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july/august 2017 issue 110

With the election behind us and

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J U LY / A U G U S T


Ten of the best beaches around the UK to visit this summer.


Eat to be Slim


Legal Matters

Solicitor Nicola Dudley explains exactly what is legally meant by next of kin.

NEW column from weight loss expert Olivia Parry. Part one cover the psychological aspects of losing pounds.



Walton on the Hill’s May Pageant went with a swing this year. Here are the pictures to prove it!

Fit for Life

PR Jade Simmons on how alcohol can affect your weight loss goals.

P16 Trust

News from The Children’s

Celebrities drop into the Tadworth charity to visit some of its volunteers.

Designer’s Secrets

NEW column from interior designer Ruth Marshall.



Pageant in Pictures

Keystroke Associates

Latest techology tips from Keystroke Associates.

P33-35 Community News

Copy deadline for September 2017 issue is 18th August 2017.


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Britain's Top Ten Beaches Woolacombe Bay, Devon The three miles of white sands, backed by rolling dunes, mean that even in the height of summer, it’s easy for visitors to find their very own bit to stretch out on. There’s plenty of space for games and y ou can explore Exmoor, or tackle a section of the South West Coast Path. Weymouth Beach, Weymouth, Dorset Weymouth's Georgian Esplanade is haven of simple pleasures. The town is the perfect jumping-off point for trips to explore the Jurassic Coast – a 95-mile strip of sandstone cliffs and fossil-rich prehistoric shoreline 185 million years in the making. Rhossili Bay, Rhossili, Swansea At the far end of the Gower Peninsular, it offers stunning views across north Devon in one direction and along three miles of Rhossili sands in the other. The views are endless, the beach rarely crowded. Better still, at low tide you encounter the timbers of Helvetia, wrecked here in 1887, jutting weirdly from the beach. St Brelade's Bay, Jersey A pink granite Church of St Brelade looks out across this bay from the western side, flanked by the ark-like Chapelle- ès-Pêcheurs, the Fishermen's Chapel. Families hang out at the vast, gently shelving sweep of sand backed by hotels, cafes and bucket-and-spade shops. The more energetic descend the long flight of steps to undeveloped Portelet, whose sand at low tide connects with an offshore islet. Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall A great family favourite, cleaned and raked daily, with a magnificent view


over St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse. The beach shop rents everything you need for a day on the sands (loungers, windbreaks, buckets and spades). You can try the new sport of stand-up paddleboarding here. Perranporth Beach, Cornwall Sink a pint at the Ty Coch Inn, recently named among the best beach bars in the world. Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall Newquay's beaches (there are 11 in all) are among the finest in Britain. Fistral is typically populated by teenagers and surfers. Visit the Eden Project, the world’s largest rainforest in captivity, or Newquay Zoo. Luskentyre, Isle of Harris, Scotland Hidden at the end of a winding road on the wild north-west coast of the Isle of Harris, this long stretch of sand is washed by shallow, startlingly azure water. Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset Bournemouth's seven-mile, mainly sandy sweep, stretches from Alum Chine in the west to the scenic headland of Hengistbury Head. Explore the Dorset coast, famous for its spectacular scenery. Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset One of the UK's most exclusive addresses, Sandbanks is known as "millionares row" due to its number of harbour-front mansions. The beach is made up of golden sand and is gently sloping, so safe for children. The promenade has lots of facilities. Take a wonderful walk across the way on Brownsea Island, set spectacularly in the middle of Poole Harbour.

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Eat to be Slim In her brand new column, weight loss guru, Olivia Parry explains the mind over matter approach to losing weight


hy do so many people struggle with losing weight? They say they really want to lose weight, but don’t seem to be able to get results. We hear government sponsored healthy eating radio ads, and learn of research studies in our daily news, yet statistics show that we are getting fatter. A weight loss coaching programme is a different approach to weight loss because it addresses many different aspects of why people overeat and eat the wrong kinds of foods. We know we should avoid certain foods, and that we need to eat to feel our best and to set a good example to our kids, and we know we will feel better if we drink less. Yet, somehow, we seem to sabotage our best intentions. Why is that? At the beginning of the year we may make new year’s resolutions. In the countdown to a beach holiday we may try to lose ten pounds, or at the end of a week, we tell ourselves, right, the diet starts tomorrow! Again, we find ourselves turning to food or wine as the pressures of the weekly routine wear on, and all our best intentions have gone out of the window. The ‘all or nothing’ or diet approach is counter intuitive. In my experience as a weight loss coach, a change of mindset is the most important part of a clients’ success or failure. The coaching method involves achieving a certain mastery of our beliefs and habits. First it is necessary to understand the fundamentals of nutrition and weight loss.


One simple habit can result in a weight loss of 10lbs in a mere 12 weeks. However, although it’s simple it can be challenging, and this is where the coaching part makes all the difference between success or failure and frustration. It takes time to change our habits and behaviours, and we need to uncover the real reasons why we repeat unhelpful bad habits when we want to change. Having support and accountability go hand in hand, and despite many people’s fears and doubts about actually being able to get results, they get them. In six months to a year at a modest target of 1-2lbs weight loss per week, people lose 2-4 stone. For good. Diets, which involve temporary changes do not work because if you change habits for a fixed period and lose the weight, it will return, because the fundamentals of why the weight was first gained have not been addressed.

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Get Fit For Life! PT Jade Simmons on the truth behind alcohol and fat loss


lot of people like alcohol. A lot of people also want to lose fat. Lots of people fall into both categories! I will be honest, I do not drink alcohol, I take medication and it wouldn’t agree with me, but that’s my choice. Fat loss is not easy but it can be simple. It's simple because you just need to eat fewer calories than your body needs to maintain its current weight. Meaning do more and eat less and the fat loss should happen. We are not all secret eaters, but most people do actually eat more calories than they say or think they do. So regardless of whether or not you drink alcohol, if you’re under the calories this means you can drink alcohol and still lose fat! But… as I said before, most people actually eat more calories than they say they do and this is a problem for fat loss. Alcohol supplies excess calories without any nutrition leading to weight gain. When the body is focused on processing alcohol, it ‘s unable to properly digest proteins, carbs and fats, leading to storage of these calories. Drinking usually puts them over their calories and lead to overeating. Also it might stop them from exercising the next day as well. Excessive drinking can have a negative impact on various aspects of fitness, this is a little obvious but we don’t think of the other issues like How it may be negatively effect on reaction times, balance, hand-eye coordination, dilation of blood vessels, increased sweating and dehydration.


Alcohol acts as a diuretic by speeding the loss of fluids and electrolytes that your body needs for proper hydration. By increasing the production of lactic acid, alcohol can worsen fatigue when exercising or playing a sport. Alcohol is a toxin, your body works to metabolize it so it can remove it from your system, which then has an effect on metabolism. Chronic ingestion of alcohol can also mess with your digestion, making it difficult for your body to absorb nutrients like amino acids and B vitamins. Protein synthesis is vital for muscle development and maintenance. Alcohol can slow this process, which can interfere with your ability to grow and maintain muscle. Binge drinking also causes a drop in testosterone levels while increasing cortisol, a hormone that can destroys muscle. Alcohol’s affect on sleep patterns can result in increased fatigue and some physical stress to the body. If you still choose to have a few drinks (which you probably will) just think about potential effects this is having on your goals, health and even others around you. If you want to increase muscle mass, decrease fat or improve general health, I recommend making sure alcohol is only consumed in moderation. CALL JADE SIMMONS ON 07564525351 for more information, nutrition advice or plans and Personal Training or EMAIL: LEGS, BUMS AND TUMS FRIDAY 9.30AM CHURCH HALL, BUCKLAND ROAD, LOWER KINGSWOOD, KT20 7DN.

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Latest News from The Children’s Trust Celebrities Visit Children’s Charity to Thank Volunteers


ctress Joely Richardson, Comedian Tim Vine, and the Mayor of Reigate and Banstead made special appearances at The Children’s Trust to thank volunteers this month. The Children’s Trust, which helps children with brain injury, has over 500 volunteers who help with a huge range of different roles from driving and administration to working with children, events and in the charity's shops. Collectively over 100,000 hours are dedicated by the volunteers every year. During National Volunteering Week (1-7 June) a range of activities were organised to thank each of the volunteers for their support. Actress Joely Richardson attended a thank you barbecue where she met volunteer Diane Graham Joely Richardson with volunteer Diane Graham (pictured), whose son received respite care at the charity. Comedian Tim Vine made a special trip to the Epsom charity shop to meet some of retail volunteers, including Scott Burns (pictured). Whilst at the shop, Tim drew the winners of the charity Superdraw raffle, which raised over £21,000. He went on to call some of the winners personally to tell them the good news. The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead also thanked volunteers with a visit to the charity headquarters in Tadworth as part of the Voluntary Action Reigate and Banstead ‘Big Thank You Roadshow’, where volunteers across Surrey were thanked for their hard work. To find out more about how you can get involved in volunteering for The Children’s Trust, visit

Tim Vine at The Children’s Trust Epsom shop with volunteer Scott Burns


The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead with The Children’s Trust volunteers

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Legal Matters


Nicola Dudley explains what ‘Next of Kin’ means

ost of you will be familiar with this term and may regard yourself as “next of kin” to any number of close relatives. The term is widely used and assumed to have certain rights and responsibilities attached to it. If you were asked who is your next of kin, what would you say? This may be an easy question, for example if you are married, but if you have no spouse or children you may have a number of choices. As far as I am aware, anyone asked this question is not required to prove who is legally his or her next of kin. In fact, the term has little basis in law and is only legally valid in the event of death where if there is no Will and individual’s estate will pass in accordance with The Intestacy Rules to their closest relative or relatives. Within the health and social care environment the “next of kin” may be expected to be consulted when considering care plans, for example, and an individual is likely to choose someone who knows them best as next of kin for that reason. However, consultation does not equate to authority to make decisions on behalf of another person and if there is no-one legally appointed to make decisions on behalf of an individual who is mentally incapable of making their own decisions this can unnecessarily complicate and delay sensitive personal decisions such as making provision for care or funding. The common misapprehension about the status of “next of kin” and the rise in dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment means that many individuals do not put in place legal appointments to ensure that decisions can be made on their behalf should they be unable to decide for themselves. A legal appointment to make decisions on behalf of another can only


be put in place by way of a Lasting Power of Attorney. Authority can be given by way of a Property & Financial Affairs Lasting Power to Attorney, to deal with financial matters. Decisions relating to your health care (including not only decisions relating to medial care and life sustaining treatment but also where an individual lives, what they eat and who can visit them) can be given by way of a Health & Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney. Advanced decisions concerning your health care in certain circumstances can be also recorded in a separate document that can be changed over time but which is not yet legally binding on medical professionals. So, ‘next of kin’ is a limited role and it is far better to take matters into your own hands and make the decision whilst you are able to and appoint the person or persons you want to make decisions for you in the event that you are unable to yourself. The documentation is relatively simple but there are numerous options and the most important thing is that you understand the importance of the responsibility that you are placing on your Attorneys. There is also always the risk that the Office of the Public Guardian (who govern the Lasting Power of Attorney regime) will refuse to register the document if any specific instructions you have included are unworkable. Without being registered your Attorney will be unable to act for you. Next steps? If you would like to discuss Lasting Powers of Attorney, your Will or how to mitigate Inheritance Tax then please do not hesitate to contact Nicola Dudley at PWT Advice LLP on 0845 833 9025 or 07900 931478

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Community Noticeboard CARSHALTON DIABETES UK GROUP NEXT EVENING MEETING:Learn more about Healthy Eating with Diabetes. A talk by Nicky Mendoza, Diabetes Specialist Dietitian 7.30 pm on Thursday 6th July 2017 at The Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton SM2 5DA NEXT DAYTIME MEETING:Learn more about Healthy Eating with Diabetes. A talk by Samshad Emmambux, Diabetes Specialist Dietitian 2.30 pm on 14th July 2017 at the Diabetes Centre, 2nd floor, Block A, St. Helier Hospital, Wrythe Lane, Carshalton SM5 1AA People with Diabetes, their families and friends are all welcome Further details at or phone 07983 628071 BANSTEAD HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY Best Front Garden Competition. To support our lovely village, the Banstead Horticultural Society (BHS) are running a competition for the Best Front Garden 2017, so if you are proud of your garden and live within one mile of All Saints Church in Banstead High Street, why don’t you enter? Entry is free and the first prize is £35. The judging will take place between Wednesday 14th-21st July. Awards and prize giving will on 22nd July at the BHS Summer Flower Show, Banstead Community Hall , Park Lane. Banstead. To enter pick up an entry form at Banstead Library, via our website or by email. Entries must be in received by Wednesday 13th July. To advertise in CONNECTION please call 01737 831498


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Connection Magazine July/August 2017  

The July/August 2017 edition of the community news and directory for KT20 in Surrey

Connection Magazine July/August 2017  

The July/August 2017 edition of the community news and directory for KT20 in Surrey