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from the EDITOR
A Culinary Journey through
dishes for afternoon tea
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 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.
Editor Katie Thomson
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Pre-press Manager Kate Norris
Contributors Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs, Angela Cave,
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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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We talk to businesses
in and around Frome
who are passionate
about what they do...
Rode post office, general store
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?
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
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
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
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Heart of The Tribe Gallery has an excellent
line up of events this Summer which will
compliment any day out in Glastonbury...
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
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
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
starts 31 August
starts 6 September
15 – 23 October 2021
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Bath based Artist, Ray Jones,
has opened Bath’s latest art
venue: the Woolverton Gallery
in Woolverton near Bath...
The official opening ceremony took place on Saturday 26th
June with a number of the participating artists due to Covid
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
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Somerset based family
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
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
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?
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
The hampers were
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS TERRY
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RESTAURANTS AND ONLINE AT
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Kitchen Thursday – Saturday 12-3pm, 5.30-8.30pm
& smoked fish &
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Get in touch to pre order from the counter or the
kitchen. We are very much looking forward to
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The White Hart Inn
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
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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.
8 garlic cloves
100ml olive oil
2 whole sea bream, weighing about 450g each,
1 small fresh bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced
4 sprigs of rosemary
50ml white wine
finely chopped parsley
Preheat the oven to 160°C Fan/180°C/Gas
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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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
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
Pre-heat the oven to 200˚C/400˚F/ gas mark
6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof
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
12 Clarence Court quail eggs
250g good quality British sausages,
removed from skins
1 egg beaten
100g panko breadcrumbs
100g plain flour
Vegetable oil for frying
2x egg yolks
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus extra for
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
250ml olive oil (or rapeseed)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Handful of fresh tarragon, chopped
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!
An impressive-looking but easy to make
cake. Duck eggs keep the sponge light
PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40-50 MINUTES
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
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
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.
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a mixer or with a wooden spoon until soft
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Adam Frost is an
television presenter and
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
WE WERE TALKING ABOUT GEOFF
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
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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If you don’t catch us at the many
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do some filming but I’m not building
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
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
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
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
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
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
chase perfection just
enjoy the moments.”
WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR
READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS
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.
For ticket information, please visit
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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
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
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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
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
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/
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
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
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
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.
Companions at Peace
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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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
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
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
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.
At what age can a child join the
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
Sexey’s School is a league-topping, Church of England,
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Getting your financial
ducks in a row for a happy
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
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
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
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
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,
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,
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our beautiful garden and observe the local wildlife.
Magic Moments is a carefully tailored programme of
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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
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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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We caught up with Kevin Read
from Innervision Accountancy
to ask him how they
are helping small
their bookkeeping through
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
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
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
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
“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
Who is really driving the change?
Is it businesses or accountants? “I think
it’s a bit of both. We see a lot of small
businesses using QuickBooks and they
have passed that to their accountants.
But we also see it the other way around.
You meet a lot of accountants who favour
QuickBooks and are encouraging clients
to make the move.”
To find out how Innervision Accountants
can help your business visit
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