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❱ Plan Almost inevitably, once you’ve started producing your own crops, you’ll want to do more. But before you take the rotovator to the lawn, take a moment to stop and think about what you want to achieve. Find out which varieties are easy to grow in the space and soil available to you and don't forget to plant things you actually like to eat! Think also about the physical labour and money required for a given scheme. Hip-height raised beds cost more than ground planting, but are an awful lot easier on the back muscles. Putting beds near large roof surfaces means you can have water butts and save hours of trudging with a watering can as well as saving on water bills. Planning is even more essential if you want to care for more animals. Goats are very practical and resilient and a single animal can easily produce four to eight pints of milk a day. Pigs and sheep need more space, but can be incredibly rewarding to keep although it’s worth deciding early on whether you want productive animals or simply an array of slightly more unusual pets. Either way, you will need to register with DEFRA – firstly you will need a County Parish Holding number (CPH) for the land where the animals will be kept, then you will need to register your animals – you will be issued with a unique herd number. You need to notify DEFRA before moving animals.

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t was Coco Chanel who told us that fashion fades… only style remains the same. It’s something people of all ages would do well to remember – simply being able to get into a pair of skinny leg jeans is no reason to actually wear them. But, far from disappearing into the fashion wilderness, women (and men) over 50 are better tailored for than ever before as they seek to carve out their own style from the more elegant end of the fashion spectrum. While it’s true that mini dresses, shorter-than-short shorts, jumpsuits, cropped leggings and shapeless dresses have had their day as far as the fashion-conscious fiftysomething is concerned there is still much to get excited about and Dorset is supremely well served by shops, many of them independents, that understand the needs of their customers better than anyone. There’s no shortage of fashionable role models and women such as Carol Vorderman, Helen Mirren, Twiggy, Joanna Lumley and Joan Bakewell are living proof of how to look more glamorous with age. Their secret is no secret at all really – it’s all down to smart, age-appropriate dressing and wearing items that flatter the body shape. Staples in a thoughtfully compiled wardrobe should include good quality, well-cut jeans and trousers and dresses cut to suit your shape – for instance, a wrap dress is well suited to an hour-glass figure. Team these with more directional items, such as statement jewellery, a stunning clutch bag, or on-trend pieces such as a waterfall cardigan. In her book Style Clinic former Harvey Nichols fashion director Paula Reed suggests that it is better to embrace one central fashion trend as the focus of your look, rather than attempt to comprise many. So, a good quality shirt or dress in whatever that season’s style is, or a high fashion print or handbag will make the wearer appear genuinely stylish and not trying too hard to be à la mode. The woman that’s happily becoming her age will be looking for no more than 30 per cent of her wardrobe to be bang on-trend, instead the bulk of her clothes will be investment pieces bought because they are perennially stylish not instantly fashionable. The aim is to create a capsule wardrobe of classic pieces that act as a foundation for whatever look you want to go for then decorate the basics with trend pieces to bring the look up to date.

Now is the time to go for classic pieces in simple but well-cut styles rather than the busier looks favoured by the young. Frills and fussy lines are instantly ageing, whereas clean cuts look chic and stylish as a woman ages.

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It’s worth avoiding prim suits, ditsy florals and country flowers and instead select bold graphic, geometric prints, or stripes and polka dots. Strong colours such as purple and red can really flatter the older woman and it’s as well to employ some tonal techniques by layering an outfit in the same range of colours, such as different hues of grey, beige or blue – this looks really elegant. As ever, never neglect the basics and beneath every great look is some fine underwear. You need a bra that gives proper support and keeps everything in its proper position. If you get the right shape and definition at the bust your waist will look smaller in comparison, so a bra with a three-section cup, support panels built into the cup, a band all the way around the bottom of the bra and three or more hooks in the back will give most support. And don’t forget the hair either – it’s one of the most vital components of your look at any age, so trust your hairdresser to find you a style that will complement you and sit well with your age. There’s no need to be afraid of colour either, just be sure to have it done well by someone who knows what they’re doing. There’s no need for style to go into retirement once men reach 50 either. In fact, the rules are essentially the same as for the ladies – mix the current with the classic and you can continue looking dapper well beyond 50. Wearing the correct size is half the battle. If you need to go to a bigger waist then face it, don’t fight it. There

are many excellent tailors and outfitters locally that will correctly measure your neck size, chest, waist and sleeve to make sure you buy only what actually fits you, not what you’d like to fit. The clothes you wore as a young man are probably not going to be the best look for you now, even if the style has come back into fashion. However, there will almost certainly be contemporary alternatives that are influenced by the look of your youth, so you don’t have to look as if you’re stuck in a time warp, but you can still be fashionable. Men are able to accessorise more freely these days and if you have a classic watch or a collection of great cufflinks then don’t be afraid to show them off. Make them your signature pieces and dress around them – pick good quality shirts to offset jeans, or a classic polo for a more casual look. Well-dressed men of good vintage include the likes of Bill Nighy, Ralph Lauren, George Clooney and tailor Mark Powell, all of them united by the mantra of not appearing to try too hard. The key is to pick a good look and stick to it, finding genuine style in subtle shading rather than broad strokes. Leave the bright colours and too-tight trouser legs to the young and go for figure-flattering, wellfitted clothes that are made to last. And, to finish where we began, the last word must surely also go to Coco Chanel: ‘You can be gorgeous at 20, charming at 40 and irresistible for the rest of your life.’ ◗

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o much of our well-being is bound up in what we eat that the fastest route to a healthier lifestyle is very often through diet – not 'a diet', but balancing want with need; taking responsibility for our food intake, being in charge of what we eat and eating the right things at the right time is, though, easier said than done. Healthy eating can help us avoid all kinds of illnesses and diseases associated with ageing. Luckily, it’s not all about denial – there are many things we can do to

introduce healthier foods into our diet without having to give up all of our favourites. So, what should we eat? The answer is simple – the amount of energy we need (number of calories for our level of activity, which for an active man is around 2500 calories a day and about 1900-2000 for an active woman). This bald number is not the whole story, though. A major reason for weight gain in the over 50s is that the metabolic rate – the rate at which we burn calories in food 13

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well to check with one's GP first – good physical trainers will encourage you to do this before they will accept you as a client. Staying active not only helps burn off some of the calories we’ve taken on board, but it helps with alertness and suppleness too. Exercise keeps heart and lungs working well, maintains muscle mass, helps to control blood pressure and diabetes, slows down the loss of bone density, improves mobility and reduces the risk of falling by improving posture, balance, flexibility and co-ordination. Regular exercise will also boost mental wellbeing, so we feel better about ourselves. Not surprisingly, previously inactive people who start regular physical activity feel the greatest benefits and will notice the difference as soon as they begin, but it’s best to start gradually and progress at our own speed as we build more exercise into our normal way of life. As with anything, we’re far more likely to do it if we enjoy it so the best advice is to find the things we like doing and do them regularly. According to French actress Anouk Aimée, we can only perceive real beauty in a person as they get older. Of course, it helps when you look like the enigmatic star of hit films like La Dolce Vita and Prêt-à-Porter, who was once described by Life magazine as ‘the Left Bank’s most beautiful resident’, but there’s something in her message for us all. 'Good' living, too much sun, smoking, drinking and our genetic predisposition can all take their toll on the way we look as we get older. As we age our skin loses its elasticity and doesn’t heal as well. Stopping smoking, staying out of the sun and a good diet will generally achieve much more than ‘hope-in-a-jar’ anti-ageing creams. As for greyness in hair, either learn to love it, or reach for the hair colour, but do so subtly. A shorter cut can give volume to thinning hair and colours can lift fine, limp hair, but perhaps the best tip for a younger look is also the cheapest – in fact it costs nothing at all: nearly everyone looks better with a smile. ◗

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inding work can take time at any age, but for the over 50s there are other factors to consider. These range from employer prejudice to health issues and an understandable reluctance to relocate due to family and financial commitments. The old certainties provided by a job-for-life are long gone and many people, including an increasing number of over 50s, are accepting the economic reality of multiple part-time jobs. As well as providing a fair amount of freedom to chop and change jobs as opportunities present themselves, parttime working also allows people to bring a little variety into their employment and, economic recovery or no economic recovery, there is much to be said for not relying entirely on one source of income. According to Saga’s Flash Employment Indices, over 50s account for about 30 per cent of the UK workforce and the number of over 50s in work rose steadily in the three years to July 2013, with a pronounced rise (25.8 per cent) in workers aged 65 or over. There were also 435,000 more workers aged 50-64 in July 2013 than in May 2010.

However, if older workers become unemployed the Saga research suggests they are far less likely to return to work than their younger counterparts with 7000 more older workers registered long-term unemployed in July 2013 than in May 2010. Although the figures appear to show the over 50s are faring quite well in a tough economic climate, Saga economists say many people over 50 have decided to continue working or return to the workforce if they can and postpone retirement out of financial necessity as they try to deal with falling living standards brought on by stagnating wages, low interest rates, a drop in pension returns and rising prices. The 'Unfinished Business' report identified an obvious need to extend working lives. It was published in 2012 by The Resolution Foundation, an independent research and policy organisation that aims to improve the lives of people on low to middle incomes by delivering change in areas where they are currently disadvantaged. This year the right to request flexible working – part-time work, 17

❱ I[d_ehB_l_d]09Wh[[hY^Wd][ job-sharing, compressed hours – is being extended to all workers, which will help older employees. Experience counts and the over 50s bring with them a wealth of knowledge that many employers are recognising by reducing the barriers to their employment. However, redundancy is a fact of modern life and no reflection on a person’s ability – it happens to so many people that any stigma that may have once existed has long since been removed. Change is there to be embraced and even the statutory minimum redundancy settlement buys a little time to consider options and weigh up a completely new career. There are training programmes available and a range of grants and bursaries to help with the costs, although they are often linked to specific career choices. Information can be found through the local Citizens Advice service or over 50s support groups. The end of a job or career could also offer the chance of a brand new life, working for yourself. There has never been more help and advice available to people who

are thinking of starting up their own business and that includes the over 50s – the ‘olderpreneurs’ as they were first called by the Prince’s Initiative for Mature Enterprise (PRIME) about a decade ago. Established by HRH The Prince of Wales in 1999 in response to the letters he received from people keen to work but unable to find jobs because of their age, PRIME has since helped more than 25,000 over 50s who are unemployed or facing redundancy, to explore self-employment. The organisation offers free training courses, mentoring support, networking events and online resources geared towards creating sustainable self-employment as a means of providing financial independence, the opportunity to make use of skills and experience and a way to combat the ill-health and isolation that has been linked to unemployment. Financing a new business is not easy, but the financial institutions are coming under more pressure to increase lending to business so would be start-ups are advised to seek the right advice and draw up a winning business plan before approaching lenders for finance. Alternatively, anyone with a computer and a garage full of stuff to sell can easily earn their own money. Buying and selling is about as basic as business gets, but it’s a route that many people are taking to augment pensions or earnings from a part-time job. Older people are not all the same and it would be wrong to treat them as such. Those looking for more responsibility from their career as they get older can struggle with underemployment. Starting a business could be a solution to a career that is starting to run out of steam and one way of making the most of a lifetime of experience in a particular field of expertise is by hiring it out on a consultancy basis to the contacts you have built up over the last thirty or forty years. Networking is crucial to any kind of service provision and a variety of groups exist that aim to put businesses in touch with one another, but the over 50s have had decades in which to build up their contacts and possibly give them a head start in their new business. Wisdom, like experience, cannot be bought and older business people invariably represent a safe pair of hands with a proven track record, plenty of testimonials and respect within the industry – all of which make customers feel much more comfortable about doing business with them. That experience is also welcomed by the voluntary sector with organisations such as the Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) keen to recruit people to benefit their communities across a wide range of activities and interests. Opportunities for volunteering also exist abroad and a number of companies offering ‘gap years for grown ups’ have sprung up in recent years that aim to harness a older people’s skills in everything from construction and healthcare to business and animal husbandry. Turning 50 is not the barrier to possibility it may once have been and with a little imagination there are plenty of rewarding challenges just waiting to be met. ◗ ❱ Homeworking, whether as a freelancer or as part of a portfolio of part-time jobs, is very much an option for those seeking more flexible working as their personal circumstances change. There are plenty of courses available (see our piece on page 21) for those looking to expland their knowledge of new technology.


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Situated near to the beautiful Weymouth coastline, Danmor Lodge features 25 comfortable rooms with en-suite facilities, two lounges and a spacious conservatory. Two 8-person passenger lifts give level access to all rooms. Residents have access to a range of facilities including Hydrotherapy baths, massage, aromatherapy and reflexology by a qualified practitioner, keep fit to music and complimentary use of the homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mobility scooter. A full and varied programme of events for residents ranges from day trips to visits to shows. There is a choice of care options including 24-hour care for long-term or respite requirements and day-care with free transport for the elderly at home. 14 Alexandra Road, Lodmoor Hill, Weymouth DT4 7QH | Tel: 01305 775462 | View our website at

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Careford Lodge is a purpose built Residential home set in 5 acres including a paddock to enable residents to enjoy the horses and the country views. The registered manager, Lorraine, has been with the home for over 10 years and has a team of loyal and trained staff. All rooms are a generous size having a full en-suite and some with complete wet rooms. The gardens and general maintenance are kept to a high standard and a qualified chef runs the kitchen with innovative menus. Regular outings are arranged and daily activities organised. Enquiries to Lorraine at the below address or Sue and Robin Hasler on 01305 775462 who will be pleased to answer any questions you have. Church Street, Merriott, Somerset, TA16 5PR | Tel: 01460 75592 | View our website at

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or those still in work but maybe winding down their involvement, continuing professional development can sound as dull as ditchwater, but to those launching a new business it can be both fascinating and incredibly useful; but what about learning as its own reward? For those who decide to pursue additional learning for leisure, there is the commitment to a more structured approach to learning and the time in which to enjoy the acquisition of knowledge – perhaps as a warmup for more formal learning later. Qualifications, on the other hand, are the proof of your specific skills, be they intellectual, practical or social and can be classified as academic, attaining a certain educational standard; or vocational, to show you’re qualified to do a specific job. ‘Returning to education over 50 isn’t just about signing up for formal qualifications,’ says Dr Rebecca Edwards, public engagement and impact manager at Bournemouth University. ‘Bournemouth University runs a wide range of events throughout the year that are free for the public to attend. Not least, the Festival of Learning in June, which showcases the best of BU through more than 100 free-toattend activities.’ Some courses are fee-based, but there is a range of help available to later learners, as for any student, depending on circumstances. As well as grants and bursaries, some over 50s in work and wanting to learn may be able to get the help of their trade union, or be given time off to study by their employer to add value to their career. ❱ Getting to know the world of social media at ‘Social Media for the Terrified’, part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning ❱ Boat Building Academy: Traditional wooden boat building in the workshop

You are never too old to learn and adult education is no longer just evening classes; there ia a range of daytime, part-time, full-time, weekend, online and distance learning courses from a variety of providers such as the National Extension College, the Open College of the Arts, the Workers’ Educational Association and Learn Direct. On a very local level there is the University of Third Age (U3A), whose self-managed learning co-operatives enable members to share their learning across a wide range of subjects and interests. No qualifications are needed to embark on U3A courses and none are given because all activities are as much about fellowship as learning. Meanwhile, the Café Scientifique movement has groups that meet monthly in Dorchester and in Bournemouth 21

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The Lodges and The Stables nestle peacefully within the grounds of The Malthouse, which in part dates back to the 17th century and has been signiďŹ cantly extended and tastefully converted into a residential home and independent living apartments. These self contained one- and two-bedroomed apartments are for sale and provide you with a lovely home without many of the everyday worries, offering you the opportunity to retain your independent lifestyle whilst knowing that there is the added security of knowing that help, support, and emergency facilities is available if and when necessary. You can choose on a daily basis if you would like to beneďŹ t from cooking your own meals in your own kitchen, or having meals that have been prepared and served by our qualiďŹ ed cooks either brought to you, or joining others in one of our dining rooms. Our mature landscaped gardens sweep around the buildings to provide a wonderful outside space for all to enjoy, or in some cases your own secure garden. To ďŹ nd out how we can help you, for more information or to arrange a free no obligation viewing please get in touch. The Malthouse Bay Road, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4EW Tel: 01747 822667 Fax: 01747 821270


Are you aware that Primrose Lodge offers long and short term respite care for the elderly? This service is designed to provide our guests with a short term break, along with the opportunity to experience the excellent facilities, activities and care that Primrose Lodge has to offer including: t4VQFSCMPDBUJPO POMZBTIPSUXBMLUPUIFNBJOTFBGSPOU t3FMBYFE GSJFOEMZBOEWFSZDPNGPSUBCMFMJGFTUZMF t"UUSBDUJWFBOETQBDJPVTSPPNTBMMFOTVJUF t)JHIFTUTUBOEBSEPGDBSFBOEQSPGFTTJPOBMTVQQPSUIPVSTBEBZ t0QFOEPPSQPMJDZGPSGBNJMZBOEGSJFOETUPWJTJUBUBMMUJNFTBMMPXJOH SFTJEFOUTUPFOUFSUBJOFYBDUMZBTUIFZXPVMEJOUIFJSPXOIPNFT Allowing the main carer a well earned break, this is the ideal solution so that you can be safe in the knowledge that your loved one is being looked after and cared for, whilst you are away recharging your batteries. Why not come and see for yourself what Primrose Lodge has to offer? For further information or to arrange a visit please call -JOEB4NJUI on 01305 786568 or email

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where, over a coffee, guest speakers share developments from the world of science and technology. Recent discussions have covered facing blindness, prosthetics in elite sport and the inner workings of Doctor Who. The resurgence of interest in genealogy shows no sign of abating and with this year’s centenary of the outbreak of World War One, Dorset Family History Society has taken

it as the theme for its bi-annual Family History Day at Parkstone Grammar School in March. ‘We want to encourage people to be aware of what their ancestors did and help them to begin researching, or move their research forward if they are already involved,’ says chairman David Gynes. ‘We are being helped in this by our friends from the

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baking to jewellery making, star gazing to amateur radio broadcasting. For more than a decade the Dorset Centre for Rural Skills at Farrington has run not-for-profit courses in traditional country trades with accredited Social Enterprise Mark status. ‘Skills are no longer passed from generation to generation,’ says director Rob Buckley. ‘Our solution to preserve these skills and pass them to new people was to establish a local training centre.’ Courses are run in their natural environments at various locations around the county and across a wide range of skills. They are limited to small numbers to ensure everyone gets as much one-to-one tutoring as they need. The courses are taken by professionals in their respective fields and cover areas including greenwood furniture making, hurdle making, glass blowing, letter carving in stone, painting and automotive welding. Similarly, the Monkton Wyld Court education centre for sustainable living has been offering courses, conferences and gatherings to promote co-operative living and learning since 1940. Subjects range from beekeeping to scything and yoga, as well as themed weeks like folk music or selfsufficiency for families, groups and children. Of course, as much as Dorset is about rural crafts and agricultural trades, it also boasts a proud maritime history and the water offers many ways in which to quench the thirst for knowledge with a flotilla of courses on offer at centres such as the not-for-profit Boat Building Academy at Lyme Regis. Founded by Commander Tim Gedge in 1997 to provide education and skills training for the marine sector, the Academy delivers City & Guilds and Royal Yacht Association qualifications as well as running its own certificated courses that include two to five-day sessions as well as an eight-week woodworking course that includes furniture design and making; then there is the flagship 38-week boat building course incorporating a City & Guilds 2463 level three diploma in marine construction, systems engineering and maintenance. But learning has never been an entirely one-way street and knowledge is there to be shared as well as acquired. With that in mind, over 50s are frequently much in demand as guides for tourist attractions and in information centres where their experience can help bring otherwise dry history to life for visitors and locals alike. Now, what was that about having nothing to do…? ◗

❱ Part of Bournemouth University’s Festival of Learning, ‘Digging Deeper in Dorset: Introduction to Geophysics’ took place on the Big Dig site in Winterborne Kingston and looked at how archaeologists detect what’s in sites before they dig

Western Front Association who are involved in the planning, will be there on the day and will provide a speaker or two. We also have commitments from the Tank Museum at Bovington and The Keep Museum in Dorchester to join us.’ Being blessed with some additional time on your hands might leave you to wonder what exactly to do with it all. Well, fill those hands and the time will take care of itself and Dorset has innumerable groups devoted to all kinds of arts and crafts from painting groups to quilters, home 24

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of enjoying the views of the lovely wooded surroundings facilitated by the private balconies and patios. An important aspect is stimulation and variety and it has to be enjoyable and fun. You can choose to go with your family to the Railway Tavern for a game of cards and a ploughmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch or perhaps bake some scones in the residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen. Dining is also an important daily occasion. Traditionally lunch at a care home arrives in the dining room on a trolley. Where has it come from, who cooked it, what is it? At YafďŹ&#x201A;e the open plan dining room means that residents can see their food being prepared, cooked and served and can also let the chef know what they prefer and how they like it cooked. The ability to enjoy the wildlife and setting of the new home is also an important feature that has been incorporated in to the design. Large outdoor terraces allow southerly views over YafďŹ&#x201A;e Hill towards the Purbecks. All bedrooms are attractively furnished with modern comforts such as an ensuite wetroom, television with internet access, electric proďŹ ling bed and ceiling hoists to facilitate the safe and comfortable movement of less mobile residents.


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new style of care home has recently opened in Poole. It is the creation of Sarah Jessup, who, with her parents, has operated Burwood Nursing Home in Broadstone for over 30 years. The new concept accommodates residents with varying degrees of nursing care including dementia and the design incorporates these needs not only from a medical angle, but also from an environmental perspective. It is also important that the home does

not feel like an institution or hospital, so the home only has 42 rooms with lots of communal space; it can be described as a boutique care home. When your family member or friend moves to a care home they need to maintain a sense of independence. That means choosing to do what they would like to do and where to go and at YafďŹ&#x201A;e this is possible without leaving the comfort and safety of the home. However, should a resident choose to spend the afternoon in their room, then there is the beneďŹ t

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WHERE TO GO WHAT TO SEE What's going on in and around the county Free Time Dorset County Museum hosts Free Time, an intergenerational oral history project studying the changing nature of our leisure time over the last 60 years. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the project has set out to capture and preserve the memories and stories of local people who used to, or still do, pursue hobbies that aren’t so popular today. The new archive will be housed at the Dorset History Centre in Dorchester for future generations to study.‘When you look at old black and white photos or films it can look like a completely different age, but what we are hearing is that life today is not that different from times past,’ says project leader Joe Stevens. The ‘Free Time’ project has seen young people out and about gathering stories and interacting with the older population in a range of activities leading up to the exhibition that includes a new website and the production of a smartphone app for a ‘walking museum’ tour of Dorchester. To 17 May, 10.00 (not Sun) Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 01305 262735,

Mynt Image Craft & Gift Fair With up to 25 stalls and free entry, Dorchester’s first Mynt Image craft fair promises a range of crafts and produce. Started less than four years ago as a school enterprise project, Mynt Image began producing badges and tags before branching out in 2012 to stage its own markets. 26 April, 10.00 Dorchester Corn Exchange, 07411 190100,

Life Begins 50+ Show Aimed at fifty and sixty-somethings (and older) who still have a young outlook on life, the show marks the launch of the Life Begins 50+ Amateur Chef contest. At stake is a chance for the winner to cook live on stage with celebrity chef James Martin, who’ll also be staging three mouthwatering cookery demonstrations to create a delicious dinner for two, illustrate how to cook healthily on a budget and conjure the ultimate dinner party menu. Other attractions include ballroom and Latin dance tuition, tips on how to make the most of social media, fashion shows, money and legal advice, a ‘have-a-go’ craft area, zumba taster sessions, wine tasting and – AT LAST – a 50+ bouncy castle! 23 March, all day Bournemouth International Centre,

The Mousetrap The longest running show of any kind in the history of British theatre, with more than 23,000 West End performances, The Mousetrap is celebrating its 60th anniversary by going on tour for the first time. It’s a fine example of Dame Agatha Christie in her prime, creating an atmosphere of shuddering suspense from a brilliantly intricate plot in which a group of people are cut off by the snow and stranded in a country house where they find murder lurks around every corner. It all builds to the final nerve-shredding moments in which the killer – and their motive – is finally revealed. 24-29 March, 7.45 (Wed, Sat mat 2.30) Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666,

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The UK’s only film festival dedicated to the adaptation of books into films, this year’s From Page to Screen is curated by journalist and documentary film maker Jon Ronson. Author of The Psychopath Test and The Men Who Stare At Goats, Ronson has not only seen the latter adapted for a film starring George Clooney, but also scripted the loosely autobiographical film Frank, (starring Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal) inspired by his time on tour with the comedian Frank Sidebottom. ‘I’m thrilled to be part of the next From Page to Screen festival, ’ says Ronson. ‘I have incredibly high ambitions for the festival. We’re planning amazing theme nights and special events.’ Events and film screenings will be held at Bridport's Arts Centre and Electric Palace over the five days of the festival. 2-6 April, daily Bridport Arts Centre/Electric Palace, Bridport,

With its annual umbrella parade and a host of indoor and outdoor jazz and blues bands, not to mention the free flowing real ale, Lyme Regis throws a town-wide party at the end of May. Last year’s events saw crowd-pleasing turns from two legends of sixties jazz and blues in the shape of Geno Washington, appearing with his Yo-Yos band, and the incomparable Ginger Baker, whose drums are these days propelling his latest outfit, Jazz Confusion. 30 May – 1 June, daily Various venues, 01297 442138, 27

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Tim Whitnall’s Olivier Award-winning play charts the life and times of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers – the inimitable Eric Morecambe. From humble beginnings in music hall to meeting the perfect foil in Ernie Wise and attaining their deserved status as undisputed national treasures with 28 million viewers for their Christmas Day special, it’s a story to make us laugh, cry and all points in between. Olivier nominee Bob Golding stars as the man who brought the sunshine. What do you think of it so far? 22, 23 April, 7.45 Lighthouse, Poole, 0844 406 8666,

Last year’s tenth anniversary event was very well supported and the History Girls' 1669 fish pie recipe is still being swapped around the county. This year’s events will no doubt see just as much to sample and buy in the producers’ marquee, while chefs stage regular demonstrations and classes in the Cookery Theatre, much to the delight of revelers on their way to the adjoining Beer Festival. Many events are free, but some require booking to be sure of securing a place as numbers may be limited. 8-15 June, daily Askers Meadow, Bridport, 07530 623529,

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Kirill Karabits, the BSO is to perform CPE Bach’s ‘St John Passion’, a piece of music last performed in Hamburg during Easter 1784. Found and transcribed by Karabits as part of his studies, he is delighted to be conducting his new edition in Dorset: ‘I was very lucky to hold in my hands the manuscript of CPE Bach’s Passion According to St John in the National State Archive of the Ukraine in Kiev.’ Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was the second son of J S Bach, by whom his work is now completely overshadowed. Joining the BSO will be tenor Robin Tritschler and the BBC Singers for a programme that also features CPE Bach’s Sinfonia No 2 in B Flat H658 and ‘Morgengesang am Schopfungsfeste’ as well as ‘Machet die Tore weit’ and ‘Missa super Christ lag in Todesbanden’ by Telemann. 18 April, 7.30 Christchurch Priory, 01202 499199 (Regent Centre), 28

Paul Hollywood Live – Get Your Bake On! Paul Hollywood takes to the stage for an evening of baking, comedy and fun as the Great British Bake Off star takes the audience on a journey through his life in baking. Paul will tell how his father persuaded him to join the family baking business. He went on to become head baker at some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, which led to his starring role in The Great British Bake Off. Four lucky audience members are invited on stage to take part in a baking challenge with Paul. Fans will also been given the opportunity to put their own questions to Paul in a Q&A. 13 May, 8.15 Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth, 0844 576 3000,

Poole Carnival For the first time since the Millennium Carnival in 2000 when 50,000 turned out, Poole is to revive its annual carnival this year. The decision was made after Ashley Road Traders’ Association entered a community float in last year’s Bournemouth Carnival – and left with first prize! ‘The enthusiasm has grown and after months of planning, the original constitution has been updated, an official bank account opened and a date and route finalised,’ said Poole town crier David Squire, who has been involved with Poole Carnival since 1954. A carnival king and queen and two princesses were appointed last year. 26 May, afternoon Upper Parkstone, 01202 670183 (procession organiser)

Tiger Day A full day of family activities all related to one of the most famous and feared tanks in history – the Tiger. The highlight of the day happens around 1.30 when the Tank Museum’s Tiger 131 – the only working example in the world – makes its return to the arena for a 30-minute display in which the iconic World War Two tank is put through its paces alongside Axis and Allied contemporaries including a Matilda II, Panzer III, T-34 and Sherman. The demonstration will also show how the Tiger influenced future tank design, including the Centurion and Leopard. The Tank Musuem also offers a Premium Tiger Day ticket enabling a limited number of enthusiasts to enjoy a special breakfast with exclusive small group tours of the Tiger, the Panzers III and IV as well as the Panther. There’s also a talk about the Tiger’s capture and restoration as well as a chance to meet the crews and visit the workshops. 5 April, 8.30 Tank Museum, Bovington, 01929 405096,

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are an awful lot of people who will wish to travel in that quarter of the year, prices range from higher to very, very much higher to travel during those weeks. Even allowing for different schools' different term times one can comfortably say that two thirds of the year which was previously inaccessible is now available for travel to the holidaymakers formerly known as 'parents'. Owing to the law of supply and unreasonable demand, this means it's an awful lot cheaper to go or to stay anywhere when there are not hordes of children going or staying there too. Although airlines can in low season run 31

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commensurately fewer flights and still have a justprofitable margin on those flights, hotel and gite/villa owners do not simply remove their properties from the market; it would be financial idiocy not to rent out a place if someone wants to rent it. So, whilst the air travel component of a holiday outside the scholastic holidays may not be as much of a bargain as one might hope, the accommodation element probably will be. With the advent of a thousand and one different ways of looking for both flights and accommodation on the internet, the onus is on the buyer to ensure that what they think they are buying is what they are actually buying (ie that a property exists and it is possible to book it through the person with whom one is communicating) and also that once your money has been taken, it is safe. Although there are very many straightforward and honest travel brokers, there are also some charlatans and some downright dishonest people out there. Rather like any purchase, one can choose the safe well-known option and perhaps spend a little more, or one can choose an unknown company at a lower price but with, perhaps, a higher risk. When booking on the internet (or indeed on the phone after looking someone up on the internet), it is sensible to start by learning as much as one can about the person with whom one is dealing. If you are not going through a well-known and trusted travel site, do check that holidays are ATOL-protected. ATOL is not a body as such, but an ATOL number is recognition that a company is subject to Air Travel Organisers’ licensing. Where you are booking flights, check to see whether the airline is one you have heard of; if not, look it up. The Citizen's Advice service advice adds the following caveat: ' Check that your booking is covered as sometimes travel agents who are ABTA members may make bookings with non-ABTA tour operators. You can ask the trader for their ATOL or ABTA number and check on the relevant schemes’ website.' Using search engines to look for holidays and the websites through which they can be booked is obviously fine, but should not be the end of your searching; make a note of the internet addresses of those sites and look them up by visiting a site called '' and pasting in the internet address of any travel site you are unsure about – minus the 'www.' prefix. This will let you discover who owns the website and where they are based. If this is different from the details on the website itself, this is a warning sign and it is best to avoid booking through them, or at least querying it with them. If you find a hotel that you like through internet searching, don't simply click 'buy' from the first aggregating (ie robot-driven search) site you visit. If the hotel has its own website, why not contact them directly partly to check that the site you found them through is legitimate, but avail yourself of the opportunity to see if they can give you a better deal direct. Obviously if the price they cite is higher than the one you've been quoted, mention that to them. When it comes to how to pay for your travel, book 32

flights, holidays and accommodation via a method through which you have some recourse if things don't go according to plan. When booking, use a credit card to ensure that (assuming the booking is over £100 and under £30,000) your charge is protected and you can, if the worst happens, obtain a refund via your credit card company as it is jointly responsible with the company through whom you have booked. If, though, you are dealing with an individual villa owner, they may ask for a direct payment into their bank account. Unless you personally know someone who has stayed there recently and can vouch that the person with whom you are dealing is the person they dealt with and that it all went satisfactorily, this can be a very, very highrisk transaction. Finally a word of warning if you are applying for visas or passports. Always check that you are dealing directly with the relevant authorities. Do not simply key 'passport application' into a search engine, go to the website and follow the instructions there, or use a main Post Office 'Check and Send' service. For visas, contact the relevant consulate or embassy in the UK by phone to get details of how to (and indeed whether you need to) apply for a visa. ◗ USEFUL WEBSITES Internet address checking: Travel scheme operators: Association of British Travel Agents ( Association of Independent Tour Operators ( Civil Aviation Authority – for details of ATOL-holding members (


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TOO LATE TO SAVE? Stopping working is an abrupt change, but not half so abrupt a shock as the prospect of a retirement without a sensible pension

❱ Whether there is any justification for it, or not, many of us grew up thinking that once we had finished work, the hardest decision would be which ocean to look at when sipping cocktails


ar from welcoming retirement with open arms and embracing a new world of possibilities, many over -50s are contemplating a traumatic time that will take some serious adjusting to. And the reason for this trepidation is that growing bug bear – pensions. ‘Over the past 50 years pensions have gone from being simply an income in your later years to becoming so complicated that many staff and even some companies do not fully understand them,’ says Henry Tapper, a director of First Actuarial, editor-in-chief of Pension PlayPen and an Old Bryanstonian whose blog, ‘The Vision of the Pension Plowman’ is recommended by The Times. Pension PlayPen contributor Dr Ros Altmann has worked on pensions policy issues with the Number 10 Policy Unit. She says that for auto-enrolment – in which employees are automatically enrolled in workplace pensions or new, low-cost schemes such as the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST) – to work well the shortcomings of the current annuity and at-retirement pension decision process need to be addressed, claiming it is failing customers.

‘Since rates have fallen significantly, following recent Bank of England policy decisions, annuities are no longer a low risk option for securing retirement income at age 60 or 65,’ she writes on her blog at ‘They may provide a ‘safe’ income, but you could lose all your capital with no inflation protection at all. ‘Buying an annuity could be the most important financial decision a person ever makes. It carries huge risks – you could lose all your money. And once the annuity is bought, it can never be changed. Therefore, it is essential that there is better transparency and customer protection against being sold poor value products, or the wrong product, which they are then locked into forever.’ Around one in ten workers, far fewer than expected, are choosing to opt out of auto-enrolment schemes in which they contribute a minimum of three per cent of their salary to a pension fund, prompting the scheme to be hailed a success. However, others are warning the next stage, in which auto-enrolment is rolled out to small businesses over the next five years, will be more problematic with employers facing costs of up to £28,300 each in set-up fees 35

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alone according to the Centre for Economic and Business Research, which estimates that dealing with autoenrolment will cost companies as much as 103 man hours. Fines for firms that don’t comply with the new rules could be as high as £10,000 a day. Some commentators are warning that the minimum three per cent of salary topped up with tax relief and employer contributions won’t actually be enough to sustain a comfortable retirement. Older workers on lower salaries could also find the relatively small sums saved under an auto-enrolment scheme could bar them from means-tested benefits in the future, prompting some advisors to contemplate a future mis-selling scandal. ‘An independent adviser can go through your pension and income needs and discuss your own personal situation with you,’ says Dr Altmann. ‘You will be protected by financial services regulations and, therefore, if you are not given the right advice, you can claim compensation. ‘The Financial Services Regulator does not allow advisers to just take commission from your pension fund. They must first tell you how much you will be charged. This rule came into effect at the beginning of 2013 following the Retail Distribution Review, which banned advisers from taking commission in order to prevent them from having an incentive to sell you products that paid them commission.’ A report by the Office of National Statistics last year (2013) showed a person aged 65 needs nearly £153,000 to produce an inflation-proof income of £5,000 a year for life – less than the state pension. In 2009 a man would have needed £118,000 to produce the same result. So he now needs 29 per cent more in his pot to get the same pension. (Women fare better needing 14 per cent more as insurers used to be able to take account of the fact women tend to live longer.) When inflation is factored in, what cost £5000 in 2009 36

now costs £5800, requiring a pension pot of £177,000, but the average pension pot is just £30,000. For those due to retire after 2017 the new flat-rate state pension will be around £144 a week in today’s money. It is still possible to start saving for a pension even if retirement age is less than a decade away and many experts direct people to the flexibility of ISAs. Those with less than five years to go before retirement could look more closely at ‘income drawdown’ schemes that allow you to keep your pension pot invested and draw money from it, but these can be risky as withdrawing too much money could leave you short later on. For that reason, sheltering your pension fund from risk (in all likelihood away from the stock market) is an important consideration. It’s also worth noting that many pensioners – 23 per cent according to the Just Retirement group of companies – are missing out on £650 a year in unclaimed benefits to which they are entitled. Even of those in receipt of benefits, a third do not claim all they are entitled to and lose out on £213 a year on average. Figures from the Department of Work and Pensions show the number claiming pension credit, a means-tested top up, fell by 130,000 last year even though the total number of pensioners continues to grow. The Guaranteed Pension Credit is available to those on less than £142.50 a week (£217.90 for a couple) and Savings Pension Credit is paid to anyone over 65 who receives between £111.80 and £189.05 a week in total income from pensions, savings and investments. Couples who get between £178.35 and £277.23 also qualify. Clearly the most important thing is to take the time to fully research your options for providing an income in retirement, particularly when it comes to considering an annuity as these cannot be exchanged or refunded so it’s important to get the decision right first time, because there isn't a second chance. ◗

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❱ Being able to help one's parents or one's partner as they get older is something which we may all feel honour-bound to do. That does not mean, however, that we have to do it all on our own


etting the right kind of care for a loved one is vitally important to ensure that they make the most of life and also provides peace of mind for those around them. My Health My Way is an innovative non-medical service managed by Help and Care (the Dorset-based charity that provides information and services to older people, carers and communities) which is intended to help care users to help themselves, thereby easing the burden on their families. Commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, it is focused on promoting self-care to people with long-term medical conditions, from managing anxiety or depression, to dealing with barriers to exercise and dietary changes, controlling pain and fatigue, monitoring and understanding relapses. The idea is that patients gain the confidence, knowledge and skills to cope with the impact of on-going conditions on their daily lives. ‘Living with a condition for life doesn’t have to be confusing or daunting,’ says Marianne Storey, director of development at Help and Care. ‘The service will provide support that suits the individual; whether it’s a phone call, using the new website, meeting other people with a similar condition or speaking to a self-management coach, or even a mixture of all these things could help people,’ explains Christine Howell of Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.

The greater the part care service users can play in their own care the better, which is why adult care services are generally geared towards people staying in their own homes, self-managing their own health wherever possible. The home is a familiar and safe environment connected to family and friends, jobs, hobbies, interests and a social life. Help at home could take the form of someone coming in to assist with some of the daily jobs such as getting up, going to bed, laundry and pension collection. Specialist equipment in the home, for getting in and out of bed for instance, or having hot meals brought to the home, can also make living at home easier. Live-in home care can also be a realistic option, even on a short-term basis. It permits staying at home, but with the security of the care user having a trusted carer on hand – rather than requiring a family member who may live far away. The carer can provide personal care as well as companionship and security. It is also possible to extend independence by having a few alterations made around the home for the sake of safety and ease of use. Assistance with repairs, improvements, maintenance and alterations is available from Dorset Home Service, a not-for-profit organisation commissioned by the county council that can advise on contractors, grants and benefits as well as inspect works for safety and quality. Typical jobs include improving 39

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insulation, converting and adapting If a move is on the cards, whether it’s homes for disabled access, installing for residential care or independent damp proofing, replacement windows living, it’s worth thinking carefully and even rewiring a home. about location. Do we want to stay in Where staying at home is not the the area we know, or move elsewhere ideal solution, then it could be time for to be closer to family and friends or the care user to think about moving to other facilities such as specialist care different accommodation. Dorset Home and hospitals? It’s equally important Service can provide specialist advice, to consider the infrastructure – from information and support on the various road and rail links to shops and housing options. This can range from entertainments – as well as the simple explanations, or more detailed climate, the neighbours and the view. discussions on grant assistance, help Naturally, care doesn’t only concern from charities, removals, packing, the person in need and we must make selling unwanted items and the safe sure that carers are well looked after, disposal of personal records. which is where respite or replacement There are further choices to be made care comes in. Getting time off from ❱ As our circumstances change, deciding whether or when it between sheltered housing – where caring, either by the carer taking a is time to move, or indeed to adapt, can be a crucial decision. there is self-contained accommodation It is a decision best not left until the last minute. break or the person being cared for but with the peace of mind of a visiting obtaining respite care, is absolutely support worker, specially designed emergency systems and essential and must not be overlooked. community facilities designed specifically for older people If the person being cared for has a Community Care – and extra care housing, which offers an alternative to Assessment they may be offered 'replacement care'; this is residential care with some meals included and higher literally designed to replace the care they would get levels of care and support available all the time. so that their carer can have a rest. However, in order A residential care home will provide different levels to access respite care services – which can range from of care depending on what is appropriate, but broadly access to day centres and short-term residential care to will ensure that basic personal needs are met including supported holidays away from home – the carer will have medication, meals, bathing, personal hygiene and to undertake a Carer’s Assessment and should contact the ablutions; while a nursing home will provide a greater social services department at their local authority. level of medical care and may well specialise in the care Help and support for carers is available from charities of certain disabilities or conditions such as dementia. Care and networks such as AdvoCare, the Carers Trust and homes are regulated by the Care Quality Commission . Carers UK as well as the NHS Carers Direct helpline. ◗ USEFUL CONTACTS ❱ My Health My Way A free support service for people living in Dorset whose daily lives area affected by a health condition. It is provided by the My Health Dorset Partnership a collaboration of groups working together to provide nonclinical support for patients. 0303 303 0153 ❱ Help & Care A registered charity working with older people, carers and communities to provide information that will inform better decisions about care and support. The Pokesdown Centre, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL 0300 111 3303 ❱ Bournemouth Care Direct Contact centre for social care services in Bournemouth. Town Hall Annexe, St Stephen’s Road, Bournemouth, BH2 6EA 01202 454979 40

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SENIOR MOMENT Fanny Charles on why she's busier than ever since 'retiring'


t seems almost the first question I am asked when people meet me how I am enjoying retirement. The short answer is: ‘I’m not’. That’s not to say I’m not enjoying retirement, it’s that I’m not retired. Subtle difference. It is true that I am not doing the specific job with which many people associate me, and which I had been doing for 24 years. I am, though, still doing the job I trained to do 45 years ago, but I am ‘retired’ from being employed by other people…, and that is a Very Good Thing. So now I am a freelance and, at a time when most people are expected to concentrate on the garden, goo over grandchildren (mine are in Berlin and California so gooing would be diluted over long-distance phone calls or Skype and, anyway, it’s not my style), join improving classes or read the Sunday papers on Sunday, I am busier than ever. I fell neatly into the trainee freelance trap of saying ‘yes’ to whoever asked me to do things – press officer for this, local food co-ordinator for that, consultantadviser on the other. I also have a Dorset food blog, From The Jurassic Larder, on the website, founded by Dorset-born Alexia Robinson. And my partner and I have started a website to write about the things we love – the arts, regional food, travel, cultural matters, heritage.... Oh, and we help to run Dorset’s food film festival. We are catching up with friends we haven’t seen for ages; we can have lunch with people when we and they want to (not just on Sunday); we can go for a walk on the Purbecks on a beautiful day, any day; we can go to the cinema when we choose (and because we aren’t restricted to evenings or weekends, it is much more affordable); and perhaps most important, I am enjoying writing again. I realised that I haven’t enjoyed writing for some time, perhaps years. Depression, the dimming of the fire, the blunting of the energy that used to power my fingers on the keyboard ... it has been an attritional, subcutaneous process. But the fun and the enthusiasm happily have come back. Hence my saying ‘yes’ to an invitation to contribute an article to this magazine on the theme of ‘over 50 in Dorset’. Actually 50 seems quite a long time ago. For my 50th birthday we went to the West Coast of Ireland, explored the Dingle peninsula, the Burren and visited countless great pubs for good beer and music and ruined abbeys and monasteries for Celtic myth and romance. Fifty used to be ‘middle aged’ – indeed, recently sorting boxes of old family photographs and watching old family cine-films, you realise how old people looked at 40 in the 1950s. Sixty seemed ancient – my grandmother (in her 50s when I was born) had an afternoon rest every day and we had to be silent while she slept. Just under ten years ago, I was one of the quartet who founded the Screen Bites Food Film Festival, showing food-


themed feature films, documentaries etc, with food from local producers in village halls across Dorset. This was the country’s only food film festival and remains the only one that travels to village halls with mini farmers' markets, a jolly caravanserai that criss-crosses Dorset in October. Outside Dorset, there is an impression of the county as a retirement destination with nice scenery and a fabulous coastline. It is true that there are coastal communities and many settlements around the conurbation with a predominantly elderly population. But like all generalisations it’s only partly true. And in any case many of those older residents contribute far more than they take – Dorset is only superficially affluent (and even the ‘great family’ landowners are, thanks to taxes and planning restrictions, land rich but cash poor.) Many of the county’s social, cultural, sporting and environmental organisations and events – not to mention the National Trust and National Gardens Scheme openings – are dependent on the unpaid efforts of the active over 50s, over 60s and over-70s. There are people in their 80s who are helping ‘old people’ who are 10 or more years younger than they are! When we moved to the rural hinterland of Dorset, 30 years ago, our New Forest, Bournemouth and Christchurch friends warned that we were heading to a desert bereft of culture and cafés. The truth could not be more different – there is more and better and more diverse local food and far more exciting arts in rural Dorset than you can imagine if you do not live here. Towns like Bridport, Shaftesbury and Sherborne are full of energetic young people as well as older people with imagination and experience, making great food, arts, performance and events. I’ve just heard from another 50-plus journalist friend who is juggling her various freelance and part-time jobs, deadlines and the arrival of a dishwasher with the equally irresistible pressures of a sprained ankle, an elderly parent and the need to get supper on the table. That’s our lives! So is retirement all it’s cracked up to be? Will I ever find the time to actually use the set I was given for Christmas (and yes, I do really want to, particularly to learn more about my great-great-grandfather who sailed from Poole to fish the Grand Banks and died of TB in Newfoundland)? When I stop enjoying the adrenalin rush of standing up all day and talking to visitors at a food festival, when the inspiration dries up for a leader for the website or a rant against supermarkets on the blog, when I can’t be bothered to cook something new for friends, when the dog is keener for a walk at Kimmeridge than I am..., only then it will be time to retire – from Dorset and from life. ◗ Fanny Charles ❱ You can read more from Fanny and friends on arts, regional food, travel, cultural matters, heritage…, at the Fine Times Recorder (

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Senior Living 2014  

The fact-packed magazine aimed at those who want to create memories, not just relive them

Senior Living 2014  

The fact-packed magazine aimed at those who want to create memories, not just relive them