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Whereas if you are a proud new mum or an excitable mum-to-be then you need to be directing yourself to our Baby & Toddler Supplement, before deciding on which school they’ll be attending! Full of editorial to suit your needs, those few and precious hours of rest need to be taken up reading Staffordshire Living with a large mug of tea. Nursery ideas, kids adorable fashion, funky pushchairs as well as advice on local children’s groups in Staffordshire and childcare - we’re pretty sure we’ll help to start you on your new life. Especially with an amazing competition on page 38.
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If you didn’t know there has been a 70s revival of late in the interiors world, then where exactly have you been? Time to pay attention and refresh your memory as 2013 is really championing the trend and almost stepping back in time 40 years or more. Last year saw a different approach, taking on a highly authentic and stereotypical take on the 70s with a heavy use of orange, mustards and garish patterns – whereas this year the designers have been let loose a little more with their creativity and gone beyond stereotype to bring us all a fantastic trend that explodes with colour and guarantees to instantly lift spirits. Step away from your neutral safety blanket and bring your home quite literally to life. Warning: it’s only for the brave. We’re so happy to see a huge revival of patchwork, it’s just so versatile, eclectic and is super easy to make yourself with odd scraps of your favourite fabrics! There is no better feeling than a personal touch to your own room. The more colours and pattern used in the patchwork, believe it or not, the easier it is to work with. How? Because the more choice you have in colours, the easier it shall be to marry up to your chosen colour scheme. As you can see we love the explosion of colour this 70s style patchwork trend creates, going for the more extreme look rather than a toned down wall with just the accessories to pop. Therefore the more daring you are the more effective a scheme you will pull off.
Lambswool And Cashmere Cushion, £65. WowThankYou.co.uk
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SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE SITUATION Who says lighting has to be so…standard? Choose some of these bright and colourful designs to steer clear of being branded as ‘boring’. What is the point in seeing a trend through if you’re not going to place the final touches?
Brighton Patchwork Shade, £20. BHS
Linea flower print cushion, £25. House of Fraser
Brighton Table Lamp, £20. BHS
Felt Cushion, £14. Matalan
Hand-stitched Shiftings Sands Cushion Cover, £36. Fairwind
Task Pendant, RRP £149. Original BTC
Rose Easyfit Light, £40. BHS
“As the new season comes to blow away the wintry cobwebs, give your home a refresh with the new looks for the season. Floral patterns with a hint of vintage continue to enjoy a resurgence in popularity; the look can be re-created with the range of Dunelm Mill Summer bloom themed products. Brighter shades are popular for Spring/Summer 2013, mix together pinks, blues and lively greens to liven up your living space. The trend for up-cycling is certainly on the up and the urban look can be easily achieved at home by accessorising with natural linen cushions, solid oak furniture and metal ornaments displayed against an exposed brick backdrop to revitalise your home for the new season.” Carole Brown, Director of Marketing at Dunelm Mill Lily 100% wool rug, £375. www.platationrug.co.uk
GET THE LOOK Choose clashing decorative accessories and vibrant furniture to bring the 70s to life again! We’re noticing a strong pink undertone in our scheme. Customised Moss Green Velvet Ottoman Stool, £193. TheVelvetLab.com
Tex Mix Living Room at Very.co.uk Butterfly Wall Art, £89.50. Adventino
Jean Paul Gaultier Patchwork Throw, £405. Amara.co.uk
Flamingo Fun, RRP £24.29. Matt Emulsion 2.5 Litres, Dulux. Knitted Pouf, £92. Nordic House Ltd LSA Lucien Tealight Holder, £10.50. Beautiful Homes Direct
Prism Sofa, £1200. John Lewis
Mulberry Patchwork Armchair, from £850. SofaDesign.co.uk
Cherry Chocolate, RRP £24.29. Matt Emulsion 2.5 Litres, Dulux.
Osler Vase, £20. John Lewis
Sapphire Springs 3, RRP £24.29. Matt Emulsion 2.5 Litres, Dulux.
Linea Tropitech Multicolour Weave Blanket, £45. House of Fraser Bermuda Cocktail 4, RRP £24.29. Matt Emulsion 2.5 Litres, Dulux.
‘Roberts’ DAB Radio, £159. Very.co.uk www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
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Long Spiral Hanging Ceiling Light, £615. The Chandelier & Mirror Company Ltd
Mineral Pierced Shade, £49.50. Marks and Spencer
Colours Barock Hammered Shades, £29.98 each. B&Q
Bauble Bunch Ceiling Light, £395. Beautiful Modern Thing Camper Lantern Pendant, £495. Alexander & Pearl
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Milk Jar Glass Industrial Pendant, £275. Alexander & Pearl
Our attentions are being moved upwards with the most fantastic of ceiling light trends with a heavy focus on glass and reflections. Chandeliers have been huge news over the past number of years and therefore in 2013 we are beginning to turn our attentions towards a slightly more masculine style with simple, crisp and unique lighting. Remove the fuss and head back to basics.
&tradition Bulb Pendant Light, £85. Cloudberry Living
Murray Dimples Glass Pendant, £90. John Lewis
Halle Bottle Cluster, £125. BHS
“Head towards an industrial feel and you’ll be well ahead of the game” Bottle Chandelier, £129. Dwell
Whitney Pendant, £40. BHS
Searching Hanging Lamp, RRP £699. Culinary Concepts
Gideon Copper Funnel Ceiling Light, £85. John Lewis
Dalston Industrial Grey Pendant Lamp, £64.95. Shoreditch Lighting Ltd
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TIME FOR A SPRING CLEAN Is it wrong that we now get excited over the latest electrical cleaning products that guarantee to take the strain out of household chores? Perhaps we’re showing our age? But something that is singing its own praises and could halve a jobs time surely can’t be that unexcitable to the human eye and ear? We’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones here…ladies? We’ve collected a list of some of our favourite items currently available on the market, including all their technical specifications so you can easily compare and decide which model will suit your needs and budget.
VACUUM CLEANERS BISSEL Model: Floors & More Febreze Family 5283E Price: from £179.99 Stockist: Argos Power: 1800W Capacity: 3L Features: A pioneering Febreze filter for odour elimination The BISSELL Floors & More is the UK’s first vacuum cleaning range to include Febreze filters for odour elimination and freshness while vacuuming. Now you can clean carpets and freshen your home at the same time with ease - all while eliminating odours and reducing allergens. The range will come as a welcome arrival for pet lovers and busy households who will now be able to save time eliminating odours whilst cleaning.
GTECH Model: AirRAM Price: rrp £229 Stockist: John Lewis Power: 100W Capacity: 0.8L Features: No Cyclone, No Bag, No Cord Gtech AirRAM™ has received the Good Housekeeping Institute endorsement after rigorous testing of this innovative vacuum cleaner that is sucking up success across the UK. Despite banishing cyclones, bags, cords and using only 100 Watts of electricity, AirRAM™ outperforms leading mains powered and cordless vacuums on both hard and carpeted floors. Its lightweight and ergonomic design coupled with cordless feature also means you can easily take AirRAM™ upstairs and downstairs reaching into every corner of your home.
DYSON Model: Digital Slim™ DC44 Price: £279.99 Stockist: Curry’s Power: 22.2V Capacity: 0.35L Feature: The most powerful cordless vacuum
SEBO Model: Felix Royale Price: from £229.96 Stockist: John Lewis Power: 1300W Capacity: 3.5L Features: Five-year parts and labour guarantee
The new Digital Slim™ is a lightweight cordless vacuum cleaner, engineered for nimble, high performance cleaning. Weighing just 2.3kg, DC44 has a balanced weight distribution for high, low, awkward and in-between spaces. For stubborn dirt, a button can trigger 8 minutes of boost suction. Dyson digital motors are engineered to be small and powerful. Using digital pulse technology, they spin at up to 104,000rpm – five times faster than an F1 race car.
The Felix has flexible flat-to-floor cleaning head, which is under 7cm in height, making cleaning under furniture a breeze. Its L-shaped head reaches right up to skirting boards and slides under radiators too so every inch of your floor looks good. The designs can also be transformed into high-powered polishing machines with SEBO’s Disco attachment - suitable for virtually any hard floor surface, including PVC, natural stone, wood and varnish coated flooring.
PANASONIC Model: Eco Max MC-UL712 Price: £129.99 Stockist: Currys Power: 1000W Capacity: 0.9L Features: Bagless, super flexible and light weight
VAX Model: U90-MA-R Mach Air Reach Upright Price: £249.99 Stockist: Argos Power: 200W Capacity: 1.5L Features: A total cleaning reach of 15 metres
Offering class leading energy-efficient performance thanks to Panasonic’s unique Eco-Max Light Two Motor System, the new bagless upright model also features a light weight body and FreeStyle nozzle with a 90 degree turning circle. A one-touch release quick-draw handle allows for easy cleaning when a nozzle is required and the additional tools, which are perfect for cleaning mattresses, blinds and hard floors, mean no surface in your home will go untouched!
Boasting full height stair cleaning - a total cleaning reach of 15 metres - the Vax U90-MA-R Mach Air Reach is the lightest, full size multi-cyclonic upright vacuum cleaner in the world. Weighing just over 5kg, it has all the cleaning power and capacity of a full size multi-cyclonic upright in a compact and lightweight package. The brushbar can be set for cleaning either carpets or hard floors and an LED performance indicator quickly alerts you of any blockages.
A LITTLE HELPING ROBOT HAND… SAMSUNG Model: NaviBot S (SR8980) Price: RRP £649 Stockist: Argos Power: 50W Capacity: 0.5L & 2L Dustbin Feature: Determines the quickest, most logical and safest route
VORWERK Model: Kobold VR100 Robot Price: £649 Stockist: VK Direct Power: 64W Capacity: 0.6L Feature: Laser navigation, powerful suction, a long-lasting battery
Slimmer, lighter and quieter than its predecessors, the NaviBot S is the smarter way to clean, and its 80mm slim design means people can now clean even the hardest to reach places. New features include the ability of the NaviBot S to empty itself when full. It will return to its charging base where dust and dirt is deposited into a 2 litre dust bin located on the base. Just as it does when it recharges, the NaviBot S remembers where it last cleaned and returns to continue vacuuming from that point. A new Auto Dust Sensor also allows the device to detect concentrated areas of dust or debris and focus on that region until all traces of dirt have been picked up. With upgraded sensors, the NaviBot S features a clever Visionary MappingTM Plus system which helps it to create a virtual map so it can determine the quickest, most logical and safest route around any given room.
Neat freaks, tech lovers and the house-proud will love this sophisticated machine, which will vacuum carpet and hard floors all by itself at the touch of a button. Sleek and compact, the Robot relies on cutting-edge laser technology that maps its surroundings to independently and systematically remove dust, dirt and pet hair – even when there’s no one at home. Designed to suit individual requirements, the Robot can be programmed to clean at a certain time of day or to combat a specific zone. Its clever sensors mean it won’t damage furniture, fall down stairs or miss any areas, and if its Li-Ion battery gets low during cleaning, it will return to its charging point before restarting exactly where it left off. In Vorwerk’s trademark colours of glossy white and zingy green, the Robot is a stylish and practical tool that allows you to sit back and relax while it does all the hard work.
STEAM MOPS LAKELAND Model: Steam Mop, Ref 23307 Price: £59.99 Stockist: Lakeland Power: 1550W Capacity: 250ml Features: Triple-layer microfibre pad
BLACK & DECKER Model: Autoselect® Steam Mop Price: £79.99 Stockist: Currys Power: 1600W Capacity: 500ml Features: Kills 99.9% of germs using only water and heat
Firm believers in ‘steam means clean’, Lakeland are so pleased to welcome their new telescopic Steam Mop. Harnessing the sanitising power of superheated steam without the need for chemicals, its triple-layer microfibre pad lifts dirt and grease from tiles, vinyl and sealed wooden floors, leaving them almost dry and killing 99.9% of germs and bacteria in the process. Safe to use on all sealed surfaces.
All of the new Steam Mop models from Black and Decker are environmentally friendly and don’t use any chemicals. The Autoselect® function means this Steam Mop really does make life easier. With just a turn of the picture-led dial of different floor types, it automatically releases the correct amount of steam, making it ideal for a variety of hard floor surfaces including tiles, lino sealed laminate and wood floorings. The handy steam burst function adds an extra 50% more steam to help you budge stubborn stains effortlessly.
IRONS LAKELAND Model: Steam Iron, Ref 22250 Price: £39.99 Stockist: Lakeland Power: 2400W Capacity: 320ml Features: Friction-free pressing
Once Lakeland decided to put their name to an iron, it was full steam ahead with the design, and we think you’ll agree they’ve pulled out all the stops to help you get through even the largest loads of laundry with ease with large stainless steel soleplate glides across fabrics for friction-free pressing of garment. The unique directional steam channels at the soleplate’s tip help to target awkward areas like collars, cuffs, pockets and around buttons. It also boasts a self-clean function with built-in anti-limescale sachet.
The Panasonic W920 has a unique curved and doubleheaded soleplate design that glides effortlessly and smoothly in all directions, coming into soft contact with fabrics, without getting stuck. The soleplate is made from Alumite, which is used in the construction of automobile engines, helping to prevent wear and tear of parts. The W920’s easy to grip arm has been ergonomically designed for comfort, and the product’s body weight is evenly distributed to ensure good balance.
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WE’RE NO MISS MONEY BAGS 2013 may hold a promising future, as it could be the year in which you pack up and relocate to a place you’ll call your new home or even take that initial step onto the increasingly unachievable property ladder to actually purchase your first home. Named as the ‘most stressful’ time for any home owner, it helps if there is a little encouraging push in the right direction to place you on track to your dream property. It may sound like a fantasy, but please believe us when we say the government are backing your plans to place your pitch elsewhere and have a few schemes available to UK residents which can help you via financial help to fund your new home.
We’re talking New HomeBuy schemes this issue, which are funnily enough only available on new home build properties. With the property market continuingly rising, those of us who are looking to take those initial first steps on the property ladder are obviously finding it increasingly harder to take the jump, especially with many a bank and mortgage lender now asking for 15%-20% deposit – opposed to the old (and possibly achievable) 5%-10%. But whether you are a First Time Buyer or not, there are 2 government backed schemes available to help you buy a desirable new build. Thus helping you to get yourself a new home, and the developer ‘bums on seats’ as it were! Therefore surely only helping the economy to get out of this vicious circle in the housing market? So what exactly are these 2 payment plans we are talking about? New Buy and First Buy – you’ve probably heard about them, but before you wipe them off your radar let us offer you a little more in-depth knowledge. Both set up in 2012, the first we are informing you on is the New Buy scheme which is essentially giving homeowners-to-be the chance to place down a 5% deposit on the purchase price of the property. There are of course a few rules and regs that need to be adhered to - those being the property has to have a value no greater than £500,000, owned fully by the buyer (no shared ownership etc) and the property cannot be purchased as a second home or a buy-to-let. Yet, if you comply to these and are an indefinite UK citizen then that’s pretty much your lot. Not only this, but the property doesn’t necessarily have to be a ‘new-build’, as long as it is the first time the property is being sold in its new ‘form’, such as a building that has been converted to a number of apartments. Best of all you don’t need to be just a First Time Buyer to qualify for the New Buy scheme and there is no limit on your level of income that has a tendency to sneak up in most equivalents. Meaning, this plays into everyone’s hands. One of the potential pitfalls we can see is the fact that no matter how much a 5% deposit sounds fabulous – it does mean on the flip side you shall have a 95% mortgage! And with house prices forever on the rise can you realistically afford this?
If the answer is no, then perhaps you should consider a First Buy equity loan? Time to clear your head and concentrate though as this route is a little more complicated. The equity loan comes in the form of the government and house builder providing up to 20% of the purchase price. The other 80% is met by the buyer with a deposit and mortgage. So in essence, if the property has a market value of £100,000 – you will have to provide a deposit and organise a mortgage on £80,000, then an equity loan of £20,000 will be granted. Essentially, your house builder and the government will own 20% of the property, meaning when you come to sell they will receive 20% of the price your home is sold at, not just a repayment of £20,000. As with any loan there come fees, yet granted these don’t materialise for five years which can only be a bonus. On the 6th year, you will be charged a fee of 1.75% of the 20% loans value and after this the fee will increase - worked out by adding 1% to the Retail Price Index. Don’t be disillusioned though, this payment is not a repayment for the loan – merely just a fee for having the privilege of receiving the loan in the first place. The cost of the loan will be covered when you move. And make sure you do, as after 25 years of staying put you will have to repay the full amount. Obviously, there is the option for you to pay back all or part of the equity loan too, which will consequently mean you pay less in fees and most importantly receive more money and equity in your home when you come to sell (technical term: staircasing) as they will no longer own the full 20% of the property. Does it sound like a plan? Those who are eligible for the First Buy scheme need to be a UK citizen, simply can’t afford a home in their area and the household as a whole must earn less than £60,000 a year. On a positive note your mortgage will be much lower than the home you are living in, however the fees are ever on the increase and providing your income increases it will only then be affordable. Therefore it’s perhaps best to see this particular home purchase as a short term option, perhaps until you have gained a decent amount of equity in your home at least. Either this or have a plan to pay off part of the loan as then in the end you will reap the benefits.
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TIME TO STEP OUTSIDE FOLKS What if we told you, you could achieve one hell of a desirable garden? A landscaped garden isn’t a million miles away and just needs careful consideration and planning to ensure your garden can be shown to its full potential. Staffordshire Living investigates…
Brabazon Limestone: Priced from £125 + vat per m².www.stone-age.co.uk Dine and relax in complete style in your garden with this simple yet effective pergola with balustrade. It is the ideal starting block with the exposed beams, exposed structure and exposed dining area thanks to its minimal design, meaning you have free artistic license to add your personal touches such as planting, ivy, lighting and patio set. We guarantee this product is going to look better with age. Double Deck With Double Pergola & Balustrade, £648. Tesco Direct
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BE INSPIR ED AT BBC GARDENERS WOR LD LIVE BBC Gardeners World Live returns for its 21st year, at NEC, Birmingham, 12th-16th June, 2013
CLEAN LINES Do not underestimate the power of clean lines in a garden, by creating geometric shapes and curves in your garden it will have a powerful and direct impact on the eye.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live featuring The RHS Flower Show Birmingham is promising to be one of the best days out this summer with expert advice, hundreds of exhibitors and of course demonstrations from members of the Gardeners’ World team. The line up, includes some of the nation’s favourite gardening stars and top designers including Monty Don, Diarmuid Gavin, Cleve West, James AlexanderSinclair and many more! Diarmuid Gavin says... “I haven’t been to BBC Gardeners’ World Live in years and I’m so excited to be returning for their 21st Birthday! The RHS Flower Show Birmingham is going to be absolutely brilliant with over 100 nurseries in the RHS Floral Marquee and an estimated 40 Gardens. Plus you’ll have direct access to me and to other garden designers, experts from Gardeners’ World Magazine, TV programme and The RHS. On top of this there will be over 400 stands to shop until you drop and of course free entry to the BBC Good Food Show Summer!”
NEW for 2013 The Kitchen Garden - From Plot to Plate, this brand new stage will hold demonstrations on the best ways in which to grow your own fruit and veg from some of Britain’s best known gardening experts. Then see top chefs from the BBC Good Food Show Summer demonstrate how to turn your harvest into fine dining.
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2. PLANTS Invest in plants with interesting geometrical shapes like this one from Tesco. Much easier to maintain than you may initially think (providing the right tools of course), you should look to add symmetry to your garden with a number of the same shaped plants. Using defined spacious measurements, run along the side of paths, ponds and breaks to define areas. 90cm Topiary Obelisk Spire In Pot, £52. Tesco Direct
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3. STYLING After creating and planting the perfect plant, it would be silly to not pay attention to your plant pot which should reflect the style and shape of the plant. Don’t ever dismiss black as being unsuitable in a garden, the greenery around is bright enough and should never be overlooked as a stylish and minimal option. Tall Terracotta Fibrecotta Flared Square, £24.95. Primrose.co.uk
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ritain is in the middle of an exciting green energy revolution that is set to change the way we heat and power our homes and workplaces. Going green is the latest trend for environmentally aware homeowners looking to reduce their carbon footprint – and cut their ever-rising bills. They are taking the fast route on the UK’s Renewable Roadmap.
The benefits of ground source heat pumps include low maintenance and increased efficiency over conventional systems. They are also quiet and clean and can be used for both heating and cooling – and from a style point of view and fit in with their surroundings. More and more new home developments and conversions are seeking to use these cutting-edge systems.
Today planning and building regulations, carbon reduction targets and carbon taxes, are all driving our need to go green. Couple these with the financial returns available from the Feed-in Tariff and the Renewable Heat Incentive – Government cash schemes to encourage the use of green technologies – and it’s little wonder clean, green energy is proving so attractive for so many.
Property developer Thomas Banks is harnessing ground source energy to heat his £4million project to transform listed Victorian barns into modern luxury homes. He says: “Using ground source energy to heat these homes makes perfect sense to me. It is an investment in the future. As well as the economic and environmental advantages, it is a totally discreet system.
Solar power, biomass and ground source heat pump technologies are leading the way – providing cheaper ways to power and today going green can be done without affecting the style and feel of your property – and without going into the red.
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In fact you may even be able to ‘earn’ cash from your heating system. The Government’s new Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is set to be launched this summer. The subsidy, already available to businesses, will help households replace their fossil fuel-based heating systems with renewable-based ones.
“It just has so many advantages, which I think a lot of people are unaware of. You are getting heat from the ground and after the initial investment you aren’t faced with massive heating bills or at the mercy of the market. I think that within a few years you will see developments using ground heat technology more and more, especially for new builds. More people want to go green, to use renewable energy.”
One of the main green options open to householders is Solar PV power, with Feed-in Tariff payments from the Government – another subsidy scheme - still an attractive financial incentive to people looking to harness the renewable technology. It’s a technology that is simple and efficient, using PV cells to convert daylight into electricity. Solar panels need little or no maintenance once installed and can be used in a range of situations, from the roof of a home to an office car park. PV cells come in many shapes and sizes- and you don’t have to live in a sun trap for them to work. They can be placed on top of existing roof tiles or integrated roof panel systems can be created – offering a more sleek, discrete solution.
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Solar creates green, renewable energy and the Government’s Feed-in Tariff scheme pays you for the electricity that you generate. But solar isn’t your only green option, Britain is also tapping into the true potential of biomass as a key part of its green energy revolution. Biomass technology – which burns wood pellets, chips or even logs in boilers to generate heat – is about to come into its own. Biomass can be developed and installed anywhere there is an existing oil or gas heating system. That’s what already makes it attractive to owners of Britain’s large country estates and stately homes. The National Trust has been quick to recognise the savings and the environmental advantages biomass brings. Biomass today is a modern, cutting-edge technology. It is also environmentally very sound and is actually increasing the amount of woodland under proper management in the UK. Great strides have also been made in harnessing the power of the earth. Ground source energy – collected from the ground through deep boreholes – is increasingly being used as a source of heating homes. Boreholes are drilled and so-called “low grade energy” collected is then elevated in temperature by the heat pump system and used to provide heating to the building. As well as the economic and environmental advantages, it is a totally unobtrusive system.
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BABY & TODDLER THIS EDITION: NURSERIES FASHION COMPETITION PRAMS & PUSHCHAIRS CHILDCARE
UP THOSE WOODEN HILLS… First things first, CONGRATULATIONS! Now that’s out of the way, expectant mums and dads will have preparing the nursery as one of the first things-to-do on a very long list before giving birth. Many now choose a gender neutral scheme, avoiding the stereotypical pinks and blues, and instead look towards using neutral tones to match the rest of their interiors or hints of pastel yellow, green and even grey. We’re championing the use of minty green this issue, and love the use of this gorgeous colour on walls, accessories and furnishing to provide a calming sense in your nursery. Not only is decorating your new nursery one of the nicest and most rewarding tasks to start off with, it is also essential to ensure all the fumes have disintegrated before the arrival of your new-born.
WALL ART Walls provide a blank canvas to release a little creativity, why leave them plain when you can clearly have a little fun here? Sticking with green as the main colour, there are some delightful wallpaper patterns and wall stickers on the market to give you an idea or two. Be playful, it’s a nursery after all!
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Scroll Tree Large Wall Sticker, £35.99. BeckyandLolo.co.uk
LIVING LOVES Is it wrong to fall so much in love with a storage unit? Well, sod it as we have! This appeals to our softer side and slots delicately into this nursery trend thanks to its understated and subtle styling. Removing conventional draws and replacing with wicker baskets means it adds interest and intrigue, with a country cottage edge. Natural Wood Storage Unit with Baskets, £144.95. www.MelodyMaison.co.uk
Hand Made Wallpaper in Green, £100 per roll. ShopOnYouDoorstep.com
Daydream Wallpaper by Julia Rothman, £119 per roll. PrettyDandy.co.uk
Green has many a connotation, most will immediately think of envy – but all there is to be enviable of here is how sweet and precious the nursery looks. This particular green couldn’t be more opposite to its lime and racing counterparts as a neutral and pastel tone of green looks to provide a sense of calming and protection. A traditional colour of peace and generally highly associated with nature, this colour is perfect for nurseries. A peace free night without a crying baby doesn’t come guaranteed though we’re afraid! But with the use of non-harsh and a less vibrant scheme, it may certainly help – we can only hope!
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You don’t want to go overboard on the green, subtlety is key. Therefore invest in white and birch furniture to break up and brighten the room. We’re particularly loving the revival of the cutest Moses basket, especially this one from KUB Nursery. It’s delicate and pure – just as your baby will be. Don’t go over fussy on detail, simple designs will shine and help to bring the room back to unfussy. When furnishing, white sheets is the way forward to let the mobile be centre of attentions.
NCT Bednest Bedside Crib, £249. NCTShop.co.uk
Oeuf Classic Cot Bed, £895. BoboKids.co.uk
ACCESSORIES If you aren’t so keen to splash pastel greens on the walls, it’s time to bring the room to life with green accessories instead. Characters add life and amusement, whilst getting your child familiar with different shapes and faces. Osborne & Little cockatoo’s zagazoo cushion, £55. Amara.co.uk
Channel 4’s celebrity interior designer Celia Sawyer’s informs Living readers on how to create a comfortable and soothing nursery for your child in association with Colief Infant Drops - used to soothe the symptoms of colic. www.colief.com. 1) COLOUR: Choose your colours wisely to promote a calm, tranquil and relaxing environment for yourselves and your baby.
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2) MUSIC: Add music to your baby’s nursery, classical music is great for relaxing and nursery rhymes are fun for playtimes. 3) TEMPERATURE: Room temperature is the key to baby’s comfort and safety, invest in a good room thermometer to monitor this. 4) MAKE IT COMFORTABLE FOR MUM & DAD: Have a rocking chair for nursing, ideally an ottoman, remember if you are comfortable and relaxed it will help your baby to be.
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5) AVOID CLUTTER: Ensure your nursery contains all the essentials but avoid clutter, floor space is really important for you to lay out with and play with your baby. Peter Pan Poster, £44.99. Spineless Classics
RUN RAB BIT RUN RAB BIT If there is one animal that appeals to all, provides a spot of cuteness and comes just as fluffy as the next then it’s the innocent bunny rabbit. The possibilities are endless with this animal, picking up on a Peter Rabbit theme for boys or an Alice in Wonderland theme for little girls.
SLEEP TIGHT Give them something to kick about with this cute sleeping bag… Babasac, £37.99. MamaScarf.co.uk
Safebreathe Hoppy And Patch Baby Toys, £14.99. Bunkerbound.com
Patchwork Bunnies Print, from £45. Bertie & Jack.
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STAFFORDSHIRE LIVING’S CELEB MUM OF THE YEAR: MYLEENE If there is one woman who is sure to inspire, then Myleene Klass is up there. A singer, TV presenter, childrenswear designer, musician as well as being a mother of two gorgeous children under the age of 6. She’s the ultimate in a multi-tasker and quite frankly we’re in awe of her here at Staffordshire Living magazine, if there is one lady who you can look to in moments of self-doubt or concern, it’s Myleene. This is with thanks to her sheer determination and after what can only be described as a somewhat difficult 2012 spent with her private life sprawled across the headlines that when in doubt you need to pick yourself up and look at new ways to move on. So with that we take a look at her new ventures… many of which lie with the UK’s leading parenting and baby specialist, Mothercare. After helping to launch a new app for smartphones, she has been busy designing a new spring/summer range for her Baby K collection too. What are the trends she’s channelling this season?
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With a nod to the east, Myleene has taken inspiration from the streets of Paris with her take on the Parisian trend translated to childrenswear. This is done by a heavy use of print and vibrant red. We are especially loving the sweet little berets that take the styling up a notch and will have women all over Staffordshire cooing at how amazingly cute they look. Guaranteed. Shape also plays a huge part in the trend, with inspiration taken from the 50s with full skirts, cinched waists and peplums. As for the print, it’s all about being ditsy and kitsch by using small red hearts.
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SCHOOL OF ROCK Despite not having any boys of her own, Myleene’s clothing range for our lit tle tearaways are perfectly matched to their experimental and bright personalities. This season they’re all about being the next big rockstar, thanks to reality TV programmes and the revival of their dad’s favourite ‘Rock Gods’. But by donning a guitar doesn’t mean you have to don your kids in black, heavy make-up and encourage them to chuck TV’s out of hotel windows – that’s a no no. Instead look towards a 90’s pop rock at titude with bright colour pops and relaxed casualwear.
Heart Tee Back, £8-£10.
Girls Sequin & Net Dress, £18-£20.
Shoe Print Tee, £8-£10.
CHEEKY MONKEYS Animal print is more versatile than you may originally think. Stop the thoughts of tacky and racy running through your minds and forget those misconceptions as Myleene has proved here with her Baby K collection that animal print CAN be used for kidswear in a cool and funky manor as opposed to cute as a button clothing ranges that candy colours bring. Your child will be a head above the rest of her classmates in the style stakes thanks to jazzy leggings and snazzy dresses. If only they did a womenswear range too!
Newborn Baby Set, £12.
Spot & Leopard Print Dress, £!6-£18.
Leopard Print Legging, £5.
Boys Grey Belted Jean, £14-£!6.
Black Heart Tee, £6-£8. Leopard Print Dress, £25-£27.
WIN EVERYTHING ON THIS PAGE! Are you a new mum? A mum-to-be? Or know somebody who is? Here at Staffordshire Living we want to help by offering you the chance to win every single product on this page! And what a great selection of gifts they are, perfect for a ‘Starter Kit’ as it were...
theBabaSling is a fashionable and practical way to wear your baby. Parents can use the sling in five different ways from birth to two years, not only is it a godsend for busy parents it’s great for breastfeeding discreetly and quality bonding time! This Teal Green sling is the latest addition to their 2013 range and will look fab on Mum or Dad. £39.99, www.thebabasling.com
As any parent knows sterilising can be pretty time consuming! Vital Baby’s Nurture™ Microwave Steam Steriliser sterilises bottles in just 4 minutes! Simply add water and pop into the microwave- it couldn’t be easier. Comes complete with two Vital baby Nurture bottles and teat tongs. £24.99, www.vitalbaby.co.uk SnoozeShade® is a unique breathable, blackout sun and sleep solution for prams, buggies, car seats and travel cots – a simpler, easier, lightweight and secure alternative to a draped coat or blankets. SnoozeShade is the UK’s first sleeping-on-the-go solution for babies and is great for anytime you have to nip out during baby’s naptime. £19.99, www.snoozeshade.co.uk
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The Medela Swing breastpump is a superefficient electric breastpump for any mum planning to breastfeed. Thanks to Medela’s ground breaking 2-phase technology which allows mums to express in the same way baby feeds, Medela breastpumps provide the ultimate in comfort and efficiency. The Swing also comes with a free Calma Feeding Device so it’s easy to feed expressed milk. £129.99, Mothercare.
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Silver Sense babygrows are handmade and designed in the UK! Made from a unique and innovative combination of silver threads and natural cotton, these gorgeous rompers are not only stylish, they’re clever too. Thanks to the silver threads they have magical healing and antibacterial properties and are great for sensitive, delicate newborn skin. £45, www.silversense.co.uk
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Whether a family member, a Godparent or just a friend, finding an ideal Christening Gift can be a tricky task. So, the Staffordshire Living team have taken all the leg work out of it for you whilst going o the hunt for a selection of our favourite picks. There is no denying it; many a ‘typical’ Christening gift finally ends up in storage at the back of a cupboard or drawer somewhere. Probably not on purpose, it’s just there seems to be no use or need for it, especially as the child grows older and rooms are redecorated. Whereas we feel these selection of gifts are top notch and too irresistible to not put into use.
At first glance what do you see? …then look again. Yes, this incredibly gorgeous bouquet is actually a set of carefully folded and arranged baby clothes! How unique. The flower buds are hand-rolled items such as bodysuits, socks, bibs and hats made for infants 0-4 months old. Combine that with delicate silk flowers and foliage hand-tied into a colourful arrangement, and you’ve got a truly unique and unusual baby gift! Available in blue, pink, natural or twins. We love! The Classic Bouquet, from £39.99.
The Co-operative Bank offers a range of savings accounts for young children. One example is the Bonus account, which grows with the child, helping them to get into the savings habit early. The account can be set up by any adult for a child aged 16 and they'll gradually be introduced to the importance of budgeting, how to use a cash card and taught how to keep track of their money. The Co-op believe any incentive they offer should teach children something worthwhile too so, they've linked up with the Born Free Foundation, an international charity for the protection and conservation of wild animals, who will offer the child educational gifts at 3 stages of the accounts lifetime whilst also making a donation to the charity too. Visit one of their branches in and around Staffordshire to find out more.
This is by far the most adorable Keepsake Box we have seen on our hunt to find the best Christening presents. Personalised, this will bring happy memories for all to see. Amelie Keepsake Box Frame, £26. Stores in and around Staffordshire
BEAVERBROOKS Simplicity is key for this stunning and elegant bangle in silver. We wonder if they do it in an adults version too? D for Diamond Silver set bangle, £60. Stores in Hanley & Telford
Merrythought are the last remaining British teddy bear manufacturer! Each bear is handmade from the family factory in Shropshire using the finest quality antique mohair - an incredibly durable material that makes these bears very collectible and a family heirloom. The newest addition to their Traditional range, the Shrewsbury teddy, is certainly a Merrythought classic in the making. 12” Shrewsbury, £69.95.
This delicate, timeless and delightful Rabbit Crockery Set includes a bowl, plate, cup and egg cup (whilst also being dishwasher and microwave proof). Presented in a gift box, this set will bring a smile to dinner time. Rabbit Crockery Set and Box, £24.99.
In the Victorian era a rocking horse was a clear staple for every middle and upper class child. Where did this tradition disappear? Start the revolution again with this gorgeous 21st century version from LittleBirdToldMe. co.uk, also available in a range of designs to suit the sex. The pattern sells it for us, whilst proving quality in the manufacturing and design. Pixie & Fluff Rocker, £85. littlebirdtoldme.co.uk
H SAMUEL Want a luxury item on a budget, we’ve found it! This Silver pendant from H Samuel offers fine jewellery without the fine jewellery price tag, whilst the detailing on the cross provides that je ne sais quoi. Silver Children’s Cross Pendant, £12.99. Stores in and around Staffordshire
GET OFF TO A Did you know there are a range of classes and groups in and around Staffordshire to not only help the learning development of your child and teach new mums new skills and exercises, but are also ridiculously FUN! And they are happening at a Sure Start Children’s Centre near you. Mostly relatively cheap or even free of charge and set up by your local council, it’s a great way to interact with other new mums and provides a new meaning and sense of community. Sure Start Children’s Centres bring together a range of services that are important for families with children aged 0 - 5 years old. The services available include childcare & early learning, health support, training facilities and family support. We’ve taken a look at some of the classes and groups happening at a centre near you and chosen our favourites, just to show you the range of activities on offer… BABY MASSAGE Every Wednesday Clayton Library, Clayton Learn to massage your baby to aid relaxation, sleep and colic for babies from birth to crawling. Drop in 11.15am-12.15pm £2 per family Tel: Kerri Marsh 07785 787683
DEBUTOTS EARLY YEARS DRAMA MUMS AND BABIES PILATES CLASSES Every Wednesday Every Tuesday Willows Children’s Centre, Lichfield Forsbrook Primary School, Blythe Bridge Learning through dramatic play using interactive Low impact workout for new mums to help gradually storytelling and music. and safely recover your figure, muscle tone and 1pm – 2.30pm strength from within. No need for childcare – baby Tel: 07891 522543 comes too! 9.30am – 10.30am STAY & PLAY Tel: 07779 118781 MIXED BOOGIE BABIES & MINI MOVERS Every Monday Every Friday Holmcroft North End Community Centre, Stafford LITTLE HANDS Clayton Library, Clayton Fun activities, every session has a focus for children Every Monday Music, movement and sensory development session under 5 and their parents/carers. Werrington Library, Werrington for children 16 weeks to pre school. 9.30am - 11am Take your child on a musical journey, lively fun and 9.30am-10.30am £1 fee with parents to supply own drink and snacks. friendly classes singing movement and percussion, £2.50 per family Tel: 01782 854700 toys, instruments, props and puppets. Fabulous fun for Tel: 07967 095459 babies and children from birth to school. SING & SIGN 2.15pm – 3pm HEALTH VISITOR BREAKFAST CAFÉ Every Wednesday Tel: 07751 255409 Every Wednesday Wildwood Children’s Centre, Stafford Audley Library, Audley Help your baby to communicate before sppech on this MOVING ON TO SOLID FOODS Parents with children 0-5 years, come along for award winning programme. Tuesday 26th March breakfast and a chat with your Health Visitor. 1pm – 2pm Leek Health Centre Clinic Room, Leek 9am-12pm Tel: 07967 286271 Go and explore with an informal and friendly group Tel: 01782 276987 of mothers a new way to move on to solids: Baby Led BABY SENSORY FOR 0-13 MONTHS Weaning. FAB MUMS Every Tuesday 10am Every Tuesday Cheadle Children’s Centre, Cheadle Tel: 0300 7900 163 The Madeley Centre, Madeley Provides hundreds of sensory development activities Breastfeeding support group. which are great fun for parents and babies to share STORY TELLING (2-5yrs) 10.30am-12pm in their vital first year helping their development and Wednesday 13th, 20th & 27th March FREE (small charge for lunch) enjoy quality time bonding and playing together. Leek and Rural Children’s Centre, Beresford Tel: Sonia James 01782 752365 9.30am – 10.15am (7 – 13 months) These sessions encourage reading and help develop 10.30am – 11.15am (0 – 6 months) language skills using activities, crafts and songs. BABY PLAY Tel: 07972 105996 Booking is essential. Every Friday £2 per session Oaklands Nursery School, Newcastle-under-Lyme SOCCERLIONS Activity led play group for parents and babies under 18 Every Saturday MOTHERS 4 OTHERS months. Forsbrook Primary School, Blythe Bridge Last Friday of the month 1.30pm – 3pm This active session lets you and your toddler/young Queen Street Children’s Centre, Burton-on-Trent £2 per family child learn together whilst promoting physical fitness Postnatal depression support group. Tel: Lindsey Beckett 01782 297585 and development. 9.30am-11.30am £1 per session Tel: 01283 743744 TWIN AND MULTIPLE BIRTHS GROUP 9am – 9.40am (12 – 21 months) Every Monday To find your nearest centre you can visit the Sure Start 9.45am – 10.25am (22-39 months) Boney Hay Community Primary School, Lichfield page on the Staffordshire County Council website 10.30am – 11.15am (40-60 months) For parents and carers of multiple birth families. www.staffordshire.gov.uk where you’ll also find a list Tel: 07747 867745 12.30pm-2.30pm of timetables and an application form to join. You can also call the Family Information Service direct on 0300 111 8007 or email: email@example.com
SURE START! Finding the right child carer can be a daunting task. The different types of care available can seem overwhelming, and how do you decide who to entrust with helping to bring up your children? But childcare can be great for children and their parents. Children benefit from having another stable presence in their lives, and parents benefit from the freedom of being able to return to the world of work. Findababysitter.com has helped over 60,000 parents find childcare since 2009, meaning they’ve learnt a lot about how to find the right fit for your family. Here they explain how to go about finding the right childcare for your family… First of all, you need to decide what type of childcare you need. What hours do you need childcare for? Afterschool, mornings, weekends and overnight? It is important to note the shorter the hours you require, the more you can expect to pay per hour. The more hours you offer, the more likely you are to find a good candidate. Will your nanny be required to do household chores as well as look after your children? Do you want a nanny who is bilingual? Do you want them to tutor your children in a particular subject? At Findababysitter.com, you can enter your search criteria to find candidates that match your requirements. We cover all kinds of childcare, from live-in and live-out nannies, to governesses, nanny housekeepers, to babysitting and emergency childcare. Think about the differences between these. The next step is to advertise the position. Childcare agencies will find candidates for you, but they can be very expensive. We enable parents to post a job on our site and search from over 120,000 childcare professionals, which can help you save up to £2600. When posting a job, be clear about your requirements, but don’t write a never-ending list of specifications – remember that you want to attract a pool of strong candidates to interview from. Make sure you list the type of care you require, any qualifications or skills needed, your location, your children’s ages, and any key personality traits you desire from a carer. Don’t forget to add a photo to make it seem more personal and appealing! Once you have found a number of potential candidates, you’ll need to interview them. The key to making the most of interviews is preparation. Have a clear description of the job ready. Go through the candidate’s CV carefully and look for areas you wish to question him/her on. It’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions so you have a structure to follow. This will make it easier to compare candidates. Begin by telling the candidate about your family and children. Then explain the position (confirm hours of work, any household duties, your child’s routine and which aspects the carer will be responsible for, i.e. playgroups, swimming lessons, homework) and ask the candidate to introduce themself, and ask what they are looking for in a new job. This will lead on to going through their CV in detail, asking them to describe each childcare position, and questions relating to their abilities as a child carer, their views on discipline, activities for the children etc., and questions relating to their own background. Finally, don’t forget to ask them if they have any questions to ask you. Plan the interview so your children can be introduced at the end. Take note of how the nanny interacts with them and how they respond to the nanny. Check references – hearing from other parents about them is a great way to be reassured! Finally, trust your intuition! A parent’s impression of a nanny candidate can be a telling sign if the nanny is a good fit for the family. And when you do find your perfect Mary Poppins, let her know how much you appreciate her! After all that hard work, you’ll want to hang on to her! www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
FIT FOR YOUR PRINCE OR PRINCESS Now that winter is (hopefully) gone it is time to invest in a new wardrobe for your little one. This edition Living looks at the top trends available this Spring.
BABY GIRL = Mini Marine
Baba+Boo Cool Britannia Collection www.babaandboo.com
This year mix up the typical stripes of the nautical trend and invest in patterns too with bright reds, navy and white. Get some style staples with a twist into your baby girls wardrobe with shift dresses, jeans and cardigans. Pack of 2 leggings, Navy and Stripes, £9. www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Breton Dress, £16. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Bombay Blouse, £28-£36. www.roomseven.com Nautical spot tunic, RRP £15-£17. www.kite-kids.co.uk Kite Kids clothing is available at Bo-Belles Boutique, Leek and Mooch Kids, Lichfield.
High Top Trainers in Red, £20. www.my1styears.com Micro Print Flower Dress, (4m+) From £220. www.polarnopyret.co.uk
White Leather Shoes, £10. Mothercare.
Dr Seuss Bandana Dribble Bib, £5.95. www.babaandboo.com Bloom blouse, £48-£56. www.oililyshop.com Home Gem, £30. Clarks. Stores in and around Staffordshire.
Nautical Stripe Pinafore, £18. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Baby k Striped Blazer, from £14. Mothercare.
BABY BOY=Mini Mr Darcy For your baby boy step into the era of Pride and Prejudice. Think mini suits, jacket and trouser suits and granddad collars ensuring your little man looks like a true gentleman.
Shirt and Trousers Outfit in White/Beige, £25. www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Ticking Stripe Waistcoat, £15. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
3 Piece Waistcoat Shirt & Bowtie Set £34. www.mamasandpapas.com Nehru Shirts, £15. www.jojomamanbebe.co.uk
Baby Milford Baby Boys Quilted Jacket from £32.95. Joules.
Turn Up Skinny Jeans, £10. M & Co.
Jacket, Trousers and Shirt Outfit, Grey/White, £35. www.vertbaudet.co.uk Jumper, £9.99.H & M.
Neutral Twist Chino,£8. Next. Stores in and around Staffordshire.
Shoes, £5.99.H & M.
TODDLER GIRL=Pretty in Pink
Autograph Dress from £18, Trainers from £12. Marks and Spencer.
Go traditional and dress your toddler girl in pinks including baby pink, hot pink and prints. Yes pink really can look oh-so-trendy these days.
Blush Parka, from £35. Vertbaudet.
Autograph Dress, £18. Marks and Spencer.
Pink Short Sleeved Broderie Top, from £22. Baker by Ted Baker at Debenhams. Stores in Potteries Shopping Centre, Hanley. Pink Puff Sleeved Smock with White Neck, Contrast Border & Hand Embroidered Finish, from £129.43. Cashmirino.com
Pink girl’s sunglasses, £7. www.fostergrant.co.uk
Monsoon Large Corsage Walker, £14. Monsoon.
Pink Trousers, from £19. Debenhams.
Soft Jazz, £32.Clarks.
Bubblegum Denim Jacket, from £23. www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Vintage Rose Headband, £3.95. www.babaandboo.com
Lace Dress, £24. Laura Ashley. Stores in Newcastle under Lyme and Stafford.
Paradise print skirt, RRP £20-£22. www.kite-kids.co.uk
Little Bird by Jools Pink Knitted Cardigan, From £9.50. Mothercare.
TODDLER BOY=Very Vintage
Boys Grey and Blue Aztec Printed T-Shirt, £3. F & F at Tesco.
A trend worthy for an adventurous rogue. Think casual retro with denim and plenty of pattern.
Long Scarf in Dark Grey, from £9. www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Aztec Print T-shirt, from £2.50. Matalan. Stores in and around Staffordshire.
Jacket, Grey, from £29. www.vertbaudet.co.uk
Shirt, £5.99. H & M.
Colorado in blue suede (other colours available). Size S4-S12.5. F fitting. RRP £42. Start-rite.
Navy Stripe Pull-on Trousers, from £9. Next.
Shirt & Tee Set, from £16. Rocha. John Rocha at Debenhams.
Shorts, from £22.50. Rocha. John Rocha at Debenhams.
Trainers, Brick Red, from £29. www.vertbaudet.co.uk Slim Leg Chinos, from £6. F & F at Tesco. Navy Cardigan, £16. Next.
Casual Leather Moccasin, £5.99.Zara.
Anchor Hooded Shirt, from £13. Next. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
FAB T! PRIN
Urbo range, £369. Mama’s and Papa’s
Supa Stroller in Foxtrot, £180. www.Cosatto.com
Vista in Olivia Pink with Black Chassis, £629.99. UPPAbaby
GOING FOR A STROLL Brighten up your walks in the park with a stroller or pushchair in appealing bold colours and designs. You’ll be the envy of all the mums with one of these bad boys…
Bumbleride Indie, £549. www.Bumbleride.com/uk PRICE INCLUDES: pushchair, raincover, SPF 45 sun canopy, shopping basket, cup holder, jogging strap, shoulder pads and bumper bar.
The Oyster Vogue Collection Chassis, £279. www.BabyStyle.co.uk
The Backpack Stroller, RRP £122. Quicksmart Weighs less than 5kg and folds down in four quick steps into a backpack.
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The One&Two, rrp £928. www.BebeCar.com
The Britax Affinity, RRP £450. www.Britax.co.uk
FASHION THIS EDITION: CELEB MUM STYLE SPRING 2013 REPORT HATS
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ORIENTAL INSPIRATION MENSWEAR
BRITISH CELEB MUMS ARE LOVING THEIR PRINTS! With Mother’s Day just around the corner we’re celebrating with a look at some of the most stylish celebrity mother’s across the UK. All with strong individual styles, you will never go far wrong by taking inspiration from their outfits and it seems this season they’re loving prints! Animal, graphic, ditsy, floral or abstract; it appears anything goes. Find out how you should be styling yours…
Barry M Blue Moon Nail Polish, £2.99. Superdrug. Stores in and around Staffordshire
FEARNE COTTON: FLORAL PRINTS Fashion is never far from Fearne’s vocabulary, being known for her young and funky sense of style she’s a breath of fresh air for new mums or mums-to-be showing there’s no need to ditch your individuality and change your clothing to become branded as ‘mumsy’ or in most cases drab. Fearne is championing the floral print here, perfect for spring dressing and transforming yourself from the dark colours of winter.
Idilique Stack of Rings, £10. Evans
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Longwear Gel Eyeliner, £17. Bobbi Brown
Square Toe Ankle Strap Shoes, £47. Very.co.uk Printed Skirt Dress, £49. Fearne Cotton for Very.co.uk
FE A R N AC T E ’ S UA SHO L ES!
3 ways to create Fearne’s look: 1. Don’t forget your statement eyeliner! Staffordshire Living doesn’t use anything but Bobbi Brown’s Longewear Gel Eyeliner for pure staying power and ease of application. Sometimes it can be all you need, especially for busy mums. 2. After giving birth you’ll most likely not feel at your absolute best in body terms and therefore will want to avoid fitted dresses that you feel will only do yourself a hindrance. So follow in Fearne’s footsteps and opt for a flattering shift dress, skimming your figure and accentuating your gorgeous pins. 3. Fearne’s dress has such a standout and pretty print that accessories can be kept to a clean minimum – ideal for busy mums for a glam look with optical minimal effort! A simple slip on of the dress and you’re good to go!
IN FULL BLOOM We can’t get enough of floral prints this season. Try these out for size…
Floral peplum top, £35. M&Co
Flower watch bracelet, £20. River Island (with interchangeable strap).
Floral Top, £35. River Island
Elaborate Bloom Peter Pan Collar, £19. Accessorize
Floral Sports Dress, £16. Matalan
Adara Dress, £160. Coast
Flower Print Jeans, £175. Marc Cain.
DAVINA MCCALL: ANIMAL PRINT
White Wristlet Pouch Clutch, £9.99. New Look
She’s one foxy lady who’s never far from our TV screens, and here at Staffordshire Living we love her! Long gone are the days where everytime she graced our television she wore black dress after LBD after black dress, meaning age is clearly on her side as her style has transformed into a stylish and modern woman who doesn’t have to dote on a LBD to feel good about herself.
Carleton Belt, £39. Hobbs
Ceri Zebra Print Midi Dress, £12.99 Missguided
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Salon Pro Straightener with Comb, £49.99. Nicky Clarke
“Staffordshir Celeb Mum O e Living’s f T he Year!”
MYLEENE KLASS: DITSY PRINTS When talking of celeb mums, it would be rude not include the gorgeous and tremendously talented Myleene Klass. Is there anything this woman can’t do? We can’t think of anything… especially as she can even find the time to look ridiculously gorgeous despite having two young girls and an endless list of careers. Her style pinned as typically ‘English’, Myleene loves a tea dress in a ditsy print for their effortless styling with great results! Take note. 3 ways to create Myleene’s look: 1. Myleene certainly knows how to dress a ditsy print with brown leather accessories ready for the spring sunshine. Work the dress for those cooler days too by teaming with opaques and black accessories – versatility with a straightforward colour change! 2. Now we aren’t all blessed with Myleene’s luscious locks. However, leaving her hair down with natural waves requires minimal effort, showing us Brits that a quick brush and the odd curl can do wonders! 3. Shape is important to carry on the kitsch and ditsy feel, and Myleene shows it’s as simple as putting on a tea dress here. Their English routes remind us of the 40s bringing with it a sense of sophistication and all-round girlyness.
Delila Dragonfly Long Pendant, £6. Accessorize
H! By Henry Holland Daisy Dress, £38. Debenhams
Lipstick in Crimson Fire, £7.50 www.smoochcosmeticsuk.com
LIVIN G L OV ES!
Cathy Shoe, £159. Hobbs
Dee Bag, £149. Hobbs
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Patent Pink Painted Shoe, £275. Marc Cain
3 ways to create Davina’s look: 1. Colour pop accessories make this outfit complete. Steer clear of boring black or neutral shoes and instead inject some colour into the monochrome zebra print with the brightest accessories on the market. Fluorescent to rainbow, anything goes – Davina has chosen an amazing hot pink pair here. 2. When wearing something as loud and vibrant as zebra print there is a fine line between looking like Davina McCall or Kat Slater. This is mainly down to the style and cut of the dress. Where Kat Slater tends to opt for a more ‘revealing’ zebra print with low cleavage and short hems, Davina has chosen a classic and flattering style of a long sleeved midi. 3. Break up the heavy print with a clever trick - a simple belt. It’s the easiest way to ensure your outfit doesn’t become ‘too much’ with the near full length print, by breaking up the middle with the all-important cinching of the waist.
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GIVING YOU A HEADS UP It only seemed two minutes ago when we were all talking of the latest ‘it’ bag as the hot accessory of the moment. But oh how times are forever changing. No longer are we as bothered about the Marc Jacobs Stam Bag or the Alexander Wang Coco Bowler, of course it’s nice to own one but there doesn’t seem as much of a buzz surrounding the designer arm candy anymore. Our attention needs something else to focus on instead… and what could that item be? Our very own fashion writer Justine Clegg (@Justine1987) has her own ideas.
So what type of hats should you be buying? There is no exact science – just purely what suits. You may not think you’re a ‘hat girl’, but then surely that means you haven’t put every hat to your head? I’d be here all day if I were to list the different styles, and as for what is in fashion at the moment it appears that anything goes! From the more casual baseball cap, complete with heavy embellishment (River Island have some great ones out) to decorating your head with the most elegant of fascinators (a la Accessorize) or channelling Laurel and Hardy in a bowler hat, it seems it’s entirely your choice. The turban did try and enter the fashion stream a few years ago, unfortunately with little or no effect. Not in the north of England anyhow. Designers tried to influence our tastes by dressing their models in turbans for both the summer and winter collections – and not one to miss a trick highstreet giant Topshop placed a number on their shelves. But when it came to the consumers buying power, they did not invest. The transfer from model to ‘normal gal’ was non-existent, the style just doesn’t translate and tends to veer on the side of swimming cap rather than a glamorous affair.
Mixie Sequin Pill Box, £35. Accessorize
The beanie became increasingly popular during the winter, mainly hailed by the fashion savvy and Girls Aloud star, Nicola Roberts. Her fashion credentials have shot above her band mates in recent years despite being horribly ridiculed at the beginning, but then counting Henry Holland as a best mate how could she not be? Wearing beanie’s decked in birdcage netting; she’s revamped the humble beanie to a fashion forward dream. Whereas Marc Jacobs seemed to take a spot of inspiration from 90s funk star Jamiroquai with his oversized and furry numbers for his AW12 collection, but what else do you expect from someone who likes to push boundaries – hats off to the fashion God! As for SS13, where do I see it heading? A more polished style I’m channelling. Henry Holland has placed a few jewelled beanies in his collection, (inspired by Nicole?) in lighter colours for Spring. Yet I’m particularly liking the equestrian-inspired hats from rising star Zeynep Tosun – she clearly knew placing hats on the heads of her models would make a bold statement, meaning she could have her foot well stamped into the fashion world. And guess what, it’s worked!”
Gold Trilby, £19.50. Marks and Spencer
Zeynep Tosun SS13
Over the years, hat use has slowly dwindled away. Only dared by the equally individual. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was solely down to the dreaded ‘hat hair’, it’s not really surprising – but then why take your hat off? If you take off the one item that is clearly uplifting your outfit and getting you noticed, what will happen when you take it off? I’m adamant on this.
Yet, throughout the eras hats have been a strong staple to define the decade. Large floppy styles brought to life the hippy era of the late 60s through to 70s, whereas the baseball caps from America were a must for the avid urban trendsetter - where would the Fresh Prince of BelAir be without his trusty colourful cap? The ladies of the 40s took a different direction - elegant and the ultimate in ladylike glamour, the hats from the 40s set themselves apart from any other in pillbox and cloche styles. So what do I think could be the hat of this century? The jury’s out at present…
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“Arm candy who? For me it’s all about the hat. Surely if there is one ‘everyday’ item that can really stand its ground and make a fashion statement then it has to be the hat, with its unique powers of transforming many an outfit from the overly clichéd drab to fab in a matter of hat stand to head. As soon as you put a hat on your delicate head, you’ve instantly made an outfit ‘your own’, they’re so individual despite only being a limited number of styles.
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Newcastle-under-Lyme On Thursday 18th October 2012 the prestigious John Pass Jewellers Rolex Dinner was held at an iconic location, representing industrial entrepreneurial spirit for which the Potteries has become renowned throughout the world. The Potters Club seemed only fitting for an evening to indulge into one of the finest luxury brands on the planet.
The new showroom is a multi-million pound venture, located in the safe and secure tree lined surrounding of the pedestrianized high street of Iron Market, Newcastle–under–Lyme. It will provide a luxury shopping environment, affording customers privacy within what will be one of Staffordshire and South Cheshire’s biggest Rolex shop within shop areas.
During the drinks reception the dinner guests were given a unique opportunity to preview this year’s new products that were launched at the Basel Fair in Switzerland, whilst also being able to view a fine selection of time pieces.
Not only will the new store be in partnership with Rolex, it will also be backed by other luxury watch suppliers such as Omega who will also enjoy their own “shop within the shop areas”. In addition, there will be a fine jewellery area, where you will be able to relax in soft, cosy leather sofas and join us for a coffee and a chat. Plus a modern boutique section for that all important gift of Pandora, Thomas Sabo and Links of London.
With old and new customers alike, the venue was packed with plenty of familiar faces seen at the Crewe store on a regular basis. Andrew Pass, Director of John Pass Jewellers, took the opportunity to thank them for their regular custom, adding “We never ever lose sight of the fact that without you we wouldn’t have a business to celebrate.” Furthermore, Andrew Pass, the third generation of John Pass Jewellers, used this opportunity to announce the exciting news that, in partnership with Rolex, they are to open a new luxury jewellery showroom in Newcastle-under-Lyme in the Spring of 2013. This news represents the greatest strategic opportunity the business has ever had to ensure future growth, and reflects the trust that Rolex have in Andrew Pass and his team to deliver an exceptional shopping experience to their mutual customers. Consequently, the feeling of excitement grew for the whole team when it was announced that subject to final Grade II planning permission, John Pass has been invited to be the one and only official retail partners for Rolex in the Potteries.
“Having a great team has given us the confidence to expand, safe in the knowledge that all three stores will deliver the exceptional customer shopping experience upon which John Pass Jewellers has built its good name” explains Andrew Pass. John Pass Jewellers is making a commitment to the Potteries, which will emulate the model they have become famous for in Crewe. The new shop will complement the main John Pass Jewellers shop, whilst also offering an even more intimate and luxurious shopping environment for Rolex and Omega customers. The new John Pass Jewellers showroom is due to open mid-March.
Marks and Spencer Pack your bags and get ready for an adventure, fashion is looking to the Far East for a little inspiration this season and boy do we love it. Print central, our eyes and bodies are being treated to one hell of a show with a delicious mix of stirking colours and patterns jam packed full of punch. We grant you that this trend isn’t the easiest to pull off, but following these simple steps you’ll be well on your way to becoming a Geisha Goddess. Kooky cool is clearly the new black. Mia Trouser, £99. Hobbs
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I’m all about the trouser suit at present - with a fierce fashion twist of course! A trouser suit doesn’t have to mean drab, turn your workwear into a fab-u-lous explosion of colour and interest with this combo – meaning I can go from work to bar in one swift movement. If there is one thing I have learnt from the oriental inspired outfits seen on the catwalk it’s that clashing prints work. I can’t say I’ve dared it in the past but by choosing an accent colour it’s much easier than you think! I’ve picked out the minty green for this combo as it’s a great refreshing colour for spring, whilst the blue trousers help to only accentuate the heavy mix of colours in this oh-so-amazing jacket that aren’t perhaps noticeable at first instance.
Autograph Printed Shirt, £35. Marks and Spencer Bali Print Jacket, £49.50. Marks and Spencer
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THE JACKET OF SUCCESS The easiest way to incorporate a spot of oriental style into your wardrobe surely has to be through the jacket. A statement in its own right, a plain jane outfit can be completely transformed when your pop your arms through one of these sleeves. River Island have gone all out with a selection of standout kimono’s (great from teaming over a jersey maxi skirt and plain tshirt), whereas Topshop have gone for a more casual affair with a number of silky bombers. But if it’s the glam factor you’re after opt for a spot of heavy detailing.
Dress, £55. Miss Selfridge
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Bali Kimono, £50. River Island
ACCESSORIES Oriental inspired outfits would not be complete without a touch of metallic to break up the heavy use of colour and pattern. Heels should be nothing but blocked to only add to the edginess, whilst if there is a champion accessory then you can’t go wrong with an obi belt. Mary Portas Shirt, £99. House of Fraser
BLOOMIN’ MARVELLOUS Perhaps the most obvious of oriental prints, exotic floral patterns serve their purpose in this trend offering one large step into spring.
Isabelle mixed pendants earring, £8. River Island.
IF YOU BUY ONE THING… …then it has to be this stunning dress from Miss Selfridge. The sweet mix of colours, the simplicity of the cut, the luxury detailing, the sheer girlyness. The list goes on and on and on as to why. Flat tering most figures, the minty green colour along with the hints of gold will look forever stunning with a tan. Wear with your hair up (a large bun will match perfectly) to show off the neckline, and as for accessories there is no need – you want the dress to do the talking. Unless you’re looking to add a few chopsticks to your hair then we’ll let you off!
Rust Orange Floral Necklace, £7. F&F at Tesco.
Fantasia Shoe, £62. Office
Leather Bracelets, £8.50 each. Freedom at Topshop. Skirt, £89. House of Fraser
Red suede obi belt, £18. River Island. Dress, £24.99. Internacionale
Gold Hexagonal Cuff, £15. Freedom at Topshop.
Butterfly By Matthew Williamson Trousers, £49. Debenhams Oriental floral belt, £15. River Island. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
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September, we’re so pleased spring is finally here… METALLICS AREN’T JUST FOR CHRISTMAS We saw metallics on the Spring/Summer catwalks for the first time in the 2012 collections, where gold and silvers were given a twist by mixing with pastels and whites for a summer take on the trend. But what a difference a year makes? Obviously metallics are quite literally so last year, this year it’s all about adding a touch of shine to your summer wardrobe. And the perfect example of this was Burberry with their oh so ridiculously luxurious collection of jewel tones in sumptuous fabrics. If Quality Streets were to make a clothing range then it would look like this! Every model that strutted her stuff down the runway looked as delicious as the next.
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Are you after a nice medium compared to harsh white and dramatic black? Trust us when we say this season is all about the grey. Forget drib and drab or any sort of dull connotations, grey is being hailed as one of this spring/summers colours of the season. Why we hear you ask? Versatility that’s how! Light grey has a strong luxury feel when paired with whites and pastels, whilst also helping to tone down the brightest of bright colours. If you haven’t got pale grey incorporated into your wardrobe yet, then you best get shopping!
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Top, £35. Debenhams
Floral Green Trousers, £35. Asos.com
Autograph Metallic Pencil Skirt, £199.99. Marks and Spencer
Lace Cami Top, £29. Miss Selfridge
Revive your gothic past by turning to a vampish style during the summer months! We don’t know what has got into the designers, but many chose to deck their models in clothing that would be more suitable come Halloween. Will you be investing? …if so choose ladylike pieces, spaghetti straps and lace to ensure you’re not sweltering!
SOOOO LONG MIDI’S… HELLO MINI Black mesh top, £35. River Island
Lace Top, £45. Marks and Spencer
Ladies, slap the fake tan on and grab your favourite pair of heels – hemlines have been hitched. Mini skirts and dresses have been found at the back of the wardrobe and completely revived for the forthcoming season. And boy, aren’t our legs relieved, they’re finally being given some room to breathe again after being locked up in the 40s style midi’s and a whole array of maxi’s during the last few summers. Hurrah for legs!
2012 saw the clothing rails decked in all types of sportswear last year, with a fashion edge of course – we weren’t all exactly walking around in our gym gear now were we? Well we hope not! The designers have clearly enjoyed relaxing in all sorts of loungewear as this time round they have taken a much more relaxed tailored approach. Keep the fit loose, but don’t completely loose structure – just leave a little more room for movement. Clothes should hang in an elegant way rather than looking like a bag lady.
Giles Zeynep Tosun
Our favourite designer Marc Jacobs with his ingenuity, fresh and confident approach to fashion never fails to impress. There is a strong 60s vibe shining through here, and the patterns go from geometric prints, to animal print, to even stripes, it’s all in there – tying into together with the heavy use of monochrome. Mix prints for an interesting summer take. And when it comes to whites, ensure they’re crisp! Bring out the Daz.
MARC JACOBS BRINGS US MONOCHROME
Ikat Print Shirt, £28. Asos.com
Washed Canvas Pumps, £12. Matalan
Green Langley Sport Coat, £295. House of Fraser Mint Shorts, £12. F&F at Tesco
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Spin Rudder Shoe, £85. G-Star Raw Footwear
Leather Belt, £12.99. H&M
Mint, lime, turquoise, metallic, British racing, bright, petrol, khaki…we don’t really care. As long as it’s green this season, we absolutely love it! Embrace the new season as Spring has finally sprung in the fashion world. Don’t ya just love the freshness? Especially when it comes in the form of minty freshness… steer away from the girly attributes of mint green and inject some masculinity into the scheme by teaming with greys, denim and plenty of chino shorts! We’re pleased to see a refreshing mix of casual sportswear with smart jackets and trousers to provide a relaxed look to take you from day to night. Sweater, £29.99. H&M Blue Harbour Chino Shorts, £19.50. Marks and Spencer
Team different shades of green to add depth and interest
Rucksack, £49.50. Marks and Spencer River Island
Round Retro Sunglasses, £14. River Island
Trousers, £29.99. H&M
Shoes, £35. River Island
Beige Fawn, £30. Mens at Dune Micro Print Shirt with Dickie Bow, £14. Matalan
Hairstylist: Ken Picton at Ken Picton Salons. www.kenpicton.com Photographer: Andrew O Toole Make up: Lara Champion and Victoria Baron Styling: Harriet Cotterill
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Fan-tastic Volume Mascara, £9.49. Bourjois.
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Bad Gal Liner in Espresso, £15. Benefit.
Trevor Sorbie Hair Grips, £2.89. www.trevorsorbie.com or boots.
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RITZ AND GLITZ This edition we decided to pay homage to ‘The Great Gatsby’ with some glamour and glitz. We are thinking retro waves, seductive make-up
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and a bucket load of charm. Of course we can’t forget our columnist Nicky Clarke and the best of the rest in vintage hairstyling, top tips to
Creamy Matte Lip Color in Red Carpet. £18. Bobbi Brown.
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False Eyelashes, £10. M.A.C. Cosmetics.
Vintage Grace Headpiece, £74. www.glitzysecrets.com.
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do it yourself and some gorgeous art deco hair accessories.
High Bea m, £19.50. Ben efit.
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The golden age rolls
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“The red carpet sees its fair share of chignons, ponytails and chic up-dos but vintage inspired waves are ever the popular choice amongst the Hollywood glitterati. Tumbling over one shoulder and coupled with a deep side parting, this 20s inspired voluptuous curl works for long hair as well as shorter bobs too. Just secure hair to the side with a decorative pin or use a headband placed over the top of your head, resting across your forehead to show off not only your wonderfully shaped rolls, but also your best side. Finish with a shine spray for lots of appealing gloss” Ian Davidson, owner of the Wow Hair and Beauty salon group in Wolverhampton.
“For a modern twist add Headmasters Salon Experts Big Glam Hair Messed Up Texturiser, it defines and separates hair, keeping layers and face framing pieces in place £5.99 (available exclusively at Tesco’s stores and Headmasters nationwide)” Ollie Blackaby, Art Director, Headmasters
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Charleston Embellished Bando, £15. Accessorize. Silver Diamante Headband, £22.50 from Lemonade at www.lovelemonade.com
Leo Bancroft The Finishing Touch Pearl and Diamante Barrette, RRP £4.50. Tesco.
“Add the final touch to your 1920’s hairstyle with these gorgeous hair accessories.” Bronze Feather Hair Comb Slide, £6. www.hannahmakesthings.com Lulu Strike a Pose Hair Spray, £24 for a set of two. QVC.
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FACT: Last Red Nose Day, people from the West Midlands raised more than £1.7 million and since the last Red Nose Day in 2011, the charity has funded a staggering 214 projects in the region.
The world’s biggest pop band, One Direction, has recorded this year’s official Red Nose Day single, One Way or Another. The single can be purchased from both iTunes for 99p or in Sainsbury’s. This year’s Red Nose Day t-shirts have been designed by none other than Stella McCartney. One Direction and a host of famous faces including Stephen Fry, Fearne Cotton, Miranda Hart and David Walliams have been pictured wearing them. These fashion must-haves are from £9.99 for adults and £5.99 for kids available to buy from TK Maxx nationwide, tkmaxx.com and rednoseday.com.
WHO’S DOING WHAT? Comic Relief has put together a team of celebrity Fun Raisers with one very important mission: to help the nation do something funny for money. Featuring Mary Berry, Jason Donovan, Lenny Henry, Jessie J, Keith Lemon, Miss Piggy and Helen Skelton, this team of celebrities has all the fundraising ideas anyone could ever need to raise stacks of cash this Red Nose Day from baking to selling, dressing up to challenges. Jessie J is whipping off her shiny locks and shaving her hair down to 0.5mm live on the big night to raise lots of ‘money, money, money’ for Red Nose Day and Comic Relief! Surely that’s worth tuning in for? Jessie J said: “Shaving my head for charity is something I’ve promised to do for a long time and Comic Relief has given me the opportunity to try and raise as much money as possible for good causes by doing it. I’ve loved watching Red Nose Day since I was a kid and I’m so excited to join this year’s team of celebrity Fun Raisers and help support the campaign. So this Red Nose Day I’ll be shaving my head live on the night of TV! I won’t deny that I’m nervous but I am also honoured to be part of this year’s campaign. Together with help from the UK public, we are on a mission to raise more money than ever before for Red Nose Day. So come on, let’s do it!” BUYING POWER Stoke-on-Trent’s very own Emma Bridgewater has designed a homeware range including aprons, oven gloves and tea towels for Comic Relief, all available to buy from HomeSense and tkmaxx.com. From £4.99. There are three different Dinosaur Red Noses to choose from this Red Nose Day, all available from Sainsbury’s, Sainsburys.co.uk, Oxfam or rednoseday.com for £1.
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LOVE THY SKIN A beauty regime should be on every ladies (and men’s) list to do in a morning and the most important area to be looking at is the skin of course! A well prepped and looked after face not only means your make-up will sit much better but also using the correct moisturisers and creams instantly turns back the clock when it comes to ageing and gives young skin a lovely healthy glow. Here at Living Jemma McNicholas has scoured the beauty industry for the best skin products…
Bourjois Health Mix Serum Gel Foundation, £10.99. Boots, Superdrug, Asos.com
This foundation from Bourjois is enriched with light-reflecting micro-pigments, perfect for younger skin. The semi-matt finish blends in with the skin colouring and evens skin tone naturally, without thick layers or visible lines, all day long. Blemishes are erased, signs of fatigue wiped out and your face looks well-rested! RATING
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The perfect solution for those still suffering from spots in their adult life. This serum is the first ‘smart’ anti-acne skin treatment that contains a patented form of silver called MicroSilver ™ that specifically seeks out and kills bad skin bacteria while leaving good skin bacteria in-tact. RATING
This face mask from the Along Came Betty range at Tesco is perfect for skin under 30 as it helps to target greasy spot prone areas and purifies the oily t-zone. Simply pop on for 15 minutes and your skin will be silky soft! RATING
Papaya Glycolic Gentle Skin Peel, RRP £14.95. Earth Science. Available from Revital and all good health food stores.
Along Came Betty Detox Mask - Pure Pores, £4.99 Tesco.
Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Line Smoothing Eye Cream, £6.95 Superdrug and Boots.
Palmer’s Line Smoothing Eye Cream is rich in cocoa butter, anti-ageing retinol and peptides, which helps maintain the eye area and targets fine lines and wrinkles. The formula is also enriched with soothing aloe and calming evening primrose oil to protect the sensitive eye area. Best being used twice a day to really see the full effects. RATING
This ultra-rich cream helps to restore suppleness and deeply rehydrates the skin. The advanced formula is both anti-ageing and healing, providing the skin with a sense of comfort and balance. With the correct water balance, the skin is better equipped to resist external stress and will look more youthful and vibrant. Perfect for the long winter days. RATING
Best used with a spray gun this foundation is perfect for a fine, flawless, high performance finish making it ideal for skin under 40’s. It holds a professional quality, without requiring for the need of touch ups throughout your day and goes a long way. It is used on X Factor, Strictly Come Dancing and This Morning. RATING
Thalgo Delicious Comfort Cream, £45 (50ml) www.thalgo.com
A rich yet lightweight cream which instantly hydrates and releases moisture, skin conditioners and nutrients throughout the day. Perfect for skin under 30’s as the face stays smooth and plumped; makeup stays fresh and glowing thanks to a longlasting cushion of humectants and hydrating ingredients. Best used day and night for best results. RATING
This skin peel gently exfoliates, tightens and deep cleans pores without overly drying resulting in smooth glowing skin. Perfect for under 40’s the product contains a unique blend of essential oils, antioxidants and soothing botanicals, completely pH balanced to normalize and maintain skin health. RATING
Bobbi Brown Face Cream, £36. Bobbi Brown.
Silver Serum, £12.95. www.skinshop.co.uk or call 0844 700 9975
Airbase Foundation, £32.95. www.airbasemakeup.com
Advanced Time Zone Age Reversing Line/Wrinkle Creme SPF 15, (50ml) RRP £53. Estee Lauder.
Luxuriously emollient and velvety smooth, this rich creme wraps skin in lasting comfort and is to be applied AM and PM after a repair serum. The moisturiser gives the appearance of “rewinding” skin’s visible signs of ageing, with a revolutionary Tri-HA Cell Signaling Complex™. The collection has now broadened its appeal, by not only addressing “traditional” lines, but also by helping to support skin’s slackening structure for skin that looks firmer, more plumped, re-volumised and radiant. RATING
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No7 Youthful Eye Serum £19.50. Boots.
This is No7’s first ever clinically proven intense eye formula that reduces the appearance of ageing around the eyes in just 4 weeks! Instantly targeting key signs of ageing, the advanced formula smoothes, revitalises and brightens the skin around the eyes using a blend of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and soft focus spheres. For a longer-term solution, No7 Youthful Eye Serum contains an effective fusion of Vitamin A, Cassava and anti-ageing peptides to work day by day to visibly reduce wrinkles, improve skin firmness and reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness in just 4 weeks. RATING
A velvety fluid foundation that gives your complexion the look and feel of flawless younger skin. Pigment technology manipulates light to lift and smooth features and add radiance. Composed of fine layers of Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Silica, these pigments perform four stages of optical magic. They reflect back warm pink to gold tones which give skin radiance. The pigments that sit flat on the skin reflect more pink light to give a healthy glow. While the pigments that sit at an angle in wrinkles or on the shadowy planes of the face reflect more golden light, to lift features and smooth the complexion. RATING
This 24k Gold Collagen mask uses pure mineral gold infused with high-strength natural plant collagen and antioxidants to promote rapid collagen and elastin synthesis to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst firming and hydrating the skin for a lasting youthful glow. When applied to the skin, the ingredients in the Jamela Gold Collagen mask are absorbed into the skin where they immediately start to form a protective layer against free radicals. They instantly react to the skin’s natural chemistry and help to replace the collagen that decreases with age. RATING
Super Restorative Foundation True Lift SPF15 30ml, £34. Clarins.
The Jamela Skin Care 24k Gold Collagen mask £37.50 (5 mask pack) www.Jamelaskincare.co.uk
Fully representing the mature lady, Lulu’s fantastic skin range is the secret weapon in the war against ageing. The Chrysanthellum Extract in this firming cream makes drooping jaw and sagging skin appear firmer and smoother. The plant derived Rumex Occidentalis extract helps lessen discolouration and age spots and also gently plumps & hydrates with rich mix pea extract, abyssinian oil, shea butter, sunflower seed butter. RATING
The Perfect Secret anti-wrinkle serum is a new generation skin serum blending Pepti-Col™ with collagen and aloe vera to deliver immediate results. A viable alternative to invasive injectables, with healing ingredients of aloe and collagen to boost and hydrate while reducing the appearance of ageing naturally. Used every day alongside your daily moisturiser, this product works to reduce lines and wrinkles whilst providing much needed moisture to skin. It also helps prevent the formation of further lines. RATING
Lulu’s Time Bomb Troubleshooter Neck, Jaw and Chest Firming Cream, £33. QVC, timebombco.com, Amazon.
Natio Ageless Advanced Lifting Firming Serum, £15.20. Tesco and Debenhams.
This special treatment serum with Organic Rosehip Oil, Jojoba Oil and Calendula Extracts target fine lines, deeply moisturises and firms the face. Flower and plant essences provides intense moisture and protection from free radical damage to help the skin feel smooth and appear regenerated and radiant. RATING
Perfect Secret Anti-Wrinkle Serum, £39.99. www.perfectsecret.co.uk
DIOR DiorSkin Sculpt-Line-Smoothing Lifting Makeup SPF 20 (30ml), £32.40. www.escentual.com
Exclusive technology grants Diorskin Sculpt Foundation the power to lift and rejuvenate the face. Formulated specifically to resculpt facial contours, smooth the complexion and erase signs of fatigue, this foundation optimizes luminosity and leaves the skin looking younger than ever. RATING
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No Pain=Plenty Of Gain Non-invasive treatments are becoming more popular than ever with quick treatment, quick results and even quicker recovery time than your standard cosmetic operations. Take a look at the treatments proving popular at the moment… 1. LASER HAIR REMOVAL Laser hair removal has proven popular due to its speed and efficiency. Kim Kardashian is said to be a fan. Involving powerful laser lights that destroy the hair. With maximum effect on the targeted tissue, and minimal effect on the surrounding tissue, it is perfect if you simply get fed up of constantly shaving or waxing. Clients may need touch up sessions, (especially on large areas), after the initial set of treatments and ideally to see results you need to have at least 3 treatments. 2. MICRODERMABRASION/CHEMICAL PEELS Non-invasive skin treatments including chemical face peels and microdermabrasion are used as an anti-ageing remedy, whilst also treating acne, sun damage, age spots, fine lines, scars, wrinkles and pigmentation. A chemical peel is a chemical solution applied to the face, designed to remove the outer layer of skin cells causing the skin to peel off and new skin to replace it. Benefits of a skin peel are improvement of the appearance and condition of the skin. With many different types of peels available, it is best to seek advice and undertake a consultation at a qualified salon before undertaking any form of skin peel. Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical method of rejuvenation with a mechanical skin exfoliation using crystals rather than chemicals or a laser. The treatment can be used on the face, chest, back or shoulders and has no down-time. It is a painless procedure however you may feel some discomfort during the treatment.
A session usually lasts between 30 minutes to an hour. Benefits of microdermabrasion are improvement of the tone and texture of the skin as well as encouraging better cellular renewal which reduces signs of ageing. 3. TEETH WHITENING Teeth whitening involves bleaching your teeth, resulting in lightening the existing colour by several shades. Different types of teeth whitening include standard, laser and power treatments, all benefitting from a beautiful smile with hopefully added confidence. If you are thinking of having your teeth brightened, speak to your dentist or another dental professional. 4. BOTOX Botox injections are mainly used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by weakening the facial muscles. However, botox is also used to treat extreme cases of Hyperhidrosis; a form of excessive underarm sweating. Treatment is usually painless and results can be seen within 2 weeks with no downtime needed. Lasting up to 6 months, the benefits are not only a more youthful face but it is said that it can also help to reduce headaches due to the relaxed muscles. There are different types of botox injections and again it is wise to speak to a specialist before undergoing treatment. 5. BODY CONTOURING Body contouring is an ideal solution to the original surgical liposuction, especially with treatments available in local beauty salons throughout Staffordshire-many using powerful radio waves. Again you are advised to have a consultation before undertaking any form of treatment as everyone’s bodies act differently with results being varied in each case. You
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Harley Spencer, Clinical Director of ‘The Harley Skin and Laser Clinic’ in Stoke-on-Trent explains to us about a facial tightening and body contouring treatment, Exilis which uses radio frequency to build new collagen and tighten skin on nearly all areas of the body. "It is easy, painless, and has no downtime, a must have treatment for those who are not quite ready for surgery but want to see excellent results" says Harley, who suggests between 4 and 6 treatments – each session a week to ten days apart to see results. “The machine is equipped with an ultrasound guidance system, so the powerful radio waves can be delivered to exact locations in the dermis (up to four centimetres beneath the surface) for precise lifting and tightening.”
Until recently this treatment was only available in the US – The Harley Skin and Laser Clinic is one of only four clinics in the UK to currently offer this revolutionary treatment. For more information on ‘The Harley Skin and Laser Clinic’ and the Exilis treatment please contact Harley Spencer on 01782 817957 or visit www.harleyskinandlaser.co.uk
will probably need a course of treatments in order to see results. Benefits of having a body contouring treatment are obviously results without having surgery, smoother looking and tighter skin, and hopefully reducing cellulite and inches around the specified area.
TIPS & ADVICE NHS North Staffordshire & South Staffordshire PCT
• Set a date – No Smoking Day on Wednesday 13 March 2013 is a good time to stop with hundreds of thousands of other people. • Get free local help – you’re four times more likely to succeed with help. • Tell your friends and family – get them on board to help you succeed. • Make a list – your reasons for quitting. • Reward yourself – plan some treats with the money you’ll save.
The financial benefits of stopping soon add up.
1 DAY - £7.00
BIN FAGS FOR A WEEK AND TAKE THE KIDS TO THE CINEMA
= two movie rentals = a new lipstick = download a new album
1 WEEK - £49 You don’t have to wait long for the benefits to start once you stop. After... 20 MINUTES
Your blood pressure and pulse return to normal.
Your breathing becomes easier and your energy levels increase.
Carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body and your lungs will have started to clear out the tar that’s been clogging them up.
No nicotine left in your body. Your senses of taste and smell are greatly improved.
= a family cinema trip = a pair of shoes = a meal for two
1 MONTH - £210 = a shopping spree = premiership football tickets = a weekend break
Your circulation improves and exercise can be easier.
1 YEAR - £2,555 3-9 MONTHS
Any coughs, wheezing and breathing problems improve.
= a new kitchen = designer jewellery = a holiday of a lifetime
Figures based on a 20-a-day smoker paying £7.00 per packet of 20 cigarettes.
For more information on the free help and support available call 0345 245 0759 or visit www.staffordshirestopsmoking.co.uk
NO SMOKING DAY 13TH MARCH 2013 FAGS OR SWAG? SMOKERS CHOICE FOR NO SMOKING DAY More than 750,000 smokers are expected to ‘swap fags for swag’ on No Smoking Day. The British Heart Foundation (BHF), which runs the campaign, hopes that by showing smokers the swag-style luxuries they could afford, such as new make-up, designer handbags or the holiday of a lifetime for the cost of their usual cigarettes, smokers will be more likely to try and quit for good. THE FACTS • More than 10 million men and women in the UK smoke * • Around two thirds say they want to quit * • The average smoker will save £7 a day, £49 a week, £210 a month and £2,555 a year if they ditch cigarettes for good; it’s easy to see the potential for some lifestyle indulgencies instead. * Statistics from ASH fact sheet. Facts at a glance - smoking statistics. May 2012.
Doireann Maddock, Senior Cardiac Nurse at the BHF, said: “All women love a little luxury, but if you smoke, you probably can’t afford to treat yourself. That’s why we’re asking women to ‘swap fags for swag’ on No Smoking Day and think about what else they might prefer to spend their money on.” “Whether it’s a new pair of shoes, a trip to the spa or a complete house makeover, the financial gain from quitting is one of the biggest motivating factors for anyone who wants to kick the habit for good. But whether it’s your health or wealth that’s the incentive, we’re here to help and support you at every turn.” RAISING AWARENESS Last year No Smoking Day helped more than 760,000 people quit smoking and inspired another 1.5 million to seek out information to help them quit in future. This year we are asking people to publicise their involvement on social media – on the BHF’s facebook page or on Twitter by using the hashtag #NoSmokingDay or #WeQuit. Smokers who wish to get more information and advice on how to quite can visit www.wequit.co.uk or call 0800 434 6677.
HEALTH DATES FOR YOUR DIARY WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY 2ND APRIL 2013 Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities. You should keep in mind however, that autism is a spectrum disorder and it affects each individual differently and at varying degrees - this is why early diagnosis is so crucial. By learning the signs, a child can begin benefiting from one of the many specialized intervention programs. THE FACTS • Over half a million people in the UK suffer from Autism. • Two children, both with the same diagnosis, can act completely different from one another and have varying capabilities. • Children with autism can learn and function normally and show improvement with appropriate treatment and education. • Autism doesn’t just affect children, adults can be diagnosed too. Every person with autism is an individual, and like all individuals, has a unique personality and combination of characteristics. Some individuals mildly affected may exhibit only slight delays in language and greater challenges with social interactions. They may have difficulty initiating and/or maintaining a conversation. Their communication is often described as talking at others instead of to them. People with autism also process and respond to information in unique ways. In some cases, aggressive and/or self-injurious behaviour may be present.
Persons with autism may also exhibit some of the following traits: • Insistence on sameness; resistance to change • Difficulty in expressing needs, using gestures or pointing instead of words • Repeating words or phrases in place of normal, responsive language • Laughing (and/or crying) for no apparent reason showing distress for reasons not apparent to others • Preference to being alone; aloof manner • Tantrums • Difficulty in mixing with others • Not wanting to cuddle or be cuddled • Little or no eye contact • Unresponsive to normal teaching methods • Sustained odd play • Spinning objects • Obsessive attachment to objects • Apparent over-sensitivity or under-sensitivity to pain • No real fears of danger • Noticeable physical over-activity or extreme under-activity • Uneven gross fine motor skills • Non responsive to verbal cues; acts as if deaf, although hearing tests in normal range. SAAS (Staffordshire Adults Autistic Society) Helpline is open Monday- Friday, 11am until 4pm. Please call (01782) 617088 for more information on Autism and ways you can get involved with fundraising.
PARKINSON’S AWARENESS WEEK MONDAY 15TH APRIL - SUNDAY 21ST APRIL 2013 During Parkinson’s Awareness Week, Parkinson’s UK raises awareness of the impact Parkinson’s has on people’s lives, and asks people to join the charity in its mission to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. The charity promotes all the different ways that people can get involved - in research studies, in fundraising, in campaigning, in its professionals network and supporting its 330 local groups. THE FACTS • Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. • One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK. • Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. One in 20 is diagnosed under the age of 40. • Up to 7 million people in the UK are touched by Parkinson’s in some way.
ABOUT PARKINSON’S UK Parkinson’s UK bring people diagnosed with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via a network of local groups, website and free confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s. As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity they are leading the work to find a cure, and are closer than ever. The work is totally dependent on donations. Help Parkinson’s UK to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s UK calls upon the public to join or sign up online to find out more whether they have a connection to Parkinson’s or not. www.parkinsons.org.uk/joinus. Visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call the free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.
PROSTATE CANCER AWARENESS MONTH MARCH 2013 Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in UK men. But more men than ever before are beating the disease and Cancer Research UK are at the heart of this progress. THE FACTS • Each year around 40,800 men are diagnosed with the disease in the UK • That’s a new case every 13 minutes • It claims more than 10,000 lives • It is the second most common cause of cancer death in UK men after lung cancer WHAT COULD AFFECT YOUR RISK? Age The risk of prostate cancer increases as men get older. Around nine out of ten cases are in men over the age of 60. Family history A man’s risk is greater if a close relative – a father, brother, or son – has had the disease, especially if they were diagnosed before the age of 60. Ethnicity Prostate cancer is more common in black men. The lowest rates of the disease are seen in South Asian men. HOW IS PROSTATE CANCER TREATED? The most appropriate treatment depends on the patient’s situation, for example how early their cancer was diagnosed and whether it has spread beyond the prostate. Treatment options include surgery, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. The disease can be slow growing, so some men may choose not to be treated or to be monitored rather than having treatment straight away. ‘Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, our research is transforming our understanding of prostate cancer and how best to beat it.’ Dr Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive Cancer Research UK For more information about prostate cancer or for fundraising packs and ideas visit www.cancerresearchuk.org or follow on Twitter @CR_UK
The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust For Staffordshire and South Cheshire
CHILDREN’S HOSPICE WEEK FRIDAY 26TH APRIL - FRIDAY 3RD MAY 2013 Be a superhero and help raise money for local children and their families at Staffordshire Living’s chosen charity The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.
Reg Charity No. 1075597
The Trentham-based Hospice is looking for superhero fundraisers to take part in Children’s Hospice Week, which runs from 26th April to 3rd May. There will be a range of events to give everyone the chance to be a superhero and help the charity raise the £2.5M it needs just to cover its annual running costs. People can be sponsored to dress up as their favourite superhero, either in full costume or a t-shirt and face mask, or sponsor a friend or colleague to be a hero for a day. The challenge is on for people to make every moment count by being a hero for an hour by volunteering or donating an hour’s wages as well as raising as much money as possible in just 60 minutes. One of the most popular events are the coffee and cake mornings. The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice want to hear from people who can put the kettle on and invite a few friends round to join them for a cuppa and raise money. For the more energetic, there is also the chance to take part in The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice 10K and 5K Family Fun Run at Trentham Gardens on Sunday 12th May. For more information go to www.donnalouisetrust.org or call The Fundraising Team on 01782 654444 with your superhero fundraising idea or event.
WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON? MARCH 2013 1st–31st March 2013 Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month www.ovarian.org.uk 4th March 2013 Endometriosis Awareness Month www.endometriosis-uk.org 14th March 2013 World Kidney Day www.worldkidneyday.org 18th March 2013 Down’s Syndrome Awareness Week www.worlddownsyndromeday.org
APRIL 2013 1st-30th April 2013 International IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Awareness Month www.aboutibs.org 1st-30th April 2013 Bowel Cancer Awareness Month www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk 22nd-28th April 2013 Allergy Awareness Week www.allergyuk.org 22nd-28th April 2013 National Stop Snoring Week www.britishsnoring.co.uk
PEOPLE & PLACES
A bedroom in the Old Hall at Crewe Hall
THIS EDITION: SPA BREAKS MOTHERS DAY NORTH WALES LOCAL EVENTS CAREERS
TAKING A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE
North Wales takes us back to childhood, where we spent many a weekend and holiday camping or taking the caravan and parking up in some family run campsite with the most spectacular views. Oh how times have changed, now we’re all far more concerned to hear if the hotel has a swim up bar! So, we’ve made a vow to strip it all back and go back to enjoying the simpler things in life, meaning we’re looking towards North Wales.
BETWS-Y-COED (Bet-see-coyd) The bustling village of Betws-y-Coed, located amongst the tree clad hills of the Gwydir Forest in the Snowdonia National Park has been a popular destination since Victorian times. The village is situated on the Conwy Valley Railway line which runs from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog and at the Railway Station visitors will find the Conwy Valley Railway Museum.
TOWN’S AND VILLAGES: LIVING’S TOP 3
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HOLYHEAD (holly-head) At first glance Holyhead, the largest town on Anglesey, can be summed up as a busy ferry port (the port of Holyhead is the busiest UK Irish ferry port) but there is more to the town than that. It has a range of shops, eating places, an arts centre, an impressive 500 berth marina and a wealth of historic sites. Outside the town itself coastal cliffs and award winning beaches are an added attraction.
14th Century church of St Michael’s and St Mary’s (where male voice choirs perform on Sunday evenings in the summer), a National Park Visitor Centre, a range of shops selling quality crafts, clothing and outdoor gear and Tree Top Adventures - a high ropes course. The beauty of the area is enhanced by cascading waterfalls including the famous Swallow Falls and Conwy Falls, the enchanting gorge of the Fairy Glen and hill-top lakes such as Elsi, Crafnant and Geirionydd. PORTHMADOG (port-ma-doc) Porthmadog is a busy harbour town with a range of shops and attractions. Ride on three narrow-gauge railways - the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway (Porthmadog), the Welsh Highland Railway (Porthmadog to Caernarfon) and the Ffestiniog Railway which runs through the Snowdonia National park to the slate town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. At Blaenau Ffestiniog visit Llechwedd Slate Caverns and see how slate was extracted and processed and learn about the lives of the miners who once worked there. Two miles away at Morfa Bychan is Black Rock Sands, a popular wide sandy beach where it’s possible to drive right onto the beach - a favourite with wind-surfers and kite buggy enthusiasts.
The new bridge at Holyhead
The award-winning Ucheldre Arts Centre, housed in an impressive old chapel hosts exhibitions, craft displays and a lively programme of arts and theatre workshops and performances. Visit South Stack Lighthouse, the only attraction of its kind in Wales, accessed via a bridge and a steep flight of approximately 400 steps. Built in 1809, it was automated in 1984 and closed to the public. It reopened in 1998 and has a visitor centre and a cafe. There are excellent beach and coastal walks at Penrhos Coastal Park and Breakwater Country Park. These parks, together with the RSPB visitor centre in Elin’s Tower and South Stack, are popular birdwatching centres. Summer is peak season, when you can expect to see Guillemot, Chough, Grebe, Puffin and Peregrine Falcon. To find more on the towns and villages in North Wales and to discover your own Top 3, visit the North Wales Tourism website at www. gonorthwales.co.uk
WHAT TO SEE AND DO: LIVING’S TOP 3 Mostyn Art Gallery, Llandudno – Wales’ leading gallery of contemporary art set in the strikingly beautiful seaside town of Llandudno. Designed by architect Dominic Williams, Mostyn’s five galleries present varied and exciting exhibitions showcasing contemporary art from home grown talent as well as showing the most interesting internationally made art. The gallery also has a diverse and exciting activities programme aimed at local school, college and youth groups as well as individual learners. For a tasty treat while you ponder the art work, Mostyn has a lovely cafe serving main dishes and coffee and cakes. Admission free www.mostyn.org Zip World, Snowdonia – Launching in March 2013, Zip World will be the longest zip line in the Northern Hemisphere, running over the historic Penrhyn Quarry and reaching speeds of up to 75mph. Using the latest technology and state of the art equipment, Zip World will enable you to unleash your inner superman and fly down the zip line on your front with a partner flying alongside with you. Prices start from £45 per adult and £36 per child (minimum age of 7 years old) www.zipworld.co.uk
PLAS RHIANFA Overlooking the Menai Strait and towering peaks of Snowdonia, Plas Rhianfa was designed in the French Loire Valley style and offers 16 bedrooms in the main house and 5 additional bedroom suites in the neighbouring Coach House and Gate House. Spectacularly luxurious, your stay at Plas Rhianfa will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. All of the rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi access, plus use of the hottub, wine cellar, games rooms, bars and unrestricted access to the grounds. There are also two stunning cottages available for self-catered accommodation too. Plas Rhianfa is the perfect base for those who wish to experience the wonders of Snowdonia National Park with spectacular walking trails such as Snowdon, the Glyders, and the Carneddau. Spring Special: until 31st March 2013, take advantage of their Spring Sale where from £130 (classic double room) guests receive a 3 course dinner, luxury accommodation, a Welsh breakfast and full use of all facilities (upgrades available). For more details on Plas Rhianfa or to book your stay call 01494 682682, or visit www.plasrhianfa.com.
Anglesey Sea Zoo, Anglesey – The perfect all weather family attraction not only gives you a chance to see the marine life, but they have opportunities to see the daily talks and feeds with the zoo keepers and play in the many interactive areas throughout. Anglesey Sea Zoo offers a chance for kids to have fun while learning, with a number of seasonal events running throughout the year. Prices start from £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for children (ages 3+) www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com/attractions/family-fun/anglesey-sea-zoo
LUXURY IN THE HILLS: LIVING’S TOP 3 When we think of a luxury hotel break, North Wales isn’t always the first place that springs to mind being synonymous with camping and caravan holidays. But what if we said we could change your mind about that? Trust us… RUTHIN CASTLE HOTEL AND THE MOAT SPA Nestled in stunning parkland, Ruthin Castle is a royal Welsh gem steeped in medieval history and known to be one of the most romantic hotels in the UK. Originally built in 1277-1282 for King Edward 1, the 59 four star bedrooms offer decadent, spacious luxury accommodation whilst also being the only rooms in Wales where you can sleep within the ancient walls of an Edward I Castle. To cater for all your health and wellbeing needs, ‘The Moat’ a stunning indoor/outdoor spa is based on an innovative concept that incorporates an outdoor woodland area which is linked to the castle’s rustic interior. From special ‘Royal Romance’ getaways for couples to the ‘World Heritage Castle Break’ for visitors interested in its fascinating history, Ruthin Castle offers a wide range of packages. Accommodation from £99, based on two adults in a double or twin room. For more details on Ruthin Castle Hotel and The Moat Spa or to book your stay call 01824 702664 or visit www.ruthincastle.co.uk
BODYSGALLEN HALL & SPA Bodysgallen Hall & Spa is a delightful country house hotel situated in 200 acres of wooded parkland on a hill above the Victorian seaside town of Llandudno. With 13th-century origins, the Main Hall enjoys magnificent views of Conwy Castle and the mountains of Snowdonia. The hotel has two restaurants, The Dining Room, which holds 3AA Rosettes, and a bistro called 1620, named after the oldest build-date of the Main Hall. Whilst Bodysgallen’s Spa has a magnificent 50-foot swimming pool, five treatment rooms, a relaxation room, whirlpool spa bath, steam room and sauna. A two-night Great British Break costs from £199.13 based on 2 people sharing and includes unlimited use of the spa, pool and gym. Dinner must be taken at the hotel on one of the nights and the offer is valid from Sunday – Wednesday until the end of March 2013. For more details on Bodysgallen Hall & Spa or to book your stay call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929, or visit www.prideofbritainhotels.com.
Welcome to Treborth! At Treborth Leisure we want to welcome you to a beautiful part of Wales, and we believe we have everything you need to make the most of your holiday. Whether it’s self-catering or caravanning and camping, we have the space and facilities to make your stay a memorable one. And if you like golfing or fishing, we allow you to indulge yourself onsite, with a superb golfing range and a well-stocked trout lake on our grounds. We look forward to seeing you at Treborth for your next holiday! Treborth Leisure Ltd, The Old Barn, Treborth Hall Farm, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 2RX
Telephone: (+44) 01248-364399 Fax :(+44) 01248-364333 Email:enquiries@ treborthleisure.co.uk www.treborthleisure.co.uk
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Telford Hotel and Golf Resort Ironbridge, Shropshire
Telford Hotel and Golf Resort Spa is the place to come for all your beauty and spa needs, open 7 days a week. We offer a wide selection of facial, body and massage treatments from SpaFind, along with Jessica manicure, pedicures and GELeration gel polish. We also offer all your beauty treatments such as waxing, tinting, brows and more.
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Great deals at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa
The moment you drive through the archway onto The Mere Resort’s grounds, you will feel transported to a lush haven of relaxation, secluded from the noise and stress of everyday life. Perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day giving you a chance to escape for a much needed girly weekend away. Situated in acres of stunning Cheshire parkland outside of Manchester, The Mere’s Health Club and Spa offers everything you need to unwind, from a world-class workout area and stunning pool & thermal zone, Health Club, to a wide selection of premier spa treatments including purifying facials & skincare rituals, deeply relaxing massages and body treatments. For just £180 per room, you can enjoy The Mere Resort and Spa’s Mother’s Day Package which includes overnight accommodation in one of the club rooms, full English breakfast, a 3 course dinner in Browns restaurant, a gorgeous bouquet of flowers in the room, full use of the spa facilities and 20% off pre booked treatments. For more information or to book, contact The Mere Golf Resort and Spa on 01565 830155 or visit www.themereresort.co.uk
Spoil her this Mother’s Day Is it just us or is everyone feeling the stress at the moment? Wouldn’t it be absolutely perfect to get away from it all and reside in complete relaxation? Mother’s Day is the perfection opportunity for a girly spa break, where you can leave behind your everyday lifestyles and let everyone else do the work around you.
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Forget the usual stresses of scouring the shops for that special gift or cooking a Mothering Sunday Lunch! This year Moddershall Oaks, a country spa retreat in the heart of rural Staffordshire, has launched its gorgeously fragranced Rose and Raspberry Full Body Massage. This indulgent massage uses natural essential oils taken fresh from the petals of the beautiful Rose flower. One of the oldest and most renowned oils it has numerous benefits to the skin and overall wellbeing. Rich in vitamins A, C and E this oil is perfect for sensitive, dry, and aging skin. Rose oil also acts as a mood booster to leave mum feeling top of the world! From just £76.50pp (10% off) throughout March, treat mum to a Rose and Raspberry Massage Spa Day and enjoy a welcome drink, a sumptuous two course lunch in the award-winning 5* lakeside restaurant, full use of facilities and a Rose and Raspberry Massage. Upgrade to an overnight spa break from £50pp including all of the above, a sumptuous dinner, a stay in a five star spa suite with private hot tub and delicious breakfast. For more information or to book, contact Moddershall Oaks on 01782 399000 or visit www.moddershalloaks.co.uk
Not convinced? You can easily try one of these out for size… Does she love Clarins products? You could choose this spa package from Ragdale Hall – the Clarins Mother and Daughter Day. £209 Mon – Thurs, £249 Fri, Sat & Sun for the both of you including Clarins Serenity Facial, 3 course lunch, a beauty gift, skincare consultations and full use of all the Hall’s services and facilities! Valid until the end of September 2013. To book call, 01664 433000.
Is your mum not afraid of adventure? Is she more likely to bomb into a swimming pool than relax in it? Tailor your Mother’s Day present to her needs and decide to go ape instead at Go Ape! Tree Top Adventure in Cannock! Swing through the forest on zip wires, climb tree-top ladders and fly through the air on Tarzan Swings whilst safely attached to a harness. Prices for adults start from £30.
Bring relaxation to your mum instead as Yankee Candle® has created the perfect gift for Mother’s Day - the Fragrance Mixology Votive Gift Sets which will create a very personal home ambience. The enchanting gift sets are presented in a beautifully designed soft pink and green keepsake gift box. Available for a limited time only for £15.99 at Yankee Candle stores in Staffordshire.
Does your mum just love to bake? It’s time to take her out of the kitchen and offer her some indulgence by bringing the cake to her instead with a treat of Afternoon Tea at Netherstowe House. But not just any Afternoon Tea… give it a special twist with one of their themed affairs such as Chocolate Indulgence, Fashionista, Mad Hatter or Vintage Afternoon Teas all at £19.95pp. Call 01543 254270 to book.
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A GRAND AFFAIR Staffordshire Living’s Jemma McNicholas was invited to QHotel’s Crewe Hall with her mum to celebrate Mother’s Day...
WELCOME TO CREWE HALL Heading down the long drive a grand building stood before us…excited was not the word! In fact I felt like we were driving up to Buckingham Palace. Approaching the large iron gates we immediately parked and stepped into Crewe Hall. Surrounded by beautiful historic architecture and character, the reception area was large with a huge marble fireplace. ROOM FOR A PRINCESS Opening the door of our feature room, mum and I took a huge gasp not only at the sheer size and individual design but the elegant Jacobean decor, the antique furniture and again another striking fireplace that stood before us. A huge bay window overlooked the primed gardens and impressive draped curtains hung over the bed. I often wondered what it would be like to be a princess and I had a feeling I would definitely feel like one that evening.
A bedroom in the Old Hall at Crewe Hall MORE TEA MADAM? After settling into our room we had a booking for Afternoon Tea and expectations were going to be high due to Crewe Hall recently being named by the AA as one of the top ten places in the UK to enjoy this afternoon delight. Back in the Reception Hall we opened the huge oak doors leading us into the Sheridan Room, screaming opulence with oak, gold and rich blue colouring, a magnificently decorated ceiling and plenty of comfy seating. When seated our waiter greeted us by showcasing a leather case full of the tea leaves on offer, from original black tea to fruit teas and oriental pickings in little glass jars looking like Pandora’s Box of delights! To carry on the festivities and tea picked, the waiter surprised us with a timer explaining the tea would need 4 minutes to brew. Becoming quite the connoisseur when it comes to Afternoon Tea I must admit I had never experienced this before. Not only individual and fun but great to really appreciate the tea on offer. Following our lesson a quant traditional stand full of succulent delights including black forest gateau, nutmeg and custard tart, traditional clotted cream with fruit and plain scones and sandwiches were brought to us. The plates looked charming and not too filling and I couldn’t wait to delve in. Expectations were definitely met and I can’t wait to book up again!
The Spa at Crewe Hall A CONTEMPORARY HAVEN Walking through the grand building to the spa we suddenly stepped into a modern era through a glass corridor; a complete contrast to what we had already experienced. Greeted by our masseurs, mum and I were taken into separate treatment rooms, I had opted for the ‘Fit For Business’ ritual which included a back massage and exfoliation treatment with mud pack, lower leg and foot massage plus a shoulder and neck massage. 50 minutes of pure indulgence released some of my tension built up over work pressures and I slowly slipped away into heaven. Mum had decided upon the ‘All Over Fresh and Revitalise’ ritual including foot soak with gentle exfoliation, warm boots applied to the feet, a neck, scalp and shoulder massage along with an arm and hand massage. We were quick to tell each other about our experience and how tranquil we both felt as we headed into the pool area which boasts pool, Jacuzzi, steam and sauna room. The pool is surrounded with loungers if you prefer to simply take some downtime, whilst we opted for a splash in the pool and then a gossip in the Jacuzzi. FOOD FIT FOR A KING Our meal for the evening was to be taken in the Brasserie situated in the contemporary wing along with a cosy bar perfect for a nightcap. When cocktails are on offer I simply can’t refuse so I happily ordered one of my favourites ‘Strawberry Daiquiri’. There was also the added bonus of a rotating bar…quite special! Whilst sipping on our cocktails we were shown the food menu which had the usual mix of steak, fish dishes & veg options.
Taken to our table we ordered a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate our weekend in style. For starters I had chosen the Thai Style Crab Fishcake accompanied with a chilli jam whilst my mum was quick to finish her staple of Chicken Caesar salad. The staff were extremely attentive, often checking we were relishing our experience and regularly topping up our glasses. Plates cleared our main courses arrived, I couldn’t wait to tuck into my Salt Crusted Lamb Shank and it didn’t disappoint flaking away as expected. Mum was obviously on a health kick as she had chosen the Pan Fried Fillet of Salmon that looked divine with unique black truffle potatoes that accompanied. Full but not overstuffed we opted for desserts. My favourite chocolate brownie had to be the choice especially as it came with caramel ice cream…heaven! Chocolate and Orange Tart was mum’s choice. RISE AND SHINE After what was one of the most comfortable sleeps I have ever had away from home (due to the super soft pillows!) we had to finish our stay with a full English breakfast of course, and the buffet style meant we could pile on as much as our hearts desired! Reflecting upon our experience at QHotel’s Crewe Hall I have to say if you book a stay here you really need to take the time to learn about the fascinating history and character of the building. It is the ideal place for all ages due to the old vs new buildings and a visit to the Sheridan Lounge for Afternoon Tea should be on everybody’s to do list. Crewe Hall, Weston Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 6UZ Tel: 01270 253333 Fax: 01270 253322 Overnight Rates at Crewe Hall start at £99 Bed & Breakfast based on two people sharing. Afternoon Tea at QHotel’s Crewe Hall starts from £20.50 per person. www.QHotels.co.uk/crewehall
DID YOU KNOW? - The oldest part of the building is a stone fireplace situated in The Ranulph Parlour and is around 847 years old. - The Hall was used as a POW camp during the English Civil War (1642-1651). -The building was restored in 1870 , the size of the Hall was doubled and the Quadrangle stables were added. - In 1955 Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip visited Crewe Hall. - In 1999 previous owners Mr Philip Humphreys and Glyn Newman turned Crewe Hall into a hotel with 26 bedrooms in the Old part and built a modern wing hosting the Brasserie and 28 modern bedrooms. - In 2006 QHotels bought Crewe Hall, who in 2007 added a further 63 bedrooms as well as a leisure, spa and conference events centre. - The Sheridan Lounge was the dining room for the main hall - The Long Gallery is the largest room in the house and in Jacobean times was used for games, dancing and winter time exercises.
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Desire… Let The Mailbox help you look and feel your best this spring. Fitter, Faster Bootcamp and Fatburn classes run by specialist trainers Ignite Health and Performance will boost your energy, and if you sign up for a 30-day programme, you can enjoy tailored diet advice and online videos and blogs too. To book: mailboxlife.com/getfit Time for a new season look? Pamper yourself with the Style and Colour Director’s service at Nicky Clarke, with Champagne, a luxury conditioning treatment and head massage, any colour service of our choice and a new cut, style and finish, plus goodies to take home.
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Choosing your caravan… Once you have chosen a caravan park that best suits you, next comes finding your perfect caravan. Once again, Lloyds Caravans and Roy Kellett Caravans can help! We sell new and pre owned caravans from a huge range of manufacturers, so have something to suit everyone and can also help if you have a fixed budget. We also have on display EXCLUSIVE models too, which are defiantly worth a look!
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You can also visit Lloyds Caravans’ at www.lloydscaravans.co.uk or call 01745 832050, or visit a showground in Pensarn or Talacre.
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After listening to your feedback, we realised you wanted to know more about what was going on in and around Staffordshire in the upcoming months to pencil into your diaries. And we’ve listened! This article is dedicated to showing all you gorgeous readers the events, days out, shows, promotions and activities happening in our area in the months of March and April. With Easter around the corner there is surely something to take your fancy…
SUN 3RD MAR CRAFT FAIR WHERE: Gladstone Pottery Museum TIME: 10am – 3pm Browse unique gifts handmade by local producers. SUN 10TH MAR MUMS GO FOR FREE! WHERE: Trentham Gardens There will be free entry for all mums into Trentham Gardens when accompanied by a full paying guest. For further information visit www.trentham.co.uk
SAT 16TH MAR CSI RELOADED: THE STAFFORDSHIRE HOARD WHERE: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery TIME: 10.30am – 4pm Discover the science behind the Staffordshire Hoard with students from Staffordshire and Keele University Forensic Departments. Pan for gold, see gemstones up close, find buried treasure using the latest technology and much more.
SUN 24TH MAR MUSIC AFTERNOON WHERE: Ford Green Hall TIME: 1pm - 4pm Live 60s music all afternoon at Ford Green Hall.
SUN 16TH MAR NEW RIDE: THE SMILER WHERE: Alton Towers In Spring 2013, Alton Towers Resort will launch its biggest ever rollercoaster – The Smiler. The first of its kind in the world, The Smiler will be the biggest ever investment for a ride at the Resort. The Smiler is an all-knowing controlling force that will make riders compliant until they become a smiling advocate. Whilst many of the details are still a closely guarded secret, here are a few exclusive facts: • Highest drop – 30m • Maximum speed – approx 85km/hr which is 10km/ hr faster than Air • Track length – 1,170m. This is 3x the length of Oblivion • Ride time – 165 seconds which is 3x the ride time of Rita • Passengers per ride train – 16 (4x rows of 4) • Minimum rider height – 1.4m • Location – X Sector, on the site of the old Black Hole ride • Investment for the Resort - £18m To keep up with all the latest news on The Smiler, visit www.altontowers.com/thesmiler
Sat 23RD Mar CHRIS & PUI ROADSHOW WHERE: Lichfield Garrick TIME: 11am and 2pm PRICE: £10.75 for adults, £6.75 for children See Chris and Pui from Show Me Show Me live on stage! CBeebies’ favourite double act is bringing songs, rhymes, comedy sketches and lots of joining in for all the family. See Incy, Humpty, the Grand Old Duke and - “oh my woolly word!” - Little Bo Peep and many other of your favourite characters live on stage. You are invited to bring your teddies or favourite character toys but please hang on to them! Sing, laugh and join in with Chris and Pui. To book call Lichfield Garrick Box Office on 01543 412121 or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com Sat 23RD Mar - Wed 10TH Apr BEACON PARK EASTER TRAIL WHERE: Beacon Park, Lichfield Children are invited to have some puzzle fun over Easter. Pick up your trail map for £1 from the Ranger Station (next to the crazy golf course), solve the puzzles and claim your small prize. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
SUN 24TH MAR TEA GOWNS AND TEA TIME WHERE: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery TIME: 2pm PRICE: Adults £7, Concessions £5. (Includes hot drink and slice of homemade cake) Lucy Adlington of the History Wardrobe invites you to celebrate the 1930’s with sensational fashions and simply super snippets of gossip about Kings, costumes and cake recipes.
FRI 29TH MAR – MON 1ST APR EASTER FUN AND EGG DANCING WHERE: Blists Hill Victorian Town TIME: 10am - 5pm Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the Bank holiday weekend. A highlight will be the unusual pastime of egg dancing - once blindfolded, the townsfolk will dance across the street without stepping on eggs that are carefully placed along their route. Visitors are invited to have-a-go with mini Easter eggs and lollies as rewards for all who complete the course! Families should go wearing their best Easter Bonnets, as the Town’s Milliner will be judging the finest creations at 2pm in the Pleasure Gardens. For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.
FRI 29TH MAR – SUN 14TH APR CARRIAGE AND PONY RIDES WHERE: Trentham Gardens TIME: 11am - 5pm PRICE: Carriage rides are £3.50pp, Pony rides at £3pp. Take a carriage or pony ride around the stunning parkland at Trentham Gardens. The prices stated are in addition to Garden admission. For further information visit www.trentham.co.uk
Jack is in love with Gwendolen. Algernon is in love with Cecily. But when an identity crisis spirals out of control, the previously separate worlds of town and country collide and delicious mayhem ensues. Thoughts of marriage and a happy ending must be put on hold until the formidable Lady Bracknell can be convinced that the young men are worthy suitors. To book your tickets call the Box Office on 01782 717962
Racing through Europe, Asia and America, they jump from train to boat to elephant and back again, pausing only to save a beautiful Indian Princess from certain death and to battle bandits, buffalo, winter storms and Scotland Yard. Will they make it back to London in time? Or will a world of trouble mean that the bet is lost? And, having seen the whole world, can Fogg find his own heart? To book your tickets call the Box Office on 01782 717962
FRI 29TH MAR – MON 1ST APR RSPB WHERE: Trentham Gardens TIME: 10.30am - 3.30pm Join the RSPB and help make a nest box to take home for your feathered friends! You’ll get advice on where best to place your nest box and about other ways you can ‘step up for nature’ at home. Included in Garden admission. For further information visit www.trentham.co.uk SUN 31ST MAR – MON 1ST APR VICTORIAN HOUSEHOLD LIVING HISTORY WHERE: Tamworth Castle TIME: 11.30am - 4pm PRICE: Adult £7. OAP/Concessions £6, Child 5+ £4.50, Child 2-4 years £1.50, Child under 2 Years Free. Family Ticket £21. Step back in time and see the Victorian Housekeeper set her servants to task and keep order with the footmen and housemaids. Lots to see and do as you help the servants with their daily chores.
SAT 6TH APR – SUN 7TH APR STAFFORDSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST WHERE: Trentham Gardens TIME: 11am - 4pm Join Staffordshire Wildlife Trust at Trentham Gardens and take part in a variety of activities including natural inspired crafts, bug hunts, nature trails and scavenger hunts! Included in Garden admission. For further information visit www.trentham.co.uk TUES 9TH APR TODDLER TUESDAY WHERE: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery TIME: 10.15am - 11.15am PRICE: £1 Explore the museum’s collections, make an Easter hat to take home and parents and children can enjoy a story time together provided by a librarian from Stokeon-Trent Libraries.
SAT 1ST APR – SUN 15TH APR SPRING ANIMALS EASTER POTTERY PAINTING WHERE: Gladstone Pottery Museum PRICE: From £1, plus admission charges. Decorate an animal to take home with you. WED 3RD APR – SAT 13TH APR THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST WHERE: New Vic Theatre PRICE: £12 - £21 Oscar Wilde’s theatrical masterpiece is one of the greatest comedies in the English Language. Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance – The Importance of Being Earnest has it all.
WED 10TH APR ALICE IN WONDERLAND DAY WHERE: The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery TIME: 10.30am - 4pm Join the magical story of Alice in Wonderland as scenes unfold around the museum. Chase the White Rabbit, have tea with the Mad Hatter and play croquet with the Queen (although you won’t win!). FRI 19TH APR – SAT 11TH MAY AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS WHERE: New Vic Theatre PRICE: £12 - £21 Precise, stiff, starched and very, very English, wealthy bachelor Phileas Fogg wagers that he can circumnavigate the globe in precisely 80 days. With his entire fortune on the line, he leaves London with just his wily manservant, £20,000 in banknotes, a change of clothing and his trusty precision pocket watch.
SAT 20TH APR ST GEORGE’S DAY MAGNIFICENT MEDIEVAL RE-ENACTMENT WHERE: Tamworth Caste TIME: 11.30am - 4pm PRICE: *Special Admission Prices* Less than Half Price! Adult £3, Child 5+ £2, Child 2-4 years 50p. Help to celebrate the completion of Tamworth castle’s Heritage Lottery Funded Project and St George’s Day with the opening of the new Medieval displays in the Castle Keep. It’s a fun-packed day with Living History re-enactments in the Castle and around the grounds, with have- a-go archery, pottery making and other hands-on activities for kids. See the Medieval Falconer and marvel at the Knights tournament and joust with demonstrations of armour and period weapons. TUES 23RD APR – SUN 28TH APR MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS WHERE: Shugborough Estate The Moscow State Circus brings its latest & most spectacular show to date, Park Gorkogo to the Shugborough Estate this spring. Superstar Clowns Splendid Pavlik & Klava invite the audience to this wondrous & mysterious place, a place to romance, a place to stroll & take in Moscow at sunset & a place to see magnificent feats of human achievement, in many case’s that have never before been witnessed in Great Britain. For more information visit www.shugborough.org.uk
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Social media seems to be integrated into all of our lives somehow these days, there is no getting away from it, whether that be through a night out with friends and the pictures plastered all over the internet the next day or even by entering a competition exclusive to a company’s ‘followers’. But what we’re asking here is can the powers of social media really help to promote yourself and attract a potential employer, or do quite the opposite and damage your career? We think there are arguments for both which means how you are being perceived online needs careful consideration when you are carelessly posting up exactly what’s on your mind at the time – however menial or genius.
Having boomed over the past few years, it is easy as to see why you can begin to damage working relationships through measly comments posted up. Everyone and their dog have a profile in some form now, so your boss who you think of as being ancient and slightly ‘behind the times’ has some sort of profile or at the very least access to you. We think the first thing to do is not trust anyone, the majority of your ‘friends’ can merely be acquaintances and would probably half the time just walk past you in the street with only a brief hello. So don’t put your trust in these people who can see your views. We’ve recognised four different types of social media users, those of which you’ll all be far too familiar with. The Attention Seeker – There are some people amongst us who crave attention. Oh we can all admit we love a bit every now and again, but when it comes to posting how depressing your life is, or how unwell you are or the fact you’re searching for ‘a bit more luck’ then it’s time to get a grip. The Everything – not to be confused with the Attention Seeker, this person quite literally posts anything and everything up. No we don’t need to know your little boy has thrown up everywhere, and we aren’t bothered if you’re visiting your Nan this weekend. The Dormant – A profile that lays empty and unused is as good as no profile. They joined just because ‘all of their friends’ did at the time, but have since not touched it leaving their profile photo as the generic start up image. Snore. The Socialite – They are loving life for sure, but don’t we know it. Shoving it in your face with their thousands of photos and constantly updated statuses whilst even on a night out is slightly sad. Surely they’re not having that much of a good time if they have time to update their status? If you fall into one of these brackets then you may need to rethink your strategies and accounts, especially if you are currently looking for a job. No matter how much they deny, potential employers will always be tempted to use the powers of social media to search for you ahead of an interview to gage as to whether you would happily slot into the company. So as they say first impressions count, which in this case happen before you’ve even met!
Now is the perfect time to rework your profile on all channels and instead of purely using for a bit of fun with friends, mix it up with plenty of self-promotion in there too. Drunken photos from last weekend are all well and good (everyone is entitled to a fun night out) as long as there is no evidence of you making a complete fool of yourself or acting in a rude manor. What you get up to on a night out is none of our business, but general happy and smiley pictures posing with friends are easier on the [employees] eye. When it comes to promoting yourself social media is a vital tool, it’s free and you can connect with a whole range of people in a matter of seconds. If you work within the media then you should be pretty hot on the positive uses and how to promote your work and abilities. However, if not then where do you start? The best way is to, well, simply talk about your work! Sounds a bit like we’re talking to you as though you are school children here – but honestly anything and everything is a bonus compared to nothing. If you feel you’ve had a fulfilled day, or you’ve been praised on your work, achieved a certain qualification or perhaps had an influx in demand then let people know. Any positive aspect of your work is self-promotion, whilst also promoting the company which is essentially free and extra advertising for them too! A win, win situation. Also as an initial step try connecting with as many local and national companies within your field, even if it is by simply ‘following’ them on Twitter in the first instance. As a word of warning, no matter how much you hate your job or you’ve had a really bad day – don’t let the world know. Bitching and slagging off your employer over the internet is completely disrespectful, solely biased and most of all not attractive to potential employees. Focus on the positive - someone who has enthusiasm around their current role is surely someone worth investing in? The world of social media really can open doors…
WINING & DINING THIS EDITION: LAMB RECIPES NATIONAL BREAD WEEK EASTER PARTY IDEAS FARMERS MARKETS COOKERY CLASSES
LAMB & MINT IS SO LAST YEAR Long gone are the days of thinking lamb purely comes in lamb and mint format! Our tastes are forever changing and although it’s still a great classic, there is more you can actually do with lamb thanks to its fantastic versatility and flavours. It tends to be the last meat choice on our shopping lists (apart from perhaps a Sunday Roast), but here at Living we’re pretty certain it’s down to the fact people just don’t know what to do with it. So, we’re starting a lamb and mint boycott to explore a variant of meals to tease our tastebuds.
LAMB CURRY INGREDIENTS • 1kg New Zealand boneless lamb • 1-2 tsp oil • 2 large onions, peeled and finely chopped • 2-3 tbsp Korma curry paste • 1 tbsp grated or minced garlic • 1 tbsp grated or minced ginger • 1 tsp ground cardamom or 3 cardamom pods, crushed • 1 tsp salt • 425g can peeled tomatoes in juice • 1 ½ cups peeled, diced pumpkin • 1 ½ cups beef stock or water • 1-2 tbsp fresh chopped coriander METHOD 1. Cut the meat into 2cm cubes and season well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in large frying pan and brown the meat on all sides. Set aside. Add the onion and cook over a moderate heat until soft and lightly browned. 2. Add the curry paste, garlic, ginger, cardamom and salt and cook for 1–2 minutes until fragrant. 3. Add the tomatoes and juice, pumpkin and stock or water. 4. Cover and simmer on low heat for 1 hour, stirring often until tender. (Alternatively, cook in a casserole in a 160°C oven for 1 –1 hr 15 minutes). To serve Top with fresh coriander before serving with rice and mango chutney.
SLOW-BRAISED LAMB WITH CHERRIES AND SAFFRON INGREDIENTS • 700g (1½lb) boned shoulder of lamb, cut into large pieces • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp dried thyme • 3 garlic cloves, crushed • Pared zest and juice of 2 large oranges • 50g (2oz) small dried apricots • 1 tsp saffron strands • 150ml (¼ pint) medium sherry • 1 tbsp sherry or white wine vinegar • 1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for frying • 2 tbsp flour • 4 tbsp Bonne Maman Cherry Compote • 2 tbsp honey • 300ml (½ pint) chicken or vegetable stock • Salt and freshly ground black pepper To Finish • Cooked pilaf rice • Freshly chopped parsley METHOD 1. Put the lamb in a large glass bowl with the cumin, thyme, garlic, orange zest and juice, apricots, saffron, sherry, vinegar and the 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Cover and leave to marinate in the fridge overnight. 2. Preheat oven to 170°c (fan oven 150°c), gas mark 3. 3. Lift the lamb from the marinade and pat dry. Heat a good drizzle of olive oil in a medium-sized lidded casserole dish, and brown the lamb a few pieces at a time. Getting a good colour on the meat ensures that the finished cooking juices will be rich and dark, so it’s worth taking the time at this stage. 4. Return all the meat to the pan and stir in the flour. Pour in the marinade mixture along with the compote, honey and stock. Bring to the boil, cover tightly and cook in the preheated oven for 1½-2 hours or until the meat is very tender. Adjust the seasoning and serve with a light pilaf and sprinkle with chopped parsley.
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ROAST LAMB WITH A PISTACHIO, APRICOT & LEMON CRUST INGREDIENTS • 1.8–2kg leg Waitrose New Zealand Leg of Lamb (bone-in) • 3 cloves garlic, sliced • 1 tbsp olive oil • 50g LOVE Life Soft Apricots (dried) • 50g LOVE Life Pistachios • 4 tbsp freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano • Grated zest and juice of ½ lemon • 500g tub Waitrose Lamb Gravy • 2 x 170g pack Waitrose Sliced Runner Beans, to serve METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Place the lamb in a roasting tin and pierce all over with a small sharp knife. Insert slivers of garlic into the piercings. Rub the skin with the olive oil and season. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes then reduce the temperature to 180°C, gas mark 4, for a further hour. 2. While the lamb is cooking, whizz the apricots and pistachios together in a blender or processor until finely chopped. Stir in the cheese, and lemon zest and juice, and season. Remove the lamb from the oven and press the apricot mixture over the surface of the lamb. Baste with the tin juices and return to the oven for 15 minutes until the crust is golden brown. 3. Remove the lamb from the oven and transfer to a warm platter. Leave to rest for 10 minutes. Add the lamb gravy to the tin juices and bring to simmering point on the hob. Slice and serve the lamb with the gravy and steamed runner beans. Nutrition al Informati on: Per Servin g (based on 150 g roast lamb). 501kcals / 49.9g pro tein / 7.7g carbo hydrate / 5.3g suga 30.1g fat / rs / 11.1g satu rated fat / 2.2g fibre / 0.8g salt
LAMB FAJITAS INGREDIENTS • 4 New Zealand Lamb – any boneless lean cut (about 350g), thawed if frozen • 1 tsp mild chilli powder • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tbsp freeze-dried coriander leaf or 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander • 3 tbsp oil • 1 red onion, peeled • 1 red and 1 yellow pepper • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed or 1 tsp garlic purée • 2 tsp lemon juice • warmed flour tortillas, sliced fresh avocado, soured cream and tomato salsa, to serve METHOD 1. Cut the lamb into thin strips and mix with the chilli, cumin, coriander and 1 tbsp oil. Cover with cling film and leave for 10 minutes. Cut the onion in half and then each piece into 8 wedges. Cut the peppers in half and throw away the seeds and core. Cut peppers into strips. 2. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a large frying pan and fry the onion, peppers and garlic over a medium heat for 5 minutes until softened and beginning to brown. Tip onto a clean plate and return the pan to the heat. 3. Add the lamb to the pan and fry over a high heat for about 3 minutes until well browned, stirring every now and then. Return vegetables to the pan and add a few splashes of lemon juice. Cook for 1-2 minutes until really hot. Serve piled into flour tortillas with loads of slices of fresh avocado, soured cream and salsa sauce. www.staffordshireliving.co.uk
HAVE A CRACKING EASTER Easter is a great time to celebrate by gathering family and friends together over the bank holiday. Any excuse for a party really! With the fresh spring air and spirits lifted, it’s best to hold your celebrations in the day and host a child-friendly affair with plenty of life, colour and vibrancy. Even take it outside if the weather permits. The colour palette is an obvious one, and with yellow being extremely fashionable at present you’ll be right on the mark by having it as your main accent. Keep it childlike to bring a smile to everyone’s face whilst bursting with imagination.
ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET What would Easter be without a range of delicious chocolate eggs to devour? Take a look at this year’s incredible selection…
Finest Belgian Milk Egg With Hazelnuts & Mini Eggs, £10. Tesco.
Luxury Egg, £10.99. Guylian
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with the kids on Easter Sunday. These no bake Easter novelties are fantastic fun to make Chill time: 2-3 hours Prep time: 30 minutes Serves: 8 • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste or extract • • 285g pack Madeira cake • 100g (4oz) cream cheese white chocolate, broken into pieces quality 100g (4oz) strawberries, hulled • 250g (9oz) good ate • 100g (4oz) white ready to chocol white • 6 tablespoons desiccated coconut or grated sweets (mini Smarties) • 36 coated sugar red roll icing • 18 pink mini marshmallows • 18 mini mini blue edible sugar balls
The Rocky Road to Caramel Extra Thick Egg, £27. Hotel Chocolat
Divine Luxury Milk Chocolate Egg, £10. Sainsburys
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sheet and freeze for 15 minutes. over a saucepan of gently simmering 4. Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl set of the bowl, for about five minutes. base the water, making sure that the water doesn’t touch heat. the off Stir the chocolate until smooth and take the bowl one of the cake balls on a fork then 5. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper. Spear a teaspoon, spoon a little melted using or, either swirl into the melted chocolate to coat g the excess chocolate to drip allowin bowl, chocolate over the cake ball as it is held over the e half the ball with a little sprinkl and sheet off. Transfer the coated cake ball to the baking
Lemon Meringue Egg, £13.95. Chococo
coconut or grated chocolate ‘fur’. ate and sprinkling with coconut or 6. Continue coating the remaining cake balls in chocol grated chocolate until they are all done. and break off tiny pieces of white icing. 7. To make the ears, cut the mini marshmallows in half icing into balls and press into ovals white the Using your fingertips dusted with icing sugar, roll a marshmallow and pinch the around icing the (a little larger than the marshmallows). Mould
top into an ear shape. noses with sweets. Chill in the fridge 8. Press two ears on to each cake ball and add eyes and Eat within two days of making. cases. for one hour until set, then arrange in paper cake
Chokablok Rocky Road Of Love Easter Egg, £5. Exclusively at Tesco
Cadbury’s Large Mini Eggs Easter Egg, £8.15. Coop
Egg Nest Cake Pop, £25 for a box of 8. IpsyDoodleCakePopFactory.co.uk
Beau Bunny Egg, £15. Hotel Chocolat
HOT CROSS BUNS To make really good Hot Crossers is a little fiddly and more than a little sticky in so many ways however the result is worth it! Take a look at this recipe from VirtuousBread.com • 50g sugar • 150g whole wheat flour • 300g plain white wheat flour • 2g instant/4.5g active dry/9g fresh yeast • 280g milk (heated up to boiling point and allowed to cool completely) • 50g butter • 1 egg • 9g salt • 250g sultanas or sultanas • 2tsp cinnamon •1tsp ground mixed spice •1tsp ginger • 1/2 teaspoon clove • 1/2tsp all spice For the crossing mix: • 50g white flour • pinch of baking powder • 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable oil, cold pressed olive oil, melted coconut oil, or the oil of your choice • 50g cold water
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1. Put the dried fruit in a little bowl and just cover them in water (or in rum or brandy), giving them a little stir every once in a while. 2. In a big mixing bowl, mix the flours together by hand. Make a big well in it. Sprinkle in the yeast and the sugar, then pour in the milk. Flick a thin layer of flour over the milk to close the well and leave it for one hour. 3. Add the egg, salt, and spices and knead well for 10 minutes. The mixture will be very sticky. Use a scraper to gather all the dough up as you knead. Add the butter and knead it in for another 10 minutes. It won’t get less sticky! Pop it back in the bowl, cover it with a tea towel and let it rest for 15 minutes. 4. Drain the fruit and fold it in. Pop the dough back into the bowl, cover it and let it rest for 2 hours, until it has doubled in size. When the dough has risen, scrape it out onto the counter. Don’t put any flour down as you will need a sticky surface to shape the buns. Shaping hot cross buns: 1. Divide the dough into blobs about 75g. Make tight rolls by rolling the blobs around on the counter. 2. Place these buns about 5cm apart on a deep sided roasting tray that is lined with baking parchment. Cover them with a tea towel or cling film and let them rise for 60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. 3. While they are rising, make the crossing mixture by whisking all the ingredients together in a little bowl. When the buns have doubled in size, scrape the crossing mixture into a piping bag. Carefully pipe crosses on each bun. 4. Pop them in the oven and bake them for 18-20 minutes. Take them out of the oven and put them on a cooling rack. Brush the buns immediately with liquid honey, golden syrup or the glaze of your choice.
HOT CROSS BUNS: THE EASY WAY
There aren’t a lot of things that quite match up to the smell of freshly toasted hot cross buns. Surely? Super inviting, it is bound to send bellies rumbling all around – whether a fan or not. Here at Staffordshire Living we are keen on just serving simply with a good helping of butter. Believe it or not, being the true fans we are, we’ve searched for the best tasting for the highstreet and supermarket chain stores… and who come out on top? The reliable Greggs with their classic award winning Easter treats filled with juicy vine fruits, candied orange and lemon peel with a touch of their unique mix of spices. Bravo! Hot Cross Buns, six for £1.30 or two packs for £2. Greggs.
ACHEIVE THE LOOK
A party wouldn’t be a party without a load of decorations and party pieces – from food to serving dishes. Just because it’s Easter doesn’t mean you have to stick to just serving lamb and chocolate, appeal to everyone’s sweet tooth with a mix of tempting cakes , delicacies and a range of decorations to emphasise the festivities.
Rooster Easter Egg Serving Bowl, £17.50. www.stylishlife.co.uk
Pink Bunny Easter Egg Basket, £3.95. DotComGiftshop.com
Spring Time Cupcake Set, £6. Talking Tables
Egg Wreath, £14.99. www.JoannaWood.co.uk
Easter Mallow Chicks (4 pack), £1.50. Morrisons
Easter Cupcakes (4 pack), £1.50. Morrisons
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F F O K COO With fresh ingredients does bring more time spent in the kitchen, something that we all seem to be taking much more pleasure in these days. Rewind about 10 years and the convenience factor kicked in, cooking become far too much of a chore and we all looked for a quicker and easier route – whereas now, with thanks to cooking programs galore we’re all keen to spend some time cooking a feast for our family and friends. Dinner parties have once again come back into the spotlight (perhaps down to our tighter pockets?) and we’re all fancying ourselves as the next Nigella’s and Delia’s. Hurrah for cooking being fashionable again. Aiming to impress, our kitchen shelves are brimming with recipe books ranging from the more exotic Mexican and Indian to home comforts such as pies and not forgetting of course all of the Jamie Oliver’s books. But forgive us for seeing a slight glitch, is it us or do our final products look like a sorry state of those compared to the gorgeous images? No cookbook will ever be able to provide that hands-on experience that we value so much – such as the knowledge gained from baking with your wonderful Grandma. They were priceless valuable lessons. Cookery programs on the telly are all well and good but when things go wrong, nobody is there to guide you through and offer their advice on where you went wrong or how to improve next time. The answer? Cookery classes and schools.
Not quite as priceless as the time spent in the kitchen with your Grandma, these paid lessons with top professionals come with varying price tags – but are well worth every single penny handed over thanks to the practical approach. Whatever your budget there should be something to suit, whether you are looking for a course of lessons over a number of weeks, just one class on a specialist subject (such as pastry) or even to turn the lessons into a midweek break by looking for ‘boot-camp’ style packages. It’s all available. Many a hotel chef are now including this option in overnight stays too, which is a refreshing change to the spa break. Best of all you will be able to taste and try out your creations, you’re able to see first-hand how to achieve the best possible presentation for the dish and learn a few lessons along the way on how to achieve the most from your cooking. Can you really put a price on something that you will be using for nearly every single day of the rest of your life? It’s priceless.
CASE STUDY Who: Justine, Features Writer at Staffordshire Living Lesson: Traditional Greek meal served at Easter “I love to cook – I love food and trying new flavours and cuisines, so I’m bound to love experimenting with my cooking. But more than anything I love to cook for others, inviting family and friends round for a feast. Call me a feeder as it were!
Long gone are the days where you would go to pull out a microwave meal from the fridge or freezer, we’re all about being fresh and organic now-a-days. Well done us! Not to tarnish everyone with the same brush, you may have never touched a ready meal in your life, but the AT TENTION TO the ingredients you are buying will have become much more focussed – sourcing local in most cases. With this though, brings a much larger and quite uncomforting supermarket budget. The future’s not always bright is it? At least for consolation our salt and sugar intakes will be dramatically reduced! When the opportunity arose for me to partake in a cookery class whilst on holiday in Crete, I could have bitten their hands off - but then again, I had to save my appetite for the class! Despite being in an idyllic location, I was in my element whilst my partner provided many a laugh with his lack of knowledge. That’s the thing though, any ability can have a go – from the lady who apparently knew it all or to those who provide the amusement with their shoddy attempts, which in this case was my partner! It’s in the spirit of it all, he wasn’t embarrassed in the slightest or maybe that’s his character. Cooking a traditional meal served during the Easter period meant that we had a load of history and culture thrown into our class. This obviously isn’t guaranteed in all lessons, but expected on any relating to certain cuisines. I was well aware the Greeks consume a lot of olive oil, but the actual amount used in this particular lesson still shocked me. It was way over 1 litre for a party of 8! I was soon to realise oil is a main substitute for butter – even using in the making of pastry. I know friends and family who have been on courses in varying places from making chocolate truffles just down the road to producing rich ragu’s in Italy. Yet, no matter the location every single person has wanted another go – they have the bug and would recommend to anyone. Just as I would.”
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STAFFORDSHIRE PRODUCE AT ITS BEST We’re all well into the swing of buying local and fresh produce opposed to pre-packaged goods from the major supermarkets and frozen goods stores. It provides comfort in how it’s been made, whilst also driving money back in your local area. Surely it’s only a good thing, right? Buying local isn’t always the easiest, hence the convenience of the supermarket having everything at your fingertips all under one roof. But what if we told you there could be a place where you could get as much local produce as possible, all in one shopping experience? We’re talking of farmers markets, happening in your local town and city in and across Staffordshire. We have some top quality, fresh and not forgetting tasty produce right on our doorstep so surely we should be relishing in this fact and buying local? Farmers markets are now on the rise in popularity – as promoted by celebrity chefs, which has encouraged more custom bringing with it more incentives for a whole load more of local suppliers to set up stalls on the market place. It has driven a new lease of life into local communities, with vibrant town centres and a dramatic increase in footfall. This only forever encourages the supplier to ensure their stall stays put as they reap the benefits of the guaranteed regular custom. You’ll also be surprised to hear it not only promotes the market stall, but that of the local high street retailer too with a large and vast customer base visiting the town on a regular basis.
What are the advantages for you the consumer though, I hear you ask? As well as a pulsating community, all working together to drive the local economy by putting your money back into your local area, you could potentially notice a dramatic influence on your pockets. They may feel heavier, which is always refreshing to hear in this climate. By selling on their local market, the trader will be saving costs with less food miles, less packaging, no knock-on prices and no middleman – meaning this will help both you and the tradesman by an effect on the cost price by increased financial return through direct selling. The surprising direct effect on your lifestyle and health is non-endless. Not only will you be educated in the products you are buying in terms of the production, the origin and knowing the best way to get the most out the product in preparation and cooking, you’ll also notice a vast improvement in your diet and the nutritional values using the freshest produce. Being able to speak to the supplier or tradesman offers a pure sense of security, your direct customer feedback will reap the benefits too with the face to face communication. Learning about food has never been so much fun!
SO WHERE ARE THESE FARMERS MARKETS YOU SPEAK OF…
Take a look at a list of the next farmers markets happening in and around Staffordshire to see for yourself: Lichfield Market Square – 1st Thursday of the month. Stone Market Square – 1st Saturday of the month. Tixall and Ingestre Village Hall – 1st Saturday of the month. 10am – 2pm. Stafford Market Square – 2nd Saturday of the month. Saint Editha’s Square, Tamworth – 2nd Thursday of the month. 9am – 2pm. Cannock Market Place – 3rd Friday of the month. 9am – 3pm. Leek Market Place – 3rd Saturday of the month. 9am – 4pm. Newcastle-under-Lyme town centre – 3rd Friday of the month. 8.30am – 2.30pm. Penkridge Market – 3rd Saturday of the month. 9am – 4pm. The Royal Oak Hotel, Eccleshall – 4th Saturday of the month. 10am – 2pm. Burton upon Trent Market Place – last Friday of the month. 8.30am – 3pm.
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Who’d have ever thought such a programme as The Great British Bake Off would be such a success? It was the word on everyone’s lips last autumn and despite the first series not gaining near as much exposure and creating as much of a stir, the second series was clearly hot property and everyone was trying to jump on the band wagon. Baking goddesses around the country donned their aprons in unison, we piled on the pounds thanks to the treats and creations being offered around (how could we refuse?) and suddenly loved everything that merely resembled the kitsch trend, i.e. ditsy prints, vintage crockery and pastels. And those of us who were baking virgins got stuck in the kitchen and discovered a whole new joy in creating some unusual creations that tickled our fancy compared to the same-old Victoria Sponge.
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So, for 2013 it seems our skills have done nothing but develop and we’re after a new challenge – that coming in the form of bread. If you’ve ever made your own bread from scratch before, you’ll only know too well the sheer achievement at the end, having proved and kneaded your own loaf. Topping that sort of satisfaction in your own efforts is quite tricky!
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So, this year here at Staffordshire Living we’re going to get our hands dirty and fully join in the celebrations of National Bread Week (16th – 22nd April) – now in its 13th year! The week is helping to promote the nutritional benefits of bread and raise awareness of its part in a healthy balanced diet.
GLORIOUSLY NUTTY SODA BREAD 250g plain wholemeal flour, plus extra for dusting 250g plain white flour 25g essential Waitrose Butter 150g Dorset Cereals Gloriously Nutty 25g Waitrose Golden Caster Sugar 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 2 x 284ml cartons buttermilk 1. Preheat the oven to 190ºC, Gas Mark 5. Place the flours in a large bowl then, using your fingertips, rub in the butter. 2. Stir in the Dorset Cereals Gloriously Nutty, sugar and bicarbonate of soda. Make a well in the centre, pour in the buttermilk and quickly bring together to make a very soft and sticky dough. 3. Tip the dough onto a heavily floured surface and, with dusted hands, roughly pat the dough into a 20cm round. Transfer to a non-stick baking sheet and cut a deep cross in the top. Bake for 35–40 minutes until dark brown and completely cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to cool before slicing. n: Nutritio / ls a 2 8 0 kc in/ te ro 9.1g p drate/ y h o rb 49.2g ca g fat/ ars/ 5.2 10 g sug t/ d rate fa 1.9g satu / re b 4.5g fi per slice .5 0 g salt
Did you know a medium slice of bread contains just 94 calories? Not to mention fibre, protein, vitamins and iron that we need to stay healthy and strong! Bread has been a part of our staple diet for over 5000 years. How mind boggling is that? It all started in the Stone Age and has continued to evolve and taste even better. For lots more information about different types of bread and recipes visit the Recipes 4 Us website to learn more about National Bread Week. www.recipes4us.co.uk
RISE OF THE MASTER BAKERS Baking a whole load of cupcakes, cookies and sponges isn’t probably the most masculine of pastimes, yet there is many a man dying to get into the kitchen– therefore it seems a trend is arising with a strong troop of men fancying their chances and getting stuck into bread instead. It has a slighty less girly edge to it don’t you think? We’re just hoping we’ll begin to see a huge boost in local bakers from here on out. Artisan bread shops anyone?
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TRADITIONAL FOCACCIA David and Holly Jones’ Wood Fired Oven Cookbook www.mannafromdevon.com These Italian hearth breads are deliciously infused with olive oil and are perfect to bake in a very hot oven. Traditionally simple toppings would be added; a few olives, a scattering of herbs or a few anchovies. The bread will have more flavour and a lighter texture if made with a pre-fermented starter or ‘biga’; a proportion of the flour fermented for 12 hours or more. For the Biga: • 500g/1lb2oz strong white flour • 500ml/18fl oz room temperature water • 10g/1/3oz fresh yeast 1. Dissolve the yeast in the water then mix with the flour until all the flour is absorbed. Cover and leave in a cool place overnight. Longer fermentation will give a more complex flavour and add a little acidity to the bread. In this case you can refrigerate the biga and leave it for up to 72 hours. For the Dough • All the biga • Approx 225ml/7fl oz cool water • 1tbsp malt extract • 100ml/3floz extra virgin olive oil • 10g/1/3oz fresh yeast • 500g/1lb2oz strong white flour • 20g/2/3oz salt 1. This bread requires a hot oven but the long bread making process will give you plenty of opportunity to build your fire. The ideal oven will be at 230 OC/450OF
2. Mix together the water with the malt extract, one third of the olive oil and the yeast. Mix the salt with the flour then add this to the biga along with the liquid. Mix together with your hands until you have a soft, sticky dough. Don’t panic at the stickiness of the dough at this stage. 3. Knead the sticky dough on a clean surface, resisting the temptation to add more flour, until it is silky, smooth and springy. You may get messy to start with but stay with it. Tip the remaining olive oil on to a lipped tray and rub it so that the tray is coated. Place the kneaded dough on to the tray. Cover with clingfilm and leave for 1 hour in a warm place. 4. Pat the dough out into a rectangle in the oiled tray and fold it over in thirds giving a little stretch in each direction. Flip the dough over so that the seam faces downwards. This stretching and folding helps to create an open texture in the bread and incorporates more oil. Cover again and then repeat this patting out and folding every 30-40 minutes another 3 times. Each time you are gently stretching and folding the dough rather than knocking out the gas. 5. Cut the dough into three equal pieces taking care not to lose too much gas in the process. Dimple the surface with your fingertips to gently flatten and expand the breads, each should measure about 30x20cm (12x8in). Cover the dough and leave for another 15 minutes. 6. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle coarse sea salt over the surface then make deep impressions with your fingertips. At this stage you can add any other toppings but keep it simple e.g. rosemary, sage, pitted olives or sesame seeds are all traditional toppings. 7. Open the oven door and use your well-floured wooden peel to place the dough directly on to the floor of the oven. Shut the door and bake for 12-18 minutes or until the upper surface is a deep golden brown. Open the oven door and use your wooden peel to take the loaves out and leave them to cook on a wire rack.
falling slowly. Build up the fire until the oven is at an even 230 OC/450OF which will take about 60 minutes. When it is up to temperature, push the fire to the back of the oven with your metal peel or coal hook. Keep the door shut to keep the heat in the oven.
KNEAD TO KNOW Need a little inspiration and guidance on your baking? Don’t we all. It’s time to showcase your talents and become as experimental as possible with a range of recipes from some of the top bakers and experts in the country. How? By purchasing their recipe books…that’s how. D IS BR EA D ALL YOU KN EA by Jane Mason £18.99 .uk e Mason shows ww w.lakeland.co und the world, Jan recipes from aro 50 an th re Using easy to mo d. With your own brea rding it is to make wa re d explained an sy are ea how basic techniques photography, the ep -st by variety of pge ste hu w follo -how to make a ing you the know giv d, fie sti my de and loaves.
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BR EA D REVOLU TIO N by Duncan Glend inning and Patrick Ryan £17.99 Murdoch Books Encouraging all of us to think again abou t baking our own loa ves, it demystifies the whole process, offering an easy rep ertoire of delicious savoury breads an d sweet dough tre ats , plus down-to earth tips. Its 60 ins piring recipes range fro m soda bread to potato and rosemary , healthy multi-seed wholemeal.
THE GR EAT BR ITISH BA KE OFF: LE AR N TO BA KE by Linda Collister, For wa rd by Mary Berry £18.99 BBC Books A fun collec tion of 80 easy-to follow cake, pudding, biscuit and pastry recipes, cap turing the flavour, imagin ation and excitement of The Great British Bake Off . Lea rn to Bake explains baking terms and special ingred ien ts while also offering rec ipes for every occasio n and every person in your life .
SOUTH CHESHIRE THIS EDITION: RESTAURANTS HOTELS NANTWICH JAZZ FESTIVAL A SPOT OF CULTURE
DINING OUT IN SOUTH CHESHIRE South Cheshire offers a range of cuisines and delicious delicacies at only a stone’s throw away…
QUIRKY DESTINATIONS THE BLACK SWAN, Lower Withington
THE BLACK SWAN, Lower Withington
Head Chef Les Wassall – a Pecks veteran of over 10 years – is highly skilled in complimenting classic British cooking with innovative and assured modern touches. Pecks celebrates over 25 successful years with numerous coverted awards. Recently acquired by its most enthusiastic customers, local businessman Andrew Pear and his wife Sue - who liked the food so much they bought the restaurant.
PISTE WINE BAR & RESTAURANT, Tarporley
Price range: £36.95 - £46.95 Our favourite dish: Roast Lemon and Thyme Poussin with Sage and Walnut Patties & Cream Sorrel Sauce Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.pecksrest.co.uk or call 01270 275161.
The family connection inspired a dream with a focus on quality, service and value. This is something that they strive towards whether it is a pint of locally produced ale or sirloin steak on the bone, each are all individually selected and sourced as locally as they can without compromising on quality.
EUROPEAN CASA BRASSERIE, within The Crown Hotel, Nantwich Awarded a Taste Northwest Accreditation and known simply as ‘Casa’ by its regulars, Casa Brasserie is an evolution of the old The Casa Italiana. The Casa is one of the longest serving restaurants in Nantwich, and the same owners have overseen its growth from the very beginning.
THE BLACK SWAN, Lower Withington The Black Swan is a quintessentially English pub. The menu provides a delicious tribute to traditional specialities, British classics and the produce of the Black Swan’s local food heroes, the extraordinary artisan suppliers of Cheshire. Outside, a sprawling sun-terrace and French boules area, take centre stage alongside a wood fired pizza oven, festoon lighting and pale green picnic tables. Indoors, the interior is set against the backdrop of Liberty print and Ralph Lauren fabrics, quirky antiques and beguiling wall hangings.
Price range: £7.95 - £19.95 Our favourite dish: Pizza Tuccini –with shrimp, tomato and fresh basil, £8.95 Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.crownhotelnantwich.com and navigate to the hotel restaurant or call 01270 625283. CASA BRASSERIE, within The Crown Hotel, Nantwich
PECKS RESTAURANT, Morton Pecks Restaurant was established in 1984 and still offers its famous “Dinner at 8” concept, where all diners start a theatre of food at 8pm, where each dish on the menu is presented by waiting staff and described. The menu is 5 courses on Tuesday and Wednesday, and 7 courses Thursday - Saturday.
Price range: £11.50 - £27.95 Our favourite dish: Parsley crusted Scottish hake, san marzano tomato & spinach risotto with a lemon, caper & parsley veloute, £15.95. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.pistetarporley.com or call 01829 732483.
LA POPOTE, Marton La Popote Restaurant is a small family owned French Bistro situated in the pretty village of Marton, Cheshire, seven miles from the town of Macclesfield. The restaurant is housed in a renovated farm steading and overlooks beautiful Marton Church, the oldest wooden timbered church in Europe. Since opening in May 2009, La Popote has quickly gained a reputation for excellence and made their mark in Cheshire, offering something very special, really fabulous food combined with warm friendly personalised hospitality. Owners veteran restaurateurs Victor (chef) and Lynne Janssen (front of house) have spent a lifetime in the field of good food, both in the Highlands of Scotland and for many years in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
The Black Swan offers a premium selection of cask ales including ‘Mucky Duck’ brewed in nearby Macclesfield, whilst the wine list also aims to inspire, committing itself to some rare varieties. Price range: £9.95 - £18.95 Our favourite dish: a sharing dish for two people of Casserole of the Week with Crusty Bread, £22. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.blackswancheshire.com or call 01477 571770.
Recently awarded the Taste Northwest Accreditation, Piste Wine Bar & Restaurant opened its doors in late September 2010 on Tarporley’s bustling High Street after an extensive refurbishment of the building. Piste is run by brothers-in-law James Hughes (front of house) and Paul Bebe (chef) who have both worked in hospitality from a young age.
CASA BRASSERIE, within The Crown Hotel, Nantwich
Price range: £10.75 - £24.50 Our favourite dish: Seafood Casserole au Gratin – Fresh and hot smoked Salmon, fresh and smoked Haddock, Halibut and King Prawns in a wine and cheese sauce with a mashed potato crust, garnished with Mussels and Prawn. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.la-popote.co.uk or call 01260 224785.
CONTEMPORARY RESIDENCE RESTAURANT & BAR, Nantwich The Residence is an award-winning Restaurant and Bar in Nantwich. You can wine and dine in style, with high standards of service, great cocktails and delicious food sourced as locally as possible. Located in the beautiful former private Georgian residence built in the 1600s, The ‘Residence’ features a cocktail bar, restaurant, private hire suite and alfresco garden terrace, set over two beautifully designed floors. Fine quality fresh home cooking and carefully crafted beverages combine together in lavish surroundings. The mirrored dining room is decked out in sophisticated blacks and golds and magnificent chandeliers. There are even outside terraces, just waiting for those lazy, sunny alfresco days to share a glass or two with friends. Price range: £13.95 - £25.95 Our favourite dish: Pork Fillet Wellington with caramelised apple mash & nutmeg savoy, £14.95. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.residence.uk.com or call 01270 629100.
THE GLASSHOUSE, Sandbach
THE YEW TREE INN, Bunbury
The Glasshouse Bar and Grill in Sandbach, is all about the entire experience, and provides a warm, comfortable and informal environment to enjoy your favourite wine or try something new. Their creative menu changes almost daily to ensure there is something for everyone whatever the time of day, and is supported by a thoughtfully chosen wine list. Classy yet informal, intimate but with room to breathe.
The Yew Tree Inn offers fabulous pub food and excellent real ales in a cosy and relaxed atmosphere. The team of chefs change the menu every 8 weeks to reflect seasonal changes and you’ll find a daily changing specials board in the pub too.
Price range: £10.95 - £22.95 Our favourite dish: Saffron and Cardamom Risotto with Chilli Onion Salad, Curried Halloumi, Tamarind Puree & Toasted Almonds, £12.95 Reservations: For further information or to reserve a table, please visit www.glasshousebarandgrill.co.uk or call 01270 750665.
TOP CLASS PUB FOOD The Fox and Barrel is one of Cheshire’s finest country pubs and restaurants as recommended in the Good Food Guide 2013 for the fourth consecutive year since becoming a Freehouse in 2009. They offer a wide range of beers, ales and wines together with excellent food using the highest quality ingredients. Combine this with a friendly, informal service in a traditional, relaxing atmosphere with beamed ceilings and a welcoming real fire.
Price range: £9.95 - £17.95 Our favourite dish: Roasted Goosnargh duck breast, boulangere potatoes, beetroot & orange salsa, £16.50 Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.foxandbarrel.co.uk or call 01829 760529.
THE BEAR TOWN GRILL, within the Lion and Swan hotel, Congleton
GEE’S KITCHEN, Sandbach
Set in the heart of Congleton, this 16th-century coach house is filled with historic features and includes a classic grill restaurant, The Bear Town Grill. Focus is placed upon locally sourced produce from the best suppliers, including oatcakes which were originally made in Congleton for returning soldiers who had enjoyed chapattis in India.
Gee’s Kitchen is a two-story modern building in the heart of Sandbach, with easy free parking nearby. Café by day and modern eatery and cocktail bar by evening you can be confident of high quality, fresh, locally sourced produce as the main ingredients for the fine food.
Price range: £5.95 - £14.45 Our favourite dish: Baby Back Ribs cooked in Jack Daniels BBQ sauce with chunky chips and salad. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.lionandswan.co.uk or call 01260 273115.
RESIDENCE RESTAURANT & BAR, Nantwich
Price range: £11.95 - £20 Our favourite dish: Slow cooked crispy pork belly, black pudding mash, apple fritter, local greens & sage jus, £13.50 Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.theyewtreebunbury.com or call 01829 260274.
THE FOX AND BARREL, Cotebrook
The standards of preparation and presentation are uniformly high in everything they do and represent.
RESIDENCE RESTAURANT & BAR, Nantwich
Using many local producers as possible, most of their beef, lamb, pork and seasonal vegetables come from Bunbury Heath itself and the Broster family! The Yew Tree Inn also receive daily fresh fish deliveries and the cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and other dairy products are all locally sourced. A great boast, the Sunday roast contains produce from within six miles of the pub!
THE YEW TREE INN, Bunbury
THE PHEASANT INN, Peckforton At the top the Peckforton Hills, the 5* Pheasant Inn enjoys the most magnificent panoramic views of the Cheshire Plain. Good, wholesome, freshly-cooked local food, traditional ales, a selection of wines from around the world and a warm welcome awaits you at this 300-year-old inn. The bar features four real ales from local micro-breweries recognised for their wellkept quality by CAMRA. Freshly-cooked, wholesome food is on the menu, rewarded for its quality with an AA Rosette the Michelin Good Pub and Egon Ronay guides. Price range: £8.95 - £16 Our favourite dish: Weetwood ale, steak and mushroom pie served with creamy mashed potato and garden peas Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.thepheasantinn.co.uk or call 01829 770434.
The menu at Gee’s is revised and refreshed on a regular basis, changing in tandem with the seasons and market availability of produce. Reservations: For further information or to make a reservation, please visit www.geeskitchen.com or call 01270 747276. THE PHEASANT INN, Peckforton
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LIVING’S TOP PICKS BEESTON CASTLE, Tarporley This ‘Castle of the Rock’ is famous for its spectacular views, which take in no less than eight counties on a clear day. From its lookout point at the top of a mighty crag, you can see from the Pennines all the way to the Welsh mountains. But that’s not the only reason why Beeston Castle is one of the best-loved visitor attractions in Cheshire. There are beautiful woodlands to explore around the castle, with wildlife trails for the children to follow, and even the chance to find the lost treasure of Richard II. Admission: Adult £5.70 or Children £3.40 Opening times: Up until 24th March the castle is open from 10:00-16:00 on Sat and Sun. From 25th March the castle will open 7 days a week from 10:00-17:00. Nantwich Musuem
A SPOT OF CULTURE Not only is South Cheshire appealing to the stylish ladies amongst us with their desirable and fashionable places to stay and eat, it also boasts a number of visitor attractions that look to offer a spot of culture by delving into local history and heritage, whilst also holding vast and valuable educational qualities.
WE LOVE FREE NANTWICH MUSEUM, Town Centre The fascinating history of one of Cheshire’s most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum. Located in Pillory Street, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages - Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries. Beyond the galleries lie extensions. The cheese-making exhibition, the Community Gallery where small exhibitions are staged, along with the magnificent and prize-winning, Millennium Gallery which provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions. Admission: FREE admission, although donations are always welcome. Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30 - 16.30. DAGFIELDS CRAFTS & ANTIQUES, nr Nantwich Visit Dagfields for a perfect day out for all the family. Situated near Nantwich in the beautiful Cheshire countryside they are the largest Crafts and Antiques centre in the area where you’ll find 40,000 sq ft of antiques, collectables and bric-a-brac in 6 Giant Emporiums with over 200 dealers. See craftsmen at work in picturesque Victorian barns in their 25 craft workshops. Dagfields also specialise in conservatories, fine arts, mirrors, picture-framing, art supplies, second-hand books and records and much more. Sampling the delicious homemade food at the tea-rooms and restaurant is a must-do.
JODRELL BANK, nr Macclesfield *Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012* Family fun at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre! How did the Universe begin? What is a black hole? Find the answers to the wonders of the Universe at Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre. Visitors can listen to the sounds of the Big Bang and explore the invisible Universe using a range of hands on activities in the exhibition room or take some time to learn more about the giant Lovell Telescope. There are 35 acres of gardens to explore, with a picnic and play area or if you fancy taking on an outdoor adventure, borrow one of our new backpacks and learn about the Solar System as you make your journey along the Planet Path. Backpacks contain a map, instruction sheet and activities to try as you stop at each planet along the way. The cafe offers a full menu which is centred round the British seasons using quality, local ingredients. Admission: Family tickets from £17. Prices vary according to peak and off peak times. For more information please visit www.jodrellbank.net Opening times: Open 7 days a week 10:00 – 17:00
Admission: FREE along with FREE parking Opening times: 7 days a week 10:00-17:00 BUNBURY MILL, Bunbury Village Bunbury Mill is a beautifully restored water mill standing in two acres of wildlife rich countryside. Now owned by a village trust the mill has been re-opened and given a fresh lease of life creating the perfect place for people of all ages to visit. A mill has existed on the site since 1290, though in 1960 a massive flood ended its working life. After many years of neglect the mill was rediscovered and returned to its full working glory. The grounds include the historic mill, a visitors centre, car park, cafe, an idyllic picnic area, the mill pond and wildlife pond. Admission: FREE Opening times: Sunday afternoons from April 2013
A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD South Cheshire may not be miles away, but then at the same time it’s nice to getaway either mid-week or at the weekend and not have to think about who’s going to be the designated driver and instead look forward to an evening together without the thought of having to play it safe. If there is a wine match to the food, then it would be rude not to take them up on the offer. Surely? Also having such a beautiful county living right next door, if you do get the chance to escape for a day or two then you may as well just pop over the county boarder and take the stress out of a long journey, always knowing you’re not too far from home just in case anything arises. If you would like to see a larger selection of hotels in Cheshire including B&B’s, camp sites and spa breaks, then log onto www.VisitChester.com and navigate your way to the Accommodation pages.
MACDONALD PORTAL HOTEL, GOLF & SPA, ££
THE BEAR’S PAW, ££
PECKFORTON CASTLE, £££
Set in beautiful countryside amidst rolling hills, the luxurious and elegant Macdonald Portal Hotel near Chester provides some of the finest luxury accommodation in the Cheshire area. Enjoy the views and relax in one of the stunning bedrooms as it becomes your home from home during your stay. Leave the cares of the day behind with a relaxing swim in the pool or a massage from one of their expert therapists, then indulge in a delicious meal in the award-winning restaurant.
Located in the heart of Cheshire, in the picturesque village of Warmingham, The Bear’s Paw is a delightful 19th century character inn. The Bear’s Paw takes pride in its home cooked wholesome food awarded for its quality with an AA Rosette. The inn uses only the freshest and most seasonal produce which is locally sourced wherever possible. The bar features six real ales from local micro-breweries and a fantastic selection of renowned wines from around the world. With two open fires, reclaimed antique oak flooring and more than 200 pictures adorning the oak panelled walls, the inn has kept its traditional charming character yet with a stylish contemporary twist. And if you want to stop the night, the luxurious 5 star boutique style bedrooms with exquisite decor and furnishings are the ideal haven for a peaceful nights rest. Providing you with total comfort in lush surroundings, all 17 bedrooms are en-suite and feature modern day amenities such as flat screen televisions, complimentary Wi Fi and media hubs.
Originally the home of Lord Tollemache, Peckforton Castle has 48 bedrooms which are all individually designed, 21 of which Executive or 4 poster bedrooms. The castle is truly a magical and enchanting environment where old and new seamlessly combine.
And if golf is your game, then you will love the established championship venue that has three courses, a golf academy and private members lounge. Each hole has its own distinctive style and challenge, with the magnificent scenery the courses offer a feast for the eye as well as a challenge for all levels of golfer. If you would rather relax than play golf then the health, fitness and beauty spa is for you. It includes an 18m swimming pool, technogym, sauna, rock sauna, aroma steam bath amongst others and offers eight treatment rooms for top to toe pampering treatments. Macdonald Portal Hotel, Golf & Spa. Cobblers Cross Lane, Tarporley, Nr Chester, Cheshire, CW6 0DJ. Tel: 0844 879 9082 Web: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/ macdonald-portal-hotel-golf-spa
Taking you back to traditional inn-keeper hospitality, The Bear’s Paw provides a warm and friendly ambiance making it the ideal place for you to truly indulge, enjoy and relax. The Bear’s Paw. School Lane, Warmingham, Sandbach, Cheshire, CW11 3QN Tel: 01270 526317 Web: www.thebearspaw.co.uk Email: email@example.com
Nestled in the picturesque Cheshire countryside, Peckforton Castle is a spectacular Medieval style castle built in the mid-19th century situated in beautiful woodlands. Entering the castle doors, the luxurious interior welcomes visitors into its unique surroundings. The stunning castle interior has now been complimented by a lovingly refurbished interior which houses the 48 bedrooms and truly magnificent reception rooms. The 2 AA Rosette 1851 restaurant boasts menus that are based around locally sourced fresh produce by their talented Chef. Alternatively the more informal 2010 Brasserie, located in the former scullery of the castle, which features many of the amazing features of the original scullery including two cast iron cooking ranges dating back to the 1840’s. A courtyard area to the Brasserie is a relaxing place to sit during the warmer days of Spring and summer. Peckforton Castle. Stone House Lane, Peckforton, Tarporley, Cheshire, CW6 9TN. Tel: 01829 260 930 Web: www.peckfortoncastle.co.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROOKERY HALL, ££
BEST WESTERN MANOR HOUSE HOTEL, £
MOTTRAM HALL, ££
Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa is part of the Hand Picked Hotels group and offers 70 rooms set in 38 acres of Cheshire countryside. Guests can enjoy the fine dining available or relax and unwind in the spa – recently voted one of the top destination spas in the UK.
Located in quiet countryside on the borders of Cheshire and Staffordshire, yet just 3 miles from the M6 motorway this converted 57-bedroom countryside hotel is built and extended around a 17th century farmhouse and has plenty of character. The bedrooms and bathrooms were refurbished in summer 2012 following a bedroom redecoration in 2011 and all bedrooms have Apple-device docking stations, flat screen TVs with Freeview and a guest information channel.
De Vere Mottram Hall’s exclusive Club and Spa recently opened the doors to a new world of relaxation and luxury following a multi-million pound facelift. The Cheshire-based resort has revealed the newest and most sumptuous club and spa facility in the North West, which is now open following an extensive eight-week investment and redevelopment programme.
The Drawing Room restaurant at Rookery Hall Hotel and Spa uses locally sourced produce where possible and recently launched Elevenses – the new afternoon tea. Elevenses is the perfect excuse to meet with friends drink tea and taste a number of delicious savoury canapés available. Book now for winter stays at Hand Picked Hotels before 23rd March 2013 from £135 per room per night including an indulgent glass of Bruno Paillard Champagne, pre-dinner canapés, a three-course meal and full traditional breakfast. Plus, why not take advantage of savings of up to 25% on fine dining, spa, room and wine upgrades. For example, spend just £15 and enjoy a room upgrade from a Classic to an Executive OR save £15 on an indulgent 55mins full body massage worth £65 per person. Rookery Hall Hotel & Spa. Main Road, Worleston, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 6DQ. Tel: 0845 072 7533 Web:www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/ rookery-hall/ Email: email@example.com
The 57 bedrooms include executive, king, double, twin and single rooms whilst two are specifically designed to cater for less able bodied guests with en-suite wetrooms and the family rooms sleep up to five. Free high speed Wi-Fi is in all rooms and throughout the hotel with free access to an internet PC in reception. You can choose to eat bistro-style in the hotel’s Ostler Restaurant, which is especially popular at weekends and renowned for its Sunday Lunch, or Stables Bar for country pub-style bar food. The indoor heated swimming pool and sauna are free to use for residents. Best Western Manor House Hotel. Audley Road, Alsager, Staffordshire, ST7 2QQ. Tel: 01270 884000 Web: www.manorhousealsager.co.uk
The Mottram Club and Spa forms part of the first phase of the £6 million development at the De Vere Mottram Hall, which includes a complete overhaul of all bedrooms, restaurants, conference and golf facilities. The Hall’s unique outdoor Thermal Spa Village opened earlier in the year and incorporates exclusive Spavision experiences including the revolutionary Brechelbath, which replicates ancient Bavarian herbal steam-baths using the latest computer technology inside a specially designed luxury wooden cabin. Guests can also expect to take advantage of the unique outdoor Haslauer Stonebath, which uses mineral stones heated in an oven and then dipped into cold water setting minerals and steam into the atmosphere creating an overall sense of calm, revitalisation and wellbeing. For guests who want to truly escape, February saw the introduction of newly refurbished lake-view bedrooms with private patios set in the beautiful grounds of the Hall complete with an optional butler service. Mottram Hall. Wilmslow Road, Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, SK10 4QT. Tel: 0871 222 4686 Web: www.devere-hotels.co.uk/hotel-lodges/ locations/mottram-hall Email: DMH.Sales@Devere-hotels.com
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The Nantwich Jazz, Blues and Music Festival, which is set to draw more than 40,000 visitors, is going back to its roots this year with some of the most credible live acts on the circuit. Headlining the 17th festival over the Easter weekend will be jazz-funk legends Shakatak, rock ‘n’ roll icons The Blockheads and Sad Cafe, and award-winning blues singer Connie Lush, while local popular 10-piece Blozone will appear on the Square on Easter Saturday for the first time. The family fun day also returns for the second year featuring top UK swing band The Jive Aces in the town square, along with scores of bands playing across the town’s pubs and venues. And in a coup for the organisers UK jazz pioneer, Courtney Pine will be headlining at Gregory’s nightclub in a special re-launch night for the venue. The premise has recently been taken over by a group of local businessmen and is now under refurbishment. No musician more embodies the dramatic transformation in the British jazz scene over the past two decades than Courtney Pine. The ground breaking, multi-instrumentalist has led a generation of exciting and innovative players who have broadened their styles to take jazz out to a wider audience. Debuting material from his 15th studio album to date, House of Legends sees Courtney return to the instrument he is best known for – the saxophone and features his soprano sax exclusively for the first time. Deeply steeped in the traditions of the Caribbean, this very personal project sees Courtney on top form, bringing together musicians from Africa, the Caribbean and Europe for vibrant exchanges that tell tales of life from a truly multi-cultural view point. Expect an exhilarating mix of Merengue, Ska, Mento and Calypso as played through the lens (saxophone) of a UK born artist with strong, proud Afro-Caribbean roots. Also headlining this year’s festival will be alternative rockers The Wonderstuff, featuring Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls, while Mike Peters of The Alarm will entertain audiences at the Civic Hall.
Festival organiser Phillip Martin said: “It is estimated that over one million pounds of extra income is put into the Nantwich economy over the five days. That is a big bonus to the town’s pubs, restaurants and hotels. Accommodation has always been a problem over the weekend for people who want to stay for more than one night so we have teamed up with Reaseheath College and festival goers can rent the student suites or book camping and caravan space. There will also be a shuttle bus service on offer at certain times of the day over the weekend. The festival is now for all the community. We are proud of what everyone has achieved over the 17 years to put Nantwich on the map.”
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GIG GUIDE Courtney Pine - The Studio Nightclub and Venue - Thurs 28/3/13 Doors open 7:30pm 18+ only Standing Only £19.50 The Blockheads - Civic Hall - Thu 28/3/13 Support by Damn Vandals Doors Open 7:45pm Unreserved Cabaret Style Seating £18 The Wonder Stuff Acoustic - Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls - Civic Hall - Fri 29/3/13 Doors Open 7:45pm Unreserved Cabaret Style Seating £16.50 Connie Lush - Crown Hotel - Fri 29/3/13 Doors open 7:45pm limited unreserved seating available £16.50 Shakatak - Civic Hall - Sat 30/3/13 Supported by Optymystik Visionaries Doors Open 7:45pm Unreserved Cabaret Style Seating £17.50 Mike Peters - Civic Hall - Sun 31/3/13 Doors Open 7:45pm Unreserved Cabaret Style Seating £17.50 Sad Cafe - Civic Hall - Mon 1/4/13 Doors Open 7:45pm Unreserved Cabaret Style Seating £17.50 Other Venues include: The Bowling Green, The Crown Hotel, Harrisons, The Malbank, Nakatcha, Nantwich Methodist Church, Nantwich Museum, The Red Cow, Residence Bar, The Shakespeare, The Talbot, The Union, The White Horse. This year’s festival runs from Thursday 28th March until Monday 1st April 2013. For tickets and more information on what is happening over the weekend visit www.nantwichjazz.com.
ACHIEVE THE MIDLANDS
DAY SCHOOLS | SENIOR TO SIXTH FORM | SINGLE SEX VS CO-ED | BOARDING
AN INDEPENDENT GUIDE TO PRIVATE EDUCATION THROUGHOUT THE MIDLANDS
To board or not to board, that is the question… Secret night-time meetings, honours and rivalries between houses and lashings of ginger ale at the annual lacrosse match. These things have long become synonymous with the romantic idea of boarding. But in today’s century, what are the benefits of children attending privately run educational establishments? Are they really poles apart from the Hollywood image of havens for children or do modern boarding schools provide a diverse and varied education like so many of them promise? We look at the pros and cons of boarding versus day schools to find out. There are currently around 700 schools in the UK to offer boarding. Of the pupils in schools who are members of the Independent Schools Council, 442,000 are day pupils and 67,000 are boarders. Most are over the age of 11 with the biggest group being sixth formers.
Boarding schools often have a strong sense of community. Close-knit camaraderie and rubbing shoulders with children from varied backgrounds and countries creates and nurtures companionship. The vibrant mix has healthy, positive and far-reaching effects on the school community with friendships forged during the years spent boarding enduring throughout the years. Boarding with pupils from all over the world is an education in itself as pupils get to know people from all walks of life and cultures. A wide range of extra-curricular activities is on offer in terms of sport, music or drama with boarders having more time at their disposal. This also means more hours spent on homework, with an average of 17 hours a week spent on extra study compared to eight hours for public school children. As the evening draws nearer the boarding school comes alive with tutors giving extra time to lessons after 7pm. The standard of pastoral care is often outstanding – and for teenagers particularly, the quality of social life is often far brighter than that of pupils in other establishments.
And of course, boarders have the benefit of not having to endure the slog of the daily commute. Their days are given structure and routine with more time available for extended activities and making the most of the facilities after normal school hours. Of course it’s not all socials; societies and study, there are some draw backs to boarding full time. Pupils are not granted the same level of privacy than if they were to live at home. The boarding environment is not for everyone and can be quite irksome for older pupils who find the loss of freedom difficult to deal with. Boarding schools are wonderful for the active and outgoing pupil but the importance of extracurricular activity can be less ideal for more timid students or those not interested in sport. With an average termly fee of around £7500, boarding is expensive. For many families this cost is described as life-changing as sacrifices often need to be made in order to pay the fees. However many schools will argue that a family does not have to be wealthy for their children to attend their institution with less-well-off parents encouraged to apply for grants, bursaries and financial assistance. Finally, despite acres of secure land to run around in and an ample choice of activities to occupy young minds, even with the best pastoral care on offer some children will still suffer with homesickness. In many ways boarding can be seen to be a natural extension to the inevitability of breaking away from parents and stepping towards independence and maturity, but for some, being away from home for long periods of time can have an impact on their well-being. The separation can also be difficult for parents to manage as they find themselves dealing with feelings of guilt as well as getting used to the loss around the house.
Many parents desire the ethos of private schools without having to survive the long terms without seeing their beloved off-spring, if you live in an area which has several day schools to choose from and you have the time to commit to full-time parenting then this could be a serious option to consider. Cost is a huge factor to take into account when deciding what type of school is best suited. Day schools are sometimes preferred as they are less expensive than boarding as the tuition fees are cheaper. Many day schools in Britain offer a first rate education for less than £10K per year. Inevitably boarding schools cost more than day schools, but parents do save money on food, laundry, electricity and transport during term time. If your price range is slightly lower you can find a wealth of boarding schools that offer day schooling with superb all-round education minus the sting in the wallet. For parents who wish to have closer supervision of their child, day schools enable constant parent-teacher contact which allows them to be able to monitor their child’s progress in academics and other subjects more closely. Parents are also on hand to offer moral guidance to their children during those turbulent teenage years. This can help children immeasurably as they make their transition into adulthood. After all, living at home is an education in itself and parents will forever take the role of the teacher. If children are used to the freedom and comforts they encounter at home then learning to survive in a boarding school can be difficult. Day schools allow students to take a slightly more relaxed approach to their learning than if they were living to the hectic timetable a boarding school affords. Whilst the advantages of cost and closer supervision can seem appealing, there are other factors to weigh up when considering which school is best for your child. Whilst day schools come with the added advantage of lower costs, they also come with an equal dose of added strain on parents. The daily commute to and from school every day is obviously going to pose some difficulties especially if you live some distance from the school. This can add more to the cost of fuel and take away your child’s free time that could be spent pursuing extracurricular activities. Also, you will inevitably miss out on major mile stones in a child’s life and development if they become fulltime boarders. This, for some parents, is going to be difficult to sidestep if work takes them oversees and full-time boarding is the only option, however, for those who want the benefit of private education for their child without having to miss out on nurturing their maturity, day school seems like the ideal solution.
THE ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Flexi-boarding
Boarding is a lot more flexible than it once was. Full boarding, where children live at school for the full week during term is just one option, however, many schools now offer weekly and flexi-boarding to fit around unforeseen changes in the schedules of busy parents. A weekly boarder lives at school during the week but returns home for the weekend. This option is ideal if the school is a short distance from your home as it overcomes the heavy amount of time spent in a car or travelling to and from school on a daily basis. Coming home at the weekend will help deal with separation whilst allowing children to enjoy the full benefits of fulltime boarding without having the distraction of homesickness. A flexi-boarder may only stay at school a few nights a week dependant on the parents’ circumstances. This may also help if a sudden change in schedule occurs and no other arrangements can be made for the child, so having the option there just in case is always a comfort to parents. Ultimately, there is little difference in the academic achievements of full-time boarders and day school attendees. The choice between boarding school and day school depends on a variety of factors including the maturity of the child. Varying factors should be taken into consideration when the time comes to consider your child’s education. In the end, parents need to remember that independent schools don’t come in a ‘one size fits all’ and what may be right for one child may be entirely different for the next.
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Small class sizes leading to excellent academic success Outstanding professional dance and theatre facilities Superb on-site equestrian centre and livery provision Extensive sporting facilities set within our 52 acre campus A wide range of extra-curricular activities Full, weekly and flexi boarding Busy, happy pupils Enquiries@abbotsbromley.net Abbots Bromley, High Street, Staffordshire, WS15 3BW www.abbotsbromley.net Tel: 01283 840232
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LET THE BATTLE COMMENCE WHO WILL WIN THE BATTLE AGAINST SINGLE SEX VS CO-EDUCATION?
The subject of single-sex versus co-education has been a hot topic for discussion in homes, schools and the media. A parent’s decision is not simply a straightforward consideration of the facts, as studies into the pros and cons do not always provide overwhelming evidence to support one method over the other and can be deemed contradictory. Staffordshire Living investigates further… ROUND ONE: SINGLE-SEX EDUCATION The fact that single-sex schools tend to dominate the exam league tables is an important factor, girls in particular do well in a single-sex environment and boys tend to do better in exams, which is possibly down to their increased concentration away from the distractions of the opposite sex. Boys and girls mature at different rates, therefore both sexes could potentially benefit from a single-sex environment where they are able to develop at their own pace and not be constantly compared to the opposite gender. Confidence in their own abilities will inevitably develop and as different genders approach learning in different ways, both will undoubtedly profit from a learning style geared specifically towards their sex. It appears that pupils who attend single-sex schools are often less self-conscious and experience less embarrassment in the school setting meaning they will be more likely to speak up in class or volunteer for extra responsibility. Being less defined by their gender allows pupils to excel in subjects which are not necessarily traditional strengths for their sex; boys are encouraged to participate in artistic subjects such as drama and music while girls often thrive in subjects like maths, science and technology.
ROUND TWO: CO-EDUCATION Most co-education heads believe the differences in academic accomplishments between single sex-education and their method are minimal and subjective. They emphasise the social and emotional benefits of co-education rather than the academic advantages; the main advantage being the ability to provide pupils with a balanced and realistic environment which better prepares them for the wider community of the ‘co-ed’ world we live in. Research has also proven boys do better in a mixed-sex environment as it is believed they profit from the positive influence of girls. Classrooms containing mixed gender pupils provide a setting for discussion and debate and an opportunity for both teachers and pupils to challenge sexist attitudes. The social and emotional grounding they receive looks to provide a foundation for the development of realistic, meaningful and lasting relationships in adulthood. Boys and girls are able to build friendships and learn about each other, improving their ability to co-operate with each other and work effectively as part of a team, regardless of sex. The ability to engage in successful relationships provides both sexes with the tools and skills needed to equip them for the modern workplace. Mixed-sex schools believe that competition between girls and boys is not only healthy but also prepares young people for the competitive and ambitious atmosphere found within many jobs.
ROUND THREE: AN ALTERNATIVE OPTION Due to an increase in schools merging there is a growing usage of the ‘diamond structure’, often a result of two independent single-sex schools of the opposite sex merging together. Both sexes are taught collectively in preparatory school, separate throughout senior school and are then taught in a mixed-sex setting for their sixth form education. Single-sex classes within co-education schools are also becoming increasingly popular, allowing teachers to adopt a more tailored learning experience to achieve the best possible results. Pupils are then offered the opportunities to mix socially outside of the classroom when invited on combined academic trips or extracurricular activities, presenting the chance to create friendships with each other. For co-education schools to offer this option it obviously requires a certain level of staffing, therefore many a school has opted to target a certain number of subjects and age groups that may see particular gain from the structure, such as key stage 4 pupils in English, Maths and Science. The ‘diamond structure’ provides the pupils with a steady and appealing balance between the academic advantages of single-sex schools and the social and emotional advances of co-education.
AND THE WINNER IS… What matters is the quality of the school, its leadership and its teaching staff. When researching the choices available, parents need to identify what their priorities are, whether it is a school at the top of the exam league tables that prides itself in the academic accomplishments of pupils or a school with an excellent pastoral system in place promoting a supportive culture within their school, or a combination of both. Parents who are aware of their priorities are able to focus their attentions and narrow down their search criteria. Each child is different and has their own individual needs, which should be taken into consideration when debating the merits of a singlesex or co-education school. As the parent, you surely know what’s best for your child. An only child growing up without siblings can clearly gain from a co-education school where they can easily mix with children of both sexes, whereas a child who lacks focus or who has experienced behavioural issues will possibly reap the rewards of structure and reduced social pressures in a single-sex school. The debate into the merits of single-sex versus co-education schools will continue as long as both types of school still exist. Although there has been a decline in the number of single-sex schools, they still remain a popular choice with many parents. With some co-education schools adopting the ‘diamond structure’, this option may be the compromise some parents are looking for. There are many factors for parents to consider when making this important decision; the great advantage of an independent education is that this choice exists!
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ENTERING ADULTHOOD: VENTURING FROM SENIOR SCHOOL TO SIXTH FORM
he venture into further education from senior school is a significant milestone in the life of a child and ushers in a time of transition and adjustment on both the parts of the student and the parents. For most, the end of senior school marks the symbolic end of childhood. It is a move towards the future and will shape decisions when considering university. Sixth form is a time of socially recognised independence; it marks a time when the student is asked to make their own decisions, relatively free from rules and restrictions on their education. It is a sanctioned move towards self-government and maturity but it is only achieved because the child has to practise how to think for themselves and take responsibility for their actions. Challenges This realisation of independence can be difficult for the first-year sixth former. Suddenly they are expected to make informed decisions regarding the opportunities they are presented with. This can leave the student confronted with abundant pressures as they worry about picking a career path and plan for their academic future. This pressure can lead to anxiety and even depression. In times of such austerity, we are constantly reading and hearing about the high number of unemployed young people so the strain to make the correct choices can be considerably taxing on the minds of young students. Balancing socialising and academic study can also be daunting as college life offers an assortment of opportunities for advancement as well as distraction. There is the potential of new friendships, things to do and places to go and students may find it hard not knowing what direction is best while not wanting to miss out on any of these new experiences. Recognising when help is needed is another problem for students moving to sixth form. The pressure to be acknowledged as a young and capable adult means that sometimes even despite their best efforts the ability to handle the increased amount of coursework can lead to some falling behind in their studies. Thankfully, most establishments offer guidance counselling and extra tuition classes if teachers or students feel they might need a little extra help. This should always be encouraged to prevent problems from snowballing. Public High School to Private College Moving to a private sixth form after attending a state school can open doors for students, not only in an academic sense but it is also a great way to network and develop future relationships. Of course, moving into any new institution can at first seem daunting; the change can be both challenging and exciting for new students. The desire to fit in and social pressure on young adults however, can put a lot of pressure on students who are already overwhelmed by the recent change. Many parents consider sending their children to private colleges to increase the chance of their child attending the country’s top universities. Parents are choosing independent sixth forms because year on year it is recorded that these pupils are achieving outstanding results at A-level and equivalent.
Private School to Public Sixth Form Over the past few years the increase in applications to state funded sixth forms from previous private students has in some cases quadrupled. A growing number of teenagers from private schools are applying to top comprehensives to study for their A-levels because arguably many families now believe that state schools provide as good an education as their nearby private counterparts. In many ways Ofsted has done a great job of identifying the good schools being run by the state. Single sex or co-education at sixth form? It has often been said that girls and boys do better academically if taught separately. Such a case, however, is misleading and dangerous as evidence suggests it really has no bearing on educational outcome. On the other hand, there is some evidence that states children do better socially if they are educated in mixed groups. This goes beyond co-ed schools with separate sex classes, because valuable interaction occurs in lesson time as well. Girls and boys learn about male and female perspectives and they learn to understand and respect the different views and opinions of their classmates. This kind of interaction in school makes the transition into a mixed sex college that much easier for a new student. Being familiar with the opposite sex can prove vital as they learn to settle into a new environment and interact with new social groups. Obviously, in the final analysis, a far more important factor than single sex or coeducation is the quality of the sixth form, the leadership and the teaching. There are many outstanding single-sex schools offering sixth form facilities in the UK, both state and independent, and of course there are some awful co-educational schools. When taking this argument into consideration, parents and students should consider that an excellent single sex school is better than a bad co-educational one. Tips for Parents Guide not pressure. Communicating educational goals and expectations should be done in a manner respectful of the young person’s own style and interests. Students need to be encouraged to pursue their own passions. Address individual needs. Parents should investigate and inquire about available resources and arrange for necessary services for students with learning disabilities or physical conditions. College staff are specially trained to work with students of this type and these specialists should be identified prior to arrival. Allow for mistakes. Parents must accept the child’s ability to make independent decisions. Both the college student and the parents must realize mistakes will be made along the way – it is called life experience and students must adapt to learning from mistakes. Children will always need parents but the relationship may become more peer-like during the transition to college. Accepting that young adults want more privacy in certain areas of their lives is part of this process. This article was written by Libby Wilkinson
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BEST DIESEL ENGINE: NISSAN QASHQAI PRICE: from £16,595 AT A GLANCE • Advanced new 1.6-litre diesel engine is the most powerful of its size in the world yet delivers 119g/km • Stop/Start available on 1.6-litre petrol (option) and 1.6 dCi models • Innovative Around View Monitor, a first for C-segment, offers luxury class visual parking Part of Nissan’s family of crossovers, Qashqai (pronounced ‘Cash Kai’) blends the agility and comfort of a hatchback with the strength and practicality of an SUV, all in a sporty, fashionable wrapping. NISSAN QASHQAI
Replacing the 2.0dCi unit in manual guise, the 1.6-litre diesel not only boasts CO2 emissions of just 119g/km, but also offers the same level of performance as the bigger engine. Thanks to an output of 130PS, it is the most powerful of its size in the world, while its peak torque figure - an exceptional 320Nm, exactly the same as the 2.0-litre engine - is developed at only 1,750rpm with some 80 per cent available from a mere 1,500rpm. But this performance gain is not at the expense of the environment and combined consumption is 62.8mpg as against 47.9mpg for the 2.0dCi, an amazing 31% improvement. With ever increasing pressure on fuel prices, this new model arrives at the perfect moment. And if the requirement is an ability to cope with harsh winter weather and slippery campsites, then there’s also a 4WD version which becomes one of the lowest CO2 emitting crossovers on sale in the UK (135g/km).
The Stop/Start system automatically stops the engine and selects neutral when the car comes to a standstill, restarting it as soon as the driver presses the clutch, improving fuel economy by up to 3%.
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The increasing rise in fuel prices means we are more conscious than ever before on the amount of fuel our cars consume. Rewind only a few years and we now spend nearly a whopping 50% more on fuel costs! That’s a massive increase. Staffordshire Living is here to help with a variety of fuel efficient cars to ensure you are getting more for your money. BEST SUPERMINI: AUDI A1 PRICE: from £15,025 AT A GLANCE • Optional BOSE® surround sound system with 14 high performance speakers and a subwoofer • Automatic StartStop braking function • Advanced fuel-injection technology, with the TDI® and FSI® engines Sometimes it’s the smallest things that contain the biggest ideas: the humble paper clip, the tungsten filament, the pocket army knife. The Audi A1 is no exception. This car is a distillation of all the great technologies which came before it – many of which appear in the flagship A8. Featuring TDI® and FSI® engines born and bred on the racetrack and cutting edge technologies such as Start-Stop and S tronic,® the A1 is amongst one of Audi’s most efficient cars.
At Audi, doing less is something they’re trying to do more of - working to use less fuel, release less CO2 and waste less energy. That’s why they have incorporated a number of more efficient technologies into the Audi A1. Under the bonnet you’ll find advanced fuel-injection technology, with the TDI® and FSI® engines fuel is injected directly into the engine’s chambers so that combustion is timed right down to the millisecond. As a result, waste is minimised and you get the most from every last drop of fuel.
The automatic StartStop function is a smart new technology that counteracts this problem by being able to switch off the engine when your A1 comes to a standstill. As soon as you touch the clutch (or brake pedal on S tronic® models), the car restarts. By only using the engine when it’s needed, it helps to save fuel and reduce emissions – especially in heavy urban traffic.
BEST MPV: SEAT ALHAMBRA S PRICE: from £23,035 AT A GLANCE • Available with competitive 7.9% APR representative finance • Progressive bodyshell concept with sliding doors and seven seats • TDI and TSI engines boast dynamic character and outstanding efficiency The award-winning new SEAT Alhambra is an MPV with some truly surprising features. So it’s no surprise it was not only named Best MPV by Diesel car, but voted Best MPV in WhatCar? Car of the Year 2011 and 2012.
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We’re going on a bear hunt Monday 8 April 2pm Tuesday 9 April 11am & 2pm Tickets £10
Pop Factor Friday 12 April, 6pm, Tickets from £8
Celtic Dream Friday 19 April, 7:30pm Tickets from £17.50
Suggs: My Life Story Saturday 20 April, 7:30pm, Tickets £24.50
Noddy Holder in conversation with Mark Radcliffe Thursday 9 May, 7:30pm, Tickets £22
Andy Parsons: I’ve got a shed Friday 17 May, 8pm, Tickets £15
Oakengates Theatre is Telford’s number one entertainment venue, hosting an annual programme of events with a packed line up to suit every taste and interest. This year, Oakengates Theatre has a jam packed line up from acts such as; The Gruffalos Child, Sally Morgan, Sean Lock, Hormonal Housewives and The Ultimate Eagles; to name but a few. The Theatre also has its very own summer school where youngsters can enrol onto a two week course where they will be taught all aspects of drama and dance by a professional production company. Building up to a grand finale the young people involved will get to live the Glee dream where they will showcase their skills in front of a live paying audience! This fantastic venue is extremely accessible with great transport links just a stones throw away. What’s more, Oakengates Theatre offers free parking making the venue even more affordable than most mainstream city centre theatres. To keep in touch with us and find out about up and coming offers visit our website:
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Tuesday 12th – Saturday 30th March 2013 Regent Theatre, Stoke-on-Trent
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Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart stopping I’ve Had The Time of My Life.
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Tuesday 19th- Saturday 30th March 2013 The Wolverhampton Grand Theatre
Based on T.S Eliot’s ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’, including one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical scores, spectacular set design, extraordinary costumes and stunning choreography, CATS is a uniquely magical musical. On just one special night of the year, all Jellicle cats meet at the Jellicle Ball where Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, makes the Jellicle choice and announces which of them will go up to the heaviside layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life. Music, dance and verse fuse together in an enchanting blend of fantasy, drama and romance. Tickets priced at £15.50-£39.50 (excl booking fees). For tickets please call the box office on 01902 429212 or visit the website www.grandtheatre.info
WHATS ON…. REGENT THEATRE BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7649 WEBSITE: www.atgtickets.com/stoke TUE 5TH – WED 6TH MARCH: MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS SAT 9TH MARCH: ELLEN KENTS CARMEN MON 1ST – SAT 6TH APRIL: DERREN BROWN FRI 12TH APRIL: THE HOLLIES MON 29TH APRIL – WED 1ST MAY: NEW JERSEY NIGHT
VICTORIA HALL BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7649 WEBSITE: www.atgtickets.com/stoke WED 13TH MARCH: THE BOOTLEG BEATLES: LIVE IN CONCERT THU 14TH MARCH: ONE NIGHT WITH JO BRAND TUE 19TH MARCH: JIMMY CARR: GAGGING ORDER MON 25TH MARCH: MOTHER AFRICA FRI 19TH APRIL: HALLE ORCHESTRA
SAT 16TH MARCH: AL MURRAY THU 21ST MARCH: GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS OFFICIALLY AMAZING SCIENCE LIVE! MON 25TH MARCH: SEAN LOCK WED 27TH MARCH: CHRIS RAMSEY THU 28TH MARCH: ROMEO AND JULIET SAT 30TH MARCH: KINGS OV LEON WED 24TH - THU 25TH APRIL: THAT’LL BE THE DAY FRI 26TH APRIL: THE MERSEY BEATLES
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Here at Staffordshire Living after listening to your feedback we have had a slight revamp for our Limelight pages, hopefully bringing you more music releases, more local entertainment including gigs and theatre shows in Staffordshire. Plus not forgetting your usual dose of films and book releases.
NEW VIC THEATRE Box Office: 01782 717962 WEBSITE: www.newvictheatre.org.uk FRI 1ST – SAT 9TH MARCH: THE THRILL OF LOVE TUE 19TH – SAT 30TH MARCH: LOSING THE PLOT WED 3RD – SAT 13TH APRIL: IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST FRI 19TH – TUE 30TH APRIL: AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS WED 24TH APRIL: TONY BENN
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BOX OFFICE: 0845 127 2190 WEBSITE: www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk SAT 9TH MARCH: THE NUTCRACKER WED 13TH MARCH: THE GUNS ‘N’ ROSES EXPERIENCE MON 18TH MARCH: THE IRISH HOUSE PARTY! MON 25TH- SAT 3OTH MARCH: THE RISE & FALL OF LITTLE VOICE THU 4TH APRIL: THE SOLID SILVER 60S SHOW
WOLVERHAMPTON GRAND THEATRE BOX OFFICE: 01902 429212 WEBSITE: www.grandtheatre.info TUE 12TH - SAT 16TH MARCH: FOOTLOOSE TUE 2ND - WED 3RD APRIL: HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES FRI 19TH APRIL: MOTOWN’S GREATEST HITS: HOW SWEET IT IS TUE 23RD - SAT 27TH APRIL: CRAZY FOR YOU
TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS BOX OFFICE: 01827 709 618 WEBSITE:www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk FRI 22ND MARCH: BATTLE OF THE BANDS LAUNCH WED 27TH MARCH: CONTEMPORARY DANCE SHOW TUE 30TH APRIL: STARS OF STRICTLY COME DANCING PASHA KOVALEV & KATYA VIRSHILAS
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THU 7TH MARCH: CHRIS PACKHAM-WILD NIGHT OUT! TUE 12TH – SAT 16TH MARCH: ANNIE MON 18TH – TUE 19TH MARCH: LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL SCHOOL TUE 2ND APRIL - SAT 6TH APRIL: LES MISERABLES TUE 9TH - SUN 14TH APRIL: CINDERELLA ON ICE WED 17TH APRIL – THU 9TH MAY: MADE IN BRUM STARRING JASPER CARROTT
SAT 9TH MARCH: SING FOR CLONTER – VERDI REQUIEM SAT 9TH MARCH: FOLK@CLONTER – THE KARINE POLWART TRIO WED 17TH APRIL: ART LECTURE BY HELENA MATHEOPOULOS - Verdi’s Shakespeare & Greek Gods, Myths & Heroes at The Opera
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MUSIC TO THE EARS AT CANNOCK CHASE THIS SUMMER PALOMA FAITH
Friday 28th June 2013 Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs Released in 2009, debut album, ‘Do You Want the Truth, or Something Beautiful?’ introduced Paloma Faith and a glossy ensemble of retro-referencing soul and sassy pop songs, from ‘Stone Cold Sober’ and her biggest chart hit ‘New York’. Faith’s 2012 sophomore album, ‘Fall To Grace’, continues to build upon the success of her debut release. A collection of compositions in a new contemporary realm, chart success has already been assured with singles ‘Picking Up the Pieces’, ‘30 Minute Love Affair’, ‘Just Be’ and her enchanting cover of ‘Never Tear Us Apart’. Her achievements have been recognised with Brit Award nominations. Her platinum selling album ‘Fall To Grace’ was up for Best Album, and she was also nominated for Best British Female.
KATE NASH plus special guests Wednesday 24th April 2013 Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent
After bursting onto the scene in 2007 with her first album “Made of Bricks” which was a platinum selling number 1 album, and saw her named Best Female Artist at the 2008 Brit Awards, Kate Nash has gone on to prove herself as a formidable artist and talent. Her second album drew inspiration from Motown girl groups showing us how diverse an artist she can be.
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After releasing an EP “Death Proof” last year, this year she is due to release her brand new album “Girl Talk”, which is heavily inspired by the punk bands she is so passionate about such as Hole and Bikini Kill.
Tickets £32 (subject to booking fee). For tickets call the Forestry Commission Box Office on 0300 0680400 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music
BLONDIE Saturday 29th June 2013 Cannock Chase Forest, Nr Rugeley, Staffs Blondie emerged from New York’s celebrated new wave scene producing innovative music with their rock/disco, reggae and hip-hop influenced songs. Fronted by pop icon Deborah Harry, their groundbreaking material brought them a stash of hit singles and few acts can match their 20 year span of No 1’s from ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Sunday Girl’, ‘The Tide Is High’ to ‘Maria’. Their singles success complemented by 40 million+ album sales has ensured worldwide superstar status for this pioneering band. Special guest each evening will be The Lightning Seeds performing an acoustic set of their perfect pop songs like ‘Pure’, ‘Lucky You’ and ‘Change’. Tickets £36 (subject to booking fee). For tickets call the Forestry Commission Box Office on 0300 0680400 or visit www.forestry.gov.uk/music
Tickets £12.50 (subject to booking fee). Available from www.thesugarmill.co.uk
BIFFY CLYRO Thursday 21st March 2013 LG Arena, Birmingham Biffy Clyro shot to fame in 2007 with album ‘Puzzle’, followed by ‘Only Revolutions’ in 2009; both of which made top five in the UK Album Charts. Their new album ‘Opposites’ was produced by Garth ‘GGGarth’ Richardson in Los Angeles, ‘Opposites’ has 22 tracks across two discs, giving fans even more for their money. Tickets £28.50 (plus booking and transaction fees). Tickets available from The Ticket Factory www.theticketfactory.com or 0844 338 8000
ARTIST: HURTS ALBUM: ‘Exile’ RELEASE DATE: 11th March 2013 The band recently unveiled a teaser video for ‘Exile’, which has now received over half a million views and showed a succinct yet profound insight into the band’s new album.The video features an excerpt of a new track called ‘The Road’, taken from the new album ‘Exile’. ‘Exile’, the bands follow-up to their 2010 debut ‘Happiness’, can now be pre-ordered from iTunes, with ‘The Road’ available as an instant free track for any orders through iTunes. ARTIST: BASTILLE ALBUM: Bad Blood RELEASE DATE: 4th March 2013 For someone yet to release his first album, Dan Smith, the creative force behind Bastille, has already had a good taste of fame with sell out gigs plus two sell out UK tours. And the band have already got an army of fans hanging on his every word, covering songs and waiting for that debut with baited breath. Although Smith is the driving force behind Bastille with all of the songs being written and initially recorded by him in his bedroom, his music is still collaborative. The rest of the band; Bassist Will Farquarson, keyboard player Kyle Simmons and drummer Chris ‘Woody’ Wood, appear on the album in varying capacities, and Bastille’s music is always the product of Smith and the band’s ‘fifth member’, producer Mark Crew. “We basically made the album in a studio the size of a cupboard, so it was one extreme to the other. Producing the record, I wanted to off-set epic sounding instrumentation with lyrics that combine intimate stories or conversation. The contrast was something that appealed to me.” says Smith.
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THE LOOK OF LOVE Released: 26th April 2013 by Studio Canal & Film4 Director: Michael Winterbottom Cast: Steve Coogan, Anna Friel, Tamsin Egerton and Imogen Poots
Steve Coogan as Paul Raymond in The Look of Love
After starting his show business career as a mindreader in a cabaret act, Paul Raymond went on to become Britain’s richest man. With an entrepreneurial eye and realisation that sex sells, he began building his empire of gentleman’s clubs, porn magazines and nude theatre - provoking outrage and titillation.
Raymond’s personal life was as colourful as his revue shows. His marriage to Jean, a nude dancer and choreographer, ended in a divorce when he met Fiona - a glamour model. His daughter Debbie was the true love of his life, his business partner and heir to his empire - until her tragic and untimely death aged 36. Three weeks later Raymond was named Britain’s richest man and his fortune put at 1.5billion. CUBAN FURY Released: 22nd March 2013 Director: James Griffiths Cast: Nick Frost, Rashida Jones, Chris O’Dowd and Olivia Colman Studiocanal, Film4 and BFI present a Big Talk Pictures Production - Cuban Fury. 1987: A 13 year old dancer is working himself up to explode all over the UK Junior Salsa Championships. But a freakish bullying incident robs him of his confidence, and he finds his life diverted down a different path. 22 years later, Bruce Garrett (Frost) finds himself out-of-shape and unloved. Only Julia (Jones), his new American boss, gives him reason to live. But she’s out of his league, with her perfect life. Luckily for him, she also has a secret passion. Then there’s Drew (O’Dowd), his alpha male colleague. With Drew making no secret of his desire to get with Julia, Bruce is forced into action. And is once again brought face-to-face with his inner demons. With a lot of help from sister Sam (Colman) Bruce must learn how to regain his long lost fury and claim the love of his life...and he’s going to do it all On The Dance Floor...
Film & Books
STOKER Released: 1st March 2013 by Twentieth Century Fox Director: Park Chan-wook Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney and Jacki Weaver After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. THE CROODS Released: 22nd March 2013 by Dreamworks Animation. Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox. Director: Chris Sanders, Kirk DeMicco Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Nicolas Cage, Clark Duke, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world’s first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Travelling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fantastic creatures and their outlook is changed forever. OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Released: 8th March 2013 By Walt Disney Films. Director: Sam Raimi Cast: James Franco, Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Zach Braff When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, a spectacular world filled with colourful characters, and dream-like settings, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot — fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three beautiful and mysterious witches; Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity—and even a bit of wizardry—Oscar transforms himself not only into Oz the Great and Powerful wizard, but into a better man as well.
Light Reading For Mum
NO.1 MUM: A CELEBRATION OF MOTHERHOOD by Alison Maloney Published by Virgin Books, OUT NOW, Hardback £9.99. PERFECT FOR: ORGANISED MUMS This is the perfect celebration of motherhood, filled with inventive ideas and clever tips. From chicken soup to Sunday roasts, bubble bath to balloons, No. 1 Mum pays tribute to the top 100 objects every mother will recognize, in a fun and handy book that promises to amuse and inspire in equal measure. JOHN WHAITE BAKES: RECIPES FOR EVERY DAY AND EVERY MOOD Published by Headline, 25th April 2013, Hardback RRP £20 PERFECT FOR: FOODIE MUMS John Whaite became a favourite amongst viewers from early on in the Great British Bake Off series, showcasing his natural flair and creative approach to baking.
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MARRIED FATHER OF 2 FAL S FOR MODEL WITH GREAT FIGURE £1,000 QASHQAI 1.6 360 SPECIAL VERSION 1.6 Climate 360 SPECIAL VERSION •QASHQAI Dual Zone Control Dual Zone Climate Control • Front Fog Lamps FrontRadio Fog Lamps • CD with 6 Speakers CD Radio Speakers • Auto Lightswith and6Wipers • Auto Lights and Wipers
£299 PER MONTH
Holdcroft Nissan Finance Rental Contribution Deposit Contribution Rental Contribution
3 3 YEARS’ YEARS’ low low cost servicing cost servicing at £299 atNissan £299 & Roadside Assistance
Qahqai 1.6 360 Special Version Representative Example On the Road Price
Holdcroft Deposit Contribution
Amount of Credit
& Nissan Roadside Assistance £299
42 Monthly Payments
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QASHQAI 1.6 360 SPECIAL VERSION
• Dual Zone Climate Control • Front Fog Lamps • CD Radio with 6 Speakers • Auto Lights and Wipers
Total Amount Payable
5000 Miles Excess
Flat Rate Finance
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Specifiction additional to Acenta grade:
JUKE 1.6 ACENTA PREMIUM
JUKE PER 1.6 ACENTA £229 MONTHPREMIUM TECHNOLOGY
PERConnect MONTH5” Touch• £229 Nissan Rental Contribution £2,000 Nissan Advance Screen navigation system •Rental 17” Contribution Sport alloy wheels • • 360º Around view monitor 17” Sport alloy wheels Nissan Connect with navigation parking with assistnavigation Nissan reversing Connect • bird-view Colour camera • Colour front, rear and Colour reversing • Climate control camera passenger side cameras • Climate control £2,000 Nissan Advance
• 18” Onyx Alloy wheels • Gloss black roof rails and door mirrors • Rear privacy glass • ‘360’ exterior badge
JUKE 1.6 ACENTA PREMIUM £229 PER MONTH
JUKE 1.5 DCISTYLING ACENTA PREMIUM INTERIOR
JUKE 1.5 DCI ACENTA PREMIUM PER MONTH • £239 Part-leather seats with £2,000 Nissan Advance £239 PERwhite MONTH double stitching Rental Contribution Nissan Advance • £2,000 Panoramic glass roof with •Rental 17” Contribution Sport alloy wheels one-touch shade 17” Sport alloy wheels • Nissan Connect with navigation • Gloss black door handles Nissan reversing Connect with navigation • Colour camera and gear shuft surround Colour reversing • Climate control camera • Leather covered armrests • Climate control • Aluminium pedals
£2,000 Nissan Advance Rental Contribution
• 17” Sport alloy wheels • Nissan Connect with navigation • Colour reversing camera • Climate control
Fuel economy figures for the Qashqai 1.6 360 Special Version 5 door mpg (L/100km). Urban 35.8 (7.9), Extra Urban 54.3 (5.2), Combined 45.6 (6.2), CO2 emmisions 144g/km
3 YEARS’ low cost servicing at £299
Cash Price £19,945, Holdcroft Deposit Contribution £2,000, Customer Deposit £799, Amount of Credit £17,146, 42 Monthly Payments of £299, Minimum Guaranteed Future Value £7,587.43, Total Amount Payable £20,944.43. ALL FIGURES INCLUSIVE OF VAT. Offers valid ADVANCE RENTAL 42 MONTHLY OF £310, FINAL RENTAL ALL FIGURES Offers valid 31 December 2012 at participating dealers only. Rental statedPO is for Finance WD17 Lease. 1FJ. Comparable payments areapply available on our until 28 March£3,000 2013 atFOLLOWED participating BY dealers only. Offer RENTALS is not available in conjunction with any£8,791, schemes or other offers.INCLUSIVE GuaranteesOF andVAT. Indemnities mayuntil be required. Finance provided by RCI Financial Services Limited, BoxNissan 149, Watford Terms and conditions Personal Purchase product – ask dealer for details. Once you paid thefor final rentalinformation. you can ALL keep using thecorrect car by paying an annual ofModel £60; if31 youDecember choose Nissan Finance Lease you will never own thestated car.toFinance quote includes £3,000 Nissan Contribution to Contract all RENTAL offers in this advert, please visityour www.nissan-offers.co.uk or your local dealer further Information at timeOF of going torental print. shown are for illustration purposes only. Models subject availability. Qashqai shown has metallicAdvance paint at Rental £500 ADVANCE £3,000 FOLLOWED BY 42 MONTHLY RENTALS OFhave £310, FINAL RENTAL £8,791, FIGURES INCLUSIVE VAT. Offers valid untilshots 2012 at participating dealers only. Rental is for Nissan Finance Lease. Comparable payments areinc. available on and our this is available on Purchase Qashqai ntec+ grade. Offer not available in conjunction withpaid any the schemes or other Guarantees Indemnities be required. Finance RCI Financial Services PO Box 149, 1FJ. Terms and conditions apply toRental all offers in this advert, VAT. Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, The Rivers Office Park, Denham Way, Hertfordshire WD3 9YS. Personal Contract product – ask your is dealer for details. Once youRickmansworth, have final rental you offers. can keep using theand car by paying anmay annual rental of £60; if youprovided choose by Nissan Finance Lease youLimited, will never own the car.Watford FinanceWD17 quote includes £3,000 Nissan Advance Contribution and please visit www.nissan-offers.co.uk or your local dealer for further information. 3 years’ low cost servicing at £299 available on Juke and Qashqai/+2. Breakdown services provided by RAC Motoring Services and/or RAC Insurance Ltd. Information correct at time of going to print. Model shown this is available on Qashqai ntec+ grade. Offer is not available in conjunction with any schemes or other offers. Guarantees and Indemnities may be required. Finance provided by RCI Financial Services Limited, PO Box 149, Watford WD17 1FJ. Terms and conditions apply to all offers inshots this advert, are for illustration purposes only. Models subject to availability. Qashqai shown has metallic paint at £500 inc. VAT. Juke shown has optional metallic paint at £495 inc. VAT. Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, The Rivers Office Park, Denham Way, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 9YS. please visit www.nissan-offers.co.uk or your local dealer for further information. 3 years’ low cost servicing at £299 available on Juke and Qashqai/+2. Breakdown services provided by RAC Motoring Services and/or RAC Insurance Ltd. Information correct at time of going to print. Model shots shown are for illustration purposes only. Models subject to availability. Qashqai shown has metallic paint at £500 inc. VAT. Juke shown has optional metallic paint at £495 inc. VAT. Nissan Motor (GB) Ltd, The Rivers Office Park, Denham Way, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 9YS.
& Nissan Roadside Assistance
JUKE 1.5 DCI ACENTA PREMIUM £239 PER MONTH £2,000 Nissan Advance Rental Contribution
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