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Rotherham Life Magazine September 2019 EDITION

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Rotherham Show 2019

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Welcome to the September edition of Rotherham Life magazine. The ‘ber months are here and, in some ways, September doesn’t seem to have much to offer — the children are back to school and the days are becoming cooler and shorter. But there is a lot of exciting things to look forward to — the autumn colours, winter cooking, cosy nights in front of the television. This summer I’ve enjoyed a holiday and days out with the family and in my challenge to do something for myself I bought a book and I read it too. But now, I’m ready for the return of routine — I’ve written in the magazines before about the fact I see September as the start of my new year and this time around it’s no different. It’s the first page of my new exercise book and the possibilities are endless.

David Coldrick meets local businessman turned author John Brogan

Locally, this month sees the 40th anniversary of Rotherham Show and we’ve got a preview of the weekend’s events in the magazine. We’ve also got plenty of inspiration for quick home decoration — I always like to add some new touches to my home in time for autumn and winter. We’ve also got a preview of the Festival of Food and Drink and don’t forget to enter our competition to win a pair of tickets on page 30. Our community pages are full to bursting this month and include a story about pupils from Thurcroft Infant School enjoyed scooter safety training from South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership (pictured above). Discover more community news and local events at www.rotherhamlife.com. Have a super September.

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Features Make exercise a real HIIT............................8 Choosing a window treatment.............12 Rotherham Show celebrates 40 years.16 Seven steps to healthy eyes.....................18

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Make exercise a real HIIT mark O’Keefe adds some variety to your fitness regime When we think of the gym we

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you should be totally exhausted. At this point you might be thinking that the 45-minute gentle jog isn’t sounding so bad after all, but HIIT has a number of real advantages. Each work period can be a different exercise. Some can be cardio; some can be strength exercises. This keeps the workout interesting (good if like me you are easily bored) and also gives you the twin benefits of improving fitness and building muscle. High intensity exercise burns more calories and more fat. Because you are working flat out your body needs to expend a lot more energy. It can’t keep pace with your needs by simply burning easily accessible temporary carbohydrate stores, so it has to start burning fat. It also needs a lot more oxygen which is why you get out of breath. But this raises your body’s metabolism to a much higher

level than simply jogging. So, when you finish exercise your body stays in this high-energy state for much longer burning even more calories. Your whole body has to work a lot harder to keep up with the exercise, especially your heart. In fact HIIT strengthens your whole cardiovascular system. It’s also very good at reducing insulin resistance (one of the precursors to type ll diabetes) which makes it much easier for your body to regulate your blood sugar, as well as helping to reduce high blood pressure, the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity and more. HIIT is easily tailored to any fitness level. If you pop to your local gym, you’ll usually find beginner, intermediate and advanced level sessions. But if the gym really isn’t your thing, it’s easy to do a HIIT work out at home. There are lots of apps and videos to help you out. Spending just 20 minutes, three times a week on HIIT will kick your health drive into top gear, so why not give High Intensity Interval Training a try?


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Rotherham U3A Rotherham Sitwell Rotherham people are rightly proud of their eight mile ‘River of Wildflowers’ flowing along the borough’s roadsides and central reservations. Initially a small project introduced by Streetpride in 2014, this colourful idea has been widely adopted nationally and internationally. The U3A ‘Gardening’ group visits Trentham Gardens on 20th September, location of what the owners believe is the longest sequence of meadow flowers, covering 21,000sq metres, and stretching from Trentham Lake to the Capability Brown landscape beyond. Other visual delights include an Italianate garden, Rivers of Grass, Floral Labyrinth and Show Gardens providing inspiration for home-gardeners. Visit the shopping village with cafés, restaurant and shops or browse the Garden Centre. The cost is £15.00 for the coach (non-U3A members £2.00 supplement); garden entry, £9.00. Contact Martin Ford on 01709 324672 for more details. Charlecote Park is the destination of the ‘Out and About’ group on 10th October. The home of the Lucy family since 1558, this beautiful house with Victorian kitchen, carriage houses and lovely grounds is well worth visiting. Capability Brown designed both the formal gardens and the grounds. Tradition has it that Shakespeare was arrested here in 1583 for poaching in the deer park. Although the deer park wasn’t introduced until 1611, documentary evidence shows that Shakespeare was in fact apprehended for poaching in these grounds during the 1580s, and that his threatened imprisonment was the reason he fled from Warwickshire to London. The rest, as they say, is history. The cost is £15.00 for the coach (non-U3A members £2.00 supplement) and entry is free for National Trust members; £11.00 for non-NT members. For more details contact Barbara Riley on 01709 878430. For information of all U3A activities visit ww.u3asites.org.uk/ Rotherham or contact Sylvia Duncan on 01709 374841 for brochure. 10 September 2019

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE COURTYARD AT SHILOH Steve Wylie and his team at Shiloh were delighted to be joined by the Rotherham Mayor to celebrate the opening of Shiloh’s new garden area. Even the pouring rain couldn’t dampen their joy! Steve said: “We’re really thankful to have a new peaceful space where our guests can relax, unwind and take part in group activities. It was partnership working that made it all possible and we were proud to be supported by the Mears Group, Fortem, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Rotherham Sitwell Rotary and the Rotherham Wheelers Cycling Club (who raised £4,396 for Shiloh) — together they all made it all possible. Many thanks also to the Rapid Relief Team UK, who provided an outstanding BBQ catering service for everyone at the event.” (Published

Beehive Folk Club Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

will be the guests at The Beehive Folk Club on Friday 6th September. Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style, with Algar’s all-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most soughtafter acts on the British folk scene. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio

Miranda at Firbeck Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed

singer and bassist with award-winning folk powerhouse Show of Hands, is returning to her roots with a show at Firbeck Village Hall on Friday 20th September. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she first started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely

by kind permission of Steve Wylie) MERCEDES MUSEUM At the speaker meeting of Rotherham Sitwell Rotary Club at the end of July, the guest was David Bambury, who gave a very interesting and informative talk and slide presentation on his visit to the Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart. David is a keen fan of this brand and he told members about his own Mercedes cars which he had owned over the years. The members present enjoyed the talk very much and the vote of thanks was given by Andrew Bates. FORTHCOMING EVENTS There are many forthcoming events planned, with the next being a trip to the JCB Factory on Thursday 10th October, so why not think about joining the Rotary at one of their meetings on Thursdays at 6.30pm, at Carlton Park Hotel, Moorgate, Rotherham. For further details, please visit their website at www.sitwellrotary.org.uk. 2 Young Folk Award, before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act from the same source in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo category. Tickets cost £10.00 each and the show will start at 8.00pm at The Beehive Folk Club, Winney Hill, Harthill S26 7YL. Contact Peter Garratt on 0114 2352850 or garratt-p@sky.com for further details and tickets. You can also visit www.beehivefolkclub.com. new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically and spiritually, Behind The Wall is a roller coaster ride, exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities and societies and where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant and beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect and maybe even empower us. For tickets call 01709 709406, email nwilson33@hotmail.com or buy online at www.wegottickets.com.


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Tickhill Film Society Musicality Singers Tickhill Film Society will be showing I have to confess that, though I am 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. The first film showing of the season will be a British black comedy from 2005 on Wednesday 18th September. This film will be available to members and guests are also welcomed 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. You can also email film@tickhillparishroom.co.uk.

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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. Future dates are: • Friday 13th September — ‘On the buses’ A short trip to the Transport Museum. • Friday 11th October — Games session. • Friday 8th November — Short act of remembrance. The café meets on the second Friday of each month at Wickersley Methodist Church, Bawtry Road S66 1JJ, from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. For more information please email forgetmenotmemorycafe@gmail.com.

Tickhill Music Society A warm welcome to the new season of the Tickhill Music Society awaits, when Bel Canto will return to St Mary’s Church, Tickhill, on Friday 13th September at 7.00pm to sing music by Handel, Mozart, Verdi, Rutter and Karl Jenkins. They will also perform melodies of stage and screen including Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music. For more information about the society see www.tickhillmusicsociety.org. 14 September 2019

on Facebook, I’m pretty rubbish at it. So, it was by chance that I came across a little cartoon that portrayed a group of a dozen or so people holding sheets of music and with mouths wide open. It said: “Happiness is... singing in a choir”. It seemed very appropriate given that I saw it after a couple of good rehearsals following a successful first concert across the county border in Dinnington. I shared the cartoon with my Facebook friends and was delighted to find that it struck a chord with quite a number of them! We had a lot of good feedback on the Dinnington concert from people in the audience, both from people who knew our singing and from people who hadn’t heard us before. A couple of musical directors of other choirs said they liked what we’d done. And it always gives a warm glow after a performance to know that people have enjoyed it. By chance, our next performance is also across the border — at St Leonard’s Church in Dinnington (S25 2LT). After that, we’re back in North Notts. We’re at St Leonard’s to help the church celebrate the 150th anniversary of worship in that building. We’ll be singing pieces from our normal repertoire, though, together with — provided that our musical director can be convinced that we’ve properly mastered them — a medley of ‘Queen’ numbers. (He’s a big ‘Queen’

Dinnington & District Art Society Dinnington and District Art Society will be holding their annual art exhibition in the Dinnington Resource Centre, Laughton Road, Dinnington S25 2PP, on Friday 20th September, from 10.00am to 4.00pm and on Saturday 21st September from 10.00am to 3.00pm. A wide range of art subjects will be available to purchase, admission is free and light refreshments will be available. The Dinnington and District Art Society welcomes all grades of artists, from beginner to professional standard artists who work in a wide range of mediums, including watercolour, pastels, pen and ink and oil paints to name a few. Regular demonstrations are given by professional

fan, so he won’t let us do it unless he’s sure we can do the music justice — but signs so far are promising.) The St Leonard’s concert is on Saturday 7th September and starts at 7.00pm. (Doors open at 6.30pm.) Tickets (available in advance from the church or at the door on the night) are £5.50, including refreshments, so it should be good. While I’ve got your attention, though, can I make a plea? We share a particular problem that most mixed choirs face. Although we have a good section of male singers, we could do with more of them. (We’re a 60-strong choir, but the chaps are heavily outnumbered.) It’s a perennial cry from community choirs, I know, but if there’s anyone out there willing to come along and give us a try, you’d be welcome. (Actually, we always welcome people who show an interest in joining us. You don’t have to be male.) We get together on Thursday mornings. The rehearsal starts at 10.30am, but people start arriving from about 10.00am. You can come along for a couple of weeks, just to try us out without any obligation and we don’t ask you to audition. From the beginning, it’s always been a case of us accepting anyone who just wants to try it to see if they enjoy it. Oh, yes — I should say rehearsals take place at the Crown Place community centre just off Sandy Lane in Worksop. Hope to see some of you there. Malcolm Fritchley artists and workshops are arranged where members can develop their skills. The society meets weekly at the Lyric Theatre, Dinnington on Tuesday evenings between 6.30pm and 9.00pm and at Firbeck Village Hall every Thursday morning between 9.30am and 12.30pm. Examples of members’ artwork can be found on the society’s Facebook page. If you are interested in finding out more, you are more than welcome to go along on a Tuesday evening or a Thursday morning and have a chat with some of the art society members and have a look at the wide range of art subjects that are covered. For further information please contact either the chairman, Stephen Foster, or the secretary, Malcolm Duck, by email at dinningtonartsociety@gmail.com.


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Seven steps to healthy eyes National eye Health Week 23rd September 2019 According to the Royal National Institute for the Blind, around half of all sight loss in the UK is avoidable. National Eye Health Week (NEHW), from 23rd to 29th September, reminds us of the importance of eye health and regular eye tests. KEEP ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION LOW Heavy drinkers are at increased risk of cataracts, early age-related macular degeneration (AMD), weakness or paralysis in the eye muscles, night blindness, corneal thinning or perforation, dryness, and (especially if they smoke) tobacco-alcohol amblyopia, a progressive optic neuropathy causing bilateral, painless, visual impairment with loss of colour vision and a central visual field defect. Excessive alcohol intake during pregnancy can cause foetal alcohol syndrome, resulting in ocular abnormalities in the baby. Both men and women should keep alcohol consumption under fourteen units a week. 18 September 2019

DON’T SMOKE AMD is far more common in smokers. Smoking is the biggest AMD risk factor besides aging, and also increases cataract risk. EAT AN EYE-FRIENDLY DIET Diet is important to eye health, particularly in reducing cataract and AMD risk. Eat plenty of: • Cod, sardines, tuna, mackerel and salmon • Green, leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, and broccoli • Brightly-coloured fruit and vegetables such as corn, carrots, orange peppers, oranges, blueberries, grapes and papaya • Whole grains, avocados and eggs • Garlic, onions, shallots and capers • Soy TAKE REGULAR EXERCISE Exercise may reduce sight loss risk caused by narrowing or hardening of the arteries, high blood pressure and diabetes, and it’s linked to a reduced risk of glaucoma, cataracts and AMD.

HAVE REGULAR EYE TESTS — EVEN IF YOU THINK YOUR EYESIGHT AND HEALTH ARE FINE Sight tests don’t just check if you need glasses. They can detect health conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes, and eye conditions you may be unaware of, meaning they may be treatable earlier (and making sight loss potentially avoidable). Everyone should have a sight test every two years, but you may need one more frequently if you’re over 40, of Afro-Caribbean or Asian descent, or have a family history of eye conditions. NHS eye tests are free in Scotland. If you’re in England, Northern Ireland or Wales, NHS sight tests are free if you’re on certain benefits or have certain conditions or a family history of them. Check your eligibility by searching for ‘free eye tests’ at www.nhs.uk. MORE INFORMATION Find out more about Eye Health Week and eye health at www.visionmatters.org.uk @myvisionmatters www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk has useful FAQs covering the benefits and support you’re entitled to and legal issues you must consider if you’re diagnosed with a sight condition.


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David Coldrick meets local businessman turned author John Brogan popped some of the childhood memories which the photos reminded him of on to social media. The response was amazing. People encouraged John to write the book. The book was published on Yorkshire Day — 1st August. John said: “The journey was not easy, but the results, for me, have been fantastic. My memory is not what it once was, but that could also be due to the ageing process.” John added: “There must be more people like me who have a story to tell in their lost memories.” I think he is right. Let’s hear from

readers and put a few more in print so do get in touch with me so we can help share them. In the meantime let’s not forget that reminiscence, even just some old photos shared are a key way of keeping loved ones with memory problems feeling a full part of the family. A shared local book can also jog memories. John Brogan’s is available from Amazon in paperback priced at £7.86 and Kindle at £2.35. David Coldrick is owner of Home Instead Senior Care Rotherham 34 Moorgate Road S60 2AG @homeinsteadrotherham 01709 837170 david.coldrick@homeinstead.co.uk


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Pupils in-line for safe scooting Doncaster slalom runs to the limbo is why we visit primary schools and challenge, pupils from one Rotherham talk to them about scooter skills as Movie Makers From primary school showed off their sweet well as road safety in general.

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Cine Guild at the height of enthusiasm for cine film, Doncaster Movie Makers has evolved over the years, adapting to the changing film formats and equipment. Yet the club is essentially the same as the original members set out to be — keen, enthusiastic, amateur film makers, who help each other produce films and advise on new equipment and editing software. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced filmmaker, Doncaster Movie Makers exists to bring like-minded individuals together to share knowledge, have fun and explore the fascinating world of filmmaking — from script to screen. Or you might just like to watch films. They have demonstrations, visiting speakers and film competitions. As a club, they also film local events and attractions, such as the Tour de Yorkshire. This year, films are being shown on themes such as ‘What I did today’ and competitions will be held for films inspired by the word ‘AFT’ and music videos. The club’s first meeting of the season is on Wednesday 25th September, at 7.30pm, at Flintwood Methodist Church, Lansdowne Road, Intake, Doncaster DN2 6QN and then continuing to meet every week until April. Please check the website for details of the programme, www.doncastermoviemakers. weebly.com, or call or text Charlie on 07765 715422 or email doncastermoviemakers@hotmail.com.

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Rother Valley Retired Teachers Association The Rother Valley Retired

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Technology for the new term You don’t need to pay full price for your child’s computing If your child needs a computer for schoolwork, don’t get downhearted by the high prices you’ll see in your local Apple Store or electronics emporium. You don’t need to spend a lot to get a good computer. There are three main types of computer. Windows ones, which run Windows 10 (don’t get ones with older versions; that usually means the hardware’s really old too); Chromebooks, which run Google’s Chrome operating system; and Apple ones. For most places the choice is entirely up to you, but some specialist courses at college or university may require specialist software. If you’re looking for a Windows or Chromebook laptop, there’s good news: those kinds of laptops are almost always on sale, so you can expect a wide range of bargains. Sites such as www.techradar.com have monthly round-ups of the best deals, organised into price bands: at the time of writing there’s a really nice Asus laptop for just £159.00, while more expensive laptops are available with discounts ranging from £175.00 to over £400.00. Sites often provide reviews of the products, so you can be sure you’re not buying

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something that won’t be up to the job. Another way to save cash is to buy a refurbished computer. This means it’s been used by somebody else and then returned to as-new condition. A number of firms specialise in such computers and the discounts can be enormous: for example, Laptops Direct currently has a perfectly decent Windows 10 laptop for just £109.00. If your child wants Apple kit, you’ll know it’s often very expensive. Shopping around doesn’t usually uncover much in the way of discounts but you can still save money if you know where to look. Apple has a refurbished Mac store on www. apple.com. and at the time of writing it’s offering Mac minis with a typical saving of £140.00, alongside MacBooks, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros and iMacs with £160.00 to £190.00 off. Third party refurbished sellers can offer even bigger discounts but check the age of the product: may third-party computers are a few years old, which isn’t necessarily a problem but does affect how big a bargain you’re getting: don’t compare the price of a three-year-old Mac with what Apple’s charging for a new one.

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End of line stock can be good too. Every time Apple updates its product range, the previous models are often sold at a discount. Keep an eye on eBay and you can save stacks — we’re writing this on an iMac we got brand new for two-thirds of the list price by looking for end of line stock — but make sure you stick to business sellers with solid, positive feedback going back years. Last but not least, there are secondhand computers. Many ‘power users’ replace their computers regularly, and those computers are still more than powerful enough for the rest of us. eBay and

classified advertising sites such as Gumtree can be great sources of good second-hand computers, but be wary. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is.

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A good read LeISUre

Whether it’s a new release or an old classic, fact or fiction, there’s always time for a good book.

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GOOD OMENS Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

In this dystopian tale, women are only allowed to speak 100 words a day. They’re also not allowed to read, have a job or, in fact, do very much at all other than look after their husband and children. But Dr Jean McClellan is given the chance to resume her research job and have the word limit lifted for both herself and her daughter, if she collaborates with the government. A real page-turner of a book that will appeal to fans of The Handmaid’s Tale and The Power.

The TV series has proven a hit, but it would be criminal to watch it without also reading the book. Crowley is a demon. Aziraphale is an angel. They’ve been good friends for a few thousand years. When they find out the apocalypse is coming and neither of the sides they represent want to stop it, the duo take it upon themselves to intervene. Hugely original, incredibly funny and, most of all, a truly entertaining story.

DIARY OF A SOMEBODY Brian Bilston It’s difficult to describe this book. It’s part poetry, part diary, part love story, part crime novel. Somehow, it all adds up to a very funny take on suburban life. If you struggle to find time to read, this could be the book for you, as it’s written as a series of short diary entries — perfect for dipping into each day when you have a few minutes to spare. SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW: A MEMOIR Wendy Mitchell Wendy Mitchell was diagnosed with early-onset dementia at the age of 58. In her memoir, she talks about the reasons she sought a diagnosis, how she came to terms with it and the changes she’s made to her life. Somebody I Used to Know gives us an eye-opening insight into an illness that’s all too often whispered about behind closed doors. Perhaps surprisingly, the memoir is also brimming with optimism, hope and humour. 34 September 2019

THERE IS NO PLANET B: A HANDBOOK FOR THE MAKE OR BREAK YEARS Mike Berners-Lee Want to play your part in protecting the planet? This book can help you decide which actions to take to make the most impact (the answers may surprise you). Topics range from food, energy and travel to wealth distribution. It’s presented in bite-sized chunks and written in plain English. TIN CAN COOK: 75 SIMPLE STORE-CUPBOARD RECIPES Jack Monroe Simple, wallet-friendly dishes that are delicious and nutritious? It seems too good to be true, but Jack Monroe seems to have succeeded. Her latest book puts canned food at the heart of every dish. Recipes include Rhubarb and Custard Pancakes, Sunshine Soup, Red Lentil and Mandarin Curry, and Creamy Crabby Pasta. Most only contain a handful of ingredients and only take a few minutes to prepare, using ingredients you can pick up from the local shop.


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Junior school orienteers face a tough task at the South Yorkshire finals Junior school pupils from

Rotherham gave their all but found the opposition too hot to handle when they flew the flag for the town in a regional orienteering competition. Hopes were high for the all-girl teams from Listerdale Junior Academy, who had beat off around 60 other teams from across the town for the right to appear in the South Yorkshire school orienteering finals last month. Their reward was to line up against teams across the whole of the region for the next event at Clifton Park and compete to see which team could plot their way around a series of checkpoints around the park in the fastest time possible. Teamwork, planning and athletic ability had proved to be a winning combination the first time out, but this time they came up against stronger teams, whose greater experience

edged them out of the top spots. The school had entered two teams in the Years Three and Four girls’ category and one in the Years Five and Six category, and the highest-placed finish achieved by any of the teams was fourth. David Sills, a PE teacher at Listerdale Junior Academy, said: “The girls had exceeded expectations to get to the finals but although they tried their very best, the other teams were more experienced and that told at the end. “They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves though and can wear their event T-shirts with pride because they’d helped our school to enjoy one of best years for sport ever. “We had a boys hockey team competing elsewhere on the same day and they won silver, so there is plenty for our pupils to be happy about and they are all talking about returning next year and trying to do even better.”

Exciting new look art exhibition! Wickersley Art Group is

holding its Annual Art Exhibition at Wickersley Methodist Church, Bawtry Road S66 1JJ on Saturday 5th October, from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 6th October, from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.

Admission is free and everyone is welcome, so do go along and enjoy the talent of local artists. There will be many original paintings, plus cards and notelets for sale. Tea and coffee and delicious cakes will also be available at Café Rose.

Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association Braithwell Yorkshire Countrywomen’s Association

raised £149.00 for their 2019 charity, Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA), all from a bottlebola stall at Braithwell Wheelbarrow Races. Their next event for YAA is a coffee morning on Friday 13th September in Braithwell, with cake stall and superb raffle. Everybody is welcome so please go along and

support this very worthy service. For further information, please contact Pamela at pammyjill@ me.com, or call 07585 663434 or see the association’s Facebook page @ YorkshireCountrywomenBraithwellBranch for further details. Their next meeting will be on Tuesday 10th September, at 7.30pm at The Ruddle Centre with Steve Wylie from Shiloh, Rotherham.

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what you want to convey with the colour of your kitchen to help you make a decision. White kitchens are extremely versatile, bright and can often have a modern edge. Cream kitchen doors often create a feeling of warmth and calm. It’s also an adaptable colour so, depending on the accessories, cream can fit well within traditional or modern kitchens. Grey kitchen doors are a popular choice currently — a cosy neutral colour that creates a stylish feeling in a kitchen makeover. Grey fits well within all kitchen styles, if you pick the right shade. Blue kitchen cupboards can set a beautiful tone for your space; duck egg blues work wonderfully in traditional settings, with more vivid blues giving a contemporary vibe. Dark kitchen doors are elegant and sophisticated, and usually fall into the modern style. Black kitchens work as a perfect dark neutral which you can pair with almost any worktop or kitchen flooring to create different looks. KITCHEN FINISH There are generally three different choices of finish for your new kitchen cupboards: Matt, gloss and wood grain. Each has a different appeal and gives a unique appearance to your new doors. Matt kitchens have a muted quality that create a timeless appeal, perfect for classic styles. Gloss kitchens have a sheen that can help create the illusion of more space and create a modern aesthetic. Wood brings with it a natural warmth and neutral base that fits in well with both traditional and modern kitchens depending on the shade of wood and how you style it.

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pippa Greenwood on how September is the perfect time to create a new lawn just before rain is forecast. Using pack directions, weigh out the quantity of grass seed needed for one square metre. Mark the corners of a one metre square plot and distribute the seed evenly over it — this shows you how correctly sown seed should look, thus acting as a guide for sowing the remainder. Sowing too thinly encourages weeds; sowing too thickly means poorquality seedlings that are less likely to thrive. For most

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The history of conkers With autumn comes

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but there have always been tricks of the trade to ensure your conker is a champion, including overnight soaking in vinegar. You can also do a test first to eliminate weaker conkers by placing them in a bowl of water, where the hardest will sink. The technique of drilling through the conker is vital too: the hole needs to be perfectly round and smooth with no cracks that could weaken its structure. Any such cheating is prevented at the annual World Conker Championships where all contestants are supplied with ready-threaded conkers. The World Conker Championships began in Northamptonshire in 1965 and has grown to become an international event with the first overseas title having been won by Mexican Jorge Ramirez in 1976 and the first ladies’ title being awarded to Selma Becker from Austria in 2000. Junior competitions attract schools with sponsorship and hundreds of thousands of pounds have been raised for the visually impaired to date.

It was once thought that conkers could win us the war. In the autumn of 1917, the Ministry of Supply offered children money through their schools and the Scout movement to collect as many conkers as possible. Under the Official Secrets Act, they were not told why, but it was hoped conkers could be used in the manufacture of cordite, needed for ammunition, which was running short due to shipping blockades. To manufacture cordite, a large supply of acetone is required, which is made from starch — readily available in horse chestnuts. Conkers are believed to have medicinal properties, helping in the treatment of haemorrhoids, varicose veins and rheumatism. And for arachnophobes, they are said to be a spider deterrent when placed around the home. Although traditionally a child’s game, many schools now ban conkers for health and safety reasons. And with the decline in the health of horse chestnut trees due to leaf miner moths and the bacterial disease bleeding canker, autumn conkers may become an increasingly rare sight.


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The 10 best electric cars on sale today battery shortage as has hit Kia, wait times can be up to a year. AUDI E-TRON Audi’s E-Tron is its first all-electric model, bringing a premium look and feel as well as impressive electric technology and plenty of space and practicality. Audi claims it’ll do 248 miles on a single charge.

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BMW I3S BMW has taken time to refine its i3 all-electric city car, ditching its petrol range extender thanks to better range. The i3s model gives the car a little added performance, and comes with a tuned stability system and a slightly more dynamic look. KIA E-NIRO Journalists have praised the e-Niro crossover for being good to drive and offering a battery capacity that gives an excellent range. Unfortunately, Kia hasn’t been able to source batteries quickly enough to meet demand, so wait times are about twelve months. HYUNDAI IONIQ ELECTRIC The Ioniq Electric is an appealing electric car that’s practical, good to drive and surprisingly quick. The interior feels a little on the cheap side, but it’s far from disappointing. However, due to the same

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September at St Bart’s September is going to be a busy

month at St Bart’s. They will be having their regular Sunday services at 10.45am every Sunday morning, so why not join the congregation as everyone is welcome. Coffee and Company is in the church rooms every Tuesday morning from 10.00am to 12.00pm. A friendly welcome is guaranteed to everyone and there is no charge for refreshments, but the best part is the friendly atmosphere. On Saturday 7th September, there will be a fashion parade in the Edward Dunn at 2.00pm. Admission is £5.00 but includes refreshments and a raffle for a gift voucher for £50.00 to spend on the day. There will be some lovely, reasonably priced clothing on sale. Please go along with friends and support the event as the proceeds will go towards the roof appeal. It is hoped that work can start on the roof in March 2020, so all fundraising continues in earnest, in order to be able to preserve Maltby’s oldest and much-loved building. During the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September the church will be open to visitors. Refreshments will be available and it is hoped to have church baptism and wedding records available. Please watch out on Facebook and local posters for more details.

What’s on at Tickhill Parish Room The Parish Room in Tickhill

has seen many changes in its long history including its main refurbishment 11 years ago with more updates taking place since then. For an outwardly historical building, complete with carvings above the old door arches, the building inside is not what you imagined it once looked like, especially the modern, up-to-date, well-equipped and efficient kitchen. REGULAR EVENTS AT THE PARISH ROOMS Mondays • Probus — second and fourth from 10.00am • Ukulele Group — every Monday, all welcome from beginners upwards, 7.00pm. Tuesdays • Spanishtastic classes for children — 1.00pm, 5.05pm, 5.50pm. • Yoga — 7.15pm. Wednesdays • Tickhill WI — 2.00pm, First Wednesday of the month • Les Francophiles de Tickhill — 7.30pm • Tickhill Film Society — Third of month (current season

Ghost hunt at Roche Abbey Les Francophiles de Tickhill

This coming Halloween why not

do something both a little bit special and scary at the same time? You are invited to the Ghost Hunt at Roche Abbey on Saturday 26th October, from 7.00pm to 12.00am. Tickets for this fundraiser for Feed Our Communities cost £32.93 each and include a hog roast and drinks. To book, email Louise Knight, the fundraising manager at louise. knight@feedourcommunities.co.uk, call 07842 036059 or book online at www.feedourcommunitiescic.co.uk.

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Are you interested in France and

all things French? Les Francophiles de Tickhill’s meetings take the form of visiting and local speakers, social events and activities and are given in English. The programme for 2019 is as follows: • Wednesday 2nd October — Mandrin, Grenoble’s Robin Hood. The exploits of Louis Mandrin as highwayman and smuggler in the mid-18th century by Thierry Viennois • Wednesday 6th November — The

September to December) • Sounds Phonics — 9.45am and 10.45am (term time) Saturdays • Parish Room Coffee Morning — 10.00am to 12.00pm If you would like any further information about the above regular bookings or would like to discuss your own event, ‘do’, celebration, party, class, fundraiser, etc, please call Janice on 07840 419763. Several dates over the Christmas holidays are still available, including Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, if you are still wondering how to fit all the family and friends into your home without a family feud. The solution is but a phone call away! At £12.00 per hour (£18.00 for commercial/business bookings) the rates are very competitive, this includes all the kitchen equipment, except the dishwasher and oven, along with beautiful white and cream tablecloths you can hire at a very reasonable rate. The projector is also available at £6.00 per booking. What have you got to lose? Call, book, sorted — relax! Mad Piper of D-Day. The story of Bill Millin who piped the troops ashore on D-Day by his grandson, John Millin • Wednesday 4th December — Fête de Noël. The Christmas Party Meetings take place in the Parish Room, Tickhill, at 7.30pm, on the first Wednesday of the month. The annual subscription is £17.50. Nonmembers 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.

Glorious afternoon tea with Rotherham Age UK fairways ensure a first-class service. It will be a lovely occasion and the cost is £16.50 per person and includes an afternoon tea of mixed sandwiches, scones, cake, tea and coffee. The Yorkshire Chocolatier will be joining guests to give a delightful talk.

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Kiveton Park & District Art Group

of open cards, showing paintings of local scenes (which are mounted, ready to be converted to pictures) will be available, as well as their 2020 calendar, made from original artwork. A perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping! In addition to this, a variety of pre-loved art materials and books will be on sale at bargain prices and children will be invited to make a daisy to add to the art group’s daisy chain, which will be exhibited in the hall. There promises to be something for everyone and entry is free. Refreshments will be available from the village hall including a coffee morning followed by afternoon tea on the Friday, in aid of Macmillan.

Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) presents ‘Sardinia: Nuragic Culture and Monuments’. Simon Tomson, archaeologist and popular lecturer, returns to give his illustrated talk about the unique island culture of the late Bronze Age in Sardinia on Friday 6th September, at 7.30pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Non-members are welcome to attend and admission is £3.00 for non-members. For further information, please call 01709 370895.

Kiveton Park and District Art Group will be holding its annual exhibition and sale at Kiveton and Wales Village Hall on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th September from 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 29th September from 10.00am to 3.00pm. A wide range of original art will be on sale at reasonable prices. The weekend coincides with Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning and the event will support Macmillan with profits from the sale of items available to purchase. Handmade Christmas cards and a range

The September concert from

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Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts will follow after the annual AGM on Sunday 22nd September. Playing for members and guests will be member and former Mansfield Cinema organist, Alan Wilson. The concert will commence at 2.00pm prompt and there will be free refreshments

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FOOD & DrINK

A culinary feast for all at Clumber Park’s Festival of Food & Drink There’s a worldwide

culinary feast promised to food enthusiasts heading to Clumber Park for the Festival of Food and Drink, held on 14th and 15th September at the National Trust property in the middle of the stunning Sherwood Forest. Celebrity chef and BBC MasterChef judge/host John Torode will be sharing recipes from his latest book Sydney to Seoul, which follows his journey from Australia to the Far East in the Cookery Theatre on Sunday. He will be joined by Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green, who will be focusing on cooking delicious meals with fish. On Saturday, EpiVegan Brett Cobley will be showcasing meat-free and tasty Vegan dishes. He is joined by BBC MasterChef: The Professionals winner Laurence Henry, who will be sharing recipes that saw him win the coveted title. But it’s not just about the chefs cooking at the Festival of Food and Drink. There are cookery workshops for both adults and children throughout the weekend, held by the School of Artisan Food. For the adults, there’s sausage making with expert tutor Chris Moorby who will also be taking classes on how to create traditional hand raised pies. Tutor David Carter teaches how to achieve authentic Italian pizza from a wood-fired oven while Laurence Fourdrignier teaches on the art of Fermentation. However, the most popular class is always the Beer Tasting with head brewer Claire Monk treated to a brilliant line-up of classes offering a wide selection of hand-crafted teaching them how to make ice-cream, beers from the Welbeck Abbey Brewery pizza, cookies, cheese and dough for sampling. Each session costs just balls. Each session costs £2.00 per £10.00 and can be booked in advance child and lasts 20 minutes. These are to avoid disappointment as each class booked on the day so be sure to head is restricted to 12 participants. to the School of Artisan Food marquee Young foodie enthusiasts are also on arrival so you don’t miss out. 54 September 2019

Along with the 150 producers showcasing their delicious food and drink from around the UK and beyond, festival goers can enjoy live music from John Adams, Dammit Jack and Vince Freeman while they enjoy a diverse mix of Street Food, with some new exciting flavours for 2019. A few VIP tickets are still available for just £15.00 and include priority parking, fast track entry, access to the VIP marquee with seating, an exclusive celebrity ‘meet and greet’ and a fabulous goody bag. Ticket prices start from just £7.00 in advance with free admission into Clumber Park included (usually £5.00 per person), offering a fantastic saving. Children aged five years and under are also admitted free. Family tickets are available, with entry for two adults and two children up to the age of 16 years, from £20.00. For more info, visit www. festivaloffoodanddrink.com.


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Beauty boosts Kate Duggan takes a look at treats for your skin, hair and senses If your skin (like you) is feeling a

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includes turmeric root extract (an anti-inflammatory that promotes healing), aloe vera, rose hip oil, argan oil and other plantbased ingredients. It’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins and other goodies. The cream absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling softer and more hydrated. My skin loves it. It’s £47.00 at www.tamaarskincare.com. Planning a last minute getaway or trying to cut down on your plastic? Try a shampoo bar. While they were quite hard to get hold of a couple of years ago, they’ve grown in popularity considerably, and it’s easy to see why. A shampoo bar will last several times longer than a bottle of shampoo. There’s less plastic waste, and the bars are easy to transport. I’ve been trialling The Shine Bar, which lathers well, leaves hair feeling clean and shiny, and has a pleasant citrus fragrance. It also comes in a handy metal storage tin, so is ideal for taking to the gym or for travelling. The Shine Bar costs £9.50 from www. shineshampoobars. co.uk. Alternatively, try Lush, The Natural Soap Company or www. ethicalsuperstore.co.uk for other shampoo bars. Regular readers will know I’m a fan of Weleda’s Skin Food. I’m in good company, as it’s also beloved by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, Adele and Julia Roberts. The eco-brand has recently released a Skin Food Body Butter, £18.95, which is every bit

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FOOD & DrINK

That’s the spirit: Gin

Gin’s basic flavour is from

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Warner Edwards are creators and distillers of hand-crafted, artisan gins. Their Victoria’s Rhubarb Gin is named because the original rhubarb crop, from which the current rhubarb crops are descended, was grown in the kitchen garden of Buckingham Palace, during Queen Victoria’s reign. The mouthfeel and palate enjoys the tangy sweetness. Also, prosecco makes a great mix with this gin. Other Warner Edwards hand-crafted gins include their splendid Harrington Dry. www.warneredwards.com. 60 September 2019

trevor Langley samples some stunning measures The Cotswolds Distillery, established 2014, produces an excellent quality, hand-crafted, dry gin, which is unfiltered, so as to retain all the flavour of the botanical extracts and essential oils. This classic production is produced in small batches and is wellbalanced, with an ‘inviting’ nose of citrus amongst the bouquet’s appeal. The mouthfeel and palate continue the enjoyment, which is clean and crisp. This exceptional gin is part of their range. www. cotswoldsdistillery.com. Gordon’s is a very well-established company. Premium Pink Distilled Gin I found refreshing and aromatic.

The inclusion of raspberry, strawberry and redcurrant ‘natural flavourings’, make for a superblybalanced and often-selected gin production. Another impressive gin, inspired by Gordon’s original pink gin recipe of 1880. A company dedicated and committed to producing and supplying high-quality drinks. www.gordonsgin.com. Chase Rhubarb and Bramley Apple is a single-estate production, from the Chase Distillery Company, Chase distils from the field to the bottle and has an excellent range of drinks. This gin is carefully crafted by distilling G B gin with freshlypressed rhubarb and Bramley apple juice, which comes directly from the farm. This impressive production is perfect anytime and great for spritz cocktails. www.chasedistillery.co.uk. I located these gins at Waitrose, the food and retail division of John Lewis Partnership. Founded during 1904, Waitrose possesses a royal warrant to supply groceries and offers food and beverages of outstanding quality, many of which are multi awardwinning. www.waitrose.com.


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John Longley..........................................................56 & 57 Ritchie Brothers UK.......................................................37

BEAUTY, AESTHETICS & HAIRDRESSING

Foxx Hair Studio..............................................................39

CARE — CHILD CARE SERVICES

Pre-Schools Ravenfield Pre-School Playgroup.............................39

CLEANING SERVICES

Domestic Cleaning Gold Dust Cleaning & Laundry.................................. 51 Molly Maids......................................................................62

COACH TOURS & HOLIDAYS

CW Moxons......................................................................29

COMMUNITY CENTRES

The Wesley Centre.........................................................26

ESTATE AGENTS & HOMES FOR SALE

Fenwood Estates..............................................................7

FAMILY DAYS OUT & EVENTS

Accountancy Services First Accountancy..........................................................31

FUEL SUPPLIES

Gas Rother Gas.......................................................................16 Solid Fuel Griffin Freight...................................................................43

FUNERAL & END OF LIFE SERVICES

Aerial Installations & Repairs Swiftfit Aerials.................................................................31 Architectural Design & Surveying AKH Construction..........................................................13 Mark Woodhead Architect..........................................28 Conservatory Roof Conversions Right Conservatory Roof Conversions....................30 Drives, Patios & Pathways Absolute Resin & Paving.............................................43 Pathways.......................................................................... 41 Fencing CP Fencing & Decking..................................................43 Garage Doors JB Doors.............................................................................47 The Doors Group............................................................49 Gardening, Tree & Landscaping Services ARB Care Tree Surgery................................................. 41 Greenfield Leisure......................................................... 41 Greenthumb....................................................................42 Locksmith Metro Locksmiths..........................................................61 Roofing Services Aston Roofing.................................................................. 41 Sheds & Garden Buildings UK Garden Buildings.....................................................45 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Charm Windows.............................................................53 Truestyle Windows & Property Repairs.....................5 Window Repair Services.............................................. 51

HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, PUBS & EATERIES

Hellaby Hall Hotel..............................................................2 The Sheppey....................................................................21 The Three Tuns...............................................................29

LEISURE CENTRES & SPAS That’s what tens of thousands Bodyscene Health & Leisure Club...........................25 Fretwell Spa.....................................................................59 MOTOR VEHICLE of people around the world do! Servicing, Repairs & Parts

Funeral Directors J Parkinson & Sons........................................................27 Jeremy Neal.....................................................................64 Memorials Steve Winks Memorials...............................................11

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HOME EXTERIOR

Bedroom DC Interiors......................................................................15 Hometown Designs......................................................63 Blinds, Curtains & Shutters JK Designs........................................................................13 Martins Blinds & Shutters...........................................13 Domestic Appliance Repairs Matt Gee...........................................................................16 Electrical Services & Supplies Baldwin’s Electrical & Security..................................31 Delta Electrical Solutions............................................13 Fast Fix Plumbing & Property Maintenance.........28 Furniture & Homeware E Hayes & Co...................................................................23 Fosters For Furniture.......................................................3 Joinery Services Richdon Joinery.................................................................1 Kitchen Affordable Kitchens & Bathrooms...........................15 DC Interiors......................................................................15 Dream Doors...................................................................39 Hometown Designs......................................................63 Painting & Decorating Services Fast Fix Plumbing & Property Maintenance.........28 Plumbing, Heating & Gas Services Ecotech Heating & Plumbing.....................................11 Fast Fix Plumbing & Property Maintenance.........28 POC Gas Care Services................................................43

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Doncaster Racecourse................................................39 Festival of Food & Drink...............................................55

FINANCIAL SERVICES

Opticians Brumpton Opticians......................................................31 Dudley & Severn.............................................................21 Mobile Opticians.............................................................17 Wickersley Eye Clinic.....................................................19 Physiotherapy Liberty Physiotherapy...................................................52 Weight Loss Slimming World...............................................................61

Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group..............9 Foot Health K & R Footcare Services..............................................29 Vickie Perrie Foothealth...............................................53 Mobility Aids & Scooters Clark & Partners.............................................................23

HOME INTERIOR

Bathroom Affordable Kitchens & Bathrooms...........................15 AHM Installations...........................................................23 Hometown Designs......................................................63 Richardson’s Bathroom Interiors.............................35

Andy’s Smart Car Body Repair..................................49 Car Medic......................................................................... 51 ETS Auto Centre.............................................................50 Maltby MOT...................................................................... 51 Rimworx.............................................................................47

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Mount St Mary’s College.............................................33

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