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As 2011 draws to a close we will
inevitably engage in a little self-reflection
with around 45% of us making resolutions
for the New Year. Sadly, according to
statistics, about 25% of these are likely to
be broken within the first week!
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At OVL we have discovered the answer.
Resolutions should be achievable and fun
with immediate benefits so that we don't
want to give them up. In this edition you
will find lots of suggestions that fit the bill.
Why not see in the New Year with a new
hairstyle? Try basketball or yoga if you're
thinking of taking up a new sport? Or fulfil
your West End dreams with theatre
training from professional performers?
We also have two fantastic prizes to give
away. Start the New Year with a bang by
learning to shoot at Sporting Targets or
give your face a fresh, new appearance
with a chemical peel at Enhance
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New Year, New You
YOGA Strictly come stretching
HAIR New style for the New Year
ADVENTURE Atlantic challenge
SPORT Beds Lions
WHAT’S HOT Must-have, must-do
FOOD Spicy soup
STYLE Baby, it’s cold outside
NATURE Great outdoors
GARDENS Rosemary’s tips
COLMWORTH Take a walk
MUSIC Album reviews
SPEECH Chilhood communication
BOOKS Maggie O’Farrell
MOTORS Peugeot 508SW
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and OVL for running the
feature on Oakley Motorcycle
Club in your October edition.
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Dear OVL
I have just enjoyed your
latest edition and I would
like to be entered into the
competition to win a Browns
of Stagsden Turkey please.
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Ruth Patrickson
Dear OVL
We love OVL and look forward to receiving it every
month. It is great because the
A5 format means it fits snugly
into my handbag-cum-backpack so I can take it away on
our travels to read in the
quieter moments.
Dear OVL
We received your November
edition this morning and
look forward to reading it as
we find it informative and
interesting. However, your
competition 'Whose ad is it?'
shows a closing date of 17
October?! Not much chance
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although the answer is
Commerce Windows.
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Doren in 1966, Vans have
gone from strength to
strength. Originally inspired
by the skateboard culture,
these shoes have recently
been seen everywhere.
The hottest casual wear.
Come Fly With Me Series 2.
After success last year, Little
Britain duo David Walliams
and Matt Lucas have made
a second series of BBC's
Come Fly With Me.
Apparently our old favourites
will be returning, with some
new characters thrown in...
Puss in Boots - Need to
bribe your little darlings into
being good this Christmas
holiday? How about a trip to
the cinema to see our
favourite character from
Shrek, Puss in Boots, star in
his own film? To be released
9 December.
Yes it's
true, we
are taking
tips from
In our
they are
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and warm
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A new era in personal training has
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Fitness is a purpose-designed
studio run by the best personal
trainers and sport scientists in the
industry, providing one on one
personal training, rehabilitation,
sports performance enhancement
as well as classes in Powerplate,
TRX Suspension training and
what works and what doesn't.
I believe that I owe it to everyone
who is lost in the jargon of quick
fixes and empty promises to
develop a company that actually
delivers real training with real
results and that is a sentiment
shared by my partners, sports
scientists Dave Sanders BSc
(Hons) and Craig Worley BSc
Sports Director Grant Mohle was
fortunate to have played rugby,
cricket and golf at a competitive
level but his participation in weight
training began to take its toll. Grant
said, "At the age of 21, five years
after starting training, I had lower
back, shoulder, ankle and knee
pain which I now know was
caused by too much repetition
and incorrect posture while lifting
weights that I couldn't control
with good form.
The team at Universal Fitness
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techniques, knowledge and
"Six years of studying every aspect
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Grant has made a remarkable
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But Grant has got me there! After
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free classes for the rest of 2011.
There are limited numbers so don't
Universal Fitness is conveniently
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Open seven days a week 8am 9pm with plenty of parking.
Universal Fitness Ltd
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Grant Mohle, Director
Strictly Come…
Image: The Dancer Pose
Do you know your Waltz from your Cha-Cha-Cha… or your
Bikram from your Ashtanga? The world of yoga can be confusing
but as with dance there are various styles, some of which are faster
or more physically challenging than others. You'll know you've
found the right style when you leave your class feeling much better
than when you arrived! Liz Truckle
My Story
When I was busy working in
the travel industry in St Albans,
I would head up the motorway
every Wednesday to my evening
yoga class, driving like a woman
possessed. I would be stressing
about arriving on time, worrying
about the work I had rushed and
generally be 'catastrophising'.
Fortunately I would arrive safe
(if not quite 'sound' in mind) and
class would begin. We would lie
down to focus on our breathing
(what bliss!) before working
through various yoga poses
(asana) until we ended the
class with a fabulous period of
relaxation (savasana). By the time
I left, it was as though someone
else was emerging from the hall.
I would serenely return to my car
and drive like a different person
on the way home. The practice of
Yoga (meaning 'union') highlighted
the lack of 'union' or 'harmony' in
my life - and it wasn't long before I
decided to train as a yoga teacher.
That was a while ago. Now, when
I teach yoga my aim is to pass on
the benefits to others. Yoga is not
all about stretching and putting
your feet behind your ears (what a
shame I hear you say!) but it is to
work with a balance of strength
AND flexibility… to be aware of
the breath… and to allow people
to find their own sense of 'union'
and 'harmony'.
Bit of an Overview
'Hatha' yoga is a generic term for
the yoga that we practise in the
west. It involves postures (asana),
breathing practices (pranayama)
and relaxation/meditation. Under
the 'Hatha' yoga umbrella, one
popular style is Iyengar yoga,
named after BKS Iyengar who
came to the west from his native
India. His purpose was to educate
people with a strict and very
precise form of yoga which is still
very popular over 50 years on
Another popular yoga style is
Ashtanga, as introduced by
Pattabhi Jois (think Madonna and
Sting) which can
also be a strong practice but in a
different way as it involves moving
quite swiftly between the postures
in set sequences - building heat in
the body and using a specific
breathing technique. Then there
is 'Hot' yoga, which is often
based around 'Bikram' yoga which
involves holding 26 different
static poses in a heated room
(100+ degrees)! Think sweating
and detoxifying from the inside
out. Then there are different ways
of practising yoga: in a swimming
pool (Aqua Yoga), combined with
Pilates (Yogalates) and there's
even Laughter Yoga. But these are
just a few of the many variations
that have developed from this very
ancient Indian practice. So if your
teacher says you're practising
'Hatha' yoga, this indicates that it's
not a specific style with a set
approach. Yoga developed as
part of Ayurveda - the traditional
medicine of India - which
recommends certain practices to
bring the body to balance, based
on your particular constitution.
With no doctors or medicine to
rely on when yoga first appeared
over 4,000 years ago, people
developed natural ways of keeping
their bodies and minds healthy.
An Individual Approach
In yoga we practise according to
our current focus, situation and
ability; we take into consideration
our flexibility, strength, stamina,
age and the time of day and
season of the year. With a
morning practice the body may
feel as though it has aged
dramatically overnight in comparison to the same body during an
evening practice. People's needs
are unique so in a group class it's
important to note that yoga is
non-competitive and students are
encouraged to practise to their
own level. Having said that, I
have seen a DVD of a yoga
championship which, although
very impressive, was slightly
missing the point perhaps? During
our practice we are encouraged
to focus on the breath and on
movements in the body. If we
notice we have become distracted
we are encouraged to guide our
attention back… to the breath…
to the pose… and to the union
and harmony that is yoga.
Improving Performance
I am particularly interested in how
yoga can help people in their
day-to-day lives - whether as a
desk-bound office worker, a mum
looking after children, someone
who drives extensively during their
day, or an athlete looking for
optimum performance. I am
following this through with a Yoga
Sport Science e-learning course
to build on my current experience
which will provide me with the
expertise to work specifically with
athletes, an athlete being defined
as anyone with a regular training
programme who wishes to
improve their performance - from
someone aiming to run their first
10k to a professional athlete. If
you're interested in finding out
more about improving your
athletic performance visit or
email [email protected]
For local yoga classes go to
For more information about
Liz Truckle go to
Images: with thanks to Paul Mitchell
A New Style
for the New Year?
We all make resolutions for the New Year perhaps to
lose weight or get fit but why not see in the New Year
with a new hair style? A new colour or change of hair
cut can transform your look and help you bring the
New Year in with a bang. Kelly Gay
or most of us, the salon
brings back memories of
an over-zealous stylist
who got a little too scissorhappy or, sinking further into
the salon chair, you were told
how bad your ends were. It
doesn't need to be like this
though. So when you book
your appointment for a new
style, remember the following
 It's not compulsory Just because the stylist
thinks you'll suit a heavy
blunt fringe doesn't mean
you have to have one.
Think of your lifestyle. That
school run will be a nightmare if you need to fit in a
blow dry before you leave
the house.
 Know what you want Have in your mind the style
and end result you want
from your salon. Take
pictures of inspiration, and
don't mumble something
about layers and say, "You
know what I mean".
Describe everything and
make sure you have a
clear idea of what you and
the stylist have agreed at
the end of the consultation.
 Ask advice - Ever watched
the stylist work their magic
with a hairdryer and wished
you could recreate the
same look at home? Ask
them to show you! Most will
be more than happy to
show you some easy tips
and tricks to give your new
style the salon look at
 Research your face
shape - You can find yours
by looking in a mirror and
pencilling around the
reflection. Stand back and
you will see your shape.
Search online for styles
that suit yours and you
have a great starting point
when you get to the salon.
Some key trends seen on the
catwalk for 2012 are shorter
hairstyles; the pixie crop and
the bob cut are the perfect
update to your look. Working
some colours through the hair
will add depth and avoid the
hair looking flat. Make the
colour unique to you - go for
semi-permanent colour for a
boost without commitment.
And if you aren't feeling brave
why not work a shoulder
length cut with the hair resting
on your shoulders. This is a
great look, and surprisingly
low maintenance. A fringe can
transform your look instantly,
and there is one to suit
everyone, whether it is a
face-framing full fringe or
effortless side-swept fringe.
And if you don't fancy a
complete change, make sure
you give your hair a much
needed pamper with a deep
conditioning treatment. Start
2012 as you mean to go on,
with great looking healthy
3000 miles, 6 m
en, 1 boat,
n January 2012, the start of the
Olympic year, local man Ian
Rowe will be part of a six-man
crew setting out to break the 30
day 'barrier' for rowing across the
Atlantic Ocean. Current world
record holder Matt Craughwell
skippers the crew which includes
round the world cyclist and BBC
presenter Mark Beaumont.
Matt has made their goal clear:
'We are setting out to break the
30 day barrier which many people
feel is impossible but, following a
series of sea trails to select this
crew, my belief is we have a great
Backing the challenge are former
Olympic rowing champions Martin
Cross and Tim Foster who work
with Bedford-based personal
performance coaching company,
Gold Fever. Martin commented,
'The sheer scale of this is hard to
imagine. Rowing two hours on,
two hours off for 3,000 miles is
quite simply brutal'.
Ian Rowe added, 'This is really
exciting for me, not least because
I've talked about it for ages and
now it's going to happen! We
hope people will use our attempt
to inspire them to set their own
challenges for the New Year and
achieve them as we cross the
The logistics of the attempt are
staggering. 3,100 miles from
Tarfaya Morocco to Barbados
rowing 2 hours on 2 hours off
for 30 days will be immensely
draining on the crew, both
physically and mentally; it's a
ruthless system designed for
speed not comfort. Normal
sleeping patterns are impossible
to achieve particularly in a
1 ocean, 1 ody
communal cabin not much
bigger than a single bed.
The crew will contend with
20mph winds and 30ft
waves and will be burning
up to 12,000 calories per
day just to keep the boat
on track. With each day's
food pack consisting of
just 5,000 calories this will
result in a 2-3 stone weight
loss per man over the
course of the journey.
These aren't just speculative
figures either. In Matt's
world record-setting voyage
he and his crew each lost
between 20-25% of their
body weight on arrival in
Ian's final words and the
answer to a question he
says many people ask him
is a simple one: 'Bucket and
chuck it'. Now try and guess
the question! That's a
suitable image to leave you
with if you were still thinking
this record attempt was a
glamorous affair because
in reality it will be a
gruelling challenge in
every respect.
You can follow Ian's progress via a live race tracker at
or if you want to find out about further Gold Fever projects please visit their website at
Crew picture: Back from left to right; Aodhan Kelly, Simon Brown, Matt Craughwell, Mark Beaumont. Front: Ian Rowe, Yaakov Mutnikas
Beds Lions
Basketball Club
How do you channel all the energy your children have at the weekend,
especially if it is raining? In the Lincroft Middle school gym on a Sunday
afternoon, the sound of reverberating basketballs is the background to
enthusiastic training by all ages and sizes of players. Warm up drills,
ball-handling skills and fast-moving
games take place to ensure that
everyone is involved and
keeping fit.
The Beds Lions club aims to
bring the game of basketball to
children in Bedfordshire and it
welcomes anyone who wants
to learn the basics and have
some fun. It is a change from
the more common types of
sport available to children and
being indoors over the winter
means that is doesn't often get
cancelled due to poor weather
Beds Lions can also be a route
for the keener, more talented
players to perform at county,
regional or even National
League level. If you are selected for the county teams you
may be spotted by an England
scout at the inter-county tournaments which take place in
the early part of the year.
However, some children just
wish to play for fun and for fit-
ness. Lance Haggith (club
chairman, coach, England
Basketball Rep and BBC
Unsung Sports Personality of
the Year) believes in finding
ways to help as many children
as possible enjoy the sport and
to make it accessible.There are
several other coaches in the
club for the different age
groups and they are particularly
looking to build up the 9-11
year age group.
Sometimes Duke of Edinburgh
participants come along to assist
with coaching, also facilitated by
Lance. Parents are invited to
watch and some become
involved in the running of the
club which is always welcome.
Girls are encouraged to join at
all levels. Erin Hunter, who is 15,
joined the club when she moved
to Bedford in 2007. She had
learned the game in school
when she lived for a time in
France but found that it wasn't
played to the same extent in
schools here. Lance spotted Erin
and brought her to the club
where he coached her and
helped her to develop her game.
Erin has since played for the
Beds girls' county team (under
15s and under 17s) and trained
at the Eastern Region Area
Performance Centre in Essex.
Erin plays in the Sharnbrook
Upper School 6th form team.
played to a high standard and is
thrilling to watch. The partnership means also that MK Lions
players can visit the satellite
clubs to inspire the upcoming
The Beds Lions basketball club
is open to everyone from age 5
skills training. Last year, Conor
Washington and Reiss Haggith,
from the MK Lions, came
regularly to coach and play with
our older basketballers. It is
usually a lot of fun, not only to
play but for anyone watching the
Ellis Haggith, aged 14, not only
plays in the Sharnbrook 6th form
team but also plays in the
National League for MK Lions
in their under 16s team. He
travels all over the country for
games. llis has played for
Bedfordshire County under 15s
and represented the East of
England in an inter-regional
tournament. Six other members
of the Beds Lions team currently
play in the National League
under 16s and under 18s age
groups. So there are plenty of
opportunities to develop within
the sport.
Beds Lions has a partnership
with the MK Lions Basketball
Club which allows good players
to move from the smaller
satellite clubs (Luton, Bletchley
and Stantonbury Lions Clubs)
into the more established club
in Milton Keynes if they wish.
Other benefits of the partnership
mean that the club members get
discounted tickets to see the
National League matches at the
MK Arena. It is a great way for
young players to see the game
up to 18. The Sunday session is
for children up to age 14 or 15,
depending on their skill level.
The youngest, up to age 8, only
play for an hour from 14.30 to
15.30. Children aged 9 to 14
play from 14.30 to 17.00.
The older players (ages 15-18)
train on a Saturday afternoon in
the Sharnbrook Leisure centre.
Training here becomes much
faster in pace, intensity and
If you are interested in joining
the club or just coming along
to try it out, please have a
look at our new website
( or email
[email protected]
or Lance Haggith on
[email protected]
Photo (left): Erin Hunter,
Harry Holt, Ellis Haggith,
Skye Haggith
The New Year is fast approaching. Why not
experience Bedford's new breed of Performing Arts?
Learn from those who have lived the dream!
Photography: Adrian Bullers at Innervisions 01234 765368
West End Wendies is a new
training and performance
school aimed at children aged
8-18 years who have a passion
for theatre be it drama, singing
or dance. It is a unique
opportunity to experience
the wonderful world of theatre
under the dedicated supervision of professional performers
who have lived the dream and
spent their careers on the West
End stage. Musical theatre is
a combination of all three
disciplines and Wyn and Adelle
strive to provide their students
with the skills to succeed and
the confidence to grow and
have fun. They feel every child
can perform!
Collectively, their wealth of
knowledge and experience
will offer students a deeper
insight into the workings of
professional theatre as well as
the entertainment business as
a whole. Wyn Moss has West
End credits including smash
hit musicals We Will Rock You,
Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ
Superstar, and Bat Boy as well
as television including Holby
City. Adelle Young has recently
completed a five-year run in the
West End smash hit Chicago
while other musical credits
include We Will Rock You and
Cats. Recent credits include
work with Kylie, X-Men: First
Class and she has also
recently been filming for the
new Tim Burton film Dark
Shadows with Johnny Depp.
West End Wendies recently
produced a 4-day Grease
workshop over half term where
lucky students were put through
their paces by recent West End
cast member Ben Harris.
Individual students learnt script,
choreography, lyrics and
experienced a polished
performance in a professional
environment at the South Bank
Arts Centre, Bedford. No one
was left in the wings and each
child reached milestones they
never thought achievable whilst
exploring individual talents.
Prior to half term the students
and parents were invited to see
the UK touring company of
Grease in Aylesbury and were
shown the workings of backstage along with opportunities
to speak to cast members
and an amazing day was had
by all. West End Wendies'
enviable contacts of working
professionals are at the
students' disposal and the
school is looking forward to
their Easter Workshop based
around the themes of the West
End hit 'Wicked' which will be
visited daily by the creative
musical director of the actual
show and a cast member! This
truly is an amazing opportunity
to work alongside West End
After a highly successful 2011
summer programme, West End
Wendies has branched out into
a flourishing Saturday morning
Theatre school where
students experience a
unique blend of singing,
dancing and acting
delivered at a
professional level.
Plans are already in
motion for an exciting
holiday programme
covering 2012 including
Mamma Mia, Film and
Television skills and
Street Dance.
If this all sounds too good to miss visit their website at
for further information, times and prices.
Clay Shooting
at Sporting Targets
Looking to take up a new hobby in
2012 that can be enjoyed all year
round? Why not learn to shoot?
We are delighted to be able to offer two lucky
winners clay shooting lessons at Sporting
Targets. We have two vouchers to give away:
One person for 2 x 1 hour lessons
at clay shooting
(individual to learn new hobby)
Two people for 2 x 1 hour lessons
at clay shooting
(couples to learn new hobby together)
One of the UK's largest clay shooting clubs,
Sporting Targets combines professional
instruction in clay shooting with unrivalled
practice and tuition facilities. The clay shooting
range will impress novice shooters and
experienced shots alike.
A great range of shooting vouchers
are available for Christmas gifts.
Sporting Targets
Knotting Lane, Riseley MK44 1BX
01234 708893
[email protected]
Sporting Targets also offers a great range of
fun-filled, adrenaline-pumping activities. On
the Air-rifle range, traditional bulls-eye targets
for competitive scoring and shoot 'em down
targets offer just as much fun with a little less
bang. Have a Robin Hood moment at the Archery
Butts; draw the bow and "Strike the Gold".
OVL brings you FANTASTIC prizes every month
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Enhance Cosmetic Solutions offers a range
of treatments including muscle relaxing
injections (Botox), lip enhancement, derma
fillers, chemical peels and Dermaroller. The
clinic is conveniently situated between Milton
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To enter simply send us an email to [email protected] quoting Chemical Peel or Clay Shooting
for 1 or Clay Shooting for 2 in the subject box and we will enter you into the prize draw. The winner will
be drawn at random and notified by Friday 16 December 2011. Closing date Monday 12 December 2011.
Congratulations to: Alex Hoyle, who won tribute night tickets at The Sharnbrook Hotel and Jenny Quillen from
Harrold, who won a Christmas turkey from Browns of Stagsden.
Entrants’ contact details will only be given to the provider of the prize and will not be passed on to any third party.
A winter warmer for chilly days
2 tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 tbsp olive oil
600g carrots, diced
1 large onion, chopped
150g split red lentils
1.2 litres (2 pints) vegetable stock
125ml milk
plain yogurt to serve
fresh coriander leaves (optional)
Dry fry the cumin seeds and chilli flakes in
a large pan for a minute or two until the
seeds begin to pop. Scoop out half of the
spices and set aside. Add the olive oil to the
pan followed by the carrots and onion. Stir
to coat in the oil and spices and cook until
beginning to soften.
Add the stock and bring to the boil. Cook
for 5 minutes before adding the lentils and
milk. Simmer for a further 15 minutes or
until the lentils are soft. Taste and season
if necessary.
Transfer to an electric blender and blend
until smooth. Spoon into warmed bowls and
top with the reserved spices, a dollop of
natural yogurt and a few coriander leaves.
Spicy carrot
and lentil soup
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Great Outdoors
Will Anthony on Winter’s flora and fauna
Winter is now definitely
upon us after the
unseasonably mild
November. Trees will
have lost the last of their
leaves which gave a
beautiful colourful autumn
show right up until very
recently. It is now that the
battle for survival starts in
earnest because animals
and birds find food
stocks scarce as the
temperatures fall.
Photography Ant Hagen
Animals employ a number of
tactics to help them through
the winter. One is to rely on
previously hidden food reserves;
squirrels were stocking up back
in the autumn. Other creatures
have already migrated to warmer
climes; we saw off our summer
visitors some time ago. Many of
us would like to hibernate to pass
the time until spring comes along.
Dormice will have started their
hibernation back in October in
the base of a hedgerow or in a
coppiced hazel. They are
vulnerable to predators so build
a nest-like structure which offers
protection from harm and from
the worst of the winter weather.
The dormouse allows its body
temperature to fall in line with the
ambient air temperature but it
must stay above freezing in order
to survive. Bats prefer a more
humid place to hibernate where
there are fewer temperature
fluctuations. You might find them
in outbuildings, as we have in
our Sharnbrook shed. Hedgehogs
make hibernacula from leaves
and like the temperature to stay
between 0 and 5 degrees
Celsius. Toads, frogs and fish
have no way of keeping warm so
try to find a place where it won't
freeze. Toads and frogs might
find warmth under logs and
leaves while fish head for deeper
water. The breathing and heartbeat of all hibernating animals
slows drastically in order to
conserve energy.
Birds will be looking for food so
garden feeders might be well
populated. Look for the usual
species of tits, finches and
sparrows as well as the more
unusual warblers and buntings.
You might see birds of prey too,
like the sparrowhawk which
terrorises the garden birds in
Odell at this time of year. If you
begin to feed the birds in your
garden please keep on feeding
right up until spring as they will
come to rely on the source of
food you supply. You will hear the
classic 'tu-whit-tu-who' call of the
tawny owl throughout the winter
as they will be staking out their
territory in woodlands
across the Ouse valley.
Although most plant
growth has slowed to a
near-standstill, you
might see one or two
flowering weeds like
scented mayweed and
shepherd's purse, which
help lift the spirits in
an otherwise bleak
Bring an image of renewal into your winter garden
with the deceptive snowdrop
In his famous poem "Snowdrop"
Ted Hughes captured the essence
of this seemingly fragile flower
with the lines:
"Brutal as the stars of this month,
Her pale head heavy as metal."
The frail appearance of the snowdrop, personified in the poem as
female, contrasts with the flower's
metallic strength to push through
frozen soil. It is a powerful image
of renewal. No wonder we delight
in the first drift of snowdrops in
January and their ability to lift our
spirits and suggest that spring is
not too far away.
Snowdrops are amazingly hardy,
especially the common species,
and flower regardless of the
weather. In fact, the colder it is,
the longer the flowers last, their
hard leaf tips enabling them to
bloom in freezing conditions. In
unseasonably sunny weather the
flowers will not last long. You will
find snowdrops in woodlands,
churchyards, parks and gardens
where they carpet the ground from
January, into February and often
later. They are ideal for naturalising in grass and moss under a
tree and you can also grow them
in a container. However, snowdrop
bulbs for tubs and pots tend to be
quite expensive and you will need
to re-pot them each year.
Snowdrops like a well-drained situation in light shade, similar to
their natural woodland habitat. If
you are planting your bulbs in
heavy soil, add some sand or grit
to the planting hole to improve
drainage. Snowdrops transplant
well when they are in leaf and
even in flower and the bulbs can
also be divided at the same time a method known as 'in the green'.
You can then replant new clumps
of snowdrops in other places in
your garden. The reason they are
most successfully transplanted
while growing is that this helps
them absorb moisture quickly after
they have been planted. Dry bulbs
often take a season to settle
down before flowering as dry,
rootless snowdrop bulbs do not
re-establish well.
Use a garden fork or spade to lift
clumps of snowdrops. Dig deeply
round the clump before lifting it to
get down to the bulbs. Divide the
clumps by tearing them apart and then
pick off flower heads to conserve the
energy in the bulbs. Use a hand trowel
to replant small clumps of six to eight
bulbs. Dig a hole10-15cm deep and
place the bulbs at the base of the
hole. Fill around the bulbs with soil
taken from the hole, ensuring that
some of the leaf is above the surface.
Don't remove the leaves from your
bulbs but leave them to die down
naturally as this will allow next year's
flower buds to form inside.
There are several hundred cultivars
of snowdrop, often only distinguishable
by the markings on the inner three
petals of each flower head. There are
both single and double varieties. One
of the first to flower is Galanthus
retinae-olgae subsp. Vernalis. It has
big grey leaves and can be in flower
for Christmas. G.Hippolyta also
flowers very early.
G. nivalis is the common snowdrop
with silvery green leaves and slim
flowers. G. nivalis Flore Pleno is its
double form and flowers earlier.
Another early one is G. elwesii.
G.Lavinia is a pretty double with very
long stems. Or there is G. S.Arnott, a
rare, expensive and larger snowdrop
which has honey-scented flowers.
Top Ten Jobs for December / January
 Prune tall bush roses to about
half their height so that their
roots are not loosened by
winter winds. You can still plant
bare-rooted rose bushes in
December but, to avoid
disease, not where old ones
have been.
 Remove leaves from your lawn
and mow with raised blades if
December is mild and the grass
is still growing. Re-cutting lawn
edges now will improve the
appearance of your lawn. Avoid
walking on your grass if it is
 Climbers on the borderline of
hardiness might need protection
during cold, frosty periods.
Don't remove any shoots or
leaves with frost damage until
early spring as they will protect
the undamaged shoots below.
 If it snows, brush it away as the
weight will damage some
shrubs and trees. Check your
variegated shrubs and trees
and prune out any solid colours
to keep the lovely contrasting
 Enjoy the evergreen and winterflowering perennials that will
flower at this time of the year,
such as the Christmas rose
(helleborus niger) and white,
purple or pink bergenias.
 Plant some colourful dogwoods
to give a bright winter display.
 Recycle your Christmas tree by
shredding it for mulch.
 When early bulbs such as
snowdrops, scillas and muscari
begin to shoot carefully clear
away leaves and other debris
from around them. Panels of
wire secured at the corners with
stones or bent wire will
protect buried bulbs from mice
and squirrels.
 Prune wisteria in January
cutting back to within 8cms of
old wood but avoid cutting off
flower buds. You can also cut
back Virginia creeper and
Boston ivy.
 If it is still mild and dry continue
to divide hardy perennials.
By the end of January many
perennials can be cut back hard
to make way for new shoots in
the spring.
rojects in the Ouse valley again featured prominently in the winners' list for this year's Living
Countryside Awards, presented by the Bedfordshire branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural
England. Now in its fourth year, the scheme aims to bring recognition to people or organisations
making special efforts to preserve or improve the quality of the countryside, but whose work often goes
unnoticed. A wide variety of projects from all over Bedfordshire were nominated for the non-competitive
awards which were presented in October by Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union
and himself a Bedfordshire man. CPRE Marks,
the highest awards, were given to:
Harrold Odell Country Park. The staff and an
enthusiastic Friends group have developed the
landscape in such a way as to cater for 200,000
visits each year whilst still preserving the tranquillity
and habitats for a rich variety of wildlife. The judges
were particularly impressed by the community
involvement and access for the disabled, describing
HOCP as a model for the management of country
Knotting Church. The tiny population of Knotting
was no longer able to sustain the ancient church
of St Margaret of Antioch, but the Churches
Conservation Trust embarked on a delicate
restoration of this lovely rustic building in 2009
which should guarantee its future.
Roger Evans, Master Thatcher. Many examples
of Roger's work can be seen in the Ouse valley
villages and he has made a major contribution to
preserving their attractive appearance over the last
40 years or so. A Riseley man, he holds the highest
qualifications for his craft and generously teaches
those skills to the next generation of thatchers.
Rushmatters. A small team led by Felicity Irons
run a highly successful and sustainable business
producing rush matting, tableware and basketry for
customers all over the world. The rushes are
collected from the Great Ouse and other local
rivers, dried and stored in ancient barns and
woven into products at Colesden.
Several other local projects received praise.
A new community orchard next to the playing
field at Turvey is rapidly establishing itself with
traditional species and a beautiful memorial
garden at Bromham Lower School now gives
great pleasure to staff and pupils alike. In the built
environment, a dilapidated cottage in the centre of
Swineshead was renovated in an imaginative way,
while at Little Staughton the top of the church
spire has been replaced after being pulled down
in an act of vandalism, restoring the landmark to
its former glory.
More details of the CPRE award can be
found at
A walk in
The Ouse Valley
is rich in natural
beauty and historical interest. Local historian
Ann Hagen takes us on a walk through
Colmworth highlighting points of interest along the
way. This is a shorter walk for the short days of winter.
The name probably comes
from an Anglo-Saxon, Culma,
who established an enclosure
('worth') here. Now Colmworth
is a scattered village with
numerous 'ends'.
Park by the church. On the
right are old barns in the course
of restoration, with the manor
house beyond. This was where
the 'lord of the manor' lived,
or stayed, and surrounding it
would be farm, and other
buildings which made the
manor complex largely selfsufficient.
The first Norman sheriff's
daughter married a major
landowner, Hugh de
Beauchamp, whose land in
Colmworth alone needed 10
ploughs for its cultivation and
provided woodland for 200
The Waldebofs succeeded
the Beauchamps. Living in
unsettled times, they 'threw up'
a mound and surrounded the
manor site with a moat. The
manor was later the home of
Sir Gerald Braybrook, a very
wealthy man: his will refers to
3 scarlet gowns, 1 of murrey
(purple/red), one green and two
black. His winter gowns were
furred with marten, miniver, or
squirrel. He had bedsteads
hung with black or red silk with
matching cushions.
The present house was begun
by the Dyers in 1609. Sir
Ludovick Dyer supported the
king in the Civil War but did not
take up arms so he was not
fined by parliament. By 1671
the house is recorded as having
20 hearths, and so very large.
It was partly rebuilt at the end
of the nineteenth century.
Continue to the church. The
tall spire was built between
1426-30 for Sir Gerald
Braybook, who had a French
wife, hence the dedication to
a French saint, St Denys. A
rebuild of about the same date
would have let in more light.
In his will Sir Gerald bequeaths
a number of service books to
the church together with an
ironbound coffer to keep them
The Archdeacon's Visitation
of 1578 records a number
of parishioners not taking
communion, Nicholas Dicons
'receaved not these ij yeres'.
The vicar had not taken the
services he should, and would
not let the parish see his
licence. He 'had iiij children
christened iiij wayes' which
suggests he was not conversant with the procedure. The
Newman family seemed to
absent themselves from church
and when Francis did turn up
he did 'not use hymmeselfe
reverently in the churche'.
Various individuals would not
pay towards repairs, one
withheld his father's legacies
to the poor, and the church
warden seems to have taken
'the lead that was myssinge out
of the steeple'.
The church, not open when I
visited, contains an alabaster
monument to Sir William Dyer,
erected by his wife in 1641. The
inscription was perhaps written
by his widow and addresses her
late husband:
….. Mine eyes wax heavy, and
the days grow old,
The dew falls thick, my
bloods grows cold.
Draw, draw the loosened
curtains and make the room,
My dear, my dearest dust,
I come, I come.
The porch has bench seating
for such ceremonies as
weddings and the churching of
women which did not take place
in the church itself. On the north
side of the church is the table
top tomb of evangelist Timothy
Matthews, a curate at
before he
became an
Wesleyan and
moved to
Bedford, where
he called folk to
worship by
blowing a
copper trumpet.
Continue to the
horse chestnut tree,
white with blossom
in spring, at the east end of the
churchyard. This brings you to
a choice of three ways in
award-winning Colmworth
Country Park. The right hand
branch will take you to Mill End,
where the mill mound still
exists, and you can track back
along the bridleway to Kennels
Farm. No mill was mentioned in
the Doomsday Book, but there
was one here by 1227 since
Robert de Waldebof moved it
and built a house in its place,
though as he was mortagee it
was not his to move. There was
a postmill working in Colmworth
until 1896. It was pulled down in
1906 and the four sails removed
to Bolnhurst.
Otherwise continue straight on
keeping the hedge on your left there are fine rural views to your
right - to the road. Turning left
onto the road there is a good
view of the church on the left.
Kennels Farm on the right is a
rare breeds farm specialising in
pork, and earlier in the year
ginger-haired Tamworths and
large blacks, both derived from
native pigs, were grunting
Take the footpath to the right by
the side of Kitium house across
a field - where I put up a covey
of partridges, and onto
century and was limited to
just the one field.
The large yew on the left
indicates the former site of
the village forge. Opposite,
appropriately, was 'The Four
Horse Shoes'.
Church Farm on the left is a
substantial building of some
age. Further on The Moat
House also has a moat.
Thought of as primarily
defensive features, and the
centuries after the Conquest
were unsettled, moats could
also be connected to fishponds,
and take the drainage from the
house. If the latter, one hopes
they were not also used for the
drinking water supply. Next to
the church is the nineteenth
century four-square former
Rectory with cedar trees in the
Times were sometimes hard.
In 1267 Old Sabina begged
for bread in Colmworth and at
twilight fell into a stream and
was drowned. Legacies were
the metalled
track by City
Farm. On the
left is Rookery
Cottage. The
terms 'city' and
'rookery' often
referred to an
area crowded with small
cottages. Now there are a
number of relatively large,
new houses.
Turn left along the main road.
This was presumably the street
over which, together with
adjoining fields, football was
played before it became more
orderly in the seventeenth
sometimes withheld from the
poor. Agricultural workers
centuries later emigrated, some
with parish help, mainly to
Australia, but some to Canada,
to avoid starvation.
'A Cyclist' writing c.1900 calls
the village 'primitive'. It is still
unspoiled, but with thankfully
much improved conditions.
Fuzzy numberplates, mime artists and great hair.
It's all in a day's work for our man McCann…
Richard McCann
A brand new gleaming luxury
Peugeot and all was well with
the world. 'Any chance of a lift?'
said my neighbour. I was
pleased to spread some of the
happiness. 'Sure,' I said. 'Your
hair looks great and the world's
your oyster. Go for it!'
My good deed done, I nestled
into the ultra-supportive seat of
which both my aching back and
my chiropractor approved, and
the latest road test began. In
Not since my best friend
became a mime has my world
been so quiet. I stopped to
check the press pack. Yes, this
really was a diesel. If there's a
quieter, more refined car in this
class I don't know of it.
The hush doesn't end as
speeds increase either. I won't
reveal the mpg I saw on the
digital display since I haven't
yet found a place where I can
buy those fuzzy numberplates
you see on the TV cop shows.
So let's just say the 508 on a
German autobahn at 100+
would be a pleasant place to
Once off the motorway you
probably wouldn't want to start
throwing the 508 around a
racetrack but this nation's
potholed roads would feel like
bowling greens, and in the real
world that's more relevant. The
clutch is featherlight and the
gear shift is ideal - just as well
because I used it a lot.
Sure, six forward speeds allow
engineers to achieve amazing
economy, but those crazy-high
cruiser gears simply won't pull
below 50 mph so I found myself
needing to swap between three
and four and five and six more
frequently than I wanted. I'd
personally buy the auto version
to have a transmission more
suited to a luxury car. And that's
what this is.
A couple of years ago I wouldn't
have even compared a Pug
estate with rivals from VW/Audi,
less so Mercedes. Now? Try
one - it's remarkable!
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Milky's Music Matters…
ock City Art - the UK's first dedicated music photography gallery - opens to the public
on 3 December 2011 and it's in Bedford! With this exciting news it was imperative to
find out more for OVL readers and after a quick chat with one of the snappers (Andy
Willsher) about the whys and the wheres, I prised out a few sample images to proudly
display for your pleasure.
The photographers' subjects have included everybody from Miles Davis to Metallica, The Smiths to
the Sex Pistols and Marc Bolan to The Beatles. The photographers have captured some of the most
iconic and well known music images of the last 50 years to the present day. In addition, Rock City Art
specialises in discovering previously unseen classic imagery from the music industry archives. For the
first time these classic prints are now available for you to own, authenticated, signed and dated by the
legendary photographer himself. Is that a WOW I can hear out there? Let's start the Q'n'A…
What's the concept behind
Rock City Art?
Rock City Art will be the UK'S
only dedicated music photography
gallery curated and run by music
photographers. We have several
affiliated galleries worldwide
which enables our shows to go
on tour after each showcase
exhibition at the Bedford gallery.
Our photography workshops will
allow student photographers to
meet, learn and share backstage
stories with some of the world's
leading music photographers.
We created an online community
and it became a natural progression to create a gallery which
would provide an exhibition space
dedicated to music photography.
What is the background of the
people behind the project/
The gallery is founded by a
collective of UK music photographers with over 20 years photographing for the UK's leading
music magazines such as Q,
MOJO, Uncut, NME and Classic
Rock. Mick Hutson, Andy Fallon
and I have toured far and wide
shooting amazing bands and
concerts in the best rock 'n' roll
cities in the world. What we've
photographed along the way has
become Rock City Art. In July
2010 we produced one of the
biggest collections of music
photography images at our Six
Shooters exhibition in London.
The exhibition also featured work
by Roger Sargent, Andy Cotterill
and Paul Harries so they'll have
shots featured in the opening
show along with some other
names from the past like Steve
Emberton, Ross Halfin and Jill
Furmanovsky. 2012 will see our
shows open in Los Angeles and
What services will be offered?
We are bringing world class
music photography exhibitions,
guest lecturers and providing
photography workshops for
beginners through to advanced
semi-pro photographers.
Can you give us a hint on the
price range?
The gallery will be selling
exclusive limited edition signed
prints from some of the world's
leading music photographers.
Limited edition books and posters
will also be available with prices
starting at £40.
Why set up base in Bedford?
The gallery is in the heart of
Bedford's cultural district on
Castle Lane and only 40 minutes
by train from London's Kings
Cross. The community of
Bedfordshire and surrounding
counties will be able to experience world class music photography and Bedfordshire will provide
a beautiful and interesting
surrounding for our photographic
Photography has changed so
much in the last few years with
the advent of decent camera
phones etc - everyone thinks
they can take a picture but
what are the key areas that
people miss when clicking
It's important for photographers
to embrace the change digital
has brought to the industry.
Composition, a keen eye and
interesting content are the only
things a digital camera can't
Who have been your favourite
artists to photo?
Personally my favourite artists to
shoot have been the White
Stripes; there's always been an
air of mystery about them... as a
live band there was nothing like
them around and in person they
always looked amazing and put
so much effort into how they
looked. They were the complete
package really which is very rare
in today's music industry.
Amy Winehouse - 14 June 2007
Isle of Wight by Andy Willsher.
Eminem - Dallas, Texas 1999 by
Roger Sargent: "At the height of
'eminemania' we joined the
bleached rapper on the Vans'
warped tour. I'd shot his live show
and set up lights and camera by
the fence from the stage to the
backstage area. It wasn't the
greatest of backdrops till I shouted
to passing fans to come and join
in. Just after this shot some of the
kids started to climb the fence and
the shoot came to an abrupt end!"
The Libertines - London 2003 by
fifth of the pop machine known as
Girls Aloud. Comprising spikey
songs with attitude, slower reflective moments and the obligatory
cover (although to be fair it is not
an obvious choice - The Korgis!)
endorses the view that this girl
from the girl band has some
damn fine taste after all.
Pick of the tracks: Gladiator,
Sticks & Stones, Everybody's Got
To Learn Sometime
Nicola Roberts
- Cinderella's Eyes
Oh Lord, another girl band
escapee spreads her wings, but
wait… she doesn't go for the
default setting of formulaic gloopy
R'n'B nonsense and is therefore
deserving of a fair trial… I mean
hearing. Collaborating with a
whole herd of hip producers, Ms
Roberts appears to have a plan
to ensure a party is had along the
way rather than appease her
built-in fanbase. It's a brave effort
and her lyrics do not stop short of
offering opinions that would normally be stifled from being one
Chris Corney
- Airways Mansions
This year has seen a slew of
singer/songwriter albums land on
the Music Matters desk with
roughly 92% of these being so full
of cornball sentimentality (my girlfriend left me… zzzz) and a basic
lack of ingenuity that I shudder
when the next one inevitably
Roger Sargent.: "An 'outtake' from
the now famous red military jacket
Lilly Allen - Glastonbury 28 June
2009 by Mick Hutson: "Onstage
with a very nervous Lilly Allen, she
stole the show."
arrives. Mr Corney thankfully sits
in the 8% bracket and quite
frankly half of the tunes on this,
his fourth album no less, could
adorn a 'Best Of' compilation if he
ever gets round to selling out (ha
ha). With the tempo-meter (we've
got one, honest) set to sway
mode and the lyrics set in a contemplative/reflective nature, he
illuminates a series of tender
songs with his plaintive vocal
style. Simple songs = simply
great - purchase from iTunes /
Pick of the tracks: America, Woke
Up In The Sun, These Bones
Bedford Creative Arts
Bedford Creative Arts has
exisited in Bedford for 25 years
and we are not your average
art organisation. Rather than
being 'gallery-bound' we work
collaboratively with artists and
the people of Bedfordshire to
create new art with the people
and communities around us. We
make art in everyday places,
exploring the links between art,
places and people.
Our recent programme has seen
us host a number of artist-led
walks around Bedford. One
project, Echo Location, used
sound recording as a way to
encourage people to experience
the town in a new way, with artist
Kathy Hinde using professional
sound recording equipment to
capture the sounds of Bedford.
'When you listen through a
microphone even noise can
become interesting,' says Kathy.
This project can be found at where
you can have a listen and make
your contribution to our sound
map. Can a website be art? We
think so.
We aim to provide adventurous
opportunities and experiences
for all kinds of people and to be
a welcoming and engaging route
into everything the visual arts
has to offer. We work closely
with partners in the voluntary
and statutory sector to reach
people who may not usually take
part in creative activity. Last year
we delivered over 63 creative
projects, workshops and events
with over 4000 people of all ages.
We want to blur the line between
artists and audiences by
commissioning work that would
not be possible without your
To find out more about what we
have planned for our current
programme and how you can
make art with us please visit our
or email
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CONGRATULATIONS to Carlton & Chellington WI for sending in this
picture at their 90th anniversary celebration.
A cheque for £50 is on its way to you. Merry Christmas!
and congratulations to all our
runners up...
Alan surfing in Cornwall
George Cristian at the royal wedding
Megan & Emily Crossland at the top of the
tallest building in the world, Dubai
The Fordhams at the 7th wonder
of the world, Mexico
Helen Semo with Mickey & Minnie in Florida
Jasmine, Emily & Rosie at JLS concert
Paul & Sylvia in the Sahara
Roseanna Liptrot skiing in Italy
Keep those pictures coming in. The search for the
2012 winner begins in February. Next year it could be you!
Graduating with the Connolly Foundation
By Mike Marquiss
Bedfordshire charity The Kathleen and
Michael Connolly Foundation provides
grants to students to support them
entering further education and
vocational training. With some of
the first recipients graduating from
university this summer we asked them
to share their experiences on what
the support has meant to them and
the importance of the Connolly
Foundation's continued support for
young people within the area.
When we asked Sophie O'Dell, former
Sharnbrook School student, about her
"chaotic" last term she said that
"knowing that The Foundation was
supporting me throughout my uni
experience was a great feeling. I was
able to focus on getting good grades
without money getting in the way.
Even in the third year there are
courses you need to attend and still
more books to buy which all add up!
I have loved my time at Lancaster
uni and really appreciate all of The
Foundation's support".
The grants offer a means for buying
books, funding travel expenses and
paying bills as well as providing a
greater level of autonomy for all
recipients. Lucy Stell, another exSharnbrook student, is a perfect
example of this, setting up her own
landlord comparison website on top of
her studies. Lucy described herself as
"most grateful" for The Foundation's
assistance which helps finance her
new business as well as covering
university expenses.
This term the number of students to
receive financial assistance from
Connolly has risen to 354 with a total
to be paid out this year of £207,600
and the significance of The Connolly
Foundation will only increase as tuition
fees continue to rise.
At present The Foundation partners
are Sharnbrook Upper, St Thomas
More, Stratton Upper, Cardinal
Newman, Redbourne Upper and
Biddenham. If you attend any of these
schools and wish to apply for a grant
please speak to your Head
of Year or School Vocational
Co-ordinator. For more information
on The Foundation visit
Have you some free time?
Could you save a life?
Magpas, the emergency
medical charity, are looking
for volunteer Community First
Responders to provide
life-saving treatment to those
in need in the community of
Community First Responders are
managed by the East of England
Ambulance Service to provide
basic life support, defibrillation
and airway management to
patients suffering from lifethreatening conditions within the
community in response to a 999
call to the ambulance service.
Volunteer Community First
Responders attend patients, over
the age of eight, who may be
suffering from chest pains,
breathing problems, may be
fitting or found unconscious or in
cardiac arrest. Using the
skills they have been taught,
and the equipment that they
carry, they provide life-saving
treatment while the ambulance
is on the way. This vital care
can and does save lives, but
we now need your help. We
are trying to set up a local
group in Sharnbrook and need
a minimum of five people to
make it viable within the
Volunteers offer as much or
as little as they can to assist
in the community and a local
co-ordinator manages a rota
that fits around volunteer's
availability. Without you we
are unable to provide for the
people of Sharnbrook,
offering much needed care and
treatment while the ambulance
is on the way.
Can you help us?
For more information on how to
become a Community First
Responder or how to offer
your help please email
[email protected]
or phone 01284 731802 to
receive an application and
information pack.
Without you we cannot set up
this much needed support for
our village.
Childhood Communication
A series of articles written exclusively for OVL by Jacqui Wright
Independent Speech and Language therapist Jacqui Wright has over 22 years experience in South Africa,
the USA and the UK. She is author of 'Cracking the Literacy Puzzle', RCSLT Bulletin, March 2006. Here,
Jacqui from Childhood Communication Consultancy, based in Carlton, discusses Sensory
processing and Sensory circuits for children.
Childhood Communication Consultancy
(CCC) specialises in assessing and treating
children ages 0-19 years old with speech,
language, listening, literacy, learning and
social communication difficulties. The aim
of the assessment is to discover where the
breakdown is occurring, to what extent:
mild-moderate-severe, to treat this and also
advise on strategies to support the child.
There is an overlap of difficulties between
language, literacy and sensory disorders:
ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity
disorder), APD (auditory processing
disorder), language and semantic disorders,
dyslexia, dyspraxia, pragmatic language
disorder (how language is used in context),
autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and
Asperger's syndrome. All these disorders
can have sensory processing disorders
(SPD)/sensory integration dysfunction but
it is commonly linked with ADHD, semantic
pragmatic language disorders, APD (&
dyslexia), dyspraxia , ASD and Asperger's
What is Sensory processing and Sensory
Sensory integration (SI) is the coming
together of all the sensory processes from
the body (hearing, sight, touch, smell, taste,
body position and movement, balance,
gravity, and internal body workings) in the
brain in an integrated way in order to make
sense of the world. This enables the child to
act appropriately with motor movements
and his/her behaviour in a purposeful way.
Whether riding a bike, biting into a bagel or
reading a book, successful completion of
these tasks requires sensory integration.
Sensory processing disorder (SPD) or as it
was formerly known: sensory integration
dysfunction, exists when sensory processes
or signals don't get organised into appropriate responses. The child receives confused
and imprecise information about their body
and the world around them. This results in
the brain being unable to direct the behaviour effectively. Dr Jean Ayres, Occupational
therapist and neuroscientist, described this
as a neurological 'traffic jam' in the brain
stem that prevents particular parts of the
brain receiving the signals to interpret the
sensory information correctly. Children with
SPD will find it difficult to process and act
on their sensory information making functional daily activities a challenge. These
difficulties can be mild to severe. One in six
children experience sensory symptoms that
are significant to disrupt their daily lives.
They may present with:
" Motor clumsiness
" Behavioural problems
" Anxiety
" Depression
" School failure
The exact cause of SPD is unknown but
research indicates there are some genetic
and environmental factors that are linked.
What does Sensory processing disorder
look like?
" One sense may be affected i.e. auditory
or visual or movement, or multiple
senses may be affected
" A child can be over-responsive i.e. a
clothing label is unbearably itchy, or
under-responsive i.e. does not feel pain
in the usual way, to stimuli or a
combination of both
" If motor skills are affected, the child
looks like a 'floppy baby' and later a
'clumsy' child
" A child may be a sensory seeker i.e.
louder, faster, brighter sensations, or a
sensory avoider i.e. quieter, slower,
dimmer sensations
" It produces behaviours that occur with
frequency, intensity and duration that
are not in line with a child's chronological age or developmental level
" It is unique to each child
" It can be variable
" A child may: have poor concentration; be
'shut down'; have poor regulation of
emotions i.e. explode and/or cry; be
fussy and controlling; be highly anxious;
tire easily; be a poor communicator
" A child may appear clumsy, uncooperative, belligerent, disruptive or out of
An SPD child is at risk for emotional, social
and educational problems due to motor difficulties, social communication difficulties,
low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and
aggression. SPD can persist into adulthood
and affect an individual's ability to succeed
in marriage, work and social environments.
How is Sensory processing disorder
Intervention and management for SPD will
depend on the child's particular level of
need. Many of these children have normal
or above average intelligence. Their brains
are simply wired differently. They need
to be taught in ways that they process
information and to do sports or activities
that challenge and develop their sensory
processing needs.
A child with suspected SPD will require
an initial assessment by a Sensory integration (SI) trained therapist, usually an
Occupational therapist (OT). Following the
assessment, strategies for home and school
will be recommended by the SI OT, and also
incorporated into speech and language
therapy sessions if required. This can take
the form of a Sensory circuit in any of these
environments. The child may need a course
of individual SI therapy sessions with the
OT. The aim of the treatment and strategies
is to develop appropriate responses to
sensation in an active, meaningful and fun
way so that the child can behave in a more
functional manner. This will generalise
across home, school and social settings. A
Sensory circuit is a form of SI treatment that
involves: Alerting, Organising and Calming
the child or group of children. It takes up to
15 minutes and can be done before school
and after lunch time in school. It is effective
in helping children with their sensory motor
development and to be attentive learners in
the classroom. Often, a listening programme
will be recommended with the SI treatment.
If you would like to know more about
SPD relating to your child or any aspect
of communication, please contact Jacqui.
Jacqui is an Authorised Provider of
The Listening Program and she is
trained in Talk Tools
Do you have a question for Jacqui about
Speech-Language-Communication or
related topics that have been covered in
her articles? If so please email
[email protected] and Jacqui will
answer your question in the next edition
of OVL.
Jacqui Wright
Chief Consultant, Childhood
Communication Consultancy
Highly Specialist Speech and
Language therapist
BSc (Log) Hons: Speech Pathology/Audiology
[email protected]
Tel: 01234 721 775 Mob: 079 566 855 81
The theme of motherhood is explored in this
absorbing novel which is set in two different
times. It opens as Lexie Sinclair, a young
graduate, runs away from her home in Devon
to 1950s Soho where she falls in love with
magazine editor, Innes Kent, and enters a world
of art, sex, gin and working late into the night as
a journalist. The omniscient author warns us:
"She has no idea she will die young, that she
does not have as much time as she thinks. For
now, she has just discovered the love of her
life, and death couldn't be further from her mind."
In present-day London, Finnish artist, Elina, is
recovering from the emergency Caesarean birth
of her son, Jonah, during which she nearly died.
At first, she can't remember the birth but memories start to resurface. Then her partner, Ted,
has some blackouts from which he suffered as
a child.
We know that the two storylines are connected
but for a while it is not clear how. The reader is
taken on a journey of discovery in the same way
as the characters. Ted realises there are things
he must remember about his past and both Elina
and Ted have to reconstruct what has happened.
Similarly, as readers, we are aware of gaps in our
Lexie and Elina are both involved in the art
world, love clothes and experience what it
means to be a mother. The theme of time and
change pervades the tale with Soho offices
becoming latte and panini cafes, houses become
flats and then family homes. Gradually, the links
between Lexie, Innes, Ted and Elina become
clear as the author weaves the stories together.
As Ted and Elina live their modern life we sense
another life lying beneath, that of Lexie and
I loved this novel from an accomplished
storyteller who keeps us guessing until the end.
Reviewed by Roz Masters
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Ah now THIS looks like
Christmas! It has everything
a Capricorn loves: rich with
tradition, log fires, holly and
mistletoe. Savour it all this
year: the carol singing, the
cold crispy mornings and
nature's barren sleep. This
whole month brings love,
success and abundance.
Merry Christmas Capricorn!
It's no secret that you prefer
your friends and the parties in
the run up to Christmas rather
than the actual day. But this
year, round about the 21st,
a shift in the atmosphere
brings the rarest of love and
harmony just in time to give
you a kindly, loving and
welcome day.
Although it is usually such a
wonderfully sentimental time
of the year for you, this year
you would prefer to be alone
with your thoughts, so you can
love and dream in peace. Be
gentle with yourself and be
assured that next year starts
the best period of your life.
21Mar- 20Apr
21Apr - 21May
22May - 21Jun
This month it's going to seem
like you are always in the
kitchen at parties. You are
bogged down with fitness
issues and perhaps having to
deal with someone's health
problems as well as a full
work load. Doesn't sound like
much fun huh? Okay, go for a
run or hit the sherry…
You may have to be a bit
more frugal than you'd like,
but you can get useful and
practical things that will last,
rather than frippery. With
regard to the issues around
the 18th, you may have to do
something you didn't want to,
but it will all have blown over
by the day.
The first ten days of
December are weird in a
`floating above the Earth`
sort of way. The events are
simply unpredictable and
anything could happen. You
may get déjà vu or the most
astonishing coincidences
happening. Make the most of
all opportunity for magic is at
22Jun - 23Jul
The full moon on the 10th
December is all about `service
to others` which sounds about
right as you prepare for the
big family get together. This
then changes into the new
moon on Christmas Eve when
all your Christmases come at
once - a truly wonderful time
for you!
24Jul - 23Aug
There is an energetic start to
the month with maybe some
irritation, but you are in the
driving seat so stay in control.
There could also be a hiccup
with a parent or child around
the 11th, but apart from
that you are set to have a
traditional Christmas with a
small surprise.
24Aug - 23Sep
Deep within the heart of
every Virgo is the sense that
everything on the domestic
scene could unravel imminently - that at any moment
the home could collapse into
disarray. This is particularly so
at Christmas and this year is
no exception. However, it all
WILL be fine.
24Sep - 23Oct
Make a list of the presents
you want to buy and stick to it.
Get home and immediately
wrap and label them so that
you can't forget what you
bought for whom. In this way
you won't have the stress of
endlessly swapping presents
and people over in your mind.
There - Christmas made easy!
23Nov - 22Dec
I can't think of another star
sign that enjoys Christmas
more than you, but this
year things might also feel
hemmed in as well. The
mood isn't quite so carefree, possibly because of
work or other restraints.
But just in the nick of time
the cosmos grants you a
richly fruitful festive period.
24Oct - 22Nov
December starts really well
and is probably the best week
of the month. This is unsurprising since Christmas has
never been a favourite time of
the year - your sensitive nervous system dislikes the invasion. You will enjoy it more if
you take time out for some
quiet moments.
Sociable Sagittarians never
know where the day will
take them. This capacious
bag will ensure they have
everything they need for
any eventuality. Purple
'Miami' tote £225 from Pied
a Terre at House of Fraser.
diary dates
Wed 30 Nov to Sun 4 December
The Bedford Hospitals Charity
Christmas Tree Festival
St Paul's Church, Bedford
10-5pm Wed to Sat and 2-4pm
Sun. Entry £2.50, children under
16 free. Concert by The
Ensemble of London on Saturday
night. Trees available to buy
11am-12pm on Monday 5
December for £10.
Friday 2 December
Sharnbrook Christmas Fayre
3.30pm FREE children's entertainer (in marquee on the green)
4.30pm Santa Claus in his Grotto
6pm Switch On Christmas Lights
Sharnbrook Methodist Church,
open from 5 to 9pm
Soup and hot drinks served
during the Sharnbrook Christmas
Fayre. Traidcraft cards and gifts.
Children's table - make a card.
Exhibition of art and photos.
Collection for Bedford Foodbank
help for people in crisis.
Bedfordshire Family
History Society
Drama Hall at Mark Rutherford
School, 7.30pm
Researching Family History - The
Nightmare of Census Returns.
Bookstall, library and refreshments available. Members and
non-members welcome. for more info.
dings, mincemeat, chutneys,
plants, wreaths, crafts, tombola,
raffle and fun and games for children. Refreshments. In aid of All
Saints Turvey. Enquiries Celia
Hanbury 01234 881621.
Christmas Fair
Pinchmill Lower School,
Felmersham, 2 - 4.30pm
Cards, jewellery, flowers and
more. Games for the young and
old plus Santa's Grotto.
Refreshments available. For
stalls call Sam on 01234 782869
or email [email protected]
Bedford Gallery Quire
Blunham Village Hall, 7.30pm
Concert of the music of country
people around 1700 to 1850. In
costume with period instruments.
Tickets £10 include mince pies &
mulled wine from Pauline 01767
640503 or Sue 01767 641433.
Tree Dressing and Music at
Twilight, Maulden Woods
Meet at A6 layby 1 mile north of
Clophill. Free Faith Woodlands
Communities event with candle-lit
art, music and nature walks.
Open to all. Bring warm clothes
and a torch. Call 07787 774167
for details.
Holly Heart Fashion Show
Oakley Village Hall, 7.30pm
Grand raffle in aid of Macmillan.
Stalls selling Christmas gifts.
Tickets £5, includes a glass of
wine and entry into draw. For
more information contact Tabitha
on 07957 580331 or
[email protected]
Sat 3 & 10 / Sun 4 & 11 Dec
Rushden Historical Transport
Society Santa Specials
Rushden Station, 10am to 4pm
Adults £6, Children £8 (under 1yr
£2) includes train ride, refreshments, entertainments, post a letter to Santa and present from
Santa for children. Advance booking only - 01933 353111. for more info.
Saturday 3 December
Church Bazaar and Christmas
Market in Turvey Village Hall,
10.30am - 12.30pm
Homemade cakes, Xmas pud-
Sunday 4 December
Advent and Christmas Music
by Ouse ValleySingers, 3pm
St. Peter's Church, Sharnbrook
To conclude the Christmas Tree
Festival Weekend. Tickets £5
from 01234 781159. Proceeds to
The Children's Society.
Souldrop Christmas Fayre
Village Hall, Souldrop, 3pm
Cakes, raffle, gifts, hot dogs,
mulled wine, mince pies, Santa's
Grotto and much more.
Monday 5 December
Turvey Pre-school Playgroup
Christmas Shopping Evening
Turvey Village Hall, 8pm
Christmas shopping & pampering.
Lots of stalls plus mini-massage
and manicures. Free glass of
mulled wine and mince pie. For
more details 01234 888970 or
[email protected]
Thursday 8 December
Bedford Town Band Christmas
Concert, 7.30pm
Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street,
Tickets £8 and £6 concessions.
Friday 9 December
Christmas Presents
Riseley Community Theatre
Riseley Village Hall
A seasonal mixture of comedy
and music. 'Pythonesque' comedy from our Youth Theatre and a
'live' recording of a radio play "A
Christmas Party" by Martyn
Wady, loosely based on something that Charles Dickens wrote!
More info from Clive Whittall on
01234 708832.
Pavenham Table Tennis Club
Pavenham Village Hall,
7.30 to 9.30pm
Every Thursday. £4 a session.
More info from Roger on 07809
Saturday 10 December
Willington Christmas Village
Market, Village Hall, 10 - 2pm
Fresh produce, gifts, refreshments and a visit from Father
Christmas. More info from Julia
Buckroyd 01234 831316.
diary dates
Saturday 10 December cntd
Coffee Morning, 10.30 - 12pm
Sharnbrook Methodist Church
Traidcraft Christmas cards and
gifts. Seasonal stall. Collection
point for Bedford Foodbank help
for people in crisis e.g biscuits,
tinned produce, cereals, sugar,
teabags. Collection of winter
clothing for Prebend Day Centre.
Christmas Fayre
Margaret Beaufort Middle
School, 12 - 2pm
High Street, Riseley
St. Leonard's Church,
Stagsden, 7.30pm
£8 (concessions £6) including
light refreshments.
Sunday 11 December
Christmas for Kids, 10.30am
John Gibbard Lower School,
Special service for children &
families, including carols,
presents, cakes and Bible talk.
Wed 14 to Sat 24 December
George's Marvellous Medicine
The Place, Bradgate Road,
Roald Dahl's classic adapted for
the stage by David Wood. No
Loss Productions teaming up
with Dumbstruck! Productions,
Tickets £10 adults, £6 concessions, under 5s go free.
Tickets are on sale now at Group
bookings are also available.
Please ring 01234 354321.
Sunday 25 December
Christmas Day Service,
10.30am, The Science Centre,
Sharnbrook Upper School
Come and join us to celebrate
and children bring your favourite
Thursday 15 December
Bedford RSPB Local Group
meeting, 7.30pm
A.R.A. Social Club, Manton
Lane, Bedford.
3rd Thursday of each month. All
very welcome. 01234 822035 or
Wednesday 11 January 2011
The Artists of London and
London Artists - A 10 week
course. 10.15 - 11.45am
Riseley Village Hall
Tutor Terry Sladden. Course fee
£45.00. For further information
ring Hermione Harrison 01480
861231 or Mike Knight 01234
708518. Enrolment at first
meeting from 9.45am.
Saturday 17 December
White Christmas
Flitwick Village Hall, 2.30pm
Popular songs sung by Andy
Collier. Tickets just £5 full and
£4 concessions from box office
01525 383783. Come and have
a 'Wonderful Christmas Time!'
Sunday 18 December
Traditional Carol Service,
10.30am, The Science Centre,
Sharnbrook Upper School
Everyone welcome. Stay for
tea & coffee.
Traditional Nine Lessons
and Carols Candlelit Service,
Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street,
Bedford, 6.30pm
Saturday 14 January
Coffee Morning, 10.30 - 12pm
Sharnbrook Methodist Church
Traidcraft selling fairly traded
goods. Bring & Buy books,
jigsaws, DVDs, CDs, videos.
Collection of winter clothing and
waterproof footwear for Prebend
Day Centre.
Charity and Fundraising
events for the February
issue to be supplied
by 10 January 2012 to
[email protected]
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