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Golf day – Tee off for your local hospice!

Join us for our annual golf tournament from 12.30pm on Thursday 16th May. The golf day is taking place at the beautiful Dunham Forest Golf and Country Club in Altrincham. Teams of four – two Stableford scores to count. Teams are £500. On arrival you’ll receive a light lunch, followed by a shotgun start at […]

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How to sand wooden floorboards..

A straightforward job for a keen DIYer, expert Michael Holmes offers advice on how to sand wooden floorboards. Whether you’ve opted to install reclaimed wooden floorboards to your living room, hallway or bedroom and want to improve their appearance or simply want to give your original floorboards a new lease of life, cleaning, sanding and […]

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10 ways to improve your front garden..

Follow Home’s tips for upping your property’s kerb appeal. Your front garden is your window to the world. Is that window looking a little grubby after winter. Here are some simple tasks to help you get it shipshape and put a spring in the step, be it yours, your friends or the postman’s. Show your […]

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How to set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme..

The network has 99,000 schemes in operation, covering 2.3m households across England and Wales. Here’s how to take action in your hood. They have been labelled middle-class curtain-twitchers — but if the members of the grassroots crime-fighting scheme Neighbourhood Watch have their way, they will soon be known as local heroes. The organisation, which started operating […]

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Contactless card use surges as doubts ease..

wo in five card payments are made using contactless technology as consumers appear to have cast aside any doubts of paying without a Pin. The number of transactions using contactless rose 31% in 2018 compared with the previous year, banking trade body UK Finance data shows. Adoption of this technology on public transport and by […]

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Levi’s ride 1980s denim trend back to stock market relisting..

When it comes to style, there are certain things that should arguably be left in a land that fashion forgot. Leg warmers, deely bobbers (fluffy sort of antennae on a headband) and jumpsuits for men don’t belong in a civilised society. The same could be said for 1980s denim which spawned such trends as stone-wash […]

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McDonald’s Monopoly campaign..

A McDonald’s Monopoly campaign which sees customers given the chance to win prizes including food is a “danger to public health”, says MP Tom Watson. He is urging the fast food giant to drop the annual competition, which starts again this week, saying it encouraged people to order more. It comes as the government considers banning […]

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Right to Buy homes made £2.8m in profit ‘in weeks’..

A total of 139 former council tenants bought their homes under Right to Buy and resold them within one month, the BBC found. Those resold homes created a £2.8m collective profit. Opponents of the scheme said too many people had profited from a policy that had “much bigger social ambitions”. Supporters said Right to Buy […]

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Housing costs: Five surprises explained..

The UK’s housing market is changing. People are renting for longer and buying their first home later. Some buy-to-let investors are pulling out, blaming a greater burden of tax, while some potential home movers are staying put amid an uncertain economic and political climate. It means some assumptions about housing costs may no longer be […]

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Does Help to Buy prop up housebuilders?..

The Help to Buy housing scheme, launched in 2013, is hailed by the government as one of its big successes. The Treasury says 494,108 English homes have been bought through the scheme, with the vast majority going to first-time buyers living outside London. Ministers and mortgage lenders alike say it lifts people into home ownership […]