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elcome to the February edition of Retford Life. Our latest challenge — Dig It, our new task to grow our own fruit and vegetables — is now well and truly under way. Each month we will be recording our journey, detailing what we have been up to and what we plan to do, along with all the highs and lows. We’re looking for as many of you as possible to join in and take part with your own Dig It challenges. It could be something as simple as growing your own crop of tomatoes, or herb containers on your window sill. On the other hand, you may have been growing your own for years and could share your tips and advice with us. Or maybe you just want to read about our goings on and revel in how much we get wrong! Our challenge is by no means meant to be a detailed guide on exactly what to do and when to do it, yet we are

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Editors’ message hoping that you find inspiration or amusement with the magazines pages over the course of the challenge. Our Twitter account is now active and we’re looking for lots of people to interact with — see pages 24 — 27 for details. Valentine’s Day comes around once more this month. For some, this is a time of unity with the ones they love, for some others it’s often labelled as a commercial rip-off, and many more are still searching for their special some-one. Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day does resonate with us all in some way. For Julian and I 14th February now has a new meaning — we will be celebrating the first birthday of our daughter Holly. We cannot believe that it’s now been 12 months since she popped along on print day last year! So, no more romantic dinners for us on Valentine’s Days from now on! However, if you are looking for the perfect venue to make your evening special, then look no further than this month’s edition. You could choose from The Sands, Eyre Arms, The Charnwood, The Jinja Tree, The White Horse Inn, The White Lion, Ye Olde Bell and The West Retford Hotel — proving that if you’re looking for a fantastic place to eat, Retford Life’s the place to find it! We’ve reviewed all of the restaurants I’ve just mentioned and we can wholeheartedly recommend them. If you know a great pub or restaurant which we haven’t yet featured — whether it’s somewhere you regularly visit or it’s

Find out what’s inside on page 6! your own restaurant and you want to sing its praises — please do get in touch. As always this month we have some of our great articles and features within the edition — however keep your eyes peeled for the March magazine and you will see some brand new features which are guaranteed to inspire you about many more new topics and interests. Also within the March edition, we will have our wedding pages and our second Life Publications Wedding Fayre takes place on Sunday 6th March at Ye Olde Bell, Retford. At the time of going to press, we still have space for businesses to exhibit at the fayre and advertising space to be featured within the advertising supplement — if this is of interest, please do get in touch ASAP to prevent disappointment. We hope that you all have a fantastic February and hope that you enjoy this and forthcoming editions.

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he Chesterfield Canal Trust has over 1,100 members and is a charitable company run entirely by volunteers. It's aims are to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal. Amongst other activities it runs two trip boats — one in Retford the other in Chesterfield — and an 80-year old working boat that will be used as a Learning Boat. It has a promotional trailer, the James Brindley, that attends events and town centres throughout the year, it is rebuilding and extending Hollingwood Lock House and turning it into a local community hub and it runs Work Parties on the canal on most Sundays and Thursdays. In addition there are regular meetings, social events and festivals. For further information visit www. chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk.

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or re-arranged, we fulfilled all our booked commitments. Sarah, our new Musical Director declared herself to be extremely pleased with our efforts over this, her first term. In fact, the words "that is really lovely" were frequently heard. Our audiences for the concerts were most complimentary too, which pleases us, as we enjoy performing. As we begin our preparations for the new term we would welcome

Gainsborough Organ Society T he Gainsborough Organ Society are proud to present a full calendar of events leading up to early summer, with many ‘not to be missed’ concerts. There will be an evening with Michael McAneny on Thursday, 24th Feb at 7.30pm. On Saturday 19th March, a supper dance with Phil Kelsall will take place starting 7.30pm and on Sunday 20th March, Phil will play a concert at 2.30pm.

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On Thursday 31st March Liz Pipe will be in concert commencing at 7.30pm, on Thursday 14th April there will be a concert and a meal with Kelvin Eames at 7.00pm and on Thursday 28th April there is a concert with Ian House starting at 7.30pm. Thursday 19th May sees an evening with Michael & Janet Farrar, starting at 7.30pm and the final concert for the season will be on Thursday 30th June at 7.30pm with Chris Jones.

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ocal business, Evelyn’s Den stepped up to the challenge and helped to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. ocal artist Jenifer D Henry Owner’s Trish and Michelle said, will present an exhibition “We would like to thank your readers of her work titled ‘As I See It’ for their help with the at the Percy Law Gallery in the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Bassetlaw Museum in Retford. Bag it Up campaign. The exhibition will run from 7th February “Ladies were donating until 26th March and is open daily from their old bras, which 10.00am to 4.00pm, excluding Sundays. were then recycled Jenifer’s work is an eclectic mix of and the cash donated to the different styles and showcases many Yorkshire Air Ambulance. ideas and subject matter as seen by “This campaign has now the artist — everyone is welcome. finished and we are unable to

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new singers, especially more male singers, as their voices give such a wonderful depth of harmony to a mixed choir such as ours. There are no auditions and no necessity to read music — just a desire to sing with a happy and friendly group. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings in the Adult Day Centre at the Dukeries School — access is from the Whinney Lane entrance and car park and Rehearsal time is from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. Just turn up and give us a go, or contact our Chairman Alan Sinclair on 01623 823271.

accept old bras any longer. “We wanted to let ladies know, that with their help we have contributed to collecting 174,060 raising a total of £9,600 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of the Retford Life readers — so thank you very much.” Read about their amazing fundraising achievement and view the new collections on the Evelyn’s Den website at www.evelynsden.co.uk.

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hen the credit crunch first bit two-and-a-half years ago, many buy-to-let landlords were some of the early victims. They had borrowed too much to buy houses at the top of the market based on implausible rental values. House prices plummeted, the mortgage market dried up and many of them went to the wall. As an estate agent I felt a grim satisfaction — all too often they had demanded viewings at a moment’s notice, made insultingly low offers and generally upset my vendors. Over the past few months I have come across quite a few buy-to-let investors, particularly when marketing smaller properties and they seem to be a lot

Craig Brown Estate Agent savvier than the operators of old. When making an offer, it will definitely be at the bottom end of the price range I had in mind but it won’t be laughably low. They are also much more selective about the areas they buy in, suggesting that they are as interested in asset appreciation as they are in profit margins. What is driving the resurgence of this type of buyer? Well, house prices are low and look like they’ll remain stable for the next year. By comparison, rental values are high and look set to remain so because all those first time buyers who can’t

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Mayflower Animal Sanctuary lthough the snow has long Once again the Doncaster public ity Are you a commun A gone, unfortunately it created were hugely generous in their donations in our Sanctuary. and we raised just over £700. group, club or society? havoc The heavy snow buckled the sides We are also collecting cloths for

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and gates of the outside runs making it impossible to open or close gates and was so heavy it came through the roof of our main storage building, so now we have no roof on this very important part of our sanctuary. 2010 saw us re-home 160 cats and 340 dogs plus the odd rabbit — we or their February production the Village Players (Everton) are have also dealt with dogs that have presenting Drama Queens, which will had special needs and others that needed a lot more care and attention. consist of four linked one act plays Marks and Spencer recently allowed from the well known Deck Chairs us to carry out a Bag Pack in their series of plays by Jean McConnell. Doncaster store, and this was a huge The plays will be presented in the success for us as we raised £536. intimate atmosphere of an “in the We also stood on a freezing round” setting, and the Players feel cold Saturday the weekend is particularly suited to this quartet of before Christmas in Doncaster, plays, each different, with a different rattling tins for our Sanctuary. cast, but to a general theme. In partnership with the new landlord of the Blacksmiths Arms, which is yards from the Village Hall, the Players will be offering the option of combined tickets for Drama e had our Christmas party Queens and a pre-theatre dinner on 8th December and the to make for a great evening out. weather could not have been worse. Drama Queens will be staged However, 60 people attended in Everton Village Hall between and although the band were unable 23rd and 26th February. to get to Bassetlaw Hospital, a Tickets are priced at £5, (£4 very good time was had by all. for students), or £17.50 (£16.50 We had competitions and a raffle for students) to include a preand the evening was a huge success. theatre dinner at the Blacksmiths Our AGM held at Retford and are available from the Box Hospital — again in shocking Office (01777 818275) or website weather — was well attended. (www.evplayers.org.uk). The Support Group is going from

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strength to strength and it is really satisfying and very encouraging that so many braved the weather again. We had an interesting talk from Dr P Foster, with particular regard to the anticipated changes — he quelled a few fears and responded well to the interesting questions raised. Like all of us he cannot look into a crystal ball and tell us the future but his and our hopes, are for a future of continued care and efficiency and change, where improvement is needed.

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ith the festive season well and truely over, February can look dull, grey and depressing. But there is something to look forward to — the Chinese New Year. Based on a combination of lunar and solar dates, the Chinese New Year falls on a different day each year, usually in January or February. This year the date to celebrate is 3rd February. Each year is allocated the name of one of twelve animals; rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and boar — 2011 is the year of the rabbit. The Chinese New Year is also symbolic of the end of winter and the start of spring, and many traditions and rituals surround the occasion. Fireworks have always been an integral part of the celebrations, with the belief that the noise scares away evil spirits and wakes the dragons who symbolise strength, integrity and good luck. This is the time for new beginnings, out with the old and in with the new. Before New Year’s Eve all debts are paid off, houses are cleaned and any arguments resolved. Celebrations start on New Year's Eve with a family dinner and everyone pays homage to their ancestors and household gods. All windows and doors are opened at midnight to let go of the old year and to bring the new one in, with celebrations lasting over two weeks. Homes are decorated with red and gold paper decorations which represent wealth and happiness while orange fruits of all kinds symbolise good health, 16 Retford

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Enter the rabbit… Suki North looks at how to get set for Chinese New Year

long life happiness and wealth. Tangerines and oranges are particularly favoured because the words for them sound similar to luck and wealth. Gifts are also exchanged and children are given two small red envelopes containing crisp, new ‘lucky money’. Happiness is said to come in twos, so gifts are given in pairs while brand new clothes and shoes are also worn on New Year’s Day; again to symbolise a new start. Food is extremely important at this time of year and each dish is highly symbolic — chicken or duck represent family

togetherness and are therefore served whole. Fish symbolises a wish for abundance in the coming year and again, it is served whole because this encourages a happy end to the year as well as a successful start. Noodles stand for a long life and shouldn’t be cut and desserts include Sticky Rice Cake, because their sweetness suggests a sweet life and their circular shape epitomizes family reunions. Chinese New Year can be seen as a time to start with a blank slate, so if your New Year’s resolutions have been broken already, here’s another chance to try again!

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n 7th February 1964 the Beatles arrived in New York at the start of their first tour of the United States. More than 300 screaming teenagers greeted them as they stepped on to the tarmac at Kennedy Airport. Many teens had skipped school or work, some were in tears and many carried placards which read "I love you, please stay". The Beatles' first scheduled appearance on American television was on the Ed Sullivan show.

More than 5,000 fans applied for tickets to be part of the audience but only 750 were lucky enough to get them.

Security barriers had to be erected and the Fab Four received the kind of police protection usually reserved for kings and presidents! It is said that the crime rate dipped to a 50 year low as more than 40% of America tuned in to watch. They performed the songs All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand. Four decades later, also in February, the Beatles were given the President's Award at the Grammys to mark the 40th anniversary of what became known as "Beatlemania". It was accepted by the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

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he great Victorian chemist Sir James Dewar was studying the liquification of gases. In order to prevent his very cold liquid gases from boiling away he needed a flask with very good insulation. Since he knew that a vacuum would prevent heat loss by convection and conduction he had the idea of producing a flask with a vacuum between the outer and inner vessels. To reduce heat transmission by infra-red radiation he coated the surfaces of the flasks with silver. It was invented in 1892 and was called a Dewar Flask after its inventor. In 1904, the German company Thermos GmbH started selling vacuum flasks and their name 18 Retford

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became synonymous with the product. Modern vacuum flasks are usually made of glass with a protective outer jacket of metal or plastic. The vacuum between the double walls is only a partial vacuum but it suffices for domestic purposes to keep cold liquids cool and hot liquids warm for about a day, while the reflective coating is no longer silver. The greatest source of heat transmission is through the lid which is usually made of cork or plastic. Dewar flasks are widely used in industry and in laboratories to keep liquid gases from rapidly boiling away. Liquid nitrogen is frequently kept in one and frozen specimens can easily be transported in liquid nitrogen, avoiding

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herwoodRadio.com, broadcasting from Ollerton, is an Internet radio station serving North Nottinghamshire. The station first went ‘to air’ in June 2009 and was established as it was felt that North Nottinghamshire was poorly covered by already existing television and radio media. As such, the purpose of SherwoodRadio.com is to entertain, inform and promote local events in our area — the station also hopes to nurture and train the radio talent of tomorrow. At present, the station volunteers are beginning to get “out and about” around the area, becoming involved with events from music festivals, to sports days, local markets to church fetes. The directors behind the station feel

Sherwood Radio this is particularly important in the current climate of the growing trend for local stations becoming national. John Pearson, chairman of SherwoodRadio.com added, “Nottinghamshire is such a vibrant county with an awful lot to see and do. With the demise of Trent FM and the increase of networking, even our local stations aren’t truly local”. He went on to say that SherwoodRadio.com’s output is, and always will be local. At present, the station is an Internetonly service — however, the objective is to broadcast on FM in the future. The station is live from 10.00am to 10.00pm daily, although some shows are music only, without presenters — one of the station’s biggest requirements is to recruit further volunteers. Daniel Steele, vice-chairman said “We ultimately want to offer an around-the-clock live service, but need more presenters for this to become reality. We welcome anyone, professional or novice.” The wealth of opportunity

doesn’t just stop at presenting. SherwoodRadio.com are looking for volunteers to assist with IT, administration, sales and advertising to name but a few available positions. Anyone interesting in finding out further details should contact secretary@sherwoodradio.com, or call 01623 825456 to arrange a visit. SherwoodRadio.com is also a platform for web and on-air advertising. This service not only raises much-need revenue for the station, but also allows small, local business to promote their services at affordable rates. The future looks very promising for the station — it is hoped that SherwoodRadio.com will become more involved with local schools, allowing pupils to plan, script and present their own radio shows. In addition to this, the station invites local people with knowledge of the local area to discuss the past, present and future of North Nottinghamshire. If interested, please contact us on the details above.

Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum W ould like to invite everyone to our next monthly meeting. We are having a change of venue this month, and we will now meet in the coffee shop area of the new Worksop Library on Thursday 17th February from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. I am sure some of you have passed by this unusually designed building — The Hub — and wondered what it

our committee to think about how family carers are managing to cope in this situation. offers the people of Bassetlaw. The Forum would like to We will be having a fully guided investigate what sorts of problems tour through the building, and affect Bassetlaw family carers, by the end of it, be aware of all and what sort of things might be the facilities at our disposal. helpful to you or your family. As you may be aware our January If you or anyone you know are in this meeting of BOFF was about the latest situation, and would like to let us know, proposed council cuts, and how they will what problems you face and what would affect people in the Bassetlaw area. be of benefit to you, please let us know These proposed cuts prompted by phoning Cath on 01777 709034.

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Will you be my valentine? LIFESTYLE

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t may not seem like it at the time, but dating is definitely easier when you’re young. Hanging out in college coffee bars or nightclubs means lots of time to chat with members of the opposite sex and size up which one you fancy, while discussing his or her merits with your mates. Fast-forward a few years and it all becomes a bit of a minefield. You can hang out by the water cooler at work of course, but it isn’t half as much fun as a nightclub and, let’s be honest, tends to attract the sad, the mad and those looking

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Jayne Deakin on how to bag a valentine, whatever the time of year for an extra-marital liaison. So what is a guy or gal to do, how do you find a special someone when you’re in your 30s, 40s or beyond? Well there’s internet dating of course, but this can be a bit of a minefield — a female friend of mine commented that it’s a bit like buying your groceries online, in that there’s always a chance you might not get exactly what’s advertised and ‘there’s nothing like actually being able to squeeze the fruit yourself!’. She’d recently been speed dating and really enjoyed it. “It was actually good fun,” she insisted, when she saw doubt writ large on my face, “Everyone knew why we were there. We were all single; between 28 and 45 and looking for a bit of romance with someone compatible.” Did she find anyone? “Well I’ve been on a couple of dates with guys I met there. It’s early days,

but one of them is really nice and we’re going out again very soon.” All very promising then, but what if you can’t face the prospect of a full-on, no-frills meet-a-thon? Are there any other ways you might meet Mr or Mrs Right? There are lots of singles clubs around — I’d always thought singles clubs were for sad, lonely souls, but not a bit of it. There are many clubs now dedicated to providing an interesting social life for those without partners. They often organise trips, talks and events for members who may or may not be looking for love, so they are great places to find new friends of both sexes and increase your confidence in a less pressured environment than a speed dating venue. Confidence is a key issue when looking to meet that ideal someone — no-one is attracted to someone needy. Foreign language classes are a great way to learn a new confidence-boosting skill, meet new people and you’re guaranteed to have something to talk about. If you feel as though your image could do with a boost, book a makeover at a local hair and beauty salon. Personal shoppers are not as expensive as you might think and can help give a fresh perspective on your style. Just remember, that whether you’re young or not quite so young, dating should be about having fun. Now go get ‘em tiger!

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elcome to our new challenge for 2011 — Dig It! Growing your own fruit and vegetables is a great way to start contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle and can be a lot of fun. You can greatly reduce the distance some of your food has travelled and, if you wish, you can make sure everything you eat is chemical-free. It's amazing how good food can taste when there are only a few minutes between picking and cooking.

INVOLVE THE FAMILY!

If you have children, then don’t hesitate to get them involved, it’s so

Leanne Lodge gets us started on our new challenge for 2011

precious for a child to learn from an early age where their food comes from. Involving them in the Dig It Challenge is a great cure for the ever-increasing ‘I only eat chips and nuggets’ disease that seems to be sweeping the nation at present. But remember, children have shorter attention spans so break up different tasks in to ten-minute slots — it has to be fun and interesting if they are going to discover the joys of gardening.

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◄ advantage of this is it allows you to improve the soil quality, by bringing in additional from elsewhere. You can see from the before photo, that at the time of going to print (midJanuary) as of yet there is nothing to speak of, however by the time you

Did you know? If the average sized garden (733sqm) was given over to fruit and vegetable growing, householders could grow 98 per cent of all the fruit and vegetables they consume each year. 60% of organic growers eat their own produce daily. Source: Garden Organic

receive this we will have constructed our raised beds and will be getting to work on preparing our soil. We are going to grow in several areas — where you can see on the photo we will be constructing three raised beds, each measuring approximately 1.2 metres wide and just under three metres in length. This will allow us space to have paths of enough width inbetween each bed — about 70cm. This means we should have enough space to manoeuvre with the equipment we need, including a wheelbarrow.

PREPARING YOUR SOIL

This is your secret weapon — good soil produces bumper harvests, so it's worth looking after it and if you’re going to cut corners in any way, this is not the time to do it. Vegetables take a lot more out of the soil than flowers and shrubs do — you need to continually work at putting the goodness back in.

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Look to remove any weeds or large stones that may be hiding in the earth, then start to work on feeding your soil. Your soil will need feeding in two ways — the first is to add various forms of well-rotted manure or compost — cover the area with a thick layer of manure and then work it into the soil by lightly digging and turning it over. The second is to apply fertilizers — either organic or inorganic ones — this will help top-up the nutrients that the plants will need for strong and healthy growth.

HOW DO I DECIDE WHAT TO GROW?

An easy way to decide what to sow first is by choosing the vegetables that you eat the most. Make a list of your favourites, then pick the easiest to grow and concentrate on those for your first season — you can always add more later on. As this isn’t our first growing season we have looked at it in another way for

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this years choices — we have looked at some of the varieties that we want to try, that are not easy to get hold of in Grocers and Supermarkets. Instead of growing normal varieties of carrots, we’re going to go for the purple and multi-coloured varieties, and it’s just the same with the tomato and pepper varieties we have also short-listed — we will reveal our choices and what we’re sowing in the next issue. Making your own shortlist doesn’t need to be a head-ache, we’ve actually found it quite empowering. You can buy seeds — even vegetable and fruit plants — from many sources, both online and at local garden centres. Even if you do not decide to buy online, using one of the seed catalogues from a larger company — such as Suttons — can be quite useful for research purposes and can assist you in learning about the different varieties available. Last year we found our local suppliers and even places like eBay to be invaluable.

Great gardening reference sites:

Suttons www.suttons.co.uk/catalogue Soil Association www.soilassociation.org Garden Organic www.gardenorganic.org.uk National Society of Allotment and Leisure Gardeners www.nsalg.org.uk Gardener’s Click www.gardenersclick.com

Great grow-your-own reference books: Vegetable Growing Month By Month John Harrison Grow Vegetables Alan Buckingham

Dig It Challenge next month: • Basic equipment and tools • Planting and sowing seeds • Growing in containers

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Life in a glass house DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO TOMATOES

If you choose your varieties carefully you can try strawberries, peppers, aubergines, peaches, nectarines and grapes.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SITE IS IMPORTANT

Make sure that the ground is level. Your greenhouse should receive the maximum amount of winter sunlight available — be sure to consider any shadows cast by existing buildings

and trees, including those trees which are not fully grown yet. The most important time for sun to reach a greenhouse is during the spring and autumn when the sun is low in the sky.

IT'S ALL ABOUT TEMPERATURE

Obviously they are a place of warmth, but they shouldn’t be too warm — it’s easy to cook your plants even in a British summer. Place a thermometer in the shade near the middle of your greenhouse and monitor the temperature at different times during sunny and cloudy weather. Most plants thrive best around 15–21ºc — if the temperature regularly reaches 26ºc or higher, you will need to ventilate. The simplest and cheapest way to ventilate is to open the door and roof vents in the morning and close them in the evening, but ventilation systems

can be fitted which are automatically triggered as the temperature rises.

GREENHOUSES DO REQUIRE SOME MAINTENANCE.

If you already own one, then February is a good time to give it a clean. Disinfect the entire greenhouse with a brush and a mixture of diluted bleach, keeping it away from the plants. Open up any vents to let the fumes out, scrub down all the walls and floor, then rinse with clean water. Throughout the growing season spray the walls and corners with a hose set on the jet nozzle — this helps keep spider mites and whiteflies to a minimum. A greenhouse can be a wonderful addition to a garden. Well designed, well stocked and well arranged it can be a thing of beauty too.

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celebration of local history, and community in North Nottinghamshire, takes place from 18th February until 20th March, at Thoresby Gallery. The exhibition showcases events, stories and activities, past and present. Caroline Hughes, Co-ordinator of The Pierrepont Collection, said, “This part of Nottinghamshire has long-been associated with historic themes relating to Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries estates, and our visitors at Thoresby are fascinated with the history and customs of the area. The exhibition not only showcases our exciting local history, but also reveals the incredible

Nottinghamshire Past & Present exhibition vitality of North Nottinghamshire.” To give a taste of the exhibition, there will be local history displays from Norwell Parish history group, Wellow Maypole Committee as well as Ollerton of Yesteryear group’s photographs and stories from the colliery days.

Members of Ollerton and Boughton Scouts group are learning heritage research skills to develop an information display board, while The Sherwood Forest Trust Heritage Ranger is showcasing ‘May Day with Robin Hood’s Village, Edwinstowe’ and St George’s Day Celebration at Ollerton. Also included, are The Chesterfield Canal Trust, who currently have 1,100 members, run entirely by volunteers, and whose aims are to promote the full restoration

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and Notts County Council. Chairman Adrian Blackburn welcomed members to the venue with seasonal greetings and expressed views and visions for the coming year. The evening’s speaker talked the group through a powerpoint presentation about wild flowers and plants found in many gardens, surrounding fields and bridleways, old railway tracks and meadows of bygone days. Examples shown were in poor condition due to the recent bad

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Carrie Cartwright-Owen on the best ways to get fit together

outfits to really look the part! Dance classes are the perfect way to include some romance into your workout regime — tangoing your way to trim bodies and learning something new together will keep the sizzle in, whilst you sweat out those toxins. For fun at home, the Wii or Xbox Kinect could provide the source for some serious amusement. Whilst being aerobically effective, it can unfortunately bring out the dark competitive side in us — virtual boxing matches quickly advance to shin kicking and gouging in my experience! There are plenty of less aggressive games for two to

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he Ramblers’ Association has been working to improve access and maintain our rights of way network for over 70 years and hundreds of led walks take place throughout the country each week. The Retford group is a small and friendly group. Our walks this month include a full day ramble from Anston Stones (Jan 30th); a morning walk from West Stockwith (Feb 13th) and a ‘Double looper’ from Creswell Crags (Feb 20th). This last walk will cover 12 miles in total, but walkers have the option of completing just one six-mile loop or both.

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taff from the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at Bassetlaw Hospital held heir very own ‘Come Dine With Me’, raising £220 for the Bassetlaw Breastcare Unit. Every year, Staff Nurse Helen Gardner holds a ‘pink’ party raising money for breast cancer. SCBU staff are all fans of Come Dine With Me and, after discussing a recent episode, decided to have a go. They had no spending limit — it was all about getting together to have fun and raise money for the unit. Helen Gardner started the ball rolling with the first evening, followed by Sue Proudman — Sister, and Steph Brough — Staff Nurse. Pictured after a splendid meal are (left to right) Marion Burchby, Senior Sister; Andrea Mitchell,

Staff Nurse; Caroline Davies, Staff Nurse; Stephanie Brough; Sue Proudman; and Helen Gardner. Thanks to all those who took part, generously donating time, money, cooking skills, and, of course, eating skills! For further information, please contact Hazel Brand, Communications Manager, on 01302 647009 or e-mail at hazel.brand@dbh.nhs.uk.

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he special meetting held on 13th January for new members was informative, resulting in an increase of membership which now stands at 180 and rising. The Sunday Lunch Club is going from strength to strength — members choose the venue each month and the next meeting is on 20th February, followed by 20th March. Upcoming theatre trips and outings include a visit to The Grand in Leeds for Cleopatra Opera Ballet on 5th March and Tutbury Castle on 21st March.

There are many more interest groups — if you would like more information on these, contact Interest Group Co-ordinator Jan Dicker on 01777 816978. Monthly meetings are held on the last Thursday in the month at The Well on Hospital Road at 1.30pm. The next meeting is on 24th February and the top is the Air Ambulance, followed by a talk on the Idle Valley Project by Ric Berry on 24th March.

Blyth Cricket Club 2011 season We meet at 9.30am in the Chapelgate car park, in Retford for car sharing. If anyone would like more details about any of the walks ring Lois on 01427 628165 or email Sally at frasersally@hotmail.co.uk. We are looking forward to meeting you. 34 Retford

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lyth Cricket Club runs two senior teams in the Bassetlaw Saturday League and has an active junior section. We would welcome any new players of any ability or members to join us for the 2011 season. We have a lovely ground located on Oldcotes Road in Blyth, with good facilities and we enjoy our cricket, yet we also remember

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MOTORING

Turn the kei for micro fun Kit Johnson squeezes into the best tiny japanese runabouts

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Suzuki Cappuccino 1991 – 1997

The Cappuccino is a two seater coupé cabriolet that really proves that you don’t need masses of power to have masses of fun.

It is as pretty as a picture, has a stylish leather clad interior and the removable hard top provides hours of entertainment. The miniscule turbocharged engine with 63bhp might not sound like much to write home about but in a car weighing 725kg it provides plenty enough performance to have some fun. Expect to pay £2,500 for a 95 model with 60k on the clock.

Good looks, well built, great fun to drive

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Honda Beat 1991 – 1996

The Beat was Honda’s answer to the Cappuccino, but being Honda, they had to do things differently. It had a fabric roof, was mid-engined and used clever valve technology to extract the maximum power from the engine. This meant you had to rev it to death in order to get any performance but that just added to the fun. Novelty value, good to drive 36 Retford

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be very short, very narrow and have a 660cc engine that produces no more than 63bhp. Within these tight limitations the Japanese engineers have used every last ounce of their ingenuity to create some truly brilliant little cars. Here are four of them.

Daihatsu Copen 2002 – present

Daihatsu revived the concept of the Kei car with this two seater roadster and it has been a big success. The retractable aluminium hardtop is a work of genius and it is a great looking little Dinky looks, handling, amazing roof

car with the roof down. The European spec version provides an extra four bhp and there is a 1.3 litre version that has similar performance to an MX5. As light as a feather, the driving experience provides as much fun as you can have with your trousers on. With plenty on the market you can pick up an ’04 model with a scant 20k miles under its belt for £4,000. The 1.3 version is way too expensive

Nissan Figaro 1991

The mid-engine layout didn’t do much for the handling and made it harder to service. They are something of a rarity now but I managed to find a ’93 model with 40k on it for £3,795. Not the prettiest roadster ever

The Figaro is not really a Kei car but is worth a mention. Based on the platform of the Nissan Micra, it had retro styling that earned it instant iconic status. As well as the funky looks it had leather seats, aircon, an automatic gearbox and electric sunroof that tucked itself away into the bodywork. The 75bhp engine provided adequate performance but Funky looks, that sunroof, a fashion statement

it was not really sporty. Nissan only made it for one year and produced 20,000 models for the Japanese market only, but plenty of them made it over to the UK. £4,000 will get you a reasonable example with 80k miles. Slightly pricey, many are in poor condition now

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Keeping your health in check HEALTH

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oo many men are dying prematurely with just 66% reaching the age of 75. They are more likely than women to die from heart disease, cancer and suicide, to be overweight, to smoke and to drink alcohol excessively, but less likely to use health services effectively or to take part in self-help programmes. One of the biggest boosts would be to have someone to confide in about physical and emotional problems. However, men tend not to talk about such issues the way women do, nor readily take advice. Manchester Royal Infirmary discovered male patients that had

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Sue Blain on how men should take more time to consider their health

suffered a heart attack were less likely to suffer further attacks if they had the support of friends, a partner or relatives. Nowadays men are under even more pressure from financial and work stresses — it is so tempting to eat and drink more alcohol to temporarily ease this stress. Whilst chatting with mates in the pub can be helpful, staying below three to four units a day is important — death rates in men aged 45 to 54 years from liver cirrhosis has risen fourfold in the last 30 years. Overweight men are more at risk from serious diseases than women because they store fat around their middle rather than on their hips and thighs. Regular exercise has been shown to reduce the risks of diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. It also helps to relieve

stress, as do B-complex vitamins, but sugary foods, strong coffee and other caffeinated drinks will make it worse. Maintaining prostate health, the gland found beneath the bladder, is vital — it can enlarge with age and cause difficulties while passing urine. If problems occur, visit your GP to rule out prostate cancer, the leading cause of cancer in men. Most often, the excessive growth of prostate tissue is not harmful, but may need treatment. Lycopene, an antioxidant found mainly in tomatoes, has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer and protect against heart disease and osteoporosis. Try tomato juice, soup, sauces and use tomato puree in cooking, or add to a sandwich mix. The minerals selenium and zinc, found in brazil nuts, eggs, fish, lean meat, also offer protection. The herb Saw Palmetto, is known to be beneficial, or Sabal Serrulata, its homeopathic equivalent. Testicular cancer, the most common cancer affecting young men, can be treated easily if picked up early from self-examination. Find time to share any concerns you have with family or friends — check out the Men’s Health Forum website which is calling for action to tackle men’s mental health problems, get more men physically active, address high cancer rates, improve the use of health services and involve more workplaces in their health and wellbeing.

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FOOD & DRINK

Winter Warmers • 2 tbsp cold water • Milk for brushing

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1. Firstly, make the pastry: Lightly toast the cumin seeds in a dry pan, then grind in a pestle and mortar. 2. Add half the ground seeds to a food processor along with the flour, turmeric, cayenne, a little salt and pepper and butter. 3. Pulse the mixture until it forms breadcrumbs then add the water and pulse again until the dough just combines. 4. Remove, roll into a ball and chill, covered in clingfilm, for an hour or so (you could freeze it at this point to use at a later date). 5. Preheat the oven to 180˚c. 6. Place the root vegetables, onion, garlic, chilli, cumin and ground coriander in a roasting tray, season and drizzle over the oil. Roast for 20-25 minutes until soft and golden on the edges. 7. Leave to cool with the spinach scattered then stir in the chopped coriander. 8. Divide the pastry into 6 and roll into discs approximately 15cm diameter, topping with the vegetables and cheese. 9. Roughly fold up the edges to create a parcel and brush with milk. 10. Place on baking trays and bake for a further 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden.

DEEP-FRIED BRIE A glorious starter with the perfect mix of crunchy coating and soft, gooey centre.

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COMMUNITY

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aunching your voluntary group online by building a dedicated website has never been easier. Readers will recall our earlier article, Clarborough & Welham website — Retford Life, January 2011 page 62 — which looked forward to ‘phase 2’ of our project in which it was hoped to co-ordinate efforts for a number of local voluntary group to launch their own websites. Networking all of these sites together and to the wider community network is already in progress — have a look at our main community ‘hub’ (www. clarborough-welham.org.uk). Clarborough & Welham IT Group is co-ordinating this effort by delivering dedicated, hands-on, tuition to voluntary group members through one of its weekly sessions held at Clarborough Village Hall. The first of five planned sessions took place on the evening of Tuesday 11th January and was attended by

BEETLE DRIVES

Our usual special Beetle Christmas drive had to be cancelled because of the weather so the one at the end of January will be a little more festive than usual. Please join us at the King’s Arms on Monday 31st January at 7.00pm for an evening of fun. The one at the end of February will be the last Monday in the month 28th February, 7.00pm at the King’s Arms as usual — please ring 01777 703378 for more details.

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Getting voluntary groups online representatives of Clarborough 1st Scout Group, Clarborough & District WI, Clarborough Village Ventures and St John the Baptist Church, Clarborough. Clarborough & District Community Association, who manage Clarborough Village Hall, are also committed to taking part. That first session explored general issues pertinent to any website design before focusing specifically on the BT-based service selected — groups do not need to be BT broadband subscribers for this. Members considered issues of email contacts that are generally provided through 'Contact Us' sections of websites before moving on to registering for the services provided. Once these had been accomplished, a preliminary review of website creation/editing took place. Subsequent sessions will explore website text-editing in more detail followed by image handling and linking — very important both for managing documents within the site as well as interfacing with other web-services.

We are very aware that voluntary groups beyond Clarborough & Welham — in fact across the whole of Bassetlaw — may well have a desire to get online. At this early stage our IT Group is considering extending our current support programme so that other groups can have the opportunity to come onboard — planned sessions would run on Tuesday evenings through March, 2011. If your group is interested, please contact Greg Herdman (01777) 700 918 or gherdman@toucansurf.com to discuss your needs in more detail. Have a look at some of the websites already set up under this scheme: • Clarborough Village Ventures: www.clarborough-v-v.btck.co.uk • Clarborough & Welham IT Group: www.cwitgroup.btck.co.uk • Clarborough 1st Scout Group: www. clarboroughscouts.btck.co.uk • St.John the Baptist Church: www.cwchurch.btck.co.uk • Clarborough & Welham IT Group: www.cwitgroup.btck.co.uk

St John the Baptist Church, Clarborough and Welham the doors open for stallholders at 10am. We have a very good stall for church funds and as so many of our fundraising efforts had to be cancelled before Christmas please come and support us. We will see you at our next sale on 5th February!

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The senior citizens’ Christmas party will now be held on the 7th February. If you wish to attend, please sign a fresh list at Howbeck Garage, or telephone Glenys on 01777 704711.

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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best books this month

Kept DJ Taylor Billed as a Victorian Mystery, this novel by DJ Taylor is a true page turner in the style of Dickens, Wilkie Collins and the like. With multiple narratives and a range of perspectives, Taylor weaves a web of intrigue around the life and death of Mr Henry Ireland and his wife, which surprises and delights the reader. The novel begins with an arresting episode in which two men find themselves by a Scottish loch undergoing a series of challenges

guardian of a strangely disturbed young woman. At times the narrative thread is truly puzzling, and the reader must connect and theorize for themselves — but this is no bad thing, and at least we can read on at our own pace rather than having to wait, in the Victorian manner, for the next instalment. There are plenty of potential heroes and heroines, and a smattering of particularly villainous villains, for us to engage with too. One for those dark winter nights in front of the fire — abandon the television and curl up with a good book instead. Although, be warned, you may stay up later than you had intended, reading on to the finish!

go smoothly and soon Billy is involved in a fantastic adventure involving diamonds, burglars and a former opera singer.

The Giraffe & the Pelly & Me Roald Dahl

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This is probably one of Roald Dahl’s less well-known stories, but it is perfect for introducing the younger reader to the wonders of his work. It tells the tale of the ingenious ‘Ladderless Window Cleaning Company’ — the Giraffe, whose long neck reaches the windows, the Pelican, whose beak carries the water, and the Monkey, who does the actual cleaning. As they set up in business they meet Billy, who joins them on their first challenge — to clean all 677 windows at the home of The Duke of Hampshire! Of course, the job does not

Dahl whizzes the reader through a series of twists and turns, with rhymes and songs to keep us going, and with characteristically inventive language choices on every page. Available as a picture book, illustrated beautifully by Quentin Blake, or as a more ‘grown-up’ style paperback, this is sure to become a firm favourite as a bedtime or anytime read.

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Best bet to buy or rent? HOMES

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n englishman’s home is his castle they say, but does one feel the same whether they decide to buy or rent their own bit of England? There is a big debate brewing as to whether we are all going to go continental and become a nation of long term renters, whether it's because of the lack of lending to buyers or the slow down in the housing market. Now we all know there are many differences between ourselves and our Euro neighbours — currencies and worse weather to begin with! However, with regards to the property market, in France and other EU countries, whole generations of families have been in the private rented market. This is the accepted thing and very few buy their own homes. Yet in the UK however, we have for the last 40 years been buying our own homes, and in general

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Darrin Carter asks whether now is the time to rent or to buy the rental market has been for short term lets and first time buyers saving up their deposits. After all, haven’t we all been told at some stage or another that renting is dead money and you need to get on the property ladder? My personal view is that we would all like to buy our own home, just the same as we would all probably like to win the lottery. Yet like everything in life it comes down to finances, circumstances and the opportunity. With the current economic difficulties, we as a country — and individuals —are all facing, it’s not surprising that less of us want to commit to that 25-year mortgage. If you then factor in that larger

deposits are now required, and tougher lending requirements from the banks, then it’s only natural that more and more of us see rental as the better option. Yes, I agree that over the next few years there will be an increase in the number of private rentals, and some of these will decide that their future is in long term letting. Do I think we will — like our continental cousins — embrace renting and shy away from buying for a generation? No I don’t think we will. Once this cloud of austerity has passed through, and we — and the banks — all start to see things more positively then I believe we will see the triumphant return of the first time buyer to the market place. If the opportunity presents itself to buy your own home, then I think the majority would take that gamble… After all isn’t renting dead money?

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The Vagina Monologues for one night only at Retford Little Theatre

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n Saturday 12th February 2011 at 8.00pm Retford Little Theatre will present a one-night-only benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play The Vagina Monologues. Hailed by The New York Times as ‘funny’ and ‘poignant’ and by the Daily News as ‘intelligent’ and ‘courageous’ The Vagina Monologues, which was first performed offBroadway by Ms Ensler dives into the mystery, humour, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement buried in women’s experiences. Ms Ensler has performed the play to great acclaim throughout the world — from Zagreb to Santa Barbara, from London to Seattle, from Jerusalem to Oklahoma City. Villard Books/Random House first

Bassetlaw Breastcare

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assetlaw Breastcare Unit Invite you to their Sunday Luncheon at The Lion Hotel, Worksop. The Luncheon is on 27th March at 12.00pm and includes a 4-course lunch priced £15 per adult and £7.50 per child. Over the last four years we have had great fun fundraising £345,000. The unit is being extended in April and hopefully will be finished in October and we are now fundraising for patient comforts that make all the difference to people within our care — thank you to everyone for your continued support. For further information and to book tickets please contact Sally Richardson, Fundraiser, Bassetlaw Hospital on 01909 502726. 48 Retford

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published The Vagina Monologues, which includes a foreword by Gloria Steimem, in February 1998. A special edition was released in hardback and paperback in February 2008 in honour of V-Day’s ten year anniversary. Many famous women have performed in The Vagina Monologues, including Whoopi Golderg, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Gillian Anderson, Hayley Mills, Jane Fonda, Oprah Winfrey and Glen Close to name but a few. Last year over 5,400 V-Day benefits were held around the world, raising

funds and awareness towards ending violence against women. These highly successful events raised over $4 million through performance of Eve Ensler’s award winning play. Within the context of the worldwide effort Retford Little Theatre is happy to be supporting the 2011 V-Day campaign. The Vagina Monologues will be performed at 8.00pm on Saturday 12th February at Retford Little Theatre. Tickets are priced £5 and phone bookings can be made at anytime by calling 01777 702002. The box office will also be open from 6.00pm to 8.00pm 9th, 10th 11th February. For further information about the production please contact Sheila Eyre on 01777 818530.

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e would like to send a huge thankyou to everyone who brought shoebox presents into the rescue kennels for the dogs and cats — the squeaks coming from every kennel on Christmas morning was nearly deafening! You would not believe how much fun they had playing and chewing their new toys it really made their day — every animal in our care got a present and seeing them having fun and playing brought a tear to our eyes. We are in desperate need for Bedding & Towels — can you help? Any quantity is appreciated, be it one item or 20 items, such as duvets, blankets, curtains,

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Leverton’s Pre-School Playgroup and School Partnership provides flexible, integrated Childcare and Education for all children aged 2 – 11 years. We are situated in modern, purpose built accommodation set in extensive, safe and secure grounds. Open from 7.45am until 6.00pm during Term Time and School Holidays and staffed by our experienced, qualified team our fees are amongst the most inexpensive in Bassetlaw. Working closely with our School partners we provide children with a smooth transition into full time education. The partnership offers a range of familiar Clubs such as football, cricket and basketball; additionally for 2011 we offer Film Club, African Drumming, Zumba, Commando Joe’s Fitness Club, Sailing, Knitting and Ukulele Clubs!

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The Beehive cluster

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he early evening sky is dominated by the bright stars of Orion. However, as February progresses late evenings welcome the constellations Cancer and Leo into view. Cancer is a rather dim constellation — the dimmest in the Zodiac — and it represents the Crab which nipped Hercules' foot as he grappled with the multi-headed monster Hydra. Cancer is found to the East of Gemini the “Twins” and although it is rather dim it has a relatively bright star cluster within it termed the “Beehive cluster”— it is shaped like an old fashioned beehive, complete with a few stray bees buzzing about it. In ancient times it was known as “the little mist” and its visibility was used by Greek sailors to forecast the weather. If it could not be seen a storm was forecast and the sailors would not set sail. Its true nature was only discovered in January 1610, when Galileo Galilei observed it with his modest telescope. The Beehive cluster is dimly visible to the naked eye and easy to see with binoculars or a small telescope. Leo follows Cancer above the horizon and is a much brighter constellation, representing a Lion — the lion’s head and mane are represented by stars forming a backward shaped question mark. The bright star at the end of the question mark is Regulus or “the Little King” and it was regarded as one of the four “Royal Stars” by the ancient Persians — the hind quarters of the lion are shaped as a long triangle. Leo is readily located by using the “Pointer stars”, which point to the Pole star, Polaris, the wrong way and follow their line downwards towards the Eastern horizon. Cancer and Leo are Zodiacal constellations, this means that the Sun, Moon and planets pass through them during certain times of the year. Astrologers use the positioning of the Sun within a constellation at your birth to determine your horoscope. Of course we cannot see the stars during the day, but if we 52 Retford

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The Lion, the Crab & its Beehive James Ince Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

could during this month the Sun lies in Capricorn, which represents “The Horned Sea Goat”. Early astronomers had a really weird imagination to dream up such incredible creatures. The Moon is full on 18th February and it is traditionally known as the “Storm Moon”, perhaps due to the sudden violent late winter storms that can occur during the month. If you look at the full moon on this date you will possibly notice that it looks somewhat larger than normal, this is due to it being closer to Earth than is usual. The Moon's orbit is not circular but elliptical and sometimes

it is closer and appears larger and at other times it is further away and so appears smaller. Following the BBC's Stargazing Live series — presented by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain — the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society organised two Stargazing events. Unfortunately, cloudy skies prevented the use of telescopes at one event, but visitors had some glimpses of the Moon at the second one. We would like to thank all those people who attended our events and the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society will hold similar events in the future and look forward to welcoming visitors to them. Wishing all clear skies and good viewing

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his year this takes place on Friday 4th February at 8.00pm in Headon Village Hall. We get together and talk over the year past and year to come. We have some nice wine and buffet food, which is free to members. Anyone interested in joining our group is welcome as this is also our Joining Evening, although you can join us at any other time of the year. We charge a small entrance fee of £6, however this is refunded if you become a club member on the night. Do come along and meet our members, see what we are all about and if you like what you see, you can join our very friendly Theatre Club. If you would like any further information, please call Margaret on 01777 248053.

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hil Kelsall MBE, is set to play the Majestic Theatre, Retford on Sunday 13th February 2011. Phil Kelsall has been the resident tower organist at Blackpool Tower’s Ballroom for 32 years and has established himself as one of the finest Wurlitzer players to have played the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. Book your tickets and come along to an enjoyable afternoon of organ music.

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Headon & Upton Theatre Club I

n 2002 some friends and I recognised there was a need in our area for a club dedicated to helping people to get to the city theatres and other venues for a night out. We did not at that time anticipate just how great the need was. We have grown from a small group needing just a mini-bus to travel in, to a very large group of around 150 members who regularly now travel in a 49 seater coach. We have even on odd occasions needed two coaches. Our members are nearly all now regular theatre goers enjoying a hassle free evening out with like minded companions. We travel from Retford, joining the coach at Kettlewells Depot or at Headon Village Hall, where car parking is available at both places. Kettlewells have served us very well over the years, all the coach drivers and staff are very friendly and helpful. Our aim has always been to take in a theatre performance about once a month and over the course of a year to cover all kinds of different performances, from plays to circus,

from concerts — both classical and pop, to ice-shows. We actually take in performances to suit all ages and tastes. Our membership similarly comes from all walks of life and as our club has grown we have taken in members from an ever increasing area around Retford. A membership fee of £10 per annum is required to join the club and to cover the cost of administration, for anyone wishing to join us we offer a discount of £4 if the subscription is made on or before our Social Evening on 4th February. Children under 16 have free membership when their parents are members. A list of performances is published on a 6 monthly basis and a booking form sent to members around 6-8 weeks before the date of the performance. Full payment which includes the coach fare is required at this time in order to take advantage of group discounts. Receipts are usually sent out with the booking form and are confirmation of your ticket and coach seat.

The Chuckle Brothers Thursday 24th at 2.30pm & 5.30pm All tickets £12.50

Circle £11.00 & £18.00 Family tickets £60.00 & £56.00 Staples School of Dance Let's Dance Saturday 19th at 2.30pm & 7.00pm All tickets £8.00, family £30.00 Beyond The Barricade Saturday 26th at 7.30pm All tickets £18.50

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ll the hype about Windows 7 has finally died down and it’s in common enough usage to allow us to see the wood for the trees. The question is, is it any good? Compared to the ill-fated Vista system that went before, the answer has to be a resounding yes. Windows 7 is intuitive to use and far more geared to the modern world of gaming and 24/7 internet access than any previous Microsoft operating system. It is also extremely secure, is far less memory-hungry than Vista and, unlike Vista, you can run legacy software systems such as Sage that ran perfectly well on your old XP computer. However, some of the shortcomings are starting to emerge. Most PCs and laptops come with the home version of Windows 7 preloaded — this is fine for general domestic use such as surfing the net, creating documents and spreadsheets and sending emails. Networking to another computer or connecting to a network printer is rather more challenging though and you may need to employ the services of someone such as myself which will cost you not an inconsiderable amount of money. In some cases it is simply impossible to connect a computer running Windows 7 Home to a printer that is hooked up to a network. I recently dealt with a customer running Adobe CS3, which is in widespread use even among professional graphic designers and works fine on Vista — it doesn’t work on the Home version of Windows 7 though. If you want to do any of these things you will need to buy the Professional version of Windows 7 and that will cost you serious money — about £170 — although this drops to about 56 Retford

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£80 if you buy it as an upgrade from the original supplier of the computer. This strikes me as a lot of money to obtain a software system that is simply doing what the old version did as standard. You must also bear in mind the amount that Microsoft charges the computer manufacturer to load up their software, a big chunk of the price of your new laptop will have gone to Microsoft. Something else to consider, Windows 7 allows you to run legacy software by running a virtual version of Windows XP within the software. Yes, you can run Adobe CS3 on Windows 7 Professional but it will be painfully slow. So, what are the alternatives if you don’t want to play your part in maintaining Bill Gates as the richest man in the world? Well, there’s the Apple OS but to get that you have to buy a Mac which is an expensive proposition. Then there is the Unix system that

can be found on quite a few notebooks these days. As an IT geek I like its simplicity and efficiency — there are no fancy bells and whistles, just the stuff you need. I like the price too, effectively it’s free, but most casual users struggle to get to grips with it and there are not enough software applications that are compatible with it, scrub that one then. Finally, there is the much talked about Google Chrome operating system. The first problem with this is that it is not actually available and no one really knows when it will be. It is also geared towards web browsing and is likely to be virtually useless if there isn’t a broadband connection available — it will also only be available on Google approved devices which may have price implications for the hardware. All in all, until the much vaunted cloud computing revolution takes off, it looks like we’re stuck with whatever version of Windows Microsoft chooses to foist on us for the foreseeable future.

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Keeping your child dog-safe • Children should never approach or disturb a dog that is sleeping or follow a dog that is trying to find a quiet space to get away. • Children need to learn not to tease or bully dogs, likewise dogs have to learn not to jump up at children or be too boisterous. • Experiences during the first year of a dog’s life make all the difference to future temperament and character. Taking the time to socialise your puppy can result in a friendly adult dog that enjoys the company of people. Socialising is easy and means simply taking your puppy out and about as much as possible, meeting lots of people and other dogs. • A good puppy socialisation class can help your training. Puppies are usually admitted between the ages of 12 and 20 weeks and the entire family is encouraged to attend. • Happy dogs don’t usually bite, but all dogs may bite if they feel threatened or if they are very excited. • Dogs don’t know right from wrong and they have to be taught how to behave, just like children.

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Index Retford Life

Aesthetics, Beauty & Health Escape............................................................11 Cactus Nails...................................................51 Coach House Clinic.......................................15 Impulse Salon................................................61 Light House Laser........................................ 45 Bathrooms CJL Installations............................................28 Prestige Bathrooms......................................61 Bed Sales The Bed Chambers.......................................49 Building Services James Wright Building Contractor............ 69 Pride................................................................29 Simon Hayes..................................................24 Car & Van Hire 38 Self Drive..................................................26 Car Maintenance & Sales London Road Garage...................................39 Mick Norris.....................................................37 Carpet Cleaning SP Cleaning................................................... 65 Carpets & Flooring Clinton Carpets..............................................71 Tim Rice Flooring...........................................61 Chiropodist/Foot Health Gillian Plant Foot Health............................. 33 Michael Saint.................................................32 Cleaning Services CCMS..............................................................19 KKleen............................................................21 Merry Maids.................................................. 33 Computer Repairs, Installations & Sales Anthony's PC Repairs...................................57 Counselling Service Access Counselling Service....................... 43 Curtains & Blinds STA Curtains & Blinds..................................51 Design & Print Burgess Design & Print..................................9 Life Design & Print..........................................3 Discount Sofa and Settee Centre The Sofa Centre..............................................1 Dog Grooming & Training Competitive Edge......................................... 63 K9 Academy.................................................. 45 Domestic Appliance Repairs Stuart Domestics..........................................57 Double Glazing, Doors & Conservatories Retford PVCu.................................................59 Moorside Glazing..........................................39 Warwick Developments.................................9 Wellow Park Windows..................................47 Electricians DJ Marriot Electrical Contractor.................39 Robson Electrical..........................................57 70 Retford

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Vaccari Parker...............................................59 Electrical Goods & Supplies Aegir Consumer Electronics........................19 Fires & Fire Surrounds Creative Lifestyle............................................5 MBH Fireplaces.............................................39 Funeral Directors E Hurton & Sons........................................... 68 GD Hall Funeral Directors............................59 Furniture Made & Sold Pine Essence.................................................21 Gardening Services DN22 Gardening...........................................25 Glazier National Glass...............................................57 Hair Salon Hair Kabin.......................................................23 Salon You........................................................55 Hard Landscaper Julian Fearn Hard Landscaping..................27 Heating Solutions Absolute Energy Solutions......................... 12 Hypnotherapy Hypnomore................................................... 45 Kennels & Catteries Lazydays Cattery.......................................... 63 North Leverton Kennels & Cattery........... 63 Kitchens & Bedrooms, Design & Fitting Art Kitchen Design....................................... 53 CDK.................................................................17 Ladies Gym Ladies Fitness and Wellness........................5 Mobility Scooters, Aids & Repairs Care Matters Mobility.................................. 69 Music Tuition Sharron Testo................................................51 Oil & Gas Supplier Chandlers Oil & Gas.................................... 13 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company................................. 13 Opticians Dudley & Severn............................................15 Young Opticians........................................... 35 Painting & Decorating Martin Collins.................................................28 Pathways, Drives & Paving Specialists Pride................................................................29 Sheffield Paving............................................25 Simon Hayes..................................................24 Personal Trainer Michelle Oldale..............................................32 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services DC Installations............................................ 13 Nigel Qualter..................................................57 Excel Property Services.............................. 69 We Plumb It In............................................... 45 Property Maintenance JNE Property Maintenance.........................57 Mr Handyman................................................59 Neil Cornwell..................................................27 The Handyman..............................................51 Pubs, Restaurants & Cafés Sands Venue....................................................7 The Charnwood Hotel...................................41 The Eyre Arms................................................23 The Jinja Tree.................................................41

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Retford Life Magazine February 2011