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The High Life

July 2013

Magazine for Mansfield

& Ashfield area

A Knight of Sherwood Captured and Interviewed

The American Dream of Denim Fashion

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Contents

A Taste of the Wild Wild West

Yes the ‘Wild Wild West’ comes to The Lindhurst

COMMUNITY

Rooms, Mansfield as one of their variety of

8 Editors Interview A Knight in Sherwood Forest

denim fashions to ensure you get the cowboy look! The Robin Hood Festival comes to Sherwood Forest throughout August and see page 10 for our Regular Feature ‘Editor’s Interview’ with Ralph Epperstone and the culture what’s on the events taking place. We need to recognise the strength of our local tourist industry – wherever you go in the world people know the

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Robin Hood Legend – or certainly the ‘man in green tights with a bow and arrow’! Lots of other fabulous events have taken place locally and well done to Malcolm Hall and his team at Hall Fast for raising funds for

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14 Corporate section 15 EMA-4-B-2 19 IWB Pink Carpet Event 21 Corporate Calendar 21 Profile Plus 22 Young Apprentice Story REGULAR FEATURES 12 Gentleman’s Page 20 Keys to Success Carl 24 Femme Page 25 Fashion with Natalie 26 What’s on Section 30 Jo’s Jollies - Carr Bank 31 Photo Entry SPECIAL

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Fountaindale School with their recent ball. The final amount has yet to be announced. See page 28. The It’s Women’s Business Club Nottinghamshire enjoyed a great 3rd birthday party with their pink carpet exhibition at Portland

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College, Mansfield. With a fabulous line up of Guest Speakers, networking and stalls to browse – once again local businesses were encouraged to Stand Proud. Finally we would like to announce the Mansfield Manor Restaurant & Hotel Christmas Fayre on the 1st December, see page 28 to ensure you get your stand booked now. Selling out fast! So enjoy the summer – lots to do, things to see and of course events to look forward to. Make sure you always check out your High Life, either delivered through your door, at many of our collection points or online at:

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Diane Carter, Editor


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Community

YOUTHZONE Trolleys full of kindness for homeless

Two Mansfield-based charities for the homeless have benefitted from the kindness of staff and students at West Nottinghamshire College this week. Over 3,000 shopping basket items were collected by staff and students in what has been called the ‘554 Challenge’.

The initiative was the idea of Trudi Dean from the school of academic, public services and sports studies, who championed the project throughout. She developed tutorials on the subject of homelessness and shared this with tutors and support teams who then delivered it to every group across the college. The aim was to fill five shopping trolleys with food and provisions which homeless people in the local community would be able to benefit from at The Halls Homeless Project and The Beacon Project. The challenge, which is now in its third year, represents 5 teams, 5 trolleys, 4 the homeless, was devised by the school of learning and saw virtually every area of the college contribute something. Once again, the challenge has been exceeded with food and toiletries spilling over into twelve shopping trolleys and eight baskets. Yesterday (10 June), Tony Lee, chairman at the Halls Homeless Project, based on Church Street visited the college’s Derby Road campus to collect the kind donations and thank everyone for their efforts. Trudi Dean said: “The 554 challenge is now in its third year and is well established across the college. Each year the positive attitude and generosity of our students never fails to overwhelm me. “The 554 challenge tutorial informs students about homelessness and where to get help which is really important as many are unaware that it’s an issue in our local community. Some of our students have been homeless and have benefitted from the work of these charities.” Motorcycle student at the college’s Ashfield campus, Zack Hendry said: “You don’t really think about homelessness when you’re eating your food, but I feel grateful for what I’ve got now, knowing some have nothing.”

Regular Educational Feature

Can you believe how quickly this school year has gone? Your child will have mastered an amazing number of new skills in this academic year and will probably already have started working on topics they will be covering in more detail next year. The long holidays enable your child to relax, have fun and hopefully spend lots of time outdoors. Unfortunately, they can also bring boredom and a lack of routine. During this time many children get out of the learning routine. Some will spend the early part of the next school year playing “catch up”. This can be avoided! There are many simple, effective and fun ways to help your child maintain their skills levels during the summer. Turn an ordinary shopping trip into a numeracy lesson. Let your child calculate the cost of items. Encourage them to work out how much change is needed when buying goods. Remember that reading, crosswords and quizzes help to reinforce learning and can be enjoyed as a family at home and on holiday. Electrical gadgets such as computers, I Pad and smart phones are not just for gaming. They can be used to support learning. Many quizzes, word search and activity topics are available to download free of charge. Don’t forget traditional board games and dominoes. Lots of fun and good for learning too! By spending just one hour each week, your child will benefit enormously and will return to school “ up to speed” and ready for the new school year. Enjoy your summer holidays! Brighter Futures Education offer individual one to one summer holiday support throughout August.

North Nottinghamshire athletes receive vital help from joint effort by Mansfield Rotary Club, Mansfield Armchair Club and SportsAid Thanks to the combined generosity of Mansfield’s Rotary Club and Armchair Club two of North Nottinghamshire’s most talented young athletes received SportsAid Awards of £500 this week to help them meet the cost of training and competing. Tennis player Freya Christie from Hucknall and volleyball player Ieuan Lamb from Ravenshead both received their awards at a special event hosted by Mansfield Rotary Club at the Sherwood Forest Golf Club in Mansfield on April 30. The event was also attended by Olympic silver medal winning GB cyclist Bryan Steel, who was himself supported by SportsAid in the early years of his career. Photo (from the left): Geoff Waller representing SportsAid in the East Midlands; SportsAid athlete Freya Christie; president of the Mansfield Rotary Club, Paul Bacon; SportsAid athlete Ieuan Lamb; Ian Baggaley representing the Armchair Club of Mansfield; and SportsAid alumnus Bryan Steel, Olympic silver medal winning cyclist (Athens, 2004).


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Community Glittering Catwalk Show at Samworth Church Academy

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amworth Church Academy students held a glittering night of fashion through the ages on Thursday night, to raise money towards the Academy Prom Night and for Mansfield’s Jigsaw Charity. Students braved nerves on the night to put on a professional show in front of a packed audience sporting some iconic pieces that retailed at anything from £100 to a dress designed by Versace for the 2010 Oscar’s ceremony that retailed at an astonishing £9995. The costumes were provided by Newark’s ‘Vintage 2 Versace’ boutique and shop owner John Knight provided a commentary on the night. He said, “The young ladies impressed me very much indeed, with only a few minutes guidance and training, they were asked to wear rare and expensive outfits and show them to best advantage on the raised walkway, under bright lights with music and commentary. This would faze most 15 to 17 year old girls completely, but the confidence and poise of the girls was superb and every one of them should be congratulated on a fine performance. The work of the backroom staff should be congratulated also, Bev Nita, and Kerry Hancock provided hair and makeup artistry to make the girls look fabulous.” The evening raised approximately £300 which will be divided between the organisation of the Academy’s Prom night in June and students’ chosen charity, Jigsaw of Mansfield. Members of the charity attended the night and Alison Clarke C.E.O. said they had enjoyed the fashion spectacular, “It was a fabulous event and the students looked fantastic in their outfits. We enjoy working

Wellow House Sports Day Beautiful Weather & great competition between pupils. Success!

with schools in our community and we are grateful for any monies- and awareness raised from events such as this.” Rebecca Leeney, Business Studies Teacher at the Academy helped the students to organise the event and said they were a credit to the Academy. “We had a fantastic evening and were very proud of all the models, each one looked stunning in their outfits. We also owe a big thank you to the other staff and students who helped to make the evening a success, particularly teacher Marcus Shepherd who kept the audience entertained!” Photo: back row left to right: Stephanie Davis, Annie Wilson, Sammy Banner, Kimmy Banner, Sade Hardwick, Tanna Nita, Hannah Stafford (In Versace’s Oscar dress) and Michaela Radford. Front row left to right: Caitlin Taylor, Ellie Baker and Hayley Grainger. Photo: Teacher Marcus Shepherd and Academy Governor Mrs Bev Nita.


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All Saints’ Catholic School The Best in Mansfield Government league tables consistently show All Saints’ to be one of the highest achieving schools in Nottinghamshire and THE BEST school in the whole of Mansfield. 95% of students gained at least 5 A*-C GCSEs last year. If you want the best for your child then our dedicated staff team will do all they can to ensure they reach their potential. We expect students to work hard in a disciplined environment where excellent behaviour is important. A recent OFSTED inspection rated the school as good with some aspects being outstanding. Inspectors noted that students enjoy learning and coming to school. Many of our students and staff are Catholic but we welcome students of all faiths, or non, equally. You can find out more by visiting our website, contacting the school and by coming to see us at our next Open Evening. All Saints’ RC School Broomhill Lane Mansfield NG19 6BW 01623 474700 www.allsaints.notts.sch.uk All Saints’ Catholic School Broomhill Lane Mansfield NG19 6BW 01623 474700 www.allsaints.notts.sch.uk


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THEMED NIGHTS Come and celebrate our December party nights which include a number of themed buffet / dinner and disco evenings. Santa’s Wonderland Workshops and Wild Wild West themed nights will include colourful room dressing and you will enjoy delicious food and wine. Or if you want to welcome in New Year somewhere new, head to the Lindhurst Rooms for the best New Year’s party around. See the panel opposite for details. If you want to hold your own exclusive Christmas Party for a minimum of 100 guests you can choose from a freshly prepared buffet from £22pp or a four course Christmas meal from £31pp. OTHER EVENTS

We hold a wide range of events at the Lindhurst Rooms throughout the year from boxing competitions and Easter Egg hunts for kids to music nights and dinners. Our aim is to provide something for all ages throughout the year and do hope you will take the time to visit one of our many events.

The Summer Fayre will be one of the highlights of the Lindhurst Rooms event calendar happening on 21 July 2013. Come rain or shine a fantastic array of local food, arts and crafts will be on offer, with plenty of exciting activities to entertain young children, including face-painting and a free colouring table. So whether you live here, work here or have just come to visit there will definitely be something that will appeal to all the family. If you would be interested in taking a stall please contact the Lindhurst Rooms on 01623 656766. Stall prices include cup of tea or coffee. Choose from the following three options: 4ft - £30.00 Inc. VAT (limited availability) 6ft - £35.00 Inc. VAT and 12ft £60.00 Inc. VAT. For further details on Lindhurst Rooms, Mansfield Civic Centre please contact our team on:

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Community largely a selection of texts from the 15th and 16th Century to explain all…

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Can you talk through how he met his end?

Editor’s Interview

Sadly, Robin died in 1247. The Legend tells us that Robin is old and ill. In those days, the church controlled medicine, so Robin and Little John went to see Robin’s cousin Elizabeth de’Staynton who was the Prioress of Kirklees in Yorkshire. It was a holy house for women so Little John had to stay outside while Elizabeth took Robin to the Gate House Tower. She said she would ‘bleed’ him (to remove the bad blood).

Sir Ralph of Epperstone A legend from Sherwood Forest Ralph Needham plays Sir Ralph of Epperstone at the Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest each year. Here he talks about how social media is helping to promote the Legend of Robin Hood.

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How long have you been taking part in the Robin Hood Festival?

I have taken part over the last couple of decades, it is one of the highlights in the calendar in Nottinghamshire and each year attracts more than 25,000 people.

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As well as playing this character what else do you do?

I am from Mapperley area of Nottingham, and I take part in humorous and informative talks on early medicine which are a huge hit with history groups, WI’s, libraries, clubs and small groups working with a small budget. To find out more visit: www.theringwoodsofhistory.co.uk/ SirRalph.htm

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Why is Nottinghamshire County Council turning to Facebook for its Robin Hood Festival campaign? We want to reach new audiences through the campaign – Facebook and social media transcend any geographical boundaries and it is working. In the first week alone we received 500 likes already, including interest from Robin Hood fans in Sherwood, Oregon in the United States.

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How has it helped to promote the legend of Robin Hood itself?

On learning a little more about my role at the festival as a medieval medic, our American friends took the opportunity via the Facebook campaign to ask me about one of the lesser known stories from the colourful life of our favourite outlaw – just how did Robin Hood die? Being so knowledgeable on all matters health, I was delighted to be able to refer to the Legend of Robin Hood itself –

It was a common practice, but Robin did not know that Elizabeth was jealous of him and was the lover of Red Roger of Doncaster - one of Robin’s greatest enemies. She cut into a vein deeply with a knife and left him to it. There is further intrigue as the Pope of the day, Alexander III, had banned clergy from this procedure – thus Elizabeth’s actions were also illegal. Robin thought it was fine, then he grew weak and realised what was happening. He was too weak to get up and reached for his hunting horn and blew a note, which Little John heard and smashed his way in.


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Community The Legend says that Little John told him it was too late to save him and said: “My friend, this evil woman has murdered you. I must beg a boon (favour)? Let me Kill her and burn this place down.” Robin said: “No our code is we never hurt a woman and we are not breaking that now - let God punish her.” He asked Little John to pass his bow and arrow and shot an arrow out of the window then died in Little John’s arms.

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Legend has it where the arrow landed is Robin’s resting place.

At Kirklees there is a stone marking the spot where the arrow landed that says: “Here beneath this little stone lies Robert, Earl of Huntington. No archer was as him so good and people called him Robin Hood. Such outlaws as him and his men, Will England never see again.” Obit - 24 Dec 1247.

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What makes the Robin Hood festival so interesting each year?

Sherwood is a magical place and is Robin’s homeland and everyone can identify with the legend of Robin Hood. It is a story which continues to stand the test of time.

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• A wide range of craft stalls and activities.

Tell us more about this year’s festival

Jousting, archery, falconry displays, a medieval rat catcher and other performers, musicians and entertainers will transport visitors back to the medieval period when Robin pitted his wits against the Sheriff of Nottingham and other adversaries to help the poor triumph over the rich.

• Falconry Displays (on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

This year’s Robin Hood Festival at Sherwood Forest – August 5-11 – Read more: www.facebook.com/ robinhoodfestival

The seven-day festival is packed with education and entertainment for all ages with a wide variety of entertainment including costumed characters taking part in the following activities: • Live jousting tournaments (on the Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday)

Cancer charity cash boost in memory of Hannah Kind-hearted college students and staff have presented a national charity with a bumper cheque after several months of fundraising activities in memory of a Mansfield teenager who died following a brave battle with cancer. Learners and tutors from the academic studies, public services and sport studies curriculum at West Nottinghamshire College handed over £1,522.74 to Anna Finnegan, fundraising manager at children’s and young people’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent yesterday (20 June 2013). Over the last six months they have raised money through sporting events, fancy dress days, sales from a Christmas market, a football tournament, ‘Wig Wednesday’ and a 5k Santa fun run in December. The money-spinning initiatives were led by Lucy Harrison after her friend, Hannah Lawler, tragically passed away after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. Skills for Life tutor Trudi Dean said: “Hannah’s friends and the wider curriculum area have worked incredibly hard and with such enthusiasm to raise as much money as possible for CLIC Sargent, who also kindly delivered awarenessraising session for the students relating to cancer in children and young people. Photo: Lucy Harrison (front, second left) hands over the bumper cheque to Anna Finnegan (third left), joined by fellow students and staff from academic studies, public services and sport studies.

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Gone are the days of baggy pants. Men’s fashion is increasingly focussed on sleek, frame enhancing silhouettes. Fit is crucial. Skinny jeans and fitted jackets hug the body and pockets are minimal, designed with form, rather than function, in mind. To stuff wallets, phones and mp3 players into these restrictive pouches is at best unattractive and at worst uncomfortable. When you’ve invested good money in your drainpipe jeans, do you really want them misshapen by an unsightly bulge of assorted twenty-first century gadgets? And so we enter the age of the man bag - a practical necessity that, when chosen well, enhances style and finalizes your outfit. The burgeoning gents accessories market provides plenty of choice to suit gadget guys, sports enthusiasts and well-groomed businessmen alike. So you’ve decided to take the plunge and are looking to invest in your first major man-bag purchase. What

Xbox 360 game Review: Deadpool

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next? Make sure your bag has a masculine edge. Utilitarian, military or sporty, whichever you choose, the edge doesn’t matter as long as its there. The easiest way in to the man bag trend is the back pack. A familiar throwback to student days and a commonplace hiking comrade, the back pack already has a long history of male ownership. Thrown over one shoulder, a small back pack has a casual, blaise look, making it ideal for the gym or relaxed weekends in the great outdoors. The back pack is superseded in practicality by the messenger bag. Think vintage postman and you’re not far off. The office calls for something smarter. A satchel provides a great alternative to the traditional briefcase and has plenty of space for laptops or tablets. Tan leather has a heritage look that works with the current trend for retro suit detailing. If you’re carrying sporting equipment, or making a weekend trip, the barrel shaped holdall or duffle bag is

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A Healthy Life with The High Life Council splashes out on Water Meadows The changing rooms at the Water Meadows Swimming Complex are set for a massive refurbishment, thanks to a £195,850 improvement grant from Sport England. The grant will be used to upgrade and modernise existing changing facilities, as well as increasing the amount of changing units, which is currently inadequate for the number of customers using the facilities. The number of family changing units will increase from seven to ten; private double cubicles will increase from six to thirty-one and disabled changing units will increase from one to two. There will also be improvements to showers, toilet facilities and replacement ceilings and lighting. The Water Meadows Swimming Complex attracts a range of users, including families, young children learning to swim, recreational and fitness swimmers, swimming club members and performance athletes training with the Nova Centurion Swimming Club. The improved changing facilities will enable greater numbers of people to

use the complex, particularly families, 14 to 25 year olds and those having swimming lessons. Work on the additional changing facilities will begin in September and the refurbishment to the existing facilities will take place in the new year. The bid for the funding was made by Mansfield District Council and Mansfield District Leisure Trust. Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: “We are delighted to have secured this money from Sport England to improve the changing facilities at Water Meadows, as the current

provision is limited and dated and in need of refurbishment. “The popularity of Water Meadows has resulted in constant queues for the family changing units at busy times. The introduction of additional units will go a long way to improving the customer experience and supporting the future growth of this very successful complex.” Brian Taylor, Chairman of Mansfield District Leisure Trust, said: “The Trust is delighted that this funding has been secured. The facilities now being provided will mean much better quality changing provision and an enhanced experience for our customers.”

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Corporate Welcome to the Corporate Section  Keep up to date with local business news  A great platform for your business promotion  Diary Dates, Networking News, Business Events  PLUS, +ve Information about Corporate Life in our Area  A Great Chance to get involved in Local Business

Corporate Section Contents 15 EMA-4B2 Event 19 Pink Carpet Exhibition 20 Carl Kilvington

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Corporate Charity Ball Success for Hall-Fast at Fountaindale School

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“I would like to thank everybody who attended the event, the event who donated prizes for the raffle, we will be amount raised on the night for the Fountaindale School very soon, it will be a significant amount!” Commented Malcolm Hall – MD of Hall-Fast Planning for next year’s charity ball has already begun, with the Fountaindale School again being the beneficiary.

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Following on from the highly successful East Midlands Action-4-Business Exhibition held on the 27th March we warmly all East Midlands businesses, organisations and charities to book their stands to showcase their services and products for our October event Thank you to our sponsors:Midlands Insurance Services, Optimise Business, Mansfield Manor Hotel and Restaurant and the DNCC .With both informative and inspirational speakers, ‘meet the buyer’, procurement advice and lots of networking opportunities this is an event not to be missed. To book a stand contact Organiser: Diane Carter on 07916 245 367 or email diane@marathon-media.co.uk

East Midlands Action Group Join our steering committee pro-actively working for a positive future for local businesses. Current East Midlands Action Group Members include: Diane Carter, Marathon Media & Event Organiser, Simon Misiewicz, Optimise Business, Jennifer Needham of Midlands Insurance, Paul Andrews the Manor Hotel, Helena Lord of the DNCC, Steve Pickles of Forever and Jill Bator, Brighter Futures Education. Add your name here and get involved....... Why should you Join The East Midlands Action Group? • You Care about the Growth of Your Business • You Want to Work with More Local Businesses & Organisations • You Want to Help Promote this Effective Event to Benefit our Local Economy • You are the Chair or Leader of a Local Business Group or Organisation and wish to Unite With our Mission Next meeting to be held on the 27th June. Come along to the Mansfield Manor Hotel and Restaurant at 12 – 1. Coffee/tea provided. To join contact; Diane Carter on: 07916 245 367 or email:diane@marathoon-media.co.uk Make a difference today! Video of previous event - QR Code >>>>

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Corporate TEN YEAR OLD TRANSPORT FIRM EYES EASTERN EUROPE FOR INTERNATIONAL EXPANSION A client of Mansfield based Chartered Accountancy Firm McGregors Corporate is celebrating their tenth anniversary. Family owned transport and distribution company, Griffins Logistics Ltd, based in Tuxford, North Nottinghamshire will celebrate its tenth anniversary in July and is targeting Eastern Europe as a key growth area. The company was established in 2003 by husband and wife team Richard and Cathy Griffin. As the business expanded, sons Owen and William joined and have steadily worked their way up the ranks from drivers to their current roles on the management team. Today, Owen is the Sales Director and William who has just passed his CPC Transport Manager qualification, is Operations Director.

Commenting, Managing Director Dick Griffin said, “The economic climate is tough, but we have worked hard with our accountants and business advisers McGregors Corporate to keep a keen eye on our financials and keep overheads as low as possible, expenses even lower and have been prepared to work harder for less. Out the 10 years we have been in business we have spent 50% of that time in recession! We have adapted to work under these circumstances and successfully delivered double digit growth each year.� The Company will continue to develop and intends to grow the pallet distribution business organically and through acquisition where possible. It will also seek to expand international business and sees Eastern Europe as a key growth area.

Initially the company operated eight trucks from a 4,000 sq ft transit shed. Since then, Griffins Logistics Ltd has grown to a fleet of over 20 trucks which now operate from a fully covered 20,000 sq ft drive-through transhipping facility. Griffins has developed a good reputation across the U.K and Europe for reliability and quality of service and they handle hundreds of consignments daily. The company provides a wide range of logistical solutions including pallet distribution through the Palletforce Network, daily Irish service, twice a week European, a weekly service to Eastern Block & Russia, air freight, containers, Groupage and full loads worldwide.

Photo: L-R: Christine Dove, McGregors Corporate with Dick & Cathy Griffin of Griffins Logistics


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“The business behind the numbers” We provide value based services under fixed price agreements; so you know exactly what you are getting and exactly what our fees are. At Adkin Sinclair we focus on understanding your business and explaining the numbers, not just recording and reporting them. Our experience in advising owner-managed businesses means that we are well placed to be regarded as your “Outsourced Finance Director”. Delivering valuable insight and knowledge to many of the essential areas of business, finance and taxation. Our clients receive unlimited free telephone support as well as unlimited meetings with their reporting Partner – all at no extra cost…And all of our services are backed by our “no quibble money back guarantee”. To find out what sets Adkin Sinclair apart from other accountants, call now and speak to Chris Adkin or Michelle Walker on 01623 645243. Alternatively visit our website www.adkinsinclair.co.uk

Businesses benefit from graduate scheme A new placement scheme organised by Mansfield and Ashfield councils is helping local employers to recruit talented graduates to take on projects, which bring real benefits to their businesses. The Graduates into Enterprise Programme links high calibre, recent university graduates or postgraduates, with employers to undertake a fixed term placement (maximum six months), in order to work on a structured business project, or specific piece of work related to the graduate's skills and experience. So far, five graduates have secured either temporary or permanent employment after taking part in the scheme. Kathryn Lee was offered a permanent job, following a six month placement with Nottinghamshire Eco Fuels, a specialist supplier of biomass heating systems. Kathryn, who joined the programme after graduating from the University of Hertfordshire with a degree in Environmental Management, was linked with the company, because of her keen

interest in renewable energies and the environment. Following a successful interview, she started work almost immediately on a six month project aimed to establish a new service offering wood fuel quality testing, as well as developing new quality management systems. She also monitored the moisture of wood over a period of time to see how it dries out. Managing Director of Nottinghamshire Eco Fuels, Mark Thomas, who gave Kathryn one to one mentoring and training support, said: "I was delighted with Kathryn's performance and her contribution to the business. We found the programme easy to access with minimal paperwork. I would recommend other local businesses to take a look at the Graduates into Enterprise Programme." Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Cllr Kate Allsop, said: "The Graduates into Enterprise Programme is an excellent way of enabling our talented, young graduates to gain valuable work experience and the possibility

of permanent job opportunities, whilst at the same time helping to boost the performance and productivity of local businesses. "I would encourage any business, who feels that they could benefit from this programme to get in touch with the Graduates into Enterprise Team, who will discuss your project requirements with you and endeavour to identify and recruit the right graduate with the right skills for the job." Cllr. John Knight, Leader of Ashfield District Council commented: "This authority recognises the value of quality employment and the need to develop our communities in a way which lets them access these opportunities. Accordingly, Ashfield District Council is keen to promote and support the Graduates into Enterprise Programme." The Graduates into Enterprise Programme is funded by European Regional Development Funding. Any businesses or graduates wanting more information on the programme, should contact the Ashfield and Mansfield Shared Regeneration Service based at Mansfield District Council on 01623 463327.


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It’s Women’s Business Pink Carpet Event

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he It’s Women’s Business Nottinghamshire Club celebrated its third year with another great pink carpet exhibition. The event held at Portland College, Nottingham Road, Mansfield was open to all local business people who came along to get some great business advice, do some fun networking and browse the variety of stands whilst taking home some great goodies! The attendees were inspired to go for their chosen career and their personal goals with a short talk entitled Taking Responsibility by Alison Hollingworth of Steps Forward followed by an inspiring presentation by Carolyn Radford “The Steps to Success” Following a delicious seated lunch the afternoon workshop was led by Chris Cutland revealing shocking statistics related to domestic and verbal abuse against women. Sue Leadbeater Family Law Solicitor at Andrew and Co Solicitors then offered an informative talk about the legalities in place if you are a victim or abuse. Also Sue’s advised the attendees in protecting their business and assets at whatever stage of your relationship.

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uests at the event included; Carolyn Radford, Chief Executive of Mansfield Town Football club, Chris Cutland Nott’s, Deputy Police Commissioner, Wendy Hain of the DNCC and lunch keynote speaker; Denise Lowther local sporting hero having completed les Marathon des Sables.

Testimonials “Hayley and I found the event very beneficial from a business prospective. I know our students had a great time and found the whole thing really useful”. Jill Bator Brighter Futures Education. Student Sponsors “Great event"! Alison Constantine Amospheric Interiors IWB Pink Carpet Exhibition Sponsor “Really enjoyed the Women’s Business get together”. Jane, Portland Print


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Corporate What has Top Athletes and the local population in common? Local Chiropractor Thomas Jeppesen from Health on Hand Mansfield! Following a great 2012 where Thomas worked at both the London Olympics and Paralympics and worked with the Leicester Riders Basketball team supporting them in their 3 major trophies; he has now been selected among 35 chiropractors from around the world to be delivering his services to the 4000 athletes at the 2013 World Games in Cali, Colombia. He says: ‘It is a great honour to be working among the top chiropractors in the world and treating world class athletes! I cannot wait to exchange ideas and treatment techniques and come back a better chiropractor!’ Thomas has not only achieved his diploma in sports chiropractic but has recently been asked to be a UK instructor for various specialised soft tissue treatment techniques ‘It is extremely important to look at the body as a whole, making sure the joints, muscles, tendons and fascia are functioning as well as possible can help athletes, and ‘normal people’ with a wide variety of problems ranging from Low Back and Neck Pain to Sports Injuries and Headaches!’ There are various studies showing the benefits of chiropractic care of conditions like chronic low back pain and NICE the National Centre for health and Clinical Excellence have recommended it for especially this. Health on Hand Mansfield, on St John Street, are offering all, not only athletes, a FREE no obligation

Mansfield & Ashfield Branch Meeting Mansfield Manor Hotel, Windmill Lane, Mansfield, NG18 2AL Monday 8th July, 6.30pm - 8.30pm Mansfield and Ashfield Branch Chairman Richard Fuller would like to invite you to join him, Branch Officers and Committee for their July meeting.

Venue Meetings will be held at the freshly refurbished Mansfield Manor Hotel, a location map is available on the booking page. Manor hosts Paul Andrews and Diane Doran will be serving great hot food.

A warm welcome for FSB members and nonmembers The meeting is open to members and nonmembers. There is no cost for members to attend the meetings and the usual fee of £5.95 for nonmembers will be waived.

Book Your Place Today! To book for this event please visit http://mansfieldashfield1006.eventbrite.com

Next branch meeting Monday 12th August, Mansfield Manor Hotel. The format for all meetings will be the same; registration, buffet and networking from 6.30pm, presentations and questions from 7.00pm and optional networking 7.45 / 8.00pm until close at 8.30pm. Meeting Contact: Steve Johnson, Branch Secretary, E: steve@designercopilot.co.uk, M: 07711 315399

check-up, please contact them on 01623 635333

Regular Feature: Keys to Success Ask an INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR - Edition 12 Part 3 in the series “HOW to Get MORE Visitors to Your Website and Convert to Sales” Last month I explained why “having a website is not enough” which leads me this month into the subject of “Search engine optimisation” or SEO for short. SEO refers to the techniques that we use to “rank” a website and thus be offered up by the search engines (Google, MSN, Yahoo etc) when someone is searching online for a product or service like yours. SEO is considered by way of two categories; “On-site/page” and “Off-site/page.” On-site/page SEO involves a number of techniques. The most important ones being; 1. URL’s – The “uniform/ universal resource locator” or Web address should be search engine friendly. i.e. www. thehighlifemagazine.co.uk/july/local-news instead of www. thehighlifemagazine.co.uk/search?785523 2. Site Map – Ensure your website has one of these. I see too many websites without them which means they’re ultimately losing traffic! A sitemap is a list of pages of a web site, making them easier for search engine spiders to find 3. Keywords - Place appropriate keywords throughout your website and in particular, your URL’s, titles, descriptions, content and image names. When I say ‘appropriate’ keywords, I mean “search terms”, those which someone searching for information would use to type into Google. The MOST important places to put keywords is in the title tag and page header. Avoid over-using keywords on your site to avoid being penalised as over-use of keywords is referred to as

“keyword-stuffing” 4. Content – Updating your website regularly with fresh, relevant and interesting content is critical. The recommended way to do this right now is to have a blog. This allows you to talk to your visitors and keep them informed and updated. 5. Internal Links – When writing new content on your website, link back to past content/your archives often. Make sure the anchor text is search-engine-friendly because the more words (appropriate words) that point to a page, the more likely that page will appear in the search results when people search 6. Image descriptions - Please be aware that search engine spiders cannot search images. Therefore, give images descriptive text, name & “ALT” tag which enables you to add a keyword rich description for the image. It is also advisable to put text around your images by using the captions text box 7. Social Media sharing – Ensure that you have social sharing buttons on your website and encourage visitors to use them. I suggest G+, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and RSS. That’s it for “On-site/page” SEO. Next month: SEO “Off-site/ page” Any questions, please email carl@carlkilvington.com and I’ll do my very best to provide you with the answers. Carl :)


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Corporate Profile Plus:

An Introduction to Local Business people

Diary Dates for Business Events July 2013

FSB - The next meeting of Mansfield and Ashfield Branch will be on Monday 8th July Name: Rebecca Brough

6.30pm to 8.30pm

Business Name & Role: Partner Fidler

Venue: Mansfield Manor Hotel,

& Pepper Solicitors

Windmill La, Mansfield, NG18 2AL,

Introduction: I am a Partner in the Litigation Department and specialising in personal injury claims against employers and public liability claims. I also specialise in Landlord and Tenant Law, advising Landlords and Letting Agents on the setting up tenancies and the possession process when the tenant is breaching the terms of the tenancy. I enjoy running, eating out and reading. I am also a Guide Leader and run the local brownie group. I am married with 2 daughters and a range of pets - dog, cat, rabbits and chickens

M2020 Business Breakfast Thursday 25th July Time: 7.15 – 9 am. Venue: Mansfield Civic Centre, Chesterfield Rd, Mansfield NG19 7BH. To book: www.mansfield2020.com Ladies at lunch IWB Thursday 18th July, 10am to 3pm Oakham Suite, (Masonic Hall). Nottingham Road, Mansfield NG18 4AE Premier Plus Members £11.50 Premier Members £13.00 Note: FREE Parking Tuesday Networking 2nd & 16th July 2013 @ 7.30am 6th August 2013 @ 7.30am

Name: Kaylee Mills Business Name & Role: General Manager, Sodexo, The Lindhurst Rooms at Mansfield Civic Centre Introduction: I oversee the day to day running of the business as well as being responsible for building business relationships with potential customers. I am a prime example of successful succession management as I was originally employed as a member of the bar staff. My various roles within Sodexo have taken me through Sales, Operations, Commercial and now to management. I think we have a strong positive team here and we are looking to strive for success in the future. In my spare time I regularly exercise, which includes the Zumba, gym, swimming and spinning. I also like socialising with friends and spending time with my family.

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Would you like to have your profile on this page? Please offer your details as per the profiles on this page. Also send a high resolution (200dpi) head and shoulders photo. We will do our best to place your business profile on this page. Send to diane@marathon-media.co.uk

The Toby Carvery, The Watermill, Coxmoor Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Notts, NG17 4NE Contact Sford@coreifa.co.uk


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In their own words A Young Apprentice’s Story A Day in the Life of Anna Georgina Kelly

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hen Anna Georgina Kelly left school she already had several years of working in a hairdressers in her spare time and a history in her family of hairdressing including her Aunts and Grandma. Leaving Brunts School, Mansfield with 12 G.C.S.E.s Anna started a hair dressing course at West Notts College whilst enjoying a part time job to gain experience in her chosen career.

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Did you know what you wanted to do when you left school?

sweeping up hair..

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So how has your role developed?

Now I am able through training and experience to do hair cutting and colouring which I love. I feel I am growing in the role day by day and love looking after my customers.

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Tell us about your day to day duties

I open up at 8.45 am and then check the bookings for the day. Then throughout the day I have a wide range of role including hair styling, cutting and colouring, In between there is cleaning up, serving drinks, making appointments and taking payments. I really enjoy the mixture of work I do throughout the day and in between I can see how the senior stylists and of course Anne McPherson, the owner works.

Also I am an avid shopper especially for handbags and shoes. I love fashion, going to the gym and keeping fit in general A word from the employer – Anne McPherson Owner of the Hair Emporium, Kirkby in Ashfield

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Why did you employ a young person and what skills/experience do you believe you can give them? In truth I have owned this salon for over 20 years and I like to work with ‘young blood’. I believe you can mould people at this stage to suit your salon ways and how you care for your clients. I enjoy taking on new employees and offer them continual personal development. It is fabulous to see their skills develop and confidence grow. Also I want to offer employ to local young people.

I have known I wanted to be a hairdresser since the age of ten so had my career ahead planned it was “I feel I am growing in the role day by day just about putting these plans in and love looking after my customers” process. So after school I went What do you believe you can offer straight to West Notts College What about Personal to Anna through her work and to do an NVQ Level 1 in hairdressing Development? training? So tell us a little about your first I am so much more confident in talking A good grounding in all the skills required job? to people. I love creating styles and to be a fabulous hair stylist in a high Knowing what I wanted to do was already seeing my customers happy and profile salon. I have from day one in my mind – I wanted to train as a satisfied with their hair. I also enjoy encouraged Anna to interact with clients hairdresser and then have my own salon. building client relationships and listening to build her confidence. I have had lots I gained a part time job on a Monday to people. Every day I am building my of apprentices and love how they are so working at the Oasis Salon on Carter Lane communication skills and of course keen to work, they therefore learn quickly Mansfield whilst going to college. benefitting from hands on styling and ‘blossom like flowers’. How do you think it helped having experience. a part time job whilst doing your I believe you are now college training? “Every day I am building my doing further training?

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I enjoyed working at Oasis and gained massive experience in customer service. Also I built up confidence day by day.

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When did you start working as an Apprentice at the Hair Emporium Hairdressing Salon, Kirkby in Ashfield?

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Yes I am not doing a communication skills” Cheynes City and Guilds Barbering Course. This is a new course About The Hair Emporium that they have been offering since 2012 and widens the services I can offer within The Hair Emporium is a Kirkby based the salon and develops my skills. salon employing five staff offering styling, colouring and all aspects of Ambition for the Future? ladies and gents hairdressings. Anne Simple – I want to be a senior stylist has owned the salon or over 25 years. at Hair Emporium as I love working there Plus Anne McPherson, owner is the and then have my own salon. I have a stylist for Editor Diane Carter. vision in 5 years of a beautifully designed

I began in September 2011. The apprentice was organised through the Cheynes Hairdressing Apprenticeship

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Tell us a little about your induction training.

I was really excited and when I first started spent lots of time making clients’ drinks, ensuring they were welcome and taken care of, plus lots of cleaning and of course

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Is it all work and no play? What do you do when not working?

I enjoy social media especially facebook.

The Hair Emporium, Lowmoor Road, Kirkby in Ashfield, NG17 7BE Tel: 01623 720015 www.hair-emporium. co.uk/contact.html


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Corporate Residential Landlords and Tenancy Deposits If you are a landlord you will need to decide whether or not to take a deposit from your tenant. The deposit is taken on the basis that if at the end of the tenancy the rent is up to date and the property is left clean and with no damage, the deposit will be returned to the tenant. If any money is due to the landlord deductions can be made from the deposit. Since 2007 there have been regulations in place that stated that every deposit taken from a tenant must be protected in a tenancy deposit scheme within 14 days of receipt. Failure to protect the deposit could mean that the tenant can apply to the Court for an order that the deposit be protected, and at the same time the order was made the Judge would have to order the landlord pay the tenant compensation equivalent to three times the deposit. It also meant that the landlord could not serve the tenant with a section 21 notice, which is the Landlord’s two month notice to end the tenancy. The Government were not happy with how the Judges were applying the rules and felt that they were being too lenient with the landlords and allowing them to avoid the penalties if they protected the deposit late. This led to the introduction of new rules on 6 April 2012. The rules state that you must: 1. Protect the deposit with a recognised scheme within 30 days of receipt 2. Give the tenant the prescribed information within 30 days of receipt 3. Re-protect the deposit within 30 days of issuing a renewed tenancy agreement Failure to protect the deposit and give the prescribed information within 30 days means that the tenant can apply to the Court for the deposit to be protected or returned. Again the Judge must order the landlord to pay compensation, but there is now a discretion as to how much between one and three times the amount of the deposit. There are no guidelines on when a Judge may order one times or three

times, although it is thought that the penalty will be higher if the landlord blatantly ignores the law, as opposed to the landlord who has made a genuine mistake. Again nonprotection of the deposit means that you can not serve the section 21 notice unless you protected the deposit within 30 days or return it to the tenant. At the time when the landlord is serving a section 21 notice there are often problems with the tenancy, such as rent arrears, damage to the property or nuisance caused by the tenants so returning the deposit is not something they would like to do, but it is the only way round it if you have not complied. I am finding that the majority of landlords now know about the regulations and are protecting the deposit, but they are failing to give the tenant the prescribed information. This is a separate document that you must print off from the Deposit Schemes’ website, fill in the details and hand to your tenant. Failure to do this has the same consequences as failing to protect the deposit. However, there is some leeway - you can serve this late. There is nothing on the Deposit Schemes’ websites shouting out in big bold letters that you must serve this document. There will be some advice on the website about it, but unfortunately most landlords will not have come across this. Also many landlords are under the

impression that the Certificate that the Deposit Scheme sends to the tenant is the Prescribed Information. If you have failed to serve your tenant with the Prescribed Information do this immediately. However, I think that this can be prevented from happening in future by adding a step to the procedure for protecting the deposit that would not allow you to complete the protection of the deposit until you have printed out the Prescribed Information. I therefore set up an e-petition requesting that this step be added to the Schemes. If the petition gets 100,000 signatures it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons. If you are a landlord I would urge you to sign the petition - the link is http:// epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/51514 If you need any advice about residential tenancies please do not hesitate to contact me at rbrough@fidler.co.uk Rebecca Brough, Partner, Fidler & Pepper


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‘Letting in an Additional Income’

As Chairperson of the It’s Women’s Business Club I speak to a lot of people about various issues that they face at different stages of both their business and personal life. With the recent economy lots of our ladies are simply finding their finances stretched and simply, outgoings exceed income! Daily expenses such as food, fuel, electric, gas, water, etc have all risen whilst salaries or income stayed the same or reduced. As a single self employed lady, things are quite tough and treats such as a new dress or trip to the hair salon are now luxury items and I have to often stop and think about the expense, whereas at one time I never thought about it but just went ahead without thinking! However I am happy to share with you that once again I can enjoy a few luxuries in my life due to the fact that I have found a new man. Hey this is a bit personal Diane you might be thinking – I’m not talking about a partner. I have a new lodger!!! My son left in October to go to University leaving an empty nest and a big house to rattle around in. Once I had settled into my own space which took six months and occasional tears, I considered options on how fill the space but also gain a little extra income for the good things in life. After speaking to colleagues, I decided to have a lodger and through www.spareroom.com quickly found someone fitting my specification. I wanted someone independent and happy to live in the ‘bedsit’ after work. Of course the kitchen and facilities are available but I didn’t want a ‘best buddy’ on the sofa saying ‘shift up and let’s watch coro’. So there we are eight weeks later a room filled with a delightful friendly lodger and a nice income offering me some extra money for those occasional luxuries. One of the great things at It’s Women’s Business Club is that we have a fabulous specialist team on hand so I could quickly pick up the phone to check how this would affect my life in the form of say my tax and of course house insurance.... Christine Dove IWB Accounts and Tax Specialist stated “If you are short of funds, fancy a bit of extra income, or just have too much

IWB Celebrating Women in Business Now with over 300 local professional members Ladies at Lunch Thursday 18th July Venue: Oakham Suite (Masonic Hall) Nottingham Rd, Mansfield NG18 4AE

Be part of a friendly, supportive, informative & inspirational women’s business group. Regular Networking events including our monthly It’s Women’s Business Ladies at Lunch • Delicious Buffet with Coffee / Tea • Informal business Atmosphere • Specialist / Premier Plus Member Presentations £13 Premier Members / Guests £11.50 P+ Members To Book the above event or Join our IWB Membership, call Diane Carter; Chair & Founder on 07916 245 367 Or email: diane@marathon-media.co.uk www.itswomensbusinessclub.co.uk image: freedigitalphotos.net_vlado

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space, then you might consider taking in a lodger. It might surprise you to know that, providing you satisfy all of the conditions, you might not have to pay tax on the income. Under rent-a-room, you don’t have to pay tax if income is below £4,250 providing the following apply:- It is part of your main residence, It is furnished, It is living accommodation (not office or storage) and It is not self contained You have to take in to account all income e.g. if you provide meals or laundry as well as renting the room. If your income is more than £4250 you have two options, and can take the one that gives you the lowest tax liability:- Treat the excess over £4250 as taxable income, but claim no expenses OR Take into account all of the income, but claim all relevant expenses As with many allowances, there are many rules to prevent abuse of the system, so contact us for advice if you want to be sure. Call Christine on 01623 635 349 Then of course calling on Jennifer Needham our IWB Insurance Adviser, (Regular La Femme Page Leisure Blog Writer) advised “It is absolutely essential that you talk to your home insurer straight away. Having a lodger may not be straightforward with your home insurer, so the steadfast rule is to speak to them and see if they will accept this situation. In reality, some Insurers may not be happy with this and if they do, may or may not offer cover for the lodger’s contents. Insurers may also place additional restrictions on the policy, such as a ‘theft cover only by forcible and violent entry’ – which means that if you go out and leave a window open or the door unlocked, you won’t be covered if you have a robbery, as you won’t be if your lodger steals from you. Insurers view lodgers as being a greater risk ‘claims-wise’ and rightly or wrongly, this probably means that prices will therefore be higher. You may also have to go down the non-standard home insurer route if your own insurer won’t accept this.” Please feel free to call us if you have any questions. Call Jennifer on: 01623 641 386 Next month back to normal with Jennifer Needham’s Leisure Blog...

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Fashion: Girlish Glamour How To Wear Summer Denim This year, jeans are back in classic style. Fashion by Natalie Summer’s denim trends evoke vintage Americana and the age old American dream. Americana has found firm footing in modern pop-culture over recent years from the orchestral strings and sizzling lyrics of Lana Del Rey’s seductive album ‘Born To Die’ - brimming with fifties American atmosphere - to Wes Anderson’s stylish and whimsical romantic drama, the 1960s set, Moonrise Kingdom. As fascination with midtwentieth century America surges, it’s not surprising that the influence of this departed era also penetrates the realm of fashion. Last year Prada gave us dresses, skirts and shoes inspired by America’s classic cars and their collections placed an emphasis on the mid-riff worthy of the fifties’ pin-up. This year, denim embraces its vintage roots, blending utility with femininity in two key trends - girlish and classic blue. Summer denim follows feminine lines from figure-hugging skinny jeans to shorts cut high on the leg and even higher on the waist. Even denim trucker jackets are fitted snug and adorned with crystals to ladylike effect. This year, designers experiment with the youthful, playful side of denim adding simple prints

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from pink stripes at Lulu & Co, to vintage florals at AG Jeans (who have reworked Liberty prints in collaboration with Liberty Art Fabrics for their latest collection). Bleached pastels provide the shades of the moment, washed out and pale, as if remembered from faded fifties and sixties photographs. As designers re-imagine the looks of this by-gone era through rose tinted spectacles, current denim collections conjure a sense of romantic longing and idealised beauty in their muted colours and delicate fit. Classic blue denim also makes a popular comeback this summer. Simple and elegant, figure hugging blue jeans are made glamorous with the addition of an embellished vest or etherial, translucent blouse. An airy white shirt remains the ideal partner for classic blue denim - tucked neatly into the waistband for that serene, catwalk look - and a smartcasual alternative to traditional work-wear.

costume jewellery and vintage shades for confident, feminine style. Denim shorts paired with cropped blouses or bra tops are this summer’s essential beachwear and reminiscent of the glossy fifties pinup. Tone the look down with a pair of flat soled ballet pumps, slipper shoes or pastel brogues. This summer, denim receives a girlish transformation. Whether it’s soft-hued pastels or quintessential blue jeans, the glamour of vintage Americana comes alive. This romantic take on the reign of classic denim is already on the high street and ready to seduce. By the end of the summer we’ll all be humming Lana Del Rey’s sublime lyrics, ‘Blue jeans, white shirt... I will love you till the end of time’. COPYRIGHT INFORMATION Blue shorts with lace trim, silver camisole and bra top all MISS SELFRIDGE, www.missselfridge. co.uk Blue Jeans from DOROTHY PERKINS, 0845 121 4515, www. dorothyperkins.com

Alternatively, loose cut American flag tees with wide open necklines paired with utilitarian, About Natalie boyfriend A local freelance journalist with a passion for fashion, I write jeans provide a relaxed, carefree for local news websites and blogs, specialising in lifestyle vibe. Faded blue denims give that well-worn, wellloved vintage look. Team with high heels, glamourous

and popular culture. When I’m not writing I can usually be found with my head buried in the pages of fashion magazines, watching the latest catwalk shows or scouring the high street for the latest designer inspired looks. I love fashions influenced by the 1930’s, 40s and 50s. Think Peter Pan collars, A-line skirts and vintage patterns - that’s me


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What’s On

July onwards July to September Young Falconers Club Rufford Abbey country park 10am til noon Sundays (Charge applies) Children 8+ can handle and learn about birds of prey from owls to hawks. Professional falconer parkrosebirdsofprey@hotmail.co.uk 07709 312 881

July 1st to 7th County youth Arts The Old Library Mansfield Age 13-19 years Street Dance, Film factory, music programmes and band weekends Evening performances £3.50 6th July NGS - Open Gardens for charity Young Gardeners at 3 Primary Schools Plants for sale. Abbey gates NG15 9BN, Blidworth Oaks NG21 0RD, Lake View NG21 0DU 11am to 4pm Admission £4 Kids Free 6th July Ashfield Festival Full day of sport, music, entertainment and family attractions. funfair, music stage and concert finale. Onsite parking (small charge) 10am to 7pm Sutton Lawn Pleasure Grounds

July 11th to 17th 11th July Silver Hill Woods Walk 10am - 12.30pm FREE 3.2 mile circular walk led by local expert Loz Brooks. meet at Teversal Trails visitor Centre, Carnavon St Teversal NG17 3HJ 13th July - 7th September CREEPY HOUSE - summer reading challenge - read 6 books and get stickers leading to a medal. Open to children 4 to 11 years in libraries across Nottinghamshire www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/libraries 13th July Notts Beekeepers Association FREE event to gain an insight into managing a hive of bees. Sample and

buy local honey. 11am - 3pm 14th July The Birkland Outlaws at sherwood Forest Country Park 11.30am - 1pm & 1.30pm - 3pm FREE - meet retired outlaws Hob and Ket and hear their daring tales of medieval times 17th July Health Walk -Bestwood Country Park FREE. Meet at the winding house car park for a 90 minute guided walk.

July 20th to 25th 20th & 21st July Open Churches Weekend Many Parish churches open to the public to discover the beauty and historic presence check www.nottsopenchurches.org.uk to find a church near you. FREE 20th July Falconry Display FREE Rufford Abbey Country Park 12 noon and 3pm weather permitting see owls and hawks in flight 20th July Ancient Craft - Lakeside Art Centre 11am - 4pm FREE Family Activity day - part of the British Archeology Festival. On the day construct a mosaic, do weaving or cave painting www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ communityarcheology or call 0115 969 6525 21st july Ashley Clarkson Honour Walk Supporting RBL 8.00am start at Carr Bank Park (Bath Lane entrance Carr Bank Fun Day 11 am to 4pm lots of stalls BBQ Bouncy Castle, Peppa Pig, Arts & crafts www.ashleycalrkson.co.uk 21st July Ranger Led Seasonal Walk Bestwood Country Park - FREE Meet at the Winding Engine House car park. 21st July Bridgefest - Bridgeford Park Nottingham - FREE Activitiesinclude: Local youth bands, inflatables, laser tent, bungee run, bronco and more - ages 10 to 19

Call 01159 899 462 for info 25th July Den Building at Bestwood Country Park £2 per child (age 5 and over) Have a go at building a cosy den in the forest with materials on the ground

July 26th to 31st 26th July Walkwith Hawks Sherwood Forest Country Park Adults £5 Children £2.50 11.30-1pm and 2.30 -4pm Falconer Chris Miller walks with his birds. Sorry no dogs. limited spaces please book: 01623 823 202 29th July Parkfest 1pm to 9pm FREE - events include: climbing wall, zorbing, inflatable games, bucking bronco, skate/BMX/inline competitions and more. more info 01623 476 830 30th July Family History Scrapbook Retford Library 2pm - 4pm FREE Children can make a scrapbook about family and home using library resources, maps etc Please book: 01777 708724 31st July The Monk’s tour at Rufford Abbey 2.30pm and 3.35pm FREE Join Brother John on a tour of the Abbey ruins. 30 places available first come basis.

August 5th to 11th 5th to 11th August Robin Hood Festival FREE Admission (cars £5) A host of merriment including archery, jousting and jesting throughout the week. Good family fun. www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/ robinhoodfestival


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Culture Cash prizes up for grabs for tenants’ best kept gardens

• Water conservation (mulch, ground cover and water recycling) • Evidence of environmentallyfriendly gardening techniques Mansfield District Council is (chemicals and pesticides) hoping for a blooming good To enter the competition, fill response to its Best Kept in an entry form, which are Garden Competition 2013. available from the Housing desk The Best Kept Front or Back at the Civic Centre or online at Garden competition is open www.mansfield.gov.uk/parks to all Council tenants in the Please ensure that fully District. A total of £600 prize completed entry forms are money is available, with the returned winner receiving a first prize of by 1 July £300, second prize of £200 and 2013. a third prize of £100. Judging Judges will be looking for the will take following criteria: place between • Overall design and Monday appearance • Choice and quality of plants to 15 July and Friday 2 August 2013. give a year-round interest For more information about • Health of plants (free from the Council Tenants Best pests and diseases) • Cleanliness and tidiness of the Kept Garden Competition, telephone 01623 463 463 or garden email parksandopenspaces@ • Lack of weeds • Plants that attract birds and mansfield.gov.uk insects

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Culture What’s on July-Sep Brassed Off Thursday 4 – Saturday 6 July, 7.30pm Tickets: £7 All seats / £23 Family of four / Schools: £5 each / Block Bookers of 10+ £5 each The Wiz 13 September 2013 - 14 September 2013, 7.30pm £9.50 Full // £8.50 Concs (No Booking Fee Applies) That 15 September 2013, 7:00pm £10.00 All Seats (No Booking Fee Applies) Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat 19 September 2013 - 21 September 2013, 7:15pm £12.00 Full // £11.00 Concs // £42.00 Family of Four £11.00 each Block Bookers 10+ (No Booking Fee Applies) That’ll Be The Day 24 September 2013, 7.30pm £21.53 full / £20.50 concs.(Includes Booking Fee

Film Review: Despicable Me 2 Released July 3rd.

Starring the voices of: Al Pacino, Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig

This is a sequel to Despicable Me, the 2010 hit animated comedy about lovable supervillain Gru, voiced by Steve Carell. Gru is enjoying his new life raising three adopted daughters ... and then he’s recruited by the AntiVillain League’s Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) to help them fight supervillain Eduardo (Al Pacino). Though he’s reinvigorated by the newfound role of “fighting crime on a global scale,” Gru must balance the responsibility of saving the world with the demands of being a dad. Like the original, Despicable Me 2 will likely fetch laughs for its sly adult humor and hilarious characters while remaining familyfriendly and appropriate for younger viewers.

Dates unveiled for Mansfield Arts Festival 2013 Artists, musicians, singers, dancers, Thespians and entertainers are being invited to come together once again this summer to celebrate the best of Mansfield, when the Mansfield Arts Festival returns for a second year. The festival, which is organised by Mansfield District Council, will take place between 6 July and 21 July. A number of events have already been confirmed for the festival including the James Maude Camera Club

Mansfield Museum. The Arts Festival programme will also feature the closing show of the Palace Theatre’s community production of Brassed Off. People from across the District are encouraged to get involved during the fortnight by either holding their own performance or exhibition, or participating in one of the events currently being organised. If you would like to stage your own event during the fortnight please register at www. mansfield.gov.uk/artsfestival

exhibition and Mansfield Society of Artists’ exhibition at

Book Review: The ways of the world by Robert Goddard Out 4th July

1919. The eyes of the world are on Paris, where statesmen, diplomats and politicians have gathered to discuss the fate of half the world’s nations in the aftermath of the cataclysm that was the Great War. A horde of journalists, spies and opportunists have also gathered in the city and the last thing the British diplomatic community needs at such a time is the mysterious death of a senior member of their delegation. So, when Sir Henry Maxted falls from the roof of his mistress’s apartment building in unexplained circumstances, their first instinct is to suppress all suspicious aspects of the event. But Sir Henry’s son, ex Royal Flying Corps ace James ‘Max’ Maxted, has other ideas. He resolves to find out how and why his father died - even if this means disturbing the impression of harmonious calm which the negotiating teams have worked so hard to maintain. In a city where countries are jostling for position at the crossroads of history and the stakes could hardly be higher, it is difficult to tell who is a friend and who a foe.and Max will soon discover just how much he needs friends, as his search for the truth sucks him into the dark heart of a seemingly impenetrable mystery. ISBN-13: 978-0593069738 Amazon: £10.19


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Local Walks

Burnstump Country Park Walk Burntstump Country Park is about 7 miles from Mansfield and Nottingham and sits between the A60 and the A614. You can approach via the traffic lights at the Seven Mile Inn and park just past the Burntstump Inn. The walk is ideal as a short stroll to get the heart working and is about 1 mile. You could wander along the tracks to make it longer, but avoid straying into the nearby Police HQ or the Park hospital. In the summer you may be able to watch a local cricket match in the centre of the park or have lunch at the Burnt Stump Inn. There is plenty of Fauna and Flora to seek out along the pleasant paths and green open spaces. There is also a small pond.

Photos: Alan Murray Rust, Phil Evans www.geograph.org.uk

Regular Feature: Jo’s Jollies

A Rare Opportunity to Sit and Chat at Carr Bank Park

If you know of a good local walk why not register it on the Walk-4-Life website You can also send us your photos of the walk and we will try and publish for others to enjoy called the Mansfield Manor Hotel. The play area was very well maintained with a whole range of slides, swings climbing frames and roundabouts for different aged children. There were plenty of (responsible) dog walkers making use of the very clean and well looked after gardens and if the boys had been

A rare opportunity to spend a

with me they would have been more than happy to make good

couple of hours with a friend who

use of the tennis courts that are available to ‘turn up and play’,

now lives in Norfolk but was back

free of charge, as far as I am aware.

in the Mansfield area visiting family came up on a recent Saturday. We

The guys at the Mansfield Manor Hotel could not have been

found we both had ‘a slot’ and it was

more helpful. Even though they weren’t officially open as they

straight after swimming lessons at

were preparing for a function that evening, they supplied us with

the Rebecca Adlington Swimming Complex, so we were looking

coffee and even a light lunch, and as it

for somewhere quite close when Carr Bank Park came to mind.

was warm enough (just about!) to sit on

“Haven’t been for ages” I explained “but I can be there in 2 minutes from the swimming centre so shall we give it a go?” and what a pleasant couple of hours we had. We

the terrace outside the girls were able to play and have fun whilst we chatted, but they were always in view. A delightful park, a credit to the Council, and with the added bonus

parked in the

of the Hotel within the grounds for

car park behind

refreshments. An opportune couple of

the Hotel, now

hours very well spent.


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Useful Contacts Mansfield District Council 01623 463463 Ashfield District Council 01623 450 000 Nottinghamshire C. C. 01159 823823 Nottinghamshire Police 01623 420 999 Non emergency number 101 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 Community First Responders 01623 796 295 Nottinghamshire County NHS 01159 691 300 Mansfield Citizens Advice 01623 651 177 Job Centre Plus 01159 793 638 Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service 01159 670 880 Severn Trent Water 0800 783 4444 Mansfield Community & Voluntary Service: phone number is 01623 651177 & website is www.mansfieldcvs.org. Useful Websites www.mansfieldtowncentre.co.uk www.masp.info www.mansfield2020.com http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Sutton-TownCentre-Group/114801795199925 http://www.facebook.com/#!/Idlewells Plus visit The High Life online at www.thehighlifemagazine.co.uk We aim to achieve high delivery standards for the newsletter, if you have concerns please contact Diane immediately on: 07916 245 367 Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Lady Gaga, Pink and Jessie J Tribute Act in Mansfield Win Tickets The Lucky Competition Winner was

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