J'AIME February 2021

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Welcome to J’AIME

February is traditionally the month of love, and we

hope you will love reading the contents of this month’s

magazine. We aim to be upbeat, inspiring and to bring

some sunshine into your life regardless of the weather

or a certain global pandemic.

2021 has brought exciting developments for J’AIME.

You’ll see the address of our website across the

bottom of each page in this magazine and that’s

because we’ve given www.jaimemagazine.com a

wonderful revamp. You can now visit the website to

read everything you see in the magazine plus much,

much more. The website is updated each day and

includes positive, uplifting lifestyle articles from right

across the Midlands.

As well as being delivered to homes in selected

postcodes J’AIME is now available to pick up free of

charge in major supermarkets around the Midlands.

You can also read a digital version of the magazine

free of charge at read.jaimemagazine.com

Within the February magazine you can read about the

new national vegan recipe box service that was devised

in Lichfield, find out why a tiny wedding doesn’t have

to be a bridal disaster and read our interview with a

Sutton Coldfield woman determined to help tens of

thousands of vulnerable children.

Add to that our usual mix of interiors, property,

fashion, beauty, travel, fitness, what’s on and food and

we hope we have something for everyone.

At the time of going to press we have no idea of when

coronavirus restrictions will ease in the region. We

hope our upbeat, positive content will bring a little

positivity to your life.

Please don’t forget to support your local independent

businesses. When you buy from a small business you’re

supporting your community and helping to keep

people in jobs.

From everyone at J’AIME, may we wish you a happy

Valentine’s Day. Please stay safe.

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CO N T E N T S

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 MasterChef’s Alex Webb - When a

MasterChef winner came to Lichfield and

cooked your dinner

8 Buddy Bags - Meet the Sutton Coldfield

woman who’s helped thousands of

vulnerable children

10 Property - Could this be the home of your

dreams?

12 Interiors - Pantone’s Colours of the Year

16 Interiors - The home office edit

20 Food and drink - The new vegan recipe box

devised in Lichfield

22 Food and drink - Our new food column

24 Food and drink - Takeaways don’t have to be

unhealthy

26 Travel - Dive into the Maldives

30 What’s on - Ideas for when nothing’s on

32 Fashion - Cosy up for date night

34 Weddings - Why a tiny ceremony and

celebration can be perfect

36 Health - Tackling the winter blues

38 Health - How to get a good night’s sleep

40 Valentine gifts

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F E AT U R E

A master chef at work

HE’S ONE OF THE BEST PROFESSIONAL CHEFS IN THE COUNTRY, AND THAT’S OFFICIAL. JENNY

AMPHLETT MET MASTERCHEF: THE PROFESSIONALS WINNER ALEX WEBB WHEN HE VISITED

LICHFIELD TO COOK FOR THE PEOPLE OF THE MIDLANDS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BECKY TRANTER

Alex Webb was crowned

champion of MasterChef:The

Professionals 2020 little more

than a month ago – yet he’s

still found time to travel to the

Midlands to cook his TV recipes

for you to enjoy at home.

The 25-year-old, who is usually

the head chef of a restaurant

in Essex, joined forces with

Lichfield-based Sauce Supper

Club to guest create their Dine

at Home boxes for one week

only.

He spent the week working in

the Sauce Supper Club kitchen

to recreate some of the dishes that helped secure

him the coveted Masterchef title.

His 115 boxes each included everything needed for

a fine dining experience at home for two people.

One even went to the home of MasterChef: The

Professionals judge Marcus Wareing.

The food was all prepared and cooked by Alex

personally and simply needed to be heated and

plated, following instructions prepared by Alex and

shared in a YouTube video.

He said: “I think everyone is struggling in one

way or another at the moment. At the end of a

tough week people can look forward to having a

Dine at Home box at

the weekend. It’s like

eating out, and a great

way for people to give

themselves a treat.”

Alex is currently

furloughed from his

role as the head chef of

a restaurant in Great

Dunmow, Essex, so

is spending his time

cooking for people’s

own fine dining at home

experiences - including

creating the dine at

home boxes for Sauce

Supper Club.

It involved spending a

week in Lichfield, a city

he’d never previously

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visited.

“The closest I’d ever been was Birmingham, to

watch the football. It was lovely to walk through

Lichfield itself and to see all

the cobbled streets and the old

buildings.

“The people I’ve encountered

have all been incredibly friendly,

including John and Beth at Sauce

Supper Club.

“The dine at home boxes sold

out pretty quickly - within a day.

It was lovely that so many people

wanted to try my cooking.

“Although everyone eats the food

in their own home it can be a

shared experience if they post

photographs on social media for

other people enjoying the food to

see.”

Alex’s menu, priced at £75 per

person, included the likes of scallops,

poached chicken breast and peach

parfait.

He adapted some of the recipes

that helped him on the way to being

crowned MasterChef champion, but

multiplied the quantities of ingredients

required many times over.

“I followed my soda bread recipe and

multiplied it by 34,” he said. “And I

made 21 kilos of vanilla parfait using

600 eggs.

“I was creating enough food for 230

people - which is an awful lot of people

even in more normal times. John and

Beth were great at helping me with any

extra ingredients I needed.

“The most time consuming part of

creating the dine at home boxes was

putting everything into individual tubs

and pots rather than straight onto a

plate as we would usually. That takes

some getting used to.”

In more normal times Alex is the head

chef of the same restaurant he started

work in at the age of 15, when he was

employed as a part-time pot washer.

He has worked in Michelin-starred

restaurants in London along the way,

including The Connaught and Roux,

before returning to his hometown as a

head chef in 2018.

To find out more about Dine at Home visit

www.saucesupperclub.co.uk

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F E AT U R E

Karen’s a buddy for

vulnerable children

MEET THE SUTTON COLDFIELD MUM WHO HELPS CHILDREN

ACROSS THE UK FLEEING FROM DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Karen Williams was at a crossroads in her

life. The Sutton Coldfield mum of three had

sold her family business and was looking for a

new purpose. Now, six years later, she runs a

charity she personally set up, has helped tens

of thousands of vulnerable children across

the UK and was awarded an OBE in the New

Year Honours.

It’s a staggering achievement from someone

who simply started out seeking a new

challenge.

“I did a lot of personal development then

went to visit my family in Australia,” she said.

“I read an article about a charity over there

and it touched my heart. I was in the right

place at the right time to get the inspiration

for what was to come next - all the pieces of

my jigsaw came together.

“Reading that article stirred a deep emotional

reaction within me and as a mother I just had

to do something for children in emergency

care back home in the UK.”

Karen set up The Buddy Bag Foundation,

a charity that provides rucksacks filled with

essentials for children fleeing domestic

violence.

The 59-year-old has raised more than

£750,000 and alongside a team of volunteers

has packed and delivered more than 30,000

of the bags.

Each bag costs around £25 to put together and

contains essentials like toiletries, pyjamas and

underwear plus comforting items including books

and teddy bears.

Many of the youngsters who receive them arrive at

a refuge, hostel or B&B in the middle of the night

and have had to leave all their toys, clothes and

other possessions behind.

“I came home from my trip to Australia, did some

research and realised there was no service in the

UK providing bags of love for children who go into

women’s refuges,” Karen said.

“I had no experience in the charity sector and it

took me nearly 12 months to get set up. It was

certainly a learning curve.”

She set herself the goal of handing out 20,200

buddy bags by 2021, but has actually managed

thousands more than that.

“With the assistance and support of all our

volunteers we have realised this dream.

“We have packed over 30,000 Buddy Bags, far

exceeding our initial target and look to the future

with optimism at the challenges and opportunities

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that lie ahead.

“Thank you to all our volunteers and supporters –

together we have achieved and are continuing to

achieve something truly special.”

Importantly for Karen every penny donated to the

charity goes towards the bags, with nothing taken

out for admin costs. She built the charity up through

business networking and has numerous professional

partners who offer their time and services

free of charge to help out.

Karen says she was ‘honoured and

humbled’ to be awarded an OBE in the

New Year’s Honours, particularly because

of the publicity and awareness it could

bring for the charity.

It follows on from a Points of Light award

Karen received from then prime minister

Theresa May in 2017 and being a finalist

in Lorraine Kelly’s Woman of the Year

contest in 2018.

But she says the best reward is hearing

how much families appreciate the help

she’s been able to give them.

“I get postcards from some of the children

and I need a hanky when I read them,”

she said. “They say things like thank you

for caring, thank you for remembering

about us or that it makes them feel that

they matter. It makes me realise what a

genuine difference we make for them.

“We always put a reading book in there - it

might be the first book that some of them

have ever owned.”

Domestic violence rates have soared

during the pandemic, which has meant an

even greater need for Karen’s bags.

“A lot of women’s refuges are full

because of COVID-19,” said Karen.

“We’re aware of many children in the

Birmingham area having to go into

basic B&Bs or hotels because there’s

nowhere else for them, and those

places have no facilities whatsoever for

their particular needs. We’d like to be

able to provide as many of them as

possible with a buddy bag.

“The chances are that domestic

violence rates have increased again

during the third lockdown. Demand

for our bags is greater now than it has

ever been.”

Karen is always looking for companies

or individuals willing to donate their

services, money or items for goody bags. Crafters

can also help out by knitting soft toys to go into the

bags.

To find out more about Karen’s work

and how you can help The Buddy Bag

Foundation visit

www.facebook.com/BuddyBagFoundation

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P R O P E RTY

Property of the Month

EACH MONTH WE SHOWCASE ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS PROPERTIES

CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET IN THE MIDLANDS. THIS HIGH SPEC HOUSE WILL

STOP YOU IN YOUR TRACKS

23 Claverdon Drive, Little Aston Park. Offers in excess of £1.5 million.

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878.

Take a video tour at https://vimeo.com/488618392/9e2443c4a2

THE AGENT SAYS: The property has been re-planned,

extended and finished to a luxury modern standard. Its high

quality and bespoke finish is complementary throughout the

house and external areas. The layout offers lavish and flexible

accommodation with a variety of combinations possible.

There is an abundance of natural light from the full-height

windows to the front elevation, created in an iconic style of

design.

Accessed through the contemporary front door is the

impressive hall providing access to the ground-floor reception

rooms and a large study, currently furnished as a snug. The

hall offers excellent storage space and features large ceramic

tiles to the floor area. A spacious ground-floor cloakroom is

fitted with a quality white suite with contemporary circular

hand basin and WC. A Velux skylight allows natural light into

the space and walls are adorned with metallic tiling.

A gymnasium is located to the front of the property and is

accessible from the kitchen/breakfast room. The gym has the

benefit of a shower room opening off. This area would also

ideally lend itself to becoming a ground floor bedroom with

en suite.

The open plan drawing room is a beautiful space to relax

with a contrasting interior of white walls, and panelled oak

ceiling. A centre transparent gas fire provides a centre piece

to allow a flow of accommodation from the drawing room

into the family room where full-height sliding doors give

access onto the properties landscaped terrace. The dining

room is then accessed via the family room which similarly

enjoys full height sliding doors out to the gardens.

W E L O V E :

THE HUGE GLASS WINDOWS AND THE

HIGH SPEC FINISH THROUGHOUT THE

HOUSE.

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HASELOUR LANE - Tamworth

An extraordinary Elizabethan residence with private chapel, set in grounds of

10 acres and dating back to the sixteenth century.

This remarkable home is steeped in history and with over 19,000 square feet in

area, the hall boasts extensive living, sleeping, and working accommodation

complemented throughout by magnificient original features. The propety features

various reception and entertainment rooms throughout. Within the grounds of the

hall are a number of outbuildings, including stables, garages and storerooms, a

self-contained three-bedroom annexe, and a beautiful private chapel.

Approximate floor area 19,536 square feet. EPC rating Exempt.

THE DETAILS

DRAYTON LANE - Tamworth

A wonderful four-bedroom barn conversion with stunning original features as

well as a high-spec games room, set in a breathtaking semi-rural location with

wide views over open countryside.

Kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room, study, guest cloakroom, utility, work room,

two storerooms, basement entertainment/games/cinema room.

Master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room

and walk-in wardrobe, two further bedrooms, family shower room.

Gravel in/out driveway, extensive landscaped gardens.

Approximate floor area 3,309 sq ft (excluding storerooms). EPC rating E.

THE DETAILS

11 BEDS 6 BATHS

SWIMMING POOL

4 BEDS

3 BATHS

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TO LET

ALDRIDGE ROAD - Little Aston

An exciting opportunity to acquire a spacious ground-floor apartment

overlooking the spectacular grounds and magnificent lake of the Grade II

listed Little Aston Hall.

Reception hallway, drawing/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, second

bedroom, shower room, bathroom.

Gated driveway, landscaped grounds and lake, parking, tandem garage in

separate block.

Approximate floor area 1,125 sq ft. EPC rating Exempt.

THE DETAILS

THE BOULEVARD - Sutton Coldfield

A fully furnished contemporary four-bedroom home in an attractive location,

ideal for modern family living.

Reception hallway, drawing room, kitchen/dining/family room, utlity, shower room,

storeroom.

Master bedroom, two further bedrooms, fourth bedroom/study, family bathroom,

separate WC.

Rear garden with patio area, tarmacked driveway.

Approximate floor area 1,896 sq ft. EPC rating D.

THE DETAILS

2 BEDS 2 BATHS

GATED

PRIVATE

4 BEDS

2 BATHS

ASTON KNOWLES 8 High Street, Sutton Coldfield B72 1XA 0121 362 7878 enquiries@astonknowles.com

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I N T E R I O R S

A winning

combination

THE Pantone Colour of the Year for 2021 has been

announced - and this year it’s a story of two halves in the

shape of uplifting yellow Illuminating and the contrasting

Ultimate Gray.

Ultimate Gray reflects on 2020 as a year, while

Illuminating is full of hope for the future. Ultimate Gray

also brings a sense of comfort, and Illuminating a sense of

positivity making these two shades the perfect combination

for 2021’s colour of the year.

“The selection of two independent colours highlight how

different elements come together to express a message

of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and

uplifting,” explained Leatrice Eiseman, executive director

of the Pantone Color Institute.

“Practical and rock-solid but at the same time warming

and optimistic, this is a colour combination that gives us

resilience and hope.”

The pairing of grey and yellow has long been an interiors

favourite, with the bold colour pop bringing a playful vibe

to the more solid neutral base. Look for key items in bright

yellow hues to add a stylish update to your interior space.

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NEWGATE ECHO ALARM CLOCK IN

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TITAN SIZE 3 PENDANT IN YELLOW,

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LARGE BAMBOO STORAGE CANISTER

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£79 £9.95 £28

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DOVE GREY AND YELLOW VELVET POM POM

CUSHION, THE FRENCH BEDROOM CO.

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£35

CONTEMPORARY YELLOW NO 2 POSTER,

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BENITA BREAD BIN AND STORAGE JARS SET,

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MERINO THROW, WELSH OTTER.

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MALONE COTTON THROW, £39,

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My offices are situated in the historic city of Lichfield and I have been providing personal

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Telephone: 01543 417342

Website: www.jeanlamb.co.uk

Email: jean.lamb@sjpp.co.uk

Office: 6A Market Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LH

Jean Lamb Wealth Consultancy is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management Plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority)

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I N T E R I O R S

Out of

office

WITH the Covid-19 pandemic seeing working from home

become the ‘new normal’ for many of us, there comes

a point where the kitchen table just doesn’t cut it as a

productive workspace.

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s the importance of being

able to separate our work and home lives, even when the

setting is the same for everything from Zoom meetings

with clients to family movie nights. It’s so much harder

to switch out of ‘office’ mode if our living rooms are

cluttered with laptops and work paraphernalia, so a

dedicated home office is rapidly becoming top of the

interiors wishlist.

A well-organised desk, comfortable chair and plenty of

storage options are a must for any home office; you want

to create a space which inspires productivity.

Transforming a spare bedroom or living room into a

dedicated workspace means you can shut the door on your

duties when the work day is done, while a separate garden

building - if space and budget allows - means you can still

technically leave the house to go to work.

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STEADY METAL DESK LAMP IN DUSKY

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£299

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BLUSH VELVET FLUTED OFFICE CHAIR, £225,

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HEWITT OFFICE CHAIR, £160, AND ELLIOT DESK,

£99, NEXT. WWW.NEXT.CO.UK

DESK PAINTED IN ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT IN

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A STAFFORDSHIRE MAN’S PLANT-BASED RECIPE SUBSCRIPTION BOX HAS

GONE NATIONAL. JENNY AMPHLETT MET THE BRAINS BEHIND GRUBBY

When foodies across the UK sign up to

receive a Grubby recipe box they’re buying

into an idea dreamt up by a Lichfield

boy who cut his culinary teeth working at

Thrales restaurant in the city.

Now Martin Holden-White, who first started

work at the restaurant while still at King

Edward VI school, is running a national

plant-based recipe box.

Each week people the length and breadth of

the country are buying boxes of ingredients

to cook up vegan dishes invented by Martin

and his team at their experimental kitchen.

Currently based down in London, the

29-year-old honed the idea for Grubby when

he returned home to live with his family in

Lichfield during the first lockdown.

“I’d already launched Grubby in a different

way, through vending machines, as a way

for people working in offices in London to

pick up healthy and inexpensive ingredients

for recipes that they could take home to

cook. They could scan a QR code, buy the

ingredients and then go home with a recipe

card.”

But then COVID-19 hit, offices closed

and Martin found himself back home in

Lichfield.

“I’d launched the vending machines in three

London offices, but then offices closed. I had

an investor and we came up with the idea

of raising money and putting some recipe boxes

together to help NHS staff.

“At this point I was in lockdown with my parents

in Lichfield but I managed to put together and

deliver more than 1,000 recipes boxes to hospitals in

London. It was all paid for by donations.

“I started to realise that plant-based recipe boxes

were a business model that would work, and we

already had the operational procedures set up for

the NHS boxes.”

Martin had a website built from scratch and the first

Grubby boxes went out to homes in May 2020. He

personally delivered the first boxes himself using his

bike.

He quickly joined forces with a start-up cycle

courier, so that all London boxes are delivered by

bike. At Christmas Grubby launched nationally,

including to Martin’s family back home in Lichfield.

There are now 11 Grubby team members and they

work out of a development kitchen in Hackney,

London.

They offer weekly or fortnightly subscriptions which

include the ingredients for two or three vegan

recipes, with each recipe designed to serve two to

three people.

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“People can choose which recipes they receive the

ingredients for or we can choose for them but make

sure they receive a variety. We have 40 different

recipes at the moment and it’s growing all the time,”

said Martin. “Our subscribers get different recipes

every single week.”

He may have set up a plant-based recipe

subscription service but Martin is not vegan himself.

“I eat plant-based food four or five days each week,

which is a big increase for me as I used to eat meat

every night of the week. I think for a lot of people

it comes down to traditions and what they learnt in

the kitchen as a child.

“Changing that mindset can be a really big shift for

people. Having plant-based food that is accessible

and convenient helps. The premise at the beginning

was to try to make things simple for people, and

we’ve done that.”

He says around 70% of

Grubby’s customers are

flexitarian rather than vegan.

“It shows that the sort of

people eating plant-based

food is changing. People are

changing their eating habits

and replacing meat or fish

from some of their meals.”

Sustainability is key, hence

the cycle delivery in London.

Grubby also uses as little

plastic as possible and works

with a UK-based farm that

grows organic vegetables.

Martin chose to call his

business Grubby because it’s

gender neutral, eye catching,

links back to the soil on fresh

vegetables and ‘because there’s

a special wrongness about the

word Grubby’.

He started work at Thrales in

his mid-teens, and says he was

thrown in at the deep end and

helped cater for weddings at

Tutbury Castle.

He went on to study hospitality

and business management at

Oxford Brookes University,

which included a stint working

for Cunard aboard the Queen

Elizabeth. He’s also worked

at the likes of Royal Ascot,

international golf tournaments

and most recently as the business manager for an

office restaurant company.

Launching a new business during a global pandemic

is undoubtedly challenging, but Grubby has grown

quickly enough to already need a team of 11 staff.

“COVID-19 has meant people are replacing going

out for meals with food experiences such as Grubby.

We’re offering something a bit different and firmly

believe that cooking should be pleasurable, it should

be something people enjoy.

“We even put together a Spotify playlist for every

recipe, so that people can listen along while

they’re cooking. Food should be fun, enjoyable and

relaxing.”

To find out more about Grubby visit

www.getgrubby.co.uk

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F O O D & D R I N K

High steaks cooking

LIAM DILLON, AWARD-WINNING CHEF PATRON OF THE MICHELIN-RECOMMENDED

THE BOAT INN IN LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE’S ONLY THREE AA ROSETTE RESTAURANT,

SHARES HIS TOP TIPS FOR COOKING A WEEKEND FAVOURITE

Liam says: “I often get asked what’s easy to cook at

home, and steak, chips and peppercorn sauce is a

perfect Friday or Saturday night winner!”

Top tips:

• Work with your butcher to make sure you know

where your meat is from and how it was looked

after. Choose a breed of beef with good fat content.

Speak to your butcher and build up a relationship

with them. I’m always talking to Bradshaws of

Cannock.

• Don’t run before you can walk. Get used to cooking

steaks before trying something on the bone or

bigger sharing cuts.

• Use a chipper potato for the chips, such as Maris

Piper or King Edward. Potatoes with a high sugar

content will brown before they get crispy.

• Marinade the steak in herbs, pepper and oil. Only

add salt just before going into the pan. Season and

oil the steak rather than the pan. Too much oil at

this point will reduce the pan’s heat and not give a

great colour to the steak.

Mistakes to avoid:

• Don’t be scared to leave your steak out at room

temperature before cooking for 10-15 minutes. We

are all scared of meat being left out of the fridge,

but having a steak that is fridge temperature in the

middle will always give you different results and be

harder to nail that perfect end result.

• Don’t just dive in when it comes out of the oven.

Resting a cooked steak is just as important as

cooking it! Let it rest for as long as possible for the

meat to relax. If it needs a little heat before serving,

do it!

Peppercorn Sauce:

I do like a rich sauce with my steak, so either a

blue cheese or a peppercorn. Here is how we

make our peppercorn sauce at the restaurant:

Finely dine two shallots, two cloves of garlic,

half a red chilli (deseeded) and half a teaspoon

of finely grated ginger.

Sweat on a medium heat until onions become

translucent. Grind a mixture of pink, green

and white peppercorns (teaspoon of each)

using a pestle and mortar or food processor.

Add ground peppercorns to the pan along with

a knob of butter and cook out for two minutes.

Add 300ml of a quality beef stock and some

resting juices and reduce by half. Then finish

with a splash of double cream. If you like your

sauce smooth, pass through a fine sieve just

before serving.

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while showing a novice cook how to put the dishes together. A bit of fun at an affordable price, these boxes

are available for nationwide delivery from February. The boxes are £31.95 for the normal menu and £29.95

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F O O D & D R I N K

Guilt-free takeaway treats

WHILE REACHING FOR THE TAKEAWAY MENU CAN BE A HEALTHY-EATING NO-NO THERE

ARE OPTIONS TO MAKE YOUR TREAT A MORE NUTRITIONALLY BALANCED ONE IF YOU

CHOOSE WISELY, WRITES AMY NORBURY

It’s Friday night, you’ve had a long, hard week and

the thought of putting your feet up and

ordering food in, rather than slaving over the stove

again, is just too tempting.

But you’ve promised yourself you’ll be good. Which

means your favourite takeaway is out, right? Well,

happily, that’s not necessarily the case.

We all know that many takeaways can be laden with

artery-clogging saturated fats, far too much salt and

enough calories to send our daily recommended

allowances skyrocketing into orbit. But, if you

choose carefully, you can still enjoy a tasty treat -

without the guilt.

A common misconception is that all fat in foods is

bad for us; some fat is essential for survival and 25%

to 35% of calories in our diet should come from fat.

However, we should limit the amount of saturated

fat in our diet, which is found in more processed

foods, meats and dairy products.

Try choosing low-fat dairy products and leaner

cuts of meats such as chicken as these contain less

saturated fats.

We should also focus on healthier fats which are

found in things like olive, peanut and sunflower oil,

soybeans, salmon, avocados and olives.

FISH AND CHIPS:

When it comes to takeaway options, a top

nutritionally-balanced treat is that Friday night

favourite - fish and chips.

White fish, such as the cod and haddock chipshop

staples, is packed with protein and low in fat

and calories. It’s the batter coating which tips it

over into nutritionally dodgy territory. Look out

for breadcrumbed fish instead of batter as the

breadcrumbs will absorb less oil during cooking, or

simply leave some of the batter behind - especially

any soggy bits which will be oil-laden.

A portion of mushy peas will count towards your

five-a-day, while thicker-cut chips are healthier than

thin ones as these will also absorb less oil.

Chip shops tend to go heavy on the salt, so make

sure you ask for your meal without salt and then

add your own if needed, or leave it out totally if you

can.

Go for: fish in breadcrumbs or less batter, thick cut

chips, mushy peas

Cut down on: sausages, pies, excess added salt

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INDIAN:

Clarified butter and creamy sauces are the major

health pitfalls of Indian cuisine, piling on the

saturated fats and calories. But never fear; there are

usually plenty of diet-friendly options on the menu.

Tandoori dishes are one of the healthiest ways to

enjoy a takeaway treat as the meat or seafood is

grilled rather than fried, which means it packs a

flavour punch without the excess calories or fats.

When it comes to curries, the ones to avoid are the

cream-laden masalas and kormas - try a tomatobased

or dry curry instead, and go for a bit more

spice to satisfy the taste buds.

Indian cuisine offers a fantastic array of vegetablebased

side dishes, so opt for these instead of deep

fried onion bhajis, pakoras and samosas, and choose

plain steamed rice over buttery pilau. If you must

have bread, a wholemeal chapati or roti is a much

healthier option than a heavy naan bread.

Go for: tandoori grills, plain rice, vegetable-based

curries and side dishes, tomato-based sauces

Cut down on: creamy sauces,

naan breads, deep-fried bhajis

and samosas

KEBABS, PIZZAS AND BURGERS:

While doner kebabs are certainly high in fat, kebabs

made using grilled chunks of lean meat or vegetables

are a much healthier option. Pile on the salad, too,

for an extra nutritional boost.

Thin-crust pizzas will help to cut calories, as will

avoiding processed meat toppings such as pepperoni

and bacon in favour of vegetables, lean chicken and

seafood. Extra cheese, sadly, is a no-go.

When it comes to burgers, grilled chicken breast is

the best choice; and again, add on some extra salad.

Go for: grilled meat or vegetable kebabs with pitta

bread and salad, thin-crust pizzas, chicken breast

burgers

Cut down on: doner meat, deep-pan pizzas, extra

cheese

And one last thing to remember is that moderation is

key - so it’s still fine to enjoy the occasional takeaway

as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

CHINESE:

As much as Western palates

love the deep-fried treats and

gloopy, salt-heavy sauces, these

are least healthy options when

it comes to Chinese food.

Sticking to the more traditional

steamed or stir-fried dishes can

help to curb calorie intake,

and again, there are plenty of

options which are heavy on the

vegetables to help towards your

five-a-day intake.

Battered dishes are another

health no-go, so avoid things

like sweet and sour pork or

chicken balls, and anything

marked as ‘crispy’ which means

it will be coated in batter.

Go for: boiled or steamed rice,

plain noodles, vegetable stir-fry,

steamed dumplings

Cut down on: deep-fried

starters such as spring rolls,

wantons and prawn toast, sticky

sauces like sweet and sour, eggfried

rice, anything in batter

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T R AV E L

Dive into the Maldives

THE MALDIVES HAS BECOME THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE FOR 2021 AS

NATHAN COLLINS, JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RB COLLECTION, EXPLAINS

The Maldives was in huge demand in 2020 and it’s

easy to see why. The region had very low Covid rates

and the authorities very quickly realised they needed

to keep these low if they were to protect the local

economy which relies mainly on tourism.

They brought in a strict testing regime in September

for all visitors, insisting they have a negative Covid

test no later than 96 hours before departure to be

allowed to board flights to the islands. This sensible

approach boosted consumer confidence and tourists

flocked from around the world in relative safety.

For UK visitors the Maldives was on the flight

corridor list too which meant you didn’t have to

quarantine when you returned home.

The very nature of a Maldives holiday is a great

benefit during a pandemic. Resorts are spacious,

allowing guests to enjoy facilities with little or no

contact to each other.

I’m sure the image of idyllic over-water villas or

beachfront villas spring to mind when you think of

the Maldives. With your own access to a pool, the

sea, a beach, in-room dining, beautiful scenery and

sunshine there can be little reason to leave your

accommodation which reduces contact points and

promotes a safe holiday environment. Some of the

villas come with their own waterslide for families

such as the Ozen Reserve Bolifushi, Soneva Jani and

Gili Lankafushi.

There is even the opportunity to hire entire islands

on a private basis which is perfect for larger families

or groups.

The selection of resorts and islands to choose from

is huge! For many, choosing an island can be like

looking for a needle in a haystack which can be

daunting. It is my job to find you the most suitable

island for you, but the key fact for you to know is

there is an island for everyone in terms of style,

facilities, size and taste.

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Because of the travel slowdown there is

a backlog of brand-new resorts but also

plenty which opened in 2019 and early 2020

which are yet to become popular. One of

the exciting new openings for this year is

the Ritz Carlton Fari Islands, part of a new

three-island project including 100 villas.

New openings can often mean some great

special offers with many resorts offering up

to 50% if booking early.

During the months of May and June the

rain gets heavier and the wind can pick up,

but apart from then the Maldives can be

visited year-round. This is perfect for those

looking for a winter escape, but also for

those restricted to summer holidays, which

means the islands have come up with some

great family offerings too.

I’m sure we all know someone who had to

postpone their wedding and honeymoon

or special celebration in 2020. This meant

many couples and families looked at the

Maldives as a safe opportunity to visit for

their special occasion and catch up on lost

time.

For many, some of our fondest early travel

memories were traveling around in our early

20s, backpack on and map in hand. As we

grow up we start to enjoy the finer things in life but

still like to kick off our shoes and long for the days

without a suit and tie.

Luxury holidays are not all about gold taps and

marble bathrooms. Hotel designers appreciate this

and a new breed of ‘barefoot luxury’ hotels started to

emerge, pioneered by Sonu and Eva Shidasani who

launched the Six Senses hotel brand with its notion

of ‘slow-life’.

Their hotels offered intelligent luxury where

local materials were used to respect the resort

surroundings and offer the ultimate authentic yet

luxurious experience. Today they focus on two

resorts in the Maldives, Soneva Jani and Soneva

Fushi, and they are both worth a look if this kind of

style appeals to you.

From underwater restaurants to an underwater

villa, diving to shipwrecks, stargazing, dining out at

sea or on your own private beach – some of these

things cannot be done anywhere in the world except

the Maldives. This makes a trip to

the Maldives difficult to compare

to anything else and worthy of the

investment.

These are just some of the reasons

the Maldives has been popular

during the pandemic, and as the

world rolls out vaccine programmes

we expect demand to increase even

further.

For some, a tropical island holiday

in the Maldives sounds like paradise,

for others it can be quite the opposite

with worries of island fever, high

costs and boredom creeping in. With

this in mind I want to look at busting

some of these popular Maldives

myths.

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Some of these are also understandable concerns too

and I have experienced them myself and many times

with clients. This kind of holiday is a big investment

and so it is important to get it right but having

visited I can assure you there really is something for

everyone.

‘I’m worried about getting Island Fever’

It is true some of the islands can be walked around

in 15-20 minutes and this is what the

Maldives has become famous for.

However there are larger islands big

enough to take an 18-hole golf course

(Shangri La Villingili). I would suggest

not letting the idea of a small island put

you off and instead ensuring you receive

good advice and be honest with your

concerns from the outset as there will be

a good alternative for you.

You could consider island hopping

if you are more of an independent

traveller or even combining with

another destination such as Sri Lanka,

the Middle East or Asia.

‘I think I’ll get bored’

A common concern is one half of a

couple or family wants to sit and relax

and the other needs to keep active.

It is important to strike a balance, so

everyone is happy. Think back to your

favourite holiday experiences so far and

ask yourself what you enjoyed the most.

This kind of information can then help

us match you to the right island.

If one of you is more active and

worried about getting bored then we

need to find things to keep you busy.

Most hotels will offer spas plus land and

water sports but there is much more too

if you seek something different. Many

open up their kitchens for cooking

courses and bring local artisans in

to showcase crafts in an interactive

way.

New resort developers are

combatting this too by designing

resorts which include connecting

smaller islands and allocating

each one to a different activity

such as a nature parks or food

and drink such as Siyam World

which is aiming to offer something

very unique and will be great

for those who want to avoid tiny

islands with 6km of beaches and a

floating adventure water park.

Different resorts cater to different

mindsets and interests and a lot

of these programmes are adapted for children. You

could see your trip to the Maldives as the opportunity

to learn something new such as gain a PADI diving

certificate or work with marine conservationists by

volunteering time out of your trip.

If diving worries you, snorkelling is the next best

thing and the Maldives is possibly the best place in

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the world to experience this. 2021 marks the 75th

anniversary of the British Loyalty Shipwreck which

is a must do for those who do enjoy exploring the sea.

‘I’m worried I can’t afford it’

This is a really common concern and as the Maldives

is one the most unique places in the world it can

command a certain price. However, we noticed

some more affordable four star hotels coming onto

the market and there are some great enticing offers

to attract new clients to experience everything the

Maldives has to offer.

One of the hot topics is always the cost of food and

drink. Historically, hotels were aware they have a

captive audience and this was an area where they

could really make a big profit. In recent times they

understand they need to be more flexible and so

a range of packages is increasingly offered. These

range from fully all-inclusive so you don’t have to pay

for anything when on holiday, full-board, half-board

and also drinks packages.

We do recommend a minimum of half-board and

then depending on your own eating and drinking

habits we can work out the best option for you.

It is important to recognise any extras that may be

included too. For example water sports, activities and

spa treatments can all quickly add up so once some

analysis is made it soon becomes apparent the value

you are receiving.

‘Isn’t the Maldives only for couples?’

I took my first Maldives holiday with my family in

tow and really put it to the test. As a young family it

was important to us to feel safe and ensure we could

continue routines and enjoy activities together. I was

really impressed at how the hotels adapted to families

of all ages, but especially how they ensured the adults

had a holiday too.

Each family is different and so is each resort and

island. There are so many to choose from and while

some may say they are family friendly, think about

what is important to your family specifically and

then we can match the most suitable resort to you. It

could be a great opportunity to gain some new skills;

swimming lessons for example for the little ones or

learning about herbs and spices in the resort’s on-site

kitchen garden.

‘It’s hard to get to the hotels’

After your international flight some are worried

about long onwards connections, but the truth is

there are lots of resorts close to the main airport.

You do have to get there by boat or seaplane but

the journeys do not have to be too long. Remember

the further away from the main airport the more

tranquil the experience can be.

‘I don’t like small planes’

Not all the islands need to be accessed by a small

seaplane, some are just a speed boat ride away from

the main airport such as the OZEN by Atmosphere

at Maadhoo.

In conclusion, holiday destinations will continue

to be more limited this year so I would definitely

recommend a visit to the Maldives whether it is

a dream holiday or something that you had not

considered before. Feel free to call me on 01543

258631 for some honest advice.

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W H AT ’ S O N

What’s on (when nothing’s on)

THE CHANCES ARE THAT WE’LL ALL BE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS TO STAY AT HOME

AGAIN THIS MONTH, BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THERE ISN’T WHAT’S ON FUN TO BE

FOUND COURTESY OF THE WONDERS OF MODERN TECHNOLOGY

WHAT: MEET THE ANIMAL SESSIONS

WHERE: PEAK WILDLIFE PARK, STAFFORDSHIRE

MOORLANDS (BEAMED TO YOUR HOME)

WHEN: 9AM EACH MONDAY, TUESDAY AND FRIDAY

The visitor attraction may be closed to the public at the moment due

to COVID-19 restrictions but that doesn’t mean the hard work stops

for the staff of Peak Wildlife Park in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

They are still busy feeding, cleaning out and caring for the many

different creatures that call the park their home.

Luckily for those of us stuck at home the staff are broadcasting

around three Facebook Lives each week, featuring different animals

each time. Look out for goat walks, llama training sessions and even

breakfast with the pigs.

WHAT: 3D VIRTUAL TOURS OF MUSEUMS, ART GALLERIES

AND HERITAGE SITES

WHERE: VENUES ACROSS THE WORLD (BEAMED TO YOUR

HOME)

WHEN: NUMEROUS DATES AND TIMES

A new app has been created so that we can enjoy 3D virtual tours

of museums, art galleries and heritage sites in real time led by the

experts and curators who know them best.

Curatours, which is due to launch early this year, will offer live 3D

tours run by guides who can answer questions along the way.

One of the highlights of the app is that it will allow groups of friends

or family to participate in the tours together so that it will feel like a

shared experience even if they are located many miles apart.

WHAT: WEEKLY CONCERTS

WHERE: ROYAL BIRMINGHAM CONSERVATOIRE (BEAMED TO

YOUR HOME)

WHEN: 1PM ON MONDAYS

Being confined to the house doesn’t mean you have to miss out on

listening to wonderful live music.

Musicians at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, who are at the

very highest level of study and already launching their professional

careers, are live streaming concerts each Monday lunchtime.

On Feb 1 you can enjoy pianist Salome Chitaia performing music by

Scriabin, Ravel and Chopin. On February 8 soprano Jessica Hope

will be joined by the brass department for songs by Britten, Wolf

and Tippett. Then on February 15 it will be the turn of pianist Pan

Yicheng, who will play music by Brahms and Schubert.

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Cosy up

A VALENTINE’S DAY DATE OUT MIGHT BE OFF THE CARDS, BUT COSYING UP WITH YOUR

OTHER HALF AT HOME CAN BE JUST AS ROMANTIC. AMY NORBURY CHECKS OUT SOME

LUXURIOUS OPTIONS FOR LOUNGING AROUND IN

DRESSING up for date night is so 2019. With

Valentine’s Day in lockdown, it means that putting on

your gladrags and hitting the town for a swanky dinner

and cocktails for two just isn’t on the agenda. But with

restaurants and bars galore doing delicious menus for

home delivery, you can still create that date night magic

at home.

And the bonus of not leaving the house means the

restrictive dresses and vertiginous heels can stay in the

wardrobe; after all, getting all dressed up lockdownstyle

means opting for a more stylish take on your trusty

pjs.

And nightwear has well and truly had a luxurious

makeover in recent times; gone are the shapeless

T-shirts and baggy jogging bottoms, firmly eschewed in

favour of classically cut pyjama shirts and trousers, or

slinky camis teamed with sweet shorts. Luxury brands

have honed in on the nightwear market, offering ontrend

options which combine comfort with style.

And when it comes to creating cosy vibes for your

lockdown lounging, fabric is key. Look out for super soft

cottons, buttery satin and slinky jerseys which scream

‘cosy up’, or get seriously snuggly in quality cashmere.

It’s a treat to slip into - and out of.

Bold, playful prints are the order of the day, so make

a style statement in beautiful blooms and exotic jungle

motifs, or opt for a laid back vibe in classic plaid.

Celestial prints are another firm favourite, perfect for

channeling a relaxing night.

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W E D D I N G S

“I had a tiny wedding -

and it was perfect”

LICHFIELD-BASED WEDDING PLANNER JANE DAYUS-HINCH SAYS THE WEDDING CAN GO ON,

AND SHARES THE DETAILS OF HER OWN SMALL CEREMONY AND CELEBRATION

In January 2019 we pre-booked Solitude, a 10-bed

holiday home in Newtown in Wales, so that the

family would be able to spend a week together over

the Christmas holiday. Little did we know how things

would transpire.

Three months later, whilst enjoying a weekend away

at Pale Hall in Bala, Robert got down on one knee

and changed my world.

During the following weeks of congratulations and

well wishes the inevitable ‘when are you getting

married?’ was asked time and time again.

As a wedding planner of 35 years I found the

prospect of planning my own (second) wedding

very daunting. I have planned and organised more

than 2,000 weddings of every faith and culture and

embraced every custom and tradition in the UK

and across the world including in Estonia, Egypt,

Canada, St Lucia, Dubai and the US.

By the June we had decided we would do what we

wanted to do and just have the immediate family

at our wedding, and the only time that would be

occurring was at our Christmas gathering that had

already been planned.

We made enquiries at the local All Saints Church

and met Canon Nia Wyn Morris who agreed to

marry us by special licence, which meant we had to

attend church six times prior to the December.

The wedding was booked for Christmas Day at

11.45am, immediately after the morning Eucharist

service. We had already booked a family lunch in

a private room at the local hotel, Maesmawr Hall.

Then we made the decision to keep it secret and pull

off the best surprise we could ever do for our family.

Why did we decide on the secrecy? It was for so

many reasons. I have witnessed firsthand how

stressed people become as soon as the word wedding

is mentioned. Responsibilities, speeches, what to

wear, who does what, the cost of everything and the

weather. I didn’t want anyone to stress out, I wanted

them to all enjoy the best Christmas and this was it.

I planned everything using local suppliers from the

stationery, the flowers (using two florists), hairdresser

etc and it gave me the opportunity to be a bride,

seeing everything from the bride’s perspective.

We made many two-hour journeys to Wales and

incorporated visits to see grandchildren and other

family and it was such a happy time, with everyone

blissfully unaware of what we were doing.

Being an older bride, I wasn’t going to wear

traditional white. I was going to be married on

Christmas Day and the colour theme started to come

through as red.

I saw my gown while shopping for one of my brides

who wanted an American-style bridesmaid’s dress,

and it was there, in a fabulous wedding dress shop,

hanging at the end of a rail. There was one dress, in

my size and it was as simple as that.

For my birthday Robert had bought me a pair of

Louboutins and black became the secondary colour.

Robert bought a new dark suit. We found his red rose

tie and pocket square online and I bought him gold

cufflinks for his birthday. We were enjoying choosing

things together, designing the order of service, which

I wrote, and the wording was in Welsh and English.

Alice, the harpist, was a member of the congregation

and she was thrilled to be asked to play for us.

Everyone was asked to pre-order what they wanted

to eat for their Christmas Day lunch. As it was only

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10 adults and two children we all enjoyed exactly

what we wanted, including peanut butter cheesecake.

Each individual menu was printed with their name

on, which doubled up as their place card. We did

have a menu and wine tasting prior and booked a

bedroom to store everything in and for the children

to have a nap if they needed to on the day.

Everyone was told that there was a formal dress code

at the hotel and only suits, shirts and ties could be

worn. This is how we got everyone to dress up for the

church and photographs.

I took the time to hand make the crackers for the

table with personalised gifts and I embroidered the

cloth for the cake table with a Welsh dragon and

made up two sacks of presents for the boys (aged four

and two) to put under the tree in the room. There

were printed candles as little gifts and we had a unity

candle in church with the words to our song printed

on it. When you have a small wedding you can

personalise and do so many small finishing touches.

The wedding cake became the biggest focal point,

with each guest sitting round the decorated oval

table. I’ve known Carole Gregory, master cake baker,

for almost 30 years and have recommended her to

brides. I transported the cake on the front seat of my

car. It was nerve wracking.

The sun shone on Christmas morning. There were

blue skies and it was glorious. Everyone was up

and dressed and we travelled into Newtown to the

10.30am service. We sang carols, said our prayers

and received Communion. At the end of the service,

when the congregation gathered at the back of the

church for tea and coffee and a mince pie, I quickly

popped into the vestry where the florist had delivered

my bouquet of red roses and buttonholes and

corsages for the ladies. I had help getting into my

gown and heavy red velvet cape. I slipped into my

shoes, put my bespoke red crystal tiara on and the

excitement began.

Fraser, my son, was so surprised when I asked him

to walk me down the aisle. The dream was now

reality, the harpist played and the smiles grew bigger

and bigger. We exchanged rings (handmade in

Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter) and everyone took

photographs and recorded it all on their phones.

The only bit of silliness (which you have to have at

some point in the day) was the snow machine outside

Maesmawr Hall. The boys and I loved it! We had

fake snowballs and it was great fun before we sat

down to eat.

The fire was lit, the tree in the corner looked

fabulous and the Wainscot Parlour was Christmas in

a room! The florist from Welshpool had decorated

the table in a Victorian style with red roses,

poinsettias, cinnamon sticks and dried oranges in

garlands. It was sumptuous and smelt divine.

The food was delicious, Robert made his speech and

Fraser handed round the ceremonial Quaich and we

were toasted. We finished off the wedding breakfast

with outdoor sparklers (it was dark by 4pm) and

afterwards we drove away with Just Married cans

tied on the back of the car. We were in the hot tub

by 7pm drinking champagne and, to us, we had a

perfect ‘surprise’ wedding day!

Little did we know that in December 2019 we

would be setting a trend for small, intimate, family

weddings. Within 12 weeks we were in lockdown.

The world of weddings changed in the blink of

an eye. Weddings of 100 people or more were

gone, being postponed, cancelled and couples were

spinning with their wedding venues and suppliers.

As the weeks went on there was much confusion with

cancelled wedding insurance and the re-booking and

paying of more deposits.

As a wedding planner I am at the sharp end of ever

changing Government guidelines and directives.

Some couples are now going ahead with smaller

numbers, with the promise of a big party sometime

in the future when restrictions are lifted. I am seeing

daily the closure of venues, florists, cake decorators

and photographers finding other revenue sources and

DJs and bands disappearing. The wedding industry

is in turmoil. A multi-million-pound industry that has

gone online and couples are waiting…. for how long?

If you want to get married, just do it! Book a date

and go to your local register office in your jeans and

T-shirts. Complete the legal process and paperwork

with two witnesses. Then book a wedding celebrant

and write your own ceremony, vows, choose your

music and plan your fabulous wedding day. Have

exactly what you want, where you want (back garden,

local beauty spot) with just the two of you. Make it

special, make it memorable. Invite your closest family

or friends to witness your special moments, once

rules allow. Have it all photographed and recorded.

Share it with extended family members and friends,

you can even live stream to anyone overseas. I can

help you with lots of ideas. We have to keep moving

forward. Life is now. No-one knows what’s round the

corner. You’re in love, you want to be married, pick a

date, make it happen!

Jane Dayus-Hinch BA is a wedding and event

planner, toastmaster and funeral celebrant.

She is the host of the TV show Wedding SOS.

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H E A LT H

Beat the winter blues

IF THE WINTER MONTHS LEAVE YOU FEELING DOWN IN THE DUMPS IT’S

GOOD TO KNOW THAT YOU’RE NOT ALONE, WRITES AMY NORBURY

If you’re feeling down in the dumps after months of

short days and dark evenings, you’re not alone - the

winter blues is much more common than you might

think.

One contributor to the winter blues can be a vitamin

D deficiency.

Vitamin D is also known as The Sunshine Vitamin

because it can be synthesised by our bodies when

sunlight hits our skin. Despite the name, Vitamin D

is actually considered a pro hormone rather than a

vitamin and is extremely important in helping build

bone strength and keeping muscles strong.

It also protects us from gum disease, boosts brain

function and may improve heart health so it’s vitally

important to know that you are getting what you

need.

As well as being detrimental to bone and muscle

health, a lack of vitamin D has also been linked to

low moods, with people who are deficient in vitamin

D being more at risk of depression.

Between late March/early April to the end of

September, most people can get all the vitamin D

they need through sunlight on their skin and from a

balanced diet.

However, during the autumn and winter, you need to

get vitamin D from your diet because the sun is not

strong enough for the body to make vitamin D.

But since it’s difficult for people to get enough

vitamin D from food alone, everyone should consider

taking a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms

of vitamin D during the autumn and winter.

And this year, the NHS says it’s more important

than ever to keep a check on our vitamin D levels

as many of us have spent much more time indoors -

and therefore out of the sunshine - than usual due to

Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

While many of us can suffer from a bit of a low

mood during the darker, colder winter months, for

some people it can have a much greater effect.

If the change in the seasons leaves you suffering from

a persistent low mood; a loss of pleasure or interest

in normal everyday activities, irritability; feelings

of despair, guilt and worthlessness; feeling lethargic

and sleepy during the day; or craving carbohydrates

and gaining weight, you make be one of the millions

of people in the UK affected by Seasonal Affective

Disorder.

According to the NHS, the exact cause of SAD is not

fully understood, but the main theory is that a lack

of sunlight might stop a part of the brain called the

hypothalamus working properly, which may affect the

production of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone

that makes you feel sleepy; in people with SAD, the

body may produce it in higher than normal levels.

It may also affect the production of serotonin – a

hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep.

A lack of sunlight may lead to lower serotonin levels,

which is linked to feelings of depression.

The body’s internal clock (circadian rhythm) uses

sunlight to time various important functions

such as when you wake up, so lower light levels

during the winter may disrupt your body clock and

lead to symptoms of SAD.

It’s also possible that some people are more

vulnerable to SAD as a result of their genes, as some

cases appear to run in families.

If your feelings are interfering with your day-to-day

life, it is advisable to see your GP. There is a range

of treatments available, from lifestyle measures

including getting as much natural sunlight as possible

and exercising regularly to light therapy, cognitive

behavioural therapy and counselling.

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An expert’s guide to sleeping well

RESTFUL SLEEP CAN BE DIFFICULT FOR SOME OF US EVEN WHEN WE’RE NOT IN THE MIDDLE

OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC. JENNY AMPHLETT SPOKE TO A PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING

PRACTITIONER FOR SOME EXPERT TIPS TO HELP YOU GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Many of us go through phases of struggling to sleep,

whether that’s finding it difficult to drift off in the first

place or waking at intervals during the night. But if

we arm ourselves with the right tools, sleep doesn’t

have to be a battle.

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“I see clients for low mood and anxiety, OCD,

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“It’s not often that I see a client whose only problem

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“I often help clients with what we call sleep hygiene -

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sleep and helping them to improve their sleep.”

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B E AU T Y

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