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Contents What’s On at the GCR 4 Growing from Seed 11 Have you recently formed your own limited company? 13 Get your Soil into Shape 14 Quick Crossword 17 Nicky Morgan MP 18 Steamed Date Puddings with Caramel Sauce 20 Cajun Meatballs 22 Step into Spring with a Beauful Lawn 24 Quiz – East and West 27 Top five ps on buying a new home 29 How to Spot the Potenal Signs of Demena 31 Easy & Hard Sudoku 33 Have you heard? 34 Photo Compeon News 36 Screen me – facts for parents – Part 1 38 Epicondilis 41 Dream Doors wins Rising Star Award 42 Some Common Skin Blemishes – Part Two 45 Find the Robin Compeon 45 Walking – Muston Bridge 46 Raynaud’s Disease 47 New Rules about Pensions 49 And Another Thing... 50 Protect your Cats & Dogs in the Garden this Spring 52 Spot the Difference 54 Henry Hedgehog’s Puzzle Page 55 Astronomy 56 Bananas – Food for thought, literally! 57 How to Prevent Flu Naturally 59 What are non­invasive cosmec procedures? 60 Win £160 worth of fabulous cosmec procedures 61 Stand Out 63 Tracing your Family History 65 Soluons to Puzzles 66 Compeon Winners 66 Local Business Directory 67

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I, Steve, took a series of courses beginning in 2002 to learn more about what makes us behave and live in the way we do. The whole experience changed my thinking and set me on a different path for the rest of my life. You may know it as Life Coaching, Work/Life balance, self help or self healing. The name I give it is Neuro­ Linguisc Programming­ NLP for short. On the first day of the first module, we learned about rapport and the importance of it when we interact with other living beings. In fact I learned that it is extremely important, if not absolutely vital, to have rapport with your own self. The presenter, himself a master at creang rapport, had us all spell bound from the off, regaling us with instances in everyday life where rapport, or the lack of it, is evident ­ and the consequences, good and bad, of maintaining or breaking it. Ever since then, for me, people watching has taken on a whole new level. In restaurants, where a couple are enjoying a meal together, I will noce they pick up their glasses of wine at the same me not even knowing they’re doing it. They will walk down the street together not realising they are in step. They will mirror each other’s acons when they are conversing and again they won’t be doing this consciously. Of course, we each of us have an innate ability to create and maintain rapport, it is part of geng on with others, making friends, finding a life partner, geng a job and so on. The purpose of learning about rapport is that it gives insight or an indicator into what’s going on. Once you realise this ­ and we have choices about most of the situaons we find ourselves in in our lives ­ we have opons to choose a different course. I remember one very powerful analogy the presenter used. He said, “Think of an orchestra and think of the beauful sound they make when they have rehearsed and all play from the same score. They all play in tune.” Oen these days I find our business is in perfect accord, in perfect rapport, with another business. In fact, in this month’s issue, there’s just one short of a hundred businesses in tune with Soar Valley Life. And there’s one in parcular, with whom we have a special rapport and we’ve got together to promote each other throughout the Soar Valley. They are Fosse 107 and they play prey good tunes as well!

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These moist and scky mini steamed puds will go down a treat aer a Sunday roast! Serve with pouring cream or a dollop of vanilla ice cream to make them extra indulgent.

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Ingredients: • 115g buer, soened, plus extra for greasing • 115g caster sugar • 2 medium eggs beaten • 115g self­raising flour • 1tsp ground mixed spice • 55g ready­to­eat dates, chopped • 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (see Tip) • 1tbsp milk

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Cajun Meatballs with Herb & Tomato Couscous

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Mince always makes a great speedy supper – here lean pork mince is spiced up with Cajun seasoning and rolled into meatballs.

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Dream Doors Leicestershire, part of the UK’s largest kitchen makeover retail network, was awarded the ‘Rising Star’ award at the franchise’s 2017 annual conference. The showroom is owned by Colm who has steadily built up his business to the point where he is achieving fantasc results. When introducing the award Director of Operaons, Ed Brewer, had this to say: “Colm is an inquisive individual, consistently asking quesons and showing a real desire for knowledge. He truly never stops learning, ensuring that he knows best as his business grows year on year.” The disnguished evening followed a day where almost 200 members of the franchise network were treated with a look at the success of the business as well as their vision for 2018. Although the highlight of the day had to be special guest Gerald Ratner, infamous for his iconic PR blunder, who delivered an entertaining yet moving speech on failure and perseverance. On the subject of the award, Ed Brewer went on to say: “It’s clear that with Colm the customer is king. He consistently goes the extra mile for his clients, vising every fit in progress and showing a genuine desire to provide great customer service. This atude is reflected with his fantasc fiers and showroom staff.” Humbled by Ed’s statement, Colm wanted to share some personal words, stang:

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Colm Doherty receives his Rising Star award from Director of Operaons Ed Brewer “When you are in the formave years of a franchise there are many challenges to face and it is really great to have received recognion for what we have achieved so far. I am the sole owner of Dream Doors Leicestershire, however I say WE as I couldn’t have achieved this without the strong team I have around me, so a big thank you goes out from me to them, I couldn’t have done it without you.” Dream Doors is the UK’s leading replacement kitchen door franchise, offering made­to­ measure replacement kitchen

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Walking ­ Muston Bridge

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Tom Receives a Proposal II If you recall, Dear Reader, previously on And Another Thing, my old chum and workmate Nigel had been fatally struck by Cupid’s bow and had resolved, for reasons best known only to himself, to make an honest woman of Val, his long term squeeze. Yours truly was appointed best man and was duly tasked with organising the stag do. So, aer rejecng Newcastle (too chilly), Amsterdam (too hazy) and New York (too far), Nigel, being a big fan of the Beatles, plumped for Liverpool. And so it came to pass that twelve middle­aged workmates alighted the train at Lime Street and, rucksacks in hand, trudged towards the Adelphi. We were standing in the lobby when Terry (markeng) unzipped his suitcase, pulled out an enormous flesh­ coloured rubber suit and presented it to the groom. “Here Nige, the lads want you to wear this.” Nigel stared at the object for less than a second. “Terry, put that away and don’t be silly.”

“Don’t worry Bri, if I see any strange women approaching you, I’ll be sure to let them know you’re completely off limits. Right, everyone follow me ­ Liverpool here we come!”

Now it was my turn. “Here everyone, put these on.”

And so The Dirty Dozen hit Liverpool’s bars. As I was best man, it was only reasonable that I was in the chair for the first round.

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“OK, what are we having?”

A few of the guys pulled them on over their shirts, the material straining to cover their considerable girths. Colin, Nigel’s brother (clearly miffed because he wasn’t the best man), objected. “I can’t wear that ­ it won’t go with these chinos.” “Listen Colin, if you prefer, I can ring Val and see if you can go on the hen do?” Then it was Brian’s (finance) turn to pipe up. Brian was bald, 5’ 3” and wider than he was tall. He squinted through round spectacles. “Tom, do I have to wear one? What if I get chaed up? I won’t be able to look Margaret in the eye.” Brian blinked as he pushed his mist­covered glasses back up his lile nose.

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Colin was the first to pipe up. “Err, Tom, can I have a lime and soda?” “No. You can have a Guinness. Ken?” “I’ll have Guinness. And I’ll have Colin’s too if he doesn’t want it.” Aer a few ales, in order to line the stomach, we repaired to a pre­booked Chinese restaurant. Aer a gut­busng banquet, it was me to sele up. On the back of a napkin, Brian toed up one twelh of the bill. “Right, that’s £31.50 each please.” Colin cleared his throat. “I don’t want to be picky, but I never had the soup, so technically…” Colin’s protestaons came to an

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Protect Your Cats and Dogs in the Garden This Spring If you’re enjoying the warmer weather this springme, and spending more me in the garden with your pet, here are a few ps to keep both cats and dogs safe and well, and avoid any urgent visits to the vet. Seasonal plants Some spring bulbs and plants can be poisonous to dogs and cats. Daffodils, in parcular, cause problems if ingested, but other plants such as tulips, hyacinths, crocuses and clemas are also toxic. Symptoms include diarrhoea, voming, and lethargy, potenally leading to dehydraon and convulsions. In cases where the most poisonous plants have been consumed, the aer­effects may be seen within 15 minutes.

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Chocolate Easter eggs Chocolate contains theobromine, which is highly toxic to your dog or cat. Although dark chocolate contains the most theobromine, the levels in milk chocolate are also sufficient to cause serious health problems. It’s advisable to consult your vet as a maer of urgency if you know that your pet has consumed chocolate – symptoms include rapid breathing, hyperacvity, seizures, voming and diarrhoea. Slug and snail pellets As spring is ‘slug season’, you may be tempted to use slug pellets to control this problem in your garden. Dogs and cats tend to find slug pellets tasty, however, and as many brands contain a poisonous substance called metaldehyde, your pet’s health is at serious and immediate risk aer ingeson. Look out for symptoms such as muscle spasms, seizures and lack of coordinaon, and contact your vet as a maer of urgency. www.nawt.org.uk/advice/keeping­petssafe­spring www.pets4homes.co.uk/pet­advice/springsafety­ps­ for­dog­owners.html www.vets­now.com/2017/01/springhazards­cats/

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For a short me, this New Horizons image of the open star cluster NGC 3532 (aka the Wishing Well) taken December 5, 2017, was the farthest image ever made by a spacecra, breaking a 27­year record set by Voyager 1. Image via NASA/JHUAPL/SRI. New Horizons spacecra, which visited Pluto in 2015, acquired the roune calibraon frame of the Wishing Well star cluster on December 5, 2017. At that me, its distance from Earth was 3.79 billion miles (6.12 billion km). For several hours, the Wishing Well image – acquired with the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) – was the new farthest image ever made from Earth. The previous furthest image was the famous Blue Dot photo taken 27 years ago by the Voyager 1 spacecra at 3.3 billion miles distant. To be connued. Apparent brightness of some objects in the magnitude system

Special Events Calendar for March 2018: Look low in the west aer sunset for a planetary waltz that lasts most of the month. Leading the dance is Venus at magnitude ­ 3.9 which sets two hours aer sunset. Fainter Mercury swings round its partner Venus to the lower right, starng March, rising upwards unl mid­ month and then sinks back down and is ten mes fainter than Venus. By 20th March Mercury is just a degree to the right of Venus. 18th & 19th March The waxing crescent Moon joins the dance. Jupiter rises in Libra at the month end at a brilliant mag ­ 2.2 followed by Mars at mag + 0.6 at about 02:30. 31st March sees the second Blue Moon of the year. Calendar for April 2018: Mars and Saturn rise close together at about 3 am at the start of the month and are mag + 0.3 and + 0.5 respecvely and are a degree apart on 2nd April in Sagiarius. 3, 5, 7, and 8th the Moon passes Jupiter, Antares, Saturn and Mars respecvely. 18th April The Moon occults the star cluster of Hyades beginning at around 11pm. 22/23 April Lyrid Meteor shower maximum. Jupiter rises in Libra at about 10pm.

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Aernoon Tea for Two Winner

Find the Robin Winner

Congratulaons to Enid Shepherd of Loughborough whose entry in our Cake Wordsearch was the first correct answer to be drawn aer the closing date. The phrase was,“You cannot have your cake and eat it.” Enid wins Aernoon Tea for Two with Prosecco worth £34 at The BREWery in Sileby. See pages 45 and 61 for more compeons!

Congratulaons to Linda Acaster of Birstall who spoed our lile robin on page 14 sing on a stack of plant pots being carried by a lady in the Gardener’s Resolve arcle. Linda wins a £25 voucher to use at The Waterside Inn Mountsorrel. See pages 45 and 61 for more compeons!

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“Winning isn't everything­­but wanng to win is.” Vince Lombardi Jr.


Soar Valley Life Local Business Directory Just Great Music!

Beauty Fab Clinics ­ Cosmec Procedures ................................ 60

Building and Roofing Charnwood Builders ....................................................... 4 Hassall & Son Ltd .......................................................... 16 RSJ Roofing ................................................................... 49

Child Care and Educaon East Midlands Tutors .................................................... 26 Rothley Park Kindergarten............................................ 54 Tutor Doctor ­ Trusted In­Home Tutoring ..................... 57

Food, Drink and Venues Special Occasions (Midlands) Ltd ................................. 12 The Waterside Inn .......................................................... 3 The White Horse Inn..................................................... 13 Wards End Bistro .......................................................... 10

Garden Canopy Tree Services...................................................... 8 Charnwood Tree Services ............................................. 11 Claire Jones Gardens .................................................... 11 Derry's Nurseries .......................................................... 14 Green Thumb Lawn Treatment Service ........................ 25 Harrison Landscaping ..................................................... 9 JSB Tree Surgery ........................................................... 15

Health and Wellbeing Angel Yard Osteopaths ................................................. 41 Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre.................................... 39 Gail's Holisc Therapies................................................ 45 Gareth Hudson – Foot Health Professional .................. 53 HS Foot Care Services ................................................... 47 Inter Eyecare Opcians Ltd ........................................... 38 Jane Thomas Pilates ..................................................... 32 Pennie Blatchford ­ Advanced Electrolysis.................... 45 Present Mind ­ Mindfulness ......................................... 18 Reed Wellbeing ­ Complementary Health .................... 59

Home Abluons Luxury Bathrooms ........................................ 37 Absolute Window Soluons Ltd ................................... 23 Ady's Windows Ltd ....................................................... 48 Ancient & Modern Furniture Restoraon..................... 28 Aquafit Kitchens and Bathrooms .................................. 62 Brite Oven ­ Oven Cleaning ............................................ 4 Carpets of Choice ......................................................... 30 Charnwood Windows ................................................... 12 Custom Conservatories & Windows ............................. 53 Delta Aerials ................................................................. 53 Dream Doors Leicestershire ......................................... 43 F & S Curtains ............................................................... 36 Fab Plumbing ................................................................ 28 Gas­Servwell (Charnwood) Ltd ..................................... 51 Hart Property Services.................................................. 44 Hassall Aerials............................................................... 39 Hollydan Plumbing & Heang ...................................... 26 Inter i­care Gas & Electrical Services ............................ 48 JDS Window & uPVC Cleaning ........................................ 8 J Gardiner Plasterer ...................................................... 48 JS Plastering.................................................................. 28 Keith Urry & Son ­ High Class Decorators ..................... 16 Kevin's Domesc Appliances ........................................ 28

KS Digital ­ Aerials, Satellite & CCTV ............................. 17 Lined So Furnishings .................................................. 28 Lloyd's Joinery .............................................................. 33 More Than Lo Ladders ............................................... 19 Oven Care ­ Cooker & Oven Repairs ............................. 18 Richard Watson Painter and Decorator ........................ 26 Simon Hewi Joinery.................................................... 26 SJS The Professional Carpet Cleaner............................. 52 Smashgard Window Films ............................................ 63 Soar Valley Aerials ........................................................ 28 "Strip­It" ­ Paint Stripping Service ................................ 65 TEC Joinery ..................................................................... 4 TLC Kitchens ................................................................. 39 Whelband Windows ....................................................... 2

Home Carers Home Instead Senior Care............................................ 31 Kare Plus Loughborough............................................... 27

Merchants John A Stephens ­ Builders' Merchants ........................ 59 NS Plumbing & Heang Supplies Ltd ............................ 62

Motoring ChipsAway Small/Medium Car Repairs......................... 40 Farmer & Carlisle Toyota .............................................. 41 Garolla Roller Shuer Doors......................................... 40 Smashgard Car Window Tinng ................................... 44 Loughborough Kia ........................................................ 68

Pet Care Posh Dogs Canine Grooming ........................................ 53 Progdog Dog Training ................................................... 53

Prinng Automedia.................................................................... 19

Professional Services Agora Markeng........................................................... 63 Baker & Co Accountants ............................................... 58 Cound & Co LLP ............................................................ 58 CP Accountancy Ltd ...................................................... 13 Dowding Solicitors ........................................................ 47 Elvin Moore & Partners ................................................ 12 Golden Charter Funeral Plans....................................... 65 Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd.................................. 49 Moss Solicitors.............................................................. 29 Straw & Pearce Solicitors.............................................. 16 Thomas & Cooper Legal Services Ltd............................ 26 Westminster Law ­ Estate Planning ................................ 9

Shopping & Retail Appliance City ­ Appliance Experse ............................ 21 Filigree Heart Limited ................................................... 57 Picture This Gallery ­ Bespoke Framing ........................ 65

Technical Services Anstey Computers ........................................................ 18 Charnwood Web Design Ltd ......................................... 17

Travel and Leisure All About Tours ............................................................. 36 Fosse 107 ­ Just Great Music! ....................................... 34 Great Central Railway ..................................................... 5 LU Arts .......................................................................... 57

Our New On Line Business Directory has hundreds of businesses, trades and services all catagorised by secon. Go to ­ hps://soarvalleylife.co.uk/business­directory/

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