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This Week in N21

Why N21 is the focus of attention from Land's End to John O'Groats

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"I read this newsletter the moment it pops into my inbox"


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Have you lost this cat?


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It has taken up residence in Station Road

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 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-3020

 


 

 

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Former Winchmore Hill Police Station

planning application


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more details here

 


 

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Real Coffee. Real Food - the Hopper & Bean promise


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more details here

 


 

 

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More details here 

 


 

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View planning applications

in the N21 postcode in 2017

here

  


 

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 Fitnesshub21 opens in Winchmore Hill 


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more details here

 


 

Join the Park Run

in Grovelands Park


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www.parkrun.org.uk/grovelands/

 

Lots of other sporting activities

to join in N21!

more details here


 

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Bush Hill Park Residents Association


Enfield Town Residents Association


Fox Lane & District Residents Association


Grange Park Residents Association


Grovelands Residents Association

 

Winchmore Hill Residents Association 


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Another golden year for N21


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see all our gold winners here


The Friends of Grovelands Park

more details here


Become a Friend of Firs Farm

find out how to join here


Gardening Friends

more details here


Grange Park Horticultural Society

more details here


North London Organic Gardeners

more details here

 

Woodcroft Wildspace

more details here

 


 

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Ten reasons why you

should Live Local Shop Local

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here

 

 


 

N21 Experts


The inheritance tax nil rate band has been raised to £1m?

 

True or False?

 

 George Ttouli of Burlington Wealth Management explains

more details here

 


 

Four tips for first time buyers

 

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Mark Edwards of Mortgages & Insurers

provides tips to help buyers get on the property ladder

more details here 

 

 


 

Preparing your house for sale

 

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Havilands provide some simple tips

more details here

 


 

 

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Are you thinking of starting a business?

 

Are you unemployed?


www.enterpriseenfield.org

 

 


 

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New & Updated Business Pages

 

AM Developments (Landscaping)

Aroma Tea & Coffee House

Big Seff

Fitnesshub21

The Little Green Dragon

Hair 21

Hopper & Bean

Mesa Kitchen & Lounge

The Nail Station

N21 Carpentry & Joinery

N21 Roofing & Construction

PH Sports

S.E Beauty

Swiss Care Clinic

Winchmore Hill Speakers Club 



 

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The start of the A105 cycle lane rip up?


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Have you tripped over or hit one of these

whilst walking, driving or cycling?

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Report it to Enfield Council 

HERE

 

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This BT box which is blocking the new cycle lane needs to be relocated

The cost? Around £280k


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Chaos on Masons Corner


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watch the video here

 


 

 

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READ THE REPORT GIVEN TO TfL

 


 

Another near miss?


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WATCH THE VIDEO

 

"Should an accident at this junction occur I will present this clip to the police and insurers along with my numerous emails warning you of my concerns about the dangers of your design". 

Rich Turner, Manager of Lords DIY

 


 

Another tyre damaged on the A105 cycle lanes 


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Are pedestrians second class citizens?

 

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 The pavement on this section of Winchmore Hill Broadway is only 1.42m. 

Less than the 2.5m shown on the Cycle Enfield consultation drawings.

  



Disgusted Winchmore Hill

 

"I am writing to make a complaint in the strongest terms regarding the cycle lanes that run from Enfield town to Palmers Green.

The first question has to be WHY!

 Why have you done this?

 The road along there was perfectly good".

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"This email has been sent to record inadequacies in the design, the implementation, the planning, the programming and the workmanship and of dangers brought about to the public".


READ WHAT RESIDENTS ARE TELLING

ENFIELD COUNCIL 

HERE



Winchmore Hill businesses

seek a moratorium on business rates


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"businesses have suffered a significant loss of trade and service disruption for deliveries, compromised access to their shops due to restricted road widths and blocked pavements and an almost total loss of parking".


read the letter here



Is this how we should be treating our elderly residents?

 

 


 

Why are Enfield Council ignoring safety risks?

 

 What safety risks have TfL identified

on your section of the

A105 (Green Lanes)?

 

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Stage 2 Safety Audit

 

why is LBE risking our residents?

 


 

Segregated cycle lanes are putting patients' lives at risk

medical leaders have warned

 

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Ambulance on the wrong side of the road opposite Sainsbury's

 

read the Telegraph article

here

 


 

Enfield Council says that orcas

(plastic cycle lane dividers) are safe

 

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Watch the video

Your decide

 


 

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"We are making sure we speak to the councils and try and divert cyclists away from main roads onto what I call quiet ways in order to encourage people particularly in outer London to cycle rather than have all our eggs in the Embankment cycle superhighway previous generation basket.... the bad news is that as a consequence of the congestion not only is it leading to worse air quality but people are stopping using certain buses because they can't rely on getting from A to B, so it is in everyone's interest to sort out congestion in London".

SADIQ KHAN

 LBC December 2016

 

SIGN THE PETITION TO SADIQ KHAN


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Check out pollution levels today

  

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http://www.londonair.org.uk/

 


 

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CHECK OUT WHAT WE CAN RECYCLE HERE

 


 


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Train Services from Grange Park Station are STILL under threat


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more details here



Nikki makes Speedy Pudding Pots with Jamie Oliver

 

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Watch the video


 

Enfield Southgate, our parliamentary constituency is about to be carved up

 

 

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Whatever your political persuasion

please object to these proposals

More details here 

 


 

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https://www.writetothem.com/


 


 

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http://www.broomfieldhouse.org

 


 


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https://www.fixmystreet.com

 


 

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October

Newsletter 

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download here


Winchmore Hill Police 


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CONTACT HERE

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NEW NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH CO-ORDINATORS NEEDED

more details here

 


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more details here

  


  

Enfield Local Heritage List

 

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Explore our rich local architectural heritage

LINK

 


 

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North London Hospice

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www.northlondonhospice.org

 


 

 

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More details here

 


 

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 Through the hatch of a café kiosk at the train station on Platform 1 of Palmers Green station, the film unearths the treasures of the everyday.

 People who make the early morning daily commute, half asleep and pensive, reveal personal stories, hopes and fears.

 


 

Southgate Homebound

and Disabled Association

 

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 more details here

 


 

Ruth Winston Community Centre

 

 

 ruthwinstoncentre.com


 

Winchmore Hill Community Care

 

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more details here 


Your local good neighbour scheme, sponsored by the seven churches in Winchmore Hill, is looking for a part-time paid administrator to work 6 hours per week, based in our office in the  Friends Meeting House, Church Hill, N21. 

For further details please contact the office on 0208 882 7824 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 


 

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Dementia Cafe

at St Peter's Church Hall

on Fridays

More details here

  


 

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www.noahsarkhospice.org.uk



Chickenshed Theatre 

 


 

The Fontliners Book Club

meets once a month in the Winchmore

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 READ OUR 2017 NEWSLETTER

 

The Highlands Village Book Group

invites new members

 contact Kate on 07944 756757

 
Winchmore Hill Book Club
 


Grovelands Park
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill & Palmers Green Memories 
Facebook Group

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Winchmore Hill Mummies 
Facebook Group


 
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more details here


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N21 Experts


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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Tuesday, 25 October 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC


David Fortune of Greensleeves explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

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020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

on Wednesday, 03 September 2014. Posted in N21 Experts

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Giving your lawn some autumn TLC

David Fortune has recently left the corporate world and set up a lawn treatment business. He explains what you need to help your lawn recover from summer and withstand the winter ahead.

 

How is your lawn looking as summer draws to a close?

Lush & green?

Parched & thirsty?

Patchy & weedy?

 

 

 

Do you know that autumn is THE most important time to give your lawn an extra bit of TLC? Your perennials and pots may also be looking past their best but if you give your lawn some attention now, it will be better prepared for the vagaries of our unpredictable winter ahead, when most other plants are bare and will be ready for a growth spurt in spring.

 

The most important tasks at this time of year are getting air, nutrients and water to the roots, removing dead grass, thatch, moss and weeds. Autumn lawn care jobs can include:

* Moss control

* Lawn scarification

* Lawn aeration

* Over seeding

* Feeding the lawn

 

These jobs should be done in this order, starting with killing off the moss and weeds; followed by scarification two weeks later to get rid of all the unwanted material.

 

Next hollow tine aeration alleviates soil compaction and involves perforating the soil and allowing air, water and nutrients to penetrate the grass roots. This helps the roots grow deeply and produce a stronger, more vigorous lawn. One of the main reasons for aerating is to alleviate soil compaction and this can only be done by hollow tine aeration.

 

 

 

 

Compacted soils have too many solid particles in a certain volume or space, which prevents proper circulation of air, water and nutrients within the soil. Excess lawn thatch or heavy organic debris buried under the grass surface can also starve the roots of essential nutrients as well as moisture and air.

 

Once the scarification and aeration has been completed the lawn surface will be left with grooves and holes, this creates the ideal seed bed, perfect for over seeding.

 

 

Applying an autumn - winter fertiliser or lawn feed will help build a strong sward and maintain the health of the lawn during the winter and give it a head start during the spring time.

 

* Other useful tips include raising your mower height and don't forget to keep your blade sharp, otherwise you tear the grass.

 

* Occasionally brush the lawn: Light brushing is done to keep the surface of the lawn clean and free of any debris such as leaves, twigs and worm-casts. Try to do this task when the surface is dry as worm-casts smear when the soil is wet which creates more problems.

 

* Keep an eye out for disease and pest activity. Red thread seems now to be having a much longer season than ever before and keep an eye on the birds – if they're busy, it's a sure sign that some grubs may be lurking!

 

* Remove heavy dews from the lawn: During periods of heavy dew, fusarium patch disease may become a problem, removing dew will help discourage this disease.

 

* When leaves start to fall, try and remove as quickly and as often as possible. Leaves that are allowed to lie for any length of time are one of the biggest enemies of grass, as they stop light and air reaching the roots making it easier for moss to grow. They stop it from drying naturally during the daytime and act as an insulation layer, creating perfect breeding conditions for diseases

 

*If the weather continues to be warm, your lawn will still continue to grow for months to come. Continue to cut the grass as and when it needs it, it is a myth that the grass doesn't require cutting through the winter, once a month is usually sufficient during the winter months.

 

You can of course do all this for yourself, or alternatively I would be happy to help you with these tasks, for a very small charge!

 

Thanks for reading, I am always happy to provide you with a free lawn consultation.

 

David Fortune

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

020 8363 4110

 

Read more about aeration and scarification here

4 tips for first time property buyers

on Monday, 07 August 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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4 tips for first time property buyers

 

In recent years and since the global economic meltdown of 2008 many people have found it more difficult to obtain a mortgage, but none more so than first time buyers, who have needed to stump up additional cash to meet larger deposit requirements and match lender's stringent affordability tests. In this article we discuss and share a number of tips for first time property buyers.

 

1. Getting a mortgage agreed in principle


Many first time buyers start their journey with plans for their dream house, from deciding where their home gym will go, to designing their garden with extravagant water features. It's so very easy to get caught up in this exciting process, however making such plans is often premature and usually leads to massive disappointment.

 

Seeing a mortgage broker is the first thing you should do, in your initial meeting your mortgage broker will give you an indication of what you might be able to afford. It can sometimes be a disappointment to learn that your budget can only afford a small apartment and that your plans to have luscious gardens with water features will need to be put on hold.

 

You should also consider stamp duty costs, here's a link to our very own stamp duty calculator.

 

Your mortgage adviser is on your side though and will work with you continually to help find a suitable first time buyer mortgage. Finding a local mortgage broker is often best as you may need to meet more than once. Mortgages and Insurers Solutions are based in Grange Park and have direct access to multiple lenders, this means they can source you a mortgage from the whole market, if you visit a mortgage broker at your local bank they will only offer you their own deals and not those available via other banks and lenders.

 

Here's a link to a mortgage calculator which can help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

n help give you an approximate figure on what your mortgage repayments might be.

 

2. Location, location, location

 

Before you begin your property search you should settle on the location in which you want to live in. Your choice is dependent on your personal priorities, for example you may choose to live in an area close to family members or buy a property closer to your place of work. Google Maps is a helpful tool and can help you decide on suitable locations.

 

3. The search


This is the most exciting stage for first time buyers. You've established how much you can afford to spend and decided on the location you want to live in. You now need to go off and find the perfect home.

There are a number of ways to find a home, with the internet offering a number of solutions, for example you can search for property and contact estate agents via Rightmove and Zoopla property search engines.

 

We also recommend you visit estate agents local to the area in which you want to live in. Popping in and meeting local estate agents ensures they can put a name to a face and this might just help increase the chances that they will call you when a new property that matches your requirements becomes available.

 

4. Picking a solicitor


Picking the correct solicitors is important. We recommend you choose an experienced solicitor who specialises in property conveyancing and who works local to you. Your mortgage broker and or estate agent can usually recommend an experienced solicitor for you to use.

 

Buying your own home can be daunting, but worthwhile when you finally achieve it and can shut the door on the world, as they say, an Englishman/woman's home is their castle.

 

Mark Edwards

Mortgages and Insurers


More details here 

The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

on Tuesday, 13 June 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Inheritance Tax Nil Rate Band has been raised to £1,000,000?

True or False?

 

Most definitely false. I've been asked this quite a lot in the last year and I know where the confusion has come from. It has come from the announcement of the new Residence Nil Rate Band (RNRB) which started on 6 April 2017. The trouble is in the summer budget of 2015 a proposal of a new residence nil rate band was announced which didn't start until 6th April 2017 and will be phased in over the next four years to reach the full benefit. Many people think it started immediately.

 

Inheritance Tax ( IHT ) was once only seen as a tax for the wealthy. Substantial rising property prices however together with a static Nil Rate Band has meant that IHT has inadvertently affected many families who are property owners within Greater London.

 

The existing Nil Rate Band works as follows:

If your estate (this includes but is not limited to your family home, property, investments/money and personal property) exceeds the Nil Rate Band on death IHT will normally be charged at a rate of 40% after the deduction of any liabilities, reliefs and exemptions that may apply. The current figure of the Nil Rate Band is £325,000 and this will be frozen until 2020/21. Since the family home often makes up a large percentage of an estate the Residence Nil Rate Band was introduced to offer some relief here.

 

The RNRB will be phased-in from 6th April 2017 over four years. It will take until tax year 2020/21 when the RNRB will have reached £175,000. This figure along with the existing Nil Rate Band of £325,000 means an individual will in the future be able to leave up to £500,000 if they meet the criteria of the new RNRB.

 

The Residence Nil Rate Band along with the existing Nil Rate Band can also be transferred to a spouse or civil partner. There is no IHT on the first death of a spouse or civil partner due to the spouse exemption. IHT only occurs on the second death if all assets were left to the survivor on the first death. The survivor will have two Nil Rate Bands of £325,000 each and by 2020/21 two Residence Nil Rate Band's of £175,000 each. Hey Presto this is where the £1,000,000 figure has come from. For some reason many people are of the view that the Nil Rate Bands have been increased now but as you can see this is not the case.

 

A further word of warning. The Residence Nil Rate Band is not automatic. There are criteria that must be met. Firstly it can only be used if you are a homeowner. The additional RNRB will be of no use to you if you do not own a property which is your main residence.

 

Secondly the main residence must be left on death to a lineal descendant. This includes biological children, step children, adopted and foster children or a lineal descendant for example grandchildren. You cannot benefit from the RNRB if you do not have lineal descendants.

 

Finally if an estate reaches a net value of £2 million the RNRB is withdrawn at a rate of £1 for every £2 over this threshold. By the tax year 2020/21 with an estate in excess of £2,350,000 you will not benefit from the RNRB. So as it stands today a couple (or an individual who will transfer a deceased spouse NRB) can benefit up to £850,000 as long as the conditions are met.

 

If you are concerned about the effect that IHT will have on your estate and the amount of money that will be left to your family and friends I will be pleased to help. Please just get in touch.

 

George Ttouli APFS Chartered Financial Planner

Director

Burlington Wealth Management

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020 8882 6688

 

The Corner Shop

6 Highfield Road

London

N21 3HA

Stroke Awareness: Act FAST

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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Stroke Awareness: Act FAST

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   Home Care Preferred, based on Station Road supports many people who have experienced a stroke.


   Ken Waterhouse explains about strokes and why it is vital to ACT FAST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of Stroke Awarenes Month, our shop at 49 Station Road, N21 3NB has information leaflets about strokes. In addition, people can visit for advice on the support that Home Care Preferred can provide people who are recovering from a stroke.

 

 

What is a stroke?


A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die. This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.

A stroke can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.

 

What are the different types of strokes?


Ischaemic stroke – This is the most common type and when there is a blockage that cuts of blood to the brain.

 

Haemorrhagic stroke – This is caused by a bleeding around the brain

 

Transient ischaemic attack or TIA - also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.

 

Childhood Strokes – Although less common anyone can have a stroke including babies. However, the causes are different

 

What causes stroke?


As we age our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke

 

Can you recover from stroke?

 

All strokes are different. For some people the effects may be relatively minor and may not last long. Others may be left with more serious problems that make them dependent on other people.

Unfortunately, not everyone survives – around one in eight people die within 30 days of having a stroke. That's why it's so important to be able to recognise the symptoms and get medical help as quickly as possible.

 

What are the symptoms of a Stroke?

 

A stroke is a medical emergency. If you, or someone else, shows any signs of having a stroke you need to seek immediate medical attention.


FAST test


The FAST test can help you to recognise some of the most common symptoms of a stroke:

 

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their face fallen on one side?

Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms and keep them there?

Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say? Is their speech slurred?

Time to call 999.

 

If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999.

 

Ken Waterhouse 


Homecare Preferred

www.homecarepreferred.com

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0208 364 3670

How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

on Tuesday, 28 March 2017. Posted in N21 Experts

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How to give your kitchen a makeover in 10 (easyish) stages

 

With the cost of moving escalating, many people are preferring to stay put and give their homes a makeover instead. Let's start with the kitchen, which is often described as the 'heart of the home'. According to Ideal Home magazine painted Shaker style kitchens "have a timeless look that never seems to go out of fashion"

 

Read more at http://www.idealhome.co.uk/kitchen/kitchen-ideas/kitchen-trends-2017-146193#eDykrwYAOv8uQzbv.99

 

Could your kitchen be given a new lease of life with a couple of cans of paint? As well as presenting large financial savings, having an existing kitchen hand-painted is an attractive option if you are basically happy with the design and layout of your kitchen but it looks "tired" or out dated because of its wood finish or colour.  Wooden worktops can be restored or you may choose to have them replaced and this can be an opportunity to add character in terms of changing cupboard and drawer handles. Wall tiles can also be painted any colour to give a durable finish, and of course the ceiling and walls can be redecorated to give the look and feel of a totally new kitchen – for a fraction of the price of replacing it and with far less disruption and mess.

 

Whether you want to do your makeover yourselves or perhaps invite me in to give you a quote, here are some simple tips to ensure you get the best quality finish for your 'new' kitchen, with minimal disruption to the household.

 

1. Think about how you are going to manage your lives whilst the work is being undertaken. Ideally children and pets should be barred from the area. What appliances are absolutely essential? Can you rig up a temporary kitchen somewhere else in the house with a kettle, camping rings and microwave?

 

2. All fixtures and surfaces including the floor and areas not to be painted (eg, the inside of cupboard carcasses, drawer sides etc.) are masked off using high-grade masking tape designed to allow crisp, clean edges and protect from dust.

 

 

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3. All doors and drawers should be removed and numbered, along with their handles if they are to be kept the same. By now you will hopefully have decided if you want to change the handles, so they can be delivered to the site and checked that they will fit the newly painted doors/drawers without modifying the holes.

 

4. All surfaces are now thoroughly cleaned and degreased using a powerful citrus based cleaner, then rinsed and allowed to dry. Now begins one of the most important phases of the process – sanding. Every surface is sanded thoroughly, mostly using a dust-free sanding machine, in stages. Detailed areas are sanded by hand and then all surfaces are thoroughly vacuumed and wiped with a tack cloth to remove all traces of dust.

 

5. Before any paint can be applied it is important to seal any knots in the wood. When dry, these areas are then spot-primed. Any obvious splits/cracks/holes can be filled also at this stage, then sanded, dusted and spot-primed. If a kitchen has been previously painted there might be brush marks and nibs of paint on the surfaces. These should be obliterated to allow a flawless finish.

 

6. After a further wash down, the painting process can now begin. I would advise that a first coat of specialist adhesion primer paint is applied to all surfaces and allowed to dry. As well as providing a sound base for further coats and also preventing any tannin bleed-through from certain wood types, this reveals any remaining areas that require filling, after which they are sanded again and all dust is removed.

 

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7. Choose your paints carefully. It pays to invest in quality paints for finish and durability. I favour the use of Tikkurila paints for priming and finishing kitchen refurbishments. Originating from Finland, they are widely acknowledged to be one of the most durable products for furniture painting and in addition to their own colour range, they have the advantage of being able to be mixed to match any colour available by any paint manufacturer in the UK – including Dulux, Crown, Farrow & Ball, Little Greene, Paint & Paper Library, Mylands, Zoffany, etc. I have a vast library of colour charts for you to peruse!

 

8. If necessary a second coat of primer is now applied. When dry the surfaces are once again sanded using a very fine grade of abrasive paper and all dust is remove.

 

9. Two to three coats of the finish paint are now applied, with light sanding and washing between coats. Drawer and cupboard fronts are stacked carefully between coats.

 

10. Finally, when everything is dry, the doors and drawers etc are replaced and adjusted to ensure proper closing and that everything is level. The handles are replaced, all protective sheeting is removed and the kitchen is left clean and tidy, ready for you to enjoy!

 

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Have a look at some of the pieces of furniture that I have transformed with a fresh coat of painted. Fitted and free-standing wardrobes, office units, chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and beds, tables and chairs, shelving units and built-in cupboards, even loudspeakers! Almost any surface can be painted with the right know-how, skills and products.

 

 

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Give it a go or better still give me a call.

John Worsley, on 07878 464902 to discuss how I can help with your decorating needs.

 

For more information about Oakwood Painting visit:

www.oakwoodpainting.co.uk and

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Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Its beginning to feel a lot like Winter

 

Katy Schweiger of Domestico provides simple and inexpensive tips for facing up to winter, our most challenging season.

 

So before the thermometer drops any further, wh not fully prepare yourself, your family and your home for everything the weather throws at us. Have a look below for our list of essentials

 

Those boots are made for walking

The staple of British winter – boots are a must. Whether trendy leather, flower power wellies or the sensible sort, give them a spray inside with shoe freshener if they haven't been worn for a while. Check right down to the toes, when we were children, my poor aunt found a dead mouse in the bottom of her boot!

 

Warmth and comfort first, especially standing on cold stations, talking the kids to school or out with the dog. You can keep chilblains at by adding some wool or felt insoles.

Try our DIY solution. Simply use one of the insoles from your favourite winter shoes to make a pattern on the fabric of your choice. Try re-using an old jumper for a more environmentally-friendly approach.

 

Heads and toes

With temperatures gravitating more and more towards the single digit range, make sure everyone is wrapped up warm.When you watch Scandi box sets they are always wearing hats, so should we!

 

Not sure it is worth investing in good gloves, except for special occasions. We have a basket of cheap gloves, hats and scarves in the hall, perfect for when you just can't seem to find your favourites in a rush or guests need wrapping up.

 

Make Water Afraid

Protect your clothing from water by spraying it with some hydrophobic (water-repellent) spray. From personal experience, I'd recommend NeverWet – available from amazon.co.uk and Homebase. A light coating protects your clothing by creating a barrier between the fabric and the outside world, repelling any liquid which comes in contact with it. The spray works on a large variety of surfaces including leather, suede, polyester, cotton/poly blends and canvas.

 

Newspapers In Shoes

A simple, cheap and effective way to keep damp away from your shoes is to simply stuff them with some old newspaper sheets. Not only will the paper absorb the moisture from the air which otherwise would have collected in your shoes, filling your shoes will help keep their shape (particularly useful for boots). Definitely a useful trick to try this season!

 

Umbrella Stands

With heavy, grey clouds looming over the outside world ever more often, November can be a time particularly devoid of colour. So, if we can't improve the weather, how about making the home more colourful to help beat the autumn blues. A useful little addition which can greatly brighten any home is a colourful umbrella stand; so you always know where your brolly is before dashing out.

 

Wet Dog

The bane of dog owners across the land during every rainy season. Make sure your home is not engulfed in the horrid smell by following these simple tips to get your pet ready for those long walks in the park, even after the rain.

 

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Dry your dog and keep them smelling fresh and clean. You can't eliminate the smell of wet dog from your home until you first eliminate it from your dog first. Bathe your dog at least every other week and dry their coat thoroughly before letting them roam the house. You could also try a leave-in conditioner to not only keep your pet's coat in good shape, but also to help eliminate more odour.

 

Minimise muddy footprints around your house by using a microfiber doormat designed especially with wet paws in mind. My personal favourite is the Soggy Doggy brand.

 

Use a steam cleaner to clean the mud and dirt which will, inevitably, get on your upholstery at some point during this season. For the peskier stains, we recommend the Vanish products, especially for stains on your carpets. Also, to keep your carpet dog-smell free, we recommend Glade's Shake n Vac, available in several scents. From my own, personal experience, these work great to remove odours on any carpeted area

 

Leave a generous amount of oil diffusers around the house for a fresh scent. Its like the telly ad, you might not smell dog in your home but your visitors will!

 

Keep your dogs' beds clean on regular basis. The simplest way to do so is to cover the beds with children's fitted sheets, allowing you to simply remove the sheet and wash it as needed.

 

Once that's done, draw the curtains, shut out the world, get out the throws and the rugs and enjoy the warm and comfortable 'hygge' you have created!

How SAD are you?

on Monday, 28 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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According to the National Institute of Health data, roughly 6% of us living in northern climates suffer from seasonal affective disorder (or SAD), whilst approximately 14-percent of that same population experiences milder seasonal mood changes, or winter blues. That is an awfully large number of SAD people. Common signs and symptoms include:-
 
Disabling Fatigue
 
A draining and sudden lack of energy for no apparent reason may be your first indication that something is amiss, feelings of both mental and physical fatigue, as well as a weighted feeling throughout the entire body that makes otherwise easy activities and tasks completely exhausting.
 
Lack of focus
 
Issues with memory and concentration may also indicate SAD. Many describe this lack of focus as difficulties with remembering appointments to the more severe inability to make simple and routine decisions i.e. what to wear or eat.
 
Sleep difficulties
 
Sudden changes in sleep patterns—which can range from sleeping all the time (hypersomnia) to not sleeping at all (insomnia)—will often indicate an issue if health is otherwise good. You may notice that you wake up frequently throughout the night or wake exhausted even though you slept 8 hours.
 
Joint & Muscle Pain
 
Neck, back, knees, hips, shoulders, headaches, and stomach upset—everything suddenly hurts for no apparent reason
 
Irritability/Anxiety
 
Many SAD sufferers complain of being on an emotional rollercoaster where one minute they are in tears and the next minute they are overcome with anger. You may also feel agitated and restless, but not understand why or what to do to soothe this irritability. The anxiety that spreads through SAD sufferers can range from a mild restlessness to severe stress and jitters.
 
Weight & Appetite
 
You may experience sudden and significant weight loss or weight gain without a change in health, diet, or activity level in a matter of a few weeks, and you may lose all interest in food or use food as a way to comfort your emotions.
 
But it’s not all doom and gloom there are lots of ways to counteract these debilitating signs and symptoms.
 
Try a Light Box
 
If you suffer from mild or severe winter blues, light boxes expose you to light (at 10-times the degree of household lighting) and have been proven to reduce the symptoms of SAD. A light box is meant to supplement actual daylight exposure when the days are longer and darker. You can set your light box to the desired (to emit anywhere between half an hour to 2-hours of happy light).
 
Get Outside
 
While you may supplement your normal light exposure with a light box or a vitamin D supplement—it’s still vital that you get outside as much as possible in winter. After all, vitamin D (aka: the sunshine vitamin) is most effectively absorbed via the skin.
 
Use this as an excuse to get out for some fresh air and sunlight. Go for a winter hike, bike ride or make use of outdoor ice rinks. Daily aerobic exercise won’t only help you stay fit and energetic during winter—it will also lift your mental spirits (thanks to happy endorphins) as well. We already know that morning exercise can help boost your energy levels, mood, and metabolism for the day ahead. That’s why, even if you can’t get out for a run every day mid-winter—a morning walk especially on a clear sunny day will do the trick! It will take roughly 3 days of sun exposure outside to reverse those winter blues.
 
Eat for Better Hormone Balance
 
In addition to your circadian rhythms, the hormone melatonin greatly impacts your need to sleep and hibernate during winter. It also affects your sleeping-waking schedule, your mood, your energy levels, and the risk of seasonal affective disorder.
 
Your body emits greater amounts of melatonin during the dark, cold months of winter, which explains your need to bundle up on the couch and not emerge until spring. According to research from the University of Texas, certain foods (i.e., almonds, walnuts, and lettuce) naturally promote sleep.
 
Avoid Overloading On Carbs
 
During the winter, you’re likely to turn to comfort foods filled with carbohydrates and that sit heavily in your stomach. Pastas and breads, mashed potatoes and pies, can tempt you to overload on carbs. While it isn’t necessary to cut out carbs completely from your diet, having too much can worsen your symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Carbs can make you cathartic, directly affecting your mood with the spike—and inevitable drop—in your glucose level. Instead, eat a healthy, balanced diet rich in fruit, vegetables, protein and fiber. Get as much of the good stuff as you can and cut back on the carbs if you’re feeling sleepy and lazy a lot throughout the winter.
 
And finally……………..
 
Stick to a Schedule
 
When it comes to work, sleep, exercise, and eating one thing is very important: doing these things on schedule. So do your best in winter to resist the urge to stay up too late or sleep in too long. The same goes for eating too much and eating healthy, balanced meals throughout the day.
 
Establishing and sticking to a regular schedule when it comes to sleep, physical activity, and eating will ensure your circadian rhythms stay balanced. Circadian rhythms are essentially your body’s internal clock. These 24-hour rhythms respond primarily to light and darkness (which is why regular sleep is essential) and affect you physically and mentally.
 
 
Stretching
 
Stretching is an activity we strongly advise to be used by athletes, older adults, rehabilitation patients, and anyone participating in a fitness programme.
 
Passive stretches are muscle stretches that are performed with the aid of equipment or a partner to hold the limb in place. Dynamic stretching involves moving the limb from the neutral position to the end range position and then moving back to the neutral position. Dynamic actions are carried out in a smooth and controlled manner (Murphy, 1994). A static stretch, however, is performed by moving muscles to their greatest possible length and holding them there for a period of time (Anderson & Burke, 1991).
 
Obviously, there are many factors and reasons for reduced joint range of motion, only one of which is muscular tightness. Muscle tightness results from an increase in tension from active or passive mechanisms. Passively, muscles can become shortened through postural adaptation (sitting all day) or scarring; actively, muscles can become shorter due to spasm or contraction. Regardless of the cause, tightness limits range of motion and may create a muscle imbalance (Page P, 2012).
 
Static stretching is effective at increasing range of movement. The greatest change in range of motion with a static stretch occurs between 15 and 30 seconds (McHugh, et al. 1992; Bandy & Irion, 1994); most authors suggest that 10 to 30 seconds is sufficient for increasing flexibility (Bandy & Irion, 1994; Cipriani et al., 2003). In addition, no increase in muscle elongation occurs after 2 to 4 repetitions (Taylor et al., 1990).
 
Stretching is also usually incorporated pre-exercise as it has been suggested to improve muscle flexibility, prevent muscle injury and enhance physical performance (as cited in O’Sullivan, Murray & Sainsbury, 2009). Though other studies have shown passive stretching prior to exercise can reduce performance by up to 20% (American Journal of Applied Physiology)
 
We recommend that everybody, regardless of your activity level and especially those over 65 years old, should incorporate static stretching into daily regime to help maintain joint health, range of movement and overall flexibility.
 
This should enable you to maintain flexibility into later life.
 
Robert Hawkins

Total Wellness
 
020 8372 5926
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Stress affects our health - how do you deal with it?

on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Stress affects our health - how do you deal with it?

 

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Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, when you feel unable to cope, which can cause health problems.

 

We all experience stress at one stage or another, some level of stress is unavoidable but modern day living, ever on technology and situations outside our control all add to our feelings of anxiety, sleeplessness, lack of contentation, frustration, mood swings, excessive eating and drinking and even depression.

 

Whatever the causes, health issues, money worries, constant worrying, loneliness, pressure at work, no work, family problems, bereavement, divorce and other reasons, stress is a growing problem for society. It has become one of the main causes of sick absence from work and it seems that more and more children are suffering with stress due to school or peer pressure.

 

We are all different and that includes how we response to problems that inevitably occur. A situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else and this can be down to our past experiences, our learnt behaviours, our thought processes and our own level of self-esteem.

 

So how can hypnotherapy help reduce stress levels?


Stress is caused by our subconscious protecting us. We may go into a flight or fight response when we are in an uncomfortable situation. Our subconscious can't tell the difference between what is real and what we are imagining so it sometimes acts as if we are in a life threatening situation when in fact all we are doing is about to give a presentation in front of 20 people or starting a new job! We are then left with all this extra energy with nowhere for it to go. This can leave us with feelings of stress and inadequacy which are bad for our health.

 

Being stressed is a physical reaction as much as an emotional one. Stress is an inevitable part our lives, you cannot change that, but you can change your reaction to it. The aim is to find ways of managing stress and using it to our advantage. Here are some simple tips to help you to learn to cope with the hard times, which will make you feel good about yourself.

 

Hypnosis is recognsied to be a powerful tool to help reduce stress. Hypnotherapy for stress can be effective even after just one session. You can reinforce your hypnotherapy sessions with self-hypnosis at home.

Give this a try.

 

1. Find a place where you can relax and be free of too many distractions e.g. your favourite chair, lying on your bed.

 

2. Take in a slow deep breath, imagining you are breathing in positive thoughts and feelings and then gently close your eyes. As you exhale, relax your body as much as you can and blow away any worries, stress and negative thoughts.

 

3. Count down from 10 -1 with each deep breath, feeling yourself sinking deeper and deeper into the chair.

 

4. When you get to 1, imagine the most peaceful place for you, whether it's a tropical beach, a beautiful garden or maybe your home. Then repeat positive affirmations, such as "I am calm.....I am relaxed.....I am in control".

 

Whatever you say to yourself in your mind, make sure it is positive (so don't say to yourself...I am not stressed... as the subconscious does not recognise the negative.)

 

After approximately 2 mins, you can count out 1,2,3, open your eyes and continue with your day. I if you do this every day for two weeks, you will find that you start to think more positively.

 

Bridgette

 

Bridgette Mansfield Hypnotherapy

Snoring - why you should go to the dentist

on Thursday, 10 November 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Snoring - why you should go to the dentist

 

 

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        If you are a habitual snorer, you not only disrupt the sleep patterns of those close to you,

        but you also impair your own sleep quality and maybe even your long term health.


        Snoring can be a symptom of a disorder called sleep apnoea, which can have serious health risks.

    

       

 

 

Snoring or sleep apnoea is very common, according to the Sleep Apnoea Trust, but less than one in four sufferers are diagnosed. To quote the Sleep Apnoea Trust:

 

"Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a serious condition where the muscles in the throat relax during sleep causing the sufferer to temporarily stop breathing. If untreated it can occur hundreds of times in a night leading to daytime fatigue and other serious health problems"

 

Snoring is caused due to a vibration of respiratory structures with the resulting sound produced from the movement of obstructed during breathing while asleep. Although sleep apnoea can affect men and women of all ages. It is estimated that around a third of people aged over 30 are snorers, rising to 40% of middle aged men, the most prevalent snoring group. According to a recent SAT survey, two thirds of adults with partners say they have been distrubed by their parter's snoring.

 

One major predisposing factor for snoring is being overweight. The excess fat deposits in the area of the neck and throat put pressure on the tissues surrounding the airway causing it to narrow. Snoring is also more common in people with a large tongue, a long soft palate, a large uvela (the fleshy extension at the back of the soft palate which hangs above the throat), or large tonsils. Snoring is also more prevalent in people with a receding chin because there is less space in the back of the throat for the soft tissues and tongue.

 

Cigarette smoking can also cause increased nasal congestion and mucous in the air passages, with consequent increased snoring.Patients with long-term snoring or sleep apnoea risk developing arrhythmia. Patients who have sleep apnoea also may have gastro-esophageal reflux as the narrow airway can cause pressure alterations following air movement from and to the lungs during sleep, which can suck the contents of their stomach back up into the esophagus.

 

Lack of sleep can hamper us in our daily lives and can even put us and others at risk. For example, sleepiness at the wheel, or drowsy driving, is said to be the cause of about 22% of road accidents, in fact it has been assessed that tiredness has cause of more road deaths than alcohol. A UK poll shows that up to 11% of drivers admit to having fallen asleep at the wheel.


Are you alarmed?  The good news is that once sleep apnoea has been diagnosed it can be easily treated.

 

In my practice I have noticed an increase in patients enquiring about help with snoring. More and more people are seeking advice from the dentist rather than the GP. That is because many of the oral appliance solutions to alleviate scoring most effectively are applied and fitted by dentists. When undertaking a check up we are often able to spot signs that the patient is a snorer. 

 

Dentists with appropriate training can construct oral appliances/devices for snoring and sleep apnoea. Much like an orthodontic retainer or an athletic mouth guard, the oral appliance is placed in the mouth. These appliances prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat to open the breathing passages during sleep. Adequate air intake is promoted by allowing normal sleep for those who suffer from snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea. Your sleep is restored and your partner is happy!

 

At Dental Practice on the Green I undertake a screening to identify the risk of sleep related breathing disorders (SRBD's). If you want to know more or have a chat, if you have concerns please call Dental Practice on the Green on 0208 882 3909 where I have my clinic on a Monday 10-7pm.

 

Dental Practice on the Green, 33 The Green, Winchmore Hill, N21 1HS

 

MARIO CORREIA - BDS MSc DPCD MFD RCSI MFGDP (UK) Dip Aesth Med QMUL

Ten Top Tips for Easy Cleaning

on Wednesday, 28 September 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Ten Top Tips for Easy Cleaning

 

Katy Schweiger of Domestico provides ten simple and inexpensive tips for removing stains on kitchen utensils and crockery using cheap and natural ingredients, some from the larder- which have been used for centuries!

 

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1. Greasy baking trays can be cleaned with washing detergent. Add a scoop to the pan with hot water and leave to soak. It will help to lift off all the grease and food residue without much elbow grease.

 

2.  "The rainbow affect" in pans can be removed by boiling hot water and tartar sauce in the pan affected. Rinse and buff dry for clean shiny pots!!

 

3. Rusty knives can be cleaned by putting the blades into a raw onion. Wiggling the blade around activates the juice and gets rid of the rust.

 

4. To remove light stains from mugs or cups, rub with a paper towel and some salt. Borax or bicarbonate soda also works if you don't have salt.

 

5. Heavily stained cups are best left in soak for 5 minutes with hot water and bleach. This takes the mug back to its original colour but ensure you rinse well so no bleach residue is left in the mug.

 

6. Once you have used a frying pan put straight into cold water with a drop of washing up liquid. This avoids having to scrub too hard or have any marks left at the bottom of the pan.

 

7. To remove tarnish from copper cookware sprinkle with salt, cover with lemon juice or vinegar, rub over the affected area, rinse thoroughly and buff dry.

 

8. When washing up, add a dash of distilled vinegar to the final rinse. This brings the glassware up sparkling and is a great tip if you have dinner parties and want your glasses shining.

 

9. Vinegar also works wonders in removing scrambled egg, put the pan on to boil with a mix of water and vinegar for a few minutes, it comes off a treat

 

10. Red wine stains from the bottom of a decanter can be removed with rice and distilled white vinegar. Add a small hand full of rice and the vinegar and rotate gently. The abrasive action will help to remove the deposits that are inaccessible.

The Great Fat Diet Myth

on Thursday, 14 July 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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The Great Fat Diet Myth

 

Forget those strict regimes of self-denial that are truly impossible to keep up, what's needed is an eating regime that you can follow for life and that fits in with your own personal lifestyle. The western world is obsessed with diets we have become overfed and under nourished, obesity is now at worrying levels in both adults and children and un-realistic images of super thin models and muscle men give us a distorted view of what is to be fit and healthy.

 

The successful slimmer loses weight slowly with the key being to establish a way of eating and exercising that becomes second nature and lasts a life-time. It is when we feel well in ourselves that going back to our old patterns is no longer a consideration.

 

The aim of an effective regime is to bring about weight loss by reducing the amount of calories we take in from food and drink, and increasing the amount of calories we burn through exercise. What is very important here is that we want to lose fat not muscle, some people think that means cutting all fat from the diet, far from it, if you reduce good fats in the diet you can become hungry and many low fat foods are high is sugar. If you don't burn off that sugar, the body will store it as fat. It's all about getting the right balance and eating certain foods in moderation.

 

The Myths

 

Some slimming plans are scientifically based whilst others can be quite dangerous. Crash diets or detox diets if done incorrectly and not under supervision at best can cause water and protein to be lost rather than fat and at worst can lead to liver and kidney issues and disordered eating. Faddy regimes do not encourage healthy eating habits or establish safe and permanent weight loss.

 

Healthy slimming regime


Any programme undertaken, whether it includes smoothies, protein shakes, salads etc. must contain all the nutrients the body needs. To achieve this, vegetables, fruit, lean, meats, fish, pulses, etc. need to be included. Cakes, biscuits, sugary foods, alcohol and processed fats have no value and therefore need to be excluded. It all sounds very simple and fundamentally it is. However we are all individuals and what works for your friend may not work for you. This is where personalised nutrition comes in.

 

Personalised nutrition is where a programme is worked out especially for you, taking in to account your lifestyle and food choices. A regime that includes lots of fruit and veg when you suffer with IBS or other digestive issues could be quite unhelpful and living off smoothies made with too many high sugar fruits could be more harmful than anything else.

 

Keep a food diary of everything you eat and drink and the times for a period of four weeks. This will show you a pattern of eating, some things such as eating late at night or skipping breakfast or snacking on high calories treats throughout the day need to be addressed but when choosing the regime that works for you think about what you do already and adapt. You will be far more successful than trying something that is completely different and almost impossible to stick to.

 

If you would like further help to devise a plan especially for you, come in to clinic and see Kim, she will be only too happy to work with you to achieve your goals.

 

KIM KNIGHT

 

020 8372 5926

 

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Arranging a funeral, one step at a time

on Monday, 09 May 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Arranging a funeral, one step at a time

 

Arranging a funeral checklist


Before arranging a funeral, there are three things that need to be done immediately. Everything else - from sourcing the will, to sorting the estate and affairs - can be left till after the funeral has taken place. Our 'Arranging a funeral' checklist will aid you in taking a step-by-step approach and hopefully help to reduce some of the stress that you may be under, at this difficult time. 

 

1. Get a medical certificate


We recommend that you request at least four copies of the original, as only these will be accepted by government agencies and organisations for proof of death.

 

2. Register the death


Registering the death will give you all the documents you need to arrange the funeral. When registering the death, ask the registrar about the Tell Us Once service, as it is the most efficient way of informing all those who need to know about your loved one's death.

 

3. Arrange the funeral


This can be a very stressful task whilst grieving, so we recommend that you visit www.naturaldeath.org.uk. Here you will find a list of funeral directors who are flexible, transparent and accommodating, following the strict code of conduct set out and monitored by the Natural Death Centre.

 

What sort of funeral do you want for your loved one?

 

In addition to the familiar traditional funeral, there are now many alternatives to choose from. Most funeral directors can now accommodate these with ease. These include (but are not limited to):

- Traditional burial

- Cremation

- Green or natural funerals and woodland burials

- Humanist funerals and non-religious ceremonies

- Secular / civil ceremonies

- Burials at sea

- Funerals without ceremonies

 

There is a lot to consider during this process, so it is very helpful to have some ideas around your preferred type of funeral before contacting funeral directors. This will make it easier to identify which funeral director is the best fit for you and your needs.

 

If you would like some information and guidance on the various options available to you, please contact Your White Room for an unbiased chat about your options and what is involved (0208 360 1861).

 

If you would like information on planning a funeral without the use of a funeral director, we can refer you to people that will be able to help.

 

2. Choosing the best funeral director for your needs


Make a list of at least three funeral directors based on location, recommendation or past use. Telephone them to get quotes and make a choice based on both cost (where appropriate) and how they made you feel. If the funeral director doesn't speak politely and patiently with you on the phone, then they are probably not the best choice. Time, patience and care are extremely important when arranging a funeral. This is a very difficult time for you, and in this line of business consideration should be second nature.

 

3. Working with your funeral director


Meet with the funeral director of your choice, tell them what you need and trust them to do what they are good at. The funeral director will oversee every detail of arranging the funeral, from taking care of your loved one until the funeral, to hiring hearses, coffins, flowers and a celebrant if required. If you have a set budget, it is important to make this clear from the outset, and the funeral director will be transparent about the cost and how to stay within your budget. These services can include:

- Coffin and fittings

- Transport of the body to the funeral director's premises

- Care of your loved one until the funeral including washing and dressing

- Hearse to transport your loved one to the crematorium or burial ground

- Providing pallbearers to carry the coffin

- Flowers

- Press notices

- An organist

- Embalming (if requested)

- Order of service / remembrance booklet and any other relevant stationary

- All other necessary arrangements e.g. getting all relevant forms and paperwork

 

4. The funeral reception or wake


The funeral reception is often as important as the funeral itself. After the raw emotion of the funeral service, the reception is an opportunity to remember your loved one as they lived. You can opt for an intimate afternoon tea at home or a larger event at a special location or one which can accommodate a large number of guests. Whatever your choice, it can be a hard task to plan a reception whilst grieving and can often be a source of anxiety and conflict for families.

 

For a more detailed list of tips on planning your funeral reception and to see how you can remember your loved one, visit www.yourwhiteroom.com/blog. 

 

Useful resources for arranging a funeral:


www.yourwhiteroom.com

www.poetic-endings.co.uk

www.deathcafe.com

www.forwhenIamgone.com

http://www.muchloved.com

 

 

We aim to provide all the support you need, planning every detail so at this difficult time you can draw strength and comfort from the support of friends and family. To find out more about funeral reception planning please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Your White Room on 0208 360 1861

Helping your lawn to Spring back into life

on Wednesday, 09 March 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Helping your lawn to Spring back into life

 

Many lawns are looking particularly thin and weak at the moment, if yours is one that has suffered you're probably wondering why. There are a few possible explanations that are worth considering before deciding upon the appropriate course of action to get it looking right again this summer.

 

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The weather again this winter has been anything but usual combining record levels of rainfall in certain areas with strong winds and unseasonably mild temperatures.

 

So what impact does this all have on your lawn?


1. In the mild conditions the grass is likely to continue to try to grow, but if your lawn has been saturated or water logged the grass will have struggled to access the oxygen and nutrients it needs from the soil to sustain healthy growth – the result will be that some of the shallower rooted plants will die off leaving your lawn looking thin and patchy.

 

2. The increased soil moisture has meant that grass has had to try to cope more than usual with its roots sitting in higher levels of dampness – again this will have caused some of the shallower root plants to die off, again leaving the lawn looking patchy and thin.

 

3. During the winter months there tends to be a lot less hours of sunshine and the sun also sits lower in the sky so fences, houses and trees etc. will deprive the grass of the sunlight that it craves. This is normal and does cause a small amount of grass to die every year but this winter with the continuous cloudy skies the problem has been increased leaving the plant struggling to find any light at all. This may have caused serious weakness and with the mild conditions it has been perfect for the development and ingress of moss. During winter it is typical that moss develops, but the combination of both those conditions was perfect for moss to be more aggressive than usual. Moss and grass are typically in competition to dominate your lawn – this winter has certainly favoured the moss at the expense of the grass.

 

4. The damp weather has meant the lawn has continued to grow more than usual but in many cases it has been difficult to continue to mow accordingly – as such this will affect the lawns thickness and leave it looking thin and weak in early spring.

 

5. Finally, Leather Jackets (the grub of the Crane fly or Daddy Long legs) have also thrived in this mild winter. In cold frosty conditions these grubs usually move deeper into the soil to avoid the cold conditions, but this year has seen them continue to feed on the plants roots throughout the winter again leaving your lawn looking thin and weak and patchy.

 

Greensleeves have solutions to the problems or conditions above and would be delighted to provide a free no obligation quotation for the work that would be required to get your lawn back to a condition you can be proud of. You can find me http://www.greensleeves-uk.com/enfield or call 020 8363 4110.

Isn’t a physically exhausted dog…. a chilled out dog……..?

on Monday, 07 March 2016. Posted in N21 Experts

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Isn’t a physically exhausted dog…. a chilled out dog……..?

 

So, picture the scene, you have taken your dog for a lovely long run around the park, you have thrown balls, he has met his favourite mates and a few new pals. YOU have come home completely exhausted...... but ...... FIDO is still running about asking for more more more more more. In fact... he possibly has more energy than he did BEFORE the walk. What's a dog owner to do?

 

Of course there are many many benefits to your best friend of a lovely long run. It keeps them aerobically fit and healthy. Dogs need a good run. The more good runs a dog has... the fitter they get. The fitter they get... the more of a good run they like to have and the more they need to wear them out.

 

A good run increases adrenalin and cortisol levels in a dog. Cortisol levels take an hour and a half to come down which is why when you bring the dog home from a walk your dog may still be very excited. Think about how you feel after exercise, a good work out at the gym. Energised.

 

It isn't until a dog walks slowly with each leg moving independently that a dog starts to use the core muscles and build their core strength. Slowly walking and sniffing benefits the dog from both a muscular point of view but also enables the dog to use their brain.

 

We have 6 million sensory receptors in our nose... dogs have 200-300 million. Sniffing for a dog is the equivalent of us catching up on the evening news or watching our favourite soap. A dog that has plenty of opportunities to use their brain is a more contented, calm and chilled out dog.

 

So, what can you do?


Spend some time everyday teaching your dog new tricks. Teaching your dog to sit, then stand then sit then go down and repeating this over and over is the equivalent to your dog doing squats. Great for their rear end which is their power house. Teach your dog to beg. This is great for their core muscles. Really good for them. Too many dogs have flabby tummies. Teach your dog to bow. This is a great stretch. Get your dog to weave between your legs. This is great for building confidence and for keeping them supple. Twist and spins are good fun having them turning one way then the other. Again good for keeping them supple. None of these tricks need much space and are great bonding exercises.

 

 

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Think about feeding your dog from your hand as a reward rather than from their bowl. This will help to build a bond as well as giving you an opportunity to ask for behaviours so the dog is earning its food. Play searching games. Hide the food and ask the dog to find it. This gives the dog the opportunity of using its fabulous nose to find its food. Again using his brain and having fun.

 

There are many interactive feeding toys on the market as well as kongs which are great. In the summer we can stuff our dog's food in to these and freeze them. It's a game and a way of cooling them down.

 

When you walk your dog take his or her meal out with you and practice loose lead walking. Hand feeding your dog on a walk is a lovely way to reinforce your relationship and their recall.

 

There are many games and sports we can enjoy with our dogs allowing them and rewarding them for using their natural instincts and the talents they have been bred for. It's a double win for the dog. Agility is fantastic fun. Trieball is a great way of allowing the dog to use its herding instincts in a fun competitive sport. Scentwork allows them to use their amazing noses. Flyball is fast and furious ball work.

 

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 Our dogs have been breed over the years to perform certain roles and then suddenly many of them have been made redundant.  So, we can always look for ways to give them back their jobs and to share their talents and time with them
 
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Ps:  Please note that some activities and postures are not suitable for puppies or young dogs as they are not fully skeletally developed.  Your vet or dog trainer can advise,. 

Clare Grierson
Dog Trainer & Behaviourist
Muddy Mutley

contact Clare here


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