OUR COMMUNITY Hearing is one sense we neglect the most!

The Better Hearing Clinic shop will be stocking bits and bobs for NHS hearing aids. While we are unable to supply these items free, we will endeavour to keep the costs as low as possible.

From cleaning rods for your slim tubed hearing aids, or access to batteries, we can help you keep your hearing aids functioning well.

We stock a variety of ear plugs, from flying, sleeping and others. You can even have custom made hearing defenders, or swimming plugs moulded for your ears.

Our hearing health checks will provide you with some peace of mind when you are just not sure if it is wax, or something else which is affecting your hearing. If you require a referral to your GP we will provide you with one.

The ear wax removal service has been really busy since some of the doctor’s surgeries are not providing the service on site any longer. Please call to book.

If you are not sure about your hearing or have hearing aids which don’t seem to work well, we offer a no obligation trial opportunity, where you can borrow ours, or buy some for yourself with our 60-day money back offer.

Whether you need help fitting or cleaning a loved one’s hearing aids to keep them working, please call and we’ll book an appointment for you to teach you how.

Training for care staff is available and can be arranged for a group.

What our customers think:

My ears are the part of my body that I know least about and I am sensitive about exploring them. Bernard was thoroughly professional, reassuringly explained every procedure before it took place and not only restored both ears to a level of functioning I have not enjoyed for years but also serviced my hearing aids. It was a really worthwhile and rewarding experience. Thank you. Brian Campbell

Bernard explained everything very clearly, was professional, thorough yet friendly in all he did and most importantly was most effective. I can now hear again! Andy Barnard

Amazing service! Went to get ear wax removal and my little brother a hearing test. The consultation put me at complete ease and he was great with my brother who was very fascinated about the entire procedure. Overall spectacular service from the moment you walk through the door to the moment you walk out. Shonaa Angella Machache

07790 110 848 @hearingltd


It's hard to believe it but my book ‘A Cat's Guide To The Night Sky’ was published a year ago. A YEAR ago! I know! It's been a crazy 12 months since, exciting, frustrating, exhilarating and disappointing in turns, but I'm more proud of that book than anything else I've ever written, and it's opened a lot of doors for me too. I'm now trying to find a literary agent to represent me as a fiction writer. How's that going? Well, let's just say I've had so many email rejections that if I printed them all out, I'd have enough paper to make a life size papier mache model of The New Bookshop but it's early days...

Over the past year I've been asked the same question in almost every bookshop, library and literary festival event I've appeared at. No, not “How do you go to the toilet in space?” I mean: “What first got you interested in space?” My stock answer is always The Apollo missions, which were happening when I was at junior school and that's true: I have very vivid memories of sitting on the dusty floor of the main hall at St. Joseph's, ignoring the chatter around me and the other kids kicking me and staring wide-eyed at ‘The Big School TV’ in its huge wheeled cabinet, watching hazy, juddery, black and white footage of Apollo astronauts bouncing about on the Moon. That lit a spark in me that blossomed into a fire that has never gone out. But it wasn't the only thing that got me ‘into science’. Two other objects I came across at St. Joseph's did that...

Standing on one of the shelves in the office of the Headmaster, Mr. Hazzard - an amazing teacher who encouraged my interest in science from day one - there was a small plastic model of a dinosaur, a T-Rex to be precise. By today's post Jurassic Park hyper-realistic standards, it was very crude and basic, but it absolutely fascinated me. I used to find very spurious reasons to go into that office just so I could look at it and even on the occasions when I was taken in there for a telling off I was more excited about seeing that dinosaur than I was scared of being



disciplined. I often wonder what happened to that T-Rex. Schools never throw anything out, so I bet it's still there, in a drawer or a cupboard somewhere. Maybe one of the teachers working there today could have a look...?

The other object? That was outside. It was a rock - or rather, something in a rock. St. Joseph's is surrounded by a rocky wall and when I was there chunks of rock were also here, there and everywhere, sticking up out of the grass. Just as vivid as my memory of watching the Moonwalkers’ is my memory of kneeling down beside one of those rocks one day and seeing something very odd in it - the remains of a creature, a bit like a wood louse, sticking half out of it, embedded in it like the unfortunate victim of a transporter beam malfunction. I remember running my fingers over that, being baffled by it, thinking how strange and impossible it was. That lunchtime I sneaked into the library (as I often did), pulled a science book off the shelf and discovered that I'd discovered a fossil! A real fossil! Whoosh, another spark was lit, fluttering and flickering alongside the Apollo one.

That rock has probably been removed now, for health and safety reasons, or if it hasn't it's almost certainly now overgrown with lichen, moss and grass. It will never mean a thing to anyone else but I owe it a lot, just like I owe that plastic dinosaur and huge, wobbly TV a lot.

Stuart Atkinson

ISSUE 436 | 24 OCTOBER 2019 |7

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