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Welcome to the March edition of Rotherham Life magazine. Hooray… it’s the start of spring. After the wet and windy weather of the last few months, I think we’re all hoping for a drier and calmer spring. The days are getting noticeably longer and what a difference it makes — getting home before it’s dark does wonders for my motivation in the evening! I have my fingers and toes crossed that in March I’ll be able to ditch the blankets and the thick coat and enjoy the sun’s warmth. In line with the changing weather, spring is also synonymous with new beginnings. We see it in the nature all around us and it’s the perfect time to introduce something new into our lives too. At home, this time of year can bring about changes to our family schedule and embracing these changes can bring opportunities to bring us closer together.
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It’s always an honour to be trusted to bring you so many updates from local community groups in each and every edition of the magazine. This month is no different, and when Rotherham Rambling Club (pictured above) asked us to publish details of their upcoming walks of course we said yes. March brings us Mother’s Day and this year it falls on Sunday 22nd and in this month’s magazine we bring you ideas for showing your mum how special she is, as well as thoughts on breathing new life into your home with a few inexpensive changes and embracing the return of the polka dot in the new season’s fashion. For daily updates from local groups and news about local events throughout the month see our website, www.rotherhamlife.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
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Celebrating mum, back to basics Chanel Hosﬁeld on a simple show of love whatever your mum’s favourite food, you could take her on a ‘date’. Enjoy a traditional Sunday lunch, afternoon tea, a cocktail afternoon or an a la carte meal. Just be sure to book it in early as it is a busy day for pubs, cafes and restaurants. HOMEMADE It could be something as simple as raiding the craft cupboard for coloured card, paint, tissue paper and glue to create a handmade card. Children’s artwork is a great way to pull at the heart strings and a portrait of mum could be something to keep for years to come. Or try something more extravagant, such as a cake, some fudge or jewellery.
lilies and more. And if cut ﬂowers aren’t your mum’s thing you could always opt for a plant — there are plenty of gorgeous planters, both indoor and outdoor varieties.
It’s a fantastic excuse to celebrate our own mums as well as all the mums in our society. But we hear so many complaints that the date has become commercialised, as we are all encouraged to shower our mums with gifts and thoughts. With this in mind, why not step away from the pressure to go bigger and better to show your mum love and gratitude. Try these back to basics gift ideas and remember it’s the thought that counts.
SWEET TREATS Does your mum think chocolate is always a good gift idea? If so, pick up a box of her favourites as a sweet treat. Chocolate can be so versatile — dark, milk, white, with nuts, trufﬂes and mixed with chilli or sea salt. Anything really does go and as well as chocolate bites and bars, your mum may prefer chocolate cake, hot chocolate powder or chocolate biscuits.
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The Barbican String Quartet came to Tickhill Music Society fresh from their success at an international music competition in Heidelberg. Their reputation had preceded them, having been hailed by The Times for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” and by The Telegraph for their “blazing and unusually forthright performance”. They proceeded to captivate a large audience at Tickhill in similar manner. The central work in their performance was a quartet by Bartok — almost certainly the first time his work has been heard at Tickhill. It was challenging for the audience, but was tackled with aplomb by the Barbican Quartet. The piece did not show its age, despite being
Quality quartet at Tickhill Music Society composed 85 years earlier, and its edginess was no doubt a reﬂection of the times in which it was written. The Bartok was book-ended by more familiar works by Mozart and Schumann. The former was given a crisp and engaging performance, and the latter received equally energetic and respectful treatment. At the end of the evening the audience were treated to an encore in the form of Schubert’s delightful Quartettsatz. The members of the Barbican Quartet may come from four corners of Europe, but they clearly love making music together, and Tickhill Music Society felt privileged to have
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David Coldrick meets Rother Valley’s new MP working official telephone line. His email address, alexander.stafford. email@example.com, will remain a key means of contact for constituents. Alex has family connections in Dinnington and the constituency office will be there. He and his wife Natalie are expecting their first child and will be moving up from London, where Alex worked in the energy sector and for the World Wildlife Fund. When we met he had the restless energy of someone who has just knocked on 8,000 doors and met lots of people in a short time. But he also appeared to me to be a friendly, optimistic, family man motivated by a desire to encourage and enable aspiration. Alex seems less ideological than practical. He told me that listening to many local people’s views is a key first step to being an effective constituency MP. He was off meet with Extinction Rebellion when we
spoke, but made it clear that he makes up his own mind. His clear opposition to HS2 driving a wedge through the area and to fracking for gas has, it seems, set the tone for putting listening into representing in a way which already chimes with many. Alex has a particular interest in health and social care, partly because many of his own family work in the NHS, and partly because it looms so large in an area with a higher than average ageing population. He promotes joining up NHS and Local Authority budgets. If a person cannot be discharged from hospital because care at home cannot be established then that logically suggests money is there for care but held in the wrong place. We all know about the impact of ‘revolving door’ discharges with quick returns to hospital and long waits to see GPs. It is early days for this new MP. I am sure we all hope he will be able to help deliver up practical benefits for our area. That is what his voters certainly expect. David Coldrick is owner of Home Instead Senior Care Rotherham 34 Moorgate Road S60 2AG @homeinsteadrotherham 01709 837170 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Essential oil therapy Rachael Bartrop looks at ways to relax and lift the gloom The start of a new year can be
stressful. We’re worrying about money following the big Christmas spend or getting irritated at ourselves for not keeping to our new year’s resolutions — this, in addition to the weather still being dark and miserable, can make us all feel a little down every once in a while. However, one of the best ways to lift your spirits, from the comfort of your home, is to practice using aromatherapy. Aromatherapy is the use of aromas from natural plant extracts for holistic healing. It’s important to mention that aromatherapy is usually practiced using essential oils, but incense sticks and candles are also great to use and may be slightly easier to get hold of. This said, it’s definitely worth looking into where you can buy oils in your nearby area. For example, Equilibrium in Worksop town centre is a great spot! Different aromas can be helpful for different things. For example; lavender is a great relaxant and can help us sleep. But although lavender
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is probably the most popular oil used in aromatherapy, it’s not the only one that has great benefits. Start to explore others that might be of interest to you. KEEP CALM As previously mentioned, lavender oil is one essential oil you should invest in if you invest in any. It can reduce stress and anxiety, help you feel calm and relaxed, and is probably most famous for its use at night time to help us sleep. However, other oils such as sandalwood, frankincense, bergamot and roman chamomile can help us feel calm, ease anxiety and even help with insomnia. They’re great to burn in the evening after a busy day at work to help us unwind. BE HAPPY Other oils, such as lemon, grapefruit, and peppermint are very poignant scents that are known as mood lifters and so can actually promote happiness and optimism. Ylang ylang has also
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the ponds and on local venues. Membership is on an annual basis and is available from as little as £70.00 (less than half a pint of beer or bag of pellets/week). Members also have access to Baker’s Pond, stretches of the South Yorkshire Navigation and River Don and can bring any youngster under the age of 16 years to fish free of charge. For more details about the fisheries and how to join see www.ravenﬁeldponds.co.uk.
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Top tips for verruca treatment Dr Daisy Mae puts her foot down on foot health Gruesome, miserable, nasty,
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MANAGEMENT WITHOUT TREATMENT The first step is to take good care of your foot/feet so that you minimise pain and avoid spreading the virus, both on your own feet and to others. The British Association of Dermatologists has a useful guide available at www.tiny.cc/foot-care. If you’re generally healthy and not in pain, it’s worth doing nothing as most veruccas will disappear spontaneously. However, you should seek medical help if you have diabetes or a weakened immune system eg HIV infection, chemotherapy, radiotherapy etc. ACTIVE TREATMENTS If you decide that your verucca can’t just be left to recover by itself, there are 41 recognised wart treatments. First Choice Treatment: Salicylic Acid (SA) SA kills off the outer skin layers, causing them to peel away. It also helps the immune system detect the virus. SA has proven to be more effective for veruccas than a placebo (dummy) treatment (Cochrane Review 2012) eg in one study, 49% of verrucas had disappeared after treatment with SA
compared to 23% using a placebo. Second Choice Treatments These are not routinely offered on the NHS. • Cryotherapy — a liquid nitrogen spray freezes and destroys infected skin cells. Clearance rates of around 65% are reported. It’s sometimes painful, and there’s also a 30% chance of recurrence. The Cochrane 2012 review concluded that cryotherapy was no better than SA at treating verrucas, was painful, and caused blistering and scarring. • Other local options — many other agents have been used such as silver nitrate, Cantharidin, phenol, glycolic acid, pyruvic acid and trichloroacetic acid (TCA). • Surgical removal — surgery is not usually advised because verrucas often recur afterwards. • SWIFT is a new microwave treatment for the verruca. It’s quick, relatively painless and seems to be effective on stubborn verrucas. See www.treatwithswift.com. • Laser therapy aims to destroy the blood vessels supplying the verruca, plus the heat causes local tissue damage. 80% clearance rates have been reported. • Immunotherapy — various treatments claim to stimulate the antibody response to speed up viral destruction.
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Update your home for 2020 Katherine Sorrell explains why a new look doesn’t have to cost the earth beautifully with saffron yellow, soft pink or rich green. Add bright white for a clean, fresh update.
Breathe new life into your home with a few quick and inexpensive changes. DAZZLE WITH GREAT LIGHTING It’s quick and easy to upgrade lampshades or replace table or floor lamps, giving a great opportunity to introduce some on-trend shapes, textures and colours. Dimmer switches add flexibility but check that your light bulbs are the right wattage, so rooms are not poorly lit or dazzling. LED bulbs are kind to the planet and save you money over time. Perhaps consider smart lighting, controlled with a remote control, an app, or a voice command. RING THE CHANGES WITH COLOUR Have a colour makeover with paint or a change of accessories — perhaps some vases on a shelf, a pile of fluffy towels, storage canisters in the kitchen or files in your home office. Go lighter and brighter for spring and summer — Pantone’s colour of the year, for example, is ‘Classic Blue’, a vibrant mid blue that co-ordinates 20 March 2020
CREATE GREAT STYLE WITH CUSHIONS AND THROWS Uplift a sofa with a throw and new cushions, choosing on-trend colours and patterns, complemented by some inexpensive plains. Vary textures and include interesting trims and fastenings. Simple square or rectangular cushion covers are easily made and a square metre of fabric should make four cushion fronts, so why not create something eye-catching and extravagant? A FRESH LOOK FOR FLOORING Completely alter a room’s look by removing the carpet, sanding back the floorboards and applying two coats of varnish. Alternatively, add or replace a rug to change the look of your floor and room plus bring in texture and cosiness. Choose complementary colours and patterns and make sure the size and proportions of the rug suit the size and shape of the room, with the furniture fitting onto the rug comfortably. WONDERFUL WINDOW TREATMENTS Change the look of windows with readymade curtains. Floor length is usually best, unless furniture in the way makes sill length the better option. Alternatively, swap curtains for inexpensive clean-cut blinds for an attractively modern and minimal look. Simple slatted or roller blinds can be
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It’s time to give your home a spring clean As the sun comes out, temperatures warm up and the days get longer, there’s nothing nicer than a thorough spruce up around the house, making sure that everything is squeaky clean from top to toe.
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What’s on at The Wesley Centre
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While the facilities centre is available to host a multitude of occasions which could include weddings, christenings, funerals, birthdays, training events and various sized musical/theatrical experiences. For community groups this is an ideal local venue, as discounts are on offer for event block bookings. Looking for a professional business address, then the centre offers a virtual office package, just call for more details. The Wesley Centre is “one of Maltby’s hidden gems”. Call in and ask for a tour, so you can view the facilities up close. For further details call 01709 811118 or email reception@ maltbycdt.org.uk.
Maltby Minors Musical and Drama Group Every Monday, 6.00pm – 8.00pm Zumba, £4.00 per session Every Tuesday, 9.30am – 10.15am Maltby Music and Theatre Group Every Tuesday and Thursday, 7.30pm to 9.30pm Zion Craft Club Wednesday 4th and 18th March 1.00pm – 2.30pm — all welcome Tai Chi £6.00, every Friday, 10.00am to 11.00am — all welcome Free refreshments Zion Church Services Every Sunday, 10.30am to 12.30pm — all welcome
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• Unroll the pastry but keep it on the paper. Using a rolling pin, gently roll the pastry a little thinner. With one long side facing you, spoon the apple mixture along the length, leaving a 2cm border at the edges. Gently roll up the pastry to enclose the filling and fold the pastry in at the ends (see Tip). • Place seam-side down on the baking sheet. Brush all over with beaten egg. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. Dust with icing sugar and serve sliced with whipped cream, custard and fresh berries.
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Off the mark with Rotherham U3A Yorkshire has a long and distinguished cricketing history. Founded in 1863, Yorkshire County Cricket Club has contributed 183 players, including eight captains, to the national cricket squad. Similarly, the Yorkshire women’s team is sixtimes winner of the County Cricket Championships, initiated in 1997, with at least four players going on to represent England to date. Continuing its tradition of cricketing excellence and innovation, in 2009 the club established a charitable arm, the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, to promote cricket in the community for all age groups. In 2018 with the foundation’s
support, an enthusiast from Barnsley called Mac McKechnie, now U3A National Advisor for this fast growing sport brought walking cricket, a game for older men and women, to the U3A Yorkshire region. Eager to learn more, three Rotherham U3A members visited his Barnsley team in action and joined in the game. You could say that they were well and truly ‘bowled over’. Now thanks to Mac and to Kendal James, Participation Manager for Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF), a venue has been arranged and a date and time set for the first meeting. Anyone interested in learning more
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Rotary year after the hectic Christmas schedule. On 9th January, Gurnam Basran, president of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club, and Rotarian Catherine Bridge, chair of the community and vocational committee attended the awards and graduation ceremony at Wickersley School and Sports College. The evening comprised the presentation of leavers’ certificates as well as some special annual awards. Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club presented two awards — one for ‘Service to the Community’, which went to a young man who had undertaken to shave his head for charity, and the other award was the
‘Geoff Mosson Award for Humanities’ in memory of the late Rotarian and deputy head teacher of the school. The award was given to a young man who achieved outstanding results in history in his recent exams. During the evening those present had the privilege to listen to two young people giving musical performances which were truly amazing and showed off the talents and creativity of the young people at Wickersley School. On 30th January the club held their traditional late ‘Christmas Party’ (late because December is such a hectic time playing Santa and collecting for their charities). This was held at Sitwell Park Golf Club, where they
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morning on Friday 27th March from 10.00am to 12.00pm. A warm
about the game and how to join this new, exciting group, is invited to meet at 10.30am, on Thursday 26th March in the reception area at Rotherham Leisure Complex, Effingham Street, S65 1BL. Everyone should wear footwear suitable for a Sports Hall and dress in appropriate, comfortable clothing. The Leisure Complex has generously offered hire of the Sports Hall on a ‘pay-as-you-play’ rate of £3.00 per player. ‘Howzat’ To learn more or to register interest in walking cricket contact Tricia Macredie on 01709 370899 or www. u3asites.org.uk/Rotherham.
had an excellent meal and enjoyed singing Christmas carols and trying to stay sober enough to complete Roger Green’s quiz challenge. Their thanks go to Trish Lister and Roger for organising the evening, to Sean Doherty for some excellent keyboard melodies and to Paul Daniels for a surprising and talented interlude of songs reminding them a little bit of George Formby. Well done to all. Why not join Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club at one of their meetings? They are on Thursdays at 7.00pm at Carlton Park Hotel, Moorgate, Rotherham. More details are available at www.sitwellrotary.org.uk. friendly atmosphere awaits and everyone is welcome. All proceeds will go to the Teenage Cancer Trust through Weston Park Hospital.
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In Emmett Farmer’s world, it’s possible to forget the pain of your past. All you have to do is tell your story to a binder, who’ll lock it away in a book. But as apprentice-binder Emmett soon discovers, not all stories are meant to be forgotten. A highly original book that deftly combines fantasy, historical fiction and romance into one captivating tale. GRANDMOTHERS Salley Vickers Three different women find their paths crossing. Wealthy Blanche has developed a compulsion for shoplifting after being banned from seeing her grandchildren. Poet Nan is planning her funeral and isn’t afraid to speak her mind, but she has a blind spot when it comes to her grandson. And then finally there’s shy Minna, who’s in danger of losing the only person she really cares about. A beautiful, quiet book that looks at family life in all its complexities. OUR PLANET: THE ONE PLACE WE CALL HOME Matt Whyman and Richard Jones This children’s companion to last year’s Netﬂix hit is sure to prove popular with young nature buffs. Stunning photography and illustrations accompany short, easily digestible paragraphs of text. Our Planet educates and inspires in equal measure. As Sir David Attenborough says, ‘You will be among the next characters who can, if they wish, tell the most extraordinary story of all — how human beings in the 21st century came to their senses and started to protect Planet Earth.’ 30 March 2020
THE BOOK OF ECHOES Rosanna Amaka A young black man struggles to come to terms with a devastating tragedy in 1980s England. Meanwhile, a girl in Nigeria tries to build a better life for herself against the odds. As the pair resist following the paths laid out for them, they’re watched over by the ghost of a murdered woman. A gripping, thoughtprovoking debut novel. BIG SISTER, LITTLE SISTER, RED SISTER Jung Chang While it’s a bit heavy going in parts, Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister is a fascinating insight into three of the most powerful women in Chinese history. Ching-ling, wife of Sun Yat-sen, became Mao’s vice-chair. It placed her in direct opposition to her two sisters — May-ling (Madame Chiang Kai-shek), who was the first lady of Nationalist China, and Ei-ling, Chiang’s unofficial main adviser and one of China’s wealthiest citizens.
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Rambling around Rotherham
Fresh air, great exercise and
new friends, all for £7.00 a year. Try matching that at a gym. Outdoor exercise has proved to be something that people are more likely to stick to than indoor exercise so why not join the Rotherham Rambling Club, Rotherham’s oldest walking club? The club is 41 years old this year and is still going strong. I thought that I was very familiar with the Peak District until I joined the club to discover that I knew very little of it because some of the most beautiful parts are only accessible on foot. Also, the surrounding area of Rotherham has some stunning areas rarely seen. But the greatest discovery I’ve made is wonderful new friends because the social aspect of the club is just as important as the walks. Everyone is welcome and you will not feel out of place if you come on your own as everyone is very friendly. We also try to have a ‘rehydration’ drink at a
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local pub after the walk before heading off home for a well-deserved shower. Walks vary between about eight to 10 miles and are led and backmarked by experienced walkers, the walks being graded to take into account differing fitness levels. Walks occur every Sunday with the occasional midweek one. Most start at 10.00am and we are usually finished by about 3.30pm, depending on the length or terrain of the walk. Short walking holiday breaks are a regular feature of the club. We have had holidays abroad in Tenerife, Spain, Mallorca, Poland and Jersey, and at home in The English Riviera, The South Downs, Seahouses, Braemar, Ilfracombe and Weymouth. Not to mention countless weekends in The Lake District and The Dales. This year we are going to spend four days in Skipton and two weeks on the island of Crete. Also, we have an annual Christmas lunch after a short walk to a variety of venues, usually
WALKS FOR MARCH • Sunday 1st March — Start 10.00am — eight-and-a-half miles, graded moderate, circular walk at Pilsley, Hassop, Rowland. Meet at Calver crossroads, SK239749. Leader Phil Bates on 01709 546318, or 07973 404436. • Sunday 8th March — Start 10.00am — nine miles graded moderate, circular at More Hall Reservoir. Meet at More Hall Reservoir, SK295957, postcode S35 OBN. Leader Jane Palmer on 01142 864580 or 07903 160593. • Sunday 15th March — Start 10.00am — nine-and-a-half miles graded moderate plus, circular at Wardlow Cop, Cressbrook Dale. Meet corner opposite Monsal Head Hotel, SK185716. Leader Kevin Grundy on 07709 134517. • Sunday 22nd March — Start 10.00am — 10.7 miles, graded moderate, circular at Hathersage, Toads Mouth, Carl Wark, Higger Tor, Burbage Bridge, Stanage Edge. Meet road close to Hathersage station, SK232812. Leader Mike Whittaker on 01709 545691 or 07980 196271. • Sunday 29th March — Start 10.00am — eight-and-a-half miles graded strenuous, circular at Hathersage, Bamford Moor, Stanage Edge. Meet Hathersage car park, postcode S32 1BB. Leader Peter Haynes on 01142 697064, or 07717 610102. entitled as a ‘muddy boots walk’. See the website www. rotherhamramblingclub.co.uk for walk details and meeting points. The website also gives hints on what to bring on a walk, clothes and footwear. In your rucksack you need a snack, lunch and a drink. So, come and enjoy the fresh air, what are you waiting for? John Bashforth
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Fashion’s gone dotty Sue Burton on the return of the polka dot pattern SOPHISTICATION Polka dots are a great way to incorporate prints into your workwear, especially with a structured pencil skirt. Try pairing with something solid and simple, or for a more glamourous feel, pop on a ﬂoaty blouse. Tip: Keep the scale of the polka dots small when you’re wearing a print to work — this will keep it toned-down and professional. FEMININE Polka dots are very girly, so take it one step further to the feminine side with charming details such as bows or rufﬂes. Tip: Want to balance your bold and girly sides? Try jeans in a looser fit with ﬂat pumps. STATEMENT If you decide to make a bold statement, such as a dot-printed dress, keep the rest of your look simple. Just pair with a simple jacket and easy accessories. Tip: If you prefer a retro-look, opt for ﬂat pumps.
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dots? They’re playful, whimsical, and downright chic. The word ‘polka’ itself derives from the Polish for ‘Polish woman’ — in Czech, it translates to ‘little woman or girl’. Which makes sense, given the polka dot’s inherently feminine image. The love affair with polka dots began in 1926 when Miss America was photographed wearing a polka dot swimsuit. Shortly afterwards, Disney introduced its cartoon Minnie Mouse wearing a red polka dot dress and matching bow. In 1951, Monroe was famously photographed wearing a polka dot bikini and a few years later the release of a hit song, ‘Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini’ topped the charts, putting polka dots firmly back in vogue. Christian Dior used polka dots in
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SWINGING Pay homage to polka dots’ retro roots by wearing them on a swing skirt silhouette. Take this as an opportunity to mix and match prints — just remember to stay in a similar colour palette, for example a classic white and navy. Tip: a collection, in what was reported to If your polka dots are big and bold, be a “direct, unblushing plan to make choose a top with smaller stripes. women extravagantly, romantically, eyelash-battingly female”. It worked, STYLING as the polka dot dress was Dior’s Combine a polka dot skirt or dress best-selling piece in the 1950s and with ﬂat shoes during the day or opt Hollywood stars such as Elizabeth for heels in the evening. For a more Taylor, Lucille Ball and Marilyn Monroe elegant look, wear a pair of tailored loved the print. Who can forget Julia trousers with a polka dot shirt. Roberts as Vivienne in Pretty Woman, There are certain prints that come attending the races in a polka dot and go and prints that stand the test dress and matching hat? It may have of time. Polka dots most certainly fall been many years ago, but it feels under the latter category. Indeed, most as relevant today as it did then. seasons you’ll find this darling dotty Today we can choose polka dot in pattern at some point or another. Are a variety of colours and styles from you ready to rock this timeless print? black and white, delicate pastel colours, electric blue or red tones. Polka dots are Sue Burton popping up everywhere, Award-winning Stylist and Image Consultant from skirts and dresses www.colourstyleanalysis.com to tops and accessories.
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Easy tips to improve your driving This time we look at how to deal with those that are less attentive to their driving — by allowing for ‘challenged’ drivers. No one is a poor driver, at least not if you ask them. We all have our reasons for driving as we do but, judging by the numerous examples seen in dash-cam footage online, I think some
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First Drives: DS3 Crossback Tim Saunders swims through a sea of Gallic triangles “Ahhh, it’s as if the car’s greeting me,”
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Seven cars you can ﬁnance for less than a weekly shop The average weekly shop is about £60, so what cars are available for less than £240 per month? To give some context to car finance
deals we look at cars that are available for £240 per month, the monthly amount that figures suggest the average family spends on food and drink. Each of these deals is based on a personal contract hire (PCH) deal, where you pay an initial rental or deposit plus your monthly fee, which usually includes servicing. At the end of the agreement you return the car at no extra cost, assuming it’s in good condition and below the pre-agreed annual mileage limit. The prices here are just a guide, as monthly payments vary depending on the deposit amount. SKODA SUPERB • £212.31 per month x 35 • Initial rental: £1,910.79 • Additional fees: £298.80 • Mileage limit: 8,000p/a • Total over 36 months: £9,640.44 The Skoda Superb is a fantastic deal as it’ has less restriction on distance travelled than some other plans. It’s well-equipped, spacious and has a decent interior, making it perfectly practical for most families. DS 3 CROSSBACK • £134.79 per month x 17 • Initial rental: £1,213.11 • Additional fees: £99 • Mileage limit: 5,000p/a • Total over 18 months: £3,603.54 The DS 3 Crossback is a new crossover from the premium French
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If a spring clean isn’t normally something you tackle, then the new wave of cleaning and decluttering gurus (think Mrs Hinch) are sure to set you in good stead. With a plethora of tips, their social media feeds, blogs and books offer something for everyone. If you’ve decided to use this year’s spring clean as an opportunity to get rid of clutter from around your home, and maybe even your office, then you could reap some amazing benefits including: seeing a reduction in stress and anxiety, a boost to productivity and creativity, and having a home which is easier to clean and tidy. There are two popular approaches — the ‘little by little’ approach, choosing to sort one room at a time, or the more extreme option of attempting it in one go. Pioneered by professional declutterer, Marie Kondo, this approach calls for items
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Top tips for a spring declutter to be sorted by type rather than room. For example, when sorting clothes she suggests getting all items from wardrobes, drawers, coat racks and even those stored in the loft and pooling them together then having a ruthless rummage. Regardless of the method, there is one final key step and this is where the RSPCA’s charity shops become your best friend. You can take the items straight to the shop, or arrange collection so the clutter is cleared for you. Donating the items instead of taking them to the tip brings about other positives; you are helping to keep goods out of landfill (in 2018 alone 327,000 tonnes of UK textiles were kept out of landfill by charity retail), and your donations help raise vital funds.
RSPCA Doncaster, Rotherham and District Branch works to rehabilitate and rehome animals. Funds are raised a number of ways including at four charity shops in Bawtry, Maltby, Rossington and Thorne. The shops rely on donations from the public and accept everything from clothes and shoes to books and bric-a-brac. Donations can be made at any of the four shops as well as at the RSPCA South Yorkshire Animal Centre; or the charity offers a collection service in all DN and S postcodes. There are many other ways to help including volunteering, donating cash or goods, sponsoring through the Safe Haven programme and supporting events. For the latest news visit www. rspcadoncasterrotherham.org.uk.
Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts Do you like dancing or just listening
to organ music? Then join Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts on the fourth weekend of every month for a dance on Saturday night and then an organ concert on Sunday. Saturday dancing is from 7.30pm to 11.00pm for £5.00 (licensed bar). The March concert will feature The Jester From Leicester, Nicholas Martin, on Sunday 29th March at 2.30pm. Entry is £6.00 for members and senior citizens and for any non-member it
Voglia d’Italia Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) presents a talk entitled ‘Venice, Florence and Palermo: The Making of Italy’ in March. Dr Cristina Figueredo,
Retired Teachers Association Rother Valley Retired Teachers will welcome Dennis Ashton, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society to their meeting in Broom Methodist Church, at 2.00pm on Thursday 12th March.
is £7.00. Children under 12 gain free entry with an accompanying adult. Pay on the door, no tickets are needed. The dance and concert will be at Harworth Miners Welfare Hall, Whitehouse Road, Bircotes DN11 8EF and free secure parking is available at the rear of the hall. There are also disabled facilities available within the hall. For further information, please visit www.harworthchristie.org.uk, contact Dave Fleetwood on 07985 580558 or 01302 611838. University of York, explores the way in which the enterprising spirit, art and socio-political developments of these cities helped to shape modern Italy. The meeting takes place on Friday 6th March at 7.30pm at Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome for a £3.00 admission fee. His talk is called ‘Giants and Dwarfs’. New members and visitors are welcome. There will be light refreshments and there is ample car parking. For more information please call 07803 579125.
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Suck it up! My previous vacuum cleaner was over a decade old, a bit unwieldy and mostly held together with duct tape. I hadn’t realised that the world of vacuum cleaners had moved on so much in the intervening years. Different shapes, sizes, colours and features. Perusing my local electrical retail establishment felt like a bizarre speed-dating event for dust-busters, complete with its own jargon, ‘bagless, HEPA, light ball, and Roomba. But I did the research, so you don’t have to. Here’s what I discovered: Upright vacuums remain popular because they’re easy to use and don’t involve much bending. They are great on carpets and rely on a spinning brush bar. Cylinder vacuums are smaller, lighter, mostly cheaper, and take up less storage space. They are good for cleaning stairs, upholstery, and small spaces. Dust bags capture and store dust, dirt, and hair picked-up as you clean. Some can be emptied and re-used, but most are disposable. Bags are hygienic, airtight and 48 March 2020
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Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman will be the guests at The Beehive Folk Club on Friday 6th March at The Village Hall Harthill. The concert starts at 8.00pm and tickets cost £10.00. For information email petergarratt1@ gmail.com or call 07973 316743. The Dartmoor-based husband and wife have twice won the coveted ‘Best Duo’ title at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (2016 and 2013), consistently delivering assured, distinctive performances whether
What’s on at The Beehive Folk Club live or recorded. Over two decades of performance they have never been trapped in a groove — always bold and innovative, mixing traditional song arrangements with their selfpenned material which reels from the bitter to the sweet, the wry to the sad, the political to the passive. The couple’s intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and an enviable reputation as ‘songwriters par excellence’
— (froots), whose greatly varied original songs cover such subjects as wicked mermaids, Norwegian legends, and a lonely whale. With a story that includes over 20 years of music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Fotheringay, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have consolidated themselves as pillars of modern British folk music.
Wickersley WI The Rotherham Choral Society Wickersley WI had the
pleasure of meeting Kathryn Littlewood, who gave a heartwarming talk of mental illness and the road to recovery. This proved to be a popular evening that many members could associate with, and gave members a good insight into this current topic that is very much part of all our daily lives. The group’s new website is now up and running and anyone wanting further details on the group can take a look at www.wickersleywi.co.uk.
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The Rotherham Choral
Society’s first concert of 2020 will take place on Saturday 28th March at 7.30pm at St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Herringthorpe. The programme will include ‘Olivet to Calvary’ by John Maunder and ‘Magnificat’ by Bach. Soloists are Fae Evelyn (soprano), Angela Hartley (alto), Chris Why (tenor) and Tom Asher (bass). The organist is Jonathan Gooing and the musical director is Rachel Copley. Tickets are priced at £10.00 (£9.00 and £2.00 concessions).
John Maunder (1858 to 1920) studied at the Royal Academy in London and was organist at many churches in London. He originally wrote operettas but later devoted himself to sacred works, one of which is ‘Olivet to Calvary’ which has retained its popularity. Bach (1658 to 1750) is a German composer who came from an extensive musical family. He wrote ‘Magnificat’ in 1723 and introduced it to an audience in Leipzig. He was reported to be difficult to work with and criticised the quality of the choral singing.
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An annual fiesta I’ve always loved an annual.
From Bunty to The Blue Peter Annual, they were crammed full of interest and fun. As I grew older my taste in annuals has become more horticultural. One little pack of seeds is now my gardening equivalent of the Beano — a brief shelf-life and packed with colour. Hardy annuals are the most obliging. They don’t need a propagator or a greenhouse, or even a windowsill; all they need is a sunny spot and some well-drained soil. Just sprinkle the seeds in the ground and you can look forward to a fiesta of summer colour for very little work. The choice of plants and hue is wide. If blue is your thing try a soft shade of love-in-a-mist, or a vivid blue cornﬂower, or the most gorgeous tiny phacelia. For pinks try a ﬂuffy clarkia or delicate
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Rachel Leverton gets set for some short-lived colour
godetia. Nasturtiums span the colour wheel from cream through yellow and orange to deep red. Annual doesn’t mean small either. Both larkspurs and amaranthus are tall and elegant, and cleomes which also provide height probably only need to be planted once as they are prolific self-seeders! Look around your garden for gaps in beds and borders which are in a sunny spot and well-drained. Don’t plant when it’s cold or the soil is wet and sticky. Wait until the weather is mild and soil is damp and crumbly, then fork it lightly to break it up. Use a rake to create shallow furrows, sprinkle the seeds over and rake them gently in, raking across the furrows to cover them. Bigger seeds like nasturtiums can be pushed into the soil a couple of centimetres deep and 10 to
15cm apart. Label the area so you know what should come up. The biggest enemy of the newlyplanted hardy annual seed is the domestic cat! They love a patch of freshly raked soil, and will happily do their business in your handiwork and then kick up all your seeds without a second thought. Thwart the moggies by laying twiggy pea sticks over the area (and particularly twiggy and thorny prunings will do!). Remove them with the shoots are big enough or stand them up and use them to support the taller annuals. Thin them out a little to one plant per 10cm and water them if the weather is very dry. You don’t need to feed them, they ﬂower best when the soil is not rich. Food and manure will favour leaf production whereas we’re after ﬂowers and lots of them!
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Easy veg growing Pippa Greenwood on the perfect time to grow your own
Growing your own vegetables
is easier than you might think, and this is the perfect time to start. Salads, herbs and classic main meal vegetables can all be planted to be picked fresh from your garden in the coming year. Some vegetables are best grown from seed — the classics are carrots, so plant a row or two as soon as the soil is not too wet. Consider coloured varieties such as ‘Purple Haze’ or ‘Purple Dragon’ to ring the changes. Sow some salad leaves and within a few weeks they’ll be growing strongly enough to harvest. Small sowings made every two weeks or so will give supply of salad throughout the summer and well into autumn.
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Grow tomatoes in a warm, sunny spot in your garden, or better still in a greenhouse or frame. It’s often better value (and a lot easier) to buy some small gardenready plants. Greenhouse and outdoor varieties are available so check catalogues or labels to make sure you choose correctly. Cucumbers are best grown from plants, and in the garden ‘ridge’ cucumbers are best as they perform better outside. If time is short then vegetable plants are a great choice for most crops. Send off for them now and avoid timeconsuming potting on and pricking out. Why not share with friends and save cash if the packs come in quantities
too large for the available space? Choose garden-ready mail order plants so you can plant them out straight away, or only have to grow them on in pots for a couple of weeks. Unwrap as soon as they arrive and if you can’t plant them immediately, water the compost if necessary and pot each root ball into some compost. At this time of year the soil is often really wet, so try covering it with a polythene sheet or a polythene covered pull-out tunnel for a couple of weeks before your plants are due to arrive or you are due to plant out vegetables sown from seed, removing it just before planting out. This keeps off excessive rain and allows the soil to warm up a little beforehand. Small plants may still be tender, so make sure frosts are past before planting out and give them a chance to gradually acclimatise to their new surroundings by covering them with cloches or ﬂeece for a few days.
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Friends in Harmony Friends in Harmony choir are now
rehearsing a selection of new material for their spring/summer concerts — ‘Anthem’, ‘Seasons of Love’ ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ along with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Elton John and Abba will all be featured in their concerts. Why not go along for a free taster session? The choir meet on a Tuesday at Badsley Primary School in Rotherham between 6.15pm and 7.45pm during term-time. For further information call 01709 543030 or email FriendsinHarmony@virginmedia.com.
Braithwell Church Folk duo Megson at Firbeck Village Hall & Country Fair Save the date for this year’s
Braithwell Church and Country Fair on Saturday 8th June on the Ruddle Centre Playing Field. There will be something for everyone. Anyone wishing to book a stall or contribute please email james@ braithwellchurchandcountryfair. co.uk. You can also visit www. braithwellchurchandcountryfair. co.uk and find them on Facebook — simply search ‘Braithwell Church and Country Fair’.
Doncaster Spanish Society Doncaster Spanish Society
is presenting an illustrated talk on ‘The Inﬂuence of Impressionism on Spanish Art’. It will be given by the respected art historian Rachel Holland-Hargreaves, who is making a return visit following her excellent talk last year. Rachel will explore the ways in which the Impressionist style of painting inﬂuenced the work of Spanish artists of the late 19th century, such as Sorolla, Fortuny, Rusiñol and others. The meeting will be on Friday 20th March, from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, in the Eastfield Restaurant, Doncaster School for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster. Admission is £4.00. For more information call Jackie on 01302 844322 or Jean on 01709 812440. 56 March 2020
Folk duo Megson make a welcome return to Firbeck Village Hall on Friday 27th March. Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, Megson are husband and wife duo Stu and Debbie Hanna and they bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving
Les Francophiles de Tickhill Continuing on the theme of French food for another month, Chris North will be with Les Francophiles de Tickhill on 4th March to talk about French breadmaking with samples to taste. On 1st April Rachel Holland-
Tickhill Film Society Tickhill Film Society will
be showing feature-length films in Tickhill Parish Room on the third Wednesday of the month, with doors opening at 6.30pm and films starting at 7.00pm. They will be showing the musical drama ‘Fisherman's Friends’, a British film about shanty singing fishermen, on Wednesday 18th March. This
rhythmic guitars. They have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. For details and tickets contact Nick Wilson on 01709 709406, email@example.com or online at www.wegottickets. com/event/477030. Hargreaves returns with an illustrated talk about ‘Monet on his Travels’. The group meet in the Parish Room, Tickhill, at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month. The annual subscription is £17.50. Non-members pay £4.00 per meeting, refundable if you decide to join. For more information call Jan Murray on 01302 611415. film will be available to members and guests, who are welcome to attend at £6.00 per film. Please contact Andy, secretary, on 07340 708404 (evenings), or Janice, treasurer on 07590 455340 if you are interested in becoming a member, or have any other queries. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org or see their new website, www. mycommunitycinema.org.uk/ cinemas/tickhill-ﬁlm-society/.
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Fire blessing in Bhutan Tucked away in the Himalaya, this
small kingdom has boldly stepped into the 21st century, but cultural values remain at the heart of everyday life to ensure the ‘gross national happiness’ promised in the constitution. It’s a strong Buddhist culture punctuated by myriad festivals, but most dramatic perhaps is Thangbi Mani, the ‘fire blessing’ held in Bumthang, the country’s spiritual heartlands. Soon after dawn on this special autumn day, townsfolk and farmers come from all directions, beautifully dressed in hand-woven gowns shimmering like rainbows. There are women with babies on their back, old people leaning on bamboo staffs, men in knee-length chequered gho and sweeping white cuffs, and garlands of children whose dark eyes sparkle with excitement. They walk up the valley or tumble down the pine-scented slopes to cross the footbridge, like one long line of ants suspended high above the river. Meanwhile in the temple, monks offer fresh water to the gods
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and butter lamps ﬂicker all around. Now tingling in anticipation, the faithful pour into the monastery for the welcome dance, as village girls in their best finery shufﬂe on the ﬂagstones to the rhythm of long horns and drums. There is much chanting and praying then suddenly something passes through the air and everyone rushes out into the nearby field, led by dignitaries and red-robed monks. Just feet apart, two ominous haystacks are waiting and as more blessings rise under the deep blue sky an eerie silence falls upon the crowds, a human chain ready to break loose at the first spark. All is set for the purification rite and highlight of the year. Watched by thousands of eyes, the hay is set alight, smoke and ash filling the air, and in one massive surge young and old run through the ﬂames to cleanse their sins and ensure good luck for the coming year. Friends drag each other through, toddlers hold on to their mothers and men pull up their collars to protect their hair.
Three times round then they come out, bubbling all over, ready for a fresh start. The ﬂames die down as quickly as they started and great clouds of smoke drift downstream, bearing witness to a faith stronger than pain. Prayer wheels tinkle along the banks, Buddhist ﬂags ﬂutter in the breeze and now, in the valley sprinkled with apple trees and nodding buckwheat, the harvest will be good and the children healthy. Back in the temple there are traditional jesters and masked dancers twirling barefoot on sun-baked stones, in a ﬂurry of multi-coloured brocade and ‘thunderbolt steps’. Hoisted on the wall for a better view toddlers munch sunﬂower seeds, monks shelter from the midday heat under makeshift awnings and families gather around home-made offerings of marigolds and lucky chapattis to share with friends, as if nothing unusual had happened at all. The haystacks have vanished leaving just a patch of singed grass, and now in this bucolic land the river tumbles crystal clear as cymbals and gongs echo across the hills.
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