NOT everyone can say they have faced cruel nuns, scheming business associates and even ghosts in the attic to reach the top. Ann Manning overcame them all. Now enjoying success with her Henley-based insurance brokers Manning UK and helping charities and organisations, life is running smoothly for the 66-year-old. But it wasn’t always the case. Born in London, where she lived with parents John and Edna and brother Ian, Ann spent 13 years of her childhood at a convent in Ealing once attended by singer and Henley resident Dusty Springfield. She doesn’t look back on her time there fondly and says it didn’t set her up well for the world of work. “It was hell,” Ann says. “It was very cruel and while there was no violence physically there was mentally and humiliation. “When I was 17 I went to be a trainee journalist at Women’s Realm magazine. I liked writing and was given a golden opportunity … [Read more...] about Insurance broker loves to lend a helping hand
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The move to secondary school means a number of changes for children. Not just increased homework and a whole new set of teachers, but also the switch from being the oldest in the school to the youngest. For many pupils coming to the end of primary school, that can prompt intense worry which they are reluctant to speak about, causing their anxiety about school life to grow. This is why one group of Year 8 pupils have decided to lend a helping hand. Students at Four Dwelling Academy, Birmingham, the smallest high school in the country, have created a book, ‘Curse of the Nomad’, which aims to help 10 and 11-year-olds as they make the move to secondary school. The book is available to buy and has already been distributed to some primary schools. The pupils worked together to write an adventure story tackling how scary the first day of secondary school could be – and how to talk about it. ‘Curse of the Nomad’ focuses on an Egyptian God who … [Read more...] about These Year 8 Pupils Wrote A Book To Help Primary Kids Transition To Secondary School
Superhero action figures normally don’t wear crochet costumes but one Batman toy is getting a lot of attention for the right reasons.While the macho doll, which belongs to Rusty Marcum, is seen uncharacteristically dressed in a knitted outfit, the sweet story behind the strange costume is already breaking the internet.When I was 6, my brother got mad at me and threw him in the backyard where I couldn’t find him. When I did, his costume had rotted off. This is what my grandma crocheted for me pic.twitter.com/hAmO48oh0A— Rusty Marcum (@rustymarcum) June 9, 2018 Mr Marcum posted a photo of his toy on Twitter, saying: “When I was 6, my brother got mad at me and threw him in the backyard where I couldn’t find him. “When I did, his costume had rotted off. This is what my grandma crocheted for me.”His touching story received a lot of love on Twitter, with his post garnering more than 49,000 likes and close to 5,000 retweets.OMG this is the coolest and … [Read more...] about The story of how this Batman got a crochet costume will melt your heart
GETTING your foot on the property ladder can feel like an impossible task. Nowadays, first time buyers are expected to fork out around £50,000 on a mortgage deposit, so it's no wonder that the average Brit isn't likely to become a homeowner until they're 33. Even though the Chancellor offered a helping hand by scrapping stamp duty first-time buyers, estate agents reckon it's showed little sign of boosting the housing market. Add in spiralling house prices and first-time buyers waiting an average of seven years to save up their deposit, it can all feel a bit glum, particularly if the bank of mum an dad isn't an option. But it is doable and there are ways you can get the financial support you need, you just need to know where to look. From government schemes to part ownership, here's how you can become a home owner. What is Help to Buy? Help To Buy is a government scheme designed to help people get on the property ladder without the need for the large, up-front deposit which puts … [Read more...] about What are Help to Buy and Shared Ownership and are there other government schemes to help you buy your first home?
Have you ever woke up in the morning and wondered where your next meal would come from? Fortunately, for most of us, the answer would be ‘no’. For most of us, being able to put food on the table is a routine part of our day-to-day lives. What we consider a basic human right is a challenge and a source of much worry for those living on the streets. For the homeless and vulnerable in our society, food is just one of the things that is hard to come by. Another thing, is hope – hope of a better future, hope for a light at the end of the dark tunnel, and hope for a helping hand of comfort and support. That’s where Hope Kitchen comes into the fore. The charity is a soup kitchen in Hastings town centre, which serves the homeless, the insecurely housed and the vulnerable in our community, including those who suffer from drug or alcohol addiction. Hope Kitchen was formed in November 2005 when a local doctor, church minister and retired teacher came together with a … [Read more...] about Providing hot food, a listening ear and hope to town’s most vulnerable