#1PMChat Summer Update!!

Just a quick update on things #1PMChat! Been overly busy these last few months so firstly thanks to everyone who helps, joins in and makes it fun to do. Secondly, huge apologies to anyone who I haven't replied to or posted a blog for over the last six to eight weeks. I will be trying to catch up throughout August! #1PMChat will be two in September and so much has changed in just a couple of years! When @TinyMischief suggested I host a lunchtime hour so that a few virtual friends could stay in touch it was the perfect way for me to fill my time. I had no idea it would be such an important part of me filling my time!For those of you that are interested in these things, as of today the account has 2,452 followers and regularly has a monthly impression reach of over 300,000. For…

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Simon’s Victoria Sponge

Many thank's again to Simon Pittman (@LibraryPlayer ) for another smashing looking cake!This time his Victoria Sponge Ingredients:3 EggsMargarineCaster SugarPlain Flour2 tsp Baking PowderFirst weigh the eggs, then use the same weight for the Margarine, Caster Sugar and Plain Flour. For instance, if the eggs weigh 6 1/2 oz, then use 6 1/2 oz of Margarine, Caster Sugar and Plain Flour. Cream margarine and caster sugar together until lightBeat in the eggsSift the plain flour into the mixture and fold in until thoroughly mixedMixture should now have a soft dropping consistency, if not, add a dessert spoon of water or milk to bring it to the right consistency.Split the mixture into 2 victoria sponge tins and level the mixture.Bake for 45 minutes at 180 degrees or gas mark 4Leave to cool.Decorating/Putting together.I'd originally planned to just have strwberry jam in the middle, however I decided to make some buttercream too!Buttercream:2oz Butter4oz…

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Simon’s Chocolate Traybake Recipe

Here's another recipe from the #1PMChat crowd!This time A Chocolate Traybake courtesy of Simon Pittman! Follow him at @LibraryPlayer Preheat to 180C/ 160C Fan/ Gas mark 4 4 ½oz (125g) margerine4 ½oz (125g) caster sugar5 ½oz (150g) self raising flourAround 1 ½oz (35g) cocoa powder1 level teaspoon baking powder3 eggsI used a long traybake tin1) Put all the ingredients in a bowl (sift in dry ingredients)2) Beat/mix ingredients together.3) Add a little warm water if necessary, to get the mix to a soft dropping consistency4) Put in tin and level180C for 40 minutes(I have to cover with foil and put back in oven for further 35 minutes although you may not need to do this with your oven)Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, and then put on a wire rack to finish cooling.The cake tastes great as it is on its own, or served with custard.I've…

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Self-employed Painters and Decorators – Where Do You Start In The New Tax Year?

The new tax year started on the 6th April – that we do know for sure. At times it felt like everything else changed and at a very quick pace. Our world slowed down – working from home where possible, home schooling our children the #StayHomeSaveLives were on windows with rainbows. People settled into ways of working from home with daily routines including video calls to keep connected with fellow employees, following pop quizzes on the radio or simply taking time to reflect. Kids following PE lessons, craft tutorials and Disney princesses via online platforms while parents worked. As this way of life continues for the foreseeable how can you be more productive? One main cause for concern is money, knowing your financial stance helps you plan for the future. By getting ready to calculate your 2019-20 tax return –you will have your income and tax liability ready. Digital copies…

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Coping With Lockdown

As well as being one of the cornerstones of #1PMChat, Hilary Sims is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). Here, Hilary again gives her insight into something that many of us are familiar with… People are dealing with lockdown in all different ways. Some people are working from home and other than not having the daily commuteand not having the office banter, things are relatively normal.Other people are furloughed and not working but being paid 80% of their wages. Theyare working through their list of jobs, ie painting garden fences, jet washing drives etc..There are also the key workers who are working more hours in some cases to keep ourhealth service, shops, and essential services going.The pupils and teachers are no longer in school but are still trying to learn.Some parents are trying to…

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Hilary’s Banana Bread

Here 's the first of what I hope to be the first of many recipes from the #1PMChat crowd. Make it and let us know what you think! Softened butter to grease 150g Plain flour 150g Whole Wheat flour 1 tsp Baking powder ½ tsp Baking soda ½ tsp Fine salt 170g Golden castor sugar (Can use normal sugar, but the golden castor sugar gives a better taste) 75ml Vegetable oil 2 Large eggs 150ml Milk 1 tsp Vanilla extract 3 Large, or 4 medium, very ripe bananas Preheat oven to 160C Fan/Gas 4 Butter and line 2 x 1 litre loaf tins. I use silicon loaf tins which I grease but do not line Mix all dry ingredients together Mix all wet ingredients except bananas together Mash bananas well and combine with wet ingredients Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture. Do not over mix Divide equally between…

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Have You Missed The January Self-Assessment Deadline?

If you have missed the January self-assessment deadline, you have four weeks to file your 18/19 tax return to enable you to access the government grant announced by Chancellor Rushi Sunak. Self-Employed Income Support Scheme Summary You must have completed your 18/19 tax return80% of profits up to £2,500 per monthProfits on 3 years average, there will be nothing available if over £50,000Payment will be made in JuneThe self-employed have now been passed their life-line amidst the Covid-19 pandemic from Chancellor Rushi Sunak as he announced a new self-employed income support scheme, this will cover up to 80% of self-employed workers’ average taxable monthly profits. Self-employed should not contact HMRC now, eligible taxpayers will be contacted by them directly. They will use existing information to check potential eligibility and invite applications once the scheme is operational. So, if you have not yet filed your 18/19 tax return – you have…

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Self Assessment Tax Return 101: Filling In The Form Fast

  First time filling out the Self Assessment tax return? You’ll need to know what exactly its submission entails.It’s really not your average form. There’s a substantial amount of information you’ll require to ensure you submit it both accurately and compliantly. Thankfully, Mike Parkes from GoSimpleTax has provided the necessary steps to empower you to file with ease. Step 1: Register in time You can’t just fill in the information and send it over – there’s a registration process beforehand. This requires registering for a Self Assessment tax return and Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number.There’s a deadline for this too – 5th October of your business' second tax year. If you don’t meet this, you’ll likely receive a penalty.And if you’ve already missed it, then this doesn’t mean you don’t have to file the tax return. You’ll need to contact HMRC at the earliest opportunity so that they’re made aware and…

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The Christmas 1PMChat Newsletter

Merry Christmas Everybody! I thought it was about time I did another newsletter!First and foremost is the need to thank everyone that has a part in #1pmchat and by that I mean everyone that follows, likes, retweets, and comments, as well as contributors and hosts.You are all an amazing bunch!I've never pretended that I know what I am doing as custodian of the 1pmchat hashtag. Trying different things and being constantly surprised at what works and what doesn't is an experience that I have grown to enjoy, although making mistakes and failing to follow up ideas, the reasons for which are many, is both uncomfortable and far removed from my "other" life where meticulous planning and research was, I thought, my only way of doing things."The numbers are not important" is something I constantly see mooted as a sensible and adult way of looking at stats. However, as someone who…

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Have You Ever Wondered Why You Do The Things You Do In The Way You Do?

As well as being one of the cornerstones of #1PMChat, Hilary Sims is a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society (NCS). Here, Hilary again gives her insight into something that many of us are familiar with... How many times do you agree to do things but then when it’s time to do it, you don’t want to do it? Is this because you have a desire to please other people? Why are you putting the desire to please other people above your own desires? Sometimes we want to please other people because we think they will like us more. People will like you for the person you are, not the things you do for them.An example of this is, your friend asks if you could give them a hand next weekend moving some furniture. You say…

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