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Inside Features

Paint like Picasso Challenge....6 Baking bliss..................................8 Keep the bugs at bay...........12 Email order................................20 Planner's dream goes right?....22 Hot winter trends.....................28 A good read............................32 Delicious dishes.......................38 Classic errors.............................40 Ask the expert..........................44 A natural health......................46 Conquests & castles....50 & 52 The art of a perfect pint.......56 Sink as standard......................58 Reach for the skies.................62 Autumn hair tips......................64 Stress-free eating....................68

Welcome to the November edition

of Retford Life. We’ve had the privilege in the past few weeks of both meeting and speaking to some absolutely great people. Thank you for taking the time to call and email and we’re grateful that so many of you let us know what you like about the magazine. On behalf of all the Retford community groups and societies who you continue to support by attending their meetings, events and fundraisers, we want to say a very sincere thanks from RetfordLife. Moreover, as we distribute over 16,300 copies of Retford Life completely free every month, we want to say a huge thank you to all the businesses who feature in the magazine every month — as it’s their support which makes publishing Retford Life possible. If you do contact a business because you saw them advertising within the magazine, please make sure that you let them know it's because you saw their advert in Retford Life, ensuring they know that their advertising is working for them.

With Christmas only weeks away, you may be searching for inspiration for gifts, decorations and food ideas for the festive period. Over the next six weeks there are many events running locally, which can help, from food fairs to craft markets and classes. Many of these are publicised within the magazine and even more can be found on the Local Events Directory of our website www. retfordlifemagazine.com. Locally, we have some fantastic businesses and they all need our support leading up Christmas this year. Whatever you’re looking to buy this season, try to keep it local! As ever, this month's magazine is packed with great articles, from the latest update in Julian's art challenge to great recipes from Helen and Richard and the history of castles in the area from David Cook, plus much more. We hope you have a fantastic November and enjoy the magazine.

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CHALLENGE Julian Broadhead on the next step of his acrylic painting odyssey

After a gentle introduction in to the methodology of using acrylic paints, I was excited about the prospect of starting to paint pictures, whilst putting the techniques that I have recently learnt into practice. During our third class, we were asked to paint a beach scene, from our own minds eye, using Sean as our guide in demonstrating how to aid the blending of the paints. The two ladies that I attend the course with both opted to paint a morning beach scene, with blues as the focal colours for the sea and sky. Whereas I went for a sunset picture, and choose red and orange tones as the main colours in my composition.

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We started the picture by painting the beach in the scene first and using a mix of colours to achieve the look of the sand, and then we blended darker shades together, as we started to approach the point of the sea, to give the feel of the wet sand. Then we used a lighter yellow colour, with wet blended yellow in to orange, and then I gradually added more red as I got further up my canvas to shift from orange to a deep red colour. Next I tackled the sea, and for this I mixed a really dark purple and I used almost the same colour to dry brush in the cloud, hoping to try and give a wispy feel and appearance to the clouds. The final touch was to add some white water, illustrating the waves as they start to roll and then finally crash on to the shore. I achieved this by using white paint and instead of a brush, a palette knife, to assign sharp edges and depth to the paint, and also to allow some of the blue/ purple of the sea to still show through. The last part that I needed to do, was to add a yellow/ orange wash

over the white, to take the brightness away, and show that reflection of the water from the sky above. The finished result is shown above. In week four, we were asked to paint a tree, once again using similar techniques to create the grass and the sky as that of the beach scene. I then painted the darkest colour for the trunk of the tree, but only did several of the main branches, because my intention was to add the foliage, and by doing so, I wanted to show some trunk and branches through the leaves. The foliage was added last, with the darker colours I have left this half finished so that you can see the process of how the tree was painted. I am thoroughly enjoying my painting lessons, and I’m amazed at by having learnt only a few techniques so far, I’m able to bring more life into the compositions that I have painted.Sean, from Imagine Arts, has a very relaxing style of teaching and lets you paint your picture, in your own style, yet is on hand to offer assistance and guidance when necessary. For further information please contact Sean from Imagine Arts at Dukeries Centre, Budby. Or alternatively you can call him on 07772 714155.

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FOOD & DRINK

Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Gran's Parkin and Bonfire Hokey Pokey

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Ballroom and one Latin. Each couple will be given the opportunity to sell as many tickets to the final show as they can. Helen Eshelby, Fundraising Coordinator for the Hospice says “The more people each couple can attract to the final show to support them the more chance they have of winning the coveted glitter ball! We think it will be a great night for the people of Bassetlaw and will definitely have that glitz and glamour feel. We are really looking forward to working with the couples and Margaret to produce a great show”. If you are interested in taking part please contact Helen at the Appeal Office on 01777 710444 or by email at helen@bassetlawhospice. org. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have a willing partner we can always pair you up with someone else who comes along.

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coach of our members left Worksop to travel to Pickering where we caught the steam train to Whitby. The weather could not have been kinder. The steam train journey was perfect, as were the oblilgatory fish and chips in Whitby. It was a perfect summer day, strolling through the streets (even climbing the 199 (I am reliably told) steps to the Abbey ruins. A very good time was had by all. On the day of our October meeting and due to unforeseen circumstances, our speaker was unable to attend. One of our own members, Brian Cooke an ex-police and CID man, stepped manfully into the breach at extremely short notice and no arm twisting at all. He gave us an interesting and entertaining talk on his working life from entering the police force as a cadet (aged 17). Being able to type (a mixed blessing)

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For many years, Retford Lions have been involved in trying to improve the environment by the annual daffodil planting programme. This year there is an additional element to their plan. Lions Clubs worldwide have been challenged by their International President to focus on the environment. To this end, clubs globally have pledged to plant some 4.8 million trees in the next year. The Retford club has taken up the challenge and have three projects which will take place in the next few weeks and for which they are hoping to involve different groups from our community.

Lions planting trees The biggest of these is at the playground on North Road (formerly the Elizabethan School site) where the plan is to plant several copses of trees. The planting will begin on Tuesday 15th November when a group of children and staff from Carr Hill School will be involved. This will be followed up by a further session on Sunday 20th November, beginning at 10.00am when members of the local community are encouraged to come along and assist in completing the task. A second and smaller project is at the Idle Valley Nature Reserve where the plan is to plant a specimen native hedge for use in the education of young people to demonstrate what creatures can live in such a habitat. This will take place on Tuesday 8th November and the Lions will be assisted by Ecomind, a mental health group that assists at the Nature Reserve on a regular basis. The final project will take place in

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Remembrance Day and the Two Minute Silence have been observed since the end of the First World War, but their relevance, remains undiminished. When we bow our heads in reflection, we remember those who fought for our freedom during the two World Wars. Yet we also mourn and honour those who have lost their lives in more recent conflicts. Today with troops on duty in Afghanistan and other trouble spots around the world, Remembrance and this two minutes tribute are as important as ever. The Retford Branch of the Royal British Legion organises

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Craig Brown looks at what proposed planning changes mean

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not yet a done deal; they may be watered down considerably before they pass into law. Secondly, it will take time for housebuilders to acquire more plots of land and then secure the required planning permission. Taking into account how long it actually takes to build a housing development it could well be two or three years before the first properties come onto the market; hopefully the economy will be in much better shape by then. Finally, a lot of people tell me that they’re not considering putting their house on the market because they actually want to up-size and there’s nothing suitable on the market at the moment, or they’re waiting to

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With the summer now

firmly behind us and winter nights drawing in, many of us are delighted to shed those short, flimsy, revealing little numbers and cover up a little more! So, what’s hot this season and how can real women dress to impress with a nod to the trends?

BEJEWEL!

Jewel colours are king this autumn — from emerald to sapphire, ruby to amethyst, they provide a stunning and flattering alternative to black. They can be used to accessorise

the usual autumn colour palette or, for the braver fashionista, wear your favourite jewel tone from head-totoe — add some sequins and you’ll definitely get noticed this season!

Perfect for adding the ultimate evening glamour, metallics are big this autumn and winter; choose your palette from bright silvers, golds or platinums to more subtle dirty metallics and shining shades of khaki. If you’re an extrovert, shimmer in a fabulous sequinned shift dress or a glorious pewter maxi-dress or how about an Abba inspired metallic trouser suit or a glittering silver coat? For a more laid back approach, add some pale gold, shiny black or a glossy nude shade to your wardrobe.

PATTERNS AND PRINTS

1940S GLAMOUR

If you enjoy a bit of opulence you’ll love this season’s polka dots, spots, swirls, motifs and florals; from cool seventies chic prints to rich tribal patterns, there’s a pattern or print for every girl to love and no room for the shrinking violet. Team your patterned skirt or dress with clashing patterned tights to really work the trends – it’s time to show you mean business!

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It’s time to become demure and ladylike, with a nod to 1940s style. Flattering midi length dresses and pencil skirts, pretty tea dresses, long coats, furs, pearls, leather gloves and shrugs – you’re going to look and feel gorgeous! Nip in your waist, exaggerate those shoulders or experiment with a fedora or a pussy bow blouse. Fashion is all about having fun!

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COMMUNITY

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Thoresby hots up this winter

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winter programme beginning with two free events as well as magical music and hilarious theatre. At Winterfest 2011, you can discover unique handmade Christmas presents in the beautiful relaxing atmosphere of our Victorian Riding Hall, on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November. There will be an amazing range of local handmade jewellery, glass, pottery, paintings, prints, textiles and homeware. You can also experience the local delicacies and culinary delights at our Winter FoodFest on 19th and 20th November. You can enjoy these winter treats with free entrance and free car parking in the beautiful setting of Thoresby Park. For theatre lovers, Oddsocks are presenting their hilarious Merry Wives of Windsor production from 30th November to 3rd December, followed by Nottingham Symphonic Wind Orchestra’s presentation of the magical world of film, musicals and musical delights, a musical matinee on Sunday 27th November. Look on our new web site at www.whatsonatthoresby. co.uk for more details. Tickets are available from the box office at Thoresby Gallery on 01623 822009 or gallery@thoresby.com.

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Bassetlaw over 50s Forum exists because, we, as a group, are trying to address issues which affect, specifically, anyone over the age of 50 and upwards. All regions of the country are establishing groups such as ours, to try to highlight important issues which affect older people. These issues can range from; financial issues, housing, legal, pension, mobility, nursing home, and safety issues. The Forum would like to hear from anyone who has a specific problem, but does not know quite how to tackle it. From the moment we are aware of the issue, what we then try to do is invite a qualified person along to one of our meetings, who may be able to address this specific problem and give us advice, or point us in the right direction. No person is identified, only the problem. This way, other people can benefit from this advice should the same thing happen to them or a friend or relative. We’re a firm believer of the philosophy of ‘a problem shared...’. Please come along to one of our meetings, and make some new friends, and also become

a member of the Forum. We also try to include speakers, who may highlight subjects or places of interest in the Bassetlaw area. For example, we have had representatives from Clumber Park, Retford Wildlife Trust, Mr. Straws House in Worksop, and even The Workhouse at Southwell. Our meeting this month is about safety in and around the home. The local police safety officer will be coming to talk to us on 16th November, at Worksop Library meeting room, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. We’d also like to take this opportunity to highlight the issue of the government trying to remove the travel concession regarding bus travel for the over 60s. If this concerns you, please can either you or a member of your family put your name to their email petition at epetitions.direct.gov.uk. Search for “Reduced UK Cost (for seniors) Rail and Coach Travel”, and let the government know how you feel. So please come along to Worksop Library and join The Older peoples Forum. For further information, please call us on 01777 709034.

Voglia d'Italia welcomes local ice cream entrepreneur Michael Massarella, a fourth generation Yorkshire Italian, will describe his family history and the migration of Italian ice cream producers to England at a meeting of local Italian Society, Voglia d’Italia, on Friday 4th November, 7.15pm in Tickhill Pavilion. In 1860, Giovanni Massarella and his three brothers established a business in South Yorkshire that became one of the largest ice cream producers in Europe. Michael is currently the Food Development Director of the present day family business, the Massarella Catering

Group, and he takes a great interest in his family’s history and their migration to South Yorkshire. The meeting will be at 7.45pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill. Guests are most welcome and admission is only £3.00 for non-members. For further information, please call 01909 481136. Voglia d’Italia is an Italian Society, based in South Yorkshire and North Notts, for people interested in all aspects of Italian culture. It organises a programme of events, monthly, in Tickhill, and Chairman Barry Lamper may be contacted on 01909 481136.

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The other day I was sat in the school library when I spotted this book. I had often been told by a friend of mine that I really must read one of Ibbotson’s books, so I took it off the shelf and began to read. Unexpectedly, I found myself in the Amazon rainforest with a young girl named Maia. About three hours later (sneaking a quick read during and in-between lessons) I

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COMMUNITY

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Charity fundraiser to help fund therapy for 2 year old

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Reserve your place on the 1st Ordsall Beavers waiting list We are currently seeking children of Nursery/Preschool aged up to five years for our waiting list. To get a place in Beavers children need to go onto our waiting list as soon as possible, as Retford has only two town groups. If they leave it until they are of Beaver age, they might not get a space. Beavers is for children to have fun and make friends and is the first stage in the world of Scouting, it even includes the option of attending trips and sleepovers in additon to our weekly term-time meetings, on a Tuesday evening, from 5.00pm to 6.00pm at All Hallows Parish Hall Ordsall. To anyone who hasn’t tried Scouting before, we say have a go! Beavers can be male or female, just £1.50 per session (first session is free). If you would like to reserve a place for you son or daughter, please email Shirley at ordsallbeaverleader@ hotmail.co.uk or phone her after 5.00pm on 07540 885044. The Well invites you

to join them collecting for Operation Christmas Child It’s that time of year again when Samaritan’s Purse run Operation Christmas. An opportunity to send shoe boxes filled with toys and hope to other countries. Last year over 1.2 million shoeboxes full of goodies were given to children in parts of Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. The amazing thing is that a simple box of small gifts puts a smile on a child’s face at Christmas. Once again The Well, Hospital Road are acting as a Collection

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family from Retford were celebrating the birth of the latest addition to their family — William. Like all babies, the new arrival was to change the lives of his family forever. And it also began a journey that they never imagined. At a little over a year old, the normally happy-go-lucky baby developed breathing complications and was taken into hospital. It then became clear that he was seriously ill. He suffered a cardiac arrest and due to a lack of oxygen and blood flow to his brain became very ill and suffered brain injury. “He was in hospital for six months and lost his ability to do almost everything,” explained dad Dave. “It was unclear whether he could see or hear. He couldn’t feed and relied on a tube through his nose and he had no movement. Nothing. “From then we would dive deep into an unknown world: the world of disability and a harsh realisation that the things in life that you thought actually mattered, materialistic things, actually didn’t matter at all.” Their lives were turned upside down as William underwent a series of therapies before being diagnosed with Brain Injury to the part which controls movement. Then things took a turn for the worst and William had to undergo major heart surgery at Leeds General Infirmary in September 2010. The surgery went well

and William was able to go home with his parents. He is now able to crawl, stand up and cruise on furniture. “His hearing and sight has returned and slowly but surely we are getting our little boy back.” Explains Dave. The main focus for William is now walking and talking which recently he took aided steps. Only continued rehabilitation will help William improve his communication and movement, but unfortunately the NHS cannot cover all of the costs associated with his treatment. The Stones family are organising a charity race night to raise awareness of William’s condition and hopefully help fund his continued rehabilitation, which takes place at the Breakers Sports Club, Worksop on Saturday 19th November at 7.00pm. For more information on William’s condition and his progress visit www. williamstonestrustfund.com.

Operation Christmas Child Point for people and organisations to bring their shoe boxes between 1st and 16th November. Leaflets and posters giving more information regarding what can go into a box and how to go about packing it are available on request or just pop into the reception office at The Well any time between 9.00am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday Last year The Well collected just under 1,000 boxes from members of the church and community using

The Well along with schools, care homes, businesses and individuals. Already this year over 2,000 leaflets have been requested with a good number of schools indicating their willingness to support Operation Christmas Child again or for the first time. Why not join in the fun and encourage your work place also. For more information please contact Jean Coulson on 01777 702344 or e,mail to jean@thewellrbc.org.

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Delicious Dishes

INGREDIENTS • 1 tbsp olive oil • 2 large leeks, sliced • 250g mushrooms • Hand full of thyme leaves • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • ½ tsp nutmeg, grated • 200g green beans, topped and tailed and sliced • 120g boiled ham, shredded • 50g breadcrumbs • 2tbsp grated Parmesan cheese For the boiled gammon joint • 120g gammon joint • 3 cloves • 1 onion, halved For the cheesy Béchamel sauce • 30g flour • 30g butter • 300ml milk • 40g grated cheddar cheese • Salt and pepper

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ham, shredded with a fork • Cook through for another 2 minutes then add the cheesy Bechamel sauce • Transfer to a large baking dish and top with a mixture of the breadcrumbs and grated Parmesan • Bake in the oven for 15 minutes • While this is cooking, pop the green beans in a pan, cover with water and bring to the boil for about 5 minutes • Remove the bake from the oven and serve with the beans ON

• Leave to cool in the water, then remove and peel off the skin and fat • Cut a 120g portion then shred with a fork for the bake • Pre-heat the oven to 220°c METHOD • For the sauce, melt the butter in • First of all, if you're boiling your own a pan, take off the heat and stir gammon joint, which is dead easy, in the flour, then the milk until you we need to do this first — this can be start to get a smooth paste done well in advance and the meat • Return to the heat and bring to the will be good for at least another boil, then simmer for 8–10 minutes, meal or sandwiches, so we won't add the cheese and seasoning and count it towards the cooking time! stir until all the cheese has melted • In a large pan, place the joint, along • Heat the oil in a pan, add the with 3 cloves and a halved onion leeks, mushrooms, thyme • Cover with water and bring to leaves and garlic for 5 minutes, the boil, then simmer over a low until softened, then season heat for around 60 minutes • Add the nutmeg and 120g of the

is filling, but it's frugal too, making use of a boiled ham joint that packs a load of flavour. Try this recipe out for a cracking autumn evening meal.

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PETS

Classic errors by new puppy owners You've researched the different

dog breeds to find the best one for you and your family, you've taken the time to find out whether the breeder you chose is ethical, and now you're finally bringing that precious new bundle of joy home. The hard part is over, right? Actually, there are several mistakes that many new puppy owners make that can really turn this joyful time into a frustrating and worrying experience. Avoid these new dog owner mistakes to be sure you and your puppy are off to a great start: • Potty training your puppy indoors and then expecting him to automatically go outdoors when he is older. Those nifty potty training pads look an awful lot like nice, plushy rugs to your puppy and

he may opt to use your rugs as a toilet spot after you do away with the pads. • Giving in to his sad whimpers and tucking him in your bed for the first few nights and then expecting him to sleep on his own in a few days without crying. He'll just cry louder and longer once he knows what he is missing. • Letting your guilty feelings overwhelm you so that you don't crate train him. Crate training helps keep your puppy safe, since he can't get into dangerous things when you aren't watching him if he's crated. Also, he actually feels more secure when he is crated while no one else is home. • Taking your puppy with you when you go out, especially if you are going to a park or pet store. Puppies should be finished with immunisations

before they go on outings. Their immune systems are often not fully developed when they are young and they are more susceptible to some of the deadliest dog diseases. • Letting your puppy do things that are cute in puppies and not at all cute in full size dogs, such as jumping up on guests. It is easier to curb these behaviours right away than it is to break your adult dog of bad habits.

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has been officially designated by the UN as World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims. There will be a service of remembrance at the parish church of St. John, Scofton-with-Osberton, at 3pm on Sunday 20th November 2011. The Preacher will be the Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham. There will be hymns, and special prayers for those who have died or been injured on the roads, for those who mourn or care for them, and for the emergency services. There will be candles to light for those we remember. Those who know Scofton Church find it a very peaceful place. If you know of anyone who might find this opportunity to reflect and remember helpful, please pass the word around. Scofton village is off the Retford to Worksop road, 1 mile west of the A1 at Ranby. It will be well signed on the day.

This year sees the 90th

anniversary of the Royal British Legion, but unlike many 90 year olds we get busier and busier as we age. Over 10.5 million ex-servicemen and their Dependents can seek help from the Legion and it is not generally known that we are there for the families as well as the veterans. Sadly the last few years have seen a rise in the numbers seeking our help with the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts, as well as all those who have served us so faithfully during previous conflicts. We also remember those who have served in Korea, Malaya and Northern Ireland, and we are there for them too — there has only been one year since 1945 when our troops 42 Retford

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we’re already arranging our Christmas street collections in Doncaster which will take place on the 11th and 18th of December. If anyone has a few hours to spare please call us, we would be grateful of the help. Last Sunday was our annual Sponsored Dog Walk in Bawtry Forest and what a beautiful day it was! It didn’t look very promising weather wise at first, but somehow it turned out to be glorious. There were 55 dogs with their owners who did both a two-mile walk and a four-mile walk. It was really lovely to see so many of our rescue dogs there with their new owners. Everyone was ready for a cup of tea and a cake when they had finished. The cakes were yummy, so thanks go to everyone that had a hand in cake making for the day. The walk usually raises around £2,000, so watch this space for a final figure. Maria and Alan Bland did an amazing sponsored walk, with their rescue dog Chip. They walked from Kiveton Park to West Stockwith along the canal. It took them one and half days and they raised an amazing £915 for the Sanctuary. What a fantastic achievement,

thank you and well done all of you. We have had the usual amount of dogs and cats brought to us for various reasons over the past month. We are still getting dogs tied to our gate at the bottom of the drive. People are also still dumping kittens on building sites and in fields. It’s upsetting to think about how many are not found and just die a cold lonely death. We hope everyone remembers how upsetting it is for our animals as Bonfire Night draws near. Please take care of your cats, make sure they are indoors and keep your dogs inside where it is safe with a radio on if your animal is particularly nervous. We have many beautiful dogs and particularly cats and kittens in our sanctuary at the moment. If you are looking for that special animal please come along and have a chat we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please remember we always need dog chews clean blankets and towels for the winter months especially. Call us on 01302 711330 or 07969 203206 we will be happy to answer any enquiries that you may have.

have not been involved in a conflict. Some of the things we can provide are activity holidays for older children of those serving abroad, the bereaved and the injured. We have trained personnel to accompany bereaved families to inquests, very distressing for all those involved. We provide many services and amenities such as holiday homes, nursing homes, and help for those leaving the forces, the elderly, and the injured — the list is endless.

So please, when you buy your poppy, please remember how many people you will be helping. Wear it with pride, and encourage everyone you know to do the same — we need your support. If you would like to help by having a box on your business premises, collecting house to house in your neighbourhood or helping in a supermarket, please contact Ann Hickman 01777 818993 as we really need your help and support.

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HOMES

My house has been on the market for three months, and we haven't heard anything from the agents, we know the market is quiet but thought we may have heard something from them. Do we need to call them? Why-oh-why do agents still let themselves down by not communicating with their clients! Unfortunately yes it seems you will have to make the first move, although my initial question would be to ask why they haven't been in touch before now. Whilst the market isn't great, a good agent would have updated you regularly on the response they've had on your home, and made suggestions on how to improve your chances of selling. I would ask your agent back round to your house, and ask them to spell out what their plan is for the next three months. If they don't have a plan, then get yourself a new agent — good luck. My girlfriend and I are thinking of leaving home, and don't know whether to rent or buy? We would like to buy, and have what would relate to a 5% deposit saved up, but all our friends are renting and are telling us to do the same. What would you recommend to us? Well done on saving the deposit, at least you now have a choice. Renting has become more fashionable in the last few years, whilst mortgages have become more difficult to obtain, so maybe your friends have chosen to rent as this was the only option open to them. My advise would be to talk to an IFA (Independent financial advisor), and see how much you can borrow, what mortgage deals are available to you, and at what monthly cost. Then look at what you can buy in your area, compared to what you could get spending the same amount on rent. With rents rising, and better mortgage deals becoming available, the buy or 44 Retford

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Ask the expert… rent argument may be finally swaying in the favour of buying. I am about to put my house on the market, and want to know what low-cost improvements I can do to help my chances of finding a buyer and getting the best possible price? There are a few things you can do with minimal expense, but a little bit of effort. Start outside by looking at the garden and what potential buyers will see when they drive up to view. Cut the grass, trim the hedge, weed those borders, and sweep the leaves off the driveway — this all creates a good first impression and the agent will get a better photo. Inside think de-clutter, you're on the

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HEALTH

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this is an issue I have been unable to avoid! When I was in practice as a homeopath, I was amazed how many of my female patients had problems during menstruation. I found that many things could affect the female period, so much so it was almost like a barometer of the patient’s health. Being curious about this I did some research and came across some articles about a group of people who moved across North America to a pollution-free environment to set up a ‘good life’ type of existence. As part of this they recorded the changes in their health and well-being. One of the most remarkable things was the effect on the women’s periods. All reported much improved periods which became shorter with every little pain and less flow. Further study came to the conclusion that the body uses the monthly flow as a way of discharging toxins from the body as well as the normal hormonal function. Some specialists postulated that this could be a contributing factor for longer life expectancy of women because they utilized the period to get rid of undesirable toxins that would have otherwise have to be stored in the body and could contribute to long term illnesses. Now why do you need to know this? Well I believe one should always look for a positive where we can,

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and you feel as if the contents of your pelvis are going to fall out, then try Belladonna 30 every two hours during your period. However, if the pain is more neuralgic in nature and seems to radiate in waves, and is better for pressure and locally applied heat, then try Mag Phos tissue salts, four tablets every 30 minutes until relief is gained. If your period seems to hit you on an emotional level making you very tearful with painful breasts and irregular mixed flow (sometimes

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In 1066 the death of Edward the Confessor, an English King and the subsequent invasions by two foreign contenders transformed the English landscape and the way we lived forever. The Norwegians led by King Harald III and Tostig invaded Yorkshire during September and were defeated after the battles at Fulford and Stamford Bridge. In October the joint Norman and French army led by William, Duke of Normandy, invaded and a great battle was fought at Senlac Hill, the Saxon army was defeated and on Christmas Day William was declared king. The Saxon landowners were mostly removed either through their death during battle, fleeing abroad or having their land seized. The Normans split the land up between them and Nottinghamshire was nearly wholly given to Roger de Busli, with 86 manors held throughout the county. After the invasion, several rebellions occurred. Edwin and Morcar’s Mercian rebellion in 1068 showed the native population were ready for a fight. The response was to build castles throughout the landscape as defensive and oppressive structures carefully placed to control roads and rivers. They also protected the relatively small army from guerrilla tactics and attack. EARLY CASTLES

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already had a defensive structure, its Saxon place name indicates a fortification in a waterlogged area (Werk and Sop). This would fit perfectly with the location of Castle Hill sitting on a natural escarpment overlooking the river Ryton. Time, however, has not been kind on the Castle, the historian and poet John Leland wrote “At Worksop on the covered Castle Hill the Lovetaftes had a castle, cleane downe and scant knowen wher it was. The stones of the Castel were fetchid, as sum say, to make the fair lodge in Wyrkesoppe Parke, not yet finished” whether this meant the present Manor Lodge or another building is unclear. The northern embankment to the castle was quarried for limestone until the 1920s and the Ryton was redirected to allow Newcastle Avenue to be created. On Gaddick Hill in Egmanton stands another well preserved Motte and bailey castle built for Roger de Busli. The castle was redundant by the end of the 14th century but the bailey is still traceable by present field boundaries.

‘THE ANARCHY’

A civil war fought between Edward I’s cousin Stephen and his chosen successor Matilda between 1135 and 1154. Many castles were built without licence to control roads, rivers and subdue the population. The closest known battles were the siege and firing of Nottingham in 1140 and the ‘Joust of Lincoln’ in February 1141. Most of these sites were abandoned by the 1170s, although records show

a small number still in use in the early 13th century. In 1154, the Treaty of Wallingford was signed giving Matilda’s son, the future Henry II, rights to the crown when Stephen died thus beginning the Plantagenet dynasty. We can find one of these adulterine castles in the graveyard of St. Mary’s Church, Cuckney, constructed by the forces of Thomas de Cuckney. During foundation stabilising to the church during the 1950s over two hundred bodies were exhumed from four pits in a north-to-south alignment. Were these moved here during the building of the castle or did they date to earlier times? The bodies definitely predate the church (built c.1200) and it has been suggested they were the remains of the armies from the Battle of Hatfield or a skirmish during these times. Another example is Lowdham, excavated between 1936 and 1941 revealing a four-feet thick stone keep, filled in ditches with medieval pottery dating to around 1400, pottery, roof tiles, 14th century keys and bones. Unfortunately the Second World War prevented further work and the notes were never written up so the details of these excavations are scant.

OTHER CASTLES AND FORTIFICATIONS

Bothamsall castle sits north of the river Meden and west of the present village. The lands around this area were owned by William the Conqueror and the castle may therefore have early origins as a ringwork castle with a bailey although no structures have been ►

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welcome you to their Pampered Chef Party at St Anne’s Church Hall in Worksop on Friday 18th November at 7.00pm. Tickets cost £5.00 each and the cost includes a glass of wine on arrival. The event will be an ideal opportunity to purchase some last minute Christmas gifts, have a fun night out, whilst raising funds for your local charity. Further information and tickets are available from Helen Eshelby, Appeal Office 18 West St Retford, or by calling 01777 710444. Visit www.bassetlawhospice. org.uk for more information.

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increased during September and October with six new people joining the group. We will always extend a warm welcome to all our new members, and their family and friends to any of the monthly meetings. One of our branch members, Carole Moorhouse, who herself has Parkinson’s, has written a delightful book of poetry entitled “It don’t have to rhyme, ...not all of the time!” The proceeds from the sale of her book are divided between St John’s Church Worksop and Bassetlaw Parkinson’s branch. This year’s late summer lunch took place at The Station Hotel Worksop, where 35 members enjoyed the event and during this time Carole presented the Branch with a cheque for £195. Chairman Chris Coldwell received the cheque on behalf of the Branch and thanked Carole most sincerely for her generous gift. At the October meeting, members enjoyed an excellent demonstration and tasting presentation by Geoff “the chef” Smith, from Wiltshire Farm Foods. Members have also enjoyed a

trip on the North Yorkshire Railway followed by an afternoon in Whitby this month funded by the branch. The November meeting will welcome, Mel Dowling talking about Holistic Therapies and the possible benefits for Parkinson’s patients. There will also be a session of the popular Pilates by Charlotte Eccleston. On the 6th December it is the branch Christmas party and it starts at the usual time of 2.00pm. There will be a cabaret, a quiz, bingo and a pie and pea buffet (plus gateaux and other mouth-watering goodies.) All meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Ave, S80 1EN and start at 2.00pm. The branch is an informal group of people with Parkinson’s their families and friends meeting on a regular basis for friendship and support and to exchange ideas and tips. Members find it most rewarding to meet together and chat over a cup of tea, and to meet up with the Parkinson’s nurse, Rachel and the Information and Support Worker, Julia. For more information, please call Chris 01909 730629.

North Notts National Trust • 14th December 2011 — Islands of Flowers (Jersey and Guernsey) • 18th January 2012 — Mock Castles and Naked Ladies • 15th February 2012 — English Medieval Houses • 21st March 2012 — Mary Queen of Scots • 25th April 2012 — AGM with Guest Speaker During the summer months the Association also organises a variety of visits to places such as Ripon Cathedral, Deene Park, Biddulph Grange Garden and Rolls Royce Museum. At Christmas a joint Carol Service is held with the Mansfield NT

Association in Clumber Chapel with coffee and mince pies. All money raised goes to National Trust Projects. This year the Association donated Victorian Cloches to the Clumber Walled Garden, and a Replica Clerk’s Desk to Southwell Work House that would have been used to record details of people who would have lived there. So if you are a National Trust Member or Volunteer and would like to spend a pleasant and enjoyable evening in the company of fellow members, then please come along to the Crossing if only for a taster session. For more information please contact norman.biggs@btinternet.com.

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The art of the perfect pint… LEISURE

Richard and Ben stop by the Springhead Brewery in Laneham

There are a few occasions in

this job when there's an offer made we can't refuse, and when there was an opportunity to visit a real ale brewery right on our doorstep, I was the first to jump at the chance. I'm not saying the life of a graphic designer drives you to drink, but one of the best things to look forward to at the end of the week is a well-deserved bevvie. And it's fortunate that the Springhead Brewery, in Laneham, specialise in just that thing. We'd heard good things, so we made it our personal mission to thoroughly investigate what these Nottinghamshire pint-producers had to offer. The brewery was originally founded in 1990, in Sutton on Trent, as the smallest brewery in England, gaining a place in the Guiness Book of Records along the way. From such humble beginnings, their unique recipes led to national prizes and a huge increase in sales. This meant a move to larger premises to become what is surely a grade-one contradiction in terms — one of the largest micro-breweries in the county. The continued popularity meant the company quickly out-grew its site, moving to Laneham in May this year. The site had been unoccupied for several years, and made an ideal location to grow the business further, and continue their devotion to one of the most altruistic professions, God bless them. Their new home allows further expansion, offering tours of the brewery, and the opportunity to sample their unique beers. 56 Retford

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And this is where our guide Keir, resident production coordinator and assistant brewer, came in. He welcomed us into the inner-sanctum of the brewery, taking us through the science of liquid alchemy that goes into producing their five core beers and seasonal monthly specials. The whole endeavour is a somewhat intricate affair, where timing and temperature are all of the essence, from the moment the malted grain is 'mashed' with water, the hops are boiled and the delicately balanced sugars and natural flavours are released, to the fermentation with the yeast. Any variations can be the making or breaking of the perfect pint. Along the way, Keir let us in on a few production secrets, from the reassuring; “Historically, the hoppers used to be made of copper, but it turns out the metal reacts with the beer, making it poisonous, so we use steel now...” To the myth-busting; “Beer used to be drunk as it was more disease-free than water, but it was no where near as high in alcohol as it is now. You could drink it all day and not get... affected.” So it was from here we made our way to Meg's Bar, the on-site tap room that features all the brewery's beers, as well as a guest lager and cider. We were joined by Richard Mallinson, Head Brewer, as we were guided through each of the beers on tap. There really was a wide range of different textures and flavours across each beer, and it really showed how a little juggling of the recipe can affect the flavour. We were shown the best way to taste — it's not a case of downing it as fast as you can — breathing in the aroma and making sure you cover all your

tastebuds is vital to get the true flavour. Both Keir and Richard's knowledge is formidable, and really enhanced the whole experience. It's well worth taking the tour to learn more about this age-old process. Thankfully, they also bottle some of their beers, as well as offering 'mini kegs', along with a supporters' card, offering discounts and benefits, so I'm sure we'll be calling in for a drink and taking a few home in the near future! Megs Bar is open Thursday and Friday 4.00pm – 11.00pm, Saturday 11.00am – 11.00pm and Sunday 11.00am – 9.00pm. Visit www.springhead.co.uk for more information and to book a tour.

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Sink as standard MOTORING

Kit Johnson sees how the Audi's rep-mobile stacks up

It has always been a mystery to me why so many people lavish attention on the Audi A4, which I’ve never considered to be a particularly good car, while ignoring the A6, which is excellent. Anyway, perhaps the arrival of the latest version of the A6 might do something to reset the balance. That aside, it must also take on some stiff competition in the executive saloon sector from the BMW 5 series, the Mercedes E Class and, to a lesser extent, the newly facelifted Jaguar XF. All its competitors excel in different things and, to its credit, the A6 is attempting to take them all on at the same time. The E Class sets the standard in technology, roominess and build quality — well, it used to. The array of kit available on the A6 is mind boggling. This is a car that you can drive along the motorway with your hands off the wheel and your feet off the pedals in perfect safety, thanks to lane assist and radar cruise control, not that I recommend it!. While it is a few inches

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shorter than its predecessor, it has a longer wheelbase and the result is enough room to throw a party in both the front and the back — the boot is cavernous too. The Jaguar is striking in appearance, particularly after the facelift, and has a lovely cabin. The new A6 looks like a scaled down version of the A8 luxury saloon; it is all sleek planes and curved roofline and the neat tail lights, trademark grill and LED running lights finish it off perfectly. This really is a very handsome car. Step inside and the Jaguar is decidedly outclassed. The sweeping dash is as classy as can be, the seats are supremely comfortable and the layout of the controls is an exercise in ergonomic perfection. The quality of materials, fit and finish is almost up there with Rolls Royce, better than any of its rivals. The amount of kit fitted as standard, even on the base SE model, is impressive too, with leather seats, dual zone climate control, sat-nav

and variable suspension settings all thrown in with the list price. Then there is the BMW to consider, the ultimate driving machine. Audi has both barrels of the shotgun to fire back at the boys from Munich. The body is made from aluminium and high tech steel which means it is lighter and stronger, in turn making it faster, more economical and more responsive to drive. Audi has also made its already excellent engines even better. Interestingly, while there are three diesels available, there is only one petrol, a turbocharged 296bhp V6 which is fast but anything other than frugal. I tried the two-litre 4-pot diesel which has been tweaked to produce 175bhp. This is an excellent engine, propelling this big car up to 62 in a very reasonable 8.7 seconds while still delivering a commendable 57mpg. It is also extremely refined. The ride, so long an Audi weak point, is remarkably good too, soaking up pretty much everything you throw at it, though the S Line sports pack is best avoided if you like your comfort. The handling is the one area where this car disappoints; the steering is lifeless and weights up randomly while the cornering, though safe and predictable, provides a pretty joyless experience. The A6 is an excellent all-rounder, stylish and well built, spacious and well equipped, fast and yet frugal. Is it better than the 5 Series? I’m afraid not; the BMW does everything the Audi does but is also a hoot on a twisty back road. Somehow, though, I don’t think most buyers will agree with me and the A6 will sell like hot cakes.

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COMMUNITY

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and Cake Extravaganza, is being held at St. Barnabas Church, Ranskill (bus stops outside) on Wednesday 9th November from 10.00am to 12.00pm. This is a unique opportunity to purchase Christmas and birthday gifts from a range of stalls, including; silk flower arrangements, stained glass craft and jewellery, hand turned woodwork, handbags and scarves, cosmetic and beauty products, knitted garments and accessories, second time round books, greetings cards, home-made cakes and the ever popular Raffle and Tombola. Admission is only £1.00 and includes tea or coffee and cake. This popular event is hosted by Ranskill and Torworth WI.

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to Rhio Blinston whom has recently graduated to Black Belt First Dan. She has been training at the Lynx Black Belt Leadership Academy for approximately six years under the supervision and guidance of Master Andrew Blinston whom has 30 years of Korean martial arts experience. Rhio whom is 12 years old, lives in East Markham and is in year eight at the Elizabethan High School decided to get involved in the martial arts at the age of six, when she saw children of her own age learning martial arts skills, becoming confident and having fun. With the support from her mother Rachel Blinston, co-owner, and her father Andrew Blinston, the Chief Instructor, Rhio has been continuously put through her paces over the last several years.

Rhio has been training constantly for six years in an advanced training program called Leadership Training and then has progressed in last three years into Instructor Training. Within her training she has attended classes two to three times a week both at the Doncaster and Retford Academies, assisted in demonstration events, charity and fundraising events, participated in many specialised seminars and maintained a professional role within the Academies. She has shown amazing dedication and perseverance to her training, her Master Instructor and to all at the Academy, she is set to go far. Rhio was awarded her Black Belt by Master Blinston, after a threehour graduation in the presence of students, family and guests.

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GARDENS

Reach for the skies!

Jonathan Wild regrets a rather rampant rose adorning his home

If you’d ever wondered where the real inspiration for Jack and the Beanstalk came from, then can I suggest you buy yourself a climbing rose which goes by the charming name of Mme Alfred Carriere. I’d love to know why it was ever named thus — perhaps the poor woman was some sort of circus side-show or she had done something to upset the hybridiser. Let’s face it, whoever heard of a woman called Alfred? Whatever the reason for this unfortunate name, the result is a true floral monster which has caused me a lot of soul 62 Retford

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searching over recent weeks as I made the sad, but necessary, decision to cull two unfortunate specimens — one of which had ‘graced’ the wall of our cottage for the last 10 years. To be fair to my professional calling, I didn’t plant the rose in such a daft location; it was there when I arrived and the other was in the courtyard of a client who was having her life taken over by the rampaging Madamoiselle. Mine was adamant that it wanted to grow over the roof of the house and then take over the next door neighbour’s cottage, even though I cut it back severely three times a year. It’s most heinous and unforgiveable

crime, however, was trying to strangle the life out of the Sky dish and disrupting my Sky Sports addiction! Whilst I can see the logic behind planting lovely climbing roses against a cottage wall (the triffid was one of five), the full ‘chocolate box’ effect can only be ahcieved by planting the right varieties and, even then, it takes a lot of hard work and attention. I had already had to remove a wisteria which, when combined with the rampant ‘Frenchie’, made life a complete misery. I foolishly thought that by giving one of them the ultimate horticultural ASBO the problem might be made reduced somewhat… all I succeeded in doing was providing more light and space for the Gallic fiend!! Now, please don’t get the wrong message here — roses and wisteria look fabulous against a house wall — but be prepared for the regime of disciplined training, feeding and pruning that will inevitably be required. And also, to be fair to Mme Carriere, I did see a towering and splendid specimen against the front house wall at Renishaw Hall, which probably provides a very valuable lesson; before you splash out at the garden centre, have a look around and see what looks good and grows well in your area. I’m the world’s worst offender when it comes to knocking on people’s doors whenever I’m passing a garden and see a great combination of planting or a particularly good colour of a particular plant. This is especially true when it comes to ‘critical’ planting such as climbers or trees and shrubs which you would normally expect to be reasonably permanent fixtures in your garden. You really must see these plants in the flesh rather than rely on a label in a pot at the garden centre — the cursory description of growth is rarely accurate. The original label on my now deceased plant which I discovered embedded in the trunk described it as having “Beautifully perfumed white flushed pink flowers” which I fully concur with — unfortunately, the label’s description of “medium growth” must have been dreamed up by Tony Blair!

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Autumn hair tips LIFESTYLE

Celebrity Hairdresser Richard Ward gives his tips for your hair this autumn

many clients rejuvenate their hair by coming in for a good blunt, thickening cut after the ravages of the beach.

In autumn, hair is often

COLOUR

recovering from the debilitating affects of summer. Even a fortnight’s summer holiday can cause damage — both in terms of porosity and sensitivity.

Going darker in autumn and winter is common — most women want to reflect the key fashion trends by opting for richer colours which are denser in tone. Darker hair reflects light better, so going for a deeper take on your current tone and a chunky cut to get rid of your aged summer beach hair will make hair feel healthier. Go for a clear colour gloss to add shine and lustre or a vegetable colour glaze.

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Porosity is the hair’s ability to retain moisture, and this condition is caused by damage to the cuticle (the outside, protective layer of the hair). The cuticle is made up of overlapping scales (think of it as being like roof tiles or fish scales) and will reflect light when shiny and smooth. When the scales are missing or damaged, the hair will not shine. Conditioning treatments or serums with silicone mask this damage. Sensitivity is damage to the internal structure of the hair — the cortex — where chemical processes take place. Hair that is damaged internally is harder to repair. Both of these conditions are exacerbated by hair’s common enemies; electrical equipment, sun, salt and chlorinated water and over-processing with chemicals. Air conditioning and central heating make hair more static and dry out natural oils, too.

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As the Autumn months sweep in, long beach summer hair sweeps out. This annual trend is like a hair migration; something about those straggly, postholiday tresses inspires women all over the country to go for a real departure hair wise to greet the new season and complement their new wardrobes. I’ve seen an unprecedented number of salon clients of all ages come back from their summer holidays demanding a reinvented look for the autumn and winter and ditching the locks they once clung on to.

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HEALTH

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How many of you get back to work on a Monday morning feeling they’ve slightly overdone it at the weekend, had one too many takeaways and probably shouldn’t have had that last glass of wine either? Most of my colleagues are more tired and less energetic on a Monday than on a Friday and start their diet over and over again, every week. Yes, it’s so exhausting, working, not having time for proper lunch, all those meetings with biscuits you can’t resist… So I’d like to share with you a couple of tips to help you be that little bit healthier and happier at work. And one day you might say: TGIM — thank god it’s Monday — instead of TGIF!

You’ve heard it so many times but it is true. Eating a well-balanced breakfast with slow releasing carbohydrates such as oats or essential amino acids such as eggs will give you the energy you need to start the day and prevent you from grabbing that pastry and third coffee by mid-morning. Studies show that people who eat breakfast consume less calories that people who don’t. I’ve read this quiet entertaining book the other day, ‘Only fat people skip breakfast’.

HAVE A WATER BOTTLE ON YOUR DESK

protein bars, protein bounce balls, oat and rice cakes. When you feel a bit peckish you’ll have a healthy snack on hand to get you through the afternoon until dinner time. There are a lot more things you can do to be healthier at work but it’s always best to start making some small changes. They say it takes 30 days to break a habit. So once you’ve swapped your second, third and fourth coffee for water and herbal tea you can look at your snack and lunch options and take the stairs, not the lift! Now, Love what you do!

This will help you to stay hydrated throughout the day. Only drinking coffee and tea will cause you to become even more dehydrated. Drinking more water and herbal tea will help you to concentrate and it’ll make you get up and go to the loo a bit more, giving you some time away from your desk to stretch.

KEEP SOME HEALTHY SNACKS IN YOUR DRAWER

You need to be more prepared if you want to eat healthier at work, otherwise the vending machine or coffee shop will be the only option in the afternoon so stock up your drawers with some fresh fruit, raw nuts and seeds, trail

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SOS Fashion November at St Swithun's Show & Sale SUNDAY 13TH — REQUIEM FOR REMEMBRANCE DAY On Remembrance Sunday 2009, the Cantate choir gave a performance of Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man in St. Swithun’s Church, with the support of the well-loved international soprano, Michelle Todd. This year, on the same Sunday, November 13th, the Cantate choir, again with Michelle Todd, will be giving a varied concert of music suitable for Remembrance - ending with Karl Jenkins’ Requiem. This is an exciting yet mystical work, blending Japanese poems with the usual Latin words of the Mass for the souls of the dead. The event starts at 6.30pm Michelle has recently performed at Nottingham Cathedral and Concert Hall, followed by her debut with the City of London Sinfonia at the Cadogan Hall, London. There will be a retiring collection which will be divided between the

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Bassetlaw Play Forum Christmas Charity Ball Bassetlaw Play Forum will hold their Christmas Sparkle Charity Ball on Friday 9th December at 7.30pm, at Ye Olde Bell, Barnby Moor, Retford. Attendees will enjoy a sparkling evening, including a Christmas choir reception, 3 course meal and coffee, and entertainment with the world class Jon Barker, plus a few festive surprises along the way. Tickets are £35 per person and are available from the Bassetlaw Play Forum on 01909 482688 and from Ye Olde Bell Hotel on 01777 705121. Why not stay make it a truly special evening and take advantage of the fantastic discounted accommodation rates — be sure to book early. Please help the forum in their fight to remain open and to continue to provide quality play experiences for the children of Bassetlaw.

Three Counties Botanical Art Group The Three Counties Botanical Art Group meets at The New Hall, Station Road, Bawtry, every Wednesday morning from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We do have room for new members, therefore if you would like to join us or would like to know more about our group please contact Sue Woffinden on 01909 731020. We are holding an exhibition during the whole of November at the Bawtry library. 72 Retford

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Ladies Probus Club’s last meeting was Kathy Cowbrough, who is a Fairtrader for Traidcraft. Kathy gave a very interesting and enlightening presentation on Fairtrade, its origins and its purpose. She explained how the purchase of Fairtrade goods helps less fortunate people worldwide. Funds from Fairtrade enable them to help people to help themselves out of poverty, by producing all sorts of goods from tea to cotton, from marmalade to biscuits and many many more - some 3000 in all. This enables them to receive a fair price for the goods which can then be invested in their own community. She

Christmas Fair On Saturday 3rd December,

from 11.00am to 3.00pm, All Hallows Church will host a Christmas Fair and Crib Festival. There will be entertainment by local school choirs, along with morning coffee

also urged the ladies to look out for the Fairtrade logo and to buy Fairtrade goods wherever possible. If the demand is there, then supermarkets and other organisations will be more likely to stock more Fairtrade products. Kathy also played a DVD showing various communities at work and illustrating the production of the goods. A sales table at the meeting generated a lot of interest and many purchases. The next meeting is the annual Luncheon which will be held at Ye Olde Bell hotel on Wednesday 10th November. If you would like any further information about the Retford Ladies Probus Club, please call 01777 708439. and light lunches served. The event will be ideal for all the family, with a pocket money gifts stall, including a wrapping service! The other stalls on offer will be; a cake stall, tombola, a raffle, books and games. The Children can have their face painted and Santa will be popping in too! There's no better way to start your festivities than with a festive sing-a-long.

Messy Church comes to Ordsall Messy Church is coming to Ordsall!

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Accountants ABS Acountancy Services...........................71 Mill Accountancy Ltd....................................21 PS Accountancy............................................52 Aesthetics, Beauty & Health Bejewelled......................................................32 Impulse.......................................................... 65 Lighthouse Laser..........................................28 Star Style Spray Tanning Boutique........... 33 Sunspot..........................................................47 The Body Café...............................................29 Bathrooms Carrington Bathrooms.................................25 CJL Installations........................................... 66 Prestige Bathrooms......................................75 Bed Sales Clinton Carpets..............................................79 Retford Beds & Carpets.................................1 Retford Pine...................................................31 The Bed Chambers.......................................51 Bespoke Furniture Made C Handley Ltd.................................................73 Building Services Another Level Construction....................... 35 Colonia Building Services............................67 James Wright Builders................................ 45 Wellow Park Building Services...................71 Canal Boat Trips Seth Ellis Boat Trips..................................... 33 Car & Motorcycle Repairs/Servicing Hallcroft Service Centre..............................59 London Road Garage...................................59 Carpets & Specialist Flooring Clinton Carpets..............................................79 Horsleys......................................................... 18 Retford Beds & Carpets.................................1 Chocolatier The Chocolate Kitchen.................................14 Chiropodist & Foot Health Gillian Plant Foot Health..............................29 Michael Saint................................................ 33 Christmas Market Thoresby Courtyard........................................7 Cleaning Services KKleen............................................................21 Maid 2 Clean................................................. 18 Coach Holidays Kettlewells..................................................... 43 Computer Repairs, Installations & Sales Anthony's PC Repairs...................................21 Counselling Services Access Counselling Services..................... 69 Curtains & Blinds STA Curtains & Blinds..................................29 Cricket Equipment & Gifts Batting 46......................................................57 Design & Print Burgess Design & Print................................11 Life Design & Print..........................................3 Dog Grooming & Training Competitive Edge..........................................41 In Style Dog Grooming................................ 40 K9 Academy.................................................. 40 Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford.......................................................77 Stuart Domestics..........................................71 Double Glazing, Doors & Conservatories Cloudy 2 Clear...............................................71 78 Retford

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Moorside Glazing............................................7 Warwick Developments.............................. 53 Wellow Park Windows..................................11 Driving Instructor Jaynes Driving School..................................47 Electricians DJ Marriot Electrical Contractor.................67 Gary Nash Electrical.....................................77 Robson Electrical..........................................70 Vaccari Parker...............................................76 Electrical Goods & Supplies Aegir Consumer Electronics........................55 Heads House................................................ 43 Energy Solutions Absolute Energy Solutions..........................24 Family Day Out Sundown Adventure Land...........................17 Fine Art Valuations Bonhams..........................................................7 Fireplaces and Surrounds MBH Fireplaces............................................ 45 Firework Display East Retford Rugby Club............................. 33 Funeral Directors E Hurton & Son Ltd...................................... 43 GD Hall Funeral Directors............................61 Lincolnshire Coop Funeral Services..........16 Garden Centre Retford Garden Centre............................... 63 Gardening Services Clarborough Landscapes........................... 53 DN22 Gardening.......................................... 63 Greenthumb.................................................. 80 Gates & Railings Lords Complete Home Improvement........77 Hair Salon Hair Affair...................................................... 65 Hair Kabin...................................................... 65 Hard Landscaping Simon Hayes................................................. 34 Hypnotherapist Turn Around Therapy....................................29 Joinery Service Howlett Joinery............................................. 63 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery........... 40 Kitchens & Bedrooms, Design & Fitting CDK.................................................................49 Distinctive Kitchens.....................................67 Houseproud.....................................................2 Ladies Only Gym Shapes Health & Fitness............................ 69 Manipulative Therapy Willow Tree Therapies................................. 34 Metal Recyclers A1 Metal Recyclers.......................................59 Mobile Hairdresser Janet Ann Flynn...............................................9 Mobility Scooters, Aids & Repairs Care Matters Mobility...................................41 Model Railway The Goods Yard............................................ 66 Music Tuition Mark Edwards................................................32 Sharron Testo................................................32 Oil & Gas Supplier Chandlers Oil & Gas.....................................23 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company..................................23 Opticians Dudley & Severn........................................... 35 Mike Vickers...................................................52 Young Optical.................................................25

Oven Cleaning HobKnobs........................................................9 Painting & Decorating CP Painters & Decorators...........................61 Martin Collins.................................................75 Personal Trainer Michelle Oldale..............................................47 Pest Control Retford & District Pest Control...................77 Pet Sitting Service Wellington's World........................................41 Physiotherapist Equinox Physiotherapy................................ 69 Plastering Service Chris Bakin.....................................................23 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services AM Plumbing & Heating...............................75 DC Installations............................................ 13 Nigel Qualter................................................. 43 Property Agent Fisher German Residential Lettings..........22 Property Maintenance JNE Property Maintenance.........................73 Mr Handyman................................................71 Neil Cornwell..................................................23 The Handyman..............................................61 Pubs, Restaurants & Cafés Angel Inn........................................................ 18 Chequers........................................................57 Clumber Park Hotel......................................27 The Bay Tree....................................................9 The Blacksmiths...........................................57 The Charnwood Hotel...................................15 The Crown Pub..............................................39 The Gate Inn Clarborough...........................55 The Indian Chef.............................................73 West Retford Hotel...................................... 48 Removals & Secure Storage Ballards...........................................................15 Roofing Specialists (Flat) Roof Craft.......................................................27 Self Defence & Fitness Lynx Black Belt Academy............................ 13 School Orchard School................................................5 Soft Furnishings & Fabrics Colourbox Design......................................... 45 Solar Energy Solutions Solar Enles Ltd..............................................24 Sports Therapy Massage Bejewelled........................................................9 Steiff Bears Steiff Bears at Bearies.................................32 Stoves and Cooking Ranges Harworth Heating.........................................39 Taxi Services & Private Hire Country Cars..................................................73 DN Cars...........................................................76 Tiling Specialist BJB Tiling........................................................76 TV Sales, Aerials, Repairs & Installations Aegir Consumer Electronics........................55 Eclipse Aerials...............................................11 GM Installations............................................76 John Gregory’s...............................................70 Uniform & T-Shirt Printing Newark Embroidery..................................... 34 Wedding & Occasionwear Dressplace.....................................................28 Jojeni.............................................................. 60 Wedding & Occasion Vehicle Hire Red London Icon...........................................26 Weight Loss Slimming World............................................ 69 Will Writing In Home Legal Services...............................75

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