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SVBG Wants & Offers

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Due to the fact that the Group is currently interacting online rather than meeting twice monthly due to the guidelines being given by the UK Government about Social Distancing, this page allows members to share ‘wants’ and ‘offers’ that would normally be shared during our breakfast 60 Seconds.

The simplest way to do so will be to comment on this page (and subsequent comments) and comments have been specifically enabled on this page only.

Just a side note, we could end up with some non-members trying to post here, but if you notice such comments let the administrators know and we can take them down.


Goal Setting

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Do you use goal setting in your life?

Perhaps you use it more than you realise – perhaps you have a fitness goal, are looking to reduce weight and create healthier habits, do you have an outfit you’d like to fit in to? or maybe you are looking to change your job or career?…Either way in order to succeed we need to set goals, without goals there is a lack of direction.

As we enter the new year I hear many people talking about their New Years resolutions, something I have set many a time over the years, however rarely did I stick to them. These days I tend to goal set rather than resolution set, there seems to be a little more substance to a goal than that of a resolution  – but perhaps that’s just my perception.

So, why goal setting ?
Goal setting creates focus and purpose, a purpose to be, a purpose for getting up each day, but in order to accomplish a goal successfully it is important to know how to set a goal.
Remember SMART…

A clear objective is essential –
– What is it you would like to achieve?
– What would it mean to you to achieve your goal?
– How would you feel if you didn’t achieve your goal?

Motivation is key when it comes to goal setting, if it doesn’t motivate you sufficiently you are wasting your time – know your WHY.
Write it down, when we see it in black and white we can then begin to visualise, with visualisation comes reality, with reality comes emotion and when we experience the emotion we know that we are experiencing our why.

Keep yourself on track, set reminders and keep prompts in prominent positions in places you see on a regular basis – notes on the fridge or on your mirror, reminders on your devices. Make yourself accountable, share your goals with friends and ask them for their support.

Another tool that can prove helpful when goal setting is the wheel of life – this can help you identify areas of your life where you are content or you feel could do with some change.

The “Wheel of Life” model contains eight segments which, together, represent one way of describing a whole life.

Wheel Of Life

When completing the wheel place 1 nearest the centre and 10 on the outer circle.
1 represents least satisfied and 10 most satisfied.
In order for you to get the best out the wheel you must be completely honest with yourself.
This exercise can also be very beneficial if you do it with your partner.

I will add at this point that it is unlikely that all segments will line up initially, do not take this as a negative, what it will reveal are the areas within your life that are not where you would like them to be and can be addressed within your goal setting.

So as we sit here in January of 2020, not only the start of a new year, but also a new decade, ask yourself, what would I like to achieve this year?
Where do I see myself in 3, 6 or 12 months time?
What will I have achieved?

Perhaps it’s time to reboot, reset and kickstart – remember, everything is possible when the desire is there.

If you would like help with goal setting or would like to know more about how I could help you with my hypnotherapy services, please contact me directly either via email or on what’s app 07486 531874


Goal Setting 2020


Lasting Powers of Attorney – Do you have one?

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A Lasting Power of Attorney is a document that allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through an accident or illness such as dementia.

It is by far the most powerful and important legal document an individual can have, because it allows you to pass potentially life-changing decisions about your affairs on to a third party.

At Onions & Davies, we make a lot of LPAs for people and here are some top tips for getting the best out of them:

  • Plan early – While you have capacity, it’s vital that you get your affairs in order and choose the best people to manage your affairs, in case of an accident or illness. You can’t appoint an attorney once you lose capacity.


  • Choose carefully – Think carefully who you want to appoint as your attorney and have an open conversation with them, so they understand your wishes and what their responsibilities will include. Consider appointing more than one person as your attorney so they can share the responsibility.


  • Consider appointing a professional – A family member might not always be the best person to act as your attorney. Instead, you can appoint a professional, such as a solicitor. They can act as a neutral third party and make unbiased decisions that are in your best interests. Bear in mind this usually involves a cost.


  • Think about different circumstances – Consider how you would like your attorney to manage your property and financial affairs in different situations. For example, are you happy for your property to be sold to pay for your care costs?


  • Address the difficult questions – Your attorney might have to make difficult decisions about your health and welfare. If you have specific wishes around your care plans, medical treatment, or end of life wishes, make sure you discuss this with them and make your choices clear in your document.


  • Seek professional advice – Shop-bought and online LPA kits may be suitable for those with very straightforward financial situations or with considerable legal experience, but for most people, seeking professional legal advice is the best way of ensuring that an LPA is effective, legally robust and safe.


  • Keep your plans current – Make sure you keep your LPA updated if your circumstances change. Your choices around the people you want responsible for your finances and wellbeing may change, such as following a marriage or divorce, when children reach adulthood, or if parents pass away

This is a specialist area of the law, and we recommend that anyone considering an LPA goes to a legal expert to ensure they get the right advice, consider all the options, and safeguard themselves for the future.

Sarah McDermott is our Private Client Assistant and well placed to provide you with the best advice. Contact her on 01630 652405 or .

Elf ‘n’ Safety take on some of our favourite seasonal songs:

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Please note that the following is meant as a bit of seasonal fun, no Health & Safety practitioner would ever act like this and the HSE itself do go to extreme lengths to bust these Elf ‘n’ Safety myths. (Courtesy of Tony)

The Rocking Song
Little Jesus, sweetly sleep, do not stir
We will lend a coat of fur
We will rock you, rock you, rock you
We will rock you, rock you, rock you

Fur is no longer appropriate wear for small infants, both due to the risk of allergy to animal fur, and for ethical reasons. Therefore faux fur, a nice cellular blanket or perhaps micro-fleece material should be considered a suitable alternative. Please note; only persons who have been subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check and have enhanced clearance will be permitted to rock baby Jesus. Persons must carry their CRB disclosure with them at all times and be prepared to provide three forms of identification before rocking commences.

Jingle Bells
Dashing through the snow
In a one horse open sleigh
O’er the fields we go
Laughing all the way

A risk assessment must be submitted before an open sleigh can be considered safe for members of the public to travel on. The risk assessment must also consider whether it is appropriate to use only one horse for such a venture, particularly if passengers are of larger proportions. Please note; permission must be gained from landowners before entering their fields. To avoid offending those not participating in celebrations, we would request that laughter is moderate only and not loud enough to be considered a noise nuisance.

While Shepherds Watched
While shepherds watched
Their flocks by night
All seated on the ground
The angel of the Lord came down
And glory shone around

The union of Shepherds has complained that it breaches health and safety regulations to insist that shepherds watch their flocks without appropriate seating arrangements being provided, therefore benches, stools and orthopaedic chairs are now available. Shepherds have also requested that due to the inclement weather conditions at this time of year, they should watch their flocks via CCTV cameras from centrally heated shepherd observation huts. Please note; the angel of the lord is reminded that before shining his/her glory all around she/he must ascertain that all shepherds have been issued with glasses capable of filtering out the harmful effects of UVA, UVB and Glory.

Little Donkey
Little donkey
Little donkey on the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards
With your precious load

The RSPCA have issued strict guidelines with regard to how heavy a load that a donkey of small stature is permitted to carry. Also included in the guidelines is guidance regarding how often to feed the donkey and how many rest breaks are required over a four hour plodding period. Please note that due to the increased risk of pollution from the dusty road, Mary and Joseph are required to wear facemasks to prevent inhalation of any airborne particles. The RSPCA has also expressed discomfort at donkeys being labelled ‘little’ and would prefer they just be simply referred to as Mr. Donkey. To comment upon his height or lack thereof may be considered an infringement of his equine rights.

We Three Kings
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Whilst the gift of gold is still considered acceptable – as it may be redeemed at a later date through such organisations as ‘cash for gold’ etc., gifts of frankincense and myrrh are not appropriate due to the potential risk of oils and fragrances causing allergic reactions. A suggested gift alternative would be to make a donation to a worthy cause in the recipient’s name or perhaps give a gift voucher. We would not advise that the traversing kings rely on navigation by stars in order to reach their destinations and recommend the use of the RAC route finder or satellite navigation, which will provide the quickest route and advice regarding fuel consumption. Please note as per the guidelines from the RSPCA for Mr. Donkey, the camels carrying the three kings of Orient will require regular food and rest breaks. Facemasks for the three kings are also advisable due to the likelihood of dust from the camels’ hooves.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer?
Had a very shiny nose
And if you ever saw him
You would even say it glows

You are advised that under the ‘Equal Opportunities for All’ policy, it is inappropriate for persons to make comment with regard to the ruddiness of any part of Mr. R. Reindeer. Further to this, exclusion of Mr. R. Reindeer from the Reindeer Games shall be considered discriminatory and disciplinary action will be taken against those found guilty of this offence. A full investigation will be implemented and sanctions – including suspension on full pay – will be considered whilst this investigation takes place.


New Family Law – at a standstill

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Parliament’s website has confirmed that the dissolution of parliament and the forthcoming election means that the long awaited Domestic Abuse Bill and the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will not be progressed at this time, leading to substantial delays before reform is considered again by the next government.


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