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Something about Mary.........6 Wedding Fayre.......................10 Turn it up to 11...........................12 Coming in second.................14 Baking Bliss................................16 TV gets net-ready...................20 Dig It Challenge.............22 – 25 Time to find the top dog......26 Delicious Dishes.......................30 Royle-y undervalued............32 Perplexing Puzzles..................29 Spin me right round...............34

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elcome to the March edition of Sherwood Life. The snowdrops are blooming and the daffodils will shortly follow. We love the anticipation that can be felt at this time of year — not yet fully fledged spring, yet the hint of the new season on the horizon brings promise of new life and growth. It may be a cliché yet both myself and Julian's most used used phrase at the moment — when returning from walking the dog — is ‘spring is definitely around the corner’. We wish we knew which corner as we’d try to encourage it to come out from there sooner rather than later. We're sure, now we’ve laboured that point, we still have a few hard frosts to endure — let’s hope for the sake of our Dig It Challenge that we don’t experience too many! You can now follow us at www. facebook/digitchallenge as well as Twitter too at www.twitter.com/ digitchallenge — Twitter in particular is proving extremely useful. Why not read this month’s challenge update, it’s not too late to get involved. Turn to pages 22—25 for the full details. Are you currently in the midst of planning your big day? Then you need to pop along to our Wedding Fayre taking place on Sunday 6th March, at Ye Olde Bell in Retford. Last year’s fayre on the same weekend was a jam-packed day with over 30 local exhibitors. This year we believe it will be just as great a day if not better — with some

brilliant deals and savings being offered on the day, and our bridal fashion show at 12.30pm — not to be missed! We’ve got some great new features in this, our sixth edition for you! Baking is experiencing a huge popularity surge at present and in our office we are regularly treated to the delights from one of our closest friends who is a baking genius. For this reason we’ve asked Helen to become one of our regular feature writers — we hope that you enjoy the fruits of her recipes as much as we do. Another of our talented contributors is Richard, our graphic designer. He is a keen amateur cook and for the past six months he has been writing all of our monthly food recipes. Well, anonymous he is no more — we thought it was about time he added his face to his creations and took the credit he deserves! Be sure to look out over the next few months for some exciting food contributions from both Richard and Helen. Speaking of graphic designers, we’re about to expand our design and printing side of the business — Life Design — and we’re now on the look out for a talented designer. Take a glance at the advert on page 37 for details of how to apply. We hope that you all have a great March and hope that you enjoy this and forthcoming editions.

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Darrin Carter Estate Agent Mini Cooper was Philip, the permatanned, spikey haired and seven years-in-a-row top salesman. I sincerely hope that every viewer didn’t think that super seller Phil with his 47 viewing appointments a day is an example of a modern day agent. The producers and researchers of the show must have thought it was Christmas when they walked in and saw this guy — I half expect him to crop up in the next series of The Only Way Is Essex! Anyhow, Phil and his patter, such as; “West facing is the new south facing” and, “This will be sold by the end of the day”, was shown as an example of how us, as lazy agents, push for a sale with limited knowledge of the product — as was his colleague Veronica, who failed to show the light benefits of a glass brick wall but did point out where the washing machine was! So the scene was set for Super Mary to change the way we sell our homes. Mary’s first lesson was to take them off to a stately home, to see how a tour guide oozes product knowledge, and enthuses about his subject matter. Mary’s plan was to show how this can be transferred to showing clients properties, resulting in better customer feedback, more seller confidence and ultimately more sales — finally, a point I could agree with! Agents can let themselves down, by having a complete lack of knowledge of their properties. I have also always advocated that honesty is best — if you don’t know the answer don’t lie but say you will find out. My only criticism of the tour guide analogy is that they show the same house every day, so you would expect them to be experts, as opposed

to the average agent having 50 properties on their books. Sure enough, under Mary’s guidance, our friends at Martyn Gerrard put this new found discipline into practice, and clearly as you would expect — remember it’s TV — our wide boy agent Phil turned into a walking talking encyclopedia of knowledge much to the pleasure of Ms Portas. Like all good fly on the wall TV, the hour was highly edited to show the short comings of the agent, and the poor MD Simon wasn’t shown in his best light — his argument was that viewings were not the only one thing agents do, yet liaising with solicitors and knocking on doors to find out the ownership of fences, still wouldn’t be justification of the agency’s £3,000 fee! His father and company founder, was however shown as the good guy, who still had belief in good old fashioned customer service. So, did I with 26 years experience of selling houses think that this was a true reflection of estate agency in 2011? No I don't, but I agree that there should be more transparency in how we deal with clients, and enhanced customer service should be supplied with honesty, integrity and knowledge, and delivered at a value for money fee. Property details should be accurate and not misleading, and there should be some regulation in our industry, to stop the inexperienced cowboys tarnishing our reputation further. So has Mary Portas: Secret Shopper told you or I anything new? Not really — except Phil, please go and get a haircut!

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celebration of local history, and community in North Nottinghamshire, takes place from 18th February until 20th March, at Thoresby Gallery. The exhibition showcases events, stories and activities, past and present. Caroline Hughes, Co-ordinator of The Pierrepont Collection, said, “This part of Nottinghamshire has long-been associated with historic themes relating to Sherwood Forest and the Dukeries estates, and our visitors at Thoresby are fascinated with the history and customs of the area. The exhibition not only showcases our exciting local history, but also reveals the incredible

Nottinghamshire Past & Present exhibition vitality of North Nottinghamshire.” To give a taste of the exhibition, there will be local history displays from Norwell Parish history group, Wellow Maypole Committee as well as Ollerton of Yesteryear group’s photographs and stories from the colliery days. Members of Ollerton and Boughton Scouts group are learning heritage research skills to develop an information display board, while The Sherwood Forest Trust Heritage Ranger is showcasing ‘May Day with Robin Hood’s Village, Edwinstowe’ and St George’s Day Celebration at Ollerton. Also included, are The Chesterfield Canal Trust, who currently have 1,100 members, run entirely by volunteers, and whose aims are to promote the full restoration and appropriate development of the Chesterfield Canal.

Caroline Hughes said, “We are enthusiastic to work in partnership with the community and our painting collection of local places and people during the 20th century by Marie Louise Pierrepont of Thoresby Hall, reveal her passion for this area, so we will be exhibiting some of these alongside the displays.” To accompany the exhibition, there will be a rolling film show as well as a programme of free talks — details will be online at www.thoresby.com. The exhibition will not only give a snap shot of life in North Nottinghamshire, but also the opportunity to take part in local activities. We welcome enquiries regarding group membership or from any potential volunteers who might like to take part in an interesting community venture.

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that none of the Children in Kenya trustees or friends are paid for their work. Those who fly to Kenya twice a year to make sure that the school is being run properly, pay for their own travel and hotels. The only people who are paid are the teachers and other staff at the school in Mtwapa. All money raised by Children in Kenya is spent in Kenya on school buildings, staff, food for the children, school uniforms and other items needed to provide their education. In the last two-and-a-half years, Children in Kenya has: • Bought a plot of land, built four temporary classrooms, an office/store and two toilets • Provided education and care at the school for 115 needy Mtwapa

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t comes but only… twice a year — that's right, the first new registration of 2011 is upon us. Come 1st March, all new cars will carry the romantically named 'two-digit age identifier' of '11', and now is the time for the latest models bearing the latest plate to roll off the forecourts. There was once a time that there'd be queues full of new buyers at dealerships eager to get their hands on the keys to their pristine new car at midnight, so they could be the first on the road with the new plate. But does a new registration place still hold the same kudos it previously had, and can you still grab a knock-down bargain price on new cars registered with the now so passé 60 plate? You could argue the current style of prefix makes cars less distinguishable than before, and more difficult to tell apart than when it was just 12 Sherwood

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the first letter that changed. Perhaps the easiest way to spot a new car nowadays is the LED jewellery adorning the front bumper. There's no doubt there is still a desire for a new car to carry the latest registration plate, but with prefixes changing twice-yearly, perhaps the yearly rush of new car sales around the registration change has evened out. In fact, figures from the last three years has shown sales in March and September of each year accounting for an average of around 35% of the whole sales of the year. It's revealing that in the month before each new registration, sales account for as little as 2.5% of the year. The upside of that for the secondhand buyer is there's a huge influx of cars onto the market, so now is a good time to shop around for a great nearly-new deal.

he current number plate numbering system came into play with the new registration on 1st September back in 2001 after the previous system ran out of possible connotations. The new system provided a number of benefits. If you're buying second-hand, it makes it easier to work out when the car was first registered without having to remember which letter is for which year or registration date. Plus, the police can more easily identify where the vehicle used in a crime is likely to be from by the first two-letter 'local memory tag'. Since 2010 the first number of the 'two-digit age identifier' has been zero on all March registrations, with both numbers basically following the year that registration falls in, while five was used for the second registration of the year. September last year was the first time six was used now we're in the second decade of the century. The first numbers will continue to rise sequentially until the current system runs out of numbers by September 2050, which should give the powers-that-be plenty of time to think of a new system. You never know, we might all have barcode plates like Doc Brown's DeLorean in Back to the Future. Might make reading them by anyone other than a computer a little difficult though. If cars still exist by then that is…

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olvo has long been viewed as sitting in the second tier of prestige car manufacturers — a club that includes Saab and Alfa Romeo. The reasons for this are simple — dynamically and stylistically any recent model Volvo has produced has not been the match of its rivals from the big three German brands Audi, Mercedes and BMW. With the new S60, Volvo has set out to remedy this, or at least that’s what the launch advertising campaign would have us believe. The S60 is aimed squarely at the “compact, prestige, sporting saloon” segment of the market — in other words it is up against the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. What is it doing differently that will enable Volvo to take the fight to these titans of the prestige car industry? Well, if we start with the styling I have to say it looks the part — from the side profile it has the curves that, these days, are associated with a four door coupé and from the rear everything is taut and tidy. Unfortunately, until Volvo decides to completely abandon its boxy heritage, the front end is always going to be a problem. Even with the trendy LED running lights, the headlights are bulbous and awkward looking — to my eye the car looks slightly too high sided and stubby as well. Climb inside and everything is as it should be in an executive saloon — the fit and finish, quality of plastics and all-round ergonomics are nearly up there with Audi and ahead of anything BMW or Mercedes have to offer, that said, I’m not wild about the slab-like centre console but it is a Volvo after all. The front seats are supremely comfortable but if you get in the back you will find that the price of those coupé-like looks is limited legroom, a centre seat that is strictly for kids and a slightly claustrophobic feel. There are also some funky things on the options list, how about a collision avoidance system that detects pedestrians walking out in front of you and applies the brakes before you run them over? Just don't watch the videos on YouTube from 14 Sherwood

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Tired of coming in second Kit Johnson finds out if Volvo has upped its game with the new S60

Volvo's official press demonstration, when — on more than one occasion — it's not gone entirely to plan. Volvo’s tried and tested 2.4 litre five cylinder diesel produces 204bhp in this guise — enough for a 7.4 second 0-62 time and a top end of 146mph. I like the hefty shove in the back it gives when it hits the power band and that distinctive five cylinder warble makes it one of the few diesels that I actually enjoy the sound of. The economy figures don’t quite keep up with the likes of BMW — expect around 50mpg in mixed motoring — but are perfectly respectable. I drove the six-speed manual which is fine, but the automatic is to be avoided. What about the handling though? After all, Volvo has made a huge song and dance about what a sporty drive this car is. I can report that this is without doubt the best handling Volvo I have ever driven and I would go further, it is considerably better than the classleading Ford

Mondeo whose platform it shares. Even so, it doesn’t exactly make your heart sing and urge you to push it into every corner as hard as you can. The steering is decidedly lifeless too, but by way of contrast the ride is excellent, soaking up the bumps like a bigger car but without any wallowing or excessive roll. The way I see it is that it will be a rare occasion indeed when you explore the limits of the handling envelope of your sporty saloon, but a supple ride is something you will appreciate every time you drive it. The S60 is a solid all rounder and represents good value for money. Somehow though, I don’t think that it will have the German aristocracy quaking in their boots. Even so, if you are bored with your A4 or 3 Series, it is worthy of serious consideration, and if you are quite happy to drive a second tier, prestige sporty saloon this is definitely the one to go for.

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FOOD & DRINK

Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Gorgeous leftover wonders Banana Cake and Quick Apple Tarts

Quick Apple Tarts INGREDIENTS • 500g short crust pastry (or any leftover ready-rolled you have) • 2–3 apples, depending on their size, peeled, cored and diced • 1tbsp demerara sugar • Pinch of cinnamon

Banana Cake

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Mansfield & S Sherwood Ramblers O ur walks take place on alternate Sundays, meeting at the local train station in Mansfield. The car park is accessed from the Portland Retail Park, behind Burger King/Blockbuster. Parking is free on Sundays and we usually meet at 9.15am to arrange the final travel plans. This time can vary, so please check the listings on the website. Car sharing is arranged for those who do not have transport — when travelling in someone else's car we suggest a donation of at least £4 to the driver to help with current high fuel costs. When we finish a walk we usually find a local pub for a drink and a chat, but if you do not wish to do this then the best thing to do is travel in your own car. Suggestions for future walks are always welcome from members, especially if they offer to lead them! Details of the Group and its programme can be found on its website at www. mansfield-ramblers.co.uk — keep an eye on the events page for details.

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kills shortages are a key threat to the future growth of UK businesses. No matter how large or small your organisation, if you were thinking of recruiting or up-skilling your current workforce, why not take on an apprentice and benefit from up to £5,000 of government funded training? Do you want to increase the productivity and motivation of existing staff, are you looking for on the job training that minimises disruption to your workforce? If so an Apprenticeship could be just the thing for you and your business

For a limited period only, Dukeries College is delighted to be able to offer local businesses free training for Apprenticeships in the following sectors: • Health & Social Care • Business Administration • Motor Vehicle Maintenance • ICT Technicians • Childcare • Construction For further information please contact Carol Fitzgerald or Alison Bateman on 01623 860304.

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e enjoyed singing at our first Christening Service engagement on Sunday 30th January. Our next Concert is on 10th March at 7.15pm for the Ladies Probus Group at the Tudor Barn, Church Warsop. The Dukeries Singers enjoy performing and are available for weddings, memorial services and funerals, christenings and concerts. We have had good responses to our articles in Sherwood Life so far, and we are now 35 members strong. We are a mixed voice Choir,

and would still welcome new voices — there are no auditions and no necessity to read music, just a desire to sing with a happy and friendly group. We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at the Adult Day Centre at the Dukeries School — access is from the Whinney Lane entrance and car park. Rehearsal time is 7.30pm to 9.30pm — just turn up and give us a go, or contact our Chairman Alan Sinclair on 01623 823271 for more information.

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or a long time it has been possible to connect your computer to your TV using a variety of cables or, more commonly these days, via some kind of wireless connector. This is great, you can watch films you’ve downloaded off the internet without the hassle of burning them to a DVD or you can, of course, play your favourite computer games on a glorious 42 inch high-definition screen — you can even play them in 3D. What you haven’t been able to do is view one of your favourite websites, for instance YouTube, on your TV. The advantages of being able to view the web on your TV are considerable. For starters, forget Freeview with its measly 50 channels, there are around 2,400 free internet TV channels available, though admittedly many of them are foreign language or of limited appeal. If you want some higher quality TV output, you have all the more popular recent TV programs available through the likes of iPlayer, Four OD and ITV player. This frees you from the shackles of TV schedules and allows you to watch whatever you want at a time that suits you — the latest edition of Top Gear at four in the morning? Not a problem, you don’t even have to remember to set your recorder. Then there’s the ubiquitous YouTube — even if you subscribe to the appropriate Sky TV package and have seven or eight music channels available, you still have to watch whatever videos or interviews Sky are choosing to broadcast at the time. There is now a Sky channel available that allows you to choose from several thousand music videos and stream whatever you want to watch but it costs £4.99 per month. Compare this to YouTube where you can watch virtually any music video ever made, people filming themselves doing ludicrous things and much more besides completely free. All the online movie rental outfits such as Love Film now offer video streaming services so you can watch whatever film you choose without having to wait for the DVD to turn up in the post. The big TV manufacturers are now offering internet-ready models and these are starting to pick up 20 Sherwood

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a fair chunk of market share. However, the path they have gone down is to set up partnerships with the giant websites rather than simply make the whole of the internet available through your TV. Hence, a Sony Bravia IRTV will provide access to iPlayer, YouTube, Love Film and Sony’s in-house video channel — if you haven’t got an IRTV, you can achieve the same result using a PlayStation 3. But what if you just want to view whatever is on your computer on your TV screen? The best device I have found is a Veebeam which retails for £99. This connects your PC or laptop wirelessly with the TV and operates in two modes. In desktop mode you just see whatever is on your computer screen — as well

as all the advantages I’ve described above, this is also very handy for giving presentations at a venue where the only facility available is a television set. In play-to mode you can play a downloaded film from your computer in HD quality while still continuing to work on the laptop at the same time — handy when working from home and trying to keep the kids entertained. There is an increasing concern about the convergence of TV sets and the internet. The main worry is children being exposed to adult material while just watching TV in the living room. The government is trying to introduce legislation where you have to actively opt in to view adult content rather than using parental controls to screen it out. I think this makes a lot of sense but, in the meantime, with a Veebeam the parental controls you’ve set up on your laptop also apply to your TV.

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Leanne Lodge on what to do next for this year's growing season

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WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED? Obviously you can invest in as little or as much as you like to get started, so we’re going to advise on what we’re using. This is by no means a comprehensive list and we can’t go so far as to recommend different brands — needless to say that’s where your own research will be beneficial for what your individual needs are. However, most of the sensible sources of info do recommend even

less to get started than we do here, so rest assured getting kitted out with the necessary need not cost much, especially if you can drop on with well looked after second hand tools. Ask your neighbours friends and family as they may have what you need when it may not be being used. • If you are wishing to grow from seed, a facility to grow undercover — a small cloche, greenhouse or self-made area is more than adequate • A well-made spade — getting the handle height correct is one of the most important points • A shovel, a fork and a garden rake — again both the right size for your height ►

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The first of our seeds sewn — fingers crossed!

Do this month: • Finish preparing any beds by completing any major digging and weeding and dig in some rich manure • If the conditions are right — if the soil is a constant four to six degrees, the grass has started to grow — then now is the time to start sowing the earliest veg crops (If you

have a heavy clay soil then wait a few weeks yet as it’s more slow) • Plant Broad Beans, Parsnips, Garlic and Shallots outside • Plant undercover (in a greenhouse, under cloches or polytunnel) Lettuce, Carrots, Radish, Rocket, Baby Beetroot, Spinach, Salad Onions, Peas, Potatoes and Parsnips

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things needed for successful germination — light and warmth! One thing most gardeners will agree on, is that often their growing successes have brought them a glut of vegetables that cannot always be used, stored or frozen at the same time and inevitable waste can occur — this certainly happened to us with tomatoes last year. Although we may not be entirely successful, we’re going to try to stagger planting our seeds with some of the varieties to try to have smaller quantities of the same crop growing through the season. This is where a greenhouse can really come in handy! To sow the seeds, simply follow the instructions on the packet, then if you wish to stagger then do the same three weeks later in more seed trays or the different cells of the same tray. Obviously organisation is important here, so labelling each cell with the date you planted the seeds and what they are is essential.

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Time to find the top dog PETS

Jayne Deakin looks forward to the top event in the animal calendar

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f ever you doubt that the British are a nation of dog lovers, then Crufts will set you straight. 28,000 top pedigree dogs will attend this year, along with around 160,000 spectators. Named after its founder, Charles Cruft, the first dog show of that name was held in 1891 in Islington, London and is now officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest dog show in the world. This year, it will be held from March 10th to 13th, The ‘must-see’ events are agility and obedience — I admit to watching these with an envious eye as my own pooch, Archie, was at the back of the queue when brains were handed out and I can only dream of a dog who sits, stays and jumps through hoops, rather than races around like a loon, chasing his own tail until he crashes into the fridge! Crufts accepts only the cream of the canine obedience corps, and it takes dedication to produce a champion. There are regional selection days around the country and different levels of ability can enter. Top obedience champions need to perform well in many different skills including: • Three different paces of heel work, including a sit, stand and down command • Retrieval of an object • Send-away • Distance control in six positions 26 Sherwood

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Five top dog training tips • Dogs are pack animals and need to know their place — dominance is probably the biggest cause of poor behaviour in a dog • Dogs are creatures of habit so be consistent with commands • Socialise a dog with children, other dogs, and other animals — you’re less likely to have a nervous dog if it has encountered • Scent discrimination • A three minute sit-stay • A ten minute down-stay As Archie can’t stay still for a nanosecond I don’t think we’ll be troubling Crufts for a while. Agility was actually introduced as a filler item in 1978 and proved so popular it became a permanent fixture and it requires as much discipline as obedience though

a variety of situations • Encourage your dog to play according to breed type — Terriers like Archie adore pulling games and Retrievers like to play fetch • Enrol in a good training club which uses gentle reward based methods and positive reinforcement rather than check-chains the skills are different. The dogs have to negotiate a complex series of obstacles without error, in the fastest time possible — if you’ve never watched it you’re missing a real treat. Most dog owners can never hope to aspire to Crufts glory but we can all make sure our dogs are trained properly — it’s responsible and it’s fun. And local training clubs are great places to make two-legged, as well as four-legged, friends.

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Community Workshop Are you a community ased on the Dukeries Complex doors open, meanwhile any voluntary site in New Ollerton, The Dukeries contributions would be most welcome! group, club or society? B Community Workshop opened in 1989. Call 01777 8391999 or email community@sherwoodlife.com to feature here!

Dukeries U3A J anuary and February proved to be very successful months for the Dukeries U3A. We were awarded a grant from Headquarters to finance activities, functions postponed due to the weather were caught up on, and most excitingly, 10 new members came to our General Meeting. Our membership is rising monthly and this has brought a fresh impetus to our activities. For example, February saw over 40 people attend our Lunch Club at Rufford Park Golf & Country Club. An excellent meal was served, and members were still chatting long into the afternoon. Why not come along to one of our next meetings held on the third Monday of every month at 1.30pm in the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton? See what group activities we have to offer — anything from art appreciation, craft, history, bell-ringing, bridge, table tennis and walking, to trips and holidays. There is something for everybody and a chance to make new friends. We are holding a Coffee Morning — with free coffee and cake — at Ollerton Library on Forest Road on 25th March from 10.00am onwards, come and meet us!

It is a voluntary organisation with charitable status, and the only Community Workshop in England to have survived the test of time. There is no similar provision, it is unique and gives extremely good value for money. Highly skilled volunteers are the mainstay of the charity, making it possible for costs to be kept at a minimum. Our annual running cost of £35,000 covers rent, insurance, salaries, volunteers expenses, repairs and renewals of tools, equipment and machinery. It also provides practice materials, enabling beneficiaries to acquire practical and creative skills and interests. In the current economic climate it is increasingly difficult to obtain grant aid and it would be extremely sad if the Community Workshop was forced to close due to lack of funding. We shall do all we can to keep the

APPEAL TO LOCAL BUSINESSES — CAN YOU HELP? The Community Workshop could be a valuable advertising medium for your business. With over 200 service users a small donation in exchange for advertising space within the Community Workshop could very quickly be recouped.

The Community Workshop Presents Pyrography, a one day workshop on Wednesday 2nd March from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Learn from the master (Bob Neill) how to burn your own designs on to wood. No charge for tuition, but voluntary contributions will be gratefully received! Equipment and practice materials are provided by the Community Workshop. Booking is essential, so call 01623 862363 ext 152 or email communityworkshop@ dukeries.notts.sch.uk.

Boughton Art Group

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fter several classes having to be cancelled at the end of last year due to the appalling weather, Boughton Art Group are now back in full swing. We have already had two visiting artists, Liz Hayward (who's paintings can be seen hung in Thaymar Ice Cream Parlour) and Matthew Palmer (who has produced a series of programmes for the Painting & Drawing channel). We are aiming to have a visiting artist

once a month throughout the year and our next guest will be local artist John Harris who has appeared on the Create & Craft shopping channel. We are a small friendly group so if you fancy having a go come along and join us at Walesby Village Hall on a Monday evening. For more information call Joanne on 01623 863273 or Diane on 01623 863310.

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buildings, not forgetting the Kremlin, moving from communism through the Cold War period to capitalism, and the changes experienced by the country and its people. The talk was warmly accepted by the gathering and was followed by a question and answer session.

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INGREDIENTS For the chicken: • 2 large chicken breasts • 150g goats cheese • 4 sundried tomatoes For the pesto & breadcrumb topping: • 50g grated parmesan • 30g pine nuts • 150g fresh basil leaves • 75ml olive oil • 75g breadcrumbs • 1 garlic clove • Salt & pepper For the bread salad: • 50g mixed salad leaves • 1 red onion peeled and finely sliced • 200g cherry tomatoes, halved • 150g bread (multigrain rolls are best) • Salt & pepper • 2 slices cured prosciutto • 4–6 sundried tomatoes • Olive oil • Balsamic vinegar • 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1tbsp red wine vinegar • 1tsp fennel seeds • 2 garlic cloves

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4 different things to prep before we can get cooking • Butterfly the chicken breasts and tenderise between until it's around 7mm thick • Crumble on the goats cheese, leaving space at the top (wide) and bottom (pointed) part of the butterflied breast • Lay on a couple of drained sundried tomatoes on each then roll up the breast from the pointed end, then wrap tightly in foil — separately — twisting the ends like a Christmas cracker • Add the halved tomatoes and sliced onion to a bowl with the extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar, salad leaves, a splash of balsamic and a good crack of black pepper and salt • Tear the bread for the salad into small chunks and add to an oven tray with the fennel seeds, crushed garlic cloves, torn prosciutto and a good glug of olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar • Add all the pesto topping ingredients to a blender, except the oil, and blitz to a paste • Slowly add the oil until a little looser • Boil a large pan of water and add the foil-wrapped chicken and leave for 20–25 minutes • Preheat your grill to medium

balsamic and olive oil-soaked bread is delicious, and steamed chicken, stuffed with goats cheese, is wonderfully juicy with a zing from the tomatoes inside and topped with a crunchy pesto crust.

• Remove the chicken from the pan and unwrap — be careful as it will be hot • Spread over the pesto and breadcrumb topping and put under the grill, along with the oven tray of bread for 5 minutes, or until both the toppning and the bread is golden and crisp • Add the grilled bread to the bowl of tomatoes, onions and salad leaves and toss together, drizzling with a little more olive oil and balsamic • Serve the chicken sliced on a bias — just so it looks fancy — along with a generous mound of the bread salad ARATI EP

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LEISURE

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tanley Royle is now considered one of the finest Yorkshire artists of the twentieth century and much of his work remains affordable and is thought by some to be significantly undervalued. He was born in Stalybridge Lancashire in 1888, his father being a local station master. The family moved to Ecclesfield, north of Sheffield when Stanley was five years old, where he attended the local school before studying at the Sheffield Technical College. Evidently he performed well in his early education because he won a scholarship to the college. By 1910, he was employed in Sheffield as an illustrator — in those days wages for illustrators were low, and it was not long before Stanley began to show his work professionally presumably in an attempt to supplement his income. In 1913 he met his future wife, Lily Goulding whose family lived in Sheffield. The couple married the following year and a child, Jean arrived in 1915. The same year saw a major milestone in Stanley’s career when his oil painting was exhibited for the first time at the Royal Academy — his reputation grew throughout the 1920’s and the family were able to move to Park Head, a more affluent area of Sheffield. The 1929 financial crisis took its toll on the art world in much the 32 Sherwood

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same way as it has recently. Despite working part time as a teacher Stanley struggled to support his family and in 1931, following an offer of employment, the family moved to Halifax in Nova Scotia, Canada where Stanley began lecturing at the school of art. He held the position for just three years before returning to England. Their stay was brief as another offer of work came from the Mount Alison University, New Brunswick and once again Stanley crossed the Atlantic. Conditions were more favourable and he went on to become the university’s first professor of fine art. At the end of World War II Royle returned to England, settling in the Worksop area where he continued painting, at Hodsock Woodhouse before dying in 1961. Royle is buried in Worksop. Although he received considerable critical acclaim during his life he struggled financially. Much of his work could be described as ‘post impressionist’ in style and his elder cousin Herbert Royle, also an artist, proved a strong inspiration and influence. Stanley is best known for his oil landscapes often featuring rural scenes of Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire, Cornwall and of course Nova Scotia.

Examples of Stanley’s work can be found in the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield and other regional galleries and his oils can still be found at auction quite modestly, depending on subject and size (well under £1,000). However, some of his most expensive paintings to come on the auction market in the last 15 years, depicting Winter scenes of villages under snow and examples of his best work can reach in excess of £10,000 at auction. Stanley had a hard life, he was often stretched to the extreme financially and a Nottinghamshire friend — who knew him towards the end of his life — remembers that he was happy enough provided he had money for his painting materials. Royle is now regarded as one of South Yorkshire’s greatest modern artists.

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