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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

07

Delicious

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland

dishes for afternoon tea

Our competition

page returns

04

Isn’t it funny how quickly we can go

from loving the hot weather to doing

a rain dance - is there anything more

British? Day one sees us calling

every available neighbour into the

garden for a BBQ, making sangria

and filling up the paddling pool...but

by day three we are complaining

about not sleeping in the heat,

getting sunburnt and worrying about

the grass dying under said pool. At

least the garden is looking pretty

happy though...

Happy gardens are a theme as this

edition we were very happy to chat

to Chelsea seven-time gold medal

winner Adam Frost about getting the

garden ready for autumn. Then we

are beginning to turn our attention

to the indoors and this edition that

means bringing together some easy

ideas to give your home that little lift

- you only need to make some small

changes to give a space a refresh.

On the foodie side, we are talking to

chef Mitch Tonks - he’s a passionate

advocate of British seafood and has

lots of exciting plans afoot. We are

also feeling a little indulgent with

some delicious recipes for another

British classic - the afternoon tea.

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Easy interior updates

for a quick refresh

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

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

Front cover courtesy of Clarence Court Eggs

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On the later life side, we are taking

stock, and showing that retirement

planning is important no matter

your age. We go through the major

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financial ducks in a row.

Finally, we have the amazing

competitions - last edition we had

an unfortunate misprint on the

closing date, so we’ve extended the

previous edition by another month,

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time around!

All that’s left is to wish you a fabulous

summer of fun and to say we’ll be

back in October - brace yourself, we

may just be mentioning...Christm...

no I can’t, not yet. But be prepared,

it’s coming! See you then!

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TIME FOR

tea

CLASSIC TEATIME SCONES

You can’t go wrong with a freshly baked

scone. Simple to master and can be

whipped up in a matter of minutes!

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 12-15 MINUTES

MAKE 18-22 SCONES

INGREDIENTS

450g self-raising flour plus extra for dusting

1 teaspoon baking powder

100g cold butter, cut into cubes

50g caster sugar

2 medium Clarence Court Hens Eggs plus

1 beaten

Milk

METHOD

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

6. Line two baking trays with greaseproof

paper.

Put the flour and baking powder into a large

mixing bowl, add the butter and rub it into

to the flour with your fingers until you create

a fine breadcrumb texture. Stir in the sugar.

Crack the eggs into a measuring jug and

top up with enough milk to get to 270ml.

Make a well in the centre of the flour mix

and pour in the eggs and milk. Stir using a

dinner knife to start then use your hands to

form a rough dough. Tip out on to a lightly

floured work surface and roll to a rough

oblong about 2cm thick.

Use a 5cm cutter to cut out as many scones

as possible then arrange over the 2 trays

making sure they aren’t too close to each

other. Roll out the remaining dough and cut

out more scones. When all the scones have

been cut out, brush the tops with beaten

egg and place the trays in the oven to bake

for 12 - 15 minutes or until pale gold in

colour and nicely risen.

With Afternoon Tea Week

taking place from 9-15

August, plus the MacMillan

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Allow to cool a little on a wire rack and

serve warm with clotted cream and your

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SESAME BRAIDED EGG BUNS

A mix between a brioche and a pretzel, Nicola

Millbank’s sesame braided eggs buns are best

served warm fresh from the oven, slathered in

salted butter.

PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES PLUS 90 MINUTES

TO RISE AND 30 MINUTES TO REST

COOK TIME: 25-30 MINUTES

SERVES 12

INGREDIENTS

175ml warm milk

2¼ teaspoon fast action dried yeast

50g caster sugar

2 Clarence Court Burford Brown eggs, plus 1

yolk

60ml vegetable oil

440g plain flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 egg yolk

1 tablespoon of milk

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds

A pinch of flaked sea salt

METHOD

The following can be done in either a stand

mixer with the dough hook attachment or in a

large bowl with a fork.

Into the bowl, add the warm milk, yeast, castor

sugar, eggs and egg yolk, vegetable oil, plain

flour and salt. Turn the machine onto low and

mix until the ingredients have come together

and a sticky dough is formed, completely

coming away from the bowl.

Turn out onto a floured surface, kneed for a

couple of minutes until smooth and form into

a ball. Place the dough into an oiled bowl

and cover in clingfilm for 90 minutes until it’s

doubled in size.

After 90 minutes, turn the dough out onto a

floured surface. Cut the dough into quarters

then each quarter into three. Working on one

piece at a time, cut the piece of dough in half,

and roll both halves out into two sausages,

around 20cm long. Place one down horizontally,

and the other, over the top vertically creating

a cross. Then picking up the ends of the

horizontal sausage, cross them over each other

and place them back down. Repeat this with the

vertical sausage, criss-crossing the pieces of

dough to form a plait.

Tuck the ends under the bun and place the

braid onto a baking sheet lined with greaseproof

paper. Repeat with the rest of the dough.

Cover the braided buns in cling film and allow

to rest for another 30 minutes and preheat the

oven to 170˚C/ 150˚C fan. Uncover the buns.

Mix together the egg yolk and milk and brush

evenly over the buns. Scatter with sesame

seeds and a sprinkle of seat salt.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a

deep golden brown. Allow to cool a little before

removing them from the baking sheet; but these

are best served warm with salted butter..

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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!

PREP TIME: 45 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 5 MINUTES

SERVES 4

INGREDIENTS

12 Clarence Court quail eggs

250g good quality British sausages,

removed from skins

Fresh thyme

1 egg beaten

100g panko breadcrumbs

100g plain flour

Vegetable oil for frying

Tarragon Mayo:

2x egg yolks

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, plus extra for

seasoning

1 teaspoon tarragon vinegar (or white

wine vinegar)

250ml olive oil (or rapeseed)

Juice of ½ lemon

Handful of fresh tarragon leaves, picked

and chopped

METHOD

Boil the quail eggs in a pan of boiling

water for 2 minutes. Then plunge into

an ice bath - this will stop them cooking

further and ensure you have a runny yolk

at the end.

While they are cooling, make your Mayo.

Place 2 egg yolks in a large bowl. Add

the mustard and vinegar and whisk them

well until they are paler. Slowly drizzle

in the oil in a steady stream, whisking

continuously - this will emulsify the egg

yolk and it will thicken and become

glossy. Keep slowly adding until you

have added half of the oil.

At this stage squeeze in juice of ½ a

lemon. Then drizzle in remaining oil,

whisking continuously until all is added.

Season the mayonnaise with the chopped

tarragon, salt and some more lemon or

mustard to taste. Set aside.

Peel the quail eggs carefully as they

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!

BERRY AND LEMON

SEMIFREDDO

A version of the classic Italian dessert

(meaning semi-frozen), whipped egg

whites and cream stop the ice cream from

setting hard which makes it easy to cut.

PREP TIME: 50 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 4 HOURS

SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

300g fresh or frozen summer berries

150g good quality lemon curd

1 tbsp limoncello (optional)

50g caster sugar

3 Large Clarence Court Burford Brown

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Zest of 2 unwaxed lemons

400ml double cream

50g shelled unsalted, pistachios

(blanched if you can find them)

50g good quality shortbread biscuit

METHOD

Line a 2lb loaf tin with a long strip of

greaseproof paper that lines the base

and goes up the shorter sides of the tin to

leave overhang, this makes it a lot easier

to remove or you can fully line the tin with

cling film. Then place the tin in the freezer

to chill.

Place 150g of the berries into a small

saucepan. Simmer on a low heat for

around 20 minutes until the fruit has

broken down, strain through a sieve into

a bowl and allow to cool.

Mix the lemon curd with the limoncello (if

using) and place to one side. Meanwhile

place the egg yolks and sugar in a large

mixing bowl and whisk until pale then

stir in the lemon zest. In a separate bowl

whisk the cream to soft peaks. Then in

another bowl whisk the egg whites to stiff

peaks. Carefully fold with cream and egg

whites into the egg yolk mixture using a

large metal spoon.

Remove the tin from the freezer. Spoon

half of the semifreddo mixture into the

lined tin ripple in half of the blitzed berry

mixture and scatter in some whole berries

then spoon over the lemon curd mixture.

Spoon over the remaining semifreddo

mixture and ripple in the remaining berry

mixture. Reserve the remaining whole

berries for serving. Place the semifreddo

in the freezer uncovered for 4 hours, then

cover and freeze for at least another 4

hours or over-night.

When you’re nearly ready to serve,

remove the semifreddo from the freezer

and place in the fridge for 20 minutes.

In a food processor blitz the shortbread

and pistachios together to make a crumb.

Turn the semifreddo out onto a serving

plate or board and scatter over crumb.

Slice and serve with the remaining fruit.

BLUEBERRY AND

PEACH CAKE

An impressive-looking but easy to make

cake, topped with cream cheese frosting

and lots of fresh fruit with the added floral

flavours of a little fresh rosemary! Duck

eggs help keep the sponge light and

fluffy.

PREP TIME: 20 MINUTES

COOK TIME: 40-50 MINUTES

SERVES 6-8

INGREDIENTS

150g baking spread or softened unsalted

butter (plus 50g softened unsalted butter

for frosting and for greasing)

100g caster sugar

4 tablespoons thick peach puree or

blitzed tinned or fresh peeled peach (or

just use 50g extra caster sugar)

2 Clarence Court Braddock Whites

150g self-raising flour, sieved

Pinch salt

50g ground almonds

1 sprig of rosemary, finely chopped plus

extra sprigs for serving

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 tablespoons natural or peach yoghurt

2 x 120g punnets blueberries

250g icing sugar sifted plus extra for

dusting

250g full-fat cream cheese

1 whole peach

METHOD

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

mark 3. Grease and line the base and

sides of a 20cm, deep round cake tin.

Place the spread or butter in a large

mixing bowl and add the sugar. Cream

together well in a mixer or with a wooden

spoon until soft and fluffy. Crack the

eggs into a jug and whisk with the

peach puree. Stir in a little at a time until

incorporated. Mix the flour, salt, ground

almonds, chopped rosemary and baking

powder in a mixing bowl then fold into

the butter and egg mix then stir in the

vanilla extract and yoghurt. Scatter in

half of one punnet of blueberries into the

prepared tin, followed by half the sponge

mixture. Top with the remaining ½ punnet

blueberries and finish with the rest of the

cake mix.

Place the cake in the oven and bake

for 45-50 minutes until golden and risen

or if a skewer is poked in the middle it

comes out clean. Remove the cake from

the oven and place on a cooling rack for

about 40 minutes. Carefully release the

cake from the tin and allow it rest on the

cooling rack until totally cool.

Place the icing sugar and 50g of softened

butter in a mixing bowl and mix well until

soft and fluffy. Mix in the cream cheese

until you have a whipped, stable frosting.

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.

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Man of the sea

Mitch Tonks

The Rockfish Boat

Mitch Tonks, image courtesy Steve Haywood

Sally Thomson was

delighted to catch up with

chef and entrepreneur -

Mitch Tonks who she has

known for over 25 years....

SALLY: HOW ARE YOU DOING?

Mitch: We are doing great! We are looking

forward to finally getting the restaurant

open. I think we are going to have a nice

bounce back, but what a strange time.

I’m one of the people that has benefited

and enjoyed it to be honest. Getting to my

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

had lots of time to spend with the kids and

rethink things to make things better.

I’D LIKE TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT YOUR

BEAUTIFUL BOOK THE DISHES LOOK

MOUTH-WATERING. MY FIRST QUESTION

HOWEVER, IS HOW

HAVE YOU ADAPTED TO THE LOCKDOWN?

I must say that the first 2 weeks were

scary; I didn’t really know what was going

to happen, I knew how much money was

in the bank and how long that would last.

I had some truly beautiful and humbling

experiences where my children took care

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

just concentrate on work and we are going

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

Ben is a chef and works in The Seahorse

and so does my daughter along with Ben’s

partner who is now the general manager.

FANTASTIC, WHAT A LOVELY FAMILY AFFAIR!

It is, and it was lovely being at home with

them. When we started to think about

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

survive this” We had 274 staff and I thought

we are going to get through this and I’m

going to take care of every single one of

you and come out the other side.

There was a lot to think about and we really

took care of people. During the time we

thought about, “How can we make this

business

better” and we started

pulling apart everything that was wrong

and thought how can we make it better?

These are things that we couldn’t do when

we were open, so we did a whole lot of

things like shortened inventory, better

shift patterns, closed the restaurant for an

hour in the afternoon, went down to a 4

day week in the winter, all the kind of stuff

that we didn’t have the foresight to do

previously.

WHEN SOMEONE IS SO ENGROSSED IN

MANAGING A BUSINESS IT’S SOMETIMES

HARD, THIS MUST HAVE GIVEN YOU THE

OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE A NEW VISION?

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

very outward looking with my business

any way but I think one of the challenges

was trying to get people to go along with

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

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

great, and I think I realised that we were

a lot more capable as I thought we were

which was great and hugely uplifting, so I

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

wrote the book in November after a really

good summer obviously we didn’t know

that we were going to be in lockdown the

first quarter. We were also working hard

on getting the planning permission for our

Salcombe restaurant which should be

ready next year. Then we started sending

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out boxes to people like a seafood meal for 2

and we suddenly built up to several hundred

boxes a week which was quite a considerable

amount.

What we did was open a fishmongers in

Brixham just before lockdown, so we ran it

from there sending out all these boxes. I then

started to reflect on my own behaviour at

home, how it had changed and how I was

buying my toilet roll, my chemicals, my meat

and things stuff that I had never bought on

mail order before and subscriptions and I

was really enjoying it. I started to think about

how much people had loved our boxes and

how Sainsbury’s had closed their fish counter

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

at home business so we completed buying

our fish supplier, we buy off the fish market

everyday we have our own boat out there

fishing so we bought that company and then

we bought another company that makes

sauces and things for us but also makes

things for Fortman & Mason and the big fancy

retailers. So, we are launching in July a really

innovated seafood at home business where

you will be able to buy amazingly fresh fish

packaged brilliantly, nice and easy recipes

available nationwide. Hopefully the reputation

will be great, and people will trust us, they

can see our fishing boats our restaurants and

they will want to buy fish from us.

KNOW YOU ARE EXTREMELY BUSY BUT WHAT

DO YOU DO TO RELAX?

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

and I love to cook and entertain at my house

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

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

we are sailing our boat up to the West Coast

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

are going to try and live a little bit up there

and a little bit down here and just take some

valuable time.

LETS TALK ABOUT YOUR BOOK WHICH

LOOKS WONDERFUL. WHEN YOU DO YOUR

RECIPES WHAT INSPIRES YOU? DO YOU

DRAW ON YOUR EXPERIENCE OR DO YOU

LIKE TO CREATE NEW DISHES?

I think in this book I draw on my love of

seafood which is really nice and my own

experiences in the rock fish book there’s quite

a lot of new dishes things that I mainly cook

at home. What I really enjoyed about this

book is there’s no boundaries. This is food

that I love like Asian food Singapore Chilli

Crab (pictured top right) and Crispy fried Chilli

cuttlefish. It’s really great!

excel in education so when I

got a doctorate from Plymouth

University, I was very proud.

I had to stand up and do a

speech in front of the students

and I never imagined that

I would get to university

and receive an honorary

doctorate and it was my most

personal proudest moment of

recognition.

Singapore Chilli Crab

I’VE NEVER WORKED WITH FRESH CRAB SO

MAYBE WHEN I NEXT COME DOWN YOU CAN

SHOW ME WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

I can definitely do that, and you know when

you eat a wonderful fresh crab it’s a mindblowing

experience.

YOU HAVE SOME FABULOUS ACCOLADES BOTH

ON YOUR WEBSITE AND IN THE LATEST BOOK

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

think about but they are very humbling. I think

the thing I was most proud of was the fact I

was a council house boy and didn’t really

THE ROCKFISH COOKBOOK BY

MITCH TONKS

PUBLISHED BY JON CROFT

EDITIONS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS TERRY

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Canned

sardines

on toast

with capers & red onion

By Mitch Tonks

I love canned seafood. It becomes something

different in the canning process. Oily fish like

tuna, mackerel and sardines are particularly

delicious. I have always wanted to can seafood

caught in the UK. Canning seems to be

something we don’t do much in this country yet

in ports across Brittany and northern Spain it

is quite a craft, and the canned anchovies and

tuna from those areas are revered the world

over. They’re even more expensive than the fresh

catch.

There is a healthy sardine fishery in Cornwall.

We bought a tonne of the new season’s catch

in 2019 and worked with a Spanish seafood

cannery to have the fish popped into cans.

We tasted them alongside the very best of the

Portuguese and Spanish rivals and arrived at the

conclusion that the Cornish sardines set the bar,

being fat, oily and delicious.

I’m often asked what you can do with canned

sardines. This is how I prepare them at home,

just a simple combination of ingredients. But the

sardine mayonnaise we make at the restaurants

is what transforms the dish.

SERVES 2

1 x 140g can sardines

(I recommend Rockfish brand or Ortiz)

Sardine mayonnaise (see page 130)

½ red onion, finely sliced

1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and drained

1 tablespoon finely chopped curly parsley

1 dill pickle, finely sliced

2 slices of sourdough bread

salt and white pepper

METHOD

Drain the oil from the can of sardines and use it

to make the mayonnaise.

Put the sardines in a bowl with the onion, capers,

parsley and pickle. Gently break up the fish but

leave nice chunks. Season. Toast the bread, then

heap the sardine mixture on top.

Serve the mayo on the side.

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Sea bream

baked in

paper

with garlic, olive oil,

chilli & rosemary

By Mitch Tonks

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

excellent way to prepare it. The fish retains its

moistness and the other flavours that you add

really get a chance to develop with the flavours

of the fish to create something quite magical.

The combination of roasted garlic, chilli and

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

cumin. But you will find your own preferences.

Look for wild gilt head or black bream, or use

farmed gilt head bream, which are delicious and

perfectly acceptable. Ask your fishmonger to

scale and gut the fish and remove the head.

SERVES 2

8 garlic cloves

100ml olive oil

2 whole sea bream, weighing about 450g each,

head removed

1 small fresh bird’s eye chilli, finely sliced

4 sprigs of rosemary

50ml white wine

finely chopped parsley

salt

METHOD

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

Mark 4.

Place your garlic cloves, with the skin on, on

a small roasting tray, drizzle with a little of the

olive oil and sprinkle with some salt. Roast for

10 minutes or until soft – you should be able to

squeeze the garlic from the skin. If not then just

cook a little longer. Set aside to cool slightly.

Turn up the oven to its maximum heat.

Cut out 2 pieces of baking parchment large

enough to enclose a fish. Lay the parchment on

the worktop and place the fish on it. Sprinkle the

chilli over the fish and place the peeled garlic

around it. Tuck some rosemary into the belly.

Sprinkle with salt and pour over the rest of the

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

just before you seal it up completely, pour the

wine into the corner, then finish sealing.

Place the parchment bags on a baking tray

and cook for 15 minutes. Cut the paper open,

sprinkle the fish with chopped parley and serve

straight from the bag.

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Learning through play

Katie Paynter - discusses

the value of play in the

development of children

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

cherished part of childhood. It is important

to recognise that it is difficult to give a single

definition of play. It can be defined as ‘what

children and young people do when they

follow their own ideas and interests, in their

own way, and for their own reasons.’ Play

has also frequently been described as ‘what

children and young people do when they are

not being told what to do by adults’.

Regardless of definition, the importance

of play cannot be underestimated. It is

undeniably instrumental in children’s learning

and development and is particularly integral

in a child’s early years, given it indubitably

supports their foundational social, emotional

and cognitive growth.

Anyone spending any time with young

children will understand that providing them

with opportunities for play provides so much

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

Many instrumental skills are developed. It

develops communication and language skills

and vocabulary, an understanding of emotion

and empathy, social skills and creativity. It

also supports and strengthens co-operation,

collaboration, sharing and problem solving.

Children will observe those around them

and mimic language and behaviour. It

teaches self-expression, nurtures a sense of

imagination and simultaneously gives children

a feeling of adventure.

Dramatic play is absolutely essential to a

child’s social and emotional development and

can enhance their physical development too.

It is also very closely connected to intellectual

development. This is when children make

sense of the world in which they live by

acting out situations before they experience

them and by mimicking what they witness

around them. Most children are innately

imaginative and will happily chat away to

someone on their toy telephone or pretend

to travel to hospital in an ambulance made

from a cardboard box! This creativity must be

actively fostered!

Encouraging young children to embrace

physically active play is extremely beneficial

and necessary for their development. It

helps them to learn about the ever-changing

environment and gives them the opportunity

to use their whole body and develop their

gross motor skills. It can meet their multisensory

needs and will promote significant

health and well-being benefits. Whether it

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

essential part of learning.

Play provides a platform through which

children are not only able to learn about the

world around them through interacting with it,

but it also gives them the opportunity to learn

about themselves. As play is fun, children’s

focus tends to be over a sustained period. In

turn, this helps children to develop the ability

to concentrate. It is important as parents not

to push your child too hard. Children develop

in their own ways and in their own time and,

rest assured, their levels of focus will steadily

augment.

It is imperative that children are given the

time ‘to be children’ and being able to play

is essential, if the aforementioned physical,

social, emotional and cognitive skills are to be

securely embedded.

Katie Paynter, head of pre-prep and EYFS at

Lochinver House School and IAPS pre-prep

and EY adviser

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Stroud School, Romsey

Forever

King Edward

Undaunted

VI Preparatory School

A traditional prep school with a

creative

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heart


The importance of preparing

students for the workplace

Dr Joseph Spence, head of Dulwich College, discusses the value

careers-based workshops can bring to independent schools and

their state school partners...

Careers education is an important

element of a school’s provision, and

a service one cannot introduce to

pupils too early. Prospective parents,

even of 11‐year‐olds, are asking far

more questions than they used to

about how we are preparing children

for the workplace of the future. This is

inevitable given all of the rhetoric about

the percentage of jobs not yet created

into which our pupils will move, and the

fact that they will likely have multiple

careers, possibly across many countries

or continents, over the course of long

working lives.

Networking events focused on particular

professions or industries have proven

immensely popular. These bring together

former pupils and current and past

parents, alongside pupils from both

independent and state schools.

However, it is also useful to look for

ways older pupils can deliver light‐touch

advice to their younger peers at partner

schools. As co‐director of the Southwark

Schools Learning Partnership, I have

been delighted in recent years to be able

to encourage a hub of careers advisers

from a good number of our 16 schools

(12 state schools and four independent

schools) to share best practice between

schools and across the sectors. Latterly,

we have had our own students help focus

the minds of younger pupils at a partner

school on potential university applications

and the world of careers.

Last June, a group of Year 10 students

from City Heights E‐ACT Academy

in South East London had a careers

workshop with our careers adviser

at Dulwich College, and a group of

the College’s Year 12 students. The

workshop introduced the UCAS process

with a short ‘true or false’ activity, with

students from both schools working in

teams to decide on the veracity of various

statements. The statements included

the number of applicants to university

through UCAS, World University

Rankings, average graduate salaries and

deciding what degree courses some

famous people had taken. This was an

effective ice-breaking exercise, which

ensured that no one could feel he or she

was an expert when it came to university

admissions.

The Year 10 City Heights students were

then given a brief overview of the UCAS

applications process and the Year 12

students explained what A‐levels they

were doing and the different courses

and universities they were planning to

apply to. The City Heights pupils were

introduced to course and career options

they had not previously considered, while

the Dulwich College pupils said it really

helped them to clarify their own plans

by having to articulate them for younger

pupils.

The next activity consisted of a wideranging

discussion of the likely nature

of jobs in the future that haven’t been

created yet. Students were also advised

about courses and careers on to which

one could move later, e.g. becoming a

solicitor or barrister via a post‐graduate

law conversion course.

The final part of the workshop consisted

of a question and answer session, much

of which focused on what subjects were

needed for certain careers. This also gave

the Dulwich students and their careers

adviser the opportunity to talk about the

importance of engaging in co‐curricular

activities that might support a career

aspiration, such as volunteering in a

hospital or care home for healthcare

related careers. The feedback from the

session was universally positive and

this workshop has provided a template

Dulwich College will consider repeating

at City Heights and taking to other 11‐16

partner schools.

There was a time when the only careers

advice the head of an independent

school needed to offer sixth formers was

on how to write a personal statement.

Those days are long gone. Whether

explicitly or implicitly, the new order is

that everything we do with our students

has some bearing on preparing them for

the fast-changing workplace. The jobs

they will go into may be newly minted

or newly branded, but the skills and

aptitudes they will require to succeed

in them are, in fact, those which have

always been needed in the world of work:

the ability to lead on a project, to work in

a team, to communicate clearly and the

ability to think outside the box.

All this they learn in their representation

of the school on its sport field, in

the joining of musical and theatrical

ensembles, in their community projects

and charitable fundraising and in their

adventurous activities. We are all careers

educators now – but explicit, nuanced

careers advice delivered by those

who work hard to keep up to speed

with changes in the major (and new)

professions, is still absolutely essential.

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TO BE CURIOUS

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Early Years at St Swithun’s

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The Gregg School

Independent day school for boys and girls aged 11-16yrs

2021 Open Events:

Open Evening

7th October - 5pm to 8pm

Open Morning

16th November - 9.30am to 12.30pm

Yr 7 Entrance Assessment Day

Saturday 29th January 2022

If you would like to attend any of the above or

book a private tour of the school, please email

registrar@thegreggschools.org

www.thegreggschool.org

The Gregg School Tel 02380 472133

The Gregg Preparatory School Tel 02380 557352


ADVERTISING FEATURE

Why Choose

Sherfield School?

Choosing a school for your child at the moment is harder

than ever. At Sherfield they are aiming to make this process

as easy for you as possible.

They are offering open events and private

tours for you and your family to come

and see the school in action and meet

their staff as well as online and phone

meetings.

Based in Hook, Hampshire, they offer

a whole education for boys and girls

from all over the world, whether they be

3 months or 18 years. Having a diverse

demographic of pupils is a fantastic

opportunity for collaboration through

peer-to-peer learning and is one of

the reasons why their pupils enter into

adulthood well-rounded and prepared.

The school has an inclusive family feel to

it and most parents will tell you how much

their children have grown in confidence

and progressed because of this.

They have an extraordinary enrichment

programme which promotes the life-skills

needed for everyday life, develop “soft

skills” that employers and universities

look for, while also giving pupils the

opportunity to find out more about their

interests and passions.

“We have two children in the school with

very different academic abilities and

have been pleased with how the school

has approached both their learning

requirements.

The enrichment program has been very

well received and our children look

forward to Friday afternoons when they

can go ‘off curriculum’, learning a new

skill, developing friendships and gaining a

wider sense of the world around them - it

really is a great addition to the week.”

Year 6 and Year 8 Parent

In their Reception Class they are able to

offer three times more qualified teacher

time, than most state schools, which

enables them to teach two adult led

Maths and Literacy sessions per week

compared to the bi-weekly adult led

sessions in these schools.

They have specialist teachers in Art,

DT, Languages, PE, Swimming, Music,

Dance, Drama and Forest School in their

Junior Prep.

They also have a huge amount of parent

support with active parent liaisons in

each year group, a fantastic parents’

association with plenty of all-year-round

events, a parents’ café and parent’s

social media groups.

“The level of support given by my

teachers has been fantastic especially as I

know that others at different schools and

colleges have not been so lucky.”

Year 12 Student

They have two Open Events in the

Autumn Term. Their Year 7 Open Morning

is on Friday 24 September and is for

those looking at joining in Year 7. Please

note that they now have less than 20

spaces available for Year 7 2022.

Their Junior Prep Open Morning is on

Friday 1 October and is for those looking

at joining in Reception, Year 1, Year 2,

Year 3 and Year 4.

If you can’t make these open events

or you are looking at other year groups

please book a private tour.

For more details please visit

www.sherfieldschool.co.uk, email

admissions@sherfieldschool.co.uk

or call 01256 884 800.

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are you ready

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You can start your Sherfield journey at any age

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school summer camps Why send your child to one?

I think that we would all agree that children have had a very

disruptive year and more likely one that has been somewhat

unsettling.

So to encourage children to enjoy themselves and catch up with

lost time a visit to a summer camp could be an ideal solution.

With a summer holiday abroad on hold for many, summer holiday

clubs are the perfect solution to ensure your child enjoys a time

away to remember!

You can choose a club as your child’s summer staycation. There

are many camps across the country which offer an exciting range

of activities.

The main purpose of many camps is educational, athletic, and

cultural development. A summer camp environment will allow

children to learn new skills in a safe and nurturing environment.

Summer camp experience can have a lasting psychological and

beneficial impact on the development of a child.

It’s also a great chance to make new friends and discover

their potential, which has been put on hold with the number of

shutdowns they have experienced.

We would recommend that you have a chat with the type of

activities they would like take part find one that would suit their

interests will offer your child the adventures they would enjoy. It

could be horse -riding, crafting, camping and much more....

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23 children in our region

have an uncertain future

Sadly they didn’t get the start in life they deserved.

Could you adopt and change their lives forever?

For most people, being part of a family

is something they can rely on from birth.

Unfortunately, there are children across

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and

Southampton, who are unable to live with

their birth parents, and who are instead cared

for by kind and compassionate foster carers.

Lilly is just three and loves playing with her

dolls. Siblings Oliver, aged five years and Theo

who is nearly three, enjoy going to the local

park, or like to play with their toy cars endlessly.

They are just some of the children waiting for

a permanent family life.

Today, there are all types of wonderful families

from different backgrounds and circumstances

who support one or more children to feel

included, safe and loved forever. Some families

have single parents, while others are couples

who are heterosexual, same sex or gender

fluid. Ethnicity, religion, or culture, these

differences don’t matter – what matters is that

a child is loved and supported to feel safe and

respected.

child thrive in a forever home. Kirsty adopted

an older child, and says it’s the best thing she’s

ever done.

I’m so pleased about adoption

I actually encourage other

friends... you need to go and

do that. Do it. For me it’s

been wonderful.”

Mike and Natalie both felt very strongly that

they could offer a family life to a brother and

sister who might otherwise stay in the care

system for a long time. “Young siblings have a

strong bond together but need to be wrapped

in the cushion of being loved and cherished by

one or more parent. We knew that separating

siblings from one another can have long term

effects on children.”

Adopt South is seeking more mums and dads

who can give children a shared life together.

School teacher Kirsty knew about the high

numbers of black children who were waiting

in foster care and felt that with a bit of learning

and support she could be a mum and help a

Families who adopt two children or more,

or adopt a child with additional needs, may

also get additional financial support through

Adopt South.

*Children with Placement Orders as of 5th July 2021

If you’ve been thinking about adoption

and the children waiting, contact us today

0300 3000 011 • adoptsouth.org.uk

The Regional Adoption Agency for Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton Local Authorities


Summertime...

The Kennel Club advises us on how take care of your

friends during this time of year

Warm summer and autumn months are

great for spending time out with your

four-legged friend, catching up on the

adventures we all missed during the

pandemic, exploring new ‘walkies’ routes

or enjoying ‘staycations’ and trips.

These newly found freedoms and

socialisation opportunities can be very

exciting for dogs, and it is important that

owners know how to make sure their canine

companion is safe and comfortable wherever

they go.

The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest

organisation dedicated to dog health, welfare

and training, has rounded up top tips on how

to make sure you and your dog are enjoying

the end of the summer safely:

Seaside adventures and BBQs

If you are planning to enjoy the last weeks

of the English summer by the seaside or

throwing a garden party, keep an eye on your

four-legged friend too.

Many dogs enjoy water and swimming in the

sea, rivers or ponds, especially on a warm

day. To make sure your dog is enjoying the

water safely, always start off in a shallow

water to help them adjust before testing

deeper water. Never let your dog swim in a

rough sea, ensure they don’t swim too far

out, and make sure they come back if you

call them.

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When taking your dog swimming, be aware

of blue-green algae, which can be found in

water bodies and is toxic for dogs. Algae is

especially common after heat waves and

can cause a range of serious reactions. If

your dog becomes unwell, contact your vet

immediately.

Whether you are planning your own

celebration or walking around popular BBQ

spots on the beach, make sure to look out

for any leftovers and watch your dog closely.

Skewers, cooked bones and even corn on

the cob can be dangerous for dogs.

Travel and staycations

If you are planning to enjoy a well-deserved

holiday soon, it’s important you also keep

your canine travel companion safe and

happy.

Whether you are off on a day trip or a

longer staycation, make sure to check the

dog-friendly status of all sights and places

you intend to visit and stay at to avoid

disappointment. The dog-friendly status of

some places might have changed during

lockdown or have seasonal restrictions in

place too. Whilst visiting attractions or pubs

and restaurants, keep an eye on your dog

to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed and

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

shady area to rest in. Wherever you go, be

sure to bring water for your dog.

It is also important to keep your dog safe

on the road - making sure they have a

comfortable and cool spot in the car and

taking regular breaks so they can go to the

toilet or have a drink. Most importantly, never

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

while and especially during warmer days

Wildlife and countryside walks.

If you are planning a long dog walk in the

countryside, make sure you’re aware of local

dog walking rules, many of which change

during the year, so you and your dog can

enjoy time in nature responsibly.

Whilst out with your four-legged friend, follow

pathways and pay attention to signage about

dogs being on leads or not allowed. Make

sure you prevent your dog from approaching

and chasing any wildlife or livestock and use

a lead if necessary or required by signage.

The Kennel Club’s Paw by Paw Guide is

a useful hub with information and advice

including seasonal dog walking and

travelling tips, helping owners and their

four-legged friends enjoy the summer whilst

staying healthy, happy and safe. For more

information visit: thekennelclub.org.uk/

pawbypaw


Its been a strange and trying year for all of us, but many of you have found comfort in a new furbaby for

the family. Dog and Cat ownership this year has grown, and we recognise it is a minefield knowing what

to feed, how to train and what to buy for your new arrival. Grovely Pets has created a hub of specialists

who can help you through the learning and enjoyment of your new family member.

As specialists in Pet Nutrition and Healthcare, all of our team are trained Nutritional Specialists and can

offer advice with getting the right start for a long and healthy life, to addressing quite serious health

issues such as allergies and sensitivities to foods and treats.

Our ethos is a natural approach to Pet Health and Wellbeing, stocking the largest range of healthy foods

for all dogs and cats, whether that be raw, wet or high quality dry food for dogs and cats to overcome

common health conditions which are caused by poor diet.

We also work with like minded businesses such as Trainers, Groomers and Doggy Care Services, so you

can be assured that you are getting the right qualified advice and services.

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Check out our Facebook page Grovely Pets Winchester, or all products can be seen on our full

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TILE

style

2

3

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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.

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intermixed with framing black and

other earth tones, like terracotta and

wood. Finally, small pops of colour can

be added in soft furnishings.

4

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.

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IT’S A

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Best known for his

successes at RHS Chelsea

Flower Show, he is

passionate about inspiring

adults and children

alike to create their

own gardens and watch

hedgerows spring to life.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

WE WERE TALKING ABOUT GEOFF

BARNWELL?

It was originally in North Devon Parks

depart that I did my apprenticeship and

then I went to work for Geoff when I was

21 years old and then spent an amazing

mind blowing, not that I think you realise

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

Geoff until he passed away in 96.

AN INSPIRATIONAL MAN I SHOULD

IMAGINE?

Yes, looking back I don’t think you

realised what he was talking about, Peat

free gardening, Organic gardening, stop

ripping up limestone pavements and

destroying the countryside all the things

that were way before their time really. We

are now 30 years on and we’ve only just

decided to ban peat. I think in reality he

set my gardening moral compass.

HIS SON HAS GONE INTO THE SAME

LINE OF WORK ALSO?

He had 3 sons but Nick the middle son

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

Barnwell plants and gardens.

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

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

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

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND

IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &

ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Definitely, We run a school as well so

we had to close that. I did some stuff on

zoom like most people but that’s a very

strange experience. I’ve never spent

so much time at home or in the garden

through the summer months with my wife

& kids which was a mixed blessing and

gave me time to stop which I don’t think

I’ve done since I was 16.

I BET YOU MISSED THE VIBE OF

BEING AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW?

I was due to go back and do a garden

in 2020 so that went but it looks we will

be able to go back in September and

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do some filming but I’m not building

anything now.

HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT BUILDING A

GARDEN FOR CHELSEA?

It can be 12 months to 2 years planning

but at one point I was doing them back to

back finishing one then moving straight

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

how I built my career.

“I think ultimately

gardens are about

4 things; People,

Space, Plants and

Place.”

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant. My

dad was a landscaper and he built early

John Brooks gardens in the early 70s I

recently met Professor David Stevens

Garden designer who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things; People, Space, Plants and Place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape

it might be an individual picture I’ve

seen it might be the shape of something

whatever it is that gives me an insight

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

particular design will drive it that’s how I

start and then create from there.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody

was sensible and had plenty of space.

The standard of the displays was really

good and Hilliers had gone there and

built a garden, so it was great that you

had something there of Hilliers quality. I

think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

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you talk to in the industry says that

the hunger from last year is still there

which is great. I just hope in a way that

stays. I think even the people that knew

gardening was good for you physically

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

realised how important it was to my life.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

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

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and talk

all things gardening and there’s different

themes on different stages from talking

about Grow your Own, Unusual edibles,

soil & compost so all sorts really. What

I love about that show is you have the

gardens and displays but it also interlinks

with food and because its at the NEC if

we do have poor weather people can get

inside. Because it’s such a large venue

everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

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

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

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

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

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

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

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and he said can

you remember the conversation we had

in 2015 where you said the BBC want

me to do some presenting as they think

I’m half decent and he said are you sure

that’s what you want to do and you said

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

we are now.

“I would say to

anybody there is

so much glorious

flower colour foliage

colour stem colour

to be had and the

light is different so

the atmosphere is

different you can

still wrap up and

enjoy it just don’t

disengage. Don’t

chase perfection just

enjoy the moments.”

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

For ticket information, please visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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Retirement planning is a multi-faceted

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Understand what your retirement

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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

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Check your state pension:

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You may wish to improve your home

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When should you start drawing a

pension?

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the sooner you start dipping into it, the

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How much will retirement cost?

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you are looking for in your autumn years.

A recent Which? study found that the

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alone or as couples) spent an around

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every five years would need to allow

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£41,000 per year.

Once you have a framework for the

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With your defined contribution pot,

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You can find a number of fitness videos

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Credit is subject to status. Spire Healthcare Limited is acting as a credit broker, Omni Capital Retail

Finance Ltd is the lender. All named parties are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct

Authority. Spire Healthcare’s registered address is 3 Dorset Rise, London, EC4Y 8EN.


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