Editor’s Letter – January 2019

Dear Neighbours,

Happy New Year! I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing Christmas and are now refreshed and full of vigour for the year ahead. Or, like me, you may be regretting over-indulging with food and drink over the previous weeks (seemed like a good idea at the time!) and as a result ‘Get Fit’ and ‘Healthy Eating’ are now at the top of the resolutions list!

I actually prefer to set goals for the forthcoming year rather than a list of resolutions, which tend to get forgotten about as the months go by. Specific goals involve planning, preparing and taking realistic action…and I always love the sense of achievement when accomplished. I’ve realised I can lack motivation to go the gym to ‘get fit’, however, if I have a goal (this year it’s walking the Yorkshire 3 peaks within 12 hours), it gives me a focus and I therefore exercise in order to achieve my end objective.

The benefits of exercise go well beyond fitness, it also has many physical and mental health benefits. So if you’re still looking for the motivation to get active, read our article on page 10. We also have tech to track your progress and keep you focussed, page 14.

Gardening expert, Pippa Greenfield, promotes the benefits of getting out in the garden – for you as well as to the garden itself, page 18.

James Baggott looks at how to get the best deal on your car insurance, page 28; and Ann Haldon has advice on spotting potential pension scammers, page 34.

If you’re starting the New Year with a list of jobs around the home that need doing, but have little time to undertake them…why not ‘Hire A Hubby’? Local resident, Tony Kellett, is the company owner of specialist property maintenance and DIY business, Hire A Hubby Hunsbury. Contact him today for your free home health check, details on page 47.

Finally, we have two tickets to see the hilarious and multi-award winning Avenue Q, to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 24. Until next month…

Zoë