The magazine for Hanover’s residents HANOVER TODAY You’re all too kind Last year, we asked you to tell us about the fantastic fundraising work you’d been doing. The response was tremendous. We always knew you were a generous bunch, but didn’t appreciate just how much you do for charity. From knitting to coffee mornings, and much more besides, you dug deep to help people less fortunate than ourselves. As promised, we’ve kept a running total and we’re delighted to now give you the final figures. In 2013, Hanover residents: Raised: £23,120 Knitted: 8,080 items Filled: 64 boxes As well as those mentioned inside, thanks go to Rosewell Gardens in Aberdeen, Hanover Court in Dunfermline, Weavers Court in Whitburn, Heatherlee Court in Kinlochleven, Hanover Court in Tarves, Sinclair Drive in Glasgow, Lochead Court in Stewarton and Craigview in Bo’ness – all of whom helped to get those totals up even higher. A massive ‘well done’ to you all! We’re going to carry on with our Kind Hearts feature next year, so keep sending in your fundraising news! issue 69 MARCH 2014 What’s inside… Your festive celebrations Pages 2-3 Arise Sir Geoff Page 7 Get ready for Easter Page 11 Welcome Welcome to issue 69 of Hanover Today, the newsletter for all of Hanover’s residents. I hope you had a good festive season and I’d like to thank you for sending in the pictures of your Christmas and New Year events and Burns Suppers. You certainly know how to party. In this edition, we are featuring a special promotion of our Hanover Telecare service. If you refer a friend to us who then takes up the service, you’ll receive £20 of high street shopping vouchers of your choice; and the friend you refer will also get two free months of Hanover Telecare. See the enclosed leaflet for more details. Finally, we’re making an appeal. Our editorial group oversees the content of this newsletter. We have a vacancy on the group for a property owner. If you can spare up to four afternoons a year in return for a nice lunch, good company and interesting discussions, we’d love to hear from you. You don’t need any experience; your enthusiasm and ideas are more than enough. To find out more, get in touch with us using the details on the inside back cover. Enjoy the newsletter. Ian Mountford 2 Around the houses Your Christmas and New Year celebrations Residents at Heatherlee Court at Kinlochleven repeated the success of last year’s Christmas event by going for lunch in Ballachulish. And they were lucky enough to receive a visit by Santa himself! They’re all looking forward to a busy year ahead, with a new programme of activities for tenants and the wider community including arts and craft classes, a reading group, flower arranging, knitting and bingo. A New Year Party saw in 2014 at Plenderleith Court in Kelso. We don’t need to write what happened, as resident Ivy Elder put a wee poem together which did the job for us: Oh! What a wonderful party we had On Friday of last week At Plenderleith Court in the afternoon No better could you seek. There was singing and dancing, enjoyed by all Even though you couldn’t take part The light fantastic, every kind of dance Showed off the dancers’ art. But even though you didn’t dance You could sing out no less The rafters resounded with song after song Showing Plenderleith at its best. We had food by Jill Orde Which was wonderful too And an alcoholic tipple Made sure no one felt blue. Thanks to Peter, Carole, Linda and Ros The party went with a swing We rang out the old and brought in the new With a good old Scottish fling. HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living The last person hit the sack at the Baillie Court Christmas party at 4am so we know they all had a great time! Below is one of the Motherwell development’s newest residents, John Baird, with his home carer Margaret Hamilton. Everyone enjoyed an evening of entertainment and dancing. Resident Arnold Jannetta, along with his very musical family, provided the New Year soundtrack at Hanover Court in Buckie. The party went on until the small hours and all had a great time. Pictured above joining in the celebrations are (left to right) Jessie Woods, Moira and Arnold Jannetta, Claire Wilson, Michael and Chris Jannetta, Dorothy Sage and Mae Mair. A great time was had by all at McAlpine Court’s Christmas party. The Wishaw development welcomed entertainers to help them celebrate and manager Ruth Jackson must have used her magic wand to quickly grow those lovely blond locks. She’s pictured above on the right with residents Mary McGill (left) and Diane Shirlaw (centre). Retirement Housing Assistant Brian Elliot from Hanover Close in Earlston was strangely otherwise engaged when Santa Claus (below) popped in to visit residents. Residents of Langlands Court in Hawick got together for a big Christmas dinner at the Mayfield hotel in Hawick. This was followed by an afternoon of entertainment which helped everyone’s digestion. A great time was had by all. A very late night and a few sore heads didn’t detract from the fun at Hanover Court’s Christmas party. Residents at the Causewayhead development had a great meal, followed by singing and dancing. Everyone had a great time. They’re pictured above enjoying their Christmas lunch. Dates for your diaries Sunday 30 March: British Summertime begins; clocks go forward one hour Thursday 1 May: Deadline for articles for Issue 70 of Hanover Today Tuesday 26 August: Tenants’ Conference, Hilton Strathclyde, Bellshill Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk 3 Around the houses Toasting the bard Pictured here is Thomas Wright of Baillie Court in Motherwell. Much to the delight of the other residents, he donned a kilt for their Burns’ Supper. Haggis or fish suppers were the dish of the day, not to mention a few wee drams to toast the bard. A pair of diamonds This is Dorothy and Doug Will of South Park Court in Elgin. They celebrated their 60th (diamond) wedding anniversary in January. Congratulations to you both! Happy 20th to West Park Court Residents and staff from past and present all got together to celebrate the 20th birthday of West Park Court in Elgin. Special guests included two previous ‘wardens’ (as they were known then). Grace Gates, pictured here, has lived at the development since it opened and was given the task of cutting the delicious looking cake. Behind Grace is a celebratory table cloth, created by residents as part of their millennium celebrations. Carlyle Court’s Coffee Morning success Following the wonderful Big Coffee Morning stories in the last Hanover Today, residents of Carlyle Court in Edinburgh have been in touch to tell us about their event. They’ve held a MacMillan coffee morning every year since 2002 and were delighted when donations this year reached more than £1,100. Special thanks should go to the residents’ committee of Sylvia Ferguson, Margaret Scott and Nancy Wood who work very hard throughout the year, holding quizzes, tombolas and raffles as well as home baking and making preserves, all of which have contributed to this wonderful total. Well done to everyone. 4 HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living Born to be wild Residents at Newton Court in Paisley recently held an auction to raise money for social events, and were delighted when former resident Betty McCallum turned up. Betty has always wanted to ride pillion on the Harley Davidson motorbike owned by the development’s cook. However, she had to make do with the next best thing – wearing a crash helmet in her wheelchair. Betty said she felt like Supergran and the auction raised £273.35. Nice to see you, to see you nice Generous residents at Hanover Court in Dunfermline raised a fantastic £322 for Children in Need. They ran various events including a raffle, hunt the Pudsey bear stickers and a bacon rolls-in-your-night-wear feast, but the big highlight was when Bruce himself showed up for a game of Play Your Cards Right, as you can see here. Hats off to Betty This is Betty Wallace of Baillie Court in Motherwell, knitting just one of many hats the development donates to the premature baby unit at Wishaw General Hospital. Lots of residents at the development support the facility and have done for many years. We’ve added this total to our ‘Kind Hearts’ feature on the front page. Well done Betty and everyone else at Baillie Court! Colinshiel is 10 A very happy anniversary to Colinshiel Court in Armadale. The development, run in partnership with West Lothian Council, is a very popular community hub for the town and contains a café and other great facilities. Everyone had a wonderful time at the party which featured entertainment and pictured here cutting a tasty looking cake is resident Dorothy Birrell. She was one of the first people to move to the development when it opened in 2003. She’s pictured with Lynne McDougall, Housing with Care Manager from West Lothian Council. Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk 5 Around the houses We’re no mugs! Irene McKenna, the manager at Woodburn Court in Hamilton, told us how busy residents have been due to the efforts of volunteers Carole and Alasdair Gordon. They helped to produce this 2014 commemorative mug and sold these in the run up to Christmas, making a tidy profit for residents’ social funds. They’re also responsible for the ‘Down Memory Lane’ reminiscence events. The sessions show pictures and imagery from the past and everyone has great fun discussing and sharing their memories. Pictured are residents of the Knitting Bee at Wallace Court in Lanark. They’ve been knitting blankets for Malawi and hats for premature babies at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow for more than four years. Taylor Court’s 30th Residents of Taylor Court in Keith got together in September to celebrate the development’s 30th anniversary. A fantastic party took place and, as you can see, an equally fantastic cake was baked. In the photo (left to right) are residents Frank Waugh, Margaret Simpson, former SHM Natalie Whitney and Mary Simms, the development’s oldest resident. The event was a double celebration as Natalie was leaving after five years in the post. Bloomin’ marvellous Friends and residents at Hanover Court in Dunfermline have been hard at work tending to their garden. They received a donation from Hanover’s Charitable Trust for garden furniture and worked closely with the maintenance company to ensure everything looked perfect. The centrepiece is a fantastic pergoda complete with decking and garden furniture. Well done to everyone who took part. 6 HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living From the Chief Executive Arise Sir Geoff! Happy Birthdays You may have seen in the press that Hanover’s Committee of Management member Geoff Palmer was awarded a knighthood in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to human rights, science and charity. Geoff has served on the Committee for more than 13 years and is an active and very popular member of the Housing & Care Services and Human Resources sub-committees. He’s provided Hanover with invaluable advice and assistance on a wide range of equalities issues – one of many subjects close to his heart – and is well known for his humour, compassion and his empathy with older people. He has been key in helping Hanover become a leading organisation in its field. His achievements are remarkable. He became the first black professor in Scotland and an expert in brewing and grain science. He’s also a tireless anti-racism campaigner and is President of Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council. I was delighted to learn of Geoff’s knighthood. I’m personally indebted to him for the support he has given to me and to Hanover over the past 13 years. He has a wonderful sense of humour and, as those of you who attended our last AGM will testify, he is a vibrant story-teller and a lively and entertaining speaker – and therefore very much in demand by a wide range of audiences. I’m truly grateful he has chosen to help Hanover achieve our aims and, on a personal level, I feel very privileged to have worked with him. On behalf of Hanover’s Committee of Management, our staff and our customers I offer him our warmest congratulations for this thoroughly welldeserved honour. Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk Pearl Halliday of Colinshiel Court in Armadale was 90 at the start of February. A great night was had by all, especially by Pearl whose initial shock turned into delight when she realised she wasn’t being taken out to a restaurant as first thought and was instead the guest of honour at a big party featuring entertainment and a buffet. Many Happy Returns Pearl! Hanover Court in Inverbervie celebrated three 90th birthdays last year. Peg Hall (pictured), Gladys Mowart and John Fergus all celebrated their big days. We’d like to wish you all a very happy birthday. 7 News for tenants Mystery shopping is big success In the last edition of Hanover Today we told you about our Mystery Shopping project. In conjunction with Cairn Housing Association, Hanover tenants carried out their mystery shops of Cairn, and vice versa. The team completed their calls and visits before Christmas to help Hanover and Cairn understand what it’s like to be a customer. We had a great response to the request for volunteers and had more applications than places available. As this was a pilot project we could only recruit a small number of tenants – 7 from Hanover and 6 from Cairn. Are you interested? We’re keen to develop the project further and will look at running bigger and better mystery shopping projects. This means we need to recruit more volunteers and, if you’re interested, we’d be delighted to hear from you. If you want to help improve our services, learn some new skills and be part of a fun and informal group why not get in touch to find out about becoming a mystery shopper? Please contact Diane MacDonald on 0131 557 7496 or email [email protected] for more information. All the Hanover tenants involved in the pilot said that they would like to do more. We ask tenants to attend a training session, but the ‘shopping’ itself can be as simple as making a few phone calls. Those with reasonable mobility and a bit more free time can also visit offices. After a fun and informal training session by the Tenants Information Service the mystery shoppers were given their tasks. They contacted Hanover and Cairn to enquire about applying for a home, applying to make an improvement to their home or to ask about grass cutting at a development. On completing each task the ‘shoppers’ filled out a questionnaire, reporting their findings. What did we learn? As the numbers involved in the pilot project were small it is not possible to make generalisations from the results, although in the main they were very positive. In most of the visits and calls staff were friendly, respectful and knowledgeable. In response to the question “How happy were 8 you with the service provided?”, nearly all those who did a “shop” of Hanover reported the service was excellent, although a couple of instances suggested that staff could have been more welcoming and informative. Tenants Conference is confirmed We’re delighted to announce that the date and venue of the first ever Hanover Tenants’ Conference have been decided. It will take place on Tuesday 26th August at the Hilton Strathclyde in Bellshill. We’ll have more information, including your official invitation, in June’s edition of Hanover Today – so watch this space for more details! HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living Thinking of leaving us? Don’t forget your curtains and carpets! We are often asked by tenants when they move out if they can leave items such as carpets and curtains for the new tenant. A prospective tenant may also ask if they can buy or take over furnishings belonging to the previous tenant. Whilst this is a sensible suggestion, it is not always possible as it presents some practical difficulties. If a new tenant changes their mind after moving in and decides they don’t want the fittings, Hanover has to pay to remove them. Similarly, Hanover incurs other costs if something goes wrong with the fittings after the new tenant moves in. This cost is shared by all tenants on the development through the service charge, and it’s unfair to expect all residents to pay for this. The same goes for any arrangement for a prospective tenant to buy items from an outgoing tenant. Hanover would not play a part in any arrangement like this, however if there was a problem Hanover could accrue costs which again would need to be paid for by all the tenants as above. We do, however, appreciate that taking over things like carpets and curtains can make a huge financial and logistical difference to people when they do move. We have, therefore, reviewed our approach to this and in certain circumstances items can be left in a property. This can be done if: ◗ the development has no known history of problems with floorboards or joists which would need to be checked when the property became empty; ◗ the floor coverings are under a year old and in good condition; and ◗ there were no other issues necessitating the removal of floor coverings whilst the property is empty. If you think this could apply to you and you would like to take advantage of it please ensure you speak to us at the earliest opportunity to check it out and get our permission. Please don’t just assume it will be all right and move out leaving items in the property! To find out more, contact your development manager or area office. Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk 9 News and information Don’t get beaten by debt Hanover is supporting the Scottish Government’s Helping Hand with Debt campaign, which is urging people crippled by debt to seek help. A credit union, however, will only ever charge a maximum APR of 26.8%. The campaign aims to encourage cash-strapped people who are in financial trouble to consider credit unions as an ethical and affordable alternative to expensive high street loan companies. When launching the campaign, Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said: “If people are worried about debt, they should seek urgent advice because help is at hand. There are alternative and more affordable solutions to manage debt than loans with interest rates of up to 5000%. If you find yourself struggling with debt, you are not alone. A quick loan today could easily mount up because of the high interest – up to 5000% APR – and charges. “Credit unions can offer sensible, ethical help as well as loans at much more competitive rates with affordable repayments at fairer and more attractive terms. There is also other help available and I would urge anyone to contact their local Citizens Advice Bureau for free, expert advice.” You can also find out more at www.handwithdebt.com. New help line for older people 10 A new telephone help line has been launched to help older people suffering from loneliness, abuse or other problems. Statistics show that more than half of all 75 year olds in the UK live alone and one in ten suffers ‘intense’ loneliness but is reluctant to ask for help. line is free and confidential and run in partnership with Age Scotland. It’s open 24 hours a day and its specially trained helpline staff can: The Silver Line was founded by journalist and TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who also founded the highly successful Child Line charity. The help ◗ offer regular befriending calls; and ◗ offer information, friendship and advice; Age Concern’s help line, previously known as the Scottish Helpline for Older People, is now part of the Silver Line and you can call them on 0800 4 70 80 90. ◗ link callers to local groups and services; ◗ protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect. HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living Reduce junk mail and nuisance calls If you’re fed up with the amount of junk mail or nuisance phone calls, then you may be able to do something about it by joining the Telephone Preference Service (TPS) of Mail Preference Service (MPS). Each is a free register which allows you to opt out of receiving unsolicited calls or mail. The services are quite limited. For example, registration with the TPS only prevents you from being added to organisations’ lists from the point you register – but it doesn’t stop the organisations who already have you on their lists from contacting you. Similarly, it doesn’t stop you from receiving genuine market research calls. For more information, visit their websites: TPS: www.tpsonline.org.uk, MPS: www.mpsonline.org.uk, or call 0845 070 0707. Be ready for Easter NHS Scotland are encouraging people to prepare ahead for a healthy Easter this year. The Be Ready for Easter campaign launches at the end of March and is advising people to take a few simple steps to keep themselves and their families well. These steps include making sure they have a supply of overthe-counter medicines so they can treat common colds and coughs, knowing when their GP surgery is open and making sure they have enough repeat prescriptions to last over the Easter holiday weekend. This year many GP surgeries will be not be open for four days from Good Friday (April 18th) to Easter Monday (April 21st). NHS 24 Medical Director Professor George Crooks said: “After winter, Easter is the busiest time of year for Scotland’s health services. The Be Ready for Easter campaign wants to remind people of the small steps they can take to ensure illness doesn’t ruin their Easter. Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk “Having some simple home remedies available and having enough repeat medication to cover you can make all the difference if illness does strike. Easter is still several weeks away but you can take a few minutes now to help prevent you and your family from becoming ill. We would also remind people of the wide range of health information available online at www.nhsinform.co.uk.” 11 Homes for rent Looking for a new home? East (0131 557 7404, [email protected]) Halyrude Court, Peebles (sheltered) Hanover Gardens, Auchterarder (sheltered) Do you know anyone who would be interested in moving into one of our developments? Or are you looking to move to another location? Here’s a list of developments where we have properties available to rent. If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact the area office using the details below. Russell Hill Court, Larbert (sheltered) Devon Court, Tullibody (sheltered) Broomlee Court, West Linton (sheltered) North (01343 548585, [email protected]) Coppice Court, Grantown-on-Spey (sheltered) Granary Street, Huntly (sheltered) Hanover Court, Tarves (sheltered) We also welcome applications for other areas. If you’re interested in moving to an area not on this list, then please still contact us as we may be able to help. Hanover Court, Buckie (sheltered) Doune Court, Macduff (sheltered) Hanover Court, Lumsden (sheltered) Note that these details are correct at the time of writing. The Green, Aviemore (sheltered) Linn Coort, Buckie (Very sheltered) West (0141 553 6300, [email protected]) Hanover Close, Dumfries (sheltered) Hanover Court, Castle Douglas (sheltered) William Turner Court, Locharbriggs (sheltered) Windlaw Court, Glasgow (sheltered) Creighton Court, Kilmarnock (sheltered) Baillie Court, Motherwell (sheltered) Murdoch Nisbet Court, Newmilns (amenity) Focus on Linn Coort, Buckie Linn Coort Is located in Buckie, a pretty town on the Moray Firth. It’s classed a ‘very sheltered’ development, meaning it offers that extra bit of support, like support staff onsite all day, as well as tasty and nutritious meals served in its attractive, communal dining room. 12 There’s also a popular lounge where residents can meet and socialise. We have property available now at Linn Coort, so if you or anyone you know may be interested, contact our north office on 01343 548585 or email [email protected] HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living Health wise The Prostate – a major issue, but a little known problem You’ve probably heard of the prostate at some time or other, perhaps in hushed tones, but many people don’t have a clear picture of what it is, where it is, what it does or what can go wrong with it. Yet prostate disease is a surprisingly common complaint. Only men have a prostate. It’s inside the pelvis, just below the bladder and is about the size of a walnut. It can’t be seen or checked from outside the body. When a man reaches his forties, the prostate slowly begins to grow in size. This may start to cause problems when trying to pass urine. What are the signs of a prostate problem? ◗ Having to go to the toilet fast ◗ Passing urine more often and having to get up to the toilet several times a night ◗ Taking longer to empty the bladder and having to wait a while before urine starts to flow ◗ Dribbling – after finishing, a bit more urine may trickle out Why? Although it’s a common complaint (almost 1 in 2 men over 50 in Scotland will be affected by prostate disease at some point in their life), many men are too embarrassed to discuss it. They may be anxious or concerned about the tests and examinations and what the results might mean. Although these feelings are understandable, GPs deal with prostate problems all the time and the sooner a problem is picked up, the better the outcome is likely to be. There are different diseases which can affect the prostate including prostatitis and enlarged prostate as well as prostate cancer; so having urinary symptoms may not necessarily mean it is prostate cancer. If you are a woman reading this and recognise some of the signs in someone you know, then gently encourage them to visit their GP. What should you do? If you first start to notice these signs you should make an appointment to see your GP and have it checked out. Don’t put it off. To help explain the symptoms to your GP, there is a symptom self-test on Prostate Scotland’s website: www.prostatescotland.org.uk. The self-test won’t give a diagnosis but can act as For more information, visit the a guide to the severity of Prostate Scotland website – symptoms. www.prostatescotland.org.uk, call 0131 603 8660 or email [email protected] Prostrate Scotland is a registered Scottish charity no SC037494 Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk 13 Health wise Avoiding falls – quick tips In the last few issues of Hanover Today we included some useful information on how to prevent having a fall. As a wee reminder, we’ll summarise what we discussed here. ◗ Make sure your home is well lit, especially in the hall and on the stairs if you have them. ◗ Keep a torch by your bed. ◗ Avoid trailing wires and flexes. ◗ Replace worn rugs/carpets ◗ Try not to bend or climb. If you must climb, use proper steps. ◗ When coming to or from the laundry, avoid trailing clothes which may trip you up. ◗ If your prescribed drugs are making you dizzy, keep taking them but talk to your GP as soon as possible. And one other thing to remember – stairs can be very dangerous. Hanover’s communal stairs are in good condition and have hand rails fitted – please use the rails. Never leave objects on the stairs and try not to carry too much, for example laundry, when using them. If you need to carry things down the stairs, a rucksack or shoulder bag can help you keep both hands free. ◗ Get up from chairs or the bed slowly. ◗ Have regular eye tests. Falls Prevention Week takes place from 16 – 22 June. Watch out for the posters on your development noticeboards. Poet’s corner A Happy Yew Near by Tam Craven of James Hemphill Court in Lennoxtown I always give our yew tree a cuddle, Every single day of the year, For it makes me feel so happy, It’s just like having you here. We climbed our yew tree together, And swore vows underneath its branches, But trees live longer than people, Whilst us humans endure life’s fleeting romances. But the tree of life will last forever, Like your love that lingers so near, And God bless the memories of Auld Lang Syne, Let’s drink to a Happy Yew Near. 14 HANOVER SCOTLAND Quality independent living Contact us Write to: Ian Mountford, Editor, Business and Communications Department, Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association, 95 McDonald Road, Edinburgh EH7 4NS Telephone: 0131 557 7437 Email: [email protected] The deadline for receipt of articles for Issue 70 (June) of Hanover Today is Thursday 1 May 2014. You can read more about what other residents are up to on our Facebook page – facebook.com/ hanoverscotland and you can also follow us on Twitter (@hanoverscotland) You’re welcome to contact us in any of the ways detailed above, however, if you have a suggestion for an improvement to Hanover’s services, why not use the ‘Bright Ideas’ initiative? You could then earn vouchers if your suggestion is implemented. Speak to your Sheltered Housing Manager or area office to find out more and to get a Bright Ideas form. We can produce this newsletter in other formats, like braille, audio, large print or a foreign language. If you use email, we can also email the newsletter to you instead of sending a printed copy. This saves the environment and postage costs. If you’re interested in any of these options, just get in touch using the details above. Legal information given in this newsletter is given in good faith and is based on Hanover’s understanding of the law. The accuracy of Hanover’s views is not guaranteed and readers seeking legal advice specific to their own circumstances should contact a solicitor or a Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Prize sudoku We’re offering a £25 prize for this edition’s Sudoku competition. As usual, your task is to fill the grid so that every row, column and 3x3 box contains each of the numbers 1 – 9. Once you’ve completed the grid, fill in your name and address in the spaces provided and send your details and the completed puzzle to the address above by Thursday 1 May 2014. If your name is the first drawn out of the hat for each of the north, west or east areas, you’ll win £25! The correct grid from last time is below. Name_____________________________________________ Address___________________________________________ 1 4 2 6 8 2 __________________________________________________ 5 9 3 2 3 8 3 8 1 8 6 8 8 1 5 5 7 7 1 8 2 3 7 7 4 5 8 2 __________________________________________________ ________________________Postcode__________________ The winners of the last Sudoku competition were: Irene Hood of Sunnyside Court, Edinburgh (east), Eileen McTavish of Woodside Court in Grantown-on-Spey (north) and Bruce Brown of Glen Gardens in Elderslie (west). Congratulations! Visit us online at www.hsha.org.uk 15 Prize crossword 1 Name_____________________________ 2 3 6 7 8 9 4 5 15 16 Address___________________________ __________________________________ __________________________________ 10 Postcode__________________________ 12 Once you’ve completed the grid, fill in your name and address and send your details to us at the address on the inside back cover by Thursday 1 May 2014. If your name is the first drawn out of the hat for each of the north, east or west areas, you’ll win! 11 13 14 17 18 19 20 Across 6 Small white bean used as food (7) 7 German submarine used in World Wars I and II (1-4) 8 In Greek mythology, a one-eyed giant (7) 9&15Novel by Charles Dickens, published in 1853 (5,5) 10 Game in which tiles with various numbers of spots are laid down (8) 14 French writer whose collections include Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Puss In Boots (8) 17 Norwegian composer, famous for his Peer Gynt Suite (5) 18 Mathematical statement which proves an observed phenomenon (7) 19 Popular name for a film Academy Award (5) 20 The official record of the proceedings of Parliament (7) Down 1 The outermost part of a flower which protects the developing flower bud (5) 2 John ___, award-winning British actor knighted in 1977 and appeared in ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ (5) 3 French politician who became president in 1969 and after whom the Modern Art Museum at Beauborg is named (8) 4 Marine mollusc with ornamental shell (7) 5 Term used for a Muslim defending the Holy Land from the Christian Crusaders (7) 11 Name of apostle chosen to replace Judas after Christ’s betrayal (8) 12 Tropical infectious disease, leading to paralysis, disfigurement and deformity (7) 13 Cairngorms village famous for its Highland Games (7) 15 See 9 16 County of south western Ireland containing the famous Lakes of Killarney (5) The winners of the Christmas crossword competition were: Isabel Fulton of Alexandra Court in Prestwick (west), Hilda Stoneman of Airlie Gardens in Banff (north), Winnie Vallance of Mercer Court in Innerleithen (east) Well done! The answers to the last crossword are: ACROSS: 1 Newton 5 Handel 8 Eye 10 Gamer 11 Trust 12 Koi 13 Austen 14 Lie-in 15 Cook 16 Doll 18 Miro 19 Sinatra 20 Aura 21 Xmas 22 Dior 24 Hymns 26 UNESCO 28 Rum 30 Rhyme 31 Alice 32 Dot 33 France 34 Halley DOWN: 2 Emmys 3 Turkey 4 Neck 5 Helicopter 6 Natal 7 Ecumenism 9 Stone of Scone 10 Grandfathers 15 Centigrade 17 Lord Mayor 23 On call 25 Stern 27 Seine 29 Myth 16 Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd a Scottish Charity reg no: SC014738. Registered Property Factor: PF000140. Printed on FSC certified paper. Please recycle when you’ve finished reading!
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