Gatehouse School - Aspire Magazine

Gatehouse School - Aspire Magazine

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Carlo adds: “This business wasborn out of my passion for music and I take absolutelyevery opportunity to show off what I can do. I love myjob and I’m a complete perfectionist, I take my role veryseriously.”www.dr-dj.com07941 568810 | claurenti001@hotmail.comGatehouse SchoolAspire’s PreparatorySchool of the Year:Gatehouse SchoolOur school days are supposed to be the best days of our lives, sofinding the right environment that will encourage your child toreach their true potential is essential. Having come across numerousoutstanding schools across the country, Aspire have chosenGatehouse School as our Preparatory School of the Year 2011.Established in 1948, Gatehouse School provides anindependent preparatory education for boys and girls agedthree to eleven. Housed in a large Victorian building, theNursery, which occupies the whole third floor, has amplespace for its 50 pupils to play, learn and develop in wellequippedsurroundings. There’s even a roof terrace withcanopy that allows the children to still play and learn in theoutdoors all year round, whatever the weather.The Junior School curriculum (in addition to the coresubjects of English, mathematics and science) includeshistory, geography, information technology, music,art, design & technology, religious education, physicaleducation, drama and French. Teaching from the ageof seven is by subject with a highly qualified specialistteacher, which gives Gatehouse pupils contact with subjectspecialists from an early age, something which is notavailable to many children until secondary school.The opportunities for extra-curricular activities atGatehouse School are exceptional, as Headmistress,Mrs Belinda Canham, explained: “We have an unusuallylarge number of extra-curricular activities, includingfootball, basketball, yoga, art, tennis, strategic games,chess, gardening, classical dance and urban dance toname a few. Every evening we have three or four differentactivities taking place. We also offer a Saturday morningsports club and during the school holidays we run a numberof clubs, including art and cookery, music and sports.Gatehouse School is ideal for parents who aren’t lookingfor a hot house prep school. We offer a broad spectrum ofsubjects and lots of after school activities; parents have theright to expect high standards to enable their children toachieve both academically and personally. We deliver that,and the fact we send our children onto such prestigioussenior schools is evidence of our exceptional standards.”On hearing the news of their Certificate of Recognition forPreparatory School of the Year 2011, Mrs Canham said: “Iwas delighted to hear of this award. We’re all very proudof Gatehouse and feel that this Certificate recognisesthe many and varied achievements of our pupils; pastpupils have progressed onto a variety of senior schools,both in London and further afield, including The City ofLondon School for Boys, The City of London School forGirls, Bancroft’s, Highgate School and Forest, often withscholarships.”Aspire Sales Manager, Stacey Wragg, nominated GatehouseSchool for this Certificate of Recognition. She says:“Aspire have worked with so many prestigious schoolsin the past, many of whom Gatehouse School feeds, so Ihad to nominate them for this prestigious Certificate ofRecognition. By giving your child the best education, youcan open up so many doors for their whole lives, so I hopethis Recognition encourages Aspire readers to at leastconsider sending their child to Gatehouse School.”Fees for 2011/12 are: £2,325 per term for full-time(including dance) pupils, £2,710 per term for lower juniors(including swimming) and £2,860 per term for upperjuniors (including swimming). Additional learning support(one lesson per week) is offered at £240 per term.For more information on Gatehouse School, pleasevisit, contact Mrs Belinda CanhamJP BA (hons) PGCE (Froebel) on 0208 9802978or email 3

Not long nowuntil the summer holidays begin...Front cover image courtesy ofGatehouse SchoolEditor: Claire 2517385Accounts: Kathy 2515919Feature Writers: Laura Hyde, Sarah 2517385Graphic Designer: Dina 2517385Sales Manager: Stacey 2624867Sales Executives: Emily Davison,Barbara Stone, Sophie WebbDistribution: Michael Tipton &Self Select DistributionPublished by:Spectrum Printing Services0116 246 1717To subscribe to Aspire Magazine call0116 2517385Web Design: Paul Tipton at Q Creative 251 7298Write to us:ASPIRE MAGAZINENORTHAMPTONSHIRE GROUP3rd Floor Office, 29-35 St Nicholas Place,Leicester LE1 4LDName & Registered Office:ASPIRE MAGAZINENORTHAMPTONSHIRE LIMITEDAllen House, Newarke Street,Leicester LE1 5SGCompany Number: 06036102Contents2. Aspire Recommends3. Gatehouse School4. Contents6. Festival Fever10. Global Day Of Prayer13. The Perfect Day16. Anna Kennedy17. Sportivate18. Life After 5019. Care Report20. Antiques & Collectibles23. John Lewis Clearance24. Homes26. Sustainable Living27. Country Life28. Holidays31. Martin Dalby4 ASPIREASPIRE 5

Global Day Of PrayerGlobal Dayof PrayerLondon:September 17thSaturday September 17th 2011 has been confirmed asGlobal Day of Prayer (GDOP) London when 1,000 leadersfrom across the British Isles are expected to gather atWembley Stadium for a Strategic Prayer Summit.The Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP) is a movementof collaboration across the Christian Church in thenation towards Unity, Prayer and Transformation, and ispart of a global network which began in South Africaat the turn of the Millennium. In 2009 over 250 millionChristians united in 220 countries to pray.In London, GDOP has been a focus of prayer andChristian action since 2006 with prayer networks nowin every London borough. West Ham Stadium ‘07,Millwall Football Stadium in ‘08 and West Ham stadiumin ‘10 saw a combined attendance of 40,000 Christianspraying together.GDOP London believes September 17th will be partof the momentum for the whole church in the nationto start praying towards the London 2012 Olympics.GDOP London is in dialogue with More Than Gold andother Christian organisations to see how this Wembleyevent will help generate prayers and unity towards theLondon 2012 Olympics and national transformation.If you’d like to reconnect with God before GDOPLondon, Aspire would like to suggest a retreat at one ofthe retreat centres featured on these pages. Retreats areideal for anyone from any walk of life. They’re perfect forthose looking for:• Some quiet time• A weekend to develop your interests• Time for reflection, away from family and work• To deepen your spiritualityThere are no restrictions on going on a retreat and youdon't need to be a churchgoer.Situated in numerous idyllic locations across the UK,retreat centres offer a warm welcome. They vary in sizefrom one or two rooms to large houses, catering forover 100 people at any one time. Some have libraries,art rooms, prayer rooms and overnight accommodation,which can vary from basic rooms with shared facilitiesto modern en-suite rooms. The majority of these retreatcentres provide home-cooked meals and an increasingnumber have facilities for those with disabilities.Most retreat centres ask for donations from visitors tocover the costs as the majority don’t have any otherform of income. Your donation will cover the cost ofmaintaining the house, food and accommodation andcovering retreat leaders fees if on an organised retreat.If a retreat sounds like the ideal break, you can eithervisit a retreat centre at any time of the year, without aset programme, or you can join an organised retreat,where activities are planned for you (these usually havea set fee). These can have a theme, be based around aleisure activity or hobby or help you deal with life issues,such as stress management or relationship breakdown.Whichever type of retreat you choose to go on, allretreats offer the chance to find space and reflect, andpray/worship if that’s what you wish to do.Retreats vary in length, but are usually anything froma weekend to a week-long break. Depending on theprogramme, some retreat centres welcome visitors forlonger periods of time, some as long as a month, whilstothers offer shorter retreats, which are known as quietdays.Although many retreat centres’ foundations are religious,these days they welcome people of all faiths and none.Many private Christian retreat centres offer programmesand packages of rest, relaxation and renewal within asafe and calm environment. These retreats welcomeeveryone and allow you to experience the freedom andspace that you don’t usually get in everyday life.A retreat might be just what you need!Les CotilsLes Cotils Christian Holiday, Conference & Retreat CentreRetreat & Conference CentreLes Cotils Christian holiday, conferenceand retreat centre is considered bymany to be a haven of peace andtranquillity. Located above thepicturesque harbour town of St PeterPort, on the beautiful Channel Island ofGuernsey, Les Cotils, set within 12 acresof gardens, provides rest, regenerationand most of all a warm welcome.Les Cotils is fully equipped with26 en-suite bedrooms, offeringaccommodation on a bed and breakfastor half-board basis. We also have twospacious lounges, seven conferencerooms, a coffee shop, a dedicated prayerroom, a Christian bookshop and twoextensive libraries, where guests canborrow a variety of Christian-basedtexts for free.We can arrange all aspects of your breakfor you, including travel to and fromthe island, for group and individualbookings. For more information, visitour website at oremail look forward to welcoming you.• Beautiful all year round• 10 minutes from M56 motorway• En-suite bedrooms• Quiet rural locationSpecial • rates Disabled for facilities parishweekends and retreatsSpecial rates for parishweekends and retreatsA variety of guided and other retreats for individuals and groups, includingprayer guide training. Traditional and creative approaches to prayer and growthare combined in an integrated manner. In addition to our ongoing speciality inthe MBTI© and Enneagram (professional training in MBTI©), new workshops andretreats are on the programme with an increased awareness of creation andcaring for the planet with biblical and spiritual approaches.Home cooking and garden produce contribute towards thisunique retreat and training | 01481 727793 | reception@lescotils.comSituated in the Cheshire countrysideemail foxhill@chester.anglican.orgfor a monthly newsletter.Tel: 01928 733777 to learn more.21 bedrooms (1 double, 8 available for twinoccupancy), 9 en-suite.Contact: The Administrator Tel: 0117 907 9950Email: Web: House Retreat & Conference Centre, Clifton Hill, Bristol BS8 1BN10 ASPIREASPIRE 11

The Perfect DayPampered Soles, based in Weston FavellShopping Centre Northampton, offers theGarra Rufa fish Spa Pedicure.These nibbling fish gently and effectivelyremove dead and dry skin from your feetleaving you with soft, rejuvenated skin.Pampered Soles also offer a full feetpampering experience with luxury pedicuresnow available. All pedicures are carriedout by fully qualified beauty therapists andinclude nail file, cuticle care, foot exfoliate,massage and nail paint with a selection ofcolours from the O.P.I range.We frequently arrange group bookings,pamper nights and children’s parties onrequest, catering up to 10 people.Tel: 01604 414505 Mob: 07981 111102Email: Soles, 13a Lower Mall,Weston Favell Shopping Centre,Northampton NN3 8JZFounded about 10 years ago, Speciality Cakes bySusan is the brainchild of passionate cake-makerSusan Worrall. Susan explained how the businesscame about: “I’ve always loved making cakes. Ioriginally became very interested in making anddecorating birthday and wedding cakes as a hobbyabout 35 years ago when I made my husband acake for his 21st birthday in the shape of a guitar.Slowly, over the years, my hobby grew into abusiness after I realised that whatever idea ordesign friends and family presented me with, I wasable to mirror in the form of a cake; Speciality Cakesby Susan was born.”Speciality Cakes by Susan create a wide rangeof cakes for all occasions, including weddings,birthdays, anniversaries and christenings, as wellas novelty cakes.Designed tocustomers’ specificspecifications,Susan’s cakes canbe personalised tosuit any theme orcolour scheme andhandcrafted sugarflowers and modelscan adorn the icing.Susan added: “Ican make cakes in aBest WesternWeston Hall HotelWeston Hall Hotel Conference &Banqueting Centre is a stunning16th Century, Grade II Listed,three-star accommodation• Tranquil, rural setting• Four function rooms:The Manor Suite,The Middlemarch Suite,Dubarry & Library• 37 en-suite rooms - someadapted for disabled guests• Free of charge parkingWeston Hall Hotel Conference &Banquet Centre on 02476 312989or log, For All OccasionsFrom Susan Worrallnumber of differentstyles, shapes,sizes and colours,as well as in almostany flavour you canimagine, includingchocolate, lemon,ordinary sponge andfruit cake. As well asa range of flavoursof cake I also offertwo types of icing,Regal and Royal.Royal icing is moretraditional and Idon’t know of many cake-makers who still offer thistraditional method of icing cakes. I enjoy discussingwhat a customer wants and creating something thatwill make their celebration extra special.”As well as a traditional three tiered cake, Susanalso offers mini cup cakes and five-tier cakes forcouples looking for the ideal centrepiece for theirwedding day. As each cake is handmade, Susan askscustomers for a minimum of two months notice,as she explains: “The planning stages of a cakecan take a while, as we discuss what the customerwants and what is achievable. As it’s traditional tohave a fruit cake for your wedding, the longer I’vegot, the longer the cake has to mature so the betterthe cake tastes.”BUDGET MARQUEESTrading underBrookside Carpets & Curtains LtdOur canvas marquees are hand-crafted andoffer durable shelter for all seasons.Ideal for:• Weddings• Village fêtes• Family parties• School sports days• Beer tentsOur marquees come in all different sizes from30ft x 20ft to 90ft x 30ft and can be hired atvery competitive prices so give us a call todayfor your free quote.Brookside Carpets & Curtains Ltd123 St Mary’s Road, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 7DTTel: 01858 433 vary depending on the design of your cakebut the average customer spends between £275and £400 on their wedding cake from SpecialityCakes by Susan. As well as making delicious andstunning cakes, Speciality Cakes by Susan also hireout cake stands and a bridal knife for cutting. Susanis also happy to deliver within a 25-mile radius ofNorthampton (NN3).Finally Susan added: “Every cake I make is individualto the customer, whether it’s a birthday anniversaryor wedding cake.It’s rare that Imake two cakesthat are similar soyou’re guaranteedto get somethingunique and madeespecially for you.I’ve had somegreat feedback onnot only the lookof my cakes butalso the taste!”For more information on SpecialityCakes by Susan, or callSusan on 01604 711145Look And Feel LikeA Princess WithWedding DressesFrom The LoftEvery bride dreams of finding that perfect dress, but with somany styles to choose from the search can quickly becomeoverwhelming, especially for those on a budget. Bringingbeautiful and affordable dresses to all brides in the EastMidlands area, Weddings Dresses From The Loft boast a rangeof stunning, fairytale bridal gowns that won’t break the bank.Located in the aptly named Princess Court, in Burton uponTrent, Wedding Dresses From The Loft is the brainchildof Jeanette Morris, who iskeen to help every bridefeel like a princess onher wedding day. Jeanetteexplains how she gotstarted: “I opened the shopin September 2010 and theidea was a real light bulbmoment; I had this spacegoing spare and I saw all thelocal wedding shops in theBurton area closing down, itjust seemed like the perfectsolution to open WeddingDresses From The Loft. Theaim was always to offer dressesthat are affordable to all, whichis why none of our bridalgowns are priced over £400.”Whether you’re looking for aclassic or contemporary style,vintage or modern dress, a wellknowndesigner nameor something truly unique, Wedding Dresses From The Lofthave something to suit all tastes, without the expensive price tag.In order to supply the brides of Derbyshire with beautiful dressesthat come in on budget, Jeanette has become adept at findingbargains, she says: “To be able to offer dresses at the prices I do, alot of them tend to be pre-loved and I find fantastic dresses in allsorts of places. I often have people phone me up to see if I’ll buytheir dress off them, which I am more than happy to do, but I’vealso found that eBay is surprisingly good for wedding dresses.As I’m not looking for anything specific, like a bride would be, itmeans I have no expectation of what the dress looks like, whichmakes eBay a great way of buying dresses at a low price that myclients can also take advantage of. However, occasionally I amable to find new dresses from bridal shops that are closing downor turning their stock around.”Catering for all sizes and shapes, Jeanette currently has around60 dresses, with sizes ranging from 8 to 24, as well as a wealth ofaccessories, including everything from shoes to veils, jewelleryto tiaras, she says: “I find that most brides are surprised anddelighted to see the dresses I have on offer and it’s so nice to seetheir faces light up when they walk in.”Devoting care, attentionand advice to eachindividual client isof great importanceto Jeanette, whichis why WeddingDresses From The Loft isopen by appointment only, she says: “I thinkit’s so important to give each bride-to-be that personalisedexperience, so individual attention is vital. It also means thatthey don’t need to feel embarrassed about trying on dresses infront of other people.”To take advantage of this one-to-one service, all you need todo is ring and book an appointment to suit you, Jeanette says:“I’m aware that people have busy working lives, which is why Iam happy to organise an appointment around the needs of myclients. I’m very flexible and am happy to open during the week,evenings and weekends if required.”Aspire Sales Executive and bride-to-be, Sophie Webb, recentlyvisited Wedding Dresses From The Loft to see their stunningcollection of bridal gowns andwas wowed by what she saw.Sophie says: “Having no ideawhere to start with my weddingdress hunt, it was so nice to haveJeanette give me some guidanceand show me the styles that wouldsuit my shape and the dresses thatwouldn’t push me over budget. TheLoft was a great place to try dresseson, as it was so spacious and I didn’thave to worry about anyone elseseeing what I looked like. The rangeof dresses and the prices were brilliantand Jeanette was so welcoming, I wouldcertainly recommend a visit to WeddingDresses From The Loft.”To ensure your dream dress will fit you onyour big day, Jeanette can also arrange foralterations.To make an appointment at The Loft, call Jeanetteon 07887 637720 or email Dresses From The LoftPrincess Court, 90 Princess Street,Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 ASPIRE ASPIRE 15

Life After 50Care Report50 Is The New 40Adventure, fun and excitement aren’t just for the young. In fact, with 50 beingdubbed the new 40, there have never been more opportunities to make the most ofyour free time and Aspire have some great ideas to keep you entertained...Start a Blog – with more than 50 years’ worth of experiences, stories andanecdotes, setting up a blog is the best way to share them with a readymadeaudience. Maybe you have stories about your children you would likeother people to read, you never know you may even find you have a talentfor it.Get Active – turning 50 doesn’t mean slowing down. In fact, keeping fit,healthy and active is the best way to stay younger for longer. From aquaaerobics to line dancing, golf to rambling, there are plenty of sports andactivities that will keep you healthy and introduce you to like-mindedpeople.Take a Course – if you’ve got a creative side you want to explore, whynot make the most of your time by signing up for a painting, drawing orphotography course. With art centres offering weekend courses in gloriouscountryside settings and local adult education centres providing longercreative courses, you can embrace your talents as much or as little as youlike.Go Travelling – the over 50s are now following the example of gap yearstudents and using their free time and spare cash to indulge in round theworld trips. Whether you’re taking part of your pension as a lump sum,downsizing your house or using your savings, you could choose to visitsomewhere you’ve only ever dreamed of going.Volunteer – if you’ve always wanted to do something to help others, now’sthe time to give something back. Whether you can spare a few hours a weekat a charity shop or are willing to tackle daring tasks to raise funds, there area wealth of good causes that would be delighted to have you on board.For those who aren’t yet 50, but want to be able to afford the lifestyle youdream about, getting the right financial planning is essential. Learning howbest to invest your cash will allow you to reap the rewards and offers greateropportunities for enjoying your leisure time once you reach the age ofretirement.THE CHESTNUTSRESIDENTIAL CARE HOME111 London Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3JETel: 01530 834 187LEARNING DISABILITIES CAREHOME FOR ADULTS UNDER THEAGE OF 65 YEARS• Various activity programmes includingholidays, regular excursions, activityclubs, day centre etc.• Major refurbishment by 2011• We encourage independent living &further education• Choice of 3 self-contained flats & 10 single bedrooms• Registered for 13 residents• Easy walking distance to town centre, home is located on a main road“Our aim is to provide a non-institutional homelyatmosphere. Your peace of mind is assured.”To make the most of your retirement, head to The 50+ Show at LondonOlympia from 15th to 16th July. To buy tickets or to discover more, log ontowww.50plusshow.comLending AHelping Handwww.thechestnutsresidentialhome.comDonate YourUnwanted Items &Fight Blood CancerOffering financial planning for individuals and businessowners across Leicestershire and into Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire,Santorini Financial Planning are winners of ourCertificate of Recognition for Financial Services 2011.With almost 15 years’ experience as a financial advisor, companyDirector Matthew Walne established Santorini at the endof 2010. Offering advice on all aspects of financial planning,Santorini provide truly independent financial advice. Theycan offer advice on retirement planning, investment planningand protection planning for your family or for your business.Matthew added: “We specialise in offering long-term advicefor long-term financial planning. Many clients actually getexcited when they can see what’s achievable, and it’s not allmoney-related; for many people, spending more time withtheir family and less time at work is a dream, a dream we canhelp them achieve.”On hearing the news of our Certificate of Recognition forFinancial Services 2011, Matthew said: “Thank you so muchAspire. It’s great to have such prestigious recognition so soonafter starting my own business. It’s a great boost and I hope ithighlights my services to more Aspire readers, in order for meCONTACT US NOWto help as many people as possible sort out their finances andplan for their future.”Santorini Financial Planning was nominated for this Certificateof Recognition by Sales Manager, Stacey Wragg; she said:“Matthew is not only a trained professional with a wealth ofexperience, he’s also totally focused on getting the best forhis client, no matter what that is; he doesn’t have his ownagenda, but simply wants to help all of his clients on the roadto financial security. I’m so pleased he’s been selected for ourCertificate of Recognition for Financial Services 2011!”Matthew recently made a visit to the Aspire offices to offerour Editor, Claire Tipton, tailored financial advice. She said:“Matthew was a breath of fresh air; as a successful businesswoman with an established business I’ve dealt with numerousfinancial advisors over the years and all seem to have offeredme ‘package’ advice, but Matthew really listened to where I amwith my career as well as my personal life. With a one-year-olddaughter and a husband to consider and plan for, my focus isdifferent now I’m in my mid-thirties than it was in my twenties;I was very career focused and looked out for number onethen, however since meeting my husband and having myTELEPHONEFAX0116 235 57330116 227 1372child, my priorities have changed and I want to achieve thatelusive work-life balance and make the money I’ve earnedwork for me in the long-term. I’d highly recommend that anyonewanting to plan for their future has a chat with Matthew,if only to see what their options are.” Financial Planning Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Financial Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services AuthorityFrom time to time we all need a little support, whether through illness or old age, but forsome the need for support, patience and understanding is lifelong, particularly for those withlearning disabilities.The term learning disability is applied to those who find it more difficult to learn andunderstand, and may struggle with communication. In England, it is estimated that 2% of thepopulation – 985,000 people – have a learning disability.There are a wealth of specialist education centres and fully equipped care homes thatare dedicated to helping those with learning disabilities enjoy a better quality of life.Encouraging residents to be active and enjoy a variety of hobbies and outings, as well asproviding 24-hour support, these specialist carers help those with disabilities lead happy andfulfilling lives.For some people, the care and support they require is due to illness. Every year in the UKmore than 300,000 people are newly diagnosed with cancer, 153,800 males and 152,300females according to statistics from the Office for National Statistics. Cancer is largely adisease associated with older people, just 25% of those diagnosed in 2008 were under 60and only 0.5% were children under the age of 15. However, the reality is that every day tenfamilies discover the heartbreaking news that their child has cancer.While we may feel helpless against these statistics and the devastating impact of cancer,there are many ways to show that you care about those whose lives are affected by cancer.Donating your time, money or goods to a local and worthwhile cause, such as a charity shop,who aim to assist those affected by cancer and help them through this difficult period oftheir lives, can help them deliver essential services.Charity shops have been hugely affected by our unstable economic climate, as more peoplebuy second-hand goods in order to save money, but less donate. So, why don’t you spendsome time this weekend clearing out your wardrobe, book shelves and attic, and donateeverything you can to help these shops carry out the vital work they are dedicated to.Leukaemia & LymphomaResearch is the onlyUK charity dedicated tofinding better treatmentsand cures for all bloodcancers, includingleukaemia, lymphomaand myeloma. However,for this vital research tocontinue, the charity mustraise £20million each year.The Lutterworth & District branch runtwo independent charity shops that raisemoney for Leukaemia & LymphomaResearch. The first shop was established13 years ago by Mrs Chris Ingham andMo Shearsby. Chris said: “More and morepeople are affected by cancer, and thework Leukaemia & Lymphoma Researchdo benefits all diseases, as everythingabout us is found in our blood. Leukaemia& Lymphoma Research has found curesand treatments for a number of things,but we won’t retire until there’s a cure forblood cancers.”After ten years, the original Lutterworth &District branch outgrew its space on thecorner of Bank Street and Church Street,so the shop moved to its current premiseson Station Road. However, such is thedemand for pre-loved items that benefitcharity, the shop has already expanded tooccupy more space and8 months ago, a secondshop opened on BellStreet.Chris said: “The BellStreet shop catersspecifically for furniture,books and bric-a-brac,whereas the StationRoad shop is more of a traditionalcharity shop with clothes, bedding andaccessories for sale. We ALWAYS needmore donations, so if there are anyAspire readers that want to help, theycan donate unwanted items to us, even ifthey’re ripped or torn.”Both Lutterworth & District Leukaemia& Lymphoma Research shops are realsuccess stories, which is why Aspireawarded them our Certificate ofRecognition for Charity of the Year2011.Both shops are open Monday toSaturday from 9am until 5pm33a Station Road, rear of car park,Lutterworth LE17 4APTel: 01455 5566491 Bell Street, Lutterworth LE17 4DWTel: 01455 553094To find out more about Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research,visit www.beatbloodcancers.org18 ASPIREASPIRE 19

Antiques & CollectiblesAntique Hunting©Britainonview / Daniel BosworthOur own individual quirks are what make us different andfor many of us there’s a special item that we’re somehowdrawn to collect. From vintage toys to miniatures, footballmemorabilia to stamps, many of us like to fill our homeswith items that catch our eye.Stamp collecting is considered to be one of the world’s mostpopular hobbies and dates back as far as stamps themselves.After the Penny Black – Britain’s very first postage stamp –was introduced in 1840, stamp collecting became popularthroughout the country and by 1860 had spread across theglobe. Many stamps are now collected for their historicalimportance and geographical aspects, but stamps featuringcertain images, such as those of birds, ships or monarchshave also proved to be very popular.The differences between antiques and collectibles arevery clear; an antique is considered to be a valuable andcollectible item whose beauty and age, rarity and uniquefeatures make it stand out amongst the crowd. To be classedas an antique, an item must be over 100-years-old, whilst theterm collectible is used to refer to those items that are under100-years-old, but are seen to be the antiques of the future.Auctions are a great place to pick up an antique orcollectible bargain, especially if you know what you’relooking for, but for work by up-and-coming artists, a visitto a local gallery is a must and may prove to be a fantasticinvestment. Whether you’re investing in a painting or acollectible piece of memorabilia, once you’ve splashed thecash there’s no point hiding your item away, have it framed,show it off and tell everyone all about it.Programmes like ‘Antiques Roadshow’, ‘Cash in the Attic’ and‘Bargain Hunt’ have made us all take an interest in thoseancient items that are lurking around our own homes and atfairs and carboot sales, but for those who want to discoverexquisite pieces, a visit to Antiques For Everyone is a must.Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC from 21st to 24th July,Antiques for Everyone is the most popular prestige art andantiques fair of the summer. With tens of thousands ofdesirable, rare and unique works of art, fine furniture andcollector’s items from around the world, it’s Britain’s largestvetted antiques fair and is renowned for its huge range ofexhibits.From ancient Roman glass and Chinese antiquities to fineselections of English and European ceramics and periodfurniture, you can find it all at Antiques For Everyone. There’llalso be a wide selection of designer Art Nouveau and ArtDeco items, fine sculpture, folk art, French and English dollsand toys, Persian carpets, paintings, silver, jewellery, lightingand, new for 2011, many mid-century modern pieces fromthe post-war period – an area increasingly popular withyounger collectors.Tickets are priced at £12 in advance or £15 on the door,book yours or find out more STAMPAPPROVALSIncludes locals, Cinderellas,postal auctions three timesa year - January,April and SeptemberContact: M. E. Allen4 Glan-Yr Ely, Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun,Mid Glamorgan, Wales CF72 8LJTel: 01443 224 506ORIEL METALCRAFTSOriel Metal Company LimitedCraftsmen Fabrication of Wrought Ironwork• Staircases • Balustrades • Railings • Gates • Handrails• Guardrails • Security bars and grilles • Period cast ironwork• Renovations • Repairs and restorations• Sheet / plate and general metalwork• Mobile workshop and welding sitework6 Cavendish Way, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0LGTel: 0208 7774898 Mob: 07941 439212 Email: orielmetalco@aol.comMagnificent Metalcrafts fromOriel Metal Company LtdDelightful and adorable, Cute andCrafties’ accessories are all lovinglymade by hand and make the perfectaccompaniment for any dolls house.Whether you have an Edwardian,Victorian or modern dolls house, theseamazing miniatures will fit right in.Keen crafter, Rose Lumley, set up Cuteand Crafties in March 2010 as a way ofsharing her unique work with others, asRose explains: “I’ve been quite crafty mywhole life, but I’d always wanted a dollshouse, so when my husband bought meone as a gift, I was thrilled to discoverthat I had quite a knack for miniatures.”It wasn’t long before Rose was takinginspiration from everyday householditems and after discovering a book onminiature furniture weaving, therewas no stopping her, she says: “I startedoff making little accessories like fooditems, then I tried the wickerwork lookfurniture from a book by Sheila Smith.I very quickly found that I enjoyed thewickerwork most of all, so I have basedsome of the designs on the book, butalso make some designs up of my own. Iwould say my favourites have to be thelittle cribs and Moses baskets, which justlook adorable. The larger ones usuallytake me about a day and a half, but itdepends on how creative I’m feeling. ”From baby blankets to woven highchairs,apple pies to three-piece furnituresuites, whatever your heart desiresfor your dolls house, Rose is happy tocreate, she says: “I’m happy to createany bespoke item, if someone has anidea that they would really like to seein miniature, but as each individualitem is finished differently, they’reall completely unique. Most of thefurniture pieces are made in white butcan be finished to fit any decor needed.Everything is made to a high standardand I believe that I can give customers awell made piece that is value for moneyand, if requested, can be entirely uniqueto them.”With a crafty mind and busy hands,Rose has always got new ideas up hersleeve. Currently, the miniature maestrois working on a woven swing seat and ababy’s cradle rocker, both highly detailedand highly realistic.With prices ranging from £1.25 to £25,all of Rose’s unique items are easilyaffordable. To see more of her handywork or to buy online, go tohttp://cuteandcrafties.webs.comAlternatively, if you have a bespokeitem you’d love Rose to make, contacther directly by emailing or call 01983 299306.Cute & Crafties,74 Adelaide Grove, East Cowes,Isle of Wight PO32 6DDWrought iron has been used throughout thecenturies across Europe, whilst cast ironwasn’t introduced until the 15th Century. Aniron alloy with a very low carbon content,wrought iron is tough, malleable, ductileand easily welded, making it ideal for anumber of uses including gates, railingsand balustrades; however due to itsbrittleness, cast iron could only be used fora limited number of purposes. Demand forwrought iron reached its peak in the 1860swith the adaptation of ironclad warshipsand railways, but it then began to declineas mild steel became more available.Established since 1945, Oriel MetalCompany Ltd are a company ofexperienced and talented wrought iron andcast ironwork craftsmen based in WestWickham in Kent. With almost 70 years’experience, the company is owned and runby experienced craftsman Peter Rowland.Peter told Aspire: “The business wasfounded just after World War II by W.HDear, who was a friend of mine and anexpert welder. Along with his brother-in-lawhe created Oriel Metal and I joined themafter leaving the RAF in 1947. A few yearslater we made the business a Limitedcompany when another craftsman C.W.GHayden joined us as equal shareholders.I now run the business and employ fourhighly skilled ironworks craftsmen, carryingout work mostly around London and in theHome Counties, but we do travel the lengthand breadth of the country should workrequire us to.”Oriel Metal Company Ltd specialise in:• Staircases • Railings and Handrails• Gates • Period Cast Ironwork• Renovations • Repairs and RestorationAs well as restoring ironworks, OrielMetal Company Ltd can design bespokecommission work, incorporating your ideasto fit seamlessly into any scheme, whetherit’s modern or more traditional.“Although the bulk of our work involvesthe restoration and conservation of bothwrought and cast ironworks for commercialcompanies, we are able to create bespoke,one-off pieces for domestic customersacross the UK,” Peter said.Aspire recently awarded Oriel Metal witha Certificate of Recognition for Quality &Service. Sales Executive, Barbara Stone,says: “Oriel Metal are experts in theirfield. Over the years they’ve worked forprestigious clients on properties in CentralLondon, such as W1 SW1 SW3 (Belgravia,Westminster, Kensington, Knightsbridge,Maida Vale and the like). They fullydeserve recognition for their knowledge,expertise and experience so I’m thrilledthat they’ve been awarded this Certificateof Recognition. I hope it brings them morework from the Aspire region.”For more information on Oriel Metal Company Ltd, please contactTel: 0208 7774898 Mob: 07941 439212 Email: orielmetalco@aol.comOriel Metal Company Ltd, 6 Cavendish Way, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0LG20 ASPIREASPIRE 21

Antiques & CollectiblesJohn Lewis ClearanceTheRug CentreTel: 01306 882202 Fax: 01306 Rug Centre, 68 South Street,Dorking, Surrey RH4 2HDSouth of England specialistsin hand-woven rugsWith over 40 years' experience ofweaving areas, we regularly travelto Iran, Afghanistan, India, Pakistan,Morocco, etc. to select individual itemsboth old and new.We stock large rugs (up to 7metres) andwe have an enormous range of otherrugs, runners, kelims and tapestries ofall dimensions, colours and designsavailable for free home trial. We alsooffer repair, restoration, cleaning andvaluation services. Expert advice isgiven in a friendly atmosphere.P. M. Bines LtdThe Old Dairy, The Street,Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire SN12 8PSWickhamSquare GallerySummer Starts WithClearanceAt John Lewis, Highcross23rd June to 17th July & Online from 8pmon 22nd June to Midnight on 17th JulyWhat better way to kick off the summer season than by treating yourself at John LewisClearance at Highcross? With up to 50% off fashion, furniture and accessories on thousandsof selected lines and special purchases exclusive to John Lewis, it’s the perfect time to investin your home and wardrobe and treat yourself to something new.Floris Night ScentedJasmine, a fine women’sfragrance with notes ofviolet leaf and blackcurrantbuds Was £15 Now £7.50t: 01225 782888e: and varied selectionof antiques, modern andsecond-hand jewellery,silverware, furniture,porcelain and collectibles.Open Monday to Saturday9am - 4:30pmTel: 01329‘Never Knowingly Undersold’ is the John Lewis commitment to quality, price and service.They understand that price is just as important during the sales, and are committed tochecking and matching all High Street competitors’ prices, even those only available in salesor online. John Lewis are now checking over 100,000 prices a week, so they can ensureyou’re getting the lowest price on the High Street.Here are just a few of Aspire’s favourite products from across the John LewisClearance, but be sure to snap them up quickly, as they won’t be around for long…John Lewis Svend leathersofa in dark brown. Make astatement in your living spacewith a stylish piece of furniture,such as the Svend leather sofaWas £1500 Now £1050John Lewis WomensCotton SquareMulti Tassel WhiteWas £25 Now £12.50YORKSHIRE COVERAUCTIONS10 Lombard Street, Halton, Leeds LS15 0LTTel: 0113 264 1845 Fax: 0113 294 6388Email: SALE: SEPTEMBER 2011We hold 3 auctions a year with all-world postal history £10 - £1000+If you do not currently receive our catalogue, why not ask to join our mailing list?Calling AllFootie Fans!With interest rates remaining at their record low of 0.5%, your hard earnedcash isn’t making any money sitting in the bank, so why not invest it. Aspirewould like to introduce you to experienced collector Ian Hands, who’ssomewhat of an expert when it comes to football and sporting memorabilia.Ian, who began collecting football matchprogrammes in 1960, told us: “I went tomy first football game with my dad in 1957but it wasn’t until I was given a tea chestfull of old programmes three years laterthat I became a collector. For decades itwas just a hobby but after retiring from thepolice force in 1999, I decided to give ita go and see if I could make a living fromdealing in sporting memorabilia.”Easy to use, the DeLonghiEN670B Nespresso System coffeemachine automatically brewscappuccinos, lattes, macchiatosand espressos directly into yourcup Was £299 Now £199John Lewis MensMerino V Neck JumperCobalt, Sizes S-XXLWas £40 Now £2022 ASPIREFor a high quality pictureframing service at affordableprices, Expressive Art offersa wide range of moulding andmounts to choose from.We can frame almost anythingfrom football shirts to medalsplus, we print and stretch using100% cotton canvas.Tel: 01438 726 has an extensive and ever-changingrange of memorabilia, which includesmatch programmes from football matchesthat took place during the war years, aswell as tickets and other memorabiliafrom the 20th and 21st Centuries. Iansaid: “As well as my collection of itemsthat are available to buy, I have a personalcollection which includes some pricelessitems, such as my framed 1966 World Cupfinal ticket and programme, which are myown; I was at that game. In fact, I went tomany World Cup 1966 games as I used tolive near Wembley – I think I spent in totaleight pounds ten and sixpence on matchtickets. Another item that’s priceless to meis my oldest football programme, whichdates back to 1884.”Ian’s items can sell for anything from£1 to £1,000. He currently has an Ebayshop (ID: handyfootball), and attendsprogramme fairs throughout the year, oneof which he helps organise – the WestLondon Programme Fair, which next takesplace on Sunday July 3rd.For more information, visit www.ianhands.moonfruit.comor email, call Ian directly on 01293 436283 or 07791 847245Inject some vibrant colourto your room with thiscolourful and floral Tesicacushion Was £30 Now £20Sony Vaio VPC-L13M1E/Soffering high definitionentertainment at yourfingertips with a 24-inchFull HD touch screenWas £899 Now £749ASPIRE 23

HomesThe latest figures from the Halifax have suggested that house prices have fallen further this spring and even the government’s own houseprice survey says UK prices fell by 1.1% in April to leave them 0.3% down on a year ago. The average UK home now costs just £160,519. Allthis pressure on the housing market isn’t good if you’re a homeowner looking to sell and move up the property ladder.However, it does mean that it’s the perfect time to invest in your home and make the improvements that’ll not only make your house feelmore like your home, but also make your house stand out from the others in the street once the market recovers.Make AHouseA HomeLiving RoomMany homes don’t have the luxury of a separate adults’ living room and a child’s livingroom, so the space has to be shared, catering for all ages. By choosing versatile furniturewith simple lines and neutral upholstery in a fresh yet warm colour scheme, your livingspace will cater for the whole family. Why not call upon the professionals to custom makecurtains, cushion covers and throws from a material you love.Storage space has to be well organised in a room that caters for all ages, so get somestorage baskets or fun yet stylish toy boxes for the kids toys and build an entire wall ofshelves for books, games and DVDs. If your space is limited, why not have furniture and/or storage space specially made to fit your space to avoid awkward corners and blockingdoors/radiators.KitchenThe simplest way to give your kitchen a face lift is by updating your cupboard doors. Youcan either do this yourself for the price of a pot of paint and a few hours of your time, oryou could get a professional to fit brand new doors and handles to your existing units,provided there’s nothing wrong with the units themselves. If you’d like to make yourkitchen practical yet glamorous, a great place to entertain dinner guests, our top tip isto use zones to define the preparation and cooking areas and the dining and relaxingareas. In order to family-proof any changes in your kitchen, invest in durable finishes suchas composite worktops, wood furniture and laminate flooring. Finally, why not considerdefining the dining space with bold wallpaper and a focal point fireplace.BathroomThe ideal room in which to make a style statement as well as being practical, yourbathroom is the room that every member of the household uses. If you’re looking to installa new bath suite, plan exactly what you need and can fit in the space. A separate bath andshower unit, as well as twin basins mean more than one person can use the bathroomat any one time. Don’t forget about storage space; make sure there’s plenty of draws andcupboards for hiding away shampoos and bath toys for the kids, but open shelves are idealfor fluffy towels and pretty accessories.In order to make any house feel like a home it’s important not to follow fashions too closelyand instead fill your home with the things you love; why not make a style statement byhaving family photos, mementoes or drawings your children have done framed to adornthe walls of your home. However, be sure to pay attention to the lighting in each room sothat your framed favourites will be seen by your friends and family throughout the year.24 ASPIREInTouchInteriorsCall today on 01536 744024or 07976 754931Kitchens, bathrooms,bedrooms and home officesFrom replacement doors and worktopsto bespoke handmade designs.Whether you are looking to revitaliseyour kitchen, or renew your bathroomor bedroom, we can help you make themost of your home. InTouch Interiorsbelieve that through clever design you canoptimise the potential of your home, andcreate living space that suits your needs.Our designers deliver independentprofessional advice. We are a uniquecompany with over 20 years’ experienceand wide knowledge of all aspects offitting and planning to our customersunique requirements. We can alsoprovide a supply only package should thecustomer wish.Email: Interiors, Unit 3 Saxon Park,Saxon way East, Oakley Hay Industrial Estate,Corby, Northants NN18 9EYDoors&DrawersChange the face of your kitchen......for a fraction of the normal cost!Choose from a huge range of styles and finishes!Is your kitchen old, worn out or just plain boring? By retaining the existingcabinets, we totally and professionally refurbish every aspect of each kitchen– replacing doors, drawer fronts or worktops. We enlarge or change the shapeby adding new units. There is no compromise on quality, choice or design, buthuge benefits in time and outlay. From design to installation, we think you’llbe amazed at what Doors & Drawers can do for you.Call Ian now on 01788 891289 or 07947 490632Visit the website at sofasand chairs made inour own workshop.Choose from alarge range offabrics to suit allbudgets and tastes.Aspire’s Top RecommendationSimplySSSofasStyles for IndividualsVisit showroom / workshop at: Simply Sofas, 132 Castle St, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 1DD01455 633944 FURNITURETel: 02392 826 201Furniture repair & restorationHigh quality craftsmanshipWe also offer furniture restoration coursesMonday afternoon 3pm - 5pm and evening 7pm - 9pmTuesday and Thursday evenings 7pm - 9pmWall-to-wall with lighting solutions ofevery shape, size and colour, AccentLighting’s treasure trove of goodiesguarantee to transform your home. TheDaventry-based company have beensupplying a unique and varied selectionof lights for over 20 years and armedwith a wealth of experience, owner,Richard Glover, will be more than happyto talk you through the lights, lamps andbulbs that will complement your home.Impressed with Accent Lighting’s superband exclusive range of lights, AspireSales Manager, Stacey Wragg, hasenlisted Richard to help light up herown home, she says: “Richard reallyknows his stuff and has given me somefantastic ideas for my home that I can’twait to put into action. Not only washe able to advise me on the lightingthat would suit each room, but he alsosuggested alternatives to some of myown choices to ensure that everythingcame in on budget. I’m really excitedabout working with him on this project,as he made me feel comfortable andconfident about what he does; therewas no pressure and no hard sell, hewas just interested in making sure Ifound the correct lighting solutions tosuit my home and my budget.”Having been dazzled by AccentLighting’s vast selection of qualityproducts and friendly advice, Aspire aredelighted to announce that the lightingspecialists have scooped our Certificateof Recognition for Interior Design 2011.Stacey says: “Having experienced firsthandthe quality, variety and expertadvice available at Accent Lighting, Isimply had to nominate the companyfor this award – I’m thrilled they wereselected.”Covering 1,000 square feet, AccentLighting’s new showroom is the idealplace to find a focal lighting featurefor your home or business. Witha comprehensive range of lightingsolutions from more than 50 globalsuppliers, the lighting specialists haveAccentLightingAspire’s Choice forInterior Design 2011thousand of options to choose fromand a huge library of catalogues thatcustomers can gain inspiration from.Whether it’s vintage, traditional,modern, bespoke or eco-friendly you’relooking for, Accent Lighting have pricesto suit all budgets, styles to suit alltastes and décor and expert advice inabundance.Accent Lighting’s range of products isvast, but if for any reason they don’tstock what you’re looking for, Richardand the team will endeavour to find itfor you.Opening times:Monday to Friday 9am – 6pmSaturday 9am – 5pmRecognising that his customers aren’talways available during Accent’sopening hours, Richard is also happy toopen by appointment in the evenings oron Sundays.Accent Lighting, Unit 10, Station Close, Vicar Lane, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 4JFTel: 01327 703123Email: (under construction): 25

Sustainable LivingCountry LifeThe Future’s GreenWe all know we should be doing more to limit our affect on the environment and reduceour carbon footprint. But did you know that the biggest contributor to your individualcarbon footprint, after transport, is your home?There are a number of simple ways to cut your home’s carbonfootprint, as well as saving you money on your energy bills; but tomake a big difference, you need to make a big step. Up to 50% ofenergy used to heat our homes is lost through walls and the roof.Loft insulation 250mm thick costs approximately £500 to install andcan save you £180 - £200 per year on your energy bills.Alternatively, why not install cavity wall insulation. Cavity wallinsulation is the most cost-effective energy efficiency measure youcan take; it can reduce heat loss through walls by up to 60% and cansave you up to £200 per year, meaning any money spent installingcavity wall will be recovered within five years. Cavity walls are atleast 30cm thick and comprise an outer and inner wall separated byan air gap. If you are unsure whether your home is suitable for cavitywall, contact a cavity wall specialist. If everyone in the UK installedcavity wall insulation, Britain’s CO2 emissions would be cut by ninemillion tonnes, that’s enough to fill nearly 51 million double-deckerbuses (facts taken from recent years, as consumer focus turns towards eco-friendlytechnologies, a number of different systems have become availablefor homeowners looking to cut carbon and save money.One way to not only save money but also make money is to installsolar panels, also known as photovoltaic (PV) cells. PV cells capturethe sun’s light converting it into electricity, which can be used to runlighting and appliances within your home. However, the really goodbit is that PV cells often collect more energy than one householdcan use, meaning you can ‘sell back’ electricity to the Grid through ascheme called Feed in Tariffs (FITs). Available since April 1st 2010, theFITs scheme makes it compulsory for the six big energy suppliersto make regular payments to anyone that generates their ownelectricity from renewable sources. PV cells don’t even need directsunlight to work; you can still generate some electricity on a cloudyday, making them ideal for British homes, and British weather!In recent years, the cost of installing a PV cells system has decreased,with the average system (2.7kWp) costing around £12,000(including VAT at 5%). However, savings can be considerable as a2.7 kWp system can generate around 50% of a household's yearlyelectricity needs and if eligible to receive FITs, the systems couldgenerate savings and income of around £1,170 per year, accordingto the Energy Savings Trust ( identify which energy-saving technologies may be suitablefor your home, visit Alternatively, you could enlist the help ofa professional who can advise you on what systems would be bestfor your home, especially if you have an old property.If you’re in need of inspiration or are even thinking of moving intoa more eco-friendly home then please contact Aidan J Reed on01509 610032 for further details.Are youcontributingto localwarming?At Energy Solutions we adviseowners of period properties howto make their homes as energyefficient as possible withoutcompromising the performanceof character of the building.Call us today forconsideredimpartial advice:01844 201216Energy Solutions (Thame) LtdEmail: Good LifeIf you’re one of the many who day dream about a better life in thecountry, a gentler, more relaxing way of life, then it’s time to startmaking your dreams a reality.The Office for National Statistics recently found a very good reasonto make the move sooner rather than later. A report released thismonth by the executive office of the UK Statistics Authority revealedthat those who set up home in the countryside tend to live longerand enjoy a better quality of life, compared to their city dwelling© Britainonview MartinBrentWith EC & HSE approvalsRabtrak - Sales and Service28th anniversary prices!counterparts. The report examined a number of themes, includingemployment, earnings, services and population, and discovered thatdespite those living the rural dream spending more on transportand fuel, they were generally better off and enjoyed the luxury ofbigger houses. Surprisingly, it also highlighted that life expectancywas higher for those living in the country, adding an extra 2.1 yearsto the life of the average man and 1.4 years to the average woman.Perhaps it’s the relaxed way of country life that helps rural residentslive longer. Imagine being surrounded by rollinggreen fields, the sounds of nature and quainthouses, could anything feel more peaceful andrelaxing?The Office for National Statistics’ research also noted how morepeople are swapping urban life for the country dream in order toraise a family. With friendly communities that look out for each other,fresh air in abundance and wide open spaces in which to play, it’seasy to see the attraction for those with youngsters in tow.Recognising the damage our carbon footprints are making to theplanet, many are upping sticks and choosing country life in order tobecome more self-sufficient and more eco-friendly. Rural propertiesusually come with more land than those in towns and cities, offeringendless grow and rear your own possibilities. Starting with a smallveggie patch, you can easily begin to grow your own potatoes,parsnips and carrots, before adding a flock of chickens or creating asmall holding with sheep and pigs.With many employers now offering flexible working hours and workfrom home options, a move to the country has never been moreattractive or easier to transform into a reality.Short-term, long-termand emergencyfinance available.• Home• Farming• Small Holdings• Equestrian• Semi-Commercial• Buy To LetLet us say YES whenthe bank says NO!Fed up of high insurancecosts? 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HolidaysOver the last few years Britain has officially become the place to stay, as thousands offamilies swap their annual foreign package holiday for ‘stay-cations’. With the traditionalBritish break enjoying a revival, Aspire have discovered eight great things to do inBlighty this year...Try TwitchingNorfolk’s RSPB reserves at Titchwell and Snettisham are hotspots for birdwatching,treating twitchers to a rare glimpse of Red-Backed Shrike and Barred Warblers. Keenbirdwatchers will adore the variety of global species that visit the Isles of Scilly duringmigration, when some of the rarest birds on the continent put in appearance in orderto feed and rest. To see birds of prey, including eagles and raptors, as well as the elusivepuffin, the Hebrides can’t be beaten.See Inspiring CeramicsFamous for its pottery, Staffordshire’s numerous museums and art galleries are the placeto see the best ceramics anywhere. Stoke-on-Trent’s Potteries Museum & Art Galleryhouses the world’s greatest collection of ceramics, as well as the famous StaffordshireHoard, the UK’s largest find of Anglo-Saxon treasure. The town’s Gladstone PotteryMuseum and Wedgewood Visitor Centre are also well worth a peek.Catch a WaveAs the capital of surfing in the UK, Cornwall’s Newquay is the only place to learn how toride the waves this summer. Fistral Beach, on the edge of town, is well-known for beingthe most consistent surf beach and with Fistral Surf Hire offering everything you need toget started, there’s no reason not to give it a go.Discover a Little HistoryOur nation’s ancient castles are the ideal place to find out more about what ourancestors got up to in centuries past. Covering 900 years of history, Stafford Castle andVisitor Centre is a great place to start, whilst the former capital of Scotland, Perth, ishome to the ancient crowning place of Scottish kings, Scone Palace.Explore the Great OutdoorsWhether on foot, by bicycle or on horseback, Britain is awash with outdoor spaces thatare just waiting to be explored. Fondly known as Big Tree Country, Perthshire is thehome of Europe’s oldest tree and the world’s highest hedge, and its remarkable treesand woodlands boast unrivalled beauty all year long.Have Fun with the FamilyTraditional seaside towns, like those scattered throughout Norfolk, are a real delightfor youngsters, who will love spending hours building sandcastles and enjoying oldfashioneddonkey rides along the beach. For more family fun, Cornwall’s 165 beachesand animal attractions, including Gweek’s National Seal Sanctuary, are ideal destinations.Experience Island LifeWhether it’s wild and rugged landscapes or gentle waters and golden sands you wantto enjoy, the hundreds of islands that surround our nation have something to tempteveryone. Steeped in history and tradition, a holiday on the Hebrides promises to leavea lasting impression, whilst the slow pace of life on the Isle of Scilly will have you relaxedand refreshed in no time.Sample Local CuisineHolidays are all about experiences and indulgence, and tucking into local delicacies arethe best way to get a taste for a region. With succulent Perthshire lamb, world-famousStornoway black pudding, Staffordshire’s ‘lobby’, a type of stew traditionally eaten bypoor potters, and Norfolk’s oysters, cockles and kippers, meat and fish lovers will be wellcatered for, whilst Cornish cream teas and ales from the Isles of Scilly’s microbrewery areperfect for those looking for a naughty treat.28 ASPIREEditor’s ChoiceSkyburriowe Farm HolidaysSkyburriowe Farm is situated in the beautiful Cornish countryside of Garras, near Helston inthe Lizard Peninsula of Cornwall. Skyburriowe Farm has 3 types of holiday accommodationavailable for you to choose from; bed and breakfast (B&B), a self-catering holiday cottageand a caravan & camping site.Skyburriowe Farm is a family-run, Cornish dairy farm set in the gorgeous surroundings of the LizardPeninsula and makes an ideal base for a holiday or weekend break in Cornwall.For more information or to make reservation, contact Vivian & Brenda BenneySkyburriowe Farm Holidays, Garras, Helston, Cornwall TR12 6LRTel: 01326 221646 Email: Web: AtIts BestThe Cathedral Lodge Hotel3 Star Lichfield Hotel at Budget Hotel Prices AA 3 StarAn independent, family-run hotel with 36 high quality en-suite rooms, excellent functionand conference facilities, comfortable licensed bars and a superb restaurant.Our friendly staff will ensure your stay with us is relaxing and comfortable.Perfect base for tourists to explore historic Lichfield and ideally situated for the travelling businessman.Ideal venue for conferences with large screen plasma TVs and projectors available. Children welcome, hoteland residents bars manned 24 hours. Ample free car parking - Free wireless Internet access.T: 01543 414500 E: W: www.cathedrallodgehotel.comThe Cathedral Lodge Hotel, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 7ARClunie Guest HouseA warm welcome is assured at Clunie Guest House,situated on the A94, within walking distance of the citycentre and easy access to motorway network.All bedrooms are en-suite with TV, DVD, hairdryerand hospitality tray. Private parking is available.Prices from: single/double/twin £30 - £37.50pppnFamily room: £75 - £100prpn(price inclusive of full breakfast)Your comfort comes first...T: 01738 623625 F: 01738 623238E: W: Guest House, 12 Pitcullen Crescent Perth, Perthshire PH2 7HT©Britainonview / Pawel LiberaSituated on the Hebridean island of Bernera,Lochanview Cottage is a luxurious self-cateringcottage boasting three bedrooms, including a masteren-suite, a well-equipped kitchen with an array of modcons and a comfortable living area, with dining spacefor six. Outside, guests will find a large, stunningdecking area with breathtaking views across LochGael.Offering holidaymakers both a tranquil retreat andan opportunity to experience and explore the beautyof the Outer Hebrides, it’s not hard to see why Aspirehave chosen Lochanview Cottage for our Certificate ofRecognition for Scotland’s Finest.On hearing the news, owner by Cameron McLatchie,said: “Thank you Aspire, this is great. I’m reallyhappy to accept this Certificate. Lochanview Cottagehas everything guests could need because it’s ourfamily holiday home. We leave our six bikes there,which guests are free to use, along with the barbecueBungalowNo. 3Telegraph, St Mary’s,Isles of Scilly TR21 0NSProprietor: Mrs Mary SherrisTel: 01720 422496Semi-detached 2 doublebedroom bungalow withinprivate gardens front and rear.Golf course. Ancient village(200AD) and beaches nearby.Good position for spottingautumn rare bird migrantssuch as Snowy Owl, SwainsonsThrush, Little Bunting etc.Community bus stops at frontgate during holiday season.Main town, Hugh Town is1 ¼ miles away.Be Wowed By Wildlife AtLeumadair Guest HouseA working croft overlooking the Isle ofLewis’ famous Callanish Stones, LeumadairGuest House offers a holiday with anauthentic taste of island life.Leumadair Guest House has four comfortableen-suite rooms: two family rooms with kingsizebed and bunk beds, one double room andone disabled-friendly twin room. All roomsfeature tea and coffee making facilities andmouth-watering Hebridean chocolate.Owners, Nita and Don Macleod, are proudto offer a hearty, home-reared and locallyproduced breakfast, including free-rangeeggs from Leumadair’s resident hens,sausages and bacon from their GloucesterOld Spots pigs and famous Stornoway blackpudding. Evening meals are available whenpre-booked.The Hebrides are the ideal destination forthose who want to get up close to a wholehost of wildlife and its wilderness has beeninternationally recognised asbeing globallyand garden furniture for those warm summer’sevenings. There’s also a range of books and DVDsfor wet weather days, and broadband Internet accessis included within our hire price. We’re proud thatLochanview has everything guests could want.”Lochanview Cottage was nominated for our Certificateof Recognition for Scotland’s Finest by Sales Manager,Stacey Wragg, who said: “The Hebrides are such anunspoilt corner of the UK that just begs to be explored.Untouched by human hands, they’re the perfectdestination for anyone looking to get away from itall and the accommodation on offer at LochanviewCottage is ideal. I can imagine enjoying a nice glass ofwine on the decking, taking in the stunning views aftera long day exploring!”Aspire Editor, Claire Tipton, added: “The recessionhas meant many of us can’t afford to enjoy a holidayabroad but there’s no reason not to enjoy a holidayhere in the UK, and exploring somewhere as stunningimportant. Lewis in particular, with its roughand wild isolated areas, is home to numerousrare and shy species and a total of 372 birdspecies are known to visit or nest here.Puffins and Golden Eagles are known tonest amongst Lewis’ rugged cliffs, whilst thesurrounding waters are known to be a hotspotfor catching a glimpse of the elusive BaskingShark. Whales, dolphins and otters also liketo call the wild waters of the Atlantic Oceanhome, whilst on land, Corncrakes, which havebecome a rare sight on mainland Britain, canalso be seen in this part of the world.Whether on foot, by kayak or boat, there aremany ways to see the wonderful and variedcreatures that call the Isles of Lewis homeand Nita and Don will be more than happy toshare their local knowledge to ensure you getthe most of out your stay at Leumadair.Impressed with everything Leumadair have tooffer, Aspire recently selected the guest housefor a Certificate of Recognition for ScottishHospitality.01851 621706 | | Cottage Awarded Certificate of Recognitionas the Hebrides is ideal. With activities for all ageswithin easy reach and stunning accommodation,Lochanview Cottage is a worthy winner of ourCertificate of Recognition for Scotland’s Finest.”Bernera, which is connected to the Isle of Lewis byroad bridge, has plenty to explore, including thepopular white sands of Bostadh beach, which isjust a five-minute drive from Lochanview. With theAtlantic Ocean at the door, the island of Bernera offersample opportunities to explore the rural and unspoiltlandscape and discover the wildlife that calls it home,either on foot for two wheels. All village amenities- shop, Post Office, petrol station - are within easywalking distance.With a week’s stay at Lochanview Cottage rangingfrom £300 to £550, including linen, towels andheating, there’s no reason not to discover this unspoiltcorner of Scotland.To find out more, visit or call 01436 671022.ASPIRE 29

HolidaysMartin DalbyEscape To The Country WithWest Hall Farm HolidaysSitting quietly in Norfolk’s rolling countryside,West Hall Farm Holidays is the perfect locationfor a caravan or camping break whenever youfeel like getting away from it all. With threedesignated sites, families, couples and groupsof friends looking for a traditional caravanningholiday are easily catered for at West HallFarm.Located in the village of Denver, Lakeside,the family-run caravan and camping sitehas been a popular holiday location for over30 years and it’s easy to see why. Owner,Sandra Florido, says: “Most people come herefor the relaxation and just to enjoy being inthe countryside. We offer a wonderful placeto escape from it all here at West Hall FarmHolidays, it’s quiet and peaceful, and withineasy reach of both the coast and a wealthof attractions. Whether you want to exploreSandringham, visit Cambridge or spend a dayat the beach, you can do it all with a stay onour caravan and camping site.”LakesideGreat for families of all size and all ages, thisthree-star AA-approved site features 100pitches with electric hook-up and Elsan points,as well as a wealth of modern facilities tomake your stay a comfortable one. The siteis equipped with shower and toilet blocks, awashing up area, washing machine and tumbledryer, social room with pool table, Wi-Fi anda children’s play area to help all guests feelat home. The onsite shop also stocks gas andcaravan accessories for all of those essentials.WindmillIf it’s peace, quiet and exclusivity you cravethen book a pitch on this relaxing site, whichpromises stunning views of the charming andold-fashioned Denver Windmill. This Campingand Caravanning Club approved site isdesigned especially for caravans and featuresjust five pitches, each equipped with electrichook-up and Elsan point. Pitch prices startfrom just £9, including electric and awning,and guests also have access to Lakeside’swealth of facilities.EvergladesMore rest and recuperation can be enjoyedat the Everglades site, whose wonderful lakeviews and calming waters add to the peacefulatmosphere. With five Caravan Club approvedpitches, each featuring electric hook-up andElsan point, guests can relax in comfort.Pitches are available from £9 per night,including electric and awning, and guests canalso use all of Lakeside’s facilities.Onsite caravan storage is also available forthose who want to make the most of West HallFarm’s campsites all year round.Self-catering AccommodationIf you just want to turn up and start makingthe most of your holiday straight away, WestHall Farm’s self-catering accommodationare the perfect solution. The two studioapartments, which come with fully equippedkitchen, dining room/sleeping area andbathroom, both sleep two and are great forcouples wanting a romantic break.There are also two cosy cottages, onefeaturing two bedrooms and one featuringthree bedrooms (two with en-suite bathroom).Both are fully equipped with kitchen,conservatory and bathroom, the largerproperty also has a lounge.For those looking for a caravan break withouthaving to bring their own, West Hall Farm hastwo static caravans for guests to use. Bothcaravans are well-equipped with gas heating,TV, cooker, fridge, microwave and bathroom,and sleep up to six guests.For a true, hearty Norfolk breakfast, guestscan take advantage of the West Hall’s deliciousproduce, which is available to buy from thefarm shop.Boasting nine impressive lakes over the threecampsites, plus private access to the riverbankof Ouse Washes, West Hall Farm is an ideallocation for those wanting to enjoy a relaxingfishing break all year round. The well-stockedand well-maintained waters are teeming withtench, bream, roach, rudd and freshwaterbarbell, as well as carp weighing up to 30lb,making it every fisherman’s dream. Fishingmatches can easily be arranged at West HallFarm and with the onsite shop stocking all thebait and fishing accessories you might need,there’ll be no need to wander any further thanthe nearest lake.Whatever you’re looking to enjoy on your holiday, Norfolk has it covered. With fantasticoutdoor activities, including walking, cycling, birdwatching, fishing and golf, you’ll be spoilt forchoice when it comes to enjoying everything the area has to offer.Book your holiday today by visiting 387074 | ASPIREASPIRE 31

Award-Winning Martin DalbyBorn in 1942 in Aberdeen, Martin Dalby is an experienced andknowledgeable musician and composer, who lives for his music, aswell as the creation of music by others. He’s worked with numerouswell-known musicians during his long and successful career and haseven had his music performed at The Proms on four occasions.Aspire are so impressed with Martin’s long and successful career,we’ve selected him for an award for Services of Distinction forClassical Music. On hearing the news of this award, Martin said:“They tell me I was one of over 40 nominations for this award; wow,I won! I’ve won a number of prizes in my time, but to be chosenfrom such a number is indeed a distinction. It is an honour for meand deeply humbling.”Aspire Sales Executive, Emily Davison, nominated Martin for thisaward; she said: “Martin has such a long and successful career thatit seemed only right to nominate him for this prestigious award. I’mso pleased that our Editor Claire feels as I do that Martin is a worthywinner of our Services of Distinction for Classical Music.”The award for Services of Distinction for Classical Music isn’t thefirst accolade Aspire have given Martin; in the past we’ve awardedhim with not one but two annual Certificates; a Bronze Certificateof Recognition 2010, which was followed up with a PlatinumCertificate of Recognition 2011.Martin has written a large amount of music: for orchestra, forchorus, for brass and wind bands, for the Church, for film, radioand television, many songs and song cycles, and chamber musicranging from duos and trios to octets and nonets. Most of it hasbeen commissioned: from festivals such as Edinburgh, Cheltenham,Cardiff, Orkney and Peterborough, or from orchestras andensembles. It has been performed widely throughout the world,notably at such festivals as the Warsaw Autumn and the HenryWood Proms in London, for which in 1991 he wrote ‘The MaryBean’ for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This was his fourthperformance at the Proms.Martin Dalby, 23 Muirpark Way, Drymen, Stirlingshire G63 0DXTel: 01360 660427 Email: Web:

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