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2. Aspire’s Charity Auction3. Art Trail In The Midlands6. Seasonal Recipe8. Winter Dining10. Winter Bride11. Christmas Time12. Highcross Christmas14. Monmouthshire Spotlight15. Pembrokeshire Focus16. Holidays & Leisure19. Aspire Recommends20. Discover Dogs22. Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group23. Martin DalbyEditor: Claire Tiptonclaire@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385Accounts: Kathy Tiptonaccounts@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2515919Feature Writer: Laura Hydeeditorials@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385Graphic Designer: Lucy Crookstondesign@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2517385ContentsSales Manager: Stacey Wraggnorth@aspiremagazinegroup.co.uk0116 2624867Sales Executives: Barbara Stone, Emma Cross,Emily Davison, Lee MatthewsDistribution: Michael Tipton &Self Select DistributionPublished by:Spectrum Printing Services0116 246 1717To subscribe to Aspire Magazine call0116 2517385Web Design: Paul Tipton at Q Creative Designpaul@qcreativedesign.co.uk0116 251 7298Name & Registered Office:ASPIRE MAGAZINENORTHAMPTONSHIRE GROUP3rd Floor Office, 29-35 St Nicholas Place,Leicester LE1 4LD©VisitBritain / Joe CornishCompany Number: 06036102Find us on Facebook: Aspire MagazineFollow us on Twitter @aspire_magazine4 ASPIREASPIRE 5


Winter DiningFood GloriousFoodIn recent years, where our food and drink comesfrom and how it is produced has become somethingconsumers are more aware of. Each item of food webuy has what’s known as ‘carbon miles’. These arebased on the amount of carbon that’s been emittedinto our atmosphere to get the food from source toyour plate. To limit your carbon food miles, you shouldbuy as locally as possible. Buy fruit and veg fromyour local farmers market or check the labels at thesupermarkets; most will state an original source.Buying British-made and British-grown products is not onlybetter for the environment, it’s also better for our economy.Scottish whisky is so loved that the country’s distillers havedefied the global recession, exporting whisky worth nearly£3.5billion; their soaring sales add £109 per second to UKeconomy! Figures released at the end of March by the ScotchWhisky Association revealed the value of exports rose by10% in the latest 12-month period. Scottish distilleriesnow send bottles to all parts of the globe. So by buyingproducts made in Britain over their foreign counterpartsmeans your hard-earned cash will be put into the pockets ofBritish workers, which can only be a good thing now a thirdEuropean country (Portugal, after Greece and Ireland) hasasked for a European Union bailout.Another great way to reduce your carbon food miles is byeating seasonally, which means eating food that’s at its peakwhen it comes to flavour and nutritional content. Seasonal,local food is fresher than its counterparts; it hasn’t spent aslong in transit so can be on your plate, straight from the fieldin which it grew, within 24 hours.Great Britain produces some delicious, home-grown foodsthat get exported across the globe but it’s not just producethat’s delicious; the numerous restaurants, particularly acrossthe Aspire region, offer a variety of traditionally prepareddishes, using locally sourced produce that are sure to takeyour tastebuds on a gastronomic journey.We might be in the midst of tough economic times but itseems many of us are still finding ways to enjoy the goodthings in life, like a meal out. Whether you’re looking for afull Sunday roast with all the trimmings or something a littlemore contemporary, Leicestershire and Northamptonshireboast a wealth of cafes, bistros, restaurants and traditionalcountry pubs, all serving tasty food in an array of differingcuisines; from Mexican and Italian to Indian and Japaneseand even traditional English grub, there’s something forevery palette.Christmas is a time for celebrating, for washing away theyear and looking forward to the next 12 months with yourfriends and family. December is party season, so if you’venot yet booked a corporate do, family meal or night out withfriends, now’s the time – there’s only six weeks to go until thebig day you know!Corporate parties are always a great way to shake offthe stresses and strains of work and really get to knowthe people you spend every day with. In a more relaxedenvironment, workers tend to bond better and forget theoffice politics that often prevents friendships being struckup.For those who prefer something a little more laid back, thenrewarding staff’s hard work and dedication with a day at ahealth club or spa, is sure to leave them refreshed and readyto take on any challenge.Christmas is the perfect excuse to get together with friendsand loved ones from afar and a traditional pub is theideal place, allowing you to relax and enjoy one another’scompany. Over the last decade, pubs have slowly startedto transform into welcoming places for families and youngchildren, but since the smoking ban came into force inJuly 2007, almost every pub has changed from a drinkingestablishment targeting groups of friends on nights out, to arelaxing, family-friendly venue.WINAspire have teamed up with LucyCooks to offer our readers thechance to win a day for two in theLucy Cooks cookery school. To bein with the chance of winning, justanswer this simple question:What are the names of LucyCooks three resident chefs?Send your name, address andanswer tolucy@lucysofambleside.co.ukor write to Aspire MagazineCompetition, Lucy Cooks, MillYard, Staveley, nr Kendal, CumbriaLA8 9LR before Friday 14thDecember 2012.New Seasonal MenuNow open forbreakfast and lunchfrom 10:30amLive Music andPizza nights50 The Rushes,Loughborough LE11 5BG01509 215 825Check us out on Facebook:The Swan Street Social or online atwww.theswanstreetsocial.comFour-Star Country InnWe’ve been feeding and watering people for morethan 250 years and we continue that traditiontoday. With a large range of traditional beers& ales, a carefully selected wine cellar, and foodcooked fresh to order on the premises, the Star Inn1744 is the perfect place to eat, drink & be merry.The newly refurbished Star Inn now has sevenen-suite bedrooms which have been designedand furnished to boast a feeling of luxury and toprovide a high degree of comfort whichever roomyou choose.The Star is open daily from 9am for coffee andsnacks, lunch served 12pm - 2pm, dinner served6:30pm - 9:30pm, Sunday lunch served 12pm- 8pmFor Reservations Tel: 01664 424 22037 The Green, Thrussington, Leicestershire LE7 4UHEmail: info@TheStarInn1744.co.ukwww.thestarinn1744.co.ukA True Taste of Authentic ItalyIn LeicesterFor more information, or to make a reservation,please call 0116 2863009 or visitwww.cinirestaurant.co.ukFollow Cini Restaurant on FacebookEstablished in 2002, Cini Restaurant & Baroffers diners traditional, first-class Italiancuisine, freshly prepared using highquality, seasonal ingredients. AndreaPaduano uses time-honoured recipes andthe finest ingredients to bring a taste ofauthentic Italy to Leicestershire.Andrea told Aspire: “As well as growing up inItaly surrounded by delicious food, I studiedfor five years at a prestigious catering schoolin Italy before travelling around Europe. I cameto Leicester for the first time in 1989 but didn’tstay; I went back to Italy and France beforetravelling to eastern Africa where I worked in aluxury resort for a year. By 1994, I was back inLeicester with the aim of improving my English- 18 years later it’s not improved (!) – I spent thenext eight years working at Italian restaurantsacross the county but I soon realised that I coulddo what they were doing only better and witha true flavour of Italy. So I moved to Enderbyand opened Cini with two business partners;15 months later, I bought them out of therestaurant, and we’ve been going from strengthto-strengthever since“The philosophy at Cini is about good quality,fresh food, all prepared to order on the premises.Even during these tough economic times, I’mnot prepared to cut costs and compromise onquality, so I’m trying really hard not to put myprices up. It’s really important for me to maintainthe highest standards, so from the vegetables toour cuts of beef, we pride ourselves on offeringonly the best to our customers.”Cini offers customers a varied Mediterraneanmenu, featuring Italian classics such as lasagneand risotto, as well as some of Andrea’sspecialities, such as fillet of pork with prawnsin an amaretto liqueur wrapped in pancetta,oven roasted with fresh kale. As well as a wideselection of meat, fish, pasta and vegetariandishes, Cini also has a variety of desserts anda vast array of wines, 80% of which are madeusing Italian grapes. Whatever you fancy, you’reguaranteed a tasty treat of true Italy when diningat Cini.Hold your next business meeting at Cini’s fullyequipped Villa; offering two meeting rooms andfully fitted kitchen facility, Cini can be the perfectvenue for team meetings/team building/boardmeetings or holding interviews. There are also 14en-suite bedrooms competitively priced, makingCini the ideal place to eat, drink, meet and sleep.Andrea and his staff are currently takingbookings for Christmas parties, as well as NewYear’s Eve, which will feature a delicious Italianfeast as well as entertainment from a ninepieceFrankie blues band until 2:30am. Cini alsowelcomes an opera singer direct from Rome fortheir ‘Opera Evening’ on Sunday 18th November.Opening HoursMonday – Thursday 12noon until 2pm,6:30pm until 10pmFriday and Saturday12noon until 2pm,6:30pm until 10:30pmBar Open Monday – Saturday 12noonuntil MidnightSunday CLOSED8 ASPIREASPIRE 9


Highcross ChristmasChristmas Comes EarlyAt HighcrossLeicestershire shoppers looking for the ultimate in festive glee are infor a treat this Christmas courtesy of Highcross. From carol singersand Santa Claus to the must-have gifts, party wear and winterwarmers, Highcross has it all - and more - this Christmas.The arrival of Santa at his Ice Kingdom on November 18th marks the startof the festivities, with visiting children each receiving a present, along withbeing given the opportunity to have a photo taken and post a special letterto Santa. The Ice Kingdom is located on the lower mall (near to Starbucksand EAT) and is open every day until Christmas Eve. Meeting Santa costs£4.50 per child.On Monday November 19th, Highcross will launch its Christmas toy appeal,encouraging shoppers to ‘Give a Child a Gift’ in the run up to Christmas. Thedonated gifts, which will be given to various children’s charities - includingRainbows Hospice for Children and Young People in Loughborough - can beanything from toys and trinkets to books, games and teddies. The donationbox will be in place at the customer information desk until WednesdayDecember 19th.From Saturday December 1st, shoppers at Highcross will have even longerto find the perfect gifts as Highcross remains open until 9pm each weekdayevening; and, from Friday December 14th, volunteers from Rainbows willbe on hand to wrap shoppers’ Christmas presents for a small donation,meaning Christmas shopping will be even easier.Gurvinder Rupra, marketing manager at Highcross, said: “There is so muchhappening at Highcross this Christmas it’ll be hard not to get caught up infestive cheer! As well as welcoming Santa to the centre, our Give a Child aGift drop box, Christmas wrapping and late night shopping hours, we willalso have the Highcross train back in the centre as well as our iconic 26foot Christmas tree in St Peter’s Square. What’s more, our fantastic range ofretailers will ensure you get Christmas wrapped up this year, whoever you’rebuying for.”For more information on Highcross and its Christmas calendar, please visitwww.highcrossleicester.comDid You Know?• Highcross Leicester opened on September 4th 2008and attracted over two thirds of Leicester’s population,125,000 people, to the centre.• As Leicester’s biggest ever redevelopment project,the £350 million Highcross development is now oneof the most exciting retail dining and entertainmentdestinations in the East Midlands, boasting:• An unrivalled retail mix – led by a four-storey John Lewisdepartment store• More than 20 exciting cafes and restaurants, includingthe world-renowned Carluccio’s, Yo! Sushi andWagamama• 12-screen Cinema de Lux• 120 contemporary residential apartments• 3,000 car parking spaces, 2,000 of which are housedwithin a new multi-storey car park off Vaughan Way12 ASPIREASPIRE 13


Monmouthshire SpotlightPembrokeshire Focus©VisitBritain / Joe CornishFIRSTONE COTTAGESPEMBROKESHIRE – WALESTop RecommendationDiscover PembrokeshireExplore The WonderfulSituated in the beautiful Wye Valleyand Vale of Usk, Monmouthshire isa great place for a holiday at anytime of the year. Boasting a blendof Welsh and English thanks to itsposition on the Wales/Englandborder, the Wye Valley and Vale ofUsk has been invaded countlesstimes over the years; it actuallyboasts the most castles per squaremile in Britain.Located just off the A40 in the town ofMonmouth, Monmouth Castle (whichis now a regimental museum) was builtbetween 1067/71 by William fitz Osbern. Itis most famous as the birthplace of HenryV and was partially destroyed in 1647, soa residence, known as Great Castle House,was built on the site in 1672/3.Monmouth itself is a border market town,situated at the confluence of the RiversWye, Monnow and Trothy, with a bustlingmain street, making it a great destinationfor a relaxing holiday close to the essentialamenities.As well as the castle, Monmouth boasts awhole host of historical sites, people andbuildings including: the Nelson Garden,the Town Hall and a medieval 13thCentury bridge over the river Monnow– the only preserved bridge of its designremaining. Just outside the town, on TheKymin, visitors will find the Round House,which was built in 1794 as a banquetinghouse for the town’s menfolk.As well as celebrating a varied andcolourful past, Monmouth also looksforward. Every summer sees the14 ASPIREMonmouth Festival (one of Europe’slargest free music festivals) and theMonmouthshire Show (the largest onedayshow in Wales) draw visitors fromacross the globe.It’s not the only town worth visiting whenholidaying in the Wye Valley and Vale ofUsk though. Full of charm and historicalsignificance the towns and villages thatare scattered across the Wye Valley &Vale of Usk are the perfect antidote toyour very average clone town. Each townboasts unique shops that you won’thave seen elsewhere, perfect for thoseholiday souvenirs, as well as happy andhard-working locals who take great pridein their town.It’s not just the towns and villages of theWye Valley & Vale of Usk that make thissuch a wonderful holiday destination.With such beautiful countryside, there’snever been a better place to get out intothe great Welsh outdoors. Adventa, withthe help of the people at MonmouthshireCountryside Services, have launched theirnew ‘Treads and Trots’ trails. So whetheryou are a keen walker or a horse rider,these trails provide specially tailoredroutes for you. These trails take in localpaths and hidden routes allowing you toexplore the region as you have never seenit before. In all, the Wye Valley & Vale ofUsk contains around 1,500 miles of publicrights of way, so there’s an abundance ofstunning countryside just waiting ot beexplored.Whatever your interest, be it historical,natural or even pub-based, there’s a trailfor you – just visitwww.visitwyevalley.com for more info.Wye ValleyPat Yallup StudioGallery House, Llandogo,Monmouth NP25 4TJMaster painting courses for thosewishing to develop anindividual style.For course dates and times,please phone Pat on01594 530940www.patyallup.comIdeally located in a peaceful, ruralsetting only 10 mins to spectacularPembrokeshire coastline with its uniquecoastal national park. Stunning scenery &diverse wildlife make it a perfect place forwalking, cycling, & birdwatching. Placesof interest, historical sites, restaurants andshopping a short distance away. Wateractivities including sailing, wind-surfing,canoeing all within close proximity. Scenic18 hole golf courses in Milford Haven andHaverfordwest.Each cottage has two bedrooms withmodern amenities, set in tranquillandscaped gardens. Private parking,patios, BBQs, tennis court, & indoor gamesroom, are pleasurable onsite facilities.Linen provided and pre-arrival shoppingarranged with notice. Cots / highchairs onrequest.PRICES FROM: £180-£450 PERWEEK. SHORT BREAKS: from £50-£70 per night/ cottageContact Jenny DaviesTel: 01437 891789Email: daviesbondav@aol.comwww.firstonecottages.comEnjoy a wonderful holiday in one ofour seven immaculate self-cateringholiday cottages or bed and breakfastaccommodation and take advantageof our large 40 foot outdoor, heated,swimming pool, BBQ area andchildrens’ facilities. We pride ourselveson being child-friendly with cots andhigh chairs available. Your wellbehaveddog is also welcome to staywith you in certain cottages and walkthe farm fields. Dolphin watching inCardigan Bay West Wales is an absolutemust, together with walking thePembrokeshire Coastal Path and WalesCoastal Path just two miles away.Trenewydd Farm Cottages, St Dogmaels,Cardigan, Pembrokeshire SA43 3BJTel: 01239 612370 | Text: 07816 299 180Email: info@cottages-wales.comwww.cottages-wales.comAsheston Eco Barns are traditional Welsh stonefarm buildings providing luxury holiday cottageaccommodation in a sustainable environment.The Pembrokeshire barns have been rebuilt tothe highest standard of finish whilst retainingas much as possible of the traditional fittings toensure a beautiful setting for a family holiday.The barns have been awarded the Welsh TouristBoard five-star rating.All barns are furnished with antique furniture,fittings and traditional log burning stoves forthose cosy nights in by the fire. All barns havegeo-thermal underfloor heating making themconstantly warm and a pleasure to walk on. Walkinwet room showers and bathrooms are fed byfast high tech solar panels and large hot watertanks. Each barn has its own secluded landscapedarea for dining al fresco or just for relaxing andwatching the sunset with a glass of wine.Asheston House, Penycwm, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 6NHTel: 01348 831781 or 07786 266248Email: ashestonecobarns@googlemail.comwww.eco-barns.co.ukWith more award-winningbeaches than skyscrapers, morenational park than suburbansprawl, more breathtaking viewsthan taxi queues and more peoplewandering the 186 miles ofcoastal trails than hurrying for thetrain home, Pembrokeshire offersa rural escape from the hustle andbustle of city living.One of the biggest draws for touristsvisiting this spectacular corner of Walesis the Pembrokeshire Coast National Parkand Coastal Path. Walking the 186 miles(299km) of Coastal Path is the perfectway to see the beauty of Britain’s onlycoastal national park. It’s a strenuousundertaking that’ll take 10 to 15 days tocomplete. Luckily there is a bus servicefor one-day hikes or for linking multi-daywalks 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 prehistoric tombs,Celtic crosses, Iron Age Hill Forts, Normancastles, Medieval churches, Victorian fortsand historic towns and villages. PembrokeCastle is an enormous oval-shaped stonefortress which was built in 1189. Havingbeen extensively restored during theVictorian era, the Castle now proudlydisplays historical exhibits and has a mazeof tunnels, stairs and towers that are justwaiting to be explored.With more blue flags and award winningbeaches to choose from than anyother county in the UK, no holiday toPembrokeshire is complete without a visitto the beach. Pack up a picnic and headout for day. The sand is particularly goodfor castle building too.For more information on visiting Pembrokeshire, please visitwww.visitpembrokeshire.comASPIRE 15


Holidays & Leisure007's Great Mission To LureMore Tourists To BritainOn Friday October 5th - Global James Bond Day - VisitBritainlaunched its biggest ever film tourism campaign, centred aroundthe release of Albert R. Broccoli’s EON Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, and Sony Pictures Entertainment’sSKYFALL, the 23rd James Bond adventure (in theatresworldwide now).To capitalise on the global fascination with James Bond, VisitBritain is undertakingan extensive marketing campaign in 21 countries to encourage 007 fans to head toBritain – the home of Bond – for their next holiday. This will see the national tourismagency roll out a string of cinema, press and outdoor advertising developed aroundthe slogan “Bond is GREAT Britain”.The extensive international production of SKYFALL filmed in iconic Londonlocations, including the National Gallery, Whitehall and Greenwich, as well asGlencoe and Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands where Ian Fleming’s family onceowned a home.Capturing the adventure and excitement of 007, VisitBritain’s image campaignincludes its first ever film tourism ad, which will be shown in cinemas in keyinbound markets like Australia, Brazil, Germany and the US. A number of billboardsdeclaring “Bond is GREAT Britain” will also remind people that there is no bettertime for them to come to Britain and explore the home of the world's most dashingsecret agent.To coincide with celebrations for the 50th anniversary of 007, VisitBritain will launchan online SKYFALL experience called ‘Agent UK', designed to engage with the largedigital and social media following that the national tourism agency already enjoys.Those taking part will undertake five online missions across the UK, which will leadthem to identify the hidden location of a rogue agent. One lucky global winner willbe flown to the UK courtesy of British Airways and treated to a luxury experience.Britain’s rich heritage and culture, along with its film expertise all combine to makethe UK an ideal location for filming, something which has been drawing filmmakersto Britain for years. On average, 120 million people worldwide will see ablockbuster film in the first three weeks of it opening and research shows that filmlocations can be a major draw for overseas tourists. VisitBritain research shows thatjust under half of potential visitors to Britain want to visit places they have seenfeatured in films or TV.Sandie Dawe, Chief Executive of VisitBritain said: “007 has orchestrated many criticalmissions for Queen and country - including escorting Her Majesty to the fantasticOpening Ceremony of the London 2012 Games - so it is only right that we call uponhis services now to encourage more people to holiday in Britain. That is a worthychallenge and one that we feel is well on track following an outstanding 2012 thathas thrust Britain into the limelight like never before.”So, if a British break is good enough for our foreign counterparts, it’s good enoughfor us, which is why Aspire would like to encourage our readers to considerBritain for a pre-Christmas holiday or for your annual getaway in 2013. For moreinformation on holidaying in Britain, please visit www.visitbritain.comTel: 01983 866455www.island-holiday-homes.netHoliday on the Isle of Wight with IslandHoliday Homes - the perfect place for ashort break or a longer staycation withits miles of coastline, pretty villages andhistoric locations. A considerably shorterdrive from London than Cornwall orDevon and we offer a range of propertiesfrom self-catering holiday cottages tobeach retreats and wonderful big houseswhere families can all holiday together.Our portfolio of Isle of Wight self-cateringaccommodation caters for all party sizesand budgets, so you'll be sure to find yourideal Isle of Wight holiday here.The Exmoor holiday cottages at WestWithy Farm are situated in beautifulExmoor countryside in West Somerset,between Wimbleball Lake andClatworthy Reservoir.Nestling on a 23-acre farm, close toDulverton and Dunster, your dogfriendly, self-catering cottage looks outon green Exmoor fields toward HaddonHill.Two Exmoor stone barns have beenconverted to create very spacious,characterful, holiday cottages with fullcentral heating, double glazing, private,enclosed, dog-friendly gardens andmodern conveniences.Ian & Lorena MabbuttWest Withy Farm Holiday CottagesUpton Taunton Somerset TA4 2JHTel: 01398 371322www.exmoor-cottages.comTheBarnSelf-contained, first floor flat in18th Century barn situated inconservation area of historicalvillage. Community shop 200yards,pub & restaurant close by. Localattractions include Red Kitesat Fineshade Woods, BurghleyHouse and Stamford. Good localwalks, birdwatching and cycling atRutland Water.Sleeps: 1-2 peoplePrice range per week:£180 – £280The Barn, 1st Floor Flat, 25 High Street,Collyweston, Nr Stamford PE9 3PWTel: 01780 444245Mob: 07530 879181Email: davidaclose@btinternet.comUrdd City Sleepover:An Unforgettable ExperienceSituated within the Wales MillenniumCentre in the heart of city, Urdd CitySleepover offers singers, dancers, youthgroups and lovers of the arts a unique andunusual accommodation solution whenvisiting Cardiff Bay. Celebrating 90 yearsthis year, the organisation behind UrddCity Sleepover boasts two other hostelstyleaccommodation centres in Wales:Llangrannog on the Cardigan coast andGlan-Llyn on the edge of a breathtakinglake in Snowdonia.The Urdd City Sleepover was opened inNovember 2004, at the same time as theWales Millennium Centre. It boasts 153 bedswithin a range of en-suite bunk bed, hostelstylebedrooms, all housed within an iconicWelsh building, which also happens to beone of the world's premier arts venues. Aswell as 153 beds, Urdd City Sleepover alsoboasts a hall/theatre, a private lounge, adining hall, a board room and classroomswith state-of-the-art technology, makingit ideal for school groups, youth clubs,performing arts groups, language schoolsand charities, all looking for somewhereunique but inexpensive to stay.Since it opened in 2004, over 50,000 peoplehave stayed at Urdd City Sleepover, andit’s not hard to see why the Centre is sopopular. Located within the heart of Cardiff,the Centre is a short stroll from a myriad ofrestaurant, bistros and cafes, serving a widevariety of cuisines from across the world.The Centre’s ideal location provides easyaccess to a number of Cardiff’s mostpopular attractions; it’s located opposite theSenedd and is part of the Wales MillenniumCentre building, as well as being just downthe river from The Millennium Stadium.Urdd City Sleepover is also just a stone’sthrow from The Red Dragon Centre, whichboasts a 12-screen ODEON cinema (home toWales' only IMAX digital screen), a 26-lanebowling alley, a 24-hour casino, SouthWales' hit music station Capital FM and amouth-watering mix of restaurants, barsand cafes.For more info, please call 02920 635674or visit www.urdd.org/caerdydd/e_caerdydd.htmlTravel At Its Best withBryan A. Garratt Abbey eventsTravel Coach Trips is• Safe & courteous drivers• Last minute bookingsa family-run business• Wedding partiesoffering British and• Contracts welcomeEuropean coach travel.Providing a luxury coachhire service that is secondto-none,all drivers are safecourteous and are CRBChecked.As a well-established company inthe local area, Abbey Travel havegained a fantastic reputationdue to the first-class coach hireservices they provide, as wellas the competitive rates theyprovide them at.Abbey Travel’s fleet boasts:• 20-55 seater modern coaches• Seat belts & air conditioning• Videos, WC• Hot & cold refreshments• Private parties & sportingAs well as hiring first-classcoaches, Abbey Travel also runday excursions & short breaks.Their trips for December include:• Saturday 1st& 8th - SkegnessShoppa & three-courseChristmas Dinner with all thetrimmings - £18.50• Sunday 2nd - MatlockChristmas Market - £7• Saturday 15th - York ChristmasMarket & shoppa - £10• Sunday 16th - Londonsightseeing (Christmas Special)- £9So if you need a high qualitycoach hire service, look nofurther than Abbey Travel – don’tforget to tell them Aspire sentyou!Abbey TravelBryan A. Garratt Abbey Travel Coach TripsAddress: R.M.C Yard, Humberstone Lane, Leicester LE4 9JUTel: 0116 246 1755Alt Tel: 0116 231 2612 (after hours)Web: www.abbeytravel.org.uk16 ASPIREASPIRE 17


Holidays & LeisureEnjoy the wonders of Norfolkany time of year with astay at Keswick Lodge. Thisrecently converted groundfloor annexe offers a quiet,peaceful break in the heart ofthis beautiful county. Whetheryou’re looking to explorethe pretty little harbourtowns, soak up the stunningsurroundings of the NorfolkBroads or splash the cash inand around Norwich, youcan enjoy it all and more atKeswick Lodge.Owners Mr and Mrs Francis converted theirtriple garage into this delightful countrylodge seven years ago and now let it outto holiday-makers from all over the UK. Thespacious, self-contained property offers acomfortable and inviting stay for coupleslooking for a relaxing break. The one-bedlodge has twin orthopaedic beds, a largekitchen – complete with all mod-cons- and spacious lounge with three-piecesuite and fireplace – perfect for thosecold winter evenings. There is also ampleoff-road parking and electricity, bed linenand towels are all provided. Guests are alsotreated to a welcome tray of homemadecakes and when available, fresh gooseeggs.The large lounge has colour TV/video,CD/radio, three-piece suite, electric fire,tables and pine furniture – also a largeselection of books and local information.The lounge looks out onto the beautifulfour acres of garden and orchard, which isa true delight during the summer monthsand the couple’s pride and joy. Guests arewelcome to sit out and enjoy the sunshineand the local wildlife, who often venturePeace and Comfort at Keswick Lodgeinto the garden. Mrs Francis explains: “It’sa great area for birdwatching, as we havewoodpeckers, gold finches, yellowhammersand pheasants – who walk around thegarden like chickens.”The doorways are to new buildingspecifications – a ramp is available to thefront door. The back door opens onto alarge south-facing patio area – a sun-trapas well as an excellent place to witness ourstunning sunsets – with raised flower bedsand patio furniture. A small barbecue is alsoavailable. There is ample off-road parkingby Keswick Lodge.Whether you’re looking for a break fromcooking or want a treat, there’s amplechoice when it comes to food. Mrs Francissays: “We have an abundance of countrypubs in the area, which all do excellentfood and offer plenty of choice.”The Wortham location of Keswick Lodgemeans you’ll only be an hour from thecoast, which is ideal for visiting the sandybeaches of Great Yarmouth and Southwold.You’ll also be just an hour from therestored windmills, glorious gardens andmedieval churches of the Norfolk Broads,whilst nearby attractions include golf andswimming. If you’re into your whisky, thenEngland’s first and only registered distilleryis located 12 miles away, where the firstbatch will be available later on this year.The nearest town is DISS, which is 31/2miles away. It has all the major banks andbuilding societies, a library, police stationand swimming pool. There is a largeMorrison’s store for food, café and petrol,and there is a Tesco store and a Somerfieldstore.Prices are charged at £335 per week duringsummer/Christmas, weekend breaks startfrom £160 and short stays are available for£60 per night. Keswick Lodge is open allyear round, except for February. Sorry nopets and no smoking.Keswick House, Magpie Green, Wortham, Diss, Norfolk IP22 1RGTel: 01379 890017Fax: 01379 898851Web: www.keswicklodge.comOld English PineOak and French style white painted furniture100 - 102 and 90, Sandgate High Street, Sandgate, Folkestone CT20 3BYTel: 01303 248 560www.oldenglishpineinkent.co.ukBelton House retirementhome is an imposingGrade II Listed buildingsituated in the beautifulRutland countryside in thevillage of Belton in Rutland,within close proximityof Uppingham, Oakham,Stamford and Leicester.New Controllable Electric Heating fromGermany is now available in the UK.These elegant, thermostatically controlled, electricradiators may provide you with a great solution to yourheating problems. They are easy to use and can just beplugged in to your 13 Amp sockets.If you are still struggling with old-fashioned night storageheaters or with carrying coal and ash in and out of yourhome, why not try our radiators?They are built in Germany by Lucht LHZ and come with a12-year manufacturer's guarantee.Contact us for your FREE information pack on 0800 849 1510or inspect our website at www.electric-heating.euWe also offer no obligation heating surveysand demonstrations.Hallaton Manor is a specialistresidential home situatedin 4 acres of landscapedgardens in the heart of ruralLeicestershire. Steepedin history, sympatheticalterations to the Manor haveenabled the home to providea modern standard of carein a classic environmentwith excellent facilitiesthroughout.Hallaton Manor, Cranoe Road, Hallaton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire LE16 8TZTel: 01858 555271 | Fax: 01858 555332www.hallatonmanor.comWe offer permanent, respite and convalescent care to the elderly. We have dedicatedaccommodation to suit all requirements for convalesance, day care, residency andshortbreak stays or holidays. Our trained and qualified staff are experienced incatering for a variety of medical and mental health needs.Belton House Retirement Home, Littleworth Lane, Belton-In-Rutland, Rutland LE15 9JZTel: 01572 717682 | Fax: 01572 717552Email: info@beltonhouse.co.ukwww.beltonhouse.co.ukAt West Lodge Farm Park children ofall ages can meet and learn about avaried range of farm animals. There’sa packed timetable of daily events,which will keep you occupied all dayincluding pony grooming, pony rides,piglet racing, cuddling the chicks andbunnies and bottle feeding the lambs.Visit Father Christmas in hismagical grottoStar in the live nativity playIndoor and outdoor play areaWalk through winterwonderlandAdmit one child FREE with thisvoucher when accompanied by a fullpaying adult Aspire Dec 12Tel: 01536 760552www.westlodgeruralcentre.co.ukAspire RecommendsCelebrating TheBest In BusinessAt Aspire, we work hard week in andweek out to find the highest qualitygoods and services for all of ourreaders. Recognising that customersare eager to find companies thatcan offer the whole package, highquality goods, competitive pricesand outstanding customer service,as well as items that aren’t readilyavailable on the High Street, wededicate our time to highlightingthose who boast something special.It’s local, independent businessesthat add character to a town or cityand help to shape it as a distinctivedestination for shopping by offeringunique products based on the interestsand needs of local customers. Withoutthese companies every High Street upand down the country would be linedidentically with the same brand namesselling the same products.Spending your money in local shopskeeps your money in the localeconomy, resulting in more jobs beingcreated locally and more funding forlocal services being raised through taxrevenue. Supporting local businessesalso aids community development.Editor, Claire Tipton, says: “Here atAspire, 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 essential inorder to help them survive and flourish,which is why we have brought you thisselection of companies from aroundthe Aspire region.”Certificate Of RecognitionFor Alternative TherapiesLectures and DemonstrationsTo Social GroupsLadies Luncheons, W. I. & Guilds etc.By Norma Blakey & Stuart Hague• Dreams • Dowsing • Ley Lines• Meditation • Healing Yourself• Coping with Stress • Paranormal EventsExtra Sensory PerceptionTarot Cards (mini readings)Flower Readings (summer time)Reiki – Demonstration of Healing EnergiesPsychic Surveys of Property & Land SitesDiscover Your Personality ProfileStages of Loss and BereavementDepression / Discounting of SelfDiscover Your Learning styleColour TherapyCerts/Quals: Teacher; Counsellor;FHT; Reiki Master: CRB checked;Nat.Assoc.Comp.Therapists in Hospice& Palliative Care.Contact Norma BlakeyTelephone: 01455-842428Mobile: 0799 989 1079Email: normablakey@o2.co.uk18 ASPIREASPIRE 19


Discover DogsThe secret to living a long and happy life couldlie with your four-legged friend, research hasrevealed. According to a study from Queen’sUniversity in Belfast, pet owners tend to behealthier than other members of the population,with dog owners appearing the healthiest of thelot.It is thought that the companionship of owning a pooch goesa long way, however, having a canine companion was foundto be beneficial to owner’s physical health; dog owners werefound to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol, healthbenefits that are believed to be linked to the regular exerciseof ‘walkies’. It was also discovered that dog owners sufferedless from serious medical problems and minor ailments.Owning a pet is a big commitment, one that is often toomuch for some. Neglected, sick, or abandoned pets cannotfend for themselves, so the numerous charities across thecountry have to step in and help these animals live a happierlife. There are numerous smaller, independent animal charitiesacross the country that are suffering. Over the last three years,charity donations have dropped significantly, making caringfor an overwhelming number of animals even harder on ashoestring budget. There are thousands of small organisationswho work tirelessly to provide these critters with the food,shelter and loving care they need and deserve – but theycan’t do it alone. They need your help in 2013. Whether it’sa monetary donation, tins of pet food or a new home youcan give, they are desperate for your help so if you can spareanything, anything at all in 2013, please consider helping oneof the dedicated animal charities within our region.If you have a passion for dogs, Aspire would like to suggesta visit to Discover Dogs 2012, taking place at Earls Court inLondon this weekend (November 10th and 11th).The 2011 Discover Dogs show was attended by 27,500 doglovers. Just after last year’s show Kennel Club CommunicationsDirector, Caroline Kisko said: “Discover Dogs is such animportant educational platform for the Kennel Club and themany charities that attend the show. Not only in promotingthe importance of finding the right dog for prospectiveowners but also the very crucial messages of what happenswhen you get your new member of the family home and thenext stages such as training and socialising.“We are delighted that so many people visited the show andare thankful to everyone who worked so hard to make theshow as successful as it was, from our brilliant breed boothvolunteers, display teams, seminar speakers, and judges of thedifferent competitions to the trade stands, we hoped they allenjoyed the show.”The 2012 show promises to be bigger and better with theopportunity for visitors to meet, greet and discover over 200different breeds of dog, and learn all about the distinctivepersonalities, traits and looks of each breed and how to buythe perfect canine partner.Sponsored by Eukanuba and Metro Bank, the event isexpected to welcome over 26,000 visitors and 3,000 dogs overthe two days of the show.Tickets - 0844 581 1381Advance adult day £11 (plus 95p booking fee), advanceconcessions day £8 (plus 70p booking fee) - Transaction fee- £1.90On the door adult day £15, on the door concessions day £12Children under 12 GO FREEShow opening times: 10am - 5pm each dayFor further details, please visit www.discoverdogs.org.ukPrecious PetsPet Memories CapturedCat-Dog-HorseBeautiful photographs & videos, paintings anddrawings of your cat, dog or horse.The Cairn Terrier Relief Fund: Supporting Man’s Best FriendThe on-going economic troubles have got us all tightening our belts, and,unfortunately, one casualty of the recession and subsequent economicinstability are our pets. Many families now struggle to afford everythingthey need each month just to survive, such as clothes, food and heating bills,which is why many people are being forced to give up their furry friends.Founded in 1969, The Cairn Terrier Relief Fund is a registered charity providing abandoned,ill-treated, unwanted or neglected Cairn Terriers with new homes. Created by a dedicatedgroup of breed exhibiters, The Cairn Terrier Relief Fund takes in, cares for and then re-homesCairns of all ages, and with all manner of illnesses.Charity Secretary, Christine Roberts, told Aspire: “Bessie Shea founded Cairn Terrier ReliefFund after visiting her local market one Saturday in 1969. She saw a man selling CairnTerrier puppies from his car boot for just £5 and when she challenged him about it, he saidhis bitch had had a litter and he couldn’t sell the dogs, so he was just looking to get rid ofthem. This inspired Bessie, who was already involved with Cairn Terriers through the CairnTerrier Association and showing her own Cairns, to do something to help and care for otherunwanted Cairns.“To be honest, we were expecting an influx of Cairn Terriers as owners could no longerafford to look after their dogs, but it hasn’t happened. The majority of our Cairns come infrom elderly owners who have to move into sheltered accommodation. Loved ones usedto take on the Cairn, but we’ve noticed in more recent years that they’ve been bringingthe dog into us to be re-homed. It’s sad that the family can’t take on the dog, but weunderstand; it’s a big commitment, as Cairns can live to 16-years-old. It’s also a big cost totake on any pet, so we’d rather re-home the dog with someone who is aware of the cost andcommitment involved before taking it on.”The Cairn Terrier Relief Fund was registered as a charity 15 years ago; it takes in any CairnTerrier that’s in need, whether they’ve been abandoned, neglected, ill-treated, or can nolonger be cared for by their owner due to pet or owner illness, a relationship breakdown ormisfortune. Christine said: “We aim to relieve the suffering of any Cairn that needs a homeand we never put a healthy Cairn to sleep. We’re a small charity and our dream is to raiseenough funds to build our own Cairn Terrier sanctuary, where the old, infirm and difficult torehome Cairns can spend their final days in a comfortable and loving environment. Howeverthat dream is such a long way off. We spend between £10,000 and £15,000 a year onveterinary care, mainly because we promise to pay for any life-long conditions a Cairn Terriercomes in with, including diabetes, which we’re coming across more regularly.”High quality stunning photographs, video clips made into a short movie, &slide shows on a DVD. Original paintings in oils, gouache or acrylic paints ofyour devoted animal friend on canvas.Classic & contemporary drawings lovingly drawn in coloured pencils or oilpastels in various sizes. A gorgeous hard copy book presenting your animal’sphoto shoot in glossy colour pages, & an online space to view all yourtreasured images again and again. Louise also does hand painted murals inyour home, garden or office of your beloved cat, dog or horse.Artist Louise DionnePAINT, PASTELS, PENCIL, FILM & PHOTOGRAPHYT: 07970 711747 | E: lou@artistlouisedionne.comwww.artistlouisedionne.co.uk | www.cat-dog-horse.co.ukTel: 01283 712498 | Web: www.cairn-rescue.co.uk | Email: chrismrob@tiscali.co.ukRegistered Charity No: 80359920 ASPIREASPIRE 21


Myotonic Dystrophy Support GroupMyotonic Dystrophy Support Group:Supporting Those With, & Those Affected By, Myotonic DystrophyMyotonic Dystrophy is just one conditionamong many that affect the muscles. Theexact cause is unknown however the geneticchange responsible has been identified. Thegenetic change (mutation) that causes MyotonicDystrophy is in the DMPK gene found onchromosome 19. At one end of the gene is anarea where three of the building blocks of DNA,the genetic material, CTG are repeated. Anunaffected individual will have 5-35 CTG repeatsbut in an individual with Myotonic Dystrophythe repeat is unstable and expands. The extentof the expansion ranges from 50 in a mildlyaffected individual to several thousands in aseverely affected individual. This is the basis ofgenetic tests as the number of CTG repeats can becounted.The Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group (MDSG) is aregistered charity, founded by Margaret Bowler in 1989,dedicated to offering the hand of friendship and supportto all those affected by Myotonic Dystrophy. Totally runby volunteers, they have a central Helpline and a networkof regional contacts throughout the United Kingdom, aswell as extensive links abroad.If a parent has the faulty gene, each pregnancy will havea 50% chance of passing the gene onto the child, (mostgenetic conditions have a 25%) chance of passing onthe condition. If the female has the faulty gene, thenthe baby can be severely affected, both physically andmentally. If the male passes on the faulty gene, the childmay not show any signs until childhood, teenagers,20-year-olds and the condition is not usually as severe asif the mother passes it on. Sometimes the affected babydoes not survive; children who do survive may attendspecial nurseries and have special educational needs. Thechildren who are not diagnosed until junior school age,or even senior school age, have the problems of beingbullied, and humiliated. The reason is that the childrenhave only a little muscle tone in their faces, so do notsmile; the weakness affects the speech too and teacherscannot tell if the child is responding to the teaching.Fingers are weak and this affects the writing skills andthings like Lego, jigsaw puzzles, there is a reluctance totry. The children become ‘loners’ as it is hard for them tomake friends.MDSG member, Julie said: “My son was sent to a specialschool for disruptive children at the age of eight because22 ASPIREhe did not have control of his bowels; the soiling wasput down to ‘stress at home’. Nine years after the soilingstarted, we finally got a diagnosis, only 10 minutes intothe Consultant Neurologists appointment – it was such arelief! My husband was also diagnosed at the same time.This brings me to why I want to help other families withMyotonic Dystrophy, so they don’t have to tread the samepath that I had to with my husband and family.“There are over 2,000 families in the UK affected byMyotonic Dystrophy and approximately 70 families inother countries who receive our quarterly newsletter,which aims to keep everyone informed of the latestdevelopments. There are some medical professionals thathave a real interest in Myotonic Dystrophy. They havewritten information leaflets for families in a language thatthe lay person can understand; they include Research,The Heart, Congenital MD, Anaesthetics, Bowels and ‘overall facts’ about Myotonic Dystrophy. In 1985, when myhusband and 12-year-old son were diagnosed, the GPI worked with found one paragraph of four lines aboutMyotonic Dystrophy in a medical book - what a bigdifference it is now!”Myotonic Dystrophy Support Group are based inNottingham, employing staff for 20 hours a week; thecharity’s Patron is Professor David Brook and they haveeight Trustees. They also have an annual conference withmedical practitioners giving information on differentaspects of Myotonic Dystrophy.Myotonic Dystrophy is a highly variable condition so itis difficult to predict how one individual will be affected.The range of symptoms and severity of symptoms bothvary enormously. Age at onset when the condition firstappears ranges from birth to old age. Although thedisease is highly variable it can be broadly grouped intofour categories:1. Minimal - Individuals develop symptoms late in life.Cataracts are often the only symptom or there may alsobe mild muscle involvement.2. Classical or adult onset - This begins in adult life and ischaracterised by muscle stiffness and slowly progressivemuscle weakness. Other systems can be involved invarying degrees.3. Childhood onset - This begins during childhood, butwith no problems at birth. Like adult onset it can causemuscle weakness and stiffness, but sometimes it can alsocause learning difficulties, glue ear and eye problems.4. Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy - This is the mostmarked form of the condition and is present from birth.Babies with this can be quite ill, with breathing andswallowing difficulties around the time of birth. Childrenwith it have fewer problems with muscle weakness thanadults, but they can often have problems with learningdifficulties, glue ear and eyes.Myotonic Dystrophy can also cause:• Muscle Weakness• Myotonia - difficulty in relaxing a muscle after it hasbeen contracted• Heart Problems• Chest and Breathing Problems• Tiredness and Sleepiness• Digestive Problems• Eye Problems, such as cataracts• Speech and Jaw Problems• Problems with Thinking And Planning• Male Infertility• DiabetesHelpline: 0115 9870080Website: www.myotonicdystrophysupportgroup.orgRegistered Charity No: 1134499Accurate genetic tests are possible for healthy individualswho are at risk of developing Myotonic Dystrophy, but, atpresent, there is no cure for Myotonic Dystrophy.To achieve their aim of improving the quality of life forfamilies and individuals affected by Myotonic Dystrophy,you can help MDSG in various ways:• Become a memberFor a nominal annual subscription of £15 per family,you can show your willingness to share in the Group’sconcerns. You will receive a regular Newsletter andinformation about the latest activities, as well as discountson attendance at the Group’s events and products. Amembership form can be downloaded from the website.• DonateYou can give money to The Myotonic Dystrophy SupportGroup, either for its general purposes or, if you wish, tohelp with sponsorship of medical research. You can nowdonate by text message via Just Giving; just text MDSG02(space) + Amount to 70070• Offer Practical HelpBy becoming (with appropriate training and support) aregional contact family or by participating in regionalevents as organised from time to time or assisting at theAnnual Conference (held in April or May each year).• Raise FundsThe charity’s supporters have found many ways to raisemoney, from sponsored runs/walks/cycling/swims etc. toselling items and donating the profits to the charity. Anynew ideas are always welcome! Whatever you choose todo, please tell MDSG about it, and send them a reportof how your effort went, preferably with a photographthat could be published on the website as well as in thenewsletter.Notes 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 0DXMartin DalbyCertificatesIn 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.ASPIRE 23


FeatureMartin DalbyMusic for the organ loft, churches and choirs,solo singers, children’s voices, brass and windbands, film, instrumentalists, chamber groupsand orchestras.Dalby’s large output of compositions is heard widely throughout the UK and abroadand includes performances at many festivals with four performances at The Proms.Scottish Music CentreCity HallsCandleriggsGlasgowG1 1NQMartin Dalby23 Muirpark WayDrymenStirlingshireG63 0DXinfo@scottishmusiccentre.com | martindalby@btinternet.comwww.impulse-music.co.uk/dalby/24 ASPIRE

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