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WE WERE DELIGHTED to visit get into the festive mood. King Edwin Primary School as As always, it was very special part of their Christmas Fayre. to work with our friends and Members of the academy choir colleagues at King Edwin Primary sang a variety of songs including School as well as getting to Last Christmas, Silent Night and meet their fantastic students. A Rocking Around the Christmas pleasure to help spread some Tree. It was the perfect first early Christmas joy! Christmas performance for the Pictured are members of our choir to help the local community choir with a very special guest!

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DUKERIES CROSS COUNTRY SUCCESS HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to our sister-act dynamic duo of Charlotte and Emily who have both qualified from the Newark & Sherwood District Cross-Country Trials and go on to represent Newark Schools at the County Championships in February 2020. Special mention to Charlotte in Year 8, who competed against students across the district from both Years 8 & 9, finishing 3rd overall to take one of the 12 qualifying places. Emily will be continuing her consistently excellent cross-country performances in the senior category. Wishing you the very best of luck at County level, girls!

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Happy New Year and welcome to the January edition of Sherwood Life magazine. The start of a new year, a new decade even, and the time when we traditionally look ahead and plan for the next 12 months. As satisfying as the thought is to start again and make sweeping changes in order to be ‘happy’, why not make a smaller pledge… don’t be a ‘new you’, be a ‘better you’ and be kinder to yourself. It may be dark and cold outside, but snuggle up and enjoy your magazine. You’ll find tips for cosying up your home, becoming financially organised, giving Veganuary a go, and much more. One of the lovely things about being the editor of Sherwood Life magazine is finding out so much about what is happening locally. I feel incredibly privileged to receive so many submissions each month from local

Chris Barnacoat on planning your future in the new year with a new clarity

groups. They cater for a diverse range of interests and I know they would love to welcome new members. In this edition alone, we hear from numerous groups you could join for some ‘me’ time in 2020 — maybe singing with The Dukeries Singers, making new friend at the Dukeries Third Age Group or fundraising with the Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group (pictured above)? And if you’re a member of a local group and you’d like to be included in a future edition, then drop me an email to community@sherwoodlife.com and we’ll make it happen. Keep up to date with daily news from local groups and updates about local events via our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sherwoodlife, Twitter @sherwoodlife and on our website, www.sherwoodlife.com.

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LIFESTYLE

A perfect vision of your future Chris Barnacoat on planning your future with a new clarity ‘Perfect vision’ and ‘20/20

vision’ are often synonymous, but actually 20/20 vision only indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a distance (20 feet); beyond that distance your vision can fail. We all have perfect vision when we use hindsight but how about this year we develop foresight — the ability to predict what will be needed in the future? CREATE THE FUTURE They say the best way to predict the future is to create it, but to be able to do that you need to have the ability to see beyond your current potential; you need to have a vision of a better future. Sometimes it is difficult to imagine what life could be like when we base it on our current surroundings; where we work, the town we live in, our relationships with our family and friends, our financial situation, our physical shape and mental health, so we have to use any methods available to us to help mould our future image and allow ourselves to visualise what life could be like. Do not predict the future by wanting more of the same — predict

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the future by wanting better. Do not forget that wanting better does not necessarily mean that you are currently unhappy, it just means that you want to keep evolving. Although visualising is a very important aspect of improving ourselves, it is only a theoretical prospect and nothing more than images and words needed to provide a blueprint. After all, a building only exists if you actually build it… but a great building needs planning first. PAST AND FUTURE I am a rapidly growing believer of living in the present and fully enjoying the moments we have rather than being distracted by what might happen or something which we believe should be happening. But I do believe that we should understand our past to be able to enjoy the present and therefore create a better future. Your past does not equal your future; just because you once were this is absolutely not a guarantee that you always will be. Believe in change. Believe you can change. There are thousands of stories out there about people who have completely turned

their lives around from the worst situations (even those situations created by themselves) to the best positions. Never think you are alone because, although you might not know anyone personally who is going through the same struggles as you, there is definitely someone out there who is… or even going through worse. BE GRATEFUL Writing down three things which you are grateful for every day is a fantastic way to start thinking in a more positive manner. It is impossible to be depressed or negative and grateful at the same time. Make sure you write different things down each day so that as the weeks go on, you have to look harder and harder, therefore forcing you to see the good in all situations. I hope you all had a wonderful time of the festive season. I look forward to more of your feedback and questions from these articles and get planning the new you for the new year! Chris Barnacoat www.satorihealth.co.uk


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Arts Society Dukeries If you have an interest in the arts and would like to learn more, please go along to one of The Arts Society Dukeries’ meetings. They have monthly lecture meetings on the first Wednesday of the month (except for summer and winter breaks) and two extra special interest days. Also, in December they have an extra Christmas themed lecture with lunch. Further, they enjoy trips out to places of interest and a holiday for members. They do not have any meetings in January. Their first lecture of 2020 is on Wednesday 5th February and is titled ‘Portraits of the Maharinas’. The society meet at the Civic Centre, Long Lane, Carlton-inLindrick S81 9AP. Coffee is served from 10.00am and the lecture is from 11.00am to 12.00pm approximately. Free car parking is available. For further details on the lecture programme, the study/special interest days or the society, please call Suzanne on 01909 290488 or Gill on 01909 540506 or visit www. theartssociety.org/dukeries. East Markham Players Panto

The ever popular East Markham Players return in 2020, after many years of playing to packed houses in their home village and, more recently, also in Dunham-on-Trent. This year’s fun filled frolics will be aided by the script for ‘Babes in the Wood’ and showcase the Players’ irrepressible love for life and entertainment. This is the ultimate in family entertainment, guaranteed to blow away the post-Christmas blues — and right on your local doorstep. You may also (just) recognise some familiar faces from the local community. The dates are 7.30pm on Friday 31st January at 7.30pm and Saturday 1st February at 2.00pm and 7.30pm at East Markham Village Hall; and Saturday 8th February at 2.30pm and 7.30pm at Dunham-on-Trent Village Hall. Be sure to get your tickets soon from either Sally Mitchell Gallery in Tuxford or East Markham Post Office. They always sell quickly. 10 January 2020

Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance given go ahead to build new HQ A brand-new headquarters for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) has been granted planning permission by North Kesteven District Council. The charity’s new future-proof home will be based adjacent to RAF Waddington on the A15 Sleaford Road. The new headquarters will see charity staff, crew and helicopter all based under one roof; the facility will include a helicopter take-off and landing pad for both day and night operations as the charity moves to full 24/7 coverage early next year. With the charity’s operations and offices currently based on separate sites, the move will allow for closer working between staff and crew, whilst providing a facility for visitors, former patients, volunteers and benefactors to visit the charity and support their fundraising efforts. The air ambulance helicopter currently operates from RAF Waddington, whilst the charity has offices at Bracebridge Heath in Lincoln and Colwick in Nottingham.

The brand-new headquarters and airbase will have its own purposebuilt hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, along with housing for the charity’s Critical Care Car with direct access onto the road network for faster response time. Enhanced crew training facilities will also be available at the new base, which will help clinicians to develop their skills further and prepare for the incidents they respond to. To support the funding of their new home, the charity recently received an award of £1.82million from the Department of Health and Social Care. The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance was successful in its application for funding when £10million was set aside by Chancellor Phillip Hammond to help support UK air ambulance charities with capital projects. Construction of the new HQ will begin early next year and is due for completion in the winter of 2020. To keep up to date with the latest developments of this project, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk.


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Rachel Bayliss on the secret of successful saving for children is to start early It costs £229,251 to raise a child to 211. With stagnant wage growth and low interest rates, many parents feel squeezed to make ends meet, let alone think about funding future costs like university or a housing deposit. As expenses rise and returns from savings fall, the idea of building a nest egg for your child might seem farfetched but saving for your kids need not break the bank and could make a huge difference to their future. Distant goals are generally easier to afford. Buying a first home or paying for further education or training can be made far more affordable by 14 January 2020

starting early. The principle is very simple: the longer the investment has to mature, the greater the benefit will be from the year-on-year compound growth of reinvested returns: investing £200.00 a month for five years can grow to over £13,000.* Bearing in mind the Child Benefit for a sole child currently amounts to £89.70 per month, these figures start to look more and more feasible. There are a number of government schemes to save for children. The tax-friendly Junior Individual Savings Account (JISA) is a very attractive option. Any returns are free from Income Tax and Capital Gains Tax. Savers can typically make regular or one-off payments up to the current annual limit of £4,368. Money held in a JISA is locked in until the child reaches 18, after which it can be converted into an adult ISA and continue to

enjoy the same tax advantages. Less well-known is that children can have a pension fund as soon as they are born. Setting one up can bring significant tax advantages since, as you save, the government adds a generous tax relief. Contributions up to the maximum of £2,880 a year are automatically grossed up by the government to take account of tax at 20%, giving a maximum annual investment of £3,600. Even a few years of contributions can build a substantial pot. Just as with pensions for adults, pension pots for children benefit from tax breaks. In common with JISAs, anyone can pay into the pension — parents, grandparents, godparents, friends or other family members. (However, only parents and legal guardians can actually set one up.) Saving this way may also help mitigate an Inheritance Tax (IHT) liability. Payments from grandparents, for example, may be covered by the annual £3,000 IHT gifting allowance, or the exemption for payments made out of income. If you are unsure about the most suitable way to invest for your children, then you should seek financial advice. 1 Centre for Economic and Business Research, September 2019 * Assumes an annual growth rate of 5% net of charges. These figures are an example only and are not guaranteed - it is not a minimum or maximum amount. What you will get back depends on how your investment grows and on the tax treatment of the investment. You could get back more or less than this.

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COMMUNITY

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Dukeries New support service for Woodturning stalking survivors first of its Society kind in Nottinghamshire

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Society’s final meeting of the year, on 27th November, was well attended and members were treated to a fascinating demonstration by Margaret Garrard. She made a bud vase in the first part of the evening, during which she showed how to create a crackled, coloured finish on the piece as well as a plain colour. Small bands of natural wood highlighted this to good effect. Later in the evening she made a timely Christmas tree decoration using a process which produced about 15 at a time. Margaret also brought a selection of other work, including an impressive pierced piece, for members to look at and ask about. The first meeting of the society’s new year will be on 22nd January at the Jubilee Hall in Ollerton at 7.30pm. This will be their AGM, so they hope to see everyone there ready to discuss the running of the club and to hear about the new programme to come. Visitors and guests are welcome and it is a good opportunity to meet each other and chat. Please note that 2020 subs are due in January. Membership costs £15.00 a year plus a £5.00 a time nightly fee. There are 11 meetings a year and four hands on sessions as well. Your first visit is free. They look forward to welcoming members old and new. For more information please visit www. dukerieswoodturning.org.uk or call Gordon Fisher on 01623 464986 or Michael Manning on 01777 870844.

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branch of Parkinson’s UK would like to wish all readers a happy and healthy New Year. Branch activities for 2020 are very exciting with meetings, speakers, outings, computer classes and lunch club events already planned. The February meeting will welcome Jo Pritchard (Retford Physiotherapy

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A support service designed to protect the safety and mental wellbeing of victims of stalking has announced it is ready to take on new clients as the UK marks a national anti-violence campaign. The Stalking Advocacy Service, funded by Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Paddy Tipping and the first of its kind in the county, is a pilot project which has been accepting referrals from Nottinghamshire Police, who run a monthly stalking clinic, since July. The service, which helps both male and female victims of stalking, is being delivered by Juno Women’s Aid, Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid and Equation, which are working together to deliver a one-stop shop of support. Until recently, victims and survivors whose stalking experiences did not form part of domestic abuse were denied access to specialist safety planning and emotional support. However, the PCC was determined to change the position by funding a bespoke support facility. The Stalking Advocacy Service is able to support all victims and survivors of stalking, even if they have not reported their case to the police. “Stalking poses a serious threat to the safety and emotional wellbeing of its victims,” said Mr Tipping. “It is not a problem that can be swept under the carpet and nor should it be — painful lessons nationally have shown us that failing to act promptly can have tragic

Parkinson’s UK and Pilates Clinic) and Elizabeth Proctor (Personal Health Budget/ Complex Case Manager). Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club, Central Avenue, Worksop S80 1EN and a warm welcome awaits. They firmly

consequences for the victim. “It is estimated that half of stalking victims experience post-traumatic stress disorder while others develop anxiety, depression and agoraphobia. For too long innocent victims have not only suffered fear but frustration with a system that is meant to protect them. “It is vital we respond robustly and compassionately and give people the help they deserve, which is why I've funded this new service. Through our advocacy workers, we will ensure victims receive the best possible support to safeguard their futures and recover from their experiences.” The PCC has provided funding worth £37,500 each to Juno Women’s Aid and Nottinghamshire Women’s Aid while Equation has received £9,480 to deliver support tailored to male victims as well as deliver a series of seminars for professionals to raise awareness of stalking and how to get help, which will be developed and rolled out from April 2020. The funding has provided two part-time stalking advocates who have already helped victims with safety planning and other support. The service has been funded as a pilot until December 2020. It will then be evaluated in the summer 2020 to inform future commissioning arrangements. To access the service call the women’s helpline on 0115 947 6490, or the men’s Helpline on 0115 960 5556. believe that no-one should feel alone with Parkinson’s disease. The hand of friendship and support is always open, when hopefully members can show that there is life to enjoy despite some of the difficulties of the condition. For more information about the branch and its many activities, call Chris Coldwell on 01909 730629.


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On Saturday 9th November

the Sherwood Forest Rotary Club presented their 39th Annual Proms Concert. The concerts began in 1980 as Brass Plays the Proms, organised by Rotarian Malcolm Bevan who is still in charge of the popular event. This year the Dukeries Academy began the concert with their band and choir before handing over to two regular members of the Proms Concert, Susan Kilner and Jonathan Price accompanied by John Catling. Community Voices is a group of singers who rehearse specifically for the concert over a period of six weeks. At this concert they performed songs which included famous titles by Frank Sinatra and Tina Turner. New to the Proms stage were the Edwinstowe Handbell Ringers, who proved to be very popular with

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Do Governments have their priorities right when it comes to fossil fuels and climate change? aspects of society. The next 10 years are critical as we have already reached some of the predicted outcomes and tipping points. Personal sacrifice alone will not be the solution to tackling the climate crisis. There’s no other area in which the individual is held so responsible for what’s going wrong. It’s true: people drive too much, eat too much meat, and fly too often. But reaching zero emissions requires very fundamental changes. Individual sacrifice alone will not achieve the results needed. It can only be achieved by real structural change; by a new industrial revolution. Yet what are we doing? Our government declared a moratorium on fracking, however the Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom calls the UK fracking ban 'disappointing’ and insists it is only temporary until new technology reduces earthquake risk. The UK’s definition of fracking still has the potential to allow flouting of the rules by simply reducing the amount of fluid or resorting to other methods of extraction, such as using acid

stimulation or acidisation. The present Government is very pro-fracking. INEOS is the biggest fracking licence holder, and the owner has said he is continuing with his plans to frack the UK. Our goal must be to leave fossil fuels in the ground, to limit the use of fossil fuels such as oil, carbon and natural gas, replacing them with renewable cleaner sources of energy, and increasing energy efficiency. We must ban fracking and we have to change how industries are run or subsidised. These are not things that we as individuals can change. We need Governments to change their priorities, create appropriate legislation and start the new revolution. If you are interested in joining our campaign we meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Suite 2 Old Station, High Street, Edwinstowe NG21 9HS. See also our Facebook page — Frack Free Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe. Pauline Meechan Frack Free Sherwood Forest and Edwinstowe

Sherwood Forest Rotary Proms Concert the audience. The Dukeries Community Band completed the first half with some ‘Big Band’ sounds and led the audience through the second half with traditional Proms favourites. The evening raised over £1,200 and the proceeds from the singing of ‘Pennies from Heaven’ raised approximately £130, which has been donated to the Breakfast Club at De Lacy Court which is organised by Jeanette Tomlinson. The money went towards their Christmas party.

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New year observing It is wonderful to celebrate the

New Year with locals in Spain. Here it is called ‘Noche Vieja’, Old Night, and it is celebrated at midnight in town squares by eating a grape at each stroke of the clock and drinking Cava. It is a good natured, family orientated night with music and laughter. In the clear skies, stars are bright with ‘Sirius’ standing high above roof tops. Sirius stands on the Meridian and is due south at midnight on 31st January — it cannot be missed sparkling and flashing many colours due to the effects of seeing it through our turbulent atmosphere. The star is actually pure white, spectral class A1 with temperature 10,000K, much hotter than our Sun. Sirius has an unseen White Dwarf star companion, which was first seen visually by Alvan Graham Clark on 31st January 1862 whilst testing a newly finished telescope. The companion had been predicted to exist by the German astronomer FW Bessel, who had conducted meticulous observations of the position of Sirius

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James Ince on what to look out for in the new year skies and noted it was being perturbed by a massive unseen companion. The first meteor shower to be visible during 2020 is the ‘Quadrantids’, these are seen in the very early hours of the mornings of 2nd to 5th January, when it is very cold and not welcoming to venture out of doors. The Moon will, however, make observing these difficult. There was a predicted meteor storm during late November, ‘Alpha Monocerotids’, appearing from the constellation Monoceros, the Unicorn. It was expected to see over 200 shooting stars in the space of one hour; however, it did not happen and many observers, including myself, were quite disappointed. Despite these unpredictables, there is lots to see in the night sky during winter months so do wrap up in warm clothes and take a look at the night sky. Although some constellations such as Lepus, ‘The Hare’, are not far above the horizon they present a lot

of interesting views; they are so much higher here in the Valencia region! Binoculars are ideal for casual observing and if you have a smartphone, apps such as ‘SkyView’ and ‘Star Walk 2 — Night Sky Map’, by Vito Technology Inc., are extremely useful guides and inexpensive. A useful pocket-sized book to consider is ‘Collins Gem, Stars’ which is very compact, easy to use and full of useful information about objects visible to amateurs. An important accessory is a torch with a white and red light. Using the red light will not affect your ability to see objects in the dark as much as the white light. 10 x 50 binoculars are ideal for observing and if you have a camera tripod, they may be attached to it using an adaptor and this provides a steady view. A starting point for a beginner has to be the ‘7 Sisters’ or ‘Pleiades Cluster’, and once you have seen these it is likely you will want to see more! Close to the Pleiades are the ‘Hyades Cluster’ and binoculars will show a multitude of bright stars with ‘Aldebaran’, a bright Orange Giant star, marking the ‘Eye’ of the Bull. Look below to see the three stars which make up ‘Orion’s Belt’ and locate the ‘Great Orion Nebula’, a brightly illuminated cloud of gas, where new stars are forming. If this object inspires you to search for more then try to locate the bright star cluster Messier 41. M41 is located approximately 5° below Sirius, that is about one field of view of binoculars. Finding your way around the night sky takes a little time but using the smartphone apps make this so much easier. If you get inspired and want to learn more about astronomy then do come along to the friendly and informal meetings of the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society. For more information please do not hesitate to contact james.ince1@tiscali. co.uk or contact Pete Whyles on 01909 562831. Happy and prosperous New Year to everyone and wishing you clear skies.


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Katherine Sorrell on making your home more inviting

Spring may still be a while off, but there are ways to make your interior more inviting, even in the midst of winter. Make long, dark nights and chilly mornings more bearable with some clever thinking. To start, make sure your lighting is up to scratch. A welldesigned lighting scheme reinforces a sense of security, comfort and vitality, and making dramatic improvements could be as simple as adding a floor lamp in a dark corner or a reading lamp next to a favourite armchair. For the best effect, layer lighting so that it comes from a variety of sources and directions. If on a budget, replace main light switches with dimmers, and plug in a selection of table or floor lamps at strategic points. Check that your bulbs give off the correct amount of illumination for the task at hand, and where appropriate are a ‘warm’ white in colour rather than ‘cool’. Add the leaping flames of a log burner or a few pretty tea lights or candles for an atmospheric evening in. Colour can make all the difference to a room’s feel, and a quick paint job — perhaps just on one wall — can be transformative. Earthy or spicy colours such as claret, mustard, ochre or chocolate are great choices, while 24 January 2020

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navy or dark grey are more neutral and perhaps easier to live with all year round. Don’t be afraid of trying darker shades — not only are they very on-trend, but they are really effective at creating a feeling of cocooning comfort. Think about the other main colours and textures in each room. For warmth underfoot use a deep pile rug or two to add extra softness, and consider swapping sheer, pale, lightweight curtains or blinds for something heavier and in a bolder shade — think wool, tweed, velvet, even felt, denim or mohair. In the bedroom, replace pale linens with sheets or a duvet cover in a deeper shade, piling on quilts, eiderdowns, bedcovers,

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USING TRANQUIL DAWN AT HOME • This pale grey-green is inspired by the dawn horizon. It’s a soft and easy-going natural and, as such, could be employed to paint all your walls, providing you with a delightfully calming and contemplative space. It also looks good added in the form of window treatments, upholstery, rugs or smaller accessories. • Dulux has produced four colour palettes, each consisting of ten colours, to demonstrate how to combine Tranquil Dawn in different ways and create a variety of effects. The ‘Care’ palette includes pale pinks and blues, and is soft and airy for a soothing atmosphere; the ‘Play’ palette uses bolder colours such as citrus and crimson to create a sense of energy and vibrancy; the ‘Meaning’ palette employs subtle greys for a still, quiet space; and the ‘Creativity’ palette, with sapphire, garnet and chocolate, is more moody and intense. Take your pick according to your home style. • Although this delicate shade looks gorgeous with natural materials such as wood, leather, linen, stone and wicker, it can also be teamed with sleek, shiny metallics and plastics for a more chic, contemporary look, while adding rich textures such as velvet or sheepskin will give a sense of natural luxury.


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365 DAYS OF CREATIVITY Lorna Scobie As the blurb says, “Creativity is not just about making your mark on the paper. It’s about looking at the world a little differently.” If you’re stuck in a creative rut, this book might help you get out of it. The daily artistic challenges are split into how they help you feel, so you can choose one based on whether you want to feel calm, inspired, energetic or reflective. They range from drawing patterns on a snake to capturing the view through a doorway. Whether you take five minutes or five hours on each one is up to you. GROW COOK EAT DIARY 2020 Sarah Raven If you love gardening and cooking this could be the diary for you. Each month has a short list of what to sow, plant and harvest in your garden, along with other garden-related tasks and a simple recipe using in-season produce. Dishes range from Cauliflower and Chickpea Curry to Beef Carpaccio with Fennel Flowers. As you’d expect, there 28 January 2020

A YEAR OF LIVING THANKFULLY Lois Blyth Can being more grateful change your life? According to this book it can, and Lois Blyth is on a mission to show you how. Each week, you’ll work through an activity to help you embrace gratitude and take pleasure in the little things. There’s guidance on turning negative thoughts around, learning to appreciate what you have and not letting others spoil your mood. FARROW & BALL RECIPES FOR DECORATING Joa Studholme Planning to redecorate this year? This book might help you come up with a plan. There are thirteen case studies, from city centre apartments to a classic Georgian house, as well as tips and tricks for decorating each room of your home. There’s also plenty of advice on decorating in general, including making small rooms look bigger and using colour to make an impact.

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BOOKER PRIZE SHORTLIST 2019 Various Looking for a new fiction book to lose yourself in on a long winter’s night? Fancy trying something a bit different to your usual genre? Treat yourself to the six novels from the Booker Prize shortlist. Stories range from Chigozie Obioma’s An Orchestra of Minorities to Elif Shalak’s 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World. Read them all to see whether you agree with the judges’ final decision.

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North Notts Association of National Trust Members The latest lecture for the North Notts Association of National Trust Members took place at The Crossing on 20th November and they welcomed Mr Malcolm Dolby, who shared the wonderful history of our county which is hidden below ground until aerial observations bring it to light. He had a wonderful and fascinating array of photographs taken from the air, showing crop marks which can show the sites of ditches, moats and castles, many from Roman times, by the way they present in terms of shapes and shades. Members were all amazed by the number of such sites just in North Nottinghamshire. Also of particular interest following our recent floods, members could see the way that rivers over many years can completely change course, sometimes caused by either drying out or floods, one of particular note being at Littleborough. All this can be seen by the varying colours of the marks, ditches being shown up as darker areas than remains of walls and buildings which are lighter. After the talk in December by Laura Binns, the next talk will be on Wednesday 15th January 2020. President David Bostwick will be talking on the subject of ‘The English Kitchen and Kitchen Garden’. The meeting will take place at The Crossing in Worksop, starting at 7.00pm for coffee and the talk at 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome, as well as new members, and the only criteria is that you are a member of the National Trust. Each meeting will cost £4.00 for visitors and £3.00 for members; to become a member will cost £4.50 single and £6.00 for a joint membership. The February talk will be by Adrian Overton on the subject of the History of Bracket Clocks. Future events can be seen on www. nationaltrust.org.uk/features/ north-nottingham-association. You can also email NthNottsNTAssoc@ gmail.com or follow them on Twitter, @NthNottsNTAssoc. 30 January 2020

Edwinstowe Hospice Support Group The Edwinstowe Hospice

Support Group coffee morning on 21st September raised £556.42 which, added to the group’s fundraising throughout 2019, enabled them to donate a further £7,000 to The John Eastwood Hospice at their November coffee morning. A significant amount of this, £4,007, was donated to the group by Tracey Wilson who has worked hard throughout the year selling items online. They thank Tracey, her mum Jean Frettsome and all her family and friends for this great support. Hospice trustee Helen Gregory received the cheque and thanked everyone for their continued support and the support group, in turn, thank all helpers and supporters. The coffee morning itself raised a very pleasing £651.33. Thursday 28th November was the Christmas lights event on Edwinstowe

Ollerton WI Ollerton WI had their Christmas party, which was a big success — great fun and very well attended. The food was cooked for members by June and her team and was really delicious. Their entertainment was Paul Vickers, a magician who had everyone all in fits of laughter and his tricks were really entertaining.

High Street and the support group had a stall raffling Christmas hampers, shared with the Trefoil Guild tombola who donated £45.00 to the group’s funds. They are very pleased to say that due to the tremendous generosity of the public the stall raised a magnificent £401.53. Thanks to all those who bought tickets and to the ticket sellers and helpers. This Christmas sees the retirement of hospice trust manager, Diane Humphries, who has been a great friend and supporter of the group for the last 25 years. They wish her all the very best for her retirement. November has indeed been a successful month of fundraising for the group and they look forward to continuing during 2020. Please note that their next coffee morning is on Saturday 15th February in Edwinstowe Village Hall from 10.00am to 11.45am. The group start their panto rehearsals in January, so there is more fun to come. In January their speaker will be Sally Richards, with a talk entitled ‘The Happy Hooker’. Sounds very interesting. The competition is a handcrafted item. All the Ollerton WI ladies would like to wish everybody a great new year. For more information about their WI please contact Sue Westwell on 01623 860530 or 07982 429176, or the town hall on 01623 860811.


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Wintery Witch Hazel Rachel Leverton adds some winter interest in the garden January is a great time to plant deciduous trees and at this time of year a tree with added winter interest is always a welcome sight. Enter the witch hazel. These lovely trees with their citrus-scented spidery flowers are widely sold in garden centres as container-grown plants. Look for plants with a number of evenly distributed well-placed branches and avoid those showing signs of stress, damage or disease. Ideally choose an open, sunny position in the garden. They also work well if planted next to pathways and doors where you can enjoy their gorgeous scent on wintery days. Avoid very shady sites though or the plant may become straggly. Witch hazels need free-draining soil that doesn’t dry out in summer. A light soil mixed with plenty of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or compost, is best. They will also grow on heavier clay soils but make sure that as well as digging in plenty of organic matter you ensure good drainage by planting on a slight mound, about 25 to 30cm (10in to 1ft) high and 1m (3½ft) in diameter. The only soil witch hazels won’t tolerate is a shallow chalky soil. And make sure you don’t plant them out if the ground is waterlogged. Witch hazels grow slowly but

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COMMUNITY

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being a Rotarian is that you are a member of an organisation which exists to help others both in your own community and around the world. At Sherwood Forest Rotary Club, mostly they support local groups, either by donations to projects or by actively helping as much as they can. During November they gave a donation to the Breakfast Club at De Lacey Court, supported in full the Cocoon Project at Maun Infants and Nursery School, raised £2,170 for Ollerton British Legion during three days of selling Poppies, organised a collection for the Food Bank (which will probably run until mid-January at South Forest Leisure Complex) and made a donation to Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.org.uk for further information) following an excellent presentation by Peter Montgomery. By the time we see the New Year in they will have assisted at Ollerton Village Residents Association (OVRA) carols and organised their Christmas collection at Tesco. So, being a Rotarian could

Sherwood Forest Rotary Club mean standing out in the cold for a while or organising a project in support of a local group. But the most difficult thing is finding out where support is required. That’s where you come in! If you think that they can help a project please

contact them at the South Forest Complex. Better still, why not join Rotary? Although they have weekly meetings (on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm at the South Forest Complex, Edwinstowe), it is not compulsory to attend each week.

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• Mondays, 9.30am to 12.30pm — wood carving with Peter and Bill • Tuesdays, 9.30am to 3.00pm — drop in session for your project and more • Tuesday evenings, 7.00pm to 9.00pm — wood carving and pyrography with Roy • Wednesdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm — closed for school session • Wednesdays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm — stained glass with Elaine • Thursdays, 9.30am to 12.30pm — drop in session for your project and more • Thursdays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm — short courses with MIND group • Fridays, 9.30am to 12.30pm — walking stick making/ carving with Roy and Bill

• Fridays, 1.00pm to 3.00pm — Kiln fused glasswork with Ann Annual membership costs only £35.00 and then pay £3.00 per session. The charge for occasional users is £5.00 per session. You are very welcome to join them. They cater for absolute beginners and improvers alike. Go down and see them, you will not be disappointed. They have a daily session leader who can provide assistance and they are wheelchair friendly. They will be running more exciting courses in 2020, details to follow. The Dukeries Community Workshop can be found on Whinney Lane, New Ollerton. You can find out more by calling 01623 860545 extension 152, email communityworkshop@dukeries. attrust.org.uk or see www. thedukeriescommunityworkshop. weebly.com.


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YOUR MONEY

Five tasks for an organised financial life in 2020 January is the perfect time to

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new full state pension,¹ so it’s definitely worth investigating. • Make a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) A Lasting Power of Attorney is an official document whereby you appoint one or more attorneys to help you make financial or health-related decisions, or to make them on your behalf if you lose mental capacity in the future. You need to be over the age of 18 to make an LPA, and have the mental capacity at the time to make your own decisions. Drawing up an LPA is often regarded as unnecessary until later life, but it’s well worth considering at any time. • Write a will Making a will ensures your assets are passed down according to your wishes when you die, and with today’s complex family structures it can prevent a great deal of stress for those left behind. It’s advisable to seek professional assistance when making a will, particularly if you have a young family or your circumstances aren’t straightforward.

• Take out ‘life event’ insurance Adverse life events such as chronic illness or serious accident can derail your plans for the future. You may not be able to work or function in the way you used to, for instance, but if you’ve taken out appropriate insurance it can reduce some of the devastating financial impact for yourself and your family. • Check your credit report The state of your credit report affects your ability to borrow and obtain credit, and is a fundamental part of your overall financial situation. Lenders and credit card companies assess your creditworthiness by checking your credit file, and decide whether or not to sanction loans or grant credit based on its contents. If you blitz these jobs in January, you can relax for the rest of 2020 knowing that some of the mundane but very important financial issues that can affect your life so seriously are all under control. ¹www.gov.uk/new-state-pension/your-nationalinsurance-record-and-your-state-pension


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Get to know your car’s inertia, ie how quickly it slows down when you lift your right foot. How much do you need to turn the wheel to go around a corner? When’s the point at which the engine starts to labour or over-rev because it’s in the wrong gear? Learning how your car handles means you can set it up well in advance to go smoothly around a bend, for example. POSTURE Trying to control a car with a

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First Drives: Lexus UX250 Tim Saunders gets frustrated than usual. I feel very justified in

Patience and understanding are required when driving the Lexus UX 250. As an impatient, approaching middle aged man… I struggle with this especially when faced with the following issues:

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COMMUNITY

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Are you a man over 60 and a dab hand with a saw and chisel, or have you always wanted to know how to make a perfect dovetail joint? The Men is Sheds project in Blidworth is the place for you! Men in Sheds brings together local older men to share and learn new wood-working skills. The ‘shed’ is a well-equipped workshop where members can work on their own projects or make items which can be sold to help support the shed. Shed members come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from highly skilled to beginners. All work together and there is a role for everyone. Members can put their skills to good use, share their knowledge, learn new skills and put the world to rights over a cup of tea.

The Blidworth shed is open Monday to Thursday, and costs just £2.00 for a half-day session. If you would like more information, or to go along for a taster session, contact the shed on 01623 797750 or by email to Meninshedsblidworth@ageuknotts.org.uk.

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prospects for the future. After 48 years in Rainworth, Nottinghamshire, the RDA Woodside Farm Stables Group (registered charity 1074298) has relocated, and their horses now live at Eastfield Farm, King’s Clipstone under the care of livery yard manager Ayla Johnson. There is no longer a Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) charity associated with Woodside Farm. The horses are currently acclimatising to their new home and surroundings ready for a resumption of activities in spring 2020 in the Edwinstowe/Clipstone/Sherwood area. Expressions of interest both from riding clients and volunteers will be welcome in the meantime. Yet another change — they shall soon be converting to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which gives more security for the trustees. This will mean a new name and charity number. But it will still be the same organisation, with all the experience they can offer in providing horse riding for disabled clients. They are hoping to recruit new trustees to their management team (all volunteers), and new volunteers to help with the horses and with disabled riding sessions. For further information please contact Mrs Winifred Pritchett on 01623 627974 or email studley@waitrose.com.

on the first Wednesday of the month (but not January) at Goodwin Hall, Retford at 6.30pm for 7.00pm. With the Christmas festivities at an end, maybe it’s time for some ‘me time’ — why not go along and join this lively growing group for a making session on 5th February? The theme of the evening is working with leather and they have an expert leather worker from Lincoln joining

Knit & Natter Group The Dukeries Singers Please join the friendly Knit and Natter Group held on the first Tuesday of every month at 2.30pm in the schoolroom of the Methodist Church, Forest Road, Ollerton. Members knit and crochet items for charity and the local community. Tea and biscuits are provided. You can also do your own knitting and crochet. Wool and needles are provided if needed. They are a friendly group of people who bounce ideas off one another and you will be most welcome, even if you only want to visit for a natter or the company. You never know but you may make new friends or even be reunited with old friend and acquaintances. 52 January 2020

… “and a Happy New Year”. Still

got a few carols stuck in my head. I'm sure I shall manage to put them all to slumber when The Dukeries Singers begin learning new music in the New Year. We hope to resume choir practice in January 2020 with a new Musical Director. If you would like to sing with the choir we have spaces for all vocal parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass. If you have enjoyed singing with a choir you already know what a joyful experience it can be. We are an adult mixed voice choir and have a well-deserved reputation for singing a wide variety of music. You can find us on Twitter, Facebook

them for a packed, evening, hands-on, practical course. This group serves the North Nottinghamshire area and promotes a wide range of textile skills. Skill levels of members is incredibly varied but the main criterion is an enjoyment of all things textiles. Please contact Carrie Young on 01623 863327 for more programming details and if you’re interested in joining the group. and YouTube and on our website, www.thedukeriessingers.com. We rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 9.00pm in the Concert Hall Foyer at the Dukeries Academy, Ollerton. This is best accessed via the Leisure Centre entrance and car park. We are taking bookings for 2020 and we have a new concert secretary, Margaret. If you would like to book the choir for your anniversary, celebration, charity, fundraising or any other event, she would be delighted to hear from you on 01623 642464 or 07896 491314. Have a very happy and healthy 2020. It will soon be snowdrop time! Jan


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ENVIRONMENT

It’s the little things that count Erin McDaid on the little garden critters that shouldn’t be undervalued The notion that little things count is fairly well accepted and when it comes to wildlife nothing could be truer. Some of the smallest creatures are vital to our survival and insects are the driving force for natural systems and provide food for larger creatures including human beings. Insects are unsung heroes and whilst efforts to help bees have, quite rightly, become the focus of recent campaigns, other insects need our help too. Insects are the most diverse group of animals on the planet and have adapted to conditions across the globe. Their role in pollinating plants is probably their most well-known ‘use’ but efforts to conserve creatures shouldn’t be predicated on their benefits to people. All creatures have an intrinsic value and the value of insects is immeasurable — matched only by the scale of our under appreciation. Whilst we benefit directly from the fruits they pollinate, we shouldn’t ignore the indirect benefits derived from their pollination of other plants. 70 to 95% of plants are pollinated by animals, with insects doing the bulk of this work. Without insects we would lose access to key food crops, our planet would look very different as plant and GET INVOLVED For more advice about supporting wildlife in your garden visit www. nottinghamshirewildlife. org/get-involved or www. wildaboutgardens.org.uk. 54 January 2020

ABOVE & BELOW: Densely planted areas in your garden are vital for a range of insects; Beneficial insects such as ladybirds require a good mix of densely planted foliage to thrive (© Scott Tilley)

trees struggled to reproduce and our environment would become much more inhospitable with less plants to filter our air and water, protect our soils and store damaging carbon. To continue the theme of little things counting, let’s look at simple solutions. Anyone with a garden can take direct action to help insects. Traditionally advice has focussed on growing more nectar rich flowers to benefit bees and other pollinators, but recent advice from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), our partners in the Wild About Gardens project, suggests that foliage plants, including evergreens are key to supporting the greatest variety of insects. Insects need foliage for food and shelter. Many also play a key role in recycling dead and decaying plant materials so it’s worth remembering that in addition to growing more plants we need to leave some of the tidying to nature — giving you more time to enjoy a spot of armchair gardening! The RHS’ advice is to grow a mix of native, near native and exotic plants, with the focus on the first two groups. Native shrubs such as holly, crab apple and box are all good choices.

Whatever you choose to grow, allow plants to grow close together, the denser the vegetation the better for most species of insect. Allowing less room between plants will also save time on weeding. You can also be more relaxed about signs of insect damage on your plants — instead of reaching for the pesticide gun at the first sign of a nibble on a leaf, consider this ‘damage’ as a symbol that you are doing your bit for wildlife.


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My dear diary… Did you ever keep a diary when

you were younger? I did. I poured my angst-ridden heart out to its blank pages. I look back on those fat notebooks with a mixture of fascination and horrified amusement. They are a funny, embarrassing, touching testament to my teenage turmoil and inner weirdness. I stopped journaling my thoughts at some point, but a few years ago, when I was gifted a rather beautiful notebook one Christmas, I started again. It was a good call. Writing in my diary helps me in many ways. I track my moods, my anxieties, the funny things my kids say, and the daily routine of writing helps me thrash out solutions to some of life’s challenges. There are many benefits to keeping a diary. Here are my favourites. IT ORGANISES YOUR THOUGHTS Most of what we think and feel would be incomprehensible to anyone able to look inside our heads. Writing helps to articulate thoughts and make them comprehensible to our conscious mind. IT IMPROVES YOUR WRITING Not everyone aspires to be a journalist or a writer. But many of us have to produce handouts, talks or web content in the course of our 56 January 2020

Sarah Davey on why you should keep a diary jobs. Writing daily in a diary helps us improve our style and fluency. IT HELPS SET AND ACHIEVE GOALS A diary is a good place to write down ambitions, aspirations and new year resolutions. Writing them down makes them real. They can then be used as a reminder, and to monitor progress. YOU CAN RECORD IDEAS It could be ideas for birthday gifts, holiday destinations or the name of the shop in which you saw the perfect curtains for the bedroom you’re currently decorating. The benefit of a diary is that it can all be recorded in one place, whenever it comes to mind. IT’S A STRESS-RELIEVER It can be helpful to ‘brain-dump’ anxieties, frustrations and pains into a diary. Teenage me waxed lyrical about problems with my parents, teachers and how worried I was that no boy would find me attractive while I had braces on my teeth. Adult me expresses concerns in my diary as a good way to free up any tension that prevents me

from feeling content in my life today. YOU CAN REFLECT Life races by at breakneck speed. We get caught up in day-to-day responsibilities and expectations. Journaling our thoughts is a good way to hit the pause button, take a step back and reflect. Whether it’s gratitude for something someone has done for us, or simply what we achieved today, a little daily reflection means can look back at our life after a few months or years and see how we’ve changed. We can note how our priorities have shifted and what we might do to be a better person in the future. IT’S A MEMORY PROMPT Our brain is more likely to store information that we write down. Teachers know that when you write new knowledge down your brain makes stronger connections with the information which means you’ll be able to recall it more easily in the future. IT BOOSTS CREATIVITY Diary-writing a great way to unleash creativity. Everyone has the potential to be creative, but most of us don’t take the time. You can start a novel, jot down ideas for outfits, plan a themed party, doodle or sketch. It’s your diary...have fun with it.


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Secrets, curiosities & mysteries At a meeting of the Edwinstowe

Historical Society on Wednesday 19th November, Chris Weir’s illustrated talk provided members with details of some of Nottinghamshire’s ‘Secrets, Curiosities and Mysteries’. These included reference to a stand-off at the Greendale Oak, Cuckney, in 1392 between villagers and the King’s officials when a request was refused for horses to free a cart stuck in mud, so the Court Rolls of the King’s Bench could proceed to Welbeck Abbey. Then there was the court case concerning Pendock Barry of Tollerton Hall who didn’t leave his son anything in his will. Apparently, the only way to receive his inheritance was to prove his father had been insane. Consequently, he filled a book with examples of his father’s strange actions. On view was a photo taken in 1902 of a statue that once fronted a shop in Pelham Street, Nottingham. This depicted traveller Jonas Hanway holding an umbrella, as it was he who introduced the umbrella to England in the early 18th century following his visit to Asia. The shop sold items for travellers and the owner thought the statue a fitting tribute to Hanway who, incidentally, was out of favour with the hansom cab drivers who lost trade when it rained! In the late 19th century suffragist Lady Laura Ridding, wife of a bishop, won an election and became the first female guardian of the local workhouse in Southwell, and ensured a difference to the lives of the women there. No meetings of the society are planned for January. On 19th February Pete Smith’s talk will relate to Rufford Abbey. Meetings are held in the Church Rooms, Mansfield Road, Edwinstowe NG21 9NJ on the third Wednesday of the month, commencing at 2.00pm and lasting for approximately two hours. Tea/coffee and biscuits are available. Annual membership is £12.00 and visitors are welcome at a charge of £3.00. Further information is available on www.edwinstowehistory.org. uk and enquiries may be made to EdwinstoweHistorySoc@gmail.com.

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The Dukeries Third Age Group

Our names are Margaret and Richard and we moved to Ollerton just over three years ago. We needed to buy an affordable bungalow, so we found ourselves living in a village in Nottinghamshire, not knowing anyone. We researched Dukeries Third Age Group, which meets at The Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton and off we went to our first meeting. What a friendly, welcoming bunch of people they are. We soon found ourselves spoilt for choice for opportunities to socialise and take part in activities. The groups are wide ranging like Learn the Ukulele, Bridge, Books and Creative Writing, Gardening, Photography, Pub Games and Quizzes, Wine Appreciation, Crafts and Mahjong to name but a few. On top of that we have a monthly members’ meeting with a guest speaker, which is on the third Monday in each month, except for December, when we have a Christmas Party, and August, when we enjoy a Summer Party. The social committee plan superb theme nights, like casino nights and live bands, as well as organising Tuesday and Sunday lunch clubs. Our outings organiser attempts to offer us a trip each month to many varied

places and the coach journeys give us more time to laugh and get to know new personalities. It is all great fun! There are several U3A groups around Nottinghamshire, but we prefer Dukeries Third Age Group as it is smaller than other groups, and therefore so easy to meet some lovely, friendly people, just like you. ‘cos we’re all in it together! Our members come from Mansfield, Retford, Warsop, Ollerton and the villages in between. A few years ago we did not know a soul. Now we have wonderful new friends. We learn, laugh and live and enjoy our non-working days to the full. If you are over 50, not in full time employment and if you want to get more out of life, we would totally recommend that you come and give us a try. Come to our January meeting and we can arrange for someone to greet you at the door (we know how strange it can feel taking that first step). For more information visit https://u3asites. org.uk/dukeries/welcome and send us an email from the contacts page. If you prefer to talk, call our chairperson on 01623 824066 or our deputy chair on 07946 702296. Margaret and Richard

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office manager Amanda Neuville and trainer Glyn Bagshaw visit the Football in the Community team at the Stags football ground during their half term holiday club, in support of the British Heart Foundation’s yearly campaign. The children attending enjoyed their short Restart-a-Heart workshop, learning vital skills like assessing a casulaty and performing CPR. Thanks to the Football in the Community team for partnering with AW Safety Management Ltd to enrich the children’s learning whilst they attended the ever popular school holiday club. AW Safety’s business development

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TECHNOLOGY

Start a New Year’s revolution High-tech ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions The decorations are

down, the gyms are going to be packed for the next few weeks and many of us have vowed to sort ourselves out. We’re going to get fitter, happier and more productive — and technology can help. One way technology can help is by making fitness more fun. For example, instead of a pricey gym subscription, why not buy yourself an e-bike? While some electric bikes are incredibly expensive, prices are falling fast: for example, Halfords sells a number of electric bikes for less than £600.00 and one is just £479.00. By comparison, a year’s membership of a very wellknown gym chain is £672.00. Whether you’re cycling down the streets, pounding the pavements or hitting the gym, it’s useful to track your progress to help with your motivation. There are tons of apps for everything, from recording the calories you consume to giving you challenging workouts. Some are incredibly focused, such as Seven: it gives you workouts you can do in just seven minutes. Phones can track your movements through the day but if you really want to track your progress, a fitness tracker or a smartwatch can give you all kinds of information about what your body’s doing. The big daddy of the fitness tracking CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Apple Watch Series 5; Samsung Galaxy Fit Tracker; Assist electric bike from Halfords; Garmin Vivoactive Tracker 60 January 2020

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The Healthy Foot Clinic 262 Forest Road, New Ollerton NG22 9PL Tel: 07779 355 483

PHYSIOTH E RAPY

I am pleased to announce that The Healthy Foot Clinic is expanding and relocating from the Forest Centre in Ollerton on to the main high street. We will continue to offer a professional service that will meet all your footcare needs in addition to some new treatments that will help aid towards our local communities well being. Firstly, the foot clinic will work with all ages including clients with diabetes, physical, mental disabilities, and sensory impairment either at our new clinic, or at your home if mobility is a problem. We recognise that the foot wears or suffers damage and stress throughout your life through sport, accident or just day to day life. If pushed beyond its capabilities this can reduce the quality of life for the sufferer and because the NHS podiatry departments do not offer a self referral service, long waiting times / short appointments you may need our help. Working within the private sector means that myself and colleague, Vicky Beadsmore, are able to allocate sufficient time and flexibility that ensures your foot health needs can be met discreetly and professionally.

‘It is important to choose a physiotherapist that understands your needs. From the sports person, to the office worker, to the gardener, physiotherapy benefits everyone.’ Sarah Fury,

DipCFHP, MPSPract.

Treatments on offer range from general foot assessments and maintenance to fungal, ingrowing and verrucae treatments that we hope will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle and happy feet! Initial Appointment includes foot assessments and treatment for £23.00.

In addition to offering a full range of services to meet your foot health needs the clinic will be working in partnership with the following health and care professionals to offer treatments within reflexology, sports massage, physiotherapist, aesthetics, electrolysis and semi permanent makeup. We will also be launching a range of locally designed and developed organic skin care products from BodyPure Ltd. These products complete the range of treatments and services we will be offering from July in our new clinic.

Sune du Toit and Associates follow a holistic and multi disciplined approach to their patients. Sune has over 20 years experience as a Charted Physiotherapist and is fully qualified in Acupuncture, Kinesio Taping and Pilates. Her hands on approach to sessions ensures that patients receive the best and most appropriate treatment. It is so important to choose a Physiotherapist who works with you at the centre of their practice. Whether you need a one off session or a personally tailored programme, Sune du Toit and Associates will ensure your road to recovery. The Beauty Spot Cosmetic Clinic Mansfield, is a medical aesthetics clinic specialising in revolutionary treatment for skin care therapy.

Sports massage

Paul Whittingham is a member of the complementary therapist association and qualified at the Midland Sports massage academy in 2004 and has worked full time as a sports massage therapist since 2005 at sports clubs, chiropractic clinics and privately treating people with everyday life ailments. Sports massage can play an important part in everyday life and you don’t need to be a sportsperson to reap the benefits. Massage has a number of benefits both physical, physiological and psychological. It can help maintain the body in generally better condition, prevent injuries and loss of mobility, cure and restore mobility to injured muscle tissue, boost performance and extend your overall life. To book an appointment with Paul on the 10th of July please call the Clinic. Prices are £15.00 for 30 mins and £30.00 for an hour.

Reflexologist

Jo Doody gained her diploma in clinical reflexology from the International institute of Reflexology. Re-flexology is a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body. This treatment has the ability to stimulate nerve functions that help your body increase your energy levels, circulation, central nervous system, prevent migraines, clear urinary infections, sleep disorders and depression. To book your appointment 07702 212 864, each appointment lasts approximately an hour to an hour and a half and is £30 per session.

The Brow Clinic

Eyebrows are what frame your face and enhance your natural beauty. If you spend everyday pencilling in your eyebrows, discover your freedom with the art of micro pigmentation - Micro Blading as it is called. This new technique of semi permanent make up will give you the effect of fine, natural brows that are smudge free. The semi permanent make up is a non surgical method of implanting pigment into the shallow dermal layers of skin using a pen like tool. It builds and creates fine strokes to appear like natural hair within the brows when applied correctly it can go unnoticed following your own natural hairline. The technique is ideal if you have little or no eyebrows or even scars as the strokes build up depth. Lasting between 1 – 3 years it can enhance your appearances whether male or female. Who wouldn’t want to look 10 years young in just two hours!. Prices start from £200. To book an appointment call Louise on 07957 863 705

The clinic consultant is Denise Akbani, an advanced specialist nurse with 25 years experience in the medical profession who has concentrated on the Aesthetics industry since 2004”. Denise will be offering lip and facial enhancement treatments from the Healthy Foot Clinic one day a month starting on the July. To book an appointment call Lucy on 01623 461723

Physiotherapist

Sune du Toit (BSc Physiotherapy, CSP, HPC, ACPAT Cat A). Physiotherapy focusses on a physical/hands on approach to treat sports injuries, neck and back pain and joint problems. In addition to the physical treatment Sune uses acupuncture, kinesiology taping techniques, laser & ultrasound therapy, and exercises to aid recovery and to achieve maximum function. To book an appointment call Julie on 07513 028 507

BodyPure Ltd - Natural, Gentle and Effective

Natural and Organic beauty has been embraced with huge popularity recently, and for very good reason. We’re all becoming more aware of the benefits of taking away harsh chemicals from our skincare regime. At Body Pure “ingredients are the single most important component of our products” says Ann Dunkinson Founder and Formulator at the Nottinghamshire based company. Body Pure products are renowned for rehydrating skin, smoothing out lines and giving your skin a healthy radiance. They’re lightweight, absorb within seconds leaving your skin softer and more nourished. The range of Natural, Organic and Hand-crafted Body Pure products will be stocked at The Healthy Foot Clinic from summer 2018.

Appointments (45 minutes) £45

Advanced Electrolysis

A perfect safe & highly effective treatment using 3 different methods of hair removal. Suitable for all hair and colour types, and an ideal method for anyone suffering with unwanted facial and body hair. Treatments start at £18.95. To book an appointment call Louise on 07973 727 471

e: physiosune@outlook.com | t: 07513 028507 | www.sunedutoitphysio.co.uk 262E Forest Road | New Ollerton | NG22 9PL www.thehealthyfootclinic.co.uk

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