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DECEMBER 2010 ISSUE 7

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Christmas wine guide Look at page 22 for Vinology’s wine guide for Christmas. Check out Hot Offers inside! Local business supporting local businesses

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WEDDINGS feature HEALTH & FITNESS HOUSE & HOME FOOD for thought


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DECEMBER 2010

Welcome to the December issue This month’s prize is a fantastic 7” Sony digital frame courtesy of JH Thorpe Television and Audio. To enter all you need to do is read through the magazine and then complete the crossword on page 28 and e-mail us at quiz@theimage-stratford.co.uk with the answer to the anagram – so get quizzing!!!!!!! Once again we have had a great response to the magazine and we would like to thank you all for your feedback. Congratulations to November’s Prize winner Mike Plowman who has won a fantastic meal for 4 at The Bulls Head, Wootton Wawen. Please don’t forget to let us know of any local events that are taking place, so we can include them in the magazine. So why not put your feet up and enjoy reading your local magazine, supporting local business and the community. On a personal note I would to thank all our advertisers who have supported us since the launch of The Image in Stratford magazine back in May. I would also like to thank our readers who have given support to the local businesses that have advertised with us.

This month’s Hot Offers:

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Look out for the ‘Hot Offer’ badge to see the deals you can get with these adverts: Crossroads Dry Cleaners – page 15 Via Cracow – page 23 Red Lion Pub – page 29 Simla – page 29

Finally I would like to wish everybody a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Best wishes

JJ

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All adverts in this magazine are published in good faith. The Image in Stratford does not accept responsibility for their accuracy or for claims made by advertisers that are false or incorrect.

Contents:

Weddings feature

page 06

Handy Andy

page 18

Computing

page 09

Gardener’s Corner

page 20

Health & Fitness

page 12

Food and Drink

page 21

Parent’s Tips

page 12

Quiz

page 28

House & Home

page 14

Useful Numbers

page 29

Animal Rescue

page 16

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MEN

The Man’s Guide to Buying Lingerie Would you like to see the woman in your life wearing something gorgeous? Are you confused about buying lingerie as a gift? If so you are not alone. We have helped hundreds of men buy the perfect gift and have some great ways to help you out. By choosing to buy lingerie, the message you are sending to her is a strong one- you have gone above and beyond in search of the perfect gift. At Linda Rose Lingerie men are always welcome. We are lingerie experts and here to make life as easy as possible for you. Our range are of gorgeous lingerie in silks and laces. Our brands are exclusive to the area, so you can choose something truly special from the boutique.

Here are some tips:

• if you don’t know her size sneak a peek in her lingerie drawer at the label in her favourite bra and brief • Include her personal style in your gift by thinking about the colours she’s wearing this season or her favourite colours • If you’re still not sure of her bra size we have a stunning selection of silk nightwear and camisole sets which come in less precise sizes • If you prefer we operate a “wish list” and we record everything she likes. You could even purchase a gift voucher • Your gift will be beautifully gift wrapped in a luxury box lined with tissue, and finished of with a ribbon and bow

Linda Rose Lingerie Boutique

2 Market Place, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 5AE Tel 01789 400152

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Christmas

Markets

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre 2010

Over 130 stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester’s historic heart with the colours, sounds and smells of Christmas. Explore the wonderful range of merchandise on offer on the market stalls. Open From 02 Dec 10 to 05 Dec 10

Oxford Christmas Market

Oxford celebrates Christmas again this year with its very own Christmas Market at the stunning Oxford Castle. People of all ages will get together to enjoy the magical and festive atmosphere of the German-style Christmas Market. Open From 26 Nov 10 to 12 Dec 10

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market & Craft Fair

Browse over 180 picturesque stalls at this traditional German Christmas market, enjoy the feel of a small village within the heart of the bustling city centre. Open From 18 Nov 10 to 23 Dec 10.

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Christmas at Best Western...

Salford Hall We are hosting a series of parties this December, why not come along and join in the fun?

Party Nights and Disco £27.50 per person

Sunday 19th December special party night rate of £27.50 per person to include three course meal, 1/2 bottle wine and dancing to our resident DJ

Christmas is about family and friends so why not celebrate with your day at the Salford Hall Hotel Christmas Lunches throughout December and Boxing Day Lunch £12.50 two courses - £15.00 three courses

Christmas Day £59.95 per person

Children 5-12 £30.00 Under 5’s eat free

Champagne and Canapés on arrival, followed by a four course lunch

New Year’s Eve

£55.00 per person inclusive of Dinner and Disco See in the New Year with friends and family Black Tie Gala Dinner with entertainment throughout & a DJ to see in the New Year

Reside at Salford Hall Avoid the midnight blues and complete your evening with an overnight stay and breakfast the next morning.

£45.00 per person

(based on two people sharing a twin or double)

Best Western Salford Hall Hotel, Abbots Salford, Evesham, Worcester WR11 8UT Telephone 01386 871300 Email : reception@salfordhall.co.uk www.salfordhall.co.uk


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It was traditional for the bride’s parents to pay for more or less everything to do with the wedding but this is very rare in modern day weddings. It is now quite common for the couple to pay for everything themselves or sometimes they are lucky enough to get help from both sets of parents. Here is a guide of what is traditional and what is more common now.

Traditional

Modern Day

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Groom

Bride & Groom

Bride

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Bride and bridesmaids bouquets

Groom

Groom’s Parents

Corsages & buttonholes

Groom

Groom’s Parents

Bridesmaids

Bride’s Parents

Best Man & Ushers

Groom’s Parents

Groom

Bride & Groom

Ceremony & reception flowers

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Photographer & videographer

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Transport for the bride, attendants & her family

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Transport for the groom, best man, ushers

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Reception, food and drink

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

Evening reception, venue, food, drink, entertainment

Bride’s Parents

Groom’s Parents

Groom

Bride & Groom

Wedding cake

Bride’s Parents

Bride’s Parents

First night hotel

Groom

Bride & Groom

Honeymoon

Groom

Bride & Groom

Wedding day stationery Brides engagement ring and wedding ring Groom’s wedding ring Bride’s dress and accessories

Bridesmaids outfits Best man & ushers outfits All ceremony fees including organist and choir

Presents for the attendants, best man and ushers

If all this seems daunting then a wedding planner can do your budget management for you making sure you stick to it and often bringing you in under budget so you have that little bit extra to spend on luxuries.

Expert advice from Nikki Vincent, The Stratford Wedding Co. T: 0844 357 4777 E: nikki@stratfordweddingcompany.co.uk W: www.stratfordweddingcompany.co.uk

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Bubbles Dry Cleaning & Laundry Service Wedding Dresses Cleaned from £45 CALL FOR OTHER PRICES

YVETTE 65 Port Street Evesham WR11 3LF Telephone: Mobile: 07738 563027 Shop: 01386 443766

You can have beautiful frizz-free hair •Discover how ‘A-List Celebrities’ always have beautiful hair with the new ‘miracle’ blow-dry •Long lasting – up to 4 months

Exclusively available at: Neil Harvey

6 The Arden Centre, Little Alne, Warwickshire, B95 6HW Just 10 minutes from Stratford-Upon-Avon

Tel: 01789 488811

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FREELANCE

Wedding Budget Advice

HAIR COMPANY

• Make sure this is the first discussion you have and involve everyone with invested interest. • Make sure everyone is clear about exactly what they are expected to pay for and if possible give them an estimate of how much this will cost.

• bridal hair specialist

• When people are paying for something they often think this gives them the right to a deciding vote. If you are not happy with them being part of the decision making process make sure you let them know early on to save feelings and arguments later on. • Once you’ve set a budget make sure you stick to it. Always have a contingency fund, 10% is a good figure to work on. • Make sure you get at least 3 quotes from every supplier.

• wella colour technician • sienna x spray tanning consultant

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07862 226346 nikkibayes@live.co.uk

• Every supplier should be able to provide you with a contract and make sure you always read the small print to make sure the price they have quoted is all you are liable to pay. • Watch out for hidden extras. For example, ask venues if VAT is included in their price list, ask suppliers if their quote includes delivery and set-up costs. • Keep a note of when the final balances for each supplier are due and try and pay all suppliers before the wedding.

Wedding Wisdom Nothing is perfect, including weddings. If you expect perfection you may well be disappointed. Things will go wrong, accept it and remember when they do, just laugh!

If you’d like to advertise your business in this weddings feature, contact JJ on 07779 222301 or email sales@theimage-stratford.co.uk

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The Image Beware this Christmas! DECEMBER 2010

Scammers are calling people up pretending to work for Microsoft in the latest social engineering hack. The scam is really simple the phone rings at someone’s home, and the caller, usually with an Indian accent, asks for the householder, quoting their name and address before saying “I’m calling from Microsoft”. The caller claims that Redmond (Microsoft headquarters) has had a report from their ISP of “serious virus problems” from your computer. After predicting the end of the world if the problem is not solved, the caller asks the user to open a program

called “Windows Event Viewer”. Of course it lists errors, some labelled “critical” which causes most people to make the fatal mistake of trusting the caller. The computer owner is directed to a website and told to download a program that hands over remote control of the computer, and the caller “installs” various “fixes” for the problem.

They then ask you for a sum of money (£185) to remove it, and if you say no they kick up a real fuss and say that they have already done the work and may threaten you.

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The scam is run by teams believed to have access to sales databases from computer and software companies and is being done without the legitimate outsourcing company’s knowledge.

Redmond seems to think that the whole thing was being used by dodgy people within the Microsoft Partner Network. It said that it had terminated its relationship with certain partners who are clearly misrepresenting their relationship with us and using our company name in order to facilitate their telephone scam operations.” Not that that has stopped the scammers. Two sites alleged to be involved were still listed as “Microsoft Gold Certified Partners”, which Microsoft says means that they must have “demonstrated expertise” and “must employ a minimum number of Microsoft Certified Professionals”. Recently people have also been calling saying they are from “sky” and ask you to confirm your details and say you also have this virus that they can remove for a fee (between £50 to £250) and once they have access to your computer they can plant viruses that will appear at another date causing more issues. Make sure that if you have already been stung by one of these scams you take your computer to a verified computer repair specialist to be checked.

Just to clear matters up, Microsoft never rings anyone up.

Barney Meredith

Microsoft Windows Specialist

G & R Computers, 6 The Minories Henley Street Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6NF 01789 299901

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RETAIL SPA

Keeping your stock under control Retail is a challenging business. It is difficult enough to predict what the customer wants and build your ranges to reflect these tastes but this is twice as hard if you haven’t got your stocks under control. From a consumer point of view, an overstocked, cluttered shop makes the shopping experience an expedition and not a pleasure. From a business angle, how do you know what is selling and what isn’t. It is therefore absolutely essential to keep a tight rein on your stock levels.

Top stock tips :

Your stock must be accurate: Stock accuracy is an issue that affects all retailers but you must tackle it head on. If the stock on your shop floor does not represent what your computer says you cannot make a judgement on performance. Have a regular schedule of stock counts and alter the system accordingly. Make a note of where the variances are. Why are they occurring? Evaluate the stock position: Once counted, you can accurately analyse your stock levels. Weeks cover is the best measure . Set a level that you want to work to and then work out your cover by product type or brand.

React to your results : (a)High cover areas. If it won’t sell now it won’t in the future! You need to markdown and clear but not before you’ve understood why it didn’t sell. Don’t make the same mistake again. (b) Low cover normally means it is selling well. This is an indication that the customer likes the product and it’s a clue for growth in the future. Think about ways of capitalising on this opportunity. Implementation of these disciplines will introduce trading flexibility into your retail business - giving the customer an improved range and ultimately increasing profit. After spending twenty years building key brands in the High Street, retail spa is now working with independent retailers , making their life easier by solving important retail problems. If you are or know a shop owner who would like support and a free retail spa assessment, please contact Tony Scott at retail spa on 07894 222557 or go to the website at www.retailspa.co.uk.

Make sure you choose who looks after your affairs...

not a faceless bureaucrat. No matter what your age now, if in the future you became ill or had an accident which affected your ability to make decisions and to look after your own affairs, you might think your spouse or adult children could look after them for you, automatically. You may well be in for a shock... they can’t! Somebody has to be appointed legally by the Court of Protection to look after your affairs (not always someone you may have chosen yourself) and this can take up to 6 months! In the meantime most things are likely to be put on hold, your bank accounts (even joint accounts) can be frozen and, with bills left unpaid, your finances could be damaged. It is also an expensive process (£1,000+ with ongoing fees) and can even involve official home visits to see rules are being followed.

You can avoid all this by making a Lasting Power of Attorney now and appoint somebody you love and trust (e.g. spouse, son, daughter etc) to take care of your affairs whenever you can’t. Much more economical than it may be when the time comes, making your LPA now gives you peace of mind for the rest of your life. Allguard Legal Services have their own specialist solicitors and provide LPA’s Call08450523482formoreinformationor,if you wish, one of their home visit consultants Tim Cooper-Cocks can visit you in your home and help you make your LPA now.

Two important “must do” things for your family

1) Make your will With a will YOU decide who you want to inherit. With the “right” will you can even help your home and savings from being lost to future care fees or IHT

2) Make your LPA (Lasting Power of Attorney) If you became ill and unable to look after your affairs... YOU decide who does.

Without a will or LPA the Government decides for you and it can be costly. So make sure YOU choose

Call 0845 052 3482 today For a FREE home visit or brochure Allguard Legal Services We have Expert Solicitors www.allguardwills.co.uk/tim.cooper-cocks

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Why pay TAX? TAX! It is an emotional word for many. We all know why it is essential for a government to have a tax regime in place. But most of us are also happy to be the ones not paying it. But why, as a small business, is paying tax important? Well the answer to that is the classic tax answer….. “It depends!” Obviously, any accountant worth their salt will do their level best to reduce the level of tax you pay in any way that is legally allowed. However, paying tax is not a bad thing. First of all if you are paying tax, then your business is profitable. This is a good thing! Yes the tax bill can sometimes be a struggle to pay, but, if you plan ahead then you will limit the impact this has on you. I will look at this later. Secondly, by having a profitable business, you will massively increase your chances of getting finance from banks. This is something that is often over looked by businesses. I have known businesses in the past that have done anything and everything to reduce their profits. Then all of a sudden “We need a bank loan”. So what happens, they go to their bank with their 3 years of accounts, and guess what!? Computer says “No”. Profits are too low. Thirdly, the new system of Tax Geared penalties introduced by HM Revenue & Customs means that if you do “hide” income or over declare expenditure the costs of doing so when you are found out can be excessive to say the least. Don’t forget, there is a deficit to recover, and what better way than by fining “naughty” tax dodgers!

So, how can you reduce the impact tax has on your business. The first way is to make sure your accountant is doing everything that they legally can in order to reduce your tax bill. However, the most important thing you can do as a small business is to be prepared. Take for example a sole trader that makes a taxable profit of £30,000 in year 1 and has a year end of 31st March 2010, if they have no other income they would have a tax bill of Income tax £4,705 and Class 4 NI £1,943 being a total due of £6,648 due 31/01/11. There would also be a payment on account of £3,324 due 31/01/11 and a second payment on account of £3,324 due 31/07/11. This may seem high but this is their first year and the payments on account will be taken off next year’s bill. The first thing this person can do to be prepared is make sure their accountant has their records as early as possible. If they provide the information to their accountant by mid April, then they should be getting their accounts/tax return back by around mid May. The first amount of tax due on this would be payable by 31st January 2011 which gives you over 8 months to save for the tax bill. However, another suggestion is to have a specific savings account for your tax bill. This

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means you can start putting money away on day one giving you 12 months of trading plus the 8 months before the tax is due (first year only – after that effectively 12 months). In order to do this you need to have a good cash flow. But if your business is profitable then this should definitely be achievable. So the old saying, “Tax doesn’t have to be taxing” can be true. As long as you are well prepared, and of course, well advised.

Jonathan Jonathan Holmes is senior manager at WM Tax Matters. If you would like more information on this subject please feel free to contact Jonathan or one of the team members for an initial 1 hour free consultation. This article is general in nature and should not be assumed to be directly applicable to your situation. In addition tax law changes regularly. Please do not rely on any aspect of the above without taking appropriate tax, legal or other professional advice.

Tel: 01386 421666 or 01386 760001 Fax: 01386 421555 Email: info@wmtaxmatters.co.uk

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The Image health & wellbeing Healthy Eating during the Christmas Period Vegetables

On average, people put on around two kilograms (five pounds) in weight over the holiday season. But you don’t have to put on weight over Christmas. There are simple ways to enjoy all the traditional favourites without piling on the pounds!

You could try steaming your vegetables, rather than boiling them, this way they won’t lose as many vitamins. If you do boil or steam your vegetables, you can use the cooking water to make the gravy. This is also a good way of making a healthy gravy because you won’t need to use stock cubes, granules or powder, which all tend to be very high in salt.

Turkey

Turkey is a concentrated source of protein and one of the great advantages of turkey is that the fat can be easily removed, thereby making it one of the leanest sources of protein available. Turkey also provides a good source of vitamin B6 and B3 (niacin), which are important for energy production.

Christmas Pudding

Christmas pudding tends to be reasonably low in fat and high in carbohydrate as well as providing some fibre. However, it is high in sugar, so keep the portion quite small and add some Greek yoghurt instead of brandy butter.

Roast Potatoes

If you cannot do without your ‘roasties’ then cut them quite large so they don’t absorb so much oil. To book a nutritional consultation, please contact Jacqueline Tarling (BSc, mBANT, CNHC registered) on 0845 327 9070 or go to my website at www.jacquelinetarling.co.uk.

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this feature. Email us at health@theimage-stratford.co.uk

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Appointments in your own home | Evening and weekend appointments available

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Every month Wendy Waters, Children's Behaviour Specialist suggests useful ideas for parents...

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Have a Wonderful Christmas.....

If Father Christmas is worrying about having less money to spend on presents and stocking fillers this year, my advise to him is not to worry. Memories aren’t made up of what was inside the wrapping paper, but of happy family traditions and festive fun. Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without presents, however if we want to spoil our children and show our love, it isn’t the quantity of gifts that matters, it’s the time we spend and love that we share with our children that matters far more than material things.

Give a child a happy Christmas, give them your time, love, fun and laughter. Wendy Waters – 07981 699 875 enquiries@wendywaters.co.uk


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Health & Wellbeing

With Alveston Manor

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Daniel’s Exercise Program Case Type

Name: Julie P Sex: Female Age: 52 Profession: Teacher Exercise history: Very little, never done regular exercise or been a member of a gym. Blood Pressure: 170/110 Resting Pulse: 85 Weight: 70kg Height: 1.52 metres Medical history: No current medical conditions or injuries. Not on any medication.

Aims & objectives of member

• To lose weight for daughters wedding in 6 months time • To tone up particularly to stomach, hips and thighs • Feel fitter • Planning to use the gym 3 times per week for no longer than 45mins

Week One: Getting Started

Bike: 5 min - effort level 3 – speed min 60 Treadmill: 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 8 min speed 5 – gradient 7 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 Cross trainer: 5 min - effort level 2 – speed min 100

After two weeks: Bike: Treadmill: Cross trainer: ABS crunches:

5 min - effort level 3 – speed min 60 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 8 min speed 5 – gradient 7 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 10 min - effort level 3 – speed min 100 3 sets 10 reps

After eight weeks: Bike: Treadmill: Cross trainer: Abductor: Adductor: ABS crunches: ABS legs up: Rowing:

5 min - effort level 3 – speed min 70 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 8 min speed 5 – gradient 10 1 min speed 5 – gradient 0 10 min - effort level 3 – speed min 100 15 kg 3 sets 10 reps 15 kg 3 sets 10 reps 3 sets 10 reps 3 sets 10 reps 5 min- effort level 6


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Professional Carpet & Window Cleaning Services P Fully accredited with the NCCA/FWC P FREE quotations P Environmentally friendly products P Local company P Truckmounted and Portable Equipment

P Email/text notification of service P Payments accepted online Call: 01789 207430 (office hours) or 07834 994868 or visit www.aksb.co.uk Other services available. Contact us for details.

Fairy Godmothers ★ weekly and monthly cleans ★ In depth total spring cleans

★ Pre and post tenancy cleans ★ Ironing service

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AKSB Tip of the month

Keep an eye out on this section where we at AKSB CLEANING will provide tips for everyday carpet care & stain removal. Last month we at AKSB mentioned that it is very important not to scrub stains but to blot them in order to help remove them. There are a variety of everyday products that may help the process and to start with a basic detergent solution should be used which can be created by......... Tip 2 adding one teaspoon of a

detergent solution suitable for washing woollens to 0.3 litres (half a pint) of warm water. Use this as a basic initial solution to blot the stain with. Go to www.aksb.co.uk for further information and look out for Tip 3 next month.

As a young mum, Nikki decided to set up her own business, Fairy Godmothers, so as to earn money and still be able to spend time with her partner and children. She provides a complete house and office cleaning service either as a one off or on a regular basis within ten miles of stratford.

Call Nikki for a visit or an estimate on 07583835374


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The Image in Stratford can help you Our adverts come in a range of sizes and all design work is included in the price. Your advert will also appear on our e-magazine at www.theimage-stratford. co.uk and you can feature in our midmonthly e-newsletter.

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The Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Society The Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Society not only takes in dogs but also cats as well. The rescue has been inundated with cats these past few months and has had to turn many away due to not being enough room at our small rescue. Sophie the founder of TARRS wishes she had more room or foster carers to look after the animals that want to come into the rescue but without these we are helpless. Recently Waitrose of Alcester donated ÂŁ464.00

towards a new cat pen to be built to help take in some of the cats we desperately needed to rescue and was completed on 5th November 2010. By 9th November 3 new cats were in their new accommodation and enjoying the new spacious, luxury, heated suite. You can view the new 2 storey cat suite on our website www.tarrs.org.uk

Here are some of the wonderful cats we currently have in our care. The two sisters Rose, the longhaired tortoiseshell and Lulu, the shorthaired tortoiseshell are currently in a foster home waiting for a forever home. They came into the rescue as 8 week old kittens but were unfortunately returned due to a change in lifestyle. They are now 8 months old, female, very playful and friendly are neutered, chipped and vaccinated.

Brother and sister Alfie (Black and white) and Annie (Tabby) came into the rescue on 9th November were handed in by their owners who couldn’t care for them any longer. They are both around 10-12 months old, very playful and affectionate and are neutered, chipped and vaccinated and ready to go to a new home. And finally Riley, a black 3-5 year old male who was abandoned by its owners came into the rescue on 9th November. He is such a lovely, affectionate lap cat that loves the comfort of his bed. He is also neutered, chipped and vaccinated and ready to go to a new home. We are also in desperate need of owners of farms or stables that are looking for some feral cats and kittens, we have a few already in our rescue looking to be hired as junior and chief rat and mice catchers. They will all be neutered but need someone who is willing to feed and keep an eye on them. Please e-mail or phone if you are interested in any of the above animals. E-mail info@tarrs.org.uk or phone Sophie on 0773 444 2785 or visit our website for more details www.tarrs.org.uk

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Local garden designer Lucy Bravington brings you her Top 5 Jobs in the garden for December...

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The garden is often forgotten at this time of year with all the festive celebrations but take some time out to pay it some attention, it will repay you in the coming months!

Look out for Lucy’s article in the January issue to get your garden off to a great start in 2011! If you would like to transform your garden for the New Year, please contact Lucy on 07855 940 402 or email on

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Star Plants for December

★ Viburnum x bodnantense “Dawn”

★ Ilex aquifolium “Handsworth New Silver”

★ Clematis armandii ‘Apple Blossom’

★ Cotoneaster frigidus ‘Fructu Luteo’

★ Mahonia x media “Charity”

★ Aucuba japonica “Variegata”

★ Cyclamen coum

1) Continue to clear any fallen leaves this month but be aware of hibernating hedgehogs , so use your hands or garden ‘grippers’ to pick them up. 2) Now is the best time to move plants which may have outgrown their position or are in the wrong place. Be sure to take as big a rootball as you can cope with. Revitalise the soil in the new and old location. Stake tall plants to prevent wind rock and provide a windbreak to protect from cold winds if necessary. Never do this in frozen or waterlogged conditions. 3) Protect vulnerable plants from the cold weather. Herbaceous perennials, such as Penstemons, should receive a thick layer of straw over the crown of the plant, hold in place with netting and pegs. Taller plants will need the straw held in place with hessian. Never use plastic as the plants need to breathe even when dormant. 4) Prune woody ornamental plants and fruit trees, shred the prunings rather than burn them if possible. 5) Feed birds in cold weather....they are one of our best allies in the garden!


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Christmas Wines with vinology Choosing that extra special bottle of wine for Christmas Day drinking is a very important decision, whether you’re on a budget or are feeling keen to splash out. Vinology have an extensive range of exceptional special offer wines this Christmas to suit all budgets. DeAlto Rioja

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What you need.

• 4 lamb shanks • 6 shallots or 2 onions, peeled and sliced into rings • 5 cloves of peeled sliced garlic • 1 orange, juiced (grate the rind and set it aside) • 1 cup of red wine • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce • 2 tablespoon of honey (use regular or brown sugar if you have to) • 2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (can substitute chili powder) • 1 cup of chicken stock • Rosemary, a few fresh sprigs (can use dried if you need to) • Salt and pepper • Butter

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Dust off Your Slow Cooker / Crock pot for great winter warmers

Lamb is not pleasing to everyone, but those who like it seem to like it a lot. It can have an unpleasing taste if it’s not properly cooked, but you won’t have to worry about that with this delicious honey and lamb shanks recipe made in a slow cooker or Crock pot.

What to do.

1. Melt the butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Add the lamb shanks and brown them on both sides. If you need to raise the heat a little to do this, that’s okay but be sure you don’t let the butter burn.

about 5 minutes. When finished, pour the sauce over the lamb shanks in the slow cooker and cook covered on low for 6 or 7 hours.

2. While the lamb is browning, start the slow cooker on low heat with the lid on so it will be warmed up when you add the shanks. If you are using a crock pot warm in the oven on gas mark 1 or 120C for electric ovens.

5. After the allotted time, remove the cover from the slow cooker and increase the heat level to high. Continue to cook the lamb shanks and honey for another hour and a half so that the orange and honey sauce can thicken. Stir around from time to time if you need to.

3. After the lamb shanks are browned, leave the juices behind in the skillet and add the shanks to the slow cooker. Place the fresh rosemary on top of them. (Note: If you are using dried rosemary, wait and add it with the other spices in a few minutes).

6. To serve the honey lamb shanks, move them from the slow cooker to a serving platter and scoop equal amounts of the orange honey sauce from the cooker onto the lamb. These go well with rice and a fresh salad

4. In the juices left from browning the lamb, sauté the orange rind, the garlic and the onions until the onions are a bit crunchy. When this happens, add the red wine, Worcestershire sauce, the honey, cayenne pepper, the chicken stock, the salt and pepper to your liking, and the dried rosemary if you chose not to use the fresh earlier. Mix all the ingredients and bring them to a simmer for

Tips: Don’t lift the lid to stir, especially if you are cooking on the low setting. Each time you lift the lid, enough heat will escape that the cooking time should be extended by 20 minutes to half an hour. To check progress without lifting the lid, spin or shake the cover until the condensation falls off. Then it’s easy to see inside.

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Quality Materials, Creative Design, Carefully Chosen Colours Transform dark cramped spaces into beautiful, practical, homely kitchens. Designed by Julia Shale of The Bespoke Kitchen Studio Ltd, Longbarn Village, Alcester B49 5JJ. Oak is used in its natural state as well as being hand paint spayed in sage. The delicate oak graining is subtly revealed through the painted finish. Flush mounted task lighting in solid oak lighting boards tie in solid oak shelving elsewhere in the kitchen. Contemporary brush stainless steel handles give good leverage without dominating. Worktops are made in Corian® Colour choice ‘Bone’ with 50mm thick square edge detail. This material has unique properties that make it stand out from the crowd. It can be seamlessly joined. It is smooth and silky to the touch and in non absorbent, therefore does not stain. It can be moulded into curves and offers 50mm edge profile at the same cost as 20mm thickness. For a design consultation contact Julia on: 0845 258 144 or 07958 594737 julia@bespokelongbarn.co.uk www.bespokelongbarn.co.uk

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The Quiz ...Win a Sony 7” Digital Photo Frame!

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It’s so easy! All you have to do is fill in the squares and then piece together the shaded letters to spell out an anagram that reveals something topical during December.

This month we’re giving away a Sony 7” Digital Photo Frame just in time for Christmas, courtesy of J H Thorp Television & Audio!

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