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Retired Southport Flower Show Special Edition 2011




The local magazine for the over 55s


Portland Basin

Ashton-under-Lyne is a real shopper’s dream Ladysmith Shopping Centre


Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Arcades Shopping Centre Old Town

Outdoor Market and Indoor Market Hall

It has hugely popular indoor and outdoor markets along with covered shopping areas in the shape of the famous Arcades and Ladysmith Shopping Centres. These modern retail outlets also complement the intimate attraction of Ashton’s ‘Old Town’ area where a myriad of small independent retailers offer a huge range of authentic gift ideas and tailored services. The outdoor market is open seven days a week with a flea market on Tuesdays and a table top sale every Sunday except for the last Sunday in the month – when Ashton hosts the North West’s biggest and best ‘Farmers and Producers’ market.

If you are just sightseeing then don’t miss the opportunity to visit ‘Setanti’ located in the Town Hall. It’s a wonderful visitor attraction telling the history of the town and the borough. Then there’s the military Museum of The Manchester Regiment also in the Town Hall, or try the new Waterworks where you will be able to witness first hand through realistic sights, sounds and smells what life was like to live in Tameside in the early 1800’s and you can try our award winning museum at the idyllic canalside location of Portland Basin – plus there is no charge to visit these superb attractions!



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In this issue...


Imagine…. It’s a warm sunny day, and your windows are wide open. A cool breeze is blowing into your open conservatory letting fresh air pass through your home, you can smell the scent of the flowers, hear the birds singing, and there is not single insect in sight.                                                                                         

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Julia McKenzie is happy in the world of Agatha Christie.

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Tom Atherton shares his gardening secrets.



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Rick Stein shares his favourite Discover Lisbon dishes from around the world. Unique and magnificent.

Welcome to this year's Retired magazine special issue for the Southport Flower Show. At the time of press the weather is chilly and damp so let's hope things have improved and we're able to enjoy the show in summer clothes and sandals! We are pleased to bring you an interview with Julia McKenzie recalling her acting career since her 1966 debut at the Adelphi Theatre to the present day televison role of Miss Marple. In this year's issue we have included some delicious recipes from Rick Stein's Coast to Coast book for you to try at home and an informative travel feature discovering Lisbon's many historic buildings and attractions. Don't forget to catch up with Graham Smith's hilarious observations on life on page 14 and send in your entries for our 2 fabulous competitions - a chance to win a beautiful Moorcroft's Fairy Queen vase worth nearly £900 and a pair of tikets for the Festive Gift Fair at the NEC. So as always sit back and enjoy a good read.

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mma Bosson’s luxuriant imagination often pours out in her design work, frequently following her ponderings on fairy mythology. This year marks the 10th anniversary of her renowned Queens Choice design that is described by many as ‘quintessentially Moorcroft’ and inspired by the words of Titania, Queen of the Fairies, in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Nights Dream. This is quite an achievement, when one considers that there are currently fifteen ‘design’ window’s open at Moorcroft, with each design window reflecting a distinct subject matter in art, for example, landscape, fantasy, floral and so on. Shakespeare’s poetic imagery in A Midsummer Nights Dream with his fairy characters, is possibly unrivalled by any other of his plays. Unsurprisingly, Emma was swept into a sweet slumber by the rhythm of Shakespeare’s verse, allowing her hand to craft something enchantingly beautiful. £880 Queens Choice 85/11 Height: 11”/ 28cms Designer: Emma Bossons FRSA

Hop in his walks and gambol in his eyes Feed him with apricots and dewberries With purple grapes, green figs, and mulberries The honey bags steal from the humble- bees

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Alderney, Channel Islands Relax on the friendly island... The friendly, laid-back, island of Alderney has plenty to offer with its genuine hospitality, cliff walks with stunning scenery and many beautiful, uncrowded, sandy beaches for swimming or just relaxing. Only one and a half miles wide and three and a half miles long, Alderney, the most northern of the Channel Islands, is situated just off the Normandy Coast in the English Channel. The Island has just over two thousand inhabitants and enjoys a mild climate with a peaceful, natural and totally relaxing atmosphere. The town of St. Anne, with its quaint cobbled streets, is lined by small shops and offers a great choice of friendly pubs, bars and restaurants. Alderney is renowned for its fresh, local seafood, such as lobster and crab, and its excellent cuisine.

Discover the natural island The island boasts a rich and varied wildlife and the Alderney Wildlife Trust actively protects and promotes this valuable heritage. The Island has become a true magnet for birdwatchers, ramblers and wildlife enthusiasts who can explore some 70 miles of tracks and walks around the Island. The Alderney Wildlife Trust organises many interesting guided walks, ranging from town walks, history, heritage, birdwatching and nocturnal bat walks. There are also round island boat trips where you can discover Alderney’s marine wildlife and abundant sea bird habitats.

Explore the historic island The Island has a fascinating history and a visit to The Alderney Museum provides a thorough account of Alderney’s past. Most noticeable on the island must be the Victorian military architecture, namely the breakwater and the numerous forts along the coastline. Also Nazi gun emplacements and bunkers can still be found, remnants of WWII. Alderney also has the only running railway in the Channel Islands, another reminder of the Victorian times and one of the oldest lines in the British Isles. The railway was constructed in the 1840s by the British government to convey stone from the eastern end of the island to build the breakwater and the forts. The railway now operates on bank holidays and weekends through the summer season along a scenic coastal route from Braye Station near the harbour to Mannez Station on the north-east coast.

Join in our social island With a number of clubs and associations, including a challenging golf course, scenic tennis courts and a busy diary of events, there’s always something going on and visitors are always very welcome to join in. Where to stay: there is a good selection of privatelyowned hotels, guesthouses and self catering units as well as a pretty campsite. Getting there is easy: the island has its own airport and harbour providing excellent sea and air links. There are frequent scheduled direct flights from Southampton airport, giving a relatively stress free experience of a smaller airport in comparison to the busier airports of London. You can also fly to Alderney from most major British and International airports, via Guernsey or, Jersey (via Guernsey).


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Discover Lisbon... Situated on the north banks of the River Tagus, the charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past. Its renovated palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle mirror the city’s rich cultural heritage. Its eclectic blend of neighbourhoods, culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit. It’s a city set on seven hills, as the legend tells, with its cobble-stoned pavements and narrow streets full of Art Nouveau cafés and promises a lot to discover. Most popular spots are located around Rossio and Praça do Comércio, Baixa. Lisbon also hosts a great number of remarkable museums of ancient and modern art, some of which are Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, National Museum of Contemporary Art, National Coach Museum, Berardo Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and Carmo Archaeological Museum. But Lisbon isn’t all culture and history; Bairro Alto is the centre of nightlife with various restaurants and bars where melancholic traditional Portuguese music, Fado, can also be heard. When tired of sight-seeing, shopping in Lisbon will take all your tiredness away! The biggest shopping mall in the Iberian Peninsula, Centro 10

Commercial Colombo, will offer you many options. For those who prefer to shop in local markets, there is a fascinating flea market at the Campo de Santa Clara.

monument offers a fabulous view from the top. Open every day except Mondays from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.

The best way to discover Lisbon is to get lost in its narrow streets whilst wandering around! Every narrow street will tell you a different story and every story will reach your heart easily!

The Portuguese are proud of their gastronomy. Staple foods in the Portuguese diet include fish, chicken, vegetables and fruits. Pork, goat, partridge, quail and rabbit are also typical meats in Portugal. Famous specialties are sardinhas assadas (charcoal-grilled sardines), pastéis de bacalhau (cod fishcakes) and caldo verde (a soup of cabbage and potatoes). Codfish is prepared in many ways, and it is usually served as the most typical Portuguese dish. Sweets are very popular too, and wine is often consumed with meals. At restaurants, waiters will bring out bread, olives, cheeses and other little things. What you eat you pay for, if you don’t touch it, you shouldn’t pay for it. The daily specials are usually the best bet, especially with the fish, which is fresh from that same day. Tips are not outrageously high here, just a couple of euros is enough.

Torre De Belém The World Heritage site was built in 1520. The Tower served to defend the Tagus River bank and had different functions such as being a customs control point, a telegraph station, a lighthouse and even a prison. Open every day except Mondays from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Estrela Basilica (Basílica da Estrela) Built in the 18th century, Estrela Basilica is one of Lisbon’s most fascinating churches. It was the first church in the world dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Open every day from 7.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Discoveries Monument (Padrão dos descobrimentos) built on the bank of the river Tagus in 1960 to honour the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Designed in the shape of a caravel on which many relevant heroes of Portuguese history are shown. The


SLEEPING Almost every part of Lisbon offers a great range of comfortable accommodation, however if you’re looking for modern but affordable

TRAVEL T& RLEISURE A V E L comforts you may need to avoid the central Baixa zone. You can find three types of accommodation in Lisbon: pensions (pensões), guesthouses (residenciais) and hotels. The only difference between pensões and residenciais is that the pensions generally serve meals, whereas guesthouses do not.

DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… ...a ride on the funicular railway. Lisbon has three street funiculars which allow people to move to and from its hilly districts more easily. The Lavra funicular was the first street funicular in the world. It opened in 1884 and carried 3,000 people, free of charge, on that day alone! Originally water-powered, it was converted to electricity in 1915. It runs from the eastern side of the Avenida da Liberdade at a 25% gradient to the Torel district. The Bica funicular opened in 1892 and is the only stepped street funicular in the city. From the street, the funicular is concealed by a building but this is clearly lettered ‘Ascensor da Bica’. The Glória funicular opened in 1885, on the west side of the Avenida da Liberdade, connecting Restauradores with the Bairro Alto. Excellent views of the city and castle are to be found from the gardens which lie immediately

to the right of the top of the route. Just across the road, slightly to the right, at Rua de S. Pedro de Alcântara, is the Instituto do Vinho do Porto, where a vast range of portwines may be tasted and purchased in the sumptuous surroundings of the Palácio Ludovice. Also, a great vantage point of the city is at Graça situated between Alfama and Mouraria, it provides panoramic views over rooftops of Lisbon and the castle along with pine trees - wonderful!

DON’T LEAVE WITHOUT… ...visiting the Parque del Oeste, one of the city’s lesser known spaces, this park offers the perfect spot for a tranquil shady walk beneath mature trees. Overlooked in the summer by the lively terrazas on Paseo del Pintor Rosales, it is also an ideal way of connecting to Casa de Campo by cable car which runs high over the river and offers stunning views of the city.


Lisbon has short and mild winters and hot summers. Plenty of sunshine can be enjoyed from May to October, whereas the coolest and the rainiest season is between December and March. If you are travelling in summer, make sure to bring some light sweatshirts. The evenings of Lisbon are rather chilly.

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Agatha Christie Versatile actress Julia McKenzie has made the role of legendary detective Miss Marple her own. She loves recreating a bygone age of manners and respect, as she tells James Pringle New detectives come and go, but a select few stay the distance. Among them is Agatha Christie’s great creation Miss Marple, now played in the ITV series by Julia McKenzie. The award-winning actress replaced Geraldine McEwan in the part in 2008. “I’m under no illusions about the size of the task ahead,” she said at the time – but she was equal to the challenge and now has two series under her belt, the latest of which has just come out on DVD. The films provide hours of intrigue, humour and suspense in an idyllic British setting. Miss Jane Marple is an elderly resident of the small English village of St Mary on Mead. With her tweed two-pieces and her penchant for knitting, the unassuming lady is certainly not your average detective. But her sharp wit and shrewd understanding of human nature make her a formidable force against any criminal. Series Five sees the amateur sleuth unravelling a variety of mysteries and divulging dark secrets: from solving the puzzle of the cursed wallpaper (The Blue Geranium) to the death of a Catholic priest who had been privy to a dangerous confession (The Pale Horse). Each episode introduces us to a cast of intriguing characters and familiar faces including Nicholas Parsons, Joanna Lumley and Holly Willoughby, to name but a few. So what made Julia apprehensive about taking over the part of Miss Marple? “It was a really daunting task, but so enjoyable,” she tells Retired. “I’ve loved doing it, once I got over the shock of getting the part. Amazing people had played her in the past and this iconic character in literature obviously looms very large in aficionados’ minds.” “I think they’re very particular about who’s playing Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. Thank goodness it’s been in very safe hand in both cases, and I hope that’s continuing with me.” 12

Something else that is continuing is the lack of graphically gory scenes that have become so common in other detective series. “These Christies aren’t like that really,” Julia agrees. “The production values are terrific. The films look lovely and you can be assured there won’t be any sex scenes! “It’s Old England, a sort of dream world now. I think it’s a sort of place and a sort of life that we’d all like to live.” In our different times, it might be tempting for actors to camp it up when they play Christie parts. Julia has not been tempted away from her understated, naturalistic style, but she notes: “It’s very difficult for young actors to realise that these characters are portraying their own age group in the era they were born into. They’ve set these stories in the 1950s, so if Miss Marple was 70 she would have been born about 1880, and that’s an extraordinary age to come from. The manners, the respect and those sort of things are something that’s very distant today. “Sometimes young actors may come in and think: “Oh, they’re not really people’. But then they start and they realise that we’re doing it for real and they calm down. A lot of young actors think it’s the Jazz Age or something and it’s got a style. Well, it has, but it’s a real style of a later era.” Julia herself was born in Enfield in 1941. Filmgoers may know her for her parts in Shirley Valentine, Bright Young Things and Notes on a Scandal, but she has been a stalwart of the stage ever since her London debut in Maggie May at the Adelphi Theatre in 1966. She went on to win Olivier and Evening Standard Awards in the West End and a Tony nomination on Broadway for her part in Side by Side by Sondheim, when she became ‘Julie N. McKenzie’ to avoid confusion with an American namesake in the business. Her many London performances have ranged from Hobson’s Choice and The Norman Conquests to


Follies, Guys and Dolls and The Philadelphia Story, and her directing credits include Stepping Out, Steel Magnolias and the Tokyo production of A Little Night Music. “I love musicals and I absolutely adored doing Sweeny Todd at the National Theatre, playing Mrs Lovett,” says Julia. “But I loved very much doing a play called Woman in Mind, which was quite a heavy drama – which I’ve never really been allowed to do on television. Once you do a sitcom, you’re really condemned for life to do those things.” The sitcoms included a stint with Irene Handl in Maggie and Her in the late Seventies and with Gareth Hunt in That Beryl Marston! in the early Eighties. But most viewers will remember Julia as Hester in Fresh Fields and its sequel, French Fields. Playing opposite Anton Rodgers, she won the vote for TV Times Favourite Comedy Performance five years running. “We did eight series of Fresh Fields, then about five of French Fields. Thames Television wanted us to go on doing it, but we were filming a scene in France about five’clock one morning, up to our knees in mud, and we looked at each other and said: ‘No more’.” Julia and Anton were reunited on screen in 2007 in You Can Choose Your Friends, and the same year gave readings at Hereford Cathedral for the Christmas edition of Songs of Praise. Anton died shortly after the recording and the programme was broadcast in his memory. “He was a smashing chap, a lovely man,” says Julia. “Anton and his family were great friends with my

husband Jerry and me. We’re godparents to his middle son and, in fact, I spoke to his widow yesterday. “I love actors,” she adds. “We are a breed apart, I know. Everyone thinks we’re at each other’s throats, but I’ve never found that. I’ve found great support and comradeship.” Another memory of 2007 is the hit TV costume drama Cranford, where Julia played Mrs Forrester. “We had a wonderful cast and we’d all known each other and worked with each other for years, so it was really happy families time. “The costumes in these sort of shows are painful, I can tell you! How these people ever got dressed by themselves in the morning I’ll never know. There’s the corsets – everything is laced up from behind – and you’ve got ‘bum rolls’, if you’ll pardon the expression, and so many clothes! We filmed during a very hot summer and would all sit around pulling our necklines open to get some air. Even so, I’d love to do a costume drama every year.” Meanwhile, Julia is enjoying her gardening, her cooking and being Miss Marple: “I was thrown into it so quickly that I was probably a little too buoyant in the first couple of episodes. I’ve settled now and I think I’m probably getting a bit better. I hope so!” • Miss Marple Series Five was released on DVD by ITV STUDIOS Home Entertainment on June 20.


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Making their excuses

Doesn’t your heart go out to the 68-year-old Devon shopkeeper who, when confronted by a thief with a knife, picked up a screwdriver and told him to p--- off or use it?

So the News Of The World has gone. What an unholy mess which will be debated for many months.

Police had previously warned the shopkeeper that he could face assault charges if he went for a burglar and hurt him. Isn’t it ridiculous? I suggest that if anyone else tries it on with him the gentleman shoves the screwdriver where the sun doesn’t shine and the police can’t find it.

Crazy drivers For once I had great sympathy with a traffic warden as he booked a motorist for parking on double yellow lines and with two wheels on the pavement, directly opposite a free car park for the shop he was visiting.

I remember reading the paper when it still had half an ounce of credibility left, back in the 1960s. Every other piece used to be about a seedy old hack visiting houses of ill repute and exposing the owner for running a brothel and living off immoral earnings. The last line of every one of these pieces always referred to a lady offering services of a dubious nature to the reporter who invariably wrote, “I made my excuses and left”…now they have.

I recently met a high ranking business type lady who was smartly dressed but as she stood up and turned I spied a snake’s head on her bared lower back. Now I ask you, are you supposed to pretend not to notice, ask where the rest of it is or offer it a titbit?

They’re pretty slick now these wardens. They travel in pairs and can write a ticket more quickly than ever and one takes a picture for the record. Exit driver from shop and he immediately begins casting doubt on the parentage of both wardens who stand back with their arms folded. I stand back wondering what next. The idiot then gets in his car and drives away at full speed with half the car still on the pavement and goes straight at me. I stepped out of his way and turned to see the warden quietly slipping his mobile phone from his pocket and smiling at me. “Not very bright was it sir,” he said to me, “He forgets we have his number and so will the police shortly. His fine just went up.” I like it.


Is it an age thing? Maybe it’s me but I cannot see the attraction of a tattooed woman. Perhaps an odd butterfly might catch the eye but some women today look like a Michelin road map, and that’s only the bits you can see.

It’s the same with body piercings and ironmongery. I find it very disconcerting to eat a restaurant meal served to me by a waitress who has more metal in her top lip than there was in the tin opener the chef used. And pierced tongues! How can anyone do that? The mind boggles at what other bits may have pretty pictures painted on them and metal adornments hanging from them. I foresee problems in their ageing years, primarily metal fatigue.

If you stop and stare at them, or worse still try and read the words, you’re likely to be smacked in the eye, so what is the point?

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Off the ground gardening! For those of you who read this magazine regularly, you may have seen an article a few years ago describing how I had to convert my garden because I became partially disabled and anything at ground level was out of bounds. I now grow most of my plants in containers and raised beds. Last year we published an article on container growing and I thought it would be a good idea if, this year, we gave some helpful information on different types of raised beds, their construction and uses. Perimeter wall beds: These usually take the form of a lower wall in front of an existing higher one creating a raised bed at an appropriate height (1-2ft) to suit the circumstances. N.B. If the existing wall is that of a building, it will need to be damp proofed – this can be done with the use of a bitumen or other waterproof paint. Perimeter boundary walls: In the absence of a perimeter wall, a raised bed can be used to create a perimeter barrier or divider between sections of the garden. This means constructing a retaining structure to all sides of the bed. Retaining beds: When different terraced levels are created, a raised bed can be constructed from the lower terrace to create a barrier and edge to the upper terrace. Island beds: As this name would suggest, this type of raised bed has space all round it. You can be very creative with shape and size to suit any garden design or use. Construction: Many different types of materials can be used in construction. These can influence the cost and the use of the bed. Building stone, artificial stone and brick: These are the most common materials and can create a permanent structure of any shape or size. For walls up to 18ins high, only a small sand/ cement foundation is needed as they are not very heavy and are easy to do as a diy project. Larger structures may need the use or at least advice of a professional. Rock/random stone: A few layers of larger rockery stone cemented together creates a excellent raised rockery with rocks on top of the bed. Smaller stone pieces need to be built against a board covered with polythene which can be removed when the cement has hardened. This is particularly useful if space is at a premium. Timber: Sleepers, deck boards and treated timber can all be used to make straight sided beds (curves being very difficult in these materials!). These timbers are usually attached to appropriate pegs driven into the ground but, on smaller island beds, sleepers are sufficiently substantial so that the pegs can be omitted. In the event of needing more than one board high, it is better to batten them on the rear side. It is also advisable to attach the boards to the battens and pegs before driving the pegs into the ground – this ensures correct alignment. Log rolls (small sections of half round timbers) usually connected in lengths by wire can create a low bed – these, again, will need pegs to keep them in position. Round poles can be driven into the ground side by side but are very difficult to align and are usually embedded in a trench of concrete. 16

Concrete fence panels & posts: The concrete panels usually seen at the base of a fence make ideal raised beds. Normal fence posts are too long but can be cut into shorter sections by the use of a grinder or stihl saw. If the posts are concreted in, a very robust bed can be created. Some concrete panels are made to imitate wood sleepers and can look quite effective! Growing medium: In any type of bed, it is necessary to consider drainage. A layer of drainage material is sometimes needed on poorly drained ground. Drainage holes at the base of the bed structure may be necessary. Depending on the size of the bed and its use, it is better to use a mix of good topsoil and garden compost - the bigger the bed, the higher the proportion of soil. This will give good growing results. Uses: By being ‘off the ground’ any raised bed is much easier to maintain. I prefer a wide flat edge which can be used as seating or as a platform for plants and tools during planting. You can even stand a watering can on it or the odd glass or wine or beer! Planting schemes will depend on the style of bed and its location but as plants can be thinned, dead headed and even changed very easily, it is always possible to keep them spectacular. I grow a wide range of plants throughout the seasons which I would not be able to do if they were at ground level. My vegetables are also grown in a raised bed made of deck boards screened by a box hedge.

I hope you find my comments interesting and useful and even if you are very able bodied, why not give it a try? Tom Atherton, Homescapes (1990) Ltd

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Rick Stein's Coast to Coast Recipes Rick Stein’s passion for fresh wellsourced food has taken him from continent to continent, across magnificent shorelines and to the very best produce the coast has to offer. Rick remarks “My greatest enthusiasm in life has been finding dishes that change my perception of cooking, that reveal a whole new vista of flavour combination. I think we all enjoy that. I’m just someone with an enthusiasm for food and a curiosity that’s sent me sniffing around all over the place looking for lovely dishes in all corners of the globe” Taken from his book ‘Coast to Coast’ (BBC Books, £20) here are three of Rick’s favourite recipes inspired by travels across the world.

Crisp Chinese roast pork S E R V E S




1 ½kg (3-lb) piece of thick belly pork with skin, bones removed 1 tablespoon Sichuan peppercorns 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 2 tablespoons sea-salt flakes 2 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder 2 teaspoons caster sugar 1 quanity of steamed rice, to serve

Spike the skin of the pork with a fine skewer or a larding needle as many times as you can, going through into the fat but not so deep that you go into the flesh. Then pour a kettle full of hot water over the skin, leave it to drain and then dry it off well. Heat a dry, heavy-based frying pan over a high heat. Add the Sichuan and black peppercorns and shake them around for a few seconds until they darken slightly and start to smell aromatic. Transfer them to a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Tip them into a bowl and stir in the sea salt, five-spice powder and sugar. Turn the pork flesh side up on a tray and rub the flesh all over with the spice mixture. Set it aside somewhere cool for 8 hours or overnight. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/ Gas Mark 6. Turn the pork skin side up and place it on a rack resting on top of a roasting tin of water. Roast the pork for 15 minutes. Then lower the oven temperature to 180°C/350°F/ Gas Mark 4 and roast it for a further 2 hours, topping up the water in the roasting tin now and then when necessary. Increase the oven temperature once more to 230°C/450°F/ Gas Mark 8 and continue to roast the pork for a further 15 minutes. Then remove it from the oven and leave it to cool. It is best served warm. Cut the pork into bite-sized pieces and arrange them on a warmed platter. Serve with steamed Chinese greens in oyster sauce and steamed rice. 19



175g (6oz) dried butterbeans 100g (4oz) rindless smoked streaky bacon, in one piece 1 small onion, chopped 1 tablespoon sunflower oil, if needed 300ml (10 fl oz) chicken stock 3 whole sweetcorn cobs 50ml (2 fl oz) double cream 4 x 175-225g (6-8oz) pieces of unskinned thick haddock fillet 15g (½oz) butter, melted 2 tablespoons chopped chives, plus a few extra to garnish Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Broiled haddock fillets with succotash Put the dried beans into a pan and cover with plenty of water. Bring to the boil, cover, remove from the heat and leave to soak for 2 hours. Cut the bacon into 5mm (Âź-inch) dice, put it into a pan and cook over a low heat until the fat begins to melt. Increase the heat a little and allow it to fry in its own fat until crisp and golden. Add the onion (and the sunflower oil, if it looks a little dry) and cook for about 5 minutes, until soft. Drain the beans and add them to the pan, with the stock. Simmer gently until they are just tender and the stock is well reduced. Stand the sweetcorn cobs up on a chopping board and slice away all the kernels. Add the sweetcorn to the beans, with the cream, and simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the grill to high. Brush the pieces of haddock on both sides with the melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Place, skin side up, on a lightly oiled baking sheet or the rack of the grill pan and grill for 7-8 minutes. Stir the chives into the beans and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into 4 warmed soup plates and place the haddock on top. Scatter over a few more chives and serve at once.




150ml (5 fl oz) olive oil 120ml (4 fl oz) chilli sauce 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce 1 teaspoon salt 4 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tablespoon sweet chilli sauce or clear honey ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce 900g (2lb) unpeeled, raw prawns F O R



325g (12 oz) white cabbage, cored and thinly sliced 2 celery sticks, thinly sliced 1 green pepper, thinly sliced 6 spring onions, thinly sliced 3 tablespoons chopped dill 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

Barbecued shrimp with coleslaw

1 heaped teaspoon creamed horseradish

Mix the olive oil, chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic, sweet chilli sauce and Tabasco sauce together in a bowl. Stir in the prawns, cover and marinate at room temperature for 2 hours, or overnight in the fridge.

½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce

Preheat your barbecue or grill. Meanwhile, make the coleslaw: mix the cabbage, celery, green pepper, spring onions and dill together in a bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients together to make a dressing. Stir it into the vegetables at the last minute and spoon it into a large serving bowl. If you are barbecueing the prawns, you might prefer to thread them on to large metal skewers first, which will make things easier when you come to turn them. Cook them for 1½ -2 minutes on each side, basting them with some of the marinade. Pile them into a warmed serving bowl. Bring the remaining marinade to the boil in a small pan and pour it over the prawns. Serve them with the coleslaw and plenty of crusty French bread.

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons olive-oil mayonnaise A pinch of cayenne pepper Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Delicious meals to your door from Wiltshire Farm Foods The team of chefs at Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s leading home meals delivery service, have been busy over recent months, lovingly creating lots of enticing new meals and desserts for you to enjoy this autumn. From traditional favourites to irresistible puddings, the Autumn & Winter menu, out this September is packed full of delicious recipes to enjoy. There are lots of exciting meals and desserts to choose from, everything from classic Steak & Mushroom Pie, to indulgent Black Forest Gateau. Last year Wiltshire Farm Foods introduced a new Hearty range for those with larger appetites, and these have been such a hit with customers that they are adding more fantastic choice to the range. So if you like your meals just that little bit bigger, why not try succulent Hearty Redcurrant & Rosemary Lamb Casserole, tasty Hearty Ocean Pie or warming Hearty Aberdeen Angus and Ale pie? There are over 240 great value tempting options to choose from in the new brochure, including all your classic favourites, Mini Meals for smaller appetites and Hot and Cold Desserts. Wiltshire Farm Foods also cater for a wide range of special dietary needs, including lower fat, gluten free, diabetic diets and a range of ‘free from’ options. Meals are delivered nationwide, free of charge and direct to your door by caring, CRB police-checked drivers and if you wish, your driver will even pop the meals in the freezer for you. Whenever you’re ready, you can simply heat your meal from frozen in an oven or microwave and enjoy. So a piping hot meal is only ever minutes away! David Barker from Wiltshire Farm Foods Manchester outlet comments: “We’re so pleased with all our new meals and desserts and they’re perfect for the colder months. If you can’t decide what to choose, why not try one of our excellent selection packs, offering a choice of our most popular meals and desserts – it’s the perfect introduction to our range. Ordering is easy on the phone or online at and we’ll deliver to your door free of charge. Give the team a call on 0800 773 773 - we’re happy to take your order or answer any questions you may have.”

With 20 years experience, Wiltshire Farm Foods has earned a reputation for delivering quality meals and outstanding customer service, so you’ll be guaranteed tasty, nutritious meals whatever the weather this autumn.

Bury Market Hall open everyday except Sunday “Winner BBC Radio 4’s Food and Farming Awards” Best Food Market “Winner UK Coach Awards – Most Coach Friendly Shopping Attraction” “Winner NABMA’s” Best Market Attraction Full Markets Open Wednesdays Fridays and Saturdays

An Award Winning Market Bury Market’s huge selection of fresh food and produce has been praised the world over…but the only compliments we really want are from our customers! At Bury Market you’ll discover over 350 stalls selling everything from fresh food to the latest fashions – and a whole lot more! Bury Market’s easy to find and even easier to enjoy. The world famous Bury Market located off junction 2 of the M66 – every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Bury town centre is also home to the Fusilier Museum, East Lancashire Railway, Bury Transport Museum and Bury Art Gallery

get the look ... How do you view your bathroom? A place to relax, dream, and recharge. Or as a purely functional place to shower and get set for the day. Either way, there are so many innovations now in bathroom design, that the avocado suite and those depressing shower curtains are as old hat as the tin bath by the kitchen fire. For the purely functional bathroom, but with a 2lst century look, there are the wet rooms. Wet rooms take up about the same space as a bath, but allow much more space than a shower. Going a stage further, you can now install a steam shower with bath, combined with chromotherapy lighting to match your mood, hydro massage jets and whirlpool bath combination. If you’re feeling sociable, you can go for a two person steam shower with folding seats and glass back panels. Features include body massage jets and an FM radio. Or how about a sauna and steam shower combination unit, with body jets, FM radio, hands free telephone and CD input. But maybe you’re one of those people who like to relax and dream in your bath, or watch your favourite TV programme as you lie back in your favourite scented bubbles, gently massaged by whirlpool jets. Whirlpool baths are available as: Two person corner whirlpool baths with FM radio Two person corner bath with hand shower, FM radio and hydro massage jets. Built in television, with a heated glass screen which keeps the picture clear of condensation, built in digital tuner, stereo sound with waterproof flush mounted speakers.


Hand basins have come a long way – basins are available which look like works of art, in clear glass, or bronze, in round or rectangular shapes and wall mounted, leaving floor space clear. Lavatory pans can also be obtained that are wall hung, making it easier to keep the floor area around it clean. For a wet room or shower, water tiles are an innovation. This new system of body sprays and showerheads can be fitted into a shower wall or

ceiling to create a customised shower. The number of jets, the height and position can be fitted to the customers’ requirements. For the less able. The problems for those unable to climb into a conventional bath are huge. No one likes to have to ask for help in taking a bath unless they have to, and so they tend to put it off, with resultant hygiene problems. The walk-in bath has addressed this problem, and a whirlpool bath, which gives healing massage from the whirlpool jets, is available. However, you must enter the bath, then wait for it to fill before you can bathe, and it must be emptied before you exit. Another option is the walk in shower with seat, and grab handles. Anyone planning a bathroom for the elderly or disabled should also remember to design the position of the sink to allow space beneath to pull a wheelchair up close, and to look for toilets which are higher than usual, with sturdy grab handles. Accessories Towel rails can be conventional, or can be obtained resembling modern art. From circular to spiral, and various shapes between, there are also hot boxes for storing towels, and even one designed to look like a ladder, with heated shelves.

The windows To continue with the clear, uncluttered effect, there’s nothing as efficient in a bathroom as a screen. If you have jars and bottles on your window ledge, the screen can be fitted inside the window frame to leave the ledge clear, or outside the frame, so that the window ledge is covered when the blind is down. Either way, your cosmetics don’t have to be moved every time you want privacy. Blinds can be bought in a variety of styles and colours to suit your overall design.

Wall and floor tiles Available in a huge range of styles and materials. From marble to ceramic, the range is so vast, that you can be spoiled for choice. From pretty to functional, arty to natural, there’s a range out there to suit your design. The accessories Nothing personalises your bathroom more than the accessories. From a bathroom cabinet behind a picture, to towels, or a linen bin, which is also a seat. Wall cupboards can be streamlined white, or wood, and mirrors can be large, to give the feeling of more space in a small bathroom. Toothbrush holders, soap dishes, and towel hooks can all be chosen in a style to harmonise with the look you’ve chosen. A beautiful bathroom enhances your home and provides a bolthole to relax and unwind, so go for it, and enjoy it for years to come.

Aquarius Wet Room

the ultimate answer to bathing difficulties exclusively available from Bathing Solutions Glass side panel secured to wall

No shower tray to step over – floor is same level throughout the room

Mosaic tiled floor with fast drain; choice of colours

Open, easy-access entry; no doors

For a free copy of our 28 page brochure call free on

Say goodbye to bathtime struggles when you completely replace your existing bathroom with the Aquarius Wet Room. By waterproofing and then tiling the entire floor, it means there’s no tray to step over and no door to open or close; it’s the ultimate in easy-access, safe showering. Complete the totally new look by choosing sanitary ware from our superb range and make bathing difficulty a thing of the past with the Aquarius Wet Room.

Optional fold up seat for added comfort

Completely replaces all your existing bathroom fixtures and fittings

Choice of colours for wall panels & floor tiles

0800 783 1912

Please send me a brochure on your range of easy-access showers and walk-in baths. Name Tel No. Address Postcode Bathing Solutions and other group companies may send you information and offers in the future. Please tick box if you do not wish to receive information from us or third parties in the future.

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Private Medical Insurance that will not increase for 5 years regardless of age or claims! As we are all too aware, the cost of private medical insurance increases significantly as you get older. In many cases just when we really need the benefits of medical insurance, the cost becomes prohibitive. However, what if we could advise you of a scheme where premiums will not increase, regardless of your age or how many claims you make, for 5 years? Comprehensive cover for Out-patient, In-patient and Day-patient care. CT, MRI, PET etc. scans. Access to every private hospital in the country. Specialist consultations. Diagnostic tests.

Premiums Monthly 59 year old ... £38

64 year old ... £48 70 year old ... £67.50 79 year old ... £72.50

Over 80? We can still offer you excellent rates and cover. Frequently asked questions: Q. If I already have private medical insurance, can I transfer cover? A. Yes. Apart from any heart or cancer claims in the last 3 years. Q. If I do not have medical insurance, will any medical complaints I have had be excluded? A. No. Any medical complaints that happened 5 or more years ago would be covered. For any complaints that you have had in the last 5 years, you would have to go for a further 2 years free of treatment, advice, symptoms or medication, then they too be covered. Q. Do I have to pay any excess? A. A maximum of £100 in any year. Q. Is there a qualifying period? A. No, cover is immediate.

Sounds too good to be true? We can assure it is not and there are no catches. Further details, totally without obligation, we can be contacted at: Office Phone 01253 779268 Mobile 07714 285143 or 0740 7459073 Fax 0844 800 7708

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Abbey Lawn Hotel AAHHH

Torquay is most certainly one of the UK’s Finest resorts and the heart of the English Riviera. If you are looking to unwind in style, this elegant Georgian hotel is the place to stay. Located in the grounds of the former Torre Abbey, overlooking Torbay, there are superb facilities. These include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, steam room, sauna and a spacious conservatory. As with all our own hotels a night porter ensures 24 hour reception service.

IMPERIAL HOTEL, EASTBOURNE 5 Days/4 Nights, dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation, local pick-up points, 2 excursions and FREE insurance Departures

Ocean View Hotel Robinsons HHH Take a short boat ride across the Solent and discover the Isle of Wight, an island of great natural beauty and superb weather, with a wealth of attractions for visitors of all ages. Shanklin, on the south coast of the island, is home to a variety of safe, golden beaches and a quaint collection of shops housed in traditional thatched cottages. An elegant hotel commanding magnificent views across Sandown Bay, the balconies provide the perfect place to enjoy the sunset on summer evenings. Guests can unwind in the piano lounge before enjoying an evning meal in the spacious restaurant.A night porter ensures 24 hour reception service.

Abbey Lawn Hotel

Imperial Ocean View Hotel Hotel

06 Feb

£139 £139 £139

13 Feb

£145 £145 £145

20 Feb

£149 £149 £149

27 Feb

£155 £155 £155

Imperial Hotel Robinsons HHH

05 Mar £159 £159 £159

Eastbourne is an ideal holiday destination, it has one of the top sunshine records in the UK and has been awarded the Seaside Award for its clean safe beaches for the past eight years. An impressive Victorian hotel, situated at the seaward end of Devonshire place, less than a hundred yards from the seafront, on a delightful tree-lined boulevard less than five minutes walk from the main facilities and town centre amenities. A night porter ensures 24 hour reception service.

12 Mar £165 £165 £165 19 Mar £169 £169 £169 26 Mar £175 £175 £175

Freephone : 0800 0839086

Robinsons Holidays, Park Garage, Great Harwood, Blackburn 7SP.

Book today and receive a discount of £20 per booking

on any tour from this magazine

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TOUR NO : 120 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Stirling Trossachs & Calendar

Scotland – Aberfoyle and Trossachs Situated at the Southern edge of the West Highlands and lying within the Lomond and Trossachs National Park, the tiny village of Aberfoyle is an ideal location for our 5 day tour to Scotland. Our tour stays at the ever popular Rob Roy Hotel which provides an idyllic base from which to explore the surrounding countryside and National Park. All rooms are en-suite with television, telephone, and complimentary tea and coffee. The hotel has a lift serving all floors.

06 February £159pp

20th February £159pp

Single Supplement may apply

TOUR NO : 111 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Llandudno & Chester

Liverpool Liverpool remains one of the countries most popular and endearing destinations, famed for its mixture of rich heritage, wonderful buildings, including, the world famous UNESCO listed waterfront, the arts, entertainment and shopping. The city provides an ideal centre from which to explore the surrounding countryside, including the beaches of the Wirral Peninsula. Our tour is based at the iconic Britannia Adelphi Hotel just a short walk from the city centre and all its shops and attractions. All rooms are en-suite with television, telephone, trouser press, hair-dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

6th February £169pp 12th March £169pp Single Supplement may apply

TOUR NO : 113 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Kent and the Garden of England: Royal Tunbridge Wells & Hastings

Folkestone and the Garden of England Folkestone is an attractive seaside resort with sandy beaches, colourful gardens and a wide sweeping promenade. Its shopping area leads down to The Lanterns, an area of period architecture, whilst the cobbled old High Street, with its interesting curiosity shops, leads down to the working harbour which is full of maritime character. Our hotel for this tour is the Britannia Grand Burstin Hotel overlooking the harbour; all rooms at the hotel are en-suite and tastefully decorated with TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities.The hotel has a lift and offers entertainment.

20th February £159pp 19th March £169pp Single Supplement may apply

TOUR NO : 114 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Sandwich and Canterbury Rye and Tenterden

Bournemouth Bournemouth often referred to as “The Garden City by the Sea” is renowned for being one of Europe’s most fashionable resorts, attracting millions of visitors each year. Seven miles of golden beaches and sheltered waters make this a firm favourite for beach holidays. Bournemouth is also renowned for its beautiful gardens and stunning landscapes. Our tour stays at the Britannia Hotel which is situated near East Cliff which is a short walk from the town centre and close to all resort amenities and many of the excellent beaches. All rooms are en-suite. 13th Feb Britannia Hotel £169pp 12th Mar Britannia Hotel £169pp

Single Supplement may apply

TOUR NO : 112 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Warwick and Stratford-upon-Avon, Bourton-on-the-Water

Coventry & Cotswolds The Cotswold’s covers an area of some 790 square miles and is recognised as one of the most popular and picturesque regions in the country, with its many villages, historic towns and buildings. The tour stays at The Britannia Hotel Coventry, which is situated in the heart of the city. All rooms are en-suite, with television, telephone, hair-dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift but does not offer entertainment.

13 February £159pp 12 March £165pp Single Supplement may apply

TOUR NO : 115 5 Days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast. Includes 2 Excursions Hexham and Hadrian’s Wall, Durham City

Newcastle and Northumberland The vibrant and friendly city of Newcastle upon Tyne is situated in Northumberland in the North East of England close to the border with Scotland and is surrounded by the stunning countryside of the Northumberland National Park. Our tour stays at the Britannia Hotel Newcastle Airport which is location from which to explore the area and Northumberland’s’ treasures. All rooms are en-suite with television, telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.

13th February £179pp 19th March £185pp Single Supplement may apply



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Ocean View Hotel

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10/11 Sept £389



17/18 Sept £379



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All Robinsons own Hotels include: l FREE insurance l Local Convenient Pickup-points l No single room supplements l Friendly service l Luxury tour coaches l Local Excursions l Evening Entertainment.


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Supplements Sea View Room, (pp) : 8 days £15.00

2011 Turkey Tinsel


Robinsons own Hotels All Robinsons own hotels to Torquay, Shanklin and Eastbourne include the following itinerary with ‘Christmas Day’ and ‘New Years Eve’ style celebrations. Christmas Day l Sherry and Canape Reception served 15 minutes prior to your dinner sitting. l Traditional 5 course dinner. l Evening of Music and Dancing with our resident entertainer. l Bingo and Hot Mince Pies, served during the evening. New Years Eve l New Years Eve Dinner. l Evening of Music and Dancing with our resident entertainer. l Party Games with Spot Prizes to be won. l Bingo and Hot Sausage Rolls, served during the evening. Your stay will also include: Guess the Weight of the Cake Big Prize Crossword (Terms and Conditions apply). Two Afternoon Cream Teas with background music, served in the Ballroom between 3 and 4pm. Two Movie Matinee’s at 2pm, see the hotel information board for more details. 5 days/4 nights, dinner, bed and breakfast accomodation, local pick-up points, 2 excursions and FREE Insurance

Date Torquay Shanklin Imperial 05 Nov £195 £195 £195 09 Nov £195 £195 £195 19 Nov £189 £189 £189 23 Nov £189 £189 £189 03 Dec £179 £179 £179 07 Dec £179 £179 £179 11 Dec £169* £169* £169* 15 Dec £165* £165* £165* 23 Dec £389 £389 £389 29 Dec £369 £36r9 £369 *unlimited single rooms

Freephone : 0800 083 9086

Ding Dong,

Christmas is calling! Shopping for good Christmas presents can be a mammoth task! But luckily for us, the fabulous FESTIVE GIFT FAIR is returning to the NEC Birmingham from 17-20th November and we have ten pairs of tickets to give away in our prize draw. There is something about browsing round lots of interesting stalls that makes Christmas shopping seem far more enjoyable than a visit to a familiar store. Each year, the fabulous Festive Gift Fair gives us inspiration and thousands upon thousands of new, clever and affordable gift ideas. With 350 stalls brought together from all over the country, the variety of gifts is amazing and so there is always a surprise around every corner! No wonder, it’s considered the most popular Christmas Shopping event in the Midlands. Get together your friends and family for a fun day out - browse, shop and enjoy the Christmassy atmosphere

created by musicians and entertainers. With so many bargains to be found, drop your full bags at the Present Crèche while you continue shopping. The 16th Festive Gift Fair promises to be a Showstopper of an event, so head along to Birmingham’s NEC to do all your Christmas Shopping in one fell swoop. • Arts and Crafts • Christmas Decorations, Cards and Ribbon • Festive Food and Drink • Handbags, Jewellery and Fashion • Gifts for Cooks • Gifts for Gardeners • Games, Toys, Stocking Fillers • Beauty and Health Products • Baby gifts • Gadgets • And much, much more!

Prepare for some GREAT Christmas Shopping at The Festive Gift Fair open 9.30 – 17.00 from Thursday 17- Sunday 20 November, NEC. For more information on exhibitors and visiting the Fair, visit Save money by booking in advance – adult tickets are just £8.50. Book by phone by calling The Ticket Factory on 0844 581 0808/0809 or Book online at

WIN Tickets to the Festive Gift Fair, NEC Birmingham 17-20 November 2011 We have ten pairs of tickets to give away, just fill in your details to be entered into our prize draw. Post to :

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The British Musical Fireworks Championships 30th September - 2nd October 2011

The British Musical Fireworks Championships is a three-night firework competition, giving visitors to the event jaw dropping displays, synchronised to music and lasting approximately twenty minutes each. Lighting up Princes Park, seven competitors all battle it out with their firework displays set to music to amaze the audience and the judges and be crowned the champion of the competition. The winners for the 2010 competition was Pyrotex Fireworx (1st display on Saturday), who took home a well deserved cheque of £3000 and the prestigious title of British Musical Fireworks Championship Winner

2010. Pyrotex Fireworx will return for this year’s competition to try and retain the title. Who will be crowned winner of the 2011 British Musical Fireworks Championships? In second place are Pendragon Fireworks (3rd display on Saturday) and in third place MLE Pyrotechnics (2nd display on Sunday) - we offer a massive congratulations to these two companies and thank them for their fabulous displays.






Christmas Events & Group Days Event/Admission

Date/ Times

Christmas Craft Fair Free entry

Sun 27th Nov 12pm - 4.30pm

The Christmas craft fair is an ever popular event, consisting of numerous quality craft stalls. Visitors can purchase quality hand made gifts, ranging from painted pottery to hand knitted, home spun, woollen goods.

Pre-Christmas Group day out Mon 5th Dec & Tree Festival £18.95pp Sun 11 Dec

Towneley Hall was the home of the Towneley family for over 600 years, this historic house, Museum and Art Gallery makes a great half day out for visitors and groups. The magnificent hall contains period rooms, furnished with oak furniture and hung with a fine collection of 19th century oil and water colour paintings. Amongst the highlights are the family chapel, Rare whalley Abbey vestments and the johann zoffany painting of Charles Towneley (17371805). C








The former laundry, brewhouse and bakery now contains a fine local craft museum (limited opening) and the hall hosts a program of events and exhibitions throughout the year. Towneley’s stunning parkland provides a wealth of activity and delight, formal gardens, woodland and nature trails and a great childrens playground. Tours of the hall can be pre-booked and refreshments are available from the nearby cafe/restaurant. There is a small entry charge for adults visiting the hall, Children & students are free - group rates can be obtained by ringing 01282 424213.


A perfect day out in stunning surroundings to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, for groups of 15 to 50 people. Itinerary and menu available on request. Suggested Itinerary: 11am: Arrival at Towneley, coffee and mince pies served - free time to explore Towneley, visit the shop and look at the Christmas tree festival. 1pm: Lunch 2.30pm: Free time to browse Towneley, visit the craft stalls or one of the nearby shopping outlets.

Christmas Tree Festival and Craft Stalls £3.70pp

Mon 5th-Sun 11th Dec

Santa Comes to Towneley 01282 426449

Sun 11th Dec

Christmas Carol Concerts £16pp

Mon 12th & Wed 14th 7pm - 10.30pm

Please ring for details This promises to be a magical event. The Hall will be decorated throughout with Christmas designs and seasonal table decorations created on the theme ‘Christmas at Towneley’. Please ring for details

The carol concerts will feature an evening of festive music and carols provided by the choir, followed by a substantial hot and cold buffet, a full bar service will be available.

Christmas Formal Dinner Dance Sat 17 Dec £38pp 7pm - Midnight Our formal Christmas dinner dance gives our guests the chance to dress to impress! After a drinks reception a full three course dinner will be served followed by dancing, a full bar and wine order service will be available.

Location: Towneley Hall lies in Towneley Park 1.5 miles south east of Burnley town centre. The hall is approximately 1 mile from the park entrance on Todmorden Road (A671). By Car: From the west leave the M65 at junction 9 and follow the signs for Halifax (A646), then Towneley Hall. From the east Towneley Hall is signposted from Burnley town centre. Pay and display parking is available. By Bus: Public transport links - Bus numbers 589, 592, 92, 483, 8 and 3. Contact 0871 200 22 33 for full details. Admission: Free for residents of Burnley borough, children & students. Entry charge for non residents. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 12 noon - 5pm Fridays: closed Saturday and Sunday: 12 noon - 5pm Pre-booked guided tours available please ring for information. Local Craft Museum: open Saturday & Sunday 12 noon - 4.30pm. The Old Stables Restaurant and Cafe: Towneley Park, Burnley, Lancashire BB11 3RQ. In the grounds of Towneley, open 10am daily. Meals and functions can be booked. Tel: 01282 430111. Towneley Burnley, Lancashire BB11 3RQ. Tel: 01282 424213 Fax: 01282 436138 Web: Email: Towneley Hall is owned and managed by Burnley Council

Autumn Apple Day 8th October 2011

Join Lancashire Wildlife Trust and the Park Rangers in the hunt for autumn's bounty in the hedgerows and woodlands of this wonderful award-winning reserve. Try some freshly squeezed apple juice from the Golden Spire Orchard or even bring your own apples for pressing. Don't forget to bring an empty bottle! Meet at the London Road car park at 10am. £2 per adult, £1 per child.

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Taste Cumbria Food Festival 24th-25th September 2011

Whether you're with us for the whole weekend, or just a few short hours, you can expect a feast of all things foodie at the second Taste Cumbria Food Festival. From small producers’ markets to celebrity chef demonstrations and masterclasses, if you love regional food and drink, Cockermouth is the place to be this September, as the county joins together in this largescale culinary celebration. Bon Appetit!

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Acorn Antiques & Collectables Two floors to discover!! Selling everything from antique furniture, jewellery, silver, ceramics and porcelain, militaria, clocks & watches, glassware, collectable books and reference books, dolls and teddy bears. Plus soft furnishings and accessories, 19th and 20th century rugs. Come and visit us and wander through our vast array of bygone treasures. You may find that antiques bargain you've been searching for.

Acorn Antiques & Collectables We offer an unrivalled choice of gifts, antiques and collectables creating a unique shopping experience. We are open every day from 10am to 5pm. Late night-Thursday till 8pm We are situated on the A541 Wrexham to Mold Road, behind the Heart FM radio station.

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At the end of your search or indeed in the middle, stop and enjoy a coffee or tea in our coffee shop. We serve freshly made sandwiches, baguettes and light lunches, hot and cold beverages and a selection of delicious home made scones and cakes.


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The Antique & Collectors Fair

Sunday, 25th September, 2011 Sunday, 27th November, 2011

Southport Train & Toy Collectors Fair 17th Sept 2011

Buy, Sell & Exchange, Model Railways, Diecast Models, Sci-Fi, Meccano, Dinky Toys, Corgi, Matchbox, Timplate, Dolls, Teddies, Cigarette & Trade Cards, Model Soldiers, etc. Up to 70 stands. Admission: Adults £1.50 Children 50p Dunes Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX Tel:0151 334 3362

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The Antique & Collectors Fair at the Dunes Leisure Centre in Southport with the capacity to hold 70 quality stands, opened in January 2011. Dunes Leisure Centre adjoins Splash World, Southport's all-weather leisure pool and recreation centre and the venue is very easy to find with plenty of road signage on the approach roads directing visitors to 'Splash World'. Visitors coming to Southport will also be able to enjoy the many other attractions the town has to offer, including it's charming renovated Victorian Pier - the oldest remaining iron pier in the country! The venue is conveniently situated on The Esplanade and has the added benefits of free parking for all visitors to the fair, flat unloading and boasts the added advantage of attracting all-year round visitors. Admission - Adults: £1.50 Concessions: £1.00 Refreshments Available. Full disabled facilities. The Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX

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Could it be time to take to the floor? Dancing can be wonderful to watch, but joining in really does you good, Strictly legends Ann Widdecombe and Anton du Beke tell James Pringle


trictly Come Dancing stars Ann Widdecombe and Anton du Beke are leading the way in helping thousands of older people to dance their way to better health. Less than 10 per cent of over-75s get enough exercise, according to a new report by care home provider Bupa. Even in the 65-74 age group, that figure is under 20 per cent. The report concludes that dancing, no matter how gentle, is beneficial to the health, fitness and emotional wellbeing of older people. It improves co-ordination, reaction times, muscle endurance, flexibility, gait and strength – which all reduce the risk of falls. It can also play a part in the prevention or treatment of conditions as diverse as dementia, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Bupa’s Shall We Dance? campaign is urging policy-makers to pay special attention to dance when looking at ways to promote fitness in older people. It’s also encouraging dancers, dance troupes and dance teachers – of any style – to contact their local Bupa care home to share their passion for dance by performing for residents or offering dance classes to people who have a range of mobility issues. Residents and staff from three of company’s Kent homes – The Sidcup Nursing & Residential Centre and Abbotsleigh Mews Residential & Nursing Home, both in Sidcup, and Elmstead Residential Home in Chislehurst – attended the campaign launch in London at the National Theatre. They were welcomed by Bupa Care Services medical director Dr Clive Bowman and took to the floor with the Strictly stars after the former government minister and

Elmstead Home’s Kathleen McIlroy and Clifford Morgan from the Sidcup Centre partner up with Anton du Beke and Ann Widdecombe. her professional dance partner had given a demonstration. Anton told Retired: “This campaign is a great initiative. When you get to a certain age it’s easy to do nothing, but the thing about dance is that it’s very social. It gets you involved with lots of different people of a similar age and you can dance at your own pace – you don’t have to do it too fast. It’s great for the mind and body, but to me it’s the social interaction that’s important. “I love to dance socially. I enjoy the whole element of taking hold of a girl and having a bit of a dance around, whether she can dance or not. It’s terrific fun. “Often I hear stories like: ‘Fifteen years ago my wife passed away and last year I went on a cruise and met Doris, we had a dance and

we’re together now. We’re getting married next year, and I’m 84.’ That’s brilliant!” Nobody should worry that they are not as agile as they once were, Anton believes. You can do as much or as little as you like, at any speed, and if you have a partner, you can hold onto them. “Don’t feel you’ve got to do it wonderfully,” he stressed. “Just do it for your own enjoyment.” Anne Widdecombe added: “When you’re my age [63] you do quite a lot. I walk, I swim and a lot of people my age still play quite active sports. In 20 years’ time that’s not going to be quite so feasible, but you still need to keep all the bits and pieces moving – and that includes the brain.

“With dancing you can move at your own pace, whatever suits you. Because you have to remember a routine and know which step comes after what, it keeps the brain active – and it keeps you sociable, because you can’t really dance on your own.

Perpetual motion for dancing stars

“It’s a great way for the elderly to keep a little bit in trim. I don’t think anybody’s going to worry about making fools of themselves – they’re not going to do what I did on television in front of eight million people! Anyway, most people are quite confident, they’ve seen it all before.

Tour titles to date, Cheek to Cheek, Stepping Out and Putting on the Ritz, identify Fred Astaire as a major inspiration.

“While I was doing Strictly, people kept coming up to me and saying ‘You’ve inspired me to take up dancing’, and some of them were well beyond my age.” Kathleen McIlroy is a sprightly 86-year-old who could pass for 20 years younger. The Elmstead Home resident is a fine advertisement for the benefits of dancing and yoga. Her fitness helped her survive an extremely serious setback. “Mum was marching to the Cenotaph with the last year when she had a major heart attack,” her daughter, Kathy Avery, explained. “The hospital told me she wouldn’t pull through. She was in intensive care for three and half weeks, but she made it. The doctors couldn’t believe it, and I think it was purely down to the fitness of her body with the dancing and yoga she did.” Kathleen told Retired: “I’ve been dancing since I was about 15 – ballroom and Latin – and I thoroughly enjoy it. I’m coming up against arthritis now, but I just work round it. “It’s a good thing for old people to get out and go dancing. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know a lot – it’s amazing how you pick it up, and it brings people together. It’s just a matter of getting over your inhibitions.”

After last year’s Strictly series, Anton and his regular partner, Erin Boag, went on their third national tour and they are now planning a show for mid-January to late March 2012.

“I love him,” said Anton. “Everything we do is a nod in his direction.” These days he and Erin cannot find time for ballroom dancing competitions. “I miss them. I miss that level of dancing, that intensity and that drive to meet the next man. I enjoyed the competitive side of things.” Anton’s Strictly success has seen him branch out into TV presenting, with the shows Step Up to the Plate and Hole in the Wall. “Hole in the Wall was just hysterical. I don’t think we’ll see it any more, sadly. I wish they’d bring it back, because it’s fun. Half an hour of nonsense and we loved doing it.” Other programmes are in discussion and Anton hopes there will be more opportunities. Meanwhile, he looks forward to this year’s series of Strictly. Many viewers were surprised when former Westminster big hitter Ann Widdecombe joined the 2010 lineup. “All the time I was a politician, it would not have been appropriate,” she said, “and that is why I turned down Strictly every year from 2004 to 2009. “I wouldn’t have had time and, in terms of dignity, I couldn’t have done it as an MP. My constituents would not have expected it and I wouldn’t have done it to them. But once I retired there was no obligation to conduct myself as if I was still a Member of Parliament. I can do anything now!”

Ann’s harshest critic during the TV series was judge Craig Revel Horwood. For the live national tour of the show, someone came up with the masterstroke of making Craig and Ann dance partners. “Oh it was such fun!” said Ann. “We both enjoyed it so much that we’re doing pantomime together in December.” For a moment, your reporter thought she was joking, but it’s true. The unlikely pair will be appearing at Dartford’s Orchard Theatre in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Ann will be lady-in-waiting to the Wicked Queen, played by Craig. “We enjoyed the tour so much,” Ann added. “We were getting a huge reaction from huge audiences. Sure, when you do it on television you’ve got millions of viewers, but you can’t see ’em. All you can see is quite a small studio audience. But when you’re playing Wembley and the O2, you’re stacking up tens of thousands and the reaction is just overwhelming. “I danced every day for five weeks, and twice a day when we were doing matinees.” Ann confessed that she was never a serious competitive dancer on Strictly. “I was doing a pantomime act. On day one, Anton said to me: ‘The less time you spend with your feet on the floor, the better’. Hence all the lifting, spinning, dragging, flying – anything to avoid actually doing the steps! “The flying was Anton’s bright idea. I said to him: ‘We’ve got to do something, because I’m never going to win on dancing. He said: ‘Fly off the balcony’. I’ve got terrible height phobia, but I did understand the potential, so I flew off the balcony.” Once Snow White is over, Ann will be ensconced in her study. “My agent is very keen that I reapply myself to my writing. I haven’t had a novel out since 2005 and I need to get one out next year. And I’ve got an autobiography to write. So I really do need to apply myself to my word processor.” 37

A focus on renting in retirement in Southport


hoosing the perfect location in which to settle during retirement can often be a challenge, particularly when trying to find the right property that offers long-term security, comfort, and a host of friendly neighbours.

Many residents living in Southport feel fortunate not to face the worry of finding that ideal area in which to enjoy retired life. Situated on the Irish Sea coast just north of Liverpool, this refined seaside resort has plenty to offer. From the elegant tree-lined shopping area of Lord Street to the lights of Southport Pier which is the second largest seaside pleasure pier in the British Isles. Hailed ‘the garden by the sea’, Southport’s jewel in the crown has to be its annual Flower Show. The show is a particular highlight in the calendar of ‘things to do’ for not only residents in the area, but everyone with an interest in the latest ideas and designs for home, gardens and lifestyle. The event takes place from 18th - 21st August and is held in 34 acres of Victoria Park. The traditional heart of the show is the Grand Floral Marquee where experts and professional growers from all over the country compete and create award winning displays of flowers, plants and vegetables. With parks, gardens and a wonderful twenty-two miles of sandy coastline, Southport is perfect for nature lovers. Whether you’d like to visit the protected sand dunes or admire the fantastic birdlife, Southport is sure to have something to please all garden enthusiasts. For these reasons, not only is Southport an attractive location for property buyers, it is also becoming a hotspot for a growing number of retired

people deciding to move against the home ownership grain and soak up the benefits of renting in retirement. Contrary to popular opinion, there are clear benefits to renting in retirement. Residents are not constricted by house prices and are free to move wherever they like, whether it’s closer to family and friends or to another part of the country. Renting also allows homeowners to sell their property outright in order to release capital. By avoiding equity release schemes and selling on the open market, retired property owners can ensure they receive the full market value for their home. Many retired people choose to invest the money gained from the sale of their home in saving funds, to support themselves financially during their retirement. Others choose to gift family and friends during their lifetime, instead of leaving a will, thereby avoiding inheritance tax. The current recession has had a detrimental effect upon house sales and now savvy retirees are finding alternative ways to move into the retirement property of their dreams by simply letting out their larger homes either privately or through a social housing provider, thus creating an income to enable them to rent a more manageable, purpose built, energy efficient retirement property

HOUSING reviewed every twelve months in line with RPI and capped at 6%, enabling easy financial planning for residents. Residents renting on a life long tenancy agree that it is easier to budget according to their monthly payments, giving great peace of mind during their precious years of retirement. It is also comforting for residents to know that should anything suddenly become faulty, for example an unexpected leak in the bathroom or a broken shelf, a service team is on hand to fix any maintenance problems and this is all included in the monthly rent. Each apartment includes a bathroom, kitchen, one or two bedrooms along with a cosy sitting room. For retired residents living in Southport and exploring the possibility of renting a home, there are a number of rental property options available throughout the town including Homesands House. Located next to Hesketh Park which is the largest park in Southport, Homesands House has much to offer on its doorstep. The park is a haven waiting to be explored with its numerous nature trails, duck ponds, lakes, a Grade 2 listed observatory, gate lodges, an aviary and rock features. Homesands House is available to rent through Girlings Retirement Rentals. Also available through Girlings is Homechase House in the Birkdale area of Southport where a golf course and Nature Reserve are located close by. Homechase House is surrounded by beautiful gardens in a conservation area where there is plenty of greenery to enjoy whatever the weather. In spring, the gardens of Homechase House come alive with stunning swathes of daffodils and many residents take time out to relax in the garden to potter, plant or simply catch up with friends. Girlings Retirement Rentals lets its properties out on a life long (assured) tenancy basis, which allows the tenant to stay in the property for as long as they wish, providing great security and peace of mind. In the private rental sector, it is common for properties to be let on an assured shorthold tenancy basis which allows the landlord to regain possession of the property after the initial agreed fixed term. A life long tenancy is the only rental contract that gives the resident security of tenure for as long they wish. Renting on a life long tenancy offers the same security of tenure as most social housing providers, only without the associated waiting lists. What’s more, service charges and maintenance are included in the monthly rent. The properties are available to rent at affordable market rates which are

All of the apartments benefit from advanced security systems, including a 24-hour Careline service. A service team is responsible for window cleaning, gardening and all external maintenance, whilst a house-manager is on hand to ensure all residents are happy with the smooth running of the development.

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Is your hard earned cash going through the roof, or down the drain? Last winter was one of the coldest we’ve had in the UK for twenty years and we paid the price in hugely inflated heating bills. To make matters worse, these are expected to rise even higher over the next few years. Unfortunately, human nature being what it is, as the weather gets warmer, its all too easy to forget winter chills and put off the moment when we need to take a good look at ways of keeping those heating costs down.

First off, and the most immediate way of cutting out waste, is to take a few simple steps to save energy. 1.

Turn the thermostat down on your room temperature. A reduction of 1 degree could cut your heating bills by up to 10%, and you could save around £40 a year.


Set the temperature on your hot water tank to 50 degrees celsius.


Set the temperature in your refrigerator to between 1.7 and 3.3. degrees Celsius, and set it to -18 degrees Celsius for the freezer.


Wash clothes on a low heating cycle, and dry outside on a line, or indoors on a drying rack. Only wash when you have a full load.


Turn your computer off when not in use, and unplug DVD players, TVs and games consoles when not in use.


Turn lights off when you leave the room.


Install low energy light bulbs in every room.


Make sure your hot water tank has a foam insulating jacket.


Install radiator shields behind your radiators. This will direct warm air upwards into the room, instead of being lost in the wall.

10. Close your curtains at dusk to stop heat escaping through the windows 11. Never open the oven door while cooking – you could lose around 20% of the heat when you do this. 12. Re-heat small portions of food in your micro-wave oven. This uses less than half of a conventional oven. 13. Never fill your kettle to make a single cup of tea, but ensure you use sufficient water to cover the element. 14. If you have fireplaces in your house which are not used, install chimney balloons to prevent cold air entering your rooms, and warm air escaping.


To Save on your Water Bills 1.

Take a shower rather than a bath, and install low-flow showerheads.


Fix any dripping taps.


Install tap water savers to all taps. These can be fitted in minutes and can dramatically reduce water consumption.


Use a water saver in your lavatory cistern. These are balloons made of heavy duty plastic, and will save around 3 litres of water every time the toilet is flushed.


Install water butts on down pipes outside your house. This water is free of chlorine, is better for your plants, and will save you a fortune in water bills. As well as the large water butts, they are now available in narrower format, for difficult corners.

Once you’ve taken these easy ways to save energy, it makes sense to look at the wider picture, ask a few more questions and try to take steps before winter sets in again. Is your home insulated? And if not, would you qualify for free loft and cavity wall insulation? There can’t be many of us who don’t know that up to a quarter of the heat we pay for, goes straight through the roof. Yet we could remedy that quite easily. Have you checked your loft recently. Is it properly insulated? Maybe you had your loft insulated when you moved into your home, but how long ago was that? It could be that the depth of the insulation was considered less important then. These days, the recommended depth of the most common insulating material, Rock Wool, is 270mm. If you’re a home owner or renting and are on eligible benefits or tax credits, or if you are over 70, or if the state pension is your main source of income, you could well qualify for loft or cavity wall insulation installed free of charge. For more information on this, go to or contact your local Age Concern organisation.

Solar Power With the introduction of the Feed In Tariff, solar electricity is now a viable option to reduce your electricity bill and receive an annual payment from the government for doing this. Solar electricity systems use photovoltaic (PV) cells to capture the energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. There are two ways of installing Solar PV, by fitting panels to your existing roof or if your roof needs repairing anyway, replace some of the tiles with PV tiles. Solar photovoltaic panels have a long life expectancy of around 50 years and most systems having a 25 year warranty and little or no maintenance they will give you peace of mind whilst generating your electricity. Savings can be considerable and a basic 2 kWp systems could provide around 40% of a household’s annual electricity. The more it generates the more you save as any excess electricity can be sold back into the grid.


What the government Feed in Tariff means for homeowners It has long been recognized that photo-voltaic technology, otherwise known as solar pv, is one of the most effective ways of producing emissionsfree electricity. In April 2010 the government made PV the most favoured green technology by introducing the Feed in Tariffs which allows home owners to earn significant revenues by generating their own energy. The 25 year scheme pays homeowners for all of the energy they produce as well as an extra payment for energy they return to the grid which they will receive in the form of a cheque direct from their energy supplier. In addition they will see their electricity bills reduce as they use their own power rather than buying from the grid. Lets look at an actual example from an installation, remember that the homeowner is paid for all energy produced and on average a typical household will use 50% of that energy themselves and return the other 50% to the grid:-

2.82 kWp system was installed on a south facing roof and produces 2,450 kilowatt hours per year. The homeowner receives… Feed in tariff of 43.3p per kWh produced = 43.3p x 2,450 £1,061 Excess sold to the grid at 3p per unit x 50 % = 3p x 1,225 £37 Savings on electricity bills at 13p per unit x 50% = 13p x 1,225 £159 So in total the homeowner has seen a benefit of £1,257 in the first year alone. The important thing to note is that the Feed in Tariff is both tax free and index linked and of course electricity prices will increase over time hence the above figures will increase throughout the life of the scheme. Installing a solar PV system gives you the opportunity to generate your own energy and helps reduce the impact on you of future electricity price rises as well as providing a very healthy tax free index linked investment.

Lasting Powers of Attorney Who will look after my finances if I am unable to do so? You may want someone to look after your financial affairs even if you are still mentally capable of doing so yourself. It could be that you are going on an extended holiday, going into hospital or you simply want someone to help you keep your finances in order. If you want someone to be able to continue looking after your finances and affairs in the event that you lose mental capacity, then you should consider a Lasting Power of Attorney. Without this authority even your Husband or Wife will be unable to deal with many financial matters on your behalf.

Types of Lasting Power of Attorney There are two types of Powers now available. The first type of Power gives others authority to deal with your property and financial affairs including buying and selling your property, paying your mortgage and other outgoings, investing your money and arranging repairs to your property. The Power cannot

be used until it has been registered with the Court. It can be registered at any time, either by yourself, thereby giving immediate effect, or by your Attorney(s) if you lose mental capacity. The second type of Power deals with your personal welfare and can only be used once you lose mental capacity and it has been registered with the Court. It deals with decisions such as where you live, who you should have contact with and what medical treatment you should or should not receive.

Your Attorney(s) As with any Power of Attorney it is an important document and you should take care whom you appoint as they should be trustworthy and have appropriate skills to make the necessary decisions. If you appoint more than one Attorney, you can appoint them always to act together (jointly) or together and independently (jointly and severally). You may even appoint them to act jointly for some things and jointly and severally for others, although this requires care as it may cause problems of interpretation when using the Power.

You may also choose to appoint a successor to your Attorneys in case one of them dies or otherwise cannot act for you. In addition you may place restrictions on what your Attorneys may do for you or provide guidance as to how they are to act.


What happens if I do not make arrangements? You may make a Lasting Power of Attorney at any time provided that you have the mental capacity to do so. Delay may mean however that you are faced with making the decision when you are already seriously ill. If you do not have mental capacity to make a Lasting Power of Attorney it may be necessary for the Court of Protection to become involved. The Court will appoint a person, called a Deputy, to make decisions on your behalf. The major disadvantages of not having a Lasting Power of Attorney in place are firstly the possible delay in dealing with your affairs and secondly the cost of making a Deputyship application, which is likely to be much more expensive than making a Lasting Power of Attorney and registering it.

effect from 1st October 2007. Any Enduring Power of Attorney made under the old law before that date remains effective but it will relate only to your property and financial affairs. If you wish to give someone authority over your health or welfare you will need to make a Lasting Power of Attorney.

A professional service Every client has his or her own particular requirements and at Davies & Gribbin Solicitors, we place great emphasis on ensuring a personal, prompt and effective service. When you instruct us in connection with a Lasting Power of Attorney we will discuss your needs in detail before preparing the documents for your signature. Originals may be placed with us in safe storage and we provide copies for your personal records.

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Disputed wills Survey results across the board indicate only a small proportion of the adult population, around 37%, have made a will. Many of those who have made wills, have either written the will themselves without seeking advice, or the will has been poorly drafted by someone without the relevant level of knowledge and expertise of will drafting. There are legal formalities that must be adhered to in order to ensure the validity of a will. For example, a will must be in writing. It must also be signed by the person making the Will (known as the testator) and the testator’s signature on the will must be validly witnessed by two witnesses. It is important to be aware that if a witness is a beneficiary named in the will, then any gifts to them will not be valid. It is also very important that your will is clear and accurate as the court can strike out any provisions that it finds unclear. Assets and beneficiaries should be clearly identified. Wills are increasingly being disputed. A recent example of this was the case of the Northall family. The late Mrs Northall had made a will in 2005, but the Will was invalid as it had been improperly executed. The estate comprised in the main, the proceeds of sale of the late Mrs Northall’s property in Chirk. The Property had been sold for £55,000 and the cheque for the sale proceeds was paid into a joint account in the names of the late Mrs Northall and one of her sons, Christopher. Mrs Northall had two other sons, Mervyn and Delwyn.


Christopher advised the court that a joint account had been set up, as his mother was frail and this enabled him to assist her with her finances. The dispute hinged around the fact that Christopher paid out sums totalling more than £28,000 which were primarily for his own benefit from the account. Following Mrs Northall’s death, Christopher then transferred the remaining proceeds into a joint account in the names of himself and his wife. Christopher argued that the invalid 2005 will which left the residue to him, indicated that his mother wished him to benefit from her estate. The presiding judge, Mr Justice Richards, held that the sale proceeds of the Property remained the sole property of Mrs Northall, even after they were paid into the joint account, and the proceeds remaining in the account at the time of Mrs Northall’s death formed part of her estate. As no valid will was in place, this meant that Mrs Northall’s estate passed under the intestacy rules, to be divided equally between her three sons, and Christopher was ordered to repay monies to the Estate for distribution. This case involved several issues of law, but a legal battle could have been avoided if Mrs Northall had left a valid will in place at the time of her death. For further information please contact: Dawn Joughin Head of Department Tel: 0844 335 2905 Ext 1011 Fax: 0844 579 6182 Email: Web:

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UNSIGHTLY and WORN TEETH are rejuvenated with a Smile Make-over that will brighten and align teeth and give support for lips and cheeks DENTAL HEALTH is vital to retaining teeth and fresh breath. Gum therapies provided by our Dental Hygenist are an invaluable part of health MISSING TEETH may be replaced using naturallooking dentures provided by our award-winning on-site dental technicians DENTAL IMPLANTS can be used to replace individual teeth or as a support for dentures to give additional security SAME-DAY SMILES™ is available in the practice. Using dental implants patients with failing teeth can leave with a new smile in just one day MODERN ORTHODONTIC TECHNIQUES allow all ages to have straighter teeth, often using invisible braces. We offer Invisalign®, Inman Aligner®, Clear Aligner® and Same Day Smiles® in addition to conventional techniques ORALIFT® APPLIANCES stimulate facial muscles to reverse the triangle of ageing MUSCLE-RELAXING INJECTIONS and FILLERS lead to an effective reduction in frown lines, wrinkles folds and jowls CHEMICAL PEELS revitalise the skin texture REASSURANCE that all patients are treated as individuals and with care. Sedation is available to help nervous patients achieve the smile they deserve FINANCIAL OPTIONS are available, including interest free credit facilities.

Call us today to make an appointment to see how modern dentistry can help you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted

01706 632661 We want you to feel confident that we will look after you so that you are happy to recommend us to your family and friends. RECENT TESTIMONIALS “Got my smile and my confidence back thanks to you. Think you are all wonderful, thank you. Can’t thank you enough!” TA “Stunning interior!! Courtesy and friendliness at all times. Never experienced such care before. Always an atmosphere of care, information & trust. Would highly recommend the practice to everyone especially those with other health problems.” PJ “Would recommend very highly. Never any problems and a relaxing atmosphere.” SB ( Facial patient) “We are extremely happy with every aspect of Waterside and have recommended it to many friends.” S & SH Dr Coates’s, warm & reassuring attitude made me feel very comfortable during my treatment. Excellent reception team, nursing staff very understanding & ready to listen, warm & excellent service. Wll definately be returning for future care.” E & JM

Smile and the world smiles with you!

If you are embarrassed by your smile, or the lines and wrinkles on your face, it can severely affect your confidence. We can help. Whether your teeth are discoloured, unsightly, stained, crooked or missing, let us discuss the latest techniques to give you a beaming smile. Please don’t let being nervous put you off as we can help with that too. In addition we have treatments to help smooth wrinkles and decrease lines around your mouth and face to help you look younger and feel more confident. Call us for a consultation on

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Dr Pamela Coates is recognised as one of the country’s leading dental practitioners and has featured in “Harpers and Queen” magazine as one of 12 “A1” dentists in the country. She is a member of the British Academy of Cosmetic Dentists, The International Academy of Advanced Facial Aesthetics and the British Dental Bleaching Society and has achieved a masters diploma in cosmetic dentistry after studying in New York.

Gentle Dental Care to Help You Smile with Confidence WAT E R S I D E D E N TA L C A R E

Dr Pamela Coates BDS VU (Manc), LDSRCS (Eng), MGFGDP (UK) 330 Yorkshire Street, Rochdale, Gtr Manchester OL16 2DS T 01706 632661 M 07725 553719 E


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Q&A Graham Magee has undergone extensive postgraduate training to develop his skills in Dental Implant Surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry. His implant training was at Sheffield University plus several years assisting one of the most experienced implant surgeons in the country, gaining first hand experience in all of the varied techniques used in the placement of dental implants. Graham opened the Chester Dental Implant Centre in 1993. In 2004 Graham gained a Masters Degree in Dental Implantology from Sheffield University. He continues with his postgraduate education regularly attending courses in Britain, Sweden, France and America. He has lectured in England, Belgium and Ireland on the surgical placement of dental implants and their restoration and on 3D imaging for the planning of complex cases.

He answers our questions about an exciting area of advanced dental care: Q: What are dental implants? A: A dental implant is a small man-made titanium screw that serves as the replacement for the root portion of a missing natural tooth. The implant is placed in the bone of the upper or lower jaw and allowed to bond with the bone to serve as an anchor for the replacement tooth. Q: What can they be used for? A: Dental implants can be used to replace a single lost tooth or many missing teeth, even a complete set of teeth! Implant supported replacement teeth look, feel and function like natural teeth. They can also be used to stabilise dentures where a patients natural teeth have been lost. This stops the problem of dentures moving or dropping whilst eating or talking. Q: Is the procedure uncomfortable? A: The overwhelming majority of our patients report mild or no discomfort at all. Placement of an implant is a small surgical procedure so we use local anaesthetic in a similar way to if the patient was having a filling. Also, we are happy to provide sedation for our more anxious patients where they desire it.

Q: How successful is it? A: Very! We pride ourselves on success rates for healing of implants in the region of 99%. Our experience is extensive; with in excess of 1000 implants placed and restored. Graham has over 18 years of experience in Implant dentistry. Q: How would I know if I am suitable? A: We provide an initial consultation first of all.. However, before treatment begins, everyone benefits from an in depth assessment and a report detailing what the treatment options are, the number of likely visits and the fees involved. We make sure that our patients are fully informed so that they can make the right choice about their treatment. The majority of our patients will be able to decide at this point whether implants are for them. Q: How long does everything take? A: This depends on a number of factors. Some techniques and treatments, where suitable for the patient, allow us to place implants and attach fixed bridges all at the same time, giving instant results. At the other end of the scale, healing can take longer and be generally spread over 6-9 months. Q: I understand implant treatment is very expensive? A: Implant treatment has a higher investment than traditional forms of treatment but over the longer term it can be better value. For many people this investment is worth making for the benefits mentioned earlier. The improvement in quality of life is more difficult to put a price on.

To learn more about how dental implants can benefit you call 01244 340177 and speak to Val.

Dental Implants The Chester Dental Implant Centre In the heart of the city of Chester has been established since 1993 as a centre for all aspects of dental Implant treatment. Many Dentists refer their patients to us for Implant treatment. Our fully trained team provide friendly advice, help and support to patients from the point of Initial contact right thorough to treatment and aftercare. We aim not only to provide the treatment necessary to address patients' needs but also to give that personal Individual care and attention people deserve.

Why Chester Dental Implant Centre? • • • • •

Anything from a single tooth to a full set of teeth All forms of dental implant dentistry Established 1993 Friendly, personal service Relaxing & comfortable surroundings

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01244 340177 12 White Friars, Chester CH1 1NZ Graham A Magee B.D.S. M.Med.Sci (Dental Implantology)

Asmall Hall Care Home

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Providing Nursing and Personal Care For the Elderly and Physically Disabled with a separate unit for those suffering from Dementia. Standing majestically in acres of landscaped gardens and woodland, dating back to the 17th Century, this prestigious building was originally built as a family home hence previous name, Asmall House. It now boasts a purpose built extension designed to compliment its original homely comforts. We are situated within 2 miles of Ormskirk centre, only half a mile from the bus stop and within reach of many other community activities by mini-bus or taxi. Inspection invited without obligation. Call in for a coffee and a chat. You are assured of a warm welcome from Matron, Jennifer Chapman or Unit Manager, Tracey Farrington. Some of our devoted staff have worked at the home since its opening in 1991 and still pride themselves in the delivery of top quality care. Asmall Hall provides that special desired individualised, personal centred care in a secure, homely and comfortable environment without the loss of independence.

A Quality Service is the only acceptable one! Asmall Hall is owned and run by Mrs Jennifer and Mr Allen Chapman. It offers residential and nursing care to individuals from all walks of life, who come to continue to enjoy a varied and independent life whilst receiving care and support appropriate to their needs and disabilities.

Set in acres of Landscaped Gardens and Woodland l Long or Short Term Stay l Respite l Day Care l Holiday Break l Open Visiting l On Site Chapel/Prayer Room l Own Minibus l Full social calendar (by our activities co-ordinators) l Own Hairdresser l

Residents are invited to enjoy all that Asmall Hall has to offer including cosy lounges, welcoming dining rooms and beautiful gardens. Individuals are welcome to bring personal effects from home with which to furnish or decorate their room, so ensuring they are able to relax in a familiar and private space. The majority of bedrooms are single although there are 3 shared bedrooms if this is desired. Each room has a washbasin and most rooms are en-suite or facilities are very close by. Some have a full bathroom suite. All the rooms are fitted with lockable doors and have a lockable drawer within the room. Televisions are available in most bedrooms upon request or residents may use their own TV set. To encourage that "Home from Home" feeling, residents are encouraged to personalise their own rooms with any treasured possessions. Asmall Hall prides itself in offering home cooked food wherever possible and choice of menu is always available including special medical diets as required. There is a choice of two well-decorated period dining rooms. Short term care may be required when a client is recovering after an operation or hospital stay and requires extra support in the time afterwards whilst they recover enough to live independently. Registered and caring for both male and female clients we offer a relaxed but staff competent environment including Qualified Nurses on duty for each 24 hour period with the majority of Care Staff having N.V.Q. qualifications or equivalent. Registered and inspected regularly for the Quality Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2002, Asmall Hall Management are continually looking to improve the delivery of care standards to best practice levels.

Tel: 01695 579548

Asmall Hall Care Home, Asmall Lane, Scarisbrick, Ormskirk, Lancashire L40 8JL. Fax: 01695 579978 email: QUALITY GUILD



The Dilnot Report - The Most Ambitious Report into Long Term Care since 1999 Andrew Dilnot’s report takes the view that the existing funding system for long term care is confusing, unfair, and unsustainable. His proposals for change would cost an initial £1.7bn a year, but he claims this is a price well worth paying. At present, anyone with savings and assets of more than £23,250 has no help from the state for care costs. The Dilnot report recommends that this limit should rise to £100,000. No individual should have to pay more that £35,000 towards their care costs, regardless of savings, although they would still be liable for costs of accommodation and food in a care home, but this would be capped at £10,000 a year. If these proposals were implemented, no individual would have to spend more than 30% of their assets on care.

1. It is essential that the correct level of funding is established. Relatives of the elderly should make sure that they are aware of the rules, and that these are correctly interpreted when funding for care is established. 2. Funding can be provided through the Direct Payment Scheme, allowing the individual to make his/her own arrangements for care. Use this tailored to your own

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has described this report as an “immensely valuable contribution” but the government would need to consider this against other funding priorities. Ministers considered the plans ambitious and costly, but were impressed with proposals for a simplified means testing system, better national standards, and the cap, which could enable a viable private insurance market to work. Government response will be published next spring, and proposals for the reform of adult social care will be published in a white paper. So we wait, and hope, that government acts promptly on this report. Twenty three leading charity organisations issued a joint statement, in which they urged that the government “sets out a clear timetable for change and does so quickly.” At present, we cannot insure against future care costs, for the simple reason that we have no idea how much we may need. Once the cap on costs is implemented, insurance companies can become involved, or savings can be considered, so that the worry over where money will come from for long term care can be alleviated. In the meantime, the rules for long term care are complex and confusing. Various factors, such as restrictions on mobility, behaviour changes brought on by the illness, and speed of deterioration, all count in the assessment process, and a patient may not automatically qualify for NHS funding. Over the past ten years there have been many cases where people have been forced to sell their homes to pay healthcare fees, and in some cases, later discovered they were entitled to state support. At present, levels of care and criteria vary from borough to borough and Age UK says that councils are rationing services. The outlook for the elderly looks bleak. We’ve all been appalled over cases where vulnerable older people have been neglected and mistreated, and hopefully, the Dilnot report will help to ensure that this can never happen again However, this will take time. In the meantime, how can elderly people, and their families, ensure that they’re given dedicated care and kindness in their most vulnerable years. 54

requirements. In order to qualify for this, the amount of care you need is assessed, and for more information on this you can obtain a leaflet: Guide to Direct Payments From Local Council, free from the Department of Health. Tel: 0870 1555455. A fact sheet has also been produced – Paying for Care and Support at Home by Age UK. 3. Be realistic. The number of people over 85 has risen by two thirds since 2004, but local authority budgets for social care are being cut. It is becoming more and more apparent that help in an individual’s later years is, in part, down to their own efforts in preparation and funding. Good sources for information on this is Age UK. 4. Check out private care agencies. If you need help in the home, but are still mobile, this is the perfect stage in your life to establish a relationship with a care agency. Using your Direct Funding, you can assess if this particular agency is efficient, caring and responsible. You can also assess the capability of the agency to provide more long term care, should that become necessary. A reputable Care Agency will have your best interests at heart. You can build up your trust in your Carers, and relax.

You’ve worked hard all your life, and need to be sure that your later life will be happy and free from worry. A little forward planning now, can help to ensure that this is the way it will be.

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