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No. 11 Winter 2016/Spring 2017

In this issue...

Your magazine from Stannah Stairlifts Out and About PAGE 8

Bringing Up Baby

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Future of Flight PAGE 16

Time for a Christmas cuppa! Is tea drinking on the decline? We take a look at our favourite brew over the ages – see p10


In this issue... 3 Welcome to StannahTalk 4 Talk to us – your letters 5 Making life easier – the Stannah Salise 6 Talk about a summer of sporting success! The amazing and inspiring Olympic and Paralympic results from Rio 2016 8 Out and about Visit Lindisfarne and Holy Island - but watch out for the tides! 10 Ta-ta to cha? Can it be true? Are we losing our status as a nation of tea drinkers? 12 Talk about change Our company has been through 150 years of it so far... 14 Talk about careers It’s not only boys who get to be engineers - girls are most welcome at Stannah! 15 Walking football All the excitement and none of the strains 16 The future of flight From space stations to flying bums - what on earth (or off it) will be next? 18 Childcare through the ages Is it all swings and roundabouts when it comes to bringing up baby? 20 Hic hic horray for English wines Move over the rest of the world - we now produce some sparkling examples

Dea r Cu sto mer Jon and Patrick Stannah

a politically kind to you. It has been en be s ha 16 20 pe ho do We little calmer hope things become a ly re ce sin we d an ar turbulent ye in 2017. 150th anniversary. It’s e new year brings our th p ou Gr ah nn Sta e For th business and we endent, British family ep ind an for t en m ve and hard quite an achie ank for their dedication th to es ye plo em ing have successive amaz s and a campaign to th new product launche wi it ark m to d en int work. We in our market places. pability is recognised ensure all our group ca on of Stannah lift ay be using a successi m u yo at th ow kn u yo Did e have installed our right across the UK? W – t ou ab d an t ou en centres and products wh permarkets, shopping su in s ay lkw wa ing escalators and mov o Luton Airport too. rrently putting them int cu are e W . ns tio sta as offices, railway s of public places, such nd sa ou th in are ts lif Our passenger ing too. Our goods lifts and in residential hous s op sh d an ls oo sch s, lifts can be seen hotel our dumbwaiter service d an s ne sce e th d hin t spotting is are busy be where. Stannah produc ery ev s op sh e ffe co d in restaurants an are out and about! quite a habit when we ese lifts are our Homelifts range. Th ing nd pa ex be ll wi te homes. In 2017 we e your stairlift, in priva lik , led tal ins be to d specifically designe another way page 5 of this issue. It’s on em th of st fir e th e You can se a little easier. Stannah can make life n we speak to you l, cosy Christmas. Whe efu ac pe a all u yo sh wi We thought to end e – now there’s a lovely or m ce on er m m su be again it will on! Best wishes

22 Mind gym Quizzes and challenges 23 Help and support Contact details for useful organisations 23 Contact us All our contact details

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Across the Stannah Group of companies we aim to give the highest possible standards of service through honesty, integrity, diligence and consideration of our colleagues and customers. The small print: StannahTalk is published periodically and distributed to existing customers free of charge. If you have a contribution you would like to be considered for inclusion, please write to The Editor at Stannah Stairlifts, Watt Close, East Portway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SD. You can also call us on 0800 916 0380 or email stannahtalk@stannah.co.uk StannahTalk is designed and produced in the UK for Stannah Stairlifts by bandv. www.b-v.co.uk


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Hello friends Welcome to Issue 11 of StannahTalk. We never seem to run out of things to say, and neither do you. We love hearing from you and in 2017 we’d like to hear just a little bit more… We know you all own a stairlift, but that is certainly not what defines you. Would you be willing to share some life stories with us too? So often we discover wonderful stories about people’s lives that would inspire others, but most of us don’t share them unless directly asked. We are asking. Perhaps you have been recognised for your achievements in the Queen’s honours? Or have you invented something? Or been part of something we would all recognise? Perhaps you played a sport and excelled? Or maybe you were an engineer and have a story to tell? This is a subject near to our hearts (see p14). On our letters page you will see we received a lovely letter from Mrs Richards asking us if we could recommend accessible places to stay in the UK. We thought who better to ask than our lovely readers. Do you have any favourite places you can share with us? Just drop us a line with where, when and why you are recommending somewhere. It’s always lovely to give praise where it’s due. Very best wishes for 2017 from the StannahTalk team.

Fiona Neil, Editor, StannahTalk PS. Remember to use our FREE response card to enter our free draws or send us your comments.

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Top Talk – Our star letter! Dear Editor In 2014 a Stannah stairlift was inst alled for me as I was unable to wal k, but I am able to take a few steps now.

to us! We want to hear from you! Send your letters and comments to StannahTalk, Watt Close, East Portway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SD, or email stannahtalk@stannah.co.uk. Our star letter wins £25 in Marks & Spencer vouchers. Dear Sir Thank you for the summer edition of StannahTalk for which I am most grateful. I was interested in the Out and About article about Rye, a place I visited a few times when I was able to walk unaided. Rye is a delightful place but not suitable for people who have difficulty in walking and certainly totally unsuitable for wheelchair users due to the incline of the roads and in particular Mermaid Street where I would not ask anyone to push my wheelchair. I think it is reasonable that anyone receiving StannahTalk has a stairlift and that if they have a stairlift there is a high probability that they have a problem with stairs and quite likely to have difficulty in walking. I must say that I consider it most odd that you would be promoting Rye of all places and offering readers a chance to win a cream tea at the Mermaid Street cafe. I would be very happy to win a cream tea but would not ask my wife to push me in my wheelchair up the steep and cobbled Mermaid Street.

CONTACT US: Telephone: 0800 916 0380

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At the end of April I was taken, acc ompanied by friends, to a hotel in Ross-on-Wye. This was fully accessible and we had every care. This hotel is not in a cha in. On my return two of us decided to go to another of these hotels but the onl y one we know of is local, “The Porthcawl Holiday Home”. I spent hours on the phone ringing firms like Tourist Boards, Age Con cern, Council and even the local firm from where I have my daily care just asking if they had a list of other hotels catering for disa bled people. Age Concern Wales sug gested I just kept on trying as they had no list. I have got nowhere. Would it be possible for you to enq uire through all the places your me n visit where there are places to cope with inva lids but where a friend can also acc ompany them? In my case I prefer a place facing the sea and on the coast but with some entertainment in the evening, also a guaranteed car park is a must. If this is possible maybe a list of these hot els could be printed in your next Talk magazine or you could keep details to forward to anyone making an enquiry? This really would be appreciated. Do hope you can read this as I also have trouble with writing which was one of my favourite pastimes. Help would be appreciated. I love your magazine! Best Wishes Eileen Richards Hello Eileen – thank you so much for your letter. Most hotels should be able to accommodate you, as by law they shouldn't refu se you, but admittedly some are bett er equipped than others. Your letter gives me an idea . Could you tell us a little more abo ut your lovely hotel in Ross-on Wye and perhaps other Stan nahTalk readers could respond with their recommendations of places they hav e enjoyed staying? We can then pub lish details of a few suitable places (sea-facing and othe rs) that we know come from readers’ experience. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Fiona (Editor)

Thank you very much for your informative letter Mr Wills. Your comments were most helpful. In future we will include accessibility guidelines with all our Out and About articles and consider if all readers are able to access our prizes too! Mr Wills had a Siena curved stairlift installed in July 2014,

Royal Memories The Royal Maundy Maundy Thursday, 24th March, was a day to remember. St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, packed to capacity. The Nave Altar laden with various items of gold plate and fronted with

three enormous silver gilt dishes. The Yeomen of the Guard resplendent in their red and gold Tudor uniforms. The Dean and Canons in their magnificent copes. Superb music from the organ and a choir supplemented by others from Chapels Royal. A spectacle completed by the entry of H.M. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. All this to honour 90 men and 90 women nominated from every part of England and Scotland for the Christian service they had rendered to the Church and the community. Each of whom received from Her Majesty a red and a white leather purse. One purse contained a specially minted silver penny,

Email: stannahtalk@stannah.co.uk

two, three and four pence pieces to the total value of ninety pence. The other contained a special coin commemorating the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and a gilded solid silver £5 coin to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. It was an honour to have been chosen as a recipient at this feast of pageantry. Mr Wood Mr Wood had a 260 curved stairlift installed in December 2015. Dear Stannah Many years ago I went to pick up my daughters from school. The Queen was due to visit Sheffield. On the way to get our bus home, the Queen passed by

StannahTalk, Watt Close, East Portway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SD


Talk about courage... We recently received communication from a courageous young man who suffered an unfortunate life-changing moment in 2009. He had pneumonia so badly that he spent seven months in hospital and left with a permanent tracheostomy and severely restricted mobility. Jonathan Gantley has written a book about all the people and companies that make his life possible day to day. He is one of our – the street was deserted except for us, my girls gave her a wave and she raised her hand in acknowledgement. They are now in their forties but have never forgotten that fleeting glimpse, when she appeared to wave first to them.

stairlift customers and we would like to help Jonathan and his family by sharing his story and hopefully encouraging a few of our readers to read his book too. Dear Stannah After writing my first book about life in hospital ( I spent 7 months in the Royal Brompton hospital in 2009), I thought I would write about all the visitors who come and visit me at home, Stannah being one of them. The book, Home Tales, shines a spotlight on all the professionals that I need to see and also the companies that deliver supplies to the house.

And Royal bloopers... One of our keen-eyed readers, Val Letham, noticed that we had a funny five minutes in our last issue and referred to Peter Phillips as the Queen’s nephew. He is, of course, the

You may be surprised at how many visitors we have and I thought it would be good for other companies to see how many others are involved in the complex care of someone with a tracheostomy. As far as Stannah are concerned I have my stairlift serviced regularly. If there is a problem with the stairlift then the engineer comes, usually very promptly. Without it I wouldn’t be able to go from my bedroom downstairs at all. My book is free of charge, as we have sponsorship from

most of the companies featured in the book which has paid for the printing. Thanks to Stannah for their contribution! Already I have given copies to my local district nurses, friends and to all the companies who supported with sponsorship. So far it has been well received especially at the Royal Brompton hospital where they will use it for training and for patients going home with a tracheostomy.

If you would like a copy please email hometales2016@outlook.com

Queen’s eldest grandchild. Apologies if we caused any confusion – we must have been getting carried away with the Royal celebrations! Many thanks to Val for pointing out the error.

Angela Rowan Fulford, Sheffield Mrs Rowan had a Starla curved stairlift installed in January 2014 and wins an M&S hamper for her Royal memories.. Dear Sirs I was a patient in Great Ormond Street Hospital when I was about 5 or 6. The Queen was coming to visit. Great activity and bustle sitting up in my cot, sheets like cardboard, not to fidget or have toys. Matron stood at the bottom of my bed with a very old lady. “How are you today, little girl?”. I said I was waiting to see the Queen. Matron looked very unhappy. When Mother came to visit I told her that the old lady was wearing cobwebs and gob stoppers around her neck (grey lace and pearls!). Well Queens should be lovely with golden hair and a crown shouldn’t they....? Yours sincerely

The Stannah Salise homelift Here at Stannah we are constantly innovating in order to make our customers’ lives that little bit easier. Bringing together tried and trusted engineering with the latest in lift design, the Stannah Salise is a stylish, compact lift designed for the home.

Mrs Kitchen Clapham, Beds

The Salise eliminates the need for major structural work and makes having a lift at home a real option at last. Its ‘through-the-floor’ travel provides direct access over two floors, smoothly, quietly and safely.

Mrs Kitchen had a Saxon straight stairlift installed in September 2015.

For further information or a brochure giving full details please call us free on 0800 916 0380 or fill in the freepost card included with this issue of StannahTalk.

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So what has made the difference to the UK performance?

about a summer of sporting success!

Experts say the enhanced performance is simply down to identifying talent earlier, training within an established schedule, making your diet fit the physiological demands of your sport. In other words, approaching your sport in a professional manner, through a recognised club… and enjoying it too.

Lottery funding? Did you enjoy the TV coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics? We thought it was wonderful and who wouldn’t be inspired by the courage and ambition of the Paralympians who achieved amazing sporting performances that demonstrated ‘ability’ not ‘disability’. What an outstanding set of results for our UK athletes – did it make you proud to be British?

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If we buy a lottery ticket are we contributing to Olympic and personal sporting success? The answer is Yes. National Lottery income is distributed via an Athlete Performance Award. This award is solely funded by National Lottery income and paid directly to athletes, contributing to their living and sporting costs. This, combined with central funding investment in world class coaches, sports science, warm weather training, international competitions and high performance training facilities is making the difference.

Team GB celebrate the medals

• Regeneration (the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ) • Tourism (long term benefits of the world seeing London) Perhaps the 2016 summer of sporting success proved that in 2012 we did ‘inspire a generation’ – and hopefully many generations beyond.

The legacy of London 2012? The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games committees were keen on emphasising the legacy of hosting the Games. They were divided into: • Learning (by working together to stage the Games) • Economic (new jobs, skills, inward investment and tourism) • Sporting (medal success and inspiring future generations)

XXXI Olympiad (2016) in Rio Facts and figures: 28 sports - 41 disciplines 38 venues 87 winning nations 207 nations 306 events 974 medals awarded 11,303 athletes 40,000 hours of TV 60,000 hours of digital footage


Rio 2016 Olympic Medal Table - top 5 The fifteenth Paralympics Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

46

37

38

121

27

23

17

67

China

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18

26

70

Russia

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18

19

56

Germany

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10

15

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Facts and figures 22 sports – many categories 38 venues 83 winning nations 159 nations taking part 528 events 1597 medals awarded 4,342 athletes 500 hours of TV in the UK 1000s of hours of digital footage

USA GB & N Ireland

Rio 2016 Paralympic Medal Table - top 5 China

107

81

51

239

64

39

44

147

Ukraine

41

37

39

117

USA

40

44

31

115

Australia

22

30

29

81

GB & N Ireland

Sources: Wikipedia, BBC, Channel 4 Did you or someone in your family achieve outstanding sporting success? Tell us about their story so we can share it with our readers. We will reward the top story with four tickets to the World Para Athletics Championships taking place at the Stadium in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in July 2017. Simply enclose your story in the freepost card, add your name and address details, seal and pop it in the post.

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Fancy a day out? Let us inspire you to visit one of our favourite areas…

Enjoy the delights of Lindisfarne and Holy Island If your tastes tend towards atmospheric, natural coastlines steeped in history, then Northumberland and the Holy Island of Lindisfarne will be inspirational. Prized for its high, windswept moorland, now largely protected as the Northumberland National Park, Northumberland is the most sparsely populated county in England, with only 62 people per square kilometre.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne Lindisfarne is a tidal island with a recorded history dating back to the 6th century. Once an important centre of Celtic Christianity, it is now a popular

Now in ruins, Lindisfarne Priory is said to be the start of Christianity in Briton through St Aidan and later St Cuthbert

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The causeway to Holy Island at sunset. At high tide the causeway is impassable and refuge huts on stilts are provided for those getting caught by the tide. Note the lack of a Stannah stairlift, so time your visit well!

tourist destination with a gloriously low population of around 180 people. A nationally recognised wildlife haven, it remains an icon of beauty, peace and mystery.

The Causeway A narrow strip of land links Holy Island and the mainland, but it is only navigable twice a day, at low tide. Visitors can travel this metalled road how they choose, but woe betide those that forget time as the insidious incoming waters of the North Sea have marooned many an unsuspecting visitor. The local coastguard team is called upon regularly.

An ear for an accent? Given its chequered history, it is not surprising that Northumbria is blessed with a myriad of dialects, which, to an outsider’s ear, sound pretty much the same – but aren’t. For example, in the softer South County Durham/Wearside, the English ‘book’ is pronounced ‘bewk’, in Geordie it becomes ‘bouk’, while in the Northumbrian it is ‘byuk’. Accents include: • Geordie (Tyneside) • Northern (north of the River Coquet) • Western (from Allendale through Hexham up to Kielder)


If you fancy a break, then why not sample the delights of Fenham Farm, a B&B with views of Holy Island. Located on a working farm, this recently converted collection of outbuildings offers outstanding accommodation, all with a coastal theme. It’s open from Easter to November, so you have plenty of time to plan your escape.

Easy Access • Southern or Pitmatic (the mining towns such as Ashington and much of Durham) Mackem (Wearside) • Smoggie (Teesside) • Tyke (Yorkshire)

Accessibility during a visit to the island • Vehicle access at low tide. Check daily for timings at www.lindisfarne.org.uk • Pedestrian access once on the island is limited to roads and pathways • Accommodation is varied with some catering for level access • Walking the island and a visit to the castle are challenging • The atmosphere and the views are everywhere, for everyone. Enjoy!

People of all mobility levels are welcome, including wheelchair users. A Stannah platform lift helps everyone to enjoy facilities over two floors and its fully glazed side panels allow Holy Island to loom into view as you rise to the first floor.

Win 10% off a stay for two at Fenham Farm Coastal Bed & Breakfast Hosts, Gill and Walter Curry, are delighted to offer a 10% reduction off the cost of a stay for two to a lucky StannahTalk reader. Simply tick the relevant box on the freepost card and the first out of the hat will receive a 10% discount voucher. Good luck!

Lindisfarne Castle, Holy Island

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Ta-ta to Char? Rumour has it that the good ol’ British cuppa is going down the drain and that our nation of tea drinkers’ status could be at stake. Despite a tradition dating back to the 17th century, despite being a panacea for all ills, despite its gossipinducing powers, how come tea is being totalled? Is tea going to pot? According to a study of consumer purchases blended with data from National Food Surveys, it seems tea consumption has waned over the past two generations. The BBC states that since 1974, our weekly purchase of tea has slumped by almost two-thirds – from 68 grams (2.4 ounces) per household per week to just 25 grams (0.88 ounces). “Britons are drinking on average just eight cups of tea a week today, down from 23 in 1974.” This is not what we tea lovers need to hear!

Blame the bean? We’re a fickle lot and in our weakness for a taste of something new, we have been lured away from tea by the new bean on the block: coffee. Walk down any UK

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high street and see how much we are in the grips of coffee culture. No more brown powder from jars, mixed with milk and hot water, maybe a cube of white sugar or two. No. It’s all lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, and Barista-prepared Italian offerings. Not to mention the vast array of flavoured syrups, fluffy cream and marshmallow toppings. It’s not that more coffee is being drunk (fewer than .4 cups per capita), but a trend has taken root and the place to meet friends, get out your laptop or hold a meeting is now the high street coffee shop.

New teas, please? While traditional tea consumption has fallen in the past five years, less traditional teas are on the rise with fruit, herbal, speciality and green teas being enjoyed by the

Did you kno w?

Some say that ‘char’ is an Anglicisation of the Indian word for tea, chai, but ‘char’ is more closely related to the Chinese for tea, tcha.

average Brit. Reach out for the infusion teapot and maybe, back to loose teas not teabags?

UK v USA It seems Americans are as hot as ever for tea. A 2014 report in The Washington Post states: “The U.S. market for tea has more than quadrupled during the past twenty-plus years – from just under $2 billion in 1990 to just over $10 billion [in 2013].”


Still partial to Char? Then you’ll be reassured by this year’s Afternoon Tea Awards. If you find yourself parched in London then pop in to one of these winners – the crème de la crème providers of soul-satisfying afternoon teas, as named in the Afternoon Tea Awards 2016: Best Traditional Afternoon Tea: Claridge's Best Contemporary Afternoon Tea: Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park Best Themed Afternoon Tea: Sanderson, London Best Family Friendly Afternoon Tea: Grosvenor House Thank heavens there are a few reassuringly familiar names in this list. It seems some things haven’t changed!

Enjoy a cup of ‘proper’ tea! For the chance to win a box of Twinings Collection Speciality Teas, simply tick the box on the freepost card, add your name and address details, fold, seal and pop in the post!

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There seems to be one subject that no one wants to talk about in social situations – you’ve guessed it – ‘Brexit’. Whether you were for or against, Brexit is here and we need to embrace the inevitable changes it will bring. In our 150 years of operation the Stannah company has embraced so much change, so please excuse us if we just take a stroll down Memory Lane…

about change

Right: Stannah...then, and the Stannah family, now.

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1925-45:

1975:

1993-4:

Joseph Stannah established the company in London. He made hoists and cranes before embarking on building hand-powered passenger lifts. We have little in the way of stories from that period but his rules for life have always been passed down through the generations. It is still pretty good advice in our book.

Albert’s son Leslie Stannah develops his technical knowledge in America, before returning to work with other lift manufacturers. Leslie is awarded the King’s Commendation for courage in the face of the enemy becoming Lt Commander L Stannah by the end of the war. The family factory receives a direct hit by a German bomber, putting operations on hold. Leslie returned to London, rebuilt the factory and manufactured the first post-war lifts and exports to Palestine and Ceylon.

Stannah manufacturers its first stairlift and begins exporting the range in 1979.

Stannah Stairlifts opens subsidiaries in the USA and Holland and produces its 100,000th stairlift. The division also wins its second Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

Some Rules of Life 1. Have a plan laid beforehand for every day 2. Acquire a habit of untiring industry 3. Cultivate perseverance 4. Cultivate the habit of punctuality 5. Be an early riser 6. Be in the habit of learning something from every man you meet 7. Form fixed principals on which to think and act 8. Be simple and neat in your personal habits 9. Acquire the habit of doing everything well 10. Make constant efforts to be master of your temper 11. Cultivate soundness of judgement 12. Observe a proper treatment of parents, friends and companions

1900: Joseph’s son Albert Stannah developed the company’s designs and marketing operation.

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1984-87: Stannah Stairlifts achieves global market leadership and the 1987 Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.

Lt Commander Leslie Stannah

1965: Leslie’s sons Alan and Brian Stannah introduce new dumbwaiter and passenger lifts. Stannah opens its first service branch. Today they have eleven, nationwide.

11 service branches nationwide

1999: Stannah Stairlifts receives its third Queen’s Award for Export Achievement.


Alastair, Jon, Brian, Helen, Alan, Patrick and Nick Stannah

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2006:

2012:

2017:

The company unveils its groundbreaking MRC passenger lift, one of the world’s first hydraulic machineroomless lift.

The company opens a new £5m Stannah Stairlift factory in Tyneside. Brian’s son Jon Stannah introduces escalators and moving walkways to the product portfolio and the lift service division win the contract to maintain all Network Rail lifts in the UK.

Jon, his two brothers Patrick and Nick Stannah and Alan’s son and daughter Alastair and Helen Stannah welcome HRH The Prince of Wales to Stannah on the occasion of the manufacture of their 500,000th stairlift.

The company will celebrate its 150th anniversary. With eighteen members of the next Stannah generation waiting in the wings we are ready to tackle the next 150 years!

2002: The company launches its new access platform lifts and purchases stairlift distributors in France and Belgium.

Happy Birthday Stannah!

2012-16: The company installs lifts and escalators into some major infrastructure projects; King’s Cross, Paddington, London Bridge, Reading, Nottingham, Leeds, Edinburgh and many more station upgrades. Moving walkways are installed in many major supermarkets, nationwide. Loading systems for distribution centres are added to our lift services.

Do you too have a really BIG Birthday in 2017? Write and tell us, we’d love to help you celebrate, with the best replies winning a bottle of great British bubbly to get the celebrations rolling. Simply tick the relevant box on the freepost card supplied, fill in your name and address details, fold, seal and pop it in the post.

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Recognition Stannah has been recognised by ‘Rate My Apprenticeship’ as one of the UK’s Top 70 Employers of Apprentices. This is a fantastic achievement from a standing start

about careers At this point you might be rubbing your head and thinking why we are talking to you, our StannahTalk readers, about careers? There are several reasons for this conversation: We are passionate about apprenticeships and we’d love you to help us spread the word that Stannah offer apprenticeships each year across a whole range of disciplines. Maybe you have family members who would be interested. We are passionate about engineering and getting more girls to think about it as a career. We are looking for personal stories of careers in engineering. Have you got such a story? We are interested in talking about other life stories too. Have you got a story to tell? We would love to hear from you. All we know about you is that you use a stairlift, but we know that’s not who you are. Tell us your story so we can inspire our younger generations – and probably surprise them a little too!

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this year. ‘Rate My Apprenticeship’ is an early careers resource for school and college leavers featuring thousands of scheme reviews written by the participants of the schemes themselves.

Introducing Sophie – lift engi neer

Twenty year old Sophie Healy is an apprentice engineer with Stannah. She is based in Bra ckley where she is part of the lift engineering team, maintaining, rep airing and servicing all kinds of lifts across the South Midlands and Home Counties region of England. No two days are ever the same. Sophie is keen to tell others about her career choice, and comments: “Every day is different. We may Some of my friends say I must have scheduled visits in highbe nuts (excuse the pun) to do security city buildings or a this job but I absolutely love it. scheduled visit to a theme park. My family are delighted I have Inbetween our planned service chosen something different visits we may get an and rewarding. There is a unscheduled emergency call-out clear career pathway if I study in a place I’ve never been hard and soak up all the before. My mentor says it experience of the engineering doesn’t matter how long you team. I really have changed have been on the job, 4 weeks from being a shy and quiet or 40 years, you are always teenager, to being more learning. Training is a huge part confident and able to talk to of the job with new products and anyone. I’m a bit of a bore technologies coming on board when there’s a lift involved in constantly. It’s a great hands- on a social situation – but it’s a job one minute and demands all great party piece!” the social skills you can muster Sophie has already another minute – managing our achieved an Engineering customers, the equipment and Lev el 3 BTEC, Electrical the people who use it. I find callEng ineering HNC and is outs exciting, even if it turns out wo rkin g towards her NVQ to be a misaligned roller, rather 3 in Lift Servicing. than a smoke and oil drama. I have already learnt never to underestimate the problem. What seems like a five minute job may turn out to be so much more! My favourite tale to date is a lift in St. Albans that wouldn’t move. Automatic systems cut in if there is an obstruction, but nothing seemed to be there …until we spotted a pistachio nut caught under the safety edge of the lift car! There’s a moral in that story – passenger lifts and food are not an ideal combination.


Walking Football?

get in there! Yes, we could talk for hours on the subject of the Premier League but there is something much more important - the advent of a new slant on the beloved game. A way to meet up with friends, talk football and play football too, no matter your age. It’s perfect for people who used to play the beautiful game and miss everything about it. It’s also ideal for anyone who fancies a go, but be warned, like the traditional game it is addictive. It may sound a little crazy… association football with no running…but it works! So says Alan Shearer, Geoff Hurst and other footballing greats.

Stannah European Masters Trophy - no really! The Stannah European Masters Trophy took place in Lignano, Italy, earlier in 2016, sponsored by our distributor Stannah Montascale. The international tournament, celebrating the growing number of over 50s enjoying walking football, was won by the Uxbridge Amblers from the UK. Nick Stannah, Managing Director of Stannah International loves the whole concept. “Our stairlifts are sold all over the world to people who want to make the most of life and save their energy for more exciting things than climbing the stairs. It’s a great fit and a great way to stay fit too!”. There are currently around 600 6-a-side teams in the UK and the game is growing in popularity across Europe. Rules include ‘no running’, kick-ins instead of throwins and reduced tackling. It’s a three touch game and the ball must stay low too. If you run one of the two referees will show the offending player a blue card. Three blue cards and you’re off! There’s no premier league (yet), no agents and no huge wages but it’s great fun, very sociable and hugely competitive.

Michael Quinn, who organised the tournament comments: “Many thanks to Stannah for sponsoring this highly enjoyable tournament and spreading the word about this growing obsession for football enthusiasts of a certain age. It really is a fabulous way to keep fit and socialise into our later years. As a sport therapist I was constantly seeing clients with injuries, who were lamenting their footballing days. These mature men were bereft at no longer being able to play the beautiful game but all needed exercise they enjoyed something to keep fit and enjoy the camaraderie of team sports. So I set up the Cove Walking Football Club and saw the cloud lift from my mature clients to become much happier!”

Safety first Safety must be a priority. Teams are matched for age and ability and rules are staunchly adhered to, encouraging all participants to play safely within the rules. The game is to enjoy and provide exercise that is strengthening and beneficial. It needs good management and clear rules so that the potential for injury is always considered. Dig out your shorts, go online and take a look at www.walkingfootballunited.co.uk to find your nearest club. Please let us know if you play already or how you get on! There’s a free football to the first walking football team to get in touch.

In the age-old football tradition here are some stats: • Played indoors or out • Over 600 teams in the UK • 7, 6 or 5-a-side (6 most popular) • Walking only • Free kicks are indirect • A throw-in is replaced with a kick-in • The ball has to be kept below head height • There’s no offside rule • Reduced tackling • It’s good for your health and great for your social life • The FA will publish official rules of the walking game in 2017

The health benefits

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The Future of Flight: From Space Stations to Flying Bums

The Tweeting Spaceman 2016 has been quite a year for futuristic flight in the UK. From British astronaut Tim Peake’s 186-day Principia Mission on the International Space Station (ISS) to the trials of the world’s largest aircraft, the Flying Bum, there have been spectacular ups and downs. Thankfully, Tim of the European Space Agency (ESA), landed safely back on terra firma on 18 June this year, following six months in orbit, 250 miles above the Earth.

Peake Astrofacts: • Took part in 23 human physiology experiments which could help scientists prepare for a mission to Mars • Beat 8,000 applicants and spent 6 years in training • Eighth Briton to go into space • The first British ESA astronaut to go to the International Space Station • Spacewalked in tandem with Tim Kopra • Mission patch designed by 13-year-old Troy Wood • Food by celebrity chef, Heston Blumenthal, in conjunction with British schoolchildren who suggested a 3 course Rocket Lolly – Tomato & Basil Soup, Curry and Eton Mess!

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Tim stayed in touch with Earth using Twitter and Facebook Live. Yes, he tweeted from hundreds of miles above the planet. So space isn’t silent anymore. This puts paid to the tagline for the 1979 movie, Alien: ‘In space, no one can hear you scream’. We heard you loud and clear, Tim…

“Learning Russian has been the single most difficult aspect of my training.” Tim Peake

Bottoms Up! The Flying Bum, (Airlander 10 in polite society) faired differently. Hailed as the future of air travel, this Rubenesque beauty nosedived into a Bedfordshire field on its second test flight, ploughing through electricity cables to rest with its buxom derrière perked heavenwards (and viewable from a space station?). Cosmetic damage only; no one hurt. A combination airship/plane, the Bum has been ten years and £25m in the making by aerospace company, Hybrid Air Vehicles. It measures around 50 feet longer than the Airbus A380 (the biggest passenger plane in the world) and offers less pollution and bigger payloads than traditional aircraft.

“It flew like a dream.” Chief Test Pilot, Dave Burns, on the Flying Bum’s first test flight.


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Space news in 2016 included... Solar Impulse 2: First Round-the-World Solar Flight A 16-month circuit: Longest solo solar flight in aviation history. 40,000km, from Abu Dhabi to Hawaii. First fueless circumnavigation of the globe, relying on clean technologies to promote renewable energies and energy efficiency on the ground. By Jove! Juno’s done it! A 5-year journey: NASA's Juno spacecraft entered Jupiter’s orbit in July 2016, to investigate the radiation belts, explore its interior, find out how it was born, and how our solar system evolved. Also watch out for...

Flying Bum Lowdown: • 91m long/26m high/carries a 10 tonne payload • Can stay airborne for up to five days/withstands wind speeds up to 85 knots • Emits less pollution than traditional aircraft • Lighter than air: 60% lift produced aerostatically/40% aerodynamically • The helium-filled shell is made from Vectran, a strong liquid crystal polymer • Engines rotate to provide additional thrust upwards or downwards, which is how it can land, take off and hover. The Flying Bum is a work in progress, so watch this Very Big Space.

Mission to Mars: a Space Odyssey A 40-year crusade (and counting): NASA aims to send people to the Red Planet in the 2030s. Orbiters, landers and rovers have increased our knowledge about the planet, but there’s always more to learn.

Win a Martian! The Martian, a 2015 film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon. A missingpresumed-dead astronaut survives on Mars using ingenuity, wit and spirit to contact Earth and be rescued. For a chance to win a copy of the DVD, simply tick the relevant box on the freepost card, add your name and address details, fold, seal and pop it in the post.

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Childcare Through the Ages: Swings and Roundabouts? Every age has its take on how to bring up baby and it can be quite the battleground with helpful advice from all quarters, sometimes at odds with how parents prefer to go about it. Child rearing has changed with every generation, reflecting the passage of cultural values. So much has altered but there is much that has stayed the same.

Victorian England: Children Seen but Not Heard Men ruled (apart from the monarch) and women mothered. Poor children slaved long hours down mines, in mills and factories, on farms and streets, all to help support their families; and mortality rates were high. Despite this, poor families were often more tight-knit and affectionate than their wealthier counterparts, where children were consigned to the nursery and tended by nanny, and parental contact was brief and formal.

Thank the Stars for Dr Spock? Perhaps this groundbreaking American pædiatrician, Dr Benjamin Spock, had it right with his parenting philosophy. His 1946 bestselling book, The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care, told mothers:

The Battle of the Sexes From Ancient Rome and Greece through to Mesopotamia, Mediæval Scandinavia and Imperial China there is a common theme: the man was the head of the household; women looked after the children; boys were educated (funds permitting), worked on farms, or trained for warfare; girls stayed at home and were schooled in domesticity until married off around the age of thirteen.

"You know more than you think you do. Trust your instincts and intuition, show affection, follow your gut, and do what you think is best for your child. By responding to your child you will create a bond that is far greater than any reward or punishment.”

Parenting Now It’s been a long hike for the UK to lift itself out of gender stereotypical roles, and patriarchy still looms. More women work, through necessity or inclination, with many choosing careers over motherhood. However, childcare generally remains a woman’s responsibility.

A Victorian mother ‘swings’ her baby. What would modern-day Health and Safety make of this...?

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Living the iLife Who said our babes don’t exercise? That technology robs their legs? Why! See those lungs pump, limbs churn, cheeks flush red, in their inter-screen scramble from TV, to Wii, to computer, to bed and iPod, iPhone and iPad – without which, would they be iDead (iWonder). No! We must egg-on our wee pluggees in their console preoccupation, and cast their screens about, each in remote location; for if it’s unsafe to go outside, with violence, pollution and predation – fitter by far to dwell on screen, and iLive in iSolation. Anon

Healthcare Never have UK children been so healthy, or mattered more. Advances in public health have all but eradicated previous deadly killers such as smallpox, diphtheria and dysentery. Only 40% of children born in the 1850s reached their 60th birthday, and less than 10% reached their 80th. And child labour belongs where it should: in the past.

COST: The Best Contraceptive? It takes more than a third (38%) of average net pay to bring up one baby. That’s £230,000 to raise a stateeducated child to the age of 21. Does this statistic put people off having children? It seems not. In fact, until recently, Britain was in the throes of a baby boom. According to the Office for National Statistics, between 2001 and 2012 the number of births climbed rapidly, jumping from 594,634 to 729,674, although the number dropped slightly to 695,233 in 2014. This brings UK birth rates back to levels common in the early 1970s, although far short of 1964’s all-time peak of 875,972.

What Do You Think? Do today’s children have it better or worse? Send us your thoughts and/or memories enclosed in our freepost card. Don’t forget to add your name and address details, seal the card and pop it in the post. The most entertaining entry will receive a Gund Philbin or Petunia Teddy Bear – for a loved littl’un, or for you (teds are for all ages!).

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Hic Hic Hooray for English Wines! Great news for the festive season and year-long celebrations: no need to source foreign shores for fine wines, look closer to home as Britain is awash with internationally recognised award winners.

With vineyards cropping up all over the country, from Wales, Yorkshire and the Midlands to Cornwall, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex, we now compete with the best, with our sparkling wines sometimes outstripping Champagne.

Grapes of worth Vines love hot climes, but, here in GB, our unpredictable to downright dismal summers are not suited to continental stalwarts such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. You will need to acquire a taste for Bacchus, Seyval Blanc, Huxelrebe and Phoenix, high acidity whites, bone dry and eminently quaffable on a hot summer’s day. Reds are light with a strawberry smidgen, and not the risible lot of yesteryear. And our sparkling whites are quite spiffing – to rival Champagne, in fact, which comes as no surprise as Champagne is a region with a climate on the sorry side, much like ours.

Va-va-voom vineyards Check out these palate-ticklers – home to some of the best wine in the UK. Nyetimber, West Sussex: a world-class, Champagnemethod sparkling wine, probably the best English wine to date. Ridgeview, West Sussex: almost rubbing shoulders with Nyetimber, this classy, sparkling wine rivals many Champagnes.

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Davenport, East Sussex: the UK’s leading organic producer, responsible for crisp, bright, full-flavoured wines. Curious Grape, Kent: the brand name of the UK’s largest (arguably best) producer, New Wave Wines. Consistently excellent. Three Choirs, Gloucestershire: well-priced and tasty. Denbies, Surrey: a large producer with some fine wines in an eclectic range.

Award winners 2016 was a blistering year for English wines, collecting 120 medals at the International Wine Challenge. Our sparklers were right up there with Champagnes – enough bubbles to fly a fleet of hot air balloons. And our whites, rosés and reds are shimmying up the ranks, too.

A first for English wines France’s first wine family is taking root on English soil. Taittinger, famous producers of Champagne, are the first French label to invest in English sparkling wines, joining with investors in 2015 to buy prime viticulture land in southern England. That’s a 55% stake in 69 hectares of farmland in Kent, a 10-year, £multi-million investment to yield 300,000 bottles of English sparkling wine annually. We’ll drink to that!


A mouthful of gold medallists A few for you to savour – too many to mention them all. You might enjoy the wine-speak, too… Hart of Gold Brut 2010 “A classic blend of Champagne grapes from the highly rated 2010 vintage… displays a beautiful balance of delicate fruit, rich, complex bready notes, and a long, satisfying finish.” Nyetimber Blanc de Blancs 2009 “Pale gold in colour with tiny, delicate bubbles, floral and lime aromas lead on to rich notes of pastry and brioche. On the palate, fresh citrus flavours are balanced with an underlying minerality and a toasty intensity. Very fine and elegant with a long, complex finish.” Nyetimber Classic Cuvée (Magnum) 2009 “A pale golden wine of gently spiralling, soft textured bubbles. Filled with bright citrus, sweet pastry, apple and hints of a floral bouquet, the aromas heighten the 2007 cuvée’s pure crystalline palate of lime and gently toasted flavours. The finish is long with a pleasing citrus peel zest.” Furleigh Estate Rosé 2010 “An elegant sparkling rosé wine which is subtle yet exquisite. It has a delicate salmon pink hue with steady fine bubbles. On the nose, appealing aromas of wild strawberries and white cherries mingle with a hint of rosehip. The palate is dry and refined with fresh summer red berries including cranberries and redcurrants. It has citrus acidity, delicate minerality and a gentle mousse. The mouthfeel is excellent with subtle notes of autolytic development. It shows good balance and lingers well after the last drop.”

“Come, come, good wine is a good familiar creature, if it be well used.” Shakespeare (Othello)

Wiston Blanc de Blancs 2010 “This is the first release of a vintage Blanc de Blancs. 100% Chardonnay sourced entirely from a single vineyard, it has been aged in the cellars for nearly 4 years, which has given the wine a remarkable balance of freshness and fullness of flavour.”

Do you brew? Then maybe you would like to sip on a fine English wine. Send us your favourite recipe for home-brewed wine and the winner will receive a bottle of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée 2010. Simply tick the box and enter your recipe on the freepost card enclosed with this issue of StannahTalk, add your name and address details, fold, seal and pop it in the post.

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Keep the grey cells active by doing some mental gymnastics!

B Y E R G N J E O C G U Q X

U R R O O V L R O R N G Q D

P Q E L S I R E L A A Z E A

H E Y A M O N G O S S N N R

G E K O K O B N N S P A G J

C D M O O F A I G A A X L E

L A B R E H A G O M L E Z E

WordSearch Just look at the grid below and see if you can find all of the words listed below. They could be in any direction – horizontal, vertical or diagonal. Good luck! For the answer to this puzzle, see page 23.

C M C P G F X S P O T U E L

A L L I N A V G T P R N A I

L H K S O U C H O N G M G N

C R C Y H B D C C L I R N G

H F A T J A S M I N E Z A M

A J L E A Q E S T E V C Q N

I K B S E M H C N F R U I T

Put the kettle on first and make a cup of your favourite brew! Then find these types of tea hidden in the grid above. They may appear in any direction – horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

ASSAM BLACK BREAKFAST CAMOMILE CEYLON CHAI

DARJEELING ENGLISH FRUIT GINGER GREEN HERBAL

S T H I E A D E T

JASMIN LAPSANG SOUCHONG MATCHA MINT OOLONG

ORANGE PEKOE ROOIBOS VANILLA

Word Wizard How many words of three letters or more can you make from the grid of 9 letters? You must track horizontally, vertically or diagonally from square to square in the correct order, going through each square only once. Send your answers together with your name and address to the address on page 23 for the chance to win £25 in M&S vouchers! All entries must be received by 31st March 2017. Winners will be notified by post. No alternative prize will be offered. No correspondence will be entered into.

“The next time you lift someone’s spirits, lift with your LEGS, not your BACK!” Know your numbers! Are you one of the millions of Countdown fans, the Channel 4 maths and word puzzle programme? We thought you might enjoy a few of your own maths challenges to keep the grey cells moving...! How to play: Try to achieve the number in the large box on the right, using arithmetic and the 6 numbers in the small boxes on the left. Solutions are on page 23. Maths Challenge 1:

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All words sourced from the Oxford online dictionary.

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Maths Challenge 2:

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Sudoku – medium difficulty The aim of Sudoku is to place a number from 1 to 9 in each square, so that every vertical column, horizontal line, and 3x3 grid of squares contain all numbers only once. For the answer to this puzzle, see page 23.

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Solution to Word Wizard in the last issue: Total number of words possible = 70: AIN, AIR, ALE, ANT, ENS, ERN, ION, IRE, LAT, NAT, NIT, NOR, ONE, ORE, REN, RIA, RIN, RIO, RIT, SAI, SAL, SAN, SAT, TAI, TAN, TIN, ANTI, ELAN, INRO, IONS, IRON, LAIN, LAIR, LANE, LENS, LENO, LENT, NORI, ONER, RENT, RIAL, RIAS, RONE, SALE, SANE, SLAT, SNIT, TALE, TANS, TINE, TINS, TIRE, IRONS, NORIA, RENAL, SAINT, SANER, SATIN, SLAIN, SLANT, SNORE, TINES, LATINO, NORIAS, RENTAL, SATIRE, ELATION, RENTALS, RELATION, RELATIONS

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Help & support:

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At Stannah we are always looking out for products, information, services and charities that might be of help to our stairlift customers. We take great care to work with organisations that have the same aim as we do – to make your life easier.

Parkinson’s UK

National Osteoporosis Society

Helpline: 0808 800 0303 www.parkinsons.org.uk

Call: 0845 130 3076 www.nos.org.uk

The Stroke Association

advant-age

Call: 0303 3033 100 www.stroke.org.uk

Call: 0121 262 3036 www.advant-age.co.uk

Spot the Difference

Here are the winners from featured competitions and draws in the last issue of StannahTalk...

Commemorative fine bone china mug and pillbox Mr & Mrs Metcalf, Sidcup, win the fine bone china mug, and Mrs Ford, Surrey, wins the pillbox. M&S hamper Angela Rowan, Sheffield, wins an M&S hamper for her memories of seeing the Queen. You can read her letter on page 4.

Can you spot the 14 differences between the two cartoons?

A Wizard with words Mrs J Humphrey, Surrey, wins the Word Wizard and receives a £25 M&S voucher. Walking with Dinosaurs DVD Mr Weiner, Gerrards Cross, wins a copy of the DVD Walking with Dinosaurs. Acorn Antiques and Banjaxed Mrs Tabbner, Petworth, and Mrs Odell, Middlesex, win an Acorn Antiques DVD and Banjaxed book by Terry Wogan respectively. Cream tea for two at Mermaid Street Cafe Mr Chapman, Folkestone, wins a cream tea for two at the Mermaid Street Cafe, Rye.

The solution to the WordSearch puzzle in this issue is: B Y E R G N J E O C G U Q X

U R R O O V L R O R N G Q D

P Q E L S I R E L A A Z E A

H E Y A M O N G O S S N N R

G E K O K O B N N S P A G J

C D M O O F A I G A A X L E

L A B R E H A G O M L E Z E

C M C P G F X S P O T U E L

A L L I N A V G T P R N A I

L H K S O U C H O N G M G N

C R C Y H B D C C L I R N G

H F A T J A S M I N E Z A M

A J L E A Q E S T E V C Q N

I K B S E M H C N F R U I T

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Send us a picture or your story: To have your picture or story considered for inclusion, send your details to the address above or email a jpeg file to stannahtalk@stannah.co.uk.

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Fill in the freepost card: We want to make it as easy as possible for you to contact us, so we’ve included a freepost card with this issue. Simply write your name and address in the space provided, tick the boxes next to the articles that interest you, fold the card in half, moisten the edges to seal, and pop it in the post – no stamp required.

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Telephone: 0800 916 0380

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email: stannahtalk@stannah.co.uk

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Write to: The Editor, StannahTalk, Watt Close, East Portway, Andover, Hampshire SP10 3SD or

Maths Challenge 2: 25 + 50 = 75 75 - 4 = 71 71 + 6 = 77 77 x 9 = 693 693 + 75 = 768

You can contact StannahTalk using the following details:

Sudoku solution in this issue:

Maths Challenge 1: 50 + 25 = 75 75 x 1 = 75 75 - 8 = 67 10 - 4 = 6 6 x 67 = 402

Talk to us!

Solution to Know Your Numbers in this issue:

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I have had my Stannah stairlift for one year now and I don’t know how I would get on without it. It's a Godsend and wished I had it sooner!

It is the best investment I have ever made!! K Jeffery, Crawley

Mrs V Thompson, Surrey

It gives me independance – no need to call for help every time I want to go upstairs. Thank you. Mrs B Mico, Somerset

I love my stairlift, it takes the pain out of going upstairs. I would have to move home without it. Miss Susan Evans, Huddersfield

It opens up the top of the house for me. Also my cat has claimed it for her bed! Mrs Sweeney, London

It’s safe, reliable, strong and works even when the electricity goes off! Hoorah for Stannah stairlifts Mr A O’Neil, Reading

“I love my Stannah stairlift because...” I had a fall and seriously damaged my lower back and have been confined to the bedroom. My husband is having to carry meals upstairs so we are eternally thankful that we got the stairlift installed. It will also be a help when I am well enough to go downstairs. You are such a lovely, friendly firm to deal with. I love your magazine. Mrs M Hall, Croydon

Makes my life easier and is an important part of my everyday enjoyment of life Mr Morgan, Impington

Highs and lows – what a beautiful way to have them! Mr H Chapman, Folkestone

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