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Join us on Saturday 23rd our November for Beaujolais Breakfast 5 delicious courses for just g £25 pp includin half bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau

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Belvoir Interiors Beautifully Designed Kitchens

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‘No one ever regretted buying quality’ Belvoir Interiors have been trading since 1969 and have been selling kitchens and interiors in Newark for over 25 years. We offer kitchens for every budget and style. From Traditional shaker kitchens to modern high gloss. Whether you are planning a new kitchen, building a new home or remodelling your existing kitchen, we’d love to hear from you, we can put your ideas into practice with a design service that represents exactly what you want, tailored to match your lifestyle and to suit your home, bring us your measurements for a free design and no obligation quote, appointments aren’t always necessary.


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OPENING HOURS Our normal opening hours are; Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm Sundays - Closed

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In this issue...

Karols Korner

8 - 10 A brand new look at Newark Academy

Welcome to the November issue! As I write this it’s a bright sunny day & hard to believe its almost November! The clocks go back and the nights draw in again & it’s soon time to get the heating on again. Not forgetting Bonfire night, please consider your pets around this time and make sure they are safe & secure and if you are having a bonfire or fireworks yourself, don’t forget to check for Hedgehogs sleeping underneath it before you light it. This month we are looking in depth at Newark Academy and Education available to our children, and also at wonderful weddings. Lots of great articles to read and tips for making your wedding day really special. Have a go at our puzzles and competitions, someone has to win these lovely prizes and it could be YOU! Have a great November and don’t forget to check on the website to see what’s going on in and around NG24, this month. If you have something going on, please let us know and we can put it on our calendar on the website FREE OF CHARGE. Have a great read!



Networking to grow your Business Feature


Professional Legal & Accounting Clinic


Weddings special, what’s hot & what’s not


Take 5 – Novembers Short Story


Cryptic crossword


Whats on around & about in November


Competition Page – Free draws & great prizes to be won!


Do you love coffee? Café Amore spills the beans!


Local Business – Use Locally to help the community


Gardening – Ground Cover by Pippa Greenwood


Titan Storage Solutions - clear away your clutter before Christmas

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Nest-Building For Beginners I recently moved in with my girlfriend. I’ve never lived with just a girl before, which I guess means I am now officially a grown-up.

by Chris Russell

This is all very exciting, and so far it’s proving to be completely lovely. We have a great little place in London with a garden and a breakfast bar, and we’re cultivating our own private scene of domestic bliss. But I will say this - things change when you progress from the world of house-sharing to the world of co-habitation. We had friends round to the QHZSODFHIRUWKHĂ€UVWWLPHODVW night, and while I was giving WKHPWKHRIĂ€FLDOWRXURQH asked: “So how have things changed now you’re living with your girlfriend?â€? I didn’t need to say anything - I just pointed to the bottle of Lemon Blossom & White Rose luxury handwash by the sink. Until I moved in with my girlfriend, I hadn’t been especially aware of a nascent nesting instinct in her. But it turns out said instinct was merely lying dormant, like a volcano, or a snoozing puma, because the minute we set foot through the door, the beast was unleashed. 7KHKRXVHEHJDQWRĂ€OOXS with knick-knacks and candles and posh crisps and carafes. We have glass vases full of champagne corks, and our pasta is all in jars. There are four hundred different types RIRLOE\WKHKREIURPWUXIĂ H and ground-nut to extra virgin and garlic-infused. A few


days into our tenancy I found my girlfriend in the kitchen, scrolling through an iPhone app with a wild look in her eyes. ‘Are you OK?’ I think her hands might actually have been shaking. ‘I can’t... stop... buying... tea towels.’ And this was true. We now have an army of those novelty tea towels with London place names written on them, and she is also threatening to invest in a set of matching cushions. Last weekend I found out how much cushions cost, and let’s just say that you shouldn’t spend that amount of a money on a single item for your house unless it’s your ACTUAL HOUSE. The other thing is slate coasters. We have slate coasters now. And although I worry that slate coasters will look to future generations the way orange and brown furniture looked to mine, I am rather fond of them. I like to imagine that viking warriors - were they the sort to worry about leaving rings on their antique tables - would have used slate FRDVWHUVIRUWKHLUĂ DJRQVRI beer, although of course they’d probably have made them themselves by biting chunks off cliff-edges, as opposed to buying them from Oliver Bonas like we did. But anyway,

I digress. My girlfriend bought the coasters in question, and positioned them neatly on the faux-country wooden tray with the French writing on it, next to the whisky tumblers. They were wrapped up in brown string, which looked rather fetching, but when I made a move to unwrap them I was instructed that now was not the time for unwrapping the slate coasters. I was then informed that while the point at which it was okay to untie the coasters would one day be upon us, advance knowledge of this date would not be provided to me. It would just suddenly happen, much like the second coming of Christ. The coasters have, incidentally, now been set free, so you really must come over for a cuppa sometime. We’re working on a medley of tartan cushions that’ll blow your mind... Chris is a freelance writer and musician with internationallyrenowned rock band The Lightyears. The Lightyears, voted the UK’s BEST POP/ ROCK ACT at the Indy Awards, have played Wembley Stadium, toured across four continents and released a record with Sting’s producer. Chris has recently completed KLVÀUVWERRN´0RFNVWDUV¾ based on The Lightyears’ tour diaries. Find out more at www.

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Newark Academy 56% 5 A*-C including English and Maths at GCSE (highest in Newark and higher than many local Lincolnshire schools) and 100% A Level pass rate.


ewark Academy is producing very confident and impressive students, and very good results, beating all GCSE predictions this year. This is certainly a good way of measuring whether to send your child to any school. But it’s not the only measure of a Schools success. One of the most impressive things about a school is how they engage with their students


and how the students grow pastorally. Newark Academy is excelling in this area. The students have tangible pride in the reinvigorated School, - Karine Jasper (Principal) and her team have rejuvenated the tired old buildings and made essential repairs to her students advantage. Simple things, such as every door displays a sign stating “Mr ….. is reading…..” – and the inspirational quotes on the outside walls of buildings, become

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5 reasons reasons to to join join us us EExcellent xcellent Sixth Sixth Form Form right right on on your your doorstep doorstep 100% pa pass ss rrate ate in in 2013 2013 St Study udy Russell-group Russell-group approved approved subjects subjects that that will will he help lp ge g gett you university orr employment you iinto ntto u niversity o employment TTake ake part part in in enrichment enrichment activities activities to to make make your your CV CV or or university more u niversity application application eeven ven m ore iimpressive mpressive BBelgium, elgium, Ge Germany, rmany, IItaly, taly, M Morocco, orocco, TThailand hailand - EExplore xplore the our many the world world on on o ur m any ttrips rips

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Use Locally - Issue 7 November 2013 discussion points for students to the highly accessible teachers. The open door policy extends right up to Karine, where students and staff will find their opinions being sought. There is a real spirit of community and cooperation at the School. Mrs Jasper stated that the last year has been “The journey of my life” and there is clearly a rapport between the students and the Principal. This extends to many of the staff, several of whom run after school clubs, giving up their own time to do so. Whilst timetabled lessons run from 8.50am to 3.15pm, the school is open from 8am till 5.30pm, giving access to the library, and students can breakfast together. Even members of staff eat in the café.

& pupils, and the commitment on both sides is strong.

Karine and her team have experience in the design and building of a new school, and relocation of the school. This knowledge will allow a smooth transition into the new £20 million, 3 storey superschool. The diggers arrive in June 2014, and the planned occupation of the new build happens in January 2016.

Karine Jasper’s vision for the school is that it provides an environment that is big enough to offer a wide choice of curriculum, but small enough to have a family feel, family’s being the house system which have also been reintroduced. School is there to train students to what they need, not necessarily what they want – a very important distinction.

Promising plans are already in effect, from the newly designed uniforms (given free to all new students), free bus transport around the locality, social areas outside for students to sit together, a new Heads of Year system, a newly designed logo and a buddy system of year 8 students for all new year 7 arrivals in their important first year at “big” school.

Challenge days also feature on the calendar, these are days where each year group gets to grip with meaty and sometimes uncomfortable age appropriate subjects such as Cyber bullying, Finance skills, Effective team working, and Tackling problems and improving resilience for learning.

These are some of the changes brought in, but how can you really turn around an entire culture? The biggest thing I heard over and over from the students is that they feel heard, their opinion matters, they have a say in the running of the school, and importantly, things are actioned. Starting with the Year 7 teambuilding camping trip to Walesby, allowing the children to bond with each other and get to know the teachers, moving on to year 8’s taking on the responsibility of junior prefects and buddies for y7s, to the electronically recorded ‘Sleuth” reward system, which rewards all children for good behavior, even the children who behave well normally (and are often forgotten about in other schools), up to and including sixth form. There is an expectation that children arrive at school “ready to learn” and that the teachers arrive at school “ready to teach” This culture provides a deliberate agreement between staff 10

Karine has high expectations of her students & the new leadership team, and they are rising to the challenge. One of the big events the students are working on this year is the school production of “Oh What a Lovely War” being performed in 2 venues, Newark of course, and also in Ypres, timed to coincide with the 100 year anniversary celebrations of WW1. Students can also take part in the World Challenge, the 2015 trip taking them to Thailand, to experience a different culture. This could be a life changing experience. Above all the overriding atmosphere at Newark Academy is enthusiasm and pride in the school; I met with 3 members of the student council, Christopher Rollin, Bradley Smart, and Chloe Ellerby. The last word goes to them “Newark Academy is a place where we all have the chance to be the smart people” I think that is praise indeed.

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PROGRESS Misprint in October Issue Last month we printed an article about the opening of Lancaster Grange Care Home, in Fernwood, where we repeatedly referred to Lancaster Grange as Lancaster Gate.


We would like to point out to all our readers that we of course were referring to the brand new state of the art home in Fernwood, LANCASTER GRANGE, and apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Tuxford Primary Academy Telephone: 01777 870482 Newark Rd, Tuxford, Newark, NG22 ONA

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High Academic Standards & Superb Facilities

Small class sizes and happy successful students Outstanding individual care for every child Academic enrichment programme Stunning facilities for Music, Art and Design Technology Superb sporting and extra curricular opportunities Flexible, weekly and full boarding available Generous scholarships and bursaries Extensive bus service – see website for details Join us for our Open Days to experience life at Worksop College...

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News from Lancaster Grange It has been an extremely busy few weeks for Lancaster Grange care home since our opening in early August. From our VIP opening on the 17th September to our Open Weekend complete with fly past on the following Saturday, our doors have been open and we have welcomed many new and now returning visitors to the home. Our first residents have now settled into the home and we have also been able to offer respite or short stays for several families - who have all enjoyed their time with us and we are looking forward to seeing again over the coming months. Prior to the home opening we were lucky enough work with Steve Pask from Newark College and several of his Construction and Engineering students who approached the home regarding a project to produce a Weather Vane, which you may well have now seen when driving past the home. Based on the Lancaster Bomber this fantastic Vane has certainly since created some interest. This week we were able to thank Steve

and Jeanette from the college by presenting them with a donation for the College and an Annual Student Award for Outstanding Achievement. We are hoping to work with the team on future projects in our home. Situated on the edge of Fernwood, we offer a warm welcome in a homely and comfortable atmosphere. Amanda and the team are currently developing a great calendar of social activities to cater for all tastes, giving residents the opportunity to meet friends and discover new interests together. Many of these will be open to the community and we are starting with the launch of our Coffee Mornings from 10-12am on every first Thursday of the month. Why not come and join us on Thursday 7th

November for refreshments and entertainment? Lancaster Grange's surroundings and services are tailored to accommodate people requiring different types of care - from residential and nursing, to dedicated dementia care. Providing high-quality services in a first-class care setting is something we are proud of and we are already building a great reputation as can be seen from the recommendations that we are receiving. We are committed to providing the best possible care, promoting dignity, independence and choice and are happy to discuss the care choices and options available - familiarisation days or respite stays can be arranged so that interested individuals can see just what life at Lancaster Grange is like and our staff are always happy to help with this transition. At Lancaster Grange, as in many Barchester homes, dementia services are offered in a unique care environment called a Memory Lane community. The purposeful design encourages people living with dementia to lead a full and active life. The living space promotes interaction, for example, facilities such as life-skills kitchens and a laundry allow Memory Lane residents to continue to experience the familiarity of everyday household tasks like setting the table or baking. So if your needs or those of a relative or friend should change in relation to the levels of residential care or nursing required, there is now support and advice on hand locally to help you make informed decisions about the future. Caren Billingsley, General Manager at Lancaster Grange, has a wealth of experience in health and social care both as a qualified nurse and as a successful manager. Caren said: "The best way to find out about the care we provide is to come and visit us and get a good feel about what Lancaster Grange is all about and how we adapt care to meet your needs or those of a relative or friend. We aim to be fully engaged in community life in and around Newark and friends and family are welcomed at all times.�

If you would like to take the opportunity to have a glimpse of what Lancaster Grange is all about, please contact Caren or Lisa on 01636 594300 or call in to find out more.

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4N Works! Great Networking in Newark Are you looking for ways to grow your business, your contacts & your trusted list of suppliers? Then look no further than 4Networking in Newark. 4Networking Newark meets fortnightly at The Roman Way, just off the A1 & A46 roundabout, offering a great breakfast and great networking for local businesses. 4Networking, unlike some other breakfast networking groups, is relaxed and friendly – and as it doesn’t have an exclusivity of business sector, the freedom to collaborate and compare notes with others in your line of business far outweighs any so-called threat of being in the same room, and, with it’s fantastic Online Networking platform, it also gives you easy access to thousands of SME’s right across the UK 24/7 – a fantastic service for members. 4N members become ‘passporters’ – able to use their membership online and face to face at any of the 4N groups, of which there are 10 in a thirty mile radius of Newark alone!

Area Leader for the Newark group, and she says It’s great to hear the success stories that new members have through doing business with people they meet, like, know and trust – 4N not only provides a great environment for small businesses to grow, but also a social network to help break the isolation of running a business on your own’. Interested? Why not join the team for their next meetings in October? Portia Green, of Meerkat Telemarketing, Marketing Assistant for the group would also be delighted to see you – “4Networking is not just about business, it’s also about building relationships, and provides a great environment to support women in business too”. TO FIND OUT MORE, JUST CALL ONE OF THE TEAM, OR VISIT THE WEBSITE: Nathan Eaves - 01529 421 748 Portia Green - 01636 610794 Laurence Childs - 07501 043779 Sheena Whyatt – 07825 173901

Group Leader Nathan Eaves, of Tactix for Business says “4N is a great way to build your business – you get the opportunity to have 3 business appointments at every meeting, with no pressure to bring referrals or be the only service provider in the room. 4N works, it really does’. Laurence Childs, Operations Assistant for the group agrees – “4N really does work - I took a lead from a fellow 4N member earlier this year and was able to help a small building firm employing about a dozen people with 5 office staff, they wanted to have their email and file storage moved to the cloud and have a new PC for their new office premises, a great referral that became great business for us’. 4Networking is a simple and effective membership organisation open to everyone – each meeting follows the same organised structure of open networking & three 10 minute 1-2-1 business appointments, and once you join, you have the freedom to network at any 4N meeting, anywhere, anytime. There is no pressure to bring visitors – in fact, 4N will reward you with free membership for every new visitor you bring along who decides to join – another great bonus of 4N membership.

“Professional B2B telemarketing at its best” Buisness Development Locally, Nationally & Internationally 07974 276554

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Women In Rural Enterprise aka WIRE Calling ALL business women in the Notts/Lincs/Leics area , self employed, employed, business managers/ owners/ directors... all women who are in business.... Come and join our WiRE network meeting in Nottinghamshire. We will help you grow your business, your network and gain development for yourself, as well as be amongst a positive group of like-minded women. We know how important meeting with like-minded businesswomen is and we understand how your networks can improve your skills, boost your confidence and bring you new business. WiRE Networks provide the opportunity to share knowledge, ideas,

expertise and generate business growth. Getting involved in your local WiRE network is a great business decision, an investment

Get a Life! Helping you to live with purpose and passion. Coaching, Holistic therapies and Workshops. Tel: 07973 527572

Naomi Johnson PURRFECTLY SOCIAL 01777 249075

Claire Weingaertner 01777 712762 Have a regular income forever by helping your friends save money on their bills 0800 093 4869 07970390233

for your business, your future, your local economy and community. WiRE is unique in its approach to business help, invaluable to all rural women in business of any kind, at any level at any stage, from the established business or growing business, to new or potential businesses. Everyone is welcome to come to meetings, and to visit twice before you join. Meetings are ÂŁ5.00 for members & ÂŁ10.00 for non-members Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month, 6.30pm - 8.30pm at The Roman Way, Premier Inn, Newark For further information please contact Lisa Whitehead, 07973 527572 Email:

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Mel Downing Tel: 01909 591972


Lisa Gates Spiritual Counsellor, Healer and Astrologer 01949845157 Wendy Jackson LCPH Homeopath, using homeopathy, tissue salts, herbal tinctures and flower essences to give a fuller package of natural remedies for healing. 07891641386

Sue Leadbeater FAMILY LAW SPECIALIST Andrew & Co LLP Solicitors T: 01636 593511

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What are Grandparents rights?

Grandparents do not have automatic rights to contact with their grandchild. However with the leave of the Court, they are able to make an application for contact and the Courts do recognise that they have a valuable role to play in the upbringing of the child. Therefore unless there is evidence to the contrary such as violence or abuse, usually the Courts will allow grandparents to see their grandchildren. Contact Orders If a grandparent has lost contact with their grandchild and wants to regain that contact, they have the right to apply for permission (leave) to apply for a Contact Order. This can happen if one of the child’s parents has died, or the parents have split up and contact not in place. If a grandparent applies and is successful then they have the ability to then apply for a Contact Order to see their grandchild. If the Contact Order is made, it will clearly set out the level of contact permitted e.g. visits, phone calls, letters etc. If a Contact Order isn’t successful, an option is to apply for "indirect contact" where you would be able to write to your grandchild, send birthday cards, Christmas cards etc. Residence Order In cases where a parent is unfit to look after a child, the Courts will always look to the wider family to see who can provide that support. In this instance, a grandparent would be able to apply for a Residence Order. This sets out where a child will live and who the primary carer will be. We can help Remember the child’s best interests are the most important thing to consider and a Court will only make a decision that is in the best interests of the child. If you are a Grandparent or parent and want to talk to one of our team then please contact Lorraine from Ringrose Law on 01636 594461. 16

FREE FAMILY FA AM MILLY LAW ADVICE LA AW AD V VICE We are committed to helping our family clients by providing advice on all family matters including divorce, separation, áQDQFHVFKLOGDUUDQJHPHQWVDQG mediation. We offer free family advice clinics, the next of which will be held on Friday 25th October and then Friday 29th November from 8am - 6pm at our 1HZDUNRIáFH For further information please call us or visit the events page of our website.

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Are you sure you’re ready for Christmas? Christmas is a time for celebrating and parties and buying gifts for others, but do you know what you can and can’t claim back through your business? Focus Accounting advice online provides answers to any queries you may have around this time to ensure you claim everything you can, and nothing you can’t. With no cost to this service, you can ensure you are staying on the right side of HM Revenue and Customs so you can sleep easily. Business Gifts: Gifts to customers are allowable as long as: • The gift is an advert to your business, so includes your logo or literature somewhere – this must be on the gift and not just on the wrapping • The gift does not exceed £50 per individual per annum • The gift is NOT alcohol, tobacco or exchangeable vouchers Christmas Bonuses: Unfortunately Christmas bonuses to any employees are treated as additional salary and will therefore be subject to the usual PAYE and NI. However, HM Revenue and Customs have provided a concession to this – instead of providing a Christmas bonus you could gift your employees with a seasonal gift instead Events such as Bassetlaw Business Christmas Ball ( are allowable; however other events may not be so being careful when choosing your Christmas party can be important! If you would like to speak to us with any queries you may have please contact Claire on 01777 712762 or Focus Accounting – where we focus on you!

Focusin Focusing ng g on your needs d needs “ FFocus ocus A Accounting ccounting was es established stablished in 2009, 2009 and is an award winning accountants Retforrd and W orksop o with offices in both Retford Worksop in North Nottinghamshire We understand the pressures We start and involved in starting growing a busin business, so we will be there to ssupport and advise you alon along the way. Yo ou can feel confident con You knowing we are there to deal with your you accounts for you. Creating a system that is simple to use, ha meaning you have sp more time to spend on bu growing your business, making it work ffor you.” Claire Weingaertner Weingaert Owner and Accountant A ccou

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How To Make An Extra £100 A Week From Home

By Jasmine Birtles

Stuck at home and need to make some extra cash? There are lots of ways you can do it. Here are just a few of them.

Be a Virtual Assistant A Virtual Assistant (VA) is someone who works as a VHFUHWDU\RXWVLGHWKHRIÀFHIURP their computer at home. It can involve a wide range of tasks, however the more specialised your skills are, the more you’ll be able to charge. To be a successful VA, you’ll GHÀQLWHO\QHHGWREHFRPSXWHU savvy and have experience of admin work already. Agencies like charge up to £150 per client per day, but typically you would charge between £15 – £25 per hour for routine admin work done by phone or email.

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It’s that time of year again, when you start to make lists of the Christmas presents you need to buy for your nearest and dearest. We all approach our Christmas shopping in different ways, so see if you can spot the shopping technique that most resembles yours in the list below: 1. The Very, Very Early Bird You are the shopper who can be found cramming your basket full of cut-price wrapping paper, Christmas cards and toiletry gift sets in the January sales. Well done, Very Early Bird. You might save yourself a good deal of money, but will you remember where you’ve hidden all those cut-price goodies by next December? 2. The Last Minute Man  <RXMXVWFDQ·WÀQGWKH motivation to buy presents until three hours before the shops are due to close on Christmas Eve. Then you dash round the streets with a look of sheer panic on your face, desperately hoping that the items on your list are not out of stock.

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11th Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show The Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, recognised as the foremost vintage tractor show in the country takes place on 9 & 10 November at Newark Showground. Massey Harris, Wallis and Ferguson will be featured this year, so expect to see some truly vintage machines either lovingly restored or, as has always been the case for Newark, machines still in true, original condition. Visitors to the show can also explore over 200 trade stands, selling everything from tools to work wear, tractor parts

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BROWNS CAFE, BISTRO & BAR Browns Cafe Bar is quite simply a uniquely designed venue, which would sit successfully in any city centre. Where else could you find old school desks, leather chesterfields and upside down gnomes nestling alongside a drunken squirrel? Alongside their delicious coffee and teas you can enjoy great value breakfast, lunch or high tea or select a meal from their unique and tempting evening menu. All of the food is prepared by the Browns chef team from fresh locally sourced ingredients and is cooked to order.

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Cafe Amore Brings To Life one of the oldest buildings in town CAFE AMORE (for the love of coffee) has taken Newark’s coffee-drinkers by storm since its opening. Whether you are drinking in or taking away, Cafe Amore, on the corner of Kirkgate and Middlegate, is a must for all coffee-lovers. Promising to deliver the best coffee in town, Cafe Amore is an independent chain now boasting its third shop. It offers an unrivalled range of coffee espresso drinks, speciality teas, blended juice, frappé and smoothies. There are more than 40 coffees and 30 teas in all. This passion all started three years ago with the launch of the independent coffee company at Caenby Corner in a former Little Chef site. The unit was transformed into the Cafe Amore brand, serving coffee and food for people on the go. It was such a success that the next unit was opened at Cromwell Services, on the A1 northbound, again bringing a former Little Chef to life. With its superb product and service approach, Cafe Amore offers a higher quality product and better quality service in an exceptional environment. The up-market interior and relaxed concept without a silly price tag reflects the company’s mission statement — to match people’s coffee shop expectations without the big price tag. There is delicious food from the main menu, such as homemade salmon fishcakes, bruschetta, and hot and cold sandwiches with a choice of ten breads from around the world. If panini is what you fancy, then you must try Cafe Amore with its 15 fillings, all handmade with bread baked on-site. Ready for breakfast? We are. From our full English to smoked salmon bagel we are open from 7.30am, to sit in or take-away, and all breakfast menus come with a free drink of your choice. There’s a hearty Pie and Mash Menu, all handmade, with more than ten pie varieties.

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Ground Cover Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located. But whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so special about groundcover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? by Pippa Greenwood The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, some food and water in drier weather. It has a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the groundcover planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. Make sure you invest a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planting up a slope, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the

meantime, use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Make sure the plants are kept just moist at the roots until theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as groundcover youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning. So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting makes a wonderful groundcover planting and if you wish you can add a IHZPRUHĂ DPER\DQWĂ RZHULQJ plants to the mixture too. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your leafy planting will look even better. If you want a reasonable effect all year around, then select at least some of the plants you use from the evergreens. These may lose their leaves, but they do so gradually so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never be left with totally bare soil. Great Shrubby Groundcover Ideas Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis and

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Titan Containers TITAN Containers supplies domestic and commercial clients all over the East Midlands – and those customers have all got one thing in common... ... They all need more space. Sometimes a lot more space. With brand new containers to hire and buy, TITAN can handle any domestic or commercial requirement. Their customers may be moving house, de-cluttering, or expanding their business, so they use Titan’s containers to store treasured goods, stock and equipment. Now in their third decade in the UK, the container sale and rental business is growing and expanding. They’re one of the country’s big success stories. They’ve opened a number of new centres up and down the country in the last year. That’s great news for customers. As TITAN Director, Phil Brewer explains, “Obviously the more centres we have, the less our customers have to pay for delivery.”

for?” Phil ponders, “Everything!” And if you’re moving house, TITAN can give you a stress-free alternative to the usual removals process. Just hire a TITAN container instead. TITAN will deliver it for you. Then you can fill it at your own pace and in your own time. They’ll collect it when you’ve finished and store it safely back at their depot until you’re ready to have it re-delivered after your move. But TITAN’s containers aren’t just used for storage. They’ve been put to excellent use as changing rooms, offices and workshops too. Why do customers choose TITAN?

New self-store facility in the East Midlands TITAN has now expanded to the East Midlands. Phil tells us, “From our brand new centre in Asfordy, Melton Mowbray, we deliver containers throughout the East Midlands, using our own vehicles, including a brand new crane lorry. We already had a ‘third party’ depot in Walsall, So we knew we needed a centre specifically to cover business in the East Midlands. Our site at Melton Mowbray now lets us help customers in Leicestershire, Grantham Oakham, Nottingham, Newark and more.” The site is a self-store facility too, and provides a comprehensive range of containers for a variety of uses. “What are our containers used 42

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