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Welcome to the September edition of Worksop Life. I don’t think we’re alone when we confess to asking ourselves, “really, is it the end of the summer already?” What with one thing and another, the season has simply flown by and yet again this year work and weddings have taken over and we haven’t even had time to enjoy a barbecue as of yet! Although there has been one day in the last six weeks that will be truly treasured forever and that was ‘the hen do’! It was held late July and we had a garden party with a Spanish theme, combined with flamenco dancing, a mind reader and tapas from Richard, our resident (accident prone) chef. The mojitos and sangria flowed and local photographer Rob Ferrol captured the day with photos that are both fabulous and outrageous — just like the one on this page! To all involved in pulling off this fabulous day (you know who you are) thank you, the memories will be treasured forever! So by the time you read this, our wedding will be over, yet I mention it because in the next edition (October) we will once again be running our very own Worksop Life wedding feature. If you are a local business and would like to showcase what you have to offer prospective brides and grooms don’t hesitate to contact us about advertising within those pages. We’ll also have two real life wedding features, to hopefully inspire those of you who are planning your own special day.

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Speaking of planning and events, there’s so much going on in and around the Town this month, and this month’s edition showcases some of the best community events, so don’t forget our website www.worksoplife. com for further things to see and do. As The Great British Bake-off continues, why not test out your baking skills with this month’s recipe for Red Velvet cupcakes on page 30 — they were the cupcake of choice at the hen do and we can’t praise them highly enough! Well here’s hoping we get some weather reminiscent of an Indian summer this month, now about that barbecue… We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of the magazine!

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The average cost of running a new car is up to a hefty £6,000 a year, according to the AA. So it’s hardly surprising the cost of motoring is one of the single biggest issues affecting people’s finances today — even after the fuel duty rise has been postponed. Here are some quick tips to drive down the cost of motoring. IS YOUR PHOTOCARD VALID? Even though your licence may be valid, you risk a £1,000 fine if the photo is out of date. These need renewing every 10 years and 1.8m are out of date. To find out if yours is one of them, take a look at section 4b on your licence to see the renewal date. If it’s expired renew it ASAP, though it will cost £20 to do. DON’T USE A COMPARISON SITE, USE TWO If you are looking to compare car insurance, make sure you use more than one comparison site. Each comparison site looks at different firms, so combine them to make sure you get the best coverage. At the moment my top two picks to combine are Gocompare and MoneySupermarket, then add the big insurers they miss, including Aviva and Direct Line, and Admiral if you’ve more than one car in the home. UNFAIR PARKING TICKET? CHALLENGE IT Getting a ticket slapped on your window can be a nightmare. While we’re to blame at times, sometimes they do arrive unfairly. I remember parking at 7.00pm by a “no parking until 6:30pm” sign and finding a ticket when I got back — so hastily I took a picture. Turned out it was in a new “no parking till 8.00pm” zone but they’d forgotten to take the old sign down. My first appeal was rejected, but I persevered and they backed down. In fact, 50% of those who challenge council parking tickets they believe are unfair, and take them all the way to the Independent Traffic Penalty Tribunal, win. CUT PETROL COSTS BY 30% The big trick to learn is how to drive as quickly, but with a technique that 6 Worksop

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means you use less fuel. The key is accelerating less aggressively, moving into a higher gear earlier, and using road positioning so you brake less and the car can slow down gradually. For some, it cuts costs by 30% alone. You can also make your car more efficient by checking your tyre pressure’s correct, taking off unused roof racks and so on. Find the cheapest forecourt with www. petrolprices.com and use the top credit cards offering cashback (fully repaid so there’s no interest) to get 3% back on all fuel spending. Combine these techniques and many regular drivers could save £500+ a year. DON’T ASSUME 3RD PARTY INSURANCE IS CHEAPEST Bizarrely, the lowest level of cover isn’t always cheapest. Sometimes, comprehensive wins, as choosing it means you’re considered a lower risk and the discount for this sometimes outweighs the discount for getting lesser cover. So if you were going for 3rd party, also get a comprehensive quote as well. HIDDEN COUNCIL MOT CENTRES CAN SLASH COSTS These are designed for councils’ own vehicles (eg, buses), but by law they must be open to the public. As they generally don’t do repairs, they’ve less vested interest in failing people, so anecdotally people get fewer fails. One example: “My 4x4 failed with a £1,200 bill at the local garage. My council-run MOT centre passed it.” Of course, if you’re happy with your local firm, stick with it, but if not, this is a useful option. PRIVATE PARKING COMPANIES CAN’T FINE YOU It may be dressed up to look like a parking fine, but if you get a ticket at a supermarket, housing estate, etc, rather than from a council or police, it’s not a fine, it’s an invoice. So if you think it’s unfair, don’t “appeal” against it as you’re accepting its jurisdiction. Instead, as with any invoice you think is unfair, tell them — explaining why — and don’t pay it. The only way they can force you to pay is to take you to court, where a judge decides and often that’s not worth it.

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On the home front… The German POW football team from Misson, taken 1946

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3rd September commemorates 73 years since

Britain declared war on Germany starting the Second World War. Bassetlaw, like the rest of the country became part of the defence of Europe’s freedom and a training ground for those about to fight. In this article I’ll be looking at how the local area was transformed to cope with war. The phony war meant mass evacuations from large cities fearing blitzkrieg from the German Luftwaffe, Worksop received evacuees from Suffolk and Nottingham who arrived via train who were then transferred by bus to their new homes in the town whilst Retford had children from Leeds, Great Yarmouth and various West Midlands locations. Several military bases were located in the area the RAF were based at Harworth, Bawtry, Worksop, Gamston and Netherthorpe, as well as bomb target ranges in Misson and Clumber park. Worksop College became part of the Officer Training Camp Corps for the Sherwood Foresters and an Infantry Training Centre was also based in the town. Troop movements could not always 8 Worksop

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be done in one go so army transit camps were set up around the country. One of these was near Worksop and billets were set up around town such as at the Golden Ball. The 31st Anti-aircraft Brigade of the 7th Anti-Aircraft Division belonging to the 31st (North Midland) anti Aircraft Group was based in 9 Cannon Square, Retford opening in 1936 before the start of war. The Luftwaffe was also active over Nottinghamshire, using the mainline from the Trent to find their bearings to bomb Sheffield. Occasionally though circumstances meant they had to abort the mission before reaching target such as being attacked by the RAF night-fighters. On 24th December 1944 HE-111 H-22 bombers of KG 53 launched 45 V1 ‘doodle-bugs’ over Mablethorpe with the aim of ruining Christmas day for those in Manchester. The flight path took most of the successfully launched missiles over Worksop and several locals can still remember hiding under the bed or the concrete slab in their larder on hearing these flying overhead. Fortunately most missed their target either crashing in the Peak District or flying off course, although quite a few reached their target killing 42 people. Civilians’ only protection was either to hide in the cellar or to go to air

raid shelters. Few survive and the one uncovered in Worksop last year was unfortunately filled in rather than keeping a timely reminder of our heritage. For prisoners of war, camps were built across the country including Carlton Hall and a working camp at Serlby Hall both designated under Camp 143. There was also a camp at Carburton with a double wire perimeter and watchtowers which was an overflow camp for 1NETD. Ranby Army camp held Italian and Polish army personnel who had fought for the Axis forces; a stark contrast to those Poles flying out of Worksop training with the RAF. Edwinstowe Camp held eastern Europeans and Russian Tzarist officers who had been fighting against the communist armies. These prisoners generally worked the land as farmhands covering for locals who had joined the armed forces. The self contained ammunition works at ROF Ranskill (ROF 38) was first outlined in November 1940 for the production of unguided projectile cordite and cannon cordite to be used in shells. Works started the following February and production began in March 1942, cumulating in two identical production plants with their own acid works. This volatile material was then ►

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◄ transported by rail to various destinations. During the peak of production the site employed over 4,000 workers from many areas of the UK. On 21st July 1945 the factory was closed but remained in care and maintenance until 1975, becoming a waste disposal site. Nowadays it is a nature reserve with history boards explaining the site to visitors. For those not able to take part in Active Service the Home Guard and ARP were the next best option, Worksop was under the control of Northern Command and started life as the Local Defence Volunteers in May 1940 to protect the UK from invasion. Worksop fell under the 9th Nottinghamshire (Worksop) Battalion with the 10th Retford battalion serving the east of the County. There was also the 12 Bassetlaw Battalion also based in Worksop. Many of the volunteers had day jobs. The Home Guard regularly took part in exercises with other army units such as in June 1941 when Worksop’s battalion worked with the 2nd Company of the Coldstream Guards. Gas mask training occurred at the ‘Anti-Gas Training Centre” in Netherfield House,

now part of North Notts College. Not all men who got National Service went abroad to fight and were sent to work in collieries as Bevin Boys to produce much needed coal for the furnaces and power stations to feed the war effort. Women were not able to do military service or join the Home Guard but were able to join the ‘Land Army’ or WVS The Land Army girls were given work in Land Army girls at Daneshill Road Hostel, Sutton woodland to cut down trees, used as farm labourers whilst the WVS worked providing services for refugees and in every year we remember the fallen on mobile canteens for the army and RAF. Remembrance Sunday as well as all of Factory work also became available and those that died in the Great War and all many local women went to work for the the other conflicts our service personnel ROF at Ranskill as mentioned above. take part in. It is important to remember The government also needed funds to that not all those who fought for our pay for equipment during the conflict, War country went to far off lands to keep us Bonds were sold and communities were free and that a lot of the work was done encouraged to sponsor equipment. Retford in the background keeping the country raised enough money for a Spitfire named going and production flowing. “Retford & District” as well as adopting the Royal Navy Escort Destroyer HMS Find out more about the Priories Historical Grove. This ship was sunk in June 1942 off Society at www.priorieshistoricalsociety. the coast of Egypt by a German U-boat. blogspot.com There are several memorials to the Images kindly supplied by Bassetlaw Second World War in the area and Museum www.bassetlawmuseum.org.uk

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Dukeries Singers

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singing year. Our first rehearsal is on Wednesday 5th September, when we hope to find all our singing colleagues in good health and full voice. We have only had a short break but we're already looking forward to meeting up with all the friends we have in our choir “family”. We shall be unearthing all the wonderful Christmas music in our library. It is such a short season but such a joy to perform all those glorious seasonal items in our repertoire and to learn new pieces for our audiences. Our next outing will be at Thoresby Riding Stables on Friday 14th September. This is a new venue for us and we are looking forward to singing there, with or without the live stock! I shall update this list in future newsletters. Obviously we are busier the closer we get to Christmas. We meet for rehearsal every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at The Dukeries School in the Adult Day Centre. This is accessed via the Whinney Lane entrance and car park. If you wish to join us or contact us, please call our club Secretary and Chairperson is Alan Sinclair on 01623 823271.

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Group meet in The New Hall, Bawtry on a Wednesday from 9.30am to 12.30pm. We're a friendly group, some members work in watercolour and some with coloured pencil. Our autumn term begins on the 12th September so if you would like to join us or know more about our group please contact Sue Woffinden on 01909 731020.

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Bluebell’s Big Wellie walk Children, staff and volunteers

at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice are urging families to pull on their wellies and take part in their ‘Big Wellie Walk’ at Clumber Park, Worksop on Sunday 16th September. The autumn stroll is perfect for little legs so it’s a great family day out taking in the beautiful scenery at Clumber Park. All you need is a pair of wellies, they can be a gardening pair, a walking to school pair, or a festival pair in fact the brighter the better — you can even decorate your own! We’ve had some of our wellies signed by the cast of ITV’s Emmerdale especially for the event. It’s a great way to brush away the cobwebs whilst raising money for some local children with a shortened life expectancy.

Sarah Champion, Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice said “We would love everyone to come and take part in this great outdoor event which will raise money for the hospice. “It costs £3 million every year to provide the services to care for local children with a shortened life expectancy and their families, and we receive no statutory government funding. It is only with help and support from the community with events such as this that we can continue to serve as many children as we do.” Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children or £24 for a family ticket (2 adults and 3 children). The price includes free parking at Clumber Park on the day, and a free t-shirt. Get yours by calling 01909 517 362, or online at www. bluebellwood.org/wellie-walk.php.

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Our Lodge was established in 1923 but our membership is very much depleted. That is the reason we are advertising for new members but mainly to try and entice old members who have not attended for a number of years to return back to the lodge or their mother lodge. Most of the lodges in our area are down in membership so if any Brother is reading this, please return we need you, like we always needed you. Full details can be obtained from the Secretary Derek March 01909 733941 or by email to derekmarch@btinternet. com don’t hesitate to contact us.

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LIFESTYLE

LEGAL EAGLE Dean Dunham

Help! My mobile is broken! This is becoming an increasing problem, especially with iPhones. Here’s the scenario which for many people will sound familiar. You go to a shop to buy an iPhone and you get told that you can have the iPhone FREE if you take out a 2 year contract. With iPhones costing at least £350, this sounds like a good deal so you agree to the 2 year contract with a charge of around probably £43 per month. However, 13 to 14 months down the road your iPhone breaks down. Your immediate reaction is to telephone your network provider to ask for a replacement but they say no because the phone is past its “one” year warranty. So, you are told that all you can do is buy a new phone. WRONG, you do have options: USE THE SALE OF GOODS ACT ARGUMENT Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 products must be ‘fit for purpose’. In this respect, you could argue that a handset sold on a two-year contract is only ‘fit for purpose’ if it lasts two years, therefore when you took the contract out you clearly intended to use the iPhone for the entire 2 years and most probably 14 Worksop

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beyond. There are cases where this has proved successful and the handset has been replaced. If this happens then your case is with the network or retailer rather than Apple. You could also argue, again using the Sale of Goods Act, that consumers have the right to ask the retailer to replace or repair any faulty item for up to six years after an item is purchased. QUOTE EU LAW Now we are getting really technical with the law but the principle here is straightforward. There is an EU directive called “EU Directive 1999/44/EC” which clearly states that: ‘A two-year guarantee applies for the sale of all consumer goods everywhere in the EU (which includes the UK). Crucially, a key point in the directive is that it doesn’t require the buyer to show the fault is inherent in the product and not down to their actions, unlike the Sale of Goods Act. However, the problem with this argument is that when you go back to the shop where you purchased the iPhone and tell them all about your rights under this EU Directive they will no doubt look at you with a blank expression on their face. Don’t

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worry, this just means that they have never heard of this law before. If this happens you should demand that your complaint is referred up the ladder to the retailer’s legal team as they will understand the argument. When making your complaint, there is an important point that you need to be aware of which is that after a product is six months old, the onus is on the consumer to prove there was a problem when they received the goods, even if it’s taken time to come to manifest itself. MY ADVICE Prevention is always better than cure. When you buy an iPhone you can pay for an extended warranty from Apple which they call “The AppleCare protection plan for iPhone”. This will give you an extra year’s hardware repair cover on top of the standard one year warranty and includes both parts and labour, for the iPhone, battery and accessories. However, if you have already purchased your iPhone and find yourself in the situation described above, make sure that you complain immediately and put your complaint in writing. Overall, persevere, as retailers do not like persistent, complaining consumers.

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Time to get crafting!

Make your own sand-casted starfi sh Difficulty: Easy Age: 5 and up with an adult to support If you have a trip to the beach coming up, set aside these materials for a fun beach activity. This also works well if you have a sand pit or just a bucket of sand in the back garden. Whether it’s a medal or some other creative design you think up, sand casting is lots of fun. Be sure to read the clean up tips at the end! What you’ll need: • Sand • Plaster* • Water • 5 3” long twigs • Assorted shells/stones • Stiff bristled paintbrushes • Plastic bowl • Spoon How to make it:

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moist sand. If sand is dry, mist it with a spray bottle, or sprinkle it with handfuls of water. Get the sand evenly moist by spreading and mixing with your hands. Form a 6 inch diameter circle, about 2 inches deep; this will be your mold. Smooth the floor of the mold with your hand and pat it down gently. • Place the twigs into the circle, pressing down firmly, but gently, forming a star shape. You do not want any plaster to seep underneath them.

• Arrange the sea shells or stones face down in the sand, pressing in firmly, but gently.

• Mix 750g of plaster with 350ml of water in a plastic bowl. Stir mixture well until creamy; be sure

to remove all lumps. Slowly pour the plaster mixture into the sand mold. You do not want to pour it too quickly or you may disturb the placement of your objects. • Allow plaster to dry for at least an hour to let it harden. • Carefully dig around the edges of your mold with the spoon and gently loosen and lift the plaster cast.

• Let the sand casting dry for another hour. Use stiff bristled paintbrushes to remove the excess sand. Tips: • If you will be making this project at the beach or at a lake or pond, please be sure to bring along a roll of paper towels and a couple of small rubbish bags (plastic grocery bags are ideal). Do not wash out the bucket or bowl you mixed the plaster in by sticking it in the lake or sea water! Instead, wipe out as much of the plaster as you can with paper towels and dispose of them in the small rubbish bags. • Use whatever you have available to you, such as sticks, pebbles, shells, and stones. • If making this project at home, do not rinse plaster of Paris down your sink! Instead, wipe as much out of the bowl as you can with paper towels and throw away. *Plaster can be bought in 2.5kg bags in the popular DIY stores for less than £4 so you could have a go at some different projects. Safety note. Never immerse hands in the plaster, it can set quickly trapping the hands. Temperatures of up to 60 deg can be achieved by setting plaster which would cause serious burns.

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Bassetlaw Cardiac Support Group At our meeting held on Friday 6th July, our scheduled speaker was unable to attend and we received an informative and extremely interesting replacement - a volunteer from Guide Dogs for the Blind and a young man and his faithful companion — a golden retreiver called May. May knew her place and hogged the limelight where possible. Steve her owner gave us an excellent insight into the why's and wherefore's of being the owner of guide dog and explained that the total cost to the Association per dog is £50,000. The dog is for life which is often up to ten years. As you will be aware this funding takes a lot of raising and is totally reliant upon public donations, and fundraising events, etc. Every time we have a talk by such wonderful people I try to incorporate some allegiance. Please give them a thought — they need you. At the meeting held on Friday 3rd August our speaker David Fowke gave us a slide show relating mainly to steam trains in Germany (slides taken on a recent holiday). Dave is a serious enthusiast and we enjoyed his talk. He regaled us with many interesting facts and figures and question time was equally interesting - so much knowledge to impart and insufficient time to take it all in. Our next meeting on 7th September is by Kathie Walters, when the subject will “Walk to the South Pole” and all are welcome. The meeting starts at 2.30pm at Retford Hospital. 18 Worksop

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Community Workshop The workshop now is open again after the summer break — hope you all had a good one!

• Pyrography — The course is now full. Demand has exceeded our capacity, and we can only apologise to people who missed out (you do have to be quick with some of our courses). We hope to offer the course again in the not too distant future; those who were disappointed will be offered first refusal (provided they left contact details!). • Christmas Glass — Create beautiful and unique stained-glass decorations in time for Christmas. Commences 1.00pm on Wednesday 12th September, followed by consecutive Wednesdays until 19th December; at £7.00 per session, with materials provided. It's also not essential to attend every session. These sessions are more flexible, therefore we can accommodate more people and we currently have two places left. • Pumpkin Carving — Tuesday 30th October, 9.30am to 12.00pm. The cost is £3.00 per session — please bring your own pumpkin. Naomi is our

expert; she has great ideas that will impress both adults and children alike. • Money Banks — Made from hard-wood these are very special money boxes that have the propensity for becoming family heirlooms. Steve will guide you through all stages, enabling you to present your own special person with a unique Christmas gift made by you. This is a three-day course and commences on Tuesday 6th November, and continues on the 13th and 20th November. Each session runs from 9.30am to 3.00pm and costs £7 per day, plus materials at cost price. Registration is essential for all courses. Are you curious about what goes on at the workshop? We are open Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 3.00pm and we welcome visitors. For more information about any aspect of the Community Workshop, you can contact us in many different ways; by phone by calling 01623 862363 ext 152, please ask for Sandy or Stephanie, by email at communityworkshop@ dukeries.notts.sch.uk or visit www. communityworkshop.co.uk.

Parkinson’s UK Bassetlaw Branch members enjoyed

a three hour Trent River Cruise with a three course meal on board recently. The weather was very kind and a good time was had by all. The August meeting was lively and well attended and welcomed Brian Cook, former police officer CID talking about his experiences as a member of the Sheffield force. Brian’s talk was full of humour and amusing stories. Rachel (Parkinson’s nurse) attended the meeting and gave a talk on the arrangements in place during her forthcoming leave. She also introduced Mel who will be taking on some of Rachel’s duties. The September meeting takes place on Tuesday the 4th at 2.00pm, Worksop Cricket Club. Our guest on this occasion is Charlotte Ecclestone

who will talk about the benefits of Pilates for Parkinson’s patients. A demonstration will also take place and members are welcome to join in the exercises. Several members already attend Charlotte’s classes and find them extremely beneficial. September also sees members going on a coach trip to Whitby via Pickering and the North York Moors railway. Outings such as this are a feature of the branch calendar plus lunches and a lively Christmas party. We firmly believe that together we can overcome some of the problems of the condition and ensure that there is life with Parkinson’s. New members are very welcome on the first Tuesday of every month at Worksop Cricket Club 2.00pm. For more information call Chris on 01909 730629.

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Autumn trends LIFESTYLE

Sarah Hughes on what’s coming up on the high street this autumn

Summer is nearly over and it’s soon going to time to start wrapping up. What will we be wearing in autumn 2012? The catwalks in early summer showed some interesting trends. Fabrics are luxurious — soft velvet, leather and, unfortunately, even fur. Colours were bold — purple, deep blue, electric pink, fire engine red or you can choose a softer, more forgiving shade of burgundy or russet. A popular colour combination will be blue with black — a navy and black colour block dress, a black coat with blue velvet trim, a royal blue dress with black underskirt. Stay cool in white from head to toe. For those that want to get noticed, shine in a glamorous gold dress or coat or wear this season’s

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laminated-look outerwear and accessories to really add some sheen. For the romantics among you, go back in time with tapestry-like fabrics, baroque embroideries, Asian-inspired prints and a renaissance spirit. Or go for sci-fi, gothic and moody, the choice is yours! Look out for the gorgeous latticework fabrics on trousers, tunics, coats and jackets — making any garment look special. Cinched waists are hot; create an hour glass figure with a belt or choose a skirt with oversized pockets to get the shape. Trousers are wide at the thigh, tapering to the ankle. Coats and capes are oversized with sloping shoulders. Baggy with room to grow is also a popular trend — no need to worry about fitting into that slinky outfit but, be careful; baggy is not always flattering and can swamp a small frame.

Traditional military style is back again with fitted silhouettes and luxe fabrics. Trouser suits are also big news this season, cropped, flared, retro or modern. Complete your look by accessorising with a minibag, a more affordable version of the designer handbag you are lusting over! Have a great autumn!

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The second generation of solar power is here Alison Courtnell Managing Director, Solar Enles

Have you ever heard the

expression “about as useful as a chocolate teapot”, or “about as useful as a concrete parachute”? Another of these is “about as useful as a solar-powered torch”. But the premise on which this third expression is based — that something solar-powered only works if the sun is out — doesn’t actually ring true. As of today, it is possible to run your home or business on solar even after the sun has set. You just need SunBat, a system that stores any solar power that you don’t use right away. SunBat integrates neatly into any PV system, new or retrofit, and is available for both

single- and three-phase connections. There are several benefits for those who install this brand new technology: • It makes you even more independent from the National Grid, reducing your bills substantially • You can use eco-friendly electricity at the times of day when you need it the most — for most people, this is in the morning and evening when they are at home • Your electricity stays on during a power cut — for hours, typically • You add to the value of your property The introduction of SunBat is a huge step forward for solar power in the UK. The first generation of solar customers in this country sought to take advantage

of the Government’s feed-in tariffs, but the second generation is less dependent on them. The cost savings made possible by SunBat, together with the significant drop in the cost of solar PV and the steady rise in the cost of grid electricity, has made solar energy an attractive proposition in its own right. Solar ENLES will launch SunBat at the Solar Power UK event at the Birmingham NEC 2-4 October. We look forward to seeing you on stand B87 in Hall 5.

Solar energy, day and night Now your home or business can run on solar even when the sun has set. SunBat stores your electricity so you can use it whenever you like. The revolutionary battery storage system SunBat from Solar ENLES, which is available for both single- and three-phase connections, lets you use up to 70% of the electricity produced by your solar PV by storing the power that you don’t use immediately. SunBat makes you even more independent from the National Grid, reducing your bills radically. It integrates neatly into any PV system, new or retrofit. We are launching SunBat at Solar Power UK. (At the NEC Birmingham, 2-4 October). Call 01777 818 722 or visit www.solar-enles.co.uk for more information.

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The danger of lilies for cats Julie Maxted on how a seemingly harmless plant could wreak havoc

Many cat owners are still unaware of how dangerous lilies are, in particular the pollen. As pet-sitters, it’s extremely important for us to check the welfare of the animals we are looking for and to spot any potential hazards. Many a time we have started to look after a cat and found lilies left by the owners whilst they go on holiday. We either put them in another locked room or throw them away. The

owners are always grateful to us once they realise the potential catastrophe that possibly could have occurred. The danger is that if a cat gets the pollen on its fur and then proceeds to lick itself, the pollen is poisonous and a cat can potentially die if not caught early. We have known cats to recover, but not in all cases. So, if you are a cat owner and are not aware of the dangers, then we would suggest you change from lilies to daffodils or tulips, or even pot plants to keep your cat safe!

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Landlords Association The next Bassetlaw Landlords

Association meeting is on Wednesday 12th September 2012 at The Old Vicarage, Park Lane, Elkesley, Retford, DN22 8AR at 7.00pm. All members are asked to attend and any other landlord wishing to attend should contact Susan Jubb on 01777 838522. The meeting will be addressed by Gerald Conner of Bassetlaw District Council Anti-Social Behaviour Unit and Carl Bayley who will be looking at the taxation issues facing residential landlords. This will provide landlords with practical advice and tax planning tips aimed at helping the landlord save tax on rental income.

Edwinstowe Arts & Crafts Centre charity craft fair The Arts and

Craft Centre, Edwinstowe are holding a Craft Fair in conjunction with Bassetlaw Hospice on the 23rd September. The event will run from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Each of the fourteen craft units will be open along with an additional twenty six stalls outside and in the Atrium. Included in the stalls will be a wide selection of food produce and local hand-made crafts such as soap, slate, jewellery, textiles, bespoke rocking horses and much more. The event is free entry for all and the coffee shop will be open all day. Bassetlaw Hospice will also have a stall selling raffle tickets. 24 Worksop

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Bassetlaw NCT events It's gearing up to be a busy autumn for Bassetlaw NCT. Not only are we planning our next Nearly New Sale, which takes place at the North Notts Arena on 29th September, but we're also busy arranging our first ever Charity Ball and Auction which takes place on Saturday 13th October at The Olde Bell Inn, Barnby Moor. The Charity Ball rounds off an amazing 20th year for Bassetlaw NCT and it promises to be a fantastic event. As well as a tasty three course dinner, served by the staff at the Olde Bell, we've got some amazing lots lined up for our guests to bid on during the auction. These include some brilliant one-off items such as a limited edition print of the Red Arrows, signed by all

the pilots, a relaxation day at Eden Spa, a signed Lee Westwood golf shirt, a variety of premier league football club memorabilia, tickets for days out to family attractions and much more. Tickets are just £32.50 per person, or £300 in total for a table of 10, to include an arrival drink and the three course meal. They are selling out fast — email bassetlawnct@yahoo.co.uk to reserve yours. As well as being a great night, all money raised from this event will go towards helping the NCT continue its crucial work helping parents in Bassetlaw and nationally. Find out more on our website at www. nct.org.uk/branches/bassetlaw or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook. com/bassetlawnct) or Twitter (www. twitter.com/bassetlawnct).

Bassetlaw Over 50s Forum A restructured Basetlaw Over 50s Forum will launch its autumn programme on Wednesday 19th September at Retford Library, with a presentation by Neil Williamson. Neil is both a volunteer and trustee of Age UK and so ideally placed to explain both the benefits of volunteering and also the services and facilities provided by Age UK. To quote Age UK themselves; ‘We believe that age needs respect. It needs kindness. Sometimes it needs help. Because there is strength in numbers, Age Concern and Help the Aged have joined forces to become Age UK — so that we can be here for everyone

in later life.’ So, if you want to know more — from Age UK’s services to improve your life through volunteering to campaigning - come along to Retford Library on 19th September; programme starts at 1.30pm. Our 17th October Worksop meeting at The Crossing, will hear from Simon Bernacki of Disability Nottinghamshire. Simon will address a number of issues, not least that of town centre access. The Forum’s AGM in Retford on 21st November will be followed by some ‘fun-and-games’ of an historical nature presented by Amy Davy of Bassetlaw Museum. Those of us fortunate enough to have experienced Amy’s previous can hardly wait!

North Notts Ploughing Match The 68th North Notts Ploughing Match and Produce Show takes place on Sunday 9th September 2012. This annual event will be held at Tiln Farms, Botany Bay, Retford DN22 8JT, by kind permission of Sir Jack Whittaker. There will be vintage and commercial ploughing as well as horse ploughing. In addition people

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Here’s my advice on how to get hair frizz free and lustrous! WHAT IS FRIZZ? Frizz is caused by moisture. Damp, drizzly climates or humid environments mean hair absorbs moisture and reverts to its natural, un-blow-dried state. When hair is damaged it loses its ability to maintain moisture and becomes more porous in the damaged areas — hence, ends frizzing more than newly grown roots (which have undergone less chemical processes). Hair can also be naturally coarser and drier and therefore more frizz-prone, too. HOW TO ACHIEVE SMOOTH FRIZZ-FREE HAIR If your hair frizzes then don’t be tempted to dampen it down as this will re-hydrate your hair more and cause it to frizz further. The aim is to blow dry it to remove the moisture and re-shape the hair to look sleeker, so instead spritz your hair with a leave-in conditioner such as L’Oreal Techni-art Fix Anti Frizz, which will protect your hair from air moisture content and humidity and restore its natural balance. Frizz caused by porosity or sensitivity (damage to the cuticle and cortex, or main bulk of the hair), is crying out for moisture. So, use a twice-weekly deep conditioning mask like my new Couture Hair Intensive Masque (£23) as its ingredients evens out porosity in the damaged cuticles to leave hair smooth and glossy. A serum like my Couture Hair Memoriser Hold Serum (£17) will 26 Worksop

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prevent frizz but just use a small amount and scrunch into the ends avoiding the root area. Be careful not to over-use silicone based products such as serums, which can result in a product build up on the hair shaft. Keep the use of electrical equipment to a minimum if you want glossy, movie star hair! If your hair is frizzy, blow-dry it from wet (not towel dried) as the blow-dry will stay in longer (it should last two to three days if your hair isn’t greasy). Section well and use the right brush (such as my Richard Ward Medium Radial Brush from £8) and a professional dryer and you should find that you’ll also need less daily electrical intervention. Keep the frizz at bay with regular hair cuts to remove split ends, which if untreated can travel up the hair shaft resulting in a ruffled cuticle and therefore encouraging a frizzy appearance. Another trick to achieving frizz free curls is to blow-dry your hair straight before your start curling. By doing this you will eliminate the frizz before you begin styling your hair, which will leave your curls looking healthy and luscious with not a frizzy hair in sight! Think Nicole Kidman, who always does this to result in larger, sleeker curls.

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Go Walkies event a great success A big thank you to all those who took part in our Go Walkies event at Idle Valley Nature Reserve on Sunday 8th July. Through this event an estimated total of over £400 was raised for Guide Dogs. This is great news for our recently established local Guide Dogs Events Team, following on from the success of their Zumba event in April. Eddie Parry from the Events Team said “This is a really positive start to holding our annual event here, the facilities at the centre are great, parking is easy and the views are stunning. We are talking to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Lound Bird Club about holding a sponsored bird watch in September which is another good excuse for our supporters to explore and enjoy this wonderful site.” Once again we would like to thank the staff at Idle Valley and Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust for making this event possible. For more information about local Guide Dogs events and details of how to get involved contact Guide Dogs Community Fundraiser, Jo Berry on 07500 993184 or email jo.berry@guidedogs.org.uk.

MacMillan charity coffee morning Please attend and support

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Rock 4 A Reason Charity Night Worksop born Steve Edwards is

one of the most successful singersongwriters in electronic dance music and has had worldwide success. He has achieved three times US Billboard Dance number ones, is two-times Grammy nominated and World Music Award Winner, and has worked with the likes of Bob Sinclair and Axwell of Swedish House Mafia. On Friday 21st September, Steve will be playing some of his hits and will also perform songs taken from his forthcoming original album ‘Northern Black’ with his superb live band The Big Strong Love. The event titled ‘Rock 4 a Reason’ is to raise funds for the SAND Sports Club and The Priory Church in

Worksop and will take place at the North Notts Community Arena in Worksop. Support also comes from a great Sheffield solo artist Lizzie Mack performing new and old classic songs, a fantastic, up and coming Worksop band The Pilots. In addition the ever popular Phoenix Roadshow will conduct the disco, it truly will be a night not to be missed. All proceeds will go to SAND Club and the Worksop Priory Church Heating Fund. For further details about Steve Edwards, please visit www.officialsteveedwards.com. Tickets are £10 each and available from North Notts Community Arena. Doors open from 7.00pm to 1.00am

Sue Allen’s Pilgrim Way talk Bestselling author and local

historian, Sue Allen, will give a notto-be-missed talk about ‘the Pilgrim Way’ in Blyth Parish Church on Friday 21st September at 7.00pm. Sue is a well-respected authority on many aspects of local history and it is a privilege to welcome her to Blyth and we welcome members of local churches, historical societies and institutions with an interest in this ‘steeped in history’ area

we have the privilege to live. There is some parking through the church gates and further parking nearby. As we anticipate much interest in this event, early booking is recommended. The cost of admission is £5, which includes nibbles and glass of wine. For tickets and further information please contact Mary Drabble at marydrabble@talktalk.net.

Leverton Flower Show Levertons’ 49th Annual

Flower and Produce Show takes place on Saturday 1st September in Sturton-le-Steeple Village Hall. We are looking forward to welcoming some new exhibitors as well as our regular ones this year. It only costs 20p per exhibit for adults, (childrens’ entries free.)The horticultural section ( over 30 classes) includes

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Jobs for this month • If you are growing pumpkins for Halloween, you need to support the fruit as it swells and raise it up to keep it off the wet ground and deter slugs. Restrict each plant to no more than three fruits. • Clear up finished crops, clean and store any supports or netting for future use. • Keep planting winter lettuces for a supply of fresh leaves right through autumn. • Fancy fresh strawberries next year? Now is a good time to get new plants established. • Add support to Brussels sprouts by drawing up earth around the stems, or using canes.

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to the seasons, but this month we take a look at one project that can be started off at almost any time of the year — your own herb garden. As we’ve taken to growing more and more of our own food so we have found ourselves getting increasingly interested in trying out new recipes to make the most of all those lovely fresh flavours. Recipe books abound in our kitchen and they all have one thing in common — the use of herbs, and what a variety of them there is! Whether you’re looking for a sprig of fresh mint, a handful of rosemary, or some chopped chives what could be better than being able to choose and harvest them right outside your own back door? Choosing the right site for your herb garden is important, and outside your back door is often a good place to start! Planting near the kitchen makes it easy to pop out for a few fresh leaves when you are cooking, and many of us have a patio which can easily become home to a variety of container grown herbs. Herbs can make an attractive, fragrant and tasty addition to your borders, or you may prefer to opt for a permanent herb bed. If this is the case you will need to give some consideration to containing the growth of some of the more vigorous varieties. This can be done by dividing the bed (a cartwheel design made with bricks is very attractive), or by using pots sunk into the ground. Herbs comprise of both annual

Leanne Lodge on making cooking easy with your own herb garden plants, that germinate, grow, flower and die within the year, and perennials that will grow on from one year to the next. Whatever you plant, you will need to find out which type it is and the conditions that it favours. The more hardy perennial types such as thyme, rosemary or mint may be happy outside all year round. One of the advantages of using containers is that tender varieties can be moved under cover during the worst of the winter and even tender annuals like basil can have their season extended by lifting plants to pot up and keep on the kitchen windowsill as autumn approaches. Most types of herb can be raised from seed, but for a quicker start browse the farmers market, garden centre, or even car boot sales for plants that are ready to go. One of the great things about a herb garden is that it can be continually evolving. Look upon it as just the start of a collection, that will grow with time. Adding a new variety can be as simple as picking up a plant that takes your fancy on a trip out and adding a new pot to your collection. As well as using herbs fresh from the garden, you can dry leaves by hanging in bunches and then storing in an airtight container, or use ice cube trays to freeze chopped up leaves with a drop of water. Store the cubes in polythene bags, great for adding to a stew in the middle of winter!

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September days can often be hot and sunny and the soil will definitely still be warm after the heat of the summer, but this month also signals great, if not subtle, change. The days are noticeably shorter and the first signs of leaf fall are occurring, even if it’s only the buttery yellowing of the silver birch by the sides of the road (which seem to turn earlier every year). Now you’re back from your relaxing holiday, it’s ‘off to work we go’ in the garden too and it’s a great time for selecting, buying and planting spring flowering bulbs, and also for planting new shrubs and perennials. To work off that ‘holiday tummy’ from an excess of San Miguel (other European lagers are also available) I begin my lawn treatment programme 38 Worksop

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Food & Craft Market St John’s Church, Carlton

in Lindrick, will be holding their annual food and craft market on Saturday 29th September from 10.00am to 3.00pm. This event was a huge success last year and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever and runs from 1.00am to 3.00pm in the Parish Centre on Church Lane. There will be a wide variety of craft stalls, together with numerous food stalls offering lovely local produce. Ranging from cheeses and local ales, to fudge, cakes and preserves, many of the stalls will feature great items for Christmas, so why not start your festive shopping? Refreshments, light lunches and bacon sandwiches will be available too. Entry to the market will be 50p and entry for children is free. For further information about the market, please visit Kath Ledger on 01909 540624.

Voglia D’Italia The first event of the season

for Voglia d’Italia (the Italian Society for South Yorks and North Notts) will be a showing of film “The Salt of Life”. This will be an opportunity to see and discuss this comedy drama, which is also a follow-up to “Mid-August Lunch”, starring and directed by Gianni Di Gregorio (co-writer of the film: Gomorra”) and also starring Valeria De Franciscis. This film event will take place on Friday 14th September at 7.45pm, at Tickhill Pavilion, Tickhill, DN11 9QN. Admission is £3 for nonmembers. For further information please call 01909 481136. 42 Worksop

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Lindrick Players stage Inspector Drake & The Perfekt Crime The Carlton-in-Lindrick based amateur dramatic society

will be performing their October Play in just a few weeks time. When a genius commits a murder, the plan is perfect, yet is it foolproof? The legendary Inspector Drake is back, assisted by the hopeless Sergeant Plod, to face his greatest ever challenge, as he attempts to unravel a plot with more twists in it than, well, a really twisted thing. The

world’s most famous sleuth faces many complex questions as he gropes for the answer to the perfect crime. The Lindrick Players will be staging their next performance from 17th to 19th October at the Carlton-in-Lindrick Civic Centre and tickets will be on sale very soon. For more information, or to become a friend of the society, visit www. thelindrickplayers.co.uk or call Brady Mould (Publicity) on 07515 546 936.

Unison & Bassetlaw Council equality event Unison East Midlands and

Bassetlaw Local Government are organising an event called ‘Organising for Equality — Organising for LGBT’. This is the first time Unison has held an event like this and the Bassetlaw Branch is honoured to play host. The event is to raise awareness of equality, and in particular LGBT equality in our workplaces and in the services we provide in these austere times. There will be guest speakers from Stonewall, the Lesbian Gay and

Bisexual charity, and Unison. The event will take place on Thursday 20th September 2012 from 4.00pm to 6.00pm at Worksop Town Hall, Potter Street, Worksop, S80 2AH. The venue has disabled access and refreshments are provided. If you would like further information or have any queries or particular requirements, please contact Alex the Bassetlaw Branch Equality Coordinator at alex.porter@bassetlaw. gov.uk or call 01909 533468.

Wartime Tea Dance Over 40 people attended a tea

dance last month held at the North Notts Community Arena, Eastgate, Worksop. Dancers and spectators enjoyed live music and songs of the 1940s provided the duo ‘Nostalgia’. There was a blend of Modern and Old Thyme ballroom dances and Latin American. Tea and cake were served during the interval. This was the first of what is hoped will

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Bob Dylan wrote ‘the times they are a changin’, and that’s certainly true for those involved in the selling of property in the UK. Over the last couple of years I have written a number of articles about how the Internet will change the way that we buy and sell our homes. Given the influence that online activity has over our lives, it was inevitable that estate agency like most businesses would have to adapt its practices to take full advantage of the world wide web. Vince Cable’s Department for Business Innovation and Skills are finishing a consultation to possibly amend the Estate Agents Act of 1979. The proposal is that businesses such as online sites should be outside the scope of the Act, as they simply act as ‘passive intermediaries offering a limited, low-risk service to buyers and sellers. Okay, but what does this mean? Well simply the estate agency market would be open to new business models, allowing for non-traditional agents to operate outside the scope of current legislation. This could lead to more online agents, and potentially open the door for supermarkets such as Tesco to enter the market with a cutprice alternative way to sell your home. Unsuprisingly, there has been a back 44 Worksop

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lash of negative opinion from agents and their governing bodies to these potential changes, as they scramble around to protect their businesses from the big bad wolf that is change! As a small independent estate agent working in one of the toughest markets we have seen in the last 30 years, I don’t relish the thought of losing business to the likes of the supermarkets or someone working from a call centre 100 miles away. I do accept though that the great British public want choice, alternatives and value for money when they come to sell. I have said for some time that the ‘no sale no fee’ model is becoming out dated, and this is undoubtedly linked to the rise of online alternatives, and the emergence of RightMove as the place for every home hunter to start their search. If you ask nine out of 10 people looking to buy or sell where they are searching for their new home they will sell the Internet, and the majority will say on RightMove. Sites like this have simplified the process for buyers, given vendors the widest possible audience but given agents a financial double whammy! The cost for agents to advertise has gone through the roof , and as sellers now perceive this as the norm it has unfortunately devalued the service expectation. I would go so far to say that if RightMove allowed

from other agents saying that ‘online’ is a fad, and that sellers will still pay more for the service of an experienced traditional agent. One even said that a high street agent will always get a higher sale value than the online agent. Well I am sorry my friends but it is time to wake up and smell the coffee! When I started in estate agency 27 years ago, we charged between 1% and 2% of the sale price. Fast forward to today and most agents are still using the same model, but on significantly higher sale values. Back then it was easier to differentiate yourself and your higher fee from the other agents, by the levels of advertising, staffing and other offices you had. These days it is a level playing field with all the agents promoting the one single major service — access to the Internet. So the way we sell houses has changed significantly but the vendors options on how to pay has in the main remained the same. It is not surprising then that change has to come, new entrants will join the market and fees inevitably will become more competitive. As the governments own website says about the potential changes ‘the Government is committed to reducing the regulatory burdens on business in order to help economic growth’. It’s a tough changing world out there and one thing’s for sure, the Internet is here to stay.

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Barlborough Primary School photograph exhibition Barlborough Heritage Centre will be displaying

Barlborough Primary School class school photographs from 1944 to 1959. These will be available for any old pupil to view and purchase copies of themselves . The display will be on view from September 1st until 26th September and will be open from 9.00am to 2.00pm on Tuesday to Thursday and Saturdays from 9.00am to 1.00pm. The Heritage Centre has been loaned a vast amount of old photographs featuring past residents of Clowne, places and events. These are available to view by appointment only, please contact Tony on 01246 810100 or e mail tony.barlboroughrc@live.co.uk.

Langold Party in the Park

Join in the fun at Party in the Park, at Langold Country Park on 1st September at 6.30pm. There will be numerous local Rock Bands performing;The Suspects, Resolution, James Overend, Nancy Eves, Danielle Fisher, Leanne Fotheringham amongst others. Tickets are only £3 and available by emailing will. moran.1@aol.co.uk or calling Paul Wrobel from Friends of Langold Country Park on 07815 602562. 46 Worksop

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Worksop Society of Artists The Worksop Society of

Artists exhibition of art was a spectacle this summer. There was a change of venue, giving a few sleepless nights for the organisers — the new venue being at the new Ryton Park School on Sparken Hill. The venue was excellent with lots of exhibition space and seating areas in a lovely light and welcoming environment. As usual the exhibition was first class, with a wide range of paintings to suit all tastes. The standard seems to improve year on year, it really is an event not to be missed. This year the children have been involved in a project regarding butterflies. They had a workshop with Donna Bramall (an artist from the WSA) and produced some amazing examples. Along with the members over 600 butterflies were made from a wide variety of materials. These were then suspended from the ceiling on fine wires. On entry to the school hall you were confronted by this awesome display of colour wafting in the breeze, it really did feel like stepping into an Amazonian rainforest. It really was a sight to behold and a great talking point

whilst you could relax under the canopy of floating butterflies. I don’t know how the WSA will top this exhibition; we can only live in hope and anticipation. Worksop Society of Artists will be holding an evening demonstration on 18th September, entitled ‘A Misty Winters Day’, when the guest artist will be David Woolas. The demonstration will run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Cricket Club in Worksop. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 9.00am to 12.00pm. There are still places available to anyone interested in joining the Society, please contact Anne on 01909 488704 and also visit our website www. worksopsocietyofartists.co.uk.

Wednesday Wanderers Fed up of looking at those same four walls? Why not take advantage of the beautiful local countryside just outside your door? The ‘Wednesday Wanderers’ invite you to join them for their regular ‘health’ walks, which usually take two or two and a half hours. They're not too strenuous and are a chance to take in some fresh air to improve your health, plus enjoy some new scenery and conversation along the way. It's completely free and our qualified volunteer walk leaders try to vary the walks each week, covering Hodsock, Wallingwells, Firbeck, Langold Lake, Carlton Woods and many other places in the vicinity. All you need are reasonable clothes

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The Retford Male Voice Choir are celebrating a very good year. Membership is increasing, more venues are booked and the British Summer has finally arrived, if not a little late. The choir are singing at Weddings, one of them being for Leanne the editor of this magazine, various concerts and the big one for the choir is a concert called “Sounds Sensational” which is set for Saturday the 16th November 2013 when we will be performing with a number of other local choirs to form a massed choir and being accompanied by Her Majesty’s Band of the Royal Marines at the Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham. Do you fancy singing with a local choir that is not only a great

See the bright sparks at Idle Valley Firewood Festival Idle Valley Nature Reserve is hosting the annual Firewood Festival on 30th September. The festival, which runs from 11.00am to 3.00pm is free to enter and includes a wide range of displays and demonstrations, including log splitting, hand splitting, horse logging, pole lathing, bentwood chairs and chainsaw carving. In addition there will be log burner displays, Swedish logs, firewood sales, charcoal sales, an on-side café and expert advice on hand. Find Idle Valley Nature Reserve on North Road, Retford DN22 8RQ (use DN22 8SG for SatNav) or call 01777 713944 for more information. 50 Worksop

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Retford Male Voice Choir bunch of men but which is already looking towards the future and expanding its horizons. If you do the choir meets every Tuesday at 7.00pm at the Hallcroft Methodist Church, Retford. You do not need to be a prolific reader of music as all training to follow a score is given. You may be surprised at the amount of us who cannot read music but can still be tutored by our Musical Director Mr David Bovill. If you don’t fancy singing there are other ways that you can support the choir? We have a growing group of Patrons who support the choir with donations both large and small every year, some of them are actually singing members, and we have a Patron’s secretary who keeps them informed of future concerts etc. As with all choirs we also have a growing library which one of our singing members looks after and does a sterling job but I am sure he wouldn’t turn down anyone who wished to assist him. So as you can

see you could support the choir in so many ways and we would welcome your assistance. If you think you can assist in any way please contact the Chairman, Peter Pimperton on 01777 709191 or 07792 513969. Finally can I take the opportunity on behalf of all our members to wish Leanne and Julian all the best for the forthcoming wedding and we shall be in fine voice to sing for them.

Church restoration concert

Retford Male Voice Choir will be performing a concert of mainly gospel and Negro spiritual music at Hayton Church on Saturday 15th September. The concert is to help raise funds for ongoing Church restoration. The concert starts at 7.00pm. Tickets are £5 which includes light refreshments. For further information and tickets please contact Barbara on 01777 860846 or Gill on 01777 705290.

Bassetlaw Big Hearted Members of the group have

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Bassetlaw, who will be talking about a new Tele-health initiative that will involve heart failure patients. We are a friendly support group for patients and carers of people living with heart failure. New members are always welcome. For more information contact Wilson Allison on 01909 481542 or Jill Smith on 01427 880417.

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Harvest Moon rises James Ince Bassetlaw Astronomical Society

The next Full Moon will be

the rather well known Harvest Moon and this occurs around the Autumnal Equinox, 21st September. A Full Moon can only occur when the Moon rises above the horizon as the Sun is setting. The full face of the Moon will be illuminated by the Sun as the bodies will be exactly opposite each other in the sky. It is a curious alignment of the Sun, Earth and Moon which causes the Harvest Moon to rise above the horizon several successive nights with just a short time between each Moonrise. The interval from night to night is usually around 30 minutes and so there is little time for darkness after sunset, before the Moon rises. It will also be apparent that the Moon appears more colourful and larger and this effect is due to the Moon rising and being seen through a thick layer of our atmosphere and appearing close to foreground objects. The thicker layer of atmosphere cuts out the blue light and allows red and yellow wavelengths of light to reach our eyes. The fact that the Moon appears larger is just an illusion, our brains compare the size of the Moon to nearby objects and this gives the illusion of size. If you were

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to actually measure it and compare its size to when it is high in the sky it would be exactly the same size. In earlier times the rising of the Moon at this time of the year provided light to farmers to allow them to gather in the crops and complete the harvest. Moons at other times of the year have names such as, Hunter’s Moon, Long Night Moon, Oak Moon, Blood Moon etc. Ancient people did rely on the Moon for the time to plant seeds, slaughter animals etc. We use the term Month, which is approximately the time interval from one Full Moon to the next. During Full Moon the surface features of the Moon are very difficult to see and for astronomers it is a time when observing is hampered. The light from the Moon makes observing dim night time objects difficult to see. The Rayed Craters are however prominent when the Moon is full. The Rayed Craters have been formed in more recent times and were created by impacting bodies striking the lunar surface and ejecting large amounts of material high above the surface. The rays are bright and easy to trace extending large distances over the lunar surface. During the Apollo Missions materials collected from the lunar surface was found to contain aluminium and fragments of the bright metal are found in

the extended rays and it is these fragments which reflect the light and cause the Rays to appear prominent. The Moon will be close to Mars during the evening 18th September and close to the bright red star Antares on the evening 20th September. The reasonably bright planet Uranus makes a good target for modest binoculars during September and take the opportunity to search for it particularly around 22nd to 23rd when it will lie close to the relatively bright star, 44 Piscium, which has a yellow tinge. Uranus will contrast well as it is slightly bluish in colour. Uranus is visible by naked eye if you know its exact position and have very dark skies, however binoculars will show it as a star-like object. It is interesting to note that although Uranus and 44 Piscium appear similar in magnitude, (brightness), Uranus lies a mere 19 astronomical units distant, that is 19 times the distance from the Earth to the Sun, the star lies hundreds of light years distant. Members of the Bassetlaw Astronomical Society will be observing Uranus during September and October along with many other interesting astronomical objects.

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The Crossing Church, Centre and Cafe opened in May of 2006. Situated in the centre of Worksop, the Church holds regular services and our Centre facilities and Cafe create an open door to the wider community. The Centre is managed by The Crossing Social Enterprise Co, offers many rooms for hire, of various sizes and equipped with up to date facilities for meetings, conferencing, training, exhibitions and public advice events. The Crossing Cafe, is open daily providing good quality food, all prepared on the premise. There are many groups, offering a variety of activities, who use the building on a regular basis. There is an Older Peoples Lunch Club (Tuesdays at 12.00pm), Baby and Toddlers Group (Wednesday and Friday, 9.30am — 11.00am term time only), Uniformed Organisations, Guides, Brownies and Rainbows (Cubs and Scouts meet at the Scout Hut), Valley Social Club (Monday evenings at 6.30pm, for adults with learning disabilities) Yoga Class

Focus on: (Thursday evenings at 6.30pm), Keep-Fit (Tuesday evenings, 7.30pm), Equilibrial support group (fortnightly, Thursday evenings at 7.00pm), Cake Decorating Class (Monday Evenings at 7.00pm), Caring for Dementia Carers in Bassetlaw (Tuesday mornings at 10.00am) and Flower Arranging Class (beginners) on the last Wednesday of the month. The Crossing is also one of North Nottinghamshire’s top public concert halls with the Music @ The Crossing programme offering high quality, performances to suit a variety of tastes, with an audience capacity of

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The Crossing Centre brings excellent facilities to North Nottinghamshire through the work of The Crossing Social Enterprise Co. which is also a registered charity. The Crossing Centre’s convenient town-centre location offers a superb venue for: • Conferences • Meetings • Training • Exhibitions and public advice events • A modern and attractive venue is ideally suited to: The largest of corporations and service providers Small and medium sized businesses Community groups of any size The Crossing’s Café offers quality ‘home cooked’ refreshments and lunches, all at competitive prices to suit your needs Music @ The Crossing offers a concert hall with seating for an audience capacity of 350 and deliberately-planned excellent musical acoustics Newcastle Street, Worksop │ 01909 473375 │ admin@thecrossing.co.uk │ www.thecrossing.co.uk For room hire please contact us for a personal quote Please mention Worksop Life when responding to any adverts

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Delicious Dishes

Richard Stevenson shares his favourite savoury dishes THIS MONTH Baked Fish Parcels with Tomato & Onion Cous Cous

I have something of a confession to make — this month’s recipe was cooked by my dear wife Helen, after I had a rather unfortunate incident with some new kitchen knives bought for our wedding (thanks Chris and Doug!). However, I did take on the Head Chef role and stalked around the kitchen shouting and

swearing, so that was okay! Lesson to learn here is threefold; brand new knives are very sharp, fingers are very soft and you really should always pay attention to what you’re doing when said knives are near said fingers! That said, the staff at A&E were very friendly…

• Seal the parcels by first folding in the front and rear edges, then bring the sides in and fold together, creating a sealed pouch • Place each parcel on a baking tray with a sheet of baking paper on and bake in the oven for 30 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through • Once cooked, carefully remove

the parcels and open the foil, folding back all the edges • Sprinkle over a little of the parsley and serve

INGREDIENTS • 4 portions of white fish of your choice • 1 red onion • 28g flat leaf parsley • 400g chopped tomatoes • 250g cous cous • 300ml vegetable stock • Mixed herbs

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We are almost at the end of an

epic journey. It started back in 2008 when a millwright visited the site and condemned two of the sails. They were removed immediately. Further inspection revealed there was substantial rot in the fantail and also visible signs of decay in the main beams in the cap. The options, remove the remaining sails, board up the windows, and stop milling after 195 years or set about the mammoth task of raising £100,000 for the repairs. As far as the friends of North Leverton Windmill and the directors were concerned there was no choice — we had to raise the funds. A charitable trust was established and the windmill, cottage and grounds were donated by the shareholders of North Leverton Windmill Company to the Trust. Thereafter the hard work began in earnest. The support of the general public was amazing, and together with grants and pledges £40,000 was soon raised.

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North Leverton Windmill turns to the wind again This fell short of the target and to add to the woe, the remaining two sails were deteriorating. The windmill was put on the ‘At Risk’ register by English Heritage. Application after application was submitted and further fund raising events followed: finally word came from English Heritage that they would match fund the money raised to date. The millwright was appointed and work began in December 2011. The efforts of the friends of North Leverton windmill were recognised when they were nominated as ‘Heritage Angels’. The friends made it the final four of ‘The Best Rescue of an Industrial Building’. A group of volunteers were invited to a prestigious award ceremony in London hosted by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. The friends of North Leverton Windmill include all of those of you who support the mill and give so generously. The cap and sails were removed just before Christmas and work began. The weather hampered progress, but in May this year the repaired cap and two

new sails were refitted. Throughout the four year period, the windmill continued milling. The engine driven stones were used when required. Today milling is back on wind power and a range of flour and animal feeds is available. The mill is open every Saturday to visitors and when the wind is blowing the sails will be turning. Everyone is welcome. The remaining two sails should be in place for the 8th and 9th September Family Fun Weekend. Once again the event will be free and there will be a range of displays and exhibits including Yorkshire Hawking Club, Nottinghamshire Wildlife, Have-a-go-archery, BBQ and of course the famous pizza oven. Next year will see a series of events held at the windmill to celebrate its 200th birthday. For further information visit www. north-leverton-windmill.co.uk or telephone James on 01427 880254.

Kennel Manager opportunity at Mayflower Animal Sanctuary Mayflower Sanctuary is

a Rescue Centre that has been established since 2003. Its main aim is to rescue and re-home abused and abandoned dogs and cats. Based at Bawtry, Doncaster and reporting to the Sanctuary Manager, you will be responsible for the day to day supervision of staff, trainees and volunteers. It will also be your sole responsibility to ensure that the Sanctuary is adequately staffed each day and to manage the cleaning of 56 Worksop

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the kennels, ensuring that everyone is adhering to procedures put in place as per Sanctuary policies. We are looking for someone to join our established team who has the responsibility and the welfare of the animals at heart. It is essential that they have experience with animals and the kennel environment along with Managing a team. The role is full time (37.5 hours). It requires the candidate to work

a 5 day week; one of those days being either a Saturday or Sunday. Please send a cover letter along with your CV to Jennie Foxall-Lord, Mayflower Sanctuary, Narrow Lane, Bawtry, Doncaster, DN10 6QJ or email jennie@mayflowersanctuary.co.uk the deadline in 30th September 2012. Please note: if you apply and have not heard from us within two weeks of the deadline we regret that unfortunately your application will not have been successful.

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TECHNOLOGY

one you would have seen 15 years ago. If you go behind the counter of your local high street bank branch, the computer screens you see will be reminiscent of a mainframe system from the same era. This is because many of the high street banks are still using system architectures that were set up over a decade ago. This is not a problem in itself; the old mainframe systems from the 90s were virtually bombproof and did the job they were designed to do extremely well. But, since then, Internet banking and the credit scoring software that banks use to decide whether to lend money to people have been introduced, and these new systems have had to be grafted onto the existing architecture. Inevitably this results in numerous patches and software upgrades. In June the central processing system used by the retail banking

Main road to mayhem? Graham Iek ponders the implications of computer meltdown in finance

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computers have made a huge difference over the last decade or so is in financial services. The electronic trading service providers that support the world’s stock exchanges have all built server farms that process millions of transactions per second. In turn, the server farms are connected to the stock exchanges, investment banks, hedge funds and other financial institutions by a fibre optic “pipe” with a bandwidth that boggles the mind. Of course, all this is just about processing power and ever increasing transaction volumes and speeds; effectively, it’s about connecting up a very large number of very powerful microprocessors and giving them a lot of numbers to crunch. The really clever stuff is going on at the hedge funds and other trading houses. They use algorithmic programmes to model the market and guess which way it is going to move. These programmes are

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incredibly sophisticated and draw live data from a huge range of sources in order to make their — usually remarkably accurate — predictions. Of course, what they’re really doing is just gambling and gamblers tend to lose so, to get round this problem, they place hedges to offset the risk. Calculating the safest hedge is more complex still and some of these algorithmic programmes are so clever and intuitive they could almost be said to be human. The truth is, they’re much better at this than humans could ever be. A good example of this is the debacle at JP Morgan back in May where a trader (a human being) miscalculated the hedges on a few very large transactions and managed to lose $2 billion! If you look at the most successful hedge funds these days, they tend to be the ones that have invested huge sums of money in algorithmic trading programmes. Compare this to the IT systems utilised by the high street banks. If you go to the hole in the wall at your typical NatWest, the screen that faces you looks pretty much identical to the

divisions of RBS suffered what can only be described as a catastrophic failure. For two days the bulk of everyday transactions didn’t get processed and then it took a further week to catch up with the backlog. Given the state of their IT system, I can only say this was an accident waiting to happen. The banks want us all to use online banking and make electronic transactions because it is much cheaper for them than processing cheques or paying in cash over the counter. Most personal banking customers don’t have a bank manager; they have a computer and a call centre to allow them to interact with it. Is this such a bad thing? Maybe not! A computer doesn’t expect a bonus, it has no ego and it rarely, if ever, makes a mistake. But if you are relying on computers to operate your business then you need to invest heavily in systems and infrastructure. This is a lesson that the high street banks need to learn; until they do we can expect similar catastrophes in the future.

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