Marlborough Living Jul - Aug 2021

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The high summer edition is here! And this issue is packed with amazing features, including delicious slow cooker recipes, an unbelievable garden transformation and a competition page brimming with prizes!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Amazing

A Culinary Journey through

slow cooker recipes

Northern Ireland

Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go

from loving the hot weather to doing

a rain dance - is there anything more

British? Day one sees us calling every

available neighbour into the garden

for a BBQ, making sangria and filling

up the paddling pool...but by day

three we are complaining about not

sleeping in the heat, getting sunburnt

and worrying about the grass dying

under said pool. At least the garden is

looking pretty happy though...

...and speaking of, we are a nation of

garden fanatics - never more-so than

when our patches of earth became

our social spaces, home gym or just

general respite from our four walls.

The amazing

competition page

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With that in mind, we’ve got a

wonderful garden feature to help

inspire you - and to show that no

space is beyond help! This plot really

was an eyesore and a challenge given

its slope and poor access, but the

owners have made something rather

special and given us some tips into

how they did it.

Time to refresh your

interior

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Editor Katie Thomson

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate O’Connell

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

Angela Cave. Front cover courtesy of Kait Barker for Slow Victories by Katrina Meynink

Key Account Manager Angela Cave

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d/l 01225 984498

twitter: @MarlboroughLive

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An amazing

garden glow up

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On the foodie front we have some

amazing recipes from a book all

about the humble slow cooker. Once

consigned as a product of a 70s Good

Housekeeping cookbook, the slow

cooker has had an image reinvention

in recent years - especially because

its low-cost and minimal fuss cooking

appeals to the modern, time-strapped

family cook. They’re as beautiful as

they are tasty, so we hope you enjoy

digging in.

Finally, we are bringing back our very

popular competition page - this issue

it has over £1,500 worth of prizes! You

can enter all the ones listed on the

page, plus some web-exclusives at

minervamagazines.co.uk - you can

also opt into being the first to hear

about new giveaways when they are

launched.

We are looking forward to seeing you

again in September - hopefully after a

long hot summer - we will be shining

our shoes ready for a new school year

and celebrating the best of autumn’s

amazing produce.

Katie

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Lexus

UX300e

Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke test drives the electrifying

and dynamic new Lecus UX300e...

In 2019 I wrote about falling under the

spell of the new Lexus UX hybrid so

I was super excited about driving the

company’s first battery electric vehicle

and a little concerned that I might be

disappointed. I was not.

The Lexus UX300e is powered by a

battery located beneath the vehicle

body and an electric motor set low in

the engine bay. This helps with a low

centre of gravity resulting in a dynamic

yet extremely refined driving quality. It is

so quiet.

For charging the battery, there are two

cables provided and a flap each side of

the body which lift up to accommodate

the appropriate cable. I plugged the

house charging one in and left it in

overnight. For new owners, Lexus offers

two wall box options. The next morning

186 miles fully charged showed on

the screen. What is brilliant about this

compact SUV is that this mileage is fully

reliable. I have driven electric cars where

in a heart stopping moment I realised the

car has lost 20 miles somewhere along

the 2 mile run I have just done. It is called

range anxiety, but I experienced no range

anxiety in the Lexus.

In fact, I normally find one or two things

about the cars I road test which I do not

like but there is not a single thing with

the UX, oh, apart from the silly name

which has prehistoric connotations.

However, there is nothing ancient about

the technology in this crossover. Slide

into the very supportive bucket seats and

the Lexus signature luxury and attention

to detail is impressive. Press the power

button and a wow factor galaxy of stars

appears in front of the driver. Press

it again and a digital display of dials

emerge behind the steering wheel. Just to

assure you that the car is ready to move

off in soundless electric mode, the word

‘Ready’ appears on the screen.

The exterior has sculpted character lines

and an athletic coupe like roof which

team up with the distinctive arrowhead

shaped daytime running lights to produce

the most gorgeous good looks. The 17

or 18 inch wheels have been created

especially for this electric crossover and

are aero ventilating with flaps on each

side of the spokes, similar in shape to

the Gurney flaps found on the rear wings

of Formula 1 race cars. What I like about

any Lexus is the signature front grille and

the electric model adds aerodynamic

shutters which automatically open

and close to enhance aerodynamic

performance.

In the interior, key controls are clustered

around the driver for quick and easy

operation. And customer use has been

paramount in the mind of the designer.

There is a palm rest with integrated

audio controls on the centre console.

Wonderful. I like the head up display

which shows all the important information

on the speed of the road and alongside

it the speed you are doing. There is even

a compass. The indicator sounds like a

ticking clock and thank you Lexus for

including a wonderful analogue GPS

clock, from the LX flagship saloon.

As the lithium-ion battery is installed

beneath the rear seats, boot space is not

compromised and has actually increased

by 47 litres to 367 litres.

Lexus calls the UX an ‘urban explorer’.

My week with the UX300e was an

electrifying experience which I would

have liked to have explored for much

longer than a week!

Facts at a Glance

Model: Lexus UX300e

Price: £43,900 otr

Battery capacity: 54.35 kWh

Performance: 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds

and on to a top speed of 100 mph

CO2 emissions: zero

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marlborough

literature festival

30 SEPT - 3 OCT 2021

Marlborough LitFest is returning for 2021 from 30th September –

3rd October with a really varied line up of fiction and non-fiction

authors, including our 10th annual Golding Speaker Elif Shafak, as

well as Colm Toibin, Gill Hornby, Sathnam Sanghera, Jon McGregor

and Jonathan Porritt. To comply with current government Covid-19

guidelines in September, we are planning to hold a festival with a mix

of live and virtual events to reach as wide an audience as possible.

This year’s Marlborough LitFest features a programme of events for

all ages including fiction, non-fiction, poetry and the annual Big

Town Read – which is ‘Three Hours’ by Rosamund Lupton. Visit

Marlborough Library or The White Horse Bookshop in Marlborough

for copies of the book. The festival aims to champion new, upcoming

writers as well as established names and also encourage a love of

reading in children and young people with author talks, competitions

and our ongoing community outreach programme. All Marlborough

LitFest 2021 events will abide by the Covid-19 guidelines at the time

of the festival. The festival’s aim is to reach as many people as possible

so that audience members can either attend Covid-safe events in

person or watch sessions online. This year, LitFest is partnering with

local creative video agency, StreamWorks, to deliver high quality

livestreaming to its audience.

The full programme will be available at the end of August and tickets

go on sale in early September. For more information, visit

www.marlboroughlitfest.org


Married to the business?

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from economic and personal lockdown. Decisions often need to

be taken urgently with a cool head.

The right provisions and the right legal written agreement for your

business can, and often do, direct the way ahead.

Depending on which article you read, the economy will thrive as

we emerge from the isolation of national lockdown.

The time is always right to review your business needs.

We recommend you:

• Hold frank discussions about those eventualities to prevent

uncomfortable conversations later

• Agree steps to take in any buy-out, retirement, sale of part

and how to mediate or arbitrate when tensions rise

• Agree time-frames for talks to steer the storms whenever

they arise

• Plan for succession planning

Relationship breakdown or divorce is hard enough and the family

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Nurseries Supporting

children and families through the pandemic

In the first national lockdown nurseries could only stay open for

critical childcare - providing care for vulnerable children and those

of critical workers. Once they could open for all children again it

was clear that lockdowns had created a very challenging period for

children and families.

ADVERTISING FEATURE

According to the Department for Education’s figures only half of the

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having spent either all their lives away from other children and

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time, which is a long time in a baby or toddler’s life.

Early years education and care is crucial in a young child’s

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Many nurseries have gone above and beyond, for families too.

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The girls, led by Deputy Head Girl, Saskia, were

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The girls deservedly won an award for Best Teamwork

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the ‘Mushy Peas’ team have developed a whole

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Thirty students in Year 12 took part in the Young

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SLOW &

The slow cooker is having a bit of a

revival, not least because it takes the time

pressures of home-cooked meals off of

family life and offers hands-free dishes

which warm the heart and soul.

Katrina Meynink is such an advocate of

the process that she’s created a beautiful

booked, filled with inspiration for each

cooking mood. Here we have some tasters

from her new book, Slow Victories.

EGGPLANT CHREIME

Steady

This is a bit of a slow cooker riff on the

traditional Tunisian braised fish dish of

the same name. But instead, here I’ve

cooked down eggplant in a harissaspiced

ragu and added the umami

heat of urfa biber (Turkish red pepper

flakes; available from specialist grocers),

served on top of hummus and finished

with some cooling coconut yoghurt and

herbs. This one gets better with age, so

embrace the leftovers. Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

2 medium eggplants (aubergines),

trimmed, quartered lengthways

2 teaspoons cumin seeds,

roughly crushed

1 teaspoon coriander seeds,

roughly crushed

bunch of coriander (cilantro), roots

trimmed, cleaned and chopped

2 ox-heart tomatoes, chopped

2 tablespoons tomato paste

(concentrated purée)

1 × 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon rose harissa

1 heaped teaspoon urfa biber

(Turkish red pepper flakes)

1 tablespoon brown sugar

To serve

150 g (51/2 oz) hummus

125 g (41/2 oz/½ cup) coconut yoghurt

fronds from 2 dill sprigs

chilli flakes, to taste

METHOD

Preheat the slow cooker for 15 minutes

on high. Set the cooker to the sauté

function and add the oil, garlic, eggplant,

cumin and coriander seeds. Sauté until

fragrant and the eggplant starts taking

on some colour. Add the remaining

ingredients, give it a gentle stir, then close

the lid and cook on low for 8 hours.

To serve, smear the hummus onto the base

of serving plates. Gently scoop out the

eggplant and place on top, then finish with

the coconut yoghurt, dill and chilli flakes.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

FREEKEH WITH KALE,

CHILLI, YEAST &

PEPITA SALAD

I’m just going to say this up front:

the nutritional yeast in this salad is

a revelation. It truly adds the most

phenomenal umami flavour, as well as

being a superb seasoning mechanism.

This salad has excellent holding power,

so it’s always a good one for work

lunches or those irksome bring-a-plate

scenarios. Serves: 4 (as a side)

INGREDIENTS

200 g (7 oz/1 cup) whole freekeh, rinsed

500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) vegetable stock

50 g (13/4 oz/1 cup) nutritional yeast

150 g (51/2 oz/1 cup) salted pepitas

(pumpkin seeds), roughly chopped

(see Note)

125–185 ml (4–6 fl oz/½–3/4 cup) olive oil

150 g (51/2 oz/2 cups) cavolo nero,

finely sliced

1 green chilli, finely sliced

baby cavolo nero leaves, to garnish

METHOD

Heat your slow cooker on the low setting

for at least 20 minutes. Add the freekeh

and vegetable stock, give it a good stir,

then cover and cook on low for 1 hour.

Check it at the 45-minute mark and

if there still seems to be quite a lot of

stock, leave the lid off for the last 15–20

minutes. Once cooked, fluff with a fork. (It

should be cooked through, but al dente.)

Turn out into a bowl and season

generously with salt and pepper, then

allow to cool.

For the salad, add the nutritional yeast,

pepitas and 125 ml (4 fl oz) of the oil to

another bowl and stir to combine. If the

mixture looks too dry, add more oil until

it reaches a lose pestolike consistency.

Add the cavolo nero and chilli and toss

with your hands. Add the freekeh, season

again with salt and pepper, and garnish

with baby cavolo nero leaves, if using,

then serve. If you need to revive this for

another day, simply slice some more

cavolo nero and toss it through.

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pestle and give them a rough grind; it

works wonders.

LAMB SHAWARMA

I suggest doing this with a small leg

of lamb as you get the best results

by being able to lay the meat as flat

as you can in the base of the slow

cooker. This allows the braising

liquid to come up the sides so that

the glorious spicy crust can be

maintained. Obviously, slow cooking

a lamb leg is a far cry from roasting it

on a rotisserie, but the spice-addled

preparation is the same and the end

result is freaking delicious. I love

serving this as part of a spread with

flatbreads, pomegranate, bundles of

mint and tahini.This works best if you

can prepare it ahead. The day before

you want to serve it, rub the spices

into the scored meat and rest it in

the fridge overnight. You will need a

large, shallow-base slow cooker for

this recipe. Serves: 4-6

INGREDIENTS

2 teaspoons black peppercorns

6 cloves

1 star anise

1 teaspoon cardamom seeds

½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

1½ teaspoons fennel seeds

1 tablespoon cumin seeds

1 tablespoon coriander seeds

½ tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

½ tablespoon sumac

4 garlic cloves, crushed

zest of 1 lemon

1–1.2 kg (2 lb 3 oz–2 lb 10 oz) lamb

leg, bone in

1 litre (34 fl oz/4 cups) chicken or

vegetable stock, or enough to come

three-quarters of the way up the side

of the lamb

To serve

tahini

pomegranate arils

finely sliced red onion (optional)

flatbreads

mint and coriander (cilantro) leaves

METHOD

Add the peppercorns, cloves, star

anise and all the seeds to a frying

pan and briefly dry-roast over a

medium–high heat until the spices

pop and become fragrant.

You can also do this in your slow

cooker if you have it nice and hot.

Grind them in a spice grinder or using

a mortar and pestle. Add to a bowl

with all the remaining ingredients,

except the lamb and stock, and stir

to combine.

Score the lamb leg in several spots.

Rub the spices into the skin and top

of the leg, then set aside to marinate

for a minimum of 2 hours, but

preferably overnight.

Set your slow cooker to low. Add

the lamb, then gently pour the stock

into the bowl, being careful not to

pour it over the top of the lamb; you

want to keep as much of the spice

mixture on the meat as possible to

form a crust. Cover and cook for 10

hours. Remove the lid for the last 30

minutes of cooking.

Let the lamb rest for 10 minutes

before serving with tahini,

pomegranate arils, red onion, if using,

flatbreads and herbs.

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POACHED PEACHES

The sweetness of white peaches at

their peak and the pure pink fizz of

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dessert really encapsulate late

summer eating at its best. The

peaches are

delightful on their own or with a

dollop of crème fraîche. Serves: 6

INGREDIENTS

500 ml (2 cups) sparkling rosé

115 g (1 cup) caster sugar

1 tablespoon rosewater

1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste

6 white peaches

To serve

organic rose petals

3 tablespoons roughly crushed

freezedried raspberries or

strawberries

METHOD

Combine the rosé, sugar, rosewater

and vanilla in the bowl of your slow

cooker. Set to the sauté function

and cook for 10 minutes, stirring to

dissolve the sugar. Turn the heat to

low, add the peaches and close the

lid. Cook for 2½ hours.

Allow to cool completely in the syrup.

Gently remove the peaches and

place in a large serving dish. Pour

over the syrup, then scatter over

the rose petals and the freeze-dried

berries to serve.

You can, of course, cut the peaches

in half and remove the stones, but

I like throwing the whole lot in for a

more low-maintenance approach.

The stones are so easily removed

once the peaches have slow-cooked,

and it stops the fruit from losing its

shape as it cooks.

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last year and all its challenges have deepened our appreciation for

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change in this edition was that of a derelict, unused and overgrown

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o you have grand transformation plans

for your garden but don’t know where to

Dstart? We caught up with the owners of this

amazing redesign, couple Daniel and Katherine, and

found out their motivations for the change and how

they went about the transformation on a budget.

FIRSTLY, CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE

GARDEN BEFORE AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO

TAKE ON THE PROJECT?

Like many people, we were desperate for some

outside space - our flat had a small courtyard but

we wanted somewhere we could entertain and

somewhere for the dogs to enjoy.

The details surrounding actually buying the land

were a bit unusual - it was a plot backing on to the

communal garden of our building and came up

for sale from a previous owner. Despite the state it

was in, we snapped it up, knowing we could make

something special.

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We realised early on that we would need

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hard-standing in the middle. We enlisted the help

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plants but also a big deck. The layout was in part

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Our homes have become so much

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We spoke to Janusz, part of the family team who create, as their

slogan says “Everything from oak’ at Swindon Oak…

Oak is such a visually appealing material – what properties

make it so good for the projects that you undertake, from

garages to coffee tables?

Oak is a hardwood that lasts for years and years, also due

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You have a team of experts, from architects to the people

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People can feel free to contact me no matter what part of the

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planning process they are at as we can help and support them at

any stage to make sure they have exactly what they desire.

What recent project amongst the many you have undertaken

has given you the most satisfaction?

Recently we designed, supplied and installed a 6 x 6m hipped

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The process went very smoothly and the finished product is one

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And finally sum up in one sentence the advantages of

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DEMENTIA The Key Changes to Make a Safer Space

Maintaining independence is

important for someone living with

dementia, as is having a familiar

living space. Whilst some people

may move out of their home into

residential care, some families are

helping their loved ones remain at

home.

With small adaptations to their living

space, it’s possible for someone with

dementia to stay in their own home

both safely and comfortably. Many local

authorities have funding available to make

minor adaptations to the home, and for

those with more acute needs, there are

also grants available to support with larger

adjustments.

Here are some of the key adaptations to

consider for the home to ensure it’s a safe

space for someone living with dementia.

Kitchen

If your loved one is in the mid to later

stages dementia, they may need

additional assistance and may even have

a carer living with them. If this is the case,

it’s unlikely they’ll be left unsupervised in

the kitchen. However, in order to ensure

the highest safety levels, it’s advisable to

consider:

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• Fitting cookers and any gas-supplied

equipment with an automatic cut off

• Ensuring all smoke detectors and

carbon monoxide alarms are working

• Removing any obstacles, such as rugs

and mats, to avoid trips or falls

• Clearing out the fridge regularly to

remove out-of-date food

• Storing cleaning products, irons,

knives and sharp equipment in a locked

cupboard or drawer

Bathroom

The bathroom can sometimes present

challenges for those with limited mobility

or cognitive challenges. Whilst your loved

one may have a carer present to help with

personal hygiene, it’s best to ensure the

bathroom is a safe and easily navigable

space:

• Clearly marking the taps for hot and cold

• Installing grab rails around the shower

and toilet

• Adding textured pads on surfaces which

may get slippery

• Removing the lock from the bathroom door

• Locking away any medication, cleaning

products, and sharp items

Bedroom

In order to ensure the bedroom is a

calming space where your loved one can

sleep safely, the following should be of use:

• Avoiding electric blankets

• Installing a night light in the bedroom,

hallway, and bathroom to provide easy

vision if they get up in the night

• Making sure the room is a good

temperature

• Putting a clock next to the bed that

indicates whether it is day or night to

avoid confusion

Living Room

This is often where you spend most of

your time relaxing, so to ensure the space

is comfortable, familiar, yet safe, try:

• Removing obstructions which can cause

trips or falls

• Ensuring the room is well lit

• Having a clear path in and out of the

room - especially if your loved one needs

mobility aids

Hallway and Stairs

• Consider installing handrails up the stairs

• Making sure the front and back doors

are locked and car keys are locked away

- particularly if your loved one is prone to

wandering,

• Removing any obstructions such as

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hot Hot weather tips

This summer from Maqueen

Tips

Veterinary Centre...

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Heatstroke

Dogs

Heatstroke:

can only

Dogs

cool

can

themselves

only cool

by

panting,

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which

by panting,

is much

which

less efficient

is much

than

less efficient

sweating,

than

so

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are very susceptible

so are very

to

susceptible

becoming

to

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in hot

weather,

in hot weather,

especially

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if

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to lie.

which

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which

by

cools

evaporation,

by evaporation,

is less

effective

is less effective

in humid

in humid

weather,

weather,

in a confined

in

space, or for short

nosed

a confined

breeds

space,

like

or

pugs

for short

and Bulldogs.

nosed

Pets with thick coats,

short

breeds

noses,

like pugs

extra

and

poundage

Bulldogs.

or a drive to charge about

whatever

Pets with

the

thick

temperature,

coats, short noses,

are particularly at risk.

Keeping

extra poundage

cool: provide

or a drive

cool

to

indoor

charge

refuges, with fans, and

cooling

about whatever

mats or

the

wet

temperature,

towels, and

are

for water loving dogs, a cool

shady

particularly

paddling

at risk.

pool. Spray with cooling water and consider

buying a cooling jacket. Take water, and a collapsible bowl

with

Keeping

you when

cool: provide

travelling

cool

or

indoor

on walks,

refuges,

and Doggy

with fans,

Ice

and

Cream is

always

cooling

welcome!

mats or wet towels, and for water loving dogs, a cool

If

shady

your

paddling

dog becomes

pool. Spray

overheated

with cooling

- contact

water

your

and

vet,

consider

cool him

down

buying

with

a cooling

a cool

jacket.

tepid shower

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or wet

and

towels,

a collapsible

keep him

bowl

calm

with

and

you when

give him

travelling

plenty

or

of

on

cool

walks,

not cold

and Doggy

water to

Ice

drink

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welcome! *If your dog becomes overheated - contact your vet,

Senior

cool him

pets

down

- take

with

special

a cool tepid

care

shower

of older

or

companions,

wet towels, keep

making

him

sure

calm

that

and

they

give him

stay

plenty

cool and

of cool

drink

not

plenty

cold water

of water.

to drink”

They often

love to sunbathe but may snooze longer than they should

leading

Senior pets:

to heatstroke,

take special

circulatory

care of older

problems,

companions,

or sunburn

making sure

that they stay cool and drink plenty of water. They often love to

Sunbathing

sunbathe but

pets

may

with

snooze

white

longer

ear tips

than

and

they

noses

should

need

leading

SPF

to

50

cream

heatstroke,

to prevent

circulatory

skin

problems,

cancer and

or

sunburn.

sunburn.

Hypoallergenic

Sunbathing pets

products

with white

suitable

ear tips

for

and

young

noses

children

need SPF

may

50

be

cream

used,

to

but

prevent

products

skin cancer

designed

and sunburn.

for pets

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are probably

products

safest, as

suitable

some

for

ingredients

young children

may

may

be

be

toxic

used,

if licked

but products

off.

designed for pets are

probably safest, as some ingredients may be toxic if licked off.

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of Bare Your Trust Trusts

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and peace just deal with

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cohabiting couples

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beneficiary, Victoria itIremonger, really is that simple. a paralegal at

The beneficiary owns the

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to avoid date or of at theleast gift then minimise no inheritance the tax will be payable at all.

please get in touch with your usual contact at Wansbroughs or

costs Capital associated gains tax might with a arise dispute on if a transfer into the trust if the asset

contact us on 01380 733 399 or via email at

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or your usual contact.

Devizes Office

Northgate House, Northgate

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Brand new care

home opening in

Chippenham

Pilgrims’ Friend Society are

opening a brand-new care home in

Chippenham this summer...

A brand-new care home, Middlefields House, is opening this

summer in Chippenham. Every person who makes Middlefields

House their home will enjoy high-quality care, tailored to their

unique needs and preferences, including those living with

dementia.

Chris Boyes, General Manager at the new home, is looking

forward to welcoming residents. He says, “Middlefields House

is lovely building, with beautiful rooms, and we will put the heart

into it – the love and care.”

Designed as four households of 12 people, the state-of-the-art

home will provide care and community for 48 residents. Each

household has its own lounge and dining area as well as a

second lounge and access to the gardens. Every person who

lives at Middlefields House will have their own bedroom and en

suite, with views of the gardens and access to the communal

spaces.

This special “household model” will mean that those living in the

home will not only have their own private space, but also be part

of a small, friendly, caring community. Living in the households

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The gardens at Middlefields House have been especially

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As part of the Pilgrims’ Friend Society family, Middlefields House

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If you’d like to find out more about Middlefields House, please

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Make your home at

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The benefits of

live-in care

Following the launch of their Livein

care service, we caught up with

Jacob Russell from Nurseplus Care

at home to find out more about

what Live-in care is and the many

benefits it offers...

Realising that you or a loved one need some help at home can

be tough and exploring the different options available to you

can be daunting. When considering long-term care for the first

time, many people believe that the only option is moving into a

care home if you require round-the-clock support, but that is not

always the case. Live-in care is a practical alternative that can be

more suited to some people and allows them to continue living

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