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Golden Years

UNIQUE LUXURY CARE HOME NOW OPEN

Luxury elderly care provider Hadrian Healthcare Group’s newest home, The Manor House Knaresborough, is now open and providing a fabulous home from home for elderly residents.

The Manor House is at Hambleton Grove in Knaresborough. Inside it is light, bright and spacious. Furnishings are luxurious and comfortable, and carefully chosen colours, textures and accessories create a homely feel in a traditional style with a contemporary twist.

Karen Johnson, manager at The Manor House said: “We’re right in the heart of the community and we aim to provide the highest quality of residential, dementia and respite care for elderly people.

“Each person’s care is based on their individual needs. We make sure each person is involved in the decisions about their care and accommodation so they can enjoy their life with us to the full.”

All suites are beautifully appointed each with private ensuite bathroom facilities. There is a bar and café, numerous bistros and a purpose designed hair and beauty salon as well as a whole suite dedicated to resident wellness including massage, foot spa and occupational therapy.

Our ‘Chesters’ accommodation in The Manor House is specifically designed to provide surroundings that are homely, safe and stimulating for people with dementia and other memory impairments. Staff are specially trained and at all times care is individualised and person-centred.

As well as care staff, a team of in-house chefs prepare all the catering using locally sourced fresh produce, and a lifestyle co-ordinator organises social and special interest activities.

Visitors are welcome to come along and see our facilities first-hand and we look forward to seeing you in the near future. http://www.hadrianhealthcare.co.uk

Trafford Housing Trust, Trafford’s largest provider of affordable homes is delighted to launch its latest and flagship independent living scheme, Fiona Gardens in central Sale, Cheshire. Fiona Gardens offers 71 prestigious apartments, aimed predominately at over 55’s for people with care and support needs but who can continue to enjoy living independently in the knowledge that their changing care needs will be looked after by a team of professional people.

Residents can look forward to the independence of their own high quality apartment, complimented by a range of communal lounges, restaurant, activity rooms, private courtyard as well as landscaped gardens. Fiona Gardens has redefined affordable, independent living and offers residents the freedom to socialise and entertain, or get involved in various social activities. Being at the heart of Sale transportation links are excellent with easy access to the first class shopping, sporting and rural attributes that the Borough of Trafford offers.

Trafford Housing Trust provides a range of affordable housing, both for rent and shared ownership and has a significant development programme of new homes. For full details on Fiona Gardens and our other schemes, please visit www.traffordhousingtrust.co.uk

TrustCall, a division of Trafford Housing Trust, provides a monitoring and response service 24 hours a day for older and vulnerable people.

TrustCall can also supply monitoring equipment – from simple pendant alarms to sophisticated sensors – which can help manage symptoms caused by epilepsy, dementia and other conditions. In addition Trustcall can offer a complete assessment, installation, monitoring and response service.

TrustCall can further tailor bespoke packages to meet your specific needs such as short term care (e.g. for when family or a carer are away) or longer-term solutions as required. Our range of services can also be selected individually or as part of a package, with both rental and purchase options available on many products.

With over 20 years’, experience TrustCall is one of only twenty five monitoring services in UK which has been accredited to platinum standard by the Telecare Services Association – the national industry association for telecare services.

Using a service like TrustCall not only brings peace of mind to friends and family- it also offers a more independent approach to living to its customers.

TrustCall, trust us to be there when you need us most.

Your Retirement Adviser is a bespoke advisory service offered by Phillip Bates & Co Financial Services for those approaching retirement.

The pensions marketplace as always been a complex one but the approaching ‘Freedom & Choice in Pensions’ legislation will make specialist advice even more important for individuals, particularly as they plan for their approaching retirement.

We offer friendly, clear advice on all aspects of pension income and, because of our extensive experience in the online marketplace can offer a superior service either on a ‘face to face’ basis, by phone or by email.

We have been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Chartered Financial Planners’ by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). This title is only awarded to firms with a commitment to developing and maintaining the knowledge and capability of their people and we pride ourselves on this.

Visit our website at www.yourretriementadviser.co.uk or call us on 0151 353 1066.

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    Planning Ahead/Funeral Care

    Dealing with the death of a loved one will always be difficult. With emotions running high, it can be hard to cope with personal distress as well as organising the funeral. And this is why sourcing the right funeral director is so important. These professionals will ensure everything runs smoothly and alleviate the sadness this delicate time brings by easing the administrative burden that results from someone’s passing.

    Some people find planning the funeral with family and friends helps in their grieving, whilst others prefer to take a step back, either way, talking through with an understanding professional about how they would like to be involved, can easily be achieved.  Those who look ahead and plan their own funeral find it peaceful to know that they are in good hands and that all will be as they wish it to be.

    The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser only advertise companies whom they believe can provide our readers with a quality service.

    Planning ahead

    Planning your own funeral may sound morbid, but it can save your loved ones a substantial amount of money. Apart from alleviating the financial burden of your survivors, planning your own funeral

    ensures that you will have the funeral you want, and relieves your survivors of the guesswork entailed as they try to figure out what kind of funeral you would have wanted. Here are five reasons to start planning:

    1: Get What You Want. When you plan your own funeral, you ensure that you get everything you want and nothing that you don’t. You can decide what you want done with your remains, whether it’s to be buried, cremated or donated to science. If you choose to be buried, you can choose your own burial plot, mausoleum (above ground tomb) and casket. If you’d rather be cremated, you can choose whether to

    place your ashes in a columbarium, which is a mausoleum dedicated to this purpose, or be scattered according to your wishes. You can also choose the type of memorial service you want by requesting that your loved ones throw a party to celebrate a life well lived, without your body present, or decide to have a traditional funeral service with a viewing of your casket.

    2: Save Money. Most funerals are planned after the person has already died. It’s done by family members who are grieving the loss of someone they love. The decision to pay £2,000 for a quaint, cosy coffin or £10,000 for the platinum, silk-lined casket with gold trim is entirely your decision. Making decisions ahead of time can reduce the amount of “emotional” money spent.

    3: Pay in Advance. All you’ll need to do is appoint someone in charge and make sure they know where the money is.

    4: Lessen the Burden on Your Loved Ones. Losing someone you love is an emotional and very difficult time. Scrambling to make funeral arrangements and find the money to pay for them are not ideal ways to spend the first few days of grieving. By planning your own funeral in advance, you’ve given your loved ones a gift. You’re allowing them to focus on their grief and celebrate your life without worrying about what to do next.

    5: Peace of Mind. Lastly, planning your own funeral gives you peace of mind. You’ll know that, when the time comes, things will be done your way with your money. You’ll have taken the burden off of your loved ones ad made your own decisions.

    Festive Season 2020

    christmasChristmas as we know it today

    Christmas hasn’t always been so glamorous and celebratory. At the beginning of the 19th century, businesses didn’t even consider it a holiday. However, by the end of the century it had become the biggest annual celebration and took on the form that we recognise today. The transformation happened quickly, and came from all sectors of society. Many believe Queen Victoria should be thanked for this.

    German-born Prince Albert, who Queen Victoria married, introduced some of the most prominent aspects of Christmas. In 1848 the Illustrated London News published a drawing of the royal family celebrating around a decorated Christmas tree. This soon become as much of a childhood  tradition for Prince Albert, as it did for families in Britain who started decorating their trees bedecked with candles, sweets, fruit, homemade decorations and small gifts. Christmas for Victorians began to become more of an important and celebrated time of the year than it had ever done before.

    In 1843 Henry Cole, an English civil servant and inventor from Somerset, commissioned an artist to design a card for Christmas. The illustration showed a group of people around a dinner table and a Christmas message, but at one shilling each, they were too pricey for ordinary Victorians. The sentiment however caught on and many children including Queen Victoria’s were encouraged to make their own Christmas cards. Some years later, coloured printing had become more advanced and the price of card production dropped significantly. With that and the introduction of the half penny postage rate, the Christmas card industry took off and by the 1880s the sending of cards had become hugely popular. The commercialisation of Christmas was well on its way.

    The commercial Christmas tradition began by Victorians in 1848 when a British confectioner called Tom Smith invented a bold new way to sell sweets. Inspired by a trip to Paris where he saw bon bons and sugared almonds wrapped in twists of paper, he came up with the idea of the Christmas cracker, and by the late Victorian period the sweets were replaced by small gifts and paper hats. The cracker wasn’t the only change to tradition. Gift giving had always been at New Year but moved as Christmas became more important to the Victorians. Initially gifts were rather modest consisting of fruit, nuts, sweets and small handmade trinkets which were hung on the Christmas tree, but as gift giving became more central to the festival, and the gifts became bigger and shop-bought, they moved under the tree. The Victorians also changed the Christmas dinner to how we know it today. The feast originated before the Middle Ages but changed shape throughout the Victorian era. Early Victorian recipes show mince pies were initially made from meat, a tradition dating back to Tudor times. The roast turkey has its beginnings in Victorian Britain too. Previously other forms of roasted meat such as beef and goose were the centrepiece of the Christmas dinner. The turkey was added to this by the more wealthy sections of the community in the 19th century, but its perfect size for a middle class family gathering meant it became the dominant dish by the beginning of the 20th century. Carols were also not new to the Victorians, but it was a tradition that they actively revived. The first significant collection of carols was published in 1833.

    Today we hold on to many Victorian Christmas traditions. It was in fact the Victorians after all who transformed the idea of Christmas to be centered around the family. And while Charles Dickens did not invent the Victorian Christmas, his book titled A Christmas Carol helped to popularise and spread the traditions of the festival. Its themes of family, charity, goodwill, peace and happiness encapsulate the spirit of the Victorian Christmas, and are very much a part of the Christmas we celebrate today.

    A magical time of the year

    Christmas is loved throughout the world. It is a magical time of the year, not just for children, but for adults too. For Christians, it’s much more than just the warmth of festivities that makes this time of the year extra special, it’s the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ too. For those who don’t hold Jesus close to their hearts, Christmas is still a significant time of the year. The simple joys of Christmas include listening to Christmas carols whilst holding a cup of hot chocolate, or perhaps enjoying an equally warming mulled wine, and when coming home, being met with the warmth from inside is such a welcoming feeling, one that goes hand in hand with lit candles, twinkling lights and pretty decorations too.

    Everyone knows Christmas is near when the Christmas tree is up and the streets are a bright with fairy lights. Even the gloomiest of people can be seen with a glimmer of a smile. When it comes to decorating your home and carefully assembling the tree, the pleasure of doing so is just as enjoyable as seeing the finishing touches bring Christmas home. This joy is exhilarated when you know there is a gift waiting for you under the tree. To know the gifts under the tree have come from the heart makes them extra special. A lot of care and thought have gone into selecting the right present for the right person, that’s why Christmas shopping is just brilliant. Late night shopping, all the hustle and bustle, the town centre brimming with sparkle, a wonderful experience not to miss. It is the only time of the year that you can enjoy the delights of a traditional Christmas market. With so many pretty stalls, full of all sorts of Christmas surprises, you always end up finding perfect gifts for everyone in your life.

    Tis the season to be merry, a time in the year full of indulgence, excitement and anticipation, a time where family and friends are brought together to share good times. Christmas should be cherished and enjoyed to the fullest.

    For the ultimate Christmas feeling, those celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ will understand why attending at least one special service is a must.  Attending the midnight service in the chilly winter is the most blessed feeling in the world. You cannot help but feel a warm glow. It is this time that truly makes one realize how thankful we should be to the Almighty for all the blessings he has showered upon us.

    Eating Out on Christmas Day

    Christmas is a time to rejoice. It’s a special time in the year for families to come together and enjoy each other’s company through fun and laughter. And that’s why booking somewhere nice to enjoy a festive dinner on Christmas Day is something that needs to be seriously considered. But why break a much loved Christmas tradition? It’s quite simple really, this way everyone can enjoy themselves instead of piling all the cooking, preparing, cleaning and serving on just one family member. It makes sense to have someone else do all the hard work. You see, while everyone else enjoys their food and drink, the cook of the household is far too wrapped up making sure everyone else is having a good time to actually join in any of the merry antics of Christmas Day themselves.

    By the time the presents have been unwrapped, the irritating re-enforced packaging removed from all the kids gifts, wrapping discarded and presents put away, it’s time to start the mammoth task of preparing and cooking Christmas dinner. But while the cooks busy slaving away in the kitchen, everyone else is relaxing enjoying good times. The cook can’t possibly relax until all the plates, cutlery and pots have been washed and put away, by which time everyone else is in full swing enjoying Christmas Day. Wouldn’t it be nice to push the boat out a little, make a special effort, join together for a delicious festive celebration and be waitered on?

    It has become increasingly more popular to opt for a Christmas dinner out somewhere nice, so to avoid disappointment it is best book up as soon as you can.

    Property

    Tenants Flood Online To Find New Property

    Q: I don’t seem to get much of a response when I advertise my property locally, where can I find tenants?

    A: 92% of tenants start their search for a new property online so if you’re a landlord it’s no longer good enough to only use a high street property agent and take traditional routes to market. It’s time to change.

    People are looking on mobile devices for their next property, with a 50% increase in the last 12 months, whether that’s on the way to work or walking home from yoga. In fact, 39% of tenants are now searching for their next property out of hours, meaning traditional estate agents aren’t able to catch this segment of the market.

    It might be tempting to ignore this trend, people will always want places to live, right? And besides, traditional ways of advertising your properties have never failed before. This is a dangerous attitude to have, look no further than Airbnb. It’s a great example of what is happening to the UK rental market as new channels emerge for advertising property.

    22% of landlords use classified adverts, but the times are changing. Landlords must change their behaviour to ensure they  effectively advertise their properties in the digital world too.

    For more online property advertising resources please visit: info.upad.co.uk/jp1

    James Davis Portfolio Landlord & Property Expert

    When you choose The Herald & Advertiser to advertise anything property related you can rest assured that you will be reaching an audience. You can call the advertising department on; 01452 311 811.

    Motoring

    Please see our regular Motoring Publication below featuring only the best of Yorkshire motoring.

    Cavendish Motors Limited

    Cavendish Motor Workshop was established in 2009, ever since then the company is still growing. First step was to move the workshop to a bigger environment to expand the business. Now situated in 56-57a Storforth Lane Trading Estate. Since 2014 we have taken over the ownership of the Cavendish Motors Part Department. In 2016 we have changed the name back to original to Cavendish Motors Limited. As well as the service we bring forward with Cavendish Motors Limited we also bring the history. As of 2016 we can now carry out Air Con Re-Gas, Air-Con Services, Automatic Gearbox Flush & Fill’s and smoke tests all in house.

    If you’re looking for a reliable Land Rover or Range Rover specialist in Chesterfield, look no further than Cavendish Motors Limited.  At Cavendish Motors, we have worked hard to build a reputation for offering a trusted and “value for money” service to all our customers in Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield etc. We understand the importance of good customer service, with the majority of our work gained through positive word of mouth and repeat custom.

    Since first starting our Land Rover and Range Rover repairs business, we have always worked hard to provide a quality-focused service to each of our customers. Our services include engine diagnostics, servicing, repairs and rebuilds, fitting new exhausts, brakes and gearboxes as well as cam-belt repairs and MOT.

    We now stock a large number of Land Rover and Range Rover parts, we can complete the majority of repairs using original components. We supply and fit a large choice of vehicle accessories including tow bars, side steps, fog light kits and roof racks.

    Using state if the art equipment we carry out wheel alignments for all makes and models of Range Rovers, Land Rovers and all types of performance sports car. This is a service we are particularly proud to offer, as many garages find it difficult to correctly align the wheels of Land Rovers due to their adjustable air suspension systems.

    Whether you own a classic Land Rover or a brand new Ranger Rover, the team at Cavendish Motors will meet your needs with confidence.

    Diesel vs Petrol

    Which is right for you?

    One of your first choices when changing a car is deciding whether to go for a petrol or diesel model. We weigh up the pros and cons of both types of fuel.

    If you are thinking about purchasing a new car, even the most basic research will reveal that on average, a diesel car can cost around £1,400 more than its petrol equivalent. The initial cost of choosing diesel over petrol can eventually be recouped due to diesel engine’s better fuel efficiency. However, latest figures suggest that it could take driving as many as 45,000 miles before your diesel car would begin to save you money. But diesel cars do hold more value than there predecessor. Second-hand diesels tend to be more in demand due to their reputation for providing better economy. Diesels also have lower tax rates thanks to their lower CO2 emissions which are in fact 20% lower than petrol.

    Something else to consider when purchasing a car is the period between services. The length of time in-between each service tends to be longer for diesel engines but the cost of parts are often higher,  whereas petrol engines need to be serviced at shorter intervals, but the parts are cheaper.

    When it comes down to driving and the old perception that diesel engines are noisier, slower and dirtier than their petrol equivalents no longer holds quite as true. A new generation of turbo engines from car manufacturers are proving to be more than a match for their petrol equivalents; matching them in terms of performance, smoothness and noise levels. Diesel engines are also able to produce high torque at low speeds and so are good for overtaking.

    And at the pump the days of diesel being far cheaper are long gone. The difference in price these days between petrol and diesel are very narrow.

    When it comes down to mileage, diesel engines will in general get you an average of 15 to 20% more miles per gallon than petrol, but that does depend on how they are driven. But be aware that petrol engines are catching up in terms of mileage by using smaller, more efficient, turbo-charged engines, but that said, new diesel powered cars are improving too.

    Diesels carbon footprint may be good, but, it does still produce a harmful by product in the form of tiny particles which have been linked to asthma. Petrol vehicles are closing the gap in terms of their environmental impact by using hybrid engines. The introduction of sulphur-free petrol in the near future will help further reduce the environmental impact of petrol.

    So what are the alternative forms of fuel? Well there’s Liquid Petroleum Gas or LPG. LPG costs half the price of diesel or petrol but has lower fuel economy. LPG does however have significantly lower CO2 emissions. Most petrol engines can be converted to run on LPG and petrol which involves a one-off conversion cost of around £1,600. It is not currently possible to convert a diesel engine to run with LPG. The major drawbacks for LPG are its limited availability (only 1,400 refuelling stations in the UK). What LPG is to petrol, Biodiesels are to diesel and can be used with little modification needed to the engine. Like LPG the advantages of biodiesel is that it has very low carbon emissions (pure biodiesel is 100% carbon neutral), but again suffers from a lack of availability.

    Both diesel and petrol offer their own unique advantages to the motorist. Diesel’s superior fuel consumption is a big selling point, but because of the higher cost of diesel cars it only really makes sense to drivers who are clocking up over 15,000 miles a year. Any gap between diesel and petrol in terms of performance, efficiency and environmental impact is narrowing all the time.

    Mercedes-Benz-S-500-Intelligent-Drive-self-driving-carThe future for self-driven cars Mercedes-Benz Self-driving car is unveiled. It is expected to be ready within seven years. And after already successfully demonstrating autonomous driving in rural and urban traffic, there is no reason to doubt the company’s expectations. It wasn’t that long ago that the Mercedes Benz S 500 Intelligent Drive research vehicle, drove autonomously for 62 miles through a 100-kilometre-long route from Mannheim to Pforzheim in Germany. It was there that it overcame some difficult situations involving traffic lights, roundabouts, pedestrians, cyclists and trams.

    There will of course be situations where the driver needs to be in control of the vehicle. In these circumstances the car hands control back over to the driver. This all fine and well, but the difficulty comes in the way autonomous vehicles will need to communicate and interact with other cars.

    ‘Where a human driver might boldly move forward into a gap, our autonomous vehicle tends to adopt a more cautious approach,’ said Prof Ralf Herrtwich, head of driver assistance and suspension systems at Daimler.

    ‘This sometimes results in comical situations, such as when, having stopped at a zebra crossing, the vehicle gets waved through by the pedestrian – yet our car stoically continues to wait, because we failed to anticipate such politeness when we programmed the system.’

    There is obviously still a lot of work that needs be carried out to get this car to market, but I’m sure as many of you will agree, the technology used to create a car such as this is quite simply remarkable.  The move could help Daimler regain its position as the leading luxury car market from its rival BMW, but there not the only ones who plan to open up a whole new way of driving. They are joined with the likes of Sweden’s Volvo, Vauxhall’s U.S. parent General Motors and Germany’s Volkswagen, who are all working on the same technology too.

    Whats On/Days Out in your area and beyond

    The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser recognizes that families in the UK are always looking for something new and something exciting to try. Our ‘What’s On’ Features have become increasingly popular over the years. We ask our readers; “So you’re trying to plan another day out for the whole family, but just aren’t sure where to start?” And then naturally, we give them some ideas!
    Our advertisers range from smaller, more localized attractions or tourist hot spots around Yorkshire through to the bigger, national theatres, theme-parks, castles and events.
    A favourite amongst readers have always been the the more subtle atmosphere and educational aspect of the more local parks, farms, zoos and aquariums. Everyone likes a trip to the Zoo – today it’s more about conserving our world wild life and children can learn about the caring aspect, as well as have a super day out. In addition to featuring numerous zoos scattered throughout the UK – there have been plenty of specialized wild life centres specialising in small animals, birds, insects and butterflies that have benefited from their feature in the ‘Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser’.
    One successful feature we ran recently for example was;
    “For those who what a change why not visit an exhibition or museum?”
    We focused here on the fact that ‘Museums are no longer those stuffy places to visit you might remember when you were younger; instead they now provide hands-on experiences for even the youngest children and cater for all types of genres.’ We explained to readers that;
    ‘Whether its dinosaurs, a celebrity or certain time period that you and your family are interested, if you look hard enough there is certain to be a specialist exhibition in a museum somewhere to cater for your desires.’ The advertisers featured in this piece commented after the feature that the response was even better than predicted. Below are some of our regular advertisers who have all benefited from the Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser marketing their business and their products to the numerous couples, families and groups that pick up our publication.

    Pets & Animal Care

    Est. 40 years this year, Look North Grooming & Training Centre Ltd has proved to be one of the top dog and cat grooming salons in the country. We use only the best quality products that accommodate all skin and coat types and we are continuously updating styles and techniques to conform to the grooming standards.

    Proprietor and Senior Stylist, Joanne Angus, is one of the founder members of the Guild of Master Groomers, and also Groom Team England which represents our country in the World Championships. Joanne, and Zoe Duffy who is our tutor and head stylist, are highly respected competition judges and examiners for the Pet Industry Federation. Joanne and Zoe also hold the highest grooming award, Licentiateship of the City and Guilds Institute (LCGI).

    With this amount of experience and knowledge under one roof where else would you want to take your dog or cat for grooming? With individual requirements and needs, each animal is treated with the professional care they deserve during their stay with us.

    Look North has no added extras or hidden costs because to us a pets wellbeing doesn’t mean some of it, but all of it! Prices quoted include bathing, drying, trimming & styling, hand stripping, nail and ear care and health checks with variances only dictated by breed, condition and owners request.

    Contact Look North Grooming & Training Centre Ltd on 01535 661776 for further information or to book an appointment.

    Fireworks night can be terrifying for many dogs, but did you know that teaching dogs to cope with noise fears in advance can help lessen the stress they experience when they hear the unexpected whizz, pop and bang of fireworks? To avoid the fear and anguish many dogs will go through during fireworks displays, it’s so important that owners plan ahead to help them and their dogs feel prepared and comfortable when 5th November comes around. Gradually teaching your dog that noises are not scary will help them be able to cope with unexpected noises over time. This usually involves playing recorded versions of the scary noises, but starting at such a low volume that your dog is not worried by them. The volume and direction of sounds are changed over time, but so slowly that your dog does not show any signs of fear. The sounds should also be associated with something that they enjoy, such as their favourite treats or a game. Dogs who are very frightened already may require support from a qualified, experienced behaviourist. For more tips and advice visit Dogs Trust Dog School, a national network of experienced trainers providing fun, educational courses for all dog owners based on up-to-date scientific research.  Using reward-based training methods, we teach the key skills your dog needs to thrive in everyday situations, including focusing on helping dogs to cope with unusual sounds, so they remain relaxed and happy! We’ll help teach you how to slowly introduce noises to your dogs and help them learn that fireworks are not so scary after all!  Courses are five weeks long, with a free introductory session. To find your nearest dog school visit www.dogstrustdogschool.org.uk and take your first step towards making the most of your relationship with your four-legged friend now.

    200,000 cats and kittens helped every year, but still many more need help.

    Cats Protection is the UK’s leading feline welfare charity. Through our network of over 250 volunteer-run branches and 34 centres, we help care for abandoned cats and kittens across the UK.

    Our vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.

    It’s an ambitious vision. However, we truly believe it can be achieved because of our passion, our professional approach and simply because cats are among the UK’s most popular companion pets.
    We have simple and clear objectives to help cats:

    • Homing – we help to find good homes for cats in need
    • Neutering – we promote the benefits of neutering to prevent unwanted litters from being born and becoming the abandoned cats of tomorrow
    • Information – we improve people’s understanding of cats and their care and help to educate people of all ages about cats and their welfare requirements

    We live in a world where there are many more cats than available homes and yet large numbers of unneutered cats are still allowed to have kittens. Sadly, abandoned and neglected cats remain commonplace.

    At any one time we can have many thousands of cats in our care across the country. And there are many more that need our help. They may be abandoned, unwanted, mistreated or seeking a new home because their owners can’t care for them any longer. Old, sick, frightened…each cat that arrives in our care is different and we are committed to giving each and every one, the love and care they need for as long as it takes to find them a loving home.

    Every cat that comes into us is health checked, treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated and neutered to get them ready for rehoming. We also microchip every cat, so that if they do become separated from their new owner the pair can be quickly reunited.

    This dedication ensures the best possible start in their new life. However, such a high level of care comes at a high cost. From the moment a cat comes into our care, to the happy day they leave with their new family, we will do all we can to ensure the best start in their new home.

    We never put a healthy cat to sleep

    It is our ambition to help even more cats than we do already and cats and their welfare are at the heart of everything we do.

    We can only be there for all the cats and kittens that need us with the support of kind friends, friends who are caring and generous cat lovers kind enough to consider making a significant gift towards our work. Not only can you help us to continue to offer shelter, food and care to thousands of unwanted cats and kittens – you can also help to make the world a better place for every cat by helping to educate people to become better owners and by supporting neutering programmes that will stop unplanned litters becoming the unwanted cats of tomorrow.

    Can you help give cats a better today and a brighter tomorrow?

    Please consider becoming a Friend of our new Black Cat Society. For further information, please contact Mandy Pope our Major Gift Manager on 01625 877 208 or email Mandy mandy.pope@cats.org.uk

    www.cats.org.uk/bcs

    NEW SERVICE LAUNCH – TRAIN THE TRAINER THE GRAYLING WAY

    With over 25 years’ experience working with dogs, Cumbrian based Professional Dog Trainer, Ingrid Grayling, has helped literally 1000’s of dog owners to train their dogs to enable both dog and owners to have a fulfilling, happy and enjoyable life together.

    Now, she has decided to share her knowledge and vast experience and has launched a new service offering animal lovers the opportunity to become professional dog trainers through her 3 day intensive training courses – Train the Trainer The Grayling Way.

    The courses will run throughout the year with an option of either one-to-one or a maximum of 2 individuals on each course at any one time. Ingrid offers a highly personal experience for the participants on all of her courses and says:  “The course is extremely interesting because of the mixture of both theory and practical work. I wanted to create a really personal course where people receive my undivided attention and gain the

    most out of it at the highest level” says Ingrid. “Also I want my students to walk away armed with enough knowledge and confidence to set up their own business”.

    The course includes not only the practical techniques and approaches to training any type of dog, but also covers the necessary people and business skills for a successful and professional career as well as a 6 month support period from Ingrid once the course ends.

    For more information please visit www.ingrid-grayling.com or call 01931 715282.

    Dog Blood Donors
    By Helen McCrorie
    Senior Vet at Hollybank Veterinary Centre
    As with humans, dogs sometimes require blood transfusions. We have access to a National Pet Blood Bank which can provide us with lots of different blood products but sometimes a transfusion directly from a donor is most appropriate for our patients. This can provide platelets that are essential to help the blood clot.  No products available from the Pet Blood Bank can provide us with such components.  The added benefit to our patients of having donor blood is that it is available immediately, without having to wait for it to be delivered from the blood bank.
    We appreciate that many people may not be familiar with the procedure for dogs to give blood. We only ask dogs who are over 25kg in weight and not on any medication.  We perform a thorough clinical exam and run a full blood screen on all dogs prior to them donating to ensure that they are in good health.  We clip fur from the neck and place a needle into the jugular vein to collect the blood. Most dogs happily lie comfortably on their side whilst this is being done. The whole procedure only takes about ten minutes and afterwards they can have something to eat and drink and a big fuss.
    We like to send all our donors home with a free bag of their normal food as thanks to them and to their owners for their participation.  Dog blood donors really do save lives and we are incredibly grateful.  By the very nature of blood donation we often need to call on our donors at short notice.  We understand owners may not always be available to bring them down and so try to maintain a list of a number of suitable ‘donor’ dogs.
    This year we are also planning to run a blood donor session for the Pet Blood Bank.  This works in the same way as human collection does and we organise the premises, donors (and refreshments!) for the Pet Blood Bank to collect blood for their national bank that aids dogs all over the country. They will take blood in exactly the same way as described above here at Hollybank and instead of being used immediately it will be stored by the Pet Blood Bank to help dogs all over the country.
    The Pet Blood Bank is a registered charity that was launched in 2007 and has since provided over 10,000 units of blood products and helped save thousands of dogs lives. If you would like your dog to be considered as a donor there are certain criteria that they need to meet.
    Donors should:
    • be aged between one and eight years old
    • weigh more than 25kg
    • have a good temperament
    • never have travelled abroad
    • be up to date on all vaccinations
    • be fit and healthy
    • not be on any medication
    For any further information or to register your dog as a blood donor please contact Helen McCrorie on 01606 880890 or helen@hollybankvets.co.uk For more information about the Pet Blood Bank visit www.petbloodbankuk.org

    Computers & IT

    Choosing The Right Computer Repair Company

    When your computer stops working, you want the quickest possible way to fix it. Often, your own skills are not enough to solve the problems your computer is experiencing and you need to contact a computer repair technician to assist with your problem.

    Not all computer support businesses are created equal.  Some may require that you bring your computer to them, whilst some offer to come to your home or business.  When looking for support for your computer, make sure you get the right service for you.

    Bringing Your Computer to Them

    There are two advantages to bringing your computer in for repair: You usually get a discount on the price and it allows the technician to have more time to concentrate on your particular problem.  The cons, however, are many: You need to have the requisite skill to reassemble your computer once you get it back (may not be a problem for some), if your problem was caused by something that you unplugged such as your monitor or printer the technician will see nothing wrong because it’s not attached when they look at it, and you very well may not have a computer for days which may be needed if you use your computer for business or online classes.

    Also, if your computer is away the technician cannot ask you questions or learn of other (possibly related problems) that could help them diagnose or fix other problems you never knew were fixable.  You also cannot ask questions or learn what the problem was or how to prevent it in the future.  This type of support — done incorrectly — usually involves you dropping your computer off and picking it up when it’s done with little to no explanation or after support care.

    Bringing the Support to You

    Technicians coming to your home or business is usually the best course.  Pros: You get a technician in-person that can talk to you about all your problems, you can usually show them what the problem is right there (or they can see it on your screen if you leave it there) and they can walk you through the solution.

    Usually the technician can diagnose and solve your problem right there in your home or office.  For those that are not-so-tech-savvy, this is usually the best course of action.  It’s the equivalent of having an appliance repair technician, plumber or the cable guy/gal in your home.  You have a problem, they come and fix it, they leave.

    So, you do have two options. On this page and throughout the issue you will find a number of Computer Repair Services that will be able to help you get through your computer related issues.

    Financial & Accountancy

    THE VALUE OF ADVICE

    There has been a flurry of reports lately trying to put a £ value on the value of advice. Most of them focus on how much more growth an advised investor can expect compared to a non-advised investor. The highly respected Russell Investment team came up with one answer. 3.24%. This is the additional investment growth an advised investor could expect in 2016. That additional growth comes from the effects of rebalancing, guided investor behaviour (into multi asset investments, for example), and correct allocation into the most appropriate tax wrappers. Another study – this time from International Longevity Centre and Royal London revealed that the advised are over £40,000 better off than the non-advised.

    The reality is, of course, much more complex than that. The more well-off you are, the more likely you are to benefit from advice. Our own internal research shows that the advice benefit can range from a relatively modest additional annual growth from a sensible investment strategy and rebalancing, to more than an additional 100% return through tax advantaged investments and reorganisation of investment vehicles.

    The sad reality is that the unintended consequence of regulatory intervention means that those who could most benefit from advice – the aspiring affluent – can least afford it. We intend to do something about that.

    By Julie Wilson

    www.pen-life.co.uk | 01904 661140 | office@pen-life.co.uk
    Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, Authorisation Number 212972.