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This beautiful Can’t Retire From Being Great Champagne Flute and Bottle Set would make the perfect gift for Christmas or a delightful retirement gift for someone who’s just too good at their job.

The set includes a high quality crystal flute champagne glass with diamond cut detail and this can be personalised with the recipient’s name. 

The gift also includes a 20cl mini bottle of Laurent Perrier Champagne.

This high quality Blenheim Lead Crystal flute and Champagne set is presented in an elegant satin lined gift box.

Price is £39.99.

For more information about the Can’t Retire Champagne Flute and Bottle Set click on

Please send in your letters, photographs, recipes, poems, and handy tips, for your chance to win this fantastic prize. Or write a letter using one of the suggestions in our list below.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself, where you come from and where you live

2. Tell us about something important that you have achieved in your life

3. Tell us about a recent holiday or a family day out

4. Tell us about special afternoon tea or meal that you have had in a hotel or restaurant

5. Tell us about something romantic that has happened to you or a friend

6. Tell us about your garden or allotment and what you like to grow

7. Share a funny story about your grandchildren or share some family photographs

8. Tell us about your pets. And include a couple of photos

9. Share a favourite family recipe or a cookery idea with a picture of the finished dish or meal

10. Tell us about something you have something you have baked, cooked, sewn or made for your family as a gift

11. Have you had a cooking disaster? Tell us about it with lots of funny pictures

12. Have you recently moved home or downsized? We’d love to hear about your experiences

13. Tell us about a prize you have won from Sixtyplusurfers or another competition win

14. Tell us about something amusing that has happened to you or a member of the family

15. Tell us how you spend your retirement or leisure time

16. Tell us about your favourite hobbies, pastimes and interests

17. Share your tips about how you stay happy, healthy and fulfilled 

18. Tell us about a bargain or something you have bought which has given you good value for money

19. Tell us about your first car, school days or something unusual or exciting that has happened in your life

20. Share your handy tips and money saving ideas

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22. Tell us about your school days or wartime memories

23. Tell us about your first job or an unusual job you have had

24. Have you appeared on a quiz show, talent show or on TV? We’d love to hear about it

25. Have you done any fund raising, charity work or helped someone in need?

26. Has anyone in your life helped you, inspired you or given you something special that you would like to tell us about

27. Tell us about any DIY or creative projects with photographs that you have completed and made yourself.

28. Tell us about your best buy and a bargain you have bought.

29. What makes you happy? Share your tips and advice for feeling positive and contented.

30. Tell us what you like best about Sixtyplusurfers!

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Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Inherited Cats and Wily Wildlife

Over a decade ago a stray cat started hanging out in our garden during the summer and, much to my displeasure, he was killing the odd bird and chasing the squirrels. I tried shooing him off but he persistently came back. 

Halloween night we heard a noise outside, opened the front door, and the scruffy, skinny, almost fur-less stray was collapsed on our doorstep.  We carried him in, made him warm, offered food and water and laid him on the bed where he slept for over 27 hours. 

The next couple of days he slowly got back on his feet and started eating and within weeks was a healthy and much happier cat.  We called him Jack and he moved in; it was like he knew he wanted to live with us.  He is a fiercely independent cat, not keen on being picked up though will allow a few strokes sometimes – he is no lap cat but can be loving in his own way! 

Jack had spent that first summer hanging out with a vixen that we called Disney because she was extraordinarily pretty.  He continued to do this daily for the next 3-4 years, with the fox calling for him around 10am every day and they would spend the day playing, hunting, resting, sharing food together (funny watching the fox trying to share a jam sandwich with Jack, who was not remotely interested in it – made us laugh though).A very odd and unique friendship. 

Our next door neighbour once came home to find Jack and Disney curled up together on her bed – the fox was so spooked by her sudden presence that she crapped on the bed on her way out the flat! We have witnessed Jack catch and kill pigeons and doves and leave them for Disney who would turn up shortly afterwards and retrieve her prize; this must have been a big help to her when she had months trying to heal a broken front leg – with us providing food and Jack hunting for her she could rest up more, and thankfully it did seem to mend okay.

The first year the foxes had cubs we thought they would end the friendship with the cat to protect their young – until the day the adults turned up for their nightly dinner that we put out, started eating, called for the cubs, and 4 cubs were led out of the bushes by Jack – we could hardly believe it to know they obviously must trust him. 

Jack is friends with the whole fox family but seems to single an individual out as a best friend. After Disney it was another vixen called Stringer – the Fox Project helped her when she broke her back leg so badly it needed to be amputated. 

Stringer came back after her operation and seemed to be doing well, managing, being welcomed back into her family and having some food provided by us, but a few months later she was gone and we don’t know what happened to her.

Jack now has Alfie that we think is a dog fox. It is fascinating to watch the interaction between the species and I am intrigued as to what discoveries we may make over the years of watching them. Jack had been living with us for about 3 years when we got some new (terrible) neighbours.  Within days of them moving in their cat, Chloe, kept coming in through our cat flap – they didn’t seem to care, never asked after her and when they moved out the cat stayed – Chloe has been with us about 7-8 years now and is also friendly with the foxes. 

Chloe is the complete opposite of Jack; she is a very loving and playful girl, loves sitting on laps being pampered, combed/brushed, adores my better half and follows him around like a puppy!  If Chloe would just stop bring mice home she’d be perfect! We had both had dogs as pets previously and neither of us had cats, but now we cannot imagine ever having a cat-less house again. 

We would go to Second Chance Animal Rescue if we were to consider giving a forever home to other cats in the future as so many are in dire need of that little bit of love and safety. 

This photograph shows Jack and Disney together in the garden one nice sunny day.

Debby Brown, Kent

Dear Debbie

Thank you for telling us about Jack and Disney and sharing your fabulous photograph.

We’d love to hear from other readers about their pets and wildlife in your gardens.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

We had a nasty shock when my youngest granddaughter was diagnosed with Ollier’s disease!  None of us had heard of it and only 1000 kids have it in the U.K. Thank heavens for Google! We discovered the Red Robin Trust.

We took my granddaughter to the hospital for her finger pain. It was a fracture and put in plaster BUT the next day the hospital rang to come in urgently. We were told it was Ollier’s disease. Never heard of it! 

The bones in the fingers are not forming hence the lumps on them. The Plastic Surgeon said bone would have to be taken from the hip! This said in front of the two very young girls terrifying them both.

We asked for a second option. So had to go up to the famous GOSH. Great Ormond Street Hospital for children. There the Surgeon said he would not take bone from the hip but use plastics!  He wanted us to wait for the Fracture to heal. 

So weeks later that is what happening. Very frustrating for a very active and fit 6 year old and her very long suffering sister putting up with mood swings. Still in a splint as in the photo and waiting to see what happens next.

Susie Groom, Tavistock

Dear Susie

We’re so sorry to hear that your granddaughter has Ollier’s disease. We hope that Great Ormond Street is able to help and she isn’t in any pain. Do keep us updated.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

We have just returned from our fantastic break at the Woburn Hotel which we won as a prize in a recent Sixtyplusurfers Competition. Thank you so much – it was such fun.

It is a really lovely hotel, very luxurious, fantastic friendly staff and a wonderful dinner.  After our relaxing night we travelled on to Bletchley Park and enjoyed a few hours at an amazing venue.

Here is a picture of these two particular Sixtyplusurfers about to enjoy a lovely bottle of Champagne which we found in our room on arrival.

A great big Thank You to everyone involved. We had a super break and will visit again one day.

Heather Drew

Dear Heather

Thank you for telling us about your holiday to the Woburn Hotel, it looks like you had a wonderful time.

We’ve passed on your thanks to the Woburn Hotel.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

I thought I’d tell you about the year we’ve had on our allotment!

With the scorching hot summer some plants that normally do well for us suffered under the heat, so we found our runner beans, French and broad beans had a worse year than usual year

The big winners of the year are the squashes we planted, with a higher yield than normal, along with the normal Butternut. We tried a different squash (Uchiki Kuri) they are quite nutty in flavour with a starchy texture, but roast well and also make a good soup.

This year was also the year of the tomato! For once all the plants survived so we ended up with a tomato glut! Everyone that visited our house left with a goody bag of fruit/veg!

It’s so gratifying to have a whole freezer full of nothing but home grown produce/soups and sauces!

We’re already planning next year’s crops and are digging the ground over ready for next season!

I’d highly recommend an allotment if you have one near you – we’ve met a very diverse mix of fellow allotmenteers who are all friendly and it’s really lovely to receive and give advice.

Jo Orr, Coulsdon

Dear Jo

Thank you for telling us about your allotment and sharing your fabulous photograph of your produce. It looks delicious and I’m sure it tastes so much better than the supermarket vegetables and fruit.

We’d love to see pictures of other produce readers have grown in your allotments or gardens.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

We always leave our back door open for our stray, Hollie, to eat her food and then go out if she wishes.

However, a little while ago, I heard a noise in the kitchen one morning, and crept out to see if she needed any more food. To my surprise there was a ginger cat eating her left overs, but as soon as he saw me he ran off.

This happened on a regular basis, then one day Ginger (as we called him) appeared with one of his eyes all damaged. We caught him and immediately took him to the vet.  Sadly, the vet couldn’t save his eye as it was too damaged, and poor Ginger had to have it removed.

During all this treatment, and after his operation, we had to keep him indoors for quite a few weeks, and became attached to him. We were worried that after he’d had his stitches out and could go out again he would take off and we wouldn’t see him again. 

However, to our surprise, he kept coming back in, and has now settled down with our other stray, Hollie, although now and again we do get the odd spit and scrap.

Ginger has turned out to be a really affectionate, loving cat, and we are just sorry that he now has to live with only one eye.

Patricia Starkey, Somerset

Dear Patricia

Thank you for sending in your picture of Ginger and telling us how you found him.

That is a shame about his eye, but he looks so happy and well looked after.

It’s lovely that you’ve been able to give him such a good home, and lots of care and affection. 

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Thank You

Thank you so much for the Willie’s Cacao Chocolate Hamper which I won in a recent Sixtyplusurfers competition. It arrived yesterday and I am really pleased with it.

The box and contents were beautifully wrapped, even the bars of chocolate had ribbon around them.

I am going to save it for another week until my son and family come up to stay for half term holiday, and then we can all share it and enjoy it together.

Thanks again for such a lovely prize

Margaret Newton

Dear Margaret

Thank you for letting us know you received the Willie’s Cacao Chocolate Hamper safely.

We have passed on our thanks to Willie’s Cacao, the sponsor of the competition.

We’d love to hear from other readers who have won Sixtyplusurfers prizes.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Competition Winners!

Competition Winners
from the October 2018
issue of Sixtyplusurfers

The Winner of the Christmas Hamper from First 4 Hampers is:
Paula Lavender, Gloucestershire
The answer is: Fish-shaped

The Winner of the CJ Wildlife Guardian Seed Feeder Bundle is:
Stephen Woodbridge, Brighton
The answer is: 23 birds

The Winner of the Log Storage from Sue Ryder is:
John Pomfret, Devon
The answer is: Wood

The Winner of the Knitted Jacket from Damart is:
Vera Bahounkova, Surrey
The answer is: Grey Wales Check

The Winner of the RosehipPLUS Rosehip Oil and RosehipPLUS Day Cream is:
Margaret Dunlop, Fareham
The answer is: Southern Chile

The Winner of the Bundle of Games from Drumond Park including Foxy Pants, Word Bandit & Absolute Balderdash is:
Victoria Prince, Somerset
The answer is: Chickens

The Three Winners of Holst – The Planets, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mike Batt on CD are:
Mark Matthews, Bristol; Pamela Hutchinson, Derbyshire; and Coleen Allison, Leeds
The answer is: Bright Eyes

The Three Winners of the CoCo and the Butterfields EP ‘Monsters’ and Black T-Shirt with Logo are:
Jo Jones, Burton on Trent; Cindy Negus, Lincolnshire; and Antony Smith, Northumberland
The answer is: Monsters

The Winner of the Star Letter Competition is:
Teresa Everett, Essex
The Prize is a Copperpot Fudge Hamper

The Two Winners of the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter Competition are:
Yvonne Stevens, Derby and Elaine Brenton, Wembley
The Prize is a Bonne Maman Compote Gift Set

The Winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition to win a Rydell Radio in Cream from GPO Retro from is:
Ruth Grover, Hartlepool

The Winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Chat & Socialise Competition to win a Gregorian Wind Chime from Suttons is:
‘Cookiemonster66’ for the pine cone and conkers Christmas craft idea

The Winner of the NutriBullet from Macu-SAVE is:
Irene Maier, London

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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a Breville Cordless Jug Kettle in Cream from Robert Dyas

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Robert Dyas to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an elegant Breville Impressions Cordless Jug Kettle in Cream. 

The Breville Impressions jug kettle boasts a stylish ridged design with a high-gloss finish and chrome accents which is ideal for making a modern statement in your kitchen.

Adding to its attractive aesthetic is the illuminated water window, which emits a soft glow when the kettle is in boil mode. Thanks to the 3-kilowatt heating element, the boiling times are rapid.

An easy-grip lift-off lid makes filling easy, while a 360° base makes this jug kettle ideal for both right and left-handed users. It also has a cord storage feature to ensure your kitchen worktop remains tidy.

This beautiful cordless kettle is perfect for entertaining and will also make a fabulous Christmas present or housewarming gift.

The Breville Impressions 1.7L Cordless Jug Kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity and boils 6 – 8 cups of hot water. Price is £28.99.

For more information about the kettle click on

For Your Chance to Win

Tell us what does the illuminated water window emit to let you know that it’s in boil mode?  

      a) A soft glow
      b) A blue flash 
      c) A loud whistle
      d) A gentle warble

To Enter the Competition

Tell us what does the illuminated water window emit to let you know that it’s in boil mode? Then send in your answer together with your full name, postal address and telephone number to the
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 Our Star Letter 

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

My 60th Birthday Celebrations

In April this year I celebrated my 60th birthday.

My birthday celebrations have continued throughout the year too.

On the day of my birthday, my daughter took me for a lovely afternoon tea at a hotel in my home town of Southend, overlooking the sea.

I was taken to a Ziggy Marley concert. I may be 60 but my love of reggae is as strong as ever and I still love going to concerts!  

I enjoyed some meals out with friends and had a fabulous holiday in Turkey with my friend Jenny, who I have been friends with for over 55 years.

I also had a lovely holiday to Spain with my son and two grandsons.

It’s definitely been a year to remember, with some great memories made.

Teresa Everett, Essex

Dear Teresa

Happy 60th Birthday from everyone at Sixtyplusurfers! Thank you for sharing your fabulous photographs, it looks as if you’ve had a wonderful year of birthday celebrations.

We are delighted to tell you that you are the winner of the Sixtyplusurfers Star Letter Competition. Your prize is a Copperpot Festive Fudge Hamper.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Here are the 5 generations of our family. The youngest 2 great great grandchildren are 4 years and 8 years.

Then both their daddy’s (fathers). Then their mother and father (and boys uncle) (grandparents and great uncle). Then the mother and father of the boys mother and her brother (great grandparents). Then the mother of the mother who is great great grandmother 88 years old.

This is such a proud picture of our 5 generations that don’t happen very often.

Joanne Marlow, Middlesbrough

Dear Joanne

Thank you for sending in your fabulous photograph of your family, showing 5 generations.

You must be so proud. And judging by all the smiling faces, you were all having a great time when the photograph was taken.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers

Like a lot of people I have had a variety of jobs during my working lifetime but amongst them the most unusual was selling wigs in a wholesale wig shop. A friend gave me the phone number of a man who needed somebody to advise and sell in his wholesale wig shop.

The owner was actually based in London. I worked for him for practically a year but I never met him. He employed me over the phone, sent keys to the premises through the post and paid me each week by cheque. My hours of work were 9.00am to 6.00pm. The shop was actually in an office block in the centre of Manchester.

On the first day I arrived at 9.00am, worked very diligently, had an hour for lunch, but when I came to leave at 6.00pm I found I was locked in the building. I finally had to phone the police who contacted the landlord who came to let me out. He told me the building closes at 5.30pm so I must be out before that. I told my boss who said that was fine.

In twelve months I didn’t have that many customers and after reading many crime thrillers from the local library I became convinced there was something very odd about this job. I eventually handed in my notice but as a final note I had to interview and employ the lady who took over when I left. Very unusual.

Joan Greenberg

Dear Joan

That sounds a very unusual job. I’m not surprised you handed in your notice!

Have any other readers had strange or interesting jobs?

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

Whilst tidying in the garden was shocked to see a violet out at this time of year.

I have many plants but this is only one in flower.

Anne Sackey, Grantham

Dear Anne

That’s a sweet little violet. It is unusual to see them in flower at this time of year. The only flowers I have growing in my garden are roses!

We’d love to see pictures of rare flowers growing in readers’ gardens.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

Halloween has arrived early at our house. This is a sample of what I’m taking to work with me tomorrow as our Friday treat.

All done with a toffee flavoured sponge. I think my favourites are the little ghosties

D’you think my colleagues will like them?

Deborah Gilbody, Northamptonshire

Dear Deborah

Your Halloween cakes look delicious. I’m sure your work colleagues loved them. I bet they didn’t last long. Yum!

We’d love to hear about other cakes and dishes that readers have cooked. You can also include recipes and pictures. 

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

Fashion Funny

Several years ago our family went on a long trip around the world. We stopped at a spa in Slovakia that had natural springs in the indoor pools. It was the dead of winter so I hadn’t planned on swimming, so I didn’t have a swimsuit.

The reception luckily sold swimming costumes! The only thing was they were rather reminiscent of Greco-Roman wrestling suits. A singlet of sorts… A tank top looking top and shorts combined in a one piece. I looked ridiculous! At least by Western fashion standards, but no one at the resort seemed to care…or notice since plenty of other women looked the same. I packed the suit away as we left and forgot about it.

A few weeks later we found ourselves in Tunisia at a luxurious 5 Star resort complete with an indoor waterpark. Out came my wrestling suit and as I twisted and wriggled my way into it, I realized that we had forgotten towels. There was no one on duty so my husband suggested that I go to the reception which was across the parking lot next door. I looked down at myself. I had nothing to cover up my horrible fashion fail. I protested strongly, but he was already in the pool with the kids. “Besides, the hotel is really quiet, it’s likely no one will see you.”

His words still ringing in my ears, I gingerly crossed the gravel path barefoot, climbed the decorative stairs into the granite lobby overflowing with lush greenery… And an entire delegation of African dignitaries!

Time froze as every face turned towards me… Standing quite exposed in my rather odd looking attire… Spandex overalls… Ladies in flowing glamorous tribal print, and men with large gold chains… I grimaced an attempt at a smile as the receptionist looked mortified. I waddled over and whispered for a towel which practically flew over the desk.

I caught it and hastily beat a retreat, dying inside… Only realising halfway back that I only managed to get ONE towel… For four people!

Forget it! I was never going back. In fact I was convinced that we would need to check out immediately to spare any further shame.

I finally made it back to the pool. My husband asked why I was so much paler than usual. As I told him what happened, he couldn’t stop laughing… 10 years later and he still hasn’t stopped.

I have not been swimming since! Swimming costume flashbacks! I don’t know what was worse the shock on the chief’s face, or the horror on the receptionist’.

PS: Always pack a swimming costume just in case!

Still laughing,

Jennifer Gillies

Dear Jennifer

That’s a very funny story. I bet you didn’t want to get out of that swimming pool for a long time!

You’ll have to treat yourself to a nice new swimming costume now, and go for a really good swim ….

I’m so glad you’re still laughing about it!

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

I thought this picture we took at a campsite was worth looking at!

We captured a hot air balloon taking off behind a vintage camper van. A new type of eco vehicle for sure!!

Julie Doré

Dear Julie

That’s an intriguing photograph. Hmmm, could be a new eco form of travel. I’m not sure I’d fancy it though?

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 

Here’s a poem I wrote for the NHS’s 70th Anniversary which is going to be published in a book of poetry dedicated to the NHS.

It’s for all my fellow fibromyalgia sufferers, particularly the ones who have been suffering for many years before it was actually recognised as an illness

The Invisible Disease

Why will no-one believe me when I say my muscles ache
With a pain so intense but they think I’m a fake
They tell me I’m stressed and suffering from depression
But I’m not crazy, this is not an obsession
Your pain isn’t real they told me for years
Your pain isn’t real so hold back your tears
It’s all in your head, your pain isn’t real
But they don’t understand this hurt that I feel
The pain and exhaustion just wears me out
All I want to do is to scream and shout
But they still won’t believe me that all this is real
I just wish for one day they could feel how I feel
Your pain isn’t real they told me for years
Your pain isn’t real so hold back your tears
It’s all in your head, your pain isn’t real
But they don’t understand this hurt that I feel
Then one day they came up with a name for this invisible disease
They call it Fibromyalgia, finally someone heard my pleas
Giving it a name won’t take away this pain so intense
But at least now my suffering all makes sense
Your pain isn’t real they told me for years
Your pain isn’t real so hold back your tears
It’s all in your head, your pain isn’t real
Maybe now they’ll understand this hurt that I feel 

Copyright Liz Denial

Liz Denial, Nottingham

Dear Liz

Thank you for sending in your powerful poem. I’m sorry to hear Fibromyalgia has brought you so much pain.

I hope you’re poem helps raise awareness for this condition and that you are able to get some relief.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

Readers' Letter

Dear Sixtyplusurfers 


Autumn is here
The leaves they fall
The squirrels all scurry with their winter haul
Acorns, chestnuts, beechnuts too
Amongst all the leaves in their autumn hue

Blue tits, willow, great and coal
All fly and dart in the birdhouse hole
Looking for shelter to shade from the breeze
The bird box is hiding amongst all the trees

The robin, the starling, blackbird as well
All looking for grubs and worms to fell
Reds and oranges, brown and green
So many lovely colours are to be seen

Vivian Allman, Wolverhampton

Dear Vivian

Thank you for sharing your beautiful poem about autumn.

You’ve really evoked the colour, sounds and atmosphere of this delightful season.

Jenny Itzcovitz, Editor

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Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Win a Fox Door Stop and Storage Box 
from Sue Ryder

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Sue Ryder to offer one lucky reader the chance to win an adorable Fox Door Stop and a fabulous Grey Wooden Unit with Two Wicker Drawers.

The Grey Fox Door Stop is sure to bring a smile to your guests. This cute winter fox doorstop is dressed in his own warm winter attire and will make the perfect home accessory this Christmas and beyond.

Made from a combination of different textures the majority of his body is made from a strong herringbone and the contrast fabric on his eyes, ears, chest and tail is in cream linen. He will keep your door firmly open, while welcoming visitors, smartly dressed in his mixed grey woolly scarf.

The Fox Door Stop is filled with heavyweight sand to take the weight of most internal doors. Made of 100% polyester. Spot Clean only. Price is £5.99.

For more information about the Fox Door Stop click here

This elegant Grey Wooden Unit with Two Wicker Drawers is the perfect way to create extra storage in your home.

Suitable for providing extra storage space in a cluttered hallway, guest bedroom, bathroom or cloakroom. 

The lovely rustic wicker baskets are decorated with a tie bow and come fully lined with plenty of space to hold a variety of everyday objects.

The Grey Wooden Unit with Two Wicker Drawers arrives fully assembled for ultimate convenience. Price is £49.99.

For more information about the Grey Wooden Unit with Two Wicker Drawers click here 

About Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder provides incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care. They also offer emotional support and take care of the practical things too.

When you buy a gift from Sue Ryder, you are helping to support their ongoing hospice and neurological care programme.

For more information about gifts from Sue Ryder click on 

For Your Chance to Win

Tell us what winter attire
is the Fox Door Stop from
Sue Ryder wearing

        a) A hat
        b) A scarf
        c) A jumper
        d) A raincoat

To Enter the Competition

Tell us what winter attire is the Fox Door Stop from Sue Ryder wearing? Then send in your answer together with your full name address and telephone number to the Sixtyplusurfers email address as shown below:

* Please label your entry
Sue Ryder Fox Door Stop
and Storage Box Competition 

* This Competition is open to our
UK readers only

* Colour and style of door stop may vary according to stock and availability

* Names and addresses of entrants
will not be shared with third parties
and will be deleted after the
prize draw has been made

Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter Competition

Win a Case of Award Winning Ale from The Grainstore Brewery

If you enjoy visiting the Sixtyplusurfers website and entering our competitions, then why not subscribe to the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter.  

Free of charge, we send out the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter once a month to keep you up-to-date with all of our news. Find out about all the new competitions running on Sixtyplusurfers and all the latest features and articles we have planned.

To receive the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter once a month, just email your name, postal address and email address. And you can receive a regular update of all our news.

If you are already receiving our Newsletter, you might like to recommend a friend or someone from your family – so they can also keep in touch with Sixtyplusurfers on a regular basis.

This month, Sixtyplusurfers is offering FOUR lucky readers who join the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter mailing list or recommend a friend, the chance to win a Case of Award Winning English Ale from The Grainstore Brewery. Winners will receive either a case of Rutland Panther (3.4% abv), Cooking (3.6% abv), Rutland Osprey (4.0 abv) or Ten Fifty (5.0 abv).

The Grainstore Brewery opened its doors in Oakham, Rutland, in September 1995 and today is recognised as one of the best brew pubs in Britain.

The brewery rose from the ashes of Ruddles, with their former head brewer, Tony Davis, at the helm. Together with his business partner Mike Davies, they built a traditional gravity-fed brewery in the premises of a derelict Victorian grain store, next to the Oakham Railway Station in Rutland. In fact, the tracks still run through the cellar, regenerating a part of rural England’s industrial heritage.

Having transformed the building into a three-storey brewery, the first barrels of Grainstore “Cooking” were produced a couple of months later but cashflow was a problem. So, to start turning over some profit, Tony and Mike decided to sell their beer from a brewery tap for a couple of months to generate some funds and introduce their new business to the local community.

And now, more than 20 years later, The Grainstore Brewery Tap under directorship of Tony’s son, William and his business partner, Peter Atkinson, is a firm fixture on the Rutland map, drawing in locals and tourists alike. It produces a whole catalogue of regular and seasonal ales and has racked up many awards over the years – even earning a visit from HRH The Prince of Wales.

The combination of superb beers and a traditional pub setting has proven to be a winner, earning the accolade of The Good Pub Guide ‘Own Brew Pub of the Year’ on no less than five occasions in 2003, 2011, 2014, 2016 and now 2019.

With regular live music, including Jazz, Blues, Rock and little bit of Pop and a whole host of traditional pub games, promotions and Comedy Nights, there is always something to see or do.

The Brewery Tap plays host to tours of the brewery by arrangement, offering an insight into the traditional foundation of the business and highlighting what sets it aside from most other breweries in the country.

Tours last approximately one hour, starting with a guided tour from the brewery’s own “Beer Wizard”, Rory Gibson, who takes you on a journey through time and space to demonstrate the brewing process we use, from seeing the raw ingredients to the finished product, taking in the Copper, Mash Tun and fermentation system.

After the tour you are invited to sample our flagship Ten Fifty, Cooking and Triple B ales, which can also be bought from our brewery tap after your tour as single bottles, or in gift packs.

If you have chosen the option of staying and enjoying a meal after your tour, we serve a delicious Ploughman’s lunch or supper, incorporating our famous real ales into as many of the components as we can.

Food at The Grainstore has taken off in the last few years and we offer traditional pub meals from our Ten Fifty sausages and mash to beer battered fish and chips, as well as our infamous themed nights – from build-a-burger on Tuesdays to pie and a pint every Wednesday.

Or for those wanting a lighter meal, we fully recommend the cheese and ale soup.

The Grainstore is also well known for its regular festival and from 1999 has been the home of the annual ‘Rutland Beer Festival’, featuring over 70 Real Ales and Ciders. 2010 witnessed the introduction of our Annual Cider and Sausage Festival in late May, which has gone on to establish itself as the best cider festival outside of the West Country. And over Easter each year for the last few years we have introduced Craftfest – highlighting craft lagers and gins from across the country.

For more information or to book a tour of the brewery visit the website at

For Your Chance to Win a Case of Award Winning Ale from The Grainstore Brewery

To enter the Newsletter Competition just send us your full name, postal address and email address and then tell us if you would like to join our regular mailing list or recommend a friend.

Then send your contact details to us at:

FOUR lucky winners chosen from ‘the hat’ will win a Case of Beer from The Grainstore Brewery.

* Please Note – this competition is only open to those readers who are not yet on our mailing list but would like to receive the monthly Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter.

* You can also recommend a friend to sign up for the Newsletter for your chance to win the prize!

* To ensure that your email server does not reject the monthly Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter, we suggest you add the email  to your contacts list or safe list of senders.

Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition

Win a Glitter Lamp
from Prezzybox

Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Prezzybox for our Facebook competition.

We’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Nova Glitter Lamp from Prezzybox, the perfect way to add a bit of sparkle to your home for Christmas.

Brighten up your home and give it some festive magic with the Nova Glitter Lamp. This retro lamp will give your home a psychedelic retro feel and will be a talking point for guests who visit.

Giving a kaleidoscope of vivid colour and energy, the lamp creates swirling patterns and soothing to the eye rainbow blends. Ideal for the home with a touch of funky fun, the Nova Glitter Lamp stands at 38cm tall and can be placed on most flat surfaces, making it easy to display around the home.

Boasting a rainbow colour style base and shiny surface, the play of colours that the Nova Glitter Lamp’s light throws off is sure to delight and enthral in equal measure. It’s up to you where you put it, but it’s sure to draw approval from all corners, creating a sense of comfort and warmth for you and your guests.

The Nova Glitter Lamp is available from Prezzybox. Price is £24.99.

For more information about the Nova Glitter Lamp click on

 How to Enter the Competition

For your chance to win the Nova Glitter Lamp from Prezzybox in the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition just click on the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook page and tell us why you would like to win this fantastic prize!

And don’t forget to give us a ‘like’ and a ‘share’ while you are there! The best entry will win the prize.

Once you have entered the Facebook competition just let us know your full name and address to send the prize by emailing:

* Please label your entry
Nova Glitter Lamp Competition

The November/December 2018 Complete Competition List

This Month We’ve got 16 Free to Enter Competitions

Here is our Competition List with the pages you can enter them on:

1. Win 12 Days of Christmas Prizes from Silver Travel and their Partners
Travel & Holidays page

2. Win a Breville Cordless Jug Kettle in Cream from Robert Dyas
Competitions & Letters page

3. Win a Yamaha Reface YC Mini Virtual Organ worth £296.
Music page

4. Win a £50 Marks & Spencer Voucher. We’ve got five to give away!
Travel & Holidays

5. Win a Pet Remedy Party Season Survival Kit
Pet Care page

6. Win Scrabble Glass Edition from Asmodee in the Sixtyplusurfers ‘Best Photo’ of the Month Competition on the Chat & Socialise page
Our Friends page

7. Win a Gin Lane 1751 “Victoria” Pink. We’ve got two to give away!
Food & Drink

8. Sign up to receive the Sixtyplusurfers Newsletter or Recommend a Friend and Win a Case of Award Winning Ale from The Grainstore Brewery. We’ve got four to give away!
Competitions & Letters page

9. Win a Nova Glitter Lamp from Prezzybox in the Sixtyplusurfers Facebook Competition
Competitions & Letters page

10. Win a Fox Door Stop and Grey Wooden Unit with Two Wicker Drawers from Sue Ryder
Competitions & Letters page

11. Win a Bottle of 4711 Echt Kölnisch Wasser Original Eau de Cologne
Beauty & Hair Styles

12. Win a Christmas Prize Bundle from Drumond Park including Articulate!, Wally The Washer and Super Ski Jump
Our Friends page

13. Win a Faux-Fur Trim Cable Knit Hat from Damart
Fashion & Accessories page

14. Win “Warmest Christmas Wishes” CD by Engelbert Humperdinck. We’ve got three to give away!
Music page

15. Write the Sixtyplusurfers Star Letter and Win a Champagne Flute and Bottle Set from
Competitions & Letters page 

16. Win Andrea Bocelli The Music Of Silence on DVD. We’ve got two to give away!

Sixtyplusurfers Competition Terms & Conditions

Sixtyplusurfers reserves the right to withdraw any competitions or to substitute a prize in the event of a competition sponsor going into liquidation or administration.

If you have won a prize, please allow at least four to six weeks to receive your gift – as many of the prizes have been supplied by different sponsors.

All competitions must be entered separately. Please clearly label your entries with the correct name of the each competition you are entering. All ages can enter Sixtyplusurfers Competitions. Our competitions are open to everyone!

Closing date for Sixtyplusurfers Competitions is 31st December 2018. 

If you have any questions about Sixtyplusurfers competitions please email:

Click here to read the full Sixtyplusurfers Terms & Conditions.

Sixtyplusurfers Contributors

Jenny Itzcovitz – Editor
Simon Fine – Books & Reviews
Paul Brady – Web Design
Melissa Braiden – Competitions 
Phyllis Oberman – Art & Galleries
Malcolm Welshman – Pets
Dr Hilary Jones – Health & Beauty
 Michela Chiappa – Food & Drink
May Babatsikos – Film & Reviews

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