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our December edition of Mature WELCOME toLiving Magazine. It’s officially Christmas season, time to buy that special someone the perfect gift, do the last minute jobs round the house before the hoardes arrive and get busy in the kitchen - all while trying to get some time for yourself to relax and enjoy the season. Do you plan everything out or rush around last minute trying to get everything? I know I start off with a plan but I always need that one present at the end. The shops are full of Christmas ideas, and so is this months edition, to help you even with the last minute preparations. If you would like to get in touch, whether to advertise or to let us know about what you think of the magazine then send an email to: sales@maturelivingmagazine.co.uk or phone 07919 675 230 From all the staff at MLM, we would like to wish all our readers and advertisers a merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Thanks for reading and supporting us -

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Keep Well and Active with Age UK North Staffs Beating the Winter blues and staying healthy, means keeping warm and well-nourished, AND getting moving! Staying active generates heat, so - boost your circulation, increase mobility and energy by getting those fingers and toes wiggling, or doing chores to your favourite music. Exercise not only improves wellbeing, but can reduce the risk of falls, heart disease and strokes. Ever thought about helping older people in your community remain independent by becoming physically, mentally and socially active? The Ageing Well Project offers gentle chairbased exercise and walking groups, also walking football/ netball sessions at low cost. Train as an exercise leader FREE: places are still available on our March 2017 (four-day) course, which is registered with the Open College Network. New group-leaders are mentored

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and supported by Age UK staff, and invited to regular volunteer network meetings. Irene (65) our newest leader (see picture) , feels the role gives her life purpose, and says ‘’ It’s very satisfying - I’m keeping myself fit and healthy, as well as helping others to improve the quality of their lives.’’ For anyone interested in volunteer leader opportunities, or finding out more about our activities, please: CONTACT: The Ageing Well Team, Age UK North Staffs (01782) 200739 or 286209. In the New Year, why not join us to get fitter, have fun and make new friends! NB. Free Winter Wellness guide available:Winter Wrapped Up Order from Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65


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Really - it doesnt HAVE to be a problem!!

Indeed, les femmes obviously deserve Christmas gifts for so many reasons (whether they are mums, grandmums or aunts).

WE all want to give a unique gift at Christmas Whatever her age or status, the lady of the time - one which will be remembered (for the house should be appreciated, and this is right reasons) all-year-round. Yet, when it comes to the crunch, most of us also have a tendency to blank out completely, forgetting what our recipients really want - or don’t have! Thus begins the annual, panic-stricken cycle of purchasing random scarves, candles and body-lotions (which we know will only end up being re-gifted [to use a word beloved of our transatlantic cousins]). As they constitute just over half of the world’s population, it’s always well to bear in mind what members of the female sex require as a Yuletide present.

possibly only with love and care, as well as marking the importance of this annual festivity.

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Accordingly, make Sunday, December 25th, 2016, truly memorable by presenting her with a most unique and cherishable present.

One idea is to help her rid herself of everyday stress-and-strain, via a relaxing massage or a refreshing beauty-treatment.

This may not be expensive, but it should mirror genuine love and affection which makes the gift invaluable.

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Celebrate Christmas at this hidden gem of the Potteries Readers can enjoy Christmas in historic style at Ford Green Hall on Sunday, December 11th, between 11am and 4pm. Located on Ford Green Road, Smallthorne, in Stoke-on-Trent, the venue’s ‘Tudor Christmas and Frost Fair’ (last admission 3.30pm) offers you the chance to see the Hall prepared for 16th Century Yuletide, and an opportunity to purchase that last-minute gift.

bonus, since there’s free admission!). Home to the Ford family for nearly 200 years, the Hall is a 17th Century, timber-framed farmhouse, which, as an award-winning museum, offers visitors a fascinating insight into life during the 1600s. The rooms are furnished with an outstanding collection of textiles, ceramics and 17th and 18th century furniture, and the garden (recreated in 1996) includes period herbbeds and features.

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Open throughout the year, the Hall also houses a wonderful collection of reproduced period embroidery, created by the ‘Threaders’ of Ford Green Hall, who work on a Monday afternoon, when visitors are welcome to see them hard at work.

dwellings in the 19th century, and occupied by miners. In 1946, it was purchased by Stoke-on-Trent City Council for £1,100 in 1946, and finally opened as a museum in 1952.

This beautiful building contains a wealth of Ford Green was situated in the ancient parish fine and rare, period exhibits that reflect the of Norton-Le-Moors, and, in the early-17th craftsman’s skills and domestic necessities of century, was a meadow in the Biddulph our predecessors. valley. There are joiners’ marks carved on the The Hall was commissioned by Hugh Ford, a beams, and, in one of the bedrooms, you will wealthy yeoman farmer, in 1624; a porch was added around 1630, and brick-extensions built in 1728 and 1734. The older building is of wattle-and-daub manufacture (a process using woven twigs and branches, together with manure). The Hall was converted into three, separate

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find witchcraft-signs inlaid in the original panelling - intended to ward off evil spirits! In the headbard of one of the four-poster beds, there is a secret safe concealed in the mass of carving (an ingenious place in which to hide valuables).

There are original tapestries, original glass in the windows, a Welsh dresser over 300 years old, a scold’s bridle for punishing ‘chatty’ women, cradles, clocks, chairs, tables and myriad, very-wellpreserved exhibits displayed in this fine, early-Stuart house. For full details, telephone (01782) 537969, or email: fordgreenhall.museum@gmail. com; you can also visit the website: www. fordgreenhall.org.uk

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PETS FOR LIFE Have a Merry Christmas, and remember - A Dog is for Life!! IN July, the City Dogs’ Home, in Stoke-on-Trent, marked another milestone, when it celebrated its 26th anniversary. However, its staff will soon be too busy to celebrate, as many people will ignore its annual plea that a ‘A Dog is for Life, not just for Christmas’! In the meantime, as this year’s festive season beckons, this remarkable, local animal welfare organisation will, once again, be making its annual appeal, ‘Give a Dog a Christmas Dinner’. Each and every year, the City Dogs’ Home is inundated during the so-called ‘Season of Good Will’ and the immediate New Year period, with myriad canines discarded, following ‘impulse buys’ of ‘cute’ puppies as pets. The CDH is passionate about caring for local dogs which (for whatever reason) have been given up, abandoned, lost, are stray, and there is nobody left

to care for them. Thousands of them through its kennels during the 30 years it has been providing a rescue-service, and the Home has rescued and re-homed many hundreds of dogs during the interim period. As a result, the Home (which cares for dogs around the clock every day) really does need readers’ help. Many of the canines sent to the CDH are often abused, abandoned or in poor condition, and usually require medical attention. This Christmas time, the Home is asking for the simple things in a dog’s life, such as blankets, food, and bedding, to keep the dogs warm during the winter months. If you could spare a dog-blanket, tins of food, dried food, bedding, or anything else that can make a difference to the care which the Home provides, and allow the dogs to be warm and wellfed this year, its staff would be most grateful.

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Are YOU ready to make the requisite commitment?! THE festive season is - traditionally - a time of the year when people add four-legged friends to their families. Children aren’t at school, and adults are ‘on ‘leave’ from work, making it ultra-convenient to adopt a pet; however, we urge readers to think about those pets beyond the Christmas/New Year holiday-period! Many people decide to purchase (or ‘adopt’) a pet at Christmastime, but they should be encouraged to think beyond Yuletide as to what ‘lifestyle commitments’ may be on the horizon for the entire family (or relationship). To put it baldly, canine chums pose AT LEAST a ten-year commitment, and feline friends a minimum one of twelve years, both facts involving a cost to owners of hundreds (and hundreds) of pounds EACH YEAR - and that’s a reality, even if no major veterinary issues occur! Indeed, readers are advised to consider veterinary-costs, along with the daily duty of

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Cadman would, later, go on to become Professor SIR JOHN CADMAN (1877-1941): of Mining at Birmingham THE ROAD OF ‘OUR JACK’ TO THE University, where MIDDLE EAST he is credited STRICTLY speaking, this issue’s featured subject with creating is not a ‘Potter’, since he was born in the ‘Loyal the course in and Ancient Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme’! oil technology, known as However, Sir John 1st Baron Cadman of ‘Petroleum Silverdale WAS one of Staffordshire’s most Engineering’, outstanding and distinguished men, a mining which was engineer and Doctor of Science, whose fateful recognised as, probably, legacy continues today, amidst the turbulent the best in the world. politics of the Middle East (a fact which, of course, involves global repercussions). During World War I (1914-18), his report on the oil-wealth of Persia (now Iran) was instrumental As his title suggests, John Cadman (known in the crucial decision of the First Lord of the locally as ‘Our Jack’) was born in the mining Admiralty, Winston Churchill, to convert the village of Silverdale (west of Newcastle town ships of the Royal Navy from coal- to oil-burning centre) on September 7th, 1877, at ‘The Villas’, vessels. the eldest son of James Cope Cadman, a consultant and mining engineer, who was one Following the Armistice of 1918, John Cadman of the founder-members of the North. Staffs. was knighted, in recognition of his important Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers. work in the coal- and oil-industries, and his invaluable role in helping to secure adequate Educated at Audley Grammar School, Newcastle fuel-supplies, in order to prosecute the warHigh School and Armstrong College, University effort. of Durham (earning First Class Honours in Geology in 1899), he, unsurprisingly, showed an He was advisor to the British delegation to the early interest in mining. peace conference at Versailles in 1919, when his priority interest was in achieving a direct Indeed, he took the decision to make it his pipeline between the Mesopotamian oilfields (in career, and obtained a Colliery Manager’s modern-day Iraq) and the Mediterranean. Certificate. He served as a technical advisor to half-a-dozen Before becoming involved in the Middle East, Government departments at the same time that John Cadman pioneered the oil industry in thehe was a shareholder in the Anglo-Persian Oil then British colony of Trinidad & Tobago, where Company, with which those departments did he served as Inspector of Mines, during the first business; in 1918, he, thus, became the target of decade of the 20th century. a press campaign in what came to be known as He was responsible for the commercialisation of “the great ‘dope’ scandal”. Trinidad & Tobago’s oil in 1907, and was joined in After a Government tribunal of inquiry, he was the effort by Arthur ‘Beeby’ Thompson, who was cleared of wrongdoing in July, 1919. an engineer with oilfield-experience in Imperial Russia. He went on to become Director and, then, Chairman of the Anglo-Persian Oil Company John Cadman married Lillian Harrigan, daughter (later to become BP [British Petroleum]); in of John Harrigan, of Trindid. the process, he became a close friend of the

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Hashemite King Faisal I of the newly-created country of Iraq, for many years, acting as his personal advisor in oil-matters. (On November 11th, 1920, Iraq became a League of Nations mandate under British control, with the name, ‘State of Iraq’, while Faisal became its Britishbacked ruler, after he had been expelled from neighbouring Syria by the French, when they occupied that country). John Cadman’s extensive consultations in Iran throughout the 1920s culminated in his leading a British delegation to Tehran on April 3rd, 1933; the final agreement, which resulted mainly from his negotiating skills, was signed on April 29th, 1933. It stipulated that the British concessions be extended for 60 years to 1993; that a minimum annual royalty of £750,000 sterling be paid to Iran, and that the area of the concession be limited to 100,000 square miles. Ratified on May 28th, 1933, the concession was eventually revoked on May 1st, 1951, with retalitatory actions taken by the British and American governments eventually leading to the overthrow of the Shah and the Islamic Revolution of 1979. During the 1930s, Cadman - who was renowned for his love of shellfish- made a name for himself, thanks to a series of radio-talks on the oilindustry on the BBC. In 1937 (as part of King George VI’s Coronation Honours List), he was elevated to the House of Lords, receiving an hereditary peerage, becoming Baron Cadman of Silverdale “in the County of Stafford”, and, the following year, he was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Newcastle-under-Lyme. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1940, and died at his country home, Shenley Park, Bletchley, in Buckinghamshire, aged just 63, on May 31st, 1941.

A FAMOUS POTTERS memorial service was held at Westminster Abbey, in London, but his actual funeral service took place in his home village of Silverdale at St. Luke’s Church, where his ashes were interred in the family grave in the churchyard. If you visit St. Luke’s Church, you can see a stained-glass window (unveiled during a ceremony on November 18th, 2012), which was designed by artist, Graham Chaplin, whose mission-statement was: “Looking at the diverse life of Lord Cadman and his very real contribution to both the country and to Silverdale, I sought for a way to bring this to life in a meaningful way.” The design is loosely based upon the visual impact of oil, when seen on water, with a rainbow-like effect, using bubbles in which to include illustrations of various aspects of his life, including his school, the house where he was born and his involvement in all aspects of mining and petroleum technology. Although John Cadman was instrumental in making BP into the multi-billionpound corporate organisation that it is today, the company felt that it could not contribute towards the cost of the stained-glass window! Photos from ‘The Church That Came Back From The Dead’.

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THE REGENT THEATRE “A MONUMENTAL SHOW” - DIRECT FROM ITS WEST END TRIUMPH!! LAUDED as ‘the theatrical event of the year’, Bill Kenwright’s production of ‘Evita’ is returning to Hanley’s Regent Theatre in the New Year! The international, award-winning musical starring Wet, Wet, Wet singer, Marti Pellow, as its laconic narrator, ‘Che’ Guevarra, and Portuguese actress, Madelana Alberto, as the eponyomous heroine - last toured the country three years ago. Now, Kenwright’s version of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s acclaimed show can be enjoyed, once again, at the Piccadilly venue, following its smash-hit run at London’s Dominion Theatre in the West End. This much-loved musical tells the story of Eva Peron, wife of former Argentine dictator, Colonel Juan Peron, tracing the story of her journey from working-class origins to her accruing of extraordinary wealth and power, with many people viewing her as the spiritual leader of their nation. In death, she achieved genuinely-iconic status, something which continues into the 21st century. With more than twenty, major awards to

its credit (including the Oscar-winning film version, starring Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce and Jimmy Niall), this show promises to be as popular as ever. It features such musical theatre classics as ‘Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina’, ‘On This Night of a Thousand Stars’, ‘Another Suitcase in Another Hall’ and ‘ the Academy Awardwinning ‘You Must Love Me’. Directed by Bob Thomson and Bill Kenwright, this production is designed by Matthew Wright, and choreographed by Bill Dreamer. “A classic is reborn. All of the ‘Evitas’ I have seen over the years seem like dress rehearsals for this one. It has reached its apogee. Stunning,” enthused The Sunday Daily Telegraph. Meanwhile, What’s On Stage opined: “Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s partnership is the stuff of the legend”, and The Times thundered: “Shout it loud. ‘Evita’ is back with a bang!” ‘Evita’ runs from Tuesday, January 31st, to Saturday, February 4th, at 7.30pm, with 2.30pm matinee performances on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tickets (priced from £15 [£17.90 online/’phone]) are available from The Regent Theatre Box Office on 0844 871 7649, or by visiting www.atgtickets.com/ stoke Pictures show the previous West End cast.

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THE BEST NIGHT-OUT THIS CHRISTMAS - GUARANTEED!! THE one-and-only Eric has returned to Newcastle’s New Vic Theatre for his annual, festive ‘jolly’! You can join him and his multi-talented band of actors and musicians for a non-stop night of comedy, inspired mayhem and some of the greatest music of the 1960s. Just by way of a change, Eric needs money; so, he’s organising a Christmas party at the local community centre, with him as DJ and host. Money from the ticket-sales, and a good chance of copping-off for Christmas. What could go wrong?! Well, the five people who have bought tickets are all a little ‘odd’ - Dorothy, Evelyn Toto (a friend of Dorothy’s), the very timid Miss Lyons, the heartless Terry Inman (T. Inman - got it yet?) and the rather dim Steve Crowe make it the weirdest Christmas party you will ever attend!

- until THE NEW VIC THEATRE Saturday, December 10th, at 7.30pm. Tickets (priced at £18.50 [Monday & Tuesday] and £19.50, £22 and £23.50 [WednesdaySaturday]) are available from the New Vic’s Box Office on (01782) 717962 or online at www. newvictheatre.org.uk Tickets cost just £16 for groups of four or more, and, for groups of ten, you also get a FREE bottle of champagne (and a FREE, eleventh ticket for the organiser).

“THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO THE CORPORATE CHRISTMAS” IN its now-traditional appearance at Newcastle’s New Vic Theatre, The Albion Band offers a genuinely special Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 14th.

But, they still manage to provide a laugh-aminute - and perform 20 of the greatest hits of the ‘60s.

Four, great musicians feature in a guided tour through the Yuletide customs of Britain, via readings, folk carols and music.

These shows have become a North Staffordshire tradition, attracting record-breaking audiences.

The evening comprises the combined talents of Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and the Guv’nor himself, Ashley Hutchings, founder of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band.

“When I first brought Eric here, he was on tour, but, since then, Newcastle has become somewhere really special for him, with a new script written each time he comes back, especially for the New Vic,” explained actor, musician, scriptwriter, director and producer, David Graham, the ‘mastermind’ behind the ‘Uncle Eric’ phenomenon. You can enjoy this new show from David Graham Productions - ‘Eric’s Christmas Party’

Lauded by The Guardian as “the perfect antidote to the Corporate Christmas”, the show starts at 7.30pm, and tickets (priced at £17, £19.50 and £21, with concessions and Under-16s Go Free) are available from the New Vic Box Office on (01782) 717962, or online at www. newvictheatre.org.uk

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is wonderful, complemented by berrying Gorgeous Christmas wreaths create a holly to give rustic winter wonderland little, festive, IN the spirit of ‘The Age of Austerity’, and the red touches necessity of recycling and creating your own - and pop in some pinebasic accessories, why stopping the same cones, if you’re this Christmas?! a fan of the For example, you can use just about anything rustic winter from the garden to produce a festive wreath wonderland theme! or garland, and, moreover, it’s far less effort In fact, pine-cones really ARE nature’s than you think, not to mention essentially ultimate accessory for Christmas d’ecor. cost-free. Take three or four from the garden, and wire Wreaths look gorgeous, when hung on their stems together before spraying them your front door in the style of New England with gold paint or a dusting of faux snow homes, but they’re also great as a rustic - when hung from the mantle or roof, they embellishment to your fence (or just look like festive chandeliers. anything that can act as a hook).

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Tidy tips for clearing those pesky, Autumnal leaves! RAKING those dreaded, Autumnal leaves doesn’t have to be dreary chore. You can make quick work of clearing leaves from your garden lawn, driveway and pathway with a good leafblower, which will save you hours of hard work, using a hand-rake or brush! A blower makes it easy to tidy up fallen leaves into piles ready for collection, or use a vacuum to suck them up and, then, shred for compost. The ‘trick’ is to find a leaf-blower which doubles up as a vacuum, enabling you to ride yourself of leaves without recourse to a veritable artillery of expensive tools. Modern leaf-blowers can offer a shredding function, which will cut down those leaves to up to 70% of their original size, meaning that you don’t have to empty the collection-bag so often, and can clear your paths, drives and lawns in one ‘fell-swoop’. Electric leaf-blowers are often cheaper, and are perfect, if you have a smaller lawn or driveway, and you’re able to plug into a power-source; however, go for petrol-

powered HOME IMPROVEMENTS ones, if you are faced with hard-to-reach areas, such as those under ledges or larger lawns. A wheeled vacuum and shredder moves likes a lawnmower and, traditionally, features a large collection-bag, making it ideal for wet leaves or on slightly-windy or unpredictable days when you fear your neat pile may start straying - it’s also perfect for those who can’t lift a hand-held version for long periods. Be sure to recycle your fallen leaves, as they are an excellent, natural compost for your flower-beds and borders (especially if they’ve been picked up wet, and can, therefore, make a nice mulch in your compostpile). If you’ve accumulated dry-leaves along the way, get ‘crafty’ by spending a chilly Autumn afternoon, making some crafts by converting different-coloured and shaped leaves into animals or trees on paper. Alternatively, why not make an Autumnal wreath for your door or garden-fence with dried leaves, berries, twigs and pine-cones for a homely, rustic ‘look’?

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A White Christmas - get the ‘look’!! EVEN if you’re NOT ‘dreaming of a White Christmas’ (and, of course, you can’t control the weather), readers can still have a ‘Winter Wonderland’ in your home!

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If you’re a fan of all things fabulous, and want to add some glamour to your ‘look’, sparkling reindeers, feather baubles and decorations that glitter will provide you with that ‘wow-factor’.

If you’d rather introduce a little warmth to the room, go for gold baubles or copper centre-pieces which will add layers to your ‘look’, changing the tone, while retaining the style and sophistication.

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Happy customers help Lee to celebrate his business’s third anniversary!! IT’S surely the sign of a successful business, when it count upon lots of highly-satisfied customers, who, moreover, return time and time again?! Lee prides himself upon consistently living up to his belief that ‘The Customer is King’ - always! As a result, Field Street Auto Services - located at the heart of the ‘Queen of the Staffordshire Moorlands’ - is acclaimed for offering a friendly and approachable facility MAY 'N' MAR for owners of every make and model of vehicles. LAYDEEZ The business’s services include (but OATCAKES are, crucially, not limited to) MoTpreparation and repairs, servicing, HAND MADE HAND POURED exhausts, clutches, timing-belts, TRADITIONAL OATCAKES diagnostics, modifications and FRESHLY MADE ON THE alterations. “We can also arrange performance PREMISES and ECU remapping,” said Lee, who WHOLESALE ORDERS TAKEN worked his way up in the trade, 62 ROUNDWELL STREET TUNSTALL eventually running a garage, located near Longnor, before he

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Find your ideal balance FORMULATED by the Japanese health philosopher, George Ohsawa (founder of the Macrobiotic diet and philosophy), in the 1950s, and based on studies of the energetic properties of traditional, Oriental herbs, Mu Tea is far more than your average ‘cuppa’! The word, ‘Mu’, in Japanese means ‘an ideal state of balance’, and Clearspring’s new Mu Tea is an expert blend of twelve, organic plant-ingredients, each picked for different ying and yang elements. The result is a drink which is both soothing and invigorating, helping you to find your ideal balance picking you up when you are down, and relaxing when stressed. Each organic ingredient has been carefully selected, not just for their beneficial properties, but also based on taste.

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FUNERAL SERVICES Committed to maintaining high, professional standards at all times FUNERAL directors provide an essential service to every community in this country, but it is equally important that you select a good one. By selecting a superior funeral directing firm, readers can be certain that the business is committed to meeting your particular needs and to providing you with the very best quality of service. It is vital that the company adheres strictly to a code of practice, ensuring that high, professional standards of all times, especially on those occasions when things do not go to plan. The funeral director be part of a small, family business or a public limited company (conducting in excess of 500,000 funerals every year), but he or she will offer you invaluable help and advice, whatever your circumstances, and operate a 24-hour service, so that you can contact them at all times, whenever

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Providing a duty of care to the bereaved THE very concept of ‘Coping with Bereavement’ is, by the nature of things, something which each, individual person has to come to terms with in his or her own fashion. Nowadays, in the 21st century, it is something which - compared to people living in the Victorian period and throughout the 20th century, who experienced a closer relationship with Death - the overwhelming majority of us are completely unfamiliar with. Nevertheless, it is part of our duty to our family and friends (as well as the memory of the deceased) to find the resolve to meet practical and emotional demands which it makes upon us. Accordingly, when we losed a loved one (be it a partner, relative or a very close friend), it is imperative that we acquire the support, help and care of a reputable, well-established firm of funeral directors.

FUNERAL SERVICES North Staffordshire -based company, Dolven Funeral Services Ltd., possesses all the requisite experience of dealing with all the arrangements and, at the same time, its team (which has more than 15 years’ experience within the funeral industry) provides optimum advice at your time of personal grief. Its professional standards ensure that kindness, sympathy and understanding combine to lift the inexorable burden imposed upon the bereaved as is humanly possible, providing help, comfort and support, when it is most required. Specialising in every aspect of funeral care, Dolven listens carefully to its clients, in order to ensure that your exact requirements are answered with integrity. The company arranges the funeral, taking care of related, practical matter; importantly, Dolven’s services often extend way beyond the day of the funeral.

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