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Join the discussion........................6 Let them eat cake.....................12 Budget bride................................14 How to make a pom-pom....16 Digital bride...................................18 Alternative wedding list..........20 A good read................................22 Healing hands............................24 Pillow talk.......................................24 Spring is in the air?.....................26 The perfect plant?....................34 Beginner’s guide: Strawberries...36 WIN beer festival tickets!.........38 A river runs through it......42 & 43 Perfect Porsches........................46 The moon and the Titanic.....50 What dogs do best...................52 Light my fire...................................56 Baking bliss....................................58

Regulars Community..............8, 30, 32, 40, ..........................................48, 54 & 61 Useful Numbers........................60 Index...........................................62

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It’s such a beautiful sight outdoors at present, the blossom is out, daffodils are in bloom and we’ve already had a few unusually warm spring days so far this year. Let’s hope that we experience some pleasant weather to enjoy with our families over the Easter period. This month is the first of our wedding special editions and we’ve included some great articles, tips and advice for you, in addition to some of the area’s best wedding suppliers showing you what they have to offer. Are you part of a local society that needs a helping hand? Please contact us without delay and we will try to help you to publicise who you are and what you do. If you need help publicise an event this month, why not use our free local events system on our website to assist you. Visit www.worksoplife.com and click on the ‘add your event’ button near the calendar — the rest is selfexplanatory and it only takes two minutes to add your event! If you would like to search for what is going on in your area, you could also use the website to do this too! As it is Easter, our Baking Bliss feature comes in to its own this month as Helen shows us how to make the firm family favourite Hot Cross Buns. Why not make a batch or two and get the children involved too? The week after Easter on Sunday 15th April, we will hold our third annual Wedding and Prom Fayre at Ye Olde Bell from 10.30pm to 3.30pm.

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If you’re own wedding or prom takes place in the next 18 months, then please come and see what your local businesses can do to help make your day special. Julian and I will be there gathering the last minute ideas for our own wedding taking place this August, and we’re really looking forward to the day. And if you’re currently planning your own wedding, check out our Spring Weddings supplement, starting on page 12 for some great tips on how to plan your big day. This month we’ve teamed up with one of our local breweries, Springhead Brewery, to enable three lucky people the chance to win four tickets and eight drinks tokens each to their very first annual beer festival coming up at the end of the month! Turn to page 16 to read more and find out how to enter. 7th April is the start of National Pet Month and Debbi Batti-Singh gives some great advice about how best to look after your pet on page 52. As always we’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts, so if you have something to share with us, please get in touch. Email us at community@ worksoplife.com, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worksoplife or follow us on Twitter @worksoplife. We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine.

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This is Rex, he is a Rottie-X around two to three years old. We don’t have much information on this big lad as he was taken from the pound before he was due to be put to sleep. Rex is very good to walk and doesn’t pull, he has loads of energy and will really enjoy going for long walks, he also likes playing with his toys especially his toy boot. He is a bit wary of some men so he may have been mistreated in the past by a man but with a bit of work he will trust you as I found out today after our walk he gave me a big kiss. Rex must be an only dog in the home. Holly was born here at the Rescue over a year ago. Unfortunately due to change in family home, she has had to come back to us, and is now looking for another home. Blade is a rather stunning Large Male American Bulldog. He is about five years old. Blade can be a little wary of strangers when he first meets them but with a little time 8 Worksop

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and patience that can be overcome. We are looking for a home for Blade that ideally has experience of the breed but at least bull breed experience. He is great with kids and used to live with a female Staffy so should be okay with another female, he is gentle and loving could you be the new owner for Blade? Suki, is an adorable crazy big pup. Suki has only just arrived with us, and she was handed in by her owner due to personal family circumstances. She is nine months old, and is already the size of a lab, so I would say she has a lot more growing to do. We really are unsure what her breeding is, but she has the most amazing ears, and is rough coated. Suki is a very typical untrained pup, but is very loving, and in the right home will make a lovely pet. She needs a home where someone is home all day, and give her the time and attention that she needs. Zambezie was born here at the Rescue in the spring time of 2009, with a fantastic temperament. Zambezie used to live with a Rotti bitch, so may live with another bitch. He also lived with cats, however his owner says he chases them. We really can’t understand why he hasn’t found a new home yet, he’s lovely to take out and so lovable, a little fusspot. Buster is a fairly typical English Bull Terrier. He is very friendly but really easily wound up and this can result in some mouthing. He is six years old. Buster is great to walk but we are looking for a home where he is the only pet. Buster will be good

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CHEESE Don’t forgo the cake if sweet stuff’s not your bag. Couples with more savoury tastes are opting for a cake comprised of tiers of cheese. Many local delicatessens are recognising this trend and some innovative cheese makers are even producing heart shape cheeses specifically for the wedding market. NATURE Nature is still reigning supreme as a thematic and aesthetic inspiration. Fresh or sugar flowers can 12 Worksop

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be subtly placed atop the cake or amongst a more intricate design for patterned prowess. Alternatively, go hell-for-leather and create a canopy of earthy design that incorporates your garden’s latest harvest — just remember to remove prior to eating - unless that’s part of the entertainment plan! THEMED Whatever is your bag, eat it. Imagine anything; whether it be your lovers’ meeting place, your cultural roots, the song of your first dance or favourite TV show, and feature it as your personal take on cake couture. So whether it’s sentimental, sublime or strange, throw it into the cake mix and feast with all your senses. CUPCAKES As a bite-size homage to the masterpiece itself or as stand alone nibbly treats, cupcakes are a cute solution. They can take many forms; neatly iced squares, indulgent highrise cups, sweet-like mouthfuls or doughy balls chock full of cream, sugar or chocolate, your guests will salivate more than Pavlov’s dog at the sight alone.

CONTEMPORARY Whether you fall for chromic clash or coordination, anything goes so long as it’s colour. For a modish statement, opt for three or four separate cakes within one sky-scraping mass with different designs on each tier. And don’t be shy on the shape front; forgo squares and circles in favour of an innovative sculpted creation. Cake maker Melbourne Cakes said recently, “It is rare that we receive orders for the traditional white wedding cake with royal icing. “The more contemporary or vintage designs are going down very well this season, with a move to bold colours to compliment the wedding theme colours. “The lace effect achieved through hand piping is also proving very popular, following the popularity of the vintage and English tea parties trend that is big at the minute. “Our sugarcraft roses in subtle colours usually compliment the vintage look. “We are seeing in 2012 the demand for individual mini wedding cakes is decreasing as this tends to be at the very top end of the market.”

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Confessions of a budget bride Leanne Lodge looks to keep it simple with her wedding preparation

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Stewart — least of all Julian or I — and even if we were, finding the time to create hand-made favours for 100 or so guests is a real challenge. So what's the solution? Well we’re hoping it’s simplicity! Much of our budget has gone on catering and choosing the videographer and photographer we really wanted, so now we’re hoping we can create a beautiful DIY day without breaking the bank. Reading magazines and blogs almost daily now, I’m told that elegance and simplicity go well together in a wedding and there’s so many ways to achieve this, you just have to remember to make it personal to you — although I must admit that sometimes the best ideas are the ones you have seen done well somewhere else before. One such idea that springs to mind was our need for lots more outdoor seating. We’re having a garden party marquee reception at the end of our street, which created the issue of needing lots of seating for the garden areas. So we contacted a local farmer, and now we have hay bales pre-ordered which will be decorated with our half-price chenille throws we managed to discover — hopefully a unique way for people to park their bums and at less than half the cost of hiring extra chairs. Another aspect that can soon blow the budget is wedding flowers, yet they can be so important to creating a stunning backdrop to your day. Therefore it was time to get going with the ideas again. Although we’re

having a marquee reception, we are actually getting married in our local church. Having two venues to decorate, meant we could of potentially been left with a large bill and decorating two areas with fresh flowers is an expense we just cannot afford. I know that flowers are not the only option to create a beautiful scene, but they do help and it’s what we want. So we’ve decided to both compromise and get creative at the same time. We’ve chosen to hire artificial flowers for the church and purchase real flowers for our marquee, where we will spend the most of our time. We’ve also planted seeds of some of the flowers in our colour scheme that we really love, and here’s hoping that they may just produce enough for a few pots and arrangements here and there. Our five bridesmaids bouquets will be able to double as décor around the cake and other tables inside the marquee once the photos have taken place. We’ve been buying décor finds over the last year and as I’m continually bringing home shabby chic finds from car boots and vintage fairs (much to the dismay of Julian previously) many of my beloved jugs, glassware and wicker baskets and hearts are going to be of use after all! One piece of advice, if you are a budget bride and are going the “do-ityourself” route for your wedding (and you pretty much have to if you want to save money), don't go it alone. I bet you have friends and family who are talented and eager to help out. For our wedding, we have roped in our wedding party and our staff, along with their wedding partners (Helen, our Baking Bliss writer will be making our wedding cake and our desserts too!). After all, DIY doesn’t have to be ‘do it all yourself’.

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Weddings

More and more

brides turn to the internet for inspiration and information when planning their wedding. The internet is a valuable source of all things related to weddings, yet too much information can confuse and even frustrate you. It can also create unrealistic expectations, and lead to overall dissatisfaction with your own wedding planning experience. When browsing international sites, always bear in mind that unless you are willing to import the wedding paraphernalia, you will have to get creative in using local resources to create your vision. Now technology has moved on and we have access to smartphones on the move — brides and grooms now have access to the ultimate planning tool 24/7! The iPhone in particular is easy to use and there are now hundreds of wedding apps available to help you at every stage. The easy-to-use software and applications will allow you to plan your wedding, track budgets, build schedule lists, design your wedding website, create professional looking stationery and much more. Smartphones can become your sanity saver, with all relevant information backed up on your device. 18 Worksop

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Digital bride They have enough memory to store those inspirational boards, pictures, and seating plans. Small things make life so much better — for example, you can have your important wedding songs with you when you are meeting with a DJ and the images you take as you are shopping around for your wedding can make decision making much easier. Amazing iPhone applications are available on iTunes (many of which are free) and they will make your wedding planning a breeze. Top iPhone Wedding Planning apps: • iWedding Deluxe • Bento (tailor to your wedding needs) • Wedding 911 by The Knot • The Wedding Link • 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Planning Your Wedding A great cost saving advantage can also be to use wedding websites to organise your invitations and there are many useful and even easy-to-use RSVP systems. These can enable couples to still reach their guests, yet become more effective in their communication. There are a number of advantages to combining traditional paper-based wedding stationery with

online tools. Brides can save time and effort by having guests RSVP on the couple’s unique wedding website. Guests can confirm their attendance to the wedding on the website, leave a special message for the happy couple and capture contact information such as phone numbers, email or postal addresses for thank you cards after the wedding. Brides can also post important information leading up to the event on their website, instead of cluttering their wedding invitations with leaflets of information. Directions, gift registry information and recommended accommodation can all be posted on the couple’s website. Great UK Wedding planning sites: • www.hitched.co.uk • www.weddingpath.co.uk (Online RSVP service) • www.weddingchaos.co.uk • www.weddingplanner.co.uk • www.confetti.co.uk One of the most important points to note for all brides using the web for inspiration, is to remember that most of the images you will come across are edited by the photographers. The colours in the flowers may be adjusted to suit the specific photograph, and that perfect shade you may fall in love with may not exist in the real world. Be realistic, be optimistic, be inspired and then be ready to get creative!

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Alternative wedding list Leanne Lodge on taking a different approach to your wedding list

For the couple who have already set up home and don’t need the toasters and kettles normally found on a traditional gift list, or for those who just prefer that someone else benefits from their big day — charitable gift lists can be the perfect answer. If you decide that this is the way for you, there are numerous options open to you. You’re really only limited by the types of charities that interest you and it doesn’t have to be one large donation. You can choose one, a few, or many. You can even ask guests to donate to the causes that matter to them. What is important that by making the decision to have a charitable gift list, you have the opportunity to help to improve the lives of other people or help conservation and the environment.

One option is to opt to sign-up to one of the many charity aid giving lists — your guests would then be able to donate to your choice of good causes. Some of the more popular websites are www.thealternativeweddinglist. co.uk www.giveit.co.uk and www. weddinglistgiving.com But don’t forget that charity begins at home. In today’s current climate, there are more than a handful of local worthy charities that would make great recipients of any donations from your happy day. Hospices, and Animal Shelters in particular, need both constant and plentiful funding to ensure that they are able to just open their doors. You can create your own fundraising page using sites like www.justgiving.com It’s a great way to support specific charities directly and participants can donate very easily online.

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A good read LEISURE

Kath Bennet takes a look at the best books this month The Help Kathryn Stockett

The Help is a book that has mushroomed in popularity by recommendation. If you have read it, chances are that someone had told you how good it was. And if you haven’t read it, chances are that when you do, you will pass the word on to someone else. They will not be disappointed. Set in Mississippi in the 1960s, and recently adapted into a successful film, The Help is told by three women – Aibileen, Minnie and Skeeter - all

strong, all proud, but very different. Aibileen works for Miss Leefolt, raising baby Mae Mobley Leefolt as she mourns the death of her own adored son, pouring her love and warmth into the little girl. Minnie struggles to keep a job thanks to her smart mouth, but with a husband and five children she has little choice but to work. They watch the white women who employ them; they raise their children, cook their 22 Worksop

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meals, clean their houses, and know their secrets. Skeeter, not yet married, seems destined to become one of these women - yet for her, the memory of Constantine, the ‘help’ who raised her, awakens a curiosity about the lives of Aibileen, Minnie and the countless others like them. The initial catalyst is the Home Help Sanitation Initiative, proposed by queen bee Miss Hilly Holbrook, which aims to ensure separate bathrooms for the help. Everyone, according to Miss Hilly, knows that this is essential to prevent the spread of disease. Prompted by unease, and a deep desire to break into journalism, Skeeter sets out to tell the life stories of Aibileen and Minnie, in their own words. Stockett uses the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement and the setting of small-town Mississippi to offset the stories that Aibileen, Minnie and eventually many others tell. The story which unfolds offers an insight into how large scale change can sometimes have just a tiny impact on everyday lives. Each voice is distinctive and each character beautifully drawn. Much is shown, rather than told, leaving the reader to imagine the lives beyond the outlines given. It may sound like a cliché, but this book will genuinely make you laugh and cry… and think, which is perhaps the most important element of all. Read it.

The Pirate Cruncher Jonny Doddle Look closely at the very first pictures in this book. Is there something strange about the fiddler who wanders

the narrow streets of a tiny Cornish fishing village, singing a song about treasure? Perhaps, but Captain Purplebeard and his crew do not notice, and soon they are sailing off in

search of a mysterious island, following the intricate map provided on the endpapers of the book. On the way, the fiddler sings them directions, advice and warnings, which they heed with varying degrees of success. Even when their numbers seem to mysteriously diminish, Purplebeard presses on... This is an incredibly detailed picture book, ideal for 3 to 6 year olds. On the first reading, the song of the fiddler carries you along as surely as it does the pirates, so much so that the ending is a genuine surprise. By the second, third and fourth readings (and believe me, there will be these and many more!) the clues become more apparent, but the whole thing is still enormous fun. Destined to become a firm family favourite.

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HEALTH

Healing hands Suki North asks what the practice of Reiki is all about

Reiki is amazing! It can be

used to help with first aid, healing cuts, bumps and burns, as well as deeper longer lasting emotional and physical problems. Imagine being able to put your hand on a cut finger to help it heal more quickly. The exception is broken bones, which must be set first, though once applied, the plaster cast is no barrier to the healing energy. Parents naturally comfort their children by placing their hands on the hurt or giving them a hug. Training in Reiki enhances this natural process, allowing more energy to be passed on. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a Japanese word meaning universal (Rei) life energy (Ki). It is an ancient system of energy transmission through the hands, rediscovered in the 19th century by Dr Mikao Usui, an expert in comparative religions and head of a Christian College in Japan. He decided to leave his teaching to research healing. His studies took him as far as America, India and Tibet, until he finally discovered a system of healing in ancient Sanskrit texts, which he used to develop the Reiki we know today. Before his death, he passed on the Reiki knowledge that eventually spread to America, Australia and Europe. Today it continues to be taught by Reiki Masters, who can trace their lineage back to Dr Usui and who follow his five

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spiritual principals; to let go of anger, not to worry, be grateful, do work honestly, and be kind to every living creature. Reiki practitioners channel the energy drawn through them by the need, or imbalance of recipients, who then use it to heal themselves. It can enhance other healing methods and enable people to recover from surgery, chemotherapy, stress and emotional upsets. It can also be used successfully with animals. A treatment involves lying fully clothed on a couch while the practitioner lightly places their hands in a sequence of positions on the abdomen, head and back for about 5 minutes, or when the energy ceases to flow. During a treatment people usually feel a sensation of warmth and deep relaxation. It is usually followed by a good night’s sleep, often experiencing more benefits on awakening. For more information there are a number of Reiki organisations, such as the Rei-Ki Academy, based in Northampton. As its popularity spreads, more people are receiving Reiki treatments and more are being trained, so benefitting from regular self treatments, as well as helping family and friends, and often becoming practitioners themselves. There is no belief system attached to it, so anyone can receive or learn to give a Reiki treatment. It is not difficult to learn and it simply uses the hands to heal.

Pillow talk… The average adult now sleeps for less than 7 hours per night, but most of us need 8 hours. Even a minimal reduction in sleep affects your mood, efficiency and energy levels. Sleep is made up of stages and cycles which restore and refresh the mind and so, to stay healthy and perform optimally, getting eight hours sleep is a necessity rather than a luxury! If you fall asleep in less than five minutes it is probable that you are sleep deprived. If you are tired enough to sleep deeply but not so exhausted that you feel sleepy during the day, it should take you 10–15 minutes to fall asleep. Sleep follows a pattern of moving between deep restorative sleep (non-REM sleep) and more alert stages during which you dream (REM sleep). REM and non-REM sleep together form a complete 90 minute sleep cycle which is repeated four to six times during the night. Most deep sleep occurs in the first half of the night. A wealth of historical evidence shows that humans previously slept in two separate four-hour chunks; the first sleep began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep; could this perhaps be linked to sleep maintenance insomnia, where a person wakes in the middle of the night and finds it difficult to get back to sleep for a couple of hours? Sleep problems are very common, if you suffer from them it’s always best to consult your GP or pharmacist.

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HOMES

Spring is in the air? Craig Brown wonders if the property market is gaining confidence

The news in the property market makes pretty grim reading. Average prices have fallen slightly over the last year and are predicted to stay flat in 2012; mortgage lending is still subdued while minimum deposits remain high and sales volumes are close to an all time low. The strange thing is it really doesn’t feel like that to me; it feels like spring is in the air. The first example of this is all the first time buyers that came out of the woodwork in January and February to take advantage of the stamp duty holiday before it comes to an end. This is all the more impressive when you consider that first-timers make up less than a quarter of all buyers and the threshold for stamp duty is £125,000 anyway — a lot of starter homes cost less than this.

Example two is the number of homes that have been on the market for a year or more that have suddenly found buyers; I can give you numerous examples just from my own experience. My next exhibit is the 4.1% jump in asking prices in February, the highest in a decade. Alright, most of them probably won’t be achieved but you have to remember that asking prices have been falling steadily for the past year or so. Another positive sign is that 90% mortgages are now available once more after a couple of years of lenders demanding a typical 25% deposit. HSBC is leading the pack with a whopping £3 billion set aside to lend to first time buyers this year. The strongest evidence of an improvement in the property market is less tangible but it is there nonetheless. The number of new instructions is increasing dramatically, for me at least. Most of the vendors I speak to are

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Musicians wanted Do you play a musical instrument? Are you interested in playing Swing music? If so, Worksop & District U3A Swing Music Group would like to hear from you. You need to be available to attend group rehearsals on Monday mornings, in Worksop For full details please contact Tony Breed on 01909 730489.

Vogila d’Italia Voglia d’Italia — the Italian

Society for South Yorks and North Notts — presents “Venice as known to us through Canaletto and his Contemporaries”. On Friday 13th April, David Lamb uses the canvases of Canaletto and other view painters to show us the daily life of the city and of its citizens in the 18th century. The meeting will take place at 7.45pm, Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill, DN11 9QN and admission is £3.00 for non members. For further information please call 01909 481136.

Leverton Flower Show Levertons' 49th Annual Flower

and Produce show will be held on Saturday 1st September in Sturtonle-Steeple village hall. The gardening section will include classes for fruit, vegetables, pot plants and cut flowers. The craft section of the show includes; baking and preserves, painting, handicrafts, photography and flower arrangements. All of the schedules with the full details of the classes and rules will be available shortly. Please telephone June on 01427 880965 for further information.

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Brewery’s Beer Festival Local microbrewer Springhead will be holding

their first ever beer festival, to be held from the 26th to 29th April 2012 at the Robin Hood Site in Laneham, Retford. See www.springhead.co.uk for more information or call 01636 821000. The beer festival will showcase the Springhead range of award winning beers, along with over 40 other real ales and ciders from quality progressive microbreweries, as well as offering food and entertainment. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity. Tickets are priced at £2 per day,

and can be purchased on the door, or bought in advance from Meg's bar, the Springhead tap at the brewery site, to guarantee admission. Tokens for beer will be sold at £1.25 per half pint, and sold in blocks of £10. Anyone organising a coach of 16+ people to come to the festival will receive £10 of free beer tokens and free entry to the event — book with Eve Scragg (eve@springhead.co.uk or 07747 740760). Coach transport from Retford train station and the town centre to and from the festival is in the process of being organised — full details will be given on the Springhead web site in due course.

Cardiac Support Group At our meeting held on Friday the 2nd March, at Retford Hospital, we were pleased to present a cheque for £1,000 to the Notts and Lincs Air Ambuance Crew. We are not a fundraising organisation but have made two previous donations to this very worthy cause. The representative from the Air Ambulance Crew (the yellow helicopter if in doubt) had a wealth of stories to relate. We learned that the team carry out over 1,100 missions each year, and the cost of running the helicopter is £1.7m per year. No government funding is given and contributions are essential,

together with their own fundraising, shop, donations, and bequests, etc. When next you see the yellow bird in the sky, you can be sure that they will be on a potentially life-saving mission. Each single mission costs approximately £1,000, not a lot to save a life, but not easily earned and any one of us could be the next to have need of such a service. Our next meeting will be held at Bassetlaw Hospital on Friday the 5th April at 2.30pm and everyone is welcome. Our speaker will be Kathy Dykes representing the Coronary Care Unit of Bassetlaw.

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Bawtry Dance Group Monday night in the New Hall in Bawtry on station road from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. The entry fee is £2.50, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. This dance has been going on for almost thirty years now and is run by a small and dedicated committee. We have live music nights with local organists and an annual day out. This year our day out will be to Skegness with an afternoon tea dance in the Embassy Centre. Our next live music

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Octogenarian takes cycling challenge Frank Hamill of Retford has decided to take on a cycling challenge to raise funds for Bassetlaw Hospice and the UK charity Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund at the grand old age of 80. Frank plans to cycle from Penzance to Dover a distance of around 350 miles at the end of May on his 20 year old bike! In 2000, Frank’s wife, June, died of pancreatic cancer and he has been thinking about taking on a different challenge to running the Great North Run, which he has already completed 30 times. If you would like to sponsor Frank on his epic challenge you can do so by contacting the Appeal Office on 01777 710444 or by going to his fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving. com/FrankHamill. Frank says, “I am fortunate that I can still attempt this kind of caper at the age of 80. I feel I have to do it now as my bike might not last another 10 years! Hopefully I will be able to find Dover and I have never been to Land’s End so I am looking forward to visiting.” On Friday 18th May, Retford Golf Club will host a charity golf day, in aid of Bassetlaw Hospice. The Stableford Competition will have maximum handicaps of men (24) and women (30), and dress codes will apply. Included in the course will be a two course meal to be enjoyed before or after play and the prize giving presentation will take place between 7.00pm and 7.30pm. 32 Worksop

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Charity Zumba Night Everyone is invited to take

part in a charity Zumba night in aid of the guide dogs for the blind on Tuesday 10th April. The event will take place at The North Notts Community Arena, Eastgate, Worksop, from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Whether you have never tried it, are now an expert, getting on in years or are a youngster, this event is for you, as you will be well looked after by our experienced instructor. At least 30 minutes of the event will be suitable for the kids, and you also don’t have to do the whole hour, just as much as you want! We are encouraging everyone to raise as much sponsorship as possible, If you haven’t got

a form, they are available by contacting Pam on 07879 432181 or Eddie on 01909 568765. Join us afterwards in the Arena’s own licensed bar, where we hope you will meet some of these fantastic dogs and their owners. We are extremely grateful of all those who have helped to put this event together. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has given up their time and facilities free of charge, especially Julie Robinson of Julz Dance School and the North Notts Community Arena. If you enjoy it, come along to the highly popular twice-weekly Zumba events held by Julie at the North Notts Arena.

Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum would like to invite you to our next monthly meeting to be held at Retford Town Hall, Market Square, Retford, on Wednesday 18th April, from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. This month’s talk is about Guide Dogs for the blind. This is an unusual subject, but it may interest you to understand what it is like to lose your sight and have to find your way around. Our speaker, experiences these challenges first hand, and will tell us who are eligible to have a guide dog, and also how you go about getting a dog. There are so many aspects to having a guide dog. The dog has to

be donated by someone for training. It has to have specialised training over a long period, it also has to be looked after during this time. Who pays for all this care? The answer is simply — donations from the public. The puppies also have to have the correct attributes, such as intelligence, nature and the ability to be trained. So there is a lot to find out about these valuable dogs, and how we, as sighted people, can help. So come and join us, learn a little, have a cup of tea or coffee, and meet some new people. If you need more information about our Forum, please telephone 01777 709034.

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The perfect plant? Lee Bestall asks if there’s ever a plant for every need

As a plantsman, I often get asked to recommend the perfect plant. Now I know the conversation is going to be interesting when I am approached with the phrase “do you know anything about plants?”. This phrase is usually accompanied with a quizzical scowl, and completed with raised eyebrows. “Now, we want it to flower for 12 months of the year, produce scent in winter (but not too heavy), be available in purple, blue and white, with a splash of pink around mother’s day. It must be evergreen, fast growing, tall enough to block out the view of the neighbour’s garage, but not large enough to block out light. It should be able to grow in our heavy clay soil, not require feeding and will never need pruning. It should absolutely not shed leaves onto my husband’s impeccably manicured lawn, and must be able to withstand rabbits, provide a home for birds and ladybirds, but not be susceptible to diseases or pests. The 34 Worksop

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flowers should be self-deadheading, and should provide sweet nectar for bees, but not wasps. Oh, and it must be two metres tall when planted, and not be expensive. Can you recommend a few?” This could be an April fool, but it’s not — it’s a common request. They want me to give them a long Latin name (the plant, not the enquirer!) but it doesn’t exist, and I’m rather glad. Plants are like friends, they all have different personalities, different requirements and different strengths and weaknesses, but it’s that very variety which makes gardening (and friendship) so rewarding. April is a very busy month for most people in the garden, and one of my favourites. The clocks have changed, the days are longer and warmer and plant growth is rapid. There are still some major tasks which can be completed at this time of year, such as cutting back evergreens. Cut back hard, feed and the plant will regenerate over the next few years. If you didn’t feed your plants last month, now is the time to do it.

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Grow your own strawberries Strawberries can be

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Leanne Lodge looks at how to grow strawberries, whatever space you have pegged down and the edges buried to stop it blowing away. It’s best to mound up the soil in the centre where the plants will grow so that water will run off either side. Using this method means no weeding is required and you won’t need to put straw or other matting under the plants to keep the fruit clean. It also helps keep in the moisture and encourages early crops by warming the soil. Protect the flowers in spring if frost is expected, with double sheets of newspaper. Replace plants every two to three years which can be done cheaply by spreading out some of the runners from a plant and pegging them down. Once they have rooted and are growing well, lift carefully, detach from the parent plant and transplant to a new plot.

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College will be holding a charity horse and dog show at the college, in the grounds of Rossington Hall just north of Bawtry, on Sunday 13th May. This will take place inside the gallops where the students learn how to ride racehorses. The Horse Show will have in-hand and ridden classes, some of which will be qualifiers for Equifest to be held at Peterborough in August. Amongst other classes, there will be one for Ridden re-trained Racehorses and two organised by Rossington RDA Group to find the horse/pony most suitable for a handicapped rider. There will also be unaffiliated show jumping for ponies and horses and ‘clear round’. Guy Robertson, practitioner of Natural Horsemanship will give a demonstration during the day. The Dog Show will feature a number of ‘fun’ classes like the waggiest tail and best six legs. There will be trade stands and refreshments as well. For further information, please visit the website www.nrccharityshow.co.uk where you can download the schedule and make entries online at reduced fees, or please call 01777 818440.

Dukeries Ultra Marathon

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The March meeting was very well attended with four new members joining the group and a warm welcome was extended to them. The meeting started with a moment’s silence in memory of Terry Christian, a long serving and highly valued member who passed away recently. Everyone’s thoughts were with his wife Hilary and family at this sad time. The AGM followed and most of the committee members agreed to serve for the coming year. A very informative presentation by Rachel Baxter (Parkinson’s Nurse Specialist) followed in the form of an update on medications and treatments for Parkinson’s disease. Julia Robinson (Information and Support Officer) gave valuable advice on benefits, support networks and help available for members. The next meeting of the Branch is on Tuesday 3rd April at 2.00pm at Worksop Cricket Club, when the

speaker will be Sheila North. Sheila is a retired physiotherapist who has had Parkinson’s for 14 years. Her presentation is full of fun and humour illustrating that life with the condition is not all doom and gloom. Everyone will leave the meeting having had much fun and laughter. The spring lunch party will be on Wednesday 25th April at 12.00pm at The Station Hotel Worksop. All members are invited and the Branch is funding the event. Anyone who wishes to attend, please phone Chris 01909 730629 to reserve a place or give your names at the April meeting. The Branch continues to grow with new members coming along every month. Much benefit is gained from meeting others with Parkinson’s, their families and friends and swapping experiences and tips. The meetings are lively and informative over a cup of tea. Outings for later in the year are in the pipeline and are funded by the Branch.

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HISTORY The logboat, dating from the Dark Ages, recovered from the River Idle near Mattersey Thorpe

For centuries, humans have

been using the natural environment to suit their needs. Waterways were highly important routes to move goods and travel around the country due to the poor nature of roads in times gone by. There are several rivers in north Nottinghamshire — the Maun, Meden, Poulter and the Ryton which flow from the Pennine foothills easterly across the Sherwood Sandstones, merging one by one, before forming the river Idle, which then joins the Trent. This was not always the case though — the Idle once flowed northwards into the Humber near Thorne until Cornelius Vermuyden’s 17th century drainage project. The River Ryton runs through the middle of Worksop and is greatly responsible for the town’s early layout. Its path has been greatly altered during the last millennium; three mills have created dams and mill races such as Loin Goit once part of the Priory Mill complex which also included ‘the Canch’ where there was a large dam. To the west of the town the river was diverted northwards around 1842 when Newcastle Avenue, a revision of the Chesterfield Turnpike road was created. The river was straightened around the 18th century through the town and culverted under the town centre There was only one natural lake in Bassetlaw, known as Whitewater, formed in an alluvial basin. The word Blyth is translated to 'white water' and thus we can assume the village takes its name from this lake. The lake was drained with a cutting straight through its middle by William Mellish in the 18th century thus transforming what had, by then, become marsh into arable farmland. It has been argued that there was a Roman canal between Bawtry and the Trent similar to the Fosse Dyke in Lincolnshire — evidence is scant but there was definitely a canal in existence during early Norman times getting a mention in the Doomsday book as ‘Bigredic’ and formed part of Nottinghamshire’s county boundary. This waterway probably helped found Bawtry’s inland port during the medieval period where lead, timber, limestone and millstones were transported from Derbyshire to

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A river runs through it… London and other European ports. The actual course is now a mystery. It is either part of Heck Dyke or part of the Mother Drain which was already in existence in 1610, the present Bycarr Dyke being cut by Vermuyden in the 1620s. Doomsday notes that fishing rights were held at Saunderby by the king and a garden was held by one of the villagers in exchange for providing salt, presumably to preserve the fish. Doomsday also mentions fisheries at Rampton, North Muskham and Gringley on the Hill, whose fishery yielded a thousand eels a year. Where there are rivers there are flood plains associated with them, these areas have always been marginal, even in Roman times when the brickwork field systems stopped at a certain height above the water courses. These tracts of land would probably have been used for grazing animals, fishing, washing clothes and bodies and collecting water for making into alcoholic beverages (rivers were full of diseases). Eventually, land drainage from the 17th century onwards drastically reduced these areas. John Dyson Senior and his son were based at Newington, Bawtry undertook several drainage projects around North Nottinghamshire. In the late 1760s they drained the land around Laneham, partnered by James Pinkerton

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and also planned the drainage of Gringley Common and Misterton during 1787. Work commenced in 1796 with Thomas Dyson and William Jessop and was completed by February 1801 with the water being drained into the Trent at Misterton Soss via the mother drain. The water was fed initially by a windmill which was replaced in 1829 by a steam powered pump; the first outside of the fens (an area also worked on by the Dysons). The steam pumps were eventually replaced by diesel power in 1941. Flooding occurs either due to prolonged rain flow causing rivers to overflow or after extremely heavy rain when the ground cannot absorb the vast amounts of water quickly enough. The earliest known destruction of property which we can be certain of in our area are found at the Roman town of Segelocum, now known as Littleborough. This settlement stood on the western bank of the Trent and is known to have suffered from severe flooding at least twice during its occupation. The Trent takes its name either from the Celtic word for ‘overway’ or the old English word for ‘trespasser’ giving strong indications that it bursts its banks on regular ►

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The power of flooding at Cottam in 1933

Worksop between 21st and 22nd May 1932. The worst hit parts of town were the low lying areas surrounding the river including Bridge Place, Ryton Street, the cattle market and Priorswell Road. The water line was well above Newcastle Avenue so it can be assumed the levels were very high. Flooding also occurred on 2nd July 1958 after heavy rainfall which had been preceded by a very wet June leading to the highest recorded levels of many rivers in the area. The most recent flooding of the town occurred in June 2007 when the town was inundated with run-off from several streams. 207 buildings around the town were flooded including 132 homes. Retford and South Carlton also

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1998 – 2004 One of the great motoring icons of all time, the 911 has been with us since 1963. Every version has been rear engined with styling that can be traced back to the VW Beetle, but the engineering has been refined and improved until it is arguably the most complete sports car on sale today. The Type 996 was the first 911 with a water cooled engine and it was roomier and softer riding than earlier models. The purists slated it, saying that it looked like a Boxster from the front and didn’t handle like a proper Porsche, but I think it’s a superb car, seriously fast (177mph), excellent handling and practical enough for everyday use.

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Friends of Langold Country Park The friends of Langold Country Park have two great summer events coming up, and they need our help. On Tuesday 5th June, 2012, there will be Jubilee celebrations in the park — full details to follow. This year’s Langold Gala Day will take place on Sunday 8th July, from 12.00pm to 5.00pm. There will be Paint balling, a Muppets puppet show, a fun fair, a brass band, lots of classic cars to see, side stalls, a climbing wall and much more — all in the park. To achieve all the above for the community, the friends need their community to assist. Please contact Paul on 07815 602562 or email paul.wrobel@tesco.net.

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Worksop Wonders WI held their third meeting on 14th March, at The Crossing in Worksop, where four new members were welcomed. After the usual business and refreshments were served, Ann Sneath showed us how to make a “rocking & sliding” greetings card. This turned out to be a very social activity with all members joining in, amidst much chatting and laughter. Our next meeting will be on 11th April when our speaker will be from the Police Aid Convoy, and we welcome anyone who wishes to come and see what we are about. For further information please call Pam 01909 479261. 48 Worksop

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Bassetlaw NCT

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(although NCT members can get in 15 minutes early to avoid the queues!). Entry fee is just £1. Profits from our Nearly New Sales help to provide support to parents in the local area and nationally. After the cost of hiring the venue has been taken out — 100% of the entry fee and commission made from sales goes towards supporting the work of the charity. This includes helping to fund our local parent and baby groups, providing funding for national parenting help lines and other crucial support for new mums and dads. Visit our website at www.nct.org. uk/branches/bassetlaw for more information or keep up to date with all the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter.

Idle Valley Nature Reserve The birds are already pairingup and nesting, Spring is the best time for listening to bird song and ponds will soon be teaming with frog spawn and invertebrates. Here at Idle Valley Nature Reserve near Retford, we are encouraging people to take time out to stand or sit still — to listen and observe wildlife waking up around you. Also, if you are part of a community wildlife project or have succeeded in improving your garden to benefit wildlife, then now is a good time to tell us all about it! We need your stories, large and small, to inspire other people at our Wildlife Gardening Festival at Idle Valley on 26th May, 10.00am to 3.00pm. Please contact Di Fisher on 07763 111694 or email dfisher@nottswt.co.uk. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust own and manage the Idle Valley Nature Reserve off North Road, Retford. Our Visitor Reception is based in the Idle Valley Rural Learning Centre run by North Notts College and is open seven days a week 10.00am to 4.00pm for visitors, walkers and wildlife enthusiasts. Everyone is

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The moon & the Titanic due to atmospheric conditions and the lack of binoculars. Recent research has also found that the rivets which held the mighty ships plates firmly together were flawed, due to being produced from poor quality metal and they fractured easily allowing her plates to separate. Survivors reported the sea as being unusually calm and the sky was crystal clear with so many vivid stars. The dawn became noticeable and slowly the stars disappeared, but one remained and that was the planet Venus. One of the crew members manning a lifeboat noted a thin crescent Moon and shouted out “a new moon lads, turn your

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PETS

What dogs do best Debbie Singh-Bhatti celebrates our pets in National Pet Week

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mum from the 1960s, hugging tight her pet mongrel, Sally. She loved that dog, treated her like one of the family and was devastated when she finally had to be put to sleep due to the effects of old age. Now suffering from old age herself, mum can no longer care for a dog but still enjoys the companionship of her pet budgie Bernard, who gets to hear about her day and always chirrups back in reply. Pets can play a key role in a person’s life, providing companionship, affection and even protection. Children who keep a pet get the opportunity to learn how to love, care about and be responsible for another living creature. Caring for their pet helps in the development of self discipline. They say that a dog is a man’s best friend and never is this truer than in the case of working and assistance companion animals. Chosen for their social nature, dogs work closely with people in a variety of roles including

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law enforcement, search and rescue, and farming. As assistance animals, dogs provide help for the visually and hearing impaired, serve as an alert system for impending seizures, and offer additional strength and mobility for the physically disabled. Dogs also provide comfort for some people suffering emotional difficulties. As a child I remember the Blue Peter team showing me and thousands of others how to prepare my tortoise for hibernation during the winter months. Nowadays there are a myriad of professional services available to help us care for our precious pets. From pet sitting to micro-chipping, there is somebody out there who can do it all! Starting 7th April is National Pet Month, an annual event that brings together pet lovers, animal welfare charities, professional bodies and pet businesses. Throughout the UK until 7th May fun-filled events are being held to help improve the welfare of pets. If you’d like to take part, visit www.nationalpetmonth. org.uk for further details.

Top 10 pet tips • Think carefully before getting a pet and learn about its special requirements • Ensure your pet is socialised and well trained • Provide a nutritious and well balanced diet • Provide suitable housing and bedding • Clean up after your pet and worm it regularly • Protect against diseases. Your vet can provide you with advice • Prevent unwanted litters and neuter your pet when appropriate • Groom your pet regularly • Control your pet and ensure it is properly identified • Take out pet insurance for dogs, cats, rabbits and horses to cover unexpected veterinary fees and third-party liability

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COMMUNITY

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Society of Artists Worksop Society of Artists will be holding an evening demonstration on 17th April from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Cricket Club in Worksop. The artist Terry Chip will be demonstrating ‘Power Drawing’ and it promises to be a very entertaining evening and everyone is welcome. Now is a golden opportunity to discover your hidden talent, as there are places left to join our Society — it’s a great way to meet people with a mutual interest. Contact Anne on 01909 488704, or visit website www. worksopsocietyofartists.co.uk.

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Shireoaks WI meeting

Our February meeting was our annual Members’ Night when we rely on our members to provide the entertainment for the evening. We enjoyed a picture quiz, a quiz on Charles Dickens - which rather stumped most of our members — some amusing anecdotes from several members along with several poetry readings. We caught up on the forthcoming events planned for. 2012 and enjoyed cake biscuits and tea or coffee after. We have now moved into the larger room in the Shireoaks Institute which will give us more scope for speakers who give demonstrations as well as talks and we hope that this will encourage more visitors and members to come and see us with a view to joining our happy band. The March meeting is a point in question when we have a demonstration from a chocolatier, David Stone which we expect to be well

supported and chocolate cake with our tea will be the order of the day! Two teams entered the County Quiz and although we clearly weren't the brains of Britain, we all thoroughly enjoyed it but won't be bringing home the trophy. Reference was made to the trip to Tutbury in April; proposed visit to the Hat factory and Staircase museum in Stockport; Lesley Smith portraying Nell Gwynn in October and visit to Coghlans for another cookery demonstration and meal in lieu of our usual Christmas Outing at end of November. Arrangements will have to be discussed at the next meeting for the annual Duck Race on 24th June 2012 which we hope will be well supported as always. The meeting on April 19th will be our AGM and a new programme for future meetings will shortly be finalised. The meeting will start at 7.00pm in the village hall and visitors will always be welcome.

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Light my fi re… TECHNOLOGY

Graham Iek on what to expect of Amazon’s new Kindle when it lands

Amazon’s Kindle e-book

reader has been around for just over three years but it already seems like prehistoric technology. The original device cost nearly as much as a cheap laptop and simply enabled the user to download and store up to 40 books which could then be read on the black and white screen. Amazingly, it sold out in five hours and it was months before any more came into stock. Users complained that the screen was hard to read and the buttons were fiddly to operate. The most damning thing I can say about it is that I have only ever once seen somebody using a Kindle in public; compare that to the iPad, which you seemingly can’t avoid. The second generation Kindle was a big improvement over the first — it was easier to use, more compact and could hold up to 1,500 non-illustrated books. It was also half the price and always in stock. The only problem was that it still just enabled users to read a book on a small black and white screen. I have a theory about this; people tend to read books in the bath or on the beach or on planes or in bed. If you lose your book, drop it in the water or cover it in sand, it really doesn’t matter. The worst that can happen is that you

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throw it away and start reading another book instead. Better still, a book doesn’t have a battery to go flat and, if you want to remember where you were up to, you just fold over the corner of the page. I think a Kindle is like a scented candle; lots of them are bought as presents but the recipient rarely lights them up. But all that is about to change because Amazon have launched the Kindle Fire. The Fire is not just an e-book reader; it is a tablet computer. As such, it offers most of the same functions as an iPad. You can play games, go online, send emails, stream videos and watch movies — you can even read an e-book. There is a dual core processor, 8GB of memory and 512MB of RAM, all the computing power you need. It doesn’t have a camera, a microphone or GPS capability but most people have those on their phone so

they’re really not necessary. The really big news is the price; as I write this Amazon have yet to announce a launch date or price for the UK but, given that the price in the US is $199, I would expect a price tag of around £150. This has come about as a result of what I call the Android effect. Google supply their Android operating system free of charge to manufacturers and the Fire uses a customised version of Android. Google’s business model is to supply the software free of charge and make their money through media sales, in their case the Android Market for Apps. Amazon has taken this on board and actually sells the Fire at a loss; the strategy is to recoup its money through sales of books, film and games and apps via the Amazon Appstore. Amazon has certainly made it easy to buy media through the Fire; once your account details are set up, one tap of the screen will buy you whatever you want — see it, want it, have it! Google have had mixed success with their strategy but I believe that they made two fundamental errors; they don’t vet the apps that are put on sale in Android Market and they have allowed rival App Stores to supply apps to devices powered by Android. Amazon hasn’t made the same mistakes and the Fire should really shake up the tablet computer market. Watch out Apple!

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Helen Thompson shares her favourite baking treats THIS MONTH Delicious Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Spring is here! The clocks have gone forward and the daffodils are now in full bloom, and with Easter fast approaching on the 8th April, I had to try my hand at Hot Cross Buns for this month’s recipe. This is probably one of the most challenging

recipes that I have done so far on my Baking Bliss page — but don’t let that put you off! With patience and a bit of elbow grease I got there, and they were definitely worth it.

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the water to form a paste • Remove the buns from their wrapping and pipe on the flour mix to make the crosses • Transfer to the oven and bake for 8–12 minutes • Meanwhile, gently heat the golden syrup in a pan and when the buns are done, remove from the oven, glaze immediately and cool on a wire rack • Finally, eat one (or two)! ARATI EP

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Bassetlaw PCT ........................................01777 274400 Drug Helpline (24 Hours) ..........................................0800 776600 Samaritans (24 hours) .....................................08457 90 90 90 Bassetlaw Hospital .......................................01909 500990 Bawtry & Blyth Medical ........................................01302 710210 Carlton Surgery ....................................... 01909 732933 Cresswell Care Centre ....................................... 01909 721094 Larwood Surgery .......................................01909 500233 Newgate Medical Centre .......................................01909 500266 Woodsetts Surgery ....................................... 01909 567342

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Travel Line — Information ...................................... 0870 608 2608 Ray's Travel ....................................... 01909 489273 ....................................... 07926 325483 National Rail Enquiries .......................................08457 484950

LOSE WEIGHT, GET FIT Do you want to lose weight and get fit, or need rehabilitation after injury, arthritis or suffer a disability? MICHELLE can help, whatever your age! IMPROVE PERFORMANCE CORE STRENGTHENING IMPROVE MOTOR SKILLS STRUCTURED DIET PLAN FITNESS ASSESSMENTS Friendly, professional, fully qualified and REPs registered

ONE to ONE or GROUP TRAINING at a place to suit you

MICHELLE OLDALE

Personal Trainer t: 07912 646964 60 Worksop

│ Apr 2012

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For more community events visit your Local Events directory at www.worksoplife.com

Whitwell Local History Group The Whitwell Local History Group

meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Community Centre. We do not ask for a membership subscription, only £1 for each session attended. The lecture subjects are varied as can be seen from the planned programme below • 3rd April — Bolsover Castle’s Hidden History by Ian Morgan • 10th April — First World War poet Will Streets by a relative - Harold Streets • 17th April — Langwith by Tony Warrener • 1st May — Aerial photos of North Derbyshire and Chatsworth by Malcolm Dolby • 8th May — Member’s Night, Kevin on Kenya • 15th May — Mary Queen of Scot’s final journey by David Templeman • 22nd May — Member’s Night, June on Worksop • 29th May — Secrets of Sherwood Forest

COMMUNITY

Charity Rat Pack show at Community Arena

North Notts Arena is looking forward to exciting times in 2012 with the events diary full of great shows and tributes all the way through to New Year’s Eve. One event in particular is generating plenty of interest, when on Friday the 13th April the Arena plays host to a special appearance from the internationally acclaimed show The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular and their eight piece orchestra. It’s now two years since their last successful appearance at the arena and this year for this particular show they are teaming up with The Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries, and will be fund-raising on the night in support of The Aurora Well-Being Centre. The evening will guarantee fun all the way as the ‘Purveyors of Cool’ come to town with the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of

Frank, Dean and Sammy in a totally live show successful worldwide. The BBC summed this show up in one word ‘magnificent’, every song is an absolute classic including; Come Fly with Me, Volare, Under My Skin, Mr Bojangles, and Lady is a Tramp, Mack the Knife, plus many more favourites. So why not pop down for a great night’s entertainment, with the added bonus of supporting three local not for profit organisations; The Aurora Centre, The Rotary Club of Worksop Dukeries and The Arena. For further information on the show please visit www.nnca. info or www.ratpack.biz. Tickets are very competitively priced at only £19 and are available from The Arena’s reception or online via the Arena’s website www.nnca. info or call 01909 480164.

£ Turn your Scrap £ £ £ £into Cash £ £ £ A1

Metal Recycling Ltd

Top Prices Paid for all Grades of Ferrous & Non Ferrous Metals. Skip & Roll on off Service Available.

Tel: 01777 838 003 Jockey Lane, Elkesley, Retford DN22 8BN Turn Left after 1st Speed Camera A1 South Bound Fax: 01777 839 238 • Email: enquiries@a1metal.co.uk Please mention Worksop Life when responding to any adverts

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Index Worksop Life

Accountant MD Taxation...........................................................45 Adult Further Education North Notts College.............................................28 Aerial Installations ADI Communications..........................................57 Alarms & Security Systems Mint Security Services........................................27 Alternative Energy Smart Energy GB Ltd..........................................59 Solar Enles.............................................................29 Bathroom Sales Carrington Bathrooms........................................39 Shower Solve.........................................................45 Venus Bathrooms................................................26 Beauty Therapy & Treatments Shelly @ Gillian Stevens.....................................13 The Palms Hair & Beauty...................................23 Headlines...............................................................11 Bedrooms & Studies DC Interiors............................................................31 Blinds Bassetlaw Blinds..................................................51 Bouncy Castle and Game Hire Apollo Entertainment..........................................19 Building & Property Services Another Level Loft Conversion.........................28 Multitask Builders................................................38 Simon Hayes.........................................................37 Wellow Park Building Services.........................57 Car Servicing Mini Gem................................................................47 Carpet Cleaning HobKnobs..............................................................59 Community & Leisure Arena North Notts Community Arena........................33 Computer Repairs & Servicing Lapserve.................................................................57 Craft Fair Candice Crafts......................................................17 Design & Print Life Design & Print................................................. 7 Dog Grooming Services Competitive Edge.................................................53 The Grooming Salon............................................53 Dog Training Competitive Edge.................................................53 Domestic Appliance Repairs Domestic Appliance Repairs............................59 Driving Instructor Jayne’s Driving School........................................47 Electrician Lindrick Construction..........................................27 Fireplaces, Appliances & Surrounds Worksop Gas Appliances...................................37

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Florist Bokay Florists........................................................13 Funeral Directors Independent Funeral Services.........................45 Robert Priest.........................................................51 Garden Centre Windmill View Plant Centre...............................35 Gardening & Landscape Services Trent Valley Horticulture.....................................37 Gyms & Fitness Classes North Notts Arena................................................33 The Palms Health & Fitness.............................23 Hair Salon Headlines...............................................................11 The Palms Hair & Beauty...................................23 Unique Hair Salon................................................20 Handyman Service The Handyman.....................................................45 Heating Services Power Heating.......................................................57 Home Help Helping Hand.........................................................47 Indian Takeaway Gandhi Indian Takeaway....................................39 Ironing Service The Ironing Man....................................................59 Jewellers AJR Jewellery Design..........................................20 Castle Jewellers....................................................63 Joinery Service Complete Joinery Service..................................44 Kennels & Cattery North Leverton Kennnels & Cattery...............53 The Gables Cattery..............................................55 Kitchen Design & Sales DC Interiors............................................................23 Landscape & Garden Services L&L Installations..................................................55 Pathways................................................................37 Topmarks Landscaping......................................35 Lawn Specialists Greenthumb..........................................................35 Lawnmaster..........................................................35 Metal Recycler A1 Metal Recycling..............................................61 Mobile Bar A Class Mobile Bar...............................................21 Mobile Car Paint Repairs ChipsAway..............................................................47 Mobility Scooters Eco Scooters.........................................................31 Narrowboat Experience Day JP Business Services..........................................59 Nursery North Notts College Day Nursery....................41 Oil & Gas Supplies Worksop Gas Appliances...................................39 Optician Vision Express.......................................................64 Oven Cleaning HobKnobs..............................................................59 Oven Butler............................................................49 Paint & Wallpaper Supplies Top Deck Ltd..........................................................43 Painter & Deorating Service Brush Strokes.......................................................43

Personal Trainer Michelle Oldale.....................................................60 Physiotherapist Equinox Physiotherapy.......................................51 Plumbing & Heating Service Safe Gas.................................................................27 TC Plumbing & Heating.......................................59 We Plumb It In.......................................................49 Restaurants Clumber Park Hotel.............................................15 Napoleons................................................................ 2 The Olive Grove.....................................................31 Roof Specialist (Flat) M West Building and Roofing Service............37 Schools Mount St Mary’s College...................................... 5 Orchard School....................................................... 3 Second Hand Goods Bought & Sold Castle Jewellers....................................................63 Soft Furnishings, Fabrics & Interior Design Todwick Interiors..................................................25 Storage Solutions The Hive Self Storage..........................................43 Taxi & Private Hire GDB Travel.............................................................47 Shireoaks Travel...................................................51 T-Shirt Printing & Embroidery Newark Embroidery.............................................60 Theatre Production Acorn Theatre........................................................54 Tiling Service BJB Tiling................................................................49 Van Rental & Self Storage The Hive..................................................................43 Wedding Dresses Dressplace.............................................................16 Wedding Fayre Life Publications Wedding Fayre......................10 Wedding Photographer Andrew Clarkson..................................................21 DJ Imagery.............................................................16 Wedding Venues Carlton Village Hall...............................................21 Styrrup Hall Golf Club..........................................17 The Charnwood Hotel.........................................13 West Retford Hotel..............................................13 Ye Olde Bell Hotel.................................................11 Weight Loss Slimming World....................................................... 1 Will Writing Service April King................................................................... 9 In Home Legal Services.....................................49 Windows & Conservatories Bluebell Conservatories.....................................23 Cloudy2Clear.........................................................49 Countywide Homecare.......................................44 G & M Tomlinson..................................................37 Hi-Spek Windows.................................................51 Wellow Park Windows.........................................27 Wrought Iron Gates & Fencing Lords Complete Home Improvement............... 6

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Castle Jewellers 70a Bridge Street, Worksop. sales@castlejewellers.com

• Jewellery Repairs on the Premises • Over 25 years experience • Large selection of Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones to choose from to design your own jewellery. • Ring Alteration • Chain Repairs • Fastener repair or replacement • Claw Work and Gemstone replacement • Rhodium • Valuations • All Repairs in our trust are Fully Insured • No posting your Family Heirlooms all over the country at great risk of loss in the post. • Speak to the person who actually does the work and discuss your requirement with someone who knows about repairs. • Dealing direct with repairer cuts the price. • We have done repairs many shops have said cannot be repaired.

Best prices paid for Gold Tel:

01909 478636


Worksop Life magazine April 2012  

April 2012 edition of Worksop Life magazine

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