Sat 22nd Kevin Symons Sun 23rd Brian Kramer

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you. Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF Friday 25th January - 8pm

BINGO

for all full houses on Sat / Sun evening

HOT & COLD FOOD AVAILABLE FROM THE KITCHEN AT VERY REASONABLE PRICES LARGE CAR PARK Our large Concert Room is offered for private hire to all customers on Fridays nights (when available), and you can also relax in the club’s refurbished Lounge.

EXCELLENT INDOOR GAMES FACILITIES PLUS OUR OWN BOWLING GREEN COACH PARTIES WELCOME ON APPOINTMENT

A GREAT CHOICE OF DRINKS FROM LWC (CARLING, WORTHINGTON & MORE)

PLUS HAND-PULLED REAL ALES

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THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

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Sequence Dancing/BINGO

FEBRUARY

Sat 1st - Intrigue Sat 8th - Jamie Ashton Sat 15th - Linda Dean Sat 22nd - Darren Collins

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

WE ARE LOOKING FOR N JOIN OUR TEA

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you.

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Friday 25th January - 8pm

Friday 25th Januar

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO PUBLIC.

BINGO EVERY SAT NIGHT & SUN LUNCH GAMES ROOMS POOL TABLE, DARTS, CRIB FREE FUNCTION ROOM FOR HIRE

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A Warm Welcome Awaits Members & Non Members

BIRCHES HEAD GARDENERS CLUB BEERS BY CARLSBERG

FEBRUARY Sat 1st - Gary Wells (top rock vocalsit)

Sat 8th - Mick Taylor (powerhouse soul singer)

Sat 15th - Henna Jackson

(superb personality vocal entertainer)

Sat 22nd - Johnny Deaville (the master of music and mirth)

a warm welcome to all members

& associates

ABBEY HULTON Sports & Social Club

All Bass Beers • Games Room • Dominoes • Crib • Pool Darts • Freeview TV • Juke Box Pending

FEBRUARY

Fri 7th - Paul Gibson Fri 14th - Linda Dean Fri 24th - Clint Jay Fri 28th - Marcus Birks

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you.

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you.

Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF

Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF

Friday 25th January - 8pm

Friday 25th January - 8pm

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

all artists supplied by supreme artists management

BINGO EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY EVENINGS PENSIONERS CLUB EVERY WEDNESDAY LUNCH FLAT SCREENS THROUGHOUT SHOWING ALL LIVE MATCHES

** NEWLY REFURBISHED THROUGHOUT**

FOUR FREE FUNCTION ROOMS FOR ALL YOUR SPECIAL OCCASIONS - ENQUIRE AT CLUB

** ALL CHILDREN WELCOME ** Oak Street, Birches Head ST1 2NB

01782 214998

Large Private Function Room for Hire on Saturdays from 12pm onwards suitable for private parties, celebrations and weddings Upstairs Private Function Room for Hire with Bar 7 days & nights a week

(awesome live rock show)

Sat 8th - Robbie Benson

(award winning male entertainer)

Sat 15th - Sarah Jay

(seasoned professional vocalist)

Sat 22nd - The Laughing Legends (multi award winning comedy showband)

Sun 16th - Steve Howie Sat 22nd - Tristram Shandy Sun 23rd - Dennie Dee **Members Children Only**

A Warm Welcome Awaits You At

BRADWELL W.M.C. Top Class Entertainment Every Saturday & Sunday Nights

FEBRUARY

Sat 1st - Saremma (boy/girl duo)

FEBRUARY

Sun 2nd - Jason Oliver (international male vocalist)

Sat 1st Jason Kerr

Sat 8th - TNT (female vocal duo)

(male vocalist)

Sat 15th Valentines Night with Craig Harrison (male vocalist)

CARLING LARGER • TRADIONAL BASS GUEST BEERS • CIDER

GUEST WELCOME

Function Room AvailableFor Hire

(01782) 614297

Sun 9th - Karl Howard Sat 15th - Retro Brothers

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WORTHINGTON CREAM FLOW BITTER

TELEPHONE:

Sat 8th - Karnival

Abbotts Rd, Abbey Hulton, st2 8dy

live entertainment

Sat 1st - Rock Justified

Sun 2nd - The Beardsmith Family

BINGO - Fri-Sun night & Sun Dinner PLAY YOUR CARDS RIGHT - Sun Night • QUIZ - Mon Night BLIND TOTE • MINI TOTE CAR PARK

BUCKNALL BOWLING RECREATION CLUB FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY

Sat 1st - Something Old & New

Snooker - Line Dancing every Tuesday Sequence Dancing every Thursday Outdoor/Indoor Bowls

01782 214 091

Sun 9th - Lee Davidge(shakin all over) Sat 15th - Tabu (great vocal musical duo) Sun 16th - Paula Ann (top vocalist) Sat 22nd - Kiss Da Beat (4pc show party band) Sun 23rd - Nile Jordan (top male vocalist) BINGO WED/FRI/SAT/SUN NIGHTS AND ALSO SUNDAY LUNCH ** MONDAY NIGHTS** PRIZE BINGO WITH GOOD PRIZES - WHY NOT COME ALONG & BRING THE KIDS FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE - RING CLUB FOR DETAILS COACHES WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT BEERS FROM CARLSBERG, COORS & HEINEKEN

Bradwell Lane, Bradwell.

01782 635701

430 Werrington Road, Bucknall

UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT **ALL PREMIERSHIP MATCHES** **SHOWN HERE** Sunday Dinner Bingo progressive jackpots from £400

entertainment provided by

M. J. E. Management &

FEBRUARY

Sat 1st ..............Henna

Sun 2nd ............Carl Merry Sat 8th ..............Family Affair

Also Bingo on Sat night / Sun Dinner / Sun Night Lucky Box Draw Pool • Snooker • Darts Dominoes & Crib

Sun 9th .............Scott David

FREE FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE SEVEN DAYS A WEEK WITH FREE DISCO

Sun 23rd ...........Joe Willaims

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you. Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF Friday 25th January - 8pm

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Thur 13th .........Deeva music showcase **Ring to book a table** Sat 15th ............Karen Starr Sun 16th............Chris Lasserty Sat 22nd ...........El-Deeva

128 Greasley Road, Abbey Hulton ST2 8HZ Tel: 07716 711731 10 | FEBRUARY 2014

Keyboard nights at Wolstanton WMC WOLSTANTON Workingmen's Club plays host to concerts by professional artists on the first Thursday of each month. The performances are presented by the North Staffs. Organ and Keyboard Club. The third Thursday of the month is 'Open Night', when home-players are take their own instruments and, (regardless of age or ability) are given the opportunity to play for fellow-members on their own instruments. Concert admission is £4 for non-members and £3 for members. For more information, telephone Tony Lawton on (01782) 858907. sales: 01782 461711


OFFERING A WARM WELCOME AT

A Warm Welcome Awaits You At

Berryhill W.M.C.

MEIR SOCIAL & SPORTS WMC

Beers by Coors, Excellent Facilities.

FEBRUARY Sat 1st - Dennie Dee Sun 2nd - Luke Gessner Sat 8th - Sarah Jay Sun 9th - Mark Yates Sat 15th - Intrigue Sun 16th - Jonny Deaville . Sat 22nd - J.C. Rayne Sun 23rd - Clint Jay

Bingo Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat & Sun

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW ACTS TO JOIN OUR TEAM

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you.

Anyone wishing to audition for us we are holding the next one at. You can be an established act or just getting started. We'd love to meet you.

Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF

Meir And Longton Royal British Legion 197 Meir road Stoke on Trent Staffs ST3 7JF

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• Games room including snooker • Bowling Green • Pigeon Club

COACH PARTIES WELCOME • LARGE CAR PARK

Friday 25th January - 8pm

Friday 25th January - 8pm

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL

THIS AUDITION IS OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

PUBLIC

Top beers & lagers from Coors

BAR ,SMALL LOUNGE, LARGE LOUNGE GAMES ROOM WITH INDOOR GAMES DOMINOES, CRIB AND POOL CONCERT ROOM WITH TOP ENTERTAINMENT BY VIVA MUSIC PROMOTIONS EVERY SAT & SUN NIGHTS PLUS BINGO LARGE SCREEN TV, LARGE CAR PARK , COACHES WELCOME BY APPOINTMENT

Calvary Crescent,Bentilee,ST2 OAQ,

01782 314490

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT SAT/SUN EVENINGS

FEBRUARY

Sat 1st - Sarah Dee Sun 2nd - Brotherhood Sat 8th - Steph Edwards Sun 9th - Devotion Sat 15th - Mick Taylor Sun 16th - The Carolina Blues Boys Sat 22nd - Disco Party Night Sun 23rd - The Grifterz

TEL: 01782 314730 THE BEECHES, WESTON ROAD, MEIR

invite you to pay us a visit to share all our excellent facilities FEBRUARY Sat 1st .......... Full Fat Funk Sun 2nd ....... Aimme Sat 8th ......... Big Time Charlie Sun 9th ........ Darren Collings Sat 15th ....... Red Rocks Sun 16th ...... Ryan Jones Sat 22nd ...... Seaside Rendevous Sun 23rd ...... Fuel

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FEBRUARY

Sat 1st - Bryan T Williams Sun 2nd - Dani Rodgers Sat 8th - Jakie Baker Sun 9th - Mick Taylor Sat 15th - Sean Laney Sun 16th - Eddie Brown Sat 22nd - Owen Hall Sun 23rd - Sarah Dee

NORTON WMC BEERS BY CORS

FEBRUARY Sat 1st - Simon Dee Sun 2nd - Alex Devine Sat 8th - Gospel Truth Sun 9th - Shannon Sat 15th - Foxed (irish & other) Sun 16th - Darren Collins 80's Show Sat 22nd - **HEROES** Sun 23rd - Spencer King Sat 1st Mar - Trevor Moray (elvis & motown show) BINGO EVERY TUE, FRI, SAT & SUNDAY DINNER/EVENINGS COMMUNITY BINGO MONDAY & THURSDAY 7PM-9:15PM INDOOR / OUTDOOR BOWLS - LIVE FOOTBALL - DARTS

** ROOM TO HIRE**

@ . 94 Knypersley Road, ST6 8HZ

FOR WEDDINGS AND PARTIES - ENQUIRE AT CLUB OR EDDIECHELL GMAIL COM

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FEBRUARY ENTERTAINMENT

Sat 1st T.B.A.

Sat 8th Box Full of Sparks Sat 15th Caution Sat 22nd Robbie Benson Fri 28th Charity Night

in aid of douglas macmillian in memory of Sandra O'May & John Harvey acts: Robbie Benson/Trevor Moray/Randy tickets £5 at the club

MONDAY: Line dancing • THURSDAY: Night bingo INDOOR GAMES SNOOKER, SKITTLES, POOL, CRIBBAGE, DOMINOES ETC SUNDAY LUNCH, available in the lounge resteraunt DISC DRAW every Thursday, Friday & Sataurday Every alternative Thurs afternoon FRIENDSHIP CLUB Bingo Fri/Sat Nights

TELEPHONE:

(01782) 624573 QUALITY LIVE

FEBRUARY ENTERTAINMENT EVERY SATURDAY & SUNDAY EVENINGS SUPPLIED BY

ELCOCK ENTERTAINMENTST

Sat 1st Krys

(excellent 4pc 60's band)

Sun 2nd Natasha Fox (great female vocalist)

Sat 8th Lost Highway (terriffic duo)

Sun 9th Michael Jones

(brilliant young male vocalist)

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we bid a friendly WELCOME to associates and vistors to the hospitable

WOLSTANTON WMC live entertainment every saturday

FEBRUARY Sat 1st Sarah Tasker Sat 8th Above & Beyond Sat 15th Gary Wells Sat 22nd Robin Good plus Joe Williams

(superb 4pc party band)

wolstanton is rock n roll night - top dj's second friday of every month

(fabulous guitar/vocalist)

*members children only on saturday night*

(great male/female duo)

EXCELLENT GAMES ROOM FACILITIES

(terrific young vocalist)

Function Room AvailableFor Hire

Sat 15th Private Eye Sun 16th Al

Sat 22nd 2 Insane

Sun 23rd Chris Jones

Snooker - Darts - Crib - Indoor Bowls

01782 616 736

Chetwynd House, High Street, Wolstanton

sales: 01782 461711

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OUT & ABOUT IN 2014 A candle-lit meal: what could be more appropriate for Valentines?!

FRIDAY, February 14th, is, of course, Valentine's Day, a day of remembrance, when the cordiality, closeness and bonhomie of two hearts remain afresh and rejuvenating. What could be more apposite than a candle-lit dinner for two, accompanied by sweet, romantic music? A special dish of your sweetheart, coupled with a bottle of 'bubbly', always goes down well, of course. Suggestion one: the dinner-table should be decorated THE ROYAL OAK with chiffon - FREE HOUSE of amber FUNCTION ROOM colour or MONTHLY TUESDAY QUIZ NIGHT ( ) attractive High Street, Harriseahead, netting. PROCEEDS TO CHARITY

Stoke-on-Trent ST7 4JT Tel: 01782 513362 www.royaloak-harriseahead.com

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10 A WESTPORT ROAD BURSLEM ST64AW

The Oldest Pub in Burslem Shane and Rachel Welcome All OPEN FROM 4 PM MON - THURS • 11 AM FRI - SUNDAY 2 LARGE TVS PLUS BIG SCREEN SHOWING FOOTBALL

FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH NORTHERN SOUL NIGHT SECOND FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH ALTERNATIVE NIGHT WITH STAN MUGGINS SOUND OF STONE ROSES, ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN, SKA ETC EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT GOLDEN TORCH SCOOTER CLUB DJS WELCOME BRING YOUR OWN SOUNDS

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two: a cupid-sign in fabric could be entangled either on the top of the dining-table or tying with the diningchairs, or, perhaps, a lover's bow over the lampshade or on the chandelier (if no candle-lit dinner is preferred)? Needless to say, the amorous nature of any candle-lit dinner would be greatly enhanced by an abundance of flowers - the symbol of Valentine's Day for the vast majority of people.

THE WHEEL

Linda and Jeff welcome you

open 12 noon - 2.30pm & from 6pm Mon-Sat open 12 noon Sunday Good Home Cooked Food Served Mon-Sat 12 noon - 2.30pm & 6pm-9pm | Sun 12 noon - 9pm Excellent Menu Choice All Home Cooked & Freshly Prepared Traditional Sunday Lunch ALL FUNCTIONS CATERED FOR - weddings etc (seats 36) REAL ALES • LARGE BEER GARDEN • CHILDRENS PLAY AREA OUTSIDE BAR & CATERING AVAILABLE Ladies Darts - wednesday • All Major Football Matches Leek Rd, Longsdon, ST9 9QF T: 01538 385012

Broughton Arms 1835

www.broughtonarmsatbalterley.com

broughtonarmsatbalterley@mail.com

Newcastle Road, Balterley, Nr. Crewe CW2 5PY • Freshly prepared food in a traditional country pub • Food served 7 days a week 12noon - 2pm & 6pm - 9.30pm • Sunday - open all day • Traditional Sunday lunch • Traditional ales • Beer garden • Function room available for special occasions Please contact Maria or Ken on

01270 820227

for bookings and further details

SILVERDALE WMC More attractions than ever - and no price-increases in 2014!! SUCH is the success (and selfconfidence) of this Newcastleunder-Lyme Borough venue that there have been no barprice increases since 2010 - and there is no intention to make 2014 an exception! Yes, there's no doubt about the fact that Silverdale Workingmen's Club is genuinely flourishing, thanks to the massive choice of attractions which it hosts throughout each week and weekend in its impressive, ultra-modern premises. However, the High Street club's 'jewel-in-the-crown' is its superb, well-appointed Function Room, which comfortably accommodates up to 250 guests for every type of social occasion (including, naturally, wedding and funeral receptions, anniversaries, birthday and other parties and christenings), and is available for free bookings on Fridays. "We have just one Friday date left un-booked at the moment, and we've already started taking bookings for 2015," said Silverdale WMC's General Manager/Steward, John Johnston. "We've become more of a social club than a workingmen's club, and we offer a space for all types of groups and organisations, and our Concert/ Function Room is a popular choice with lots of charities for their fund-raising events. "Silverdale WMC has become a very flexible club, and we have learned how to incorporate all kinds of events here. "We now have a better deal with our main supplying brewer, Heineken UK (formerly Scottish & Newcastle), which means that there is, yet again, no increase in bar-prices for 2014, which is, obviously, good news for the club's members," added John. The scope of activities at the High Street venue is, indeed, impressively varied, and regular continued on page 13

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Monday activities take in Pool, Cribbage, Local Dance Troupes (including Aqua [formerly The Silverdale Sapphires]), plus Bingo. Tuesdays see the History Club, Indoor Bowls, League Snooker and Men's Darts, while Wednesday offers space for the village's Afternoon Club for Over-60s', plus Ladies' Darts and perenniallypopular Sequence Dancing (attracting, says John, a weekly attendance of 70-80 dancers). On Thursday, The Evergreens Afternoon Club meets, and Indoor Bowls and a Quiz Night are other attractions. The High Street club is also acclaimed for the premier-class Live Entertainment (plus Bingo) featured each Saturday evening, while Children's Parties are 'on

the menu' during Saturday afternoons. Meanwhile, Sunday lunchtime features Bingo, and the Function Room is also available for bookings at any time. Forthcoming attractions include a Sportman's Evening, featuring Paul Merson (ex-Arsenal and England), comedian, supporting show and dinner, during May, with further details available coming up. In addition to its spacious Concert Room (which has had its dancefloor extended recently), the club's facilities include its superb Bar, Lounge and Snooker Room, with each of its room benefiting from decoration and new chairs, as part of a general 'sprucing up'. The bar-staff, headed by John Johnston, serves up an excellent choice of reasonably-priced drinks, courtesy of the acclaimed portfolio of Heineken UK, which includes Theakston's Brewery, of North Yorkshire, with a 'Doubles Bar' an additional bonus. Friday, January 31st, 2014, marks the sixth anniversary of the official opening of Silverdale WMC's brand-new premises, following the total destruction of the earlier building in 2005's massive blaze.

GAMES Room offers superb facilities.

MONDAY

TROUPES (AQUA DANCE) + BINGO TUESDAY

HISTORY CLUB, LEAGUE SNOOKER, MENS DARTS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON CLUB OVER 60’S, LADIES DARTS, SEQUENCE DANCING

THURDAY EVERGREENS AFTERNOON

CLUBS, INDOOR BOWLS, QUIZ NIGHT FRIDAY

Offering generous opening-hours, seven days a week (11am-11pm [MondayThursday], 11am-12 midnight [Friday &

FUNCTION Room is the perfect venue. Saturday] and 12 noon-11pm [Sunday]), the club currently boasts a membership of approximately 800, but, obviously, is always keen to welcome new members. The cost is, amazingly, a mere #4 per annum; simply pay a visit and fill in an application-form, readily available from bar-staff. "Both males and females can become full members of the club, and ladies have the same voting-rights as men here, something which is still rare for a workingmen's club," General Manager/ Steward, John Johnston, told us. If you are interested in hiring Silverdale WMC's Function Room, all you have to do is contact John, on (01782) 629582, or call in personally to chat to him.

FIRST CLASS ENTERTAINMENT IN

QUALITY BEERS FROM

FEBRUARY

JOHN SMITHS SCOTTISH & NEWCASTLE FOSTERS KRONENBOURG CHESTNUT THEAKSTONS BITTER STRONGBOW DRAUGHT STRONGBOW PEAR DRAUGHT

Sat 1st - Family Affair (superb father daughter duo)

Sat 8th - Sarah B

(excellent female vocalist)

Sat 15th - Robbie Benson

(award winning male vocal entertainer)

Sat 22nd - Gary Wells (fab male rock vocalist)

** Once a month Star Night **

EXCELLENT GAMES ROOM FACILITIES INCLUDING:

ALL AT REASONABLE PRICES

FUNCTION ROOM AVAILABLE FOR HIRE

&

HIGH STREET, SILVERDALE, NEWCASTLE, TEL: 01782 622930 sales: 01782 461711

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VALENTINE Gifts A unique charm all of its own!!

suitable for a couple who have been passionately in love for a long period of time.

FRIDAY, February 14th, 2014: a date when (for people of all ages) the air dances with vivacity, sun-rays frolic with delight, flowers sway with verve and birds chips with ecstasy! Why? Because it's Valentine's Day, when its charm offers you the chance to express emotions of love and affection in a magnaminous way.

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64 Weston Road, Stoke-On-Trent, ST3 6AD Email: jason.clare@btinternet.com

The Red Bull

Congleton Road South, Church Lawton 01782 782600 Special 3 course Valentines menu £15.95 Starters Homemade Tomato & Basil Soup with Crusty Bread Chefs Pate with Toast Smoked Salmon Prawn Parcels & Brown Bread Main Course Homemade Steak and ale pie served with chip or potatoes and veg Herb Crusted Chicken Breast with Barbecue cream sauce served with chips or potatoes and veg Oven baked Salmon Fillet with Dill Butter cream with chips or potatoes and veg Dessert Menu Apple Pie and Custard or Cream Home made Chocolate Mousse with Strawberry Compote Sticky Toffee Pudding with custard or Cream

THE ALBION OLD HALL STREET, HANLEY

Lorraine offers you warm welcome

Valentine Charity Party Night in support of Donna Louise Trust Raffle Prizes and Disco Saturday nights Disco

Carlsberg £1.99 Double up on Spirits for £1.25 / Shots Bar Pool Team, Darts Large Car Park and Beer Garden Food Served Daily 12 - 4 pm Monday - Saturday Showing Sky Sports & BT Sports

01782 287087 14 | FEBRUARY 2014

Rarer and more expensive than red roses, they are a symbol of cheerfulness and happiness in a relationship, and are meant to show your affection, without putting the pressure on your beloved to commit for a long term. White roses send the message that you find her/him sweet enough to consider for a relationship in the near future, and they initialise friendship.

But how do you express this ardour? When we talk about a perfectly romantic Valentine's Day, we REALLY mean flowers. Almost everyone send and receives floral tributes on this particular day: for fervent lovers, red roses are the foremost choice and are

The Collector

Indeed, the colour of roses reflects stages of relationships, and the pink rose is acclaimed for being apposite for a new relationship.

If you really want to tell someone that you cannot live without him or her, gift a primrose! Don't assume that people of the male persuasion are averse like continued on page 15 flowers: most don't look

GOLD & SILVER JEWELLERY AT BARGAIN PRICES WED, FRI & SAT LEEK TRESTLE MARKET Ideal gifts for Valentine Gifts

BUTTERMARKET, LEEK TEL: 07785 710200

ALL HAIRDRESSING CATERED FOR

CUTS / COLOURS ETC SPECIAL OCCASIONS CATERED FOR

The Perfect Wedding Venue.. Beautiful glass covered Edwardian cobbled courtyard. Seat up to 70 for the wedding breakfast in our stylish restaurant or up to 150 for buffet style with inside or outside dining. We will tailor a wedding package to suit your needs. We also cater for Engagements, Anniversaries, Christenings and all other special events

55 CHEADLE ROAD CHEDDLETON, STAFFS

01538 361225

Because You’re Special “your local florist for that personal touch”

Balloon Specialist’s Cards for All Occasions Personal Gifts Quality Jewellery Official Suppliers to AUDI Trentham Lakes - Stoke Audi, Stanley Mathews Way, Trentham Lakes, S.O.T. ST4 4DD (01782) 590400

Prom Night Suppliers to all Local Junior and Senior Schools FREE Foil Balloon with Aqua Bouquet £25.00

01782 628 999

4 The Westbury Centre, Westbury Park, Clayton ST5 4LY

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Gynway B&B The Gynway is a small homely B&B where a warm welcome awaits you. Adjacent to the seafront, the Gynway offers:

• Range of Breakfasts • Colour TVs all rooms • Tea/coffee making facilities • Pet Friendly Environment £20.00 pp per night

205 Dickson Road, Blackpool

01253 314747

www.gynwayblackpool.com sales: 01782 461711


VALENTINE Gifts

delicate and/or cute, but they always like to be pampered with some beautiful flowers.

express your love.

To be more specific, plump for bright reds and oranges, while selecting a bunch of flowers for your man.

Possessing a unique charm, the cards are one of the most classic ways to send a message.

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Apart from the roses, you can send some other, great romantic flowers, like tulips and daisies, as a Valentine's Day gift (you can choose from a wide range of colours). Valentine cards are a simple and easy way to

There is a myriad of categories, including humorous, witty, naughty and sentimental.

Of course, a card is at its best, when it is gifted with a heart-shaped box, filled with mouthwatering chocolates (to express your dark, deep desires!). What about a more substantial gift?

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meticulously-engraved 'I Love You' on them, convey a message of love distinctly, and strings of beaded pearls dangling to bangles double the charm of clinking bangles! It isn't only women who relish the sparkle of jewellery: many beaux will be delighted to receive such gifts as pendants and rings (gold ones fixed with brilliance of stones, like diamond and sapphire, create a manly 'feel' for the ornament). On a more orthodox level, a set of silver cuff-links (perhaps, with a love-knot?) can add panache to your partner's sartorial appeal, and a silver tie-clip can add to his 'dress-sense' at any formal meetings or social occasions.

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One way to complement your lady's beauty is to gift her a necklace, whilst pendants (diamond, ruby and gold) are respendent ways to chain romance, with the heart being the most obvious, best shape to achieve this notion.

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Bridal F ayre at T ern Hill Hall C ountry Ho tel

An unforgettable country hall wedding that is uniquely yours

where you can tie the knot in style, overlooking the stunning grounds.

opportunity to get things sorted and de-stress in readiness for the 'happiest day of your life'!

THE first Signal 1 and Signal 2 bridal fayre of 2014 takes place on Sunday, February 2nd, at Tern Hill Hall- an exclusive wedding venue, nestled on the borders of Shropshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire.

Pick up a tip or two on how to make sure you tie the knot in memorable style with staff from Tern Hill Hall pleased to

After the anticipation, the asking and the answering, the time has come to turn 'yes' into 'I do' - and there's nowhere better than the Signal 1 and Signal 2 Bridal Fayre at Tern Hill Hall to provide everything a bride and groom could want in order to create their perfect wedding.

Built in 1911 and set in five acres of beautiful gardens, Tern Hill Hall promises to provide an unforgettable country hall wedding that is uniquely yours. Getting married in a church not for you? Tern Hill Hall is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships. Browse the Bentley S1 and Austin Limousine before you go through the main entrance into the Dining Room which will be set up for a Civil Ceremony

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meet with you to show you all that the venue can offer, as well as exquisite bridalwear, fetching men's formal hire, scrumptious cakes, the cream of photography, showstopping flowers, stunning stationery and entertainment. Promising a one-stop shop for a bride and groom's wedding needs, you'll find that this is the perfect

A must-visit day out for the entire wedding party, all found under one roof at Tern Hill Hall Country Hotel, Tern Hill, Near Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF 9 3PU (Tel: 01630 638310). GO ON, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO...!

Di Shackson Flowers Di Shackson is a fully trained Floral Designer specialising in flowers for your wedding or special event. With a skillful and professional approach and working closely with you, she will translate your dreams into reality with the most beautiful of floral designs both contemporary and traditional. A complete service is offered from design to delivery and installation with an attention to detail that ensures clients are always delighted with the results.

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Signal Bridal F ayre SIGNAL 1 & SIGNAL 2 BRIDAL FAYRE TERN HILL HALL COUNTRY HOTEL SUNDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY, 2014 11AM – 3PM

LIST OF EXHIBITORS OUTDOOR STAND SPACE OD1/OD2 Your White Wedding Cars DINING ROOM Tern Hill Hall Country Hotel Civil Ceremony 1 - Darren Marsh Photography 5 - George Fradley Pianist 6 - Di Shackson Flowers 11 - Studio One Photography 12 - Blue Fox Photo 14 - Greenwoods (Menswear) Ltd. 20 - Authenticake 21 - The Bridal Lounge 23 - Second Impressions

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EXERCISE: you don't have to join an exercise-class or the gym, as things, such as gardening, playing tennis or bowls or going for a brisk walk, can be just as effective. HEALTHY DIET: eat plenty of fruit and vegetables (aiming for five portions a day). Too much salt increases your risk of high bloodpressure and stroke. Check food-labels for the saltcontent, particularly in processed meats, savoury snacks, biscuits, bacon, soups and ready meals.

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Too much saturated fat raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart-disease and stroke. Foods high in saturated fat include biscuits, cakes, pastries, sausages, meat pies, fatty meat and cheese.

Bathing Support Service at Home We are now pleased to be offering our successful Bathing Support service to all parts of the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Don't drink too much alcohol. Know how many units you are drinking, and speak to your GP, if you find A carer from a trained team will be allocated to yourself regularly having a drink to help you cope. Moorlands Home Link an older person to go into their home and assist

POSITIVE ATTITUDE: research shows that older people who have a positive attitude to ageing, and who work with the changes it brings, tend to have better health and live longer than those who see only the negatives.

Don't ignore invitations for a 'flu-jab or cancerscreening. NHS screening programmes for breast, bowel and cervical cancer are there to pick up problems at an early stage.

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Devoting time to old friends and favourite hobbies is important, but remember to explore new interests, too. It's easy to meet new friends, try new activities or share something you enjoy in your local area.

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NURSERY TIME 2014 Adult-to-child ratio is a keynote factor

children; space per child; and numbers of qualified staff. In essence, there are two main questions to be answered: first, will your child be looked after by regular, full-time staff, and, second, does the nursery offer a stimulating environment?

IT is absolutely imperative for parents to consider a number of vital points, when considering entry into local day nurseries and playgroups. For, the present demand for places is greater than ever, so it really is important that you act as soon as possible to ensure that your child is accepted by the venue of your choice!

Preparing youngsters for entry into primary school is the task which day nurseries are allocated by society - and, needless to say, it is a very demanding one!

offer facilities which have been designed with every consideration of child-safety in mind! Research shows that the adult-to-child ratio is an essential factor in determining the success of nursery education.

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(In fact, experts recommend that women seek out a nursery as soon as they know that they are pregnant!).

It is the paramount aim of day nurseries to provide a happy, family environment in which each child is encouraged to grow and develop in every way.

All day nurseries etc. have to be registered with their local authority's Social Services Department, and must satisfy strict requirements, concerning ratios of staff to

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WE offer high-quality, affordable childcare, between 6am and 10pm, seven days a week. The Manager and staff of Small Steps Day Nursery pride themselves on working with parents who often do not work '9 to 5' and require a more flexible approach to childcare. Indeed, the nursery offers all parents flexible childcare on a 'when you want' basis that suits your lifestyle (i.e. around the hours which you want to do, no set-shifts, no set-hours) at excellent value-for-money rates. All staff-members are fully-experienced, qualified and highly-motivated, and have access to regular training to upgrade their skills and knowledge on childcare issues, legislation and for continued development. Children are given the opportunity for adventurous indoor and outdoor play, as the service is always visiting local parks, museums, library etc. Small Steps also has a busy and exciting Out of School Club, picking up from seven schools and offering full morning and afternoon OSC faciIities, and complete day care, in the school

Offsted inspection 2013 Rated as good Funded Places available 3 and 4 year olds Please call and ask about our 2 year funded places holidays, also from 6am to 10pm, seven days a week. The nursery's team is currently developing an extensive roof-top play environment, featuring three, adjacent free-flow play-areas. Small Steps moved to its new, spacious facility at Pump Street, Stoke (less than two minutes' walk from its previous premises) in January, and , and has already achieved a GOOD from Ofsted. It enjoys a superb location, very close to Stoke town centre, all local hospitals and just off the main A500. Car-parking for parents is available, and children can enjoy outdoor gardens for playing, planting and relaxation, plus a safe and secure, external classroom - great for messy, outside activities!

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Small Steps Out of School Club has now joined the service, boasting its own bistro, large activity-room and kitchen facilities which are separate from the nursery, providing youngsters with individuality and their own space to relax, have fun and hang out with all their friends. Currently registered for 90 children (aged from birth to eleven years), Small Steps has an open-door policy; so, parents are invited to come along for a chat, view the fantastic facilities and arrange FREE trial-sessions! WE ALSO OFFER FREE, FUNDED PLACES FOR 15 HOURS A WEEK FOR 2-, 3- AND 4-YEAR-OLDS. Please ring Trish for further details.

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Open 51 weeks a year opening times 6 am - 10pm Childcare for Weddings and Other Family functions prices from £120.00 for 2 hours Parties for special events inc Halloween and Christmas Also Basic Parties from £45.00 for 2 hrs Food provided at £2.00 per head either at home or a venue of your choice Games and activities provided Offsted Reg and CRB CHECKED Contact 07792 207505 saidley123@talktalk.net www.sues-childcare.co.uk

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Making it the most happiest day of your life

How to ease the stress and strain of 'Big Day' preparations IT is, indubitably, true that planning for your 'Big Day' CAN be both stressful and time-consuming - but it doesn't have to be! Firstly, don't overdo the wedding reception details; so, keep the tables simple and elegant. Also, choosing a plain, fresh reception will look great and save you cash on those annoyinglyunnecessary, little extra which you won't really need or use. If you have paid the wedding venue for cases of wine to go with the wedding breakfast, check how many are actually used; if you have any 'leftovers' at the end of the repast, they can be placed behind the bar during the evening, thus saving not

only your own budget but also your guests pounds and pounds. Instead of buying flowers for both your ceremony and reception, purchase one bulk-load of wedding flowers and use them for both! After the ceremony, ask a member of staff or a bridesmaid to help move them across to the reception while you are having your photographs taken.

If you're not too worried about having photos of you getting ready or at the evening party, book your wedding photographer by the hour (it will be a lot cheaper than buying a 'package deal'! Use a wedding planner - a good one will know how you can really save money, especially when it comes to negotiating with suppliers (and his or her knowledge and contacts alone can save you a lot of money, helping to make your wedding a positive breeze!).

Fourthly, use your wedding cake as dessert to avoid paying for an additional course. Ask for some jugs of cream to be brought out after the final course; then, dish up the cake!

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Negotiate before you book, and, if you're in the early stages of planning, remember that venues will, often, offer deals on weekday weddings or Weddings and Celebration Cakes superstitious Traditional Puddings, Cake Decorations dates.

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Contact the winning team, Ridgway Caterers have based their catering service upon care, personal attention to detail, and excellent home baking. By working closely with their customers for over two decades they have together developed a superb range of comprehensive menus for events ranging from one to one thousand. For your quality functions for 2014, contact Gerald on the above number.

Who'll take on 'The Shrew'?! THE perfect first encounter with Shakespeare is promised at Newcastle's New Vic Theatre on Tuesday, March 18th. Visiting the theatre-inthe-round as part of its Education Department's partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the production of 'The Taming of the Shrew' has been especially created to engage and entertain young people. Bianca has men running after her; Kate has men running away from her! Either they both get married, or neither of them do. Is anyone man enough to take on 'The Shrew'? "It was brilliant. I'd give it 10 out of 10. There's too many words to describe it. I want to watch more," enthused Joshua, 10, watching Young People's Shakespeare production of 'The Comedy of Errors'. Sponsored by Keele University and directed by Michael Fentiman, 'The Taming of the Shrew' can be enjoyed on March 18th at 1pm and 7.30pm. Tickets, priced at #12 and #7.50 (aged 16 and under), are available from the Box Office on (01782) 717962 or online at www.newvictheatre. org.uk FEBRUARY 2014 | 19


Fit for Life! Is your pet the correct weight? DID you know that a staggering HALF of dogs and A QUARTER of cats are estimated to be overweight? So, The Croft Veterinary Clinic reminds readers that now is a great time to take a look at your pet, and check whether he or she is carrying a few, extra pounds! Being overweight predisposes to a range of problems, including diabetes, arthritis and heart disease, and can also result in liver disease, hormonal problems, breathing

difficulties and even anal-sac problems.

injuries.

Also, pets which are an ideal weight tend to be generally healthier, have a more effective immune system and have less skin disease.

Recognising if your pet is overweight is the first step to a healthier life.

Maintaining the correct weight delends on a combination of being fed the right amount of a healthy, balanced diet, as well as an appropriate level of exercise. It only takes a small excess of calories over a period of time to become overweight, but can take a reduction in calories of 25% or more to achieve weight-loss, owing to changes in metabolic rate. Meanwhile, exercise-levels should be increased GRADUALLY to avoid

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Can you feel his or her ribs? Does your pet have a 'waist' when viewed from above? Or are your pet's ribs buried deep while the body-shape curves out from chest to tail? Why not bring your pet in for a weightcheck? If he or she is overweight, The Croft can help by advising on what to feed and how much to give, and how to improve exercise, fitness and stumulation. We can also provide regular weighingsessions to help maintain enthusiasm! So, don't delay - if your pet is looking a little portly, come and see us for a checkup!

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Our mission at the Croft Veterinary Clinic is to provide successful conventional and complementary medicine to enable us to treat the whole patient in a unique way which addressestheir specific health and wellness needs. At The Croft Veterinary Clinic we offer consultations by appointment only, throughout the day

Opening times: Monday - Friday: 8.45am - 7.30pm Saturday: 9.00am - 2.00pm

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A "terrific real-life story"

In 'How to be Immortal', love, death and DNA

intervene in three, twisted, true tales about

MONDAY, February 24th, sees the first visit to the New Vic Vic Theatre for Penny Dreadful Productions, a company

what we leave behind. There is live music on

cello, squeezebox and ukulele, 1950s' science, nano-puppetry and a song composed from human DNA coding.

specialising in the true

"This terrific, real-life

stories of forgotten people.

story is played out with

Henrietta Lacks died in West Virginia in 1951,

poignant spirit" enthused The Stage about a previous production.

bravado, humour and a

but her cells are still alive, dividing endlessly in

laboratories all over the world.

It has taken Deborah years to come to terms

with her mother's death. Now, she has to deal with immortality.

Tickets are priced at £18 and £19.50 (with concessions and Under-16s Go Free), and these are available from the New Vic Box Office on (01782) 717962 or online at www. newvictheatre.org.uk

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Once contractors become registered with NICEIC, they are reassessed on a regular basis to ensure continued compliance. Enrolment with NICEIC is voluntary, but electrical contractors who are competent and conscientious about the service which they offer customers would consider it a priority to enrol. Over 20,000 contractors are registered by NICEIC, covering the whole of the UK, including Northern Ireland: this means that you're sure to have a choice of competent contractors operating in your area. The Group Head Office is located at Warwick House, Houghton Hall Park, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 5ZX, and can be contacted on 0870 013 0382 (Tel)/ (01582) 539090 (Fax); readers can also visit the website: www.niceic.com

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J. Price Carpentry and Joinery All work undertaken, laminate flooring, specialising in fitted kitchens & bedrooms FREE ESTIMATES

Abacus Removals

J. PRICE CARPENTRY

Tel: 07976 230163

Museums

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Fish & Chip Shops

Biddulph Museum Help us with our Heritage

We need artefacts, paperwork and any other Interesting items on Biddulph Things that you may throw away! We are also trying to find a home for our museum So if you can help, please contact us

Call Robert on Tel: 01782 523855 Mob: 0798 4002953 Or view our website for address and e-mail http://www.biddulphmuseum.com

Painter & Decorators

Dresden Fisheries For those Traditional English Fish & Chips

Mark Anthony Interiors

HIGH CLASS INTERIOR & EXTERIOR PAINTERS AND DECORATORS Quality work undertaken for the licensed trade DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL FREE ESTIMATES NO JOB TOO SMALL NATIONWIDE COVERAGE

Contact: 01782 543023 or 07801 063835

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Cycle Shops

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DISCOUNT NEW/USED BIKES FOR SALE Servicing from £20.00 Hartshill Business Park Shelton New Road, Hartshill. ST4 6DS

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Fishing Tackle

Plastering

TACKLE & BAIT Open 7 days a week

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Weekdays from 7am, weekends from 6am Debit & Credit Cards Accepted 164 Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent ST6 1NJ

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Competitive rates • Fully insured 2 experienced porters • Full or part loads House clearances / deliveries

Let Us Quote You For Your Removals Contact Stewart Tel: 01782 626834 or Mobile: 07928 274889

Waste Disposal

J J GRAB HIRE LTD For all your land and waste clearance needs our grab machinery will do the job! mobile 07768 514034 Mill Farm, Abbey Street, Abbey Hulton ST2 8 BX

Charity Variety Show BADDELEY Green WMC is hosting a Charity Variety Show on Friday, February 28th. Featuring four, top cabaret acts, the show is

being staged in memory of Sandra O'May and

John Harvey, and all profits will go to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice.

Tickets, priced at #5, are on sale behind the Leek New Road venue (which is not open in the daytime, Monday-Thursday), with further information available on (01782) 541246.

East activities galore T&S PLASTERING Cheshire MYRIAD activities are offered to elderly

J. DARLOWS Quality Fishing Tackle

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residents throughout Cheshire East, enabling them to stay warm and safe during cold Winter weather.

These include such diverse events as coffee mornings, Tai Chi sessions, Pilates classes and senior citizens' lunches. Commented Councillor Janet Clowes, member in charge of health and adult social care: "We may all feel less inclined to get out and about when the weather is cold, but, following a short journey, there are a lot of activities which people can get involved in. "Many are free-of-charge, and some are available at a small price. "Also, our health improvement team runs a variety of programmes alongside different partners, such as the Be Steady, Be Safe classes. "These sessions provide a social opportunity to restore confidence, maintain independence, reduce falls and improve mobility, strength, balance and flexibility." sales: 01782 461711


Whitehurst Windows Ltd

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John Cooper Plumbing & Heating 35 years experience Advice given & solution s fou nd for all your plumbing & heating sy stems No call out fee!

Call John on

01782 533790 or 07973 522998 “We do it right!”

R. B. Plumbing and Heating Fully qualified for all your plumbing needs • Boilers • Service • Repair or replacement • Central heating • Kitchens • Bathrooms etc.

Discounts for OAPs Gas Safe registered

Call 07963 326803

G.M. ENGLISH Ltd Approved Agents

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Value & Service All Major Brands 98-100 The Strand Longton

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showroom, you will discover thousands of carpets, available at ultra-competitive prices to suit every budget; in addition, there's FREE delivery on all items and no charge for fitting on most.

POSSESSING numerous, fulsome testimonials from ultra-satisfied customers, this Stoke-onTrent based business can bring a touch luxury and quality to every home.

(Most orders can be fitted within three working-days of purchase, and, as a registered member of the Carpet Foundation, it guarantees ALL work carried out).

Yes, if it's soft furnishings you are after, then Victoria Carpets and Curtains have got it covered beautifully!

Gas Safe Registered 10434

DYSON

Joe & Julie pride themselves on a friendly, efficient service in furnishing your home

Established 30 Years

ALL INCLUSIVE PRICES! NO HIDDEN COSTS!!

Proprietors, Joe and Julie Harrington-Thorley, are confident that their business's friendly, efficient service can furnish readers' every requirement. Located on Weston Road, Meir, Victoria Carpets and Curtains prides itself on good, old-fashioned service, and readers enjoy the assurance that its expert staff will help to re-style your home - and at surprisinglyaffordable prices! Whatever your intention (to 'make over' a single room or effect a complete transformation of your entire domicile), the business will bring an extensive selection, enabling you to see how the floor-covering or curtains will look in your home.

A family-run business since 1979 and based at its current premises since 1995, Victoria Carpets and Curtains also supplies and fits premier-brand cushionflooring (including Nairn and Rhinofloor), with many available in two-, three- and four-metrewide strips, to reduce wastage, and next-day fitting offered on rolls from stock. Additionally, Joe

and Julie sell and fit laminates, which continue to be popular (owing to its modern, clean appearance). Their firm's curtains and blinds department also provides the perfect finish to your windows. And there's more, since an impressive selection of fabrics (from, for example, Hardy and Belfield), which are ideal for creating your desired 'look'. As well as a terrific choice of curtains (taking in dramatic pelmets and valances), you can choose from an extensive variety of blinds, including Roman, roller, vertical, metal and wood Venetian - all made-tomeasure. Why not call into Joe and Julie's showroom today? Alternatively, visit the business's website: www. victoriacarpets.co.uk

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To complement this, staff will measure up and provide you with an estimate of the final cost. At the Meir sales: 01782 461711

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J Nelson 4 Paul Kitchens Flooring Doors Etc City & Guilds

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Windows • Doors • Conservatories

25 Imogen Close,Fenton,S-o-T,ST4 3QY Reg No 16210

"The only price we give you is our best price" ABH INSTALLATIONS Ltd. is a newlyestablished, family-run, local business, with over 25 years' combined experience in the trade. The plan of co-directors, Adam and Ben Howle, is to be as professional and as well-equipped as the larger companies in the industry, while keeping costs at a price to compete with individuals who operate directly out of their vans. Both Adam and Ben have progressed from a fitting background, and have watched the standard traditional double-glazing salesman work his pitch with inflated initial prices to deceive the customer into thinking that they are getting a bargain, while, in reality, they are still paying over the odds.

THIS IS WHERE ABH'S APPROACH DIFFERS! "We promise a free, no-hassle, no-pressure, quick and easy quote, which we are very confident that you will not beat in terms of quality or value, and standard of job that we know you will be very happy with," said Adam. ABH is fully insured and guaranteed, so there is no need to worry that it is fairly newly-established, since Adam and Ben are determined to be around for many years to come! Readers are assured of the company's professionalism, quality and commitment to ensuring that all customers are happy with all its fittings.

If you require further information or wish to discuss any work you may be interested in, feel free to call in INSTALLATIONS ltd at ABH's office at 6, William Clowes • UPVC Specialists Street, Burslem, • Windows Stoke-on-Trent; • Doors telephone (01782) • Conservatories 815799; have • Porches / Canopies • Fascias & Soffits a look at the • Guttering website: www. • Firestone Roofing abhinstallations. FIXED PRICES • ALL ‘A’ RATED FRAMES co.uk; or drop FREE NO HASSLE QUOTES • ONLINE QUOTES AVAILABLE Adam and Ben an 10 YEAR INSURANCE BACKED GUARANTEE email at sales@ 01782 815799 / 07960 676108 abhinstallations. www.abhinstallations.co.uk 6 William Clowes Street, Burslem ST6 3AP co.uk

Tel: 01782 321036 Mobile: 07979 313692

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SAME DAY CHEAP SKIPS! Homeowners? Builders? Developers? Factories?

1,2,3,4,5,6 & 8 Ton Skips • Drop Door Skips 7 Day Delivery & Collection Service Won’t Be Beaten On Price Professional, Fast & Reliable Service Waste Licence • Dumpy Bags we also supply Sand and Gravel, Soil, Golden Gravel, Plum Slate, Green Slate, Gobble Stone and Hardcore

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R Warburton plumbing services

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Bathroom Design and Installation Supply or Fit Your Own Showers Professional Installed General Plumbing Maintenance and Repairs No Job Too Small

For a friendly reliable service call

Rob 01782 779213 or Mob 07846 723944 sales: 01782 461711


4 Unrivalled Experience of Solar Panel Installations

(Feed in Tariff) admin, for residential, commercial, agricultural and community projects.

THE benefits of solar power (both in helping to save Mother Planet Earth and to you, personally, as an energyconsumer) have been well-recorded in recent years.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY ARE FEED IN TARIFFS?

As to the question of which firm carries out the installation of your Solar PV (Photovoltaic panels) system, look no further than appositely-named A C Solar. A simple telephone-call or email puts readers in touch with this LOCALLYBASED company which specialises in the design, supply and installation of PV systems. With extensive electrical engineering and contracting experience in both the residential and commercial sectors, A C Solar possesses the requisite in-house expertise in ALL areas of Solar PV design and installation - from bespoke ground-to-roof-mounted systems. Located at Longbridge Hayes, Stokeon-Trent, A C Solar boasts a proven, all-round track-record and a reputation for not only being both competent and

conscientious in its installation-work, but also delivering excellent quality and customer-service.

The Feed in Tariff (FIT) scheme guarantees a minimum payment for all electricty generated by the solar power system, as well as a separate payment for the solar electricity exported to grid (these payments are in addition to the bill-savings made by using the electricity generated on-site). Once you have a solar panel system installed, you will IMMEDIATELY see a reduction in your electricity-bill, and, then, receive an income from your Feed-in tariff provider. A Solar PV system provides benefits in THREE ways:1. GENERATION TARIFF - a set-rate paid for by the energy supplier for each unit (or kWh) of electricity you generate. This rate will change each year for new entrants to the scheme (except for the first two years), but, once you join, you will continue on the same tariff for 20 years.

4.0 kWp could earn around:* £450 per year from the Generation Tariff * £70 per year from the Export Tariff * £170 per year reduction in current electricity-bills. THIS GIVES A TOTAL SAVING OF ABOUT £690 PER YEAR! And it gets better: for further details and a FREE survey, telephone Dave Alcock on (01782) 349308 or email: info@ac-solar.co.uk

2. EXPORT TARIFF - you will receive a further 4.64p/kWh from your energysupplier for each unit you export back to the electricity grid (that is, when it isn't used on-site - the export rate is the same for all technologies).

3. ENERGY-BILL SAVINGS - you will be making savings on your electricity-bills, because generating electricity to power The company's remit comprises a your appliances complete service, from accurate sitemeans that you don't surveys, designs with realistic payhave buy as much back projections, to the completion electricity from your and commissioning, including FIT energy-supplier (the amount you save will vary, R AY COPE & DAUGHTER depending on • Installation • Repair • Servicing how much of the electricity you use • Boiler Cleaning, Services & Repairs on-site). • Gas Installers • Central Heating Services including LPG As an example, a • Caravan & Residential Park Homes typical domestic • OVER 25 YRS EXP • COMPETITIVE RATES • FREE ESTIMATES solar electricity • QUALITY WORKMANSHIP ASSURED system, with an 01782 327797 / 07831 662735 raycope@btinternet.com www.raycopeanddaughter.co.uk installation-size of In short, customers will discover that A C Solar's team of engineers, designers and project managers are united in a professional, friendly and no-nonsense approach to each job-of-work.

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joining the Guild of Master Craftsmen

The Guild helps members build their businesses by increasing public awareness of their skill and integrity through promotion of findacraftsman.

Looking for a reliable tradesman?

makers, French polishers, furniture restorers,

THE Guild of Master Craftsmen is the UK's most established trade association representing skilled tradesmen who strive for excellence in workmanship.

The majority of members are modern day craftsmen - from carpenters, builders, roofers, plumbers and electricians, through to landscape gardeners, interior designers and flooring professionals. The Guild also represents

upholsterers, blacksmiths, thatchers, masons and stoneworkers.

Whatever the craft, skill or profession, Guild members have been assessed and vetted to earn the right to be called master craftsmen. And once accepted into membership they are required to maintain the Guild's aims and objectives. In the proven procedure for conciliation and

Stonework • Brickwork • Indian Stone New Builds • Extensions • Roofing Driveways • Landscaping Patios • Steps, Paths etc integrity and a commitment to high standards and therefore value for money.

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Bailey’s Roofing

25 Hazeldene Road Trentham The wise choose for consumers seeking C O N T R AC TO R S Stoke-on-Trent a skilled and reputable tradesperson FLAT ROOFS ï GUTTERING ï STORM DAMAGE ST4 8DN wwww.baileysroofing.co.uk Tel: 01782 646632 Email: baileysroofing@btinternet.com The Guild's website findacraftsman.

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AN Hobson//ELECTRICAL For all your electrical installation needs Additional Sockets ï Rewires ï New Lighting ï CCTV 3 Phase Supplies ï Landlords Certificate ï Fire Alarms Inspection and Testing ï Portable Appliance Testing Service

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J.T. Bennett & Son All aspects of plumbing and heating Long established family business Gas Safe Registered

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FREE consultation and fitting at your convenience 100’s of top quality fabrics Made-to-measure Blinds, Rollers, Venetian, Vertical etc. 7 quality vertical blinds from £195

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Next time you need to find a reliable, skilled and experienced tradesman, use a member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen - go to www.findacraftsman.com sales: 01782 461711

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New Larger Premises Domestic & Commercial COMPETITIVE PRICES FOR TRADE & PUBLIC

Chandeliers, Wall Lights, Floor Lights & Lamps We supply the unusual & unique – Come in and see our huge range of fittings

THAT'S exactly what readers can expect, if you pay a visit to Newcastle's New Vic Theatre on Wednesday, March 12th! For, the theatre-in-the-round is delighted to welcome

back The Coal Porters, a seriously good bluegrass combo, led by Kentucky-born Sid Griffin.

His vocals, mandolin, harmonica and autoharp are supported by the virtuoso fiddling and singing of

Carly Frey; the red-hot banjo of John Breese; Andrew Stafford's doghouse bass; and Neil Herd's guitar. With five, well-received albums and a touring schedule

which includes Glastonbury and California by way

of Sweden and France, The Coal Porters are making musical waves on both sides of the Atlantic.

Polished, yet passionate, their live shows are second-to-

none; so, lovers of Bluegrass, Blues and Americana are urged to check them out!

"Swell picking, sweet vocals, strong tunes...a bucketful of tradition," enthused Time Out. Tickets for the concert (which starts at 7.30pm) are

priced at #16 and #18 (with concessions and Under-

16s Go Free), and are available from the New Vic Box Office on (01782) 717962 or online at www. newvictheatre.org.uk

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is this a business which C.T. MOTORS Ayou,keyasquestion: a motorist, can genuinely trust? All vehicle mechanical repairs plus accident & insurance work and body repairs

WHEN reviewing the local, independent businesses featured here, readers will, indubitably, have many questions on their mind!

MAYFIELD PLACE, MAY BANK, NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME, First (and most importantly), is it a garage that a motorist can genuinely trust?! STAFFORDSHIRE ST5 9LZ Telephone: 01782 618555

All insurance work undertaken

Tel: 01260 277828 8 Antrobus Street, Congleton

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Motorcade NEWCASTLE ST REET, BURSLEM

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services," said Lee, who worked his way up in the trade, eventually running a garage, located near Longnor, before he relaunched Field Street Auto Services as a properly functioning garage two months ago.

Friendly & approachable expertise at Lee's new business 'THE Customer is King' sums up the approach which sole owner, Lee Cocker, brings to his newly-launched business! Located at the heart of Leek, Field Street Auto Services offers a friendly and approachable facility for owners of all makes and models of vehicles. Sited (as its name suggests) on Field Street, which links Strangman Street to High Street and just a short walk from Leek town centre, the garage majors in ALL aspects of motor vehicle repairs and maintenance. However, Lee is just as concerned to foster excellent customer-relations at his business, as he is committed to providing motorists with premier-quality workmanship.

"In spite of the garage's central location, parking isn't a problem here, and readers can pay me a visit at their leisure, have a chat and discuss their requirements." Offering generously-long opening-hours to suit motorists' varying work-schedules and availability (8.30am-6.30pm, Monday-Friday, and 9am-3pm, Saturday), Field Street Auto Services can be be contacted on (01538) 387629 or via email: fieldstreetautoservices@live.com Additionally, you can search for Lee's business on Facebook.

Indeed, Lee's aim is to keep his customers fully informed about their vehicles, in order to avoid any unexpected bills. "I want to work with motorists, so that the garage provide the most sensible and cost-effective way of keeping you on the road," explained Lee, 33, who enjoys a working-lifetime's experience of the garage industry, having started Saturday work at a garage in Buxton at the age of 15. The Field Street business's services include (but are, crucially, not limited to) MoT-preparation and repairs, servicing, exhausts, clutches, timing-belts, diagnostics, modifications and alterations. "We can also arrange performance and economy ECU remapping, EGR delete and DPF removal

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The owner and staff-members should also demonstrate a commitment to dealing with customers courteously and in keeping with good business-practice.

Questions that you should ask include: does the

Telephone 01270 763 256

(CONGLETON) MECHANICALREPAIRS TO CARS & LIGHT COMMERCIALVEHICLES

Essentially, the garage SHOULD have each motorist's best interests at heart, whether he or she has brought her vehicle in for car-servicing or for repair-work.

In addition, they must use full check-lists to ensure that motorists know EXACTLY what work is being carried out on their vehicles!

up to £250 per Car STEEL up to £245 pt • COPPER up to £4,800 pt BRASS up to £2,650 pt • BATTERIES up to £600 pt

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By visiting one of these featured businesses, you are assured of services carried out to a high standard, and will, as a result, benefit from a fair deal.

We are located on Field st, Leek which is the joining road between Strangeman st & High st. We carry out all aspects of motor vehicle repairs on all makes and models Our services include MOT preperation, MOT repairs, servicing, exhausts, clutches, timing belts, diagnostics, modifications & alterations. We also arrange performance & economy ECU remapping, EGR delete and DPF removal services. Field Street, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5DY

01538 387629 sales: 01782 461711


KEVIN BEVANS

GARAGE SERVICES SERVICING • REPAIRS • WELDING DIAGNOSTICS • MOTS • CLUTCHES & BRAKES Fast Friendly Reliable Service UNIT 7, THE CROFT WORKS CHEADLE ROAD, TEAN, ST104DR

TEL NO 01538 723299 / 07791170458

Lawton Hall Garage

BODYWORK • RESPRAYS GARAGE REPAIRS • SERVICING UNIT 4, LIMEKILN LANE, KIDSGROVE, STOKE-ON-TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE ST7 3AG

TEL: 01782 783800

J. H. M. MOTORS

BOSH DIAGNOSTICS • Engine Management • Fuel Injection • General Servicing • Air Bag Maintenance

AIR CONDITIONING

PHOENIX AUTOS MOTs £25.00 Free Retest Brakes Servicing & Repairs Exhausts Cars & Light Commercial Vehicles No job too large or small

Clutches Welding Diagnostics

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garage notify customers before work is undertaken, if the business does not accept particular forms of payment, and will it deal with customers' complaints within two weeks of receiving a brickbat? A good garage should also make parts replaced during service or repair available for inspection by the customer; comply with the Industry Standard service check-list on all services and include products which remove contamination; provide a completed service check-list, following the service; and offer the customer a feed-back leaflet.

40 years experience

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No 1 VAUXHALL SPECIALISTS

ACE VAUXHALL New & Secondhand Parts PARTS Off the shelf 1980-2013 ALL WORK GUARANTEED Insurance Repairs FREE Winter Check

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ACCIDENT REPAIR SPECIALISTS MECHANICAL REPAIRS & DIAGNOSTICS SPECIALISTS

Premier Garage, Broad Street, Leek, Staffordshire ST13 5NS

• Recovery service available • Free estimates insurance work • All aspects of mechanical work • Welding & exhausts • MOT preparation & MOTs • Engine & gearbox work • Servicing & maintenance

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t. 01538 399499 Opening Times: Monday-Friday 9am-6pm • Saturday 9am-5pm • Sunday 11am-4pm

sales: 01782 461711

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Maggie & Willie versus Henry Horatio "AN exquisitely crafted comedy" enthused The Guardian about a new production of Harold Brighouse's classic, Northern comedy, Hobson's Choice', which is visiting Newcastle soon.

starring Charles Laughton as Hobson, F U N E R A L S E R V I C E S Brenda De Banzie as Maggie and Offering Quality & Care Which You John Mills as Willie. Prunella Scales made her second film appearance as Vicky Hobson,

CHARLES Laughton as the eponymous boot-maker in David Lean's famous 1954 filmversion.

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The play has been filmed several times, most famously the version directed by David Lean in 1954,

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The setting is Salford in 1880, which witnesses a 'battle of the sexes', as a stubborn father and daughter go head-to-head . Maggie's youngest sister, and John Laurie (of 'Dad's Army' fame) played Eponymous widower, Henry Horatio Dr. MacFarlane. Hobson, is struggling to handle his First produced in 1915 at The three, grown-up daughters, each Princess Theatre, New York, seeking a husband and an escape from the family boot-maker's shop. 'Hobson's Choice' was the most successful play written by Harold But, with the domineering Hobson Brighouse (1882-1958), a member of spending more time boozing in the Manchester School of dramatists, The Moonraker's Arms than on the who was born in Eccles, Salford. business, the future of the firm and the family is in the hands of eldest The play's name is a popular daughter, non-nonsense Maggie. expression, meaning, of course, no When she sets her sights on talented choice at all, and comes to us via one Thomas Hobson (1545-1631), boot-maker, Willie Mossop, it is the start of an unlikely partnership which the owner of a thriving livery stable in Cambridge. threatens to ruin Hobson's trade. Reluctantly, he is forced to make a choice.

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Jointly presented by the New Vic, Octagon Theatre, Bolton, and Oldham Coliseum, 'Hobson's Choice' is directed by David Thacker, and runs from Wednesday, March 26th, to Saturday, April 12th, at 7.30pm, with 2.15pm matineee performances on Saturdays, April 5th and 12th. Tickets, priced at £12-£21 (with £2 discounts for groups of ten or more and Under-26s Go Free), are available from the New Vic Box Office on (01782) 717962 or online at www. newvictheatre.org.uk

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