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death rather than for your family to discover that the government will be making those decisions for them at a time when they are coping with the pain of bereavement. It is by no means the case for example that your spouse or partner will automatically inherit everything when you die. Depending on the value of your assets, if you die “intestate” i.e. without having made a will, your estate will be distributed according to a set of rules set down by the government, regardless of what you may have wanted. If you are unmarried and do not own property jointly with your partner, they may get nothing and could even have to leave the property where you lived together so that it can be sold. To avoid this, everyone should consider making a will. They can then ensure that their estate is disposed of in accordance with their wishes, they can appoint executors to deal with the administration of their estate after death, express views about the type of funeral they would like, and, in appropriate cases make decisions now which will reduce the potential tax liability on death. Jones & Co solicitors can advise you about the whole process of making a will, and planning to reduce your liability for taxes on death, as well as advising on trusts, lifetime gifts and many other important financial matters.

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Setting off on the right foot�������6 Money Saving Expert�������������� 10 The genuine joy of reading����12 Long hot summer�������������14 & 15 New year resolution for pets���16 Perplexing puzzles����������������������17 New year, new home?�����������20 Pioneer gets better with age��22 Delicious dishes�������������������������� 26 Time to rise������������������������������������28 Big garden bird watch������������28 Citizen’s Advice Bureau���������� 29

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Welcome to the January edition of Sherwood Life magazine. “Never set limits, go after your dreams, don’t be afraid to push the boundaries… and laugh a lot — it’s good for you!”. Those are wise words from Paula Radcliffe and ones which without realising it, we always seem to apply to our lives. But if you don’t have dreams and vision it’s easy to fester in the comfortable and then perhaps get to a ripe old age and wonder ‘what if’? Sure, we’re stressed, sure it’s hard work but we wouldn’t do anything else because we love what we do and have a great team! Now with new year here, it could also be time to think about your hopes and dreams. Put a little plan in place to see if you can achieve them, just one step at a time and who knows where you’ll end up? And of course everyone in our magazine has had a dream at one point or another — starting their own businesses to support and serve local people is high on their priorities so don’t forget to support their dreams too by giving them a call if there’s anything you might need. Within this first edition of 2013, we take a look at what new hobbies you could think about taking up — there’s plenty of ideas within our

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community pages, as our area serves up so much to do at any time of the year! After the Christmas festivities, becoming healthier and fitter will be a goal for many of us at the start of the New Year, you can get some great advice from Satori Health on page 6. January is often the month when winter really starts to set in, temperatures can plummet, and we all look for some comforting winter recipes. Why not try Richard’s fabulous soup on page 26? There’s so many new year special discounts and offers from your local businesses in this edition, if you are looking to make home improvements, or use any other local products and services, be sure to mention that you found out about them in the Sherwood Life magazine. Whether you are a local resident, a local business, or a local community group or charity, we would like to hear from you during 2013, especially if you haven’t previously been in contact with us — let’s all help to make this next year a great year for our local community. After all, this is your community, and your magazine! Happy New Year!

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Starting off on the right foot Chris Barnacoat Weight Management & Movement Specialist

First things first, happy New

Year everyone! I hope you all had a very relaxing break over the festive period and feel ready to tackle the New Year. What does 2013 hold in store for you? Have you planned anything or are you waiting to see what events unfold? If health and fitness are on your list, take the following into consideration… ACTION The weight loss industry is booming at the beginning of the year; all those guilty minds wanting to shift the pounds they have piled on over the break and the newly motivated wanting to get out there and get 6 Sherwood

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that body they’ve been promising themselves for what feels like forever. Well, no matter what your reasons for making a start, I’m happy you are committed to getting to the starting blocks. There is no better time than now to start! MOTIVATION Write out an exercise plan which lasts, at the very least, four weeks and which also includes a weekly nutritional sheet. The most frequent question I am asked is “What is the single best thing to do to lose weight?” My answer? Be consistent. So many people either give up too quickly or do not put enough effort in from the beginning. You only need to spend four weeks sticking to a good

CHOOSE WISELY Many people decide to take up jogging as a simple, cheap and effective means of losing weight and getting fitter. However, many people do not realise that jogging is not just putting on a pair of trainers and off you go. Jogging is actually a skill and like any other skills, it needs the correct techniques to be beneficial. Poor biomechanics, especially in the feet, often results in injuries including strains, sprains, tears, ruptures and pulls; all of which will put a sudden stop to your weight loss efforts. And, unfortunately, changing your footwear is not always the answer. Through the wonders of advertising, people believe that if they buy the best, most expensive running shoes they will be able to run 10km and half marathons in no time and the weight will simply fly off. Buying new trainers without first addressing your biomechanics is like changing the wheels on your car when the suspension is broken. Here at Satori Health, walking gait and static posture analysis are our speciality and the benefits of good biomechanics range from weight loss and improved health to better posture and enhanced fitness levels. It can even improve such conditions as calluses, athlete’s foot and Plantar Fasciitis. MAKE A START Even the journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. The best day to start your new health and fitness regime is always ‘today’. If you are motivated to do something, no-one can put you off conquering your task ahead, so be cautious of “the diet starts on Monday”. When it starts does not matter; how long it lasts makes a difference! For more information, visit www.satorihealth.co.uk /satorihealth /satorihealth

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Dukeries Singers A happy New Year to all readers of Sherwood Life from us all at The Dukeries Singers. We’ve now put away all the Christmas music, and we’re pleased to be preparing our repertoire for our spring concerts. We had a very enjoyable but busy Christmas period and performed at ten venues between the end of September and Christmas week, and I think we were all ready for well-earned rest after the singing! We have a few engagements in the pipeline but are free for bookings from mid February onwards. Please note our Concert Secretary is now Ray Lockwood, and can be reached on 01636 525312. He would be pleased to hear from you if you are planning an event or a celebration and would like the services of The Dukeries Singers Choir. Thoresby Gallery Volunteers are one of the first groups in the UK to receive a Heritage Lottery Fund, (HLF) All Our Stories grant. This exciting project, ‘Remembering Wartime Thoresby’, has been granted £7,700 for groups to tell their own story and find out more about memories of Thoresby during The Second World War. All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched

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What’s on in Sherwood Plans are now going ahead

to move The Tourist Information Centre from Ollerton Roundabout to Rufford Abbey Country Park at some stage in the New Year and we hope to bring you further information in the next edition of Sherwood Life. In the meantime tickets for the Blondie concert at Sherwood Pines in June are selling very well so don’t miss out come and get yours soon. The short winter days are the ideal time to wrap up warmly and visit some of our many excellent local attractions such as Newark Air Museum or Southwell Minster. The more energetic can enjoy wonderful walks at Ollerton Pit Woods, Boughton Brake, Bevercotes, Sherwood Forest, Rufford Abbey, Dukes Wood and Vicar Water to name a few. The very keen could try Go Ape, The Adrenalin Jungle, Lockwell Activity Centre and Skirmish. Children of all ages love White Post Farm Park and there is something for everyone at Wheelgate. For the very young, Ollies Fun Shack in New Ollerton promises lots of fun. There’s all of this on our very own door-step without a long and expensive journey and it’s great to support our local businesses too.

For further details of these and other events and attractions around the county and accommodation and attractions nationwide please get in touch by e mail or telephone. We are currently situated at Ollerton Roundabout where the A614, A616 and A6075 join. Access to our free car park is off the A616 towards Worksop/Sheffield, approximately 50 yards from the roundabout. Don’t forget we also sell Theatre Tokens, souvenirs, greeting cards, drinks, snacks and locally handmade chocolate in assorted flavours. Our opening times are 10.00am to 4.00pm daily, and outside of opening times you may leave a message on our answer phone and we will reply to you as soon as possible, call 01623 824545. Alternatively you can email us at sherwoodtic@nsdc.info. In the meantime you can browse our website with itineraries, information on public transport, events, places to visit and other services we offer. www.visitnewarkandsherwood.co.uk. Please note that although details of events are correct at time of going to press it is always advisable to telephone in advance to confirm details.

Thoresby Volunteers celebrate Heritage Lottery Fund Grant earlier in 2012, and in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story, has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that

help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage. If you remember the area during the Second World War and would like to share your memories, please contact caroline@thoresby. com or call 01623 822365.

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January, 21st February and 21st March from 10.00am to 12.00pm. For more information call 0115 942 7804 or email heartohelp. nottingham@hearingloss.org. uk

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hoorah for credit cards! I can almost hear readers’ collective gasps at that. “Eh? Aren’t you the Money Saving Expert? Surely credit cards are bad — boo hiss!”. The problem is most people think of credit cards as a way to borrow, and that isn’t good. Yet, used right, they’re also by far the best way to spend. Some plastic gives 5% back on all your spending. That’s right, they pay you, and we’re not talking pennies. Here are the need-to-knows: NEUTER THE CARD’S INTERESTCHARGING ABILITY Just set up a direct debit to repay in full each month. That way you avoid any interest, so it’s all profit (also, never withdraw cash, as then you pay interest even when you fully repay). If you’re not going to do this, please stop reading now. This isn’t for you and it’ll cost you large. Now you have a debit card that pays you, so use it for everything. With the direct debit set up, the credit card’s effectively like a debit card that’s paid monthly from your bank account. So provided you can always clear in full, use it for all normal spending (not an excuse to overspend) and possibly expenses, replacing other debit and credit cards, cash and cheques. POOR CREDIT SCORE? Most cashback cards require a decent credit score, but if not, you needn’t miss out. The Aqua Reward card offers 3% cashback, up to a maximum of £100 a year. As it’s primarily a card to rebuild your credit, even some with past CCJs or defaults can get it. Please only do this if you are sure you can afford the repayments. Fail to repay in full each month and it’s a hideous 34.9% representative APR. Plus, Done right the impact on your credit score is minor. Every application you make for credit marks your file. One isn’t a problem, but many applications in a short period of time can be damaging. So if you’re imminently applying for a more important credit facility, such as a mortgage, it’s best to wait until after. IN A TRUSTING RELATIONSHIP? Up the gain with a partner. Let me

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use a true Janet and John example. Imagine Janet applies for a 5% cashback card. She can make John the second cardholder, so he can take advantage too. After the three month higher rate ends, John can then do the reverse for a further three months at 5%. After that both partners should use one card, as cashback rates are tiered. As Chris Ross told me, “I share cards with other family members: five months, £171 cashback. Splitting it four ways at year-end.” GET BIG MONEY BACK ON PETROL AND TRAIN FARES The Santander 123 credit card pays a permanent 3% on up to £300 a month on petrol, diesel, rail and Tube spending. You also get 2% on department store spending and 1% on supermarkets. Though there’s nothing on anything outside of that. Combine that with a £2 per month fee and this is a card that’s only best for heavy drivers/commuters who shop in supermarkets . Still, that’s a lot of people. It has another plus too. Unusually, it pays the cashback every month. Also, with the Santander 123 bank account (not the credit card) you get 1% back on water, council tax, Santander mortgage payments, and 2% on gas and electricity. It’s 3% on mobile, broadband, phone and TV bills. Plus there’s tiered interest up to 3%, beating savings. There’s a fee of £2 a month (£24 a year), but for many pelicans (those with big bills), this is a winner earning £100s a year HOW’S THE CASHBACK PAID? It’s usually taken off the statement annually, so if you owe £400 that month and have £200 cashback, you’re charged £200. Most cards do this on the anniversary of when you opened the account — though Capital One does it every January, and Santander does it monthly. FREE CONSUMER PROTECTION By law, buy anything from £100 to £30,000 and pay, even in part, on any credit card (not debit) and Section 75 laws mean the card firm’s jointly liable with the retailer for the whole amount. Therefore, if an item’s faulty, or the retailer goes bust, go to the card provider for refunds. This can be valuable extra protection.

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LIFESTYLE

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read that book. John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

That is one of my favourite quotes

for many reasons, the main being that I agree with it completely and wholeheartedly. Any even casual book fan will understand to some extent the eagerness to share the brilliance of a world you feel you have discovered, and I think it is true that every book belongs to the person who is reading it, so you feel personally responsible when you find such a book to share it with everyone, and if you are like me, discuss it with them, share emotion. I do not consider myself to be a person with an unusually long list of books I have read, but I have and will always love reading and the unique pleasure it brings, and I am sure many would agree, but there are a number that do not, and will not, allow themselves this joy that comes with reading. Many, particularly perhaps in the younger generation alongside myself, believe it to be pointless or intellectually taxing when faced with much less focused indoor activities such as television, the Internet or video games, and I am not against any of those things, (I would be being rather hypocritical if I was), but the stigma attached to reading has pushed books away from this list of non-physical pastimes. Reading stories has always been a way of having fun, one of the only ones that many people have had in the past, and a look further back in time shows the privilege it was even to be able to read books at all for a very long time. I know the probable cause of disinterest or aversion to reading other than the effort it requires is the clear connection books have to school and working; many people could feel that reading a book after a day of school work in which you are perhaps required to read books would be boring, and in some cases that is right, but to dismiss it altogether

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The genuine joy of reading because of this is a waste, and this prejudice could cost you something you will probably genuinely enjoy. If nothing else, it is worthy to note that those who read for leisure have a better vocabulary and can get better grades in writing-based classes, even ones other than English. Introduction to stories at an early age is, in my opinion, vital to create a lifelong interest, and many agree with me; this was displayed recently and spectacularly in the stunning display at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympic games, where a showcase of characters from famous children's literature where paraded proudly and JK Rowling, the author of the famous and influential Harry Potter books and

Sasha Jones shares her excitement of reading a good book advocate of children's literacy causes, introduced the section with a reminder of the magical feeling all of those who were read stories at bedtime had as young children. The fear of the baddies, the glee of their brilliant heroes defeating them, the wonder of everything in-between. That feeling of delight we had as children does not go away from reading and experiencing stories; it changes, and in some ways becomes even more appealing. A genuine escape from stress, another world to let your mind enter. A genuine joy. So try and read a book, any book. I want to share this feeling with everyone.

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HISTORY The area has suffered numerous periods of heavy drought over the centuries

Long hot summer David Cook Priories Historical Society

Bassetlaw’s location in

the British Isles affords us the strange privilege of being one of the driest areas of the UK, the Pennine rainshadow and Sherwood sandstones to the east of Nottinghamshire make the ground extremely well draining and during longs dry spells the ground quickly turns into an arid landscape. These dry periods significantly impact on the permeable Sherwood sandstones with its incapacity to retain water and near podzol-free soils means evaporation from plants quickly removes all moisture from the surface. This month’s article looks back on when the skies were blue and everlasting... sometimes for a little too long. Droughts are common in England, early evidence from tree ring dating gives indications of a long dry period between 200 and 50BC. Early written evidence is nonexistent for Nottinghamshire but texts from surrounding areas give indications to the country as a whole, for example 721AD was described as “a very hot summer” and drought was recorded in 763. From 1538 until 1541 England recorded a very dry period with long hot summers. Despite a wet spring 14 Sherwood

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the summer in 1541 was so dry contemporary accounts describe the Trent as a “runnel” (small stream). Roboert Thoroton describes an “uncommon drought” during 1591 which was “exceedingly injurious to vegetation. Water was scarce until early October. The next year dry conditions resumed until late September. Thoroton notes “strong westerly winds and little rain, the Trent and other rivers were almost without water”. How this affected the waterways locally is unrecorded; in Bassetlaw the Trent is tidal so sea water encroachment could have extended well into Nottinghamshire. A sediment bar survey of the river in 1761 by John Smeaton noted “in dry seasons the present navigation is much obstructed by shoals and scours, these shallow points provided ideal fording places along the river but hindered navigation”. 1615 was a bad year for harvests. Deep snow lasted until March and was followed by a long dry spell lasting between 25th March and 4th August. Corn and hay harvests were severely affected due to the lack of rain. During 1616 similar conditions ensued and lasted into winter. Weather conditions during summer 1624 were hot and dry, so much so that a great fire spread through Sherwood Forest

south of Mansfield on 23rd August after loose charcoal spilled onto tinder dry ling and the fire quickly spread. Dykes and trenches were cut to make firebreaks. At its height the fire was four miles wide and contemporary accounts state the forest deer escaped the flames gathering in large herds away from the flames. Winter 1886 to the end of summer 1888 marks the longest prolonged drought in UK history. The weather station at Hodsock noted less than 16 inches of rain in during 1887 whereas the average at the time was 25.98 inches, it was noted as an exceptionally dry July. The spring 1893 brought failed fruit crops, meadow fires and no rain between the East Midlands and south coast. During the early twentieth century two of the hottest summers were recorded. On 2nd September 1906 thermometers recorded a temperature of 35.6°c in Bawtry with air flow coming from Africa. On 9th of August 1911 a peak temperature of 34.6°c was noted at Hodsock. High pressure dominated the atmosphere for weeks and only 50% of the average rainfall came, many wells dried up as consumption outpaced the natural underground aquifers. Between early July and mid September a long heatwave endured across the country

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with temperatures racing the mid 20s to low 30s nearly every day. The autumn of 1933 to autumn 1934 was extremely dry. The 1933 drought lowered the Trent enough for the roman paved road at Littleborough to be visible. The collapse of stock prices during 1930–33 meant several small farms based around Sherwood Forest were abandoned during the drought of 1935. The description of these farms was described; “seed fields brown and bare with boulders glinting in the sun and foraging sheep raising a faint cloud of dust”. 1959 was warm and sunny from May to October making it the driest summer in recorded history, during September only one day of rain curtailed the dry spell and was still extremely warm in October. Drought affected the Meden, Maun and Idle. Local events such as the North Notts ploughing competition which had to be delayed until the bone dry land was revived. The cumulation of a warm dry summer and very low rain in late

1975 through to the spring of 1976 heralded the arrival of one of the hottest and driest summers on record. This winter saw only 30mm of water infiltrated through the Permo-Triassic sandstones in Nottinghamshire compared to the average 240mm. Between 22nd June and 16th July 1976 high pressure over the south meant every day exceeded 27c and of these, 15 days were over 32°c. The length of this heatwave has never been repeated. On 20th August Severn Trent introduced “the prohibition of uses of water for prescribed purposes” as part of the Drought Bill, across most of Bassetlaw hosepipe use, car washing and the filling of swimming pools amongst other things were banned. Locals rivers including the Don and Sheaf dried up completely and many crops failed altogether. Between 1988 and 1992 rain mostly fell in the west of the country, leaving the east dry. Despite a wet winter during the start of 1990 the spring was the driest since 1893.

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There was no rain for 39 days and a new record high was recorded in Clarborough at 36.1°c on 3rd August. Rainfall across the area was only 70% of the average. This drought ended abruptly in 1992 with a wet summer. 1995’s dry spell killed over 20,000 fish in the Trent during June although the numbers would have been worse if the National Rivers authority hadn’t pumped liquid oxygen into the river. The rainfall during summer was only 32% of average. 1990’s temperatures were only being beaten in July 2006 when another long dry summer was recorded. During August many fish in the river Idle around Mattersey died succumbing to low oxygen levels. Hopefully this summer will be much warmer than the last few years and we’ll see more of our local star and enjoy regular blue skies again. Find out more about the Priories Historical Society at www. priorieshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com

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PETS

New Year resolution for pets June Turner BVMS, MRCVS Pinfold House Veterinary Clinic

Christmas is over and we enter

2013 hopefully having eaten, drunk and been very merry! At this time we traditionally plan our year ahead and make new years resolutions — I bet for many readers this will involve joining a gym and resolving to make 2013 a year in which our health and fitness will improve. Have you thought about making the same effort for your pet? It is estimated that in the UK 50% of pet dogs and 30% of pet cats are overweight. Like us, cats and dogs can suffer from obesity-related diseases such as Type 2 diabetes, joint and muscle pain, heart disease, breathing problems and cancers. As a responsible pet owner the onus is on you to keep your dog or cat in the best possible health. Many pet food manufacturers are owned by

large global companies who are largely profit-driven and have huge advertising budgets which they use to tug at our heart strings and play on our emotions. How hard is it to resist the TV adverts with the cute terrier or cat who loves his owner more when they provide the food he “prefers”? Trust me, your dog does not really care what shape or colour his food is-if he is hungry he will eat whatever is placed in his bowl and the average overweight Labrador would much rather go out for a nice walk than be provided with ad-hoc treats. Don’t forget he is bred to be out retrieving pheasants all day. Mental and physical stimulation will keep your pet healthier for longer than any amount of his favourite food. Cats, on the other hand, do express preferences for foods with certain textures so it is important to provide some variation in the diet. It can be harmful to feed fresh meat especially liver

and a diet which is exclusively fish-based will result in your cat being deficient in some important nutrients. Toys can provide the opportunity for your cat to express his natural behaviour and provide important mental and physical exercise. In summary, the best advice is to feed your dog or cat a prepared, balanced diet in wet and/or dry form. Avoid the multicoloured biscuits as these are more likely to contain additives and ingredients to encourage your pet to eat more than is good for him. Generally, the more expensive the diet the better the quality and consistency of the ingredients. Most veterinary practices will provide advice about diet and exercise and many will have the dog or cat equivalent of a slimming club-take advantage as this advice is often free providing you are purchasing your food from your vet. Here’s to a happier and healthier year for you and your pet.

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COMMUNITY

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Ollerton Jubilee Gardening Club Ollerton Jubilee Gardening

Club held its annual fuddle on 4th December and 20 members enjoyed a great meal provided by everyone involved. Members were greeted with a glass of sherry and sat at one table nicely decorated by our ladies. Afterwards, we were entertained by the Methodist Spiritual Choir who was conducted by their choirmaster the Reverend Clare Burl. The content of their programme reflected the festive occasion and we were treated to a solo performance by Nathan Goodswin who was to have a quite serious operation the very next day We hold no meeting in January and we have booked a great speaker for 5th February, with Harold Leach, a degree holder in horticulture who will tell us how to plant in containers. We would like to wish all readers a Happy New Year, and hope to see many more people join our club during 2013.

Rotary Club of Sherwood Forest

The 32nd Proms Concert was held

at the Dukeries College on Saturday 10th November. This fantastic concert was sponsored by Jones & Co Solicitors, on Sherwood Drive, and was a great success raising £1,500 for charitable causes. An additional £116 was raised from the generous audience whilst singing ‘Pennies from Heaven’, and this money will go towards providing new Youth Activities in Edwinstowe. The packed audience enjoyed listening to some of the music played by the Dukeries College and community bands and of the delightful children from the Walesby Primary School and their music teacher Sue Kilner. At other times everyone joined in enthusiastically singing along with songs such as ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, ‘We’ll Meet Again’, ‘Ferry Across The Mersey’ and traditional Prom favourites ‘Jerusalem’, ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and ‘Rule Britannia’.

Voglia d’Italia (the Italian

Society for South Yorkshire and North Notts) will present a Members’ Evening on Friday 4th January. Presentations by members relating some of their experiences and reflections on Italy and as usual nonmembers will be made most welcome.

VISIT TO HOSPITAL RADIO If ever you have been a patient in Bassetlaw or Doncaster Hospitals you may have tuned into Trust FM the unique radio station that transmits popular music from the 50s to the present day interspersed with interviews and the Sky news. Club members were invited to the radio station by Malcolm Waring from Edwinstowe, their technical whiz kid. Steve Roberts who joined the station as a volunteer at 16, gave us a tour of the studios and a very interesting talk about the 40 year history of the Station. It is totally manned by volunteers who also raise funds to keep the station running. Our thanks go to Steve who showed us round and to Malcolm and his wife June who joined us after our visit in Papas at Worksop for fish and chips. For further information, please call President Tony Crowson on 01623 825607 or email www. rotary1220org/she.

Voglia d’Italia The meeting starts 7.45pm, at Tickhill Pavilion, Tithes Lane, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Admission is just £3 to non-members. For further information please call 01909 481136.

Crafty Club fun Stroke Association half marathon Runners, we need you stroke. That’s why we support stroke at Library for the Adidas Silverstone survivors to make the best recovery

Come along to our monthly craft club at Edwinstowe library. This is a free event and is for children aged five to 11 years old. Our next activity will be held on Saturday 19th January From 10.00am to 11.30am. Come along and make a decorative door hanger. Call 01623 822280 or email edwinstowe.library@nottscc. gov.uk for more information. 18 Sherwood

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Half Marathon 2013. Please join our team and run for Stroke Association in our 20th anniversary year. This is the Stroke Association’s special anniversary year, and we really need your help to show the world how our work improves the lives of stroke survivors, day in, day out. Our team support includes: New brand running vest, a Fundraising Pack and a Training Plan. We believe in life after

they can. It’s why we campaign for better care. And it’s why we fund research into finding new treatments and ways of preventing stroke. We are the UK’s only leading stroke charity and we rely on your support to change lives. Contact us today and join our team in this special year! Please either email debra.rawlings@ stroke.org.uk or call 0115 871 2472 for further information.

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We will collect any unwanted household furniture, electrical items, bric-a-brac and clothing. These are given to those in need and can help turn a house into a home for single people and families.

Furniture or Household Items not Reusable If your items are not suitable for reuse we can, for a small charge, remove them for recycling.

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We have a wide range of household furniture and bric-a-brac for sale in our warehouse, open Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

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HOMES

New year, new home? Darrin Carter on the best new year’s resolutions to sell your home

So another year is here with new challenges and resolutions for us all. You’ve planned the diet and stubbed out that last cigarette, but what if you want to sell your property in 2013? Well if you are looking to put your property on the market for the first time, or are already on the market and are looking to start the new year with a new agent, then here’s a few tips. CHOOSING YOUR AGENT Don’t choose your agent just because they valued the highest, I suspect that the majority of you that are on the market fell into this trap before. Don’t be fooled by false promises, remember you are going to entrust this agent with selling your biggest asset, so you want to get this right. There will undoubtedly be an agent that you gel with best, so then you need to look at three things before making your decision — cost, coverage and communication. • Cost — Simple just make sure that the agents fees represent good value for money. • Coverage — Make sure they can give you the audience your property 20 Sherwood

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needs locally and on the Internet. • Communication — It’s important that you get regular updates on the marketing, so find out how they intend to do that. GET YOUR PRICE RIGHT This is not easy, but there are a number of things you can do to make sure you hit the market at the right figure. A good agent should be leaving you comparable evidence of their own sales, and evidence of other properties on the market or recently sold. As we said before, don’t be flattered by the agent who values highest. They may be right, but there are too many properties languishing on the market because the agent was too optimistic or in a lot of cases just overvalued to get the business. You can also do your own investigations, go onto RightMove and search for a house like yours, within one mile radius and 10% higher and lower than what you think your house may be worth. These properties will be your competition if you come to the market, are you better or worse, and if you were a buyer would you buy your house ? When it comes to setting the asking price, remember its better to be realistic and achieve a sale than be optimistic and not!

PRESENTATION Hopefully you have already seen examples of how your agent is going to be presenting your property, if you haven’t you need to now. Any Tom, Dick or Harry can write a few words about some rooms, add some measurements and point and shoot with a camera – but this is your house and if you want it to sell you must get the presentation right. Too many agents let themselves down with badly written descriptions, bad grammar and terrible photos! How will your agent make your house stand out from the crowd? Good catchy descriptions that sell the property benefits, well taken photos (move that oven glove and plump up those cushions), and floor plans are a must, so make sure your agent delivers. WORK WITH YOUR AGENT Now you are on the market, and your agent is delivering all their promises in terms of presentation, coverage and communication. So don’t let him down by not tidying up before a viewing. Remember the viewers have already seen the photos online, and have booked to see you because they liked what they saw. You never know they might just buy it!

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MOTORING

Big, bold and brilliant, the fourth generation

of Subaru’s Outback is better than ever. Launched in Europe in 1996, the Outback pioneered the ‘Crossover’ concept, combining the comfort, interior space and superior on-road handling of a family estate, with the off-road capability and ground clearance of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). This blend of abilities has now been further refined. The Japanese-made car is longer, wider and taller than ever before and, inside, the cabin perfectly complements the latest Outback’s muscular exterior lines. There is a feeling of spaciousness and the large leather seats, which are fitted as standard, offer excellent support. Behind the wheel, a revised instrument cluster features four dials outlined in aluminium rings, and the threespoke steering wheel is leather-wrapped, with integrated audio and cruise controls. On the technology front, the apparent lack of a USB port shows the Subaru to be a little behind the times as far as iPhone-style connectivity goes, but the premium six speaker stereo is MP3-compatible. A Bluetooth hands-free and hi-tech sat-nav system is also fitted. On the road, the most recent Outback, with its completely re-engineered suspension, has decent handling and stability. It is not slow off the mark and the presence of its All-WheelDrive (AWD) system reassures you that it is safe and sure-footed in all weather conditions. The 1998cc diesel engine, which is linked to a

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Crossover pioneer gets better with age Tim Barnes-Clay is pleasantly surprised at the ability of the Outback’s fourth iteration rather notchy six-speed manual gearbox, produces a maximum of 148 bhp. The oilburner has a top torque figure of 258 lb/ft and, considering the Outback has permanent AWD, it is surprisingly economical. During the time I had the Subaru, my trips consisted of long dual-carriageway commutes and rugged rural routes. I didn’t get the claimed average of 47.8 mpg, but I got a consistent 35+ mpg, which is still not bad for a 4x4. On the practical front, the rear seat backrest is split 60/40 and folds flat to offer the best people/cargo carrying versatility. The tailgate is nice and wide, and this makes life easy for loading. But what really makes the Outback such a good workhorse is its self-levelling suspension. Not only does this guarantee the Subaru to be a good loadlugger, it also helps it to be a great tow car. At over £30,000 the Subaru Outback 2.0D SE is not cheap, but it is a seriously competent all-rounder. Still, you could buy a premium German car for that amount of cash. It’s a tricky one.

Max speed: 120 mph 0-62 mph: 9.7 secs MPG: 47.8 Power (bhp): 148 Torque (lb/ft): 258 155 g/km CO2: Price: £30,070 Pros: Comfort Grip Space Towing Cons: Gearbox No USB

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COMMUNITY

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Sherwood Forest Probus Club The mens Sherwood Forest

Probus Club, based at Edwinstowe, held their annual Christmas Lunch on the 5th December at the South Forest Complex, Edwinstowe. The President welcomed members, wives, widows of past members and friends. The next meeting is on the 10th January 2013, which is the second Thursday on this occasion due to New Year. The speaker will be Andy Lowe from the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, and promises to be both an entertaining and informative meeting. In February we will be visited by the vicar of Edwinstowe, The Reverend Canon Tony Evans. Any males who are over aged 50 and either retired or semi-retired can attend our meetings. For further information please contact the Secretary Keith Wardle on 01632 823006. Alternatively, just come along and at 11.00am to any of our meetings and simply enjoy the company.

Ollerton & District Organ Society We do not run a concert in January but, the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th we will be running the dancing which starts at 8.00pm with an interval for refreshments. The entry fee for each event is only £1.00. Our next concert will be on February 6th when we have Chris Stanbury performing for us and the concert commences at 7.30pm. Entry for members costs £4.00 and non-members are £4.50 including refreshments, where everyone will be welcome. 24 Sherwood

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Dukeries U3A

During the run up to

Christmas and during the onset of the New Year, Dukeries U3A members have been a busy bunch attending theatre performances, enjoying one or more of several Christmas or New Year parties and generally having a good time. It has been a very good year, and a very active year, for the Dukeries U3A. Membership has continued to grow and there is a definite ‘good feel’ amongst members. The Committee has continued to take on new members too, each of whom is doing a splendid job. New ideas have been introduced and for the second year, the Chairman, Ann Mounsey, has inspired not only Committee members, but also the membership as a whole. FLORAL TRIBUTE By way of saying thanks for the

many hours that Ann gives on a voluntary basis for the Dukeries U3A, and for her sound leadership, the Committee, on behalf of all members, presented Ann with a floral tribute at the annual Jubilee Hall Christmas lunch, together with a ‘thank you’ card bearing personal messages from all Committee members. As we progress into 2013, it would be nice to see new faces attending our meetings, male or female, and any age; the only stipulation is a person must be either retired or semiretired. We meet every third Monday of the month at 1.00pm; in the Jubilee Hall on Wellow Road, Ollerton. Our next meeting is on the 21st January, perhaps we will see you there? For more information on our activities, along with how to become a member, please contact either Ann Mounsey on 01623 824789, or Roy Mann on 01623 862827.

Pictures of Thoresby Thoresby Gallery presents

an exhibition of paintings by Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont, (Countess Manvers) of Thoresby Hall. The exhibition continues from Saturday 12th January until Sunday 24th February 2013 and will feature images of Thoresby Hall, Thoresby Park and the surrounding area and include previously unseen works. Collection Curator, Caroline Hughes said, ‘we are very excited to exhibit these works which feature local landscape and people. We are also asking people to contact us if they own a painting by Marie Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont and would be happy to lend it for the duration of this exhibition. It would be a wonderful opportunity for people to see previously un-exhibited works. Details of this event can be found on www.thoresbycourtyard.com or contact caroline@thoresby.com. www.sherwoodlife.com │ e: enquiries@sherwoodlife.com │ t: 01777 839199


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Crikey, so here’s another

Richard Stevenson shares his favourite savoury dishes THIS MONTH Warming Beetroot soup

year — a few more lines around the eyes, a few more inches around the waist and a hairline which seems to be making itself more and more acquainted with the back of my head. Oh well. This month’s recipe is a lovely warming beetroot soup — dead easy

to make and tastes great with a subtle heat from the horseradish, either straight away, or kept cool and heated through later. If you feel like making a bigger batch, just double the recipe, it even freezes well. So give it a go, and tell us what you think!

INGREDIENTS • 4 beetroot, peeled, grated or diced • 2 carrots, peeled, diced • 1 large onion, peeled, diced • 1 stick of celery, sliced • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 3tsp horseradish • 1tbsp Olive oil • 500ml stock (chicken or vegetable) • Crème frâiche, to serve • Chives, chopped, to serve

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Time to rise

Lee Bestall on how plants know when it’s time to wake up for Spring

The excitement of Christmas

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on a tap for a drink, that plants have evolved very clever ways to survive. You may ask yourself how a plant knows when its time to wake up, when to flower and when to lose their leaves, and it’s an interesting question, if a little too scientific for some. It’s all to do with a plants circadian clock, which responds and stimulates changes based on the number of light/dark hours in any 24 hour period. This means that as the plant registers the slight increase in daylight hours (or more correctly the decrease in dark hours), responses such as flowering or leaf fall can occur. Plants use other methods too such as vernalisation, whereby bulbs for example, need a certain period of cold in order to flower. Plant biology is a really interesting topic, and learning why plants respond the way they do can help to develop an understanding about where they will thrive. You can use this information to be a more educated gardener, and to help increase your chances of success with plants. If all that has just confused you don’t worry, next time you are given a plant, just pop it in anywhere, and if it dies… well, at least there’s a gap to buy something else!

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January 2013 edition of Sherwood Life magazine