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Welcome to the December 2013 edition of Community Spotlight on S66. So it’s that time of year when most of us are working towards the official countdown to Christmas. You may be pulling out all the stops and planning your best Christmas ever, or perhaps you’re just really looking forward to a well-earned break with friends and family; that’s certainly the case here at the Community Spotlight magazine. Time not only seems to pass quicker as you age, but becomes more precious as you sense the urgency to make every moment count. As busy as we are, it’s true enough to say that we aren’t able to spend the time that we would like to with our friends and family, but we now have a new motto, ‘whatever you do, be there in the moment’. In other words, if we are spending time with our daughter, then we should not be trying to multi-task with other jobs at the same time. There should be no distractions and it should be complete quality time. By doing this, we’re finding that it’s not the amount time you spend that necessarily counts, but what you do with the time you have that is really making a difference. Having said this, Christmas is the one time in the year when we really are able to put work and all other distractions aside and truly have the opportunity to be there! If you are looking for activities and ideas to make the most of family and social time this month, then you’ve come to the right place. The December 2013 edition of

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MERRY CHRISTMAS from everyone at Community Spotlight! Community Spotlight contains information on great days out, ideas for celebratory evenings, Christmas markets, musical and theatre performances and so much more; find out all the details within the pages that follow. Christmas isn’t the only event to occur this month. It’s usually in December that the season chooses to make the transition from autumn to winter, with both freezing temperatures and snow making regular appearances over the last few years. Unfortunately, as we have previously discovered, it doesn’t take a lot of adverse weather to disrupt transport, heating and vital supplies. It’s essential to make sure you have some of the essentials put by in case you or neighbours are unable to get out for a few days, especially if we see a repeat of the extreme cold weather this winter. Better to be prepared than wish you had been. If you’re looking for a great way to bring new warmth in to your home, why not consider a log burner? Craig Brown discusses the benefits on page 12. We look at how to help improve

our diets, just in time to recover after Christmas with tasty juices as part of your five a day on pages 26 and 28. Also, look out for all the best local events this December on our community pages, as well as what’s on at the Wesley Centre on page 40 and Wickersley Community Centre on page 58. David Coldrick brings us another fascinating look into care in our community with his focus on Rotherham Hospice on page 38. Pat Patterson gives us her take on ‘The Night Before Christmas’ on page 36 and Darrin Carter asks if property headlines are to be believed on page 42. Helen shows us a festive recipe for an alternative to mince pies — moorish mincemeat flapjack on page 14 and Julian tempts the tastebuds with flavoured mini loaves on page 20. Plus, WIN one of two family tickets to Beauty and the Beast at Rotherham Civic Theatre in January, on page 29! We hope you enjoy this month’s edition and merry Christmas!

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“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. Care Costs - 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.

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Dates for your diary: BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP If you are recently bereaved and feel you need to talk to someone, why not come to join others in the same situation who meet together informally in the Parish rooms? Each meeting is relaxed; a chat and discussion led by the members themselves. You can partake in as many cups of tea, coffee and biscuits as you like. Groups meet at 2.00pm on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. However, if this is not a convenient time for you, then please come along to 17-19 Morrell St at 6.00pm on the last Thursday of every month, when the same format will be available. BUSY FINGERS CRAFT GROUP. Do you enjoy a knit and a natter? The busy fingers group may be just for you. The group meets informally

St Bartholomew’s, Maltby to enjoy any craft of their choice. It may be knitting, cross-stitch, embroidery or a craft that is more suitable for the men of the group. Groups meet in the Parish rooms at 2.00pm on the first and third Wednesday of the month, and refreshments are always provided. 3-2-5 GROUP FOR THE UNDER FIVES A “Messy Church Activity” for the children under five who have recently been baptised. There are four activity sessions each year. The session will have a theme according to the time of year and will include a craft activity, playtime, song and story time and refreshments. The next activity session will be on Saturday 7th December at 11.30am, please bring a picnic lunch. MOTHERS’ UNION (MU) The MU meets on the third Monday in the month at 2.00pm, and is open to both men and women. The only conditions are that you have been baptised and believe that children should be brought up in a stable family environment. Our programme at our monthly meetings is varied and occasionally includes a speaker. At other times we will

raise funds for MU Charities. Our social occasions feature outings to places of interest, visits to other MU groups and events. We currently have 30 members and new members are always made welcome. CAROL CONCERT Saturday 7th December at 7.00pm. Carol Concert by the Wickersley Community Choir, with a Grand Raffle Draw. Tickets cost £6.00, and include mulled wine and mince pies. CHURCH SERVICES Sunday 1st December at 10.15am. Family Eucharist will be celebrated by the Bishop of Sheffield The Right Reverend Dr Stephen Croft. CAROL SERVICE Sunday 22nd December 6.00pm CHRISTINGLE SERVICE Tuesday 24th December 6.00pm For times of other services during Christmas, please look on the Website “A Church Near You”, or call 01709 812684 for further information. CAROL SERVICE AT ROCHE ABBEY Friday 27th December 11.00am

Rotherham District Civic Society The Rotherham District

Civic Society has been playing an active part in the affairs of the town and district for more than 40 years. While celebrating our heritage, we must prepare to meet the challenges of the future. The society is active in protecting and preserving all that is best in the heritage of the town and district and improving the environment for the present and future generations. We try to ensure that local people have a

voice in matters concerning; planning, architecture, historic buildings, air pollution, public transport, countryside, road safety and more. So what does the Rotherham Civic Society do? • We arrange regular meetings on topical issues. • We arrange a programme of social events and visits to places of interest. • We award a trophy every two years for architectural treatment of a new building or refurbishment • We are invited by the local planning authority to comment on proposed alterations to historic buildings.

• We campaign vigorously in support of the principles in which we believe in and sometimes we win. For example, we have tried for many years to secure the restoration of the 500 year old Three Cranes Inn, the oldest secular building in the town centre. We always welcome new members and new ideas. In particular, we can offer younger people an opportunity to take a positive role in building the future in which they have a major stake. If you care about Rotherham and have an interest in learning more about the Rotherham District Civic Society, please visit

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Christmas by the glass Sarah Davey picks out her favourite Christmas tipples

Christmas Day in our house starts with a leisurely family brunch, complete with a cheeky little cocktail.

Cocktails at breakfast might not suit everyone, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend them as part of your usual healthy diet, but at Christmas I feel I can indulge without guilt.

I would suggest a Bloody Mary as a good accompaniment to a late breakfast. BLOODY MARY Ingredients • Ice cubes • Vodka, double shot • ½ lemon, juice only • 6 dashes Worcestershire sauce • 3 dashes Tabasco sauce • 150ml/5fl oz tomato juice • Pinch salt and freshly ground black pepper Method • Place the ice into a tall glass and add the vodka. • Add the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce and tomato juice. Stir well. • Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt and pepper and serve straightaway.

Before lunch, it’s nice to serve champagne with a festive twist. CHAMPAGNE WITH CRANBERRIES Ingredients • Champagne (or any good quality sparkling wine) • Dried cranberries Method • Simply pop 5 dried cranberries into each glass and pour the champagne over. The cranberries ‘dance’ in the bubbles and look very Christmassy.

And finally, no Christmas Day is complete without a tumbler or two of mulled wine. MULLED WINE Ingredients • 400ml / 14fl oz red wine (Shiraz is fantastic) • 400ml / 14 fl oz water • 400ml / 14 fl oz orange juice • 80ml / 2½ fl oz brandy • 4tbsp dark brown sugar • ½ tsp ground ginger • ½ tsp cinnamon • ½ tsp nutmeg • 3 cardamom pods • Clementine • 6 cloves Method • Make up a spice bag using muslin or a piece of thin cotton, with the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. • Place the red wine, water, brandy, orange juice and sugar in a large pan; add the spice bag, and clove-studded Clementine. • Heat slowly and simmer over a very low heat for at least 30 minutes. Serve with mince pies in front of the fire to round off a perfect Christmas day.

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It’s perfectly log-ical Craig Brown on the resurgance of wood burning stoves for the home

The log burner used to be a staple feature of any isolated farmhouse. It made perfect sense; there was no need for a mains gas supply or heating oil tank and the fuel could just be gathered from the farmer’s own land for free. Now though, the log burner is the must-have accessory for every trendy urban home from an immaculately renovated Victorian terrace to a glitzy new build penthouse. In fact, sales of log burning stoves have more than doubled over the last three years. A log burner is a cast iron stove, usually with a glass door, that is vented through either a cast iron or stainless steel pipe. The great appeal of a log burner is that it produces masses of heat and has the visual impact of a real fire without the fumes, mess or fire risk of an open fire. It is easy to clean out and can also burn coal, wood pellets

or anything else that takes your fancy. Prices start at a few hundred pounds and go up to the cost of a small car. Installation is easiest if the house already has an existing fireplace and a traditional style stove also looks most appropriate in this setting. However, log burners can also be located in the middle of a room and vented through the ceiling. There are two main reasons why log burners are becoming so fashionable. Firstly, trees absorb CO2 while they are growing and then release it when the wood is burnt, so log burners are effectively carbon neutral — owners can wear their eco credentials with pride. Secondly, with ever increasing energy prices it is actually cheaper to partly heat your home with a log burner; so much for efficient central heating. If you want the charm of an open fire but without the most of the mess and inconvenience, a log burner is for you. Better still, you can save money, save the planet and even increase the value of your home.

Smoke control areas If you live in a Smoke Control Area but do not have an exempt appliance you are only allowed to burn authorised fuels. You can find a list of authorised fuels at the Authorised Fuels page at Waste wood, such as old household timbers, may have been treated with heavy metals or organochlorine pesticides and should not be burnt but disposed of responsibly. If you have an exempt appliance then the fuels you are allowed to burn will be listed in the exemption requirements of the appliance (i.e. what it is was tested to burn) and should be of a size and moisture content as recommended by the manufacturer. To know what fuel can be burned in an exempt appliance, look at the manufacturer’s instructions or go to Exempt Appliances at and look up the name of your appliance.

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When I started thinking about my Christmas recipe, my first thought was of course mince pies! But I wanted to try something different. So I started thinking what mincemeat would be good with and suddenly thought — flapjacks. Flapjacks are always delicious either plain or with something in them. So I decided on mincemeat flapjacks — and actually I think they have turned out rather well. The thing that always astounds me about flapjacks is just how easy they are to make, and how quick. It’s INGREDIENTS • 125g butter or margarine • 125g soft brown sugar • 5 tablespoons golden syrup • 225g oats • 300g mincemeat • 50g white chocolate • 50g milk chocolate

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into 18 squares • Leave to cool and harden • Put white chocolate into a bowl over a pan of simmering water and let it melt slowly • When melted using a spoon, begin to drizzle over the flapjack in whatever pattern you like • When the white chocolate has hardened, repeat the process with the milk chocolate

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METHOD • Preheat the oven to 180°c • Grease and line a baking tray with baking parchment • In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugar and golden syrup over a gentle heat • When melted, remove from heat and stir in the oats thoroughly • Spoon out half the oat mix and press it well into the bottom of the baking tray • Place all the mincemeat on top of the oat mix, smoothing it out evenly • Pour out the remaining oat mix covering all the mincemeat and smooth • Bake in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown • Remove from the oven • With sharp knife, score

just a question of melting ingredients and then stirring the oats into a wonderful sweet, buttery mix. The tricky bit is getting the consistency right — not too soft and not too crumbly and dry. It’s a bit of a worry while the flapjack squares are left to cool, whether they will set enough to hold together especially with all that mincemeat in the middle. Happily they did — and they are really delicious. A fabulous tea time treat for the festive period and a great alternative to the usual mince pie.


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The Winter Solstice

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Winter Solstice occurs when the ‘top half’ of the Earth tilts away from the Sun at its most extreme angle. This gives us the longest night and shortest day of the year. It normally falls on 21st December, and from this point on, the days will begin to lengthen until the Summer Solstice on 21st June. The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin phrase for ‘sun stands still’. This is because the sun appears

to rise and set in the same two places for several days in a row. Cultures through the ages have marked the Solstice and celebrated the triumph of light over dark. Massive prehistoric monuments such as Stonehenge were built to align with the Winter Solstice sunrise. The ancient Romans had a seven-day festival called Saturnalia, when everything would be reversed — men would dress as women and

masters dressed as servants. People decorated their houses with greenery, lit candles and gave presents. Celtic druids gave pieces of mistletoe as a blessing. They also began the tradition of the Yule log, which was burned to conquer the darkness and bring luck for the year ahead. Many people celebrate the Solstice today, and it’s interesting to see how many of the customs have become part of our Christmas festivities.



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Christmas Carols with Maltby Miners

Start your Christmas celebrations in style with the ever popular Maltby Miners’ Welfare band. On Thursday 19th December at Rotherham Civic Theatre, you can enjoy a night of Christmas Carols and Music. Maltby Miners’ Welfare Band recently celebrated their centenary anniversary. The band have gone from strength to strength, winning numerous local and regional competitions through the years. The award winning band will play all your favourite Christmas carols and songs — their wonderful musical sounds are sure to get audiences into the festive spirit. Call the Civic Theatre box office on 01709 823621 to join them from 7.30pm for an evening packed with festive fun!

Child adoption events A special adoption

information event is to be held on Saturday 25th January, at the Holiday Inn, Rotherham, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. The events aim to help families get the information they need to see if they can make their dreams of adoption a reality. There will be opportunity to ask questions about the adoption process and hear experiences from both social workers and parents. In the past couple of years around 34 Rotherham children have been successfully adopted. However, there is still a shortage of adopters with around 50 children currently looking to be placed. The children are a range of ages and backgrounds including both single children and sibling

groups, children with disabilities and children from ethnic minority families or dual heritage children. Although there is a full assessment process for prospective adopters there are few restrictions on those who can apply. Prospective adopters: • Must be over 21 but there is no upper age limit • Can be single people or unmarried couples • Can be from different backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, religion or sexuality If you are interested in attending an event or want to find out more please call 01709 254899 or visit

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Artists meet in the New Hall, Bawtry on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We are a group who enjoy botanical art in watercolour, coloured pencil or graphite. We do have room for

new members so if you would like to join us or would like more information about our group either call in to see us on Wednesday morning (except the 18th of December) or contact Sue Leigh on 07526 153459.

‘Lives saved’ as 1,500 self-refer for aneurysm screening programme More than 1,500 older men from

across South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw have self-referred to make appointments for the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening programme since a public campaign to raise awareness of it was launched in July by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals July. The number is in addition to the nearly 4,500 men in their 65th year who responded to a written invitation for screening between February and October 2013. As a result of the take-up in the programme, 100 men who have had the free ultrasound scan have been found with some form of aneurysm.

Twelve of these men were diagnosed as having the most serious form of AAA and were at genuine risk of suffering a potentially fatal rupture. As AAAs are largely symptomless, if the men hadn’t had taken up the offer of the AAA scan being provided for free, they could have suffered a potentially fatal rupture without ever knowing that they had the condition. An AAA is an enlarging of the main blood vessel in the body — the aorta — which if left undetected can lead to a fatal rupture. AAAs mainly affect men aged 65 and over and, due to the lack of symptoms that men with the condition show, the AAA

screening programme aims to identify aneurysms and, ultimately, save lives. “Finding these aneurysms proves that AAA screening is very important. For the sake of a 10 minute scan, we could save your life. For that reason I would encourage all men who are 65 and over to seriously consider the offer of screening.” Men over 65 who have not previously been screened can make an appointment by contacting the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw AAA Screening Programme on 01709 321189 or by emailing For more information on AAAs, visit the national programme website

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Julian Broadhead shares his favourite daily bread recipes

These mini loafs — Sun-dried Tomato, Mozzarella and Chorizo and Apple and Stilton — are perfect served with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar or even cheese at Christmas. Delicious!

Apple and Stilton and Sun-dried Tomato, Mozzarella and Chorizo mini loafs

INGREDIENTS For the bread: • 400g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting • 8g salt • 7g instant yeast • 25g unsalted butter softened • 250ml water • Oil (olive or rapeseed) for working For the Sun-dried Tomato, Mozzarella and Chorizo filling: • 60g sun-dried tomato (drained) • 80g mozzarella • 60g chorizo













UTENSILS • 1 large mixing bowl • 16 mini loaf tins • 1 clean large freezer bag • 1 roasting tray




For the Apple and Stilton filling: • 1 Medium apple (Bramley apple) • 80g of Stilton cheese


METHOD • Firstly make a basic white bread dough as per the recipe in the November edition of the magazine, which you can read online at the web address at the bottom of this pace • Place the dough in the bowl and leave it to prove for about 1 hour or until it’s doubled in size

• Before you get your proved dough from the bowl to knock it back, its time to prepare the fillings Sun-dried tomato, mozzarella and chorizo: • Cut the drained sun-dried tomato, mozzarella and chorizo in to rough pieces — approximately the size of sweetcorn chunks Apple and Stilton: • Peel and core the apple. Grate it on to a greased baking tray and place under a grill for approximately 5 minutes. The trick is not to burn the apple, but to take some of the moisture away as the apples will make the dough soggy • Grate the Stilton • Once the dough has proved, split into two equal balls. Flatten these out in to two rough rectangular shapes on a lightly floured surface • On one rectangle of dough place the sun-dried tomato, mozzarella and chorizo • On the other place the apple and Stilton • Now roll each of the rectangles with ingredients in to a roll to trap the fillings inside (much like a swiss roll). It may be worthwhile having a little flour to hand to dust the rolls, as the dough may get a little soggy (especially with the apple) • Once you have your two rolls chop them in to seven or eight evenly sized mini rolls. Dust your hands with flour, to prevent the rolls sticking and then with each one, pick it up and just give it a roll in your hands,until it forms a small rough ball. Gently press the ball into the oiled tin, so that it gets to the corner of each tin • Cover and leave to prove for another hour • Place in the oven for approximately 20 to 25 minutes at 220°c • Once the loafs have cooked — they should be a golden brown colour on top — take them out of the tins • It may be that the bottoms are a little soggy. This is usually from the extra moisture that the fillings have. If this is the case, put the loafs upside down on to the wire rails of the oven (with out the tins) and bake for a further four to five minutes, or until the base sounds hollow when tapped

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A purrfect pet Christmas Best of Friends Veterinary Group on a merry Christmas for pets

The British are known for their love of their pets so it makes sense that we want to include them in the Christmas festivities, so here are a few tips and tricks to help you make the most of the festive fun with your furry friends. • Don’t leave presents for your pets under the Christmas tree, that giant bone may look really cute all wrapped under the tree, but it smells even better than it looks when you have four paws and may not stay wrapped up for very long. • Redirect your cats energy from redecorating your tree with a scratching post. Your cat needs to be able to fully stretch up a post and so it should be at least a metre tall for them to really enjoy it. And for any cat that still needs a bit of persuasion deploy Dad’s Monopoly tactic (cheat) — yes a sprinkling of catnip should do the trick! • Most of us like to share a bit of our Christmas dinner with our pets and

don’t worry I’m not about to spoil that tradition. While giving your rabbit a carrot or two will do little to effect their weight, a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings can come to well over 800 calories*. Putting on an extra pound at Christmas for humans is generally no big deal, but an extra pound on your Westie would be over a 12% increase in body weight for them! • Giving your cat or dog turkey and gravy is a great treat either on it’s own or mixed in with their regular food, but try to resist adding all the trimmings into their bowls as well. • Staying with the topic of food, beware of some hidden dangers to your pet. Chocolate and dried fruit should be kept away from dogs, and if any large volume of either (or high coco content chocolate) is consumed you should seek advice from your vet as these are toxic to dogs. • For cats, the most common problem vets see at Christmas is the ingestion of tinsel or the string from cooked hams and other meats. • Scented candles and plug-ins can trigger allergies especially in cats, if you notice your pet sneezing

or scratching more than usual stop using the offending scent. • If you are having a party and have animals that get nervous or scared by strangers, large groups or loud noises (these can also manifest as being aggressive or attention seeking behaviour), or if you have a new furry edition to the family this Christmas, here are some tips for you. • Ensure your pet has a quite area where it can be away from people if it wants. Dogs, especially when they are young, tend to like a small space they can call their own. A dog crate, covered with a blanket in a quiet room is ideal — remember it’s not just floor space that can seem huge when you are that small but also the height to the ceiling. • Young pets often also find a warm hot water bottle or soft toy that they can cuddle up to comforting, some also like a ticking clock as the rhythmic noise can be comforting like their mother’s heartbeat. • Investing in a pheromone diffuser may be a good option for both young and old cats and dogs, these simply plug into an electrical socket and emit an odourless pheromone that calms and reduces pet stress. We hope our tips help make your Christmas stress free and the most magical yet. Merry Christmas from everyone at Best Friends Veterinary Group! * information taken from

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Lions out with Santa Bramley and Wickersley

• Rhymetime Songs, instruments and stories for 0 to five years. Mondays 2.00pm – 2.30pm — Free, no need to book. • Toddler Time Games, songs, instruments, crafts and stories for two to five years Wednesdays 10.00am – 11.00am — Free, no need to book • Making IT Simple Drop in sessions Thursdays 10.00am – 11.00am — Free, no need to book • Springfield Bridge Club Thursdays 12.45pm – 3.45pm • Knitting Club Thursdays 5.00pm – 7.00pm • Family History Thursdays 5.00pm – 6.30pm — drop-in sessions • Chatterbooks Readers group for seven to 11 Alternate Saturdays 11.30am – 12.30pm — Free, booking essential • Rotherham Reshape Adult weight management programme Times vary, please ask for further information — Booking essential 286 Bawtry Road, Wickersley S66 1JJ 01709 544134

Lions will be roaming the area in December with Father Christmas and his sleigh. He will be refuelling his reindeer at the Three Horseshoes in Wickersley from 5.00pm each day, ready to then meet as many smiling faces as he can each evening at six o’clock. The traditional Lions Sleigh — recently rejuvenated with additional sound and lights — will be visiting the following locations in the run-up to Christmas:

Morrisons in Bramley has also let Santa park his sleigh outside on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Friday 20th, Saturday 21st, Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd December Please note that the following is only a guide, as Father Christmas sometimes has to go inside if it starts to rain. All our collectors are volunteers and all monies collected are used to support people in need.

• Monday 9th — Belvedere • Tuesday 10th — Sunnyside and Woodlaithes • Wednesday 11th — Ravenfield • Thursday 12th — Bramley village • Monday 16th — Wickersley • Wednesday 18th — Flash Lane • Thursday 19th — Tanyard

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Finance & Staffing • 12th December — Environment — 7.00pm • 9th January — Full Town Council • 16th January — Events • 23th January — Finance & Staffing • 23th January — Environment — 7.00pm

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The juice rules

Juice your way to five a day Leanne Broadhead on getting the most goodness from your fruit & veg

One of the aspects of our

lives we are determined to change is the way we eat, and controlling the nutrition we receive. Recently I read a book about the UK food system (featured in next month’s book review) which completely shocked me to my core — even though I thought I was already well informed. The facts contained in this book prompted me to take a hard look at our where we buy our food and more importantly how this had caused our family’s diet to be almost completely devoid of nutrition. None of us are perfect when it comes to food and drink, but the way we shop and source our food today makes it even harder to acquire what we all need nutritionally on a daily basis. Although many of us still eat fruit and vegetables every day, if these were purchased from a supermarket, chances are that most of the nutritional value was already lost by the time that we purchased them, never mind eat them! Vegetables have a set amount of nutrients when harvested and begin to lose them the minute they are

cut off from their food source. Once harvested, they begin to consume their own nutrients in order to stay alive. This decline is often hastened by the things we do to them. Although many of us seem to have forgotten the fact — ourselves included — you can still buy fresh, locally sourced fruit and vegetables without having to just buy what is being sold at the local supermarket. When you really start looking in to it, there are many local markets, farm shops and even allotment owners who are ‘selling’ their home-grown produce nowadays too. Sourcing local produce can be as easy as finding out about your local fruit and vegetable box schemes. Many deliver direct to your door, or to a pick-up point near you on a regular basis. Eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is the minimum guideline set by today’s nutrition experts for us to aim to provide our bodies with the nutritional fuel they need to function well. Yet the five-aday figure is based on there being a certain amount of vitamin and mineral content in each type of fruit or vegetable. If we are consuming fruit and vegetables that have been

• Buy the freshest fruit and vegetables you can. The best way to do this is to buy local and eat them fast. If not local, by British where (not easy for most citrus fruits) possible and most of all often. • Don’t peel the fruit or vegetables, just wash them. Whilst the fibrous pulp will not make it in to the juice, many of the nutrients from the skin will. • Drink “just-juiced” juice. Drink it immediately after you make it, don’t save it for tomorrow. • Avoid buying bottled vegetable juice which was juiced many days/ weeks before and has also been pasteurised or heat treated, to increase the shelf life of the product. These processes destroy a large selection of vitamins, minerals and all enzyme activity (the life force of the plant). • Use juicing to supplement what you fruit and vegetables you are already eating, not instead of. • Try to get the fruit and vegetable juice ratio right; two thirds juice from vegetables and one third from fruit. Increasing your fruit juice intake will increase your sugar intake, and although this is from fruit sugar, you should still aim to juice more vegetables than fruit. • Don’t forget to clean your teeth after consuming juice. picked more than just a few hours ago (not days ago like most of us), then we are not receiving all of the nutritional benefit that we should do from our fruits and vegetables. The only sensible answer is to eat more of them, but as latest figures from the Department of Health show, just one in five British adults manage to achieve the minimum of just five a day. So with this figure being lower than ever before, what’s the answer? Making fresh fruit and vegetable juice, with a good quality juicer at home, is just one way of increase your vitamin and mineral intake significantly. You can harness the vitamin power of many different types ►

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◄ of fruit and vegetables all in one go, without having to eat 10 portions of fruit or vegetable in one sitting. There are many different types and brands of juicer on the market, and you need to do your research to see what’s right for your needs. Personally we use a Philips Avance, which has a whole fruit juice centrifugal juicer, with a tube feeder. This extracts the maximum amount of juice out of the fruit or vegetable. There are also many different juice recipe books available, which means you will be never stuck for ideas, and can even be guided on selecting recipes to suit your own individual health aims. DON’T JUST JUICE! Fresh fruit and vegetables contain phytonutrients, with different coloured fruit and vegetables containing different types of phytonutrients. Fibre, contained in all fruits and vegetables is also of equal importance, and whilst I won’t get in to the benefits of both of these nutrients

Juice your way to five a day right now, both types of nutrients are essential for a healthy body. As much of the fibre in a fruit or vegetable is contained in its skin, it is essential to still eat fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. The benefits of juicing mean that you are able to dramatically increase your vitamin and mineral intake in a very simple way. Whilst many argue (myself included) that we should supplement our diets with nutritional supplements to provide insurance against vitamin and mineral shortfall, fruits and vegetables provide us with so much more than we can get from any vitamin supplement. Because of the cleansing properties of consuming increased amounts of nutrient rich vegetable and fruit juice, there are many people today advocating drinking just fruit and vegetable juice as a way to lose weight fast and detox the body. Whilst in principle some of these arguments

hold true, our bodies need much more than vitamins and minerals on a daily basis to function well. Proteins and essential fatty acids in particular are important for the body to perform its daily processes and if you were to consume just juice from fruit and vegetables then you wouldn’t be receiving either of these. In my previous career, I spent many years helping hundreds of people to lose weight, in addition to coaching many sports people on feeding their bodies better, in order to recover faster. No matter what our lifestyle choices, our ultimate goal surely should be to get the best nutrition possible without compromise? After incorporating freshly made juices with one or two of our meals a day, I know it’s made a difference for us. It is a fantastic way to consume multiple vitamins that can quickly be absorbed as part of an overall healthy eating plan.



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Keep warm, keep well Leanne Broadhead on the NHS advice of how to stay warm this winter

Cold homes have a significant

impact on people’s health. One of the best ways of keeping yourself well during winter is to stay warm. According to NHS statistics, the chances of becoming unwell from being cold are higher, if you're vulnerable to cold-related illnesses because of one or more of the following: • You’re over 65 • You're on a low income (so can't afford heating) • You have a long-term health condition such as heart, lung or kidney disease • You are disabled Flu is a highly infectious illness that can spread rapidly. If you’re at risk of complications from flu, you may be eligible for a free flu jab, see your doctor to find out if you qualify. Every winter in the UK, 25,000 to 30,000 deaths are linked to the cold weather. Currently, approximately four million households in the UK are in fuel poverty. This is when a household spends more than 10% of its income to keep warm. HOW TO STAY WARM The NHS website has plenty of advice on how to keep warm during the colder

months. Some key tips include: KEEP YOUR HOME WARM Your main living room should be between around 18–21°c and the rest of the house at a minimum of 16°c. You can also use a hotwater bottle or electric blanket (but not both at the same time) to keep warm while you're in bed. EAT WELL Food is a vital source of energy, which helps to keep your body warm. Try to make sure that you have hot meals and drinks regularly throughout the day and keep active in the home if you can. WRAP UP WARM, INSIDE AND OUT Layer your clothing to stay warm and wear shoes with a good grip if you need to go outside. If possible, stay inside during a cold period if you have heart or respiratory problems. KEEP AN EYE ON THE VULNERABLE Check on older neighbours or relatives to make sure they're safe and well. Make sure they're warm enough, especially at night, and have stocks of food and medicines so they don't need to go out during very cold weather. If you're worried about a relative or an elderly neighbour, ring the Age UK helpline on 0800 00 99 66.

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Slinky slimmers ready to party after over 20 stone weight loss! With just five weeks to go until

Christmas, the party season is getting into full swing and a group of slimmers from Wickersley are ready to celebrate in style after losing 20st 4lb between them and winning a competition in their local slimming group. Katie Hardy, Bryony Barker, Claire Cranswick and Clare Dudill have dropped numerous dress sizes since joining the Wickersley Slimming World groups. Now they’re looking forward to slipping into a slinky party dress for the festive season after being aptly named the group’s ‘Miss Slinky 2013’. Katie who attends the 9.30am group has lost 7st 8lb, Bryony who attends the 11.30am group has lost 4st 9.5lb, Claire who attends the

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5.30pm group has lost 2st 12lb and Clare attending the 7.30pm group has lost 5st 2.5lb. All were voted their group’s ‘Miss Slinky 2013’ by fellow members. Slimming World’s annual ‘Miss Slinky’ competition recognises members who have undergone a huge transformation by becoming slimmer and more confident — and who look great in their party outfits too! Zoe Kemp, who runs the Wickersley Slimming World group hopes their achievements will inspire lots of other people in Rotherham, “All four ladies are such an inspiration in group. I hope them winning the competition shows that slimming down can make a huge difference to your confidence and self-esteem. There’s still time to

drop a dress size before Christmas and because our eating plan is so generous you can plan to enjoy all your parties and treats and still lose weight. At Slimming World, members learn about making the healthiest choices and how to cope with challenges that might previously have thrown them off course.” If you’re inspired by their story, go along to the Wickersley Slimming World group, which runs every Monday at 9.30am, 11.30am, 5.30pm or 7.30pm at St Albans Barn, off Morthen Road or the Bramley Slimming World group on Wednesday’s at 7.00pm at Bramley Parish Hall, Cross Street. Or for more information call Zoe on 07964 887581 or visit

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A light at the end… David Coldrick Managing Director Home Instead Senior Care

Anyone who has lost someone close to them knows the truth of the words ‘How people die remains in the memory of those who live on’ (Dame Cicely Saunders — founder of the modern Hospice movement). As the year ends we are often reminded of those who are no longer with us. So I was pleased to be able to talk to Allison Tinker of Rotherham Hospice on behalf of Community Spotlight. Allison, who manages the Hospice’s community nursing services, told me that “Many people still think of a Hospice as a building. But the development of our ‘Hospice at Home’ service, as part of the community team, over the last eighteen months has been yet another way of showing that the Hospice has always really been about a way of caring — ensuring patient choice, independence and dignity. The patient’s wishes as regards their chosen

to 10.00pm. “But” says Allison, “our staff always go the extra mile and will not leave a patient until they are settled. And of course we hope the pilot will be considered successful and we will be able to develop it into a 24/7 service.” This is borne out by family comments such as, “Some people want to die at home. I know I wouldn’t have managed without help from the team to keep my mum at home and that’s where she wanted to end her days.” “Our approach is based on being able to be ‘in the moment’ with patients — they are not bundles of tasks to be done. You need to be there, really with them. The little things count the most at the end of life” says Allison. During the festive period, our thoughts often turn to those who are no longer with us. Light up a life is a time of celebration and reflection, remembering the life and love of those who are dear by dedicating a light in their memory. Open to everyone, a light is a symbolic way of remembering. To find out more contact the Hospice on 01709 308917.

place of care should be paramount. That may be here at the Hospice, at the family home or in a care home.” The Hospice opened in 1996, and provides a 14 bed Inpatient Unit, with 75 Day Hospice places every week. It remains the only local hospice for adults in our area and includes; physiotherapy, occupational therapy, complementary therapies and bereavement support. Apart from the professionals involved there is also much patient and family involvement in what the Hospice does and how it does it. The Hospice needs over £4.2 million annually to deliver its services and relies heavily upon local support to raise this. It is obvious that it can only achieve that because of its long record of excellence. There is so much to say about the Hospice that I decided to focus on the two year Hospice at Home pilot project. It involves fast response, Borough-wide provision of palliative care with a seven day service 8.00am

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What’s on at: The Wesley Centre Come and get some Christmas cheer down at The Wesley Centre. The Wesley Centre, Blyth Road, Maltby, Rotherham, S66 8JD. PANTO SEASON DOWN AT THE WESLEY CENTRE Phoenix Operatic Society presents Cinderella a family Pantomime. Tickets £6 each available from the Wesley Centre. • Saturday 21st December — 7.15pm start. • Sunday 22nd December — 6.15pm start. • The Wesley Centre Christmas Craft Fayre — Saturday 7th December from 11.00am to 4.00pm. Free Entry come and see Santa and get a present

(£2.50). The Maltby and Rother Valley Lions are generously supporting this event. • Maltby Minors Youth Theatre Group — 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th December, from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. • Alzheimers Society Support Group — The Memory Café, 16th December from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. • Quiz Night – 6th December .Doors open 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start. £1 per player, all entry fees to two prizes. Licensed bar. • Maltby Musical Theatre Group — 3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th and 19th December from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. • Classic Rock Society — 7th December. Gordon Giltrap

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It’s not too late to wrap up warm for the winter Even hardy plants can struggle

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Another nifty little trick is to use some foam pipe insulation to cover the stems before wrapping-up. Don’t forget to make provision for watering — leave a flap if possible.

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And our survey said… Darrin Carter ponders some truths and un-truths in the property market

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who and what do you believe? When it comes to the property market, it’s no different! The headlines are full of conflicting information, the worst offender being average sale prices. Last week’s news “Property prices on the up”, is usually swiftly followed by another research group telling us “UK property values set to tumble.” No wonder they say don’t believe everything you read in the papers. So, as a bit of fun, here are ten property survey headlines, some true, some made up, but can you tell which is which?


90% of people now start their property search online The average age of today’s first time buyers is 35, or is it 41?

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Whatever happens to the market in 2014, one thing is for sure that there will be comment and discussion in the media. Some will be positive, some negative, some true and some false,

and you will also have your own opinion. If you are contemplating a move in 2014, make sure you get a good agent to help you and good luck. Now I am off to have a bacon sandwich!

Answers: 4, 6 and 9 are false, and the rest are true, but could also be false, depending on who you believe!


am 20% more likely to get a form of cancer. Clearly there is some evidence behind the claim, and common sense says that whilst we all like a fry up, having one every day is not going to be good for us, even if you are a builder. My point is that we seem to be overloaded with this type of propaganda, and how do we keep up? One day we’re told it’s good to eat cheese, six months later it’s not. Yes it’s good to have a glass of red wine every day, but it’s also recommended to have two alcohol free days a week — so

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It’s enough to make you growl — you apply for a credit card or loan, get accepted but they inform you the rate’s far higher than advertised. Worse still, the application hits your credit score, making other cheap credit harder to obtain. This is the vicious circle of credit application, yet a few new techniques may help you square it. Here are my must-knows. ONLY 51% MUST GET THE ADVERTISED RATE Almost every card and loan’s now ‘representative APR’, meaning only 51% of accepted applicants must get the advertised rate. The rest get costlier deals. How do you find out? By applying, but each one hits your credit score. NO-FINGERPRINTS ‘CAN I GET CREDIT?’ TESTS A few lenders have launched ‘soft’ searches that indicate likely acceptance without marking your file. I applaud this — more lenders should follow suit. COMPARE CARDS AND FIND WHICH WILL ACCEPT YOU I’m not a fan of credit card comparisons as it’s just as much about how you use cards as the rate. Yet Money Supermarket’s Smartsearch can predict likely acceptance from the 30 providers it compares — and it does this without any fingerprints on your credit file. Though do be very careful to ensure you know exactly what you’re doing and the best way to work a card once you get it. WHAT LENDERS REALLY KNOW ABOUT YOU There are lots of myths about what information credit files actually contain. What’s on your credit file: Your addresses, County Court Judgement and Bankruptcy record, six years’ credit history of credit applications and loose repayment history, and some utility history.

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Beauty and the Beast at Rotherham Civic Centre

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A Grand Christmas Ball will be held at Ye Olde Bell on Saturday 7th December in aid of the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals. It will be party like no other, with a bubbly reception, a fourcourse meal, a disco and a live band. The ball will commence at 7.00pm, with carriages at 1.00am. To book tickets and for further information, please call Sally Richardson on 01909 502767.

live in the community) and their carers in our area benefit from ‘Memory Cafés’ run by the local Alzheimer’s Disease Society. They are held at four venues across the town and there are also two regular related ‘Singing for the Brain’ events. The nearest Memory Café is at the Wesley Centre, Maltby. The rooms where the various cafes are held are chosen for being light, airy, accessible and friendly. The ones at the Wesley Centre are extremely well appointed and have variously catered for everything from musical events to film-shows and church services. So when Alzheimer’s Society staff and volunteers set the hall out like a café with tables and chairs, coffee, tea and biscuits it really looks the part. There is good conversation from the carers, professionals, volunteers

and those who have Dementia. It helps stimulate, encourage, support and amuse. The games which are sometimes played make everyone into an active competitor, and as to the music and singing — it is up to you whether or not to join in but most people do — it really can bring back that spark in people’s eyes. I have seen people light up due to the additional company, sing-alongs and the structured, enjoyable musical stimulation. The music is often provided by the now famous Lost Chord group, also based in the offices at the Wesley Centre. People leave renewed and that it is surely for the good. Even if you do not normally like ‘groups’, if you are affected then do please give the Alzheimer’s Society a ring on 01709 580543 about going.

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Join in the festive fun this month in Rotherham Town Centre On Saturday 7th December, from 10.00am to 3.00pm Rotherham will travel back in time this Christmas for a fantastic Dickens celebration this year. There will be music, entertainment, Dickensian craft workshops and much more! Don’t miss the fantastic festive reindeer parade in the town on Saturday 14th December from 12.45pm to 3.00pm. Father Christmas and his reindeer

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children from the Infant school joined with members of the local community to attend the Remembrance Day service at Bramley Cenotaph and laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the school. A competition was held to find a suitable name for the infant school’s newly formed sports team. There were some fabulous and innovative ideas and the winning name chosen was Bramley Sunnyside All-Stars. Congratulations to Eliza Feltoe and Sara Rodgers who both came up with the same name! Team t-shirts have been printed with the winning name and will be worn by the team at future interschool sports events. A non uniform day held on Friday 15th November raised £255 for Children In Need. The school worked with Yvonne from Greggs Bakery at the Tanyard, Wickersley and sold Pudsey Wristbands which raised an extra £250 for this fantastic cause. As the school had sold so many wristbands Yvonne at Greggs kindly organised a very special surprise — a visit in person from Pudsey himself to say thank you!

The infant school recently secured a grant from the Big Lottery Fund to purchase a kiln, to enable the children to create and fire their own designs. A series of free ceramics workshops started after the half tern break led by Caroline Lee, and expert tutor in ceramics. Caroline has vast experience in running clay clubs and family learning with all ages and abilities. 25 parents signed up to participate alongside their child. The sessions are light hearted and fun and everyone who is taking part will create, fire, paint and glaze their own piece and take it home as a keepsake at the end. On Monday 25th November students from Wickersley School and Sports College visited the Infants and presented a video of their recent visit to South Africa as part of a conservation

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Company and Wickersley Youngstars are holding a Christmas Fayre at Wickersley Community Centre on Saturday 7th December from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. We will have a variety of stalls including crafts, a bottle stall, ‘guess the weight of the cake’, ‘find the Meerkat’, tombola, raffle, ‘guess the name of the giant gingerbread man’ and of course, a special guest will be joining us — Father Christmas. Admission is free for everyone and all proceeds will go towards helping the two musical theatre groups to carry on performing their great shows. So why not get into the Christmas spirit and bring your family along to this festive event.

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of Bramley Sunnyside Schools) was established in 2007 and since the formation six years ago, they have organised summer and winter fairs, Easter events, race nights and ladies nights. Their aim is to raise funds for Bramley Sunnyside Infant and Bramley Sunnyside Junior School,

project to build a sustainable garden at an African school. Parents at the infant school have helped fundraise for the project by purchasing refreshments at parents evenings. The school were thrilled to be invited to design and make the Christmas decorations for the tree that will be on display inside the main entrance at Morrisons Supermarket in Bramley over the festive period. The school has established excellent links with Morrison’s via Betty Shaw, who is the stores community champion. On Wednesday 27th November, the infant school children were treated to a Christmas themed puppet show by members of the Salvation Army at Maltby. Many thanks go to Major Sylvia Bird and Joanne Arif for the show which was thoroughly enjoyed by the children.

in addition to providing the children who attend both schools with memorable experiences. One of the annual events is the Winter Wonderland which this year takes place on Friday 6th December starting at 3.30pm. Planning for this event starts in March and is a joint effort between FABSS volunteers, and the Infant and the Junior school. At FABSS Winter Wonderland there will be the Junior school choir, games, crafts, face painting and nail art, as well as Santa’s Grotto for the children of both schools (the Grotto is now fully booked). There are also refreshments, mulled wine and mince pies.

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Charity Sahara trek seeks volunteers funds and awareness for the cause. Now this special group are taking on one of the most difficult challenges yet. The efforts of these heroes and all their supporters will make this event the biggest and most successful fundraiser SAFE@LAST has ever had. Those taking part in the trek hope to raise in excess of £2,500 to fund the experience and to contribute to the valuable services SAFE@LAST provides for young people in South Yorkshire. If you feel inspired to get involved and fancy the challenge of pushing yourself to the limit, as well as raising funds and awareness for a fantastic cause, please visit www.safeatlast. or call the office on 01909 566 977 for more information. SAFE@LAST is a South Yorkshire based charity which offers support to children who have run away from home by finding alternative accommodation, advice and support. They also work with young people

who are at risk through running away. This could be working with young people that are thinking about running away, have run away or have been thrown out of their home. The charity relies on fundraising events and support from the community to ensure it can continue to offer quality services to children and young people. It is reported that 100,000 children and young people run away from home each year but only one third are reported missing to the police. (Source Children’s Society Still Running II 2005). For more information on SAFE @LAST please visit or follow us on Twitter @safeatlast.

Dark nights and dancing What can you do to keep warm, make new friends, exercise and dance when the nights are drawing in and the sunset is as early as 4.15pm. Well, you can start linedancing at a brand new beginners’ new class at Oldcotes Village Hall on Thursdays from 7.30pm. Whilst it is not exactly Strictly Come Dancing, there are many people out there who never thought that they would become linedancers. One of those dancers is Dave Birkinshaw. Dave had never danced before, until 16 years ago when he became inspired, and then qualified to become a linedance teacher and establish the first Boots & Bolos linedancing class in Tickhill. Linedancing is often classed as exercise to music, but is much more

fun than that! The age of dancers ranges from eight years to 80 and well behaved children with well behaved adults are also welcome! A major advantage of linedancing is that you don’t need a partner, because all the dances are ‘performed’ in lines — therefore no partner is necessary. We dance to a wide range of music these days, from country to pop and dances can even be waltzes and cha cha, and more. If you too would like to be inspired, a new linedancing class for beginners has just started at the Oldcotes Village Hall on Thursdays, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. We would love to welcome you to our new group with its friendly and relaxed atmosphere. The Hall has an excellent dance floor and safe car parking facilities.

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Follow on Twitter: @bexxxknight It’s that time of year when you start eating things you wouldn’t normally eat at weird times of the day. I don’t know if that’s just me but a mince pie before 10:30am is becoming a regular occurrence in my house. It’s also that time of year when you start to get invited to a lot of events and even though you look amazing in your little black dress, it’s absolutely freezing outside and nobody looks hot when they’re a shivering mess. So I’m here to equip you with everything you will need for an evening out in December. Firstly, invest in a good pair of tights. It sounds silly to say it but there’s no point in popping to Primark for a pair of tights if you’re going to be out all night, go for something

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What’s on at: Wickersley Community Centre & Library 24TH ROTHERHAM SCOUTS GROUP Fridays 7.00pm —8.30pm Contact Jamie-Lee on 07955 886243 Join in the fun and show the boys how its done! ACTIVE ALWAYS Fridays 2.00pm – 3.00pm £2.50 Contact RMBC on 01709 822453 Gentle exercise classes carried out from a standing position (seating available).

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WEIGHTWATCHERS Saturdays 10.00am — 11.30pm Contact Lisa 07742 339627 WICKERSLEY COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP Monday to Friday 9.00am — 12.00pm £10 per session Contact Lorraine 07870 315971 A variety of playgroup activities everyday for children of ages 2 to 5. OFTED registered. WICKERSLEY MUSICAL THEATRE COMPANY Tuesday and Thursday from 7.30pm When in rehearsal Contact Bob 0800 644 1944 Produce and perform annual musical shows WICKERSLEY NEIGHBOURHOOD GROUP Tuesdays 1.30pm – 3.30pm Contact Anne 01709 542873 Free for the immobile and elderly. Weekly drop-in offering companionship, entertainment, advice, support, a cuppa and biscuits! WRITERS WI One Wednesday per month 7.00pm – 9.00pm Contact Carmel at WRITERS WORKSHOP Alternate Tuesdays 1.00pm – 3.00pm £2 per session Contact Margaret 01709 543991 A friendly and interesting group in which members encourage and help each other’s creativity. YOGA Mondays 7.30pm – 9.00pm £4.50 per session Contact Carol 01709 379356.

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Little black book Adult Learning Difficulties Club ..................................01709 544873 Aerobic Dance (50+) ..................................07790 052119 Alzheimer’s Society ..................................01709 580543 Bluebell Wood Hospice Wickersley Support Group ..................................01709 702032 Bowls Group ..................................01709 548061 Bramley Brass Band .................................. 01709 547707 Bramley Parish Council ..................................01709 546778 Bramley Sequence Dance .................................. 01709 701248 Bramley Tea Dance ..................................01709 542138 Bramley & Wickersley Lions ..................................07505 914080 Carers & Toddlers Groups .................................. 01709 703077 Circuit Training .................................07775 327 680 Citizens Advice Bureau .................................0844 411 1444 Craft Club ..................................01709 543257 Dance For Fitness Over 50s ..................................07728 842493 Dancing Club ..................................01709 542138 Elite Karate ................................. 07866 042660 First Rotherham Girl Brigade ..................................01709 543496 Friends of Bramley Sunnyside School ................................. 07948 998236 Full Life Church, Maltby .................................. 01709 818213 Healthy Hearts Walking Group ..................................01709 546958 Hellaby Parish Council

Joan Williams (Yoga) .................................. 01709 548781 Kristina’s Dance Academy .................................. 07731 438615 Ladies Club ................................. 01909 563082 Maltby Art Group ..................................01709 813866 Maltby Baptist Church ..................................07806 891449 Maltby Brass Band ..................................01709 542489 Maltby Community Library .................................. 01709 812150 Maltby Martial Arts ...................................07796 767674 Maltby Tai Chi ..................................07584 573521 Maltby Phoenix Sword ..................................01709 813862 Maltby Service Centre ................................ 0845 121 9932 Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre ..................................01709 367784 MS Therapy Centre ..................................01709 367784 Maltby Town Council .................................. 01709 814060 Maltby Wing Chun Kung Fu ..................................07584 573521 Neighbourhood Group ..................................01709 542873 Over 50s Fitness ..................................07925 177583 Racing Cycling Club .................................. 01709 549377 Radio Club ..................................01709 542628 Rotherham Choral Society ..................................01709 532509 Rotherham Food Bank ..................................01709 820896 Rother Valley Lions Club .................................. 01709 861672 Rotherham Rotary Club ..................................01709 892144

Slimming World ....07964 887581 / 07775 380467 St Francis Church .................................. 01709 702576 The Wesley Centre .................................. 01709 811118 Thurcroft Big Local ..................................07964 693527 Thurcroft Children’s Centre ..................................01709 542538 Thurcroft Community Library ..................................01709 546150 Thurcroft Parish Council .................................. 01709 373211 Townswomen Guild ..................................01709 857004 Weight Watchers .................................. 07742 339627 Wickersley CI Bowling Club ..................................01709 547886 Wickersley Community Library .................................. 01709 544134 Wickersley Community Playgroup .................................. 07870 315971 Wickersley Health Centre ................................ 0845 121 9932 Wickersley Kids Club ..................................07960 960331 Wickersley Parish Council ..................................01709 703270 Wickersley Youth U10s .................................. 07713 070491 Writers Workshop ..................................01709 543991 Zumba Fitness (Maltby) ...................................07971 739374 Zumba Fitness (Wickerlsey) .................................. 07528 221197

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INDEX Aerial Installations & Repairs ADI Communications................................... 53 Architectural Design & Surveyors CS Surveying & Architectural Design........51 Bathrooms Classique Interiors..........................................3 Richardsons Bathroom Interiors................37 Bed Centre House of Beds...............................................21 Maltby Carpets & Beds................................21 Bedrooms DC Interiors......................................................7 Boiler Repairs & Servicing ECO Gas..........................................................36 Building Services RHCS Construction...................................... 43 Car Repairs & Spares Andy’s Smart Car Body Repair...................57 Maltby MOT................................................... 53 Re-Finishing...................................................57 Care Home Woodlands Care Home................................51 Carer / Home Help Home Instead Senior Care..........................39 Carpet Showroom Charm Carpets................................................9 Maltby Carpets & Beds................................16 Catering Services Huttons Catering...........................................36 Childcare Tiny Explorers Preschool............................ 63 Childrens Activity Centre Treasure Island............................................. 34 Chiropodist Happy Feet.......................................................7 Chiropractic & Wellbeing Clinic The Goose Lane Clinic.................................27 Coach Tours & Excursions CW Moxon Ltd................................................51 Computer Repairs Computer Repair Solutions........................ 45 Design & Print Services Life Design & Print..............................48 & 49 DIY Store LBM.................................................................17

Dog Grooming Posh Paws......................................................55 Driving Tuition David Horner Driving School.......................55 Electrical Services DM Electrical.................................................23 Farm & Country Store Torne Valley....................................................47 Florists Green Fingers..................................................7 Flying Lessons Phoenix Flying School................................. 53 Funeral Director Jeremy Neal.................................................. 64 Furniture Showroom Turveys Fine Furniture....................................2 Gift Experience F1 Showcars..................................................21 Hair Salon Adele The Salon............................................55 Hair Transplant Health Looks Cosmetic Clinic.....................59 Health & Fitness Maltby Leisure Centre..................................27 Ironing Service Pressed Express...........................................55 Kitchens Classique Interiors..........................................3 DC Interiors......................................................7 Leisure Centre Maltby Leisure Centre..................................27 Line Dancing Classes Boots & Bolos............................................... 53 Locksmiths Glacier Secure...............................................28 Metro Locksmiths.........................................61 Log Supplies Rotherham Log Supplies...............................7 Mobility Scooters & Aids Clark & Partners..............................................1 Narrow Boat Experience Day JP Business Services...................................55 Opticians Dudley & Severn............................................39 Painter & Decorator Pete Goodison Decorating......................... 43 PAT Testing Sutton Solutions.......................................... 45 Pet & Aquatic Superstore Nature World..................................................23

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Place of Worship Maltby Baptist Church.................................28 Pubs, Restaurants & Hotels Aston Hall Hotel.............................................15 The Maypole at Wellow................................32 The Three Tuns..............................................11 450 Above......................................................29 Skip Hire Maltby Waste.................................................41 Soft Furnishings & Interior Design Todwick Interiors...........................................19 Spanish & German Tuition Victoria Shenton............................................36 Stoves & Fireplaces Harworth Heating........................................ 13 Yorkshire Discount Fire Centre.................. 13 Venue for Hire The Wesley Centre....................................... 40 Wickersley Community Centre.................. 58 Weight Loss Slimming World............................................ 35 Wills & Power of Attorney April King..........................................................5 Windows, Conservatories & Double Glazing Peacock Windows.........................................25 The Conservatory Centre............................17 Truestyle Windows Limited.........................31 We Fit Conservatories, Windows & Doors....43 Window Repair Services Ltd...................... 45

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Community Spotlight on S66 magazine December 2013  

December 2013 edition of Community Spotlight magazine on S66

Community Spotlight on S66 magazine December 2013  

December 2013 edition of Community Spotlight magazine on S66