Cotswolds Lifestyle Sep - Oct 2021

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As the Autumn nights draw in our thoughts turn to delicious cosseting food, home comforts and setting affairs in order. Plus we interview baker Richard Bertinet and garden designer Adam Frost.

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Delicious

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland

comfort food recipes

“There is something so special

in the early leaves drifting

from the trees–as if we are all

to be allowed a chance to peel,

to refresh, to start again.”

– Ruth Ahmed

There is something so special about

this time of year - it has a grounding

effect which forces us to consider

the passage of time and the tangible

changes around us. As the hues

of the trees shape our landscape,

we settle down into the embrace

of those cooler, darker evenings

- a sense of quietude before the

inevitable Christmas rush begins.

Garden Designer

Adam Frost

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We hope this edition makes a good

companion to a cosy evening or

a peaceful morning with a cuppa.

We’ve filled it with interviews with

some titans of their fields - firstly, west

country expert baker (via France!)

Richard Bertinet and Chelsea seventime

gold medal winning garden

designer Adam Frost.

Our interview with

Richard Bertinet

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

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These lovely chats fall alongside

some delicious recipes and some

inspiration for the home and garden

- plus some advice on getting those

finances in order for retirement -

it’s never too early to start thinking

about it, nor to late to make an

assessment of where you are.

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you again in November, where we

will be unapologetically thrusting

you into the Christmas swing. Don’t

say I didn’t warn you! Until then,

take care and enjoy this issue.

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HIS

BREAD

& BUTTER

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

Richard Bertinet is well-loved

and well-known for being the

UK’s baking ‘godfather’.

His books about baking and his

bread-making courses alike

have delighted audiences for

many years.

Sally Thomson talks to Richard

to discuss books, baking and

BBC Maestro, where you can

catch him offering the ultimate

online bread-making course...

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HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS

DAY?

Making croissants with this weather! It’s

a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be

open again so all is good.

YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY

WELL AT THE MOMENT APART

FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL

BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER

INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO

BE GOOD WITH YOU.

We opened in April and we have just tried

to push everything we could this year and

last year. It’s very busy.

SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO

YOUR CLASS NOW?

Yes, we reopened in April.

SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?

No, we are Covid compliant and can still

have the same number of people. In Bath

40% of the customers come from the

rest of the World so Japan, The States

and Australia. Obviously, they cannot

come to Bath at the moment so we have

a massive backlog of people wanting to

come when they can travel*.

I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?

Teaching children was always very

important to us and we also work with a

lot of local schools in the area and teach

some classes plus talk to the children.

It’s good fun and nice to see them smile

when they try something that they haven’t

done before. I think it’s a shame that so

many schools don’t use cooking and

baking anymore.

I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH

PING COOMBES.

Yes, Ping does classes for me. She

teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff

from my book.

YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO

FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN

THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE

ENOUGH TIME?

I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting

the time to do it and I like to write a book

for the right purpose not just for the sake

of it so I need to get the time and wait

until things get back to normal.

YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT

THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU

AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!

That’s true but there is only one of me

I’m afraid.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH

IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR

CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?

I knew the concept we had was good and

if it worked out, we would have success.

When I first moved to Bath a lot of local

businesses gave us 6 months to survive

but that made me more determined to

make it.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY

THE SOUNDS OF IT?

Well, the school has been going since

2005 and since then we have won a lot

of awards, we then sold the bakery and a

lot of things have happened in 15 years.

The school is so busy it’s a worldwide

attraction which means we bring a lot of

people to Bath. We won the South West

Tourism Award two years ago due to the

number of people that we attract to Bath.

We have a few guest chefs coming in as

well, but the core classes are with me

learning about bread making, as well as

what I write about in my books.

YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING.

We pride ourselves on the services we

give our customers and also the way I

teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.

Our school is quite small so it means that

I can spend time with everybody.

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On his baking classes

for children: “It’s good

fun and nice to see

them smile when they

try something that they

haven’t done before. I

think it’s a shame that

so many schools don’t

use cooking and baking

anymore.”

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

Until we get all our backlog of people

who couldn’t attend last year’s classes

hopefully then we will be back on an

even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are

open and running and there are some

businesses that can’t do that so in a way

we are one of the lucky ones.

I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING

INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.

Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just

finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s

a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s

recipe lead and different from how I teach

in my classes, but it was well done. The

team were amazing.

YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER

COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND

THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?

Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and

on James Martin’s show so it’s a different

buzz being filmed live and you have to be

mindful of what you do and say.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE

SPECIALISING IN?

It’s specifically about bread and things I

like to do at home. It goes from making

brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that

kind of stuff and things to give people

the confidence to bake at home and feel

that they learn something. It’s going to be

good. The production team was amazing,

and I can’t wait for it to launch.

YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK

RECENTLY?

We went to France last year, Provence.

We have a house down there and

managed to visit just before lockdown.

*At the time of the interview there was

uncertainty regarding travel to the city

of Bath.

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is available now at bbcmaestro.com.

The course costs £80 for 23 episodes

including written class notes for

each one. An additional bonus festive

episode is expected to launch later in

the year exclusively to subscribers.

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CHOCOLATE, ORANGE

& PISTACHIO LOAF

INGREDIENTS

150g good quality dark chocolate chips

75g roughly chopped pistachios

Zest of 2 oranges

50g mixed peel

1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)

125g unsalted butter straight from the

fridge

125g full fat milk

3 medium eggs

500g strong white bread flour (plus extra

for dusting)

15g fresh yeast

45g caster sugar

10g fine sea salt

FOR THE GLAZE

2 eggs

Pinch fine sea salt

METHOD

Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest

and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in

the Cointreau if you are using it. Place

the cold butter between 2 sheets of

greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin

to soften it and break it up into smaller

pieces (without warming it up).

Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a

food mixer and then add the flour. Break

up the yeast and add to one side of the

bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the

other side of the bowl.

Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.

Increase the speed to medium for another

2 minutes then add the butter piece by

piece until it is all incorporated. Continue

mixing on medium speed for 10-12

minutes until the dough comes away from

the sides of the bowl.

Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and

pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix

for no longer than 30-40 seconds on

the slowest speed – you don’t want the

chocolate and nuts to become mushy.

Lightly flour your worksurface and turn

the dough out onto the work surface.

Form the dough into a ball and then place

into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and

rest for about 45 minutes until just under

double in size.

Lightly flour the surface again, turn out

the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces

of about 110g each. Form each piece

into a ball and then press gently into

cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the

picture I have used tiny tins that only take

one ball but if you use a larger one you

will have a finished loaf or two that will be

perfect to tear and share. Whether you

have one or two will depend on the size

of your tins. Cover and leave to prove

for about 1 hour until just under double

in size.

While the dough is proving, pre-heat the

oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and

pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top

of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a

pair of scissors to snip into the dough for

decoration.

Place the tins on a baking tray and

put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the

temperature down to 180°C and bake for

15-20 minutes until golden.

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COMFORT

When the darker nights set in, you

just want some go-to comfort food

recipes - and here, Waitrose has

delivered! Find more recipes at

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Calling

COTTAGE PIE WITH

SWEET POTATO

Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil

500g British beef mince

1 onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 Oxo Beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée

1½ tbsp plain flour

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 thyme sprigs

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp unsalted butter

METHOD

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or

casserole dish over a high heat. Add

the beef and fry, breaking it up, for 4-5

minutes, until browned. Remove from the

pan, add the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, lower

the heat to medium and fry the onion,

celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for

10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,

dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml

just-boiled water.

Return the beef to the pan, add the

tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then

stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and

2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30

minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick

gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes

as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.

Cover with just-boiled water from the

kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and

use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,

then lay out on more kitchen paper to

finish drying.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy

into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the

potatoes with the butter and leaves from

the remaining thyme sprig. Season and

arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for

30 minutes until bubbling hot and the

potatoes are cooked through. Stand for

10 minutes before serving.

COOK’S TIP

Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes

halfway through baking to give the pie a

nice cheesy crust.

​SPICY STIR-FRIED

PORK & AUBERGINE

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 35 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp sunflower oil

2 aubergines, cut into 2cm pieces

4 salad onions

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2 cloves garlic

Small piece fresh root ginger

2 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Gochujang

Chilli Paste

1 tbsp reduced salt soy sauce

1 tbsp Shaoxing rice wine

1 tsp maple syrup

500g pack lean minced pork

½ x 25g pack Thai basil, leaves shredded

Steamed rice, to serve

METHOD

Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large wok or frying

pan over a medium-high heat. Add the

aubergines and fry for 20-25 minutes,

stirring occasionally, until softened and

golden all over. Meanwhile, finely slice the

salad onions, separating the whites and

greens, crush the garlic and finely grate

the ginger. In a bowl, mix the gochujang,

soy sauce, Shaoxing rice wine and maple

syrup with 1 tbsp water.

Tip the aubergine onto a plate and return

the pan to a high heat with the remaining

1 tbsp oil. Add the salad onion whites,

garlic and ginger, and stir-fry for 1 minute

until fragrant. Add the pork and fry for

3-4 minutes until there is no pink meat

remaining and any excess liquid has

bubbled off from the pan.

Add the sauce and aubergine to the pan

and fry for 2-3 minutes until everything

is coated in the sauce. Take off the heat

and toss in the Thai basil leaves. Serve

on rice, with the salad onion greens

sprinkled over.

COOK’S TIP

This recipe would work well with minced

turkey instead of the minced pork. Turkey

mince is also lower in fat than pork

mince.

CHICKEN SHAWARMA

FLATBREADS WITH

YOGURT

Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

8 British chicken thigh fillets

3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma

Paste

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges

1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac

½ large cucumber

250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style

Natural Yogurt

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra

to garnish

4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched

Flatbreads

50g pomegranate seeds

1-2 handfuls wild rocket

METHOD

Slash each chicken thigh a few times,

concentrating on the thicker parts of the

fillet. Season, then rub all over with the

shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20

minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix

the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a

good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready

to serve.

To make the sauce, coarsely grate the

cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a

pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10

minutes to drain, then gently press with a

wooden spoon to extract as much liquid

as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the

yogurt, garlic and mint.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook

the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side

(depending on the fillets’ size) until the

juices run clear and there is no pink meat,

then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the

pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads

for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange

them on plates and top with the chicken,

pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and

the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing

with the extra mint leaves and lemon

wedges for squeezing over.

COOK’S TIP

This recipe also works well with lamb or

pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust

cooking times accordingly).

CHEWY BROWN SUGAR

COOKIES

Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 - 14

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped

300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural

Unrefined Cane Sugar

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp fine salt

1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD

Put the butter and sugar in a large

saucepan and set over a medium heat.

Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until

the butter has melted and the sugar has

dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5

minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,

baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,

cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

With a wooden spoon, beat the egg

and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,

then beat in the dry ingredients until

completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,

cover with a plate and chill for at least 2

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hours (up to 24 hours).

Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4; line

2 large baking trays with parchment. Leave

the cookie dough out of the fridge for 15

minutes to warm up a little. Roll into 12-14

balls (about 65-70g each) and space out

well on the baking trays (the cookies spread

quite a lot during cooking, so bake in more

than 2 batches if needed). Bake for about 15

minutes, turning the trays halfway if needed,

until deep golden and cracked on top. Cool

for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer to a

wire rack to cool completely.

COOK’S TIP

Ovens can vary in temperature, so after

about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your

cookies. Once they look set and golden at

the edges and start to crack on top, they’re

ready.

CHERRY & ALMOND

BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

425g can black cherries in light syrup

3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar,

plus extra for dusting

1 medium British Blacktail Free Range Egg

250ml whole milk

½ tsp almond extract

8 slices sliced brioche loaf

2 tbsp unsalted butter

150g pot vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

METHOD

Put a sieve over a small saucepan and

drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside

and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until

reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the

drained cherries to the saucepan and

simmer for another 5 minutes, until the

cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.

Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan over

a medium-highheat. In a large, shallow dish,

whisk the egg, milk, almondextract and

remaining 2 tsp icing sugar. Add 4 brioche

slices to the mixture, soaking on each side

for about 45 seconds until they’ve absorbed

plenty of the mixture but aren’t too soggy.

Add 1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and,

when foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes

on each side until golden and puffed up.

Arrange on plates while you prepare the

remaining slices in the same way, frying in

the remaining 1 tbsp butter.

Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top

with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the

warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly if

necessary). Scatter with the toasted almonds

and dust with a little icing sugar to serve.

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British Food Fortnight

What is it and how can you get involved?

Food Festivals are back and with the end

of UK lockdown we can’t wait to see the

return of the best Britain has to offer. Taste

of London may have already passed us by

but we are in the most prosperous period

for British Food, with strawberries, beetroot

and various other veggies in their prime.

So what better way to celebrate the UK’s

produce than through a fortnight of foodie

fun?

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food businesses in the UK express their

ongoing support for local British producers.

British Food Fortnight seeks to remedy this

by encouraging your local pubs and shops

to buy British Food through consumers

recommendations.

opportunities for harvest celebrations, such

as attending a traditional Harvest Festival

service in your community.

Finally, why not enter the British Food

Fortnight competition which is open to

everyone. Or perhaps you have someone

you want to nominate who has made a

huge contribution to the promotion of local

food in your area.

British Food Fortnight will not be one to

miss this year. The UK is home to some of

the most fertile soils and varied agricultural

output, what is not to celebrate about that?

See: www.lovebritishfood.co.uk for further

information. And follow the campaign @

LoveBritishFood for the latest news.

In previous years hundreds of schools have

taken part and encouraging your child’s

school to join British Food Fortnight is a

great way to show your support. Love

British Food has a Teacher Zone where

there’s swathes of resources on how to

include food into the curriculum.

In addition, now lockdown is over numerous

local festivals are happening across the

country and you can check out what is

happening near you. Even if nothing is

going on then why not organize your own

foodie event?

British Food Fortnight encompasses the

three Sundays of the Harvest Festival

calendar. Celebrations for this traditional

Pagan festival often include singing hymns

and decorating Churches with baskets

of fruit and food and there are lots of

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An enriching life like no other

Which school should my child attend?

Choosing the right educational

environment for your child is one of

the most important decisions you’ll

ever have to make as a parent. But if

you’re looking for a boarding school

for your child, how do you choose

the right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO

of the Boarding Schools’ Association

(BSA), explains.

‘How do I choose the right boarding school

for my child?’ That’s a question we’re asked

more often than any other at BSA. And

when you consider the UK boarding market

is one of the largest in the world, with more

than 450 schools of all sizes and types, in

all sorts of different locations, there isn’t a

straightforward answer.

But having such a wide range of choice can

really work to your advantage. If you know

exactly what to look for in a prospective

boarding school, your child will enjoy a

first-class education and gain invaluable life

skills, boost their confidence, become more

independent, and have the best possible

preparation for adult life.

The first key piece of advice I would always

offer when choosing a school is that it must

be a joint decision between you and your

child: they have to be happy with the final

choice.

As I’ve mentioned, one thing there isn’t a

shortage of in the UK boarding sector is

choice. You need to think about the best

location for your child: will they be best

suited to a large school attended by several

hundred students, or a smaller school

with fewer pupils? Would a school in the

middle of a city be better for them, or would

they prefer somewhere more rural? Would

they be best suited to a single sex or coeducational

school? Also, will full boarding

be the best option for them? Schools can

offer full, weekly or flexi-boarding, so you’ll

need to decide which works best for you

and your child. And is an academic school

right for them, or one that focuses perhaps

more on sport, music or more vocational

subjects?

Once you’ve considered all those factors

and you’ve got a shortlist of schools you’re

interested in, I’d always strongly encourage

you to visit those schools in person. This

is the best way to tell if it’s right for your

child or not, as it will be clear very quickly

whether they are comfortable there.

Making that final choice of the right

boarding school for your child can be a

lengthy process, but taking the time to get

your decision absolutely right is crucial.

Boarding will not suit every child or family

- but for the right child, in the right school,

it can offer an enriching life experience like

no other.

For further information about the Boarding

Schools’ Association, or to search for a

boarding school, please visit www.boarding.

org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up with

Bulldog Publishing to launch Schoolplaces.

org, a dedicated live information resource

for schools, parents and education agents.

For more information, please visit www.

schoolplaces.org.

Image: Courtesy of Highfield and

Brookham Schools

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unlocking potential

at burford school

Burford School supports pupils to flourish because

of the wide range of opportunities on offer inside

and outside the classroom. As Headteacher I am

very proud to celebrate the significant academic

success of the students. It is however that Burford

School is a caring community and does more than

just focus on classroom learning that I was drawn

to apply for the post earlier this year.

Head Teacher,

Matthew Albrighton

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After a brief stint working in the world of advertising in

London, I have worked in a variety of schools including day,

boarding, single sex and co-education. I have developed from

this range of experience a strong set of beliefs about what

makes for an excellent education. I am driven by developing

in students the skills required for lifelong learning, in the

academic sense but perhaps more importantly wider life.

A good set of grades is important - Burford School guides

students to the very best results; a young person however

only flourishes when they have confidence in themselves as a

person and they know about who they are.

The teachers at Burford coach each student to think about

where their strengths lie and how to develop in areas where

they might want to improve. It is only possible for a young

person to develop fully when they engage in a wide range of

activities outside the classroom as well as inside. More than

this, it is important that each student is actively engaged

within the classroom with superb and varied teaching. Burford

school is proud to offer a significant range of after school

clubs covering sport and the Arts. From Rugby to Orchestra

and Cricket to the stage, there is something for every student

to find out who they are as a person and what makes them

thrive.

In the coming months Burford will continue to do what it does

best, focus on and care for the young person. There is much

talk about the impact of Covid on classroom learning. We

know that it is the personal and social education that is the

priority. We will work to ensure that students are engaging

with each other and themselves with varied teaching and

learning inside and outside the classroom.

Open Evening

Thursday 23 September

Boarding: 2.30-4.30pm

Day School 4.30-7.30pm

Burford School

Founded 1571

An outstanding day and boarding school

for students aged 11-18

The Headteacher will speak in the

Main Hall at 5.30pm and 7.00pm

The Headteacher will speak in the Main Hall

at 5.30pm and 7.00pm

Unlocking potential Inspiring futures

www.burford.oxon.sch.uk 01993 823283 (Boarding) 01993 823303 (Day)

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Open Day

Wednesday

6th October

An outstanding education

at the heart of the Cotswolds

Visit our website for Open Day

and Open Evening details

www.cotswold.gloucs.sch.uk

The Cotswold School, The Avenue, Bourton-on-the-Water, GL54 2BD

STEAM INTERACTIVE 2021

Mark Budge, STEAM co-ordinator at Leighton Park School,

reflects on the success of STEAM Interactive 2021, a virtual

outreach event designed to engage young pupils in science,

technology, engineering, the arts, and maths

According to the World Economic Forum, the three most important

skills for the future are creativity, problem solving and critical thinking.

At Leighton Park, these are the skills we focus on in STEAM. Making

creativity explicit is why we include the arts in STEM to make

STEAM. It is this focus that is also the key to encouraging more girls

to study STEM subjects and enter into STEM careers.

During this year’s British Science Week, we hosted STEAM

Interactive 2021, an outreach event attended by over 100 students

from 18 primary and prep schools. Pupils had the opportunity to tune

in to five interactive workshops, live Q&As, a keynote speech on The

Future of Technology and six STEAM Stories, presenting the STEAM

journeys of experienced industry professionals. The event was

delivered through the school’s website, with links to pre-recorded

workshop sessions on YouTube and live Q&As on Zoom. There was

also an Art & Engineering themed competition for students to enter

using their work from the sessions on Monday and Thursday.

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“Our commitment to educational partnerships is a key aspect of our

work at Leighton Park,” commented Natasha Coccia, assistant head:

outreach and partnerships. “We work with state schools to help raise

engagement and progress in a range of subjects, but as a STEAM hub

a real highlight of the academic year is our work with KS2 students in

the area of STEAM through our Big Bang Interactive event which is

usually in the spring term. This year’s event has taken a different form

and gone online but has enabled us to reach even more participants.

We are thrilled with this level of engagement during the week that

schools have reopened across England. A particularly exciting feature

this year is our focus on women in STEAM, with our guest panellists

from Rutherford Appleton Laboratories, Design Nature, Ethical

Reading and David Ross Educational Trust.”

The sessions, which included the opportunity to construct a pop-up

stage set, build a geodesic dome, witness a sheep’s heart dissection,

undertake experiments with exercise and pulse, and send messages in

morse code, certainly went down well with the pupils involved.

Catherine Reeves, from Evendons Primary School, enthused about

the Art & Engineering workshop: “All the children from Year 4 to Year 6

were fascinated by the amount of weight the egg could withstand - we

had a ‘sweepstake’ for the vertical test to add to the excitement and

they loved it. It was the perfect combination of suspense, excitement and

a challenging collaborative activity. Thank you!”

Philly Hatton-Evans, from Waverley School, from the sixth form

CTECH Sport students called ‘At the Heart of It’: “I just wanted to

say thank you to Leighton Park for organising such an exciting and

interactive STEAM week. The children have absolutely loved it so far

and it has made the first week back in school even more exciting. I

also wanted to say how impressive the sixth form pupils were just

now on the live Q&A session. They spoke with great knowledge and

confidence of their subject and the children here were completely

gripped by the session. It is clear that they love their subject and the

school.”


Girls’ schools today

Donna Stevens, chief executive of the Girls’ Schools Association, on the reality of girls’ schools today

Girls’ schools are very much alive and well

and a thriving part of the UK’s education

provision. But don’t just take my word for

it - take a look at the evidence and visit your

local girls’ school.

Around half a million secondary school

aged children are educated in single-sex

schools in England, a significant proportion

of all school aged children. What is perhaps

more interesting is that the majority are

in girls’ schools, meaning co-ed schools

typically have more boys than girls.

What this means in practice is that girls’

schools, and the benefits they bring,

attract significant numbers of girls and

their parents. I know from talking to head

teachers that parents who set aside any

lingering assumptions to visit their local

girls’ school are frequently bowled over by

the contemporary, lively and highly relevant

education that’s on offer.

Girls-only schools provide freedom from

gender stereotypes, where girls can grow

into themselves without feeling under

pressure to conform to gender-weighted

expectations. New research+ has shown

that girls in girls’ schools are also more

confident and emotionally in control - these

are environments which enable girls to grow

in confidence so that, when it’s time, they

are better placed to take on the demands of

the adult world.

Academically, data from the Department

for Education shows that pupils in girls’

schools perform better at both key stages

4 and 5, which equates to GCSE and A

Level in the English school system. In girls’

schools there is no such thing as a girls’

subject or a boys’ subject and girls are

free to follow their inclinations with little

of the pressure they might otherwise feel.

The results are evident, with girls’ school

students significantly more likely to study

STEM (science, technology, engineering &

maths) subjects – nearly three times more

likely for physics and further maths and

almost twice as likely for computer science.

On average, girls in girls’ schools also

achieve almost a grade higher at A Level

than girls who attend co-ed schools.

Girls’ school students are more likely to take

up sport, which isn’t surprising when you

consider that, with only girls in the gym and

on the sports field, their physical confidence

has space to grow. Every girl has every

opportunity to become a leader, a form

captain, a Head of House. They learn not

just how to shoulder responsibility, but also

how to take risks, inspire and lead others.

Our schools see the fruits of this all the

time. Students win awards and go on

to become confident, high achievers in

business, the arts, academia, and sport.

Among our alumnae our Economist editorin-chief

Zanny Minton-Beddoes, actress

and activist Emma Watson, Everyone’s

Invited activist Soma Sara, anthropologist

and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts,

award-winning astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn

Bell Burnell, Olympic champions Alex

Danson MBE and Helen Glover MBE, and

Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Robinson

MBE.

The school you choose for your daughter

has to feel right. We are fortunate, in the UK,

to have an excellent choice of schools of all

shapes, sizes and locations. The fact that

girls’ schools continue to thrive in such a

diverse environment is an indication of their

great strength and expertise in giving girls a

highly relevant, 21st century education.

Main image: Withington Girls’ School

Bottom left: St James School

Below right: Norwich High School for

Girls

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START HERE,

GO ANYWHERE...

www.beachborough.com

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There is no Wi-fi

in the woods at

Hatherop

The adventure of childhood, is integrated

into everything we do at Hatherop.

Children are often found building bug houses, role playing in

dens or investigating science experiments from the top of our

new Treehouse Classroom. This time outside allows children to

connect with nature and understand more about the world, it

provides children with precious time to relax in peace and quiet

when school life becomes too stressful.

Children know the rules of being outside, ‘if the stick is longer

than your arm then it is not to be played with’. However, the

rules are simple and more emphasis is placed on teaching the

children to understand risk, and asses what they can safely

do. In a time when technology is all around us, the importance

of being outside, to a place where the Wi-Fi doesn’t reach, is

vital, it allows children to get back to basics and appreciate

the simple things in life, they can actually see how birds lay

their nests or how an earthworm moves, instead of clicking on

“Children here are happy

and confident and have a

true sense of belonging.”

Google and watching it on a screen.

In addition to the wonderful grounds, parents love the family

ethos at Hatherop, Mr Reed knows every single child and can

often be found teaching Prep 7 sports or reading Reception

a lovely book in the Stableyard. It is a small prep school with

tremendous grounds which for many parents find is the perfect

balance. Their child is not simply a number within the school

but a treasured and valued member of the Hatherop family

community.

In a time of such uncertainty, we feel so fortunate to have such a

wonderful school thriving. Children here are happy and confident

and have a true sense of belonging. We are certain this will

continue and look forward to another year of adventures at

Hatherop next year.

To find out more about how Hatherop could provide the perfect

education for your child, please visit our website and book

to come along to our open morning or a bespoke tour of our

wonderful school.

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Discover the

Dragon

The Dragon in Oxford has been

at the forefront of Prep education

in the UK since it was founded in

1877. This year marks an exciting

new chapter with the arrival of the

new Head, Emma Goldsmith.

The nurturing pre-Prep, where curiosity and creativity

are fostered in our youngest Dragons, is in the heart of

Summertown. The Prep has an idyllic setting just a short

walk from the centre of the beautiful university city, with

playing fields rolling down to the River Cherwell. The Dragon

is a happy, vibrant, relaxed community where boys and girls

discover and develop their talents both within the classroom

and beyond.

Dedicated and inspiring teachers encourage a love of learning

and get to know each child as an individual. The breadth of

opportunity is incredible and Dragon life is busy and fun.

Saturday mornings have been transformed as an exciting

enrichment programme, Dragon QUEST, has replaced

compulsory academic lessons. Children learn new skills,

broaden their horizons and dare to try new things. The choice

of activities ranges from bike mechanics, calligraphy or cultural

walks in Oxford to debating, first aid or paddle boarding.

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This holistic approach to education has proved incredibly

popular with children, staff and parents alike.

The Dragon offers full, weekly (a Dragon bus from London

on Sunday evenings) or flexi boarding and the family style

boarding houses offer a true ‘home from home’ where children

can relax. Boarding helps children to develop independence,

confidence and make lasting friendships and doing so in

Years 7 and 8 is an ideal preparation for those looking to

board at senior school. Leavers go on to an impressive list of

destinations and about a third of the year group typically gain

academic and/or specialist awards. There is a strong sense of

community amongst Old Dragons and the School is very proud

of their successes and loyalty.

Our admissions process is detailed on the website and

we encourage families to visit us in Oxford. Means-tested

bursaries are available at Year 4. Please do contact

admissions@dragonschool.org or call 01865 315405

Discover

the Dragon

An extraordinary day and boarding

Prep School where boys and girls

discover and develop their talents

inside the classroom and beyond.

Visit our website for more information on:

- Full, weekly and flexi boarding options

- Dragon QUEST enrichment programme

- Means-tested transformational bursaries

To make an enquiry please contact

the Admissions team on 01865 315 405

or admissions@dragonschool.org

Dragon School, Bardwell Road, Oxford, OX2 6SS

dragonschool.org

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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

HAMILTON?

It was originally in North Devon Parks

department that I did my apprenticeship

and then I went to work for Geoff when I

was 21 years old and 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 and nursery, so he’s

got Barnsdale 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

and 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.

Recently I 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

you talk to in the industry says that

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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 and 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 7:30am 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 can’t 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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WEEDS The beauty and use of 50 vagabond plants - by Gareth Richards

Weeds are nature’s first responders, healing the wounds that man

inflicts upon the earth. They valiantly bring life back into even the

most polluted land, pushing green shoots of raw ecological power

through tarmac and concrete on abandoned sites.

The cheerful daisy in the pavement crack - or even, dare it be said,

the buddleia that turns derelict buildings into butterfly havens.

Countless plants that we dismiss as weeds have amazing powers.

Every weed has some redeeming qualities.

When the chips are down, weeds come to the rescue. You cut

yourself miles from home on a country walk, there are several

weeds you can reach for to help stop the bleeding - and they even

have antibacterial properties too. We might have lost much of our

countryside but a select band of plants paint the grey concrete

green again. They are a defiant echo of the wild.

In an age of extinctions, weeds offer hope: their very existence is

continual proof of nature’s resilience. Yet we are so often blind to

their beauty. “The notion that a plant is a weed is the most effective

barrier for stopping us looking at it closely” wrote acclaimed

naturalist Richard Mabey first published almost 50 years ago.

Does being native matter? Our perceptions are very much a

question of time: many of our most-loved wildflowers such as

field poppies and cornflowers are technically just as ‘non-native’

as Japanese knotweed, yet because they’ve been here for many

hundreds of years we’ve grown to appreciate and even love them.

Pinning down the native ranges of weeds is a tricky business. Often

they’ve been around mankind for so long that their precise origins

are unknown. Furthermore, the ever-accelerating rate of climate

change means that in Britain our definition of native and nonnative

(one that seeks to freeze our flora into what it was like many

thousands of years ago) is looking more irrelevant by the day.

Only humans make

weeds. Nature abhors

a vacuum. Bare soil

exists rarely in nature,

yet we strive to create

it by ploughing,

digging our gardens

and constructing

buildings and roads.

If we hadn’t created

these ecological

vacuums, these

empty spaces,

there wouldn’t be

nearly so many

weeds. They are

simply trying to

heal our scars on

Mother Nature’s

green skin.

About the

Author:

Gareth Richards is

Digital Features Editor at RHS

and delivers the RHS podcast. Gareth has provided

horticulture expertise for a leading nursery, the BBC, ITV and Bauer

Media.

The Royal Horticultural Society is Britain’s premier gardening charity,

promoting horticulture and helping gardeners by providing inspiration

through its shows, gardens and expertise.

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THE HOME

hit list

JOBS TO TACKLE THIS AUTUMN

SEASONAL

REFRESH

PROPERTY MOT

Home maintenance is a year-round

endeavour, but these are the top jobs

to get sorted before the worst of the

winter weather sets in:

CHECK ALL DOOR/WINDOW

SEALS FOR DRAUGHTS

Check that existing seals are still

intact and repair any cracks or holes

that have formed. For a quick and

easy solution, fit doors with draught

excluders to keep rooms warm and to

prevent energy wastage.

CHECK YOUR BOILER

Have a boiler service and check the

system is running efficiently. Many

people put off replacing older boilers,

but you will save money in energy with

more efficient models. If you have one,

make sure your external condenser

pipe is well insulated.

CLEAR GUTTERS

Clear gutters and drainpipes of leaf

debris to reduce the chance of leaks.

Also be sure to check drains for

blockages - prevention is better than

fixing it on a cold night!

CHECK THE OUTSIDE

Look over all external masonry,

checking for cracks, gaps around

windows or issues with roof. Make

sure your front door closes snugly (and

make sure your property is secure

whilst you’re at it).

INSULATION

Insulate your pipes (burst pipes cause

huge damage). Make sure your loft

insulation is adequate and look into

cavity wall insulation, which can

save hundreds ££ on energy bills.

If you can, look into upgrading the

efficiency of your windows with triple

or secondary glazing.

Why is it that we save all the

property redecoration for when we

are getting ready to move? How

about giving your rooms some

TLC with a fresh lick of paint and

swapping in some new accessories

to update the palette.

Try switching out cooler grey tones

for warmer neutrals and introducing

more natural materials like linen,

leather and wood - this means you

can use your base furniture pieces,

and just give them a lift with new

decorative items.

DIY panelling is another huge

trend which is helping people give

rooms a completely new look for

less - why not try adding a wall to a

bedroom in a strong contrast colour

for maximum impact?

PRACTICAL

HOME-WORKING

It looks as though working from home,

or at least a hybrid, flexible model is

here to stay. With that in mind, many

of us are choosing to carve out proper

working spaces instead of balancing on

the end of the kitchen table.

Investing in a proper desk and chair

are fundamental - it’s well known that

sitting for long periods on chairs not

specifically designed for desk work can

cause long-lasting pain.

For desks, there are lots of options for

built-in models into wall space or even

stand up desks. If you don’t have the

space for a full office room, you can

still find inventive ways to incorporate a

desk into wardrobe areas or even into

cupboards, meaning the workspace

can be neatly tucked away at the end

of the day and the space can resume

its original purpose. Storage is another

essential element to stop work admin

spilling out into home life.

Finally, take some time to make your

work space look homely - it stops it

from feeling transitory. Hang some

prints, invest in some greenery or buy

some soft furnishings like cushions

or blankets to make it feel like an

extension of your home.

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with a spacious and totally separate home office, you can find it at Jubilee

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WOOD BURNING STOVES

The importance of wood as an efficient, renewable and low carbon energy source

Wood burners vs Open fires: the stats:- There are few things in life

more comforting and mesmerising than the long, lazy flames and

crackling sound of a freshly lit wood fire, however, there is some

confusion surrounding the impact of wood burning stoves on the

environment and the efficiency and sustainability of firewood as a

fuel source.

With air quality an ever growing issue, especially in urban areas, it

is vital that government, stove manufacturers, dealerships and fuel

suppliers alike, work together to educate Brits that by following

best practice and making the right choices when it comes to wood

burners and fuel, stove owners can ensure that they are getting the

best possible performance from their appliance whilst also playing

their part in protecting the environment.

Contrary to popular opinion, when used and maintained correctly,

the right appliance can provide an efficient, cost effective and

sustainable domestic heating solution. Likewise, firewood is a highly

efficient and low-carbon energy source.

Why is wood a good fuel option?

Unlike coal or natural gas, wood is a low-carbon fuel. This means

that burning wood results in a relatively small net release of carbon

dioxide into the atmosphere, which is then re-absorbed when new

trees grow. This effectively balances out the combustion of bio-energy.

Wood is renewable in that a tree cut for fuel will naturally be replaced

by a younger tree that grows or is planted in its place. However,

it is also important to consider the concept of sustainable forest

management; both locally and worldwide…

Most firewood is produced from thinning the forest to provide

space, nutrition and light for thicker, more established trees to

prosper. Localised coppicing helps to ensure ‘low fuel miles’ as

wood is transported to areas nearby, within a 30 to 100 mile radius,

rather than sourced from forests abroad.

How efficient is wood burning?

Using firewood contributes to fuel independence as it can nearly

always be sourced locally, within a 30-100-mile radius, which means

it extremely efficient in fuel miles terms and those purchasing

firewood are also supporting the local economy.

In the case of rural properties that do not necessarily want to heat all

spaces at all times, local space heating using firewood is the most

efficient heating solution.

Just two logs per hour are required to keep a wood burner going,

whilst eight logs are needed to burn for an hour in an open fire.

Similarly, a wood burning stove is 60 percent more efficient at

heating the home as heat transfer is convected into the room rather

than being lost up the chimney in the case of conventional open

When changing from smokeless or mineral fuels to burning wood,

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New government legislation means that when we’re ready to

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Alternatively, if you use Manufactured Solid Fuel (MSF) - a fuel

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petroleum products with other ingredients – these must also be

certified and labelled as Ready to Burn, proving that they meet

specified limits for smoke emissions and sulphur content.

The Ready to Burn certified fuel scheme is backed by Defra

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Helen Bentley Fox, Director at Woodsure, said: “Using fuel that’s

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quality, these fuels will also burn more efficiently and are better

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after a diagnosis of dementia

What are the next steps?

A diagnosis of dementia can be a big shock

- for the person with the condition, and their

family. It can be difficult to know what to

do, what decisions need to be made, who

to tell, what support is available and what

happens next.

There can either be a lot of information

given to you at the time of diagnosis, or not

very much at all. Either way, whatever is

said to you at the time of diagnosis can be

forgotten in this emotional and challenging

time.

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia

support for families through the Admiral

Nurse service. Admiral Nurses give families

the compassionate one-to-one support,

expert guidance and practical solutions

they need to face dementia with more

confidence.

The families they work with want a simple

checklist of what to ask, what to do and

who to approach - so the important next

steps are clearly outlined in one place,

with links to more detailed information to

consider later, when it’s needed.

The Dementia UK next steps checklist:-

This checklist has been written by dementia

specialist Admiral Nurses, to help in the

early days after you or your family member

has received a diagnosis of dementia.

For each item on the checklist, there is a

further link to additional information, as

and when you need it. If you don’t have

access to the internet, you can contact the

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for more

information and support

Ask whether there will be a follow up

appointment after the diagnosis.

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If yes, who will you see? How often? Who

makes this appointment?

Who will be your main point of contact?

Who will be responsible for coordinating

subsequent care and support?

Please record these details and your notes

in the Dementia UK Practical guide to

get the best out of GP and other health

appointments.

Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-

Health and welfare.

Property and financial affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a

legal document, nominating a person to

make decisions on behalf of a person with

dementia, if and when the time comes

that they no longer have the capacity to

make these decisions themselves. It is

very important to fill in and register an LPA

for both health and welfare, and property

and financial affairs, while the person with

dementia still has the capacity to do so.

Discuss plans and wishes for the future

with your family, including:-

Your wishes regarding your future care.

Your wishes regarding your future medical

treatment.

Your hopes about your involvement with

activities.

An Advance Care Plan is a document that

outlines a person’s future wishes for their

care and medical treatment.

Apply for a Carers’ Assessment

Anyone with caring responsibilities for a

person with dementia is entitled to a Carers’

Assessment, to be carried out by their

Local Authority. The Assessment will look

at the impact that caring for a person with

dementia is having, and will then identify

the type and level of support that is needed.

This could include some care for the person

with dementia, some training or some help

coming in to the home. You will need to

request the Assessment from your Local

Authority.

Apply for all of the relevant financial

support you are entitled to:-

People with dementia and their family

carers are entitled to various benefits,

tax discounts or financial support. It is

important to make sure you are receiving all

of the financial help you are entitled to.

Organise your home so it helps you live

safely and independently

There are lots of simple, practical steps

that can be taken to help a person with

dementia to be safe and comfortable in

their home.

Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency (DVLA) and your vehicle

insurance company your diagnosis

People with a diagnosis of dementia do not

automatically have to give up their driving

licence – but you do need to take certain

steps to make sure you are insured and

abiding by the law.

Inform your employer about the

diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with dementia and still

working, it is very important that you tell

your employer, so that steps can be taken

to support you in your job, if possible.

Similarly, if you are caring for someone with

dementia, telling your employer about your

changing responsibilities will help you plan

together, so that you can continue working

and caring as effectively as possible.

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visit www.dementiauk.org.


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RETIREMENT

PLANNING:

A GUIDE

Katie Thomson shares tips

for getting your financial

ducks in a row for a happy

retirement...

Retirement planning is a multi-faceted

process which evolves over time - to

have a comfortable and secure future,

you have to have the means to fund

it. Fewer people have access to the

guaranteed income that comes with a

final salary pension, and with longer to

wait until eligibility for the state pension,

it’s pertinent to start planning as early as

possible for the retirement you want. The

better prepared you are now, the better

your retirement will be.

There are many strands to retirement

planning, and much of it depends on

your stage of life. It’s important to seek

advice from a registered financial planner

who can help you make the most of your

unique circumstances.

There are some handy way points to help

you get a grasp on where you are and

what you will need - here’s a checklist of

things to consider:

Understand what your retirement

income is likely to be:

You will be adding to your pension fund

during your working life, but it’s important

you get a handle on your various pension

pots to forecast the actual figure you will

have access to.

Check your state pension:

The rising state pension age can have a

real knock-on effect to your retirement

planning - a state pension forecast will

help you to gauge how much you’re on

course to get from the government.

Get an understanding of your

expenditure:

Having an idea of your expenditure will

help you plan longer-term. Your living

costs are likely to be a lot lower than

in other phases of life - you might be

mortgage-free and you don’t have the

same costs for commuting, recreation or

childcare for example.

You may wish to improve your home

or go on some amazing trips, so it’s

important you know you have the

financial reserves to do this.

When should you start drawing a

pension?

You don’t have to stop working to draw

down your pension - as long as you

are over the age of 55 - but be aware,

the sooner you start dipping into it, the

sooner the pot will deplete.

How much will retirement cost?

This is the golden question, and really

depends on the level of comfort or luxury

you are looking for in your autumn years.

A recent Which? study found that the

average retired household (those living

alone or as couples) spent an around

£2,170 per month - this is covering all

the basic areas of expenditure and some

luxuries like European holidays. Those

looking for a more luxurious lifestyle

including longer-haul trips and new cars

every five years would need to allow

for approximately £3,400 per month, or

£41,000 per year.

Once you have a framework for the

amount you’ll need, and what you are

on track for saving, you also need to

consider how you will access your

pension pots - these might be state

pension, a final salary pension and a

money purchase/defined contribution

pension.

With your defined contribution pot,

such as the one you might get in the

government employee scheme, you can

draw the entire pension pot in one go,

but this will mean it’s entirely down to

you to make the money last and you’ll

invariably pay a substantial tax bill. Most

people with these pensions will opt for

income drawdown or an annuity, or a

combination of both when it comes

taking money out of their pension.

With careful planning and accurate

forecasting, your retirement can be

something to really look forward to, but

it is essential to make an assessment of

your position as early as possible and

use the advice of experts to make your

money work harder for you.

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In a life that is full of twists and turns, Broadway

Financial Planning is here to help you find your

way. Since 1994, our caring and experienced

Financial Planning professionals have been doing

just that, delivering a truly bespoke, award-winning

service to clients who want to get the most out of

life and their money.

Our clients tell us it’s the peace of mind of knowing

that they have someone they can trust to look after

their affairs that means the most. Phillip and Anna

were such clients…

Philip and Anna came to see BFP because they

wished to explore the options available to them if

Philip stopped working prior to his originally chosen

retirement date of 65. In their late fifties, Philip had

recently suffered a minor heart attack and they both

recognised that it was necessary for him to either

reduce his working hours or stop working altogether if

he was going to live long enough to enjoy their desired

retirement.

Philip had worked for a number of firms during

the course of his career and, when we met, held a

management role that could offer flexible hours if

required. Anna had not worked as she had been

raising their family. Through his various jobs, Philip had

accrued a number of pension plans and he struggled

to understand the benefits available to him following all

of the pension changes and legislation. They still had

a mortgage on their home, savings and investments

of approximately £200,000. Their children were selfsufficient

and keen to see their parents enjoy a long

and happy retirement.

Challenges facing Philip and Anna

Philip and Anna were unsure what income might be

available from the pensions if he took early retirement

now and whether this would be sustainable in the

future.

Philip was aware that annuity rates remained very low

and wanted to know what other options were available

to him, particularly in light of “pension freedom”. He

found the number of pension plans he had accrued

whether the investment strategy remained suitable in

light of their revised objectives.

Philip and Anna were keen to repay the mortgage

a soon as possible although they wanted to try and

maintain considerable savings if possible for that “rainy

day”.

How BFP helped

We reviewed Philip and Anna’s income and

expenditure requirements on the basis that Philip

reduced his working hours considerably.

We explained the various income options available

to Philip and Anna including drawing down on their

savings for the short-term, deferring the pension

benefits for as long as affordable and taking a more

flexible approach to receiving income from the

pensions at a time that was right for them.

We advised Philip to consolidate the pensions into one

plan which would then adopt an investment strategy

better suited to his requirements and reflected the

amount of risk they felt comfortable in taking.

We showed them that the tax-free lump sum

potentially available to Philip on his retirement was

sufficient to repay the mortgage.

We helped them rearrange their mortgage on a fixed

rate basis and demonstrated that the repayments

were affordable until Philip’s retirement.

Benefits of working with BFP

Philip and Anna had the peace of mind that the various

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TONIQ On Demand

ADVERTISING FEATURE

We caught up with personal trainer Arron Collins-Thomas to find out about his new

online fitness offering, expanded from his very successful gym TONIQ...

Your gym, with its fully-rounded approach to health and

lifestyle, has made national news for its incredible client

results – what will the app offer?

At TONIQ we recognise that good health is more than just

regular workouts, it encompasses taking care of every aspect

of your body. We have created a solution where everything from

nutrition, mindfulness, amazing workouts, yoga and more is

available with guidance from fantastic trainers and experts in

one place.

Not only this, but as part of TOD you have access to your own

coach, ensuring that you have someone you can speak to, to

keep you on track and accountable as well as supporting you

throughout.

We have had some incredible results over the past few years at

TONIQ and we want to be able to bring those results to more

people. With the app we aim to give anyone, anywhere in the

world, a taste of the TONIQ-life.

As a TONIQ On Demand member you get to join the incredible

community online, have access to our on demand workouts as

well as live workouts, Q&As and educational talks. We have an

incredible coaching team with a huge array of skills to bring to

you including yoga, qigong, nutrition and mindfulness.

The main workouts are written based on what we are up to at

TONIQ in any given training block and a new phase of workouts

launches every 6 weeks on the app as well as regular bonus

content to keep the training varied and inspiring.

Can you get a good experience with online coaching?

Are you accountable and is it personalised?

With TOD you have a designated TONIQ coach who you speak

to on a one to one basis. When you first sign up with us you

will have a call to help you set up your accountability sheets,

help you curate your workout schedule and set you on the

right nutrition plan for you. Then every month you get another

call with your coach to help keep you on track and answer any

questions you may have. Accountability is key if you really want

to get results and that is one of the reasons why TONIQ has

been so successful.

Are the classes accessible no matter your fitness level?

Some of us are self-conscious about going to the gym or

nervous in COVID times.

No matter what your levels of fitness we can help you. Our

expert coach will advise what level to start at for you and

how hard to push yourself in the first consultation you have

with them. It will be based around your fitness and any health

concerns, so you can feel secure in the fact that you won’t be

over training or causing yourself any harm by taking part in our

programs.

For people who aren’t ready for the gym again yet or who are

self conscious TONIQ On Demand is the perfect choice. You get

personal trainer support and expert written workouts, all from

the comfort of your own home.

You also get to join a great online community who share their

experiences and help support each other to get the results they

desire.

TONIQ ON DEMAND

MORE THAN A WORKOUT

Join our community from anywhere, at anytime with

TONIQ on Demand, our app gives you access to:

Personalised plans developed with expert coaches.

Nutrition plans based on your needs and goals.

Monthly 121 check in calls with an expert coach.

Extensive library of classes including SWEAT, STRONGER,

BURN and CHILL.

Visit TONIQLIFE.COM to find out more


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