Take part

Years Younger in 10 Days is back and we are currently looking for people who want to take part in the next series!

Do you think you look older than you are? Have you lost your way with fashion and style? Do you feel insecure about your looks? Are you unhappy with your hair, skin, teeth or clothes? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, we’d love to help!

We are offering the experience of a lifetime with our top experts that specialise in fashion, hair, make up and non-surgical treatments.

Whether it’s you, a partner, a relative, a neighbour, friend or even a work colleague that would like some help, we’d love to hear from you!

Please get in touch to tell us about yourself by emailing: makeover@mavericktv.co.uk

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We are now casting for a new series of A COUNTRY LIFE FOR HALF THE PRICE with Kate Humble.

If you’re planning a big move, hoping to improve your quality of life, or simply want to escape the rat race then we would love to hear form you.

Please get in touch by emailing country@raisetheroofproductions.com

All communications will take place remotely and we will conduct any initial interviews over telephone or video call. We do not need to visit your home at the moment and no filming will take place until it is safe to do so. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please click here for our privacy policy for more information about how we process your data.

Special appeals

Right now, there are thousands of rescue dogs in RSPCA animal centres all desperately looking for forever homes. Many of these dogs have had a bad start in life, but they can still make the most amazing companions – they just need your help to make that happen.

Could you be the person to finally give these deserving dogs a second chance in life? Maybe your circumstances are the perfect match to have a new loving canine friend in your life.

Follow this link to find out who we are trying to rehome and register your interest with the RSPCA;

www.rspca.org.uk/whatwedo/endcruelty/rescue/dogrescuers

With centres across the country and staff that will help you find the perfect four-legged friend, adopting couldn’t be easier. Once you’ve spent time with your new dog, trained staff will visit you and your family at home, discuss any specific needs and make sure your house is suitable.

Taking a rescue dog home is both exciting and rewarding and best of all you will be giving a dog that really needs it – a second chance.

How to retune your TV or TV box

5Spike closed on 7th January and across most TV services the Paramount Network has moved into the channel slot. To continue to watch some of your favourite 5Spike shows you may have to retune your TV or TV box.

Many TVs and TV boxes automatically prompt you to retune to receive new or updated channels. However, if your TV or TV box hasn’t updated you can manually retune your TV or your TV box. Each TV and box is slightly different, so please click on the relevant link below to follow the steps to retune:

BT TV

Freesat

Freeview

Virgin

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Find what shows are available on Paramount Network and the channel numbers here.

Wednesday 15th January

Within Wednesday 15th January’s Neighbours episode, an additional scene was filmed, in which Sheila, Aaron and David discussed the ongoing bushfire crisis in Australia.

This is the first time in the soap’s history that a real-life event has been referred to.

To find out more about how you can help, visit the below sites: 

WWFhttps://support.wwf.org.uk/australia-bushfires

Australia is facing one of the most dangerous and catastrophic bushfire seasons it has ever seen – more than 10.7 million hectares have been burnt, the equivalent of over one third of the entire UK.

WWF-UK has been flooded with offers of help from our UK supporters and members of the public. We have now launched an emergency appeal in support of the ongoing crisis. With all the money raised, WWF-Australia teams along with local organisations will carry out work including:

  • Providing emergency funds to care for injured wildlife
  • After the fires clear, helping restore homes for koalas and other wildlife, planting the first 10,000 trees urgently needed in koala habitats
  • Supporting the response, recovery and restoration teams in any other way we can

Australian Red Cross: http://redcross.org.au/bushfires

Donations to the Australian Red Cross will be to our Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. The fund helps our emergency teams to do their work – including responding to the bushfires and heatwaves we are currently seeing and disasters yet to come.  The fund enables us to give people the support they need in disasters: whether that’s help to prepare, a safe place to take shelter, psychological first aid, information, and practical support through the months and even years it can take to recover.

NOTE: DONATIONS ARE IN AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS (AUD)

Meet the Crafters – Episode Four

Bridget Tibbs and James Hamilton

Age: 56 and 58

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Craft: Alpaca Yarn Crafters

About Bridget and James: Couple Bridget and James are desperate to crack the world of big craft fairs, but lack a final product range to establish their home-spun brand.

Backstory:

  • Bridget and James have been running an alpaca farm for 6 years. Bridget learned to spin yarn to make jumpers when working at a city farm in South London and fell in love with it.
  • James shears the alpacas through spring and summer, and Bridget sorts through the good bits of yarn to be spun and dyed into balls. They dye all their own yarn using natural products, and then sell onto other Crafters and businesses. As well as the yarn balls, the couple also produce very limited runs of toys, clothes and crochet kits.
  • Bridget keeps some of the yarn to crochet, knit, weave and felt some items, but most of the balls sell for between £8.50 – £11.50. The soft toys, jumpers and crochet kits range between £6, right the way through to £120.
  • James has recently done a sock making course and purchased a vintage sock making machine to add something else to their product line, and for him to be more involved in the crafting element of what they do.
  • With each item they sell, people can trace the origins of the product right back to the source. Bridget and James are aware of the change in people wanting to know where their clothing comes from. They are passionate about alpaca yarn and want to spread the word about the quality of the fibre as mostpeople don’t think it’s as good as sheep wool.
  • Bridget and James would love to be able to hit the vintage market. They want to be able to create items that would suit those types who might go to fairs and festivals like Goodwood.
  • Outside of the world of alpacas and yarn, Bridget and James are keen lindy-hop and swing dancers.They’ve been dancing for 25 years and competed in championships across the UK, as well as teaching others the fun of lindy-hop.

Bryan McLaughlin

Age: 60

Location: Bangor, Gwynedd

Craft: Wood Upcycler

About Bryan: Part-time Crafter Bryan dreams of taking his craft full time but is a bit clueless when it comes to running a business. He prefers to keep the customer happy than turn a profit.

Backstory:

  • Bryan has a passion for recycling the old into new. A self-taught woodworker, he’ll take any old bit of wood and give it a new purpose, scavenging through skips and builder’s merchants to find materialsto make his products.
  • Bryan says his love of woodwork stems from when he was young and he would do it with his dad. He always preferred making things to playing with toys.
  • Bryan’s upcycling business has been running for about five years now. He says the biggest challenge is getting organised and feels like he’s never really run the business seriously.
  • Bryan’s products are extremely varied. He basically looks at an old product and works out what he canturn it into. He particularly makes a lot of mirrors, shelves, candlesticks, garden tubs, boxes and tables, and says most items will take him between two to three hours to create.
  • At the moment, Bryan mainly sells his products at car boots and local shops that are run by friends.He’s tried setting up an online shop but says he found the whole process quite daunting. He doesn’t think he’s a natural salesman and is constantly dropping his prices to fit with what the buyer wantsto pay, rather than sticking to what he wants to sell for. He will sell shelving for as low as £6 per shelf and stools for £15.
  • Bryan’s never been to a proper craft fair and worries about the reception he’ll get if he does. He sayshe associates craft fairs more with knitters and papercraft and wonders how his wooden furniture would go down with both other makers and the public.
  • Bryan would love to turn his little business into something more structured and to be selling full time. He currently has a part time job to give him a steady income stream and feels that until he gets aproper hold on what he’s doing that won’t change.

Tracy Seekings

Age: 47

Location: Chatteris, Cambridgeshire

Craft: Paper Crafter

About Tracy: Multi-crafter Tracy will turn her hand at anything, but needs to believe in herself and focus on her craft to be able to turn this hobby into something more.

Backstory:

  • Tracy loves all things crafty, whether it’s creating gift cards and keepsakes for friends and family,making jewellery, upcycling, or trying a bit of needle felting.
  • Tracy loves getting her hands dirty and creating something out of nothing. She will try anything, but most of all she loves card making, book folding and crafting personalised items.
  • Tracy is mum of two. She currently works at a call centre for a courier service, but her dream would be to give up the day job and craft all day, every day.
  • Tracy is her own worst enemy! She sees the flaws in her work, even though other people can’t, and she doesn’t think her pieces are good enough to be sold at a craft fair.
  • She spends whatever spare time she has creating new ideas that pop into her head. All her family and friends love her items, but she always gifts them rather than charging for them.
  • Tracy is keen for advice on what to do to make people want to buy her paper crafts – whether it’spresenting her products in a different way, or setting a new price range.
  • Tracy is currently creating her paper crafts in her spare bedroom.
  • Tracy would love for her craft to really take off so she can branch out into her own craft studio.

 

Meet the Crafters – Episode Three

Neil Marshall

Age: 52

Location: Stafford, Staffordshire

Craft: Metalwork Upcycler

About Neil: Petrol-head Neil loves turning scrap metal into something new and exciting. However, his unique business is struggling, and he may have to soon go back to a day job.

Website: www.uniquemetalworks.co.uk

Backstory:

• Neil has always had a passion for motorbikes and cars, and being a builder by trade he’s always been very handy. However, when he turned 50, he decided that he wanted a change in life and decided to take his passion for upgrading machines and turn it into his business.

• Neil gets all his metal from scrapyards and donations from people in the local area. He says he can usually tell straight away what he will turn a piece of scrap into and loves transforming something that would otherwise go to waste into a completely new product.

• His product line is extremely varied and ranges from mini aeroplanes and animals made from old springs and screws, to lamps made from gear cogs, to figurines and log burners made from old petrol tanks. He likes to do something that no one else is, and has an extremely unique product line.

• Neil says the majority of the work goes into cleaning up the old metal before constructing it into a new item. Most of his products can be made from start to finish in a couple of days. His products range vastly in retail price, with the smallest items starting at £25 each, the lamps ranging anywhere from £100-£250 and the largest or most complicated items selling for over £500 each.

• Neil sells his products at weekly street markets, but would love to do larger craft fairs. He says the thing stopping him from upscaling the business to bigger events is the fear that he will fork out for a stand and then nothing will sell leaving him out of pocket. He doesn’t think he is a natural salesman and finds this part of running the business most difficult.

• Neil needs to sell roughly £500 of product per week to stay afloat. However, this year has been slow sales wise and Neil is unfortunately having to consider going back to working as a labourer for a few months to get some extra income. He says he can keep going for a couple more months before he has to make the decision.

Wendi Trasmundi

Age: 50

Location: Mold, Flintshire

Craft: Glass painting, fusing and torch Artist

About Wendi: Wendi wants to take her craft to the next level by exploring larger craft fairs to enable her to sell higher ticket items.

Website: http://www.trasmundiglass.co.uk/

Backstory:

• Wendi originally started her career working in stained glass, but after having children life took her in another direction. It was only five years ago after her husband bought her a kiln and told her to ‘get on with it’ that she started getting creative again. She finally gave up her class room assistant day job a year ago to pursue crafts full-time.

• Wendi says her main focus since starting back up has been carrying out workshops where she can teach glass art, and then selling things she makes on the side to promote the workshops.

• Wendi describes the products she makes as “all sorts of weird stuff”. She started with smaller items such as coasters and tree decorations, and has since moved onto mirrors, wall plaques, lanterns and most recently robots. She says she loves making weirder and wackier pieces and finds part of the thrill is trying to sell them and see if people like them.

• Wendi says she feels like when you go to craft fairs, there are a lot of glass sellers, but she likes to think that her range of products makes her a bit different to all the others because she combines painting, fusing and torch work in her pieces. Her product prices range from £5 to £100+.

• The first craft fair Wendi went to sell her glasswork, she only made £50. However, she feels this has gotten better over time.

• Wendi thinks people at the fairs local to her aren’t prepared to pay for more expensive items such as her wall panels as she believes that these are more suited to an exhibition style venue, so this restricts her to sell mostly her smaller items at the fair.

• Wendi admits that she would find going further afield more difficult because of the long traveling hours and although she works hard to talk to people, explaining different techniques and methods in her work can be exhausting.

Olivia Goodwin

Age: 23

Location: Treforest, Pontypridd

Craft: Weaver

About Olivia: Full-time crafter Olivia wants to expand her business, but she’s never been to a craft fair before through fear of rejection

Website: https://oliviagoodwinart.godaddysites.com/

Backstory:

• Olivia is a passionate Weaver and Embroider, she loves creating tactile and sensory items. A lot of her pieces have elements of touch – like her handbags and wall hangings. Olivia creates pieces with fun fibres like banana and nettle, she calls herself ‘The Hippy Weaver’.

• Originally from Cheshire, Olivia has recently finished a degree in creative therapeutic art in Cardiff. Her mum runs her own craft business and taught Olivia how to knit and crochet. They would go to knit and stitch shows together. Olivia’s Grandma taught her how to embroider, and they’d spend lots of time making clothes together.

• Although Olivia buys her wool from her mum, they both have very different styles and tastes. Her mum follows rules and patterns, whereas Olivia crafts her own creations. She can create various items in a day, like scarves and wall hangings – depending on the detail.

• Because of Olivia’s dyslexia, her mum introduced her to weaving particularly as it didn’t require the crafter to follow patterns. Olivia fell in love with it. She has also learnt how to dye her own yarn, using bright colours to spark joy in people’s lives.

• Olivia has a part time job working for various charities, helping those with learning difficulties by teaching them how to craft.

• Olivia’s dream would be to have a permanent stand on a market or a shop whilst continuing to teach people with disabilities. She currently sells some of her items in a local café, and gets the odd commission through friends, but she’s not really got much of an online presence.

• Olivia would love guidance on pricing and how to reach more people. Currently she’s making coasters starting at around £5 for 4, along with placemats, table runners, sketch books, and scarves selling at £45. Olivia wants to expand her range. She’s recently started designing basket weaving plant pots, but isn’t sure what’s right for her buyers.

• Olivia is a qualified creative and therapeutic Facilitator. She also has a part time job working for various charities, helping those with learning difficulties by teaching them how to craft.