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‘I deserve a second chance!’ A loving young dog who was abandoned as a puppy with others, has once again found herself homeless and is appealing for a new home. Readers may recall the appalling case of 15 puppies dumped by the Erewash Canal in November 2013. Thanks to Nottingham based charity, Animal Accident Rescue Unit, all were rescued and found homes. Sadly now, however, one of them, Peppa, needs a new one. Her owner’s older dog has developed health issues and become aggressive towards Peppa, meaning the family is now forced to rehome her. At 3 years old, Peppa is friendly, likes children and dogs, and deserves a second chance! If you are interested in Peppa and would even like to meet her, please contact our Dog Adoption Officer on 07857 120774. This mobile number must not be used for any other purpose – or you can email the relevant volunteer at uk, who will reply as soon as possible. All potential adoptions need a successful homecheck. Totally reliant on volunteers and donations, the charity urgently needs more cat and dog fosterers in the Nottingham area. It does not deal with healthy strays/unwanted pets, but helps neglected, injured or vulnerable animals and birds. Anyone finding an animal needing emergency transport to a vet should leave a detailed message on 0115-9321555. For all rescued animals also still needing homes visit


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We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday full of laughter and love!

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January is typically the month when we all set ourselves goals. Lose weight, drink less, move more and the list goes on. Well this year we have some great advice and ideas from our regular contributors to help. Thanks to Eva, Wholefood Warrior; Abby, The Fishwife’s Kitchen and Marie, Chrysalis Therapy. Readers, you are in safe hands!!

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New Year... Do I Really Need A New Start Every New Year a number of people will make a resolution to change jobs or look for a new career. The employment market in recent years has seen a strong recovery after the gloomy days of 2008/2009 and no longer do staff have to stay put out of a sense of gratitude for having a job. But despite the healthy state of the employment market is it always wise to move? • Am I taking a good job or just running away from a bad one? To make an informed decision, you need to know what appeals to you about the new opportunity—not just what you don’t like about your current company. • Do I know what I’m getting myself into? Will your visions of a pleasant work environment, rewarding projects and an appreciative manager be the reality? While the grass may indeed be greener on the other side, it still pays to do your homework. Research the firm’s corporate culture, financial stability and leadership. It’s amazing how much information is out there on the internet – and also try and network with current employees. • Will I be paid what I’m really worth? Don’t make the mistake of only comparing the salary offer to what you presently earn. Your paycheck isn’t necessarily the best benchmark. Glassdoor ( has a free salary comparison tool. • What does the total compensation package look like? Yes, salary matters. A lot. But don’t fall into the trap of focusing solely on that one element. A better benefits package, more generous pension plan and bigger bonus opportunities, for example, can boost your bottom line. Also consider your work/life balance. A shorter commute and increased holiday entitlement can make life much more pleasant. • Which company offers more room to grow and progress? At the end of the day, only one person is responsible for your career: you. But it’s certainly beneficial to have an employer that supports your professional development. Opportunity to access training, tuition reimbursement and to attend industry conferences can keep you moving forward professionally. Ideally, you want to work for a company that is committed to helping you grow your skills. Who offers a more clearly defined career path? Pay and benefits are important, but professional development and advancement potential should also be priorities. • Am I letting fear drive my decision? Just as it’s unwise to impulsively leave a job for the wrong reasons, don’t allow fear of the unfamiliar to hold you back from accepting a new one. Changing jobs always carries some degree of risk. But if you’ve thought through the situation and your gut is telling you to make a move, trust your intuition. And who are we to argue with Albert Einstein? “I believe in intuitions and inspirations...I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am” On behalf us all at SOLOS may I wish NG readers a happy and prosperous New Year. © Helen Jones

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Superfood powders are a rapidly growing section of the health food market but if you aren’t the smoothie sipping type then you may be oblivious to their existence. Here is a what’s what of the superfood world by registered nutritional therapist Eva Humphries. Before we begin this list, let’s focus on why you’d bother in the first place. After all our populations have existed and even thrived without that ancient berry from the depths of the rainforest that everyone on social media is buzzing about. The term superfood refers to a nutrient-rich food that is considered to be especially beneficial for health. Put simply, these foods can enhance our existing diets with great ease by adding essential vitamins and minerals that would otherwise be harder to obtain. Take baobab powder for example. Just two teaspoons has the same amount of vitamin C and twice as much fibre as an orange but unlike the orange you don’t have to peel it. Think of superfood powders as the latest convenience foods with the great exception that they are actually good for you.

Maca Grown high in the mountains of South America, this root is a distant cousin of broccoli and is especially prized for its adaptogenic benefits. Adaptogens are

thought to adapt to your bodies needs during times of stress by supporting the adrenal gland (the part of your body that is responsible for releasing the stress hormones).

Baobab This African fruit originates from the “tree of life” and dries naturally on its branches. It is high in Vitamin C which can contribute to better immune function and healthy skin.

Matcha Matcha is a finely ground, pure green tea powder. Originally cultivated by Zen Buddhists, matcha is thought to bring greater mental clarity.

Camu camu Grown on small bushy trees in the Amazon region, this cherry-like fruit is dried and ground to produce an antioxidant-rich powder. It is thought to be especially beneficial for the immune system and for repair.

Mushrooms Reishi, chaga, lion’s mane and maitake are all medicinal mushrooms that are growing in popularity thanks to their varied applications. They are adaptogenic, some evidence suggests they may contribute to lowering cholesterol and they strengthen the immune system.

Eva Humphries is a Nottingham based nutritionist, founder of Wholefood Warrior and appreciator of good food. Eva holds health and wellbeing talks on topics including the basics of nutrition, improving energy and detoxing. Visit for more information.


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Time for a Change? The decorations have been packed away for another year and by now the days are starting to get longer, even if only imperceptibly so right now. For many people, minds start turning to the idea of making changes in their lives. Some of you will no doubt be sick of the mention of New Year’s resolutions – maybe you make them every year and watch your resolve crumble a few hours into the first week, day even! Maybe others hate even the mention of resolutions and don’t make them and don’t intend to either. But for many, the start of a new year is like a fresh blank page just waiting to be written or drawn on. It’s a natural break in time, which can look like a good opportunity to make changes. That is how a new year always feels for me – a great opportunity to make positive changes in life, a chance to make this upcoming year the best one yet!

wedding) that makes training for a marathon best left until you have more time to give to it. It might be that right now isn’t the best time to get stuck into your life changes but a few months down the line will be better for you.

So how can you go about making sure that your resolutions for 2017 are your most successful yet?

Many life and business coaches recommend the SMART method of goal setting to help you achieve your goals. To utilise this method, you need to ensure that your goals are Specific (well defined rather than vague); Measurable (so you know that you have reached your goal), Achievable (not overreaching); Realistic (learning Italian = realistic, holidaying on the moon = maybe not so much) and finally,Time-bound (the date by which you want to have achieved your goal).

Firstly, it is a good idea to have a think about what is coming up in the year ahead and what you want to achieve. Is right now the best time to try to achieve these goals? Is there anything coming up in the year ahead that is likely to interfere with your plans for the year – or the flip side of that, is there something coming up in the year ahead that you want to have made life changes prior to? Maybe you want to learn to speak basic Italian before your dream trip to Rome in July or lose weight before your stint as a bridesmaid in September. Or alternatively, when you look at the months ahead, maybe you have so much going on (maybe a house move or planning a

Secondly, think about what exactly it is that you wish to achieve. Visualisation is a good technique to help you to work out what you would like to achieve and how it might make you feel when you have achieved your goal. If you sit and picture the “new you” in your mind, in as much detail as possible, you will get a good sense of what you want to achieve. Does it feel as good as you thought it would? Will it provide what you are looking for in life?

However, you don’t need to wait for a new year or spring or any specific date to make positive change to your life – any day can be a good day to make changes if that is what you think you need to do to lead your best life.

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Winter 2017

The Nottingham Centre’s Winter programme continues in to the New Year as follows: February 9th at 2.15pm - ‘Far and Away’, by Josanne Peet: the fascinating story of the Nottinghamshire Emigrants to The New World in the 19th Century. Friends of Wollaton Park in the person of Pete Forster arranged a photo walk which was so successful it looks like becoming permanent. The group, open to the public to join of course, walked round the Park looking for seasonal inflections with a view to making a calendar for next year, each photographer choosing his or her own special feature of the park. Sound advice was given on camera practice, from composition to the technical know-how of f-stops, speed, white balance and ISO, which was appreciated by all. Resulting photos can be seen on the FoWP’s Facebook. Friends have also cleared out masses of rhododendrons around the lake recently, to expose fine views of the island and a vista of the Hall, plus erected new fencing. New activities will be announced in the coming months. Check your local notice-board or Facebook to keep up with us. And don’t forget, the transformation of the changingrooms is on course to begin soon. Any suggestions for its planning are welcome. New members continue to be added to our lists. Anyone who wants to become a member of the FoWP group can join for the sum of £5.00 for an annual subscription, by contact via email or phone. This covers insurance, parking on task days and various perks. Friends of Wollaton Park committee meet on the first Wednesday of every month and invite anyone interested in joining to contact or telephone Mark Jacobs, the membership secretary, on 07747 616680. Volunteer activities normally take place on the third Saturday and fourth Thursday of the month. Everyone is welcome. Look for us on Facebook.


February 23rd at 7.30pm - ‘The Tunneling 9th Duke of Portland’, by Lilley Ann Dawes. March 9th at 2.15pm - AGM, followed by a talk, ‘The Nottingham Centre Year’ by our chairman, Sylvia Hale. March 23rd at 7.30pm - ‘Well Dressing’, by John North. Talks take place at the Mechanics, North Sherwood Street, Nottingham. Admission: £3 members, £4 visitors, who are always very welcome. Excursions Saturday 7th January 2017 – a local walk, with public transport, Bulwell to Nuthall. Tel John or Felicity Crofts for more information: 0115 9162038 Wednesday 15th February 2017. ‘Snowdrops Excursion’ to Belton House Gardens and Oakham Castle, by coach. Cost £20 to include the essential cream tea! Contact Sylvia. Monday 20th March 2017 – a walk with public transport - Chesterfield. Telephone John or Felicity Crofts as above. For information about the Nottingham Centre (supporting National Trust) contact Barbara Mc.Donald, tel:9757800, email: or the website –

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NG8 Community Diary

If you run a group or club and want people to know about it, why not list is here? If your group is not-for-profit or a charity then your listing is free. All other groups pay just £5+vat per edition. Please get in touch either by phone on 0115 9269777 or email Nottingham Playgoers - Interested in Theatre? We read the plays, visit the theatre & discuss them afterwards. We’re

a very friendly group meeting Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at the Mechanics, North Sherwood St, Nott’ham. Contact Sue Cullen on 0115 847 8423. Making Tracks Walking Group - is for single adults aged 40+ who share a love for the outdoors. We walk every Sunday throughout the year in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire & Leicestershire. Own transport essential. For more information visit: All new members welcome. Trent Valley Ladies Probus Club - meet at midday first Monday each month for lunch & a talk. Contact Angela Stanley on 01159 619502. Roundabout Social Club - for 50+ single, separated, widowed & divorced. Every Wed & a full monthly programme at Federation House, Claremont Road, Sherwood. 8pm -11pm. Tel: June 01773 777 204 or Embroiderers’ Guild - anyone interested in stitching and textiles is welcome. We meet at The Nottingham Mechanics, North Sherwood St, Nottingham (close to the Royal Centre) on 1st Tuesday each month at 1.30 - 3.30pm. For more info contact Jenny on 01623 491331. Middleton Townswomen Guild - meet at 2pm, first Tuesday of every month at Wollaton Park Community Centre, Harrow Rd, Wollaton. Guest speakers, social events, art & craft group. New members very welcome. Call 0115 928 9399 for more information. Notts Fuchsia Society - encourages the growing & displaying of Fuchsias. We meet at Wollaton Park Community Centre, Harrow Rd, Wollaton Park, NG8 1FG on the 4th Tuesday monthly from 7.15pm - 9.30pm for talks & demonstrations. All welcome. For more info call Derek on 0115 975 3365. Nottingham Cactus & Succulent Society - meet on 1st Wednesday monthly at Beeston Methodist Church Hall, Queens Rd, Beeston, NG9 2FF. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm finish 9.30pm. Friendly group, outside speakers. All welcome. Further details please call 013325 11970 or go to Wollaton Dovecote Ladies Probus - meet at 10 for 10.30am on 3rd Monday monthly at St Leonard’s Community Centre. Tea/coffee, speakers, outings. New members very welcome. For more information call Daryle on 0115 928 5780. Nottingham Oddfellows - are you lonely & want to get out and meet people in a social & friendly atmosphere? Come along & meet us on the first Friday monthly @ 11am - Nottingham Mechanics, 3 North Sherwood St, NG1 4EZ. For more info call Karen on 01949 843727 or All welcome. Soroptimist International - a group of women who meet 1st & 3rd Monday monthly at Willoughby Hall, Notts University Main Campus. We carry out projects to support women & girls at local & international level. Join us for fun, friendship & to help with these projects. For more info & contact: City of Nottingham Probus Club - a club for men over 65, meeting at The New Mechanics Institute, North Sherwood St, Notts on 3rd Wednesday of the month at 10am, meetings start at 10.30am. Interesting talks on many subjects plus optional lunch. Just turn up or call Robin on 0115 916 4774 or email: Wollaton Historical & Conservation Society - meet at 7.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month at St Leonard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton Village. Bus no.30/parking at rear. For more info. call Angela Gilbert 0115 928 3414 or see website The Nottingham Mechanics - 3 North Sherwood St, Nottingham, NG1 4EZ. A centre for everyone. Meet new people in a relaxed atmosphere. A host of groups to join including music, Writers’ Club, Poetry Society, Family History, Keep Fit, Film Shows etc. For membership details contat: or 0115 941 7353



Wollaton Natural History Society - meet on the third Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm at St Leornard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton Village (opposite the library). Guest speakers & guided walks. See website www. or call Peter King: 07534 567222. Visitors very welcome. New Life Friendship Club - for active over 50’s. Full programme of events each month - (daytime only) day trips, theatre, strolls, walks, meals out, places of interest. For further details contact Joan 929 0902, or email:

Friends of Nottingham Museums - monthly meetings with speakers, held on Saturdays at 2pm in Studio 1, Nottingham Castle. Further info: Janet Livesley 0115 922 1734 Derby Roundabout Social Club - 50+ single, separated, widowed & divorced. Every Thursday club night at Rolls Royce Pavilion, Derby with a full monthly programme. Full details at Please join us - it’s fun!

Kindred Spirits Notts - Many social activities a month in & around Nottinghamshire, including coffee mornings, day trips & exercise classes. There are no fees. Find out more by calling 0115 844 0011. Nottingham CHA Walking Group - would like to invite new members to local weekday or weekend walks further afield. For more details please call 0115 927 4869 or email: margnewell11@ Nottingham Backgammon Club - Meet Mondays at 8.30pm at The Lion, Mosely St, NG7 7FQ. No membership fees, no playing fees. The Lion is a Real Ale Pub. Call Keith Gray - 07717 058856 for more info.

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NG8 Community Diary cont..... Ellenismos Greek Dancing - Monday evenings 9pm-9.30pm at St Mary’s Church Hall, Wollaton Park Road. New members welcome, call Margaret on 01332 391608 or email:

Nottingham Writers’ Club - meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays (evenings) monthly in the city centre. We welcome

everyone who loves to write - aspiring, published or unpublished - and all genres are catered for. For information please contact Phil on 0115 938 4098 Wollaton Park Community Centre - welcomes new volunteers to help in the Community Garden on Harrow Road. We meet on the first Friday of the month from 10am. No special skills are needed & we break for refreshments. Further details from the wardens on 0115 928 8860 or just come along.

Chinese Brush Painting Class - runs most Wednesday nights in Beeston - 7.15pm - 9.15pm. Not 2nd Wed of month. The class is for beginners & improvers & costs £5 a week for insurance & basic materials. Tel: 0115 9224029 for more details. Wollaton Recorded Music Society - meets on the last Friday of most months @ 1.30pm in St Leaonard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane. We enjoy listening to good music together with varied, themed presentations. You are most welcome to join us. Call Ron: 0115 916 1826 or Bill: 0115 928 6978 The Nottingham Locksley Club - offering friendship & dancing on Tues night @ Basford Conference Centre to all single, separated, divorced and widowed. Ring Ken for more details on 01773 530383 The Nottingham Group of the Hardy Plant Society - welcomes everyone interested in plants & gardening. Meet 2nd Friday monthly from Sept-April at St Paul’s Church Hall, Boundary Rd, West Bridgford. Doors open @ 7pm for a 7.30pm start. For more info visit:, email: or call Carol on 0115 914 2474 National Council of Women - Nottingham & Notts Branch - meet last Monday in month 10.30-12pm followed by lunch 12.30-2.30pm at Masonic Hall, West Bridgford. For more info call 0115 950 3733.

Nottinghack - a place where you can make anything. Free open evening 6.30-9.30pm every Wed at Unit F6, BizSpace, Roden House Business Centre, Nottingham, NG3 1JH. For more info visit: Scrabble, Bingo, Film Club, Hard of Hearing Group, Beetle Drive, Older Lesbian Network - all groups meet at Bradbury

House, 12 Shakespeare St, NG1 4FQ. Please call 0115 844 0011 for further info. For info on other activities call Nicky Newbury on 07872 839625 (Living Well Coordinator).

Bootlace Buddies - Bootlace Buddies is a small and friendly walking club for single people born in the 1950s and 1960s.

We walk in the local area on Sundays and sometimes walk or cycle on Wednesdays. For more information visit www. Derby Roundabout Social Club - 50+ single, separated, widowed and divorced. Every Thursday club night at Rolls Royce Pavilion, Derby and a full monthly programme. Full details at Please join us - it’s fun! Society for the Study of Ancient Egypt - lectures held 6 times a year -plus special events & trips. New members welcome - expect a warm, friendly welcome. For further info call 01246 276771 or

Nottingham Flower Club - Invites you to discover a new talent by joining us on a Thursday

evening at the Bluecoat School, NG8 5GY. For dates of meetings contact Jane Walden - 0115 937 5343.

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Ar rival: s w ie v e R n Bur to re Yet? Are We The Denis Villeneuve’s (director of Prisoners and Sicario) next film, Arrival, has been shrouded in a fog of secrecy. Without giving too much away, Arrival documents the human race’s first contact with extra-terrestrial life through the eyes of linguistic expert Dr. Louise Banks, Amy Adams (the current Lois Lane of the DC Cinematic Universe), and her team of America’s best and brightest as they try and discover just why these aliens have come to our little slice of the universe. While you may be thinking the trope of first contact is completely overdone in the film industry and that nothing they do to this stereotypical sounding story can surprise you, let me tell you, Arrival will prove you sorely wrong. You are engrossed in trying to solve the mystery of these aliens with the characters on screen. This makes every win by the team feel like a win shared by you, as you lose yourself in the tantalising mystique of the plot. By now we have seen more alien encounters than we have had hot meals. But somehow Denis Villeneuve makes meeting this race of alien feel like it’s the first time you have ever seen anything unearthly. What helps hook you is how fresh and completely new everything in this film feels. You’re overwhelmed with awe and terror as the characters, and vicariously through them you, come face to face with this new being, and that is an exhilarating feeling that has been lacking in many sci-fi films of late. Every aspect of the film is executed not only in an innovative and mind bending way, but somehow in a believable and grounded one too, which only adds to the incredible level of immersion this film achieves. Amy Adams does a great job leading the team of scientists into the great unknown. But it was actually Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye from the Avengers) that really shone in this film. His portrayal of physicist Ian Donnelly perfectly captured the awe and excitement that comes with meeting a whole

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You’ve got into a rut of projecting your inner anxieties regarding what others think of you outwards; creating (what you believe are) real obstacles and issues to pursuing your dreams. Don’t you know that you’re bigger and brighter than the characterised re-telling of you by other people? Well, you’re about to realise this, and discover the right place for your unique gifts to shine. Be ready to start developing them even further (ignoring what others might think).

You’re ready to leave behind, for good, something you’ve long wished to. This final preparation is about expressing the stress you feel regarding this closure; acknowledging your fears is the first step to breaking free of their, sometimes, paralysing hold over you. Gain fresh insight about your life’s direction, and strengthen your resolve to face adversity, by deliberately hunting down and vanquishing your inner demons. You WILL walk away from this internal confrontation stronger, and set for a new era.

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Water signs- Cancer, Pisces, Scorpio

(Eight of Swords, The High Priestess, Eight of Coins, Ace of Wands)

(Eight of Cups, Nine of Swords, Temperance, Ace of Swords)

(Four of Wands, Two of Coins, Nine of Coins, The Devil)

(Queen of Swords, The Fool, Two of Swords, Ten of Wands)

You’re dying to move and improve where and how you live, and you’ve put yourself on the hook to work your socks off until you can. You’re liberated by the realisation that you alone control your life, and with that freedom comes equal responsibility to make something of it. You’re already focusing on the next goal, and your effort WILL be rewarded, so relax and enjoy the ride (p.s. do not succumb to old, bad habits- because you’re moving onwards and upwards!).

Where do you feel most oppressed, burdened or overworked in your life? You’re about to make a bold move to stimulate change here; one requiring risk, faith and swift decisiveness. Don’t overthink it- DO it. Once this change is initiated, your life will regain its forward momentum and you can tune back into the wise intuition that guides your best decisions and hunches. Make no apologies for the change you create. It’s for the best.

Kerry Ward is a Nottingham based tarot reader, with over 20 years fortune telling experience, and many happy clients the world over. You can book a personal, written reading, which will come to you as a beautifully illustrated brochure, at Or visit the Nottingham Industrial Museum, on Wollaton Park, Sunday 29th January 12-3pm. Kerry will be doing readings in the Tarot Van at the museum! You can also follow Kerry at

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We all love the nostalgia of the British seaside and proper fish and chips don't we? Well in the heart of Nottingham you can have a little bit of that and more at the George's Great British Kitchen. Pick up a newspaper (their ‘Proper British Menu’), sit in one of their beach huts, admire the quirky but stylish award winning restaurant design and then enjoy British food with a unique twist! We decided on a twist on the classic cod and mushy peas for our starters. Cod pakoras with a coriander and mint dip and also mushy pea fritters covered in crunchy seaweed batter. Every bit as nice as they sound. For mains, I went for the eye catching fish chowder in a toasted bread bowl. If you generally love fish and something a bit different, this is for you! My hubby made his usual burger choice with the lovely proper dirty double burger and wait for it..... twice cooked Stilton chips. They have to be tried!! The staff here are a particularly happy and helpful bunch, always nice!

There is an array of cocktails on offer too, ranging from splendid gin tipples to delectable sharing cocktails, served in a teapot with tea cups and saucers! Their trophy cabinet speaks volumes. They opened in 2014 and by 2015, they were winning awards for Best New Venue (Nottinghamshire Food and Drink Awards), Best International Restaurant Design and Best City Centre Experience at the Nottingham Post Food and Drink awards 2016.

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Superfood Soups and Shakes Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? If you did, are you still on target or have you fallen at the first hurdle? I have only ever kept one New Year’s resolution in my entire life, but I optimistically try again every year. Most people attempt to “get fit” or stop smoking, or drink less or perhaps find a new job. Many of us resolve to “eat more healthily” and I am sure that many a New Year’s day is spent searching the back of the cupboards for the juicer that has been languishing there for the last couple of years, ready to juice or blend our almond butter and bee pollen or whatever this year’s “must have” ingredient is. We may even have a recipe book filled with “super smoothies”, miracle juice blends and cabbage soups promising to “detox” us and leave us with bright eyes and clear skin. The thing is, you have to be pretty committed to persevere

with wheatgrass, matcha and dandelion, and let’s be honest, most of them don’t taste all that pleasant, even if they are “doing us good”. But you can make some truly delicious and healthy soups and smoothies that will give you a real boost. These recipes are full of vitamins and nutrients that will help to revive flagging appetites after the excesses of the festive season and get you ready for the lighter evenings and milder days of spring. I can’t promise you’ll lose weight or cleanse your system or even feel 10 years younger, I can promise these are super tasty though, full of goodness and just that little bit different (and they don’t smell of grass cuttings!).

Abby Brennan is a café-owner, food writer, speaker and small/start-up food-business mentor. You can find her blog at

Curried Coconut,

Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

and Kale Soup

Method You can either throw the lot in a slow cooker for 6 hours, or cook on the hob for around 2 ½ hours. Serve with crusty bread.

Peanut, Sweet Potato (this has a lot of ingredients, but is very, very simple to make, and hopefully most of them are already in your store cupboard) Ingredients (serves approx 8) 3 cloves of garlic, peeled & roughly chopped ½” knob of ginger, peeled & roughly chopped Handful of fresh coriander, roughly chopped Handful of parsley, roughly chopped 2 x jalapeno chillies Rock salt to taste 1 can full fat coconut milk I large leek 1 generous tsp cumin 1 generous tsp smoked paprika 1 generous tsp oregano 1 generous tsp mustard powder 1 generous tsp ginger powder 2 generous tsp curry powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon I pt water I large sweet potato (roasted, roughly chopped, inc. skin) Approx 100g shelled peanuts (blended, with 2 parts water) 100g shelled peanuts (whole) I tin black lentils Fresh kale (roughly chopped) Juice of 1/2 lime

Banana Nutshake This is a truly delicious dairy-free shake which the kids will love too! Ingredients (serves 1) ½ a banana (peeled, chopped & placed in the freezer) 2 handfuls of unsalted cashew nuts & 150ml of water (to make the cashew milk, soak the nuts for at least 2 hours in water (2 parts water) then blend the nuts and water together for 1 and a half minutes) 5 pitted dates Ice cubes Method Pour the cashew milk in the blender and add the frozen banana pieces, the dates and 5/6 ice cubes. Blend for 1½ minutes. Sprinkle with flaked dark chocolate and serve. (Thanks to Jago Barnes at “The Little Vegan” for this super recipe)

Beetroot Coconut Latte Ingredients (serves 1) Half a boiled (not pickled!) beetroot 100ml boiling water Couple of drops of vanilla essence 5 drops maple syrup or honey 150ml coconut milk (or milk of your choice) Method Blend the beetroot with the boiled water, vanilla essence and maple syrup. Froth your coconut milk in a milk frother or in a pan with a frothing whisk (if you haven’t got either you could just use warm milk, but obviously you don’t get the bubbles!). Pour the milk over the beetroot juice base and serve.

Rothera Sharp Celebrates 30 Years at Wollaton The Wollaton branch of Rothera Sharp Solicitors recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary. Originally a branch of German and Soar Solicitors, the office was officially opened in November 1986 by Martin Brandon-Bravo, local Conservative MP at the time alongside Tim Soar, then Senior Partner at German and Soar, and Partner Jayne Smith, who is still at the branch today. (Pictured below)

to Jayne before training and qualifying as a Legal Executive, and has been based at our West Bridgford branch since 2006 where she specialises in residential property. Jayne now leads the Wills and Probate department for Rothera Sharp, advising on Court of Protection, lasting powers of attorney, elderly client, wills, probate and tax planning issues. In 2001 German and Soar Solicitors was incorporated and Wollaton became a branch office of Rothera Dowson Solicitors. As of June 2016 Rothera Dowson merged with Sharp Young and Pearce, becoming Rothera Sharp Solicitors. Today the branch specialises in wills, probate and trusts and residential conveyancing services, with our friendly team able to advise and assist on a wide range of legal matters. Jayne Smith says of the anniversary: “I grew up in the area and attended the Bilborough Grammar School. It has been a privilege to be involved in the local community over the past 30 years and I look forward to continuing to help my clients in the years to come”.

A Halifax Building Society agency also operated from the premises, run by Jayne alongside the legal practice, which offered services such as wills and probate, conveyancing, personal injury, crime and family law. Other employees included Patricia Wheeler and Michelle Young, who was secretary


If you require any legal advice visit Rothera Sharp’s Wollaton branch at 164a Bramcote Lane or contact 0800 088 6263

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If you run a support group or organisation and want people to know about it, why not list is here? If your group is not-for-profit or a charity then your listing is free. All other groups pay just £5+vat per edition. Please get in touch either by phone on 0115 9269777 or email: Nottingham Prostate Cancer Support Group - if you are affected by Prostate Cancer and would like to talk

to others in a similar situation, you are welcome to join our group. We meet at the Nottingham City Hospital between 7 and 9pm on the 2nd Thursday every other month. Partners always welcome. For further information either ring Self Help Nottingham on 0115 911 1661 or email Wollaton Memory Club - meet at St Leaonards Community Cafe, Bramcote Lane, NG8 2ND on 2nd Tue monthly from 10am - 12noon. This is a friendly, informal, welcoming place for anyone with dementia & their carers to gain practical information & emotional support. For more information contact the Alzheimer’s Society at Castle Heights 72 Maid Marian Way, Nottm NG1 6 BJ. Tel: 0115 9343800 or 0115 9343811 Email: This is a free service. NottsGOSH - (Nottingham Gynae - Oncology Support & Help group) offer support in the aftermath of various gynae cancers. Support, information, understanding or simply a cup of tea. Meetings are held bi-monthly on the last Tues of the month at Maggies Cancer Care Centre, Notts City Hospital from 6.30-8.30pm. For more info call Sue Mills on 0115 969 1169 ext 56162 Aching Arms - is a charity that brings comfort following the loss of a baby during pregnancy, at birth or shortly after. For more information visit

Nottingham Miscarriage Support - For anyone effected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy who would like to meet with other women and men who have shared similar experiences. Meet 3rd Thursday monthly 7-9pm at Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive. For info contact Kymm 0115 8449484 or 07870 771326 or ADHD - a support group for adults with ADHD. Meet 3rd Monday of month 7 - 9pm in Nottingham City Centre. Call 0115 982 2573 for more info. Cutting Back - Self-help group for women who self-harm. Weekly meetings in City Centre. For more information call 07930 713530 or email: Debt Help & Advice - The Debt Advice Network is a registered charity offering free, impartial, professional, face-toface advice to people with debt problems. Contact your local counsellor: or call 07973 113 882 Irish Community Cancer Group - self help group for people affected by cancer in the Irish community. Meet the last Wed of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm at Self Help Nottingham, NG1 2EG. For more info call 0115 911 1661 Recovery from Separation & Divorce Course - an 8 week course starting soon to help anyone struggling with the effects of relationship breakdown. At a city centre location. Contact Judy or Phil on 0115 779 1315 or email: judy. Framework’s EVE Works - Helps unemployed people into work/training/volunteering. We help remove barriers to work. For free 1-2-1 appointments and training eg. confidence building/interveiw skills. Tel: 0800 111 4262 or email: Marie Curie Helper service - Provided FREE of charge to people with any terminal illness and their carers. For a few hours each week, our trained volunteers will visit people in their homes offering companionship and support tailored to their needs. To request the service, call 0845 304 8730 or email: Visit www.mariecurie. for more information. Allsorts - Do you have physical or sensory disabilities? Want to meet new people? Aged 18-40? Have fun with like minded people, join Nottinghamshire Allsorts. email: or visit: Relate Nottinghamshire - Offers family counselling, relationship counselling, sex therapy and young peoples counselling. Costs negotiated according to income. Tel: 0115 958 4278 from 9am to 9pm. MS Society - Nottingham and District Branch Drop-in meeting, the 2nd Wednesday every month at Brookfields Garden Centre, Mapperley Plains from 2pm - 3.30pm. We meet in the rear of the cafe. It’s an informal event with a friendly group of people affected by MS including carers and family. No charge, no need to book. Just turn up or contact Doug for more information. Tel: 0115 966 3582 Hard of Hearing/Deaf - Hard of Hearing Social Group (2nd and 4th Friday, 10am-2pm), Social Night (1st and 3rd Thursday, 7pm till late) and lip-reading classes (days and evening). For further details phone 0115 970 0516, text 07817275253, or email Dizzy Self Help Group - is for anyone in the Nottingham area with balance problems, whatever the cause. The group’s bi-monthly meetings are a social occasion, with speakers on a variety of topics, to provide an opportunity to meet fellow sufferers and for mutual support. Meetings take place between 2 and 4pm at Self -Help Nottingham, 32-34 Pelham Street, Nottingham. Just turn up at a meeting or ring Jeff on 0115 8451360 Fibromyalgia - Support groups, workshops and group meetings. Contact Charlotte - 0115 9676 434 or 07961 025780. Contact the Elderly - If you want to make a difference to the lives of elderly people in your local community, why not consider volunteering for Contact the Elderly? We are a national charity tackling acute loneliness among isolated older people, aged 75 and over, by organising free, monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties. Please contact Pamela Walker on 0121 603 1331 or for more info. Positive Outcomes - a self help group for people who aim to control their drinking - cutting down or cutting it out. Meet Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm, Nottingham City Centre. For group contact details: Self Help Nottingham Information Line 0115 911 1661 (Mon-Fri 9am - 1pm) or email:

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Adoption Open Evening - first Thursday monthly. Adopt Together opens it’s doors for anyone considering adoption.

Come along for a chat with our friendly adoption team between 6pm - 7.30pm at our West Bridgford office, 7 Colwick Rd, West Bridgford, NG2 5FR. For more info visit or 0115 9558811 Nottingham Adult Sibling Group - do you have a brother or sister with life-long learning disability or autism? Would you like to meet others with similar experiences? Come along to our support group & gain information & support as a sibling. To register to attend the group visit ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MESH is Nottingham’s self help group for people with ME/CFS. We have socials & run weekly relaxation, gentle moves & breathing sessions. Some joint events with people who have fibromyalgia. Contact Richard on 0115 925 2586 or email: Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC) Peer Support Group - offers help and support if you have been diagnosed with PBC - an autoimmune liver disease. Meet every first Tuesday of the month - 7pm - 8.30pm at Antenna, 15 Beck St, NG3 3BP. For info contact Wendy - SMART Recovery Groups - help people to gain control over their drinking, drugs and other addictions. Peer-led meetings are held in Nottingham on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings. New groups are also starting in the County. For meeting details please visit or contact Self Help Nottingham’s Information Line 0115 911 1661 (Mon-Fri 9am - 1pm) or email: Dyslexia Action, Nottingham - specialist tuition for literacy and numeracy for all ages. Full psychological assessments. Exam access arrangements. Awareness training for schools, colleges, work-based trainers and employers. Our Nottingham Office is based at 2 King Street, NG1 2AS. Please phone 0115 948 3849 for more information and a free consultation. Connecting Families - for family matters. We are passionate about parenting. Providing solutions through courses and personalised support. Contact Eileen Mignott for information on 07877 583529 or email: Loss of someone to suicide? - Loss is a self help support group for those who have experienced the suicide of a family member or someone close. For more information call 0115 911 1661 (mon - fri 9am-1pm) or visit Over The Rainbow Parkinsons Support Group - support for ANYONE affected by Parkinsons Disease. Our aims are to enjoy life & have fun. Monthly meeting with buffet lunch 11am - 1pm, 2nd Saturday at Southwell. Email: or call Sandra & Michael on 01636 812399 FREE legal advice clinic - at the CORE centre, Calverton every Tuesday 9.30 - 12.30pm. Lauren is a specialist family resolution lawyer and offers a minimum 45 min confidential free meeting. Call Lauren on 07990 806086 or email: Nottingham Counselling Service - not-for-profit service providing high quality affordable counselling for anyone aged 16 & over in the Nottinghamshire area. Accredited services include individual, couples & employer assistance counselling. To find out more call 0115 950 1743 or email: Located at Unit 5, Victoria Centre, Kent St, NG1 3LZ. Open 9am-8pm weekdays. Minimal waiting times. Gateway Women - a group to support women who don’t have children by circumstances not by choice. http:// was started by Jody Day. The Nottingham group meet 1st Saturday of the month at Patisserie Valerie at 11am. For more info contact Sally on 07796 318046.

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misogyny in all its forms. It’s a very important aspect of the overall hate crime work being conducted and one that will make Nottinghamshire a safer place for all women.

Hate crime is any incident, which may or may not constitute a criminal offence, which is perceived by you or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice or hate.

“What women face, often on a daily basis, is absolutely unacceptable and can be extremely distressing. Nottinghamshire Police is committed to taking misogynistic hate crime seriously and encourages anyone who is affected by it to contact us without hesitation.

It can take many forms but it’s most commonly seen when a person acts differently towards you because of racism, homophobia, transphobia, disability, religion, belief or gender. We will listen to your concerns and support you to stop it from happening. If you are a victim of hate crime you may feel isolated, vulnerable, angry, frustrated and helpless. It’s important to know that you’re not alone and there are people who can help you.

“The work we are doing with Nottingham Women’s Centre is so valuable and I am looking forward to continuing that work.” If you have been a victim of hate crime call your local police on 101.

In 2016 Nottinghamshire Police was the first force in the country to recognise misogyny as a hate crime Chief Constable Sue Fish said “I’m delighted that we are Special Constabulatory Recruitment - If you would like to find out more about becoming a Special Constable and our pre-recruitment awareness events please contact us on 101 800 2429 or visit and follow the Specials links.

a helping hand The Nottingham Emmanuel School Hosts Careers Event £127 £197

The annual ‘Work Matters’ conference organised by The Nottingham Emmanuel School has given 500 students from across Nottinghamshire access to 28 separate industrial, business and educational experts, in order to inform students of the sheer range of ambitious pathways available to them. The event, held at the Nottingham Trent University’s Newton Building gathered students from The Nottingham Emmanuel School, Trinity School, Bluecoat Academy, National Academy Hucknall and Magnus C of E Academy Newark. “The Work Matters conference is so much more than a careers fair –it is an opportunity for students to really consider pathways into sectors that they have never even heard of let alone considered working in before. We wanted students to look beyond the starting salary, the employment perks and instead to really consider the level of fulfilment and job satisfaction that entering a career in a particular field could have. All of the keynote speakers and business representatives were willing to give up their time to support the event because they believe passionately in supporting the local community and in creating employment opportunities to help drive forward the local economy,” said Kerry Wiltshire, Assistant Principal at The Nottingham Emmanuel School.

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Are you looking for volunteer work that is challenging, engaging, and rewarding? The PSU provides non-legal practical and emotional support to people attending court without legal representation.

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Want to sing more in 2017? Cranmer Company of Singers' annual Come & Sing event at Bottesford Church will take place on Good Friday - 14 April. Faure Requiem. Datesaver for now, turn up 4pm ‘ish, perform 7 ‛ish, in aid of charity, precise details later. Ravenshead Gilbert & Sullivan Society present the opera

"Patience" 14 - 18 February 2017

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matinee at 2.30pm on Saturday 18th Feb only For tickets ring Karen Turner on 01623 796928 or email boxoffice@ravensheadgands.

Gem Connection Ladies Barbershop Chorus - meet every Thurs at The Harrington Middle School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ; 7.30pm - 10pm. Please visit: www. for more info or just pop along & see us at one of our rehearsals - you’ll be made most welcome. Bestwood Male Voice Choir - Do you enjoy singing? Enjoy making new friends & travelling to new places with them?Why not join Bestwood Male Voice Choir? Come to a rehearsal, no obligation or pressure, Tues from 7.30pm9.30pm at Bestwood Village Social Club. For more details contact Colin Pursglove on 0115 979 4842 or visit www. Grand Central Chorus - Sing in harmony every Wed, 7.15pm at Harrington School, Long Eaton, NG10 4BJ. Visit www. or call Martin on 07855 270803 or just turn up. All teach by ear materials supplied. Sherwood Clarinets - an informal group that meets to play together on Tues, 7.45pm-9.45pm at Calverton Baptist Church Hall. During the year we arrange concerts to support charities. If you enjoy playing clarinet & are of Grade 4 standard or above, why not come along? Contact Sue: ellis. for more details. Sherwood Chorus - is a friendly, relaxed group of people who enjoy singing but do not read music. Meet every Mon (excl. Bank Holidays) 7-9pm at the Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive, Sherwood, NG5 2EN. Admission £2 towards room hire. Please email to ensure up-to-date details and for further information. Saturday Singers - singing is good for you. Come & try us. Members from all over Nottingham. Meet Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St, Nottm. 9.30am-12pm. No auditions, all welcome. Lunch available. Phone 0115 931 3965 or www. Lace City Chorus - UK/Netherlands’ Women’s 2014 Barbershop Champions - rehearsals every Weds, Frank Seely School, Calverton. All welcome. Singing courses held. Call Lynn 07909 684178. See Carlton Male Voice Choir - Are you interested in singing? Come and join us. Wednesdays 7.30pm - 9.30pm at Gedling Road Methodist Church, NG4 3EX. For details call 0115 987 4941 or visit The Major Oak Chorus - gents, sing in four part harmony with the MOC, every Tues at 7.30pm at Carlton Central School, Foxhill Rd, Carlton. For more info call Paul: 07966 910201 or visit: Woodthorpe Singers - very warmly welcomes new members, all abilities. No auditions, no need to read music. Rehearsals in St Mark’s Church Hall, De Vere Gardens, Woodthorpe. Mon, 8-9.30pm, term time only. For info contact our musical director Tina Hewitt on 07742 670732. The Carousel Singers - ladies choir, well est. singing a great variety of music. No auditions/no previous experience. Meet in Grangewood Church, Grangewood Rd, Wollaton on Fri, 7.157.30pm. For more info call Sue England on 0115 925 7928. Trent Valley Singers -a friendly mixed choir. Meet Thurs 1.30-3.30pm at Burton Joyce Comm.Church Hall. We sing a varied programme from classical to show songs. No auditions. Ability to read music not required. Call Heather 0115 844 0872 or Marjorie 0115 931 3965. Kings Community Choir - every Mon 7.30pm-9pm (term time). Open to everyone, come along, have a sing & bring friends. Kings Centre, NG5 7JX or call 0115 967 9997. Brinsley Community Choir - pop, soul, rock RnB. Now on Tues 7pm-9pm @ Brinsley Church, Church Ln, NG16 5AB. £5 per session. No audition process. For more info call Charlotte - 07581 020959. Cranmer Company of Singers - want to sing more in 2017? Annual Come & Sing event at Bottesford Church on 14 April. Faure Requiem. Datesaver for now. More details later.

If you are looking at trying something a little bit different in the New Year, Gem Connection will be holding another very popular; Be A Gem For a Day Workshop on February 4th where you will learn to sing in unaccompanied four part harmony with a national medal winning chorus. For information and details of how to book your place or to see video clips from the last very successful workshop please visit: singwithgem@gemconnection. org or phone Maralyn on 07917 312281. Charity No. 1152040 Brinsley Community Choir has branched out to a children's choir. Musical director, Charlotte Mendly, has set up Singsation Children's Choir in Eastwood and their debut performance was in December. The group meet on a Saturday morning, 10am - 11am at Eastwood Town Hall. It is open to ages 5 - 14 and all abilities with no audition required. For further information contact Charlotte on 07581 020 959 or visit

If one of your New Year resolutions is to join a choir, Bingham and District Choral Society offers you a friendly invitation to join us as we begin to rehearse for our 2017 Spring Concert, with music by Elgar, Parry, Vaughan Williams and Durufle. Rehearsals begin on Wednesday 4th January 2017 from 7.15 to 9.30 at Carnarvon Primary School, Nursery Road, Bingham. Contact us by e-mail for further information: or ring Valerie Morgan (Choir Secretary) on 0115 933 2353.


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Inbetweenies Group - every Wednesday, 10am-11.30am (term time only). For ages 10mths - 2 years. Aspley Children’s Centre, Minver Cres, NG8 5PJ. For more info call 0115 876 3777 Diddy Dots - every Friday (term time only), 10am - 11am. For 0-18mths. Aspley Children’s Centre, Minver Cres, NG8 5PJ. For more info call 0115 876 3777

Lily & Co Day Nursery - provide childcare for children aged 6mths-5yrs at Aspley Childrens Centre, Minver Cres, NG8 5PJ. Flexible hours. Early Learning Programme. For more info: 0115 970 5152 Birchover Play - every Wednesday, 3.30 - 5.30pm. For 5-13yrs at Birchover Comm. Centre, 83 Birchover Road, NG8 4BW. For more info call 0115 976 3777. The Vale Youth Group - meet every Wednesday, 7pm-9pm at The Wollaton Vale Youth Centre, Rosedale Drive, NG8 2JA. For more info call 0115 928 1603. Harrow Road Toddler Group - every Monday (term time only), 9.45am - 11.15am. From birth5yrs, £2 per session at Wollaton Park Community Centre, Harrow Rd, NG8 1FG. For more info call Sue Tyrer on 0115 928 2421 or 07815 449876. Strictly Ballroom/Latin American Dancing with BW Dance - Chilwell Memorial Hall, High Road, Chilwell, NG9 4AT. Saturday 11am - 12 noon. Groups for all ages 3 yrs upwards. All teachers DBS checked. For more info contact us 07940 783159 St Leonard’s Dads & Kids Club - every 3rd Saturday, monthly for 0-11yrs. From 10am - 12 noon at St Leornard’s Community Centre, Wollaton Rd, NG8 2AF. 1st Wollaton Brownies- meet every Friday, 5.30pm - 7pm at St Leornard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, NG8 2AF. Scout Association - 0115 952 3617

Song, Story & Rhyme - every Thursday, 11am-12noon. For ages 0 -4 years. Aspley Children’s Centre, Minver Cres, NG8 5PJ. For more info call 0115 876 3777 2nd Wollaton Brownies- meet every Monday, 6pm - 7.30pm and Guides meet Monday, 7.30pm 9.15pm at St Leornard’s Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, NG8 2AF. Aspley Youth Group - 7pm - 9pm (11-19yrs) at The Aspley YMCA, Melbourne Road, NG8 5HL Kingswood Toddlers - Wed & Thurs 10am - 11.30am. Birth - 2½ years. £2 per session. At Kingswood Church, Lambourne Drive, NG8 1GR. For more info call 0115 928 4086. Beechdale Toddler Group - every Tues (term time only), 9.15am - 11.15am. 1st session free then £2 per session. At Ambergate Community Centre, Ambergate Rd, NG8 3GD. For more info call 07891 012086. Drop In Play Session - every Monday, 9.30 - 11.30am for 0-5yrs at Wollaton Children’s Centre, Arleston Drive, NG8 2FZ. For more info call 0115 876 2185 Air Training Corps 1803 (Hucknall) Sqn) - The Aerodrome, Watnall Rd, Hucknall. Ages 13 - 18 yrs. Monday & Wednesday 6.45 - 9pm. Mucky Pups - every Friday, 1.15pm - 2.45pm for 0-5yrs. A messy play session at Wollaton Children’s Centre, Arleston Drive, NG8 2FZ. For more info call 0115 876 2185 Notts & Arnold Amateur Cricket Club - Indoor at Basford Bar Lane Community Centre, Unit B1, Bar Lane Ind Est, Bar La, NG6 0JA. Oct-March. Mon 6-7pm soft ball & 7-8pm hard ball net. Fri 6.307.30pm club training night. New members always welcome. Contact Andrew Claye 07834 488663 Absolute Triathlon Club - Expert swim, bike & run coaching for ages 8 - 14yrs, all abilities. Meet Thurs 5pm - 7.15pm(term time) at Southglade Leisure Centre, Bestwood. Call 0115 960 7912 or visit for more info. Bilborough Baby & Toddler Group - every Monday in term time. 9.30am - 11.30am. Just 50p, including drinks/snacks. At St Martin’s Church, St Martin’s Road, NG8 3BH. Call 07929 013447 or visit Nottingham Sea Cadets - Waterside Way, Nottingham, NG2 4DP. T: 0115 958 0528. E: W: Tues & Thurs eves 7pm - 9.15pm. Nottingham BMX Race Track - Nottingham Outlaws BMX club run coaching sessions Saturdays: 9.30am onwards. Gates Thur (Spring/Summer) & Sun (Winter). Also BMX races. For more or facebook: Nottinghamoutlawsbmxclub or visit Sellers Wood Drive, Bulwell.

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NG8 Index of Advertisers

Aerials/Home Cinema/TVs 1st Astral Aerials Phil Chapman

9 19 26

Bathrooms/Kitchens/Bedrooms Castle Bedrooms 7 Lifestyle Kitchens & Bedrooms 33 Shower Doctor 34 Sliding Door Wardrobes 36 Blinds/Shutters/Curtains Bella Blinds Just Shutters

29 23

Builders/Roofers / Fascias Abacus Roofing AKJ Contracts Arnold Building & Roofing Bilborough Building & Roof Midlands RCS Nottingham Roofing Notts Building & Roofing Peak Building Premier Roofing Sols Prestige Building & Roofing WA Builders

30 18 41 23 1 34 43 25 47 19 30

Carpets/Flooring The Little Carpet Co.


Electricians DJ Hill Electrcial Electrical Connections Mathew Electrician O’Keefe RD Electrical Stator-electrical

40 25 45 39 26 18

Estate Agents/Lettings Castlegate Property Martin & Co NZB Property

64 63 19

Fencing All Seasons D Moore Premier Fencing

39 34 30

Fire & Security O’Keefe


Restaurants/Pubs/Bars/Cafes Georges Fish & Chips 49 Mulberry Tree Cafe 48


Scooters/Electric Bikes Kens Auto Spares


Funeral Directors/Plans Notts Funeral Service


Solicitors Rothera Sharp


Garage Repairs/Doors JB Doors


Solid Fuel Fernwood Fuels


39 35 40 18 20 27 34

Tree Surgeons Tindle Tree Care Charnwood Trees WRS Trees

30 31 34

Will Writers ALH Legal Rothera Sharp

57 2

Windows/Doors/Fascias A & M Windows Acorn Windows DJF Glazing

21 37 47


Care Services Notts City Homes


Chimney Sweeps SuperSweep


Gifts Perfect for Presents


Cleaning: homes, carpets, drives Aquablast 27 Chewing Services 19 Clean Queen 23 Dustbusters 30 East Midlands Premier Clean 31 Homemaid 41

Hair & Beauty The Attic Karen’s Mobile Hair

11 13

Home Improvements RH Handyman S & A Property Maint.

19 20

Dance Classes Notts Hospice Start Dancing

13 13

Joinery D Moore


Design & Print Print Toaster


Loft Ladders/Conversions More Than Loft Ladders


Optometrists Duffy Optometrists


Oven Cleaning/Repairs Oven Gleamers


Painting/Decorating James P & D Jane Hallam Paul Tinsley

30 20 45

Pet Services Dial A Dog Wash



Removals/House Clearance ACS Removals 47 A & K Removals 4

Foot Health Fixing Feet @ Home

Car Valeting Taylor Made Valeting

Driving Schools Neil Codd (LGV/HGV)

47 25 44 34 18 41 43


Gardening / Groundwork / Landscaping All Seasons B & P Paving Fairmead Gardens K & L Landscapes Littlegreen Smartblox WRS Trees


Plumbing & Heating P Byrne Cat1 Plumbers M Church Coles P & H Day & Wright Stellar Heating Stonebridge Heating

Schools/Colleges New College Notts

21 13

Drainage/Pipe Clearance ADK Drains

45 25

Fireplaces/Woodburners/Stoves Stonebridge Fireplaces 40

Car Sales/Repairs/Parts Andrew Price Kens Autospares

Domestic Appliance Repairs N.A.R 45

Plastering Richard Brooks James Taylor

68 High Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2LF

0115 922 5555

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