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(click for full list of news items)Broadstone's 44th Christmas parade set to be biggest and best ever (30th November)
The 44th year of the annual Christmas parade held at Broadstone is promised to be bigger and better than ever. More...
Science enthusiasts remember 'Darwin's moon' Alfred Russel Wallace (27th November 2013)
Science enthusiasts around the world have been remembering Alfred Russel Wallace, who died 100 years ago this month in Broadstone. More...
Petition pleading for 20mph zones in Broadstone is launched (25th November 2013)
A petition aimed at reducing the speed limit in residential areas of Broadstone has been launched. More...
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Reporting Back - Annette Brooke MP - December 2013
"I have recently contributed to a debate in Parliament on tuberculosis. I have a special interest in this disease as I was a patient over 50 years ago and spent 7 months in a sanatorium. For decades it seemed that this disease was conquered but currently 1 million people per year die from TB across the world and it has become a growing problem in this country again, particularly in cities. It is striking that an effective replacement for the BCG vaccine is not available and many of the drugs used are the same as those used over 40 years ago. We now have drug resistant forms of TB and so there is so much to be done on a global basis to tackle this disease effectively. The debate took place around the time of World Aids Day which was most timely given the fact that a high proportion of people with HIV Aids also have TB and die as a consequence of TB..." read more
Gardening Tips - December 2013
"Well, so far, the weather hasn't been too bad, temperatures low enough to turn some leaves a wonderful colour, but not too much rain. Perhaps if your garden is looking a bit dull. you could look out for something colourful to plant for winter colour next year. Don't forget to keep raking up those leaves, which seem to be slow to fall this year. Burn up some calories before Christmas.
If you grow rhubarb and would like some nice pink shoots earlier, cover a plant with an upturned bucket or terracotta rhubarb pot after covering it with straw. Prune grapevines whilst dormant to avoid 'sap bleeding'. If you are growing Brussels sprouts it is a good idea to stake them against strong winds. Make sure that greenhouse heaters are working correctly to avoid damage to tender plants..." read more
Love your pet ... Love your vet : Pet's Advice Column - December 2013
"Kidney Disease – the facts
Have you noticed you pet drinking more than normal? Off his food and losing weight? Seem a little under the weather? These are some of the typical signs of chronic kidney disease – a disease commonly seen in older cats and more sporadically in dogs.
One of the major functions of the kidneys is to filter urea (produced by protein breakdown) and to produce urine. Dogs and cats have two kidneys and each kidney has several hundred thousand tiny units called nephrons. These filter the blood, removing toxic waste products, salts and water which are then concentrated to form urine. Over time a proportion of the nephrons will disappear with age and not be replaced. Other factors such as toxins, infections or cancer may also destroy nephrons..." read more
Historical and Current Photos of Broadstone - See Broadstone as it used to be many years ago in these early black and white photos and also how it looks today.