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Inside this issue Features

Olympic torch relay....................6 The realms of Royalty........ 8 & 10 Sign of the times..........................16 Focus on: Wilfreda.................... 20 That sneezing feeling............... 26 Money Saving Expert.............. 28 The lady in the Moon...............30 How the cookie crumbles..... 32 Focus on: Salon You.................. 36 The valuation trap..................... 38 Focus on: Ballards......................40 Cool Britannia!............................ 42 Baking bliss................................... 44 Your monthly horoscopes...... 46 Handy hyper-milers.................. 50 According to John.................... 52 Kids: Spot the difference......... 56 Perplexing puzzles..................... 57 Expand your horizons.............. 58 Legal Eagle.................................. 60 Chip off the old block.............. 62 North Notts Business Show...... 66 War clouds..........................70 & 71 Gut instinct................................... 72

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Community............12, 22, 34, 48, .........................................54, 64 & 68 Useful Numbers...........................74 Little Black Book..........................76 Index.............................................. 78

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Welcome to the June edition of Retford Life. We have certainly got an exciting summer ahead of us with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympics! There’s certainly a positive community spirit alive and kicking in our area, with too many events going on this month to mention here, street parties, open air theatre and local exhibitions to name just a few. Personally, we don’t know where this year is going to, last year we were well in to our Dig It Challenge and this year we’re struggling to find the time to even sow all the seeds we want to! If you need to get your home and garden sorted out, but can’t find the time, please pick up the phone and continue to support our local businesses. With lots of sales and special offers in this edition it’s easy to keep your business local and save money at the same time. We’re very excited about what is happening with our website. Thank you to all those readers who are visiting each month, and using the Local Events/What’s On section, this has now become the most popular part of the site. In addition, don’t forget you are able

to read the latest and the previous editions of the magazine online in the archive section too — meaning you never have to worry about losing a telephone number of a local business or club you wish to contact! With our Life publications, our goal is always to provide high quality community magazines, to support local businesses, and provide a place where local community groups, clubs and societies can also promote their activities. We’re always looking for relevant and topical subjects to write about, and in doing so we’re pleased to announce that starting this month, we have some new monthly features. You may recognise the two faces below, famous for their appearances on TV and their helpful websites; we have welcomed Martin Lewis — Money Saving Expert — and Dean Dunham — the Legal Eagle — as two of our new monthly contributors. We hope that you have a lovely June and make the most of the extra Bank Holiday!

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Olympic hopeful Ben Ainslie marks the start of the torch relay at Lands End

The Olympic flame touched down on UK soil on 18th May and the relay was started in earnest by sailor Ben Ainslie the following morning. And we have the chance of following the flame on its journey around the country as it visits our area this month. Check out the route below to choose your place to see it!

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HISTORY Gamekeepers at Welbeck during Prince of Wales’ visit in 1897

The realms of royalty David Cook Priories Historical Society

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British Monarchy has regularly visited our area in both times of peace and war. Here is a look into Bassetlaw’s royal heritage. The first mentioning of royalty in our area comes from Bedes book, Historia ecclesiastica gentis Anglorum, and tells of King Edwin’s army winning the Battle of the River Idle in 617AD defeating the Northumbrian king Æthelfrith. It is thought Edwin was baptised somewhere near Littleborough around 627AD and was slain six years later at the Battle of Hatfield, located near Edwinstowe after his army was defeated by King Penda’s Mercian and Welsh army. King John’s Royal Palace in Nottinghamshire, at Clipstone, was used and maintained by several kings but fell into disuse by the early 1500s. Richard the Lionheart came here soon after his return from the Crusades and this complex may have been used for royalty and nobility to stay in during their time hunting in the Royal Forest of Sherwood. In 1476 one of England’s shortest lived rulers, Richard, Duke of York’s body was brought through the county from Pontefract. During the evening of 23rd July his remains were rested at Blyth Priory before proceeding south to be reburied at Fotheringhay. Since 1541 the owner of the Manor of Worksop has held the rights of presenting the new monarch a pair of gloves and holding their right hand during the 8 Retford

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ceremony. The gloves carry the Arms of Verdun, the family which had originally held the rights at Farnham Royal Manor. The Farnham family did not have any male heirs so the gloves passed through various family names until 1541 when the then owner of the manor exchanged the land and deeds with Henry VIII for Worksop Manor. Queen Elizabeth I was crowned in 1558 in Westminster Abbey and was the first monarch to receive the gloves by the Earl of Shrewsbury Francis Talbot. In 1840 Worksop Manor was sold to the Duke of Newcastle and from then on, his heirs performed this service. Unfortunately as the Manor is now run as a company, the present owners are not able to perform this task Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick were quite close friends when they were young and the Queen regularly came up to this part of the country on business. Mary Queen of Scots also spent time in Worksop Manor during 1583 whilst in the care of the Earl of Shrewsbury and Bess. During the 17th century royalty were regular visitors to Worksop and Welbeck Manors. On the 20th April 1603, King James VI came had a brief stop at Blyth near the banks of the Ryton before proceeding to Worksop. Whilst at the Manor the king hunted and ate well, giving the leftovers to anyone that would have them. James I also stayed at Welbeck in 1619. During the Civil War, Charles I visited Welbeck to visit the Marquis of Newcastle on 15 August 1645 before going to Retford a few days later before returning to Welbeck on 13th

October. In 1695 William of Orange had a two day feast at Welbeck after his return to England after the siege of Namur in Belgium, he travelled from Dunham Ferry with the Duke of Newcastle through the countryside to get there. In 1897 the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Worksop via train and were taken to Worksop Manor, via the town, escorted by the Duke of Portland with the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Cavalry. The town was heavily decorated with bunting and flags making the town look very smart. The early 20th century was also a busy period for royalty visiting the area with both the British King George V and Queen Mary and the Spanish monarch, King Alfonso XIII visiting Worksop in 1905 the British monarchy was again escorted by the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, The Norwegian King Haakon VII and Queen Maud (the daughter of VII) visited Welbeck Abbey in 1913 and George V and Queen Mary visiting Worksop and Welbeck in 1912 on a three day visit which included inspecting the towns National Reserve. They also visited Retford via train on 26th June 1914 with the town decorated and a parade in the market square. George V also visited Worksop in 1928 in a Rolls-Royce to open Memorial Way (later renamed as Memorial Avenue), dedicated to Worksop’s military dead from World War I. Postwar visits of royalty have unfortunately been far and few between on 25th July 1950 the Queen Mother visited the town. ►

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HISTORY

◄ A lavish display was put on in the old market square including a guard of honour by No.1 Regimental Training Unit from the REME camp at Tuxford. She also visited Harlow Wood Orthopaedic Hospital near Mansfield and Hesley Hall near Doncaster. During the mid fifties Prince Phillip landed at RAF Worksop and inspected the guard of honour before going to Welbeck College in a helicopter to attend their prize giving day. Worksop’s new council offices next to the old Town Hall on Potter Street were opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 5th June 1981 named ‘Queen’s Buildings’ in her honour. . This included a special exhibition designed by Lee Sinclair BA and a dance by Harthill Morris Men. A plate with the new town hall was made and sold to commemorate the event. I remember this event as a youngster sat on a wall waving a union flag as they drove north on Carlton Road. In 1989 Princess Diana visited the Worksop stopping off at Courtaulds and the Bassetlaw Hospital to open the Mammography Unit. The last visit of royalty to our area was Prince Charles and Camilla who flew in

to Welbeck Abbey to look at the School of Artisan Food and unveil a plaque in November 2011. So love them or hate them the various royal families have played a big part in our areas history. Bassetlaw District Council are planting 6,000 trees in the area to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and various celebrations will be going off in our region throughout the summer. There has also recently been a book published on the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry Cavalry written by Jonathan Hunt and available via Pen & Sword military books. Find out more about the Priories Historical Society at www. priorieshistoricalsociety. blogspot.com Images kindly supplied by Bassetlaw Museum www. bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

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outdoor theatre performances on Thoresby Lawns this summer, beginning with Oddsocks’ exciting and hilarious treatment of ‘Julius Caesar’ on Friday 29th June, followed by Illyria’s successful comic opera of HMS Pinafore on Friday 13th July. Both performances begin at 7.00pm. Bring your own picnic for a quintessential outdoor theatre experience in beautiful Thoresby Park!

viewing the works. This is followed by an exhibition of the work by Susan Isaac, winner of the 2011 Thoresby Gallery Open Exhibition, which takes place from 19th June to 3rd July. Curator, Cynthia Harrison said, ‘Painting in oils, Susan Isaac uses expanses of colour and tone juxtaposed with linear details in often highly textured compositions. We are excited to showcase the latest in her continuing series of architectural landscapes, which draw inspiration from historic landmarks in and around Nottinghamshire as well as from visits made to Britain’s coastal areas.’ Further details are on our web site at www.thoresbycourtyard.com.

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The Branch spring lunch party at The Station Hotel, Worksop, was a huge success. 32 members were able to enjoy good food, great company and a jovial atmosphere. Outings like this are a large feature of the Branch yearly programme. The May meeting welcomed Dr Katie Le Blond (research communications officer, Head Office, London) who gave a very interesting and encouraging talk about the projects funded by Parkinson’s UK in the quest to find a cure. The next meeting on 5th June, will be when County Enterprise Foods will demonstrate the service they offer. All our meetings take place on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club. New members are joining almost every month and a warm welcome always awaits everyone. The July meeting will introduce to the group Disability Nottinghamshire and also a police officer talking about home safety. Summer outings this year are a three hour Trent River cruise with three course meal on board in July, and a coach trip to Pickering, North Yorkshire Railway to Whitby for lunch and coach ride home again in September. For further information please call Chris on 01909 730629. 12 Retford

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Two Carers events are being held

in Bassetlaw to publicise services and support that are available for people who look after someone else. It is estimated that 10% of people help with the care of a family member, friend or relative. These events aim to tell people about the range of practical, emotional, and financial support that they can access, as well as giving local information and advice.

The Events are on Thursday 31st May at The Well Church, Hospital Road, Retford, and on Wednesday 20th June at The Crossing Church, Newcastle Street, Worksop. They both comprise a drop- in exhibition from 1.00pm to 3.00pm, and some talks from 1.30pm to 2.15pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, but if they can’t make it, an information pack is available at www.nottinghamshire. gov.uk carers or from 01777 862387.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company bring open air theatre to the area Chapterhouse Theatre Company is touring six wonderful

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Focus on: LEISURE

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throughout all holidays to make sure that every aspect of your experience meets your expectations. Wilfreda Beehive offers an excellent range of short breaks and quality holidays throughout the UK and on the Continent. Eagre has a wide choice of holidays in and around the UK which offer excellent value and gives everyone the opportunity to visit places of interest around the country’s dramatic coastline. Clarksons Holidays specialise in Warner Holidays, they give adult passengers

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North Notts National Trust Association Apart from our winter meetings, the North Notts National Trust Association also organises a series of Summer Coach Trips. The programme is varied and although we’re organised well, we do enjoy a leisurely pace. Our planned visits this year will include: • June 28th — Yorkshire Wild Life Park, Nostell Priory • July 13th — DH Lawrence Centre, Renishaw Hall (includes tour round Hall) • August 16th — Tatton Park • September 20th — Felley Priory, Wollaton Hall, Holme Pierrepoint To book a seat and for more information then please contact norman.biggs@btinternet. com or call 01909 474704. Coach pick-up points are at Retford and Worksop and there’s always ample car parking. North Notts National Trust Association summer trips are open to All National Trust Members and volunteers from the North Notts Area. You will find our Summer Trips are very enjoyable, very informative and very convivial and we always enjoy excellent luncheons along the way. Please note that all money raised goes to National Trust Projects. Last year we donated Victorian Cloches to the Clumber Walled Garden and a Replica Clerk’s Desk to Southwell Work House. 22 Retford

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Community Workshop Our current courses are now

in full swing, with some participants attending the Cane-work course — making their own stools and chairs for caning, whilst others are renovating furniture that is over 100 years old. Homes made for garden wildlife have included Bird, Bat and Hedgehog Boxes — does nobody care for ladybirds and lacewings? At the time of going to press Felt-making is still to come; the course is full and details will be included in the next edition. We currently have courses on offer which do have availability and we cater for both beginners and those with previous experience. On Mondays we have Woodcarving from 10.00am to 12.30pm, Wednesdays Stained Glass-work 1.00pm to 3.00pm, on Thursdays we have wood-work (carving, turning, joinery, etc) from 10.00am to 12.30pm and on Fridays there’s Kiln-fused Glasswork. In September we will be holding a

Pyrography course (the art of burning designs into wood). Create your own designs and burn them on to coasters, platters, boxes, etc. This will be a two-day course running on consecutive Tuesdays, the 20th and 27th September from 9.30am to 3.00pm. Tuition and equipment will be provided. The course fee is £12.00 (£6 per day), plus any materials at cost. Booking essential yet no previous experience is necessary. Also in September there will be a Paper-craft course, please see our website for further information as dates are to be finalised. The Community Workshop is open Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 3.00pm. For more information please call 01623 862363, ext 152 and ask for Sandy or Stephanie. Or you’re welcome to simply call in for coffee and a chat. Email us at communityworkshop@ dukeries.notts.sch.uk or visit www. communityworkshop.co.uk.

The Dukeries Singers We’re writing to you fresh from our recent performance at the Mansfield Festival of Music and Drama. We were successful in retaining our title won last year as winners in our category of Four Part Mixed Voice Choir. However, as before we were the only entrants in our category! We had a good review from the adjudicator, and our Musical Director Sarah declared she was pleased with our performance and that we sang well. She certainly brings out the best in us with her boundless energy, enthusiasm and praise. Our joint concert with The Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir was a great success with a large audience who appreciated both the excellent quality of the music and the delicious and plentiful homemade refreshments. Many thanks are due to all the volunteers who provided and served these goodies. We hope all our future

concerts are as successful and enjoyable for our audiences. Our Concert dates for June and July are: • St. Giles, Ollerton — Friday 1st June • Wellow Jubilee — Saturday 2nd June • Edwinstowe Jubilee — Sunday 3rd June, early afternoon. Bring a picnic to the Cricket field and enjoy the celebrations. • Edwinstowe Village Hall — Saturday 30th June 2012 at 7.00pm. Tickets will be available for this event. This is usually a sell-out event, so get you tickets early! • St. Chads, Pleasley Vale — Saturday 7th July at7.00pm Let’s hope summer brings an improvement on the spring weather, although the sun is struggling through at the moment. We send best summer wishes to you all.

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HEALTH

That sneezing feeling Phoebe Hodge gets to the bottom of summer’s biggest trouble

Hay fever, or seasonal allergic

rhinitis, is a very common allergic reaction to pollen which is estimated to affect more than 10 million people in the UK. It usually begins in childhood and is more common if there is a family history of allergies, particularly asthma or eczema. Hay fever can reduce a sufferer’s productivity at school or work; whilst no cure is available, the symptoms can be minimised. Pollen is a fine powder which plants release during their reproductive cycle; it contains proteins which can cause the cells or the lining of the nose and eyes to release histamine. This then creates inflammation and irritation of the nose, eyes, sinuses and throat. The allergy can be caused by tree pollen released during spring, grass

pollen released in late spring and early summer (the commonest cause of hay fever) or weed pollen released between early spring and late autumn. Symptoms include itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny or blocked nose and can sometimes lead to sinusitis. Many people find that their symptoms improve as they get older. Ideally, sufferers should try and avoid pollen but this is sometimes impractical. Treatment is either by antihistamine which can help prevent the allergic reaction or by taking corticosteroids which can reduce the swelling and inflammation. Many products are available from your local pharmacy over the counter but some sufferers will require prescription only medication from their GP. Medication can be in tablet form, nasal sprays or eye drops or sometimes several may need to be used concurrently. Always seek professional advice. More severe

cases of allergic rhinitis not responding to medication may benefit from allergen immunotherapy but this can take a very long time to improve symptoms. Hay fever sufferers can help themselves but taking basic precautions during the spring and summer months. When there is a very high pollen count of over 50, try to stay indoors. Change clothes and shower after being outdoors and prevent pollen getting into your eyes by wearing wraparound sunglasses. Have a good summer!

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LIFESTYLE

Here’s the top 10 cash ISA need-to-knows:

A CASH ISA IS JUST A TAXFREE SAVINGS ACCOUNT It sounds more complex than it is. It’s just a risk-free savings allowance every UK taxpayer aged 16+ has, where your interest isn’t taxed. Basic rate taxpayers normally hand over 20% of their savings interest to the taxman, but in an ISA you keep that, meaning you earn a quarter more interest. YOU CAN NOW SAVE EVEN MORE THIS YEAR This year’s new cash ISA limit is £5,640, up from £5,340. If you want to invest in shares too, the overall ISA allowance is £11,280, up from £10,680. THE TOP EASY ACCESS DEAL PAYS 3.5% AER If you might need quick access to your cash, the Cheshire Building Society pays 3.5% AER (min £1,000). If you’ve less, the Principality Building Society is 3.1 % (min £1). Nationwide FlexAccount holders can take advantage of its branch-based Flexclusive ISA at 4.25% AER. Do note all of these include introductory bonus rate hikes lasting a year. In other words, the rates will plummet then, so to avoid getting caught out, make a note in your diary to ditch and transfer. THE TOP FIXED DEALS PAY UP TO 4.5% AER With fixed ISAs, you lock cash away for a period in return for guaranteed rates. You can access your cash before then, but there are heavy interest penalties if you do so. Top payers include Halifax paying 4.25% to 4.5 % if you lock away for 3–5 years, plus BM Savings at 4.05 % for two years and Santander at 3.5% for a year. ONCE IN, IT’S TAX-FREE, YEAR AFTER YEAR The gain isn’t just for this year. Once in an ISA, your savings remain free of income tax, year after year. YOU NEEDN’T STICK TO ONE PROVIDER Don’t think the “you can only have one new cash ISA per year” rule means “you can only have one cash 28 Retford

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ISA”. Even if you have existing ISAs, you can open a new one now with a new provider. The golden rule is: you can only open a cash ISA with one provider in a tax year, you can’t split it. EVEN AT 3.5% TAX-FREE, IT CAN BEAT 5% NORMAL SAVINGS With normal savings, a basic taxpayer loses 20% interest in tax, higher 40%, top 50%. So to earn the same as a 3.5% ISA, a basic taxpayer needs normal savings at 4.4%, higher rate 5.8% and top rate 7% — virtually impossible. IT’S WHAT YOU ‘PUT IN’ THAT COUNTS No, I’m not growing long hair (chance woulld be a fine thing) and becoming a hippy. You’re allowed to put in £5,640 by 5 April 2013. You can withdraw it anytime, but then it can’t be returned. The best way to explain is with an example. Suppose you’ve put £5,000 in this year, and you’ve £640 more allowed. If you then withdraw £1,000, that’s irrelevant, you can still only put £640 more in. EARN £100S PER YEAR MORE ON OLD ISAS TOO Many banks entice you with flashy rates then slash ‘em later. ISA providers love us to think once our money’s in, it’s a done deal. This is wrong. You’ve a right to transfer past years’ cash ISAs to the new best buys — if you’ve got serious cash saved in them, this can make a massive difference. Many of the fixed deals above allow transfers in. If you’re looking for easy access, the best payer allowing new cash & transfers are NatWest at 3.5% AER if you’ve £30,000+ or Santander’s 3.3% AER deal (min £2.5k). Though, again, the rates on these will drop in a year so you’ll need to diarise to ditch and transfer. DON’T DELAY, OPEN IT NOW You can always add to it later. Thinking, “I’ve still a year to get one”? Well, first of all, rates are usually much higher at this point in the year. Plus, the earlier you start, the longer you’re earning interest that’s tax-free. Finally, remember that provided your money is in a UK-regulated bank or building society, it’s protected under the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for up to £85,000.

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LEISURE

The Lady in the Moon James Ince Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

The Moon does not rotate

around the Earth in a circular orbit, with Earth at the centre, its orbit is an ellipse and so the distance between us and the Moon varies considerably. On the evening of 6th May the Moon was much closer to the Earth and so appeared much larger. This effect is much exaggerated if the Moon is seen rising close to foreground objects. Observing the Moon is fascinating, the scene is never exactly the same, despite the Moon being almost changeless; it is geologically inactive. The changing angle of illumination from the Sun gives ever changing vistas. If you have a telescope, view the Moon at differing times and note the way various features appear into view only later to disappear as the angle of illumination changes. Shadows of mountain peaks are impressive, but as the Moon becomes more Gibbous, changing from a thin Crescent to Full, these shadows fade and are replaced by the bright Rays which appear to radiate from large craters such as Copernicus and Kepler. The bright Rays are the result of massive bodies impacting the Moon millions of years ago. Large amounts of lunar material were ejected and this fell back to the lunar surface forming the rays. This material is newer than

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the rest of the lunar surface and contains small particles of aluminium which reflects light falling upon it. To the ancients the Moon was thought to have seas like the Earth and these dark areas are known as Mare, they have very fanciful names such as Mare Fecuditatis, Sea of Fertility, Mare Imbrium, Sea of Rains and Mare Nubium, Sea of Clouds. The Moon is virtually without water, there may be some residue locked in deep craters which are not illuminated by the Sun. An interesting feature noted on the Moon is the profile of a Lady which is projected into Sinus Iridium, the Bay of Rainbows. The exact area is Promontorium Heraclides. The “Lady” was first seen on the map produced by the Italian observer Jean Dominique Cassini. Cassini produced the map for the French Court and it first appeared in February 1679. The map was relatively accurate and showed craters, seas and mountains all accurately positioned and shown in relief. There was some artistic licence however, a large “Heart” shaped feature in the centre

of Mare Serenitatis, Sea of Serenity with a line passing through it, rather like an arrow and the profile of a rather elegant and beautiful lady with flowing long hair, projected into Promontorium Heraclides. As the French King paid for the maps it is not clear who the lady was, possibly Christina, ex-Queen of Sweden, who was exiled in Italy and a close friend of Cassini, the French Queen, or possibly Genevieve de Laistre, Cassini’s young wife, he was 48 and she was 30 when they married. The lady was certainly a mystery and may never be identified. A later French observer noted that her looks had faded over the 20 years and this proved that the Moon was changing and the lady was ageing. If you get the opportunity take a look at the Moon and see if you can spot the Lady on the Moon. To find out more about the fascinating subject please contact James Ince on 01777 702800 or james. ince@tgb.toyota.co.uk or visit our web site bassetlawastro.org.uk

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That’s the way the cookie crumbles Graham Iek wonders if restricting cookies will kill the Internet

Although most people have heard of cookies (I’m not talking about the chocolate chip variety), the majority of us are vague about what they are and what they do. A cookie is a tracking tool, a small piece of code that is downloaded onto your computer when you visit some websites. The cookie then registers your computer’s IP address and broadcasts it back to whoever created the cookie, so allowing them to see what pages of their site you have visited. To give an idea of how prevalent cookies are, for a high traffic site such as Autotrader there will typically be 14 cookies on every single webpage. This all sounds very sinister, but it isn’t really. One of the main purposes of tracking cookies is to make a website more relevant and useful to visitors. For example, I went on a price comparison site for flights in an attempt to sort out my summer holiday. I entered the departure and return dates, the number of passengers and where I wanted to fly to. Then something came up and I navigated onto another website. When I returned to the price comparison site a few hours 32 Retford

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later I found that my search data was still there. This was thanks to the cookie that the site had placed on my computer. In the same way, if you regularly visit a news site and look at the football news, the site may well put a link to the football section on the homepage you see when you visit the site. However, only about a third of cookies belong to website owners; the rest are third party owned, usually by advertisers. These are used to target advertising at people that are likely to be interested in it; for instance, if I was looking for flights to Malaga, a cookie might well direct an advert for a car hire firm on the Costa del Sol to the webpage I am looking at. Again, this is no bad thing — if you are going to see adverts, they might as well be relevant to you. One organisation that is concerned about the sheer number of advertising cookies on the Internet is the Information Commissioner’s Office or ICO. If you didn’t know, the ICO is the body that regulates all the personal data that is floating about out there, who can access it and how they can use it. The ICO wants to introduce a system where the website owner has to display a pop-up box on the landing page explaining that the site wishes to download cookies onto your

computer. The visitor would then have to tick a box to enable cookies to be activated. The ICO has put such a pop-up on its own website and argues that the vast majority of visitors to the site choose not to enable cookies. I am convinced that this is a bad idea for a whole range of reasons. Most people do not know what cookies are and would be easily convinced that they are invasive privacy snoops. In reality, without cookies the Internet would be a much more frustrating and unfriendly place to visit. If advertisers do not have the ability to effectively target potential customers, they will be less inclined to advertise. A lot of very useful websites rely on advertising revenue for their existence and these sites would vanish from the Internet. Surely it would be better to have a pop-up that gives visitors the option to disable cookies if they want to, allowing them to opt out rather than forcing them to opt in — it’s actually very straightforward to disable cookies on your browser if you feel that strongly about them. Ultimately, if visitors feel a site is too intrusive or has too many adverts they will vote with their feet and visit another site instead. I always feel it is more satisfying to eat the cookie than to crush it into crumbs.

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Landlords Association meeting is on Wednesday 13th June 2012 at The Old Vicarage, Park Lane, Elkesley, Retford, DN22 8AR at 7.00pm. All members are asked to attend and any other landlord wishing to attend should contact Susan Jubb on 01777 838522. The meeting will be addressed by a representative of Waring Solicitors to discuss the topic of tenant abandonment of a property and the rights of the landlord, together with the procedures necessary to secure the landlord’s position.

Guide Dogs Zumbathon success

Thank you to all those who came along to the Zumba night in aid of Guide Dogs, held by the Dukeries branch at the beginning of April. The event was a great success with an estimated total of £600 being raised in just one hour. This money will make a real difference, allowing Guide Dogs to help blind and partially sighted people across the UK. If you missed this fantastic event then you can still see Eddie busting his moves in the Guide Dog suit on YouTube! On behalf of Guide Dogs I would once again like to say a special thank you to Julie Robinson of Julz Dance School and North Notts Community Arena for offering their time and facilities free of charge. 34 Retford

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Bassetlaw NCT The Bassetlaw Branch of

NCT is 20 years old this year and to celebrate we’ve got some great family events planned for this summer. Whether you’re a member of the NCT or not — everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun! Our Teddy Bears Picnic on Sunday 1st July at Ranby House School will be great fun for the kids. Bring a picnic, a rug and your bears and take part in a toddler sports day, bear hunt, hook a duck and caterpillar music session amongst the other fun and games we’ve got planned. Tickets are £1 in advance or £1.20 on the day. On Saturday 7th July, dig out your cowboy boots and hat and come and join our charity Family Barn Dance at Dumb Hall Farm, Steetley. The fun kicks off at 3.00pm and as the day progresses there’ll be a visit

from Mr Tumblezz and Peppa Pig, lots of children’s activities, a raffle and the ceilidh band Big Stuffed Fish from 7.30pm, so you can dance the night away. Tickets are £3.50 per child and £4.00 for adults. Tickets for both these events are now on sale. Email us at bassetlawnct@yahoo.co.uk for tickets or follow us on Facebook or Twitter to find out more. Bassetlaw NCT aims to provide support to all parents in our local area, putting mums and dads in touch with each other through our parent and baby and toddler groups and helping them to be the best parents they can be. All money raised at the events goes towards supporting activities in the local area and nationally through NCT. We hope you’ll support us and join the fun this summer.

Celebrations at Idle Valley Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust own and manage the Idle Valley Nature Reserve just off North Road, (A638), Retford. We have just celebrated our first anniversary of providing visitor reception facilities to the public and we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers, so a huge thank you to all of them, past and present. A big thank you also goes to all our visitors – every visit to the reserve counts and supports our work to protect wildlife for the future so please keep popping back to see us and see what we’re up to. It’s also time for our Summer Fayre on Saturday 23rd June and this year our featured artist is Gary Jones www. flickr.com/photos/thephotopainter. Gary specialises in extreme closeup photography of insects. Gary is bringing his equipment to demonstrate how he takes the photos which is a great introduction to inspire you to pick up your camera this summer and autumn to take your own photos ready to enter our photography competition in November this year.

Photo: Rick Berry The birds are busy nesting now so it’s an excellent time to look out for dragonflies and butterflies! Historically, we have recorded white-letter hairstreak, brown argus, common blue, small copper, orange tip, small tortoiseshell, greenveined white, red admiral and brimstone butterflies, also black-tailed skimmer, four-spot chaser, banded demoiselle, blue tailed damselfly and large red damselfly. No formal insect surveys have been carried out on the reserve yet, so if you are interested in helping us with our records, please contact James Simpson, Reserve Officer on 01777 713944 or jsimpson@nottswt.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you. Enjoy the summer!

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HOMES

The valuation trap Craig Brown questions the accuracy of mortgage valuations

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age and historical sales data, both for that property and others nearby. It so happens that there is a house pricing model that anyone can access on the Zoopla website. I put it to the test. To start with I put in the addresses of five houses I have sold in the last eight years. In two out of five cases the date and the value of the last sale was wrong by a considerable margin; not a good start. Then I entered the details of five houses I had valued recently. In three cases the Zoopla valuation was reasonably close to mine but there was a huge variation in the other two. A house I valued at £420,000 was valued by Zoopla at £525,000, despite the fact that an identical house next door sold for £410,000 six months ago. A recently renovated Georgian townhouse that I felt was worth £410,000 was valued at £265,000 by

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Ballards employees after receiving certificates for NVQ Level 2 in customer service (r-l): Kevin Higgs, Karl Milnes, Gary Porter, James Leach, Pete Hays, Clint Framp, Dean Adams and Joe Ballard.

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the removals and storage business for well over 30 years as one of the longest established household removal firms in the East Midlands. The company first set up in Retford, and then due to the growth of the business, they were able to relocate to purpose built office and storage facilities, in nearby Tuxford. They are specialists in their field they are well equipped to move and store almost anything you could ever think of. Following an audit by the British Standards Institute (BSI), Ballards have been awarded the British Quality Standard. The accreditation is judged on eight key principles which are; customer focus, leadership, involvement of staff, ensuring a process approach, a factual approach to decision making, mutually beneficial supplier relations and continuous improvement. Matthew Ballard, Ballards Removals Operations Manager said, “This accreditation is simply a testament to the team we have built here — I couldn’t ask for any more from our supportive and helpful staff. “Achieving the British Quality Standard is part of our on-going commitment to ensure that not only do our team receive the best training in the industry, but that we’re also able to sustain and grow our business. In doing so we’re able to offer more services and unrivalled customer service to our

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valued customers. By training our staff to be capable of achieving their very best, underpins their self-confidence — which combined with well-documented and often tailored processes — means everyone throughout the business can take advantage of the latest best practice techniques and this culture of learning brings new starters up to speed at a faster pace.” The award indicates the company’s consistent approach in developing, implementing and improving its quality standards. Ballards, who now employ 30 members of staff, stood out to the auditors thanks to its preparation and willingness to embrace the process to have its company systems reviewed. The company has grown vastly in an organic manner and has been enthusiastic to achieve the British Quality Standard to further indicate to its customers and employees that the Ballard family is consistently looking to improve and succeed during these unpredictable economic times. With already having an excellent reputation for providing a highly personalised service, the award underpins the investment made in both time and money into key areas of their business. With this commitment to quality, both to the business and to their customers, Ballards will be a name synonymous with storage and removals for many more years to come.

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LIFESTYLE

Cool Britannia!

Sarah Hughes gives us all the tips for a Brit-tastic summer look

As you read this, the Queen’s

Diamond Jubilee is about to take place and the Olympics are imminent. There has never been a better time to add a splash of patriotism to your outfit! With Union Jack fever sweeping the nation, it’s time to stand out and be proud to be British! From catwalk to high street, fashion collections are brimming with clothes, shoes and accessories sporting this hot Brit look. Whether you are an extrovert exhibitionist or a shy shrinking violet, young or old, there is something here for everyone! And with every fashion store jumping on the bandwagon, there are some incredibly affordable Union Jack touches so there’s no excuse for being left behind! Flaunt it with a full-on brightly coloured Union Jack dress or tights

or choose a softer option in more faded tones whilst keeping bang on trend. Seek out a gorgeous vest top or t-shirt or some seriously sexy Union Jack jeans — for the courageous, team two clashing Union Jack prints to really hit the spot this summer! There’s a huge array of patriotic accessories vying for your attention: glorious Union Jack shoes and sandals, gorgeous scarves and attention grabbing handbags, tote bags and clutch bags. Don a pair of red, white and blue earrings or get down to your local nail salon for some amazing Union Jack nail art! This look is fun, young and liberating — isn’t it good to see the nation smile again? And it’s not just for the ladies. Men can get in on the act too — belts, braces, t-shirts, socks, waistcoats and bags! They are all out there — go on guys! Shake off that British reserve; be brave, bright and British! Kids too will love to join in - it’s a fashion for the whole family.

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LIFESTYLE

Your monthly horoscopes ARIES

21st MARCH — 20th APRIL Jupiter, planet of expansion, moves into a pivotal point in your chart. Education, learning and communication are high on your agenda now and during the 12 months ahead. This is the time to review how you come across to others, and make exciting plans to broaden your horizons.

TAURUS

21st APRIL — 21st MAY Mighty Jupiter leaves your sign on the 11th, after a whole year’s stay. As Jupiter now moves into Gemini, the sign of learning and communication, you’ll feel the need to put what you have learned into practice. Finances are also highlighted and money worries could start to ease.

GEMINI

22nd MAY — 21st JUNE The exciting transit of Venus takes place in your sign and could bring love and romance knocking at your door. Enthusiastic Jupiter moves in for a whole years stay on the 12th. This is your chance to push forward and reach your goals as confidence is at an all time high.

CANCER

22nd JUNE — 22nd JULY June is a month of introspection for Cancerians. Both Jupiter and Venus highlight the need for close examination about how you feel in all areas of your life. Visionary Neptune in Pisces is asking you to broaden your horizons, and there could be an exciting travel opportunity.

LEO

23rd JULY — 23rd AUGUST June is a very sociable month for Leos, as expansive Jupiter shines on all areas of friendship and group activities. Although Jupiter has now left your career angle, progress made earlier will continue to expand during this half of the year as work projects continue to flourish.

VIRGO

24th AUGUST — 22nd SEPTEMBER Abundant Jupiter reaches the highest point in your chart on the 12th and this encourages the start of an extremely creative and rewarding cycle. You are able to treat all minor inconveniences with a positive attitude and you’ll find that this helps you to achieve ultimate success. 46 Retford

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LIBRA

23rd SEPTEMBER — 23rd OCTOBER Mighty Jupiter shifts to the adventurous sector of your chart making travel and broadening your horizons important themes for you. Fiery and assertive Mars provides you with extra motivation, power and energy to move forward with personal and business plans.

SCORPIO

24th OCTOBER — 22nd NOVEMBER Money and resources are in the spotlight for Scorpios this month and as benevolent Jupiter moves into Gemini on the 12th there could be some positive financial surprises coming your way. Optimism is high and you should also feel more deserving of any recognition that you receive.

SAGITTARIUS

23rd NOVEMBER — 21st DECEMBER Relationships are highlighted in June as Jupiter, your ruling planet, changes signs on the 12th. Take advantage of this positive move to learn as much as possible and to go after what you want. A personal relationship is reaching new depths of intimacy as your overall approach changes.

CAPRICORN

22nd DECEMBER — 20th JANUARY Work and everyday matters are in focus this month. Personal insight comes to a head on the 12th as Jupiter moves into Gemini. Increasingly, you’ll find the need to bring more creativity and less routine into everything that you do. The key to success is time alone for reflection.

AQUARIUS

21st JANUARY — 18th FEBRUARY The pace of your life speeds up this month as Jupiter moves into Gemini on the 12th. Love, happiness and joy are top of your agenda as your circle of friends expands. Creative projects could also bring financial reward and the new moon on the 19th presents an opportunity.

PISCES

19th FEBRUARY — 20th MARCH Your home and family are in the spotlight this month and domestic matters could include expansive home improvements. Assertive Mars in Virgo provides you with personal power and extra motivation, as you realise that you can take on anything that comes your way.

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in Bawtry will be hosting a pie and pea supper at Ye Old Bell at Barnby Moor, Retford on Friday 6th July. This will not be your ordinary pie and pea supper; there will be live entertainment, the fabulous Blues Brothers tribute band ‘Bruvvers Blue’, along with a disco until late. This should be a fabulous night out, so please come and join us and help us raise funds for the Sanctuary. Tickets are only £15 per person, please call Margaret on 07969 203206 to book. We still have many cats and dogs that require safe and loving homes. Please come along and visit us if you are looking for that special pet. We will be happy to show you around our Sanctuary and discuss any of our residents with you. We would like to thank everyone once again for all the bedding and towels, that we have received over the winter period. Please call us if you require any further information on our Sanctuary, on 01302 711330 or 07969 203206.

have organised a Swimathon at Worksop College on Sunday 1st July, in aid of two charities; the League of Friends of Bassetlaw Hospital and Trust AM (the radio station for both Bassetlaw and Doncaster Hospitals). A presentation was made to 2012 AGM of the Freemasons of Bassetlaw by Mr. Singh, the Medical Director of the Bassetlaw Hospital. He spoke about an Aortic Aneurysm, Ultra Sound machine that would allow the clinicians to perform diagnostic and preventative tests in the community. The cost of this machine if provided by charitable donations would be approximately £20,000. At the latest meeting of The Freemason of Bassetlaw it was agreed that the monies received

from the swimathon being donated to the League of Friends of Bassetlaw Hospital would be applied towards the purchase of this item of equipment. The swimathon that will take place on Sunday 1st July will be the focal point of this specific fund raising event. We are extremely grateful to both Worksop College who are providing their swimming pool free of charge and to Worksop Swimstars who are providing their Lifeguards and other support, also on a voluntarily basis. Our appreciation goes to Mr. Collard, the Headmaster of Worksop College and Fran Lacey from Worksop Swimstars for their generous support. If you would like further details about this specific event please contact the swimathon coordinator John Waller on 07878 433622.

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Drama Queens give Jubilee Performance The Village Players in Everton are joining in the Everton Village Queen’s Jubilee celebrations with their own special Jubilee production entitled, “The Drama Queens are back”. This features two one act comedies from the “Deck Chair” series of plays by Jean McConnell; “Dancers” and “Day Trippers”, plus a special surprise entertainment, in keeping with the general theme of light-hearted fun. 48 Retford

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The two plays are the funniest of a foursome of Jean McConnell plays last performed by the Players in February 2011. In order to integrate with other Queen’s Jubilee events in Everton, the Players will be performing on two nights only. As part of the celebrations they are charging a special set ticket price of only £3, to include a free glass of wine or a soft drink in the interval.

The performances will take place on Thursday 7th and Friday 8th June at 7.30pm in Everton Village Hall, where playgoers will also be able to see Everton’s new Jubilee wall hanging, celebrating all the village’s organisations. Tickets can be obtained from the Players’ Box Office by calling 01777 817275 or online at their website www.evplayers.org.uk.

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MOTORING

Handy hyper-milers Kit Johnson finds the best super efficient second hand drives

With fuel prices at astronomic levels, any car that delivers miniscule fuel consumption has something to recommend it. The trouble is, all too often the economy comes at a price — a dreary car with a high purchase cost. I’ve managed to find four good cars that offer stellar MPG and are still reasonably cheap to buy. I’ve also covered all the bases; supermini, executive saloon, roadster and 4x4.

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The original Tigra was a silly little coupe, but the second generation has a lot going for it. It is a two-seater roadster with a cleverly designed folding metal roof. The sharp styling makes it easier on the eye than the average Vauxhall and it’s great fun to drive, particularly for a front wheel drive car. The impressive MPG comes courtesy of a titchy 1.3 litre diesel which is a little coarse and low on

luxury and the best handling in its class. The build quality is top of the line too. The big news is the price; you can pick up a pristine 2006 model with a modest 70k on it for £8,000.

Quality, space, smug-factor A little on the dull side skinny tyres and a stop-start system. Despite all these compromises, this is still a VW Polo, well built, practical and classless. Even the performance is perfectly acceptable for a supermini. And get this; if you try hard you can cover 870 miles on a fifty quid tank of petrol. The depreciation is fairly glacial though; an 08 plate that has covered 36,000 miles will set you back £8,000. Good looks, practical, value No acceleration, hairdresser image power; don’t bank on getting into any drag races, 0-60 takes a painful 15.5 seconds! On the plus side, the Tigra really is as cheap as chips; £4,500 puts you in an 05 model with 60,000 miles on the clock.

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SPORT

John O’Byrne asks how far can the Home Countries get?

After months of speculation and debate, England now has a new manager, Roy Hodgson. The announcement came as a big surprise to most football followers, as most had suspected it would be Harry Redknapp. Yet in their wisdom, the FA has decided differently. Although we didn’t see it coming, Roy does have a proven international pedigree. Not only has he managed foreign-based league teams, but also national sides in the form of Switzerland, Finland and UAE. So here we are with the European Football Championship upon us once more, and the England team are finding themselves having to adjust to having yet another new manager! But I suppose it’s better than having no manager, which is the other most common scenario they’ve found themselves saddled with in recent years. In fact don’t get me started, I could write chapter and verse on the drama and intrigue surrounding England’s managers in the last 10 years or so! For months, commentators have been discussing England’s chances in this next tournament, so what of them? Well as ever, most opinions differ depending which pundit you ask. Yet 52 Retford

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What chance for England & Ireland at Euro 2012? surely that’s one of the best things about our beautiful game, that every footie fan has such strong opinions? We all know if we were appointed England manager, we would do so much a better job! The opening game of the tournament is Friday 8th June when Poland play Greece, and England begin their campaign on Monday 11th June, against France. What’s great is this will be the bench mark to see if England are really up for it. It’s the Republic Of Ireland that I feel sorry for this time around. They have, by far, the most difficult group, in my opinion. Their opening game will be against Croatia on 10th June, next they have the tournament favourites Spain on 14th June, and finally Italy on 18th June. What a group for the Republic, yet they may be in with

a good chance, even if only based on self-belief and Celtic Pride. Should the results favour England and the Republic, they could meet each other in the Quarter Finals, and what a prospect that would be. So it remains to be seen if England or the Republic will go all the way. But as they say, ‘stranger things have happened’ — such as Chelsea being totally outplayed for 180 minutes by Barcelona, but still reaching the European Cup Final. But in truth, can anybody not see Spain winning it? Yet all the same, I give my heart felt good luck to England and the Republic. But for me, roll on September for the World Cup qualifiers, when my team will begin the normal nail biting campaign — afore ye go! PS, we didn’t even mention Germany!

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Bracken Lane Primary School Summer Fair Bracken Lane Primary School Summer Fair will be held on Saturday 23rd June from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. In this year of many celebrations we have activities, stalls and demonstrations for all ages. There will be; a Team Fitness obstacle course to challenge you, trampolines and rides, gymnastic and dance demonstrations, plus family favourites tombola, cake stall, face painting, the stocks and a coconut shy, to name just a few! After all that you will need to try our refreshments, a good cup of tea and a Grove Coach Kitchen's cake pop. Any donations to our raffle are most welcome. Bring the whole family and tell your neighbours, the school is actively fundraising for new books and equipment, with so many cuts we are committed to maintaining the excellent level of education Bracken Lane Primary school provides. Please contact the school office on 01777 705017 or office3@brackenlane.notts.sch. uk for further information. If you love to sing, or think you might, then this singing workshop is for you! Come and share in a day of harmony singing with Jacqui Ford, an experienced and inspiring community choir leader based in Sheffield. She uses songs from all over the world and in many different styles, all taught by ear. The event is open to all, regardless of experience 54 Retford

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The Retford Male Voice Choir were originally formed in 1939 and have throughout the years seen many changes not only in personnel but in styles of music — although many pieces of music have well and truly stood the test of time and are still requested to this day. If you speak to any of the current members of the choir they will probably inform you that we can sing virtually anything as long as it’s been put into a male four part harmony. The choir is currently going through an exciting period of expansion and enjoying seeing new members join and in my quest to see the choir rise to its highest level could I urge any gentlemen out there who have a likeminded interest in singing and would enjoy making music and making new friends at the same time to come along to one of our rehearsals and see what we are all about. You will be made most welcome and introduced to other members, and could either just listen on your first visit, or sit with an experienced member and join in it’s that easy. You do not have to have an ability to read music, most of us can’t, as all training will be given. It’s

enjoyable and it’s fair to say that of all the recent new members we have had in the past year not one has left and all have stated how much they are enjoying it so come on give us a try. We currently have a number of venues arranged this year for the choir to sing at and our next concert is for the Queens Diamond Jubilee when we are performing at a gala at the Collingham Cricket Club on Monday 4th June. There are lots of other demonstrations and fun things happening at the gala so why not come along and pay us a visit. Also in the pipeline for the choir this year is a “Brass and Voices” concert, two weddings (one of which is editors’ of Retford Life — Leanne and Julian’s wedding) to sing at and a number of Christmas Concerts. The choir now also have their own web page which can be found at www. retfordmalevoicechoir.co.uk or can even be found by just typing RMVCHOME into your web search browser (we can also be found on Facebook under Retford Male Voice Choir) Anyone wishing to speak to me personally can contact me either on 01777 709191 or 07792 513969.

Organ recital at St Swithun’s

You are invited to an organ recital to be given by Thomas Keogh at St. Swithun’s Church on Thursday 21st June. Thomas is currently studying music at Birmingham Conservatoire, with organ tuition by Marcus Huxley at Birmingham Cathedral. He has recently given recitals at Alexandra

Palace and the parish churches of Leeds, Chesterfield and Newark, with future recitals at Malvern Priory and Ripon Cathedral. The recital starts at 1.00pm and light lunches are available from 12.30pm. Admission is free and there will be a retiring collection.

Harmony singing workshop or ability and new singers are especially welcome. This is a repeat of a very successful day held last year — it's a fantastic way to unwind! The event will be held on Saturday 30th June at St Joseph's Church Hall, Babworth Road, Retford.

The workshop is priced at £12, with drinks provided and will run from 10.30am to 4.00pm. Registration and coffee is from 10.00am. For more information and to book your place contact Pat 01777 704154 or Judith 01777 704038.

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truly wonderful month! In this time of plentiful growth we take a look at making the most of your waste clippings by turning them into lovely rich compost to use next year, and also how to make the most of every inch of your space.

Jobs for this month • Take off the side shoots from tomato plants to avoid them becoming too bushy and overburdened with fruit, water regularly • Garlic that was planted in the autumn should be maturing now — lift when the leaves start to shrivel and leave to dry in a warm spot • Keep planting — the moist soil, higher temperatures and long days are ideal growing conditions • French beans, courgettes and salad crops can all be sown now • Watch out for pests! Think about protecting brassicas before caterpillars start to become a problem 58 Retford

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make. It seems like summer has suddenly arrived over the last few weeks with some blazing hot days and plenty of lovely sunshine. Every year it amazes me how the plants respond so dramatically to the arrival of the warm weather. Anything sown or planted out in May seems to positively leap out of the ground and shoot skywards, in many cases quickly catching up with earlier sowings! Of course the lawn is no exception and if you don’t already have a composting system in place then why not set one up now and make use of some of those endless grass clippings? Ideally you want to have two (or even three) compost bins so that when one is ready to use for the garden you have another filling up and rotting down. You can buy all sorts of nifty looking, ready made, compost bins — some even have clever devices that make it easy to turn the whole bin to help the waste break down — but you don’t need anything fancy. You can just start a compost heap in an out of the way corner, enclosing it with old pallets, or wire mesh wrapped around four stakes if you want to keep it looking a little neater. So what should you compost? Well any dead organic matter will decompose naturally but you should aim for a good mix of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ ingredients. Lawn trimmings, veg leaves and peelings provide the green element and you should add a reasonable balance of brown items such as shredded paper, straw, eggshells and even the contents

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of your vacuum cleaner bag. Turning the heap occasionally will accelerate the breakdown and covering with an old carpet when it is full will also help. Leave for several months and you should have some great compost! There are some special offers on www.nwleics. gov.uk, under recycling, for composters. June is also the time of year when it is easy to start to run out of space on your plot. Everything puts on amazing growth spurts and you are suddenly left wondering where you are going to plant out those tomatoes that you’ve been nurturing in the greenhouse, or finding you’ve no room for the cabbages that you’d like to be eating later in the year. Time to expand your horizons and make full use of containers and of your borders. Look at the different varieties of lettuce and salad crops — many of these, along with cabbages, can add a splash of decorative, coloured foliage to your borders (and be eaten too!). Grow bags are wonderful for crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. They’ll be happy in a sunny spot on your patio but do remember to water and feed regularly. Larger pots can house courgettes and pumpkins, with the exotic looking flowers adding a bright splash of colour. Even hanging baskets can get in on the grow your own act! Look for suitable strawberries or tomatoes and you could be treated to a bumper crop of luscious fruit tumbling down from above.

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LIFESTYLE

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How does a hosepipe ban affect me? With the days getting warmer and the threat of drought everpresent, hosepipe bans are in place in many areas, with those not yet affected at high risk. But what do the bans actually mean to you and what can and can’t you do?

• Watering your plants • Cleaning your private vehicle (even if it is a taxi) • Cleaning your boat • Filling or maintaining your swimming or paddling pool • Domestic recreational use • Filling or maintaining your pond (unless it contains fish) • Cleaning your walls, windows, patios, paths or garden furniture

DOES IT AFFECT ME? Bans started on 5th April, with some later being rescinded after the heavy rain we’d had. Anglian Water currently have a ban in place. However, it is likely that other areas will follow shortly. WHAT IS THE ACTUAL LAW BEHIND THE BAN? Section 76 of the Water Industry Act 1991 (Temporary hosepipe bans) (Flood and Water Management Act 2010). HOW LONG WILL THE BAN LAST? This has not been announced yet but it is likely to be beyond the summer. WHAT AM I NOT ALLOWED TO USE A HOSEPIPE FOR UNDER THE BAN? You can’t use a hosepipe for any of the following: • Watering your garden 60 Retford

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CAN I USE SOMETHING OTHER THAN A HOSEPIPE? The ban only applies to hosepipes, so you can do the following: • Wash your car using a bucket of water • Water your garden with a watering can • Fill your swimming or paddling pool with a bucket CAN I USE A HOSEPIPE FOR ANYTHING? A hosepipe can be used for any purpose if it is connected to a grey water system or is using water collected from rainfall. Similarly, the ban only applies to customers supplied through the main water system, so if you have a private

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pet animals including birds. In my practice mostly dogs are presented for microchipping, however, it is arguably more beneficial in cats. Because cats roam free and many people are reluctant to fit collars for safety reasons, microchipping is an excellent way of identifying cats which stray or are injured and end up in veterinary clinics or rescue centres. It is still a legal requirement in this country to fit dogs with collars and identity tags but this law does not apply to cats. Once your pet is chipped your contact details are held on a national database. Of course this database can only be of

value if owners keep their details updated. It is very frustrating for vets when they detect a microchip on a stray or injured animal only to find that the owners have moved house or changed their mobile phone and forgotten to change their details! Some companies make a small charge to update your information but many will allow online access for owners to change their own details at no extra charge.

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this, we will be basking in wonderful sunshine and all of the rain and grey days will be a distant memory. So now is the time to get outdoors for some fresh air and exercise, all good for that feel good factor. We have something for everyone on our programme, why not get out the boots and come along for a taster walk. • Tuesday 5th June — Evening Walk at Little Gringley (4 miles) • Tuesday 19th June — Evening Walk at Blyth (4 miles) • Sunday 10th June — Doddington (8 miles) • Sunday 17th June — Woolsthorpe & Belvoir (8 miles) • Saturday 23rd June — Yorkshire Coast with Fish & Chips (10 miles) For further information please contact us on 01777 838763 or retford. ramblers1@ btinternet. com.

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Raising funds for Kenya project trip Adam Freeman, a student in

year 10 at The Elizabethan Academy, is raising money to go to rural Kenya after his GCSEs next year, to work on Community and Wildlife Projects. Adam, along with Michael Bartlett and Toby Sanderson, all from Clarborough, completed the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge on 19th May. Many thanks to all those who sponsored them. Adam’s next fundraiser is a coffee morning on Saturday 23rd June. This will be at 1, Summit View Villas, Main Street, Clarborough from 10.00am to 2.00pm, everyone will be made most welcome. Entry at £1.00 includes tea, coffee and a homemade cake. You can treat yourself as Ruth from Studio Spa will be here to provide mini pamper treatments. We will be having a raffle, tombola and children’s bran tub. Adam would like to take this

opportunity to thank all the local businesses who have supported him with raffle and tombola prizes. These include; six weeks gym membership, generously donated by Shapes Ladies only Health and Fitness Centre, a treatment voucher Courtesy of Studio Spa, a meal compliments of The Bridge Brasserie, a manicure at Escape Beauty Salon, Fishy Feet Treatment at Body & Sole, meat vouchers from AW Bacon & Geo Burton, a rug donated by Bingham Carpets, a meal at the Gate Inn, Clarborough, and carpet clean and dry cleaner vouchers from K Kleen. Plus other prizes donated by Heads Yard, Boots the Chemist, Toy Master, Rouge Hair Salon, Max Speilman, Tesco, Capelli Hair Salon, Subway, Captain Jack’s Adventureland, Yeoman’s, and 442 Gent’s hairdressers.

Retford Ladies Probus Club 44 members and one guest attended the May meeting of the Retford Ladies Probus Club when Mrs Sue Ledger gave an enlightening talk on Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and Electrical Sensitivity, both of which affect her. She gave a detailed insight into the problems and limitations caused by these conditions which she developed following trauma. Sue’s life can be very restrictive by having to avoid even the slightest contact with many common chemicals found in the environment, and she is extremely sensitive to all electrical fields — to the extent that she has to wear protective clothing and plan

any outing meticulously. She has worked very hard to get the conditions recognised by the medical profession, government and industry as has happened in Sweden and the USA. The June meeting of the Club is on Wednesday 13th June, at 10.00am for a 10.30am start at Westhill Community Centre. The subject will be on a lighter note when Gillian Stapleford will give an illustrated talk on Victorian Dress. Visitors and new members are welcome to what promises to be a very interesting meeting. For further information, please contact Biddy Johnson on 01777 703398.

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North Notts Business & Innovation Show 2012 After the success of the inaugural event last year, the North Notts Business & Innovation Show 2012, in association with Life Design & Print, is set to be another exciting event for our local firms on Thursday 14th June. The show is already receiving much support and interest and aims to bring together businesses, the public sector and business support organisations from across the North Notts, South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire regions. We are delighted to confirm that we have more exhibitors confirmed than last year already. Whether you're an exhibitor or a visitor, the North Notts Business & Innovation Show is a the perfect place to raise the profile of your business, showcase your products and services, network, meet new contacts, customers and suppliers, and ultimately to do more business. Hosted by the North Notts Arena, the North Notts Business & Innovation Last year’s Summer

Spectacular Networking and Lunch was another success with 76 delegates attending. For this year’s event we have developed a dedicated area of the Arena Hall and we have over 50 delegates booked already! Networking can provide an effective marketing tool for creating and developing opportunities and a network of contacts, based on referrals and introductions, and plays an important part of any firm’s overall marketing strategy and mix. NNBC’s Networking

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North Notts Community Arena, Worksop Show comprises of two parts, a free to attend Business Exhibition which is taking place in the North Notts Arena main hall and is open from 9.30am till 4.00pm, and the Summer Spectacular Networking and Lunch. The Exhibition Hall will also include a special Area Café to allow you to purchase light refreshments throughout the day and a dedicated area for the Networking Lunch. We are inviting visitors from not only existing businesses from across the area but also start ups and those contemplating self employment. The wealth of knowledge, experience and information that will be available at the show will enable you to gain the contacts and support you need to help you build a better business.

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North Leverton Flower Show

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and Produce show will be held on Saturday 1st September in Sturtonle-Steeple village hall. The gardening section will include classes for fruit, vegetables, pot plants and cut flowers. The craft section of the show includes; baking and preserves, painting, handicrafts, photography and flower arrangements. All of the schedules with the full details of the classes and rules will be available shortly. Please telephone June on 01427 880965 for further information.

Retford U3A For those who did not attend

On the weekend of the Queen’s

Diamond Jubilee there will be lots of activity and entertainment in Wheatley. On Sunday 3rd June there will be an Open Garden event in aid of Wheatley Church funds, where six village gardens will be opened to the public at £4 per person for adults, and entrance for children under 14 years

Open Gardens continues and on Sunday 17th June, Mr and Mrs David Bird will welcome all in to their delightful garden at Nursery House, Askham, Retford, NG22 0RP. The garden will be open from 2.00pm to 6.00pm with an admission fee of £2 per entry. Light refreshments will be available and all proceeds will be donated to St. Swithun’s Restoration Fund.

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Treswell Village Hall offers many monthly events for the people of Retford. On Sundays there are Table Top Sales and its own Craft Groups, which run regular sessions on Monday

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the AGM of Retford U3A in April, the Membership fee for this coming year will be £20. We also now have a waiting list for enrolment, which we are contacting to fill any spaces. The list of speakers for the coming year is now being finalised and we are looking forward to seeing everyone on the fourth Thursday in the month at the Well.

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will be free. Each garden will display various settings and features in line with the season. The village hall will be open for refreshments, there will be a plant stall and also free parking will be available too. Visitors can pick up information and a map at any of the information locations, which will be easy to identify on the day.

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HISTORY Evacuees from Great Yarmouth at Hallcroft School, 1940

As the war clouds gathered James Roffey Evacuees Reunion Association

Retford in 1938 was a very

busy country market town. It also had thriving factories. Its railway station had busy marshalling yards and engine sheds in which huge steam engines were made ready for their long journeys to Edinburgh, London and other major towns and cities. The great North Road still passed through the town centre and horse drawn narrow boats brought coal from the Yorkshire collieries for the gas works and domestic fires, also grain to the flour mills. It now seems incredible that two way traffic squeezed through the now pedestrianised Carolgate and that sheep fairs were held on Spa Common. The war memorial standing in The Square then only commemorated the many Retford men who had given their lives during the First World War. The threat of another conflict however was becoming ever closer. Germany, led by Adolf Hitler, had developed a powerful army and air force. Austria had been absorbed into Germany, Czechoslovakia would be next and Poland was threatened with invasion. In 1938 the principal officers of the Corporation of East Retford and of East Retford Rural District Council received their notice from the Government stating that should war be declared their districts were to become reception areas for the people, mostly children, who had been evacuated from towns and cities seeing as being likely targets for bombing by enemy aircraft. Billeting of the evacuees would

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be compulsory and a house-byhouse survey would be carried out immediately to establish how many evacuees could be accommodated. Within days council officers, helped by volunteers, were knocking on peoples doors asking how many people lived there and how many rooms there were. Some householders refused to give the information required, saying they would not take in evacuees, only to be told it was compulsory. For example, a married couple with two sons or daughters living in a three bedroomed house could be compelled to give up one bedroom and probably take in two evacuee boys or girls. The evacuees were to live as part of the family and be properly cared for. A weekly payment of approximately 52p would be paid if one evacuee was cared for. Or 42.5p per child if two or more were taken in. That was to cover the basic costs of food; the evacuees’ parents remained responsible for clothing, shoe repairs and other such expenses. They also had to refund the Government the weekly payment to the foster parents, as they were called.Local councils in the reception areas were also required to appoint billeting officers, their job being to locate billets for every evacuee, check regularly, to see that they were being properly cared for and resolve any problems that may arise. It appears that East Retford Borough Council had few difficulties in carrying out its house to house survey, but problems rose for the Clerk of East Retford Rural District Council, whose offices were located in Amcott House, Grove Street, Retford, now the

Bassetlaw Museum. Already several members of his staff had left to serve in the rapidly expanding armed forces. He simply did not have enough people to survey the many villages, hamlets and farms in the Rural District Area. He therefore called for help from the parish councils and parish meetings. They all responded favourably, apart from two of the parish meetings, the chairman of one of them declaring that they refused to take in evacuees; however he was quickly reminded that the billeting was compulsory. On Friday 1st September the first of the special trains bringing evacuees came inching in to the railway stations, where they were warmly welcomed by local people, although some were rather apprehensive. The stations used were Retford and Bawtry (yes there was once a station there). Buses and coaches were waiting to take them to designated halls or schools, where the children were given a cursory medical examination, some refreshments and then chosen by the foster parents. For many evacuees it was a case of sitting on the floor and waiting for someone to point at them and say, “I’ll take that one!” Each evacuee was issued with a pre-stamped post card and told that as soon as they arrived at their billet they were to write the name and address of their foster parents on the cards, plus a message for their parents and post it immediately. Until those cards reached their destination the parents did not know where their children were.In one reception area in Sussex, not Retford, the evacuees were ordered to write the following on their cards, “Dear mum and dad, I

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am living with nice people and being well looked after. Don’t worry about me”. Foster parents were told to read every future letter sent home by their evacuees and destroy any that contained words such as, “I am very unhappy, please, please let me come home.” Homesickness was a big problem for all the evacuees, but not recognised in those days. The first batch of evacuees to Retford came from Leeds and Birmingham. A year later many more arrived from Great Yarmouth, bringing with them children from London. They had originally been billeted on the east coast, until that became a threatened Invasion area. Providing schooling for the hundreds of evacuees in Retford was a major problem, there just wasn’t enough room in the schools. To overcome that, a two shift system was set up — evacuees used the schools in the morning, local children in the afternoon, or vice versa. Many of the teachers were serving in the armed forces and there was a dire

shortage of books and stationary. There was also a constant change of pupils due to evacuees returning home and fresh ones arriving. When an evacuee reached school leaving age, generally fourteen in those days, they were no longer classed as evacuees and either had to get a job locally and pay for their board and keep or return home. The Government was no longer interested in them, not until they reached the call up age at eighteen and were conscripted into the armed forces or to become Bevin Boys, working in

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the coal mines. Some of Retford’s evacuees still live in the town. Retford is a fascinating little town, with its newly restored Town Hall and Market Square. It has such an interesting history, of which the arrival of evacuees during the Second World War is but a very small part of. For more information on The Evacuees Reunion Association visit www.evacuees.org.uk Images kindly supplied by Bassetlaw Museum www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

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PROBIOTICS I am sure many people are aware of the yogurts, special drinks and other foods which contain probiotics. However, ironically, one of the other effects of not having good gut health is an intolerance to lactose which is commonly present in these foods and drinks. Also, the amounts required to fully heal your gut are much greater than those provided in such products. Fortunately, there are some excellent supplements out there to aid digestion, provide probiotics and prebiotics and many other nutrients required to aid the reparation of many gut issues. However, as usual, you must be aware of the quality of these supplements.

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