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Autumn is the ideal time to transform your
garden into somewhere the whole family can
enjoy during the summer months. Aspire highly
recommend Brian Rhodes, an experienced
garden designer who boasts a wealth of
knowledge and experience. Turn to page 3 for
more info, or call 014205 62268.
The opportunity to meet Santa
for breakfast, £50 Highcross
gift card, lunch and tickets
to see a latest blockbuster at
Showcase Cinema de Lux!
KEEP THE KIDS
try an alternative therapy
to help relieve stress or
physical, mental, and
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We don’t know about you, but 2010 is flying by, we’re almost Aspire strive to support our local, independent companies, them is safe and will be highly rewarded. rest assured,
into november and Aspire has already come across some as we know that these businesses aim to treat each and these individuals will endeavour to provide only the highest
great companies, some of which may be very familiar to you, every customer as an individual rather than a number, standards of service, the very best products, and great value
others of which will be brand new. We know how difficult it meaning you’re treated to a more personal service. for money – just remember to tell them that Aspire sent you!
can be to find well-established companies that can offer a
high level of service that’s tailored to your personal needs, so the companies within this feature offer their customers
we work hard to bring you the very best organisations and the whole package: high quality products and competitive
specialist services in the UK. prices, as well as an excellent and personal service. We’ve
searched high and low, across the length and breadth of the
We’ve decided to bring you this collection of companies UK to find you these companies.
because we understand how hard it can be to find well-
established businesses that offer such a high level of service. Although these companies are offering different things, the
today, there are thousands of companies who promise factors that lead to success remain the same; good customer
the world and, with the internet making it easy for less service, reliability, and professionalism are three of the
discerning companies to appear legitimate, searching for a most important factors for keeping customers happy – and
good company can be a minefield. this minefield has been happy customers means more recommendations and more
made significantly worse thanks to the recession, as it’s now success. From garden make-overs to financial planning,
With Brian Rhodes
harder than ever to know who to trust with your money. As Aspire bring you reputable companies and organisations
so many companies, both small, independent businesses that put customer service above everything else.
and multi-national corporations, went into administration
during 2008 and 2009, many of us are wary about how we these companies are surviving in hard economic times,
spend our cash. so you can be sure any money and time you invest with
First Light investments We all strive for our own idea of perfection within our to self employment, specialising in private residential incentive. The major stumbling block that I encounter
taking Care of Your money home, whether that be sleek and contemporary lines
with modern décor, family friendly practicality within
our suburban semi, or even country chic surrounded
by beautiful countryside.
design and contracting. I now live in Alton, Hampshire
with my partner, where we are developing a model
garden on conjunction with the refurbishment of
a building for our new home as an example of my
on a weekly basis is that people just don’t see their
garden as very important, but they need to realise
that it’s an extension of their home. Every design I
do encompasses not only the layout, but also the
design capability.” planting scheme and the schedule I intend to work
Independent and well-established, as he explains: “We offer advice to the Peter prides himself on the excellent
However, many of us are forgetting that our garden to, which I believe is a unique service, not offered by
with a wealth of experience, First Light widest range of clients and are aware of reputation First Light Investments has
is an extension of our home; it allows others to see Brian has worked on designs both here in the UK anybody else at the quotation stage.”
Investments is a Rutland-based firm of why financial planning is important to created over the last 13 years and the
our home in a different light. If you’re looking to and in Greece and is prepared to travel anywhere.
Financial Advisers offering unbiased the individual. For the average person, type of service they offer, he says: “I really
transform your forgotten wasteland into a garden to He added: “To create a garden design is effectively Brian hopes to build on a successful 2010 by
planning services to individuals, small to it’s all about preserving their money and believe in offering a personal service and
be proud of, Aspire would like to suggest enlisting creating a new environment; unfortunately though, expanding his business in 2011, as he explained: “My
medium business owners and family trusts. ensuring flexibility and comfort in old age; my clients can always get hold of me,
the services of experienced gardener, Brian Rhodes, so many people think of it as ‘just the garden’. garden design service will be expanded next year
it is unlikely that we will have the money which is the most important thing. Some
Innovator of Nature. Garden design involves roughly 80% building and into a new idea of marketing named design kits for
Chartered Financial Planner, Peter Dracup, to afford five-star state benefits in the of my clients date back to 1993, they don’t
civil engineering, and 20% actual horticulture/ people to choose from. Each design will be promoted
has been recognised as one of the UK’s future and people really need to prepare leave us because they know that we give
Brian’s interest in gardens is in his genes; his father gardening. Garden design is equally as important as initially as a scale model at local exhibitions and on
leading investment professionals and, for that. The UK also has the most complex good advice and have over the years
sparked his interest in garden and nature immediately architecture and should be realised as such as any Ebay, the latter being part of my current venture of
since establishing First Light in 1997, tax regime in the world and clients need looked after millions of pounds worth of
after the war whilst living in Worcester. Brian picks other professional service. I can produce whatever power selling via the web. I have also written the
has advised hundreds of clients on how decent financial planning in order to take investments.”
up this story: “I undertook my first garden design at the customer wants from their outside space, but first five chapters of a novel based upon the English
best to invest their cash. Peter says: “As a advantage of this if they have money.”
the age of eight and realised a natural affinity with they must have realistic expectations for their budget. Reformation that is based on a personal experience
Financial Adviser in a small market town, Aspire are so impressed with the
the subject, so when I left school at 15, I got a job Roughly fifteen percent of designs can accommodate from where the idea originated. I have two other
it is important to offer the widest possible To make sure you’re getting the most service and advice offered by First
working for a landscape company throughout the sports and games within the scheme - miniature golf novels planned, but would prefer to gain some degree
range of services. Personally, I believe it’s out of the Tax exemptions and benefits Light Investments that we previously
Midlands. However, aged 19, I branched out on my courses have proven to be most successful in the of notoriety with the publication of the first book
important to take on board the personal available to you, Peter can offer advice selected the company for two of our
own when I was self-employed as a general contractor past, and child play areas are another such feature before pursuing my ambition to become an author.
aspirations and the character of each in the following areas: most prestigious awards, a Certificate of
developing gardens. I gained a lot of commercial and but subject to strident safety laws. All my designs I also have seven other technical books planned, of
individual client, rather than just their • ISA Recognition for Financial Future and a
managerial experience, undertaking both design and are personally drawn by me with no computer CAD which one is about alternative medicine, health and
financial situation, and use this to offer • Friendly Society Tax Exempt Savings Plans Gold Certificate of Recognition 2010.
contract works. systems or such programmes used.” how the aging process can be arrested! I’m not one of
advice on what’s right for them.” • Pension
these gardeners that have jumped on the bangwagon,
• Family SIPP www.firstlightinvestments.co.uk
“During the 1980s, I became contracts manager Improving your garden might be the last thing on your created through numerous garden makeover TV
An appointed representative of the • Investment Bonds
for a company in South Wales after Margaret mind as autumn turns to winter, but it’s actually one programmes – I am an experienced garden designer
Whitechurch Network Ltd, Peter is keen • Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) Alternatively, you can contact Peter
Thatcher allocated millions to clean up the industrial of the best times to prepare your garden for major with a wealth of knowledge and experience.”
to emphasise the importance of future • Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) directly on 01572 725400 or by emailing
wasteland of the coal industry. I was responsible for improvements. Brian says: “The improvements made
planning, whatever your financial goals, firstname.lastname@example.org
the development of 19 amenities and sports ground to a garden presents the property in a much more
projects - the smallest was five acres - plus numerous aesthetic way, making it more saleable than it was Tel: 014205 62268
small landscape schemes. Following that, I moved before. I have a total of 19 such records throughout Email: email@example.com
to Nottingham and after a disastrous start, returned my career where the garden has been a major selling
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it’s the month when
Autumn is the ideal time to transform your
garden into somewhere the whole family can
enjoy during the summer months. Aspire highly
recommend Brian Rhodes, an experienced
garden designer who boasts a wealth of
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3-7 Nov Diwali
Celebrated annually by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the
globe, Diwali is one of India’s biggest and most dazzling
festivals. Symbolising the victory of good over evil, Diwali
- the ‘festival of light’ – celebrates the renewal of life with
thousands of lights and illuminating the sky. Turn to page
Children In Need
Helping to improve the lives of disadvantaged children
and young people across the UK, the BBC’s Children
in Need TV appeal will be taking place on Friday 19th
November. With the help of Pudsey the Bear, the
corporation will be aiming to beat last year’s 30th appeal,
Christmas at Rockingham Castle
Gifts, Castle Courtyard decorated with
illuminated trees, guided tours in period
costume and refreshments from 11am-8pm
daily. Castle Tour - Adult £6, Child £2.50. Car
Parking £2. Visit www.rockinghamcastle.com
?? for a list of events taking place near you, as well as a which raised a whopping £39million. Join in the fun by for more information.
delicious recipe for Diwali Coconut Sweets... MasterChef Live @ Olympia Grand Hall
Nov MasterChef Live is a three-day food extravaganza with
celebrity chef demonstrations, expert advice, the chance
to master new skills and techniques; and that's not all –
there’s superb shopping with hundreds of exceptional
producers, delicious and unusual ingredients and the
latest gadgets. For more info or to book tickets visit
The Spirit of Christmas Fair
@ Olympia Grand Hall
Discover exquisite and desirable gifts and treats, all
hand-picked for their quality and originality, at the Spirit
of Christmas Fair. It’s the perfect place to shop, dine and
socialise in style. Visit www.spiritofchristmasfair.co.uk for
info and tickets.
Nov Children In
6 Nov Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair 2010
@ Olympia National Hall
National Curry Week
Celebrate 200 years of Indian Restaurants and our
4-7 27 Nov
Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair 2010 is a leading antiques country’s rich culinary diversity with National Curry Week.
Firework Display at Leicester Racecourse, Oadby exhibition that features quality arrays of fine arts stock Helping to highlight the plight of the world’s poor and
Celebrate this Bonfire Night in style (from 5.30pm) whilst for sale. You can expect the most important nationwide hungry, this event is a fun and tasty way to raise money for
raising money for life-limited children and young people and worldwide dealers selling a variety of stock from those less fortunate than ourselves. Go to
at the Rainbows Hospice Festival of Fireworks. Children’s furniture to glass, textiles, prints, jewellery and lots more. www.nationalcurryweek.co.uk to discover more.
Firework Display at 7pm. The bonfire lit at 7.30pm, complete For more information, log onto www.lth-hotels.com/
with a Guy provided by the children of Stoneygate School. london_events/winter-art-antiques-fair.htm
Main Firework Display starts at 8.15pm. Family tickets start at
£15 for two adults and two children, or are £4 individually. To
book tickets visit www.rainbows.co.uk/bonfire.
Festive Gift Fair @ NEC Birmingham
Everything you need for Christmas all under one roof! The
Festive Gift Fair has built-up a fabulous reputation as THE
PLACE to buy unusual and affordable Christmas presents.
Each year, it attracts around 30,000 shoppers – all there to
Luxury Travel Fair @ Olympia National Hall Gunpowder, Treason and Plot
BUY and enjoy the great Christmas atmosphere! So, why
A collection of the finest and most unique holiday @ Donington le Heath Manor House Coalville not become one of them this year – tickets can be booked
experiences from around the world will gather together Treason and torture - explore the Gunpowder plot in the online at www.festivegiftfair.co.uk or by calling 0844 581
for the fifth year at The Luxury Travel Fair, presenting the house once owned by the Digby family. FREE entry but a small 0808.
most exclusive resorts, first-class travel specialists, five-star charge for craft activities. Call 01530 831 259 for tickets or
hotels and luxury tour operators. See further info.
www.luxurytravelfair.com for tickets.
Commemorating the end of the First World War and the
Bonfire Night signing of the armistice agreement - which took place at the
On the night Guy Fawkes’ gunpowder plot was foiled in Kettering's Big Christmas Switch On
eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in Stars of Aladdin at the Lighthouse Theatre, including David
1605, bonfires were lit across London to celebrate. More 1918 – two minutes silence will be held across the world to
than 400 years on, the event is still celebrated throughout Van Day, will be appearing at Kettering's Big Christmas
remember the 20 million people who died during the conflict. Switch On! For more information visit
Britain with the burning of effigies of Guy Fawkes and Wear your poppy with pride to remember those who lost their
spectacular fireworks displays. Attending any bonfire www.kettering.gov.uk/marketplace or call 01536 410333.
lives and go to www.poppy.org.uk to make a donation.
night firework display promises to be a great evening out
for all the family.
St Andrew’s Day
Scotland’s national day, now an official bank holiday
for those living north of the border, celebrates the
With just eight weeks left until country’s patron saint. Make sure you pick up issue 189
of Aspire (out on November 26th) as we’ll have a tasty
Christmas, we’re sure you’re recipe from our resident chef, Neil Walker, to celebrate
starting to think about the
festive season; however, there
is still a wide variety of events
taking place both nationally and
locally that you can get involved 21Nov 30Nov
in before Christmas arrives…
5Nov 11Nov 18-21Nov
Leicester Christmas Lights Switch On
in Town Hall Square
A magical event for all the family and the official start to
the festive season!
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Bonfire Night Diwali
the 5th Of The Festival of Light
Setting the skies alight with a dazzling
display of colour, Britain will be
Celebrated annually by hindus, sikhs and Jains around the
globe, Diwali is one of india’s biggest and most dazzling
festivals, which has become a highly anticipated event in
the British calendar. symbolising the victory of good over
the festival’s origins relate to the return of Lord rama, King
of Ayodhya, who returned to this ancient indian city, with his
wife sita and brother Lakshmana, after 15 years in exile. After
fighting the demon king of Ceylon, Lord rama made his
5th November 2010
Experience a taste of Diwali this November 5th with melt
in the mouth Diwali Coconut Sweets...
evil, Diwali - the ‘festival of light’ - will be celebrated on the way back to the kingdom at night and it is believed that the 150g grated coconut
celebrating the successful capture and 5th november, as thousands of lights and fireworks are used people of Ayodhya lit ghee lamps along the way, in order 400g shredded jaggery
foiling of Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot to illuminate the sky; celebrating the renewal of life. to light their path in the darkness. since this day, hindus 1 tbsp Cardamon powder
have celebrated Diwali on Amavasa, which falls on the 15th handful of roughly chopped cashew nuts
with fireworks, bonfires and sparklers in the hindu calendar, Diwali – also called Deepavali, day of the hindu month of Katrika at the end of October or handful of roughly chopped almonds
on the 5th November. meaning ‘a cluster of lights’ – marks the defeat of the beginning of november.
spiritual darkness that engulfs the light of knowledge and Method:
get your gloves on, wrap up warm and join in the fun by heading to the best also welcomes in the new Year. it is celebrated in a similar Diwali Day, 5th November 1. in a non-stick pan add the grated coconut and jaggery
way to the Christian holiday of Christmas, with families and and keep stirring until the jaggery melts and mixes well with
the origins of Britain’s most colourful nocturnal event date
back to 1605 when guy Fawkes and 12 other men plotted
firework displays in the Aspire region this november... friends getting together to share greetings, gifts, sweets and
Join in the fun at Cossington street recreation ground
this Diwali Day from 6.45pm. Boasting live entertainment, coconut.
to blow up London’s houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of snacks. During the festivities, homes will be lit with small cultural events and a spectacular fireworks display at 2. Add cardamon powder, cashew nuts and almonds and
gunpowder. oil lamps called divas, whilst the streets will be lined with 8.30pm, it’s Leicester’s biggest Diwali celebration. Find out mix well.
5th Bonfire night 2010 5th Bonfire and Fireworks night coloured lights, arranged in the most amazing displays, more by visiting www.leicester.gov.uk/festivals
throughout Diwali. Fireworks are also a big part of the event, 3. Keep stirring the mixture on a low flame until it turns
Following the death of Queen elizabeth i in 1603, James i great Central railway, Loughborough stapleford Park ensuring the festival goes with a bang. slightly brown and thickens. if the mixture is too dry, add a
took to the throne. During the reign of elizabeth i, english Diwali Dinner Dance, 9th November
Catholics had faced persecution and when her successor Combining the magic of a train ride with the excitement see the skies over this fine country house lit up with few drops of water, this will help the mixture bind.
Celebrate Diwali by heading along to Leicester’s O2
was crowned King, it was hoped that he would be more of fireworks, the great Central railway offers a unique a wonderful array of fireworks. A hog roast, soup, hot Academy, on University road. the national hindu student 4. Cool until you feel you can handle the mixture enough to
tolerant of the Catholic religion. When it became apparent Bonfire night experience. the display takes place at chocolate and bar drinks can all be enjoyed in the stable Forum are holding a special dinner dance, with festive food mould into shape. Do this by applying a small amount of oil
that this was not to be the case, 13 Catholic conspirators Quorn and Woodhouse station and rides, hot food and block courtyard and donations for the Derbyshire, and entertainment, to celebrate the festival of light. the onto your palm (to stop mixture sticking to your hands) and
decided that violent action was the only answer and a beer or two can also be enjoyed. the event starts from Leicestershire and rutland Air Ambulance will be greatly evening kicks off at 7pm, tickets are £20 and can be booked start shaping into bite-size, round balls.
devised a plot to assassinate the King and the members 6.15pm and tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for received. the event starts at 6pm and the bonfire will by calling 07830 777412.
children. go to www.gcrailway.co.uk for full details. be lit half an hour later. Find out more by calling 01572 5. Allow the sweets to cool for a few hours.
of Parliament they saw as being responsible for this
persecution. 787016 or go to www.staplefordpark.com
For an alternative to coconut, use sesame seeds in the same
way, this gives a crunchier texture. You can also play around
the group of men, led by robert Catesby, made a plan
with the different fruits. try raisins, dates or prunes.
to blow up the houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of
gunpowder, which were to be stored in a cellar under the
5th guy Fawkes evening guided Walk 5th Fireworks Frenzy at santa Pod
house of Lords. however, it became clear to the group Bosworth Battlefield race Circuit northamptonshire
that innocent lives, including those of individuals who had
fought for Catholic rights, would also be lost and they began take a guided walk and explore the Battle of Bosworth, Boasting live action stunts, a huge bonfire and great
to rethink their violent course of action. the death of King richard iii and the victory of henry family entertainment, this fireworks frenzy is one of
tudor at this special event. tickets are priced at £3 for northamptonshire’s best. the gates open at 4pm with
An anonymous letter was sent to Lord monteagle warning adults and £2 for children, and the event starts at 7pm. all activities taking place between 6pm and 8pm. tickets
him of the intended plot and urging him to stay away from Book your place by calling 01455 290429. are priced at £20 per car (maximum of five people), find
the houses of Parliament on the 5th november. As the out more by calling 01234 782828.
news reached King James i, a full search of Parliament was
5th Fireworks Display at Franklin’s 6th Abbey Park Bonfire and Fireworks
storming the cellar in the early hours of the 5th november, gardens northampton Display Leicester
the authorities discovered guy Fawkes, surrounded by
the 36 barrels of gunpowder. having earned a reputation A spectacular display of colour will be lighting up the visitors will be dazzled by Leicester’s biggest bonfire and
as Britain’s biggest traitor, guy Fawkes was interrogated, sky of northampton, with this year’s event taking on a fireworks display. A great family event, attracting around
tortured and executed. musical theme. gates open at 5.30pm and all the fun 10,000 visitors every year, it promises a full evening
starts at 7pm. tickets are priced at £2.50 for children of entertainment starting from 5pm. special guests
to commemorate the foiling of the gunpowder Plot and under 16, £5 for adults or £12 for a family of four. more ZingZillas will perform at 6.15pm and there will also be
to celebrate the safety of the King, bonfires were set alight info is available from www.northamptonsaints.co.uk fairground rides, food stalls and plenty of explosions.
across the country. this tradition is still enjoyed by children tickets are £5 and children under five are admitted for
and adults today, and has grown to include colourful free. Call 0116 238 5084 for more info or go to
fireworks, sparklers and the burning of effigies of guy www.leicester.gov.uk/bonfire
Fawkes on the bonfire.
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Northampton Food & Drink Awards Highcross Competition
County’s Finest Celebrate Success In The Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire
Food And Drink
After much anticipation, excitement and a certain Julie elliott of Angelina Cupcake, winner of the Best Local executive Chef at gary rhodes’ michelin-starred restaurant
amount of nerves, the winners of the seven categories Product for her surprise Chocolate Cupcake, was absolutely rhodes twenty Four, Adam gray, prepared a mouth-
in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink amazed at the announcement: “i only started the company watering northamptonshire menu for the 140 entrants,
Awards 2010/11 are finally celebrating being named just over a year ago after my twin boys started at school. judges, sponsors, media partners and supporters who
the best of the county’s best! Before that i’d just been baking for friends and family and it’s attended, including judge sophie grigson and holdenby
grown from there. so to have come up against some long house’s gracious owner James Lowther. they were treated
The Awards, devised by Northamptonshire Enterprise established firms with some fantastic products and win is to a smoked beetroot and goats cheese starter drizzled with
Limited, were designed to celebrate all that is great really overwhelming.” a northamptonshire red-wine dressing, local venison and
about the county’s produce and drink, to recognise an apple mousse with cider-glazed apples, the red wine and
excellence within its dining venues and to reward those meanwhile for Julie hogg of hoggleys Brewery, winning cider both coming from short-listed entrant Welland valley
who work so hard within the culinary sector. the ‘Best Local Drink’ title for their solstice stout was all the vineyard.
more sweet because they’d come so close last year: “We
The results were announced at a glittering Awards were runners-up in 2009 for our northamptonshire Bitter said the competition’s co-ordinator, rachel mallows of
Dinner (Weds 6th October) staged in the magnificent and really wanted this Award! We’re really proud of our beer rachel mallows services to Business: “We set a pretty high
Elizabethan rooms of Holdenby House. and it’s wonderful to think that its quality is being so widely standard when we launched the competition last year, yet
recognised.” thanks to Carlsberg UK and our other sponsors, our partners
in the Awards and most of all the hundreds that took part,
The winners and runners-up are: And for ian Dorwood of Limes Farm, his wife’s reaction on this year has been even better. i hope that it encourages
Best Local Product: the firm being named as a Local Food hero said it all: “nicky northamptonshire’s foodies to get out and support the
runner-up - Original Brixworth Pâté by Brixworth Foods had tears in her eyes as we walked up to fetch our trophy! excellence that’s on their doorstep.”
Winner - Chocolate surprise Cupcake from Angelina that’s because our family business means everything to us
Cupcake, towcester and winning this award is wonderful recognition for our For more details about the awards and for reaction from all
efforts. sometimes it can get a bit demoralising, grinding the winners, please visit www.letyourselfgrow.com
Best Local Drink:
on day by day but knowing that we’re appreciated by our
runner-up - Champs D'Amour by Fleur Fields vineyard,
customers makes it all worthwhile!”
Winner - solstice stout from hoggleys Brewery,
the trophies – a beautifully handcrafted map of the county
created from northamptonshire leather by craftswoman
Curry Chef of the Year: Kate Lee from northampton - were presented by celebrated
runner-up - Baldev singh,of mem-saab, northampton michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton, the star of such tv
Winner - hao Dang, of Dang's vietnamese restaurant, shows as ‘saturday Kitchen’ and ‘great British menu’. he
northampton spoke highly of the winners and also praised all those
who had been short-listed: “twenty years ago, when i was
Community Pub of the Year: a lad learning my trade, we weren’t so bothered by the
runner-up - the Picturedrome, northampton idea of ‘local’ but now the industry has come to realise
Winner - the Lamplighter, northampton the importance of sourcing good, fresh ingredients from
on the doorstep. Clearly your pubs and restaurants are
JOin SANTA FOr BreAKFAst
Pub or Bar Restaurant of the Year:
runner-up - the red Lion, sibbertoft doing that and thankfully there are the producers and
Winner - the Olde red Lion, Kislingbury suppliers to meet the demand! i’m really impressed by what
northamptonshire has to offer and i think these Awards
Restaurant of the Year: are a wonderful way of
runner-up - equilibrium at Fawsley hall, Fawsley celebrating all that’s being
in A Day Of Festive Fun At highcross
Winner - Oundle mill, Oundle achieved.”
Local Food Hero of the Year:
Winner - mrs sheena harris, moulton As a perfect
Winner - Beckworth emporium, mears Ashby demonstration of that,
Winner - the green Patch, Kettering former northampton Christmas is coming early to one lucky family as santa Claus brings a viP festive treat to Located at the heart of Leicester city centre, highcross is the perfect destination for a family
Winner - Limes Farm, Farthinghoe College student and now celebrate the opening of his grotto at highcross Leicester on sunday 7th november. day out, with 15 restaurants, 3,000 car parking spaces, a 12-screen Cinema de Lux and an
unrivalled selection of aspiring stores to choose from.
highcross is giving a family of four a special opportunity to meet santa for breakfast at Kona
Blue Coffee & Deli, before he takes up residence in his grotto. in addition, our competition To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply tell us which penguins will be
winners will receive a £50 highcross gift card, freshly cooked lunch at handmade burger Co. visiting Highcross on the opening day of the Grotto. Is it:
and tickets to see one of the latest blockbuster films at showcase Cinema de Lux.
a) Emperor Penguins
What’s more, the lucky family will be amongst the first at highcross to see the centre’s b) Humboldt Penguins
additional viP guests on sunday 7th november, a group of humboldt Penguins. rangers will c) Macaroni Penguins
give the winning family an exciting talk on the animals that are present at highcross for one
day only. to be in with the chance of winning, just email your answer, name and daytime telephone
number to firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: highcross Comp)
situated on the lower mall near eAt and starbucks, santa’s grotto is a winter wonderland before 1pm on Wednesday November 3rd 2010. Unfortunately, postal entries cannot be
of all things Christmas that will be open throughout the festive season until Christmas eve. accepted for this competition and no alternative prizes will be issued.
visiting children will also have the chance to drop off letters for santa in the special post box
before he heads off around the world with the reindeers. For further information, visit www.highcrossleicester.com
Terms & Conditions: One winner will win breakfast for four with santa at Kona Blue Coffee & Deli, a family meal for four (two children and two adults) at handmade burger Co., family ticket (two children and two adults) to a film at Cinema
de Lux, £50 highcross gift Card and Free parking in either of highcross’ rooftop and John Lewis car parks. Please bring your parking entry card to Kona Blue Coffee & Deli upon arrival. Prizes can only be redeemed on sunday november 7th
2010. Cinema de Lux tickets do not apply to ‘Pass Ban’ films and 3D charges may apply. there is no cash alternative. no purchase necessary. no employees of highcross Leicester or its agents are permitted to enter. highcross reserves the
right to alter the terms and conditions at any time. Open to UK residents only. the winner will be drawn at random on Wednesday november 3rd 2010 (after 2pm) and will be notified on thursday november 4th 2010 by telephone. Aspire
magazine are not responsible for this competition - we’re merely promoting on behalf of highcross and its agents. no alternative prizes will be offered.
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With just eight weeks until Christmas, the countdown is you could kill two birds with one stone (as they say) and A popular celebration of Jesus’ birth is the traditional re- • Compare prices! With the recession hitting consumer spending, the major supermarkets
officially on! the gift sets, chocolate covered treats and start your Christmas gift shopping early, and treat the kids to enactment of the nativity story. this childhood favourite is are slashing prices left, right and centre, so check them all online before you decide where
festive decorations are finding their way onto shop shelves some time with santa. turn to page ?? to enter our fantastic taken from the accounts given in the gospel of matthew to spend your hard earned cash
and the general atmosphere on the high street is slowly competition to enjoy breakfast with santa on november 7th, and the gospel of Luke, in the new testament of the Bible. Gifts
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the last minute and usually spend Christmas eve sprinting and the arrival of santa Claus, but Christmas is about more check out your local production of the nativity and discover Cards & Presents
from shop to shop buying presents for your loved ones, than this; Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus, the true meaning of Christmas. • Why not add a personal touch to your Christmas wishes this year, by calling everyone you’d
why not make this year different. now is the perfect time to the son of god. usually send a card to – a five minute call (on most landline networks) would still cost less
start eyeing-up unique presents, stocking up on treats and After a turbulent year, many of you are probably wondering than a postage stamp, and your loved ones would probably much rather hear your voice
replacing your dated decorations, as the main Christmas Christmas Day is celebrated in most places across the world how you can afford Christmas this year, so we’ve got some than receive a card in the post
panic has yet to set in. on December 25th but the Armenian Apostolic Church handy tips on how to spend less… • Don’t buy expensive ribbons and bows to decorate your packages, if you hunt around you
celebrate on January 6th, while certain old style eastern can find the cheap stuff that will be just as pretty!
Why not take the children to see santa at one of the many Orthodox Churches observe Christmas on January 7th, the Food
grottos across the region. seeing their little faces light up date on the gregorian calendar which corresponds to 25th • Check the paper, or the free leaflets that come through the Overall, set a budget, and stick to it. Don't put your Christmas shopping on your credit
as they tell santa their Christmas list is priceless. the grotto December on the Julian Calendar. door, every week for supermarket deals, like ‘buy one get card - just spend what you can find. Christmas will still be just as much fun as if you’d spent
within highcross in Leicester opens on november 7th, so one free’ or ‘3 for the price of 2’ thousands, and you can start the new Year without the burden of debt!
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Christmas Spirit Christmas Cake - Part 1
Exquisite Dining Services From
A Christmas Cake,
Like mother Used to make - Part One
Although the leaves are only just falling from the method: to test whether the cake is fully cooked, insert
trees, preparations for the festive season start now. a fine knitting needle into the centre of the
it’s time to bake your Christmas Cake and Aspire has 1. Prepare 20cm/8inch round cake tin by greasing cake, if the needle comes out clean the cake is
a traditional recipe, directly from our editor’s mother, and lining the tin with greaseproof paper. done.
glenis tipton. truly a Christmas Cake just like mother
used to make! 2. sift flour with spice, cinnamon, grated nutmeg 9. Leave in the tin for 15 minutes then turn out
and cocoa. onto a wire cooling rack.
225g/8oz plain flour 3. Cream butter with sugar, treacle and lemon and 10. When completely cool, wrap in foil and store in
1 level teaspoon mixed spice orange rind. an airtight tin.
½ level teaspoon cinnamon
½ level teaspoon grated nutmeg 4. Beat in whole eggs, one at a time, adding a
1 level teaspoon cocoa powder tablespoon of sifted dry ingredients with each. Over the coming weeks, you can lace your Christmas
175g/6oz butter cake with brandy prior to icing. to do this, make small
175g/6oz soft, brown sugar 5. stir in dried fruit, chopped peel, nuts, dates and holes in the top of the cake and slowly add a small
1 level tablespoon black treacle cherries. amount of brandy and leave to soak in the airtight
1 level teaspoon finely grated orange rind tin. repeat this occasionally until you are ready to
1 level teaspoon finely grated lemon rind 6. Fold in dry ingredients alternatively with milk. marzipan and ice the cake in a few weeks time.
4 standard eggs
550g/1lb 4oz mixed, dried fruit 7. transfer the cake mixture to the prepared tin
100g/4oz chopped, mixed peel and smooth over the top with a knife. Part two of this delicious recipe - the marzipaning
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North East Emigration
North East Emigration was established in 1995 when a school friend dog, A$376.50 for subsequent dogs. Other charges include A$95 or
and colleague of Tom’s visited him after relocating to Australia years A$120 Airport removal fee per consignment. Examination of the animal
ago. Tom’s friend had started a company in Tasmania that offered is A$71 per animal per half hour. Lodgment of a quarantine entry form
advice and practical solutions to people across the UK who were is A$10. Documentation clearance is A$27 per quarter hour or part
looking to relocate. Tom said: “I got involved because he wanted to thereof.
offer a personal service to his customers and didn’t have anyone in the
north of the country that people could turn to any time of the day for Animals must be accompanied by the following paperwork:
help and advice. When I first started working with him, I continued to A. An Import Permit obtained from Australian Quarantine Services
work for British Airways, but after retiring in October after 35 years with (Current cost A$330 for first pet and A$80 for additional pets).
BA, I decided to focus all of my attention on North East Emigration.” Application forms can be obtained from the AQIS website. All animals
DoWn OF UnDEr,
must be micro chipped (approved types only) before an Import Permit
Tom can help with as much or as little of your move as you require, can be applied for. One application form must be completed for each
which is why we decided to ask him for his advice regarding some of animal. The Import Permit will be valid for nine months from the date
the most frequently asked questions by Brits making the move Down of issue.
Under… B. An Official Export Health Certificate (this must be applied for from
DEFRA (formerly the Ministry of Agriculture) – Only part A is to be
I want to live in Australia. Where do I start? completed and certified by your LVI within 96 hours of the flight (Part B
The best way to start is to find a Migration Expert who can advise will be completed by Portal Veterinarian).”
you what type of Visa you qualify for. It can be a daunting process,
filled with challenges. A Migration Expert can help you minimise these What is the best way to move my finances, such as my current
challenges, particularly the confusion and frustration that is often and savings accounts and my life insurance and pension, to
norTH EAST EMIGrATIon
associated with the Visa application process. The Migration Agent Australia?
that you use should be certified by the Migration Agent Registration The best way to move your finances is to talk to the experts on foreign
Authority (MARA). Emigration Fairs are useful to get a flavour of what exchange. The one I would recommend is Money Corp, they can make
is needed and you will find all the companies that will give you advice the transfer of your sterling abroad simple and cost effective. They
and guidance. have over 30 years’ experience and you need to know when the best
time to change your sterling to dollars. As the exchange rate fluctuates
How do I find out whether I have enough ‘points’ to emigrate to over the years it is crucial that you change your currency when it is
Australia? most advantageous to you. Money Corp can also offer special deals
You need to fill in a Visa Assessment, which is based on an and discounts available through their relationships with carefully
immigration points system. Eligibility is determined by Australian selected business partners such as Qantas and National Australia
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). The assessment Bank.
calculates whether you have enough points and are therefore eligible
to immigrate to Australia under one of the skilled Visa classes. Most How does moving to Australia affect my state pension?
Agents have a free assessment on their websites or you can fill in This is a tricky subject. Your first port of call is to check to see if you
online at Australia House. can transfer your pension fund to Australia, both the home country
and Australia must permit the transfer. In most cases you can. If the
What sort of Visa so I need to apply for? Where do I apply? answer is yes then you have to comply with the strict time limits to start
There are many types of Visa for Australia and you need to match your the transfer; at present you have to start official proceedings within six
skills and qualifications to the correct Visa. This is where the agent can months of arriving in Australia (this is to avoid paying additional tax).
help to match you to the correct Visa. I will list some of them… Australian pension (superannuation) and UK Pension law is complex
Group 1 - Employer sponsored for permanent Visas. so it is best to seek professional advice before you leave the UK.
Group 2 - Applicants with occupations on the Critical Skills List and
who are state sponsored. How does health care work in Australia?
Group 3 - Applicants with occupations on the Critical Skills List and Australia does have a National Health System called Medicare and
who are family sponsored. it also has a Private Healthcare system. Part of the process for
Group 4 - Applicants with occupations on the Critical Skills List who immigration you will have to have a medical and if you have any
are not sponsored at all. ongoing health issues it will be discussed as part of the process of
(All of these groups are being actively processed at this time) granting the Visa. As a visitor to Australia from the UK, you are entitled
Group 5 - Applicants not on the Critical Skills List who are state to a limited cover in Medicare - more info can be found at
Group 6 - Applicants not on the Critical Skills List who are family
sponsored and/or who have nominated occupations on the Migration I’m self-employed – how do I go about moving my business
Occupation in Demand List (MODL). there?
Group 7 - the rest. There are two pathways for Business Skills to Australia:
The Critical Skills list has only just been updated earlier in the year so 1. Provisional Visa holder with eligibility for permanent residence after
this is where a good agent can use his experience to help you through establishing a Business in Australia
what is a long process. 2. Direct Permanent Residence for a high calibre business applicant
sponsored by a State/Territory government.
How much will it cost to ship my belongings to Australia? How Business migrants taking the first pathway must undergo a two-stage
long will it take to arrive? progression to obtain a residency. As such Visa holders are first
There are many companies that will ship your belongings to Australia granted a Business Skills (Provisional) Visa for four years and after
and it depends how much you have and if you want to send it by air or establishing the requisite level of business or maintaining their suitable
ship as to the cost. I can give you some examples: between UK and investment will be eligible to make an application for Business Skills
Sydney for a tea chest taking 14 days, with home delivery, costs £138. (Residence Visa).
A Flat Screen TV 33-42inch is £472.20. This includes a collection
charge of £30 and insurance at £10.50. The second pathway leading to direct permanent residence is only
open to high calibre business migrants sponsored by State/Territory
What about pets - What is involved in taking our cats, dogs or Government. This category is known as Business Talent Visa.
Many of us dream of leaving these shores and emigrating other pets with us?
Australian summary information and requirements for the importation Is there anything else I must do/consider before I move?
to somewhere hot, sunny and exotic, but if you’re really of cats and dogs: “Animals must be shipped in IATA approved transit I only have two essential pieces of advice:
serious about leaving the UK, Aspire would like to suggest a kennels that allow the animal to stand up without touching the top of 1. Find a good Agent
move Down Under to Australia or new Zealand. Established the box, lie down and turn around. It is a requirement that cats and 2. Get financial help early
dogs are shipped as manifest cargo and not as excess baggage.
since 1995, north East Emigration is the brain-child of There are only three Quarantine Kennels in Australia - based in Perth,
Tom Archbold, an experienced relocator with 15 years’ Melbourne and Sydney - so animals must enter Australia at one of
experience helping Brits make this big move. these airports. From the UK it is a requirement that cats and dogs Mob: 079569 66266
complete 30 days in Quarantine. Current costs (as of 05/11/07) are Tom Archbold, North East Emigration, Flat A, 3 Charlotte Square,
A$406.50 for first cat, A$316.50 for subsequent cats, A$526.50 for first Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4XF
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Care Report Anti-Bullying Week
Quality Of Care For
Quality Of Life
Established in 1891, Queen’s Gate
School is an independent school
for girls between the ages of 4
and 18 years. Our aim is to create
a secure and happy environment
in which girls can realise their
Situated in the Vale of Belvoir
countryside only two miles from
Why not find out what Queen’s
Gate can offer your daughter?
Care focuses on individual needs and
requirements in a friendly and homely For a prospectus, or to arrange a
atmosphere. All rooms and services visit to the school, please contact the
are on the ground floor. Registrar, Janette Micklewright, on
0207 594 4982.
On-site owner/managers plus a highly
trained and committed staff ensuring a
Queen’s Gate School | 133 Queen’s
continued quality of life whether it be
Gate | London | SW7 5LE
long term or for respite care.
Call in to discuss your requirements.
Principal: Mrs R M Kamaryc
heLP is On hAnD...
Melton Road, Scalford, nr Melton
Mowbray, Leicester LE14 4UB
Tel: 01664 444696
Supporting Anti-Bullying Week 15th -19th Nov
the progress of modern medicine means that many of us can now expect to live well
into our 80s and 90s, however, some of us may require a little extra help once we reach shocking statistics released this month these days it’s not just playground
our twilight years. have highlighted the desperate plight of bullying that children have to face, the
children and young people in the UK. A popularity of social networking websites
in 2007, there were 420,000 elderly or disabled people recorded as living in residential study undertaken by the equalities and means that even in the safety of their own
care homes and that number looks set to rise steadily as we continue to live longer.
human rights Commission (ehrC) has homes young people can face abuse.
Along with the increase in the number of people requiring care, the number of discovered that two thirds of young people Cyberbullying is now widespread in the
specialist companies who can provide home help and assisted living has also risen, so admit to having been bullied at some point UK and research by Youthworks Consulting
there’s now more choice than ever when it comes to finding someone who can provide during their school life, with the figures earlier this year noted that almost half
us with a little extra help. rising to four fifths for those with special of 10 to 15-year-olds had experience at
Do you have a spare room that could earn you some extra income each week? educational needs or disabilities. Whether least one form of online abuse. A total of
As we get older, we become more dependent on others, particularly our friends and Do you want to help young people learn the skills they need to live verbal or physical, the sad fact is that most 3,348 young people from the midlands
family. if you’re facing the reality of caring for a loved one, it can easily become an
overwhelming task, particularly if they have mobility problems, medical needs or are
independent lives in a home of their own?
Do you live in Northampton, Kettering or Wellingborough?
of our country’s children will face some sort
of bullying during what are supposed to be
were surveyed for the study, which also
looked at how much e-safety education
Is your son cut out
Founded in 1879 as the Edgbaston
suffering from dementia, but there are many specialist residential homes, which provide
excellent levels of care. If so Aspire would like to introduce you If you have a spare room and are interested
the best years of their lives. the children had received in schools. sadly, Preparatory School at Five Ways, Hallfield for great things?
of those children who had suffered online School is a leading co-educational day
to Stonham part of Home who run The in joining the supported lodgings scheme Underlining what is now a major problem abuse, only 48% had told someone about preparatory school for children aged between
staff are highly skilled and are also dedicated to delivering specialist care to the highest Supported Lodgings scheme. The Scheme you’re probably wondering what the in schools up and down the UK, the it. three months and 11 years old.
standards. residents are provided with a range of excellent services to make life much aims to provide another housing option benefits to you are, well Anti-Bullying Alliance will be promoting
easier to manage, including having their meals cooked, room cleaned and laundry for 16 to 25 year olds by placing them • You’ll get local housing allowance-which
the welfare of children and young people Cyberbullying can take the form of abusive
done, as well as helping with personal care and getting out and about. Being a resident in homes within the community. The young varies throughout the county
during Anti-Bullying Week. taking place messages and rude comments or videos
in a care home may also help your loved one regain their independence and letting people may be homeless for various • You’ll get £50.00 a week from Stonham as
reasons, though no fault of their own. a support payment
between the 15th AnD 19th nOvemBer, and photos that make fun of someone. if
someone else take responsibility will free up more time for enjoying other activities. this national event aims to explore the you or someone you know has been the
• And you’ll get a contribution from the
Service Manager Christine Lennon young person you welcome into your home issues surrounding bullying and send out victim of cyberbullying the advice is to
it’s not just in old age that we need a little care and support, as a shocking number of explained: “We’re looking for people that i.e. £30.00 for meals the message that such behaviour is not block the bully from your profile, adjust
young people experience homelessness every year due to money problems, childhood have a spare room that they’re willing to welcome in our schools or communities. your privacy settings so that only your Hallfield School is divided into 3 sections
traumas, violence in the home or simply because they find themselves down on their rent out, whether they are single, part of a On average you can earn £135 per this year’s campaign, taking Action friends and family can see your profile, • Hallfieldfirst - for children aged 3 months to Located in the heart of the city,
luck. in a study conducted by the Joseph rowntree Foundation, it was highlighted couple or part of a larger family. The more week, alongside the satisfaction of helping together, will be encouraging schools and keep a copy of any abusive messages by 2 years old. we offer boys an outward looking,
that during 2006-07 alone, 75,000 young people had experienced some form of diverse the range of householders available someone that needs support, advice and local authorities to work together to stamp taking a screen shot and noting down the • Pre-Prep School - for children aged 2 to 7 forward thinking education that
homelessness – a figure which is limited to those young people in touch with local to place young people with the better, guidance. out bullying and highlighting the need date, and report any such behaviour to the years old. prepares them for life.
services, organisations and charities to enable a better match and successful for quick and appropriate action when social networking website and to the Child • Upper School - for children aged 7 to 11
(www.jrf.org.uk). placement. We want anyone that is willing to Stonham is currently recruiting householders bullying occurs. exploitation and Online Protection Centre years old. Please contact the school for
work with us to support these young people to help across Northamptonshire, so if would (www.ceop.police.uk). further information or to book a
homelessness can impact majorly on a young person’s physical and mental health, and and teach them the skill that they need to like to find out more please call Contact Alyson Devonshire, place at an open afternoon.
A registered charity, the Anti-Bullying
as they are more likely to drop out of education, employment or training as a result survive on their own, such as budgeting, 01604 597838 or email Admissions and Marketing Manager
Alliance was founded by the nsPCC and For support and advice on bullying or to
of homelessness, it also impacts significantly on their future. to help stop the young cooking and the general responsibilities that email@example.com Tel: 0121 410 6706 Tel: 020 7489 0291
come with living independently.”
national children’s Bureau in 2002 and has get involved in Anti-Bullying Week, go to
people in your area becoming part of this vicious cycle, you can join stonham – part since brought together 70 organisations www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.clsb.org.uk
of the organisation home – in offering affordable housing to young people, just by with a wealth of experience and expertise www.hallfieldschool.co.uk Email: email@example.com
renting out your spare room. the organisation helps more than 20,000 people across the to create one anti-bullying network.
country every single year and aims to prevent them becoming socially excluded. Supporting Anti-Bullying Week 15th -19th Nov Supporting Anti-Bullying Week 15th -19th Nov
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Winter Fine Arts & Antiques Fair Classical Music
highlights from the 20th
i’d Like to teach
Winter Fine Art the World to sing...
& Antiques Fair, the growing popularity of games like guitar hero® has allowed
many of us to live out our dreams playing to a packed stadium.
however, the effort and skill require to be good at these games
London, Olympia could be put to much better use, by picking up an instrument for
real or experiencing a live performance in all its glory.
Attracting over 22,000 visitors, the Fair comprises 140 exhibitors Olympia works with over 100 experts across 30 object categories music is a huge part of our everyday lives; we listen to the radio,
from across the UK in an elegant setting. it also features in the to vet the fair, from rare glass, ceramics and textiles to clocks, buy the latest CDs and mP3s, and enjoy live concerts. For many
annual, pre-Christmas, social calendar. Previous attendees of the prints, sculpture, mirrors and maps in order to ensure that the fans it’s a live performance that really brings music to life and
Winter Fair have included Bono, Claudia schiffer, Jemima Khan, highest standards are maintained. During the run of the Fair, this kind of experience offers an unrivalled way to enjoy music.
Jools holland, Jasper Conran, Bryan Ferry, nicky haslam, sir Bob Corfield morris, Advisors in Antiques and Fine Art will be available Whether it’s a classical performance or seeing a local band, seeing -
geldof, Jeremy irons, Kay saatchi and sir Peter Blake. to give guidance on purchases. music performed live offers a truly inspirational opportunity. there
are many events happening, locally and nationally, throughout the
supported by the country’s two most important trade year which allow you to admire the skills of talented musicians,
associations, the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) including pianists, singers and full orchestras.
£10 single (advanced)
and the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), every £17 double (advanced)
Whatever your age, it’s never too late to learn how to play a
exhibitor has been approved by a panel of experts which include £13 single (on the door) musical instrument. From string instruments to percussion,
some of the UK’s top dealers. the Fair is also a participator in £19 double (on the door) woodwind to brass, there’s an instrument out there to suit every
national Antiques Week 2010 which runs concurrently. Concession £9 (advanced) taste and you can reap the rewards of learning a brand new skill.
The Winter Fine Art & Antiques Concession £11 (on the door)
On sale for £1.7million, trinity house has a John singer sargent
Fair at Olympia, now in its 20th (1856 -1925) ‘head of a Woman with gold earrings’ c. 1878-80, Visit www.olympia-antiques.com for more info or to book
Learning how to play an instrument has enormous benefits for
both adults and children. it has been suggested that learning
year, is considered one of the Oil on canvas. inscribed, ‘to my friend mrs Branson/J.s.sargent’ tickets. Alternatively, call 0871 6207062. an instrument can help to boost your reading age, iQ and, in
it was sold in 1926 at Christie’s, London, by mrs. Juliet Branson.
most important annual art and the painting was bought by Oscar B. Citas (1887– 1957), a Cuban nearest tube: Olympia station is served by London Underground
children, the physical development of certain parts of the brain.
swiss experts have also found that the area of the brain that
antiques events and is the only fair sugar and railroad magnate, sometime ambassador to the U.s. (District Line), silverlink metro and southern. Olympia is not in the controls motor skills, hearing and memory benefits from being
(1932–34), and art collector. A sale of Cintas’s Old masters was congestion charging zone.
of its calibre between October and held in 1963 in new York, to raise funds for his foundation; this
much larger and more active when an individual learns how to
play an instrument (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/
February. The 2010 Fair runs from included works by, Bellini, Frans hals, el greco, rembrandt, Olympia exhibition Centre, article-1223431/how-learning-play-musical-instrument-boost-iQ.
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Animals bring a wealth of joy and happiness to and their clever puppies, and plenty of happy,
13th & 14th November 2010
at dusk. if it’s a particularly noisy night, put some
Home to Gordon Setters
With Personality Plus
anyone that cares for them and our domestic pets healthy dogs. music on, or turn the tv up a little loader to muffle
are no different, offering love and affection on an the bangs.
unrivalled scale. sponsored by pet nutritionists, royal Canin, • Dogs, in particular, respond to their owners’
Discover Dogs will also host the grand finale feelings, so set a good example and ignore the
if you’re thinking of getting a dog, Aspire would of scruffts, the nation’s favourite crossbreed noises caused by the fireworks. Don’t fuss over a
recommend a trip to Discover Dogs, the biggest competition, on saturday 13th november, as well frightened animal either; simply encourage them
event on four legs, which returns to London’s earls as exciting displays of agility. For those looking to to stay calm and reassure them that they’re in a safe
Court this november. Discover Dogs, the Kennel pick up hints and tips on health and training, the environment.
Club’s largest annual event, is an exciting doggy special Ask the experts area is the place to head • if at all possible, keep cats indoors when fireworks
extravaganza designed to celebrate our love of and will feature inspiring seminars from a range of are likely to be set off – the majority of Bonfire
these wonderful creatures. guest speakers. there will also be ample shopping night parties are held at weekends, so watch out
opportunities for those who like to pamper their on november 5th & 6th. As Diwali and Bonfire night
now in its 15th year and taking place on the 13th pooch. take place over the same weekend this year, pay
and 14th november, Discover Dogs promises to extra care and attention to any pets you have. Pocoblu, Italian for ‘little blue’ is our small successful kennel. Our first
Bedlington, ‘Lilly’, won many terrier groups at open level as a puppy and an
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deliver its biggest and best show yet. Discover Dogs the show is open from 10am to 5pm each day
will be showcasing the wonderful world of dogs, and tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £7 for adult, also being voted Second Top Bedlington 2008. ‘Rosie’ has won several
whilst educating visitors on the pleasures of canine children aged 12 to 15 and over 60s. Once again, REMEMBER… BISs at open level as puppy and adult, also being voted top Bedlington Puppy
companionship and promoting the importance of this exciting event will be welcoming children • If you are using fireworks, use lower-noise ones, as of 2006. Her crowning glory came in 2009 when she gained her Champion
responsible dog ownership. With more than 200 under 12 for free, ensuring a great day can be they will reduce the stress caused on animals. title. Both are qualified for Crufts for life, and love to strut their stuff in the show
breeds of pedigree dog to learn all about and a enjoyed by all. • Firework debris can harm wild animals so pick it all ring. Last year Lilly had a litter of four healthy pups, and two have stayed with
whole host of things to see and do, Discover Dogs up as best as you can, once it has cooled down. us. They are ‘Chief’ and ‘Violet’.
promises to be one event the whole family will to find out more, log onto • Keep all pets indoors whilst a bonfire is lit.
enjoy. www.discoverdogs.org.uk or to book your tickets, • Bonfires can be fatal for wild animals, particularly The pups have both qualified for Crufts 2011 and have promising futures.
call the box office on 0844 581 1381. hedgehogs, so build bonfires as close to the start of Our dogs are trained in general obedience as well as ring craft. Sarah and Contact: Mrs Frances Boxall
each day will feature four specialist breed rescue your event as possible. the dogs have had great success in handling classes, including a Bronze and Epsom Downs, Surrey KT17 3NL
societies, who will be on hand to tell the amazing Finally, if you already have a dog, keep an eye on Silver Medal at Crufts with the YKC. Tel: 01737 350454
stories of the animals they have rescued and those them as firework season arrives. During the firework Email: email@example.com
who work behind the scenes to help give these
dogs the love and care they deserve. these unsung
season, pets are often forgotten about, amongst
all the celebrations, so Aspire would like to take a
For more information on keeping animals safe,
Contact: Jill or Sarah Collier Tel: 01268 756175
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
heroes will be joined by a number of canine and minute to remind you to consider their welfare. All stock BVA scored. Puppies occasional available.
Web: www.pocoblu.com Member of the Kennel Club Accredited Breeder Scheme
animal welfare charities, the metropolitan Police • it’s advisable to close all windows and curtains
Australian Cattle Dogs
SEACOP KARABASH (The Kangal Dog)
I have over 40 years’ experience in this head, an essential characteristic of the
THE POODLE Donmar Boston Terriers
AM CH KENNEDY’S PUCKER UP FOR DONMAR
magnificent breed, the true Kangal
Dog, or as it is incorrectly named by
breed. Breeders V and S Kennedy
Miss Roberts has owned Australian Cattle
Dogs for 12 years but been around them the British Kennel Club as the Anatolian Seacop breeding has been carefully
for over 25 years and also features in the Shepherd Dog. selected throughout. Introducing 10
Guinness Book of Records for a dog reaching unrelated new imports over the last 40
over 29 years of age. The Karabash / Kangal Dog originates years to ensure our stock is as true to
from Turkey, and are still working today type of the Kangal Dog in Turkey. The
as a flock guard for the shepherds. They short coated fawn dog with black mask
Bred as a herding dog to originally move are a natural guard that does not require and ears. CH DONMAR
herds of wild cattle in the outbacks of training. They are highly intelligent, and THE TART FROM
Australia, this breed is very loyal, intelligent quite independent. My aim is not to exploit this breed, but
and energetic and suited to a person who JAYROCK is still our
to share with others the sheer enjoyment
enjoys an active life. I got involved with this breed in 1968, of owning a Kangal Dog. I breed very few bright and shining star
The Poodle has developed over the as guide dogs for the blind, aids for the
when I purchased one of the puppies litters a year, but presently have a super
centuries into an extremely versatile dog, disabled, and of course participants in the with 25 CCs.
Miss Roberts has worked for the PDSA (vet out of the first imports into the country, litter available sired by my latest import
and became a founder member of the from Sweden, Adil Top Dog for 2009.
originally used for retrieving from water. show ring.
charity) for 12 years and was a previously
Anatolian (Karabash) Dog Club, and still The mane of long hair covering from the All stock DNA tested
a dog warden for a local council and also
head to below the ribs is sometimes called The Poodle is a clown with a naughty glint
teaches NVQs in small animal care. She has hold the position of Chair Person today. The AKDC operates a highly successful
the ‘Lion’ trim, the rear is clipped close to in its eye, but has a sensitive side too,
qualified as an obedience instructor with For membership, email or telephone for rescue organisation, which due to the
details. hard dedicated work of Roz Carr have re- facilitate swimming with hair left to protect aware when his owner is feeling down.
the British Association for German Shepherd
Dogs and also fostered problem dogs in the
homed Karabash / Kangal dogs in the UK. the joints at the legs, and a tuft of hair He is protective when the need arises Owner, breed
The name Karabash is Turkish for black at the end of the tail. The mane protects but never be aggressive. He is a high
past for the RSPCA. specialists and judge
the chest and a good, thick, curly Poodle maintenance dog and needs to be regularly
should be waterproof, not allowing water groomed, bathed and clipped to keep the
All dogs are bred for temperament and health
penetrate the skin. coat in good condition. The beauty of the
as well as brains and beauty. Cattle dogs were
awarded CC status with the Kennel Club in
Poodle coat being that it does not shed and Mrs Mary E Tory
Poodles have always been active, intelligent can be cut into any style the owner prefers.
2007 with Crufts being the first show where
and entertained in the circus, loving to play
she was lucky to be awarded the reserve West End Road,
in the crowd. This manifests itself today in A selection of colours are available; black,
CC with her veteran dog Garreg Ddu Red A
Dare. All dogs are health tested for General
agility, obedience, dancing to music etc. In white, cream, apricot, brown, blue, silver Wyberton, Boston,
parts of the world, they are still used for and lately the reborn part-colour, through
Progressive Retinal Atrophy by DNA, Hip/ Lincs PE21 7NB
tracking and retrieving. Some are trained the efforts of enthusiastic breeders.
Elbow scored and Baer tested for hearing. Tel: 01205 365891
For further details on rescue please contact Roz on 01946 822772. Contact: Miss A. C. Coppage
For enquiries contact
Miss T Roberts on 01484 423914
Contact Pat Broadhead for information Tel: 01823 400481
Tel: 01978 756595 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Vulcan Kennels, Houndsmoor, Milverton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1QD
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STANDARD LONG HAIRED DACHSHUNDS
Damai Master Benedict ShCM (Sonny) Beaupres
Consistently winning BOBs Groups They roughly weigh between 20 to
& BISs he really enjoys the show 26lbs have an intelligent expression
ring, and has won 125 1st to date, bold head carriage, sometimes
including two at Crufts. stubborn and really loyal and love
to please you. Coats are sleek and
He has a lovely temperament and is glossy with feathering similar to a
a joy to live with, Sonny enjoys long Red Setter, colours vary from light
walks to keep himself fit, and always red to rich mahogany, black and
wants to be first on the table to be tans and dapple.
groomed. Having been in the breed
since the early seventies, I have met Cuckoo’s Nest, Springett’s Lane, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7NR
some knowledgeable and helpful Tel: 01989 566256
breeders along the way. Miss Fiona N. M. Mirylees
International Championshop show Judge of perkingese and Toydogs
Standard L/H Dachshunds have an
easy going temperament and being
scent hounds, given the chance,
they can to chase a rabbit or two.
AuSTRALiAN CATTLE DoGS
They are eager to please and make
a lovely family pet.
BRiEF HiSToRy oN AuSTRALiAN standard (the first ACD was imported by John and gain the gold. He has two grandchildren doing well in
Mary Holmes in 1980 ch. Landmaster Darling Red). the show ring and working trials in his younger days he
CATTLE DoG won Best of Breed and Pastoral Groups.
The early settlers who took sheep and cattle with them
to Australia naturally took dogs to work the stock. But TEMPERAMENT
The Cattle Dog is loyal and protective of his property Taz is my second Cattle Dog, I am extremely proud
conditions in which the dogs worked in Britain are
while naturally suspicious of strangers but must be of her. She was top cattle dog in 2009 winning two
mild in comparison to the conditions in Australia, the
amenable to handling, particularly in the show ring. Best of Breeds at Crufts, Best in Show at the Australian
dogs could not cope. There was however one species
The prime function is movement of cattle, always Cattle Dog Championship Show, she also has 5
of dog which lived and hunted with the Aborigine
alert, extremely intelligent, watchful, courageous and Challenge Certificates. Taz was bred by Norma and
people, this was the Dingo. They thought by crossing
trustworthy. This dog is not for the beginner as they can Jack Digby.
the Dingo and the Highland Collie it might improve
the workability of the dogs. It is recorded that in be very boisterous.
Taz’s kennel name is:
approx. 1840 Thomas S Hall crossed the two dogs,
I first came into contact with Cattle Dogs when I was a Ch. Yarraman Dare To Rock At Coright
the resulting pups were either Blue or Red and much
small child living in Australia in the 1950s; my parents Am.ch. Silveraurora’s pw. Tom Thumb x Yarranman
tougher than their collies. It was decided that they then
friends had a farm and a Cattle dog bitch, they would The Birralee
needed to be compatible with horses, so they were
stand at the field gate and send the dog up the field to Pra Pattern A / Baer Normal
then crossed with the Dalmatian, as Dalmatians are
good with horses. fetch the cattle.
Boulder’s kennel name is:
My first Cattle dog was Boulder, he was bred by Lady Warrigal Blue Boulder At Coright
There is some evidence that the Bull Terrier blood is in
Huntingdon. He was the youngest Cattle Dog to gain Kristad Eureka Digger x Warrigal Blue Cooma
there too. In 1903 Robert Kaleski founded the breed
Contact: Mrs June Sutton on 01424 870683 the bronze good citizen test in 1999 and the first to Pra Pettern A / Baer Normal
Contact: Mrs L Wright, Shurnock Brake Farm, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcs B96 6LP Tel: 01527 893522
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The ultimate rural retreat, Gasker
House is a four-star accommodation
As a single storey property, Gasker House is suitable
for those with limited mobility and a ramp is due to be
installed shortly so that disabled guests can also enjoy a
Owner, Neil MacDiarmid, is confident that wherever your
interests lie, you’ll find a holiday on Harris a memorable
and enjoyable one, he adds: “Scaristavore is central to all
Maison Ludlow Self-Catering
nestling quietly on the northwest
coast of the Isle of Harris.
holiday here. The bungalow has three bedrooms – two
doubles and one twin – but can also accommodate
two extra guests on flight beds if required. There is a
of the island’s attractions and there’s so much to see, do
and experience that most of my guests end up using the
house just for sleeping. I’ve had a lot of great feedback
des Landes Holiday Cottages
Jersey’s unique hotel for those Our 3 self-catering properties are
family bathroom and the cosy sitting room offers great from guests over the years and most people tend to come close to the centre of the historic
entertainment for evenings and rainy days with its Sky back; I’ve even got one couple who have holidayed here with special needs market town of Ludlow in Shropshire.
Gasker House is a spacious, self-catering bungalow TV, DVD player and Nintendo Wii games console. The every year for the last 26 years.” They are only a short walking distance
boasting all the luxuries and comforts of home. With
space to sleep six, it’s ideal for larger families or friends
spacious kitchen is equipped with mod-cons, including
a freezer, dishwasher and washing machine, and the Experience a week in the wild and rugged beauty of the Le Vieux Clos from the shops, pubs and restaurants
and the Ludlow’s many attractions.
looking to holiday together. Located in the village of property is centrally heated throughout at no extra cost. Isle of Harris for just £500 – holidays can be enjoyed Le Vieux Clos is a large Georgian style They have been fully modernised
Scaristavore, guests can experience a holiday which All towels and linen are provided for guests and tea, throughout the year. guesthouse situated on the beautiful whist retaining their own individual
combines the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Hebrides coffee and sugar are available upon arrival. Channel Island of Sark.
character and have everything you
Boasting such an impressive location and facilities, Maison des Landes Hotel, a registered
with the unique warmth and hospitality of the Isle of We are open all year and provide B&B, need for a relaxing break, including
charity, caters for guests with special
Harris. The Isle of Harris has a lot to offer visitors: the nearest Gasker House was Aspire’s number one choice for our and evening meals if required, with plenty their own gardens and parking. They
needs and their carers in purpose-built
beach is just a two-minute walk away, loch fishing, sea Certificate of Recognition for Rural Retreat. of local seafood available in the summer.
also make ideal bases for exploring
We are also licensed to sell alcohol. accommodation specially designed to meet
With wild landscapes, unique wildlife and a wealth fishing trips and rock climbing can all be enjoyed locally, those needs. the surrounding beautiful Shropshire
of history to discover, Harris boasts one of the best and a trip to the prehistoric landmark, Callanish Stones, tel: 01851 705020 The house is comfortably furnished and and Welsh countryside.
opportunities to experience the great outdoors and much on the neighbouring Isle of Lewis, will intrigue those email: firstname.lastname@example.org offers 3 double en-suite rooms and 3 Situated on a spectacular gorse and
interested in the history of the Hebrides. www.gaskerhouse.co.uk family rooms with TV and tea/coffee heather-covered headland with panoramic
of it remains untouched by human hands. Horseshoe Cottage sleeps from 1 - 4
Scaristavore A Hebridean Retreat
making facilities. The guest lounge has views over Jersey’s sweeping west coast, it
DVD player and plenty of books. Our with prices starting from £289. Prices
caters for up to 49 guests in single, double
garden is large and quiet, a great place to
and family rooms variably suited to their
for Paul Pry, which sleeps from 1 - 5
sit with a drink and listen to the birdsong. and contains the remains of a timber
needs. The Hotel is surrounded by beautiful
Sark is small but with miles of country gardens and guests also have the amenities framed house and medieval stone
lanes and cliff paths to discover with of a heated swimming pool with wheelchair wall, start from £319 whilst prices for
breathtaking views. Vibrant wild flowers ramps and a comfortable licensed lounge, Waterside, with its superb river views,
and butterflies are abundant and at night,
the sky is ablaze with stars.
perfect for relaxing and enjoying the sleep from 1 - 6 and prices start from
company of other guests and regular £339. The prices are inclusive of linen,
entertainments. heating and towels.
The hotel is open from April to October.
For more information visit our website
Maison des Landes Hotel, at www.ludlow-selfcatering.co.uk
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Le Vieux Clos Guesthouse, Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01455 272874.
Rue de Mouline, Sark GY9 0SD Website: maisondeslandes.co.uk
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Saint Jeannet At Its Best With
Situated within this stunning region of France, reached by
flying into Nicé airport, is Saint Jeannet, winner of not one
but two Aspire Certificates: a Certificate of Recognition for
Top Quality Accommodation and a Certificate of Recognition
for International Destination 2010.
History where a washing machine is available. The house boasts When Max ambled into the house the following day, the
Olga bought the ruined granary for a few pounds in the a large terrace garden that has been described by many young innocent girl of eighteen that I was then, experienced
1950s, not long after World War II had ended and when residents within the village as the best garden in the village; new, breathtaking sensations. Dressed in a minute pair of
times were hard. Olga said: “I was living in Provence, you can watch the planes land at Nicé airport from here, as shorts, his skin tanned almost black, his astonishing feature
in a large house with a DADA poet Georges Ribemont- well as having stunning, breathtaking views of the entire was the mane of snow-white hair flowing over this head. He
Dessaigners, and his wife, Suzanne. Georges and Suzanne Mediterranean coastline. My family has made many happy smiled at me with the bluest eyes I have ever encountered.
had no children and for some reason had come to regard memories in this house over the years and we just hope our His arms were covered with bracelets of large chunks of
me as the ‘daughter of the house’. It was not long after the guests make some too.” turquoise made for him by South American Indians. He was
end of The War, I had just left Art School and, at the time, the most beautiful human-being I have ever seen: quiet,
could speak hardly any French. I was an innocent among Much of the furniture and bits and pieces within the house gentle, and ready to accept this young student as an equal
the ageing DADA group and the congregation of artists and were presents from Olga’s, and her husband John’s, friends member of his group of friends.
writers whose names crop up so often in the literature of in the village, and therefore are of sentimental value. Some
Art History today. Georges and Suzanne had a large house ornaments and vases were found in Italy when visiting On this first occasion, he was not accompanied by his wife,
in the mountain village if St. Jeannet, which was open to friends, whilst several items travelled from England Dorathea, but from that time onwards I would frequently
all and Georges was considered fondly as a friend by all of strapped to the top of an old Ford car. meet them both with Georges and Suzanne. Dorathea was
them. ” always a Surrealist; I remember clearly the time when
Suzanne and I visited her at her home and she appeared
The house that stands now took shape over many years;
Attractions at the door dressed only in a large black hat and long,
The area surrounding St Jeannet is ideal for walking, dangling earrings. At first, she was enamoured by France,
much of the work was completed by Olga and her art climbing and picnics. The ancient Roman cathedral town
student friends during the school holidays, with help and but gradually this enthusiasm seemed to fade, to be replaced
of Vence has excellent restaurants, art galleries and a by a longing to return to America.
advice from an old stonemason living in retirement in the swimming pool. There are also street markets on Tuesdays
village. Years later, when money became available to Olga, and Fridays, delightful shops, library and English is spoken
professional help was used to turn the house into what My most romantic memory of Max was at a lunch given
in the banks and at the Tourist Information Bureau. The in this honour by a wealthy lady hotelier in Juan Le Pins.
stands today. sea is just a 30-minute drive from the property and there He insisted that I sat beside him at the table, called me ‘Ma
are numerous quaint French towns and villages within easy Belle’ and talked to me in preference to all the surrounding
Facilities reach just waiting to be explored! elegant French ladies. At the end of the meal, as we sipped
The property is currently split into two apartments; the our coffee, he fed me a canard – a lump of sugar soaked in
lower apartment was refurbished in December 2006, whilst
the upper section of the property has been completely
Price Range brandy.
When not being used by friends and family, the lower
rebuilt recently. The apartments may be rented separately The last time I ever spoke to Max was as I was leaving on
or together. flat may be rented out for £350 per week, whilst the the ‘bus for Paris. He took my hand and said ‘Au revior, ma
main house costs £450 per week. The two can be rented belle’. My final contact with Max was when he collaborated
The top apartment has large, open plan kitchen/living together for £580 per week. with Georges to illustrate a limited edition of the poem ‘Le
room with a settee/double bed, double bedroom and Soldat’. The copy given to me by Georges is amongst my
bathroom, and a mezzanine floor that provides additional
sleeping accommodation. A spacious terrace garden enjoys
DADA & Max Ernst precious treasures. When it was translated into English, at
Georges’ request, my husband John and I edited the script
Max Ernst, a German painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and
unique panoramic views of the Mediterranean coast and poet, was considered to be one of the primary pioneers of before it went to print, in order to ensure that it was a good
surrounding hills and villages. the DADA movement and Surrealism. He was great friends translation. We sat up all one night at the task, consuming
with Georges and Suzanne, and so Olga became great in the process, a considerable proportion of a bottle of
The lower flat is very similar; it has a combined living room friends with him also. Here, she tells us how she met him Georges’ excellent French brandy. My final news of Max
and kitchen, which includes a settee/double bed, on the and what it was like to know such a great man… was that he was no longer alive – he died on 1st April 1976.
ground floor and upstairs, a bedroom with double bed and
bathroom with toilet and shower. “I first became aware of Max at Georges and Suzanne’s
house. I went into the kitchen to discover on the table a torn
Although Georges and Suzanne have been dead for some
time, I still occasionally receive invitations to Max Ernst olga and John Moyle
Olga told Aspire: “You can see the Mediterranean Sea
from all the windows in both apartments; it’s a wonderful
piece of toilet paper on which was written a message that
Max would be dropping in for lunch the following day. This
exhibitions from one or another source. Thanks to our house
in Provence, I still meet friends who were part of that group tel: 01584 890391 or 07876 242942
sight to wake up to. Both apartments have well-equipped
kitchens and share the cellar at the bottom of the house
caused some excitement between Georges and Suzanne, but
at that time, the name Max Ernst meant very little to me.
and we talk about those sunlit days; but I realise sadly that
for me, they are ‘already yesterday’.” email: email@example.com
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& sand at
Lettings Look out for issue 186,
The house is at the edge of the village and
consists of two individual apartments that may
be rented either separately or together. The
on the 8th November 2010
top apartment has large kitchen/living room
with 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 the Mediterranean coast and surrounding
hills and villages.
The lower part of the house is a separate flat
furnished and redecorated. The ground floor,
which is a combined living room and kitchen,
includes a sofa/convertible double bed. The
first floor has a bedroom with double bed and
bathroom with toilet and shower. A washing
machine is available to both apartments.
The area is ideal for walking, climbing and
picnics. The ancient Roman cathedral town
of Vence, only 6km away, has excellent
restaurants, art galleries and a swimming pool.
There are also street markets on Tuesdays and
Fridays, delightful shops, library and English
is spoken in the banks and at the Tourist
Contact: Mrs olga Moyle
Tel: 01584 890391 or
Fax: 01584 891424