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ContentsEditor: Claire Tiptonclaire@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385Accounts: Kathy Tiptonaccounts@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2515919Feature Writers: Laura Hydeeditorials@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385Graphic Designer: Lucy Crookstondesign@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385Sales Manager: Stacey Wraggnorth@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2624867Sales Executives: Emily Davison,Barbara Stone, Emma CrossDistribution: Michael Tipton &Self Select DistributionPublished by:Spectrum Printing Services0116 246 1717To subscribe to Aspire Magazine call0116 2517385Image Courtesy Of LOCOG©VisitBritain / Daniel Bosworth2. University of Leicester History3. Corporate Hospitality4. Contents6. Barbecue SafetyWeb Design: Paul Tipton at Q Creative Designpaul@qcreativedesign.co.uk0116 251 72988. Classical Music Review11. Aspire RecommendsName & Registered Office:ASPIRE MAGAZINENORTHAMPTONSHIRE GROUP3rd Floor Office, 29-35 St Nicholas Place,Leicester LE1 4LDCompany Number: 06036102©VisitBritain / Britain on View12. Holidays & Leisure14. Wondrous Wales16. Weymouth & Portland17. Listed Property18. Equestrian19. Discover Dogs 201220. Learning DifficultiesFind us on Facebook: Aspire MagazineFollow us on Twitter @aspire_magazine21. Here To Help22. Scope 4 Coventry & Warwickshire4 ASPIREASPIRE 5

Classical Music ReviewNotes FromMartin Dalby…Martin Dalby is an experienced and knowledgeable musicianand composer. In a successful career spanning almost 50 years,Martin has worked with numerous well-known musicians andhas even had his music performed at The Proms on fouroccasions…Martin’s Life Through The Years…• in 1942, in Aberdeen, Martin was born• in 1960, he won a Foundation Scholarship to the Royal College of Music inLondon• in 1963, Martin spent two years in Italy• in 1964, whilst in Rome, he wrote Laudate Dominum, which was performedfor the first time by the pupils and staff of Aberdeen Grammar School in May1965• in 1965, he was appointed as a music producer to the BBC’s newly formedMusic Programme (later to be Radio 3)• in 1971, he became the Cramb Research Fellow in Composition at theUniversity of Glasgow• in 1972, he returned to the BBC as Head of Music, Scotland• in 1991, he relinquished his role as Head of Music to pursue a more creativerole in BBC Scotland• in 1991, he won a Sony Gold Award• in 1993, he retired from the BBC - Martin now composes full-time• from 1995 to 1998, Martin was Chairman of the Composers’ Guild ofGreat BritainWhen not composing, Martin loves…• spending time in the outdoors - he’s a hill walker and birdwatcher• railways and literature• he holds a Private Pilot’s LicenceMusicMartin has written a large amount ofmusic, for orchestra, for chorus, for brassand wind bands, for the Church, forfilm, radio and television, many songsand song cycles, and chamber musicranging from duos and trios to octetsand nonets. Most of Martin’s music hasbeen commissioned from festivals suchas Edinburgh, Cheltenham, Cardiff,Orkney and Peterborough, or fromorchestras and ensembles. It has beenperformed widely throughout theworld, notably at such festivals as theWarsaw Autumn and the Henry WoodProms in London.E: martindalby@btinternet.com | W: www.impulse-music.co.uk/dalbyMartin Dalby, 23 Muirpark Way, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0DXCertificatesIn the past two years, Aspire have awarded Martinwith a Bronze Certificate of Recognition 2010,which was followed by a Platinum Certificate ofRecognition 2011 and finally an award for Servicesof Distinction for Classical Music.Ladybird Day Nursery has been established since 1997 and has justrecently been taken over by former NHS staff, with over 50 years’experience collectively. We are situated next to Edgbaston CountyCricket Ground and opposite Cannon Hill Park.We offer very flexible hours to our parents, to fitin around their busy lifestyles and we also offercare for school holidays and teacher trainingdays. The nursery is registered to provide fullday care for 29 children from 0-8 years of age.Our premises provides a number of carefullyplanned and structured areas and rooms for thechildren. The nursery also benefits from CCTV foradded peace of mind for our parents.The Ladybird day nursery is committed toSafeguarding and protecting each child in ourcare.We are open from 7am until 6:30pm, Monday to Fridayall year round, except for Bank Holidays.110 Edgbaston Road, Tyseley, Birmingham B12 9QATel: 0121 440 5706Email: info@theladybirdnursery.co.ukwww.theladybirdnursery.co.ukStrike A Posewith Image NationEvery woman wants to look andfeel her best and what better waythan with a makeover photo shootfrom experienced photographer,Spencer Mitchell, at Image Nation onOxford Street in Northamptonshire.Founded five years ago, ImageNation draws upon Spencer’s loveand numerous years of experience asa photographer to capture the thrill,enjoyment and beauty of a makeoverphoto shoot.Spencer told Aspire: “This is more than justtaking photos of women at their best; it’sabout creating an experience, a day thatmothers, sisters and best friends can enjoyand remember forever. I feel that those‘girl next door’ types have been neglectedand are so often not represented in fashionmagazines or advertising campaigns, soI’ve created a package which gives them allthe pampering and enjoyment of a fashionphoto shoot for just £150. Girls get to bepampered by our professional make-upartists and hair stylists before spending anhour or so in our professional photographystudio having a range of single and groupphotos taken. The experience is aboutreleasing the confidence these women haveinside and making them feel like the mostbeautiful woman alive!”The culmination of your day at Image Nationinvolves going through 30 or so photos,taken by Spencer or one of his experiencedcolleagues, all of which have been edited,at your leisure to see if there’s any you fancypurchasing. Spencer added: “We providephotos in three mediums: regular framedprints, acrylic prints or aluminium prints,something which is pretty new and verymodern. We pride ourselves on listeningto exactly what the customer wants tocreate stunning photos they’ll cherish for alifetime.”Aspire RecommendsMedal-WorthyBusinessesThe 2012 Olympic Games maybe over, but we’ve still got thethrill and excitement of watchingour paralympians go for gold(and silver and bronze) when theLondon 2012 Paralympics start onAugust 29th. To celebrate Olympicfever sweeping the nation, Aspirehas brought together some of ourbest businesses from across ourtwo counties, and beyond.With Great Britain still riding out thetough economic storm, it is essentialthat we continue to spend our hardearnedcash in independent storeand boutiques as well as employingthe services of our local, independentcraftsmen and women. The moremoney we spend with these localbusinesses, the more money isgenerated through taxes and the morejobs are created and more fundingfor local services is raised through taxrevenue.At Aspire we scour our two counties tofind and bring you the very best ourregion has to offer across a range ofsectors. There are so many wonderfulbusinesses out there who are ready tooffer you the very best of service andproducts.Aspire’s editor, Claire Tipton, said: “Hereat Aspire, we believe it is important tohighlight the companies and servicesthat really matter to our readers,which is why we regularly celebratethose that offer something special.Recognising that good value formoney, excellent customer service andhigh quality goods are three of themost important factors our readerslook for in a company, we strive tofind businesses that offer all threeand work exceptionally hard to tailorour advertising to our readership.In the current economic climate, wealso believe that supporting localbusinesses and services is essentialin order to help them survive andflourish, which is why we have broughtyou this selection of companies fromaround the Aspire region.”Image Nation are extremely flexible withtheir studio times, opening until 10pmand at weekends, so if you like the soundof being pampered for the day, give thema call to book your makeover photo shootnow: 01604 450908 or email spencer@photographyimagenation.co.uk10 ASPIREASPIRE 11

Holidays & LeisureA survey of 200 shoppers toLondon’s West End, over twodays (Saturday 4th and Sunday5th August) found they were all,without exception, enjoying theirvisit, with 99% of them hoping tovisit London again at some stagein the future.The respondents – the majority of whom(87%) were from overseas includingFrance, Germany, Italy, Spain & USA –said that they are enjoying London’sentertainment most of all, closelyfollowed by the shopping. Two thirds ofvisitors also said they were enjoying thefood, reporting that it is exceeding theexpectations they had before their visit.Just under half of the visitors had beenor were planning to visit the OlympicGames and three quarters of the visitorssaid that London had surprised themin some way. The most common factormentioned was the weather, and thewarmth of welcome and friendliness ofthe British people.The informal survey on London’s BondStreet, Oxford Street, Regent Streetand Piccadilly Circus was carried outby the New West End Company andthe Heart of London Business Alliancein association with VisitBritain, inresponse to recent concerns that visitorswere staying away from the shopsand London’s more traditional touristattractions in favour of visiting theOlympic Games. However figures overthe weekend indicate that the retailsector is more than holding its own.Jace Tyrrell, New West End Company,says: “We’ve always known we have astrong retail and leisure offering, with211 retailers choosing to locate theirglobal flagship stores in the area. Butthis outstanding recognition reallyshows the fantastic appeal London’sWest End has for visitors. We have moreinternational brands than ever beforeincluding Bosideng, Ralph Lauren,UNIQLO and JM Weston, alongside anunrivalled entertainment offering ofrenowned theatres, casinos, cinemas,Michelin starred restaurants andentertainment like M&M’s World flagshipstore and Ripley’s Believe it or Not!“We have 30 West End WelcomeAmbassadors who collectivelytalk over 20 languages, ready togreet international visitors andLondoners alike to London’s retail andentertainment offering, which is likenowhere else. Images of London’s WestEnd are now being seen by billionsaround the world, so it’s a great time toshowcase everything the West End hasto offer.”For more information on holidaying herein Great Britain, please visitwww.visitbritain.comVisitors Report 100%Satisfaction withOlympic London©VisitBritain / Pawel LiberaIvy Grange Farm, Butts Road, Westhall,Halesworth IP19 8RNTel: 07802 456087Email: info@ivygrangefarm.co.ukwww.ivygrangefarm.co.ukIvy Grange Farm yurts sit in idyllic surroundings in quiet Suffolk countryside,a short drive from the coast. There are three yurts in a large meadow – takeyour pick from the brightly painted traditional Mongolian or from the twoEnglish yurts, built to traditional design using native steam-bent ash andcherry. All are beautifully furnished and equipped with double beds, downfilledduvets, tealights to drift off to sleep by and a wood burning stove forcosy nights in.You’ll find everything you need onsite, from al fresco dining and cookingfacilities to a covered ‘safari kitchen’, heated woodland showers, fabulousnew facilities in ‘The Old Cow Shed’ including showers, toilets, basins andwashing-up sinks and in the newly restored 17th Century barn there’s tabletennis, table football, easy chairs, maps and books and practical things likefridge freezers and kettles!Bringing History ToLife At The Golden HindLocated in the picturesque and historicBrixham Harbour, The Golden Hind is a fullsized replica of Sir Francis Drake’s ship, oneof the world’s most iconic exploration ships.The Golden Hind welcomes children andadults on board to see, touch and smell thesights and sounds of life on board a 16thCentury ship during the times of pirates andTudor England.Step on board and see the Captain’s andOfficers’ cabins, how up to 60 men sleptbelow decks, the weapons, tools, cannons,artefacts from the age of discovery, theropes hauled by the sailors, the creakof the timbers, the voices of the crew,treasure, pirates and so much more.Ship owner, Simon Read, told Aspire:“Unfortunately, we can no longer takeThe Golden Hind out to sea, but she stillhas something for everyone, from smallchildren to history buffs. The informationand historical facts are set out in short andquirky one-liners around the ship in orderto provide a fun yet historically accurateinsight to life on board. Everything is veryhands on and visually stimulating for allages. Our visitor book is full of commentsfrom grandparents, parents and childrenwho have loved their day out.”Berthed in Brixham Harbour since 1964,The Golden Hind is one of only tworeplicas in the whole of the UK. It boastsa long history of appearances in film,television drama, documentary and evenchildren's programmes dating back to the1950s. The Golden Hind is also visited bythousands of school children each year,who are learning about Tudor history.In 2011, the ship won the governmentawarded ‘Learning Outside the Classroom’award.Open from March until the end of October,The Golden Hind provides a fun-filled dayout for the whole family, rain or shine.Tel: 01803 856223 | Web: www.goldenhind.co.ukAddicted To ArtLaunched in December 2011, British ArtPortfolio is the brain-child of art enthusiastsAmanda Lowther and Louise Newton, longtimefriends who both studied a Historyof Art degree at the University of Leicesteras mature students, in which they bothgraduated with First Class Honours.Amanda told Aspire: “Our Firsts were sucha surprise to us, but once we’d graduated,we wondered what we could do with ourdegrees. Louise used to work at Browse& Darby in Cork Street, London and Ihad previously worked at Christie’s, sowe decided to put our knowledge andexperience together and form a companydealing and exhibiting modern British artand contemporary art. We feel that manyartists of this period are undervalued, sowe hope to persuade clients that thesepieces and artists are worthy investmentsto be included in anyone’s portfolio. As wellas well-established British artists from theturn of the 20th Century, we also wanted toFelicia Fletcher, ‘Duet’represent a selection of contemporary andemerging young artists.”As well as a collection permanently on viewat Amanda’s home in Guilsborough, BritishArt Portfolio specialise in pop-up exhibitionsaround the country. Amanda added: “Wehave an open day Sunday 2nd September,followed by a 10-day ‘Sculpture with aView’ exhibit from the 20th September atGuilsborough Court (NN6 8QW). Then wehave an exhibition in Nemarket from the1st until 4th November, and to end the year,we have an exhibition in the Towcesterarea in December - date and venue to beconfirmed. All our pop-up exhibitions raisemuch-needed funds for different charities– so far we’ve raised £4,000. Anyone thatis interested in keeping up-to-date withour exhibitions can join our mailing listto receive our newsletter. Again, nothingis confirmed yet but we’re hoping to visitLondon and Yorkshire in March and June2013 respectively.”Guilsborough Court, Northamptonshire … Thehome of the Lowther Family for eighty six yearsTel: 01604 740028Web: www.britishartportfolio.co.ukEmail: enquiries@britishartportfolio.co.ukSaveurs... is a traditional French Boulangerie,Chocolaterie and Patisserie producing the mostexcellent freshly made bread, chocolate, pastriesand cakes.Saveurs… is also a Traiteur serving breakfast,lunch and dinner and incorporating a ‘ContinentalDelicatessen’.Opening HoursMonday & Tuesday8am - 5:30pmWednesday –Saturday8am - 9:30pmSunday8:30am - 9:30pmFrom Aberdeen follow the A96 to Inverness at Huntlytake the A920 to Dufftown. At Dufftown take the A941 toCraigelllachie, then take the A95 Grantown-on-Spey roadto Aberlour. Allachy House is located on Queens Roadopposite the tennis court.Tel: 01224 797946 (Mon – Friday) office hoursor 07771 637379 | Fax: 01224 723400Email: jpalin@seafab.co.ukwww.allachyhouse.co.ukThis luxurious apartment is on the firstfloor of Allachy House and is located inits own grounds overlooking the tenniscourt and bowling green, within thevillage of Aberlour in the northwest ofScotland.The accommodation comprises of a largetwin bedroom, second twin bedroom,double bedroom, lounge with diningarea, en-suite bathroom and showerroom. A modern fitted kitchen completewith fridge, cooker, microwave, toasterand a separate utility room with washingmachine, tumble dryer, ironing boardwith iron.There is ample parking and anestablished garden for barbecues andrelaxation.3 Victoria Road, Dartmouth, Devon TQ6 9RTTel: 01803 835852Email: enquiries@saveurs.co.uk / catering@saveurs.co.ukWeb: www.saveurs.co.ukComfortable accommodation to suit your needsWhether it's just a weekend break or a longerholiday, being a guest at Farmcraft lets youexperience the real good life. We have holidayoptions for every budget and every need, be itour traditional farmhouse B&B, our self-cateringbarn conversion ‘The Piggery’ or our MongolianYurts – nomadic type dwellings which give youa whole new option in your search for an escapeback to nature. Enjoy the tranquillity of our gardenand meadows, surrounded by rare breed farmyardanimals and diverse natural wildlife.Farmcraft Rare Breed Centre, RiddingsPark Farm, Knivetonwood, Ashbourne,Derbyshire DE6 1JFTel: 01335 300059Email: enquiries@farmcraftholidays.co.ukwww.farmcraftholidays.co.uk12 ASPIREASPIRE 13

Wondrous WalesWith three stunning NationalParks, covering a combinedarea of 4122 square kilometres– that’s a whopping 20% of thetotal land area of the country– Wales is full of wide openspaces, history, wildlife andbreathtaking scenery. Walesreally is one of the few placesthat can truly claim to cater forevery taste…Boasting the highest mountain inEngland and Wales, Snowdonia NationalPark attracts thousands of visitorseach year, to witness the breathtakingscenery of this Area of OutstandingNatural Beauty. Covering 823 squaremiles of the most beautiful and unspoiltcountryside in North Wales, Snowdoniais a haven for walkers, bird watchers,history buffs - thanks to the hugecollection of castles in the area - andfamilies looking for a stress-free familyholiday.Snowdonia’s landscape is unique; apartfrom the obvious mountain ranges(which make up over 50% of the Park),Snowdonia also boasts steep rivergorges, waterfalls, green valleys, and 23miles of coastline and sandy beaches. Allof this makes it not only one of the UK’slargest, but also one of its most diverseNational Parks.With a wealth of recreational activities,it’s not hard to believe that everyyear over six millions visitor days arespent within the Park. There’s plentyto entertain nature lovers and outdoorenthusiasts, such as walking up MountSnowdon, watching the wildlife withinthe Park’s mixed woodlands, learning tosurf on the coast, or even just enjoyinga relaxing cuppa surrounded by someof the most spectacular scenery withinthe UK.Llandudno is a beautiful Victorianseaside resort at the foot of Great Ormethat offers a great mix of things to do,whether you’re holidaying with yourfamily, friends or partner; you could takea romantic stroll along the beach, seethe array of animals at the MountainZoo, take a trip back in time to fourthousand-year-oldmines, or even takea relaxing ride on Britain’s longest cablecar – the choice is yours.Situated off the northwest coast ofWales, not far from the beautifulSnowdonia mountain range, the Isleof Anglesey (Ynys Môn in Welsh) is aplace where you can get away from itall. Exceptional hospitality, a spectacularcoast and attractions to entertainthe whole family make Anglesey anexcellent holiday destination all yearround. With 125 miles of coastline andsix Blue Flag awards, Anglesey has abeach to suit you, whether you want toexplore little bays and rocky coves, strollhand-in-hand along sandy beaches, oreven discover the unique beach with aforest attached to it at Newborough. Infact, the island's entire rural coastlinehad been designated an Area ofOutstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) andfeatures many sandy beaches, perfectfor building sandcastles, paddling in theocean or just soaking up a few rays ofsunshine. The best way to explore thisAONB is by walking the 124-mile longAnglesey Coastal Path, which followsnearly the entire coastline.Walking the 186 miles (299km) ofCoastal Path is the perfect way tosee the beauty of PembrokeshireCoast National Park; however, it’s astrenuous undertaking that’ll take 10to 15 days to complete. Luckily thereis a bus service for one-day hikes orfor linking multi-day walks together.However, walking the Coast Path isn’tthe only way to enjoy Pembrokeshire;its stunning coastline offers safe, sandybeaches for families, it’s a haven foroutdoor adrenaline junkies and wildlifeenthusiasts and the area’s fascinatingpast is ever-present in prehistorictombs, Celtic crosses, Iron Age Hill Forts,Norman castles, Medieval churches,Victorian forts and historic townsand villages. Pembroke Castle is anenormous oval-shaped stone fortresswhich was built in 1189. Having beenextensively restored during the Victorianera, the Castle now proudly displayshistorical exhibits and has a maze oftunnels, stairs and towers that arejust waiting to be explored. However,if a castle is not complete without astunning view, head to Carreg CennenCastle in Carmarthenshire; it sits on alimestone crag 300ft (91m) above thelittle River Cennen – it’s a tough climbbut it’s well worth it.The Brecon Beacons National Park is theperfect place to sample ‘true’ Wales. Withgreen grass, fresh air and relaxation allon offer, this is the perfect place savourthe atmosphere of rural Wales. Hometo south Wales’ highest mountain, Peny Fan, the Brecon Beacons stretchesfrom Llandeilo in the west to Hay-on-Wye in the east, covering 519 squaremiles/1344 km², encompassing fourmain regions: Black Mountain in thewest, Fforest Fawr (Great Forest) andthe Brecon Beacons in the centre and,confusingly, the Black Mountains in theeast. The Brecon Beacons is home towide open spaces, which offers evenmore come night time Stargazers areable to see the Milky Way, as well asnumerous major constellations, brightnebulas and even meteor showers on aclear night above the Brecon Beacons.The Brecon Beacons Park Society haveeven applied to the International Dark-Sky Association to become Wales’ firstInternational Dark Sky Reserve.To plan your Welsh Escape, please visitwww.visitwales.co.ukBe WowedBy Wales©VisitBritain / Britain on ViewLuxury Self-Catering Cottages in IdyllicSurroundings - 'Get away from it all' in GloriousWest Wales!Dog friendly, self-catering cottages nearNewcastle Emlyn in west Wales – TheGranary at Blaenfforest “A small but luxuriousconversion .... it’s discreetly stylish” The Times,April 2012.The two, four-star holiday cottages on oursmallholding have been individually styled tooffer you a taste of Welsh country life.These lovely, traditional stone holiday cottagesare set in ten acres of idyllic countryside, richwith wildlife, in which you are free to roam.Sally & Russell JonesBlaenfforest, Newcastle Emlyn,Carmarthenshire, Wales SA38 9JDTel: 01559 371264Email: enquiries@blaenfforest.co.ukwww.cottageholidayswales.comCottage Breaks Wales offers six self-cateringproperties located at Pen y Ffrith and MaeloganBach, upland hill farms, near the rural market town ofLlanrwst. At just over 1200 feet above sea level in thepicturesque surroundings of the Snowdonia NationalPark this is an ideal location for those looking toenjoy everything the Welsh outdoors has to offer.Within easy reach of the properties guests will findmountains, coast, castles as well as quaint towns andvillages, all of which beg to be explored.Cottage Breaks Wales boast five Visit Vales fourstargraded cottages and a Visit Wales ApprovedAccommodation’ Static Caravan, each sleeping upto six guests. All of properties have also achievedVisit Wales ‘Walkers welcome’ and ‘Cyclists welcome’accreditation. The properties are all tastefully furnishedand equipped to the highest standard, with centralheating and double glazing as well as TV/DVD playerand fully equipped kitchens. Up to two well-behavedpets per property are very welcome, free of charge. Theproperties at Pen y Ffrith all have their own enclosedgarden / deck areas – safe for children and dogs – aswell as free Wi-Fi.These properties offer a peaceful and relaxing placeto stay but still within easy reach of coast, mountainstowns and attractions. These two farms make anexcellent base from which to explore everything northWales has to offer. In addition to the stunning scenery,walking, cycling, climbing and many other outdooractivities are all available locally.The nearest town of Llanrwst, just four miles away issituated in the Conwy Valley to the north of BetwsYr Hen Felin(The Old Mill)A warm and personal welcome awaitsyou in three luxury, individually styledsuites on a B&B accommodation basiswithin an old converted water mill atEdern, Pwllheli on the picturesque LlŷnPeninsula in north Wales.Nestling in a quiet hamlet on theLlŷn Peninsula, Yr Hen Felin (The OldMill) offers supremely comfortableaccommodation. With a high level ofpersonal service, the seclusion andtranquillity of Yr Hen Felin offers theperfect location for a relaxing countryand coast retreat, away from the hustleand bustle of daily life.Warm neutral colours enhance themany period features of this convertedold mill and touches of luxury ensure amemorable stay. Each stylish room, withbathing facilities, has its own characterwith sumptuous beds, fine linen andfurniture.Yr Hen Felin, Lon Goch, Edern,Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 6JDTel: 01758 720195Email:info@accommodationinpwllheli.co.ukwww.accommodationinpwllheli.co.uky Coed. It is the main market town, with a weeklylivestock and general market, and is the focal point formany community activities in the area. The tourist townof Betws-y-Coed, the premier inland resort in NorthWales since the Victorian age, is just 10 miles away. Itboasts cafes, restaurants, pubs and outdoor shops, aswell as numerous walks for people (and dogs) of allabilities, not to mention the spectacular Swallow Falls.The coastal towns of Conwy and Llandudno - Wales’largest seaside resort - are just 20 miles away. Here youwill find an imposing castle as well as sandy beachesand plenty of shops. Llanberis is also within easy reachfor climbing Snowdon – on foot or take the MountainRailway for an easier ascent to Snowdon’s summit.This is certainly the place to come to stretch your legsand lungs; or just to take in the stunning scenery ofSnowdonia whilst enjoying a peaceful and relaxingholiday.For more information or to check availability, pleasevisit www.cottage-breaks-wales.co.ukAlternatively, call Karen on 07754 440831Guest Book Comments:“We were very impressed with the friendliness, kindness&helpfulness of the owners. A wonderful place in awonderful location; lovely & quiet but still close to allamenities.”WD - Kent“The cottage was perfect - the cleanest & best equippedwe’ve ever stayed in. An ideal place for walkers, cyclists&families with children.”At Cynythog Bach bed and breakfast in Bala, we offer quality B&Baccommodation in two double/twin en-suite rooms. We are in an ideal locationfor watersports, cycling and walking. There are numerous fascinating places tovisit, including the Bala Steam Railway.Once part of a much larger working farm, we now have several acres where our horsesgraze happily together with Nelly, our resident sheep. All our rooms have spectacularviews of the Aran Mountain Range and surrounding hills.• Close to the Arenig Mountains• Situated on a 8-mile cycle route with many cycling trails• Local bike hire available• Dog friendlyWe'll do all we can to help you enjoy your stay.Cynythog Bach, Maes y Waen, Bala LL23 7SHTel: 01678 521486 | Email: post@cynythogbach.co.ukwww.bed-and-breakfast-bala.co.uk“If you want to stretch your legs and lungs inserious scenery, this is the place to come!”14 ASPIREASPIRE 15

Weymouth & PortlandPeriod home accessories since 1888www.broughtons.comListed PropertyImage Courtesy Of LOCOGEnjoy A Whale of ATime in Wonderful WeymouthWith the beautiful World Heritage Jurassiccoast, the picturesque harbour and colourfulhistory all waiting to be explored, Weymouthand Portland make an ideal getaway. Locatedon the south coast of England, the weatheris often mild and a little balmier than areasfurther north, so hopefully, if you’ve not yethad a summer break this year, you will beable to soak up some summer warmth beforeautumn’s upon us.You will not be disappointed with WeymouthBeach; there are spectacular views of thehorizon and Jurassic Coastline from the bayas well as all the things you would expect ata seaside resort in England, from Punch andJudy to donkey rides along to sand and evenpedelos and swing boats!Weymouth’s 17th Century harbour is a mustseetoo. Situated next to the beach and towncentre, the charismatic harbour is the perfectplace to relax with a meal at one of the manyrestaurants or simply sit and watch the worldgo by.A visit to Portland – linked to the mainlandby a causeway – is most definitely well worththe trip. Apart from admiring the JurassicCoastline there is so much more to do, fromwonderful fishing to rock climbing or simplyrelaxing. The lighthouse is also a great visitorattraction.Weymouth has been hit recently by Olympicfever, hosting all sailing events for theLondon 2012 Olympic and ParalympicGames between July and September 2012.Although the Olympic Games are now over,Weymouth and Portland welcome a newbunch of athletes from 29th August when theParalympic Games start. It’s not hard to seewhy Weymouth and Portland were chosen;the sea off Dorset’s coast, and specificallyaround Weymouth Bay, is a world-class sailingdestination with the sailing waters beingcredited by the Royal Yachting Association asthe best in Northern Europe.For more info, or to plan your trip, please visitwww.visitweymouth.co.ukDiscover The Heart OfWeymouth At Wadham HouseTucked away from the hustle andbustle of the main street, WadhamHouse is a Georgian property providingholidaymakers with elegant, airyaccommodation a stone’s throwfrom Weymouth Harbour. Under newmanagement since May 2012, WadhamHouse boasts nine en-suite guest rooms, allof which have been individually decoratedto reflect the original character of thehouse.Enviably situated right in the heart of oldWeymouth, Wadham House is ownedby Shirley and Paul Stephenson who fellin love with the property’s location, justthree minutes from Weymouth’s sandybeaches, but tucked away from thenoise and crowds of one of Britain’s mostpopular seaside resorts. Shirley told Aspire:“We’re slowly working our way throughthe house, giving walls a fresh lick of paintmore in keeping with the period in whichthe property was built. I’m told WadhamHouse has been a guesthouse for a very,very long time but it was originally a verywell-to-do family home; in fact the GuestLounge was once part of a Grand Ballroom!We’ve recently given the dining room amakeover, using Georgian green, a themewe’d like to continue through into otherpublic areas of the house.”Period features, such as sash windowsand fireplaces, are dotted throughout theproperty and each guest room boasts aTV, hairdryer and hospitality tray as wellas complimentary toiletries. The propertyboasts a ground floor twin bedroom,which is ideal for elderly guests or thosewith limited mobility.A hearty breakfast is served to ensureguests get the best start to the day and alldietary requirements can be catered for –just let Shirley know when booking. Thereis also limited parking available, via permit,which will need to be pre-booked.Prices start from £35 for a single roomduring the low season, rising to £130 fora family room for four (or three adults)during July/August. Shirley is currentlyoffering seven nights for the price of sixand, throughout November/December,three nights for the price of two, which isideal for a spot of Christmas shopping.Tel: 01305 779640Web: www.wadhamhouse.co.ukAlmo Wall Art& Vinyl StickersOur company, Almo Wall Art, isan innovative group that designand create wall stickers using highquality vinyl. Vinyl stickers are anexciting and fresh concept. Ourstickers will instantly transformany interior wall. The designs thatwe create are suited to a rangeof different styles and tastes.They are fun, fashionable andcost effective too. We designand manufacture all our stickers;this means that our designsare original and we can createpersonalised and bespoke piecesfor our customers.Contact Sarah LumsdenWebsite: www.almowallart.co.ukEmail: almowallart@hotmail.co.ukHomeSweetHomeIt’s the British dream to own yourown home. According to figures fromHM Revenue & Customs (HMRC),completed property sales in the firsthalf of the year were 11% up on thesame period in 2011 with sales risingby 7,000 in June to 83,000, takingthe total across the UK for the firstsix months of the year to 431,000. Acontributing factor to the increasein sales has been credited to thereintroduction of stamp duty forfirst-time buyers on homes worth upto £250,000, which came into effect on24th March.If you’re looking to increase the valueof your property in this tough times,it’s important to make the most ofwhat you have, whether that’s a newbuild, character cottage or 1950’ssemi.Living with a historical characterhas its particular consequencesand responsibilities: installingmaintenance-free uPVC windowsisn't an option in a Listed building,for instance, and your windows aretimber-framed they'll require regularcare and attention. Similarly, repairingtraditional lime mortars with moderncement pointing or rendering maydamage your building's brickwork,while adding a damp-proof courseneeds particular care; and where yourduty to keep the building in goodrepair extends to maintenance of itsimportant features or historic fabric- such as interior panelling or roofingtimbers - you may have to seek ListedBuilding Consent before making anychanges.In simple terms, the listing covers thewhole of a building, both interior andexterior. This includes any object orstructure within the curtilage whichis not fixed to the building but whichforms part of the land and has done sosince before 1st July 1948. This wouldinclude for example, boundary walls,outbuildings (pre-1948), cobbles in acourtyard or any signs attached to thebuilding.The Listed Property Owner's Club isable to advise on all aspects of ListedBuildings from maintenance andcontractors advice, to VAT savings andplanning problems. They are also ableto help with insurance and sellingListed buildings. For more information,please visit www.lpoc.co.ukAn easier living option, without losingthe character and history, is to buya period or traditional house. Theseare perfect for growing families andrestoring original features, suchas fireplaces, tiled floors and sashwindows, will create that period feel,as well as helping future generationsremember and value the past.Sited in the Littlesea Holiday Park inWeymouth, Mandy's Retreat is a 38 footPemberton Verona caravan providingcomfortable and clean self-cateringaccommodation for holidaymakerslooking to enjoy everything Weymouthand the surrounding areas have to offer.With three bedrooms, Mandy’s Retreat catersfor up to eight people, making it ideal forfamilies looking to enjoy the numerousattractions Weymouth and Portland boast.Situated within a peaceful location knownas the Wey Valley Pitch in Littlesea, Mandy’sRetreat boasts central heating and doubleglazing, a shower and toilet, electric fire inthe lounge, which benefits from plenty ofcomfy seating plus a 24” LCD TV/DVD withFreeview, a dining room with table and chairsfor six, and a well-equipped kitchen with fullfridge/freezer, microwave, toaster and a gashob and cooker as well as all the crockery andcutlery you’ll need. The main bedroom boastsa double bed, ample cupboard and drawerspace and a 19” TV, whilst the other twobedrooms have twin single beds and amplestorage space. Outside the caravan benefitsfrom a dedicated parking bay as well as apatio area with garden bench and stunningpanoramic views of the sea.Mandy’s Retreat is positioned within aquiet corner of Littlesea Holiday Park but iswithin easy reach of all the park’s facilities,as well as Weymouth town centre. Onsiteentertainment includes: tennis court,children’s play area, sports court, adventuregolf and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool/terrace. Littlesea Holiday Park is situated justtwo miles from Weymouth’s sandy beach andthe surrounding Funzone Amusements, FunWorks Amusements, table tennis and pooltables.Prices for a week’s stay range from £180 to£575, with short breaks available from £130for three nights.• OLYMPIC OFFER - throughout September,book any seven night break and only pay forfive nights, saving you £175.• END OF SEASON OFFER - fabulous late dealsthroughout October with prices slashed to£145.Mandy’s Retreat owner, Amanda Read toldAspire: “I keep the caravan meticulously cleanand I also meet all guests onsite and checkthem in. I think the personal touch goes along way. I also provide a welcome pack fortheir arrival which includes milk, tea, coffee,biscuits, cereal and bread, so guests can havea cup of tea/coffee and a sit down as soon asthey arrive.”For more information, or availability forMandy’s Retreat, visitwww.mandysretreat.co.ukAs well as Mandy’s Retreat, Amanda alsoowns John Penfold & Daughter, suppliesof reconditioned pallets. A family business,John Penfold & Daughter buy and sellwooden pallets in any condition, as Amandaexplained: “We sort and grade woodenpallets as they some in; any that are too badlydamaged to be repaired are stripped forscraps/spares and any that can be repairedare, before we re-sell them to those that needthem. It’s a form of recycling.” For more info,visit www.palletmerchants.co.ukRelax & Unwindin WeymouthTel: 01305 889253Mob: 07817 745818Email: mandy24_4@hotmail.com2-4 Fleming Road, Harrowbrook Ind. Estate,Hinckley LE10 3DUTel: 01455 633888www.firecraft.co.uk• Extensive showroom with a wide range of surrounds,fires and accessories to suit any home.• Site survey & fitting service available.Opening TimesMon - Fri 9:30am - 5pmSaturday - 9:30am - 5pmSunday - Closed16 ASPIREASPIRE 17

EquestrianDiscover Dogs 2012Saddle Up!©VisitBritain / Daniel BosworthDid You Know?• There are over 200 breeds of horses in the world.• Equestrian is the only Olympic sport in whichmen and women compete against each other onequal terms.• The Cross Country course in Eventing is between5,700 and 6,840m long.• The World's Largest Horse was a Shire geldingnamed Samson, measuring 21.2 1/2 hand high in1850, and weighed 3,360 pounds.• Women first participated in Olympic Eventing atthe 1952 Helsinki Games.• Horses like classical music.As part of a record-breaking Olympicsfor Team GB, our equestrian team, whichincludes the Queen's granddaughterZara Phillips, have enjoyed a wonderfulOlympic Games; we won gold in theOlympic Team Jumping competitionafter a dramatic finale at GreenwichPark - Britain's first Olympic Jumping titlefor 60 years; we also won the nation'sfirst Olympic Games Dressage medalas we rode away with gold; and wepocked a silver medal when Zara and hercolleagues William Fox-Pitt, Mary King,Nicola Wilson and Tina Cook came secondin equestrian eventing at Greenwich Parkafter Germany took gold.If you’ve been inspired by Team GB’sequestrian success, and are thinking oftaking up an equestrian sport, or even ofgetting your own horse, Aspire would liketo urge you to do your research.Finding the perfect horse is the ultimatedream for the majority of riders, butunfortunately, the experience canquickly turn into a nightmare! Whetheryou’re looking for a horse simply forpleasure, for hacking, hunting, dressage,gymkhana, or even carriage driving, thereare hundreds of breeds to choose from.From a beautifully poised horse from atop progeny, to a more humble marefrom a less renowned background, it’s soimportant for the right horse to be pairedwith the right rider.To make a mistake and buy the wronghorse could be costly and heart-breakingto everyone involved. So, take your timeand ensure you find a horse with a pleasantmanner, and one that’s not only good toride, but also one that is likely to remainhealthy, as well as being suitable for thetype, and amount, of riding you anticipate.Also, buying a horse without a prepurchaseexamination, by a qualifiedprofessional, can be both risky and costly– you wouldn’t buy a car without seeing itsMOT certificate. A pre-purchase vetting willnot only identify existing health problems,but should also find potential issues.If you’re missing your ‘fix’ of equestrianaction, don’t panic; the Paralympic Gamesstarts on 29th August. The Games will seethe world’s best para-equestrian dressageriders battle it out for team and individualglory, with a total 11 gold medals up forgrabs over the six days. Paralympic Gameathletes are classified according to theirdisability across five grades: Grade Ia isfor athletes whose impairment has thegreatest impact on their ability to ride,through to Grade IV for athletes whoseimpairment has the least impact on theirability to ride. Grades determine thecomplexity of the movements that theriders perform with their horses and ensurethe tests can be judged on the skill of therider, regardless of their disability.Once the Paralympic Games are over, youcan head to Horse World Live at London’sExCel arena from November 16th – 18th orcheck out the equestrian world’s biggestannual event, Horse of the Year Show at theNEC from 3rd to the 7th October.Save The Date:10th & 11th November 2012Discover Dogs 2012The secret to living a long and happylife could lie with your four-leggedfriend, research has revealed.According to a study from Queen’sUniversity in Belfast, pet owners tendto be healthier than other membersof the population, with dog ownersappearing the healthiest of the lot.It is thought that the companionshipof owning a pooch goes a long way,however, having a canine companion wasfound to be beneficial to owner’s physicalhealth; dog owners were found to havelower blood pressure and cholesterol,health benefits that are believed to belinked to the regular exercise of ‘walkies’.It was also discovered that dog ownerssuffered less from serious medicalproblems and minor ailments.If you have a passion for dogs, Aspirewould like to suggest a visit to DiscoverDogs 2012, taking place at Earls Court inLondon on November 10th and 11th.The 2011 Discover Dogs show wasattended by 27,500 dog lovers. Justafter last year’s show Kennel ClubCommunications Director, CarolineKisko said: “Discover Dogs is such animportant educational platform for theKennel Club and the many charities thatattend the show. Not only in promotingthe importance of finding the right dogfor prospective owners but also the verycrucial messages of what happens whenyou get your new member of the familyhome and the next stages such as trainingand socialising.“We are delighted that so many peoplevisited the show and are thankful toeveryone who worked so hard to makethe show as successful as it was, from ourbrilliant breed booth volunteers, displayteams, seminar speakers, and judges ofthe different competitions to the tradestands, we hoped they all enjoyed theshow.”The 2012 show promises to be biggerand better with the opportunity forvisitors to meet, greet and discover over200 different breeds of dog, and learn allabout the distinctive personalities, traitsand looks of each breed and how to buythe perfect canine partner.Sponsored by Eukanuba and Metro Bank,the event is expected to welcome over26,000 visitors and 3,000 dogs over thetwo days of the show.Tickets - 0844 581 1381Advance adult day £11 (plus 95p bookingfee), advance concessions day £8 (plus70p booking fee). Transaction fee - £1.90On the door adult day £15, on the doorconcessions day £12. Children under 12go FREE .Show opening times: 10am - 5pm eachdayFor further details, please visitwww.discoverdogs.org.ukForest View Equestrian SuppliesEstablished specialist supplier of John Whitaker and Brogini based nearMarkfield, Leicestershire. Shop online at www.forestviewequestrian.comor call 07837 103 946 for personal visit.Jerry Green Dog Rescueannounces NottinghamshireRescue Centre AppealFrom Leatherware, Saddlecloths, boots and grooming products for your horse,to show and casual jackets, jodhpurs, hats and luggage for yourself.The full range from these well-known suppliers is available at attractive prices,along with discontinued and special offers at up to 50% off RRP.We have a wide range of products always available in stock and otherrequirements can be ordered.FREE delivery within 10 miles of Markfield, Leicestershire or orders can becollected from our premises or Markfield Equestrian Centre byarrangement on show days.JERRY GREEN DOG RESCUE has cared for stray and unwanted dogs at its NottinghamshireRescue Centre for nearly 25 years, providing all the love and attention they need until apermanent home can be found for them.The charity itself was established over 50 years ago, and we have been rehoming dogs from our sitein Blidworth, Nottinghamshire since 1988. The time has now come to update our rescue kennelsand rehoming centre and we are pleased to share with you our vision for the new facility. From theartist’s impression above you can see that our dogs will enjoy all the comforts associated with thevery latest in kennel design. Supporters and those seeking to rehome a dog will also enjoy a warmwelcome in our new reception and rehoming centre.To turn this vision into reality is going to require a huge investment – and that is where you canhelp. Please donate now towards our Nottinghamshire Rescue Centre Appeal. You can use the formbelow, or donate online at www.jerrygreendogs.org.ukFor more information about how you can help, speak to Jenny Harris in our fundraising team. Pleasecall 01652 650886 or email fundraising@jerrygreendogs.co.ukKate Sketchley, 9 Main Street, Thornton, Leicestershire LE67 1AFMobile: 07837 103 946Find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/forest.equestrianEmail: forestviewequestrian@yahoo.co.ukwww.forestviewequestrian.comDonation FormI would like to make a donation of £ and enclose a cheque/postal order made payableto Jerry Green Dog Rescue.Please fill in your contact details below...Name:Address:Tel:Email:Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Broughton, North Lincolnshire, DN20 0BJRegistered Charity No. 20023218 ASPIREASPIRE 19

Learning DifficultiesReach For The StarsAround two per cent of the UKpopulation have learning difficultiesbut there is still much misunderstandingamongst the general populationsurrounding children and adultswith learning difficulties andchallenging behaviour (http://www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/information/learning-disabilities-statistics). Theterm learning disability refers to agroup of disorders that affect a broadrange of academic and functional skills,including the ability to speak, listen,read, write, spell, reason and organiseinformation.Mencap (the voice of learning disability)say that a learning disability occurs whenthe brain is still developing - before,during or soon after birth. Before birth,things can happen to the central nervoussystem that can cause a learning disability,whilst a learning disability can occur if themother has an accident or illness whileshe is pregnant, or if the unborn babydevelops certain genes. A person can alsobe born with a learning disability if he orshe does not get enough oxygen duringchildbirth, or is born too early, and afterbirth, a learning disability can be causedby early childhood illnesses.Despite common misconceptions, alearning disability is not indicative oflow intelligence. People with learningdisabilities sometimes have difficultyachieving at their intellectual levelbecause of a deficit in one or more of theways the brain processes information. It’sfor this reason that they need specialisteducation and care to enable them toreach their full potential.If your child has learning difficulties,specialist schools, which are oftenindependent, not only provide the verybest care, but also enable your child toreach their full potential in comfortableand safe surroundings. These schoolsare perfectly equipped to provide thebest education, as each child’s needs aretreated on an individual basis. The rightenvironment will not only encourage yourchild to learn but will develop their socialskills to give them the best possible startin life.If you’re unable to get your child intoa specialist school, you could alwaysconsider private tuition as an alternative.Signing your child up for extra lessons asearly as possible can give their learning aboost and stop them becoming one of thetwo out of three with a learning disabilitythat don’t take part in some form ofeducation or training.For more information, or support, pleasevisit www.mencap.org.ukVERVE LIFE LTDGiving Young People A ChanceA residential service for children and youngpeople with learning disabilities and complexneeds offering individual full-time, shared careand respite placements.If you would like to discuss the individual services we offer, contact:Pete Harrhy, Unit Manager, 58 Conery Lane, Enderby, Leicestershire LE19 4ABTel: 0116 2752617 | Email: verve-enderby@btconnect.comOrLinda Phillips, General ManagerTel: 01530 245237/07880 707781 | Email: gm.verve@btinternet.comFor many people within our society,the hardest thing in life is beingthemselves. The closer a person getsto accepting who they are, and likingwho they are, the happier they will be.The Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexualand Transgender (LGBT) Centre is avoluntary organisation establishedto support lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender people. The LGBT Centrerecognises that lesbian, gay, bisexualand transgender people can face manyforms of discrimination and prejudicewhich can affect the opportunities tobe involved, included and valued insociety as equals.The Centre exists to provide a safe socialand support space, deliver high qualityprofessional services that are responsiveto the needs of the local communityand challenge the inequality created bysociety towards lesbian, gay, bisexual andtransgender people.If you’re struggling with your sexuality,The LGBT Centre is here for you. Try not toisolate yourself. Go and speak to someone.Accept yourself and make the most ofwhat life has given you. It’s the best wayto be happy. The LGBT Centre providesinformation in a range of formats on a widerange of subjects that affect LGBT people's,from discrimination to sexual health.According to sexual health experts andleading HIV charities, not enough is beingdone to raise awareness of the dangers ofHIV/AIDS among young people. Figuresfrom the Health Protection Agency (HPA)show there were nearly 6,000 confirmedcases in adults across the UK in 2011 andin the last five years nearly 3,500 16 to24-year-olds have been diagnosed as HIV-Positive.In the 1980s, TV and magazine awarenesscampaigns focused their efforts on thegay community, but HIV/AIDS does notdiscriminate; it affects everyone: gay orstraight, man or woman, old or young.However, as modern medicine hasimproved, so has the prognosis for thosediagnosed. Nowadays it’s not a deathsentence, as treatment has improvedconsiderably. However, this seems to haveled to increased complacency and morepeople are once again taking risks withtheir sexual health. Young people today arejust not being made aware of what life islike with HIV.Leicestershire AIDS Support Services(LASS) was created in 1987 by people livinglocally affected by the newly identifiedvirus, HIV. Over the last 22 years, LASS hasadapted to the changing social situationand now supports people living withHIV of all cultures, races, religions andsexual orientations throughout Leicester,Leicestershire and Rutland; over 50% of thepeople they help are women.The ONLY way to protect yourself againstsexually transmitted infections, includingHIV, is to wear a condom, whether you’regay or straight.You’reHere To HelpNOT AloneHelp Your Child’sLearning Ability withJudy RawlingsBased in Snettisham, Judy Rawlingsprovides individual tuition and unique SASprogrammes for children, and adults, whoare struggling with their education. Aspireare so impressed with the techniques sheuses and the results she achieves that werecently awarded her an Aspire Certificate ofRecognition for Educational Development.In the past, Judy has travelled all the way toIstanbul and Ankara to learn more about thesound based SAS method, which involveswearing headphones just one hour a dayover three weeks. This method has alreadyhelped over 1,000 children throughout theUK, Australia and Turkey, with conditionssuch as Attention Deficit, Dyslexia andAutism. Judy offers this exciting newmethod to children with a range of learningand developmental difficulties, in additionto her English, Maths and Science tutoring.Judy told Aspire: “I have always beenfascinated by the process of learningand finding ways to help my studentsreach their full potential. I have a wealthof experience working with children andadults, including those with special needs,gained from over 20 years in education.My teaching is tailored to the individuallearner’s needs and learning style,employing various teaching strategies,encouragement and targeted support, inorder to build confidence in ability and thusgreater success.This breadth of experience has not onlygiven me insight into the many difficultiesfaced by learners, but also those facedby their parents who often need supportunderstanding their child’s needs, theschool system, and today’s teachingmethods.“The SAS programmes can improveunderlying difficulties with attention,learning ability and speech, while my tuitionmakes a big difference to understandingand confidence, by identifying and filling ingaps in knowledge. Both ways of workinggreatly improve self-esteem and, togetherwith on-going support for parents, make apowerful package.”Tel: 01485 542085 | Web: www.sascentre.com/uk/norfolkFOR SALE –Enquiries to Jane & ColinHolman 01622 673491Opportunity to purchase a substantial 150-year-old stone farmhouseand former vineyard, renovated to provide a specialist gite for thedisabled, together with further outbuildings and a cottage.• Would provide ideal living accommodation and on-going gite.• Approx 2 1/2 acres of land including woodland, 2 paddocksand a large landscaped rear garden.• Set in rolling countryside between theMaconnaise and Chalonnaise vineyards.• Close to the historic town of Tournus.See our gite website www.jcgites.co.uk for details and photos.JC Gites - Jane and Colin Holman - The Manor, Hayle Place,Loose, Maidstone, Kent ME15 6DWTel: 01622 673 491 | Tel2: 01622 755 120Fax: 01622 763 688 | Mobile: 07904 937683Email: info@jcgites.co.uk | Web: www.jcgites.co.ukthe CENTRELESBIAN GAY BI & TRANSThe Leicester Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)Centre provides advice, supportand a safe meeting space for theLGBT communities of Leicester,Leicestershire and Rutland. It alsodelivers expert advice and trainingto local organisations and businesseson issues around equality, diversityand tackling homophobia.Its work involves representing theinterests, health and well-beingof the LGBT communities andensuring equality in service fromlocal authorities, the police, localbusinesses, the NHS and othersimilar services.The LGBT Centre is the home ofLeicester’s LGBT Helpline(0116 2550667) which is open foranyone to discuss any issues in asympathetic confidential way. Ithosts several social and supportgroups, such as Rubyfruit Women’sGroup, Gray Pride for older LGBTpeople and 1st OUT, a youth groupfor young people who want to meetin a dedicated, safe and supportivespace. It works with local schoolsand colleges to tackle homophobicbullying and harassment and withthe local police and other safetyorganisations to eradicate hatecrime.The Centre is producing a threeyearhistory project for theLGBT communities in Leicester,Leicestershire and Rutland. Thefinal launch of the project willresult in a permanent exhibition,a DVD and book, and a dedicatedwebsite to listen to the recordingsonline. Copies of the exhibition willtravel to venues across Leicester,Leicestershire and Rutland.The Centre’s services can be reached by calling 0116 254 7412or through the website www.leicesterlgbtcentre.org20 ASPIREASPIRE 21

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