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4Remember to tell our advertisers you found them in Beartown VoiceDays Out & Meals Out at Hare Hill 6Helping ease seasonal allergies 10Katy meets... Revolve Fitness & Training 14Elizabeth’s corner 18Man About Town 20Katy meets... Diamond Engravers 24Days Out & Meals Out at Lymm Railway 26Congleton’s Heritage 32Tackling the re within... Naturally 34Katy meets... The Stove Yard 36Bridging The Gap, Mind Matters 42Walking the tightrope of work & play 44Ready Reference 46Welcome & ContentsContact Beartown VoiceKaty O’Regankaty@archpublications.comDavid Crawforddavid@archpublications.comFor all enquires & bookingsCall or Whatsapp 01477 518 252Visit archpublications.comBusiness InsightsScan to Listen & Subscribearchpublications.com/podcastArch Publications Charity Partner 2024, visit www.BTG-mindmatters.orgWelcome to the radiant June edition of Beartown Voice! This issue is teeming with captivating stories and spotlights that truly reect the dynamic spirit of our community.We kick o with an inspiring journey to Diamond Engravers, a collective of inventive artisans who excel in bringing your jewellery ideas to life. Whether it’s turning whimsical sketches into delightful charms or helping launch your own brand on platforms like Etsy, Diamond Engravers is your ideal partner. Their expertise has not only ignited my own creative sparks but has also led to a collaboration on a bespoke series of charms. We are currently establishing a boutique to display these unique pieces. While this venture may not lead to lavish riches, the joy found in crafting something with one’s own hands is extraordinarily rewarding. I’m also contemplating incorporating some handmade felted goods into our growing assortment!Additionally, I enjoyed a wonderful visit to The Stove Yard in Holmes Chapel. Join me as we delve into the cozy world of log burners and discover the thrilling universe of outdoor pizza ovens.Focusing on gastronomy, one of my favourite entries on the Congleton calendar this month is the Food and Drink Festival on the 9th of June. What better way to tantalise your taste buds than with an array of delectable options right here in our charming town? Enjoy exploring the vibrant oerings of our community in this month’s Beartown Voice!Katy xCover image & this taken during the aurora display over Jodrell Bank by Matt O’Regan

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6The National Trust site of Hare Hill in Alderley, Nr Maccleseld is a tranquil wooded garden, surrounded by historic parkland, with a delightful walled garden at its heart. It was construction as a country estate in the 18th century, then nally the National Trust took over the ownership in 1977.The site features spectacular white perennial borders, a pergola and wire horse sculptures within the rose beds. There is also a woodland garden with many rhododendrons and azaleas, and pond areas with rustic wooden bridges to walk across. The surrounding parkland oers a permissive path to Alderley Edge, open at the same time as the garden. Hare Hill is a sweet little place for a gentle walk around and to sit and relax inside the walled garden. On a sunny afternoon in May my daughter and I visited the gardens as I knew their owers beds would be looking lovely at this time of year.During the summer months the gardens are lled with pots of tulips, foxgloves, and summer boarders of colour wherever you look. The highlight of the walled garden has to be their white pergola laden with beautiful wisteria. It is quite striking and looks gorgeous. You can take the path below it and sit on a bench hidden away in the wall and look out to the garden and pass the time people watching.Wooded Garden - Outside the walled gardens are paths that lead you around the woodland. Along the paths are beautiful rhododendrons. In every shade of white, pink and purple these bushes are in full bloom in May so well worth a visit.Pond Life - In the wooden garden there Days Out & Meals Out reviewsJenny,Days Out and Meals Out Reviewsis the pond area with 3 rustic wooden bridges that cross over. These make an exciting adventure for children but be careful by the open water.Pushchair Friendly - The paths are suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. They are wide and at. There is a couple of sets of steps but there are alternative at routes to miss the steps so you don’t really miss seeing anywhere.Family Fun in the Garden - There is a natural play area, this was mainly dens which have been made from the natural materials of the wood. A couple of mud kitchens and a hobby horse to encourage imaginative play. Sadly the swing was out of action on our visitBorrow a Backpack - You can borrow a free kids’ nature pack from the entrance building. These include a pair of small binoculars, a large wooden magnifying glass, and a fact sheet of wildlife to look out for. My daughter borrowed one of these for our visit and enjoyed using the equipment to get a closer look at nature. These are great for encouraging your children to explore and look at things dierently.Extra Activities - As with any National Trust site they put on extra events and activities during school holidays. They do an Easter Egg hunt in April and children’s yoga classes in the summer.Bird Spotting - The Bird Hide at Hare Hill is a quiet and peaceful place to sit, do a spot of bird watching and listen to the chirps and chatterings of the many winged wonders of the woodlands. There is a Bird Guide on the wall to help you identify some familiar favourites and maybe some you are yet to discover....Food & Drink - Make the most of your day by bringing a picnic: there are lots of benches throughout Hare Hill or you can bring a blanket and nd a spot on the lawn in the Walled Garden. Hot drinks, chocolate bars and ice creams are sold at the entrance but there is nothing else available.Price of Visiting Hare Hill? - Hare Hill is free to visit if you are National Trust members. The prices for non-members (May 2024) is £9 for adults and £4.50 for kids.• Small walled gardens and woodland, Open Feb - Oct• Open Wed - Sun 10.30am - 5pm• Nature Backpack for children &Paths are pushchair friendly• Coee, snacks and ice cream available from entrance• Free Car Park & Toilets• Dogs welcome, on a short lead in the Parkland only which is outside of the main site• Alderley, Maccleseld, Cheshire SK10 4PY• Visit nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/cheshire-greater-manchester/hare-hillfor more informationYou can nd more reviews on my website www.daysoutandmealsout.com or on social media search ‘Days Out and Meals Out’

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10Around 1 in 4 of us will experience hay fever during the months of spring and summer. It is an inconvenience for many and can be very debilitating for some people. Now said to be on the rise due to climate change, more people than ever are turning to natural ways to help relieve this seasonal misery. Hay fever (also called allergic rhinitis) is an allergic reaction to environmental allergens such as grass and tree pollen. If your immune system believes these substances are a threat it strongly reacts, producing antibodies which cause the symptoms of hay fever.There are several ways to reduce or relieve symptoms naturally, the main way being to avoid triggers and lessen your exposure to the allergens that cause your symptoms. Healthy eating and a diet that supports the gut microbiota helps the immune function. Likewise, the immune function also gets a boost if you can manage 30 minutes of moderate exercise per day.Another consideration is to manage your stress levels as when we are under stress, our bodies produce all sorts of hormones and chemicals. One of these is histamine, released by the body in response to what the body perceives as a foreign invader. High stress equals high histamine levels which may exacerbate hay fever symptoms. Reexology is designed to promote a deep sense of relaxation and wellbeing and is extremely eective in combating stress. The therapy is also used to help reduce inammation and can assist in relieving a variety of hay fever symptoms by applying techniques to the reexes corresponding to the head, sinuses, nose, throat and eyes.Reexology is delivered via the feet, hands, ears or face. I have put together this short self-help sequence for you to try, which may help lessen the impact of seasonal allergies.Try this facial reexology sequence 2-3 times a dayUsing the pads of your ngers:1) Rotate on the pink dots mid-way between the hairline and eyebrow for 10 seconds.2) Slowly rotate on the blue dot between the eyebrows for 10 seconds.3) Rotate on the yellow points just below the cheekbone in line with the pupil for 10 seconds.4) Rotate on the green dots either side of the nose for 10 seconds5) Glide along the purple lines using the ngertips of both hands 5 times each.Helping ease seasonal allergies by Jan JohnsonReexology

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14Kieran Leyland and Jamie Law have been inseparable since they rst met at the age of four in their primary school in Holmes Chapel. Their friendship ourished through their school years and continued as they ventured into college, university, and apprenticeships. Kieran moved to Liverpool to study Videography, while Jamie launched his career in personal training, initially learning the ropes at a local gym before expanding his expertise across Cheshire and eventually setting up his own practice in his garage, building a solid clientele. Throughout their separate professional journeys, they shared a dream of opening their own gym in the heart of their childhood village, a dream that evolved into a well-researched and robust business plan.With a solid business plan and a shared enthusiasm for tness, Kieran and Jamie secured the necessary investment to make their dream a reality, resulting in the establishment of Revolve Fitness. I recently visited their new gym at Manor Point business park, where they shared their future aspirations during a tour of the facility.Katy meets... Revolve Fitness & TrainingByKaty O’ReganThe gym’s layout is striking. Entering through a spacious, high-ceilinged reception leads directly to the main gym area, a 4500 square foot modern space with soft matted oors and soundproong panels, clearly showing they have already achieved much in their new setup.Jamie explained that nding the right location was their primary challenge, as they were committed to setting up in Holmes Chapel. After a year-long search, they found the ideal spot at Unit 2B, Manor Point.The gym boasts a comprehensive array of equipment. Kieran highlighted a dedicated weight area ranging from 2kg to 50kg, designed to ensure clients never have to wait for equipment. This accessibility and variety are central to their customer service philosophy.Our tour continued with an introduction to the machines provided by Primal, a top industry supplier. The facility caters to all aspects of tness with treadmills, rowing machines, bikes, Stairmasters, and even a mechanical treadmill for cardio workouts. Additionally, the gym features pull-up bars, parallettes, a modern prowler, kettlebells, and an Astro strip for bodyweight exercises, alongside various machines for a full-body workout.For someone like me, the array of equipment might seem daunting, but Jamie and Kieran’s expertise ensures all members can fully utilize each piece of equipment.The second oor includes warm showers, private changing rooms, and lockers. They are also developing a large mezzanine that will host rooms for a range of classes from yoga to strength and conditioning. A café area is planned to oer healthy beverages and eventually snacks.The upstairs currently hosts various classes including Mark Millward’s karate for kids and adults, Pilates with Kat, and holistic healing sessions with Vicky.Jamie and Kieran have realised their dream and the response since the gym opened has been overwhelmingly positive. With their ambitious plans for the future and the community’s enthusiastic reception, I am condent that Revolve Fitness will continue to thrive.

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18This edition of Elizabeth’s Corner brings you a poem by our youngest writer, Binish. Although she is not yet 18, she has already come a long way in life and is an inspiration to all she meets. In this poem she expresses what she feels about the mother gures in her life. She was just 16 when she wrote it.The poem is one of many featured in our book Still She Rises which can be purchased online at www.elizabethelmy.com or from the Visitors Centre at the Town Hall. Elizabeth’s cornerby Susan MunroElizabeth’s GroupMother (Happy Mother’s Day)Your arms are a blanket to my troubled heart.Like lavender you soothe my soul.You see the best and the worst in me, but most importantly how the most damaged parts of my soul shine brighter than gold.You have guided me to be a proud feminist. Through all the chaos you helped me realise that within every strong woman, lies a curious girl waiting to be discovered. To all the mother gures out there, you don’t have to be strong all the time, you’re allowed to be vulnerable.Binish Syed Qureshi (Aged 16)

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20I’d like to start this month by welcoming Congleton’s new Mayor to her post. Councillor Kay Wesley is the latest person to hold the coveted position since the rst incumbent, known as Philip, son of Richard in 1318.When you think about it, it’s a rare honour. Assuming the latest population statistics are correct you’ve currently got a one in 30,000 chance of becoming Mayor. That’s pretty slim. Once the dust has settled I hope we’ll be able to speak to Councillor Wesley about her hopes for her Mayoral year.But this month I want to celebrate the post that gets very little recognition. The person who usually stands in the shadow of the Mayor. The Mayoress or as is the case this year, her consort.Helen Moreton has worn the Mayoress’s chain for the last twelve months. She accompanied her husband, the now former Mayor Rob on more than one hundred and fty occasions. So, this isn’t a job that gives the Mayoress a lot of time o. “It’s been hard work. I’ve got job a job too. So, I’ve had to juggle things around a lot. But it’s been amazing! What a privilege. What an honour.”As Mayoress Helen was part of the duo who represented Congleton Town Council at many events across the year. Amongst her favourites were the Daneside Theatre productions. “We were invited to all their shows. We were given great seats! Seriously though, their productions are the best. We really enjoyed ourselves and we’d like to say thank you for the welcome we got at the theatre and everywhere else we went. Congleton’s people are incredible.”So, have the The Moretons and Helen in particular been spoilt over the last Man About To wnMark Edwardsonyear? “What a lot of people don’t know is that many of the dresses I’ve worn have been bought locally or even upcycled. I’ve been seen in a dress I’ve had for twenty years. I’ve worn a bridesmaid’s dress to functions. The only one I bought was for the Mayor’s Ball.”Helen’s taken her inspiration from the very top. “I’ve watched the Princess of Wales for years and I admire her. If she can upcycle and recycle then so can I. I’m from Tintown and I’ve watched how she holds her handbags, how she sits and keeps etiquette. I kept it Helen Moreton-style and I’m dead proud of that.”Princess Catherine has a few issues to deal with at the moment so it’s understandable for her to miss the odd edition of Beartown Voice. Not to worry, Helen’s keeping Kate in the loop. “I’m going to write to her to let her know how she’s inspired me because I think it’s worked.”Earlier, I mentioned the Mayoress existing in the shadow of the Mayor. Well, that wasn’t Helen’s style. “I think I was meant to stay one step behind Rob whenever we were seen out together in our chains but that’s the one rule I broke. I tended to be one step ahead of him. He didn’t mind. It’s been like that all our married lives,” she chuckled mischievously.

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24manufacturing their own clothing lines.Facing the challenge of competing with inexpensive imports, Diamond Engravers pivoted towards engraving services, a shift that marked a new era for the company. This strategic move began with the acquisition of a diamond-tipped engraving machine, which was merely the rst step towards a future rich in technological advancements. Today, the company boasts a formidable array of sophisticated tools, including CO2, bre, MOPA, and 3D lasers, along with sandblast engraving capabilities. These technologies allow for the high-speed cutting of metals and plastics into nearly any shape, complemented by a range of nishing services like polishing, colour lling, ocking, electro-plating, and ceramic coating.Diamond Engravers’ commitment to innovation and quality continues to inspire the Congleton community. The team excels in bringing jewellery dreams to life, this is Undertaken by their sister company Devanet, guiding customers from the initial design phase with 3D CAD drawings to the nal creation of moulds and crafting of items in various metals. They handle everything from adding chains and ndings to producing Nestled in the vibrant heart of Congleton, Diamond Engravers emerges as a testament to British ingenuity, transforming from a modest start-up into a bustling hub of technological innovation and artistic creation. Under the stewardship of David Webster and Alan Rogers, with the invaluable contribution of Alan’s son, Ash, this family-run business represents the epitome of entrepreneurial-driven success.The story of Diamond Engravers began in 1999 when David Webster, drawing from his extensive experience in the clothing industry, launched the enterprise from his home with just two embroidery machines. Initially focusing on personalised and branded clothing, the company’s rapid growth necessitated a move to larger premises and an expanded production capacity. Their reputation for quality soon attracted a diverse clientele from schools, clubs, and businesses, propelling them to venture into Katy meets... Diamond Engraversby Katy O’Reganbased enterprise not only fulls the A standout process is their nano-ceramic e-coating, which coating is particularly eective on items with a high polish, oering protection against scratches, tarnishing, and fading. Available in various colours, it allows designers to craft nano-ceramic coating. Remarkably, they even supplied customised belts for Team GB at the Rio Olympics.compelling as their professional achievements. Ash joined of the team, working closely with his father, Alan. Alan, who Recently, Diamond Engravers has come full circle by

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25engraving machine, which was merely the rst step towards including CO2, bre, MOPA, and 3D lasers, along with any shape, complemented by a range of nishing services like polishing, colour lling, ocking, electro-plating, and design phase with 3D CAD drawings to the nal creation of moulds and chains and ndings to producing and Alan Rogers, with the invaluable contribution of Alan’s son, Ash, this once again to customer demand. They are now gearing up to work with corporate clients on branded clothing for work or sports, which will be available to order through their new dedicated website.Diamond Engravers’ journey from a small embroidery operation to a leader in creative manufacturing is not just a business success story; it’s a shining example of a family and hard work coming together to build something truly remarkable. This Congleton-based enterprise not only fulls the creative needs of its clients but also continually pushes the boundaries of what is possible in the world of design and technology, making it a proud emblem of local entrepreneurship and innovation.bespoke packaging for those aiming to market their creations.A standout process is their nano-ceramic e-coating, which adds vibrant colour to metal components and jewellery. This cutting-edge solution is applied to a range of products, enhancing both their aesthetic appeal and durability. The coating is particularly eective on items with a high polish, oering protection against scratches, tarnishing, and fading. Available in various colours, it allows designers to craft unique, appealing items that cater to a wide range of tastes.The hypoallergenic nature of the nano-ceramic e-coating makes it ideal for those with sensitive skin or allergies. It stands up well to environmental challenges such as moisture, chemicals, and UV exposure, ensuring that the jewellery remains tarnish-resistant and easy to maintain.In addition to their technological prowess, their manufacturing arm named Devanet has ventured into the manufacturing of belt buckles, responding to customer demand. This venture has expanded to include a vast selection of styles available for purchase individually or in bulk, which can be personalised or treated with nano-ceramic coating. Remarkably, they even supplied customised belts for Team GB at the Rio Olympics.The personal journeys of the team members are as compelling as their professional achievements. Ash joined the business six years ago after a challenging battle with lymphoma. His recovery intertwined with his work at Diamond Engravers, where he has become an integral part of the team, working closely with his father, Alan. Alan, who joined the business in 2014, brings a wealth of experience and a deep sense of pride in his son’s contributions and resilience.Recently, Diamond Engravers has come full circle by relaunching their personalised clothing arm, responding

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26Lymm Railway is the perfect location if you want a little stroll out with a stop at a cafe for lunch or an ice cream. It’s a safe, o road family-friendly walk along an old railway line in Altrincham, which is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.We parked just o Seamon’s Road in the Trans Pennine Trail car park WA14 5RF. It’s only small, but we managed to get a space. You can get straight onto the trail from this carpark.The trail is along an old railway line, which stopped being used in 1985, and the tracks have been removed. These sorts of paths are always the same. Lovely, long, well surfaced wide paths with no risks of cars and perfect for pushchairs, bikes, and scooters.Along this trail, there are a number of great places to come o at to nd a spot of lunch or an ice cream. The rst place to come o after about 1.5km is at the bridge where you can join school lane. Along this lane is The Dunham Barn. A lovely cafe, with plenty of seating, serving lunches, drinks and cakes. Once o the Trail you have to walk along the road and pavement for about 10-15mins.Further along the trail at 3km, you can come o at Station Road at a gate which crosses the Path. As you come o the trail, to the left you will soon nd The Rope & Anchor Pub and to your right is a sign for Dunham Apple Barn which is a shop and cafe just further along the road.Go left and walk along the road. First you will come to The Rope & Anchor Pub which has a lovely beer garden and play area. A bit further along Station road you will get to Dunham Massey Ice Cream farm, only about 5-10 mins away.Dunham Massey Ice Cream Farm is Days Out & Meals Out reviewsJenny,Days Out and Meals Out Reviewsa lovely Ice Cream Parlour and cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating. The serve pizza and toasties as well as a large choice of drinks and of course ice creams. There are also some cute farm animals which you can stroke and buy some food for.The path is really good for bikes and scooters, plus the incentive of walking to get an ice cream always helps little legs I nd so this makes it a great family walk.As it’s a there and back type of walk, you can go as far as you like and simply turn round. The full distance of this section of The Trans Pennine Trail would take you all the way to Lymm & is roughly 6 miles one way. For condent riders, this would be a great distance with treats along the way.If you would prefer to turn the walk into circular, you can drop down on to The Bridgewater Canal o School Road which is a gorgeous canal to walk along and of course you can spot the narrow boats going past.Here is a map of the route we took which included going to Dunham Massey Ice Cream farm rst for an ice cream and then to the Dunham Barn for lunch, then we walked back to our car along the canal. It was 8km total.• 29 March - 23 June 2024, Open daily 10am - 6pm• Suitable for all ages• Trail Inside the gardens at Tatton Park• No dogs allowed in the gardens• Trail sheet £1, Trail Sheet shows where each sculpture is• Garden entry apply (free for National Trust members)• Parking charges apply. Pre book online to save 10%• Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN• Find out more at: www.tattonpark.org.ukYou can nd more reviews on my Facebook page & Instagram, search ‘Days Out and Meals Out’

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31lindsTogether in the Pursuit of ExcellenceCONGLETON HIGH SCHOOLAt Congleton High School we are immensely proud to be at the heart of the local community, providing secondary education to over 1300 students aged from 11 to 18 in the main school and Sixth Form.We are a high achieving school driven by our values of courage, curiosity and ambition. Our Sixth Form also provides a wide range of courses that are supported by high-quality teaching and a focus on each student as an individual.We would be delighted to invite you to tour our school and let us demonstrate how we can pursue excellence together.To join our school, please call us on: 01260 730123 or email us on: enquiries@congletonhigh.comTo join our sixth form, email us on:sixthformslt@congletonhigh.comCongleton High SchoolBox Lane, Congleton CW12 4NS

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32Just how good was life in Congleton in the late 19th century? Remarkably so, according to Isaac Slater. It’s 1883. Let’s hear a Victorian voice on ‘modern times and the present state of the borough’. Slater categorised commercial trades and public services for many localities, along with detailed descriptions of each town. He published these very successfully. Other directories are drily objective… but not Slater’s. Full of exuberant pride he reveals a wholesome scene, as these few but signicant snippets show. Improvements ‘continuously’ made by the Corporation for residents’ health and comfort included widening and repairing of streets and better sewerage. A recent (1880) one secured ‘an excellent supply of the purest water for the urban part of the borough.’ Arriving from both Mow Cop Ridge and Forge Well Springs, water from the latter was pumped up to an Congleton’s HeritageHistory article byJulie Elizabeth Smalleyelevated tower, itself ‘a ne feature in the landscape, visible for many miles around’. On the banks of the river Dane, another ne feature was Congleton’s park and recreation ground - opened just a dozen years before (1871) as ‘a valuable outlet for the inhabitants’ and ‘healthy sport for the young ones’, with woodland of ‘rare sylvan beauty’. Also less than twenty years old was the Town Hall, ‘one of the handsomest and most architecturally correct municipal buildings in Cheshire’. Now that’s an accolade. Perhaps most encouraging of all? Congleton’s crime statistics. Located on the Town Hall’s rst oor, behind the Mayor’s parlour and committee rooms, was the court room for magisterial and County Court business. Slater adds ‘the police force consists of a chief and four petty constables, without uniform’. Mirroring the modest size of this unit is the amount of work for them to deal with… ‘frequently no business for the bench to decide’. Enviable! Anyone curious about investing in Congleton was reassured that ‘nearly 20 years had elapsed without more than two or three cases of burglary or any other serious crime being charged.’ What a place to live and work in.Yet there are things to lament. Nostalgically noted, early 1800’s Congleton ‘was adorned by much of the old characteristic house architecture of the times and neighbourhood.’ And that familiar regret ‘nearly all the nest specimens have long since disappeared, or been new fronted, or plastered over’. Largest and best to remain however was the ‘handsomely restored’ Lion and Swan Hotel.This was the last directory compiled while Slater was alive. He died the same year. Clever promotion – or just quaintly put? Either way Slater’s insights are intriguing.

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34Derived from ‘inamm’ meaning to set on re, the word ‘inammation’ and its eects on health has become a ‘hot’ topic within the eld of natural health and for good reason. I have long believed in the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’ and as individuals there is much we can do to lessen/prevent the damaging eects of systemic inammation. Adopting a ‘proactive’ and more ‘holistic’ approach to health can be extremely benecial.Despite its general negative connotation, inammation within the body is not a bad thing in fact it is essential and can be very helpful, even a life saver. Yet, as with most things in health and life too much of a good thing can become problematic. Ordinarily, when tissues become injured or infected, our immune cells release signalling molecules called cytokines, white blood cells and other important substances to the aected area to put out the re, clean up any debris and initiate healing. Inammation fast tracks this and once the work is done the symptoms of inammation e.g redness and swelling subside and normal service resumes. Sometimes though when the immune system is already overburdened the inammatory response can be extreme and prolonged. Without intervention, the body remains on ‘red alert’ and the re (inammation) is never fully extinguished. It continues to smoulder leading to further damage and paves the way for the development of chronic inammatory disease.Chronic inammation can aect our health in many ways and shows up where it is present in the body for example in the digestive and cardiovascular system, the brain and nervous system, lungs, skin and muscular skeletal system. It can present as pain and stiness in joints, digestive complaints such bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhoea, poor nutrient absorption and food intolerances, inammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, lead to metabolic disruption playing a role in diabetes & obesity, whilst emerging research is suggesting that chronic inammation may play a role in cognitive decline and be a contributing factor in conditions such as dementia and alzheimers. It may also be linked to depression and other mood disorders.The foods we consume daily can hugely inuence levels of inammation in the body. Some can trigger inammation whilst others lessen it. Look to minimise intake of highly acidic, overly processed foods, hydrogenated and trans fats, sugar & salt laden foods, caeinated and alcoholic beverages and instead introduce a wholefood, nutrient dense diet packed with variety and colour. Drink plenty of water and include anti-inammatory foods, herbs and spices such as ginger, turmeric, black pepper, rosemary, nuts, seeds, grass fed meat, green leafy and cruciferous veg, dark berries, cocoa (in its pure form), onions, wild oily sh (or a clean sh oil/vegan algae supplement) and extra virgin olive oil. Consuming a variety of these foods regularly will provide the body with essential anti-inammatory compounds such as quercetin, polyphenols, EPA & DHA, curcuminoids, proanthocyanins and resveratrolHerbal remedies are also worthy of consideration. Nature provides so many wonderful healers and science has shown that certain compounds in plants and foods exhibit many benecial properties that support the body in healing and repair. One such remedy is Devils Claw, a highly prized medicinal plant found in Southern Africa and other parts. Although it has not been shown exactly how this remedy works, numerous studies have discovered that extracts from the plant can exert a mild braking system on the pathways causing inammation with a huge body of evidence reporting that the plant is bestowed with anti-inammatory, antioxidant, anti cholesterolemic and pain killing eects for therapeutic treatment of numerous ailments from osteoarthritis, back ache, sporting injuries to diabetes and heartburn. Widely available in tincture and tablet form, devils claw is a gentle remedy that can be used long term and is free of some of the unwanted side eects of commonly prescribed anti inammatory drugs. Its potentially a great alternative, keeping the pharmaceutical drugs for short term use when necessary.Inammation is a complex process and I am just scratching the surface here, however, despite its complexity the good news is we can act as our body’s’ own personal ‘reghters’. We can implement healthy lifestyle behaviours and choices that will not only enhance overall health and wellbeing but target underlying inammation, minimise its associated triggers and restore balance.Tackling the re within... Naturally!by Mel,Bare HealthAlways consult your GP or healthcare professional if on prescribed medication or undergoing any form of medical treatment.

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36me that the stoves cater to a range of needs and preferences, from purely aesthetic enhancements to essential heating solutions, particularly vital in rural areas where gas may not be accessible.Modern wood-burning stoves and replaces, celebrated for their low carbon emissions and the utilization of renewable, sustainable fuel, also address the recent concerns about smoke emissions. It’s crucial in Smoke Control Areas, as designated by DEFRA, where regulations require that any wood burner installed must emit less than 3 grams of smoke per hour. Although Holmes Chapel and its surrounding villages are not within such a control zone, opting for an eco-friendly stove is a proactive choice for environmental stewardship.The Stove Industry Alliance highlights the sector’s signicant advancements, noting that criticisms often stem from outdated comparisons to open res, older stoves, and the use of poor-quality wood. The Stove Yard team, adept in industry regulations and the latest innovations, provides top-notch advice and supports the DEFRA ‘Burn Better’ campaign, which promotes methods that enhance air quality and protect health.Upon choosing your stove, Russell’s team facilitates connections with trusted Hetas registered installers. Additionally, The Stove Yard oers a comprehensive range of re-related accessories, including innovative storage solutions for logs, specialized cleaning products, and a variety of fuels. They can also modernize your space with stylish re surrounds, hearths, mantels, and everything needed for a media wall with mood-enhancing lighting. For those who might not be able to install a traditional wood burner, electric stoves are available that mimic the aesthetic and provide easy, eective heating.“When is the best time to install a log burner?” I asked Russell, the knowledgeable manager of The Stove Yard, nestled o Manor Lane in Holmes Chapel. Without hesitation, his reply was: “Now.”With spring unfolding and summer on the horizon, the chilly evenings of autumn and winter might feel like a distant memory. Yet, according to Russell, this is precisely the time to start planning and preparing. Russell’s journey to The Stove Yard began after a demanding 16-year career as a chef, where the long hours began to impact his family life. This led him to switch careers, and he has since become a xture at The Stove Yard, mastering all aspects of the showroom’s oerings—not just the wood-burning stoves.The showroom itself, one of the largest in the UK, is located in Cheshire. It features an extensive array of stoves, each actively displaying the cozy allure of dancing ames through a variety of designs and brands. Russell informed Katy meets... The Stove Yardby Katy O’Reganstart. These stoves provide ecient heating and realistic wood-burning eects without the need for log storage, and contemporary gas res are designed to t almost any space, excitedly showed me to to outdoor cooking—a rst portable, lightweight stone bake high, and I’m keen to experience them rst hand—assuredly from the front of

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37stoves and replaces, The Stove Industry Alliance highlights the sector’s signicant outdated comparisons to open res, older stoves, and the oers a comprehensive range of re-related accessories, stylish re surrounds, hearths, eective heating.Yard, nestled o Manor Lane in Holmes xture at The Stove Yard, mastering all aspects of the showroom’s oerings—features an extensive array of stoves, of dancing ames through a variety of Furthermore, I explored the gas stove options with Russell. These are ideal for those who appreciate the rustic charm of a wood burner but prefer the convenience of a touch-button start. These stoves provide ecient heating and realistic wood-burning eects without the need for log storage, and contemporary gas res are designed to t almost any space, even those without a chimney.As our conversation concluded, Russell excitedly showed me to another section of the showroom, dedicated to outdoor cooking—a personal passion of mine, regardless of the season. The display included the prestigious Big Green Egg, known for its versatility and recognised as a BBC Gardeners’ World Best Buy for its performance and build quality. Other notable products were the Alfa Forni pizza ovens and the ground breaking Gozney, touted as the world’s rst portable, lightweight stone bake oven.Russell revealed plans for upcoming special cooking weekends at The Stove Yard, where he’ll showcase these outdoor culinary tools using his chef skills. Anticipation for these events is high, and I’m keen to experience them rst hand—assuredly from the front of the line! For updates on these events, check The Stove Yard’s Facebook page or inquire in-store.Russell and The Stove Yard team have been part of the Holmes Chapel community for 19 years, starting out at another location on the industrial estate before moving to where they are now in a larger space. They have big plans for the future, including turning the front part of the showroom into a kitchen to demonstrate their range of log-burning cookers. For now, though, the range they have on display is vast, covering all bases for both indoor heating and outdoor cooking, and I plan to return to check out the changes in a few months.

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42A huge part of my job role now is picking the gyms that we want to work with BTG, I travel all over the U.K. visiting them. (Potentially the world soon.)This process has meant that I clock up thousands of miles travelling.We recently sat down with our board of trustees to discuss if there’s a way to make the process less labour intensive, maybe gyms could just ll out a detailed form online and automatically qualify to start receiving our clients? Surely we could ask about the qualications and facilities, read reviews, interview the owners online?Well after driving over two thousand miles in January my numb bum was starting to think maybe that’s something we really should be considering and then I visited Scotland.I managed to combine the trip to look at 2 gyms with a Crosst 2 qualication course I was attending on the Saturday & Sunday. I’ve been a gym owner for 4 years, I’ve done hundreds of classes and visited many gyms.Yet there I stood in front of the arches of CrossFit Glasgow, frozen, in tears a few feet from the entrance and in that moment, It all came ooding back.I remembered the rst time I ever walked into a Crosst gym. So completely terried to step forward into the unknown, but aware that lingering behind me was a life I didn’t want to be in anymore.What if I make an idiot of myself? What if I don’t know what to do? Numb bums and being a beginner again!Vicky,Bridging The Gap Mind MattersWhat if everyone ignores me?What if everyone stares at me? Will they judge me for being unt?I don’t know if I can do this.....I walked in and was met by 4 friendly sta faces and a wonderful group of people. Yes I was still nervous, but that initial interaction had me feeling like I could do it.I have to give a special mention to Joe, the trainer assigned to my group.You hear the phrase “be kind” banded around a lot but rarely do I get to see such genuine kindness displayed so authentically. Especially towards someone who was as inept as my fumbling, terried self.I went back to my hotel after the rst day and realised just how important my job is.When someone is struggling and they’ve come to BTG for support we have to make sure that we are sending them to the very best places.Because you get one chance at a rst impression. And the day someone gathers everything they have and walks into a gym it can be make or break.Therapy enabled me to walk into a gym, but it was CrossFit that saved my life.The gym assessments I make aren’t about equipment, facilities, size, or qualications. It’s about community, kindness and compassion. Remembering what it’s like to be a beginner, and being in it to help other people better their lives, physically and mentally.If you know a gym that aligns with what we do and they have space for fully funded new faces, get in touch so I can come and visit.Who Are BTG - Our mission is to Bridge The Gap faced by people trying to access support for their mental health, removing barriers to keeping people well, and preventing mental health crises. We champion a blended approach of physical and talking therapy as rst-line treatment for early-stage mental ill-health and we strive for this to be accessible to all, at the point of need.Take a look at www.BTG-mindmatters.org to complete an application.

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44Productivity and maximising it is all about discipline. Knowing when it is time to work and get things done is about overcoming obstacles. It’s about shutting down what’s around you and focusing on the task at hand.The reality, however, is we are all guilty of distraction. The lure of doing something else is sometimes just too much. Procrastination leads to stagnation. I see that a lot on LinkedIn.The reality is though, productivity is the result of a happy workforce. Striking a balance between work and play is an extremely hard thing to do though, but it can be done.And there is a reason as business owners, we should be looking to do so. One of the most important predictors of employee satisfaction is work exibility. People like having choices and freedom. This can be in found in many ways. Flexitime Walking the tightrope of work and playByRich Wilcockis a popular way of providing choice and it also puts trust in employees – Something which is important in so many ways. But also, simple things like simplicity in technology or more holiday allowance can do similar things. It is all about giving team members the freedom to choose how to be the most eective in their role while increasing employee morale. Even encouraging and providing time for self-care can improve workplace productivity.The myth that employees cannot be productive while working at home was eectively shattered with the COVID-19 pandemic. Research showed how even cutting out an oce commute can boost productivity, so it is worth considering that kind of exibility for your team. Of course, too much freedom can have an adverse eect to productivity, but simple, clear expectations and guidelines can ensure that it is kept on the right track.You’ve also probably noticed its quite warm outside. And working-from-home in the sun is a challenge that many (including myself) can struggle with. But productivity can be improved by your surroundings. So, look for a way to incorporate the pleasant weather into your daily working routine. Studies have shown that natural light can improve mood, relieve stress and in turn, improve productivity. So, perhaps try answering the morning calls or emails in your garden instead of hunched over the kitchen table. I often nd it is better for concentration as well.The reality of the working world in 2024 is that there is a new normal. Diverse ways of working are here to stay. There is of course, a place for working in the oce still. But even here, maximising productivity in a healthy way should be encouraged. Improving oce space, minimising meetings which could easily be an email, and incentivising colleagues can make real dierences to productivity and even the bottom line.And thats what it is all about. Improving the bottom line. And taking the time to see how colleagues are using their time can really be the dierence.

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45WILL WRITING • WILL TRUSTS • ASSETS TRUSTPOWER OF ATTORNEY • INHERITANCE TAX PLANNINGTelephone 01270 667 912 or visit www.sanctuarytts.comSanctuary Tax & Trust Services Ltd, 41 Lawton Road, Alsager ST7 2AAAs the cost-of-living spirals and more of our children struggle to get a footing on the property ladder it is now more important than ever to plan our family’s inheritance. The team at Sanctuary Tax & Trust explain how many families nd themselves victims of avoidable losses and why simply writing a will does not guarantee our family will inherit as we wish.For the vast majority of people, we spend all our lives working to build up wealth, through property, savings and pensions we look at providing nancial security for our families and when our nal day arrives, we hope these assets will pass to the people we care about the most, partners, children, relatives and friends. Traditionally, people have chosen wills to document their wishes and while writing a will is important, it does not provide any protection for the assets within it.Considerations when planning InheritanceCare Fees – As we live longer the likelihood of needing care becomes greater and under the government’s changes to the social care act should the need for care arise, we could see our asset taken down to just £14,250. The new assessment process will see everybody with property and savings over a combined value of £23,250 being required to pay for their care.Relationship Failure – When passing assets purely through a will we see many leaving their assets to their children but not giving consideration to what would happen if one of their children was to divorce. This can lead to a child seeing half of their inheritance in the hands of an ex-partner and in the event of early bereavement this can lead to grandchildren being disinherited.Inheritance Tax – The current IHT framework can be complex and unknowingly people can leave their children and even grandchildren with an Inheritance tax issue.Probate – The cost of probate has risen dramatically over the last few years, and it can be a lengthy and drawn-out process. On average, with a valid Will, probate will typically take 6 – 12 months to complete, without a Will it may take up to 2 years.It’s Never the Wrong Time To Do The Right Thing – While people appreciate that inheritance planning is important many will delay seeking the correct advice. By putting o arranging our aairs we run the risk of running out of time, or in the event of illness, seeing our options dramatically reduced.Why Sanctuary Tax & Trust Services? With over 20 years of experience in Estate and Inheritance planning we have helped families in the area protect their assets and plan their inheritance in the most cost-eective way. While the individual family’s circumstance may vary, the one constant is that each family aims to provide the maximum amount of inheritance possible without the stress of complex legal jargon.

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