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July 2010

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NEWS: LINK-Poulton has taken off really well and as a result we will be looking at expanding into the Over Wyre section adding another 4000 copies to circulation, this will mean a marginal price increase, but the better coverage for some of the best areas in Wyre will make LINK-Poulton Le Fylde the only magazine you will ever need. If you are interest in hitting 12,000 copies with your business get in touch now.

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Best Way to Build a Nest Egg

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MAKING A

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Be bold and make a statement!

ENTRANCE Turn your hall into a star feature of your home - add a red carpet if you really want to join the glitterati - and just wait for the compliments for your 'award winning' taste.

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ou could transform your own 'entrance' into a star feature by giving the hallway of your home a 'make-over'."Turning on the style in a hall couldn't be more important," says interiors expert, Andrea Maflin for Fun On The Floor, an association of carpet specialists. "After all, a hall is the first space visitors encounter and its décor sets the tone for the whole home." All too often though, hallways wouldn't win any prizes for their décor as they're dowdy, neglected areas, collecting only clutter and debris rather than admiring glances as family and visitors pass through them.

to accommodate practical details such as storage but that needn't limit the scope for imaginative effects, says Claire Hornby, creative stylist for Barker & Stonehouse.

"But these days halls and glamour should go together," stresses Maflin. "It's easy to get a fabulous 'welcome home' feeling with a thick, velvet pile carpet, perhaps in a stunning, bold colour such as 'red-carpet' Henshaw black console table, £450, Osaka Cranberry wallpaper, £27 per roll, large Paloma red. Naturally, halls have glass lamp base, £90, cranberry vertical stripe shade, £40 and Claverton runner, £150, from Laura Ashley.

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there's no need to hold back from making a statement. Use oversized accessories for drama such as a huge mirror or a striking chandelier.

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"This is an area where you really can stamp your personality. A hallway and stairs are the core of a home, and provide a link to all the other rooms, but you can afford to be bold with decor style and colour because it's not an area where you are going to sit and relax." So make sure your entrance makes you proud and welcome in the glamour by following our guide to halls of fame.

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property Hallway solutions: Colour and pattern are now essentials for successful rooms, and a hall could be an easy place to start experimenting with decorative papers.

Stage a floor show Think flooring before walls as it has a dramatic effect, especially in a hallway where the eye is naturally drawn downwards and to the key feature - usually the stairs. "Don't rush into a flooring choice," advises Maflin. "Mistakes can be expensive and it is more costly to change than paint or wallpaper. Generally, I'd use the same flooring for hall, landings and stairways as this will give continuity to the scheme." Hallway solutions: Poseurs would love their own 'red carpet' and Fun On The Floor has a classic, a Balta Christchurch Twist in True Red, £29 per square metre.

Let it shine Lighting sets the mood in halls, says expert Sally Storey, design director at John Cullen. "Often hallways are narrow and can look dull but you can overcome that by featuring an oversized lantern or chandelier. Do ensure though that the light levels can be altered by having it on a dimmer switch," she advises.

"In a long hallway avoid a central downlight, and instead But if you haven't got a celebrity budget, simply paint the use shallow wall lights or table lights to break up the space by providing a soft glow. Recessed downlights stairs red! could create a wash of light on one wall." Louise Smith, Dulux colour and design manager says: "You can create a stylish stair runner easily using paint." Hallway solutions: Marks & Spencer and Bhs both have an impressive array of eye-catching chandeliers to suit She advises sanding stairs thoroughly first, then your budget and your taste. drawing the outline of the runner using a pencil and ruler. Masking tape along the edge should help ensure a sharp, accurate line when painting. Apply a coat of Dulux Multi-surface primer, £12.49 for 750ml, allow to dry thoroughly, and then use a deep red, Dulux Celebration, in non-drip gloss for wood and metal, £8.99 for 750ml.

Wonder walls Skinny, narrow, short or square: Rather like figures, hallways come in all shapes and sizes. But just as we use clothes to make the best of our appearance, paint and colour can also do a lot to 'trick the eye' and appear to alter the shape or size of this space. In a dark hall, for instance, enhance the light by using gloss paint on walls. Alternatively, bring a lofty ceiling down a peg or two by painting the area above a picture rail a warm shade, one which is darker than the walls below.

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One of the easiest ways to add razzle-dazzle in a hallway is with a striking piece of furniture, from a wooden chest to a slim console table, and hanging a mirror above it will further enhance it.

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Littlewoods' elegant French-style wooden console table, £179, available in silver, If you choose mirrored furniture as black or white finish well as a large wall mirror you will easily maximise the feeling of light and space."

Halls need eye candy

Graham & Brown's Spirit collection also features lovely papers to suit a hallway, including a stylised floral range, Charm, £30 a roll.

In my view, it's hard to beat the glittering good looks of Graham & Green's Manhattan console table, £498, which is covered in multi-faceted mirrors. Complement it with the company's round bevelled wall mirror, £285.

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GOURMET STYLE Gordon Ramsay protegee, chef Jason Atherton, explains how to create wonderful gourmet meals on less than a fiver.

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he Michelin-starred Maze restaurant in London is not exactly the go-to place for budget dining. As one of Gordon Ramsay's successful restaurants, its well-heeled clientele pay around ÂŁ50-60 per head to savour executive chef Jason Atherton's heavenly fare. But even in tough economic climes, Atherton is convinced that eating cheaply and eating well are not mutually exclusive. With entertaining at home becoming increasingly popular, Atherton is on a mission to make cheap food "exciting, beautiful and delicious". "I wanted to prove that you could go to a supermarket and spend ÂŁ10 for a twocourse restaurant-quality dinner for two," he explains. Try these spring recipes from Atherton's book:

Jersey royals with avocado, smoked trout & horseradish cream 4 Jersey royal potatoes, cleaned sea salt 2 thyme sprigs 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tbsp white wine vinegar 3 tbsp olive oil 150g smoked rainbow trout 1 avocado Juice of 1/4 lime Horseradish cream: 1 1/2 tbsp double cream 1 tsp horseradish sauce, or more to taste Garnish: 4-5 radishes, sliced dill leaves Small handful of pea shoots or baby salad leaves Olive oil, to drizzle

Serves 4 as a starter

For the potatoes, bring a pan of well -salted water to the boil with the thyme and garlic added. Add the potatoes and boil steadily until cooked through, about 7-9 minutes; test with a knife. Drain the potatoes and peel while still warm. Place in a bowl, cover and chill. In a small bowl, whisk the wine vinegar, olive oil and a couple of pinches of salt together to make vinaigrette. Cut the cold potatoes into 1cm thick slices, and to the dressing and toss gently to coat. Leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, up to 1hr.

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For the horseradish cream, lightly whip the cream in a small bowl, then fold in the horseradish sauce. Cover and chill. Check the smoked trout for small bones, removing any with tweezers, then break into bite-sized pieces. Halve the avocado, remove the stone and peel off the skin. Cut the flesh crossways into slices, season with salt to taste and drizzle with the limejuice.

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Sea bream

with tomato & corn salsa (Serves 4)

Pink peppercorn meringues with lemon & lime curd (Serves 4) Pink peppercorn syrup: 1 tsp pink peppercorns, cracked 1 vanilla pod 100g caster sugar Meringues: 100g egg whites (2-3 eggs, depending on size) 100g caster sugar 100g icing sugar, sifted

Toss the zest strips in a small bowl with the granulated sugar to coat evenly, then place on a tray lined with baking parchment and let stand until dry, about 15 minutes. Set aside.

Passion fruit syrup: 2 passion fruit 20g granulated or caster sugar 4 sea bream fillets (about 160g each), skin on Olive oil, for brushing & drizzling Sea salt and black pepper Salsa: 1 corn-on-the-cob, kernels stripped 3 tomatoes, halved and deseeded 1 avocado, halved, peeled and stoned 1/2 cucumber, trimmed 1/2 yellow pepper, cored & deseeded 1/2 red onion, peeled 1 spring onion, trimmed 1 garlic clove, peeled 1 green chilli, halved and deseeded Juice of 1 lime 4 tbsp olive oil 2 tsp chopped coriander leaves Rocket leaves to garnish Rinse the sea bream and fillets, pat dry with kitchen paper and check for small bones, removing any with kitchen tweezers. Lightly score the skin side of the fish fillets, using a sharp knife. Cover and chill. For the salsa, simmer the corn kernels in a pan of boiling water until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Drain, refresh, under cold running water and drain well. Tip the corn kernels into a large bowl. Dice the tomatoes, avocado, cucumber and yellow pepper; finely dice the red onion, spring onion, garlic and chilli. Add these ingredients to the corn with the limejuice, olive oil and coriander. Toss to combine and season well with salt and pepper. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Brush the fish fillets with olive oil and season well. Heat a griddle pan or the grill to medium high. When hot, add the fish, skin side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, depending on thickness, until just cooked through.

Lemon & lime curd: Juice of 2 lemons (save the zest) Juice of 2 limes (save the zest) 80g caster sugar 80g eggs (about 2 large), beaten 80g egg yolks (4 medium) 80g butter, diced To finish: 1/2 tsp pink peppercorns Zest of 2 limes (in long strips) Zest of 2 lemons (in long strips) 100g caster sugar 30g granulated sugar Preheat oven to 90 degree Celsius/gas 1/4 and line a baking sheet with baking parchment. For the peppercorn syrup, put the sugar and 200ml water in a small saucepan over a low heat. When the sugar has dissolved, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Split the vanilla pod lengthways, scrape out the seeds and add them to the sugar syrup. Mix the cracked pink peppercorns with the vanilla syrup in a small bowl; set aside. To make candied lime and lemon zest, bring a saucepan of water to the boil. Add the citrus zests and blanch for 1 minute, then drain. Repeat the process twice, changing the water each time. Put the caster sugar and 100ml water into a saucepan over a low heat and stir to dissolve the sugar. Increase the heat, bring to the boil and let bubble for a minute or two. Add the citrus zests and simmer for about 3-5 minutes until softened. Remove the citrus zest with a slotted spoon, discarding the syrup.

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To make the meringues, using an electric mixer, whisk the egg whites with 2 tbsp caster sugar on high speed until thickened. Whisk in the remaining caster sugar; 1 tbsp at a time. Keep whisking until the meringue is stiff, shiny and holding firm peaks, about 4-6 minutes. Now, with a large spatula, carefully fold in the icing sugar a quarter at a time. Spoon the meringue into 4 mounds on the lined baking sheet, making a curling peak on top of each one. Dry in the oven for 40 minutes or until the other outer shell has just hardened. Take out the meringues and brush gently with peppercorn syrup. Return to the oven for another 1-1 1/2 hours until they are dry and easily peel off the paper. For the passion fruit syrup, scoop out the flesh and seeds from the fruit into a small pan and mix in the sugar. Simmer over a medium-low heat to dissolve the sugar, about 2-3 minutes. Pour into a small bowl and chill. To make the lemon and lime curd put the citrus juices in a heavy-based pan with the sugar. Dissolve over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then take off the heat. In a bowl, whisk the whole eggs and yolks together, then pour in the hot citrus syrup in a thin steady stream, whisking constantly. Return to the pan and place over a low heat. Whisk in the butter a piece at a time, then stir over the heat for 4-6 minutes until the curd thickens. Pour into a bowl, cover the surface with cling film to prevent a skin from forming a chill. When you're ready to serve, sprinkle with pink peppercorns and candied zest.

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BEST WAY TO BUILD AN OLD-AGE NEST EGG Do bricks and mortar trump poorly-performing private pensions or low-rate ISA’s as a way of building a lump sum for old age?

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n that remarkable period from 1996 to August 2007, when the Halifax average house price zoomed from £63,900 to £199,600, many savers became convinced that it was. For a while, pensions trailed in property's slipstream.

"While it is encouraging to see the total number of buyto-let repossessions remain a relatively small percentage of the market, our experience is that when landlords do get into trouble, debt levels become very unmanageable.

There is also something transparent about regular rental income which pensions lack. Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) figures show buy-to-let mortgages increased from 3.5% of house purchase loans in 1999 to 28.9% in 2006.

"Our biggest debt cases are currently solicitors - again, in buy-to-lets - which goes to show even professionals can get it seriously wrong," he adds.

Since the housing-market peak in autumn 2007, however, sentiment has changed abruptly and confidence remains wobbly amid fears of a 'double dip' recession. Anyone who bought a home to earn income in February 2008 is facing a 12% decline in its value which has probably wiped out much of their deposit before they begin the task of finding a tenant with a secure income. Two huge shadows have fallen across the image of buy -to-let as a safe investment. First, the debt solution comparison site IVA.com confirms a sharp rise in the number of property investors seeking serious debt advice. It reports a 53% leap in the number of investors struggling to pay creditors. Typical debts, it says, ranged from £163,000 to £201,000 - in all reported cases those saddled with property debt were middle-class professionals with big mortgage arrears. IVA.com director Terry Balfour says: "We have seen a near meltdown in the buy-to-let market, with a combination of rental arrears caused mainly by tenants losing their jobs, void periods and high fixed rate mortgages causing serious problems.

But the biggest wake-up call is the warning from Fergus and Judith Wilson, the former teachers who built a portfolio of 700 rented homes in Kent worth around £225 million at the peak.

“Buy-to-let is absolutely dead and will never return” Mr Wilson told The Guardian. The couple are selling down their portfolio after coming under financial pressure when nearly 100 properties, nearly 13% of the total, were occupied by tenants failing to pay all, or part of, their rent in October 2008. The Wilsons were saved largely by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, which saw the Bank of England base rate slashed to 0.5% in March 2009. They now pay an average 2% interest on their massive loans, on a special deal with lenders who fear the huge portfolio will otherwise be dumped on their doorstep. If the base rate hits 3.5%, the Wilsons' vast mortgage repayments would exceed rental income.

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finance Against this background, there may be limited interest in an 'exclusive' mortgage from leading brokers Charcol for new investors: fixed at 6.49% for three years, with an arrangement fee of £999 and loan-to-value limit of 80%, it is a marked improvement on the 75% limit which has been the norm for many months.

There are two standard options for small investors: either buy one property with the largest deposit possible, on a repayment mortgage, pay it off by retirement and take the lump sum profit.

The riskier approach is to buy two properties, with Says Charcol senior technical manager Ray Boulger: "If repayments on an interest-only basis. you take the long-term view, perhaps over 25 years, On retirement, sell one, repay all mortgages and timing an investment in a rentedproperty is not so income from the remaining property tops up your critical. We expect this new offer to go well. pension.

That lump sum on retirement is a major attraction for Property investment investors, because after payment of capital gains tax - it is attractive because it is cash in hand and free of tight pension rules which force most pensioners to buy an annuity. Allows a gearing effect, when borrowed money works However, financial advisor Hargreaves Lansdown (HL) rejects bricks and on your behalf. Nobody in their mortar as a way of saving. right mind borrows money Says HL pensions analyst Laith Khalaf: to put into a pension pot "Holding one asset in one

geographical region allows no diversification. Buy-to-let is more risky with a single property than for professionals with a portfolio of different areas and properties. "People also see property as a certain bet, assuming prices always go up. In fact, there are significant costs and void periods and because few can afford to buy a second property for cash - you are paying monthly interest on your loan as you approach retirement." Laith Khalaf also points out that investors still in work pay tax at 2040% on rental income, net of expenses and mortgage interest, while earnings on pension and ISAs are tax free. An HL analysis points out that nearly 183,500 buy-to-let mortgages were taken out in 2007, near the height of the market, representing £23 billion worth of debt. With the average age of first time buyers approaching 38, demand for private rented properties is soaring. The sector has grown from 2.1 million homes to 3.1 million since 2001. In any market, the best time to buy is when few other buyers can bear to do the same. Only the brave or, perhaps, the reckless, would swear that moment has arrived in buy-to-let.

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FIRST DRIVE:

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iX35

THE HYUNDAI IX35 follows the trend for family crossovers that combine the practicality and sensible proportions of hatchbacks with the high-rise driving position of SUVs. It's roomy as well, with a smart and stylish interior layout.

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poorly performing economy forces most of us to consider how we spend our cash, and it often only takes a quick scan through the direct debit inventory, shopping list or - for the particularly organised - monthly budget to see where 'swinging cuts' can be made. Sometimes, things don't need to be chopped at all. Instead, items can be replaced with a brand that offers better value. The same goes for larger items, including cars. Hyundai has had a better recession than most. Historically considered a value-for-money (aka budget) brand, the resulting badge snobbery has offered the Korean manufacturer little justice in the past. Of course, with budgets squeezed, the 'value brand' has been of considerably more interest to many it seems the 33,000 drivers who took advantage of the scrappage scheme to buy a new Hyundai found the quality to be up there with the big-name brands. This is a point driven home by the fact that, as used car market experts are nervously pointing out, many of the

drivers who purchased under scrappage don't intend to upgrade any time soon. Their new Hyundai is to see them right for a few years, with full advantage taken of the five-year warranty. A more emphatic recommendation is hard to find. Can 33,000 people be wrong? Probably, but judging from the quality of Hyundai's latest arrival, they certainly are not on this point.

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MOTORING torque, making it undemanding car drive. Refined on the motorway and with a duly responsive and a well-behaved chassis on a Broad it's hard to find fault.

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The steering may be a little springy for some, with the wheel whipping around aggressively to the central position when emerging from a junction, but this does equate to a responsive feel. In terms of road-holding the four-wheel drive chassis has obvious benefits, but the two-wheel drive version is very capable.

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It's a struggle to find an angle from which the iX35 suffers aesthetically

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The iX35's piece-de-resistance, however, is its equipment. Two trim levels are available, Style and Premium, with upgrade packages bringing satnav, upgraded dials and a more powerful sound system.

Yet even the entry-level model gets heated front and rear seats, reversing sensors and Bluetooth amidst a long list. The upper grade, itself only a small additional financial commitment, gets a full length sunroof, dualInitially available with a 2.0-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel zone climate control keyless entry and auto-lights and engine with the option of on-demand four-wheel with the wipers and more. At the iX35's asking price, that's a diesel unit, a new 1.6-litre petrol and super-efficient 1.7- hard factor to ignore. litre diesel unit are set to follow. These elements are to be expected from an eminently sensible, value-for-money proposition, but the cutting edge styling is perhaps not. It's a struggle to find an angle from which the iX35 suffers aesthetically. Granted, it's not supercar exotica, but it's more than a match for its European rivals and a shape drivers can be proud to be seen at the wheel of - an important factor when considering the 'badge snobbery' issue. Inside, there's a similar appeal. Build quality is strong and the interior layout smart and stylish. An attractive set of dials greets the driver and there are obvious nods towards occupant convenience; the window and door mirror switches are angled towards the driver for example (a trend that appears to be to comfort in the modern era what damped grab handles were to comfort in the previous decade). It's roomy, too. Headroom is naturally very good, but legroom in the rear is surprisingly generous and the boot is not short of potential. The iX35 does not feel particularly wide however; three adults across the rear bench may find things a little cosy. The sensible dimensions pay off in terms of road manners, however. Like all good crossovers it doesn't feel like a big car in town, but offers an excellent driving position with a genuinely commanding view. The 2.0-litre diesel unit provides evenly distributed

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TV gardening guru Alan Titchmarsh loves pottering in his Hampshire greenhouse, which measures 8ft x 15ft, but advises green-fingered enthusiasts to think carefully about their needs before they buy. "Make it twice as big as you think you need, because however big a greenhouse you get you will fill it to overflowing. Buy the largest you can possibly afford and fit in," he says.

Don't forget to allow for hidden costs of a greenhouse, he advises. Installing electricity and water will make a dent in your budget, along with laying a path leading to the greenhouse. Things such as staging, propagators, watering systems and automatic vent openers, plus blinds, heaters and insulation will also rack up the costs. Of course, not all of us need a greenhouse. If you only want a few bedding plants you may be better off with a heated propagator on a windowsill indoors and a few cold frames. A heated greenhouse will give you a much bigger range of plants to grow, he says.

"My greenhouse is packed. I keep thinking I'll have to have a purge in spring and throw a lot out so I can do something new but it's difficult to find the heart to throw things away which are growing well."

"Try to get your heating sorted, preferably make it electric heating which is thermostatically controlled so you can save money on it. Even being able to keep the frost out will tremendously widen the range of plants you can grow in there."

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gardening Fan heaters move the air around and will heat a larger area efficiently, while tubular heaters are suitable for smaller spaces. You can also buy heated propagators and soil-warming cables if you only want to heat the seeds you are sowing.

Invest in a maximum/minimum thermometer and put it where it will be easily read, but out of direct sun, which will interfere with the reading

"An unheated greenhouse limits your season from April to September, although you can put hardy shrubs, flowering currants and camellias in there in pots if it's unheated, it will bring them on earlier," says Alan. The greenhouse should be placed in full sun, because if it's shady the plants tend to become leggy. Place it in the most open site you can, keeping it around 10m (30ft) from any big trees, if you can. This is because of the shade they may cast and because the falling leaves and twigs will block gutters and increase the frequency with which you have to clean the glass.

"You can potter in the greenhouse all year round but there will come that hard core of winter from November to February when it's quiet, although my own greenhouse has been full of scented leaf pelargoniums right the way through. We've got marguerites flowering in there and little white jasmine." If you want to grow ornamentals in your greenhouse, work out what temperature you can keep the greenhouse at and grow plants that suit that environment, rather than trying to match the heat to the needs of a variety of plants.

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To keep an unheated greenhouse looking good, try to grow a succession of flowers, which will mean encouraging some plants to bloom a bit earlier than normal. Scented shrubs are great early flowerers. The hardy Daphne odora Aureomarginata, for example, produces pale purple-pink fragrant flowers naturally early in the year and even earlier if it's under cover. Other shrubs which look great in the greenhouse include mimosa (Acacia dealbata) and Buddleia asiatica. Investing in a greenhouse will allow you to experiment with seeds, grow more fruit and veg, take cuttings and widen the range of plants you grow. And it may look Alan Titchmarsh How To Garden series: pretty Greenhouse Gardening, is published by as well. BBC Books, priced £6.99.

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community Poulton Area Forum Poulton 7.00 at 7.00 3rd August St Martin's & St Hilda's Church Hall Carleton What's On at Poulton Library PACT Meetings at the minute are the first Tuesday of every month, the next one being on 6th July 2010. They are held at Poulton Library and run from 1700 – 1900hrs Regular Weekly Events: •Baby Bounce and Rhymetime - Monday 10:00am-10:30am •Toddler Rhymetime –Thursday 10:00am-10:30am •Storytime – Tuesday 2:15pm-2:45pm Just turn up and join in any of these sessions! There's no need to book in advance! Book Groups for people of all ages! Chatterbooks and the Teenage Reading Group take a break during the school summer holidays. Please telephone Poulton Library 01253 888900 for details of the next meeting in September. Book Groups for Grown-Ups! Reading groups for adults meet on: Wednesday at 11:00am-12:00noon Thursday at 7:00pm-8:00pm Come and meet people with a passion for reading, share ideas and review the latest books from our shelves. Summer Holiday Fun at the library! Reach for the stars and join our Space Hop Moon Mission. Sign up for the Space Hop Summer Reading Challenge and read 6 books in July/August/September to get bookmarks, astronaut wrist bands, magic pencils, certificates, medals and loads of free stuff from your local library. You can sign up for Space Hop from 16th July at any library in Lancashire. Stories, Songs and Fun: Come and listen to Space Hop stories every Tuesday 2:152:45pm(0-7yrs) Blast Off! Tues 27th July 2:15-2:45pm Blast Off! Tues 3rd Aug 2:15-2:45pm Space Chase! Tues 10th Aug 2:15pm-2:45pm Space Chase! Tues Aug 17th Aug 2:15-2:45pm Lunar Landing! : Tues 24th Aug 2:15-2:45pm Drop-In Space Hop Crafty Fun: Thursday 2:30-4:30pm (for 5-12 yrs) No need to book! Dropin anytime! Blast Off! Thursday 29thJuly 2:30-4:30pm Blast Off! Thursday 5thAugust 2:30-4:30pm Space Chase! Thursday 12thAugust 2:30-4:30pm Space Chase! Thursday 19thAugust 2:30-4:30pm Lunar Landing! Thursday 26thAugust 2:30-4:30pm Space Hop Family Fun Sessions For children aged 5-12 yrs and parents/carers (please book in advance) Hopping Mad Family Fun and Fitness! Wed 11th Aug 1-2pm Computer Mad Family ICT Session Wed 18th Aug 12:301:30pm

What's On •Dementia Awareness Week at Poulton Library Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's? Come along to a special exhibition for information and support Tuesday 6th July to Saturday 10th July Love your DS/Laptop/I-Pod/Phone? Want to keep it that way? Techno-marking can help you! Bring your DS/Laptop/IPod/phone and any other gadgets that you want to keep safe to a FREE UV Techno-Marking event with your local PCSO. Saturday 24th July between 9:30am and 1:00pm Craft & Gift Fair Saturday 17th July - Sunday 18th July Large free admission marquee at Burnside Garden Centre, Thornton with a variety of British made crafts plus stunning giftware. Lots of card making supplies and accessories on sale too. 9.30am - 5pm both days. Further Information: Sandra Mather 01744 750606 Great Eccleston & District Agricultural Show Saturday 17th July - Sunday 18th July Annual agricultural show with something for everyone. Shires, cattle, pigs, sheep and goat classes. Light horse classes and BSJA jumping. Poultry, pigeon and budgerigar classes. Craft marquee, craftsmen at work, trade stands and food hall. Professional chef demonstrations. Classes for domestic science, handicrafts, cheese, horticulture, arts and children's work. Vintage tractors and vintage fairground. Special attractions: Tractor Pulling, displays by National Hawking School and Ferret Road Show. Companion Dog Show on Sunday. Admission prices - Adults £10, Children £2, Consessions £8 plus free parking. Event is held from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Further Information: Mrs Robinson 01995 679204 Fleetwood Bowling Festival Monday 19th July - Friday 23rd July Annual bowling competition in the seaside resort of Fleetwood played on the Marine Gardens and Memorial Park greens. Entry forms are available from the Marine Hall by calling the telephone number below or by logging onto www.marinehall.co.uk. Further Information: Peter Jose 01253 825377 Youngsters Holiday Camp Poulton Monday 26th July - Friday 3rd September Come and join in the fun all summer long at our holiday club. Themed weeks including sports stars and movie stars. Sports activities including tag rugby, football and dodgeball. Dance, pamper parties, catwalk experience, disco, arts and crafts, fun workshops, drama, DVDs, Nintendo, X Factor talent show. Trips out to the cinema, beach, crazy golf. Our Early Years Professional teacher creates distinctive activities for 4-6 year olds and 7-12 year olds. Time: 8am – 5.30pm Venue: Adult Education Centre, Carr Head Lane, Poulton Cost: Please enquire Age: Kids Camp 4 – 7 years, Youth Camp 8 – 12 years Further Information: Claire Sherman 01253 886119

Remember these Events in July/August at Poulton Library •Help Direct Drop-in Advice Session: for practical support, guidance and information to get the most out of life Friday 2nd July between 9:30am and 12:30pm •Book Sale-Fri 2nd July (9:30-5:00) Sat 3rd July (9:30-1:00)

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How Do We Treat Diabetes? In the past, diabetes was a mysterious and fatal disease. Many people have Type 2 diabetes, but they don’t notice it until the complications appear. This disease can insidiously creep up on people and damage their arterial walls and nerves, leaving a oncevibrant persons impaired and injured. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment is very important. Chinese herbal medicines can help heal diabetes by engendering body fluids, improving blood circulation and immunity, restoring the function of the pancreas, increasing insulin secretion, decreasing blockage in the arteries, lowering serum cholesterol and triglycerides, normalizing blood pressure, regulating metabolism, and boosting “Qi�, which is the energetic force that moves with blood through the blood vessel network. Good diet, exercise, herbal medicine remedy and acupuncture are effective in treating early stages of diabetes. In general, knowledge and the proper management of our lifestyles are vital in forestalling diabetes. Doctor Zhao can give you good advice, and his holistic approached treatment can help defeat this chronic disease

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Useful Numbers Environment Agency 0800 80 70 60 24hrs www.environment-agency.gov.uk

Manchester Airport 0161 489 3000 UK Passport Advice 0870 521 0410

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Consumer Advice 0845 04 05 06 www.consumerdirect.gov.uk

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Tax Credit Helpline 0845 300 3900 www.hmrc.gov.uk

AGE Concern Shops Fleetwood 120 Lord St 01253 770557 Poulton 9 Church St 1253 899087 Bispham 155-157 Red Bank Rd

Fair Trading & Consumer Helpline 01253 478395

Mental Health Helpline 0500 639 000

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Child Death Helpline 0800 282 986

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Alcoholic Anonymous 0845 769 7555 Childline 0800 1111 N.S.P.C.C Child Protection 0808 800 5000 Parentline Plus 0808 800 2222 National Debtline 0808 808 4000 Christians Against Poverty 01253 875958 Missing People 0500 700 700 24hr National Domestic Violence 0808 2000 247 Help Direct 0303 3331021 Tourist Information 01253 773953

Fleetwood Health Centre 01253 771136 Knott End Ferry 01253 891000 Smoking Cessation 0845 601 2186 Wyre Borough Council 01253 89100 Out of Hours 01253 895116 www.wyrebc.gov.uk Blackpool Council 01253 477477 www.blackpool.gov.uk Fylde Borough Council 01253 658658 www.fylde.gov.uk Regenda Housing 0844 736 0066

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