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Front Cover courtesy of Michael

Cox. Some of the cast from The

People's Theatre Company

Nottingham.

Published By

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The People's Theatre Company presents

DICK WHITTINGTON

Written and directed by Amanda Hall

Musical direction by Ray McLeod

Choreography by Amy Rogers Gee

The award winning PTC pantomime

team are back with their traditional

family pantomime Dick Whittington.

Come along for some great family fun.

See Dick Whittington fight the evil King

Rat and fall in love with Alderman

Fitzwarren's daughter Alice. Full of

comedy capers with Idle Jack and Sarah

the Cook.

The cast are very excited to be in what

we hope will be another award winning

pantomime written by Amanda Hall.

This is her 5th and all have been

winners. There are lots of popular songs

the whole family will know, across the

generations. You will see lots of flashy

costumes by Jason Pollitt, Jule's

Shepherd and team, scenery designed

by Amanda Hall and Cris Brawn, a wide

selection of dancing, choreographed by

Amy Rogers Gee, lots of magic, glitter

and a happy ever after, in true

traditional family pantomime style.

Sat 3rd - Sun 18th December 2016 -

various performances 2pm and 7pm

Tickets: £12 concessions / £14 adults /

£40 family (4 x tickets with min. of 1 adult)

Group and school discounts for

groups of 10 or more available -

please call for details.

Venue: Nottingham Arts Theatre,

George Street, Nottingham,

NG1 3BE

WIN FAMILY A TICKET

For Tuesday 13th Dec 7pm

Just answer this simple question:

WHO WROTE THE PANTOMIME?

Answers via Email Only to:

info@breeze-magazine.co.uk

Closing Date: Friday 9th Dec ‘16

Winner will be notified by email.

www.nottingham-theatre.co.uk

Bookings Tel. 0115 9476096

Mon to Fri 10am til 2pm.

Or all week at the Nottingham

Tourist Centre on Smithy Row off

Market Square - Open Saturdays!

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WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING

AT THE DOJO IN BEESTON

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Awards: After instructor James Wells

came second to England cricketer

Stuart Broad at the Nottingham

Sports awards last year this year the

Dojo is in the limelight again with

chief instructor Aidan Trimble in the

finals of the same awards that took

place in October at the East Midlands

Conference Centre.

Earlier on in the year at the same

venue Aidan was awarded his 8th Dan from the English Karate Federation

in recognition of his status within the sport.

Cover Girls: Another student Karin Williams was featured on the cover of

a National magazine ‘Third Age Matters’ as at seventy two years old she is a

black belt and has competed in Las Vegas and has travelled to Japan to train.

Norway: Tiger Dojo from Oslo probably the most successfully club in

Norway, is planning to bring a group to train at the Dojo in Beeston

following Aidan Trimble’s visits to teach in Norway.

Poland: Following several visits from Polish students to the Dojo,

Aidan along with Tomasz Kacperski, 5th Dan instructor from the Dojo

will be teaching together in Warsaw spring next year.

Italy: Following the success in Italy last year the Dojo have been asked to

take an adult team to compete in the Castle Dario Subaru Karate Tournament

in January next year.

Malta: “We have also been asked to bring a team of juniors and adults

to compete in the Malta Open in the spring.”

The Dojo has a comprehensive adult timetable of classes so if you want

to get fit enjoy their social activities, learn self-defence give them a call.

“We welcome all ages all abilities call 0115 875 4212

or visit our website at www.karatenottingham.co.uk “

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Theatre Royal

Nottingham launches

‘GIANT’ OF A

PANTOMIME!

Theatre Royal Nottingham introduced its

headline cast for this year’s giant

pantomime spectacular, Jack and the

Beanstalk. Leading the cast will be the

legendary comedy-duo The Chuckle

Brothers, Benidorm star Tony Maudsley,

and The X Factor finalist Chico.

The Chuckle Brothers, who will play

Jack’s brothers ‘Paul and Barry Trot’, are

known to generations of children for

their popular prime-time children’s

television show Chucklevision, of which

more than 290 episodes were made.

The series proved to be so successful

that in 2008 BAFTA presented Paul and

Barry with an award for ‘services to

British children’s television’. During the

mid-nineties Paul and Barry also

recorded three series of their own TV

game show including a Christmas

special, aptly titled To Me, To You after

the brothers’ legendary catchphrase.

Most recently Paul and Barry have

toured the UK in their own shows

including The Chuckles of Oz,

The Ghostly Shadows, The Pirates of the

River Rother 2 and A 2014 Space Oddity. Ever in demand the boys

are often seen on TV programmes, including in recent years as contestants on Celebrity

Coach Trip and Pointless and are often seen in nightclubs across the country following the success of

To Me, To You (Bruv), a charity single released with Tinchy Stryder!

Tony Maudsley will make his debut as a panto dame in Nottingham this Christmas, taking a break from the

Benidorm hairdressing salon. Tony has been a series regular in the award-winning comedy series since 2011.

With previous nominations of Best Actor and Best Newcomer by the Royal Television Society, Tony has also been

seen in Sky Living’s The Spa and ITV’s Northern Lights. Earlier this year Tony starred in the musical Hairspray as Edna Turnblad.

Joining the cast in the title role of Jack Trot is The X Factor’s Chico, who became a household name as a finalist on the show’s second series. Not content

with knocking Madonna off the top of the UK chart with his hit Chico Time he swapped singing for skating and captivated the nation with his spectacular

routines and reached the final of ITV1’s Dancing on Ice. Since then he has appeared on numerous television shows and in several pantomimes, winning rave

reviews for his performances.

Jack and the Beanstalk will also feature a sensational 3D journey which will see the audience accompany Jack deep into the Giant’s castle in cloudland!

Staged by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s largest pantomime producer, Jack and the Beanstalk’s executive producer Jonathan Kiley said: “We’re absolutely

thrilled to have such a talented comedy line-up leading the cast in Nottingham’s biggest pantomime, guaranteeing a real pantomime treat for young and

old alike. This year’s show is already shaping up to be our biggest Nottingham pantomime yet!”

Jonathan Saville, Director of Sales, Marketing and Development for the Theatre Royal, said: “Comedy will certainly top the bill this year. Jack and the

Beanstalk will be a big visual spectacular, as ever, with lots of laughs along the way. It’s Chuckle Time!”

Jack and the Beanstalk will run at the Theatre Royal Nottingham from Saturday 10 December 2016 to Sunday 15 January 2017.

Tickets prices from £17- £34.50 are available from www.trch.co.uk or Box Office 0115 989 5555.

Follow all the Jack and the Beanstalk news and updates on social media @RoyalNottingham using #trchpanto.

WIN FOUR TICKETS

Sunday 8th January 2017 6pm

Just answer this simple question:

WHAT ARE THE FIRST NAMES OF

THE CHUCKLE BROTHERS?

Answers via Email Only to:

info@breeze-magazine.co.uk

Closing Date: Friday 23rd Dec ‘16

Winner will be notified by email.

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eeze advertorial

For more information please contact any of the local consultants on the details shown below.

MONDAY

Stapleford

The Haven,Wadsworth Rd Stapleford

9.15am

Tel: Dawn 07872648833

Dunkirk

Dunkirk and Old Lenton

Community Centre,

The Old School,

Montpelier Road

5.30pm and 7.30pm

Tel: Kerry McKenna

07855 321220

Stapleford

St Helens Church Hall, Frederick Road

5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Dawn 07872 648 833

Bilborough

Scout Hut, 200 -206 Wigman Road

5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Carrie 07841 019 147

TUESDAY

Toton

Toton Methodist Church,

Stapleford Lane

3.00pm & 5pm & 7pm

Tel: Tracey 07989 448 421

Beeston

Beeston Medhodist Church,

Wollaton Road

(next to Commercial Inn)

5.30pm & 7.30 pm

Tel: Gemma-Louise

07947 303 897

Stapleford

St Johns the Evangelist Church Hall,

Midland Ave 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Clare 07807 399 898

WEDNESDAY

Trowell

Parish Hall

5.30pm and 7.30pm

Tel: Debbie

07738634284

Beeston / Chilwell

Beeston Methodist Church,

Chilwell High Road 1pm

Tel: Louise 07974 731 277

Beeston Methodist Church,

Chilwell High Road 5.30pm

Tel: Kerry McKenna

07855 321 220

Bramcote

Bramcote Memorial Hall,

Church Street 5.30pm and 7.30pm

Tel: Margaret: 07877 615 284

Wollaton

Wollaton Park Community Centre,

Harrow Road 5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Louise 07974 731 277

Sandiacre

Methodist Church Hall, Butt Street

6.30pm Tel: Jean 0115 972 2158

Long Eaton

The Trinity Church, Cross Street

(near Aldi), Long Eaton Tel: George

6:30pm 07951043250/ 01773 770428

THURSDAY

Chilwell

St Barnabas Church, Barncroft

(Off Inham Road) 5pm and 7pm

Tel: Nic 0753 908 6085

Beeston

The Resource Center,

Middle Street Beeston

10am

Tel Margaret 07877615284

Wollaton

St Leonards Community Centre,

Bramcote Lane 6pm

Tel: Louise 07974 731277

Trowell

New Venue & New Day

Parish Hall,

Stapleford Road

9.15am

Tel: Debbie 07738 634 284

Sandiacre

New Consultant

The Bridge,

Longmoor Lane

5.30pm & 7.30pm

Tel: Jude 07711 043213

FRIDAY

Wollaton

Wollaton Park Community Centre,

Harrow Road

9.15am & 11.15am

Tel: Louise 07974 731 277

SATURDAY

Beeston

The Resource Centre

Middle Street, Beeston

8.30am and 10.30am

Tel: Kerry Ward 07870 409 422

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Understanding and Supporting People with

Alzheimer’s and other Dementias - Workshops

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias have replaced heart disease as the

leading cause of death in England and Wales for the first time. Alzheimer’s

disease is the most common cause of dementia among older people affecting

over 60% of those diagnosed. It also occurs in people age 30 to 60 although this

is less than 5% of all people who have Alzheimer’s disease. According to statistics

compiled by the Alzheimer’s Society, there are 800,000 people with dementia

in the UK with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2021. This will soar to 1.7

million by 2050.

“To help those who care for somebody living from Alzheimer’s we have developed free Workshops that explain

the details of the disease and more important, provide practical advice on how to deal with the day to day

challenges of supporting and individual with Alzheimer’s. We will provide some factual information regarding

Alzheimer’s, its diagnosis and development. We will also address the difficulties people face when living with

and/or caring for a person with Alzheimer’s and techniques to help with that responsibility. We know that families

have two significant challenges when caring for a relative with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias: Keeping

their loved one’s minds engaged and managing behaviors that can include belligerence and aggression”.

Very Early Signs and Symptoms. Memory problems are typically one of the first signs of cognitive loss. Some

people with memory problems have a condition called amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI). People with

this condition have more memory problems than normal for people of their age, but their symptoms are not as

severe as those seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease. A decline in other aspects of cognition, such as wordfinding,

vision/spatial issues, and impaired reasoning or judgment, may also signal the very early stage of

Alzheimer’s disease.

Mild Alzheimer’s. As Alzheimer’s disease progresses memory loss worsens, and changes in other cognitive

abilities are evident. Problems can include, for example, getting lost, trouble handling money and paying bills,

repeating questions, taking longer to complete normal daily tasks and having some mood and personality

changes. People are often diagnosed at this stage.

Moderate Alzheimer’s. In this stage damage occurs in areas of the brain that control language, reasoning,

sensory processing and conscious thought. Memory loss and confusion grow worse, and people begin to have

problems recognising family and friends. They may be unable to learn new things or carry out tasks that involve

multiple steps, such as getting undress, or cope with new situations.

Severe Alzheimer’s. By the final stage, plaques and tangles have spread throughout the brain, and brain tissue

has shrunk significantly. People cannot communicate and are completely dependent on others for their care.

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If you would like to

attend one of our free

workshops please

contact us on

0115 9226116

or email Primo Sule.

The next workshop

will be held on

Wednesday

the 22nd of

February 2017

at 6.00pm

and you are most

welcome to join us.

Primo Sule –

primo.sule@homeinstead.co.uk

0115 9226116

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Its time to tackle both mental and

emotional clutter as well as in the

home. Developments coming your

way will be the breakthrough you

have needed for some time. Sit and

remind yourself of your ambitions

and goals and refuse to be dismayed

by doom mongers and people with

limited imaginations, because all

things are possible if you put your

mind to it.

Taurus

Its vital that you remain open to all

possibilities regarding family and

business issues. You may be

required to make a few

compromises, but your generosity

will be worth it in the end. Dashing

about making plans and seeing to

others will prove exhausting, but

neither are you willing to allow

anyone else take control.

Gemini

Work may be more challenging than

normal, or you may find dealing with

business takes a lot more effort in

order to reach deadlines. Someone

you may not be currently in a

relationship with will be bending

over backwards trying to impress

you.

Cancer

A detail that seems minor could

snowball out of all proportion into

something huge. It could mean the

difference between success and

failure, so its important that you deal

with the facts and trust your

intuition. By relinquishing control of

certain situations, you will free up

some valuable time that you could

put to excellent use.

Leo

You can never judge a book by its

cover so its not great surprise that

you may still be wondering why

certain people are behaving so

strangely. Perhaps they have secrets

they would rather not share? In turn,

it’s probably a good idea that you

keep your personal life under wraps,

choosing wisely who to confide in

especially matters concerning your

romantic life.

Virg

A minor conflict could become

ugly, so its imperative that you

choose your words carefully.

An upcoming event marks the

end of an era and the beginning of a

brand new and happier chapter. You

are empowered and in the right

frame of mind to start a business

venture or job that sees you pushing

out the boundaries and proving

your worth.

Libra

Your attention will be drawn to

some small minor detail that turns

out to be very important, especially

where money is concerned. A

change in your personal

circumstances could cause you to

feel super romantic with your

partner, or if you are on the lookout

for a new love, you are going to be

in luck. But make sure you keep your

impulses in check and don’t go

overboard before you make a

commitment that you may later

regret.

Scorpio

Relationships blossom and you will

find yourself in great demand

socially and possibly romantically,

especially if you are already involved

in something complicated. In

business, keep your eye on the ball

because you can never be too sure

of what other people are up to.

Someone is going to reveal his or

her true colours, but this will not

come as any shock to you at all. Your

gut instincts are amazingly accurate

and you will be proved right once

again.

Meet Linda Lancashire, Psychic,

Clairvoyant, Tarot, Crystal and

Palmistry reader.

Call Linda on 0776 446 6381

Sagittarius

Doors are opening and new people

are entering your social and working

life. If you are hoping to meet a soul

mate or companion, the stars are

looking favourably upon you as this

a promising time for many of your

dreams to become a reality. A

solution to a long standing problem

will suddenly manifest itself and a

financial worry will cease to worry

you so much.

Listen to your gut, its almost

frighteningly accurate when it

comes to reading people. Your

spiritual energy is strong, so you

may be able to offer some excellent

advice. Romantically, someone may

want to keep things on a light and

superficial level, but that is not

going to satisfy you. Insisting that

they take things deeper may just

scare them off, but perhaps that isn’t

such a bad thing.

Aquarius

You don’t need an occasion to

celebrate or to arrange a meet up.

Life is precious and life is short.

Don’t waste a moment in telling

someone how much you love and

care about them. Changes at work

may force you into a corner, but you

are still on track to achieve your long

term successes. If you are smart, you

will take advantage of an

opportunity that could mean a

brand new beginning inclusive of

like minded people to associate

with.

Pisces

Depending on what mood you are

in demonstrates whose company

you choose at any given moment.

Not being the easiest person in the

world to live with, right now you

need some time and space in which

to do your own thing. If you are

living with a guilty secret, take care

that you are not found out before

you are ready to make an

announcement. Put the finishing

touches to a project you have been

busy with because there could be

some serious money to be made if

you are interested.

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‘Tis the season to be jolly....

Join in your local services in the area

St. John's Parish Church Beeston

Christmas Tree Festival 16th - 19th December

Come and visit our lovely Church and see the

display of Christmas Tree sponsored and

decorated by Church Groups, Local Schools and

Organisations.

Friday 16th Dec 10am - 4pm.

Saturday 17th Dec 10am - 4pm.

Sunday 18th Dec 12 noon until 5pm. Followed

by Carol Service at 6.30pm. Monday 10am - 3pm.

Light refreshments will be available.

St Mary’s Church, Attenborough

Advent & Christmas Services 201618th Dec

4.30pm Family Carol Service

24th Dec 4.30pm Crib Service

(children are welcome to come dressed as a

character from the Christmas nativity story)

25th Dec 10am Christmas Morning Services

1st Jan 17 10.30am Open for Refreshments

Christmas Services at Christ Church Chilwell

11th Dec Carols at 7pm

17th Dec Messy Christmas Craft from 3-5pm

18th Dec Carol Service at 7pm

24th Dec Christingle around the Crib

starting at 4.30pm

Midnight Communion 11pm

25th Dec Holy Communion

Christmas Day Service at 9am

Family Christmas Service starting at 10.45am

St. Michael & All Angels Church, Bramcote.

15th Dec 8.30pm Beer & Carols at the White Lion.

18th Dec 10.45am Holy Communion.

5.30pm Carols by Candlelight.

7.30pm Carols by Candlelight.

19th Dec 12.30pm Carols at the Sherwin Arms.

21st Dec 6pm Carols around the Parish with the

Salvation Army Band. (Meet at the C of E School.)

24th Dec 4pm Children’s Carol Service.

11.30pm Midnight Communion.

25th Dec - 8am Holy Communion (BCP).

10.45am Christmas Praise.

12 noon Shortened Holy Communion (CW).

1st Jan 2017

10.45am Family Communion.

Celebrate Christmas with Beeston Baptist

Church at the Middle Street Resource Centre,

Beeston NG9 2AR (by the Middle Street tram stop)

18th Dec 10:30am Carol Service

Christmas Eve 4pm Carols for All

Christmas Day 10am – 10.45am Informal

Celebration

Toton Churches (St Peter’s Church, Toton

working together with Toton Methodist

Church) invites you to:

Come and join us for our Christmas Services

17th Dec Christmas Tree Fest

All day at Toton Methodist Church and St Peter’s

18th Dec - Carol Service

Toton Methodist Church 6.30pm

24th Dec - Christingle Services

St Peter’s Church 3pm

Toton Methodist Church 4pm

St Peter’s Church 5pm

24th Dec - Christmas Communion

St Peter’s Church 11.30pm

25th Dec – Joint Christmas Day Worship

Toton Methodist Church 10am

The Most Unusual Christmas

Tree Festival Ever! Saturday

17th Dec 11am-4pm. St Peter’s

Church, High Rd Toton

NG9 6EN Lunches and light

refreshments available.

Children’s Christmas activities

Followed by our popular, annual

event Toton Community

Carols Round the Tree,

Saturday 17 Dec 5pm – 6pm

in Toton Methodist Garden,

Stapleford Lane, Toton NG9

6GA

Carousel Singers Christmas

Concert together with

Attenborough Hand Bell

Ringers will be held on

Saturday Dec 10th at

7.30pm at Grangewood

Church, Grangewood

Road, Wollaton. Tickets £8,

to include a light supper,

can be obtained from choir

members or on the door.

All proceeds to Cancer UK.

The

Beeston Methodist

Carol Choir

Tuesday 20th Dec in the Bramcote Drive, Fellows

Road, Sidney Road, Hope Street area

Thursday 22nd Dec in the

Elm Avenue, Devonshire Avenue, Cromwell Road,

Imperial Road area

Christmas Eve 24th Dec

in the Charnwood Avenue, Cumberland Avenue,

Park Road, Grove Avenue area

If you’re not lucky enough to be on one of the

above routes, you can hear (and join in with)

all the carols in a convivial atmosphere at

The Crown Inn, Beeston,

on Wednesday 14th Dec from 8.45pm.

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eeze promotion

Charity Christmas Quiz and Bake Off –

help raise money for injured animals...

Get into the Christmas spirit and help animals in need by joining in with

Churchcroft’s Christmas quiz- there’s Champagne for the winner!

Alongside the quiz, as is now traditional at Churchcroft at Christmas, there

will be a mince pie competition to be judged to assess which of

Churchcroft’s team have the best baking skills. Of course there will also be

mulled wine to help the brain cells fire up for the quiz questions.

The quiz is animal based and questions range from simple stuff about pet

care to tricky general knowledge questions about wildlife.

All proceeds from the quiz will go towards Animal Accident a charity which

funds treatment for (and then rehomes) animals found injured with no

owner.

Everyone is welcome at the quiz / bake off which will be on

Wednesday December 14th

at Churchcroft Vets from 7.30-8.30pm.

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DUCKS AWAY 2017

The 26th Annual Duck race will

take place on Sunday 1st January

2017 at Manor Park Toton.

Starting at 2.00pm.

As usual the Mayor of Broxtowe, will start the race by

releasing 1500 plastic ducks into the River Erewash.

They will float down the river and be caught at the bridge

approximately 600 yards down stream. The owners of the

first 10 ducks to cross the winning line will receive a prize.

In 2016 we included a ‘Corporate’ race. Local business

supported the race by sponsoring a duck. This was very

successful so we will be including a corporate race again

in 2017 and will be contacting local business once again to ask for their support.

The Duck race is always a fun day for all the family. We will be serving Teas, Coffees, Mulled wine and mince

pies and we will be playing festive music

For just £1.50 people can have the opportunity to sponsor a duck and win a prize.

Angela Barnes, Duck Race Co-ordinator said “The Duck Race has become a great local event and people

start ringing as soon as Christmas is over to make sure that they can reserve a duck for the race.

We usually attract hundreds of local people and many family pets. It is one of the few events that all

of the family can enjoy together. And there is always a great atmosphere. The people in the

Toton/Beeston/Long Eaton/Sandiacre, Stapleford, Nottingham and Derby area now attend as a

matter of course. After all what else can you do on New Years day?

All of the money raised will be donated to “Cancer Research UK.”

Even before Christmas people start ringing to reserve themselves a Duck and I am sure that 2017

will be no exception.

To reserve a duck call Angela Barnes – 07973 753046

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BEESTON WINDOWS BUILDS

ON SUCCESS

We are a family run business who specialise

in repairs of UPVC windows and doors.

Having recently renamed ourselves

BEESTON WINDOWS (previously we were

known as PWS) we are now also offering

installation of quality UPVC windows and

doors complete with CERTASS certification

and insurance backed guarantee.

We still offer the same high standard of service, products and

competitive prices as before along with our new, more comprehensive

range of solutions.

Here at Beeston Windows we are looking forward to a bright future as

we work hard to serve all our customers both past, present and future.

Please call for a free, no obligation quote, and friendly advice

on 07535 704 648.

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Visit Vancouver, eh!?

Vancouver is without doubt one of the most beautiful cities on earth and offers

something for everyone. Whenever we have visited, it’s been part of our usual

fly-drive holidays but we always wish we’d allowed longer as there’s so much to

see and do. Skiers are only a short drive from Whistler where the Nordic events

were held at the 2010 Winter Olympics and there are fantastic packages that we

can help arrange for any snow lovers.

For the less energetic, there are so many exciting things to do. Take the cable

car up Grouse Mountain and enjoy jaw dropping views over the city and

beautiful British Columbia. There’s a wildlife sanctuary for endangered animals

where they can explore and play in safety.

Granville Island is a great place to spend the day shopping and relaxing with

some wonderful food and great independent shops. Public transport is excellent

but we’d recommend a hop on, hop off tour – they’re inexpensive and your

driver is the font of all knowledge and usually very humorous. For night owls,

check out the city bar culture.

Gastown is all about bars and has a refined vibe (our favourite area), Kitsilano is

a beachside area and as such is laid back and full of locals. The list is endless but

you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

A short drive out of Vancouver, Capilano Suspension Bridge is well worth a visit.

You walk over the bridge is 70 meters above the Capilano River and, once you

get used to the “movement” as you cross it’s 140-meter length, you reach a

network of interconnecting walk ways joined to the trees high above the forest

floor. One other attraction that’s not to be missed is Stanley Park, one of the

finest city parks in the world and almost completely surrounded by water.

There’s beaches, historical landmarks, beautiful trees and greenery as well as

some great dining.

Finally, on to Vancouver Island. It’s easy to throw superlatives around travel

and as you’ll probably already realise, we at My Travel Guys are passionate

about the job we do in talking about the wonderful places we’ve visited.

Having said that, Vancouver Island is, quite simply wonderful. Victoria, British

Columbia’s capital has more of a British feel than anywhere we’ve visited in

Canada. It has a colonial atmosphere with beautiful Victorian architecture

including Craigdarroch Castle and another great park, Butchart Gardens.

As lovely as Victoria is, once you get out of the city and explore the island, the

real beauty of British Columbia is seen in all its glory. Vancouver Island is as big

in area as the Netherlands and as you move along it’s scenic routes, you really

get the chance to experience its coastlines, forests and mountains totally

unspoiled and teeming with wildlife. The air is so clean and it has the mildest

of climates in the whole of Canada - believe it or not, olives and lemons are

successfully grown here.

Tofino on the east coast of the island is just magical with great beaches and

wonderful surf, you’ll find yourself looking out at the killer whales and sea otters

frolicking in the bay alongside kayakers and surfers. It’s great for hiking and

if you’re a seafood fan, you won’t want to leave.

“We hope that this brief insight into Vancouver and Vancouver Island has

been of interest and until next time, we wish you all a very Happy

Christmas and peaceful new year”.

Ian, My Travel Guys

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garden care

always busy in the garden.....

Gardens can look a bit dull in winter, but they

don’t have to. Help our feathered friends to

survive the winter by ensuring you put out a

variety of seeds and suet pellets in your feeders.

Keep feeders clean by washing them once a

month or so in sterilising fluid. Any help you give

now to our resident bird species will mean more

chance of them breeding next year and being

there for you - also eating up some of the insects

that challenge your gardening efforts!

It’s not just birds we should be aware of either -

we are becoming increasingly concerned for the

amphibians that reside here in the UK. Toads and

newts like to spend the cold winter months in

greenhouses or under pots or piles of bricks. Frogs

are more likely to be seen in piles of leaf litter,

while some males will hide at the bottom of

ponds. Try not to disturb them if you can by

leaving these areas be as much as possible

during winter.

Patchwork leaf-cutter bees use holes in dead

wood as nest chambers, as do several other

insects. Help them by drilling holes in a log or a

block of wood left over from your DIY.

Moths survive the winter in the soil as larvae or

pupae (a prime example is the angle shades moth,

a common species in gardens).

Peacock butterflies and small tortoiseshells hide

in shed corners during the winter. Try to avoid

disturbing them - they will colour your garden

next year and really need all the help they can get.

Other jobs around the garden

This is a good time to consider installing garden

lighting, water pipes and drainage.

Adding lights and power points to sheds and

outhouses means you can garden on wet days

and in the evenings. We’ve even covered growing

under artificial light in previous issues.

Why not make a cold

frame as a winter DIY

project? You can save

lots of money, as good

cold frames are quite

expensive to buy and

you will be ready in

early spring to grow

young plants on in prep

for summer.

Clean and sharpen

secateurs and loppers

ready for pruning of

deciduous trees and

shrubs over the winter. Special small ceramic tools

are available to allow awkwardly shaped and

angled blades to be sharpened with ease.

Whilst winter may be fully upon us there are

those nice days around now, and it’s a good time

to still enjoy our hobby - perhaps in the shed,

cleaning, tidying and sharpening with your newly

installed electric lighting to keep up your spirits!

As always - keep on learning and..... Enjoy!

TASK LIST FOR DECEMBER

As things start to get a bit battered it’s well worth

keeping a check on the things that can really

cause you problems:

• Sheds: check damage to roofing

• Fence posts: any starting to wobble and

weaken in the winds?

• Lawn: try not to walk on frosty lawns as it can

damage the blades

• Spray fruit trees: Once the leaves have totally

fallen, spray with a winter tree wash, (vegetable

oil based). This cleans the branches and kills

fungal spores and over-wintering insects and

their eggs.

• Ponds: Stop feeding fish. Clean and service

pond pumps.

• Our feathered friends: Put out feeders for the

birds, as well as fresh water. Put up a natural bird

box - shelter in winter and a home to a young

avian family in the spring!

• Outside taps: watch for freezing and switch

them off at the isolator when not needed.

• Watering system: Ensure all irrigation lines are

drained to avoid damage from freezing. Put the

electronic timer in dry storage, removing any

batteries.

• Paths: Jet wash or hard broom to remove algae

from paths if they start to become slippery.

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The Pearson Centre for Young

People Christmas Holiday Club will

be operating from Wednesday 21st

to Friday 23rd December in Beeston.

Wednesday 21st will be a traditional

holiday club with Thursday 22nd a

Christmas Craft based workshop and

Friday 23rd a Christmas cookery

workshop. Holiday Club is open to

anyone in primary school aged 6 to

11 years old. Wednesday is priced at

£15, with Thursday and Friday at £20

per day.

Our BB and GB groups have places

for new members. Various activities

are on offer including IT, sports,

games, art, craft and cookery.

Further information is available

from the office on 0115 925 4121

or by email

enquiries@thepearsoncentre.org.uk

for any of these activities.

For its first meeting of the New Year the Wollaton Natural

History Society will be offering a talk by Brian Hobby on

Peru: Pacific Coast to the Amazon Basin. Join us for a trip from

Peru’s dry coast to the Manu Wildlife Centre.

“We meet on Wednesday January 18th at St Leonard's

Community Centre, Bramcote Lane, Wollaton (opposite the

library) at 7.30pm. Annual subscription is only £13.75p

(£1.25p per meeting); visitors are very welcome at £3.50 on

the door”.

For more information on our new programme visit our

website at www.spanglefish.com/WollatonNaturalHistory

CHARITY CHRISTMAS DOGGY WALK

Sunday 11th December 2016,

11.30am meet

Walking fron Beeston Weir Fields to

Attenborough Nature Reserve and

finishing back at the Beeston Marina Pub

for refreshments.

“We are gathering together to raise

money for a lovely gentleman, Vincent

Stimson. He was diagnosed with Cancer

earlier this year. The cancer has spread to

his brain. As a community we are working together to raise

money for immunotherapy that has the posibility to save his

life, as this treatment is not available through the NHS.

Together, we can raise enough money for Vincent and his

wife, Josie, to fight this battle together and to save Vincent’s

life.”

Minimum donation £5 per family. All you need is yourself,

your doggy and something festive! (santa hat)

WALK HOME FOR CHRISTMAS FOR WOUNDED VETERANS

· Walking Home For Christmas campaign to support 250 vulnerable veterans

· Public walks across the UK and thousands of inspirational adventures

· Commuters called on to ditch bikes, cars, trains and buses and earn their turkeys

This December will see people across the UK pulling on their walking boots and Santa hats to have an

adventure on their doorsteps, be it 1 mile or 100 in support of homeless and other vulnerable veterans.

They will be challenging colleagues and friends to walk to Christmas parties, sporting fixtures, carol

concerts or simply dodge the usual travel disruption by walking home -all for an amazing cause.

Last year over 2,000 people across the UK signed up to Walking With The Wounded’s Christmas campaign

Walking Home For Christmas in a bid to have fun, get fit, and raise crucial funds to support veterans with

physical, mental or social injuries .

The campaign raised more than £240,000 and over 5,000 miles were walked – supporting more than 250

vulnerable veterans re-integrate back into society and regain their independence.

Now, for the fourth year running, Walking With The Wounded is inviting people to dodge the traffic, ditch

the train, car or bus and do their own walk anytime between 1st - 26th December.

And this year walkers can also sign up as ‘Captains’ and lead a public walk to encourage more people to

take part.

Walking With The Wounded supports veterans with physical, mental or social injuries on their journey to

long term security independence and employment.

A Nottingham based walk has already been launched from RAFC Cranwell.

Saturday 17 December 10:00 - Monday 19 December 16:00.

Sign up for £10 + postage at wwtw.org.uk/Christmas

Nottingham Centre

(National Trust), Programme

The Nottingham Centre's

programme of talks continues to

entertain members with

a variety of topics.

December 15th at 7.30pm

- A Musical Evening by The Bridge

Singers; conducted by Lynne

Holland, with keyboard

accompaniment and refreshments.

January 12th 2017, at 2.15pm

- The Rise and Fall of the Harpur-

Crewes, by Marion Wallwork.

The story of Calke Abbey, the House

that time forgot.

January 26th, at 7.30pm

- A Tale of Two Cities, by Stephen

Wright: visiting the Russian Cities of

Moscow and St. Petersburgh.

February 9th at 2.15pm

- Far and Away, by Josanne Peet:

the story of the Nottinghamshire

Emigrants to the New World in the

19th Century.

February 23rd at 7.30pm

- The Tunnelling Duke: the

fascinating story of the 9th Duke of

Portland -an enigma, rarely seen in

public, scared of smallpox, antisocial

– so why the tunnels under

the Welbeck estates? Did he lead a

double life? Find out more!

All Nottingham Centre meetings

are held on Thursdays at

The Nottingham Mechanics,

north Sherwood Street,

Nottingham. Admission is £3.00

members, £4.00 visitors,

who are always welcome.

The Nottingham Centre supports

the work of National Trust. For

more information contact

Barbara McDonald,

tel: 0115 9757800

or visit the website:

www.nottinghamnt.co.uk

Attenborough Church

CHRISTMAS BAZAAR

Saturday 26th November

10.00am to 12.00noon

The Village Hall, Attenborough

Books, Cards, Games, Tombola, Toys

As-New Jigsaws, Jewellery, Cakes

Christmas Gifts, Bric-a-Brac & more

Refreshments:

Tea & Coffee, Toasted Tea Cakes

Mince Pies, Breakfast Cobs,Raffle

Admission – 50p for All

Includes a visit to Santa for children

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