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Welcome to the April 2014 edition of Comunity Spotlight magazine. We’re delighted that spring is here, and the S66 area has so much going on you can find out the details within this month’s community pages! We have a giveaway with a gardening theme in this April edition, hopefully to encourage you to get back in to the swing for 2014. We have THREE tickets to give away for the next Newark and Notts Garden Show on page 29. It is Easter later this month, and it brings us spring fairs, concerts, experience days, guided walks and so much more. With the improvement in the weather, and a never-ending list of ideas of things to do, there will be no excuse for not making the most of the Bank Holiday fun this Easter. Easter has come to mean something much different to many people over the years. We take a look at its origins to where it is now on page 8. We’re always interested to hear our readers’ comments and opinions, and love it when you get in contact with ideas and subjects that you would like us to cover. Overwhelmingly, over the past few months we’ve been contacted by many of you to cover some particularly hot topics, as you don’t feel that the real questions and issues are being highlighted enough to us, the general public. In the past, we have taken the stance that if we couldn’t put forward positives for both sides of a debate or topic that it wouldn’t be fair to write about it. Yet recently, there are some issues which we

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all need to be aware of, and quite frankly, the discussions need to take place, with the correct questions being asked. We bring you a new monthly article this month on pages 54 and 56, called The Agenda, where we will aim to look in to some of the issues you have raised. By doing our own research, and not always being satisfied to buy in to the ‘party line’ that we’re sometimes told by Governments and TV (who have their own reasons to spin or market things in certain ways to us), we are all able to be more empowered when it comes to making the decisions that are right for us and our families. Some of these issues are already starting to affect us all, and may continue to do so for years and perhaps generations to come. If you have any comments and you would like to get in touch, please do so. Hybrid technology is emerging as a more mainstream choice in cars, with even Formula 1 adopting them, so we take a look at Infiniti’s Q50s Hybrid on page 46 to see if they are worth the cost. In the UK we are more focused on becoming home-owners, more so, than any of our EU neighbours. But this wasn’t always the case. In a new series of articles, we take a look at the history of home-ownership from World War II up to the present day. Read the first article on page 16. We hope you are able to take a wellearned break this month during Easter and that you enjoy this month’s magazine.

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Year 2 children visited The Deep in Hull in connection with their current work topic ‘Under the Sea’. They had a fantastic time learning about sea creatures and their habitats, and took part in interactive workshops where they learned about different species of fish, the difference between crabs and lobsters and all about sea shells. They particularly loved riding up through the aquarium in the glass ‘Sea Lift’ which gave them a spectacular view of the sharks swimming around them! The children in Foundation 1 and 2 visited Cannon Hall Farm in connection with their work topic ‘Farmyard Animals’. They were given the opportunity to handle lots of small animals including baby rabbits and guinea pigs and loved seeing the newborn lambs and very cute baby piglets. They were also lucky enough to be able to watch the cows being milked. The weather was lovely and it was a bonus for the children to enjoy their picnic lunch in the sunshine. At the end of the day, the staff at the farm commented to teachers that the children had

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College will be having a Fashion Show on Tuesday 29th April from starting at 7.00pm. The South African fundraiser will showcase fashions from Bows Boutique, and J’Adore Bridal. It will also be a great opportunity to see the early talents of our GCSE and A-Level students, who will be showcasing their own designs. Tickets cost £5.00 per person and are available from Wickersley Box Office or pay on the door on the night.

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Bramley Sunnyside Infants get out and about been exceptionally well behaved and were a credit to the school. A praise text was sent out by Mrs Smith, the head teacher to let parents know and to say how proud she is of children for behaving so beautifully! Anne Humberstone, the fundraising representative on behalf of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice was welcomed into school at a special assembly. Anne was presented with a cheque for £330 for the hospice by Year 1 pupil Imogen Arnold. This was the proceeds of donations made by parents and grandparents at the school nativity performances at Christmas. Anne was also given two DVDs of the performances to take back to the hospice for the children to watch in their cinema room. World Book Day was celebrated on 6th March and after talking to the school councillors and listening to their ideas of how they would like to celebrate, it was decided to hold a ‘pyjama day’. Children came to school dressed in their pyjamas, ‘onesies’, dressing gowns and slippers, and brought in their favourite book or bedtime story. A love of reading shone throughout the day with the school bell ringing at different times signalling a ‘reading stop’ which meant that children stopped whatever they

were doing at the time and snuggled down to read their books. Children shared and swapped books, read stories to each other and then wrote some excellent book reviews. Children love to listen to stories and the school has invited parents and grandparents to volunteer to become a ‘mystery reader’. This involves coming in to read a book to the class and the children are given clues beforehand so they can guess at who the mystery reader might be. An attendance information drop-in session for was held for parents on Monday 17th February. The head teacher, chair of governors, school welfare officer and admin staff were on hand to provide information and answer questions regarding attendance and taking children out of school for holidays in term time and in particular to explain the criteria and procedures for the new fixed penalty notices. Many thanks to Alan Nixon, who is a grandparent and one of our volunteers; he has begun work at the school allotment in preparation for the growing season. We would also like to thank Betty Shaw, Community Champion at Morrisons Bramley, who kindly donated seeds, bulbs and shrubs for the allotment as part of the school’s community link.

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It’s been a long road from the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ’s — the central miracle of the Christian faith — to gorging on chocolate. And it’s a road that those of a philosophical bent might liken to the descent of Western civilisation into gluttonous consumerism. But leaving such considerations aside, how did it happen? Let’s start with the word itself, Easter. We have it on the word of the Venerable Bede, writing in the very early 8th century, that “Eostre” is derived from “Eostre-monath”, the month in which pagan Saxons celebrated the festival of the goddess Eostre. It’s a simple explanation, and one with which with which scholars of philology have had endless fun ever since — some even denying that there ever was a goddess Eostre and that Bede (uncharacteristically) made the whole thing up. But “eostre” is cognate with “öster”, the German for east, and is therefore associated with sunrise and hence spring, so Bede’s explanation at least has context on its side. Indeed the feast is only called “Easter” in Germanic countries. In France it’s called “Pâques”, a variation on the Jewish spring festival Pesach, and other Latin countries 8 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

How Easter became what it is today use names of the same derivation. Fascinating stuff, but it doesn’t get us much closer to the chocolate. And the answer is eggs. Eggs have been associated with spring since... well, since birds started laying them in spring. There are Persian wall-paintings of eggs being given as gifts from 2,500 years ago; the tradition survived the country’s conversion to Islam and persists to this day. In Egypt, another Islamic country, there is a seasonal tradition of egg decorating of unknown antiquity; in eastern Orthodox countries they paint eggs red (for Christ’s blood) and green (for returning spring); in England and North-Western Europe there is a tradition of rolling coloured eggs down hills at Easter time, echoing the rolling away of the stone from the Holy Sepulchre; in America the White House puts on an annual display of decorated eggs from every state of the union, and favoured children (how are they selected?) are invited to a spot of egg-rolling on the White House lawn. Egg decoration seems to have evolved into making eggs out of solid chocolate

in France or Germany in the early 19th Century, and the first Easter egg in England came from Cadbury’s in 1842. These eggs can hardly have been for the mass market since the chocolate of the time was very expensive and also very bitter. Finer, less harsh, and less expensive chocolate was made possible by more sophisticated processing equipment in the later 19th Century, and Cadbury’s produced its first hollow egg (filled with sweets) in 1875. The first milk chocolate Easter egg followed exactly 30 years later and... well, what more do we need to know? Except that Easter eggs sell for a far higher price per gram than the slab chocolate of which they’re made, and as they’ll keep almost indefinitely any left unsold can simply go into cold store until next year — at which time next year’s prices can be charged for last year’s stock. As I said, it’s all a very long way from the Mount of Olives! Well, that’s just about it for Easter — except that I forgot Easter bunnies. Well, springtime, fertility, rabbits, breeding, etcetera... need I say more? Oh, and Easter bonnets? Sorry, no idea. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850


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In the first instalment of this account of local bird life I concentrated on the area’s flagship site, the Idle Valley Nature Reserve. In this edition we will look at a few other local hot spots. A ten minute drive from Idle Valley is Gringley Carrs, a vast expanse of agricultural fields criss-crossed with irrigation channels (cars). Most local birders would say that this site has deteriorated and indeed the days are gone when you needed more that one hand to count the numbers of Corn Buntings. However, Gringley still has its owls with all the species on the British List recorded. The most common are the Barn Owls which quarter the fields from late afternoon. In winter, the fields are alive with visiting Thrushes, Fieldfare and Redwings. Combined flocks of several hundreds are not uncommon. But without doubt Gringley’s star attraction is the Dotterel. A few birds drop in for a while every so often in April and May and can be found feeding with Lapwings. Their arrival is generally well broadcast but be

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John Wilkins guides us through the wonderful wildlife we have on our doorstep warned, they do not stay long. Watch for mixed flocks of Tits and Finches on the roadsides. Next we look at Clumber Park, where the rich mixture of habitats is an attraction. The centre point is the Great Lake. Mostly common birds reside here, but in winter look for Goosander. Look over the ornamental bridge for the gaudy Mandarin Ducks. The lake offers good photo opportunities for Great Crested Grebes and watch for the courtship dance in spring. Clumber is one of the best sites nationwide for two scarce birds — the Hawfinch and the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. The former is mostly seen in small groups in tall trees by the church between October and February. Occasional flocks of around 20 occur. As Woodpeckers go, the “Lesser Spot” is quite tiny being the size of a sparrow. Its drumming is much weaker than its Great Spotted cousin and its habit of flashing from tree to tree makes it hard to find. The car park at Rufford Country Park is another good site and there is speculation that the same birds are spending time in each place. I am often asked to recommend

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A history of the home Leanne Broadhead looks back at how housing has evolved over the years The real story of how Britain bought into the dream of home ownership is an interesting one, and it’s a concept that’s gripped the national imagination for decades. For many of us, the desire to own our own home is driven by a belief of the promise of a better life through ownership rather than tenancy. But it wasn’t always the case. Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be delving in to how in just two generations, we became a nation obsessed with owning their own homes. Today, more than 70% of us own our own homes, but just a hundred years ago, only one in ten of us were what people called ‘men of property’. Most houses only changed hands when somebody died, and estate agents were an off-shoot of the undertaking trade. World War II created a housing shortage in the UK, as 200,000 houses were destroyed by bombs, and a further 250,000 homes had been made inhabitable. Owning a house wasn’t an aspiration, most people were just thankful if they had somewhere to live. The masses rented their house from a 16 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

private landlord, and for those who did purchase a property, it was very cheap to do so, as there was little demand at that time from people to buy. In the 1940s, property was even cheaper than it had been in the 1920s, and back then, property wasn’t seen as an investment like today. In essence there was no ‘property market’ and definitely no such thing as a ‘first-time buyer’! A house was just somewhere to live, and that was all that mattered. So critical was the availability of places to live, that the government even had a push to make home-owners rent out their houses to families if they were not living there themselves. It was this housing shortage that led to the creation of the first council housing being built by the Labour government at the time. In the five years after the war, over three million homes were built, and the government policy was that only one in four of those were allowed to enter in to private ownership, the rest were council houses. Subsequent political wrangling and party policy even centred around how many more

homes each party would build than the current party in government, when Conservatives vowed to build more than the opposition. These policies enabled young couples and families to finally live in a separate home from their parents, for which many had been experiencing cramped conditions for years, with two to four generations living in a house with only two or three bedrooms. In the 1950s, council tenants became the envy of many, with families enjoying all the mod-cons, such as; three bedrooms, a bathroom, indoor toilets, and even a garden. Although people didn’t own their own home, under the council, it became theirs for life, and thus the ‘council-housing waiting list’ was born. Sixty years on and we’re back to having a shortage of homes for families, with no clear strategy or solution coming from either the cash-strapped government or opposing political parties. It does make me wonder who had it better, the average 1950s family or today’s 2.2 family unit? Image kindly supplied by Bassetlaw Museum │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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urged to return to ‘make do and mend’; to reduce, reuse and recycle because it’s economical and ‘green’. But sometimes this can be false economy — and false ecology, too. Some things may be worth replacing or investing in.


Once again, we can hang on to boilers too long and they can be expensive to repair, particularly if you need to call someone out overnight or during a holiday. Maintenance contracts aren’t always cheap either.

ECONOMY Boilers account for around 55% of your energy costs; replacing your old one with an A-rated condensing boiler and modern heating controls will ensure your home and water are warm when needed but aren’t wasting energy when not, and could save you up to £305 a year on energy bills. ECOLOGY A new boiler will reduce your energy use and carbon dioxide emissions. 18 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

WATER SOFTENERS About 60% of UK households have hard water that can damage and lessen the efficiency of appliances and heating systems; just 1.6mm of scale build-up can cause a 12% loss in heating efficiency. Shower heads, toilets, taps, pipes, radiators, boilers, kettles, dishwashers and washing machines will all need more frequent repair and replacement, not to mention the cost of limescale removers for appliances, sinks and toilets, and the greater quantities of detergent, shampoo, shower gel, washing-up liquid and toilet cleaner required. ECONOMY British Water estimates that a water softener could save the average four person household around £200 a year. ECOLOGY Softened water can remove existing scale deposits over time in heating systems. Fewer chemicals and less energy are used, and appliances will need less frequent repair or replacement.

SOLAR PANELS The government’s FIT (feed-intariff) scheme offers 20 years of guaranteed, tax-free, index-linked payments to households that produce their own electricity from renewable technologies. To make the biggest saving, use as many appliances as possible in the daytime when generating your own power. ECONOMY You’re paid for every kilowatt of energy you create, and every kilowatt you don’t use, which feeds back into the National Grid; and of course the bills from your supplier will drop dramatically too (solar panels create about two thirds of the energy necessary for a family of four). On average, installation costs around £7,000 and you may need to replace the inverter, which links the panels to your domestic supply, once every 20 years. It takes around 10-12 years to get back the cost of installation. Bear in mind that the FIT has dropped dramatically over the past few years, but then installation costs are dropping too. ECOLOGY Your household will be producing renewable energy and none will be wasted, as it’s fed back into the Grid when unused. Always research any major purchase to ensure you get the best deal for you. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

HOME OWNERS AGED 50+ Protect your home from future Care Home fees “We’ve worked hard and saved all our lives, why should the Local Authority get it all?”

Does this sound familiar?

“ We have made our Wills leaving everything to each other then to the children” These are known as ‘Mirror Wills’. Sounds reassuring enough doesn’t it! But your children could in fact end up with very little or even nothing at all. The main reason for this is your surviving spouse requiring residential care when you are no longer here to look after them. Although the possibility of care may seem a long way off, there are steps your should take now to protect your home.

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If your surviving spouse has to go into care, they will have to use all their assets to pay for their care until they get down to their last £14,250. It is therefore not a good idea to leave your half share of the home in your Will to your surviving partner. The answer is to make new Property Trust Wills. You may be unaware that legislation is already in place for you to take advantage of these types of Wills. Our free information pack tells you all you need to know about protecting your home from future care charges and also includes details of our special ‘Bloodline Trust Wills’ which prevent your children and grandchildren from losing their inheritance due to a child’s divorce, remarriage or financial difficulties.

Also available: APRIL KING are your local specialists and most of our clients come to us having already made ‘Mirror Wills’. Rather than leaving everything to each other, you and your spouse (or partner) leave your respective share of your home to the children in Trust but say that they cannot have it whilst the surviving spouse/ partner is still alive. This half would then NOT be included in any future means test calculations. The surviving spouse is free to sell their share of the home, raise cash or move house. Your children are powerless to intervene but simply have to wait for their inheritance, as they would have done under your old ‘Mirror Will’.

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A matter of life and Beth Bawtry Phoenix Theatre

presents Life and Beth, a comedy drama by Alan Ayckbourn. The play will run from Saturday 17th May to Saturday 24th May. The story starts by introducing us to Beth at Christmas-time, and we find her mourning the recent death of her health and safety officer husband, Gordon. Her son Martin has come to stay and so has Connie, her sister-inlaw. They are both determined that Beth has a stress free Christmas. But between Connie’s drinking problem and Martin’s unspeaking and emotionally volatile girlfriend, their intentions prove to be short lived. Only David, the local vicar, provides Beth with any comfort, but when he says a prayer for her bereavement, he unwittingly summons Gordon’s ghost to return. Tickets are now available from the SPAR on Station Road, Bawtry, for each performance which will take place at Bawtry Phoenix Theature, Station Road, Bawtry. For information about all Phoenix Theatre events please see the website

Lions roar in Gambia Bramley and Wickersley

Lions are proud to have sponsored a second 40ft Shipping Container of aid to Gambia which arrived at the capital, Banjul, on Tuesday 4th March. This huge container was filled from floor to ceiling, front to back, so that there was no more room for anything else. Lion member Les Hince, landlord of The Three Horseshoes in Wickersley, has headed a team of 11 Lions (including members from Hornsea Lions Club) and friends distributing to schools and children. The contents of the container included; seven computers with monitor, keyboard and mouse and Windows XP, two Laptops, 55 sacks of children’s shoes, 85 sacks of clothes and 50 boxes of toys, 266 boxes of

school books, 220 desks, 670 chairs and stools and 12 filing Cabinets. The Wickersley Methodist Church also provided 320 Christmas shoe boxes, containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, underwear, socks and a small toy. All this would not have been achieved without additional financial support from other Lions Clubs throughout the district and an incredible amount of support from the local Community and Schools. President Peter Cooper gives a very, very big thank you to everyone who was involved with this major, successful project. It was an absolutely magnificent effort and, for which, Bramley & Wickersley Lions received the District’s International Award.

Voglia d’Italia Get set for Maltby Memorial Run Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society

for South Yorks and North Notts) presents, “Lorenzo de Medici, Duke of Urbino”. David Lamb will relate the extraordinary story of Raphael’s portrait of Lorenzo de Medici on Friday 4th April, at 7.45pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Non-members are always welcome and admission is £3.00 for nonmembers. For further information, please call 01709 370895.

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Calling all runners and walkers!

We urge anyone who has an interest in running to come along and take part in the Memorial Run 2014, on Wednesday 7th May, from The Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby S66 8JD. We will meet at 6.15pm for 7.00pm start. It will be a superb, undulating trail run of 6.3 miles (1.1miles of which on road) over stiles, streams, fields and paths. The race is in memory of club members and friends.

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Creating Dreams We all dream of that show house look, with sumptuous fabrics and stylish interiors, but actually piecing it all together can be a very difficult task. Just ask yourself; how do I start? How can I achieve the look I want? Who can help me, and provide expert advice on colours and textures? Todwick Interiors has the expertise to offer advice and help in achieving your dream home; from a simple curtain or roller blind to a complete home interior design service, we are here to help from concept to completion. Todwick Interiors has possibly the largest selection outside of London of exquisite brands, which have world wide recognition and provide exquisite visual impact; fabulous and beautiful fabrics for curtains, holdbacks, tiebacks, poles, tracks; and bay window tracks and poles made to measure. Our wall coverings, with over 7,000 designs from around the world, offer an exclusive and intimate haven for inspiration to assist in creating a home that is simply stunning. We also offer a fabulous range of paints from Sandersons, Zoffany and the Little Green Paint Company to complement any colour scheme you may have in mind. We have new additions arriving on a regular basis to ensure that your home remains in line with the latest trends and fashions. The team at Todwick Interiors is dedicated to providing free help and advice for you to achieve your perfect home. Whether it is simply extra help you need with a concept or if you need a complete, inexpensive design service. Todwick Interiors can help turn your house into your dream home.

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LEFT Voyce fitness tracker for dogs RIGHT GoDogGo Automatic Ball Thrower

Pet tech High tech gadgets for your furry or feathered friends Pet owners are famously free with their cash: nothing’s too expensive for a beloved dog, cat, budgie or Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. It’s taken a while for the technology industry to notice, but now they have and there are all kinds of high-tech gizmos for your furry or feathered friends. Forget automatic pet flaps and anti-bark collars: the new wave of pet tech includes health monitors, cameras and even exercisers. The star of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show — or its pet division at least — was Voyce, which is essentially a fitness tracker for dogs. It isn’t cheap — it’s around £200 for the collar and another £10 per month — but the pitch is that by monitoring your dog’s activity, breathing, heart rate and calories it’ll

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give you early warning of any potentially dangerous and expensive health problems. Voyce will go on sale later this year, and it’s entering a market that’s already looking a bit crowded: in addition to Voyce there are pet fitness trackers including Fitbark (around £60) and Whistle (also around £60). If you think that’s a bit odd, wait until you hear No More Woof: the £50 No More Woof gadget promises to convert doggy brainwaves into human speech. Don’t expect to engage in scintillating conversation with your Shih-Tzu, though: the repertoire is currently limited to “I’m hungry”, “I’m tired”, and “Who are you?” The developers say that No More Woof is a work in progress, though, and early sales of the device will enable them to make it smarter, more useful and — we hope — more comfortable. We can’t imagine our own dog putting up with a No More Woof headset for more than a few seconds. Another way to get an insight into your pet’s life is to shell out for an Eyenimal camera. The Petcam is available for cats and dogs, attaches to your pet’s collar and records whatever he or she sees; you can then transfer the footage to your computer. Expect to pay around £60. Some pet gadgets appear to be practical jokes, but the GoDogGo is

perfectly serious: its Automatic Ball Thrower is a £99 gadget based on the automated tennis ball machines that tennis players use in training. The GoDogGo will happily hurl tennis balls five to 10 metres, exercising your dog while you sit back and relax. Have you ever wished you could take your pet bird for a walk? The people behind the Feather Tether hope you have, because their £12.99 bird harness means your bird can go wherever you are without fear of injury or “the tragedy of fly-aways”. The harness comes in five sizes and a range of colours. If you can’t always be with your pet, Petcube might be the answer: it’s a smartphone-powered gadget which contains a wide-angle camera and microphone for streaming high definition video and audio to your iPhone or iPad. There are speakers and a low-intensity laser pointer to transmit your voice and amuse your cat respectively. It’ll cost around £160 when it goes on sale in May. If you don’t have a pet, the iPhone/ iPad app also enables you to log into other people’s public Petcubes (with their permission) and annoy their pets instead - and if it’s just the laser pet toy you want, the Frolicat Bolt automatic laser toy is currently £20.01 on Amazon. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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Helen Stevenson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Steamed Treacle Sponge

Hello bakers, and welcome

to the April edition of Baking Bliss. The clocks may have gone forward and the daffodils are well and truly out in the garden, but on an evening there is still a chill in the air. So with that in mind I am sharing with you my recipe for steamed treacle sponge with homemade custard. The ultimate in comfort food, and perfect for a chilly spring evening.

the egg and sugar mixture • Slowly heat through, until the custard thickens to coat the back of a spoon then strain into a serving jug • To serve the pudding, remove from the saucepan, remove the foil and baking parchment, place a plate on top and turnover — the pudding will slowly release from the side of the heatproof bowl • Cut a generous portion and serve with the warm custard















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greaseproof paper, securing the edge with string then cover with foil and fold it around the lip of the bowl, and then all around the bowl • Place a small plate upside down in a large saucepan, then place the heatproof bowl on top and fill the saucepan with water, until you hare two-thirds of the way up the heatproof bowl • Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then simmer for 1½ hours • For the custard, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a bowl • In a small saucepan, bring to boil the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds, then simmer for one minute and pour in


METHOD • Starting with the sponge, take a 1.2 litre heatproof bowl and rub butter all around the inside and coat with a small amount of sugar • Mix the treacle and golden syrup together and pour into the bottom • In a separate bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar then beat in the eggs, one at a time • Fold in the flour and baking powder, mixing to a smooth, thick batter • Spoon the mixture into the heatproof bowl and cover with

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Clear out that clutter

We might not all live in homes of the likes you see on hoarding documentaries, but making a little more space and clearing out that clutter is something we all can do for a less chaotic and claustrophobic home.

BE FLEXIBLE WITH FURNITURE When you have run out of space, it makes sense to take a long, hard look at your furniture and make sure that every single piece is worth its place in your home. Simple, slender styles have the least impact in a small space, while pale or transparent pieces blend into the background, and anything raised on legs will make 26 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

your room seem larger (because there is more visible floor area). In general, avoid deep upholstery, bulky outlines and fussy detailing. Special foldaway or compact furniture can help — but don’t sacrifice comfort or function — and with a touch of lateral thinking you can turn ordinary furnishings into dual-purpose ones, such as a chest of drawers that doubles as a bedside table or a coffee table that includes space to store magazines. CLEAR OUT THAT CLUTTER It’s boring but simple: sort through your stuff. All your stuff. Unless you’re absolutely certain you want to keep it where it is, then put it into boxes or

bags marked for rubbish, recycling, giving away, mending or storing elsewhere. If it’s too painful to do this all at once, aim for one room per week, or else do ten minutes a day — then make a habit of keeping on top of it, with regular sort-outs. You’ll be amazed how much extra space you find when your house is no longer crammed full of unnecessary clutter. CREATE SUPEREFFICIENT STORAGE Every nook and cranny around your home can be used to store your possessions in a neat and organised fashion. Built-in cupboards make the most of space, as they can be made to fit into the most awkward of corners, and stretched right to the ceiling for maximum capacity. Paint them the same colour as the walls and they will blend in brilliantly. On the other hand, off-the-shelf storage tends to be cheaper, more flexible and whether it’s a vintage French armoire or a cheap coloured plastic bucket, can be tailored to suit your style and budget. LIGHTEN UP Start by ensuring that your windows are brilliantly clean, that curtains or blinds don’t block them, and that furniture is placed in just the right spots to make the most of natural light. As for artificial lighting, bear in mind that the traditional central pendant, used on its own, ► │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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from room to room or from inside to out, really opening up a home. If you are having building work done, consider glass walls, floors or even stairs, but for quicker, cheaper solutions you could opt for glass doors, glass or acrylic furniture or see-through accessories such as lamp bases, door knobs and vases.

◄ creates gloomy corners and offers no atmosphere. Instead, think about employing a more interesting combination of different types of lighting for flexibility, comfort and interest. For a quick upgrade on a budget, simply replace main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or floor lamps at key points, to layer the lighting and emphasise special features.

ADD GLASS AND MIRRORS With a little thought and not too much expense, simply hanging a mirror can create the illusion of space where it does not exist and double the apparent size of a room. One positioned opposite a window will distribute the maximum amount of natural light; near a light fitting, a mirror will reflect its brilliance around the room. Glass, too, provides vistas

USE CLEVER COLOUR Colour can manipulate our sense of space enormously. Pale colours seem to recede, enhancing a sense of spaciousness, while darker colours absorb light and therefore appear more enclosing. Colours on the ‘cool’ spectrum, such as blue and green, are more distancing than ‘warm’ colours such as red and yellow. Whites, off-whites and cool pastels are, therefore, perfect for making small spaces seem larger — and they look sophisticated and contemporary, too, especially when combined with the natural textures of materials such as timber and stone.

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In the recent past, Maltby Town

Council lost one of its well respected Councillors, Councillor Keith Duckmanton. Since Keith’s death, his wife Ros, has passed to the Chair of Maltby Town Council a number of old documents that belonged to Keith. Some even include local and national newspapers that give the news of our Queen’s Coronation, etc. Among these documents, I came across two Maltby and Stainton Parish Magazines. One dated July 1884 and the other is dated October 1884. The magazine was produced on A3 sized purple paper, and on the front is a sketch of St Bartholomew’s Church. The price of the magazine was three half-pence and they were printed by John Wright in Kingston-Upon-Hull.

Late Councillor’s old documents reveal fascinating history Within the two 1884 editions, we discovered the following: OFFERTORIES AND COMMUNICANTS DATE COMMUNICANTS OFFERTORY £ S D May 22 13 0 5 7 25 2 5 4 June 1 48 2 15 2 8 21 1 9 0 15 11 1 9 2 Total 93 among the 24 people who donated to this cause. (Would this be the money to keep the Church School going?)

In the October edition can be found the following. THE NATIONAL SCHOOL The Vicar begs to acknowledge with thanks the receipt of the following subscriptions up to June 16th — £44.8.6. There are a number of familiar names

This year, the fourth Northern Racing College Show has been renamed Country Show and Open Day. The show, which is a joint effort with Doncaster College, has been expanded to include small animals, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more, as well as the usual Fun Dog Show and classes for horses and

EXTRACTS FROM REGISTERS These extracts reveal that on 22nd August 1884, a Frederick William Morrall was buried aged 16 months and that on the 7th September, Ann Elizabeth, daughter of George and Elizabeth Butler was christened and on the 21st September, John William, Son of John and Ellan Parker from Bramley was also christened.

Simon and St Jude’s will be celebrating Palm Sunday on 13th April, with the distributing of Palm Crosses during Holy Communion which begins at 10.00am.

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MALTBY CRICKET CLUB The cricket season has now come to an end and the Maltby Club has enjoyed a fairly successful season. The summary runs thus. 13 Matches played, 6 won, 3 lost, 3 drawn, and 1 a tie-on first innings. The magazines are full of stories and poems of inspiration that have been written by a number of people from the clergy from far and wide. It is hoped to display these magazines in the near future.

Northern Racing College Show ponies, including jumping and Handy Pony. In addition, there will be classes for donkeys and driving classes for horses and ponies. Visitors to the show will also be able to visit the Northern Racing College and its facilities and

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Stars set for Forest Live 2014 Forest Live takes place June to July every summer. An eclectic mix of acts perform in seven spectacular forest locations around the country as part of the annual concert series arranged by the Forestry Commission. Woodland clearings are temporarily transformed into a concert arena creating a safe and relaxed atmosphere for gig-goers. Income generated from ticket sales is spent on improving the forests for both people and wildlife. Forest Live in this region takes place in Sherwood Pines Forest, near Edwinstowe and this year’s participating acts are Boyzone (12th June), Jessie J (13th June) and Paul Weller (14th June). For more information visit or call 03000 680400.

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and Choral Society on Saturday 5th April, at the International Christian Centre — formerly Eastwood Methodist Church. The choir will perform Rossini’s “Stabat Mater” and John Rutter’s “Requiem”, with soloists Soprano Serenna Wagner, Alto Cari Searle, Tenor Christopher Steele and Bass David Neale. The Musical Director is Rachel Copley and Accompanist Jonathan Gooing. Everyone is welcome and tickets cost £9.00 for adults and £7.50 for concessions and £2.00 for students. For further information about how to obtain tickets and the events, please visit our website

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Have you heard of the Hardy Plant Society? The HPS is a charity that informs and inspires lovers of plants and gardens. It is an international Society and was formed in 1957 by a group of eminent gardeners and nurserymen. The ‘Founding Four’ were Alan Bloom, Arthur Hellyer, Will Ingerson and John Sambrook. Our current President is Roy Lancaster, OBE, VMH, Fl Hort FLS, who has supported the society for decades. The aim of the HPS is to give its members information about the wealth of both well-known and little known perennials and to ensure that all worthy plants remain in cultivation and have the widest possible distribution. There are over 40 friendly local groups across the UK and the Lincolnshire Group, formed in 1989, hold their lively meetings at the William Farr Church of England School, Lincoln Road, Welton, LN2 3JB. There is ample parking on-site and the school is accessible by wheelchair. Members travel here from all over the county; from The Wash to The Humber and come from South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire too. All levels of gardeners and garden lovers, of any age, are very welcome in fact, anyone, with enthusiasm and a love of gardening and gardens. Gardeners enjoy meeting other gardeners and it is a very good way of making friends. Our aim is to encourage young members who will,

of course, be our future. And after all, age is only a number whether we are young or slightly older! Both occasional visitors and new members always receive a warm welcome and are given the opportunity to share ideas and information in a friendly manner. We have seven speakers annually; in January (after our AGM), February, March, April, September, October, November and a Plant Fair, (which everyone is welcome to) in May — along with a host of activities during the summer months. Our talks are diverse and afterwards we adjourn for a welcome cup of tea/coffee and biscuits. Members’ Plant Sales, along with gardening sundries for sale, are also available at most meetings and we have a Craft Fair at the November meeting too. So why not come along to one of these meetings as a visitor? You’ll then be able to listen to firsthand, an interesting presentation by a knowledgeable speaker and afterwards join us for tea/ coffee/biscuits and a chat. Admission is £4.00 per person, and includes refreshments. There is ample on-site parking, with disabled access and WCs. Please contact Barbara or Henry Jones for further information about The Lincolnshire Group of the HPS on 01522 695357 or You can also find us on Facebook and find us on the Clubbz Website.

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James Ince the intruiging channels on the Red Planet’s surface that baffled observers for decades

The rivers of Mars The Red Planet Mars returns to

our evening skies and again arouses much interest. The planet’s red colouring led earlier generations to consider it as a hostile world and many films were produced focusing on aggressive Martians attempting to colonise or destroy the Earth. The famous and all too realistic radio broadcast by Orson Welles, in October 1938, shocked his American listeners and caused panic. It was over sixty years before this event that the Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli had conducted detailed telescopic observations of Mars and had noted linear dark markings on Mars which he termed “canali”. These markings were seen to split as the season progressed and Mars moved further away from the Sun. Schiaparelli’s term meaning channel in Italian was seen by English speakers as canal. Many suggested that Mars was inhabited and that “Intelligent Martians” were using water from the planet’s melting polar caps to irrigate the parched desert areas in order to provide food for its population. Many astronomers were intrigued by Schiaparelli’s observations and a variety of telescopes were employed to observe Mars at each Opposition. Opposition is when a planet is exactly opposite the Sun as viewed from Earth, making it the ideal time for observing it. A telescope was set up in Arequipa, Peru in 1892 by WH Pickering and he observed not

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only the channels, but also dark spots at the intersection of the channels which he first thought were Oasis, but later identified them as craters. Pickering was a skilled observer and he noted the similarity to lunar craters. Despite the results of Pickering’s observations, interest still focused on the Martian canals. Percival Lowell was a wealthy businessman and he had a keen interest in astronomy. He commissioned a large telescope and began his observations of Mars in 1903. Lowell noted canals, he produced sketches which showed them as complex dark lines radiating over the Martian surface, their appearance changing over time. At first many were sceptical of his observations, but soon the astronomical community was divided, some thought the canals existed and were man-made; others were not at all persuaded. Lowell produced a book in 1906, titled “Mars and Its Canals”, which convinced many that he was correct. At this time the skilled observer EE Barnard was using a larger telescope and was not seeing any evidence of the canals, he was however seeing craters and depressions. His associate John Mellish also a skilled observer was seeing craters and rough terrain, with no hint of canals also. Later observations by E. M. Antoniadi, a Turkish born French astronomer did not provide any evidence of the canals, however he did see Mars obscured by

many dust storms and these storms were considered to be created by volcanism. Later theories suggested by Donald Lee Cyr that the craters were of impact origin and the lines between them were animal tracks. He considered animals moved from crater to crater taking shelter in the craters to escape the frigid Martian night. His theory was based on animal tracks seen in the Arizona desert. The arrival of Mariner 4 in 1965 finally concluded that Mars was not likely to have life and the canals were an illusion. Later Viking missions concluded Mars was a dry desert world with no liquid water. Mars is an easy target to view during April and will be visible throughout the night rising just after sunset appearing below the Full Moon on April 13th. Mars will be the subject at a forthcoming meeting of the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society. If you would like to find out more about the Red Planet or any astronomy related subject please visit our website www.basetlawastro. org or e-mail Enjoy the night sky sights. To find out more about Bassetlaw Astronomical Society, please visit for details or contact james. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850



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Get Sorted changes lives through music Get Sorted was founded in 1995

with an ethos to unlock creative potential within the community; believing that “Music Changes Lives”. Every week 200 children, young people and adults walk into the building clutching guitars, violins, drum sticks and music as they eagerly wait for their lessons. Groups take part in music, drama and arts activities, meet new friends, develop musical skills and knowledge, but most importantly, have lots of fun! The Charity is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 8.00pm daily, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved and take part! We provide one-one and group tuition in; Guitar, Drums, Ukulele, Vocals, Piano,

April will be a very busy month

in St Bartholomew’s. We continue with our preparation during lent and end the month with the glorious celebration of Easter. Work will be continuing with improving the Church rooms, and the next phase will be the painting and decorating of both the interior and exterior. Because of this there will be no meetings of Busy Fingers, Bereavement Support, or the Mothers Union – they all have a month off! The lent discussion groups will continue, yet Lent lunches will be dependent on the state of the

Violin, Cello ,DJ, Music Technology, Graphic Design, Animation, Songwriting and recording and more. Please call us for details or to book a visit. We also run exciting workshops during the school holidays. These are subject to change, but past clubs have included; Rock Bands, Pop Videos, ‘Glee’ club, Drama, Computer Games, Arts and Crafts and Animation. Please contact us for further information, or to check which activities we are running in the coming holidays! COMMUNITY WORK We work with groups, schools and agencies to provide workshops for students and those with special needs, disabilities and mental health issues.

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LEARNING CENTRE Our Learning Centre provides alternative curriculum support for students not accessing mainstream education. Please contact us for more information or to book a visit! Our Facilities include; fully equipped private tuition rooms, a modern Creative Learning Centre, recording studios (available for all of our learners!), rehearsal rooms, seating areas, refreshments and disabled access Please contact Get Sorted for more information or to book a free consultation, and we offer the first lesson for free! Call us on 01709 513099, or visit You can also find us on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter!

What’s on at St Bartholomew’s rooms during decoration. The Annual Parish Council Meeting will take place on Monday 7th April at 7.00pm. This is the meeting where we review the activities and finances of the last year. Moreover, we appoint Church Wardens and the Parochial Church Council. This group represents the parish and is responsible for the running of the Church for the following year. Bartholomew’s will have special services during the month Sunday the 13th April is Palm Sunday Thursday the 17th April is Maundy

Singaround & musician’s sessions A welcome awaits anyone interested in performing music vocally or with an acoustic instrument. This is not an open-mic night — as you don’t have to plug in, because there is no PA system and no rowdy audience to drown out; we simply all listen to each other. You don’t even have to stand up. The format is sing-around, in other words, we sit around the room in a non-too-

We offer on-site and off-site sessions during the day or after school. We also have staff available to deliver one-to-one tuition or help to develop and implement creativity to support the curriculum, again please contact us for further information!

perfect circle and perform in turn, one go per person. We usually get round the room at least three or four times. You can just come to listen of course! If you are taking your first steps to playing in public this would be a good place to start and gain confidence. Anyone who knows basic chords on a guitar could accompany the musicians’ tunes and if you sing

Thursday, when there will be a service in Church at 7.00pm Friday 18th April is Good Friday, could we ask for you to log on to the website - A Church near You -for the times of services Sunday 20th April is Easter Sunday. Sunday Services including those above are normally at 8.00am and 10.15am and Sunday Club is at 10.00am. Midweek Communion is on Wednesday at 9.30am, when all are welcome. For further information please log on to the website “A Church Near You”. they will back you if you wish. We’re happy to hear whatever genre of music you want to perform. The sing-around / musician’s sessions take place on the first Tuesday of each month at 8.00pm, at The Sheppey, Grange Lane, Maltby S66 7DN. My name’s John and, though I organise the night, I do as little as possible to interfere with the flow of the music. For more details, please call me on 01709 813530. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850


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Hair Couture: Tired winter hair Celebrity Hairdresser Richard Ward gives his hair tips on reviving tired, winter hair

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Healthwatch Rotherham: Helping to encourage, stimulate and support David Coldrick meets the Chair of Healthwatch Rotherham

I was pleased to meet up with Naveen Judah the Chair of Healthwatch Rotherham recently. Naveen is unassuming but (like many Rotherham folk I would say) not to be underestimated. His leadership experience has spanned the commercial and the not-for-profit sectors ranging from multi-million pound international enterprises to smaller-scale community projects such as the Rotherham Disability Network which he founded and Chairs. I suggested that people are very sceptical about the power Consumer Champion organisations such as Healthwatch have. We have seen them come and go. Naveen says, “I understand, especially in a time of austerity when everything can seem money driven rather than quality-focused, but getting involved with Healthwatch enables the Rotherham public, patients and users

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of social care and health services to have influence with impact. “Healthwatch is part of the drive to help democratise health care — alongside other initiatives such as Patient Participation Groups based at local GP practices. But to make that sort of local democracy or rather local accountability work it needs local involvement. Our small staff cannot do it on their own. We need many volunteers to help us engage and do the job properly.” Naveen explained that volunteers can help collect and analyse views, opinions and recommendations of everyone: young; old; women and men; patients; care home residents; carers and the cared for; people from all cultures and backgrounds; people of all abilities; people in work and those seeking work. You name it. “There is a role in this for everyone who wants one.” I found myself agreeing. There are

‘many Rotherhams’ after all — by which I mean that only we really know our local neighbourhood. We have the relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues and a network of others who we can ask for ideas about improving health and social care — but Consumer organisations like Healthwatch genuinely need to know what we like, dislike, want and reject. We can help it build up evidence and reliable local information to demonstrate local trends and needs. Healthwatch has helped spur new organisations into life such as Friends of Davies Court Care Home and is instrumental in revitalising others such as the Rotherham Health Network which now has regular packed meetings. Healthwatch does not only discourage bad practice — contacting organisations, such as care homes or GP practices which we might be unhappy with - but encourages those which we compliment. In recent months, Action on Hearing Loss, Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Door2Door have been amongst those complemented. Some services rely on external funding, not just the Council or NHS, so hopefully that fact based recognition will help sustain and build Rotherham’s local services which is crucial for us all. That seems like an excellent reason to get involved!

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Time for a brew?

Brewing your own beer can be straight forward and rewarding Maybe it’s the rubbish they put

on the telly these days. Maybe it’s the fact that computer games are, at bottom, all the same? One thing’s for sure, though: crafts and hobbies are making a big comeback. And not unnaturally, if you’re going to spend all your evenings and weekends bent on the obsessive pursuit of artisanal perfection, you want the end result to be something that you can be proud of and that your friends can enjoy. Marquetry, macramé, sure they’re fine. But nothing beats beer, really; and that’s why home brewing is emerging as one of the most popular hobbies in the country. In days of yore, the main reason why people brewed their own beer was that they were either broke or miserly. Students were the worst offenders, producing vile brews in grimy cupboards that even they could only just force themselves to choke down. Hobbyists who brewed their own would inevitably

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and gloatingly tell you how much their beer had cost them to brew and would compare it triumphantly to the price of a pint in the pub. “You’d have to be mad to pay that when it costs less than half as much to brew your own!” they would cry, before forcing you to drink some of the stuff. And as soon as you’d managed to escape, guess where you’d head... That’s not it any more, though. These days it’s more to do with lifestyle, and home brewing guru Nigel Sadler puts it down to what he calls the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall effect. Nigel runs a training company called Learn2brew and says he’s seen interest in home brewing skyrocket in recent years. “Crafts in general have a much wider appeal now than they used to,” he says. “Home brewing, home winemaking, and home cidermaking have really taken off. Partly it’s because there are now so many microbrewers that people have the chance to try many different beers and are getting generally

more interested in the whole subject. Partly it’s because TV chefs and lifestyle presenters like Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall and Heston Blumenthal are encouraging a have-a-go attitude.” To that potent combination has to be added the miracle ingredient of the modern age — the internet. Twenty years ago, when interest in home brewing was at a low point, Boots, the only national retailer of home brew supplies, reluctantly decided to pull out of the market, leaving it to not much more than a handful of specialist shops and mail-order firms. Many established home brewers suddenly found it hard to get the equipment and ingredients they relied on, and in many places it was all but impossible for a novice to get started. Then the mail-order firms, quickly followed by the independent shops, discovered internet trading. The whole craft took off again; and now Wilkinson has taken up where Boots left off. So now it’s easy to get started. And at entry level, it’s an easy craft to pursue; you don’t need anything more than a brewing bucket with a tight-fitting lid, a kettle, and a brewing kit comprising a packet of ready-hopped malt extract and a sachet of yeast. You don’t need any particular skill, either, and if you just follow the instructions you’re pretty much bound to get a more than passable beer for your efforts. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques the beer world really is your oyster. Fancy a Belgian lambicstyle beer, sour and quenching? Or a volcanic barley wine made to a recipe nearly 200 years old? Or just an inexhaustible supply of everyday quaffing beer? You can have it. And you can have all the shiny equipment your heart desires, too — an insulated thermostatically controlled mash tun; a refrigerated stainless-steel conical fermenting vessel with floating lid; even a paraflow! Or, of course, you can just stick with your bucket... That’s the beauty of home brewing: it can be as simple or as advanced as you like. There’s a UK Craft Brewing Association as well, which holds its own competition; so one day you might well find yourself being crowned national champion... and toasting your triumph in your own beer! │ e: │ t: 01709 845850


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Can you offer a Rain Rescue dog a loving home? Meet gorgeous Bunny she is a very small Boston BUNNY Terrier cross Staffy. She is terrier sized and confident. She loves her walks and is hoping for a new home. Approximately four years and used for her pups this yummy mummy needs a happy home.

Poor Vickie was severely underweight and abused VICKIE by her last owners. She was frightened and extremely withdrawn and depressed. She is now in foster, goes walking, loves to play and is regaining more confidence. She will need a quiet and understanding home.

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Spike is a loving little Jack Russell who SPIKE came into care with another female Jack. He is fussy and friendly and living in foster with other terriers. He is approximately seven years old and longs for a forever home. He could live with another dog.

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climate control, parking sensors, Bluetooth with streaming and Infiniti’s clever new infotainment system. The latter not only looks neat but works well too — although I wasn’t behind the wheel for long so we can’t say how easy it would be to live with. The Q50S has another crafty little piece of tech too. Called Active Lane Control, the system reads the white lines on the road and keeps the car tracking safely between them. It’s the three big guns that make up the biggest competition for Infinity — namely, BMW’s 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. There’s no doubt the Infiniti matches the Bavarian threesome in many areas and it does have individuality up its sleeve too. For other left-field choices, there’s also the Volvo S60. There’s no doubt it’s smooth and relaxing to drive. Complaints have been aimed at the Q50S’s steering-by-wires system that can feel artificial. But on our admittedly short test drive, we had little complaint. While it doesn’t match the sheer precision of the 3 Series, the Q50S can be set up for the driver’s tastes — whether sporting or comfort — and is perfectly adequate. A hybrid saloon will spend most of its time navigating city streets and motorways and for this the Q50 would seem to excel. This is a car with seriously impressive build quality. Add in smooth driving dynamics and European styling, the Q50S is a fine car. Whether it’ll make a dent in the executive saloon car market is yet to be seen, but Infiniti deserves to do well with this car. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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When best friends fall out

Louise Addison on picking up the pieces when children fall out

Falling out with a friend is hard

for most children. As parents we can't protect them from all life's ups and downs but we can help them through it. Much as we might like to we can't take their hurt or confusion away but we can hug, talk to and reassure them. Resist the temptation to say, “Well I never liked him anyway. I'm glad he's not your friend any more”, even if it's true! You may feel justifiably angry, but try to keep that from your child. Let them process it in their own way. Let your child talk about the issue. They may have been instrumental in the break-up of the friendship and it's good to discuss this. Don’t apportion blame though; children are not always developmentally ready to accept that they may have played a part. Talking about treating others as we might want to be treated is a good strategy. Also don’t be afraid of sharing stories


from your own childhood. It can help them to realise that bad things happen and people learn and move on. Keep an eye open for new friendship opportunities, at school and at any out-of-school clubs they attend. Work on helping them build and strengthen new friendships in a healthy way. This is especially useful if your child has up to now favoured one friend over all others. Having a wider social network can help cushion them against future fall-outs. If your child continues to be really sad about the loss of the friendship for an extended period of time then you may need to ask for external help. His teacher is a good place to start, or your GP. Fall-outs happen to just about everybody at one time or another. Helping your child through one will hopefully teach them a bit about life and strengthen your relationship with them too.

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Climbing the walls! Lee Bestall’s pick of the creepers If your garden is short on space, rammed with plants, or you simply have an unsightly vertical surface to cover, climbing plants can be used to great effect: from clothing frameworks such as pergolas and arches to hiding sheds and even neighbours! Whether it’s as fast growing as a Triffid, a dainty floral twiner, or an evergreen clinger, I’m certain there’s a climber out there for you, it’s just a case of meeting your perfect match. For those of you lucky enough to have a south-facing doorway, why not spoil yourself with the highly scented fragrance of Star Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides). Not only is it evergreen, but it boasts the added benefit of a claret-red leaf colour in autumn. For those with a north-facing entrance, how about a plant combo starting with an early flowering Clematis tolerant of shade, such as ‘Frances Rivis’, followed by the stunning pink flowers of Rosa ‘Zephirine Drouhin’, perfect in shade with the added bonus of being a thornless variety. If it’s a shady spot and a fast growing evergreen you require you 50 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

really can’t beat Ivy, but I understand many people are not huge fans, so why not put in the extra effort and seek out a great alternative known as Pileostegia viburnoides. It’s a bit of a mouthful but not only is it evergreen, it will provide white flowers in summer and like Ivy is a self clinger, but nowhere near as vigorous. As well as the other common examples, such as Wisteria (only plant this in full sun and if you are prepared to tie it in and prune it twice annually), Honeysuckle and Pyracantha (great for deterring intruders due to its woody thorns), there is a whole range of other shrubs which can be grown against a wall or fence, not forgetting trees of course, such as the beautiful trained fruit trees we often see in Victorian walled gardens. Shrubs planted at around 30cm away from the base of the wall or fence can be manually tied in and make excellent wall cover, often with the added benefit of flowers. Photinia ‘Red Robin’ for example, or Garrya elliptica make unusual evergreen wall coverings, and look great with a second flowering climber twining through. Don’t forget the huge variety

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Bringing up babies Pippa Greenwood on the long-term rewards of herbaceous perennials A visit to any nursery or garden

centre at this time of year will reveal a brilliant array of herbaceous perennials. Right now they might be small and not look particularly enticing but just take a look at the illustration on the label and you will see that these small plants have great potential. They’re also great value, usually somewhere around the £1.50 to £2.50 mark. It’s essential that newly planted perennials are given that little bit of extra tender loving care. Small plants such as these are more likely to be prone to any weather extremes and even plants in larger pots should be well established. When you ease the plants out of their pots, if you see a really plentiful supply of roots that usually means you have purchased a good plant. Check the plant labels to see the ultimate spread of the plant. For the

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poor growth and maybe even dieback. Weed control is essential and you can either hoe regularly between the plants to prevent the weeds causing competition or you can use a deep mulch or perhaps even place squares of landscape fabric or black polythene around each plant. Do remember however, if you use polythene, rain will not be able to penetrate through it and so the plants are more likely to suffer from drought. With landscape fabric this is not a problem. I’m a great fan of copper-impregnated and coated fabrics as these help to keep weeds and slugs and snails at bay. Once you have dug over the whole bed, then it’s well worthwhile adding a general fertilizer. If you notice that the soil is on the heavy side, I suggest incorporating plenty of bulky organic matter and grit. Similarly, if the soil is excessively dry, then you could try to improve its texture by incorporating large quantities of any good bulky organic matter. Once the plants are in position, firm the soil thoroughly and do take care not to compact it if it’s on the heavy side. Regular watering is essential and if the ground is not already quite moist, you should water the plants in well. Check them regularly for signs of any pests or diseases as it will be much easier to stop something in its tracks if you start to take action early on in the season.

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No GMO? It’s already here Leanne Broadhead on a shift in UK government policy on GM food The subject of genetically modified

(GM) food isn’t one that crops up in conversation very often in the UK at the moment, as it isn’t something as a country we’ve had to worry much about over the past few years. In 1999, Labour announced trials of GM crops, and immediately the trials were criticised because of the threat posed to neighbouring crops and honey, by cross-pollination. Indeed the critics were proved correct, when later that year, pollen from GM oilseed rape, grown at a trial site in Oxfordshire, was found at beehives 2.8 miles away. The research was carried out by experts at the Britain's National Pollen Research Unit. Then in May 2000, honey on sale in supermarkets was found to be contaminated with GM pollen from British

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crop trials. Two out of nine samples showed contamination. A Governmentfunded study concluded that nine out of ten people rejected cultivation of GM varieties without further proof of their safety for health and the environment. The story continued in 2004, when the then Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett told the Commons that the Government was approving the commercial planting of GM maize for animal feed. But within weeks, the firm behind the product dropped its plans, saying that Government restrictions on how the maize is grown would make it uneconomical. After early concerns were proved correct, that it would be impossible to ensure that non-GM crops would not contaminate GM crops due to cross-

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◄ in the UK, on the basis that there is no risk to people who eat GM food. Looking at the change in stance on GMOs the UK Government is now putting forward, we now see a huge shift in attitude from the statement on their website last year. I can therefore only conclude, as the national newspapers have, that the UK Government has already made up its mind. Visit, search ‘genetic modification’ and click on the top link labelled ‘genetic modification’. It’s easy to empathise with the arguments in favour of GM food. GM crops can be engineered to be resilient to individual pests that can devastate crops, as well as introducing benefits such as modifying corn and rice to help combat blindness in children in Third World countries. The world’s population is growing in some areas faster than we can feed it and Governments express concern over shortages and food security. So what’s the problem? The main issue here is that GM food has not been proved to be safe at all. It would be naive not to realise that it is in the very interests of the biotech companies to say they are safe, yet there is no evidence that they are safe, and not one single human clinical trial has ever taken place. It hasn’t gone unnoticed that of the five scientists who presented their report to David Cameron, all 56 Community Spotlight │ Apr 2014

have a connection to at least one biotech company, and many of their own research fields are partfunded by these companies. Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki explains, “The experiments simply haven’t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.” He adds, “Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,’ I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying.” In contrast, the few independent clinical trials that have been done on animals raise alarming concerns, even though the scientific lobbyists paid by the biotech companies, are quick to play them down, and are keen to dismiss the feasibility of such studies. A two-year study in France, which concluded in 2012, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini, was conducted on 200 rats, which were fed GMO maize foods. Unfortunately, 50% of the males and 70% of the female rats died prematurely, and researchers also described late-developing, large mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage. In the very least these studies should be raising questions. Unfortunately, the people who are asking the questions are finding that their voices are not heard, or are shot down by the powerful companies who will profit from countries in the EU starting to grow their patented crops. One such company spokesman said, “Animals have been eating our crops for years, with no safety issues whatsoever.” Yet they do not go on to explain that the animals he is talking about, are the livestock that we eat, and their very young lives are not an accurate test of the long-term effects GM foods may cause to human health. As a primary stance, this is the main question we all should be asking; what are the long-term health implications for us, if we start to consume GM food on a large scale? It can take years for disease to manifest, and quite simply with no clinical trials, we are as David Suzuki pointed out — living in a real-life guinea pig trial. So what about UK food security, or problems such as Aphids causing an

estimated £100 million of damage to crops each year in the UK alone? They are concerns, but not ones that I believe will be solved by the introduction of GM crops. Problems with monoculture are far more complicated than just looking at pest problems, which has always been, and will continue to be an issue with or without GMOs. Just like in the healthcare system — or ‘sickness industry’ — I think we’re treating the symptom not the cause. What about the huge percentage of crops from UK farmers that are rejected by supermarkets each year? Or the fruit and vegetables which are never even harvested? In some instanced, farmers know there is no point in harvesting, because again they won’t meet supermarket standards (estimated to be between 20 and 30% of vegetable crops in the UK). Let’s also not forget about the 40% of food we throw away as consumers each year, simply from buying too much, or food spoilage. There is no shortage of food, we just don’t manage our food chain correctly and ultimately this is down to profit chasing and farmers and food producers being exploited in the UK and worldwide. The main concern I have as an individual and for my family, is once GMOs go mainstream here in the UK and in our locality, those of us who don’t want to eat GM food may still do so indirectly. Referring to the start of this article, it’s simply impossible to control nature. Cross-pollination and contamination occur — take a moment to research the plight of the non-GMO farmers in the USA — and if a local farmer decides to start growing GMO carrots and potatoes two miles down the road, or in the field behind us, how long will it be before our own garden crops are cross-pollinated by GMOs? Despite the concerns over the safety of GMOs and the discussions on how to feed the populace in years to come, the largest concern I have is that once we go down the path of GMOs — even if just a few of the concerns I have voiced here come to fruition — it will be just too late; there will be no turning back. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850


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Tel: 01226 756126

ALSO AT Castleford Indoor Market Tel: 07985 143380


Fri 2nd May Fri 9th May Sat 17th May Fri 23rd May Mon 2nd June Sun 8th June Mon 16th June Fri 18th July Mon 21st July

4 Days 3 Days 2 Days 4 Days 5 Days 5 Days 5 Days 3 Days 4 Days

Torquay May Day Break Alnwick Castle & Beamish Mystery Weekend Ilfracombe Isle of Wight Newquay Llandudno & Snowdon Liverpool Brighton & Bluebell Line

£137.00 £190.00 £77.00 £179.00 £279.00 £297.00 £279.00 £174.00 £234.00

Sat 26th Apr Sat 26th Apr Fri 23rd May Sun 3rd May Sat 17th May Sun 25th May Sat 31st May Sat 14th June Sat 12th July

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London Hilton Metropole Chelsea Flower Show# May Day in London London Waldorf Hotel Metropole Hotel Metropole Hotel Hampton Court Flower Show All london hotels are central

£23.00 £105.00 £159.00 £297.00 £23.00 £110.00 £106.00 £106.00 £145.00

Sun 6th April Sat 12th April Tues 15th April Wed 16th April Tues 17th April Sat 19th April Sun 20th April Mon 21st April Sun 27th April Sun 27th April

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Bridlington Beverley Mkt & Cleethorpes Chester or Chester Zoo* Hull or The Deep* Pickering & Whitby York Scarborough Skegness Harrogate Flowershow* Whitby & Scarborough

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OAP/CH £12.00 £10.00 £13.50 £10.00 £14.00 £9.50 £13.00 £12.50 £10.00 £14.00

# Tickets included *Tickets not included

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WORKSOP 01909 730345

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A FAMILY BUSINESS established over 25 years

assuring personal attention from design to installation n Extensive range of uPVC windows, n Repairs, replacement sealed units doors & conservatories n Conversions n Energy rated windows A,B,C n Landscaping n Soffits, fascias & cladding n Building work

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Friday 11th April

Complete Madness (The Nutty Boys) They’re back with their full on tribute to Madness, expect a top quality night with loads of ska & 2 tone + The Phoenix Roadshow DJ’s.


Doors open 7pm to 1am tickets only £6 (bring your own nibbles)



Doors open 7pm to 1am, tickets are only £12 includes hot food


01909 480164


Eastgate, (Behind the Kilton Inn), Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 1QS Charity No: 1112764

Visit Harworth Heating for the largest selection of stoves, ranges, cookware and Wood & Multi-fuel Heating Charnwood C-Series

There is nothing quite like a real fire to give that enduring warmth to your home. These stoves not only look great but will heat your home in a very efficient manner. Available in 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 Kw Features • Available in a wide range of colours • Cleanburn airwash technology • Drop down throat plate enabling the chimney to be swept through the stove • All C-Series models are DEFRA exempt for burning wood in smoke control areas

01302 742 520

Blyth Road, Harworth, Doncaster DN11 8NE

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INDEX Aerial Repairs & Installations ADI Communications Ltd.............................27 Aesthetics & Beauty Lighthouse Laser..........................................49 Architect & Surveying Services CS Surveying & Architectural Design........27 Bathrooms Classique Interiors..........................................3 Interior Solutions Showroom......................55 Richardson’s Bathroom Interiors...............37 Venus Bathroom & Kitchen Studio........... 43 Bed Showrooms Health Beds...................................................39 House of Beds...............................................28 Bedroom Interiors DC Interiors....................................................14 Floor to Ceiling.................................................5 Interior Solutions Showroom......................55 Blinds & Curtains Todwick Interiors...........................................21 Boiler Repairs & Servicing ECO Gas..........................................................31 Building Services RHCS Construction.......................................59 Car Servicing, Spares & Repairs Andy’s Smart Car Body Repair...................47 Maltby MOT....................................................49 Re-Finishing...................................................47 Care & Home Help Home Instead Senior Care..........................41 Carpets & Flooring The Floor Trader Ltd.................................... 43 Children’s Parties From Rags to Rossettes............................. 48 Treasure Island..............................................49 Children’s Play Centre Treasure Island..............................................49 Children’s Pre School Tiny Explorers Pre School............................61 Chilli Farm South Yorkshire Chilli Farm.........................55 Chiropractic & Wellbeing Clinic The Goose Lane Clinic.................................15 Cleaning Service Euroclean.......................................................49

Coach Tours & Excursions CW Moxon Ltd................................................59 Driveway Cleaning Pristine Surfaces..........................................51 Driveway Resurfacing Peak Surfacing............................................. 53 Electrical Services DM Electrical.................................................11 Equine Supplies From Rags to Rossettes............................. 48 Estate Agents E-state Agent.................................................17 Johnson Estate Agents................................17 Family Day Out Wetlands Animal Park....................................2 Fashion Boutique Scandalo........................................................ 13 Funeral Director Jeremy Neal.................................................. 64 Furniture Deer Park Farms Furnishings.....................27 E Hayes & Co.................................................31 Fosters for Furniture.......................................1 Meadow Interiors............................................9 Gardening Services Greenthumb...................................................29 PY Gardening Services............................... 53 SCO Paving Ltd..............................................51 Gardening Equipment Torne Valley..........................................45 & 53 Hair Salon Adele The Salon...........................................39 Handy Man & General Maintenance Prestige Property Repairs...........................17 Health & Fitness Maltby Leisure Centre..................................15 Ironing Service Pressed Express...........................................27 Kitchens DC Interiors....................................................14 Interior Solutions Showroom......................55 Life Coach Think Differently............................................31 Locksmith Metro Locksmiths........................................ 60

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Memorials Steve Winks Memorial.................................11 Mobility Scooters & Aids Easy Life Mobility Care.................................59 Music Events North Notts Community Arena...................61 Narrow Boat Experience Day JP Business Services...................................31 Opticians Brumpton Opticians.................................... 33 Dudley & Severn............................................57 Pet Rescue & Charity Store Rain Rescue.................................................. 45 Pet Supplies Nature World..................................................23 Pony Parties From Rags to Rossettes............................. 48 Restaurants & Pubs 450 Above........................................................9 Aston Hall Hotel.............................................25 Three Tuns..................................................... 35 Roof Repairs Aston Roofing................................................51 Soft Furnishings Todwick Interiors...........................................21 Spray Tanning Sunshine Dolly...............................................39 Stoves & Ranges Harworth Heating.........................................61 Transport SGS Travel......................................................39 Volunteers / Befriending Service Alzheimers Society.......................................41 Wedding Dresses & Occasionwear Wedding Vows.............................................. 13 Windows, Conservatories & Double Glazing Charm Windows........................................... 60 Truestyle Windows Limited...........................7 MSC Windows............................................... 48 Window Repair Services Ltd.......................57 Wills April King........................................................19 Window Tinting Service FM Tints..........................................................55

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GOVERNMENT FUNDING Available for all eligible 2, 3 & 4 year olds.

Breakfast Club available from 8.15am

Places available QUALITY AWARD MARK ACHIEVED in May 2013 and a “GOOD” Ofsted rating

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