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The Grapevine Brighouse Issue 82 December 2019

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Issue 82 Dec ‘19

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Focus on Christmas shopping

Local gift inspiration

Festive celebrations in your local community

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can find the sellotape.

Enjoy our loaded Christmas Gift Inspiration edition – all local
ideas to keep it simple and as stress-free as possible.
This Christmas…
Be Kind
Be Loving
Be Happy and Be Grateful
Happy Christmas and Happy 2020

The Grapevine Mag Team – we’ll see you on the other
side in January!


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It’s Christmas!
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It’s Christmas!

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It’s Christmas!

Shop Local this Christmas

We discuss the benefits to both businesses and communities of shopping local

It’s something we all ought to be doing more of all Shopping an investing in local businesses in turn
year round, not just in the festive season. However, creates more jobs within the local economy. It’s
Christmas can account for a third to two-thirds of an also said that local employers are more likely to pay
independent retailers annual turnover. This is a huge their employees higher wages, with wages reflecting
percentage and could be the difference between an employees loyalty and hard work, as it’s much
being a striving business or a struggling business. harder to go un-noticed in a smaller business.
We all know that larger
companies have their tax Last and most importantly,
avoidance down to a T. shopping locally is much more
Businesses like Google, rewarding and satisfying.
Amazon and Starbucks have Rather than a big, faceless
been scrutinised for paying company, employees/owners
minimal to no tax. Research are much more likely to
has shown that by spending remember you and be able
with local authorities, for to offer a more bespoke
every £1 spent, a whopping and special service. A local
63p goes back into the local entrepreneur is often fulfilling
economy, much more than a life-long dream and passion,
40p, when spent with a larger so their aim is to offer you
business. second to none customer
service with a smile.

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ATHHEANREVEWYSSEASONThe Local Christmas EditItIt’s’sCChhrrisisttmmaass!!
Our local area has so much to offer this Christmas, so we want the next few pages to celebrate our
and brands across all departmentslocal business community and encourage you to shop local this Festive season!

Harveys of Halifax
Ted Baker Grooming Room Gift Set
Harvey’s Gift Shop at The Piece Hall

A Gift CardOvergate
for HalifaxChristmas Badges

A choice of 4 designs – just £1 each
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Kershaws Garden Centre
Warmies Extra long hot water
bottle grey fur, super soft luxury
cover, providing all over warmth

Kershaws Garden Centre
Wow Toys 6 Freddie Farm Truck 6 piece set
including motor action powered truck with
realistic engine sounds £24.99

Christie Lea
Gorgeous Hats and Gloves
Also available in blush pink, blue and
Hats £25 Gloves from £20

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The Gift of Afternoon Tea
Gift Vouchers available online for Holdsworth House
Hotel & Restaurant
Afternoon Tea starts from £18.95

The new LoyalFree app has launched in Brighouse
– Simply Flowers have a special opening offer of 10 FREE

wax melts when you collect 10 stamps
Download the app 

and start collecting.

Father Blissmas
Yorkshire Soap – shop in Hebden Bridge
and at The Piece Hall

Fish In A Bag
Yorkshire Soap – shop in Hebden Bridge
and at The Piece Hall


Olia jewellery from £12
Grab your seasonal jewellery, the perfect
stocking fillers. Timeless costume jewellery from

Moo Boutique Yorkshire

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IItt’’ss CChhrriissttmmaass!!

Solid Oak Handcrafted Coasters –
made in Halifax
2 for £12
Gin Lane, The Piece Hall

Give the gift of music (and coffee!)
Gift vouchers available in any amount

Loafers Vinyl, The Piece Hall

Huddersfield Town framed print –
“Terriers at The Gate” by Roger Davies
Harrison Lord Gallery, Brighouse

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Christmas Gift Box of Treats


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It’s Christmas!

Brighouse BID launch a loyalty scheme
with award-winning high street app 

Lauren Barber & Michelle Veasy – Brighouse BID

Brighouse BID has launched an exciting new
partnership, with multi award winning app
LoyalFree, designed to boost footfall and sales in
the town. Jason Nesbitt and Sophie Hainsworth,
founders of the app, are introducing the app to
Brighouse as the 15th town/city in the UK to take
up this project which is rapidly gaining traction
across the UK high streets, now supporting over
1,900 businesses. Brighouse BID have become the
first Yorkshire BID to join the scheme.  

Brighouse BID is the local Business Improvement Lauren Barber and Michelle Veasey, BID Marketing
District for the area, which is defined as ‘a business- Managers commented saying: ’The app provides
led and business funded body formed to improve us with a great digital platform to showcase all
a defined commercial area.’ Encompassing roughly our levy payers and our town through offers,
340 businesses within the district, the benefits events and trails. Combined with digital training
of the app will be available to those businesses. support, the LoyalFree app is an integral part of
Formed in April 2019 the BID have launched many our digital strategy in the town for both locals and
business support schemes, with LoyalFree becoming visitors.’ 
the latest project.  
If you download the town app
This new partnership means that BID members will before 16th December you can
benefit from advertising to locals also enter a competition to win
and visitors, customer insights and a £50 voucher to spend at a
social media support. A local guide
will also help visitors with vital Brighouse business, a
tourism information while an events competition launched to
section will showcase celebrate the app coming
activities in the area. to the town. If you are a
resident or visitor to the
Local business owners area, then click here to
are feeling very positive download the app for free
about the scheme. and start saving money
David from The Garden at local businesses: www.
Shed comments
saying ‘This is a great download or simply
idea for Brighouse. search for ‘LoyalFree’ on
We have a great the app stores. 
community spirit already
and it’s nice to give a little If you are a Brighouse BID member please email
bit back’ and Melanie from Feet Street adds ‘We [email protected] for details of how you can get
are excited to take part in the loyalty app. I think involved in the scheme.
it’s great for Brighouse!’ 

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It’s Christmas!



LoyalFree and Brighouse BID OFFERS
want to spread the festive
cheer this winter by making it Get ahead of those last minute festive shopping
easier than ever to find the nightmares and save money by using the
best hidden gems in LoyalFree app in Brighouse. It couldn’t be easier
Brighouse, great discounts on to see local businesses with offers or deals and
your festive shopping and the you may even save enough to treat yourself to
best wintery events that you that present you’ve had your eye on all year.
can’t miss!
The LoyalFree app is brimming Avoid hibernating this winter and get out and
with loyalty schemes, about to make the most of what Brighouse has
discounts, events and trails all to offer with the trails feature of the app. Gather
year round and has everything your pooches and try out some of the best
you need to know, all on your places on the Dog Friendly Brighouse Trail - you
smartphone! might even discover a new favourite!

Download the app for Android EVENTS
or iOS for free by searching
‘LoyalFree’ on the app stores. Always guessing what’s on in your local area?
Wonder how your friends always know the most
The LoyalFree app is brought exciting things going on in town? LoyalFree lists
to you in Partnership with all the best events happening near you to ensure
Brighouse BID. you don’t miss out on any wintery fun. Simply
scroll through the events section to discover
exciting events.

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It’s Christmas!

The Halifax Gifting Tree
Giving a little something back locally

Thank you to all the lovely one of the 12 days of Christmas. Halifax. Each of the windows
people who have been dropping A different scene will be painted will be lovingly transformed
off Christmas presents at the on the main shop window of all by professional artist, Jenny
Halifax gifting tree over the 12 participating shops, creating Tribillon, who has already been
weekend. The elves pick them up stunning seasonal backdrops commissioned previously by the
regularly and will be making daily for shoppers and pedestrians to team at Halifax BID.
visits to collect them. . enjoy.
Together, the windows will form
All gifts go directly to Yorkshire The project has been arranged a special 12 Days of Christmas
Children’s Trust, please visit the and funded by Halifax BID, which trail, with the public invited to
tree in Halifax Borough Market to is the town-centre organisation visit them all, and perhaps even
help out. tasked with promoting take a selfie photo in front of
businesses and attracting each one. Forty-eight boxes of
Gifts can be left at the tree or more visitors and trade into environmentally-friendly LED
taken to the Elves Workshop at Christmas lights have also been
1 Old Market, opposite the top distributed to local shops, all as
of Woolshops Shopping Centre, part of the BID’s major campaign
the Elves workshop is open to decorate the town, celebrate
weekends from 10am - 4pm. Christmas, and make Halifax
centre an appealing destination
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT for residents and tourists to visit.

Wintery window makeovers will Halifax BID Manager, Chloe
help Halifax feel more festive McNeill explained, “We’re
than ever this Christmas. always looking for affordable
ways to help make Halifax extra
Twelve shops in Halifax are set to colourful and Christmassy, and
get a fun festive makeover this these beautiful illustrations
Christmas, each one playing host will certainly do that. We’re
to a colourful scene depicting hoping that the fun challenge of

visiting every window
will really appeal to
families and kids. It
will also encourage
people to explore
more of the town
centre and discover
the many sites, events
and activities we’ve
got planned for
Christmas. Ultimately,
it’s good for the local
economy and it’s
a free activity that
anyone can enjoy.”

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It’s Christmas!


Christmas is the perfect
time for a bit of charity
Open from 16 Nov - 18 Dec.
our special ‘gifting tree’
will be at the Albany Arcade
in Halifax Borough Market.
Here you’ll find all you need
to give a child an important
gift this christmas.

Find out more at

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It’s Christmas!

Can you support your local

hospice during the season of giving?

Caring throughout Christmas

Over the next month, Overgate Then, when the festive season “Overgate Hospice has been
Hospice has a host of events is over, book us in and we can at the heart of the Calderdale
going on which will bring a recycle your Christmas Tree! community for over 35 years.
smile to your face and also help We’re here to help people with
support Calderdale’s only adult life-limiting illnesses,” said Laura
hospice. Golding, Director of Income
December is a great time to get Generation, “Our aim is to try
involved and give a little back and improve the quality of life
during the season of good will. for our patients and help them
A brand new event this month to live life to the full, to the very
is the Santa Dash – where you end. We do this by offering
will have the chance to dance, specialist palliative care, comfort
prance or run around Wellholme and support, free of charge to
Park in Brighouse in your very patients and their families.”
own Santa Suit. Our Christmas Your support this special time of
Jumper Day is always popular year will enable us to help our
with schools, community groups patients and their loved ones
and businesses – wear your have the best Christmas possible.
craziest jumper, pay £1 and do Because you care, we can.
your bit for charity. Or why not
buy one of our Christmas Raffle
tickets and you could win some
great prizes including a cash prize
of £1,000.

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It’s Christmas!

Free Elves’ Workshop and
gift-wrap service

Back by popular demand this Christmas

A free and fun-filled Elves’ Workshop is set to once is a busy and costly time of year, so we’re thrilled
again wow Halifax kids this Christmas, while its free to offer such a wonderful and helpful seasonal
gift-wrapping service will keep parents and carers event. While the workshop enthralls and entertains
happy too. children safely, the wrapping saves people the time
The Elves’ Workshop has been specially created and expense of presenting gifts nicely. The chance
to entertain children, with actors dressed as cute of winning £100 is just the icing on the Christmas
interactive elves along with amazing animatronic cake!”
‘robot’ elves, new for this year. There will be festive Event dates: all weekends from 23.11.19 through to
background music to add to the atmosphere, Christmas Eve
and plenty of opportunities for taking selfies with Location: The former Ivanhoe’s chip shop, opposite
costumed Christmas characters. Visitors will receive Halifax Building Society at the top end of Woolshops.
a free cloth shopping bag featuring the slogan I Did you spot our fancy new bags this weekend?
Shopped in Halifax, and they will also enjoy the Anytime you interact with the Elves Workshop
chance to buy special Halifax Gift Cards, which make you can pick up one of our bags, it’s the perfect
excellent presents for people it’s hard to buy for. bag to carry your important local shopping.We are
The gift-wrapping service repeats last year’s encouraging people to STOP using plastic bags,
successful event, and will see a busy team of trained instead pick one of these free bags up and carry
elves wrapping gifts by hand. Visitors of all ages it with pride while you’re doing your shopping in
can bring as many gifts for wrapping as they like, Halifax.
and any shape or size, so it’s a great chance to have
awkward presents like scooters or bicycles wrapped
up beautifully. All the paper, sticky tape and ribbon
is provided free of charge too, so visitors can actually
save on the cost of Christmas as well as the hard
work. Each day a special ‘Golden Ticket’ worth £100
will be secretly wrapped with one of the gifts, adding
to the overall excitement.

The event is the brainchild of Halifax BID: a non-
profit partnership between the public and private
sector, designed to support local businesses and help
make Halifax a vibrant and appealing destination.
BID Manager, Chloe McNeill, explained, “Our job is
to boost the local economy by encouraging people
to use the fabulous shops and services here, but we
also work hard to ensure Halifax is a place worth
coming to, by making it safer, more exciting, and
easier to reach and explore.”

Chloe goes on to explain, “The gift-wrap service and
Elves’ Workshop went down brilliantly last year, and
we were determined to repeat it again, only this time
even bigger and better. For many people Christmas

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It’s Christmas!


Magical Free
Elf Christmas

Open everyweekend from
30 Nov - 24 Dec. There
is so much going on
from entertainment,
competitions, giveaways
and much, much more!

1 Old Market, opposite
the top of Woolshops

Find out more at

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ChriFstOmOasDCookiesFestive Food & Drink
A STAR recipe!

Equipment: Star shaped cutter, Using your star shaped biscuit
baking tray, (straw and ribbon for cutter, cut star shapes out of the
tree decs) dough and carefully place onto
the baking tray. To turn these
Ingredients into Christmas tree decorations,
100g/3½oz unsalted butter, press a hole in the top of the
softened at room temperature biscuit using a straw.
100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten,
1 tsp vanilla extract Bake the biscuits for 8-10
275g/10oz plain flour minutes, or until pale golden-
To decorate brown. Set aInsgrieddieentsto harden for 5 minutes, then cool
400g/14oz icing sugar,C3H-4RtbISspTMwaAteSr COOKIES on a wire rack.100g/3½oz unsalted butter,

2-3 drops food colourings of choice. Edible glitter softened at room temperature
Equipment: Star shaped cutter, baking tray, (straw and 100g/3½oz caster sugar
1 free-range egg, lightly beaten

ribbon for treeFdoecrs).the icing, sift the1 tsp vanilla extract icing sugar into a large mixing
275g/10oz plain flour
·To decorate water create
bowl and stir in enough400g/14oz icing sugar to a smooth
Method: Preheat thMeetohovd:en to 190C/375deFco/rGatioanss, p5res.s Linea hole in the top ·3-4 tbsp water the icing then add
a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Cream theof the biscuit using a straw. mixture. If you wish to2-3 drops food colourings of choice. colour
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For the icing, sift the icing sugar into
a large mixing bowl and stir in
until the mixture comes together as a dough. RollBeat in the egg and vanilla extract,
enough water to create a smooth If you’re using these as decorations, add some
mixture. If you wish to colour the ribbon through the hole and hang on your tree. 
the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface tojust a little at a time, until well
a thickness of 1cm/½Stiriinn t.he flour until the mixture icing then add the food colouring

comes together as a dough. Spread the icing onto the biscuits

Roll the dough out onto a lightly using a knife and sprinkle over the  

floured work surface to a thickness of glitter. Set aside until the icing

Using your star shaped biscuit cutter, If you’re using these as decorations,
cut star shapes out of the dough and add some ribbon through the hole
carefully place onto the baking tray. and hang on your tree.
To turn these into Christmas tree

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Lifestyle & Leisure

National Saving Certificates
and Saving Stamp Books

By Chris Helme

In March 1925, Between February 1916 when they were first
Brighouse held its first introduced and November 1924 the total number
Education Week, a sold was 704,647,158 which represented a cash
week that was aimed total of £549,327,536.
at helping the local During the 1950s, being able to buy weekly savings
residents to realise that stamps was something that I and my classmates
Brighouse schools were at Lightcliffe C of E School did. This helped and
theirs. Well, that is one encouraged us to save on a regular basis.
of the aims that the I suppose there are still many old uncashed
handbook of events said certificates and some forgotten stamp books. Tucked
at the time. A phrase I away in drawers or in those old toffee tins that many
seemed to have heard families choose to keep their old personal papers in.
quite often in more Our featured photograph illustrates what the school
recent times. savings stamp books looked like and will bring back
One of the highlighted aspects in the book is memories for those readers who also bought their
National Savings, a movement that first began weekly savings stamps at school.
some nine years earlier. The object of the savings My next quarterly Brighouse and District Heritage
movement was to encourage and create habits of Newseum local history and nostalgia magazine,
wise spending and prudent saving, to the growing issue number 7, will be available from December
generation of children that were born during and 1st.
following the First World War. Attitudes particularly
when it came to saving money had not been
considered before the war for many reasons, Chris Helme – Local Nostalgia Magazine
including severe hardship. Chris has launched a new, local nostalgia
In 1925, there were more than 100,000 school magazine. The 5th edition is out now. You can
savings associations actively working on these aims. find his advert on page 26
These associations were a school savings club,
which enabled children to purchase National Saving
Certificates by instalments. Children had to bring
sixpence per week towards buying their sixteen-
shilling certificate.
However, for those families that found sixpence to
much no child was excluded from taking part and
could bring as little as one penny per week.
The money invested could be drawn at any time,
but for those who kept their certificates and left
their sixteen shillings in to grow could make some
interest. After ten years it could be cashed in for
the huge sum of one pound four shillings. Although,
by today’s standards these are comparatively small
amounts of money, joining the movement or savings
club these certificates became very popular.

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Business, Finance & Technology

Business Owner
Finance Q & A’s

By Debbie Story, Sleigh & Story, Brighouse

Q. I have recently started running my own business treated as a chargeable benefit on the employee.
providing training services. HMRC have advised me The exemption applies to expenditure up to a cap of
that VAT is not charged on the type of services I £500 per tax year per employee.
am providing. Does this mean that my services are
zero-rated for VAT or actually exempt? Do I need to Further information on this subject can be found in
register for VAT? HMRC’s Employment Income Manual at paragraph
A. Although both zero-rated and exempt supplies EIM21774.
result in no VAT being applied to the supply, the
consequence is very different between them and it Q. I have recently purchased three properties
is important to get it right. which I intend to rent out. I envisage that I will
Zero-rating is a rate of VAT, albeit at zero per cent. need to spend a considerable amount of time
The goods and/or services to which it applies are each year undertaking various necessary repairs.
taxable supplies. This in turn renders any supplier of Can I pay myself say, an hourly rate, for the time I
zero-rated goods and/or services liable to register spend on the properties and claim a corresponding
for VAT, where appropriate (see the website deduction against my rental income?
at for further
information on registration). The advantage of A. Any amounts taken from the property rental
VAT registration is that VAT can be reclaimed on business will simply be viewed as a withdrawal of
costs. However, a business making solely exempt profits from the business and taxed accordingly.
supplies is not making taxable supplies, so cannot The HMRC Property Income Manual at paragraph
register for VAT. Consequently, all VAT incurred upon PIM2210 states:
expenditure becomes an additional irrecoverable
cost. Where a supply could be either zero-rated or ‘A landlord can’t deduct anything for the time they
exempt, zero-rating will take priority. spend themselves working in their own rental
Q. I am a company owner and employer. One of my business. They can deduct any wages or salaries
key employees has recently become ill and requires they pay to their spouse, civil partner or other
medical treatment. If the company pays for the relations for working in the rental business provided
treatment directly on her behalf, will the employee the amounts paid represent a proper commercial
have to pay tax on it? reward for the work done. The spouse, civil partner
A. Expenditure by employers on medical treatment or relative will be taxable on their earnings if their
for employees is generally chargeable to income income is large enough.’
tax either as a payment of earnings or as a taxable
benefit. However, an exemption from income tax Sleigh & Story Ltd, Thornhill Brigg Mills,
applies where an employer funds recommended Thornhill Beck Lane, Brighouse HD6 4AH.
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How to succeed in your running journey

You may now be ready for your Don’t over train If you overstress Get good shoes Your goal should
next running challenge, ready to your body it will break down, you be to find a shoe that offers the
push yourself a little bit further will lose form and you could get best support and fit for you and
now that you have achieved injured. As your fitness improves you should replace your shoes
your previous goals. Your next your body will adapt to handle every 300-500 miles so note the
step could be anything from the training load, you will learn date that you bought your shoes.
increasing your distance to a to feel when you have over Always visit a specialist running
10k or even to taking on the done it…so listen to your body. If shop.
challenge of a marathon. you rush the process you could
The running process is very break down rather than build up. Respect the miles each person
complicated, a combination of The body needs time to adapt has their own limit, don’t
psychology and physiology and mentally and physically. compare yourself to others and
it’s important to keep focused Recovery Make sure you recover, respect the miles, whether it is
and be realistic as you try to have easy days and rest days, 1 mile or 10 miles, respect each
combine these two components easy days are runs that you don’t one and run the mile that you
in an attempt to achieve your even break out a sweat, but don’t are in.
end goal. forget what might be easy for you
Base training When you may not be easy for someone Verity Wright is an England
construct a house, you start else. Eat well and eat for the next Athletics Qualified Coach in
with the base and build on that; run you are going to do ensuring Running Fitness and runs a
the same is true of running, that you get optimal results from successful Athletics Coaching
first build the base of aerobic the run, don’t skip meals, eat business in the South of England.
endurance, slowly increase the carbs either the night before or She competes as an endurance
mileage, recover and rebuild your a few hours before a run and athlete in events from 10k to 42k
miles. Run your base miles slowly protein after the run to help with over country, roads, fells and
build your aerobic (with oxygen) muscle repair. mountains. If you want to know
endurance so that your body Consistency. Consistency is key more, you can visit her website
can sustain prolonged lengths of to successful running, run when
running it’s hot or cold, when you are
Build Slowly Your weekly mileage high or low. Small amounts of By Verity Wright,
by no more than 10% each week, training on a regular basis is
so if you run 5km in a week, run better than sporadic running
5.5km the next and about 6km followed by days of inactivity.
the next and so on. There may be If you run consistently you will
times when even a 10% increase grow stronger and stronger.
proves too much so use it as a Patience. Success is measured in
guideline and not a rule. Do not months and years, not days and
run more than twice a week to weeks, with experience you will
start off with, this will ensure you become a wiser runner, each day
have a good base and stay with that you put more miles in the
twice a week until you feel strong bank remember you are building
enough that you know what your for the future. You need to
body can tolerate, then you can experience important lessons so
increase to 3 times a week when you can learn from every run that
you have developed a sense of you do, no matter how far or how
your limits. fast you go.

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Best of the bunch - Witch hazel

The scented, spidery blooms and spectacular
autumn colour make these medium-sized and large
deciduous shrubs a must for the winter gardens.
The flowers, which have twisting, ribbon-like petals,
cluster thickly on bare stems from autumn to early
spring and won’t be damaged by frost, while the
broad, oval leaves turn yellow in autumn. Witch
hazels can be grown as specimen plants in borders
or in groups, depending on the
variety. Grow H. x intermedia ‘Pallida’ as a stand-
alone specimen, with its vase-shaped habit and
golden autumn leaves, while H. x intermedia ‘Diane’,
which grows to 4m (12ft), flowers in mid to late
winter and produces bright green leaves which turn
orange, yellow or red in autumn.
Witch hazels like reasonably fertile, moist but well-
drained soil and prefer neutral to acid soil. Place
them in sun or partial shade in an open but not
exposed spot. Prune any crossing shoots in late
winter or early spring to keep a good shape.

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An Orchid is not just for Christmas

By Hannah Stephenson

If you want something that can Their rambling roots spread across moist all through. Then lift the pot
last for years with the minimum the surface of the pot and out, out and sit it on a draining board
of fuss, it’s worth choosing an searching for nutrients. The roots for a few minutes before putting it
orchid. contain chlorophyll and therefore back into its permanent pot. The
Many people are put off by produce energy from light, so plant should be allowed to dry out
the cost, but I’ve seen large, grow the plants in clear pots - it’s between watering.
exotic-looking moth orchids also a good way to see if the roots Use a half-strength liquid feed
(Phalaenopsis) in shades of pink are wet or dry. for orchids. Add it each time you
and cream reduced from £9.99 to Trends are changing as people water the plant, which you need
under a fiver in my local Marks & start to shy away from the big, to do more frequently in summer.
Spencer. showy flowers to the more dainty, Moth orchids should be repotted
Perhaps orchids are not subtle and smaller-flowered types. about once a year - you can buy
traditionally the plant associated Slipper orchids (Paphiopedilums), specific compost for orchids from
with Christmas, but their long, trendy in Victorian times with garden centres. It’s expensive, but
arching stems bearing sprays their waxy leaves and lip-shaped worth it as it has the right mix of
of beautifully marked, delicate- pouch at the front of the flower, nutrients.
looking flowers look great in both are again becoming popular. The If you grow a cymbidium orchid
modern and traditional settings. flowers are usually long-lasting indoors, be warned that it does
Moth orchids are widely and can remain in bloom for not like being repotted and may
grown and well-suited to life months. not flower for several years
indoors, requiring a minimum Some people have veered afterwards if you do so. These
temperature of 16C. I bought away from orchids in the past, orchids, which come in a wide
one in Ikea and kept it on an fearing they may need a lot of colour range with spikes bearing
airy kitchen windowsill, where maintenance. But these elegant up to 20 long-lasting flowers,
it flowered for four months plants, which originate from normally flower from early winter
until it finally needed a rest in South-East Asia, are actually tough to late spring.
November. old birds which don’t like too They are also good specimens for
These plants don’t have a yearly much fuss. putting outside in the summer to
cycle of producing flowers, and It’s generally overwatering that brighten up your patio.
can develop flower spikes at any kills them, and they are becoming
time. Cool nights are important, easier to grow as nurseries bring
so allow a dip of a few degrees. out new varieties. Most hybrids
Once they’ve finished blooming, summer - and don’t make the
cut the flowered stems back mistake of moving them from
to just above a joint, two up somewhere very shaded into
from the base, using a pair of direct sunlight, or they will suffer
sharp secateurs. It should draw leaf scorch.
up another spike within a few Some orchid-lovers mist the
weeks, although mine didn’t plants regularly, but they really
show any signs of life for several don’t need to.
months until a new branch Orchids should just be watered
appeared, producing a string of once a week by immersing the pot
beautiful blooms. into a bowl of tepid water until it’s

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Staying safe in your home
this Christmas
From the Halifax Security team

with t
his flyer – expires

It’s that time of year again…the hunt for the perfect • Never put candles under shelves. 

tree (in the loft, or out in the wilderness). Will it

stand or will it fall? Will the lights work? What • Never attach decorations to lights or heaters.

happens if they don’t? Who’s got a spare extension

lead? • Never overload electrical sockets. 

It’s an exciting time for all but it’s important to • Never leave a cooker unattended - most fires start
remember to always consider the safety of you and in the kitchen.
your family during the festivities.
• Keep candles, lighters and matches out of the
You may not realise it, but the risk of fire within reach of children.
your home over the Christmas
and New Year Period Although prevention is
is greatly increased.
Candles, portable always better than a cure,
heaters, open
fires, fairy lights, ensure that your smoke,
overloaded sockets,
not to mention heat and carbon
dangling decorations
in the kitchen or around monoxide detectors
the fireplace.
are not past their
It is important to remember
that fires can start easily. To expiry date, tested and
reduce the risk of a fire over the
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conform to the British Standard.
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thing on their minds,

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• Put candles or incense in a purpose-made holder Have a fantastic Christmas and New Year from all of
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Interior Inspiration
By local, interior lover Nicky Tyman

The Winter season is upon us and although people Candlelight and fairy lights - you just can’t have
seem to be “trimming up” earlier and earlier enough at Christmas to create that cosy glow. And
each year, I will be sticking to the 2nd weekend of there are wonderful soy candles being hand-poured
December at the very earliest. In preparation, I’ve right here in Brighouse! not
been reading up on what could be this year’s big only blend fabulous scents to fill your home but you
Christmas decor trend. Our favourite producer of can customise your candle so it complements your
emotional Christmas TV adverts claims it’s all about decor. The glass votives are either clear or black,
the rainbow tree this year! Using an abundance with silver, copper or gold lids. And the luxe ceramic
of different coloured baubles in bands, from top range has a quilted look in either copper or matte
to bottom. I can’t deny I love the simplicity of one black (my favourite).   
colour and use white, simply in a nod to snow-
dusted fir trees. But Christmas tree decor should
really be whatever makes you happy.

Whilst browsing the Christmas editions of the
various retail catalogues that come through the
door, I found a beautiful festive door wreath, but it
was £130. There’s not a chance I’ll be spending that
much but I might create my own. Many florists hold
wreath-making workshops at this time of year. It’s a
great way to learn a new skill, meet new people and
get in the mood for Christmas. Plus your door will
look pretty amazing too.

Recycling is something I always try to consider when
renovating our home and Christmas should be no
different. Remember that wrapping paper with foil
or glitter elements cannot be recycled. I still love the
look of good old brown paper and using foliage and
re-used ribbon or hessian to trim. It’s much cheaper

Thank you to Nicky Tyman for
supplying our Interior Inspiration
feature. As a local lady (based in
Woodhouse, Brighouse) Nicky is
currently redecorating her home
beautifully and you can keep up
to date with this on Instagram for your own
inspiration: @house_in_brighouse

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