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Take a local break....................6 Calling all late-comers...........8 Store in 60 minute challenge...12 Tissue salts..................................14 Big event benefits...................16 Top of the class?......................22 Baking bliss................................24 Your monthly horoscopes...26 Healthier & wealthier you....28 Best boarding for your pet.....30 Cracking courgettes.............34

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Welcome to the May edition of

Sherwood Life. Although we love what we do, the last few weeks have presented many more challenges than usual, which culminated with both work and personal family life, each bringing their own unique problems all at once! No matter how organised, and proactive you are, life does get in the way and as you get older and rack up more life experience, you do realise that you can’t control everything that happens to you. Moreover, at times it’s accepting that it’s not what happens that makes the difference, but it’s how you react to what happens to you, which determines how your life journey progresses. In the last month, we’ve come to appreciate just how much support we have from both our friends and family and in particular our fabulous staff. There may not be many of us here at Sherwood Life, but we’re a dedicated team and now more than ever we’re extremely grateful for each member of the team. The point we’re trying to make is that whether you realise it or not, most of us have our own support network around us, and it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you need it, in fact it’s just the opposite. Yet in addition to your friends, neighbours and family, there are also times in our life when we need help from external sources to our usual support networks. There are numerous local groups and organisations who can offer you the support and advice that you need.

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Don’t Lose Your Home to Care Fees! With local authorities now able to recover care fees from individuals entering the care system, many elderly and not so elderly people are looking for ways to protect their estate, to pass it on to their children and avoid it being wiped out by care home fees. However, the concept of “deliberate deprivation” and the risks associated with any divorce and debt of the children receiving the home, means that simply giving away your home to your children is now generally not the best solution. Whilst entering a care home may seem a distant possibility, your current Mirror Wills leaving everything to each other and then to your children will not protect you or your home in the event that you do need to contribute to your care. Our local specialist Wills and Trusts Solicitors can offer you a number of other solutions including a Property Trust Will or Property Protection Trust. These types of trusts can be made by anyone who owns their own home (jointly or alone), who is in a good state of mental health and wishes to protect their assets. They can protect your home for your children or your surviving partner/spouse if you die before them or go into care.

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us much more interesting people, with more to talk about and share, and we’ll return to work with our body and mind refreshed and raring to go! A few days’ break is not only a great stress buster, but is also a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your loved one, without the intrusion of day to day responsibility. You’ll have more time to talk, appreciate one another and enjoy the simple pleasures in life together. Getting away from it all, also doesn’t mean having to haul to a different country, or jumping in the car or hopping on the train to travel for miles. Why not take a break closer to home? Within a 15 mile radius, you’ll find some fabulous some great countryside, hotels, country parks, restaurants and tourist attractions, which makes the idea of ‘holidaying at home’ a reality, whilst still being able to ‘get away from it all’! You could even benefit from a new discount scheme inspired by London 2012.

Take a local break Debbie Singh-Bhatti on the benefits of a break, especially at home

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weekend when we can take a break from the stresses and strains of the working week, but how often are our hopes and expectations of a fun-filled few days dashed when we get caught up in household chores and responsibilities? Though catching up on home maintenance is necessary from time to time, we must not overlook the importance of proper rest and relaxation. Experts say that getting away — even for a short period — does wonders for both body and mind, and that regular breaks are a necessity, not a luxury. These days there are a myriad of opportunities to escape for a few days; from an exciting city break to a relaxing retreat in the country, a soothing spa stay to 6 Sherwood

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a frantic foreign escapade, there is something to suit everyone! They say a change is as good as a rest, and in order to return from a couple of days away feeling revitalised and rejuvenated, it is not necessary to have spent the whole weekend with your feet up doing nothing. On the contrary, a brisk walk or two in the fresh air, a round of golf or a couple of lengths in the hotel pool, will give your lungs a work-out and improve your breathing, and you’ll also benefit from any extra exposure to sunlight. A break from the normal daily routine prevents our mind and body from stagnating. Seeing and doing the same thing every day reduces the mind’s efficiency, so we need new stimulants to ensure we’re operating at our peak. Travel gives us the chance to visit new places, meet new people and encounter new experiences, which all serve to make

Speaking at the World Travel Market, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that many firms and businesses are taking part in the 20.12 % discount scheme. The initiative was launched by VisitEngland as part of a campaign to use the Olympics to boost domestic tourism. Under the scheme, holidaymakers booking a UK short break with many providers, before the closing ceremony of the Paralympic Games will be eligible for a 20.12% discount. So, if your Saturdays are more gloomy than glorious and your Sundays are long and laborious, maybe it’s time you took yourself away for a few days to transform your weekend from something mundane and monotonous, to an occasion that you look forward to with enthusiasm and relish. Make your weekend memorable by taking a short break!

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Calling all late-comers Graham Iek asks if Windows 8 will be too late for the party

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tablets have increased dramatically over the last three years. So, what is Windows 8 doing to bridge the gap between PC and mobile device? For starters, Microsoft seems to have decided to leave smartphones to the dominant player, Android. Windows 8 will operate on PCs, laptops and tablets and will be compatible with a mouse or a touch screen. There will also be an ARM chip designed for use with it — ARM is the main supplier of chips for mobile devices. The appearance will be more familiar to those who normally use a tablet. Rather than opening a desktop user interface from which they launch a Start menu, users will access a Start screen which is populated by colourful tiles which Microsoft describes as "Metrostyle” apps. Standard apps will be a mail server, Internet Explorer, contacts and so on but there will also be a Windows Store, Microsoft’s answer to the App Store, where users

meteoric rise of Apple and Google. If we’re talking about smartphones, Microsoft have been wise not to join in the battle; ultimately, that is a war that can only have one victor and I’m betting it will be Android. Here’s something else to consider — PCs have become a tool for working, from using a spreadsheet for your accounts to writing an essay for homework, whereas a tablet is really a leisure tool used for playing games, Facebooking or streaming videos. The tablet version of Windows 8 features two telling innovations — one is a split qwerty keyboard with a permanent number pad in the middle, the other is a version of Microsoft Office as one of the default apps. This means a tablet with Windows 8 as the operating system can be used equally well for work or play — it has bridged the great divide that has emerged between PC and mobile device. For that reason, if for no other, it deserves to succeed.

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Tissue salts: what they are and what they do Sue Blain on the importance of a good tissue salt balance

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with extra fillers and binders. They simply dissolve in the mouth and go straight into the bloodstream. The tiny amount of lactose in each pill does not often upset the lactose intolerant. They were developed by a German doctor, Dr Schuessler, after he discovered there were 12 main mineral salts to be found in the ashes of cremated bodies. His theory maintains that a correct balance of these mineral salts is vital to ensure normal cell function. They are useful for all ages, from teething babies and fast growing teenagers through to the elderly, to ensure adequate nutrition. No doubt many have seen the blue and white tubs of the 12 different Tissue Salts and the multi-coloured 18 combination remedies, labelled A-S, lined up in the health or chemist shops and wondered what they were for! The 3 Calcium salts are responsible for bone, dental and skin

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Local people are being encouraged to seek out their angelic side and raise funds to beat breast cancer by signing up the Edwinstowe Angels Walk being held in June in support of Breast Cancer Campaign. The five-mile family friendly walk takes place on Sunday 3rd June 2012 around Sherwood Forest and it is hoped that over 200 people will take part. Each walker is also being encouraged to wear fancy dress to help create a trail of pink angels throughout the forest. Julie Hallam, from Edwinstowe, first organised the sponsored walk in 2005 with her friend, Mandy, who had breast cancer. Mandy sadly passed away in 2006 and Julie has continued to host the walk each year in her memory and to date the walk has risen over £86,000 to help Campaign continue funding vital breast cancer research. This year Julie is hoping to make it the most successful walk yet, but needs your help to make it even bigger and pinker than before — so sign up to take part now!

Edwinstowe Angels The walk starts at 10.00am at the Edwinstowe cricket pavilion and is free to take part however every walker is encouraged to raise a minimum sponsorship of £20. All the money raised from the walk will go towards funding the vital work of Breast Cancer Campaign. Following the walk this year, we are joining the Edwinstowe Parish Council

‘Big Lunch’ event in celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee, so bring a picnic. A traditional cricket match and family entertainment will continue during the afternoon free of charge on the arena by the fairground. Please come and join us! For more information or to take part in the Edwinstowe Angels Walk please call Julie on 07973 676950.

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One of the world’s great buildings

was built by a man in memory of his wife — the Taj Mahal. Did you know we have a building in our midst that was built for the same reason? Fortunately the Mausoleum at Milton is now very visible from the bridge at the Markham Moor junction. Henry Pelham-Clinton, fourth Duke of Newcastle married Georgiana MillerMundy. They lived at the Newcastle family estate, Clumber Park. By 1820 Henry and Georgiana had eleven surviving children, but tragedy struck in 1822 when after the birth of twins, one still born and the survivor

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living only two weeks, Georgiana also died, two days after the birth. Henry wanted to build a memorial to his beloved wife. She had already made it known that she wanted to be buried on Golden Hill and Henry carried out her wish. Milton Mausoleum is now in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust and is open on the second and fourth Sunday afternoons from May to September, when a steward is present. The Mausoleum is only open regularly in the summer months as there is no heating or lighting. Do you belong to a ramblers group? Why not visit the Mausoleum at the end of your walk. Or perhaps a group of friends or organisation would like to visit, please contact me so I, or another steward can arrange a suitable time. If you want to visit outside the

opening times there are two key holders in Milton. Details are on the notice board at the Milton Mausoleum. Work to install the new windows in the North Aisle has now been completed, and a portable entrance ramp is now available. We have a special Open Day on Sunday 6th May from 2.00pm until 4.00pm with a visit from our Nottinghamshire Councillor, who sponsored the funding from the LIS — Local Improvement Scheme — for the five new windows and the ramp. There is also a mesh matting in the grass from the gate to the Church entrance to facilitate the easier use of wheelchair access. The funding from the LIS has also meant that the Lime trees of The Avenue at Milton have also been trimmed in recent weeks. For further information, please email berylvenables@talktalk.net.

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launch a new range of small diesels. already extremely comfortable seats. One of the biggest challenges with an Is it worth £1,000? I’ll let you decide. MPV is stopping it looking like a small The new diesel is a two-litre four-pot van. Getting rid of the double floor has which comes with a choice of power helped with that; the new car is four outputs, 107bhp (B180) and 138bhp inches lower than its predecessor and (B200). I drove the more powerful car sits closer to the ground. They’ve done and found it adequately pokey, though a good job on the front end which is it doesn’t feel in any way fast. It’s quite reminiscent of the C Class and looks noisy too, particularly at low revs, and suitably imposing. The creases on the the fuel economy — I averaged 45mpg side panels kick sharply upwards at — is less than the official figures. Where the back doors, making the car look this car is a huge improvement on the like it is leaning forward, and the rear previous model is in the handling; it is pleasantly curvaceous. All in all really is remarkably good. The steering this is a nice looking car, is light but still delivers particularly by the standards plenty of feel and it is agile of a people mover. and precise. Punt it down The interior of a Mercedes a twisty back road and you is generally a nice place to might well find yourself be and the B Class is no with an unexpected grin on 0-60 .......9.5 secs exception. There’s plenty of your face. Sadly, the ride passenger space, particularly Max ........130mph doesn’t live up to the same in the back, and the boot is standards; it judders and MPG ..............61.4 as commodious as many shakes on poor surfaces Size...........1796cc estate cars. The dash is a and is a real problem if you Drive ..............FWD model of simplicity but it also go for the 18” wheels. BHP ................136 has plenty of class and a Nobody buys an MPV with CO2 g/km......121 hint of luxury, thanks to the their heart; it is a creature of Cost ....... £22,665 excellent quality soft-touch necessity and, because of plastics. The ergonomics that, I can’t rate the B Class aren’t quite up there with particularly highly. A Ford C Audi or BMW but that’s a Max does the same job for minor niggle. My test car considerably less money. had the optional leather Mercedes would be better off pack which, again, adds producing their own version Ford C-Max an element of luxury to the of the BMW 1 series. www.sherwoodlife.com │ e: enquiries@sherwoodlife.com │ t: 01777 839199


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Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Delicious homemade Jaffa Cakes

There has always been a debate about Jaffa

Cakes, are they a cake as the name suggests or a biscuit? The Jaffa Cake is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “a sponge biscuit with an orange-flavoured jelly filling and chocolate topping”. One of the main culprits of the debate is the Inland Revenue, they have a great interest, and would love the

Jaffa Cake to be a biscuit, and it all comes down to tax. If the Jaffa cake was classed as a biscuit then it would have VAT put on the price of buying them as it would be classed as a luxury item, because of the chocolate on the topping. Personally I would class it as a biscuit, but if the tax man ever asks remember its a cake!

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LIFESTYLE

Your monthly horoscopes ARIES

21st MARCH — 20th APRIL Finances are in the spotlight this month as the Sun illuminates all areas of earning and spending. Income may be somewhat erratic, but after the alignment of the Sun and Jupiter on the 12th you should get a better handle on the situation and a lucky break could come your way.

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21st APRIL — 21st MAY A month of personal growth and transformation as abundant Jupiter gets close and personal with your Sun. You will be looking at the way others perceive you and how you could strengthen your sense of self and gain in confidence. Hard work and accomplishment are possible now

GEMINI

22nd MAY — 21st JUNE Its all systems go with your domestic life this month, energetic and fiery Mars provides you with extra energy, motivation and power to move forward with your plans. Money might be invested in your home, and turning a long-standing dream into reality is now possible.

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24th OCTOBER — 22nd NOVEMBER The month begins with a full moon in your sign on the 6th. This could turn out to be a rather introspective month. Transformational Pluto also encourages you to look within for buried treasure. You could uncover facets of your personality that you haven’t yet accepted or acknowledged.

SAGITTARIUS

23rd NOVEMBER — 21st DECEMBER A busy month for you as the spectacular alignment of the Sun and expansive Jupiter on the 12th brings the culmination of an important work project. Events occur that highlight your responsibilities in your professional life. You might also use this time to reassess your romantic goals.

CAPRICORN

22nd JUNE — 22nd JULY Communication is high on your agenda this month as energetic Mars stirs you into action. You could surprise those around you who are used to you demure and conciliatory approach to life. The full moon on the 6th is very favourable for bringing your determination to the forefront.

22nd DECEMBER — 20th JANUARY Romance is in the spotlight this month as the Sun cuddles up to expansive Jupiter on the 12th. You have been evaluating what you need in a relationship and are probably quite surprised to find that freedom is very important to you. Don’t push yourself too hard, relaxation is important now.

LEO

23rd JULY — 23rd AUGUST Finances are still high on your agenda during May and new and innovative earning potentials can come to the forefront. The spectacular alignment of the Sun and benevolent Jupiter on the 12th occurs in the career angle of your chart. You could receive the good news that you’ve been waiting for.

AQUARIUS

21st JANUARY — 18th FEBRUARY Enthusiasm and optimism should be high on the agenda for you this month. You’ll have big ideas about how to increase your income. While you continue to brainstorm money making potentials, your attention also turns to learning, networking and communicating in exciting new ways.

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VIRGO

24th AUGUST — 22nd SEPTEMBER Mighty Jupiter smiles favourably on you during this month, helping you to treat minor inconveniences with a positive attitude and also boosting your morale. Neptune may well be casting a veil of confusion over partnership matters, but on the whole romance can flourish and bloom. 26 Sherwood

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23rd SEPTEMBER — 23rd OCTOBER The Sun and optimistic Jupiter are aligning themselves very nicely in one of the financial areas of your chart. This could be a very auspicious month for Librans. Financial opportunities will most certainly present themselves to you, and the 12th could turn out to be very lucky.

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19th FEBRUARY — 20th MARCH The alignment of Sun and Jupiter put you in a courageous and optimistic mood. Your path to greatest fulfilment is through avoiding becoming too dependent on others and recognizing your ability to stand alone. In the past this has not always been easy, but in this new cycle it can become second nature.

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A healthier & wealthier you As the prices of fuel continue to rise, many people look at other ways to save money before making the sacrifice of not driving their car. And why shouldn’t they? In this day and age, the car is deemed as a necessity, something we must have. It gives us a sense of freedom, to be able to nip to the shops, or see our friends or family, but are we going to be priced out of driving our beloved motors? Another alternative to the car (at

least in some instances) is a push bike, be it a road bike or a mountain bike. Generally they cost less than a car can and as they are powered by the rider, there isn’t the added cost of fuel. A bike is relatively easy to self maintain, you can teach yourself the basics, which in turn is a money-saver as well. Yet you can’t forget the health benefits too! Riding a bike on a regular basis helps to keep us active and generally

fitter. On average, an hour-long bike ride burns 594 calories (based on an 11 stone person riding at between 12 and 14mph). Five one-hour rides will burn an average of 2,970 calories, so if you did this in every week — say riding to work instead of driving — you’d be not far off losing a 1lb a week just by making this simple change alone. Now I know that the majority of us will need a motorised form of transport at some point, but if you were to try and cut out half of your trips by car, the possible average saving would be £950 (based on 12,000 miles per year, the average combined mpg of the vehicle being 37.8 and the average cost per gallon being £6) I don’t think it is an amount to be sniffed at. Ask yourself; would you like a pay rise of almost a thousand pounds per year, I know my answer would be yes please! Of course there has to be an initial out-lay for the bike, and then some commitment from you, but isn’t it worth it in the long run (or should that be bike?) for a more fitter, wealthier and healthier you?

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status of your pet and ask to see your vaccination certificate. Many will be happy to feed special diets and administer medications. Some kennels will also require dogs to be protected against an infectious disease known as “kennel cough”. Kennel cough vaccinations are not generally included in routine vaccination programmes, so it is best to seek advice from your vet. Although kennel cough infections respond to antibiotic therapy, dogs can remain infectious for many weeks following recovery and need to avoid contact with other dogs to avoid spreading the disease. Pet owners who wish to holiday in the UK with their pet can book

accommodation in one of the numerous holiday cottages and hotels which are happy to accept pets. Your vet will probably have a directory of “pet friendly” places that you can visit. If you wish to take your pet abroad, some advance planning is essential. Your pet will need to be issued with a “Pet Passport”. Before this can be issued your pet must be micro chipped and vaccinated against rabies. Having left the UK your pet cannot return within 21 days of rabies vaccination. Booster vaccinations for rabies must be carried out every three years. Up to date advice is available at www.defra.gov.uk/pets/travel

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visit one of our General Meetings and get to know us at first hand. We are known for being a really friendly group, so do not hesitate to visit. Trips to Coventry and to Buckingham Palace are already arranged, and places are available, as are tickets to visit various productions and events at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Concert Hall. There is, literally, so much to do. Why stay possibly lonely and inactive at home? Visit us on the third Monday of any month at 1.30pm in the Jubilee Hall, Wellow Road, Ollerton. We look forward to seeing you! Ring 01623 824789 for more details.

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Club is a small group of amateur gardeners who meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Jubilee Hall at Ollerton, at 7.30pm. The speaker at our April meeting was Ian Cooke, the celebrated exhorticultural lecturer from Nottingham University. Ian’s theme was Colour All Year Round from Shrubs and we were shown some really attractive slides to illustrate his talk. The positioning of each shrub was given importance and Ian told us of soil requirements, whether they needed shade or sun and also how best to water the plants for each of his examples. 20 members were present and they all stayed to enjoy a cuppa and piece of cake baked by Betty Foster to celebrate the 80th birthday of one of our members. We are holding a Spring Show at our next meeting on 1st May and should you wish to pay a visit to one of our meetings, you would be made most welcome.

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Thoresby Gallery you can find out something amazing about your local area, by coming along to one of our 2.00pm talks which take place in conjunction with local history groups and enthusiasts. The secret of the Internees at Boughton camp is uncovered on 2nd May and the history of coal mining in Ollerton unearthed on 16th May. If you are interested in the natural history of the area, you can discover how local farmers are managing landscape, wildlife and archaeology on 9th May. You can also find out 32 Sherwood

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The Collector’s Choice at Thoresby Gallery From Saturday 28th April to

Monday 7th May, The Collector’s Choice exhibition will be on show at Thoresby Gallery. This will be an eclectic selection of contemporary ceramics featuring previously owned works by Bernard Leach, David Leach, Janet Leach, Colin Pearson and Richard Batterham amongst others. We will also be showcasing a selection of new work from three exciting contemporary potters; Steve Booton, Richard Healey and Rachel Wood. We’re also excited to introduce another wonderful exhibition curated by David Binch of Oakwood Gallery. If you are a collector of studio ceramics, antiques buff — or just take pleasure in seeing these beautiful sought after objects — then you can’t afford to miss this chance to see so many collectibles in one place. The next Wide Open Exhibition at the Gallery will take place between

Saturday 19th May to Sunday 10th June, from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see a huge selection of artwork from our local artists and beyond. It’s our best selling show of the year. We’re also making a call to all artists, as there’s still time to enter the Wide Open Exhibition. Just bring up to three works along to Thoresby Gallery on 12th to 13th May, from 11.00am to 4.30pm. Any artist both amateur and professional, contemporary and traditional, working in any media including photography and printmaking to submit recent 2D work for this exciting, unique and popular exhibition. For information of how to enter your work see www.thoresbycourtyard. com, cynthia@thoresby.co, call 01623 822009 or call in at Thoresby Gallery, Thoresby Courtyard, Nr.Ollerton, NG22 9EP.

May is local history month about open field strip farming at Laxton on 23rd May. There is a new regimental museum at Thoresby Courtyard and on 30th May you have the opportunity to listen to a talk by their Curator, on the subject of Nottinghamshire’s cavalries. If you want a trip down memory lane you can come and see penny farthing racing in ‘Pennies in the Park’ Festival of Cycling on 19th and 20th May, which takes place in Thoresby Park, where there will a range of races and

stalls to take part in or spectate. Last but not least, once again we are hosting ‘Wide Open’ art which is an unselected art show, a great opportunity for local artists, and for all to see local artistic talent. Further details are on our web site at www.thoresbycourtyard.com. Tickets for talks are £4 and available from Thoresby Box Office 01623 822009. Thoresby Courtyard has free parking, a range of shops, gallery, theatre, craft units and cafe.

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trouble getting them started with all the cold weather don’t forget that you can always buy plants that have already been started. Buying young plants in is a great way to experiment with different varieties too — with so many types of tomato available it’s more fun to have several plants, each of different kinds, than half a dozen all the same. There’s a good plant stand at the monthly farmers market, and several garden centres or local growers nearby. May is the time to start off that wonderfully easy vegetable — the courgette. If you’ve never grown courgettes before then I can highly recommend it as they give such a high yield from even just a couple of plants. In fact that would be my main advice — don’t be tempted to grow too many or you’ll be inundated! Plant the seeds undercover or on a windowsill from the beginning of the month. Put two seeds to a pot, laying them on their sides and covering with about 1” of compost. They usually germinate in a week to ten days and grow pretty rapidly. Remove the weaker of the seedlings (I always feel guilty when I do this! If it looks good I re-pot it). When the seedlings have four to six leaves start to harden off by placing outside during the day. Plant out after all risk of frost has passed. You can also start courgettes outside, directly into the bed in which they’ll grow but I’d wait until later in the month when the soil is a bit warmer. The plants will grow

Leanne Lodge on what to do to get a juicy courgette crop

quickly, producing exotic looking yellow flowers (look out for recipes for the flowers too). For maximum yields the plants should be harvested regularly. Tiny courgettes are very tasty, and don’t be tempted too turn your back on the plants for too long as they grow large at an amazing rate! Be careful with watering when seedlings as the stems can rot, but they’ll need plenty of water once they have grown. If you’re short of space courgettes can be grown in grow bags, planting two to a bag. With summer in mind, don’t forget to keep planting your salad crops. As well as the traditional lettuce there are a host of other salad leaves that can be grown, and it’s usually possible to buy packets of mixed salad seeds. Get in the habit of planting some at least once a fortnight — use some of the leaves to cut and come again for tasty fresh salad, transplanting some lettuces outside and allowing them to grow on to full size. If you planted beetroot seeds out in March or April the chances are that they’ll have suffered with the very cold weather that we had last month. Another row sown now may well give you much better results. Fancy your own, home grown, Brussels sprouts with Christmas dinner? They need quite a long growing time, so think about starting them around now.

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Jubilee Picnic Edwinstowe Parish Council are holding a “Big Picnic Lunch” to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee on Sunday 3rd June, from 12pm to 4pm at Sherwood Forest Corner (Opposite the Cricket Pitch). There will be; stalls, live music, a dance display, a cricket match, and medieval life in the Forest. We are also supporting the Edwinstowe Angels Breast Cancer Charity Walk taking place in the forest on that day. Call Sarah on 01623 824243.

Wellow maypole celebrations

Monday 4th June is the date to put in your diary for this year’s Maypole Day at Wellow. The May Queen for 2012, Emma Knight, was chosen by villagers in a secret ballot back in February. The children have started to practise their dancing steps, and all are looking forward to the annual Maypole Celebrations, taking place during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend. With Queen Elizabeth II looking back over 60 years, the Maypole Committee has introduced an extra helping of nostalgia into this unique Nottinghamshire event. The most important part of the day will be, of course, the traditional crowning of the May Queen and the dancing around the maypole, newly erected last year, but there will be plenty for all the family to see and do. This year there will be vintage vehicles and miniature steam engines, and old fashioned children’s swingboats will return after many decades’ absence! As ever, there will be traditional Punch and Judy, plus circus skills, and local police dogs will be demonstrating their talents. Together with many varied stalls and rides, live music, and food and drink all day, Wellow Maypole Celebrations are not to be missed. Come and join in the fun between 12.00pm and 5.00pm on Spring Bank Holiday Monday 4th June. Admission is free, with plenty of parking at Wellow Dam. Please view further information online at www.wellowmaypole. co.uk or by phoning 01623 824545. Look forward to seeing you there! 36 Sherwood

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Pennies in the Park

Lucy Garner, World Junior Road

Race Champion, recently attended Thoresby Park, with her own Penny Farthing to take on the challenge of riding against some of the more seasoned penny farthing racers. Lucy was invited to attend a promotional photographic publicity shoot organised by Mark Ludbrook from www. sportsshots.co.uk at Thoresby Park to help advertise the Festival of Cycling that is taking place over the weekend of the 19th and 20th May 2012. The event incorporates various races including circuit races on the private estate roads, where there is a ladies specific race for Elite, first, second, third, fourth and junior category riders; the course is over 2.7km and will take place on Saturday morning. The event is being supported by the Stonebridge Trust who manage the Courtyard and lawns, Thoresby Estate and Warner Leisure the owners of the beautiful Thoresby Hall, and it was organised to raise money for the worthy Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance. Many local businesses have pledged their support and Paul Startin of PS Accountancy has given financial support to ensure the event can take place. This is the first event of its kind in the East Midlands Region and at Thoresby and should provide a weekend of cycling events to cater for all tastes, along with quality food stalls from Nottinghamshire Flavours.

The event starts on the Friday evening at the indoor riding hall situated within the Courtyard, where Joff Summerfield will be presenting his world tour talk. Joff rode around the world on his Penny Farthing, covering a staggering 22,000 miles and the whole journey took two and half years. On Saturday morning there is closed circuit racing on the private estate roads for Youth, ladies and seniors - details can be found on the British Cycling website - and a treasure hunt for penny farthing, unicycle and other cyclists. Go Ride racing will be taking place and then there will be slalom skills racing involving the penny farthing and unicyclists. To complete the Saturdays race events, there will be ‘paperboy race’. On Saturday evening there will be a barn dance, auction and raffle with a hog roast. The Sunday will bring with it more ‘Go Ride’ racing and the feature events including the Unicycle and Penny Farthing Race where the riders will be led out by a 1904 De Dion Bouton motor car. During the afternoon there is some grass track racing on the boundary of the Thoresby Cricket Club organised by Martin Smith of Martin Smith Opticians Lincoln. Parking is free and there is no charge for spectators and all are welcome to see some fast, furious, and interesting racing and to shop at the Courtyard and trade stands that are also attending. All the details are on the website www.penniesinthepark.co.uk.

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Sherwood Life magazine May 2012  

May 2012 edition of Sherwood Life magazine

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