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Rotherham U3A��������������������������������6 Focus on: Rain Rescue�������������������8 What’s your goal?��������������������������10 Start off on the right foot��������������12 Big Garden Bird Watch����������������14 Wake up refreshed������������������������18 Slimming success���������������������������20 Focus on Martin’s Blinds��������������22 Winter hair trends���������������������������26 Baking bliss����������������������������������������30 A good read������������������������������������32 A leg up on the ladder�����36 & 38 First drives: Seat Alhambra��������40 A little help at home���������������������42 Citizens Advice Bureau���������������43 Top fashion trends for 2014���������44 Brodder’s daily bread�����������������46 Winter garden tips�������������������������50 New Year home makeover�����52 Get switched on����������������������������56 What’s on at Wickerlsey Community Centre����������������������58 Perplexing puzzles��������������������������61


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Welcome to the January 2014 edition of Community Spotlight on S66. Happy New Year from everyone here at Community Spotlight, we want to say a huge thank you to all our readers, advertisers and contributors for all their support during the last 12 months. As we enter in to 2014, what will the start of a New Year signify for you and your family? Are you seeking better health and wealth? Would you like to find a new hobby? This month’s edition of Community Spotlight can help with many of your New Year goals. One of our own for this year is to establish more of a work/life balance; perhaps this is something you can relate to? Whatever your aims and goals throughout 2014, the fact of the matter is that you need to not only commit to the ideas, but carry them through. That’s easier said than done though, right? We completely agree, so how do you turn ideas in to reality? Turn the page 10 to read advice on how to determine and stick to your goals, from Susan Brookes-Morris. For generations, Britain has aspired to become a nation of home-owners, yet getting on the property ladder hasn’t been that easy in recent years. The Government’s four Help to Buy schemes aim to assist both first time buyers and many others who wish to purchase their dream home. Find out how Help to Buy can help you on pages 36 and 38. We’re always keen to hear more from our local community groups, charities and societies — especially if

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you have never contacted us before. We offer you the opportunity to feature within the Community Spotlight magazine on a regular basis, enabling you to communicate with 20,000 homes in S66 postcode areas. It’s easy to contact us, simply write to us by post or email on the contact details at the bottom of the page. This month we’ve gone loaf mad, with Helen sharing a fruity bake on page 30 and Julian’s bread recipe takes inspiration from Hogmanay, and uses haggis to create a meaty treat as well as a delicious chocolate and hazelnut breakfast loaf on page 46. Sarah Hughes checks out this year’s top hairstyles on page 26 and Bex Knight picks out the top fashion trends for 2014 on page 44. David Coldrick asks if we can all take a little time to check on our elderly family, friends and neighbours, especially in the cold post-Christmas months on page 42 and Kevin Dale gives us his tips for your garden this winter on page 50. The new year is a great time to spruce up indoors, check out our advice on page 52 Tim Barnes-Clay gets to grips with Seat’s load-lugging Alhambra on page 22 and we look at how to help the RSPB track the birds in our garden with this year’s Big Garden Bird Watch on page 24. We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine!

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

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’.

“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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U3A stands for University of the Third Age, a reference to that period in life, normally at the end of full-time employment. This is when the U3A provides a range of social, cultural and educational opportunities for people. Members organise their own activities by drawing on the skills and expertise of one another. Anyone can volunteer to co-ordinate a group. There are no formal requirements for entry into the U3A, simply a wish to share an interest or hobby with other friendly people. Most groups operate a “try-beforeyou-join” policy. For insurance reasons, no more than two attendances are

permitted before joining the U3A. The present subscription is £30 per academic year (beginning 1st September) with only £20 being charged if joining after 1st January, or £10 if after 1st April. Groups meeting in the Unity Centre, Church Halls or Libraries run for 15 or 30 weeks a year but groups not needing to book accommodation, eg. Strollers or Out and About, run throughout the year. The usual thing to do is to contact a co-ordinator by telephone to find out more about a particular group or to go along to a meeting. You can join Rotherham U3A at your chosen group.

Some of the Interest Groups on offer SINGING FOR FUN A lively group of mixed ability singers, who have lots of fun singing pop, music hall, spirituals, folk songs, etc. Alternate Wednesdays — 10.00am to 12.00pm (Broom Lane Methodist Church) Call Denise Young on 01709 306550 STROLLING Join our short easy walks. They are generally two or three miles in length, mostly in and around the local countryside. Alternate Saturday mornings. Call Margaret Tupling on 01709 371949 6 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

PHOTOGRAPHY Learn how to get the best from your camera: how to compose, edit and alter your pictures to reach a professional standard. Alternate Thursdays — 10.00am to 12.00pm (Unity Centre) Call Trevor Gouldin on 01709 583923 READING Discuss and compare your thoughts on books with others. First Monday of the month — 2.15pm to 3.30pm Call Judith McCormick on 01709 382400

Our website at www.rotherhamu3a. provides information about local co-ordinators and groups on offer. Once you have joined Rotherham U3A you are entitled to attend as many groups or activities as you wish, providing there is space in a particular group. If a group is full your name will be put on a waiting list. The brochure gives a brief description of each group’s activities along with information about days, times and venues of the groups in Rotherham U3A. Should there not be a U3A member capable of leading a particular group an outside lecturer/leader is drafted in. That may require an additional fee, as would the cost of coaches for trips, and the prices of meals, theatre tickets, etc. To enquire about the Rotherham U3A, please call one of the group leaders or the membership secretary, Ann Hartley 01709 543829.

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Focus on: Rain Rescue Animal Rescue charity

Rain Rescue a local dog and cat charity have opened a new charity shop for the people of Rotherham at Sunnyside in Rotherham. This local charity, established in 2002 provides help in South Yorkshire, especially Rotherham and Sheffield — two cruelty hot spots in the country. The charity takes in dogs from local dog pounds, when abandoned on the streets or handed in — dogs with no future and nobody to care for them. Without Rain Rescue, they face being put to sleep purely due to the high volume

of dogs being dumped in our area. Rain Rescue have saved the lives of over 250 dogs during 2013. Animal charities are suffering severely in this economy; as people struggle to put food on the table, pets get neglected and dumped. All bills are high. The cruelty and neglect to dogs and cats around our area is a huge problem and is on the increase. With rescue centres under the threat of closure each year, who will care and restore these animals once the rescues are no longer there? Rain Rescue wants to always be around for the future to help them. In 2012 they opened a charity shop at 131 Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, Sheffield S2 2EH, and now this new shop for the people of Rotherham to help keep the charity going. Please come along and visit the shop. To see and buy the wonderful items there

that have been donated to raise funds for the charity. It’s a great friendly shop selling clothing, toys, household items, bric-a-brac, CDs and DVDs and small items of furniture. Donations of good quality sellable items are always needed. Would you like to volunteer and support the existing team? A few half days will be available in the New Year. Help Rain Rescue continue and be a local charity that will forever be around to support those dogs and cats and also their owners in their desperate times of need. Rain Rescue 90 Flanderwell Lane, Sunnyside, Rotherham S66 3EQ 07725 888207


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What’s your goal? Making New Years resolutions you’ll stick to Susan Brookes-Morris on making resolutions and keeping them

Indeed some New Year’s resolutions and training from others such as only last a few days. To make a weight loss experts, sports trainers Many of us use the New Year lasting change it’s important to make or personal and career coaches. as a time to plan ahead and set goals sure your goals are realistic, and Other useful tools include imagery or resolutions. What would you like to seek motivation, inspiration and — this might be visualising yourself to achieve in 2014, and how would support to help you stay on track. having achieved your goals, or sticking you like your life to be different? Do not set yourself too It’s possible to set goals for most many goals or set targets If you don’t know where areas of life; health, career, social way beyond your reach, you are going, you’ll end life, relationships and finance for as you will soon become instance. Or you might look at the disheartened and less up somewhere else – Yogi Berra different roles you play, such as wife, likely to succeed. It’s friend, mother, employer, and use better to set smaller goals that you can photographs which represent success your thoughts about how you could add to, or increase if things go well, to your fridge door or mirror. You improve your success in those roles and build on your positive results. might also find the use of quotes, to help determine your goals. Only you Some people like to write their goals role models and affirmations useful. can decide what would really make down or share them with others, and An affirmation is a statement which a positive difference to your life, and this can add to the accountability that says what you are aiming for in a you are most likely to succeed if you individuals feel around goal setting, positive way, and in the present thus improving their tense. It helps to imprint positive A goal is a dream with a chances of success. It beliefs on your subconscious. also be useful to Finally, don’t forget to congratulate deadline – Napoleon Hill can ask for support from yourself when you do achieve select goals that really matter to you. friends, who can give you gentle success. Break your goals There is less chance of success if reminders if you are in danger of going down into manageable steps, you are trying to achieve something off track. Where relevant, you may and celebrate by rewarding because another person wants you to. also want to get inspiration, advice yourself at each milestone. 10 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014 │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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First things first, happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a very relaxing break over the festive period and feel ready to tackle the New Year. What does 2014 hold in store for you? Have you planned anything or are you waiting to see what events unfold? If health and fitness are on your list, take the following into consideration… ACTION The weight loss industry is booming at the beginning of the year; all those guilty minds wanting to shift the pounds they have piled on over the break and the newly motivated wanting to get out there and get 12 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

that body they’ve been promising themselves for what feels like forever. Well, no matter what your reasons for making a start, I’m happy you are committed to getting to the starting blocks. There is no better time to start than now! MOTIVATION Write out an exercise plan which lasts, at the very least, four weeks and which also includes a weekly nutritional sheet. The most frequent question I am asked is “What is the single best thing to do to lose weight?” My answer? Be consistent. So many people either give up too quickly or do not put enough effort in from the beginning. You only need to spend four weeks sticking to a good

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25th & 26th January Most garden centres stock a variety of proprietary bird seed and nuts which appeal across the species but don’t forget to scatter some under hedges for shy birds like Dunnocks and Wrens who prefer to feed on the ground. • Make sure fresh water is available — It’s important for drinking and bathing.

Big Garden Bird Watch Did you know that British gardens occupy twice the area set aside for nature reserves? This means they play a vital role in wildlife conservation.

roosting pockets — These provide places for birds to breed and sleep. • Set up feeding stations — High energy foods like stale cake, biscuits, pastry, pasta and potato are enjoyed by many birds. Raisins and other dried fruit are welcomed by Blackbirds and Thrushes.

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of popular local childrens’ charity SAFE@LAST received her MBE from HRH the Queen on Tuesday 10th December. Tracy is responsible for overseeing direct work with children and young people and was awarded the MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Speaking about receiving the honour from the Queen, Tracy said “It was a great honour to receive my MBE from Her Majesty the Queen, she was very gracious and expressed an interest in the work of SAFE@LAST, wishing us every success for the future.” Since joining the charity in 2005, Tracy has managed the expansion and development of SAFE@LAST’s services across South Yorkshire. She has been instrumental in expanding the MISPER Scheme which provides one to one support to young people across Rotherham, Doncaster, Sheffield and Barnsley. She has also overseen the development of new services to SAFE@LAST such as the family support work project and the detached street work project. One of her greatest achievements has been the development and opening of the SAFEPLACE refuge which is now the only refuge in England able to provide safe, confidential accommodation to children and young people, 16 years and under, who are at risk of harm. Tracy’s knowledge and understanding of legislation,

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MBE award for Safe@Last director practice and the difficult and varied nature of a young runaway’s problems have ensured that the refuge maintains its high standards in caring for these most vulnerable of young people. On a national level, Tracy has impacted on the services available for young runaways by sharing her experience and knowledge with other professionals and lobbying government to improve services and provision for young runaways. She has spoken to MPs and senior government officials and was instrumental in the publication of the Department for Education and Schools (as it was known then) Runaways Action Plan. Tracy also regularly speaks at national conferences to raise understanding of the issue of running away. In addition to Tracy’s strategic and managerial work she continues to work directly with young people. Through her work as an on call manager, she may be called out to see a young person up to 11.00pm at night if they need support to return home or need urgent help to find somewhere else to spend the night. When called out, Tracy often arrives in an unfamiliar place to find young people and their families upset and distressed but she uses her expertise and patience to diffuse the situation and look for a safe solution. Tracy has also been significantly involved in sport in her local area. She started playing rugby when she was 34 and her family soon followed in her example. Her son began

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training at an early age after seeing his Mum play and Tracy’s husband became involved as a coach for their son’s team. As the family became more involved and fell in love with the sport Tracy became a qualified referee to improve her knowledge and understanding. When the women’s team stopped playing Tracy focused more on the club side, and being a supporter to the local teams. She took the role of chair of the club and held this post for two years. Tracy was an Olympic torch bearer last year when the Olympic torch came through Rotherham and she also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2012 to raise funds and awareness for SAFE@LAST. To find out more about SAFE@ LAST, visit www.safeatlastorg. uk or call 01909 566977. the Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN, and the meeting commences at 7.45pm. For further information about this meeting or the society, please call 01709 370895. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850


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Do you spring out of bed each morning with the bright eyes and energy of a five-year-old on Christmas morning? No, me neither. But there are a few tips which might help.

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GET ENOUGH SLEEP It’s so obvious it actually does need stating: most of us do not get anywhere near enough sleep. Sleep needs vary from person to person, but most of us need at least eight hours uninterrupted shut-eye. I haven’t slept like that since my children were born, and the oldest is now eight!

noise is not conducive to good sleep. Invest in thick curtains or a sleep mask if light is an issue and soft earplugs if your neighbour has noisy dogs or a twitchy car alarm.

MAKE YOUR ROOM DARK AND QUIET Too much extraneous light and

RENEW YOUR MATTRESS Mattresses do not last forever. They become saggy and less supportive

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with age, which makes us fidget and interferes with the quality of our sleep. A good mattress should support your spine and allow your body to relax totally.

HAVE A BATH Yes really. A soak before bed will relax your muscles and calm your mind. Lavender bath products are especially good at inducing sleep. CLEAR YOUR HEAD It’s difficult to sleep if your head is still whirring from the events of the day. Concentrate on your breathing and allow thoughts to float away. Anything you are dealing with will still be there tomorrow and you’ll cope better if you’ve had a good night’s sleep.

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Slimming star Alison celebrates in style After losing 15 stones and

winning Slimming World Woman of the Year 2013 for South Yorkshire, Alison Robinson celebrated her success with nine other finalists at Slimming World’s awards ceremony which was held at Birmingham International Convention Centre. Alison Robinson, from Maltby, lost weight with her local Slimming World group at the Ibis Hotel Bramley and has dropped from 26st 7.5lb to 11st 7lb losing a grand total of 15 stones and 0.5lb. Her transformation hasn’t gone un-recognised, not only by Slimming World, but by her friends, colleagues and neighbours who frequently describe her as ‘inspirational’ and have been amazed at her achievement. Also, she was recognised by the whole of South Yorkshire when she won the

district finals of the competition. The 46-year-old started following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan, which is based on satisfying even the largest of appetites so slimmers never feel deprived or hungry. Prior to losing weight Alison was almost housebound and even the shortest trip out required the car. Now, she is a teaching assistant at Maltby Lilly Hall Primary School and cannot believe the opportunities that have opened up to her since losing weight. Jovita Langley who runs Pitches and Ibis hotel groups, says: “I’m so proud of Alison, not only does she look fabulous, she’s improved her health and is bursting with energy. She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our groups and I hope she inspires other women in Rotherham to change their lives in the same way. It



can be hard to admit that you need to do something about your weight and to ask for help, but I think Alison shows just what’s possible when you do.” The Pitches Slimming World groups are held every Thursday at 9.00am, 11.00am, 4.45pm and 6.45pm at Pitches and every Saturday at 7.30am, 9.30am and 11.30am. To join the group, call Jovita on 07729 510703.


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Focus on: Health Beds Factory Showroom Since 1893 the Smeaton family

— founders and owners of Healthbeds — have been helping people enjoy a restful and healthier night’s sleep. A caring family business, that spans five generations, combines state of the art technology with traditional craftsmanship to produce quality beds that are made from only the finest materials. Each bed is individually made, so care is taken at every stage of production in the company’s stateof-the-art purpose-built factory. Healthbeds is a founder member

of the Sleep Council and a corporate member of the Guild of Master Craftsmen, and now an approved member of the National Bed Federation. Having recently supplied the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a ‘queen’ sized mattress and base for their Kensington Palace apartments, the company admits it has seen a rise in sale of its Natural Choice 4500 bed — the bed of choice for the future King and his wife. The company was “pleased and proud” to supply the mattress and base. Healthbeds also provide optimum comfort and support — finding the perfect balance and sleeping position is affected by your size, shape and weight. When lying on your side, your spine should be horizontal, with the mattress supporting you head to

toe, without any pressure points. The company stock a range of beds to suit all personal needs, including Cooltex, temperature isolating, cool and comfortable night after night; Memory Foam, for comfort and support; Health Spa, an anti roll-offedge mattress for sleep to the edge support; Pocket Sprung for traditional comfort; Natural Choice Natural Fillings such as wool, cashmere, cotton and silk; plus, a mattress to your own specification can be made. Healthbeds Healthbeds Corner (opp. Consort Hotel) Kingsforth Road, Thurcroft S66 9HL 01709 550602

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Focus on: Martin’s Blinds & Shutters The Love Shutters sale is now on

and we’re offering 20% off S:CRAFT’s stunning range of interior window shutters when you order by the 14th February 2014. Interior window shutters have experienced an explosion in popularity and Martins Blinds & Shutters have been at the forefront of this on-trend window covering, serving customers in and around the Dearne Valley and South Yorkshire area for over eight years. So why have interior window shutters become so popular? Apart from their obvious aesthetic appeal and flexibility to fit just about any window and door from traditional sash and bays to modern bi-fold and bypass, window shutters are incredibly practical and offer an array of benefits over more traditional

window coverings including their unique ability to control light and privacy through operable louvres and panels. These unique features also help reduce outside noise making them ideal for homes next to busy pavements and roads. Window shutters have also been scientifically proven to help reduce heat loss in the winter months, helping you save money on your energy bills and are also very child friendly too. They are perfect for covering awkward shaped windows from small port holes to large gable ends, due to the bespoke made-to-measure service we offer. With so many unique benefits, it’s not surprising that interior window shutters have become so popular. S:CRAFT’s premium made-to-measure window shutters come in a range of



materials, styles, colours and options to suit every budget, home style and taste. From the entry level MDF Antigua range, to the 100% waterproof Java shutters, to the stunning White Teak Sumatra shutters, there is something for everyone in our Love Shutters Sale. We can even offer a remote control solution and custom colour matching service to the UK’s leading paint companies, helping you to match your shutters to your home, perfectly. Our Love Shutters sale runs until the 14th February 2014. But hurry, you’ll need to arrange a survey of your windows first to take advantage of our bespoke made-to-measure service. Don’t delay, call Martin or Andy on 01709 888828 or 078555 27056 to arrange a free no obligation quotation.

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Bluebell Wood needs you

Are you looking for something new to do in 2014? Could you spare a little time to help raise funds for children with a shortened life expectancy in your local area? Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at our hospice in North Anston. There are only 43 children's hospices in the country so we care for over 160 children from across South Yorkshire, North

Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. Our highly specialist care team look after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and we support the whole family on their life journey offering short respite breaks, day care provision, community support, crisis intervention and end of life treatment and care. It costs over £3 million a year to run Bluebell Wood and we receive less than 5% statutory funding. Melanie Rose, Fundraiser for Rotherham

and Barnsley at Bluebell Wood says “Without support groups and volunteers we could not deliver the services we do. Our groups are great ambassadors for the hospice and work together as a team to bring in valuable income and raise awareness of the work we do.” If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved, please contact Melanie on 01909 517363 or Visit for more information.

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fighting technique which uses your opponent’s weight against themselves, making it an excellent form of self-defence for both sexes and people of all builds. It incorporates fast punching and low kicks to provide defence against all forms of attack including weapons. It is based on the centre-line theory of simultaneous blocking and attacking, and makes use of time and energy efficient actions such

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as the one inch punch. It is one of the simplest martial arts to master. Classes are held each Monday at Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Maltby, from 7.15pm to 8.45pm. TAI CHI FOR FITNESS AND HEALTH Tai Chi Qigong is a gentle, holistic exercise promoting general fitness and well-being. It has been shown to help with conditions such as depression, anxiety, and insomnia as well as back ache,

arthritis, blood pressure, breathing problems, and to promote mobility. Tai Chi is recommended by the NHS as studies have demonstrated positive results on health. This class is suitable for all ages and abilities. Both classes are very family Orientated Clubs, and everyone is welcome. For further information, call Instructor Keung Wan on 07584573521, a Member of All Style Martial Arts Association and Oriental Martial Arts Council.

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Winter hair trends Sarah Hughes checks out this season’s biggest looks

With some fabulous trends for 2014, there’s no excuse for the same old hair style day in and day out! It’s time to be adventurous and introduce a brand new you! BUNS A sleek, chic and sophisticated ballet bun? Low or high, big and bold or neat and petite, it’s a great quick fix when you’re in a rush and will look great whatever the weather. Leave a few strands loose for a more relaxed take. CENTRE PARTINGS Centre partings are big news right now. For a wet and grungy look add serum to damp hair and tuck behind the ears. SIDE PARTINGS Create your side-parting on wet hair for an ultra-sleek look. A comb 26 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

enables you to create a razor-sharp side-parting or use a messy sideparting to look less ‘done’. Sweep to one side for a sexy model-perfect look.

WAVES Create loose waves by plaiting hair the night before and leaving it to dry naturally.

PRETTY PLAITS, BRAIDS & TWISTS Pretty plaits are not just for summer! A twisted or plaited halo or plaited bun will still work in 2014! Or how about two mini plaited buns? Cute and cool — but you need to be youthful to nail this look!

ACCESSORIES Headbands, cool clips, gold accessories. Great for livening up ponytails, buns or bouffants.

PONYTAILS Low and loose or slick and high, this season ponytails are hot! Secure the hair at the nape of the neck and wrap a strand of hair around the band to add sophistication! QUIFFS & BOUFFANTS Backcomb hair at the roots then comb the front section back over the volumised locks before spraying into place. Or, for a modern take, a side-parting with a bouffant at the back looks fantastic.

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Featuring the Smooth Soulful Sounds of the amazing Wayne Allen.

Back at the Arena after his very successful visit of NYE 2010 this extremely popular and talented Soul & Motown singer effortlessly covers some of the world’s most iconic and memorable numbers. Music that you will fall in love with from legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind & Fire and many more from an era in music that many people and musicians alike call the golden age of music, from a time and with an energy depth of feeling that only Wayne can emulate. Supporting Wayne on the night is the brilliant Phoenix Roadshow DJ’s, doors open at 7pm to 1am, fantastic friendly atmosphere.

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Helen Stevenson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH North Riding Loaf

Hello and welcome to the January edition of Baking Bliss. I hope that you all have had a good Christmas. For me there is nothing like a slice of fruit cake

in an afternoon with a lovely cup of tea. This recipe for North Riding Loaf has been passed to me from my sister, it is really simple to make and tastes lovely — so go on, give it a try.

North Riding Loaf

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and return to the oven for a further 25 minutes • Leave to cool on a wire rack, then slice and serve on its own, or with butter and good Wensleydale cheese — delicious! ARATI EP



METHOD • Pre-heat oven to 190°c • Sift together the flour, salt, baking powder and mixed spice • In a separate bowl rub the butter into the sugar until it is like breadcrumbs

• Combine this with the sifted dry ingredients • Add the sultanas, currants and mixed peel, mix the treacle into the milk and then combine with all the dry ingredients to make a soft dough • Put the dough into a large loaf tin lined with baking parchment • Bake in the oven for 15 • Cover with baking parchment, to stop the top from burning


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A good read LEISURE

Leanne Broadhead takes a look at the best books this month Not on the Label Felicity Lawrence

Jeremy Paxman called this book “A brave examination of the calamities caused by a policy laughingly called one of ‘cheap food’” Not on the Label, what really goes in to the food on your plate, is by no means a new book. First published in 2002, it won the Observer Book of the Year two years later in 2004, and challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we buy and eat.

I discovered this book just three months ago, and I completely agree with Andrew Marr, who said, “It’s almost like uncovering a secret state within the state”. Forget programmes that discover hidden ingredients in processed food, this book covers the complexity of our food system, from the way our food is grown right the way to the top of the chain with the huge supermarkets that most of us buy 32 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

our daily bread from today. This book completely shocked me to my core, and not in a voyeuristic sense, but moreover, the realisation was “that’s it, I’ve had enough”. Anger, and repulsion at our own ignorance were my overriding feelings after concluding this book. In just one generation, we have simply allowed the supermarkets to decide for us what we will eat. Seem far-fetched? After reading the book, I don’t think many people would disagree with me. This year’s updated second edition also includes a brilliant section on the horsemeat scandal too. Felicity Lawrence’s horrifying account of how the food we eat is produced doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep but is compulsively readable. Peter Parker, a writer for the Evening Standard said, “It is the sort of book that changes attitudes”. This is exactly what it did for Julian and I and you may see more evidence of this over the next six months. There are not many books that make you radically reconsider everyday choices. The facts simply stagger, unfortunately not many people are aware of them. That’s why I urge you to buy the book and become educated about what you put in to your mouths each and every day.

The Guts Roddy Doyle To be honest, it is a shock to find out that Jimmy Rabbitte is middle aged with teenage children. It shouldn’t be — after all, The Commitments was over twenty years ago — but it is. It

seems to be a bit of a shock to Jimmy too - and the shock is compounded when he discovers that he has cancer. The Commitments may be better known as a film (and now as a stage musical), but it was a book first: the first of Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy, which followed the fortunes of the Rabbitte family in Dublin. Here, Doyle revisits the family many years on. Ireland is in the grip of the recession, and Jimmy and his wife are feeling the pinch. He is still in the music business, although rather than discovering new talent, he spends his days digging into the past for old punk bands who still have a following. And he has cancer. At the age of forty seven he has to face the fact that he could die. Doyle’s style is not for everyone, and his language is not for the faint hearted, but the dialogue still sails off the page as authentically as it ever did, and much of the story is carried through speech. There are a series of well-executed set pieces too, including the finale which brings together Jimmy, his long-lost brother Les, an old punk and a former bandmate (and fellow cancer sufferer), to witness Jimmy’s eldest son triumph in front of a festival crowd. OK, he is pretending to be Bulgarian and singing a song which is pretending to be 1930s Irish Blues, but who cares? If you have read the Barrytown trilogy, this is like meeting a bunch of old friends in the pub. If you haven’t, then read it anyway. Odds are you will go back to the original books to meet the characters as they were in the beginning. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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Treasure Island, the exciting children’s indoor play and party centre based on Sandbeck Way in Hellaby, proudly welcomed the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham for a visit on Monday 9th December. The Mayor and Mayoress, Councilor John Foden and his wife Kath, were in attendance as part of the visit to Treasure Island by the Rotherham Portage Service for their annual Christmas Party. The Portage Service is a dedicated educational home visiting service for pre-school children who have learning difficultlies, developmental delay or disability, and the service offers carefully structured, flexible learning programs to help parents. Around 50 children and parents associated with The Portage Service attended Treasure Island for the morning, where they visited the magical Santa’s Grotto within the play centre and took part in the baking session that takes place every Monday for the Toddler Groups. Everybody at St Bartholomew’s wishes all readers of the Community Spotlight magazine a very happy New Year. December was a month in which we looked forward with joy to celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We had lovely services during Advent, and one of the highlights of December was highlighted with a marvellous Carol Service on Sunday 22nd and then the Christingle Service on Christmas Eve. Who could forget the excitement of the children at the Christingle service? For many the comment “Now Christmas really begins” was a very apt comment. 34 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

Treasure Island welcomes the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham More importantly, the children had fun on the rides and play areas that Treasure Island can offer, including the super-fast four lane Astra Slide, which is three tiers high. This did not put off the Mayor though, who showed his fun side by climbing to the top of the slide with Simon Webb, one of the directors of Treasure Island, and rapidly coming down the slide in full regalia! The morning was a great success, with all the children, families and staff associated with the Portage Service having an excellent time. In

fact next year’s event has already been pencilled in, so Treasure Island look forward to making this even more special for the Portage team. If anyone has any special events throughout the year where you require specific days organising for children, then the team at Treasure Island will be delighted to try and assist you to make a unique day. Please call Carrie on 01709 533688, email, or visit the website at for further information on Treasure Island.

St Bartholomew’s, Maltby Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraising efforts. The Grand Draw and the sale of our Maltby calendar helped to raise nearly £2,000. The Choral evening by Wickersley Community Choir was a huge success and already we are being asked for a repeat performance. The proceeds will go to the Development Fund. We are currently raising funds to provide a toilet, small kitchen and easier access to the church for people with disabilities. January will by comparison, be much quieter in terms of social

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Florence lives in the housing complex your mother lives in. She has no relatives. You have noticed some gradual weight loss. She is well but not eating. She was bereaved last year and maybe the sleep problems and ‘feeling down’ she has complained of would be helped by extra companionship?


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Are Aunt Annie’s bills and correspondence piling up? Are there letters about missed medical appointments? Can she still get to appointments on her own?

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Great Uncle Bill has always been well presented but seems to be taking less interest in his appearance. Or maybe he is, but has become less able to dress or wash and groom himself? Has his sight been checked recently?


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Follow on Twitter: @bexxxknight One of my favourite accessories

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Julian Broadhead shares his favourite daily bread recipes

For this month’s Brodder’s Daily Bread, I have based one of the

breads around Haggis — well it is Burn’s night on Saturday 25th January — and the second is a sweet Chocolate and Hazlenut Breakfast Loaf

Chocolate & Hazlenut Loaf & Haggis Bread INGREDIENTS For the bread: • 800g strong white bread flour, plus extra for dusting • 16g salt • 14g instant yeast • 50g unsalted butter softened • 500ml water • Oil (olive or rapeseed) for working For the Haggis Bread filling: • 180g haggis • 180g Stilton For Chocolate & Hazelnut Loaf filling: • 50g chopped hazlenuts N O














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• 200g milk chocolate UTENSILS • 1 large mixing bowl • 2 600g loaf tins • 2 clean large freezer bags • 1 roasting tray — Filled with boiling water and placed into the oven. It creates steam which helps to create a firm crust METHOD • Firstly make two batches of 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 page • Place the dough in the bowl and

leave it to prove for about 1 hour or until it’s doubled in size Haggis Bread filling: • Break or chop the Stilton into chunks, about the size of a baked bean • Break up the haggis with a fork so it looks like minced meat Chocolate & Hazlenut filling: • Chop the hazelnuts into pieces • Break the chocolate into small pieces (about the size of a pea) • With one bowl of the proven dough, make a slight hollow in the dough and then place the Stilton and haggis in. Whilst it is still in the bowl mix the Stilton and haggis and dough together, this does two things, firstly, it distributes the Stilton and haggis evenly into the dough mix, and also ‘knocks’ the dough back. Once you’ve mixed everything together, take out of the bowl and place into an oiled loaf tin • With the second bowl of proven dough, make a slight hollow in the dough and then place the chocolate and hazelnut in. Whilst it is still in the bowl mix the chocolate and hazelnut and dough together, this again knocks the dough back and distributes chocolate and hazelnut into the dough mix. Once you’ve mixed everything together, take out of the bowl and place into a separate oiled loaf tin • Place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at 220°c • Once the loaves 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 loaves upside down on to the wire shelf of the oven (without the tins) and bake for a further 4 to 5 minutes, or until the base sounds hollow when tapped • Serve the Haggis Bread buttered, with cheese and onion marmalade for a lunch or light bite • The Hazelnut and Chocolate Loaf is best served sliced, then toasted with butter and a little marmalade spread on with coffee for a Sunday breakfast — delicious │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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New ward opens at Rotherham rehab centre spaces where patients can spend time reading or practising other skills as part of their recovery. Patients wear their own clothes and are encouraged to be up and about all day, using the kitchen facilities to make hot drinks, breakfast or snacks as if they were at home. There are normal household stairs and carpets, as well as the shallower steps usually found in hospitals, to help patients get used to walking on different surfaces in readiness for going home. There are even two flats in the

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weather, now is a great time to plant your rhubarb. Dig a hole and fill with lots of compost or manure. Place in the rhubarb crowns, leaving the tops uncovered. It’s best to site them in a good sunny position, and put in three to four crowns together. Once you have watered them in, cover the crowns with a bucket to force them to grow, but uncover them when the leaves have opened up in June / July, as it will be the time to harvest them. This month, I will also be planting my cauliflower seeds, and these can be sown in pots, with free draining compost. Sow them about one inch deep, and then place

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Plant of the month: Primrose Perfect for a splash of colour whilst the rest of the garden hibernates, the Primrose is one of the surest signs that spring is around the corner. The name derives from the Latin prima rosa which means ‘first rose’ and this beautiful little flower bursts forth with 50 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

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DECORATING Decorating is the one task that even the most DIY-phobic can turn their hands to. More importantly, it is relatively cheap and can make a huge difference to your home. Here are a few hints on how to go about it. PREPARATION Whatever kind of decorating you are doing, proper preparation is essential. If you are decorating a wall that is already papered, the old wallpaper needs to be completely removed. Tear off the outer layer and then use a steamer to remove the last traces of the inner layer. If you are painting the wall, remove any last traces of paste with a proprietary detergent. If you are painting woodwork for the first time, apply knotting solution to any knots and then seal the wood with undercoat or watered down emulsion. When re-glossing woodwork, sand down the old paintwork to give the coat something to key to. Fill in any holes, cracks or gaps with decorator’s filler; this comes in tubs or tubes and can be applied with a mastic gun. Allow to dry and then sand down before painting it. Also, fill in any holes or cracks in plaster before painting. If you are not confident in the accuracy of your brushwork, apply masking tape to the unpainted edge 52 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

making sure there are no creases in the tape. Don’t forget to thoroughly cover all exposed surfaces with dust sheets before you start decorating EMULSIONING Upmarket brands of paint such as Farrow and Ball are very popular right now, but they are also very expensive. Much of their appeal lies in the traditional colour palette they employ, so a more cost effective option is to have Dulux colour match paint mixed up in the exact shade you want. Start at the top and work your way down, so do the ceiling first and then the walls, leaving the woodwork until last. Using a roller to cover the bulk of the area is much quicker and you will get a more even finish. Usually you can get away with just one coat too. Money spent on a high quality brush is never wasted. Don’t overload the brush with paint and reload it frequently. Use slow careful strokes into the corners; your strokes should all be in the same direction. If you do slip, just wipe off the excess paint with a damp cloth. Always apply two coats with the brush. WALLPAPERING Wallpaper is expensive, time consuming to apply and can be overwhelming if used to decorate

the whole room. It makes sense to just paper one wall as a feature wall. Before you start, make sure you have the right equipment; a pasting table, tub for the paste, large pair of sharp scissors and papering brush. A tape measure and craft knife are also useful. Hang your first piece into the corner of the room. Measure the drop against the wall and mark the point where you will cut across the roll. Use a spirit level to mark a vertical line just less than a paper’s width from the corner. Apply plenty of paste to the back of the paper, folding it as you go to keep the piece to a manageable length. Line up one edge of the sheet with the vertical mark and then use the papering brush to smooth it evenly against the wall and press it into the corners. Score a line along the corners with a fingernail, peel the paper back slightly and cut along each score mark. The paper will now fit perfectly. Repeat the process by butting each new drop against the edge of the sheet you have already laid. CALL IN THE EXPERTS If all this sounds too much like hard work, why not call one of the professional local tradespeople featured in the magazine? Turn to the index to find who you need. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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Scouts is a new group formed for our 10 to 14 year olds in the local area. The group is open to both boys and girls and currently has 22 Scouts. The activities available in Scouting are wide, varied and challenging and to enable children to gain confidence and skills in ways they never thought were possible. It is a great way to build confidence and give young people a sense of worth and belonging in their local community at a nominal price. Last month we took our Scouts to Kingswood Activity Centre at Dearne Valley where they tested their courage on different activities and to watch all the children gain confidence that anything was possible; they climbed 10 metre high poles and stood on a small platform on the top which was brilliant to watch. They climbed Jacob’s ladder which is a very physically and mentally challenging event and to watch them give their all to achieve something, really did fill you with pride. I watched a girl,

Wickersley Scouts who before starting Jacob’s ladder had cried her eyes out because she was so scared of heights, then after deciding to give it ago climbed (still with tears on her face) far higher than she ever thought she could and in fact went higher than some of the boys from a different group. The other Scouts were as proud of her achievement as she was. During our meetings in December we had a lesson on first aid, taught the children how to make outdoor Pizza ovens and visited the brilliant Pantomime at WSSC. Our last meeting was a Christmas Bowling party at Rotherham Superbowl. Activities we have planned for the New Year include; Boulder Wall Climbing, a weekend Activity centre residential with 10 amazing activities, Indoor Skiing / Snowboarding plus all the great activities the District

and County Scouts have to offer such as the superb Scouttastic weekend at Hesley Woods. Wickersley Parish Council has asked our Scout Group to help look after parts of the Gorse and Wickersley Wood. The project includes designing, building and placing bird boxes around these areas and gardening/horticultural activities. This will begin around the end of March. If you are aged between 10 to 14 years and are interested in joining Scouts or just want to come along to have fun and see what we are about; we meet every Friday, from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at Wickersley Library and Community Centre. We hope to be able to welcome more people to the group in 2014, for more information you can contact Scout Leader, Jamie, on 07955 886243.

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 a huge 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, an 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 & Sports College visited the Infants and presented a video of their recent visit to South Africa as part of a conservation project to build a sustainable garden at an African school. Parents at the infant school have helped raise funds 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.

Bramley Sunnyside Infant School In November 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. The Year 2 children visited the Montgomery Theatre in Sheffield to see a performance of Alice in Wonderland and to enhance their topic learning about Fairytales and Fantasy. 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 inter-school sports events.

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add up! They also last a lot longer. One disadvantage of CFLs is that they can take a little while to reach their full brightness, unlike halogens and LEDs which come on straight away. Some CFLs don’t work well at low temperatures, so are not suitable for unheated rooms or garages. LED bulbs are even more efficient than CFLs and can save you nearly £7.50 per bulb per year. They usually cost more to buy, but can last up to 30 years! Halogen bulbs use a similar amount of energy as incandescent bulbs, and so are more expensive to run than CFLs and LEDs. They also have a much shorter lifespan. LEDs and halogen bulbs can be disposed of with your normal waste, but you will need to take CFLs to a recycling point or tip as they contain a small amount of mercury. A wide range of bulb fittings is now available — particularly in CFLs — and you should be able to find one to fit all your existing lighting, including ceiling spotlights and chandelier fittings. Most can also be used with dimmer switches. Remember to check that the shape and size of the new bulb is suitable. To choose the correct wattage, you simply need to divide by

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of low-energy bulbs available — compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), halogens and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). CFLs use only a fifth of the electricity that an old incandescent bulb would, because they don’t generate as much heat. This also means that they are kinder to your light fittings. Replacing one bulb in your house can save you £7 a year, so the savings can really

five — so if a lamp used to take an old 60W bulb, you will now need a bulb of around 12W. You will also need to consider the lumen (lm) value to find out how bright the bulb is. The brightness of an old 60W bulb is roughly equivalent to 700–900lm and a 100W bulb equates to 1,300lm. Finally, look at the colour temperature of the bulb to decide on the type of light you require. This is measured in Kelvin (K). A low value (2,700K) means the light is warmer (often labelled as ‘warm white’), whereas a higher value (3,500K or higher) will give you a colder white effect. │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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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).

LADIES CLUB Alternate Wednesdays 7.00pm — 10.00pm £1.50 per session. Contact Brenda on 01909 563082 Annual events programme. MUSIC BUGS Thursdays 1.30pm – 2.30pm Contact Claire 0844 578 1022 Sensory music classes and parties for babies, toddlers and pre-school

CONTEMPORARY FLORAL DESIGN Various times. Call for details. Contact Barbara on 01909 561020 Create stunning floral arrangements for your home. Mixed ability. Beginners welcome.

BUDDHIST MEDITATION Thursdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm Contact Paul on 0114 266 1142 Everyone welcome. See website for class details

DANCE FOR FITNESS — OVER 50S Mondays and Wednesdays 2.00pm – 3.00pm £5.00 per session Contact Lorri 07728 842493.

MUSIC GROUP (BRAMLEY/ WICKERSLEY) Wednesdays 4.00pm – 6.00pm £1.50 per session Contact Mrs Akid 01709 703303 First hour is orchestra, second hour is musical theatre. For ages 5 to 16.

FRENCH LANGUAGE (U3A) Mondays 1.45pm – 3.45pm Contact Karen on 01709 551503. KRISTINA’S DANCE ACADEMY Mondays 6.00pm – 7.00pm Fridays 4.00pm — 5.00pm Contact Kristina on 07731 438615 Street and other dance for teens and other ages. Wickersley Community Centre & Library 286 Bawtry Road Wickersley S66 1JJ Booking office 01709 703270 Library 01709 544134 Caretaker 07986 602022 58 Community Spotlight │ Jan 2014

SELF DEFENCE — SHOTOKAN KARATE Thursdays 6.00pm – 7.00pm Saturday 11.45am – 12.45pm Contact Luis on 07917 235391 Karate for fitness, self defence, confidence and self discipline SPANISH & FRENCH LANGUAGE Tuesday & Wednesday 10.00am – 12.00pm & 7.00pm – 9.00pm Contact Andrea 01709 207143 Beginners to intermediate — friendly groups of people for all ages! U3A—CARD AND BOARD GAMES Wednesdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm Contact Sheila on 01709 542475 To obtain a brochure listing Rotherham U3A activities, phone Ann on 01709 543829.

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. OFSTED registered. 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! 50p donation for tea and coffee. WICKERSLEY 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. HIRE THE HALL Function room and meeting room available for hire from £13 per hour All rooms have air conditioning, seating and tea and coffee making facilities │ e: │ t: 01709 845850

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