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Inside Features

Back to school.........................10 The Chesterfield Canal...14 & 16 Joe Pasquale pulls our finger...20 Delicious dishes.......................22 Why buyers prefer tradition...26

Autumn Weddings

Wedding checklist.................34 Winter weddings..............36–39 My perfect day.............40 & 41 Alternative gift list....................42 A right song and dance......44 Give your hair flair...................46 Mum's the word......................48 Cranky cat................................52 Four scores................................54 A good read............................60 WIN Joe Pasquale tickets!...62 Dig It Challenge............64 & 65 How times change................68 Baking bliss................................74

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Welcome to the September edition

of Retford Life. It’s the middle of August as we write this introduction and the weather isn’t great. We’re a little disappointed because it’s our first ever holiday together next week and our first week off in over six years. Yet time will tell if the arrival of September will bring with it the Indian Summer many of us hope for. One thing is for certain, the month of September rings the changes, a new season and a new school year, being only two to mention. We’re sure as parents, many of you are counting down the days until the new school term starts — but are you all ready and organised? Our article on page 10 gives some great tips. Our daughter Holly is not yet at school but she is loving nursery and is now 18 months old, and we just don’t know where the time has gone. Apparently she already has a boyfriend called Dexter! We have a great wedding feature in this month’s edition, with some of the best local suppliers showcased. Plus, recently married Rachel Blinston shares her tips and advice from planning her big day. If you have a winter wedding planned, don’t miss it on pages 34–47. In a fascinating article, David Cook from The Priories Historical Society takes a look at the history of The Chesterfield Canal on pages 14 and 16. David charts the rise, heyday and decline of the canal in industry, to its revival under the hard work and dedication of the Chesterfield Canal Trust. Everyone loves a great competition

and this month we have THREE PAIRS of tickets up for grabs to see Joe Pasquale at the Majestic Theatre next month in page 62, plus, don’t miss the interview with him on page 20. If you’re looking to find out what’s going on in your wider local community then Retford Life magazine and our website can help you to do just that! Do you have an event you want to promote? It’s easy to do, simply visit our website and click on ‘Add your event’ on the left near the calendar and the rest is self-explanatory. We’ve all your favourite features once more in this month’s magazine; motoring, baking, books, property, community information and news, and much more. Our Dig It Challenge has also moved on and we’ve had bumper crops so far, with a couple of failures too, mainly down to the pests. We talk more this month about eco-gardening and how we can all do our bit. Read more on pages 64 and 65. Our Retford Life Facebook page is now live. Find us on Facebook 'Retford Life', simply ‘like’ the page to be kept up to date with events, articles and community news from your area. You can also stay in contact with us via Twitter — follow us @ retfordlife. We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine and have a fantastic September!

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Go walkies for Guide Dogs Go fundriasing with go walkies and get involved in our sponsored dog walk taking place in Sheffield on Sunday 25th September.

Take a walk in the beautiful Rother Valley Country Park and enjoy the fall of autumn leaves. Following on from the success of our first go walkies event in October of last year, we welcome it back to Sheffield for a second time. This walk is a 5km route which is suited to people of all ages and abilities and dogs of all shapes and sizes. For this event, it’s the dogs that are sponsored to take part — not their owners. Taking part is free and there is no minimum fundraising target. All we ask is that you and your pooch raise as much for Guide Dogs as you can. This money will go towards a variety of things from dog leads to dog kennels, helping Guide Dogs to continue providing an invaluable service to blind and partially-sighted people throughout the UK. You don’t even need to own a dog to take part. You could take a dog owned by a friend, neighbour or local rescue kennel — you could even dress up as a dog yourself! Go fundraising with go walkies and feel that satisfying ‘crunch’ underfoot and ‘under paw’ as you go! Please visit for more information and details on how to register for this event. Alternatively, you can contact Kerri Griffiths in our Events Team at gowalkies@guidedogs. or on 0845 600 6786. 8 Retford

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We are the UK’s leading charity for parents. Our priority is to support people through the life changing experience of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. We do this by offering unbiased, factual advice, and support, from ‘blue to two’. Many of our members and volunteers benefited from the support they received and stay with us long after the toddler years. Nationally we have many helplines on various subjects and we also run national campaigns to improve maternity and post natal services across the UK. Full details can be found at Locally, we run four regular groups — on Mondays it’s Busy Bees, Tuesdays Small Talk, Wednesdays Bumps and Babies, and on Thursdays The Sensory Room. Visit our website or email us for details. Our biggest events are our Nearly New Sales, which are held twice a year and offer everything you need from birth to 5 years. Our next Nearly New Sale is on 17th September at North Notts Arena. If you want to sell, help, or find out more information, then please email us. We are excited to announce that we are having a fundraising Christmas shopping evening on Tuesday 8th November at The Balmoral Centre.

Voglia d'Italia Voglia d’Italia, the Italian

Society for South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire, begin their new programme of events for 2011/12 at 7.45pm on Friday 16th September in Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill. The Society presents a programme of monthly events on all aspects of Italian culture, such as art, architecture, literature, music,

We will have stalls full of Christmas goodies for children and adults, and the ticket price will include a free glass of wine and a mince pie and there will also be a raffle and refreshments. It promises to be a lovely evening. Check out our Facebook and Twitter page or our website for more details. We also have a Special Needs Co-ordinator. This is a new role to the NCT as well as the branch and her intention is to ensure that we are inclusive to parents with additional needs and parents with children who have additional needs. She is currently in the process of organising a special needs group where people can attend for peer support, and build confidence to attend our other groups and events, it will also give us the opportunity to ensure that our other groups and events are inclusive of everyone. She also has a list of other more specific organisations, so please email her for more details. To find out more email, call our voicemail 0844 243 6042 (please leave a message and a volunteer will get back to you asap), visit www., find us on Facebook at www. or follow us on Twitter @bassetlawnct. history, food and wine. All talks are in English but for those who wish, there is an opportunity to practice Italian in a separate conversation group afterwards. The first event will be a film ‘Pranzo di Ferragosto’, and will provide an opportunity to see and discuss this comedy drama. Admission is £3 for non-members and further information may be obtained by calling 01709 814106 or 01909 481136. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199


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Bassetlaw Branch of Parkinson’s UK continues to grow with more new members joining at the August meeting. A warm welcome was extended to them and also to the speaker Mike Smith. Mike gave a very interesting talk on his work with the WRVS and his role in the emergency planning for major disasters. Members enjoyed a coach trip to Skegness funded by the Branch and are invited to reserve a place for a late summer lunch at the Station Hotel, Worksop, on Monday September 19th. Members wishing to join the group and not yet booked, please call 01909 730629 as soon as possible. The meeting on 6th September will welcome Rachel Baxter, Parkinson’s nurse, who will report on the latest trends in the treatment of the condition and answer any questions from members. Julia Robinson (Information and Support Worker) will also attend and advise members on matters including benefits. There will be an Information and

Support Day for Parkinson’s patients, carers and families on Wednesday 14th September, at The Well Baptist Church, Retford from 10.00am to 4.15pm. Speakers will include Dr Lynne Bedford reporting on research and Charlotte Eccleston demonstrating Seated Pilates and its benefit to Parkinson’s. The event is free. Booking is essential for this event, please book by contacting Laura Bowey on 0844 225 3622. Whilst new members join every month, it is still the aim of the Branch that we reach all people with Parkinson’s and show that there is life with the condition and friendship and support is offered freely and genuinely. The Branch meets on the first Tuesday of every month at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Avenue where new members are always very welcome. At the October meeting the Branch will present Parkinson’s UK Research Department with a cheque for £1,000 raised from collections at local supermarkets.

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Chesterfield Canal is a familiar sight as it meanders its way through North Nottinghamshire but why was it built and what purpose did it serve? DEVELOPMENT The need for a cheap and quick route to get goods from Derbyshire to the Trent was a major consideration for companies operating around Chesterfield in the 1700s. For centuries packhorse routes provided transportation but this was slow and in bad weather delays were common. The solution was to build a new waterway with direct connections to inland ports where goods could be transhipped to larger vessels. The Chesterfield Canal was conceived with three initial routes suggested. This was modified as different landowners wanted the canal to boost their trade. Building permission was granted on 28th March 1771. The contract was awarded to James Brindley (1716–1772), a civil engineer from Tunstead. The initial cost was estimated at £95,000, raised by selling 1,000 shares at £100 each. Extra shares were sold when shareholders decided to widen the canal between Retford and the Trent to allow larger wide beam vessels to navigate the otherwise narrow canal. Work commenced on 1st October 1771, the first section was navigable in 1774 and formally opened on the 4th of June 1777. Profits were hindered due to a recession caused by the American war of Independence and the first dividends were not paid until 1789. Several extensions to the canal were proposed but none came to fruition leaving the canal isolated. The lack of natural waterways meant reservoirs such as at Pebly were needed. Later reservoirs at Woodhall and Killamarsh were built to correct the problems of underfeed. The dramatic change in topography between the Peak 14 Retford

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A history of: The Chesterfi eld Canal District and the Humberhead Levels gives two very distinct appearances. It was the first canal to use extensive flights of locks in order to negotiate hilly terrain such as Norwood flight which lowers the canal by 76 feet in three-quarters of a mile. Other parts follow the geography, commonly known as a contour canal. GOODS The canal had a big impact on local communities — jobs and industries developed alongside of the canal and housing for the bargee’s families and warehouses to store goods were essential to its success. Dozens of buildings survive such as the neat terraced houses at Turnerwood and the yellow bricked ‘Pickfords Canal Depository’ near Victoria Square in Worksop. Coal was important to the canals success. In 1861 a new basin at Shireoaks was dug to transport coal from Duke of Newcastle’s colliery as far away as London. 42,379 tons of coal were transported in 1789 but after a peak in the 1800s reduced to 15,408 tons by 1905. Shireoaks basin still survives and has been converted to a marina. The Barley malting industry grew up around Worksop due to the canal. In 1831 there were 40 maltsters and by 1860, 29 separate kilns were noted mainly concentrated along the canal. Most of these were owned by the

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◄ October 1907, effectively cutting the route in two. It had been plagued by problems due to poor construction methods and as early as 1777 the tunnel was sagging due to lack of pressure on the walls. Repairs cost around £21,000 between 1871 and 1906 and it was deemed too expensive to fix again. Regular freight up the canal ceased in 1955 and the following year the Committee of Inquiry into Inland Waterways deemed the canal ‘only fit for closure’ noting its bad condition and the overgrowth of weeds. It was agreed to keep the section west of Worksop for water supply purposes only but soon afterwards British Waterways decided to fill in and sell the section between Kiveton and Spinkhill. In 1961 British Waterways formally abandoned the canal. Local fans held a protest cruise and after seven years of campaigning the section between Worksop and the Trent was saved as a cruiseway in 1968. RESTORATION The future looks bright; The Chesterfield Canal Trust was formed in 1976 and is

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YOU’RE A BIG READER, AREN’T YOU? What turned me on to reading was English O Level at school and the book that changed my life about wanting to read was Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, then Lord Of The Flies. As a teenager, they had an impact on me of how enjoyable a book can be, and I carried on reading. SINCE YOUR TIME IN THE JUNGLE YOU'VE TAKEN UP QUITE A FEW HOBBIES, ARE THERE ANY NEW ONES THAT YOU HAVE TAKEN UP? Well, I still go boxing four times a week, and of course I’ve got my pilot’s license, but I’ve now taken up running. I also go to the gym to work out with the pro boxers. Boxing’s a great thing, it teaches you how to deal with your aggression; let it go, and then stop. But I’m not an aggressive person at all; If I’m sparring with someone at the

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WHY DO YOU KEEP TAKING ON THESE CHALLENGES? I don’t want to turn into my dad! He’s got a mobile phone and he can barely turn it on and he keeps sending me blank texts or pictures of up his nose. YOU WORKED YOUR WAY UP IN SHOWBIZ THROUGH WORKING AS A COMIC AT PONTINS, BUT YOU ALSO APPEARED ON NEW FACES. WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TV TALENT SHOWS? I think they’re a gift but it depends which way you look at it. Richard Holloway, the producer of Britain’s Got Talent, was the producer of New Faces when I did it, and executive producer when I was doing The Price Is Right. People like Richard and Simon Cowell have discovered that there are as many nutters around now as there were 20 years ago, and I was one of them, and there was just as much entertainment value in watching the auditions as the actual show. BGT isn’t that different from New Faces or Opportunity Knocks, in that they turn it round and show you the audition process. If you put yourself up for these talent shows, you know what you’re doing, and everyone wants their 15 minutes of fame. WHY DON’T YOU HAVE YOUR OWN WEBSITE? The internet is the world’s worst invention! I have someone on Facebook pretending to be me, it’s not me, and they say they’ll do stuff and go to parties and of course, it’s not me. So we got in touch with the Facebook people and said ‘it’s not me’, and


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they said I had to prove it wasn’t me! So you don’t have to prove that it’s you to go on there, but you do to get taken off. They said you had to take a photo of yourself and send it in, go through all this rigmarole, to get taken off. But let’s face it, who would want to pretend to be me? DO YOU STILL LIKE TOURING? I love the gigs, but the travelling is horrendous. We were playing Dudley, which is a two-and-a-half hour drive from my house, but which took 11 hours and got stuck on the M25. The travelling and hotels can be a nightmare — you are up until 2.00am to drive to the next gig, which is always great, but the travelling there isn’t. The old-fashioned landladies used to be weird; there was one in Bristol that had a fat, mangy old dog, and she used to insist on feeding you egg and bacon before you went off to a gig; the bacon was disgusting and the egg was so rubbery it was like a Superball. So when her back was turned, I’d put it all in a plastic bag and put it under the bed and forgot about it. Then one night I heard the dog snaffling around my bedroom, eating all the awful food — no wonder it was in such bad shape. WHO ARE YOUR BIG COMEDY INFLUENCES? I was lucky enough to know Bob Monkhouse, and was close to him at the end. He was a great influence in my life and my attitude to the business. He was a gentleman, with not a bad word to say about anyone. I did New Faces, and he asked me around and helped me get onto other shows. Like him, I’d rather be liked. Joe is appearing at The Majestic Theatre on Thursday 13 October │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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INGREDIENTS For the lasagne: • 1tbsp olive oil • 1 onion, diced • 2 cloves garlic, crushed • 300g chestnut mushrooms, sliced • 1tbsp dark soy sauce • 400g spinach (fresh or frozen) • ½tsp parsley, chopped • ½tsp basil, chopped • 30g wholemeal breadcrumbs • 400g low fat soft cheese • 400g chopped tomatoes • 2tbsp tomato purée • 75ml red wine • 1tbsp cornflour • 6 lasagne sheets • 100ml milk • 25g Parmesan, grated For the salad dressing: • Mixed salad leaves • 2tbsp olive oil • Salt and pepper • 1tbsp red wine vinegar • For the croutons: • 1-2 large multigrain bread rolls • 2tsp fennel seeds • 1tbsp olive oil

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and cook for a further 5 minutes • Stir in the spinach and herbs and cover and cook for a further 3 minutes • Stir in the breadcrumbs and half the cheese and remove from the heat • In a separate pan, add the chopped tomatoes, purée and red wine, and bring to the boil, stirring • Mix the cornflour to a thin paste with a little cold water and stir into the sauce • Continue stirring until the sauce thickens, then simmer for 2 minutes • Add half the spinach mixture and half the sauce to a large oven dish and cover with 3 sheets of lasagne • Repeat with the rest of the mixture, sauce and lasagne sheets • Whisk the remaining cheese with the milk and spoon over the top, finally sprinkling the Parmesan cheese

• Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown • Tear the bread into small chunks and add to a roasting tin with the oil and fennel seeds • Bake in the oven for 10–15 minutes or until golden • Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, salt and pepper and red wine vinegar • Add the salad leaves and gently toss together and leave for 5–10 minutes for the vinegar to work its magic • Add the coutons to the salad leaves and serve ARATI EP







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METHOD • If you're using frozen spinach, defrost and squeeze out any excess water • Pre-heat the oven to 180°c • Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the onion and garlic for 5 minutes • Add the mushrooms and soy

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Why buyers prefer traditional style Craig Brown finds out what style of house sells the best in the market

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watches Grand Designs would conclude that what anyone with the wherewithal to build their own house wants is a striking piece of architectural design that is innovative and adventurous. But, as an estate agent, I generally find it far easier to sell a modern house that is classical in

design than one that is a unique architectural masterpiece. There is a logic to this, if you think about it. The modern era of the architect was during the 60s and 70s when they created anything from “streets in the sky” concrete tower blocks, to split level living rooms and integral garages. These days, the tower blocks are steadily being demolished and houses from the 70s change hands at a significant


discount to most other properties. A development of apartments near me that was designed in the Georgian style, complete with wooden sash windows sold out very quickly. Another ultra modern one with glass walls and a zinc roof remains half-empty a year after completion. If you look back to the Georgian era — such as the Royal Crescent in Bath — only the very wealthy employed an architect to design their home. Builders of more modest dwellings simply imitated the style of the grand manor houses in the area. The result was whole towns of graceful homes that loosely conformed to a single template. These houses are highly in demand today, attracting a premium of anything up to 25% depending on the area, and this is 200 years or more after they were built. If you are buying a new-build house I would suggest opting for something with a classical style rather than an outstanding piece of architectural design. You’ll find it a lot easier to sell on a few years down the line.


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Hotel manager's Mount Everest charity Trek James Hemming, Hotel Manager of Sherwood Forest based Clumber Park Hotel and Spa, is limbering up for the biggest challenge of this life after just announcing his plans to join an expedition to Everest Base Camp. Often referred to as the “granddaddy of all treks”, the 18 day expedition will kick off on 3rd October and help raise money for The National Autistic Society, amongst other charities. “Since running the London Marathon a few years ago, I’ve been looking for another challenging way to raise money for charity,” explains James, who lives in Retford. “When I learned of the trek to Everest Base Camp a few weeks ago, I knew it was the perfect opportunity to raise some money for The National Autistic Society — it’s the ultimate test of endurance and one which I hope, will help a charity very close to my heart, as my son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome earlier this year.” Starting with a terrifying flight from Kathmandu to the town of Lukla in the foothills of the Nepalese Himalaya, James accompanied by a team of eight, will undertake two weeks of arduous walking to reach the foot of Everest and also climb up to the peak of Kallar Pattar — 5,550 metres high! And if that wasn’t bad enough, they’ll also be doing stunts and accepting challenges along the way, to generate further donations to their chosen charities. Organised by Leeds-based The Global Promise Foundation, a ‘not for profit’ organisation supporting engagement between businesses and local communities to make a positive change, it’s sure to be a difficult challenge but an extremely worthwhile one. To find out more information about The Everest Challenge and how you can help by sponsoring or donating, please visit uk. For more details about The National Autistic Society, please visit www. For further information please visit www.clumberparkhotel. com or telephone 01623 835333. 28 Retford

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Weight management course Zest is a free 12-week weight management course which follows the National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidance. The sessions are delivered by fully qualified staff that will help and support you to achieve your weight loss goals throughout the course. The aim is that each session will provide you with guidance on healthy eating, putting that guidance in to practise, and how to overcome some of the obstacles of trying to lose weight. Each course has 12 sessions, run on consecutive weeks and will last for approximately one and a half hours. The sessions are facilitated by friendly, approachable, suitably qualified staff, there to help you with your weight loss goals. Each session will be held either during the daytime or in the evening at various community locations. The course includes:

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Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum would like to invite you all to our next meeting at Worksop Library on Wednesday 14th September, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. At the September meeting we will be having an interesting look at what life was like for the poor and destitute in the 18th and 19th centuries. Life at Southall Workhouse was hard, and food was scarce, and what food you did get to eat, you had to earn by working very hard. The National Trust Storytellers will be acting out various scenarios to help us understand how life was lived

at the Workhouse. From who was in charge and how work was delegated, to how the children lived, and what happened to you when you were too old to work. It will certainly show us of how life has changed. We may think that life today is hard, but these storytellers will make most of our lives today seem easy in comparison. Please come along and join us, bring a friend and have a cup of tea. We are always looking for new members, so please let us know if you are interested. If you would like more information about The Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum, please telephone 01777 709034.

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At St Swithun’s Church on Thursday 1st September, the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Fashion Show will take place from 2.00pm. The admission is only £2, and funds raised will go towards the church fund. Plus, the church will host Organ Recitals on three consecutive Thursdays in September; 15th, 22nd, 29th. Each event runs from 1.00pm until 2.00pm and refreshments are available from 12.30pm. Admission is free and all donations will be gratefully received.

ale voice choirs were traditionally formed by small groups of men in villages and towns, drawn together by the love of song and camaraderie of their fellow men. Retford has it's own male voice choir, and although small in number, their conviction to keep the choir going for the love of singing and fellowship remains strong. Many of the members of the choir have spent a livetime singing, with some reaching well into their 70s. In a bid to swell numbers, and introduce the next generation to singing, the choir is looking for singers to go along and give it a try. As well as singing, the choir holds many social gatherings and days out, usually after choir practice. The choir sing songs from a wide range of sourcesl; from musicals, ballads, opera, films, traditional pieces, seasonal music, hymns

and pop to name but a few. All new or prospective members are given a warm welcome and are guided through rehearsals by a mentor from the choir. The origins of the choir can be traced back as far as 1939m when a small group of men met together to form a singing group. Over the years it has performed in a wide range of locations, and forged longlasting links and friendships with choirs from all over Europe, including the Donaghee Male Voice Choir in Northern Ireland and The Gesangverein Slangurlust 1883 in Germany, as well more locally, such as The Lena Snowden Singers. The choir rehearses at Hallcroft Methodist Church on Hallcroft Road between 7.00pm and 9.00pm on Tuesday evenings, so why not pop along and try out yourself? For more information, call 01777 248440 or 01777 704417.

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• Tell relatives and close friends. • Arrange the first meeting with your minister priest or rabbi to set the date. • If it’s a civil ceremony book the register office/civil venue. • Set a budget and decide who’s doing what. • Choose your bridesmaid, best man and other attendants. • Decide on the number of guests and draw up a list with both parents. • Visit possible venues for your reception. If it is popular book as soon as possible.


• Discuss menu options with caterers and get estimates for food and drink. • Make all bookings for the reception. • Start looking for your dress and attendant’s outfits. • Begin a beauty regime. • Book your photographer. • Organise wedding insurance • Book your musicians for the reception. • Make sure you book time off, before and after the Wedding.


• Arrange second meeting with Minister, Priest or Rabbi to discuss the service

and agree a date for publication of the banns. If the wedding is taking place in a church other than the Church of England, notice of the impending superintendent registrar. • Choose the hymns and music. • Order the wedding cake. • Place an order for all your wedding stationery. • Decide on your florist and discuss requirements. • Arrange fittings for your wedding dress. • Discuss your hairstyle with your hairdresser. • Book your honeymoon. • Check passports and arrange any inoculations. • Choose wedding rings. • Book wedding cars. • Organise your gift list. • Post invitations with your gift list.


• Finalise the order of service and printed sheets. • Reconfirm all your prior bookings. • Book your make up and hairdresser for the wedding morning. • Buy all your accessories. • Check the groom and best man have organised their wedding clothes. • Choose presents for all your attendants.


• Type up a list of any must take shots and send it to your photographer. • Write to banks and other official bodies if your changing your surname.

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• Try on your full wedding outfit. • Confirm the number of guests with the caterer and draw up seating plans. • One week to go • Confirm all reception arrangements. • Have a rehearsal at the venue if necessary. • Confirm photographer, flowers, transport, etc. • Pack for your honeymoon and order travellers cheques if necessary.


• Help decorate the reception venue if necessary. • Organise the cake to be delivered to the reception. • Have a manicure. • Have your honeymoon luggage sent to your reception venue. • Have a relaxing evening.


• Give yourself plenty of time to get ready in the morning. • Have the bouquets buttonholes and corsages delivered or send someone to collect them from the florists. • The mother of the bride and bridesmaids leave first, then the bride and her father. • The groom and the best man make their own way there and arrive 15 minutes before the bride. Remember... It’s your day — relax and enjoy it!

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Wonderful winter weddings Leanne Lodge takes a closer look at winter wonderland weddings

things like bare tree branches hung with crystal garlands, drops, feathers and fur, objects ‘old and interesting’ in tones of white and silver. Or use gorgeous fabrics and candles, open fires, braziers and old lanterns to create a warm, luxuriant setting. Or be theatrical or adventurous and try a mid-winter festival or masquerade celebration! The beauty of winter is that it can be rich and warm and invites a bit of mid-winter madness — be quirky and fun and give your guests something to remember!

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romance and love, and a winter weddings can be wonderfully romantic. When some of us think of winter, we think beautiful winter whites, sparking silvers and icy blues. Colours and tones can be pure and fresh and new — what a perfect metaphor for a wedding! However, those in the other camp think of themes that are rich with opulent fabrics and bold jewel colours — deep, warm and comforting, just as a marriage should be! Both themes can work equally well for winter weddings. Just because it is winter doesn’t mean your wedding can’t be elegant and fun! There are, of course, certain things you do need to think of when planning a winter wedding.



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Never underestimate the cold, both in the rooms for your ceremony and reception, but also when choosing clothing and transport. The last thing you want is to look a lovely shade of blue (a-la Marge Simpson!) and be so cold your warm, loving feelings just aren’t managing to heat you up! You could politely ask your church or ceremony venue to put their heaters on early in the day to take the chill off the room. Extra heaters are also a good investment. You can try alternative heat

sources too! Cars should be well-heated — but not too humid, you don’t want to ruin that lovely hairdo and make-up! If you prefer the simplicity of the horse and carriage, be sure that the carriage is loaded up with pretty blankets to wrap you and your beloved in. If you don’t intend to wear a longsleeved gown or special wrap during the ceremony and reception, ensure that you carry some type of wrap for ► │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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Weddings ◄ wearing whilst you are waiting for photographs. It is a great idea to check the wrap or cape or jacket doesn’t shed lint or stray cotton that will cling to your dress. Also think of your bridesmaids — we are sure they will have the same warm, loving thoughts you do about your big day, but we are not sure their adrenaline will be running so high and keeping them glowing! They will also be likely to be waiting around a fair bit while you’re both having your photos taken.


With the UK’s unpredictable rain, it is also a good idea to carry a brolly or three with you. There’s a huge range available, so you’re bound to find one that fits with your theme and looks great in those pics. Or check out the range of parasols on offer — unless the rain’s torrential — they can be just as effective only prettier! If there’s rain and snow around, then mud and slush won’t be too far behind. This of course needs to be remembered when walking anywhere,

climbing in and out of vehicles, sitting, and posing for photos. Just take care that you don’t step in any potholes filled with muddy water and ruin that beautiful gown and shoes. Your shoe sales person and dress designer may be able to suggest simple solutions to any problems such as this, other than just 'keep inside'.


With the sun setting a little earlier in winter, and without the benefit of daylight saving time, keep in mind the timings for both the ceremony and reception. Ask your photographer when the light will be best and plan your times around this — whilst photos in the dark can look amazing, winter lighting can be something very special and you should aim to take advantage of this!


During winter, people’s thoughts tend to sway towards rich, comforting fare. You can bring these feelings in to your wedding reception by

serving food in-keeping with the season. Game dishes, pies and other hearty food are great choices, as are warm hors d’ouevres.


Winter weddings are best when a theme is incorporated into the festivities. Winter white, silver and gold, blue Christmas, an evergreen or even a snowflake theme, are some great places to start. Lush velvety fabrics and rich shades of colour are also very fitting for winter weddings. If the wedding takes place during the holidays, don't be afraid to add traditional touches like candy canes, stars or ornaments into the mix. Flowers can be more expensive due to availability in winter, so try to use flowers in season and produced locally. Ferns, twigs, and even fruit displays can particularly work well. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can also check out home lifestyle magazines as they’re gearing up towards Christmas — classic or contemporary — just choose your style.

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One big benefit of getting married in winter is that there is not as much demand for venues and other wedding related vendors. In the winter months, suppliers often offer winter wedding packages — not always, but it doesn’t hurt to ask! A winter wedding can be a visually stunning event and will often be remembered because you have chosen the so-called off-season. As with any wedding, careful planning and being aware of the issues can make your wedding something truly special!

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My perfect day Rachel Blinston shares her experiences of her big day

After nearly 15 years together,

it felt like we had lived a lifetime of experiences already. Andrew is my best friend and soul mate, my successful business partner, a great father to our wonderful daughter and generally a sincere guy. Our team consisted of me, Rachel — the bride, Andrew — the bridegroom, Louise (my best friend from school) — the maid of honour and our daughter Rhio — the flower girl. A team of four and no more. We never bought a wedding magazine, attended only three wedding fares in 18 months and had no family influences to guide us through this life changing experience. Like little busy bees we created our unique and quirky wedding day with a vintage and west end musical feel for all to enjoy. This is a brief insight into just some of things we had to do in only six months. And yes, we did have amazing hen and stag dos as well. With myself, Andrew and Louise all working full-time, we do wonder how we managed to achieve just a magical wedding — but when you put your 40 Retford

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mind to it you can achieve anything. The first task was to create a simple action plan, and this was for the four of us to work by. It had names and dates by the side of each action to be completed, and we kept a basic A4 file and small wedding bag. Although simple, it was one of the keys to keeping the whole planning process on track. Next, we decided on our wedding date and why it was so special to us and unanimously agreed that it was important to have the service in our own village church. The music for the ceremony was chosen by Andrew and we had a traditional organist music and music from Moulin Rouge, The Carpenters and The Stylistics. Although we’re busy people we did feel it was important to that we attended church regularly, and not just for the bands. Our decision on where to have the wedding breakfast came down to personal taste, location, garden and surroundings, budget and how accommodating the venue could be for our special day — and we were extremely pleased with our final choice of the West Retford Hotel.

We decided on our wedding colours, themes and ideas and described to each other our understandings so we knew we were on the same way length, so with our ideas in place, we decided to seek out local businesses that could accommodate our wedding ideas — we chose businesses that were caring and understanding to our needs and requirements. I chose a vintage dress and it was one of the first things I bought with our daughter, because as soon as I saw it I knew that was the one — and although it was four sizes too big, it was bought locally. We also saved money by doing our own make-up and hair, with the exception of Rhio, who endured eight hours of rollers in her hair the day before. Colours of spring green, ivory and creams were used throughout our wedding theme, this included to traditional flowers and roses in the same colours, which decorated the church and the venue throughout. The colours were important to us as they represented a new, crisp and fresh chapter of our lives together. One the best finds was a local chocolate │ e: │ t: 01777 839199


company who designed our wedding cake from our own ideas and colour theme. Everything you could see was made of chocolate and cakes, everything was edible ,even the bases and stands. As a team we played to our individual strengths. My maid of honour designed and dealt with all the flower arrangements, as well as the table plans, table names, guest tags and additional accessories to match our themes — the table names were West End musicals. It was with our West End musical theme in mind, we down loaded over 100 musical songs and short listed them to compile a CD for the vintage bus we used to collect all our guests to and from the church, and all our guests received a vintage bus ticket with our wedding details on. In fact the bus we used was the only one in the world of its type! West End music welcomed us, the bride and groom, into the wedding venue along the red carpet, and jazz, swing and musical music played throughout the wedding breakfast — Andrew choose all the music from his personal collection, putting it in order and burning it to disc. Instead of well wishes being written in a book, I had two pictures of myself

and Andrew as babies blown up into large poster size, which were placed on easels and we requested guests to write their well wishes around the pictures. These have been framed and put up in our hallway. Traditional food was served throughout the day, with a Pimms reception whilst we danced up the red carpet to Tommy Steele's ‘What a Picture’, followed by roast beef. I stayed at the West Retford Hotel on the Friday with my maid of honour and flower girl, whilst the guys stayed at our house. On the Saturday it was the bridal room and then on Sunday it was the suite. On the Sunday we invited all immediate family to our suite to cut the wedding cake and have teas and coffee. This was a fantastic wedding weekend and a most magical experience shared with loving people. The whole day was unique and special yet some key moments do stand out in our memories. Walking down the aisle with my father (to the traditional music by the organist) and seeing everyone smiling and willing me on, then seeing Andrew’s smiling face and tears in his eyes. The next was our daughter Rhio sprinkling rose petals on the church floor as we left the church to a song from Karen Carpenter and the happiness in our children and families faces. What was truly a picture, was waving goodbye to all guests as they left on the vintage bus back to the hotel — everyone was so happy and singing along. When Andrew made his speech I just couldn’t hold back my tears — in stark contrast the speech from Andrew's Best Man, Charlie, which was everything a Best Man’s speech should be! The moments we spent together as bride and groom on the day I’ll treasure always. No one wanted the day to end, but at the end of the day we said our goodbyes and Andrew carried me back to our room. The next day we enjoyed what was left of our weekend with our family before we flew out to New York to start our honeymoon on the world famous Queen Mary II. A special thank you to everyone whom made our day so very special and magical -— you all know who you are!

My heartfelt thanks go to: Andrew — couldn’t have done it without you my husband. I am the happiest person in the world Louise — what a true and caring friend you are Rhio — for all your patience and your love, my darling Jack — we are very proud of you Clive and Frank — you are true gentleman Ken — for getting the guests there and back! Megan — Nothing was too much trouble Belinda — for all the alterations on my dress

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Alternative wedding list Leanne Lodge on taking a different approach to your wedding list

For the couple who have already set up home and don’t need the toasters and kettles normally found on a traditional gift list, or for those who just prefer that someone else benefits from their big day — charitable gift lists can be the perfect answer. If you decide that this is the way for you, there are numerous options open to you. You’re really only limited by the types of charities that interest you and it doesn’t have to be one large donation. You can choose one, a few, or many. You can even ask guests to donate to the causes that matter to them. What is important that by making the decision to have a charitable gift list, you have the opportunity to help to improve the lives of other people or help conservation and the environment.

One option is to opt to sign-up to one of the many charity aid giving lists — your guests would then be able to donate to your choice of good causes. Some of the more popular websites are www.thealternativeweddinglist. and www. But don’t forget that charity begins at home. In today’s current climate, there are more than a handful of local worthy charities that would make great recipients of any donations from your happy day. Hospices, and Animal Shelters in particular, need both constant and plentiful funding to ensure that they are able to just open their doors. You can create your own fundraising page using sites like It’s a great way to support specific charities directly and participants can donate very easily online.

Whatever your way, you will not only be the happy couple, but you will have the satisfaction of knowing that it will not only just be yourself and your guests, who will benefit from the happiest day of your lives!

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A right song and dance surprised that you choreographed or rehearsed your dance to begin with, but if there is an element of surprise to it then you have a memorable event! Here’s some ideas to make your first dance strictly spectacular:

Everyone likes to surprise someone they care about. Oddly enough, a wedding dance is a great opportunity for that, because a wedding is usually so planned that no one expects something not on the agenda. People will be

• Ask your DJ to mix your favourite song, with one of your groom’s for a meaningful mash-up, Glee-style! • Sneak up to your room before your first dance and slip in to new outfits for the big number • Do you have a musical and brave friend? Recruit them to perform your song live, or ask a small group to record themselves singing in advance. Try • For a traditional touch, ask your dad to escort you on to the dancefloor to formally present you to your new hubby • Why wait until after the wedding breakfast to bust some moves –

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Up down, classic or boho — today the modern bride has so many hairstyle choices for her big day. So, would you like your hair up or down? It is like asking, ‘would you like meat or fish for dinner?’Make sure to get a hairstyle that compliments your facial structure. That means

Give your wedding hair flair if you have a small or big forehead, try sweeping your bangs. If you have a square jaw line, try leaving some tendrils around your face to soften the strong lines. If you have a long lean face, do not have a high up-do as that will elongate your face even more. But don’t forget to choose a hairstyle that also compliments your bridal gown: • A Princess Ball gown will look best with a bigger and higher up style • Heavily decorated and beaded gowns will look best with curls and randomness • Vintage gowns look best with finger waves and thick curls • Strapless gowns will look best with some hair down • Halter top gowns will look best with the hair up and off the shoulders CLASSIC PUT-UPS Put-ups are one of the more popular choices for both brides who opt for both contemporary and classic styles. On catwalks across the world, models walk the runways with slicked back hair locked into buns of all sizes — most of these are accessory free. BOHO BEAUTIES If you have great hair, then why not flaunt it? In strong contrast to sleek put-ups are the brides who chose to have gorgeous locks left completely natural. Some opt for perfectly

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you to get up at the crack of dawn to achieve; our fantastic fashion favourites have nipped across every corner possible. Hair is up in a sleek ponytail or bun, leaving hours to perfect your little princess’ do. Winter shift dresses are a must, meaning your outfit is narrowed down to one main piece. Team this with a pair of opaque tights, a gloriously ladder-less revelation, and some smart ballet flats from French Sole for a look that’ll have them guessing how you do it all. Wrap the whole affair in a cape coat by Louis Vuitton for ultimate lux and make a statement with an Anita Quansah necklace. Keep make up clean and understated with a tinted moisturiser, mascara and a lipstick from Mac’s Sheen Supreme range to match your outfit. Such a quick and easy formula shouldn’t make you look this glamorous, but it does! Slinking in and out of the playground will be a thing of the past as you count the motherly glances of covetousness and the fatherly looks of approval!

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Bassetlaw Big Hearted

Cricket Club 40s Fun Night and Gala Weekend

On Friday 23rd September, at

At the meeting for Bassetlaw

7.00pm for 7:30pm, Retford Cricket Club will hold a ‘1940s Fun Night’ with Street Party Food, 40s dress code, Sounds of the 40s performed by ‘Room 21’, prizes for the best dancer and best dressed, games and competitions for everyone. Tickets are £12.50 (£10 per Junior) available from Chris Hall by calling 01777 700198 or emailing On Sunday 25th September 2011 the club stages its 22nd Annual Charity Fund Raising Event at Cricket Field Lane, home to the club since 1838. The main event – the ‘Batting 4 6’ Twenty20 Celebrity Cricket competition begins at 10:00am, when Retford Cricket Club will be supporting Gerard Brophy of Yorkshire County Cricket Club in his benefit year, supporting The Martin House Children’s Hospice and this year’s main nominated charity, ‘Help for Heroes’. It promises to be a day for all the family, with amusements for children and adults, including a Public Auction with ‘Sporting & Celebrity Memorabilia and Family Days Out’, competitions, prizes, games, treasure hunt, giant tombola and live radio road show provided by Trust AM radio, together with exhibitions, trade stands and charity stalls. Admission to the Gala Day event is £1.00 per adult and entry for children is free. The day will run from 10.00am to 6.00pm.

The 67th North Notts Ploughing Match and produce show is to be held on Sunday 11th September 2011. By kind permission of E Morrell & Sons the match and show will take place at Jubilee Farm, Blyth, S81 8EU. The event promises to be an enjoyable day out for all the family. There will be modern and vintage tractor ploughing classes 50 Retford

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Big Hearted on Wednesday 27th July, we started off with the presentation of a cheque for £100 which was raised by 14 year old Mary Clayton on a sponsored bike ride, plus an equal donation from her mother, Paula Clayton. Mary wanted to raise the money as her Grandfather is a member of BBH and Paula wanted to show her gratitude to the group which she says has helped her father with support and information about living with heart failure. The speaker was Kath Cope from the North Trent Network for Cardiac Care. She gave an interesting talk on the benefits of support groups for heart failure patients, and explained how Hearts of Oak group in Barnsley was

set up and how the group operates. A trip has been arranged to Wentworth Garden Centre in August, so our next meeting at Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust will be on Wednesday 28th September at 2.00pm. New members are always very welcome. For further information about the group please telephone Wilson on 01909 481542 or Jill on 01427 880417.

Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group On the 5th August our last group

meeting was held at Bassetlaw Hospital and was attended by over 30 members. Our speaker was Frank Gibson who is associated with National Trust. His area of expertise is "Mr. Straw's House", about which he gave an extremely interesting talk. The talk included a slide-show and we were all amazed at the history of the house from the purchase by Mr. Straw (Senior) around 1905. It made all of our members who had not actually visited the house place it on

their "must do" list for future reference. Mr Gibson is a volunteer who clearly loves every minute of his work and his enthusiasm is infectious. Our next meeting will be held at Retford Hospital on Friday 2nd September, when we are to have a talk by John Foster, a Provincial Newspaper Reporter. Once again everyone is welcome, so please come and join us. For further information about the meetings or the group in general, please call 01777 818519.

North Notts Ploughing Match as well as horse ploughing. You’ll be able to browse the stalls and refresh yourselves with food and drinks. Another family inspired event will be the produce marquee with classes for all ages to enter.

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Cat behaviour problems

are a lot more common than many people may realise. There will always be a solution, but this can quite often take a lot of work, and the longer these behavioural problems are left unresolved, the harder they can be to rectify. It can take consistent effort and the use of the right techniques to get your cat to behave as you would like and expect. These behavioural problems can range from urinating inside the house to aggressive action towards you and other people. Knowing what to do will help you to eliminate a lot of the frustration that is involved in trying to train or retrain your cat, and will ensure that you get the desired results as quickly as possible.

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Not only will you be happier and have a happier household, but your cat will also have a happier life if they don't have these behavioural problems, because often they stem from problems that need to be addressed for your cat's happiness. Both urinating and aggressive behaviour can often be associated with your cat feeling insecure about itself and their surroundings. Consider whether there are other cats or threats to your pet and try to eliminate these first to see if they help to curb or cure the problem. Often the elimination of any threats towards your cat will result in your pet being more comfortable with its surroundings and not feel that it is necessary to mark its territory or to be aggressive towards other pets and people. Sometimes it can be a jealousy problem if there is more than

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Four scores Kit Johnson takes a ride in Citroën's latest addition to the DS line-up

Citroën struck gold last

year with the DS3, a stylish compact hot hatch that rivals the Mini. They hit upon a clever trick— take a humdrum run of the mill hatchback, the C3 in this case, add a funky and attractive body, tune the suspension and add a hot engine. You wind up with a big seller that you can charge a premium price for and it even adds a bit of allure to the rest of the range. The latest car to get the DS treatment is the DS4, based on the ho-hum family hatch, the C4. Citroën are billing it as a five-door coupé but this car is really that current fad, the crossover. Visually, it has the sloping roof line of a coupé and the look is accentuated by the concealed rear door handles and the way the rear window juts back into the C-pillar. Below this, though, lie the tall sides, big wheels and jacked up 54 Retford

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ride height of an SUV. The gaping grill sits well with the chunky proportions and the panoramic windscreen, curvaceous rear and bulging wheel arches combine to make the design both distinctive and easy on the eye. The rear of the car bears the brunt of the compromises caused by the coupé styling; you take your life in your hands trying to get past that jutting rear window and, once installed in the back seats, you’ll find it decidedly claustrophobic — a situation that is not helped by the fact that the rear windows don’t wind down. Thankfully, things are much better in the front; the seats are big and comfortable, the dash is curvy and well laid out and the three instrument pods behind the wheel look great, even if they are difficult to read. There are lots of nice design touches too; it feels like a lot of thought has gone into the interior. So far, so good but, as with the DS3, the proof of the pudding lies in what it’s like to drive. Let’s start with the engine;

I was driving the top of the range 1.6 turbo with a hefty 200bhp to be had. This delivers pretty peppy performance with 62mph coming up in 7.9 seconds and a more than adequate top speed of 146mph. The engine has to be worked hard to get the best out of it but this is no great hardship, thanks to the slick 6-speed gearbox and the lovely rasp from the exhaust when you pile some revs on. The claimed combined MPG of 44.1 sounds impressive but I doubt that you’d see that in real world driving. There is nothing particularly exotic about the suspension but, once again, the engineers have applied themselves and the result is taut handling with minimal body roll and bags of grip. The steering is nice and precise, too, with plenty of feedback — this really is a car you can have some fun in. That driving pleasure doesn’t come at the expense of the ride either; while not as satin smooth as a Citroën C6 it absorbs the bumps commendably well, even on our third-world standard town centre roads. What is perhaps most remarkable about the DS4 is how much better it is than the C4 upon which it is based. It is not a triumph of style over substance; it is a genuinely good car in virtually every respect. Yes, there are a couple of drawbacks; the boot is pretty small and some of the styling cues — the rear windows in particular — come at too-high a price in terms of practicality, but this is still a very good effort by Citroën. The DS brand proves that they are still capable of producing cars that are stylish, innovative and a little bit out of the ordinary. I’m already looking forward to the DS5 which should come out later this year. Just one thing, though; I can’t help thinking that the DS4 would have been better still if it truly was a five-door coupé rather than yet another crossover. Car tested: Citroen DS4 DSport THP 200 £23,650 OTR │ e: │ t: 01777 839199


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Established since 2004, Retford College of Vehicle Technology are currently accepting applications for the following courses: Level 1 & 2 Vehicle Maintenance & Repair, Vehicle Fast Fit, Motorcycle Maintenance and Car Maintenance for Beginners. All courses start September 2011. We enable you to experience the real world of Motor Vehicle engineering by offering practical based courses, backed up by theory, in our fully equipped facility in Retford town centre. Our workshops are ideal for providing a training environment for all client groups from 14 -19 year old students requiring certificated classes through to one to one specialised training. We pride ourselves on our reputation for providing a safe, realistic working environment for all levels of ability.

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Thoresby Cultural Festival Classical music, jazz and drama in pastoral setting with no city parking charges! The Thoresby Cultural Festival begins in style with when The Stonebridge Trust in association with ‘Orchestras Live,’ present a beautiful, pastoral programme by Orchestra of the Swan from Stratford upon Avon, one of England’s foremost chamber orchestras. The concert includes favourites such as Tallis Fantasia by Vaughan Williams, Finzi’s Clarinet Concerto and Concertante by Howard Skempton. The concert takes place in Thoresby Riding Hall at 7.30pm on Friday 16th September. A unique opportunity — booking essential!

Stripes Theatre Company bring a new show all the way from Edinburgh Festival 2010, a hilarious presentation of ‘Two Brothers and One World Cup,’ where the audience get to choose the storyline on 17th September at 7.30pm — for one night only. On the 18th September you can experience two memorable events. Firstly a magical performance from Burlington Jazz, from 3.00pm until 6.00pm, featuring the full force of the seven piece band and welcoming the soloist, Amy Southgate. This event will be followed by the opening of the 2011 prestigious Open Exhibition. You are welcome to the preview at 6pm

Retford Men's Probus Club The new programme for the

Probus Club commences on Friday 2nd September, at the Ordsall Community Centre at 10.00am. New members will be most welcome. The committee have arranged a wonderful selection of professional speakers which we hope will stimulate all our members. Yet many people still ask, ‘what is Probus?’ It is a club that members join, with the basic purpose of which to provide regular opportunities to keep their minds active, expand their interests and enjoy the fellowship of new friends. The basic purpose of a Probus club is to provide regular gatherings of men, who in their retirement appreciate and value opportunities to meet others in similar circumstances and similar levels of interest. Retirement can come too early for many people who want, and are, able to remain active. Come and join us and enjoy listening to speakers on all types of interesting subjects. Today it is estimated there are over 325,000 Probus members in approximately 4,500 clubs world-wide. 56 Retford

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for a glass of wine and a chance to buy. Members of the band will also be playing for free in Thoresby Courtyard. The Cultural Festival closes on 25th September with Opera in The Afternoon by Magdala Opera. This Nationally-renowned company presents an exciting programme including some all-time favourites such as extracts from Tosca, Carmen, Don Giovanni and Rossini. Book tickets now at Thoresby Box Office at Thoresby Gallery on 01623 822009 or Visitors to Thoresby can enjoy the parklands, shops, cafe, gallery and plant centre free of charge, with free parking seven days a week.

WRVS needs you! We at WRVS are looking for more volunteers to help with our rewarding services for older people; do you have a couple of hours spare each week and enjoy helping others? WRVS is one of the largest voluntary organisation supporting local communities in England, Scotland and Wales, and offer kind and friendly help to elderly returning home from hospital in Bassetlaw to help them recuperate in a more familiar surrounding rather than a hospital. As a WRVS volunteer for the Home from Hospital Service you would be supporting older people in many different ways. This can be assistance such as; preparing their home for return, for example putting the heating on and providing a welcome pack, assisting with visits to appointments, shopping, collecting prescriptions and social activities, or just to have a cup of tea and a chat with them. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, volunteering is flexible and can fit around any other commitments you may have. The Home from Hospital Service is not the only way you can help as a volunteer, as we are also looking

for people to help with our new and so far highly successful Telephone Befriending Service. The service volunteers phone older people on a pre-agreed regular basis for a chat and to offer a listing ear. This is a free confidential service helping those who feel isolated, trapped in there own home or who just want a friendly chat. As a volunteer for either service, you will develop a rewarding relationship, getting to know service users' likes, dislikes and interests. All volunteers have expenses paid such as mileage and travel so helping won’t cost you anything. Plus, you really make a positive difference in someone’s life. So, if you are interested in brightening up someone’s week, either as home visits or as a telephone befriender, then please contact us by any options given below. Our Retford based office number is 01777 707547 or contact either Videlle on 07714 898629 or Claire on 07834 049754. Alternatively we can be contacted by email at If you wish to know more about WRVS please visit us at │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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Hair, Beauty & Make-up We are opening Two Brand New Training Salons in Retford and have places still available for the following courses: • Beauty Therapy level 2 & 3 (all routes) • Hairdressing level 1, 2 & 3 • Nail Extensions • Level 2 Barbering • Nail Art • Level 4 Colour Correction • Threading • Bridal Hair • Reflexology • Level 3 Award in Cutting Women’s Hair • Indian Head Massage

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A good read LEISURE

Julian Broadhead takes a look at the best read this month

This month’s choice

is generally considered to be a modern classic, and is on many people’s ‘must read’ list, having won the Booker Prize in 1981. The background to the story is Indian history from the Amritsar massacre in 1919, through the period of rivalry between the Congress Party and the Muslim League, the consequent partition, and independence

in 1947, and the Indo-Pakistani wars of 1965 and 1971, to the end of Indira Ghandi’s ‘emergency rule’ in 1977. Midnight’s Children is both an epic family saga and the history of a nation. It charts the birth of modern India, and its partition from Pakistan, and intertwined through that turbulent time is a tale of Saleem Sinai who was born to an affluent Muslim family on the stroke of midnight on 15th August 1947. The story is told by Saleem himself as he recounts his turbulent and often unbelievable life to Padma, his loyal companion. Like all those who were born within the first hour of India’s independence, Saleem possesses powers that connect him to the other children of

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Game for a laugh! LEISURE

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We’ve teamed up with Retford Majestic Theatre to offer the chance to WIN tickets to see Joe Pasquale perform his hilarious Pull My Finger show. Joe is on a personal mission to cheer everyone up and put a smile on people’s faces and his Pull My Finger show will do just that! Packed with hilarious routines, performed at breakneck pace, and a cacophony of props, including the strangely titled ‘Cheese Corner’, Pull My Finger will also feature Joe’s hapless sidekick Raynard who often appears in various forms of ‘discreet undress’. We’ve got three pairs of tickets up for grabs, so if you want to be in with a chance of winning, simply fill out the form and post us the entry — simple!


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Majestic Stained-glass artist Theatre visits St Swithuns Ecclesiastical stainedglass designer and maker


Michael Stokes BA (Hons) will give an illustrated talk at St Swithun’s Church, Cannon Square, Retford, on Saturday 24th September at 7.00pm. Michael is Diocesan-recommended and has carried out numerous restoration and conservation projects. Graduating in 1982 with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art, Michael went on to study stained-glass at Preston College and Beaconsfield. In 1985 he started his own stainedglass business in Nottinghamshire where he has a studio in the Sherwood Forest Art and Craft Centre at Edwinstowe, from where he produces beautiful stained-glass such as panels and windows. In 1986, Michael undertook his

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first ecclesiastical commission and, although he also undertakes architectural and residential commissions, he became totally absorbed with church work. Since then he has designed and fabricated over 100 new ecclesiastical commissions, including 13 Chancel East windows. In 2006, he studied the ‘Chemistry for Conservators’ Course and also attended an eight-week full-time Internship at Canterbury Cathedral Studios. He was a winner of the Ashton Hill Award in 2006 and, in early 2007, gained a 10-week work placement at The York Glaziers Trust, gaining further conservation training. This should prove to be a most interesting and informative evening, do join us. Admission is £5.00 per person at the door.

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Leanne Lodge looks at ways of keeping a sustainable patch

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conservation and sustainability are all buzz-words, and we’re all environmentally aware. As a gardener, I find I’m now continually looking for ideas and inspiration to be more environmentally friendly and I believe it’s all about being open to new ideas and tried and tested methods that work. Some of these proven ideas are below.



Peat bogs are an essential part of our eco system — once they’re gone they’re gone forever. There is no excuse for buying peat-based products. Use only peat-free composts, soil-improvers and mulches.


Make a compost heap or buy a compost bin — making lovely crumbly compost has never been easier. Re-use

plastic and crock pots — this year I’ve not purchased any new plastic pots – instead I’ve bought second hand ones from eBay and also used things like plastic food trays for growing seeds in. Plastic bottles are great to use as mini cloches.


Install big water butts — save as much rainwater as possible and deploy it with care. Don’t water little and often, water generously only where it’s needed — this encourages deeper rooting, so your plants will be better able to find their own water during a dry spell. Water at the roots and only in the cool of the morning or the evening to minimise evaporation, mulch also helps.


If your garden is free-draining don’t plant thirsty plants which require a lot of water. If it’s clay — like parts of ours — then choose deep-rooted, strong plants, like roses and hardy fuchsias, which will withstand dry periods where the ground bakes. If they’re

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Eco-gardening carefully chosen, established plants should have little need for extra water. I’ve now taken the view for future planting that if a mature plant can’t survive in my garden without extra help, it’s probably not the right plant for my plot – we just don’t have the time – or the water reserves to be constantly out there with the hose.


This goes without saying really in an eco-garden. Look for alternative pest control methods — read our previous articles for more ideas. You can encourage ladybirds for greenfly control by planting fennel, dill, white cosmos and scented geraniums.


A pile of logs and fallen leaves and a patch of nettles will provide shelter for all manner of garden wildlife, including


hedgehogs, ladybirds and beetles. This natural army of slug and bug killers will repay you handsomely for your kindness.


Our daughter Holly loves getting mucky and is fascinated by all these ‘leaves’ in the garden. In fact two of her favourite words at the moment are ‘pple’ — apple, and peach. We can’t pass the apple trees without her demanding that we pick a fruit for her to munch on. Once we allow them to get involved, children love to grow things, and if they can eat the fruits of their labours, so much the better. If we are really going to change habits in the future, we have to tempt our kids away from their computers and televisions and inspire in them a genuine love of nature and respect for their planet — growing your own in an environmentally sound way is a great way to do this!

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Retford Lions to reward public-spirited youngsters In these days when so much

is heard about young people who create trouble, Lions Clubs have decided to introduce a scheme that will recognise, and draw to the attention of the general public, the huge number of youngsters who carry out work serving their communities. The aims and objectives of the Young Leaders in Service scheme are to encourage young people to give service in the community and to acknowledge, reward and celebrate their efforts. The scheme is open to any young person aged 11–18 years, who carries out work that provides a service to others in the community. It has two levels — Silver which requires 50 hours of service in any twelve month period and Gold which requires 100 hours of service over a similar period of time. This work is logged in an individual’s logbook and has to be signed off by a responsible adult connected to the activity. There are many categories of activity that qualify:

East Markham Apple Day Once again East Markham is busy organising the Annual Apple Day event. It takes place on the 2nd October in the Village Hall and nearby Heritage Orchard. This is one of the most popular events held in the village and is enjoyed by visitors from near and far. The celebration of the apple is held each year not only in East Markham but in villages and towns throughout England where for many years the humble apple helped provide a living for some members of the local community. The Heritage Orchard has 320 varieties of apple trees and the owner, Mr John Hempsall, will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. There will also be an opportunity to pick your own apples. In the hall there is a “tasting” table were various food items containing apples can be sampled, all made by

local residents, from recipes which can be found in the accompanying recipe book. Other attractions are an apple press were you can bring along your own apples and turn them into a delicious juice; craft and charity stalls and a cider bar. Refreshments will be served and lunch time sees the appearance of the ever popular hot pork roll, served of course with apple sauce. Local entertainers will perform at various intervals throughout the day. So why not come along to the hall between 10.00am and 4.00pm and see what we have to offer. Each year we support a local charity and this year the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Bassetlaw Hospice.

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• Service to the elderly • Service to the young • Service to family members • Service to the homeless • Environmental activities These are just some examples. On completion, successful candidates will receive a certificate that can be added to their record of achievement and a badge. Their activities will also be brought to the attention of the general public. Hopefully, this scheme will help the community to realise that many young people are caring and do have a desire to help others. If you belong to a group or are a parent who would like to hear more about this scheme please contact Lion Graham Venables on 01777 870851. 66 Retford

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its normal classes in September. Many groups have had a holiday during August but all should be up and running in the next couple of weeks. On the 22nd September, Yvonne Roberts will talk to the society about ‘A Visit to Tanzania’, on 27th October, Simon Thompson talks to us about the ‘Art and Architecture of Moorish Spain’. The membership for the Retford U3A now stands at 233 members. At least half of this membership

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letterbox from the local agents. So what about prices, how have these changed over 26 years? To give you an example, the first house I ever sold as a fresh faced 18 year old trainee was a terraced house in Maidstone, Kent sold for the grand sum of £24,995! I remember the guy that bought it was a milkman for Unigate (remember milkmen?), and it was right at the top of his budget. What’s interesting is that the average salary in 1985 was £9,000 so this house was less than three times this amount. Having checked online today, houses in the same street now sell for around £150,000, a whopping 600% increase on the 1985 value. The fact is, this is now six times the average salary of £26,000. Another reason potential first time buyers remain in the rented sector today is the lack of lending and difficulty of securing a mortgage. Clearly, the amount of deposit needed now is relevant, as 10% or more of £150,000 is a lot of money, especially when you compare it to the £1,500 or so deposit that our milkman friend probably had to find back in 1985. That said, the base rate in 1985 was 14%, compared with the historic low of 0.5% today. Over the years I have seen huge ups and downs in the mortgage market, and lending - coupled with consumer confidence - I believe is the key to unlocking the problems of today’s market. I am not advocating we go back to the silly days of 100% and even 120% mortgages as we have seen the repercussions of this irresponsible lending, but we need to get the first time buyers back somehow. So what does the next 25 years hold for us agents, and the moving public? Well, if I had a crystal ball I wouldn’t be here writing this blog! What I do know is that technology will move on in enabling us to communicate with the next generation of buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants. Some things won’t change, people will still move as their life circumstances change, and properties will still only be worth what Joe Bloggs is prepared to pay for them!

How times change… Darrin Carter looks back at changes in the market over 26 years

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estate agent, the core ethics and practices of estate agency haven’t really changed — certainly the house moving process is as much the same as it was all those years ago. Yet there have been numerous other changes; market conditions, property prices, and lots in how estate agents work. One thing that has changed is the technology we use every day to promote our properties. Back in 1985, we thought sticky-back colour photos on details and colour adverts in the local paper were revolutionary. Fast forward to today — Facebook, twitter, smartphones and the Internet are for many of us part of our day to day lives, and sometimes it’s hard to see how we would function without them! So how did we communicate with clients, and promote our products in the days before Mark Zuckerberg invented Facebook? Well back in the 80s, the local paper was the Internet, and agents took multiple pages every week to ensure their 68 Retford

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North Leverton Windmill Open Weekend

North Leverton Windmill was built in 1813 by a group of local farmers, decendants of which are still farming in and around North Leverton today. The industrial revolution saw a downturn in the use of windmills and many mills were left redundant. North Leverton Windmill survived due to the commitment of local farmers and other businesses that continued to use this traditional method rather than turning to more modern methods. The windmill is quite unique in England, as it is the only one that has never fallen into disrepair and has always been in working order. In 1956 a group of volunteers formed, called The Friends of North Leverton Windmill with their aim to raise funds to keep the mill in good repair. During the 1990s many livestock farms disappeared and the need for grinding animal feed reduced dramatically. In 2008 the ownership of the Windmill was transferred into a charitable trust — this now ensures that all funds raised are for the benefit of the Windmill. A survey of the mill highlighted a number of major repairs were required which included the removal of two sails which needed replacing. Unfortunately, the new sails could not be fitted until rotten timbers in the cap had been replaced. Other work included painting and tarring the mill to ensure that it was watertight and not subject to further deterioration with £100,000 needed for the repairs. With this in mind, the Trustees and a group of volunteers set out on the mammoth task of raising the amount required. The fund raising effort was also helped by the fabulous support and generosity of the general public. The highlight of the fundraising calendar is the Open Weekend in September. This year’s event takes place on 11th and 12th September from 12.00 till 4.00pm each day. There will be something for the whole family. Admission is free, but of course all donations will be gratefully received. It is hoped that people will come along to enjoy the windmill and attractions and once again help make it a great family fun day. 70 Retford

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Anti-incinerator campaign hots up

The campaign against the

proposed Elkesley incinerator picks up pace with TV appearance and newly-launched website. Support for the campaign against the planning application to build an incinerator in Elkesley is swelling thanks to a recent TV appearance on Channel 5‘s ‘The Wright Stuff Extra’ and a newly launched website. Aired on the 28th July, ‘The Wright Stuff Extra’ segment was filmed after a very concerned villager Pat Bragg contacted the producers about the planning application to burn ‘waste’ wood via an incinerator. “We learnt of the application last year and created Elkesley Action Committee to fight it because we were so angry,” says Pat, Secretary of the Committee. “The village is too small for an incinerator of this size and as it’ll be burning day and night, we’re very concerned about the health implications of the nano-particles it’ll disperse – especially as there’s a primary school nearby.” Other villagers share her anxiety regarding the chemicals the towering, 30 metre chimney will produce, and have recently launched a website to voice their concerns and advise people in the surrounding areas of Retford, Bothamsall, Eaton and Gamston how they can object too. According to David Porter, Chairman

of the EAC, the website and securing national TV coverage are only the beginning of the campaign and further plans are already in the pipeline to fight against the application. “Many of the local towns and villages unfortunately still aren’t aware of the application to build the incinerator and how far the toxic fumes will travel,” explains David. “Nano-particles are so small that they can carry traces of toxic metals large distances and easily penetrate organs in the body. Tests on mice have shown carbon nano-particles resemble asbestos and cause a similar reaction in the lungs.” With traffic increasing to the website and a Facebook page, the Elkesley Action Committee has tried to make it as easy as possible for anyone else concerned to learn more about the planning application, how it’ll affect them and to voice their objections. “We urge others to visit the website to learn more about the incinerator and what it means for their communities too - it doesn’t just affect Elkesley,” continues David. “Getting extra support from the neighbouring towns and villages could make all the difference to the campaign. After all, once it’s built, it’s too late.” For further information about the Elkesley Against Incineration and how to get invloved, please visit www.

Priories Historical Society The Priories Historical Society meets on Mondays at 7.30pm, in Oldcotes Village Hall. Entry is £3.00 for non-members and includes tea and coffee refreshment. On 12th September Brian Booth talks about Metal Detecting, including showcasing his many artefacts discovered locally. He’ll discuss everything you need to know, include the how to and what

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Retford & District Lifesaving Club The Retford and District

Lifesaving Club train most Saturday mornings at Retford Leisure Centre from 9.00am until 10.30am, where activities include water rescue skills, resuscitation, and first aid techniques. The only requirement to become a member is that you need to be reasonably confident in water and be able to swim at least 50 metres. The annual club membership is £12, but Retford Leisure Centre also make a small admission charge (discount for leisure pass holders). We are next due to compete in the Regional Lifesaving Finals on Saturday 24th September which are being held at Retford Leisure Centre, so why not come along during the afternoon to show your support and see what we do. For some members of the club, the main focus of the next 14 months will be to prepare to compete in the World Lifesaving Championships in Adelaide, Australia. They hope to build on the Championships in 2008 and 2010 (when we reached the final of the rope throw section and the team finished in seventh place overall in the Simulated Emergency Rescue Competition event. Entry into the World Championships is extremely costly and we are currently looking for sponsorship — if you can help in any way please call 01777 704603. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of the older members of the club and a chance for the local community to celebrate in our club’s achievements. For further details please see our website or come along and see us on a Saturday morning between 9.00am and 10.30am at Retford Leisure Centre. 72 Retford

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The Rotary Club of Retford is, once again, holding a charity ball this year in aid of The Bassetlaw Hospice. The ball will be held at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor, on a slightly later date than in previous years, Saturday 12th November. Last year the Ball was again a fabulous success with almost 200 attendees and raised in excess of £7,500. £4,000 went to Bassetlaw Hospice and £2,000 to The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The remainder of monies raised went to Retford Rotary’s charity pool from which they assist the local community by supporting local deserving individuals, organisations and charities. The ball this year has a black and white theme and plans are in place to make this year’s ball a very memorable one. Entertainment is provided by Timezone, with a mix of 60s and 70s music and DJ Gary of The White Rose Disco with all the latest music interwoven with hits from the past. An action packed evening is in store with pre-dinner entertainers, the band, disco, a raffle, an auction and much more. You are invited to come along and help build on the success of their previous balls and enjoy the Rotary Club of Retford’s fun-filled approach to fund raising. The aim is to provide a fabulous evening for everyone to enjoy and hopefully with the help of all our sponsors, donors and guests make a good profit in order to support our chosen charity Bassetlaw Hospice in their endeavours to provide an invaluable service to the local communities within the Bassetlaw district. Fundraising to build the Bassetlaw Hospice began in 1986 ,and in 1994 with almost £500,000, building work began. Day Care facilities opened to patients in August, 1994 and in 1997 the six bedroom in-patient unit was also opened. In 1998 a new extension was added to house additional facilities for

the busy day care unit. Then in 2004 following extensive discussions to secure hospice service for the future, it was decided that the Charity would no longer receive any regular funding and in return the clinical costs would be met directly by the Bassetlaw PCT. The Charity continues to be responsible for the running costs of the building- maintenance, replacement and repair of all fixtures, fittings and equipment within the building and also the funding of all complimentary services and facilities including therapists and patient transport. Today the Hospice provides Day Care for up to 60 patients per week and in-patient care twenty-four hours a day all year round. Working closely with GPs, Social Workers, Macmillan and District Nurses, the Hospice has become the centre of the specialist palliative care within Bassetlaw and now the Charity also provides funds towards the cost of a night sitter to help patients and carers in their own homes. Additionally, the Hospice now provides a drop in service at the new Worksop Library to support patients living with cancer or a long-term condition, carers, and anyone who has recently been bereaved. For further information relating to this service you should contact Jill Bradley by telephone on 01777 863270. The members of The Rotary Club of Retford are very pleased and grateful to have received sponsorship for this event from Jones and Company of Grove Street, Retford, who are Honorary Solicitors to Bassetlaw Hospice. In addition to their help, further support in the form of table sponsorship (available at £50 per table) would be welcomed and donations of raffle prizes and items for the auction would be gratefully received. To book tickets for the Grand Charity Black and White Ball 2011 please contact Hilary Zaccaria on 01777 703093, 07711 503433 or │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Bakewell Tart

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a little late in getting ready so we didn't manage to get to all the places we wanted to. So instead, I decided to bake my own — we'll have to find out if it's as good as the real thing when we finally make it to Bakewell!

Bakewell Tart

INGREDIENTS • 125g plain flour • 75g unsalted butter , cold and diced • 25g caster sugar • 1 egg yolk • 1 egg white • 2 heaped tbsp raspberry jam • 150g unsalted butter, at room temperature • 150g caster sugar • 3 eggs, beaten • Egg yolk • 150g ground almonds • Zest of 1 lemon • 1tbsp flaked almonds

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with a fork and chill for 20 minutes adding the beaten eggs and • Heat the oven to 180°c/ egg yolk then fold in the ground fan 160°c/gas 4 almonds and lemon zest • Line the pastry case with • Carefully spoon the mixture baking parchment and over the jam and spread level fill with baking beans • Bake for 20 minutes then scatter • Cook for about 20 minutes until with the flaked almonds and the pastry is a pale golden colour continue to cook for a further • Take out the beans, brush the 15–20 minutes until golden and set inside of the pastry case with • Cool to room temperature, dust a little egg white and cook for with icing sugar and serve with a further two minutes then pouring cream or custard remove and cool slightly K ARATI MAKES OO IN • Spread the jam in an even layer EP over the base of the pastry case M M • Cream together the butter IN UTES IN UTES and caster sugar, gradually ON

METHOD • To make the pastry, tip the flour, butter and sugar into a food processor with a pinch of salt and whizz until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs • Add the egg yolk and 1tsp of cold water and pulse until the dough comes together • Flatten into a disc, cover with clingfilm and chill for no more than 1 hour • Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface to about 3mm thickness • Line a 20cm fluted tart tin with a depth of 3½cm, prick the base

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Retford Heritage Open Day Once again the Retford Civic Society is organising a day where you can visit places of interest and learn more about Retford’s heritage. This year the Chesterfield Canal Trust are hosting a gathering of the Historic Narrow Boat Owners’ Club at Retford over the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September. There will be lots of beautiful old boats above Town Lock.

There will be boat trips, stalls and a beer festival at the Rum Runner. Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street Methodist Church, Denman Library, St Michael’s Church, The Masonic Hall, St Joseph’s RC Church, Trinity Hospital, St Swithun’s Church and The Majestic Theatre will be open between 10.00am and 4.00pm, and Retford Railway Station will be open for a further hour until 5.00pm. Throughout the town there will be old buses and vintage cars parked, brought by the Lincolnshire Vintage Vehicle Society and a display of the history of Kings' Park and its development based at Goodwin Hall Other points of interest on the weekend are; The Rose Garden, the new Goodwin Hall Garden, the Rotary Analemmatic Sundial and the renovated Tennis Courts. Retford and District Photographic Society will also be holding a photographic competition for young people. A full Programme of Events will be available from the Museum, Denman Library and Bookworm on Spa Lane from 29th August. 76 Retford

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Lena Snowden Singers celebrate 25 years The Lena Snowden

Singers are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year. It is 25 years at the beginning of October since Lena told 12 disbelieving Ladies’ that she would make them sing. She did just that and from those 12 ladies we now have a choir of thirty five, still singing and still loving every moment. Over the years we have sung in many places and have raised a good deal of money for charities. We travelled to Germany twice with great success. Lena was still with us then and she was certainly the star of the show. The German people loved her. At home we have sung in many venues around Retford and also in Leicester, Grantham and Newark. We are very happy to be closely associated with our friends The Retford Male Voice Choir, in some cases through marriage. We have sung together on many occasions and in various places, quite often in Retford’s lovely Town Hall. Recently we have joined forces with The Tickhill Male Voice Choir, which have been successful and well attended.

Lena retired in 1982 but remained involved until her death in 2007. Since Lena’s retirement we have had several Musical Directors and are delighted that for the past three years Janet Major has filled that role. We have been very lucky to have had two excellent accompanists during our 25 years. Lynn Kirk for the first 12 years of the choir and Stephen Bilton since then. On 29th September 2011 we will be having our Anniversary Concert in Hallcroft Methodist Church. The concert starts at 7.00pm, and tickets are priced at £5.00 each, to include our famous buffet supper. This will largely be an evening of nostalgia with some of our older pieces of music and some which are Lena’s legacy to us. However we are also including some pieces which we have not yet sung anywhere else. So it really will be a case of old ones, new ones, loved ones and neglected ones. Please come and help us to celebrate, we cannot do it without you, our loyal audience. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member or please call either Cynthia on 01777 704417 or Judy on 01777 707023.

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The Retford Argos store will be running a rubber duck race on the river in the Kings Park, Retford on Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2011 at 11.00am. The store will be donating £100, £75 and £50 worth of Argos Vouchers as prizes. Also in support of the cause, local businesses such as Grove Coach Kitchen, Ye Olde Bell, The Body Café, Dominie Cross, Thorntons and Boots have made fantastic donations. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy the fun. Anyone wanting more information or wishing to donate further prizes please contact Laura on 01777 706901. │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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Index Retford Life

Accountants ABS Acountancy Services...........................75 Focus Accounting......................................... 13 Gillian Mill Accountancy...............................59 PS Accountancy............................................77 Aesthetics, Beauty & Health Bejewelled......................................................49 Dazzle...............................................................7 Hair Affair.......................................................47 Images Hair & Beauty..................................75 Impulse.......................................................... 60 Lighthouse Laser..........................................75 Body & Soul Aesthetics................................32 Star Style Spray Tanning Boutique........... 43 Bathrooms Carrington Bathrooms.................................57 CJL Installations..............................................7 Houseproud.................................................. 33 Prestige Bathrooms..................................... 69 Bed Sales Clinton Carpets..............................................79 The Bed Chambers.......................................51 Building Services Colonia Building Services............................77 James Wright Builders.................................27 Wellow Park Building Services...................17 Car & Motorcycle Repairs/Servicing London Road Garage...................................55 Carpets & Specialist Flooring Clinton Carpets..............................................79 Horsleys..........................................................25 Children's Activity Class Jo Jingles........................................................61 Chiropodist & Foot Health Fiona Grove....................................................61 Gillian Plant Foot Health............................. 13 Michael Saint.................................................21 Cleaning Services KKleen............................................................31 Maid 2 Clean..................................................57 Wash 2 Press................................................ 63 Computer Repairs, Installations & Sales Anthony's PC Repairs...................................59 Curtains & Blinds STA Curtains & Blinds....................................7 Dancewear Bedazzled.......................................................11 Design & Print Life Design & Print..........................................2 Dog Grooming & Training Competitive Edge..........................................52 In Style Dog Grooming................................ 53 K9 Academy.................................................. 53 Domestic Appliance Repairs Peter Ford.......................................................67 Stuart Domestics..........................................21 Double Glazing, Doors & Conservatories M&M Mansfield............................................ 60 Moorside Glazing..........................................15 78 Retford

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Warwick Developments.............................. 69 Wellow Park Windows................................. 53 Driving Instructor Jaynes Driving............................................... 30 Electricians DJ Marriot Electrical Contractor...................9 Robson Electrical..........................................21 Vaccari Parker...............................................67 Electrical Goods & Supplies Aegir Consumer Electronics........................26 Heads House...................................................7 Fine Art Valuations Bonhams........................................................15 Florists Branching Out............................................... 45 Flowers by Kay.............................................. 43 Funeral Directors E Hurton & Sons............................................62 GD Hall Funeral Directors............................61 Garden Centre Windmill View Plant Centre........................ 65 Gardening Services Clarborough Creative Decking................... 64 DN22 Gardening.......................................... 65 Greenthumb.................................................. 80 Hair Salon Hair Kabin...................................................... 48 Images Hair & Beauty..................................75 Salon You........................................................42 Hard Landscaping Simon Hayes..................................................17 Jewellers AJR Jewellery Design................................... 38 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery........... 53 Kitchens & Bedrooms, Design & Fitting CDK.................................................................19 Distinctive Kitchens.......................................9 Ladies Only Gym Shapes Health & Fitness.............................11 Manipulative Therapy Willow Tree Therapies..................................61 Mechanics Courses Retford College of Vehicle Technology......55 Mobile Hairdresser Janet Ann Flynn.............................................61 Mobility Scooters, Aids & Repairs Care Matters Mobility.....................................9 Eco Scooters..................................................31 Music Tuition Mark Edwards................................................61 Sharron Testo................................................61 Oil Tank Supplier The Oil Tank Company..................................55 Opticians Dudley & Severn............................................15 Young Optical................................................ 18 Oven Cleaning HobKnobs......................................................75 Painting & Decorating CP Painters & Decorators...........................25 Martin Collins.................................................21 Personal Trainer Michelle Oldale............................................. 48 Pest Control Retford & District Pest Control.....................9 Pet Sitting Service Barking Mad................................................. 53 Wellington's World....................................... 53

Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services DC Installations.............................................57 Nigel Qualter....................................................9 Property Maintenance JNE Property Maintenance.........................17 Mr Handyman................................................67 Neil Cornwell..................................................23 The Handyman..............................................77 Pubs, Restaurants & Cafés Angel Inn.........................................................23 The Blacksmiths...........................................23 School Orchard School................................................5 Removals & Secure Storage Ballards...........................................................27 Lee Morley......................................................55 Roofing Specialists (Flat) Roof Craft...................................................... 13 Self Defence & Fitness Lynx Black Belt Academy.............................11 Solar Energy Solutions Solar Enles Ltd............................................. 18 Solar Force.....................................................29 Sports Therapy Massage Bejewelled......................................................49 Stoves, Ranges & Fireplaces Harworth Heating.........................................16 MBH Fireplaces............................................ 69 Taxi Services & Private Hire Country Cars................................................. 63 DN Cars.......................................................... 13 TV Sales, Aerials, Repairs & Installations Aegir Consumer Electronics........................26 Eclipse Aerials...............................................62 John Gregory’s...............................................71 Uniform & T-Shirt Printing Newark Embroidery......................................59 Wedding Cakes & Favours The Chocolate Kitchen................................ 35 Wedding Cars Just U Imagine Weddings............................37 Wedding & Occasionwear Jojeni...............................................................39 Posh Frocks.................................................. 46 Wedding Fayres Styrrup Hall Golf Club.................................. 35 The Crown Hotel Bawtry................................3 Ye Olde Bell....................................................37 Wedding & Occasion Vehicle Hire Red London Icon.......................................... 46 Wedding Venue Clumber Park Hotel & Spa......................... 43 The Brickmakers Arms................................ 44 The Charnwood Hotel...................................39 The Old Vicarage.......................................... 38 Ye Olde Bell....................................................37 Weight Loss Slimming World...............................................1 Wheelie Bin Cleaning Bassetlaw Wheelie Wash............................17 Will Writing In Home Legal Services.............................. 30 │ e: │ t: 01777 839199

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