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Family News and Events

Worried about your kids’ texts? There’s an app for that! Parents worried about their children sending and sharing inappropriate texts and images may have a helpful answer in the form of a new app. The Oyoty app, developers claim, detects when pictures show too much exposed flesh, when texts use abusive or bullying language, and…

Coffee, cardamom, pear and walnut cake

Sweet Treats   Inspiration for this recipe came from musing about which flavours best go with pears in the autumn. You can’t beat pear and walnut, or pear and cardamom, and funnily enough, these two also bond wonderfully with coffee. So why not make a cake combining all four! You need to be keen on…

It’s time to prepare your garden for winter

With autumn now stretching well into November and – weather dependent – possibly December, and winters getting milder and wetter, the jobs to be done to winterise your garden are changing. Waterlogging and strong wintery gales are more likely to be the problem, rather than snow or soil frozen solid. Constant heavy rain can kill…

Failure is a powerful motivator

We all make mistakes and we all experience failure. Failure is a painful experience and the conventional psychological advice is that we should not dwell on failure and we should try not to feel bad. However, new research just published by Noelle Nelson and others in the Journal of Behavioural Decision Making found that, when…

Faith in the Family

Dorcas Lane was the village postmistress in a TV series called Lark Rise to Candleford which we used to watch on a Sunday evening when our children were younger. Any time that Dorcas was caught doing something she felt she shouldn’t be doing, like eating a cream cake, buying another new hat or reading a…

The secret to a successful compost heap

My whole life has been waiting for an epiphany, a manifestation of God’s presence, an experience that lets you see your place in the big picture. And that is what I had when I had my first compost heap.” Bette Midler (actress and environmental activist) The easiest way to improve any garden is to have…

Family News and Events

Mental Health Week 2017 Mental Health Week 2017 takes place from October 9-14. The World Health Organisation’s theme for World Mental Health Day on October 10 is Mental Health in the Workplace. This week is a great opportunity for individuals, workplaces and communities to bring awareness to and highlight mental health and wellbeing where you…

Schools building schools

  Ruth Moriarty and Sinéad Keeley Although we didn’t travel to Africa until fifth year, our journey with the Schools and Health Foundation (SHF) began when we were much younger. We saw older girls come back from Africa who had helped to build schools in Sierra Leone. Inspired by the change we could make, we…