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Welcome to the January 2014

edition of Worksop Life (North Edition). Happy New Year from everyone here at Worksop Life, we want to say a huge thank you to all our readers, advertisers and contributors for all their support during the last 12 months. As we enter in to 2014, what will the start of a New Year signify for you and your family? Are you seeking better health and wealth? Would you like to find a new hobby? This month’s edition of Worksop Life can help with many of your New Year goals. One of our own for this year is to establish more of a work/life balance; perhaps this is something you can relate to? Whatever your aims and goals throughout 2014, the fact of the matter is that you need to not only commit to the ideas, but carry them through. That’s easier said than done though, right? We completely agree, so how do you turn ideas in to reality? Turn the page 6 to read advice on how to determine and stick to your goals, from Susan Brookes-Morris. For generations, Britain has aspired to become a nation of home-owners, yet getting on the property ladder hasn’t been that easy in recent years. The Government’s four Help to Buy schemes aim to assist both first time buyers and many others who wish to purchase their dream home. Find out

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how Help to Buy can help you on pages 20 and 22. We’re always keen to hear more from our local community groups, charities and societies — especially if you have never contacted us before. We offer you the opportunity to feature within the Worksop Life magazine on a regular basis, enabling you to communicate with residents in the Worksop and surrounding villages. It’s easy to contact us, simply write to us by post or email on the contact details at the bottom of the page. This month we’ve gone loaf mad, with Helen sharing a fruity bake on page 12 and Julian’s bread recipe takes inspiration from Hogmanay, and uses haggis to create a meaty treat on page 46. We celebrate the success of our local stars in the Bassetlaw Sports Awards on pages 14 and 16 and Bex Knight picks out the top fashion trends for 2014 on page 38. Tim Barnes-Clay gets to grips with Seat’s load-lugging Alhambra on page 56 and we look at how to help the RSPB track the birds in our garden with this year’s Big Garden Bird Watch on page 48. We hope you enjoy this month’s magazine!

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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. Care Costs - 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.

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LIFESTYLE

What’s your goal? Making New Years resolutions you’ll stick to Susan Brookes-Morris on making resolutions and keeping them

Indeed some New Year’s resolutions and training from others such as only last a few days. To make a weight loss experts, sports trainers Many of us use the New Year lasting change it’s important to make or personal and career coaches. as a time to plan ahead and set goals sure your goals are realistic, and Other useful tools include imagery or resolutions. What would you like to seek motivation, inspiration and — this might be visualising yourself to achieve in 2014, and how would support to help you stay on track. having achieved your goals, or sticking you like your life to be different? Do not set yourself too It’s possible to set goals for most many goals or set targets If you don’t know where areas of life; health, career, social way beyond your reach, you are going, you’ll end life, relationships and finance for as you will soon become instance. Or you might look at the disheartened and less up somewhere else – Yogi Berra different roles you play, such as wife, likely to succeed. It’s friend, mother, employer, and use better to set smaller goals that you can photographs which represent success your thoughts about how you could add to, or increase if things go well, to your fridge door or mirror. You improve your success in those roles and build on your positive results. might also find the use of quotes, to help determine your goals. Only you Some people like to write their goals role models and affirmations useful. can decide what would really make down or share them with others, and An affirmation is a statement which a positive difference to your life, and this can add to the accountability that says what you are aiming for in a you are most likely to succeed if you individuals feel around goal setting, positive way, and in the present thus improving their tense. It helps to imprint positive A goal is a dream with a chances of success. It beliefs on your subconscious. also be useful to Finally, don’t forget to congratulate deadline – Napoleon Hill can ask for support from yourself when you do achieve select goals that really matter to you. friends, who can give you gentle success. Break your goals There is less chance of success if reminders if you are in danger of going down into manageable steps, you are trying to achieve something off track. Where relevant, you may and celebrate by rewarding because another person wants you to. also want to get inspiration, advice yourself at each milestone. 6 Worksop

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LIFESTYLE

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Sports Woman of the Year 14-18 Years Emily Lyle — Golf Emily has had a fantastic end to the year having come back from an illness. She achieved first place in the four counties Junior Under 18 Championship and achieved third place in the Midland Junior Under 18 Championship. 14 Worksop

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presenting awards to the winners. The awards received 61 fantastic nominations this year, making it a very difficult task of identifying the winners for each category. It was a great opportunity to see the commitment and dedication that the people of Bassetlaw are giving to their sport on a continued basis and to learn of their achievements throughout the year. Bassetlaw District Council’s Sports Development Service presented the awards with a great deal of pride and admiration for those in attendance. Congratulations to all the winners of the 17th Annual Bassetlaw Sports Awards 2013. The winners have also been nominated into the Nottinghamshire Sports Review of the Year 2013 and will be put forward in their short listing process to be recognised at a county level. hurdles running a time of 11.7 seconds for the 70 metres. She also achieved Grade 1 in the High Jump clearing a height of 1 metre 43 centimetres. Emily achieved first place in the 100 metres and the 100 metres relay, and was also equal first place in the High Jump for Nottinghamshire at the Inter Counties event. She won five Gold Medals at the Nottinghamshire County Championships in Shot, Javelin, High Jump, Long Jump and 100 Metres. Emily is a very talented multi-event athlete and one to watch out for in the future.

In the Lee Westwood Golf Tour Event, Emily finished as overall winner with five first place finishes, achieving two outright wins. Nationally, Emily finished in the Top 10 for the Scottish Girls Under 16s. She is currently the Nottinghamshire Girls Captain and is a great role model for all other juniors.

Sports Man of the Year Under 14 Years Shamas Morrison – Athletics / Swimming & Boccia (Team GB) Shamas has a condition called Accon dro plazia which is a form of dwarfism. This year he took part in the National Dwarf Games in Birmingham in May. Shamas won two gold medals and six silver medals at the event and was presented his gold medals by Ellie Simmonds OBE. He was voted most valuable team member for his personal qualities. For his achievements he received a letter from His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge congratulating him on his selection for the Great Britain squad and wishing him luck for the World Games event.

Junior Volunteer of the Year Toby Sanderson — Swimming Toby coaches at Retford Swimming Club on a regular basis where he is Boys Vice-Captain, an achievement gained by being nominated by the club members of which there can be no greater accolade. He still competes for his club at a County level where he was part of the boys relay team back in March winning a Gold Medal. Toby has successfully completed the Level 1 Officials Qualification so that he can help at competitions assisting with Timekeeping and Turn Judging. He also coaches for Retford and District Lifesaving Club, helping younger students work through the programmes to complete lifesaving awards. Toby wrote the Retford Swimming Club ‘Swimmers Guide’ which is a very informative booklet to help swimmers both young and old.

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LEISURE

Sports Man of the Year 14–18 Years Oliver Dane -— Athletics

Junior Sports Team of the Year Bassetlaw Orienteering Club Juniors At the British Schools Championships the team achieved two gold, two silver and four bronze medals. 26 Bassetlaw junior orienteers competed in the British schools championships winning one individual gold and three individual bronze medals. The team were Finalists at the National Knock Out Cup, the Evette Baker Trophy. Bassetlaw Juniors provided eight of the nine runners in the Nottinghamshire Team that qualified for the final of the National Youth Knock Out Cup. In the National Final they represented the East Midlands and finished in ninth place, having competed against the best 15 junior teams in the UK.

Coach of the Year Andrew Blinston — Martial Arts Master Andrew Blinston is a black belt, Fifth Dan, in the martial art of Taekwondo. He is the chief instructor of Lynx Black Belt Leadership Academy. To continually develop his students, he has had the opportunity in October to train alongside Grand Master Kim Yong Ho Ninth Dan in one of his specialised seminars with fellow Lynx Black Belt students and students from Ireland, Liverpool, Blackpool, Darlington and Scotland. He has assisted in over 20 community based events, varying from demonstrations, supporting local projects, complimentary school lessons and promotional academy events, all of which he has given time and effort on a voluntary basis. He has helped raise over £1,200 for charities this year. Andrew was appointed the position of Secretary General within the World Taekwon Mudo Academy in October 2013. 16 Worksop

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Throughout 2013 Oliver has performed at an extremely high level. In February he came seond in The Nottinghamshire Schools Cross Country Championships and in doing so captained the Bassetlaw Year 8/9 Boys team to the County Champions title.

Senior Volunteer of the Year Charmian Heaton — Athletics Charmian’s contribution to the planning and organisation of this year’s Retford Half Marathon was exceptional. The event saw over 500 participants take part across the half marathon and fun run, making it one of Retford’s largest participation sporting events. Without Charmian’s commitment and professionalism, and her voluntary time, the event simply could not have been staged. She has also led on the organisation and delivery of the project to re-furbish the Retford Athletic and Running Club pavilion at The Oaklands site during 2012 and 2013. The club now has a first class facility which is used by club members and also by Retford United Junior Football Club.

Club of the Year Bassetlaw Triathlon Club In August The Bassetlaw Triathlon Club successfully organised the first Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon event. Over 240 people and teams took part in the event based at Worksop Leisure Centre, the vast majority being local novices to the sport. They have fulfilled their objective of introducing 250 new people into the sport of triathlon. The club provided

At the English Schools Cross Country Championships Oliver finished a very credible 26th place out of 323 finishers all of whom were the best athletes from their respective counties. He has already broken all U15 Worksop College records including those of ex-pupil Jack Buckner who went on to be a European Gold Medalist at 5,000 metres.

Lifetime Achievement of the Year Terry Lovett — Athletics Terry founded Retford Athletics Club in 1983 and subsequently introduced the Junior Section. Throughout his time he has been involved in all levels of administration and is currently Life Member and Club Vice President playing a key role in organising many junior and senior events over the last 30 years. Terry has also coached, developed, and supported junior and adult members to enable them to reach their full potential. Terry has represented the club since it was established, winning many honours in various age categories, and he still holds a number of club records. He is one of only a handful of local runners to have posted a sub three hour marathon time in his 50s, and now in his 70s he is still running impressive half marathon times.

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HOMES

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Help to Buy equity loans ELIGIBILITY Help to Buy equity loans are open to both first-time buyers and home movers on new-build homes worth up to £600,000. You won’t be able to sub-let your home if you use this scheme. You’ll need to contribute at least 5% of the property price as a deposit The government will give you a loan for up to 20% of the price You’ll need a mortgage of up to 75% to cover the rest. For a property worth £200,000 Cash deposit.........................£10,000 (5%) Equity loan..........................£40,000 (20%) Your mortgage ...............£150,000 (75%) You won’t be charged loan fees for the first five years of owning your home. In the 6th year, you’ll be charged a fee of 1.75% of the loan’s value. After this, the fee will increase every year. 20 Worksop

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• Help to Buy mortgage guarantees • Shared ownership

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COMMUNITY

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Blyth Players present The Three Musketeers Next month, the award-winning

Blyth Players present for your delight, The Three Musketeers, by Jeanette Adams. D’Artagnan longs to be a Musketeer. Then by chance he meets Athos, Porthos and Aramis, the three Musketeers. They introduce him to the King and Queen of France who have unfortunately just been robbed! D’Artagnan promises to recover the Queen’s diamonds and he finds himself on an adventure. With the help of his Mother, ‘Antoinette’, a dancer from the Moulin Rouge and the rather dim duo ‘Ooh’ and ‘Lahlah’ he has to encounter many tasks including an invisible dog trial, a game of musical statues and a Dance off! The merry Fairy Rosé provides the clues as he searches for the lost diamonds. But unknowingly they are also followed by the evil Milady de Winter and Herman the Henchman who want the diamonds for themselves. Along the way we meet some unusual characters and as they gather the stolen diamonds they find that things are not always what they appear to be. The Blyth Players will perform the play at 7.15pm each evening from Thursday 6th, 7th and 8th February, with extra afternoon performances starting at 2.15pm on Saturday 8th February and Sunday 9th February. The venue will be Barnby Memorial Hall, Blyth, and tickets cost £5.50 for adults and concessions are £4.50 each. To purchase tickets, please call 0778 491 6250, email

Parkinsons UK Branch members sincerely

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Officer. A full programme of speakers is already prepared for the year, along with Pilates lessons that will continue and a spring lunch is has also been proposed. 2013 was a very successful year, with many varied activities and outings. The Christmas party was a lively affair and well attended. 50 members enjoyed the meal and a cabaret by Nostalgia rounded off the afternoon. Group membership continues to grow and new members are guaranteed a warm welcome. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of every month. For more information, please call Chris on 01909 730629.

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HOMES

The power of clean Debbie Singh-Bhatti the hidden dirt in our household carpets

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parents ever owned was medium brown in colour with a deep, textured pile, and it hid a multitude of sins. Grit and dirt from my dad’s work boots, food spills from us kids and the occasional accident by the pet dog were all cleverly concealed. During the 20 years or so it was down it never once required professional cleaning — or so we thought! Years later when I owned a carpet cleaning business, I learned about the dangers lurking beneath a carpet’s surface and discovered that far from being the creature comfort we thought it was, our deeply piled, deeply loved first carpet was something of a death trap (well, almost!). The majority of households in the UK only call in the professionals in response to some kind of incident — they’re having visitors so need to spruce things up a bit, or they’ve had a party and one of their guests has spilled red wine. Post-Christmas you may even find yourself in one of these categories! But sit comfortably whilst

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I share a few shocking facts that may keep you awake at night, and prompt you into incorporating regular carpet cleaning into your plans and budget!

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An averagesized living room carpet can hold its own weight in trapped soil — around 68kg.

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About 85% of the dirt a carpet holds is hidden under the surface, buried deep in the pile.

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This hidden dirt wears away at the carpet fibres and reduces the carpet’s life dramatically.

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A dirty carpet can harbour harmful mites and bacteria that can trigger asthma and cause allergic reactions.

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The best way to remove deeply embedded dirt and the bacteria that lives in it is to have your carpets professionally cleaned.

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Research suggests that you should have your carpets cleaned every 12-18 months to remove unhealthy elements. There are a number of effective cleaning methods around, including steam, shampoo and chemical, but the most important consideration is whether the technician doing the work is properly trained and qualified. When booking your clean, check about credentials, insurance, what the clean includes (will they move and replace furniture for example?) and ask to see customer testimonials. By having your carpets cleaned regularly, you will not only help to increase their life expectancy (a welcome prospect in these days of austerity) but you will also be helping to improve the quality of your own life, especially if you are one of the nation’s army of asthma or allergy sufferers. For more information visit the National Carpet Cleaners Association website at www.ncca.co.uk.

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Local history at Worksop Library FAMILY HISTORY SCRAPBOOKING FREE HALF-TERM ACTIVITY On Thursday 20th February, from 2.00pm to 3.30pm, Worksop Library will be running Family History Scrapbooking, a free activity suitable for children over 5. Bring children along and help them to make a personal scrapbook about their family and home, which may include family/baby photos (please bring these to the activity), old local photos and maps from the library’s Local Studies collection, and even a newspaper page from their birthday week! Booking is essential, please call the library on 01909 535353 or email worksop.library@nottscc.gov.uk WW2 EVACUEES DISPLAY Worksop Library is currently displaying photographs of evacuees who came to Worksop from Lowestoft. Can you help us to identify any of the people in the photographs? The display will be up in the library’s Local Studies area throughout December 2013 and January 2014 and can be viewed during library opening hours. FAMILY HISTORY GROUP The Family History Group, meet at Worksop Library every second and last Thursday of the month, from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. Each meeting is free and everyone is welcome. The group offers friendly support and guidance to help you learn how to research your own family history. You can access records available on Ancestry.com for free in the library, via library computers. The meetings are free, and everyone is welcome, including complete beginners. No booking required. For more information, please call the library on 01909 535353. 30 Worksop

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Bowjangles on the box!

If you like music, song, dance and comedy, you will love Bowjangles. This young, multitalented four-piece, not only play their instruments superbly but they sing, they dance, they leap, tumble, juggle and joke — leaving their audience in stitches of laughter. Bowjangles on the Box follows a schedule for the BJBC (Bowjangles Broadcasting Corporation), including morning TV, news, weather and soap opera, with the group performing all the necessary roles, whilst of course playing their instruments to a jaw-droppingly high level, in a clever, unique, all singing, all dancing take on the cultural phenomenon that is TV. They satire every show you can think of, including an inventive soap opera with the ‘opera’ taken quite literally. The troupe covers a huge variety of songs, from Handel’s

Messiah to Rihanna’s Umbrella. The only props are their instruments and they’re used for absolutely everything. They have tennis rackets, swords, and even picnic tables; and all the while they play the most beautiful and enticing music. Bowjangles use every style and genre of music you can imagine in an energetic and hilarious stage show which takes string quartet performance to a whole new dimension. On the Box is suitable for all ages and contains some very mild innuendo, early booking is advisable for this show. It regularly sells out at village venues so we’re hoping to fill the Acorn Theatre in Worksop. It’s on for one night only on Friday 31st January, so please call the box office on 01909 501817 to book your tickets and for further information.

North Notts National Trust Association In 2014 North Notts National

Trust Association extend a warm welcome to all NT Members, Volunteers and NT Staff living in the North Nottinghamshire area, to join the Association and become eligible to attend our meetings and summer trips. Meetings are held every month in the Crossing, Newcastle Avenue, Worksop, at 7.30pm, with coffee and biscuits from 7.00pm onwards. Entry for Association members is £3.00 and for £3.50 for visitors. TheProgramme for 2014 includes: • 15th January — The Elizabethan and Jacobean Country House — Dr David Bostwick (Association President) • 19th February — Hardwick Hall, My World — Denise Edwards (Hardwick Hall Site Manager) • 19th March — Wildlife in Botswana — Malcolm Walpole • 16th April — Surprising

Churches of Eastern England — Paul Ellerton and AGM To start off the New Year, on Wednesday 15th January, Dr David Bostwick our Association President will be giving a talk on ‘The Elizabethan and Jacobean Country House’. Dr Bostwick is an extremely entertaining and absorbing speaker of some repute, please come early to get a good seat and enjoy the evening. If you are interested in finding out more about the association, then please come along for a taster session. All money raised goes to National Trust Projects. This year we donated £1,500 to Southwell Workhouse for living history costumes and garden interpretation boards and last year we donated three benches to Hardwick Hall in memory of one of our members. For more information please email norman.biggs@btinternet.com.

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A good read LEISURE

Leanne Broadhead takes a look at the best books this month Not on the Label Felicity Lawrence

Jeremy Paxman called this book “A brave examination of the calamities caused by a policy laughingly called one of ‘cheap food’” Not on the Label, what really goes in to the food on your plate, is by no means a new book. First published in 2002, it won the Observer Book of the Year two years later in 2004, and challenges each and every one of us to think again about what we buy and eat.

I discovered this book just three months ago, and I completely agree with Andrew Marr, who said, “It’s almost like uncovering a secret state within the state”. Forget programmes that discover hidden ingredients in processed food, this book covers the complexity of our food system, from the way our food is grown right the way to the top of the chain with the huge supermarkets that most of us buy 32 Worksop

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our daily bread from today. This book completely shocked me to my core, and not in a voyeuristic sense, but moreover, the realisation was “that’s it, I’ve had enough”. Anger, and repulsion at our own ignorance were my overriding feelings after concluding this book. In just one generation, we have simply allowed the supermarkets to decide for us what we will eat. Seem far-fetched? After reading the book, I don’t think many people would disagree with me. This year’s updated second edition also includes a brilliant section on the horsemeat scandal too. Felicity Lawrence’s horrifying account of how the food we eat is produced doesn’t make for a good night’s sleep but is compulsively readable. Peter Parker, a writer for the Evening Standard said, “It is the sort of book that changes attitudes”. This is exactly what it did for Julian and I and you may see more evidence of this over the next six months. There are not many books that make you radically reconsider everyday choices. The facts simply stagger, unfortunately not many people are aware of them. That’s why I urge you to buy the book and become educated about what you put in to your mouths each and every day.

The Guts Roddy Doyle To be honest, it is a shock to find out that Jimmy Rabbitte is middle aged with teenage children. It shouldn’t be — after all, The Commitments was over twenty years ago — but it is. It

seems to be a bit of a shock to Jimmy too - and the shock is compounded when he discovers that he has cancer. The Commitments may be better known as a film (and now as a stage musical), but it was a book first: the first of Doyle’s Barrytown trilogy, which followed the fortunes of the Rabbitte family in Dublin. Here, Doyle revisits the family many years on. Ireland is in the grip of the recession, and Jimmy and his wife are feeling the pinch. He is still in the music business, although rather than discovering new talent, he spends his days digging into the past for old punk bands who still have a following. And he has cancer. At the age of forty seven he has to face the fact that he could die. Doyle’s style is not for everyone, and his language is not for the faint hearted, but the dialogue still sails off the page as authentically as it ever did, and much of the story is carried through speech. There are a series of well-executed set pieces too, including the finale which brings together Jimmy, his long-lost brother Les, an old punk and a former bandmate (and fellow cancer sufferer), to witness Jimmy’s eldest son triumph in front of a festival crowd. OK, he is pretending to be Bulgarian and singing a song which is pretending to be 1930s Irish Blues, but who cares? If you have read the Barrytown trilogy, this is like meeting a bunch of old friends in the pub. If you haven’t, then read it anyway. Odds are you will go back to the original books to meet the characters as they were in the beginning.

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Top weaver Jilly Edwards will

be exhibiting her tapestries at The Harley Gallery, Nottinghamshire, from 22nd January to 23rd March 2014. The exhibition will include new tapestries that are drenched in a vivid yellow colour palette - perfect for brightening up grey winter days! Edwards weaves abstract, painterly compositions which capture fleeting moments and recollections through the time consuming and laborious process of weaving. This is a meticulous craft – a tapestry 10 by 12 feet in size can take over a year to complete. Though Edwards'

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Tapestries by Jilly Edwards

compositions seem spontaneous, often like broad washes of watercolour, they represent a considered, lengthy process and a multitude of experiences. Edwards' tapestries tell stories about her journeys through different landscapes. In her new work, Edwards has found new inspiration in oilseed rape fields and the resulting tapestries are drenched in uninhibited, sunny tones. Visitors can unravel these journeys from their abstracted and recollected compositions. Bands of colour that suggest fields, or a delicate mark which hints at the trace of a fence, all give clues to the inspirations behind these works. Spinning yarns about her travels, the compositions in these tapestries

Men in Sheds project Men in Sheds aims to bring older

men together to put their practical skills to good use and encourage them to be more socially active. Men in Sheds is a project specifically for retired men. It provides a well equipped workshop where men can work together on a range of practical activities, mainly wood-working, although new project ideas are always welcome. The products made are sold to support the project and the work of Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Members can put their skills to good use, share their knowledge, learn new skills and generally put the

world to rights over a cup of tea or coffee. Members come from a wide variety of backgrounds ranging from highly skilled to those with little or no experience, but all work together and there is a role for everyone. What are the benefits of joining the Men in Sheds project? It gives men the chance to: • Make new friends • Experience the camaraderie of working with other men • Put practical skills to good use and also share them with others • Try something new and learn new skills

Whitwell Local History Group The Whitwell Local History Group meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm in the Community Centre. There is a small charge of £1.00 per meeting which includes tea and biscuits and visitors are made very welcome. At 34 Worksop

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the first meeting of 2014, on Tuesday 7th January, Members Sue and Geoff Walker will be showing pictures of the stunning scenery of the Outer Hebrides and on the 14th, Ian Morgan's talk has the intriguing title, ‘Inspector

distil a vast collection of stories and moments into an eloquent image. Edwards makes reams of notes; her journals and sketches are then worked and reworked from realistic drawings, to colourful watercolours and eventually to a finished tapestry design. Visit The Harley Gallery from Wednesday 22nd January to Sunday 23rd March 2014 to explore Wanderlust: Tapestries by Jilly Edwards. The Harley Gallery is on the A60 between Mansfield and Worksop, 10 minutes from the A1 and M1. Free entry and free parking. Visit www.harleygallery. co.uk for further information. • Support their local community • Learn about other activities and services in the area • Our co-ordinator is on hand to offer support and encouragement The Men in Sheds project is due to open shortly in Worksop at Unit 2, Kilton Terrace, Kilton Road, Worksop, S80 2DQ. We are currently in the process of renovating the workshop, decorating it, manufacturing work benches and installing machinery. There will also be a social area included, providing a small kitchen and seating area for those ‘all important’ cups of tea. Contact can be made with the coordinator Patrick Lacey by calling 07872 839629 for further details or by emailing patrick.lacey@ageuknotts.org.uk Hopkinson's Discovery’. Members will take over on the 21st January, and on the 28th, Mr Malcolm Walpole will give an illustrated talk, with appropriate musical accompaniment, on ‘Tanzania’. Looking forward to February, on the 11th, the well-known speaker, Mr David Templeman, will give a talk on ‘Sheffield in Tudor and Stuart Times’.

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Centre for Sports & Learning The Centre for Sports and

Learning on Shrewsbury Road, Manton, has some great activities planned for the New Year. • Mums and Tots — Monday Mornings, 9.15am – 11.15am • Fencing — Monday nights, starting 3rd February, ages 16–24, 7.00pm — 9.00pm. • Sure Tots — Tuesday Mornings, 10.30am – 11.15am (only during term time and

Well the New Year is here again,

and what a year 2013 it was! I would like to say big thank you to our ladies that volunteer at our charity shop in Manton they do an amazing job so thank you for all your hard work. Then to everyone that gives their valuable time to carry out home visits, stand and rattle collecting tins walk dogs and help us to organise our large

will need to ring 01909 511321 to book a place) • Sure Movers — Tuesday Mornings, 9.30am – 10.15am (only during term time and will need to ring 01909 511321 to book a place) • Over 50s Coffee Morning — Wednesday, 10.00am – 12.00pm Just turn up on the day, there will be different weekly activities to enjoy • General Coffee Morning — Friday, 9.15am – 11.15am Just turn up on the day

• Street Dance — Saturday, 10.00am – 12.00pm • Lindrickaires Marching Band — Sunday Afternoon, 1.00pm – 4.00pm Just turn up on the day — £2 a week • Adult Dance Class — Sunday Evening. 6.30pm– 8.30pm Just turn up on the day — £4 for two hour session with free bottled water — 18+ years All at activitives are at our Centre, CSL@Shrewsbury Road Centre, Manton. For any enquires please call 01909 473078

Mayflower Animal Sanctuary events such as the Balls and walks; the list is endless, so a heartfelt thanks.. Not in the least a big thank you also to Jennie our Sanctuary Manager who works tirelessly 24/7 she is one in a million. If you are considering adopting a dog or cat please call in and see us at Narrow

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LIFESTYLE

Follow on Twitter: @bexxxknight One of my favourite accessories

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BEX KNIGHT on the top three trends for 2014 for this I am a die hard Gelly nails fan. I’ve also noticed that recently there’s been a huge wave of love for camel colour coats. I personally think it’s since Kim Kardashian has been photographed wearing MaxMara’s camel teddy coat, but I certainly don’t have over £1,000 to spend on a coat. I love the structure and colour of this one from H&M; it’s one of those coats that you can put on over a very quickly thrown together outfit and immediately stand out from the crowd. Super stylish. I’m also loving light blue ripped jeans at the moment, and I don’t mean circa Avril Lavigne. Matched with the right pieces, for example a baggy T-shirt, a structured camel coat with a coating of nude polish and some black boots, you have a really edgy but ultimately bang on trend look. You can add heels and blouse for an evening out, a fedora for a day out, or even your comfiest black flats for trawling through those January sales.

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HISTORY

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have several major Roman Roads in Nottinghamshire with one of these passing through Bassetlaw between Littleborough and Bawtry. This month I delve back on a project I did at University looking into this road’s long history. Four years after the second Roman invasion in 43AD, a northern frontier had formed around the Fosse Way up towards the Humber Estuary. The Romans built new roads and Erming Street is attributed to the infamous Ninth Legion. The road diverges just north of Lincoln, one route heading to the Humber at Winteringham whilst the other heads west joining another route near Bawtry. The road looks likely to have been constructed to provide easy access for troops marching into the Brigantes nation, after expansion of the empire and transportation of materials especially when rough weather made the Humber estuary unnavigable. The land near the Trent and Bawtry is prone to flooding, due to its low lying nature the soil, however is very fertile and may be another reason the road

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The road less travelled

was located here rather than higher ground to the north. The roads earliest known spelling ‘Earninga Street’ dates from around 955AD; ‘Earn’ means ‘eagle’ in old English probably relating to the Roman standard. The road entered Bassetlaw via a ford at Littleborough which was removed in 1820 during the deepening of the river; a contemporary account described it as 18ft wide with piles of oak at each side measuring between 10 and 20 feet long. Timber cills crossed from one side to the other and rough square stones made up the actual crossing. The walled Romano-British town at Littleborough (or ‘Segeloci/Ageloco’ from the Ravenna Cosmography) was quite considerable. It was laid out in a north-south alignment following the river, indicating its main function may have been a port as it ignores the road’s alignment. Thomson Walker noted in 1877, remains of stone fortifications with a ditch but these no longer exist. Finds include coins dating between 54–337AD commonly reffered to as ‘Swine-pennies’. In the 1970s the grounds of the vicarage were excavated and finds included Flavian period clay floored buildings

which were superseded by buildings of the Antonine era. Two Roman altars have been found on site with the inscriptions ‘LIS ARAM DD’ and ‘II RAT’ The former was made from Gritstone, indicating it was brought from Derbyshire via the Trent. A roman stone coffin was found in the graveyard around 1860 which legend has it had a ‘preserved’ female body wearing a brooch who turned to dust after a few seconds (if the grave was air tight then exposure to air may have caused a chemical reaction in the body) could this suggest that this site has much older inhumations than what is apparent? To the east end of the church at ground level there is a curious slab which juts out at a differing angle to the main building. This suggests a building prior to the Saxo-Norman church. It is doubtful that further coffins will be located as no new burials are being made although further examples could exist beyond the present boundary. Cottage industry sized kilns have been located close to Sturton-leSteeple, which were used for drying corn and a small domed oven was possibly used to bake bread. Building debris, pottery and coins dating between the first and third centuries were also found on site. The present roads around Sturtonle-Steeple seems to have been modified to fit in with a later medieval grid pattern system which indicates road traffic from the Trent had declined enough for the inhabitants to consider it of little importance. The 1828 map of the area records ‘Barrows’ near Blaco Hill, which ►

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◄ might explain the round cropmarks on Derrick Riley’s aerial photography in the 1980s. Could they represent a similar group to those of the ‘Six Hills’ near Stevenage? These combined with an undated hillfort on Blaco Hill which was unfortunately destroyed when a farm was built on the hill may suggest an area of settlement overlooking farming on the river Idle flood plain? Evidence close by has revealed 70 small enclosures with complex ditch boundaries. I was interested by Blaco and Pusto Hills near Scaftworth due to the ‘o’ at the end of their names — could these be contemporary with Lindo, Dano and Ageloco named in the Ravenna Cosmography (Modern day Lincoln, Doncaster and Littleborough)? The 0.87 acre fortlet near Scaftworth was large enough to accommodate a century of soldiers. Features shown up by geophysical surveying show three ditches constructed inside an earlier fort which were still visible until modern farming techniques meant it was

The road less travelled easier to work the soils in this area. The western ditches lie next to modern flood defences although the land to its western side is flat are slightly higher than the surrounding land and which was prominent during the 2007 floods being the only part of the field remaining in crop. Finds excavated in the ditches by JE Bartlett and DN Riley in 1956 found fourth century pottery, quern fragments and a bronze imitation of a silver siliqua dating from around 362AD, indicating the fortlet was re-dug as precaution against the Pictish or Saxon invaders. It has been suggested the fort was built to protect the port where lead and silver were loaded after being transported from the Peak District (a trade which continued up until the opening of the Chesterfield Canal in 1777). The Oxford Names Companion puts the meaning of Scaftworth down to ‘Enclosure of a man called Sceafa or but it could originate from ‘Scaphium’

meaning ‘pot, bowl or drinking vessel’ an ideal name for a port/trading centre based near the pottery industry at Cantley. The proximity to Blaco Hill could make it a Roman replacement in the same way Templeborough was for Wincobank hillfort. We don’t know if the road crossed the idle by bridge or ford, if it was by ford that would indicate that the port would have been the end of the navigable river. During 2014 Nottinghamshire County Councils Community archaeology team are hoping to start a project researching the road around Sturton with possible field walking and excavations. Further details are available on Nottinghamshire County Council’s website. Find out more about the Priories Historical Society at www. priorieshistoricalsociety.btck.co.uk

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HOMES

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Time for a New Year home makeover making sure there are no creases in the tape. Don’t forget to thoroughly cover all exposed surfaces with dust sheets before you start decorating EMULSIONING Upmarket brands of paint such as Farrow and Ball are very popular right now, but they are also very expensive. Much of their appeal lies in the traditional colour palette they employ, so a more cost effective option is to have Dulux colour match paint mixed up in the exact shade you want. Start at the top and work your way down, so do the ceiling first and then the walls, leaving the woodwork until last. Using a roller to cover the bulk of the area is much quicker and you will get a more even finish. Usually you can get away with just one coat too. Money spent on a high quality brush is never wasted. Don’t overload the brush with paint and reload it frequently. Use slow careful strokes into the corners; your strokes should all be in the same direction. If you do slip, just wipe off the excess paint with a damp cloth. Always apply two coats with the brush. WALLPAPERING Wallpaper is expensive, time consuming to apply and can be overwhelming if used to decorate

the whole room. It makes sense to just paper one wall as a feature wall. Before you start, make sure you have the right equipment; a pasting table, tub for the paste, large pair of sharp scissors and papering brush. A tape measure and craft knife are also useful. Hang your first piece into the corner of the room. Measure the drop against the wall and mark the point where you will cut across the roll. Use a spirit level to mark a vertical line just less than a paper’s width from the corner. Apply plenty of paste to the back of the paper, folding it as you go to keep the piece to a manageable length. Line up one edge of the sheet with the vertical mark and then use the papering brush to smooth it evenly against the wall and press it into the corners. Score a line along the corners with a fingernail, peel the paper back slightly and cut along each score mark. The paper will now fit perfectly. Repeat the process by butting each new drop against the edge of the sheet you have already laid. CALL IN THE EXPERTS If all this sounds too much like hard work, why not call one of the professional local tradespeople featured in the magazine? Turn to the index to find who you need.

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FOOD & DRINK

Julian Broadhead shares his favourite daily bread recipes

For this month’s Brodder’s Daily Bread, I have based one of the

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• 200g milk chocolate UTENSILS • 1 large mixing bowl • 2 600g loaf tins • 2 clean large freezer bags • 1 roasting tray — Filled with boiling water and placed into the oven. It creates steam which helps to create a firm crust METHOD • Firstly make two batches of basic white bread dough as per the recipe in the November edition of the magazine, which you can read online at the web address at the bottom of this page • Place the dough in the bowl and

leave it to prove for about 1 hour or until it’s doubled in size Haggis Bread filling: • Break or chop the Stilton into chunks, about the size of a baked bean • Break up the haggis with a fork so it looks like minced meat Chocolate & Hazlenut filling: • Chop the hazelnuts into pieces • Break the chocolate into small pieces (about the size of a pea) • With one bowl of the proven dough, make a slight hollow in the dough and then place the Stilton and haggis in. Whilst it is still in the bowl mix the Stilton and haggis and dough together, this does two things, firstly, it distributes the Stilton and haggis evenly into the dough mix, and also ‘knocks’ the dough back. Once you’ve mixed everything together, take out of the bowl and place into an oiled loaf tin • With the second bowl of proven dough, make a slight hollow in the dough and then place the chocolate and hazelnut in. Whilst it is still in the bowl mix the chocolate and hazelnut and dough together, this again knocks the dough back and distributes chocolate and hazelnut into the dough mix. Once you’ve mixed everything together, take out of the bowl and place into a separate oiled loaf tin • Place in the oven for approximately 30 minutes at 220°c • Once the loaves have cooked they should be a golden brown colour on top, take them out of the tins • It may be that the bottoms are a little soggy. This is usually from the extra moisture that the fillings have. If this is the case, put the loaves upside down on to the wire shelf of the oven (without the tins) and bake for a further 4 to 5 minutes, or until the base sounds hollow when tapped • Serve the Haggis Bread buttered, with cheese and onion marmalade for a lunch or light bite • The Hazelnut and Chocolate Loaf is best served sliced, then toasted with butter and a little marmalade spread on with coffee for a Sunday breakfast — delicious

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2 Shires Credit Union

This article concentrates on the recent changes made at the 2 Shires Credit Union together with our plans for 2014. The installation of our new computer system, which took place at the end of October, is bringing benefits to the way in which we deal with new savings and loan applications. For example, for a new Smart Loan, all we now need are a completed Smart Loan application and a Member application without any supporting documentation and both can be downloaded from our website at www.2shires.org.uk. We expect that such improvements will enable us to make quicker decisions regarding loan applications. We hope that we will be able to launch our new website early in the New Year, so please keep an eye out at www.2shires.org.uk. In addition to the new look and new features, we will be using this website to announce new products and to keep members up to date with other developments, including progress with the Credit Union Expansion Project (CUEP). Other new facilities and products planned for the early part of 2014 include: • Online access to balances and transactions using the internet

• Joint savings accounts • Joint loan accounts • A new Family Loan at a slightly lower rate of interest for those people who wish to repay the loan from their child credit • Other new products in the pipeline include a Budget Account and a Rent Payment Account All in all, 2014 promises to be an exciting year for the 2 Shires Credit Union, so please keep looking at our website www.2shires.org.uk. In the wider world, the government seem to have bowed to pressure from the Archbishop of Canterbury, among others, and may be moving to cap the extortionate interest rates charged by the so-called Pay Day Lenders. Some parts of the national press have also stated that using these pay day loans can have an adverse effect on credit ratings as maintained by the credit rating agencies so making it more difficult for such people to obtain a cheaper loan at a later date. For more information regarding the 2 Shires Credit Union and its savings and loans products, or about credit unions in general, please contact us via the website (www.2shires.org. uk), by email at info@2shires.org. uk or by phone on 01909 500575.

Volunteering for BCVS WHY NOT BECOME A VOLUNTEER? Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS) in Worksop is the accredited Volunteer Centre for Bassetlaw. The Involve service holds details of over 200 volunteering opportunities from a wide variety of organisations. We are able to actively support individuals into volunteering. The benefits of volunteering include: • Developing confidence • Gaining new skills and experience • Building new friendships • Making a difference to your local community • Opening up brand new opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering, or promoting your volunteering opportunity please contact either Julie Barnes or Lesley Thorlby on 01909 476118 extensions 23/26, via email involve@bcvs.org.uk, or visit the volunteering page on our website www.bcvs.org.uk. We are also on Facebook and Twitter. The Volunteer centre also offers many other opportunities, such as classes like Yoga, which is on Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 7.00pm, with beginners welcome. The Bassetlaw Community and Voluntary Service Centre is The Old Abbey School, Priorswell Road, Worksop S80 2BU.

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Featuring the Smooth Soulful Sounds of the amazing Wayne Allen.

Back at the Arena after his very successful visit of NYE 2010 this extremely popular and talented Soul & Motown singer effortlessly covers some of the world’s most iconic and memorable numbers. Music that you will fall in love with from legends such as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Luther Vandross, Earth Wind & Fire and many more from an era in music that many people and musicians alike call the golden age of music, from a time and with an energy depth of feeling that only Wayne can emulate. Supporting Wayne on the night is the brilliant Phoenix Roadshow DJ’s, doors open at 7pm to 1am, fantastic friendly atmosphere.

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YOUR MONEY

Dean Dunham

Your New Year shopping rights Here’s what you need to know when shopping in store and online (in relation to buying goods – which is basically something that you can ‘physically hold’ as opposed to something being offered as a ‘service’). YOUR BASIC RIGHTS Any goods that you buy, whether on the high street, online or in your own home must fit the description given, be of satisfactory quality and be fit for the purpose they are intended to be used for. If they are not, you can claim against the retailer and may be entitled to a refund, repair or replacement. So for example, if you buy a silver kettle and find that it is black when you take it out of the box, you can return it and get a refund or replacement. This is because it does not fit the description; or if you buy a jumper and find that it has a hole in the sleeve you have the right to get a refund or a replacement. This is because it is not ‘of satisfactory quality’; or if you buy a new charger for your iPhone 5 but it turns out to have the wrong connection and therefore does not fit your iPhone, you can get a refund or replacement. This is because it is ‘not fit for purpose’. Check the store’s returns policies — many stores will offer generous returns policies but these may differ so make sure you check whether refunds, exchanges or credit notes 54 Worksop

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are available and how long you have to return goods. Remember, you don’t automatically have the right to return unwanted presents.

computer software where the seal on the packaging has been broken, perishable items, made to order items, underwear or jewellery.

GIFT RECEIPTS If you are buying for someone else, make sure you ask for a gift receipt. These are designed to enable the gift recipient to return the goods or make a claim against the retailer if something is wrong.

ITEMS BOUGHT FROM ONLINE AUCTION SITES When buying from sites such as e-bay and Amazon’s ‘Sell Your Stuff’ you are not buying from the sites themselves, but from individuals who have put the items up for sale on those sites. As a consequence you will not benefit from the usual cooling off period you will not have the statutory right to quality, and you will have no legal redress if the item is unsatisfactory. However, the seller still has an obligation to properly describe what they are selling.

PRECAUTIONS WHEN BUYING ONLINE When buying online take these simple precautionary steps: • Keep your PC protected by ensuring you have the latest operating system, browser and up-to-date anti-virus software. • Look for the padlock symbol especially if you’re buying from a website for the first time. It’s a good indication that they are reputable. • Register your cards with Verified by Visa or MasterCard SecureCode when prompted. • Always log out after shopping online. ONLINE SHOPPING RIGHTS In addition to your normal statutory rights, you also have extra protections when shopping online. In most cases, you will have seven working days (“Cooling off Period”) after delivery to change your mind, for any reason, and get a full refund. However, this does not apply to DVDs/music/

GIFT VOUCHERS If you buy someone a gift voucher/ token make sure that you are aware of the expiry date of the voucher. You should also be aware that when a shop changes ownership, the new owners may not have purchased the previous one’s liabilities. This means they will not be bound to honour your voucher. USING A CREDIT CARD Buying items costing more than £100 and under £30,000 on a credit card can offer significant consumer protections, as the credit card provider becomes liable for any breach of contract, even if you buy from abroad. This is therefore a valuable insurance policy that protects your purchases.

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a fact. But Seat’s Alhambra is a perennially popular one — for a very good reason. As an authentic Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV), the almighty Alhambra’s adaptability fits just as well to family necessities as it does to the needs of the mile-munching business driver. The sizable Seat’s sporting spirit and driving enjoyment certainly go hand-in-hand with common sense and originality. And thanks to its unexpectedly lively handling and hi-tech equipment, you can look forward to every mile behind the wheel. With a combined fuel consumption figure of around 50 mpg, the Alhambra SE 2.0 TDI CR Ecomotive 140 PS won’t rob you at the pumps either. The present incarnation of the motor, launched in late 2010, is longer than its forerunner — and wider. There’s plenty of breathing space for adults to sit happily, even in the third row of fold-away seats, whilst the big sliding doors allow

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fantastically easy access. The load area is charitable, too. When configured as a five-seater the Alhambra has 885 litres of luggage space available, which swells to a vast maximum of 2,297 litres if only the front two seats are in use. In other words, this car could help clear out a large swathe of a white goods department! Aesthetically, the MPV has an undeniably broad, powerful presence, but its slightly overstuffed looks won’t be to everyone’s taste. Beneath its so-so skin, the Alhambra’s TDI engine, on test here, generates 138bhp. It produces good, low down pulling power for such a large vehicle, and efficiency measures such as a Start-Stop system and brake energy recovery technology come as standard. The stock safety equipment is, like much of the Alhambra, impressive. It involves seven airbags, including a driver-side knee airbag, and electric child locks on the rear doors. Also standard is electronic braking assist, tyre pressure monitoring, and stability aids. Indeed, the award-winning Seat Alhambra is an MPV with some truly decent features. So it’s no shocker it was not only named Best MPV by Diesel Car, but voted Best MPV in WhatCar? Car of the Year 2011, 2012 and 2013! Such a good vehicle comes at a cost though. This car, bought new, isn’t that far off the £30,000 mark. That’s an awful lot of cash to splash for room and versatility. But, let’s face it, when it comes to transporting your family around, safety is priceless.

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COMMUNITY

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2014 sees Bassetlaw

Hospice celebrate 20 years of Hospice care in Bassetlaw. As part of the year of celebratory events the Hospice are launching a new event that everyone can be a part of at a time that suits them. Delicious Dine In is a way that all the community can become involved in fundraising for the Hospice as well as celebrating its 20th Birthday! All you have to do to be involved is host a dinner party in

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

Delicious Dine In for Bassetlaw Hospice your own home for your friends or family. It could be a takeaway of fish and chips or a five course gourmet delight. It’s so simple, you just ask your guests to donate what they feel the meal you have provided was worth to Bassetlaw Hospice. Helen Eshelby, Fundraising Coordinator for the Hospice says, “All you need to do is get together with your friends, have a great evening in with some fabulous food and raise some money for Bassetlaw Hospice; it couldn’t be easier. We are extremely lucky to be supported by Premier Foods for this campaign. They have provided us with a free cooking gift to

Bluebell Wood needs you Are you looking for something new to do in 2014? Could you spare a little time to help raise funds for children with a shortened life expectancy in your local area? The Retford Support Group are a local group who raise funds for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and they are looking for new members to help them with their fundraising. This fantastic group have been working together for 10 years, raising funds for the children’s hospice; organising a variety of popular events and helping run stalls at local community fairs. This year they have successfully held a fashion show, organised bucket collections at Morrison’s supermarket in Retford, held a quiz night, a summer music extravaganza, a Christmas gifts and coffee morning and a swing and Why not make this New Year the opportunity to bring your partner along to the Retford Town Hall for Ballroom and Latin American dancing. There will be live music with a bar available, a beautiful dance floor and a friendly welcome. Dances take place on the first Saturday in the 60 Worksop

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jazz music night which collectively have raised over £5000 for the hospice – an amazing amount which makes a real difference to our children and families! Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at our hospice in North Anston. There are only 43 children's hospices in the country so we care for over 160 children from across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. Our highly specialist care team look after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and we support the whole family on their life journey offering short respite breaks, day care provision, community

issue when people sign up. All those who sign up for the campaign will also be entered into a prize draw to win an amazing hamper full of goodies!” If you would like to host a Delicious Dine In please contact Helen Eshelby on 01777 710444 or helen@bassetlawhospice. org for your fundraising pack.

support, crisis intervention and end of life treatment and care. It costs over £3 million a year to run Bluebell Wood and we receive less than 5% statutory funding. Emma Vizor, Fundraiser for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire at Bluebell Wood says “Without support groups and volunteers like the Retford group we could not deliver the services we do. The Retford group are great ambassadors for the hospice and work together as a team to bring in valuable income and raise awareness of the work we do.” If you are interested in finding out more about how to get involved with the group (the groups planning meeting for 2014 is on Thursday 30th January 2014 at 10am at Ye Olde Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor; or other ways you can help in the North Notts area please contact Emma on 01909 517368 or emma.vizor@bluebellwood.org.

A dance club welcomes you! month from January to November 2014, with a member's party on 13th December 2014. Each session runs from 7.30am to 10.30am and costs just £6.00 per dancer. The first visit is a taster, and membership

after that is £1.00 per head for the rest of the year. We hope to see many new faces join us in 2014, please come in and up the stairs. For further information, please email Jan at janmar@talktalk.net

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1 4 6 • 24 hour personal service    • Home Visits  8  Pre-paid funeral plans •  8  4 9 2 7 • Headstone Supply & Maintenance  Office Open Monday to Friday 1 5 2  Funerals From £1500  8 3 5 9  All Inclusive  4 7 5 

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INDEX Aerial Specialist ADI Communications Worksop........................57 Beauty & Aesthetics The Palms Hair & Beauty..................................... 9 Architectural Design & Surveying CS Surveying & Architectural Design.............27 Bathroom Design & Installation Carrington Bathrooms........................................15 Venus Bathrooms & Kitchen Studio...............37 Bed Showroom Priory Carpets & Beds........................................55 The Bed Chambers.............................................10 Bedroom Interiors DC Interiors............................................................18 Blinds Bassetlaw Blinds..................................................43 RS Blinds................................................................27 Building & Property Services Lindrick Construction..........................................45 RHCS Construction.............................................31 Wellow Park Building Services.........................49 Car Servicing & Repairs Your Car..................................................................57 Care — Residential & At Home Clumber Court Care Home................................55 Home Instead Senior Care................................31 Leda Homecare....................................................43 Sherwood Prime Care.........................................41 Carpet Showroom & Sales Neil Brodie Flooring.............................................45 Priory Carpets & Beds........................................55 Chiropodist Kirsty Wood...........................................................39 Coach Tours & Excursions CW Moxons............................................................41 Johnson Brothers Tours.....................................43 Coal & Smokeless Fuel Supplies CPL Distribution....................................................35 Community & Leisure Arena North Notts Community Arena........................53 Computer Repairs & Servicing Chris Guest Computing......................................47 Haven Kaye IT Solutions....................................51 Country Clothing Store Reynards Retail....................................................51 Dance Studio Footsteps Dance Studio....................................36 Dog & Pet Grooming Services Competitive Edge.................................................58 Pawprints Grooming Salon................................59 Sanmar Dog Grooming.......................................59 Dog Training Competitive Edge.................................................58 Domestic Appliance Repairs Domestic Appliance Repairs............................61 Electrical Contractors DC Electrical..........................................................22 Lindrick Construction..........................................45 62 Worksop

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Fitness Centre Fitness Flex @ Worksop Leisure Centre........29 Palms......................................................................... 9 Foot Care Best Foot First.......................................................41 Funeral Directors Dolby Funeral Services.......................................57 Robert Priest.........................................................61 Furniture Showroom Raw Furniture........................................................18 Gardening Services DC Garden Services............................................51 Trent Valley Horticulture.....................................51 Gold Bought & Sold Castle Jewellers....................................................63 Graphic Design & Print Services Life Design & Print...............................................11 Hair Salons Masterpiece Hairdressing.................................39 The Palms Hair & Beauty..................................... 9 Hair Transplant Clinic Healthy Looks Cosmetic Clinic.........................64 Handyman Services Hammond Property Services...........................49 My Place Property Consultants........................45 Mr Handyman.......................................................51 The Handyman.....................................................22 Home Security A1 Housing.............................................................42 Hypnotherapist Nicole Huthwaite Therapy................................... 7 Interior Design Todwick Interiors..................................................33 Jewellers Castle Jewellers....................................................63 Joinery Lambert Joinery....................................................27 Kennel & Cattery North Leverton Kennels & Cattery..................59 Kitchen Design & Installation DC Interiors............................................................18 Venus Bathroom & Kitchen Studio.................37 Mobility Scooters & Aids Clark & Partners...................................................39 Model Railway Shop The Goods Yard....................................................27 Music Tuition Michael’s Music Studio........................................ 7 Oven Cleaning Oven Butler............................................................47 New Housing Development Bellway Homes.....................................................21 Pest Control Buzz Off Pest Solutions......................................49 Retford & District Pest Control.........................51 Physiotherapy Equinox Physiotherapy.......................................49 Plastering Service RGP Plastering......................................................35 SJ Plastering..........................................................51 Plumbing & Heating Services David Godley Plumbing & Heating..................28 Paul Layhe.............................................................23

TC Plumbing & Heating.......................................35 Removal Service Jays Removals........................................................ 7 Restaurants & Pubs Aston Hall Hotel....................................................17 McDonalds............................................................19 Thai Cassia............................................................35 The Raj Indian Restaurant.................................15 Roofing Service M West Roofing....................................................59 School & Further Education Worksop College..................................................25 Self Defence Classes Worksop TAGB Tae Kwondo..............................28 Soft Furnishings & Fabrics Colourbox Design.................................................23 Todwick Interiors..................................................33 Staircase Design & Installation John Lawson.........................................................23 Taxi & Private Hire SGS Travel..............................................................43 Theatrical & Music Productions Acorn Theatre........................................................31 Tiling Service BJB Tiling Service.................................................23 Timber Supplies & Sheds Worksop Timber...................................................48 Veterinary Clinics Best Friends Veterinary Group.........................59 Wildbore Vetstop..................................................37 Wedding Fayre West Retford Hotel..............................................13 Weight Loss Slimming World....................................................... 1 Will Writing & Power of Attorney April King................................................................... 5 Windows, Doors & Conservatories Bluebell Conservatories....................................... 7 Cloudy 2 Clear......................................................... 3 Charm Windows..................................................... 9 Countywide Homecare.......................................27 G & M Tomlinson..................................................41 Peacock Windows................................................. 2 We Fit Conservatories, Windows & Doors....47 Wellow Park Building Services.........................49

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• 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. • Free same-day alterations for items purchased here

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Worksop Life (North Edition) magazine January 2014  

January 2014 edition of Worksop Life (North Edition) magazine

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