Mendip Living Aug - Sep 2021

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The August/September issue is here, bringing together the best of high summer and early autumn. We are shining shoes in preparation for a new school year and feasting on delights for afternoon tea week. We’ve also got two fantastic interviews with chef Mitch Tonks and gardener Adam Frost. Don’t miss our competition page either - with over £1400 of goodies to be won!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Delicious

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland

dishes for afternoon tea

Our competition

page returns

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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...

Happy gardens are a theme as

this edition we were very happy to

chat to Chelsea seven-time gold

medal winner Adam Frost about

his upcoming appearance at

Gardeners’ World Live. Then we

are beginning to turn our attention

to the indoors and this edition that

means bringing together some easy

ideas to give your home that little lift

- you only need to make some small

changes to give a space a refresh.

On the foodie side, we are talking to

chef Mitch Tonks - he’s a passionate

advocate of British seafood and has

lots of exciting plans afoot. We are

also feeling a little indulgent with

some delicious recipes for another

British classic - the afternoon tea.

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Easy interior updates

for a quick refresh

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs, Angela Cave,

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Key Account Manager Ade Hill

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Planning for

Retirement

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On the later life side, we are taking

stock, and showing that retirement

planning is important no matter

your age. We go through the major

pointers to help you get your

financial ducks in a row.

Finally, we have the amazing

competitions - last edition we had

an unfortunate misprint on the

closing date, so we’ve extended the

previous edition by another month,

alongside bringing you a host of

amazing new goodies to be won this

time around!

All that’s left is to wish you a fabulous

summer of fun and to say we’ll be

back in October - brace yourself, we

may just be mentioning...Christm...

no I can’t, not yet. But be prepared,

it’s coming! See you then!

Katie

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COMPETITION

Time

WIN

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Find the competition and enter on that post,

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For 25 years Hope Farmhouse has been our

much loved family home. Now we want to share

with you its charm - and its quirks. We have spent

the last year transforming our beloved old house

into an ideal holiday home.

The spacious farmhouse and secluded garden is

perfect for a peaceful getaway for families, groups

and couples. Surrounded by fields and hills, and

just a few minutes drive from the centre of the

medieval marked town of Frome, we invite you

to bring the kids, bring the dog, and soak up the

quiet comfort of the countryside.

You can find us on social media using

@homefarmfrome, online at

www.hopefarmfrome.com and email us at

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MEET THE

Fromies

We talk to businesses

in and around Frome

who are passionate

about what they do...

Rode post office, general store

& cafe

Who are the ladies behind the counter at

Rode post office? Sam, Michaela, Demi,

Wendy and Lucy... Sam is mother and Demi

and Michaela are my daughters.

It’s more than just a post office?

We have a fully stocked shop ranging from

local ham and bacon to candles for gifts.

Tell us about the amazing homemade

cakes you make? Michaela the eldest

daughter tends to make most of the cakes.

What else in on the menu?

Tea cakes to ploughman’s.

What times is the café open?

Every day.

Hope Farmhouse

It was always a bit of a magical house to

live in, knowing it was so old - the original

part of the house was built 300 years ago

and belonged to the carter of the Longleat

estate. It doesn’t have any farm land

anymore, but you can still feel the coolness

of what was the old dairy in the summer,

and logs are still stored in the ‘pig sty’ even

if the pigs are long gone. We moved in when

I was seven. We spent a few years without

central heating and a single electric shower,

and when my parents decided to build what

would become the high-ceilinged kitchen we

enjoy now, we had another few years with a

hole in the wall and a camping stove in the

living room. It wasn’t always comfortable,

but for me Hope Farmhouse will always be a

place where we spent long summers playing

barefoot in the garden until the light failed

and Christmas day in front of a log fire.

You’ve been busy renovating the farm

house right?

We have. We have been trying to sell the

property for some time with little success,

so we decided to see if we could make

it work as a holiday home and hopefully

share some of its magic with other families.

It needed quite a bit of TLC to get it back

in shape. Of course there was a lot of

bargains that needed be found, leaks and

unforeseen difficulties to be dealt with - not

to mention a year delay due to you-knowwhat

- but Facebook marketplace and a

team of excellent local tradespeople made

it happen.

Where can I see more about you?

We have a website at hopefarmfrome.com

with lots of pictures and a little history about

the house. We can be found on Instagram

and Facebook with @hopefarmfrome - and

less often on Twitter as I’m not so good with

a limited word count.

The cooking School

Who are the cooking school?

Based in the beautiful Old Silk Mills in

Warminster, we are a unique culinary

school that offers a wide range of exciting

classes for all ages and abilities. We can

take you across the globe with street food

from around the world or prepare you for a

perfect summer with best of British picnics

and summer fruit puddings. Expert chefs

lead our lessons which celebrate delicious,

seasonal food and are accessible to all

levels of culinary ability.

What type of classes do you hold?

We offer evening, all-day and half-day

classes. Our evening classes start with a

glass of fizz and take you through every step

of creating a delicious meal. If you want a

more in-depth lesson, the half and all-day

classes will teach you how to make three

course masterpieces. At the end of all our

lessons, there will be time to eat and enjoy

the meal you have created. If you are looking

for a more bespoke event we also offer

children’s parties, team building sessions,

hen nights and private bookings.

How can I find more info?

Tel: 01985 213214

Email: info@thecookingschool

www.thecookingschool.com

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straight from

the heart

Heart of The Tribe Gallery has an excellent

line up of events this Summer which will

compliment any day out in Glastonbury...

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Starting off with the highly anticipated exhibition ‘Beauty and

Truth’ by renown Glastonbury artist Jonathan Minshull. Heart

of The Tribe is delighted to give the public another chance to

view this incredible display after the show was shut early due to

lockdown November 2020. The exhibition will be running from

July 29th – August 23rd and is certainly not going to be one to

miss!

This will be followed by ‘Wonder Tales’, an exhibition which

showcases the works of Rowena J Draper, a highly skilled

painter who will take you to other worlds and Penelope O’Gara,

an incredibly talented doll maker who is inspired by folklore and

totems. You can expect plenty of magic, fantasy and fairy tale in

this joint exhibition which will be a hit for all ages. The show will

be running from August 26th – September 20th.

As part of the ‘Wonder Tales’, Penelope will be hosting a series of

puppet shows titled ‘Allegia Mystra’.

“Roll up, roll up, ladies & gentlemen, for an encounter you will not

readily forget – as the good folk of the Itinerant Bizarrium share

their tales of wonder, their stories of intrigue & escape, of magic

& adventure. A little dark & a little risqué at times, with laughter &

surprises along the way, this is definitely not your average puppet

show.”

The puppet show will be running over August Bank Holiday

weekend, entry is free, and the event will be a perfect end to the

summer school holidays.

Puppet Show Dates and Times

Saturday 28th: 12.00 & 13.00 / 15.00 & 16.00

Sunday 29th: 14.00 & 15.00

Heart of The Tribe’s final summer event showcases the work of

upcoming artist Emma Housley in her exhibition ‘Bliss’, running

from September 23rd – October 18th. Emma is an abstract artist,

whose work is a wonderful explosion of fun and colour. As part

of the Somerset Arts Works Open Studios, Emma will be painting

live in the workshop space at the bottom of Heart of The Tribe’s

secret garden, come to meet Emma and get a sense of her

creative process from September 18th – October 3rd.

WELLS Festival of

Literature

PRIORITY BOOKING

starts 31 August

PUBLIC BOOKING

starts 6 September

15 – 23 October 2021

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THE WOOLVERTON

GALLERY SUMMER

EXHIBITION

Bath based Artist, Ray Jones,

has opened Bath’s latest art

venue: the Woolverton Gallery

in Woolverton near Bath...

ADVERTISING FEATURE

The official opening ceremony took place on Saturday 26th

June with a number of the participating artists due to Covid

restrictions.

The new gallery is made up of 5 exhibition rooms, and

showcases the work of 26 resident artists. The emphasis is on

colourful, contemporary artwork in a variety of styles.

The Summer Exhibition features the work of well-known Bath

artists such as David Wilkey, David Ringsell and Brian Elwell as

well as many contributors from further afield.

Ray said “It is difficult for artists to find an exhibition space for

their work, and I am pleased to be able to provide a permanent

exhibition space for this group of highly talented artists. Each

resident artist has at least 2 works on show at any time, and we

always have at least 60 paintings on display. The Gallery is linked

to the company website www.bathartsales.com, and this further

showcases all our artists with more of their available work.”

Apart from the permanent seasonal exhibitions, there will be

special events including one man/woman exhibitions at frequent

intervals.

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Somerset based family

business launches

luxury hamper

collection

Freckles and Boo, the family-run Somerset

business with a focus on artisan-made treats,

has added a new string to their bow: gourmet

hampers that take you on a foodie adventure

that supports local independent producers...

Each hamper is a celebration of the region’s rich and diverse food

landscape; choose from one of 28 specially created hampers

and open the lid to a whistlestop tour of exquisite tastes that

showcase some of the South West’s most talented makers.

Take the Pure Indulgence hamper, for example, the most

decadent of gift hampers which features classic cuvee from the

award-winning Aldwick estates, Great British Biscotti Company’s

savoury chorizo and cheddar biscotti, traditionally cured pokers

from Somerset Charcuterie and decadent single origin chocolate

from Popachoc.

Perhaps the gin to your tonic would be the aptly named Gin

Celebration hamper containing the silky smooth, Bristol-distilled

6 o’Clock Gin with its Distillers tonic, and snack perfection in the

form of Mr Filbert’s Olive bites.

Or maybe you’d prefer to gift home comfort treats from the

Lemonade hamper box, which includes still elderflower lemonade

from Great Taste Awards winning Hullaballoos, all-butter cheese

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crackers from Bath’s Fine Cheese Company, and Choc-O’s

homemade chocolate-covered honeycomb.

And, for those needing some TLC, Freckles & Boo’s selection of

wellbeing hampers all include a hand poured soy candle from

the Botanical Candle Company, a wellbeing pocketbook, and a

postcard-sized inspirational quote print.

“Our hamper collections reflect our region’s extraordinary

epicurean talents,” explains Freckles &Boo co-founder, Tara

Ellis-Heal. ”Food to feast on, comforts to unwind with… our gift

hampers are made for indulging.

“We know and respect each one of our makers and have handselected

every product to create the ultimate gift hampers from

the South West.”

Available to buy individually, for corporate giving and to curate

your own, the Freckles & Boo hamper collection is a treasure

trove of taste extravagance. Are you ready to find yours?

Luxury Hampers

and Local Produce

Available to buy on our website individually or as a collection in

one of our wonderfully curated hampers, our local produce is rich

in taste and low in miles.

Alongside our filled-to-the-brim hampers, we also offer a beautiful

collection of homewares and gifts.

We believe there is no better gift to receive than a hamper of

thoughtfully selected local treats. Whatever the occasion, our

hampers are designed to deliver a smile.

Discover our full range at www.frecklesandboo.co.uk

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The hampers were

wonderfully presented

with a great selection

of goodies from local

suppliers. We’ll be back for

more next year. Thank you

“Tara and the team!

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Man of the sea

Mitch Tonks

The Rockfish Boat

Mitch Tonks, image courtesy Steve Haywood

Sally Thomson was

delighted to catch up with

chef and entrepreneur -

Mitch Tonks who she has

known for over 25 years....

SALLY: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Mitch: We are doing great! We are looking

forward to finally getting the restaurant

open. I think we are going to have a nice

bounce back, but what a strange time.

I’m one of the people that has benefited

and enjoyed it to be honest. Getting to my

age and not really taking any time off, I’ve

had lots of time to spend with the kids and

rethink things to make things better.

I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

BEAUTIFUL BOOK THE DISHES LOOK

MOUTH-WATERING. MY FIRST QUESTION

HOWEVER, IS HOW

HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO THE LOCKDOWN?

I must say that the first 2 weeks were

scary; I didn’t really know what was going

to happen, I knew how much money was

in the bank and how long that would last.

I had some truly beautiful and humbling

experiences where my children took care

of me, cooked for me and said: “Dad, you

just concentrate on work and we are going

to look after you and cook for you.” My son

Ben is a chef and works in The Seahorse

and so does my daughter along with Ben’s

partner who is now the general manager.

FANTASTIC, WHAT A LOVELY FAMILY AFFAIR!

It is, and it was lovely being at home with

them. When we started to think about

survival, “I thought this is it we are going to

survive this” We had 274 staff and I thought

we are going to get through this and I’m

going to take care of every single one of

you and come out the other side.

There was a lot to think about and we really

took care of people. During the time we

thought about, “How can we make this

business

better” and we started

pulling apart everything that was wrong

and thought how can we make it better?

These are things that we couldn’t do when

we were open, so we did a whole lot of

things like shortened inventory, better

shift patterns, closed the restaurant for an

hour in the afternoon, went down to a 4

day week in the winter, all the kind of stuff

that we didn’t have the foresight to do

previously.

WHEN SOMEONE IS SO ENGROSSED IN

MANAGING A BUSINESS IT’S SOMETIMES

HARD, THIS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW VISION?

I think it was a bit of that, but I’m always

very outward looking with my business

any way but I think one of the challenges

was trying to get people to go along with

it as they would be like we’re too busy or

that’s not the way we do it. Everybody was

great, and I think I realised that we were

a lot more capable as I thought we were

which was great and hugely uplifting, so I

thought right I’m going to write a book. We

wrote the book in November after a really

good summer obviously we didn’t know

that we were going to be in lockdown the

first quarter. We were also working hard

on getting the planning permission for our

Salcombe restaurant which should be

ready next year. Then we started sending

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out boxes to people like a seafood meal for 2

and we suddenly built up to several hundred

boxes a week which was quite a considerable

amount.

What we did was open a fishmongers in

Brixham just before lockdown, so we ran it

from there sending out all these boxes. I then

started to reflect on my own behaviour at

home, how it had changed and how I was

buying my toilet roll, my chemicals, my meat

and things stuff that I had never bought on

mail order before and subscriptions and I

was really enjoying it. I started to think about

how much people had loved our boxes and

how Sainsbury’s had closed their fish counter

and I thought why can’t we set up a seafood

at home business so we completed buying

our fish supplier, we buy off the fish market

everyday we have our own boat out there

fishing so we bought that company and then

we bought another company that makes

sauces and things for us but also makes

things for Fortman & Mason and the big fancy

retailers. So, we are launching in July a really

innovated seafood at home business where

you will be able to buy amazingly fresh fish

packaged brilliantly, nice and easy recipes

available nationwide. Hopefully the reputation

will be great, and people will trust us, they

can see our fishing boats our restaurants and

they will want to buy fish from us.

KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT WHAT

DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

I’m a sailor, a big reader so I love to read,

and I love to cook and entertain at my house

with the children. I’m a sailor so I love to plan

voyages I can’t wait to get on the water, and

we are sailing our boat up to the West Coast

of Scotland. I’m leaving in 3 weeks and we

are going to try and live a little bit up there

and a little bit down here and just take some

valuable time.

LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK WHICH

LOOKS WONDERFUL. WHEN YOU DO YOUR

RECIPES WHAT INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU

DRAW ON YOUR EXPERIENCE OR DO YOU

LIKE TO CREATE NEW DISHES?

I think in this book I draw on my love of

seafood which is really nice and my own

experiences in the rock fish book there’s quite

a lot of new dishes things that I mainly cook

at home. What I really enjoyed about this

book is there’s no boundaries. This is food

that I love like Asian food Singapore Chilli

Crab (pictured top right) and Crispy fried Chilli

cuttlefish. It’s really great!

excel in education so when I

got a doctorate from Plymouth

University, I was very proud.

I had to stand up and do a

speech in front of the students

and I never imagined that

I would get to university

and receive an honorary

doctorate and it was my most

personal proudest moment of

recognition.

Singapore Chilli Crab

I’VE NEVER WORKED WITH FRESH CRAB SO

MAYBE WHEN I NEXT COME DOWN YOU CAN

SHOW ME WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

I can definitely do that, and you know when

you eat a wonderful fresh crab it’s a mindblowing

experience.

YOU HAVE SOME FABULOUS ACCOLADES BOTH

ON YOUR WEBSITE AND IN THE LATEST BOOK

To be honest it’s not one of the things I ever

think about but they are very humbling. I think

the thing I was most proud of was the fact I

was a council house boy and didn’t really

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THE ROCKFISH COOKBOOK BY

MITCH TONKS

PUBLISHED BY JON CROFT

EDITIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS TERRY

£18

AVAILABLE AT ROCKFISH

RESTAURANTS AND ONLINE AT

THEROCKFISH.CO.UK

Rockfish Cookbook


Fishmonger Thursday – Saturday 9.30am-5.30pm

Kitchen Thursday – Saturday 12-3pm, 5.30-8.30pm

HESPERIAN

FISH STORES

& KITCHEN

Supplying fresh

& smoked fish &

shellfish sustainably

caught from around

the UK as well as

small plates of

delicious, simple fish

dishes.

Special Occasion?

Get in touch to pre order from the counter or the

kitchen. We are very much looking forward to

opening our doors again and seeing you soon.

Find us at UNIT 1, STATION APPROACH, FROME, BA11 1RE

Tel: 01373 800250 info@hesperianfish.co.uk www.hesperianfish

The White Hart Inn

Trudoxhill, Frome

Telephone: 01373 836324

The White Hart is excited for the summer months ahead...

The Garden is looking amazing as everything starts to bloom.

The New Menu is now in full swing as well as our Sunday Roast.

The Homemade pies are getting lots of love this year, with local

favourites like Steak and ale, and Chicken ham and leak.

With new pies coming this summer and autumn like

Mediterranean vegetables and herbs, or Steak and Stilton all

the pies are individually made by hand. A pie currently under

development is the fisherman’s pie and really excited to get this

recipe perfect for production soon.

Another area of current development is the pastry were I am working to

produce a vegan pastry, so that everyone can enjoy our homemade

pies. My personal favourite is the venison, smoked bacon, and

juniper. It is a fantastic rich and silky pie with soft tender meat.

Follow us on social media pop over and visit and say hi to the team

Join us on Facebook @thewhitehart.trudoxhill

Instagram @thewhitehartpubtrudoxhill

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FOOD BILL

With this voucher valid from

August 1st - October 31st 2021

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Sea bream

baked in

paper

with garlic, olive oil,

chilli & rosemary

By Mitch Tonks

Cooking a fish ‘en papillote’, or in a bag, is an

excellent way to prepare it. The fish retains its

moistness and the other flavours that you add

really get a chance to develop with the flavours

of the fish to create something quite magical.

The combination of roasted garlic, chilli and

rosemary is a good one, as is thyme, lemon and

cumin. But you will find your own preferences.

Look for wild gilt head or black bream, or use

farmed gilt head bream, which are delicious and

perfectly acceptable. Ask your fishmonger to

scale and gut the fish and remove the head.

SERVES 2

8 garlic cloves

100ml olive oil

2 whole sea bream, weighing about 450g each,

head removed

1 small fresh bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced

4 sprigs of rosemary

50ml white wine

finely chopped parsley

salt

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan/180°C/Gas

Mark 4.

Place your garlic cloves, with the skin on, on

a small roasting tray, drizzle with a little of the

olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Roast for

10 minutes or until soft – you should be able to

squeeze the garlic from the skin. If not then just

cook a little longer. Set aside to cool slightly.

Turn up the oven to its maximum heat.

Cut out 2 pieces of baking parchment large

enough to enclose a fish. Lay the parchment on

the worktop and place the fish on it. Sprinkle the

chilli over the fish and place the peeled garlic

around it. Tuck some rosemary into the belly.

Sprinkle with salt and pour over the rest of the

olive oil. Fold the paper up and over the fish, and

just before you seal it up completely, pour the

wine into the corner, then finish sealing.

Place the parchment bags on a baking tray

and cook for 15 minutes. Cut the paper open,

sprinkle the fish with chopped parley and serve

straight from the bag.

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TIME

tea

FOR

With

Afternoon Tea Week taking

place from 9-15 August, plus the

MacMillan Coffee Morning on the

24 September, there’s never been

a better time to gather your nearest

and dearest, don your apron

and get baking! We’ve gathered

together the best recipes from

Clarence Court Eggs

CLASSIC TEATIME SCONES

You can’t go wrong with a freshly baked

scone. Simple to master and can be

whipped up in a matter of minutes!

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 12-15 MINUTES

MAKE 18-22 SCONES

INGREDIENTS

450g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g cold butter, cut into cubes

50g caster sugar

2 medium Clarence Court Hens Eggs plus

1 beaten

Milk

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/ gas mark

6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof

paper.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large

mixing bowl, add the butter and rub it into to

the flour with your fingers until you create a

fine breadcrumb texture. Stir in the sugar.

Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and top

up with enough milk to get to 270ml.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mix and

pour in the eggs and milk. Stir using a dinner

knife to start then use your hands to form a

rough dough. Tip out on to a lightly floured

work surface and roll to a rough oblong

about 2cm thick.

Use a 5cm cutter to cut out as many scones

as possible then arrange over the 2 trays

making sure they aren’t too close to each

other. Roll out the remaining dough and cut

out more scones. When all the scones have

been cut out, brush the tops with beaten

egg and place the trays in the oven to bake

for 12 - 15 minutes or until pale gold in

colour and nicely risen. Allow to cool a little

on a wire rack and serve warm with clotted

cream and your favourite jam.

QUAIL SCOTCH EGGS

Libby Silbermann, has shared with us her

perfect picnic addition. These Quail Scotch

Eggs are a delicious bite size treat, served

with tarragon mayo, dip and enjoy!

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PREP TIME: 45 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

12 Clarence Court quail eggs

250g good quality British sausages,

removed from skins

Fresh thyme

1 egg beaten

100g panko breadcrumbs

100g plain flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Tarragon Mayo:

2x egg yolks

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus extra for

seasoning

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

250ml olive oil (or rapeseed)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Handful of fresh tarragon, chopped

METHOD

Boil the quail eggs in a pan of boiling

water for 2 minutes. Then plunge into

an ice bath - this will stop them cooking

further and ensure you have a runny yolk

at the end.

While they are cooling, make your Mayo.

Place 2 egg yolks in a large bowl. Add

the mustard and vinegar and whisk them

well until they are paler. Slowly drizzle

in the oil in a steady stream, whisking

continuously - this will emulsify the egg

yolk and it will thicken and become

glossy. Keep slowly adding until you

have added half of the oil.

At this stage squeeze in juice of ½ a

lemon. Then drizzle in remaining oil,

whisking continuously until all is added.

Season the mayonnaise with the chopped

tarragon, salt and some more lemon or

mustard to taste. Set aside.

Peel the quail eggs carefully as they

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are delicate. It is quite therapeutic and

satisfying! Time to assemble: Add fresh

chopped thyme to your sausage meat.

Season the plain flour well with salt and

pepper. Place a small amount in the palm

of your hand and press to flatten, place

a quail egg in the middle and cup your

hand to enclose the egg in the meat.

Gently press the sausage meat around

the egg so it is completely covered and

there are no air pockets.

Next place the egg into the flour and

coat, then dust off the excess. Do the

same in the egg, and then followed by

the panko. Repeat with all the quail eggs.

Heat vegetable oil in a high sided pan

so it comes up 2 inches high. Heat until

it reaches 180˚C. Fry the scotch eggs in

batches for 2 minutes until golden brown

on all sides and crisp. Remove carefully

with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen

paper to remove excess oil. Serve

alongside the tarragon mayo!

BLUEBERRY AND

PEACH CAKE

An impressive-looking but easy to make

cake. Duck eggs keep the sponge light

and fluffy.

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 40-50 MINUTES

SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

150g baking spread or softened unsalted

butter (plus 50g softened unsalted butter

for frosting and for greasing)

100g caster sugar

4 tablespoons thick peach puree or

blitzed tinned or fresh peeled peach (or

just use 50g extra caster sugar)

2 Clarence Court Braddock Whites

150g self-raising flour, sieved

Pinch salt

50g ground almonds

1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped plus

extra sprigs for serving

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons natural or peach yoghurt

2 x 120g punnets blueberries

250g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting

250g full-fat cream cheese

1 whole peach

METHOD

Pre-heat the oven to 160˚C/ 320˚F/ gas

mark 3. Grease and line the base and

sides of a 20cm, deep round cake tin.

Cream the butter and sugar together in

a mixer or with a wooden spoon until soft

and fluffy. Crack the eggs into a jug and

whisk with the peach puree. Stir in a little

at a time until incorporated. Mix the flour,

salt, ground almonds, chopped rosemary

and baking powder in a mixing bowl then

fold into the butter and egg mix then stir

in the vanilla extract and yoghurt. Scatter

in half of one punnet of blueberries into

the prepared tin, followed by half the

sponge mixture. Top with the remaining

½ punnet blueberries and finish with the

rest of the cake mix.

Place the cake in the oven and bake

for 45-50 minutes until golden and risen

or if a skewer is poked in the middle it

comes out clean. Remove the cake from

the oven and place on a cooling rack for

about 40 minutes. Carefully release the

cake from the tin and allow it rest on the

cooling rack until totally cool.

Place the icing sugar and 50g of softened

butter in a mixing bowl and mix well until

soft and fluffy. Mix in the cream cheese

until you have a whipped, stable frosting.

Chill whilst the cake cools.

When ready to assemble place the

sponge on a serving plate or board.

Destone and slice the whole peach

into thin slices. Spread the frosting

over the top, scatter over the remaining

blueberries and peach slices. Sprinkle

over a few rosemary leaves and dust over

a little icing sugar. Serve with a cup of tea

or a fresh, crisp sparkling wine.


the cooking school

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Tiles x Jessica Davis

Tiles can really reflect your personality, so you

don’t need to go with trends, but they can

be inspiring. This season sees a lean toward

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half height on the walls. Geometric tiles are still

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MIXING

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Buying a listed building:

The dos and don'ts you need to know

Listed buildings account for approximately 2% of England’s built heritage...

When a building is ‘listed’ it is included on the statutory list of

“buildings of special architectural or historic interest. The list

status is intended to protect buildings from alterations that may

negatively impact their character or historical context.

In practical terms for the owner, it means you need listed-building

consent in addition to planning consent for any changes. In the

majority of cases the classification protects the entire building,

along with any structures attached to the building, including

outbuildings, garden walls and even garden statues.

This may sound daunting but don’t let it put you off. The

uniqueness of a listed building is probably what made you fall in

love with it in the first place.

Residential Property Partner, Alison Treble shares her top points

to consider before embarking on a listed project.

Identify which grade the property falls into.

A check on the National Heritage List of England website will

provide a copy of the entry particular to the property you are

buying.

There are three grades:

• Grade I (2.5% of listed buildings) – buildings of exceptional

interest.

• Grade II* (5.5% of listed buildings) – buildings of particular

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• Grade II (92% of listed buildings) – buildings of special

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It is extremely important to check that

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The most common alterations and therefore areas to look out

for are:

• Double glazing/plastic guttering

• En-suite bathrooms

• Changes to layout

• Removal of fireplaces

• Opening up of rooms/removal of internal walls

Your solicitor will carry out the appropriate checks for you

so choosing a solicitor who specialises in listed buildings is

recommended.

If in doubt check

Once you have purchased a listed property remember that it is

a criminal offence to make unauthorised changes to a Listed

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SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

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KEY MILESTONE

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Best known for his

successes at RHS Chelsea

Flower Show, he is

passionate about inspiring

adults and children

alike to create their

own gardens and watch

hedgerows spring to life.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT GEOFF

BARNWELL?

It was originally in North Devon Parks

depart that I did my apprenticeship and

then I went to work for Geoff when I was

21 years old and then spent an amazing

mind blowing, not that I think you realise

it in your early 20s working 6-7 years with

Geoff until he passed away in 96.

AN INSPIRATIONAL MAN I SHOULD

IMAGINE?

Yes, looking back I don’t think you

realised what he was talking about, Peat

free gardening, Organic gardening, stop

ripping up limestone pavements and

destroying the countryside all the things

that were way before their time really. We

are now 30 years on and we’ve only just

decided to ban peat. I think in reality he

set my gardening moral compass.

HIS SON HAS GONE INTO THE SAME

LINE OF WORK ALSO?

He had 3 sons but Nick the middle son

was left the garden & nursery, so he’s got

Barnwell plants and gardens.

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

I had a lovely weekend! I’d be lying if I

didn’t say I was a bit nervous. I had just

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND

IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &

ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Definitely, We run a school as well so

we had to close that. I did some stuff on

zoom like most people but that’s a very

strange experience. I’ve never spent

so much time at home or in the garden

through the summer months with my wife

& kids which was a mixed blessing and

gave me time to stop which I don’t think

I’ve done since I was 16.

I BET YOU MISSED THE VIBE OF

BEING AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW?

I was due to go back and do a garden

in 2020 so that went but it looks we will

be able to go back in September and

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do some filming but I’m not building

anything now.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A

GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?

It can be 12 months to 2 years planning

but at one point I was doing them back to

back finishing one then moving straight

onto the next one. But it’s fascinating, it’s

how I built my career.

“I think ultimately

gardens are about

4 things; People,

Space, Plants and

Place.”

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant. My

dad was a landscaper and he built early

John Brooks gardens in the early 70s I

recently met Professor David Stevens

Garden designer who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things; People, Space, Plants and Place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape

it might be an individual picture I’ve

seen it might be the shape of something

whatever it is that gives me an insight

into a person or if it’s a show garden what

particular design will drive it that’s how I

start and then create from there.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody

was sensible and had plenty of space.

The standard of the displays was really

good and Hilliers had gone there and

built a garden, so it was great that you

had something there of Hilliers quality. I

think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

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you talk to in the industry says that

the hunger from last year is still there

which is great. I just hope in a way that

stays. I think even the people that knew

gardening was good for you physically

and mentally, even for me I don’t think I

realised how important it was to my life.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

Yes, I’ve done that for quite a few years

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and talk

all things gardening and there’s different

themes on different stages from talking

about Grow your Own, Unusual edibles,

soil & compost so all sorts really. What

I love about that show is you have the

gardens and displays but it also interlinks

with food and because its at the NEC if

we do have poor weather people can get

inside. Because it’s such a large venue

everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

I’ve been asked, and I’ve done bits and

pieces, but I don’t really like to just turn

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

9:30am on the day and you must be away

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

I don’t think I did really, I love what I do I

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and he said can

you remember the conversation we had

in 2015 where you said the BBC want

me to do some presenting as they think

I’m half decent and he said are you sure

that’s what you want to do and you said

I don’t know but I’ll give it a go and here

we are now.

“I would say to

anybody there is

so much glorious

flower colour foliage

colour stem colour

to be had and the

light is different so

the atmosphere is

different you can

still wrap up and

enjoy it just don’t

disengage. Don’t

chase perfection just

enjoy the moments.”

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

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Summertime...

The Kennel Club advises us on how take care of your

friends during this time of year

Warm summer and autumn months are

great for spending time out with your

four-legged friend, catching up on the

adventures we all missed during the

pandemic, exploring new ‘walkies’ routes

or enjoying ‘staycations’ and trips.

These newly found freedoms and

socialisation opportunities can be very

exciting for dogs, and it is important that

owners know how to make sure their canine

companion is safe and comfortable wherever

they go.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest

organisation dedicated to dog health, welfare

and training, has rounded up top tips on how

to make sure you and your dog are enjoying

the end of the summer safely:

Seaside adventures and BBQs

If you are planning to enjoy the last weeks

of the English summer by the seaside or

throwing a garden party, keep an eye on your

four-legged friend too.

Many dogs enjoy water and swimming in the

sea, rivers or ponds, especially on a warm

day. To make sure your dog is enjoying the

water safely, always start off in a shallow

water to help them adjust before testing

deeper water. Never let your dog swim in a

rough sea, ensure they don’t swim too far

out, and make sure they come back if you

call them.

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When taking your dog swimming, be aware

of blue-green algae, which can be found in

water bodies and is toxic for dogs. Algae is

especially common after heat waves and

can cause a range of serious reactions. If

your dog becomes unwell, contact your vet

immediately.

Whether you are planning your own

celebration or walking around popular BBQ

spots on the beach, make sure to look out

for any leftovers and watch your dog closely.

Skewers, cooked bones and even corn on

the cob can be dangerous for dogs.

Travel and staycations

If you are planning to enjoy a well-deserved

holiday soon, it’s important you also keep

your canine travel companion safe and

happy.

Whether you are off on a day trip or a

longer staycation, make sure to check the

dog-friendly status of all sights and places

you intend to visit and stay at to avoid

disappointment. The dog-friendly status of

some places might have changed during

lockdown or have seasonal restrictions in

place too. Whilst visiting attractions or pubs

and restaurants, keep an eye on your dog

to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed and

if it’s sunny or warm, make sure they have a

shady area to rest in. Wherever you go, be

sure to bring water for your dog.

It is also important to keep your dog safe

on the road - making sure they have a

comfortable and cool spot in the car and

taking regular breaks so they can go to the

toilet or have a drink. Most importantly, never

leave your dog alone in a car, even for a short

while and especially during warmer days

Wildlife and countryside walks.

If you are planning a long dog walk in the

countryside, make sure you’re aware of local

dog walking rules, many of which change

during the year, so you and your dog can

enjoy time in nature responsibly.

Whilst out with your four-legged friend, follow

pathways and pay attention to signage about

dogs being on leads or not allowed. Make

sure you prevent your dog from approaching

and chasing any wildlife or livestock and use

a lead if necessary or required by signage.

The Kennel Club’s Paw by Paw Guide is

a useful hub with information and advice

including seasonal dog walking and

travelling tips, helping owners and their

four-legged friends enjoy the summer whilst

staying healthy, happy and safe. For more

information visit: thekennelclub.org.uk/

pawbypaw


y your side when it's

time to say goodbye

Mendip Living’s Ade Hill discovers more about

Companions at Peace a family run business and how

they can give you peace of mind when losing a pet...

Tell us more about Companions at Peace Pet Cremation?

We are an independent family run business offering a very

personal, caring pet cremation service to bereaved pet owners.

Located in a rural countryside setting on the Somerset Dorset

border; we provide the very best in respect, care and dignity,

giving every pet owner peace of mind that we will look after their

companion from the moment they entrust them to us, through to

the time they are returned to them.

What type of services do you provide?

We only carry out genuine individual cremations, we do not

conduct communal cremations or the incineration of veterinary

clinical waste.

What makes you unique compared to my local vets?

The service we provide is totally different to that offered through

your vet. Most vets are contracted to use the services of a

commercial crematorium, who collect deceased pets on a weekly

basis, along with their clinical waste. We aim to collect on the

same day and we do not place pets into bags. Instead, they are

laid peacefully in one of our pet beds, and individually brought

back to our crematorium where their cremation takes place.

What about individual cremations?

We only carry out individual cremations, we guarantee the ashes

you receive back are your own pet and only yours. Unfortunately,

we know that some

vets do not fully

explain the basic

“ashes back” service,

or when you will get your

pets ashes back.

Companions at Peace

Pet Cremation

Will you return my pets ashes?

We can arrange to personally bring your pets ashes back to

you or you can collect them from us. We aim to return your pets

ashes to you within 24/48 hours.

You can also arrange for my pet to be picked up?

We offer an individual collection service from home or vet

practice.

Can I bring my pet to you, but have time to say goodbye?

Yes, we can arrange a time for you to personally bring your pet

to us, and our farewell room provides a quiet and peaceful place

where you can say your final goodbyes.

How can I get in touch to find out more?

Whatever the circumstances, you can contact us via our website

www.companionsatpeace.co.uk, Facebook, or simply call us

on 07900 654440.

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Pet Cremation

Companions at Peace is an independent family

run business offering a very personal, caring pet

cremation service to bereaved pet owners.

We provide the very best in respect, care and dignity,

giving you total peace of mind, knowing we will look

after your companion from the moment you entrust them

to us, through to the time they are returned to you.

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As a pet owner,

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We do not

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Learning through play

Katie Paynter - discusses

the value of play in the

development of children

Nothing is as natural as a child at play. It is a

cherished part of childhood. It is important

to recognise that it is difficult to give a single

definition of play. It can be defined as ‘what

children and young people do when they

follow their own ideas and interests, in their

own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play

has also frequently been described as ‘what

children and young people do when they are

not being told what to do by adults’.

Regardless of definition, the importance

of play cannot be underestimated. It is

undeniably instrumental in children’s learning

and development and is particularly integral

in a child’s early years, given it indubitably

supports their foundational social, emotional

and cognitive growth.

Anyone spending any time with young

children will understand that providing them

with opportunities for play provides so much

more than a few minutes or hours of ‘fun’.

Many instrumental skills are developed. It

develops communication and language skills

and vocabulary, an understanding of emotion

and empathy, social skills and creativity. It

also supports and strengthens co-operation,

collaboration, sharing and problem solving.

Children will observe those around them

and mimic language and behaviour. It

teaches self-expression, nurtures a sense of

imagination and simultaneously gives children

a feeling of adventure.

Dramatic play is absolutely essential to a

child’s social and emotional development and

can enhance their physical development too.

It is also very closely connected to intellectual

development. This is when children make

sense of the world in which they live by

acting out situations before they experience

them and by mimicking what they witness

around them. Most children are innately

imaginative and will happily chat away to

someone on their toy telephone or pretend

to travel to hospital in an ambulance made

from a cardboard box! This creativity must be

actively fostered!

Encouraging young children to embrace

physically active play is extremely beneficial

and necessary for their development. It

helps them to learn about the ever-changing

environment and gives them the opportunity

to use their whole body and develop their

gross motor skills. It can meet their multisensory

needs and will promote significant

health and well-being benefits. Whether it

is messy play, creative or role play, it is an

essential part of learning.

Play provides a platform through which

children are not only able to learn about the

world around them through interacting with it,

but it also gives them the opportunity to learn

about themselves. As play is fun, children’s

focus tends to be over a sustained period. In

turn, this helps children to develop the ability

to concentrate. It is important as parents not

to push your child too hard. Children develop

in their own ways and in their own time and,

rest assured, their levels of focus will steadily

augment.

It is imperative that children are given the

time ‘to be children’ and being able to play

is essential, if the aforementioned physical,

social, emotional and cognitive skills are to be

securely embedded.

Katie Paynter, head of pre-prep and EYFS at

Lochinver House School and IAPS pre-prep

and EY adviser

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meet the head

Mendip Living’s Ade Hill meets Helen Cullen, Headteacher

at state boarding and day school Sexey’s and discovers more

about the historic school and its wonderful location of Bruton!

What is the history, and how did the school get its name?

Sexey’s School is named after Hugh Sexey, who was born into a

humble background in or near Bruton in the mid-16th century, but

was appointed as a clerk within the Exchequer during the reign

of Elizabeth 1. He left several charitable trusts after his death, and

Sexey’s School was established in 1891 from one of those trusts.

What do you like most about the school’s town of Bruton?

We’ve got a great community in Bruton. As is so frequently promoted

in the national papers, there is also a superb range of restaurants –

some of them Michelin starred – and places to visit, like Hauser &

Wirth (the international art gallery, which our students benefit from

visiting greatly) and The Newt.

What is your school’s ethos?

At Sexey’s, we work together with a determination to be exceptional

in all that we do. Our Sexey’s Seven Christian core values were

actually chosen by our students, and include: Courage, Forgiveness,

Kindness, Honesty, Empathy, Respect and Resilience. They are the

building blocks of our individual character and through these we grow

and develop as individuals and as a community.

What is state boarding?

State boarding schools provide high quality boarding at the lowest

possible cost. This is because parents only pay the cost of boarding,

as education is covered by the state. This means that rather than

paying £25,000+ a year for an independent boarding school, you

would probably be paying under £12,000 a year.

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At what age can a child join the

school?

We take students aged from 11 –

18. The most common points of

entry are Year 7 or Year 12 (for our excellent Sixth Form), but we often

have students join us in other years. Year 9 is a popular entry year for

us, as prep school students often join us at that age.

Tell us more about transport links to the school?

We have minibuses that run around the local area, including Frome,

Yeovil and Sparkford for our Sixth Form students, and Bruton is easily

accessible by train from Frome, Westbury, Taunton and Bath.

How has the teaching team operated during the last year?

My staff are absolute stars of the profession and have excelled

themselves over the last year. We used TEAMS to deliver virtual

lessons when school was closed, and set daily challenges on our

social channels to try to keep a sense of camaraderie. When school

began to reopen in line with government guidelines, they juggled

a mix of virtual and physical lessons and of course have had to

put additional time and work into the exam grading systems. The

feedback we have had from parents has been a great joy to receive.

How can I get in touch to find out more?

A great first port of call is our school website, www.sexeys.

somerset.sch.uk. There you will find a selection of videos, news and

information about how to apply. Or of course you can give us a call

anytime on 01749 813393. We look forward to meeting you!

Working together with

a determination to be

exceptional in all that

we do

Sexey’s School is a league-topping, Church of England,

co-educational state boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds

Based in Bruton, Somerset | Visit www.sexeys.somerset.sch.uk | Email admissions@sexeys.somerset.sch.uk

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RETIREMENT

PLANNING:

A GUIDE

Getting your financial

ducks in a row for a happy

retirement...

Retirement planning is a multi-faceted

process which evolves over time - to

have a comfortable and secure future,

you have to have the means to fund

it. Fewer people have access to the

guaranteed income that comes with a

final salary pension, and with longer to

wait until eligibility for the state pension,

it’s pertinent to start planning as early as

possible for the retirement you want. The

better prepared you are now, the better

your retirement will be.

There are many strands to retirement

planning, and much of it depends on

your stage of life. It’s important to seek

advice from a registered financial planner

who can help you make the most of your

unique circumstances.

There are some handy way points to help

you get a grasp on where you are and

what you will need - here’s a checklist of

things to consider:

Understand what your retirement

income is likely to be:

You will be adding to your pension fund

during your working life, but it’s important

you get a handle on your various pension

pots to forecast the actual figure you will

have access to.

Check your state pension:

The rising state pension age can have a

real knock-on effect to your retirement

planning - a state pension forecast will

help you to gauge how much you’re on

course to get from the government.

Get an understanding of your

expenditure:

Having an idea of your expenditure will

help you plan longer-term. Your living

costs are likely to be a lot lower than

in other phases of life - you might be

mortgage-free and you don’t have the

same costs for commuting, recreation or

childcare for example.

You may wish to improve your home

or go on some amazing trips, so it’s

important you know you have the

financial reserves to do this.

When should you start drawing a

pension?

You don’t have to stop working to draw

down your pension - as long as you

are over the age of 55 - but be aware,

the sooner you start dipping into it, the

sooner the pot will deplete.

How much will retirement cost?

This is the golden question, and really

depends on the level of comfort or luxury

you are looking for in your autumn years.

A recent Which? study found that the

average retired household (those living

alone or as couples) spent an around

£2,170 per month - this is covering all

the basic areas of expenditure and some

luxuries like European holidays. Those

looking for a more luxurious lifestyle

including longer-haul trips and new cars

every five years would need to allow

for approximately £3,400 per month, or

£41,000 per year.

Once you have a framework for the

amount you’ll need, and what you are

on track for saving, you also need to

consider how you will access your

pension pots - these might be state

pension, a final salary pension and a

money purchase/defined contribution

pension.

With your defined contribution pot,

such as the one you might get in the

government employee scheme, you can

draw the entire pension pot in one go,

but this will mean it’s entirely down to

you to make the money last and you’ll

invariably pay a substantial tax bill. Most

people with these pensions will opt for

income drawdown or an annuity, or a

combination of both when it comes

taking money out of their pension.

With careful planning and accurate

forecasting, your retirement can be

something to really look forward to, but

it is essential to make an assessment of

your position as early as possible and

use the advice of experts to make your

money work harder for you.

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Ivybank House Care Home

When you love every day,

it’s magic.

At Ivybank House Care Home in Bath, every day is sprinkled with ‘Magic

Moments’. One day our residents may choose to take part in an exciting

activity or exercise class hosted by our Magic Moments Club, the next,

spend the afternoon socialising in our new bar and café,

called, ‘The Ivy’, or alternatively, they may prefer to relax in

our beautiful garden and observe the local wildlife.

Magic Moments is a carefully tailored programme of

vibrant, stimulating activities and events tailored to the

needs of our residents and aimed at improving their

wellbeing in terms of their mind, body and soul.

It’s specially created around what you have always

loved doing, and want to keep doing but also introduces

you to new ideas as well.

When everything is right, bright and beautifully done –

it’s a place where you can truly love every day.

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Your

knowledgeable

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bookkeeping

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

We caught up with Kevin Read

from Innervision Accountancy

to ask him how they

are helping small

businesses transform

their bookkeeping through

automation...

Kevin with his wife Claire started

Innervision Accountancy 25 years ago,

with the aim of offering something

different by embracing digital solutions.

Everything is now done online through

cloud-based systems – in their case

QuickBooks Online.

Innervision Accountancy were one of the

first firms of accountants in the UK to

offer cloud-based accounting solutions

to their clients. They are partnered

with Intuit; the makers of QuickBooks

and all staff are qualified QuickBooks

Professional Advisors. Kevin is an

Advanced Professional Advisor and Intuit

Certified trainer.

We help our clients implement cloudbased

systems, Kevin explains “which

means much less time is spent on

the mundane repetitive bookkeeping

tasks through bank feeds and machine

learning. It also means we can access our

clients’ financial date ‘live’ in real-time

enabling us to be proactive – something

that has been more important as ever

over the last year. We also look at

other applications that link in with the

accounting solution to make businesses

more efficient.”

What is cloud accounting?

You keep your business books online.

You can access your data wherever you

are, on any device, so long as you have

an internet connection. This means you

can generate invoices or estimates on

the go or process payments immediately.

Your data is always safely secured and

backed up online.

What are Bank feeds?

A Bank feed is a secure online connection

between your accounting software and

your bank and helps to automate a large

amount of bookkeeping work.

Much is said about the development

of cloud computing and digital

transformation in business, but how

in your opinion is the adoption of

the latest technology in accounting

developing?

“That’s a big question”, Kevin says “but

what we are seeing is more businesses

using bank feeds, receipt capture

and other third-party apps. This is

encouraging and shows businesses are

recognising the benefits of automation

and technology.”

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