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THE OUSE VALLEYS NO.1 LIFESTYLE MAGAZINE 16000 COPIES HAND DELIVERED Priceless OuseValleyLiving OctoberNovember 2015 The Style Issue AW15 at Bromham Mill Gallery 11.00am - 4.30pm BROM HAM MILL Bromham Mill Bridge End Bromham MK43 8LP Tickets 5 Adults 3 Concessions Phone 01234 718044 Email eventsbedford.gov.uk Sunday 18th October 2015 handmade in germany FOR THE LOVE OF HANDMADE DESIGN MILLMAN JEWELLERS OF DISTINCTION 2 Church Arcade Bedford Tel 01234 354026 Sunday opening and extended 4 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Style 14 STYLE AW15 trends 18 TREND sky blue pink 19 WIN 100 at Claytons 20 BEAUTY classic styles 22 KNITWEAR top picks 24 HAIR style up 26 MEN AW15 trends 27 WIN Lodgeway belt Lifestyle 33 FOOD walnut biscuits 38 GARDENS Rosemarys tips 42 NATURE great outdoors 46 A WALK Priory Park 49 PETS raw food debate 57 HEALTH diabetes 62 MOTORS Porsche 911GTS 66 MUSIC Milkys live scene And more... 58 SCIENCE did you know 60 HISTORY one of the best 68 BOOKS Emma Healey 69 FILMS Mad Max Fury Road 70 OVL where you read yours 72 ASTROLOGY in the stars 74 DIARY DATES whats on 81 MUSINGS recently I Meet the OVL writers... OctoberNovember 2015 Issue 105 Stephanie Sofokleous Feature Style Stephanie is an English Literature graduate from the University of Kent and a freelance journalist. Her love of fashion has steered her to specialise in fashion journalism. Stephanies favourite designer is Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and when shes not making notes on the latest trends she enjoys reading live music baking and trying to accumulate every piece of clothing she writes about. More insights from Stephanie can be found on her blog httpblood-sweat-and-heels.blogspot.co.uk Anthony Lowery Feature Films Review of the month Anthony is a writer for the stage and screen author and professional film journalist. He learned his craft from those educated folk at the University of Kent and from watching more movies than there are extras in Ben Hur. His debut novel yet to be titled is a mystery suspense due for release in 2016. Find me TonyGLowery. I promise not to follow you back. 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Advertising We deliver 16000 copies bi-monthly door-to-door in Biddenham Bletsoe Blunham Bromham Carlton Felmersham Great Denham Great Barford Harrold Melchbourne Milton Ernest Oakley Odell Pavenham Radwell Ravensden Sharnbrook Souldrop Stagsden Stevington Turvey Wilden Willington. OVL is also available to pick up in hundreds of selected outlets in Bedford Bolnhurst Box End Cardington Clapham Clifton Reynes Colmworth Cople Kempston Lavendon Olney Renhold Riseley Roxton Rushden Thurleigh Swineshead Yielden October November 2015 OVL design and production services provided by Skinny Dog Design Ltd 01234 345145 www.skinnydogdesign.co.uk Fur Boho 80s Red Ladylike Victoriana the AW15 catwalks showcased so many styles its hard to know where to start. Dont worry OVL Style writer Stephanie Sofokleous summarises the seasons trends to ensure your AutumnWinter look is always on point. Our Style edition also shows you how to work the pretty pale pinks and blues of the season into your wardrobe with shopping inspiration on page 18. And we feature the latest knitwear to keep you cosy now that the weather is turning. Not forgetting our fashion edit for men on page 26 highlighting the current trends. To perfect your chosen look Naomi Jones talks us through classic make-up styles that have stood the test of time while Kelly Gaye reveals how hair accessories can turn a plain do into something a little more interesting. And for the ultimate in enviable style enter our competitions to win a handcrafted Pampeano belt from Lodgeway Countrywear or one of two 100 vouchers for Claytons where you will be spoilt for choice with their unique blend of contemporary and classic labels. 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Even if youre not the fur coat type bursts of fluff can be found on accessories from bags to shoes and even on jewellery in the form of adorable pom poms. Eighties The 70s took over Summer and its the 80s turn this AutumnWinter. Power shoulders ruffles and big retro belts in dramatic jewel tones work to create powerful silhouettes. 7 8 9 10 6 54 32 1 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Stephanie Sofokleous 8 9 10 Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 15 Anna Lascata Emily Jacket 310 at Lodgeway Countrywear Wallis 1 Miss Selfridge Tan Suede Belted Coat 150 2 Miss Selfridge Tan Suede Shearling Gilet 175 3 Miss Selfridge Burgundy Suede Mini Skirt 65 4 New Look Tan Suedette Patchwork Bag 19.99 5 Jigsaw Frieda Fringed Cross Body 98 6 Dune Preda Ankle Boot 99 7 New Look Patchwork Suede Skirt 49.99 8 New Look Burgundy Suede Boots 59.99 9 New Look Suede Cape 49.99 10 Very Suede Fringe Cropped Jacket 120 1 Dune - Azara Court Shoes 69 2 Next Twill Jacket 50 3 Next Red Utility Shirt 35 4 Next A-Line Skirt 30 5 Phase Eight Shaniya Split Neck 49 6 Phase Eight Amari Beaded Blouse 69 7 Jaeger Wool Three Buttoned Coat 350 8 Mark Spencer Collection Poloneck 18 9 Tusting Tyringham Lathbury Tote 465 10 New Look Bardot Neck Dress 19.99 Trends SS15 Trends Boho Suede suede and more suede. Whether in the form of fringing patchwork or capes this smooth talker is taking a folksy turn this season. This trend means texture overload. Pile it on. Red A key shade for this season red is helping break up the monotony of the AutumnWinter colour palette. 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Tweed pussy bow blouses patent shoes and everything pink means that we can look like were ladies that lunch every day of the week. Victoriana This trend should be embraced by all those who believe this is the season of monochrome. Gothic floor length dresses and high neck blouses in black and white lace bring a brooding feel to a brooding season. 5 4 3 21 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 STYLE Jigsaw Debut Debenhams More insights from Stephanie can be found on her fashion beauty and lifestyle blog httpblood-sweat-and-heels.blogspot.co.uk 8 9 10 8 9 10 6 7 18 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Main pic - Taifun from Claytons Bedford 1. Marks Spencer Cashmilon Jumper 12.50 2. Gray Willow Coat 199 at House of Fraser 3. Dorothy Perkins Pink Shell Earrings 4 4. New Look Mini Chandelier Earrings 3.99 5. Jigsaw Leather Skirt 149 6. Jigsaw Ribbon Tie Sweater 89 7. White Stuff Lindyhop Cardi 45 8. Phase Eight Cable Swing Knit 79 9. Tusting Henley Briefcase in Honeydon Blue 435 10. Monsoon Topaz Dress 199 SKY BLUE PINK TREND WATCH 1 6 2 7 3 8 4 5 10 5 9 WIN WIN WIN To enter Email infoousevalleyliving.com quoting Claytons in the subject box and we will enter you into the prize draw. The winner will be drawn at random and notified by Friday 20 November. Closing date Friday 13 November. Entrants contact details will only be given to the provider of the prize and will not be passed on to any third party. TWO 100 GIFT VOUCHERS TO BE WON Claytons has been selling stylish quality clothing in Bedford since 1905 meaning that this year we proudly celebrate our 110th Anniversary. We moved out of the town centre in 2009 and now occupy spacious premises on the first floor of Hatters on Goldington Road where our near neighbours include the BMW showroom and Waitrose. To celebrate our incredible longevity as one of Bedfords oldest independently run businesses we are giving OVL readers the chance to win one of TWO 100 Gift Vouchers to spend in store. The lucky winners will have plenty of stylish clothing and accessories to choose from. Our menswear department stocks desirable brands such as Barbour Crew Robert Graham Ralph Lauren Eton John Smedley and Barker Shoes. The womenswear ranges are chosen to reflect the individuality of our style conscious customers. Our unique blend of contemporary and classic labels includes Oui Gerry Weber Adrianna Papell Masai Just White Betty Barclay Sandwich Barbour and Geox. Claytons can be found at Hatters 532 Goldington Road Bedford MK41 0DX Visit our website www.claytonsonline.co.uk Join us on Facebook at Claytons Bedford Store Phone the store 01234 352429 BEAUTY Naomi Jones shares more Secrets from the Salon.... Whats Your Beauty Style T heres always been style. Comparing Wilma Flintstone to Betty Rubble immediately demonstrates how individual looks in hair make-up and clothes were important even in prehistoric times. Look Im a beautician not an historian OK Anyway hair and make- up have evolved stylistically along with the clothes we wear often with striking differences. Lets look at a few Natural Boho Beauty Women didnt do fancy blow dries and make-up to go to Woodstock and they looked just gorgeous. Soft flowing and earthy theres a reason the bohemian look has had a loyal following for decades. The effortlessly chic style has some serious versatility and can work for a variety of occasions ranging from music festivals and lazy beach days to garden weddings and date nights. We support any look with that kind of clout The other thing we love about the boho goddess look is that it doesnt take much to create. Its really a matter of lightly accentuating your natural features. Bohemian style is all about letting your natural self shine especially your lovely face. Stick to minimal no make-up make-up for this look. For foundation opt for an illuminating product stay away from cakey powders or matte finishes. Think bronzer for your cheeks and neutral shadows finishing with a boho pout in pretty peach gloss. Film Star Glamour The most popular request from celebrities is to make their skin look amazing. Ensuring skin is hydrated gives it that plumped-up healthy glow. There is no rule on foundation it depends on skin type and tone using lighter textures where possible for a fresher finish. A cream concealer can disguise dark under-eye circles and give fuller coverage around the nose and chin areas. On the red carpet contouring is essential. Suck in your cheeks and follow the hollow with a natural matte bronzer. Paint across the temples and along the jawline for added definition and then dust a finely milled highlighter on top of the cheekbones down the nose and on the Cupids bow. Adding a light cream blusher will give skin natural-looking vitality and painting on a glorious red pout is a quick trick for the wow factor - not forgetting smoky eyes with lots of liquid eyeliner and false lashes. Young and Fresh We all want to look our best and by best we usually mean the most youthful version of ourselves But if youre not careful with your application make-up can actually make you look even older so you have to make sure you have the right products and know-how. Tinted moisturisers are great to even the complexion a cream blush adds a natural glow whilst eyes work with light neutral colours. Finish this look with a natural slick of gloss on the lips. Wild and Crazy From full brows to bright eyeliner there are lots of make-up looks seen on the catwalks and worn by celebrities that might seem too out there for daily wear. I mean really whos going to use stencils to apply her eyeshadow and then glue a giant piece of lace to her face We can however take ideas from our favourite source of inspiration - celebrities. Maybe not David Bowie in his Ziggy Stardust days or Lady Gaga with extreme cat eyes neon lips and big feathery lashes but just by taking one aspect such as fun eyelashes or bright eyeshadow. Remember youre aiming at a fun funky look not Ive just escaped from the circus 22 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Main pic - Betty Barclay from Claytons Bedford 1. Marks Spencer Autograph Jumper 65 2. Miss Selfridge Purple Ribbed Dress 3. Accessorize Aztec Poncho 29 4. Betty Barclay Knitted Jacket 100 5. Betty Barclay Knitted Top 65 6. Accessorize Fairisle Beanie 19 7. Next Fringed Cardigan 38 8. Jaeger Double Face Sweater 199 THE KNITWEAR EDIT TREND WATCH 1 6 2 7 3 8 4 5 Arriving in style at Claytons this season 24 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Style Up Kelly Gay HAIR Accessories can turn a plain do into something that looks a little more interesting. Its an easy style update without getting drastic with colour or scissors. Rather than spending lots on an accessory why not use some items you are bound to have handy. Grab some grips and turn them into an accessory rather than a necessity. Wear a few grips lined up to create patterns or chevron styles. This will hold your hair in place and look great. Go for a colour that stands out against your natural colour. Weve all got odd pairs of earrings or broken bracelets hanging around in our jewellery box so why not use old jewellery to add some sparkle Either pin into hair in a cluster for a maximum impact catwalk style or wear a few dotted through an up do for an elegant take on the trend. Remember the multicoloured thread twists that were the thing to be seen wearing in your hair during the 90s Theres a cooler higher impact look called tapestry. If you are feeling creative pick up a tapestry ring and pop a small section of hair in to hold in place. Then get weaving with coloured thread and other types of material Lou Teasdale stylist for One Direction has been seen wearing this look its a great style for wearing your hair down with lots of texture. If you do want to splash out you dont have to break the bank. With a handy hair tool from Scunci you can create some styles to turn strands of hair into a great looking hair accessory. The Scunci InstaTwist 29.99 is a super easy hair tool to use to create rope braid style twists in your hair. There are so many options of how to style and as it is battery operated you can take it anywhere. Shorter styles work well with headbands. Try layering a couple of thin bands and wearing together. Different textures such as leather and silk work well together when layered. Its easy to cheat an up do whilst wearing headbands that go all the way around your head. Just tuck hair into the band for a Grecian-style casual up do that can take you from day to night this works well on mid-length to long hair. For a sparkling party style why not take catwalk inspiration and glitter up your parting Mix some hair gel with loose glitter and using an old toothbrush or make-up brush dab some along your parting. This style looks great when worn with sleek hair with a sharp centre parting. Its not as difficult to wash out as youd think just comb out the glitter before giving it a good shampoo. Anyone can become an expert in styling hair thanks to YouTube. Check out some super stylists who can help you perfect your beehive or learn how to fishtail. One of my favourite channels is Confessions of a Hairstylist. Jenny is an absolute pro at creating beautiful styles ideal for parties weddings and special occasions. Simple hair styling that you can do from the comfort of your home. The added accessory of a cup of tea and biscuit is optional but tasty 26 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Main pic - Tusting Lavendon 1. Marks Spencer Best Of British Grey Jumper 149 2. Jaeger Large Check Slim Shirt 3. Topman Shearling Coat 4. Topman Colour Block Jumper 5. Topman Khaki Polo Neck 6. Primark Check Peacoat Jacket 40 7. Converse Grey Sweatpants at House of Fraser 8. Tusting Quatro BriefcaseRucksack in Donegal Tweed 495 9. Label Lab Cardigan 85 at House of Fraser MENS EDIT AW15 1 6 2 7 3 8 4 9 5 TREND WATCH Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 27 LAST ISSUES COMPETITION WINNERS Congratulations to Karen Statham Sarah Spencer Dee Royston Trudi Smith and Claire Houghton who all won a pair of tickets to the BBC Good Food Bakes Cakes Show and Tim Bradley who won a full English breakfast for two at Scald End Country Tea Room. To enter Email infoousevalleyliving.com quoting Lodgeway in the subject box and we will enter you into the prize draw. The winner will be drawn at random and notified by Friday 20 November. Closing date Friday 13 November. Entrants contact details will only be given to the provider of the prize and will not be passed on to any third party. A PAMPEANO POLO BELT RRP 65 The hugely popular multi-coloured belt in five colours - navy racing green yellow turquoise red - available in various sizes. Pampeano polo belts are handcrafted in Argentina by true artisans who weave each design onto premium vegetable tanned Argentine leather. Lodgeway was established in 1977 as a family run agricultural business. Lodgeway Countrywear started in November 2007. The shop stocks only the very best in Country Clothing wear and top of the range Wellington Boots. Our brands include BARBOUR LE CHAMEAU MUSTO R.M. WILLIAMS DUBARRY FAIRFAX FAVOR and ANNA LASCATA. Lodgeway Countrywear is situated off the A600 between Haynes and Shefford down Sandy Lane signposted Chicksands. 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Hollywood royalty star of the most successful TV soap opera of all time Dallas and yes wife of Elvis the King of Rock n Roll Priscilla Presley will be making Aladdins wishes come true as the Genie of the Lamp. Aladdin features all the much-loved characters you ever could hope to meet in a Christmas show. Take Widow Twankey please Played by actor comedian and national treasure Gary Wilmot this Dame will ensure that everything comes out well in the wash. You cant have Aladdin without a lad in the show who will cause hearts to melt and send tingles down the spine. Former A1 boyband member Ben Adams will be climbing aboard the magic carpet in the title role and looking for help from dancer and choreographer who can now add Genie of the Ring to his list of credits - Wayne Sleep OBE. Silliness is a vital part of any pantomime which is why the worlds most famous ex-pat Armenian comedian Kev Orkian is playing Aladdins cheeky and according to him younger and better-looking brother Wishee- Washee This Christmas join the cast of Aladdin on a magic carpet ride for the brightest and best traditional family entertainment this side of the Great Wall of China Aladdin is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Friday 4 December 2015 until Sunday 10 January 2016. www.atgtickets.commiltonkeynes Shhhhcan you hear it Its getting closer A pure genie-us of A pAntomime gArY WiLmotAS WIDOW TWANKEY WAYne sLeepAS GENIE OF THE RING Ben ADAmsAS ALADDIN prisCiLLA presLeYAS GENIE OF THE LAMP KeV orKiAnAS WISHEE WASHEE 4 Dec 2015-10 Jan 2016 0844 871 7652 Booking fees apply. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone companys access charge. 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Now Open Inside The Olde Watermill Shopping Village - Barton-Le-Clay Faldo Road Barton-Le-Clay Just off the A6 MK45 4RF Tel 01582 882020 www.bedroom-studio.co.uk FULLY FITTED BEDROOMS HOME OFFICES AND STUDY ROOMS WALK IN CLOSETS FREE HOME DESIGN SERVICE AVAILABLE free design service 38 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts GARDENS T he autumn-flowering cherry a highlight of the winter garden is a beautiful small tree which will give brightness throughout the winter season. There are two varieties Autumnalis which has white-tinged pink blossom and Autumnalis Rosea which has darker pink blossom. The flowers have a delicacy and charm which is different to the more showy spring-flowering cherries. The semi-double white flowers of Autumnalis are tiny and bell- shaped and open from deep pink buds on mild autumn days continuing to bloom sporadically on bare branches throughout the winter. The wand-like branches clustered with flowers with frilled petals can be cut for a fragrant indoor display with their sweet scent of almonds. A stunning small tree for a sunny garden the autumn cherry flowers from October to April. Autumnalis Rosea is also a small deciduous tree with a lovely spreading habit and dark green ovate leaves which turn yellow orange and red in autumn. Pale pink semi-double flowers open during milder weather from late autumn to early spring when the bare branches are smothered in dark pink blossom only being temporarily halted by cold weather. A wonderful choice for a smaller garden with limited space the pink autumn cherry flowers from October to March. Early flowers are without stalks but as spring approaches the display becomes more colourful and the blooms develop on long stalks. Prunus Autumnalis is fully hardy. It should be planted in full sun in moist well-drained fertile soil. It will tolerate most soil types. When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole which should be square to encourage the roots to grow straight down rather than round and round. Make sure the hole is deep enough to bury the roots. Prune in summer cutting back any dead or diseased branches. When the blossom fades away in the spring the tree will not dominate your garden because it will not grow to be too tall or look bulky. Even after 20 years it is unlikely to be more than 15ft 4 metres tall. The tree will not provide much of a show in summer but you can adorn it by planting decorative climbers such as clematis or rambling roses to weave their way through. Prunus Autumnalis will come into its own again in autumn when it sometimes produces tiny berries which the birds will love. The leaves change colour and fall just before the first flowers open the light and delicate gossamer-like blossoms once more bringing comfort and a little warmth lifting your spirits during the darker days of the year. Keep your young tree watered well throughout the summer and you will be rewarded with its amazing blossom brightening up your winters for many years to come. It is well worth planting a winter-flowering prunus. Blossom during the winter season is a rare and welcome spectacle. Bring delicate blossom into your winter garden with this perfect tree the autumn-owering prunus. Rosemarys Garden Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 39 TOP TEN Jobs for October November In October plant hyacinths and large-flowered anemones. Divide herbaceous perennials such as campanula aster geraniums and phlox but leave helleborus and peonies alone. Keep your tubs going as long as you can then replace your finished summer flowers with winter-flowering pansies winter heathers trailing ivy and hardy cyclamen. Shorten the long shoots of late- flowering shrubs such as buddleja but finish the pruning in early spring. Continue to deadhead roses removing only the flower. Plant new roses so they can establish before winter. Prune back old flowering stems on rambler roses. Plant new hardy climbers during October so that a good root system can develop in soil that is still warm and moist. In November plant tulip bulbs filling the gaps with wallflowers for spring colour. Plant lily bulbs in containers. Most herbaceous perennials can be cut back in November but leave penstemons until the spring as the stems will protect the crowns. Protect early rhododendrons with fleece and pull up any suckers. Trim self-clinging climbers and prune late-flowering clematis. Early winter is also the time to prune winter jasmine and ornamental vines. winter. Prune back old flowering stems on rambler roses. Plant new hardy climbers during October so that a good root system can develop in soil that is still warm and moist. In November plant tulip bulbs filling the gaps with wallflowers for spring colour. Plant lily bulbs in containers. Most herbaceous perennials can be cut back in November but leave penstemons until the spring as the stems will protect the crowns. Protect early rhododendrons with fleece and pull up any suckers. Follow us on twitter 40 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts 01234 964007 happinessishomemade A wide range of colours and styles to cater for different budgets Bespoke products Free plan design service Full installation team Interior design service Friendly local company www.kkbespoke.co.uk Kreative 178 Bedford Road Kempston Bedford MK42 8BL Tel 01234 300023KITCHENSBEDROOMSBATHROOMS Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 41 NATURE The Great OutdoorsFlora and fauna with Will Anthony T he silvery cloak of autumn is upon us and it brings the first wintry flourishes with it. Trees have already lost many of their leaves but on a bright day the colours that remain can help make for the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets of the year. Horse chestnut leaves will probably have turned earlier and might be looking shabby by now but the tree still bears riches in the form of conkers. Whether you engage in competitive conker matches or not the beautifully tactile fruits are lovely to hold and admire. Conkers was adopted as a pastime in the late eighteenth century around 200 years after the trees were introduced here from the Balkans. Before that similar games of conquerors were played with hazel or cob nuts or even snail shells. There is debate as to the horse connection. Some say its because in the East the nuts were fed to horses as stimulants and to make their coats shine. Also the leaf scars on the twigs look just like horseshoes even with the nail holes There is another school of thought that the name horse is a corruption of the Welsh word gwres meaning heat or in eating terms perhaps fierce or pungent. In other words the bitter or unpleasant chestnut when compared to the sweet variety. A damp autumn which wouldnt surprise anyone brings with it an abundance of colourful fungi in our woodlands parks gardens and almost anywhere else. Some of the prettiest are the fly agaric with their red-with-white-spots colour scheme they commonly represent the poisonous toadstool in childrens fiction. They were also responsible for Alices hallucinogenic trip into Wonderland and might be the reason some people see Santa and his reindeer flying across the skies near Christmas. You might be lucky to see them in the woods but dont eat them they deserve their tag as dangerous to health. As always please dont eat any foraged fungi unless you are an expert and know what you are putting into your mouth. Lastly you might be interested in this story from my holiday in Turkey this summer. When we arrived a red dragonfly I think its a red veined darter but could be a scarlet darter had our swimming pool as its primary territory. For a day it flew around keeping out of our way and occasionally swooping down for a drink. But we spotted it flapping wildly stuck to a sticky grass which had already claimed the life of another unfortunate creature. I managed to break off the velcro-like head of the grass with the dragonfly attached and using nail scissors cut the barbs away while holding the dragonfly still with my other hand. The dragonfly was freed and flew off despite part of its wing being torn off by the plant. I thought nothing more of it hoping the creature had survived. Imagine my delight when next morning it came back landing very close to us as if letting us know it had I knew it was the same one as the torn wing matched. This continued for the next few days before it disappeared but in the end it was even happy to sit on my finger Not quite tame but I think it appreciated the rescue. 44 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts T he LLPT Fitness Collective is Bedfords newest most innovative fitness facility. 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The Collective is formed of LLPT Trainers as well as two on site massage therapists a supplements nutrition specialist and from October our Yoga Studio shall be curated by Rosanna Slade peacethruyoga for a variety of Yoga classes and 1-2-1 Yoga instruction. We also have an area to enjoy a coffee or post workout shake hot showers perfect for pre work or lunchtime workouts filtered water to keep you hydrated during your sessions all in our spacious fully and professionally equipped open plan studio. To find out more about what The Collective has to offer you please get in touch by emailing us at fitnesscollectivebedford gmail.com. You can also follow us on Twitter Fitcollective1 - Facebook LLPT Fitness Collective Bedford and Instagram FITCOLLECTIVE1. We look forward to welcoming you to The Collective. Welcome To The Collective Dane Street Chambers Dane Street Bedford behind old post office in town centre T 07496 171706 - E fitnesscollectivebedfordgmail.com - Twitter Fitcollective1 Facebook LLPT Fitness Collective Bedford - Instagram FITCOLLECTIVE1 Contact us today to book a 30 minute Individual Personal Training trial or a Small Group Personal Training trial for just 10. T he Ouse valley is rich in natural beauty and historical interest. Ann Hagen takes us on a local walk highlighting points of interest along the way... This is a short walk on a metalled surface suitable for those in wheelchairs but walkers can extend it. Park in the main car park - disabled spaces are at the far side just on the right. Take the metalled path out of the car park to the right of the totem pole. The Centre with toilets and information is on the left. Turn right at the T junction of the paths and the path will take you past a duck feeding area on the left. Cross the path and go straight ahead. There is a notice board with details of the priory and a sketch of how it may have looked. Turn left alongside the wall. Apart from the occasional cyclist and wet dog this is a peaceful walk so theres time for some history. After the Conquest Augustinian canons following the example of monks began to live as a community round St. Pauls church. Dunstable and Caldwell priories were already established when Newnham was founded in 1166 by Simon de Beauchamp. Newn meant new particularly of buildings we are talking 1166 and ham a farmsteadhomesteadmanor complex. In 1164 Philip de Broy one of the canons of St Pauls Bedford killed a man. The de Broys were Simons tenants at Bletsoe the canons those of his nearest church. Simon and Archdeacon Nicholas must have felt it would be better if the Bedford canons also lived as a community under monastic rule and in the charge of a prior. Space in Bedford town was limited but the canons had property in Goldington and this probably influenced the site of the new priory. It was just as well as a few decades later St Pauls was destroyed by King John and it probably also suffered during the 1224 siege of Bedford castle though after the castle was pulled down that year some of the stone was given by the king to Newnham Priory. Christians were not supposed to charge interest on money they lent so active commercial centres often had a Jewry. In 1266 the king protected Bedford Jews against anti-Semitism but in 1290 they were expelled from the country and King Edward I gave Newnham two houses which had belonged to Jacob and Benedict sons of Peitivin a Jew who had been heavily fined a generation before. If the prior was an A short walk at Newnham Priory Park Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 47 exemplary religious leader he was not necessarily good at financial or practical matters and later Newnham Priory got into debt to Italian merchants perhaps because of enlarging the monastic buildings. In the thirteenth century Simon a hermit had a following of young men also wishing to be hermits at Welbury in Renhold but as he grew older he bequeathed the charge of them and his hermitage and property to the prior of Newnham. Benefactors might give for some specific purpose as Robert son of Ralph gave the priory 4 shillings rent in Bedford for a light in the infirmary chapel or for masses to be said for the soul of the donor. Three generations of the Triket family lords of Toft Manor in Sharnbrook gave various amounts of land and rent. The priory was given other parcels of land in Sharnbrook and by 1300 that land was consolidated into Ouse Manor. The priory also held the livings in a number of parishes. Hundreds of documents show land and property as well as money were given to the priory particularly in the thirteenth century. Those who gave to the priory did so from their surplus and in the hope of future benefit even if post mortem. The monastic life was held to be the best and most pleasing to God. The monasteries were repositories of learning and cared for the sick in their infirmaries which became hospitals. Their strictly regulated day began with the first service at 2 am. They prayed for the souls of their benefactors alive and dead. The Augustinians were involved with their local communities and ran a school in Mill Street as well as ministering to the poor. The priory was a community resource and the Dissolution of the Monasteries an early example of privatisation. Those with power acquired what had been church property at a beneficial to them rate. John Gostwick knighted in 1540 a courtier and paymaster for Wolsey then for Thomas Cromwell was well-positioned to acquire a number of monastic properties Newnham Priory among them in 1541. Some of the stone was used for his manor with dovecote and stables and probably extensions to the church at Willington. The Newnham site was granted or leased to Urian Brereton and by 1559 Sir Robert Catlin chief justice was residing there. The wall made of stone from the priory topped with what look like Tudor bricks was probably a garden wall perhaps round the meadow called the Great Garden. Before the end of the wall the metalled path turns off to the left and back to the central area of the park but continuing on the footpath to the end of the wall there is a T junction. After a short diversion to the left to check out what looked like a large reptile rearing out of the Ouse a fallen willow I continued to the right. Behind the fence to the right were the priory fishponds. Monks had to obey dietary restrictions fish on fast days - of which there were many - as well as Fridays. Fish would include eels taken in some numbers in traps at the priorys mills. After reaching the footbridge with views of the pyramid I turned back alongside the wall and turned in at the private entrance to the Marina to see the wall clear of weeds. By the public entrance is information about the John Bunyan community boat - this is equipped for wheelchair access - and a journey in either direction along the Ouse is well worthwhile. There is no other sign of the priory - any remains are under the Aspects leisure centre. Medieval field boundaries were found before the main area was excavated for gravel digging and then flooded providing a different sort of community resource. 48 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts TINSLEYS RIDING SCHOOL Established 1977 Friendly and professional experienced instructors Children from the age of 5 Adult tuition Lessons for the complete beginner to the more advanced rider www.tinsleysridingschool.co.uk NEIL SUSAN BLACK B.H.S.I.I. Green Lane Clapham Bedfordshire MK41 6ET Telephone 01234 268556 Self Drive Hire Contract Rental Financial Lease Large Fleet of Standard Refrigerated Specialised Vehicles rentxpressltd.co.uk 01234 339008 TOP END VILLAGE STORES ANIMAL FEED BEDDING Get your horses beds cosy this autumn with our wide selection of bedding shavings Bedmax Sundown Laysoft wood pellets straw etc. Stable mats too Wide and competitive range of horse feed supplements and stable essentials. 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A raw food diet is surely what we should be feeding our cats and dogs but if this is the case then why are so many veterinarians finding the idea of a raw diet controversial Back in 1993 Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst created the idea of the raw food diet also called the BARF diet Bones and Raw Food or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. He believed that feeding pets on a diet similar to what their ancestors would have had such as raw meat and vegetable scraps would promote higher health and better nutrition. Dogs and cats have naturally evolved to consume a low- carbohydrate diet and for a long time many pet foods have contained high fat high carbohydrate low protein composition. This type of diet has been thought to be the cause of metabolic and physiologic stress resulting in some inflammatory processes and degenerative disease. Commercial pet food plants generally use intense heat in the processing of their diets. This breaks down the already present vitamins minerals and enzymes thus requiring artificial supplementation. The raw food diet consists of unprocessed foods and claims to have no need for supplementation but this overall makes it a more valuable food source and therefore a more expensive alternative to commercial pet foods. There is no disputed evidence that raw food has notable benefits including Firmer and smaller stools Improved digestion Healthier skin and coat Reduced allergy symptoms Better weight management from higher energy levels In light of the benefits and reasons for providing a raw diet the majority of veterinarians are not convinced these advantages are solely down to the diet nor that they outweigh the risks. Firstly many raw diets home- made and commercial are often nutritionally imbalanced. One single imbalance if sustained can create illness but because cats and dogs are very adaptable to their diets it can take some time before disease is apparent often causing owners to be unaware the diet is the problem. Secondly a change in the pets diet from commercial pet food to raw food can cause stomach and bowel upsets. This is because their body has developed to digest pet foods which are broken down differently to raw foods due to their texture composition and bacterial flora. So as with any diet change this one in particular needs to be done very slowly. Bacterial contamination is a major contender for veterinarians being wary of the raw food diet. Salmonella and E.coli are always potential threats to animal health where raw foods are concerned but the risk is greater to those feeding it. Humans are far more susceptible to food-borne disease than dogs and cats so proper care and handling is strongly advised. Pet foods are all quality controlled so the chances of bacterial or parasitic infections are next to none when compared with raw food diets - particularly home-made diets. A major point to make is the potential for bones to choke an animal break teeth or cause internal damage. Here the best advice is to always monitor the animal when they are eating the raw diet particularly if there are bones. Finally the advantages stated by scientific studies and anecdotes can be replicated with commercial pet foods. Pet food companies invest a lot of time and money into research of diet compositions. They have created diets which diminish allergic reactions improve the condition of the skin and coat and regulate metabolic processes to aid the kidneys and liver. So as you can see there is logical reasoning behind both sides of the raw food diet argument with more scientific studies underway to try to settle the controversy. 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Special guest celebrity author Graham McCann performed the official opening for the very successful day which raised 310 for the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Naomi Jones Beauty Rooms Charity Day Opening Times Mon to Sat 9.00am to 6.00pm Sunday 10.00pm to 4.00pm Stagsden Christmas Trees West End Farm Stagsden Beds MK43 8SZ Fresh Cut Trees Holly Mistletoe Decorations Gift Ideas All set within our converted stables and Victorian walled garden www.stagsdenchristmastrees.co.uk infostagsdenchristmastrees.co.uk 01234 391924 stagsdenxmas StagsdenXmas and find us on Facebookstagsdenxmas StagsdenXmas and find us on Facebook OPENING SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER stagsdenxmas StagsdenXmas and find us on Facebookstagsdenxmas StagsdenXmas and find us on Facebook 52 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts North Beds Osteopaths is a well established practice located in Bromham and Sharnbrook. We are experienced in treating both adults and children. We specialise in maintenance check-ups to help keep your spine healthy and flexible so you can enjoy an active lifestyle. Problems we can help include Back neck joint muscular problems Sports injuries work strains Headaches Back pain etc during pregnancy Cranial osteopathy available We are open Monday to Saturday and have both male and female practitioners. All our osteopaths are experienced in practice have completed a four year full-time course in Osteopathy and are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. Call us to find out how we can help Jason D. Pinny ND DO Joanne E. Pinny ND DO Associates 2a Grange Lane Bromham Bedford MK43 8NP and Millhouse Hotel Mill Road Sharnbrook MK44 1NP Phone 01234 823621 www.northbedsosteos.co.uk Your local osteopaths in Bromham and Sharnbrook A n evening of choral music by two local choirs Cantamus based in Bedford and East Beds Chamber Choir EBCC based in Great Barford at St Pauls Church Bedford Saturday 17 October at 7.30pm The highlight of the evening will be Frank Martins beautiful and dramatic Mass for Double Choir 1922- 26. Inspired by Renaissance and plainsong church music as well as Bachs St Matthew Passion the work is simple and devotional reflecting the composers deep faith. The folk element of the Mass will be complemented by Spirituals from New Zealand Canada and America sung by Cantamus conducted by Henry Vann while EBCC will draw on the earlier Renaissance inspiration for Martins work in their rendering of William Byrds Four-Part Mass. David Beer will conduct the Martin Mass for Double Choir and the Byrd sung by EBCC. David specialises in choral and orchestral conducting and has had a full-time career in theatre TV and film. Henry Vann - as well as being a local councillor sings with Cantamus St Pauls Church Choir and Voce. In the past he has performed with Kings College Choir and the Rolling Stones. Tickets 8 or 5 for FT students and under 18s from 01234 340163 by email admin stpaulschurchbedford.org.uk or at the door with proceeds for St Pauls Church. Masses Motets and Spirituals Sharnbrook House is owned and operated by Greensleeves Homes Trust a not for profit charitable organisation providing care and accommodation for older people. Our aim at Sharnbrook House is to provide comfort and companionship in a supportive environment by our qualified and experienced staff. Career Opportunities There are some great career opportunities at Sharnbrook House including Care Catering and Housekeeping. Please get in touch if you would like to join our team. Sharnbrook House High Street Sharnbrook Bedfordshire MK44 1PB Tel 01234 781294 Email sharnbrookgreensleeves.org.uk Sharnbrook House 54 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts On Tuesday 8 September Pauline Stewart became the 64th President of Soroptimist International Bedford SI Bedford. The chain of office was handed over by outgoing President Carolyn Lightfoot at Bedford Golf Club with 25 members of the club and 28 guests attending. Each new president can elect their charity of choice and Pauline has selected Street Child United a charity supporting street children around the world using football www.streetchildunited.org Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Our network of around 80000 club members in 130 countries and territories works at local national and international level to educate empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. The organisation was started in 1921 in Oakland California. Members join their local club make friends with like- minded women have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls. We are a vibrant dynamic womens voluntary organisation for todays professional and business women. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide. Pauline said on the evening Being part of one of the longest running womens groups in the world is simply not enough. We need to sustain the membership grow in number enabling members to continue with projects aimed at transforming the lives of women and girls. If you would like to know more about the organisation and our local club you can contact us on our Facebook page SI Bedford or our website www.sigbi.orgbedford New President of Soroptimist International Bedford Do Your Feet Often Hurt Our foot clinic specialises in painful conditions in the feet and lower limb. For over 15 years we have achieved success with difcult to treat ailments such as heel spur plantar fasciitis Achilles tendonitis metatarsalgia Mortons neuroma bunion pain repeated ankle sprains and shin splints. We aim to treat the underlying cause of the problem as well as the painful symptoms. We have treated thousands of people successfully and prevented some from having surgery. At the Bedford Clinic we always take a full case history so we know all about you. We then do a full structural examination of the spine legs and feet taking precise measurements of the bones in the feet and examining how they work. If the feet are not working in a mechanically ideal fashion they can transmit all types of strain pain and problems and can be the underlying cause of back sacroiliac problems and arthritis. Once we have established a structural snapshot of you we can treat the underlying cause of your problems and help rid you of the painful symptoms. Moreover we can help prevent further damage arthritic changes and pain. I had Achilles pain in both feet for most of my adult life and had operations on both Achilles tendons to help relieve the pain. These operations were not successful and if anything made the problem worse. My heels hurt in normal walking. I am really pleased I went to the Bedford Clinic as I am now pain free. I recently joined a hiking club and regularly do 10 km hikes without pain. Ms A Armstrong Milton Keynes Wendy Russell-Rayner BSCHons BAHons Wini Thomas BSCHons BAHons 220 Castle Road Bedford MK40 3TY 01234 294954 www.achingback.co.uk I am a keen hill walker and developed terrible pain in my feet which prevented me from walking. My GP diagnosed metatarsalgia and I consulted various practitioners and for three years no one could rid me of the pain. I visited the Bedford Clinic and I am now pain free. I have returned to hill walking and if I ever suffer any more problems I wont walk to the Bedford Clinic I shall run there Mr J Harford High Wycombe Foot Clinic Osteopathy Sports Injuries Clinic 56 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts D id you know there are over 6 million unpaid carers in the UK That means 1 in 10 adults in the UK is a carer. Unpaid carers save the UK government at least 87 billion a year. Many give up an income future employment prospects and pension rights to become a carer. It is also thought that up to 700000 children could be caring for family members or friends. Recent statistics from the Young Carers breaks project at Carers in Bedfordshire report that an average of 74 of young carers suffer from stress anxiety or depression due to their caring role. Carers in Bedfordshire is a charity which helps family carers cope with the mental and physical stresses arising from their role. They offer practical help advice training advocacy support and information. The charity was established in 2004 by Yvonne Clark. As a former carer herself Yvonne realised the lack of support for unpaid carers of family members and loved ones. Today Carers in Bedfordshire supports nearly 5000 unpaid carers. Although this is a huge growth from the seed of an idea from Yvonne in 2004 there is still so much more we can do for unpaid carers. There are estimated to be 40000 unpaid carers across Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire and we want to be able to reach all of them. Services offered by the charity include telephone email and text support home and centre visits emotional and practical support information advice and advocacy. They also run carers support groups social events and outings training courses and publish a quarterly magazine. For further information go to www.carersinbeds.org.uk or call the Bedford oce on 0300 111 1919. 01908 768 404 Midsummer care provides an excellent introduction to care services for people who wish to continue to live independently within their own home environment. If you would like support and assistance on visits out support with domestic chores attending appointments and social activities or preparing home cooked meals or personal care then we are the right people to call. Alternatively would you like to give something back to people within your own community Provide companionship and support to an older person or less able person to live independently for a few hours a week Give Lesley a call. Stagsden Historical Society BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE An EXHIBITION illustrating the history of the village of Stagsden Everybody welcome An OPPORTUNITY for anyone with a Stagsden past to contribute their own memories and information. Please bring along any photos or other items that you have as the Society would love to share these and we could scan them on the day STAGSDEN VILLAGE HALL Saturday 10 October Sunday 11 October 2015 Saturday 1 pm 9 pm Sunday 11 am - 1 pm Admission Free but a small charge for light refreshments BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE An EXHIBITION illustrating the history of the village of Stagsden Everybody welcome An OPPORTUNITY for anyone with a Stagsden past to contribu their own memories and information. Please bring along any phot or other items that you have as the Society would love to sha these and we could scan them on the day STAGSDEN VILLAGE HALL Saturday 10 October Sunday 11 October 2015 Saturday 1 pm 9 pm Sunday 11 am - 1 pm Admission Free but a small charge for light refreshments BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE An EXHIBITION illustrating the history of the village of Stagsden Everybody welcome An OPPORTUNITY for anyone with a Stagsden past to contribu their own memories and information. Please bring along any phot or other items that you have as the Society would love to sha these and we could scan them on the day STAGSDEN VILLAGE HALL Saturday 10 October Sunday 11 October 2015 Saturday 1 pm 9 pm Sunday 11 am - 1 pm Admission Free but a small charge for light refreshments Stagsden Historical Society BRINGING THE PAST TO LIFE An EXHIBITION illustrating the history of the village of Stagsden Everybody welcome An OPPORTUNITY for anyone with a Stagsden past to contribute their own memories and information. Please bring along any photos or other items that you have as the Society would love to share these and we could scan them on the day STAGSDEN VILLAGE HALL Saturday 10 October Sunday 11 October 2015 Saturday 1 pm 9 pm Sunday 11 am - 1 pm Admission Free but a small charge for light refreshments Carers in Bedfordshire Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 57 Defeating Diabetes when prevention is the cure HEALTH Olivia Waker Recent statistics released by charity Diabetes UK claim that the number of people living with diabetes in the UK has soared by nearly 60 in a decade. This amounts to more than 3.3 million people. The majority of these cases are type 2 acquired diabetes. Type 1 develops in early childhood often with genetic links sometimes associated with other autoimmune conditions for example coeliac disease gluten intolerance. Diabetes causes uncontrolled blood sugar levels this can be extremely dangerous leading to complications such as loss of vision organ and nerve damage. In this country there are 135 foot amputations a week caused by diabetes. It is not a disease to be taken lightly. The rise in cases of type 2 diabetes is blamed on our obesity crisis with prevention centred around lifestyle change. Diabetes medication costs the NHS nearly 869 million a year and nearly 10 billion if you include the cost of managing complications. Here lies potential for huge amounts of money to be saved and strain relieved from the NHS if people would take prevention measures and lifestyle advice seriously. Other than the usual advice of a balanced diet and regular exercise one step towards lowering your risk of diabetes is to lower your total sugar intake. Eating too much sugar is likely to make you overweight in turn increasing your risk of diabetes. The guideline daily intake in the UK is 90g. It is important to keep an eye on food labels in particular the per 100g measurement. As a simple reference point greater than 15g per 100g is high less than 5g per 100g is low. We could all guess that a bag of sweets or an ice lolly is going to be high in sugar but some foods that we may regard as savoury or healthy can surprise you bread salad dressing pasta sauce cereal and yoghurt to name just a few. Two spoonfuls of barbecue sauce can add the same amount of sugar to a meal as eating an original glaze doughnut and a pot of low fat yoghurt provides more sugar than three chocolate biscuits. The UK is in the midst of a diabetes crisis spending huge sums on treating its end stages. If we could avoid its development from the outset almost 10 billion could be saved. 58 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts SCIENCE Did you know Stelios Mores The devastation caused by oil spills to the sea and its inhabitants is a reality that on occasions makes headline news and is dealt with at great cost. Skimming the oil off the sea surface is the approach typically used as a first step in rectifying the situation and this is followed by the use of dispersants which are essentially soap-like chemicals that allow the water and the oil to mix and dissolve into the sea. Significant problems can arise with the first stage of the process in particular as often storms rough seas and generally bad weather can thwart these attempts to deal with the oil. Once dispersed the pollutants degrade over time but unfortunately can end up in the food chain. This is a major headache for anyone who likes a bit of fish with their chips. Needless to say our methods for dealing with such environmental calamities are somewhat limited and specialists in oil spill containment have recognised over many years that what is key to a successful oil spill containment operations is a reliable and practical means for separating the water from the oil. Recently a team of chemical engineers at the University of Ohio in the U.S. was inspired by the bumpy leaves of the lotus plant to create a low- cost stainless steel net which allows water to pass through it but not oil. The lotus leaves have a surface which naturally repels water but not oil and which consist of large polymer molecules in which soap-like surfactant molecules are embedded. The team replicated this on a stainless steel mesh by spraying it with a fine dusting of silica nanoparticles to mimic the bumpy surface then added a polymer and a surfactant layer on top. The nets can be manufactured to a scale which can cope with the large tracts of sea that often need to be cleaned and at a low cost. So it seems to be a case of the lotus plant coming to the rescue of the oil platform. Sticking to the subject of cleaning water and in particular clean drinking water a team at Redeemers University in Nigeria have come up with a novel low-cost method for removing impurities from water using the seeds of the plant made famous by Baloo in Disneys rendition of the Jungle Book the pawpaw. Currently wastewater treatments rely on chemicals such as zeolites which are extremely porous aluminosilicate materials and activated carbon membranes. Unfortunately these are technologies which are typically beyond the budgets of third world countries who would most benefit from clean water supplies and an efficient wastewater treatment infrastructure. Catching Oil Lotus Fashion The Bare Necessities of Cleanliness Electricity is made up of very small blobs called electrons which cannot be seen with our eyes alone. These electrons do not like each others company at all and try to push each other as far away as possible Because of this it can be thought that they are negative towards each other and it is said that they have a negative charge. When too many electrons are trapped together on something the thing that they are stuck on is said to be negatively charged. Things which do not have enough electrons on them are said to be positively charged. Although electrons are exceedingly small it is possible to see them push negatively charged things away and pull positively charged things closer. We will use a balloon to hold the electrons and use their invisible electric force to push and pull some things about. For these fun experiments you will need the following 1 A long balloon 2 Some tissue paper 3 A pair of scissors 4 A kitchen tap 5 An empty drinks can 6 A kitchen or dining table 7 A head of hair - yours will be perfect First blow up the balloon and make a tight knot to hold the air in. Cut up the tissue paper up into small pieces and place these on a table. Rub the balloon through your hair really quickly then slowly bring the balloon up close to the bits of tissue paper. The tissue paper will jump to the balloon off the table and then jump off the balloon as soon as it touches it. This happens because rubbing the balloon makes the electrons from your hair stick to it so it has too many and is negatively charged. The tissue paper has lots of space for the electrons to go to and is positively charged so it is pulled by the electrons on the balloon. Once the tissue paper is on the balloon electrons move onto it and so it then becomes negatively charged and is then quickly pushed away. Now place the empty drinks can on its side on the table. Rub the balloon again through your hair and then without touching the can bring the balloon close to it. The can will start to move towards the balloon. Can you guess why this happens Finally run the kitchen tap so that a very fine stream of water comes out of the tap. Once again rub the balloon through your hair and slowly approach the stream of water halfway between the tap and the sink. Make sure the balloon does not touch the water. What happens to the stream of water Can you think why Electric Balloons Little E insteins C orner hair and slowly approach the The team at the university discovered that mixing the seeds of the pawpaw with kaolinite clay in a nitrogen atmosphere at an elevated temperature created a very effective agent for removing micro-pollutants hydroxyl and carboxyl ions as well as heavy metals from wastewater down to levels below those recommended by the World Health Organisation making the water safe to drink. All the essential materials are readily available and inexpensive giving merging economies a source of clean water that impacts on national health which is an essential factor for economic growth and prosperity. Along similar lines engineers in Malaysia have tackled the problem of removing water contaminated with mercury. This time however instead of the pawpaw seed they resorted to using the pith of... coconuts. By mixing coconuts with activated carbon and using this to clean wastewater contaminated with the cancer-inducing organic and inorganic salts of mercury they came up with a cost-effective means of giving poorer economies access to water quality which to date has been reserved for progressive economies. So it seems that the Bare Necessities and a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts are all one needs if one is to get a clean drink of water anywhere in the world. 60 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts One of the best my father always said when talking about Norman William Bowden his brother- in-law. Norman married my fathers sister Verdie Parrott after they met whilst they both worked on a farm in Warwickshire the county where Norman was born. The couple decided to settle in Oakley where Verdie had grown up. Their only son Howard who is still alive was born in October 1935. Norman worked for his father-in-law Ernest Parrott as a thatchers labourer until he was called up to serve King and country. Norman landed in France on D-Day. He was a Sergeant in 245 Battery of the 62nd Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery and was the commander of a 17 pounder Achilles anti-tank gun based on an M10 tank chassis. On 8 July 1944 Norman was southeast of Buron near Caen in France when his tank was engaged in a fierce battle. The War Diary for the day says Sgt Bowdens gun was in position at SE of Buron when the enemy counter- attacked with a considerable number of tanks. Sgt Bowden knocked out at least eight tanks and was mainly responsible for driving off the attack. The success of this gun was due mainly to the coolness and steadiness of Sgt Bowden. Lt Col R B W Bethell recommended Norman for the award of an immediate Military Medal. Lt General John Crocker and Field Marshall Bernard Montgomery countersigned the citation. Over the next three months Normans unit moved up through France and Belgium and into Holland. He used to write home to his wife and son and to his mother talking a lot about home and how he could not wait to get back. Like many others at the time he thought the war would be over by Christmas. On 28 October 1944 his self-propelled gun was in action in a disused brickworks just inside the Dutch border. His gun knocked out another enemy tank and his unit accepted the surrender of eight German soldiers. The War Diary for the day then says a few minutes later one enemy soldier got out of a ditch and waved a white flag and advanced on Sgt Bowdens gun. Almost immediately an armour piercing round struck Sgt Bowdens tank - knocking it out - casualties were Sgt Bowden killed and Gunner Adams lightly wounded. HISTORY One of The Best Gilly Winser Over the next three months Normans unit moved up of a 17 pounder Achilles anti-tank gun based on an M10 tank chassis. On 8 July 1944 Norman was southeast of Buron near Caen in France when his tank was engaged in a fierce battle. The War Diary for the day says Sgt Bowdens gun was in position at SE of Buron when the enemy counter- attacked with a says a few piercing round struck Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 61 Back in Oakley Verdie received a notification dated 4 November 1944 which read It is my painful duty to inform you that a report has been received from the War Office notifying the death of 1087954 Sgt Norman William Bowden Royal Artillery in NW Europe on 28 October 1944. This was confirmed by a certified Notification of Death dated 15 November 1944 from The War Office. A short time afterwards a communication from Buckingham Palace fell onto the doormat The Queen and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy in your great sorrow. We pray that your countrys gratitude for a life so nobly given in its service may bring you some consolation. George R I At the end of the war Norman also received Campaign medals which were the 1939-1945 Star the France and Germany Star The Defence Medal 1939-1945 and the War Medal 1939-1945. All of these medals and Normans Military Medal so bravely won now take pride of place on the wall of his son Howards home. Howard was about four years old when his father left home to join the Army and he has no recollection of that day. In fact his only actual memory of his father was an occasion when he was home on leave at the same time as his brother-in-law Victor. The two of them went for a drink to the Bedford Arms Oakley on their bicycles. On their return they collapsed onto the garden. You cant go back to the barracks smelling of drink scolded his mother-in-law and she quickly found an onion and shoved it forcibly into their mouths. Howard was nine years old when his father was killed but he cannot remember being told of his death. He does know however that he was standing in the corner at school a common punishment at the time for minor misbehaviour when word got to the teacher that his father had been killed. He was taken from the corner and sent home but he did not know why. However Howard was old enough to remember very clearly 5 November 1945. This was the day he and his mother accompanied by an uncle travelled on the train from Oakley Station to London St. Pancras and made their way to Buckingham Palace. They were ushered into a waiting room where they were told what to do in the presence of the King including the importance of taking two steps backwards before turning to walk away. Howard also remembers the moment King George VI pinned the Military Medal on his mothers coat before shaking his hand. It was dark when they left the Palace and on the train home they watched fireworks shooting up through the darkness and lighting up the sky. Recently Howard and his wife visited the grave of the father he didnt have the privilege to grow up with. He took with him a small wreath made especially by the British Legion. He attached to it a poem that he felt moved to pen just before they left home for the Geel British War Cemetery 25 miles from Antwerp in Belgium. I was only a very young lad When you were taken My Dad But all these years have passed us by And I never forgot the reason why God Bless You My Dad I am now a very grown up Lad Howard x I used to race one of the original air cooled flat six Porsches many years ago so Ill always have a very soft spot for this evergreen design. And since there was very little wrong with those now-classic cars my first impression of how familiar it looked and felt on getting inside the new GTS was a great start. There was nothing quite like the launch from a 911 Carrera as the rear wheels bit the tarmac that motor over the transaxle providing phenomenal traction as the wail from the flat six made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. Some of the new models that superseded the Carrera were in my eyes watered down as well as water-cooled but Im pleased to report that the wail under hard acceleration is now back and how Whats more theres been some serious computer-wizardry while Ive been away. First up is the gearbox. You may have been told that auto-gearboxes are slow sap power dent acceleration and use more fuel. Im here to tell you that is sooo yesterday The new PDK electronic gearbox version of the Carrera GTS is both faster on acceleration than any driver can manage with the manual plus it actually uses less fuel Yes friends a whole half second less to 60mph and significantly less fuel guzzled while its about it Combined mpg is 32.5 which is rather better than the 18mpg I used to get. Inevitably prices are up the GTS weighing in at 93915 in PDK form although you can save 3000 if you must by opting for the manual. Or 73500 buys you a lesser version with a smaller less powerful engine a narrower body and less toys. I wouldnt go there get the real thing or keep saving. Seating instruments controls right from the get-go everything is intuitive. And before you repeat the scare stories you may have heard about these electronic gearboxes being a total pain and burning clutches Im thinking Aston Martin now this one shifts into neutral at a standstill and even switches the engine off in a queue. Indeed drive the GTS while youre thinking about your next business meeting and you will arrive fresh as a daisy while the car switches into comfort mode and whisks you there like an executive coupe. Then having won the business switch the suspension and steering to sport mode sharpen the car up the computer will actually sense the change in your driving style and maybe enjoy yourself a little on the way home. Its that kind of car whatever you need it to be whenever you want it. I used to race one of the original air cooled flat six Porsches many years ago so Ill always have a very soft spot for this evergreen design. And since there wasRichard McCann Porsches 911 is reunited with its famous ducktail spoiler and famous GTS badge. But does it also remember its heritage McCann goes to nd out MOTORS Fact Box Porsche 911GTS Price as tested with PDK paddle shift gearbox 93915 Engine 3.8-litre flat six Power 430hp Performance 0-62mphtop speed 4.0s190mph EconomyCO2 29.7mpg223gkm Standard equipment Exhaust Sports Chrono package and active engine mounts revised Porsche Active Suspension Management Alcantara seats steering wheel and dash trim wide body design centre locking alloys smoked headlamps. I tested this car in driving rain on slippery roads and in bright sunshine. These are conditions when bad things happen if one doesnt concentrate. I even got married once due to a lack of concentration so the repercussions can be severe. But unlike the marriage with the 911 at no stage did I feel less than 100 percent safe and under total control. Despite giving the car what one might call a comprehensive performance assessment. Oh yes the sacrifices I make for you dear readers. And although the GTS even has the ducktail of the classic models select a car in a dark colour and you wont stand out too much from the crowd. After all why should you let everyone else know how much fun youre having 64 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts WJH Motors Your Local Friendly Garage MOT Testing 45 Servicing from 69 Exhausts Cam Belts Fault Finding Wheel Balancing and Alignment VW Seat and Skoda Specialists The High Street Riseley Beds MK44 1DR www.wjhmotors.co.uk Call Melissa for a free quote 01234 708324708700 Free collection and return of your vehicle We can look after all your motoring needs When the Welsh came to Bedford is a new website created by Peter Applewhite telling the story of the Welsh troops who spent time in Bedford during the First World War. On its pages you will find stories to warm your heart stories to bring a tear to your eye and other events perhaps long forgotten such as the Eisteddfod for the Welsh troops held at the Skating Rink on the Embankment on Easter Monday 1916. What would add to it tremendously though are stories information pictures and memories from OVL readers family archives. Perhaps your family had Welsh soldiers billeted with them a Welsh soldier married a member of your family someone you know helped at the Christmas treat for the Welsh troops attended one of their sporting events or concerts or had letters from them after they had left Bedford for active service overseas Sharing your stories and pictures would greatly contribute to making the story the website tells as comprehensive as possible. Please visit the website where you can find a contact form and further details https whenthewelshcametobedford.wordpress.com 15th Battalion the Welsh Regiment in Bedford in June 1915 When the Welsh came to Bedford - do you have memories to share SHARNBROOK SCOUT GROUP REG CHARITY 273510 42nd GRAND FIREWORKS DISPLAY AND BONFIRE South Field Tofte Manor Sharnbrook SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER 2015 BBQ from 7.15pm Display 8.00pm followed by Bonfire If wet we may postpone event till Sunday 1st November Check on Saturday for posters in the village or see www.sharnbrookscouts.webs.com children 2.00 in advance 3.00 on gate adults 3.00 in advance 5.00 on gate Advance tickets available at The Cake Shop or Pick-a-Lily until Friday 30th October only Wood collection in Sharnbrook on 31st October for anyone purchasing one adult ticket. Requests for collection to Bernard Green 782203 No beds armchairs settees cardboard or polystyrene please. Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 65 T he pressure of being quick-witted spontaneous and funny on demand might not sound like fun for most of us but for a team of young Sharnbrook Mill Theatre members its something they happily turn up for on a monthly basis to perform improvised comedy to members of the public. At the Drop of a Hat is Bedfords answer to Whose Line is it Anyway - the improvisation comedy show of the 1990s that helped make household names of Josie Lawrence Tony Slattery and Paul Merton. The team was forged by the Mills youth coordinator Paul Wildman in 2009 from student members of the Mill Theatre and they have steadily matured and developed their craft over the last few years receiving rave reviews from a loyal following using the skills of collaboration teamwork and storytelling to entertain their audience. The premise is fairly straightforward a series of games are played using ideas from the audiences suggestions to create spontaneous scenes and sketches. Paul Wildman explains I have been passionate about theatrical improvisation for the last 20 years it can be easily dismissed as a bit of fun but the skills I have learnt in workshops can be used in everyday life and work communication skills of listening collaboration teamwork and co-creation. It is about removing the individual ego accepting all ideas as offers and making each other look good. The team supports each member. If anyone tries to steal attention or pull focus this happens at the expense of the scene and takes away from the playfulness of the show our audience likes to see us have fun - the energy is contagious and transfers itself onto them. At the Drop of a Hat has some wonderfully talented performers although I firmly believe these are skills that we are all born with and are capable of unlocking. Children are wonderfully spontaneous creative and funny but as we get older we are taught to suppress these impulses as a result the world can become a little less exciting and grey. Improvisation reawakens these instincts. Its something thats naturally inherent to everyone we have our structures and routines but we still improvise our conversations and behaviour within these whether its solving a problem at work or using the ingredients we have in the house to cook an evening meal. Metaphorically our show is the same - we improvise sketches within the structures of the games. Performers in At the Drop of a Hat are Lizzee Hagen Laurence Kirkwood Amelia Newman Tim Palmer Dan Robinson Megan Robinson Sam Robinson Antonia Testa Connor Tugulu Joe Windo and Ian Yarwood. They perform monthly shows at the Mill Theatre in Sharnbrook on Friday evenings. Please check the Sharnbrook Mill Theatre website for details www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk or follow them on Facebook and Twitter improvhat Milkys Music Matters... MilkysMilkys sMusic M tatters... MUSIC E CHOBELLY last played in Bedford way back in August of 1993 so as a town were very lucky to have them back playing a secret warm-up show for their big London comeback in October. Listening back to debut album Everyones Got One EGO for short see what they did there you can easily hear why it received such a positive critical and sales response. The second album On was birthed the following year in 1995 and reached no.4 in the album charts based on the back of a run of radio-smashing singles. As a band they always stood out what with Delhi born Sonya Madans outspokenness in the press and through her lyrics allied to the stoney faced Swedish guitar slinger Glenn Johansson. Label issues legal problems health problems you name it they faced it so it was no wonder their career stalled in the mid-90s and although a further three albums were released the music scene had shifted in a different direction. Ahead of the Bedford gig OVL sought a bit of a chinwag with Glenn Youve made us wait for a full comeback For the initial bands of the 90s era there was a bit of stigma attached to coming back. I guess it has to be for the right reasons. What was the trigger for Echobelly Actually after having a meeting with our new agent Jeff Craft at XRay Touring he suggested that we do a comeback show at the Scala with a view to worldwide touring next year. After any musical era there is always a period of time when you go out of the public conscience and become unfashionable especially when that particular musical scene is strong. There is a point when it then comes round full circle and you can exist again. SUPPORT THE BEDFORD LIVE SCENE - UPCOMING BEDFORD GIGS FOR YOUR DIARY Tickets from www.wegottickets.com www.seetickets.com Dannys Bar Esquires Corn Exchange Box Ofce Boutique Planet Sun 4 October Echobelly guests Esquires Fri 9 October Spear of Destiny Esquires Wed 21 October Hooton Tennis Club special guests Esquires Fri 30 October Ferocious Dog Gaz Brookfield Esquires Sat 7 November Dirt Box Disco Sick on The Bus Esquires Sat 21 November Total Stone Roses tribute Esquires Saturday 5 December From The Jam Ft Bruce Foxton Sound Effects Tour Editors In Dream Second album to feature the newer Editors line-up and sound although the dark core remains as moody and glowering as ever. Fully embracing an electronic feel the songs head skywards with bombast and fortitude backed up with a tiny amount of guitar flourish every now and again. In Dream is the first Editors album to feature duets Slowdives Rachel Goswell sharing vocal duties on three compositions and this adds an exhilarant new flavour to their output. The fantastic Salvation is the albums high-point all swirling gothic majesty and hinted threat. Tom Robinson Only The Now Tom Robinson him with the gravelly twilight tones from 6 Music is a songwriter and broadcaster of some repute. In the mid 70s he had major success with songs such as 2-4-6-8 Motorway and Glad to be Gay. Many albums were recorded and different paths were followed and only now his latest 11-tracker arrives with a very grand sounding guest list. Take a peek at a few - John Grant Billy Bragg Colin Firth Nadine Shah Sir Ian McKellen TV Smith and Nitin Sawhney. Inspired by the new music he plays on his 6 Music show Tom has experimented with a few different genres added plenty of social commentary and let the guests add the coup de grace. MILKYS ALBUM REVIEWS You must have still had the music bug after Echobelly went on a break as Sonia and yourself have toured and recorded as Calm of Zero. Have any recordings been put on the shelf for now Could Calm of Zero end up as support to Echobelly double fee Haha We loved doing Calm of Zero as we had total freedom to do what we liked. It will always be a kind of side project which we might re-introduce in the future. Who knows what it could mutate into Who is in the line-up for Echobelly now Did you recruit friends of the band or hold auditions We found our drummer pretty quickly through word of mouth and we held auditions for the bass player. Both are great and have added a fresh spark to the whole Echobelly experience. Will there be any new Echobelly recordings Do you believe the best Echobelly album is still to be made Every album weve made has had its merits and unique essence. Still we are really excited about the new material that is being written now which will eventually make its way onto a new Echobelly album. As a band you were reasonably outspoken in interviews and through song lyrics unafraid to tackle subjects that other bands were happy to avoid. With the changes in the world over the last 20 years have you been writing furiously on a range of subjects Regarding early Echobelly we wrote about what was poignant to our experiences at the time. The newer lyrics have acquired a subtlety that invite the listener to interpret from their point of view. There is definitely a more esoteric edge to what we are currently doing. Do you feel let down that bands of today on the whole dodge making strong statements Dont really care. They are not letting us down Did you have much involvement putting together the tracks for the expanded album editions for On and Everyones Got One There are some lost recordings floating around which well release when the time is right. 3 Loop contacted us and we chose to be involved in the collating of the material for the re-releases of EGO and ON. On to the October gigs what can the punters expect Have you been rehearsing tracks from all of your albums Quite a lot of the known songs King of the Kerb Car Fiction Great Things Dark Therapy etc and songs from each of the five albums plus three acoustic songs mid-show. Ok nally what would your dream three band line- up look like Nusrat Fateh Ali Kahn Miles Davis and Frank Black. BOOKS Reviewed by Roz Masters Ex Libris Emma Healeys debut novel Elizabeth is Missing was wanted by nine different publishers. Like Gillian Flynns Gone Girl it is about a missing woman but here the protagonist and narrator is 82-year-old Maud who has dementia. The TV rights have already been sold. In the prologue Maud is in the garden of her only friend Elizabeth where she finds a piece of an old compact mirror. This foreshadows the two mysteries examined in the novel - what happened 70 years ago and what has happened to Elizabeth Maud is obsessed with Elizabeths disappearance and is determined to find clues so that she can solve the mystery. She goes to the police for help but they dont take her seriously as she cant remember that she has already been there on several occasion. She buys endless tins of sliced peaches and writes notes to herself to remind her what she is not allowed to do for safety reasons not to buy any more peach slices and that Elizabeth is missing. Maud is not a reliable narrator with regard to Elizabeth but what she can remember very well is the time her older sister Sukey vanished in the 1940s. The story moves between the present day and the past when Mauds beautiful sister was married to Frank a removals man involved in the black market who her family suspected over her disappearance. In an interview Emma Healey said that she had been inspired by watching her grandmothers struggle with dementia. The author gets inside Mauds head and we share her confusion some of her experiences are funny and some upsetting. Although the novel is a moving story of what it feels like to have dementia it is also a gripping thriller. Unforgettable. Beatrice isnt going to get married. Benedick isnt going to get married. Particularly not to each other. Absolutely no way. But Hero IS going to get married to brave Claudio or so she believes. So thats all sorted then Much Ado About Nothing is one of Shakespeares best-loved comedies and rightly so. The central story of Beatrice and Benedick two intelligent and independent people in love but not admitting it is completely up-to-date. The story of Hero and Claudio more nave lovers has darker overtones of jealousy and revenge forcing Benedick to make a choice between his wife- to-be and his best friend. Director Richard Moon has set the production in modern day Messina in Sicily. He says Shakespeare set the play in Messina and I took the view that he knew what he was doing while performing in modern dress makes the characters real and present. The joy of Shakespeare is that he lets us engage with an audience in ways that are frowned on by later authors. We can have a lot of fun along the way. The production features original songs by renowned singersongwriter Juliet Lawson who appears in the production as Balthazar the musician. Much Ado About Nothing is at The Place Theatre Bradgate Road Bedford MK40 3DE 21-24 October 2015. Wednesday to Friday performances at 7.30pm Saturday performance at 3pm. Tickets are 9.50 8 concessions from www.theplacebedford. org.uk or call 01234 354321. The Bedford Drama Company present William Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 69 FILMS DVD Review Mad Max Fury Road 15 Certificate DVD Review Mad Max Fury Road 15 CertificateAnthony Lowery Imagine a film where Tom Hardy is the still in the storm. Bizarre right Yet stranger things happen in George Millers return to the post-nuke world of Mad Max similar to the originals in name setting and perversity only. Hardy gears up as the rebooted road warrior Max Rockatansky and cuts a far more excitable figure than Mel Gibsons riff on Robin Hood. His concentrated physicality is perfectly aligned with Millers meat- grinder M.O bringing to the character a beefy bravado that nods to his title role in Bronson. We first join Max as he desperately attempts to evade a band of zombified crazies whose skin is so whitened by radiation they make Voldemort look like Apollo Creed. Although Hardy commands the screen he isnt by far the focus - nor is Nicholas Hoults turn as Nux a runaway War Boy comically trapped between his desire to please and his own insufferable stupidity - and neither is the villainous Immortan Joe one-time Toecutter Hugh Keays-Byrne a raging tyrant and Bane progeny of sorts who considers his exotic wives his property. In this devilish domain teeming with testosterone its Charlize Therons stoic Furiosa who proves the protagonist. The one-armed rogue with Immortans stock of prized breeders in tow hurtles the War Rig through the desert with a grunting Max riding co-pilot in a desperate attempt to escape whilst a pack of vampiric psychos give pursuit in wildly imaginative hot-rods. Yes the plot is simple but if you take a spin down Fury Road let it not be for the story but for the spectacle. The adrenaline-soaked demolition derby rejects formulaic filmmaking in that its 120-minute runtime consists almost entirely of an unbroken chase laden with sandstorms crimson flares and slabs of soaring steel. The graphics here are painterly stunts superb delivered with expert levels of detail and discipline. But whilst amplifying its punk-rock attitude Miller revs up gimmicks such as thrash metal garbs a flame- throwing guitar and all sorts of skull paraphernalia that make this nonsequel play more like a promo for Iron Maiden. Millers script or rather combat strategy is as scarce of dialogue as this wasteland is of water. But it works. A script so sparing of discussion is the cinematic equivalent to driving with no brakes giving testament to the idea that excessive action speaks louder than words. Fury Road is poetical perversion. Very visceral. Very mad. Very maxed. Director George Miller Available on DVD 5 October 2015 70 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts WHERE do you read yours Email your pictures to infoousevalleyliving.com and show us whos been reading your OVL and where they were. Pictures will be printed in each issue and our favourite entry of the year will win 50 to be announced in the DecemberJanuary edition. Jenny Ellard reads hers at StanstedAirport before flying to Dublin to celebrateher mother-in-laws 80th birthday Ron and Sue read theirs at Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Open Day Gertie one of the original 1940s WI Jambusters reads hers while performing at the Carlton Open Gardens Scarecrow competition Fashion show models read theirs after a successful night on the catwalk at Pavenham Golf Club raising money for The Goedgedacht Trust Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 71 Thank you for your many entries. If your picture isnt here check the next issue of OVL. Warden and residents of Lovell Homes Oakley readtheirs while celebrating VJ day Rowland Winser reads his while waiting to board the Maid of the Mist ferry at Niagara Falls Chuck Chris are amazed while reading theirs waiting for the sunset at Emiritis in Paxos Ionian Islands Souldrop residents families and friends read theirs at the village Hog Roast HOROSCOPES with Howard Parker the Astro-guide IN THE STARS For a more detailed and personal look at how cosmic forces are influencing your life right now contact Howard on 07866 727743 or howparkaol.com. You can also book a consultation direct at www.astroguidance.co.uk. Libra sep24-oct23 Is this the moment when a new direction in life suddenly presents itself to you out of the blue around 13 October Dont ignore this and shrink back into your comfort zone as this might be an important development for you right now. Rejigging your finances in early November and maybe getting rid of unnecessary possessions and clutter not only prepares the way for bigger and long overdue explorations that you need to make space for but frees up your mind for new things. Scorpio oct24-nov22 The new moon 13 October may unsettle you as things may happen that are outside your control and that you do not quite understand. Later in October a relationship may not be going as you expected but perhaps it is you who needs to change your perspective because you may have it wrong. November will give you strong clues as to whether you want to go deeper than you anticipated but thats ok deep is what Scorpios do or if they dont they are often running scared of something. What might you be afraid of deep down Sagittarius nov23-dec22 New friends may bounce into your life and then just as quickly leave. Perhaps this is indicating the need to blow some cobwebs from your social world or perhaps your health needs require some attention particularly round 27 October. There might something deeper and more hidden going on than you thought but that could just as easily be a work issue as anything health-related. The question is are you going to sidestep it as usual or look it in the eye Capricorn dec23-jan20 Some uncertainty at work may be causing a few ripples but these may not be anything more than a few passing if slightly startling moments of disruption. Your social life as you head towards November will more than make up for this though even if friendships take a more serious turn than usual. It may be that you discover more about the personal lives of your work colleagues and this may bring a number of unexpected benefits. Aquarius jan21-feb19 You may be torn from your preferred mode of exploration of the unusual quirky and eccentric side of life and have to deal with mundane matters at home in October but luckily your social life improves in November and has its own possibly sexy enticements. You will know how seriously you should take this in early November but around the 27th you may realise that whoever has caught your eye may not be anything more than a passing flirtation. Sorry about that Pisces feb20-mar20 Is someone messing you about over pay and contracts early in October Dont get too stressed as it is only a temporary glitch although the lesson might be to pay more attention to the small print It becomes apparent that there is a bigger picture out there and perhaps you have been missing it. Ironically the full moon in late November might show you the importance of things closer to home. Its ok the Universe keeps doing this kind of thing. Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 73 Aries mar21-apr20 New relationship Dont put your money on it or get thrown off course by what may just be a temporary bit of excitement. Pay attention to your finances in late October or these might cause you some trouble from other quarters as November arrives. Your social life improves later in the month but the best advice for this period is expect the unexpected and be prepared not your strongest suit perhaps. Taurus apr21-may21 I know you like routines but are you getting too attached to them The new moon disruption on 13 October is probably showing you need to be more flexible and open minded and later in the month you may feel the benefit of this. Major relationships acquire some greater intensity as November arrives so be very aware of the messages you are giving out. Any tendency toward possessiveness may not be seen as an attractive attribute later in the month. Gemini may22-jun21 Starting up a new project or love affair at the new moon on 13 October wont quite go the way you expect and perhaps you are not being told all the facts here. Or are you scattering your energies so much that you keep missing important things Being a lot more focused than usual on everyday issues rather than trying to keep too many balls in the air will assist you as early November arrives and will make you feel good about yourself later in the month. Astro-guidance Tip The unexpected associated with the big outer planet Uranus at the moment always occurs for a reason. It is usually a way of getting you to think outside the box or as someone said recently get outside the box and then think. It is a gentle or sometimes not so gentle way of telling you that you are drifting and need to wake up. For more on how this may apply to you personally please get in touch. Cancer jun22-jul23 The nurturer in you will be in demand in early October as family problems may bounce up as if out of nowhere. Luckily your networks will be a great help here. If the crazy tensions of all this makes you scream for a bit of me-time 11 November is a good time to put this right through relaxing and calming activities that will restore some balance. You cant help people if you dont help yourself Leo jul24-aug23 Expect a few crossed wires in communication around 13 October so make doubly sure you are not being misunderstood. Do you really want to send that email or should you pick up the phone Perhaps listening and asking questions rather than talking will take you a lot further right now Things close to home require some attention in November but once done you can turn back to your social diary without a care in the world... for a while. Virgo aug24-sep23 Not even Virgos can control everything so relax as your various money transactions cause you a few annoying headaches around 13 October. Seeing the bigger picture is important at times like this especially as November will require some systematic input into things happening around you. You can return to your beloved work space as the month draws on but try not to bury yourself in it to the exclusion of everything else. 74 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts Thursday 1 October Knit Knatter Thursdays 9.30-11.30am Riseley Village Coffee Shop Crocheting beading needlework and plenty of Knattering. wendybonaonetel. com 01234 709083. Panacea Museum Gardens 9 Newnham Road Bedford The Panacea Society an early twentieth century religious community. Every Thur Fri and Sat 10am-4pm until 31 October. Group tours by appointment any weekday. Caf. museumpanaceatrust.org 01234 353178 www.panaceatrust.org Friday 2 October Bedford Art Society 7.15 for 7.30pm Putnoe Heights Church MK41 8EB AGM followed by Group Workshop led by Vanessa Solomon. Members free 5 visitors. Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www.bedsartsociety.co.uk for information. Saturday 3 October N. Beds NCT Nearly New Sale Bedford Athletics Stadium 12 noon Sponsored by Viking Self Storage. 1 entrance. 11.30am entry to members. Cambs Beds Hardy Plant Society Weatherley Centre Eagle Farm Road Biggleswade 2pm Kevin Hughes nurseryman and well known lecturer on New and Uncommon Trees Suited to Most Gardens. Plants for sale. Visitors welcome. Sunday 4 October Harvest Flowers 2-5pm St Owens Church Bromham Proceeds to Bishop of St Albans Harvest Appeal. Refreshments stalls and raffle. All welcome. Tuesday 6 October Bedford Floral Art Society Addison Centre Kempston 7.30pm Jonathan Moseley NAFAS National Demonstrator In Special Celebration. Raffle of arrangements refreshments. Tickets 12 5 members from 01234 306432. www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Thursday 8 October Wymington Podington WI 7.30pm Memorial Hall Church Lane Wymington Trip to China with Jeanette Chandler and raffle. Meetings every second Thursday in the month. Fri 9 to Sun 11 October Music at St Andrews Church Kimbolton Rd Bedford Tenth Anniversary Celebratory Weekend Friday 7.30pm Concert - Urban Folk Quartet. Saturday 7.30pm Concert - Bring and Sing Handels Messiah. Sunday 2.30pm Recital. Sunday 6pm Thanksgiving Service to celebrate the Gift of Music. Full details www.standrewsbedford.org Saturday 10 October Turvey Bloomers Apple Pressing Day Village Hall 10am-2pm Local produce plants and village clubs societies. Freshly pressed apple juice plus bottled juice and cider. Breakfast and lunch programme of music. Limited edition Bloomers calendar on sale featuring rare vintage vehicles in the village. Entrance free. Great Barford Event Committee Autumn Craft Gift Fayre Village Hall 10am-3pm Crafts and gifts tombola refreshments raffle. Entrance 1 accompanied under 10s free. Organised by All Saints Church Cricket Club and WI Associations. Bromham Scout Group Jumble Sale Village Hall 2pm Clothing household textiles shoes books toys games jigsaws bric-a-brac. Entry 50p. Refreshments. Proceeds to the Bromham Beaver Cub Scout groups. Jumble Sale 2pm Pavenham Village Hall Variety of stalls and teas. Sat 10 Sun 11 October Stagsden Historical Society Stagsden Village Hall Sat 1-9pm Sun 11am-1pm. Exhibition of village history. Free entry. Light refreshments. Any visitor with a Stagsden connection is welcome to contribute their own historical info. Wednesday 14 October The Wildlife Trust Bedford Local Group Priory Park Visitor Centre 7.30pm Illustrated talk by Arnold Cooke on Wildlife Camera Traps. No charge but voluntary contributions appreciated. Details www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057. Bedford Branch of the Historical Association HA Bedford School Library 7.30pm Talk Australians at Gallipoli by Professor Carl Bridge of Kings College London. Free to HA members. Others welcome with a donation. Details 01234 266839 james simla.org.uk Saturday 17 October Willington Village Market Village Hall 10am-12 Plants vegetables fruit cakes bread preserves crafts Fairtrade Southall Butchers. Julia Buckroyd 01234 831316. Charity Bazaar 1.30pm Village Hall Bromham Stalls tombola teas cards gifts cakes. Entrance 30p children free. Over 12 charities represented. Further info 01234 822005. Thy Goodness Crowns the Year St Jamess Church Biddenham 7.30pm Bedford Gallery Quire presents West Gallery music for the harvest with songs hymns and poetry. Original instruments and early 19th century costume. In aid of The Friends of St James. Tickets 10 7 members including refreshments from Chris Jones 01234 211759 or Anthea Slark 01234 350644. Masses Motets and Spirituals St Pauls Church Bedford 7.30pm Choral concert by Cantamus and East Beds Chamber Choir. Masses by Byrd 4-Part and Frank Martin Double-Choir and songs from New Zealand Canada and America. 8 5 FT students and under 18 from 01234 340163 or on door proceeds to St Pauls Church. Tuesday 20 October Kimbolton Flower Club Mandeville Hall 7.30pm Demonstration by Doug Howard Mists and Sparkling Cobwebs. Plant and sales tables and raffle of arrangements. Visitors 6 including refreshments. Thursday 22 October Bedford Music Club presents Guy Johnston cello William Vann piano Bedford Girls School 7.45pm CPE Bach Brahms Debussy Stravinsky. Tickets on the door or from 01234 261811 enquiriesbedfordmusicclub.co.uk or Central Box Office. Saturday 24 October Putnoe Art Group 10-4pm Sharnbrook Village Hall Local artists present a one day exhibition and sale of paintings. Free admission refreshments. Odell WI Jumble Sale Village Hall 2pm Produce bric-a-brac clothing games toys books. Adults 2 under 16s free includes tea and biscuits. Committee Member Jane Eshelby janeeshelby.co.uk diarydates Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 75 Monday 26 October The Royal British Legion WW1 Commemorative Lecture Series Harpur Suite 7.30pm Zeppelin Blitz - The Story of Zeppelin Air Raids on Great Britain - Neil Story. Tickets 5 4 concessions from the Corn Exchange. Free entry for under 18s and FT students. Thursday 29 October Rushden Flower Arrangement Club Full Gospel Church Hall 7 for 7.30pm Practical evening with help and advice and Faith Supper. Raffle. Friday 30 October Halloween Family Dance Great Barford Village Hall 7-11pm Music by solo artiste Eleni Demetriou and the Buzz Light Disco. Fancy dress optional prizes for best adult and child. BYO nibbles. Licensed bar. Tickets 7.50 4 under 16s family 20 2 adults 2 children from the village shop or Val 01234 871040. 8.50 4.50 and 22 on the door. The Friends of Moggerhanger Park Concert 7.30pm Based on the Thornton family who commissioned Sir John Soane to re-model Moggerhanger Park. A live ensemble perform the work written by music historian Dr Jane Troughton. 15 Friends 12 to inc. a glass of wine from Kate Henderson 01234 838610 email henderson641btinternet.com Saturday 31 October Coffee Concert by The Glencroft String Quartet Bunyan Meeting Mill St 11am Proceeds to support the Church Roof Fund - tickets from the church office church coffee shop or on door suggested donation 8 includes cup of coffee. Sunday 1st November Blunham Fire Works Display Blunham Playing Field Gate Opens 5.30pm bonfire 6pm fireworks 6.30pm. Adults 5 accompanied U16s free - max of 3 per family. BBQ bar hot drinks. www.blunhampfa.co.uk Friday 6 November Bedford Art Society 7.15 for 7.30pm Putnoe Heights Church MK41 8EB Kate Wyatt demonstrates wildlife native species in watercolour. Members free 5 visitors. Contact Jean Paterson 01234 307210 or www.bedsartsociety.co.uk Saturday 7 November Sharnbrook Bowls Club Art Craft Fair Village Hall 10.30-4pm 1 entrance - children free. Cambs Beds Hardy Plant Society 2pm Weatherely Centre Eagle Farm Rd Biggleswade Group AGM and Richard Ford Specialist Nursery Owner speaking on Winter Colour in the Garden. Plants for sale. Visitors welcome. Tuesday 10 November Bedford Branch of the Historical Association HA Bedford School Library 7.30pm Talk Other Europeans and the making of the Eighteenth century British Empire by Professor Stephen Conway of University College London. Free to HA members. Others welcome with donation. Details 01234 266839 jamessimla.org.uk Wednesday 11 November The Wildlife Trust Bedford Local Group Priory Park Visitor Centre 7.30pm Illustrated talk by Oliver Burke Is The Great Fen great enough. All welcome voluntary contributions appreciated. www.wildlifebcn.org or at 01234 266057. Fri 16 to Fri 21 November Parade 7.30pm Sharnbrook Mill Theatre Sophisticated dark drama soaring matching score. Music-Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown book by Alfred Uhry co- conceived by Harold Prince. Tickets from www.sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk Twinkle Twinkle Boutique or Bedford Central Box Office 718044. Saturday 17 November Kimbolton Flower Club Mandeville Hall Kimbolton 7.30pm Demonstration by Bob Harris Rejoice Rejoice Raffle of arrangements plant stall and sales table. Visitors 6 includes light refreshments. Thursday 19 November Bedford Music Club presents Elicia Silverstein violin John McKean harpsichord Bunyan Meeting 7.45pm Baroque programme JS Bach Corelli Biber etc. Tickets on door or from 01234 261811 enquiriesbedfordmusicclub. co.uk or Central Box Office. Saturday 21 November St Marys Christmas Bazaar Carlton Village Hall 10-1pm Grand Draw at 12.30. Entry 1 adults children free. Friends Jazz Night 7.30pm Pavenham Village Hall Graham Hughes Sunshine Kings an exciting young London Dixieland Band with 2-course hot supper. Tickets 19.50 from Derek Bliss 01234 823821 or bliss259btinternet.com Monday 23 November The Royal British Legion WW1 Commemorative Lecture Series Howard Room Corn Exchange 7.30pm Re-establishment of Poland - Mags Brady. Tickets 5 4 concessions from the Corn Exchange. Free for under 18s and FT students. Thursday 26 November Rushden Flower Arrangement Club Full Gospel Church Hall 7 for 7.30pm NAFAS Demonstrator Clare Allen Something Christmas. Seasonal refreshments raffle of designs. Sunday 29 November R.A.T.S. Re-homing Animal Telephone Service Christmas Fayre Parkside Hall Ampthill MK45 2HX 1-3.30pm Craft stalls raffle homemade refreshments gifts for pets and more. All proceeds for the animals in our care. Tuesday 1 December Bedford Floral Art Society 7.30pm Addison Centre Kempston John Chennell NAFAS National Demonstrator presents In Festive Mood. Raffle of arrangements seasonal refreshments. Visitors 7. www.bedfordfloralartsociety.co.uk Wed 2 to Sun 6 December Christmas Tree Festival The Joy of Music St Pauls church Bedford 10-5pm Sunday 2-5pm 2.50 children free. Refreshments. 60 trees decorated by local charities. Childrens choirs throughout the week. Concert by Cellophany eight cellos on Friday at 7.30pm. 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Keens 90 Woodland Drive Bromham MLK SERVICES A call goes out today for people in Bedfordshire to sign up to walk for a world without dementia as part of Alzheimers Societys biggest annual fundraising event. The Bedfordshire Memory Walk is taking place at the beautiful Priory Country Park on Saturday 10 October. Choose the 2km or 10km route. The 2km route is pushchairwheelchair and dog friendly which creates a great opportunity for a family day out Therell also be an assortment of fundraising stalls such as a cake stall raffle and face painting. The 10km route continues beyond the lake through meadows and woodlands using paved footpaths grass and woodland paths. The routes are subject to change. You can register online today on the Memory Walk website. You also have the option to register as a team or family. Alzheimers Society Community Fundraiser Marc Shaw said Arm in arm step by step and pound by pound people will be walking to raise money for services and vital research. Memory Walk is Alzheimers Societys flagship fundraising event taking place across England Wales and Northern Ireland this autumn raising not only money but awareness too The money raised will fund research into a cure for dementia as well as helping to provide services for people living with the disease. Anyone who would like to know more about the Bedfordshire Memory Walk can visit https www.memorywalk.org.ukparticipatebedford or call 0300 330 5452. Bedfordshire Memory Walk 2015 Whose Ad is it Sudoku Fill in the grid so that every row every column and every 3 x 3 box contains the digits from 1 to 9 with no repetition Answers in the next issue Last issues answers Follow us on twitter OVLMagazine Find us on Facebook OVL Magazine 79 This image is part of an advert which can be found somewhere in this edition of OVL. Do you know whose ad it is Email your answer to infoousevalleyliving.com quoting Whose Ad in the subject box. The winner will be drawn at random and notified by Friday 20 November. Closing date Friday 13 November. Answer to last issues Whose Ad is it Peter Crisp Design Studio Congratulations to Clare Scholten from Sharnbrook who won two day passes for Bodyflight Leisure Centre. A 45-Minute Golf Lesson with PGA Professional Sam Smith The Bedford Golf Club Great Denham Golf Village Carnoustie Drive Biddenham MK40 4FF 01234 320022 WIN Jacqui Wright Childhood Communication Consultant www.childhoodcommunication.co.uk infochildhoodcommunication.co.uk 01234 721 775 079 566 855 81 Find us on Facebook Childhood Communication Consultancy Twitter JacquiSLT CHILDHOODCOMMUNICATION Independent Speech and Language Therapist Jacqui Wright answers your questions about childhood communication If you have any questions for Jacqui please email infoousevalleyliving.com and she will endeavour to answer your concerns in this column Dear Jacqui My son is going into Year 5 and he still has word nding difculties. Please could you explain more about this and any tips to help him Word finding difficulties are those tip of the tongue experiences when you know the word in your head but you cant remember it to say it out loud. The student has good comprehension of the word but cant express it. He is likely to have difficulty responding to questions that require a specific answer relating to names locations dates or specific facts from a story for example What is the item called or What is the name of the main character He is also likely to have difficulty relating information during a conversation when retelling an event or a story. These students have a high incidence of word finding behaviours such as word repetitions word revisions trying to say the word or parts of the word in different ways substitutions of other words empty words such as oh well and time fillers ums and ers. Strategies to help students include Reassure the student that you know that he knows the word but is struggling to find it. Give the student thinking time to find the word. Encourage the student to describe the word target word Microscope we use it in Science we look at tiny things we cant usually see it makes things bigger it starts with m. Encourage the student to use gestures to demonstrate the word something like charades. Draw it. T urvey Lower School dedicated its recent Creative Arts Day to exploring the schools values and the unique strengths of each pupil underlining the importance the school places on creativity as a gateway to self- awareness and self-esteem. To inspire the children to get creative Turvey Lower invited talented local artists Leigh Hopkinson and Anne-Marie Stijelja to run workshops. They loved lino block printing led by Leigh where they designed their own template and chose colours to create a lino print. Stijelja joined forces with business confidence coach Suzy Bashford to encourage the children to unleash their inner superheroes they did this by choosing a power stone and decorating a box for it covered in the words describing their individual superpower strengths such as curious or energetic or caring. In another session to help remind them of the schools values such as respect sharing and forgiveness children used decoupage to create a large values tree. In the Kitchen Music workshop children embraced creativity as not only a route to self-discovery but also as pure fun they used everyday objects to make music finding it particularly amusing to use their body to create percussion effects. Assistant Head of Turvey Lower Sheryl Lewis said As a school we feel passionate about celebrating the different talents and qualities of every child and creative arts are an important way for children to learn express their originality and build their confidence. The children had an amazing and exciting time and were still talking about it for days afterwards Creative Arts Day www.EmilyIllustrates.co.uk and www.facebook.comJeSuisEmilyIllustration Meet Emily who doodles a cartoon diary of her musings and chaotic life 82 Please remember to mention OVL when responding to adverts 10 Mill Street Bedford MK40 3HD Tel 01234 351 458 Email infojohnmedhurst.co.uk Open MondaySaturday 9.30am5.30pm John Medhurst FAMILY JEWELLERS OF BEDFORD www.johnmedhurst.co.uk