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The Village Breeze EDITOR Sheila J. Bethell MOBILE 0753 441 3055 SALES 01283 814214 EMAIL email@example.com
Welcome NOVEMBER 2020 / ISSUE 110
HELLO and Welcome from your Editor
PARENTING Do Try This at Home...
GARDENING Getting Fruity
LOCALLY Measham Gardening Group
MURRAY CLARKE My Name is Guy Fawkes
TRAVEL Québec City
ANIMAL TALES Heroic Dogs
MOTORING First Drive - VW e-UP!
HOME INTERIORS Making an Entrance
COOK Spiced Tomato & Chickpea Stew
BAKE Fruit & Nut Energy Balls
HEALTH Are You Eating Enough Fibre?
KIDS PUZZLE PAGE Keepers of the Coral Reef
COFFEE BREAK Take 5!
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Our cover image... Far too many people to remember this year... Front and back cover images courtesy of Pixaby.
ello again and welcome…
Someone mentioned ﬁreworks to me recently and my mind went back in time (this happens quite often now!) to my own childhood days and to how different our bonﬁre nights were. The children in our lane would all get together and we’d go scrounging for old clothes to make the ‘guy’ - what fun we had making the chap - it was always a man! We put the guy in the old pram from the washhouse, then off we would go knocking on doors shouting “PENNY FOR THE GUY!” and most folks would give us their loose change, which enabled us to buy a few ﬁreworks. Good old Bangers and remember those Jumping Jacks? No Health and Safety in those days! My Mum spent hours in the kitchen making bonﬁre toffee for us all, whilst we would be building the ﬁre in our back garden, with anything that would burn. Once the ﬁre was lit and the ﬁreworks had been set off, we’d all sit crossed legged around the ﬁre munching on the delights from mum’s kitchen, waiting for the ﬁre to go down so we could eat the jacket potatoes we had hurled into the ﬁre earlier - hot potatoes at the end of a very cold but most enjoyable night! Here’s wishing you all have a safe and enjoyable bonﬁre night! And the thought I will leave you with this month:“Why did Guy Fawkes go to the bonﬁre alone? Because he couldn’t ﬁnd any ‘body’ to go with.” Until next time…
Sheila NOVEMBER 2020
Do Try This at
ERE’S a few fun science experiments that the whole family will enjoy...
A HOMEMADE LAVA LAMP This lava lamp is short-lived, but pretty magical. You’ll need: • A glass • Vegetable oil • Water • A bright food colouring (e.g. red or green) • An Alka-Seltzer tablet What to do:
COLOUR CHANGING FLOWERS
This one requires a bit of patience but minimum eﬀort.
For this experiment, you probably have everything you need already.
You’ll need: • A glass • Ice cubes • Salt • String
• Fill the glass to about halfway with vegetable oil. • Add around a ﬁfth of a glass of water. • Add around 10 drops of food colouring. • Drop in the Alka-Seltzer tablet and watch the marvel unfold.
• White ﬂowers (ideally largish ones, rather than daisies) • Glass jars or drinking glasses • Food colourings (ideally at least three diﬀerent ones) • Water
Why it works:
What to do:
The oil ﬂoats on the water. When you drop the tablet in, it reacts with the water to make carbon dioxide bubbles. They carry the coloured water to the top, before popping and sinking back down.
• Fill each jar half-full with water. • Add at least 10 drops of food colouring to each jar, so each one has diﬀerent coloured water. • Cut each ﬂower stem diagonally and pop one ﬂower in each jar. • Check on the ﬂowers every hour. Within 12 hours, they’ll have turned from white to the colour of the water. Why it works: The ﬂowers ‘drink’ the water and move it to the petals.
What to do: • Dangle a piece of string in the glass with one hand. • Pop ice cubes into the glass so that it’s at least half-full. • Can you pull the ice-cubes out of the glass using the string? • Repeat the ﬁrst two steps. • Pour a couple of tablespoons of salt over the ice cubes and the string. • Wait 10 seconds and pull the string out. • This time, the ice cubes should come out with the string. Why it works: The salt makes the edges of the ice cubes start to melt but then they partially refreeze, sticking to the string as they do.
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OU can grow fruit in your garden even when short on space, by making the fruit work in more ways than one and making the best use of their good looks. At this time of year the widest selection of fruit plants is available from specialist fruit nurseries as ‘bare root’ plants, and this is also the perfect time to plant fruit. A simple metal arch can be used to train tree fruit such as apples or pears up the sides and over the top. For perfect pollination (and maximum crops), plant two diﬀerent apples in the same pollination group on each side of the arch. You can use cordon apples or simple ‘whips’ (straight stems). A good fruit tree nursery will be able to advise on the best combinations. Cherries can do surprisingly well in a large pots, planters or a wooden half-barrel. The combination of their lovely white spring blossom and tasty summer fruit makes then an attractive plant for a sunny, sheltered patio or back yard. Choose a cherry on a ‘dwarﬁng rootstock’ such as Gisela 5 to ensure it does not get too big. There are many types of fruit that take up extremely little space, such as Ballerina apples; alternatively, train cordon apples or pears vertically and spaced 60-90cm (2-3ft) apart to form columnar trees. Prune the fruiting laterals
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in summer and restrict the tree height to 1.8-2.4m (6-8ft). Ideal for the front of a vegetable plot or a ﬂower border, a stepover is trained to form one ‘arm’ of fruit to the left and one to the right, generally about 45cm (18ins) above ground level (hence the name); you can buy these ready-trained. Vines can produce a good crop in the UK in a sheltered, sunny spot. They can be trained up walls or over a pergola to create shade. Many have fabulous autumnal colours. There are peach varieties nowadays that grow well and produce a worthwhile crop. Avalon is recommended for its ability to crop if you have
space, but there are several varieties available on suﬃciently dwarﬁng root stocks that do well in good-sized containers. Peach Bonanza grafted on to a St Julien rootstock is compact, has attractive pink blossom and, despite its dwarf size, produces full-sized fruit. Hybrid berries can also be trained over arches to form shade and a delicious crop – I recommend loosely tying them to a chunky wooden arch. You can then enjoy the ﬂowers followed by the rich good looks of the fruit. Strawberries in pots can crop heavily if kept well fed and watered. Either plant them into a large pot or container full of good quality compost, or use a strawberry planter with individual planting holes into each of which a strawberry plant is placed. It looks good and makes it harder for slugs and snails to get to the fruit!
Visit Pippa’s website (www.pippagreenwood.com) to book Pippa for a gardening talk at your gardening club or as an after-dinner speaker. NOVEMBER 2020 | 09
My Name is So... every year, around this time, I have a problem! Especially on the fifth of November! You see, my name is Fawkes, Guy Fawkes! Yes, same as the chap who took part in the failed attempt to blow up The Houses of Parliament in 1605. I blame my parents. They could have christened me Graham or George – or even Gabriel. Anything but… Guy! Friends and family come up to me and say things like: ‘Where’s your gunpowder, mate?’ I smile sweetly and bite my tongue. It got me thinking about people I know with famous or infamous names. A friend of mine, Tim Johnson, a staunch Tory, called his son, Boris. (Say no more!) And Detective Sergeant Hanratty, a CID officer in the local police force, had a wicked sense of humour the day he decided to name his lad: James. If you remember, James Hanratty was the A6 murderer — one of the last criminals in this country to be hanged in April 1962! When my neighbour’s wife was pregnant, Mrs. Thatcher, convinced she was expecting a girl, chose the name Margaret for her newborn. Imagine her bitter disappointment when the mewling and puking child turned out to be a little boy! Of course, having a name like Guy Fawkes has its advantages — gets me an invite to all the best Bonfire Celebrations in the area! At first, I didn’t mind. ‘Please come and light our bonfire, Mr Fawkes,’ they’d plead. ‘And bring a few fireworks with you!’ Cost me a bloomin’ fortune, it did! Mind you, my presence at a bonfire doesn’t always guarantee everything will run smoothly! Oh, no! Take last year for example: I swear it wasn’t me who, in their enthusiasm to light the blue touchpaper and send a skyrocket zooming into the cool night air, forgot to set the correct angle of trajectory. The damn thing shot upwards, straight as a telegraph pole . . . and straight down again —
Guy Fawkes landing bang in the middle of a large box of fireworks! Did I say “bang”? We were lucky no one was injured or killed! Then there was 2008: the early November fog didn’t help that year. It was a real pea souper. Just as the display was about to start, dense fog swirled down from nowhere. Couldn’t see a thing above twenty feet! All that money wasted! There’s no way that I could be blamed for the disastrous bonfire party that I attended in 2017. After all, I’m not a meteorologist. Forked lightning! Deafening thunder! Torrential rain! I’ve never seen anything like it! Soaked everything. My pitiful attempts to light the towering bonfire with gallons of petrol, were thwarted when a giant flame leapt towards me, singeing my bushy eyebrows and changing my hairstyle beyond recognition! The bonfire party was abandoned shortly after that, and everybody retired, thankfully, to the local hostelry where I gulped down more pints of strong ale than were good for my liver! This year, 2020, the Organising Committee has excelled itself raising funds to purchase fireworks for the annual extravaganza. A staggering total of... well, let’s just say: a great deal of dosh! In return, I’ve been trusted with arranging a spectacular and unforgettable display of dazzling pyrotechnics — the like of which the town has never seen before. The Treasurer has handed over the cash for me to buy the fireworks. The trouble is, I can’t decide how best to spend the money! The choices seem overwhelming. I’ve always fancied a holiday in southern Spain, or maybe the Bahamas. Or I’m told that Cape Verdi, off the west coast of Africa, is very pleasant at this time of the year. As I said: spoilt for choice! I’ve been taken advantage of for too long by so many people — just because of who I am: Guy Fawkes. Perhaps I should change my name by deed poll. What do you reckon? Any ideas…?
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N 1534 French explorer Jacques Cartier planted a cross on the shores of Gaspé Bay, claiming the land for his king. But for seventy years or so the 'New France' was a distant dream, until Samuel de Champlain set up a trading post along the 'Kebec', the 'narrowing waters' of the St Lawrence River. Rival settlers soon brought ongoing conﬂict and, on the strategic Diamond Cape high above the river, the so-called 'Gibraltar of Canada' fell to English rule in 1759. Today sprinkled with English traditions yet ﬁercely loyal to its French roots, language included, the provincial capital is hailed as one of the most attractive cities on the continent.
On the Plains of Abraham where the ﬁnal battle took place, history is recalled among quiet groves and picnic spots. Just a stroll away the Grande Allée is an elegant tree-lined boulevard, nicknamed Champs-Elysées, while on Parliament Hill the National Assembly sits in an opulent building, in French Renaissance style, topped by a lofty tower. The nearby St Louis' gate leads into the Vieux Québec, the only remaining walled city in North America. First there's the Upper Town gathered around the Chateau Frontenac, bristling with tower, turrets and copper roof. Now a nostalgic century-old hotel, it welcomes royalty, leaders and stars close to the site where French governors resided. Meanwhile, visitors stroll along the Duﬀerin Terrace, a magical place with glorious river views and the joyful ambience of musicians and artists. You ﬁnd historic buildings and
statues, among them Champlain who founded the city in 1608, a 350-year-old cathedral, a Holy Trinity modelled on St-Martin-in-the-Fields and a UNESCO monument celebrating the title granted in 1985 to the ﬁrst North American city. Ride a horse-drawn carriage or explore on foot and you discover neat stone houses with pastel frames, ﬂeur-de-lys on the blue Québec ﬂag and myriad treasures hidden in the lanes. Next, wander around the citadel that took over thirty years to complete. The 22nd Royal Regiment still parades on the grounds, very English-like in red tunics and bearskin hats. The Lower Town beckons down steep slopes and 'Breakneck Stairs' or a short scenic ride in the old funicular, gazing at dormer windows and rooftops, a cruise ship or two below the cape and ferries sailing across the river. The rail track ends in the former house of Mississippi explorer, Louis Jolliet, in the delightful district of Petit-Champlain. Once the humble home of artisans and traders, it's a bustling little place with winding lanes and pretty squares glistening with cobbles, peppered with French bakeries, outdoor cafés, restaurants and boutiques full of arts and craft. Just down the road, a lovely promenade invites walkers and cyclists to enjoy the old port and the quiet marina behind the lock. But most breathtaking is the harbour cruise with costumed guide, revealing the bucolic Orleans Island, the sparkling Montmorency Falls and the city's historic skyline mirrored like a fairy tale in the great St Lawrence on its way to the ocean.
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HILST technology oﬀers some amazing new ways of tracking down lost people and animals, there are many rescue scenarios where dogs’ natural skills have proven inﬁnitely superior to high-tech gadgets. Here we look at the way their unique abilities are being harnessed to save lives.itis is not always easy, but do not despair as there is help available. ‘Newfies’, superdogs of the sea Possessed of unusual strength and resilience, Newfoundland dogs (pictured left) were highly valued by Canadian ﬁshermen, who also prized their calm and loyal nature. With their muscular build, thick coats and webbed paws, Newfoundlands are completely at home in the water. At Portishead Marina near Bristol, a charity called Newfound Friends makes the most of the Newﬁes’ remarkable talents. The dogs not only work in children’s hospices as therapy dogs, they also take part in sea rescues and rescue training, showing oﬀ their skills at festivals across the UK. Ellie Bedford, a volunteer and trainer with the charity, told the TV channel Beastly: “No human can do what these dogs can do. I’m a lifeguard myself and I would struggle to tow two people, whereas these guys can pull in ten people.” A bad start for Bear Today many diﬀerent breeds are used in search and rescue operations, but the victims they search for are not always human. This year’s terrible bushﬁres in Australia displaced and killed up to three billion wild animals, including thousands of koala bears. During an epic rescue mission in some of the areas worst hit by the bushﬁres, a very special Australian Koolie dog – aptly named ‘Bear’ – was brought in to search for surviving koalas. Bear was brought up in a domestic setting, but with his high energy levels and obsessive/compulsive behaviours it quickly became clear that he was never going to be a family pet. Fortunately an animal
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conservation charity spotted his potential after he was abandoned by his owners. “He was a very high-energy young adult and apparently ate the whole flat he was living in,” his trainer Romane Cristescu told the Australian Geographic magazine. Ironically the qualities that made him unsuitable as a pet have made him the perfect rescue dog. Romane puts Bear’s previous bad behaviour down to boredom, commenting: “his worst nightmare is to be left behind when you go to work.” However, once the dog started his koala detection training, he showed an outstanding ability to locate suﬀering animals. Raising rescuers’ spirits Bear rescued a hundred koalas that would have otherwise have died in the blackened and burned-out landscape of the Australian bush. In addition to this impressive record, he has also played an important role in keeping his human team-mates’ spirits up. It seems that hero animals such as Newfound Friends’ therapy dogs and Aussie koala tracker Bear not only protect humans and animals, they also have a profound eﬀect on our mental health. Australian travel presenter and wildlife campaigner Tyson Mayr told the News.com.au website: “I quickly saw just how much of an impact [Bear] was having, not just with the koalas he was saving, but also the smiles he was bringing to the already tired and exhausted wildlife carers, rescuers and vets from around the country.”
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OLKSWAGEN has improved its electric e-Up! but how have things changed? Jack Evans ﬁnds out.
What is it? In the race to gain EV supremacy, it seems that many manufacturers have forgotten that often the best application of electric technology is in smaller city cars – such as Volkswagen’s new e-Up! EV, which has been given bigger batteries to improve that allimportant range. What’s new? The exterior of the e-Up! doesn’t look particularly diﬀerent from the car it replaces, with the bulk of the changes being under the skin. As well as boosting the battery count to improve range, VW has added the ability to fast-charge the car. What’s under the bonnet? The e-Up! has an electric motor linked to a 32.3kWh battery. Power reaches the front wheels through a single-speed gearbox, and in total it pushes out 80.5bhp and a healthy 210Nm of torque. The e-Up takes 11.6 seconds from 0-60mph with a maximum speed of 81mph, with a claimed 159 miles between charges. Combined charging system technology gives an 80 per cent charge in just an hour from zero, via a 40kW DC charger. A standard domestic wall box takes four hours, while using a three-pin plug needs around 16 hours for a full charge.
How does it look? We like the undercover looks of the eUp! Slim LED running lights up front help diﬀerentiate it, while the charging port is where you’d usually ﬁnd the ﬁller cap. The compact proportions lend the Up! to town driving and it’s a doddle to park. It’s conservatively styled for an electric vehicle but this should appeal to many.
What’s it like inside? The cabin of the e-Up! is business as usual. The forward part of the interior feels uncluttered, the steering wheel has plenty of adjustment, the seats are comfortable and forward visibility is good. Our ﬁve-door model granted easy access to the rear of the car and had adequate rear legroom, though headroom is limited for very tall passengers.
What’s the spec like? Our test car came in at a reasonable £20,555 after the government’s plug-in car grant. Cruise control, parking sensors at both front and rear and a rear-view camera are standard, while a ﬁveinch colour touchscreen system houses Bluetooth connectivity and DAB radio. Volkswagen includes a 16amp charging cable for use at wall boxes and charge points, and a 10amp cable for mains charging.
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Verdict The plucky e-Up! has hit the nail on the head, and with around 150 miles per charge oﬀers a genuinely usable range. The ability to fast charge means much shorter wait times if you do need to plug in. Most importantly, however, the e-Up! is fun, and that’s certainly an aspect that many EVs have missed from the process of driving.
Entrance Making an
OUR hallway needs to be a good-looking, welcoming space for visitors and a practical storage area for everyday bits and bobs. Get the basics right, says Katherine, and the rest will follow.
Colour and pattern for the walls Choose a paint colour or wallpaper that you love, and that coordinates with the colours visible in adjoining rooms. While pale colours reﬂect light and emphasise space, dark schemes can be cosy and interesting. It’s sensible to protect the lower halves of the walls from wear if you have young children and pets. Extra-tough paint is a good choice, or consider a dado rail with tongue-and-groove panelling, tiles or hard-wearing vinyl wallpaper cladding the walls below. Patterned tiles or embossed wallpapers are appropriate for older properties with period features.
Choosing the right flooring Flooring should be durable, non-slip, dirtresistant and easy to keep clean. Tiles are easy to care for, and options include stone, ceramic or quarry, or colourful Victorian encaustic. Floorboards or parquet need regular polishing or waxing, but avoid cheap wood laminates that may not last long. Good quality vinyl ﬂooring is sturdy, cleanable and carpetright.co.uk comfortable underfoot. A luxurious dark wool carpet in an 80:20 mix of wool and nylon with a twist pile should withstand heavy usage, or how about tough natural matting such as coir, sisal or rush? Lighting makes all the difference Halls should be welcoming, lead the eye into your home and safely illuminate steps or thresholds. Consider a specialist light-reﬂecting paint or wallpaper with a metallic sheen, and add a large mirror. Wall lights are not ideal in a narrow hall; recessed ceiling downlights 20 | THE VILLAGE BREEZE
dunelm.com are better or, if ceilings are high, a pendant (or a row of them) works well.
Storage is essential Built-in storage makes the most of every inch of space. Shallow, ﬂoor-toceiling cupboards with doors the same colour as the walls, or mirrored to maximise light, will hold masses yet be barely noticeable. Alternatively, use freestanding, perhaps vintoakfurnitureland.co.uk age or upcycled, cupboards, sideboards or benches. Umbrella stands, dog beds and boot racks suit spacious, country-style halls, while narrow, urban halls might beneﬁt from a high-up bike hook and a slim radiator shelf for post and keys. Add a finishing touch In a hall with windows, choose blinds or curtains that complement the space. A ﬂoor runner adds pattern and texture on hard ﬂoors but needs a non-slip underlay. Hang paintings or photographs in coordinating frames on the walls, in rows or informal groupings. Perhaps add plants, books or a lamp on a console table for a beautiful display that creates a lovely welcome to your home.
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SERVES 4 • READY IN 50 MINS
Chickpea Spiced Tomato &
This warming veggie stew will hit the spot on a cold autumn evening. Serve with steamed couscous or orzo pasta instead of rice, if preferred. YOU WILL NEED... • • • • • • • • • • • • •
1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp smoked paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree 1 tsp brown sugar 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed Salt and freshly ground black pepper Cooked long grain rice, to serve 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley, to garnish
HERE’S WHAT TO DO... 1 Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and fry for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden, adding the garlic after 5 minutes. 2 Stir in the spices and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant then add the tomatoes, puree and sugar. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. 3 Stir in the chickpeas and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve with cooked long grain rice and garnished with the parsley. TOP TIP... Stir a handful of baby spinach leaves in to the stew just before the end of cooking time, if liked. 24 | THE VILLAGE BREEZE
MAKES 14 • READY IN 30 MINS PLUS CHILLING
Energy Fruit & Nut
These no-bake energy balls are packed with dried fruit and nuts and are great for on-the-go snacks. They can be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks.
YOU WILL NEED... • • • • • • • •
50g hazelnuts, chopped 50g pecans, chopped 50g dried ready-to-eat apricots, chopped 50g Medjool dates, stones removed and chopped 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted 50g desiccated coconut 1 tbsp honey or agave syrup
HERE’S WHAT TO DO... 1 Place the hazelnuts and pecans in a food processor and pulse until ﬁnely ground. 2 Add the apricots, dates, peanut butter, coconut oil and half the coconut to the processor and process until everything is combined. Add the honey or agave syrup and pulse brieﬂy. 3 Divide and shape the mixture into about 14 balls. Spread the rest of the coconut on a plate and roll each ball in the coconut to coat. Chill for 1 hour or until ﬁrm. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. TOP TIP... Use any combination of nuts you prefer and replace the dried apricots with dried ﬁgs or prunes for a change of ﬂavour. NOVEMBER 2020
GUTS UK CHARITY
Are You Eating Enough
IBRE is the indigestible part of plant-based foods that does not get absorbed into our body. Many of us are aware of ﬁbre and know it’s an important component of any healthy diet, yet most of us don’t eat enough of it. We used to believe that ﬁbre didn’t do much at all, assuming that because the human body couldn’t digest it, it just ‘travelled’ through our digestive system. In fact, ﬁbre is absolutely vital for gut health, helping to prevent constipation and even bowel cancer. Perhaps most importantly, ﬁbre is the food for over 100 trillion microorganisms that live in your gut. This ‘good gut bacteria’ is vital to your well-being, defending against harmful microorganisms and easing absorption of some essential vitamins. Therefore, it’s important that we feed it! “The average person in the UK eats less than 20g of fibre per day, or less than two-thirds of the recommended 30g amount. Through recent research, we know that additional fibre in the diet reduces the risk of chronic common conditions, such as bowel cancer, cardiovascular disease, strokes and type 2 diabetes,” says Julie Thompson (pictured above, left), specialist dietician and information manager at Guts UK charity. Foods that are rich in ﬁbre include wholegrain cereals, wholewheat pasta, oats and wholegrain bread. Fruit and vegetables such as berries, pears, melon, oranges, broccoli, carrots and sweetcorn are also rich in ﬁbre, as are peas, beans, pulses, nuts, seeds and potatoes. There are a number of simple steps you can take to increase your ﬁbre intake, like swapping to
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wholegrain bread, opting for wholewheat pasta or choosing potatoes with skins, such as baked potatoes, wedges or boiled new potatoes. Think about adding beans, lentils or chickpeas to stews, curries and salads. “If you are planning to increase the amount of fibre in your diet, you should do this gradually,” Julie continued. “Increasing your fibre intake suddenly can cause symptoms such as wind and bloating”. The science never lies. A paper published in the Lancet medical journal that analysed 185 studies and 58 clinical trials discovered just how important ﬁbre can be in contributing to a long and healthy life. “The paper suggests that if you shifted 1,000 people from a low fibre diet (less than 15g) to a high-fibre one (25-29g), it would prevent thirteen deaths and six cases of heart disease,” Julie explained. “It’s simple – the more fibre we eat, the better!” Guts UK is the charity for the digestive system. The digestive system is truly fascinating, but it is very complex. Millions are aﬀected by digestive diseases, yet our guts have been underfunded and misunderstood for decades. With new knowledge and research, we can diagnose earlier, develop kinder treatments and ultimately, a cure. Learn more at gutscharity.org.uk, call 01484 483 123 or email email@example.com – we’re here to help.
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Lest We Forget... Remembrance Sunday 8th November, 2020