WORTH VALLEY MAG

Distributing Real Community Connection, written by Diane (Distribution Manager)

It has become apparent over the years that our readers look forward to their magazine arriving each month and they soon let us know if it doesn’t get there safely.

We have a trusty back checker who knocks on doors once the mags are out, asking people if they’ve received their copy and reporting back to us.

We have high expectations when it comes to the distribution of your magazine. And our success lies with our team of 40 local people who, every month, whatever the weather, turn out to post your copy through your door.

Last December’s double edition was delivered by the team slipping and sliding on ice and snow, one suffering a painful fall, (I won’t name you Mr. A!) and some falling over, thankfully injuring nothing more than their pride.

February was a challenging month as well but did they complain? They just got out there and did what they had to do.

We think it’s time you met these fantastic people and starting this month it’s our intention to begin introducing them to you.

Meet teenage students, Chloe and Joe, two of the distribution team who are also a couple. Chloe has delivered the Worth Valley Mag in Oakworth for the last 18 months (with the support of her mum) and Joe has delivered the new Aire Valley edition in the Fell Lane area for 4 months. They’re a reliable, hardworking pair, both keen footballers who spend time coaching the under 9’s at Oakworth football club.

I asked Chloe if she had a message for the readers and she said, “If you young people are interested in earning, this is good. It would also suit older, retired people because it’s good to walk around in the fresh air”. She said she liked the mag because “It supports local businesses and creates opportunities for people like me”.

She added that the funniest thing to have happened whilst she was out delivering was the day she got stuck in a garden because spiders had crawled onto the top of the gate. She’s terrified of them and dared not open it. She had to wait for her mum to come and let her out! (aaaw!)

Joe told me that he enjoys delivering the mag because he likes being active and walking around the area where he lives and seeing people who he knows. He said “The mag is free for everybody, the adverts are good because they’re all local and it helps keep us busy”. He also commented on the quality of the photography, in particular, the front page pictures of local places.

I asked him “Who’s your favorite reader?” and he replied, “My dad!”
Be sure to say hello to Chloe and Joe if you see them!

If you would like to schedule a Tarot Card Reading with me, please go to my website to arrange an appointment with me.

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Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

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TOP TECH TIPS by Michelle Thompson Of Cloud Free IT-Security Software – which one is best?

There have been significant strides made in improving built-in security in operating system software (Windows, MacOS, iOS & Android), but still the market is awash with security products purporting to be ‘all the security you’ll ever need’ for you PC, laptop, netbook, tablet or smartphone. Some are free (yay!), but many can prove quite expensive (boo!), some are even malware themselves (eek!). Many of the ‘total protection’ products do so much scanning and protecting behind the scenes that your computer performance takes a nosedive. If you look at various product reviews online you’ll see that the answer to the ‘which one is best’ question varies, but it takes skill to see through reviewer bias and it’s important to assess the results over several months to get a true picture of performance, reliability and consistency. Free products often rank highly in these tests as the core malware scanning engine is the same as for the vendor’s paid-for product (minus the extra ‘bells n’ whistles’). Most ‘free’ products are only ‘free for home use’. If your computer is for business use, a paid-for security product is recommended, because vendors respond quicker to customers who pay for their software. If you run into a problem on a computer that holds business-critical data, you don’t want to wait 48 hours for a response from the helpdesk!

I think placing all your trust in any security software (free or paid-for) is, well, foolish (like having a car with great brakes, but driving without watching the road, or eating unpasteurised cheese you know is past its use by date). Spending money on software you may not actually need is..(expletive omitted to maintain decorum). If you don’t need all the ‘bells n’ whistles’ why pay for them?

Whichever security software you choose, cybercriminals & hackers will always be one step ahead. All security software works on a mostly reactive basis and relies on regular updates (usually every day). New threats may pass under the radar. To steer clear of trouble you actually need to do some steering yourself! Be proactive and ‘use your loaf’?

It’s very easy to block access to the majority of unsafe resources from your home network by using the ‘Internet Safety’ services offered by the larger ISPs, or by implementing security rules on a PC or router-based Firewall. It’s well worth consulting a professional on this though. A few pounds now, getting advice on security, may save you a fortune.

Sensible people avoid dodgy areas of cities after dark. If they have no option but to ‘venture into The Hood’ they certainly keep their valuables out of sight and steer clear of dark alleys! Why not adopt a similar attitude to your internet usage? Avoid altogether those ‘cyberplaces’ that could put your computer and personal security at risk is, well, common-sense! Coupled with the built-in security in your operating system and a well-know free security product this is usually enough for many users. It won’t ruin your computer’s performance and won’t cost a lot either.

If you want to know more, visit:www.getsafeonline.org

If you would like to schedule a Tarot Card Reading with me, please go to my website to arrange an appointment with me.

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Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

WORTH VALLEY MAG

GROWING OLD

A poem by Pauline Brown, Oxenhope

The indignity of the body
As it grows old around our youth
When I get up to dance
And it merely hobbles a few yards
When I find myself rushing, dizzy, on the floor
And its bowels have emptied despite me
When my babies fuss about me
Grown more than middle-aged
When I watch a fascinating drama
To discover my consciousness has strayed
When I plan to cook my dinner
Any my hands refuse to turn the lid
When I’ve a story to narrate
And my memory will not recall
When in my mind I am still twenty
Wrapped in wrinkled skin then
The world is a moving fast and racy place
When it’s my place to face the fall

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Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

WORTH VALLEY MAG

RURAL MATTERS. The Circle Of Life By Jonathan Sharp

A cow has to have a calf to produce milk and to be most efficient she should have one every year. Fertility is one of the most critical factors to manage on the dairy farm. The photo here is of a Bray Breeding board; it shows the herd’s fertility status at a glance. Each of the magnets you can see is a breeding female on the farm, they are coloured differently on each side; the one showing white are new calved, the green ones have been on heat, orange ones are served, purple confirmed in calf, yellow dry and blue in the transition group. The pointers move round every day (manually) so I can tell when a cow is due to calve or to dry off etc. It is one of the most useful pieces of equipment on the farm and the first thing I look at in the morning. My Bray Breeding board was bought second-hand at a farm sale for 43 pound twenty years ago and represents some of the best money I’ve spent related to my work.

The transition group are the cow three weeks pre calving they get a special diet to prepare them for the next lactation and imminent calving. It includes a mineral formulation by the vet to make sure the cows are in tip-top form and it does work as we have very little calving problems. If calving is easy then the transition into the next lactation should be easy. The next challenge is getting them back in calf again! New calved cows wear a collar that monitors their movements letting me know if the cow is sick (less than normal movement) or in heat (more movement). Cows mount each other when in heat this is a throwback to the day when they were wild. Males live apart from the rest of the herd so that was a way of signalling that their services were needed.

We start serving at 40 days post calving, that way we should be fertilizing an egg that was formed while the cow was dry. If we don’t serve them until 90 days we’re dealing with an egg that was formed while the cow was milking heavily and tends not to be as fertile.

We have the vet every Friday morning scanning cows to make sure they are in calf and to check for twins. We run at 6% twins but about twice that are scanned with twins and either lose one or both calves so those cows are rescanned at 80 days.

I hope I’m not getting too technical with my explanations about dairy farming but I would like you to get an idea about what goes in to providing you with that white liquid you pour on your cornflakes in the morning!

If you would like to schedule a Tarot Card Reading with me, please go to my website to arrange an appointment with me.

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Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

WORTH VALLEY MAG

The following article was written by The Spanner Man

Biomass i.e. burning materials like wood, forest residues (branches, wood chips, dead tress, branches, tree stumps), and rubbish is one way to generate heat in our homes. In the North of the UK the use of domestic biomass is becoming more and more popular, with sales of wood and multi fuel stoves at an all-time high.

When it comes to purchasing wood for this purpose, things get a little bit complicated. All the other fuels are sold in units: cubic meters, kilowatts, weight or litres. Wood can be sold by weight or volume. To further muddy the waters, different wood has different properties to consider. Hard wood burns longer than soft wood, but soft wood is very good to start a fire. Wood contains approximately 40% – 60% moisture (water). Buying by weight is only relevant when you know what type of wood you are purchasing. Another factor to consider is whether it is seasoned (dried out over time) or Kiln dried. Consequently, it is better to know how much you are paying per cubic metre or cubic foot.

Currently, the Worth & Aire valleys we can pay as much as 6.01 pounds per cubic foot and as little as 2 pounds per cubic foot for wood, often sold in netted bags. The best thing to do is to buy in bulk if you can and keep it dry before you burn it.

Make sure your wood/multi fuel burner is in good condition and that the doors and vents can be shut off and sealed properly. This is the most efficient way to control the rate of wood you burn per hour and the heat out put. The fire grate should be clean and the flue mustn’t leak. As with a central heating boiler, which should be serviced annually, a stove and its flue should also be serviced annually. Leaky stoves, that is uncontrolled air ingress, use more fuel and do not burn at the correct temperature.

The golden rules for getting the best out of a biomass or multi fuel stove:
1. Make sure the stove is in good working order.
2. If it’s broken or leaking at all get it fixed before using it!
3. Buy as much wood as you can store in a dry place, let it dry out as long as you can before burning it.
4. Summer wood prices are usually cheaper plan ahead and purchase in advance of the winter months.
5. Make sure your house is sealed and insulated as much as possible.

We all know that the cost of heating is going up whatever type of fuel we choose. Understand how you are purchasing your fuel and what unit of measurement is being applied. Shop around and ask for a bulk discount.

If you would like to schedule a Tarot Card Reading with me, please go to my website to arrange an appointment with me.

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Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts

WORTH VALLEY MAG

The following article was written about Jill Ross, Conscious Creative Industry. Jill was nominated for the Keighley Business Awards 2013.

Community heart and business news are clearly evident at Cobbles & Clay, the art cafe located in Haworth. At the helm is entrepreneur Jill Ross, A Woman Of Worth if ever we’ve seen one; and inspiration and stellar role model for commerce with a conscience in the 21st century.

With a clear focus on quality family friendly activity, ethical trading and community engagement. Jill established the cafe in 2006 and has since developed it in to a kind of hub; a wonderful space to gather for food, friendship, music, art, storytelling, and more.

As a woman with a family life to juggle and the ever-increasing demands of a growing business, Jill excels at keeping many balls in the air.

Cobbles & Clay is like an incubator for growth; many teens find their first working experience in the cafe. Jill provides unofficial mentoring to the young people she employs with her natural tendency to nurture and encourage talents and abilities. More often than not the cafe is a launching point for individuals who gain confidence from their work experiences and go on to pursue further education or new endeavours.

The cafe is also a space for music and performance. A monthly Open Mic night enables local talent to flourish. Further craft workshops, photography courses, book clubs, and business forums happen at various times in the monthly calendar.

And now one business has turned in to three businesses! Daisy Days, a home gift shop and flower boutique opened next door to the art cafe in 2010 and Pippy Longstocking, the toy shop, was recently added to the fleet of shops on Haworth’s cobbled Main Street. Jill’s success is multiplying thanks to her hard work, a dedicated team, partner, and family.

We’re endorsing Jill’s nomination for the Special Recognition Award in the Keighley Business Awards.

She is a Woman of Worth and certainly worthy of praise. Please join us by participating in the community vote. See the Keighley News for more details or call in at Cobbles & Clay. Lines close March 7th, 2013 midnight.

Women of Worth, we exist for the sole purpose of encouraging and supporting Women of Worth. Ladies, #WOW You’re amazing! Whoop! @WomenOf_Worth

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WORTH VALLEY MAG

WINED & DINEDThe following article was written by Claire Smith from No. 10 The Coffee House

I have a penchant for nice things; good food, beautiful architecture, fine silks, music that tugs at my heartstrings, landscapes that move my soul and works of art that depict the beauty and magnitude of life. A quality experience is something that enhances the lives of all who are fortunate enough to have access to it – no matter how large or small it may be. With both Mothers Day and Easter fast approaching families all across the Worth and Aire valleys will be planning trips and treats for these special occasions. Most of us like to feel appreciated – and so we should, and we all enjoy beautiful and inspiring experiences which enhance and enrich our lives and in turn make us feel special. We also live in a world where most things are accessible to the many and not just the privileged few, but I would like to ask this question – just how thrilled and satisfied do you find yourselves with some of these experiences? In this modern world standards seem to be slipping, especially I believe, in Britain. We appear to have developed a desire for the cheap deal as opposed to the quality experience, and satisfy ourselves with the decidedly average for a set and unrealistically cheap price instead of the dazzling dinner with a sense of occasion that a special evening out should be.

The cheap deal pushes everything downwards, the only possible result being a lower quality experience. How we can expect a top quality product at such a low-cost is beyond me – lowering the cost means lowering the standard in my book but that is just my opinion. If the food I am buying is too cheap, I find myself questioning its provenance. For some time now supermarkets have been offering three chocolate Easter eggs for five pounds, which may be fine for the very young who haven’t sufficiently developed their skills of discernment to know the difference., but these mass-produced, chemical laden confections cannot hope to compare with a handmade, exquisitely iced egg from a specialist store. Apart from tasting much nicer, this kind of Easter gift also speaks volumes about the person who gave it. Personally I would rather receive a tiny handmade gift than an enormous mass-produced one that cost the same. The mentality behind the concept of the cheap deal is particularly disturbing; when we cheapen or undermine an experience we consequently begin to see it in a different light ourselves. It then enters the realm of the ordinary and everyday. The magic fads and we ourselves stop trying, stop making an effort – dressing up for the occasion, feeling the anticipation beforehand; and with the sense of glamour gone, everything surrounding it loses its sparkle or becomes dull. There has been mention in the media lately of a wedding at which everyone wore onesies. In contrast one of my enduring memories is of a wedding we came across by chance whilst holidaying in the Algarve. The ladies were dressed in the most beautiful outfits – dresses with flamenco style frills down the back, stiletto heels, flowers in their hair, hips swaying mesmerizing, and the men, stylish, smart, and chivalric.

Just last night we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at one of my favourite restaurants, just over the moor in the Calderdale valley. The waitresses, dressed in traditional Thai costumes like exotic little birds flitting from table to table, were beautiful, courteous and attentive. Our plates were garnished with exquisite magenta orchids and the food was freshly prepared and of a very high standard. I know which kind of experience I would rather be treated to.

If you would like to schedule a Tarot Card Reading with me, please go to my website to arrange an appointment with me.

My website address is: http://www.queenofhearts58.com

Much love and light to you and have a blessed day! Queen Of Hearts