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ISSUE 27 JULY 2012

W S Ingham & Son Ltd

Independent Family Funeral Service Private Chapel of Rest Set in Beautiful Landscaped Gardens Large Car Park

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Hill, ch month in Berry rpe ea s se es sin Bu d es an and Bilstho Delivered to Hom m Harlow Wood ha ak O h ig H , th or Rainworth, Blidw Inside this issue: • Are You Secure? • Recipe • Age UK • Garden View • On Your Bike • Business Focus • Puzzles • Your Community info.


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Spotlight on Mansfield South Contents Hello everyone,

Recipe 6 Garden View 8 Business Focus 10 Are You Secure 12 Blidworth Historical Soc 14 Age UK 17 W S Ingham 18 Health & Beauty 20 On Your Bike 22 Community Information 24 Puzzle Page 26 What’s Your Sport 30 Index of Advertisers 34

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Well it’s summer, and it’s raining. Must be Wimbledon! Its traditional I suppose. Plenty of good reading in this months mag, so I hope you find something of interest while sitting with feet up over a cup of coffee. If there is anything you would like to see in the magazine please let us know, also if you have any events or activities that we should all know about just email me and we will try to fit it in the mag. Thanks as ever for your support for our local businesses and community Dave Spotlight magazine is delivered to 6,200 homes and businesses in the Mansfield South area each month. To Advertise or contribute: T: 01623 706570 E: info@spotlightlocal.co.uk Web:www.spotlightlocal.co.uk

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Lifestyle & Leisure Recipe

Strawberry Buttermilk Pudding Cake with Mascarpone A delicious summery treat, perfect for serving while watching the Olympics. Serves 9-12 Preparation time 25 minutes plus 30 minutes cooking time. Ingredients 60 ml cup water 1 ½ tsp cornflour 160g caster sugar (100g for the strawberry syrup and 60g for the sponge) 300g sliced strawberries 125 g plain flour 1 ¾ tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 1 large egg 115g buttermilk (or yoghurt) 115g unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 225g Mascarpone cheese 3 tablespoons icing sugar

In a large bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk (or yoghurt), melted butter and vanilla extract. Whisk in the flour mixture until just combined, be careful not to over mix. Add half of the strawberry mixture to the baking dish, spreading it evenly over the bottom. Next, place the batter in large dollops over the fruit and spread evenly, being careful not to mix the fruit with the batter. Finally, spoon the rest of the fruit mixture over the batter, making sure to distribute that evenly as well. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack for at least five minutes before serving. Meanwhile whip the mascarpone and icing sugar in a large bowl until light and airy. Top each slice of pudding with a generous spoonful of mascarpone.

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Method Preheat your oven to 200C. Butter a 20cm x 20cm glass or ceramic baking dish. Set aside. In a small saucepan, combine the water, cornflour and 100g of the sugar. Bring to a simmer, add sliced strawberries, and cook for about 3 minutes or until the strawberries become slightly syrupy. Remove from heat and set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and the remaining 60g sugar.

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The Great British Tradition

uly is the beginning of the school holiday period, and as many people dream of their annual trip, there’s no better place I’d rather be than in a garden. Whether I’m surrounded by the sweet smelling jasmine on a formally planted Italian hillside, or the heady scent of Lavender in southern France, or the gentle aroma of the old English rose, if the sun is shining and I’m sat in a space filled with plants, I’m on holiday. I guess it’s lucky that I have a great garden at home, which makes me feel like that every time I step into it.

provide many scenic walks through the woodland and the smell of the fresh clean air really does cleanse the soul. It’s as if you can smell the earthy growth of spring. After a few months back at home our next trip took us to the beautiful gardens of Devon and Cornwall, where a visit to the fabulous Lost Gardens of Heligan and the Eden project were combined with more modest privately owned back yards where lots of homemade scones were consumed!

We then moved across the country to stay with friends in Kent, ‘The Garden of England’, where we visited a host We’re not going on holiday this year as of National Trust gardens, as well as I’m hoping for a great British summer, Sissinghurst (famed for its white garden) (support the nation during the recession and Great Dixter (home of the belated and all that), so Christopher Lloyd), we’ve decided to and finally up to the holiday at home Cotswolds to see Jobs to do this month which I believe is Laurence Johnson’s fashionably known Hidcote and the Dead head flowering shrubs such much talked about as a ‘staycation’. as roses for continued flowering. Instead of lining private garden of the pockets of Prince Charles. Paint the fence and other wooden our European neighbours, we’re Quite a year and structures going on a road trip quite a trip, a very around our country British summer Raise the height of the blades on to see how many filled with afternoon the mower so you don’t stress out gardens we can tea, cucumber the grass too much cram into one week. sandwiches and a G&T … Take cuttings from Dianthus The last time we (Pinks/Carnations). did this we began Game of croquet our trip in May, in anyone? the Highlands of Ensure Camellias and Scotland, where we Rhododendrons are fed and were just in time for watered to ensure great flowers the fabulous array next year of Rhododendrons and Azaleas. The cool damp gardens

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Are You Secure

oing on holiday is something we look forward to, a break from the rat race for a week or two. Of course the last thing you want to do while you’re away is worry about whether your home is safe, so here are some simple tips on security which will help to ensure that everything is how you left it on your return. If you have milk or newspaper deliveries, make sure they are suspended while you are away. Ensure your valuables and jewellery are locked away out of sight, or place them in a safety deposit box with your bank. You can buy timers that will switch your lights and radio on and off at pre-determined times, giving the impression that someone is in the house.

Turn the ringer volume down on your telephone so no-one can hear in passing that your phone isn’t being answered. Probably most important thing to do is make sure you’ve locked up properly! Check all your window locks, and make sure all doors are fully locked too. Enjoy your holiday! Rita Williams-Hall

Ask a good friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your house. Never leave your keys under a mat or flowerpot. If your house has a driveway where you normally park, ask a friend or neighbour to park their vehicle there occasionally.

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Community

Blidworth & District Historical Society At our June meeting members welcomed speaker Carol Barstow whose talk on meals in Georgian times was fascinating, informative and very tasty! Carol gave her talk in Georgian costume and provided members with samples of food made by herself from recipes of the time. These included ‘wiggs’, a type of scone, ‘pyes’ and various puddings, many topped with lemon cream. During the refreshment break members were able to chat to Carol, taste her food and guess the use of the Georgian kitchen implements that she had brought along. Examples from the Society’s photo archive were also available for members to view. The History Society exhibited a selection of old Blidworth photographs, books and old colliery charts at the Jubilee Party on June 5th held on the playing field behind the Wefare. It was very well attended and many visitors came and reminisced about the village of long ago. Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 3rd July when we will welcome Tony Higton

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and colleagues from the Nottinghamshire Victoria Cross Society. Their illustrated talk will be about Nottinghamshire people who were awarded the Victoria Cross. It will be an opportunity to remember the bravery of our local people at times of conflict and should not be missed. After refreshments we will be screening a selection of recently found photographs of Blidworth in the 1980’s. Some of these scenes will bring back memories for most people who have seen Blidworth change over the years. We meet at 7 pm at the Methodist Chapel on Main Street, Blidworth. Parking is available at the rear. New members are always welcome, just turn up on the night. There is a small charge of £2 which includes refreshments. If you have any photographs of the village and its people that we may copy and add to our archive we would be most grateful. Should you require further information please contact Dale Smallwood, Secretary. Telephone 01623 479978 or visit our website. www. blidworthhistoricalsociety.co.uk

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Age UK Business Directory

ge UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire is celebrating the 4th anniversary of the local Age UK Business Directory of Trusted ‘checked’ businesses. The online directory was launched to help older people, their carers, families, and friends connect with companies and organisations, offering reliable products or services. Although originally set up to help people in later life, anyone can access and use the directory. Age UK Nottingham & Nottinghamshire is currently working with over 200 local reputable businesses. All members of the directory are fully insured, reference checked and are committed to the local Age UK Customer Charter. Age UK also

act as a mediator should any problems occur. The site includes businesses such as; Builders, Decorators, Gardeners, Plumbers, Electricians, Roofers, Handyman, Solicitors, Mobility Aids, Carers (just to name a few). So please visit www.aubd.co.uk If you do not have access to a computer, Age UK has provided a free phone number so that our trained staff can consult the directory for you and provide you with the contact details of the most appropriate businesses. Simply call 0800 011 4643.

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Business Focus

W.S. Ingham & Son Ltd W.S.Ingham & Son Ltd are delighted to announce the completion of the extension and refurbishments to their funeral service premises.

Upon his death the business was passed onto his Son Mr Gordon Ingham. Today the company is run by Gordonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Son Mr Tony Ingham.

The property has been tastefully redeveloped with attention to the finest details and needs of our many local clients and their families.

The original building and Chapel of rest was officially opened on Tuesday 6th January 1981 by Canon Robert Warburton the Rural Dean of Mansfield

Much of the development work has been undertaken with input from the most important people, our clients themselves.

The Re-Developed Premises was officially opened on Friday 29th June 2012 by the Mayor of Mansfield Mr Tony Egginton.

The family business was founded in the 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by Mr Walter Sydney Ingham.

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Purpose and customer friendly built facilities now include:

You and your family are always assured a warm welcome and smile from our fully trained and courteous staff. A selection of complimentary hot and cold drinks are readily available.

• Large Car Park adjacent to the main entrance. • Disabled parking and facilities.

W.S.Ingham & Son thank all their clients for their support and input during this project.

• Energy efficient buildings utilising the very best of solar powered technology. • A large modern, airy and welcoming reception area.

“Trust the people who care”

• High quality and totally private meeting and arrangement rooms. • Two private family viewing lounges. • A large conservatory to relax in whilst enjoying the landscaped gardens. • A beautifully presented and tranquil memorial viewing area.

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Pedicure Perks.........

veryone knows that it feels nice to receive a pedicure. Getting some extra time spent on pampering the toes and legs is always welcomed.

There are also physical benefits to enjoying a pedicure on a regular basis. While your pedicurist is working on your feet, they are doing more than just playing with your toes! By removing the dead skin and calluses with either pumice, or other implements, your pedicurist is helping to improve the appearance as well as your comfort. Having calluses on your feet can cause uneven pressure when you walk or stand that can also lead to the pain you feel when on your feet all day. Many pedicurists also use foot reflexology while giving pedicures. This helps stimulate the blood flow to the feet and legs and provides the relaxation you feel when someone is massaging.

spots on someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foot sends signals to other parts of the body to encourage overall health improvement anywhere in the body. Depending on the amount of pressure, the area being worked on, and the ailment of concern you can see results from eyes to liver to solar plexus. In the case of spa pedicures with various scents there are additional benefits above and beyond the physical. It has been studied for years that certain scents and oils can be beneficial for improving circulation, focus, memory and mood. Pedicures that incorporate scents often have several of these benefits included with them. Leaving the salon with pretty toes may seem like the only reward you get, but you are also gaining a good mood and better health. Besides, it never hurts to have pretty toes.

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Lifestyle & Leisure On Your Bike

So you’ve decided to join the biking brigade, but how do you go about choosing the right bike for you? First, decide on the type of cycling you intend doing. Will you be cycling as a means of transport, or purely for recreation? Then choose your bike accordingly.

Is the future two-wheeled? I don’t know about you, but I dread each visit to the fuel station at the moment because I never have a clue how much a litre of diesel is going to cost. I do wonder if running a vehicle will be an unaffordable luxury in a year or two’s time. But maybe I shouldn’t despair, perhaps there is a solution to at least some of our transport problems which, in addition to being fast, cheap and reliable, is also good for you and the environment! “On your bike,” I hear your sceptical retort - and you couldn’t be nearer the truth! Travel by bike does not require vehicle tax, an MOT, breakdown cover, or a visit to the fuel station. It is convenient and efficient, and usually avoids road works, traffic jams, vying for parking spaces and other road hazards that raise the blood pressure. It firms the thighs and buttocks, tones tummy muscles and increases the metabolic rate. Now if all that isn’t enough to make you jump up and don helmet and reflective armbands, I don’t know what will!

Traditional bikes are a great low maintenance option for everyday use but tend to be a bit heavy. If you are willing to sacrifice comfort in favour of speed, then a racing bike may be the one for you, but perhaps the most popular and practical choice is a mountain or hybrid bike, with their strong frame, knobbly tyres and wide range of gears that cope well both off and on road. Before venturing out, make sure that both brakes work well, both tyres are pumped up and that the saddle is the correct height. Check that the handle bars are tightened, and be sure to wear light coloured or fluorescent clothing that won’t get tangled in the chain or wheels. Wearing a helmet, though advisable, is not required by law. Don’t cycle in too high a gear as this will tire you and keep at least a metre between you and the kerb. You aren’t allowed to cycle on the pavement, but you can use the bus lane if you need to. So, armed with all these hints, tips and facts, there’s nothing left for you to do now but get on your bike and save yourself a small fortune at the fuel station! Debbie Singh-Bhatti

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Community Information

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 info@spotlightlocal.co.uk 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. Rainworth Village Hall proudly hosts: Summer Fun Day Sat 14th July Free Event! 11am onwards Stalls, arts & crafts, games and family fun! Bouncy castle, fire engine, police visit, Dance show, live music, hot & cold food Licenced bar, entertainers and lots more! The queen will announce the winner of the Inter-schools challenge! Bring your family for a great day 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 hubclob@noc-uk.org Mark Spencer MP for Sherwood MP Advice Surgeries Please phone the Constituency Office on

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0115 968 1186 for an appointment or email mark.spencer.mp@parliament.uk 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 Lane, Ollerton NG22 9TD *Except for August and some Bank Holidays 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 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

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Puzzle Page How to play Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9, with no repetition! That’s all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up. It’s fun! Challenging! It’s addictive!

Crossword Clues Across 1 Type of tyre (6) 4 Mountain lion (4) 7 Worth (5) 8 Nuts used in marzipan (7) 10 Skin irritation (4) 11 On the same side (sport) (8) 14 H20 (5) 15 Cost (5) 18 Mystery (8) 20 Prophetic sign (4) 22 Opposed to (7) 24 Precise (5) 25 Remain (4) 26 Dress-down ______ (6) Down 1 Not keen (9) 2 Bambi (4) 3 Awestruck (6) 4 Expert (3) 5 Among, in the middle of (5) 6 Stay away from (5) 9 Recollection (6) 12 Travel with (9) 13 Devise (6) 16 Dairy spread (6) 17 Bring together (5) 19 Opposite of day (5) 21 Loan (4) 23 Evergreen climber (3)

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What’s Your Sport?

ollow the lead of the Olympic athletes and make 2012 the year you get into sport.

Athletics is always one of the most watched Olympic events and tickets are highly prized. Running is a great way to get fit – it’s free, doesn’t take much time and is suitable for all fitness levels. The Run England website (www.runengland. org) has pointers on how to begin. You can find details of your nearest athletics club via UK Athletics (www.uka.org.uk).

The world will be watching this summer as the Olympic Games comes to London. It’s the biggest sporting event on the planet, involving 10,500 athletes from 205 countries.

These elite sportsmen and women will have trained for years to reach the peak of their physical fitness. You might not want to reach that level, we all know the benefits being active – getting losing weight, achieving and meeting people. Why not use the Olympics inspiration to try something new?

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Before you begin, it’s worth asking yourself a few questions: What is your existing fitness level and what do you hope to achieve? Do you like to exercise alone, in a group or with your family? How much time and money do you want to commit? Would you prefer a creative activity, such as dance or gymnastics, a fitness regime or a competitive sport? Your local council is a good place to start your search. Leisure centres provide reasonably priced options for a wide variety of sports across all age ranges. Many offer subsidised and even free activities for people on benefits, older people, people with disabilities and students. They may run taster sessions so that you can try a new sport before you commit.

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Another Olympic sport that gets you out and about is cycling. You can either use it simply as a practical way to travel, or head for an off-road route. The Sustrans website (www.sustrans.org.uk) has a regional guide to beautiful places to ride. If you never learned to swim or want to improve your technique, or if you want to support your child to learn, www.swimming.org is full of tips, inspirational stories and guidance, such as what to do if you’re nervous in water. For animal lovers, horse-riding might be perfect choice. Whether you fancy a relaxing ride in the countryside or the challenge of show-jumping or polo, there are lots of opportunities. For details, contact the British Horse Society (www. bhs.org.uk) or the Association of British Riding Schools (www.abrs-info.org). Here are links to some more Olympic sports you could try: www.archerygb.org.uk www.britishfencing.com www.britishtaekwondo.org.uk www.canoe-england.org.uk www.britishweightlifting.org Whatever you choose, make sure you prepare carefully and stay safe. Remember, the most important thing is to have fun!

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