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September 2011


Mini Meadows GraďŹƒti Painting Hands Up Puppets Unusual Autumn Fruits Newark Blues Festival

Welcome Hello everyone, we hope you all had a pleasant summer. The start of a new school term is also the start of a few changes to “In Touch”. Since our last issue we’ve given our contents page a new look, leaving more room for interesting articles and features. As well as the usual competitions, we’ve added extra prizes for you to try your luck at. And perhaps the most exciting change is the launch of our website where you can not only read the current magazine from wherever you are, but also catch up on even more features with our new “In Touch Extra” section – you can read more about that on page 31. We hope you enjoy the changes, and we wish you a lovely September.

Contents Leisure Newark Blues Festival 20-21 Food & Entertainment 22-23 PAGE 6

Features Marcus Clarke Graffiti

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Lifestyle Pets Gardening Mini Meadows Finance Home

Health & Beauty

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Young People / ED Nathan Foad Zoë’s Page Coffee Break Children’s Prize Puzzle

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Age Concern 36 Sculpture 37 Important Numbers 38

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Marcus Clarke This month we speak to puppeteer Marcus Clarke, from Nottinghamshire, co-founder of Hands Up Puppets. He has worked on numerous projects, including the 1986 version of Little Shop of Horrors, two Muppets films and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, as well as BAFTA awarding winning children’s TV show, Bookaboo. Here’s what he had to say... Where do you get your ideas for puppets from? Myself and my partner Helena Smee always make our Hands Up Puppets together and the starting point can come from either or both of us, from joking banter, or from a discussion. Sometimes ideas for Puppets come from one of our own ideas for a kids TV series, as with ‘The Softies’. Sometimes an existing Puppet character inspires another, like when an established Puppet character needs a sidekick. Then the design of the sidekick Puppet is often dictated by the need for character separation from the existing character. With an ensemble of puppet characters this is especially important – that they all work together. Or a Puppet idea can come from the puppet making craft itself. “This is a very different material. I would love to make a puppet out of this”. The whole Puppet character creation process is always to some extent a collaborative one. You’ve worked on a number of cult classics. What was that like? Great fun because of the people and talent - all great film making learning experiences and very good for the CV and bank balance. Of course you’re always a very small cog in a very big machine on features. It’s just a case of doing what your told and when. The pressure is to be able to deliver in that way. I enjoy that now much more than I did then. You also write short stories and create contemporary art. What inspired that? My own writing came out of the need to put words into the mouths of my Puppets. My Nottinghamshire Short Stories are the result of me having honed that writing ability and of me now wanting to see how far I can go with that, expressing myself purely through writing.



My contemporary artwork returns me to where I was developing as an Art Student at Mansfield College of Art but adds to it my life and professional experiences. My acquired craft skills and know how enable me to more effectively explore my longstanding interest in visual semiotics. How long, on average, does it take you to create one puppet? About four weeks. Finally, what are your plans for the future? Making puppets is now only a small part of what we do but it remains the foundation. So we will continue to create puppet characters for the screen. We are currently breaking new ground and achieving outstanding results in this area. Puppetry Arts and Educational services development and delivery are a larger and growing part of what we do. We have come to this building on a successful commercial career rather than on just an Educational background. We will continue to develop and deliver Puppetry and Puppetry for the Screen Educational services and hopefully add to them with a live show next year. I also hope to have my first art exhibitions in NYC, Nottingham and mainland Europe next year. Helena has some writing and other creative goals, which I will support. They will push us and Hands up Puppets into totally new and very challenging areas - further opportunities to achieve and make a difference. The full version of this interview can be found on under ‘In Touch Extra’.

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Graffiti Painting This month, I spent a very enjoyable few hours with James from Image Skool, trying out a bit of graffiti painting. James first got into graffiti from listening to hip-hop as a teenager and seeing features in the magazines, and started with big sheets of wood his parents bought him, which he would paint, roller over and paint again. He did commissions, but left off, until one youth workshop 7 years ago got him back into it. Stepping into James’ garden, the first thing I noticed was a massive mural, a striking collaboration between himself (graffiti name Riot68) and his friend Lee (Mono), of a woman’s face and incredibly intricate, almost computerised looking text. From the outset it was clear that as well as being an incredibly talented teacher, James is also at the top of his field, practising his trade as well as teaching it – for me it was this that stood out. The transition from being skilled in a craft to teaching it is not always one without problems, but James seemed equally adept at both. James was very helpful throughout the workshop– he gave a quick demonstration of “can control” (you’d be amazed at how many different “strokes” you can create!) and then was eager to let me have a go. After a few minutes of panicking “I don’t know what to paint” “I’ve got no ideas” etc, I decided to start off with a traditional one, my name. James was the perfect blend of hands on and hands off, allowing me to find my feet myself, but also gently guiding me and giving me constant positive feedback. The outline of my name gave the finishing touches, and then I moved onto a second board. This time, I tried something completely different. I worked from a photo of my Mum (although I claimed it was “abstract” when she saw the likeness!) I worked from dark to light layers, and at the start I was despairing about the awful state of the outline, but after James encouraged me to continue, by midpoint, it was starting to take shape. Throughout, his creative flair was easy to see – not only was I able to try many new techniques with the spray paint, James also pointed out sections on his mural where he had used emulsion, deliberately allowed the spray paint to drip, and dragged the paint with his hands. Soon, I was dripping paint down the board and moving whole sections of paint with my fingers, something which was both liberating and created a fresh and eyecatching end result.



When I asked James if he preferred working with young children, teenagers or adults, he said it was impossible to pick, because he sees the person not the age, and really I think that sums up James’ approach – individual. The entire workshop was guided by me and really, like all good teachers, James very much took the backseat. James has run workshops for children, young people, children centres where one years old could take part, reception classes with parents and grandparents involved, and ones which are intergenerational, and I can imagine that he was equally as good at them all. In fact, after my painting James showed me part of his portfolio, and his talents in everything from screenprinting to film work and custom toy workshops are quite staggering, with his work exhibited everywhere from LA to Melbourne. Without hesitation, I would encourage anyone to book Image Skool for anything from youth workshops to private commissions – it was quite refreshing to see someone so creative talk with equal passion about his own work, and observe and interact so enthusiastically with my own. - James’ personal graffiti website To contact Image Skool Email Call 07789818204

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Caring For Your Budgerigar Budgerigars are friendly, cheerful companions for all age groups and are available in attractive and a sometimes unusual range of colours. The budgerigar is a member of the parrot family and originates from Australia. It is not possible to correctly sex very young budgies until they are at least three months. If cared for properly, your budgie will live a long and happy life, the average life span for a budgerigar being between 7 and 8 years Here are a few things to look out for to keep your budgie in top condition. Feathers - These should not be allowed to become too dry. You should use a suitable fine mist spray, together with a special solution to spray on. Your pet shop will advise. Some budgies do enjoy a bath but not all. Colds - Chilling causes colds. The bird will be listless, with feathers fluffed up and wheezing. Keep him warm and do not bath. Have a word with your local vet. Diarrhoea - This is commonly caused by an excess of green food, mouldy or contaminated food, a change in diet or lack of fresh water. Keep him warm, make sure he has plenty of fresh water and consult your vet. Mites - Usually the red mite, this is a parasite which feeds on birds’ blood, causing itching and weight loss. Mites are easy to destroy with a suitable spray. Your pet shop or vet will advise. Beaks and nails - Should they become overgrown you will need to get expert help. Feather plucking - This can be due to a poor diet, lack of exercise or stimulation. Spend time with your budgie and provide novel toys. If the condition persists consult your vet. A healthy budgerigar should be: Bright and alert

You should avoid putting the cage in draughts, direct sunlight or in damp or humid conditions. Sand sheets or cage bird sand should be placed in the bottom of the cage and replaced regularly. The cage should be furnished with perches of different diameter and one or two toys, but do not overcrowd the cage. Try and buy a selection of toys and rotate them to avoid boredom. Remove droppings daily. The cage and furnishings should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected with a pet-safe disinfectant weekly. Do not place perches directly above food and water pots. Only cover the cage at night if the room temperature is likely to fall. Feeding and Water A good quality budgie mixture should be available from your pet shop. Check the seed dishes daily and remove any empty husks. Refill as necessary. Millet seed can be given as a treat as can honey bells and seed bars. Fresh thoroughly washed green-food may be given, such as lettuce, chick-weed and dandelion. Be careful not to over feed though. Cuttlefish is a source of calcium and helps to keep the beak worn down. A mineral block will provide essential minerals and trace elements. Grit helps with the digestion and should always be provided. Food and water pots should be washed regularly. Fresh water should always be available.

Have no signs of discharge from the eyes or nostrils Have a clean vent area Feathers should be flush to the body and not be fluffed up Should have no signs of breathing problems Movement should be fluent with no signs of lethargy Housing Budgerigars can be kept in flocks in aviaries, or in cages either alone or in pairs. A roomy cage is advisable and should be large enough for your budgie to stretch its wings and fly from perch to perch. Budgies are climbing birds so it is preferable to choose a cage with horizontal bars. A removable tray will make cleaning easier.



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By unusual, I mean the sort of thing you can’t buy in the shops. Apples, pears, strawberries and raspberries are lovely, but you can purchase these in season and out. When did you last see a quince or some mulberries for sale? The quince (Cydonia oblonga) is a self-fertile, deciduous tree, ideal for the garden. There are many varieties available; ‘Meeches Prolific’ and ‘Vranja’ both have large fruit with a fabulous flavour. They will grow in all but alkaline soils, but if you can, give them a sunny spot and a little shelter. The fruit doesn’t swell until late in summer, so don’t be disheartened if it still seems small in midsummer. Ripening from green to yellow as autumn arrives, leave the fruit on the tree as long as you dare, but pick them before the frosts. You can bake quinces, pickle them, make them into a jelly or, best of all, use them in a tagine; they have been grown around the Mediterranean Sea for thousands of years. Mulberries (Morus nigra, alba or rubra) also grow on trees – in this case a slow- growing deciduous tree – they too, like a sheltered site in full sun and are self-fertile (so you only need to plant one. They are long, succulent berries with a flavour like no other; blackcurrant and raspberry with a touch of sherbet is as close as you can get with a description. Choose a named variety like ‘Illinois Everbearing’ which will give you large fruit within about 3 years from planting and is fully hardy. The best- tasting white variety is ‘Carmen’, but check for frost-hardiness in your area. You can eat them like any other berry fruit, or make them into a clafoutis instead of cherries. Oh, and make sure you are wearing old clothes to pick them, the juice of a dark variety stains purple!

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Allotment News Hello everyone, The allotment is now in full production, all the lovely fresh vegetables are our reward for all the hours of work that we put in earlier in the year. We are also gathering soft fruit, raspberries, blackberries and gooseberries in quantities that even our grandchildren aren’t able to eat. Some of the excess can be made into jam, but also it can be preserved in the way that our mothers and grandmothers used to do. In their day it had to be done in kilner jars and was quite a performance. Fortunately, modern jams have a very good sealing ring in the lid, quite good enough for our purpose. You can use any type of jar that has a pop-up button in the lid but avoid pickle jars because they hold on to the vinegary smell. Now to proceed, carefully wash the fruit and drain it well, line up your clean jars and lids and also a bowl of cold water, you will need a jam funnel, a serving spoon with holes in and a small ladle. Put 1 1⁄2”of water in an 8” pan, add 2 of sugar and bring to the boil. Next put in the fruit until it is almost covered in water and bring back to the boil, whilst this is happening wet your jar and put them in a microwave, give them 1 minute – this warms and sterilises them. Let the fruit boil for 1⁄2 a minute. Then using your serving spoon and jam funnel fill a jar to the top adding enough juice to cover the fruit then screw the lid on tightly and proceed again. As the jams cool you should hear a popping sound as the button in the lid goes down and shows that you have made a perfect seal. When the jars are cold, check the buttons are down, store in a dark place until you’re ready to eat them and enjoy! And of course, save all the fruit juice in the pan, and add jellies to it. Delicious!

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Paula Duckworth Mini Meadows Campaign

Welly Wanging for Wildlife at Wollaton (Wollaton Hall) – Sat 17 Sept 1.00pm-4.00pm.

The Mini Meadow Campaign aims to replenish just a little bit of Britain’s dwindling wildflower meadows – over the last 50 years Britain has sadly lost around 98% of these, and many animals, birds and insects rely on this threatened habitat for their survival. And that’s where the campaign comes in. The campaign is giving away 20,000 packs of wildflower seeds, each one containing enough seed to create a 1m2 Mini Meadow, wherever you have space. You could even create a Mini Meadow in a window box or a hanging basket. Each seed pack contains a mix of wildflower seeds specially selected to help attract a wide range of wildlife including bees, butterflies and birds. Once grown, your Mini Meadow will be a beautiful and colourful addition to your garden.

Southwell Ploughing Match and Show Sat 24 Sept 8.30am-6.00pm Newstead Abbey 11 September from 11.00am-4.00pm. Or simply by emailing with your details.

You can find out more about the campaign at http://www.nottinghamshirewildlife. org/campaigns/details/mini-meadows There you can also find factsheets on creating your mini meadow, wildlife gardening and shelters for garden creatures, as well as info on the flowers contained in the pack and last year’s campaign. Get involved!

The special seed packs are available to Nottinghamshire residents (one pack per household). You can get your hands on your seeds in one of three ways – by visiting one of the three major offices: Head Office The Old Ragged School, Brook Street , Nottingham NG1 1EA Attenborough Nature Centre Barton Lane, Attenborough NG9 6DY Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre Great North Road, Retford DN22 8RQ, or by attending one of the local events where the campaign will be situated:



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The third annual Newark Blues Festival will this year take place over the weekend of Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September. More than twenty bands will be playing over the weekend at venues around Newark. In addition to the venues there will also be a series of events hosted in the grounds of Newark Castle on Saturday 10th September and Sunday 11th September.

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Banoffee Pancakes Serves: 4

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Sift the flour into a bowl. Beat the eggs, add to the bowl along with the fromage frais and mix. Add the sugar, milk and vanilla essence and whisk to form a smooth batter. Chill for at least 30 minutes.


Meanwhile make the filling: roughly chop the bananas, mix with the yogurt and set aside.


Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan with Fry Light, place over a medium heat until hot. Add a small ladleful of batter, swirling to cover the base and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden and set. Remove and stack between non-stick paper while making 7 more pancakes.


To serve, top each pancake with the banana mixture and fold. Place 2 pancakes onto each serving plate, dust with cocoa and decorate with mint and fat-free natural fromage frais if desired.

ingredients 57g/2oz plain flour 2 large eggs 150g pot fat-free natural fromage frais 1 level tbsp caster sugar 142ml/1⁄4pt skimmed milk a few drops of vanilla essence 2 bananas 200g pot Toffee Müllerlight Yogurt Fry Light 1 tsp cocoa to dust mint leaves, to decorate



Tip: Bananas are extra healthy - they are rich in vitamins and minerals and are also a great source of fibre. This recipe is not suitable for home freezing.

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Jackie Kowalczyk


Jackie Kowalczyk opened her own Slimming World group in Newark because she wanted to help other people in the community to change their lives in the same way she had. She was one of only 28 Slimming World Consultants to reach the final of the club’s Consultant Slimmer of the Year 2011 competition.

Jackie Kowalczyk joined her local Slimming World group in April 2008 after struggling with her weight for 35 years. At her heaviest at 19 st 4 1⁄2 lb, she found that she was struggling to find clothes to fit her and always having to wear black tops and combats. After joining Slimming World, Jackie dropped from 19 st 4 1⁄2 lb to 10 st 4 lb in just 3 years. Like all members, she followed Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, filling up on satisfying ‘free foods’, as they’re called at Slimming World, like fruit and veg, pasta, rice, potatoes and lean meat and fish. She says: “As a slimmer being able to eat ‘normally’ and enjoy the same meals as your family while still losing weight is unique. It’s not a diet, it’s too generous to be called a diet. Just plenty of everyday healthy foods you can eat in unlimited amounts – with no weighing or measuring – and I still eat the same way now. ”


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Hypnotherapy for Children & Teenagers with Mark Ward of New Beginnings Balderton Prior to becoming a Hypnotherapist Mark Ward was a School Teacher and Sports Coach and had worked with children in England, France and USA. Now as a hypnotherapist he is able to use all his skills and experience to engage and empower children and teenagers to resolve issues, move forward with their lives and achieve their goals. Mark works with children from the age of 8 and has a valid CRB clearance. Mark answers the most common questions he gets asked: What can children and teenagers be helped with? Fears and Phobias Loss of a Loved One Worries/Stress Bed Wetting Exam/Study Confidence How does Hypnotherapy work with older children? Similar way to how it works with adults. When our body relaxes comfortably and the mind is in a calm, day-dream state, we are in a light state of hypnotic relaxation. Children experience this kind of state many times a day quite naturally; upon awakening or falling asleep, or just becoming absorbed in thought or in imaginative play. Children have a well developed sense of imagination and often imagine they are Harry Potter, David Beckham or another hero. Their unconscious mind is very receptive to positive suggestions and can come up with creative solutions to problems. They are often happy relaxing and enjoying a guided daydream full of positive suggestions to ‘act out’ in their imagination.

age and personality, I may help them relax using appropriate language for their age group, get them to imagine something as if telling them a story or as if they are watching it on a TV screen. There will be guided visualization of them overcoming their problems and always positive suggestions to boost their confidence. Parents are welcome to stay in the room although once children feel comfortable they tend to express their true feelings when parents are outside the room. How many sessions will they need & How long are they? This depends on what the problem is but, in general, most children have between two and four sessions. Some issues need only one session. I sometimes recommend a personalised Hypnotherapy CD recording for use after the sessions. Sessions usually last 45-60mins. Feel free to call me if you have any other questions about help for Children or Adults. Mark Ward PGCE, DipCAH, HPD, PNLP, PEFT, MNCH

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Young Talent....Nathan Foad This month we spoke to eighteen year old Nathan Foad from Newark, who has just been offered the golden ticket - a place at the prestigious Guildford School of Acting on the BA (Hons) Acting course. He will be amongst good company – notable alumni of the school include Brenda Blethyn (OBE), Celia Imrie and Michael Ball. Over to him... How did you get into acting?

at some point, but acting is all I’ve ever felt comfortable doing. I’ve always strongly believed I’ve been acting ever since I can remember. It’s that having ‘second options’ and ‘back-up plans’ always been something I’ve immersed myself would only hinder me, so I simply embraced my in, and I think it simply developed from there. ambition with full-force and hoped for the best. I began, like anyone does, with school plays and local youth theatre groups. From there, I What was it like when you found out you’d got auditioned for the famous National Youth Theatre, into Guildford School of Acting? and was successful in gaining a place. This was a I still remember the morning so vividly. I remember wonderful platform on which to build, eventually my mum bringing the letter in to my room, whilst leading me to deciding that acting would be my I was still in bed. As soon as I saw it, my stomach chosen career path. A bit of a crazy jump from dropped. It took me absolutely ages to be able local productions of ‘Annie’ I suppose, but you to open the letter, but when I did, I was literally have to begin somewhere! stunned. I genuinely couldn’t speak for a few What type of things have you performed in minutes. My parents were holding their breath previously? down stairs, so when I told them, I think they were more excited than me! Bless ‘em. I started with musical theatre, which will always be my first love in terms of performing. I’ve performed What will your course entail? in well-known shows such as Guys and Dolls, Much of the training is routed in classical acting, Bugsy Malone and Peter Pan, and I will always so naturally there will be plenty of Shakespeare be a singer at heart. I’ve been fortunate enough study. Then there’s everything from animal to train in skills such as puppetry and stagestudies to ballet. Of course, in the third year, combat as well, which were absolutely priceless there is a heavy emphasis on how to market experiences. I’ve acted in grittier dramas too, such yourself as an actor in the performing industry. as The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, in which Employability is key. I played an emotionally tortured children’s writer. That’s the only time I’ve ever had to die on stage, What are your dreams for the future? and the only time I’ve ever properly cried on cue! That role was such a challenge, but so rewarding. As much as I’d love to think I could tread the boards in London’s West End, or star in and write Have you always known this would be the my own comedy series like Catherine Tate, to be route you’d take? successful and happy would be more than I could ever hope for. It sounds cliché, but I’ve never truly considered any other path. I think most children express interests The full version of this interview can be found in becoming fire fighters, teachers or astronauts on


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Young people and the media The media seem to make up their own rules – they twist what people say, fabricate quotes and stories completely, and even with recent revelations, violate the privacy of vulnerable people. The media is ubiquitous and is undoubtedly here to stay in one way or another– every group of people in the world has a media presence of some sort, and one which always aggravates me, is the portrayal of young people. Overgeneralisations or stereotypes of any sort will always leave some people frustrated, especially when they’re so negative. It is impossible to open a newspaper without seeing some sort of youth related headline, either claiming that A Levels are easier than O Levels, young drivers are reckless, or that every teenager in Britain spends every waking moment binge drinking – in fact a survey by ‘Young People Now ‘ magazine saw that one in three articles about young people were about crime, and 71% saw young people negatively. That’s an overwhelming figure for an outlet which is supposed to accurately and fairly represent today’s world. I saw one shocking article which interviewed young people about speeding. The statistic said that


something like 52% of young people admitted to speeding on at least one occasion, and the headline read “majority of young people think speeding is acceptable”. There are so many things wrong with news like this for me– personally I think just over 50% is a very poor majority, the young people did not say they felt it was acceptable, just that they had done it at least once, and really, when broken down the statistic is not really that shocking at all, or one that should incriminate only young people. Speeding is doing 31 in a 30 zone, and I think that every driver in the country, young or not, has done that at some point, but the article made out that all young people were boyracing lunatics. Using statistics in such a twisted and confusing way is an easy way to produce a distorted view. How can anyone expect to inspire a new generation to do something amazing when all they ever see are headlines that proclaim they are nothing but obese, intimidating, binge drinking yobs? When the majority of articles are negative, all that will happen is that the self-esteem of our next generation will disappear to nothing. The print media will not continue for generations to come unless it can learn to appeal to every age, without deliberately persecuting any

Young People / Education

by Zoë Ashton particular one. I am not saying that young people should only be portrayed positively, because frankly, there are negative things too, but where are all the journalists when all these inspirational young people raise thousands for charity, improve their exam results or overcome impossible odds? From my experience with other young people, I refuse to believe that this portrayed negativity really reflects the majority of the youth today – there are far too many children and teenagers out there making their mark on the world and doing something positive. Young people will make mistakes, it is the nature of the time of life that they are in, but something I think is important for both the media and the readers to remember is that, at one point, perhaps a long time ago, they were young too.

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Coffee Break

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Competition winners from last month are:

Prize Sudoku

for a car or motorbike at Chapples Autos Complete the grid so that every row, every column & every box contains the digits 1-9. Please send completed Solutions to 98 Hawton Lane, New Balderton, Newark, Notts. NG24 3DN.

Word Search Puzzle S.Willbye of Cherry Holt, Newark wins £10 Voucher to spend at Sainsbury’s Supermarket in Balderton.

Please include your name, address & telephone number The first correct answer drawn wins. One entry per person. Closing date is 6th Sept’ 2011.

Sudoku Puzzle

Solution to June ‘Guess the Celebrity: Michael McIntyre Last months Sudoku solution

Coffee Break

Last months Word Search solution


Last months Children’s Puzzle

Jean Hall of Rowan Way, Balderton wins a free MOT at Chapples Autos


call 01636 674525

Guess the Celebrity Can you guess who the famous celebrity is? All correct answers go into a draw and the first one picked out wins a 3 week course of Boot Camp with PTT Fitness. Post or email entries to Winner of Guess the Celebrity Last Month: A.Polanek of Clumber Ave, Newark wins £10 Voucher to spend at Devon Croft Nursery

Children’s Prize Word Search Puzzle win £10 Look for the words listed in the puzzle below, all associated with going back to school. Words can go across, down, diagonal, forwards and backwards.

The Prize Puzzle is open to children aged 16yrs and under and the winner will receive


Please send your completed answers to 98 Hawton lane, New Balderton, Newark, Notts. NG24 3DN with your name, age, address & telephone number Closing date is 6th September 2011 One entry per person

Children’s Word Search Competition was won by Jake Anstey of Catkin Way who wins a £10 Book Voucher to spend at Stray’s Bookshop.


Young People / Education


Age Concern

Forthcoming Events in

September Theatre Trip Side Effects by Eric Chappell (Rising Damp, Only When I Laugh etc) is a comedy involving two convalescents, their vexed wives and the mysterious Tracey. Wed 28 Sep. Bus & Ticket £8. Phone 01636 701888 Film trips West is West Mon 12 Sep: culture-clash comedy in which a stroppy Manchester teenager is sent “home” to Pakistan. Conviction Thurs 22 Sept Hilary Swank plays an uneducated US wife & mum who puts herself through high school, college and law school in an 18yr quest to free her brother, who was wrongly jailed for murder. Water for Elephants Mon 18 Sep: Reese Witherspoon finds romance in a Depression-era circus with Robert Pattinson. Coming soon: The way; Oranges and Sunshine; Hanna. All film trips £5 for bus and ticket. Phone 01636 701888 Outing to Flintham Museum Thurs 29 Sep £5.50, pick-ups from about 1pm. To book phone Beryl on 01636 702146 River Trent Cruise in St John Ambulance’s narrow boat Newark Crusader (bring a donation) – an hour upstream or downstream, then to The Lord Ted for lunch (about £5) – Mon 5 Sep. Home pickups (fare £2, bring change) from about 10am, phone 01636 701888. Home about 4ish. Farendune Players from Farndon will entertain members and guests of



Arthritis Care with comedy sketches at its 2-4pm meeting in Newark RAFA Club, Wed 7 Sep. For more info phone Graham on 01623 883083. Organise your own outing Get together with friends, agree on where you want to go and when, and phone 01636 701888 about hiring the Age Concern bus. Games Afternoon Balderton Church Hall for members and guests of Balderton and Newark OAP Association, 2-5pm, Tues Sep 13. For details, phone Christine Fergusson on 01636 626435. Visual Impairment Support Group Look Ahead will hold a chat-in at Newark Baptist Church, 10am Wed 28 Sep. Contact Barbara 01636 681299 or Christine 01636 673422 Leisurely walk round Fulbeck Meet at its sports centre 10am, with coffee break, Sun 11 Sep, arranged by Newark Ramblers. Secretary 01636 708049 Bike Ride Organised by Sustrans (01636) 672408, 650604, 689181 including Fledborough viaduct, Sun 3 Sept meet at Grove Sports Centre carpark 10am AGM with buffet Newark Diabetes Support Group in Coddington Community Centre, 7pm Wed 7 Sep. Contact Margaret Douglas 01636 611115 Tea/coffee/cocoa & biscuits 70p at Newark Parish Church 10am – noon on Fridays.

Newark Other Clubs/Activities for Senior Citizens in Balderton William Ghent Luncheon Club Lunch at Chesters, Thurs 22 Sep, 12 for 12.30pm Knit/Natter Club meet Sat 24th September at ‘Chesters’ in the Function Room Harvest Social Wed 28 Sep, 2 – 4pm at Newark RAFA Club off London Road Carpark Talk on Newark pubs by Rodney Cousins, quiz, refreshments, raffle and scarecrow’s hat competition. Free entry. For more info, lift possible, 01636 702146 Non-drivers with an empty garage Please phone our wheelchair officer, Janet Hatton 01636 679343 and offer her some of your unused space.

Age Concern Phone Box Helpline: Mon 702146; Tues-Thurs 613864; Fri-Sun 611853 Home visiting Scheme: 701888 Wheelchair, etc, loans: 679343 Local Medical Appointments Transport Service: 701888 Newsletter subscriptions: 611168 Bus Trips & Bus Hire: 701888

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Sculpture in the Sanctuary Sculpture in the Sanctuary ran from 23rd July – 29th August in what was its second year. In 2009, 63 sculptors exhibited 258 pieces, but this year 101 chosen sculptors exhibited over 600 pieces of art, making it bigger and better than ever. The sculptures were exhibited in 2 indoor glasshouses and across the beautiful grounds of Reg Taylor’s Swan Sanctuary. The sculptures started indoors and were clustered amongst plants and bushes keeping a very organic feel. However, it was outside where the sculptures really came to life. They seemed to interact effortlessly with the environment around them: giraffes placed amongst trees as if eating them; water animals on ledges in the lake and contemporary sculptures expanding into their surroundings. The range of sculptures provided something for everyone, from lovers of abstraction to those who favoured the more traditional approach to sculpting. The sculptors pushed boundaries, exploring how materials would look placed in different environments – a crocodile made from recycled tyres sat on the edge of the lake, a girl made from chicken wire propped herself up on the grass, metal animal sculptures allowing room for shrubbery to poke out through wires.

Walking around the sanctuary it seemed impossible to pick which path to take, as in every direction there was something exciting to look at. In addition to the innovative designs, there were also interactive sculptures – kinetic ducks and dogs in wheelbarrows which moved as you took them for a ride, and a striking water sculpture. A very impressive exhibition set amongst lovely scenery, which even without sculptures would provide a lovely leisurely walk. There was a display of immense, captivating talent, and the scale on which the exhibition was executed was quite staggering. All in all, beautifully curated and a tremendous triumph for all those involved.




Useful Telephone Numbers DOCTOR’S SURGERIES Lombard Street 01636 702363 Fountain Medical 01636 704378 Barnbygate 01636 704225 Balderton Lowfield 01636 705826 Long Bennington 01400 281220 Foston 01400 281220 HOSPITALS Newark Hospital 01636 681681 Grantham Hospital 01476 565232 Kings Mill Hospital 01623 622515 Queens Medical Centre 0115 9249924 POLICE & FIRE STATIONS Newark Police Station 0300 300 9999



Grantham Police Station 01476 402222 Balderton Police - Lakeside 0300 300 9999 Newark Fire Brigade 01636 605777 UTILITY SERVICES BT Faults Line 0800 800151 Severn Trent Water 0800 7834444 Emergency: Gas: 0800 111999 Electricity: 0800 0568090 LIBRARIES Newark Library 01636 703966 Balderton Library 01636 703930 LOCAL COUNCILS Newark & Sherwood District Council 01636 650000 South Kesteven District Council 01476 406080

OTHER RSPCA 0870 5555999 NSPCC 0808 8005000 Beaumond House 01636 610556 (24hrs) Citizen’s Advice Bureau 01636 704391 Childline 0800 11 11 NHS Direct 0845 46 47 Samaritans 0115 9411111 Train Enquiries 0845 484950 Al-Anon Number 020 7403 0888 Cruse Newark Branch 01636 706228

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