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Nottinghamshire Motor racing team live life in the fast lane Showcasing Nottingham s vibrant food scene Jason talks to Aspect Issue 8

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CONTENTS 3 Issue 8 at a glance 6 7 JASON MANFORD Aspect talks to Jason about the inspiration behind his stand up 12 13 ROBIN S BIG WORLD RECORD A local charity is calling on the people of Nottinghamshire to help break a Nottingham themed World Record 21 WARHORSE 24 COCKLIFFE COUNTRY HOUSE A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship comes to the Royal Concert Hall 91 ORSTON SHOOTING Aspect s Helen King reviews Orston Shooting Ground after experiencing a day of fun filled adventure 94 95 LINCOLNSHIRE A vast range of scenic countryside and fabulous tourist destinations 105 THE INTERIORS LADY Bringing fresh spring blooms into your home A An elegant Georgian building steeped in history 30 31 SECOND HELPINGS Meze Publishing has given the people of Nottingham second helpings As spring arrives and the rays of sunshine start to break through the clouds we would like to give our readers a warm welcome to our latest issue 109 WILLBOND BATHROOMS A monochrome colour palette gold and brass detailing and vanity basins are all topping the list for on trend looks 118 119 RETFORD A handy base to 46 47 MALTA Boasting stunning sandy beaches and clear blue waters Malta is the ideal destination for sun seekers this year 52 53 CAMBRIDGE Be inspired by the beautiful museums and art galleries and explore picturesque villages Ray of Sunshine explore some of North Nottinghamshire s hidden gems 129 WEDDING PLANNING A feature on how to 145 plan a perfect wedding day for you and your loved ones PILATES BY PHILIPPA Philippa explains how you THINK and FEEL creates your REALITY the life that you are living right now Packed with everything you need for an exciting family day out the latest wardrobe must haves and dreamy destinations let Issue 8 be your guide to spring Full of familiar faces we talk to Jason Manford about the confusion of finding himself caught in the middle of the classes in his new UK comedy tour Muddle Class coming to Nottingham this June interview local former Marines Commando and Team BRIT racer Jamie Falvey about living life in the fast lane and discuss celebrity life with Shappi Khorsandi Our destinations section has everything you need if you seek a little sunshine this season Celebrate British tourism with a trip to Cambridge go on an adventure with our guide to Lincolnshire or embrace the outdoors in Warwickshire If you prefer to feel the sand beneath your feet turn to p 46 to discover Malta known for its rich culture fascinating history and gorgeous climate With a focus on all things Nottinghamshire we showcase our city s homegrown talent this issue The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings highlights the local vibrant food scene we look at the winners from the Nottingham Restaurant Bar Awards and find out about the inspiration behind Fashanne a glittering East Midlands student fashion event coming to the Lace Market With fashion property Easter entertainment and much more we hope you find something that brings a smile to your face in this issue Don t forget to get in touch via email at editorial nottsaspect co uk call us on 0115 9313879 or tweet nottsaspect Emma Turner Editor

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CONTENTS 3 Issue 8 at a glance 6 7 JASON MANFORD Aspect talks to Jason about the inspiration behind his stand up 12 13 ROBIN S BIG WORLD RECORD A local charity is calling on the people of Nottinghamshire to help break a Nottingham themed World Record 21 WARHORSE 24 COCKLIFFE COUNTRY HOUSE A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship comes to the Royal Concert Hall 91 ORSTON SHOOTING Aspect s Helen King reviews Orston Shooting Ground after experiencing a day of fun filled adventure 94 95 LINCOLNSHIRE A vast range of scenic countryside and fabulous tourist destinations 105 THE INTERIORS LADY Bringing fresh spring blooms into your home A An elegant Georgian building steeped in history 30 31 SECOND HELPINGS Meze Publishing has given the people of Nottingham second helpings As spring arrives and the rays of sunshine start to break through the clouds we would like to give our readers a warm welcome to our latest issue 109 WILLBOND BATHROOMS A monochrome colour palette gold and brass detailing and vanity basins are all topping the list for on trend looks 118 119 RETFORD A handy base to 46 47 MALTA Boasting stunning sandy beaches and clear blue waters Malta is the ideal destination for sun seekers this year 52 53 CAMBRIDGE Be inspired by the beautiful museums and art galleries and explore picturesque villages Ray of Sunshine explore some of North Nottinghamshire s hidden gems 129 WEDDING PLANNING A feature on how to 145 plan a perfect wedding day for you and your loved ones PILATES BY PHILIPPA Philippa explains how you THINK and FEEL creates your REALITY the life that you are living right now Packed with everything you need for an exciting family day out the latest wardrobe must haves and dreamy destinations let Issue 8 be your guide to spring Full of familiar faces we talk to Jason Manford about the confusion of finding himself caught in the middle of the classes in his new UK comedy tour Muddle Class coming to Nottingham this June interview local former Marines Commando and Team BRIT racer Jamie Falvey about living life in the fast lane and discuss celebrity life with Shappi Khorsandi Our destinations section has everything you need if you seek a little sunshine this season Celebrate British tourism with a trip to Cambridge go on an adventure with our guide to Lincolnshire or embrace the outdoors in Warwickshire If you prefer to feel the sand beneath your feet turn to p 46 to discover Malta known for its rich culture fascinating history and gorgeous climate With a focus on all things Nottinghamshire we showcase our city s homegrown talent this issue The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings highlights the local vibrant food scene we look at the winners from the Nottingham Restaurant Bar Awards and find out about the inspiration behind Fashanne a glittering East Midlands student fashion event coming to the Lace Market With fashion property Easter entertainment and much more we hope you find something that brings a smile to your face in this issue Don t forget to get in touch via email at editorial nottsaspect co uk call us on 0115 9313879 or tweet nottsaspect Emma Turner Editor

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A 5 Nottinghamshire Aspect is published by Nottinghamshire In Focus Ltd 69a Main Street Burton Joyce Nottingham NG14 5ED Publisher Director Phil Cound E phil cound nottsaspect co uk Sales Helen King E helen nottsaspect co uk Editorial Emma Turner E editorial nottsaspect co uk Lead Designer Stacey Barradell E studio nottsaspect co uk Accounts Jackie Millington E accounts nottsinfocus co uk Telephone 01159 313879 Nottinghamshire Aspect is printed by Warners Midlands The Maltings Manor Lane Bourne Lincolnshire PE10 9PH While every effort has been made to ensure that adverts and articles appear correctly Nottinghamshire Aspect cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this magazine The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of its editor or publisher Selective advertisements and editorials are copyright of Nottinghamshire Aspect and must not be used without prior consent of the publishers All prices are correct at time of going to print and all deals and offers are subject to change Front page photograph Jason Manford www nottsaspect co uk Twitter nottsaspect Facebook nottsaspect

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A 5 Nottinghamshire Aspect is published by Nottinghamshire In Focus Ltd 69a Main Street Burton Joyce Nottingham NG14 5ED Publisher Director Phil Cound E phil cound nottsaspect co uk Sales Helen King E helen nottsaspect co uk Editorial Emma Turner E editorial nottsaspect co uk Lead Designer Stacey Barradell E studio nottsaspect co uk Accounts Jackie Millington E accounts nottsinfocus co uk Telephone 01159 313879 Nottinghamshire Aspect is printed by Warners Midlands The Maltings Manor Lane Bourne Lincolnshire PE10 9PH While every effort has been made to ensure that adverts and articles appear correctly Nottinghamshire Aspect cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the contents of this magazine The views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of its editor or publisher Selective advertisements and editorials are copyright of Nottinghamshire Aspect and must not be used without prior consent of the publishers All prices are correct at time of going to print and all deals and offers are subject to change Front page photograph Jason Manford www nottsaspect co uk Twitter nottsaspect Facebook nottsaspect

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JASON MANFORD By Emma Turner In The Muddle O ne of the UK s biggest comedy stars Jason Manford is making his long awaited return to stand up on his latest tour which is coming to Nottingham later this year Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up working class then finding over the years that part of him has become middle class causing much confusion Delivered with amiable charm and captivating wit Jason will be bringing his comedy to the stage of Nottingham s Royal Concert Hall on 21 June A show not to be missed 6 An English writer nationally acclaimed comic actor radio and television presenter Jason began his career in 1999 while working at the Buzz Comedy Club upstairs at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton Manchester Jason was collecting glasses when a performer didn t arrive for an evening set Jason who was 17 at the time stepped in to fill the gap an event which marked the beginning of his comedy career Six gigs later he was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year Jason said Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page it s been ages since you ve toured I thought no way it was last year wasn t it Anyway long story short they were right it was years ago I just got fooled cos I ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day So I ve been putting some stuff together looking at my life and how it s changed over the years how the world has changed and how my parents haven t changed a bit Known for his appearances on 8 out of 10 Cats Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance Jason has been established as a nationally known comic popular with all generations Aspect talks to Jason about the inspiration behind his stand up You performed your first gig when you were a teenager did you always want to go into comedy Well I was 17 so I didn t have time to make a plan I just sort of fell into it Like a lot of comics comedy is very much a hobby and if you re lucky it turns into a job I was one of the lucky ones What inspired the tour name Muddle Class It s essentially where I feel I am in my life at the moment You know I had a very working class upbringing but because I ve worked hard and because of the job I m in if I was born at this stage I would feel middle class but I m not middle class My kids are a bit posh they re middle class but I don t feel that I m in either camp really So that s where the tour title came from just being in the muddle It feels like quite a lot of people feel the same way if my audiences reaction is anything to go by so far Your comedy has been described as one for all generations What s your secret to success You can only talk about what you know and the world around you I have everyone in my audience really from teenagers right though to great grandparents and I love that I love that there s a big demographic of different people My jokes are universal people know that I m not gonna be talking about horrendous topics I m not an edgy comic I m not trying to break any boundaries I just want people to come out and have a laugh for a few hours What are your thoughts before going on stage do you ever get nervous Of course yeah but you re nervous because you care You know there are a lot of people in the room a lot have spent money that they have earnt through hard work so I have a lot of respect for that of how much effort people have gone through just to come along I ve sometimes bought tickets to something and when the night comes along I think oh I can t be bothered so I know how much effort it takes people just to leave the house and come and watch the show Your year long tour spans 149 dates do you find it difficult to maintain a work life balance Not really no I mean I certainly work less hours than the average person in an office It sounds more than it is because essentially 150 dates is less than six months when you spread it out I do four nights a week I m back fairly regularly and the kids are just used to it now In fact if anything I think working a 9 5 would freak everybody out Like with any parent it s just about making the time that you are with your kids count and that you re doing stuff That s what I ve always just tried to do Can you tell our readers what to expect from the Muddle Class tour It s a loose topic It s just a bit of fun really It s a lot of jokes and it will hopefully link in with some things that you think about your life That s what I try and do on each show But yeah fundamentally it s a couple of hours where you can forget about whatever s stressing you out and can have a laugh for a bit After you ve done gigs do you ever watch yourself back Yeah I listen back to shows make notes and pick out what I think are the best bits so it can be a long process It takes a lot of effort to look effortless that s what I think every time The best I can hope is that people go away saying Crikey It looked like he wasn t even trying that s the ultimate compliment to a comedian You ve worked on a number of different things from performing stand up to singing writing and acting What would you say has been your career highlight Well stand up is always my number one job I absolutely love it and that ll never change I guess playing the Palladium The Royal Variety you know doing big shows like that The Royal Albert Hall in London It s always really special when you get booked to do big shows What s next for you after the tour Err ooh crikey Christmas I don t know really I ll cross that bridge at the end of the year but this years a busy one I ve got the tour and a new show called What Would Your Kid Do on ITV that s a really funny show where we test parents to see how well they know their kids So yeah there s a lot going on It s always busy but I ve got to say this year although it looks crazy with the big tour this is the first year that I ve actually realised how fast the kids grow up really and how fast life can pass you by so I thought you know what I need to spend a bit more time at home this year than I have done previously Local Tour Dates 2018 Thursday 21 June 7 30pm Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Tickets from 27 50 Call the Box Office on 0115 989 5555 or visit www trch co uk Saturday 24 November 8 00pm Derby Arena Tickets from 29 50 Call the Box Office on 01332 640011 or visit www derbyarena co uk

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JASON MANFORD By Emma Turner In The Muddle O ne of the UK s biggest comedy stars Jason Manford is making his long awaited return to stand up on his latest tour which is coming to Nottingham later this year Muddle Class promises to feature a wealth of new material about Jason growing up working class then finding over the years that part of him has become middle class causing much confusion Delivered with amiable charm and captivating wit Jason will be bringing his comedy to the stage of Nottingham s Royal Concert Hall on 21 June A show not to be missed 6 An English writer nationally acclaimed comic actor radio and television presenter Jason began his career in 1999 while working at the Buzz Comedy Club upstairs at the Southern Hotel in Chorlton Manchester Jason was collecting glasses when a performer didn t arrive for an evening set Jason who was 17 at the time stepped in to fill the gap an event which marked the beginning of his comedy career Six gigs later he was crowned The City Life North West Comedian of the Year Jason said Somebody said to me on my Facebook fan page it s been ages since you ve toured I thought no way it was last year wasn t it Anyway long story short they were right it was years ago I just got fooled cos I ve been on tour doing musicals and the last tour is repeated on Dave ja Vu 13 times a day So I ve been putting some stuff together looking at my life and how it s changed over the years how the world has changed and how my parents haven t changed a bit Known for his appearances on 8 out of 10 Cats Live at the Apollo and The Royal Variety Performance Jason has been established as a nationally known comic popular with all generations Aspect talks to Jason about the inspiration behind his stand up You performed your first gig when you were a teenager did you always want to go into comedy Well I was 17 so I didn t have time to make a plan I just sort of fell into it Like a lot of comics comedy is very much a hobby and if you re lucky it turns into a job I was one of the lucky ones What inspired the tour name Muddle Class It s essentially where I feel I am in my life at the moment You know I had a very working class upbringing but because I ve worked hard and because of the job I m in if I was born at this stage I would feel middle class but I m not middle class My kids are a bit posh they re middle class but I don t feel that I m in either camp really So that s where the tour title came from just being in the muddle It feels like quite a lot of people feel the same way if my audiences reaction is anything to go by so far Your comedy has been described as one for all generations What s your secret to success You can only talk about what you know and the world around you I have everyone in my audience really from teenagers right though to great grandparents and I love that I love that there s a big demographic of different people My jokes are universal people know that I m not gonna be talking about horrendous topics I m not an edgy comic I m not trying to break any boundaries I just want people to come out and have a laugh for a few hours What are your thoughts before going on stage do you ever get nervous Of course yeah but you re nervous because you care You know there are a lot of people in the room a lot have spent money that they have earnt through hard work so I have a lot of respect for that of how much effort people have gone through just to come along I ve sometimes bought tickets to something and when the night comes along I think oh I can t be bothered so I know how much effort it takes people just to leave the house and come and watch the show Your year long tour spans 149 dates do you find it difficult to maintain a work life balance Not really no I mean I certainly work less hours than the average person in an office It sounds more than it is because essentially 150 dates is less than six months when you spread it out I do four nights a week I m back fairly regularly and the kids are just used to it now In fact if anything I think working a 9 5 would freak everybody out Like with any parent it s just about making the time that you are with your kids count and that you re doing stuff That s what I ve always just tried to do Can you tell our readers what to expect from the Muddle Class tour It s a loose topic It s just a bit of fun really It s a lot of jokes and it will hopefully link in with some things that you think about your life That s what I try and do on each show But yeah fundamentally it s a couple of hours where you can forget about whatever s stressing you out and can have a laugh for a bit After you ve done gigs do you ever watch yourself back Yeah I listen back to shows make notes and pick out what I think are the best bits so it can be a long process It takes a lot of effort to look effortless that s what I think every time The best I can hope is that people go away saying Crikey It looked like he wasn t even trying that s the ultimate compliment to a comedian You ve worked on a number of different things from performing stand up to singing writing and acting What would you say has been your career highlight Well stand up is always my number one job I absolutely love it and that ll never change I guess playing the Palladium The Royal Variety you know doing big shows like that The Royal Albert Hall in London It s always really special when you get booked to do big shows What s next for you after the tour Err ooh crikey Christmas I don t know really I ll cross that bridge at the end of the year but this years a busy one I ve got the tour and a new show called What Would Your Kid Do on ITV that s a really funny show where we test parents to see how well they know their kids So yeah there s a lot going on It s always busy but I ve got to say this year although it looks crazy with the big tour this is the first year that I ve actually realised how fast the kids grow up really and how fast life can pass you by so I thought you know what I need to spend a bit more time at home this year than I have done previously Local Tour Dates 2018 Thursday 21 June 7 30pm Royal Concert Hall Nottingham Tickets from 27 50 Call the Box Office on 0115 989 5555 or visit www trch co uk Saturday 24 November 8 00pm Derby Arena Tickets from 29 50 Call the Box Office on 01332 640011 or visit www derbyarena co uk

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8 9 Baked with Love and Liquor By Maddie Storey Having invented the concept of Oozee Boozee Bakes alcoholic treats during the Christmas of 2015 25 year old Fran Jesson didn t realise what a huge take off success her sumptuous baking would be amongst the people of Nottingham With cakes brownies and other sweeties baked to perfection to suit everyone s poison you will find it hard to resist these mouth watering boozy bakes because who doesn t want to get drunk off cake For information or private catering contact the team via info oozeeboozeebakes co uk call on 07969235136 or visit the website www oozeeboozeebakes co uk We asked Fran about the road to success for her alcohol infused bakery plans and get the inside scoop about what makes her cakes so differently delicious Why did you call your brand Oozee Boozee Bakes People always love the name Oozee Boozee Bakes It is intentionally spelt with a double e to convey the full richness and deliciousness of our bakes The rhyming also expresses the fun nature of the business Have you always had a passion for baking I have always baked and enjoy creating homely and rustic cakes My love for baking has grown over the past couple of years experimenting with different flavours and ingredients Once I had this idea of making alcoholic cakes and desserts it just seemed like a natural step for me and it was great to be one of the first alcoholic cake businesses to give more options to their customers What makes you different to other cake shops Oozee Boozee Bakes is an alcohol infused cake business based in Nottingham Baked with love and liquor we use classic recipes and add a fun alcoholic twist to cakes desserts and sweet treats Oozee Boozee Bakes unique selling point of alcohol infused bakes has given the business a large competitive edge When customers approach us at markets or in cafes their initial response has always been about the great concept and how they have never seen a cake business like it What made you choose alcoholic cakes and why did you think they would be a hit When I wanted to turn my passion for baking into a business it was around the festive period and it came to my attention that apart from Christmas puddings and mince pies you do not really get alcoholic cakes around other times of the year This was when I had my eureka moment and started experimenting What was the first Oozee Boozee Bakes cake you ever made When I was experimenting with recipes my first cake was a gin and tonic cake which to this day is our best seller The first cake I baked for a customer was a fruity prosecco layer cake which was for a birthday celebration Is it difficult to come up with different innovative and new ideas I have always been a creative person so I do not struggle with ideas I am always looking for inspiration regardless by looking at magazines Instagram and Pinterest I often look at cocktail menus for flavour ideas as well Have you ever made a combination that didn t work out as you d planned When I was putting the concept of alcoholic cakes into practice experimenting with flavours did come with some trial and error But each combination has evolved and I am very proud of each of my bakes What has been your favourite flavour combination so far Oh this is a tricky one as there are so many to pick from One of my favourites is our Pimms Cake which is lovely to have in the summer months Do you have a set menu or do you bake to order I have a wide selection of bakes which we make frequently e g dark rum brownies gin and tonic cake but if anyone contacts us regarding cakes I always ask what their favourite alcohol is so we can make a tailor made bake which suits all taste buds Were you ever afraid the idea wouldn t take off as it did Once I was happy with a selection of flavours and bakes I set up a market research group where 30 people tasted my products and gave me a lot of positive feedback This gave me the confidence to launch my business you can overthink these things so it s good to just jump in with two feet otherwise you always wonder what things would be like What are your future plans for the business I am looking to expand my customer base to online outlets like notonthehighstreet com where anyone in the country can order from a range of my products for a special and unique gift Also I am looking to establish a caf where I can base my wholesale bakery and expand into special events for groups and parties

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8 9 Baked with Love and Liquor By Maddie Storey Having invented the concept of Oozee Boozee Bakes alcoholic treats during the Christmas of 2015 25 year old Fran Jesson didn t realise what a huge take off success her sumptuous baking would be amongst the people of Nottingham With cakes brownies and other sweeties baked to perfection to suit everyone s poison you will find it hard to resist these mouth watering boozy bakes because who doesn t want to get drunk off cake For information or private catering contact the team via info oozeeboozeebakes co uk call on 07969235136 or visit the website www oozeeboozeebakes co uk We asked Fran about the road to success for her alcohol infused bakery plans and get the inside scoop about what makes her cakes so differently delicious Why did you call your brand Oozee Boozee Bakes People always love the name Oozee Boozee Bakes It is intentionally spelt with a double e to convey the full richness and deliciousness of our bakes The rhyming also expresses the fun nature of the business Have you always had a passion for baking I have always baked and enjoy creating homely and rustic cakes My love for baking has grown over the past couple of years experimenting with different flavours and ingredients Once I had this idea of making alcoholic cakes and desserts it just seemed like a natural step for me and it was great to be one of the first alcoholic cake businesses to give more options to their customers What makes you different to other cake shops Oozee Boozee Bakes is an alcohol infused cake business based in Nottingham Baked with love and liquor we use classic recipes and add a fun alcoholic twist to cakes desserts and sweet treats Oozee Boozee Bakes unique selling point of alcohol infused bakes has given the business a large competitive edge When customers approach us at markets or in cafes their initial response has always been about the great concept and how they have never seen a cake business like it What made you choose alcoholic cakes and why did you think they would be a hit When I wanted to turn my passion for baking into a business it was around the festive period and it came to my attention that apart from Christmas puddings and mince pies you do not really get alcoholic cakes around other times of the year This was when I had my eureka moment and started experimenting What was the first Oozee Boozee Bakes cake you ever made When I was experimenting with recipes my first cake was a gin and tonic cake which to this day is our best seller The first cake I baked for a customer was a fruity prosecco layer cake which was for a birthday celebration Is it difficult to come up with different innovative and new ideas I have always been a creative person so I do not struggle with ideas I am always looking for inspiration regardless by looking at magazines Instagram and Pinterest I often look at cocktail menus for flavour ideas as well Have you ever made a combination that didn t work out as you d planned When I was putting the concept of alcoholic cakes into practice experimenting with flavours did come with some trial and error But each combination has evolved and I am very proud of each of my bakes What has been your favourite flavour combination so far Oh this is a tricky one as there are so many to pick from One of my favourites is our Pimms Cake which is lovely to have in the summer months Do you have a set menu or do you bake to order I have a wide selection of bakes which we make frequently e g dark rum brownies gin and tonic cake but if anyone contacts us regarding cakes I always ask what their favourite alcohol is so we can make a tailor made bake which suits all taste buds Were you ever afraid the idea wouldn t take off as it did Once I was happy with a selection of flavours and bakes I set up a market research group where 30 people tasted my products and gave me a lot of positive feedback This gave me the confidence to launch my business you can overthink these things so it s good to just jump in with two feet otherwise you always wonder what things would be like What are your future plans for the business I am looking to expand my customer base to online outlets like notonthehighstreet com where anyone in the country can order from a range of my products for a special and unique gift Also I am looking to establish a caf where I can base my wholesale bakery and expand into special events for groups and parties

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11 Make 2018 the year you grow your family C ould you give a vulnerable child a happy loving forever home We would love to meet you and tell you more about the adoption journey and what it could mean for a child who is currently waiting for the family of their dreams Children aged four and over siblings children with black minority ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities tend to wait longer for the loving forever home they deserve Could you offer the stable secure and loving family life that these children dream of Adopt Together is Faith in Families Adoption Service and we believe that every child has the right to grow up as part of a loving and nurturing family If you feel you can offer a loving stable and secure home to a child or children currently living in local authority care we would love to hear from you If you come along to our information evening our team of adoption specialists will be on hand to speak with you and answer any questions you have You ll also hear from an adopter who has been through the journey with us and can talk about what adoption is like The informal evening will give you all the information you need to make an informed choice about adoption There is free on street parking and our office is easy to reach by public transport Where 7 Colwick Road West Bridgford Nottingham NG2 5FR When Thursday 1st March 2018 and every First Thursday of the month afterwards Time 6pm 7 30pm presentation starts at 6pm or tion f p o d en of a part ur childr le t s e b b o The aring for er were a ng v i c e v us is ay they n efore Gi s b in a w ared for ortunitie p c p to be he best o ir lives t he them anging t opefully h h in and c t they can ul adults f o a so th e success oose to d h m c beco ver they e what rent ptive Ado Pa This year Faith in Families is celebrating our 70th birthday we have been supporting families across the East Midlands for 70 years Could you support us to continue our outstanding services for another 70 years Faith in Families is reliant on voluntary income and every donation made goes directly to helping the children through adoption children s support groups community outreach and school social work Last year Faith in Families worked with over 600 children and young people and placed 36 children with lasting loving homes Could you help make a difference Find out more and call 0115 955 8811 visit www faithinfamilies org or email enquiries faithinfamilies org

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11 Make 2018 the year you grow your family C ould you give a vulnerable child a happy loving forever home We would love to meet you and tell you more about the adoption journey and what it could mean for a child who is currently waiting for the family of their dreams Children aged four and over siblings children with black minority ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities tend to wait longer for the loving forever home they deserve Could you offer the stable secure and loving family life that these children dream of Adopt Together is Faith in Families Adoption Service and we believe that every child has the right to grow up as part of a loving and nurturing family If you feel you can offer a loving stable and secure home to a child or children currently living in local authority care we would love to hear from you If you come along to our information evening our team of adoption specialists will be on hand to speak with you and answer any questions you have You ll also hear from an adopter who has been through the journey with us and can talk about what adoption is like The informal evening will give you all the information you need to make an informed choice about adoption There is free on street parking and our office is easy to reach by public transport Where 7 Colwick Road West Bridgford Nottingham NG2 5FR When Thursday 1st March 2018 and every First Thursday of the month afterwards Time 6pm 7 30pm presentation starts at 6pm or tion f p o d en of a part ur childr le t s e b b o The aring for er were a ng v i c e v us is ay they n efore Gi s b in a w ared for ortunitie p c p to be he best o ir lives t he them anging t opefully h h in and c t they can ul adults f o a so th e success oose to d h m c beco ver they e what rent ptive Ado Pa This year Faith in Families is celebrating our 70th birthday we have been supporting families across the East Midlands for 70 years Could you support us to continue our outstanding services for another 70 years Faith in Families is reliant on voluntary income and every donation made goes directly to helping the children through adoption children s support groups community outreach and school social work Last year Faith in Families worked with over 600 children and young people and placed 36 children with lasting loving homes Could you help make a difference Find out more and call 0115 955 8811 visit www faithinfamilies org or email enquiries faithinfamilies org

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13 Be a Nottingham Legend A local charity is calling on the people of Nottinghamshire to help break a Nottinghamthemed World Record in aid of Nottingham Children s Hospital this spring Nottingham Hospitals Charity is holding the Robin s Big World Record event at Wollaton Park on the early May bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 The Charity hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Robin Hood The Nottingham legend is also the mascot for Nottingham Children s Hospital and the Big Appeal which aims to raise 4 million over four years to help young patients and their families at the Children s Hospital which is based at the Queen s Medical Centre All proceeds from the event will go towards the Big Appeal which aims to provide improved parent and family accommodation state of theart diagnostic and imaging equipment and vital research into childhood diseases The Charity is asking people of all ages to get involved by signing up to the event and coming along on the day wearing a Robin Hood costume which can be bought borrowed or homemade The only specifications are that it must include a Robin Hood hat with a feather a green or brown tunic or T shirt and green brown or black trousers or tights As well as the official World Record attempt the event will also include market stalls games and family fun with all proceeds going to the Big Appeal Stephanie Smith Clinical Director at Nottingham Children s Hospital said We re delighted to be part of this unique event for the Day and hope the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will all rally together to have fun support a great cause and hopefully break a World Record at the same time The money raised will make a real difference to patients and families here at Nottingham Children s Hospital many of whom spend weeks or even months at a time in our care We want sick children and their families to have the best possible experience during what can be an extremely difficult time Sophie Bramwell s nephew Max has been cared for at the Neonatal Unit since his birth in November last year and his family is supporting the Big Appeal Sophie said As a family we have been overwhelmed by the care and support Max has received and felt that we just wanted to give something back We had discussed a number of different events that we d like to take part in such as runs and bake sales but thought the Robin s Big World Record would be a great chance for us to do something to include the whole family including little Max and his cousins We can t wait to get everyone dressed up Callum Sharpe from Aspley in Nottingham has already signed up to take part in the event He said I m taking part in Robin s Big World Record to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity which is highly important to me because I volunteer for the NUH Youth Service at Nottingham Children s Hospital and the Charity helps to fund the service Upcoming events for you this year 12 I m hoping this event raises awareness about the Charity and I m looking forward to seeing plenty of people turn out dressed as the iconic Nottingham figure of Robin Hood which is also the Children s Hospital logo Nigel Gregory Director of Development at Nottingham Hospitals Charity came up with the idea of a Robin Hood themed World Record attempt He said We wanted to do something that everyone in Nottingham can get involved in young and old alike Robin Hood is not only our Children s Hospital mascot but a true Nottingham legend and we re excited to see hundreds of Robins all in one place We d like to encourage everyone in the city and the county to come along on the 7th May have a great day out help break a World Record and help our young patients at the same time To find out more or to sign up to Robin s Big World Record please go to www nottinghamhospitalscharity org uk contact Nottingham Hospitals Charity by emailing charity nuh nhs uk or calling 0115 962 7905 and keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for RobinsBigWorldRecord Whether you prefer something fun daring or challenging Nottingham Hospitals Charity has got an event for you this year The charity has a limited number of free places available to its supporters for many of these events For more information email charity nuh nhs uk call 0115 962 7905 or visit www nottinghamhospitalscharity org uk Longhorn Sun 22nd April 2018 Thoresby Hall Park Take part in this scenic 5k 10k half marathon full marathon or if you re feeling really brave the 60k ultra marathon Asda Foundation Nottingham 10k Sun 27th May 2018 Nottingham Take on this popular 10k in support of Nottingham s hospitals QMC Abseil Sat 9th June 2018 Queen s Medical Centre A unique opportunity to abseil 85ft down the side of one of the UK s largest hospitals Great Notts Bike Ride Sun 24th June 2018 Nottinghamshire Nottingham Hospitals Charity is the official charity at this year s popular and scenic bike event Choose from five routes varying in distance between the 25 mile Robin Hood and The Sheriff at a whopping 125 miles Skydive Sat 15th Sept 2018 Langar Airfield Nottinghamshire Take the plunge in this tandem skydive in support of Nottingham s hospitals Robin Hood Marathon Half Marathon Mini Marathon Sun 30th Sept 2018 Nottingham Take part in Nottingham s biggest running event Nottingham Hospitals Charity is once again a Local Charity Partner for this event

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13 Be a Nottingham Legend A local charity is calling on the people of Nottinghamshire to help break a Nottinghamthemed World Record in aid of Nottingham Children s Hospital this spring Nottingham Hospitals Charity is holding the Robin s Big World Record event at Wollaton Park on the early May bank holiday Monday 7th May 2018 The Charity hopes to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people dressed as Robin Hood The Nottingham legend is also the mascot for Nottingham Children s Hospital and the Big Appeal which aims to raise 4 million over four years to help young patients and their families at the Children s Hospital which is based at the Queen s Medical Centre All proceeds from the event will go towards the Big Appeal which aims to provide improved parent and family accommodation state of theart diagnostic and imaging equipment and vital research into childhood diseases The Charity is asking people of all ages to get involved by signing up to the event and coming along on the day wearing a Robin Hood costume which can be bought borrowed or homemade The only specifications are that it must include a Robin Hood hat with a feather a green or brown tunic or T shirt and green brown or black trousers or tights As well as the official World Record attempt the event will also include market stalls games and family fun with all proceeds going to the Big Appeal Stephanie Smith Clinical Director at Nottingham Children s Hospital said We re delighted to be part of this unique event for the Day and hope the people of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire will all rally together to have fun support a great cause and hopefully break a World Record at the same time The money raised will make a real difference to patients and families here at Nottingham Children s Hospital many of whom spend weeks or even months at a time in our care We want sick children and their families to have the best possible experience during what can be an extremely difficult time Sophie Bramwell s nephew Max has been cared for at the Neonatal Unit since his birth in November last year and his family is supporting the Big Appeal Sophie said As a family we have been overwhelmed by the care and support Max has received and felt that we just wanted to give something back We had discussed a number of different events that we d like to take part in such as runs and bake sales but thought the Robin s Big World Record would be a great chance for us to do something to include the whole family including little Max and his cousins We can t wait to get everyone dressed up Callum Sharpe from Aspley in Nottingham has already signed up to take part in the event He said I m taking part in Robin s Big World Record to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity which is highly important to me because I volunteer for the NUH Youth Service at Nottingham Children s Hospital and the Charity helps to fund the service Upcoming events for you this year 12 I m hoping this event raises awareness about the Charity and I m looking forward to seeing plenty of people turn out dressed as the iconic Nottingham figure of Robin Hood which is also the Children s Hospital logo Nigel Gregory Director of Development at Nottingham Hospitals Charity came up with the idea of a Robin Hood themed World Record attempt He said We wanted to do something that everyone in Nottingham can get involved in young and old alike Robin Hood is not only our Children s Hospital mascot but a true Nottingham legend and we re excited to see hundreds of Robins all in one place We d like to encourage everyone in the city and the county to come along on the 7th May have a great day out help break a World Record and help our young patients at the same time To find out more or to sign up to Robin s Big World Record please go to www nottinghamhospitalscharity org uk contact Nottingham Hospitals Charity by emailing charity nuh nhs uk or calling 0115 962 7905 and keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for RobinsBigWorldRecord Whether you prefer something fun daring or challenging Nottingham Hospitals Charity has got an event for you this year The charity has a limited number of free places available to its supporters for many of these events For more information email charity nuh nhs uk call 0115 962 7905 or visit www nottinghamhospitalscharity org uk Longhorn Sun 22nd April 2018 Thoresby Hall Park Take part in this scenic 5k 10k half marathon full marathon or if you re feeling really brave the 60k ultra marathon Asda Foundation Nottingham 10k Sun 27th May 2018 Nottingham Take on this popular 10k in support of Nottingham s hospitals QMC Abseil Sat 9th June 2018 Queen s Medical Centre A unique opportunity to abseil 85ft down the side of one of the UK s largest hospitals Great Notts Bike Ride Sun 24th June 2018 Nottinghamshire Nottingham Hospitals Charity is the official charity at this year s popular and scenic bike event Choose from five routes varying in distance between the 25 mile Robin Hood and The Sheriff at a whopping 125 miles Skydive Sat 15th Sept 2018 Langar Airfield Nottinghamshire Take the plunge in this tandem skydive in support of Nottingham s hospitals Robin Hood Marathon Half Marathon Mini Marathon Sun 30th Sept 2018 Nottingham Take part in Nottingham s biggest running event Nottingham Hospitals Charity is once again a Local Charity Partner for this event

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14 WIN 250 IN OUR GREAT ASPECT QUIZ COMPETITION 12 Which actor starred as Jordan Belfort in The 1 What is the capital city of Brazil Wolf of Wall Street 2 What are the four current golf majors called 13 Which Nottingham Olympians took gold for ice dancing 3 What is June 6th 1944 better known as at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics 4 Jeremy Bowen is a reporter for which channel 5 What is the name of Donald Trump s current wife 14 Which actor played Uncle Albert in Only Fools and Horses 6 Who recorded the original song Stairway to Heaven 15 Who is the current One Day English cricket captain 7 What does RSPB stand for 16 Who was the second man on the moon 8 Who is currently 4th in line to the throne 17 Who is the Brexit secretary 9 What is the patella more commonly known as 18 What was Margaret Thatcher s maiden name 10 What is the capital city of Canada 19 What do all the spots on a six sided dice add up to 11 Which county is Norwich in 20 What city was Jason Manford born in All you have to do is answer all the questions correctly Once you have done this send your answers by email or post to the details below You will be entered into our draw and the first name pulled from the hat will win You can email your answers to competitions nottsaspect co uk or send your answers to Notts Aspect Competition 69A Main Street Burton Joyce Nottingham NG14 5ED Please include your name email address and phone number so we can contact you if you win Closing date 30 03 18 Notts Aspect T Cs apply The 250 will be in the format of a One For All Gift Card which can be spent at numerous outlets in Nottinghamshire WIN A FREE SUBSCRIPTION 15 Spoil Her Rotten this MOTHER S DAY The celebration of mothers dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Nowadays as an early Christian celebration Mothering Sunday is used as a day to praise the ladies in our family showering them with gifts treats and most importantly love Show the women close to your heart just how much you care this Mother s Day with inspiration from our fantastic gift guide bound to provide you with ideas for that special someone Whilst flowers and chocolates are a safe go to and are guaranteed to make your recipient smile why not try something different this Mother s Day with homemade cards funky gifts or booking an experience for someone special to enjoy Whether you want to splash the cash or you re counting the pennies it s the thought that counts Awesome People Club Mug Large Faux Flower in Tin Pot Oliver Bonas 12 00 Paperchase 10 00 To win a free 12 month subscription 5 editions of Nottinghamshire Aspect tell us Which village is Nottinghamshire Aspect based in Send your answers to competitions nottsaspect co uk The first correct answer picked from a hat will win Closing date 30 03 18 Dusty Pink Matte Lipstick Mother s Day Plush Bear New Look 3 99 Paperchase 12 00 Grey Floral Set Primark 12 00 1 Epsom or Ascot 10 6 The Artful Dodger 10 11 Solo 5 12 Classic settee 12 14 Lose brightness 4 16 An above knee skirt 4 17 Timber tree 3 18 Intense pain 5 20 A pulse food 6 21 Country road 4 22 Cowboy s rope 5 23 Slight trickle 7 25 Long handled floor cleaner 3 26 Underwater swimmer 7 28 Little ball of medicine 4 29 Bituminous roofing material 7 33 Hostile resistance 10 35 Erotic performance 10 38 Surgical instrument used in midwifery 7 41 Illegal takings 4 42 Mad with rage 7 45 A knife wound 3 46 Postal messages 7 48 Surface of a cut gem 5 49 A salver or platter 4 50 Release a door lock 6 52 Days in a week 5 54 Water barrier 3 55 Is indebted to 4 57 Cuddles closely 4 59 Horse jumping race 12 60 Gateleg or refectory 5 61 Chief troublemaker 10 62 Bed cushion cover 10 DOWN 1 Legible 8 2 Pole to raise washing line 7 4 3 Head cook 4 4 Party after wedding 9 5 Green gemstone 7 6 Courtyard 5 7 To transport 5 8 Without meaning or purpose 9 9 Tranquil 4 10 Rail enthusiast 5 7 13 A predicament 7 15 Consumed food 3 19 Aristocracy 8 20 Lengthy 4 24 An air attack 4 27 Highest male voices 5 29 Living 5 30 A terracotta planter 3 31 Sweet seller 12 32 Casino wheel game 8 34 Prosecute at law 3 36 Magic spell word 11 37 Serve from a teapot 4 39 Noisy toys for baby 7 40 Freezer bag material 9 42 Devastating piece of news 9 43 Not loud 4 44 Wild rush of animals 8 47 Tanning device 7 51 To record details 3 52 Side dish of greens 5 53 Parson of a parish 5 56 Male deer 4 58 A casserole 4 Thank you to all who entered our competitions in December The winners are as follows Balloon competition Damon Mears from Nottingham Ragdale Spa Competition Kathleen Hooper from Nottingham ANSWERS ACROSS 1 Racecourse 6 Pickpocket 11 Alone 12 Chesterfield 14 Fade 16 Mini 17 Ash 18 Agony 20 Lentil 21 Lane 22 Lasso 23 Dribble 25 Mop 26 Frogman 28 Pill 29 Asphalt 33 Opposition 35 Striptease 38 Forceps 41 Loot 42 Berserk 45 Cut 46 Letters 48 Facet 49 Tray 50 Unbolt 52 Seven 54 Dam 55 Owes 57 Hugs 59 Steeplechase 60 Table 61 Ringleader 62 Pillowcase ANSWERS DOWN 1 Readable 2 Clothes prop 3 Chef 4 Reception 5 Emerald 6 Patio 7 Carry 8 Pointless 9 Calm 10 Train spotter 13 Dilemma 15 Ate 19 Nobility 20 Long 24 Raid 27 Altos 29 Alive 30 Pot 31 Confectioner 32 Roulette 34 Sue 36 Abracadabra 37 Pour 39 Rattles 40 Polythene 42 Bombshell 43 Soft 44 Stampede 47 Sunlamp 51 Log 52 Salad 53 Vicar 56 Stag 58 Stew ACROSS COMPETITION WINNERS Travel Candle Trio Oliver Bonas 36 00 Whitney Purse X Body Bag Cherie Mini Handheld Bag Wire Weekly Planner Accessorize 22 00 Accessorize 30 00 Primark 6 00

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14 WIN 250 IN OUR GREAT ASPECT QUIZ COMPETITION 12 Which actor starred as Jordan Belfort in The 1 What is the capital city of Brazil Wolf of Wall Street 2 What are the four current golf majors called 13 Which Nottingham Olympians took gold for ice dancing 3 What is June 6th 1944 better known as at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics 4 Jeremy Bowen is a reporter for which channel 5 What is the name of Donald Trump s current wife 14 Which actor played Uncle Albert in Only Fools and Horses 6 Who recorded the original song Stairway to Heaven 15 Who is the current One Day English cricket captain 7 What does RSPB stand for 16 Who was the second man on the moon 8 Who is currently 4th in line to the throne 17 Who is the Brexit secretary 9 What is the patella more commonly known as 18 What was Margaret Thatcher s maiden name 10 What is the capital city of Canada 19 What do all the spots on a six sided dice add up to 11 Which county is Norwich in 20 What city was Jason Manford born in All you have to do is answer all the questions correctly Once you have done this send your answers by email or post to the details below You will be entered into our draw and the first name pulled from the hat will win You can email your answers to competitions nottsaspect co uk or send your answers to Notts Aspect Competition 69A Main Street Burton Joyce Nottingham NG14 5ED Please include your name email address and phone number so we can contact you if you win Closing date 30 03 18 Notts Aspect T Cs apply The 250 will be in the format of a One For All Gift Card which can be spent at numerous outlets in Nottinghamshire WIN A FREE SUBSCRIPTION 15 Spoil Her Rotten this MOTHER S DAY The celebration of mothers dates all the way back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who held festivals in honour of the mother goddesses Nowadays as an early Christian celebration Mothering Sunday is used as a day to praise the ladies in our family showering them with gifts treats and most importantly love Show the women close to your heart just how much you care this Mother s Day with inspiration from our fantastic gift guide bound to provide you with ideas for that special someone Whilst flowers and chocolates are a safe go to and are guaranteed to make your recipient smile why not try something different this Mother s Day with homemade cards funky gifts or booking an experience for someone special to enjoy Whether you want to splash the cash or you re counting the pennies it s the thought that counts Awesome People Club Mug Large Faux Flower in Tin Pot Oliver Bonas 12 00 Paperchase 10 00 To win a free 12 month subscription 5 editions of Nottinghamshire Aspect tell us Which village is Nottinghamshire Aspect based in Send your answers to competitions nottsaspect co uk The first correct answer picked from a hat will win Closing date 30 03 18 Dusty Pink Matte Lipstick Mother s Day Plush Bear New Look 3 99 Paperchase 12 00 Grey Floral Set Primark 12 00 1 Epsom or Ascot 10 6 The Artful Dodger 10 11 Solo 5 12 Classic settee 12 14 Lose brightness 4 16 An above knee skirt 4 17 Timber tree 3 18 Intense pain 5 20 A pulse food 6 21 Country road 4 22 Cowboy s rope 5 23 Slight trickle 7 25 Long handled floor cleaner 3 26 Underwater swimmer 7 28 Little ball of medicine 4 29 Bituminous roofing material 7 33 Hostile resistance 10 35 Erotic performance 10 38 Surgical instrument used in midwifery 7 41 Illegal takings 4 42 Mad with rage 7 45 A knife wound 3 46 Postal messages 7 48 Surface of a cut gem 5 49 A salver or platter 4 50 Release a door lock 6 52 Days in a week 5 54 Water barrier 3 55 Is indebted to 4 57 Cuddles closely 4 59 Horse jumping race 12 60 Gateleg or refectory 5 61 Chief troublemaker 10 62 Bed cushion cover 10 DOWN 1 Legible 8 2 Pole to raise washing line 7 4 3 Head cook 4 4 Party after wedding 9 5 Green gemstone 7 6 Courtyard 5 7 To transport 5 8 Without meaning or purpose 9 9 Tranquil 4 10 Rail enthusiast 5 7 13 A predicament 7 15 Consumed food 3 19 Aristocracy 8 20 Lengthy 4 24 An air attack 4 27 Highest male voices 5 29 Living 5 30 A terracotta planter 3 31 Sweet seller 12 32 Casino wheel game 8 34 Prosecute at law 3 36 Magic spell word 11 37 Serve from a teapot 4 39 Noisy toys for baby 7 40 Freezer bag material 9 42 Devastating piece of news 9 43 Not loud 4 44 Wild rush of animals 8 47 Tanning device 7 51 To record details 3 52 Side dish of greens 5 53 Parson of a parish 5 56 Male deer 4 58 A casserole 4 Thank you to all who entered our competitions in December The winners are as follows Balloon competition Damon Mears from Nottingham Ragdale Spa Competition Kathleen Hooper from Nottingham ANSWERS ACROSS 1 Racecourse 6 Pickpocket 11 Alone 12 Chesterfield 14 Fade 16 Mini 17 Ash 18 Agony 20 Lentil 21 Lane 22 Lasso 23 Dribble 25 Mop 26 Frogman 28 Pill 29 Asphalt 33 Opposition 35 Striptease 38 Forceps 41 Loot 42 Berserk 45 Cut 46 Letters 48 Facet 49 Tray 50 Unbolt 52 Seven 54 Dam 55 Owes 57 Hugs 59 Steeplechase 60 Table 61 Ringleader 62 Pillowcase ANSWERS DOWN 1 Readable 2 Clothes prop 3 Chef 4 Reception 5 Emerald 6 Patio 7 Carry 8 Pointless 9 Calm 10 Train spotter 13 Dilemma 15 Ate 19 Nobility 20 Long 24 Raid 27 Altos 29 Alive 30 Pot 31 Confectioner 32 Roulette 34 Sue 36 Abracadabra 37 Pour 39 Rattles 40 Polythene 42 Bombshell 43 Soft 44 Stampede 47 Sunlamp 51 Log 52 Salad 53 Vicar 56 Stag 58 Stew ACROSS COMPETITION WINNERS Travel Candle Trio Oliver Bonas 36 00 Whitney Purse X Body Bag Cherie Mini Handheld Bag Wire Weekly Planner Accessorize 22 00 Accessorize 30 00 Primark 6 00

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TEAM BRIT 16 TEAM BRIT 17 By Emma Turner Life in the Fast Lane he uses has been developed over about four versions so the equipment has been worked on by them team for quite a long time meaning it really is a top piece of kit What races will you be taking part in next Jamie Falvey from Farnsfield talks about joining Team BRIT a competitive motor racing team consisting of disabled drivers who have sustained serious injuries As a former Marines Commando Jamie 32 followed in his ex military father s footsteps as he began his service in 2010 Throughout his time in the Marines Jamie rose to the rank of Lance Corporal and served at the Faslane Naval Base in Scotland in Afghanistan and was a cold weather warfare specialist for exercises in Norway In 2016 he was medically discharged for having permanent hearing damage and tinnitus as a result of his time serving on operations and has since joined Team BRIT a competitive motor racing team that aims to be the first ever all disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race A competitive racing team which aims to inspire members of the disabled community through the demonstration of what can be achieved in the face of adversity Team BRIT provides the opportunity for disabled people to get involved in competitive endurance racing Originally formed for ex or serving military troops over the last year Team BRIT has started to welcome civilian disabled racers to the team quals e n o i t a r a p Pre nce a m r o f r e p good Q A We talk to Jamie about his experience as a member of Team BRIT and his history with motorsport rugby player civilian whose had a leg amputation so we ve got those two in the team now who are really great additions It s all great fun everyone enjoys what they re doing it was definitely a positive for the team to invite civilians into the same team as the ex military guys When did you first hear about Team BRIT A friend of mine who runs a local kart track was holding a kart race for the other entity of Team BRIT a thing called Kart Force which is a similar idea to Team BRIT but with go karts That s where I met Dave Player the Team BRIT founder and the rest of the guys it all just snowballed from there really It was always my intention to get into car racing anyway because I ve been karting on and off for the last 11 years of my life so I have always been quite heavily involved in motorsport and I ve got a Caterham sports car When Dave heard I wanted to race cars he invited me to come along and try out at a rookie day and the rest is history Tell us about the team you work with Team BRIT was originally started as a military only race team but from 2017 it has welcomed civilian members onto the team as well for example Olivia Jackson was an a competitive Muay Thai fighter and stunt actress for A list celebrities in action movies There s also a guy called James Russell he s an ex What disabilities do other people on the team have and how is the car adapted to facilitate these There are quite a few adaptations really but we are market leaders in developing the hand controls for the lads with lower limb amputations for example Ash Hall is a double amputee he s lost both of his legs above the knee so he requires the throttle and brake pedals to be on the wheel and shift up and down buttons on the right and the left side The wheel The eventual aim is to take an all disabled team to Le Mans and compete in the iconic 24 hour endurance race Having raced in the Fun Cup last year which we ll also compete in this year we have just announced that we will be entering GT racing in 2018 in our full spec Aston Martin Vantage This is a huge achievement and is down to the hard work of Dave and the team but the challenges that come with it are massive mainly finding sponsorship and bringing in the funding we need which is a shared responsibility between drivers The move to GT racing is a massive step forward for everyone and I m really looking forward to it The Marines and motorsport are both very active pursuits have you found any strong similarities in the skills they require Yes it s a case of preparation equals good performance you know If you prep up well for a race generally you tend to be very well prepared for anything that s going to come your way I tend to have a kind of ritual I go through before I get in the car I ll research the circuit and go through very specific things in my head to practice before the race So being disciplined and having a state of mind where you can focus yourself 100 for a certain amount of time definitely helps Jamie Falvey Is there anything you would like to say to someone who may be disabled and is looking to pursue motorsport If there is anyone that thinks oh yeah that floats my boat get in touch You d be surprised with the amount of people who don t bother because they think I won t be any good at it or I don t think it d be for me you ll never know unless you try We re a great group everyone gets along and you ll have a laugh even if you just come down to have a look Team BRIT www teambrit co uk Photos courtesy of David Archer Kingsize Photography

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TEAM BRIT 16 TEAM BRIT 17 By Emma Turner Life in the Fast Lane he uses has been developed over about four versions so the equipment has been worked on by them team for quite a long time meaning it really is a top piece of kit What races will you be taking part in next Jamie Falvey from Farnsfield talks about joining Team BRIT a competitive motor racing team consisting of disabled drivers who have sustained serious injuries As a former Marines Commando Jamie 32 followed in his ex military father s footsteps as he began his service in 2010 Throughout his time in the Marines Jamie rose to the rank of Lance Corporal and served at the Faslane Naval Base in Scotland in Afghanistan and was a cold weather warfare specialist for exercises in Norway In 2016 he was medically discharged for having permanent hearing damage and tinnitus as a result of his time serving on operations and has since joined Team BRIT a competitive motor racing team that aims to be the first ever all disabled team to race in the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race A competitive racing team which aims to inspire members of the disabled community through the demonstration of what can be achieved in the face of adversity Team BRIT provides the opportunity for disabled people to get involved in competitive endurance racing Originally formed for ex or serving military troops over the last year Team BRIT has started to welcome civilian disabled racers to the team quals e n o i t a r a p Pre nce a m r o f r e p good Q A We talk to Jamie about his experience as a member of Team BRIT and his history with motorsport rugby player civilian whose had a leg amputation so we ve got those two in the team now who are really great additions It s all great fun everyone enjoys what they re doing it was definitely a positive for the team to invite civilians into the same team as the ex military guys When did you first hear about Team BRIT A friend of mine who runs a local kart track was holding a kart race for the other entity of Team BRIT a thing called Kart Force which is a similar idea to Team BRIT but with go karts That s where I met Dave Player the Team BRIT founder and the rest of the guys it all just snowballed from there really It was always my intention to get into car racing anyway because I ve been karting on and off for the last 11 years of my life so I have always been quite heavily involved in motorsport and I ve got a Caterham sports car When Dave heard I wanted to race cars he invited me to come along and try out at a rookie day and the rest is history Tell us about the team you work with Team BRIT was originally started as a military only race team but from 2017 it has welcomed civilian members onto the team as well for example Olivia Jackson was an a competitive Muay Thai fighter and stunt actress for A list celebrities in action movies There s also a guy called James Russell he s an ex What disabilities do other people on the team have and how is the car adapted to facilitate these There are quite a few adaptations really but we are market leaders in developing the hand controls for the lads with lower limb amputations for example Ash Hall is a double amputee he s lost both of his legs above the knee so he requires the throttle and brake pedals to be on the wheel and shift up and down buttons on the right and the left side The wheel The eventual aim is to take an all disabled team to Le Mans and compete in the iconic 24 hour endurance race Having raced in the Fun Cup last year which we ll also compete in this year we have just announced that we will be entering GT racing in 2018 in our full spec Aston Martin Vantage This is a huge achievement and is down to the hard work of Dave and the team but the challenges that come with it are massive mainly finding sponsorship and bringing in the funding we need which is a shared responsibility between drivers The move to GT racing is a massive step forward for everyone and I m really looking forward to it The Marines and motorsport are both very active pursuits have you found any strong similarities in the skills they require Yes it s a case of preparation equals good performance you know If you prep up well for a race generally you tend to be very well prepared for anything that s going to come your way I tend to have a kind of ritual I go through before I get in the car I ll research the circuit and go through very specific things in my head to practice before the race So being disciplined and having a state of mind where you can focus yourself 100 for a certain amount of time definitely helps Jamie Falvey Is there anything you would like to say to someone who may be disabled and is looking to pursue motorsport If there is anyone that thinks oh yeah that floats my boat get in touch You d be surprised with the amount of people who don t bother because they think I won t be any good at it or I don t think it d be for me you ll never know unless you try We re a great group everyone gets along and you ll have a laugh even if you just come down to have a look Team BRIT www teambrit co uk Photos courtesy of David Archer Kingsize Photography

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18 Show Stoppers Mark Steel Every Little Thing s Gonna Be Alright Nottingham Playhouse Friday 2nd March WHAT S ON South Pacific Mansfield Palace Theatre Wednesday 7th Sunday 11th March This moving musical theatre production links themes of romance and prejudice through extravagant songs and acting to create a tense atmosphere for the audience As you embark on an emotional journey to an island paradise with these lovable characters you will endure humour heartbreak and sweet music brought to you by this traditional and hugely entertaining show Our Country s Good Nottingham Playhouse Mark Steel is coming to Nottingham to present to you his wacky and fun brand new stand up show His last sell out show Who Do You Think I Am proved a massive hit and now Mark is back for more with political jokes sarcasm and witty puns guaranteed to have you laughing out of your seats Friday 9th Saturday 24th March Based on historical events from 1787 when a fleet of ships carrying convicts set out to Australia with slim chances of survival Supplies run low guards are getting anxious and inmates prove even more violent and agitated but amongst them all there is hope as a small group of passengers practice their shared passion whilst on board theatre Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde Theatre Royal WHAT S ON Leaf Seriously Dead Age 14 Nottingham Playhouse Saturday 14th April Join the cast of this exciting production as they enter the natural world and explain the life cycle of a leaf Designed for under 3 s this playful and gentle piece is inspired by connecting younger children with the world around them through sounds and touch Kids can even take to the stage following the performance for a chance to explore the set crafted to recreate a natural landscape Mansfield Palace Theatre Sunday 29th April Exploring themes of a sensitive nature but in a hilarious way this witty and bonkers comedy show is set outside the pearly white gates of heaven and follows the story of a passed on Thelma Henderson trying to gain entry to the afterlife Join Thelma as she battles the digitalised system of needing paperwork for entry to heaven whilst subconsciously becoming a guardian angel to her former best friend and the love of her life The Waterboys Royal Concert Hall Friday 4th May Returning for the second leg of their UK tour come The Waterboys and their extended nine piece band ready to rock the stage in support of their brand new critically acclaimed album Tuesday 20th Saturday 24th March This classic gothic thriller comes to life on stage in March as we witness a secret experiment conducted by the respectable Dr Henry Jekyll to split his personality in two releasing the murderous Edward Hyde Experience mayhem madness and deaths on the stage in this dramatic and thrilling performance as Jekyll fights to control his demonic alter ego Fat Friends The Musical Theatre Royal Monday 26th Saturday 31st March TV s most loveable characters invite you to Holes Nottingham Playhouse Saturday 31st March Sunday 22nd April Meet Greet with Ian Waite Oti Mabuse Mansfield Palace Theatre Wednesday 11th April Meet the stars of the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing and get the inside scoop on life behind the show For lovers of dance this is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the professionals to learn all the insight and tips of the trade before the big show The Jungle Book Theatre Royal A Mid Summer Night s Dream Mansfield Palace Theatre Sunday 4th March Join Ballet UK as they unravel the magical story of A Mid Summer Night s Dream transporting their audience into a world of dance and enchantment Enter the realm of fairies pixies mischief and magical creatures for a spell binding performance which will captivate the whole family and relive the classic tale through stunning handmade costumes intricate choreography and watch the world around you come to life Tuesday 17th Saturday 21st April An exhilarating new adaptation of the wellknown and loved classic family tale Join Mowgli Baloo and the crew for a feel good performance packed with dancing singing and laughter guaranteed to leave you dancing in your chair Aladdin Jr Newark Palace Theatre Wednesday 14th March When street wise Aladdin sets a genie free from a lamp little does he know his life is about to change Whilst his wildest dreams start turning to reality and he wins over the princess of his dreams the evil Jafar has other plans for the genie Can Aladdin save the genie and win over the princess in his true form living on the streets 19 up close and personal with Mr Kemp for a thrilling insight into his busy and high class personal life An Audience with Martin Kemp join them as they undergo some fast paced exercise at their local Zumba class for a Super Slimmer s programme Will Kelly be able to fit into the wedding dress of her dreams or will her love for fatty foods triumph Full of hilarious jokes funny friendships and a whole lot of hope this fabulous stage show will give you a reason to smile This multi award winning novel which was followed by huge box office success is now hitting the stage With light hearted jokes exciting adventures and loads of fun to share this interactive and quirky performance which tells the tale of friendship and redemption creates the perfect atmosphere for all of the family Newark Palace Theatre Saturday 21st April An actor musician author film director and occasional TV presenter Martin Kemp really is a man of all trades Having enjoyed an amazing career living the celebrity lifestyle appearing on popular TV shows such as Spandau Ballet EastEnders and releasing a best selling book get Out Of All This Blue Holding their highest chart position since 1993 this show is a must see for any music fanatics Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Newark Palace Theatre Friday 4th May Taking to the stage is the world s most devoted and finest tribute band celebrating one of rock and roll s most iconic bands to perform the legendary Rumours album plus classic hits and much more A must see show for music lovers overlooking the last 40 years of legendary records which inspired thousands of fans recreating Fleetwood Mac at their best Newark Palace Theatre www palacenewarktickets com 01636 655755 Theatre Royal Nottingham www trch co uk 0115 989 5555 Mansfield Palace Theatre www mansfieldpalace co uk 01623 633133 Nottingham Playhouse www nottinghamplayhouse co uk 0115 941 9419

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18 Show Stoppers Mark Steel Every Little Thing s Gonna Be Alright Nottingham Playhouse Friday 2nd March WHAT S ON South Pacific Mansfield Palace Theatre Wednesday 7th Sunday 11th March This moving musical theatre production links themes of romance and prejudice through extravagant songs and acting to create a tense atmosphere for the audience As you embark on an emotional journey to an island paradise with these lovable characters you will endure humour heartbreak and sweet music brought to you by this traditional and hugely entertaining show Our Country s Good Nottingham Playhouse Mark Steel is coming to Nottingham to present to you his wacky and fun brand new stand up show His last sell out show Who Do You Think I Am proved a massive hit and now Mark is back for more with political jokes sarcasm and witty puns guaranteed to have you laughing out of your seats Friday 9th Saturday 24th March Based on historical events from 1787 when a fleet of ships carrying convicts set out to Australia with slim chances of survival Supplies run low guards are getting anxious and inmates prove even more violent and agitated but amongst them all there is hope as a small group of passengers practice their shared passion whilst on board theatre Dr Jekyll Mr Hyde Theatre Royal WHAT S ON Leaf Seriously Dead Age 14 Nottingham Playhouse Saturday 14th April Join the cast of this exciting production as they enter the natural world and explain the life cycle of a leaf Designed for under 3 s this playful and gentle piece is inspired by connecting younger children with the world around them through sounds and touch Kids can even take to the stage following the performance for a chance to explore the set crafted to recreate a natural landscape Mansfield Palace Theatre Sunday 29th April Exploring themes of a sensitive nature but in a hilarious way this witty and bonkers comedy show is set outside the pearly white gates of heaven and follows the story of a passed on Thelma Henderson trying to gain entry to the afterlife Join Thelma as she battles the digitalised system of needing paperwork for entry to heaven whilst subconsciously becoming a guardian angel to her former best friend and the love of her life The Waterboys Royal Concert Hall Friday 4th May Returning for the second leg of their UK tour come The Waterboys and their extended nine piece band ready to rock the stage in support of their brand new critically acclaimed album Tuesday 20th Saturday 24th March This classic gothic thriller comes to life on stage in March as we witness a secret experiment conducted by the respectable Dr Henry Jekyll to split his personality in two releasing the murderous Edward Hyde Experience mayhem madness and deaths on the stage in this dramatic and thrilling performance as Jekyll fights to control his demonic alter ego Fat Friends The Musical Theatre Royal Monday 26th Saturday 31st March TV s most loveable characters invite you to Holes Nottingham Playhouse Saturday 31st March Sunday 22nd April Meet Greet with Ian Waite Oti Mabuse Mansfield Palace Theatre Wednesday 11th April Meet the stars of the hit BBC TV show Strictly Come Dancing and get the inside scoop on life behind the show For lovers of dance this is the perfect way to get up close and personal with the professionals to learn all the insight and tips of the trade before the big show The Jungle Book Theatre Royal A Mid Summer Night s Dream Mansfield Palace Theatre Sunday 4th March Join Ballet UK as they unravel the magical story of A Mid Summer Night s Dream transporting their audience into a world of dance and enchantment Enter the realm of fairies pixies mischief and magical creatures for a spell binding performance which will captivate the whole family and relive the classic tale through stunning handmade costumes intricate choreography and watch the world around you come to life Tuesday 17th Saturday 21st April An exhilarating new adaptation of the wellknown and loved classic family tale Join Mowgli Baloo and the crew for a feel good performance packed with dancing singing and laughter guaranteed to leave you dancing in your chair Aladdin Jr Newark Palace Theatre Wednesday 14th March When street wise Aladdin sets a genie free from a lamp little does he know his life is about to change Whilst his wildest dreams start turning to reality and he wins over the princess of his dreams the evil Jafar has other plans for the genie Can Aladdin save the genie and win over the princess in his true form living on the streets 19 up close and personal with Mr Kemp for a thrilling insight into his busy and high class personal life An Audience with Martin Kemp join them as they undergo some fast paced exercise at their local Zumba class for a Super Slimmer s programme Will Kelly be able to fit into the wedding dress of her dreams or will her love for fatty foods triumph Full of hilarious jokes funny friendships and a whole lot of hope this fabulous stage show will give you a reason to smile This multi award winning novel which was followed by huge box office success is now hitting the stage With light hearted jokes exciting adventures and loads of fun to share this interactive and quirky performance which tells the tale of friendship and redemption creates the perfect atmosphere for all of the family Newark Palace Theatre Saturday 21st April An actor musician author film director and occasional TV presenter Martin Kemp really is a man of all trades Having enjoyed an amazing career living the celebrity lifestyle appearing on popular TV shows such as Spandau Ballet EastEnders and releasing a best selling book get Out Of All This Blue Holding their highest chart position since 1993 this show is a must see for any music fanatics Rumours of Fleetwood Mac Newark Palace Theatre Friday 4th May Taking to the stage is the world s most devoted and finest tribute band celebrating one of rock and roll s most iconic bands to perform the legendary Rumours album plus classic hits and much more A must see show for music lovers overlooking the last 40 years of legendary records which inspired thousands of fans recreating Fleetwood Mac at their best Newark Palace Theatre www palacenewarktickets com 01636 655755 Theatre Royal Nottingham www trch co uk 0115 989 5555 Mansfield Palace Theatre www mansfieldpalace co uk 01623 633133 Nottingham Playhouse www nottinghamplayhouse co uk 0115 941 9419

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21 The National Theatre s acclaimed production of War Horse based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo appears at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham from 14 March 7 April 2018 as part of a national tour ar Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse Joey who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I Caught in enemy crossfire Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in No Man s Land while Albert not old enough to enlist embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship War Horse features ground breaking puppetry work by South Africa s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage Kash Bennett the producer of War Horse said We are absolutely delighted to be bringing War Horse to the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham We hope we can bring people in Nottingham a taste of the theatrical magic and artistry that audiences can look forward to with this very special show Michael Morpurgo who has written over 100 books and was Children s Laureate from 2003 to 2005 added Joey the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre will be touring the UK again The National Theatre will be taking their show all over the country to towns and cities many of them places War Horse has not been seen before I am so pleased this is happening that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event Steady boy steady Joey Trot on War Horse ran for eight successful years in London and has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007 with record breaking runs on Broadway Canada Australia the Netherlands Belgium South Africa and most recently China It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway and is now touring the UK as part of its 10th Anniversary Tour War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris it is designed by Rae Smith lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler with video design by 59 Productions Ltd song making by John Tams music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt Katie Henry is revival director for this tour War Horse is produced by the National Theatre www warhorseonstage com A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship Performance Information War Horse Royal Concert Hall Nottingham 14 March to 7 April 2018 Booking details at www trch co uk

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21 The National Theatre s acclaimed production of War Horse based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo appears at the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham from 14 March 7 April 2018 as part of a national tour ar Horse is the powerful story of a young boy called Albert and his beloved horse Joey who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I Caught in enemy crossfire Joey ends up serving on both sides during the war before landing in No Man s Land while Albert not old enough to enlist embarks on a treacherous mission to find his horse and bring him home A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship War Horse features ground breaking puppetry work by South Africa s Handspring Puppet Company which brings breathing and galloping horses to life on stage Kash Bennett the producer of War Horse said We are absolutely delighted to be bringing War Horse to the Royal Concert Hall Nottingham We hope we can bring people in Nottingham a taste of the theatrical magic and artistry that audiences can look forward to with this very special show Michael Morpurgo who has written over 100 books and was Children s Laureate from 2003 to 2005 added Joey the War Horse and his great team from the National Theatre will be touring the UK again The National Theatre will be taking their show all over the country to towns and cities many of them places War Horse has not been seen before I am so pleased this is happening that so many more people will have the chance to enjoy this unique theatrical event Steady boy steady Joey Trot on War Horse ran for eight successful years in London and has been seen by over 7 million people worldwide since its premiere at the National Theatre in 2007 with record breaking runs on Broadway Canada Australia the Netherlands Belgium South Africa and most recently China It has won 25 awards including the Tony Award for Best Play on Broadway and is now touring the UK as part of its 10th Anniversary Tour War Horse is adapted by Nick Stafford and presented in association with Handspring Puppet Company Directed by Marianne Elliott and Tom Morris it is designed by Rae Smith lighting is by Paule Constable and movement and horse choreography by Toby Sedgwick The puppetry directors are Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler with video design by 59 Productions Ltd song making by John Tams music by Adrian Sutton and sound by Christopher Shutt Katie Henry is revival director for this tour War Horse is produced by the National Theatre www warhorseonstage com A remarkable tale of courage loyalty and friendship Performance Information War Horse Royal Concert Hall Nottingham 14 March to 7 April 2018 Booking details at www trch co uk

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22 Beyond the mainstream Being the old stomping ground of literary greats like Byron Lawrence and Sillitoe Nottingham is steeped in history and culture Keeping the literary heart of Nottingham beating tucked down an alleyway in the city centre is Five Leaves Bookshop an independent bookshop and publishers which celebrates independent publishing independent thinking and independent writing Set up in 1996 Five Leaves Publications has published around 200 literary political social history and other titles Our all important Christmas sales were up substantially and in the same period we published a book on the Vikings in Nottinghamshire a history of Nottingham writers and a book of short stories by John Harvey The bookshop also hosts regular events for adults and children to help promote reading in the local area Ross added In 2017 we organised 88 events poetry readings lectures a couple of day schools a play and a folk night Over 6 000 people came to our events INDEPENDENT Publishing INDEPENDENT Thinking INDEPENDENT Writing 23 Mistress and Misfit An interview with Shappi Khorsandi By David Vincent For her latest tour comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi uncovers a tragic historic tale of love heroism and betrayal Entitled Mistress and Misfit the show sees Shappi explore the life of Lady Emma Hamilton Often dismissed as the harlot mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson Shappi reveals her to be a strong modern woman who rose to become the much loved partner of one of Britain s greatest ever heroes only to see the country turn its back on her after his death With numerous TV credits to her name including Live At The Apollo QI and Have I Got News For You Shappi joined I m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2017 She s also penned two books the autobiographical A Beginners Guide to Acting English 2009 and novel Nina Is Not OK 2016 What attracted you to Lady Hamilton She s such a fascinating character a glorious gorgeous woman when women had no agency when women lived a back breaking life and would die at 45 She was such a creative person a dancer a famous model She s fascinating as someone from a certain era from 200 years ago she s no different from so many women today But the culture and laws of the time meant that she lived a very different life from someone today Despite being a celebrity and a huge influence on Lord Nelson she was shunned after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Yes Nelson begged the government to change his will to include Hamilton and their child Horatia and that they ignored him They allowed her to die a derelict and alcoholic in Calais There was no acknowledgment of her impact Is the show a history lesson In October 2013 the company secured a lease on 14a Long Row and that November opened a bookshop with a stock much wider than what it publishes but with a strong emphasis on independent publishing Ross Bradshaw owner of Five Leaves said In September 2013 I was contemplating running down my long standing publishing business Five Leaves and doing something that did not involve books for the first time in my life Two months later I opened a bookshop instead it was the year that the number of independent bookshops fell below 1 000 for the first time ever It would be the first independent bookshop to open in any city centre this century and it would be a radical bookshop What could possibly go wrong Just over four years later the shop is thriving The shop unashamedly wears its heart on the left but a solely political bookshop would never survive outside of London so we sell children s books books on landscape literary fiction a quarter being in translation and have an interest in all sorts of specialist areas Autism transgender issues travellers paganism Being right in the city centre helps even though we are in an alleyway but it also helps that so many people are now looking out shops beyond the mainstream that trade ethically and pay the staff properly and that are independent We are surviving happily Find out more Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row Nottingham NG1 2DH 0115 8373097 www fiveleavesbookshop co uk It s a difficult sell because we re talking about something from 200 years ago but it s not a history lesson it could ve been something from last year Look at the way we still treat women So it s not a history lesson it s a stand up show about a thoroughly modern woman and one that modern women will find relatable It s a fun evening I go all over the shop When I go on tour my job is to make everyone laugh as hard as possible You have to hang off a hook but the whole hour is not about Lady Hamilton I mean how could I go on I m A Celebrity and not talk about that So I talk about my own stuff as well Speaking on I m A Celebrity Oh go on then laughs You found the experience tough being away from your children the food making you ill etc Why did you sign up I just wanted to do something completely outside of my comfort zone It s completely mainstream and I m not really mainstream and I was completely petrified I made two promises to myself that I wouldn t cry on TV and that I wouldn t slag anyone off I got voted off first which I think was an act of compassion by the public Anyone could see that I wasn t quite there But the whole thing was a success The kids got to have a holiday Shappi Khorsandi s Mistress and Misfit visits The Glee Club Nottingham on Thursday 26 April 2018 For details see www glee co uk

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22 Beyond the mainstream Being the old stomping ground of literary greats like Byron Lawrence and Sillitoe Nottingham is steeped in history and culture Keeping the literary heart of Nottingham beating tucked down an alleyway in the city centre is Five Leaves Bookshop an independent bookshop and publishers which celebrates independent publishing independent thinking and independent writing Set up in 1996 Five Leaves Publications has published around 200 literary political social history and other titles Our all important Christmas sales were up substantially and in the same period we published a book on the Vikings in Nottinghamshire a history of Nottingham writers and a book of short stories by John Harvey The bookshop also hosts regular events for adults and children to help promote reading in the local area Ross added In 2017 we organised 88 events poetry readings lectures a couple of day schools a play and a folk night Over 6 000 people came to our events INDEPENDENT Publishing INDEPENDENT Thinking INDEPENDENT Writing 23 Mistress and Misfit An interview with Shappi Khorsandi By David Vincent For her latest tour comedian and writer Shappi Khorsandi uncovers a tragic historic tale of love heroism and betrayal Entitled Mistress and Misfit the show sees Shappi explore the life of Lady Emma Hamilton Often dismissed as the harlot mistress of Lord Horatio Nelson Shappi reveals her to be a strong modern woman who rose to become the much loved partner of one of Britain s greatest ever heroes only to see the country turn its back on her after his death With numerous TV credits to her name including Live At The Apollo QI and Have I Got News For You Shappi joined I m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2017 She s also penned two books the autobiographical A Beginners Guide to Acting English 2009 and novel Nina Is Not OK 2016 What attracted you to Lady Hamilton She s such a fascinating character a glorious gorgeous woman when women had no agency when women lived a back breaking life and would die at 45 She was such a creative person a dancer a famous model She s fascinating as someone from a certain era from 200 years ago she s no different from so many women today But the culture and laws of the time meant that she lived a very different life from someone today Despite being a celebrity and a huge influence on Lord Nelson she was shunned after his death at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 Yes Nelson begged the government to change his will to include Hamilton and their child Horatia and that they ignored him They allowed her to die a derelict and alcoholic in Calais There was no acknowledgment of her impact Is the show a history lesson In October 2013 the company secured a lease on 14a Long Row and that November opened a bookshop with a stock much wider than what it publishes but with a strong emphasis on independent publishing Ross Bradshaw owner of Five Leaves said In September 2013 I was contemplating running down my long standing publishing business Five Leaves and doing something that did not involve books for the first time in my life Two months later I opened a bookshop instead it was the year that the number of independent bookshops fell below 1 000 for the first time ever It would be the first independent bookshop to open in any city centre this century and it would be a radical bookshop What could possibly go wrong Just over four years later the shop is thriving The shop unashamedly wears its heart on the left but a solely political bookshop would never survive outside of London so we sell children s books books on landscape literary fiction a quarter being in translation and have an interest in all sorts of specialist areas Autism transgender issues travellers paganism Being right in the city centre helps even though we are in an alleyway but it also helps that so many people are now looking out shops beyond the mainstream that trade ethically and pay the staff properly and that are independent We are surviving happily Find out more Five Leaves Bookshop 14a Long Row Nottingham NG1 2DH 0115 8373097 www fiveleavesbookshop co uk It s a difficult sell because we re talking about something from 200 years ago but it s not a history lesson it could ve been something from last year Look at the way we still treat women So it s not a history lesson it s a stand up show about a thoroughly modern woman and one that modern women will find relatable It s a fun evening I go all over the shop When I go on tour my job is to make everyone laugh as hard as possible You have to hang off a hook but the whole hour is not about Lady Hamilton I mean how could I go on I m A Celebrity and not talk about that So I talk about my own stuff as well Speaking on I m A Celebrity Oh go on then laughs You found the experience tough being away from your children the food making you ill etc Why did you sign up I just wanted to do something completely outside of my comfort zone It s completely mainstream and I m not really mainstream and I was completely petrified I made two promises to myself that I wouldn t cry on TV and that I wouldn t slag anyone off I got voted off first which I think was an act of compassion by the public Anyone could see that I wasn t quite there But the whole thing was a success The kids got to have a holiday Shappi Khorsandi s Mistress and Misfit visits The Glee Club Nottingham on Thursday 26 April 2018 For details see www glee co uk

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24 Luxury in the heart of Nottinghamshire Nestled in the heart of Burntstump Country Park Cockliffe Country House Hotel is an elegant Georgian building steeped in history urrounded by three glorious acres of parkland and located just seven miles from the centre of Nottingham Cockliffe Country House Hotel has quickly become a popular destination for weekends away weddings and fine dining A house with history some parts of the venue date back to 1678 but the elegant Georgian building we see today was the result of a major extension and renovation completed in 1725 From the moment you turn onto the tree lined avenue you ll recognise Cockliffe House Hotel as a unique and beautiful space Stonework rich wooden beams and period features are just some of the subtle touches that make this enchanting home captivate guests from the moment they arrive Established as one of the most popular boutique wedding venues in Nottinghamshire the venue caters for all kinds of ceremonies from intimate weddings to larger celebrations for up to 100 guests not to mention being S the venue of choice for parties private dining experiences and conferences The building also recently underwent a 750 000 refurbishment which has transformed the conference facilities and accommodation to further enhance your luxury boutique hotel experience Set in delightful gardens Cockliffe offers 11 en suite bedrooms and suites located in the main House and the adjacent converted Forge and Farriers rooms all offering comfort seclusion and stunning views A charming venue Cockliffe Country House Hotel also provides a unique dining experience with a popular a la carte menu traditional Sunday roasts and indulgent afternoon teas prepared by award winning chefs offering a taste experience like no other We had a tour of the new facilities and a taste of the sumptuous food available at the stunning destination For more information on Cockliffe Country House Hotel please visit www cch hotel co uk What we tried Spinach gnocchi charred baby leek blue cheese dressing walnut brittle Twice cooked Ox shin roast baby carrots fondant potato bone marrow jus Assiette of chocolate consisting of Bitter chocolate malt tart with cr me fraiche white chocolate blackberry mousse and milk chocolate brulee with citrus shortbread Food Drink

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24 Luxury in the heart of Nottinghamshire Nestled in the heart of Burntstump Country Park Cockliffe Country House Hotel is an elegant Georgian building steeped in history urrounded by three glorious acres of parkland and located just seven miles from the centre of Nottingham Cockliffe Country House Hotel has quickly become a popular destination for weekends away weddings and fine dining A house with history some parts of the venue date back to 1678 but the elegant Georgian building we see today was the result of a major extension and renovation completed in 1725 From the moment you turn onto the tree lined avenue you ll recognise Cockliffe House Hotel as a unique and beautiful space Stonework rich wooden beams and period features are just some of the subtle touches that make this enchanting home captivate guests from the moment they arrive Established as one of the most popular boutique wedding venues in Nottinghamshire the venue caters for all kinds of ceremonies from intimate weddings to larger celebrations for up to 100 guests not to mention being S the venue of choice for parties private dining experiences and conferences The building also recently underwent a 750 000 refurbishment which has transformed the conference facilities and accommodation to further enhance your luxury boutique hotel experience Set in delightful gardens Cockliffe offers 11 en suite bedrooms and suites located in the main House and the adjacent converted Forge and Farriers rooms all offering comfort seclusion and stunning views A charming venue Cockliffe Country House Hotel also provides a unique dining experience with a popular a la carte menu traditional Sunday roasts and indulgent afternoon teas prepared by award winning chefs offering a taste experience like no other We had a tour of the new facilities and a taste of the sumptuous food available at the stunning destination For more information on Cockliffe Country House Hotel please visit www cch hotel co uk What we tried Spinach gnocchi charred baby leek blue cheese dressing walnut brittle Twice cooked Ox shin roast baby carrots fondant potato bone marrow jus Assiette of chocolate consisting of Bitter chocolate malt tart with cr me fraiche white chocolate blackberry mousse and milk chocolate brulee with citrus shortbread Food Drink

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27 Tails of an Afternoon Tea Colwick Hall is delighted to announce Potty For Peter a two part volume containing Tails of an Afternoon Tea and Tales of Garden Cocktails To do justice Colwick Hall has immersed itself in the world of Peter with bunny prints running from the kitchen to the boiler house Marketing Director further explains Potty for Peter draws on many childhood memories and we present our best ever themed menu as we elevate flavours of the country garden Squirrels Savoury Treats feature selection of four different flavours such as strawberry raspberry blackberry and traditional Virgin mojitos are at the ready for drivers and teetotallers This is just one of several options from gin cocktails 8 each to bunny tail The venue has now revealed the full edition of its Tails of an Afternoon Tea and is welcoming all to savour the delights of the Potty For Peter production In its continuous quest for the perfect afternoon tea Colwick Hall has drawn inspiration from the seasons With the season of new beginnings upon us there is always a spring in our step with brighter climes ahead and rejuvenation past the dormant depth of winter on the intermediate selection from Lady Susan s Garden Soup to Chef Lee s creamy leek and cheese pie Eagerly awaited the most tempting course has to be the Burrow of Sweet Surprises Hidden within this treasure trove there are bunny tail meringues with a raspberry swirl melt in your mouth carrot and ginger cookies not sticky in the slightest to a luscious lemon supreme cake Plus the star of the show a very delicious plant pot chocolate muffin This is all served with Hannah s exquisite selection of teas and coffees All this while little paws have potted down the rabbit hole through the farmers market over the berry patch and into the gin garden Lauren Head of Allotments has been gathering ingredients in concocting cocktails inspired by the English springtime country garden at Colwick Hall Be sure to grab a mojito punnet 20 from a ice cream floats 4 50 saddled with cotton candy and Byron s Boozy Bunnies such as Amaretto Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and almonds 4 95 Understanding the flavours and spirit of Easter approaching our bunny themed tea seemed the natural selection says Executive Chef Lee Morledge The initial course of country garden sandwiches includes lettuce wraps spinach rounds and Peter s prawn fillings amongst others Naomi Tupoulahi Sales and Potty For Peter is available to book at Colwick Hall until 3 May 2018 Tickets are 2 for 30 Monday to Wednesday and 23 95pp Thursday to Sunday To reserve contact 0115 9500 566 email reservations colwickhallhotel com or message on Facebook ColwickHallHotel Further details are also available at www colwickhallhotel com The Potty For Peter Headquarters Colwick Hall Racecourse Road Nottingham NG2 4BH

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27 Tails of an Afternoon Tea Colwick Hall is delighted to announce Potty For Peter a two part volume containing Tails of an Afternoon Tea and Tales of Garden Cocktails To do justice Colwick Hall has immersed itself in the world of Peter with bunny prints running from the kitchen to the boiler house Marketing Director further explains Potty for Peter draws on many childhood memories and we present our best ever themed menu as we elevate flavours of the country garden Squirrels Savoury Treats feature selection of four different flavours such as strawberry raspberry blackberry and traditional Virgin mojitos are at the ready for drivers and teetotallers This is just one of several options from gin cocktails 8 each to bunny tail The venue has now revealed the full edition of its Tails of an Afternoon Tea and is welcoming all to savour the delights of the Potty For Peter production In its continuous quest for the perfect afternoon tea Colwick Hall has drawn inspiration from the seasons With the season of new beginnings upon us there is always a spring in our step with brighter climes ahead and rejuvenation past the dormant depth of winter on the intermediate selection from Lady Susan s Garden Soup to Chef Lee s creamy leek and cheese pie Eagerly awaited the most tempting course has to be the Burrow of Sweet Surprises Hidden within this treasure trove there are bunny tail meringues with a raspberry swirl melt in your mouth carrot and ginger cookies not sticky in the slightest to a luscious lemon supreme cake Plus the star of the show a very delicious plant pot chocolate muffin This is all served with Hannah s exquisite selection of teas and coffees All this while little paws have potted down the rabbit hole through the farmers market over the berry patch and into the gin garden Lauren Head of Allotments has been gathering ingredients in concocting cocktails inspired by the English springtime country garden at Colwick Hall Be sure to grab a mojito punnet 20 from a ice cream floats 4 50 saddled with cotton candy and Byron s Boozy Bunnies such as Amaretto Hot Chocolate with whipped cream and almonds 4 95 Understanding the flavours and spirit of Easter approaching our bunny themed tea seemed the natural selection says Executive Chef Lee Morledge The initial course of country garden sandwiches includes lettuce wraps spinach rounds and Peter s prawn fillings amongst others Naomi Tupoulahi Sales and Potty For Peter is available to book at Colwick Hall until 3 May 2018 Tickets are 2 for 30 Monday to Wednesday and 23 95pp Thursday to Sunday To reserve contact 0115 9500 566 email reservations colwickhallhotel com or message on Facebook ColwickHallHotel Further details are also available at www colwickhallhotel com The Potty For Peter Headquarters Colwick Hall Racecourse Road Nottingham NG2 4BH

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28 FOOD DRINK A Pub Fit for a King R FOOD DRINK oyal by name royal by nature this gorgeous destination pub reigns over what is reputedly the largest rural common in the country no wonder it s so popular with walkers Sit and watch cows graze as the cricket team plays on the green in summer or in colder months warm yourself indoors by the roaring log fire The rustic decor featuring Archibald Thorburn prints and pheasant motif crockery bestows a real country cottage feel You ll find no fruit machines here it s all about great ale fine food and conversation You ll find Richard behind the bar which boasts four Cask Marque approved real ales and an extensive wine selection and Vicky in the kitchen serving up a menu of fresh dishes at great value for money It s no surprise that the Sunday lunch is incredibly popular offering locally reared roast beef and roast lamb The homemade steak and ale pie is a firm favourite among visitors and regulars alike filled with ample pieces of British beef and served alongside deliciously hot freshly cooked chips Adding to The Royal Oak s special character is the highly rated Camping and Caravanning Club campsite for the use of club members to park up and enjoy the scenery whilst being able to grab some great pub grub and relax in a friendly atmosphere In this award winning community oriented setting you re guaranteed a delightful quintessentially English experience The building of The Royal Oak is over two hundred years old and is thought by some to have been a hosiery factory hence the rather unusual vaulted brick ceiling in the bar which certainly would have carried the weight of the appropriate textiles machinery above With Vicky offering her delicious culinary delights served up fresh from the kitchen and Richard behind the bar with his real ales you are sure of a warm welcome and enjoyable experience but look out for the reportable ghost of a Roman Centurion roaming the building Trevor Langley After retiring from a life long career in engineering Trevor has put his passion for writing into practise reviewing places venues and products that interest him in his spare time Whether it be a new or established restaurant an event a beverage or a day out with family or friends Trevor tries and tests them all to bring you the very best the county has to offer Enjoy a hearty meal from Vicky s daily specials blackboard whilst sipping on refreshing soft or alcoholic beverages poured lovingly at the bar All the produce used in the pub dishes are locally sourced when they can be in Nottinghamshire including meat from Harkers Farm at Clipston on the Wolds who rear their own cattle and have a fantastic farm shop and fish products from Paolo s Seafood in West Bridgford To the rear of the restaurant is a back field which is also available to rent for weddings and parties providing a natural and scenic backdrop to special events Richard Spencer Licensee said Vicky and I have thoroughly enjoyed 14 glorious years at The Royal Oak and would like to take this opportunity to thank every customer that has supported us throughout our time and we look forward to serving you for many more years to come The Royal Oak Tenman Ln Car Colston Nottingham NG13 8JE 01949 20247 www royaloakcarcolston co uk Husband and wife team Richard and Vicky Spencer have been running The Royal Oak since November 2003 A traditional country pub The Royal Oak is situated in the picturesque village of Car Colston set in 29 acres of stunning countryside 29 The train is now arriving The Orient Express services have been recognised for fine dining and luxury travel for over 100 years The Belmond British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle continue these experiences with travel from various UK cities including London and many other regional stations The Belle trains are famous from the glamorous 1930 s era each elegant carriage is exquisite and boasts hand crafted veneered marquetry which you can marvel at whilst indulging in your fantastic meal All guests are offered complimentary chilled champagne and canap s at tables A selection of British cheeses with chutney and biscuits followed a wide range with plentiful portions Desserts of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream or fresh fruit salad were again both perfectly finished and full of flavour Coffee and tea served with handmade petits fours provided a delightful finish to this wondrous dining experience With the pleasure of the table magician amazing along with the excellent strolling musicians playing and singing throughout the carriages all was complete with pristine settings The Spirit of Travel Lunch five courses includes half a bottle of wine per person and is just one of the many dining experiences that can be enjoyed on this exceptional day out On this occasion the journey was from Nottingham to Derbyshire and the Peak District via Derby Chesterfield and Sheffield picked up passengers en route and returned through Stockport and Macclesfield with two class 57 diesel locomotives providing the power The sumptuous luncheon commenced with a trio of fish followed by Brown Windsor soup both of which were very flavoursome and presented with various breads Mains of pan fried duck breast and duck leg ballotine chicken or fish complete with vegetables came next All perfectly cooked with divine flavours and presented beautifully it truly was compliments to the chef Whether a special occasion short break or festive meal Belmond offers a range of services for its passengers including luxury hotels trains some steam hauled river cruises and safaris worldwide Many trips are fully booked well in advance so be sure to make reservations as soon as possible Special gifts are available with a small gift card and personal message to remember your wonderful trip For more information or to book go to www belmond com or contact the Belmond team via 0845 077 2222 or reservations uk belmond com

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28 FOOD DRINK A Pub Fit for a King R FOOD DRINK oyal by name royal by nature this gorgeous destination pub reigns over what is reputedly the largest rural common in the country no wonder it s so popular with walkers Sit and watch cows graze as the cricket team plays on the green in summer or in colder months warm yourself indoors by the roaring log fire The rustic decor featuring Archibald Thorburn prints and pheasant motif crockery bestows a real country cottage feel You ll find no fruit machines here it s all about great ale fine food and conversation You ll find Richard behind the bar which boasts four Cask Marque approved real ales and an extensive wine selection and Vicky in the kitchen serving up a menu of fresh dishes at great value for money It s no surprise that the Sunday lunch is incredibly popular offering locally reared roast beef and roast lamb The homemade steak and ale pie is a firm favourite among visitors and regulars alike filled with ample pieces of British beef and served alongside deliciously hot freshly cooked chips Adding to The Royal Oak s special character is the highly rated Camping and Caravanning Club campsite for the use of club members to park up and enjoy the scenery whilst being able to grab some great pub grub and relax in a friendly atmosphere In this award winning community oriented setting you re guaranteed a delightful quintessentially English experience The building of The Royal Oak is over two hundred years old and is thought by some to have been a hosiery factory hence the rather unusual vaulted brick ceiling in the bar which certainly would have carried the weight of the appropriate textiles machinery above With Vicky offering her delicious culinary delights served up fresh from the kitchen and Richard behind the bar with his real ales you are sure of a warm welcome and enjoyable experience but look out for the reportable ghost of a Roman Centurion roaming the building Trevor Langley After retiring from a life long career in engineering Trevor has put his passion for writing into practise reviewing places venues and products that interest him in his spare time Whether it be a new or established restaurant an event a beverage or a day out with family or friends Trevor tries and tests them all to bring you the very best the county has to offer Enjoy a hearty meal from Vicky s daily specials blackboard whilst sipping on refreshing soft or alcoholic beverages poured lovingly at the bar All the produce used in the pub dishes are locally sourced when they can be in Nottinghamshire including meat from Harkers Farm at Clipston on the Wolds who rear their own cattle and have a fantastic farm shop and fish products from Paolo s Seafood in West Bridgford To the rear of the restaurant is a back field which is also available to rent for weddings and parties providing a natural and scenic backdrop to special events Richard Spencer Licensee said Vicky and I have thoroughly enjoyed 14 glorious years at The Royal Oak and would like to take this opportunity to thank every customer that has supported us throughout our time and we look forward to serving you for many more years to come The Royal Oak Tenman Ln Car Colston Nottingham NG13 8JE 01949 20247 www royaloakcarcolston co uk Husband and wife team Richard and Vicky Spencer have been running The Royal Oak since November 2003 A traditional country pub The Royal Oak is situated in the picturesque village of Car Colston set in 29 acres of stunning countryside 29 The train is now arriving The Orient Express services have been recognised for fine dining and luxury travel for over 100 years The Belmond British Pullman and Belmond Northern Belle continue these experiences with travel from various UK cities including London and many other regional stations The Belle trains are famous from the glamorous 1930 s era each elegant carriage is exquisite and boasts hand crafted veneered marquetry which you can marvel at whilst indulging in your fantastic meal All guests are offered complimentary chilled champagne and canap s at tables A selection of British cheeses with chutney and biscuits followed a wide range with plentiful portions Desserts of sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and ice cream or fresh fruit salad were again both perfectly finished and full of flavour Coffee and tea served with handmade petits fours provided a delightful finish to this wondrous dining experience With the pleasure of the table magician amazing along with the excellent strolling musicians playing and singing throughout the carriages all was complete with pristine settings The Spirit of Travel Lunch five courses includes half a bottle of wine per person and is just one of the many dining experiences that can be enjoyed on this exceptional day out On this occasion the journey was from Nottingham to Derbyshire and the Peak District via Derby Chesterfield and Sheffield picked up passengers en route and returned through Stockport and Macclesfield with two class 57 diesel locomotives providing the power The sumptuous luncheon commenced with a trio of fish followed by Brown Windsor soup both of which were very flavoursome and presented with various breads Mains of pan fried duck breast and duck leg ballotine chicken or fish complete with vegetables came next All perfectly cooked with divine flavours and presented beautifully it truly was compliments to the chef Whether a special occasion short break or festive meal Belmond offers a range of services for its passengers including luxury hotels trains some steam hauled river cruises and safaris worldwide Many trips are fully booked well in advance so be sure to make reservations as soon as possible Special gifts are available with a small gift card and personal message to remember your wonderful trip For more information or to book go to www belmond com or contact the Belmond team via 0845 077 2222 or reservations uk belmond com

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FOOD DRINK 30 Second Helpings Following the huge success of The Nottingham Cook Book Meze Publishing has given the people of Nottingham second helpings he Nottingham Cook Book published in 2014 sold over 9 000 copies and showcased the vibrant food scene in Nottingham Since the food scene has continued to evolve since then Meze Publishing decided to create a forthcoming sequel The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings The second edition features over 45 recipes aiming to promote vibrant cuisines and put focus on the talented individuals behind Nottingham s finest food producers restaurants caf bars pubs farm shops and delicatessens Not only that each chapter delves into the history of each local business discovering how they came about their secret to success and what makes them unique This cookbook is all about championing independent businesses It gives an insight into the creation of signature recipes and allows you to recreate them from the comfort of your own home or can be used as a guide for where to eat out in Nottingham Simon Redgate from Nottingham Tourism Information Centre said We all think with our belly and it s great for locals and tourists alike that we have such a great foodie scene in the city The second Nottingham Cook Book is full of great recipe ideas and gives an insight into our fantastic array of independent culinary venues in the city The likes of Sauce Shop The Cods Scallops Homemade and Annie s Burger Shack have all opted to once again feature in the follow up after experiencing first hand how rewarding it was to T 31 be a part of the debut book Meze have also got a number of new and exciting additions this time around such as street food sensation Homeboys tea specialists Bluebird Tea Company gastropub The Black Bull at Blidworth pizza professionals The Rustic Crust and authentic Thai eatery Zaap Thai Unique venues and eateries showcase some of their mouthwatering best loved recipes from The Welbeck Bakehouse s lemon and poppyseed brioche swirls to Colston Bassett Dairy s lobster mac n cheese You ll also find wine pairings and guidelines in the book by Mr and Mrs Fine Wine as well as a couple cocktail recipes from Tipsy T there is something to tempt everyone s palate Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings retails at 14 95 is available at the businesses mentioned in the book It is also sold in local gift and book shops including Waterstones online at Amazon and at www mezepublishing co uk Here s one of our favourite recipes from The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings for you to make at home Jasmin s Toffee Apple Cake Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time approx 1 hour Serves 12 Ingredients For the cake 250g salted butter softened 250g soft dark brown sugar 300g self raising flour 4 eggs 250g apples peeled and cored 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp ground mixed spice 1 tbsp vanilla extract For the buttercream 150g soft butter 200g icing sugar 50ml stem ginger syrup tsp ground ginger For the toffee drizzle 150g caster sugar 40g butter 100ml double cream For the topping 2 apples thinly sliced 80g pecans crushed 1 lemon juiced Method For the cake Preheat the oven to 170 c then line two 9 inch sandwich cake tins with baking parchment Place the apples in a saucepan with about 100ml of water over a low heat until softened then stir in the cinnamon and mixed spice Set aside Using an electric whisk whip up the butter to a nice smooth consistency then slowly whisk in the brown sugar Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together Using a sieve add half of the flour followed by half of the egg mixture and mix thoroughly Do the same again with the remaining flour and then the rest of the egg mixture until smooth Add the spiced apple and fold into the mixture Distribute the cake batter evenly between the two sandwich tins you may need to spread it out with a palette knife or the back of a spoon Then place in the oven to cook for approximately 35 minutes Once cooked remove from the oven leaving the cakes in the tins to cool down for a good hour before icing For the buttercream icing Whisk the butter until smooth and lighter in colour then whisk in the stem ginger syrup and ground ginger Using a sieve gradually add the icing sugar and whisk to a smooth consistency For the toffee drizzle In a non stick saucepan over a gentle heat melt the sugar slowly Do not stir Once the sugar starts to bubble add the butter and let it melt through then stir in the double cream and set aside to cool and thicken To construct Top the first sponge layer with a generous layer of the ginger buttercream then sandwich the second sponge layer on top of that and cover in a thin layer of the buttercream Top with slices of apple brushed with lemon juice to stop them browning Arrange in a fan Drizzle the cake with toffee creating a drip effect down the sides Finish off the cake with some smashed pecans in the centre of the cake then cut into generous slices and enjoy

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FOOD DRINK 30 Second Helpings Following the huge success of The Nottingham Cook Book Meze Publishing has given the people of Nottingham second helpings he Nottingham Cook Book published in 2014 sold over 9 000 copies and showcased the vibrant food scene in Nottingham Since the food scene has continued to evolve since then Meze Publishing decided to create a forthcoming sequel The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings The second edition features over 45 recipes aiming to promote vibrant cuisines and put focus on the talented individuals behind Nottingham s finest food producers restaurants caf bars pubs farm shops and delicatessens Not only that each chapter delves into the history of each local business discovering how they came about their secret to success and what makes them unique This cookbook is all about championing independent businesses It gives an insight into the creation of signature recipes and allows you to recreate them from the comfort of your own home or can be used as a guide for where to eat out in Nottingham Simon Redgate from Nottingham Tourism Information Centre said We all think with our belly and it s great for locals and tourists alike that we have such a great foodie scene in the city The second Nottingham Cook Book is full of great recipe ideas and gives an insight into our fantastic array of independent culinary venues in the city The likes of Sauce Shop The Cods Scallops Homemade and Annie s Burger Shack have all opted to once again feature in the follow up after experiencing first hand how rewarding it was to T 31 be a part of the debut book Meze have also got a number of new and exciting additions this time around such as street food sensation Homeboys tea specialists Bluebird Tea Company gastropub The Black Bull at Blidworth pizza professionals The Rustic Crust and authentic Thai eatery Zaap Thai Unique venues and eateries showcase some of their mouthwatering best loved recipes from The Welbeck Bakehouse s lemon and poppyseed brioche swirls to Colston Bassett Dairy s lobster mac n cheese You ll also find wine pairings and guidelines in the book by Mr and Mrs Fine Wine as well as a couple cocktail recipes from Tipsy T there is something to tempt everyone s palate Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings retails at 14 95 is available at the businesses mentioned in the book It is also sold in local gift and book shops including Waterstones online at Amazon and at www mezepublishing co uk Here s one of our favourite recipes from The Nottingham Cook Book Second Helpings for you to make at home Jasmin s Toffee Apple Cake Preparation time 30 minutes Cooking time approx 1 hour Serves 12 Ingredients For the cake 250g salted butter softened 250g soft dark brown sugar 300g self raising flour 4 eggs 250g apples peeled and cored 1 tbsp ground cinnamon 1 tbsp ground mixed spice 1 tbsp vanilla extract For the buttercream 150g soft butter 200g icing sugar 50ml stem ginger syrup tsp ground ginger For the toffee drizzle 150g caster sugar 40g butter 100ml double cream For the topping 2 apples thinly sliced 80g pecans crushed 1 lemon juiced Method For the cake Preheat the oven to 170 c then line two 9 inch sandwich cake tins with baking parchment Place the apples in a saucepan with about 100ml of water over a low heat until softened then stir in the cinnamon and mixed spice Set aside Using an electric whisk whip up the butter to a nice smooth consistency then slowly whisk in the brown sugar Whisk the eggs and vanilla extract together Using a sieve add half of the flour followed by half of the egg mixture and mix thoroughly Do the same again with the remaining flour and then the rest of the egg mixture until smooth Add the spiced apple and fold into the mixture Distribute the cake batter evenly between the two sandwich tins you may need to spread it out with a palette knife or the back of a spoon Then place in the oven to cook for approximately 35 minutes Once cooked remove from the oven leaving the cakes in the tins to cool down for a good hour before icing For the buttercream icing Whisk the butter until smooth and lighter in colour then whisk in the stem ginger syrup and ground ginger Using a sieve gradually add the icing sugar and whisk to a smooth consistency For the toffee drizzle In a non stick saucepan over a gentle heat melt the sugar slowly Do not stir Once the sugar starts to bubble add the butter and let it melt through then stir in the double cream and set aside to cool and thicken To construct Top the first sponge layer with a generous layer of the ginger buttercream then sandwich the second sponge layer on top of that and cover in a thin layer of the buttercream Top with slices of apple brushed with lemon juice to stop them browning Arrange in a fan Drizzle the cake with toffee creating a drip effect down the sides Finish off the cake with some smashed pecans in the centre of the cake then cut into generous slices and enjoy

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FOOD DRINK 32 33 Winners announced in grand ceremony T he highlight of the regional hospitality industry calendar and the main event of the recently launched and newly branded Nottingham Restaurant Bar Awards was held at Colwick Hall Hotel on Wednesday 31st January 2018 hosted by television personality Mark Durden Smith Here s how the venues faired having firstly been nominated by the public back in September after which the top rated venues were visited anonymously by independent judges from the world of food and drink The Winners and Runners Up of each category were Best Independent Out of Town Restaurant Sponsored by local broadcasters Notts tv Winner Tom Browns Runners Up Escabeche Langar Hall Masala Junction Critics Choice Winner Sat Bains Decided on by industry critics and journalists this was awarded to two Michelin starred chef Sat Bains for the work he does in championing the region through food and drink Other Finalists John Molnar of Cod s Scollops Moleface Pub Co Tim Hart of Hart s Hambleton Hall Langar Hall Best Bar or Pub Sponsored by Insurance Brokers Risk Management specialists Russell Scanlan Winner Hockley Arts Club Runners Up Junkyard Revolucion de Cuba The Boiler Maker Best New Restaurant opened March 2016 August 2017 sponsored by FHP Property Consultants Winner Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti Runners Up Bar Iberico Cod s Scallops Carrington Cuzina Gusto Masala Junction Best Cocktail Sponsored by specialist wine and spirits supplier Enotria Coe Winner World Service Pina Kol Lided Other Finalists Alchemilla The Hunger of the Pines Last Chance Saloon Fleur de Lis Tom Browns of Gunthorpe Mary s Berry Best Kept Secret Sponsored by chartered Nottingham Restaurant of the Year Best Independent City Restaurant Best Front of House Restaurant Team accountants Keith Willis Associates Winner Lost Property Runners Up 400 Rabbits Hockley Arts Club The Bakehouse Best Design Sponsored by kitchen bedroom bathroom specialist Steven Christopher Design Winner Bar Iberico Best Restaurant Chain Sponsored by Colwick Hall Hotel Winner Wagamama Runners Up Bistrot Pierre Browns Brasserie Runners Up George s Great British Kitchen Hockley Arts Club Zaap Bar Turtle Bay Best Gastro Pub Sponsored by Freedom Brewery Best New Pub Bar or Gastro Pub Winner The Ruddington Arms Runners Up Larwood Voce The Lord Nelson The Old Volunteer Caythorpe The White Horse Ruddington Sponsored by web design and digital marketing experts Adtrak Winner Bar Iberico Runners Up Bistrot Pierre Langar Hall MemSaab opened March 2016 August 2017 sponsored by licensing specialists Poppleston Allen Winner The Railway at Lowdham Runners Up Be At One The Brewhouse Kitchen The Gedling Inn Kitchen The Herbert Kilpin Tier Best Young Talent Front of House Sponsored by Eden Public Relations Consultants Winner Daiva Steponaviciute La Rock Sandiacre Other Finalists Guy Jamson of Langar Hall Hannah Lees of Perkins Bar Bistrot and Joseph Peck of World Service Sponsored by national law firm Gateley Plc Winner Iberico World Tapas Runners Up Annie s Burger Shack Baresca Bar Iberico Sponsored by health and safety software specialists ACMS UK Winner Memsaab Runners Up Bar Iberico Tom Browns World Service Best Young Talent Back of House Sponsored by award winning catering and retail butcher Owen Taylor Sons Winner Callum Dovey Iberico World Tapas Other Finalists Nino Alvarez Iberico World Tapas Thomas Brown Escabeche Kailam Arrowsmith The Old Volunteer

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FOOD DRINK 32 33 Winners announced in grand ceremony T he highlight of the regional hospitality industry calendar and the main event of the recently launched and newly branded Nottingham Restaurant Bar Awards was held at Colwick Hall Hotel on Wednesday 31st January 2018 hosted by television personality Mark Durden Smith Here s how the venues faired having firstly been nominated by the public back in September after which the top rated venues were visited anonymously by independent judges from the world of food and drink The Winners and Runners Up of each category were Best Independent Out of Town Restaurant Sponsored by local broadcasters Notts tv Winner Tom Browns Runners Up Escabeche Langar Hall Masala Junction Critics Choice Winner Sat Bains Decided on by industry critics and journalists this was awarded to two Michelin starred chef Sat Bains for the work he does in championing the region through food and drink Other Finalists John Molnar of Cod s Scollops Moleface Pub Co Tim Hart of Hart s Hambleton Hall Langar Hall Best Bar or Pub Sponsored by Insurance Brokers Risk Management specialists Russell Scanlan Winner Hockley Arts Club Runners Up Junkyard Revolucion de Cuba The Boiler Maker Best New Restaurant opened March 2016 August 2017 sponsored by FHP Property Consultants Winner Sexy Mamma Love Spaghetti Runners Up Bar Iberico Cod s Scallops Carrington Cuzina Gusto Masala Junction Best Cocktail Sponsored by specialist wine and spirits supplier Enotria Coe Winner World Service Pina Kol Lided Other Finalists Alchemilla The Hunger of the Pines Last Chance Saloon Fleur de Lis Tom Browns of Gunthorpe Mary s Berry Best Kept Secret Sponsored by chartered Nottingham Restaurant of the Year Best Independent City Restaurant Best Front of House Restaurant Team accountants Keith Willis Associates Winner Lost Property Runners Up 400 Rabbits Hockley Arts Club The Bakehouse Best Design Sponsored by kitchen bedroom bathroom specialist Steven Christopher Design Winner Bar Iberico Best Restaurant Chain Sponsored by Colwick Hall Hotel Winner Wagamama Runners Up Bistrot Pierre Browns Brasserie Runners Up George s Great British Kitchen Hockley Arts Club Zaap Bar Turtle Bay Best Gastro Pub Sponsored by Freedom Brewery Best New Pub Bar or Gastro Pub Winner The Ruddington Arms Runners Up Larwood Voce The Lord Nelson The Old Volunteer Caythorpe The White Horse Ruddington Sponsored by web design and digital marketing experts Adtrak Winner Bar Iberico Runners Up Bistrot Pierre Langar Hall MemSaab opened March 2016 August 2017 sponsored by licensing specialists Poppleston Allen Winner The Railway at Lowdham Runners Up Be At One The Brewhouse Kitchen The Gedling Inn Kitchen The Herbert Kilpin Tier Best Young Talent Front of House Sponsored by Eden Public Relations Consultants Winner Daiva Steponaviciute La Rock Sandiacre Other Finalists Guy Jamson of Langar Hall Hannah Lees of Perkins Bar Bistrot and Joseph Peck of World Service Sponsored by national law firm Gateley Plc Winner Iberico World Tapas Runners Up Annie s Burger Shack Baresca Bar Iberico Sponsored by health and safety software specialists ACMS UK Winner Memsaab Runners Up Bar Iberico Tom Browns World Service Best Young Talent Back of House Sponsored by award winning catering and retail butcher Owen Taylor Sons Winner Callum Dovey Iberico World Tapas Other Finalists Nino Alvarez Iberico World Tapas Thomas Brown Escabeche Kailam Arrowsmith The Old Volunteer

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POSTCARD NOSTALGIA 34 POSTCARD NOSTALGIA 35 Ferry cross the Trent PICTURE POSTCARD ANNUAL 2018 on sale now Don t miss it at 6 95 1 60 post UK 5 overseas www postcardcollecting co uk The landing stage at Stoke Bardolph on yet another Clumber postcard Hindley s series was the most prolific of any publisher of Nottinghamshire views The old ferry here used a rope pulley Hazleford Ferry near Bleasby where another hotel the Star and Garter stood for many years Card published by Howard Barrett of Southwell Two bicycles and their riders cross the Trent at Thrumpton in Edwardian days on a picture postcard published by Long Eaton bookseller M Bates The card was posted at Long Eaton in August 1904 sent to an address in Leamington Spa Until the motor car became a feature of the roads river ferry crossings were vital for pedestrians and cyclists and many such facilities existed on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire Crossings were generally facilitated by rowing boat as here on this further scene at Thrumpton Amazingly this postcard was posted at Herne Bay in August 1917 A pleasure boat at Barton in Fabis ferry c 1905 pictured on a Clumber series postcard published by Albert Hindley of Clumber Street Nottingham It was posted at Newark in July 1906 Posted at Radcliffe on Trent in December 1907 this Clumber postcard shows the ferry and boathouse by the South Nottinghamshire village with the railway bridge visible in the background Hoveringham was another crossing point This Clumber series card shows an empty ferry in mid stream For many years there was a hotel on the river bank the Old Elm Tree London publisher Evelyn Wrench produced this card of the ferry location at Fiskerton On the opposite bank to Fiskerton is the site of the last battle of the Wars of the Roses at East Stoke Just further downstream was another ferry conveying people from Farndon to Rolleston Carlton on Trent ferry on a postcard sent from the village in September 1925 Nearby was an old wharf which at one time catered for heavy traffic on the river Meering Ferry one of two at Sutton on Trent The other was Marnham A 1920s view of Barton Ferry on a Rex series postcard Here the river is half a mile from the village This postcard is also seen captioned East Bridgford as the ferry here connected it with Gunthorpe on the north bank of the river Another Clumber series postcard Stockwith the last Nottinghamshire ferry before the Trent passed into Lincolnshire Card published by the Doncaster Rotophoto Co Ltd

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POSTCARD NOSTALGIA 34 POSTCARD NOSTALGIA 35 Ferry cross the Trent PICTURE POSTCARD ANNUAL 2018 on sale now Don t miss it at 6 95 1 60 post UK 5 overseas www postcardcollecting co uk The landing stage at Stoke Bardolph on yet another Clumber postcard Hindley s series was the most prolific of any publisher of Nottinghamshire views The old ferry here used a rope pulley Hazleford Ferry near Bleasby where another hotel the Star and Garter stood for many years Card published by Howard Barrett of Southwell Two bicycles and their riders cross the Trent at Thrumpton in Edwardian days on a picture postcard published by Long Eaton bookseller M Bates The card was posted at Long Eaton in August 1904 sent to an address in Leamington Spa Until the motor car became a feature of the roads river ferry crossings were vital for pedestrians and cyclists and many such facilities existed on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire Crossings were generally facilitated by rowing boat as here on this further scene at Thrumpton Amazingly this postcard was posted at Herne Bay in August 1917 A pleasure boat at Barton in Fabis ferry c 1905 pictured on a Clumber series postcard published by Albert Hindley of Clumber Street Nottingham It was posted at Newark in July 1906 Posted at Radcliffe on Trent in December 1907 this Clumber postcard shows the ferry and boathouse by the South Nottinghamshire village with the railway bridge visible in the background Hoveringham was another crossing point This Clumber series card shows an empty ferry in mid stream For many years there was a hotel on the river bank the Old Elm Tree London publisher Evelyn Wrench produced this card of the ferry location at Fiskerton On the opposite bank to Fiskerton is the site of the last battle of the Wars of the Roses at East Stoke Just further downstream was another ferry conveying people from Farndon to Rolleston Carlton on Trent ferry on a postcard sent from the village in September 1925 Nearby was an old wharf which at one time catered for heavy traffic on the river Meering Ferry one of two at Sutton on Trent The other was Marnham A 1920s view of Barton Ferry on a Rex series postcard Here the river is half a mile from the village This postcard is also seen captioned East Bridgford as the ferry here connected it with Gunthorpe on the north bank of the river Another Clumber series postcard Stockwith the last Nottinghamshire ferry before the Trent passed into Lincolnshire Card published by the Doncaster Rotophoto Co Ltd

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STYLE FASHION 38 STYLE FASHION Pastel Palette 4 Statement shirts pastel pigments and classic casuals are three simple must haves this season From light hues to dusty blues pastel tones will subtly lift your wardrobe from the cold depths of winter into the brighter months Embracing a casual take on spring fashion these eye catching shirts will complement the greys and browns which consume your winter wardrobe If you re after a subtle change team your statement shirt with denim jeans or a casual bomber jacket to break up the floral finish From the tailored traditional to more casual button down styles Burton Menswear has launched a collection featuring a number of key pieces that will keep you looking on trend this season Give your wardrobe an urban lift by introducing some fresh colours to your palette whilst smart classics like chinos will keep you looking cool and casual as the seasons start to change Be playful with your colour scheme and introduce some exciting new pieces to your look 39 on i h s a F o t e d u t i t t An A 5 Get the look 6 Burton Menswear 11 13 Beast Market Hill Nottingham NG1 6FB 1 7 R 3 8 2 1 Yellow Heston Jacket 45 00 2 Lilac Denim Shorts 25 00 3 Black Faded Turn Up Jeans 35 00 4 Black Desert Boots 45 00 5 Pink Floral Shirt 25 00 6 Camel Chinos 20 00 7 Light Blue Striped Short Sleeve Shirt 25 00 8 White Graduated Stripe T Shirt 12 00 emus Uomo has chosen Nottingham as the company s first standalone store in England making it the latest style destination for menswear The brand which has five other standalone stores in Glasgow Belfast Ballymena Galway and Dublin has let over 800 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor at 32 Bridlesmith Gate in Nottingham city centre Donald Finlay director at Remus Uomo said This unit in Nottingham s premier retail street showcases the collection to its fullest potential The store is carefully designed to match the brand ethos of understated sophistication and we re excited to be bringing our trademark design led quality menswear to the streets of Nottingham Remus Uomo was established in 1991 and has grown to become one of the UK and Ireland s most popular menswear brands in the independent fashion retail sector Scott Crowson franchisee for Remus Uomo Nottingham added Remus Uomo is perfect for Nottingham men with a serious attitude to fashion They will love the sharp formal tailoring and off duty casuals in each collection The brand has been making waves with fashion editors at leading publications such as GQ Esquire and Fashionbeans and is considered one of the UK s most sought after menswear labels so we re certain it will be a fantastic addition to the city s shopping district Bridlesmith Gate is already home to upmarket fashion brands such as Ted Baker Hugo Boss and Cath Kidston Ben Taylor director at Innes England managed the letting He said Bridlesmith Gate still remains in demand for premium fashion and lifestyle brands and the arrival of Remus Uomo cements the area s continued appeal to retailers There have been a number of significant deals in the last 12 months such as Pretty Green s relocation to Bridlesmith Gate and Joules and Fat Face upsizing due to the success of the stores in this location Nottingham has a great reputation for premium brands and I m sure people will respond well to Remus Uomo s mix of formal casual and smart casual fashion Bridlesmith Gate is a beautiful area in the city and the other retail offerings will complement Remus Uomo Find out more at www innes england com or join the conversation at InnesEngland

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STYLE FASHION 38 STYLE FASHION Pastel Palette 4 Statement shirts pastel pigments and classic casuals are three simple must haves this season From light hues to dusty blues pastel tones will subtly lift your wardrobe from the cold depths of winter into the brighter months Embracing a casual take on spring fashion these eye catching shirts will complement the greys and browns which consume your winter wardrobe If you re after a subtle change team your statement shirt with denim jeans or a casual bomber jacket to break up the floral finish From the tailored traditional to more casual button down styles Burton Menswear has launched a collection featuring a number of key pieces that will keep you looking on trend this season Give your wardrobe an urban lift by introducing some fresh colours to your palette whilst smart classics like chinos will keep you looking cool and casual as the seasons start to change Be playful with your colour scheme and introduce some exciting new pieces to your look 39 on i h s a F o t e d u t i t t An A 5 Get the look 6 Burton Menswear 11 13 Beast Market Hill Nottingham NG1 6FB 1 7 R 3 8 2 1 Yellow Heston Jacket 45 00 2 Lilac Denim Shorts 25 00 3 Black Faded Turn Up Jeans 35 00 4 Black Desert Boots 45 00 5 Pink Floral Shirt 25 00 6 Camel Chinos 20 00 7 Light Blue Striped Short Sleeve Shirt 25 00 8 White Graduated Stripe T Shirt 12 00 emus Uomo has chosen Nottingham as the company s first standalone store in England making it the latest style destination for menswear The brand which has five other standalone stores in Glasgow Belfast Ballymena Galway and Dublin has let over 800 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor at 32 Bridlesmith Gate in Nottingham city centre Donald Finlay director at Remus Uomo said This unit in Nottingham s premier retail street showcases the collection to its fullest potential The store is carefully designed to match the brand ethos of understated sophistication and we re excited to be bringing our trademark design led quality menswear to the streets of Nottingham Remus Uomo was established in 1991 and has grown to become one of the UK and Ireland s most popular menswear brands in the independent fashion retail sector Scott Crowson franchisee for Remus Uomo Nottingham added Remus Uomo is perfect for Nottingham men with a serious attitude to fashion They will love the sharp formal tailoring and off duty casuals in each collection The brand has been making waves with fashion editors at leading publications such as GQ Esquire and Fashionbeans and is considered one of the UK s most sought after menswear labels so we re certain it will be a fantastic addition to the city s shopping district Bridlesmith Gate is already home to upmarket fashion brands such as Ted Baker Hugo Boss and Cath Kidston Ben Taylor director at Innes England managed the letting He said Bridlesmith Gate still remains in demand for premium fashion and lifestyle brands and the arrival of Remus Uomo cements the area s continued appeal to retailers There have been a number of significant deals in the last 12 months such as Pretty Green s relocation to Bridlesmith Gate and Joules and Fat Face upsizing due to the success of the stores in this location Nottingham has a great reputation for premium brands and I m sure people will respond well to Remus Uomo s mix of formal casual and smart casual fashion Bridlesmith Gate is a beautiful area in the city and the other retail offerings will complement Remus Uomo Find out more at www innes england com or join the conversation at InnesEngland

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STYLE FASHION 40 A Floral Flourish Find your look Monsoon 54 Victoria Centre Nottingham NG1 3QB www uk monsoon co uk 1 41 Update your spring style with a little inspiration from this season s leading catwalk trends Breathe new life into your wardrobe with a floral flourish from the Spring Summer 2018 collection at Monsoon Dare to be bold with the latest arrivals featuring a bouquet of decorative prints enticing colour combinations and feminine silhouettes designed to take centre stage in your spring style Perfect for daytime styling these soft natural patterns mixed with bold colour combinations will make a playful addition to your wardrobe Experiment with opulent shades luxurious textures and innovative shapes to make florals a fun addition to your wardrobe once again Try something bold to add attitude to your look or keep it elegant and minimal with floaty fabrics and lace experiment and watch your style blossom as you embrace this season s biggest fashion statements 2 3 5 7 By Emma Turner A glittering East Midlands student fashion event is gearing up to take centre stage in Nottingham Expected to attract an audience of over 500 including celebrity guests and industry leaders Fashanne founded and organised by BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies will see leading fashion experts talented design students local businesses and the public come together in the heart of Nottingham s Lace Market The event is set to take place in the stunning surroundings of St Mary s Church in Nottingham on the 21 of June following the huge success of last year s event at the same venue The focus of the evening the Fashanne Catwalk Show will feature the latest designs from the very best fashion and textiles students at leading universities in the region including Nottingham Trent Derby University and De Monfort University Fashanne also intends to raise funds for Loughborough based Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People Founder and Director Anne Davies believes that Fashanne will help to promote the art and textile disciplines across the region She said We re thrilled to be able to offer businesses across the East Midlands the opportunity to support our event The East Midlands has long been known for its rich heritage of fashion textiles and design and I m delighted to be revisiting the stunning St Mary s Church again this year in the heart of Nottingham after such a successful event there last year Fashanne is the Fashion Awards for East Midlands students Involving hundreds of 3rd year students from six Universities finalists will display their collections in a two day exhibition before the Awards night 4 6 Fashanne Forward 1 Ayria Placement Print Kaftan 45 2 Denim Sundress 59 3 Flora Soft Leg Trouser 45 4 Marlowe Jacquard Jean 59 5 Stripe Maxi Dress 59 6 Simone Broderie Dress 109 7 Willow Print Cami Top 35 The students exhibits will be judged by a panel of fashion style film and media experts There are four main awards with a cash prize of 1 000 each Fashion Design Knitwear Design Textile Design and Footwear Accessory Design and a one off Peoples Vote taken from the results of the exhibition Fashanne 2017 was a huge success featuring legendary fashion guru Gok Wan on the panel and unbelievably Fashanne 2018 plans to be even more fabulous Championing the next generation is the events raison d etre and Fashanne is able to provide a unique opportunity to view the extraordinary talent of students across the East Midlands under one roof something that has never been done before An academy is also being set up in conjunction with the awards to include winners academics and industry leaders to provide a hub of talent to help promote the fashion and design industry and advise the next generation For more information or to find out about the the sponsorship packages available visit www fashanne com

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STYLE FASHION 40 A Floral Flourish Find your look Monsoon 54 Victoria Centre Nottingham NG1 3QB www uk monsoon co uk 1 41 Update your spring style with a little inspiration from this season s leading catwalk trends Breathe new life into your wardrobe with a floral flourish from the Spring Summer 2018 collection at Monsoon Dare to be bold with the latest arrivals featuring a bouquet of decorative prints enticing colour combinations and feminine silhouettes designed to take centre stage in your spring style Perfect for daytime styling these soft natural patterns mixed with bold colour combinations will make a playful addition to your wardrobe Experiment with opulent shades luxurious textures and innovative shapes to make florals a fun addition to your wardrobe once again Try something bold to add attitude to your look or keep it elegant and minimal with floaty fabrics and lace experiment and watch your style blossom as you embrace this season s biggest fashion statements 2 3 5 7 By Emma Turner A glittering East Midlands student fashion event is gearing up to take centre stage in Nottingham Expected to attract an audience of over 500 including celebrity guests and industry leaders Fashanne founded and organised by BBC East Midlands Today presenter Anne Davies will see leading fashion experts talented design students local businesses and the public come together in the heart of Nottingham s Lace Market The event is set to take place in the stunning surroundings of St Mary s Church in Nottingham on the 21 of June following the huge success of last year s event at the same venue The focus of the evening the Fashanne Catwalk Show will feature the latest designs from the very best fashion and textiles students at leading universities in the region including Nottingham Trent Derby University and De Monfort University Fashanne also intends to raise funds for Loughborough based Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People Founder and Director Anne Davies believes that Fashanne will help to promote the art and textile disciplines across the region She said We re thrilled to be able to offer businesses across the East Midlands the opportunity to support our event The East Midlands has long been known for its rich heritage of fashion textiles and design and I m delighted to be revisiting the stunning St Mary s Church again this year in the heart of Nottingham after such a successful event there last year Fashanne is the Fashion Awards for East Midlands students Involving hundreds of 3rd year students from six Universities finalists will display their collections in a two day exhibition before the Awards night 4 6 Fashanne Forward 1 Ayria Placement Print Kaftan 45 2 Denim Sundress 59 3 Flora Soft Leg Trouser 45 4 Marlowe Jacquard Jean 59 5 Stripe Maxi Dress 59 6 Simone Broderie Dress 109 7 Willow Print Cami Top 35 The students exhibits will be judged by a panel of fashion style film and media experts There are four main awards with a cash prize of 1 000 each Fashion Design Knitwear Design Textile Design and Footwear Accessory Design and a one off Peoples Vote taken from the results of the exhibition Fashanne 2017 was a huge success featuring legendary fashion guru Gok Wan on the panel and unbelievably Fashanne 2018 plans to be even more fabulous Championing the next generation is the events raison d etre and Fashanne is able to provide a unique opportunity to view the extraordinary talent of students across the East Midlands under one roof something that has never been done before An academy is also being set up in conjunction with the awards to include winners academics and industry leaders to provide a hub of talent to help promote the fashion and design industry and advise the next generation For more information or to find out about the the sponsorship packages available visit www fashanne com

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43 By Emma Turner A Secret Party You Never Knew Existed Mufaro Makubika s award winning play Shebeen which centres on Nottingham s Caribbean community in the late 1950s will have its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse this June INTRODUCING CRITICAL CARE IN THE AIR DAY AND NIGHT WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD AND EXCITED TO SHARE SOME FANTASTIC NEWS FOR 2018 THE LINCS NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE IS EXTENDING ITS LIFE SAVING SERVICE TO BECOME OPERATIONAL 24 HOURS EVERY DAY 2017 was a fantastic year for our charity we not only took delivery of our new state of the art AgustaWestland 169 helicopter but we also began to carry blood on board for the first time These advancements have proven to be of great benefit to the pre hospital critical care that our clinical crew already provides every day of the year As a further reflection of our commitment to providing a first class Helicopter Emergency Medical Service HEMS in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire our Board of Trustees recently approved the decision to extend our helicopter s operational hours Karen Jobling CEO said Emergencies don t stop at 7pm and nor will we Thanks to our fantastic supporters we are now in a position to fund the extension of our service and provide advanced clinical care to the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire 24 hours a day 7 days a week This extended service won t happen overnight but the wheels are already in motion towards the provision of a 24 7 helicopter emergency service for the communities we serve by the end of the year As well as our state of the art helicopter our charity also has a Rapid Response Vehicle RRV which can quickly transport a Critical Care Paramedic and PreHospital Care Doctor to a patient this vehicle carries the same life saving equipment as our helicopter This means we can deliver an advanced level of clinical care and equipment to our patients that goes above and beyond that of a land ambulance Our RRV will continue to be used when our helicopter is grounded due to bad weather or unplanned maintenance Doctor Susan Dashey joint Clinical Lead at the charity added I am delighted that we are gearing up to extend our pre hospital emergency medical service Trauma serious illness and cardiac arrests can happen anytime day or night and working with our partner East Midlands Ambulance Service we have identified the need for an extended critical care capability in our area It s tremendous news that the charity can continue to build upon its strong foundations of excellent clinical care in this way Our commitment to fly 24 hours a day together with the additional benefits that our new helicopter provides along with the advancement in carrying blood on board puts our charity at the very forefront of medical aviation somewhere we intend to remain We want to continue to provide our patients with the very best and most advanced critical care possible outside of a hospital environment Hundreds of families still have their loved ones today because of the fast actions and expertise of our crew and this is something we are extremely proud of Increasing the hours that we fly is something that requires not only careful planning but also significant investment From a practical standpoint we need additional crew increased training more aviation fuel and more medical supplies Vitally we also need to raise even more funds as the cost to provide a 24 hour HEMS service will increase from 2 5m per year to around 4m Currently our HEMS team operate 7 days a week between 7am and 7pm The new 24 hour service will initially be for a two year trial period during which the medical emergencies our helicopter is dispatched to will be closely reviewed and analysed to ensure we continue to provide the most appropriate critical care possible across our two counties Since our charity began in 1994 we have received tremendous support from the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire something which we are extremely grateful for It is this continued support that has enabled our charity to consistently enhance the pre hospital critical care that we can provide to our patients giving them the very best chance of survival in what is often their greatest hour of need We are extremely excited about the opportunity to deliver 24 hour care in the air If you can help us to do this please get in touch today and give your support Call our fundraising team on 01522 548469 Join our weekly lottery by calling 01522 531308 Donate via our website at www ambucopter org uk donate Or follow us on Facebook Ambucopter or Twitter LNAACT Set in the hot humid summer of 1958 when tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march Shebeen is inspired by Mufaro s family and neighbours and is about a community under siege and the sacrifices people make for love Mufaro who was born in Zimbabwe and came to England when he was 16 fell in love with the theatre after seeing his first play at the age of 18 We talk to Mufaro about moving to Nottingham and the inspiration behind Shebeen excitement like you re watching a great football match What was your inspiration for the play The community of St Anns inspired me I had been developing another project about St Anns in the 1960s when many of the houses were knocked down and came across a reference to Why did you decide to move to Nottingham from Zimbabwe I had family living in Nottingham hence the move so I didn t actually contemplate moving to any other British city I knew very little about Nottingham before I arrived apart from maybe having watched Robin Hood I was born and lived in a workers town called Chitungwiza located just outside the capital of Zimbabwe Harare I was adjusting to a new country new people and a new city Nottingham I suppose this is partly why Shebeen is so important to me as it explores the immigrant experience and more Shebeen is set amongst the Caribbean community however and obviously I have African heritage so I was very wary of appropriating their experience people s history rightly has great importance to them What is it that made you fall in love with the theatre so much Theatre allows great stories to be brought to life It s a bit like an act of contemplation in public not dissimilar from going to church but with the Do you find it difficult to come up with new material for your plays It s hard to come up with good new plays because good ideas are really hard to find When I was younger I just followed my instincts I think that s common in writers early work now I m more considered Shebeen is on a much bigger scale than my previous work both in terms of cast size length and scale of the ideas explored It was a challenge to write Where do you see yourself in 10 years Still writing plays I m sure I ll still be living in Nottingham I don t see myself moving anywhere else but never say never I love living in Nottingham The great thing about writing for a living is that you can live wherever you want I would like to write for television and film I recently was a part of the BBC S Writers Room programme But I m sure I ll still be writing plays as long as I have stories to tell Shebeen Listings We understand you saw your first play at 18 what play was it The first play I saw was a touring production of Romeo and Juliet at the Nottingham Theatre Royal Eighteen is quite late to see your first play but there wasn t a big theatre scene where I lived in Zimbabwe I just walked up to the theatre and bought a ticket I didn t really understand all the Shakespearean language but I could follow the story I went out and bought my first couple of plays straight after a collection of Brian Friel plays and Birdy by Naomi Wallace I wanted to write a play about a home and ambition and home for me now is St Anns The play really explores what it is to claim a place and then to grow as person and as a community I d never heard the story of the people who have called St Anns home both past and present so this play tells of their experiences a shebeen being run from one of the properties We have shebeens in Zimbabwe so this caught my interest I started to do more research in the library but the 1960s setting wasn t quite working Then I discovered a reference to a race riot in the 1950s the Nottingham riot actually predated the infamous Notting Hill riots by a week and everything clicked into place I knew it needed to be set in 1958 so there wasn t as much of a gap from the Caribbean community arriving to the events of the play Why do you feel it is important to share the messages from your play with the world Nottingham Playhouse 1 June 16 June Matinees 1 30pm or 2 30pm Evenings 7 30pm There is also an audio described performance at 7 30pm on Thursday 14 June a sign interpreted performance on 7 30pm on Friday 15 June and a performance which is both captioned and audio described at 2 30pm on Saturday 16 June Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF Box office 0115 941 9419 www nottinghamplayhouse co uk

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43 By Emma Turner A Secret Party You Never Knew Existed Mufaro Makubika s award winning play Shebeen which centres on Nottingham s Caribbean community in the late 1950s will have its world premiere at Nottingham Playhouse this June INTRODUCING CRITICAL CARE IN THE AIR DAY AND NIGHT WE ARE EXTREMELY PROUD AND EXCITED TO SHARE SOME FANTASTIC NEWS FOR 2018 THE LINCS NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE IS EXTENDING ITS LIFE SAVING SERVICE TO BECOME OPERATIONAL 24 HOURS EVERY DAY 2017 was a fantastic year for our charity we not only took delivery of our new state of the art AgustaWestland 169 helicopter but we also began to carry blood on board for the first time These advancements have proven to be of great benefit to the pre hospital critical care that our clinical crew already provides every day of the year As a further reflection of our commitment to providing a first class Helicopter Emergency Medical Service HEMS in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire our Board of Trustees recently approved the decision to extend our helicopter s operational hours Karen Jobling CEO said Emergencies don t stop at 7pm and nor will we Thanks to our fantastic supporters we are now in a position to fund the extension of our service and provide advanced clinical care to the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire 24 hours a day 7 days a week This extended service won t happen overnight but the wheels are already in motion towards the provision of a 24 7 helicopter emergency service for the communities we serve by the end of the year As well as our state of the art helicopter our charity also has a Rapid Response Vehicle RRV which can quickly transport a Critical Care Paramedic and PreHospital Care Doctor to a patient this vehicle carries the same life saving equipment as our helicopter This means we can deliver an advanced level of clinical care and equipment to our patients that goes above and beyond that of a land ambulance Our RRV will continue to be used when our helicopter is grounded due to bad weather or unplanned maintenance Doctor Susan Dashey joint Clinical Lead at the charity added I am delighted that we are gearing up to extend our pre hospital emergency medical service Trauma serious illness and cardiac arrests can happen anytime day or night and working with our partner East Midlands Ambulance Service we have identified the need for an extended critical care capability in our area It s tremendous news that the charity can continue to build upon its strong foundations of excellent clinical care in this way Our commitment to fly 24 hours a day together with the additional benefits that our new helicopter provides along with the advancement in carrying blood on board puts our charity at the very forefront of medical aviation somewhere we intend to remain We want to continue to provide our patients with the very best and most advanced critical care possible outside of a hospital environment Hundreds of families still have their loved ones today because of the fast actions and expertise of our crew and this is something we are extremely proud of Increasing the hours that we fly is something that requires not only careful planning but also significant investment From a practical standpoint we need additional crew increased training more aviation fuel and more medical supplies Vitally we also need to raise even more funds as the cost to provide a 24 hour HEMS service will increase from 2 5m per year to around 4m Currently our HEMS team operate 7 days a week between 7am and 7pm The new 24 hour service will initially be for a two year trial period during which the medical emergencies our helicopter is dispatched to will be closely reviewed and analysed to ensure we continue to provide the most appropriate critical care possible across our two counties Since our charity began in 1994 we have received tremendous support from the people of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire something which we are extremely grateful for It is this continued support that has enabled our charity to consistently enhance the pre hospital critical care that we can provide to our patients giving them the very best chance of survival in what is often their greatest hour of need We are extremely excited about the opportunity to deliver 24 hour care in the air If you can help us to do this please get in touch today and give your support Call our fundraising team on 01522 548469 Join our weekly lottery by calling 01522 531308 Donate via our website at www ambucopter org uk donate Or follow us on Facebook Ambucopter or Twitter LNAACT Set in the hot humid summer of 1958 when tempers are flaring and Teddy Boys are on the march Shebeen is inspired by Mufaro s family and neighbours and is about a community under siege and the sacrifices people make for love Mufaro who was born in Zimbabwe and came to England when he was 16 fell in love with the theatre after seeing his first play at the age of 18 We talk to Mufaro about moving to Nottingham and the inspiration behind Shebeen excitement like you re watching a great football match What was your inspiration for the play The community of St Anns inspired me I had been developing another project about St Anns in the 1960s when many of the houses were knocked down and came across a reference to Why did you decide to move to Nottingham from Zimbabwe I had family living in Nottingham hence the move so I didn t actually contemplate moving to any other British city I knew very little about Nottingham before I arrived apart from maybe having watched Robin Hood I was born and lived in a workers town called Chitungwiza located just outside the capital of Zimbabwe Harare I was adjusting to a new country new people and a new city Nottingham I suppose this is partly why Shebeen is so important to me as it explores the immigrant experience and more Shebeen is set amongst the Caribbean community however and obviously I have African heritage so I was very wary of appropriating their experience people s history rightly has great importance to them What is it that made you fall in love with the theatre so much Theatre allows great stories to be brought to life It s a bit like an act of contemplation in public not dissimilar from going to church but with the Do you find it difficult to come up with new material for your plays It s hard to come up with good new plays because good ideas are really hard to find When I was younger I just followed my instincts I think that s common in writers early work now I m more considered Shebeen is on a much bigger scale than my previous work both in terms of cast size length and scale of the ideas explored It was a challenge to write Where do you see yourself in 10 years Still writing plays I m sure I ll still be living in Nottingham I don t see myself moving anywhere else but never say never I love living in Nottingham The great thing about writing for a living is that you can live wherever you want I would like to write for television and film I recently was a part of the BBC S Writers Room programme But I m sure I ll still be writing plays as long as I have stories to tell Shebeen Listings We understand you saw your first play at 18 what play was it The first play I saw was a touring production of Romeo and Juliet at the Nottingham Theatre Royal Eighteen is quite late to see your first play but there wasn t a big theatre scene where I lived in Zimbabwe I just walked up to the theatre and bought a ticket I didn t really understand all the Shakespearean language but I could follow the story I went out and bought my first couple of plays straight after a collection of Brian Friel plays and Birdy by Naomi Wallace I wanted to write a play about a home and ambition and home for me now is St Anns The play really explores what it is to claim a place and then to grow as person and as a community I d never heard the story of the people who have called St Anns home both past and present so this play tells of their experiences a shebeen being run from one of the properties We have shebeens in Zimbabwe so this caught my interest I started to do more research in the library but the 1960s setting wasn t quite working Then I discovered a reference to a race riot in the 1950s the Nottingham riot actually predated the infamous Notting Hill riots by a week and everything clicked into place I knew it needed to be set in 1958 so there wasn t as much of a gap from the Caribbean community arriving to the events of the play Why do you feel it is important to share the messages from your play with the world Nottingham Playhouse 1 June 16 June Matinees 1 30pm or 2 30pm Evenings 7 30pm There is also an audio described performance at 7 30pm on Thursday 14 June a sign interpreted performance on 7 30pm on Friday 15 June and a performance which is both captioned and audio described at 2 30pm on Saturday 16 June Nottingham Playhouse Wellington Circus Nottingham NG1 5AF Box office 0115 941 9419 www nottinghamplayhouse co uk

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44 It s in the Stars Your Spring Tarot Card Forecast Our tarot reader TarotBella shares your tarot cards for the season ahead Hi I am Cosmopolitan UK s resident tarot expert and have been reading the cards for happy clients all over the world the last 20 years You can book a personal written reading with me which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure at www tarotbella etsy com Follow me on www facebook com mytarotbella or www instagram com mytarotbella Air signs Libra Aquarius Gemini Fire signs Leo Aries Sagittarius Take a step back in order to move forwards Feel the fear and do it anyway Things have been hectic but recently the momentums slowed your focus has drifted it s hard to stay 100 motivated 100 of the time Instead of procrastinating or second guessing your progress so far just relax and enjoy this temporary hiatus And then make a conscious first step back onto the treadmill and get going again Full steam ahead Fears get amplified when suppressed You re going to face down one of your anxieties about your future finally with a sense of relief this spring There might an unexpected discovery and you might feel disappointment or confusion as you face the consequences But it s NOT as bad as you think and the reality is far easier to handle than the shadows you ve let grow in your mind Water signs Cancer Pisces Scorpio Earth signs Capricorn Virgo Taurus Share your concerns A new era for a new relationship There s something out there which troubles you I know it you know it and we both know it s better addressed than ignored Life will remain in limbo until you get to grips with it and acknowledge your perspective about the situation Better yet talk to someone else about it Putting things into words will help clarify what s happening and their angle or input may prove the key to enlightenment Someone you ve always locked horns with but have also been both fascinated AND irritated by suddenly makes sense to you One of you has changed Your perspective shifts and your relationship now takes a completely new direction You get each other This could become a lifelong friendship collaboration partnership or even romance Celebrate the second chance Four of Swords Two of Wands Knight of Swords Seven of Swords The Hanged Man Three of Wands The Moon The Tower Seven of Cups Ten of Cups Temperance Ace of Wands Destinations

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44 It s in the Stars Your Spring Tarot Card Forecast Our tarot reader TarotBella shares your tarot cards for the season ahead Hi I am Cosmopolitan UK s resident tarot expert and have been reading the cards for happy clients all over the world the last 20 years You can book a personal written reading with me which comes as a beautifully illustrated brochure at www tarotbella etsy com Follow me on www facebook com mytarotbella or www instagram com mytarotbella Air signs Libra Aquarius Gemini Fire signs Leo Aries Sagittarius Take a step back in order to move forwards Feel the fear and do it anyway Things have been hectic but recently the momentums slowed your focus has drifted it s hard to stay 100 motivated 100 of the time Instead of procrastinating or second guessing your progress so far just relax and enjoy this temporary hiatus And then make a conscious first step back onto the treadmill and get going again Full steam ahead Fears get amplified when suppressed You re going to face down one of your anxieties about your future finally with a sense of relief this spring There might an unexpected discovery and you might feel disappointment or confusion as you face the consequences But it s NOT as bad as you think and the reality is far easier to handle than the shadows you ve let grow in your mind Water signs Cancer Pisces Scorpio Earth signs Capricorn Virgo Taurus Share your concerns A new era for a new relationship There s something out there which troubles you I know it you know it and we both know it s better addressed than ignored Life will remain in limbo until you get to grips with it and acknowledge your perspective about the situation Better yet talk to someone else about it Putting things into words will help clarify what s happening and their angle or input may prove the key to enlightenment Someone you ve always locked horns with but have also been both fascinated AND irritated by suddenly makes sense to you One of you has changed Your perspective shifts and your relationship now takes a completely new direction You get each other This could become a lifelong friendship collaboration partnership or even romance Celebrate the second chance Four of Swords Two of Wands Knight of Swords Seven of Swords The Hanged Man Three of Wands The Moon The Tower Seven of Cups Ten of Cups Temperance Ace of Wands Destinations

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46 DESTINATIONS DESTINATIONS 47 By Maddie Storey Sun Sand and Sea Fly to Malta in March For as little as 61pp returns prices taken on 8 12 17 B oasting stunning sandy beaches and clear blue waters Malta is the ideal destination for sun seekers this year A European island in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast it is known for its rich culture history and its gorgeous climate perfect for holiday goers sight seers and everyone in between The island has no end of things to do and see with a fantastic range of places to stay from simple bed and breakfasts to luxurious five star hotels or suave apartments and villas you will find spectacular accommodation options to suit any budget You won t be short of things to do in Malta from exhilarating Segway tours exploring the beauty of Malta to the excitement of the Popeye village once used as a film set for the 1980 musical production and now a successful tourist attraction there is something for everyone For an educational day out visit St John s Co Cathedral a gem of exquisite baroque architecture reflecting Malta s rich history or perhaps head to the Esplora Interactive Science Centre located in Kalkara to learn about science through exciting hands on activities Explore the nearby island of Gozo by quad bike for a memorable experience the perfect thill seeking adventure for families to see the natural beauty of the island Alternatively hop aboard the East Midlands 61 Luton 87 Captain Morgan Cruise and sail around the isles of Malta and Comino for a day of history sightseeing and relaxation For something a little different to enjoy with the family delve into an underwater world by scuba diving around Malta through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors PADI Not only will you get to enjoy the clear blue water of the Mediterranean Sea but you can explore the reefs caves and the famous HMS Maori shipwreck The PADI Scuba Diver Course offers you a chance to become a certified scuba diver perfect for those wanting to discover the beautiful and unique underwater sights by themselves For when you re getting peckish there is no shortage of options from gourmet restaurants boasting delicious homecooked food to culinary experiences which really get your taste buds tingling Malta has everything to appease the gastronomy fanatics amongst us Enjoy tasty bistro food in Bahia tucked away in the Maltese village of Lija the fine dining restaurant is passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients to maximise flavour and culture in their dishes For a traditional taste of Malta Panorama retains the flavour of the Mediterranean in its classic dishes enjoyed by the view of the Grand Harbour of Valletta Sicilian Head Chef Massimo Marino describes his cooking style as one that combines current cooking techniques with local fresh ingredients to create an innovative Mediterranean cuisine Birmingham 184 Liverpool 157 Newcastle 189 These are just a couple of the fabulous restaurants dotted all over the island not to mention the foodie activities which also take place regularly including cheese making culinary courses and wine festivals From easy family friendly food to stylish dining experiences you will find something that satisfies your appetite With everything catered for to ensure your relaxing or active holiday goes to plan the only things left to do now are to book your flight and pack your bags Happy holidays n t You wo t of r o h s e b do o t s g n i th in Malta Gatwick 87 Stanstead 87 Heathrow 101

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46 DESTINATIONS DESTINATIONS 47 By Maddie Storey Sun Sand and Sea Fly to Malta in March For as little as 61pp returns prices taken on 8 12 17 B oasting stunning sandy beaches and clear blue waters Malta is the ideal destination for sun seekers this year A European island in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast it is known for its rich culture history and its gorgeous climate perfect for holiday goers sight seers and everyone in between The island has no end of things to do and see with a fantastic range of places to stay from simple bed and breakfasts to luxurious five star hotels or suave apartments and villas you will find spectacular accommodation options to suit any budget You won t be short of things to do in Malta from exhilarating Segway tours exploring the beauty of Malta to the excitement of the Popeye village once used as a film set for the 1980 musical production and now a successful tourist attraction there is something for everyone For an educational day out visit St John s Co Cathedral a gem of exquisite baroque architecture reflecting Malta s rich history or perhaps head to the Esplora Interactive Science Centre located in Kalkara to learn about science through exciting hands on activities Explore the nearby island of Gozo by quad bike for a memorable experience the perfect thill seeking adventure for families to see the natural beauty of the island Alternatively hop aboard the East Midlands 61 Luton 87 Captain Morgan Cruise and sail around the isles of Malta and Comino for a day of history sightseeing and relaxation For something a little different to enjoy with the family delve into an underwater world by scuba diving around Malta through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors PADI Not only will you get to enjoy the clear blue water of the Mediterranean Sea but you can explore the reefs caves and the famous HMS Maori shipwreck The PADI Scuba Diver Course offers you a chance to become a certified scuba diver perfect for those wanting to discover the beautiful and unique underwater sights by themselves For when you re getting peckish there is no shortage of options from gourmet restaurants boasting delicious homecooked food to culinary experiences which really get your taste buds tingling Malta has everything to appease the gastronomy fanatics amongst us Enjoy tasty bistro food in Bahia tucked away in the Maltese village of Lija the fine dining restaurant is passionate about using local and seasonal ingredients to maximise flavour and culture in their dishes For a traditional taste of Malta Panorama retains the flavour of the Mediterranean in its classic dishes enjoyed by the view of the Grand Harbour of Valletta Sicilian Head Chef Massimo Marino describes his cooking style as one that combines current cooking techniques with local fresh ingredients to create an innovative Mediterranean cuisine Birmingham 184 Liverpool 157 Newcastle 189 These are just a couple of the fabulous restaurants dotted all over the island not to mention the foodie activities which also take place regularly including cheese making culinary courses and wine festivals From easy family friendly food to stylish dining experiences you will find something that satisfies your appetite With everything catered for to ensure your relaxing or active holiday goes to plan the only things left to do now are to book your flight and pack your bags Happy holidays n t You wo t of r o h s e b do o t s g n i th in Malta Gatwick 87 Stanstead 87 Heathrow 101

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48 DESTINATIONS DESTINATIONS 49 A Royally Good Event Ladies Day At Royal Ascot Skills Holidays would like to invite you to experience the glamourous annual event of Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June from only 139pp Style sophistication and grace provide a beautiful backdrop to one of the world s most famous horse racing venues it s no surprise that this trip sells out year after year This two day break includes free time in London on Day 1 where you can perhaps pick up some last minute accessories for tomorrow s outfit or alternatively seek out a nice cocktail bar to sit back and relax with a drink whilst you catch up with friends On Day 2 it s time to get glammed up ready for the main event On arrival you can get settled within the Windsor Enclosure where you will be able to revel in the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the many nearby facilities including artisan food stalls and Pimm s Champagne bars Alternatively there is also the option to upgrade your ticket to the Queen Anne Enclosure where you will have access to the entire ground floor of the Grandstand and the surrounding lawns which feature a variety of bars restaurants and a bandstand A selection of royals will be sure to make an appearance too but you will have to wait and see who steals the show this year However one thing that is for sure is that a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike Find out more by calling 08456 66 5544 or visit www skills co uk Calls cost 3p per minute plus your network s access charge

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48 DESTINATIONS DESTINATIONS 49 A Royally Good Event Ladies Day At Royal Ascot Skills Holidays would like to invite you to experience the glamourous annual event of Ladies Day at Royal Ascot in June from only 139pp Style sophistication and grace provide a beautiful backdrop to one of the world s most famous horse racing venues it s no surprise that this trip sells out year after year This two day break includes free time in London on Day 1 where you can perhaps pick up some last minute accessories for tomorrow s outfit or alternatively seek out a nice cocktail bar to sit back and relax with a drink whilst you catch up with friends On Day 2 it s time to get glammed up ready for the main event On arrival you can get settled within the Windsor Enclosure where you will be able to revel in the vibrant atmosphere and enjoy the many nearby facilities including artisan food stalls and Pimm s Champagne bars Alternatively there is also the option to upgrade your ticket to the Queen Anne Enclosure where you will have access to the entire ground floor of the Grandstand and the surrounding lawns which feature a variety of bars restaurants and a bandstand A selection of royals will be sure to make an appearance too but you will have to wait and see who steals the show this year However one thing that is for sure is that a great day is to be had by ladies and gentlemen alike Find out more by calling 08456 66 5544 or visit www skills co uk Calls cost 3p per minute plus your network s access charge

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DESTINATIONS 51 G N I T A R B E CEL M S I R U O T BRITISH Get involved in English Tourism Week from 17th 25th March 2018 to showcase to the public the fantastic experiences on offer in England highlighting the value of tourism Taking place in spring each year English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrates the value and quality of tourism in England It provides a kick start to the season by promoting local tourism products whether you are an accommodation provider an attraction a tourist information centre or a destination everyone can participate Support your industry The English tourism sector includes everyone visitors residents businesses and employees It s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country Being the third largest employer every day it supports 2 6 million jobs and is a major employer of school leavers and young people an incubator for entrepreneurs The visitor economy is worth 106 billion a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming transport retailing sport museums and galleries the theatre and other performing arts There are so many benefits to businesses getting involved in English Tourism Week It can raise the profile and understanding of tourism with the media and those who work or are considering a career in the industry as well as increasing awareness amongst consumers including local residents to discover the delights on their doorstep This week provides a national framework for local destinations businesses and organisations to build their own marketing and PR campaigns and to reach a vast range of people Let s get involved There are many ways to take part and this is a great opportunity for the tourism industry to work together no matter what your product to promote the wealth of tourism on offer By organising your own event under the English Tourism Week banner you will be raising the profile of your business and adding to the combined efforts of the week to raise awareness with local residents their visitors and key decision makers Get involved and inspire local residents to discover new and exciting destinations Four simple steps 1 Start planning your activities for the week This can include special offers discounts fun events and promotions for visitors local residents stakeholders and more increasing your chances for people to spend and get involved 2 3 4 Download the free toolkit of logos and posters to help you brand your events to your local visitors and stakeholders Register your events and offers on the events platform for a chance of promotion across VisitEngland s consumer website and social channels as well as to media trade MPs and industry Use the hashtag ETW18 on social media to encourage your visitors customers and even local residents to come to your events and share their photos and experiences on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn and more Obviously how you choose to take part depends what sort of tourism business or organisation you are Events don t have to be big or costly the simplest ideas can be really effective See the Things to do for ETW18 document on the Visit Britain website for helpful suggestions or create something completely original Visit www visitbritain org english tourism week for more information

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DESTINATIONS 51 G N I T A R B E CEL M S I R U O T BRITISH Get involved in English Tourism Week from 17th 25th March 2018 to showcase to the public the fantastic experiences on offer in England highlighting the value of tourism Taking place in spring each year English Tourism Week campaigns to raise the profile of the industry and celebrates the value and quality of tourism in England It provides a kick start to the season by promoting local tourism products whether you are an accommodation provider an attraction a tourist information centre or a destination everyone can participate Support your industry The English tourism sector includes everyone visitors residents businesses and employees It s one of the few sectors active in every part of the country Being the third largest employer every day it supports 2 6 million jobs and is a major employer of school leavers and young people an incubator for entrepreneurs The visitor economy is worth 106 billion a year to England supporting thousands of businesses and impacting on the performance of supplier industries including farming transport retailing sport museums and galleries the theatre and other performing arts There are so many benefits to businesses getting involved in English Tourism Week It can raise the profile and understanding of tourism with the media and those who work or are considering a career in the industry as well as increasing awareness amongst consumers including local residents to discover the delights on their doorstep This week provides a national framework for local destinations businesses and organisations to build their own marketing and PR campaigns and to reach a vast range of people Let s get involved There are many ways to take part and this is a great opportunity for the tourism industry to work together no matter what your product to promote the wealth of tourism on offer By organising your own event under the English Tourism Week banner you will be raising the profile of your business and adding to the combined efforts of the week to raise awareness with local residents their visitors and key decision makers Get involved and inspire local residents to discover new and exciting destinations Four simple steps 1 Start planning your activities for the week This can include special offers discounts fun events and promotions for visitors local residents stakeholders and more increasing your chances for people to spend and get involved 2 3 4 Download the free toolkit of logos and posters to help you brand your events to your local visitors and stakeholders Register your events and offers on the events platform for a chance of promotion across VisitEngland s consumer website and social channels as well as to media trade MPs and industry Use the hashtag ETW18 on social media to encourage your visitors customers and even local residents to come to your events and share their photos and experiences on Twitter Instagram LinkedIn and more Obviously how you choose to take part depends what sort of tourism business or organisation you are Events don t have to be big or costly the simplest ideas can be really effective See the Things to do for ETW18 document on the Visit Britain website for helpful suggestions or create something completely original Visit www visitbritain org english tourism week for more information

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52 DESTINATIONS A city for all seasons D iscover quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges where a unique and relaxing shopping experience can be found Here discover a blend of independent shops mingled with high street brands and relax in the many beautiful pubs restaurants and cafes There s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge Catch a student theatrical production at the Arts Theatre see live music or comedy at the Corn Exchange or turn your visit into a city break and stay overnight in this stunning destination to experience the night life DESTINATIONS 53 By Phil Cound Where to stay Indulge in Cambridge s rich heritage be inspired by the beautiful museums and art galleries admire the stunning architecture and explore picturesque villages with panoramic views A choice of galleries showcase an impressive range of art from the contemporary to the classic A buzzing theatre and performance scene presents drama dance and family shows where you can enjoy all kinds of live music from internationally acclaimed orchestras and ensembles to touring pop stars pub gigs the world famous Folk Festival ever popular Beer Festival family friendly Big Weekend and magical Secret Garden Party festivals If you re looking for even more reasons to visit here are a few highlights Visiting Cambridge Make Hotel Felix your destination of choice is complete without an Official Walking Tour of Cambridge The 2 hour tours operate every day and provide a fascinating insight into the history of Cambridge its famous personalities and the discoveries that have changed the world whilst looking at some of the best known and impressive sights that Cambridge has to offer Entrance to the magnificent King s College and Chapel is also included when available Punting on the River The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous University of Museums So many worlds to visit all in one place On the same day you could marvel at ancient Egyptian relics in the Fitzwilliam Museum visit the North and South Poles at The Polar Museum take a look at the original specimens that Darwin collected on his famous trip on The Beagle or gaze upon old masters by artists such as Canaletto Titian and Cezanne and all within walking distance of each other and most are FREE Grantchester Follow in the footsteps of ITV crime sleuths Sidney Chambers and Geordie Keating with a visit to the picturesque quintessential English village of Grantchester Stroll along the banks of the Official Walking Tours of Cambridge Whether it s your first visit to Cambridge or you want a real understanding of the city and its world famous University and its colleges no trip to Cambridge some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during a relaxing 45 minute chauffeured punt tour Cam picnic in the beautiful meadows enjoy a pint and a bite to eat in one of the old English pubs or take afternoon tea in the serene setting of The Orchard Tea Gardens Shopping Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops From the hustle and bustle of the city s sevendays a week market and the Saturday Art and Craft market in All Saints Garden to a whole host of stylish boutiques and quirky independents as well as high street brands leading designer labels and sky lit Shopping Centres Find out more at www visitcambridge org Photos courtesy of www visitcambridge org Visit England Situated in the beautiful historic city of Cambridge Hotel Felix is a boutique hotel offering visitors a warm welcome good food and a place to relax after exploring the local culture When we arrived we were instantly impressed by the design of the hotel combining traditional Victorian architecture with contemporary design Hotel Felix provides a stylish and characterful alternative to the ordinary We immediately received a warm welcome from the staff who remained attentive throughout our stay making our visit an extremely relaxing and stress free experience The attention to detail throughout Croquettes with Winter Chicory and Citrus Salad and Confit Salmon Caponata Squid Ink Tuile and Caper Dressing For our main course we indulged with Spagetti alle Vongole definitely not one to miss for seafood lovers and Chargrilled Rib eye Steak both proving a real treat for the taste buds However the star of the show was dessert we ordered a Selection of British and European Cheeses with Grapes Celery Chutney and Homemade Biscuits and a Dark Chocolate Fondant with Caramel Ice Cream which was absolutely exquisite Full and content we then returned to our contemporary room to relax the hotel is also immaculate From the wonderful interior design to the beautifully landscaped leafy gardens Hotel Felix offers a space of tranquillity in the heart of Cambridge Located just 1 mile from the city centre and conveniently situated just off the A14 drive time 90 120 minutes we couldn t have stayed in a more suitable location On our day out we visited the historic market and took time to admire the stunning architecture and majestic buildings that surround the city Once we had worked up an appetite we returned to the hotel to enjoy some fine dining with a meal at Graffiti an AA two rosette award winning restaurant Specialising in inventive modern European cuisine we were tempted by many of the dishes on the menu and found it almost impossible to choose For starters we enjoyed Brown Crab and unwind the perfect end to a truly luxurious stay For further information contact the hotel on 01223 277977 or visit www hotelfelix co uk Signpost Signpost has been recommending the UK s top privately owned hotels since 1935 All Signpost members are visited every year to make sure top standards are maintained Most are near areas of outstanding beauty with plenty to do or see in the area many are hidden gems all have award winning cuisine For more details and to receive news about great hotel offers visit www signpost co uk Cambridge College Backs from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt King s College Chapel The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs are just

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52 DESTINATIONS A city for all seasons D iscover quaint passages set around the historic market place and colleges where a unique and relaxing shopping experience can be found Here discover a blend of independent shops mingled with high street brands and relax in the many beautiful pubs restaurants and cafes There s something for everyone when it comes to entertainment in Cambridge Catch a student theatrical production at the Arts Theatre see live music or comedy at the Corn Exchange or turn your visit into a city break and stay overnight in this stunning destination to experience the night life DESTINATIONS 53 By Phil Cound Where to stay Indulge in Cambridge s rich heritage be inspired by the beautiful museums and art galleries admire the stunning architecture and explore picturesque villages with panoramic views A choice of galleries showcase an impressive range of art from the contemporary to the classic A buzzing theatre and performance scene presents drama dance and family shows where you can enjoy all kinds of live music from internationally acclaimed orchestras and ensembles to touring pop stars pub gigs the world famous Folk Festival ever popular Beer Festival family friendly Big Weekend and magical Secret Garden Party festivals If you re looking for even more reasons to visit here are a few highlights Visiting Cambridge Make Hotel Felix your destination of choice is complete without an Official Walking Tour of Cambridge The 2 hour tours operate every day and provide a fascinating insight into the history of Cambridge its famous personalities and the discoveries that have changed the world whilst looking at some of the best known and impressive sights that Cambridge has to offer Entrance to the magnificent King s College and Chapel is also included when available Punting on the River The River Cam runs through the heart of Cambridge enabling you to enjoy fantastic views of the world famous University of Museums So many worlds to visit all in one place On the same day you could marvel at ancient Egyptian relics in the Fitzwilliam Museum visit the North and South Poles at The Polar Museum take a look at the original specimens that Darwin collected on his famous trip on The Beagle or gaze upon old masters by artists such as Canaletto Titian and Cezanne and all within walking distance of each other and most are FREE Grantchester Follow in the footsteps of ITV crime sleuths Sidney Chambers and Geordie Keating with a visit to the picturesque quintessential English village of Grantchester Stroll along the banks of the Official Walking Tours of Cambridge Whether it s your first visit to Cambridge or you want a real understanding of the city and its world famous University and its colleges no trip to Cambridge some of the famous Cambridge landmarks you can expect to see during a relaxing 45 minute chauffeured punt tour Cam picnic in the beautiful meadows enjoy a pint and a bite to eat in one of the old English pubs or take afternoon tea in the serene setting of The Orchard Tea Gardens Shopping Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops From the hustle and bustle of the city s sevendays a week market and the Saturday Art and Craft market in All Saints Garden to a whole host of stylish boutiques and quirky independents as well as high street brands leading designer labels and sky lit Shopping Centres Find out more at www visitcambridge org Photos courtesy of www visitcambridge org Visit England Situated in the beautiful historic city of Cambridge Hotel Felix is a boutique hotel offering visitors a warm welcome good food and a place to relax after exploring the local culture When we arrived we were instantly impressed by the design of the hotel combining traditional Victorian architecture with contemporary design Hotel Felix provides a stylish and characterful alternative to the ordinary We immediately received a warm welcome from the staff who remained attentive throughout our stay making our visit an extremely relaxing and stress free experience The attention to detail throughout Croquettes with Winter Chicory and Citrus Salad and Confit Salmon Caponata Squid Ink Tuile and Caper Dressing For our main course we indulged with Spagetti alle Vongole definitely not one to miss for seafood lovers and Chargrilled Rib eye Steak both proving a real treat for the taste buds However the star of the show was dessert we ordered a Selection of British and European Cheeses with Grapes Celery Chutney and Homemade Biscuits and a Dark Chocolate Fondant with Caramel Ice Cream which was absolutely exquisite Full and content we then returned to our contemporary room to relax the hotel is also immaculate From the wonderful interior design to the beautifully landscaped leafy gardens Hotel Felix offers a space of tranquillity in the heart of Cambridge Located just 1 mile from the city centre and conveniently situated just off the A14 drive time 90 120 minutes we couldn t have stayed in a more suitable location On our day out we visited the historic market and took time to admire the stunning architecture and majestic buildings that surround the city Once we had worked up an appetite we returned to the hotel to enjoy some fine dining with a meal at Graffiti an AA two rosette award winning restaurant Specialising in inventive modern European cuisine we were tempted by many of the dishes on the menu and found it almost impossible to choose For starters we enjoyed Brown Crab and unwind the perfect end to a truly luxurious stay For further information contact the hotel on 01223 277977 or visit www hotelfelix co uk Signpost Signpost has been recommending the UK s top privately owned hotels since 1935 All Signpost members are visited every year to make sure top standards are maintained Most are near areas of outstanding beauty with plenty to do or see in the area many are hidden gems all have award winning cuisine For more details and to receive news about great hotel offers visit www signpost co uk Cambridge College Backs from the comfort of a traditional Cambridge Punt King s College Chapel The Wren Library at Trinity College and the Bridge of Sighs are just

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DESTINATIONS 54 DESTINATIONS Embrace the Outdoors in Warwickshire 55 Spring themed adventures in Shakespeare s England Home to the world s most famous playwright majestic castles and celebrated for its unique heritage Warwickshire provides everything for a short break or longer holiday Teeming with theatre and culture glorious gardens fantastic shopping and a variety of restaurants tea rooms and pubs as well as offering an enviable range of accommodation to suit all budgets Shakespeare s England also boasts alternative and quirky accommodation venues from tree pods and glamping tents to Tower Suites at Warwick Castle Wootton Park Set in 360 acres of countryside Wootton Park offers two TreePods perfect for a romantic escape back to nature Sip champagne under the stars and take in the countryside views in the private hot tub up in the trees Heavens Above and Over the Moon TreePods are self towel rails and are a great quirky addition to the site Hilltop Farm Shop and Caf sell a fabulous selection of local food and drink throughout the day and is open in the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights during the spring and summer Minimum stay is two nights and prices per night range from 70 for the Bell Tent 70 for a Classic Cabin 85 for a Superior Cabin and 100 for a Shepherds Hut Warwick Castle Offering an unusual range of accommodation including the ultra luxe Tower Suites the Knight s Lodges and Glamping tents during summer Guests can stay in a themed lodge set in a beautiful river side woodland setting Each Lodge which has a double bedroom two catering en suite with a kitchenette gas BBQ TV and Wi Fi Robes towels and blankets are all provided On site there is a Wakeboarding Centre and Horse Riding facilities Minimum stay is two nights and prices range from 350 390 for 2 people for 2 nights Hilltop Hideaways Set in the Warwickshire hills on a third generation family farm Hilltop Hideaways near Royal Leamington Spa offers accommodation in a wooden cabin luxury bell tent or a shepherds hut With feather down duvets and comfy beds this glamping site offers the perfect getaway The handmade horse trailer shower blocks offer high pressure showers with heated bunks and truckle bed has a wet room shower and towels plus cable TV free WiFi and heating Prices start from 38 25 per person per night including breakfast The All You Can Eat Mediaeval Dinner with exclusive entertainment is available at 18 95 adult and 9 95 child Mediaeval Glamping offers 41 ready to sleep tents which sleep up to five people Each is fully lit equipped with beds mattresses and bed linen free WiFi and storage chest Prices start from 40 per person per night including breakfast Alternatively you can stay in one of the Castle s two Tower Suites located on its own private floor of the 14th century Caesar s Tower with fourposter bed and en suite facilities The Suites start from 550 per night with breakfast a private Castle tour and two days priority access to the attractions For more suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare s England visit www shakespeares england co uk More information on the venues can be found at www shakespeares england co uk places accommodation Enjoy a h ghout ost hrou t o s f excit the sprin ing adventure England gm s onths re in Shakespea V isit The MAD Museum Warwickshire s Best Museum as voted on Trip Advisor Experience new exhibits which are even more interactive and twice as much fun interact with new weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs The quirky museum takes about 1 2 hours to experience so is perfect for a morning or afternoon activity Established in 1971 and home of the rare breed conservation Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun day out for visitors of all ages Guests can interact with the animals in the barns and on the Rare Breeds through History walkway There s also a wildlife walk adventure playground indoor play farm safari jumping pillows and several food outlets to enjoy Observe the life cycle of a butterfly within the Emerging Case and you may even see a butterfly hatch at Stratford Butterfly Farm Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and is home to a variety of creatures including a leafcutter ant colony one of the largest on display in the UK See two new spring exhibitions at Compton Verney which run from 17 March 10 June Created in Conflict British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel Ravilious Co The Pattern of Friendship English Artist Designers 1922 1942 will tell a story that has never been told before This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious 1903 1942 also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death For more activity suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare s England visit www shakespeares england co uk

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DESTINATIONS 54 DESTINATIONS Embrace the Outdoors in Warwickshire 55 Spring themed adventures in Shakespeare s England Home to the world s most famous playwright majestic castles and celebrated for its unique heritage Warwickshire provides everything for a short break or longer holiday Teeming with theatre and culture glorious gardens fantastic shopping and a variety of restaurants tea rooms and pubs as well as offering an enviable range of accommodation to suit all budgets Shakespeare s England also boasts alternative and quirky accommodation venues from tree pods and glamping tents to Tower Suites at Warwick Castle Wootton Park Set in 360 acres of countryside Wootton Park offers two TreePods perfect for a romantic escape back to nature Sip champagne under the stars and take in the countryside views in the private hot tub up in the trees Heavens Above and Over the Moon TreePods are self towel rails and are a great quirky addition to the site Hilltop Farm Shop and Caf sell a fabulous selection of local food and drink throughout the day and is open in the evenings on Friday and Saturday nights during the spring and summer Minimum stay is two nights and prices per night range from 70 for the Bell Tent 70 for a Classic Cabin 85 for a Superior Cabin and 100 for a Shepherds Hut Warwick Castle Offering an unusual range of accommodation including the ultra luxe Tower Suites the Knight s Lodges and Glamping tents during summer Guests can stay in a themed lodge set in a beautiful river side woodland setting Each Lodge which has a double bedroom two catering en suite with a kitchenette gas BBQ TV and Wi Fi Robes towels and blankets are all provided On site there is a Wakeboarding Centre and Horse Riding facilities Minimum stay is two nights and prices range from 350 390 for 2 people for 2 nights Hilltop Hideaways Set in the Warwickshire hills on a third generation family farm Hilltop Hideaways near Royal Leamington Spa offers accommodation in a wooden cabin luxury bell tent or a shepherds hut With feather down duvets and comfy beds this glamping site offers the perfect getaway The handmade horse trailer shower blocks offer high pressure showers with heated bunks and truckle bed has a wet room shower and towels plus cable TV free WiFi and heating Prices start from 38 25 per person per night including breakfast The All You Can Eat Mediaeval Dinner with exclusive entertainment is available at 18 95 adult and 9 95 child Mediaeval Glamping offers 41 ready to sleep tents which sleep up to five people Each is fully lit equipped with beds mattresses and bed linen free WiFi and storage chest Prices start from 40 per person per night including breakfast Alternatively you can stay in one of the Castle s two Tower Suites located on its own private floor of the 14th century Caesar s Tower with fourposter bed and en suite facilities The Suites start from 550 per night with breakfast a private Castle tour and two days priority access to the attractions For more suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare s England visit www shakespeares england co uk More information on the venues can be found at www shakespeares england co uk places accommodation Enjoy a h ghout ost hrou t o s f excit the sprin ing adventure England gm s onths re in Shakespea V isit The MAD Museum Warwickshire s Best Museum as voted on Trip Advisor Experience new exhibits which are even more interactive and twice as much fun interact with new weird and wonderful inventions and build marble runs The quirky museum takes about 1 2 hours to experience so is perfect for a morning or afternoon activity Established in 1971 and home of the rare breed conservation Cotswold Farm Park offers a fun day out for visitors of all ages Guests can interact with the animals in the barns and on the Rare Breeds through History walkway There s also a wildlife walk adventure playground indoor play farm safari jumping pillows and several food outlets to enjoy Observe the life cycle of a butterfly within the Emerging Case and you may even see a butterfly hatch at Stratford Butterfly Farm Minibeast Metropolis is teeming with life and is home to a variety of creatures including a leafcutter ant colony one of the largest on display in the UK See two new spring exhibitions at Compton Verney which run from 17 March 10 June Created in Conflict British Soldier Art from the Crimean War to Today will explore creativity in conflict with a focus on artwork made by British Armed Forces personnel Ravilious Co The Pattern of Friendship English Artist Designers 1922 1942 will tell a story that has never been told before This exhibition of the prolific artist and designer Eric Ravilious 1903 1942 also coincides with the 75th anniversary of his death For more activity suggestions and family friendly accommodation in Shakespeare s England visit www shakespeares england co uk

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HOLIDAY HOMES 57 Your Very Own Home From Home to make it feel homely acting as the perfect retreat for long weekends and breaks from your busy day to day routine If you re taking the whole family away escaping with your other half or locating the perfect walking spot for your dog finding the right location before you invest ensures you will get st re arwin Fo everything urtesy of D Photo co you want in your home from home A calm and peaceful countryside retreat offers uying a holiday home tranquillity and serene beauty whereas comes with many exciting a seaside cottage or caravan boasts advantages from meeting sandy beaches bustling markets and new friends and visiting water sporting opportunities different places to stepping out of Owning a lodge allows you to your comfort zone and embarking on continuously return to your favourite new adventures the list is endless scenic locations without the hassle Whether a gorgeous static caravan and expense of booking hotels or by the beach takes your fancy or you apartments Having your very own place would prefer a fully equipped luxurious to stay without the restraint of check in holiday lodge set in the countryside times and meal restrictions as you might there is a holiday home out there to suit in a hotel provides you with the freedom everyone s needs to explore the places you Feeling comfortable in your new love at your own environment is key add personal leisure touches around your accommodation such as photographs ornaments furnishings and accessories B Photo courtesy of Kenwick Park There are also many financial benefits to owning a holiday residence from low maintenance costs to renting opportunities use your home to pocket some extra pennies When you re not holidaying with the family you may have the opportunity to rent out your lodge caravan or cottage depending on the park s rules giving you the chance to make some money or offer your stunning home to friends and family So what are you waiting for Escape to your ideal holiday home today

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HOLIDAY HOMES 57 Your Very Own Home From Home to make it feel homely acting as the perfect retreat for long weekends and breaks from your busy day to day routine If you re taking the whole family away escaping with your other half or locating the perfect walking spot for your dog finding the right location before you invest ensures you will get st re arwin Fo everything urtesy of D Photo co you want in your home from home A calm and peaceful countryside retreat offers uying a holiday home tranquillity and serene beauty whereas comes with many exciting a seaside cottage or caravan boasts advantages from meeting sandy beaches bustling markets and new friends and visiting water sporting opportunities different places to stepping out of Owning a lodge allows you to your comfort zone and embarking on continuously return to your favourite new adventures the list is endless scenic locations without the hassle Whether a gorgeous static caravan and expense of booking hotels or by the beach takes your fancy or you apartments Having your very own place would prefer a fully equipped luxurious to stay without the restraint of check in holiday lodge set in the countryside times and meal restrictions as you might there is a holiday home out there to suit in a hotel provides you with the freedom everyone s needs to explore the places you Feeling comfortable in your new love at your own environment is key add personal leisure touches around your accommodation such as photographs ornaments furnishings and accessories B Photo courtesy of Kenwick Park There are also many financial benefits to owning a holiday residence from low maintenance costs to renting opportunities use your home to pocket some extra pennies When you re not holidaying with the family you may have the opportunity to rent out your lodge caravan or cottage depending on the park s rules giving you the chance to make some money or offer your stunning home to friends and family So what are you waiting for Escape to your ideal holiday home today

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MOTORS 60 Are you too tired to drive How do you know if you are too tired to get behind the wheel Is there a simple way to check before you set off There are certain ways to prevent tiredness when you plan on driving to ensure your safety always comes first ichard Gladman head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart shares some tips on how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel and the dangers of doing so The effects of losing one or two hours of sleep a night on a regular basis can lead to chronic sleepiness Ensure you are well rested and feeling fit and healthy before you set off Extreme tiredness can lead to micro sleeps short episodes of drowsiness or sleep that could last a fraction of a second up to 30 seconds Whilst only a short period of time a fast moving car has plenty of time to cause a serious incident during a micro sleep Take regular breaks to split up a journey when travelling long distances especially on the motorway it s good practise to stop at least every two hours If you ever feel too tired to carry on driving book yourself into a hotel at the next service station and get some sleep It s good to note that a caffeine high may be a quick fix but it is not a long term solution and certainly doesn t substitute for sleep If possible avoid driving between the two peak times for sleepiness between 3am and 5am and also between 2pm and 4pm For anyone taking prescribed medication seek advice from your GP as to whether you should be driving or not Richard says Even the fittest of us need regular sleep to perform at our highest standards Driving requires full concentration R Education Training at all times and if you are tired your ability to concentrate is reduced Our internal body clock is usually set to deal with our normal lifestyle so extra care needs to be taken when driving during a time we would normally be at rest Stop rehydrate and rest if you need to Photo courtesy of The Suthers School and Nova Education Trust

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MOTORS 60 Are you too tired to drive How do you know if you are too tired to get behind the wheel Is there a simple way to check before you set off There are certain ways to prevent tiredness when you plan on driving to ensure your safety always comes first ichard Gladman head of driving and riding standards at IAM RoadSmart shares some tips on how to avoid falling asleep at the wheel and the dangers of doing so The effects of losing one or two hours of sleep a night on a regular basis can lead to chronic sleepiness Ensure you are well rested and feeling fit and healthy before you set off Extreme tiredness can lead to micro sleeps short episodes of drowsiness or sleep that could last a fraction of a second up to 30 seconds Whilst only a short period of time a fast moving car has plenty of time to cause a serious incident during a micro sleep Take regular breaks to split up a journey when travelling long distances especially on the motorway it s good practise to stop at least every two hours If you ever feel too tired to carry on driving book yourself into a hotel at the next service station and get some sleep It s good to note that a caffeine high may be a quick fix but it is not a long term solution and certainly doesn t substitute for sleep If possible avoid driving between the two peak times for sleepiness between 3am and 5am and also between 2pm and 4pm For anyone taking prescribed medication seek advice from your GP as to whether you should be driving or not Richard says Even the fittest of us need regular sleep to perform at our highest standards Driving requires full concentration R Education Training at all times and if you are tired your ability to concentrate is reduced Our internal body clock is usually set to deal with our normal lifestyle so extra care needs to be taken when driving during a time we would normally be at rest Stop rehydrate and rest if you need to Photo courtesy of The Suthers School and Nova Education Trust

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62 EDUCATION TRAINING EDUCATION TRAINING A SIXTH FORM FOCUSED ON OUTCOMES T he deadline for university applications has now passed and students at Abbotsholme School have completed this rigorous process Many have started to receive conditional and prestigious unconditional offers A conditional offer is one based upon performance in their A Level and BTEC qualifications and a place is guaranteed at that university if that particular student achieves the grades proposed by the university or predicted by their classroom teachers The value of studying within Abbotsholme School Sixth Form is the amount of extra curricular opportunities available which makes a student s personal statement stand out enormously from the sometimes 100s of other applicants applying to one particular course This is just one reason a lot of our students receive the prized unconditional offers The range and varied exposure to so many different experiences and activities puts them head and shoulders above the competition This also builds confidence and character and with many universities asking for interviews before offers are made the numerous amount of experiences give students real life events to draw upon to explain their skills and competencies and how they demonstrated this In 2017 we invested in a new system for researching university courses called Unifrog This fantastic method of researching ranking universities and courses has made a long winded and sometimes frustrating search far more efficient and rewarding for our sixth formers In essence Unifrog is a very sophisticated search engine which pulls all the information you need to know about an institute and the chosen course onto one page This allows for easy comparison on entry requirements modules available pass rates and several other pieces of important information Students are also given support on writing the very important personal statement This along with expert advice from tutors staff and Head of Sixth makes for a very competitive application form 63

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62 EDUCATION TRAINING EDUCATION TRAINING A SIXTH FORM FOCUSED ON OUTCOMES T he deadline for university applications has now passed and students at Abbotsholme School have completed this rigorous process Many have started to receive conditional and prestigious unconditional offers A conditional offer is one based upon performance in their A Level and BTEC qualifications and a place is guaranteed at that university if that particular student achieves the grades proposed by the university or predicted by their classroom teachers The value of studying within Abbotsholme School Sixth Form is the amount of extra curricular opportunities available which makes a student s personal statement stand out enormously from the sometimes 100s of other applicants applying to one particular course This is just one reason a lot of our students receive the prized unconditional offers The range and varied exposure to so many different experiences and activities puts them head and shoulders above the competition This also builds confidence and character and with many universities asking for interviews before offers are made the numerous amount of experiences give students real life events to draw upon to explain their skills and competencies and how they demonstrated this In 2017 we invested in a new system for researching university courses called Unifrog This fantastic method of researching ranking universities and courses has made a long winded and sometimes frustrating search far more efficient and rewarding for our sixth formers In essence Unifrog is a very sophisticated search engine which pulls all the information you need to know about an institute and the chosen course onto one page This allows for easy comparison on entry requirements modules available pass rates and several other pieces of important information Students are also given support on writing the very important personal statement This along with expert advice from tutors staff and Head of Sixth makes for a very competitive application form 63

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64 EDUCATION TRAINING EDUCATION TRAINING A small school that makes a big difference Hollygirt School is a small independent school for girls and boys aged 3 to 16 near the city centre of Nottingham Hollygirt is a unique environment We help children develop their individual strength and abilities whilst ensuring they are safe secure and happy in our 2017 GCSE results Of all the papers sat Hollygirt pupils achieved 30 2 A grades 45 8 A A grades 61 5 A B grades and 83 2 A C grades We believe this is a result of a successful mixture of hard work small class sizes teachers dedication and pupils positive attitude to their school environment We are so proud Headmistress Mrs Pam Hutley said While the pupils whose outstanding A A performance is most impressive this does not tell the whole picture of progress and success We would love to see you at our Happy Memories Southfields Childcare at Car Colston Nottinghamshire is a nursery in a dream location for children and parents A visit is enough to realise that happy children playing and learning in inspiring surroundings add up to a great choice for any child With so much space and fresh air the nursery has everything to help stimulate and educate young minds Established since 1999 and situated in a purpose built barn conversion at Old Hall Farm the nursery has access to a fenced astro turfed area to offer free play outdoors together with a superb walled garden Children have access to a safe spinney in the adjacent field where we offer WOODLAND SESSIONS one session per week by rotation We use the rural environment to enhance the children s learning looking at the changes in the seasons young animals or wild life and minibeasts There is a vegetable garden for children to grow and tend their own produce A big favourite of everyone is the outside mud kitchen Permission to get grubby busy and have fun During the growing season crops of lettuce radishes potatoes and herbs all child waist high in raised beds are lovingly cultivated from seed For the after school children there is equally enough to entertain and keep them busy or relax after a hard school day It is easy to see why owner Mandy Beeby is so proud of her achievement in providing the pre school after school service She said We have this marvellous location surrounded by woodland and fields Our highly qualified staff ratio of 1 4 for 2yr olds 1 6 for 3 will offer your child a wonderful start in life Word of mouth is also an important part of being recommended as an establishment of quality and care Mandy Beeby has received many messages of thanks from children and parents as they go on to further their education Leo has amazing memories and it gave him the best start Mrs G July 16 Thank you all for a wonderful few years at Southfields we are so lucky to have had somewhere so caring fun and stimulating to send our children B and A will miss you but see you over the holidays Mrs C July 16 S and A have both loved their time at Southfields it s a very special environment and our children have been lucky to experience it Mrs Sh July 16 Situated in the rural village of Car Colston off the A46 to Newark Southfields serves the surrounding villages with childcare from 2 5years in the pre school and up to 9years in the Before After School or Holiday clubs open 7 45am 6pm Using the exceptional rural setting they offer a stimulating environment covering all aspects of the new EYFS PLUS Woodland sessions and Yoga on Wednesdays with a qualified teacher All voucher schemes accepted Go and see them You ll LOVE it Telephone 01949 20123 Email southfields rbeeby co uk www southfieldschildcare co uk We take children of all abilities and we only assess children before they join so that their educational needs can be met Despite this each year our academic results are up there with the highly selective independent schools in Nottinghamshire One in every three pupils achieved all A and A grades next Open Day on Wednesday 14 March Tours are at 9 30am and 2 00pm all are welcome If you cannot make it just call us to book an appointment for a personal tour instead We look forward to seeing you For more information please contact our Registrar Mrs Lucy Wilkins on 0115 958 0596 or email info hollygirt co uk 65

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64 EDUCATION TRAINING EDUCATION TRAINING A small school that makes a big difference Hollygirt School is a small independent school for girls and boys aged 3 to 16 near the city centre of Nottingham Hollygirt is a unique environment We help children develop their individual strength and abilities whilst ensuring they are safe secure and happy in our 2017 GCSE results Of all the papers sat Hollygirt pupils achieved 30 2 A grades 45 8 A A grades 61 5 A B grades and 83 2 A C grades We believe this is a result of a successful mixture of hard work small class sizes teachers dedication and pupils positive attitude to their school environment We are so proud Headmistress Mrs Pam Hutley said While the pupils whose outstanding A A performance is most impressive this does not tell the whole picture of progress and success We would love to see you at our Happy Memories Southfields Childcare at Car Colston Nottinghamshire is a nursery in a dream location for children and parents A visit is enough to realise that happy children playing and learning in inspiring surroundings add up to a great choice for any child With so much space and fresh air the nursery has everything to help stimulate and educate young minds Established since 1999 and situated in a purpose built barn conversion at Old Hall Farm the nursery has access to a fenced astro turfed area to offer free play outdoors together with a superb walled garden Children have access to a safe spinney in the adjacent field where we offer WOODLAND SESSIONS one session per week by rotation We use the rural environment to enhance the children s learning looking at the changes in the seasons young animals or wild life and minibeasts There is a vegetable garden for children to grow and tend their own produce A big favourite of everyone is the outside mud kitchen Permission to get grubby busy and have fun During the growing season crops of lettuce radishes potatoes and herbs all child waist high in raised beds are lovingly cultivated from seed For the after school children there is equally enough to entertain and keep them busy or relax after a hard school day It is easy to see why owner Mandy Beeby is so proud of her achievement in providing the pre school after school service She said We have this marvellous location surrounded by woodland and fields Our highly qualified staff ratio of 1 4 for 2yr olds 1 6 for 3 will offer your child a wonderful start in life Word of mouth is also an important part of being recommended as an establishment of quality and care Mandy Beeby has received many messages of thanks from children and parents as they go on to further their education Leo has amazing memories and it gave him the best start Mrs G July 16 Thank you all for a wonderful few years at Southfields we are so lucky to have had somewhere so caring fun and stimulating to send our children B and A will miss you but see you over the holidays Mrs C July 16 S and A have both loved their time at Southfields it s a very special environment and our children have been lucky to experience it Mrs Sh July 16 Situated in the rural village of Car Colston off the A46 to Newark Southfields serves the surrounding villages with childcare from 2 5years in the pre school and up to 9years in the Before After School or Holiday clubs open 7 45am 6pm Using the exceptional rural setting they offer a stimulating environment covering all aspects of the new EYFS PLUS Woodland sessions and Yoga on Wednesdays with a qualified teacher All voucher schemes accepted Go and see them You ll LOVE it Telephone 01949 20123 Email southfields rbeeby co uk www southfieldschildcare co uk We take children of all abilities and we only assess children before they join so that their educational needs can be met Despite this each year our academic results are up there with the highly selective independent schools in Nottinghamshire One in every three pupils achieved all A and A grades next Open Day on Wednesday 14 March Tours are at 9 30am and 2 00pm all are welcome If you cannot make it just call us to book an appointment for a personal tour instead We look forward to seeing you For more information please contact our Registrar Mrs Lucy Wilkins on 0115 958 0596 or email info hollygirt co uk 65

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EDUCATION TRAINING Learn Develop and Achieve 66 Linkage College is an independent further education college offering a specialist learning experience to young people and adults with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities aged 16 25 We have unrivalled expertise working with young people whose learning difficulties and disabilities may be a barrier to their participation in successful full time learning within mainstream settings Our expert staff superb facilities and personalised programmes create a safe happy and exceptional learning experience Our wide range of exciting courses fall into five areas independence personal and social development vocational subjects projectbased learning functional skills and enrichment This gives learners the opportunity to increase their knowledge and become skilled through engaging in real life purposeful activities In October 2017 we opened Lincoln s first specialist further education college for young people with SEND The brand new Boultham Believe Achieve Succeed Sixth formers at Carlton le Willows Academy Sixth Form achieved 100 pass rate at A level in summer 2017 for the third year running further continuing a proven tradition of providing excellent post 16 education Park facility offers unique learning training and employment opportunities focused on independence and employability skills The campus is full of the latest learning technology and has fantastic purpose built facilities for our Retail Hospitality Catering Horticulture Small Animal Care and Personal and Social Development courses in particular The education centre includes a self contained independence suite featuring a lounge workspace en suite bathroom and a fabulous kitchen area with a height adjustable induction cooker making it genuinely fully accessible Onsite our commercial community caf provides training and work experience to learners the large glasshouse is used as a teaching space as well as a mini garden centre supplied by produce grown by learners in our large outdoor Poly tunnel fruit cages and vegetable area and the beautiful parkland location gives learners immediate access to an array of health well being and sporting activities The Linkage Boultham Park Education Centre and campus giving students the chance to learn develop and achieve their aspirations Our Lincoln campus is less than an hour s drive from the centre of Nottingham to arrange a visit call 0800 612 4430 Y ear 13 leavers secured 50 of results at A B grade with 1 in 4 results an A A A total 90 of students secured a place at their first choice destination with 40 of them going on to study at the country s top universities Russell Group or Sutton Trust 30 institutions Situated in a dedicated purpose built building with quiet study area common room and barista style cafe Sixth Form has a strong inclusive ethos with the desire to achieve the best for all its students Dedicated to maintaining small class sizes there is a comprehensive traditional curriculum including A Levels in Law and Forensic Science as well as a BTEC Rock School music certificate Head of Sixth Form Rod Bond Taylor believes that everyone can benefit from the friendly thriving community where all students enjoy a wealth of opportunities He said We are an extremely friendly Sixth Form and see a number of students from other schools choose to do A Levels with us They are always made extremely welcome Vicki Reckless who joined Carlton le Willows in Year 12 gained three A s at A level this summer She said I came from Hollygirt so from an all girl environment but everyone was so friendly at Carlton le Willows I ve found some really great friends here that I know I will keep for life With a strong track record of providing enrichment opportunities there are a breadth of opportunities for Sixth Formers including community service the option to take part in sport music or drama and the chance to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership in a whole school context through our student leadership team prefect or academic ambassador roles Students consistent high performance on a community level was recently recognised by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace the Queen s Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace Award for Promoting Voluntary Involvement representative in the county who awarded the Academy s Sixth Form committee with his Award for Promoting Voluntary Involvement The prestigious award recognised the continued and determined efforts of Carlton le Willows Sixth Form to better the lives of others through charitable work organised throughout the year

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EDUCATION TRAINING Learn Develop and Achieve 66 Linkage College is an independent further education college offering a specialist learning experience to young people and adults with a range of learning difficulties and disabilities aged 16 25 We have unrivalled expertise working with young people whose learning difficulties and disabilities may be a barrier to their participation in successful full time learning within mainstream settings Our expert staff superb facilities and personalised programmes create a safe happy and exceptional learning experience Our wide range of exciting courses fall into five areas independence personal and social development vocational subjects projectbased learning functional skills and enrichment This gives learners the opportunity to increase their knowledge and become skilled through engaging in real life purposeful activities In October 2017 we opened Lincoln s first specialist further education college for young people with SEND The brand new Boultham Believe Achieve Succeed Sixth formers at Carlton le Willows Academy Sixth Form achieved 100 pass rate at A level in summer 2017 for the third year running further continuing a proven tradition of providing excellent post 16 education Park facility offers unique learning training and employment opportunities focused on independence and employability skills The campus is full of the latest learning technology and has fantastic purpose built facilities for our Retail Hospitality Catering Horticulture Small Animal Care and Personal and Social Development courses in particular The education centre includes a self contained independence suite featuring a lounge workspace en suite bathroom and a fabulous kitchen area with a height adjustable induction cooker making it genuinely fully accessible Onsite our commercial community caf provides training and work experience to learners the large glasshouse is used as a teaching space as well as a mini garden centre supplied by produce grown by learners in our large outdoor Poly tunnel fruit cages and vegetable area and the beautiful parkland location gives learners immediate access to an array of health well being and sporting activities The Linkage Boultham Park Education Centre and campus giving students the chance to learn develop and achieve their aspirations Our Lincoln campus is less than an hour s drive from the centre of Nottingham to arrange a visit call 0800 612 4430 Y ear 13 leavers secured 50 of results at A B grade with 1 in 4 results an A A A total 90 of students secured a place at their first choice destination with 40 of them going on to study at the country s top universities Russell Group or Sutton Trust 30 institutions Situated in a dedicated purpose built building with quiet study area common room and barista style cafe Sixth Form has a strong inclusive ethos with the desire to achieve the best for all its students Dedicated to maintaining small class sizes there is a comprehensive traditional curriculum including A Levels in Law and Forensic Science as well as a BTEC Rock School music certificate Head of Sixth Form Rod Bond Taylor believes that everyone can benefit from the friendly thriving community where all students enjoy a wealth of opportunities He said We are an extremely friendly Sixth Form and see a number of students from other schools choose to do A Levels with us They are always made extremely welcome Vicki Reckless who joined Carlton le Willows in Year 12 gained three A s at A level this summer She said I came from Hollygirt so from an all girl environment but everyone was so friendly at Carlton le Willows I ve found some really great friends here that I know I will keep for life With a strong track record of providing enrichment opportunities there are a breadth of opportunities for Sixth Formers including community service the option to take part in sport music or drama and the chance to take responsibility and demonstrate leadership in a whole school context through our student leadership team prefect or academic ambassador roles Students consistent high performance on a community level was recently recognised by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace the Queen s Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Sir John Peace Award for Promoting Voluntary Involvement representative in the county who awarded the Academy s Sixth Form committee with his Award for Promoting Voluntary Involvement The prestigious award recognised the continued and determined efforts of Carlton le Willows Sixth Form to better the lives of others through charitable work organised throughout the year

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NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK The Road to Success Will you be taking part in National Apprenticeship Week Whether you re the owner of a business looking to recruit or someone on the hunt for a new skill or qualification an apprenticeship may hold benefits for you National Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place from 5 9 March and will be a celebration of apprenticeships in England The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is Apprenticeships Work designed to showcase how apprenticeships work and offer benefits for individuals businesses communities and the wider economy During National Apprenticeship Week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose an apprenticeship as the pathway to a great career The National Apprenticeship Week events map found on the gov uk website will highlight the array of events scheduled to take place during this celebratory period From practical trades such as construction and hairdressing to office jobs and computer work there is an apprenticeship designed for everyone The events map from National Apprenticeship Week 2017 held information on over 500 events including the launch event hosted by Barclays with Secretary of State Justine Greening an apprentice take over event at the House of Commons with over 150 apprentices the Skills Minister visiting Crossrail and meeting apprentices as well as many careers events and business breakfasts across the country How can I get involved From individual participation and attendance at the events to involving your business and gaining recognition for your business support for apprenticeships we can all play our part this NAW The primary objective is to educate the community on the positive impact apprenticeships can have on individual apprentices and their employers too as well as the benefits they generate for the wider economy There are so many different ways to get involved find something which is right for you Host an open day at your business or suggest the idea to your boss to publicise the fantastic work and learning that takes place on an apprenticeship course Spread awareness of the event with the official hashtag on social media NAW2018 You can do your part by making a simple post and helping to change the future for apprenticeships Download the graphic from the NAW2018 official website and share it with your friends to raise awareness for the week Give teachers and older school pupils the chance to explore your business and look into the apprenticeship courses you or your company offers for a chance to shape their future For schools and colleges maybe you could make a presentation explaining the benefits of an apprenticeship and look at some of the different trades which offer this qualification With these events and activities ideas plus so many more you re guaranteed to find the perfect idea suited to you this National Apprenticeship Week 69

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NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP WEEK The Road to Success Will you be taking part in National Apprenticeship Week Whether you re the owner of a business looking to recruit or someone on the hunt for a new skill or qualification an apprenticeship may hold benefits for you National Apprenticeship Week 2018 takes place from 5 9 March and will be a celebration of apprenticeships in England The theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2018 is Apprenticeships Work designed to showcase how apprenticeships work and offer benefits for individuals businesses communities and the wider economy During National Apprenticeship Week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose an apprenticeship as the pathway to a great career The National Apprenticeship Week events map found on the gov uk website will highlight the array of events scheduled to take place during this celebratory period From practical trades such as construction and hairdressing to office jobs and computer work there is an apprenticeship designed for everyone The events map from National Apprenticeship Week 2017 held information on over 500 events including the launch event hosted by Barclays with Secretary of State Justine Greening an apprentice take over event at the House of Commons with over 150 apprentices the Skills Minister visiting Crossrail and meeting apprentices as well as many careers events and business breakfasts across the country How can I get involved From individual participation and attendance at the events to involving your business and gaining recognition for your business support for apprenticeships we can all play our part this NAW The primary objective is to educate the community on the positive impact apprenticeships can have on individual apprentices and their employers too as well as the benefits they generate for the wider economy There are so many different ways to get involved find something which is right for you Host an open day at your business or suggest the idea to your boss to publicise the fantastic work and learning that takes place on an apprenticeship course Spread awareness of the event with the official hashtag on social media NAW2018 You can do your part by making a simple post and helping to change the future for apprenticeships Download the graphic from the NAW2018 official website and share it with your friends to raise awareness for the week Give teachers and older school pupils the chance to explore your business and look into the apprenticeship courses you or your company offers for a chance to shape their future For schools and colleges maybe you could make a presentation explaining the benefits of an apprenticeship and look at some of the different trades which offer this qualification With these events and activities ideas plus so many more you re guaranteed to find the perfect idea suited to you this National Apprenticeship Week 69

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72 GOING TO PLACES Going to Places Main photo courtesy of Twycross Zoo

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72 GOING TO PLACES Going to Places Main photo courtesy of Twycross Zoo

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GOING TO PLACES Event Highlights 74 GOING TO PLACES 75 Sport Nottingham Open Tennis As part of the pre Wimbledon calendar between 9 17 June the Nottingham Open Tennis based at the Nottingham Tennis Centre attracts tennis stars from around the world to compete in both women s and men s events Last year saw home favourite Johanna Konta take part with a high calibre of players always guaranteed India and Australia welcomed to Trent Bridge where England take on the cricket giants of Australia and India at historic Trent Bridge this summer in both one day and test match series Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham Hoodwinked A Twist on the Tale Nottingham will host prospective Tokyo Olympians in June for the inaugural Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham Spectators will have the opportunity to witness some of the world s top triathlon quartets swim the River Trent before running and cycling around Victoria Embankment in their attempt to gain the first points on offer to qualify for the Olympics in 2020 Nottingham s favourite hero Robin Hood will take over the summer months as a series of quirky sculptures are expected to pop up across the city centre and surrounding areas Follow this modern day take on the traditional tale as Robin Hood attempts to outwit the villainous Sheriff once more hiding in plain sight through a series of cunning disguises Will the Sheriff spot him or will he be hoodwinked Experience Culture Light Night Back and bigger than ever from 6pm on 23 February Light Night has always attracted visitors of all ages to see the city in a new light as for one evening it is transformed after dark As before there will be interactive lighting installations light displays artworks creative events night markets and live music The Grand Tour Season 3 Not to be confused with the inferior version A partnership of Nottingham Contemporary Chatsworth House Outdoor Adventures Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory Presenting its winter extravaganza Throughout February and March the historic country house will open its doors and invite the public to wander its five acre formal gardens as well as a further 12 acres of snowdrop and beechcovered woodland This year visitors can also enjoy a series of exciting live performances such as outdoor theatrical shows fire and light performances and a guest appearance from the acclaimed Whispering Wood Folk who will perform The Snowdrop Queen in the White Wood a magical tale guaranteed to inspire and delight visitors young and old The Robin Hood Pageant Robin Hood his Merry Men and a whole host of colourful characters will transport visitors back in time to 12th Century Nottingham on 10 11 March The Castle grounds will Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery together with Visit Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District Derbyshire have created a compelling cultural adventure that is a Grand Tour for our own times It offers a chance to see great houses extraordinary art collections and romantic landscapes interpreted anew by some of today s most exciting contemporary artists The House of Fame The end of March will see another season open with the revered Linder Stirling presenting The House of Fame at the Nottingham Contemporary which is part retrospective of her photomontages and performance and part new work created from her recent artist in residency at Chatsworth House the first of its kind at the stately home be transformed into a medieval village encampment with period cooking to sample traditional crafts jesters street theatre music and puppet shows With have a go archery combat Nottingham Poetry Festival Back between 21 29 April curated by UNESCO City of Literature Patron Henry Normal The festival will offer a packed schedule with many events across Nottinghamshire that will feature a great range of local and national Poets Madness of George II The renowned multi awarding drama comes to Nottingham this November starring the Olivier award winner Mark Gatiss The drama tells the story of the demise of King George III as a powerful royal to that of an ill man suffering with an unravelling mind The Nottingham Playhouse s brand new production of this Alan Bennet classic is sure to sell out in Adam Penford s first season at the Theatre demonstrations to watch and a spectacular show of jousting knights and horseback sword fighting as Robin faces off against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham there will be endless fun to be had in this immersive experience Food Drink Nottingham Craft Beer Week Returning 9 16 June with a Craft Beer Festival kicking the week off at Sneinton Market 8 10 June Asking you to discover your new favourite beer this festival isn t just for the beer geek it is for everyone to try out the vast array of beers now on offer Nottingham has a history of brewing with an equally vibrant brewing scene today Craft Beer Week sets out to celebrate this and encourage people to drink quality beer whilst learning about the process from the brewers themselves The Great Food Drink Festival Due to the 28million refurbishment at Nottingham Castle The Great Food Drink Festival will this year take place at the majestic Rufford Abbey on 26 28 May There will be a wide range of food and drink exhibitors from cold foods wine and spirit producers to interior products and gifts The line up will include a variety of cooking and product demonstrations live music and entertainment for children too For all the latest news and a full What s On guide visit www visit nottinghamshire co uk Little Ruggers Nottingham Rugby s award winning Little Ruggers programme is heading to Southwell Rugby Club this spring on Saturday mornings between March 3 May 12 Little Ruggers is a fun rugby based noncontact activity programme targeted at boys and girls aged between 2 and 5 The aims of the sessions are to help improve key basic sporting skills develop agility coordination and balance along with taking part in healthy activities The sessions are led by qualified rugby coaches however parents and guardians are required to guide and take part in the activities to help to develop these skills Southwell RFC is located on Park Lane NG25 0QN with the programme starting at 9am on Saturday 3 March with the 45 minute sessions then continuing each week until Saturday 12 May The cost is just 2 per session per child payable at the start of each session To register your child for the sessions please call Charlotte Harris at the Nottingham Rugby club office on 0115 907 0070 or email charlotte harris nottinghamrugby co uk

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GOING TO PLACES Event Highlights 74 GOING TO PLACES 75 Sport Nottingham Open Tennis As part of the pre Wimbledon calendar between 9 17 June the Nottingham Open Tennis based at the Nottingham Tennis Centre attracts tennis stars from around the world to compete in both women s and men s events Last year saw home favourite Johanna Konta take part with a high calibre of players always guaranteed India and Australia welcomed to Trent Bridge where England take on the cricket giants of Australia and India at historic Trent Bridge this summer in both one day and test match series Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham Hoodwinked A Twist on the Tale Nottingham will host prospective Tokyo Olympians in June for the inaugural Accenture World Triathlon Mixed Relay Nottingham Spectators will have the opportunity to witness some of the world s top triathlon quartets swim the River Trent before running and cycling around Victoria Embankment in their attempt to gain the first points on offer to qualify for the Olympics in 2020 Nottingham s favourite hero Robin Hood will take over the summer months as a series of quirky sculptures are expected to pop up across the city centre and surrounding areas Follow this modern day take on the traditional tale as Robin Hood attempts to outwit the villainous Sheriff once more hiding in plain sight through a series of cunning disguises Will the Sheriff spot him or will he be hoodwinked Experience Culture Light Night Back and bigger than ever from 6pm on 23 February Light Night has always attracted visitors of all ages to see the city in a new light as for one evening it is transformed after dark As before there will be interactive lighting installations light displays artworks creative events night markets and live music The Grand Tour Season 3 Not to be confused with the inferior version A partnership of Nottingham Contemporary Chatsworth House Outdoor Adventures Snowdrops at Hodsock Priory Presenting its winter extravaganza Throughout February and March the historic country house will open its doors and invite the public to wander its five acre formal gardens as well as a further 12 acres of snowdrop and beechcovered woodland This year visitors can also enjoy a series of exciting live performances such as outdoor theatrical shows fire and light performances and a guest appearance from the acclaimed Whispering Wood Folk who will perform The Snowdrop Queen in the White Wood a magical tale guaranteed to inspire and delight visitors young and old The Robin Hood Pageant Robin Hood his Merry Men and a whole host of colourful characters will transport visitors back in time to 12th Century Nottingham on 10 11 March The Castle grounds will Derby Museums and The Harley Gallery together with Visit Nottinghamshire and Visit Peak District Derbyshire have created a compelling cultural adventure that is a Grand Tour for our own times It offers a chance to see great houses extraordinary art collections and romantic landscapes interpreted anew by some of today s most exciting contemporary artists The House of Fame The end of March will see another season open with the revered Linder Stirling presenting The House of Fame at the Nottingham Contemporary which is part retrospective of her photomontages and performance and part new work created from her recent artist in residency at Chatsworth House the first of its kind at the stately home be transformed into a medieval village encampment with period cooking to sample traditional crafts jesters street theatre music and puppet shows With have a go archery combat Nottingham Poetry Festival Back between 21 29 April curated by UNESCO City of Literature Patron Henry Normal The festival will offer a packed schedule with many events across Nottinghamshire that will feature a great range of local and national Poets Madness of George II The renowned multi awarding drama comes to Nottingham this November starring the Olivier award winner Mark Gatiss The drama tells the story of the demise of King George III as a powerful royal to that of an ill man suffering with an unravelling mind The Nottingham Playhouse s brand new production of this Alan Bennet classic is sure to sell out in Adam Penford s first season at the Theatre demonstrations to watch and a spectacular show of jousting knights and horseback sword fighting as Robin faces off against the evil Sheriff of Nottingham there will be endless fun to be had in this immersive experience Food Drink Nottingham Craft Beer Week Returning 9 16 June with a Craft Beer Festival kicking the week off at Sneinton Market 8 10 June Asking you to discover your new favourite beer this festival isn t just for the beer geek it is for everyone to try out the vast array of beers now on offer Nottingham has a history of brewing with an equally vibrant brewing scene today Craft Beer Week sets out to celebrate this and encourage people to drink quality beer whilst learning about the process from the brewers themselves The Great Food Drink Festival Due to the 28million refurbishment at Nottingham Castle The Great Food Drink Festival will this year take place at the majestic Rufford Abbey on 26 28 May There will be a wide range of food and drink exhibitors from cold foods wine and spirit producers to interior products and gifts The line up will include a variety of cooking and product demonstrations live music and entertainment for children too For all the latest news and a full What s On guide visit www visit nottinghamshire co uk Little Ruggers Nottingham Rugby s award winning Little Ruggers programme is heading to Southwell Rugby Club this spring on Saturday mornings between March 3 May 12 Little Ruggers is a fun rugby based noncontact activity programme targeted at boys and girls aged between 2 and 5 The aims of the sessions are to help improve key basic sporting skills develop agility coordination and balance along with taking part in healthy activities The sessions are led by qualified rugby coaches however parents and guardians are required to guide and take part in the activities to help to develop these skills Southwell RFC is located on Park Lane NG25 0QN with the programme starting at 9am on Saturday 3 March with the 45 minute sessions then continuing each week until Saturday 12 May The cost is just 2 per session per child payable at the start of each session To register your child for the sessions please call Charlotte Harris at the Nottingham Rugby club office on 0115 907 0070 or email charlotte harris nottinghamrugby co uk

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GOING TO PLACES Fun for all the family What s on at the farm Car boot Mothering Sunday Car boot Father s Day Mums get in free Treat your mum to afternoon tea booking required Dads get in free March 4th March 11 Mother s Day Easter fun April 1st 2nd Easter Extravaganza no car boot Car boot Sheep Sunday May 6th May 27th Spinning Demonstrations and sheep care demonstrations June 3rd June 17 Father s Day Car boot Teddy bears picnic July 1st Every Tuesday in July Charity fun day Car boot September 9th Stalls bouncy castle etc A small family owned farm There is a variety of animals for you to come and see sheep goats pigs chickens ducks geese alpacas llamas yes llamas and much more There is an outdoor playground and a children s play area inside the barn so rain or shine the kids can have fun Tea Room Our Tea Room and Gift Shop is open to all with no admission price You can simply pop in for coffee lunch or afternoon tea whatever tickles your fancy There is something here for all ages so come down and give us a visit there is even FREE parking as well After being closed for nearly two decades the 18 acres of Rutland Farm Park has reopened First open to the public in 1981 the parks vision was to preserve the park land whilst promoting rare breeds of animals In the farm you can see unusual farm animals including Ryeland sheep and various breeds of pigs poultry and geese From goats and guinea pigs to miniature Shetland ponies llamas and alpacas everyone can find their favourite animal at Rutland Farm Park Perfect for families there is a children s corner where you can feed the sheep and goats a children s play area to ride on tractors a play house to explore and for younger children there is a small soft play area in Here are more fun events happening at Rutland Farm Park Car boot Halloween October 7th October 27th 28th Halloween Dress up for reduced admission Rutland Farm Park Uppingham Road Oakham LE15 6JD enquiries rutlandfarmpark co uk www rutlandfarmpark co uk the barn offering plenty of exciting places to play Many species of birds and wild flowers can also be seen in the park throughout the year as it is in a conservation area There is ample free parking on site and a brand new 30 seater tea room offers a range of food and drink options creating the perfect way to finish your day The gift shop stocks a selection of gifts including toys merchandise local goods locally produced honey with contributions from the farm bees and much more to remember your trip by Car boot nature treasure hunt November 4th Car boot Christmas fun weekend December 2nd 3rd Visit Santa and the Christmas barn For more information visit www rutlandfarmpark co uk 77

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GOING TO PLACES Fun for all the family What s on at the farm Car boot Mothering Sunday Car boot Father s Day Mums get in free Treat your mum to afternoon tea booking required Dads get in free March 4th March 11 Mother s Day Easter fun April 1st 2nd Easter Extravaganza no car boot Car boot Sheep Sunday May 6th May 27th Spinning Demonstrations and sheep care demonstrations June 3rd June 17 Father s Day Car boot Teddy bears picnic July 1st Every Tuesday in July Charity fun day Car boot September 9th Stalls bouncy castle etc A small family owned farm There is a variety of animals for you to come and see sheep goats pigs chickens ducks geese alpacas llamas yes llamas and much more There is an outdoor playground and a children s play area inside the barn so rain or shine the kids can have fun Tea Room Our Tea Room and Gift Shop is open to all with no admission price You can simply pop in for coffee lunch or afternoon tea whatever tickles your fancy There is something here for all ages so come down and give us a visit there is even FREE parking as well After being closed for nearly two decades the 18 acres of Rutland Farm Park has reopened First open to the public in 1981 the parks vision was to preserve the park land whilst promoting rare breeds of animals In the farm you can see unusual farm animals including Ryeland sheep and various breeds of pigs poultry and geese From goats and guinea pigs to miniature Shetland ponies llamas and alpacas everyone can find their favourite animal at Rutland Farm Park Perfect for families there is a children s corner where you can feed the sheep and goats a children s play area to ride on tractors a play house to explore and for younger children there is a small soft play area in Here are more fun events happening at Rutland Farm Park Car boot Halloween October 7th October 27th 28th Halloween Dress up for reduced admission Rutland Farm Park Uppingham Road Oakham LE15 6JD enquiries rutlandfarmpark co uk www rutlandfarmpark co uk the barn offering plenty of exciting places to play Many species of birds and wild flowers can also be seen in the park throughout the year as it is in a conservation area There is ample free parking on site and a brand new 30 seater tea room offers a range of food and drink options creating the perfect way to finish your day The gift shop stocks a selection of gifts including toys merchandise local goods locally produced honey with contributions from the farm bees and much more to remember your trip by Car boot nature treasure hunt November 4th Car boot Christmas fun weekend December 2nd 3rd Visit Santa and the Christmas barn For more information visit www rutlandfarmpark co uk 77

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78 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES 79 Discover the A Fun Day fascinating history of Out For All justice through time Nottingham s famous City of Caves is another key Museum visitor attraction et to s s i 8 1 20 iting c x e n a be the year for tice Jus l a n o i t Na Museum Stonebridge City Farm is a community charity set out to preserve farm animals and bring the countryside to the heart of the city for the whole family to enjoy With free entry for all Stonebridge relies on donations and the generosity of its loyal customers in order to continue providing an intimate up close and personal experience with the loving and friendly farm animals Come and make friends with our animals both large and small Animal handling takes place every day at 11am 12pm and 1 2pm You can enjoy cuddling rabbits guinea pigs and other small animals for only 75p Feed the larger animals for only 50p per bag throughout the day Explore the gorgeous flourishing gardens and follow the farm trail to enjoy all the plants and produce found in the plant beds and polytunnels Let off steam in the outdoor playground suitable for all ages and perfect for a bit of a giggle Day to day actors roam the Museum s prison retelling the stories of those who lived and worked there After launching under its new name last year the Museum is staging major new exhibitions and events over the course of this year while the Arts Council is providing further funding to develop its innovative approaches and programmes At the helm is also a new chief executive Victoria Reeves Victoria is passionate about arts culture and heritage She has worked in heritage for the last 25 years latterly running a collection of Derbyshire properties for the National Trust see photo on the right We are a great attraction here in Nottingham Schools people of all ages and from all walks of life visit us every year I want to build on that said Victoria I want to make sure that even more people can enjoy what we have to offer To know they can have fun to be intrigued to find out more about the history of crime and punishment and to uncover more about law and justice in everyday life Victoria took up her post in January this year Already her sense of purpose and focus promise to take the Museum and its people forward in exciting new directions Victoria Reeves in the new Right to Vote exhibition Picture courtesy of Steve Sulley In the dock the Museum s actors relive the trial of feisty suffragette Eileen Casey Picture courtesy of Steve Sulley Right to Vote a new free exhibition marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 opened at the beginning of February and coming soon is another free exhibition charting the remarkable story of the father of forensic science Sir Bernard Spilsbury In the summer the spotlight will be placed on Superheroes which is also free and looks at the superhero s character arc in the fight against crime Find out more about the National Justice Museum at www nationaljusticemuseum org uk Home cooked meals are available in the on site cafe as well as tea and cake using the farm s own and other local produce for that fresh taste every day Choose food and drinks from the delicious menu for a quick break from the farmyard fun The farm was set up in 1978 and provides a much needed green space in St Ann s As well as providing a great place to visit for the local and wider communities it has a distinctive local identity and a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who care for and respect the environment and community Stone Bridge Road Nottingham NG3 2FR Call 0115 950 5113 or visit the website www stonebridgecityfarm com

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78 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES 79 Discover the A Fun Day fascinating history of Out For All justice through time Nottingham s famous City of Caves is another key Museum visitor attraction et to s s i 8 1 20 iting c x e n a be the year for tice Jus l a n o i t Na Museum Stonebridge City Farm is a community charity set out to preserve farm animals and bring the countryside to the heart of the city for the whole family to enjoy With free entry for all Stonebridge relies on donations and the generosity of its loyal customers in order to continue providing an intimate up close and personal experience with the loving and friendly farm animals Come and make friends with our animals both large and small Animal handling takes place every day at 11am 12pm and 1 2pm You can enjoy cuddling rabbits guinea pigs and other small animals for only 75p Feed the larger animals for only 50p per bag throughout the day Explore the gorgeous flourishing gardens and follow the farm trail to enjoy all the plants and produce found in the plant beds and polytunnels Let off steam in the outdoor playground suitable for all ages and perfect for a bit of a giggle Day to day actors roam the Museum s prison retelling the stories of those who lived and worked there After launching under its new name last year the Museum is staging major new exhibitions and events over the course of this year while the Arts Council is providing further funding to develop its innovative approaches and programmes At the helm is also a new chief executive Victoria Reeves Victoria is passionate about arts culture and heritage She has worked in heritage for the last 25 years latterly running a collection of Derbyshire properties for the National Trust see photo on the right We are a great attraction here in Nottingham Schools people of all ages and from all walks of life visit us every year I want to build on that said Victoria I want to make sure that even more people can enjoy what we have to offer To know they can have fun to be intrigued to find out more about the history of crime and punishment and to uncover more about law and justice in everyday life Victoria took up her post in January this year Already her sense of purpose and focus promise to take the Museum and its people forward in exciting new directions Victoria Reeves in the new Right to Vote exhibition Picture courtesy of Steve Sulley In the dock the Museum s actors relive the trial of feisty suffragette Eileen Casey Picture courtesy of Steve Sulley Right to Vote a new free exhibition marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 opened at the beginning of February and coming soon is another free exhibition charting the remarkable story of the father of forensic science Sir Bernard Spilsbury In the summer the spotlight will be placed on Superheroes which is also free and looks at the superhero s character arc in the fight against crime Find out more about the National Justice Museum at www nationaljusticemuseum org uk Home cooked meals are available in the on site cafe as well as tea and cake using the farm s own and other local produce for that fresh taste every day Choose food and drinks from the delicious menu for a quick break from the farmyard fun The farm was set up in 1978 and provides a much needed green space in St Ann s As well as providing a great place to visit for the local and wider communities it has a distinctive local identity and a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who care for and respect the environment and community Stone Bridge Road Nottingham NG3 2FR Call 0115 950 5113 or visit the website www stonebridgecityfarm com

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GOING TO PLACES 81 e l p o e p d n Puppets a Giant Birds City Arts Hippochondriac Ian Hodgson Dog Stephen Jon For the first time Nottingham is going to have its very own puppet festival a four day celebration of every kind of puppetry in every corner of the city B ringing the city to life from Thursday 22 Sunday 25 March at venues across Nottingham the jampacked event has been designed to celebrate the artistry of puppets and puppetry along with the communities that inspire the stories they tell During the festival puppetry of every kind will be found in all corners of the city from life size mechanised hippos a giant Iron Man inspired by Ted Hughes work and cardboard creatures to beautifully crafted marionettes walking the streets and delicate shadow puppets Local national and international artists both upcoming and old hands will be bringing their talents and demonstrating their skills at locations across the city including the National Videogames Arcade Nottingham Lakeside Arts Broadway Cinema Dance4 and Malt Cross Caves as well as the partner venues Puppets are so good at telling stories in a way that reality can t from the most basic to the most intricate explained David Longford Creative Learning Manager at the Theatre Royal Royal Concert Hall Nottingham One example of just what puppetry can do is War Horse The production s appearance at the Royal Concert Hall was the impetus to do something really special for the city and the communities we serve added David talking about how the idea of a puppet festival for Nottingham came about We want this festival to be for everyone and kicking off at Clifton Library we hope the variety of performances talks and workshops combined with the free drop in and street based events achieve this The mix of shows includes the multi award winning National Theatre production of War Horse latenight puppet cabaret political satire as well as the retelling of classic stories Family fun will run together with talks and workshops for both aspiring puppeteers and professional practitioners Over the past few years puppetry has become more and more popular An artform that was perhaps only thought as for children is now regularly being called upon in high profile award winning theatre TV and film projects and beyond Nottingham Puppet Festival will be a fantastic celebration of the craft and dedication that goes into creating puppetry explained Matthew Forbes Resident Puppetry Director for War Horse and director of one of the Festival shows The Diabolical Mr Punch We want everyone across the city to have the chance to find out for themselves the magic of puppets as well as create a spectacle in the heart of the city explained Alison Denholm Creative Development Manager at City Arts The festival will round off on the Sunday with a vibrant Puppet Parade featuring characters of every shape and size live music special guests members of the public and a few surprises thrown in along the way The full programme festival information and booking for tickets are available at www nottinghampuppetfestival co uk Thunderbirds Are Go Jamie Anderson Puppet Collection Melvyn Rawlinson Cardboard Carnival Lempen Puppet Theatre Company Puppets at Nottingham Trent University

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GOING TO PLACES 81 e l p o e p d n Puppets a Giant Birds City Arts Hippochondriac Ian Hodgson Dog Stephen Jon For the first time Nottingham is going to have its very own puppet festival a four day celebration of every kind of puppetry in every corner of the city B ringing the city to life from Thursday 22 Sunday 25 March at venues across Nottingham the jampacked event has been designed to celebrate the artistry of puppets and puppetry along with the communities that inspire the stories they tell During the festival puppetry of every kind will be found in all corners of the city from life size mechanised hippos a giant Iron Man inspired by Ted Hughes work and cardboard creatures to beautifully crafted marionettes walking the streets and delicate shadow puppets Local national and international artists both upcoming and old hands will be bringing their talents and demonstrating their skills at locations across the city including the National Videogames Arcade Nottingham Lakeside Arts Broadway Cinema Dance4 and Malt Cross Caves as well as the partner venues Puppets are so good at telling stories in a way that reality can t from the most basic to the most intricate explained David Longford Creative Learning Manager at the Theatre Royal Royal Concert Hall Nottingham One example of just what puppetry can do is War Horse The production s appearance at the Royal Concert Hall was the impetus to do something really special for the city and the communities we serve added David talking about how the idea of a puppet festival for Nottingham came about We want this festival to be for everyone and kicking off at Clifton Library we hope the variety of performances talks and workshops combined with the free drop in and street based events achieve this The mix of shows includes the multi award winning National Theatre production of War Horse latenight puppet cabaret political satire as well as the retelling of classic stories Family fun will run together with talks and workshops for both aspiring puppeteers and professional practitioners Over the past few years puppetry has become more and more popular An artform that was perhaps only thought as for children is now regularly being called upon in high profile award winning theatre TV and film projects and beyond Nottingham Puppet Festival will be a fantastic celebration of the craft and dedication that goes into creating puppetry explained Matthew Forbes Resident Puppetry Director for War Horse and director of one of the Festival shows The Diabolical Mr Punch We want everyone across the city to have the chance to find out for themselves the magic of puppets as well as create a spectacle in the heart of the city explained Alison Denholm Creative Development Manager at City Arts The festival will round off on the Sunday with a vibrant Puppet Parade featuring characters of every shape and size live music special guests members of the public and a few surprises thrown in along the way The full programme festival information and booking for tickets are available at www nottinghampuppetfestival co uk Thunderbirds Are Go Jamie Anderson Puppet Collection Melvyn Rawlinson Cardboard Carnival Lempen Puppet Theatre Company Puppets at Nottingham Trent University

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84 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES Feld Entertainment s ice spectacular Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment taking audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations including Radiator Springs from Disney Pixar s Cars Andy s bedroom for some fun with the Disney Pixar s Toy Story 3 gang the underwater kingdom of Ariel from Disney s The Little Mermaid and the wintery landscape of Arendelle from Disney s Frozen As told by Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Donald Duck and Goofy these tales and wondrous destinations will leave the arena spellbound Don t miss the pre show party where Disney Fans will get moving alongside Disney On Ice stars during a new high energy Fit To Dance pre show focused on staying fit by having fun Worlds of Enchantment connects classic and new Disney stories says Producer Kenneth Feld Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars built to scale and live on ice They will see their all time favourites like The Little Mermaid and discover the world of Arendelle with Frozen To be the first to introduce the Frozen story live on ice and to be entrusted with the beloved Toy Story characters is incredible and we are thrilled to bring these heart warming tales to families across the globe says producer Nicole Feld Worlds of Enchantment offers the perfect combination of elements for fans of Disney On 85 Ice From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid along with the phenomenon of Frozen audiences will see four completely different Disney world s brought to life says Kenneth Feld All of this provides a value that is truly unparalleled in the world of live family entertainment More than ever before there s something for everyone Tickets can be booked online at www motorpointarenanottingham com online disney on ice The show will play at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on the following dates 18th 19th and 20th April at 6 30pm Saturday 21st April at 10 30am 2 30pm 6 30pm Sunday 22nd April at 10 30am and 2 30pm

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84 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES Feld Entertainment s ice spectacular Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment taking audiences on a captivating adventure to four magical locations including Radiator Springs from Disney Pixar s Cars Andy s bedroom for some fun with the Disney Pixar s Toy Story 3 gang the underwater kingdom of Ariel from Disney s The Little Mermaid and the wintery landscape of Arendelle from Disney s Frozen As told by Mickey Mouse Minnie Mouse Donald Duck and Goofy these tales and wondrous destinations will leave the arena spellbound Don t miss the pre show party where Disney Fans will get moving alongside Disney On Ice stars during a new high energy Fit To Dance pre show focused on staying fit by having fun Worlds of Enchantment connects classic and new Disney stories says Producer Kenneth Feld Audiences will be blown away in Radiator Springs when they encounter the unforgettable crew of animated cars built to scale and live on ice They will see their all time favourites like The Little Mermaid and discover the world of Arendelle with Frozen To be the first to introduce the Frozen story live on ice and to be entrusted with the beloved Toy Story characters is incredible and we are thrilled to bring these heart warming tales to families across the globe says producer Nicole Feld Worlds of Enchantment offers the perfect combination of elements for fans of Disney On 85 Ice From the contemporary feel of Cars and Toy Story 3 to the timeless quality of The Little Mermaid along with the phenomenon of Frozen audiences will see four completely different Disney world s brought to life says Kenneth Feld All of this provides a value that is truly unparalleled in the world of live family entertainment More than ever before there s something for everyone Tickets can be booked online at www motorpointarenanottingham com online disney on ice The show will play at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on the following dates 18th 19th and 20th April at 6 30pm Saturday 21st April at 10 30am 2 30pm 6 30pm Sunday 22nd April at 10 30am and 2 30pm

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86 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES Have Some Fun This Easter Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 30th March until 15th April Back by popular demand Rufford Abbey Country Park will be holding their Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 30th March until 15th April Get the family together for an exciting afternoon roaming the grounds on the hunt for eggs which the Easter Bunny has left behind Providing a perfect day out for all the family this event is child friendly and invites you to explore the scenic grounds of Rufford Abbey Whilst collecting the colourful eggs you will have a chance to admire the ruins of the Abbey wander around the colourful gardens and relax for afternoon tea or a home cooked lunch on site If the kids want to blow off some steam visit the playground which is fully equipped to create fun for your little ones The self led Easter trail will guide families around the park lake and woodland to find where the fluffy lovable bunnies have hidden the beautifully decorated eggs Open from 10 30am daily trail sheets can be purchased from the Visitors Reception for only 2 per person to track which eggs you have collected When you finish a chocolate egg will be given to each and every participant as a reward for their hard work What are you waiting for the eggs won t find themselves 87

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86 GOING TO PLACES GOING TO PLACES Have Some Fun This Easter Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 30th March until 15th April Back by popular demand Rufford Abbey Country Park will be holding their Annual Easter Egg Hunt from 30th March until 15th April Get the family together for an exciting afternoon roaming the grounds on the hunt for eggs which the Easter Bunny has left behind Providing a perfect day out for all the family this event is child friendly and invites you to explore the scenic grounds of Rufford Abbey Whilst collecting the colourful eggs you will have a chance to admire the ruins of the Abbey wander around the colourful gardens and relax for afternoon tea or a home cooked lunch on site If the kids want to blow off some steam visit the playground which is fully equipped to create fun for your little ones The self led Easter trail will guide families around the park lake and woodland to find where the fluffy lovable bunnies have hidden the beautifully decorated eggs Open from 10 30am daily trail sheets can be purchased from the Visitors Reception for only 2 per person to track which eggs you have collected When you finish a chocolate egg will be given to each and every participant as a reward for their hard work What are you waiting for the eggs won t find themselves 87

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GOING TO PLACES 91 By Helen King Sharpshooter Aspect s Helen King reviews Orston Shooting Ground after experiencing a day of fun filled adventure So whilst many of us think shooting is a rich man s sport that only a certain clientele could ever afford or even have a go at I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Orston Shooting Ground located just outside of Bottesford to see a wide age range of people from children through to adults men and women participating On arriving at the ground both myself and Jenny were a little apprehensive as to what we had let ourselves in for Once we had signed in we were introduced to our instructor Steve who kitted us out with relevant safety glasses and headphones then we were off into the grounds to see if we were any good and if you would have asked me then if I was going to hit any clay pigeons I would have said I doubt it very much We arrived at our first practice cage where Steve spoke to us about the safety aspects of the gun he showed us how to hold it and how to walk around the grounds in a safe manner to fully enjoy the experience I was up first and whilst I had been clay pigeon shooting before many years ago my nerves and my stomach were telling me otherwise Once in the cage Steve was stood by my side explaining what was going to happen and made me feel relaxed I mean I did have a shot gun in my hands I shouted Pull and to my joy I hit the first clay and what a feeling it was I think I m still smiling now You soon get a buzz as you start shouting Pull again and again the more you hit the bigger your smile gets We experienced a wide range of different stands around the grounds which gave us a full experience of what it s like out in the wild shooting the birds and the rabbits Although I have to admit the little clay that represented a rabbit was far too quick for me and it got away this time Once your experience is over there is nothing better than a lovely cup of tea which is available at Orston along with a wide variety of food in Tara s Kitchen Whilst your food is being prepared you are welcome to take a look around the on site shop to stock up on all your shooting equipment or have a chat with other shooters and share stories about all the joy that clay pigeon shooting can bring Orston offer a wide range of facilities from Have a Go which is what we tried to private tuition I think it s a great place for a group of people to experience something different so why not try out one of the group or party options My whole experience was one to remember and I will definitely be back to catch that rabbit Orston Shooting Ground is based in rural Nottinghamshire and is situated on a beautiful 53 acre site with extensive facilities including a modern club house gun shop fully licensed bar and catering facilities Visit Orston Shooting Ground Bottesford Lane Orston Nottinghamshire NG13 9NX Phone 01949 851181 email info orston com website www orston com

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GOING TO PLACES 91 By Helen King Sharpshooter Aspect s Helen King reviews Orston Shooting Ground after experiencing a day of fun filled adventure So whilst many of us think shooting is a rich man s sport that only a certain clientele could ever afford or even have a go at I was pleasantly surprised when visiting Orston Shooting Ground located just outside of Bottesford to see a wide age range of people from children through to adults men and women participating On arriving at the ground both myself and Jenny were a little apprehensive as to what we had let ourselves in for Once we had signed in we were introduced to our instructor Steve who kitted us out with relevant safety glasses and headphones then we were off into the grounds to see if we were any good and if you would have asked me then if I was going to hit any clay pigeons I would have said I doubt it very much We arrived at our first practice cage where Steve spoke to us about the safety aspects of the gun he showed us how to hold it and how to walk around the grounds in a safe manner to fully enjoy the experience I was up first and whilst I had been clay pigeon shooting before many years ago my nerves and my stomach were telling me otherwise Once in the cage Steve was stood by my side explaining what was going to happen and made me feel relaxed I mean I did have a shot gun in my hands I shouted Pull and to my joy I hit the first clay and what a feeling it was I think I m still smiling now You soon get a buzz as you start shouting Pull again and again the more you hit the bigger your smile gets We experienced a wide range of different stands around the grounds which gave us a full experience of what it s like out in the wild shooting the birds and the rabbits Although I have to admit the little clay that represented a rabbit was far too quick for me and it got away this time Once your experience is over there is nothing better than a lovely cup of tea which is available at Orston along with a wide variety of food in Tara s Kitchen Whilst your food is being prepared you are welcome to take a look around the on site shop to stock up on all your shooting equipment or have a chat with other shooters and share stories about all the joy that clay pigeon shooting can bring Orston offer a wide range of facilities from Have a Go which is what we tried to private tuition I think it s a great place for a group of people to experience something different so why not try out one of the group or party options My whole experience was one to remember and I will definitely be back to catch that rabbit Orston Shooting Ground is based in rural Nottinghamshire and is situated on a beautiful 53 acre site with extensive facilities including a modern club house gun shop fully licensed bar and catering facilities Visit Orston Shooting Ground Bottesford Lane Orston Nottinghamshire NG13 9NX Phone 01949 851181 email info orston com website www orston com

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92 GOING TO PLACES Step back in time Sunday 1 Monday 2 April For a taste of nostalgia for the whole family step back in time to 1940 s Britain with Crich Tramway Village near Matlock WWII Home Front Event this Easter Transport enthusiasts will love the historic War time road and military vehicles which will be on show and on the move mingling with vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they wish There will also be a replica Spitfire on display so have those cameras ready War time songs will be performed each day by popular professional entertainers including Jayne Darling Kev Mac and Peter Wayre Sign your children up for the Easter Egg hunt or for the brave there s the Bootcamp Event Organiser Brian Roberts said This is one of our most popular events Visitors can expect air raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft You will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World War General Admission prices are 17 00 for adults 13 00 for seniors aged 60 and 10 00 for children aged 4 15 years A family ticket is available for two adults and up to three children for 40 00 You can save 50p per ticket by booking online at least 24 hours in advance Full priced tickets are valid for 12 months excluding later World War II events or you can take advantage of reduced admission prices for that event day by dressing in 1940 s Home Front costume Crich Tramway Village is open daily from 10 00am 5 30pm last admissions 4 00pm until 2 September 2018 For further information Tel 01773 854321 or visit www tramway co uk

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92 GOING TO PLACES Step back in time Sunday 1 Monday 2 April For a taste of nostalgia for the whole family step back in time to 1940 s Britain with Crich Tramway Village near Matlock WWII Home Front Event this Easter Transport enthusiasts will love the historic War time road and military vehicles which will be on show and on the move mingling with vintage trams which visitors will be able to ride on as often as they wish There will also be a replica Spitfire on display so have those cameras ready War time songs will be performed each day by popular professional entertainers including Jayne Darling Kev Mac and Peter Wayre Sign your children up for the Easter Egg hunt or for the brave there s the Bootcamp Event Organiser Brian Roberts said This is one of our most popular events Visitors can expect air raid warnings and the sound of low flying aircraft You will need your identity card for a real taste of life during the Second World War General Admission prices are 17 00 for adults 13 00 for seniors aged 60 and 10 00 for children aged 4 15 years A family ticket is available for two adults and up to three children for 40 00 You can save 50p per ticket by booking online at least 24 hours in advance Full priced tickets are valid for 12 months excluding later World War II events or you can take advantage of reduced admission prices for that event day by dressing in 1940 s Home Front costume Crich Tramway Village is open daily from 10 00am 5 30pm last admissions 4 00pm until 2 September 2018 For further information Tel 01773 854321 or visit www tramway co uk

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94 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE 95 A Great Escape the beauty of village life from restored buildings which are now restaurants shops and residencies to traditional cobbled streets and architecture The Wolds are a favoured walking spot amongst dedicated hikers and leisurely strollers for its tranquillity and pleasantness The 147 mile long Viking Way runs through the centre of Caistor inviting passers by to stop for a refreshing pint and a hearty meal Grimsby If you re looking for the perfect place to get away head to Lincolnshire for a vast range of scenic countryside fabulous tourist destinations and lots to do and see Choose from a glorious selection of towns all offering different points of interest to their visitors from an educational trip to an active long weekend Whatever you seek from your break Lincolnshire has something for you Learn everything you need to know about some of the most lavish locations in Lincolnshire before you visit in our guide to this gorgeous county Gainsborough crafts Alford s annual Craft Market attracts musicians and artists from all over the country not to mention keen tourists This fabulous location hosts regular events where thousands of visitors gather including the Whitsun Show an August Bank Holiday Festival Jazz Festivals Christmas markets and weekly craft markets plus much more Experience an atmosphere like no other in this beautiful English village The Five Sailed Windmill is a rural gem Enriched with history and culture this river port and market town once played host to Henry VIII in 1541 on his journey to York To this day the 18th century buildings still stand tall preserving the traditional beauty of this quaint market town Now full of shops and cafes this town provides the perfect background for the hustle and bustle of life today whilst still boasting historic jewels such as Gainsborough Old Hall where you can climb to the top of the tower and admire scenic views over the River Trent For a luxurious experience indulge in some retail therapy at Marshall s Yard shopping complex which offers shoppers 29 different stores including restaurants coffee shops and health clubs Alford Set amongst the stunning slopes of the Lincolnshire Wolds the small and charming town of Alford offers visitors and locals a chance to step back in time on the cobbled streets Acting as a hub for treasured arts and attracting visitors as a local landmark from far and wide Enjoy tea in the converted engine house and meander around the antiques shop for an educational day out with the family Woodhall Spa One of the greatest and most popular Victorian spa resorts in the country the waters running through Woodhall Spa offer cleansing properties enriched with natural salts and other elements The Kinema in the woods is one of the few back projection cinemas in the country which even offers light entertainment on an original Compton Organ The Hotchkin Course ranked 43rd World Golf ranking provides a challenge to many top ranking golfers Encased by breathtaking surroundings the landscape offers a tricky yet thrilling game Visit the Cottage Museum which has a Tourist Information Centre to discover more about the village its history and involvement in World War II Head to Jubilee Park for stunning walks and cycling routes or get active with a game of tennis bowling or cricket For something to entertain the kids play in the heated outdoor swimming pool or children s play area Grantham Sitting on the border between the East Midlands and Lincolnshire Grantham provides the perfect basis to explore the rolling hills of the countryside with easy access to a retail paradise where you can find shops and restaurants galore Recognised as the birthplace of famous and influential figures Grantham is home to female former president Margaret Thatcher and worldwide renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton both of whom are commemorated in Grantham Museum alongside aviation and War history Grantham offers lots of things to see and learn from landmarks such as the spire of St Wulfram s Church and the Victorian clock tower to the pleasure of the River Witham which flows through the town For a family day out visit National Trust properties Belton House Easton Walled Gardens Ellys Manor or Belvoir Castle Caistor With a history dating back prior to Roman times the endearing market town of Caistor provides an attractive and unique mix of architecture from the Georgian and Victorian eras Nestled on the hillside at the edge of the Wolds Caistor is ideally located for the best of bustling daily life combined with serene countryside The centre of the town encapsulates Once the world s largest fishing port Grimsby is now a lively town full of history and heritage waiting to be explored Whether you prefer fascinating afternoons wandering around museums and galleries or a retail session and a bite to eat Grimsby has something for everyone Freshney Place is Lincolnshire s largest shopping centre and it provides shoppers with an extensive range of brands from high street stores to independent and local retailers Head to Abbeygate for a fabulous selection of boutiques for men and women as well as great places to dine Discover the history of the town at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and pose as a crew member to experience the sights smells and sounds of a boat trip in the 1950 s Finish your authentic experience with traditional fish and chips on the beach Horncastle Located between two rivers Waring and Bain the Roman town of Horncastle hides lots of rich history and culture What was once a flourishing town in the Middle Ages is now overflowing with antique shops furniture stores and other locations which commemorate the past With the ease of access via railway and the close proximity of everything you need you can stroll through the town centre and find everything you might desire From traditional public houses for pub grub refreshing drinks and live music in pretty beer gardens to stores grocery shops and 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94 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE 95 A Great Escape the beauty of village life from restored buildings which are now restaurants shops and residencies to traditional cobbled streets and architecture The Wolds are a favoured walking spot amongst dedicated hikers and leisurely strollers for its tranquillity and pleasantness The 147 mile long Viking Way runs through the centre of Caistor inviting passers by to stop for a refreshing pint and a hearty meal Grimsby If you re looking for the perfect place to get away head to Lincolnshire for a vast range of scenic countryside fabulous tourist destinations and lots to do and see Choose from a glorious selection of towns all offering different points of interest to their visitors from an educational trip to an active long weekend Whatever you seek from your break Lincolnshire has something for you Learn everything you need to know about some of the most lavish locations in Lincolnshire before you visit in our guide to this gorgeous county Gainsborough crafts Alford s annual Craft Market attracts musicians and artists from all over the country not to mention keen tourists This fabulous location hosts regular events where thousands of visitors gather including the Whitsun Show an August Bank Holiday Festival Jazz Festivals Christmas markets and weekly craft markets plus much more Experience an atmosphere like no other in this beautiful English village The Five Sailed Windmill is a rural gem Enriched with history and culture this river port and market town once played host to Henry VIII in 1541 on his journey to York To this day the 18th century buildings still stand tall preserving the traditional beauty of this quaint market town Now full of shops and cafes this town provides the perfect background for the hustle and bustle of life today whilst still boasting historic jewels such as Gainsborough Old Hall where you can climb to the top of the tower and admire scenic views over the River Trent For a luxurious experience indulge in some retail therapy at Marshall s Yard shopping complex which offers shoppers 29 different stores including restaurants coffee shops and health clubs Alford Set amongst the stunning slopes of the Lincolnshire Wolds the small and charming town of Alford offers visitors and locals a chance to step back in time on the cobbled streets Acting as a hub for treasured arts and attracting visitors as a local landmark from far and wide Enjoy tea in the converted engine house and meander around the antiques shop for an educational day out with the family Woodhall Spa One of the greatest and most popular Victorian spa resorts in the country the waters running through Woodhall Spa offer cleansing properties enriched with natural salts and other elements The Kinema in the woods is one of the few back projection cinemas in the country which even offers light entertainment on an original Compton Organ The Hotchkin Course ranked 43rd World Golf ranking provides a challenge to many top ranking golfers Encased by breathtaking surroundings the landscape offers a tricky yet thrilling game Visit the Cottage Museum which has a Tourist Information Centre to discover more about the village its history and involvement in World War II Head to Jubilee Park for stunning walks and cycling routes or get active with a game of tennis bowling or cricket For something to entertain the kids play in the heated outdoor swimming pool or children s play area Grantham Sitting on the border between the East Midlands and Lincolnshire Grantham provides the perfect basis to explore the rolling hills of the countryside with easy access to a retail paradise where you can find shops and restaurants galore Recognised as the birthplace of famous and influential figures Grantham is home to female former president Margaret Thatcher and worldwide renowned scientist Sir Isaac Newton both of whom are commemorated in Grantham Museum alongside aviation and War history Grantham offers lots of things to see and learn from landmarks such as the spire of St Wulfram s Church and the Victorian clock tower to the pleasure of the River Witham which flows through the town For a family day out visit National Trust properties Belton House Easton Walled Gardens Ellys Manor or Belvoir Castle Caistor With a history dating back prior to Roman times the endearing market town of Caistor provides an attractive and unique mix of architecture from the Georgian and Victorian eras Nestled on the hillside at the edge of the Wolds Caistor is ideally located for the best of bustling daily life combined with serene countryside The centre of the town encapsulates Once the world s largest fishing port Grimsby is now a lively town full of history and heritage waiting to be explored Whether you prefer fascinating afternoons wandering around museums and galleries or a retail session and a bite to eat Grimsby has something for everyone Freshney Place is Lincolnshire s largest shopping centre and it provides shoppers with an extensive range of brands from high street stores to independent and local retailers Head to Abbeygate for a fabulous selection of boutiques for men and women as well as great places to dine Discover the history of the town at Grimsby Fishing Heritage Centre and pose as a crew member to experience the sights smells and sounds of a boat trip in the 1950 s Finish your authentic experience with traditional fish and chips on the beach Horncastle Located between two rivers Waring and Bain the Roman town of Horncastle hides lots of rich history and culture What was once a flourishing town in the Middle Ages is now overflowing with antique shops furniture stores and other locations which commemorate the past With the ease of access via railway and the close proximity of everything you need you can stroll through the town centre and find everything you might desire From traditional public houses for pub grub refreshing drinks and live music in pretty beer gardens to stores grocery shops and newsagents which all showcase original 18th 19th century buildings The weekly markets are unmissable purchase local Lincolnshire produce including plumbread and poacher cheese Continued ON page 97

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96 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE Continued from page 95 Skegness Fancy a trip to the beach Skegness is best known for its lively seaside atmosphere which attracts millions of visitors every year The golden sands stunning caravanning and camping sites along with the famous Fantasy Island theme park are just a few fantastic assets that make up this seaside paradise From bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels for those spontaneous long weekends to renting a caravan or holiday home for a bit more personal space Skegness has something to suit everyone s fancy including a Butlins resort Visit the Tower Gardens for a stroll amongst the flowers and get involved with the free events and activities for kids hosted all year round For an exciting alternative head to Fantasy Island theme park for a selection of rides fun fair snacks and exciting markets full of souvenirs to take home with you For younger children try donkey rides on the beach or a trip to Natureland to admire the baby seals and penguins Lincoln Offering a bustling city atmosphere perfect for a day out Lincoln is home to everything from relaxing retail therapy to an exciting history lesson The city s most prized gem is Lincoln Cathedral a fine example of Gothic architecture in the heart of Lincolnshire Located opposite across a picturesque square is the Castle both of these buildings play a huge part in Lincoln s rich heritage and are available to visit The Collection the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and Lincoln Guildhall are just some of the attractions across the city which reveal more of Lincoln s history dating back to Medieval times A vibrant high street with shops restaurants and independent businesses makes Lincoln a top tourist destination The shopping centre is home to well known brands we all love as well as some new and exciting names Relax with a beer in the pub or experience fine dining with delightful waterside views Louth As the capital of the Wolds Louth is the heart of the countryside and lives up to its name by offering a thriving agriculture and product base From award winning butchers and grocers to bakeries and more you ll find something to satisfy your taste buds at Louth market Visit St James Spire a 500 year old 295 foot high church which crowns the town of Louth Perhaps venture to Hubbard s Hills an area of naturally formed parkland sat on the edge of the town that provides a gorgeous place to take the dog plan a picnic or enjoy a stroll in the tranquillity The local farmers and markets deliver fresh and delicious produce to the area regularly from eggs and meat to vegetables and more

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96 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE Continued from page 95 Skegness Fancy a trip to the beach Skegness is best known for its lively seaside atmosphere which attracts millions of visitors every year The golden sands stunning caravanning and camping sites along with the famous Fantasy Island theme park are just a few fantastic assets that make up this seaside paradise From bed and breakfasts and luxury hotels for those spontaneous long weekends to renting a caravan or holiday home for a bit more personal space Skegness has something to suit everyone s fancy including a Butlins resort Visit the Tower Gardens for a stroll amongst the flowers and get involved with the free events and activities for kids hosted all year round For an exciting alternative head to Fantasy Island theme park for a selection of rides fun fair snacks and exciting markets full of souvenirs to take home with you For younger children try donkey rides on the beach or a trip to Natureland to admire the baby seals and penguins Lincoln Offering a bustling city atmosphere perfect for a day out Lincoln is home to everything from relaxing retail therapy to an exciting history lesson The city s most prized gem is Lincoln Cathedral a fine example of Gothic architecture in the heart of Lincolnshire Located opposite across a picturesque square is the Castle both of these buildings play a huge part in Lincoln s rich heritage and are available to visit The Collection the Museum of Lincolnshire Life and Lincoln Guildhall are just some of the attractions across the city which reveal more of Lincoln s history dating back to Medieval times A vibrant high street with shops restaurants and independent businesses makes Lincoln a top tourist destination The shopping centre is home to well known brands we all love as well as some new and exciting names Relax with a beer in the pub or experience fine dining with delightful waterside views Louth As the capital of the Wolds Louth is the heart of the countryside and lives up to its name by offering a thriving agriculture and product base From award winning butchers and grocers to bakeries and more you ll find something to satisfy your taste buds at Louth market Visit St James Spire a 500 year old 295 foot high church which crowns the town of Louth Perhaps venture to Hubbard s Hills an area of naturally formed parkland sat on the edge of the town that provides a gorgeous place to take the dog plan a picnic or enjoy a stroll in the tranquillity The local farmers and markets deliver fresh and delicious produce to the area regularly from eggs and meat to vegetables and more

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VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall The Gardens at Elizabethan Doddington Hall opened for the new season on Sunday 11 February It s a chance to enjoy a pageant of bulbs the delicate the bold and the rare throughout the Gardens heralding the start of spring and the reawakening of the soil in preparation for the warmth of summer The visitor is rewarded with the blissfully pretty and romantic sight of a sleepy garden during one of its prettiest periods Drifts of naturalised Lent Lilies and Dove s Wing set the backdrop for the last bulb in the procession Daffodils along with other native spring flowers such as Scilla Etrythonium and Cyclamen Many of the winter flowering shrubs in flower at the same time as the bulbs have a delightful scent to reawaken the senses In the Wild Gardens snowdrops are at the head of the procession with drifts of bright pink Cyclamen Coum and delicately coloured Crocus Thomasianus continuing through March and early April with Dog s Tooth Violets Aconites and Snake Head Fritillaries until May In the Walled West Garden and at one or two key spots in the Wild Garden there are also more than 20 unusual elegant and beautiful heritage varieties of Edwardian Daffodil The Garden quietly shares its gentle riot of small fragile bulbs during its most still months pops of colour appear amongst the moss and sleeping garden ground under trees and alongside paths The heritage varieties are all smaller and more delicate than today s popular varieties often with more petals a longer trumpet or frilly edges Spring Bulb Pageant Gardens open 11 Feb 1 Apr Sundays only 11am 4 30pm Admission applies For more information please visit www doddingtonhall com or call 01522 694 308 101

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VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE Spring Bulb Pageant at Doddington Hall The Gardens at Elizabethan Doddington Hall opened for the new season on Sunday 11 February It s a chance to enjoy a pageant of bulbs the delicate the bold and the rare throughout the Gardens heralding the start of spring and the reawakening of the soil in preparation for the warmth of summer The visitor is rewarded with the blissfully pretty and romantic sight of a sleepy garden during one of its prettiest periods Drifts of naturalised Lent Lilies and Dove s Wing set the backdrop for the last bulb in the procession Daffodils along with other native spring flowers such as Scilla Etrythonium and Cyclamen Many of the winter flowering shrubs in flower at the same time as the bulbs have a delightful scent to reawaken the senses In the Wild Gardens snowdrops are at the head of the procession with drifts of bright pink Cyclamen Coum and delicately coloured Crocus Thomasianus continuing through March and early April with Dog s Tooth Violets Aconites and Snake Head Fritillaries until May In the Walled West Garden and at one or two key spots in the Wild Garden there are also more than 20 unusual elegant and beautiful heritage varieties of Edwardian Daffodil The Garden quietly shares its gentle riot of small fragile bulbs during its most still months pops of colour appear amongst the moss and sleeping garden ground under trees and alongside paths The heritage varieties are all smaller and more delicate than today s popular varieties often with more petals a longer trumpet or frilly edges Spring Bulb Pageant Gardens open 11 Feb 1 Apr Sundays only 11am 4 30pm Admission applies For more information please visit www doddingtonhall com or call 01522 694 308 101

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102 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE A Home for Horses and Animals Northcote is a small but dedicated animal charity based near Skegness in Lincolnshire caring for horses and animals in a very unique way The centre relies on funds donations and volunteers to keep the animal welfare charity and visitor attractions open The team at Northcote encourage the horses to work for their means meaning they actively take part in fundraising events weddings hands on experience days and lots of other activities to help raise money for the animals With a drive to give horses the respect Some of the activities coming up in 2018 include Medieval Tournament Sunday 27 May Sunday 19th August An exciting and fun family day out meeting the horses whilst being entertained by the Knights of Northcote Medieval Banquet Saturday evening 21 July A great evening of entertainment food and merriment You ll be provided with a full dinner and dessert whilst watching the jesters and more Horses Through The Ages Sunday 24 June A costumed event depicting how horses have been worked through the ages Moving or Improving dignity and love they deserve the Northcote team is currently looking for more committed volunteers to help contribute to the charity and its services Volunteer manager Terena Bolem said As we are only small we need more help from dedicated volunteers A knowledge of horses isn t needed as there are lots of roles and we can provide training Any help towards raising our urgently needed funds would be vastly appreciated There are volunteer roles available in all sectors from running the tea room and shop to maintenance roles for the grounds and facilities To find out more about the events or apply for a volunteer role at Northcote contact Terena on 07899 815960 or email northcotehorses gmail com We are open for Easter from Sunday 1 April Thursday 5 April and then will be open every Wednesday and Thursday following these dates Photos courtesy of Belvoir Interiors Berry Hill Apartments Avant Homes and True Love Property

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102 VISIT LINCOLNSHIRE A Home for Horses and Animals Northcote is a small but dedicated animal charity based near Skegness in Lincolnshire caring for horses and animals in a very unique way The centre relies on funds donations and volunteers to keep the animal welfare charity and visitor attractions open The team at Northcote encourage the horses to work for their means meaning they actively take part in fundraising events weddings hands on experience days and lots of other activities to help raise money for the animals With a drive to give horses the respect Some of the activities coming up in 2018 include Medieval Tournament Sunday 27 May Sunday 19th August An exciting and fun family day out meeting the horses whilst being entertained by the Knights of Northcote Medieval Banquet Saturday evening 21 July A great evening of entertainment food and merriment You ll be provided with a full dinner and dessert whilst watching the jesters and more Horses Through The Ages Sunday 24 June A costumed event depicting how horses have been worked through the ages Moving or Improving dignity and love they deserve the Northcote team is currently looking for more committed volunteers to help contribute to the charity and its services Volunteer manager Terena Bolem said As we are only small we need more help from dedicated volunteers A knowledge of horses isn t needed as there are lots of roles and we can provide training Any help towards raising our urgently needed funds would be vastly appreciated There are volunteer roles available in all sectors from running the tea room and shop to maintenance roles for the grounds and facilities To find out more about the events or apply for a volunteer role at Northcote contact Terena on 07899 815960 or email northcotehorses gmail com We are open for Easter from Sunday 1 April Thursday 5 April and then will be open every Wednesday and Thursday following these dates Photos courtesy of Belvoir Interiors Berry Hill Apartments Avant Homes and True Love Property

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104 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING By The Interiors Lady Bringing fresh spring blooms into your home January has been a long dark month and although it s a great time to snuggle up and stay cosy I for one am ready for some longer lighter days and some signs that spring is on its way Getting Hands On According to a new study from Bosch Home and Garden six out of ten Nottingham residents struggle with DIY and have given up hope of ever being able to do it As a result Bosch Home and Garden have launched a Pass It On campaign to encourage the next generation to become amateur DIY ers in their homes Researchers polled 1 500 Brits and discovered that 43 of Nottingham residents have resigned themselves to being hopeless around the house with a further 29 admitting they have never put up a shelf and 25 insist they can t even change a plug Seriously The next generation not only find themselves at a loose end when it comes to small homely fix ups but 28 also admit to still asking their parents for practical and decorative help after having left home DIY jobs that Brits today won t tackle include re tiling the bathroom cleaning out the guttering hanging wallpaper and fixing a dripping tap as well as much smaller and simpler jobs such as fitting a new light putting on a new toilet seat or putting up a shelf some won t even tackle assembling flat pack furniture The launch of the Pass It On campaign aims to inspire Brits to master basic home maintenance with the help of a new inspiration hub allaboutdiy com This easy to use website carries essential DIY and gardening knowledge to consumers whilst providing expert step by step guides DIY advice and detailed projects to help people to make items for themselves giving the confidence they need to get hands on With 37 of Brits admitting to never learning any practical skills from their parents or grandparents and nearly half saying the previous generation was far more practically minded than they are it s definitely time for a change A spokesperson for Bosch Home and Garden said We have been concerned that as a nation we haven t been passing DIY skills on to the next generation and this research confirms the urgent need for our Pass it On campaign Many adults are lacking the basics and it s our role as market leader to help re educate the nation and encourage inspire and enable generations to pass on those DIY skills in 2018 and beyond By pledging to learn a new skill or sharing an existing one we re encouraging people to pass on their DIY knowledge and expertise to generations to come so that the nation can be proud of their own home improvements and gain that sense of satisfaction and personal achievement To help dive into some new essential DIY and gardening skills take a look at the website allaboutdiy com and get inspired This DIY hub will help you to find step bystep guides DIY hints and tips and seasonal projects Once you have the skills share your knowledge get to a department store and get hands on I can never resist having some fresh spring blooms in the house and Tulips are usually the first on my list of seasonal favourites Tulips can sometimes be a challenge to arrange as cut Tulips always tend to droop so my advice is to keep them tightly wrapped in paper until you re ready to arrange them Make sure that the vase is very clean and fill approximately 1 3 of it with fresh water at room temperature If you have a sachet of flower food it s a good idea to add this to the water as it s packed with nutrients and will ensure that your blooms thrive If you don t have any flower food there are plenty of old wives tales such as adding an aspirin or half a glass of lemonade to the water I haven t personally tried these tips but have made my own flower food by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 to 5 drops of bleach to 1 litre of water and it seemed to do the trick Unwrap your flowers and using the vase as a gauge for how much of the stem you might want to remove cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife so that they don t stand flat in the bottom of the vase Always remove any leaves that will come below the water level to prevent rotting too Tulips continue to grow once cut so make sure to recut the stems after a couple of days and refresh the water and food Try to void placing the vase close to radiators too as this will reduce the bloom time If your Tulips droop their heads I always think that this is part of their charm you can insert a pin through the stem just below the flower head and then remove it releasing the air so that the water can flow through the stem again For more tips and advice on all things home follow me on social media theinteriorslady 105

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104 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING By The Interiors Lady Bringing fresh spring blooms into your home January has been a long dark month and although it s a great time to snuggle up and stay cosy I for one am ready for some longer lighter days and some signs that spring is on its way Getting Hands On According to a new study from Bosch Home and Garden six out of ten Nottingham residents struggle with DIY and have given up hope of ever being able to do it As a result Bosch Home and Garden have launched a Pass It On campaign to encourage the next generation to become amateur DIY ers in their homes Researchers polled 1 500 Brits and discovered that 43 of Nottingham residents have resigned themselves to being hopeless around the house with a further 29 admitting they have never put up a shelf and 25 insist they can t even change a plug Seriously The next generation not only find themselves at a loose end when it comes to small homely fix ups but 28 also admit to still asking their parents for practical and decorative help after having left home DIY jobs that Brits today won t tackle include re tiling the bathroom cleaning out the guttering hanging wallpaper and fixing a dripping tap as well as much smaller and simpler jobs such as fitting a new light putting on a new toilet seat or putting up a shelf some won t even tackle assembling flat pack furniture The launch of the Pass It On campaign aims to inspire Brits to master basic home maintenance with the help of a new inspiration hub allaboutdiy com This easy to use website carries essential DIY and gardening knowledge to consumers whilst providing expert step by step guides DIY advice and detailed projects to help people to make items for themselves giving the confidence they need to get hands on With 37 of Brits admitting to never learning any practical skills from their parents or grandparents and nearly half saying the previous generation was far more practically minded than they are it s definitely time for a change A spokesperson for Bosch Home and Garden said We have been concerned that as a nation we haven t been passing DIY skills on to the next generation and this research confirms the urgent need for our Pass it On campaign Many adults are lacking the basics and it s our role as market leader to help re educate the nation and encourage inspire and enable generations to pass on those DIY skills in 2018 and beyond By pledging to learn a new skill or sharing an existing one we re encouraging people to pass on their DIY knowledge and expertise to generations to come so that the nation can be proud of their own home improvements and gain that sense of satisfaction and personal achievement To help dive into some new essential DIY and gardening skills take a look at the website allaboutdiy com and get inspired This DIY hub will help you to find step bystep guides DIY hints and tips and seasonal projects Once you have the skills share your knowledge get to a department store and get hands on I can never resist having some fresh spring blooms in the house and Tulips are usually the first on my list of seasonal favourites Tulips can sometimes be a challenge to arrange as cut Tulips always tend to droop so my advice is to keep them tightly wrapped in paper until you re ready to arrange them Make sure that the vase is very clean and fill approximately 1 3 of it with fresh water at room temperature If you have a sachet of flower food it s a good idea to add this to the water as it s packed with nutrients and will ensure that your blooms thrive If you don t have any flower food there are plenty of old wives tales such as adding an aspirin or half a glass of lemonade to the water I haven t personally tried these tips but have made my own flower food by adding 1 tablespoon of vinegar 1 teaspoon of sugar and 3 to 5 drops of bleach to 1 litre of water and it seemed to do the trick Unwrap your flowers and using the vase as a gauge for how much of the stem you might want to remove cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife so that they don t stand flat in the bottom of the vase Always remove any leaves that will come below the water level to prevent rotting too Tulips continue to grow once cut so make sure to recut the stems after a couple of days and refresh the water and food Try to void placing the vase close to radiators too as this will reduce the bloom time If your Tulips droop their heads I always think that this is part of their charm you can insert a pin through the stem just below the flower head and then remove it releasing the air so that the water can flow through the stem again For more tips and advice on all things home follow me on social media theinteriorslady 105

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MOVING OR IMPROVING 107 Beautifully Designed Kitchens The kitchen is the heart of the home It is where we prepare meals entertain guests and dine with friends and family Designed for functionality as well as style your dream kitchen should be something that fits in perfectly with your lifestyle and home d cor Offering kitchens for every budget and style from traditional shaker kitchens to modern high gloss you can put your ideas into practice with the design specialists at Belvoir Interiors to create something tailored to you Belvoir Interiors Ltd was founded over 45 years ago and has sold kitchens and household interiors for the previous 25 They sell a wide variety of Kitchens including Kuhlmann Beeck RWK and Prentice Kitchens The specialists also sell a wide variety of sinks and taps including Quooker Zip Franke Blanco 1810 Perrin Rowe Kohler and many others Belvoir Interiors can also provide all styles and colours of worktop including Silestone Dekton Granite Corian Glass and have recently started to sell Concrete tops Located in Newark Nottinghamshire on the Lincolnshire border Belvoir Interiors have a large showroom with over 20 displays of fitted kitchens sliding bedroom doors and fitted office furniture All of the kitchens at Belvoir Interiors are fully bespoke and they offer kitchens for every budget and style to help you find the perfect kitchen for you For any information you require on any of the products or services mentioned please contact Belvoir Interiors on 01636 705892 or email info belvoirinteriors com

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MOVING OR IMPROVING 107 Beautifully Designed Kitchens The kitchen is the heart of the home It is where we prepare meals entertain guests and dine with friends and family Designed for functionality as well as style your dream kitchen should be something that fits in perfectly with your lifestyle and home d cor Offering kitchens for every budget and style from traditional shaker kitchens to modern high gloss you can put your ideas into practice with the design specialists at Belvoir Interiors to create something tailored to you Belvoir Interiors Ltd was founded over 45 years ago and has sold kitchens and household interiors for the previous 25 They sell a wide variety of Kitchens including Kuhlmann Beeck RWK and Prentice Kitchens The specialists also sell a wide variety of sinks and taps including Quooker Zip Franke Blanco 1810 Perrin Rowe Kohler and many others Belvoir Interiors can also provide all styles and colours of worktop including Silestone Dekton Granite Corian Glass and have recently started to sell Concrete tops Located in Newark Nottinghamshire on the Lincolnshire border Belvoir Interiors have a large showroom with over 20 displays of fitted kitchens sliding bedroom doors and fitted office furniture All of the kitchens at Belvoir Interiors are fully bespoke and they offer kitchens for every budget and style to help you find the perfect kitchen for you For any information you require on any of the products or services mentioned please contact Belvoir Interiors on 01636 705892 or email info belvoirinteriors com

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MOVING OR IMPROVING This Year s Biggest Bathroom Trends 109 A monochrome colour palette gold and brass detailing and vanity basins are all topping the list for on trend looks for the bathroom in 2018 Monochrome is a traditional scheme for bathrooms but can be jazzed up with metallic detailing and bold patterns It also exudes luxury and relaxation and can be mixed in with shades of grey for an extra touch Gold and brass details Chrome is taking a step back in 2018 with gold and brass being the new colours for your taps and bathroom fixtures Sleek and minimal designs will ensure the look is kept up to date The metallic detailing also pairs perfectly with a subtle monochrome colour palette Metal framing Rather than stick with minimal glass shower frames showers are getting a darker highlight this year with black metallic framing This simple detailing adds a linear architectural look to the bathroom and paired with monochrome tiling and marble surfaces gives a very high end finish If you prefer the industrial look match with simple white metro tiles Vanity basins It s no longer about the bath or the shower the basin is the focal point of the bathroom in 2018 Think marble bench tops and painted vanity units with the colour blue predicted to be a popular choice for this year These are then paired with either statement stone basins or classic white ceramic basins If you also want to add a modern feel opt for a shallow basin nteriors are saying farewell to accent colours and bright displays and instead are turning to simple shades of black white and grey When it comes to fixtures chrome is also taking a backseat with gold and brass detailing taking centre stage as well as black metal shower frames Midlands based bathroom specialist Willbond has four showrooms across the region in Nottingham Derby Grantham and Chesterfield The company has been designing and supplying quality bathrooms since 1896 and are experts in helping customers arrive at their perfect design no matter their taste or budget Lisa Jepson from Willbond Bathrooms said 2018 I is the perfect time to give your bathroom a bit of a revamp and a fresh look This year we re seeing a move to monochrome alongside dashes of bright metallics such as gold and brass It s also all about creating a sense of the outdoors in your bathroom by adding fresh foliage and indoor plants These are an easy way to freshen up your space Here are the top trends for the bathroom this year Monochrome scheme Black and white is a permanent classy colour scheme and is top of the list for 2018 Bringing the outdoors indoors House plants thrive in the bathroom due to the low lighting and high humidity and an injection of foliage is the perfect way to breathe life into a functional and sterile bathroom For easy maintenance but high plumage opt for plants such as orchids spider plants bamboo ferns ivy and aloe vera

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MOVING OR IMPROVING This Year s Biggest Bathroom Trends 109 A monochrome colour palette gold and brass detailing and vanity basins are all topping the list for on trend looks for the bathroom in 2018 Monochrome is a traditional scheme for bathrooms but can be jazzed up with metallic detailing and bold patterns It also exudes luxury and relaxation and can be mixed in with shades of grey for an extra touch Gold and brass details Chrome is taking a step back in 2018 with gold and brass being the new colours for your taps and bathroom fixtures Sleek and minimal designs will ensure the look is kept up to date The metallic detailing also pairs perfectly with a subtle monochrome colour palette Metal framing Rather than stick with minimal glass shower frames showers are getting a darker highlight this year with black metallic framing This simple detailing adds a linear architectural look to the bathroom and paired with monochrome tiling and marble surfaces gives a very high end finish If you prefer the industrial look match with simple white metro tiles Vanity basins It s no longer about the bath or the shower the basin is the focal point of the bathroom in 2018 Think marble bench tops and painted vanity units with the colour blue predicted to be a popular choice for this year These are then paired with either statement stone basins or classic white ceramic basins If you also want to add a modern feel opt for a shallow basin nteriors are saying farewell to accent colours and bright displays and instead are turning to simple shades of black white and grey When it comes to fixtures chrome is also taking a backseat with gold and brass detailing taking centre stage as well as black metal shower frames Midlands based bathroom specialist Willbond has four showrooms across the region in Nottingham Derby Grantham and Chesterfield The company has been designing and supplying quality bathrooms since 1896 and are experts in helping customers arrive at their perfect design no matter their taste or budget Lisa Jepson from Willbond Bathrooms said 2018 I is the perfect time to give your bathroom a bit of a revamp and a fresh look This year we re seeing a move to monochrome alongside dashes of bright metallics such as gold and brass It s also all about creating a sense of the outdoors in your bathroom by adding fresh foliage and indoor plants These are an easy way to freshen up your space Here are the top trends for the bathroom this year Monochrome scheme Black and white is a permanent classy colour scheme and is top of the list for 2018 Bringing the outdoors indoors House plants thrive in the bathroom due to the low lighting and high humidity and an injection of foliage is the perfect way to breathe life into a functional and sterile bathroom For easy maintenance but high plumage opt for plants such as orchids spider plants bamboo ferns ivy and aloe vera

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110 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING 111 Garden Living More space This is pretty high on anyone s wish list when it comes to home improvements But space can come with a hefty price tag the traditional extension often means expensive building work planning permission and upheaval In recent years however garden buildings have exploded in the UK market providing a cost effective stress free and stylish alternative Used by savvy homeowners as offices dining rooms private gyms or playrooms garden buildings can give you that space you ve always dreamed of for a fraction of the cost of an extension With so many to choose from we spoke to garden buildings experts www shedstore co uk who specialise in beautiful stylish and practical exterior rooms to suit every budget garden and taste An office with a view Log cabins are a popular choice for exterior space particularly for those who are looking to create a home office says www shedstore co uk If you re currently working out of a spare bedroom setting up a dedicated home office in a log cabin will enable you to work effectively away from the distractions of your household and mean you get your spare room back Working in a high quality building surrounded by your beautiful garden is a definite step to a healthier work life balance Log cabins are also a great space for entertaining particularly in the summer months when a veranda means you can really bring the outside in Playtime Another popular use for garden buildings is as a playroom providing children with an imaginative and independent place to play and explore and space to store the plethora of toys and games Playhouses are a child s dream with many on the market including charming features such as Georgian style windows rustic door furniture scalloped barge doors and stable doors says shedstore co uk Larger playhouses even feature two storeys verandas and slides to really increase the wow and fun factor Fitness factor Who wants to trek all the way to the gym after a day s work Not us Especially when instead you could wander through your garden to your very own state of the art private gym That sounds more like it Shedstore co uk is a leading online retailer of quality garden buildings sheds and storage offering one of the largest selections sourced from the UK s top manufacturers Call 0333 003 0518 for friendly and helpful advice

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110 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING 111 Garden Living More space This is pretty high on anyone s wish list when it comes to home improvements But space can come with a hefty price tag the traditional extension often means expensive building work planning permission and upheaval In recent years however garden buildings have exploded in the UK market providing a cost effective stress free and stylish alternative Used by savvy homeowners as offices dining rooms private gyms or playrooms garden buildings can give you that space you ve always dreamed of for a fraction of the cost of an extension With so many to choose from we spoke to garden buildings experts www shedstore co uk who specialise in beautiful stylish and practical exterior rooms to suit every budget garden and taste An office with a view Log cabins are a popular choice for exterior space particularly for those who are looking to create a home office says www shedstore co uk If you re currently working out of a spare bedroom setting up a dedicated home office in a log cabin will enable you to work effectively away from the distractions of your household and mean you get your spare room back Working in a high quality building surrounded by your beautiful garden is a definite step to a healthier work life balance Log cabins are also a great space for entertaining particularly in the summer months when a veranda means you can really bring the outside in Playtime Another popular use for garden buildings is as a playroom providing children with an imaginative and independent place to play and explore and space to store the plethora of toys and games Playhouses are a child s dream with many on the market including charming features such as Georgian style windows rustic door furniture scalloped barge doors and stable doors says shedstore co uk Larger playhouses even feature two storeys verandas and slides to really increase the wow and fun factor Fitness factor Who wants to trek all the way to the gym after a day s work Not us Especially when instead you could wander through your garden to your very own state of the art private gym That sounds more like it Shedstore co uk is a leading online retailer of quality garden buildings sheds and storage offering one of the largest selections sourced from the UK s top manufacturers Call 0333 003 0518 for friendly and helpful advice

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112 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING 113 Create a wildlife sanctuary Take part in National Nest Box Week from 14 21 February and observe the wildlife in your local area whilst supporting the work of the British Trust for Ornithology Who can take part Anyone can take part whether you re a family with space for a box in your garden a teacher a member of a local wildlife group or you belong to a bird club Why take part Photo courtesy of Paul Newton Photo courtesy of David Waistell With March marking the arrival of the spring months animals and birds are starting to seek out warm and safe places to raise their young National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area to promote and enhance biodiversity and the conservation of breeding birds and wildlife due to natural nest sites disappearing as a result of landscaping Whether you re a family with space for a box in your garden a teacher a member of a local wildlife group or belong to a bird club and could organise a work party National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden creating a sanctuary for local wildlife Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are tidied and old houses are repaired Taking part in National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to bird conservation whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your nest box How to take part Register for your free National Nest Box Week information pack on the British Trust for Ornithology website www bto org Make or buy a nest box Put up your nest box and see what wild visitors your nest box attracts When will I get birds in my nest box Be patient but if a box is not used for several years in succession it may be worth moving the box to a more suitable location Enjoy observing the difference a nest box can make in your garden and remember to keep an eye out for new residents For more information visit www bto org

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112 MOVING OR IMPROVING MOVING OR IMPROVING 113 Create a wildlife sanctuary Take part in National Nest Box Week from 14 21 February and observe the wildlife in your local area whilst supporting the work of the British Trust for Ornithology Who can take part Anyone can take part whether you re a family with space for a box in your garden a teacher a member of a local wildlife group or you belong to a bird club Why take part Photo courtesy of Paul Newton Photo courtesy of David Waistell With March marking the arrival of the spring months animals and birds are starting to seek out warm and safe places to raise their young National Nest Box Week aims to encourage everyone to put up nest boxes in their local area to promote and enhance biodiversity and the conservation of breeding birds and wildlife due to natural nest sites disappearing as a result of landscaping Whether you re a family with space for a box in your garden a teacher a member of a local wildlife group or belong to a bird club and could organise a work party National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to the conservation effort in the UK whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your garden creating a sanctuary for local wildlife Natural nest sites for birds such as holes in trees or old buildings are disappearing fast as gardens are tidied and old houses are repaired Taking part in National Nest Box Week gives you the chance to contribute to bird conservation whilst giving you the pleasure of observing any breeding birds that you attract to your nest box How to take part Register for your free National Nest Box Week information pack on the British Trust for Ornithology website www bto org Make or buy a nest box Put up your nest box and see what wild visitors your nest box attracts When will I get birds in my nest box Be patient but if a box is not used for several years in succession it may be worth moving the box to a more suitable location Enjoy observing the difference a nest box can make in your garden and remember to keep an eye out for new residents For more information visit www bto org

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115 Seeking your next home Could Colwick be the answer Searching for a new property can be tricky especially when there s so much choice out there If you re looking for the perfect place to call home then Truelove Property Construction might just have the answer to your house hunting dreams Appleby Carrington Epworth A Epworth B The East Midlands based developer recently unveiled 16 new four bedroom homes at Daleside Place off Daleside Road in the village of Colwick which offer luxurious family living on the outskirts of the city Just a ten minute drive from the centre of Nottingham and within easy reach of the A46 and M1 the homes come in five distinct styles Appleby Carrington Epworth Ferriby and Haddington All come with a garage and a blank canvas on which to create your ideal living space sought after balance of village life and a short commute into the bustling city of Nottingham Help to Buy is a great way to either make the move that much easier or to get your foot onto the property ladder as a firsttime buyer Come and have a chat with us and see what fantastic properties you can afford The show home is open for visits and To make it easier for those hoping to secure a future forever home Help to Buy is available at all plots and expert advice is available on how to take advantage of this amazing scheme Director Barrie Truelove said Colwick is a great place to live Located on the banks of the River Trent it offers that Colwick Street Haddington reservations are being taken now There is also a wealth of buyers incentives on offer Truelove Property Construction has more than 45 years experience in building bespoke and exclusive homes across the East Midlands To find out more or to book a viewing at Daleside Place call Sophie Barrett on 01522 526979 or visit www trueloveproperty co uk Ferriby

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115 Seeking your next home Could Colwick be the answer Searching for a new property can be tricky especially when there s so much choice out there If you re looking for the perfect place to call home then Truelove Property Construction might just have the answer to your house hunting dreams Appleby Carrington Epworth A Epworth B The East Midlands based developer recently unveiled 16 new four bedroom homes at Daleside Place off Daleside Road in the village of Colwick which offer luxurious family living on the outskirts of the city Just a ten minute drive from the centre of Nottingham and within easy reach of the A46 and M1 the homes come in five distinct styles Appleby Carrington Epworth Ferriby and Haddington All come with a garage and a blank canvas on which to create your ideal living space sought after balance of village life and a short commute into the bustling city of Nottingham Help to Buy is a great way to either make the move that much easier or to get your foot onto the property ladder as a firsttime buyer Come and have a chat with us and see what fantastic properties you can afford The show home is open for visits and To make it easier for those hoping to secure a future forever home Help to Buy is available at all plots and expert advice is available on how to take advantage of this amazing scheme Director Barrie Truelove said Colwick is a great place to live Located on the banks of the River Trent it offers that Colwick Street Haddington reservations are being taken now There is also a wealth of buyers incentives on offer Truelove Property Construction has more than 45 years experience in building bespoke and exclusive homes across the East Midlands To find out more or to book a viewing at Daleside Place call Sophie Barrett on 01522 526979 or visit www trueloveproperty co uk Ferriby

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118 119 A Town Full of Charm For many Retford may just be a stop on the East Coast Mainline but with exciting attractions and exquisite landscapes it offers visitors a fantastic day out and provides a handy base to explore some of North Nottinghamshire s hidden gems A small market town with a population of around 25 000 the origins of its name are still shrouded in mystery but the best guess is that Retford is derived from an ancient ford crossing the River Idle The town was largely destroyed by fire in the 16th Century but began to prosper once the Great North Road was diverted through the town in the 18th Century as well as the Chesterfield Canal and then the London to York railway in the 1840s making Retford easier to reach by various types of transportation It is perhaps most famous for being one of the areas of the country which was home to the original Pilgrim Fathers the first settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present day Massachusetts originated from villages of Babworth and Scrooby on the outskirts of Retford Both villages are worth a visit to get an understanding of the Pilgrim Fathers origins All Saints Church in Babworth dates back to the 15th Century and was where the first separatist movement formed Scrooby Manor House was home to William Brewster one of the founding fathers who journeyed on the Mayflower to New England in 1620 In Retford itself there is a handsome market square which caught the eye of Bill Bryson In his bestselling book Notes from a Small Island he writes Retford I am pleased to report is a delightful and charming place even under the sort of oppressive grey clouds that make far more celebrated towns seem dreary and tired Its centrepiece is an exceptionally large and handsome market square lined with a picturesque jumble of noble Georgian buildings Beside the main church stood a weighty black cannon with a plaque saying Captured at Sevastopol 1855 which I thought was a remarkable piece of initiative on the part of the locals it s not every day after all that you find a Nottinghamshire market town storming a Crimean redoubt and bringing home booty and the shops seemed prosperous and well ordered Shops Cafes Restaurants Retford is home to the Bassetlaw Museum a Grade II listed building and is full of artefacts covering local history archaeology decorative and fine art agriculture costume and textiles As well as being packed with interesting history and culture the beautiful and traditional town of Retford forever welcomes new shops cafes and restaurants for a contemporary feel and a broad appeal in this old market town Ye Olde Bell Hotel Spa is just on the outskirts of Retford and is a lavish place for an overnight stay It has been beautifully restored with individually designed rooms an art deco bar and only last spring opened a luxury spa for you to enjoy specialist treatments and relax in the vitality pool From here you re within an hour s drive of Sherwood Forest the award winning Harley Gallery Welbeck Farm Shop and Creswell Crags For nature lovers the close by Idle Valley Wildlife Trust reserve is a great way to get active and experience the local wildlife A popular and lively open air market is held in the square each Thursday and Saturday amongst the fine Georgian buildings and cobbled streets On Fridays browsers can seek out bargains at the Antique and Collectors Market held in the village providing something for everyone s interest From household goods clothing and flowers to fresh fruit and veg the catch of the day and quality meats Retford s markets cater for all your retail needs On the third Saturday of every month Retford hosts a Farmers Market which attracts people from all over the county here you can find a variety of locally grown produce including fruit and vegetables jams meat honey ice creams dairy produce freshly prepared food and drink is also on sale Retford is a small charming town in North Nottinghamshire easily reached by both road and rail with its links to the A1 and the East Coast Mainline The town is compact and walkable with a number of independent shops The Chocolate Kitchen Retford Hub The Barrister s Book Chamber and Mystik There s also plenty of choice to eat out for a small town with a number of highly rated pubs restaurants and cafes Particular favourites in the area include The Separatist Inn The Duke William and No 5 Restaurant To get a breath of fresh air King s Park just a short walk from the town centre has been awarded a Green Flag every year since 2008 and contains formal gardens a wildlife garden and a number of play facilities for children For information on Retford and all of the above attractions head to visitnottinghamshire co uk

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118 119 A Town Full of Charm For many Retford may just be a stop on the East Coast Mainline but with exciting attractions and exquisite landscapes it offers visitors a fantastic day out and provides a handy base to explore some of North Nottinghamshire s hidden gems A small market town with a population of around 25 000 the origins of its name are still shrouded in mystery but the best guess is that Retford is derived from an ancient ford crossing the River Idle The town was largely destroyed by fire in the 16th Century but began to prosper once the Great North Road was diverted through the town in the 18th Century as well as the Chesterfield Canal and then the London to York railway in the 1840s making Retford easier to reach by various types of transportation It is perhaps most famous for being one of the areas of the country which was home to the original Pilgrim Fathers the first settlers of the Plymouth Colony in present day Massachusetts originated from villages of Babworth and Scrooby on the outskirts of Retford Both villages are worth a visit to get an understanding of the Pilgrim Fathers origins All Saints Church in Babworth dates back to the 15th Century and was where the first separatist movement formed Scrooby Manor House was home to William Brewster one of the founding fathers who journeyed on the Mayflower to New England in 1620 In Retford itself there is a handsome market square which caught the eye of Bill Bryson In his bestselling book Notes from a Small Island he writes Retford I am pleased to report is a delightful and charming place even under the sort of oppressive grey clouds that make far more celebrated towns seem dreary and tired Its centrepiece is an exceptionally large and handsome market square lined with a picturesque jumble of noble Georgian buildings Beside the main church stood a weighty black cannon with a plaque saying Captured at Sevastopol 1855 which I thought was a remarkable piece of initiative on the part of the locals it s not every day after all that you find a Nottinghamshire market town storming a Crimean redoubt and bringing home booty and the shops seemed prosperous and well ordered Shops Cafes Restaurants Retford is home to the Bassetlaw Museum a Grade II listed building and is full of artefacts covering local history archaeology decorative and fine art agriculture costume and textiles As well as being packed with interesting history and culture the beautiful and traditional town of Retford forever welcomes new shops cafes and restaurants for a contemporary feel and a broad appeal in this old market town Ye Olde Bell Hotel Spa is just on the outskirts of Retford and is a lavish place for an overnight stay It has been beautifully restored with individually designed rooms an art deco bar and only last spring opened a luxury spa for you to enjoy specialist treatments and relax in the vitality pool From here you re within an hour s drive of Sherwood Forest the award winning Harley Gallery Welbeck Farm Shop and Creswell Crags For nature lovers the close by Idle Valley Wildlife Trust reserve is a great way to get active and experience the local wildlife A popular and lively open air market is held in the square each Thursday and Saturday amongst the fine Georgian buildings and cobbled streets On Fridays browsers can seek out bargains at the Antique and Collectors Market held in the village providing something for everyone s interest From household goods clothing and flowers to fresh fruit and veg the catch of the day and quality meats Retford s markets cater for all your retail needs On the third Saturday of every month Retford hosts a Farmers Market which attracts people from all over the county here you can find a variety of locally grown produce including fruit and vegetables jams meat honey ice creams dairy produce freshly prepared food and drink is also on sale Retford is a small charming town in North Nottinghamshire easily reached by both road and rail with its links to the A1 and the East Coast Mainline The town is compact and walkable with a number of independent shops The Chocolate Kitchen Retford Hub The Barrister s Book Chamber and Mystik There s also plenty of choice to eat out for a small town with a number of highly rated pubs restaurants and cafes Particular favourites in the area include The Separatist Inn The Duke William and No 5 Restaurant To get a breath of fresh air King s Park just a short walk from the town centre has been awarded a Green Flag every year since 2008 and contains formal gardens a wildlife garden and a number of play facilities for children For information on Retford and all of the above attractions head to visitnottinghamshire co uk

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MOVING OR IMPROVING 123 Extraordinary homes made to different standards Situated in stunning surroundings Aslakr Park is an exclusive development of new spacious homes that are anything but ordinary Showcasing an extraordinary range of 3 4 and 5 bedroom homes ranging from 259 995 to 525 000 Askakr Park is an exclusive development which boasts an enviable rural location in the Vale of Belvoir Providing homes like no other Avant Homes has established a reputation for innovative design and specification These high standards can be found in the new Aslakr Park development set in the historic village of Aslockton surrounded by beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside A quaint English village Aslockton boasts great local amenities and transport meaning residents can enjoy all the pleasantries of rural living alongside easy access to bustling markets and major retail stores using the convenient national rail links regular public transport and a number of major routes Extremely well located Aslakr Park has direct links to the market town of Bingham which is situated just 6 minutes down the road Nottingham city centre and Leicester Boasting lots of useful storage outdoor landscaping and patio areas as well as a number of upgrade options Avant invites you to personalise a new property to create your dream home in spacious surroundings With a focus on providing more space light and choice the development showcases superior interior and exterior quality throughout Building a house for life Avant go further to bring you an extraordinary level of specification that s all included in the price including a choice of internal kitchen bathroom and external features providing even more ways to make your new home your own All of Avant s homes have been built with the unique Avant design throughout Included in the price you ll receive superior specification including bi fold doors Milan inspired kitchen with floating units integrated appliances and hidden storage state of the art digital shower and full height tiling to the bathroom The all inclusive specification also comes with a choice of selected items at no extra cost You can also choose to enhance your home even further with optional extras with a full range of personalisation options available Avant are so confident in the standards provided that potential homeowners are invited to take the Avant Challenge a checklist designed to see how other new homes measure up to the superior standards Ideal for families Aslakr Park has a toddler play area and is located within the catchment area of two schools with Outstanding Ofsted ratings Archbishop Cranmer Primary School and Toot Hill Secondary School If you re feeling sporty you can always head down to the local cricket or tennis clubs to get active or take a stroll through the charming surrounding countryside with a central walk area to fields inviting you to explore Buying a new property couldn t be easier there are number of ways to secure one of these beautiful homes Help to Buy Part Exchange My Move and Military Discount are all ways that Avant can help get you moving quickly Why wait Call or book an appointment at Aslakr Park to find out more or to arrange a viewing Aslakr Park Abbey Lane Aslockton nr Bingham Nottingham NG13 9FE Phone 01949 898 654 or visit www avanthomes co uk Terms and conditions apply to all our schemes For more information please visit avanthomes co uk ways to buy

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MOVING OR IMPROVING 123 Extraordinary homes made to different standards Situated in stunning surroundings Aslakr Park is an exclusive development of new spacious homes that are anything but ordinary Showcasing an extraordinary range of 3 4 and 5 bedroom homes ranging from 259 995 to 525 000 Askakr Park is an exclusive development which boasts an enviable rural location in the Vale of Belvoir Providing homes like no other Avant Homes has established a reputation for innovative design and specification These high standards can be found in the new Aslakr Park development set in the historic village of Aslockton surrounded by beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside A quaint English village Aslockton boasts great local amenities and transport meaning residents can enjoy all the pleasantries of rural living alongside easy access to bustling markets and major retail stores using the convenient national rail links regular public transport and a number of major routes Extremely well located Aslakr Park has direct links to the market town of Bingham which is situated just 6 minutes down the road Nottingham city centre and Leicester Boasting lots of useful storage outdoor landscaping and patio areas as well as a number of upgrade options Avant invites you to personalise a new property to create your dream home in spacious surroundings With a focus on providing more space light and choice the development showcases superior interior and exterior quality throughout Building a house for life Avant go further to bring you an extraordinary level of specification that s all included in the price including a choice of internal kitchen bathroom and external features providing even more ways to make your new home your own All of Avant s homes have been built with the unique Avant design throughout Included in the price you ll receive superior specification including bi fold doors Milan inspired kitchen with floating units integrated appliances and hidden storage state of the art digital shower and full height tiling to the bathroom The all inclusive specification also comes with a choice of selected items at no extra cost You can also choose to enhance your home even further with optional extras with a full range of personalisation options available Avant are so confident in the standards provided that potential homeowners are invited to take the Avant Challenge a checklist designed to see how other new homes measure up to the superior standards Ideal for families Aslakr Park has a toddler play area and is located within the catchment area of two schools with Outstanding Ofsted ratings Archbishop Cranmer Primary School and Toot Hill Secondary School If you re feeling sporty you can always head down to the local cricket or tennis clubs to get active or take a stroll through the charming surrounding countryside with a central walk area to fields inviting you to explore Buying a new property couldn t be easier there are number of ways to secure one of these beautiful homes Help to Buy Part Exchange My Move and Military Discount are all ways that Avant can help get you moving quickly Why wait Call or book an appointment at Aslakr Park to find out more or to arrange a viewing Aslakr Park Abbey Lane Aslockton nr Bingham Nottingham NG13 9FE Phone 01949 898 654 or visit www avanthomes co uk Terms and conditions apply to all our schemes For more information please visit avanthomes co uk ways to buy

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Your wedding day should be the most magical day of your life which you and your loved ones will treasure forever making the task of arranging the event both exciting and incredibly pressuring There is so much to remember from buying your dream dress and arranging the colour scheme for your bridesmaids down to booking a caterer and selecting your perfect venue But with the right amount of time and preparation you can ensure you are relaxed and ready for your special day Planning your wedding all starts with a stylish and stunning venue which immediately mesmerises both you and your partner ticking all the boxes for the experience you desire Talk to a planner in order to establish your desired theme before you decide what kind of venue to seek WEDDINGS Planning TO perfection Whilst modern locations include fancy restaurants and spacious art galleries a more traditional approach might mean your wedding is outside or in a church creating a more natural theme Know your guest list You need to ensure you will have enough space for all the people you wish to invite at your chosen venue and that the location meets the various needs of everyone who plans to attend for example disabled access or ground floor facilities If you are inviting children you need to consider child friendly activities to keep little ones entertained and a fun menu to avoid turned up noses at your carefully selected gourmet meal Other things to think about to help to set the tone of your wedding include hiring a band or singer Opt for a musical genre which complements the venue of your choice maybe classical or jazz for a relaxed and traditional wedding environment One really important decision for a bride to be is choosing their dress whilst there are so many different types colours and styles of dress everything down to the veil must be perfect Take your maid of honour mother or anyone else you trust with you to choose your dress but make sure you aren t influenced by others opinions whilst help is always nice sometimes it can be easier to speak to a professional dress maker or expert to find out what style of dress is most flattering for your individual body shape Finally make sure to keep your budget in mind As easy it is to dream up unrealistic fantasies about the perfect wedding keep your head out of the clouds to ensure you re getting the best for your money You need to know exactly what s included in the packages you select and most important of all do not let anyone change your mind or sway your choices Stick to what you want 129

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Your wedding day should be the most magical day of your life which you and your loved ones will treasure forever making the task of arranging the event both exciting and incredibly pressuring There is so much to remember from buying your dream dress and arranging the colour scheme for your bridesmaids down to booking a caterer and selecting your perfect venue But with the right amount of time and preparation you can ensure you are relaxed and ready for your special day Planning your wedding all starts with a stylish and stunning venue which immediately mesmerises both you and your partner ticking all the boxes for the experience you desire Talk to a planner in order to establish your desired theme before you decide what kind of venue to seek WEDDINGS Planning TO perfection Whilst modern locations include fancy restaurants and spacious art galleries a more traditional approach might mean your wedding is outside or in a church creating a more natural theme Know your guest list You need to ensure you will have enough space for all the people you wish to invite at your chosen venue and that the location meets the various needs of everyone who plans to attend for example disabled access or ground floor facilities If you are inviting children you need to consider child friendly activities to keep little ones entertained and a fun menu to avoid turned up noses at your carefully selected gourmet meal Other things to think about to help to set the tone of your wedding include hiring a band or singer Opt for a musical genre which complements the venue of your choice maybe classical or jazz for a relaxed and traditional wedding environment One really important decision for a bride to be is choosing their dress whilst there are so many different types colours and styles of dress everything down to the veil must be perfect Take your maid of honour mother or anyone else you trust with you to choose your dress but make sure you aren t influenced by others opinions whilst help is always nice sometimes it can be easier to speak to a professional dress maker or expert to find out what style of dress is most flattering for your individual body shape Finally make sure to keep your budget in mind As easy it is to dream up unrealistic fantasies about the perfect wedding keep your head out of the clouds to ensure you re getting the best for your money You need to know exactly what s included in the packages you select and most important of all do not let anyone change your mind or sway your choices Stick to what you want 129

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WEDDINGS 131 Shine Bright For anyone thinking of popping the question to their other half Goldsmiths has shared its top tips for those getting down on one knee this season Goldsmiths is the UK s largest luxury high street retailer with stores nationwide and online at goldsmiths co uk Visit the store at 3 Clumber Street Nottingham NG1 3ED Ring Size If you are planning a surprise proposal knowing your partner s ring size is a must The simplest way to find out is to borrow or draw around a ring they already wear If they don t wear one on the correct finger choose one worn on the middle finger and go down a size or two for the right fit If in doubt always choose a larger ring size as it can be easily adjusted without damaging the rings aesthetic Of course anyone who is still unsure can always pop down to your nearest Goldsmiths showroom and speak to one of the team there for further advice Shine Bright like a Diamond If you re looking for the engagement ring to sparkle rain or shine look no further than a glistening diamond When choosing the perfect diamond ring for your loved one keep in mind the four key characteristics cut colour clarity and carat The cut of a diamond determines the size and brilliance of the stone look for symmetry and the proportion of the stone as the better the cut the more light it can reflect and sparkle The colour is a big decision choosing whether to go for a coloured or a colourless stone can change the whole appearance The way the colour is determined is through a chart starting at D for the elusive colourless diamond moving through the alphabet The clarity of a diamond is graded on a scale of perfection A flawless diamond has very few if any blemishes on the outside which could affect the overall sparkle A diamond is so special it deserves its own measuring scale which is known as a carat This determines the weight of the diamond not the size Just remember that the weight of the diamond does not always determine its beauty A Promise Made For those a little nervous about choosing the perfect ring for their partner Goldsmiths gives you the option to buy a lower priced ring from the collection as a stand in for the real thing Customers usually keep these as a reminder of their special moment but then come in store together to pick an engagement ring This gives both partners the chance to have a say when it comes to selecting the perfect piece of jewellery to symbolise the start of their married life together Craig Bolton Executive Director at Goldsmiths commented Asking someone to marry you or being proposed to is one of the most memorable occasions in a person s life and people go to great lengths to make sure the moment is perfect Goldsmiths 18ct White Gold 1 00ct Diamond Solitaire Ring 3 500 was 7 000 Goldsmiths Jenny Packham Brilliant Cut 0 35 Carat Total Weight Halo Diamond Ring in 18 Carat White Gold 1 500 Goldsmiths Mappin Webb Belvedere Engagement Ring 0 40 Carat 2 750 Goldsmiths Mappin Webb Boscobel Engagement Ring With Diamond Band 0 71 Carat Total Weight 4 750

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WEDDINGS 131 Shine Bright For anyone thinking of popping the question to their other half Goldsmiths has shared its top tips for those getting down on one knee this season Goldsmiths is the UK s largest luxury high street retailer with stores nationwide and online at goldsmiths co uk Visit the store at 3 Clumber Street Nottingham NG1 3ED Ring Size If you are planning a surprise proposal knowing your partner s ring size is a must The simplest way to find out is to borrow or draw around a ring they already wear If they don t wear one on the correct finger choose one worn on the middle finger and go down a size or two for the right fit If in doubt always choose a larger ring size as it can be easily adjusted without damaging the rings aesthetic Of course anyone who is still unsure can always pop down to your nearest Goldsmiths showroom and speak to one of the team there for further advice Shine Bright like a Diamond If you re looking for the engagement ring to sparkle rain or shine look no further than a glistening diamond When choosing the perfect diamond ring for your loved one keep in mind the four key characteristics cut colour clarity and carat The cut of a diamond determines the size and brilliance of the stone look for symmetry and the proportion of the stone as the better the cut the more light it can reflect and sparkle The colour is a big decision choosing whether to go for a coloured or a colourless stone can change the whole appearance The way the colour is determined is through a chart starting at D for the elusive colourless diamond moving through the alphabet The clarity of a diamond is graded on a scale of perfection A flawless diamond has very few if any blemishes on the outside which could affect the overall sparkle A diamond is so special it deserves its own measuring scale which is known as a carat This determines the weight of the diamond not the size Just remember that the weight of the diamond does not always determine its beauty A Promise Made For those a little nervous about choosing the perfect ring for their partner Goldsmiths gives you the option to buy a lower priced ring from the collection as a stand in for the real thing Customers usually keep these as a reminder of their special moment but then come in store together to pick an engagement ring This gives both partners the chance to have a say when it comes to selecting the perfect piece of jewellery to symbolise the start of their married life together Craig Bolton Executive Director at Goldsmiths commented Asking someone to marry you or being proposed to is one of the most memorable occasions in a person s life and people go to great lengths to make sure the moment is perfect Goldsmiths 18ct White Gold 1 00ct Diamond Solitaire Ring 3 500 was 7 000 Goldsmiths Jenny Packham Brilliant Cut 0 35 Carat Total Weight Halo Diamond Ring in 18 Carat White Gold 1 500 Goldsmiths Mappin Webb Belvedere Engagement Ring 0 40 Carat 2 750 Goldsmiths Mappin Webb Boscobel Engagement Ring With Diamond Band 0 71 Carat Total Weight 4 750

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WEDDINGS 132 WEDDINGS 133 A Taste of the Traditional Nestled in a beautiful waterside location Welbeck Hall is a truly stunning venue that can cater to any occasion With spectacular views the historic venue is famous for creating the perfect backdrop for everything from a civil wedding ceremony through to corporate days special anniversaries and charity functions Now Welbeck Hall is offering a taste of the traditional with the launch of its new Sunday Carvery menu inviting partners families and friends to experience delicious food accompanied by a spectacular service Guests can now enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch from 12noon 4pm with one course costing 8 95 two courses for 11 95 and three courses for 14 95 per person Since launching in September 2017 the Sunday Carvery has proved popular and guests are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment With heartwarming food served in a stunning venue that dates back over 100 years guests will have an unforgettable experience which combines character history and grandeur with traditional British food The talented catering team ensure that no one goes home hungry With everything prepared fresh on site and locally sourced where possible Welbeck Hall can cater for up to 120 people in its well sized but intimate dining room and various social lounge areas Located in West Bridgford just outside the city centre and boasting a car park with room to spare Welbeck Hall proves that you don t have to travel far to enjoy a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings For more information or to book a table please call 0115 9455626 or email glen welbeckhall com The perfect venue S taveley Hall is an original 11th Century stately home with a rich history which has recently been redeveloped with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund The Heart of Staveley Board and Staveley Town Council completed in 2017 We are a unique venue situated close to the M1 junction 29A and 30 at the gateway to Chesterfield and The Peak District We represent a great conference venue for formal and informal occasions including canape receptions business meetings weddings craft fairs and food festivals We can cater for a variety of events and activities If you would prefer your own small private venue we have the Frecheville suite which can accommodate 15 people on an oval table great for meetings intimate private dining and wedding parties We have the Devonshire Suite which comfortably seats 42 guests and features a renaissance oak walled room with a majestic fire place and huge stone bay window Our AirHall is the venue with a difference it accommodates 90 people and doubles as an ideal conference venue Our prices and room hire costs are based around you and your budget We don t have a complicated pricing structure just simple packages based around your own requirements We are proud to have this building in our town It holds some fascinating stories connecting it with many famous people and important national events including Bess of Hardwick the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War to name just a few Staveley Hall is very precious and is here for us to enjoy and keep its amazing heritage alive

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WEDDINGS 132 WEDDINGS 133 A Taste of the Traditional Nestled in a beautiful waterside location Welbeck Hall is a truly stunning venue that can cater to any occasion With spectacular views the historic venue is famous for creating the perfect backdrop for everything from a civil wedding ceremony through to corporate days special anniversaries and charity functions Now Welbeck Hall is offering a taste of the traditional with the launch of its new Sunday Carvery menu inviting partners families and friends to experience delicious food accompanied by a spectacular service Guests can now enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch from 12noon 4pm with one course costing 8 95 two courses for 11 95 and three courses for 14 95 per person Since launching in September 2017 the Sunday Carvery has proved popular and guests are encouraged to book in advance to avoid disappointment With heartwarming food served in a stunning venue that dates back over 100 years guests will have an unforgettable experience which combines character history and grandeur with traditional British food The talented catering team ensure that no one goes home hungry With everything prepared fresh on site and locally sourced where possible Welbeck Hall can cater for up to 120 people in its well sized but intimate dining room and various social lounge areas Located in West Bridgford just outside the city centre and boasting a car park with room to spare Welbeck Hall proves that you don t have to travel far to enjoy a traditional Sunday roast with all the trimmings For more information or to book a table please call 0115 9455626 or email glen welbeckhall com The perfect venue S taveley Hall is an original 11th Century stately home with a rich history which has recently been redeveloped with funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund The Heart of Staveley Board and Staveley Town Council completed in 2017 We are a unique venue situated close to the M1 junction 29A and 30 at the gateway to Chesterfield and The Peak District We represent a great conference venue for formal and informal occasions including canape receptions business meetings weddings craft fairs and food festivals We can cater for a variety of events and activities If you would prefer your own small private venue we have the Frecheville suite which can accommodate 15 people on an oval table great for meetings intimate private dining and wedding parties We have the Devonshire Suite which comfortably seats 42 guests and features a renaissance oak walled room with a majestic fire place and huge stone bay window Our AirHall is the venue with a difference it accommodates 90 people and doubles as an ideal conference venue Our prices and room hire costs are based around you and your budget We don t have a complicated pricing structure just simple packages based around your own requirements We are proud to have this building in our town It holds some fascinating stories connecting it with many famous people and important national events including Bess of Hardwick the Gunpowder Plot and the English Civil War to name just a few Staveley Hall is very precious and is here for us to enjoy and keep its amazing heritage alive

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134 WEDDINGS For that special day A Toast to the Happy Couple By Maddie Storey Your wedding day is said to be the biggest and most important day of your life an enjoyable get together with family and friends to celebrate the unity of you and your loved one forever more inevitably this calls for a speech For most grooms the idea of crafting a heartfelt speech which is both moving and emotional yet not embarrassing can be quite daunting so how do you start preparing Don t panic Stop stressing about all the attention being on you as much as it is your wedding day and no one wants to steal your limelight you will not be the only person giving a speech Tradition dictates that at least two other people will as well and anyone who wishes to can give a speech The more common additions to the speeches are the maid of honour father of the bride and sometimes your new bride too Whilst you may allow anyone who wants to speak the chance to do so you do not want to make the list of speeches so long that they manage to bore your guests before the night has begun Invite people to make short and courteous comments and leave time for applause and change overs T he Richard Herrod Centre is set in the heart of Carlton Nottinghamshire With a glorious Millennium Suite it makes the ideal venue for a wedding We genuinely care about making your wedding day truly special with an experienced wedding coordinator assigned to you to ensure you enjoy an amazing wedding day The room has its own bar and a dedicated team to look after you on your night We can accommodate for up to 220 seated guests or if you require a smaller wedding then the room can be divided into two Whatever you need to make your wedding unforgettable we will help you find it In our wedding packs we provide a list of recommended services that can help you with your special day Feel free to arrange a free viewing and even make a provisional booking with no commitment Foxhill Road Carlton Nottinghamshire NG4 1RL Contact this venue on 0115 961 2949 or email Richard herrod gedling gov uk But what do I say Generally you should focus your speech on praising your new wife through the fabulous time you have already shared and the many happy years that are yet to come Ensure you thank any family members and your best man along with anyone else who made the day possible including bridesmaids ushers and mothers of the bride and groom In order to make sure you cover all the things you need to why not try writing a checklist of main points and running it past your best man or a family member Add in some humour and keep it light but make sure you convey your happiness in a fun and emotional manner You do not want to go down the soppy and sentimental road but your aim is to try and make all the ladies in the room cry no pressure If you have any presents to give out now is the time to do so along with proposing a toast to your new family and a happy married life Finish off nicely by handing over to your best man who now should be ready with his torturing yet hilarious speech reliving your most embarrassing and hysterical moments together This is the perfect chance for a small joke about your best man s inability to separate fact from fiction it s worth a try right at least you might get a laugh Aim to cover all of the above within 10 minutes By the time you have finished you will have hopefully made your guests laugh cry and cheer Once your grooms speech is done the party can officially start 135

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134 WEDDINGS For that special day A Toast to the Happy Couple By Maddie Storey Your wedding day is said to be the biggest and most important day of your life an enjoyable get together with family and friends to celebrate the unity of you and your loved one forever more inevitably this calls for a speech For most grooms the idea of crafting a heartfelt speech which is both moving and emotional yet not embarrassing can be quite daunting so how do you start preparing Don t panic Stop stressing about all the attention being on you as much as it is your wedding day and no one wants to steal your limelight you will not be the only person giving a speech Tradition dictates that at least two other people will as well and anyone who wishes to can give a speech The more common additions to the speeches are the maid of honour father of the bride and sometimes your new bride too Whilst you may allow anyone who wants to speak the chance to do so you do not want to make the list of speeches so long that they manage to bore your guests before the night has begun Invite people to make short and courteous comments and leave time for applause and change overs T he Richard Herrod Centre is set in the heart of Carlton Nottinghamshire With a glorious Millennium Suite it makes the ideal venue for a wedding We genuinely care about making your wedding day truly special with an experienced wedding coordinator assigned to you to ensure you enjoy an amazing wedding day The room has its own bar and a dedicated team to look after you on your night We can accommodate for up to 220 seated guests or if you require a smaller wedding then the room can be divided into two Whatever you need to make your wedding unforgettable we will help you find it In our wedding packs we provide a list of recommended services that can help you with your special day Feel free to arrange a free viewing and even make a provisional booking with no commitment Foxhill Road Carlton Nottinghamshire NG4 1RL Contact this venue on 0115 961 2949 or email Richard herrod gedling gov uk But what do I say Generally you should focus your speech on praising your new wife through the fabulous time you have already shared and the many happy years that are yet to come Ensure you thank any family members and your best man along with anyone else who made the day possible including bridesmaids ushers and mothers of the bride and groom In order to make sure you cover all the things you need to why not try writing a checklist of main points and running it past your best man or a family member Add in some humour and keep it light but make sure you convey your happiness in a fun and emotional manner You do not want to go down the soppy and sentimental road but your aim is to try and make all the ladies in the room cry no pressure If you have any presents to give out now is the time to do so along with proposing a toast to your new family and a happy married life Finish off nicely by handing over to your best man who now should be ready with his torturing yet hilarious speech reliving your most embarrassing and hysterical moments together This is the perfect chance for a small joke about your best man s inability to separate fact from fiction it s worth a try right at least you might get a laugh Aim to cover all of the above within 10 minutes By the time you have finished you will have hopefully made your guests laugh cry and cheer Once your grooms speech is done the party can officially start 135

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136 WEDDINGS The full pamper package All brides want to look their very best on their big day which means ensuring that all your beauty needs are taken care of The Vanity Rooms and its sister companies are here to make your wedding day dreams a reality as you enter their treatment rooms containing everything you need to become a beautiful bride to be Based in Bingham and using the very best brands in the industry alongside a top team of beauticians you are guaranteed to get the best quality treatments to achieve your desired look The Vanity Rooms is a beauty salon specialising in acrylics manicures pedicures gel nails and facials to deliver the full wedding pamper package Vanity Lash is a semi permanent eyelash extension company based within The Vanity Rooms specialising in this intricate treatment Tipsy Trailer is a quirky horse trailer that has been lovingly restored into a mobile bar serving prosecco ginsecco and cocktails along with spirits and beers guaranteed to make a fabulous talking piece at your wedding Also this thriving beauty hub is opening its latest venture Vanity Boutique with a celebration event on the 14 March This beautiful ladies boutique will offer gorgeous tops jeans bags and jewellery and the launch is open for all to attend

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136 WEDDINGS The full pamper package All brides want to look their very best on their big day which means ensuring that all your beauty needs are taken care of The Vanity Rooms and its sister companies are here to make your wedding day dreams a reality as you enter their treatment rooms containing everything you need to become a beautiful bride to be Based in Bingham and using the very best brands in the industry alongside a top team of beauticians you are guaranteed to get the best quality treatments to achieve your desired look The Vanity Rooms is a beauty salon specialising in acrylics manicures pedicures gel nails and facials to deliver the full wedding pamper package Vanity Lash is a semi permanent eyelash extension company based within The Vanity Rooms specialising in this intricate treatment Tipsy Trailer is a quirky horse trailer that has been lovingly restored into a mobile bar serving prosecco ginsecco and cocktails along with spirits and beers guaranteed to make a fabulous talking piece at your wedding Also this thriving beauty hub is opening its latest venture Vanity Boutique with a celebration event on the 14 March This beautiful ladies boutique will offer gorgeous tops jeans bags and jewellery and the launch is open for all to attend

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WEDDINGS 138 THE COUNTRY COTTAGE HOTEL RESTAURANT Make Your Dream Day A Reality What do you imagine when you think of the perfect wedding Linda Thorpe Wedding Coordinator at the The Country Cottage Hotel is here to make your dreams become a reality S ituated in the heart of Ruddington and steeped in history the 17th century venue is a collection of cottages which have been lovingly restored by owners Julie and Andrew Sturt who have transformed the historic building into a beautiful hotel and specialist wedding venue Home to award winning gardens nestled in beautiful grounds with picturesque views the Country Cottage Hotel creates the ideal backdrop for a picture perfect wedding Roses and honeysuckle ramble over the garden walls delightful hanging baskets decorate the outdoors and the courtyard features a charming wishing well Guests can explore the grounds whilst the happy couple pose for family photographs in a setting that they won t forget Dedicated to making your dream day a reality Wedding Coordinater Linda will listen to your requests to create something bespoke to you Linda said The gardens and surroundings are beautiful in the summer or winter With the restaurant and hotel spread across the cottages everything you will ever need for your wedding is available on site which makes the experience stress free I work closley with the couples to create a magical moment We add lots of extra details and personal touches to create a day that is bespoke to each couple and only hold one wedding a day so that we can focus soley on you The large airy restaurant with its high vaulted ceilings is ideal for either a small wedding reception or a larger party I work closely with our Head Chef and the kitchen team to make sure the food you choose is of the finest quality and the Chef is always available to offer advice during our planning meetings adds Linda After your wedding reception you can choose from one of the honeymoon suites to end your perfect day With 22 individually designed bedrooms to choose from the venue can also provide accommodation for family and friends so everyone can enjoy a comfortable nights sleep after a spectacular day Priding themselves on preparing excellent food and providing exemplorary staff the team at the Country Cottage Hotel will do everything possible to ensure your day runs smoothly The Chefs have taken great care in providing a varied choice of menus and Linda the experienced Wedding Coordinator is passionate about making your day as special as possible The Country Cottage Hotel is now offering a Winter Wonderland Special Offer From 1 October 2017 31 March 2018 you can create your perfect day at this venue for only 2 995 for 60 guests Linda added The Winter Wonderland is a fantastic offer for couples We aim to take care of all your worries leaving you to relax and enjoy the day For more information on the Country Cottage Hotel and Restaurant visit www thecountrycottagehotel co uk or call on 0115 984 6882 139 Care Wellbeing

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WEDDINGS 138 THE COUNTRY COTTAGE HOTEL RESTAURANT Make Your Dream Day A Reality What do you imagine when you think of the perfect wedding Linda Thorpe Wedding Coordinator at the The Country Cottage Hotel is here to make your dreams become a reality S ituated in the heart of Ruddington and steeped in history the 17th century venue is a collection of cottages which have been lovingly restored by owners Julie and Andrew Sturt who have transformed the historic building into a beautiful hotel and specialist wedding venue Home to award winning gardens nestled in beautiful grounds with picturesque views the Country Cottage Hotel creates the ideal backdrop for a picture perfect wedding Roses and honeysuckle ramble over the garden walls delightful hanging baskets decorate the outdoors and the courtyard features a charming wishing well Guests can explore the grounds whilst the happy couple pose for family photographs in a setting that they won t forget Dedicated to making your dream day a reality Wedding Coordinater Linda will listen to your requests to create something bespoke to you Linda said The gardens and surroundings are beautiful in the summer or winter With the restaurant and hotel spread across the cottages everything you will ever need for your wedding is available on site which makes the experience stress free I work closley with the couples to create a magical moment We add lots of extra details and personal touches to create a day that is bespoke to each couple and only hold one wedding a day so that we can focus soley on you The large airy restaurant with its high vaulted ceilings is ideal for either a small wedding reception or a larger party I work closely with our Head Chef and the kitchen team to make sure the food you choose is of the finest quality and the Chef is always available to offer advice during our planning meetings adds Linda After your wedding reception you can choose from one of the honeymoon suites to end your perfect day With 22 individually designed bedrooms to choose from the venue can also provide accommodation for family and friends so everyone can enjoy a comfortable nights sleep after a spectacular day Priding themselves on preparing excellent food and providing exemplorary staff the team at the Country Cottage Hotel will do everything possible to ensure your day runs smoothly The Chefs have taken great care in providing a varied choice of menus and Linda the experienced Wedding Coordinator is passionate about making your day as special as possible The Country Cottage Hotel is now offering a Winter Wonderland Special Offer From 1 October 2017 31 March 2018 you can create your perfect day at this venue for only 2 995 for 60 guests Linda added The Winter Wonderland is a fantastic offer for couples We aim to take care of all your worries leaving you to relax and enjoy the day For more information on the Country Cottage Hotel and Restaurant visit www thecountrycottagehotel co uk or call on 0115 984 6882 139 Care Wellbeing

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140 CARE WELLBEING CARE WELLBEING Step closer to a cure People in the East Midlands are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK to step closer to a cure for Parkinson s P arkinson s UK is launching Walk for Parkinson s 2018 and the charity is inviting people of all ages and abilities to sign up to a walk near them Walks in the East Midlands include Calke Abbey in Derbyshire on Sunday 29 April and Burghley House in Lincolnshire on Sunday 30 September There are shorter and longer distances to choose from so whether you re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll there is something for everyone Team entries are welcome so why not sign up with your friends family and colleagues Walking and other types of exercise are particularly important for people with Parkinson s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson s in 2011 He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved He said We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson s series I d like to invite everyone whatever their level of fitness to take advantage of the many different types of walks scenic routes and distances available Exercise can be really beneficial for people living with Parkinson s It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms So please join us at one of our Walk for Parkinson s in the East Midlands Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson s Last year s Walk for Parkinson s series had more than 4 300 people sign up to walk and between them they raised 417 700 In the East Midlands 412 walkers got involved and raised 32 300 All money raised by Walk for Parkinson s will be used to help find better treatments and ultimately a cure as well as providing support and information for the 145 000 people affected by Parkinson s across the UK To find out more about the walks see www parkinsons org uk walk 141 One secret to continued weight loss We are a couple of months into the New Year now and although you might still be keeping to your new year s resolution to lose weight some of you may have already cheated your diet With the hope of this year being different to last you don t want to have to keep restarting your healthy regime Every time you make and break these promises to yourself it can add to your stress and stress is the one thing that will derail all your good intentions Being stressed can trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol which can often result in an increased appetite and potential emotional eating So my one secret to continued weight loss is to de stress by deep breathing Practiced daily this quick and simple breathing technique can change your life for the better It will increase your energy levels and help you to achieve more By being in a relaxed state of mind you will be able to focus more easily free yourself from stress negative emotions and feelings of anxiousness In other words see the wood for the trees Let s get started Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes Place one hand on your upper chest and one on your abdomen just below your navel Slowly breath in through your nose as you count to 5 Hold for a count of 2 Slowly breathe out through your mouth as you count to 10 As you take your first breath in silently say to yourself relax As you breath out silently say to yourself calm Repeat 4 times Try to make sure the hand on your tummy is the only hand moving When you are stressed or anxious you take shallow breaths using the top of your chest only Learning to breathe more slowly and deeply can help keep you calm After four deep breaths shrug your shoulders up to your ears then quickly release them Repeat this four times Again this helps to release tension Slowly open your eyes and notice how relaxed you are Now you are in a better place to focus on your healthy eating goals make changes and see improvements As an experienced nutrition coach I can keep you on track to a healthier lifestyle My business is based in West Bridgford but I also offer a telephone or Skype service for busy clients who can t travel to see me I deliver healthy eating advice to individuals groups and businesses By talking informally about how to develop a healthy balanced diet I encourage people to make small but permanent changes to the foods they eat and the lifestyle they lead Being a chef is a great advantage as it allows me to develop healthy eating recipes for those that need a helping hand This has led to the creation of my vegan cookery school where guests can update their skills learn new ones and take home tasty vegan meals Contact details 07946 301338 www nutrition coach co uk susan nutrition coach co uk

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140 CARE WELLBEING CARE WELLBEING Step closer to a cure People in the East Midlands are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK to step closer to a cure for Parkinson s P arkinson s UK is launching Walk for Parkinson s 2018 and the charity is inviting people of all ages and abilities to sign up to a walk near them Walks in the East Midlands include Calke Abbey in Derbyshire on Sunday 29 April and Burghley House in Lincolnshire on Sunday 30 September There are shorter and longer distances to choose from so whether you re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll there is something for everyone Team entries are welcome so why not sign up with your friends family and colleagues Walking and other types of exercise are particularly important for people with Parkinson s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson s in 2011 He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved He said We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson s series I d like to invite everyone whatever their level of fitness to take advantage of the many different types of walks scenic routes and distances available Exercise can be really beneficial for people living with Parkinson s It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms So please join us at one of our Walk for Parkinson s in the East Midlands Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson s Last year s Walk for Parkinson s series had more than 4 300 people sign up to walk and between them they raised 417 700 In the East Midlands 412 walkers got involved and raised 32 300 All money raised by Walk for Parkinson s will be used to help find better treatments and ultimately a cure as well as providing support and information for the 145 000 people affected by Parkinson s across the UK To find out more about the walks see www parkinsons org uk walk 141 One secret to continued weight loss We are a couple of months into the New Year now and although you might still be keeping to your new year s resolution to lose weight some of you may have already cheated your diet With the hope of this year being different to last you don t want to have to keep restarting your healthy regime Every time you make and break these promises to yourself it can add to your stress and stress is the one thing that will derail all your good intentions Being stressed can trigger the release of a stress hormone called cortisol which can often result in an increased appetite and potential emotional eating So my one secret to continued weight loss is to de stress by deep breathing Practiced daily this quick and simple breathing technique can change your life for the better It will increase your energy levels and help you to achieve more By being in a relaxed state of mind you will be able to focus more easily free yourself from stress negative emotions and feelings of anxiousness In other words see the wood for the trees Let s get started Make yourself comfortable and close your eyes Place one hand on your upper chest and one on your abdomen just below your navel Slowly breath in through your nose as you count to 5 Hold for a count of 2 Slowly breathe out through your mouth as you count to 10 As you take your first breath in silently say to yourself relax As you breath out silently say to yourself calm Repeat 4 times Try to make sure the hand on your tummy is the only hand moving When you are stressed or anxious you take shallow breaths using the top of your chest only Learning to breathe more slowly and deeply can help keep you calm After four deep breaths shrug your shoulders up to your ears then quickly release them Repeat this four times Again this helps to release tension Slowly open your eyes and notice how relaxed you are Now you are in a better place to focus on your healthy eating goals make changes and see improvements As an experienced nutrition coach I can keep you on track to a healthier lifestyle My business is based in West Bridgford but I also offer a telephone or Skype service for busy clients who can t travel to see me I deliver healthy eating advice to individuals groups and businesses By talking informally about how to develop a healthy balanced diet I encourage people to make small but permanent changes to the foods they eat and the lifestyle they lead Being a chef is a great advantage as it allows me to develop healthy eating recipes for those that need a helping hand This has led to the creation of my vegan cookery school where guests can update their skills learn new ones and take home tasty vegan meals Contact details 07946 301338 www nutrition coach co uk susan nutrition coach co uk

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A pathway to faster treatment Since opening earlier this year Spire Nottingham Hospital has seen a steady rise in patients paying for their own treatment For some it may be that the waiting times are just too long whilst for others their treatment options may have been restricted as they are listed as Procedures of Limited Clinical Value PLCV There are many reasons why having to wait for medical treatment can be a bleak prospect For some they will be in pain or unable to work or have a nagging problem that chips away at their quality of life whilst for others they simply want to get back to what they love doing And for many that don t have private medical insurance self pay seems to be an option especially with finance available to some subject to terms and conditions Varicose vein removal vasectomies and vasectomy reversals and many other operations 143 have been placed on the NHS list of Procedures of Limited Clinical Value PLCV which can severely limit access to treatments The term Procedures of Limited Clinical Value refers to procedures that are of value but only in the right clinical circumstances which means treatments with minimal health gain are restricted Cataract removals and even hip and knee replacements have made it onto the PLCV list and many people are finding they no longer qualify for treatment or are waiting longer to see a consultant If paying for your treatment is the pathway you decide on then at Spire Nottingham Hospital you will receive fast access to consultants and diagnostics You will then learn what treatment you need and importantly the fixed price for the complete course of that treatment What are the top ten procedures that people are paying for 1 Hysterectomy A hysterectomy is an operation to take out the uterus womb and sometimes the cervix and other reproductive organs A radical hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the uterus ovaries cervix oviducts lymph nodes and lymph channels In all cases if the woman is premenopausal menstruation will stop and she will not be able to bear children 2 Cataract surgery Phacoemulsification Modern cataract surgery where the eye s dysfunctional lens is emulsified with an ultrasonic hand piece and removed from the eye to be replaced with an irrigation of balanced salt solution which cools the hand piece and maintains the structure of the eye until a new artificial lens is inserted 3 Epidural Epidural steroid injections ESIs are a common treatment option for many forms of lower back or leg pain and are an integral part of the nonsurgical management of sciatica The aim of the injection is pain relief and at times the injection alone is sufficient However it is commonly used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to provide additional benefits 4 Colonoscopy A colonoscopy is an examination to look at the lining of your whole large bowel A long flexible tube endoscope with a bright light and a tiny camera on the end is inserted through the back passage to enable a clear view of the bowel lining 5 Arthroscopy Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure which uses a thin telescope with a light source an arthroscope to look inside joints and if necessary the surgeon can use an arthroscope to perform keyhole surgery Arthroscopy is most often used to investigate or treat knee problems but can also be used for the shoulder hip elbow wrist and ankle or even for hand or foot problems 6 Endoscopy An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a person s body using an endoscope a long thin tube with a light and a video camera An endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue It can also be used for enabling biopsies and retrieving foreign objects 7 Vasectomy reversal A vasectomy reversal reconnects the male reproductive tract after interruption by a vasectomy 8 Knee replacement Knee replacement or knee arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to replace the weightbearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain It is most commonly performed for osteoarthritis or other knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis 9 Hip replacement Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi half replacement 10 Prolapsed disc With a prolapsed disc a surgeon will endeavour to take away the bulge that is pressing on the nerves A prolapsed disc often causes severe lower back pain as well as pain and other symptoms in the leg For more information or to book an appointment call our bookings team on 0115 937 7801 or email NTGbookings spirehealthcare com

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A pathway to faster treatment Since opening earlier this year Spire Nottingham Hospital has seen a steady rise in patients paying for their own treatment For some it may be that the waiting times are just too long whilst for others their treatment options may have been restricted as they are listed as Procedures of Limited Clinical Value PLCV There are many reasons why having to wait for medical treatment can be a bleak prospect For some they will be in pain or unable to work or have a nagging problem that chips away at their quality of life whilst for others they simply want to get back to what they love doing And for many that don t have private medical insurance self pay seems to be an option especially with finance available to some subject to terms and conditions Varicose vein removal vasectomies and vasectomy reversals and many other operations 143 have been placed on the NHS list of Procedures of Limited Clinical Value PLCV which can severely limit access to treatments The term Procedures of Limited Clinical Value refers to procedures that are of value but only in the right clinical circumstances which means treatments with minimal health gain are restricted Cataract removals and even hip and knee replacements have made it onto the PLCV list and many people are finding they no longer qualify for treatment or are waiting longer to see a consultant If paying for your treatment is the pathway you decide on then at Spire Nottingham Hospital you will receive fast access to consultants and diagnostics You will then learn what treatment you need and importantly the fixed price for the complete course of that treatment What are the top ten procedures that people are paying for 1 Hysterectomy A hysterectomy is an operation to take out the uterus womb and sometimes the cervix and other reproductive organs A radical hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of the uterus ovaries cervix oviducts lymph nodes and lymph channels In all cases if the woman is premenopausal menstruation will stop and she will not be able to bear children 2 Cataract surgery Phacoemulsification Modern cataract surgery where the eye s dysfunctional lens is emulsified with an ultrasonic hand piece and removed from the eye to be replaced with an irrigation of balanced salt solution which cools the hand piece and maintains the structure of the eye until a new artificial lens is inserted 3 Epidural Epidural steroid injections ESIs are a common treatment option for many forms of lower back or leg pain and are an integral part of the nonsurgical management of sciatica The aim of the injection is pain relief and at times the injection alone is sufficient However it is commonly used in combination with a comprehensive rehabilitation programme to provide additional benefits 4 Colonoscopy A colonoscopy is an examination to look at the lining of your whole large bowel A long flexible tube endoscope with a bright light and a tiny camera on the end is inserted through the back passage to enable a clear view of the bowel lining 5 Arthroscopy Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure which uses a thin telescope with a light source an arthroscope to look inside joints and if necessary the surgeon can use an arthroscope to perform keyhole surgery Arthroscopy is most often used to investigate or treat knee problems but can also be used for the shoulder hip elbow wrist and ankle or even for hand or foot problems 6 Endoscopy An endoscopy involves examining the inside of a person s body using an endoscope a long thin tube with a light and a video camera An endoscopy is a minimally invasive diagnostic medical procedure used to examine the interior surfaces of an organ or tissue It can also be used for enabling biopsies and retrieving foreign objects 7 Vasectomy reversal A vasectomy reversal reconnects the male reproductive tract after interruption by a vasectomy 8 Knee replacement Knee replacement or knee arthroplasty is a surgical procedure to replace the weightbearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain It is most commonly performed for osteoarthritis or other knee diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis 9 Hip replacement Hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is replaced by a prosthetic implant Hip replacement surgery can be performed as a total replacement or a hemi half replacement 10 Prolapsed disc With a prolapsed disc a surgeon will endeavour to take away the bulge that is pressing on the nerves A prolapsed disc often causes severe lower back pain as well as pain and other symptoms in the leg For more information or to book an appointment call our bookings team on 0115 937 7801 or email NTGbookings spirehealthcare com

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CARE WELLBEING 145 The POWER of Your Thoughts I talk about the power of thoughts a lot with my clients as it affects everything Basically how you THINK and FEEL creates your REALITY the life that you are living right now Here is a little diagram that explains it very simply Everything that happens to us all our experiences influences good or bad lead to us creating our beliefs and perceptions of what we think is true or not These lead to our thoughts and from our thoughts come our feelings How we feel about something determines what we do and that leads to our results our reality our life But it s just a tiny bit more complicated than that most of us understand that we feel the way we think but are you also aware we think the way we feel When you have a thought your body releases a corresponding cocktail of chemicals that goes with that thought for example if you have lots to do and start to think I have no time to do all this work I just can t get everything done this instantly releases stress chemicals into your body and you start to feel the symptoms of stress such as a headache feeling tense anxious etc This becomes the norm for so many of us we are teaching our bodies to feel a negative emotion such as stress Your body becomes addicted to this feeling this feeling feels normal to you and we end up doing the things that generate that same feeling for example scrolling though Facebook constantly checking emails texts Instagram Twitter to do lists etc These create the same stress chemicals in our bodies feelings and we then start to think those negative thoughts again what if what if You see we feel what we think but we also think what we feel Now you can see why it s a hard cycle to break and it takes conscious work You first have to be aware of the thoughts you are having not always easy then you have to change those thoughts This is the difficult bit for most of us because your body will do everything it can to stop you It is a chemical reactor it is used to the chemicals you have been sending into your system and it is addicted to them Therefore it does not want you to change So if you really want to make changes in your life you have to do things differently and make such a strong commitment a strong intention to change Rapid Transformational Therapy works for the simple reason we work on your beliefs change these and your life will change too so contact me for a free no obligation chat at info PhilippaBottrillRTT com or book online at www PhilippaBottrillRTT com

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CARE WELLBEING 145 The POWER of Your Thoughts I talk about the power of thoughts a lot with my clients as it affects everything Basically how you THINK and FEEL creates your REALITY the life that you are living right now Here is a little diagram that explains it very simply Everything that happens to us all our experiences influences good or bad lead to us creating our beliefs and perceptions of what we think is true or not These lead to our thoughts and from our thoughts come our feelings How we feel about something determines what we do and that leads to our results our reality our life But it s just a tiny bit more complicated than that most of us understand that we feel the way we think but are you also aware we think the way we feel When you have a thought your body releases a corresponding cocktail of chemicals that goes with that thought for example if you have lots to do and start to think I have no time to do all this work I just can t get everything done this instantly releases stress chemicals into your body and you start to feel the symptoms of stress such as a headache feeling tense anxious etc This becomes the norm for so many of us we are teaching our bodies to feel a negative emotion such as stress Your body becomes addicted to this feeling this feeling feels normal to you and we end up doing the things that generate that same feeling for example scrolling though Facebook constantly checking emails texts Instagram Twitter to do lists etc These create the same stress chemicals in our bodies feelings and we then start to think those negative thoughts again what if what if You see we feel what we think but we also think what we feel Now you can see why it s a hard cycle to break and it takes conscious work You first have to be aware of the thoughts you are having not always easy then you have to change those thoughts This is the difficult bit for most of us because your body will do everything it can to stop you It is a chemical reactor it is used to the chemicals you have been sending into your system and it is addicted to them Therefore it does not want you to change So if you really want to make changes in your life you have to do things differently and make such a strong commitment a strong intention to change Rapid Transformational Therapy works for the simple reason we work on your beliefs change these and your life will change too so contact me for a free no obligation chat at info PhilippaBottrillRTT com or book online at www PhilippaBottrillRTT com

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CARE WELLBEING 147 The pervasive rise of pain killer addiction Prescriptions for strong opiod painkillers have seen a sharp increase in the last decade from 12 to 24 million NHS Digital figures These include drugs such as codeine and tramadol More recently there has also been a sharp rise in addiction to pregabalin and gabapentin known as the new Valium for chronic pain relief One million Brits are being prescribed this medication Opiods act on different parts of the brain and nervous system which includes the spinal cord Darren Rolfe CEO of Steps Together rehab in Nottinghamshire says that they have indeed seen an increase of clients coming to them with painkiller addiction Our philosophy is to offer an evidence based program that is focused on abstinence There is help and the team is made up of leading experts in the field of detox and recovery and the treatments have shown fantastic outcomes We use a range of counselling techniques including group and one to one cognitive based therapy Alongside this there is a large focus on mindfulness and freshly prepared food so looking at the well being of the whole person Help a loved one For family members concerned about a loved one intervention is often the first step to recovery A caring family programme is proven to be the most successful and loving way to get a loved one on the road to recovery Client testimonial I walked in a scared broken person and walked out confident with tools and coping mechanisms ready to begin a new chapter in my life M G

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CARE WELLBEING 147 The pervasive rise of pain killer addiction Prescriptions for strong opiod painkillers have seen a sharp increase in the last decade from 12 to 24 million NHS Digital figures These include drugs such as codeine and tramadol More recently there has also been a sharp rise in addiction to pregabalin and gabapentin known as the new Valium for chronic pain relief One million Brits are being prescribed this medication Opiods act on different parts of the brain and nervous system which includes the spinal cord Darren Rolfe CEO of Steps Together rehab in Nottinghamshire says that they have indeed seen an increase of clients coming to them with painkiller addiction Our philosophy is to offer an evidence based program that is focused on abstinence There is help and the team is made up of leading experts in the field of detox and recovery and the treatments have shown fantastic outcomes We use a range of counselling techniques including group and one to one cognitive based therapy Alongside this there is a large focus on mindfulness and freshly prepared food so looking at the well being of the whole person Help a loved one For family members concerned about a loved one intervention is often the first step to recovery A caring family programme is proven to be the most successful and loving way to get a loved one on the road to recovery Client testimonial I walked in a scared broken person and walked out confident with tools and coping mechanisms ready to begin a new chapter in my life M G

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CARE WELLBEING Free health and wellness event The biggest personal health and wellbeing event of the year is coming to the East Midlands A host of speakers and more than 50 providers offering everything from laughter yoga to drumming therapy and mindfulness have already signed up to appear at the Unlimited Wellbeing Exhibition and Conference at Derby County s Pride Park stadium on March 25 The not for profit event is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to promote the huge variety of local companies which help to make up the country s rapidly growing health and wellbeing industry which is estimated to be worth 50bn a year It will also raise money for Treetops Hospice Care in Risley which provides support for people with life limiting illnesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire The event has been organised by Sanjiv Corepal a self confessed former workaholic who gave up his 80hour weeks after realising he was ruining his health Now a converted mindfulness expert and qualified coach Sanjiv from Nottingham is using the event to show people the wide array of services that are available and also encourage employers to explore wellbeing options in order to help their staff It will also mark the launch of Sanjiv s new website www unlimitedwellbeing co uk which aims to bring together hundreds of health and wellness service providers under one online roof Sanjiv said The UK s wellbeing industry is massive and it s growing all the time People realise that looking after themselves is no longer just a lifestyle choice it s a lifestyle necessity and 2018 will see huge growth in services designed to benefit people s physical and mental health This is the biggest event of its kind in the UK and it s tremendously exciting For the first time the best local providers in the business will come together in one room to show what they do while visitors can explore them all and find out everything they need to know Entry to the event which takes place at Pride Park on March 25 from 10am is free and for more information visit www unlimitedwellbeing co uk 149

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CARE WELLBEING Free health and wellness event The biggest personal health and wellbeing event of the year is coming to the East Midlands A host of speakers and more than 50 providers offering everything from laughter yoga to drumming therapy and mindfulness have already signed up to appear at the Unlimited Wellbeing Exhibition and Conference at Derby County s Pride Park stadium on March 25 The not for profit event is the first of its kind in the UK and is designed to promote the huge variety of local companies which help to make up the country s rapidly growing health and wellbeing industry which is estimated to be worth 50bn a year It will also raise money for Treetops Hospice Care in Risley which provides support for people with life limiting illnesses across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire The event has been organised by Sanjiv Corepal a self confessed former workaholic who gave up his 80hour weeks after realising he was ruining his health Now a converted mindfulness expert and qualified coach Sanjiv from Nottingham is using the event to show people the wide array of services that are available and also encourage employers to explore wellbeing options in order to help their staff It will also mark the launch of Sanjiv s new website www unlimitedwellbeing co uk which aims to bring together hundreds of health and wellness service providers under one online roof Sanjiv said The UK s wellbeing industry is massive and it s growing all the time People realise that looking after themselves is no longer just a lifestyle choice it s a lifestyle necessity and 2018 will see huge growth in services designed to benefit people s physical and mental health This is the biggest event of its kind in the UK and it s tremendously exciting For the first time the best local providers in the business will come together in one room to show what they do while visitors can explore them all and find out everything they need to know Entry to the event which takes place at Pride Park on March 25 from 10am is free and for more information visit www unlimitedwellbeing co uk 149

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150 CARE WELLBEING CARE WELLBEING 151 New 12m Care Home Moves Closer to Completion Work continues apace on a state of the art new 12m care home in Nottingham which is now close to completion The build of the new generation 66 bed care facility on Ruddington Lane in Ruddington is now complete The external brickwork and roof tiling are complete meaning the building is now watertight and the 30 plus contractors and tradesmen on site are working hard on the interior to ensure the development remains ahead of schedule and ready for its planned opening in March Known as Ruddington Manor the expertly designed impressive care facility is the latest for New Care one of the UK s fastest growing development led care home operators and part of the award winning McGoff Group It is the company s second care home in Nottingham having opened The Grand Care Centre in West Bridgford in 2015 When complete Ruddington Manor will cater for the aspiring needs of its Nottinghamshire residents providing the highest standards of safety comfort and care It will offer high quality person centred care and an exceptional clinical offering including residential nursing and specialist dementia care services Ruddington Manor will also feature a high specification finish and will be decorated by an interior designer creating a stylish yet comfortable practical and safe space In addition to communal lounges formal dining rooms and landscaped gardens residents at Ruddington Manor will enjoy the privacy of their own spacious bedroom complete with en suite wet room and a host of hotel style services including fine dining a hair salon and nail bar and a busy and varied programme of daily activities CEO at New Care Chris McGoff comments It s less than three months until we open Ruddington Manor and I am delighted with the progress that is being made on site The team are busy working on the interior so we re well on track to complete in April Ruddington Manor is an expertly designed purpose built care facility that will provide first class care services in a stylish setting We are confident that this care home will follow the same successful path as The Grand which operates on full occupancy and boasts an established professional and caring team We remain committed to improving the standards of care across the UK and are fully confident that Ruddington Manor will be a much welcomed addition in Nottingham For further information on Ruddington Manor please contact Dawn Collett on 0161 927 2940 or email enquiries newcarehomes com Alternatively visit www newcarehomes com

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150 CARE WELLBEING CARE WELLBEING 151 New 12m Care Home Moves Closer to Completion Work continues apace on a state of the art new 12m care home in Nottingham which is now close to completion The build of the new generation 66 bed care facility on Ruddington Lane in Ruddington is now complete The external brickwork and roof tiling are complete meaning the building is now watertight and the 30 plus contractors and tradesmen on site are working hard on the interior to ensure the development remains ahead of schedule and ready for its planned opening in March Known as Ruddington Manor the expertly designed impressive care facility is the latest for New Care one of the UK s fastest growing development led care home operators and part of the award winning McGoff Group It is the company s second care home in Nottingham having opened The Grand Care Centre in West Bridgford in 2015 When complete Ruddington Manor will cater for the aspiring needs of its Nottinghamshire residents providing the highest standards of safety comfort and care It will offer high quality person centred care and an exceptional clinical offering including residential nursing and specialist dementia care services Ruddington Manor will also feature a high specification finish and will be decorated by an interior designer creating a stylish yet comfortable practical and safe space In addition to communal lounges formal dining rooms and landscaped gardens residents at Ruddington Manor will enjoy the privacy of their own spacious bedroom complete with en suite wet room and a host of hotel style services including fine dining a hair salon and nail bar and a busy and varied programme of daily activities CEO at New Care Chris McGoff comments It s less than three months until we open Ruddington Manor and I am delighted with the progress that is being made on site The team are busy working on the interior so we re well on track to complete in April Ruddington Manor is an expertly designed purpose built care facility that will provide first class care services in a stylish setting We are confident that this care home will follow the same successful path as The Grand which operates on full occupancy and boasts an established professional and caring team We remain committed to improving the standards of care across the UK and are fully confident that Ruddington Manor will be a much welcomed addition in Nottingham For further information on Ruddington Manor please contact Dawn Collett on 0161 927 2940 or email enquiries newcarehomes com Alternatively visit www newcarehomes com

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CARE WELLBEING 153 Specialised Care Voyage Care recently celebrated the imminent opening of its new residential pathway care home in Nottinghamshire R Ruddington View will consist of a staff team of around 40 and there are still remain some vacancies to complete the team of support workers Victoria Johnston who recently joined Voyage Care as a senior support worker said The training has been fantastic Learning together has allowed us to build a working relationship and bond before we ve even started at the new service I feel really confident about beginning my new role with Voyage Care and self harm eating disorder and effective communication Working alongside our training department we have the ability to design and deliver bespoke training around the needs of the individuals Our vision is to be able to support people effectively so they can progress onto other support accommodation and develop strong community links For some people they will have a detailed transition into the home To provide a positive and successful transition Voyage Care will work closely alongside the person s existing support team and ensure crucial support information is shared Voyage Care is committed to providing outstanding and personcentred support for everyone they support If you are passionate about care and are interested in a position at Ruddington View please call the recruitment team on 0800 035 5474 or email your CV to vacancies voyagecare com quoting Ruddington If you d like to find out more about Voyage Care visit www voyagecare com Victoria added It is very relaxed and open here at Ruddington View there s a lot of space for people the garden is going to be magnificent in the summer with lovely views and opportunities for outdoor activities As new residents arrive they will have the opportunity to work with our dedicated behavioural therapist to produce meaningful activity and support plans uddington View will provide care and support for up to eight people the property has two unplanned bungalows which have been specifically designed to assist people outside formal hospital settings alongside the transforming care agenda The bungalows benefits from a short term support pathway that delivers intense support during difficult times In addition there are two step down flats four residential ensuite bedrooms and a spacious communal living area The home has been lovingly decorated and designed to mirror home life with a communal kitchen dining area and garden Ruddington View provides the people Voyage Care support with a safe environment which is supported by positive behavioural support from our trained staff team Smita Rathod Registered Manager at Ruddington View said Our training is bespoke around mental health and dual diagnosis We provide training that specifically focuses on The Mental Health Act Furthermore we deliver training on specific topics such as drugs and alcohol suicide

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CARE WELLBEING 153 Specialised Care Voyage Care recently celebrated the imminent opening of its new residential pathway care home in Nottinghamshire R Ruddington View will consist of a staff team of around 40 and there are still remain some vacancies to complete the team of support workers Victoria Johnston who recently joined Voyage Care as a senior support worker said The training has been fantastic Learning together has allowed us to build a working relationship and bond before we ve even started at the new service I feel really confident about beginning my new role with Voyage Care and self harm eating disorder and effective communication Working alongside our training department we have the ability to design and deliver bespoke training around the needs of the individuals Our vision is to be able to support people effectively so they can progress onto other support accommodation and develop strong community links For some people they will have a detailed transition into the home To provide a positive and successful transition Voyage Care will work closely alongside the person s existing support team and ensure crucial support information is shared Voyage Care is committed to providing outstanding and personcentred support for everyone they support If you are passionate about care and are interested in a position at Ruddington View please call the recruitment team on 0800 035 5474 or email your CV to vacancies voyagecare com quoting Ruddington If you d like to find out more about Voyage Care visit www voyagecare com Victoria added It is very relaxed and open here at Ruddington View there s a lot of space for people the garden is going to be magnificent in the summer with lovely views and opportunities for outdoor activities As new residents arrive they will have the opportunity to work with our dedicated behavioural therapist to produce meaningful activity and support plans uddington View will provide care and support for up to eight people the property has two unplanned bungalows which have been specifically designed to assist people outside formal hospital settings alongside the transforming care agenda The bungalows benefits from a short term support pathway that delivers intense support during difficult times In addition there are two step down flats four residential ensuite bedrooms and a spacious communal living area The home has been lovingly decorated and designed to mirror home life with a communal kitchen dining area and garden Ruddington View provides the people Voyage Care support with a safe environment which is supported by positive behavioural support from our trained staff team Smita Rathod Registered Manager at Ruddington View said Our training is bespoke around mental health and dual diagnosis We provide training that specifically focuses on The Mental Health Act Furthermore we deliver training on specific topics such as drugs and alcohol suicide

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CARE WELLBEING Open Your Heart This February Currently there are around 2 6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease We all have a heart which means we could all be at risk so this February take some time to learn how to maintain a healthy heart as part of National Heart Month U nderstanding different heart conditions isn t an easy task there are so many types and you need to know how the heart functions and the various tasks it performs in the body on a daily basis to fully understand these conditions Looking at the facts and recognising which risks to watch out for will benefit yourself and the people you love in the long run Managing your diet keeping fit and watching your blood pressure are just a few important ways to maintain a healthy heart This important month also gives us the chance to do something to raise awareness for National Heart Month for example holding your own Red Wine Tasting Evening Did you know red wine is good for the heart Only in moderation Why not host a Come Dine Red with Me evening by asking your friends and family to bring along Make time for your heart Your heart and brain are arguably the most important organs in your body yet illness and disease related to these organs is responsible for the large majority of ill health in humans Therefore it is only sensible to look after them Whilst heart disease can occur at any age generally speaking heart problems start to become more prevalent past the age of 40 An advancement in treatment technology over the past 20 years means that there is now ample scope to assess and treat early problems to avoid major heart problems occurring It is these advanced treatments and screening programs that have led to a significant fall in the incidence of heart attacks occurring over the last 10 years Common problems that many people discount due to simply getting older include feeling more easily breathless or tired when going about their daily routine the feeling of the heart racing or jumping unusually the feeling of mild discomfort in the chest jaw or arms on infrequent occasions or a feeling of mild light headedness or headache unusually Whilst none of these non specific symptoms necessarily indicate any significant heart or other abnormality they are common early symptoms of problems such as angina heart rhythm irregularity high blood pressure and faulty heart valves amongst other things All such conditions are eminently treatable if diagnosed correctly treated expertly and correctly controlled to improve an individual s health and outlook for a good health life Therefore past a certain age it is sensible to have a health check at regular intervals which from a heart viewpoint should include an assessment of the various types of blood cholesterol levels blood pressure levels a formal assessment of heart and lung health and a review of how lifestyle adjustments such as healthy eating and exercise can be optimised Early detection and treatment of these types of heart related problems certainly improve the outlook for avoiding serious other illnesses and is undoubtedly better than having a serious illness and taking action belatedly So make time for your heart it s the only one you ve got Consult Healthcare provide a bespoke health screening service led by experienced doctors If you have a health concern or simply want a comprehensive check up and would like to discuss your individual needs please call Consult Healthcare on 0115 727 0025 a red themed dish cooked with wine strawberries tomatoes or any red food the list is endless A great opportunity for you to practise your cooking skills and raise money for a worthy cause There are many other activities for everyone s taste and budget including workmates family members or friends to take part in Own a business Have a Wear red to work day Feeling funky Dye your hair red for the month or do something simple and creative like making handmade Valentine s Day cards to raise some extra pennies Open your hearts and give your time and effort this National Heart Month The British Heart Foundation s webpage www bhf org uk has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them and also offers a free fundraising kit 155

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CARE WELLBEING Open Your Heart This February Currently there are around 2 6 million people in the UK living with Coronary Heart Disease We all have a heart which means we could all be at risk so this February take some time to learn how to maintain a healthy heart as part of National Heart Month U nderstanding different heart conditions isn t an easy task there are so many types and you need to know how the heart functions and the various tasks it performs in the body on a daily basis to fully understand these conditions Looking at the facts and recognising which risks to watch out for will benefit yourself and the people you love in the long run Managing your diet keeping fit and watching your blood pressure are just a few important ways to maintain a healthy heart This important month also gives us the chance to do something to raise awareness for National Heart Month for example holding your own Red Wine Tasting Evening Did you know red wine is good for the heart Only in moderation Why not host a Come Dine Red with Me evening by asking your friends and family to bring along Make time for your heart Your heart and brain are arguably the most important organs in your body yet illness and disease related to these organs is responsible for the large majority of ill health in humans Therefore it is only sensible to look after them Whilst heart disease can occur at any age generally speaking heart problems start to become more prevalent past the age of 40 An advancement in treatment technology over the past 20 years means that there is now ample scope to assess and treat early problems to avoid major heart problems occurring It is these advanced treatments and screening programs that have led to a significant fall in the incidence of heart attacks occurring over the last 10 years Common problems that many people discount due to simply getting older include feeling more easily breathless or tired when going about their daily routine the feeling of the heart racing or jumping unusually the feeling of mild discomfort in the chest jaw or arms on infrequent occasions or a feeling of mild light headedness or headache unusually Whilst none of these non specific symptoms necessarily indicate any significant heart or other abnormality they are common early symptoms of problems such as angina heart rhythm irregularity high blood pressure and faulty heart valves amongst other things All such conditions are eminently treatable if diagnosed correctly treated expertly and correctly controlled to improve an individual s health and outlook for a good health life Therefore past a certain age it is sensible to have a health check at regular intervals which from a heart viewpoint should include an assessment of the various types of blood cholesterol levels blood pressure levels a formal assessment of heart and lung health and a review of how lifestyle adjustments such as healthy eating and exercise can be optimised Early detection and treatment of these types of heart related problems certainly improve the outlook for avoiding serious other illnesses and is undoubtedly better than having a serious illness and taking action belatedly So make time for your heart it s the only one you ve got Consult Healthcare provide a bespoke health screening service led by experienced doctors If you have a health concern or simply want a comprehensive check up and would like to discuss your individual needs please call Consult Healthcare on 0115 727 0025 a red themed dish cooked with wine strawberries tomatoes or any red food the list is endless A great opportunity for you to practise your cooking skills and raise money for a worthy cause There are many other activities for everyone s taste and budget including workmates family members or friends to take part in Own a business Have a Wear red to work day Feeling funky Dye your hair red for the month or do something simple and creative like making handmade Valentine s Day cards to raise some extra pennies Open your hearts and give your time and effort this National Heart Month The British Heart Foundation s webpage www bhf org uk has information about heart diseases and how you can beat them and also offers a free fundraising kit 155

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CARE WELLBEING 156 CARE WELLBEING Eastgate Care Quality Home Living Situated within stunning surroundings Canal Vue provides stylish residential nursing accommodation in a safe and secure home environment astgate has been providing care and quality home living for over 25 years across five dedicated Care Homes throughout the East Midlands Alexandra House Belle Vue Canal Vue Melbourne House and Park House Located less than a mile from Ilkeston town centre 16 miles from Nottingham city centre and eight miles from the M1 Canal Vue offers easy access for the local community whilst maintaining strong links with essential nearby amenities including the GP optician dentist and hairdressers A unique feature of Canal Vue is its picturesque location with water side views and canal life The building is positioned and designed to maximise scenic views of the Erewash this charming asset gives tranquillity to the Home with its associated wildlife mature trees and the occasional colourful traditional barge passing through creating an attractive changing panorama for residents to enjoy Tastefully decorated throughout the Care Home reflects attention to detail and the personal touches of a family run business in every room Dedicated to fulfilling the need for superior care accommodation Canal Vue provides a range of specialist services including nursing convalescence respite dementia personal and residential care A substantial local employer Eastgate attracts fully trained and dedicated staff by offering competitive rates and career progress E employing 350 members of staff across the company Carol Martin Home Manager at Canal Vue has been with Eastgate for over nine years after progressing through the ranks She said There are always opportunities for career progression here I started as a Night Carer and progressed over my nine year career to become the Home Manager after deciding I wanted to work with people and make a difference It s always been a good company to work for with great support from expert colleagues Residents and visitors are welcomed by a large open plan reception which provides a light uplifting area for dining and activities leading out onto decking overlooking the waterway This purpose built home provides a stylish space for residents featuring six separate lounge areas offering libraries specialist activity quiet and sensory areas The home has 70 spacious en suite rooms tastefully decorated in individual styles with light solid oak furniture and can be personalised with favourite items Easily accessible for all the beautiful gardens have several seating areas and direct French door access making the outdoors even more inviting Dedicated Activities Co ordinators also provide regularly organised trips events and outings to keep the residents entertained whilst the Chef and kitchen staff prepare home cooked food on a daily basis using fresh ingredients With a focus on safety and security the Care Home has fully qualified nursing staff and 24 hour specialist nurse call systems as well as the latest safety technology giving high visibility of all areas from the main desk To discuss your requirements please email enquiries eastgatecare co uk Call 0115 979 1234 or visit www eastgatecare co uk Pictured left to right Tina Vallance Kayleigh Callaghan Carol Martin and Louise Chadwick 157

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CARE WELLBEING 156 CARE WELLBEING Eastgate Care Quality Home Living Situated within stunning surroundings Canal Vue provides stylish residential nursing accommodation in a safe and secure home environment astgate has been providing care and quality home living for over 25 years across five dedicated Care Homes throughout the East Midlands Alexandra House Belle Vue Canal Vue Melbourne House and Park House Located less than a mile from Ilkeston town centre 16 miles from Nottingham city centre and eight miles from the M1 Canal Vue offers easy access for the local community whilst maintaining strong links with essential nearby amenities including the GP optician dentist and hairdressers A unique feature of Canal Vue is its picturesque location with water side views and canal life The building is positioned and designed to maximise scenic views of the Erewash this charming asset gives tranquillity to the Home with its associated wildlife mature trees and the occasional colourful traditional barge passing through creating an attractive changing panorama for residents to enjoy Tastefully decorated throughout the Care Home reflects attention to detail and the personal touches of a family run business in every room Dedicated to fulfilling the need for superior care accommodation Canal Vue provides a range of specialist services including nursing convalescence respite dementia personal and residential care A substantial local employer Eastgate attracts fully trained and dedicated staff by offering competitive rates and career progress E employing 350 members of staff across the company Carol Martin Home Manager at Canal Vue has been with Eastgate for over nine years after progressing through the ranks She said There are always opportunities for career progression here I started as a Night Carer and progressed over my nine year career to become the Home Manager after deciding I wanted to work with people and make a difference It s always been a good company to work for with great support from expert colleagues Residents and visitors are welcomed by a large open plan reception which provides a light uplifting area for dining and activities leading out onto decking overlooking the waterway This purpose built home provides a stylish space for residents featuring six separate lounge areas offering libraries specialist activity quiet and sensory areas The home has 70 spacious en suite rooms tastefully decorated in individual styles with light solid oak furniture and can be personalised with favourite items Easily accessible for all the beautiful gardens have several seating areas and direct French door access making the outdoors even more inviting Dedicated Activities Co ordinators also provide regularly organised trips events and outings to keep the residents entertained whilst the Chef and kitchen staff prepare home cooked food on a daily basis using fresh ingredients With a focus on safety and security the Care Home has fully qualified nursing staff and 24 hour specialist nurse call systems as well as the latest safety technology giving high visibility of all areas from the main desk To discuss your requirements please email enquiries eastgatecare co uk Call 0115 979 1234 or visit www eastgatecare co uk Pictured left to right Tina Vallance Kayleigh Callaghan Carol Martin and Louise Chadwick 157

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158 CARE WELLBEING BRINGING HOMESHARE TO NOTTINGHAM hings could have been very different for Shirley 85 when she was diagnosed with dementia With her family living abroad it looked like she might have to follow the route of many dementia sufferers and go into a home T Yet thanks to an innovative new scheme called Homeshare Shirley offered a vacant room in her home in return for a few hours a week of social support Haylea Rudge 24 a volunteer with Princes Trust heard about the scheme and was soon matched with Shirley She said It s great here I do a bit of cleaning and put the bins out for Shirley We like to have tea and make chocolate mousse and then I have my own life too I live in a great place that I wouldn t normally be able to afford Shirley s daughter Brenda praised the scheme It s not easy when your relative is diagnosed with dementia It s even harder when you live far away like I do Homeshare is ideal for older people whether or not they have dementia Ruth Bamber of social enterprise Possabilities manages the scheme She said we are delighted about the opportunity to promote Homeshare across the region and are looking forward to supporting more people finding matches and making lives easier We hope to reduce isolation and loneliness in the local area with Homeshare We want to hear from anyone who has a spare room could use some social support who needs a place to live and could offer up to ten hours of support each week We do all the matching and the safety checks If you think you or a relative could be a Homesharer contact Ruth on 07976 812121 More information is at www possabilities org uk homeshare 159

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158 CARE WELLBEING BRINGING HOMESHARE TO NOTTINGHAM hings could have been very different for Shirley 85 when she was diagnosed with dementia With her family living abroad it looked like she might have to follow the route of many dementia sufferers and go into a home T Yet thanks to an innovative new scheme called Homeshare Shirley offered a vacant room in her home in return for a few hours a week of social support Haylea Rudge 24 a volunteer with Princes Trust heard about the scheme and was soon matched with Shirley She said It s great here I do a bit of cleaning and put the bins out for Shirley We like to have tea and make chocolate mousse and then I have my own life too I live in a great place that I wouldn t normally be able to afford Shirley s daughter Brenda praised the scheme It s not easy when your relative is diagnosed with dementia It s even harder when you live far away like I do Homeshare is ideal for older people whether or not they have dementia Ruth Bamber of social enterprise Possabilities manages the scheme She said we are delighted about the opportunity to promote Homeshare across the region and are looking forward to supporting more people finding matches and making lives easier We hope to reduce isolation and loneliness in the local area with Homeshare We want to hear from anyone who has a spare room could use some social support who needs a place to live and could offer up to ten hours of support each week We do all the matching and the safety checks If you think you or a relative could be a Homesharer contact Ruth on 07976 812121 More information is at www possabilities org uk homeshare 159

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161 Make A Wish Can you remember your last birthday wish New Year s resolution or personal goal and did you achieve it When Sam Pella turned 40 she decided to set herself an inspirational challenge to make a difference before her next birthday This is because Sam a company director at Mansfield based promotional merchandise specialists Pellacraft is planning to spend her 40th birthday year raising 40 000 for charity In order to raise the required 40 000 Sam will take on 40 challenges which will test her both mentally and physically Throughout 2018 Sam is undertaking a number of daunting tasks which includes cycling a distance of 1300 miles swimming 40 kilometres walking 400 miles and baking 40 cakes The money Sam raises will be shared between four charities that are very close to her heart each whom will receive 10 000 each The chosen charities are Cerebral Palsy Sport Framework Nottinghamshire Women s Aid and the British Heart Foundation Commenting on the big year ahead of her Sam said I thought my 40th birthday shouldn t be all about me and I wanted to use it as a springboard to do something special The 40 challenges will be completed throughout 2018 and beyond I won t stop until I have raised 40 000 If you would like to help Sam raise money for her chosen charities you can donate by visiting her funding page www sampella40challenges com

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161 Make A Wish Can you remember your last birthday wish New Year s resolution or personal goal and did you achieve it When Sam Pella turned 40 she decided to set herself an inspirational challenge to make a difference before her next birthday This is because Sam a company director at Mansfield based promotional merchandise specialists Pellacraft is planning to spend her 40th birthday year raising 40 000 for charity In order to raise the required 40 000 Sam will take on 40 challenges which will test her both mentally and physically Throughout 2018 Sam is undertaking a number of daunting tasks which includes cycling a distance of 1300 miles swimming 40 kilometres walking 400 miles and baking 40 cakes The money Sam raises will be shared between four charities that are very close to her heart each whom will receive 10 000 each The chosen charities are Cerebral Palsy Sport Framework Nottinghamshire Women s Aid and the British Heart Foundation Commenting on the big year ahead of her Sam said I thought my 40th birthday shouldn t be all about me and I wanted to use it as a springboard to do something special The 40 challenges will be completed throughout 2018 and beyond I won t stop until I have raised 40 000 If you would like to help Sam raise money for her chosen charities you can donate by visiting her funding page www sampella40challenges com

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BUSINESS 162 ACHIEVE YOUR BUSINESS MILESTONES GEARING UP FOR MIPIM Nottingham s strongest ever team is gearing up for MIPIM the world s largest property event taking place 13 16 March Team Nottingham which includes sponsors from across the city s property and construction industry will showcase the city on the global stage highlighting a number of key development sites and opportunities This will be the largest delegation from Nottingham ever to attend the property expo and combines public and private sector organisations with a shared goal of telling the city s story and promoting opportunities to national and international investors in the space of a few days Lorraine Baggs is head of inward investment at Invest in Nottingham She said Team Nottingham is stronger than ever before for 2018 and we are looking forward to showcasing what the city has to offer at MIPIM The private and public sector will be working together in collaboration not only to raise Nottingham s profile but also to bring forward key development schemes for the city Business investment for growth within Newark and Sherwood the Dovecote Case Study BEFORE AFTER The Pathfinder and Think BIG loans offer financial support for start up early trading and existing businesses The Pathfinder loans range from 5k to 25k for the purpose of achieving agreed milestones to becoming a viable growth business Think BIG provides loans varying from 25k to 150k to existing businesses that may not meet the banks lending criteria but are able to demonstrate that they have a viable proposition for growth The Dovecote Inn is a traditional country pub set in the historic village of Laxton Nottinghamshire The Inn has been managed by David and Linda Brown since May 2007 Pubs have to adapt to modern times by offering food wine and accommodation The pub already had two letting bedrooms with the possibility of creating a third from a derelict barn which would impact on the core business David and Linda had to demonstrate how financial help could grow the business safeguard jobs and generate more local employment In October 2016 the loan was agreed The new suite and upgrades were completed and ready for the launch by June 2017 The Dovecote is now equipped to deal with increased bookings David has been keen to recommend the Loan Fund and explained the process was quick simple and efficient we had a business plan and everything came together very quickly He said The outcome is that we have a superb third letting bedroom which has expanded our business and increased productivity

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BUSINESS 162 ACHIEVE YOUR BUSINESS MILESTONES GEARING UP FOR MIPIM Nottingham s strongest ever team is gearing up for MIPIM the world s largest property event taking place 13 16 March Team Nottingham which includes sponsors from across the city s property and construction industry will showcase the city on the global stage highlighting a number of key development sites and opportunities This will be the largest delegation from Nottingham ever to attend the property expo and combines public and private sector organisations with a shared goal of telling the city s story and promoting opportunities to national and international investors in the space of a few days Lorraine Baggs is head of inward investment at Invest in Nottingham She said Team Nottingham is stronger than ever before for 2018 and we are looking forward to showcasing what the city has to offer at MIPIM The private and public sector will be working together in collaboration not only to raise Nottingham s profile but also to bring forward key development schemes for the city Business investment for growth within Newark and Sherwood the Dovecote Case Study BEFORE AFTER The Pathfinder and Think BIG loans offer financial support for start up early trading and existing businesses The Pathfinder loans range from 5k to 25k for the purpose of achieving agreed milestones to becoming a viable growth business Think BIG provides loans varying from 25k to 150k to existing businesses that may not meet the banks lending criteria but are able to demonstrate that they have a viable proposition for growth The Dovecote Inn is a traditional country pub set in the historic village of Laxton Nottinghamshire The Inn has been managed by David and Linda Brown since May 2007 Pubs have to adapt to modern times by offering food wine and accommodation The pub already had two letting bedrooms with the possibility of creating a third from a derelict barn which would impact on the core business David and Linda had to demonstrate how financial help could grow the business safeguard jobs and generate more local employment In October 2016 the loan was agreed The new suite and upgrades were completed and ready for the launch by June 2017 The Dovecote is now equipped to deal with increased bookings David has been keen to recommend the Loan Fund and explained the process was quick simple and efficient we had a business plan and everything came together very quickly He said The outcome is that we have a superb third letting bedroom which has expanded our business and increased productivity

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