New Year, new start

Book a fab­u­lous show at the Con­cor­dia Theatre or go to the town cin­ema

Hinckley Times - - FRONT PAGE -

IT is the sea­son to be jolly, put up with fam­ily mem­bers you don’t like or see for 12 months, drink loads and eat even more. And that is not men­tion­ing the shop­ping, queu­ing and hor­ri­ble presents you get.

But don’t worry as Christ­mas will soon be over and you can turn your thoughts to the New Year and per­haps mak­ing a res­o­lu­tion or two which may last a week if you are lucky. Any­one for join­ing a gym? Here are a few ideas for things you can do to make you life a lit­tle bet­ter or more in­ter­est­ing in 2018. 1. Turn your phone off Try and switch your smart­phone off a bit more. We’re pretty sure your fam­ily would rather you looked them in the eye and told them about your day than rat­tled through another level of Candy Crush at teatime. Ig­nore this if you are read- ing this ar­ti­cle on your phone.

I would like to say this ap­plies only to the chil­dren but the adults are just as bad.

They sit there in front of the TV not re­ally pay­ing any at­ten­tion to any­thing but the small phone screen in their hand as they watch yet another idiotic video of a cat do­ing some­thing stupid.

Why don’t you just switch off your phone and do some­thing less bor­ing in­stead. Hang on, that sounds like the ti­tle for a good kids TV show. 2. Read a book Whether it be through sup­port­ing your lo­cal li­brary or via that Kin­dle you were given by Santa, why not hit the clas­sics? Try Robert Louis Steven­son’s Trea­sure Is­land or one by J.R.R. Tolkien, for some re­ward­ing es­capism. You could even try and track down one by Hinck­ley au­thor from years ago Char- lotte Brame who lived in Cas­tle Street while one by Nuneaton’s own Ge­orge Eliot might be eas­ier to come by. 3. Dry­athlon It’s the month where you are likely to most need a drink but you could join thou­sands of Dry­ath­letes drop­ping the drink this Jan­uary and rais­ing money to help beat can­cer. Sign up now for all the sup­port you need.

4. Try­ing some­thing new ev­ery day

A very loose idea but we are think­ing more hav­ing a roasted cau­li­flower for din­ner than try­ing to be­come an astro­naut or ab­seil­ing from the top of The Cres­cent. 5. Grow some­thing to eat A packet of seeds costs a few pence and in a cou­ple of months and a warm win­dowsill you can have your own salad leaves or the start of some­thing far more im­pres­sive like to­ma­toes, squashes or beans come mid spring.

6. Get fit and en­ter a lo­cal race.

We have a fun run which takes place in the town cen­tre in June for Loros. It is only a short dis­tance so does not need much train­ing.

How­ever, we also have the more chal­leng­ing Bos­worth half marathon which is nor­mally in April and there is a 10k run in Leicester in Septem­ber and the Leicester Marathon and half marathon in Oc­to­ber. Yes, this could be the year you re­ally do get fit.

7. Go and visit an in­de­pen­dent store in Hinck­ley.

We have some very nice small stores in town so why not go to one.

Yes, I know you might have to say hello to the owner on the way in but you will be sur- prised at how good they are - and how rea­son­able the prices can be.

8. Eat some­where new in town

And, while you are at it, eat some­where new in town. We now have a foodie cul­ture which is the envy of other small places around and es­pe­cially Nuneaton. Have you been to Cafe Es­panol or one of the new chains such as Wild­wood. 9. Cin­ema trip Why not make it a day and stay for a film - as long as you re­alise that Sains­bury’s only of­fers free park­ing for a few hours.

The cin­ema in town is ac­tu­ally very good and you can book tick­ets in ad­vance. It is do­ing well and thou­sands have vis­ited - but we sus­pect many still have not. 10. Walk not drive Why not walk into town for a change as well and get fit? Or just in gen­eral put your car keys away, put some walk­ing shoes on and get some fresh air. Or even get on your bike.

Hinck­ley now has quite a few cy­cle paths which are pretty un­der-used. And they also stretch along Nor­mandy Way to­wards Earl Shilton and along the by­pass. You can ride for miles with­out meet­ing a car. 11. Go to the theatre The town has one of the best the­atres in the county and it puts on shows that ap­peal to every­one.

What other theatre would dare to put on The Vicar of Di­b­ley? You would not find that at the Curve or the Bel­grade.

If that is not enough to tempt you, what about Dolly Par­ton’s fa­mous 9 to 5 The Mu­si­cal. Every­one needs a bit of Dolly in their lives and you can see it on stage in Hinck­ley in March.

Pic­tures of the colour­ful Cinderella panto at the Con­cor­dia Theatre in Hinck­ley. Pic­tures: Rich B Pho­tog­ra­phy www.richbpho­tog­ra­phy.co.uk

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