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BRIAN RHODES
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.

                                                                      WIN
                                                 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
BUSY WITH
WHAT’S ON
IN NOVEMBER
                                                  SPIRITUALITY
                                                try an alternative therapy
                                                   to help relieve stress or
                                                     physical, mental, and
                                                          emotional issues


view this issue online at www.aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk
Aspire Recommends




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Realise Your
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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GARDEN
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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     DREAMS
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




Our top
recommendations…
       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,                                                          peter@firstlightinvestments.co.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                   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: radders1943@hotmail.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
                 BRIAN RHODES
                 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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                 more info, or call 014205 62268.

                                                                                       WIN
                                                                  The opportunity to meet Santa
                                                                     for breakfast, £50 Highcross
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                 KEEP THE KIDS


                                                                                                                              on page 8...
                 BUSY WITH
                 WHAT’S ON
                 IN NOVEMBER
                                                                   SPIRITUALITY
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                                                                    to help relieve stress or
                                                                      physical, mental, and
                                                                           emotional issues


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What’s On



                                           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
                                                                                                                                                                                                        12-14                           Nov
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     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.




                                                                                                                                                              5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     visiting www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           19Nov
                                                                                                                  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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BBC
                                                                                                                                                                                    producers, delicious and unusual ingredients and the
                                                                                                                                                                                    latest gadgets. For more info or to book tickets visit
                                           The Spirit of Christmas Fair
                                                                                                                                                                                    www.londonbbcgoodfoodshow.com
                                           @ Olympia Grand Hall
                                           Discover exquisite and desirable gifts and treats, all
                                           hand-picked for their quality and originality, at the Spirit




                                                                                                                                                                                                         15-21
                                           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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Need 2010
                                                                                                               6      Nov                                                           Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                    @ Olympia National Hall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     National Curry Week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Celebrate 200 years of Indian Restaurants and our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      22-26Nov
                                                                   4-7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               27           Nov
                                                                                                                                                                                    Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair 2010 is a leading antiques       country’s rich culinary diversity with National Curry Week.


                                                                                     Nov
                                                                                                                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.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     21Nov
                                                                                                                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.




                                                                                                                                                                7      Nov
                                                                                                                                                                                    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




    What’s
                                           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.




      On
                                                                                                                Remembrance Day
                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      everything Scottish!
            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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Diwali
remember, remember
the 5th Of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The Festival of Light
november...
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...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                                                             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
ordered.
                                                                   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
                                                          Awards 2010/11
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!”
Brixworth
Winner - solstice stout from hoggleys Brewery,
                                                          the trophies – a beautifully handcrafted map of the county
Litchborough
                                                          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 competitions@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk (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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Christmas Spirit




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Christmas…
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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
becoming more manic and seasonal.                                      and a whole host of other prizes.                                 this story is performed by schoolchildren, youth groups         • take advantage of shop offers, like 25% off, or 3 for £10
                                                                                                                                         and drama groups the length and breadth of the UK during        • make your own gifts; you could make anything - picture frames, knitted scarves, a digital
if you’re one of those people that leave everything until              We all enjoy the giving of gifts, the feast of delicious food     December. Why not give the Panto a miss this year and             photo slideshow, a bookshelf…anything you can learn to make, makes a great gift
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




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                                                                                                                                                                               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.
                                                                                                                                                                               ingredients:
                                                                                                                                                                               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
                                                                                                                                                                               50g/2oz chopped, shelled walnut halves or blanched                                                                 and icing stage - will be coming in the next few
                                                                                                                                                                               almonds                                                    8. Bake in the centre of the oven for four to four      weeks, so keep your eyes peeled!
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     in many countries throughout the world, particularly      cleaning up afterwards. I work closely with all my     can hire waiters, support chefs and cleaners and
     throughout Europe, Britain and the USA. Some of           clients through a personal consultation to ensure      also all the other functions with essential dining
     the occasions where my services are hired include         that the dining experience is tailored to meet your    equipment from cutlery and glassware to table linen
     dinner parties, corporate events, private functions       personal needs, taste and preferences.”                and flowers.”
     and wedding catering.”
                                                               Whether you have guests who are vegetarian or          It’s not just her exceptional talent with food that is
     To ensure that all of her clients can sit back, relax     have an allergy or intolerances, any special dietary   the key to Lou’s success, her focus on affordability
     and enjoy the occasion, knowing that their special        requirements can also be catered for easily, Lou       means that anyone can enjoy an evening of fine
     occasion is in expert hands, Lou provides an              says: “We will establish very early any special        wine and even finer food, Lou adds: “I have catered
     extensive consultation, as she explains: “It starts       dietary needs to include vegetarian alternatives, or   for hundreds of occasions and functions, and I
     with a personal consultation to tailor your dining        whether we need to consider guests with medical        believe that I offer exceptional value for money,
     experience to perfection and by establishing a            conditions or allergies.”                              without compromising quality whatsoever. I will
     clear understanding of the occasion, all of your                                                                 discuss costs with you at the outset and offer a
     requirements and preferences will be easily met.          During her successful career, Lou has catered for      catering service to fit your budget.”
     From sourcing the finest ingredients to designing an      various occasions, including hunt balls, private



               To find out more about Lou Sibcy’s exquisite dining services and view a range of sample menus, visit
                                                           www.personalgourmet.co.uk
                        To discuss your personal dining requirements, call Lou on 01933 460198 or 07702 433163,
                                        alternatively, you can email info@personalgourmet.co.uk

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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:




          Enjoy LifE
                                                                                       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



          COURTESY
                                                                                       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
                                                                                       sponsored.                                                                    www.medicareaustralia.gov.au
                                                                                       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
                                                                                                                                                                     Email: northeastemigration@gmail.com
                        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




                                                                                                                                                                                               tAKing ACtiOn
                                                                                                                                                                                               tOgether
                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           academic potential.
                                                                                                                                                      Situated in the Vale of Belvoir
                                                                                                                                                     countryside only two miles from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Why not find out what Queen’s
                                                                                                                                                            Melton Mowbray.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.queensgate.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Principal: Mrs R M Kamaryc




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                                                                                                                                                       Melton Road, Scalford, nr Melton
                                                                                                                                                        Mowbray, Leicester LE14 4UB

                                                                                                                                                       Tel: 01664 444696
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 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

                                                                                                Does Your
                                                                                                                                                                                               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.
                                                                                                Spare Room
                                                                                                                                                                                               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

                                                                                                Have Potential?
 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   stonhamnorthantssl@homegroup.org.uk                                                                                                           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: admissions@hallfieldschool.co.uk                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: admissions@clsb.org.uk
 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,
                                                                                                                 Ticket Prices
                                         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.
                                         rubens and van Dyck as well as the sargent.                             hammersmith road, London W14 8UX
15th – 21st November.                                                                                                                                                                          html).




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                                       I have a wealth of experience in not only making                                                                                                                                                                                Email: info@gandrremovals.co.uk
                                       new furniture from scratch, but also in repairing and                  Free, no obligation quotations can be obtained directly
                                       restoring all sorts of furniture, made form a variety of               from Alan, and he even provides a delivery and
                                       different materials. In the past, I’ve restored houses                 collection service within a 25-mile radius of the M25.
                                       from top to bottom, and recently I’ve kitted out a brand
                                       new children’s nursery with everything they need. I’ve                 So if you’re looking for someone you can trust with your
                                       been doing this a very long time and have a long line                  treasured furniture, or you’d like something built to last,
                                       of happy and satisfied customers, including the Labour                 give Alan a call today - don’t forget to tell him Aspire
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Spiritual Development




                                           Find the right
                                           Path For You…
                                             As Chancellor george Osborne delivered last week’s spending
                                             review, families up and down the country were left worrying
                                                                                                                  out and speaking openly about physical issues, women in Britain
                                                                                                                  are less likely to do the same when it comes to mental health
                                                                                                                                                                                          healing energies and are placed on areas of the body, helping to boost your
                                                                                                                                                                                          health and wellbeing.
                                             about the impact it will have on their lives. With around 490,000    problems – this shouldn’t be the case, especially in the 21st
                                             public sector job cuts expected, a 3% rise in rail fares and a cut   Century.                                                                holistic and non-invasive, colour therapy enhances the body’s energy and
                                             of £7billion to the welfare budget, the reality is that most of us                                                                           healing abilities through the use of the seven colours of the light spectrum.
                                             will feel the pinch. For those of us who haven’t yet recovered       However, there are other alternatives that you could                    these are used to stimulate our body’s natural healing processes and can be
                                             from the recession, it’s also going to cause us more than just a     consider…                                                               used for any physical, mental, emotional or spiritual problem.
                                             headache.
                                                                                                                  visiting a medium can help relieve stress, especially if the            meditation helps clear your mind, making you calmer and more focused. A
                                             Whether you have money troubles, are suffering from stress or        main source of your stress is cause by unresolved issues with a         simple 10-15 minute breathing meditation can help you to overcome your
                                             feel you need to regain control of your life, there are people who   deceased loved one. A medium will not only help you to move             stress, see negatives as positives and find some inner peace.
                                             are trained to offer support and guidance. talking to a counsellor   on with your life, but can also give you an idea about what to
                                             is a traditional way of reducing your stress levels, dealing with    expect from your future.                                                if you want to test out or fully embrace a full range of alternative therapies,
                                             any issues you may have or even to improving your mood.                                                                                      meditation techniques, learn more about spirituality or simply discover
                                             Despite being a social taboo that has a certain stigma attached,     Crystal healing can be used to accompany spiritual healing, with        new ways to relax, why not escape for a day, a weekend or even a week to a
                                             seeing a counsellor is not something you should feel ashamed         many psychics believing that the use of crystals helps to amplify       spiritual retreat.
                                             of. it has been suggested that although we’re good at seeking        spiritual energies. Different crystals are used to focus on different




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       Healing with colour & crystals                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Colour Counsellor & Healer
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Discover Dogs




DisCOver DOgs
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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Laurelhach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Pocoblu
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




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Images copyright: Ips/ Palliser
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: frances@laurelhach.co.uk
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,
                                                                                                                   visit www.rspca.org.uk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Contact: Jill or Sarah Collier Tel: 01268 756175
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Email: jill@pocoblu.com or sarah@pocoblu.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   www.laurelhach.co.uk
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




                                         Garreg Ddu
                                         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,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               JHC.CLEAR
                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Fydell’,
                                         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: broadhet@aol.com                                       Vulcan Kennels, Houndsmoor, Milverton, Taunton, Somerset TA4 1QD

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Discover Dogs



         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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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Utility room with washing machine and tumble

                                                                                                                                      4th - 7th November 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      other networks/mobiles may vary. Booking fee applies.                                                       drier.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         nichols Foodmarket.                                          Advance box office closes 3rd november 2010).                conservatory with dining table, chairs, sofa

                                                                                                                                      At Olympia, London
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and armchair so you can enjoy the views.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The kitchen is fully equipped with mod-cons.    Park Drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The cottage has central heating throughout.     5 bedrooms, sleeps 10

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We are a working farm rearing calves and      A substantial detached
                                                                                                                                      Condé nast traveller presents the Luxury travel Fair 2010,                                                                                                                                  lambs. We also have pedigree Texels, Beltex,    house with its own large
                                                                                                                                      the perfect event to discover some of the world’s best kept                                                                                                                                   Rouge and Zwartbles, goats and chickens.      garden and barbecue
if you want a sun-soaked break for             increasingly depressed nation – the        about where you stay or what time
                                                                                                                                      secrets. taking place from 4th – 7th november at Olympia,                                                                                                                                                                                   area. The house is adapted for wheelchair users.
summer 2011, away from the doom                answer seems to be a well-earned           you fly out, you can pick up some                                                                                                                                                                                                        Children welcome, but must be supervised
                                                                                                                                      London, the Fair will offer the most up to date insiders’ tips                                                                                                                              on the farm. Pets welcome by arrangement.
and gloom of everyday life where               break to somewhere hot, sunny and          amazing bargains.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Downstairs there is a sitting room, dining kitchen,
                                                                                                                                      and inspiration for the ultimate travel experience in 2011.          At the heart of a Borders village lies Skirling House      vegetarian. Breakfast is important at Skirling House         We have stabling, with hay, straw and DIY
you can truly recharge your batteries,         far away.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bathroom with toilet and shower and twin
                                                                                                                                                                                                           where a warm welcome awaits you. A country                 with mini-muffins, French toast with caramelised               livery if you wish to bring your horse.
there’s nothing better than a break                                                       the best way to save even more cash                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     bedroom. Upstairs has bathroom with shower
                                                                                                                                      Presenting the most exclusive resorts, first-class travel            retreat with a magnificent 16th Century Florentine         apples and black pudding or Texas sausage biscuit.                                                          attachment and toilet, 4 bedrooms: 1 double,
abroad.                                        however, recharging your batteries         is to enjoy a holiday abroad out of
                                                                                                                                      specialists, five-star hotels and luxury tour operators, over 90     carved ceiling in the drawing room often remarked          Freshly squeezed orange juice, fruit compôte and                                                            1 triple, 1 twin and 1 single.
                                               doesn’t have to cost an arm and a          peak season. thanks to the warmer                                                                                upon. The character and style of the original house        stewed fruits are all freshly-prepared.
                                                                                                                                      travel companies have confirmed attendance already – all
A holiday that allows you to truly             leg; due to the recession, many travel     weather, holidays in september,                                                                                  endure, whilst ensuring guests enjoy high levels
                                                                                                                                      hand-picked by Condé nast traveller. With plenty to please                                                                      Each bedroom is distinctively decorated to the
relax and unwind with the sun on               agents have had to renegotiate             October and even november aren’t                                                                                 of comfort.
                                                                                                                                      even the most discerning of travellers, exhibitors will include                                                                 highest standard and enjoys luxury touches as well                                                                   T: 01485 210000
your back and the stresses and                 various costs, such as hotel tariffs,      out of the question – you can still
                                                                                                                                      tourist boards such as Abu Dhabi tourism and the spanish             In winter, dinner is beside a log fire. We offer a daily   the basics you would expect, such as tea/coffee                         Tel: 01729 822865                   E: info@tbfholidayhomes.co.uk
strains of everyday life long forgotten,       meaning a holiday abroad might just        enjoy the sun, sights and sounds of
                                                                                                                                      tourist Board; tour operators Abercrombie & Kent Ltd,                changing menu to take account of availability of fine      making facilities, TV, telephone, CD and radio and              Email: info@benthousefarm.co.uk             W: www.tbfholidayhomes.co.uk
is just what we all need. rising               cost you less than you think. if there’s   a foreign country but without the                                                                                local ingredients and guests' preferences including        a data port.
unemployment, falling wages and the            a particular destination that you want     crowds or the dent in your bank
                                                                                                                                      Bailey robinson, elegant resorts and virgin holidays & hip                                                                                                                                  www.benthousefarm.co.uk                            Sussex Farm Holiday Cottages,
                                                                                                                                      hotels as well as luxury hotel specialists Constance hotels                           Skirling House, Skirling, by Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland ML12 6HD                                            Bent House Farm Cottage,                  Burnham Market, King’s Lynn,
general cost of living is making us an         to visit and you’re not too fussed         balance.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Norfolk PE31 8JY
                                                                                                                                      and Arteh® hotels and resorts, all presenting the most              Tel: 01899 860 274 Fax: 01899 860 255 Email: enquiry@skirlinghouse.com Web: www.skirlinghouse.com                                 Longtons Lane, Tosside




     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: neilmacdiarmid@btinternet.com                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Tel: 01481 832341 / 07781 453709                             St Ouen, Jersey JE3 2AA                                                                             or email us at
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Email: vieuxclos@cwgsy.net
                                                                                                                                                                                                               www.levieuxclos.co.uk                                   Tel: 01534 481683                                                                                   ludlowcottages@btinternet.com
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Le Vieux Clos Guesthouse,                             Email contact@maisondeslandes.co.uk                                                                 or phone 01455 272874.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               Rue de Mouline, Sark GY9 0SD                            Website: maisondeslandes.co.uk


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Luxury Travel Fair




 France
 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: johnmoyle22@btinternet.com
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sun, sea
& sand at
  saint
Jeannet
Holiday
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
              Information Bureau.


        Contact: Mrs olga Moyle

Tel: 01584 890391 or
    07876 242942
          Fax: 01584 891424
 Email: johnmoyle22@btinternet.com

				
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