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A Culinary Journey through
dishes for afternoon tea
Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go
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a rain dance - is there anything more
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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
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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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Warm summer and autumn months are
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four-legged friend, catching up on the
adventures we all missed during the
pandemic, exploring new ‘walkies’ routes
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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
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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.
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If you are planning to enjoy a well-deserved
holiday soon, it’s important you also keep
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Whether you are off on a day trip or a
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THE WOOLVERTON GALLERY
Bath based Artist,
Ray Jones, has opened
Bath’s latest art venue:
the Woolverton Gallery
in Woolverton near
The official opening ceremony
took place on Saturday 26th June with a number of the
participating artists due to Covid restrictions.
More to explore
than ever before!
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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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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Florence is doing more than her
bit on her street clean mission!
Florence, aged nine, came to bibic in January for an assessment
after concerns she had ADHD and Autism...
She had difficulties with anxiety and her behaviour, something that
has really helped her is litter picking, which she has now been doing
for five years, not only has she inspired the whole family to pick but
also a team of over 40 other Yeovil residents.
Therapy Manager, Chelsey stated “Litter picking gives Florence
responsibility, which massively improves her self-esteem, it has given
her something to identify with, instead of feeling she has no place
in the world. She feels a sense of achievement from her street clean
mission and it gives her purpose.”
Florence’s street clean mission began, as her mum stated, when “She
got annoyed at the litter on the beach on holiday and when we got
home, she asked me to video a message. That simple message was
uploaded as a bit of a joke, but we were contacted by the paper and
TV within 48 hours.”
Florence’s important message didn’t stop there, she has met the
major, local police and several TV and newspaper reporters. “Florence
has done TV and radio interviews but anxiety was massive for the
BBC Somerset sound one and I actually thought she may bottle it.
She was desperate to share her message and with some calm time
from the interviewer she did brilliantly.”
Litter picking for Florence and her family is an ongoing mission, “We
love helping keep the town tidy however it can be frustrating when the
litter appears within hours of picking.”
However, this doesn’t get Florence’s spirit down, “Florence rarely gets
annoyed with it and has that endless mission to keep on trucking. She
has befriended a fair few of the
South Somerset District Council
teams and insists I beep at every
litter picker in the South West.”
Florence’s passion has also rubbed off on her younger brother,
“Harrison joined the ranks as a tiny two-year-old and she now calls
him her deputy in charge. They have cleared flytips, litter, laybys. We
rarely come home without a bag in the boot.”
Since Florence’s assessment at bibic, there has been an improvement
in home life, as well as managing situations, Florence’s mum stated
“I am going away armed with the information I need to help my
daughter achieve and be her very best. ” The assessment helped
Florence’s family understand the world through her eyes.
What an inspiration Florence has been and continues to be to keep
our streets clean, with the help of her family and a huge team behind
her, backing her along the way.
bibic is a national charity based in Langport, Somerset. It delivers
therapeutic programmes to children and young adults aged 6 months
to 25 years with developmental and neurological difficulties. bibic
sees them with or without diagnosis and supports a wide range of
neurological and genetic conditions.’ If you would like to support us in
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Man of the sea
Image courtesy Steve Haywood
Sally Thomson was delighted to catch
up with chef and entrepreneur - Mitch
Tonks who she has known for over 25
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
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
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you and come out the other
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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 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
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TIME FOR tea
With Afternoon Tea Week taking place from 9-15 August, plus the MacMillan Coffee
Morning on the 24 September, it’s time to don your apron and get baking! Recipes
from Clarence Court Eggs
CLASSIC TEATIME SCONES
MAKE 18-22 SCONES
450g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
100g cold butter, cut into cubes
50g caster sugar
2 medium Clarence Court Hens Eggs
plus 1 beaten and a little milk
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.
QUAIL SCOTCH EGGS
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
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.
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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 are
delicate. 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.
150g softened unsalted butter (plus 50g
softened unsalted butter for frosting and
100g caster sugar
4 tablespoons thick peach puree or
blitzed tinned or fresh peeled peach
2 Clarence Court Braddock Whites
150g self-raising flour, sieved
50g ground almonds
1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped
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.
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, then release from tin.
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.
Transfer to a small bowl and pop in the
fridge to 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 kitchen garden
You cannot learn to be a good cook without
learning how -and how not- to eat and
without an abundance of greed and curiosity.
It’s not just about eating the best chefs’ food
or cooking with the finest ingredients. You
need to eat bad food to know what good
food is, and to burn and ruin a lot of your
own food and learn from your mistakes. And
learn from the chefs who follow food fashion
and scatter micro-herbs over everything,
even sticky toffee pudding, who paint and
glaze, drizzle and dribble, fiddle and faddle
with tweezers and puddles on plates rather
than make the ingredients taste simply and
intensely of themselves.
I was lucky enough to discover French
and Italian food at an early age. My mother
would drive crazy distances in search of a
good restaurant when we were children. We
would roam the back streets until we found
ourselves in a fish market where they were
hosing down and closing and she would
demand the best bouillabaisse in town. We
ate L’Aioli and Soupe au Pistou in a tiny
village restaurant in Murs in the Luberon. We
picnicked in cherry orchards on ripe cheeses
and rabbit pates bought in a deli in Apt,
on rillettes and brandade from Carpentras,
melons from Cavaillon.
When my mother wrote The Art of the Tart
I was her sous chef helping cook for the
photographs for the book.
‘But I’ve never made a tarte au citron
before,’ I wailed.
‘Nor will the readers of the book have,’
she replied, ‘if you can’t understand my
instructions I’ll re-write them.’
I was twelve at the time!
recommended Paul Merry at Panary. I went
on Paul’s wood-fired course first and was
instantly hooked. Next came, German,
French, Italian and sourdough courses. I
moved on to Paul’s professional course,
baffled by the hydration maths and ratio
of flour to water to yeast yet determined to
When I had my first baby, Alba, I left her
on a Thursday to become the sorcerer’s
apprentice, even though, to begin with, Paul
only let me grease the bread tins. Finally he
allowed me to make croissants, christening
me ‘the croisssie girl.’
They were tough, cheesy, and a little yeasty
to my taste buds, something wasn’t right,
wasn’t French. I snuck in a little more sugar,
then a little more, and they turned out
buttery, golden, flaky.
Paul upgraded me to ‘oven girl,’ to weigh,
fold and knead the dough and by the time I
left Panary I was a fully fledged baker.
When we set up the pub restaurant our
pizzas were, I like to think, the best between
Taunton and Yeovil, in fact if I dare, the best
between Taunton and Bath. But the highoctane
life of a pub kitchen is not a place for
the mother of two small children, so when
I had Rory in 2018 I quit the seventy hour
weeks and cooked for my family. The daily
round of purees, packed lunches, teas and
supper. Until a year later I went back to help
But what did I really want? A bakery? A
restaurant? A cafe?
© Tom Waller Food Envy Photography
sourdough loaves after seven years of
baking. And I started a business with Carol,
my former chef at the pub. We called it The
It wasn’t long before we were catering
private dining and had opened a cookery
school. In the let-up from lockdown we
catered holiday lets through Sleeps 12. We
eat breathe and bake dough and rise to
every challenge. Baking is a labour of love.
There are no short-cuts, and dough is as
temperamental as two small children. You
never know quite what it is going to do next.
We’ve driven loaves across Somerset
sometimes for a single figure profit. It is
only sustainable with our private dining and
cookery school, now booked up until the
I do not regret the long, hard slog for a
minute. I’ve met some amazing people and
cooked for people who really appreciate
good food. And the joy is, we don’t operate
behind closed doors like chefs, we can see
people enjoying what we’ve produced and
almost taste their pleasure.
My passion for bread baking took longer to
mature. At home as a child we were always
fed dense, branny, organic wholemeal
bread. Baguettes on holiday were a treat.
So were our nanny Gladys’ ‘scooby snacks’
made with crusty cobs when Mama was
away filming. That sense of wickedness:
giant sandwiches piled with ham and
cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise,
coleslaw; we could hardly get our mouths
When I was asked to set up a new kitchen
in a pub in Somerset I decided it was high
time I learned to bake and my mother
I started doing cookery demonstrations at
my husband’s wood-burning stove shop. I
baked my way through Dan Lepard’s ‘Short
and Sweet.’ Customers stopped by, tasted,
asked for lessons. I set up an Artisan Bread
Baking Airbnb Experience. Pretty soon I had
5 star reviews and a full order book. I taught
Wonderful Walkers Picnics. And then...
You all know what happened in March 2020.
Stuck at home with the children I refined
my skills. The kitchen was stacked with
flour sacks. I mastered the perfect bagels,
baguettes, brown, white and finally
“We eat breathe and bake dough and rise to
every challenge. Baking is a labour of love.
There are no short-cuts, and dough is as
temperamental as two small children.”
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Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke test drives the bold
new Vauxhall Mokka...
I admit to momentarily closing my eyes
behind the steering wheel on an awful
car journey which took twice as long as
it should have, because of bad weather
and traffic jams. It was the jolt of hitting
rumble strips that frightened me so much
I remained alert for the rest of the trip.
Four million drivers have admitted to
falling asleep for a moment, in a recent
study by IAM RoadSmart, the UK’s
largest independent road safety charity.
It paints a worrying picture of fatigue
among motorists as 1-in-10 surveyed
admitted to momentarily closing their
eyes because they were so tired.
Help is at hand with the secondgeneration
Vauxhall Mokka which
features as standard, a very useful driver
drowsiness alert. Some of the long list of
other driver aids and safety technologies
have previously only been available in
premium vehicle segments. I found the
Side Blind Spot alert and Panoramic
Rear-View Camera very helpful when
backing out of a drive onto a main road.
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The compact SUV has a bold new
look and is the first model to feature
a distinctive Vauxhall Vizor front panel
which has glare-free headlights that
automatically switch to main-beam when
driving outside urban areas and will
switch to avoid dazzling oncoming traffic.
The new Mokka is shorter and wider
which give it a sporty and dynamic
stance and there is a gorgeous new
Mamba Green paint colour. Customers
can choose a combination of contrasting
roof and bonnet colours which look
stunning. I like that the doors locked
automatically when I walked away from
the car and unlocked when I approached
with the key in my pocket.
The quality interior has two screens up
to 10 and 12 inches in size. Both screens
face the driver so I found instructions
easy to read. Many functions are
accessible via touchscreen but what I
appreciated while on the move, was the
button to turn the volume up or down
for the audio. The air conditioning is also
operated with buttons. There is a push
button stop and start. Gears change by
flicking a lever between the seats into
reverse neutral or drive. A ‘P’ button is
pressed when parking and in front of that
there is a lever for braking. They are all
very simple to use rather than the larger
more cumbersome traditional ways of
changing gear and braking.
The innovative technology allows for a
good amount of storage space between
the seats and in the doors. Rear leg
space is adequate and I like the double
boot space with a hand hold grip to
close the tailgate. With the rear seats
up, the new Mokka has up to 350 litres of
storage space, extending to 1,105 litres
with the rear row of seats folded.
As well as a choice of petrol and diesel
engines, the Mokka-e is the 100%
electric variant. With a 50kWh lithium-ion
battery and a 100kW (136hp) electric
motor, the WLTP-approved range is 201
miles and emissions are zero. 100kW
rapid charging up to 80% takes less than
The new Vauxhall Mokka provides a
stylish, sporty but practical drive however
long the journey. IAM road safety experts
advise that when driving a long distance
never drive for longer than two hours
without a break and take particular care
if driving at a time when you would
normally be asleep.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Vauxhall Mokka SRi
Engine: 1.2 litre with 130PS with eight
Performance: 0-60mph in 9.2 seconds
and on to a top speed of 124mph
CO2 emissions: 137g/km
Combined fuel consumption: 47.9mpg
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Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke test drives the
economical yet sleek Citroen New e-C4...
Following 15 months of lockdown
and fewer cars on the road, people
living in the Northern state of Punjab
in India, were able to see the snowcapped
Himalayas, 200 kms away, for
the first time in 30 years. The reason
being, reduced air pollution. In the
UK concentrations of NO2, a pollutant
commonly associated with road transport
were estimated to have declined by
45 per cent in the Spring of 2020. (RQ
magazine Summer 2021)
Unfortunately, there are already signs
that pollution levels are returning to levels
closer to those observed prior to the
pandemic. So driving all electric cars will
benefit every one of us.
The new Citroen ë-C4 is the fifth
model launched as part of Citroën’s
electrification offensive and is powered
by a 136hp electric motor and 50kWh
battery that can charge at speeds of up
to 100kW through CCS rapid charging. A
single charge gives up to 217 miles.
This compact hatchback has the
qualities needed to shake up standards,
particularly with the exterior design which
I think is absolutely gorgeous. New
V shaped LED lighting front and rear
have distinctive front fog lamps with
a cornering function. A black spoiler
across the rear window didn’t hamper my
vision and adds to the sporty look. There
are 31 combinations of body colours and
colour packs and tinted side windows
with matt black detail.
The interior is just as good looking,
is spacious and full of gadgets. The
large 10 inch high touchscreen central
display controls the DAB digital radio,
six speakers, Apple car play and android
auto which I discovered can also be
operated by a voice command. There
are simple buttons to change the air
conditioning easily and a flip lever instead
of a handbrake. There is so much storage
space and I like the sun visors with
illuminated vanity mirrors.
The integrated Smart Pad support to
which I attached my tablet computer is
useful when using the car as an office.
The steering wheel controls and driver’s
instrument cluster let me know the
average mileage I was achieving. The
head up display showed the mileage I
was driving at and the mileage for the
Bumping along potholed urban roads can
be very uncomfortable but this compact
hatchback has enhanced suspension
and supportive seating which provided
me with a very smooth ride. Citroën’s
Progressive Hydraulic Cushion®
technology, has Progressive Hydraulic
cushions with advanced comfort seats.
With broad cushions and seat backs, they
combine high-density foam at the heart
of each seat, and a thick 15mm layer of
extra textured foam on the surface. It is
so relaxing for long journeys.
The ë-C4 has a “Brake” feature to
increase the slowing of the car without
pressing the brake pedal. The system
allows for the recovery of energy when
slowing the car, and the driver can
partially recharge the battery and increase
the range. Several driving modes are
available, activated by the mode selector
on the centre console: Eco, Normal
or Sport. The system allows the driver
to choose between performance and
So take a deep breath and take
advantage of the environmental benefits
of driving Citroen’s all electric e-C4.
New owners will find zero odour and
zero noise, zero vibrations, zero CO2
emissions and zero congestion charges.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Citroen e-C4 Shine
Price: £32,390 otr
Power: Lithium ion battery and electric
Performance: 0-62mph in 9 seconds
and on to a top speed of 93mph
CO2 emissions: Zero
EV Range: Up to 217 miles (WLTP)
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Motoring Journalist Sue Cooke test drives the all-new smart
and rugged Subaru Outback
My work colleague is a back seat driver
and enjoys telling me how to drive. He
will irritatingly point out that the car in
front has moved forward. This week,
while driving alone in the new Subaru
Outback I was shocked to see a message
flash onto the screen and a piercing note
inform me that the vehicle ahead had
It is called Eyesight Driver Assist
technology and is a standard feature with
11 new or improved safety functions for
2022. It would only take a moment’s
glance away from the road ahead to
be in an accident. But the technology
on this sixth generation crossover
ensures drivers have a second pair of
eyes without a back seat driver. The
technology offers the highest possible
front crash prevent rating and has been
found to reduce rear end crashes with
injuries by up to 85%.
Since its launch in 1995 the Outback has
combined the station wagon crossover,
passenger car and SUV which became
the forerunner of a new car segment.
As the flagship model for Subaru this
popular everyday companion is the safest
Outback ever built says Subaru, offering
comfort, practicality, capability and it’s so
good to drive.
The exterior makes the Outback one of
the more attractive crossovers on the
road and is tougher and more rugged
looking. When I was driving at night the
LED headlights equipped with high beam
assist really lit up the road ahead but with
an adaptive driving beam which reduces
The quality interior has a choice of three
trim levels, Limited, Field and Touring
and the quiet cabin has more space. The
windshield has moved forward and the
front door windows have moved out. The
total length has also extended and the
wider boot opening creates a cavernous
flat load area to accommodate up to 522
litres of cargo. I enjoyed the benefits of
the first hands free power tailgate on a
Subaru. With hands full I waved an elbow
near the badge which automatically
raised the tailgate. Marvellous. And
there are no items rolling around in the
boot as there are more hooks and net
pockets so objects can be easily secured.
I found it much easier to hoist myself
into the driver’s seat as the side sill steps
have been widened and now have a nonslip
For tough off roading situations, the
Outback has a newly evolved X-Mode
technology with Hill Descent Control
for reliability on steep, wet, or slippery
terrain. Switch between snow/dirt mode
to negotiate snow, dirt, or gravel, or
snow/mud mode for soft conditions
where lesser vehicles get stuck.
The Outback is powered by a 2.5 litre
Boxer petrol engine which has instant
and fast acceleration.
Facts at a Glance
Model: Subaru Outback Limited edition
Price: £33,995 otr
Engine: 2.5 litre petrol Boxer engine
Performance: 0-62mph in 10.2
seconds and on to a top speed of
CO2 emissions: 193g/km
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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
inviting, earthy tones and using floor tiles up to
half height on the walls. Geometric tiles are still
hugely popular, and lots of ranges are bringing
out ceramic versions of en-caustic tiles for
Fascination kitchen by
Mowlem & Co
1 Kyoto Green Wall Tiles, £1.36 per tile
(304x76mm), www.londontile.co.uk; 2 Kromatika
Green Tile, £39.95 per sqm,
www.tilemountain.co.uk; 3 Bella Craquele,
£35.99, www.tilemountain.co.uk; 4 Priory
Cross Encaustic Effect, £1.06
per tile, www.londontile.
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Trends not to be missed...
1 Zuiver Dendron
Side Table, £89,
com; 2 Cushions from Modern
Vintage Collection, www.hauslife.co.uk;
3 Leather Foostool, £1839.50, www.
4 1950s Brass and
Holder Model 4019 by
Carl Auböck, Austria,
This trend combines
a focus on integrity
of items (think antiques)
alongside comfort. It’s a lived-in
look that envelops - large convivial
pieces of furniture, paired with lots of
texture. Hardwood floors are key to
this style, as is a strong architectural
framework to the room.
The colour palette for this look tends
to be very neutral, focusing on a mix
of taupes, whites, creams and beiges,
intermixed with framing black and
other earth tones, like terracotta and
wood. Finally, small pops of colour can
be added in soft furnishings.
Inventive mixes of different finishes
have been really evident in lots of
kitchens this year - choosing surfaces
which age with a nice patina can also
add to the depth of the space - think
about brass and wood, or concrete
with stainless steel. Natural textures
should really shine through.
1 Sione Pendant, £45,
2 Raegan Dining Table, £1176,
3 Whole Birch Kitchen Door,
4 Cement Taupe Concrete
Effect Tile, £18.95,
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We have no hidden charges or costs - we
tell you upfront clearly what you will pay.
for more information, go to
50 Upper High St, Taunton TA1 3PY Tel: 01823 273010
SPECIALISING IN CHINESE AND ASIAN WORKS OF ART
A Chinese Junyao
Pair of Chinese doucai ‘Chicken’ cups, Kangxi
(1662-1722) SOLD £8385 inclu. premium
Pair of Chinese
2 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2ED Tel: 01225 318587
A Chinese underglaze blue
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£28,380 inclu. premium
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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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Feel at home at
Bridgwater TA6 6WT
At Stockmoor Lodge, we provide high-quality,
person-centred residential, dementia and nursing
care, as well as a range of support services tailored
to your individual needs. Our home is furnished
to a high standard and equipped with en-suite
bedroom facilities, comfortable communal
areas and beautiful gardens.
If you are looking to find the perfect place to
call home, either for yourself or a loved one,
make the move to Stockmoor Lodge today.
Search online for:
0800 817 4990
FRIENDSHIP • SUPPORT • UNRIVALLED CARE • COMMUNITY
Beauchamp Gardens is a beautiful and unique
development of 14 assisted living mews cottages
and apartments available to rent.
To help you maintain an independent lifestyle, a bespoke
home care package can be made available, or a respite stay at
Beauchamp House care home can help you recover from illness.
Beauchamp Gardens offers a wonderfully social atmosphere, with
the reassurance of care and assistance on hand when you need it.
Welcome to Beauchamp Gardens
Assisted living properties are rarely available to rent, to
avoid disappointment please call 01823 481500 to arrange
an immediate viewing.
Contact us today to arrange a visit or find out more.
01823 481500 | care-south.co.uk
Hatch Beauchamp, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6SG
Care South is a leading provider of residential and home care across the south of England.
Registered Charity No. 1014697
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LUXURY LIVING FOR THE
OVER-70S IN TAUNTON
Kingfisher Court is the latest Retirement
Living Plus development in Taunton from
Exclusively for the over-70s, the development presents a range
of beautifully-finished, low maintenance, spacious apartments,
which will be available to buy off-plan in early 2022 and will offer
all the home comforts you could ever need, with a choice of
social and leisure activities right on your doorstep.
Once complete, Kingfisher Court will have plenty to offer the
most discerning retirees, with stylish fixtures and fittings,
including top of the range built-in appliances in every apartment.
Beautifully landscaped gardens will be maintained all year round
for the enjoyment of Kingfisher Court homeowners and will be
the setting for many garden parties and social activities during
the summer months. There will be private parking on-site as well
as local transport links nearby, with Taunton train station just two
miles from the development.
As a Retirement Living Plus development, Kingfisher Court
will also bridge the gap between conventional retirement living
and residential care, and an Estate Manager and experienced
team will be on hand day and night to oversee the running of
the development, and also provide tailored domestic support
packages to suit individual needs.
It is reassuring to know that Kingfisher Court will have a 24-hour
emergency call system in place to provide emergency assistance
should it ever be needed. Kingfisher Court will also provide
added peace of mind and security for homeowners with video
entry systems to all apartments.
More than nine out of 10 customers would recommend McCarthy
Stone to a friend, ensuring it has received the full Five Star award
for customer satisfaction from the Home Builders Federation for
16 years’ running. McCarthy Stone is the only UK housebuilder
of any size or type to achieve this accolade for 16 consecutive
years, which is every year the awards have been run.
McCarthy Stone also received the Housebuilder Special
Recognition Award 2020 for working hard to protect its
customers – Covid-19 infection rates among homeowners are
significantly below the national rate of infection across all age
groups – and for innovation in the retirement sector.
For more information on Kingfisher Court, you can book a place
at the development’s Discovery Days, which are taking place
at The Castle on Thursday 12th August and Friday 13th August
between 10:30am and 5pm.
For further details, please call 0800 310 0383 or visit
The West Country welcomes you to its
newest, most exclusive development.
Located on the edge of the beautiful market town of Bridgwater,
17TH-18TH AUGUST 2019
Somerset and within easy reach of the picturesque Quantock Hills
and the vivid landscapes of Exmoor. Enjoy a relaxing round of golf
at some of the region’s challenging courses or a visit to Chilton
Lakes for fishing, a stroll along the beaches of nearby Burnham-on-
Sea or Minehead, all within easy reach of Chilton Park. Across of the
road will take you to the brand new leisure centre, featuring a gym,
exercise classes, 4 court sports hall, swimming pool and more!
Chilton Park, Chilton Trinity, Somerset TA6 3JW | www.chiltonpark.co.uk | 01278 426005 or 07858 404593
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KINGFISHER COURT, TAUNTON.
One and two bed apartments
available in a beautiful development
designed to let you live your way.
• Exclusively for the over ?Os
• Balcony to selected apartments
• High-spec fixtures & fittings
• Bistro serving meals daily A
• Staff on-site 24 hours a day
Kingfisher Court, South Street,
Taunton, TAI 3AQ
To book your place,
call 0800 201 4822.
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