Spread the Warmth!

Selina (right) pictured with actress Claire King and celebrity chef Rosemary Shrager

Journalist Selina Scott has entered into the perfect pairing using her unique goat socks to help Age UK North Yorkshire’s ‘Spread the Warmth’ campaign.

The broadcasters stylish lines of socks are not only sought after in fashion circles thanks to their ethical production and durable mohair but are life-savers for her many customers who swear by them to keep their feet warm and cosy through the winter.

Age UK works towards reducing isolation and vulnerability caused by winter months. On average, each winter, there are nationally around 35,000 excess deaths, many of which could have been avoided by taking simple measures.

Age UK is hoping that by letting older people know about the serious risk to their health posed by the cold weather, it can help reduce this waste of life.
Miss Scott said: ‘Age UK North Yorkshire has a very important campaign and it seemed like a perfect fit to use the unique qualities of my socks to help raise awareness. Every older person deserves to be protected from the potential life threatening consequences of the cold. It’s more than helping vulnerable people stay warm. It’s about raising the profile of Age UK in the community, and encouraging others to look out for elderly neighbours.”

Age UK North Yorkshire delivers practical services like home visits, a telephone befriending service, day activities, food hampers and information and advice, that will reach over 4,000 people in North Yorkshire this winter who desperately need help to keep warm, healthy and in touch with others.

National celebrity patrons of Age UK include ‘Stage for Age’ patrons Christopher Biggins, Sir Roger Moore and June Whitfield.

Selina added: “It’s a simple measure, but a beautiful one – I’m really hoping everyone gets behind the campaign to help spread the warmth.”

What’s So Special about Selina’s Socks?

Feet lose up to a pint of perspiration a day.
Selina’s socks are made from mohair so silky, bacteria can’t cling. Your feet stay fresh and odour free.
Customers who suffer from poor circulation, chilblains, even diabetes and varicose veins swear by Selina’s socks.
Feet keep warm when it’s cold outside and cool when it’s hot.
Washing is easy. Chuck them in the machine at 40c on a wool wash.
You can wear them for days on end before you need bother prise them off your feet.
The socks are long-lasting and durable.

To buy Selina’s fabulous socks and support our campaign go to www.selinascott.com

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Win the ultimate ‘All Inclusive’ start to your holiday from Robin Hood Airport

This could be you! – First Choice cabin crew ready to welcome prizewinners with their ‘All-inclusive’ chauffeur driven start to their holiday.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield has teamed up with First Choice Holidays and has today launched a competition to give six lucky passengers and up to five family members or friends travelling with them, the ultimate all inclusive start to their holiday.

Each week for the next six weeks, the Airport will be offering First Choice passengers the chance to start their holiday the moment they leave home, by winning a chauffeur driven limousine journey to the airport, followed by priority check-in on arrival and complimentary food and drink before jetting off overseas.

All inclusive holidays are becoming increasingly popular as more travellers look for holidays where they are really looked after without the worry of additional mounting costs. All First Choice holidays are now all inclusive and the Airport’s latest promotion means that six lucky passengers booking all inclusive with First Choice from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will be looked after the moment they set foot outside their front door.

Local Doncaster company The Limo Firm will be working with the Airport to provide the transfers using one of their luxury stretch limousines to really help the prize winners get their holiday off to a VIP.

Passengers, who book with First Choice from Robin Hood Airport during the period 19th March 2012 – 27th April 2012, will automatically be entered into the competition when they book at their local First Choice or Thomson travel agent.

First Choice fly to over 20 exciting holiday destinations from Doncaster Sheffield Airport and the chauffeur driven limousine will also be ready and waiting to take prizewinners back home in style on their return, to give the perfect end to their holiday too.

Steve Gill, Airport Director for Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield commented, “The relaxed convenience of flying from here helped the Airport to be crowned the best in the country by customers in a Which? Travel survey earlier this year and we like to think that holidays start sooner when passengers choose to depart from Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

This latest promotion however means that six lucky winners and their family or friends will see their holiday literally start the moment they leave home”.

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The Jolly Bodgers of Sherwood Forest

Craftsman Ian Major at work.

When Ian Major clocks off as a conservationist working in Sherwood Forest, he likes nothing better than to unwind by reaching for a lump of locally grown timber and re-learning the skills of the area’s once famous rustic craftspeople.

Wood turning and furniture making has been in his blood for two decades.

Now together with fellow craftsman and chairmaker, Bryan Eskriett, from Clipstone, he plans to share his love for wood by helping to stage a two-day rustic stool making workshop for beginners on 31 March in the Forestry Commission’s Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Clipstone, Notts.

Together, Ian and Bryan dub themselves ‘The Jolly Bodgers of Sherwood Forest‘ and stress-busting is how they describe their hobby.

But for both it’s a pastime that also touches on a longer-term vision for ancient Sherwood Forest.

“I spend my working life protecting and encouraging people to cherish Sherwood, but trees are not just for looking at,” said Ian.  “We have a brilliant raw material and wood has been worked for thousands of years.  It would be great to see more local craftspeople using our timber.  Areas like Worksop and Ollerton were once famous chair making areas and the potential remains.  Sometimes we can’t see the wood for the trees and don’t realise timber is a fantastic resource, as well as providing us with a wonderful and historic landscape.”

The pair make chairs and stools and other household items, most of which they give away or use themselves.

“We’ll be teaching people how to make a stool and spurring them to be creative with the design,” he adds.  “Wood, shaving horse, draw knife and mallet, together with practical advice are all you need to get started.  There’s tremendous satisfaction in making something with your own hands and taking it away to use.”

Tools, materials and refreshments will be provided and lunch on Sunday will cooked over a camp fire.  You can also spend the night in the woods with tents and sleeping bag and enjoy breakfast cooked in wood-fired clay oven.

Booking is essential.  Contact Karina Thornton on 01623 821459, email  karina.thornton@forestry.gov.uk.  The cost is £85, or £110 if you stay the night.

Media calls to Richard Darn on 0775 367 0038.

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New Year With Ski Olympic

Chillin!

Ski hosts Mel & Tash take ‘time out’ after spending the day guiding guests around the ski slopes of Vallandry & Les Arcs.

The girl’s both work for award-winning independent tour operator Ski Olympic, a Doncaster based company offering ski & snowboard holidays to top resorts in the French Alps.

Myself and the family enjoyed are fourth stay at the company’s Chalet Hotel La Foret over the New Year break. Located in Vallandry it makes up one of the six separate villages making up Les Arcs. The area linked with La Plagne by the fantastic Vanoise Express, a double deck cable car linking the two resorts, makes up the Paradiski area, one of the biggest resorts in the world!

If your considering a winter ski holiday in the French Alps then look no further than Ski Olympic, I cannot recommend them highly enough from their attention to detail, delicious food & drink, friendly staff and excellent ski hosting service.

Check out their website      www.skiolympic.com  and follow them on Twitter:  @skiolympic  for their latest offers.

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Santa Moving With The Times!

High Speed Santa!

Father Christmas will leave his reindeers in Lapland and take to a Segway to pay a call on Sherwood Pines Forest Park!

Roving Santa will rev-up on his dream machine to help deliver more fresh Christmas trees to the beauty spot’s popular Forestry Commission sales point, near Clipstone, Notts.

Segways – invented in the USA and described as self-balancing two wheeled electric transportation machines – have been touted as the future of green commuting.

In spring they will make their debut in the 1,200 hectare (3,000 acre) forest park when Go-Ape offers them for hire to visitors for woodland safaris. Chris Bray, Forestry Commission Recreation Manager, said:

“The Go-Ape guys wanted to get in a bit of practice so kindly offered to help us move Christmas trees around the sales area, getting into the mood by dressing as Santa. Segways are a brilliant way of exploring the forest and this will be a terrific new attraction next year.”

Christmas tree sales run daily in Sherwood Pines until 23 December from 9am to 3.30pm.

Thousands of pines, fir and spruce are up for grabs, but an on-going national shortage of Christmas trees means revellers are being urged to buy early to get the best of the crop.

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Its all a load of conkers!

Seasonal outdoor fun!

Having collected a pocketful of conkers earlier on in the week whilst walking the dog the next thing was alway’s going to be “Dad, can I have a conker fight?”

Now that wouldn’t normally be a problem but wait!

It’s that time of the year when we here of the ‘seasonal’ school conker bans, on health and safety grounds of course! I also recall reading a story earlier on in the week about a primary school banning pupils from using traditional leather football’s, too heavy? And what about the first snowball fight of the season?

Well as a responsible parent I allowed the boys to wear the appropriate PPE and go into the garden for a bit of fun!

Health & safety gone mad? I’m off to climb a tree!

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Poetic Journey Around Ancient Sherwood Forest

Poet Dave looks for inspiration

A rambling poet is re-tracing an epic journey last made 350 years ago around the ancient boundaries of Sherwood Forest.

Dave Wood, 45, has won National Lottery/Arts Council England funding to encourage people to wax lyrical during a 90 mile trek taking in leafy glades and once forested areas.

The northern section of his odyssey will take him from south of Worksop and through Clumber Park towards Ollerton.

Now to celebrate International Year of the Forest on 11 September he’ll make a detour to Sherwood Pines Forest Park, near Edwinstowe, to take part in a Forestry Commission free Discovery Day.

There he will inspire folk to contribute a poetic line and combine everyone’s creative ideas into a modern day saga of Sherwood Forest.

Dave explained:

“The perambulation of Sherwood Forest was last carried out in 1662 by officials to check the boundary was being respected and ensure venison were not being taken.  I want to replicate the original journey as far as possible and see how the landscape has changed and the threats posed to the remaining ancient woodland.  I’m doing the walk in sections and the idea is to inspire and talk to people about the environment, see what it means to them and host creative workshops.  Most of the walking should be done by Guy Fawkes Night and I aim to produce the results in the New Year.  Like any adventure, you never quite know what is going to happen.”

The Sherwood Pines Discovery Day runs between 10am and 4pm.  As well as poetry there’ll be axe racing, Nordic walking, bike rides, wildlife displays, a mass tree hug and shelter building – all to celebrate the wonder of the woods.

Pam Warhurst, Forestry Commission Chair, said:

“We have fantastic woodlands and we want to get everyone involved helping us celebrate in Sherwood Pines.”

More information on 01623 822447, or at www.forestry.gov.uk/EastMidlands

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AREA 51’s annual BMX Skate and Scooter Jam

Doncaster youngster Jay Gratton in action.

Over 70 riders competed in the sixth annual Sprotbrough Skate Jam organised by the enthusiastic AREA 51 user group.

Talented skateboarders, BMX rider’s, freestyle scooters and  Inline skaters entertained the 400 strong crowd during the 7 hour ‘extreme’ sport competition with competitors travelling from all over the borough to the Anchorage Lane site.

Steve Gratton, chairman of the AREA 51 user group said “It was great to see the talented young people of Doncaster showing off their skills to such a large crowd and hope some of the new parish councillors support us in our efforts to expand and develop this great facility”

Anybody interested in helping the group should contact the team at staff@area51doncaster.co.uk call Kev Bagshaw on 07801 735 580 or follow them on Twitter @area51doncaster

The results………….

 Skateboard  under 17                                                                                Skateboard  17 +

1st     John Sykes                                                                                          1st     Adam Collingburn

2nd    Connor Parkin                                                                                    2nd    Daniel  Gaylor

3rd    Andy White                                                                                           3rd     Tony Watson

  BMX   under 17                                                                                             BMX  17+

1st     Tom Harrison                                                                                       1st     Michael Walker

2nd    Max Jennings                                                                                      2nd     Dave Murden

3rd    Mitch Gannon                                                                                       3rd     Liam Shipley

  Scooter                                                                                                              Blades

1st    Curtis Morris                                                                                          1st     Kai Foster

2nd   Jay Gratton                                                                                            2nd     Lee Morris

3rd   Adam Lomas                                                                                          3rd     Elijah Horne

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Casino Royale Comes To Sprotbrough

Shaken not stirred! Chris & Trish with a familiar face

Ever fancied yourself as a bit of a goldfinger – well here’s your licence to thrill!  Come along to Sprotbrough Country Club on Saturday 2nd July and enjoy an evening of Poker, Black Jack, Roulette, music and prizes.  Tickets are £10.00 each and the fun begins at 8.00 pm with canapés and martini cocktails (shaken not stirred) served on arrival  by our very own Miss Bunnypennies.  While diamonds are forever, tickets are selling fast so don’t delay, contact Chris on 07904972738 or the Country Club on (01302) 853454.  Go on – you only live twice!
All the proceeds from this event will go to this year’s Cusworth Music Festival (28th August) which once again will support The Aurora Centre as it’s designated charity.  This Festival will be held on Sunday 28th August and you can check out www.cusworthmusicfestival.co.uk for more information and band line-up.

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Fancy a nice cup of tea?

Ann with a Flowering Tea Bloom

A former Royal Mail human resources manager has lifted the lid on a new career by turning a hobby into a growing online speciality tea business.  Ann Davis from Doncaster set up The Tea Experience, originally selling traditional China teapots, after being inspired by a gift from her husband, Paul.  The business is expanding and now offers a complete tea drinking experience from imported loose tea to tea ware and gifts.

Recovering from breast cancer a few years ago, Ann was looking for a new direction which would give her the quality of work and lifestyle balance she wanted and with support from Paul, she established The Tea Experience.  What’s surprising about Ann’s new venture is that she has transformed herself from being a non tea drinker to a tea guru, having trained with international tea masters in London.

Importing loose tea from the Far East, Germany and the UK from specialist tea importers and wholesalers, the company ensures consistency of taste and quality for its customers.  The husband and wife team have been lucky enough to travel and work in the Far East, mainly in China, over a number a years.   Each trip provided the opportunity to try a variety of teas which often made them question the quality of what they were drinking at home.

The actual turning point was the gift of a Yixing ‘purple sand’ China teapot. After learning more about them and frequently being asked by friends where they could buy one, the enterprising couple decided to sell the teapots themselves. It was only natural that a small range of teas was added.

The growing business is always looking for innovative new products to bring to the UK market and its latest launch, an artisan tea, is causing a stir.   The Flowering Tea Bloom, a blossoming beverage handmade to order for the company by an award-winning producer in China, offers top quality blooms ensuring customers get the benefit of both great tasting tea and a stunning floral display too.

The blooms are skilfully made with silver needle green tea, a tea variant with leaves that are long and slender rather than the usual Camilla Sinesis leaves.  This tea also has a very fine coating of silver hairs which give the tea blooms a distinctive greyish appearance before it is infused.   The tea leaves are sorted by size and then made into miniature hand sewn bouquets with the dried flowers at the centre.

The artisan skill can take up to 10 minutes to make one bloom.  The tea is light and delicate with a whispered hint of the flowers. The Chinese believe that the flowers may also have health benefits, in the same way we drink flower teas in the UK, so combining this with known benefits of green tea this is a refreshing and healthy drink.

Commenting on her growing tea business, Ann Davis said: “After appreciating the quality of some loose teas versus teabags on our travels, it has become our passion and goal to encourage others to try loose tea.   We want our customers to enjoy a whole tea experience from trying the very best quality loose teas in the most beautiful traditional teapots.  We are still very small, but I can’ believe that my hobby of selling teapots is now growing into a viable website business.  It’s very exciting times for us and we are currently investing in new branding and marketing to help build the business further.”

The Tea Experience on the web……….website………..facebook……….twitter

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