Henley and Marlow 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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A

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

delicious Ireland

bake from expert Richard Bertinet

“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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Planning for a

happy retirement

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Richard Bertinet

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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.

It wouldn’t be right to have an

edition without one of our most

popular pages - the competitions!

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We are looking forward to seeing

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.

Katie

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Wooburn Festival 2021

Music, Visual Arts, Talks & Film

Lunchtime Concerts

Mondays 27 Sept, 4 Oct,

11 Oct, 18 Oct at 1.10pm

All Saints Church

8 Castle Street

High Wycombe HP13 6RZ

Come & Sing

Beethoven

Missa Solemnis

Saturday 25 September

The Beaconsfield School,

Wattleton Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1 SJ

Charles Crichfon

an Illustrated talk

by Quentin Falk

about his new book,

'Charles Crichton', director of films

from The Lavender Hill Mob to A

Fish called Wanda

Monday 27 September at 7.30pm

Conversation with Hellen

Cullen

Helen talks to Quentin about her

new book 'The Truth Must Dazzle

Gradually'

Wednesday 29 September at 7.30pm

both talks at Bourne End Library,

Wakeman Road, Bourne End SLB 5SX

Evening Concert

Braimah Kanneh-Mason

violin with piano

- accompaniment

Friday 8 October at 8pm

• · St Paul's Parish Church,

Wooburn

HP10 0PW

Wooburn Singers

Saturday 16 October at 7.30pm

All Saints Church, Marlow SU 2AA

Directed by Tom Hammond-Davies,

the Wooburn Singers will be

performing well-known choral pieces

in this church by the River Thames

Visual Arts Exhibition

Featuring Rachel Wright

raHt-;U!I• Sat 9 Oct to Sat 16 Oct

=---•-- St Paul's Parish Church, Church Hall,

Wooburn HP10 0PW

Oboe

Monday 11 October

8pm

St Paul's Parish

Church, Wooburn

HP10 0PW

ctober

1- 6pm

11am to 6p

11am to 8pm

11am to 4pm

Gluck - Orpheus ed Euridice

Mascagni - Zanetto

Saturday 2 October at 7.30pm

Bourne End Community Centre,

Wakeman Road, Bourne End

SLB 5SX

Film Night The Farewell

BAFTA nomination for best

foreign language film

Sunday 10 October at 7.30pm

(TBC)

National Film & TV School, Station

Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1 LG

Evening Concert

with

The Heath Quartet

Friday 15 October at 8pm

St Paul's Parish Church,

Wooburn HP10 0PW

Jazz Supper

Christian Garrick - violin David Gordon - piano

Alec Dankworth - bass Tom Hooper - drums

Saturday 23 October at 8pm

The Curzon Centre, Maxwell Road, Beaconsfield HP9 1 RG

For more information and on line box office visit www.wooburn.com

You can also book tickets by phoning 07395 649215 from 1 August


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.

RHS Weeds - The Beauty and use of 50 vagabond plants is

published by Welbeck

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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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Awarded Best Co-Ed School

South East England

An Independent Prep School

for Boys and Girls aged 3-13

Transport service available

Day or weekly & full boarding options

Learn more at www.leightonpark.com

co-educational • independent • 11-18 years • Reading, Berks

Education & Training Awards

Please visit our website to learn more

www.dolphinschool.com

Alternatively, contact Kate Spooner

admissions@dolphinschool.com

0118 934 1277

Waltham Road, Hurst, Berkshire, RG10 0FR

Herries Co-Ed Preparatory

School & Nursery from 2 - 11 years

Promoting

Sportsmanship

Opening doors to your child’s future...

Bucks 11+ tuition in small groups

from year 5 onwards


I have no hesitation in recommending Alison to

anybody who wishes their children to have private

“tuition.- Mrs Cindy Bull, Chinnor

1 Chequers Lane Cottage, Cadmore End,

High Wycombe, Bucks, HP14 3PG

01494 883152 Mob: 07951 068966

alison.taylor@pass11plus.co.uk

From cheering on the sidelines to leading the pack,

children at Herries learn good sportsmanship at

Bisham Abbey’s world class National Sports Centre.

Skills which last a lifetime.

To take a tour of Herries visit

www.herries.org.uk/admissions/make-an-enquiry

11+ Centre • Music Suite • Weekly outdoor activities at

Longridge • Wraparound care from 7.30am - 6.00pm

01628 483350 | admissions@herries.org.uk | www.herries.org.uk

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Opportunities

galore

Moulsford is a thriving independent

day and boarding Prep School for boys

aged 4-13 years set on the banks of the

River Thames in South Oxfordshire...

Moulsford offers boys superb opportunities for learning whilst

having fun, with a restructured curriculum designed not only to

prepare boys for senior schools, but also to ensure they have

the skills for life beyond. The curriculum promotes intellectual

agility, encourages them to think and analyse critically, makes

connections across the subjects and gives plenty of opportunity

for creativity and collaboration. The boys are encouraged to

build resilience by having a go, taking a well-thought-out risk,

and, on occasion, failing. Moulsford boys learn much more than

simply how to score highly in summative tests, and regurgitate

learned facts.

Through Moulsford’s Activities programme, the school aims

to offer opportunities to develop new skills and talents, whilst

becoming a conscientious citizen. Working towards the

Moulsford Award, boys can try magic tricks, bike maintenance,

cookery, bushcraft, photography, climbing, drama, sailing,

chess, pantomime, parkour, stand-up comedy, geocaching

and many more activities covering the five key elements of

performance and arts, community, self-development, adventure

and healthy living.

Moulsford’s reputation for sport remains extremely strong with

all boys in teams A to F regularly playing competitive matches.

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Major sports are football, rugby, hockey, cricket and athletics.

Minor sports have also seen significant successes in golf, skiing,

fencing and judo. Music and drama remain popular with roughly

three quarters of the boys from Years 3-8 playing an instrument.

Boys progress to the UK’s leading independent day and

boarding schools at 13+ including Abingdon, Eton, Harrow,

Magdalen College School, Marlborough, Radley, St Edward’s

Oxford, and Wellington.

The riverside setting provides a different dimension to prep

school life with kayaks, canoes, stand up paddleboards and

sailing dinghies all put to use. At Forest School there are

opportunities for fire building, whittling and making bows and

arrows.

At Moulsford there’s something for everyone with the aim of

finding that elusive activity that ignites a spark in every child

beyond the classroom.

BOYS WILL BE...determined

at Moulsford Prep day and boarding school of 370 boys aged 4 – 13 years

OPEN DAY

FRIDAY 24 SEPTEMBER, 10AM - 12PM AND 1PM - 3PM

SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER, 9AM - 12PM

To book a place, please email admissions@moulsford.com call 01491 651438 or visit our website

Moulsford Prep School, Moulsford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire OX10 9HR

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KIND HEARTS FIERCE MINDS STRONG SPIRITS

Queen Anne’s is an independent day & boarding school for

girls aged 11 to 18

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 11 September

Local transport network,

including Henley and Marlow

Book today:

qas.org.uk

Full and flexi boarding

options available

SIXTH FORM

OPEN EVENING

Thursday 30 September

London Paddington to

Reading in 26 minutes

Abingdon, Abingdon Oxfordshire

Visit Us

Individual visits available on request

Next whole school Open Day

Saturday 9 October

Please book via our website at

www.manorprep.org

or email admissions@manorprep.org

Challenge. Cherish. Inspire.

An outstanding independent day school for boys and girls aged 2-11

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OPEN DAY

DIARY

2021

Attending an open day is an

important part of choosing

your child’s school. It is your

chance to get a feel for the

school, inspect the facilities

and chat with pupils and

staff. It’s useful to visit more

than one school, even if you

think you have your heart

set on one in particular,

so you can compare and

contrast. Make sure you

book your spot today! Here

we list what’s going on this

Autumn...

HERRIES PREP SCHOOL

Every parent wants their child

to succeed and be happy.

Achieving this is a team effort

between teachers, parents

and the children. At Herries,

we work hard to help our

pupils find an area of strength

and arm them with the skills

they will need to work towards

this. Our lessons reflect the

Herries Values: Happiness,

Enthusiasm, Resilience,

Respect, Independence,

Excellence and Sincerity.

OPEN DAY DATES

Due to the current situation, If

you would like a private tour

of Herries Preparatory School

and Nursery please get in

touch.

01628 483350

herries.org.uk

MOULSFORD PREP

SCHOOL

Moulsford is an independent

Prep School of 370 boys aged

4 - 13 years, set in idyllic

grounds on the banks of the

Thames near Wallingford. We

want our boys to receive the

broadest possible education,

while remembering that they

will learn best when happy

and settled. Our familyfocussed

approach embraces

the fact that boys of this age

should be having fun at the

same time as learning.

OPEN DAY DATES

September 24 th , 10am-12pm

and 1pm-3pm

September 25th, 9am-12pm

01491 651438

moulsford.com

DOLPHIN SCHOOL

Dolphin is a modern and

forward-thinking independent,

coeducational school for

3-13 year olds in Hurst. At

the heart of our educational

practice is our Freedom to

Learn philosophy – the belief

that children learn best when

they are happy, confident

and inspired. At Dolphin,

individuality is celebrated,

relationships between teacher

and child are cherished,

curiosity about the world

abounds and children are

encouraged to discuss,

question and explore.

OPEN DAY DATES

Contact Kate Spooner

or email admissions@

dolphinschool.com to

arrange a tour, and meet with

Headmaster, Adam Hurst.

New Art studio & Library coming soon!

DAVENIES SCHOOL

LEIGHTON PARK SCHOOL

QUEEN ANNE’S SCHOOL

MANOR PREP SCHOOL

Davenies is a day preparatory

school for boys aged

4-13 situated in affluent

Beaconsfield, just 30miles from

London. Our own language of

learning cultivates a lifelong

eagerness for learning, whether

academic, creative, artistic or

sporting, and enterprises like

our unique Davenies Award

Scheme and the permeation

of technology in our teaching

and learning ensure a truly

independent educational

experience.

OPEN DAY DATES

Year 7 Open Evening:

October 4 th

Whole School Open Morning:

October 16 th

Leighton Park is a day and

boarding school for girls and

boys aged 11-18 and winner

of the Best Co-ed School

2021, South East England.

The UK Government’s latest

Sixth Form league tables

reveal Leighton Park to be

the best performing School

in Berkshire. We exist to

form young people of real

character and confidence,

with a determined desire to

change the world, reflecting

the school’s Quaker values.

OPEN DAY DATES

Annual Open Morning:

September 25 th 9am - 11am

Open Mornings: October 12 th

& November 9 th , 9.15am

In the heart of Caversham,

you’ll find Queen Anne’s

School, a day and boarding

school for girls aged 11-18.

The 35-acre site boasts stateof-the-art

facilities, including a

recording studio, sports centre

and award-winning Sixth

Form Centre. Queen Anne’s

is a Microsoft Showcase

School, this prestigious award

acknowledges the school’s

digital innovations in teaching

and learning.

OPEN DAY DATES

Open Morning: September 11 th

Sixth Form Open Evening:

September 30 th

Open Morning: November 19 th

Situated in Abingdon, the

Manor Preparatory School

is an independent co-ed

day school that welcomes

children aged 2-11. The school

has a wonderfully happy,

creative atmosphere where

every individual is valued

and nurtured to reach their

potential. The Manor’s most

recent ISI Inspection saw the

school receive the highest

possible rating of ‘Excellent’ in

all areas. Inspectors remarked

that “Pupils approach every

day with an overwhelming

passion to learn and develop.”

OPEN DAY DATES

October 9 th

November 10 th

01494 685400

davenies.co.uk

0118 987 9600

leightonpark.com

0118 918 7333

qas.org.uk

01235 858458

manorprep.org

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A caring and inclusive environment to which all boys contribute and within

which they thrive. Discover more by registering at www.davenies.co.uk

YEAR 7

OPEN EVENING

Monday 4 October 2021 from 6:00pm

WHOLE SCHOOL

OPEN MORNING

Saturday 16 October 2021 from 9:00am

01494 685400 • registrar@davenies.co.uk

Davenies School, Station Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 1AA

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A COUNTRYSIDE ESCAPE

Overlooking the River Thames from a beautiful

Buckinghamshire hilltop, Danesfield House Hotel

& Spa offers the perfect chance to take a break

from everything that’s happened over the last year

or so. Ben Hollis samples its delights...

Reputed to have been the site of

communities for up to 4000 years, it

wasn’t until 1750 that the site became

known as Danesfield, when the property

was bought by John Morton, son of Mrs

Morton who had previously rented the

house, with the name inspired by the

Danish adventurers who were believed

to have made an encampment there. In

1901, the original Georgian building was

re-designed, demolished and rebuilt in

the Italian Renaissance style you see

today.

Having seen it’s far share of action,

the site was requisitioned in 1941

and became a base to develop the

intelligence section of the Royal Air

Force. Danesfield House Hotel then

opened on 1st July 1991, on a site

already steeped in history.

Upon our arrival, our first welcome was

by the hotel cats, Mike & Matthew,

who peacefully roam the gardens and

who clearly weren’t put off by the

unfortunately timed rain which had

broken up the incredibly sunny day.

Despite the weather, the unloading of any

luggage is made much easier by the swift

access from the car park to the hotel,

following a fantastically colourful, flowerfilled

route.

Once shown to our room, the level of

luxury was clear. A far cry from our two

bedroom terraced house in which we’ve

spent most the last 18 months, the

spacious and contemporary apartment

feel was very much overshadowed by

the excitement at being able to watch

television in the bath - an array of

luxury bath products were a welcome

compliment to a soak, whilst watching

Antiques Roadshow!

Our Stable Courtyard room offered

separate bedroom and sitting room areas

and a bathroom with bath, shower and

twin sinks, ensuring enough room for

everyone, as well an array of lighting

options for the room.

Determined to make the most of what

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sanctuary and a gym, allowing for all

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whether you fancy going for a swim or

letting off some steam at one of their 30

weekly fitness classes.

After drying off, we headed for dinner

in The Oak Room. Designed by Modern

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decadence. The calm, relaxing

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Catering for all diets and boasting a

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elegant as the standard menu, yet equally

playful, it’s clear that a lot of thought has

gone into what is served, whether you’re

there for dinner, afternoon tea or

private dining, with seasonal produce

plentiful.

Once we’d had our fill, we opted to have

a slow stroll around the gardens. Still

bathed in the light of the early Summer

evening, the garden offers a real chance

to have a calming walk, experiencing

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the River Thames and even some

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When breakfast time came, The Orangery

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HIS

SUSTAINABLE

BREAD

HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

& BUTTER

Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the

UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking

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...

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*.

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.

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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.”

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.

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.

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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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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Get Ready to Burn

this autumn

When the nights draw in, there’s nothing like

cosying up in front of a woodburner but knowing

what fuel to burn is key to creating this ambience

as well as ensuring the fire burns safely and

efficiently without smoking, reducing the risk of

releasing harmful pollutants into the atmosphere...

New government legislation means that when we’re ready to

light our fires this year, we need to use wood that’s certified and

labelled as Ready to Burn. Ready to Burn woodfuel gives a better

burn because it’s proven to have a lower moisture content of up

to 20%, so it burns with less smoke than wetter wood, which in

turn also helps reduce pollution from burning.

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

manufactured from coal, wood, plant-derived materials, waxes or

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

which appointed the non-profit industry organisation HETAS

to certify Manufactured Solid Fuels (MSF) and its subsidiary

business, Woodsure, to certify woodfuel.

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

Ready to Burn will reduce particulate emissions and improve air

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

for your appliance and chimney, helping to reduce maintenance

and fuel costs.”

How to fuel a safe, efficient and

environmentally-responsible burn this autumn:

1. If you’re buying fuel for immediate use, look for the

Ready to Burn label. To find a trusted retailer visit

www.readytoburn.org or www.hetas.co.uk

2. If you buy a large amount of wood in bulk, suppliers selling

wood in over 2m3 must provide customers with advice on

how to store and season the fuel so that is it dry to burn

3. If you buy woodfuel from a small volume supplier (those

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Advice on how to dry wet wood and measure moisture

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IT’S A

GARDENERS’

WORLD

Adam Frost is an

award-winning British

garden designer,

television presenter and

motivational speaker.

Sally Thomson caught up

with him to discuss all

things green...

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.

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.

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 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.

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 the

hunger from last year is still there which is

great. I just hope in a way that stays.

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.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

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to do some presenting as they think I’m

half decent”. He said “Are you sure that’s

what you want to do?”. And I said “I don’t

know but I’ll give it a go!”. And here we

are now.

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

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BEFORE AUTUMN?

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you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

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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,

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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

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