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The trees are going up, decorations are creeping out of the cupboards and it’s nearly time to order your turkey! If you’re having difficulty thinking of gifts ideas this year, we have plenty of suggestions in our features – ‘Gadgets & Gizmos’, ‘Motoring’ and ‘In the Garden’ all have some great ideas that are sure to help you out . Remember to put thought into your presents and don’t let Christmas cost the earth. Annabel Laughton gives her advice on reducing our environmental impact in ‘Save the Planet’. From all of us at The Local Answer, we hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a fantastic New Year! See you in 2017!

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Motoring Motoring with w ith Luke Luke Edwards Edwa wards

M Motoring otoring ggifts ifts ffor or tthe he ccar ar m mad ad B u y i n g C h r i s t m a s g i f t s fo r t h e motoring fan in the family can be a bit of a challenge, but here are a few ideas that may help out. Guy Martin’s new book ‘Worms to Catch’ is out now and, after d ev o u r i n g h i s f i r s t b o o k q u i c k e r than a child with an ice cream on a hot summer day, it is well worth a read. His down to earth view of life has really proved there is still room for characters in our politically correct culture. Formula One World Champion Damon Hil l also released his autobiography this year and I have heard rave reviews. Having bought a dog-eared 1971 paperback copy of his father’s book ‘Life at the Limit ’ at Prescott Hill Climb earlier this year, I hope the quality of anecdotes runs in the family.

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For something that smells great for the car, try buying an item from the Dodo Juice range o f c a r p r o d u c t s . I h av e b e e n using Dodo Juice for several years and not only do their products work , but they are the car equivalent of that popular high street shop Lush. They do a variety of car waxes and a fantastic wheel cleaner called Ferrous Dueller. Unlike their other products, it smells like an old goat , but is non-toxic. It ’s kind to all alloy wheels, turns a fancy purple colour on contact with brake Mans’ is a film that I keep going back dust and makes wheels cleaner than to. Constant fights with the studio you can imagine. It easily wins my company nearly b ro k e the car product of the year. Hollywood star, but after using 45 real international racing drivers, his SSomething omething tto o llook ook vision of recreating the 24 hour forward forward tto o iin n2 2017 017 ev e n t s h o n e t h r o u g h . m o to r s p o r t T i k t f h c e s o r c a r s o w s , Oth er f il ms such as events and motor circuit season ‘ S e n n a’ , ‘Vanishing p a ss e s c a n a l l b e b o u g h t a t Point ’, ‘No Man’s this time of year and provide Land’ (for Porsche), something to look forward to ‘Ronin’ and ‘Bullitt ’ in 2017. ( a n ot h e r M c Q u e e n film) all offer some I wo u l d l i k e to f i n i s h t h i s fantastic viewing year by thanking you for for the car mad. reading my monthly motoring columns and Car manufacturers w i s h i n g yo u a n d yo u r also produce rather families the very best for the nice After Shaves. season and safe motoring in B e n t l ey f o r M e n 2 0 1 7 . I w o u l d a l s o l i k e to A b s o l u te h a s t o p Jaguar, thank Audi, n o te s of pink Volkswagen, Ford, Peugeot , pepper and ginger Chrysler MG , F i at w h i l st Ferrari Automobiles, SMMT, Castle Leather Essence Driving D riving D DVDs VDs o offer ffer Combe Circuit , Bell Racing ( ye s t h a t i s t h e ffantastic antastic v viewing iewing and the Kingscott family for name) has notes of A driving DVD is a great choice and bitter orange, cloves all their help this year. there are some real classics out and bergamot . Jaguar Looking forward to bringing there. Steve McQueen’s 1971 ‘Le also produce fragrances for men. you all things motoring in 2017! The Local Answer

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Parenting P arenting & G Guardianship uardianship with w ith R Roberta oberta Smart Smart

It’s It’s tthat hat ttime ime o off yyear ear again! again! As the year draws to a close, we have the chance to choose how we will celebrate the season. Every year I try to find new and different ways to embrace mid-winter and not get overwhelmed with the craziness of Christmas. Why not create a new tradition this year – no matter the type of family you have? With a little time and planning, you can create a celebration season that is exactly w h a t w o r ks fo r y o u . A n d h e r e a r e some ideas...

R Record ecord tthe he y year ear that that has has jjust ust g gone one b by y For the creative amongst you, why not create a memory book and write a Christmas Letter recording the year that has just gone by – adventures, b i r t h s , m a r r i a g e s, s t r u g g l e s o r travels. You can add to it year on year, which makes it a wonderful way to collect memories for your children. Interview older family members a n d f r i e n d s a b o u t t h e i r l i ve s a n d record the interviews along with a photo, as something to look back on in the years to come. There is so

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much wisdom in our elders that they are only too happy to share if only we would ask! For baby ’s first Christmas, making a handprint on a new tree skirt and recording their name and the year will create a new tradition to mark a growing family – and more permanent than scratches on the d o o r p o s t , e s p e c i a l l y i f yo u m ov e a lot.

Kindness K indness ffirst irst I love to encourage kindness and caring, and now we can embrace Kindness Elves – an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf Tradition that hit us in the past two years. Kindness Elves is about knitting (or buying) a couple of ‘Visiting Elves’ that only choose to v i s i t t h e h o m e s o f k i n d c h i l d re n . ‘ T h e y ’ w r i te l e t te r s to t h e c h i l d r e n observing acts of kindness, and also suggest ideas for sharing kindness more widely. This is a lovely way to encourage good and beneficial behaviours without the ‘sneaky spying’ element of the judgemental Elf on the Shelf. You can really see children bloom

under the praise and recognition, e s p e c i a l l y w h e n t h ey t h o u g h t n o one was looking. Patterns for such elves are readily found online – or elves can be sourced in kits complete with an elf house and heart shaped ‘letters’.

SSilent ilent n night ight My personal favourite is the carol singing, for regardless of belief, I cannot resist a good sing-song. You will find local carol concerts in churches across the region, but also in town centres, community centres or even local parks. They are a great way to get out and meet people if you are without family at this time, and you can take time to observe all ages coming together in the spirit of sharing and joy. And don’t forget those struggling this Christmas – make a space in yo u r s c h e d u l e to d o n a t e t o a l o c a l charity, visit elderly relatives or n e i g h b o u r s, a n d m ay b e g e t t h e children to choose a toy to give to the children’s ward or drop-in centre for those less fortunate. Whatever you find yourself doing this Christmas, I hope you are happy a n d b l e ss e d a n d f i n d j oy i n a l l t h e corners!

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M Medical edical H Health ealth with w ith Holly Holly Prince Prince

Lungs Lungs aand nd bbreathing reathing On average, each of us takes about 19 -20,000 breaths per day. Breathing (respiration) is extremely important for the whole body, as without ox yg e n w e w i l l ev e n t u a l l y d i e . Breathing is an unconscious reflex , meaning the body regulates it without us having to think about it. When we breathe, the diaphragm and muscles between the ribs move, which ‘pumps’ the lungs. When we inhale, the lungs expand, drawing in oxygen, and when we exhale the lungs contract and carbon dioxide is released via our nose or mouth. W h e n t h e a i r e n t e r s t h e l u n g s, i t p a ss e s t h ro u g h t i n y a i r s a c s c a l l e d alveoli and into the capillaries where it can be transported around the body in the bloodstream via the red blood cells.

Our Our physical physical p posture osture aand nd e emotions motions aaffect ffect o our ur b breath reath The rate and depth of our breath c a n b e a f fe c t e d by o u r p h y s i c a l posture and our emotions. For example, being hunched over a desk can cause us to breathe more shallowly, which leads to more carbon dioxide in our blood. This can cause us to feel tired, and we may start to yawn to get more oxygen

into our system. Abdominal breathing is m u c h b e t te r f o r u s, a s i t gets a decent amount of oxygen into the body, p r ov i d i n g u s w i t h m o re energy. This is also why s t re tc h i n g a n d t a k i n g a short walk is beneficial, as it opens up the chest a n d g et s o u r l u n g s wo r k i n g m o re effectively. Deep breathing also helps us to feel more re l a xe d . W h e n we f e e l a n x i o u s, o u r breathing becomes quicker and shallower, so taking a few deep breaths can help to calm us down. Even when we do breathe from o u r a b d o m e n , at a m ax i m u m , t h e majority of us only use 70% of our lung capacity. There are many factors that can affect the way we breathe – lifestyle factors including smoking and being over-weight , short-term health problems like having flu or allergies, and more serious, longer-term i l l n e ss e s s u c h a s a s t h m a o r bronchitis.

Dust Dust aand nd p pollen ollen ccan an cause cause allergies allergies Allergies occur when the body ’s immune system overreacts to small p a r t i c l es s u c h a s d u st , p o l l e n o r mould spores. This leads to reactions like coughing, sneezing and a blocked or runny nose. Asthma is a condition in which the air passages to the lungs become inf lamed or partial ly blocked with mucus, making them narrower and so decreasing the amount of air we c a u s es can take in. This breathlessness, wheezing, and a tight feeling across the chest. It is not really understood why some people develop asthma and others do not.

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Education Education with w ith John John B Beales eales

Have H ave yyou ou cconsidered onsidered aan n aapprenticeship? pprenticeship? Apprenticeships have existed in one form or another in Britain for several hundred years. Originally aimed at providing skills-based training of artisans and for trades and industry, t h ey h a ve s e e n a r ev o l u t i o n i n t h e i r scope and the level of qualifications that can be achieved through this route in recent years. Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate (Level 2; equivalent to five good GCSE passes), Advanced (Level 3; equivalent to two A-level passes), Higher (Level 4/5; equivalent to a Foundation Degree) levels and Higher Degree Apprenticeships, which include a full bachelor ’s or master ’s degree. They provide the opportunity to gain on-the-job work experience whilst completing theoretical learning, at varying levels at a college or through a private training company. The system also provides training in functional skills and addresses gaps in literacy and numeracy skills for those that require it .

IItt iiss iimportant mportant tto ob be e ccommitted ommitted All apprenticeships are a minimum of 12 months duration, but the length of time an apprenticeship will take varies d e p e n d i n g o n t h e s e c to r c h o s e n , previous qualifications held, the ability of the individual apprentice and the employer’s requirement. Since an apprenticeship will take between one and four years to complete, depending on the type of framework chosen, it’s important that you’re committed enough to see it through. Training is made up of several components, all of which have to be passed. Combining work and study is certainly not an easy option, but does provide the balance between earning an income, the opportunity for career development, and progression and the acquisition of qualifications that is The Local Answer

increasingly attractive to many. There are now nearly three hundred types of apprenticeship available, covering the following framework areas: • Agricultural and land-based industries • Beauty and wellbeing • Business and IT • Charity and volunteering • Construction • Creative, media and the arts • Customer service and retail • Energy • Engineering and electrical • Finance • Health and care • Hospitality and travel • Manufacturing, processing and logistics • Marine • Public services • Sport and fitness • Vehicles and transport A Higher Degree Apprenticeship offers the attraction of acquiring a degree without the cost of tuition fees, whilst at the same time earning a salary and obtaining experience in the workplace. The d e l i ve r y of apprenticeships is rapidly evolving, w i t h t h e O p e n U n i ve r s i t y n o w providing the learning component of

Higher Degree Apprenticeships in management , digital and technology, and healthcare, for example.

K Keep eep checking checking what what iiss a available vailable Other educational providers are likely to d ev e l o p higher d e g re e apprenticeship options, so it ’s i m p o r t a n t to k e e p c h e c k i n g w h a t i s available. Remember,, however,, that all such schemes are highly competitive and that the apprenticeship is provided by an employer. Guidance is available on how to search for an apprenticeship a n d t h e n h ow to a p p l y o n t h e Government’s website. Providers of apprenticeships are truly d i ve r s e and increasingly comprehensive in terms of the types of jobs available, ranging from brick laying to accountancy. Providers include local businesses, the armed forces, the Civil Service, the BBC , national retailing chains, car manufacturers, prestigious engineering and te c h n o l o g y companies, and some of the ‘big four’ accountancy companies in the UK . For further information visit: • www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk • www.gov..uk/apply-apprenticeship • www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk

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Cinderella comes to Bristol with Torvill & Dean as the Fairy Godparents. The classic rags to riches tale will be transformed into a breath-taking family extravaganza with glittering sets, gorgeous costumes, big song and dance numbers, real Shetland ponies and jaw-dropping skating sequences. Various times. The Bristol Hippodrome, St Augustine’s Parade, BS1 4UZ. atgtickets.com/venues/bristol-hippodrome 1122 DECEMBER DECEMBER THE MENINGITIS NOW CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION CONCERT Start your festive season in the beautiful Gloucester Cathedral, with an evening of traditional carols and inspirational readings – a magical evening not to be missed. 7.30pm. Tickets from £5 available at www.meningitisnow.org or on 0345 120 4530.

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When Lily discovers a trail of soft little footprints, she’s in for a very big surprise! For at the bottom of the garden, she finds a lost little snow bear. This funny, heartwarming tale is the perfect treat for Christmas, presented especially for little bears aged 3+ and their grown-ups. 10.30am. £10 (£8) or £32 for family of four. The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. 17-23 17-23 DECEMBER DECEMBER SANTA’S COMING TO SLIMBRIDGE Join us for breakfast then visit Santa in his magical grotto, make a snowman biscuit, build an elf den, toast marshmallows, get creative making arts and crafts – and don’t forget to send a letter to the North Pole at our post office! Breakfast 9.30am-12noon. Meet Santa 10am-1.15pm. For details visit wwt.org.uk/slimbridge or call 01453 891900. WWT Slimbridge, Glos GL2 7BT.

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1188 DECEMBER DECEMBER A WINTER WONDERLAND International Opera Singer Maria Jagusz and MJ-UK Music and Arts proudly present some of the Cotswold’s most talented singers in a Christmas Concert full of the best of festive music. Several guest singers will join the company including Cirencester’s own Ben Maggs, Alice Nelson, Camilla Alicia Bates, Steve Simms and the ladies choir “A Splash of Red”. 7.30pm. Bingham Hall, GL7 1JT. All tickets £10 (children free) – available from Cirencester Visitors Information Centre. 01285 654180. Facebook: MJ-UK Music and Arts. A CHRISTMAS CA AROL Ebenezer Scrooge hates the season of goodwill until a visit from 3 Phantoms one Christmas Eve makes him rethink his miserly ways and turn his wicked life upside down. Recommended 14 years+. 7.30pm. £14 (£12). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. 21-21 21-21 DECEMBER DECEMBER THE POLAR EXPRESS It’s Christmas Eve and you’re about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters. Santa will be dropping by before the screening, so bring your letters for him and join us for an afternoon of festive

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fun. Relaxed Screening Tues 20th Dec. Meet Santa 4pm. Film 5pm. £7 (includes a treat from Santa). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. DECEMBER 2222 DECEMBER ALL ON A WINTER’S NIGHT Together with Paul Burgess, Dik Cadbury, and images by Martin Fry, Johnny Coppin presents material from his brand new album in a very popular concert of carols, songs and stories. 7.30pm. £16 (children £9). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, GL51 6EP. 01242 258002. 2255 DECEMBER DECEMBER CHRISTMAS DAY!

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31 DECEMBER DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR’S EVE! As 2016 comes to an end, The Local Answer team would like to thank all their customers, contributors and readers for a great year! However you plan to see in the New Year, have a great time and we’ll see you in 2017! 118-22 8-22 JANUARY JANUARY SLEEPING BEAUTY Promenade Productions’ traditional family pantomime transports you to a fairy tale world with a beautiful princess, a handsome prince, good fairies and one very nasty fairy. Great fun for all the family with lots of boos, laughs and audience participation. 7pm (2.30pm matinees – Saturday and Sunday). The Bacon Theatre, Hatherley Road, Cheltenham GL51 6EP. Tickets £10 -£14 from Showcase (call 01242 224144) or visit www.promenadeproductions.co.uk 1188 FEBRUARY FEBRUARY ELIZABETH’S FOOTPRINT CHARITY BALL Raising money for Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal children’s charity. Join us for a wonderful evening at Cheltenham Town Hall. Drinks reception at 7pm, carriages at 1am. Black Tie. Dancing, auction, raffle and more. £100 a ticket. For details email elizabethsfootprintcharityball@gmail.com.

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I t i s t h o u g h t t h a t t h e re a re a number of reasons for these aerial displays. The most widely believed is that it is a survival tactic. Starlings ro o s t i n l a rg e n u m b e r s t h ro u g h t h e winter and so attract predators such a s s p a r r o w h a w k a n d p e r e g r i n e. Murmurations could be a way of confusing predators – staying as close to the centre of the group as possible would mean less chance of being picked off, while the large group

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that ’s right for them, so ask in advance. It might not be a total surprise, but you know they ’ll enjoy and use your gift . Failing that , give them the receipt so they can return it – make sure you buy from a shop that has a store near them, though. I don’t really like gift receipts, as they usually mean an exchange only, whereas they may prefer something from a different shop.

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H Homemade omemade iitems tems a are re v very ery w well-received ell-received How about a massage, wine tasting evening or membership of a charity? You could also make your own presents. Who wouldn’t be happy with a big jar of homemade chocolate biscuits, chutney, or a box of truffles? One year I made truffles rolled in cocoa and edible gold-dust , which were very easy and very wellreceived!

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great children’s gift than something seriously cute. That’s exactly why the £14.99 Animal Speakers make the p e r fe c t l i t t l e s to c k i n g f i l l e r s . T h e s e portable Bluetooth speakers may look dainty, but they have a 2 Watt p ow e r o u t p u t , w h i c h a l s o m a k e s them mighty. After testing these little guys out , I can confirm you shouldn’t misjudge their size – they have a serious set of lungs on them! Along with a built-in microphone and rechargeable battery, the Animal Speakers differ in their cutesy forms, Animal A nimal SSpeakers peakers ranging from dog , cat , fox , panda, Let ’s face it , Christmas is pig and – of course – a unicorn. all about the kids, Something small, adorable and and nothing says a cheap to go in the stocking this year.

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You might be forgiven for thinking you have turned to the gardening page, but no this is ‘Money Matters’ and the author hasn’t gone mad! I’m referring to the increasing number of apprenticeships that are being taken on in small businesses. I’m speaking from first-hand experience. We took on Peter as an apprentice fifteen months ago and he has proved to be a first class signing. When the time is right, we will probably repeat the exercise all over again. So why aren’t all small firms taking on a school leaver and growing their own staff for the future? Judging by the difficulties we have had recently in recruiting a qualified member of staff, growing your own is definitely the way forward.

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