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The magazine for pre and post retirement


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4 Your Home


For most people their home is a central part of their lives for economic and sentimental reasons. However, when you are approaching retirement you may want to reassess what you really need as a home.

8 Update Holiday opportunities for all; Your future health; Retire in Europe

11 A Will is the way to leave a forever gift Although donations are always welcomed, a legacy is one of the ways of making sure your love of animals makes a difference beyond your lifetime


15 Rehoming a pet in retirement Read how when it comes to pet ownership, there are a number of proven health benefits for older people.

18 Out and About

Top right: Photo from The Natural Baker by Henrietta Inman (Jacqui Small)

Jersey Stamps Edinburgh Art Festival; The Paston Treasure: Riches & rarities of the known world; Important Chippendale artefacts return to Harewood House; Catwalking: fashion through the lens of Chris Moore.


20 Urban Rambles – Lincoln A guide of Lincoln, one of Britain’s most important medieval cities, rich in history but often overlooked today.

22 Collecting Alastair Wallbanks takes a look at collecting as a hobby.

24 Causes of Cancer – Diet

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Read how important your diet is during the treatment of cancer, and how an unhealthy diet can increase your risk of the disease.

27 Park Living

Park Homes are an affordable alternative to more traditional homes, making them ideal for those approaching retirement age.

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31 Dining in the Lakes The Lake District is an ideal destination for a ‘foodie’ breakaway. Here we feature two recipes from local establishments in that area for you to try at home.

Urban Rambles by Nicolas Rudd-Jones

34 Natural Baking A new way to bake using the best natural ingredients, with recipes from The Natural Baker.

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37 Charity News

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Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland; Staggerings new statistics released; Wood Green unveils their new community vehicle; Do you have the drive to volunteer?

38 Charity News Your chance to win up to £25,000 and support the work of the Animal Health Trust; British Heart Foundation Celebrates; Bonnet survives thanks to South West Equine Protection; Worldwide Veterinary Service.

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Michael J Rosen or most people their home will be a central part of their lives for economic and sentimental reasons. This is emphasized by a number of old familiar sayings – ‘An Englishman’s home is his castle’, ‘home is where the heart is’, and ‘there’s no place like home’. Perhaps it is best summed by Michael J Rosen: ‘It welcomes you upon your return’. It is our space, our comfort, our shelter, our retreat and our party zone. That is not likely to alter once you retire. Your home is likely to remain at the centre of your social and domestic life, and if you are a home owner is also likely to be a significant part of your overall estate. Many home owners will have cleared their mortgage by the time of retirement and this can be a real financial bonus. However, maintenance costs are not likely to change so don’t forget that you will still need to set aside finance to preserve your greatest asset.

Reasses your needs

When you are approaching retirement reassess what you really need as a home. You may well decide to just continue with your present housing arrangements. However, this is also an apt time to think carefully about what your future housing needs might be in light of possibly changing circumstances over the next 10 years or even further ahead. With life expectancy rising in the UK on average to 79.1 years for men and 82.8 years for women, today’s retirees are living


longer and staying fitter than previous generations. Most are aware of the need to keep fit and are looking for opportunities to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. Rather than assuming that retirement means you should comtemplate ‘downsizing’, perhaps it would be more appropriate to suggest ‘rightsizing’. The way we consider our living environment as we get older is changing. Is the property you live in right for you for the next phase of your life? The following questions should be taken into account: • Can you get around your current home and garden safely and can you afford to manage its upkeep? • Do you have good support networks in the area – family, friends and neighbours? • Are you well connected? Can you get to the places you need and want to go easily – by car, on foot, or by public transport? • Are you reasonably confident that this will still be in the case in 10 or 15 years, or if your health and other circumstances change? If the answer is ‘no’ to some of these questions, it might be sensible to investigate other options. Even if you don’t want to move now, thinking about the possibility will make things easier if and when your circumstances change. RETIREMENT


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Downsizing nearby

Break out the champagne – is this the moment you have always been waiting for where you crack open the equity in your home, release part of it and start going on luxury holidays every year or buy that home abroad? Or could the capital be used to help your offspring get started on the property ladder? Is downsizing and perhaps continuing to live in your present general area with all the support and convenience with which you are comfortable a viable option? It may be that your existing house is larger than you need now that your family have moved on. A smaller house may make more sense, be cheaper to run, easier to get around and indeed may more adequately meet your longer-term requirements as you get older; it may also avoid the need for a later move. The smaller home may also be closer to the town centre or where amenities are clustered; it could prove

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While your family may have largely moved away they will in all likelihood want to return from time to time with their own expanding families and you may therefore still need the space. Is downsizing short-sighted a big win to have facilities within walking distance. Or, on the other hand, does bungalow living with a sea or other view appeal? Despite these potential advantages you still need to think carefully about it. Also, your own parents may be becoming increasingly frail and the extra space you have might be well utilized by them. So there is a list of positives and negatives to think carefully about before deciding what to do in terms of this one option; there are also more options to consider, as we discuss below.

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Staying put


Many people who retire choose to stay put in the same area where they have lived for years rather than being tempted to move to some apparently ideal new situation. These reasons include being close to where they used to work, or near their families for whom they provide ‘grandsitting’ support (enabling their adult children to work), and staying within reach of friends and where their social networks are. Many people also find it reassuring to remain with their local medical practice and other medical facilities, which could prove a blessing in later life when more support may be needed. RETIREMENT


Even if staying put there may be adjustments to consider to take account of you new circumstances; if more space is required, try reviewing these four options, ranging from economical to expensive. • Economical. Invest in a garden room – these have boomed in quality and reduced in price in recent years and range from a glorified wooden shed to fully insulated and double-glazed structures. Some require no planning permission and some can be built in less than a week.They can provide accommodation solutions which range from simple storage to a hobby room to living accommodation. • Fairly economical. A garage conversion is another popular way to increase space in your home; it is reasonably simple and can be surprisingly cost-effective. If you propose to add a room above your garage, any scheme would be subject to appropriate planning permission being granted.This is needed because of the extra height and alteration to the roof line. Rooms above a detached garage make an ideal guest suite, office, study, granny annex or somewhere to carry on a noisy hobby.While you may worry about where you put your car, don’t forget that modern cars seem quite capable of surviving without the protection of a garage. Otherwise, a costeffective car port could be added in as part of the scheme. • Quite expensive. One possibility might be to extend your existing property. If you’re considering doing building works, check out both planning and building regulation controls. Some smaller extensions to the rear or side of a property can often be built without having to make a planning application, provided that the design complies with the rules for permitted development (see www.planningportal. But make sure you carefully check the particular rules for the area in which you live as building without the necessary approval can have serious consequences. Expect tighter rules for conservation areas and listed properties. Obtain quotes from more than one contractor and ask for references or visit their last job.The lowest quote may not necessarily be the best one with regard to the vital quality factor. Friends or your professional adviser can assist with recommendations before you go ahead with any works. Keep things in proportion – extra bedrooms aren’t an advantage unless there are sufficient bathrooms or shower rooms and many now prefer the convenience of en-suite facilities. • Expensive but provides radical new space and environment. Buying the property next door; if your budget allows, becoming your own neighbour allows more space than an extension without leaving the neighbourhood.This option is neither cheap nor simple and professional advice from an architect is essential. Even if you live in a flat you might be able to buy the adjoining unit or the one above or below, then knock through or install a staircase to achieve double living space. Any construction work being undertaken must, of course, adhere strictly to planning and building regulations. If you can continue to live at the property while work is progressing this can cut down costs as temporary rentals of less than six months can Garden rooms have improved be hard to find; you will in quality and reduced in cost also be able to monitor and may not need any planning security and work permission – is this the solution efficiency n

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An extract from The Good Retirement Guide 2018, edited by Allan Esler Smith, published by Kogan Page.


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These toxins, which build up over time, are acidic or acid-forming by their nature. They create an overacidic environment in your gut which reduces the efficiency of your digestive system. This over acidity knocks on into your entire system where it can play havoc with your complexion, cause bad breath and cause you to put on weight. This weight gain happens because your body naturally stores toxins in the ‘backwaters’ of your body (i.e. areas which are not subject to much movement, like your outer thighs, buttocks or upper arms). Fat ‘pools’ here and is difficult to shift. Happy Tummy® charcoal capsules really help by removing toxins naturally, and so begin the cleaning up of your system which leads to a leaner, fitter you. Another major benefit of reducing the overall acidity of your system is that this helps to beneficially rebalance the pH of your blood supply. (This is the balance between acidity and alkalinity). The big gain here is that a better balanced pH means that your blood can absorb and carry a lot more oxygen. This helps more oxygen to reach your cells which ‘burn’ it with glucose to generate energy. This extra oxygen slows the build-up of lactic acid which means that you tire more slowly and have much more energy. To be really fit and healthy the body needs a good supply of oxygen to the cells. Research by Professor Linda Frassetto at the University of San Diego has shown conclusively that after about the age of 40, our bodies produce less bicarbonate, the alkaline substance which keeps our blood pH in balance.

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PETER SOMMER TRAVELS – tour operator of the year A number of travel articles and photographs by archaeologist and awardwinning documentary maker, Peter Sommer, have graced the pages of Retirement Today over the years. We’re delighted to announce that Peter’s travel company, aptly named Peter Sommer Travels, has just won the Tour Operator of the Year Gold Award. This follows the Silver Award in 2017 and the Gold award in 2016, given by AITO, the Association of Independent Tour Operators, the UK’s most prestigious and leading organisation for specialist travel companies.

You may well remember Peter Sommer Travels from previous issues of Retirement Today or you may have seen their trips highlighted in a number of publications such as The Telegraph, The Times, The Guardian, The Mail, Sunday Times Travel and CondeNast Traveller. Their tours have even been selected as one of the ’10 best learning by National Geographic. To find out more call 01600 888 220 or visit


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Here at Retirement Today, we were thrilled to hear the news and see Peter doing so well. He heads a small family run company specialising in expert-led cultural and archaeological tours and gulet cruises. Some 20 years ago, Peter only offered trips in Turkey, but he now offers expert-led tours, both scheduled and private, for small groups in Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and the UK.

Their range of gulet trips range from Cruising the Amalfi Coast and Cruising the Aeolian islands in Italy to Cruising the Dalmatian coast in Croatia, Walking and Cruising the Lycian Shore in Turkey and Cruising the Dodecanese and Cruising to the Cyclades in Greece. They also offer land based, both archaeological and gastronomic, such as Exploring Crete, Exploring the Peloponnese, Exploring Sicily, Exploring Hadrian's Wall, Exploring Wessex and Exploring Rome.

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training of veterinary personnel. As well as family pets, organisations are constantly striving to raise money to help conserve wildlife, many working closely with local people abroad offering training and education to protect the environment and preserve many endangered species. We would be churlish, to say the least, if we didn’t state that money is what it’s all about, after caring for the animals, that is. But without that so vital ingredient, the loving care that all charities give to every resident animal, or the continuation of research develop, or the conservation of wildlife, would be impossible. Although it’s a subject many people don’t like to deal with, it is essential to keep your affairs in order. A legacy

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sterling work all over the country survive? The answer is most will tell you they heavily rely on work done and income raised or donated by a loyal group of ‘friends’ and ‘supporters’. Funds are also needed to help animal organisations in their research work, to improve diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease and injury in animals, enabling them to live happier, healthier lives. Being an animal lover, you may at some time have had to have a much loved pet operated on and will appreciate the importance of ensuring animal hospitals remain at the forefront of veterinary medicine and vital up-todate equipment is at hand, to provide care to thousands of sick and injured animals every year, as well as the


legacy is one of the ways of making sure your love of animals makes a difference beyond your lifetime. We look at how a legacy, however small, can make a significant contribution, ensuring your love and affection for animals can be continued by another generation. Charitable organisations work silently and constantly purely for the benefit of others and although donations are welcomed by most charities, it is legacies that really can make a difference. To just survive another day is a constant struggle, with many charities working for animal welfare still fighting for every penny they can lay their hands on. With the current economic climate, whereby people are struggling to keep their houses and often families are breaking up, it can be impossible for people to keep their pets. Others, for many reasons, cannot afford the up-keep of pets and therefore more and more animals are being abandoned or taken to animal sanctuaries.There is often no certainty for charities that the next month’s rent on property, accommodation, or stables can be paid.The weekly food bill alone for resident animals at a sanctuary can be counted in thousands every week. Add, on top of that, the cost of staff, veterinary fees, surgery, hospitalisation and medicines, the list is endless. Some charities are fortunate in owning or having had bequeathed properties that are home for both the animals and the administration. But, as every house owner will know, the upkeep of any building will, in itself, cost a small fortune. Most animal homes and sanctuaries rely on their full time members of staff, whose training is essential, to look after the sick or injured animals. Being full time usually means that this is how they earn their living so however dedicated they may be in animal welfare, the charity has to pay them a living wage or risk losing them to other forms of employment. So just how do these animal charities that do some




Legacies Brought Alfie Back to Life

Equine rescue and welfare charity, Bransby Horses, rescued three Shetland ponies that were severely emaciated last year, including twoyear-old Alfie. All three were extremely lethargic on collection and Alfie collapsed in the trailer and then had to be lifted by the charity’s Animal Reception Centre Team on numerous occasions during the first few weeks of his recovery. He had no muscle or fat on him and weighed just 35kg. Alfie received intensive care and veterinary treatment for weeks and slowly started to gain weight.

Thankfully Alfie survived and is now enjoying life at the charity; he is a real hit with visitors and loves the attention. He has a few ongoing health issues which the charity is addressing but on the whole he has made a remarkable recovery. Bransby Horses is funded entirely by public donations and gifts in Wills; without these donations and legacies the charity wouldn’t be able to help ponies like Alfie in desperate need. If you would like to make a donation towards the charity’s vital rescue and welfare work or find out more about leaving a gift in your Will, please visit www.bransbyhorses. or call 01427 788464 n

in a Will left to your favourite animal charity will ensure your love and affection for animals can be continued by another generation. Charitable organisations work silently and constantly purely for the benefit of others and although donations are welcomed by most charities, it is legacies that really can make a difference. Leaving even a little money to a charity, after taking care of loved ones, can make a vast difference. Of course, family and loved ones should always come first, but donations to charity in wills can sometimes mean your family avoids paying inheritance tax on your estate, as a legacy to charity is a tax-free gift, which means the charity receives to full value of the gift. By contributing in this way everyone benefits – the charity by receiving the gift and the donor because legacies are not subject to Inheritance Tax. It’s not just the rich and wealthy that leave money to charity when they die. Anyone can leave a legacy to charity however big or small. What matters is the end result, which is playing your part to help the good work live on, as without the gifts left in wills many of the charities we know and support today would not even exist.

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An example of how a legacy can greatly benefit a charity





Cat lover leaves classic car collection in his Will to the RSPCA Brinley ‘Brin’ Edwards who lived in St Austell in Cornwall sadly died on 19 December 2017 aged 82-years-old. The civil engineer and former chairman of the Lancia Motor Club was a supporter of the charity for many years and proceeds from the sale of his car collection will support the RSPCA’s vital animal welfare work. His wonderful collection included a number of Lancias as well as other vintage vehicles, some of which were owned by Mr Edwards for more than 50 years and taken to race meets around the country.The auction took place at a Goodwood Members’ Meeting in Chichester. Sally Cornish, Head of Fundraising at the RSPCA said: “As an RSPCA supporter and cat-lover, Mr Edwards left the classic cars to us as part of his estate so that we can continue to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome animals in desperate need of care. The majority of our funding comes from legacies. This is a very generous gift for the RSPCA for which we are incredibly grateful to the late Mr Edwards.” For more information on leaving a legacy to the RSPCA, please visit or call us on 0300 123 0239


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What will you leave to our most faithful friends? Elsie’s come a long way since she was cruelly thrown from a car window – and her new owner, Gina, adores her. That’s why Gina is leaving a gift in her Will to make sure more animals like Elsie find loving homes. Will you join Gina and help create a world where abused and abandoned animals get the care they need? It takes all of us to create a future that’s kinder to animals. Find out the difference you can make with a gift in your Will.

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from having company around the house during the day with older owners, rather than a noisy family life. All animals have a few basic needs, but rather than seem a burden, they can be a pleasurable responsibility if the benefits are welcomed by the owner. Isolation can sometimes be a problem for older people, often not seeing friends or family for several weeks, which also underlines how important the companion of a dog or cat or other pet can be. Wood Green, The Animals Charity know that rescuing a dog is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Giving a dog that second chance of a loving home that they deserve, whilst also gaining a new best friend who will bring lots of love to your home. That’s why Wood Green, The Animals Charity vow to bring pets and people together and will provide support and advice to ensure the benefits of the relationship are mutual for both pets and owners. Whether you’re considering having a pet in the future and need guidance on pet choice, or you already have a pet and need some general advice or intense support, Wood Green, The

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Animals Charity has a dedicated service to help all pet owners with any questions they may have about pets. If looking for a pet, Wood Green carefully match every pet looking for a new home with the personalities and lifestyles of owners. They help and guide you through the homing process with knowledge of each pet’s individual lifestyle needs, any training needs and any medical issues he or she may have - a pet they’ve taken the time to know. The support doesn’t end there. Wood Green’s dedicated teams are there to listen and give you the help you need. From behaviour tips to health and wellbeing advice, coping with a new puppy, to advice about preparing a pet if you’re about to move home, Wood Green has years of experience and will be there throughout your pet’s life, and beyond. Their experts continuously help pet owners and their pets to live in harmony and get the best out of life. Pet ownership is uncomplicated while older people are still fit and well living in their own homes. However, a worrying concern for many pet owners is, who would look after their pet if they had to move into residential care or if a nursing home had to be considered, or if


hen it comes to pet ownership, there are a number of proven health benefits for older people. For instance, walking the dog gives you a reason to exercise, improving your mental and physical health, and at the same time brings you into contact with other people and can often result in making new friends on ‘dog walks’. Many people think getting a rescue dog will be more difficult than starting from scratch with a puppy. However, with the right care and patience from new owners a vast number of rescued dogs can be transformed into great companions. There are thousands of animals every year abandoned and homeless and finding new homes for them all is a major problem. If the thought if owning a dog is not for you, perhaps you would be more suitable to a cat. Particularly those who have suffered bereavement or illness or who simply want a presence to welcome them home could benefit from giving a rescue cat a loving forever home. Healthy cats can live on into their twenties but some can have conditions that require a slower pace of life or have special needs which mean they have to remain indoors, therefore they can benefit greatly



Rehoming a pet in retirement

Rehoming a pet in retirement


Case Study

The story of Marvellous MAX

Rehoming a pet in retirement



the pet was to outlive them. This is something animal charities are well aware of, such as The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT), a rescue and rehoming charity operating across the south of England. NAWT provide food, warmth and veterinary treatment to those animals in need of care, prior to finding them their forever home – however long it takes. Pet Care Card is a free service that NAWT offers, guaranteeing peace of mind, knowing that the pet’s future will be a safe and happy one. If it is the wish that the pet be looked after by the charity, then suggested wording can be provided for use in any Will. Sometimes through no fault of their own some cats prove extremely difficult to re home. There are many reasons behind this, they may be feral and unused to human touch, a medical condition may be an issue or simply their temperament may make them unsuitable pets. This is where a very special animal sanctuary Catastrophes run by Liz Varney in Sussex comes into its own. As Liz puts it ‘we take the cats the other charities can’t rehome’. They live out their days in a home environment in the peaceful Sussex countryside at Half Moon Cottage. Liz believes RETIREMENT


every cat deserves a chance to have a peaceful place to live and enjoy their lives. The cats blossom under the sanctuary’s love and care and Liz sees many behavioural transformations. Funds are always needed and sponsorship programmes are in place. If owning a pet is impossible for whatever reason then what better way to still be involved in the lives of animals n

ictured above is Max, happy in his new home with his loving, responsible new owners. Max is a 9-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, who came to National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) five years ago when his owners could no longer care for him. During his stay, Max suffered from severe discomfort to his right eye, which eventually had to be removed. Sadly, older bull terrier types often take that bit longer to rehome, and becoming partially blind only added to Max’s struggle to find a place in the heart of someone who could offer him a home. At NAWT, we’ll never give up on a healthy animal, we’ll never stop caring and they will have a place in our care for as long as it takes. Thankfully, Max’s happily ever after came in early 2017, in the form of Julie. A full-time carer to her wheelchair bound father, who suffers from dementia, Julie heard about Max from a long-term volunteer. She spent weeks visiting Max and building a strong bond with him, often bringing her father along with her to ensure they also formed a relationship. Eventually, on her birthday, the time was right for Julie to take Max home. It was an emotional day for all the staff at NAWT as we waved goodbye to a dog who held a special place in all of our hearts. Julie got in touch after taking Max home to say: “Max makes such a difference to all our lives. He gives my Dad something to look forward to and Max seems to sense that he’s physically not able to do as much. "As a full time carer working in the home, Max offers me the chance to get out and about when my twin sister takes over the care of my dad. He’s settling in so well.”

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Important Chippendale artefacts return to Harewood House Harewood House, Leeds Until 30 September

Harewood House is the seat of the Earl and Countess of Harewood and boasts one of the finest art and furniture collections in the country. Set in 100 acres of listed parkland and grounds. This exhibition marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), the most famous English furniture maker of the 18th century, and two important artefacts have returned to the house including the Lascelles family’s original copy of The Gentleman and CabinetMaker’s Director from The Diana and Minerva Commode (detail) 1773 1755 and a large circular © Harwood House Trust. Photo by Paul Barker Chippendale mirror. Theses two exhibits are part of the overall Chippendale exhibition at Harwood House which explores Harewood’s own extraordinary Chippendale collection, which is widely considered to be the best in the world.

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The Paston Treasure, unknown artist, Dutch School, c1663, oil on canvas (1668 x 2475mm) © Norfolk Museums Service

Bringing together rare works of art originally featured in an enigmatic painting which chronicles one of the greatest private art collections of 17th century England. Visually stunning work of art and central to the exhibition is the large mysterious oil painting, dating from circa 1665 by an unknown artist, entitled The Paston Treasure. The painting’s unique and cryptic subject has mesmerised and puzzled art scholars and historians world-wide for centuries. With the painting as a starting point, see a fascinating exhibition focusing on the art works and objects that feature in the perplexing painting and the questions it presents.

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An exhibition celebrating historic and significant memories of Boughton House and those who lived there, inspired by the fabled collections of the Dukes of Buccleuch, the centuries of family heritage, with music as a guiding thread. Boughton played a significant role in WW2 when in was requisitioned by the War Office for the storage of precious items from the British Museum and as a prisoner of war camp. The camp chapel’s altarpiece painted by a German POW, has recently emerged following new research, and is a poignant highlight of the exhibition. Visitors can journey through the history of memory from Classical Greece to the modern era, before viewing artefacts from the Estate such as a rare 17th century lute. Plus, special items on loan from Buccleuch’s Estates in Scotland include the 9th Duchess’s tiara and 1953 wedding dress designed by Hardy Amies.


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Lincoln is rich in history, one of Britain’s most important medieval cities, but oftenoverlooked today. This walk takes you through every era from Roman to the modern day, with the glorious cathedral as its high point. Lincoln is situated in a gap in the Lincoln Cliff, a major escarpment through which the River Witham flows. Consequently, the city is divided into very distinct parts, known locally as ‘uphill’ and ‘downhill’.

he uphill area is the historical quarter, including Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle and the Medieval Bishop’s Palace. The downhill area comprises the city centre and the suburbs to the south and south-west. The very accurately named street ‘Steep Hill’ connects the two. This divide gives Lincoln its distinctive character. It is not difficult to understand why the Romans were drawn here. The gap through the Lincoln Cliff offered them a natural east–west route either by water or on foot. Roman engineers also saw the possibility of linking the River Witham to the River Trent by building a canal.That canal, the Foss Dyke, is remarkably still in use today; and through the ages, the links to Yorkshire and the Midlands via the Foss Dyke have brought trade and prosperity. Even after the Romans left Britain in the early fifth century, the importance of the port remained, and William the Conqueror saw it as an important strategic outpost to his kingdom. The great and prosperous medieval city of Lincoln was built on the wealth, mostly in wool, that traded up and down the River Witham. It was one of the most important cities in the country. But as Britain industrialised, so Lincoln became something of a backwater, separated from the great routes north, the A1 and the East Coast rail line, which both pass to its west.Today it is perhaps one of the least visited cities and county capitals. Its more recent renaissance has been helped significantly by the emergence of the University of Lincoln, which has

grown to nearly 13,000 students in little over a decade and has made a marked difference to the city, adding a youthful buzz.






WALK DATA • DISTANCE: 9.6 km (6 miles) • HEIGHT GAIN: 59 metres • WALK TIME: 2½ hours • START & FINISH: Brayford Pool (LN1 1YW); or from the station (LN5 7EQ) • TERRAIN: A steep ascent up the ‘Lincoln Edge’; otherwise, straightforward


Brayford Pool is a natural lake formed from a widening of the River Witham. It was used as a port by the Romans and has a long industrial heritage. Since the early 1990s, it has been the focus of Lincoln’s urban regeneration. Although this has helped bring this area of the city back to life, it is occupied by a dispiriting array of chain bars and restaurants. There is one interesting structure amid it all; now housing the likes of Nando’s

and Prezzo, the original building was designed in 1959 as a sleek car showroom, featuring a reinforced concrete hyperbolic paraboloid shell roof (that’s a mouthful). Its petrol pumps originally faced the water. The south side of Brayford Pool is home to the thriving University of Lincoln. The architecture is striking, with several good new buildings (notably the Isaac Newton Building, the School of Architecture and much of the student accommodation) and the conversion of the old Engine Shed, which you will pass if you start at the station. The Foss Dyke, which runs into Brayford Pool, connects the River Trent to the River Witham. It is the oldest canal in England still in use. Built around ad 120 by the Romans, it was renovated in the twelfth century during the reign of King Henry I and further improvements were made towards the end of the seventeenth century, including a navigable lock at Torksey at the River Trent, and warehousing and wharves at Brayford Pool.

‘Few things in this Island are so breathlessly impressive as Lincoln Cathedral, nobly crowning its hill, seen from below.’ life as a lunatic asylum, and where we find the Joseph Banks Conservatory, a tropical house themed with plants reminiscent of voyages the botanist took with Captain James Cook. Past the conservatory we discover the very tranquil walled John Dawber Garden. Lincoln Castle (eleventh century) was constructed by William the Conqueror on the site of a preexisting Roman fortress. The castle is unusual in that it has two moats, one of only two in the country. We walk around the immense Norman walls which provide a magnificent view of the castle complex, together with panoramic views of the cathedral, the city and the surrounding countryside. Another major reason we want to visit the castle is to gaze at one of the four surviving originals of the Magna Carta, sealed by King John in 1215. In many ways this was the beginning of rights for the individual, especially the right to timely justice. The Bishop of Lincoln had been one of the original signatories to the Magna Carta and consequently it was kept for hundreds of years at the cathedral before being transferred here. Lincoln Cathedral is nearly a thousand years old and was reputedly the tallest building in the world for more than two centuries (1311– 1549). John Ruskin, never shy in his opinions, declared: ‘I have always held that the cathedral of Lincoln is out and out the most precious piece of architecture in the British Isles and roughly speaking worth any two other cathedrals we have.’ Pevsner was also effusive, especially about its spectacular setting. Standing in the shadow of Lincoln Cathedral, with sweeping views over the ancient city and the countryside beyond, the medieval Bishops’ Palace (twelfth century) was once among the most important buildings in the country, being the administrative centre of the largest diocese in medieval E n g l a n d , stretching from

the Humber to the Thames; its architecture reflected enormous power and wealth.The only bit surviving today is the undercrofted West Hall, which is an English Heritage site. We experience a fit of house envy admiring the Cathedral Close with its fine Georgian townhouses, each in a different hue. The Lincoln Arboretum (9 hectares, 22 acres), a park to the east of the cathedral, was designed and laid out between 1870 and 1872 by well-known Victorian gardener Edward Milner, following the national trend for providing public parks for workers to relax in and enjoy the fresh air. Part of the deal was also to sell 1.2 hectares (3 acres) of the land for residential building purposes; we see these large Victorian houses on the northern side of the park. This practice of property speculation around the added amenity that a park view offered was a very common way of funding the many Victorian parks that sprang up across the country during this period n WALK DATA • CITY POPULATION: 93,541 (#69 in UK) • ORIGINS: 1st century BC • CITY STATUS: Since time immemorial • FAMOUS INHABITANTS: George Boole (developer of Boolean logic), John Hurt (actor), Penelope Fitzgerald (novelist), William Byrd (composer) • SCREEN TIME: Possession (University of Lincoln), The Da Vinci Code and The Young Victoria (Lincoln Cathedral) • ICONIC CITYSCAPES: Looking up High Street to the cathedral; and the walls of Lincoln Castle An extract from Urban Rambles – 20 Glorious Walks through English Cities by Nicholas Rudd-Jones, published by Frances Lincoln at £16.99 RETIREMENT



We cut up to the expanse of West Common (100 hectares, 297 acres), which has been an open space since Roman times, when it was used as an area of agricultural production for the military. A race track was built here in 1773, but closed in the 1960s. The grandstand, the stables and the numbers board still survive, giving added character to this delightful green space, kept now as meadowland. During the First World War, the common was used to test aircraft assembled in the city’s many industrial plants. The airfield had turf runways and a number of outbuildings, several of which are still evident as earthworks. Directly south of the grandstand there is an earthwork marking the location of a former training trench. We make a very worthwhile detour, all of 50 metres, to Ellis’s Windmill. Placed on the top of the hill to get the most wind, this evocative mill is located on Mill Road, so called due to the nine windmills that formerly faced west over the steep slopes of the Lincoln Edge. Ellis Mill is now the sole survivor of these mills and an excellent example of a small tower mill. The mill we see dates from 1798 but there has been a mill on this site from at least the seventeenth century; the mill was working until the 1940s and has since been restored. Before we storm the castle, we pop into The Lawn (1820), a notable Greek Revival building that began

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Collecting as a Hobby



suspect that out of all the items and paraphernalia collected throughout the world stamps must be among the most popular. Jersey Post’s contribution to philately is immense. Following the introduction of adhesive postage stamps in 1840, British stamps were used in Jersey for the next 100 years.With the German occupation of the island in 1940, mail between Jersey and England was forbidden and messages could only be sent on special forms provided by the German Red Cross. It was during this time that the first postage stamps marked with ‘Jersey’ were issued because the Island ran out of British stamps. In 1969 when the British Post Office became a Corporation, the States of Jersey took the opportunity to gain postal independence, although prior to that time, there were functioning postmen and post boxes all over the island. In fact, in 1852 Jersey was the first place in the British Isles to have a roadside post box erected. Philatelic Marketing Manager Rachel MacKenzie said, “Jersey Post has been issuing its own stamps since becoming an independent postal administration operator in 1969.The island of Jersey is rich in history and culture and over the years Jersey Post has produced stamps on a wide range of topics including the Island's heritage, special anniversaries, traditions and Jersey’s links to celebrated figures and world events. “The Jersey Philatelic Bureau works closely with specially commissioned illustrators, designers and photographers to create Jersey’s stamps and the Bureau is constantly looking to produce issues which broaden interest in philately Rachel continued, “Jersey Post has achieved many ‘firsts’, among them being in 2012. To commemorate 60 years since Queen Elizabeth's Accession to the throne they issued a world-first, a stamp affixed with a genuine hand-cut diamond. Presented as a Souvenir Miniature Sheet with only 600 available, they sold out in a remarkable six days.” Each year presents a new array of fascinating subjects to be researched, interpreted and portrayed through art and photography, culminating in beautiful stamps which are collected all over the world. Among some of the events commemorated by the Bureau are Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday Celebrations, which included an issue of ten stamps featuring nostalgic photographs of Her Majesty in each decade of her life, together with different members of her immediate family. The Jersey Post’s first stamp issue of 2018 celebrated the Year of the Dog with a stamp designed by Wang Huming in Beijing, China, the issue comprises a single stamp and a Miniature Sheet and forms the third part in Jersey Post’s series celebrating the Lunar New Year, preceded by Year of the Rooster (2017) and Year of the Monkey (2016) and then in May of that year, celebrating Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post said, “The Chinese New Year is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.We are honoured to be able to work with Wang Huming once again. He is the Deputy Chief Designer of the Postage Stamp Printing Bureau of China Post and has been continuously elected as the most loved stamp designer by Chinese collectors. Among other moments in history celebrated by the Jersey post is the popular culture of the 1960s commemorated by a set of six stamps issued on 26 January 2018. In the 1960s Jersey tourism was in its hey-day; RETIREMENT


accommodation and travel were affordable and duty free goods highly sought after. The Miniature Sheet accompanying the stamps is illustrated by award winning illustrator and designer, Malcolm English. “This set of stamps really captures the mood of the era”, said Melanie,“As with the previous issue celebrating the 1950s, we have been lucky enough to work with award winning illustrators who all present recognisable styles, synonymous with the decade.” Philatelic Marketing Manager Rachel MacKenzie said, “We’ve released some really interesting stamp issues so far this year on a broad range of different subjects, ‘Frankenstein – 200 Years’, being one of them.” Rachel went on to explain that The Frankenstein issue is particularly interesting as they used innovative print techniques to produce a 3D effect. One of the most memorable occasions of this year was the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle. This was not missed by Jersey Post who celebrated the event by using existing stamps from their ‘2014 My Moments’ stamp issue affixed to photographic stamp labels featuring some beautiful photography of the Royal Couple, issued in the form of

a Commemorative Envelope and a Commemorative Stamp Sheet. The Jersey Philatelic Bureau researches, designs, produces and markets Jersey postage stamps which are sold to stamp collectors world wide. All Jersey Post’s stamps are available in specially designed presentation packs or affixed to first day cover envelopes. The Presentation Packs are full colour folders inside, on which the stamps are carefully mounted within a custom board to ensure they stay in pristine mint condition. Information and technical details about the stamp issue are printed on the inside of the folder. In the case of a First Day Cover, all the stamps are affixed to a specially commissioned full colour envelope and cancelled with a Jersey Post first day of issue date stamp. The information and technical details about the stamp issue are printed on the reverse. Collectors of Jersey stamps can set up a subscription with Jersey Post and they will post each new issue out to them (whether in the form of a mint set, Presentation Pack or First Day Cover) making sure that they never miss a new stamp issue. Another popular pursuit that attracts collectors is golf. The British Golf

Collectors’ Society, founded in 1987, has around 800 members. While the majority of members live in the UK there are supporters in Europe as well as the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They have their own quarterly publication, “Through the Green”. Editor John Hanna said, “While collecting is the main theme there are other aspects such as upholding the history and tradition of the game.” He added that playing implements such as hickory shafted clubs are one area of collecting as are balls and items made of porcelain and silver, John added, “In Britain and Europe the clubs have to be pre 1934 whereas in the USA modern replicas are manufactured and used.” Add to this the thousands of golf books that have been issued and the millions of post cards showing golf courses throughout the world, the scope for collecting is very wide indeed.

Horse brasses are also popular with collectors. The attraction of collecting horse brasses is that you are collecting rare items which perhaps were discarded years ago and are preserving them as an historical record of the past. The General Secretary of the National Horse Brass Society, Jim Speed recalls, “Looking back to 2005 as I was fast approaching retirement, I was visiting the Great Dorset Steam Fair, and pondering what I might collect in retirement that would not take up a lot of room and cost an arm and a leg, I came up with the idea of horse brasses.” Jim went on to explain that harness decoration has been around for many centuries and in ancient times was thought to ward off evil spirits and keep the animals safe and healthy. Horse brasses and harness decoration as we know it today began in the 1800’s and continued right up to the 1930’s when tractors replaced the heavy horse. The NHBS was formed in 1975 and has members worldwide, it organises three meetings a year which serve as social gatherings for likeminded people to meet and compare their latest acquisitions. To paraphrase a quote from writer, journalist and film maker John Baxter,“the whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition” n

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Beautiful stamps from a beautiful island Jersey Post’s philatelic team works closely with specially commissioned illustrators, artists, designers and photographers to create fascinating stamp issues inspired by the Island’s heritage, special anniversaries, traditions and Jersey’s links to celebrated figures and world events. Available in specially designed Presentation Packs or affixed to First Day Covers Envelopes, Jersey stamps make beautiful collectables.

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ancer is intimately linked to diet, but it is far too large a topic to cover in any detail here.There is plenty of information in books and websites dedicated to the topic, however. Broadly, eating plenty of fruit and vegetables seems to protect against mouth, throat, oesophageal, stomach, lung and, probably,nasopharynx, colorectal, ovarian, womb, pancreatic and liver malignancies. For example, eating at least seven servings of tomatoes a week seems to reduce the risk of lethal prostate cancer by about a seventh (15 per cent) in men over the age of 60 years. An unhealthy diet increases the risk of cancer. Rates of prostate cancer are, for example, between half (50 per cent) and threequarters (75 per cent) lower in vegetarians than those who include meat in their diet. Processed meat seems to be especially harmful: • if a man with prostate cancer eats 28 g of processed meat a day, his risk of death from the malignancy is a third higher than if he eats none; if he eats 56 g, the risk is a third higher than if he eats 28g; • each 100–120 g of red meat eaten a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 17–30 per cent; • each 25–50 g of processed meat a day increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 9–50 per cent.

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An unhealthy diet also increases the risk of being obese or overweight, which appears to increase the risk of developing certain malignancies, including kidney, gallbladder, liver, pancreatic and prostate cancer. Indeed: • excess body weight caused about 1 in 18 cancers in the UK during 2010 and is the biggest cause of preventable cancer after smoking; • in women, being overweight and obesity accounted for about 1 in 14 cancers; • cancer of the endometrium (womb lining) seems to be ten times more common in obese women than among those of a healthy weight; • a healthy liver contains very little or no fat, but, as your weight increases, fat begins to deposit in the liver; over time, the gradual accumulation of fat can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); in some people, fat deposits trigger inflammation in and around the liver cells – non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) – with swelling of, and discomfort or pain around, the liver; over time, NASH can scar the liver; fibrosis (scarring) can progress to cirrhosis, irreversible liver damage and, eventually, liver cancer. Although patients, professionals and family members worry about cachexia and weight loss, some cancer survivors – such as those on hormonal treatment –

Diet during cancer treatment

Eating a healthy diet is essential during all three stages of your cancer journey.This is because: • keeping your strength up and eating a nutritious diet may reduce certain side effects, limit collateral damage and give your treatment the best chance of working; • during the recovery phase, a healthy diet helps restore your body’s well-being and heal any damage from the cancer treatment or the malignancy; • during the maintenance phase, a healthy diet may prevent or delay a recurrence and reduce the risk of, for instance, second primary cancers, heart attacks, osteoporosis and stroke. You should see your diet as part of your treatment – as much as the drugs, surgery or radiotherapy. Speak to your cancer team or a dietician, who will be able to offer suggestions tailored to your circumstances and dietary preferences. Note that your cancer team’s advice may differ from that for healthy eating generally. For example, in general, everyone should eat a high-fibre diet, but a high-fibre diet could worsen diarrhoea for those receiving certain cancer treatments. Most people need more energy – and so more calories – than usual during cancer treatment. Some drugs also require dietary restrictions to work effectively:certain foods may interact with the medicine, for example. The cancer team can also refer you to a dietician, who can help with particular issues – such as changes in the way some foods and drinks taste, dry mouth or swallowing difficulties – and support you to make up any nutritional gaps, say with nutrient-rich drinks and other supplements. These range from milk-based shakes to sophisticated, nutritionally complete foods.A dietician can also suggest other modifications to your diet, such as: • adding butter or cream to certain foods – such as porridge or mashed potato – to increase calories; • using plenty of gravy and sauces to make swallowing easier; • taking pre-thickened supplements or adding a ‘thickener’ to modify the texture of food as this, again, makes food easier to swallow and less likely to ‘go down the wrong way’, ending up in your lungs. The cancer team can suggest a range of changes that can help, depending on your particular difficulty.

Alcohol and cancer

Heavy drinking increases the risk of more than 200 diseases and conditions, including several cancers. According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 29 million people in Great Britain drank alcohol in the week before being interviewed for the 2016 Opinions and Lifestyle Survey.That’s about 3 in 5 (57 per cent) of the population. About 3 in 10 men (28.2 per cent) and 1 in 4 women (25.3 per cent) drank more than 8 and 6 units of alcohol respectively on their heaviest day. Not surprisingly, our national taste for alcohol imposes a heavy clinical load on the already overburdened NHS. According to the ONS, in 2015 there were 8,758 alcohol-related deaths in the UK. Nevertheless, even these sobering figures probably do not paint the whole picture. The ONS estimate includes ‘underlying causes of death . . . most directly due to alcohol consumption’, such as chronic hepatic disease and liver cirrhosis.The definition excludes, for example, road traffic and other accidents, as well as diseases partly attributable to alcohol, including many cancers. Indeed, we now know that drinking too much alcohol increases the risk of several malignancies, including cancers in the mouth,throat, voice box (larynx), oesophagus, liver, colon and rectum, pancreas and breast. The risk rises with the amount of alcohol you drink. Even consuming 2.5 units or less a day, however, causes between a quarter (26 per cent)

and a third (35 per cent) of deaths from cancer caused by alcohol. That is less than a pint of beer, lager or cider or a 250-ml glass of red or white wine. The increased risk of cancer linked to alcohol seems to be especially high among smokers. For example, heavy drinking,smoking or both seem to account for about three-quarters of upper aerodigestive tract cancers (malignancies of the lips, mouth, tongue, nose, throat, vocal cords, and parts of the oesophagus and trachea). Alcohol seems to dissolve some carcinogens in smoke, so more of them reach and damage the tissue. Drinking might also increase the risk of an alcohol-related second primary cancer or the risk of complications following surgery or radiotherapy. For instance, a study of people with upper aerodigestive tract cancers found that: • continuing to drink after diagnosis increases the risk of complications during and after surgery between two and four times; • the risk of death due to complications was three times higher in people who, after surgery to remove a tumour, abused alcohol than those who didn’t; • the risk of second primary malignancies was 50 per cent higher in people with upper aerodigestive tract cancers who consumed more than 24 units a week, after allowing for smoking. Other studies suggest that the increased risk of second primary malignancies might be at least 300 per cent higher for certain upper aerodigestive tract cancers in those who continued to drink. Furthermore, small amounts of alcohol, even that in certain mouthwashes, might irritate and exacerbate sore mouths caused by some cancer treatments. Alcohol might also interact with some cancer treatments, increasing the risk of side effects. So check with your cancer team whether or not and how much you can drink during treatment and the limits following your diagnosis. Always follow the cancer team’s advice: your limit might differ from the government’s recommendation.

Cutting back

Some people may use alcohol to help them cope with cancer or its aftermath. If you are going over your cancer team’s recommendation or worry you are drinking too much, keep a note of how much you drink – don’t just guess. If you drink to alleviate the stress of cancer, speak to your cancer team or GP, who can refer you to NHS Alcohol Services or to a counsellor, who can help you to cut down and deal with difficult situations. Always let the counsellor or support services know that you have or have survived cancer. Some forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) can also help reduce stress that leads to drinking and smoking (see below) and aid relaxation. n

How to reduce the amount of alcohol you drink • Replace large glasses with smaller ones. • Use a measure at home rather than guess how many units you are pouring. • Avoid wine with alcohol by volume (ABV) of 14 per cent or 15 per cent. Buy 10 per cent ABV or less. • Alternate alcoholic and soft drinks. • Try spritzers and shandies rather than wine and beer. • Quench your thirst with a soft drink rather than an alcoholic beverage. • Have several drink-free days each week. You might need to avoid your usual haunts and drinking partners on those days. • Find a hobby that does not involve drinking. • Groups buying rounds tend to keep pace with the fastest drinker. Buy your own or buy rounds only in small groups. An extract from ‘your guide for the cancer journey’ by Mark Greener. Published by Sheldon Press RETIREMENT


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gain weight. There is, therefore, a risk that excess weight could increase the risk of second primary cancers. If you want to lose weight, it is best to discuss this with the cancer team once your treatment ends and you have recovered.






etiring, or approaching retirement should be a time of excitement and anticipation. A time which can provide an excellent opportunity to make a fresh start. Samantha Westwood, a Principal Risk Analyst advocates, "Establishing new schedules and routines is a great way to make the transition into retirement easier and help find a new path forward." One method of achieving this is to make a complete lifestyle change, and what better way to do that than to move to a community with likeminded people of a similar age without losing your independence. Residential Parks provide such a community. They are an affordable alternative to more traditional homes, making them ideal for those approaching retirement age as most parks have a minimum age restriction. The innumerable different styles and designs offered guarantees there is a park home to suit any personality or taste. A sense of community, enhanced security, (a lot of these parks have secure entrances) and hassle-free maintenance are just some of the attractions to this style of living as well as the added benefit of not having to look after a larger property. Leading residential and retirement park developer, Killarney Homes, recognises the importance of your retirement which is why their parks combine style, convenience and security.

flown the nest and they want to downsize and clear out clutter Sophie went on to explain that park homes are on one level therefore appealing to those thinking ahead to old age, and also low maintenance. Other pleasing attributes are that each home has its own private driveway and generous, but not enormous, garden which is easy to look after. She added, “All our parks have gated entrances, residents have a card or fob to gain access.” Willow Park, one the sites owned by Killarney Homes is located between a beautiful golf course and stunning countryside in the village of Calverton, providing a perfect environment in which to live. Among its amenities are a selection of pubs, shops, doctor’s surgery, library and post office. Nottingham city centre is only 10 miles away with a regular bus service stopping right outside the park. There is also a courtesy bus several times a week to take residents into the local town and village. Willow Park residents, Glynis and George Wilkie moved into their new home in February this year. Mr Wilkie who has been retired for two years explained to me that he had a heart scare some time ago. At that time he was living in a large 4 bedroomed house, he said, “My surgeon suggested I move into a single storey property. I looked at a number of bungalows but none suited, then quite by accident I came across Willow Park.” He went on to say that he was allowed to design his own house from the interior lay out to the exterior decking in his back garden. He couldn’t extol the virtues of brother and sister director team Sophie Brown and Alex Kellam enough saying, “Their attitude and courtesy are quite exceptional, they can’t do enough to help you, and everything is designed around the people who live here.” He continued, “We’ve spoken to more people in the few months we’ve been here than we did in the 30 years we lived in our last home.” Killarney Park is another hidden gem, located just six miles from the city of Nottingham. The Park can offer you the serenity of the countryside with all the conveniences of modern day life nearby.

Killarney Homes own three parks in Nottinghamshire designed exclusively for over 45’s. When asked why people choose to buy park homes, Marketing Manager Sophie Brown said, “It’s generally people close to retirement age or thinking about making that ‘final move’, their children have

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The combination of the sense of community, tranquillity and security has a great appeal for the residents, one of whom described it as, “Like being on holiday permanently.” JJ Cooper Group Park Estates is another company specialising in this type of living. The company was started by Joseph J Cooper Snr in the late eighties. In 2005 he was congratulated by the Deputy Prime Minister’s office for his achievements as a park owner and the services provided to his residents. Although a family operated business, they employ a large staff to ensure the smooth running of their parks and to look after the welfare of their residents Today the Group operate eight residential parks across the south of England all located in beautiful areas in the south of England, three within easy reach of London, and because their parks are also for those aged 45 years of age and over the majority of residents are either retired or semi-retired. Most of their parks have gated entry and some have CCTV, not because it is necessary but, as James Cooper, one of the partners said, “The residents requested it to make them feel more secure.” He went on to say, “If you bought one of these homes in the nineties the trend then was that it would depreciate in value, whereas today because of rising popularity and demand that trend has reversed and the value of park homes is now appreciating. Residing in a park home has become an extremely fashionable and well respected way of living. James also said, “Another of the many benefits of owning a park home is that the home can be the gifted to a relative on the death of the owner. All the parks owned by this group have many leisure facilities, for example at California Country Park located adjacent to California Lakes in Finchampstead, Berkshire, fishing, walks and golf are just a few. While the business has grown to around 8oo residential pitches, the day to day management of the parks runs smoothly as JJ Cooper Snr intended making sure that both his sons and staff are always on hand to serve the residents in a friendly and professional manner.

Coopers Windsor Park Home

The reason this style of living is becoming increasingly more popular is mostly attributable to the ecological and financial benefits that can be gained from it. Another well established company specialising in these types of homes is Warfield Park Homes. First launched in 1947 they are set within 92 acres of idyllic parkland between Ascot and Bracknell, located on land which once formed part of Windsor Great Park, within easy reach of the M3, M4 and mainline trains to London. Last year Warfield Park celebrated its 70th anniversary by hosting an event to thank its residents and tenants for their continued support. Managing Director, Barry Sumner, said “We have seen lots of changes over the 70 years, the Park has grown from just

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Warfield Park. Landscape. Photo by Guy Aubertain


a few mobile homes to the estate we have today. We felt that it was very important to bring together our residents and tenants to celebrate such a special milestone for the Park as a community.” He continued stating that the positive community spirit benefits both old and new residents, with many new residents joining a club or activity, or attending coffee mornings to establish friendships soon after moving onto the Park. One resident, Christine Barnes said, “We have made many new friends since moving here five and a half years ago. In our first week on the Park I joined the Line Dancing class which I had never done before so was a little apprehensive. I was made so welcome by everybody and really enjoyed it. We got our first ever dog, Poppy, who everybody knows and we have met and become friends with so many residents while walking around the Park.” Another resident Jackie Porter says Warfield Park is, “Like living in a peaceful village from 50 years ago. It is so calm and peaceful.” Warfield Park is one of the most sought after park home locations in the south of England, not least because of the on-site facilities which include a community hall, hairdressers, beauty salon, and launderette. Christine Barnes, who has resided for over 5 years on the Park, said, “Warfield Park is a beautiful place to live, the grounds are very attractive and the sense of community spirit is wonderful.There is nowhere else we would rather live!” This sentiment was reiterated by another resident, Rosie Jones, who said, “It is a truly fabulous place to live – you can be as involved as you want to be. People look out for each other without being intrusive. We have a very helpful and nice team of people in Warfield Park Homes. No matter what the problem they will do their best to help us.” The safety and security of living in a community of like-minded people, where neighbours look out for one another, is a major factor that attracts many residents to this type of living n

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Why Buy When You Can Rent?



he Hawthorns retirement communities offers a really different approach to high quality retirement living, in being All-Inclusive and a Rental Model – so as opposed to a purchase there’s no need to tie up your money and assets and still incur the costs of maintaining your own property. Property purchase may also not give you the lifestyle features and community included at The Hawthorns, with all your dining, refreshments and entertainment for example. Right now, a rental model has never looked so good. Property purchase does give you the valued position of home ownership, but many of the retirement property options are leasehold and not freehold, so the differences to renting are not so many.The difference though is in the costs, some of which can be less than obvious. Purchase prices for retirement properties can carry a premium over the general market as you are paying for communal space, and you may only be able to sell back to the original developer or freeholder, often at their valuation rather than an open market assessment. Exit fees from such developments can range from 5% to 20% of either the original purchase price or the sell back value; add in the stamp duty on purchase and legal costs for purchase and sale and there is a definite premium for tying your money into another purchase. Most leaseholds also carry other costs such as ground rent, RETIREMENT


service charges or maintenance costs – month in, month out.This is money you and your family will never get back. In contrast the all-inclusive Hawthorns Rental model offers certainty, easy planning, and flexibility.To make life really simple and worry-free there are no property repairs, gardening upkeep, Council Tax or weekly housekeeping costs. We’ll even launder your bedlinen each week.With no utility bills as well, you can use as much hot water or central heating as you like to stay warm, throughout even the coldest spell. Staff are on hand around the clock in case of emergencies, and each apartment has a call system, so you can feel safe, secure and looked after. We’re so confident that you’ll love the community and lifestyle here that you can also Try Before You Buy with the Rental Model, with a month’s trial stay; again, something else you can’t do with a property purchase.There is no long contract and where some other rental options in the market that require a minimum rental term of a year,The Hawthorns just ask for 30 days’ notice if your circumstances change, giving you the flexibility and choice that you deserve. We know that quality of dining is important to you, and we have a team of professional chefs that freshly prepare nutritionally balanced meals, with choices in each of three courses, including wine at lunchtimes, again all inclusive.There are three restaurant meals a day with, table service, and free refreshments available

throughout day to include tea, coffee and juices, home baked cakes, biscuits and a variety of fresh fruit.There is a comprehensive Well-being Programme that supports you staying healthier and independent for longer and a daily entertainment and activities schedule both within the community and on trips out in our own private minibus. If you prefer a different outlook or you wish to downsize apartment there are no sales fees, purchase costs, legal charges or delays; with just a single charge to reflect that our apartments always come freshly decorated and with new carpets where required you just move and pay the new monthly rent. Property purchase won’t give you that flexibility, choice or service. Keeping in contact with family and friends is easy with the free wi-fi in the common areas as well as a resident’s PC station, so you can maintain your connections over social media, e-mail and Skype. If you’d like to receive family or friends as guests, you can use our private dining rooms for lunch or dinner; for those who have some distance to travel there’s even a guest suite to stay over.

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Dining in the Lake District


he Lake District, also know as The Lakes, is a very popular destination when it comes to food and drink and makes an ideal ‘foodie breakaway’ The region really has come on leaps and bounds in the last few years. In this issue we feature two local establishments leading the way, using local produce and innovative recipes, we feature two to try at home.

Pan fried cod with bouillabaisse


he Plough at Lupton’s kitchen is headed by Robert Stacey. Robert’s cooking can be described as clean seasonal plates with delicious flavours, drawing from the best of the surrounding three counties of Cumbria, Yorkshire and Lancashire. He has big plans for The Plough to continue the success of a true destination dining inn with delicious, fresh, Gastro Pub dishes.

Makes 2 Ingredients 100-150g Cod fillet (skin on)

For the bouillabaisse

Fennel head (for garnish)

200g chopped tomato

200g courgette diced

200ml fish stock

For the fondant

40ml olive oil

2 large waxy potatoes peeled and cut into barrel shape using a cookie cutter

100g diced red pepper

Knob of butter

Pinch sea salt

200ml water

Pinch tarragon

10g sugar

100g finely trimmed fennel

5g salt

Teaspoon tomato puree

Sprig of thyme

Pinch saffron

Pinch of saffron

20ml lemon juice

50g butter

Teaspoon of butter

10g garlic puree

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The Chocolate Dome Ingredients • 1 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips Instructions 1. Start off by bringing 1 cup dark chocolate chips to 101°F, using the double broiling method. Gently mix the chocolate as it slowly melt to ensure all of the solids liquefy. 2. Once the chocolate is thoroughly melted and up to temperature, remove it from the stove and mix in a few chocolate chips to cool the mixture. Gently stir in the chocolate chips until the mixture is smooth and approximately 89-90°F. 3. Once the chocolate is tempered to 89-90°F, pour the liquid into your chocolate mold about a quarter of the way up. Be sure to coat all sections of your mold. Then allow it to cool in the fridge for 30 minutes. Flip every 2-3 minutes to ensure is cools evenly. 4. Once cooled, remove from the mold. 5. Next you will want to heat up a plate or pyrex container and gently press the sphere onto the dish, in order to melt the bottom of the chocolate globe. This should leave you with a perfect cavity to fill the sphere with whatever you desire. 6. Once the sphere is filled to your liking, heat your favorite topping and pour on top of the chocolate sphere. All that is left to do is enjoy!


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othay Manor and its head chef, Dan McGeorge, are devoted to local seasonal ingredients and developing their menus to showcase the best of the produce in the area. The kitchen garden is currently being developed to promote the best of the ‘nature to plate’ philosophy the Manor has. Whether you are looking for a fine dining experience or a classic Afternoon Tea, Rothay Manor will cater for all taste buds. RETIREMENT


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Method For the Bouillabaisse. Sweat the pepper, garlic and the fennel until tender. Approximately 10 minutes. 1. Add the tomato puree, chopped tomatoes, fish stock, saffron and tarragon and simmer until reduced by one third. 2. Add butter and lemon juice and season to taste. Leave to the side to be heated up at the end. 3. For the fondant potato: pan fry the potatoes in butter until both sides are browned. Put into a roasting tin. 4. Combine all other ingredients for fondant in a pan and bring to the boil. 5. Pour over potatoes and place in a pre-heated oven at 180˚ for 15-20 mins (check after 15 mins to make sure they are tender). 6. Place the seasoned fennel heads in the oven on a separate tray at the same time to roast. 7. Bring a pan of water to the boil and then simmer the chopped courgettes until tender. 8. Meanwhile, pan fry the cod skin side down until the skin is crispy, briefly turn over to colour the fleshy side. Put in the oven for the last 5 minutes of fondant cooking time. 9. Reheat the bouillabaisse if needed. Pour over fondant, courgettes and cod and garnish with the roasted fennel.


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Generation Why Not – plenty of socialising, a tipple every day and minimal exercise why the over 60s are living life faster than 30-year olds • Nearly 40% of people over the age of 60 admit to socialising regularly to help keep healthy and active • Over 76% feel younger than they actually are • A shocking 62% admit to not exercising regularly Forget OAPs, today’s over 60s are truly a ‘Why Not’ generation as they party the night away, enjoy a few cheeky tipples and spend plenty of downtime relaxing. And while this might sound like the average weekend for a 30-year-old, new research* by Camping in the Forest has revealed this is actually the average lifestyle for over 60’s as they enjoy letting loose in later life. The results of the survey by Camping in the Forest revealed 76% of over 60’s in the UK have a much younger outlook on life than their biological age and are more active than their 30-year old counterparts when it comes to socialising, getting new hobbies and travelling the world. Fully embracing all that life has to offer, this age group is making the most of their twilight years with going on holiday (16%) and visiting a new country (12%), a number one priority for them over the next 10 years. ‘Generation Why Not’ also admitted to trying out more new experiences, such as learning to fly a plane, parascending, learning to ride a motorbike and white-water rafting. Proving they are young at heart, 76% said they feel younger than their true age and 44% said they feel between 10-15 years younger than they actually are. Furthermore, a whopping 49% admit they only stay active in order to have fun and socialise, compared with just 23% of 30-year olds. And, it seems that over 60’s like a drink, with 23% claiming a daily tipple helps keep them in top physical and mental shape, whilst only 5% of 30-year olds enjoy a daily drink and 21% avoid alcohol altogether. Those over 60 also think keeping an active mind (73%), meeting up with friends (47%), watching TV (48%) and getting fresh air (74%) are essential ways of staying youthful. On the other hand, only 38% of 30-year olds believe keeping an active mind is important, preferring a healthy diet (47%) and taking vitamins (37%) to keep in good shape. However, despite this active social life and sense of adventure, a whopping 61% of adults over 60 admit to not exercising regularly with 13% never exercising at all. So it’s not surprising that 65% don’t achieve the recommended 10,000 steps per day, demonstrating that while ‘Generation Why Not’ may feel young at heart, they need to ‘fit-proof ’ their bodies and balance their wellbeing with fitness. The survey was commissioned by Camping in the Forest – which offers a collection of 15 beautiful caravan and camping sites set among the woodlands of the Forestry Commission

- alongside celebrity ambassador, Janet Ellis, to find out how active the nation’s over 60’s really are. Janet Ellis, said: “As someone who is just 62 years young, I’m enjoying all life has to offer. Some of my favourite activities include going on walking holidays and hiking, anything where I’m outside being active. 60 really isn’t old, so it’s great to see ‘Generation Why Not’ dispelling the stereotypical views of this age group. The truth is, we’re all having more fun, being more adventurous and trying new things, which is fantastic! However, it’s important that as part of this, we remember to get outdoors in the fresh air, keep fit and active, whilst keeping our mind and our souls happy too. “It seems this is especially important given that these findings showed 79% of us suffer with joint or bone pain, with knee (22%), hip (10%) and neck pain (7%) all ranking top in the list of ailments experienced by the UK’s over 60’s.” Bob Hill, sites director at Camping in the Forest, added: “At 60 you know what you enjoy doing, you have less responsibility and you’re likely to have more financial freedom than you’ve had before. Being 61 myself, it’s no surprise that this survey has shown adults over 60 feel young at heart, enjoy new experiences and socialise more than ever, which is brilliant to see.

“Nonetheless, as much as this generation are mentally active, we need to ensure this is balanced with keeping physically fit. A great way to do this is by cycling, walking or hiking in the great outdoors. We’re all about embracing nature at Camping in the Forest, and we hope that we can encourage ‘Generation Why Not’ to do the same and use it to keep themselves fit and active.” Most adventurous things done by adults when they turn 60 (as revealed by survey respondents):• Bobsleighing • Tobogganing • Learnt to fly • Went to a naturist camp • Learnt to ride a motorcycle • Started or set up a business • Started/achieved a degree • Became a film extra • Camped in a forest • Ran a marathon • Sky diving • Travelled the world For more information, visit Follow Camping in the Forest on Twitter @Camping_CITF, Instagram @campingintheforest and by liking Camping in the Forest on Facebook n




Natural Baking A new way to bake using the best natural ingredients

Chunky buckwheat and triple nut brittle This is a wonderfully simple and quick-to-make recipe that is crunchy, sweet, nutty and very moreish indeed. I wanted to use an array of nuts for their different textures and flavours, with crunchier Brazil nuts and softer, creamier cashews and macadamias, while the buckwheat groats have a distinct, mild and earthy taste and a little bite, too. Snap it up as a snack, have a piece or two with a cup of tea, or it’s just delicious served in shards with ice cream or thick yogurt. It’s great with Baked bananas with lime and coconut cream, too.

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serves 8–10 20g (3/4oz / 4 tsp) virgin coconut oil 130g (43/4 oz / 1/2 cup) maple syrup 1 tsp vanilla extract 80g (23/4 oz / 1/2 cup) buckwheat groats 50g (13/4 oz / scant 1/2 cup) Brazil nuts, each roughly chopped into 3–4 pieces 50g (13/4 oz / scant 1/2 cup) macadamia nuts, halved 50g (13/4 oz / 1/4 cup) whole cashew nuts 50g (13/4 oz / 2/3 cup) buckwheat flakes, oats or other flakes pinch of sea salt flakes


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Line a baking tray (sheet) with a silicone mat (non-stick baking mat) or a piece of baking parchment. In a saucepan, bring the coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla just to the boil. Remove from the heat, add the buckwheat groats, all the nuts, buckwheat flakes and salt and stir to combine. Pour the mix on to the prepared tray (sheet) and spread it out with a cranked or step palette knife until it is no thicker than the halved macadamia nuts. A lot of the nuts will be on the edge, but this is fine; you can lift them up and place them in the centre. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and roughly chop into generous pieces, about 5cm (2in) wide, being careful not to cut the silicone mat (non-stick baking mat), if using. I like to make triangles, but any shape is fine. Return to the oven for 10–13 more minutes until golden brown. Leave to cool on the tray (sheet), so they harden up and set firm. These will keep for at least 5 days in an airtight jar.

Recipes from The Natural Baker by Henrietta Inman, published by Jacqui Small RETIREMENT


Polenta, kefir, coconut, raspberry and lemon cake with raspberry ripple yogurt cream serves 12–14 For the cake unsalted butter, for the tins (pans) 90g (31/4 oz / 2/3 cup) quick cook polenta (cornmeal) 90g (31/4 oz / 2/3 cup) brown rice flour 60g (2oz / 3/4 cup) desiccated (dried unsweetened) coconut 240g (81/2 oz / 11/4 cups) golden caster (superfine) sugar 11/2 tsp baking powder finely grated zest of 2 unwaxed lemons pinch of sea salt flakes 375g (13oz / 11/2 cups) kefir, buttermilk or natural yogurt 135g (43/4 oz / 2/3 cup) virgin coconut oil, melted 3 eggs, lightly beaten 375g (13oz / 3 cups) raspberries, fresh or frozen

For the cream 350g (12oz / 11/2 cups) double (heavy)cream 350g (12oz / 11/2 cups) Greek-style yogurt, the thickest you can find finely grated zest of 1 unwaxed lemon, plus 1 tbsp lemon juice 3 tbsp golden icing (confectioners') sugar 300g (101/2oz / 21/2 cups) fresh raspberries, plus more to serve

This is one big and beautiful show-stopper of a cake. It’s a bit like an Eton Mess, but in cake form! I must say, it’s one of my favourite recipes in the book; serve it in the late summer when raspberries are at their sweet peak. The subtle, creamy sponge is the perfect canvas on to which raspberries can burst and lemon zing. The three butter -soft layers, with a little texture from the polenta (cornmeal) and vanilla-ish coconut, become moist and sublimely delicious as the juices from the berries sink in. Greek-style yogurt is the perfect addition to the cream, its sharpness balancing out the sweetness of the cake and keeping the filling and topping fresh and light. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/gas mark 4. Butter the sides and bases of 3 x 20cm (8in) loose-bottomed cake tins (pans). Line the bases with baking parchment. In a bowl, mix together the polenta (cornmeal), rice flour, coconut, sugar, baking powder, lemon zest and salt, using a whisk to disperse all the ingredients evenly. Separately combine the kefir or buttermilk or yogurt, coconut oil and eggs, then mix them into the dry ingredients. Finally, fold in the raspberries, treating the mix as lightly as possible to keep them whole. Divide the mix between the 3 tins (pans), using about 500g (1lb 2oz) in each tin (pan). Smooth out the tops with a step or cranked palette knife, or the back of a spoon. Bake for 15 minutes, rotate the tins (pans) and bake for a further 10–15 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a skewer inserted in the centre of one of the cakes comes out clean. Leave to cool. They can be frozen at this stage for up to 1 month. Whip the cream until soft peaks form. Fold in the yogurt, lemon zest and juice and icing (confectioners’) sugar. Finally, fold in the raspberries. Build the cake by spreading each layer with one-third of the cream, trying to top the stack with the most attractive sponge. Finish with extra raspberries (plus their leaves, if you have them) and serve. Store any leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE ENDING. When Gordon’s dad Sandy was diagnosed with heart failure, the support the whole family received from Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland was, in their words – priceless.


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Imagine if you had to struggle to breathe every day just from getting out of bed. Or you were living constantly worried about your heart or scared that you might have another stroke at any moment. Living with the reality of a long term health condition can be confusing and isolating. Every day activities such as picking up a knife and fork, making a cup of tea or leaving the house can feel like a massive challenge. Across Scotland, over 1 million people – that’s one in five of the population – are living with the effects of serious chest and heart conditions and stroke. Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland are here to help. They want people to breathe better. They want people’s hearts to work as well as they can. They want to make sure that everyone has the best recovery possible after a stroke. More people than ever before are living with long-term chest, heart and stroke conditions. This means more and more people need their help. That’s why they are dedicated to providing help and support for people when and where they need it in hospital, at home and in their local communities – now and in the future. After you have taken care of your loved ones, please consider leaving a Gift in your Will to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland - together we can change the ending. For more information visit

Do you have the drive to volunteer? The RSPCA needs volunteer drivers to transport animals so they can be rehabilitated.

For Gordon Dunham, who has volunteered for the RSPCA for more than seven years, a love of animals and driving as well as the excitement of the unknown is a prerequisite for the job Gordon is based at the RSPCA Ashley Heath animal centre in Ringwood, Hampshire, and is often seen in the van taking a furry friend or rogue reptile to their destination. Gordon, who was a HGV driver for 40 years before retiring, said he finds volunteering very rewarding. He said: “I would really recommend this voluntary role to anyone who loves animals and wants to find a way to help. “I’ve collected fox cubs which have arrived off a ferry from the Isle of Wight and taken them to RSPCA West Hatch in Somerset, I’ve taken runaway goats to a sanctuary, and I’ve “I had a few slippery customers in the van this week with two geckos and a corn snake which I took to RSPCA Patcham in Brighton for care.” More volunteer drivers are needed to cope with demand especially during the summer months when the charity is particularly busy. Drivers must be aged over 21, have a full, clean driving licence and be available for at least one week day per week. To sign-up contact or find out more at

Wood Green unveils their new community vehicle

One of the leading animal welfare organisations in the UK, Wood Green, The Animals Charity, has unveiled a new community vehicle which will deliver preventive pet care, information and advice about pets to the public across Cambridgeshire and beyond. The knowledgeable Outreach team will perform pet health checks and microchipping, and provide pet behaviour advice, training tips and enrichment ideas in the dedicated mobile space. The vehicle, funded by a generous donation from Dennis Gunn a kind supporter of the charity, will allow Wood Green to help more pets and people, ensuring all pets are well cared for in loving homes for life. The charity are inviting the public to Ask Wood Green anything about owning a pet. To find out when the roadshow is coming near you, please visit or for any questions about pets call 0300 303 9333 ext 1281, email

Pain Relief Foundation relieving chronic pain through research

Staggering New Statistics Released

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New statistics produced show an astonishing 43% of the population experience chronic pain. This means approximately 28 million adults are currently living with ongoing discomfort including nearly one in three people of working age and 1 in 10 suffering from such extreme levels of pain that it is either moderately or severely disabling; in an ageing population these figures are set to rise. Chronic Pain is defined as lasting for three months or longer and can include conditions such as arthritis, cancer pain, neuralgia, shingles, diabetic neuropathy, painful strokes, pain following limb amputation, Complex regional syndrome (CRPS), back pain and headaches. Chronic pain isn’t as visible or as measurable as other conditions, despite the fact that it can have a devastating impact on quality of life. It is costly at an individual and societal level; we need to challenge these conceptions. It is only through the research and educational work carried out in the Pain Relief Institute that progress can be made in improving knowledge of chronic pain and its relief. But that depends entirely on your support so please visit their website to make a donation. RETIREMENT




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This May, the British Heart Foundation celebrated the achievements of it volunteers at the annual Retail Volunteer of the Year awards. Over 50 volunteers and their guests attended on a lovely sunny day for lunch, followed by the presentation of their awards. Christine, who was awarded national Volunteer of the Year said, ‘’I’ve been a BHF Volunteer for seven years. I lost my husband to a heart attack ten years ago. Much as I tried, and I had lots of support from family and friends, it was very hard to carry on. I just happened to be walking past the BHF shop one day and I thought I should go in and ask if they needed any Volunteers. The answer was yes! Because of the family connection to the cause, I thought I needed to do something to help my sons. It really gave me the kick-start that I needed, getting me out of the house and recreating a family atmosphere. I was quite nervous at first but I’ve never looked back. I’ve stayed so long because we have a lot of fun and enjoy ourselves. You wouldn’t volunteer unless you wanted to make a difference and enjoy it.” For further information visit

This is Bonnet

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Bonnet survives thanks to South West Equine Protection (SWEP) In January Bonnet was a very poorly pony. She had ongoing lameness and was under vet care for foot soreness and a burst abscess. She had pedal bone rotation and a dropped pedal bone and was unable to weight bear on both front legs. She had also damaged her knees attempting to get up and thrashing around. She was put on a high dose painkiller and SWEP did not think she could survive. Their wonderful staff did not want to give up on her and, after a lot of care and attention, and the application of clogs on all four feet, they saw increasing improvement as their hard work paid off. A few days ago, Bonnet went out into the fields for the first time in almost four months. As you can see she is doing so well - her clogs will be coming off in a few weeks and they have already found someone who would like to give her a new home. You can help them to help other ponies like Bonnet. For further information visit or tel. 01822 854823

Worldwide Veterinary Service Worldwide Veterinary Service (WVS) is a UK charity offering free vet care around the world. Last year WVS treated over 81,000 animals, trained over 650 vets, deployed 81 teams all over the world, rehomed over 500 animals locally, and sent 935 parcels of veterinary supplies. None of this would have been possible without people like you. Leaving them a gift, no matter how big or small, will help them plan for the future, enabling them to supply veterinary aid to places where it’s needed most, benefitting both animals and communities alike. You can see people’s legacies in their three International Training Centres which train local and international vets in surgical procedures and animal welfare, or in the faces of the dogs living at their Thai shelter. These gifts improve the welfare of working equines in India, or help eliminate deadly diseases that threaten animals and their communities. Their aim is to create a community of vets and animal lovers all working together to improve animal welfare worldwide. Your gift could make this happen. For more information on leaving a gift to WVS, contact or call 01725 557225. Together, you can be the difference.




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A UK Magazine published since 1995 targeting the over 50's retirement, finance, travel, events, health, competitions, culture, lifestyle, fo...

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A UK Magazine published since 1995 targeting the over 50's retirement, finance, travel, events, health, competitions, culture, lifestyle, fo...