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                                         WHAT’S ON
                                       KIDS SPECIAL

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                                  to investments, discover
                                      all you need to know
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                                          ON DEVON
Offering the very best of
Africa, Botswana is the
perfect place for a holiday
in 2010...

Turn to page 3 for more
information, or visit

                                                                                           Worldwide Travel: sponsored by
Worldwide Travel                                                                          www.             tourism.org.uk

                                        All Abroad!
                                                                                                                                                                         It seems that no matter where you turn, the           enjoy the sun, sights and sounds of a foreign
                                                                                                                                                                         media keeps banging on about saving money             country but with out the crowds or the dent in
                                                                                                                                                                         by holidaying this summer here in Great               your bank balance.
                                                                                                                                                                         Britain, what with the financial worries and the
                                                                                                                                                                         falling exchange rate. However, if you want a         In fact, the strength of the Euro against the
                                                                                                                                                                         sun-soaked break, away from the doom and              Pound is one of the main reasons people are
                                                                                                                                                                         gloom of everyday life, where you can truly           choosing to stay in Great Britain this year;
                                                                                                                                                                         recharge your batteries, there’s nothing better       however, why not consider holidaying in a
                                                                                                                                                                         than a break abroad.                                  country outside of the Euro zone, such as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia.
                                                                                                                                                                         A holiday that allows you to truly relax and
                                                                                                                                                                         unwind with the sun on your back and the              However, there are still reasons to visit the
                                                                                                                                                                         stresses and strains of everyday life long            usual Brit holiday hotspots. France attracts
                                                                                                                                                                         forgotten, is just what we all need. Rising           around 75 million tourists each year, and it’s
                                                                                                                                                                         unemployment, falling wages and the general           not hard to see why, with attractions like The
                                                                                                                                                                         cost of living is making us an increasingly           Eiffel Tower and Palace of Versailles, as well
                                                                                                                                                                         depressed nation – the answer seems to be a           as the stunning scenery of Aquitaine, and the
                                                                                                                                                                         well-earned break to somewhere hot, sunny             wonderful wines of Burgundy. This amazing
                                                                                                                                                                         and far away.                                         country is now even easier to get to thanks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to the new Eurostar terminal at St Pancras
                                                                                                                                                                         However, recharging your batteries doesn’t            International; you can now get to Paris in less
                                                                                                                                                                         have to cost an arm and a leg; following              than four hours from the Aspire region!
                                                                                                                                                                         the recession and the tightening of our belts,
                                                                                                                                                                         many travel agents have had to renegotiate            If you’re after the holiday of a lifetime this
                                                                                                                                                                         various costs, such as hotel tariffs, meaning a       summer, or early autumn, Botswana is the
                                                                                                                                                                         holiday abroad might just cost you less than          ideal destination. Offering the very best of
                                                                                                                                                                         you think. If there’s a particular destination        Africa, Botswana is home to the big five
                                                                                                                                                                         that you want to visit this year and you’re           (African elephant, lion, leopard, white rhino
                                                                                                                                                                         not too fussed about where you stay or what           and buffalo) ensuring anybody who chooses
                                                                                                                                                                         time you fly out, you can pick up some great          this magnificent country for a safari holiday
                                                                                                                                                                         bargains – all you have to do is get online           will see a breathtaking array of wildlife in its
                                                                                                                                                                         and search.                                           natural habitat, without the commercialised
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               safari conveyer-belt often found in other
                                                                                                                                                                         The best way to save even more cash is to             African countries.
                                                                                                                                                                         enjoy a holiday abroad out of peak season.
                                                                                                                                                                         Thanks to the warmer weather, holidays in             It seems that there’s never been a better time
                                                                                                                                                                         September, October and even November                  than during a depressing recession to get
                                                                                                                                                                         aren’t out of the question – you can still            away from it all!

                    Sun, Sea & Sand At                                                     Discover BeAuTIFuL
                      Saint Jeannet                                                                    For Yourself
                     Holiday Lettings
                          The house is at the edge of the village and consists of two
                        individual apartments that may be rented either separately or
                       together. The top apartment has large kitchen/living room with
                                                                                                           Barbara Stone in Botswana
                          a settee/double bed, double bedroom and bathroom and a
                       mezzanine floor providing additional sleeping accommodation.
                        A spacious terrace garden enjoys unique panoramic views of         Known as the land of the No 1 Ladies’        but I fell head over heels in love with      land is totally wild and able to wander         or a safari camp with all usual facilities.
                                                                                           Detective, Mma Ramamotswe, and for           Botswana – it’s somewhere I definitely       freely; in the wilderness of Botswana,          For those looking for more adventure
                         the Mediterranean coast and surrounding hills and villages.
                                                                                           its diamonds, and tranquillity, Botswana     want to visit again, and I could even        it is you who are the intruder and your         participative camping or sleeping
                                                                                           offers the best of Africa. The range         see myself living there. It’s an amazing     presence is a privilege.                        under the stars is an option - whatever
                          The lower part of the house is a separate flat furnished and     of different terrains and landscapes,        country. As we travelled along the dusty                                                     you want, it’s available in Botswana.
                       redecorated. The ground floor, which is a combined living room      combined with the fantastic array of         and bumpy roads, we often had to stop        Botswana is home to an amazing array            In fact, the Botswana Government
                        and kitchen, includes a sofa/convertible double bed. The first     wildlife, makes this democratic country      dead in our tracks as animals crossed        of wildlife, including the big five: African    has taken the decision to preserve the
                        floor has a bedroom with double bed and bathroom with toilet       one of the premier safari destinations in    the road; once, we had to stop for four      elephant, lion, leopard, white rhino and        natural wilderness by ensuring tourism
                       and shower. A washing machine is available to both apartments.      southern Africa.                             huge elephants and it was just amazing       buffalo, as well as giraffe, cheetah, wild      is low volume, so each resort has a
                                                                                                                                        to see them so close. On top of the          dog, hyena, jackal and the full range           maximum of 24 beds, and many have
                                                                                           Our very own Assistant Sales Manager,        amazing wildlife we saw, the people in       of antelope, water-loving birds such as         much less than that, meaning you can
                       The area is ideal for walking, climbing and picnics. The ancient    Barbara Stone, recently visited this         Botswana were so friendly and happy;         pelicans and both greater and lesser            enjoy this amazing country at its unspoilt
                       Roman cathedral town of Vence, only 6km away, has excellent         amazing country, as she told us: “I          considering that they don’t have much,       flamingos, and hippos to name just a            best!
                       restaurants, art galleries and a swimming pool. There are also      recently visited Botswana with my            they’re so happy, it’s humbling.”            few!
                          street markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, delightful shops,        sister-in-law Caroline and the thing                                                                                                      So if you’ve not yet enjoyed a holiday
                        library and English is spoken in the banks and at the Tourist      that struck me most was how safe and         Although 33% of Botswana is made             Botswana is also the ideal place to             this summer, or are looking for an
                                                                                           comfortable we felt, as two women            up of Game Reserves and National             enjoy a spot of luxury and indulgence,          unforgettable destination to visit in 2011,
                                              Information Bureau.
                                                                                           travelling alone. We visited South Africa,   Parks, none of these areas are fenced        thanks to the accommodation on offer;           Botswana is clearly the place…
                                                                                           Botswana and Zimbabwe on our trip,           in, meaning the wildlife that roams the      from a top-class hotel, to a luxury lodge
                                 Contact: Mrs Olga Moyle
                   Tel: 01584 890391 or 07876 242942 Fax: 01584 891424                     Botswana Tourism Office               Tel: 020 76471018
                            Email: johnmoyle22@btinternet.com                              email: dparr@botswanatourism.org.uk Web: www.botswanatourism.org.uk

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                                                                        ISSUE 173
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                                                run out of things to keep the
                                                   kids busy with during the
                                              holidays? Take inspiration from
                                                             Aspire’s guide to
                                                           WHAT’S ON
                                                         KIDS SPECIAL

                                                    from debt management
                                                    to investments, discover
                                                        all you need to know
                                                              with our special

                                                         if you’re planning a
                                                       stay-cation and want
                                                              to please all the
                                                    family, take a look at our

                 Offering the very best
                 of Africa, Botswana is
                 the perfect place for a
                                                             ON DEVON
                 holiday in 2010...

                 Turn to page 3 for more
                 information, or visit


             Front Cover image courtesy of
                   Botswana Tourism

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                                                                                                                   Worldwide Travel: sponsored by
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French Fun At                                                                                                                                       Get Charitable Take a
                                                                                                                                                                   Walk on the
Saint                                                                                                                                               This Summer
                                                                                                                                                    At the start of 2005, there were over 200,000 registered charities in the UK, and
                                                                                                                                                    that number has been growing ever since. All are worthy causes, helping vunerable

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Wil dside
                                                                                                                                                    individuals, less fortunate than ourselves; from mental or physical illness, to housing, and
                                                                                                                                                    food aid.

                                                                                                                                                    When choosing a charity to donate to, you should think about what you care about,
                                                                                                                                                    what makes you want to act, or even something that may affect you or your family. If
                                                                                                                                                    you’re still not sure, then check out www.guidestar.org.uk, which can help you search for
                                                                                                                                                    a cause that’s close to your heart.

                                                                                                                                                    There are plenty of ways and means of aiding your charity, other than donating cash.
                                                                                                                                                    Start off by contacting a charity representative and ask them about the best ways to
                                                                                                                                                    get involved, but there’s no better way to help than taking part in a charity’s organised
    France is a wonderful destination for a holiday any     living room with a settee/double bed, double                                            event. From fun days, to running, there’s no better way to feel good about yourself,
    time of year, but the south of France is a particular   bedroom and bathroom, and a mezzanine floor                                             whilst raising money at the same time. Alternatively, if you feel you have more to give,
    hotspot for Brits looking for sun, sea and sand         that provides additional sleeping accommodation.                                        then most organisations welcome volunteers to help with the day-to-day running of an
    from their annual getaway. One area Aspire would        A spacious terrace garden enjoys unique                                                 office. Even if it’s just a few hours in the week or after work, your time can mean a lot to
    like to highly recommend is The Côte d’Azur. This       panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and                                          someone else.
    Mediterranean coastline of the south eastern
    corner of France extends from Menton, near the
                                                            surrounding hills and villages.
                                                            • The lower flat is very similar; it has a combined                                                                                                                                     The LOROS Annual Sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Countryside Walk
    Italian border in the east, to Cassis in the west and   living room and kitchen, which includes a settee/                                       Know Your Status - Get a Rapid HIV Test at LASS
    includes towns such as Nice, Cannes, Marseille,         double bed, on the ground floor and upstairs, a                                         One charity working within the Aspire region is LASS, which provides support,
    Toulon, and Saint-Tropez. Many celebrities, such        bedroom with double bed and bathroom with toilet                                        information and advocacy to people affected by HIV/ AIDS. They work in partnership

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In   beautiful Charnwood
    as Elton John and Brigitte Bardot, have homes in        and shower.                                                                             with others to promote positive sexual health, raise awareness about HIV/ AIDS and
    the region.                                                                                                                                     to empower people who are affected to live safe and fulfilling lives. One problem that

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and Bradgate Park
                                                            Olga told Aspire: “You can see the Mediterranean                                        needs addressing locally and nationally is the number of people who are infected with
    Situated within this stunning region of France is       Sea from all the windows in both apartments; it’s                                       HIV but have not been tested – so remain undiagnosed. LASS offer a Rapid HIV Testing
    Saint Jeannet, winner of not one but two Aspire         a wonderful sight to wake up to. Both apartments                                        service, available every weekday at their building on Regent Road. It takes less than 20
    Certificates: a Certificate of Recognition for Top      have well-equipped kitchens and share the cellar                                        minutes to find out your HIV status.
    Quality Accommodation and a Certificate of
    Recognition for International Destination 2010.
                                                            at the bottom of the house where a washing
                                                            machine is available. The house boasts a large
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Sunday 19th September 2010
                                                            terrace garden that has been described by many                                                                                                                                                      6 mile walk starts at 10.30am
    History                                                 residents within the village as the best garden
    Owner, Olga Moyle bought the ruined granary for         in the village; you can watch the planes land at                                                                                                                                                    12 mile walk starts at 9.30am
    a few pounds in the 1950s, not long after World         Nicé airport from here, as well as having stunning,
    War II had ended and when times were hard. Olga         breathtaking views of the entire Mediterranean
    said: “I was living in Provence, in a large house       coastline. My family has made many happy
                                                            memories in this house over the years and we just
    with a DADA poet Georges Ribemont-Dessaigne,
                                                            hope our guests make some too.”                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stalls
    and his wife, Suzanne. Georges and Suzanne
    had no children and for some reason had come                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Special Guests
    to regard me as the ‘daughter of the house’.            Attractions                                                                                                                                                                                               Freddie Fyffes Banana Man
    It was not long after the end of The War, I had         The area surrounding St Jeannet is ideal for
    just left Art School and, at the time, could speak      walking, climbing and picnics. The ancient Roman                                                                                                                                                                           Filbert Fox
    hardly any French. I was an innocent among              cathedral town of Vence has excellent restaurants,                                                                                                                                                           Lively Warm Up Sessions
    the ageing DADA group and the congregation of           art galleries and a swimming pool. There are also
    artists and writers whose names crop up so often        street markets on Tuesdays and Fridays, delightful                                                                                                                                                            Food and Refreshments
    in the literature of Art History today. Georges and     shops, library and English is spoken in the banks                                                                                                                                                                       Cheerleaders
    Suzanne had a large house in the mountain village       and at the Tourist Information Bureau. The sea is
    of St. Jeannet, which was open to all and Georges       just a 30-minute drive from the property and there                                                                                                                                                           Medals and much more!
    was considered fondly as a friend by all of them. ”     are numerous quaint French towns and villages
                                                            within easy reach just waiting to be explored!
    The house that stands now took shape over
    many years; much of the work was completed              Price Range                                                                                                                                                                                 Starting and finishing at The Severn Trent
    by Olga and her art student friends during the
    school holidays, with help and advice from an
                                                            When not being used by friends and family, the                                                                                                                                         Water Visitors Centre, Cropston, Leicestershire
                                                            lower flat may be rented out for £250 per week,
    old stonemason living in retirement in the village.     or £230 per week for two or more consecutive
    Years later, when money became available to
    Olga, professional help was used to turn the house
                                                            weeks. If rented together with the top apartment,                                                                                                                                      Sponsorship packs are available from
                                                            the combined rent is £480 per week, or £460 for
    into what stands today.                                 two or more weeks.                                                                                                                                                                     LOROS Fundraising, Groby Road,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Leicester, LE3 9QE
    The property is currently split into two apartments;                                                                                                                                                                                           Tel: 0116 2318431 Web: www.loros.co.uk
    the lower apartment was refurbished in December
    2006, whilst the upper section of the property has
    been completely rebuilt recently. The apartments        Olga and John Moyle
    may be rented separately or together:                   Tel: 01584 890391 or 07876 242942
    • The top apartment has large, open plan kitchen/       Email: johnmoyle22@btinternet.com                                                                                                          Charity number please - 1023914

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What’s On Kids Special

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Fun On
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                                                                                                                                                                             Head to your nearest swimming baths
                                                                                                                                                                             where the children can let off some
                                                                                                                                                                             steam at splash time, or improving their
                                                                                                                                                                             swimming technique, whilst you grab a

                                                                                                                                                                             well earned coffee break.

                                                                          We’re now half way through the school holidays, so for
                                                                          those of you who have already run out ways to keep                                                                                                   m                          Pond Dipping and Mini Beast Hunting,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         a    rm and                                      14th August
                                                                          the kids entertained, Aspire have put together a handy                                                                  amily F
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                                                                          guide on how to have fun over the next three weeks...                                                                            a day out at       and p  e                    Little ones can get outside and learn all about
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gooseberries, before exploring the farm’s                      activity            rowing, a whole host o , offers an
     the TV and out into the fresh air. Make a day of                    From sweet treats to healthy snacks, the sky’s                                                                                                                                                                          lasts ha            orientee             f fun ac
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         600 acres. Open Tuesday – Sunday, 10am –                       call 016           lf a               ring                 tivitie
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     forget to pack up some sandwiches and treats for                    try fairy cakes, bread rolls or flapjack.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Jewry Wall Family Challenge,
                                                                        Light Night, 13                                                                                                                                                                                                  23rd – 30th August
                                                                                           th – 14th Augu                                                                                                                          Have Fun with Clay Day! 12th August
                                                                        Hinckley’s town
                                                                                             centre will be ho                                                                                                                     Children can use their imagination to create their    The Castle Park Festival are holding a great
                                                                        of magical even                          sting a numbe
                                                                                           ts, from music                      r                                                                                                   very own clay sculpture at Leicester’s Guildhall.
                                                                       activities. For fu
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                                                                                         eybid.co.uk                          go                                                                                                   0116 253 2569 for more info or visit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.leicester.gov.uk/museums for a full list of       the activity pack provided, families will compete
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   events.                                               to make the best racing chariot, with prizes
                                                                                                                                                   – 15th August
                                                                                                                                  Festival, 14th
                                                                                                                    Foxton Locks                                                                                                                                                         awarded for the chariot which travels the furthest
                                                                                                                                                       the family,                                                                                                                       and the most amazing charioteer. A chariot pack
                                                                                                                                     t day out for all                         Roller Skating, 13th, 20th and 27th August
                                                                                                                    Promising a grea                       will have a
        Get Creative                                                                                                              ough   ’s Foxton Locks                                                                                                                                 costs just £5 and families are welcome to bring
                                                                                                                     Market Harbor               monstrations, cr
                                                                                                                                                                               Have a go at inline skating at Northampton’s Danes                                                        along their own picnic. Visit
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                                                                                                                                         historical ve                         Camp Leisure Centre, who are running sessions from                                                        www.leicester.gov.uk for more activities.
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                                                                                                                                     m. Go to www.                             1pm – 2.15pm for ages eight to 11 years and 2.30pm
                        iny days. Crack
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                                                                                                                                                                               – 3.45pm for all ages. Admission is priced at £3.50
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                       to protect clothe                                                                                                                                       hockey every Thursday until the end of the month.
      walls first.                        s, surfaces and                                                                                                                      Call 01604 837200 for more info.

                                                                                                                 Loughborough by the Sea,
                                                                                                                 15th – 18th August                                                                     Ferret Race Night, 15th August
              It’s a Puppet
                                                 old socks, why                                                  Don’t worry if you can’t afford a trip to the beach                                    With games galore and family fun to be had, why
                               wing away your
               Instead of thro         ppets and then
                                                          put on a                                               this summer, they’ll be sun, sand and hours of                                         not try something new at Bosworth Battlefield this
                               into pu                           sew
               not turn them                   ns for eyes and                                                   fun in the town’s Market Place. With sandpits,                                         month and compete for exciting prizes. Family
                                uple of butto
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                                long socks for sn                                                                family activities, rides and deck chairs, you can
                on a nose, use              s for the ears.                                                                                                                                             and racing begins at 6pm. Find out more at
                 dog by us ing smaller sock                                                                      relax while the kids enjoy making sandcastles.

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Health & Beauty

                                                                                                                           A Happy,                                                                                                   aromatherapy can be used to improve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      your mood, stimulate and strengthen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the immune system, aid digestion and

                                                                                                                           Healthy You...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      help relieve muscular aches and pains.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      By diluting essential oils with carrier oils
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and combining with a gentle massage,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      aromatherapy can also leave your skin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      feeling as refreshed and revitalised as your

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10   ASPIRE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ASPIRE   11
Brighter Futures

Giving Kids The                                                                                   Indian Classical Dance
                                                                                                                                 Centre For

Best Start In Life                                                                                        Scoop Certificate of Recognition
                                                                                               As one of the leading
                                                                                               South Asian dance
                                                                                                                                              and to mark the special occasion 30
                                                                                                                                                                exciting events will

                                                                                                                                                                                            Financial Planning
                                                                                               organisations in the UK, the                                      be held throughout
It is estimated that autism costs the UK around £28 billion a year. However, by
                                                                                               Centre for Indian Classical                                       the year. The events
introducing a proper support structure to help individuals with autism lead a full life        Dance has built an outstanding                                   include performances
and realise their true potential, this figure could be greatly reduced. More than half a       reputation for itself over the last                             at prestigious venues,
million people in the UK are thought to suffer from autism, a developmental condition          30 years. In fact, CICD’s pioneering                              with guest artists from
which affects the way an individual reacts and communicates with those around them.            development has helped to put South                                 London, an oral

The condition causes difficulties with social communication, social interaction and social     Asian dance firmly on the British                                        history archive
imagination, making the world a frightening and confusing place for both children and          cultural map, making the charity the                                         exhibition, a
adults.                                                                                        well deserving winners of Aspire’s                                            book launch
                                                                                               Certificate of Recognition for                                                on the
Every parent dreams of being able to provide their child with the best education, but          Performing Arts Development.                                                  historical
in reality this can be a difficult for those with children who have specialist learning                                                                       development of Indian
requirements. Therefore, finding a school that can accommodate your child’s needs              Established by Nilima Devi in 1981                             dance in the UK and a
is essential. The very best way to support a child with autism is to try and understand        with a view to promote knowledge,                              new dance production
                                                                                               understanding and appreciation                                called ‘Hasten Slowly’, plus
their behaviour and see the world from their eyes. Whilst every school should take steps
                                                                                               for Indian dance and culture, CICD                            many others. CICD will
towards providing autistic children with the education they need, specialist schools are
                                                                                               was awarded charitable status in                             be raising funds through
equipped with the environment and knowledge to ensure your child reaches their full            1997. CICD started life as a training                        sponsorship from local
potential and can look forward to a brighter future.                                           institute for South Asian dance, but                         businesses, Lottery funding,
                                                                                               has undergone much development                            trusts and charities and Arts
Extra-curricular activities have long been championed as having a positive effect on a         and evolved to include various other           Council England. The full programme of              Supplement by Emily Davison & Stacey Wragg
child’s learning. Although the traditional academic subjects are important aspects of a        activities and now provides advanced           events is still being finalised, so to find
child’s education, more and more emphasis is being put on the benefits of after school         training to talented young people              out more or to make a donation, visit
activities. For children who may struggle academically, it can also allow them to find         through classes and workshops,                 www.cicd.org.uk
other areas in which to excel.                                                                 training trainers, residencies with
                                                                                               international visiting artists, networking,    Alternatively, you can contact the
There are many different activities for children of all ages to try out and each one           lobbying, advising and information and         Centre directly on 0116 255 2862
can equip your child with valuable skills for their future. Research conducted by the          resource provision.                            or email info@cicd.org.uk
Educational Testing Service in America found that those who participate regularly in
                                                                                               The Centre will be celebrating its             Centre for Indian Classical Dance
extra-curricular activities had higher self-esteem and an enhanced status amongst their
                                                                                               30th anniversary on 1st January 2011           50 Churchill Street, Leicester LE2 1FH
peers (http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr237.shtml).

      Baston House Update
                                                 Yiewsley, West Drayton, Middlesex.          income by selling a range of hundred-           To help other mums with children with
                                                 After a full refurbishment and              year-old desks with built-in ink wells          Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Anna
                                                 extension, Yiewsley Grange offers           to a TV company that planned to                 has established her own website:
                                                 places for 50 primary age pupils, with      restore them. We’ve got the primary             www.annakennedyonline.com.
                                                 eight classes, a hall, therapy room,        children starting in the second or third        Launched in 2009, the website has
                                                 offices and a pleasant outdoor area         week of September, depending on a               been designed as a community
                                                 and garden for children to play.            visit from Ofsted, whilst our secondary         resource where people who need
                                                                                             children will start in January 2011, and        help or want to offer solutions can
                                                 As well as Yiewlsey Grange, Anna is         because of this, we’re going to delay           come to share ideas and discuss new
                                                 also proud to announce that, along          our grand opening until May 2011, so            treatments and approaches.
                                                 with Hillcrest Autism Services who          everyone here can be a little more
                                                 now run Hillingdon Manor School,            settled.”                                       Anna has recently launched a new
                                                 she has acquired Baston House                                                               campaign, ACT NOW, that she’d like
                                                 School in Hayes, on the outskirts           For further details on Hillingdon               plenty of support with. Along with
     Established by Anna Kennedy in
                                                 of Bromley in Kent. Formerly an             Manor, visit                                    other autism campaigners, Anna has
     1999, Hillingdon Manor School has
                                                 independent private girls school, the       www.hillingdonmanorschool.org.uk                created a petition expressing serious
     gone from strength-to-strength, but
                                                 new special needs unit will provide         or call 01895 813679.                           concerns about the catastrophic effect
     with more than half a million people
                                                 a centre of excellence in education                                                         that benefit cuts and assessments
     affected by autism, it’s not surprising
                                                 and development for children who                                                            wrapped around disability living
     that the school has quickly become
                                                 have been diagnosed with an Autistic                                                        allowance will have within the autism
     over-subscribed. So, five years ago,
                                                 Spectrum Condition.                                                                         community. The petition will call for
     Hillingdon Manor School expanded to
                                                                                                                                             government to look closely at how
     open a middle and upper school, and
                                                 Anna said: “Baston House now has                                                            benefit cuts will impact on the lives of
     now provides specialist education for
                                                 a Head Teacher, Steve Vincent, and                                                          vulnerable people.
     85 children.
                                                 all the members of teaching staff
                                                 along with teaching assistants and                                                          To sign the petition, email
     Hillingdon Manor recently announced
                                                 therapists, however, we’re still looking                                                    act.now@btinternet.com
     plans to expand its facilities further,
                                                 for a deputy Head. There has been
     through the acquisition of Yiewsley
                                                 extensive building work onsite, and
     Grange situated in large grounds in
                                                 we’ve managed to generate some

Financial Planning Supplement

Make A Will
Before It’s
Too Late
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           FSA Chairman
     We’re sorry to be a tad morbid, but have you              choice to look after any children under the age
     thought about what will happen once you die? Have         of 18 in the event of your death. If you do not
     you legally declared who you wish to leave your           make a Will and die ‘intestate’ (without a Will),
     home, savings, and possessions to? If not, you could      Social Services will choose who looks after them;

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Calls For
     leave a legacy of financial hardship, unnecessary         they even have the option of placing them with
     expense, and heartbreak for your family at the worst      foster parents.
     possible time.

                                                               If you don’t have any children under the age
     Established in 2005 by David Fine (pictured taking        of 18, or no children at all, there are still valid
     an Aspire employee through the Will-making                reasons to make a Will before it’s too late:
     process), Quorn Wills can help you avoid any              • If you’re not married or in a partnership with
     problems or issues left after your death by creating        your partner, your partner WILL NOT inherit
     a comprehensive Will. David told Aspire: “I created         anything you have without a Will.
     Quorn Wills as I was retiring. I wanted to build on       • Even if you are married, it is not automatic that
     a lifetime as a legal practitioner, dealing with Wills,     your husband, wife or civil partner will inherit
     Probate and administration of Trusts and Estates in         everything from you – you will need a Will to
     the Leicester area. I understand just how important         ensure this happens.
     it is to make a Will before it is too late and want to    • If you’d like to prevent certain members of your                                                            Last month, the Financial Services Authority (FSA)       Lord Turner also said that there are fundamental          availability of credit, first too easily available at too
     encourage as many of your readers to make a Will            family making a claim on your estate, this can                                                              chairman, Lord Turner, said there needs to be a          questions the government will have to resolve as          low a cost, then constrained in a credit crunch.”
     as possible.”                                               easily be done by making a Will.                                                                            fundamental debate in this country, both about           it establishes the new Consumer Protection and
                                                               • If you’ve been treated well by someone other        • Creation of Trusts
                                                                                                                     • Obtaining Grants of Probate and Letter of             how much easy credit should be available in the          Markets Authority (CPMA), which is due to be formed       And it is that issue of too much credit, available
     With over 40 years’ experience dealing with Wills and       than a relative and would like to leave them                                                                mortgage market, and how much capital and                in 2012.                                                  at too low a price that we must address: “Our
     other matters, David can help ensure an hour of your        something, you must make a Will.                      Administration
                                                                                                                     • The administration of estates and trusts generally    liquidity banks should be required to hold, without                                                                regulatory response will not be effective unless, in
     time prevents years of hardship and grief, as well as                                                                                                                   holding back the economic growth necessary for           “The very words ‘Consumer Protection’ indeed              the long run, it reduces leverage in the financial
     considerable expense, for your family.                    Quorn Wills deals mainly with:                        • Lasting Powers of Attorney
                                                                                                                     • Court of Protection work                              recovery.                                                raise issues about what precisely we mean. They           system, and constrains it in the real economy, and
                                                               • Preparation of Wills and all associated                                                                                                                              cannot mean that consumers will be protected from         unless it puts in place new policy tools to take away
     There are numerous reasons why you should make a            documents including Deeds of Variation,             • Change of name
                                                                                                                     • Preparation of personal Income Tax returns            Lord Turner made these remarks in two speeches:          everything which might go wrong. But they clearly         the punchbowl of excessive credit and property prices
     Will, the main being appointing a Guardian of YOUR          Declarations of Trust and Deeds of Severance
                                                                                                                     • Funeral and Equity plans can be arranged              one to the British Bankers’ Association (BBA) on the     mean more than just fair disclosure of terms. Should      before the party gets out of hand. The transition to
                                                                                                                                                                             FSA’s new consultation document on responsible           they, however, imply bans on specific products            that sounder system needs to be managed with care
                                                                                                                     The absence of a Will can cause problems,               mortgage lending; the other at the London School of      as inherently undesirable, or interventions driven        – too rapid a progress to higher capital and liquidity
                                                                                                                     heartbreak and unnecessary financial expense            Economics’ Future of Finance conference.                 solely by identification of apparently excessive profit   standards could slow recovery – but we need to be
                                                                                                                     for the loved ones you leave behind so it’s vital                                                                margins, even if no other indicators of poor practice     clear that long term reform of the financial system
                                                                                                                     that you make a Will as soon as possible. Not all       At the BBA Lord Turner said: “The approach to            are present? The establishment of the CPMA focused        will have at its core changes that mean credit is not
                                                                                                                     Willwriters are the same, so Aspire advise dealing      mortgage market regulation, which pertained in the       on consumer protection gives us a major opportunity       as easily available as in the pre-crisis years.”
                                                                                                                     with a Member of the Institute of Professional          years before the crisis, reflected numerous different    to debate these choices.”
                                                                                                                     Willwriters (IPW), of which David is a Fellow. By       decisions including those which the FSA and its                                                                    Lord Turner underlined that this transition will have
                                                                                                                     choosing a member of the IPW, like David, you’ll        predecessor bodies had made over the preceding           In his speech to the Future of Finance conference,        to be handled with care, but we have to strike the
                                                                                                                     receive a comprehensive, professional service of the    years. And those decisions carried, embedded within      Lord Turner said that the debate about reforming          right balance: “Society faces a trade-off: we can
                                                                                                                     highest standard. You’ll also have peace of mind that   them, a set of trade-offs and balances between           global finance has to go beyond addressing the            make the finance system more stable via significantly
                                                                                                                     your Willwriter has the competency and conduct,         consumer choice and consumer protection and              symptoms of the financial crisis and address the need     higher capital and liquidity requirements, without
                                                                                                                     regulated by the IPW, to ensure your loved ones         consumer and producer responsibility.                    for radical structural reform.                            hitting long-term growth, but at the expense of less
                                                                                                                     know of your wishes.                                                                                                                                                       easy access to credit. We need to strike a balance,
                                                                                                                                                                             “At the time, in the years of the credit boom, the net   “Large bank bonuses for selling over-complex and          honestly recognising that the benefits of financial
                                                                                                                     With such an extensive service for extremely            effect of all those decisions – a dynamic, competitive   risky products of little real use to humanity were a      stability have a cost in terms of customer choice. In
                                                                                                                     competitive rates, Aspire recently selected Quorn       market in mortgages, with maximum freedom of             major problem, and we need remuneration practices         the light of the severe economic harm caused by
                                                                                                                     Wills for a Certificate of Recognition for Quality &    choice and easily available credit - was one with        and regulations which make excessive risk taking          the financial crisis, a significant shift in the balance
                                                                                                                     Service.                                                which most of society seemed happy. We are               less likely in future. But that regulatory reform         towards stability and resilience makes sense.”
                                                                                                                                                                             signalling today a significant shift away from that      also needs to address more fundamental issues.
                                                                                                                                                                             approach; but how much we shift is not a purely          If we only address banker bonuses and not the
                                                                                                                     Contact Quorn Wills Now; you cannot do it when          technical issue which can be left to technicians; it     fundamental drivers of credit supply instability, we      For more information on the FSA, please
                                                                                                                     it’s needed                                             is a social and political choice which should merit      will not adequately reduce the probability of a repeat    visit www.fsa.gov.uk
                                                                                                                                                                             extensive debate.”                                       performance. The central issue is volatility in the
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Financial Planning Supplement

Insolvency Figures At
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Able Debt
Last year, 134,142 people in England and Wales were
declared bankrupt or entered into Individual Voluntary
Arrangements (IVAs) according to official figures from the
                                                                insolvency practitioners often puts off worried individuals
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truly beaten, meaning that over the course of the year,                                                                        or existing professional advisors, the local chamber of
one in every 320 adults entered into formal arrangements        There is a whole range of techniques that can be               commerce or your trade association. They will not cost
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                                                                problem. Given enough time, debts can be restructured          if your business survives and goes on to thrive.
These sobering figures represent financial carnage on a         and informal negotiations with key stakeholders, such
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However, many people could have avoided this if only            breathing space to address the basic commercial issues         counsellors peddling miracle cures. You should only
they’d recognised their problems earlier and sought             that have caused the problems.                                 consult a licensed insolvency practitioner, who has the
expert help from an insolvency practitioner.                                                                                   relevant experience and a professional reputation to
                                                                Banks and other lenders will co-operate with rescues           protect.
Unfortunately, the myths surrounding the work of                and there are specialist financers who will provide extra

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Financial Planning Supplement

                                                            Aspire recently visited the First Light offices to         education, can have another £300 back each year          “These may seem to go in and out of popularity,
                                                            meet Chartered Financial Planner and proprietor,           from the Society and still benefit from the savings      but for wealthy, and not so wealthy individuals, they
                                                            Peter Dracup, who has been recognised as one               plan tax-free when it matures; every child should        allow you to put off the Tax Bill to a point to suit
                                                            of the UK’s leading investment professionals, and          have one. Additional benefits from membership            your own circumstances. Tax can be deferred to a
                                                            to present him with a Certificate of Recognition for       are extremely varied and can include shopping            time when Tax rates, or more often the Tax position
                                                            Financial Future.                                          discounts from some large retailers and access to        of the investor, are more favourable.
                                                                                                                       convalescent home respite care.”

                                                            Having become a Pension Transfer Specialist and                                                                     “With a bond, there is also another added benefit
                                                            an Advanced Financial Planner in 2000, and a               penSIon                                                  in that you can also choose the taxable person.
                                                            Chartered Financial Planner in 2007, Peter has a           Planning for the future is essential and pensions        A bond can be given away without triggering a
                                                            wealth of experience in the financial sector. Since        are the best way to ensure comfort, security and         Tax charge. This allows wealth to be passed on to
                                                            establishing First Light in 1997, he has advised           the lifestyle we want for our twilight years, as         others who can then cash in the bond at their own
                                                            hundreds of clients and is keen to help others make        Peter explains: “When I talk to younger clients          Tax rates provided it’s an outright gift, without any
                                                            the most of their money by talking us through Tax in       about pensions the main gripe I hear is that the         strings attached. This is very attractive to many

    helpIng to Secure your FInAncIAl Future
                                                            an easy to understand way.                                 money just gets tied up. However, they do have the       wealthy clients who want to shelter their money for
                                                                                                                       problem that most working families do – they spend       the long term and then perhaps pass it on to future
                                                            Peter says: “Without a doubt, over the years the           a huge proportion of their income on renting or          generations.”
                                                            most common question I have had from my clients,           buying the roof over their heads. Ultimately, spare
                                                            big and small, wealthy, less wealthy or poor as            cash for a pension seems to be hard to afford.
                                                            church mice, is, ‘Peter, how can I avoid paying                                                                     venture cApItAl truStS (vct)
                                                            more Tax?’                                                 “In some other parts of the world, people can take       With Tax changes on the horizon, Peter advises
                                                                                                                       cash from their pension arrangements in a much           enlisting his services to discuss VCTs sooner
                                                            “No matter how hard you try here in the UK, with           freer manner than we do here, to help buy a house        rather than later, he says: “If you earn above
                                                            the most complex Tax system in the world, it is            for example. In the UK, we have the highest Private      £100,000 per year and contribute to a pension, the
                                                            a good bet that at some point or other you will            Pension savings in the world and the Coalition           Tax changes coming into being could shortly hit
                                                            eventually pay more tax than you need to. The              Government are making some very encouraging              you with high Tax charges you were not expecting.
                                                            media and the government both shout that the               noises about allowing this sort of access to us.         At this level it is essential to take good advice about
                                                            country’s in a fix and we must raise more Taxes                                                                     your financial arrangements and this should not be
                                                            and cut back on spending. Everyone seems                   “What you currently get with a pension is the            put off.
                                                            to agree that Taxes are going up, so what Tax              discipline that holds money for you until your
                                                            exemptions and other benefits does the Inland              old age. The Taxman is happy to give tax relief          “VCTs potentially have a huge role to play for you,
                                                            Revenue and the Chancellor encourage you to                on payments into the funds for you and you can           with high levels of Tax relief by cash repayments,
                                                            take? And are you taking your share?”                      put money in through any employer and save on            access to low risk Tax Exempt Funds and 100%
                                                                                                                       National Insurance Contributions. This all sounds        access to your money once through the initial
                                                            ISA                                                        like a good bet to me and none of my clients, at         period; for the wealthy they make an excellent
                                                            Tax increases will mean that ISA allowances are            retirement, has ever complained that they had too        alternative or add on to your existing pension
                                                            even more valuable. The relatively generous                much money in their pension at that point.               funds.”
                                                            annual allowance of £10,200, now increased each
                                                            year with inflation, could cover many people’s             “What has changed over the last ten years is the         enterprISe InveStment
                                                            regular savings and investment needs and should            sophistication of the different ways that you can        SchemeS (eIS)
                                                            be the first place to go to with any savings.              access your pension, with the opportunity to vary        EISs are available at a variety of risk levels – the
                                                                                                                       your income, take a Tax-free income, take lump           lowest levels beat cash on deposit. Peter says:
                                                            Peter says: “Some of our long-term clients investing       sums free of Tax, partial retirement – this is clearly   “Income Tax relief is available at 20%; you get Tax
                                                            in high risk overseas or commodity funds have              an area where good advice is a necessity, so feel        Exempt growth and huge help with Inheritance Tax,
                                                            seen huge increases in value over the years and            free to contact me for further advice.”                  as the funds are not part of your estate once held
                                                            all the signs are that this will continue in the longer                                                             for a minimum of two years (you have the flexibility
                                                            term. Yet bank rates for Cash ISAs are at rock             FAmIly SIpp                                              to take the money out before two years are up and
                                                            bottom and according to many sources this will             A Family Self-Invested Personal Pension is a fairly      then put it back in later).
                                                            continue for the foreseeable future.                       recent addition to pension arrangements. Peter
                                Offering an unbiased        “Here at the office, 2010 has seen our best year
                                                                                                                       says: “These are proving very useful for some            “EIS will help with Capital Gains Tax deferral and
                                                                                                                       clients and I am surprised that there has not been       you can get EIS Relief of up to five years to 31st
                                planning services to        ever for ISAs, ever since Bank Rates fell we have
                                                            had a huge increase in the numbers of retired
                                                                                                                       more take up of them generally. Originally created       January of each year after the Gain Occurred.”
                                                                                                                       to allow family members to share in the ownership
                                individuals, small to       people who have asked us to take over their whole
                                                            Cash ISA portfolios and manage them for a higher
                                                                                                                       of properties through a pension scheme – the
                                                                                                                       family business premises for example – these             If you wish to discuss any of the points raised in
                                medium business owners      income. Not far behind are the numbers who bring
                                                            their portfolios to us from large IFA firms, looking for
                                                                                                                       can actually be organised for any collection of          this article or would like a consultation to evaluate
                                                                                                                       individuals such as a simple business partnership.       your retirement, savings or investment planning,
                                and family trusts, First    the comfort and security of a personal service.”                                                                    please do not hesitate to contact Peter on
                                                                                                                       “For the family situation it gives several generations   01572 725400 or email
                                Light Investments is an     FrIendly SocIety tAx exempt                                of a family access to a sophisticated pension            peter@firstlightinvestments.co.uk
                                                            SAvIngS plAnS                                              arrangement, there is no lower age limit for
                                independent, Rutland-       There are no age limits and you can invest £25             pensions nowadays, so newborn babies can join.           www.firstlightinvestments.co.uk
                                                                                                                       Several of the companies that operate these
                                based firm of Financial     per month and terms range from 10 to 25 years.
                                                            Peter says: “This may seem like a small amount,            have an arrangement which is very useful for high
                                                                                                                       earners, in that growth within the funds can be
                                Advisers and an appointed   but policyholders become members of the Friendly
                                                            Society, bringing significant benefits. Children in        allocated to any member, including children.”
                                                                                                                                                                                Nothing in this article should be read as advice
                                                                                                                                                                                to invest money; UK Tax Laws are subject to
                                representative of the       school, for example can get grants of £300 per
                                                            year, as can any member in education. Add the              InveStment BondS
                                                                                                                                                                                change at the drop of a hat and also the value
                                                                                                                                                                                of investments can go down, as well as up.
                                Whitechurch Network Ltd.    figures up and £25 per month is £300 per year into
                                                            a plan, a member in education, at school or further
                                                                                                                       These were designed as Tax avoidance vehicles by
                                                                                                                       the UK Insurance Industry, as Peter explains:
                                                                                                                                                                                Professional advice should be taken prior to
Financial Planning Supplement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Homes

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                                                                                                                                                                                             worth £169,162.

                                                                                                                                                                                             It’s the British dream to own your own home, so if you’re already on the property ladder,
                                                                                                                                                                                             consider yourself lucky and make the most of your home. If you haven’t got the cash
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ASPIRE   21
Get Creative

KEEP HAPPY                                                                                                  all the patients. So, if you’re looking for
                                                                                                            a way to de-stress, knitting, crocheting
                                                                                                            or scrap booking are ideal and can be
                                                                                                            enjoyed at any time.
                                                                                                                                                           Once you’ve mastered how to use a
                                                                                                                                                           sewing machine, give an old garment
                                                                                                                                                           a drastic new look by turning it into
                                                                                                                                                           something else or make your own clothes

                                                                                                                                                           from scratch. If you’ve got something
                                                                                                            During 2009, the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota,       which no longer fits, or an item that just
                                                                                                            discovered that regularly engaging in          looks a little old and tatty, you can make
                                                                                                            a hobby, such as patchwork quilting or         a completely new item from its material.
                                                                                                            sewing, can help to delay the onset of         A simple bag is easy to start off with,
                                                                                                            dementia. A group of 200 people with           but who knows, you could easily make
                                                                                                            mild memory problems, aged between             yourself a new top, or even turn a pair of
                                                                                                            70 and 89, were compared to a similar          jeans into a skirt.

                                                                                                            group with no impairment. Those who had

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Painted To
                                                                                                            been mentally active from the ages of 50       According to psychologist Ben Fletcher,
                                                                                                            to 65 by engaging in craft hobbies had a       the average person spends 85% of their
                                                                                                            40% reduced risk of memory impairment.         time doing the same things and for
                                                                                                                                                           many of us this shocking figure alone
                                                                                                            For those who are looking to put their         will be enough to motivate us into trying

                                                                                                            creative skills to a practical use, why        something new. If you’re apprehensive
                                                                                                            not think about making your very own           about trying something you’re unfamiliar
                                                                                                            clothing and accessories. As a result of the   with why not book yourself onto a short
                                                                                                            recession, knitting, crocheting and sewing     course to help you master the basics and
                                                                                                            are now vital skills for those who want to     to give you the opportunity to meet like-
                                                                                                            save money but still have something new        minded people. You could try anything
                                                              Whether you’ve got an hour or a whole         to wear come the weekend.                      from painting to jewellery making, print
                                                              weekend to spare, the benefits of taking                                                     making to embroidery.
                                                              up a hobby are well documented. From          It’s easy to create a brand new item for
                                                              your mind to your heart, keeping active       your wardrobe by making a few simple           Getting creative doesn’t just mean with      There are numerous ways to give           School of Art to indulge his passion,
                                                              with a creative hobby can do wonders for      alterations to an old piece of clothing.       crafts, there are plenty of ways to get      your home a bit of a facelift, some       eventually leaving and beginning his
                                                              your health.                                  Buying a few supplies from your local          creative in the kitchen too. Why not dig     of which cost much more than              career as a technical illustrator. Paul’s
                                                                                                            haberdashery will only cost a few quid at      out your old cook books or search the        others. If you’ve recently given your     career took a different path when he
                                                              A study conducted by the American             the most and can revitalise an item you        Internet for new recipes or ideas to help
                                                              Journal Medical Association, monitored
                                                                                                                                                                                                        bedroom, living room, or even your        was made redundant in 1970s. He
                                                                                                            haven’t worn for years. Breathe new life       you create your own dishes and sweet
                                                              30 female heart patients whilst they took                                                                                                 loft conversion a lick of paint, Aspire   then decided to combine his skills as
                                                                                                            into vest tops, cardigans and shirts with      treats. From jams to pickles, cakes to
                                                              part in a simple craft project. The results   a simple bit of trimming, ribbon or new        bread, try experimenting a little and you    have found the perfect finishing touch    a technical illustrator with his skills
                                                              showed significantly lower heart rates,       buttons, or give shoes and bags a facelift     may come up with a winning combination       – a painting by Paul Castle.              in picture framing and restorations.
                                                              blood pressure and perspiration rates in      by adding accessories.                         of flavours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Castle is an independent             Paul’s restoration work includes
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        with over 30 years’ experience in         and villages, which can be sourced
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and reproduced. Paul also uses the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  friends to their former condition, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul recalls always having a passion      black and white, sepia, or colour.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        for drawing and being known               Although each job is individual, Paul
                                                                                                                                                                                                        amongst his teachers and classmates       has had past success in restoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                        as the boy who ‘draws houses in the       water/fire damaged images.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        sky’ thanks to his early ability to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                        perspective. After leaving school at      FREE, no obligation quotations are
                                                                                                                                                                                                        15, Paul Castle attended the Luton        available on request.

                Established for several years, Thread, Yarn
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               offering a custom hand spinning service for
                your own fleeces. Proprietor Claire keeps
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               being an avid knitter for many years herself
                      is happy to offer expert advice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     For more information, please contact:
               Purchasing from Thread, Yarn and Fabric                                                                                                                                                      Tel: 01462893541 Email: paul.castle1@ntlworld.com
               is made easy via either mail order or Ebay
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                    co.uk/thread-yarn-and-fabric                                                                                                                                                                  www.paulcastle.org.uk
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Shotgun Sleeving                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Outer Hebrides

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     of wildlife, some of the best fishing in Scotland, and some of the prettiest little
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     villages, all within an area roughly 24 miles from north to south and 26 miles from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     east to west. The Island’s capital, Tobermory, is the most attractive port in western

                                                                                                                                                                         An Oasis Of Calm In A                                                                                       Scotland.

                                                                                                                                                                         CHAOTIC WORLD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Those who enjoy a good malt whisky should head for Islay, famed for its distilleries.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Islay is a beautiful island; on a clear day you can see over to Ireland. As with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     other Hebridean Islands, Islay is perfect for wildlife lovers – there’s an abundance of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     opportunities for a spot of twitching, whale-watching, and seeing seals.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Outer Hebrides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Continually, battered by strong Atlantic winds, the Outer Hebrides can feel like a
                                                                                                                                                                          Standing majestically at the northwest                    The Hebrides can be divided into two             bleak place to spend a holiday; but there are so many miles of superb beaches, wild
                                                                                                                                                                          edge of Europe, the Hebrides is a 150-                    main groups:                                     mountain scenery, and various archaeological treasures to be discovered, it’s actually
                                                                                                                                                                          mile long chain of beaches, wildlife, and                 • Inner Hebrides - including the islands         a great destination if you’re looking to get away from it all. Unlike Skye and the
                                                                                                                                                                          adventure that makes a great destination                    of Islay, Jura, Skye, Mull, Raasay,            Inner Hebrides, tourism is of far less importance to the local economy, although it is
                                                                                                                                                                          for a holiday anytime of the year, even                     Staffa and the Small Isles                     steadily growing, so the islands seem to be the last bastion of the old Highland life.
                                                                                                                                                                          into the autumn, when the area is less                    • Outer Hebrides - Barra, Benbecula,
                                                                                                                                                                          crowded but more alive with colour!                         Berneray, Harris, Lewis, North Uist,           The most populous of the Outer Hebridean islands is Lewis, with over 20,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      South Uist, and St Kilda                       inhabitants, 8,000 of which live in Stornoway. Stornoway often surprises first-time
                                                                                                                                                                          Throughout the Hebrides, fresh water                                                                       visitors; it boasts all the amenities and industry of a small mainland town, as well as a
                                                                                                                                                                          and sea lochs, unsurpassable in their                     Inner Hebrides                                   lively and vibrant social scene, with lots of pubs, restaurants and clubs.

                                                                        Save Your
                                                                                                                                                                          beauty and abundance, provide a great                     The most accessible island within the
                                                                                                                                                                          resource for fishermen and bird life,                     Inner Hebrides has to be the Island of           Barra is the smallest and most remote of the Outer Hebrides. However, it is known for
                                                                                                                                                                          making the area a haven for wildlife                      Mull. Mull is the third largest island and       its breathtaking beauty. Whatever your interests, Barra is perfect for a break any time
                                                                                                                                                                          lovers, anglers and even thrill-seekers                   the second most popular, after Skye;             of year, offering cycling on secluded roads, walking along dramatic coastal cliffs, an
                                                                                                                                                                          who are brave enough to try surfing,                      and it’s not hard to see why. Mull boasts        abundance of wildlife, and more flora and fauna than you’ll be able to look at!
                                                                                                                                                                          climbing, diving or power boating.                        spectacular mountain scenery, 300 miles

                                                                 Superb Shot Guns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of wild coastline, an abundance                  To find out more about visiting the Hebrides, visit www.visithebrides.com

                                                                 With S. Entwhistle (Blackpool)
        Established in the 1920s by                              life to ensure they can be enjoyed for generations     For more information on shotgun sleeving, or
                                                                 to come – I had to nominate him for this               restoration, contact Vaughan
        Mr S Entwhistle, S. Entwhistle                           Recognition.”                                          Tel: 01253 790465
        (Blackpool) are specialists in                                                                                  E-mail: vlandless62@tiscali.co.uk
        shotgun sleeving, and winners of                         Shotgun Sleeving is a great way to save any old
                                                                 shotguns you may have that you can’t bear to part      S. Entwhistle (Blackpool), Masonland Garstang
        an Aspire Certificate of Recognition
        for Quality and Service.
                                                                 with. Vaughan explained the process: “Sleeving
                                                                 involves removing all but the back three inches of
                                                                                                                        Road, Pilling, Preston, PR3 6AQ
                                                                                                                                                                        The Islands Book Trust
                                                                 a gun’s barrel, about 90% of the original barrel,                                                      The Islands Book Trust aims to further understanding and appreciation of the history and culture of
                                                                                                                                                                        Scottish islands in their wider Celtic and Nordic context.
                                                                 to replace it with new tubing to create a new
        Once a retail store stocking countryside accessories,    barrel. I use tubes made in Italy that are ready to                                                    We do this through talks, conferences, visits to islands, publications, broadcasts, research and                                                        Feature by Sophie Webb
        fishing equipment, and guns, S. Entwhistle               fit, however, there will always be a fine line where                                                   education. Our philosophy is based on bringing together people from different backgrounds to
        (Blackpool) was taken over in 1981 by Vaughan            the old barrel meets the new, which decreases the                                                      share perspectives and learn from each other - it’s that mix which makes our events so unique.
        Landless. He told Aspire: “I took over the business in   value of the gun. To accommodate more people, I
                                                                                                                                                                        So far we have published over 20 books about the islands, and there are many more in the pipeline!                      Looking over the Machair towards the Sand Dunes of
                                                                                                                                                                        Visit our website at www.theislandsbooktrust.com to see our events programme, browse our
        the early 1980s when the owner wanted to retire.         like to keep my prices low, on average £450, which                                                     online bookshop, or simply to catch up on the latest news.                                                                Traigh Iar Beach, RSBP Nature Reserve, North Uist
        I’d worked there for him for 15 years, I’d even          is much cheaper than the £700 - £1200 you’ll be
        met my wife whilst working there, so it seemed like      charged elsewhere. I keep my prices this low in                                                        The Islands Book Trust, Ravenspoint Centre, Kershader, South Lochs, Isle of Lewis HS2 9QA.                                            Image courtesy of VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint
                                                                                                                                                                        Tel: 01851 880737 Email: sales@theislandsbooktrust.com Web: www.theislandsbooktrust.com
        a great business opportunity. I closed down the          order to get more guns back into circulation.”
        retail shop and concentrated on gun repairs and
        restoration, as well as a few accessories. Two years     With almost 30 years’ experience, and competitive
        ago, I decided I wanted to semi-retire so I started      prices, it’s not hard to see why Vaughan’s expertise
        to focus on shotgun sleeving, hoping to phase out        is so sought after. “I do a lot of trade work,” he
        the restoration and repairs; however, it didn’t work     added. “As I have a relatively quick turnaround,
        and I’m busier than ever!”                               competitive prices and a friendly, personal service,
                                                                 I get lots of repeat business and a lot of trade
        On receipt of his Certificate of Recognition,            work.”
        Vaughan (pictured with the Certificate) said: “Thank
        you Aspire, this recognition is brilliant! I’ve been     As Vaughan is a licensed firm arms dealer, he
                                                                                                                                                                                          Minch View Campsite
                                                                                                                                                                                                     10 Drinishader, Isle of Harris HS3 3DX
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At Hotel Hebrides we intend to provide all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      things you would expect to find when staying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          weekend, a business visit or fancy a Christmas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          break somewhere different. We can promise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      at an intimate boutique hotel. Sublime comfort,     you the warm welcome and service you would
        doing this for such a long time that to have official,   can arrange collection of guns from across the                                                                            Tel: 01859 511 207 Email: cath.macdonald@btinternet.com                                    top quality beds, great food, late breakfasts       expect from a privately-owned hotel.
        and prestigious, recognition from yourselves is a        UK, or he can accept deliveries arranged by the                                                                                                                                                                      and checkouts, an excellent range of drinks and
        great boost to me and my business.”                      customer. His usual turnaround time is six to eight                                                         Family-run, secluded, coastal site in scenic area (NSA). Free fishing, bill walking and birdwatching.    friendly staff, all under one roof.                 Keeping it small allows our team to focus on
                                                                 weeks, as he explained: “I have to send each gun I                                                                                 Site situated centrally for touring the Western Isles.                                                                                your needs and develop a home-from-home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Whatever your plans, whether it is a long stay to   environment. Stay with us, and feel as though
        Assistant Sales Manager, Barbara Stone, added:           do to Birmingham to be submitted to proof testing                                                                                                                                                                    discover the beauty of the Hebrides, a romantic     you are staying with good friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Facilities: Hard standing for caravans, motor homes and camper vans.
        “There are so many guns that can no longer be            where they are subjected to one and a half times                                                                  Electric hook-ups, toilets, showers, chemical point, water-standpipes and pets allowed.
        enjoyed as they’ve been mistreated or neglected.         normal working pressure. This is to ensure the gun                                                                                                                                                                            Tel: 01859 502364 Fax: 01859 502578 Email: stay@hotel-hebrides.com
        Vaughan works hard to bring these guns back to           is of the highest standard and safe to use.”                                                                                  Directions: Five miles south east of Tarbert, Harris ferry port.                                                  www.hotel-hebrides.com
                                                                                                                                                                                              Turn off A859 at Drinishader Road end. Site is well sign posted.                                      Hotel Hebrides, Pier Road, Tarbert, Isle of Harris, Scotland HS3 3DG

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Spotlight On Devon

Devon’s Hidden Gem
Home to the cream tea, two
National Parks and the only village
                                                Covering 368 square miles of unspoilt
                                                beauty, Dartmoor National Park is a
                                                                                                 craft stalls, displays and entertainment.
                                                                                                 However, it’s the Blackawton Worm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Saxonbury Annexe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    43 Seymour Road, Exmouth, Devon EX8 3JG.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 01395 264323 Email: john-elliott7@sky.com

in Britain to have an exclamation               stunning environment which incorporates          Charming Festival which is the most
mark in its name – Westward Ho!                 rolling moorland and tree-lined valleys.         bizarre. Festival goers must ‘charm’ –
                                                It provides a magnificent backdrop to            find – as many worms as they can in an
– Devon is a truly unique county
                                                all of the activities available within the       allocated piece of ground and within a
and one that offers attractions,                park, including climbing, canoeing,              certain time frame. Liquids may be used
entertainment and spectacular                   horse riding and cycling, making it the          to help charm the worms to the surface,                                                                                                                 Saxonbury Annexe is a one-bedroom              placed in the bay window so that one has
scenery for all ages to enjoy.                  perfect location for those who enjoy             with some preferring the use of beer                                                                                                                    bungalow in a garden setting, attached to      a view of the garden.
                                                outdoor pursuits. For more leisurely             over water, although all worms must be                                                                                                                  the owner’s property. This means that we
As the fourth largest English county,           activities, the local towns and villages         safely returned afterwards.                                                                                                                             are always on hand to answer queries and       The bedroom is light and airy with
Devon has long been popular with                offer plenty of exploring opportunities                                                                                                                                                                  to make sure that you have everything.         adequate drawer and hanging space.
tourists who flock to its stunning              and with such a vast and varied history,         When it comes to attractions, Devon’s                                                                                                                                                                  The twin beds have excellent sprung
coastlines, beautiful sandy beaches and         provide a fascinating way to while away          got more than its fair share of exciting                                                                                                                Situated in a quiet part of Exmouth and is     mattresses allowing you to convert to
wide open spaces year after year. The           a few hours. With prehistoric, medieval,         days out, including plenty for children.                                                                                                                about a mile from the town centre and the      a king-size double bed. The kitchen
area is famed for its two National Parks,       industrial and military archaeology              Plymouth’s National Marine Aquarium                                                                                                                     beaches, ensuring a peaceful retreat at        and bathrooms are also well-equipped
Exmoor and Dartmoor, the latter of                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the end of the day, undisturbed by late-       to make your stay as comfortable as
                                                to discover, there’s certainly plenty            is the UK’s largest aquarium and will
which is southern England’s largest open                                                                                                                                                                                                                 night revellers or traffic noise.              possible.
                                                of fascinating sites for those who are           amaze both children and adults with its
space. Situated on the west Somerset            interested in the past.                          wonderful underwater world of discovery.
and north Devon boarder, the heather-                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Inside is comfortably furnished with a         Dog £20 per week. Bed linen and towels
                                                                                                 The aquarium features different areas,                                                                                                                  sofa-bed and leather tub chairs, colourful     provided. Prices include all heating, gas
coated moorlands of Exmoor National             Like all places, Devon has its own little        including rock pools, shallow waters                                                                                                                    rugs and curtain, digital TV with a DVD        and electricity. Special rates for longer
Park are something to truly be admired.         quirks, with some dating back hundreds           and deep tanks that emulate the wild                                                                                                                    and VCR player, central light with an          lets in winter period by arrangement.
The rare wilderness and dramatic,               of years. In Westward Ho! in the north           waters of the Atlantic, and has a whole                                                                                                                 abundance of wall lights, the fantastic
rugged coastline provide some of the            of the county, the annual Pot Walloping          host of different species, from sharks to                                                                                                               8,000 piece jigsaw which hangs on the
most breathtaking views of Britain and          Festival, which dates back to the 19th           sting rays, turtles to seahorses. There’s                                                                                                               wall and dining room table and chairs          Prices from £250 - £450 per week.
remain untouched by human hands.                Century, has developed into a friendly           also the colourful beauty of the coral
With Exmoor’s native wild ponies and            and fun event where locals head to               seas to admire – a fitting end to your
red deer roaming freely across the Park,        the beach to throw back those pebbles            underwater experience.
as well as a host of other wildlife, it’s a     that have fallen from the ridge during
rare treat for holidaymakers to enjoy the
beauty and wonder of these stunning
                                                winter. Although the event was a simple          For more great ideas on what to do                                                                                   Feature by
                                                affair back in the 1800s, today it’s been
creatures.                                      transformed into a full blown event with
                                                                                                 and where to visit, log onto
                                                                                                 www.visitdevon.co.uk                        Images courtesy of www.VisitDevon.co.uk                               Barbara Stone

  Quoit-at-cross                                                                                                                                  Heath Gardens
     Absolute peace! Superb en-suite rooms,
                                                      Bookbinders Bed & Breakfast                                                                 Situated just 5 miles from Exeter, this 17th

                                                                                                                                                                                                  The Thelbridge Cross inn
       delicious farmhouse breakfast and                                                                                                            Century cottage is an ideal location for
      wonderful views across the Exe Valley.                                                                                                            exploring mid and east Devon.
                                                     Devon bed and breakfast accommodation with evening meals in a modern
  Our spacious 17th Century farmhouse lies                                                                                                         All the bedrooms are spacious and have
                                                     bungalow with superb gardens. B&B nr Cullompton in Devon.
   in the centre of Stoodleigh village. Ideal                                                                                                         a southern aspect overlooking open
   location for Knightshaye, Exmoor, coasts                                                                                                      countryside. The double room, with en-suite
                                                     A warm welcome awaits you to this comfortable                                                 bathroom, is located on the ground floor.           The Thelbridge Cross Inn is a               facilities including colour television,            A number of the ingredients used are
  and Dartmoor. Fishing and riding close by.
                                                     accommodation with three en-suite letting rooms, TV and                                       The twin and family rooms, also with en-            picturesque, family-run country inn         direct-dial telephone, tea & coffee                home-grown in the Inn’s vegetable
                                                     hostess tray.                                                                               suite shower rooms, are on the first floor. A         located amongst the glorious rolling        making facilities and full central heating.        garden. Diners can choose to eat in
  Explore the countryside - wonderful walks
    right on the doorstep! Take a trip along                                                                                                     hospitality tray with a selection of beverages        hills of md-Devon. It dates back to the     A tourist board inspector described                the warm and comfortable dining room
   Grand Western canal, or just relax in the         Two bedrooms have double beds and the other twin beds.                                         is also provided. Freeview TV and Wi-Fi            1700s and is built of stone and cob, with   the bedrooms as “quite compact but                 which seats 40, or more informally in the
   large garden. Off-road parking available.         The guests lounge and dining room has a wood burner and                                              Internet connection available.               beamed ceilings and open log fires. The     good use has been made of the space                bar dining area which has seating for up
                                                     a huge picture window which looks out over the garden.                                                                                            inn boasts fabulous countryside views,      available…very well decorated…the                  to 30. Whichever you choose, you can
       Prices: B&B £28pppn £185 weekly.              The garden is a paradise for birds; we have a Woodpecker                                     Prices: B&B £27.50pppn. Single £35pppn.              and on a clear day, Dartmoor can be         colour schemes are strong and create a             be assured that every meal is a special
                                                     and Kingfisher who are regular visitors. On arrival, we                                                                                           seen to the south and Exmoor to the         contemporary feel to the rooms.”                   treat, and for hotel guests the English
                                                     provide tea and cakes in the comfortable guests’ lounge or,                                                                                       north.                                                                                         fried breakfast is particularly renowned.
                                                     weather permitting, in the garden.                                                                                                                                                            The Inn’s superb food is one of the main
                                                                                                                                                                                                       The Inn has eight en-suite double           reasons for its popularity. Customers              The Thelbridge Cross Inn’s location is at
                                                     A hearty breakfast of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurts, fresh                                                                                       bedrooms, which were built in 1989          travel from miles around to enjoy lunch            one of the most central points in Devon,
                                                     fruit or full English breakfast is served followed by tea /                                                                                       in a conversion of an old hay-barn. All     or dinner here. The daily changing menu            offering easy access to the whole county,
                                                     coffee, toast and preserves. Other breakfast requirements                                                                                         of the rooms are extremely clean and        offers a wide and varied choice of dishes,         and visitors find it is an excellent base for
                                                     can be provided as an alternative if you wish. We also offer                                                                                      comfortable, with modern décor and          home cooked using fresh ingredients by             exploring the wide range of attractions
               Contact: Linda Hill                   evening meals. We try to use local produce where possible.                                              Contact: Mrs R North                      furnishings. Guests will find excellent     chef patronne Ria Ball and her team.               which Devon offers.
          Stoodleigh, Tiverton EX16 9PJ                                                                                                                  Heath Gardens, Broadclyst,
              Tel: 01398 351280                                                                                                                                  Exeter EX5 3HL
              Fax: 01398 351351                                        Tel: 01884 821198     Email: bookbindersbb@aol.com                                     Tel: 01392 462311                        Tel: 01884 860316 Fax: 01884 861318 Email: admin@thelbridgexinn.co.uk
     Email: quoit-at-cross@hotmail.co.uk                              www.bookbinders-cullompton.co.uk                                                Email: info@heathgardens.co.uk
  www.quoit-at-cross.co.uk                        Contact: Malcolm & Judy Garratt, Bookbinders, Brithem Bottom, Cullompton, EX15 1ND               www.heathgardens.co.uk                              www.thelbridgexinn.co.uk                                    Thelbridge, nr Crediton, Devon EX17 4SQ

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Spotlight On Wales

                                                                                                                                                                                                           Boasting the highest mountain in England and Wales,              As Britain’s only coastal National Park, Pembrokeshire is
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Snowdonia National Park attracts thousands of visitors           an excellent place to visit. It’s an amazing place to spot
                                                                                                                                                                                                           each year to witness the breathtaking scenery of this Area       dolphins, fish, seals, and hundreds of thousands of birds,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Fringed with the Wales            such as puffins, moorhens, woodpeckers, and herons;
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Heritage Coast, Snowdonia is a haven for walkers, bird           all this makes it a must-visit for wildlife lovers. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           watchers, history buffs – thanks to the huge collection of       those with young children, or those young-at-heart,

                                                                                                                                                                                                           castles in the area, and families looking for a stress-free      shouldn’t discount a holiday here; the area has some
                                                                                                                                                                                                           family holiday.                                                  of Wales’ most amazing, sandy beaches and with such
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            variety, there’s a beach to suit all interests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           If you’re looking for a sunny beach holiday destination
                                                                                                                                                                                                           in Wales, it has to be the seaside resort of Rhyll, which        The Brecon Beacons National Park is the perfect place

                                                                                                                                                                                                           boasts hotter, sunnier summers than the rest of Wales.           to sample ‘true’ Wales. With green grass, fresh air and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           There’s a wealth of activities to enjoy here to keep kids        relaxation all on offer, this is the perfect place savour
                                                                                                                                                                                                           of all ages entertained, such as watersports, fairgrounds,       the atmosphere of charming country towns, walk along
                                                                                                                                                                                                           donkey rides, indoor beaches, castles, walking, cycling          ancient pathways and enjoy the range of leisure activities

By Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                                           and the aquarium, or you could just relax on the beautiful       on offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           beach and do nothing!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The National Botanical Gardens was the first botanic
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Llandudno is a beautiful Victorian seaside resort at the         garden to be created in the UK. The Garden of Wales
                                                                                                                                                                                                           foot of Great Orme that offers a great mix of things to          is an exciting institution that aims to heighten visitors’

This Year
                                                                                                                                                                                                           do, whether you’re holidaying with your family, friends or       understanding of the natural and man-made worlds.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           partner; you could take a romantic stroll along the beach,       There is a great deal to see on this huge site including
                                                                                                                                                                                                           see the array of animals at the Mountain Zoo, take a trip        a Children’s Mini-Farm, Theatr Botanica, Bee Hives and
                                                                                                                                                                                                           back in time to four-thousand-year-old mines, or even            various gardens including the Bog Garden, Japanese
                                                                                                                                                                                                           take a relaxing ride on Britain’s longest cable car – the        Garden, Apothecaries’ Garden and Boulder Garden.
                                                                                                                                                                                                           choice is yours.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty,
Feature by Steph Lapidge                                                                                                                                                                                   Enjoy a traditional seaside family holiday in the peaceful       the Elan Valley has five lakes, Caban Coch, Garreg-Ddu,
                                                                                                                                                                                                           fishing village of Saundersfoot, in Carmarthenshire.             Pen-y-Garreg, Craig-Goch and the more recent Claerwen
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Within easy reach of the bustling town of Tenby,                 reservoir, all of which provide the perfect backdrop for an
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Saundersfoot is less crowded meaning you can relax and           afternoon cycling. One of the most popular routes is the
Many holiday destinations claim to cater for                                                                                                                                                               spend some quality time together as a family.                    Elan Valley Trail, which is eight miles long and follows the
every taste, but Wales is one place that can truly                                                                                                                                                                                                                          route of an old railway line. It’s a surfaced path, suitable
make this claim. From spectacular coastlines                                                                                                                                                               The town of Aberystwyth lies in the heart of the stunning        for all - pushchairs and wheelchairs, cyclists and horse
to beautiful nature trails and from numerous                                                                                                                                                               Cardigan Bay, nestled between three hills. Aberystwyth           riders, as well as walkers of all ages and abilities.
historic sites to the hustle and bustle of city life,                                                                                                                                                      Castle lies on a hilltop originally fortified by Iron Age
Wales has something for everyone…                                                                                                                                                                          settlers and dominates the skyline, creating an air of           For more information, attractions or facts about Wales,
                                                                     Images courtesy of VisitWales.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                           mystery and intrigue to this delightful Welsh town.              visit www.visitwales.co.uk

     Ivybridge                                                                                         CLEIFIOG                                       Tilley’s Cottage                                                                                                                                                                                CRAIG-ARD
  Guest House                                                                                              BED & BREAKFAST                                                                                                                               Ty Coed                                                                                        HOTEL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ty Coed is an attractive timber chalet set in the grounds of the proprietor’s property.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It enjoys glorious views of the Upper Tanat Valley and Berwyn Mountains, yet is only 2

                                                 Oakfield is perfectly situated on the breathtaking
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mountain Hall                                  miles from Llanhaeadr Ym Mochnant with shops and pubs.

                                                 north Wales coast. The park features luxury
                                                 holiday homes for sale and hire. All holiday
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cottages                                     Close by are the spectacular 240ft Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Lake Vyrnwy and Bala offering walks, cycling, fishing,
                                                 homes are equipped to an exceptional standard                                                                                                                                                             watersports and craft shops.Visit historic Powys and Chirk                                 The Craig-Ard Hotel is a 3 star hotel
 The Ivybridge is a friendly, family-run guest   and perfectly located to all local amenities and                                                     A warm welcome awaits you at our cosy               Self-catering cottages in the Pembrokeshire      castles, Erddig House, Shrewsbury and Chester.
                                                                                                                                                      Pembrokeshire holiday cottage. Open all year,                                                                                                                                                   where the hustle and bustle of modern day
 house that waits to welcome you!                attractions.                                                                                                                                              Coast National Park near the historic city
                                                                                                                                                      Tilley’s provides a superb base to explore St                                                                                                                                                   life can be left behind. We are a friendly,
                                                                                                                                                      Davids & Pembrokeshire and is perfect for short                     of St Davids.                    The king-size bed is a zip and link bed and can be split                                   family-run metro hotel and offer special
 All 14 bedrooms are en-suite with colour        Why not get a takeaway or delicious meal from                                                                                                                                                             (by prior arrangement) into 2 full size single beds. Ample
                                                 one of our bars, before enjoying an evening of                                                       breaks or longer holidays.                                                                                                                                                                      standards of service.
 TV & hot drinks trays, we have family                                                                                                                                                                                                                     level parking for 2 cars. Two double bedrooms, 1 shower room, linen included, washing
                                                 fun-packed entertainment in our large cabaret                                                                                                              Spectacular uninterrupted sea views.
 rooms which sleep 4-5 people. Enjoy a                                                                   Cleifiog is a 5 Star bed and breakfast in
                                                                                                                                                      Ideally situated in a peaceful rural location on                                                     machine, dryer, TV, video, garden and heating included in price. Prices: £215 low season
                                                 club or lounge bar.                                   Beaumaris. The house is of historic interest                                                        Within walking distance of the coast and                                                                                                   Situated in a tree-lined avenue, an easy 2
 swim in our heated indoor pool, relax in our                                                                                                         the north Pembrokeshire coast, the cottage                                                           - £400 high season.
 comfortable lounge/bar and enjoy dinner                                                                  and is situated on the sea front in the                                                                Pembrokeshire Coast Path.                                                                                                            minutes walk to the extensive shopping
                                                 Just 10 minutes walk takes you to miles of                                                           and its garden enjoy spectacular coastal and
 made with the best local produce cooked to                                                                  well-known town of Beaumaris.                                                                                                                                                                                                            facilities, beach and the picturesque Happy
                                                 golden sandy beaches, that have traditionally                                                        countryside views. Tilley’s is conveniently close
 perfection. Disabled suite available.                                                                                                                to the coast path, two beautiful beaches and          Easy access to Pembrokeshire’s award-                                                                                                     Valley and Rock gardens.
                                                 been one of the main holiday attractions
                                                                                                          Cleifiog boasts magnificent panoramic       Porthgain Harbour with its award-winning             winning beaches, acclaimed restaurants,
                                                 throughout the years.
 We offer ample off-road parking & free                                                                 views of the Menai Strait and Snowdonia,      seafood restaurant and friendly pub.                                                                                                                                                            The hotel consists of :-
                                                                                                                                                                                                               pubs and the City of St Davids.
 Wi-Fi Internet access. Ferry travellers &                                                                 its charms include spacious panelled                                                                                                                                                                                                       ~ Ground floor bedrooms
                                                 Oakfield benefits from over 50 years’ of
                                                                                                           bedrooms, en-suite bathrooms and a         A welcome gift of Welsh wine and delicious                                                                                                                                                      ~ Four-poster and super king-size
 walkers are always welcome.                     experience; our well-established, family-run
                                                 company has a brilliant reputation.                   magnificent guest sitting room overlooking     locally made Welsh cakes will give your break                                                                                                                                                     bedrooms
                                                                                                         the Menai Strait. Each room features a       the perfect start.                                                                                                                                                                              ~ Attractive gardens for your relaxation
                                                                                                       colour TV, DVD player and Internet access.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Comfortable residents’ bar lounge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ~ Ground floor dining room
                                                                                                         Every effort will be made to help you to
                                                                                                       enjoy a tranquil and pampered interlude in                                                                                                                                                                                                     ~ Free wireless broadband Internet access
                                                                                                         this interesting and comfortable house                                                                                                                                                                                                       ~ Free private car parking at rear of hotel

                                                                                                       Non smoking rooms. Prices from £55 - £95.                                                             Contact: Ieuan and Sandra Jenkins                                                                                                                   Tel: 01492 876628
                                                                                                                                                               Contact: Ruth Woodage                                                                                                                                                                             Fax: 01492 876652
                                                     Oakfield Caravan Park, Kinmel Bay,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tel: 01348 837 803
              Visit our website at                                                                               Tel: 01248 811507                    St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 5BB                                                                                                                                                          Email: info@craig-ardhotel.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Email: ieuanandsandra@btinternet.com
     www.ivybridgeleisure.co.uk                                Rhyl LL18 5LH                                   Email: liz@cleifiog.co.uk                       Tel: 01348 837168                                                                                                                                                                      www.craig-ardhotel.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Contact: Mrs Rosemary Jackson on 01691 860359
                                                   Tel: 01745 342455 Fax: 01745 338528                                                                 Email: ruth@rwoodage.wanadoo.co.uk
      or call 01348 875366 for a brochure.         Email: info@oakfieldcaravanpark.co.uk                   www.cleifiog.co.uk                         Web: www.daltonsholidays.com/fulladview.                  Mountain Hall, Llanrhian,                                                                                                                    Contact: Rosanne & David Gee
     We hope to see you soon...                  www.oakfieldcaravanpark.co.uk                         Townsend, Beaumaris, Ynys Mon LL58 8BH                   php?property=14404                         St Davids, Pembrokeshire SA62 5BD                        rosemary.jackson@btconnect.com.                                                   3 Arvon Avenue, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2DY,

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Holidays & Leisure

Great                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Abbotshood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Aspire’s Top Recommendation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Palm Labs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Photographic & Printing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Established over 25 years
                                                                                                                                                 FARM COURT

                                                                                                                                                                                          We welcome you to our small 'adults only',
                                                                                                                                                                                          family run, Caravan & Camping Park. We offer            Prices:
                                                                                                                                            Alderney, Channel Islands GY9 3UX             the unique opportunity to enjoy a peaceful,             • Touring Pitches x 25: £13.00 per night
                                                                                                                                                                                          relaxing time in the Norfolk countryside.               • Tent Pitches x 25: £31.00 per night.
                                                                                                                                           Farm Court is an exceptional B&B whose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  (Price includes awnings and electric hookup)
                                                                                                                                           tranquil atmosphere is enhanced by the
                                                                                                                                                                                          Generous grass pitches, backed by mature trees
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       at Greenway Bridge,
                                                                                                                                           original artworks – landscapes and life
                                                                                                                                           studies; and the excellent services.
                                                                                                                                                                                          look onto a central garden. We pride ourselves          Open: 1st March -31st October                       Grand Western Canal
                                                                                                                                                                                          on the cleanliness of the park and its facilities.                                                          in Halberton, Tiverton,
Having basked in glorious sunshine over the last few weeks,           If you’re planning a break for late summer, autumn or even
Britain certainly seems the place to stay this year. The warm         summer 2011, Aspire would like to encourage you to discover
                                                                                                                                           Rooms are individually furnished for comfort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                The Street, Erpingham, Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7QD                                         Devon EX16 7AE
                                                                                                                                           and guests love the power showers which
weather we’ve been enjoying up and down the country has               some of our countries hidden gems. A survey conducted last year      massage the cares of mainland life clean                                           Contact: Miss Pat Lunnon
encouraged us all to get out and about, make the most of our          by Vauxhall found that British holidaymakers, on average, have       away! Guests have a separate entrance from
                                                                                                                                           the sunny garden courtyard and their own
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Telephone: 01263 768959 Fax Number: 01263 768959                                                   Also on National Cycle
leisure time and enjoy holidays and short breaks in Britain’s best    only visited 2% of this country’s 1,200 towns and cities. Out of                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Film Processing
                                                                                                                                           breakfast and sitting room. There is also a                                                                                                                    Route No. 3.                      • E6 / Slide / C41 / Neg / B&W
locations.                                                            all these wonderful places, most of us will only ever visit 28 of    self-catering cottage to complement the
                                                                      Britain’s towns and cities in our lifetime.                                                                                                                                                                                  Open all year. Free delivery /           • Process & Print packages on Kodak Paper
                                                                                                                                           natural peace and relaxing atmosphere of the                                     Aspire’s Top Recommendation                                               collection available                  • Digital Package Deals on Kodak Paper
If you want some inspiration for where to go and what to do,                                                                               unique island.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Kelling House Bed & Breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • 35mm / 120 / 5x4 / 10x8 Films
look no further, Aspire have some great ideas for days out, short     Many of us choose to revisit places that we know and love, but                                                                                                                                                                                                        • Traditional Black & White on Ilford Ppaper
                                                                                                                                           And after a day of walking, bike riding,
breaks or a longer holiday...                                         you don’t have to go abroad for a brand new experience: country                                                                                                                                                                                                       • Optical Colour Handprints on Kodak Paper
                                                                                                                                           beachcombing or sunbathing on the
                                                                      houses, coves and beaches, watersports, rock climbing, museums       beautiful beaches, there is often a home-                                                                                                                                                        • Drum & Package scanning services
Ideal for families, couples and friends, the Great British Heritage   or painting holidays, the UK is bursting with something for                                                         Situated in the conservation village of Barkston, ‘Kelling’ is a charming stone house dating from 1785                                            • Photographic Posters on Kodak Paper
                                                                                                                                           made cake or a glass of wine to refresh you.
                                                                                                                                                                                            with a delightful, south-facing garden. Bedrooms (one twin with en-suite shower, one double with                                                • Exhibition Prints on Kodak Endura
Pass allows you to explore Britain on a budget and skip those         everyone to enjoy. With so much variety and so many new places       Local pubs, restaurants and quaint cinema
                                                                                                                                           can be found in just a five-minute stroll.       a private bathroom and one single) are quiet and attractively furnished with tea and coffee making                                              • Gallery Prints on Kodak Endura
pesky queues. For a small price you can choose a pass that            to discover, give your family a new experience this summer and                                                                        facilities and TV in every room. Local produce used where possible.                                                             • Real Photographic Books on Kodak Paper
lasts between four and 30 days, which grants you access to 580        venture into the unknown. Alternatively, why not visit the Channel
                                                                                                                                                          Moira’s hospitality is                                                                                                                                                            • Restoration & Copying services
stately homes, castles and gardens up and down the country,           Islands for a painting holiday with a difference...                                 legendary and staff are           Excellent transport links (A1 and Grantham within 4 miles) and centrally placed for the Viking                                                  • Mounting Services
including Shakespeare’s birthplace. Get yours from                                                                                                        friendly and efficient.         Way, Lincolnshire Wolds, Belton House, Burghley House, Lincoln and Peterborough Cathedrals etc.                                                   • Metallic / Gloss / Matt Paper
www.britishheritagepass.com                                           Water colours have a reputation for being difficult, but beginners                  Farm Court is the ideal           Whether you come for one night or a longer break you will be very warmly welcomed by Sue.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Friendly Advice
                                                                      often produce the freshest, most exciting results. To pause in a                    accommodation in which                                                                                                                                                            • Postal Service
                                                                                                                                                          to relax and reflect on how                                            Contact: Mrs Sue Evans
For those who want to get outside, the 130,000 miles of public        beautiful place, sit down out of the wind and lose yourself in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             0121 622 5504
                                                                                                                                                          good life can be.                                              Kelling House, 17 West Street, Barkston,
footpaths that stretch through the countryside of England and         the process is a joy and a tool for relaxation. Enjoy the stunning                                                                                       Grantham, Lincs NG32 2NL                                            Email: abbotshood@halberton.org
Wales offer a great opportunity to embrace the great outdoors.        views on the beautiful island of Alderney and learn how to use                                                                                      Tel: 01400 251440 Mob: 07771 761251                                      www.abbotshoodcyclehire.co.uk
                                                                                                                                           Email: relax@farmcourt-alderney.co.uk                                                                                                                                                                   www.palmlabs.co.uk
There are 15 long-distance National Trails providing beautiful
scenery and the chance to spot Britain’s native wildlife. Discover
                                                                      this magical medium. For more information about courses, visit
                                                                                                                                                      Tel: 01481 822075
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Email: sue@kellinghouse.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Web: www.kellinghouse.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tel: 01884 820728                                  Palm Laboratory Ltd
                                                                                                                                              www.farmcourt-alderney.co.uk                                                                                                                           / 07958 916165 / 07904 068555               69 Rea Street, Birmingham B5 6BB
a route that’s right for you at www.nationaltrail.co.uk

                                                                                                                                                                                             Lynwood House Bed and Breakfast                                                                                                 Aspire’s Top Recommendation

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Daylock Marine
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lynwood House, is a small, friendly,         bath, basin, loo and bidet. The
                                                                                                                                                                                          bed & breakfast home in Cornwall. It
                                                                                                                                                                                          is the perfect place to stay for a restful
                                                                                                                                                                                          and enjoyable holiday in the romantic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bedrooms are modestly decorated and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       comfortably furnished. Each room has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Wi-fi, TV with Freeview, DVD player,
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cornish countryside. Beautiful sandy         hairdryer, teas and coffees and fridge
                                                                                                                                                                                          beaches are within ten minutes drive         for fresh milk. Guests will enjoy soft
                                                                                                                                                                                          and Tregony village is the ‘gateway to       sheets, fluffy bath towels and hopefully
                                                                                                                                                                                          the Roseland’, an area famous for its        a good night’s rest. Ironing board and
                                                                                                                                                                                          stunning coastal scenery, quaint seaside     iron is available on request.
                                                                                                                                                                                          coves and mysterious river creeks.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A full English breakfast and selection

  Sundene Guest House
                                                                                                                                                                                          There are twin and double rooms              of cereals with fruits are available for
                                                                                                                                                                                          available. Three rooms have en-suite         breakfast. Vegetarians will be happily
                                                                                                                                                                                          shower, basin and loo and our luxury         catered for if Abigail is advised on
                                                                                                                                                                                          room has en-suite shower, separate           booking.

                                                                                                                                                                                          Telephone: 01872 530371 email: abigail@lynwoodbandbcornwall.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                          Lynwood House, Tregony, Truro, Cornwall TR2 5RU
     Sundene Guest House is just off                             a family of 5, also en-suite. Some rooms                   special requirements, please enquire at
     Weymouth Harbour and only 5 minutes                         have fantastic views over Weymouth                         the time of your booking.
     walk from Weymouth’s beautiful sandy                        Harbour.
     beach and esplanade and Weymouth
     town centre. The train station is less than                 All rooms at Sundene Guest House come
                                                                                                                            Sundene Guest House is open all year,
                                                                                                                            so if you would like to visit our wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                                          Woodhill Bed & Breakfast                                                                                 Tucked away at the bottom
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of a tree-lined lane lies one of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            would be complete without a full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            range of marina services.
     10 minutes away and has direct links to                     with tea and coffee making facilities and                  town and explore the local area, or if you
                                                                                                                                                                                          Cottingham, East Yorkshire 4 Star B&B                                                                    Huntingdon’s best kept secrets. A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   little jewel in the Cambridgeshire       Spend the day on one of the hire
     London Waterloo.                                            have a television.                                         are a contractor working locally, please                       Peacefully standing within the grounds of Skidby Lakes Golf Club,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   crown, Daylock Marine Services           boats or browse their boats for sale.
                                                                                                                            give me a call.                                                with views over the course, it is not only golfers who appreciate a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   boasts its own little café serving a     Then have fun at one of the riverside
     Sundene Guest House has 4 en-suite                          For breakfast, there is the choice of a                                                                                   stay at Woodhill B&B. A modern retreat completely renovated 18
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   wide range of foods for all tastes.      parties where there is always a band
     rooms available, including a ground floor                   full, traditional English breakfast to get                                                                                months ago, the B&B focuses on quality not quantity with only 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            or a DJ featured once a month
                                                                                                                                                                                           guest rooms. The 4 star rated boutique B&B welcomes all ages for
     double room with en-suite. A large family                   you started for your day ahead, as well                    A warm welcome awaits you at                                   a relaxing and unwinding stay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   From a hearty boaters breakfast          during the summer.
     bedroom is available by booking two                         as cereal and toast. We also provide                                                                                                                                                                                              to the full Sunday Carvery, there’s
                                                                                                                            Sundene Guesthouse.                                                                                                                                                    something for everyone including         Daylock Marine Services is a great
     adjoining bedrooms which can easily sleep                   vegetarian breakfasts. If you have any                                                                                    Situated on the outskirts of the village of Cottingham, east
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a children’s menu, daily specials        place to enjoy the summer.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Yorkshire the accommodation is open throughout the year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and OAP meal deals. For the
                                                                                                                                                                                           Providing an excellent standard of hospitality and accommodation
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   more serious boaters there’s a little    Open daily 9am April to October.
                              Sundene Guest House, 30 Alma Road, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 0AJ                                                                                                  for the duration of your stay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   smuggler’s bar and no marina             Private parties are also available.
                     Telephone: 01305 787861 Mobile: 07917 861581 Email: sundene07@btinternet.com
                                                                                                                                                                                           Tel: 01482 843512 Email: lucy@woodhillbandb.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     www.daylockmarine.com Phone: 01480 455898
                                                                                                                                                                                           Web: www.woodhillbandb.co.uk                                                                                      The Meadow, Banks end, Wyton, Cambs Pe28 2AA

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  Aberdovey Hillside Village
                         Scoops Certificate of Recognition

Situated on an unspoilt hillside estate above the historic   every year, and often several times a year. There are        the Planning Authority, who lived in Aberdovey, and he
village of Aberdovey, the 20 properties available within     3000 visitors each year.                                     asked me to prepare a plan for the future development
Aberdovey Hillside Village offer holidaymakers from                                                                       of Aberdovey, which I did and it was immediately
across the UK breathtaking views of the Dovey Estuary        Aberdovey Hillside Park is continuing to be slowly           approved. Houses and apartments are being built
and Cardigan Bay. With such amazing views and a great        developed in the landscaped setting for those who wish       slowly in a landscaped setting. Aberdovey still remains
array of accommodation to offer, it's not hard to see        to have a principal or holiday home in Aberdovey. There      unspoilt, retaining its natural beauty unlike so many

                                                                                                                                                                                         Look out for issue 174,
why Aspire recently awarded the Village a Certificate of     is a considerable demand for houses and apartments in        other seaside resorts. There is an ever increasing
Recognition for Best of Britain 2010.                        the Park, which are often sold to friends and visitors of    demand for homes in Hillside Park. This will be met,
                                                             those who already live in the Park.                          while still maintaining the character of the hillside as the
Remarkably quiet Aberdovey Hillside Village is part                                                                       landscaping matures.”
of Aberdovey Hillside Park which has been carefully          The houses are designed to take advantage of the
designed and developed by John Madin, FRIBA                  steeply sloping hillside with the views to the south         Aberdovey is a small seaside village that boasts a
Chartered Architect, since detailed planning approval        over the Dovey Estuary, the golden sands, Cardigan           wealth of attractions within easy reach. The shops and
was granted in 1967.                                         Bay, and the mountains beyond, with large windows            the sandy beaches are just 300 yards from Aberdovey

                                                                                                                                                                                         on the 16th August 2010
                                                             and balconies to the living rooms mostly located on          Hillside Village, and the area is ideal for walkers,
Aberdovey Hillside Village is located on the southern        the upper floor level. There is direct access to the         cyclists, and those that generally love the outdoors.
part of Hillside Park which stretches over the hillside      living room areas from the gardens and parking areas         Aberdovey also has a well known 18-hole championship
of Aberdovey to the north, west, and east. With 20           to the north, taking advantage of the sloping hillside.      links Golf Club and a popular Yacht Club. As Aberdovey
self-catering houses and apartments available in             The bedrooms are located on the lower level yet still        is set within the Snowdonia National Park, where the
Aberdovey Hillside Village, whatever accommodation           enjoying the views from the hillside.                        River Dyfi meets the blue waters of Cardigan Bay,
solution you're looking for, there's something to suit                                                                    there’s an abundance of water sports on offer: sailing,
every taste, requirement, and budget. With two houses        Mr Madin described how he discovered Aberdovey. He           sail boarding, rowing, canoeing, fishing and boat trips.
sleeping up to eight people and three sleeping up to         told Aspire: “I was living in Birmingham with my young
six, the remaining 15 comfortably sleep a family of          family when it was decided that we wanted somewhere          On hearing the news of the Certificate of Recognition
four or two couples. All the properties have fully fitted    on the coast to enjoy family holidays. So after flying       for Best of Britain 2010, John Madin said: “Thank you
kitchens, with the five larger properties also boasting      along the Welsh coast, I chose Aberdovey as it was the       Aspire, I'm pleased to receive this Recognition. The
dishwashers, comfortably furnished lounges with colour       most unspoilt resort anywhere on the coast. I bought         continued preservation of Aberdovey and the care of
TV's that have free-to-air digital, and a tiled bathroom     a house there and the family enjoyed many holidays           future development within Aberdovey Hillside Park is a
with a bath and a shower; the larger properties boast        there. Later I decided to build my own house on the          very great responsibility to me and future generations.
a second bathroom. All the properties are fully heated       hillside. After a while it was clear that others wanted      I am determined that those who wish to have a home
by gas or electricity for those cooler nights and beds       to enjoy the same wonderful views so I continued to          and enjoy the wonderful views from Hillside Park will
are made up prior to arrival, complete with pillows and      build further houses and apartments which now form           have the opportunity of doing so, while at the same
duvets, and all bed linen. All 20 properties are also pet    Aberdovey Hillside Village.                                  time maintaining Aberdovey as one of the few seaside
friendly so your dogs can enjoy long walks on sandy                                                                       villages which have not been damaged by speculative
beaches and the magnificent countryside too.                 “Later I heard from a local farmer that he had been          development.”
                                                             asked to sell his land on the hillside above Aberdovey
John Madin told Aspire that the Manager, Mary Robinson       Hillside Village to a speculative developer. I immediately
and family, together with devoted staff, provide a           bought this land to protect it from speculative              For more information, call 01654 767522 or visit
wonderful service to their visitors, many of whom return     development. I was congratulated by the Chairman of          www.hillsidevillage.co.uk

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