Southgate November

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SOUTHGATE Commu Southgate’s Annual Meeting

You are warmly invited to our AGM on Thursday 8 November at 7.30pm in the Main Hall. Come along and help your local community get even stronger! Let us know what you want and how we can help you.

SAVE THE DATE… 16th February 2019 Valentines Ball. It would make a great Christmas Present

BINGO VOUCHERS available from Jackie Vacancy for Caretaker/Cleaner

Next eyes down on Friday 23rd November at 7pm. No session in December – but come to Southgate’s Got Christmas on Saturday 1st at 2 pm.

Cleaner and caretaker required at our recently refurbished community centre, 5 days per week with occasional weekend working. Attractive rates of pay. If you are interested in this position or want to know more, please ring Jackie.

Southgate’s Got ... Messy Church Loads of local families packed the Community Centre Hall on an early Friday evening for a time of games, stories, craft activities – and much more. And a free meal too! Look out for the announcement of the next one. Come to Southgate’s Got Christmas on Saturday 1 December from 2 – 4. The festive season starts here!

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Hair Care Tips for Autumn and Winter

The chilly weather is here again and it’s taking its toll on your hair. In the winter months hair needs more attention. Use our tips to avoid dull looking hair when it’s chilly. Dull and brittle hair

is caused by heat and friction, which damages the air cuticle structure. The solution: Rich conditioning treatments with oil extracts help prevent damage and repair the hair cuticles making them smoother. Simply add a few drops of hair care oil to your shampoo or work the oil through the ends of your damp hair. This will keep your hair supple and shiny.

Static hair

is arguably the most frustrating property of winter hair. Controlling static hair in the winter is very frustrating and is caused by hot air as well as the fibres in hats, hairbands and clothing. The movement of these fibres against hair produces static electricity, which makes hair stand on end. The solution: Styling products including styling mousse, extra-gloss wax and hair oil can help prevent static hair.

lack of moisture

in the air leads to a dry scalp, which The produces less sebum and can cause dandruff. The solution: Use a shampoo, which reduces dandruff and calms the scalp.

If you wear a hat on wintery days be aware that your hair could become flat, as hats tend to press your hair down. The solution: Use volumising spray or salt spray before you blow-dry your hair. Make sure you have the spray with you to refresh your hairstyle after taking off your hat.


Salted caramel rum hot chocolate This alcoholic blend is a real treat for a festive after dinner party!



25ml dark rum

In a small bowl, mix together the rum and the dulce de leche until smooth then set aside.

2 tsp dulce de leche or thick caramel 150ml whole milk 50g milk chocolate squares, chopped

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Warm the milk in a saucepan over a medium heat until simmering. Remove from the heat and add the chocolate and stir until melted. Pop the pan back on the heat until warm then add the rum mixture and a pinch of flaky sea salt. Pour into a mug and serve. Garnish with some chocolate shavings and cherries if you please!



This is the lovely recipe made at the ICE Spanish Cookery class by Sally and Cat at the Directory!



3 tablespoons grapeseed or olive oil

Heat the oil in a large paella pan (or wok or skillet) to medium-high. Add the onion and chorizo and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 to 8 minutes. (Note: you can also use a large wok, Dutch oven, or skillet if you don’t have a paella pan).

1 yellow onion chopped 4 chicken thighs chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 130g arborio rice* 400g diced tomatoes /2 teaspoon ground turmeric


pinch saffron threads optional 500ml low-sodium chicken broth /2 teaspoon sea salt to taste


1 bay leaf 450g raw shrimp peeled and deveined

Add the chopped chicken thighs to the skillet with the onion, along with the minced garlic. Cook, stirring every couple of minutes until the chicken is browned, but not cooked through. Add the rice, diced tomatoes, turmeric, and saffron, and stir to combine, cooking about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, sea salt, and bay leaf, and bring to a full boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until much of the liquid has been absorbed, about 30 to 40 minutes.

450g mussels scrubbed

Remove the cover from the pan and arrange the raw shrimp and mussels in the paella mixture. Replace the cover and cook until shrimp has turned plump and pink and mussels have opened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

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Give the paella a big stir and taste for flavour. If necessary, continue cooking the paella if the rice isn’t fully cooked. Add sea salt and seasoning’s to taste. Serve with freshly chopped parsley, lemon wedges and hot sauce.

450g chorizo links sliced

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Work with us to bring

empty homes back into use Owners of long term empty homes in West Suffolk are being asked to work with the Council to help meet some of the local demand for housing. Nearly 250 properties in the area have been empty for at least two years. The figures have been published as part of National Empty Homes Week (15 to 21 October), although this is day to day work for the local councils. Cllr Sara Mildmay-White, Lead member for Housing for West Suffolk councils said: “The councils offer owners of empty homes help and support, through grants and services, to bring accommodation back into use. The reasons for property becoming and remaining empty can be personal and complex, but it is also frustrating as we know that there is a real need for this housing. We have a housing register of 2378 people across West Suffolk – some of these are people looking to upsize or downsize or move into an area, and the Council simply can’t meet this need on its own. “It may be that the owners, who are missing out on income from rent, do not feel capable of maintaining and managing the property as landlord. In that case, our landlord liaison officer would welcome the opportunity to discuss help such as the guaranteed rental scheme through our West Suffolk Lettings Partnership. “If it is the costs of repairing the property that is the barrier, then we also offer an Empty Homes Grant of up to £20,000 for essential works where the property has been empty for over a year. That could be ideal for a first time buyer considering taking on a fixer upper. We can also give the owners of these properties advice or point them in the direction of other services that may be able to help”. The Empty Homes Grant has been successfully used to bring a long term empty property in NOVEMBER 2018 2018 | 54 54 | NOVEMBER

Exning back into use. The property, in a prominent community location, suffered damage when a vehicle drove through the ground floor shopfront, which had residential accommodation above. Public Health and Housing officers worked with the owner over a period of time to explore all the options. The property was subsequently sold, and the new owner undertook renovations using the grant, and new tenants have just moved in. Cllr Mildmay-White continues, “That is the carrot, there is also a the stick in the shape of an increase in the 50 per cent Council Tax premium charged on properties that have been empty for two or more years, which is set to double in April 2019, so 200 percent Council Tax will be payable. The Council does have other powers to try to take over management of these properties to bring these homes back into use and although the number of empty homes has slowly been coming down in recent years, we will always keep these as an option where practical.” Contact information: Sally Easton

HOME + LIFESTYLE General Maintenance n Lawns enter a state of dormancy when temperatures fall below 6c (43f). It is a good time to aerate your lawn by putting a fork into at intervals all over. Keep the leaves off by raking up or mowing them up. n Create compost bins for collecting fallen leaves and dead plant material using old pallets. n Raise pots off the ground for the winter by using bricks or ‘pot feet’, to prevent waterlogging.

Flower Garden n There is still time to plant up your containers and borders with Spring flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. n Fancy a Magnolia tree. Now is the time to plant one.

n Plant heathers, grasses and trailing ivy in pots for winter colour. n From now until early winter is a good time to prune roses especially climbing roses. This is a general prune reducing the size of the shrub by about a third to prevent wind rock. Try to gather up the fallen rose leaves as much as you can as this will help to prevent black spot infection getting any worse. n Primulas, Pansies and violas will make an attractive display in a hanging basket or container and can be set out now. n Now is the time to dig up your dahlia bulbs for storage over winter in a dry, frost free place. Gently remove most of the dirt from the tubers cut back all of the growth and then keep

somewhere dry upside down so any moisture drains from the centre of the tubers. Remove further dirt once the plant has dried in a further couple of weeks and keep in a little compost or covered with newspaper.

Vegetable & Fruit Garden n If you have old clumps of rhubarb it is worth lifting these once they are dormant. Divide them using a spade and replant. n Plant Autumn Garlic now n It’s a good time to plant currant bushes and tidy up strawberry plants removing any runners n Now is a good time to prune apple and pear trees n If you have it, apply manure to your vegetable beds.

This months poem... “November comes And November goes, With the last red berries And the first white snows.

With night coming early, And dawn coming late, And ice in the bucket And frost by the gate.

The fires burn And the kettles sing, And earth sinks to rest Until next spring.”

- Elizabeth Coatsworth



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