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Spring Fashion 6 Footloose 8 Here Comes The Bride 10 Spring Cleaning 12 Puzzle Pages 18 Legal Advice 20 Protect Your Pet 22 Planting Local Trees 24 The Dukeries Lions 26 Probus Club 28 Index 30

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t’s that wonderful time outfits. Chanel opted for of year again when the a more in-your-face floral evenings are finally starting parade featuring bold to get lighter after months of flowers printed all over the being stuck in dreary Floral prints are great. darkness They cheer up any outfit and the flowers are and they’re an easy print to wear beginning to push their little heads out of dresses in bright colours. the ground in search of They’re also really easy to sunshine to start to bloom. find as almost every clothes To celebrate the efforts of shop will stock at least the little flowers braving one garment patterned the cold, spring summer with pretty little flowers so fashion yet again pays there’s no excuse not to be homage to the lovely floral fashionable this season. print. So if you can’t afford to be lining up for your Dior or Chanel florals then Both Dior and Chanel hit the high street to find featured florals in their some fabulous affordable spring summer 2013 alternatives. shows. Dior teamed their cheery flowery creations To achieve the perfect floral look it’s very simple. For all out flower power go for a floral maxi dress and finish off with a big flower in your hair or a flowery hairband. For a more casual floral look, try pairing a plain blouse with a floral skirt or opt for a floral cardigan that goes with anything so that you can flower-up any outfit instantly. Or if subtlety is more your thing, make a nod to the floral trend with a pretty silk scarf or floral pumps.

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But florals aren’t just for the ladies. Men can get in on the trend too with several ties featuring the print but in masculine colours for a manlier take on the flowery trend. Of course if you’re feeling more daring then go for a floral print shirt or even trousers. Stereotypically girly prints are really in this season

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his year’s London Marathon will be held on April 21st. This iconic event first took place over 30 years ago, in 1981.

It was the brainchild of John Disley and Chris Brasher who after taking part in the New York Marathon, wondered if London could stage such a festival. 7,747 runners took part in the first London Marathon, whilst in

2012 there were over 37,000 participants. The Marathon is now a calendar highlight for competitors, spectators and charities alike. Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich will take part this year and is expected to complete the 26.2 mile course in just over 2 hours. For most of us a marathon would prove too gruelling, but there are half marathons, 10k and 5k runs or sub 5k events which anyone can enter. There are running events nearly every weekend somewhere in Britain. Running has many benefits, firstly it’s free. Once you have your basic kit, it costs nothing to simply ‘go out for a run.’ As you are not tied to a specific class or opening times, you can go running whenever you please. Studies extol the health benefits. Runners tend to be stronger and live longer. Regular exercise, along with a healthy balanced diet, can also reduce your risk of cancer. So how does a fledgling runner get started? Most beginners’ guides suggest doing a combination of run/walk/run on

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your first outings and building up your distance gradually. You should always stretch, warm up and cool down and ensure you are hydrated. You should not run too fast. You should always be able to maintain a conversation and not breathe too heavily. Training programmes suggest that subject to

satisfactory health, beginners could train to complete a 5k run within six weeks, training three times a week. Someone preparing for a marathon would probably have a training plan of at least 16 weeks. It’s important to have the correct equipment and in particular the right shoes. Specialists will use biomechanics, your weight, the surfaces you wish to run on and the shape of your feet as influencing factors when determining which shoes to recommend for you. Serious runners will alternate between two pairs of shoes during training, and shoes should be replaced after around 500 miles. Other items to consider include running socks, tights leggings or shorts, a stop watch, technical t shirt, a heart monitor, training log, drinks carrier, energy drinks and a lightweight jacket. Ladies will also require a high impact sports bra. Many find they are more committed to running if they have a training partner, and some join local running clubs for increased support and guidance. By Susan Brookes-Morris

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Here Comes The Bride

very bride wants to look beautiful on their wedding day and this means that as well as choosing the perfect dress, you need to pay attention to hair and make-up. These should reflect your personality and be worn with ease. A bride who rarely wears make-up is unlikely to be comfortable with a heavy application, and if you are used to a neat hairstyle a looser style may irritate. Go for make-up and hair trials. These will allow you to try out a number of ideas. Take along images of hairstyles and make up looks that you like, and take their professional advice as they will know what will work best. Specialists will also understand photographers’ requirements Weddings are often long events, so it is important that your make up has staying power. Some professionals use special fixing sprays. Creating the perfect base is an important element for longevity.

A good hairdresser will want to know about your dress style, colour, and any accessories that you wish to wear in your hair in order to get a look that is totally complimentary. In addition to traditional veils and tiaras, sparkly clips and bands are available, or you may choose flowers to decorate your hair. If your hair is coloured, try your dress on with it to make sure the contrast is not too stark, unless you are seeking a dramatic look. Your final colour should be applied one to two weeks before. Conditioner is not recommended for your wedding day as it can make hair unmanageable. Products can be used to fix the style and add shine.

The right shade of foundation is essential, especially when wearing a strapless gown. Matching foundation to your collarbone rather than your face provides consistent colour on body, face and neck. It’s probably best to highlight either your eyes, or your lips. Highlighting both can look too heavy. Eyebrows need definition and you should choose waterproof mascara. Flash photography can annihilate your blusher and make you look washed out, so take test shots before your wedding day to find out what works best. Your choice of hairstyle will be affected by your dress shape, and the length and texture of your hair. If you are worried about appearing taller than your groom, you may prefer not to choose a style that’s too high on top.

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Finally, when booking a hairdresser or a make-up artist, you should consider their personality. You may be feeling quite stressed or excitable during your preparations, so choose someone who can help create a relaxing, calm and fun atmosphere, so that you enjoy getting ready for your wedding day. By Susan Brookes-Morris

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Cleaning your own oven is hard work, time consuming and dirty, but if you choose a professional instead, you’ll get a trained individual who can generally do a much better job in a fraction of the time!

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A typical clean takes 1 to 1.5 hours which will include the racks, shelves and pans as well as the interior and outside of the oven. It costs around £50, but do check exactly what is included in the price as many companies charge extra for items like grill pans. Members of The Association of Approved Oven Cleaners have completed training in Health and Safety and employment law, and do not use caustic or toxic products within your home. Weeds, moss and dirt are all too common additions to driveways and patios once they have been laid for a while. DIY jet washing can remove them but it is a messy, dirty job and can leave behind zebra striping and unsightly lines. A professional drive cleaning company will eliminate that problem by blasting the surface with high pressure water from rotary head cleaning equipment. The process removes weeds, surface grime, moss and algae and restores colour to once dull slabs and tiles. The job is finished by re-sanding the joints and a sealant can also be applied which will protect the surface and discourage weeds from re-growing. Cost depends on size and it is always a good idea to get more than one quote and to ask for references if available. So, spring into action and get those problem areas spruced up and gleaming!

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protects against parainfluenza virus and bordetella bronchiseptica. If you are taking your dog abroad, they may also need to be vaccinated against rabies. Cats – feline infectious enteritis, feline herpes virus, feline calicivirus and feline leukaemia virus (if they are at risk). Rabbits – myxomatosis and rabbit haemorrhagic disease (RHD). Many of these diseases are now thankfully very rare, but if an animal does catch one, they can be difficult and expensive to cure, or even fatal. Some can also be transmitted to humans. Your vet will give you a card to record when vaccinations are given. They should also remind you when boosters are due. Going to the vet on a regular basis, also means that they can keep an eye on your pet’s general health and spot any potential problems early on. Remember – prevention is better than cure! By Alex Brown

For the first few weeks of their lives, puppies and kittens will be protected from infections by their mother’s milk, as long as she has been regularly vaccinated. However, after this time they will need regular vaccinations. Puppies are normally vaccinated at eight and 10 weeks, and kittens at nine and 12 weeks, with an initial course of two injections. They will then need to be given a booster 12 months after their first vaccination, and regularly throughout their lives. Older pets may need additional vaccinations as their immunity can decline. Here are the main diseases that pets are routinely vaccinated against: Dogs – canine parvovirus, canine distemper virus, leptospirosis and infectious canine hepatitis. Dogs may need a kennel cough vaccine if they will be spending some time in kennels. This

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Members of the Maun Conservation Group planted 12 Rowan trees at Oakham Local Nature Reserve, Hermitage Lane, Mansfield, last week.  The Friends of Fisher Lane Park, Mansfield, and the Friends of Yeoman Hill Park, Mansfield Woodhouse, each planted a Beech and a Holm Oak in their respective park. The locations for the planting of the trees at Yeoman Hill Park were chosen to provide shade for people watching events in the park’s bandstand.  Three Rowan and two Silver Birch trees are due to be planted by the Friends of Forest Road at Forest Road Park, Mansfield, known locally as Spider Park, on Friday (22 March). Each of the Friends groups received up to £300 from the Greenwood Partnership’s Community Tree Planting Grant scheme for the trees. Staff from Mansfield District Council’s Parks department provided advice on the kinds of trees and dug the holes ahead of the planting.

Portfolio Holder for the Environment Cllr Philip Shields said: “We are fortunate to have very active and committed Friends groups across the District who play a vital role working alongside our Parks staff to improve our parks and ensure we provide excellent facilities for park users. “These new trees will further enhance each of the parks by making them more attractive, providing shade and improving biodiversity.”   For further information on how to contact or join your local Friends group please contact the Parks Development Officers on 01623 463 463.

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ion President Tony Pink (left) and Lion Alan Land helped the Edwinstowe and Dukeries Lions Club raise £891 for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The collection took place at Tescos in Ollerton and President Tony Pink said “On behalf of Marie Curie and The Lions I would like to thank everyone who made a contribution for The Great Daffodil Appeal. Thank you for being there for terminally ill patients and their families. Thank you to Tescos for supporting such a worthwhile cause.” Funds raised during the Great Daffodil Appeal enable Marie Curie Nurses to care for patients at home, surrounded by the people and things they cherish. To find out more visit www.mariecurie.org. uk/daffodil Interested in finding out more about the Lions? Call Jon Yarwood 07581 265531 or Steve Scall 01623 822976

are coming back to life with nature’s blessing. What is certain is that the local U 3 A membership is increasing month by month and indeed, at the March General Meeting, no less than twelve interested persons turned up to hear, and see, what their local U3A has to offer them. I can tell you that there are over twenty group activities available for members to participate in, ranging from outdoor pursuits, social events, educational offerings, travel opportunities, and games such as bridge and scrabble with which to become involved. Our General Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at the Jubilee Hall on Wellow Road, Ollerton. The next meeting is on Monday, April 15, starting at 1pm. Perhaps we will see you there? You will made to feel very welcome at your local U3A! For more information please call 01623 824789 0r 01623 862827.

DUKERIES U3A Despite the inclement weather, and despite the large number of virus’s that seemed to be circulating in the first quarter of this year, Dukeries U3A members were very stoic and business went on as usual. Yes, snowfall caused a couple of events to be cancelled, and less than the usual number of members attended other group activities, but none-the-less, the show went on. So it is to be hoped that when you receive this publication, the sun is shining, the temperature has steadily climbed throughout March and April, and gardens •OPEN FIRES / WOOD BURNING & MULTI-FUEL STOVES /AGAs •HETAS APPROVED STOVE INSTALLER •APPROVED CHIMNEY LINING •CCTV CHIMNEY CAMERA SURVEYS / REPORTS Home-sweep.co.uk •BIRD GUARDS / COWLS / CAPS SUPPLIED & FITTED •CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS SUPPLIED AND FITTED GREG DROZDOWSKI •MOISTURE METERS APPROVED CHIMNEY SWEEP •LUCKY SWEEP WEDDING APPEARANCES A MEMBER OF THE GUILD OF MASTER CHIMNEY SWEEPS •ABSOLUTELY NO MESS AND NO FUSS FULL PUBLIC LIABILTY INSURANCE AND CRB CLEARANCE

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Community

Sherwood Forest Probus Club The mens Sherwood Forest Probus Club based in Edwinstowe held their Club meeting on the 7th March at the South Forest Complex, Edwinstowe. The President, 15 members and 2 guests were given a talk by Mr. Trevor Springett on the “Museum Photography and excavation”. The talk was accompanied by a Power Point display. The next meeting is on the first Thursday of April (4th) when Mr. Paul FreemanJones will talk about “The Wills of the Rich and Famous” and in May (2nd) Mr. Peter Hull will be showing a film enttled “On The High Seas”. Any males who are over 50 and either retired or semi-retired can attend our meetings, for further details please contact the Secretary Keith Wardle on 01623 823006. Alternatively, just come along at 11 a.m. to any of our meetings and simply enjoy the company. The aim of the Probus movement is to give the opportunity for men to develop new friendships following retirement. Usually

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on retirement men still feel active and mentally alert and Probus can even assist in the transitional period, often from a stressful full-time profession. The word Probus is an abbreviation of words PROfessional and BUSiness but membership is not restricted to persons from these two groups. We embrace anyone who has had some measure of responsibility in any field and have interests in common with others and who have now have either totally or largely relinquished such responsibility. It offers such persons the opportunity to meet socially with fellow members and to become more aware of the enthusiasms and interests of others from talks, often illustrated, by guests speakers. We are offering you an added interest in your retirement and the opportunity to join a congenial social gathering from all walks of life. Why not give it a try? There’s no obligation but if you haven’t been to see us at youp local Probus Club, you won’t be able to answer the question “Is it for me?”.

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Spotlight magazine Mansfield North April 2013