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Spotlight on Mansfield South Contents 5 Best Diet Changes 6 Keep Warm This Winter 10 Puzzles 12 Style Solutions 14 Wedding Plans 16 Health and Beauty 18 Sale Savvy 20 Big Garden Birdwatch 22 Recipe 24 Community Info 26 Index 30

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A warm welcome to 2013, and congratulations on surviving Christmas, and we hope that you had fun in doing so. Here’s hoping that we can all stay positive and have a happy and successful 2013. Despite all the doom and gloom Spotlight magazine continues to expand and deliver a top quality product month after month. Thanks again to all our advertisers and readers for a great year in 2012, and if we continue to support our local businesses and communities, 2013 looks like being even better. Spotlight magazine is delivered to 6,000 homes and businesses in the Mansfield South area each month, with similar magazines going to Central Mansfield, North Mansfield and West Bridgford. To Advertise or contribute: T: 01623 706570 E:


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Best Diet Changes

A new year - a new start. How can you start improving your diet and your chances of leading a healthier lifestyle? First – eat breakfast! After many hours without food our bodies need refuelling to bring the blood sugar back up and ensure the brain and muscles are functioning properly. Eating breakfast aids concentration and creates energy. Drink more water We lose on average 2-4 litres of water a day, which needs to be replaced. Current advice is to drink 6-8 glasses daily to ensure that our brain, blood and muscles are able to function at their best. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Their vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, whilst antioxidants fight cancer and disease, and fibre cleanses the gut. We should eat five portions per day. Eat less red meat Reduce the risk of bowel and other cancers. Health experts suggest 500g per week (the equivalent of one steak, one pork chop, 2 sausages and a portion of Bolognese sauce) or 70g per day (three rashes of bacon). Eat more consciously Take time to really taste and savour the food in your mouth. Be aware of the textures and flavours - and chances are you will enjoy your food more whilst eating less of it! Remember, you are what you eat. Eat healthy, be healthy! • 0115 822 4995 •

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Keep Warm This Winter


n the dark, dank days of January, it’s vital that we keep ourselves warm. For older people particularly, cold weather can lead to health problems such as chest infections, heart attacks and strokes. The Government recommends that we keep our main living room between 18 and 21°C, and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°C. You may be eligible for Winter Fuel Payments of up to £400 if you were born on or before 5 July 1950 – call 08459 151515 for details. Also, the Warm Front Scheme (0800 316 2805) offers grants for heating and insulation improvements. Make sure you wrap up warm when you’re indoors and out, at daytime and night. Several thinner layers are more effective at trapping heat than one thick layer. Thermal underwear is a great investment, and a hat, scarf and gloves will stop you losing body heat.

There’s nothing worse than being cold in bed, so use an electric blanket or hot water bottle before you get in, and wear bed socks. Eat plenty of warming stews and soups, and have regular hot drinks. Spices such as chilli, cayenne pepper, cinnamon and ginger will warm you up from the inside! It is also important to keep active – try to move around at least once an hour. Alex Brown


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Style Solutions for Bay/Bow Windows Part 1 tracks and poles It always seems such a simple task to buy a curtain pole for a Bay window. However there is quite a lot to think about first. Don`t make the mistake of buying a pole which is simply not suitable and makes your curtains very difficult to draw.

2.The second type of bay pole uses open/ passing brackets and C shaped rings so that the curtain can be drawn past the bracket. These typically cost around £200 but it is not always that straightforward to ease the curtain past the bracket to open and close your curtains.

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Wedding with a greater opportunity to choose vows, readings and music which suits the individuals, all weddings have strict legal requirements. Your eligibility to marry will be checked, and your service must fulfil established criteria. If you wish to marry abroad, you must meet your destination’s wedding requirements as well as UK law. You will usually require a ring or rings as part of the ceremony. The Catering

Many say their wedding was the best day of their lives! For others, the stress of planning the event turned the whole thing into a nightmare. So, whether your dream wedding is big and grand, or small and simple, here are some tips to help you have your perfect wedding day. Some couples will pick their wedding date first, whilst others will choose their venue. If you have a strong preference for a particular date, then do try and book at least 12 months in advance as the most popular venues soon become booked for prime dates. Whilst a Saturday Summer wedding remains the most popular choice, some couples are increasingly taking advantage of discounted off peak and last minute wedding packages. The Ceremony To become legally married, you can choose a religious service, a civil ceremony, or get married abroad. Churches may require you to attend regularly, be baptised and /or live in the parish, so check this in plenty of time to avoid disappointment. Whilst many feel a civil ceremony can be more personal

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SALE! No matter where you look or where you go, the message at this time of the year is the same: now is the time to bag yourself a bargain. Yet even though buying items in the sales can make your hard earned cash go further, please remember that you are still spending money, not saving it! Here are a few tips for getting the best possible deals without ending up with buyer’s remorse!

Alternatively, why not shop online? Still do the research, but buy in the comfort of your home without having to wrestle your way through a busy store. Online shops usually give some indication of stock levels. If they only have a few items left then make your purchase at the beginning of the sale, but if there are plenty, why not wait a week or so to see if the price drops further?

First of all, do your homework before the sales start. Visit your favourite shops and pick out the items that you really want to buy, and even try them on beforehand. Make a list and stick to it, then when the shops open you can make a beeline for the items you want without wasting time, and risking life and limb battling with a hundred other shoppers who are elbowing their way through the pile of reduced items!

When deciding what to buy in the sales, don’t choose anything that you wouldn’t be tempted to pay full price for. If you don’t love it, don’t buy it – or you could end up with something you won’t wear and it will end up being a complete waste of money – no matter how much you ‘saved’ compared with the usual price! When tempted to buy something, ask yourself whether you already have something like it in your wardrobe at home. If you do, it begs the question, do you really need it? You might have a penchant for a particular style or colour, but honestly, how many black pencil skirts do you really need?! That said, it is much better to buy items that you can add to your capsule wardrobe than it is to snap up a statement jacket, or bizarre shirt, that will only team up with one or two pieces in your clothing collection - even if does have 70% off! Stick with classic, timeless designs in tonal colours that suit your skin type, and in styles that flatter your body shape. Choose neutral colours which can be dressed up or down with colourful accessories and your clothes will go much further! So, armed with this guide to savvy sales shopping, go grab yourself a bag and bag yourself a bargain! Debbie Singh-Bhatti


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Big Garden Birdwatch Take part on January 26th-27th Did you know that British gardens occupy twice the area set aside for nature reserves? This means they play a vital role in wildlife conservation. How you can help Put up nest boxes and roosting pockets These provide places for birds to breed and sleep. Set up feeding stations High energy foods like stale cake, biscuits, pastry, pasta and potato are enjoyed by many birds. Raisins and other dried fruit are welcomed by Blackbirds and Thrushes. Most garden centres stock a variety of proprietary bird seed and nuts which appeal across the species but don’t forget to scatter some under hedges for shy birds like Dunnocks and Wrens who prefer to feed on the ground.


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Marmalade & Chocolate Shortbread January is the season for blood oranges. This recipe was a favourite childhood tea time treat, made with our Gran’s special home-made marmalade. If you make your own marmalade then you’re good to go: if not buy the best quality marmalade you can. Makes 24 Preparation time: twenty minutes plus 30 minutes chilling time. Cooking time: 40-45 minutes Ingredients 300g plain flour 50g finely ground rolled oats 250g unsalted butter (slightly softened and chopped into cubes) ½-1 tsp salt. 110g caster sugar Zest of an orange 115g good quality orange marmalade 100g good quality dark chocolate, roughly chopped

Method Grease an 18cm x 28cm rectangular baking tin (non-stick is best). Mix the flour, rolled oats and salt together. You can process them if you want a really fine mix or if you only have normal oats. Beat the butter, sugar and orange zest together until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in the flour until the shortbread mixture sticks together in small clumps. Press a little more than half the mixture into the greased tin. Level and smooth the top. Spread this base with the marmalade and sprinkle the roughly chopped dark chocolate over the top. Crumble over the remaining shortbread mixture then refrigerate for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 150C / Gas Mark 2. Bake shortbread for 40-45 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool in the pan and cut into 24 before it cools completely. Notes: Milk chocolate can be used instead of dark. The resulting shortbread will be sweeter. Lime marmalade can be substituted with equally delicious results. The shortbread will keep in an airtight container for up to three days.


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Whats happening in your area? 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 Dance? Me? Music? Michael Buble, Amy Winehouse, Lady GaGa? ..... like them and dance to them. Learn every Tuesday night at Rainworth Miner’s Welfare. This is a PARTNER DANCE which is easy. Our lessons show you a dance which is a simplified mix of all the styles you have heard of. It’s simple and can be danced to most types of music. Bring both your left feet. No need to take a partner, they are already there !!! Get Sociable and Get Fit. Rainworth Miner’s Welfare. Tuesdays 1930 to 2230. Notts Orienteering Club is a not-for-profit community sports club run by volunteers. We offer beginners orienteering sessions in the community for people to learn how to read maps and get a bit of gentle exercise at the same time. We have three evening sessions available in Worksop, West Bridgford and Mansfield on Tues and Wed evenings. For more information call Catherine on 07940575758 or e mail Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood MP Advice Surgeries Please phone the Constituency Office on 0115 968 1186 for an appointment or email 2nd SATURDAY EACH MONTH* (10am – 12pm) at Under One Roof, Vine Terrace, Hucknall NG15 7HN 4th FRIDAY EACH MONTH* (5.30pm – 7pm) at The Dukeries Complex, Whinney


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Setting New Standards In Funeral Services “Trust the people who care”

. Extensive refurbishment creating large modern, comfortable premises. .Quality reception areas including the Chatsworth Conservatory. . Automated doors & ramped access. . Pre paid funeral plans. . Modern fleet of vehicles. . Large landscaped parking area. . Bespoke hand made memorials

11 Poplar Grove, Forest Town, Mansfield, Notts, NG19 0HW Tel 01623 621114 “A haven of calm to create your personalised & individual service” e mail us at


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Libretto – White Avola

We have the largest range of fitted bedrooms in the UK to choose from

We offer a free creative design service and a detailed 3D drawing as standard

Every room is fully project managed, we take care of everything

We are a family business with over 80 years’ experience

You buy direct from the manufacturer and save money

We offer a full 10 year guarantee

We support the Woodland Trust and plant a tree for every room installed

Visit your local

Hammonds store to request a free brochure or book a design visit;

Castle Boulevard, Nottingham NG7 1FN quote ref 9416

0115 950 9194

*Terms and conditions apply. See in-store or online for full details. Offer ends Monday 28th January 2013.

Fitted Bedrooms

Sliding Wardrobes

Home Office

Fitted Kitchens

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