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september 2017 issue 111


Contents P6

Legal Matters

body builders but is so important for everyday health and fitness.

Solicitor Nicola Dudley gives tips on how to plan for Lasting Powers of Attorney for the elderly and incapacitated.


P30 Trust

Designer’s Secrets

Banstead based interior designer Ruth Marshall answers readers’ queries on decorating dilemmas.


Eat to be Slim

More tips on how to lose the inches and clarify your goal from weight loss expert Olivia Parry.


Fit for Life

Personal Trainer Jade Simmons on why strength training is not only for

News from The Children’s

Cricket star Phil Tufnell pays a visit to a special birthday party at the Tadworth based children’s charity.


Keystroke Associates

Latest techology tips on Windows 10 from the IT experts at Keystroke Associates.

P33-35 Community News Diabetes UK, Dyslexia study skills, Cats Protection, Epsom Talks, Charity Open Garden and organ recital at St Michael’s, Betchworth.

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Legal Matters


Nicola Dudley in defense of lasting powers of attorney

ou may recently have heard an interview with Denzil Lush, a former Senior Judge of the Court of Protection, in which he stated that he believed that Lasting Powers of Attorney might leave elderly people open to abuse. He raised concerns about the ‘lack of transparency’ in how appointed attorneys manage older people’s finances. His comments should, however, be put into context, as during his 20-year career at the Court of Protection he will have been presented with the very worst cases of financial abuse. A Lasting Power of Attorney can be a positive and effective legal tool, which ensures that your wishes are respected should you ever lose capacity. Senor Judge Lush’s comment should be taken to highlight the clear need for professional advice when considering power legal documents of this nature. The legal group Solicitors for the Elderly campaigns to ensure essential checks and controls are conducted when making a Lasting Power of Attorney. Here are their top tips to ensure your Lasting Power of Attorney is effective. Plan early - While you have capacity, you cannot appoint an Attorney once you lose capacity. Choose carefully – Think carefully about whom you want to appoint and have an open conversation with them so that they are aware of your wishes and their responsibilities. Consider appointing more than one Attorney so that they can share the responsibility. Consider appointing a professional – A family member may not be the best person to act. A professional can act as a natural third party and make unbiased decisions that are in your best interest. Bear in mind that this usually involves a cost. Think about different circumstances –


How would you want your Attorney to act in difference situations? For example, are you happy for them to sell your home to pay for care costs? Address the difficult questions – An Attorney may need to make decisions concerning your health and welfare. If you have specific wishes around your care plans, medical treatment or end of life decisions make sure you discuss this with your Attorney and make your choices clear. Seek professional advice – Shop-bought and online Lasting Power of Attorney “kits” may be suitable for those with straightforward financial situations or with considerable legal experience but for most people seeking professional legal advice is the best way to ensure that a Lasting Power of Attorney is legally robust and safe. Keep your plans current – Make sure you keep your Lasting Power of Attorney updated if your circumstances change. Your choices of people you want to be responsible for your finances and wellbeing may change, such as following a divorce or marriage, when children reach adulthood or if parents pass away. 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, email: PWT Advice LLP are a local, niche firm of Solicitors specialising in Inheritance Tax planning, Wills, Trusts, Probate and Lasting Powers of Attorney. We charge fixed fees and provide full Inheritance Tax planning advice with even our basic Wills. Home visits can be arranged at no additional charge.

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Designer’s Secrets Interior Designer Ruth Marshall answers readers’ questions on their design dilemmas. Q. I’m downsizing to a new-build apartment which has a large open plan living area. I don’t think I can be too contemporary with my colour schemes and soft furnishings as I have several antique pieces of furniture. Do you have any paint colour suggestions that would make it feel warm and welcoming? I have dark grey velvet sofas and the wooden floors are smoked oak. A. One of my favourite paint colours for walls is Farrow & Ball’s ‘Peignoir’ (, see image below). It’s a very soft pink but it comes with a large dose of grey, so would be a great colour choice to soften your open plan living space and would work well with your grey velvet sofas. I would suggest you combine it throughout the apartment with some of Farrow & Ball’s warm neutrals such as ‘Skimming Stone’ or ‘Elephant’s Breath’ and if you want to add some easy drama it looks great paired with the darker shades of ‘Brassica’ or ‘Pelt’. I would always advise you get tester pots and paint up some large samples onto cards of at least A4 in size. Move the cards around the rooms to see how dayight and artificial light affects the colours. Paints are priced from £43.50 for a 2.5l tin of Estate Emulsion.


Q. We have two small dormer windows in our 6 year old daughter’s bedroom. We would like to replace roller blinds with something prettier. Can you suggest alternatives? A. The simplest (and prettiest) solution would be to use hinged dormer rods, which are fixed on brackets adjacent to the dormer window. You could either install a single rod and curtain per window or a pair of rods and curtains (shown below). Add a small upstand frill at the top of the curtain to keep things pretty, and remember that the curtains will need to have the face fabric both back and front so that they look pretty whether they are open or closed. Rods are generally available in two sizes, although Jim Lawrence ( makes bespoke sizes in a variety of metal finishes. Alternatively you could consider some painted plantation shutters – a simple, clean look that is very functional and can be colourmatched to suit your bedroom scheme.

For further interior design inspiration, please call Ruth on 01737 355600 or email:

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eat to be slim


In her second column, weight loss guru Olivia Parry explains part of her method to losing weight

n the last issue, I mentioned the ‘mind over matter’ approach to losing weight. Once a habit has been formed, you don’t have to think twice about a food choice – it becomes automatic. It takes an average 66 days to form a new habit, according to 2009 research by Phillippa Lally and colleagues from the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre based at UCL Epidemiology and Public Health.’’ I also mentioned one simple habit that can result in a weight loss of 10lbs in a mere 12 weeks. A study was carried out at The University of Birmingham. By ‘preloading’ with a large glass of water half an hour before a meal, three times a day, together with some diet and lifestyle tips, participants achieved a remarkable weight loss. Although in the beginning of a weight loss effort, you may need to rely on willpower, the excitement and challenge provides a level of momentum. We may instinctively know what we need to do, we just can’t seem to do it. Or not for any significant period of time before we give up. We seem to sabotage our best intentions. This is where social or professional support comes in. We say we want to lose weight, and we may have very personal reasons for doing so. A minority of people have incredible selfmotivation, and time and discipline to go it alone. However, there is nothing wrong with getting help. In fact, it takes guts.


If you want to learn a new skill, you often learn from an expert. If you want to learn a new language you get a teacher and practice regularly. You might even visit the country or start watching TV in the new language. So, what is the difference if you want to lose weight, and are serious about it? There is a method to my weight loss programmes. Step I is to clarify your vision. It is really important to be absolutely clear in your mind as to why you want to lose weight. Has it always been a longing for you to fit into a size 10 or 12, or fit into a suit from your younger days? Are you concerned about worrying heath markers such as diabetes or high cholesterol, or feeling tired all the time? Do you have a string of Christmas parties approaching, and you do not want to look like the largest person in the photos? A coach helps us celebrate our wins and encourages us after life’s challenges. A professional weight loss coach will not judge you or berate you, they will be your champion and cheerleader. Steak, eggs, cheese, salads, fresh vegetables with butter, seafood, fish, nuts, seeds, chocolate, fruit, waffles and even cookies are all on the menu. The purpose of learning a new way of eating is to enjoy it, and feel the benefits fast. For further information on how to lose weight call Olivia on 07702 779019 or email:

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Get Fit For Life! PT Jade Simmons explains why YOU should be strength training


trength training is not just about bodybuilders lifting weights in a gym. Strength training is not about having big muscles. It’s about making you stronger and stronger doesn’t mean bigger. There are so many benefits; it’s hard to just pick a few. Let me start by saying the stronger you are the longer you live, and it can make you happy! Strength training will help with your mood as it releases happy endorphins. This is why I love it so much! Strength training can benefit people of all ages and may be particularly important for people with health issues. Ageing is associated with a progressive decline in overall muscle strength. Strength training is now widely recommended for older adults to increase muscle mass, strength and can then improve someone’s independence. There have been lots of studies on this, and researchers have found that strength training is beneficial in the prevention and management of lots of chronic conditions. These include arthritis, heart conditions, low-back pain, osteoporosis and diabetes. Most people will have more independence and a higher quality of life and improved overall physical function. Weight-training routines can increase the amount of calories burned in normal daily activity. It makes you stronger and fitter. There are different ways to strength train and its all about having the right control and form when trying to use weights or your body. If done right your balance, coordination and posture will improve over time.


Your body continues to burn calories after strength training as well as during. More calories are used to make and maintain muscle than fat. Strength training can boost your metabolism. Adding 20-30 minutes 2 to 3 times a week of a type of strength training will help with over all health. This training can be specific to an area of the body or different exercises that work the whole body. You don’t have to start using heavy weights or even any weights! Just use your body and give it a try. Basic exercises are really only functional movements that you might do around the house. Like standing up, pushing your self up and pulling you’re self up from somewhere. These can all be made harder once found mastered. You might then want to be more specific after being able to do the movements. This can be done by planning a workout, you can use things at home to make the movements harder, like adding a weight when standing, or standing from a lower seat? Everything can be tailored to everybody’s needs and abilities. Email me on for a FREE weight plan to try at home! 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


ricket star, Phil Tufnell joined a special birthday party at The Children’s Trust, Tadworth, this month. The cow themed

party was for three year old Kai who is staying at the centre for rehabilitation following a brain injury. Joining Phil as a VIP guest was ‘Claremoo’, a cow statue from the Surrey Cow Parade in 2016. Claremoo was donated by supporter Louise Kerr who also funded the party. Claremoo will stay at the charity over the summer before being auctioned to raise much needed funds in the autumn. Along with special guest Claremoo there were Shetland ponies dressed as unicorns, balloon sculptures and face painting fun for all who attended. Celebrating Kai’s birthday was an important milestone after what has been a difficult year for him and his family. Kai was involved in a road traffic accident last summer which left him with multiple broken bones, and a brain injury which affected his communication, sensory and physical abilities. Kai was in hospital for four months before coming to The Children’s Trust for rehabilitation. His mum Niyutee has been living in the on-site parent’s accommodation and attending therapy sessions with him while at the centre. After the party Niyutee said: ‘Kai’s birthday was a big day for us and it was made really special by all of the staff at The Children’s Trust, and with a visit from Phil! We loved the cow theme and had a lovely afternoon enjoying the treats.’ Phil, who is an ambassador for The Children’s Trust said: ‘We had a great afternoon celebrating Kai’s birthday.




chuffed with all of the ‘amoosing’ entertainment there was to enjoy and having Claremoo to top off the theme was fantastic!’ (L-R) Kai’s parents Niyutee and Rakesh, Kai, Ambassador Phil Tufnell, supporter Louise and balloon modeller Natalie pose with VIP guest 'Claremoo'


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Community Noticeboard CARSHALTON DIABETES UK GROUP NEXT EVENING MEETING:Learn more about Exercise with Diabetes. A talk by Yve Stainton, GP Referral Scheme, Everyone Active. 7.30 pm on THURSDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2017 at The Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton SM2 5DA NEXT DAYTIME MEETING:Learn more about Kidneys and Diabetes. A talk by Dr. Colin Sinclaire. 2.30 pm on FRIDAY, 8th SEPTEMBER 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

Study Skills Mary Noon Dyslexia Specialist Wednesday 20th September at 8pm Sutton Dyslexia Association, The Friends Meeting House, 10 Cedar Road, Sutton An opportunity to learn some strategies to support dyslexic pupils with studying and revising. Suitable for top junior and secondary ages. FREE admission. For further details, please contact 07948 702491 To advertise in CONNECTION please call 01737 831498


Community Noticeboard Epsom Talks! launches a new season of talks this October Programme includes: A portrait of Bill Russell who led a revival of New Orleans jazz, championing the music and musicians of that city. A light-hearted talk by former British Commissioner in Australia and Ambassador to Vietnam, Thailand and Laos, David Fall. The superb photography of Keith Holmes which will illustrate an evening about the ‘Villas and Gardens of Lake Como’. Michelle Magorian’s experiences of telling the story ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ through the different methods of novel, television drama and musical. Chris Mullin’s recollections of Parliament and Government which he has recently published as a volume of memoirs called ‘Hinterland’. Keith Nichols’s musical accompaniment to some hilarious silent comedies. A talk on the Mistresses of King Charles II. Epsom & Ewell Literary Society’s season starts on Wednesday 4 October at 7.45 pm at Epsom Playhouse and will continue on the first Wednesday of each month (excluding January 2018). New members and guests are always welcome with membership available for just £32 for all 7 sessions and a social evening, or tickets may be purchased on the door for £10 for individual lectures. For further information please contact Elizabeth Mackie, Membership Secretary, on 01737 355300, email or visit

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Connection Magazine September 2017  
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September 2017 edition of community magazine and directory for KT20 in Surrey