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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2015’


Valerie Singleton entertains care home residents

She taught a generation of children to make things with sticky back plastic and empty Fairy Liquid bottles. Now Valerie Singleton is  entertaining residents of a care home Former Blue Peter presenter Valerie Singleton OBE is delighting residents at Colten Care’s Abbey View home in Sherborne, Dorset, not with ‘100 ways with empty loo rolls’ but with stories and films of …

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Hanging baskets brighten platforms in East Anglia

  LOUISE MIDGLEY wishes her local train station looked as beautiful as the ones in Ipswich, Stowmarket and Diss The daily commute for the fortunate passengers of three railway stations on the Norwich to London mainline has been greatly improved by an eye-catching floral makeover that will  raise spirits both first thing in the morning and at the end of a …

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Lesley Family Tree

Tracing your family tree

LESLEY GREEN has started a business helping people trace their family trees after she began to unravel the mystery of her own My great uncle kept two penguins in the back garden of his house in Bromley and my grandfather was a footman in Eaton Square, London, at a house belonging to cousins of the Prime Minister. These were just …

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Marigold Hotel

Director of the Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel talks to Retiremove

John Madden, 66, reveals some behind the scenes secrets about his latest movie the Second Best Marigold Hotel – which is all about a group of retirees who move to India Q You must have a close relationship with Dame Judi Dench, having launched her international film career with Mrs Brown? A Yes. It is hard to imagine that she …

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Plantlife campaign to save our road verge

LOUISE MIDGLEY explains why we need to protect a vital habitat of many wild flowers and animals: the humble road verge Verdant verges are estimated to cover a whopping 600,000 acres across Britain and with the right maintenance are able to support a vast spectrum of wildlife. The wild plant conservation charity Plantlife has carried out a study that shows Britain’s …

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John Cleese

Retirement villages to make John Cleese smile

Now the Comedy legend John Cleese has made his final alimony payment to his ex-wife he wants to move to Bath with his fourth wife Jennifer Wade. JANE SLADE finds some suitable villages for the animal-loving pair Even though John Cleese, 75, is not showing any signs of retiring, he has said he and his wife are looking for somewhere to live where they can …

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Holmes Place – a lifestyle choice from McCarthy & Stone

JANE SLADE visits McCarthy & Stone’s stunning new development, Holmes Place, in East Sussex Spacious, light, modern and packed with wow factor, Holmes Place is not how you would imagine a typical retirement development to be. “Attractive and aspirational” come to mind when you walk through the door here. Holmes Place represents a shift from McCarthy & Stone’s former reputation …

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Aston On Trent

How moving to a retirement village will change your life

Making that exciting decision to move to a retirement village should be a lifestyle choice in which the property element is just one part If you are seeking an enhanced quality of life with a range of superb facilities and services at your fingertips this will be the perfect move for you. Life in a retirement village is about maintaining your independence by having access to a range …

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Annie Constantinou

Keep taking the steroids

ANNIE CONSTANTINOU writes hilariously and movingly about the side effects of being on steroids as she battles the ‘C-Word’ I have had thrust upon me a clarity of mind. Mostly owing to a strong daily dose of steroids and, I guess, with facing my own mortality. It feels strange which is not my natural default button. But now, solutions to virtually every situation, …

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