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rn Lane onth in the Big Ba m ch ea s se es sin ne area 0 Homes and Bu Delivered to 6,00 Lane, Oak Tree Lane and Skegby La Little Barn Inside this issue: • Gone Fishing • Garden View • A Perfect Shower • Practical Fashion • Business Focus • Puzzles • Your Community info. • Recipe

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Spotlight on Mansfield Central Contents Garden View 6 Gone Fishing 8 A Perfect Shower 10 Pedicure Benefits 12 Puzzle Pages 14 Community Information 18 Recipe 22 Practical Fashion 24 Fencing. Fact or Fiction 26 Dare to Bare 27 Summer Camp 28 Index 30

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Hi everyone and welcome to the June issue of Spotlight Magazine. There is a definite feel of summer in the air this month. June has the longest day of the year, so let’s make the most of that, and it also heralds the beginning of Summer. Yipee! We have lots of interesting content inside this month, something for everyone I hope. If you are a member of a club, organisation or association, help to get the word out by emailing me the information and we can advertise your meetings for free. Please help our community by supporting our local advertisers and businesses. Spotlight magazine is delivered to 6,000 homes and businesses in the Mansfield Central area each month, with similar magazines also going to Mansfield South, Mansfield North and West Bridgford To Advertise or contribute: T: 01623 706570 E:

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t a time when I’m making preparations for my summer holidays and browsing through pictures of tropical locations, I can’t help but compare them with the images of England that I hold in my mind. It wasn’t until I visited America last year, that I realised how very English we are, and how we really do live up to the stereotype we’ve been given. I wouldn’t say I’m a shrinking violet when it comes to confidence, but I really did feel quite reserved. As a nation, I don’t think we’re very good at expressing ourselves, our thoughts or our emotions, and whilst I’m not advocating yelling at random people in the street because “your dust cart is blocking my parking lot” or applauding in the cinema (both of which I experienced whilst over there last year), I do think that when it comes to

Garden View

gardens we are, in the main, a little unadventurous. In fact, I would go as far as to say that a striped lawn and three borders are as traditional as our Sunday roast! But fear not, it doesn’t have to be this way. Expressing yourself outdoors needn’t mean exposing your inner most secrets, but I do think your outdoor space should reflect your personality. The residents at Bestall Towers are generally neat and tidy (in fact clutter makes my

Jobs to do this month (just for fun!) Plant up pots and containers with annual bedding plants. Go crazy and plant up a coloured glazed pot with a wild colour combo Re-shape your lawn and introduce new borders to break from the norm


head hurt), so my garden reflects this with its simple straight lines, well ordered borders, immaculate patio, and perfect lawn! So what does my garden say about me? I’m a clean freak, with an obsession for perfection and a need to control my environment … pretty accurate I’d say. So what does your garden say about you? Does it reflect who you are, or maybe who you were? Maybe it’s time for a change and to let loose that wild side, paint the fence black and plant only orange flowering plants. Whatever you do, break from the norm and express yourself. Contact Lee Bestall at www. Lee Bestall • 01623 706570 •

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Gone a’Fishing

n rivers and canals, streams, lakes, reservoirs and sea, angling is one of the UK’s most popular sports. It is estimated that 3.3 million people participate on a regular basis.

People enjoy fishing for a variety of reasons. Some love the peace and tranquillity they find outdoors. Others relish the opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals and take part in competitions, usually organised by angling clubs. Many pick up their rods each weekend because they enjoy the challenge of trying to outsmart the fish, deciding which stretch of the water to fish in, persuading the fish that the lure is food, and of course the thrill of the catch. Fishing enthusiasts need a rod, something to attract the fish, nets, and suitable clothing. Rods can vary hugely in price depending on their size, quality and specifications. Skills involve casting a rod, tying knots, and catching and releasing the fish. Fishermen (and women) believe it is the combination of good equipment and fishing skills that leads to greatest success.


There are a variety of different lures and baits. Natural baits include live worms and maggots. Artificial baits are often made from types of human food. Man made lures seek to replicate the food that fish eat. Different ones are suitable in different circumstances and most anglers have their favourites. Three types of fishing are most prevalent in the UK: Fly fishing - Used to catch fish like trout and salmon, as well as pike, bass and

carp. Fish are caught using very light artificial flies made by tying hair, fur, feathers and other materials together. They are cast with a fly rod and a fly line. Fresh water fishing - Uses water that contains minute quantities of dissolved salts. Some of the most important freshwater fish are bass, catfish, pickerel, pike sunfish, trout, salmon, muskellunge, sturgeon and

walleye. ‘Coarse fishing’ is the term used to describe fishing in fresh water for any species other than salmon or trout. Sea fishing - This obviously takes place in or by the sea. Most sea angling takes place from a boat, but it can also be done in estuaries, on piers and from rocks. Piers and jetties are ideal places for catching mackerel and codling. Mullet, flounder and dab are often found in estuaries and harbours. Conger eel live in the foam covered seas next to rocky headlands, and bass can be caught from beaches. There is a requirement for most anglers to have a rod licence and fishing permit. The Environment Agency oversees this and fines may be imposed for none compliance. Anglers must also abide by local byelaws. Izaak Walton was a seventeenth century fisherman who wrote The Compleat Angler. He famously said, ‘I have laid aside business and gone a’fishing.’ Why not join the 3.3 million people who regularly do the same? By Susan Brookes-Morris • 01623 706570 •

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The Perfect Shower

heir world may seem light years away from ours, but the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are no doubt experiencing similar wonder and excitement as they anticipate the arrival of their first baby. With around a month to go until Junior makes his or her appearance, now is when close friends or family members should throw Kate a baby shower, as a chance to impart a few pearls of wisdom whilst showering her and baby with gifts. Traditionally, a baby shower is thrown for first time mums-to-be by close family members or best friends a month or two before baby is due – just in case Junior decides to put in an early appearance - and before the expectant mum is too tired or uncomfortable to enjoy the event. Like any other celebration, a baby shower can be as grand or as simple an affair as you choose, but perhaps the best are kept small enough to hold in someone’s home where it can be kept cosy and intimate. Invitations should be sent out about a month before, and there is no easier way to do this than via email, text or Facebook. You don’t have to spend a fortune in time or money decorating the room to look fun and welcoming. A few balloons spruced up with say dummies, rattles


or teething rings are all it might take!

Similarly, by inviting guests to contribute to the food you can keep work and expense to a minimum, but you might want to come up with a list of suggestions if you want to avoid ending up with a dozen plates full of sausage rolls and very little else! The receiving and opening of gifts is possibly the highlight of any baby shower. You could leave it entirely to the guests to decide what to give, but it is becoming increasingly acceptable for the expectant mum to compile a wish list should guests prefer some guidance. No self respecting baby shower should pass without a few games. Some ideas include Guess the Baby (from photos guests bring of themselves); Match the Celebrity to Baby (from pictures which have been cut from magazines), Feed the Baby (spoon feed porridge or baby

food to your partner while blindfolded), or alternatively see who can guzzle down a bottle of milk the quickest!) or why not set a baby quiz? Finally, to ensure that the happy events of the baby shower remain emblazoned in the future mummy’s memory forever, have a memory book on hand for guests to write personal messages or words of advice, and consider capturing the occasion on camera.

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The days are getting longer and the weather finally seems to be over its ice age phase so it’s about time to get back outside again and enjoy nature. However, just because you’re trekking through muddy woods or just out for the day with the little ones, it doesn’t mean that you have to leave your fashion sense at home. Practicality and fashion might not always have gone hand in hand; just take a look at some of Vivienne Westwood’s designs. That being said, it is easy to dress sensibly and still look great so why not give it a go?

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omestic Fencing – Fact and Fiction There is a lot of confusion about who is responsible for maintaining fencing etc between adjoining properties. The following information will help. Fiction It is the owner to the left of a boundary who is responsible for maintaining fences, walls etc. Fact The title deeds show who is responsible for maintaining the boundary to a property Fiction A property owner has an obligation to erect a fence or other barrier around their property


Fact Generally, there is no obligation to erect a barrier unless you need to keep pets from straying, or there is a clause in the deeds stipulating it Fiction If the posts of a fence face your way you are

the owner of the fence Fact Though it is usual to erect a fence with the smooth side facing your neighbours, this is not compulsory. But if you erect



a fence, you are generally considered its owner Fiction If the fence you own becomes damaged, you are obliged to repair or replace it Fact You are only obliged to repair or maintain a fence if the deeds specify it, but if it becomes dangerous or causes damage, you could face claims for compensation if you don’t. Regardless of the law, it is good practice to work with your neighbours not against them, so if your fence needs fixing, just do it, or get someone in who can. By Debbie Singh-Bhatti




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e all know crash diets are a bad idea, but impending holidays cry out for a quick fix. If you need to lose a few pounds before jetting off to foreign climes, we offer a few helpful hints and tips that will have you feeling fabulous by the pool! Eat five or six small meals rather than three big ones. This will keep your blood sugar level steady and reduce cravings. Write down what you eat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this will stop sneaky snacking.


Limit the amount of potatoes, pasta and bread you eat and bulk up meals with vegetables. Raw vegetables are ideal because your body burns extra calories as it digests them.


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Eat slowly and concentrate on enjoying your food.

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The six-week school holiday looms. Up and down the country you can hear collective groans from working parents beginning to stress about securing holiday care for their children.

Most clubs will be registered with Ofsted and you can find details of their latest inspection at www. . It’s a good idea to visit the venue and speak to the manager. Make sure you are happy with the child/adult ratios and the qualifications of the staff – they should all have been

unless they are going out for a day trip. Make sure you know the arrangements for dropping off and collecting children, and what happens in an emergency. You will need to book your child’s place in advance. Check the session times carefully – some clubs may

Whether you need childcare while you’re at work, or a way to keep your energetic offspring entertained, holiday clubs can be a lifesaver. There is such a wide variety available that you are sure to be able to find something that suits both you and your child. Some clubs are run by local authorities and are based at schools, nurseries or community centres. You’ll find that places offering ‘before and after school’ clubs often have holiday clubs too. Others are linked to clubs offering specific activities, such as a sport or performance art. There are also some big companies offering schemes throughout the UK, such as Kings Camps (www. and Super Camps (www.supercamps. Visit www.daycaretrust. to find details of your local Family Information Service. They will have details of childcare in your area, including holiday clubs.


CRB checked. If you don’t know anyone else who has used the club, ask the manager to provide you with some recent testimonials. Try to see a timetable and photos of a typical day at the club. Activities can range from sports, crafts and cooking to quad biking, archery or trampolining. Many clubs will plan a theme for the day or week, and some may let the children choose what to do. Find out what children need to bring with them – aprons, trainers or drinks, for example. They probably won’t need any money

be half days, some will run within school hours, while others may be open from 8am until 5 or 6pm. Ask what is included in the price. Is lunch provided, or will children need to bring their own? Paying for a week is usually cheaper than paying per day. You may also get a discount for more than one child. Some clubs will accept childcare vouchers, and you can claim back some of the cost of Ofsted-registered clubs if you qualify for Family Tax Credits. Happy holidays! By Alex Brown • 01623 706570 •

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