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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS

ACCOUNTANTS

ELECTRICIAN / ELECT.CONTRACTORS

HOUSEKEEPING

Adam Longley

19

LOL

40

Carol ’ s Housekeeping

Foxwise Accountancy

19

Safehome

29

HOUSE CLEARANCE

Tom Haynes Electrical

27

38

ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES

ACUPUNCTURE Ariane Thompson AERIAL SERVICES

Landmark Electricals

Airwave Aerials

34

EMPLOYMENT ISSUES

CVS Aerial & Satellite Services

15

Lawson West

AIRPORT TRANSPORT

1

Ancient and Modern

17

Ellis House Clearance

21

INSURANCE JSW Insurance

17,57

Oldham Marsh Page Flavell

16

24

56

JOINER Jon Jackson Joinery

58

Mark Reynolds

26

T&H Solutions

55

EVENTS

Valley Taxis

55

Hose Festival

9

KITCHENS/ DESIGN & INSTALLATION

Melton Country Fair

6

Andrew Booth

34

Stuart Harrold

26

ANIMAL FEEDS Buttercup Feeds

53

ARCHITECT John Fowkes

41

BATHROOM/KITCHEN FITTING Aquarius RPM

63 48

BEEF BOXES

FENCING Carl Wyles

42

Colourfence

64

FINANCIAL ADVICE Absolute Financial Services FIREPLACES /FIRES STOVES Little Stove Shop

Brentingby Meadows

52

BLINDS & AWNINGS

Classic Picture Frames

Town and Country Blinds

23

FURNITURE RESTORER

21

C J Green

Alex Fairbrother

35

Vortex

Colin Mousley

11

GARAGES

47

LANDSCAPE / GARDEN SUPPLIES

21

PERSONAL COACHING

Green Rooms Amanda Williamson

46 38 27

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57

L and H Exhausts

13

LOGS

28

Tanvic Tyres

12

GARAGE DOORS 20 21

AS Doors

13

Asfordby Garage Doors

10

GARDENING

King ’ s Road Carpets

20

A&D Gardens & trees

44

David Greaves

43

GARDEN DESIGN & PLANNING

CHIROPODY 38

CHIROPRACTOR 37

CLEANING

David Greaves

43

Green Rooms

46

GLAZIER / CUT MIRRORS Melton Glass

24

CLOTHING/ FURNISHING ALTERATIONS

21

COMPUTER SERVICES

48

GYM / HEALTH CLUB Goodlife

2

HARD LANDSCAPING/BUILDING MAINTENANCE

Computer SOS

15

Buckleys

44

Mark 1

14

Building Maintenance Services

42

38

Kee Construction

47

HEATING ENGINEER

COUNSELLING Joan Carter CRAFT / SEWING SHOP Stitchcraft

32

DOG GROOMING / BOUTIQUE Doggy and Gabonna

53

DOMESTIC APPLIANCE REPAIR 25

DRY CLEANING Rita ’ s Alterations

Jordan Landscapes

Roc Locks

23

NB Automatics

46

AFK Locksmiths

Hallsorts

Rita ’ s Alterations

43

Greenrooms

12

Manor Carpet Cleaning

Dusters

45

Graham Skinner

CARPETS AND FLOORING

The Back Pain Clinic

Betta Gardens David Greaves Lands. & Design

LOCK SMITH

CARPET CLEANING

Elaine Etherington

34

LANDSCAPING

15

CARPENTER

A & G Chemdry

Andrew Booth

28

GADGET SHOP

BUILDERS

Chris Bradbury

30

FRAMING

Your Blinds

Tony Brown

18

KITCHEN/BEDROOM SHOWROOMS

21

CC Plumbing

34

Dormouse Heating Services

30

JP Roe Plumbing

7

M Gas

31

Unigas

31

HOME IMPROVEMENTS DM Casey

48

The Log Man

31

METAL WORK/GATES RAILS ETC Michael Dean

42

MOBILE BEAUTICAN Forget me not beauty

39

MOBILE HAIRDRESSER Bec ’ s Mens Haircutting

39

OSTEOPATH Clare Spencer

38

OVEN CLEANER Oven Fairy

23

Oven and Out

25

PAINTER & DECORATORS Gordon Decorators

29

Melton Decorators

8

Darren Neale

8

PEST CONTROL P Cox

54

PLANT NURSERY C&C Plants

61

Naturescape

51

PLASTERER AP Plastering

27

MWM Plastering

27

Mark & Ian Davis

40

PLUMBERS Melton Plumbing Services

24

CC Plumbing

34


INDEX BPG Plumbing

25

JP Roe Plumbing

7

PRINTING Leaflet printing & distribution

60

PUBS/ CLUBS Conservative Club

50

Crown Sproxton

51

RESTAURANT Crown Sproxton

51

Hammer & Pincers

49

Les Rosbifs

50

RIDING SCHOOL Owston Lodge

54

ROOFER Diamond Flat Roofing

10

RSJ Roofing

41

SCAFFOLDING C and A Scaffolding

35

SECURITY SYSTEMS Rutland and Belvoir

57

SKIP HIRE Faulks

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CONTENTS

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SOFT FURNISHINGS Thorpe Curtains

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Town & Country Blinds & interiors

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Welcome Letter - Editor 3 Index / special offers 4-5 Camping on a budget - Annie Lawson 11 Tech stuff - Avoiding a digital disaster 14,15 Leaving a house to your children?- Andrew Hitchin 16 Financial advice - Adam Fearn 18 Home interiors - Create a home gym 22 Word Ladder 27 Competition - Find Sam 28 Pictograms 29 Time trial 29 Business news—New Messenger mobile APP 33 No such thing as a “slipped disc” - David Casey 37 Health tips—reducing headaches 39 Garden hide and seek - Pippa Greenwood 44-45 Herb of the month—Mint 47 Recipe - Lambs kidneys and bacon on toast 49 Baking on the rise - Sally Hooper 50 Business profile - Naturescape 51 View from a farm - Julia Hawley 52 Hidato 53 Summer at Owston Lodge - Barbara Randall 54 Neighbourhood Watch news - Eric Tindall 56 Melton’s community news and events 59-62 useful nos. and quiz answers 60 Events pages & Diary 62

SOLAR ENERGY Redmile Energy

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SOLICITORS Lawson and West Oldham Marsh Page & Flavel

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SPORTS INJURY Melton Physiotherapy & Sports Clinic 39 SPORTS MASSAGE Donna Wright

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TAXIS T&H Solutions

55

Valley Taxis

55

TEA ROOM Naturescape

51

The Old Brickyard Tea Garden

61

TENNIS CLUB Hamilton Lawn Tennis Club

55

TILER Anthony Gordon

26

TILES The Original Tiling Company

63

TREE SURGEON A&D Gardens and trees

44

TOY SHOP Melton Toys

29

TUTORING 101 Tutors

TYRE SUPPLIERS/FITTERS Tanvic Tyres

12

UNDERTAKERS Hazlewoods

17

Richard Barnes

19

VEHICLE BODY REPAIRS Premier Colours

13

VENUE HIRE Conservative Club

50

Tennis Club

55

WATCH / CLOCK REPAIRS Vortex

15

WINDOWS/ DOORS AND CONSERVATORIES

= Whe herre known and appropriate appropriate

GCS Windows

30

Homesure

7

Melton Windows Limited

36

WINDOW CLEANING/PRESSURE WASHING Masterpane

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WEBSITE DESIGN AND HOSTING Here 2 Host

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WINDOW REPAIRS DC Services

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6 we have “The Knights of the Damned” jousting demonstration plus the “Quack Pack” and “Sheridan the Sheepdog” to entertain during the day. There are a number of musicians playing in the With a host of cookery bandstand and around the site. demonstrations and our The annual Novelty Dog Show annual BIG BAKE competition, has 12 classes, with great food lovers will be spoilt for prizes for dogs and owners choice. Join us in the “Make, donated by Mars in the Bake, Stir and Shake” marquee Community, when they to try pie making, bread compete for “wiggliest tail” or baking, cake decorating, “Musical Sit”. So don’t be shy smoothie cycling and much bring Rover over! more. This year we would like The Fair would not be to double the number of entries – so put on your aprons complete without our multitalented arts, with decoupage, and let’s get baking. Don’t spinning, lacemaking, pottery, forget to bring or send us a copy of your favourite cake or pyrography workshops and lots of lovely handmade craft stalls. bread recipe to share. We have music to enjoy with Breakfast, lunch and tea will be your cream tea or in the provided by local producers, Belvoir Ale tent. offering tasty options, many Barrie Thomas of Leicestershire made with Leicestershire Food Links who organises the produce. Fair said “The Country Fair is Children will love a trip to the special – it offers a taste of our livestock area with calves, local heritage, food and sheep, lambs, pigs, poultry and countryside and gives smaller pets to see and touch everyone the chance to try alongside the ever popular new crafts and activities in the Interactive Bee Tent. This year relaxed and beautiful

Enjoy a full day of Countryside Fun at this year’s Melton Mowbray Country Fair on Sunday 7th July in the Town Estates Park in an event that grows year on year.

surroundings of the historic Town Estates Parks. This year we are providing more free activities for families to enjoy. We will also be giving away free tickets through the Melton and Oakham Midlands Co-op stores.” Leicestershire Food Links is a non profit making social enterprise and relies on the goodwill of local business, schools and people to make the day a success. We are always looking for local people to get involved e.g. demonstrate their crafts, display their vintage/classic cars, busk, show livestock or as a volunteer on the day. So if you would like to be part of the event please contact us now. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed. For more information about how you can get involved please contact Barrie Thomas on 07856599424 or visit www.meltonmowbraycountryf air.co.uk or email barrie.thomas@leicestershiref oodlinks.org.uk


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+ VAT

Reg. No. 303216

Boiler Servicing/Replacing

Bathroom Installation

Heating systems

General Plumbing

Free quotations

NO CALL OUT CHARGE!

Telephone : 01664 568491 Email: jay4roe@msn.com

Mobile: 07841 425753

Web: www.melton-plumber.co.uk

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Darren Neal eale e Painting ting & Decora Decoratin ting g Pain Est. 33 years Reliable & trusted service

All aspects of Interior Painting Minor Plastering and Carpentry repairs

Including interior door fitting City & Guilds qualified

ALL WORK GUARENTEED AND UNDERTAKEN TO A HIGH STANDARD

Private & commercial Single rooms to whole houses / premises Interior & exterior work

Tel: 01664 854672 Mob: 07707 008242 www.darrenneale.co.uk

Extensions o Garden Rooms o Conservatories o Bathrooms o Internal Alterations o Kitchens o Landscaping o Drives o Natural wood/Tile floors o Loft Conversions o New Builds


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REPLACEMENTS, UPGRADES & REPAIRS DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL Garages

Bay windows

We fit high performance torch-on felt to our roofs.

Other colour options available 15 year product guarantee

Extensions

Dormers

Porches

We are now also authorised to offer non seamed, super flexible Rubber roofing.

Fully adhered (no flame) Environmentally friendly with a 25 year product guarantee

For a FREE and prompt estimate call us on

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11 Camping can be great fun and very affordable. You can’t just put the TV on, there are no computer games for the children and your time is spent exploring forests and cooking outdoors. It makes for a wonderful family bonding experience completely unlike renting a holiday home, and is lots of fun if you can find a group of you to go. Firstly the tent. Take advantage of somebody else’s impulse buy by visiting secondhand sites to see what you can snap up - Ebay or Gumtree of course. Sleeping bags might be necessary, but chances are you’ll be driving to your camping site so take your own duvets and pillows with some old covers and that will be perfectly adequate. You’ll need to find something to lie on. Cushions from outdoor chairs or a beach lilo will be good enough for children, but you might want to invest in an inflatable mattress for the adults. Other equipment such as a gas stove, water containers and plastic plates might be offered to you if you put a wanted advert on Gumtree or Freecycle– and don’t forget to ask your friends if you can borrow. You might not be able to look your glamorous

best while camping, however, it doesn’t mean you won’t want to clean up every day and proper toilet facilities are a must. Fortunately, these days most sites will have a shower and toilet block. The internet will help you decide which site to go to. For example www.pitchup.com has 5,000 UK and Ireland sites listed and it allows you to filter the features that are a ‘must’ for you and those that are a ‘nice to have’. For example you might want to visit a site that allows children and dogs (or doesn’t), has wifi access, or electric hook ups. Still not convinced? If you think this sounds like more hassle than it’s worth, you might want to consider ‘glamping’. It’s still sleeping in an open area surrounded by trees, but the living accommodation is provided for you. Many sites offer teepees, yurts, wooden huts or even a gypsy caravan. Remember, you won’t be the only one looking for a cheap summer break, so go online and book your pitch now. By Annie Lawson

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GRAHAM SKINNER MOTOR SERVICES

“Motor Engineering as it should be” be” Unit 2c Mill Lane, Mill St. Melton Mowbray LE13 1AX

We are here to service ALL your motoring needs. Honest friendly service and advice. Servicing and repairs on all makes of vehicle Melton’s leading diagnostic centre

Tel:01664 410500 or 07860 474685 (All major credit cards accepted)


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Bumper Scuffs Minor Dents and Scratches Alloy Wheels - we come to you at home or work - costs less than a body shop. - a high quality finish

EXHAUSTS . MoT & SERVICE CENTRE

CHARLOTTE STREET MELTON MOWBRAY LEICS.

LE13 1NA

MOTS / REPAIRS / SERVICING OF CLASS 4 & 7 VEHICLES EXHAUSTS TYRES BRAKES 4 WHEEL ALIGNMENT DIAGNOSTICS AIR CONDITIONING


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Protecting your PC falls into three key categories: protecting your valuable data, protecting your PC from online threats and protecting your PC from physical damage. Protecting the hardware is the easy bit. Surge protectors can prevent nasty spikes in the electricity supply from causing any damage, and if you have a laptop you can buy a Kensington Lock to secure it to something suitably hefty. A compressed air canister can blow dust out of fan vents and debris out of keyboards, and it’s a good idea to keep your PC away from extremes of temperature. Be particularly aware of potential spills: keep food and drink and PCs separate. No matter how careful you are, computers can and do break: every hard disk will wear out eventually. That’s why it’s really important to keep backup copies of anything important such as family photographs, home videos or iTunes downloads. You can do this in several ways - using an online service

such as Mozy (www.mozy.co.uk) or Skydrive (skydrive.live.com), by burning them to DVD or by copying them to an external hard disk, but remember that if your backup is in the same place as the original, a domestic disaster such as a burst pipe might ruin both of them. It’s also worth noting that services such as Facebook won’t compensate you if they accidentally delete or damage your online photo libraries. The other issue to worry about is “malware”, which is software designed to do nasty things. Sometimes malware spies on you, trying to obtain your passwords and other details; other times it just damages files or slows your PC to a crawl. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to avoid: Windows 7 and Windows 8 both have firewall software, which can prevent nasties getting in, and if you’re suspicious you can avoid most malware. Don’t open unsolicited email attachments from people you don’t know, and don’t let fake emails from the bank fool you: your bank will never send you programs or zipped documents in an email.


15 Always make sure you’re downloading from reputable sources, such as Microsoft.com and make sure your web browser software is up to date. Old browsers can be a real security risk. Last but not least, invest in some security software. You don’t need to spend any money - Microsoft’s Security Essentials is free (www.microsoft.com/ security_essentials/), as is AVG Free antivirus (free.avg.com) and AVAST (www.avast.com), and there are also free tools to tune up your PC. One of our favourites is CCleaner (www.piriform.com/ ccleaner), which works miracles on sluggish PCs, and we’d also recommend the free Ad-Aware program (www.lavasoft.com) to prevent annoying software setting up shop on your PC.

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16 For many people who have lost a husband or wife, making the decision to move into a care home later in life is a huge step; both emotionally and financially. Whether or not the individual or local authority will then pay for such care depends on a variety of factors centring mainly on the individual’s own assets. If an individual has capital over £23,250 then they must pay for their care. ‘Capital’ is anything which you would expect to fall into this category- so cash, houses, shares, bank and building society accounts all count. However, there are certain assets which are disregarded and do not count as capital- personal possessions such as antiques (unless deliberately purchased to reduce capital) or occupational pensions being examples. There are also certain assets which may be temporarily disregarded. Given that the local authority is able to use the value of property in calculating an individual’s capital, many worry that should the decision be made to move into a care home, they will have no choice but to sell their own home in order to meet the costs

of care home fees. Transferring your property to your children may seem like the best solution to avoid paying care home fees; however this is not necessarily the case. It may be viewed by the local authority as being a deliberate attempt to avoid paying for care with the result that it falls back into your estate and forms part of your capital in any event for assessment purposes. It is also worth keeping in mind that if you do transfer your property, once the transfer has taken place, the property is no longer yours. This means that, should your children wish to sell the property with the result that you are left with nowhere to live, they would have the power to do this. You have given up ownership and control of the property entirely to your children. In order to avoid the full impact of the above scenarios, it is recommended that legal advice is sought prior to any transfer taking place. The information herein does not constitute legal advice Andrew Hitchon - Assistant Solicitor.

For a professional, friendly and dependable service, call on your local legal team.

Tel : 01664 563162 Web : www.ompf.co.uk


17 Ancient & Modern Family business Est. 22yrs

Clearing your house, garage or office quickly, efficiently and with discretion.

We are here 24 hours, 7 days a week, Reasonable rates and free quotes. We are also licensed rubbish removers.

Tel : 01664

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of £15,400 (55% of the £28,000 paid out of his pension savings). Bill must pay the tax charge, not the pension scheme. The tax charge is in addition to the £10,000 Bill has already paid in fees.

Example 2 Unlocking pension savings early Sonia is 49 she's approached by an adviser about unlocking her pension savings early. It appears to be a fantastic offer, and she says she's keen to do this. Sonia's advised to speak to her pension scheme administrator and ask them to transfer her pension to another pension scheme. After the transfer her new pension scheme tells her they invest in a company that provides loans Her Majesty's Revenue & Customs and is willing to lend her the amount that she has (HMRC) has issued a warning to consumers vulnerable to "unscrupulous" in her pension savings. Sonia receives her pension savings as a loan and firms offering to help them access their pays a fee for doing this. pension savings early. HMRC contact her with a tax bill for over half the HMRC, which recently launched a campaign amount she originally transferred. This is because against pension ‘liberation' - or ‘unlocking' - she took her pension savings early rather than schemes with The Pensions Regulator, said waiting and receiving regular pension payments when she reached 55. savers may be particularly swayed by Sonia - not the adviser - must pay the tax charge. incorrect claims that these firms can use a legal loophole to access the cash. "There is It's always the scheme member who is liable for the tax charges, not the new scheme, the adviser no loophole," HMRC warned. Very few or the promoter.

Access your pension early? WARNING

people, are permitted to take money out of If you have any concerns please seek their pensions before they are 55. The UK's official tax department added that, independent financial advice by calling me below. even if individuals take the initiative themselves to unlock their savings, some or all of it may be at stake. That is because a tax charge of up to 55% applies on the amount accessed, which would be levied on the individual rather than the company that helped them ‘unlock' the cash. The company is also likely to receive a large fee.

HMRC gave two examples of how the scheme works: Example 1 Accessing money from a former employer's pension scheme Bill gets a text message asking if he wants to release money from his pension. He finds out he has £28,000 in his former employer's pension scheme and agrees to transfer it to another scheme. Because he's short of money and wants access to cash quickly, he accepts that he'll lose £10,000 of it in fees to the new pension scheme or adviser. He gets £18,000 and spends it. HMRC investigates the transfer and because he's only 42 and has broken the rules by taking his pension early and taking all of it as a lump sum they write and tell him he has to pay a tax charge

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Accountancy VAT Payroll Business start-ups Sage training and support Business strategy advice Book keeping Tax consultancy

E : info@adamlongley.co.uk W : www.adamlongley.co.uk

Visit our offices at Elizabeth House, 73 High Street, Syston, Leicester, LE7 1GQ Adam Longley MAAT is a licenced and regulated by the Association of Accountants Technicians to provide services in accordance with licence no. 3336, details of which are displayed at the address shown.

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King’s Road Carpets

Providing Excellent Customer Service for Over 22 years

NOT JUST JUST CARPETS!

Carpets & Carpet Tiles * Quality Wooden Flooring * Stair Rods * Natural Flooring * Ceramic Floor Tiles * Contemporary & Traditional Rugs * Cushion & Vinyl Flooring * TEL : 01664 500911 www.kingsroadcarpets.co.uk 15 Kings Road Melton Mowbray OPEN Mon-Sat 9am until 5pm

We provide - Free Local Delivery Insurance Estimates - Fittings - A Home Shopping Service where we bring samples to your home - Friendly Advice and Consultations.

Proudly serving Melton since 1995

“ We have used A&G Chem-Dr Chem-Dry y many man y times times bef before. ore. Excellent Exce llent work work.” .” Mr & Mrs Ward, Melton Mowbray


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Sensible prices

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231462 07703651583 Professional Clothing Alterations and Dry Cleaning

Farmer Bros 18a, Park Lane M. Mowbray, Leicestershire. LE13 0PT

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22 A separate room kitted out with all the latest equipment might be your dream, but it is possible to plan some exercise space in the smallest shared room. Decide whether you want to increase your strength, reduce your fat, tone your body, or a combination of all three. Then you’ll need to buy the relevant equipment around which to design the space. The smallest safe area in which to exercise is about ten square feet, and this could simply be a clear corner of a room with adequate ceiling height and reasonable lighting. Keep a deflatable Swiss ball, one or two medicine balls, some resistance bands and a heart-rate monitor in a cupboard or drawer and hey presto, you have a readymade gym. Other equipment that takes up little space includes a skipping rope, dumb bells or hand weights, a cable stack of weights that can tuck into a corner or a folding bike or rower. The practicalities Rule number one: don’t install a gym containing heavy equipment (not just weights – even a treadmill can weigh 150kg) on an upper floor without advice from a structural engineer. Using a gym can be noisy, so a ground floor site that’s well away from living or sleeping areas but close to a shower room is ideal. At least one opening window is essential for

ventilation, and you may want to add a fan too. You’ll also need adequate heating so that the room is at a comfortable temperature year round. The ideal floor would be non-slip and easy to keep clean, perhaps wood laminate with a thick underlay. For floor exercises, the cheapest option is of course to unroll a mat. As for lighting , inset ceiling lights are ideal. Dangling pendants and jutting wall lights present obstacles that could be annoying or even dangerous. One last essential is music. You might be happy with a portable radio, an MP3 player with headphones or a stereo plugged into a wall socket (don’t let wires trail around, though), or you may wish to invest in a bespoke music system with hidden speakers and smart controls. Whether you prefer Fleetwood Mac or Flo Rida, Roxy Music or Rihanna, it’s time to crank up the volume and become that super-honed athlete you always wanted to be. • For advice on setting up a home gym, you can’t beat a personal trainer, who can help identify the best workout for you, what equipment you’ll need and how to use it. Contact the National Register of Personal Trainers on 0844 8484 644 or go to www.nrpt.co.uk. Alternatively, a reputable fitness equipment retailer should be able to advise on what to buy and where to put it.


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OVENS RANGES AGAS HOBS EXTRACTORS FRIDGES FREEZERS BBQ’S Prices start from just £39 Appointments to suit you

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24 Carol’s Housekeeping Service

Need a helping hand around your home?

Friendly local service Cleaning ,Laundry, Ironing, Vacuuming, Dusting, Polishing, Shopping etc. Pay hourly, appointments weekly /fortnightly Very competitive rates.

Call Carol on 07977 109631

Window & UPVC Cleaning Specialists & Pressure Washing

Commercial & Domestic: Water fed pole system Windows, fascias, gutters, conservatory roofs and patios, driveways etc. PROFESSIONAL & RELIABLE FOR FREE QUOTES

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24 hour emergency call out available

Individual packages tailored to suit your cleaning requirements Fully Insured

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Ovens, Ranges, Agas, Hobs, Extractors Local professional company Fully trained 100% Biodegradable materials Friendly service Competitive Prices Flexible hours Starting price : Single oven ÂŁ30

Telephone - 01664 850478 Mobile - 07960274717 Email - ovenandout@gmail.com 24 Hr emergency call out

Friendly reliable service

All kinds of plumbing work undertaken Leaking taps and burst pipes Radiators moved / installed Full bathroom installations & tiling Free no obligation quotes Telephone : Mobile: 07581266245 Home: 01664668591 Email : bpgplumbingservices@hotmail.com


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All aspects of floor & wall tiling Re-grouting & sealing & under floor heating Fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms & bedrooms with 3D designs Solid wood & laminate flooring All aspects of joinery undertaken

Trade prices - No VAT Small jobs most welcome Free quotations

City and guilds qualified with over 12 yrs experience Discount for OAPS NO VAT- trade prices Fully insured Free quotations

All aspects of carpentry & joinery from small to large projects Complete kitchen installation service All aspects of floor and wall tiling Supply & fit/fit only/ bespoke services available

Tel : 01664 851680 Mob : 07890 686740

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We have over 25 years of experience in designing and installing rooms to suit your lifestyle Traditional or Contemporary - the difference is in the detail. Quality products, expertly fitted. All with a personal service which means that your satisfaction is guaranteed. With a free design and quotation service, what have you got to lose?

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Conservation and Restoration Period Property & Listed Buildings Traditional and Modern techniques Lath and Lime putty work Cornice and mouldings run in situ. Fibrous work External lime renders Lime wash and Mineral paints Clay Plasters Architectural plaster/ stone repair including sills, mouldings, cornice and Ashlar Damp issue remedies using natural lime materials CALL ADRIAN N (Certified plasterer) CALL ADRIA for friendly advice & a free quotation www.heritage www.heritagelimeplastering.co. limeplastering.co.uk uk

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For all your electrical needs Sockets Re-wiring Outside lighting New consumer units and Replacement light fittings Pat testing for both domestic and commercial business

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Once again we had a great response to our Find Sam competition. It really helps us to see that our magazine is being delivered properly, so thank you to all who took the time to enter and please do keep trying! This month we have a £25 gift voucher to spend at the award winning Good Grub farm shop and tearoom at Eastwell. Simply find Sam. He is hidden somewhere in this directory. Send your entry along with your name, address and tel. no. to Melton Messenger Find Sam Competition - May / June to 52 Longfield Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1PP to arrive no later than the closing date. First correct entry will be drawn from the hat and notified by post. Alternatively you can e-mail us at recs2messenger@ntlworld.com - don’t forget to include your postal address. Closes June 15th . GOOD LUCK!

OUR CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST MONTHS WINNERS Mrs C Peters who wins tea for two at The Old Brick Garden Tea room. And AJ Moss who wins a £10 to spend at Hollands Nurseries in Twyford.

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37 A disc can bulge, become ruptured and degenerate but it cannot, under any circumstances, slip out of place. The truth is they are literally cemented to the bones making it impossible for them to move. So why make a fuss over this anyway? What difference does it make? It is very important to understand exactly what is wrong to make an informed choice about treatment for back pain without wasting time waiting for it to heal. Many explanations given for back pain are just over simplifications. Back pain is obviously more complicated than something “slipping� out of place trapping a nerve. The discs have an outer shell similar to radial tyres with fibrous tissue wrapped around in layers filled with a jelly-like centre

that acts just like air in a tyre. An underinflated tyre will wear out quicker. The discs, unfortunately, have no blood supply, which compromises their ability to heal. Over the years we simply accumulate damage to these discs until they begin to weaken like an old worn tyre. If this degeneration is allowed to continue unchecked for year upon year finally the disc splits and tears often rupturing completely with the gel leaking out onto the nerves as seen in a prolapsed disc. Maintaining the flexibility of these discs can prevent advanced degeneration occurring and this can be achieved with a combination of manipulation and stretching techniques. D. Casey –The Back Pain Clinic

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Welcome to Church Street Practice, a multi-disciplinary clinic where independent registered practitioners are working under one roof. We offer a wide range of therapies covering mind and body and work to the highest standard of care. OSTEOPATHY: 01664 480568 Clare Spencer B(Ost) Richard Moore BSC(Ost)

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A system of diagnosis and treatment that can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions from postural problems, pain from and prevention of sports injuries, repetitive strain injuries through to postural changes during pregnancy.

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1. Water: up your fluid intake and reduce alcohol and caffeine. 2. Relax: take up a sport or relaxing hobby to help you manage stress levels. 3. Breathe: get lots of fresh air and take regular slow and deep breaths. 4. Sleep: make sure you have enough sleep with lots of early nights. 5. Posture: reduce tension by improving the way you sit, stand and move.

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Garden hide and Seek However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery , but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line: It may be essential but it rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours is like mine and consists of two large poles with a line between them, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self clinging plant such as variegated ivy it will do its own thing without any form of additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary too. Summer flowering clematis will look great or you could make a seasonal display for summer only using pretty climbers such as sweet peas. If you do use one of the more vigorous climbers then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning to ensure that it does not use your washing line as a plant support.

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45 If the garden is inclined to be a little gloomy then it helps if you paint any surfaces such as garage or shed walls with a paler colour – it is amazing just how much light this will bounce back into your garden. Heating fuelled by gas from a huge cylinder or oil from a large green tank: I’m the owner of one of the mammoth green metal tanks and as much as I enjoy a well-heated house I detest the tank and because it has to be sited in an accessible position so it can be re-filled with relative ease; you cannot lose it in the depths of the garden. I use hazel wattle hurdles to hide ours, which are perfect as they also match with the adjacent boundary fence. You could use standard fence panels in the same way and again planting them with climbers or scramblers will help. Whatever you do, make sure that you check on it from time to time and remove excessive climber growth so that the tank remains accessible. Is it the neighbouring garden that harbours the eye sore which makes you want to retreat back into your house? Something

nasty next door is of course even harder to conceal but why not add a layer of trellis to the top of your existing fence and then use climbers once it is in position. Hold the trellis in position using batons of wood attached to the existing fence posts or special post-joining metal sleeves that you can buy from your fencing supplier or garden centre. Trellis is available in a range of shapes and need not be straight edged so you can create a range of different looks to suit your gardening style. Another option is to erect a pergola or arch to obscure or break up an unsightly view or the eyesore in their garden and adding plants will help to add a bit more height and soften the outline. If you combine some of your favourite flowering climbers with some evergreen planting too, you should even achieve good effects during the seasons when the leaves have fallen from many plants. Visit www.pippagreenwood.com and sign up for for Pippa’s free newsletter and free ebook on organic gardening.

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Herb of the month - Mint Mint is a highly versatile herb used widely in teas, condiments, and sweets. It makes an excellent flavouring for lamb dishes and is often used as a sauce to go with a roast dinner. It is delicious when finely chopped and added to new potatoes, peas or green beans. Added to yoghurt with salt and pepper and even a little garlic, this will make a lovely cooling dressing for salad and in the summer goes particularly well with barbecued food. Mint and chocolate is a very popular combination both in purchased goods and for home made dishes. There are hundreds of variations of desserts that can be made with mint and white, milk or dark chocolate. Although mint has many uses at home, its use in commercially manufactured products is where it really comes into its own. Toothpaste, breath fresheners, chewing gum, indigestion remedies, sweets, ice-cream and even in some cigarettes, mint is very much part of modern life. The herb is very easy to grow – in fact a bit too easy as it can be invasive, so growing it in pots is recommended. Mint prefers a cool, moist spot in partial shade although, like many herbs, it will tolerate a wide range of conditions, and can also be grown in full sun. Although there are hundreds of varieties of mint, Menthe spicata (spearmint) is the most common.

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49 This dish has been on our selection of starters for the past 6 weeks, it has outsold every other starter we are currently offering. If offal is your thing, then this is a must try dish, it is so simple, anyone can do it. Here I have said to use a sour dough, however in the restaurant we have taken it a bit further by making our own black pudding bread. 4 lambs kidneys sliced and deveined 2 slices of smoked bacon, cut into strips 1 small loaf of sour dough bread 1 tablespoon of English mustard 50g butter 50ml white wine vinegar 4 eggs 4 spring onions 100ml sour cream 100ml jus ( Buy 500ml ready made chicken stock and reduce to 100ml)

Poaching the eggs in advance Use the freshest eggs you can get. Have a bowl full of ice water on the side ready. Add the 100ml of white wine vinegar to 500ml water, & bring to a rapid boil, drop the eggs in one at a time, turn the water down to a simmer, and leave to cook for 3 minutes, remove and plunge into the iced water, allow to cool completely for least 10 minutes, remove from the water and leave until you are ready to use later.

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The rest of the dish Heat a heavy bottomed frying pan until very hot and add about 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil to the pan. Add the kidneys and the bacon strips and cook until well coloured, approx. a minute each side. Add the spring onion, butter, jus, double cream & mustard. Once this has all come to the boil, cook for just 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, and rest and cool the dish for 5 minutes. The juices will run out into the sauce, so when you reheat the kidneys, they will suck up the pan juices. Toast 4 slices of sour dough bread, re heat the eggs for 2 minutes in boiling water. Re heat the kidneys by simmering first, then put the kidney and bacon mix on the toast, top with the poached egg and serve.

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50 Britain has seen a major increase in the baking of homemade cakes and breads, fired by programmes such as The Great British Bake Off and Mr Blue eyes himself, Paul Hollywood. We are smitten. In the past such increases have tallied with periods of economic uncertainty & insecurity not only because we can make great bakes with good ingredients for less but apparently the whiff of homebaking is the number one smell to remind us of our childhood. That works for me as I remember the bakers’ strikes long ago with the smell of homemade yeasty bread proving by the fire, all very comforting. Research shows that as many as 79% of adults are baking and they are not just women. Baking groups are springing up across the country offering a tasty opportunity to socialise with cake. One such group is the Clandestine Cake Club, a nationwide organisation with local groups who meet, usually with a theme, to eat and

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enjoy each other’s creations and company. If you are interested, visit http://clandestinecakeclub.co.uk/ for further details of your local group. (Their new cookbook is pretty good too!) At our restaurant we have recently started a social baking club – Bakers United - which also includes breadmaking. Our age range is 16 to 60 ish with 2/3rd women. Our first baking day tackled sourdough, Danish pastries, pizza and a range of cakes. with our next session in May, we thought this would give us a good chance to practice for the Melton Big Bake supported by the Real Bread Campaign (http://www.sustainweb.org/realbread/) which is back at the Country Fair on Sun 7th July. Entries online at www.meltonmowbraycountryfair.co.uk Mrs Beeton would be proud of us - Happy Baking! Sallie Hooper.

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51 Naturescape, wild flower farm visitor centre is situated on Coach Gap Lane in Langar and is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. It was opened in 1990 by owners Brian and Liz Scarborough and their eldest son Mark. Their aim was to provide ideal habitats suited to growing wild flowers and attracting wildlife, integrated with providing visitors with information, advice and demonstrations, together with the sale of wild flower seeds and plants. The site was originally purchased in 1987 and comprised some two acres of `rough and concrete,' and 44 acres of arable land. Over the years this has been gradually added to and transformed into butterfly and bee gardens, dragon fly pond and wetland meadow together with wild flower meadows

3 large En-suite rooms, TV with Freeview, coffee/ tea and free WiFi

planted with numerous species of native wild flowers and grasses for wholesale seed production on some 90 acres of land. Visitors are free to stroll amongst and enjoy the large areas of wild flowers and observe the wildlife that they attract. A full range of plants and seeds plus a selection of cottage garden species and herbs can be purchased at the centre. Tempting homebaked light refreshments are available in the pine cabin tea room situated within the wildlife garden. Visits from schools, clubs, WI's etc. can be arranged in or outside our normal opening hours. Early evening visits in summer with buffet supper have proved popular. Discounts are given for groups of 12 people or more. Please contact us for more details.

Coach Gap Lane, Langar, Notts. NG139HP

TEAROOM AROOM open daily Landlords Chris and Paula welcome guests old and new back to the Crown. Excellent Sunday Lunch & home cooked meals. Daily specials & themed evenings. Wide range of wines, beers and real ales. Tea or coffee during the day. Open Mon - Thur 17.00 - 23.00 Food 12.00-21.00 Fri - Sun 12.00 - 23.00 Food 12.00 - 21.00 WE LOOK FORWARD TO MEETING YOU. The Crown Inn, 1 Coston Road, Sproxton, Melton Mowbray, Leics. LE14 4QB

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Rural Ramblings -View from the Farm

As I write this in late April the temperature is up to the seasonal norms but a cold weekend with frost is forecast. So goes our British rollercoaster weather, which has certainly tested us this last twelve months and the effects will continue to be felt this year even if we see a return to ‘perfect’ growing conditions. Perhaps when some of you read this in June we will be basking in the sunshine. A recent headline in Farmer’s Weekly proclaims ‘Weather crisis leaves all farm sectors reeling’. I have written previously about the wet summer of 2012, with sub-standard and poorly yielding crops and the difficulties of managing livestock on sodden fields. We are all seeing the fall-out from that; I read of some British-sourced breakfast cereals being in short supply and other bakers having to return to importing wheat. We eventually managed to drill our wheat for the 2013 harvest, 4 months later than usual and a thin crop it is, after the rooks and slugs have taken their toll. Other farmers have had to re-drill or write off poor crops and there are few good crops of oilseed rape as the pigeons have attacked already struggling plants. Garden centres and nurseries have spent a fortune growing spring flowering plants that no-one has wanted as we have all been huddled inside rather than outside gardening, so they have been recycled for compost. We did, thank goodness, manage to make plenty of quality silage so have been in no rush to turn cows out. Unlike livestock farmers in other regions, we have not lost ewes and lambs in 20ft snow drifts. Friends of mine actively involved in the farming community on the Isle of Man helped with the search for livestock in their ‘Big Snow’, where even fully grown cattle perished in deep drifts. The late spring, combined with already high feed prices, has massively increased costs for livestock farmers – larger dairy herds

feed hundreds of tonnes of silage per week and some have had empty clamps and bare fields for several weeks. National milk production for the first few months of the year has been 10% down. Pig and poultry farmers are particularly vulnerable to the high feed costs. Feed mills have been unable to meet demand, both in terms of manufacture and sourcing raw materials and have been rationing farmers – for example by only delivering half the order so that there is at least something for everyone.

The coming harvest will almost inevitably be of reduced volume due to lower and later plantings. Damage to soils from the wet conditions last year will also leave a legacy of poor drainage and lower yields. It is too soon to say whether silage stocks will be down overall as a moderate amount of warm summer rain will help to grow a good second cut, which is not always possible in this area. However, many herds experienced fertility problems over the winter, which will impact on milk supply later in the year. But for now, the swallows are back, the grass is at last growing and the annual ritual of turning the cows out is upon us. The sight of them galloping and kicking for joy and wrestling and jostling in the field is enough to wipe away the winter blues. Julia Hawley

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Winter is finally over, Summer is nigh at Owston Lodge

Right in the heart of our beautiful Leicestershire countryside nestles the peaceful Riding School and Livery Yard – Owston Lodge. Home to over sixty horses and ponies, half of those are paying guests and the other half are much loved and cared for Riding School troopers. There are trusty, safe and reliable veterans who are doing their job day in and day out without any complaint. There are also younger, flightier horses and ponies who are not averse to a bit of fun and games to keep their riders on their toes; and then there are the ponies in their little herd – always keen to please their little charges – full of mischief. There are 45 stables at the Yard ranging from large foaling boxes to smaller 10 x 8 pony stables. An outdoor manege and an indoor school ensure that lessons and riding can take place all year round. The Yard is owned by Barbara and Jaime Randall who are supported by a dedicated team of experienced and qualified staff. Seventy acres of grazing provide ample space. Summer and Winter paddocks ensure alternate grazing. Haylage and hay are made on the land each summer. A small cross-country course and a showjumping field are available to clients at certain times of the year. Owston Lodge Equestrian Centre set out on its journey thirteen years ago and has gone from strength to strength with each new day filled with fun and laughter, challenges and targets, frustrations and rewards. The Equestrian Centre is also BHS and ABRS approved and offers BHS and ABRS courses and tests. The more recent NVQ courses have been met with great enthusiasm.

Our Pony Camps start on the 5th August and all through the summer holidays we have Tuesday and Thursday Pony Days. Our Pub/Picnic Rides, which can be for up to five hours, are a great hit with our clients. We also invite riders to spend their holidays with us. The local B&B’s are fantastic. Amongst other things we are launching a Mother & Toddler group this year -a gentle fun introduction for little ones. After all, we have to look after our new generation of riders! We always welcome phone calls or visits to the Yard and our experienced, friendly staff will make you feel at home any time of the day. For more information see the website at www.owstonlodgeequestrian.co.uk Barbara Randall

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56 Important information from Beat Cascade Manager Eric Tindall. Good news Police in Melton have hailed a nine per cent reduction in overall recorded crime over the past year - equivalent to 220 fewer victims. House burglaries - one of the main focuses for the Melton Local Policing Unit (LPU) have reduced by just under seven per cent but over the last five years the numbers have halved. Inspector John Gray, head of Melton Police, said: “We’re still getting a significant number of burglaries where the thieves have entered through doors that haven’t been locked. “Recent challenges have been around how crime is evolving. Thefts from cars now are about number plate thefts, catalytic convertor thefts and fuel. “Theft of cars has been made more difficult which has seen criminals breaking into people’s houses to steal the car keys. There are ways to reduce the chance of becoming a victim by taking crime prevention measures. “Tamper proof number plate screws are available at the station and you can join the town’s Neighbourhood Watch scheme.” It is with great pleasure that I am able to inform you that we have a new member of the NHW management team. John Vickers has volunteered to take on the role of both the E-Mail and Ward Manager for Egerton Ward. His e-mail contact is johnjohn105@msn.com I am certain that we all wish John all success in looking after Egerton Ward and seeing it grow in strength over the months ahead. This now only leaves Sysonby and Newport Ward in need of managers. EricTindall. Congratulations Eric for gaining an Award of Merit Presented by resolution of the Mayor and councillors in recognition of extending the NHW scheme in Melton to provide full coverage of the town. - Editor

The Neighbourhood Watch Mantra for Melton Mowbray If a REAL TIME CRIME IS BEING COMMITTED PHONE 999!! If reporting ANECDOTAL CRIME REPORT/CIRCULATE IT THROUGH THE NHW NETWORK!!

Suspicious? Then Phone Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111. For local non emergency help call 101 or call me, Eric Tindall, Beat Cascade Officer, on 07958 139944 Did you know that when anyone is brought into custody a number of checks are made to see if they are wanted for any other offences or fines. If they have cash on them then this is taken and used to pay off those fines even if they are released without charge on this occasion. Last year 34 prisoners had a total of £9,322.02 taken from them to pay outstanding debts this way.


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The plea comes after the branch which runs the Woodside Animal Centre in Leicester has seen a significant increase in reported cruelty cases and abandoned animals over the last three years. But with the local community also feeling the pinch because of the current economic climate – it has a knock-on effect to local charities with the Office for National Statistics reporting overall charity donations have significantly fallen. It has been reported in the national press that there has been a 20 per cent fall in charity donations in 2011-2012 with the outlook even tougher in 2013. A spokesperson for the Leicester branch,, Jade Burton said “Households in Leicestershire like so many counties in England are feeling the pinch. “Some of the main casualties of the squeeze on surplus incomes are local charities and good causes”. Woodside Animal Centre has provided rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming for abandoned and abused animals for nearly 40 years. To find out more about how you can help either visit www.rspcaleicester.org.uk or you can call 0116 336677.

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JRCS Falconry, Dako Flying Angels Fly Ball Demo & Have a Go Corn Dolly Challenge & Fun Run Companion Dog Show Bungee Trampoline and Infinity Tower Craft & Market, Music & Displays, Games, Hounds Vintage Cars, Tractors and Bikes Dog Agility, Arena dispays and other attractions Refreshments Admission £2 includes Parking In aid of Alzheimers, Hickling Village Hall & village groups www.hicklingvillage.org.uk


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Electricity Power loss

0800 328 1111

Gas Emergency

0800 111 999

Severn Trent Water

0800 783 4444

Virgin Broadband

0871 2251111

BT Fault Line

0800 800151

Train Enquiries

0845 748 4950

Melton Library

0116 3053646

Regal Cinema

562251

Latham House Surgery

503000

Emergency out of hours

0845 045 0411

Melton Hospital

854900

Maternity Unit

854854

John Ferneley College

565901

Longfield School

561234

Brownlow School

562315

St. Mary’s School

562500

The Grove School

REGULAR LIBRARY EVENTS First Friday of the month between 10.00am & 12 noon FAMILY HISTORY SELF HELP GROUP. Melton Library Drop in, friendly, informal sessions open to all. Use the library's resources, including free access to Ancestry Library Edition. Meet and chat to fellow enthusiasts. Every WED - WRIGGLY READERS - at Melton Library 2.00 –2.30pm. Under 5’s and babies are invited along with their parents to join in with songs, rhymes & stories. FREE. Wed 24th April - FAMILY HISTORY INTERNET TASTER SESSION. Melton Library 10 –11.30am. Help with free access to Ancestry Library Edition. Pre-booking required £3. Thur 25th April - TALK ON BELOW THE STAIRS Victorian servants with Nick Marshall. £2.50 pre-booking required.

Tel 0116 305 3646 for more info.

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565124

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VAM

483043

Melton B. Council

502502

Citizens Advice

484050

NHS Direct

0845 4647 / 111

Recycling centre

0116 305 0001

Answers to puzzles : Time trial

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Word Ladder

SOFT any gran gay nary sort nag rang sore nan yang core nay yarn care rag angry card ran rangy ray HARD granny yar Pictograms 1. Make a night of it 2. No two ways about it


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IF you fancy a taste of the high life then St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray, is the place to be on Sat, May 11th and June 8th with the regular monthly activity morning at the church… and top of the list is a trip up the Tower! Sat morning from 10am – 12.15, will include a free cuppa, cake and chat, chance to browse the day’s papers, board games, a discussion group, jewellery making, a flower arranging demonstration, children’s drama workshop, creative corner and the trips up the Tower. The morning will finish with a short, family act of worship starting at 11.45. Anyone is invited to come along for the whole time or just for part of it. Trips up the Tower, which will start at 10.15 and 11am, are not for the faint-hearted. There are 143 steps to the top, which is reached in three stages. The first is to the bell-ringing chamber, the second to the clock chamber and then on to the top to look out over Melton. The top of the steeple is said to be 135 feet from the ground. Numbers on the trips will be limited and may be cancelled in bad weather.

Volunteers wanted please see below.

Fri 28th June - Xtra Factor Talent competition. Opportunity for local musicians and singers to perform live and win cash prizes. Sat 29th June - Black Tie Dinner with a murder mystery theme. 7pm , professional 3 course meal. and local players involved in the entertainment. Jacket and tie dress code. Tickets £25 from our website. Sun 30th June - Paws for Thorpe An all day event with all things doggy. Area with canine displays, dog show, terrier racing, gun dogs etc. Also live music, vintage cars stalls, refreshments and BBQ. 11am-6pm

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EVENTS/DIARY DATES- MAY / JUNE

First Monday in the month - BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Melton Baptist Church. 10am. Tel MM 813552 / MM 569299. Every 1st Thursday in the month - RUTLAND & MELTON CANCER SUPPORT GROUP – Samworth Centre Melton.10am. 0116 223 0055 Every Saturday in the month - MELTON CHILD CONTACT CENTRE – A safe place for separated parents to meet their children. Melton centre. 2-4pm Tel.07522297102. Every 3rd Thursday in the month - MELTON PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP – The Edge, S. Melton Community Centre, Dalby Rd. Melton.2pm - 4pm Tel Christine 01664 851235

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Mon 27th May - Fri 31st May inclusive. LEICS. SCHOOLS HALF TERM HOLIDAY 28th-30th May. MAY HALF TERM CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES . Melton Carnegie Museum. Free activity for young visitors during opening times. Tel: 0116 305 3860 Sat 1st June MUSIC IN THE PARK see p.61. Sun 2nd June.– WALK FOR DIABETES. Family sponsored walk around Melton Country Park, Wymondham Way, to raise awareness and funds for Diabetes UK.1.25m/ 2.5mile routes.11am-2pm Free, but please aim to raise sponsorship. Medal and goody bag on completion. See midlands@diabetes.org.uk for more details. Sun 9th June - HICKLING COUNTRY FAIR p.60

Sat 11th May – LADIES BARBER SHOP CHOIR GEM PLUS GRAND CENTRAL CHORUS PERORMANCE. Post Mill Centre at S. Normanton .7pm tickets £10 from Burnie Tel:0115 9459031 or Jennie 01773 604167. Sat 11th May – MADE IN RUTLAND SPRING CRAFT FAIR. Whissendine village hall. 10-12pm free entry. Lots of local craft stalls, refreshments and raffle in aid of local Brownies. Sat &Sun 11th/12th May – HANGING BASKET DEMONSTRATIONS . C & C Plants in Scalford. Free. Tel 07976427208 for sessions. Sun 12th May –WYMESWOLD DUCK RACE . Brook Street Wymeswold 11am - 4pm. Tel: 01509 881664 for more information. Fri 17th May – BOXED IN . Shifting Sands Theatre production. 12yrs+ Old Dalby village hall. 8pm. Pre-booking essential Tel MM 822603. Sat 18th May – MAYPOLE SPRING FETE . Waltham village hall. 12-3pm free entry. Stalls, Maypole dancing and refreshments. Sat & Sun 18th /19th May – Where do we think we live - VILLAGE EXHIBITION . Upper Broughton village hall. 10-5pm. Free exhibition involving local people’s memories. Sunday the church is open for refreshments and display.

Fri 14th-23rd June.– STATHERN FESTIVAL . 3 days of events incld. Party in the Park, Summer Ball, 10k race, dog show. live entertainment—visit website for dates : www.stathernfestival.co.uk Sat 15th June.– EVENING SOIREE .By invitation of the Duchess of Rutland at Belvoir Lodge, by Belvoir Castle.6-9pm. Tickets £13/£7.50 includes. Hog roast, live music set within gardens. Proceeds to Dove Cottage day hospice. Sat 15th June - ST. MARY’S SCHOOL SUMMER FETE. St Mary’s School playground and school 12.30pm-3.30pm Stalls, games, activities, refreshs. £1 entry. Children free. Sun 16th June - ART EXHIBITION AND OPEN GARDENS. Redwood House in Hoby and around village 11am-5pm Entry £5 per adult. Cream teas on sale. Proceeds to Hope against Cancer. Weekend 22nd/ 23rd June.– GADDESBY OPEN GARDENS Aprox 12 open gardens, Tour of nursery and art exhibition. Refreshments at several venues. 11am-5pm Entry fee, child. free. Fri 28th –Sun 30th June - THORPE ARNOLD VILLAGE FESTIVAL see p. 61 Fri 28th June.– MELTON MIDSUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Melton Town Centre, 10am –5pm.

Fri 24th– 27th May – FLOWER FESTIVAL. Sage Cross Methodist Church & Com. Centre. Pre-view Fri 7-9pm ( tickets £5) Sat & Mon 10am-4.30pm, Sun from 11.15am. £2 entry, refresh avail. Songs of Praise Mon 27th 7pm.

Sat 29th June.– PICKWELL TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FETE The Manor House in Pickwell, 2pm –5pm. Tombola, name the dog, wak a rat, cream teas, hog roast, Pimms and pints, MegAgility dog display, children's races. various stalls and brick-a brac. Entry £1 children free.

Fri 26th May – ENTERTAINING ANGELS New Perspectives Theatre Company . Long Clawson V.Hall. 7.30pm wegotickets.com

Sun 30th June – OPEN DAY AT HOLWELL RESERVE . Melton Wildlife Trust, guided walks, refreshs.and tombola 11am – 4pm Free entry


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