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t last the summer has arrived and hopefully this edition will be the perfect magazine for reading in the garden. In this edition there is plenty of summer fruit and vegetables as we open the door to the Farm Shop in Farndon. Find out what life is really like running a local village store and continuing the village theme, the children at All Saints School in Elston explain why their school is such good fun. Also in this issue, local student Kirsty Marshall reveals what life is like for pupils in India following a fact-finding trip for her university project. The Friends of Holy Trinity reveal why they conquered the UK Three Peaks challenge. James Fountain, the new Chairman of the Newark Business Club looks ahead to the future and runners from the region and beyond lace up their running shoes as the Newark Half Marathon kicks off again.


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EDITORIAL News 06 Open all hours 14 Raising money is a steep challenge 22 Chimes make the right noises 23 Business as usual 28 Brewing the perfect business 34 Summer fun in Elston 35 A look at rural education 40 Oliver’s Army 44 A view from India 46 Staying safe when you’re out and about 50 Part food - Japanese style 51

52 Jackie takes the plunge 56 News in Balderton 58 Enjoying life to the full 59 Newark Half Marathon 62 It’s all about puzzles 64 In Expert Hands 70 Brownhills 71 Support worker has many talents



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LOCAL NEWS Head of planning appointed

Newark and Sherwood District Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin Walker as the new head of Planning and Economic Development. Colin brings a vast knowledge of working in, and leading planning teams in local government, having worked for seven different authorities, mainly in the north of England.

growth which is a particular challenge in the current economic climate. My biggest challenge will be to build on the current momentum and deliver growth and infrastructure, whilst enhancing the District’s fantastic environment, and I think that working with the community and partners will be central to achieving this” said Colin.

The 46-year old chartered town planner has enjoyed a successful career, latterly at Craven District Council. Like Newark and Sherwood, Craven was a Growth Point area, and the issue of growth and regeneration are two of the big issues Colin is looking forward to addressing.

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Ten students from across Nottinghamshire had the opportunity to see what life is really like as a firefighter when they took part in a special work experience project with Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue. The students, who included 15 year-olds from Ollerton and Tuxford schools tried their hand at a range of practical skills familiar to the fire fighting role, along with community safety work and first aid. Watch Manager Kevin Ruane devised and delivered the programme. “The experience gives the students a valuable insight into the job of a fire fighter, as well as teaching them some valuable transferable skills.” All of the students had to apply for the opportunity and demonstrate their interest in the Fire and Rescue service as a potential career choice. “It was not just about personal skills; it was about team work too, which is vital when you are part of an operational crew.”



Local volunteer services moves to new premises Spring 2010 proved to be a special time for a local voluntary organisation. Not only did Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service celebrate its 30th anniversary, the organisation also celebrated a move into new premises in the town.

organisation. CVS Chairman, Rupert Vinnicombe said: “It is hard to measure the huge contribution to the quality of life for so many people that CVS has provided over its existence in Newark and Sherwood. The support provided directly to local voluntary organisations and the consistent partnership working The new building at 67 Northgate will be the hub for with statutory agencies has enabled services of the a number of integral community groups including highest quality to be developed in response to locally the Incest and Sexual Abuse Survivors (ISAS) expressed needs and aspirations.”

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The annual Duck Race organised by Newark Castle and Southwell Rotary Clubs took place on Saturday 29th May on the River Trent. Both clubs would like to thank the Nottinghamshire Fire Brigade, Newark Marina and the British Waterways for their support. Over 2300 ducks were tossed into the water from the bridge near Newark Town Lock. They then raced to the winning post under the Trent Bridge which crosses the river by the castle. Over £4000 was raised for the charity "Help for Heroes".

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Robin Hood fever has swept the globe once again. Nottinghamshire, the spiritual home of the famous outlaw has been celebrating by hosting a number of events as part of Robin Hood month. The county’s libraries explored what life was really like, how the outlaws really lived and the rules that governed the region. Peter Lester, an archivist from Nottinghamshire Archives said “Medieval Nottinghamshire was a fascinating place and the events allowed people to explore the local heritage.” For people who fancied getting more hands-on, Sherwood Forest hosted ‘Have-a-go Archery’. Service Director for Cultural Services, Patrick Candler said “Sherwood Forest is famous all around the world as the home of Robin Hood and this programme of events will make it all the more enjoyable to visit, especially during this month when the county celebrates its local hero.” Visitors to the famous forest could also see props and exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ materials from the new movie starring Russell Crowe. Story teller Nicky Rafferty kept the legend of Robin Hood alive with free story walks throughout the forest. “The walks are a great opportunity for people to get to know the forest better, while being immersed in fantastic folklore, tales of heroism and stories that evolved from the natural habitat, many of which will have been known to the outlaws who once took shelter there.

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Bin thinking of a great idea MOT Checks for locals Newark and Sherwood District Council is aiming to launch a brown bin service for garden and plant waste collection in 2011. A survey is being conducted in part of the district to gauge interest in a scheme which will provide subscribers with a bin for grass cuttings, hedge trimmings, leaves, small branches, twigs, plants and weeds with soil shaken off and cut flowers. The proposed collection would be collected fortnightly except during November, December and January when collections will be monthly. The council is initially asking for expressions of interest towards the scheme which will cost £26 a year, although people will be able to pay for extra bins if they produce a lot of organic waste. Organic garden waste is the largest and easiest waste group currently not recycled. The council’s head of housing and environmental services, Andy Statham, said: “Currently the council recycles around 26% of all the waste it collects but is aiming for 30%.Compostable organic garden waste makes up around 21% of the contents of a typical rubbish bin. Unfortunately, all the garden waste put in the green residual bins is buried in landfill. By providing a separate garden waste collection the council can ensure this material is composted, therefore reducing the pressure on landfill space and cutting the harmful greenhouse gases produced by landfill. Anyone who lives in the survey area can fill in a form, either the traditional way or through the website, or can call us with their details.”

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For local residents who felt a little un-healthy, the District Council opened the local leisure centres to offer free body MOT’s. Leisure and fitness staff from Newark and Sherwood District Council, as well as health practitioners and nutritionists, were on hand to offer advice and guidance about improving your ‘bodywork’ and making sure there are plenty of miles still left on the clock. Those who attended had their blood pressure, weight, Body Mass Index (BMI), waist circumference and body fat percentages all measured, free of charge. On behalf of the council, Mary Maguire, said: “We decided to make it even easier than it usually is for people to find out what state their bodies really are in. Most people with high blood pressure don’t even realise they have it, but it can be very dangerous. Regular exercise and an improved diet can help to bring it down.



Village shop opens

Local people in Kneesall now have a village shop for the first time 15 years. The Old Hall Farm Shop is selling daily essentials and locally sourced dairy, meat and vegetables. The shop has gone down very well with local residents.

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Learning achievements for Newark’s disabled workers

Disabled people who work for the County Council have received awards at an event at County Hall. Around 130 certificates were handed out to people with physical and learning disabilities who have been studying NVQs, educational learning and social skills development. Over 150 people attended the presentation and certificates were presented by the Chairman of the County Council, Councillor David Taylor and Councillor Kevin Rostance. The certificates recognised achievements including NVQs, Mathematics, English, Measures, Shapes and Data handling, which were provided through the Skills for Life programme. Among those that picked up awards were Neil Andrew, 39, from Newark. He works at the Balderton unit of Brooke Farm. He picked up certificates for basic life skills such as reading, literacy and punctuation. Neil said: “I do gardening at Balderton unit. I enjoy it, especially working with my friends.” Ronnie Wright, also from Newark, received awards for punctuation and grammar, speaking and listening and writing for meaning. He said; “I like to cut the grass and hedges. Working at the Balderton unit gives you a feeling of independence.” The Chairman said: “All the award recipients have worked really hard and deserve this. I’d like to congratulate them all and thank them for coming to County Hall.”

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here is no doubt that supermarkets have their place, but when it comes to the freshest, plumpest and tastiest produce, a trip to a farm shop ticks all the boxes. As summer approaches, the range of fruit and vegetables direct from the fields in which they were picked sit pretty in their rustic baskets – and the smell of freshly harvested produce is simply divine. There is also a myth that a trip to the local farm shop will empty your wallet, but nothing can be further from the truth. Hardy’s Farm shop is a name that many will know and have visited, located on the outskirts of Newark, adjacent to Farndon crossroad. It was legendary for bags of potatoes and rustic veg, complete with clumps of earth, but lately it has undergone a transformation. Today, under new management it is a trendy fusion of rustic charm and classy modern retailing. The humble farm shop is now the domain of the trendy cook and families who want the finest ingredients. Thankfully, the abundance of quality farms in the Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire region mean that The Farm Shop, as it is now known, is always stocked with the very best fruit, vegetables and salad. Few would realise that the East Midlands is revered for its rhubarb – a much under-rated ingredient perhaps best served in a crumble.

The summer months bring with it the infamous Jersey Royal potato however, the locally sourced Lincolnshire new potato packs just as much flavour and is much cheaper too. As for leeks, parsnips, onions, carrots and lettuce... The Farm shop has them all. Owners, Angela Parry and Louise Poole Richards are delighted to champion all that is best in local produce, a view shared by visitors to the shop. “I can’t believe how much time and money I am saving. I can come to The Farm Shop, get all of my essentials and some treats too. I only go to the supermarket every few weeks now” said Mrs Bradshaw of Sibthorpe. Time is undoubtedly a premium when shopping, and Louise believes the customers prefer convenience. “The car park is located just outside the front door which means shoppers can find everything they want in a fraction of the time compared to the supermarkets. If its convenience people are after then a visit to The Farm shop won’t disappoint.” As the glass doors open, shoppers are treated to a beautiful display of fruit and vegetables, but that is not all, The Farm Shop also has fresh free-range eggs, milk, cream from a local dairy, preserves, essential cooking ingredients, freshly baked bread and a cheese counter full of variety from the UK and beyond.


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said Angela, “we are proud of the team and their knowledge, everyone is on hand to give expert advice including Babs, Beccie and Nicky who are kept busy at the weekends.” The Farm Shop is open seven days a week at Hardy’s Farm, Hawton Lane, Farndon. Angela and Louise would be delighted to discuss any orders over the telephone: 01636 681201.

Angela and Louise are so confident of their products that they encourage customers to try before they buy and they regularly host tasting events throughout the year. “We have weekly tasting sessions to prove to customers that they can enjoy the best flavours at competitive prices. Recently a customer was amazed at the sumptuous flavour of the Manor Farm yoghurts and another customer was introduced to the Heart of Gold Rapeseed Oil which is delicious; it has many of the benefits of olive oil but only has half of the saturated fat. Better still it is produced in the Vale of Belvoir and we are delighted to stock it” said Louise. Supplying local business The girls at The Farm Shop work hard to please other local businesses and supply a number of schools, restaurants and other food outlets. “We are delighted to work with others in the region, firstly it is nice to know that the produce is being enjoyed in wider circles and secondly we believe that partnerships help the local community thrive.” Angela and Louise realise that not all customers can collect their orders which is why they are proud to offer a free delivery service to both domestic and commercial customers. Sadly, with intensive and forced growing methods it can be hard to know what is truly in season. Angela and Louise have developed lots of in-store information on what is current and how best to cook it. “If anyone is in any doubt they should just ask, we have our finger on the pulse on how best to use the seasons best offerings, whether traditionally, or cooked with a modern twist”

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ifty years ago, the village shop was once the nucleus of a community. It was the place to gather and send information, buy the essential shopping and meet others in the village. Today however the humble village store is on the verge of decline. This could be attributed to better road networks which lead to out-of-town shopping centres providing a wider range of products 24 hours a day, on-line shopping may also be a contributing factor. Perhaps the decline is simply because people no longer hold a village shop close to their heart? Steve Watson went ‘out of town’ to find out more. Ideas for a good village shop Laura Hill purchased Muskham Stores in 2007. The village had lost the local Post Office and enthusiasm for the shop was in decline. With a three year plan in place, Laura believed that she could turn the fortunes around. “I had my own ideas as to what a good village shop should be, but I felt that the local people should also have an input. I circulated questionnaires throughout

the village to establish what they wanted and hopefully I have reacted to their needs” said Laura. Today, the shop attracts people from the village but also people who travel from other villages and towns nearby to enjoy a relaxing sandwich or a slice of home-made cake. “The food is always popular” continued Laura. With high standards as a high priority, Laura has searched for a variety of companies in the region. “I would love to have all of my stock from the village, but that simply isn’t practical. Currently milk, meat and dairy produce is all produced roughly within a 25 mile radius of the village.” Laura believes, by investing in local companies she is doing her bit to boost the local economy. One thing is for sure, Muskham Stores has a reputation for delicious fresh eggs. “I will never buy eggs from the supermarket again, they don’t taste the same. The village eggs are bigger, tastier and often have double yolks” said one local resident.


The biggest question that Laura is asked is: why does she not take on a Post Office? “Whilst a Post Office would be very good for the community it is simply too much money.” Laura explains that the cost and the space that a Post Office service requires is not economically viable. “I would have to allocate a large proportion of the floor space in the shop, which means less space for produce. The investment compared to return is massively imbalanced.” This is probably a good indication why many village Post Offices are now consigned to history. Price misconceptions Laura understands that supermarkets are part of modern society. “Everyone uses a supermarket. The convenience factor for many products makes them worthwhile, but many people believe they are cheaper than a typical village store. The vegetables that we supply are considerably cheaper than the supermarkets and a whole lot fresher.”

“ The Government needs to recognise the immense social value of a village shop. Rural shops are a vital part of rural infrastructure and need to be encouraged.” Ken Parsons, Chief Executive of the Rural Shops Alliance

It seems that there is no blueprint for what makes the perfect village store. One thing is for sure however, whilst a village might think it is reliant on the shop, the shop is in-fact reliant on the village. “I would lie if I said that the shop allows me to make a comfortable living. The reality is, it is very labour intensive and requires a great deal of commitment to remain open throughout the week.” North Muskham differs very little from other villages throughout the UK and only time will tell whether or not the traditional village shop can stand the pace of modern life.


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very parent wants their children to have access to the very best learning, but school resources don’t come cheap. Here in the region, one group of parents work tirelessly to raise funds and develop greater community links, which ultimately ensure that children and indeed teachers have the tools to aid greater learning. For their latest fund raising challenge, the Friends of Holy Trinity polished up their walking boots to attempt three UK peaks in just twelve hours. Friends of Holy Trinity or FOHT, are a group of parents and teachers who year on year work voluntarily to raise vital funds to purchase much needed resources and equipment for the children. Through organised events and themed products, FOHT have not only raised money for infant play resources, an amphitheatre and playground apparatus, they have also developed closer community links throughout home, school and parish.

The Three Peaks Challenge is a hill walking and climbing challenge visiting the three highest peaks in Yorkshire; Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. The total distance is 23.5 miles with a total climb of 5,200 feet and the aim is to complete the walk in less than 12 hours! The team exceeded all expectations On Saturday 15th May, the team completed the challenge and successfully raised over £7,500.

Mr Doran remarked "A sign of a vibrant good school is a vibrant PTA and the Friends of Holy Trinity are certainly that. Their commitment and dedication to raise funds through many various events generates a real sense of community. The Yorkshire Three Peak challenge developed a great feeling of community spirit within the team as we tackled the steep slopes of Yorkshire's finest. As a head teacher it makes me feel very proud indeed The challenge was to raise £5,000 to accompany such an enthusiastic group of young A huge amount of volunteer time is given, to parents and friends as we laughed, struggled and tirelessly build funds year on year to provide occasionally suffered to raise funds for equipment children now and in years to come, with key and resources to enhance our school grounds.” equipment. In 2010 it was decided a large physical challenge of some sort was required The team would like to thank everyone who with the objective of raising an equally large supported the challenge and want to point out amount of sponsorship. And so came about the that any contributions in kind or as sponsorship Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge! FOHT set a are greatly appreciated throughout the year target of £5,000 in order to provide the school to ensure the school continues to provide the with desperately needed musical instruments pupils with the best possible resources. Anyone for the rather depleted Music department, and wishing to discuss sponsorship should call into equipment and playground features to enhance Holy Trinity School on Boundary Road, or email: and develop physical ability and interaction between the school children.




he Rotarians in Newark have been working hard recently to provide resources and awareness for a great community initiative, The Young Enterprise Scheme. Newark Castle Rotary Club has provided members for the Area Board of Young Enterprise for more than 15 years whilst advising on initiatives at Tuxford School, The Grove School in Balderton and Newark College.

with all of the opportunities adding context and meaning to the school curriculum at Key Stage One through Four and beyond.

As it is a not-for-profit scheme, Young Enterprise can only be delivered with the help and support of local and national business - support which comes in a variety of formats including, financial, in-kind and the provision of volunteer time, this Founded in 1963, the Young Enterprise is a is where Rotary steps in. Graham Sinclair who national education charity and forges links is a Past President at Newark Castle Rotary has between education and industry. The mission is been advising a local group called Chimes – a simple: To inspire and equip young people to learn team based at Lincoln College’s Newark site. and gain hands-on skills. Today, the initiative is Chimes produce a range of unique bird feeders the UK leading business and education charity. made from scrap and recycled materials. The scheme is based around the principle of ‘Learning by Doing’ and allows some students Graham said: “The team have worked tirelessly to create their very own working company under to develop the product and business model and the supervision of mentors from the business the effort has paid off. Having pitched their community and teachers. The experience allows product at the Nottinghamshire County Finals the participating students to increase their held at the University of Nottingham, Chimes motivation, prospects and life skills. won the Best Health & Safety Policy trophy. The Managing Director of Chimes, Tegan Loveday Young Enterprise reaches was also awarded the Sir John Moores award over 350,000 people for best Team Enterprise Achiever in the East With more than 5,500 schools and colleges Midlands. Both awards are an excellent reflection participating in its programmes, Young Enterprise of the commitment of the team.” reaches more than 350,000 young people from primary school through to university education The Rotarians within the Castle club are naturally regardless of their ability and background. delighted at the local success and look forward Children and students with learning disabilities to helping other companies achieve their dreams can compete in the Team Enterprise programme next year.


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ome people find that wearing glasses restricts their lifestyle, which is why this time of year is the perfect time to realise how easy it is to wear contact lenses. The fear of the unknown can be one reason not to wear them, however modern lenses are so versatile, that even the most nervous customer should at least give them a try. Prices are much cheaper than expected Obviously, for the first time wearer, one of the most important aspects is a name you can trust and for eye care, Boots tops the list. Surprisingly for such a respected brand, the prices are much cheaper than expected. Boots offer a great value promise with great money savings to be enjoyed when contact lenses are paid for on the easy

monthly payment plan. Customers even receive one point on their Advantage Card for every pound spent. Contact lenses can be purchased online but the offers are often too good to be true. Richard Eyre who runs the Newark Branch of Boots Opticians with his partner Sara comments: “Many people are confused when it comes to buying contact lenses and believe that the internet offers the perfect alternative, sadly this isn’t the case. Furthermore, customers could even be damaging their vision by purchasing products that are of a lesser quality, incorrectly fitted or simply the wrong prescription. Even more alarming is this could result in serious problems such as ulcers and corneal abrasions. Thankfully Boots is a very trusted name who employ staff who are nothing less than experts in eye care, ensuring that every customer has the very best optical care available to them.”

COMMERCIAL FEATURE Richard and Sara understand how sensitive people can be towards contact lenses, especially those who have never enjoyed the benefits of being spectacle free before. “For many, spectacles are a necessity, but wearing contact lenses is an exciting life-style choice and putting them on for the first time can be a nervewracking experience. Every customer will enjoy a oneto-one consultation and this will include advice and practical time using the lenses.” It is fair to say that contact lens technology has benefited from a radical make-over in the last few years, not least in wearer comfort and durability, but also in range. Customers can now choose from daily disposables, lenses that enhance the definition of the eye and even coloured tinted lenses for that party look. The 1 Day Acuvue Define lenses are an exclusive range based around the hugely successful and trusted 1 Day Acuvue Moist daily disposable that combines great vision with exceptional comfort allowing the wearer a fresh new contact lens with UV blocking every day. The Define lens adds a dark ring around the coloured part of the eye known as the iris, whilst also adding a subtle twinkle in the light. Available in two designs, it is suitable for light and dark eyes. Customers who already use the Acuvue range are delighted with the results with 71% of users admitting it makes them feel better about their appearance.


have never worn contact lenses before should make an appointment at Boots for a consultation and bring in an eye test prescription that is no more than 24 months old. Boots are also delighted to talk to customers who already wear lenses, providing they can produce a valid prescription. From the initial enquiry we can then establish which range of lenses is most appropriate to the customer’s needs, such as daily disposables, monthly replacements, twice-monthly replacements or even multifocal lenses that are similar to varifocal spectacle lenses.” Prices are very reasonable indeed with daily disposable lenses from as little as £19 per month when customers join the contact lens monthly payment scheme. This equates to 63 pence per day – a small price for healthy eyes. Monthly replacements cost £5.00 per month, twice monthly cost from £15 and specialist lenses start from £12.50 per month. A Boots Optician’s customer can also save up to £130 thanks to the Boots Vision Plan, with many benefits including £50 of selected glasses, half price Boots prescription sun glasses, free home delivery of contact lenses, free aftercare appointments worth £35 and free eye tests worth £20. This commitment offers a new and carefree world for spectacle wearers who want to enjoy life to the full and show off a new look.

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ost people these days will have some knowledge of tiling, or basic plumbing - and that is great for keeping the house in perfect order. When it comes to installing a dream bathroom or kitchen, it is a false economy to believe that you can manage without professional help. Having paid for superior fixtures and fittings, to rely on your own craftsmanship and project management could ruin the whole look and add thousands of pounds to the job. Scott Bower is an expert in the kitchen and bathroom market – he is not a Mr Fix it, he is a Mr Get it right first time! “Many people believe in their own ability to select the right materials, choose the right products and manage trades-people. Project management sounds easy and everyone fancies a crack at it, but it often goes wrong which can impact on cost and time” said Scott who has over 20 years experience dealing with discerning customers, combined with an enviable reputation with leading manufacturers of kitchen, bathroom and lifestyle products. Scott has recently launched Tilbrook Interiors and this is great news for anyone planning a project in the home. Using Scott’s expert knowledge, he now offers a project management service from the initial concept and the design and selection of products, to the day to day management of onsite work. “I take the stress away from a large project, working with the client every step of the way. I know how to take the clients idea and turn it into a reality without any fuss and they can be safe in the knowledge that they are in good hands.” Attention to detail, a perfect finish and a timely delivery are important factors that customers now demand and Scott only works with the best suppliers and trades-people in the region to ensure a bathroom or kitchen of distinction for many years to come. “Customers throughout the region are already noticing the benefits of having a project manager, furthermore my knowledge and creative inspiration means that whatever style a customer chooses, it will be a talking point for many years to come.” Scott is available to meet clients at a time to suit.

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he Newark Business Club is a gathering of local business people who meet every month to network, share ideas and discuss how the local business community can thrive. For many, the meet is just a few hours out of their diary. For others however it is more of a long-term commitment, especially for the elected chairman. Past chairman Dean Hyde reflects on his time at the top and the new chairman James Fountain looks ahead with a new vision.

community and the business owners are generally people who live locally as well. It’s important that the future resources to help grow the business are developed locally or people are encouraged to migrate to the Newark area and help provide a boost to the local economy.

We can develop the skills needed for our businesses locally by working with the educational establishments and young people and that’s what we have set out to do and we are a long way down What did you achieve as Chairman of the the road to achieving those particular goals. Business Club and how did the organisation change? We want to see that Newark is not just a vibrant business community, we want to see that it is a DH Personally the only thing I achieved as the nice place to live as well, if we don’t achieve this, Chairman was pride in being part of a team what talent we have got locally will leave and which worked tirelessly and voluntarily for the we will not be able to attract people to the area benefit of the community as a whole. or new innovative business which will provide employment. I immediately set about developing relationships, as I saw my role predominantly as an ambassador Businesses play a vital role in providing funds for the Club. I recognised the need to develop a into the local economy as well as employment surplus of funds which we could use to promote and the Business Club works to ensure that all community projects which would bring the businesses in Newark and the surrounding area business community and public closer together benefit from new initiatives which will ensure the and I also recognised that we had to look at a continuing growth of the area economically and wider view with regard to our input. commercially. Why is the Newark Business Club so important What would be your lasting memory of three for the region? years in office? DH Without doubt the backbone of the UK’s economy today is SME’s and that means the majority of the workforce comes from the local

DH The enormous pride in being part of an organisation which is full of positive and enthusiastic people who have no hidden agenda


or nothing to gain financially. I have worked hard with other local stakeholders and authorities who also have the same goal, which is to ensure the future prosperity of Newark and its environs. What is your vision for the future of Newark Business Club? JF A strong, vibrant, inclusive club representing business interests in the Newark area. To be the recognised voice of business and to comment authoritatively on issues that are important for a successful and sustainable trading environment for both retail and non retail businesses. Furthermore we should help facilitate change and help make Newark a rewarding market town to live, work in and visit. Why is the local business club so important for the region? JF As a club we represent nearly 1000 members, covering, commerce, retail and accommodation sectors and as such we have a responsibility to lobby on their behalf for changes that will improve the sustainability of local business and attract new organisations to the area. Dean Hyde: Past Chairman Our Action group is at the heart of this and continues to influence decision makes and effect change. What would you say to encourage any business that has never participated at the Newark Business Club? JF The monthly meetings are attended by a wide range of diverse businesses. They are friendly, fun and informative and provide an excellent opportunity for networking and business generation. We are extremely lucky to have the Newark Showground as a venue which provides an excellent meeting facility. How do you think commerce in the town compares to other regions? JF Other areas have, in the past, seen substantial inward investment and have actively encouraged businesses to relocate to their region. It is therefore essential that we provide a good infrastructure for businesses. Improved communication links – both road and rail, and a planning policy sympathetic to encouraging new and sustainable businesses. Newark is not well known outside of Nottinghamshire and all partners should work hard to publicise the unique attractiveness of our market town. James Fountain: Chairman, Newark Business Club


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introduced himself to all of the property management agencies in the area, this formed the basis of his client base. The next job was to find other like-minded contractors that could offer useful services. “I realised that working with other sole-traders was an excellent idea. It’s like a co-operative team. I now provide the client with a whole range of building and maintenance services.” In fact Rob now works with several others to Rob has spent many years mastering his trade which provide a range of service and skills required to renovate he learned in The Royal Engineers. Upon leaving he a house from top to bottom. then became a civilian contractor assigned to a local Total commitment to the client RAF airbase. It was whilst managing a general building company in the East Midlands that the opportunity to start a new company presented itself. “I went into work “Whilst I am primarily a joiner, my clients do require on the Monday and was made redundant which was a a variety of services and I have several knowledgeable real shock. I took stock of things, purchased a van on the contacts who provide tiling, decorating, plumbing, Tuesday and by the end of the week I was trading. It was gardening, plastering, fencing, roofing, brick-work, garden and patio hard landscaping, electrics, soffits and a very memorable week indeed” said Rob. fascias. There really isn’t any part of home maintenance The first job was to market himself and Rob immediately and renovation that I couldn’t manage.” his summer it will be two years since Rob Allen set up his business RPA Joinery and Building Maintenance. He admits, starting ahead of a creditcrunch is very brave. Whilst contractors pack their tools for the last time, Rob continues to go from strength to strength and has built an excellent reputation on a fair price, quality workmanship and customer care.

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COMMERCIAL FEATURE Such is his reputation, that Rob now manages a sizeable portfolio of properties – not bad in the short time frame. “I have a very honest and open approach to business and no money is exchanged until the client is 100% happy. I will never take on a project and partway through start another, I make sure that every aspect of the job is completed before turning my attention to something else, this ensures total commitment and the clients like that.” Today, Rob works very closely with all of the major letting agents including Greenberry Lettings and estate agents including Jon Brambles. He also works with clients who have chosen him thanks to a glowing referral. “I was referred to a lady in the area that had struggled to maintain her property. It had been rented and was left in a poor state of repair. I was asked to renovate the whole house after which it was put on the market. My client was delighted that it was sold within seven days of being marketed. It was certainly a job that was very satisfying” explained Rob.


have no hesitation referring Rob” said Alan Knock a local home owner. “Rob has been working for me for nearly two years now and his workmanship is firstclass. There is no doubt that he has the expertise and knowledge to outclass others in the area. He is reliable, efficient and honest – a contributing factor to his success” said Graham Gosling of Sutton on Trent. Attention to detail is very important to Rob. “It doesn’t matter how large or small the job is, I will always give it my full attention. I don’t ask for any payment until the client is totally satisfied that the job is completed.” Attention to detail

Rob also believes in efficiency: “On many occasions I will prepare the site for the other contractors who subcontract to me, this might include getting the materials ready and putting the dust sheets down. Because I am answerable to the client, I make sure that everyone is working together and efficiently. It is a win-win Rob believes that a good referral is better than any situation, the on-site team is happy and ultimately this advertising. “When a client is pleased they are always reflects in their work which makes my client happy.” happy to promote my services to others. I am so confident with the standard of my craftsmanship that I Rob would like to thank all of his clients and associated would happily suggest new clients talk to other satisfied companies who have helped him build his business and customers.” One such client is Mrs Campbell from is looking forward to undertaking any work, from single Collingham. “Rob came highly recommended. When jobs to project management, he is also confident that he I met him he was very nice indeed. He explained what can exceed the expectations of any new client. “It has he would be doing and did everything on time and been a magnificent two years, I have thoroughly enjoyed within my budget. His standard of work is exceptional it and hope the next few years are just as exciting.” and the proof is in my house – it’s wonderful!” Other client’s comments are similar: “Rob fitted new doors Contact Rob by calling 07801 060589 and 01636 705 inside and out. There were no nasty surprises and the 668 or email: craftsmanship was as expected – perfect. He delivered what he said he would, on time and on budget. I would

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veryone would like to live the dream and move to the county and for one couple that is exactly what they have done. For David Tizard and his partner Abigail Cutts, the last few months have been a whirlwind experience having packed their bags and turned their back on city life, in favour of running a local pub. There is something uniquely special about The Chequers in Elston, not so much the history, but more the future. The doors opened to the refurbished pub in early June and there is every reason to believe it will be the heart of the community, but there is more to it than just drinking pints of beer, it’s also about making it, as the pub is the new location for the Fun Fair micro-brewery. Little did Abigail realise that when she decided to look for a new home in the early spring of this year, that her home would also be a brewery. “Everything happened so fast. We were looking for a suitable location to expand the brewery and a friend suggested we bought the pub” said Abigail. Like all the best plans, it seemed a good idea at the time, but when the offer was accepted the sale had a condition: completion in three weeks. “The pub was in a bad state of repair, but in less than three months we have given it a new lease of life.”

The brewery is to be located at the rear of the pub and the move will allow for an increase in production. “Our ales have won several awards and have been officially recognised by The Campaign For Real Ale. Demand has increased, so we need to consider a greater production process which will increase from five barrels which is around 1400 pints, to 24 barrels.” Passion into production David knows a thing or two about real ale, having been an ‘enthusiast’ since the tender age of seven – he even installed a working bar in his bedroom. It is no surprise that he went on to run a pub, before turning his passion into production. “The brewery currently supplies more than 40 pubs in the East Midlands and Chequers will be a flagship venue to showcase the range” continued Abigail. Abigail has even more plans for the pub which had been closed for some time. “I would like to create tours and experience days, allowing the public to see how the ales are brewed. Hopefully, Elston will be a hub for job creation and tourism.” Chequers is far from being a gastro-pub, whilst it might have the same sense of sophistication, it will be hearty pints rather than hearty pies!


Summer fun etting into the swing of summer, the last weekend in June is set to be a busy one for the residents of Elston - with two of the main village events happening over the same weekend. Fiona Debell finds out more.


and a fun day for all. Following the game Elston Village Hall will be open with a BBQ and a fully licensed bar to mull over what might have been for the losing captain. Oh yes, and the world cup shown live….what more can you ask for?

Elston School Summer Fair opens its doors at 11.30am on Saturday 26th June. This is not a weekend to be watching the waistline; there will be cakes, a BBQ and teas, which can be worked off with a spot of Welly Wanging, Skittles or a Penalty Shoot Out! A 50p entrance fee for adults gets you a programme and free entry into a prize draw!

As ever, such events are for a good cause and the organisers of the cricket match are looking for local sponsorship for The Elston Sports Field. Local businesses can support, either with stands and stalls on the day, shirt or programme sponsorship.

The following day, Sunday the 27th June sees the annual Elston Cricket Match and Fun Day. Kicking off, (or should that be bowling off ?) at 12pm on Sunday the 27th June 2010. The cricket match goes back to the 70’s. A line was drawn from two pubs in the village, The Chequers inn and the Horse and Gears. The players either played for the church or the chapel depending on which side of the line they lived. The game was resurrected last year after a 10 year break and is now a permanent fixture on the village calendar of events. The event is now more important than ever for the village, as it is a major fundraiser for the Elston Sports Field. The event this year will be held at The Flintham Cricket Field with entertainment on and off the pitch. Refreshments and ice creams will be available on the day; a bouncy castle will feature again this year next to the children’s playground. There will be a small donation request on the gate for couples or families raising money for the sports field. It’s going to be a great game

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efficient the property is. The rating is much the same as you will see on new electrical products for instance. The higher the rating, the more efficient the house is.” An E.P.C is important for all parties, landlords have the peace of mind that the property is in good shape and tenants know that an efficient home means lower utility bills. The certificate does not cover the safety of For anyone considering maximising the rental market, gas appliances which is why every rental property has it is important to listen to experts who have valuable to be tested to Gas Safe standards. “As the managing experience managing hundreds of properties. Wendy agent, I can look after this which is one thing less for Greenberry does just that, her expert advice allows the landlord and the tenant to worry about.” landlords throughout the region to make money on their rental investments. “Before any property can be Whilst electrical safety in a property must be taken let, the owner needs to inform the mortgage lender. seriously, it is not compulsory to have regular check, Without their say so, a property can’t be marketed” although Wendy would always advise that the electrics explained Wendy. “There is a popular misconception are checked and tested at least every year and certainly that a mortgage has to change to a buy-to-let. This after a tenant has moved out. “People do not realise the is no longer the case.” Once the lender has given the implications of adding a little DIY electrical circuit, green light, Wendy and her team can begin preparing for instance, adding a light into a cellar might seem the property. insignificant, but it could put the whole house in danger if it is overloading the incoming supply.” Ensuring the property is in good shape Decor is probably the clincher for many tenants and “The next requirement is an E.P.C – an Energy Wendy knows what the current market demands, which Performance Certificate. This became law last year is why landlords need to take notice of her advice. and involves a number of tests to establish how energy “Neutral is the word of the day. Whilst a landlord may n the second part of her series, Wendy Greenberry manager of Greenberry Lettings describes the most important considerations for both tenants and landlords, along with the current rules and regulations in the letting industry and a few top tips to ensure that you have a perfect rental home.

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like expensive designer wallpaper, if it doesn’t match When they keys are handed over, Wendy will always tenants furniture then chances are the property will be create a contents inventory, this also notes the dismissed, no matter how stylish the room is.” condition of the property and its fixtures and fittings. “Should a tenant want to redecorate, we always ask for Naturally, every landlord wants to maximise their a written proposal and colour swatches for approval investment, but Wendy is pragmatic about pricing. of the landlord. Providing the decor is returned to the “Sadly, landlords cannot demand the prices they could inventory standard we are normally happy.” a few years ago. There is no point being stubborn and holding out for the dream income. It is better to be Wendy uses the new contract cleaning company ‘We realistic and reduce expectations slightly – after all, it Are Squeaky Clean’ to ensure that landlords have the is better to have a property that is let, than see it empty peace of mind that their property is in great condition. and losing money because tenants can’t afford it.” “We advise all of our clients to have a regular cleaning program, this also benefits the tenant when they come Wendy understands to move as deposit money needn’t be spent on a rush the rules and regulations clean before they hand the keys back.” Once the rental income has been agreed and paperwork completed, Wendy and her team can market the property. “It is important that the marketing photos reflect a warm and homely environment and we can take care of this, we’ll even show potential tenants around any day of the week.” Having secured a tenant, the landlord will be safe in the knowledge that the deposit will kept in the Deposit Protection Scheme, a Government backed initiative to safe-guard the money.

Wendy and her team are available to share their advice on how to maximise an investment property or how to get the best out the market as a tenant. Call Greenberry Lettings on 01636 605164 or visit the office on Balderton Gate in Newark.

Looking after the landlord is just part of what is required from a managing agent such as Greenberry Letting. Organising and advising the tenant is just as important and once again Wendy has to ensure the rules and regulations are adhered to. “We want everyone to enjoy a nice roof over their head, but before we can hand over the keys we need to gather references, both from a potential tenant’s employer and a previous landlord. A Home Let credit score is then established. We understand that finances are tight and we know that people may have struggled in the past which is why we ask that people are honest with us.” Should tenants find their credit score is below average, Wendy always advises that a few months rent is paid up front as a gesture of good will. JUPA DISTRIBUTION LIMITED WE SUPPLY LUXAIR QUALITY COOKER HOOD EXTRACTORS. ATTRACTIVE DESIGNS AND ALL DIFFERENT SIZES AVAILABLE.




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A look at

It’s all about: FUN AT SCHOOL

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ocation, Location, Location are the three important factors when considering a new house. For a young family, the local school is probably the next consideration. More and more people are choosing to move away from the city, so knowing that the local school is performing well will please any prospective country dweller. One school in the region that has an excellent reputation is Elston School.

Lesley Molyneux is the Head Teacher: “We value academic achievement and our aim is to provide the best education we can for all our children so that they enjoy their early years of schooling. However we also acknowledge that children can achieve in other ways and we foster and encourage such achievements. The children are supported well in their learning by dedicated staff, governors and parents. Together we hope to provide the children with a firm foundation All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary is for the future. Our school motto is ‘Towards enjoying a glowing reputation with parents and Wisdom, Excellence and Faith’ and we believe pupils alike. Not only does it excel in academic that working in an atmosphere where you are areas, it is also putting fun back into education, encouraged to have a go and try your best helps both inside the classroom and outdoors. For a us to attain the results we achieve” relatively small school it has a thriving sporting community with teams including football, tennis The local parents are clearly impressed with and athletics. Awards and accolades are coming the schools credentials and Lesley believes the in thick and fast with a second place award in testimonials speak for themselves. "We especially the area netball championship and first for the appreciate the fact that we are always welcome Newark Area Pop Lacrosse Tournament. in the school, and that we are regularly invited in to see the children present to us their newly Developing creative skills acquired information and skills” comments one satisfied parent. When the pupils are not beating the competition on the sports field, they are developing their With such happy parents, it can only mean one creative skills. The school regularly encourages thing – happy children. March 2010 was a messy trips to the theatre whilst also working on school week in the school as the pupils took part in a creative projects. Pupils are mentored by creative variety of extraordinary experiments as part of practitioners who are funded by the Arts Council Science Week. The favoured experiment was of Great Britain. This year, the school is exploring delivered by teacher Mr Powell. Simon Gill a the theme ‘what is success?’ – A project that pupil in year six explains. “The best experiment culminates a film directed by the pupils. All things was the lemonade fountain which had to be considered, it is easy to see why the school ranks done in the playground as it was so messy! Minty in the top 200 schools in the country according to sweets were dropped into the fizzy drink and BBC research. then Mr Powell put his finger in the top. Then,


three, two, one: GO, when he released his finger the lemonade exploded. Unlucky Mr Powell got soaked from head to toe. I am looking forward to science week again but with even more experiments and mind-blowing mayhem.” Perhaps Simon can develop into one of tomorrow’s super-scientists? Science Week also inspired would-be astronauts Jacob Pearson and Elizabeth Parks. School pupils were treated to a look inside a planetarium – a scale model of the universe. “We learnt about the earth and how it travels around the sun. We also found out about Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin who were the first people to land on the moon. We really enjoyed ourselves whilst at the same time learning loads of things about the Solar System. We even know what the brightest star is called: It is the Dog Star, although its real name is Canis Major.” It is these kind of activities that make the curriculum more appealing to pupils at Elston. Learn and be creative Whilst the school is in the heart of the East Midlands, it strives to teach pupils about different cultures. This year, children have taken part in Bhangra workshops – a fun and unique way to learn about Indian and Sikh culture. Toby Howes of year six explains: “We found out about Sikh dress including the five important K’s. These include KES (long hair), KONGA (Comb), KADHA (Bangle), KIRPAN (Dagger) and KACHERA (Underwear). In music we learnt how to play a few Indian instruments such as the Dhol. This is a large drum which is played at both ends with a stick. Later we had a Bhangra dance off between the girls and the boys which was great fun!”

It seems that the village school is no longer on the sleepy side of education, far from it in Elston. The children are able to learn and be creative supported by equally as enthusiastic teachers. One thing is for sure the children will be a credit to modern society. Who knows, perhaps a prospective Prime Minister is swatting up at Elston?


A little gem

of a business I

t barely seems a year since Clare Fordham opened the doors for the first time at Glacier Arc in the Buttermarket near the centre of Newark on Trent. In twelve months Clare has introduced a number of exclusive names to discerning customers who want unique jewellery.

and even the most expensive charm bracelet is under £300. Considering the designer names such as Rosa Red, Peony Scarves and Nomination bracelets, it is hard to believe that the prices are so competitive.

The shop oozes with style and who wouldn’t be impressed with the latest range of handbags, scarves and charms? Despite the bijou nature of the shop, it matches the trendiest establishments of city shopping in terms of cutting edge finesse. There is one significant difference however, whilst the range of fashionable accessories at Glacier Arc will make any jaw drop, the prices certainly won’t.

Clare has her finger on the pulse and the colourful scarves and handbags are reflective of this year’s trends. “This year it is very vibrant, customers should be choosing the acid colours such as green, pink, bright blue and purple. Accessories should be big and bold, bright and snazzy” comments Clare who has been in the retail industry for many years.

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COMMERCIAL FEATURE “I felt there was a gap in the market for a shop that stocked unique and exclusive items. Many shops use the term unique even when they are selling many of the same items. Here, customers will only find two or three of any one line or style.” A year on and Clare is sticking to her guns. “I hate going out and seeing people wearing the same clothes and accessories. I am more than confident that if a lady goes out wearing any of the range in store, she will be as close to unique as possible.” Glacier Arc is the obvious choice for the fashionable and discerning lady, which is why fashionable gents who are looking for exclusive gift ideas make the shop their first point of call when choosing gifts for their partner. “I get a great deal of gents who regularly pop in to add another charm to their lady’s bracelet. The Nomination range makes a perfect gift, not only is it classy, it can be colourful or plain silver to match the style of the lady. The charms themselves are all handmade and that adds to the uniqueness of the product. The clasps can be simple and understated or a little more elegant complete with Swarovski crystals. There is a design to reflect every personality.” Clare is on hand to offer advice


Whichever gift a gentleman chooses for his loved one, it will be lovingly presented.” With the summer months in full flight, Clare is busy accessorising fashionable customers. “This is a great time of year because it is so much fun. Summer is the time of year for balls and weddings, racing and regattas and I love it when ladies come in with their new outfits – I can then make a perfect match with new and exciting accessories that will look stunning in the summer sun, but will still be in vogue by the time Christmas arrives.” The next twelve months are already stacking up to be busy, naturally Clare has her eye on the up and coming trends alongside the continuing favourites and she wants to bring a popular name in to the town. “This shop has been a fantastic location. I am really excited with the new product range now available including the Petite range of charms especially designed for the smaller lady. I would also love to become an authorised Radley dealership. The brand exudes everything that Glacier Arc is about and I think the two names would work really well together. It is early days and I have nothing confirmed yet but watch this space.”

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hen Mark and Gail Liley's son Oliver died of the rare terminal brain disease known as Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) in 2006, it inspired Gail to set up a charity in his name. So far, after much support from Nottinghamshire residents, celebrities and multi-national organisations, the charity called ‘Oliver’s Army’ has raised over four hundred thousand pounds. Oliver died in July 2006 after a three year struggle with the debilitating illness aged just fourteen years. He is remembered as a bright young boy who loved life – especially show-jumping. Oliver’s love of riding began at the age of seven. Following lessons at the Dovecote Farm in Orston he joined the South Nott’s Pony Club where he and his beloved chestnut Welsh Gelding, Tickle excelled. He also competed nationally before being diagnosed with ALD ALD is a progressive degenerative myelin disorder. Myelin is the insulation around nerves and can break down over time. Without myelin, nerves can't function normally, or at all. Unfortunately, the body is unable to grow replacement myelin, so the disorder is progressive, meaning it gets worse over time. It is thought that one in twenty thousand boys are born with the genetic disorder, although girls can also be carriers. ALD can develop in several forms the most devastating being the cerebral form, which Ollie had. Around 40% of cases appear between the ages of four and eight years, disabling the child within six months. ALD can also appear like Multiple Sclerosis, with a gradual loss of function in the body but

without the severe brain damage of the cerebral type usually affecting men between the ages of twenty and forty. Oliver was diagnosed after he fell off a trampoline and suffered concussion. He spent three days in the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham. The medical team ran several tests after which Mark and Gail where told the outcome. Oliver was just twelve years old. The family was devastated having realised that there was and still is no known cure. Mark and Gail have since pursued their own research being pro-active in raising funds to support research into ALD in the hope that a cure may be found. “There is plenty still to do and since Ollie died we have raised the profile of the disease whilst also raising much need funds to continue the research.” In 2006 the family took over the village pub called The Durham Ox, the profits of which are donated the Oliver’s Army. Since taking over they have been in the company of a number of celebrities and have hosted a number of prolific functions. Indeed singing legend Elkie Brookes played in the pub garden and this year Mark and Gail have persuaded Martha Reeves and the Vandellas to perform at an exclusive concert on 24th July. To find out more about ALD, to donate funds or to find out more about the Martha Reeves concert, log on to the charity website: or call 07973 550934

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Rolf Harris:


A life in art

rent Galleries is excited to announce it will be showcasing A Life in Art, a new collection of original paintings, drawings and sculpture from renowned artist Rolf Harris CBE. This year will be Rolf ’s 65th year as an artist, and this important exhibition celebrates the life and work of one of the nation¹s most popular and well known artists. In addition to concentrating on this collection and fulfilling numerous entertainment engagements, Rolf has spent the last few months working on a major art book, also entitled A Life in Art. This much-anticipated retrospective and personal memoir has also been produced as an exclusive collector’s box set, the book is encased in beautiful presentation box and is accompanied by two Limited Edition pieces, signed and numbered by the man himself. A most famous artist Acknowledged as a genuine modern master and the country’s best-loved artist, Rolf has been awarded the CBE and has won many accolades both for his artwork and for his contribution to the entertainment industry. His versatile talents have won him immense popularity on gallery walls and even Glastonbury stages. Always a huge favourite on television, his famous BBC1 TV series Rolf on Art gained the highest ever viewing figures for a programme on the visual arts, topping all previous programmes by over six million viewers. In 1992 Rolf was named the world's most famous artist in a massive poll. Last year his enduring popularity was underlined by a survey called What the British really think about art today published in the Daily Telegraph, in which he featured ahead of Damian Hirst. Everyone is invited to join Trent Galleries on Chain Lane for an exclusive opportunity to invest in a piece of artwork from this landmark collection.


A view

It’s all about: MAKING LIFE BETTER

from India H

During our time in India we visited briefly a few of the projects, however the main focus of our journey was to spend some time at SDET Special Needs School. In India the harsh reality is that many children with disabilities are surrounded by the religious dogma that states that mental and physical incapacities are the consequence of sinful behaviour in a previous life. For many parents having a child with a disability thus becomes a real burden socially, emotionally and economically and often many children are abandoned. Ignatius, Special Needs schools in India aware of these issues set up SDET Special School, which aimed to provide a fair education As a student of Theology and Education studies and to reduce the stigma surrounding children at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, I with disabilities. was presented the opportunity of a life time, to visit India. On the 13th of February 2010 I The school hosted a total of 20 pupils with varying jetted off along with my senior lecturer and three degrees of physical and mental disabilities such other students to the South of India. The prime as epilepsy, autism and cerebral palsy. It was also focus of our journey was to visit SDET (Social encouraging to see that three of the teachers Development and Education Trust), a charity whom were employed by SDET had a disability. supported by our University. SDET was founded It was encouraging to hear from Ignatius that he in 1988 by Ignatius Amalraj and his group of felt that by employing individuals with a disability experienced social activists. It was formed to work he was helping to abolish the stigma surrounding with and for the deprived people in India, by disability and providing his pupils with a positive opening primary health centres, a tribal children’s role model. home and a student’s resource centre. ere in the UK, educational facilities for children with learning difficulties are increasingly good, indeed the Newark and Sherwood region is blessed with the acclaimed Orchard School on London Road in Newark. For one local student, the opportunity to evaluate the differences between facilities in the UK and India proved to be an eye opening trip. In her own words Kirsty Marshall from Newark describes the harsh realities of the education system in India.


SDET Special School however was not the colourful and spacious building we think of when we imagine stereotypical school in the UK. SDET Special School was very small, basic and with few facilities. The school consisted purely of one room divided into four areas by small wooden boards. There were no computers, whiteboards or any other fancy gadgets which often we see as essential inside our classrooms. There was also no evidence of a wheelchair friendly or easy access environment which would appear to be an essential commodity within the UK. Despite the fact that almost all of the children were less than mobile they did not own a wheelchair or any other walking aids, they relied purely upon other members of staff or pupils to assist them to move about often by carrying them. It was this stark contrast that made me aware of how different educational provision in India really is. We take for granted so many materialistic items in our schools yet the children at SDET Special School had very little. I will never forget the smiles and laughter At SDET Special School I was given the opportunity to lead sessions and engage with the pupils. I took a variety of gifts for the children including crayons, paper, stickers and colouring books. Initially, I was quite apprehensive about how I would communicate with the children because none of the children spoke English. Soon this became a minor detail as all the children happily joined in with me by playing fun games of cricket, catch, blowing bubbles and colouring. I will

never forget the smiles and laughter and enthusiasm of the pupils that day. The children were so welcoming and presented reverence and respect for everything they had, even though it was so very little. My trip to India and especially SDET special school has allowed me to reflect upon how lucky we are to have such a fantastic education system in the UK and a society that presents equal opportunities. I am now focussed upon raising more money for SDET in the hope that by contributing I can help SDET to continue to enrich the lives of many more disadvantaged children with disabilities in India.


The Grange - a hotel

with the Xtra factor T

om and Sandra Carr are celebrating their tenth anniversary as owners of The Grange Hotel Newark. Since purchasing the property in August 2000 The Grange has seen a massive transformation from a tired two star hotel to a multi award winning three star hotel with a prestigious AA rosette restaurant, bar and outstanding Victorian gardens

ensuite rooms have a traditional warm feel together with the modern facilities expected by today’s traveller including free wi fi, in room safe etc. Sadly plans to connect the two buildings which would have provided additional bedrooms and lounge facilities have been turned down by the local planning authorities

There are many eateries in the town, mostly huddled Tom and Sandra both had impressive careers in the around the market square and the convenient restaurants hospitality industry before deciding to purchase their close to the transport arteries, but for charm, a classy own business. After looking at over thirty properties relaxing meal and an informal drink, The Grange offers in various UK locations they identified the need for a a perfect evening out. Situated in the conservation area quality 3 star hotel in Newark of the town, the hotel is in convenient walking distance for many, however, with ample car parking, there is little Understandably they want to shout about the impressive excuse not to try a meal at what might be considered, credentials of the hotel. They have not only created Newark’s best kept secret. Newark’s premier hotel, but a hotel that is recognised nationally to be in the top 20% of the UK and Irelands “Many local people have the belief that the restaurant and bar is only for the hotel residents. Nothing could prestigious quality hotels be further from the truth” explained Tom. With Tamas Lauko our chef creating a seasonal menu that changes Ensuite rooms have modern facilities regularly and a well appointed restaurant area, diners The nineteen bedrooms situated in two adjacent can enjoy an exceptional meal in relaxing surrounds. Victorian houses each has its own identity. When The restaurant itself is known as Cutlers and it easy to deciding to refurbish Tom and Sandra felt it was understand why. The walls are adorned with polished extremely important to maintain the Victorian cutlery from years gone by. “The interesting cutlery has character of the buildings and its surrounds. All the been collected for many years and perhaps reflects the



commitment to serving excellent food.” It is no surprise Tom and Sandra thank their staff then that the chef and his team have been awarded an AA rosette for culinary excellence. Tom and Sandra wish to acknowledge the vital part played by their staff over this period and thank them for Tom hopes to encourage more local faces into the their loyalty, hard work and dedication without which restaurant and bar. “Everybody knows that the hotel is The Grange would not be where it is today well equipped to cater for special functions and events, but when it comes to a meal out we are often over- To celebrate ten years at the Grange the Carr’s are looked which is a great shame.” The bar is open to non- offering a 10% discount until 30th November 2010 residents throughout the day and has an impressive to parties of up to six people when having dinner in selection of malt whiskies, brandies and wines. It is also Cutlers Restaurant. To obtain your discount please a great venue to meet for morning coffee or afternoon quote this feature when making your booking tea. “The restaurant is available for dinner between 6:30 and 9:00pm Monday through Saturday. Sunday lunch For more information or to book a table, call 01636 begins at 12:30 until 2pm. 703399 or visit the website Over the last ten years Tom has hosted a number of successful themed dining evenings, including tastes of Scotland and Ireland. “The themed nights proved to be great fun, allowing people in the town to taste traditional food and drink. I hope to continue this and plans are currently being finalised for a Hungarian week.” The majority of Tom and Sandra’s guests are from out of town, but that shouldn’t put anyone off wishing to enjoy a refreshing drink in the summer sun. “I want people to realise that there is a warm, friendly atmosphere at the Grange Hotel and everyone from the region is welcome to relax in the bar which opens out on to a well maintained award-winning garden” said Tom. As with any bar, it is open to the public until 11pm, however guests who have dined at the hotel are more than welcome to stay until midnight.


Staying safe

when you’re out and about It’s all about: BEING VIGILANT


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iyth Fottit knows a thing or two about self Sadly, some people in the community feel unprotection. As a martial arts expert he teaches easy simply enjoying a walk. Kiyth recommends people how to control their body and mind. In the following tips: many cases Kiyth is asked to mentor vulnerable people or those with low self confidence to feel • Walk with confidence and good poise. safer when in the community. In this edition he • Don’t walk with your head low or bowed, looking provides tips on being aware. at the ground. • Don’t overbear yourself with goods and bags to Many people can feel intimidated when at the carry. This is some indication that you have or had cash machine, especially at night. Here are Kiyth’s some money. Wealth and heavy loads will become tips to ensure safety: a potential distraction to your observation of your environment. Before arriving at the machine have your card • Your choice of attire is yours but, be aware of ready, concealed in your hand. items that may inhibit your movement. Use a machine in a well used and well lit area, • Don’t be over-intoxicated yourself. This will cloud particularly during hours of darkness. If possible your judgement and observational skills and your have a friend with you. perception of the situation or circumstances. If you are followed to a machine by someone you • Choose well lit routes with good pedestrian or may suspect, pass the machine and stand with vehicular use. your back against a wall or window. Observe • Walk towards oncoming traffic. It will be difficult the individual and look positively at your watch for vehicles to stop and they can’t creep up on you giving an impression you are meeting with unnoticed. someone, soon. • If you’re asked for change, a cigarette or a light When you feel easy, use the machine. Maintain just deny having any. That way you don’t have to observation around you. stop, go through pockets and bags and expose When finished walk away with your card and yourself to opportunism. cash in your hand. Don’t hang around fumbling • Disguise your valuables. for your purse or wallet and exhibiting other • Avoid direct eye contact with individual, they opportunities. These can be put in your bag later. may use it as an excuse to intimidate. If you are disturbed at a machine be prepared to press cancel and leave your card in the machine. Should anyone feel violated, uneasy or unsafe, it That way they don’t get your cash, the card is is always best to call the Police who can deal with useless without a PIN and you notify the police the situation in a professional and lawful manner. and bank straight away.


Party Food


n the final part of her Japanese cooking article, Sonya Mami explains what makes perfect party food. With fifteen pounds per head, her task was to provide a traditional party for twelve people. The difficulty was striking a balance between satisfying the guests who had already tasted Japanese food and encouraging those who hadn’t. “It was a hard task” comments Sonya. “Japanese give attention to tastes, colour, textures, freshness, presentation and detail. Sourcing the food and ingredients can take some time because although some can be purchased locally, some ingredients and foods have to be sourced from Nottingham or Lincoln and further afield such as London.” After careful consideration, Sonia decided on the following dishes: Rice balls, Sushi, Sashimi, Potato Salad, BBQ Pork and Spring Onions, Chicken Teriyaki, Spinach & egg salad, Tortilla and Tomato Salsa dip, Spring Rolls, Green tea ice cream and mixed fruit. An interesting fact that contradicts popular thinking relates to Sushi. Sushi, doesn’t have to contain raw fish. Fish may be one of the ingredients that act as a central core to the small

columns of rice wrapped in nori seaweed. The core varies and for the buffet there was a mix of meat, fish, vegetable, salad and fruit. Popular flavours include chicken, tuna, cucumber, and avocado. “Sushi is probably the most time consuming part of the party preparation, however it is worthwhile when you see the delight and pleasure on the guests faces, particularly of those who have never tried Sushi before.” Hot Japanese wine The guests were also treated to a bottle of traditional Japanese Sake. This rice wine is drunk hot at around 100-110 degrees Fahrenheit and served in small tumblers. “It’s not everybody’s drink but there was none left on this night!” Sake can also be drunk cold with ice although the recipe differs slightly. Sonya, who is an accomplished cook tries to maintain the tradition values of the ingredients she works with. “Cooking for a party was a great experience; I was able to display the food honestly. Sadly many of the restaurants westernise the dishes to cater for the local palette.”


- Japanese Style


Jackie takes the plunge

It’s all about: LEARNING TO SWIM

with new business


wimming is one of the more serine ways to exercise, but there are a great many adults that have grown up unable to swim, or even worse with a fear of water. For one person in the region this was too much to contemplate, so she decided to build a private swimming pool to teach anyone who required one-to-one tuition.

By her own admission, job satisfaction has ‘shot through the roof ’ and the feedback from her clients has been very impressive, however Jackie believes that she has only touched the tip of the iceberg. “I knew there was the demand and the desire of local people to learn to swim, I just needed to create the right environment. As more and more people leave having been able to swim Jackie Butler has always loved swimming and and overcome their fears, word will travel as to qualified as a swimming teacher – it had been how professional yet personal the service actually her dream job and couldn’t believe that she is. There are so many people in the region who I could be paid for doing what she enjoyed the know would benefit from swimming classes.” most. As her career progressed she dreamed of owning her own pool and this year her dream Everyone can enjoy the pool has now become a reality. Jackie has called her business JBSwim and the Jackie sold her idyllic home by the river. “Most pool is located on the outskirts of Newark, whilst people thought that I was mad, I prefer to think I it is still very early days she is clearly excited at was inspired! I found a perfect house and set about the prospect of helping so many people in the creating a pool and comfortable surroundings. local community. “No one should be scared about This year my dream has come true and I now have talking to me about their needs, I can provide a business that allows me to teach swimming to term time and intensive holiday lessons for people of all ages and abilities.” children, personal classes for adults and there is even disabled access to ensure everyone can enjoy the pool.” Teaching is very rewarding So far, the demand has proven her doubters wrong and Jackie has been hard at work. “I have been teaching people with learning and physical disabilities which has been very rewarding, but other clients include people who prefer to have my undivided attention without the distractions of a larger pool complex.”

A master

in the making I

ts not often in life that you meet someone who you just know has a gift to excel in life. Andrew Hardy of Trent Galleries in Newark speaks about that moment that he first met local artist Darren Stevenson.

the canvas. I believe that Darren is just starting a long journey which will certainly make him an artist to watch”

Darren is a self-taught artist, having gone against advice “Having worked in art galleries for a good few years, it to attend University to study art; he had a hands on never ceases to amaze me how many people come into education studying the works of the Masters at galleries the gallery to show there work. Sadly, not all the work around the world. He concentrated on there attention is to the level and quality that makes you go ‘wow’. to colour and composition. Most are good paintings or dare I say nice paintings. The problem is nobody buys nice paintings, seldom do Come rain or shine Darren can be seen out with his you see ones that jump out the frame and hit you clean sketchbook, cataloguing the scenery before him, with between the eyes. Then one day you meet someone like his current collection being taken from the studies and Darren. I remember him walking into the gallery and sketches produced in the field. The exhibition is a gritty he asked if I would be interested in seeing some of his emulation of the true likeness of British landscape. work. He came across as a really good guy and I was immediately curious. From the moment he pulled the Darren says “Sometimes I can produce six to twelve first piece of work out of the folder I knew this man in an evening which I then take back to the studio to could paint. The feel and technical ability jumped off explore further.”



Movement & Emotions Exhibition

Join Darren in the Gallery, have a glass of wine while you listen to Darren talk about his art and watch him demonstrate his painting style.

SATURDAY 17TH AND SUNDAY 18TH JULY This important Debut Exhibition at Trent Galleries brings together a stunning collection ‘Movement & Emotions’ which showcases the remarkable new talent of Darren Stevenson.


Get the look

and feel good C

atherine Carter Hair & Beauty has opened its doors to provide Newark with a new chic, contemporary hair and beauty salon. The salon sits in a prime location on Millgate a couple of minutes walk from the town centre. The luxury interior makes it relaxing from the moment you walk through the door, with the experienced staff completing the Catherine Carter experience. Catherine has been a therapist for 14 years and has gained some valuable experience on how to create that extra special treatment combined with a high standard of client comfort. Her philosophy is all about making the client’s experience one to remember and that every client is individual which means treatments should tailor the clients’ needs every time.

particularly enjoys performing Decleor facials, specialised bikini line waxing along with acrylic nails. Senior stylists Bernie Linney and Julie Lidster in the hair team are accompanied by junior stylist Paulina Guevara, trainees Hannah Cook and Abi Bradshaw. Laura Whiley heads the reception as salon receptionist. Expert team A recent addition to the team is Gary Kent, a senior stylist from the Isle of Skye, Gary has been hairdressing for 35 years and brings a wealth of experience to the salon. Gary specialises in cutting hair and regularly attends celebrity hairdresser events.

The salon has undergone total refurbishment to create For the last eight years Catherine has owned Eden a chic and contemporary environment where clients Beauty Skin & Cosmetic Clinic and decided it was time can unwind and let their stresses disappear; chilled-out to move to a more convenient and bigger location whilst music is played throughout to add to the ambience. rebranding to Catherine Carter Hair & Beauty. The salon provides a spacious reception area, hair salon Joining Catherine is Donna Larkin, who has come from with four styling units, two beauty rooms and a nail a salon in Lincoln. Donna enjoys all aspects of beauty but room. Treatments include Decleor facials; these are


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will enjoy reward points thanks to the Loyalty Card Scheme - for every £10 spent on retail products customers will earn one point, which can be exchanged for treatments. Bonus points and special promotions on selected products run throughout the year, earning even more points. For treating a loved one, the Catherine Carter Gift vouchers make perfect gifts, there are also a host of Feel Good Friday offers to prepare you for the weekend. The salon opening hours are 9am to 8pm Tuesday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm Friday & 9am-4pm Saturday. Evenings are by appointment only. Convenient free customer parking is provided behind the premises on Millgate.

The salon runs Botox & Dermal Filler clinics which are performed by Deborah Forsythe, a highly experienced medical practitioner from London. Men can also benefit from the salon with specific treatments which have been created just for the male client, such as the Grand Prix massage, a formula one package or even a back wax in time for the holidays.




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alderton is celebrating this summer as a number of events take place to reminisce about life in the village. The Pre-School has served many generations with pupils returning with their children and Grandchildren. Staff past and present would like to collate a collection of photographs and musings. The Pre School would love to hear from past pupils as well as anyone that had the joy of working there. The school first started at the Old Vicarage by the wife of the local vicar – Mrs Springett. When the Springetts left the area, the group moved to St. Giles church hall under the name of St. Giles Playgroup.

conducted in a purpose build portakabin with two play rooms, a kitchen and a quite room. In addition to the classes, Balderton Pre School also runs a breakfast club and an out of school club called Acorns which entertains children after school hours and during the school holidays Grand Open Day The celebrations continued with the 40th anniversary, staff planned a busy week of activities that included a reunion of former staff. Other activities included a play session at the Methodist site on Wednesday 16th June with a picnic and magic show for all of the Pre School children and a Grand Open Day on Saturday 19th June at the main Chuter Ede site. Both the Balderton Parish Council and the District Council are proud to support the celebrations.

As the years progressed the hall required refurbishment and the playgroup looked for new premises. A move to the Methodist Church Hall allowed the playgroup to continue and evolve into the Balderton Pre School. Today, the school is run by an elected committee and is a registered charity. Anyone who would like to share their memories can drop into the office at the Chuter Ede site which is open during weekdays between 8am and Entertaining children 6pm, alternatively, the current manager Jackie The school provides care for children aged from Haswell can be contacted on 07946 176694. two and a-half years at the Methodist Church Hall and day care for children aged four years at the Chuter Ede school site where sessions are



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f you asked someone in the region what Genesis was, they’d probably reply with ‘a book in the bible’ or ‘the band that Phil Collins was in’. Both good answers, but in this instance incorrect. Genesis is a local group with around 60 members, they meet regularly and enjoy a varied social programme.

Genesis is not a national organisation, it is run by local people, for the benefit of local people and has members from all over the region including Newark, Grantham, Lincoln, Southwell and Mansfield. It meets each Saturday morning at the ‘Old Post Office’ in Newark and is now considering an evening meeting at the Town Club. “Anyone with an interest in the group is “Genesis, we believe was created around 25 years invited to three events, this gives them a good ago and is a not-for-profit organisation run by opportunity to get a feel for the group and the volunteers. It is a social group for like-minded other members” said Bernie. people to meet and has a very diverse membership. Participants may have recently relocated to the Members have a say area, have been recently separated, bereaved, as to how the club is run or divorced – the group allows them to enjoy a social life with others who may have similar The club is funded through modest member experiences, although we do have a number of subscriptions which cover operating costs and couples in the group” said Kathryn Bull who has finances, A regular programme of events is sent been involved in Genesis for some time. Kathryn to each member giving details of what is on offer is quick to point out that the club is not a dating every month. Because the club is a not-for-profit agency, merely a friendly group to spend quality organisation any remaining money is used for time with. special events, usually a barbeque or party for members to enjoy. The social aspect is very lively “Like any club or group, there is a committee, Bernie Day is the joint membership secretary though we encourage all members to get involved and is hoping to introduce the club to a wider in organising events or coming up with ideas for audience. “We are currently having a recruitment new activities.” said Kathryn who is the current drive and I can say from experience that the social group Chair. aspect is very lively. There are regular walks, trips to interesting places and meals to be enjoyed, not Anyone wishing to find out more about the to mention regular sports, theatre trips and wine Genesis group can contact Bernie Day on 01636 tasting events. Anyone in the group can suggest 707909, or Jean Everington on 01636 707692. an activity and if it is appropriate we’ll put it into the events programme.”




ith the lighter nights come a few perennial activities in the town, some people will enjoy a refreshing drink in a beer garden, some will be enjoying a tasty barbeque, but for some dedicated individuals, the lighter nights mean only one thing – the opportunity to train for the Newark Half Marathon which this year takes place on Sunday 8th August. Organising such an event is not a simple task The marathon has been an annual event since the first race in 1982. Back then running was enjoying a boom and thanks to the President of the local athletic club Mr Ken Rickhuss, the event was born. Organising such an event is not a simple task so the club enlisted the help of Newark and Sherwood District Council, who to this day still pledge their support.

Steadily over the last 3 or 4 years, participant numbers have increased, with the event attracting in excess of 1300 entrants in 2009. The central location of the event helps ensure the race is always well supported. Thankfully, the location of the race means that the majority of the race is flat, although the gradient increases at nine miles, just as runners are begin to feel the burn! The course takes in the outskirts of Newark with the start and finish line in the centre of the historic town. In addition to the Half Marathon there will also be a family fun run which runners of any age can participate in. This year, the fun run is approximately two miles around the town centre. Everyone is welcome at Newark AC Newark Athletic Club is based at the Grove Leisure Centre in Balderton, training nights are Tuesday and Thursday 6.45pm to 8.00pm. Anyone aged 8 and over can join. Whether you want to run, jog, jump or throw – or if you can lend support in an administrative capacity perhaps as a track official or a coach – you’ll be welcome at Newark AC.

Whilst many local people race, not only to raise money for good causes, but also for fun, the Newark Half Marathon also attracts seasoned runners from all over the world. In fact, the course record was set in 2002 by South African runner Zola Thembelani who clocked a breath taking time of 1:04.57. In 2006, the Great Britain international athelete Liz Yelling came close to catching the men when she finished ahead of the pack and For more information on the event or the Newark was rated sixth overall. The event is thought to Athletic Club log on to or be the only mass participation sporting event in call 01636 703077 the region.


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he wedding season is upon us once more and I’m flat out with work as is usual for this time of year. And the question I always seem to get is “what’s the trend at the moment? To be honest anything goes. I’ll admit the trend for strapless dresses continues, as it has for the last couple of years but straps are coming back whether over the shoulder or off. Ivory is still the most common choice for a bride, as it is much more subtle than white and flatters most complexions, but colours are back in force from red, pink and blue to the more unusual pewter grey so don’t be afraid of a little colour. The best advice I can give to a bride when it comes to picking a dress is make sure you speak to a specialist,

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Andrew & Co

Finding someone to deal with your personal injury claim can seem very easy, but finding a solicitor with the right qualifications is not always as easy as you might think. There are a lot of adverts from companies claiming that they can resolve your situation but, not all of them are solicitors and even some of the ones who are, are not really qualified to deal with personal accident claims. In some cases they are just trying to capture your business and then sell the claim on to a large, usually distant, firm of specialist solicitors who will process your claim but may give very little in the way of personal service or contact. So, when looking for and choosing a suitable law firm you should start locally. Look for a firm whose Personal Injury lawyers are members of The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (apil) and also look for some form of accreditation:

Individuals are accredited as Fellows, Senior Litigators or Litigators by apil. Before instructing the firm ask who will be doing the work and who you will have contact with. Also, look for a firm that is established and experienced in personal injury matters. At Andrew & Co LLP the team is led by Michael Pace who is a Fellow of apil. He is recognised as one of the UK’s leading Personal Injury lawyers and regularly give lectures to other personal injury lawyers around the country on law and practice. He is well respected in the profession and has over 21 years experience of Personal Injury litigation. If you would like us to take on your case or, you find yourself without a solicitor call us on 01636 673743 to make an appointment to discuss matters.

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unsustainable. No matter which one you choose, it seems to only last as long as the With summer fast approaching, I have book it’s printed in. The secret to losing fat is been receiving a lot of emails from people to make long term sustainable changes. struggling to lose fat. Many people struggle You don’t include fat in your diet. to lose fat because they make some common 3. Eating no fat at all won’t mistakes. Here are just a few: help you lose fat. Research shows that including 1. You only do cardiovascular training Only doing cardio training like running and health fats such as biking will help you lose weight but it will also Essential fatty acids lose you a lot of muscle mass in the process. (EFA’s) and CLA can Including weight training will help you build actually help burn fat. muscle mass, which will in turn speed up Fish, nuts and oils your fat loss goal. Weight training will raise are a great way of your metabolism during the training session getting healthy fat into your diet. and it will also raise it for a long time after.

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Whilst considering adding garden lighting the safety of the existing installation should also be considered. Do you know the condition of the electrical installation in your home? If not then a periodic inspection would be a good idea. A competent electrical contractor can carry out such an inspection which will involve a full inspection and test of the installation and production of a certificate to give you the peace of mind that your electrical installation is safe or give recommendations of work that will make it safe. You wouldn't drive a car that had failed its MOT so why live in a house with a potentially dangerous electrical installation?

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failure BUT, I bet you learnt most in your life when everything went wrong?

I say: Did you know Coca Cola was once the worst selling soft drink in the world… it sold 420 bottles in its first year. It’s now the best selling.

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Long days provide us with extra light and warmth, ideal growing conditions for bedding plants to quickly establish themselves and give the colours we love to see in the garden. Water borders regularly either in the morning before the heat builds up or in the evening when gardens are no longer in full sun. Hoe regularly to break up the soil and deter weeds. Continually deadheading the plants will encourage longer flowering periods. Trailing plants such as sweet peas need tying to their supports to encourage growth and give a good display, ideal for growing up trellis to give colour at the back of the borders. Cutting regularly will keep them coming, and they look and smell great on the kitchen windowsill. Roses also benefit from constant deadheading and will reward us with many blooms throughout the summer.

Mowing little and often keeps lawns looking at their best. Mow at a slightly higher level than normal to help prevent the lawn drying out completely on really hot days. Keep the edges of the lawn neat as it makes all the difference to the finished result. If you have ornaments or maybe a garden bench or chairs on the lawn don’t forget to keep moving them around to help prevent yellow patches and allow the lawn to recover. Ponds must not be forgotten either. Remove blanket weed before it takes over. Top up ponds with water as and when the water levels drop due to evaporation. Keep an eye on pond pumps and make sure they are working so that they help keep the ponds oxygen levels up in the warm weather. When you’ve done all that – sit back and enjoy.

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Larken & Co

As the new tax year begins , now is the ideal surviving spouse or civil partner the threshold time to consider whether your finances and may increase to £650,000. affairs are in order. • If your estate is likely to exceed these • It is very straightforward to make a will; it is amounts it would be worth considering not necessary to give a detailed list of savings consulting with your solicitor to see if any tax saving arrangements can be made; solicitors and investments. • If you do not make a will, your money and are used to working with financial advisers belongings may go to people you would not and accountants over clients’ affairs to minimise tax issues. want them to go to. • You can pass your estate outright to whoever Larken & Co would recommend that you you wish or you may wish to set up a trust. • A trust is useful if you have children from spend just half an hour with a solicitor a previous relationship and wish to protect their interest whilst still providing for your considering what, if any, action needs partner or if you wish to benefit young or to be taken to save disabled people. you and your family potential expense in • For inheritance tax purposes each individual can leave up to £325,000 before any tax the future. is payable. In addition on the death of a Contact details for Larken & Co can be found on page 4


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Sadly, only 25% of SME’s in the UK currently have an online presence, with less Not much it seems. The Internet has changed than 30% of them using e-commerce to sell the way we live our lives – but are the UK’s their products online. small businesses struggling to maximise the potential of the web? The Internet has changed the way we live our lives, impacting upon you, your customers With so many consumers now shopping and your business; perhaps by more than you and researching online, local businesses are thought possible… recognising the importance of a strong online • More and more SME’s are selling online presence. The numbers speak for themselves, (there’s been a 13% increase year on year) £43.8Bn, or 17p in every £1, was spent online • 74% of local businesses say that the by UK shoppers in 2008. Internet is the most effective channel for communicating with their customers One thing is for certain, the Internet is the future of business, but just how many small to The Internet is the future of business – medium sized businesses are really making it if you’re not using it effectively, you’re work for them? The answer: very few! missing out! The statistics paint a sorry picture of just how few SMEs are using the Internet to benefit their business.

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Pole position

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Now recognised as an official form of exercise, pole dancing has increased in popularity with women who not only want to have fun, but also enjoy an alternative exercise plan. As a low impact exercise it is a fun way of losing weight, but also it is a great way to increase confidence, strength and flexibility with a perfect combination of dance, sensuality and fun. “Pole dancing Strength, flexibility and endurance is such good fun and a great work-out too, you don’t even Vertical Fitness pole dancing studio is based on the realise you are exercising” said Roseanna who offers one fringes of Newark at the Evans Business Centre to one and group tuition as well as fun party classes. on Jessops Close and offers pole dancing lessons, pole conditioning, yoga and street dance. Run by 300 calories per hour Roseanna Sunley the venue offers an enjoyable and unique alternative to repetitive gym workouts in Anyone who is a careful calorie-counter will be pleased a friendly atmosphere where everyone can enjoy a to know that pole dancing burns in the region of 250 to 300 calories per hour – about the same as an hour new route to a healthier lifestyle. on the treadmill. “Alongside the fun session is a pole Pole Dancing is officially classed as a performing art and conditioning class. This is like a circuit class and can be can be traced back to the 1920’s, it is a combination of an intense work-out. With a combination of skipping dance and gymnastics and requires strength, flexibility ropes, kettle bells, boxing gloves and of course the poles, and endurance as moves can include spins, body the conditioning class really is an all body work-out.” inversions and climbs, because of this, pole dancing is perfect for improving upper body strength and tone, There is more to Vertical Fitness than just pole dancing. although like any workout, it will take time to notice Keeping with the high-energy theme, fitness and creativity are thrust together with Street Dance classes. the results. his summer, forget the gym, put your running shoes back in the cupboard and prepare yourself for a new way to get fit as Pole dancing is the latest craze. Gone are seedy clichés as today’s pole dancing is all about stamina, fun and toning your body.

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place every Thursday evening from 7 until 8 pm and cost £7 for a single session or £36 for six lessons. Street dance classes take place on Tuesday afternoon, 12:30 until 1:30 and Thursday evenings, 5:45 until 6:45 and cost £7 for a single session or £36 for six lessons. Yoga classes are on Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:00 and cost £7 for a single session or £36 for six lessons. Anyone who would like more information on the classes, or to enquire about a party booking can call Roseanna on 07772 040568 or email:

Dance like icons musical icons If the thought of pole dancing or strutting your stuff is perhaps too energetic, or you require a wind-down after burning so many calories, Vertical Fitness can now offer calming yoga classes. “Yoga promotes total body fitness and mental calm to complement the high energy work-outs on offer. Yoga improves flexibility, strength, stamina and overall physical fitness whilst enhancing concentration and co-ordination combined with a sense of relaxation and a feeling of well-being” said Roseanna. With ample parking, a trip to Vertical Fitness makes a great gift idea. “The facilities and classes on offer make great birthday, hen party or even corporate team building ideas. Prices are very reasonable which means everyone can enjoy getting fit without worrying about the cost.” Unlike branded gyms and health clubs, there is no expensive joining fee or monthly payment to use the facilities, so customers can pick and choose as to how much time and money they wish to commit to. Pole dancing lessons take place throughout the week and cost from just £10, pole conditioning lessons take

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aura Matthews is the full-time support worker at Sue’s Place and has been an integral part of the team for almost a year. Her position is funded by BBC Children in Need and will allow the service to reach out to more children suffering from loss or bereavement. Passionate about the job, Laura travels from Derbyshire each day. Qualified as a Counsellor, she is due to finish her degree in Humanistic Counselling this summer. With a host of other qualifications under her belt, she also has a mass of practical experience having already worked with young people and adults suffering from eating disorders and mild mental health problems. Laura has a very hands-on role, working in the Newark centre and in local schools, reaching out to children who cannot access the Newark facilities. She is also instrumental with the organisation and delivery of the bereavement support groups which are specifically aimed at children. “Group work creates the opportunity for children to share their experiences with each other whilst finding new ways of communicating their difficulties adapting to loss and bereavement. The outcome is participants feel more confident, feel valued when talking about themselves and leave with more ideas about coping strategies” said Laura.

professionals who wish to have more knowledge about working with bereaved children in their work, such as teachers, Police Officers and Social Workers. She is also heavily involved in social activities as well as the Residential Bereavement Camp taking place in Derbyshire. “The camp is undoubtedly one of the most difficult and emotional experiences for the children attending Sue’s Place as it involves exploring their own feelings surrounding the death of their loved one, which are often very painful. Frequently, the child has been bereaved of a parent or sibling and therefore the impact of this loss on their lives has been immense. It is also however about children who are not often given the opportunity to try new things, coming together and having fun and I witnessed lots of that last year as children enjoyed climbing, abseiling and go-karting. So in all in all, there was tears and laughter”. Having gathered evidence from other organisations, Laura has introduced several tools to assess the impact and success of Sue’s Place in the community, this ensures that the service can be evaluated and ultimately improved, but also provides substantial positive evidence for potential funding organisation in the hope of long-term financial support.

Keen to expand her work in schools, Laura is developing the current Volunteer Training Sue and her team can be contacted on: 01636 programme at Sue’s Place to include training for 551739 or visit

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or a great atmosphere, excellent food and regular quality entertainment, there is only one pub that hits the mark – Chesters on Main Street, Balderton. Landlord Michael Hedworth has a passion for a great show and he has booked a great line-up for the next few months including bands, solo artists and all round entertainers to keep the atmosphere electric. “It has got to be live” insists Michael who runs the pub with his wife Gloria. “We have worked really hard to create an excellent venue that will please the visiting artists. If they are happy with the facilities then it makes for a better show.” From the outside, Chesters may look like any other pub, but step inside and there is a dedicated stage area with professional lighting and sound equipment, projection and effects. “Throughout the week there could three different acts and a real variety to keep everyone entertained. There is no other venue in the Newark region that can boast such a good line up.”

Michael is justifiably proud of the venue. “I can’t sing, dance or play an instrument, but I do know what people in the region want from a local pub.” Since the entertainment started, it has gained a reputation, not only with customers who pack the bar, but also with artists who want to perform here. “I am now working with an agent who is sending me the cream of the scene right now. A night at Chesters is rocking, made even better by free admission, so everyone can have a great value night out.” Listening to customers Whilst some landlords are shutting the doors for the last time, Michael is riding on the wave of success. “This year will mark our tenth anniversary as landlords at Chesters and I have always listened to what my customers want. They wanted quality food and we delivered with a


COMMERCIAL FEATURE superb menu full of traditional favourites and seasonal treats. Customers also asked for lively entertainment: mix this with a bar full of hand-pulled ales, bottles and premium spirits and you have a winning formula.” Michael is everything that a customer could want from a pub landlord: Forward thinking, customer focussed and open to new ideas to ensure the humble local pub remains at the centre of the community.


functions including meetings and conferences. With in-house catering, everything can be sorted under one roof ” said Michael. For a great pub atmosphere and live entertainment on a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, head to Chesters on Main Street, Balderton and find out why it is billed as Newark’s premier live venue.

Every meal is lovingly prepared Food is undoubtedly a draw for many people – with two courses for under eleven pounds it easy to see why. Michael is quick to compare the differences between food at the Chesters and typical food which may be found at other pubs. “We are not a chain offering twofor-one; our prices reflect the quality ingredients which make up our dishes. I have a chef who has been with me for many years and he sources ingredients locally where possible. I can honestly say that every meal whether a light lunch, snack or main meal, is lovingly prepared to the highest standards unlike other pubs where customers have to settle for pre-prepared ‘cookin the-bag’ meals.” As if one stage wasn’t enough for Michael, the function suite at Chesters also proves to be a great venue. “We host many events including wedding receptions, birthday parties and the like. With a dedicated entrance it makes an excellent stand-alone venue. It appeals because it has a fully stocked bar, dance floor and stage with the most up to date equipment, we can even provide a professional DJ who can keep any party-goer on the dance floor! The venue is also ideal for more corporate





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