Rotherham Life Magazine November 2019 EDITION
BONFIRE NIGHT & OTHER TUMULTS A sideways look at a seasonal tradition
CABBAGE PATCH KICKS
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Welcome! Welcome to the November edition of Rotherham
Life magazine. Remember remember the 5th of November — it’s bonfire night this month. David Coldrick entertains us with his article discussing the history surrounding this date. We also have articles on bagging a bargain on Black Friday and our gardening articles advise us on how to inject some winter colour into our outdoor spaces. Lots of advice for us in this edition. There’s lots going on this month in Rotherham — in the magazine find out about various craft fairs locally and details of the Christmas Lights Switch-On event in Rotherham town centre on Thursday 14th November. We’ve also a fantastic competition for you to enter this month. You could win a family ticket to see Rotherham
David Coldrick takes a sideways look at the origins of a seasonal staple
Civic Theatre’s 2019 pantomime Sleeping Beauty. Find out the details on page 44. Happy birthday to Rotherham U3A. The organisation recently celebrated its 25th birthday with an anniversary lunch and cake (pictured above). We’ve only got one more edition before Christmas — our December magazine. If you’d like to feature your business in the magazine or have your local events or community update included in the magazine then please get in touch. Keep up to date with daily news from local groups and updates about local events via our Facebook page www. facebook.com/rotherhamlife, Twitter @rotherham_life and on our website, www.rotherhamlife.com. Happy November.
Pippa Greenwood on how baskets can work in winter to brighten the gloomiest yard
Tim Saunders tries Vauxhall’s family saloon for size in the confines of Guernsey
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Bonfire Night & other tumults...................10 From open plan to broken plan.............12 Can you bag a bargain on Black Friday?...........................................14 Keeping your pets calm on Bonfire Night............................................18 Heaven scent................................................20 Flu & the Flu vaccine myths & facts......24 6 November 2019
What’s on at The Wesley Centre............26 Chocolate, almond & poppy seed cake........................................28 Winter hanging baskets............................34 Cabbage patch kicks...............................36 Only the good die ‘young’......................40 Your festive look book................................42 WIN tickets to Sleeping Beauty!.............44 Decorating your home for Christmas..46
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Wickersley Ladies Club At the end of September,
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Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir Stainton Village Hall Trust are delighted to announce that Thurnscoe Harmonic Male Voice Choir are returning to St Winifrid’s Church in Stainton, on Friday 22nd November, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm. They will be performing a selection of popular and seasonal songs and tickets in advance cost £5.00, which includes refreshments during and after the interval of sherry, mince pies, tea and coffee. Tickets are available from the following committee members: Alan White on 07768 643838, Joyce Holmes on 01709 790541, Sue Fisher on 01709 816693, Eddie Barber on 01709 812381 and Sue Barratt on 07941 543501.
Wickersley Methodist Church Coffee Morning The next charity coffee morning at Wickersley Methodist Church, will be in aid of Make A Wish children’s charity on Friday 22nd November, from 10.00am to 12.00pm. There will be coffee and tea served with assorted cakes. There will be a warm welcome to everyone. 8 November 2019
Wickersley WI At the recent Wickersley WI
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when visitors can attend at a charge of £5.00, and they usually meet on the second Wednesday of the month, downstairs in Wickersley Library and Community Centre. To find out more find Wickersley WI on Facebook or visit www.wickersleywi.co.uk. 24th November at 2.30pm. Everyone is invited to what promises to be a very special event. Entry is £6.00 for members and senior citizens and for any non-member it 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 Mr D Fleetwood on 07985 580558 or 01302 611838.
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Bonﬁre Night and other tumults
David Coldrick takes a sideways look at a seasonal staple I was due to be born on 5th
November. My mother decided ‘Guy’ was a good seasonal name. I heard her and strongly disagreed, thus emerging two weeks late on the anniversary of the birth of King Charles I. I avoided both names. Guy (or Guido) and Charles came to abrupt ends. Charles I was executed whilst Guy Fawkes fell off the scaffold where he was to be hung, drawn and quartered. Accidentally breaking his neck on impact was a mercy. When the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 failed to blow up King James I, along with Parliament, the people lit bonfires around London to celebrate his survival. That was without accidentally burning the whole place down because fortunately it had
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been raining. The great medieval city of London lasted another 61 years until a few sparks set that particular wood heap aﬂame and the first building regulations were invented. The Observance of 5th November Act made 5th November into a Day of Public Thanksgiving. Even the Book of Common Prayer had a special set of prayers added. This ‘festival’ had strong protestant overtones and became a time of burning popular hate figures on bonfires, the pope being at the top of the list, and of violence, aided strongly by the more thuggish elements of certain apprentice groups. This all gradually subsided after Catholic emancipation in 1829 but the burning of hate figures
remains common, albeit in a more jokey manner if such can truly be possible? The Victorians considered Bonfire Night to be ‘very working class.’ Anything fun probably was, I expect. But an often too casual attitude to bonfires and firework safety carried over into much more recent times — do you sometimes look back and think ‘Yikes did we really do it like that and live?’ The Observance Act and the special prayers were scrapped in 1859 along with the ‘excuse’ for overt or hidden religious violence. This was replaced with other themes such as asking for ‘a penny for the Guy’ which mostly disappeared in the 1970s, along with the masses of free wood available from, now derelict, factories and warehouses. And now big organised events have taken over. You might not get within warming distance of any ﬂames though. Maybe the safety pendulum has swung too far the other way? Unlike some towns, Rotherham was not famous for bonfire night tumults. It saved those up for parliamentary elections. In 1865, 46 soldiers of the 83rd (County of Dublin) regiment and a contingent of the 15th Hussars, were called upon by the police to deal with election rioting by the so-called ‘Radical Party’. They disputed election returns at the Crown Inn and ‘stones were thrown and heads were broken’. The Army Captain went to take a look up the High Street, determining it would calm down after the pubs closed as usual — at 1.30am! As predicted, everyone rolled home or simply fell over in the street. ‘Election Night Special’ always seems tame by comparison. David Coldrick is owner of Home Instead Senior Care Rotherham 34 Moorgate Road S60 2AG @homeinsteadrotherham 01709 837170 email@example.com
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From open plan to broken plan Despite the allure of large, bright spaces, it is not necessarily convenient to live in an open-plan home all the time. Hence the development of ‘broken plan’ design. Although everyone loves open-plan living, sometimes we need a quiet, separate space. Huge open spaces can be difficult to heat, too, and noise can sometimes be an issue. ‘Broken plan’ is a practical evolution of open plan, retaining the elements we love, particularly good light and a feeling of openness, but with subtle elements to divide large spaces into more manageable ones, with different zones for different activities. Spaces may even be opened up or closed off as desired. Broken plan aims to be the best of both worlds. One way to achieve the broken-plan effect is with differences in floor levels, perhaps with a step between the sitting room and the dining room. A ceiling can be lowered in one area of a large, open room to enhance a sense of intimacy. And in
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Can you bag a bargain on Black Friday? November is the month of big deals. Are some too good to be true? Black Friday is the annual sales event that crossed the Atlantic to become huge in the UK too. But does that mean you’ll get a good deal? Black Friday is actually two big days of deals: Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Black Friday is the start of the Christmas shopping season in the US, because it’s when retailers traditionally ran ‘door-buster’ sales on the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. The following Monday has been dubbed Cyber Monday because apparently everybody goes back to work, panics about Christmas presents and hits the online shops on the same day. Black Friday gets bigger every year. A long weekend became a week of deals, until now Black Friday runs for two weeks or more, with all kinds of
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deals announced well in advance as well as flash ‘lightning deals’ on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s become the most important part of the retail calendar not just for technology but for many retailers selling fashion, homeware and jewellery too. It’s a good time to buy smart home technology, which attracts massive discounts at this time of year. Can you really get good deals? The answer is a qualified yes. There are plenty of deals to be had, but some of them are illusory: common tactics include listing RRPs that no sensible person would pay — you’ll see this a lot with TVs, which promise massive discounts on recommended retail prices nobody paid — or gently increasing prices in the run-up to Black Friday so they can be lowered in time for the big event and labelled with a big ‘Sale!’ sticker. And like any sale, often the deals are on products that are being phased out to make room for new products or because they’re no longer being made. End-of-line products aren’t necessarily bad buys, but research anything before you decide whether or not to spend. Before you hit the ‘Buy Now’ button on a bargain, search for it in www.pricespy.co.uk. That shows you what other retailers are selling the product for, and tells you whether you’re really getting a good deal. It works on everything from DVDs to dishwashers and it also tells you whether products are in stock: a deal isn’t much use if you can’t actually order the product. If you’re looking at a deal on Amazon,
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25 years ago, was the year
that saw the official opening of the Channel Tunnel, the first draw of the National Lottery and the launch of Play Station. At the same time a small group of local people, under the leadership of Tom Brown, sowed the first seeds of Rotherham U3A. Tom, a promoter of lifelong learning, saw government cutbacks in ‘adult leisure classes’ like art, crafts and fitness depriving older people of opportunities to keep mentally, physically and socially active. The establishment of a local U3A would change all that. From 1994, membership has grown steadily from 60 to 465, and interest groups have increased from five to 35. To celebrate this ‘milestone’, an anniversary lunch was held at Aston Hall on Wednesday 9th October, where members exchanged stories
Milestone events for Rotherham U3A of U3A, past and present, prompted by a timeline and photographs showing its history. Judging by the animated conversations around the room, no one would doubt that the U3A motto, ‘learn, laugh and live’ is absolutely appropriate. Speaking of anniversaries, this year the Blue Diamond Group marked 115 years of trading by opening its newest, largest, ﬂagship garden and home centre at East Bridgford. This is where the U3A Gardening group will be heading on Friday 15th November,
to enjoy browsing a multitude of plants and the Christmas displays. The centre prides itself in stocking many unusual items. It also houses a local, artisan, ethical food store and boasts two restaurants, each serving homemade meals. The coach costs £15.00 for members and £17.00 for non-members. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672 for details. To learn about U3A activities, visit www.u3asites.org.uk/ rotherham or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841.
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MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL HORTICULTURAL SHOW (INCORPORATING GROW, MAKE AND BAKE) 2020 Maltby Town Council’s Horticultural Show for 2020 will take place on Saturday 22nd August, at The Edward Dunn Memorial Hall. If you grow, make, bake the council would love to see you enter. More information
MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL GARDEN COMPETITION Maltby Town Council’s Garden Competition for 2020, will be judged at the beginning of July 2020. There are four categories — Best Kept Garden, Best Yard/ Patio, Best Hanging Basket and Best Container. This summer has seen a lot of wonderful displays around the town so please consider
entering your’s in 2020. More information available later.
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And Ollie’ with Steve Coogan and John C Reilly, on Wednesday 20th November. This film will be available to members and guests, who are welcome to attend at £6.00 per film.
MALTBY TOWN COUNCIL ALLOTMENT COMPETITION Maltby Town Counci’'s Allotment Competition 2020 will be judged during the second week of July. Allotment secretaries will receive more details soon. There were some wonderful plots during this year’s competition so if you have not entered before why not consider entering your plot in 2020? For further information, please contact Andy, secretary, on 07340 708404 in the evenings, or Janice, treasurer, on 07590 455340 if you are interested in becoming a member, or have any other queries. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Heaven scent What’s the ﬁrst thing a guest notices when
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Annual Community Achievement Awards Organisers of the 16th Annual
Community Achievement Awards — celebrating the work of Rotherham’s Voluntary and Community sector — have shortlisted nine nominees across three categories for this year’s ceremony. The nominees in the categories of ‘Project’, ‘Volunteer’ and ‘Young Volunteer’ are: PROJECT • Lighthouse Sunday Night Café was started 20 years ago and every Sunday evening at the Lighthouse in Rotherham town centre a different church provides a cooked meal for 30 to 50 people. • Mature Millers Association is a group for over 50s who are looking for a way of staying active and continuing their passion for football. • Sense Centre at Coleridge Road provides unique opportunities for people living with complex disabilities including access to activities, training and making friends.
VOLUNTEER • Ann Barrowcliffe has been volunteering for Victim Support for almost 20 years, supporting victims of crime, mentoring new volunteers and offering support in the office two days each week. • Chris Badger and Janet Collinson contribute in excess of 50 hours of their time each week at Lifewise, meeting and greeting schoolchildren and participating in hard hitting roleplay around knife and hate crime. • Sandra Brockley MBE has been volunteering for nearly 30 years and is now using her experiences as a carer to support others living with dementia and their carers at dementia cafes. YOUNG VOLUNTEER • Alana Habergham-Rice set up her first fundraising cake stall when she was six years old and has since gone on to found Alana’s Caring Cakes which delivers surprise cakes
to individuals in her community. • Toni Paxford uses her own experiences to support young people with hidden illnesses and has campaigned on a diverse range of issues affecting young people both regionally and nationally. • Kion Leeson Beavers plays an active role at Rotherham Sight and Sound despite his own health issues to become a role model to not only other young people with sensory impairments, but to many older clients too. This year’s judges who are scrutinising and assessing the entries are Michael Holmes and Kellie Rodgers, Rotherham Together Partnership; Andrew Mosley, Editor at Rotherham Advertiser; and Adrian Dexter, Senior Pastor at Liberty Church. The winner of each category will be announced on Friday 22nd November at the annual awards ceremony at the Carlton Park Hotel.
Maltby Musical Theatre Group Christmas Market Age UK Maltby Musical Theatre gift and craft stalls; local business showcase; tombola; bake sales and Rotherham annual Group invite you to their second annual indoor Christmas Market much, much more! Also find out about at The Wesley Centre on Saturday the group’s upcoming show — Barnum! Christmas Fair You’ll ﬁnd a wonderful warm
welcome awaits you at Age UK Rotherham’s annual Christmas Fair, taking place on Saturday 30th November between 11.00am and 3.00pm at Rotherham Golf Club. Start your festive shopping in twinkling style by stopping off to browse the wonderful collection of stalls and treats for you and your loved ones this Christmas. Free entry and car parking available! For further information on events please email fundraising@ ageukrotherhama.org.
16th November, from 11.00am to 4.00pm. This event will be free entry. Grab a mince pie and a festive beverage while you browse the indoor
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Rotherham Christmas Lights switch-on Start the countdown to
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There will be live performances from Rotherham Youth Choir, Halo Glow Show, the cast of this year's pantomime Sleeping Beauty, Lauren Housley and Hyde Park Brass. The lights will be switched on by the Mayor and Mayoress of Rotherham at 6.30pm.
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Flu and the Flu vaccine: Myths & facts Alison runham sets a few things straight group most likely to be admitted to hospital with ﬂu. Children aged two and three years should be offered a vaccination and the nasal spray vaccine is offered annually in primary school. Children over six months old with a long-term health condition should be vaccinated too. Frontline health and social care workers should also be vaccinated (at their employers’ expense).
Flu isn’t new and neither is its vaccine, yet they still cause confusion. Let’s set things straight… THE FLU OR A COLD? MYTH: Colds can’t make you feel really ill, give you a temperature or make your muscles ache. That’s ﬂu. Colds generally don’t confine you to the couch, but they can cause muscle aches and high temperatures. A heavy cold can make you feel very poorly. Remember: • Colds usually comes on gradually; ﬂu comes on rapidly. • Colds mainly affects your nose and throat. Flu can cause diarrhoea, stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, plus fatigue, lack of appetite and difficulty sleeping. Children with ﬂu are prone to ear pain too. PREVENTING FLU Proper hygiene is vital to prevent ﬂu spreading. Sufferers should wash their hands thoroughly and regularly, and bin used tissues immediately. 24 November 2019
In healthy adults, common ﬂu strains aren’t usually a serious risk; they recover in a week or two. However, the NHS recommends ﬂu vaccinations to certain groups are at higher risk of catching ﬂu and/or developing serious complications, and offers it free to anyone: • 65 or over. • Pregnant (protecting mother and foetus from complications and immunising the new-born for the first few months). • With certain medical conditions, including: chronic (long-term) respiratory, heart, kidney or liver diseases; chronic neurological conditions; diabetes; spleen issues; reduced immunity; severe obesity (BMI of 40 or above). • Living in a long-stay residential care home/facility. • Who cares for someone whose welfare may be at risk if they fall ill. It’s also offered to children. Healthy children under five are the age
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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 13th and 27th November 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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RESEARCHING FATHER’S WAR – 75 Years On
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Hedgehog rescue A new charity has been set up to
rescue South Yorkshire hedgehogs that are in need. Local resident Pauline Davis is devoting her time to rescue hedgehogs from all over the county, feeding them and nursing them back to health and then successfully releasing them back in to the wild. She also finds fosterers for the disabled and blind ones with enclosed gardens, so they can be looked after. If you would like to find out more, why not visit the Facebook group ‘For The Love Of Hedgehogs (Rescue and Rehabilitation)’. Donations are needed and very much welcomed, as they help with the cost of feeding, vet bills and bedding. To get in touch with Pauline directly, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. FIRST AID COURSE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS A first aid course to learn about hedgehog rehabilitation, organised by Vale Wildlife, will take place at Ravenfield Parish Hall, Rotherham, on Tuesday 14th January for people interested in helping save hedgehogs. The cost is £85.00 per person and you can book online with Vale Wildlife at www.valewildlife.org.uk.
Les Francophiles de Tickhill On Wednesday 6th November, John Millin will be talking about ‘The Mad Piper of D-Day’ at the meeting of Les Francophiles de Tickhill. He will be telling the story of his grandfather, Bill Millin, who piped the troops ashore on D-Day. 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 are charged at £4.00 per meeting but this is refundable if you decide to join. For more information call Jan Murray on 01302 611415. Back by popular demand, is the Stainton Christmas Wreath Building Class. This year it will be on Sunday 8th December, from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, in Stainton 30 November 2019
On wings of song
On a ﬁne September evening, in the imposing surroundings of Tickhill Parish Church (still decorated from a wedding earlier in the day), a large and appreciative audience from Tickhill Music Society was treated to a rich and varied programme by the Bel Canto Choir, under the energetic baton of Robert Webb and skilfully accompanied by Jonathan Gooing. The choir made a stirring entry with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah, and progressed through other sacred pieces from the past by Mozart and Verdi to sacred pieces of the present by Karl Jenkins and John Rutter. Following the interval the choir demonstrated its versatility with songs from the shows and film, starting with a clever adaptation by Robert Webb of songs from The Sound of Music, at one point requiring the choir to switch from singing to whistling. Whether performing oratorio or light music the choir sang with confidence and clarity, admirably accompanied by Jonathan Gooing, who was equally at home on church
organ and electronic keyboard. It can be stated with confidence that music from Goldfinger has never before been heard in the parish church, let alone at a Tickhill Music Society concert. It was that sort of evening. Review by Adrian Hattrell The next event for the Tickhill Music Society will be on Friday 8th November, at 7.00pm, at St Mary’s Primary School, St Mary’s Road, Tickhill. American-born cellist Tessa Seymour and the Australian Joseph Havlat (piano) perform works by Debussy, Shostakovich and Brahms. Subscription fees are as follows: • Subscription members for seven concerts — £60.00* • Concession members (60+) for seven concerts — £55.00* • Subscription members for any four concerts — £40.00 *Pro rata dependent upon joining date For non-members, admission is £12.00 for each event at the door and accompanied children (under 16) and students (16 to 19) are admitted free of charge.
Stainton Christmas Wreath Building Class Village Hall. The cost will be the same as last year, £25.00. Tickets will be on sale from November.
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Winter hanging baskets Hanging baskets are
a great way to create a miniature gardening space with your choice of colours. Once established they make even the gloomiest back yard look more cheerful, or the prettiest patio look even more gorgeous. Making a hanging basket is not difficult and although traditionally a summer planting feature, they work just as well for the winter months. Plenty of plants make for a colourful basket and your local garden centre or nursery should have a good selection, including winter-ﬂowering pansies (I am fond of the purple and yellow varieties) and heathers, Gaultheria with its waxy red berries, dianthus for late autumn into early winter and assorted miniature shrubs, including variegated Pieris, Choisya ternata ‘Sundance’ and variegated euonymus, to help give structure and colour. The shrubs will look great in a container for a year or two, before being planted in the garden. A thicker, almost felt-like liner provides insulation in cold weather as well as keeping the compost and plants in place. I suggest a 35cm diameter basket as it can take more plants and, because it is larger, resists cold better. You’ll also need compost. Stand the basket in a large ﬂowerpot before you start to prevent it rolling about. Once the liner is in place, remove the chain at one anchor point to stop it getting in the way. The liner will protrude above the basket edge at this stage but this helps to keep the 34 November 2019
Pippa Greenwood on how baskets can work in winter compost in place. Use good quality multi-purpose compost, firming it gently, and fill the basket about half full. Mesh baskets allow for easy side planting. Cut holes in the liner then insert small plants such as pansies at regular intervals around the sides of the basket, inserting them from the outside inwards to reduce damage. Nestle the roots into the compost and make sure that the liner is back in position after the last plant is in place. Add more compost to cover the roots of the side plantings and firm again gently. Next get the central plant in place and add three more upright plants such as miniature shrubs, equally spaced around the edges. For extra colour, add more winter bedding plants around the very outermost edge of the basket. Pinch out any faded ﬂowers and add more compost, carefully filling in any
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Cabbage patch kicks rachel Leverton adds some unusual winter colour November can be a bit of a grey, miserable month. My kids would call it ‘meh’. I like to inject some colour with winter bedding plants. A cheerful pot by the front door can make you smile on the gloomiest morning. Obviously, the choice of plants for winter is not as large as during the summer months but there are enough varieties around to make very attractive combinations for pots. My favourite plant for winter pots has to be the ornamental cabbage. These robust beauties come in wonderful colours including cream, pink and purple — with either 36 November 2019
attractive frilly or very spiky leaves. They pair beautifully with winter-ﬂowering pansies and hardy cyclamen. Try planting three pots of different sizes using a colour scheme which co-ordinates with the cabbages. Plant a 50cm / 20inch pot with four large ornamental frilly cabbages surrounding a central spiky one, to give some height to the display. Then choose a smaller pot (38cm / 15inches) and plant one frilly ornamental cabbage surrounded by pink and purple winter-ﬂowering pansies. Finally plant a small pot (25cm / 10inches) with a mixture of hardy cyclamen and white pansies. The resulting display will give you pleasure through November, December and January.
TOP TIPS • Select a frostproof container because these pots need to withstand wintery conditions. The most dependable pots are made of fibreglass, lead, iron, heavy plastic, or stone. Most terracotta will crack in cold temperatures, but some glazed varieties are frost-proof. • Use a good general-purpose compost. There are mixes specifically made for use in containers, which provide the essential drainage that plants living in pots need. • Make sure you place plenty of drainage material in the bottom of the pots. • A good compost will contain enough slow release fertiliser to maintain the plants for several weeks during autumn and winter. If they still going strong as winter turns to you can give them a bit of a feed, but by February or March you will want to think about replanting your pots with spring bedding. • Think about gravel — I like to use a layer of gravel over the soil of my winter pots for several reasons. It gives the planted pots an attractive finish, keeps rain from splashing back on to the plants, provides some insulation for the soil and reﬂects light and warmth in any winter sun thus creating a little microclimate in which the plants will be happier. • Water them! The plants will need moisture around their roots so water as needed unless the soil in the container is frozen. Do not water frozen pots because the plants are unable to absorb the water.
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Rotherham What’s on at Tickhill Parish Room Apparently, Christmas is just • Spanishtastic for kids, Choral Society around the corner! However, we have 1.00pm, 5.00pm, 5.50pm
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members are hard at work rehearsing for their first concert of the season which will take place on Saturday 23rd November, at St Cuthberts Parish Church, Herringthorpe at 7.30pm. Tickets are £10.00 (£9.00 and £2.00 concessions) available on the door or from choir members. This concert is totally ‘Handel’ and is aptly entitled ‘Hallelujah’. It will include Messiah Part One and various Handel arias and choruses. The soloists are: Clare Wheat, soprano, Joanna Gamble, alto, David WatkinsHolmes, tenor, Stephen Godward, bass, Jonathan Gooing, organ. The Musical Director is Rachel Copley. On Tuesday 29th November, members of the choir will be singing carols at the Woodman pub on the Woodlaithes Estate, do go along and join in, there will be a collection for charity. New members are always welcome in the choral society in all voice parts. Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings at 7.15pm to 9.15pm at Herringthorpe United Reformed Church. Do go along and have a listen and see if it is what you are looking for.
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Halloween to get over before that! I don’t remember Halloween being as ‘big’ as this when I was a child. Maybe we weren’t such party animals then. These days it’s any excuse to dress up and have a bit of a party and I’m all for it. Talking about parties (seamless link?)… Tickhill Parish Room is perfect for parties, not necessarily the fancy dress sort, but many others such as anniversaries, celebrations, birthdays, kids parties, celebrations of christenings, naming ceremonies, etc. We can cater for business meetings, and have a projector which links to your laptop for presentations, etc. We have enough crockery, cutlery and glasses to cater for a dinner for 60 people. Beautiful linenware completes the look. Our modern kitchen is well equipped for cooking, baking and party food preparation/service with a wide array of pots, pans, trays and utensils. Our prices are very competitive, the only extras you pay for are the dishwasher (£3.00), oven/hob (£12.00) and damask tablecloths (white £2.00/cream £1.00 each). REGULAR EVENTS Monday • First and third of the month — Probus from 10.00am • Ukulele (every week) from 7.00pm (all levels welcome) Tuesday
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Soup lunches are booked for Friday 8th November and Friday 22nd November, from 12.00pm. Tickhill Film Society is showing ‘Stan and Ollie’ on Wednesday 20th November, join for a season for £45.00 or pay as a guest for £6.00 per film. Our next Quiz Night is in the diary for Friday 8th November, entry is £5.00 with sausage and mash and free tea and coffee. Bring your own if you prefer alcohol! Call Lesley on 01302 744600 to book. Up to now Christmas Day is still available to book. A perfect venue to fit all your family in to enjoy a fabulous Christmas Day with none of the stress of finding the ‘emergency chairs’. For more details on any of the above, or to book the room yourself, call me on 07840 419763. Janice
Maltby Miners Welfare Band will be presenting their annual Christmas Concert at Rotherham Civic Theatre on Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th December starting at 7.30pm. It promises to be a good evening of entertainment with a mix of festive music and carols and compered by the ever-popular Mark Taylor. Tickets are available from Rotherham Civic Box Office on 01709 823621 or online from the theatre’s website.
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independent lecturer, will focus on Leonardo as painter, placing his art in its social and historical contexts. The meeting will take place at 7.30 pm, at Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill DN11 9QN. Non-members are always welcome and admission is £3.00 for non-members. For further information call 01709 370895.
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Only the good die ‘young’
average adult human body is made up of 65% water (a child is anything up to 80% hence the importance of children drinking water) with many organs, such as the brain and heart, containing around 70% water and the lungs, muscle and kidneys around 80%. Water also helps the cells communicate with each other allowing more efficient signal processing throughout the entire body, which in turn means the whole system can function better. This will lead to less arthritic pain, better joint, tendon and ligament movement, reduced irritable bowl symptoms and a better physique (a reduction in body fat) via excretion of toxins from the body. I would suggest you drink a minimum of two litres of water a day for two weeks a see if you notice any changes.
Chris barnacoat on keeping yourself looking & feeling young
Something we should all strive for is to die as ‘young’ as we can; I do not mean in a James Dean fashion, here I am referring to youth as the quality of our body and mind. We should not wait for illness to start before valuing our wellness because, in many cases, when illness arises it is too late. This month I will not be selling the infamous ‘elixir of youth’, but I will share ideas about how to keep ourselves looking and feeling young. You will not read any groundbreaking research or discover any magic techniques this month, but you may realise why the basics are the keystone to long standing good health, both physically and mentally and in maintaining a good physique. SLEEP By far the most underrated tool for fat loss and all-round good health. Sleep deprivation is used as a very effective form of torture in some 40 November 2019
countries, yet according to a 2017 wellbeing report, two thirds (67%) of UK adults suffer from disrupted sleep and nearly a quarter (23%) manage no more than five hours a night. Creating a ‘bedtime routine’ is paramount for getting enough sleep. Too many people want to have eight hours sleep a night yet only allow themselves enough time for six hours in bed. Switch off the television, get into bed earlier and read a book but not on an electronic device as the blue light emitted disrupts brain patterns and therefore creates interrupted sleep. Try a herbal tea before bed especially one containing extracts from the plant Valerian, which can promote relaxation and helps reduce anxiety. DRINK WATER Pure water, not water with juice or that which you use to make tea or coffee. Pure, filtered, natural water. The
BREATHE OUT STRESS Reducing stress is a major overall factor in allowing our bodies to repair and hence make us look and feel better and actually be more healthy. One of the most simple, yet efficient, ways to combat stress is to be able to breathe properly. We all do it naturally as infants; breathing properly. However, as adults, almost all of us do not breathe as efficiently as we should. The top two elements we need to survive are oxygen and water. Without oxygen we would only last minutes and without water we would only last days. Stop reading for a second and notice what is moving when you breathe. Your chest (ribcage) I would assume? An infant’s chest will rarely move when it sleeps but their belly will be constantly moving up and down. Spend a few minutes each day, especially before bed, teaching yourself how to breathe from your belly — push your belly out as you breathe in deeply. For some of you this will take a while to master, but because there are more air sacs (alveoli) at the bottom of your lungs than at the top, you will be breathing in more oxygen which in turn will help repair all human tissue and regenerate the old tired, damaged skin allowing you to look (and feel) young(er) again! Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk
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Your festive look book rachael bartrop turns on the seasonal style From work parties to Christmas dinner with the family, if you want to nail this year’s winter fashion for those important dates, then look no further. This season is all about bejewelled accessories, metallic talons and statement ankleskimming dresses, and thanks to great high-
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street pieces, you don’t even have to break the bank… If you were thinking of changing up your hair colour this festive season, according to www.elle.co.uk the colour you might want to give a try is called ‘smoky pink’ — think candyﬂoss but more edgy. Superdrug’s Pick and Mix range have a great example with their ‘dusky pink’ box dye for less than a fiver. And a statement hair accessory is a great way to complement your new hue. Bejewelled slides and chunky headbands can be seen all along the high street this season and are a perfect finishing touch to any outfit this Christmas. And for a little extra, according to Harper’s Bazaar “disco glam waves” are the way to style right now and can be achieved with Babyliss Deep Waves Waver for £32.00. As for nails, iridescent pastel has been in all summer with the arrival of Barry M’s Under The Sea colours. However, to take us into the colder months, Barry M have done it again with their Crystal Rock range; a textured, metallic nail paint in various shades that are all perfect for autumn/winter (£3.99). According to www.elle.co.uk, the ‘alternative French’ is also hot this season — instead of white, multicoloured tips are the way to go. And if you’d prefer to just keep it simple, the ‘it’ colour of winter is the classic navy blue. For a shimmery twist, try Rimmel London’s 60 Second Nail Paint in Moonlight Magic (£2.99). And now for what we’re going to be wearing this Christmas season! The hottest colours to be
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Decorating your home for Christmas CHRISTMAS comes to
colourful and sparkly. This is true on your Christmas tree and throughout your home. Always have a supply of singlecolour baubles or ribbons to start with and then add some bold accent colours or daring pieces without overdoing it. This will help to create a cohesive look.
Chanel Hosﬁeld creates a winter wonderland Rather than just putting up
a few red and green festive decorations, why not turn your home into a winter wonderland for Christmas 2019? CHOOSE A COLOUR SCHEME The colours you opt for really are personal preference. Red, green and gold is often viewed as the more traditional choice and there is something quite elegant about a silver and white colour scheme, but you may opt for the more contemporary look. In recent years, we’ve seen icy blues, pinks, rainbow decorations and even black. Don’t try to incorporate too many colours — choose one or two and layer up or opt for different textures to create a fuller look. SHOP AROUND As well as the huge selections of decorations available at the big-name brands, you can find endless quirky,
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IT’S NOT JUST ABOUT THE TREE While in many homes, the Christmas tree is the statement decoration for the festive season, don’t forget about garlands, wreaths and even your garden. Don’t underestimate the ability of aromas to make you feel Christmassy too — pine, cinnamon and citrus are just some of the smells we associate with the festive period. TRENDS According to John Lewis the seven Christmas themes for 2019 are:
unusual and even unique items in local shops and at craft fairs at this time of year — November is the month of the Christmas craft fair. Whether this is your first year in a new home and you are starting from scratch, or you’ve built up a good collection of Christmas decorations over the years, spend time browsing for key pieces that catch your eye. If you’re feeling crafty, you could also have a go at making your own decorations. THE BASICS AND THE BOLD When it comes to Christmas decorations, you can have too much of a good thing. It is important to get the balance right between the basic pieces in your colour scheme and the more striking designs which are bright,
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The Forget Me Not Friday Memory Café welcomes anyone from Wickersley and the surrounding area who is living with dementia, and their carers, to join them for music, table games, crafts and much more. For the September meeting, the members travelled back in time in style on a vintage double decker bus to the South Yorkshire Transport Museum, where they wallowed in nostalgia and enjoyed tea and cake. Future dates are:
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First Drives: Vauxhall Insignia Guernsey provides a great challenge for driving. Cars owned by the locals are bashed and dented. So too, are the hire cars. The reason for this, I soon discover, is that the roads can be uncomfortably narrow. And I mean so narrow that there’s absolutely nowhere to pull over. Lay-bys are few and far between. If you meet an oncoming motorist one of you will have to reverse for some distance in order to get passed. So, what better place to put the Vauxhall Insignia through its paces? When I first sit in the Insignia my first impression is that it feels wide and when I use the indicators the stalk feels a little too plasticky and flimsy for my liking. Then I cannot fathom how to open the boot. After watching Vauxhall’s YouTube video I understand. The very sleek design at first makes you think that the emblem is just that but look closer and there is a bit of a gap between this and the bodywork. So, push it down and the boot opens. Simple. A little gap appears between the boot lid and the bumper; slide your hand into this and open the boot. I’m not convinced that this is very easy compared to traditional grab handles and if it’s dirty you’re going to get filthy. The boot itself is sizeable and while there is a good amount of room in the rear for three passengers, installing three standard child seats is a chore due to the placement of the seatbelt slots. The Insignia is comfortable to drive but the manual six speed
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A festive good read Looking for the perfect book to give someone this Christmas? Maybe we can help… THE GIVER OF STARS Jojo Moyes Times are hard in Kentucky at the end of the Great Depression. Five women set out to bring some light back into people’s lives, through books. This isn’t your average mobile library; the librarians have to travel hundreds of miles every week, on horseback. Amongst them is Margery — whose family and unconventional lifestyle mean she’s all but ostracised by ‘polite society’. And Alice — a lonely incomer far from home. A great story, great characters and great writing make The Giver of Stars the perfect gift. THE TEN THOUSAND DOORS OF JANUARY Alix E Harrow January Scaller finds her first Door when she’s seven years old. It leads to somewhere far from her cosseted life as the foster daughter of a rich man. Little girls grow up and learn not to believe in the impossible. But then a strange book appears, just as January’s real father vanishes, and January sets out to discover the truth about Doors. One of the best fantasy books of 2019, this is a must for fans of Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman. THE SECRET SERIES Pseudonymous Bosch Young adventure fans are sure to appreciate this series, starting with the first book — The Name of This Book is Secret. My 10 year old daughter devoured all five in quick succession. Cass and Max-Ernest are unlikely friends who find themselves caught up in a quest to uncover a secret. Danger, mystery, friendship, villains and humour abound. 54 November 2019
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Countrywomen’s Association enjoyed a most informative talk by Judy Dalton from Shiloh, a Rotherham homeless charity for adults. They offer a refuge and wide range of support as well as working in partnership with a number of local organisations to help their ‘guests’ plan for a better future, by learning new skills and engaging in various activities. Volunteers and donations are always gratefully welcomed. A coffee morning in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, raised over an astounding £700. Many thanks to all who supported this and to Carole and Peter Walker who kindly opened their home and gardens to host this event. FUTURE EVENTS • Tuesday 12th November, 7.30pm — Branch AGM at The Ruddle Centre, Braithwell • Tuesday 19th November,12.15pm to 12.30pm — Autumn Lunch at Wetherby Methodist Church Rooms • Tuesday 26th November, 10.00am to 3.00pm — Christmas Workshop at Clifford Village Hall, near Wetherby • Friday 6th December — Shopping and Christmas Carol Service at St Michael Le Belfry, York For further information please contact Pamela at pammyjill@ me.com, call 07585 663434 or visit their Facebook page — Yorkshire Countrywomen Braithwell Branch. Visitors and new members are warmly welcomed.
Christian Aid coffee morning
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Friends in Harmony present cheque Two choir members, Janet
French and Hilda Allsop, received a cheque from the Friends in Harmony choir for £250 on behalf of Rotherham Talking Newspaper which is a local registered charity that exists to provide a service to people, of any age, who are blind, visually impaired, or unable to hold and read a newspaper for any reason. The service is totally free to listeners and produced almost entirely by volunteers. There are currently around 400 listeners and they distribute around 800 recordings per week on either audio cassette, CD, or USB Memory Stick. The choir also kindly donated a cheque for £250 to Rotherham Abuse Counselling Service.
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Trevor Langley samples some lively liqueurs Licor 43 (Cuarenta y Tres) is a true taste of Spain and has a unique blend of 43 ingredients. The Zamora family, some 70 years ago, became the custodians of a secret recipe for this very fine liqueur. Renowned as Spain’s No. 1 liqueur and for exporting too, Licor 43 is recognised globally and the popularity increases yearly. Vanilla, Mediterranean citrus, spice, sugars and alcohol are amongst the ingredients
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Kate mcLelland on films targeting an older audience In recent years the ‘grey pound’ — that’s the term coined to describe the purchasing power of senior citizens — has created new marketing opportunities for everything from holidays to household gadgets. It is even starting to affect the films we watch on TV and in the cinema, as movie studios begin to understand the earning potential of shows pitched at an older audience. Over the past decade films such as Quartet and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel have been partly responsible for breaking the mould. The tide began to turn in 2003, when a groundbreaking film based on a true story was released in the UK. Calendar Girls told the story of a group of Yorkshire women who, under the auspices of the Women’s Institutes, produced a nude calendar for Cancer Research following the death of a WI member’s husband. Focusing on middle-aged women not just as wives, mothers or aunts, but as people in their own right, Calendar Girls was a rare film for its time. It was also the surprising hit of 2003, winning Best Comedy 60 November 2019
Film at the British Comedy Awards and eventually grossing almost £80 million in box office revenue worldwide, but UK cinema audiences had to wait a further eight years before they were able to watch another British film that put older people at the heart of the story. That film was The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which opened to great acclaim in 2011. It told the story of seven British pensioners who decide to move to a retirement hotel in India. Soon after, in 2012, the films Quartet and A Song for Marion — co-incidentally both about singing pensioners — hit our screens and a sequel to the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was released in 2015. So do these movies provide a more positive view of aging? Those in favour believe that placing a stronger focus on older people’s lives has helped to eliminate the lazy stereotypes previously used by film-makers: the sweet, undemanding grandmother or eccentric, obsessive older woman; the grouchy old man in the street or the pathetic, aging father suffering from memory loss.
Less sympathetic reviewers have accused ‘grey pound’ filmmakers of opting for “light laughs over deeper insights” while condemning them for their “condescending” and “simplistic” approach to story lines and characters. The suspicion is that film studios are simply aiming at a lucrative audience sector rather than attempting a longoverdue transformation of the way older lives are represented on screen. Actor and director Emma Thompson is one of a number of critics who dislike films aimed at a particular segment of the cinema audience. “The film industry has tried to separate us into groups, and it’s a mistake culturally, artistically and economically,” she told the BBC in 2014. Opinions over the quality and content of ‘grey pound’ films might be divided, but at least these movies have made senior citizens more visible on our screens. No longer limited to playing benign grannies or grouchy old men, older actors now have the opportunity to portray characters who, despite — or maybe because of — their age, lead vibrant lives every bit as interesting as those of their younger counterparts.
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