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Spotlight on Berry Hill, Rainworth & Blidworth Contents Health and Wellbeing Avoid Diabetes 6 All About Facials 8 Food and Drink Stubby Beans 10 Lifestyle and Leisure The 3 Best Resolutions 12 Get A Life Coach 14 Email Essentials 16 When Love Goes Wrong 20 Puzzles 24 Home & Garden Gardening page 26 Community Information 28-33 Index of Advertisers 34

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Are You Sweet Enough?

t’s January again, when many of us are feeling more than a little guilty about all the over-indulgence. We’re making resolutions to cut-down and shapeup. This article is not exactly good news for cake, biscuits, and chocolate-lovers, but the latest statistics for the growing crisis of type 2 diabetes, makes far worse reading! Baroness Young, chief executive of Diabetes UK, is determined to spread the word as some 2.8 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with it, and an estimated 850,000 more probably have it, but don’t yet know it.

your GP if you’re already experiencing increased thirst, blurred vision, tiredness and urinating more than usual.

All carbohydrates are converted to glucose in the body and our cells use this as their primary source of fuel. Glucose enters our cells using insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood glucose level, or when the body is unable to effectively use the insulin that is being produced, resulting in high glucose levels in the blood.

The New Year is a good time to start making changes. A chromium supplement may help if sugar cravings become a problem. Small regular meals, containing protein with vegetables, and healthy snacks, such as nuts and berries in between meals, will help to stabilise blood glucose levels and stop between-meal hunger pangs.

The biggest risk factors are: having a family member with the problem, being overweight, especially around the waist, and being over 40 years of age. People of South Asian or African descent are at higher risk at a younger age. These ethnic groups are generally less able to digest lactose (milk sugar). Research is also beginning into the growing evidence of a link between diabetes and milk intolerance.

Fortunately, eating less sugar, salt and fat and exercising more regularly will help to reduce the risk. You may need to consider diluting fruit juices and limiting dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, and sweeter fruits like ripe bananas and grapes which although packed with nutrients, do contain high sugar levels. White bread, pastry and white rice also create a sugar rush compared to the wholegrain version.

These days it is easier to cut down on fats rather than sugars. When offered sweet treats just decline politely, explaining that you’re sweet enough! Sue Blain Naturopath

Excess calories are stored as fat, and an accumulation of excess fat around the liver and the pancreas is thought to be a key cause of type 2 diabetes. Check your own risk score on Diabetes UK’s own website, www.diabetes. org.uk. You should consult

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And a Happy New Year.......! …2012, and what a wonderful year this promises to be!! This is the year to make time for you – a little bit of me time can only have a positive effect on your family, job and mental attitude. Finding just one hour per month can sometimes prove difficult but realistically, 1 hour out of 720? It’s also the perfect time of year to start a fabulous skincare regime to try and help combat the over indulgence of the Christmas and New Year celebrations. Facials have to be one of the most luxurious, beneficial and relaxing treatments that are available in a professional salon and encompass a vast range of options, depending on your individual needs and requirements. Facial treatments are primarily split into two categories – manual and mechanical. Manual facials are when machinery is not involved in the treatments and consists mainly of the use of the therapists hands

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– these facials are probably the most relaxing and utilise some fabulous skincare products from the 1st class professional skincare ranges. The main benefits are the absorption of prescriptive essential oils which not only have fantastic results on the upper layers of the skin, but also benefit the mind due to their inhalation. Mechanical facials are slightly more complicated to explain – There is such an expensive range of facial machinery and each machine is designed to achieve a different result. Whichever facial you choose to experience in 2012, firstly be sure to have a thorough consultation with your therapist to ensure you receive a personalised treatment procedure just for you and secondly, keep up your treatments regularly throughout to the year to ensure optimum results for your skin, and your mind! Jenny Dunville – The Alexsa ‘Beauty Doctor’.

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Stubby Beans

ecently I discovered the excellent food blog ‘Girl Interrupted Eating’, run by Becky. It’s a cracking read and Becky features some wonderful recipes. Recently she reviewed a cookbook, Valentine Warner’s The Good Table. This recipe was featured on the blog, and is an utterly delicious take on baked beans. Perfect for cold winter nights and nice and simple after all the recent rich festive fare Stubby Beans 500g of dried pinto, haricot or borlotti beans 2 smoked ham hocks (about 1kg) Knob of lard or butter 2 onions Few sprigs of thyme 4 garlic cloves 1 tsp English Mustard Powder 1/2 tsp of ground cloves 2 x 400g of chopped tomatoes 50g of dark muscovado sugar 1 litre of stock (or water) 10g flaked sea salt black pepper to season

30 -50 minutes hour with the lid off, or Becky recommends that you can transfer everything to the slow cooker on high for 4 hours. Strip the hock from the bones, string it and put the meat back in with the beans. (Becky points out that Valentine suggested if you kept the fat on, then slice it and pop it into a hot oven to crisp it up and eat as a snack or tasty side dish). Season to taste. Serve with cabbage or creamy mashed potatoes. Becky suggests an optional splash of Worcester sauce to finish. Check out Becky’s Blog at http:// girlinterruptedeating.wordpress.com Valentine Warner’s Book The Good Table – Adventures in and around my kitchen is available from good book sellers priced around £20

Soak the beans over night. Simmer the hocks for one hour Strip the leaves from the thyme sprigs and fry the onions with the thyme in the lard. You can use butter but the lard is more authentic. When softened add the garlic, mustard powder and cloves, cook for a minute Add the tomatoes and sugar. Add the drained beans to the casserole with the whole hocks (you can leave the skin and fat on or take it off), plus a litre of stock or water. At this point you can either cook in the casserole on the hob, simmering for an hour with the lid on, then

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The Three Best Resolutions To Make

t the end of the year, most of us tend to take stock and decide to make some changes: lose weight, spend less, stop smoking. The thing is, we are creatures of habit, and it’s difficult to change things, especially when we see them as a sacrifice. So instead of a long list of things that we may never get round to, here are my top 3 resolutions that you should definitely make. Smile more! It’s amazing how much brighter the world looks when you smile. The more you smile, the more people will smile back at you. Spread a little happiness to be happier, and it’s free! Change one thing. Just one thing might be all you need to make a difference. Drink an extra glass of water daily. Buy blue eye shadow instead of brown. What one thing

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can you think of that will shake things up? And finally, the most important of all:Don’t make any resolutions! Save yourself untold stress and just forget about it. When you are ready to make a change, you will do it, no matter what time of year it is. So, keep in mind your general goals, to be healthier, wealthier and wiser, but do it when you’re ready, not when the calendar tells you to. Happy New Year!

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Get a Life, Get a Life Coach! consider instead the best solution for the problem. The support offered through life coaching is often holistic in nature, and is aimed at helping the individual achieve overall wellbeing by setting in balance all aspects of their life. For example, they will be encouraged to evaluate their work and home life, health, finances and social life - thus helping them to achieve a fulfilling, successful and stress-free life.

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everal years ago I was making my way through the supermarket checkout, when a sign on the community notice board caught my eye: “A New You For 2002”. Intrigued, I stopped to find out more and ended up signing up for a year’s life coaching. The basic aim of a life coach is to help a person realise their individual potential. Through a series of coaching sessions that usually take place weekly and often over the phone, the coach helps the client assess their current situation, identify changes or improvements they would like to make, and then helps devise strategies, tools and techniques to achieve their goals. Key to the success of this process is the special relationship of trust that develops between the coach and the client. Coaching is offered in confidence and is totally nonjudgmental and impartial. Differing from both counseling and therapy, the emphasis in coaching is not on examining or diagnosing the past, but is more about planning for the future. Rather than focusing on how bad a problem is, the client is encouraged to

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The personalised support structure offered by life coaching helps the client deal with human factors like fear, doubt, a loss of stamina, negative thoughts and mental blocks that might otherwise get in the way of them achieving the results they desire. One ‘tool’ that might help change feelings of doubt and fear to ones of confidence and optimism, is the ability to recall happy, positive memories from the past. By engaging in regular coaching sessions, an individual is able to take time out each week to look objectively at their life. Without this discipline, many would not find the time to do it. Similarly, having someone to talk to and plan with each week, helps to keep them focused and motivated. So, take a look at your life as it is today, as it will be in the months and years to come, and if there are things you’d like to change to make your life run better, to realise ambitions, fulfill potential, be happier, less stressed, more profitable, more peaceful, sociable, or fun - maybe life coaching is the way forward for you! By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Business Focus Email essentials What does your email address say about you? Does it matter what your email address is? It may not seem that important, but it’s something you should consider. If you have your own website (and if not, why not?), it makes sense to use the same domain name, such as info@yourcompany. com for example. Having your own website but using a free service such as Google Mail or Hotmail just screams cheap and unprofessional. It says that you’ve probably paid for a cheap website package and it didn’t include email. That may or may not be true, but it’s the impression it gives. Especially if you have a small and basic website to go with it. What should go before the ‘@’? It doesn’t really matter. If its’ an email address for a particular person in the company, use their name. A common format is joe.bloggs@yourcompany.com. Small companies may just use first names, but adding a surname can make you appear to be a bit bigger and a bit more professional. If the email address is for the whole company, or for a specific department, use an appropriate term, such as accounts@ yourcompany.com or sales@yourcompany. com. Something like info@yourcompany. com or enquiries@yourcompany.com can be a useful generic email address if people aren’t entirely sure who, or which department, they are trying to contact. Beware that these types of addresses will get lots of spam though. When a spammer finds your website, it’s easy to just guess info@yourcompany.com, whereas john. smith@yourcompany.com is less likely to be guessed.

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What if you don’t have a website? Or what if you can’t use your domain name? If you have to use a free email service, you still need to make an appropriate choice. Everybody has heard of Hotmail and it is known for personal email. A business could come across as a bit unprofessional by using Hotmail. It definitely gives an impression of being a low tech company, so don’t use it if this is important for your business. Email accounts, from home phone providers give an impression of working from home. Again, this may or may not be important for your image. Google Mail probably has about the best reputation amongst free email providers. It is a popular choice for techies, so it gives a slightly better impression than Hotmail or Yahoo email accounts. People don’t like to use the phone any more, so if you have an email address and if you have an enquiry form on your website (and if you don’t, you should have) then make sure you check it regularly - at least a few times every day. Losing customers because you get out of the habit of checking your emails is crazy. If you don’t respond to emails, a lot of prospects will choose a competitor who does, rather than using the phone to call you. If you’re out and about a lot, its no excuse - you can easily have setup and check email on your smartphone. For help and advice on any of the above email Neil Duckmanton at solutions@ upbeatdesign.co.uk

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When Love Goes Wrong

their ex-partner, and they should register this interest with the land registry. A newly single person may also be eligible for new or additional benefits, so should inform Jobcentre Plus about any changes in their circumstances.

And they all lived happily ever after...” We are all familiar with the fairytale ending; the handsome prince and his beautiful bride sail off into the sunset to enjoy a rosy future together. In the real world though, it isn’t always quite that simple. Marriage often brings difficulties, and sadly around half of UK marriages now end in divorce. So in the absence of a fairy godmother waving her magic wand, where can we turn for help if it all starts to go wrong? In the past, marriage counselling has been regarded as a last resort to save a sinking ship and has had something of a stigma attached to it. In today’s world though, many couples have discovered that help from a third party, especially if sought early on, can help them resolve many issues that could threaten the health of their relationship. Counselling isn’t just about dealing with major problems like infidelity either. It can help with a whole range of issues, such as the effects of unemployment, illness, stress, children and financial worries can have on a marriage. If, despite all attempts at reconciliation, a couple decides to separate or divorce, it is likely to be a time of anguish and distress. As well as dealing with the emotional upset, there may also be financial implications, housing issues and childcare practicalities to sort out.

The bank needs to be informed and joint mandates cancelled to avoid the possibility of funds being cleared, and in some cases the account may need to be frozen. Whether there is a will in place or not, it is essential that this is reviewed to ensure that the correct people are listed as beneficiaries. Before starting divorce proceedings, a couple is required by law to attend a Meeting for Information and Assessment (or MIAM) with a mediator. Although under no obligation to continue with mediation services, a mediator is trained to deal with all matters relating to divorce and can help couples come to their own settlement with the least amount of antagonism or hostility and without the need for court intervention. The alternative is for a couple to settle entirely on their own, or with the help of a solicitor. For further information visit www.gingerbread.org.uk and see their factsheet ‘Action to take when a relationship ends’.   By Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Mansfield & Chesterfield areas and John is finding that his approach is a major factor in his success. ‘The truth

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Forever Green

f you didn’t manage to get out into the garden to do a bit of pottering over the festive period, I hope you at least had the chance to take a stroll in a beautiful green space for some fresh, crisp air. If walking is not your thing, what about some winter digging (weather permitting obviously) which is just the ticket for burning off that Christmas pud! But do be warned, it’s better to take it at a steady pace, because a sudden bout of hard work on a cold day can over stretch underused muscles, so be sure to warm up first (you’ll feel a bit silly doing star jumps in the front garden, but at least you won’t be out of action for the following week!). During January, the ground is often frozen and the plants are still fast asleep, but it won’t be long before the snowdrops are peeking through and the Hellebores are providing a bit of mid-winter sparkle. It’s during the darker months when you really appreciate those small pockets of colour, and also the importance of evergreens, especially those with well-defined structures. Shrubs such as Box (Buxus) clipped into tall slender cones, or Yew (Taxus) in perfectly trimmed spheres, are easily overlooked in summer when the colourful perennials are in full flower, but at this time of the year, when covered in snow or frost, they are a valuable addition to the garden. There may not be many jobs to do this month, but January is a great time of the year for designing and planning new projects. It might be that you want to begin growing vegetables this year and need to build a raised bed, it may be a border which looks tired or overgrown, or it could be a whole makeover. Whatever it is, plan it now and it will be much easier (and cheaper) come spring. The planning stage is the key to success. Think about a wedding, birthday or even Sunday lunch. Without planning,

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organisation and preparation, the big day would be a flop. It’s the same with a great garden; it doesn’t happen on its own! Happy gardening! Lee www.inspiredgardens.net

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fter a hugely successful launch in September, Razzamataz Mansfield is now embarking on it’s second term. Principal Claire Blower says “We’ve had a fantastic first term and the feedback from both parents and students has been excellent. It is so satisfying to see the kids having so much fun and making new friends whilst getting such excellent tuition.”

Limited spaces are available in Razz Minis (aged 4-5) and Juniors (aged 6-8) where 2 groups for each age group are already running. Spaces are also available for Inters (aged 9-11) and Seniors (aged 12+) To find out more or to book a taster session call Claire on 01623 636171 or email Mansfield@razzamataz.co.uk

Razzamataz offers exceptional training in Dance, Drama and Singing for children aged 4-18 including Street Dance, Pop Singing and Musical Theatre. Razzamataz Mansfield runs from Oak Tree Leisure Centre on a Saturday and currently has FREE taster sessions available. Claire added “Myself and my fabulous team of teachers are very excited about 2012! We have so much to look forward to including ‘Razz has got talent’ Scholarship auditions, our Summer Showcase and a West End performance in November, joining 11 other schools from around the country”

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Community Information These are free pages to publicise your local events and information. We would love to hear from you if you know of any event in or around the Berry Hill, Rainworth and Blidworth area; copy deadline is the 25th of each month. Please email info@spotlightlocal.co.uk LLoyd schools of Taekwon-do For all ages from 4-70, families welcome to train together and get fit All instructors are fully qualified, CRB checked, first aid trained and insured Build self confidence and make new friends Classes available 7 days a week throughout the local area web: www.lloydtaekwondo.com email: lloyd.tkd@btinternet.com tel: 01773 819824 First lesson free Bards at Blidworth meet at 10am to 12pm at Blidworth Library on the 3rd Saturday of each month, whether novice or experienced, all are welcome and all styles of poetry. Our first publication ‘Bards at Blidworth and Beyond 2011’ is due out this year. Meetings involve a workshop followed by a cuppa and chat and a readaround of member’s work. There is no entry fee but people sometimes make a small, voluntary donation as we hope to book guest poets in the future. The music and culture night (mainly folk music and song, sometimes poetry and storytelling) is an extension of Bards and is running every Monday at the Black Bull from 8pm to 10.30pm and includes a raffle. Performers and listeners are welcome! For more information go to http://www. christinemichael.org/bardsatblidworth and http://www.christinemichael.org/ musicandcultureatthebull

Music and Culture Night at the Black Bull Blidworth every Monday eve from 8pm Music is mainly folk but all types of musicians are welcome Performance poets and storytellers also wlecome And of course - an audience! Free entry - a raffle is usually held for a couple of items to be won Dance Fanatic School of Dance Based in RAINWORTH VILLAGE HALL. Small and friendly all ages and abilities welcomed. Ages range from 3 through to adults and styles include Ballet technique, Gym dance, Freestyle and Street. . One to one tuition also available. Annual show, exams and is a ADFP competitive school. I.D.T.A and A.D.F.P registered, fully insured and crb checked. More info contact kerri mason on: 07849549291/ dancefanatic@hotmail.co.uk Zumba Blidworth Miners Welfare, Mansfield Road, Blidworth, Notts Tuesday 6.00pm - 7.00pm £3 per session All abilities welcome also St Andrews Mission Hall, The Crescent, Blidworth, Notts, NG21 0SE Sunday 6.30pm -7.30pm £3 per session All abilities welcome Zumba Fitness Classes are now being held on Weds. Rainworth Village Hall, 7.45 - 8.45 - Thurs Rainworth Miners Welfare 8.30 - 9.30 Sun Rainworth Miners Welfare 11am - 12pm 3rd Rainworth Rainbow Guides are part of the Girlguiding movement. The unit is for 5-7 year old girls. The meetings are held every Friday [term time only] at the Methodist Church Hall on Southwell Road East - time 4-45p.m. to 5-45pm. Leader: Mrs Edith Mason - tele: -01623 796472

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Community Information Mansfield Museum ‘Going Out’ an exhibition by artists Jonathan Annable & Emma Gladwin Saturday 14 January – Saturday 25 February 2012 This exhibition will explore the works of Artist’s Jonathan Annable and Emma Gladwin. Both have been working professionally for the last 17 years and have had their work displayed in numerous national and international exhibitions and private collections. Their work takes inspiration is from the human form and microbiology. Jonathan Annable has started a new series of painting looking at woodland, water, natural landscapes, creatures and their relationship to man. New works and sketches from two years work are on display here in contrast to the large body abstracts that have started to evolve into more natural formed works.

‘Going Out’ is a new series and will take many years to complete, the body abstract series of works took over 15 years to complete. So look out in the future for more exciting paintings and sketches by Jonathan Annable. Emma Gladwin is also inspired by nature and natural forms for her ceramics, jewellery and felt works. She is the perfect compliment to Jonathan art and has exhibited with her husband on numerous exhibitions. She will be developing new works inspired by the going out theme over the next few years. Looking at making both sculptural and functional art works. Both artists hope you enjoy this new exhibition and if you require commissioned art or art classes run by the artists on a weekly basis at the museum and locally please visit their web site www. contemporaryfineart.co.uk or telephone 01623 755441 for the studios or mobile 07919125797

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