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Welcome to 2013 I took this month’s cover photo almost two years ago and, as with many of my own photographs, it transports me mentally to the time and place in an instant. This one, taken on Brand Lane between Old Woodhouse and Swithland just after 9.30 am on Friday 21st January 2011, evokes all the tingle of a dazzlingly bright and frosty morning. It really was a moment to savour and the picture almost does it justice. I remember driving to my first appointment and taking a different route as it was such a lovely day; I had passed the gateway but then stopped to back the car up because the view was so appealing and the new compact camera I’d been given for Christmas needed to be tried out with a shot into the sunshine. On the opposite side of the road a little further back I’d noticed flocks of birds, thousands of them, swooping to and fro over the bare and frozen fields with the woods of Beacon Hill forming a backdrop. After I had taken the gateway picture I walked back and took a few more, maybe I’ll put them on the website at some stage. But the feeling of being alive and very present in those few minutes readily returns each time I re-visit the photographs: the open gateway leading into the field towards the rising winter sun, pulling your gaze along the tractor furrows and up to the leafless trees, all cleansed and eager for spring’s return; as indeed we might well be after the last few rain soaked months! With Christmas gone for another year and all the decorations back in the loft we move into 2013 with lots planned and many positive changes to work upon. We’ve another new writer this month - Phillip Mark McGough on page 40 who will be supplying us with seasonal contributions on a regular basis - and we now have the walks we’ve published available on our website to download for free. We continue to grow, constantly evolving, and January sees the start of our on-line newsletter which will go to more than a thousand email subscribers each month, keeping Soar Valley businesses and organisations in touch with all that we’re doing to help our community thrive and prosper. So, a very happy and positive New Year to you all, enjoy each season, relish each new challenge the year brings, find and keep peace in your soul and with all your neighbours… And may we see our sun rise and shine a little more this year!

Steve & Mary Johns Editors - Soar Valley Life

Gateway on Brand Lane, near Woodhouse January 2011

Contents

Your Eyes and Diabetes Poem – Puddles It’s all for Charity! by Si Klyst Space – Sort - Enterprise RTI – Flat Rate VAT – HMRC and SME, CIS – PAYE – GAAP and IHT !!! Here’s a popular thread... Quiz – Review of the Year Do what you will unless you don’t... Fab Fitness Pullout Newsletter New Help for Sufferers of Tinnitus Walking Devil’s Elbow Short Story – The Resolution From Little Ninjas... Top Tips by Charnwood Maintenance General Knowledge Crossword Recipe – Pecan Pie Recipe – No Bake Easy Cheese Cake Recipe – Ginger Nut Roll Win an Experience Day at Ragdale Hall Buying and Selling – the Jargon Explained Introducing Phillip Mark McGough Spot the Difference? Spot the Difference Puzzle Sudoku Food prices on the increase? Not ours! Answers to Puzzles

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Soar Valley Life Business Directory Beauty Eden Skincare & Beauty Salon

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The Oven Cleaning Company Whelband Windows

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Builders Merchants John A Stephens

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Motoring ADM Driving Tuition

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Child Care Parkside Nursery School

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Employment Opportunities Home Instead Senior Care

Pubs and Restaurants Steamin’ Billy Brewing Co. Ltd. The Queen Victoria

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Professional Services Baker & Co. Accountants CP Accountancy Ltd Creativio Video Production Emery Johnson Solicitors In Home Legal Services iPac Repair & Parts - iPhones, games consoles Moss Solicitors PC Doctors Therapy Services Hypnotherapy

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Shopping New 2 You Clothes Agency

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Sports and Leisure Cyclops Cycles Great Central Railway Physfit Gyms Recro Sports Massage Therapist Rosemary Conley Soar Valley Leisure Centre Stealth Academy Martial Arts Yoga Classes Zumba Fitness

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Residential Care The Abbeyfield

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Health Care Charnwood Hearing Aid Centre 27 Fab Fitness 23 - 26 Gareth Hudson – Foot Health Professional 29 Hear4u 43 HS Footcare Services 16 LighterLife 45 Visual Answers Opticians / Optometrists 5 Walk-in Physio Ltd 27 Home Care Services Home Instead Senior Care

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Your Eyes and Diabetes According to research, an estimated 2.9 million people in the UK are diagnosed with Diabetes. More worrying, estimates also suggest over 1.1 million people have the condition but are undiagnosed. Diabetes is a condition that can affect the blood vessels in your entire body which in turn can cause serious damage to all organ systems including your eyes – the blood vessel changes that occur can be best observed in your retina Type 1 Diabetes develops when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insu- lin. As a result the body is unable to produce insulin and this leads to increased blood sugar levels Type 2 Diabetes develops when the body does not produce enough insulin to maintain a normal blood sugar level, or when the body is unable to effectively use the insulin that is being produced After having had Diabetes for 20 years, nearly everyone with Type 1 Diabetes and over 60 % of those with Type 2 have some degree of Diabetic retinopathy - changes to the blood vessels of the

eyes. In its early stages, this can go undetected as symptoms are not usually obvious until vision deteriorates. Blood tests by your GP to check for changes in blood sugar levels are therefore vital as are regular eye checks. These should include a yearly photograph of the retina and many eye specialists now advocate a regular eye test that includes an OCT eye scan of your central retina. OCT stands for Ocular Coherence Tomography and is the latest technology that picks up some of the earliest changes in your retinal layers before permanent damage occurs thereby increasing the prospect of successful control and treatment. These early changes cannot be seen by relying on a photograph alone. The Zeiss OCT eye scan is a powerful screening tool for the analysis, detection and diagnosis of the earliest sight threatening changes in macular degeneration, glaucoma and in diabetic retinopathy by allowing us to see all 10 layers of your retina (like an X ray) – it can be used without the need for drops and is now available at Visual Answers Optometrists. Although not part of the NHS eye examination, we offer this enhanced level of eye examination as part of our commitment to excellence in eye care for a small additional fee. It is some thing we now recommend to all our Diabetic patients. OCT eye scan technology is also available in leading private hospitals such as the Spire and the Nuffield in Leicester, where the cost of a single scan is in the region of £200 per eye - excluding consultant’s charges. The charge for scanning both eyes at our practice is currently just £35. Standard eye tests are covered by the NHS for all Diabetics; the additional charge will be is made if the option for an enhanced examination is requested and will include retinal photography, an FDT field scan as well as the OCT retinal eye scan with its analysis and interpretation. Call us on 01509 416800 to make your appointment today. The enhanced examination is the choice your eyes would always make. Mohammed Bhojani BSC(Hons) MCOptom is the principal optometrist at Visual Answers Opticians based in Quorn and Barrow Upon Soar. www.VisualAnswers.co.uk

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Puddles I wish with all my heart I’d bought that nice house on the hill, Not the cottage by the river, where the banks now start to spill, I look towards my garden, where the water’s getting deeper, And suddenly I realise, why this house was so much cheaper, I glance out of my window, from my kitchen snug and dry, And notice my best fuchsia, as it gaily floats on by, The bushes swirl below me, they’re all caught up in the flow, And my faithful rabbit Flopsy, floated past an hour ago, I look into the garden pond, now full up to the brim, With a cheery wave to Tiddles; never knew that cat could swim! I go into the hallway; there’s a letter through the door, Its from the water company, I’ve seen all this before. “We are running short of water, so be prudent where you can, We regret to have to tell you that we’ve set a hose pipe ban, So customers, turn off your taps, use showers, please don’t bath...” And I look out of my window, and I slowly start to laugh... ©Jan Jack’s Perfect Verse 2011. Commission a bespoke verse at www.perfectverse.co.uk

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It’s all for Charity, Mate! Ah, the joys of a night out in Sileby! There was I with a few friends standing in the pub atop the hill, enjoying a pint of mild and a bit of banter while clocking the sights that only a Friday night will offer, when some bright spark notices an inoffensive little poster in the corner proclaiming a forthcoming Charity Bike Ride in aid of Leicestershire Air Ambulance... And so it started: “Here - you think you’re Bradley Wiggins - I bet you...” And this was how I found myself roped in with a couple of other aspiring charity athletes. The plan was simple: cycle round all seven of Leicestershire’s Steamin’ Billy pubs on a Sunday. Refreshments would be supplied and bars would be open should the spirit need a helping hand, which made it seem a jolly good idea. It wasn’t as if I hadn’t done any training as I’d cycled to Leicester only the other day. I’d even invested in cycling shoes - not the ones that make you walk like a penguin but the ones that look like trainers - which clip onto the new pedals I’d bought. The nice lady in Cyclops said it would make a world of difference going up hills but that I needed to practice getting my feet on the floor when stopping at traffic lights before I keeled over. Good advice, especially if you’re not thinking too hard, like you don’t sometimes. I spent the next week or so bothering people for sponsorship and exaggerating my status as a worthy citizen. I even left the bike alone for the week before the ride to let my body build up as much energy as it could before the event. I had been paying attention during the Olympics and thought this was the best bit of their training regime, so I adopted it.

Never mind, we should be done by two at the latest, so off to the starting point we went - in a van! This was in Thornton, specifically the Steam Trumpet car park which was full of cars and folk in Lycra crunching around in cycling shoes and looking healthy. The machinery varied from racing bikes, mountain bikes and a rusty old piece of scrap found in a shed, to a bicycle with a chainsaw engine cleverly attached to it. In fairness, he was older than most and seemingly a good engineer. I had opted for the ‘bit of a day out’ look and ‘room for improvement’ body shape. I was not alone in the body shape department. Everyone was issued with a bright orange t-shirt proclaiming our task, the names of the pubs we were to visit and the charity - the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance. All was good as this t-shirt co-ordinated with no colour worn by anyone, so we all looked decidedly unfashionable and it ruined the Lycra look for some.

When the great day arrived, I had a quick look at the weather forecast and saw that all would be well until three o’clock when a deluge was expected all over the county.

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It’s all for Charity, Mate! Thornton, it turns out, is not in the flattest part of the county and our first target is the Paget Arms in Loughborough which seems to be the other side of little Switzerland and involves a lot of climbing, a bit of going downhill, but mostly climbing and then for good measure another hill. But we have fresh legs and this is just a warm up; all the same after ten miles or so the Paget and a rest are welcome. Bacon sarnie and a bit of spirit lifter consumed then it’s off to the Trumpet in Sileby. This is much better as the hills are now away to our right and we are in the Soar Valley. Six miles or so later we’re up the hill and past the church to a break with pork pie and a chocolate bar. No rest for the wicked, it’s off to Syston and the Dog and Gun which is less than four miles; this is easy and we are three pubs down already! But alas, the Cow and Plough on Gartree Lane in Oadby is next and after trying to work out the least hilly route we head off towards Scraptoft and more hills which just grind on and on; but it’s for charity and we are smiling some of time. At least it’s not raining and the reward on arrival is hot cobs and a welcome drink.

Now it’s raining! This is where we get to see what these assorted folk consider to be waterproof and the motley fashion parade sets off to the Time Bar at the bottom of London Road. It looks more like a bookie’s front window than a bar but is in fact a barn of a place and more food and fluid replacement are taken in while we look out at the now heavy rain and decide that the met office need to buy a watch. Never mind it’s all for charity and off to the Western we go, scooting through the university complex, dodging freshers with their new found freedom and impending bank balance. The Western is full, after all it is a Sunday, and it’s here we rest and again try to work out the best route back to Thornton. This is not good, as the map has little brown lines very close together, each representing 25 feet which means it’s going to be mostly uphill again!

Leaving Leicester and going through Ratby the road heads skyward for what seems to be an eternity and the feeling is heightened by the rainwater running downhill the other way; but nothing lasts forever and eventually we turn at the sign for Thornton village and freewheel down to the reservoir which is being filled by rain as we sail past and there, at the end of the causeway, is the last laugh. It is the hill up to the village and it’s steep; so much so that my legs have had it and I opt to walk up. It was that or a sense of humour failure and I don’t apologise for it. The Steam Trumpet is then a mere two hundred yards further on and very

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...Cont welcome. A free beer, always nice, and a barbeque await us. In summary the route was 42.9 miles long and took 3 hours 43 minutes of cycling time, I used 2,674 kcal (still not sure about them) and climbed 2,693 feet. 109 people got wet and the event raised £3,800 or so. I discovered that all the pubs were individually pleasant places and their customers all good sorts with unusual tastes in clothing. Everyone felt a smug satisfaction at completing the tour and even the Lycra clad folk admitted that it was quite tough in places. Me? I am not doing it again for at least a year. Editor’s Note: We are very grateful for the unwavering, unselfish enthusiasm, commitment and effort, above and beyond the call of duty of our feature writer: Si Klyst (Especially when there’s a free pint in it!)

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ABOUT STEAMIN' BILLY PUBS The Steamin’ Billy Brewing Company Ltd was founded in 1995 by brewer Bill Allingham and licensee Barry Lount. Their first outlets were The Vaults in Wellington St, which became Leicester’s premium real ale house, followed by the Robert Catesby in Norfolk a 16th century Inn. After some reorganisation in 2000 the two directors currently own the 7 venues featured on this website.

Our Philosophy Steamin’ Billy always source quality local ingredients, often buying the freshest meat and vegetables direct from Leicestershire farmers. Steamin’ Billy prides itself on serving great Real Ales, many of which are produced in our own brewery. We also stock a good selection of quality spirits, wines and soft drinks by staff that care to customers who care. We always strive to provide a quality experience in a British pub with high standards of service and surroundings.

A warm welcome to The Horse & Trumpet The Horse and Trumpet is situated between Loughborough and Syston, in the beautiful village of Sileby, fronting the High Street opposite St. Mary’s church dating back to the 12th century with a medieval bell tower, one of 4 grade 2 listed churches in the country.

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Short Story - The Resolution “Interested in my New Year’s resolution?” Clive asked his daughter as they were eating dinner one evening. “Mmm”, said Jenny. “I’ve decided to start going to your Zumba class, so I can spend more time with you”. The statement was rewarded with a sudden clatter of cutlery. “But you can’t!” she exclaimed. For weeks now Jenny had been going to Zumba. At first Clive had not given it a thought until he accidentally read one of her text messages: ‘Expecting you at 7.30 tonight. Don’t be late, I’m seeing another girl at 8.30. Brian’. Clive hated snooping on his daughter. Yet even though she was now eighteen, she was always going to be his little girl. So who was this Brian? It didn’t sound like a young man’s name, which worried Clive. What worried him more was the cocky tone of the message. And could his lovely, bright Jenny fall for a bloke who had a string of girls on the go? Something was making her lie about where she was going and Clive was determined to find out what, even if he had to call her bluff.

“Thank you, ladies and gentleman,” the instructor announced. “And well done to our two new members”. Everyone in the room turned and looked at Jenny and Clive. By the horrified expression on Jenny’s face Clive realised the truth - this was Jenny’s first Zumba class as well. They had an uncomfortable walk to the car park. Finally Jenny cleared her throat, “Okay Dad, you’ve caught me out,” she confessed. “The truth is I’ve been going to kickboxing classes”.

“Why can’t I come to Zumba darling?” Clive asked sweetly. He braced himself for a full confession.

“Kickboxing!” Clive exclaimed, imagining all sorts of horrible things.

“Because you’ll be completely embarrassing,” Jenny muttered.

“Before you go mental, it’s not dangerous, it’s...” Jenny searched for the right word, “...disciplined”.

And this was how, two evenings later, Clive found himself the only man in a freezing church hall full of ladies wearing leggings.

Clive wished he could believe her. At least at Zumba no one got hurt, well apart from all the ladies he’d trodden on that evening.

“Let’s stick near the back,” he whispered to Jenny. There followed, as Jenny predicted, a completely embarrassing hour of squatting, wiggling, skipping, arm waving and accidentally poking people in the eye. Before the warm up had even finished Clive resolved never to doubt his daughter again.

“Come and watch me Dad, before you make up your mind. I’m good at it”. She hugged his arm. “You did say you wanted to spend more time with me”.

When everyone in the room turned left Clive stumbled right. When they sashayed forward he staggered back. He had never inadvertently patted so many ladies’ bottoms in his life. He felt like a bowling ball careering through a room full of skittles. Then he completely misjudged a lunge and fell hands first against the large chest of a lady wearing a pink tee-shirt emblazoned with the words ‘The Fun Starts Here’.

Clive felt himself soften, but he still had one big question. “So who’s this Brian?” Jenny looked surprised. “Brian’s the instructor.” She sounded suspicious, “How do you know about him?” Clive decided now was a good time to change the subject, “Shall we get some chips?” He patted his stomach. “All that Zumba has made me hungry”.

The hour could not end soon enough.

“The fun starts here!” Jenny giggled and gave him a hug. Clive pulled his sternest face.

Finally the music stopped.

“We shall never speak of that incident again”.

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From Little Ninjas… Stealth – cautious or surreptitious action or movement… so says the Oxford English dictionary definition and that probably underpins the teaching of Leicestershire’s premier martial arts classes at Stealth Academy Wayne Radford, Stealth’s class leader in the Charnwood region says, “We teach four main martial arts – Karate: Empty handed self defence Krav: Israeli military self protection Kabdu: Creative displays with padded weaponry Kata: Sequence/dance But more importantly in every class and at each level of proficiency we champion the 8 disciplines which are fundamental in all martial arts fulfilment: balance, co-ordination, focus, discipline, control, teamwork, memory and fitness. As the student begins to master these, transformation commences; probably the most important focus is fitness and it is this that each class member will see, feel and take away from each attendance. It is fantastic to witness the Little Ninjas (3 to 5 year-old pre-school children) growing in confidence, showing control and co-ordination, working as a team and becoming more able week by week. From there they will progress to the 6 to 12 year-old classes and eventually to teens and adults. All classes have age specific curricular and although we stretch our students

we make sure everyone is kept safe and within their own individual capabilities.” For the first time Stealth classes are now available in the Soar Valley - all start from £3.00 per class and as an opening special offer all first time students receive a full martial arts uniform and first belt – worth £49.00! Stealth Academy has just been awarded entry into the Martial Arts Hall of Fame, a coveted accolade only the very best martial arts organisations in the country attain. Stealth’s founder and Sensei, Craig Smith, spoke of their history and future plans: “We started classes in Coalville eight years ago and moved into our HQ on Brunel Way five years ago. There are more than 300 students attending weekly classes there and over 100 now in our Barwell (Hinkley) operation. We know there’s a huge potential in the Charnwood area and later this year we hope to open on the Leicestershire border at Castle Donington.” Looks like with the right care and attention mighty oaks from little Ninjas grow - or should I say, balance, co-ordination, focus, discipline...

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Recipe - Chocolate Pecan Pie If you have a bowlful of nuts left over from Christmas then why not make this classic American favourite with a British twist – simply replace half the pecan nuts with walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts. Serve with a dollop of thick Greek yoghurt or whipped cream. 1. To make the pastry, sift the flour into a bowl and add the diced butter. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the egg and water and mix to a crumbly dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead gently until smooth. Wrap and chill the pastry for 20 minutes. 2. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface and use to line a 25cm round deep metal pie tin (or a loose-based fluted flan tin). Crimp the pastry edge with your fingers and prick the base all over with a fork. Chill for 30 minutes. 3. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6 and place a baking sheet in the oven to heat. To make the filling, melt the chocolate and butter in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Remove from the heat and stir in the golden syrup, maple syrup and sugar then whisk in the beaten eggs. Chop half the nuts and stir into the mixture. 4. Gently pour the mixture into the pastry case and sprinkle over the rest of the nuts (roughly chopping the hazelnuts and Brazil nuts, if using). Slide the pie tin onto the preheated baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 180C/350F/ Gas 4 and bake for a further 25-30 minutes until the filling has set and the pastry is crisp and golden. Serve warm or cold.

Chocolate Pecan Pie For the pastry: • 225g plain flour • 100g butter, diced • 1 medium egg, beaten with 2 tbsp cold water For the filling: • 100g dark chocolate, broken into pieces • 50g butter, diced • 75g golden syrup • 4 tbsp maple syrup • 75g caster sugar • 4 medium eggs, beaten • 175g pecan nuts (or a mixture of pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts and Brazil nuts) Serves 8 Ready in 11⁄2 hours plus chilling

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Reader’s Recipes Ginger Nut Roll

One packet ginger nut biscuits ½ pint double cream whipped into soft peaks A shallow dish of sherry If possible use a rectangular shaped plate Place a good spoonful of whipped cream onto your plate Dip a ginger biscuit into the sherry, spread some cream on one side and stand the biscuit on its edge in the cream on the plate Repeat this until you have a nice log of alternating cream and biscuit with enough cream left to cover

No Bake Easy Cheesecake

You will need a 7” to 8” tin with a push-up base or a spring-clip. Or, as this freezes well, you can divide it into foil or plastic food containers with lids About 100gms digestive biscuits – crushed with a rolling pin 50gms demarara sugar 50gms melted butter Mix the biscuit crumbs into the melted butter and demarara sugar; press firmly into the base of your container and chill in the fridge 400gm soft cheese 100gm icing sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla essence 300ml double cream - whipped

(Be careful not to soak the biscuits – just dip quickly in and out of the sherry) Cover the whole log with the remainder of the cream and decorate; you could use grated chocolate, chopped nuts or fruit. Chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours To serve – cut the log diagonally to produce a striped dessert Submitted by Pat Bishop of Sileby

Mix together the soft cheese and icing sugar Add the vanilla essence Fold the whipped cream into the cheese mixture Spread over the chilled biscuit base and chill again

Suggestions: Leave plain or just before serving decorate with fruit or grated chocolate. Cherry pie filling makes a great topping! Use ginger biscuits as an alternative base. Submitted by Pat Bishop of Sileby

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Buying and Selling – the Jargon Explained We appreciate that buying and selling property is a major transaction and can be quite daunting. Our team of specialists understand that their role is more than just the legal aspects of the transaction and take you through the process step by step to get you moving within your desired time scales Freehold – refers to permanent ownership of property unless a new sale is agreed. This is not time sensitive Leasehold – refers to a property where a purchaser can only buy the right to use the land/property for a given amount of time Land Registry office copies – this is obtained by your conveyancing provider early in the process from the Land Registry. This public document outlines who owns property and what matters are relevant Searches – These may include Local Authority, Drainage & Water, Chancel, Environmental, Flooding and Coal Mining. These searches are ordered by your conveyancing team in order to gain more information about the property Contract – this is the legal document which sets out all the information regarding the transaction including the property details, seller and buyer, price and any special conditions

Transfer deed – a document that legally transfers the property into the name of the buyer. It must be signed by the parties in the presence of a witness Covenant – obligations and restrictions, known as ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ covenants respectively, that can be attached to a property for example, obligations requiring you to maintain something within your boundary or restrictions preventing you from specified actions Stamp duty – buyers pay stamp duty based on the purchase price of the property in question to HMRC. The Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) - provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices awarded by the Law Society. Firms who are approved through the scheme protocol such as Moss Solicitors LLP have to demonstrate good practice management standards and adherence to prudent and efficient conveyancing procedures. If you would like further information on the above or require an estimate of cost, please contact: Michelle Chapman m.chapman@moss-solicitors.co.uk Tel: 01509 635466 Rachel Skinner r.skinner@moss-solicitors.co.uk Tel : 01509 635447 Hayley Tennant h.tennant@moss-solicitors.co.uk Tel: 01509 635461

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Introducing our new writer... Phillip Mark McGough Born and bred on the Nottinghamshire shores of the River Trent, studied law at Nottingham University and has a passion for good literature, beer and company. More of his writing can be seen on our website at www.soarvalleylife.co.uk and on Facebook at Phillip Mark McGough

Last year is dead, begin afresh... Just after Christmas, like most people, I subcontracted January to a paving company trading under the name of Good Intentions - their reputation for shoddy workmanship and unfulfilled promises notwithstanding. So, one week into the New Year, I have neither joined a gym, quit the fags, abandoned the booze, written the Great British Novel nor saved the planet from near-certain catastrophe. However, I have got some walking in and a trip to Attenborough Nature Reserve near Beeston, Nottinghamshire over the first weekend of 2013 was, appropriately, the backdrop to a whole litany of firsts: the first time I’ve seen a weasel in the wild – scurrying back and forth across an obviously habitual path between an old barn and the kitchen garden of an adjacent cottage; the first time I’ve seen a kingfisher this early in the season - a little multi-faceted gem pledged in surety of a summer yet to come; and, no less noteworthy for this sometime birdwatcher, the first time I’ve seen an Egyptian goose. Oh, and did I mention the waxwings? Any amount of them robbing berries from the trees. I was so excited about this (I’m a man of simple pleasures) that I actually rang several people to tell them the good news - to be met with varying degrees of interest and comprehension. When I told my mother- no birdwatcher- “We’ve got waxwings here!” she queried: “Is it contagious?” They are irregular and irruptive winter visitors from Scandinavia, I counselled, gravely. She was of course none the wiser. Later in the day a quite spectacular sunset over the Trent and the reserve’s ponds and lagoons was superintended by the ubiquitous silhouette of Ratcliffe-on- Soar Power Station, which you can see from just about everywhere in this little overlapping corner of the East Midlands, where Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Leicestershire meet and mingle their rivers and streams. What I always find odd about the power station is that it in no way intrudes upon or otherwise interrupts the landscape. It should do, but it doesn’t. It sits very well in the environment,

Sunset over Ratcliffe on Soar Power Station from Attenborough Nature reserve

always has, perhaps something to do with its brutal scale, its fiery outline - which almost gives it the feel of something that came up from the earth without the help of men. All very William Blake, perhaps not quite dark and satanic (this is Ratcliffe we’re talking about) but certainly dark and romantic in certain shades of twilight - much like myself. It occurred to me on the way back to the car park - my best thinking is done on the way back to car parks - that it had been a day of early promises, early resolutions so to speak; albeit, unlike the resolutions of men, these would not be broken. Nature is the ultimate promise fulfilled, we might say. I know that spring will soon be here, because Nature tells us that it will be so, and we can take her at her word. Aside from the kingfisher already mentioned, more than one tree at Attenborough was in blossom, and there was a fair amount of gorse in the hedgerows, as plentiful and as yellow as if it were already April. So although my own resolutions may be broken, I’m reminded that I can make them again. We can always begin again, Nature says. As Larkin - in a rare spasm of optimism- had it of this time of year (well, give or take a few months, blame global warming if you want): Yet still the unresting castles thresh in full-grown thickness every May. Last year is dead, they seem to say, begin afresh, afresh, afresh.

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Good choice of rugs always available in store


Spot the Difference? This one is easy though…

Listening to Stuart Simpson, owner of SJS carpet cleaning, makes you realise there’s a lot more to this, and to Stuart, than is at first obvious. He is a true professional, and I guess that’s a trait he’s always had.

He played football in his youth and got paid for it, until injury stopped his progress, but not before he’d played against a young George Best just a week before George made his debut for Manchester United! From football - via tennis, playing the New Zealand number 2 in the semi-final of the North of England Championships, Stuart went into teaching, his major subject being P.E. With a long-held ambition to have his own business, about twenty years ago he bought a franchise with Rainbow International, the commercial restoration specialists. After building that up to one of the top three national businesses he sold the franchise five years ago and started SJS; since then he has concentrated on the domestic market closer to his home in Barrow upon Soar.

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But there’s a sparkle in his eye and enthusiasm in his voice when he talks about the jobs he’s done recently. Showing me his portfolio which he takes to each new enquiry he says, “Look at this one - most people would think it was too far gone! All it needed was a bit of the SJS know-how, an hour or so of applied professional cleaning and there’s the result.” You can check out more of Stuart’s amazing ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos by going to www.flickr.com and searching for Stuart Simpson or The Professional Carpet Cleaner. He also showed me a before and after sample of carpet and it’s the fresh, clean smell of the restored carpet that I recall now - they say that one’s sense of smell triggers the most powerful of our memories…

It says on his advert “Call Stuart for FREE ADVICE” so, hoping to catch him out, I asked him what I could do about red wine spilt on a white carpet. “The first rule of cleaning anything from fabrics is this: if the stain is water-based all it needs is cold water. Get some clean towels, pour cold water on stain, fold towel into a square and place on stain - now stand on towel and dance! The twist is the best. Repeat until stain has disappeared. Easy, really!” But, as I said, I think there really is a lot more to it than this…

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Sudoku

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General Knowledge Crossword Answers Across: 1 Westminster, 8 Angelica, 9 Adam, 10 Peter, 11 Poultry, 13 Fresco, 15 Sarong, 17 Seattle, 19 Balti, 22 Bull, 23 Countess, 24 Pampas grass

Down: 2 Ernie, 3 Theseus, 4 Iris, 5 Seahorse, 6 Email, 7 Warren, 12 Foolscap, 14 Rhesus, 16 Reactor, 18 Tulsa, 20 Tusks, 21 Buds.

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