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Published by The Grapevine Magazine, 2018-12-14 05:51:03

The Grapevine Halifax Issue 135 January 2019

Grapevine Issue 135

Keywords: community,Halifax,West Yorkshire,local,Calderdale,The Grapevine



Issue 135 Jan ‘19

Your community magazine - connecting
local people to local businesses

Happy New Year!

Mental & Physical Health

Health, Beauty & Wellbeing Section

Distributed to 8,000 homes and businesses every month including
Shibden, Stump Cross, Horley Green, Hipperholme, Lightcliffe, Northowram, Coley, Norwood Green, Shelf

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Editor’s Note:LiofecsatlyCleh&risLtmeisausrGeuide Property
Happy New Year! First of all, we wish all readers and
advertisers the best for 2019…

This month we’re here to help with your New Year’s
Resolutions. Our usual Health, Beauty & General
Wellbeing section is at the front of the magazines
and named New Year, New You, New Start. Here, you
can find info on fitness, yoga, hair, beauty and much
much more.

We’ve also put together a feature on Mental &
Physical Health and how the two more often than not
go hand in hand. There, you will find information on
Healthy Minds Calderdale, Andy’s Man Club &  crisis

Harveys of Halifax are holding a big January sale with
up to 50% off and Hird & Partners are now open 24/7
with no out of hours fees. 

Wanting rid of your Christmas tree? Overgate will
collect your tree in return for a donation – saving you
the trip to the tip! Call 01422 387 121 to book your

Until February,

Jenny & Helen Holdsworth


Now taking bookings for
February ‘19 onwards,
contact Jenny by email:
[email protected]
or call 07469 234199

No part of this publication may be copied, partly copied or
reproduced without the Editor’s permission. All advertisers are
independent of the publication and advert content does not reflect
the views of the Editor. Copyright The Grapevine Mag 2018.

We take our copyright very seriously at The Grapevine Mag,
along with our right to ensure the magazine isn’t used for direct
marketing purposes. Legal action has been taken in the past on
local publications copying content, as we monitor and take action
accordingly. We spend a lot of time and energy each month creating
a unique publication to showcase the local area as best we can.
Although copying is flattering… it’s illegal.

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New Year, New You, New Start

Putting You first

The key to personal growth and healthy relationships

Caring for yourself as much as you do for others
isn’t a selfish act. Your own needs are important and
showing yourself compassion allows you to concern
yourself with your own feelings and hopefully
improve your mental wellbeing.

Maintain your own needs met. This should build your self-
Make note of what you need emotionally, what is esteem, as you’re reinforcing the belief that you
important to you and what upsets/hurts you when deserve to be loved.
they’re not there/ignored e.g. being celebrated
when you succeed and receiving sympathy when Feel good
you’re upset. When someone ignores what’s Identify what makes you feel good, this is all the
important to you, don’t ignore such a feeling. Listen permission you need to do what you love to do
to your feelings and let people know what you will and the more often you do them, the happier you
or will not stand for/tolerate. should be. Don’t let anyone blame you for your
actions, as you will feel better and once you feel
Those that don’t apologise or continue to ignore better in yourself, you will be able to really be there
your boundaries/needs can suffer consequences for others.
that you create. Be assertive and take action to get

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New Year, New You, New Start

Making & keeping your New
Year’s Resolutions

Top tips for sticking to your goals in 2019

Be realistic Celebrate do feel confident (going back to
being realistic!)
Remember to do a quick reality If you focus purely on the
check with every resolution you end goal then it’s easy to feel Be SMART
set. It’s great to aim big, but you discouraged, so it’s crucial to
don’t want to disappoint yourself recognise and reward successes A great way to make sure you
in the process. Instead of setting along the way. If you’re trying to achieve all of the above is by
multiple big goals, zero in on one lose weight, celebrate each time making your goals SMART.
and commit to it. you lose a certain amount rather
than when you only reach the Are your goals:
Be specific end goal. This should keep you
feeling proud and encourage you Specific?
You’re more likely to stick to to keep going.
something that’s more focussed. Measureable?
If you want to save money, set a Believe in yourself
realistic, specific amount and link Achievable?
a timescale. This method should Many admit to making a
keep you encouraged as each resolution without believing that Relevant?
time you achieve a stage of your they will ever achieve it. If you
goal, it’ll feel rewarding. wish to really accomplish it, you Time-based?
need to know that you’re capable
Make note of making the desired change. If SMART resolutions should allow
you still don’t feel confident, then you to identify concrete and
Make sure to write down your re-format your resolution so you specific steps.
goals and put them on your wall/
fridge, somewhere where you’ll
regularly see them. This way, you
keep reminding yourself and can
reflect on your progress since
first making note of your goals.

Go public

You’re more likely to achieve
your resolutions when you
go public with them. Sharing
your resolutions holds you
accountable, so it’s tougher
to back out of them. Sharing
resolutions with friends and
family is also a great way to keep
one another on track and share

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New Year, New You, New Start

Mental & Physical Health

The two go hand in hand

We often refer to mental health as ‘mind’ and
physical health as ‘body’, but the two are connected
and shouldn’t be seen as separate.

Mental health affects physical health and physical
health affects mental health. Poor physical health
can lead to an increased risk of developing mental
health problems and vice versa.

When then NHS was formed in 1948, there was
a clear distinction between mental and physical
health but in recent years healthcare professionals
are often considering mental wellbeing when
treating physical conditions.

For example, Scizophrenia is associated with an can make a smoker feel as though they need more
increased risk in death from heart disease and nicotine.
people can be three times at risk of death from
respiratory disease. A healthy, balanced diet is a crucial factor in
influencing the way we feel. The food we eat can
How to combat both physical and mental health: influence numerous mental health conditions
including depression and Alzheimer’s.
Smoking is a way in which many with mental health
problems believe it relieves their symptoms, but Physical activity releases feel-good chemicals
this is only short-term. Nicotine interferes with the (endorphins) in the brain. Even a 10-minute brisk
chemicals in our brain and temporarily increases walk increases our energy and positive mood or
the levels of dopamine (chemical inducing positive tending to your garden.
feelings). In doing so, it also switches off the brain’s
natural mechanism for making the chemical, which What’s available to me locally?

Healthy Minds Calderdale
Healthy Minds is Calderdale’s mental health charity, led by people with personal experience of emotional
distress. Their aim is to provide opportunities for people to understand and build on their strengths to
better achieve what they want from their lives.
For more information on what’s available to you and the services that Healthy Minds provide, visit: or call 01422 345 154.

Andy’s Man Club
Recognising the male suicide crisis and wanting to tackle it, Luke Ambler (from Halifax) set up Andy’s
Man Club in memory of his brother-in-law Andy Roberts.
With the club’s roots being in Halifax, they have now expanded to provide support groups and
conversation to males across the country.
For more information, visit or email [email protected]

For more information on physical and mental health, visit
Crisis numbers: NHS mental health services: 01924 316830 (24hrs a day) Samaritans: 116 123 (free to call)

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New Year, New You, New Start

Slimming World Campfire Stew
Delicious & slimming?!

This hearty, warming bowl of Slimming World Add in the cured pork.
Campfire Stew is perfect for the colder months with
delicious southern flavours. Bring to a boil, cover and then place in the oven for
approx 1.5-2 hours. The uncured pork should be
Ingredients lovely and tender.
500g of cured pork (gammon) with any visible fat
trimmed Season as needed with salt and black pepper.
1 onion, diced
3 cloves of garlic, minced Serve with your choice of sides.
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced As with any casserole or stew, this is even better on
300g of butternut squash, cubed day two (if you have any leftovers of course!)
2 cups (480ml) of chicken stock
2 cups (480ml) of chopped tomatoes
450g of canned white beans, drained (I use Great
Northern Beans, but pinto or cannellini are fine too)
4 tbs of tomato paste
1 tsp of Tabasco sauce 
Cooking oil spray 
Salt and black pepper to season

For the spice: 
1 tbs of sweet paprika (not
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of onion powder
1/2 tsp of oregano
1/2 tsp of thyme
1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt and black pepper


Preheat oven to 180c/350f (gas
mark 4)

Spray a large ovenproof
casserole pot with some
cooking oil spray.
Add the onion and peppers and
fry until soft, adding in a little stock to prevent any

Add the garlic, butternut squash, chopped Images & recipe courtesy of
tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, seasoning, tabasco
and stock and mix to combine. 

For groups local to your area, more information can be found on the back page.

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New Year, New You, New Start

Dizziness doesn’t have to be a way of life –
we offer vestibular rehabilitation to help you get

back to a steadier and more balanced life.

Concussion rehabilitation, backed by the latest
research, to help you safely recover and get back to

doing what you love.

We work with you to get the best outcomes as
quickly as possible.

Let us help you to live a full and active life.
Call: 07401 842 311

Email: [email protected]
University Business Centre, Piece Mill, 25-27 Horton

Street, Halifax, HX1 1QE 11

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New Year, New You, New Start

Why we should ‘Wobble!’
Plus Health Company

Many of us will be aware of the
national recommendations for
us to undertake regular aerobic/
cardiovascular exercise but
perhaps less of us will be aware
that Public Health England
and the Centre for Ageing
Better also recommend us to
undertake strength and balance
training twice/week (for approx.
30 minutes each session).

Good strength and balance are ‘Initially, I was nervous about attending and being
an essential component of our with other people but found working in a small
overall health, fitness and of group most enjoyable. The targeted exercises have
course our level of function. Did given me confidence to build up my strength and
you know, from the age of 30, balance in both my upper and lower limbs. I have
we lose 3 – 5% of muscle every been pleasantly surprised at what I can do and
year, unless we take steps to found the variety of the classes both interesting and
maintain it? Our risk of falling challenging. I also found the education/discussion
also increases by 76% if we do part of my sessions informative and feel well
not maintain adequate bone and muscle strength equipped to practice at home. I would definitely
alongside good balance and control. recommend Wobble! to my friends and family.’
Linda W, Halifax (Nov 2018)
When it comes to true strength and balance
training, we really need to be challenging ourselves. Wobble! classes are appropriate for most people
Unfortunately, activities like walking and gardening concerned about falling and for ladies and gents
are often insufficient. It’s important that we find of all ages. We would initially invite you to attend
other enjoyable ways of maintaining good strength a one to one consultation in advance of starting
and balance. Some of us might like to play racquet small group sessions so we can tailor classes with
sports, go dancing etc whilst others may prefer (or you specifically in mind. Class content is varied from
need) a more supported and directed exercise class week to week and always includes a short health
such as Wobble! This is where we come in… education/discussion about relevant topics whilst
enjoying a cuppa!
Our Wobble! exercise sessions are specifically
designed to promote strength and balance in those If you know someone who might benefit from
who are either at risk of falling or whom have fallen attending our Wobble! Class (or one of our Plus
previously. We have developed an evidence-based Pilates classes), please get in touch. We’d be
training programme which achieves great clinical delighted to help move you in the right direction.
outcomes and feedback. Not only have strength and
balance scores improved by more than double, but
people attending have really enjoyed their sessions
and feel much more confident in themselves and in
moving. As a result, they have become significantly
more active and less fearful of falling. Here’s one
testimonial from a lady attending our most recent

Wishing all Grapevine readers a happy and healthy 2019 from Plus Health Company x

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Plus Health Company

Highly experienced & friendly chartered physiotherapists/pilates
teachers so you can be sure to be in the best hands

Physiotherapist-led Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
Plus Pilates Classes & Sports Massage

Women’s Health Physiotherapy, Ergonomics and Occupational

Pregnancy and Mummy & Baby Health support within the

Pilates Classes Workplace

Appointments & Classes in Halifax & Huddersfield

For further details, please get in touch with us:

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New Year, New You, New Start

Don’t tiptoe around it…

The importance of foot health

Your feet have a tough job. On can develop certain problems
a daily basis, walking around as some medical conditions
pounds them with force and can prevent oxygen-rich blood
some forms of footwear only reaching your feet and lower
worsen the situation. legs”.

Some of the most common The Mobile Foot Clinic offers
conditions include corns, an essential service to all ages,
ingrown toenails, fungal especially the elderly who
infections and verruca. A visit sometimes struggle to cut their
from The Mobile Foot Clinic will include cutting, own toe nails but who also struggle going out to
filing, callus reduction along with moisturiser and clinic appointments. Anne Hamer of Brighouse who
massage in any appointment, helping to keep your uses the services of the Mobile Foot Clinic said,
feet in the tip-top shape that they need to be in. “Chris provides a welcoming and competent service
and helps maintain my feet throughout the year.”
We spoke to Chris Kay of The Mobile Foot Clinic.
Chris is a Foot Health Practitioner and is qualified to T: 01484 500 245
provide routine foot care and maintenance to your W:
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he told us, “They’re also the farthest body part First visit just £25
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Lifestyle & Leisure
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Lifestyle & Leisure

Everyone is involved

At Trinity Fold care home, we embrace wellness. We support each of our residents
as individuals, with their own rich history, skills and abilities and likes and dislikes.
Our homes are our community and it is your life-story, combined with our
unique expertise in caring for older people, that ensure our residents can express
themselves, maintain their identity and dignity and live a full and meaningful life.

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Trinity Fold care home, Blackwall, Halifax HX1 2BZ
If you’d like to find out more about the choices Anchor
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Lifestyle & Leisure Up to 50% off…

At Harveys of Halifax 

It’s safe to say that Harveys, off throughout the departments! home inspiration and ideas all
Halifax’s independent This includes huge brands such under one roof, with a very
department store, is part of as Barbour, Phase Eight & Wallis. helpful, friendly team at hand if
the fabric of Halifax. As an If your home needs a refresh this you need them. Harveys employs
independent, family owned New Year, visit their home-wares over 100 people and with many
store in its 4th generation
of shop based at the main store on of the team having worked there
– Harveys Commercial Street and you can for years, you’re always bound to
embraced change over the also shop home-wares in the see a friendly and familiar face.
years. Tracy Harvey, the store’s Piece Hall shop.
Managing Director, told us As though up to 50% off
“We’ve undergone many changes The department store has floor throughout January wasn’t
within the store over the years after floor of gift, fashion and enough, you can sign up for a
– we’ve adapted the way we Harveys Privilege Card, which
operate to embrace the changing gives you points for every £1
times within Halifax as a town. that you spend, invitations to
We’ve expanded, changed the special Privilege Card events
brands we have in store to attract and exclusive savings and offers.
a new audience and adapted You receive 100 points just for
the way in which we deal with joining, all you have to do is pick
our customers. One trait of ours up a leaflet in-store, fill in and
as a store which has remained hand it to a staff member.
consistent throughout changing
times, has been our unwavering Fancy shopping and dining? Then
commitment to provide each call in to Upstairs at Harveys and
and every one of our customers enjoy a well-deserved cuppa,
an excellent, personal customer lunch, dinner or refuel with a
service.” varied, seasonal menu with
everything freshly made. For the
The Harveys of Halifax January lovers of afternoon tea – that’s
Sale is now on, with up to 50% also on the menu.

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Lifestyle & Leisure

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Caring for your pets…

For over 200 years

Now open 24/7!
Our Halifax Surgery is now open 24hrs a day by appointment and for emergencies, with no out of hour’s

You can rest, assured that if your pet becomes ill unexpectedly throughout the night, you can get an

appointment immediately and won’t have to worry about extra costs.

Small Animals Equine & Farm Animals

Conveniently located in central Hird & Partners are experts in and farm clients. The 24/7
Halifax, Hird & Partners recently equine health and their equine service is also available for large
moved to a purpose built site surgical and diagnostic unit based animals/equine, meaning that
on King Street for their Small at Shelf has been open for over
Animals services, with top of the 20 years now.
range diagnostic and surgical
facilities. Their large animal practice at
shelf consists of 16 veterinary
The friendly team consists of 9 surgeons that provide an
veterinary surgeons, all with your ambulatory service to all equine
pet’s best interests at heart and
the whole team (including nurses
and support staff) regularly
attend continuing professional
development courses to ensure
they’re aware of the latest
advances in veterinary medicine
and surgery.

Hird & Partners are now happy
to provide a 24/7 emergency
service – so they’re around
whenever you may need them.

in an emergency you can be
reassured by a familiar face and a
caring, compassionate service.

The team have been treating
local cattle, sheep, pigs, goats
and camelids for years and are
available to carry out routine
and emergency fertility work,
providing regular visits to farms
to carry out crucial ultrasound

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Food & Drink

Leek and Potato Soup


Equipment: 2 large pans, hand blender or blender add the seasoning and simmer until the vegetables
Stove: High enough to boil are tender. Once you have done this whizz all of it
together (you can do this either with a hand blender
Ingredients for 4- 6 servings or a blender). Reheat all the mixture in a clean pan.
You can then stir in some cream or crème fraiche.
225g of potatoes (cut into cubes) Serve with bread and butter if you choose.
2 medium leeks (sliced)
1 onion (sliced) Fun facts:
1 tbsp of vegetable oil
1.2 litres of vegetable stock It was claimed that girls who slept with a leek under
Salt and freshly ground black pepper their pillow on St David’s Day would see their future
150ml double cream or crème fraiche husband in their dreams.

Method:  Leeks have been cultivated since the time of the
Ancient Egyptians and were probably part of the
Take a large pan and pour in the oil. Then add the diet of those who built the pyramids. Hippocrates,
onions, leeks and potatoes and cook until they have the ancient Greek physician and ‘father of medicine’,
softened. Do this for 3-4 minutes. Proceed to add prescribed the leek as a cure for nosebleeds.
the vegetable stock and bring it all to the boil. Then

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Families & Education


Spot the Difference

Find the 10 differences between the 2 pictures.

Word Mix Up Extra Letter

Can you rearrange the 1) sowin
following jumbled letters 2) doclc
into words that are to do 3) sitrof
4) clizrazdb
with winter? 5) hulsls
6) troymes
Each one
has an extra letter: Extra Letter Answer:
Identify these to find the
name of something you find in


Answers: The 10 differences are: 1. Branch at bottom right missing, 2. Missing tree in background, 3. Missing snow on left side,
4. Dad missing eye, 5. Girl’s hat colour changed, 6. Boy’s mouth missing, 7. Dad’s jacket colour changed, 8. Front of sledge
missing, 9. Sky darker, 10. Tree on left side changed colour.
Word Mix Up: 1. snow, 2. cold, 3. frost, 4. blizzard, 5. slush, 6. stormy. Extra Letter Answer: icicle

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Support Overgate Hospice by having your
Christmas tree collected in return for a donation.

We suggest a donation of £10 per tree.
Help us to help others this Christmas!

Kindly sponsored by;

We will be collecting trees from the 7th January 2019!

Book your collection by calling 01422 387121

With kind support from;

Registered Charity No: 511619

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Business, Finance & Technology

Consumer Champion

Consumer Champion – the man who helps you resolve your consumer complaints!

Delivery Problems You are entitled to expect your goods to be delivered
on the agreed date that you were given when your
Complaints about delivery services have been order was placed. If no date was given or agreed, the
increasing for some time now – and the rises are trader must get your purchases to you within 30 days
bonkers. Last year, we received an astonishing of the order being placed. If this does not happen,
11,382 complaints about delivery companies – up you are entitled to a full refund. This is stated in the
181%. It’s possible you have experienced this over Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 (formerly the
the Christmas and New Year period and I know it Distance Selling Regulations applied) if you fancy
goes without saying that every time I write about getting all factual with a stubborn seller! If you paid a
parcel delivery, it really touches a nerve. People are supplement for a specified time or date of delivery, it
literally seething about some of the crazier scenarios. is reasonable to ask for this back.
Everyone has a story – from delivery companies
that don’t attempt to deliver to items left in bins or These rules just cover the basic rights, not the full
chucked over fences.  So I’ve put together a guide to range of scenarios that might occur. So – for example
your rights to help you avoid a delivery meltdown! - though there isn’t a specific rule that covers goods
left with a neighbour without permission, the rules
When you enter in to an agreement with a retailer, do cover the ‘delivery’. So if you’ve not received the
your contract is with them, not with any third party goods directly or given instructions for them to be
they use. So if items you order are not delivered, delivered elsewhere, you can pursue a complaint.
are damaged or faulty, are delivered or left in an
unauthorised place or another delivery-related Back at the depo:
problem occurs, it is the responsibility of the retailer
to sort out the problem. • Delivery men and women often have ludicrous
targets for delivery, which puts them under a great
Of course, this doesn’t let the delivery company off deal of pressure to get the items out to customers
the hook. Loads of the complaints we see revolve asap. We understand the money is rubbish too. This
around how hard it is to actually contact them to approach to business is why so many issues arise.
arrange a collection or redelivery. A lack of phone Better working conditions and attainable targets
numbers, direct email addresses and complicated would vastly improve the industry.
websites drive many people to distraction.
Annoyingly, the person who posts the item is usually • Recent reports have suggested that some delivery
the person who needs to chase the goods if there’s a companies fine their drivers for being off sick and not
problem. This can be particularly pronounced if you being able to find cover.
order goods online from abroad. Earlier this year, I
watched as some books I’d ordered from a UK phone • It’s easy to blame delivery drivers for rubbish
were dispatched to me from Germany, failed to be service, but if this is how they’re treated, it’s not
delivered and were returned back to Germany. Three surprising standards are so low. Behind all the bad
times. The postage problems must have cost the service are people paying for the harshness of the gig
retailer three times more than the books themselves. economy.  

However, as a general rule if there’s a dispute over • I think that better treatment of overstretched
delivery the retailer should be able to pin down delivery drivers leads to better treatment – so it’s
where the driver was around the time of the delivery, time for tougher rules and an ombudsman for the
who signed for the item, or where it was left. industry.
Remember the onus is on them to prove that you
received the item, not the other way around. You’re  You can find out more about your rights or make a
entitled to ask for proof of delivery if you’re being complaint using Resolver for free at www.resolver.
charged for an item you haven’t received. Or view our Twitter page @WalkerResolver @
resolvercouk or go to

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Independent Financial Advice

Brighter Financial Services Ltd provides an independent financial planning and mortgage
advice service to clients across Yorkshire and Lancashire. This means that we are not tied
to one provider and can usually secure the right mortgage deal for you from a wide provider

Jonathan and Kerrie, who provide our mortgage service, understand that buying a home is a
stressful time and are committed to helping you with end to end
support, from offer to mortgage follow-up, ensuring that all goes
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Business, Finance & Technology

Business Owner
Finance Q & A’s

By Debbie Story, Sleigh & Story, Brighouse

Q. I am aware that there is to be a temporary HMRC may reduce a late payment penalty in ‘special
increase in the limit for claiming Annual circumstances’, which does not include inability to
Investment Allowances. Are all assets eligible for pay. In addition, a defence of ‘reasonable excuse’
the allowance? may be available.

A. Unfortunately not all expenditure on plant In relation to payments on account, the maximum
and machinery will qualify for annual investment penalty for fraudulent or negligent claims by
allowances (AIA). The most common examples of taxpayers to reduce payments on account is the
assets that are not eligible are cars and assets that difference between the correct amount payable on
have been used for some other purpose before account and the amount of any payment on account
being brought into the business, for example a made.
personally owned computer. These assets should
still qualify for capital allowances, but allowances Q. Following the 2018 Autumn Budget
will be given gradually over several years, rather announcement, will my company’s capital losses
than the full cost being allowed against income all at be restricted?
once, which is what the AIA gives.
A. Under current proposals, from 1 April 2020, a
The AIA was set at its current level of £200,000 from company’s use of carried-forward capital losses will
1 January 2016, but it was announced in the 2018 be restricted to 50% of capital gains.
Autumn Budget that, subject to enactment, the limit
will be increased to £1,000,000 from January 2019. However, to ensure that the restriction only
impacts on companies making substantial gains, the
Q. Due to cash flow difficulties I have not yet paid Government proposes to extend the allowance of
my self-assessment payment on account, which £5 million (provided for the corporate income loss
was due on 31 July 2018. I realise that I will have to restriction) to capital losses as well. This is designed
pay interest on the amount outstanding, but will I to ensure that over 99% of companies remain
also have to pay a penalty? financially unaffected by both restrictions.

A. As you correctly say, HMRC will charge interest on A consultation paper was published on 29 October
the overdue amount. The charges will accrue from 2018 and it is expected that draft legislation will
the due date of payment (31 July 2018) to the date be published in summer 2019. An anti-forestalling
the payment is made. The interest rate for late paid measure, details of which can be found in chapter 4
tax was increased on 21 August 2018 from 3.00% to of the consultation document, took effect from 29
3.25%. October 2018.

With regards to penalties, you will only be charged Sleigh & Story Ltd, Thornhill Brigg Mills, Thornhill
if your balancing payment (due 31 January 2019) Beck Lane, Brighouse HD6 4AH.
is late. The penalties for late payment under self- You can follow Sleigh & Story on Facebook,
assessment are as follows: or Twitter @sleighandstory.

– 30 days late: 5% of the unpaid tax The information contained in this article is of a general
– 6 months late: additional 5% of the unpaid tax nature and you are advised to obtain specific professional
– 12 months late: additional 5% of the unpaid tax. advice before you take any action.

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018 review

Tim Barnes-Clay has been testing the new Mercedes- Inside, you feel like a King, with a digital set-up that
Benz A-Class recently. Here are his thoughts on the you’d expect to find in a chauffeur driven luxury limo.
German hatchback. The brand’s clever ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control
responds well to pretty much anything you ask of it.
The A-Class has become sexier with each incarnation Additionally, although the Audi A3 trumps the A-Class
– and 2018’s Mk4 is a car oozing desirability. on rear seat space, comfort is better than that offered
by the rival. The seating and dash materials are
It’s a classy hatch with one diesel option – the A180d. marginally better, too – and that takes some doing.
Then there are the A200 and A250 petrols. All are Indeed, I’d go as far to say that this Mercedes-Benz
offered with a seven-speed dual-clutch auto. But, has set the bar one notch higher in the compact class.
from 2019, manuals and more powerful engines will
join the party. On the move, the sporty sound the new A-Class
makes is gratifying, and it’s always eager to please –
The A250 I’m reviewing here gets your juices flowing especially in ‘Sport’ mode. But the hatchback delivers
tastefully. It’s got a bit of ‘oomph’ to it – as you’d a calmer experience in ‘Comfort’ setting, soothing the
expect from a car with a 224PS 2.0-litre lump under parts that some other compact cars fail to reach.
the lid.

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The auto ‘box can sound a bit strained when you (Mercedes-Benz A-Class A250 - as tested)
give the Merc the beans, but most of the time it’s a • Max speed: 155 mph
smooth operator. What’s more, the shift paddles on • 0-62 mph: 6.2 secs
the steering wheel - if you want to use them - are • Combined mpg: 45.6
highly responsive. • Engine layout: 1991cc four-cylinder petrol
As handling and ride go, this small Mercedes is • Max. power (PS): 224
perfect for everyday motoring needs. I drove it on • CO2: 141 g/km
motorways and rural roads and felt satisfied all day. Price: £30,240
Even the potholes on the Cotswolds’ test route didn’t
rain on the parade. The A-Class handled them with

The car holds its own at 70mph, and there’s quite
a bit of fun to be had when you point it at twisty
tarmac. The front-wheel-drive Merc hunkers
down, relaxes and then pings you out of the bends
accurately and pleasingly. All this makes it an easy
hatchback to like.

So, if sexy looks, a charming cabin, great handling
and a premium-badged hatch float your boat, then
the new A-Class comes highly recommended.

Pros ‘n’ Cons

Handsome √

Handling √

Performance √

Comfort √

Rear-Seat Space X

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An Old Friend on Commercial
Street -1982

By Chris Helme

During 2018 Brighouse The business opened in
has seen some changes on 1923 when the property
the high street, with some was bought from the Halifax
familiar names closing and Building Society. However, we
some new faces moving in. must go back to 1906 when
William Harrison Baguley who
Some of the names that have had a growing business as
closed in recent times include an importer of gas mantles
H. Marsden’s jewellers, VS which he sold on numerous
Cycles and Direct2Mum markets when he first started
children’s prams, car seats his business.
and other accessories on But why the name Murphy’s?
Bradford Road. Along with The answer was that he thought the name Murphy
Kingston Jewellers on Commercial Street, Oddjobs which came from a distant relative would be
in Briggate, Pound World on King Street and Simply more acceptable and easier to remember than
Sweets on Bethel Street, a shop where you could Baguley. His company was officially called Murphy’s
buy all those traditional sweets that we used to buy Household Stores Ltd and had its headquarters in
in the 1960s. Otley. His was a real success story, by 1931 he had
opened 56 shops.
New faces in the town centre include a new Polish Murphy’s closed with William’s grandson nearing
shop on Commercial Street. Trading under the retirement and his two daughters not wanting to
name of The Hut it is the latest addition to the follow in the family business. The shop had been
owner’s shops in Halifax and Huddersfield. The main managed by Mrs Nancy Richardson who started at
objective of this company is to promote traditional the shop in 1967 as an assistant. As the manager
Polish products, many of which cannot be found in she had been assisted by Mrs Peggy Murray since
British stores. 1970. After the Baguley family left the shop did
stay open for a few more years run by the two staff
There are changes ongoing at the old post office members.
on Park Street, and with occupants gearing up to Murphy’s finally closed and the shop was taken
move in at Kingston Jewellers and VS Cycles, these over by a ladies fashion outlet, followed by Slators
businesses will soon be looking for your custom. the Cleckheaton based electrical shop. After
Unlike many other towns of a comparable size, we they closed the shop has been a card shop, men’s
have fewer empty shops. Let us hope those that outfitters and now the Brighouse branch of The Hut.
remain empty are occupied soon and make our Something completely new on Commercial Street
shopping in the town even better. and we wish them well for many years to come.
Chris Helme
This month’s photograph takes you back about 36 email: [email protected]
years, in the days when Murphy’s household store Chris Helme – Local Nostalgia Magazine
was a familiar name on Commercial Street. This was Chris has launched a new, local nostalgia
a shop where you were always guaranteed good magazine. The 3rd edition is out now. You can
service and where you could buy almost anything. find his advert on page 15
When it was announced that Murphy’s was to close
on October 17, 1984, it came as a shock. It was
written in the newspaper at the time that the town
centre was losing an old friend.

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Tending to your garden this winter

Winter weeding & preparation for upcoming months

It’s surprising how in a fairly mild winter, weeds can extremities warm (e.g. wearing silk glove liners under
still flourish. You may find yourself surprised at the your normal gardening gloves) will allow you to spend
amount of invaders taking hold throughout the next longer outside and not feel the cold as much, so you
couple of months – a time when tending to your can get your jobs done.
garden isn’t usually a priority.
While the urge to tidy up can be overwhelming,
Throughout the winter months, it’s a good idea to hedgehogs (amongst other wildlife) will be relying
tidy up the old leaves of
bergenia and hellebores. on drifts of dead leaves,
These will be in flower log piles and ivy to
soon. As always, keep an hibernate in. If you’re
eye out for slugs, snails able to leave dog/cat food
and hellebore leaf spot or mealworms out as an
while you’re at work. extra food source for when
they do need to venture
When weather conditions out, then that’d help
permit, dig over significantly.
established bed and
complete preparation for Keep paths and patios leaf
new ones. If we have a free wherever they could
frosty winter this will help be a slippery hazard.
in breaking down heavy
soil clods down into a workable texture.

Remember when preparing new beds to leave small
paths at the back so you can easily avoid walking
on them (and compacting the soil). If space doesn’t
allow, stand on planks of wood when preparing the

When working on new beds try and remove the roots
of perennial weeds. It will save you the work in the

If you feel your garden looks bare of plants offering
winter interest, buy some plants in. Hellebores,
skimmias, heucheras and euphorbias look great
throughout the winter months.

If your garden incorporates a lot of potted plants
and you want it looking in tip-top shape throughout
winter, it’s useful to know that you can buy frost-
free pots and pot feet (to ensure they don’t become

On particularly cold days, make sure you’re wrapped
up and warm before going outside. Keeping

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Choosing a Garolla Garage Door

Space saving, thermally insulated and easy to use

Searching for roller garage doors what you see is what you pay.
that offer unmatched quality at No hidden costs or complicated
low prices? Then look no further offers, just low-cost high-quality
than Garolla, an industry leader garage doors.
setting the standard for roller
garage doors. Now available in Made using strong (yet doors are available in 18 colours
Calderdale, it has never been surprisingly lightweight and come in two different slat
easier to upgrade your home aluminium) a Garolla garage door sizes to perfectly fit any opening.
and make a statement with your is built with security in mind. Transform your home the
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Fit for a King… Homes & Interiors

Kingfield Bedrooms, Halifax

Ronnie King & Ryan Field of any size or shape of bedrooms.
Kingfield Bedrooms opened their The pair can even do angled
Showroom back in September. ceilings in lofts/attic space. You
Based at Netherton Mill, the pair can now book an appointment
wanted to offer their customers to visit the showroom so the
a place to visit to see the pair can talk you through the
possibilities available for their different options, colours, styles
home. and finishes available that fit your
budget or the most bespoke of
With both Ronnie & Ryan being jobs.
experienced joiners and kitchen
fitters, the pair set up together
to fit local homes with stunning
wardrobes in any awkward space
you can think of – maximising any
space in the best way possible.

Kingfield Bedrooms offer
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Is your home secure?

Halifax Doors & Windows explain

We spoke to local business core secures the centre and stops
owner Martin of Halifax Doors the intruder being able to open
& Windows, who explained the door. According to Ultion,
how you can combat the spike 85% of break-ins are by lock
in burglaries by having a secure snapping which is a huge figure
home. and it’s so easily preventable!

What locks do you fit your doors What else could we do to protect
with? our homes & families?

We fit all doors as a standard If security is a concern to you We also offer discounts for multi-
with Ultion 3 star locks, which following the break-in spike, fits, so if you want the ultimate
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New Year New Home

Ways to update your home in 2019 and how Personalised Home Improvements can help

Established since 1978, Throughout January, Personalised peace of mind. We’re often told
Personalised Home Home Improvements are running our after-sales service is brilliant,
Improvements have been a sale with up to 30% off a wide thanks to Tom who is there for
improving local homes for range of products for your home, your every need.”
over 40 years. Jeremy, Jason & perfect for those with visions and Personalised Home
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their new showroom at Royds to your home in 2019. package for your home’s every
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