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Shipley Building Plastics Ltd are now well into their seventh year supplying local tradesmen and DIY enthusiasts, and they are proud to announce that to enhance the fantastic service they provide, they now have a superb new showroom and service area. Through their friendly and knowledgeable approach, Shipley Building Plastics have built a solid reputation for providing the very best in customer service and the keenest prices in the area. Their staff can assist any customer with any requirement, and they pride themselves on specialising in the sale of bespoke Rehau upvc windows, doors, conservatories, fascias and soffits. Their spokesman explained: “Our main priority at Shipley Building Plastics Ltd is giving our customers the keenest prices and best service possible; from the time they place an order to taking delivery, we keep customers informed every step of the way. We believe that information is of paramount importance in giving the customer that little bit extra - they know to within an hour as to when their order will be delivered. We are able to stick to this 99% of the time, the other 1% the customer is informed of what is happening at all times, especially as tradesmen don’t want to be hanging around waiting for materials.” Recently added products and services include Decorative Cladding which can be installed in about half the time required for tiling, and does not need grouting, and the Fibre Glass Flat Roof System. This superb product can be supplied in kit form with everything needed to deal with virtually every type of flat roof, and the product is guaranteed!

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plash Swimming Academy provides children’s swimming lessons of the highest standard to families in and around the Bradford area. We limit the class sizes to an absolute maximum of 4 children, and all our instructors teach in the water. We find that progression is far more profound, strokes are more technically correct and that the overall enjoyment of the lessons and relationship with the instructors is greatly improved. When children are in crowded classes, often very little individual feedback is provided. These classes frequently suffer from instructors teaching on poolside which can make it difficult for the children to hear and see the demonstrations, this therefore hinders learning and progression, and quite often the instructor is unable to provide stroke analysis on all the children. However, 1-1 lessons don’t provide enough interaction and


competition which is why we find our 1-4 the perfect balance. With the individual attention we provide, you will find your child is more confident with the belief to push their boundaries in the safe knowledge that the instructor is there to support and encourage them. This often results in the earlier removal of buoyancy aids and the child swimming distances unaided with the correct stroke. Our instructors initially focus on breaststroke with beginners and gently introduce frontcrawl & backstroke leg action and body position. We then progress the children through our distance awards scheme developing their strokes and overall water skills. Our summer intensive which runs 16-20th August provides a fantastic opportunity for new customers to experience what Splash has to offer. All term time and summer courses are held at St Bedes Catholic School in Heaton, Bradford with a duration of 30 minutes per lesson. Splash Swimming Academy caters for all abilities, and takes children from as young as 3 ½ years old.

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ased in Bingley, Warmfloors Ltd. are local specialist suppliers and installers of electric underfloor heating throughout the UK. They are a young, pro-active and forward thinking company, originally founded in 2004 by their current directors, who still have a hands on approach today. Electric underfloor heating has mainly been directed at the DIY market, but with the ever increasing legal obligations that need fulfilling during installation, making use of a professional installation service can often avoid the many headaches self installers come across. Underfloor heating provides an ideal

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ou may have seen in the local press that Matthew Coxon has had to change the name of his fabulous deli, kitchen and cookware shop in Saltaire, due to a trademark error, however, Matthew was determined to make something positive from the situation and asked his customers and members of the public to help him choose a new name. Cheese and Chutney was a joint effort and has given Matthew the opportunity to re-launch his business with new areas of speciality, increasing his range of chutneys to over 100, all sourced from local producers. Plus his very own homemade coleslaw which is so good, trying to find out his recipe has become the main focus in Saltaire! There are some really exciting things planned at Cheese and Chutney, with ‘Cheese and Chutney of the Month’, ‘Recipe of the Month’, monthly special offers and tasting events to introduce you to cheeses, chutneys, speciality olive oils and vinegars, breads and wines.

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How Clean is Your Oven? Spring is the perfect time for homeowners to get their house in order and this usually includes the one job that is constantly overlooked... the over-worked oven! Even the most enthusiastic of Spring cleaners find donning rubber gloves and tackling the oven one of the most loathed household chores, and if people are not thorough with their oven cleaning, fat and food can cause future problems which could result in an oven fire and it’s also a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and germs. This is where Ovenu comes to the rescue! Owner, Richard Greenwood, runs the local franchise of Ovenu, the UK’s most prestigious oven cleaning company, and his is a true family business as four of his team of six oven cleaning technicians are members of his family. Richard said: “People don’t realise that the more you use your oven the more debris and grease starts to build up and this can

affect its efficiency. Remnants of food could still be lurking in the oven, hiding behind the panels, behind the fan cover or even dribbling over the heating elements in those hard to reach places.” The whole Ovenu process takes around three hours and leaves the oven, hob and exterior in immaculate condition. So call Richard today to arrange for that most hated cleaning job to be taken care of so that you don’t have to! For further information Call Richard on Tel: 0800 140 9800 or log onto

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The Launch of the

Wacky Scarecrow Walk by Baildon Resident, Ron Bairstow

The Baildon in Bloom Committee is currently busy planning the next Wacky Scarecrow Walk for Saturday 11th September, and would like to invite members of the public to send in their application forms as soon as possible. The forms are now available in most shops around the village.

mean feat when you have so many people and scarecrows to contend with! There will be no set theme as anything goes, so please put your thinking caps on and have a go. The children will love it, as they did last year, and you never know you may even win a Silver Cup – presented for the ‘Best Scarecrow on the Walk’.

This booking system worked really well last year and was a great help to the organisers who try to make sure everything runs smoothly, no

See if you can spot one of the many celebrity scarecrows such as Mr Ringo Straw

Last year saw a record number of scarecrows, 220 in tota, so let’s see if this year there can be even more! I have ordered the sunshine for the day already, for there is nothing worse than looking at a wet scarecrow!

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Heritage View is a superb development, situated in Baildon offering home hunters a range of impressive house types in a desirable rural setting. North Cliff Woods are just a stones throw away offering an abundance of nature and wildlife whilst superb transport links are available to the nearby cities of Bradford and Leeds. The wonderful development has received phenomenal interest from buyers keen to snap up a luxury home complete with some great money saving offers. The star of the show is plot 43, the Madoc, This magnificent five bedroom home is presented over three floors and is a must see for any buyer seeking their next step on the property ladder. The many features include a luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious lounge and kitchen/family room; perfect for the kids to play. This fabulous home is priced at just £418,495 and comes complete with floor coverings on any reservations made this weekend. If the Madoc alone wasn’t enough the stunning property comes under the legendary Part Exchange deal. The Part Exchange process is simple, chose a new DWH home and the sales team will arrange

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Looking Back with Ron Bairstow


ear Reader, in reading these stories, I hope that you will have as much fun as I had writing them. I have tried to recapture the memories of my childhood and I hope that they will stir some of your memories and maybe let younger readers know about folks and places and happenings in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. Please remember, these were the days of the ‘depression period’ after the General Strike of 1926, but in spite of all that, we managed to enjoy ourselves, ‘as lads always will’! There’s been a reight lot of changes round t’West Riding, Not all of them have been for the best, And there’s not much you can do about them, only accept them, like the rest. But there is just one thing that you can do, That’s look back on how things used to be, And t’folks and t’places and happenings round Bradford, ‘bout 1923. I lived in an industrial village, where a street, met a street, met a street, Hundreds of houses snuggled together, in rows all straight and neat. Houses full of friendly folk, and happy folk and miserable folk, Houses full of quiet folk, and lonely folk and nosey folk. But folk who stuck together, whatever trouble might be, You could allus knock on someb’dys door and borrow a mashing o’ tea. Working day started reight early, In fact it started in t’middle

o’ neet. It started wi sound of Knocker-Ups clogs going clack, clickerty clack up street. Knocker-Up round our way was called Sally, It was a woman who got ‘em all out o’ bed, She didn’t need a stick with all t’wires at end,her clogs would have woken the dead! I used to wonder why a woman did this job, She was out in t’rain, hail and sleet, I used to wonder who wakened her up, or if she stayed up all neet. Soon t’mill buzzer ‘ud start to blow, you never heard such a row, It used to rattle all pots in t’cupboard, and all dogs ‘ud start to howl. And mill lasses ‘ud go pattering past, There’d be mothers and aunties and sisters, There’d be menders and blenders and perchers, and bobbing-liggers, doffers and twisters. Lifes blood o’ mill were these lasses, working from morning to neet, Allus laughing and joking, especially on Friday neet. Then there’d be a lull till about half past eight, when school kids ‘ud go past in little huddles, Some running on t’walls, some playing tag, some jumping up and down in t’puddles. You’d hear them laughing and screaming in t’playground, till bell went, then they’d all troop inside, Quiet as mice; they daren’t say a word, or they got t’cane wrapped round their backside! Once again it ‘ud be quiet and peaceful, Women washing up or scouring t’steps, When suddenly you’d hear t’sound of iron clad wheels, and iron clad hooves on ‘t setts. Then it ‘ud start, the great procession, a colourful cavalcade, One after t’other they’d pull up t’street, owd hoss and cart parade. First one was always the milkman, with a reight little hoss pulling t’float, It ‘ud wander from one side o’

street to other, cadging sugar or a handful of oats. While Joe with his heavy milkcan, from door to door he’d sway, Shouting “Morning Luv, where’s your jug? Do you want a pint or a quart today?” He’d no sooner gone round t’corner, when a coil man ‘ud come along, Shouting “Coil, coil, two bob a bag.” In a sing song sort of song. He had a great big black stallion, puffing steam like a kettle on t’boil, No wonder it puffed, yon cart weighed a ton, piled high with its sacks o’ coil. Then in’t distance you’d hear somed’dy shouting, and you knew it were Raggy Jones, You’d hear him coming nearer and nearer, shouting “Rags and bottles and bones.” He’d come round t’corner; you’ve never seen such a sight, He’d be sitting, hunched up on his cart, You couldn’t tell where he finished and his smelly old rags did start! His hoss was t’oldest in Bradford, its back was bent like a bow, Its bones and its ribs all stuck out, And it moved reight painful and slow. Slow, we used to call it Lightening, but I’ve seen it move fast as well, That’s when it went past knackers’ yard, by gum it went like ‘ell! Trouble with hosses wass hoss muck, you’d to watch where you put your feet. There were piles of it here and piles of it there and piles of it all over the street. I once asked a chap why he collected it; he said “To put on mi rhubub and flowers.” I said “Rhubub, that’s a bit funny, we allus put custard on ours.” Aye there’s been a reight lot of changes round Bradford, And I wanted young ‘uns to know,About folks and places and happenings Round Bradford, ‘bout seventy years ago.

“Trouble with hosses was hoss muck, You’d to watch where you put your feet, There were piles of it here and piles of it there and piles of it all over street.”

Dental care in Britain can be expensive with the amount of ‘free’ NHS care available decreasing; even more so if the patient needs a lot of work done. It can be a long process if it must fit in with work commitments, but through Indexmedica, everything is worked around each clients’ availability and needs. Research by the Treatment Abroad Medical Tourism Industry in 2007 showed that the most common dental procedures for patients travelling abroad were crowns, dental implants, Dominic bridges and veneers and through Littlewood Indexmedica, there could be a “The ONE show” saving of up to 70% on costs! Questions You In 2008, over 120,000 “Don’t get done, people travelled abroad for Might Have! get Dom” medical care, nearly half of those for dental work, and Q.Are the dentists properly trained? the forecast of migrating “It’s been n o secret t hat t he patients keep rising. A. All of the dentists at Indexmedica have dental system in Britain is under Arek received a specialist degree according to the pressure, w ith only one NHS Buziewicz, one of newest European Union Regulations. Three of dentist for every 2500 people. the partners told them have PhD’s in medicine, three specialise us, “We have Two million of us can’t even register in dental prosthetics, two specialise in dental sent people with a n NHS dentist. D entists i n surgery, one in paradontology (regression of already and the UK a re f lat out and 4 9 per cent the gums causing tooth loss), and others in have received of t hem a re r efusing t o take o n new conservative dentistry and endodentistry. Plus very positive patients because t hey’re t oo busy. S o all of our dentists speak fluent English. feedback.

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some Britons, s truggling to get t he w ork they need done o n the NHS, a re t urning their backs on the British private system and travelling to Poland to get dental work done at a fraction of the price. It’s such big business that companies have set and are doing a full dental travel service. They’ll pick you up from the airport, provide an apartment, and even fix you up with a dentist. It’s not that the dentists are second rate, far from it, it’s on average, salaries there are a third what they are in the UK.”

A. We are one of the largest and most modern private clinics in Poland. Our success rate is based on the fact that our healthcare institutions are well equipped with valuable, high end medical equipment, however due to the lower staff salaries in Poland; we can offer you experienced dentists and a very high standard of service at such reasonable prices. All of our dentists have finished postgraduate study in a narrow discipline of dentistry; this is why we are able to deliver to our patients the highest level of treatment. Clients of local company Indexmedica, first have a consultation at the company’s centre in Wakefield where they receive a quote for the required Q. What if I need more treatment, dental work to be done at its surgery in Krakow, Poland. will I have to go back to Krakow? Depending on how long the client wanted to stay, the company would then book flights, accommodation, shuttle A. Your treatment is accurately planned so to and from the airport and even provide their patient with you avoid paying extras and any aftercare. will a guide book, as an additional attraction is a visit to the be organised at our clinic in Wakefield. wonderful historic city of Krakow, which has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural and For more information or to book a consultation in Wakefield on one of the Open Evenings call Arek or Jan on artistic life. Attending this consultation will give you the opportunity to Tel: 0800 3345967 discuss your individual requirements with the dental specialist and you can also visit learn more about the procedures they offer The next consultation in Wakefield will be on the 04th September

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ur field workers sow courgettes in small pots in late March or early April, covered with fleece to protect them from frost. The plants are often flowering within a month, when the covers are removed to allow pollinating insects in. Picking normally begins in mid June, and by July the courgettes are in full swing. Our challenge is to stay on top of the picking and avoid too many over-sized rejects. Courgettes keep best in the bottom of your fridge. They keep their appearance for two weeks or more, but the flavour and nutritional value decline much more quickly. Eat them as soon as possible; old courgettes are tasteless but a really fresh one, straight from the plant, is fantastic. Deep fried courgette flowers, stuffed with ricotta and spinach and eaten in batches as they come out of the pan, are one of the best things on earth, but you’ll need to grow them yourself. We would love to put courgette flowers in our veg boxes, but they are just too delicate to last the journey from the farm. Also, we might accidentally give you an unwelcome freebie… slugs love to curl up and take a snooze in the flowers. Find some freshly-picked courgettes and try Jane Baxter’s recipes; the chocolate courgette cake has even been known to convert veg-averse children! Find these and other recipes in the Riverford Farm Cook Book.

about the box scheme Guy Watson began farming at Riverford in Devon over 20 years ago. He was an organic vegbox pioneer, giving customers the freshest possible seasonal fruit and veg at a fair price to everyone. No-one wanted the business to get too big, so Guy teamed up with ‘sister’ farms who shared his passion and wanted to re-build the connection between grower and consumer. River Nene was the first sister farm in 2005. From Sacrewell Lodge Farm near Peterborough, we deliver to homes throughout the east of England. River Swale followed in 2007, from Home Farm in North Yorkshire. River Swale supplies veg boxes across Yorkshire and the North

what you might find in your vegbox this month new potatoes, bunched carrots, bunched onions, true spinach, courgettes, mini cucumber, celery vine cherry tomatoes, sugarsnap peas French beans, basil, radishes East. Riverford on Upper Norton Farm has since opened, delivering organic veg to homes around the Hampshire area. Working as a family of farms means we can maintain our commitment to low food miles, local employment and the support of local farmers and keep a close link between grower and consumer.


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by Jane Baxter

Instructions: Line a 20x35cm baking tray with baking paper and preheat the oven to 190ºC. Mix the butter, oil, caster sugar and soft brown sugar together until light and fluffy. Gradually add the beaten eggs, stirring well, and then the milk until mixed thoroughly. Sift the dry ingredients together and fold into the mixture. Stir in the grated courgettes and vanilla. Spoon the mixture carefully into the tin. Bake for about 40 minutes. Cut into squares whilst still warm.

Instructions: Slice the courgettes into ovals about ¾cm thick. In a large pan heat the oil and fry the courgette slices in batches until slightly coloured (don’t put too many in the pan at once or they won’t brown). Add the garlic to the pan and cook with the courgettes for a few minutes. Add the lemon zest, capers and half the chopped dill and cook for about 30 minutes over a medium heat. Season well and sprinkle with vinegar and the remaining dill.

Makes 20 squares 120g butter (softened) 125ml sunflower oil 100g caster sugar 200g soft brown sugar 3 eggs, beaten 130ml milk 350g plain flour 2 tsp baking powder 4 tbsp cocoa powder 450g courgettes, peeled & finely grated 1 tsp vanilla

Serves 6 6 courgettes 3 tbsp olive oil 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced zest of 2 lemons 1 tbsp dill, chopped 10 capers, chopped 1 tbsp good vinegar salt and pepper

grilled courgette, tomato and bean salad with a basil dressing by Jane Baxter Instructions: Simmer the soaked dried beans in water until tender. Drain, season and dress with 2 tbsp olive oil. Slice the courgettes into ½cm ribbons, brush with olive oil and grill or griddle until tender. Roast the cherry tomatoes in the oven with a little olive oil for 10 mins. Mix the beans, courgettes and cherry tomatoes together in a bowl. Blend the basil, garlic, a large pinch of salt and 100ml extra virgin olive oil in a food processor to make a dressing. Add to the bowl and season to taste.

Serves 4 200g dried cannellini beans, soaked overnight 2 courgettes 1 small punnet cherry tomatoes 1 bunch basil leaves ½ clove garlic salt and pepper 3 tbsp olive oil 100ml extra virgin olive oil

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