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U3A choir sounding good for Worksop

Some scientific studies suggest

that singing as part of a choir is good for health and well being. It improves mood and reduces stress; and we think that there might be some truth in that. Whether it works that way for our musical director, Greg Watson, is another matter. For sure, at times, we drive him almost to despair when we struggle with something he feels we should cope with easily. On the other hand, he does get to experience the sheer joy of us sailing through something that should have been really testing; sometimes we even surprise ourselves. The choir started life when some members of Worksop and District U3A banded together to sing. It was led initially by John Fletcher, a local writer and expert on Clumber’s history. We were then, and still are, quite a mixed bunch. Somehow though, it started to come together. With John’s help, we began to evolve into a choir rather than a group of people who just got together to sing. So much so, that we eventually reached the point where John said he had taken us as far as he could and that now, to develop further, we needed to make use of the services of someone with more professional musical skills. Fortunately, with John’s help, we found the very person we needed, in the form of a very accomplished and versatile musician and musical director who has a talent for making learning fun. Greg said, “I knew from the moment I first heard the choir that it had the potential to be something quite special.” Under Greg’s musical direction and that of the choir’s assistant musical

director and accompanist, Peter Colby, the choir has been developing its range, its repertoire and its reputation in the local community, performing for local charitable and community groups. We’ve come a long way since those early days and the choir now offers its audiences a mixed programme ranging from Gershwin to the Beatles. In December of last year, we gave our first performance to a paying audience, when we delivered a Christmas concert at The Acorn Theatre in Worksop. Tickets were sold out and it turned out to be a bit of a triumph! We even had to reprise our rousing rendition of “Hey Jude” as an encore. We did well, but we haven’t been allowed to rest on our laurels. We’ve been hard at work honing our performances of numbers we’re already familiar with as well as developing new material in preparation for future concerts. Comments we received after the Christmas concert ranged from the slightly surprised compliment of, “You sounded like a real choir, only more fun”, to “When can we can we come and hear you again?” We’re arranging a summer concert, which will be held at The Acorn Theatre on 5th July. But before that, there will performance to celebrate St George’s Day on 23rd April at The Crossing in Worksop, where we’ll be offering a range of English music from ‘Greensleeves’ to the Beatles and ELO’s ‘Mr Blue Sky’. Tickets for the St George’s Day concert cost £5.00 and are available from The Crossing. We hope that our singing will make you feel as good as it does us.

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bride or even just your best outfit! There will be live entertainment from 7.00pm, with a phenomenal mix of live music and top class showmanship. Tickets are on sale now from the arena, and include a pie and peas supper, and disco till late. All funds raised will be in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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HOME OWNERS AGED 50+ Protect your home from future Care Home fees “We’ve worked hard and saved all our lives, why should the Local Authority get it all?”

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“ We have made our Wills leaving everything to each other then to the children” These are known as ‘Mirror Wills’. Sounds reassuring enough doesn’t it! But your children could in fact end up with very little or even nothing at all. The main reason for this is your surviving spouse requiring residential care when you are no longer here to look after them. Although the possibility of care may seem a long way off, there are steps your should take now to protect your home.

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If your surviving spouse has to go into care, they will have to use all their assets to pay for their care until they get down to their last £14,250. It is therefore not a good idea to leave your half share of the home in your Will to your surviving partner. The answer is to make new Property Trust Wills. You may be unaware that legislation is already in place for you to take advantage of these types of Wills. Our free information pack tells you all you need to know about protecting your home from future care charges and also includes details of our special ‘Bloodline Trust Wills’ which prevent your children and grandchildren from losing their inheritance due to a child’s divorce, remarriage or financial difficulties.

Also available: APRIL KING are your local specialists and most of our clients come to us having already made ‘Mirror Wills’. Rather than leaving everything to each other, you and your spouse (or partner) leave your respective share of your home to the children in Trust but say that they cannot have it whilst the surviving spouse/ partner is still alive. This half would then NOT be included in any future means test calculations. The surviving spouse is free to sell their share of the home, raise cash or move house. Your children are powerless to intervene but simply have to wait for their inheritance, as they would have done under your old ‘Mirror Will’.

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WILDLIFE

In the first instalment of this account of local bird life I concentrated on the area’s flagship site, the Idle Valley Nature Reserve. In this edition we will look at a few other local hot spots. A ten minute drive from Idle Valley is Gringley Carrs, a vast expanse of agricultural fields criss-crossed with irrigation channels (cars). Most local birders would say that this site has deteriorated and indeed the days are gone when you needed more that one hand to count the numbers of Corn Buntings. However, Gringley still has its owls with all the species on the British List recorded. The most common are the Barn Owls which quarter the fields from late afternoon. In winter, the fields are alive with visiting Thrushes, Fieldfare and Redwings. Combined flocks of several hundreds are not uncommon. But without doubt Gringley’s star attraction is the Dotterel. A few birds drop in for a while every so often in April and May and can be found feeding with Lapwings. Their arrival is generally well broadcast but be

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On the Wing

John Wilkins guides us through the wonderful wildlife we have on our doorstep warned, they do not stay long. Watch for mixed flocks of Tits and Finches on the roadsides. Next we look at Clumber Park, where the rich mixture of habitats is an attraction. The centre point is the Great Lake. Mostly common birds reside here, but in winter look for Goosander. Look over the ornamental bridge for the gaudy Mandarin Ducks. The lake offers good photo opportunities for Great Crested Grebes and watch for the courtship dance in spring. Clumber is one of the best sites nationwide for two scarce birds — the Hawfinch and the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker. The former is mostly seen in small groups in tall trees by the church between October and February. Occasional flocks of around 20 occur. As Woodpeckers go, the “Lesser Spot” is quite tiny being the size of a sparrow. Its drumming is much weaker than its Great Spotted cousin and its habit of flashing from tree to tree makes it hard to find. The car park at Rufford Country Park is another good site and there is speculation that the same birds are spending time in each place. I am often asked to recommend

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a good bird book. In my view, the paperback version of Collins Bird Guide remains unparalleled. There are others which offer less detail by such organisations as the AA, RSPB and Shell — all of which are as good as each other and in the end it comes down to personal preference. Some prefer photographs to drawings , some like more text than others, but in the context of “every home should have one”, the recently published ‘Crossley ID Guide’ sets the bench mark for years to come. Sadly size rules out its usefulness as a field guide but if I wasn’t already a birder, this book would convert me. Happy Birding.

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At our meeting on Monday 10th March, stained glass artist Cynthia Else gave us a potted history of her career from studying textiles at Bradford Art College through her employment at both Bairnswear and Martin's Knitwear factories as a designer and on to a complete change of direction to teaching stained glass at Rother Valley College. Cynthia is passionate about her subject and her work and gave us a fascinating insight into the history and development

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A history of the home Leanne Broadhead looks back at how housing has evolved over the years The real story of how Britain bought into the dream of home ownership is an interesting one, and it’s a concept that’s gripped the national imagination for decades. For many of us, the desire to own our own home is driven by a belief of the promise of a better life through ownership rather than tenancy. But it wasn’t always the case. Over the course of the next few months, I’ll be delving in to how in just two generations, we became a nation obsessed with owning their own homes. Today, more than 70% of us own our own homes, but just a hundred years ago, only one in ten of us were what people called ‘men of property’. Most houses only changed hands when somebody died, and estate agents were an off-shoot of the undertaking trade. World War II created a housing shortage in the UK, as 200,000 houses were destroyed by bombs, and a further 250,000 homes had been made inhabitable. Owning a house wasn’t an aspiration, most people were just thankful if they had somewhere to live. The masses rented their house from a 16 Worksop

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private landlord, and for those who did purchase a property, it was very cheap to do so, as there was little demand at that time from people to buy. In the 1940s, property was even cheaper than it had been in the 1920s, and back then, property wasn’t seen as an investment like today. In essence there was no ‘property market’ and definitely no such thing as a ‘first-time buyer’! A house was just somewhere to live, and that was all that mattered. So critical was the availability of places to live, that the government even had a push to make home-owners rent out their houses to families if they were not living there themselves. It was this housing shortage that led to the creation of the first council housing being built by the Labour government at the time. In the five years after the war, over three million homes were built, and the government policy was that only one in four of those were allowed to enter in to private ownership, the rest were council houses. Subsequent political wrangling and party policy even centred around how many more

homes each party would build than the current party in government, when Conservatives vowed to build more than the opposition. These policies enabled young couples and families to finally live in a separate home from their parents, for which many had been experiencing cramped conditions for years, with two to four generations living in a house with only two or three bedrooms. In the 1950s, council tenants became the envy of many, with families enjoying all the mod-cons, such as; three bedrooms, a bathroom, indoor toilets, and even a garden. Although people didn’t own their own home, under the council, it became theirs for life, and thus the ‘council-housing waiting list’ was born. Sixty years on and we’re back to having a shortage of homes for families, with no clear strategy or solution coming from either the cash-strapped government or opposing political parties. It does make me wonder who had it better, the average 1950s family or today’s 2.2 family unit? Image kindly supplied by Bassetlaw Museum www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

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WI, I was very interested to hear the activities report at the Annual Meeting held on Thursday 6th March. The members have had a very busy year with a variety of speakers at their meetings including Maria from Creswell Crags, Gary talking about that sadly missed institution — Woolworths - and on a serious note Richard discussing Worksop town centre development. There were also demonstrations form Paula from Floral Media and the Ladies in Pigs who not only demonstrated pork recipes but gave everyone the opportunity to sample them as well!

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Worksop WI Trips out and about have included stays at Denman College, Visits to Renishaw Hall and Cutlers Hall in Sheffield. A memorable evening was also had on a tour of Welbeck Brewery! They have also been busy fundraising too. Three members held coffee mornings to raise funds for the WI, and coin collections at meetings were donated to ACWW the WI affiliated charity. Foodstuffs collected at Christmas were donated to the Worksop Food Bank and £100 was presented to Bassetlaw Hospice the Worksop WI chosen charity for the year. As hosts for the year of the Sherwood and Ryton Group of WIs, Worksop WI organised the annual Carol Concert — which is always a popular event, and signalling the start of our Christmas celebrations. At the Group May meeting author and journalist Martin Gurdon had everyone in stitches with

stories about his chickens. As a new member I can’t wait to see just what is in store for 2014/15 at Worksop WI. Why not give them a try? Worksop WI meets on the first Thursday in every month at the Cricket Club in Worksop from 1.45pm. There are over 50 members at the moment and everyone will make you most welcome.

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In response to the significant increase in looked after children, Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a scheme to recruit professional foster carers who could offer a home to children aged 11+. The Council is looking for homes in Nottinghamshire so children can remain close to their friends and family but the challenge is significant with 60 carers needed every year. There is a particular need for homes for older children in north Nottinghamshire, and the Council is appealing to people to consider joining their 11+ scheme. FOSTERING 11+ OFFERS: • a guaranteed income • generous tax exemptions

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Carlton-in-Lindrick Methodist Church & Centre

After five years of planning and fundraising, the Methodist Schoolroom in Carlton has been completely refurbished to become a multi-purpose building with easy access. It had been the Sunday school since 1895, and a place for activities and youth groups. It had been increasingly difficult to maintain this and the Chapel built in 1861, which has stone steps, making access difficult. It has now been concluded that the Chapel will soon be sold. The refurbished building has a worship area and vestry on the ground floor, along with a kitchen, toilets and storeroom. There is a lift to the activity rooms, office, toilets and small kitchen upstairs and everyone is welcome to come and look around. Sunday Worship takes place each week at 10.45am, and coffee mornings are every Monday from 10.00am to midday. Hand bell ringers and a percussion group will perform at a concert on Saturday 3rd May at 7.30 pm, as well as accompanying Sunday worship at 10.45am the next day. Another special event will be a talk by George Buchanan on ‘Growing up at Hodsock’ on Wednesday 11th June at 2.00pm. We hope to see many more visitors to the church and centre this over the coming months.

The story of Mary, Bess & George A talk about “Mary, Bess, and George”, will take place at Worksop Library on Thursday 17th April, from 2.00 to 3.00pm. Hear the fascinating story of Mary, Queen of Scot’s captivity in our locality, under the custodianship of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his formidable wife, Bess of Hardwick. This is a free event, but booking is essential, so please call Worksop Library on 01909 535353 or email worksop.library@nottscc.gov.uk. 24 Worksop

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Frack Free Nottinghamshire In the 1980s, coal miners across

the country united to picket and demonstrate against closures of the coal mines, leaving communities, men and families broken and shattered by the devastating effects of unemployment. Three decades later, those same communities are coming together again to protest and demonstrate against decisions being made by the government to start drilling into rocks under your homes again. This time, the demonstrations are against the start of new drilling procedures and plans for the extraction of coal-bed methane. Families, individuals, groups and ex-miners have been joining together over the past few months to campaign against the awful threat of fracking or the extraction of unconventional hydrocarbons in Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire. Members of Frack Free Nottinghamshire visited the County Council offices and asked for a meeting with the head of the council. They also handed over thousands of signatures against investigatory drilling currently being allowed to take place in the North of the county. The group also visited the Environment Agency who oversee the drilling permits and appreciated being able to have a productive meeting with the staff. The group are keen to work in partnership with organisations and councils to show that local people are not in favour of the proposals and that we will not be swayed by offers or bribes

of money from the government. Frack Free Nottinghamshire are just general members of the public, concerned about the impact that hundreds of wells will have on our area including our landscape, the wildlife, health, traffic congestion and drinking water. The more the members have researched the topic, the worse they have found that fracking to be. The process occurring in the USA and Australia has seen explosions and leaks of radioactive water from the wells and methane coming out of people’s taps. Fracking towns and villages will see dramatic increases in noise and traffic around the wells (each well will have over 40 HGV visits per day for between six months and two years). The original claim that fracking will lower gas prices has now been dropped and no-one has mentioned the additional costs that will be going on your water bills, to bring in thousands of gallons of water per site and to take away and clean up the chemically filled and potentially radioactive waste water. France, Spain and Italy have said no to fracking, why on earth does our government think it is right? Frack Free Nottinghamshire invite you to join us, learn more and make your own mind up about the process. The next meeting of Frack Free Nottinghamshire will be on Tuesday 8th April, Govinda’s Restaurant, Thurland Street, Nottingham. Alternatively you can email frackfreenotts@gmail.com or visit www.frackfreenotts.org.uk.

Worksop & District Stroke Club The Worksop and District Stroke

Club meet at the Crossing Centre on Newcastle Street, Worksop, on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. We have now been established for 34 years, and we welcome anyone that has survived a stroke to come along, with or without their carer and we offer friendship and support to everyone. Transport is also available in some circumstances. We have varied entertainment throughout

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Welbeck Tennis Club has a coaching programme that runs on a Friday evening for all age groups from four years to 16 years of age. The sessions run from 5.00pm to 8.00pm and our new term is just starting. We have three age brackets for coaching; Tots and Mini Red, Mini Orange and Mini Green. Mini Tennis Red is for players aged eight and under. It is played on small courts with short rackets and soft balls. It’s just like the real game and gives

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Welbeck Tennis Club players opportunities to have long rallies and play different types of shots. Mini Tennis Orange is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Red and is for players aged eight and nine years old. It is played with shorter rackets, softer balls and courts are bigger and wider than the red stage but still smaller than full-size tennis courts allowing players to develop a rounded game whilst learning a range of techniques and tactics. Mini Tennis Green is a great way for players to continue their progress from Mini Tennis Orange. It is played on a full size tennis court, with bigger rackets and balls which are a little softer than yellow balls. It’s the next stage before moving on to full compression yellow balls on a full sized court and helps players develop and

improve all aspects of their game. The timetable on Fridays at the club is as follows:

• Mini Red 5.00pm to 6.00pm for ages four to eight years • Mini Orange 6.00pm to 7.00pm for ages eight and a half to nine years • Mini Green 6.00pm to 7.00pm for nine and 10 year olds • Full Ball is from 7.00pm to 8.00pm, for aged 11 to 16 years To book a place for your child on the coaching programme or for more information please contact the Head Coach Andy Bell on 07738 394785 or email andy-bell89@hotmail.co.uk. Welbeck Tennis Club is at the Lady Margaret Hall (off A60) Welbeck Estate, Worksop, Notts S80 3NB.

Freed Beeches 10th Anniversary Party Night

Freed Beeches is a local holistic Eating Disorder Charity that offers free help and support to sufferers and their carers. It was set up initially in 1996 as was set up as a self-help group. Armed with a vision and endless work by the Trustees the service was set up. Through continued efforts by the Trustees and its dedicated staff, Freed is celebrating 10 years at our centre on Park Street, and is going from strength to strength. We offer counselling, complementary therapy and dietetics to clients living within Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. Freed was set up using grants from The Big Lottery and other businesses and trusts.

We are now funded by the NHS and this year we have been Sainsbury’s (Worksop) chosen Charity of the Year for which we are extremely grateful. To celebrate this iconic achievement, we are holding a 10th Anniversary Party Night, at North Notts Community Arena, Eastgate, Worksop, on Saturday 26th April, at 7.30pm. It is an evening of live entertainment featuring Tony Casino ‘the voice’, Ratpack crooner, two local talented singers, street dancers from The Palms and the resident Phoenix Roadshow Disco. The evening includes an auction of fabulous prizes donated from our generous sponsors, including a night at Z Hotel Liverpool, a night

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meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Whitwell Community Centre. There is a charge of £1.00 per entry for each meeting, which also includes refreshments. The topics for meetings vary widely. For instance on Tuesday 11th March, John Taylor argued ‘It’s not really British, you know’, and then on the 25th, Andy Firth talked about ‘Signs of the Times’. We also enjoyed talks by members Tony and Ken, who both

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spoke about their own special interests. In April, George will give a talk on the 1st about ‘Chartwell’, and Polly will talk about ‘Gypsies’ on the 15th. On 29th April Ron declares ‘That Record Always Fascinated Me’. We’re also looking forward to the well-known historian Malcolm Dolby who will take us on ‘A trip Down the Trent’ on 8th April and Joan Grundy will talk about ‘Death and Dying’ on the 22nd. The

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group is heavily involved in research into local history and anyone who would like to engage in this fascinating research would be welcomed. We’re always on the lookout to welcome interesting speakers, and help can be offered to anyone needing assistance with images, etc. For further information, enquiries can be directed to June Walker by calling 01909 481752 or by calling Jo Wheldon on 01909 723230.

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It’s been a long road from the glory of the resurrection of Jesus Christ’s — the central miracle of the Christian faith — to gorging on chocolate. And it’s a road that those of a philosophical bent might liken to the descent of Western civilisation into gluttonous consumerism. But leaving such considerations aside, how did it happen? Let’s start with the word itself, Easter. We have it on the word of the Venerable Bede, writing in the very early 8th century, that “Eostre” is derived from “Eostre-monath”, the month in which pagan Saxons celebrated the festival of the goddess Eostre. It’s a simple explanation, and one with which with which scholars of philology have had endless fun ever since — some even denying that there ever was a goddess Eostre and that Bede (uncharacteristically) made the whole thing up. But “eostre” is cognate with “öster”, the German for east, and is therefore associated with sunrise and hence spring, so Bede’s explanation at least has context on its side. Indeed the feast is only called “Easter” in Germanic countries. In France it’s called “Pâques”, a variation on the Jewish spring festival Pesach, and other Latin countries 28 Worksop

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Eggs, bunnies & chocolate

How Easter became what it is today use names of the same derivation. Fascinating stuff, but it doesn’t get us much closer to the chocolate. And the answer is eggs. Eggs have been associated with spring since... well, since birds started laying them in spring. There are Persian wall-paintings of eggs being given as gifts from 2,500 years ago; the tradition survived the country’s conversion to Islam and persists to this day. In Egypt, another Islamic country, there is a seasonal tradition of egg decorating of unknown antiquity; in eastern Orthodox countries they paint eggs red (for Christ’s blood) and green (for returning spring); in England and North-Western Europe there is a tradition of rolling coloured eggs down hills at Easter time, echoing the rolling away of the stone from the Holy Sepulchre; in America the White House puts on an annual display of decorated eggs from every state of the union, and favoured children (how are they selected?) are invited to a spot of egg-rolling on the White House lawn. Egg decoration seems to have evolved into making eggs out of solid chocolate

in France or Germany in the early 19th Century, and the first Easter egg in England came from Cadbury’s in 1842. These eggs can hardly have been for the mass market since the chocolate of the time was very expensive and also very bitter. Finer, less harsh, and less expensive chocolate was made possible by more sophisticated processing equipment in the later 19th Century, and Cadbury’s produced its first hollow egg (filled with sweets) in 1875. The first milk chocolate Easter egg followed exactly 30 years later and... well, what more do we need to know? Except that Easter eggs sell for a far higher price per gram than the slab chocolate of which they’re made, and as they’ll keep almost indefinitely any left unsold can simply go into cold store until next year — at which time next year’s prices can be charged for last year’s stock. As I said, it’s all a very long way from the Mount of Olives! Well, that’s just about it for Easter — except that I forgot Easter bunnies. Well, springtime, fertility, rabbits, breeding, etcetera... need I say more? Oh, and Easter bonnets? Sorry, no idea.

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The Dukeries Decorative and Fine Arts Society met on Wednesday 5th March at St Anne’s Church Hall, Worksop, to hear a most enjoyable and informative lecture on the subject of “The Great Twelve: an introduction to the livery companies of the City of Lond. The talk was given by Fenella Billington, who is a Liverywoman of the Worshipful Company of Skinners of London. Fenella began her talk by explaining that Livery companies originated as trade guilds, which started in the medieval period when men and women working in the same crafts or trades began to join together in informal associations. They decided who could trade, controlled prices and wages, working conditions and welfare. They also controlled quality and carried out inspections. In return they would care for members unable to work and ensure they had a decent burial. Several companies still retain their special pall cloth. The term ‘livery’ was the word used for clothing and since members of each guild wore their own particular clothing on ceremonial occasions, the guilds became known as livery companies. The ways of becoming a member of a Livery Company were by apprenticeship or by patrimony, that is, if a parent was a liveryman. In 1515 the Court of Aldermen of the City of London settled an order Come along and enjoy the spring fair at St Joseph's Catholic Club on Wingfield Avenue, Worksop S81 0SF, on Saturday 26th April. The fair will run from 1.00pm to 3.00pm and entry costs just 20p.

Dukeries Decorative & Fine Arts Society of precedence for the 48 Livery Companies then in existence, and the first 12 Companies are known as the Great Twelve City Livery Companies, number one being The Worshipful Company of Mercers, number two being The Worshipful Company of Grocers, and so on. The Merchant Taylors and the Skinners have always disputed their precedence, so once a year they exchange sixth and seventh place in the order. This alternation is one of the theories for the origin of the phrase “at sixes and sevens”. The companies also became important in the government of the City of London, responsible, among other things, for the election of the Lord Mayor. Fenella concluded her lecture by explaining that over time, the involvement of livery companies with their trades began to wane. Some companies such as the Goldsmiths, Fishmongers, Saddlers and Gunmakers are still active in their trade. Others such as the Horners and Fan Makers have changed to modern equivalents (plastics and

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FOOD & DRINK

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Brewing your own beer can be straight forward and rewarding Maybe it’s the rubbish they put

on the telly these days. Maybe it’s the fact that computer games are, at bottom, all the same? One thing’s for sure, though: crafts and hobbies are making a big comeback. And not unnaturally, if you’re going to spend all your evenings and weekends bent on the obsessive pursuit of artisanal perfection, you want the end result to be something that you can be proud of and that your friends can enjoy. Marquetry, macramé, sure they’re fine. But nothing beats beer, really; and that’s why home brewing is emerging as one of the most popular hobbies in the country. In days of yore, the main reason why people brewed their own beer was that they were either broke or miserly. Students were the worst offenders, producing vile brews in grimy cupboards that even they could only just force themselves to choke down. Hobbyists who brewed their own would inevitably

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and gloatingly tell you how much their beer had cost them to brew and would compare it triumphantly to the price of a pint in the pub. “You’d have to be mad to pay that when it costs less than half as much to brew your own!” they would cry, before forcing you to drink some of the stuff. And as soon as you’d managed to escape, guess where you’d head... That’s not it any more, though. These days it’s more to do with lifestyle, and home brewing guru Nigel Sadler puts it down to what he calls the Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall effect. Nigel runs a training company called Learn2brew and says he’s seen interest in home brewing skyrocket in recent years. “Crafts in general have a much wider appeal now than they used to,” he says. “Home brewing, home winemaking, and home cidermaking have really taken off. Partly it’s because there are now so many microbrewers that people have the chance to try many different beers and are getting generally

more interested in the whole subject. Partly it’s because TV chefs and lifestyle presenters like Hugh FearnleyWhittingstall and Heston Blumenthal are encouraging a have-a-go attitude.” To that potent combination has to be added the miracle ingredient of the modern age — the internet. Twenty years ago, when interest in home brewing was at a low point, Boots, the only national retailer of home brew supplies, reluctantly decided to pull out of the market, leaving it to not much more than a handful of specialist shops and mail-order firms. Many established home brewers suddenly found it hard to get the equipment and ingredients they relied on, and in many places it was all but impossible for a novice to get started. Then the mail-order firms, quickly followed by the independent shops, discovered internet trading. The whole craft took off again; and now Wilkinson has taken up where Boots left off. So now it’s easy to get started. And at entry level, it’s an easy craft to pursue; you don’t need anything more than a brewing bucket with a tight-fitting lid, a kettle, and a brewing kit comprising a packet of ready-hopped malt extract and a sachet of yeast. You don’t need any particular skill, either, and if you just follow the instructions you’re pretty much bound to get a more than passable beer for your efforts. Once you’ve mastered the basic techniques the beer world really is your oyster. Fancy a Belgian lambicstyle beer, sour and quenching? Or a volcanic barley wine made to a recipe nearly 200 years old? Or just an inexhaustible supply of everyday quaffing beer? You can have it. And you can have all the shiny equipment your heart desires, too — an insulated thermostatically controlled mash tun; a refrigerated stainless-steel conical fermenting vessel with floating lid; even a paraflow! Or, of course, you can just stick with your bucket... That’s the beauty of home brewing: it can be as simple or as advanced as you like. There’s a UK Craft Brewing Association as well, which holds its own competition; so one day you might well find yourself being crowned national champion... and toasting your triumph in your own beer!

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When best friends fall out

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Falling out with a friend is hard

for most children. As parents we can't protect them from all life's ups and downs but we can help them through it. Much as we might like to we can't take their hurt or confusion away but we can hug, talk to and reassure them. Resist the temptation to say, “Well I never liked him anyway. I'm glad he's not your friend any more”, even if it's true! You may feel justifiably angry, but try to keep that from your child. Let them process it in their own way. Let your child talk about the issue. They may have been instrumental in the break-up of the friendship and it's good to discuss this. Don’t apportion blame though; children are not always developmentally ready to accept that they may have played a part. Talking about treating others as we might want to be treated is a good strategy. Also don’t be afraid of sharing stories

from your own childhood. It can help them to realise that bad things happen and people learn and move on. Keep an eye open for new friendship opportunities, at school and at any out-of-school clubs they attend. Work on helping them build and strengthen new friendships in a healthy way. This is especially useful if your child has up to now favoured one friend over all others. Having a wider social network can help cushion them against future fall-outs. If your child continues to be really sad about the loss of the friendship for an extended period of time then you may need to ask for external help. His teacher is a good place to start, or your GP. Fall-outs happen to just about everybody at one time or another. Helping your child through one will hopefully teach them a bit about life and strengthen your relationship with them too.

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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust A warm welcome is extended

to all those who wish to join us at the Worksop local branch of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, (NWT). Our indoor meetings are held in Worksop on the second Tuesday of each month, and costs £2.00 per entry for visitors and £1.50 for members. In summer, there is also short season of guided walks to enjoy. Past speakers this year have given us some very interesting and knowledgeable talks. They have included such talks as that from a Professor from Nottingham University, to local individuals who have passion and have dedicated years of their spare time, to studying

a wildlife topic or even a single species. Either way, their passion and enthusiasm is always a pleasure to listen to. One speaker shared his travels and we transcended to the other side of the globe, with his powerful presentation and with breathtaking photos. So inspired were two of our members from this presentation, that they are planning a once-in-a-life-time holiday, in order to experience it for themselves. Our venue at the Station Hotel in Worksop has friendly staff, offers drinks at the bar, or if you prefer a nice pot of tea on a tray. Stay behind and extend your evening out, or sample the bar menu. The next two meetings of our 2014

Shireoaks & District WI At a recent meeting we all experience

a Japanese evening, when we were visited by Mrs Patsy Raynor who spoke about the Japanese culture and their way of life, using slides and her own personal knowledge of the country and the people. It was a most enlightening talk and we all learnt a lot about their history, food, dress and of course, the Geishas. The latter are quite rare now as they have to train

for a long time and pay a lot of money to learn all the customs and the behaviour required and appear to have come more into the Western ways in this respect. We then had a selection of Japanese food and drink, some supplied by our speaker and some by the newly opened Japanese restaurant in Retford. The food was viewed with suspicion at first, and wasn’t to everyone’s

programme will be on Tuesday 15th April at 7.30pm, at the Station Hotel, Carlton Road, Worksop S80 1PS. The presentation will be about ‘Birdsong’, when we will also welcome back Nigel Slater for the last of our indoor meetings. On Tuesday 20th May, at 7.00pm we will start of our summer guided walks programme, with a walk at Treswell Woods, near Retford. We will meet in the main entrance car park, and we hope to bring you further details in next month’s magazine. For further information and any enquiries, please contact Su McIlwaine on 07790 098707 or Alvin Green on 01909 476276. Visit our website www.nwtworksop.org.uk. palate, some loved it, others not so. The April meeting will be our members meeting and AGM and the members will make their own entertainment - no doubt with varying degrees of success - and will be held in the Village Hall at 7.00pm on Thursday 17th April. We always like to welcome visitors and of course new members too. This season, we have interesting programme planned for the 2014/2015 year with various outings, visits and speakers, details of which will follow in due course.

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Concert in Worksop Priory Ryton Chorale presents a

performance of Brahms’ Requiem in the Priory Church on Saturday 12th April at 7.30pm and will be conducted by David Wynne, their new Musical Director. The choir’s accompaniment on this occasion will be the piano duet version, arranged by Brahms himself and offers a rare opportunity to hear this popular choral piece in a different way from with the usual orchestral accompaniment. Included in the first half of the evening’s concert, will be popular choral classics such as Faure’s

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No GMO? It’s already here Leanne Broadhead on a shift in UK government policy on GM food The subject of genetically modified

(GM) food isn’t one that crops up in conversation very often in the UK at the moment, as it isn’t something as a country we’ve had to worry much about over the past few years. In 1999, Labour announced trials of GM crops, and immediately the trials were criticised because of the threat posed to neighbouring crops and honey, by cross-pollination. Indeed the critics were proved correct, when later that year, pollen from GM oilseed rape, grown at a trial site in Oxfordshire, was found at beehives 2.8 miles away. The research was carried out by experts at the Britain's National Pollen Research Unit. Then in May 2000, honey on sale in supermarkets was found to be contaminated with GM pollen from British

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crop trials. Two out of nine samples showed contamination. A Governmentfunded study concluded that nine out of ten people rejected cultivation of GM varieties without further proof of their safety for health and the environment. The story continued in 2004, when the then Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett told the Commons that the Government was approving the commercial planting of GM maize for animal feed. But within weeks, the firm behind the product dropped its plans, saying that Government restrictions on how the maize is grown would make it uneconomical. After early concerns were proved correct, that it would be impossible to ensure that non-GM crops would not contaminate GM crops due to cross-

Questions are the answer

pollination, the agenda for growing GM crops in the UK was dropped; but it has proved to be short-lived. In this instance, being part of the EU has helped the UK, in that it has helped GM foods to not be sold to us directly. Yet despite this, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) already have a foothold in the UK foodchain. It is mainly Spain that currently grows GM crops, which are used in the production of animal feed. GM seeds supplied by companies such as biotech ‘Big Farmer’ corporations Monsanto, Syngenta and Du Pont are not grown here in the UK (only under supposed small-scale strict trials). Last year I looked in to the possibility that we were still consuming GM crops indirectly, because they were still being fed to our livestock, and unfortunately my concern was proved correct. Starting with Asda in 2010, UK supermarkets — with the exception of Waitrose — have being quietly lifting their bans on meat and dairy supplied to them, which are sourced from animals fed on GM feed. This now means that we are nonthe-wiser whether the meat and dairy we consume has been fed GMOs or not (Source: The Guardian, The Independent, The Soil Association). In November 2013, (although only released to the public this March), five science advisers presented a report to the Government calling for the immediate expansion of the GM programme ►

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No GMO? It’s already here

◄ in the UK, on the basis that there is no risk to people who eat GM food. Looking at the change in stance on GMOs the UK Government is now putting forward, we now see a huge shift in attitude from the statement on their website last year. I can therefore only conclude, as the national newspapers have, that the UK Government has already made up its mind. Visit www.gov.uk, search ‘genetic modification’ and click on the top link labelled ‘genetic modification’. It’s easy to empathise with the arguments in favour of GM food. GM crops can be engineered to be resilient to individual pests that can devastate crops, as well as introducing benefits such as modifying corn and rice to help combat blindness in children in Third World countries. The world’s population is growing in some areas faster than we can feed it and Governments express concern over shortages and food security. So what’s the problem? The main issue here is that GM food has not been proved to be safe at all. It would be naive not to realise that it is in the very interests of the biotech companies to say they are safe, yet there is no evidence that they are safe, and not one single human clinical trial has ever taken place. It hasn’t gone unnoticed that of the five scientists who presented their report to David Cameron, all 46 Worksop

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have a connection to at least one biotech company, and many of their own research fields are partfunded by these companies. Famed Canadian geneticist David Suzuki explains, “The experiments simply haven’t been done and we now have become the guinea pigs.” He adds, “Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,’ I say is either unbelievably stupid or deliberately lying.” In contrast, the few independent clinical trials that have been done on animals raise alarming concerns, even though the scientific lobbyists paid by the biotech companies, are quick to play them down, and are keen to dismiss the feasibility of such studies. A two-year study in France, which concluded in 2012, led by Gilles-Eric Seralini, was conducted on 200 rats, which were fed GMO maize foods. Unfortunately, 50% of the males and 70% of the female rats died prematurely, and researchers also described late-developing, large mammary tumours and severe liver and kidney damage. In the very least these studies should be raising questions. Unfortunately, the people who are asking the questions are finding that their voices are not heard, or are shot down by the powerful companies who will profit from countries in the EU starting to grow their patented crops. One such company spokesman said, “Animals have been eating our crops for years, with no safety issues whatsoever.” Yet they do not go on to explain that the animals he is talking about, are the livestock that we eat, and their very young lives are not an accurate test of the long-term effects GM foods may cause to human health. As a primary stance, this is the main question we all should be asking; what are the long-term health implications for us, if we start to consume GM food on a large scale? It can take years for disease to manifest, and quite simply with no clinical trials, we are as David Suzuki pointed out — living in a real-life guinea pig trial. So what about UK food security, or problems such as Aphids causing an

estimated £100 million of damage to crops each year in the UK alone? They are concerns, but not ones that I believe will be solved by the introduction of GM crops. Problems with monoculture are far more complicated than just looking at pest problems, which has always been, and will continue to be an issue with or without GMOs. Just like in the healthcare system — or ‘sickness industry’ — I think we’re treating the symptom not the cause. What about the huge percentage of crops from UK farmers that are rejected by supermarkets each year? Or the fruit and vegetables which are never even harvested? In some instanced, farmers know there is no point in harvesting, because again they won’t meet supermarket standards (estimated to be between 20 and 30% of vegetable crops in the UK). Let’s also not forget about the 40% of food we throw away as consumers each year, simply from buying too much, or food spoilage. There is no shortage of food, we just don’t manage our food chain correctly and ultimately this is down to profit chasing and farmers and food producers being exploited in the UK and worldwide. The main concern I have as an individual and for my family, is once GMOs go mainstream here in the UK and in our locality, those of us who don’t want to eat GM food may still do so indirectly. Referring to the start of this article, it’s simply impossible to control nature. Cross-pollination and contamination occur — take a moment to research the plight of the non-GMO farmers in the USA — and if a local farmer decides to start growing GMO carrots and potatoes two miles down the road, or in the field behind us, how long will it be before our own garden crops are cross-pollinated by GMOs? Despite the concerns over the safety of GMOs and the discussions on how to feed the populace in years to come, the largest concern I have is that once we go down the path of GMOs — even if just a few of the concerns I have voiced here come to fruition — it will be just too late; there will be no turning back.

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climate control, parking sensors, Bluetooth with streaming and Infiniti’s clever new infotainment system. The latter not only looks neat but works well too — although I wasn’t behind the wheel for long so we can’t say how easy it would be to live with. The Q50S has another crafty little piece of tech too. Called Active Lane Control, the system reads the white lines on the road and keeps the car tracking safely between them. It’s the three big guns that make up the biggest competition for Infinity — namely, BMW’s 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. There’s no doubt the Infiniti matches the Bavarian threesome in many areas and it does have individuality up its sleeve too. For other left-field choices, there’s also the Volvo S60. There’s no doubt it’s smooth and relaxing to drive. Complaints have been aimed at the Q50S’s steering-by-wires system that can feel artificial. But on our admittedly short test drive, we had little complaint. While it doesn’t match the sheer precision of the 3 Series, the Q50S can be set up for the driver’s tastes — whether sporting or comfort — and is perfectly adequate. A hybrid saloon will spend most of its time navigating city streets and motorways and for this the Q50 would seem to excel. This is a car with seriously impressive build quality. Add in smooth driving dynamics and European styling, the Q50S is a fine car. Whether it’ll make a dent in the executive saloon car market is yet to be seen, but Infiniti deserves to do well with this car.

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WATER SOFTENERS About 60% of UK households have hard water that can damage and lessen the efficiency of appliances and heating systems; just 1.6mm of scale build-up can cause a 12% loss in heating efficiency. Shower heads, toilets, taps, pipes, radiators, boilers, kettles, dishwashers and washing machines will all need more frequent repair and replacement, not to mention the cost of limescale removers for appliances, sinks and toilets, and the greater quantities of detergent, shampoo, shower gel, washing-up liquid and toilet cleaner required. ECONOMY British Water estimates that a water softener could save the average four person household around £200 a year. ECOLOGY Softened water can remove existing scale deposits over time in heating systems. Fewer chemicals and less energy are used, and appliances will need less frequent repair or replacement.

SOLAR PANELS The government’s FIT (feed-intariff) scheme offers 20 years of guaranteed, tax-free, index-linked payments to households that produce their own electricity from renewable technologies. To make the biggest saving, use as many appliances as possible in the daytime when generating your own power. ECONOMY You’re paid for every kilowatt of energy you create, and every kilowatt you don’t use, which feeds back into the National Grid; and of course the bills from your supplier will drop dramatically too (solar panels create about two thirds of the energy necessary for a family of four). On average, installation costs around £7,000 and you may need to replace the inverter, which links the panels to your domestic supply, once every 20 years. It takes around 10-12 years to get back the cost of installation. Bear in mind that the FIT has dropped dramatically over the past few years, but then installation costs are dropping too. ECOLOGY Your household will be producing renewable energy and none will be wasted, as it’s fed back into the Grid when unused. Always research any major purchase to ensure you get the best deal for you.

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HISTORY

Nature’s nobility David Cook on deer in our region through the ages Deer have been and important

part of Bassetlaw’s history since before the last ice age. Early evidence comes from reindeer skeletons found in Creswell Crags. Remains of a lower back leg butchered by Neanderthals with stone tools over 40,000 years ago whilst other specimens showed hyenas had gnawed and digested antlers before passing them. After the ice age only roe and red were left whilst the coming centuries saw the introduction of several species Sherwood and deer have co-existed for thousands of years the poor soil meant that farming was kept to a minimum and thus the deer had natural protection. This was further enhanced when the Normans made it into a huge hunting forest. Camden noted the forest had “infinite number of deer, and stags, with lofty antlers”. Numbers of hunting stock were devastated by the English Civil War and restocked after the Restoration but by the 1770s deer were destroying corn crops on the Dukes of Newcastle and Kingston’s lands. People were instructed to keep fires and blow horns to scare them off but demand for profitable agriculture soon meant herds were decimated. At the northern extent Sherwood

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several deer parks existed in a relatively small area; Gateford, Haughton, Welbeck, Thoresby, Scrooby, Worksop and Norbeck Woodhouse. The oldest remaining document for Worksop Manor’s Deer park dates to 1161 allowing the priors at Worksop Priory to collect firewood from the estate. Deer belonged to the King so a Royal licence was required to construct the park pale and hunt this valuable animal. The pale consisting of a bank and ditch with a wooden fence to keep them confined. Keepers were required to maintain the pale and grounds as well as feeding the deer in winter. In the late 14th century the pale to become neglected and deer from the forest had entered it and were destroyed, the land was confiscated but later returned to the Lovetots after it was fixed and a fine of £20 paid. The park keeper was also responsible for catching intruders. Robert Smyth, pardoned for poaching deer in 1474 whilst Richard Cotter reported to the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury George Leygot and Robert Procter had been prosecuted for hunting and other men had fled into Yorkshire and a writ was required. A few years later Robert Kirkby complained about the ‘slackness of his fellow keepers’ and

the amount of poaching occurring. No maps exist of the first deer park but historical evidence shows they were often round to economise on building materials. Stand Hill and Stand Close were located just to the north-west of the manor, the name suggests it was where parties would begin the chase by looking into the park to see where the deer were, most of the south facing hillside was removed by quarrying during the 20th century. In 1618 Ben Jonson visited Worksop Manor and stated only 400 of the 1,500 deer survived the ‘great snow’ a few years earlier. John Harrison’s 1636 survey for the Duke of Newcastle noted the manor was set in a 1,675 acre park stocked with 800 fallow deer. There were two hunting lodges; the New Lodge,designed by Robert Smythson, and the Old Lodge half a mile north of the Manor. Close to Darfoulds (Which derives its name from deer foulds) was Great Dewes Green where land was set aside to feed the deer. William Poynton maintained the pale whilst Francis Tonge was the park keeper. Next to Worksop stands Welbeck, whose deer park dates back as far as 1301. During the height of the Crimean War in January 1855, 100 ►

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Nature’s nobility ◄ head of deer, along with bullocks and hare were potted and sent out to feed the troops. The park is famous for its white deer. In 1892 fourteen pale red deer were recorded whilst there were over 130 white fallow deer. The fallow deer were born white and any off colour fawns were killed to preserve the linage of their coats. There were also 360 normal coloured fallow deer and 130 red deer. During 1856 new wrought iron railings and gates were installed around the “White deer park” by the Brierley Hill Ironworks in Staffordshire. The contract also included maintenance of the railings for 20 years. The red white deer have long since gone leaving only the fallows and the ‘White Deer Park’ has become arable land although some of the railings and ha-ha survive next to the bridleway on Drinking Pit Lane. In 1509 the village of Haughton was removed to make way for a deer park.

Only the church was left becoming the chapel for the hall. In 1705 Thomas Kempshall was employed to maintain the parks fencing which along with feed for the 446 deer and pay cost the Earl of Clare over £200 per year. Archbishop of York had a park at Scrooby at the edge of Hatfield Chase. In 1373 Cardinal John de Thoresby (Wensleydale) wrote that he had chased red deer through the woods. The park was dismantled by James Bryne around 1558 and the deer disposed of although stag hunting on the surrounding carrlands continued. Clumber was part of Sherwood forest until 1707 when it became part of John Holles lands. 3,000 acres were enclosed and stocked with red deer for use by Queen Anne and Clumber House was made into a hunting lodge. In 1713 There were 1,069 deer recorded in the park. The grounds were improved right into the 1780s by

three successive men; Fuller White, Stephen Wright and John Simpson. Thoresby and Welbeck still have parks containing fallow and red deer whilst the feral population has growin rapidly in recent years. A survey carried out in 2002 found 70% of Nottinghamshire’s deer population are fallow and found in the western side of the county whilst Red deer are only found around Clumber and Clipstone. Large population of roe deer around Elkesley are a problem to plantations eating young saplings. Few Muntjac have been noted but no Sika or Chinese water deer have been sighted. Venison is being hailed as a way of controlling the population via “Fair Game Initiative” whilst the University of Nottingham is looking into deers relationship with mankind with the ‘Fallow Deer Project’. Find out more about the Priories Historical Society at www. priorieshistoricalsociety.btck.co.uk

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1.15pm at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre, the old Library building, Canch Park, Memorial Avenue, Worksop. The classes will be suitable for all levels, and costs just £4.00 per session, with all proceeds going to Aurora Wellbeing Centres. Why not stay for lunch afterwards in Valerie’s Tearoom? For more information and to register, please call 07551 900344, or email fundraising@ aurorawellbeing.org. Other classes at the Aurora Wellbeing Centre, Worksop, include; Modern Pilates on Wednesdays from 9.30am to 10.30am, and then from 10.30am to 11.30am. Please call 07806 702942 or email carol.lonsdale@hotmail. co.uk for details on this class.

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BEX KNIGHT looks at this year’s favourite colour trends

Follow on Twitter: @bexxxknight LEFT Zara Knit Sweater £35.99 MIDDLE ASOS Oasis Ponte Jacket £40.00 RIGHT Topshop Mini Rib Tube Skirt £20.00 BOTTOM ASOS Urban Code Cobalt Blue iPad Cover £15.50 ROYAL BLUE I think royal blue can sometimes be a bit daunting to wear as a main piece of clothing as it’s a very deep colour and can sometimes drown people out if not worn with confidence or something that makes it really pop like white. So your safest bet is to opt for an accessory. This iPad case is brilliant as it also dips into the (faux) pony skin trend, and even if you don’t have an iPad, it makes a super glam clutch. DOVE GREY Grey is a really flattering colour on absolutely everyone so you have no excuse to not buy into this trend! I love this Topshop pencil skirt as the ribbed cotton material makes it slighty more casual which is great because I think sometimes pencil skirts have the reputation of being something you wear when you’re dressing up. This year I’m determined to wear pencil skirts to any occasion! 66 Worksop

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BLOOD ORANGE I was originally going to pick a nail varnish option for blood orange, but I think it’s such a gorgeous colour it would be a shame not to pick an item of clothing! Be careful if you have fair hair as this colour can often wash you out if not worn with a dark colour. Layer this jumper with your favourite coat for a subtle nod to the fashion pack. CAMEL I honestly think everyone should own a camel jacket or coat. It’s so on trend at the minute it hurts, and even when it’s not at the forefront of current trends, it will never go out of fashion and will always look timeless. This ponte jacket will look great with jeans for a more dressed up feel to a casual weekend lunch, it’ll give a more stripped back feel to your favourite cocktail dress, and will basically look fantastic with almost everything in your wardrobe. If you only take one thing from this article, invest in camel!

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INDEX Aerial Specialist ADI Communications Worksop.............................. 38 Architectural Design & Surveying CS Surveying & Architectural Design....................31 Bathroom Design & Installation Carrington Bathrooms..............................................22 Venus Bathrooms & Kitchen Studio..................... 13 Beauty The Palms Hair & Beauty..........................................15 Bed Showroom The Bed Chambers....................................................27 Priory Carpets & Beds...............................................55 Bedroom Interiors DC Interiors...................................................................21 Blinds Bassetlaw Blinds........................................................36 RS Blinds.........................................................................9 Bouncy Castles for Hire Apollo Entertainment.................................................41 Building Services AC Building Services..................................................37 Lindrick Construction............................................... 12 MA Construction.........................................................61 M West Roofing and Building Services.................31 RHCS Construction....................................................51 Wellow Park Building Services............................... 53 Care — Residential & At Home Leda Homecare......................................................... 68 Sherwood Prime Care...............................................67 Car Services Your Car.........................................................................49 Carpet Showrooms Neil Brodie Flooring....................................................31 Charity Fundraising Bassetlaw Hospice Appeal......................................10 Children's Indoor Play Area Treasure Island........................................................... 40 Chiropody & Foot Health Best Foot First............................................................. 63 Dukeries Footcare..................................................... 33 Jane Cavanna............................................................. 69 Cleaning Services Maid 2 Clean............................................................... 53 Coach Tours CW Moxon Ltd..............................................................31 Community & Leisure Arena North Notts Community Arena.................................5 Computer Repairs & Servicing Chris Guest Computing............................................ 68 Haven Kaye IT Solutions...........................................55 Conservatory Roof Conversions We Fit Conservatories Windows & Doors........... 43 Curtain Supplies The Curtain Company................................................10 Damp Proofing DW Plastering & Damp Proofing...............................9 Dance School Margaret Huntley School of Dance....................... 40 Dog Grooming Services Competitive Edge....................................................... 64 Pawprints Grooming Salon..................................... 65 Sanmar Dog Grooming............................................ 63 Dog Training Competitive Edge....................................................... 64 K9 Academy................................................................ 63 Domestic Appliance Repairs Domestic Appliance Repairs.................................. 38 Mat Gee.........................................................................49 Driving Instructor Driver Developments.................................................37 Electrical Contractors DC Electrical...................................................................9 Lindrick Construction............................................... 12 Estate Agent My Place Property Consultants............................. 35 Family Day Out Wetlands Animal Park...............................................39 Fencing C & R Fencing.............................................................. 53 SCO Paving Ltd............................................................57

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Fitness Centre Palms.............................................................................15 Flooring Timber Floor Studio....................................................72 Fostering Service Nottinghamshire County Council...........................23 Funeral Directors Dolby Funeral Services............................................ 38 Robert Priest............................................................... 65 Furniture Showrrom Raw Furniture...............................................................25 Gardening Services DC Garden Services.................................................. 58 Greenthumb.................................................................59 Handy Help...................................................................49 Garden Centre Windmill View Plant Centre......................................59 Go Karting Amen Corner Karting................................................ 35 Gold Bought & Sold Castle Jewellers...........................................................71 Hair Salons Masterpiece Hairdressing....................................... 33 Solo.................................................................................51 The Palms Hair & Beauty..........................................15 Handyman & Property Services Hammond Property Services..................................20 Mr Handyman..............................................................37 My Place Property Consultants..............................31 The Handyman........................................................... 53 Health/Leisure Club Thoresby Hall Hotel....................................................19 Independent Financial Advice Thomas Heald............................................................ 68 Interior Design Todwick Interiors...........................................................2 Jewellers Castle Jewellers...........................................................71 Joinery Lambert Joinery..........................................................32 Kennels & Catteries North Leverton Kennels & Cattery....................... 63 White Gates Cattery.................................................. 65 Knitting Supplies The Knitters Shop.......................................................67 Kitchen Design & Installation DC Interiors...................................................................21 The Kitchen Works.................................................... 45 Venus Bathroom & Kitchen Studio....................... 13 Loans Mutual........................................................................... 69 Locksmith Metro Locksmiths...................................................... 33 Mediation Service CP Family Mediation..................................................67 Memorials Lindrick Memorials.................................................... 60 Mobility Scooters & Aids Clark & Partners......................................................... 54 Eco Scooters................................................................15 Model Train Shop The Goods Yard...........................................................29 Oven Cleaning Oven Butler.................................................................. 69 Opticians Vision Express.............................................................11 Painting and Decorating Brush Strokes............................................................. 53 Colour Scene............................................................... 60 Oliver Vaux................................................................... 53 Paving Services M West Roofing and Building Services................ 33 SCO Paving Ltd............................................................57 Personal Development Re-new You.................................................................. 69 Pest Control Buzz Off Pest Solutions............................................ 58 Retford & District Pest Control................................55 Pet Care & Supplies Super Pets....................................................................62

Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy..............................................10 Plastering Service DW Plastering & Damp Proofing...............................9 SJ Plastering................................................................ 60 Plumbing & Heating Services Clifford Heating........................................................... 13 David Godley Plumbing & Heating.........................47 Gas Safe Heating....................................................... 43 RB Plumbing.................................................................36 TC Plumbing & Heating............................................ 63 Readymix Concrete Lafarge Tarmac...........................................................37 Restaurants, Pubs & Cafés Best Western Plus Aston Hall Hotel...................... 63 Springhead Brewery..................................................29 The White Lion............................................................ 18 Shower Repairs Showersolve................................................................ 38 Soft Furnishings & Fabrics Todwick Interiors...........................................................2 Specialist Sports Store Batting 46.....................................................................49 Stair Case Installations John Lawson................................................................51 Stoves, Fireplaces & Ranges Classic ChoiceSurrounds.........................................20 Harworth Heating...................................................... 45 Supermarket WM Morrisons...............................................................9 Taxi & Private Hire GDB Travel....................................................................29 Shireoaks Travel..........................................................47 Theatrical & Music Productions Acorn Theatre..............................................................27 Tiling Service BJB Tiling Service........................................................55 Timber Supplies & Sheds Worksop Timber..........................................................57 Touring Park Wolds View Touring Park...........................................55 Veterinary Clinic Best Friends Veterinary Group............................... 63 Weight Loss Slimming World.............................................................1 Wills April King.........................................................................7 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Bluebell Conservatories...........................................25 Charm Windows......................................................... 12 Cloudy 2 Clear................................................................3 Countywide Homecare.............................................47 G & M Tomlinson........................................................ 38 Peacock Windows..................................................... 35 Wellow Park Building Services............................... 53 We Fit Conservatories Windows & Doors........... 43 Window Repair Services Ltd................................... 30

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