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WINTER EDITION 2014/15

Crystal
Palace

Fresh plans for
sports centre

5 WAYS SUGAR
AFFECTS WOMEN
H E A LT H

• B E AU T Y • F I T N E S S • FA S H I O N • S H O P S • F O O D • AC T I V I T I E S
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Welcome to Word of
Mouth Magazine!
Word Of Mouth is a new community lifestyle magazine, jam-packed with the
latest deals, what’s on listings, local info and practical advice, provided to
help you stay in the loop with your community, find local and support businesses and share what matters most to you.
WOM MAG is also the best place for independent businesses to start a buzz
in their neighbourhoods, by simply advertising their services via our online
community pages. We know that most small business have little or no time
to capitalise on most online marketing platforms, the online market is far
reaching and effective, a great way to showcase your products and services,
promote offers and deals and even share how your customers feel about what
you offer. Our aim is to advertise your local business through WORD OF
MOUTH using the social media toolkit to essentially create for you a new
market place by reaching your target audience online.

Editor - Daina Renton

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The Perfect

WINTER PARTY STYLE
here’s an excitement in the air that no other time
of year comes close to and thanks to Christmas
and the fast approaching New Year, we can all look
forward to even more glitzy and glamorous festive
parties! Whether they’re for work, an outing with
friends or even a family gathering, there’s a staple
yet versatile look you can re-invent and accessorise
to suit almost any party occasion this winter.
FIRST STEP: invest in a simple black jumpsuit.
Whether it has lace detailing, a plunge neck, long sleeves or even
scuba panels, step away from the LBD you’ve had in your wardrobe
for years on end and opt for a comfortable yet distinctive look that
will turn heads in and out of the party. For those who aren’t great
in towering stiletto heels, luckily this Autumn/Winter ’14 is a time
for ankle boots, mid heels and block heeled footwear. Pair these
with your jumpsuit for a classic look suitable for events that run
well into the New Year; dinner date or gallery opening perhaps?
As for makeup, this season favours two opposing looks beyond all
others. Either choose a wine red or burgundy lip colour or go for
a blunt nude or faint pale pink shimmer. Strong brows are a must
but go easy on the eyeliner; focus instead on the lashes with a slick
of volume boosting mascara. For eyeshadow, find a dependable
mineral base in taupe, mauve or nude. Less about crazy colour
pops and more about contouring and high feline cheekbones, wield
the power of blusher and practice techniques for creating a sharp
look. Moisturising is key however (especially in winter), so choose a
full-coverage moisturiser for your skin before picking even picking
up your foundation brush. For an optimum dewy and fresh faced
look, get a long-lasting illuminator for under the eyes. Last but not
least, indulge in this season’s nail trends by alternating from reverse
French manicures to azure blue geometric shaped nail designs in
a glossy texture.
Wear your hair up or down but when it comes to accessorising,
the beauty of a black jumpsuit is that you’ll look fantastic both on its
own and with an abundance of jewellery. Chunky and fine jewellery
should never be mixed but an envelope clutch works well at day
or night. Whether you’re a cardigan, satin blazer or embellished
jacket fan, you can always keep warm while out and about with a
woollen maxi coat or blanket cape.

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LIVING WATER SATISFIES

A COMMUNITY

SOCIAL
ENTERPRISE
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Situated on Westow Street close to Gipsy Hill
and Crystal Palace stations, The Living Water
Satisfies Café is a perfect example of one of
London’s premier community spaces. Living
Water Satisfies – “A social enterprise re-investing
its profits to empower women overcome domestic
violence”- has been a pillar of strength for women
whose lives are affected by domestic violence.
In addition to championing the goings on of
the local community, Living Water Satisfies is
committed to helping such women determine
their own future through much needed emotional
and practical support. The charity’s training and
workshops cover a broad spectrum of skills such as beauty and care,
assertiveness and confidence building, debt management and ICT
skills. Developed to help women experiencing the early or latter
stages of domestic abuse (resettlement), these workshops aim to
empower victims within the community rebuild their lives and regain
their livelihoods.
However, resources to fully open these programmes are needed
and until then, Living Water Satisfies continues to advise, provide
information and signposting whilst its café houses business meetings
and a warm, friendly atmosphere for mothers, children and families
to eat and relax. With free wi-fi, baby changing facilities, disabled
access and take-away food and drink available, the Living Water
Satisfies Café pools all profits into its charitable work. With its menu
boasting hearty British classics to Caribbean favourites, the café’s
food is all made in-house by its team of dedicated chefs. A selection
of tea, coffee, pastries and hot and cold sandwiches are also available.
The venue can be booked for conferences, seasonal celebrations,
family gatherings, breakfast meetings and more.
Living Water Satisfies’ latest enterprise can be found at 68 Church
Road; a new charity book and art shop where community members
can pick up art supplies, browse through its book collection and
enjoy a coffee while they’re at it. In addition to its work with women
suffering from domestic violence and abuse, Living Water Satisfies
also strives to tackle youth unemployment within the local area.
This community outreach effort is sensitive to young people’s desire
and need for finding work and offering them continued support and
advice once they’ve found it. Having been providing work experience
placements to the unemployed and inexperienced youths in the
Living Water Satisfies Café, the enterprise is a truly integral part of
the Crystal Palace community.

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Ways Sugar
Affects
Women

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ith the festive season well and truly upon us, food and drink are
aplenty at this exciting time of year. Regardless of the cold and
long dark days, families and friends gather amidst a general
sense of merriment for booze and comfort food. Whilst time
spent on and off the treadmill is the last thing on many women’s
minds, so is their diet until a barrage of New Year’s resolutions
overwhelms all. Though mince pies, Christmas pudding and
mulled wine and cider are a delicious treat, it’s probably for the
best they only make a full-on appearance but once a year. Take
a look at five ways in which too much sugar affects women’s
bodies…
Overdoing it in the sugar department increases conceive is on your mind, it may help to look into
inflammation within the body. Especially in alternatives to sugary foods, especially refined
Western diets in which sugar is rife, our digestive white sugars. Too much sugar in the body can
systems simply aren’t designed to cope with high affect hormone levels through a sugar crash –
levels of sugar consumption and inflammation caused by an increase in insulin – which in turn
is our body’s reaction to this. The dangers of leaves you drained and exhausted thanks to fight
inflammation within the body can lead to long- or flight reaction by the body.
term consequences challenging to our quality
The hormones cortisol and adrenaline are
of life; diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, released by the adrenal glands to replenish
arthritis, certain cancers and even degenerative sugar levels but when this happens too often,
disorders. From table sugar, brown sugar, raw our adrenal glands can become weakened and
sugar and honey (even raw) to corn sweetener, sluggish, causing a hormonal imbalance.
glucose, fructose and rice syrup, our bodies
This also affects the levels of oestrogen,
simply cannot withstand the
progesterone, the androgens DHEA
surprising levels of these we Women who
and testosterone in your body.
unknowingly consume every day.
Insulin resistance is another
Each time we put as little as two consume a lot of serious health issue caused by too
sugars in a cup of tea we change sugar are likely
much sugar consumption. The more
our body’s chemistry and disrupt to experience
sugar we eat, the more insulin we
the natural balance within the
release which eventually leads to
body needed for maintenance reduced fertility insulin resistance. Since we rely on
and repair.
the pancreas to secrete insulin to
Sugar also plays a huge factor in depleting turn the sugar in our blood into energy for our
the essential vitamins and minerals we need to cells, too much sugary foods makes the pancreas
function at peak performance. The minerals we work overtime. Insulin resistance is linked to
need in our diets work in harmony with one issues with ovulation and can put women at
another and when sugar interferes and depletes much higher risk of miscarriage.
one, the others either become toxic or deficient.
Finally, perhaps something most women can
Ever suffered from anxiety, depression irregular relate to: PMS. A time when it’s most important
periods, lower immunity or even a gut health for hormones to work in harmony with one
issue such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Try another and keep the body running smoothly,
eating less sugar and it may help lessen the too much sugar actually creates unhappy
symptoms.
hormones and causes cramps and uncontrollable
Women who consume a lot of sugar are likely cravings.
to experience reduced fertility. If trying to

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WINTER
WARMER TREATS

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n winter, even the most disciplined are
compelled to turn to a big fat dollop of hearty
comfort food. Just the though of sticky toffee
pudding, duck fat roast potatoes and a greasy
take away light up our senses as we prepare
to indulge as much as we can in one sitting
to refuel our bodies with desperately desired
carbohydrates. Whilst New Year’s resolutions
may help us hold back, it’s only a matter of
time before we crack and let loose for a bout
of gluttony. Never fear however, for there
are plenty of delicious warming treats that’ll
actually nourish our bodies as well as our souls
– all guilt free and easy to make! We’ve got a few ideas to get the ball
rolling so tuck that take away menu back in the drawer and get ready
to cook up a storm.
A serving of spaghetti bolognese might be quick and easy to turn
up but why not enjoy a tried and tested gluten free gem? For a light
and fresh yet comforting dinner, pick up some rice vermicelli noodles,
thinly sliced flank steak and fresh chilli, bean sprouts, coriander and
spring onions to whip up into a tasty beef Pho noodle dish. The secret
to a beautiful pho lies in its stock, so for a traditional and popular beef
version, you can either use a beef stock cube or take the time to simmer

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a shank bone or oxtail prior to adding the noodles.
Step away from the double cream in soup making and opt for
raw vegan miso soup to warm you from head to toe. With a total
preparation and cooking time of less than 20 minutes, you’d be silly
to not at least give it a try; particularly after slogging away at the
gym just to keep to your fitness resolutions in the New Year. For one
serving you’ll need two tablespoon of raw miso, 3 cups of warm filtered
water (less if you prefer a more concentrated flavour), tofu and spring
onions, thinly chopped marinated mushrooms and and seaweed to
garnish. Once you’ve blended the miso and water, you can add the
tofu and garnishing.
Got a sweet tooth? Grab some under ripe pears and poach them in
spiced red wine for a fat free pudding your friends will be envious of.
For this you’ll need a vanilla pod, however much red you need to get
some healthy circulation going, 1 halved cinnamon stick, a fresh sprig
of thyme and another to seve and 6 whole peeled pears with the stalks
intact. Once you’ve added the vanilla pods, thyme and cinnamon to
the wine as it heats in a saucepan, gently lower in the pears. Make sure
the pears are completely covered in wine (lie them down in a wider
saucepan if you’d prefer to have less wine) as they poach – once they’re
tender all the way through you’ll know they’re ready to be served! The
great thing about poached pears is that they can keep for up to two
days in the fridge if you’d rather save them for later.

Located at 86A Westow Hill, Brave Girl Gifts
has prime location within Crystal Palace;
right next to Crystal Palace Park and leading
to Dulwich Upper Wood. In an area where
working professionals and young families
are rife, Brave Girl Gifts is perfectly situated
in its quest to provide beautiful, kooky and
simply delightful decorative home ware and
accessories to all who enter.
Liz Perridge, the owner, worked as a
costumier for West End show Wicked and
opened Brave Girl Gifts in September 2013.
The store supports emerging artists and
designers, which Liz runs in conjunction to
doing her theatre work; she has over ten
years experience as a costumier and dresser.
Harbouring a particular passion for vintage
dress and style, Liz follows in her greatgreat-grandmother Rosina Newcombe’s
footsteps in running a Crystal
Palace based business.

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PLANS FOR

CRYSTAL PALACE

NATIONAL
SPORTS CENTRE
One of the long standing leisure
centres within the community,
the Crystal Palace National
Sports Centre is a local treasure
indeed. A Better leisure centre,
the sports centre itself was
opened in 1964, meaning it
has been in our midst for 50
years! Recently however, an
announcement was made that
new plans will be unveiled for the
centre going forward into 2015.

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lready the venue
for one of London’s
best 50m pools,
gym, volleyball and
football court as well
as athletics track,
the international
a nd communit y
spor ts facilities
a re to undergo
a redevelopment that will transform
the centre into a modern sporting and
recreational site. In order to secure a
long-term future for this listed venue, The
Mayor of London has laid out fresh plans
for the Crystal Palace National Sports
Centre in working with CSM Strategic,
FMG Consulting and GT architects. Plans
were consulted on from 6th October to
16th November and will now have been
furthered upon for the upcoming year in
which they will be finalised.
In addition to improving the public
access areas around the sports centre (this
includes restoring the original Paxton axis
to the front of the building which makes
it easier to get to through the park), the
Olympic sized swimming pool will be
treated to a brand new interior. A modern
health and fitness suite will be designed
and built to overlook the park along with a
café, ground floor reception area, climbing
wall, terracing, playground and soft play
area. To cater to London’s need for sites for
new schools, a new Capel Manor College
building and a two-form entry primary
school were also under consideration for
the site, making the area a hub for sports,
recreation and education.
However, The Mayor’s plans to create
schools on the site is under scrutiny;
the cause of controversy lies with the
possibility that the athletics track is to
be demolished altogether simply to make
way. With The Mayor’s office considering
four different options in which the sports
centre can be changed, it appears there’s a
50/50 chance of the track staying or going.
It seems the schools will be built whatever
the case, with either the athletics track or
only its stands being removed.
The Commonwealth Games 400-metre
relay team member Conrad Williams
has stated; “It’s a shame that a pivotal,
memorable and hugely historical icon of
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British athletics is on the brink of being
taken away”.
Whilst the swimming pool is to be
modernised, experts say an intended
modification would eliminate diving
altogether, given the pool would be much
too shallow. With the mayor having
invested over £20 million in the site,
a spokesperson has commented; “The
proposals have been formulated following
discussions with a wide range of groups
and sporting organisations and the current
consultation is an opportunity for local
people and interested parties to voice
their opinions and understand more about
the challenges facing the site. No final
decisions have been made at this stage
and we want the consultation responses to
shape the development of a more detailed
final proposal”.
Young future sporting stars have spoken
out to try and save the athletics track and
swimming pool from undergoing changes.
13-year-old diver Annabel Triggs holds a
bronze medal the National Age Group
three-metre springboard event and believes
she will have nowhere to train should the
pool modifications be made; “The 2012
London Olympics were fantastic and did
inspire me and many of my generation but
two years later, this development threatens
to take away facilities young athletes
have available in south London and close
successful and long-standing sports clubs.
Is that really the Olympic legacy for us?”
Some of you may have read the
consultation paper and taken part in the
survey regarding the Mayor’s plans for
the site. Others will have attended the
plans public exhibitions at the sports
centre last year. Whatever the consensus
may be, it is safe to say that the Crystal
Palace National Sports Centre is a venue
intended for everyone to enjoy. Overseen
by Better, the lessons and courses offered
by the leisure centre include swimming,
gymnastics, athletics, football, tennis and
even trampolining. ROCKSTART taster
sessions for climbing, racquet sports, boot
camps and personal training sessions are
also offered. For those with small children,
there’s Toddler’s World for stimulating
play (adult supervision required) and the
booking essential Ofsted registered Crèche
for parents taking part in activities.

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Crystal Palace National
Sports Centre is a venue
intended for everyone to enjoy.

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A
Valentine’s
Day Treat
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To help you celebrate (or drown your
sorrows) in style this Valentine’s Day, here’s
a few special V-Day themed cocktails to get
the party started. From pink and fruity to
refined and classic, you’ll have no problem
rustling these up behind the bar or even the
kitchen counter for yourself or that special
someone!
First up, there’s the Lady Killer. Fear
not however, its method isn’t nearly as
formidable as its name. Fruity yet sharp,
this can be served up in a champagne flute
and enjoyed before or after dinner. For one
serving you will need…
1 Shot dry gin
½ Shot Cointreau
½ Shot apricot brandy
2 Shots passion fruit juice
2 Shots pineapple juice
Once you’ve shaken it all up in an
ice shaker, strain the mixture into the
champagne flute over some ice cubes and
garnish with a cherry.
Next, give the Strawberry Blonde a try.
Made with champagne, this luxurious drink
is not only pink and pretty but will get you
giggly quicker than you can say “I’m done!”
For just one of these you’ll need to mix…
2 Shots champagne
2 Shots strawberry vodka
1 ½ Shots pineapple juice
½ Shot strawberry syrup
Strain into a tall glass with crushed or
cubed ice and in order to fully enjoy this
sweet treat, pack as many halved strawberry
slices in there as you can! This drink is
perfect for getting ready with friends before
an evening out.
Lastly, give the Honolulu Lulu a go if you
don’t fancy downing a glass full of pink
liquid. This drink marries refined herbal
notes with the richness of cherry liqueur.
To make one of these, you will need…
1 Shot gin
1 Shot Benedictine
1 Shot cherry lacquer
Fill half a glass with ice, pour all three
components in and stir with the ice until
chilled. Once ready, transfer to a martini
glass and enjoy!

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ARE YOU
READY FOR
VALENTINE’S
DAY?
So you’ve gotten through the festive
period, re-joined your colleagues at work
and settled into normality once more…
and yet Valentines Day is on the loom.
Whether you’re all for the flowers and
romance or simply couldn’t give a damn,
here’s our handy guide on how to survive
Valentine’s Day 2015.

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ingle? Valentine’s
Day might be
full of smoochy
couples on the
tube (and pretty
much everywhere
else too) but don’t
worry, you’ve got it
much, much easier
without having to
surrender this month’s pay check to
someone else’s’ enjoyment. Instead,
fill your intimate’s drawer with saleprice lingerie from all the big brands
– an annual occurrence at this time
of year – and spend the evening out
with friends so not as to succumb to
romantic drama overkill on each and
every channel. With mostly coupled
up lovebirds elsewhere on Valentine’s
Day, you can be sure your favourite
cocktail bar is full to the brim with
singles ready to mingle.
Don’t believe in Valentine’s Day?
Loved up or not, some of us simply
aren’t wired to care that a day such as
this even counts to be on the calendar.
Like it or not however, there’s no
point running from all things pink

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and red simply because it’s not for
you. Embrace the cheesiness and don’t
laugh at the poor, well-intentioned
men on the way home from work
carrying giant bouquets of roses –
sometimes it ain’t easy to please a
lady! Get a babysitter if needed, enjoy
a candlelit chocolate fondue, down
a couple of Valentine’s Day themed
cocktails and maybe even catch a latenight showing of Fifty Shades of Grey
on its opening weekend…Valentine’s
Day might just be the night out you’ve
been needing for a while!
Desperate to outdo last year’s epic
Valentine’s Day surprise? Even a
seasoned Valentine’s Day veteran
can run out of steam. Perhaps take
it down a notch and try to ease up
on the importance of gifting. Make a
pledge with your loved one to “take
this year off” and spend what you
would have on something you can
enjoy together; a nice meal, tickets
to the theatre or even towards his
and hers bathrobes you can pick out
together. This way, you can build
up on the excitement for next year’s
surprise!

Milkhouse Candles

The makers of paraffin free home-friendly scents,
Milkhouse Candles is a family run business providing
customers with attractive and affordable scented
jar candles for all to enjoy. Perfect as gifts and for
creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere in the home
or office, this business was started by Eric and Linda
Sparrow who had initially begun candle making as a
hobby back in 2002.
Although based on Church Road, Miklhouse Candles
now enjoys a worldwide customer base. As the
producers of clean-burning candles, Milkhouse
Candles’ creations remain free of artificial colour.
With no lead in any of its candles’ wicks, Milkhouse
Candles uses a pure beeswax and natural soy wax
from grown soy beans taken straight from the soil in
Midwestern America. Finding that its UK consumer
base prefer floral scents over food based scents,
customers can nevertheless choose from a broad
range of beautiful and charming scents including
lilac & wildflower, scotch pine, pure vanilla, southern
jasmine, autumn pear, butter toffee, apple strudel.

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History
OF A MINCE

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Pie

irtually non-existent for 11 months out
of the year and suddenly stacked high in
supermarket aisles come December, mince
pies are rarely thought of outside the festive
season. Whilst not everyone’s a fan of these
doughy dried fruit morsels, mince pies have
a rich history as a status symbol since they

were first made.
Originally made in an oval shape to symbolise the baby Jesus’
birthplace – a manger – the top of the mince pie represented
the cloth his mother lovingly wrapped around him. In the
UK, during Stuart and Georgian times, mince pies symbolised
wealth and status; well-to-do families loved showing off during
Christmas get-togethers by carting out trays of pies of varying
shapes. Stars, hearts, flowers, crescents and even tear shaped
mince pies would delight guests at festive parties. The more
extravagant parties would boast dozens of mince pies in shapes
that would interlock with one another, creating an edible table
piece for guests to sample as the booze poured and carol singing
commenced.
Nowadays, mince pies are traditionally available in a small
round shape and can be enjoyed hot or cold. Eaten by themselves
or as a pudding with ice-cream, these readily available treats
were not always packed with dried fruit however; meat such
as lamb would have been used in the past. Often on Christmas
Eve and regardless of whether they’re on his Naughty or Nice
List, children will leave out carrots for Santa’s reindeer and
mince pies and brandy for the big man himself as a treat for all
of his hard work!

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here’s something about
the New Year that
brings out the sensible in
all of us. Resolutions are
made and stubbornly
stuck to for as long as
our conscience – or
the memory of that last
raging hangover – tugs at our minds and
the hope of a successful year often drives
us to make big life-changing decisions.
We work harder, longer hours and aim
to perhaps achieve what we didn’t in the
previous year.
Whilst this is all well and good, the
expectations and pressure of what we
should be doing don’t always go hand in
hand with the plaguing thought of the
long, dark winter days ahead. From the
moment we awaken to when we leave the
office, we’re bombarded with a pitch black
welcoming only the blaring light of the
high street or our regular tube stations
seem to overcome. People are grumpy
and postpone social engagements to
avoid facing the freeze whilst others are
just downright low whatever they do.
Although many of us plough on and
get through the worst of this frankly
quite bland time of year, others seem to
feel the brunt a lot more and succumb
to winter’s dark grasp in a downward
mental, physical and emotional spiral.
SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – is a
common yet underrated complex illness
that can affect even the strongest minded
individuals. 20% of us experience mild
symptoms of SAD which leave us down
but without serious consequence –
known as Sub-syndromal SAD sufferers,
this discomfort will pass in time. For 2%
of the UK population, the Winter Blues
is but a comical name for something we
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illness that can prevent sufferers from
functioning as we normally would on an
everyday basis without the right help and
treatment.
Lethargy, eating and sleep problems
occur for Winter Blues sufferers but
anxiety and depression aren’t so much
an issue. SAD sufferers (mostly women)
experience a wide range of symptoms
including but not limited to increased
irritability, loss of libido, lowered immune
system with a vulnerability to infections,
poor cognitive function, fatigue and
weight gain in addition to anxiety and
depression. Come the first signs of spring
however, many SAD sufferers experience
a sudden lift in mood and begin to lose
their symptoms from the winter. Whilst
Doctors have yet to pinpoint the exact
causes of SAD, some researchers believe
that less sunlight during the autumn and
winter months is responsible for the
brain making less serotonin, a chemical
linked to neural pathways that help
balance our moods.
Whilst varied treatments are available,
GPs often recommend Winter Blues
sufferers to spend some time outdoors
in the early daytime to get more natural
light. Supplementing the body with
vitamin D via exposure to natural
sunlight can ease symptoms and help to
eradicate a general feeling of lowness. It
seems however cold or grey it may be,
spending even a little time outdoors – on
your lunch break or on a slow weekend
stroll – is ultimately beneficial to your
health in ways other than filling your
lungs with fresh air! Serious SAD
sufferers should not be afraid to share
the severity of their experience with
their GP as antidepressant medications
and phototherapy (light therapy) may be
more suited to combat their symptoms.

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The Crystal Palace
FC Foundation

F

irstly, let us introduce ourselves. The Crystal
Palace FC Foundation is the charitable arm of
the Palace family and we exist to maintain and
support our local communities. We are South
London and proud, this stands for: representation,
inclusion and diversity. We embrace this ethos;
this is ‘The Palace Way’.
We are proud to exist under the mighty name
of Crystal Palace, a club with deep roots and longstanding heritage in
the community, but the Foundation itself runs as separate from the infrastructure of CPFC. By this, we mean that the Foundation exist as a
charitable trust with NO direct funding from Crystal Palace FC.
Being that we are entirely self-funded, we are reaching out to our loyal fan base, faithful supporters and trusted friends to drive our future
aspirations forward and create the most successful, thriving football
Foundation that exists within the game.
This is where we are looking to enlist your help! We have put together a fundraising campaign spanning the next 80days across April,
May and June. We have a series of events organised for the Spring
calendar and opportunities for yourselves to get involved.
Whether your inspiration is to fundraise for something or someone
close to your heart, feel that sense of achievement in completing a
challenge, to get fitter, or just generally to raise awareness for a great
cause, we want to embrace all motivations!
Each event will fundraise to support different areas of the Foundations diverse project delivery, please feel free to roam our website to
explore the variety of areas we work within.
Our first event will be a Foundation Aid Football Match, happe-

ning after the close of the Premier League season. We will be hosting
a community day where we invite local partners, schools, businesses
and participants of our programmes to Selhurst Park to experience the
magic of the stadium. In the evening there will be an 11-a-side game on
the pitch at Selhurst Park, including some recognisable faces from past
Palace teams. We will be auctioning off places for the first XI, with the
most prized positions going to the highest bidder. Look out for chances
to compete face to face with your Palace hero’s!
The Foundation have also organised a fundraising walk, in partnership with Charity Challenge, to raise some vital funds for our valuable
Disability and Health programme. The Sunset to Sunrise walk takes
place in Eastbourne, Sussex, on 20th June, and we will ask participants
to raise a minimum of £200 (but please do not let us limit you, go as far
as you can stretch!). The best part; you decide where your money goes.
We run comprehensive programmes under the headings of Disability
and Health, so you chose what resonates best with you.
All of the information you need for these two events featured, or any
of the fundraising activity taking place in the Spring period, will be
detailed on our website: www.cpfcfoundation.org
Naturally, we know that everybody is not football enthusiasts, or
have the capacity to take on an intense physical activity, but may still
want to be involved in what the Foundation offer the local community.
Please visit out Just Giving page to pledge a donation or alternatively
email [email protected] to register interest or suggest a fundraising idea. Look forward to hearing from you!
So come and join some of the Palace team in helping us, to help
you! Remember the Palace Foundation exists to serve our local community, but as with every charity, we need assistance.

CRYSTAL PALACE
Football Club

FOUNDATION
One Club. One Community.
Registered Charity No. 1125878

www.cpfcfoundation.org
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Top
5
worst

DESSERTS
Don’t be misled by the title, Top
5 Worst Desserts is probably
a dramatic way of putting
it, especially seeing as these
wonderfully delicious treats
are by no means inedible.
Dangerously artery clogging
if eaten too often however,
these addictive sweet treats
are probably best left alone
and saved for only the most
dire of cases – break ups,
children’s birthdays (a joyous
yet stressful occasion for all)
and perhaps even a visit from
your mother-in-law, whose
stringent views against a
simple fruit salad are enough
to bring anyone down.

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1

Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream: It’s everywhere; at
the cinema, the Costcutter around the corner
and sometimes half price at the supermarket.
Surprisingly low down on the Worst Desserts
scale, don’t be deceived by its seemingly innocent
ranking, it’s altogether too easy to polish off an
entire tub by yourself. Depending on the flavour,
the calorie and fat content varies but generally,
don’t be shocked that half a cup ice cream from
that spanking new Ben & Jerry’s café you’ve been
dying to try piles on 300 calories and approximately
20g of fat to your daily intake.

2

Cheesecake: What harm can a civilised
cheesecake do? Hardly as indulgent as
some of the other offenders on our list, a
cheesecake certainly harbours potential
for more brutal hours spent at the gym. Do treat
yourself to the low fat variety once in a while but
don’t forget the figures: a single serving packs over
350 calories and a whopping 21g of fat into a tiny
slice. Disappointing as it is, we speak truth.

3

A McFlurry: Ahh, McDonalds. The very
thought of this gloriously successful fast
food chain stirs deep rooted feelings of love
and hate. Memories of childhood birthday
parties, tossing out pickles from a Happy Meal
cheeseburger, sub par coffee when you can’t find
a Starbucks and last week’s drunken binge meal
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resurface to haunt even the best of us. A McFlurry
may be an easily justified impulse dessert but
unsurprisingly, this tiny tub of ice cream can mount
up to over 500 calories with toppings. Filled with
sugar, expect to consume roughly 100g of it as well
as 15g of fat. Are you still lovin’ it?

4

Banana Split: Not as popular here as in the
U.S, this scrumptious dessert is easily made
at home or ordered from an American style
diner post burger and French fries. Yes, the
banana may be good for you but what of the multiple
scoops of ice cream, spurts of whipped cream,
glacé cherries, flavoured syrup and multicoloured
sprinkles that go on top? Have fun inputting an
additional 700-100 calories and over 40g of fat to
My Fitness Pal…

5

Chocolate Cake: A beautiful chocolate cake
can go both ways; a light and fluffy dark
chocolate mocha recipe can be just enough
to ease your cravings but what about the
biggest, best and full-on ones out there? The classic
chocolate cake often has ice cream or fresh cream
drizzled over the top, melted chocolate oozing out
of it and icing sugar sprinkled over it. If you’re ever
tempted to pull a Bruce Bogtrotter next time you
see Matilda, fight the urge – he’ll have consumed
over 1000 calories, over 100g of sugar and almost
50g of fat. Plus, he probably walked back home with
a horrendous tummy ache.

CRYSTAL PALACE Bootcamps
SATURDAY 8.30AM
MONDAY 7PM
WEDNESDAY 7PM
ALSO LADIES ONLY MONDAY 11.15AM

From: £30.00 / month with 1 day free trial
PHONE/SMS: 07732202316 | EMAIL: [email protected]

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Why Underwater Hockey
Is So Hot Right Now!
“DIVE IN AND ENJOY THIS EXPLOSIVE GAME OF WATER AND
AIR. THIS SUPREMELY ANAEROBIC TEAM SPORT IS FAST,
FURIOUS AND MOST IMPORTANTLY FANTASTIC FUN.”
Paul Pizzey (West Wickham UWHC – Club Chairman

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T

ired of swimming lengths
at the local pool? Want to
keep fit and fun, and try
something a bit different?
If so, underwater hockey
could just be the perfect
new hobby for you! This
exhilarating game takes hockey to the bottom of a swimming pool where the action
is incredibly fast and furious, combining
skill and teamwork to create an adrenalin
filled, competitive sport. The Mechanics Of
The Game
Underwater Hockey (UWH, also known
as Octopush in the UK) is a globally played
sport, requiring the use of snorkeling gear
(mask, fins, and snorkel) and combining
swimming skills, good fitness, and breath
holding as all the action is underwater. The
object of the game is to push the puck (specially designed and weighted) using a small short stick (‘pusher’) into the opposing
team’s goal. Before the start of play the puck
is placed in the middle of the pool, and the
players wait in the water whilst touching
the wall above the goal they are defending.
Two teams of up to ten players compete,
with six players in each team in play at any
one time, which may be on deck or in the
water outside the playing area, depending
on tournament rules. A typical playing
formation is 3-3 (three offensive players
or forwards, and three defensive players or

backs) of which 3-2-1 (three forwards, two
midfielders and a back) is a variation. The
limited contact nature makes it very safe,
therefore giving it a broad appeal with players from 8 years and above.
There is a regular World Championship
(every 2 years); attracting over 1000 players, 70 teams representing 20+ countries.
Although all the action will be on the bottom of an Olympic sized pool, games will
be broadcast live on the Internet to keep the
growing global audience up to date with the
action and news on their country/teams.
West Wickham Underwater Hockey Club
West Wickham UWHC is the largest club
in London and south east, having four sessions including a junior team and affiliated
clubs. Its primary session and core training
is held at Crystal Palace National Sports
Centre on Thursday evenings, which has
underwater viewing! As a major UK club,
it also boasts six players representing team
GB in this world championship. The club
also has an active junior section (based in
the Croydon area) and has helped set-up a
new club in the borough of Lewisham. To
make it non-intimidating for first-timers,
they’re also providing regular ‘have a go’
sessions at Crystal Palace and in association with local councils. It sounds like it
could be a great way to keep the kids amused this summer (and away from their tablet screens for more than five minutes!).

www.gbuwh.co.uk/westwickham
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