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Welcome... Hello lovely readers and welcome to the latest edition of our magazine! Well that’s another blooming year gone… they do seem to whizz by don’t they? I hope that when you look back over the last twelve months (and don’t be too hard on yourself here) that you feel that although maybe things didn’t go entirely to plan, you’re heading in the right direction. I wonder who’s going to win the Christmas advert wars this year? Mentioning no names… I must admit I do like the one with the Boxer (nothing to do with the fact I have a very bouncy boxer girl myself ). Although the YouTube sensation of the boxer dog watching the advert may prove to be a bigger hit than the advert itself. What’s your favorite so far?

appreciate you all. So to finish dear readers I’m sure like most of us, life has had a few ups and downs during 2016, but that the blessings were bigger than your troubles. We do hope you have a super Christmas and wish you love, health and happiness (nothing else really matters you know) for 2017.

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A Trip to Borneo Last July, Megan Breakwell embarked on a one month expedition led by Camps International to Sabah, Borneo. Here she tells us of her incredible, unforgettable and life changing experience... The first week was spent in a small camp owned by a local chief, Utah Paradise. The village had struggled for years to maintain a clean water supply, relying on springs that often dried up for many months each year and often forced to walk miles to gather clean water. Using machetes we cleared a path though the jungle to a spring, providing safe water all year round. We then travelled to Camp Bongkud participating in arts & crafts, local music and dancing with the community, meeting other groups from across the world. We worked on a kindergarten, building Gambians and covering the storm drains making it safe for the local children. Thankfully the majority of the structure is now completed enabling local students to gain an education. After Bongkud, we completed a five day trek in the jungle, sleeping in hammocks, carrying our own equipment and rations. A challenging experience;

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we were the only group to complete the trek this year. A stay at Sabah Tea Plantation rewarded us, with a tour learning the art of tea picking. After a short deserved rest we travelled to another jungle camp, part of the journey on a river cruise said to be populated with over 5,000 crocodiles! Here we worked on restoration projects, clearing areas of vine and debris, planting trees. We got to see wild proboscis monkeys, red monkeys and long tailed macaques. Before we travelled back to the capital, we spent a couple of days at the Sepilok Orangutan Sanctuary and Sun Bear Centre. I was so lucky to witness a male orangutan walk past me, literally just inches away! I would just like to thank everyone that supported my fundraising. Every single donation meant so much, both to me and the communities and animals that it helped. Thank you!

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What’s On Hip Hop/Street Dance Every Wednesday Fun classes for all ages. Boys and girls welcome. Barbour Institute, Tattenhall. Please call Michelle Marshall on 07795146928 for more details. Soroptimist International Chester Second Monday of the Month - 7.30pm A lively, energetic group of women committed to improving the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally. Meetings at Rowton Hall, Rowton. New members welcome. Find out more at www.sigbi.org/chester or Facebook @SoroptimistChester or Twitter @ChesterSI. The Ramblers - Cestrian (Chester) Group Sunday’s, Thursday (every other) & Wednesday Evenings If you enjoy walking but have no-one to walk with, meet a friendly group of people who enjoy the great outdoors. Activities range from walks, theatre visits, meals out and an active Footpaths Group. For more information call; 01244 880649, email ramblerschester@hotmail.co.uk or go to www.cestrianramblers.org.uk. Churches Together in Christleton Every Sunday (until the end of Sept) - 2.30pm to 4.30pm Summer Sunday Teas, come and enjoy tea and cake, all welcome. Held in the Methodist Church Schoolroom. Huxley Christmas BBC Bingo (birds booze and confectionery) Fri 2nd Dec - 7.00pm (eyes down 7.30pm) Held at Huxley Village Hall, all welcome. For more information call;01829 781294 or 781573. Christmas Craft Farye & Story Time with Santa Fri 2nd Dec - 6.00pm to 8.00pm “Adult £2 Children FREE, includes Mulled Wine and Mince Pie for all Adults! Helad at Waverton Village Hall. **Storytime with Santa includes milk and cookies for the children!!**”

Tarvin Christmas Festival & Market Sat 3rd Dec - 5.00pm to 9.00pm Get into the Christmas spirit at Tarvin Street Market, Tarvin High Street. The Market will have a variety of stalls selling foods, clothing, crafts and gifts. Father Christmas will again make a special trip to Tarvin and will be available for all the children to visit at his Grotto. Seasonal musical entertainment will be provided. And so come along, lend your support and enjoy the fun. Service at St James’ Church (Christleton) Sun 4th Dec – 4.00pm Children’s Society Christingle Service. Tiverton District Garden Club Tue 6th - 7.30pm Look forward to next summer with a talk about one of most people’s favourite flowers, for scent and their delicate colours. Mr Tom Atherton will tell us all about “Growing and showing Sweet Peas”. To get in the festive mood, the talk will be followed by mince pies and mulled wine. Entry £3, including raffle and refreshments. All are welcome. Held at Tiverton Village Hall, Huxley Lane.


December Christleton Wednesday Group Wed 7th - 12.00pm Festive Lunch, held at Christleton Parish Hall. Tickets are £10 each which inludes glass of wine. Available from members or from 01244 336644. Held in aid of Claire House Children’s Hospice. RSPB Chester Group Wed 7th - 7.30pm “Christmas Special, join in on the pre-Christmas fun with light refreshments. Visitors welcome. £2 for group members, £4 for visitors (refreshments included). Christleton Parish Hall, Village Rd, Christleton CH3 7AS. Overflow parking on road or at church.” Service at St James’ Church (Christleton) Sun 11th – 10.45am Annual Toy Service. Christleton Gardening Club Mon 12th - 7.30pm Held at the Methodist ‘Film and social evening’.

Christmas Market Sun 18th - 11.00am Crafts, Stalls, Festive Food, Mulled Wine and even a chance to meet Father Christmas. Held at Trafford Hall, Ince Lane. Waverton Community Cinema Fri 23rd - 6.00pm Playing Jungle Book (PG) at Waverton Village Hall. Doors open at 5.30pm. For more information call; 01244 336 055. Refreshments available.

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RSPB Chester Group Sat 17th Dec- 9.00am Field trip to Parkgate / Heswall in search of coastal specialities. Trip leader: Roger Nutter, call 01829 782237 for more information. It is vital to call the trip leader a few days before each trip, to book and check final details. Stout footwear and sensible clothing are essential. Water and a packed lunch are advisable. Car sharing is encouraged. Newcomers and beginners welcome.

Chester Flower Club 18th Jan 2017 - 1.30pm “Serendipity’ - Demonstration by Jacqui Cooper from Whitchurch Meetings are held in Christleton Parish Hall Quiltfest 2017 8th-19th Feb 2017 10.am to 4.00pm Quilters Guild of British Isles Region13. Held at Royal International Pavilion Abbey Road, Llangollen. Chester Flower Club 15th Feb - 1.30pm Club Workshop - Make your own flower design, Help and Advice Available.


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Support for Waverton Community Day Centre The Williams Family Foundation have recently given a grant for the Day Centre to replace their chairs. Members and volunteers alike are delighted. They are attractive, comfortable and sturdy. They even have small wheels that make them easy to move and to store! Judy Moulds approached the Williams Foundation. She said ‘They were very responsive and thoughtful in making the grant. Our existing chairs had seen good service for more than 20 years and were in poor condition. Without this grant we would not have been able to replace the chairs and we are very grateful to them’ The Day Centre offers up to 12 places for older people who live locally and find it difficult to get out on their own. We meet every Tuesday throughout the year, from 10am to 2pm.

Members enjoy meeting together, a cooked lunch and a range of activities. We are looking for people to join one of our 4 teams of volunteers that share the running of the Centre. We need 2 additional carers to support our members and 2 additional drivers to help with local transport. No special skills are needed, just a genuine interest in older people. If you enjoy meeting others and can offer a few hours a month we would be delighted to hear from you. Do contact Judy on 01244 336186 or by e mail at Judithmoulds2@gmail.com

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December Delights As Christmas approaches and the year draws to a close it is time to enjoy the evergreens in the garden. I always suggest that you concentrate a collection of plants with winter interest, either somewhere that you can see as you arrive at your home or in a view that you see on a daily basis from a window. Chameacyparis pisifera Filifera Aurea is a golden foliage conifer with long thread like leaves and a lovely rounded shape. Allow it space in an open situation and trim the shrub annually to keep it small. Plant it near a Chamaecyparis lawsoniana Bleu Nantais which has grey blue foliage and a neat upright habit. Another evergreen that looks colourful in winter is Elaeagnus ebbingei Gilt Edge. It has yellow and green leaves and the bonus of fragrant tiny flowers in autumn. These three shrubs would form a good background to lower growing plants such as evergreen Euphorbias, large or small. I have included a photo of a simple, yet effective evergreen planting, combining five plants which look good all year and require minimum maintenance. This combination can be used on a smaller scale. The plumes of the pampas grass at the back are probably the smaller variety, Cortaderia selloana Pumila which will get to about 1.5m tall. In front is the chocolate brown foliage of Pittosporum tenuifolium Tom

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Thumb, a low mounded shrub. Also adding contrast with golden yellow is Euonymus Emerald n Gold. Some lavenders and a mounded green Skimmia complete the design. Do not forget that some plants, if left unpruned have striking shapes in winter especially frosted. Sedums, Hydrangea flowers, Achillea and Crocosmia seed heads (pictured) all add to the restrained winter palette of colour and shape. Complete the cutting back of dead foliage from perennials and remove wet leaves from sitting on top of plants and causing them to rot. Mulch around all plants with 4cms depth of well rotted organic matter to improve the soil for next year. Lightly water any plants in greenhouses but do not let them stand in water for any length of time as they may freeze in low temperatures. Plants in pots outside should not stand in water over winter and those more tender plants that could suffer if the roots are frozen should have the pots wrapped in bubble wrap to protect them.

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that obviously helps. Many tradespeople have struggled since last year and I honestly feel that during the good times a minority perhaps didn’t focus on customer care as much as they should have done. We make sure we turn up when we say we will, do the job the customer requires and leave their house as clean as a whistle. I often get comments back from customers on how they really didn’t expect that sort of service which, in a way, is very sad for the service industry as a whole.’ Cloudy2Clear service the Christleton, Waverton, Rowton, Littleton, Saighton, Aldford, Mickle Trafford, Guilden Sutton,

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The Moos of the World News from The Grange Farm, Mickle Trafford...

The farm is now in the final year of a ten year stewardship agreement with Natural England, so it seems fitting to highlight how much has been achieved as a result of this scheme which began in November 2007: • Restoration & planting of over two miles of hedgerows • Fencing of over three miles of watercourses. • Twenty acres of land cited as a Local Nature Reserve. • Restoration of around forty acres of wetland habitat. • River bank restoration using traditional willow spiling. • Restoration of the historic main farm building. • Conversion of the former dairy and milking parlour to a meeting room and classroom. • Hosting of 300+ farm visits for 6000+ visitors. • Planting of two acres of wet, alder woodland. • Restoration of a nineteenth century alder woodland. • Cultivation of five acres of pollen & nectar mix to encourage bees. • Cultivation of five acres of wild bird seed mix for overwintering birds. • Creation of around two miles of permissive footpath. • Restoration of an old, green lane. • Increasing numbers of water voles. • The return of otters to the River Gowy for the first time in living memory. • Nineteen different butterfly species recorded on the farm. • Recorded increase in bird numbers throughout the year. • Badger vaccination against Tuberculosis. • Use of Red Poll cattle for conservation grazing in South and West Lancashire. • Regular coppicing of willow to provide feed for giraffes.

Pollen & Nectar Mix None of this would have been possible without the input and help of organisations and individuals too numerous to list here, but special thanks are due to Natural England, British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Cheshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the Butterfly Conservation Trust, the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (now the Reaseheath Agricultural Development Academy), the Forestry Commission, Chester Zoo, Lancashire Wildlife Trust, Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group and many more.

Twoby, a Red Poll bull, at Lunt Meadows near Maghull. Photograph courtesy of Lancashire Wildlife Trust. With the ending of this agreement and the threat posed by fracking, the future direction of the farm is uncertain. I have recently removed my presence from Twitter and Facebook which were threatening to take over, but will be back on social media sometime in 2017 with regular updates.

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A Rustic Christmas Simple festive decorations can be the most appealing, says interiors expert Katherine Sorrell Who doesn’t love a natural look? Unpretentious and understated, natural Christmas decorations suit every home, large or small, modern or traditional, and make a fabulous, timeless alternative to commercialised glitz and glitter. The ideal centrepiece is a real tree, best bought from a good local stockist. Choose one that’s as fresh as possible, make a new cut at the bottom, and display in a stand (a wicker basket is perfect) that holds a reservoir of water. (Tip: the Nordmann Fir holds its needles really well.) Decorate your tree generously without overloading, and keep to a limited colour scheme (white, red, green and brown are all great), using natural materials (see box). For a touch of sparkle, twine the tree with small, plain white fairy lights.

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Feeling inspired? Then make decorations with the family. Garlands of popcorn, nuts, gingerbread stars and paper strings of angels or snowflakes are adorable. Instead of shiny baubles, cut simple shapes from felt and blanket-stitch them around the outside, or make a wreath using garden clippings. Similarly, you can create wonderful decorations using sprigs of evergreen, ivy, pine cones (perhaps sprayed with artificial snow), rose hips, dried seed heads and twigs (lashed into a star shape). Or tie dried slices of apple and orange together with gardener’s string and add cinnamon sticks and star anise. If you’re short of time, all these will be in the shops, along with others such as birch bark candle holders, driftwood Christmas trees and needlefelted and knitted owls, reindeer and robins.

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Wrap presents in brown paper and string, or lengths of fabric and cotton ribbon. Use cardboard luggage labels, and why not embellish the plain paper with potato printing in white – something children might enjoy? For receiving presents, there’s nothing nicer than knitted stockings hanging by the fire, perhaps with some widely available printed hessian sacks for larger gifts.


Fresh flowers are fabulous at Christmas – hyacinths, amaryllis and poinsettias are classic and all look particularly special in white. Wrap pots in hessian tied with string or pop groups of them into a wicker basket; you can decorate the tops of the pots with silver moss. Less is more with this look, so laying the festive table is easy. A linen runner or place mats, plain white china, clear glass and simple decorations such as bowls of pine cones or oranges studded with cloves, and perhaps a vase full of evergreens, twigs and boughs. Cosy, welcoming and unpretentious.

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Recipe

bed 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes, scrub 2tbsp olive oil 1 red onion, peeled and chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 1 red pepper, deseeded and sliced d 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and slice 225g cooked turkey breast, diced 1 x 230g tub fresh tomato salsa er Salt and freshly ground black pepp 100g Cheddar cheese, grated Chopped avocado, lime wedges and freshly chopped parsley, to serve

TIP For a vegetarian version replace the turkey with halved chestnut mushrooms or diced aubergine or courgette and use vegetarian Cheddar cheese.

Pepper And Turkey Stuffed Sweet Potatoes Makes 4 Ready in: 1 hour 15 minutes This is a tasty and healthy post-Christmas day family supper and a great way to use up leftover roast turkey. 1. Preheat the oven to 200C, Fan 180C, Gas Mark 6. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and place on a baking tray. Bake in the preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until tender. 2. Just before the potatoes are ready, heat half the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 6-7 minutes until tender, adding the garlic after 5 minutes. Add the peppers and turkey and fry for a further 2-3 minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp of the tomato salsa and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. 3. Halve the baked sweet potatoes and roughly mash up the flesh with a fork. Season lightly and drizzle over half the remaining oil, then pile the turkey and pepper mixture on top of the halves. Scatter over the cheese and drizzle over the rest of the oil. Return to the oven for 10-12 minutes until the cheese has melted. 4. Serve with chopped avocado and lime wedges and sprinkled with freshly chopped parsley. Spoon the rest of the salsa into a small bowl and serve on the side.


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Tattenhall Gardening Society The December and January meetings of TGS take on an international flavour, with both event transporting us around the world and away from the winter chill. Firstly, on Wednesday 14 December, Jannie Hollins will talk on ‘Flowers of the World’. She has been involved in a 20 year+ project to develop the extensive gardens at Tattenhall Hall, using her extensive global travels to source unusual plant varieties for the garden. Many readers may have visited the Hall, open each year under the NGS scheme. Here, she will share the practical challenges of growing her collection in Cheshire, along with tips and ideas for us to perhaps try out. Then, on Wednesday 11 January, TV and radio presenter Dr Mark Spencer (Infinite Monkey Cage, Countryfile), Senior Curator at the Natural History Museum, London, will give a talk to a joint meeting of TGS and Tattenhall Wildlife Group. His subject

Dr Mark Spencer will be ‘Plant Hunting and Plant Hunters in the 17th & 18th Centuries’, a period of great importance for gardeners, as so many of our garden plants were introduced then from China, Japan and North America. Both meetings will be held in The Barbour Institute, Tattenhall, starting at 7.45pm. For Dr Spencer’s evening, all seats must be reserved in advance, including for Members of TGS & TWIG. NonMembers are most welcome (£3 entry), again following advance reservation. To reserve seats for 11 January, please contact Alex Radley (01829 770386), or Jen Benefield (01829 770692) for Tattenhall Gardening Society or Andrew Hull (01829 770026) for Tattenhall Wildlife Group.

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Astronomy

The Night Sky Geoff Chamberlain looks at what’s happening in the night sky this coming month. On December 11 the planet Mercury reaches its greatest angular distance (20.8 degrees) from the Sun in the evening sky. This is the best time to view Mercury since it will be at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky. Look for the planet low in the western sky just after sunset. The brightest planet, Venus, is now prominent low in the southern sky in the evening. It is in Capricorn and approaching the planet Mars which is in the next constellation of Aquarius. The crescent moon lies between these two planets on December 4th. On December 13 and 14 the Geminids Meteor Shower returns. The Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower

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in the heavens, producing up to 120 multi-coloured meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by debris left behind by an asteroid. The shower runs annually from December 7-17. It peaks this year on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th. Unfortunately the nearly full moon will block out many of the fainter meteors this year, but the Geminids are so bright and numerous that there could still be a good show. On December 14 there is yet another Supermoon. This full moon was known by early Native American tribes as the Full Cold Moon because this is the time of year when the cold winter air settles in and the nights become long and dark. This is also the last of three supermoons for 2016. December 21 is the Winter Solstice. The South Pole of the Earth will be tilted toward the Sun, which will have reached its southernmost position in the sky and will be directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. This is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and the first day of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

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Motoring

Suzuki S-Cross SX4

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With a whole new front and a new engine Suzuki’s upgraded S-Cross is well worth a test drive during a great year for the company. Giving Near 60mpg It’ll take you for 56 miles on one gallon, get you to 60mph in under 11 seconds with just 113g/km of emissions, and will squeeze the last drop out of the tiny engine to give you 111PS of power at 5,500rpm and an appreciated 170Nm of torque from 2,000rpm.

Lovable & Forgiving The car is quite a performer, loving the twisty circuit around Llandudno’s Great Orme with positive steering and close to perfect suspension. It’s a very lovable and forgiving car and packed with enough equipment to make you realise what value for money you are getting.

Range Starts £14,999 And the great new for this spacious and toughie looker is that it only costs £19,499 in SX4 trim but £5,000 less as an SZ4 or almost £5,000 more as a 1.4 SZ5 ‘Allgrip’ 4x4.

Can Even ‘Rent’ It Suzuki has even come up with an attractive monthly rental plan, with NO deposit, where you never own the car, but have a darned good time with it for three years before passing it back. That seems to be the way car ‘purchase’ is going as, when your time is up, you just get another.

Sx4 Will Be Popular Today I concentrate on the £19,499 SX4 which comes complete with impressive SatNav, six speaker DAB radio, stop start economy, front and rear parking sensors plus rear camera, cruise control and limiter, electric front and rear windows and dual zone automatic air conditioning. Five Or Six Gears A full five seater with 60:40 folding rear seat and a 12v socket front and back, plus five gears with manual box or six as an auto, it will even give you 61mpg if you ease up a little with some 50mph driving. And it comes complete with useful ‘hill-hold’. Crisp Overtaking Get the S-Cross above 2,000rpm and it powers above its station, with crisp overtaking thanks to one of the sweetest sounding engines Suzuki as produced. I’m presuming the slightly stiff lower fears in the manual box will ease with use.

Drives Delightfully I mentioned supreme roadholding and suspension on the Orme which it is worth repeating as the upgraded light-to-steer S-Cross drives delightfully. It has plenty of high-rev punch, great for overtaking, and a suspension that absorbs everything. A Great Satnav Inside look out for the soft-touch memory foam dash, that keeps a fingerprint ‘dent’ for around 10 seconds, and will be easy to clean. Taking centre-stage unobtrusively is the colour navigation system and few controls, with many in the steering wheel and door column. Three Year Update With the upgrade after S-Cross has been with us for three years, it now comes LED lights, new seat fabric, a bolder presence redesign and the 1.0-litre engine that’s proving so popular on the family sized Baleno.


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Francesco Group The team at Francesco Group Chester recently welcomed the Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester, to their triumphant return to the newly refurbished salon on Bridge Street. The salon was opened by a special performance from apprentice hairdresser and mezzo soprano Faith Reade. Faith’s performance of love song, Caro Mio Ben was followed by a catwalk show and speeches by salon director Matt Haylor and Francesco Group Managing Director Ben Dellicompagni. The models were dressed in evening wear supplied by Diane Harbridge Bridal, Prom and Evening Wear. In October last year, the Francesco team had to shut down when sewage from another building flooded the basement area. The team found a temporary home on Watergate Street, where they continued to trade whist extensive repair

work was carried out to restore the salon. Matt Haylor; “It has been a fantastic evening and I really can’t thank my team enough for making this all happen. We have this fantastic new salon to work in, it is about providing a happy environment for them to work and to develop professionally. I can’t thank our loyal clients enough for sticking by us. They deserve this lovely new salon and our aim is to be the best hair salon in Chester.” Managing Director Ben Dellicompagni, whose father Francesco founded the family firm in 1968, said: “It has been an incredible journey, Matt and his team have done an amazing job and I really couldn’t be prouder” Deputy Lord Mayor of Chester, Razia Daniels, said “I must pay tribute to all the hard work of Matt and his team and I am very impressed with their beautiful new salon”.

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An inspirational story about fostering... Sylvia is an inspiration to us all; at 77 ‘years young’ Sylvia is still fostering children and young people for NEWFOCAS Therapeutic fostering agency. Sylvia originally commenced fostering in 1971 for the Local Authority, continuing her commitment to children and young people in 2002 by fostering for NEWFOCAS. Sylvia fostered with her husband until his death a few years ago. Sylvia has gained a vast amount of knowledge and has looked after some of the most challenging children and young people NEWFOCAS have had in their care over the years. This is what Sylvia says about how she fosters: “With my husband, I had been fostering for thirty-one years and have gained a lot of experience in dealing with all sorts of foster children, as well as bringing up our own children. I treat all children as individuals whilst recognising that each child has different levels of emotional needs and development. I deal with any negative behaviour through discussion with the child and listening to them. I can actually spend hours talking about ‘this and that’, and supporting them through diff iculties”. NEWFOCAS provide a Therapeutic Social Worker for each child and a Supervising Social Worker for each carers to provide expert guidance in both day to day and complex situations.

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Before dealing with an issue Sylvia said “I will always take one step back and discuss different strategies, often with the NEWFOCAS social workers, to enable me to handle it well”. Sylvia is still fostering for NEWFOCAS and is always learning new skills and gaining more knowledge about fostering therapeutically and how to deal with situations that arise day to day as a foster carer. Everyone who works with her is inspired by Sylvia who, despite her vast knowledge and experience, nevertheless continues to want to learn and develop her skills as a foster carer. Sylvia says that she would recommend fostering to anyone considering it, and has been very happy with her decision to undertake this rewarding work through NEWFOCAS. If you are interested, why not call NEWFOCAS today on 01244 550300 or visit their website at: www.newfocas.co.uk


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Protect your estate from the paymeny of care home fees by making a Will Did you know that if you give away an asset/ money in your lifetime that the Local Authority can either ask that person to give it back or treat you as still owning it so that you can pay for the costs of your care? The chances are that the answer to this is no. Lifetime Gifts and Deliberate Deprivation The Local Authority, when making an assessment for care fees can look back at any gifts you have made during your lifetime to see if you have deliberately deprived yourself of assets to avoid paying for your care. They will consider all of the circumstances at the time you made the gift and in particular whether there was a foreseeable risk of you needing care. For example, if you transfer the legal title of your home to your children in your lifetime, and subsequently go into care, the Local Authority could ask your children to give the property back, or treat you as still owning it so that you are made to pay the higher rate towards your care costs, even though you no longer own the property. You can see that it is therefore very risky to distribute your estate during your lifetime. So, what can you do to protect your assets? You can make provision within your Will. There are a number of options available, one of which is a Flexible Life Interest Trust Will. You can

leave your share in the family home and also any solely owned assets into Trust. Your surviving spouse will not then own these assets and they cannot be taken into account by the Local Authority when assessing fees. The entire estate of the first to die would be protected. Your spouse can still live in the home and have the use and benefit of the Trust assets. On the death of the survivor the Trust can be brought to an end and your Trustees can sell the home and pay the proceeds to your children or other relatives, as chosen by you. This would not be possible if they have been used to pay for the survivor’s care fees. So why wait? Why not book an appointment to come in and discuss how you can protect your estate for your loved ones. You can contact Jennifer Howell who is a Solicitor in the Private Client Department on 01829 700333. www.lawsociety.org.uk/lexcel

Please contact Jennifer at: Swayne JohnSon SolicitorS The White House, High Street, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9PX Tel: 01829 700 333 Web: www.swaynejohnson.com Email: law@swaynejohnson.com Rules for use of the STEP Will Writing Code logo Who can use the logo? All STEP members who prepare wills in England and Wales are bound by the STEP Code for Will Preparation in England and Wales. Use of the Will Writing Code logo is, however, reserved for use by the following: 1. Full Members (TEPs)

Use of the logo is not allowed for the following as this will imply the firm is a member or corporate member:

Lexcel International v5 1. The logo should not be used within the homepage of a firm’s website. 2. The logo should not be used within a firm’s


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Some startling statistics concerning back pain - each year 1 in 5 people will visit their GP, 80% of people will experience it in their life and cases have doubled over the past 40 years. Treatments include painkillers, Osteopathy, acupuncture and exercise, however the best treatment is prevention:

1. Lose weight: being overweight is a major cause of back pain. 2. Be mobile: activity can help to cure and prevent chronic back pain. 3. Avoid lifting and carrying heavy objects: If you do have to lift, bend your knees, not your back. 4. Sit comfortably: a badly designed chair can play havoc with your back. Any questions regarding back pain or your musculoskeletal healthcare? Gary Sharp (Registered Osteopath) based in Boughton can help, call 078 2483 2120.

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Specialising in Structural, Cranial and Classical Osteopathy Osteopathy can help with backache, neck pain, migraine prevention, joint pain, osteoarthritis, sciatica, sports injuries and muscular tensions. Gary Sharp has moved his Christleton clinic to Boughton where he is now based at: Fidelity House, 12A Stocks Lane, Boughton, Chester, CH3 5TF 07824 832 120 • www.garysharposteopath.co.uk

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JOB VACANCIES Prospect House is an independent provider of Residential/Nursing Care Services and which is one of the Top 20 Homes in the Northwest. We have expanded our registration from 48 beds to 56 beds and require staff to join our team: CARE ASSISTANT (DAYS or NIGHTS)

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We are recruiting for the best Care Assistants Full Time, Part Time or Bank. The Care Assistant starting pay for all staff over 21 is well above the national living wage. You will be expected to participate fully in our training programme.

We are interested in talking NOW to excellent RGNs and RMNs who possess a passion for the care of older people.  We operate two 7 hour shifts through the day and 11hour night shifts.  New positions will be available for full time, day and night.  Combined with good nursing skills, Matron Caroline Rowland values a deep interest in individual care as the key attribute in nurses wanting to join our team.  We are prepared to pay for the best staff; precise pay rates will depend on experience.

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SEASONS GREETINGS FROM RIGHTMOVES BEST SELLING AGENT* 2016 has been a very busy year which saw us mark our 12th Anniversary and the opening of our new department THOMAS INVESTMENTS, which has already proved to be highly successful. It is also an exciting time for us at THOMAS PROPERTY GROUP as we launch our new improved and modernised branding. This includes a brand new highly developed website for all our clients and customers with strong focus on being user-friendly and offering an array of our services for example, Booking Free Rental or Sales Valuations, Investment properties, Overseas, Solicitors and Surveyors. At the same time we will be displaying all our new improved logo and design on our

comprehensive professional brochures, all marketing material including the highly effective Rightmove and The Chronicle Newspaper. You will be sure to see our newly designed and enhanced signs for our THOMAS SALES, PREMIER and LETTINGS across Chester, Cheshire and North Wales.

OUR CHRISTMAS BONUS TO YOU 35% OFF ALL STANDARD SALES & LETTINGS FEES As your local Family Estate Agency we very much appreciate your continued support. We would like to thank you all for your business throughout the past 12 years, we couldn’t have done it without you.

WISHING EVERYONE A LOVELY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR

From your local Family Agents, Rachel, Stuart, Martin, Lesley & Duncan Thomas. Michael, Yvonne, Kevin, Sue, Kelly, Kat, Chris, Paul, Yasmin, Catherine, Amy, Syd, Debbie & Karen

CHESTER OFFICE 13 Grosvenor St Chester CH1 2DD 01244 311 119

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