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


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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