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A scheme that celebrated and rewarded people who are community volunteers – litter pickers, charity workers etc John Winters
My neighbours use ‘WhatsApp’ to connect us all and organise street events, welcome new neighbours, plant bulbs around the grass verges and are active in litter picking. On a personal basis, they shopped for me and provided meals, all done on an informal and friendly basis - the very spirit of community living. This sort of thing could be incorporated into organisations such as Neighbourhood Watch schemes to really embrace the meaning of community. William S
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GET YOUR HEARING CHECKED BY A PROFESSIONAL
An interview with senior audiologist, Ana Rodrigues, Hearbase Bromley, 4 East Street, BR1 1QX
Why should I have my hearing tested?
Not being able to hear seriously impacts your quality of life, not to mention talking with friends, family and others. I recommend if you show any of these early signs, you should get it checked. If you are concerned about someone close to you who struggles to hear, speak to them about getting a free hearing test and why not join them to offer support if they need a little bit of encouragement?
What is an audiologist?
An audiologist is a clinical health care professional responsible for helping those who have problems with their hearing and balance disorders. It’s a highly qualified role, and each day an audiologist could be assessing and fitting hearing aids, providing ear protection, tinnitus support and advising on balance and wax removal.
How long have you been at Hearbase?
I have been at Hearbase for nearly 4 years now and I enjoy my work, especially meeting and helping so many people in the local community, old and young, from all walks of life. I am based at the Hearbase Bromley branch, 4 East Street, BR1 1QX (opposite the old Post Office).
What are the first signs of a hearing problem?
Some of the early signs are when you struggle to keep up with conversation in noisy places, when your family tell you the TV is too loud, or when you have difficulty hearing people clearly. If you experience ringing or buzzing in your ears, or head, or a feeling of blockage, these can also be early signs of hearing loss. Also, if you find you can hear better when you look at people’s faces that can be a red flag and you should get your hearing tested.
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t (BID) Your Bromley, the Business Improvement Distric branding for Bromley town centre has revealed its new essence of and website, developed to help capture the Bromley the town. It has been designed to help make around and in live who those for e choic of ation a destin for visit to come or town the the borough, work in carried leisure and recreation. The initial research, led that revea , public the and esses busin out amongst ent Bromley is loved for its green spaces, its excell as the such tions attrac and ing shopp its , ctions conne p develo to used were gs findin Churchill Theatre. These with initial design work that was taken to workshops businesses and members of the public for their discussion and input. The culmination of this workis a new brand that reflects all of this feedback. It’s green, friendly and welcoming, filled with imagery of real people from the town. For details visit
Charity spotlight: Cabrini House Cabrini Hous
e in Orpington is a home for adults with learning disabilities run by Diagrama Foundation where resid ents can lead independent lives integ rated within their community. The Cabrini care team provides a nurturing and caring resid ential home environment with supported living and offers guidance and reassura nce so that residents can lead fulfilling lives and flourish.
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We were invited to the Mayor’s Parlour at the Civic Centre in Bromley to meet with The Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Russell L. Mellor, the first citizen of the borough who chairs Council Meetings and represents the Queen. We also met with the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tony Owen. Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor represent the borough across a range of events – from one-off celebrations, to launch events and at community fairs and fetes. Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor have regularly contributed to Life In Magazines with their own dedicated columns and, as their Mayoralty concludes at the end of this month, we would like to thank them both for their valued efforts. Speaking about the highlights of their Mayoralty, the Mayor, Cllr Russell Mellor, said: “As far as the last year has gone, I’ve enjoyed it enormously, particularly seeing young children receive awards and encouragement for their contribution to the community and their achievements. I’ve also been amazed at the number of people that take on so many different roles within the community.” The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Owen, said: “The Deputy Mayoress enjoyed Eagle Heights in Eynsford and meeting the meerkats. You can go for a walk with an alpaca and also take a husky sled ride.”
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Samantha Nemeth read Adventures At Home by Zoë Lake, published by Pimpernel Press, £20
SYNOPSIS: Zoë Lake shows how to bring entertainment and excitement into our lives with simple to follow, inspiring ideas for spending quality time with our families, making fun and memorable days, and all in the comfort of our own homes. SAMANTHA SAYS…”Adventures At Home is a useful book with lots of ideas of how to create special memories with your children that don’t cost a fortune and can be done at home with little or no preparation. Definitely aimed at younger children, my teenagers would roll their eyes very hard if I suggested many of these activities. “It is beautifully presented with lots of lovely, clear photos that speak of an idyllic summer that we all yearn for. The information is clearly set out and easy to digest. It is a good companion to keep close by for those days that the kids are bored and driving you mad. “However, it does assume its audience has access to a garden and lots of crafting supplies that may not be the reality. If you take nothing else away, take this. Your imagination is boundless, and this book may just be the nudge you need to use it more.
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Mayor of Bromley Awards 2022
Five residents from across the borough have been recognised in this year’s Mayor of Bromley Awards ceremony, which has taken place annually for the past 30 years. Many Bromley residents who have performed outstanding voluntary service have been nominated to receiv e the Mayor’s Award. The awards range from charit y work to improving the environment to supporting the community, and so much more.
Councillor Russell L. Mellor said, “As a token of gratitude, Bromley Council has always been honoured to award the borough’s wonderful volunteers. I was deligh ted to continue the tradition and acknowledge the contribution made by the volunteers by presenting them with these awards. All of the nominees are doing amazing things in our borough, but these five are particularly special.” The five award winners were Bromley GP Dr Yohannes Bahru, who was awarded for his service and dedication to supporting ‘hard to reach’ community group s and staff in Bromley who have had genuine concerns regarding
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COVID-19, contributing to the success of the vaccination programme. Diane Hatch was awarded for her contributions to the Mind charity in Bromley, Lewisham, and Greenwich by raising funds through her organising a charit y Christmas Carol Service at Christ Church in Petts Wood . Walter Leonard, founder of the ‘Friends of Betts Park’ in 2020, was awarded for his service leading the rejuvenation of the park and his additional service as the Chairman of the Crystal Palace Safer Neighbourhood Board. Holly Ratten bury was awarded for her voluntary service at Hoblingwell Recreation Ground, assisting with park clubs and coach ing local children in sports and fitness activities. Alan Woolston was awarded for his involvement in a number of charities over the past two decades, including his self-e stablished ‘Beyond Business’ programme for social entrep reneurs which has launched over 55 socially focused businesses. A huge thank you to Buller's Wood School for Girls for catering for this event as part of their school curriculum. The awards were presented in person by the Mayor at the Civic Centre on the evening of Tuesday evenin g 1 March. Dr Bahru was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony and his award was accepted on his behalf by Dr Ade Fowler.
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(DEPUTY) MAYOR’S VOICE Being Deputy Mayor provides many great moments but also sadness and pause for thought. I was very excited to plant my first tree and find out what actually happens. I have seen pictures of Prince Charles in suit and tie and shiny shoes which has never seemed terribly convincing. Nonetheless that is what I wore. It was for ‘Plant a Tree for the Jubilee’ by The Queen’s Green Canopy, a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee this year. The hole was dug in advance, but I did shovel all the earth back round a Tulip tree which is now installed on the green by the junction of Broxbourne and St Kilda’s Roads and has survived the storms. My wife Rosie also demanded to take part in the shovelling. I can report that shiny shoes were no more! I can remember cleaning my football boots being easier. I also had the pleasure of opening the new HITIO gym in the Nugent Centre Shopping Park in what was once the Laura Ashley shop. This is a locally owned family run business which offers state-of-the-art machines, martial arts activities, fitness classes and caters for families to get fit together from age 5 upwards (no upper limit!). I attended the funerals of Barbara Woods, an ex-Mayoress and the wife of my late Council ward colleague Peter Woods. I read a lesson at the service commemorating the life of serving Council colleague, Mary Cooke, who died
Lines from Linda I get very excited when I see daffodils pop their yellow heads up and then bob them about as they celebrate the beginning of springtime. Sadly, we lost quite a few at the end of February this year, along with the trees that swayed and fell, narrowly missing cars, trains, buses and people from the force of Hurricane Eunice. The last time we saw a hurricane with such force, in this country, was in 1987. I wonder how many of you who were born could forget that one.
suddenly after a heart attack. Both had given years of selfless service to the borough and led extremely full lives warmly remembered by large circles of friends and family. The Mayor, Russell Mellor, and I were delighted to receive a visit to the Mayor’s parlour from Halle Yangin, her mother and a teacher from her school Chislehurst School for Girls. Halle, despite a hearing impediment reached The Deputy Mayor, Cllr Tony the final 15 of over 9,000 entrants Owen, planting a tree to the Jack Petchey speak out challenge. The Mayor’s attendant led a tour of the Civic Centre (formerly the Bishop of Rochester’s Palace) visiting the Council Chamber, opened by the Queen, and studying numerous historic artefacts. Many photographs were taken and we were really pleased to show our appreciation of Halle’s splendid efforts. I have been honoured to participate in a Holocaust Memorial Day with a 100-year-old Polish lady who survived the terrible events lighting a candle in an extremely moving ceremony. It is sad to see man’s inhumanity to man being repeated.
Cllr Tony Owen Deputy Mayor 2021-22 the hurricane, and our strong brave boys were shaking in terror, having nearly lost their lives. The brandy in the hotel bar was now at its lowest, as one by one, people got up and came to the reception. I can’t remember who quoted the old Irish saying, A tipple of brandy will solve it. Kenny Connor came down at about 5am. He was smiling happily. ‘They say when on honeymoon the earth moves,’ he said with a cheeky wink. ‘Well it certainly moved in that suite last night.’
I certainly won’t. I was in Harwich, right on the sea Felix Bowness, who loved playing his jockey front where the storm was at its worst. We had character in the show, was convinced that Hione last day of filming on the Hi-De-Hi series DE-HI was God’s favourite programme, and that that I played a regular character in. Our The holidayGod had sent the hurricane to let us know how fictional holiday camp was based there and all camp chalets upset he was that the show had come to an end. the cast stayed in the same hote. I remember had been And indeed it had. The camp was flattened. I Kenneth Connor’s room was very dark and he flattened by the went there the next day, and rescued one of the didn’t like it, so the management moved him hurricane pink flamingos. He is in my garden as we speak, into the honeymoon suite, which jutted out from surrounded by the daffodils that have sprung us into the hotel over the car park. spring. A reminder that there is always a tomorrow and The storm started in the middle of the night and I lay awake that the sun will come out again. listening to the terrifying gusts and feeling the vibrations And, not only is it spring, but it’s also Easter – Chocolate shaking the building. I got up, fully expecting everyone month, and who doesn’t love chocolate? else on my corridor to be wandering about, but as I walked I have just had the most scrumptious hot chocolate laced along all I heard was snoring. I made my way to reception, with whipped cream and marsh mallows, at Hayes Café in where I found Ruth Madoc, who also couldn’t sleep. Hayes Street. I so recommend you treat yourself. About 4am, some of the crew, who had been staying in the For more about me and my crime novels see chalets on the holiday camp, came banging on the hotel door. The holiday-camp chalets had been flattened by www.lindareganonline.co.uk
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Forget-Me-Not Survivors Of Suicide Loss Meets the first Thursday of every month 7.45pm - 9.45pm Cost: Free Contact: Sandra - 07519 105354 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.survivorsofsuicideloss.org.uk
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Twitter: @ForgetMeNotSoSl Forget-Me-Not offers support for all those affected by suicide loss. The group is self-led and informal, where you can connect with other survivors.
U3A General Meeting - Talk on ‘Shoes through the Ages’ 5th April
United Reform Church, 20 Widmore Rd, Bromley BR1 1RY at 10.30am-12pm. Contact: 020 8464 5920, email membershipsecretary@ u3abromley.org.uk or see www.u3abromley.org.uk
Knitting blankets, mittens & bonding hearts for Special Care Baby Units at PRUH and Kings College hospitals. 2pm-4pm on Wednesdays during term time Crofton Baptist Church, Orpington Contact: Lin Harewood 01689 877010 on Wednesdays Or email email@example.com Anyone is welcome - you don’t have to be an experienced knitter. No need 2-aPly just come and make friends! We are knitters who natter so come and spin a yarn while you knit a yarn for a worthy cause. We won’t let reality get in the way of a good yarn!
EDUCATION Lipreading classes
Monday afternoons 2-4pm (term time only)
Poverest Centre, Bromley Adult Education College Cost: Approx £7 per class. Concessions available see https://baec.ac.uk Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org One in five people in the UK has hearing loss. It is the most common disability and lipreading classes can be a huge help to many.
15:30-18:30 Monday to Wednesday and 9:00-12:00 Saturdays
Ripley Arts Centre, 24 Sundridge Avenue, Bromley, BR1 2PX Contact: email@example.com, tel: 07803 817 178 www.codeninjas.co.uk/bromley-ken-2-uk Kids learn to code while building their own video games. They gain problem solving, critical thinking, and STEM skills in a fun, safe, and inspiring environment. Book a Free Game Building Session with us at https:// rb.gy/4vf92l
HEALTH, FITNESS & MINDSET Flin's Online & Live Fitness Classes See website for class dates & times
Cost: PAYG £5 - £8 Contact Fran: 07976 412027 www.flinsfitness.co.uk Online streaming plus live offerings - 40+ classes a week, early mornings, mid mornings and evenings, including weekend classes. Outdoor Boot Camp, Circuits, Strength, Cardio, Pilates, Zumba, Yoga, Total Body Lite, Box Fit and more: fitness for all! Mornings at Westcombe Park RFC, evenings at Tubbenden School.
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libraries Bromley Central Library
Contact: 020 3931 0900 Email: email@example.com www.better.org.uk/library/london/bromley/bromleycentral-library Open Monday - Friday 9.30am -7pm Saturday 9.30am -5pm Please check websites for the latest library updates and opening times.
MARKETS Chislehurst Farmers Market Third Sunday of the month
10am and 2pm Hornbrook House Car Park, High Street, Chislehurst, BR7 5AB Cost: Free Contact: 07775 736116 www.myfarmersmarket.co.uk Produce includes seasonal fruit and vegetables, chocolates, cider and alcoholic drinks, bread, meat, cheese, preserves, sauces and much more.
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what's on - APRIL 2022 theatre/ Performances Bromley Little Theatre
8th - 16th April (not 10th) 7.45pm Written in 1915, Hobson's choice is a classic comedy from the cobbles of Lancashire. Take one bombastic shop owner, a 'plain' daughter, a long suffering boot-maker, a couple more flighty daughters and their suitors - a recipe for a very unlikely love story as newfound fortitude deals a resolution that is Hobson's Choice. ‘Harold Brighouse’s play is both hilarious and thoughtful combining both gusto and grit’ - London Theatre.
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Midnight Train to Georgia Friday 8th April at 7:30pm
Cost: £29 Celebrate multi award-winning singer and empress of soul Ms Gladys Knight in this magnificent show by Hayley Ria Christian. It features all her hit songs like Baby Don’t Change Your Mind, Help Me Make it Through the Night, Try to Remember/The Way We Were, Part Time Love, Licence To Kill and her signature tune Midnight Train To Georgia.
The Rocky Horror Show
11th-16th April, various times
Cost: From £22 Starring Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba, This is the story of two squeaky clean college kids- Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by a twist of fate, their car breaks down outside a creepy mansion whilst on their way to visit their former college professor, they meet the charismatic Dr Frank ‘n’ Furter. It is an adventure they’ll never forget.
Looking Good Dead
18th-23rd April, various times
Cost: £23.50 Tom Bryce inadvertently becomes a witness to a vicious murder, hours after finding a discarded memory stick, placing him and his family in grave danger. Best-selling author Peter James is back in Bromley, with the world premiere stage production of Looking Good Dead along with EastEnders icons Adam Woodyatt and Laurie Brett.
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Photos: Bromley Historic Collections
Bromley High Street by PAM PREEDY, historian & author Bromley High Street has been constantly changing through time. Shops come; shops go, reflecting changing tastes, fashions and time. The market started life in 1205, granted by King John at the manor of Bromley and became a feature of Bromley life. I remember it; a busy market at Station Road car park by Bromley North Station. In 2012 it was relocated to the High Street. The Glades changed the landscape behind the High Street and opened on 22nd October, 1991. When it was opened it was almost a ghost town with few visitors. Now it is thriving. Stand in the pedestrianised part of the High Street. Face Robert Dyas and you will see a parade of shops. At the beginning of the 20th Century one would have seen three houses, numbers 14-16: Bromley House, Ravensfell and Neelgherries, where Emily Dowding lived. On her death she left the house and gardens to Bromley town for ‘education and learning.’ With a gift of £7,500 In 1906 from Andrew Carnegie, a new library (long replaced by the Churchill theatre and library) was built, and the gardens became a pleasure ground. The Library Gardens were increased when Church House, beside the church was bought in 1926 and the grounds merged with the Neelgherries’ gardens. Church House and the church were demolished during a heavy bombing raid in 1941. In 1918, Bromley Memorial team wanted the Memorial to honour the dead of World War 1 to stand in front of Bromley House and Ravensfell, in the heart of the town. The purchase price of Bromley House and Ravensfell together with the land was £15,000. But the valuer pointed out that the two houses were only worth £10,000, because the land was designated as residential land and not for the use of shops. They were proved wrong! By 1926, Kelly’s directory showed Bromley House being used by the Inland Revenue Valuation Department and by
Neelgheries, High Street, Bromley
the Inspector of Taxes. Meanwhile, in place of Ravensfell House, a parade of shops, Ravensfell Parade, listed 12 shops: Wood Jn., Garage (a remnant of the garage is in the alley beside Pret a Manger. Number 7 was Russell and Bromley Ltd boot makers, a business that only closed down in the last few years. The origins of Ravensfell itself can still be seen if one looks at the roof line. Later, Bromley House was replaced by another parade of shops. I remember the fore-runner of the Metro Bank was D H Evans, selling clothes for the more generously endowed ladies! From your viewpoint in front of Robert Dyas turn around to look at the Aberdeen Building, built in 1887. The name appears at the top of the building. In 1914, aware of the lack of leisure amenities in Bromley for the young soldiers, in training, convalescing from their war injuries or home on leave a ‘Bromley Soldiers’ Welcome’ opened in this building, which had not long been vacated. The Kentish Times reported the opening ‘On the ground floor, the shop has been turned into a billiard room, two tables having been provided, whilst another room is used for bagatelle, etc. The 2nd floor is devoted to two refreshment rooms, a concert hall, and bathroom. On the third floor is a reading room well equipped, in which are found magazines, illustrated journals, morning and evening papers, and adjoining is a large room set aside for games. On the next floor are writing and rest rooms. The whole is beautifully clean and comfortable, and will in every way be a boon to our men on service, more especially for those away from home.’ It, too, has reverted to shops. We wander through the High Street, intent on our shopping missions or window shopping, meeting friends for coffee. Take a step back, raise your eyes and see vestiges of a time long past.
Library Gardens, Bromley
Bromley House, High Street, Bromley
We welcome you to Bromley Historic Collections in the Bromley Library Museum (1st Floor)
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WIN A PAIR OF CINEMA TICKETS IT'S CHOCOLATE MONTH! This month’s competition is based on chocolate. Fill in the answers to the clues in the grid and then re-arrange the letters in the shaded squares to spell out the first name of a fictional character related to chocolate - this name is the winning word. Send the answer to firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07403 550068 with your name and address.
Can you complete the old advertising slogan: "Thank -------- it's Friday!"? (8) 4. What is a key ingredient of Bounty bars? (7) 5. Which chocolate flavour biscuit is named after a French royal family? (7) 6. Which Easter Cadbury treat first appeared in 1971? (5, 3) 9. What minty chocolate treat sounds like it shouldn't be eaten at 7pm? (5, 5) 11. What three things did adverts claim that a "Mars a day" would help you to do? (4, 4, 3, 4) 13. Which chocolate bar is shaped like a triangular prism? (9) 14. What type of coffee drink often has chocolate sprinkled on top? (10)
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Which popular selection box includes those lovely green triangles? (7, 6) 3. Which village near Birmingham was founded by the Cadbury family and gives its name to a bar of chocolate? (10) 7. Which chocolate pastry treat was first made in France? (6) 8. Which African country is one of the world's main producers of cocoa? (5) 10. In which Tom Hanks film did the main character's mother tell him that "life was like a box of chocolates"? (7,4) 12. In which northern city did Rowntrees start? (4)
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Sue Catterall MBE
Michelle Harvey nominated Sue Catterall MBE, a volunteer Sea Cadet and member of the Royal British Legion, as a local hero.
Michelle said: “I have known Sue for a couple of years now, she is involved heavily with the local Royal British Legion, heading up their Poppy Appeal every year. Sue also runs the local Sea Cadets in Orpington, giving local kids out of school activities and learning vital life skills. Sue is such a kind person; she always has a friendly smile for everyone and is a very humble person, and there is a lot more about her, I am just having difficulty finding it out.”
Congratulations on the nomination Sue! How do you feel about Michelle’s nomination? I was quite taken aback to think Michelle could do such a kind gesture. I am dedicated to my volunteering groups and I didn’t think any more about rewards because it shows on the faces of those we help along their way.
Can you provide some background on your community and volunteer involvement? I worked for 24 years in Orpington’s Peacocks and I’m now retired. I joined the British Legion in 1996 and I later volunteered with the Poppy Appeal 2011 as a stall volunteer. In 2019 I took over as Poppy Appeal Honorary Organiser and I have a magnificent team of volunteers working alongside me. Without them, Poppy Appeal would not happen. Tesco Orpington lets us have a stall in their foyer for two weeks in November, as does the Walnuts Shopping Centre. In November 2021 we raised £38,923.63 for the Poppy Appeal. I also joined the RBL Women’s Section in 2015 and two years later I took on the job as treasurer, which I still hold.
Why was it important for you to get involved in both the Royal British Legion and the Sea Cadets? I believe strongly in the youth of our future and helping them to become responsible citizens. The RBL has a lot to offer all our Armed Forces and I will continue to raise funds for a worthy cause. We have a monthly meeting in our headquarters, Church Hill, as well as all sorts of functions.
What is it you love most about our local area? And how important are community schemes and local charities do you think? I love to take walks around Orpington with a friend most Sundays. In these trying times it is good to get out and about. Local charities are important to keep on going to help all ages of people in and around Orpington. Community schemes are a good thing as well as they keep us informed about what is available to all.
We understand you also run the local Sea Cadets in Orpington. How did that come about and what does it offer young children? I joined Potters Bar Sea Cadets 1965 and stayed there for four years. One of my highlights from that time was going to Old Covent Garden Market for a book launch of Sir Alex Rose on his round the world solo voyage. I met Sir Edward Heath there. In 1977 I moved to Clacton and took up the post as a 3rd Officer and later I took up a post with the Orpington unit where I became Commanding Officer. There has been lots of highlights from my time there including seeing cadets challenging and establishing themselves. One cadet, a large lad, was uncertain of getting into a canoe. It took 30 mins to build up his confidence up and get into his canoe; he then took off and never looked back for the rest of the day. I retired from uniform in 2005 as a Lieutenant and went on to the main committee. I now hold the post of Vice-Chairman. My MBE was awarded to me in 2018. I went with my daughter, two grandsons and a very close friend of mine to Buckingham Palace to receive it from Prince William for 40 years volunteering with Sea Cadets. All Sea Cadet Staff and committee members are all 100% volunteers.
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by LAURETTA WRIGHT
We all have fond memories of going to the pictures don’t we? A treat for birthdays or going out on play-dates. I still recall to this day the walk to the screen along dimly-lit, labyrinthine corridors and then being ushered to a seat in the dark, apologising whilst walking in front of already seated audience members, trying to avoid treading on toes, all to a chorus of tuts. The cinemas of my youth started to fade and often were pretty drab affairs with sticky floors and worn-out seats by the time I got into my teens. Not so my destination for today. Prior to its Picturehouse glow-up, the cinema at the Bromley North end of the High Street was a faded beauty as hinted at above. Blessed with elegant Art Deco lines, the cinema has now been lovingly restored and is quite the antidote to the faceless out-oftown alternatives.
First impressions As soon as myself and my husband (referred to here as VIP) stepped into the foyer, it was clear that this was a far more grown-up prospect. The signage and furniture in the lobby were mature and tasteful but not in a stuffy way. A glance at the films showing for that day was evidence of a pleasing mix of Hollywood and independent. This was to be more than a film though; we were going to be eating too! Having made our way to the spacious bar and restaurant area it was hard not to be impressed by the attention to detail that has been brought to bear in the refurbishment of the cinema; there are regular nods to the vintage of the building with original fixtures and fittings given starring roles and I was delighted to see beautiful Art Deco screens given pride of place, salvaged from the Bromley Co-op, built in the 1930s and on permanent loan from Bromley Civic Society.
Grub’s up! We were shown to our seats and received a warm welcome (I should point out here that staff didn’t know we were reviewing them!). After perusing the menus it was clear that the dining experience wasn’t going to present a plate of luke-warm nachos or sweaty pizzas. Rather this was the kind of menu that you would hope to expect on a night out; not necessarily followed by a movie. Chip lovers will
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be thrilled with everything from their entry-level Picture House chips which, I discovered later, were anything but, all the way through to Banging Korean Pork chips. If you are avoiding meat then Sweet potato, courgette and Halloumi chips are also options. Recognising that not everyone wants to have to make another hole in their belt when they go to see a film means that there are smaller plates (which includes a vegan option), but for those who had already resigned themselves to possibly removing the belt altogether, there is a mouthwatering array of large plate meals. I went for the Caesar Salad to which I added chicken and bacon, whilst VIP had the Picturehouse Burger with rosemary fries. I snaffled a couple of the latter (for research purposes only, you understand) and can confirm that they were super crunchy and delicious. What VIP was also impressed with was the drinks list; there were was a selection of five red and five white wines available, either by the glass or the bottle - this was complemented by a rose and three sparkling wines. VIP would find it hard, I knew, to resist the temptation of a beer with his meal and I know he was thrilled to find three draught beers as well as eight beers available either in can or bottle form.
The devil’s in the detail The surroundings were relaxed and included the obligatory nods to film on the walls as well as to one of Bromley’s most famous sons; David Bowie. On our table was a bottle advertising a quiz night for Bromley Picturehouse’s nominated charity, Refuge. This seems more than just a cinema – very much aligned with Life In Magazines’ values, it seemed much more like a community. Time was running out until our film started, so we made our way up to our screen, glass (that’s right glass) of drink in hand. This really was a more civilised cinema than the ones that I remembered. I knew we were going to enjoy this.
Your need-to-knows • To get even more value from your visit you can become a Bromley Picturehouse member for around £50 a year (£20 for students), which gets you free tickets, discounts on entry to films as well as food, drinks and snacks as well as access to previews and priority bookings. • Gift cards and e-gift vouchers are available making them an ideal gift. • For more information visit www.picturehouses.com/ cinema/bromley-picturehouse
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FOOD HYGIENE RATINGS – WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? The Food Hygiene Ratings System (FHRS) was formally launched in England, Northern Ireland and Wales in November 2010 (a similar scheme also operates in Scotland). The idea was, and still is, to give consumers key information about outlets serving food.
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Many businesses display a green and black sticker on their door or window, telling us what their hygiene rating is. It is important to remember that businesses in England are not legally obliged to display their hygiene rating. It is obvious that a business with a rating of 5 has much better hygiene than a business rated 1 or even 0, but what exactly are these ratings based on? First of all, the Hygiene Rating is not based on customer service, culinary skill and presentation or the quality of the food. You can use the system to understand how hygienically a café or restaurant are working, but not as a guide to how tasty your meal might be. The Hygiene Rating is based on a ‘snapshot’ of the standards of food hygiene observed by a Local Authority Food Safety Officer at their most recent inspection. The officer will be basing their judgement on: • The handling of food • The storage of food • The preparation of food • Cleanliness of facilities • How food safety is managed The three major elements of an inspection are: the handling of food (how it’s prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled, stored etc); physical conditions of the business (cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control etc) and management of food safety (processes, training and systems). The rating will be published online as well on the stickers that businesses display. The date of the last inspection should be on the back of the sticker. If you cannot see a
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sticker on display, you can ask a member of staff what the business’s rating was at the last inspection or check online at ratings.food.gov.uk. Sometimes there might be a difference between the rating displayed on a sticker and the rating shown online. This can be because the Local Authority hasn’t yet uploaded the most recent rating or because the business has appealed against its most recent rating and is waiting for the outcome. The types of business covered by the FHRS usually fit into one of the following categories: • Restaurants, pubs and cafes • Take-aways, food vans and stalls • Canteens and hotels • Supermarkets and other food shops • Schools, hospitals and care homes The frequency of inspections range from six months to two years, depending on factors such as the type of food handled by a business, the number of vulnerable customers served, the food processes operated by the business and the standard of hygiene seen at the last inspection. Local Authorities can monitor businesses in between inspections as well. There are some businesses that get visited by Food Safety Officers but don’t get food hygiene ratings. These include ‘low-risk’ businesses like newsagents or chemists that sell pre-wrapped goods that don’t require refrigeration, as well as childminders or businesses that offer caring services at home. If you have any concerns about the hygiene of a business or other questions and issues, you can contact Bromley Food Safety Officers by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or see bromley.gov.uk/info/407/food_safety. Also see food.gov.uk/ safety-hygiene/food-hygiene-rating-scheme If you ever have a case of suspected food poisoning, contact your GP in the first instance as it is a notifiable infectious disease. Also consider contacting your local environmental health or food safety team.
It looks like the pandemic has changed the way we think about hygiene. According to a poll by P&G Professional, 80% of us didn’t look into how clean a shop was before buying a takeaway. Now, however, 64% rank a clean shop and good hygiene rating higher than price or customer service when deciding where to buy food from. Source: Independent.co.uk
All of the restaurants and cafés listed below carry a five-star food hygiene rating. Why not try one of them next time you’re eating out?
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Eco News A TREE-MENDOUS EFFORT
An initiative to plant 5,000 street trees in the Bromley borough got underway towards the end of last year. The £1.35 million investment, which is the largest single arboriculture investment in Bromley’s history, supports the council’s commitment to reach the ambitious net zero emissions objective by 2029. Councillor Will Harmer, Chairman of Environment and Community PDS Committee said, “It is fantastic news that the council is now delivering on its commitment to plant even more street trees. We know that residents value the tree-lined streets that give colour and vibrancy to our streets
all year round. Tree lined streets do so much to improve our environment, both now and for future generations. A big thank you to Tree Friend resident volunteers who are already coming forwards and who have committed to helping with maintenance in the crucial early period of the trees’ lives.” New tree species being planted have been chosen to fit their surroundings, while prevention of roots spreading at pavement level (damaging paving) and species with upwards growing branches are prioritised. Trees have also been selected for their visual appeal. The ‘tree-mendous’ planting initiative will also support the health of residents, with research also showing that people were more likely to walk or cycle to work if the streets were lined with trees and live longer and feel better as a result.
ZERO EMISSION FLIGHTS IN THE MAKING Passengers could one day fly to the other side of the world with zero carbon emissions and just one refuelling stop, thanks to governmentfunded technology that has been unveiled by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI). The FlyZero project, led by the ATI and funded by the government, has developed a concept for a midsize aircraft powered by liquid hydrogen. It is capable of flying 279 passengers halfway around the world without a stop or anywhere in the world with just one stop to refuel.
We made a boo-boo Thank you to Robert Harris who wrote in about the recycling feature we published in last month’s issue. We mentioned that plastic juice boxes couldn’t be recycled as cardboard (because of their plastic coating), but Robert pointed out that they can be recycled under plastic waste – thanks Robert! For details see www.bromley.gov.uk/ downloads/file/2521/recycling_guide
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This means that a zero carbon, non-stop flight could be operated between London and San Francisco, or that passengers could fly around the world from London to Auckland, New Zealand with just one stop, at the same speed and comfort as today’s aircraft. The project showcases the huge potential of liquid hydrogen powered aircraft as the UK drives for a cleaner and greener air travel future and builds on progress already achieved by the Jet Zero Council, a partnership between industry and government with the aim of delivering zero emission transatlantic flight within a generation.
3 cheers to Kellogg’s Kellogg’s Corn Flakes cereal packaging is going fully paper based with the trial of a paper liner in the UK that can be widely recycled. The pilot is taking place with Tesco in a small number of stores, with the results helping to shape Kellogg’s future packaging plans.
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Bromley Mencap’s Education and Employment Service provides training and support for disabled people to secure paid employment opportunities. Will Ely, who works at Bromley Football Club (BFC), is just one of many people the charity has helped. We sat down with Will to chat about his role and career aspirations and the people who’ve helped him along the way… Will, congratulations on the job! How did you become involved in working at BFC? It was through an employment service at Bromley Mencap which runs a job club. It’s run by Ian and Sharon and the aim is to get disabled people into employment, so I took this option. I’ve been with Bromley Mencap for a while and I’ve known Ian for a long time. He looks out for me.
So what exactly is your job and what are you responsible for? My role is Breakfast Meeting Host and I’m responsible for cleaning the tables, washing up, making sure the cutlery is polished and tables are laid for the next day. I also meet and greet Bromley Business Network members.
What days and hours do you work? What time do you get up? I work every Thursday and every other Wednesday. I get up around 5am. I love getting up early before the sunrise.
What do you love about your job? I get to meet new people and I enjoy seeing my colleagues. I like to make the most of my time and of course earning, spending and saving money.
If you were the boss, what would you change? I would have a suggestion box for staff to suggest new ideas into the club.
Do you have any stories of your time here? On Boxing Day, I got a surprise as I went to watch a game at the club and I was chosen to select the ‘Man of the Match’ on behalf of Bromley Business Network.
What are your aspirations? I’d like to try different areas of hospitality and maybe even work on cruise ships. I also want to one day own my own fitness centre and long-term, I would love to be an actor. Will with Ben from Bromley Football Club
I’m going to get myself out there and talk to people about getting into films.
When you aren’t working, what do you like to do with your time? I like keeping myself fit, meeting my friends and socialising. I play for a football club and I also belong to a boxing club.
Do you think a good sense of community is important? It is so important. It is all about networking and making connections and friends. It is important for people to be aware of people with disabilities too and to offer opportunities for us.
What do you love about living in the borough? I love that everything is on my doorstep in Bromley. I am also close to my job and my friends, which is very important. “Will has a wicked sense of humour and turns up smiling even at 6.30am. He’s a great asset to the club’s catering team.” Chas Jordan, Bromley Business Network
“Will has been a welcome addition to the team at Bromley FC. He works hard and completes his tasks to a high standard. Will is always happy and greets all guests and clients with a massive smile. When Bromley Mencap suggested Will it seemed like a natural fit – and he’s a massive football fan too. Ian ensured that there was a smooth transition integrating Will when he first started and that's a really positive thing.” Ben Hayward, Bromley Football Club
“Will is a brilliant ambassador for people with disabilities. He has shown that everything and anything is achievable with the right support and he has opened the door for other people with disabilities to come into employment. There’s many opportunities at the football club and the relationship that we’ve worked up with them is all thanks to Will. Hopefully we’ll be able to inspire other people to take that leap of faith to find employment.” Ian Breslin, Bromley Mencap
Bromley Mencap encourages potential employers to get in touch so that suitable employees can be matched with job vacancies, and the charity offers ongoing support when it’s needed. For more information see www.bromleymencap.org.uk or call 020 8466 0790.
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Did You Know… by STEVE TOLMIE
All change on the highway!
Are you aware of the new Highway Code rules that came into force on January 29th? Vehicle finance specialist Carvine has been analysing the changes. Alex Thomas, a spokesperson for the company, said: “Despite legislation and Highway Code amendments coming into force, most motorists will be unaware of the new rules. Among the fresh set of rules is the major ‘Hierarchy of Users’ regulations. Split into three rules, H1, H2 and H3, everyone from car drivers, cyclists, horse riders and motorcyclists are affected. The government’s policy states that the new ‘H’ rules will ‘tackle some of the safety issues pedestrians encounter or perceive when walking.’
Rule H1 places greater responsibility on drivers of larger vehicles to take more care of vulnerable road users and ‘bear the greatest responsibility to take care and reduce the danger they pose to others.’
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When you go for a drive, do you just go in ‘the car’ or do you pull away in ‘Kermit’ or ‘ZZ Top’ or even ‘The Beast’? A new DVLA survey reveals that: • 1 in 6 motorists surveyed name their car – and those aged 35 to 53 are most likely to do so • Disco Dave, Lady Patricia, The Beast and ZZ Top among most unusual names • The most popular names that the survey’s 2,095 respondents gave their vehicles included Betsy, Pablo, Max, Ruby and Doris Whatever you’ve called your beloved vehicles, you must tell DVLA you are no longer the owner when they are sold and the quickest and easiest way to do this is online at www.gov.uk/soldbought-vehicle. Send in a picture of your car and what name you call it for the chance to win a free air freshener for your card! Email email@example.com
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Rule H2 focuses on pedestrians crossing at
junctions. Whether you’re a driver, cyclist, motorcyclist or horse rider, ‘you should give way to pedestrians crossing or waiting to cross a road into which or from you are turning.’
Lastly, Rule H3 concerns drivers and motorcyclists turning into a ‘junction or changing direction or lane.’ Motorists should not cut across and cause any cyclist, horse rider or horse-drawn vehicle to swerve or be forced to stop. Instead, you should wait until there is a safe gap before making your manoeuvre. We’ve only got room for a summary of some of the changes here – full details about H1, 2 and 3 and other changes can be found on the official government website https://bit.ly/highwaycodegov You can also get a summary at the Carvine website at: https://bit.ly/carvine
Royal Mail Group has introduced special barcodes to stamps with the aim of connecting letters with the digital world. Barcodes can be scanned in the Royal Mail app and customers will eventually be able to watch videos, access information about services and view birthday messages and other greetings from senders.
Quality of life A recent report compared different countries in terms of quality of life and concluded that Sweden came out top. The ‘Quality of Life Index,’ produced by Global Citizen Solutions, aims to rank countries based on the aspects that make a country ‘desirable’ for expats, international retirees and digital nomads. Categories considered include happiness, environmental factors, migration acceptance, sustainable development and levels of freedom. According to Patricia Casaburi, Managing Director of Global Citizen Solutions, Sweden has “an emphasis on the importance placed on life outside the office and on a healthy work-life balance.” Finland came second, while Britain was at number 7. The top non-European country was Canada, ranked 4th.
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THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BUSINESS: CONTINGENT WORKS Ewan Buck and Stephen Somerville met when their children started at Raglan Primary school, the same school David Bowie went to in the 50s. That friendship grew and, with their children in university, they wondered what Bromley would offer them. Ewan is the Operations Director at Contingent Works and after 30 years of art directing around the world has enjoyed bringing a modern, productive and creative co-work space to central Bromley. Strategic direction is Stephen’s role and he is well placed as a successful start-up executive taking early-stage TV, music and ed-tech start-ups to public-traded, multi-territory businesses. Here we discover the faces behind the business – and why Contingent Works works…
continue our focus on wellness and community, with more art exhibitions, craft and business-focussed workshops.
What are you particularly proud of? With work from home directives since we opened in November 2020, Contingent Works has been a Covid secure workspace and a haven for mental wellbeing. With many people unable to work from home and no office to go to, we made sure it’s a super clean, secure and productive environment, where everyone can work safely and be part of a community.
What plans do you have in the pipeline? We have always had a purpose-over-profit mentality and will continue to establish ourselves as the place where Bromley works. It’s a space to get work done and look after your mental wellbeing with a choice of workspaces depending on your mood or task at hand. Look out for Contingent Works Two!
Member details: Membership costs from as little as How did Contingent Works come about? Having worked in lots of dynamic co-works and business lounges worldwide, Bromley's rather dull 80s offices felt quite depressing. We sat wondering why Bromley, with its rich cultural heritage, had nothing for creatives and we decided to try to change that. We discovered the empty Pier/Warren Evans’ shop opposite the Glades and we knew we had found the right space to launch a super cool suburban co-work. As we’re both lovers of music, the name came from the Bromley Contingent, made famous on the Bill Grundy show with the Sex Pistols - and Contingent Works was branded. We couldn't get local stars Siouxsie Sioux or Billy Idol to open for us, but we hope to inspire the next generation of creatives instead!
What’s your vision and plans for the future? With over 100 members and 50 micro businesses, we are now working on a sustainability programme to become B Corp approved. We are London Living Wage approved and members of the Good Business Charter. We will also be launching a full members’ event programme and will
£30 for a day with meeting rooms and podcast facilities available through the website. All memberships are inclusive of superfast Wi-Fi, teas, coffee and printing, and all members have access to offers, events, and an online membership directory to advertise their services. Get in touch at www.contingent.works
Did you know… Rogue directors who dissolve their companies and avoid paying liabilities to staff, creditors and the taxpayer can now be disqualified from being a director. The Insolvency Service has been granted new powers to tackle unfit directors who dissolve companies to avoid paying their liabilities.
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Government backs ‘help to grow’ scheme The government’s Help to Grow: Digital scheme – designed to support smaller businesses in adopting digital technologies so they can grow – is open for applications. Under the scheme, eligible businesses can now receive discounts of up to £5,000 off the retail price of approved Digital Accounting and CRM software from leading technology suppliers. This software will help them to effectively manage their finances and build customer relationships, ultimately levelling up the way businesses are run and helping them to scale up. Businesses can also access practical, specialised support and advice on how to choose the right digital technologies to boost their growth and productivity through a new online platform. The new Help to Grow: Digital scheme sits alongside the Help to Grow: Management scheme launched in 2021 as part of wider government efforts to back businesses and level up the economy.
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Health & Fitness APRIL SHOWERS? DON’T SLIP UP!
by JOANNA WARD, JLINKS (WWW.JLINKS.CO.UK)
As the weather potentially becomes wetter, now is a good time to check the condition of any walking aids and footwear to prevent any trips or slips. Walking sticks, walking poles, crutches and indoor walking frames should all have a rubber ferrule on the bottom to ensure a good ‘grip’. The ferrule should have between three and five concentric rings or a series of raised ‘bobbles’ or ridges visible.
Over time, with regular use, the rings or bobbles wear down, rather like the tyres on a car and, just like with a car, if that happens it can increase the risk of an accident!
New blood test could detect over 50 types of cancer The Galleri blood test, which has the potential to detect cancer earlier by looking for abnormal DNA in blood, is being trialled to find out if it can spot cancer in people without symptoms. According to Cancer Research UK, the test has the potential to detect cancer earlier when more treatment options may be available. The test looks for abnormal DNA shed from cancer cells into the blood. But, so far, it has only been trialled on people already diagnosed with cancer. A new trial, run by Cancer Research UK and King’s College London Cancer Prevention Trials Unit, will use 140,000 participants to find out if the test can spot cancer in people without symptoms. This will rely on the test being very sensitive, as only tiny amounts of abnormal DNA are found in the blood during the early stages of cancer. If successful, the Galleri blood test could spot cancers early on when they can be easier to treat, potentially saving lives. For details see news.cancerresearchuk.org
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If the surface of the ferrule is smooth, either all over or in certain patches of heavy wear, it might slip, particularly on wet or icy pavements, and could lead to a fall. Even if you only use a walking aid inside, it is still important to check for signs of wear. Most mobility shops hold a stock of ferrules in various sizes and will be able to assist you in choosing and fitting the correct size. When it comes to walking frames, if you have an outdoor one with three or four wheels and grip-style brakes, now is a good time to check that the brakes are working properly and to get them serviced if necessary. Meanwhile, footwear should be supportive and well fitting, with a non-slip sole. Slippers often become stretched and loose over time, which can make them a trip hazard and increase the risk of falling. Shoes with worn soles or heels can also become very slippery in wet and icy conditions.
PILOT SCHEME OFFERS INCENTIVES FOR HEALTHIER LIVING
A pilot scheme is currently underway to help motivate people to make healthy changes to their lifestyle. The app encourages people to make positive changes to their diet and physical activity, with the pilot seeing users wear wristworn devices that can generate personalised health recommendations, such as increasing their step count, eating more fruit and vegetables and decreasing portion size. Users will collect points for healthy behaviours which will unlock rewards. These could include gym passes, clothes or food vouchers and discounts for shops, cinema or theme park tickets. Following a competitive tender process, HeadUp was chosen to deliver the new scheme, with £3 million also coming from the Department of Health and Social Care to provide incentives. Evidence suggests that financial incentives can improve rates of physical activity and inspire healthier eating so HeadUp will work with a range of organisations to provide rewards which could also include gift cards.
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5 fab reasons to shop local
1. Building communities & strengthening economies: When you support a local business, you are supporting your friends, family and neighbours. The availability of local shops is especially important for the elderly, vulnerable, young people and those without access to private transport. Plus, the more money that local councils make in rent and rates, the more they can spend on supporting local infrastructure and public services. 2. Celebrating individuality: A small business or boutique shop adds character to a town. In a world that has become increasingly dominated by chain stores, a local business’s branding is unique and often quirky, adding something different to your High Street. Independent retailers offer an alternative experience, and bring a much needed breath of fresh air into areas populated by generic stores and companies. 3. Creating job opportunities: A local business that becomes a success will grow, and as they grow they’ll recruit more staff from the local population. In addition,
their success will encourage other local businesses to open up to take advantage of the footfall, encouraging other people to take the plunge and become entrepreneurs too! 4. A personalised service: Local business owners are friendly and engaging, they get to know their customers at a personal level and can often provide better advice about their products and services. Local traders value your business more since their survival depends on their good reputation and repeat business. They can often adapt their products to suit your personal requirements or source something bespoke, which big chains won’t do. 5. Better for the environment: Shopping local means fewer mileage and petrol costs, which helps reduce CO2 emissions. Plus, local shops often stock locally sourced goods which not only support the local economy but also reduce transport times and costs of the goods, which impacts positively on their carbon footprint.
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The Happy Soul Perfume is available to purchase from selected ChloBo stockists and at www.chlobo.co.uk for £30. This flirty, fig-infused scent is reminiscent of coastline walks along the Cote d’Azur, dotted with wild fig trees, coupled with the subtle array of woody barks and earthy tones. Peperami has launched a new meaty snack for adults looking for a more sophisticated snack choice. Peperami Chorizo 5 Pack offers a delectable mix of spices and punchy paprika flavour to ramp up the taste. With just 99 calories per portion and made with 100% pork, the new variety costs £2.30 and is available in Tesco and other retailers at a later stage.
Heinz has launched a new bundle on its Heinz to Home website. The ‘Made from Plants’ bundles feature a selection of products featured in the new series, including some of the most iconic plant-based Heinz products (think Heinz Beanz and Heinz Tomato Ketchup) and newer innovations, including Plant Proteinz. Prices start from £13 plus £3.50 delivery.
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These Letterbox Easter Eggs from Faithfully Yours LPG make it so much easier to deliver to someone who is busy or out and not able to receive a gift in person. You can have up to three lines of 30 characters on each line for a personalised message – all for just £12.99. See www.faithfullyyourslpg. co.uk to order. This month you also have the chance to win one in our Easter Egg Hunt - see page 3 for details.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PRESCHOOL FOR YOUR CHILD by MICHAEL STAINSBURY, Rushmore House Preschool
Choosing the right preschool for your child is one of the big decision parents make. Not only is it important for the happiness and development of your child, it is also a significant financial commitment. To help, the Government provides four schemes: two-year old funding, 15 hour funding, 30 hour funding and tax-free childcare. Two-year old funding is offered to families claiming benefits. It gives you 15 hours of preschool sessions for 38 weeks each school year. You have to apply in the term when your child has their second birthday and funded sessions will start the following term. There is an eligibility checker on the Bromley Council website. All children receive 15 hours of funded sessions for 38 weeks a year from the term after they are three years old. This is a universal benefit which every child receives. You need to provide the preschool with your child’s birth certificate and sign a Parents Funding Contract with Bromley Council. Families where both parents work may be able to claim 30 hours funding. This is an additional 15 hours on top of the 15 hours funding. This funding can affect other benefits, so you need to check it is worthwhile to apply using a calculator on the Government website.
Families where at least one parent is working and paying tax may benefit from tax-free childcare. With this scheme you have a special account where for every £8 you put in, the Government adds £2 which is paid directly to your preschool. You are allowed to save £500 every three months with a maximum of £2,000 per year, per child. You can spend this money in any approved provider including After School and Holiday Clubs. Tax-free childcare continues until your child is 11 years old.
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Check the Bromley Council and Government websites as these are the best sources to check eligibility and information. Your child’s birth certificate is needed to apply for 15 hours funding. Make a scan or photocopy so you can find it quickly.
For more information visit www.rushmorehouse.co.uk/ tax-free-childcare-and-funding
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3 TIPS ON HOW TO RECONNECT WITH YOUR TEEN
1. Conversation: Conversation is key to a good relationship, to understanding the world around you and how you fit into it, and to the exploration of new thoughts and ideas. The more you interact in a positive manner with your teen, the more understood they will feel. The more they feel like you get them, the more they will trust you to have their back. The more they trust you, the more they’ll open up to you, even when the conversation is difficult. 2. Where to begin: Sometimes the best way to engage your teen in conversation is to use an outside source
to generate a topic. Choose an article, a song or even a comic strip to share with them. After you share your tidbit, engage in a short, five-minute conversation on how they, their best friend, and maybe other friends or family would react to that. Listen without judgement. Their ideas and opinions are theirs, and they are entitled to them. The proper response from you is, “That’s interesting!” Lastly, give them a hug, tell them how much you enjoy the person they’re becoming, and sail out of the room, leaving them in the warm, fuzzy wake of a positive interaction. 3. Position Your Conversation: Set the stage to invite conversation. Go for a stroll together and see where the conversation leads you, do a chore together, or even have them pick a recipe for you to experiment on together. When your activity ends, tell them how much you enjoyed their company and thank them for spending it with you especially when they have so much on their mind. Deborah Ann Davis – author & parenting skills coach
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A BIT OF HUMANITY by PATRICIA LATTER
The music was loud and the dark room was stuffed with zombies shambling to the beat. It was the Art Director’s idea to celebrate the production wrap with a zombiesand-aliens party. “Busman’s holiday for you, Steff?” someone called out. I had to agree: I had run the effects make-up workshop for the film At the bar, there was someone I didn’t recognise from the crew. “Great look”, I said. “Subtle but unearthly.” “I understand that is a great compliment - as you are the master of the art.” The stranger introduced himself as Alain, and bought me a drink. “I would like to ask you a favour.” My face must have fallen. “I like to encourage talent, but hate to raise hopes. Jobs are scarce, I’m afraid.” “I am not looking for work. The truth is, I can’t help looking like this, but you could help me.” “Hey - I make people look weird for a living.” “The skills to give the illusion of normality are surely similar. I will pay for your materials and expertise to teach me how to stop looking … unearthly.” Perhaps I’m a soft touch for hard-luck cases - I wasn’t going to take his money for this - but perhaps I liked the challenge too. Whatever the reason, he persuaded me. And after a few sessions of teaching him how to shade a skin tone, he was competent to create his own ‘normal’ look. A week later he called and asked to meet in a nearby pub. He looked so happy as he walked in with a second man - I wondered if it was a new boyfriend. The subtle make-up job had made Alain surprisingly good-looking. He excitedly told me he had got a new job. “It is thanks to you that I am accepted. I have told my friend how you have helped me. He has a similar problem. He is Alain too.” “But he - excuse me - you, look pretty ordinary,” I said, trying not to sound rude.
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“Ordinary is not the same as normal,” the second Alain said. His intonation was slightly off - as if he was reading out the words. “People think I am odd.” “I can’t teach you to sound normal,” I said, disconcerted by the pair of them. “I hoped we might have conversations,” Alain One said. “Alain will learn how to be more natural.” This was seriously weird but what the hell, I thought, they were buying the beers. Over the course of the next few weeks, the second Alain learned to express himself in a more relaxed way and no longer maintained an unnerving stare whenever he spoke. It was probably foolish of me to continue to frequent the same pub, but the next time I was there, the two of them came in and made a beeline for me. “I am becoming more natural”, said Alain Two. “However, someone told me I was like ‘Down to Earth’. I said ‘No. I am like ‘Up with Earth!’” I had to explain the idiom was not an insult and they looked thoughtful. Alain One spoke hesitantly. “We have another friend...” “And he’s called Alain as well, I suppose?” I said flippantly. They looked embarrassed. “So what’s his problem?” How had I accepted the role of guiding these gentle misfits to blend into an unfriendly world? I could say I was cheaply bought by the steady supply of beer, but their joy in their newly confident selves and stories of small social triumphs were the real rewards. The third man was followed by a steady trickle of oddball characters - each introduced to me as another Alain. I told myself that it didn’t matter where they came from. They were strangers who were a bit strange, but they were all - more or less - nice guys. They just needed someone to show them a bit of humanity.
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A Final Thought…
Shall we dance? by JANET MAILE
“I believe we must have some conversation, Mr Darcy. A very little will suffice,” Miss Bennet gently chides the taciturn Mr Darcy during Mr Beveridge’s Maggot in Pride and Prejudice. Maggot in this sense means a fad or whim. The instructions and music for the dance were included in The English Dancing Master by John Playford. The first volume was published in 1651, with further volumes published over the years up until about 1850. The complete set gives instructions for over 1,000 dances with such delightful names as The Devil’s Dream, Green Sleeves and Yellow Lace and An Old Man Is A Bed Of Bones. King Charles II’s favourite is included: Cuckolds all a row, a dance for four couples in a square formation. Over the years, choreographers have created dances in a similar style, giving dancers even more choice. The majority of dances are for as many as will: couples stand in lines facing their partners and progress up or down the set, dancing in turn with the other couples. Playford’s instructions are quite difficult to understand, and various people over the years have produced an interpretation of the moves. Historical sources tell us that there were some quite complicated steps, but these days, we walk the dances, or, for faster ones, skip or hop. Dances were sociable affairs, but it was a time of formality and etiquette. A lady could not ask a gentleman to dance, for example, or even cross the dance floor by herself. In the days when ladies were chaperoned, dances provided a rare chance to try to catch the eye of the man of your dreams, or impress the lady with your dancing skills. In many dances, a couple stands out for a turn, giving a rare opportunity for an intimate conversation. These days, there is a caller who reminds the dancers of the steps, but in the past, they had to rely on their memory. There were dancing classes for the better off. The lower classes relied on more simple dances that they could remember. A dance fan was a useful
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reminder: each leaf of the fan contained the instructions for one or more dances but the fan had to be held correctly. In 1768 Matthew Towle published The Young Gentleman and Lady's Private Tutor in which he suggested six ways to hold it, depending on whether you were sitting standing, or giving a curtsey. Dances were held in church halls, large country houses or Assembly Rooms. Each Assembly Room had its own set of rules. Derby, for example, stated that No shopkeeper, or any of his or her family, shall be admitted except Mr. Franceys and All young Ladies in mantuas shall pay 2s. 6d. In Bath, Ladies proposing to dance minuets, shall announce their intentions to the master of the ceremonies on the day preceding the ball, and shall be in the rooms appropriately dressed punctually at half-past eight o'clock. Now we have but one rule: a couple wishing to dance must join the bottom of the set. Like every aspect of life, dances were the subject of humour. In 1792 the Derby Mercury published a joke: At a late ball given at Richmond, a finish'd coquette asked a gentleman near her, whilst she adjusted her tucker whether he could flirt her fan which he held in his hand: No, madam, answered he, proceeding to use it, but I can fan a flirt. I first got into folk dancing at the end of 1990 when my knee was smashed in an accident. It was more interesting than physiotherapy exercises! I loved it and have continued ever since and In November 2021, I started the Orpington Folk Dance Club. Head over to our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/orpfolkdance -where you can see a clip of Miss Bennet and Mr Darcy dancing.
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