Marlborough Living 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

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

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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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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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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?

British Food Fortnight, which takes place

on the 18th September to the 3rd of

October 2021, celebrates the best of British

cuisine across the public sector in schools,

hospitals, care homes and universities.

This year marks our 20th anniversary of

the national celebration and it is set to

be the biggest and most popular to-date

with communities and organisations such

as Silverstone, NHS trusts, Houses of

Parliament and many more across the

county taking part.

There are a host of ways that you

(consumers) can get involved, the easiest is

to ensure you are buying British food from

supermarkets and choosing British food

on menus when you eat out. In Waitrose’s

Food and Drink report 2021 they highlight

that 74% of British people want to see more

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

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In previous years hundreds of schools have

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In addition, now lockdown is over numerous

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country and you can check out what is

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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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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.

BBC Maestro with Richard Bertinet

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.

thebertinetkitchen.com

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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

www.waitrose.com

Calling

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).

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

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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.

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

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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Tips from the Kennel Club as how to enjoy a UK getaway with your dog this Autumn

As life has been returning to normal,

challenges might arise for those with a fourlegged

friend. Dogs became lifeline for so

many during lockdown and some owners

are now thinking about how they can

continue spending time with their furry pals

whilst re-discovering a bit of freedom.

Recent research from The Kennel Club*

shows that more than one in three (36 per

cent) of dog owners are worried about what

their pet will do if they can’t go with them

to the places where they usually socialise

and work following the easing of Covid-19

restrictions in the UK, and almost a quarter

(23 per cent) expressed fears about being

able to provide a suitable home for their dog

after lockdown.

The research also showed that many Brits

want to share more spaces, including pubs

and offices, with our four-legged friends.

Almost three in five (58 per cent) said they’d

like to see more places open for dogs,

and almost a half (47 per cent) agree there

currently aren’t enough dog-friendly places.

Owners and non-owners alike recognise

that establishments, many of which have

struggled during the pandemic, can benefit

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from being dog friendly, with 65 per cent

agreeing that more people will visit if their

dog can come too and that dogs make the

atmosphere friendlier (61 per cent).

To help tackle the potential welfare crisis

for a generation of dogs and support

businesses and workplaces that want to

welcome man’s best friend, The Kennel

Club has launched its Open for Dogs

campaign, and has rounded up top tips

for owners who want to enjoy autumn

adventures time with their four-legged

friends:

Furry punters

- Always check the dog-friendly status of

places you are planning to visit

- Consider if your dog is ready and trained

to visit new places, and prepared to be

surrounded by other people and dogs.

If you are only introducing your dog to

situations like these, start with a short visit

and increase the length over time

- Make sure that your dog is well-behaved

and can happily sit and stay

- Feed and exercise your dog before visiting

a pub or other establishment so they can

settle

- Make sure you bring treats and toys for

your dog in case you need to distract them,

and don’t forget poo bags too

- Keep an eye on your dog to make sure

they are relaxed, safe and comfortable, and

make sure they are not giving other guests

unwanted attention

Travel companion

- Check the rules about travelling with a dog

on your chosen mode of transport

- Travel during quieter periods, avoiding

rush hour, and always travel during cooler

times to prevent hot weather dangers

- Make sure your dog has time to go the

toilet and enough exercise so they will settle

for the journey

- Bring a dog lead, collar and ID tag as well

as treats, toys, poo bags, and water with

a bowl

- Always keep your dog on a short lead

close to you

Keeping safe

- Make sure to keep an eye on your dog

whilst on a walk - several autumn plants

and seeds including acorns and conkers

are poisonous to dogs

- Autumn is also time where dogs can come

across larger numbers of fungi and some

can be extremely dangerous for dogs.

- Common signs of poisoning in dogs

include being sick, dribbling, and diarrhoea.

If you think your dog is poisoned, contact a

vet immediately and never try to make your

dog sick

- Ticks are also active during autumn

months, so make sure you check your dog

for ticks thoroughly after walking in the

countryside. Ticks must be removed slowly

and carefully - if you are not sure how to

remove them correctly, consult your vet

To find out more about The Kennel Club’s

Open for Dogs campaign and for more tips

how to enjoy free time with your four-legged

friend this autumn visit thekennelclub.org.

uk/openfordogs

* Figures based on survey of 2,001 general

consumer and dog owner respondents, carried

out for The Kennel Club’s Open for Dogs

campaign by Censuswide, in June 2021.


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achievements enabled by a remarkable,

supportive educational environment that

engenders hard work and the desire to get

involved. Pupils feel free to be themselves,

flourishing academically and as individuals.

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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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CROCHETING

FOR CHARITY

Over the past year and throughout lockdowns,

Year 12 girls doing their Silver and Gold DofE

volunteering at St Mary’s Calne have been working

very hard to make beautiful crochet blankets to raise

money for The Harbour Project in Swindon.

The Harbour Project helps and supports those who

have risked their lives, families and homes fleeing war

and persecution, giving friendship and hope for the

future since the Kosovo crisis. The Head Girl’s Team

at St Mary’s had selected The Harbour Project as the

charity to support during the academic year 2020-21.

The girls have previously raised money for the charity

by designing and selling tracksuit bottoms and,

at Christmas, the staff had donated money to the

charity and signed a giant Christmas card for them.

The girls also crocheted poppy brooches to raise money

for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2020.

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MEET THE HEAD

We chat to Head of Pinewood

School, Neal Bailey...

We often hear it said that children are much more adaptable

than adults – how have the children impressed you in this

regard over the past few months?

Playing outdoors for children is crucial for many reasons: the

importance of physical exercise, having unstructured time to

amuse themselves, taking risks, socialising with other children,

and appreciating their surroundings. At Pinewood the children

spend hours in the beautiful grounds, collaborating with their

peers to promote child-initiated imagination and creativity.

It is during these precious times when ideas are planned

and nurtured through discussion, negotiation and dialogue.

Disagreement, conflict and finding resolution strategies between

the children are all part of the learning process when taking risks

and working towards creating something as a team.

There are many well publicised disadvantages of living with

Covid 19 in our midst, among the negatives are there any

positives?

Absolutely, there are many! To name a few – morning drop-off

has never been slicker and Lesson 1 always starts on time.

Online parents’ meetings have led to much higher turnouts.

Headmaster Assemblies in smaller bubbles has meant the

theme for the week can be tailored to the age of the audience.

And we have all dramatically upskilled ourselves in the world of

technology.

2021 is bringing us many things – what is on your own wish

list?

As a new Head this year, at the top of my wish list is the chance

to experience a year that resembles normality. One of my biggest

frustrations has been the inability to get to know the parent

community – something that is necessary to complete the

triangular relationship between the child, the school and home.

What would you like your pupils to remember about their

days with you, when they are your age?

The fundamental importance of kindness. An ethos of kindness

should permeate every member of the community. Under the

umbrella of kindness comes everything that matters: compassion

for others, the sense of charity, understanding, empathy and

treating others with decency and consideration. Teaching

children to be kind is not an instruction to be given, but an

example to be shared and it will remain central to the culture that

is so tangible at Pinewood School.

Contact: office@pinewoodschool.co.uk

T: 01793 782205

Pinewood, Bourton, Shrivenham, Wiltshire, SN6 8HZ

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Paul Rogers BSc(Hons)Lond MAExeter PgCC MTA

QUALIFIED & EXPERIENCED LOCAL

TEACHER & PRIVATE TUTOR

SPECIALISMS: MATHS, SCIENCE, BIOLOGY,

CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS

‘I enjoyed teaching Maths & Science

at St John’s Academy, Marlborough

for many years and now tutor online

from my home in Marlborough. I am

well known in the local community

for my professional, friendly and

effective teaching and I look forward to

discussing your tutoring requirements’

Paul Rogers

Phone or text:

0788 4337657

Email: progerstutor@btinternet.com

Member of

‘Mr Rogers tutored two of our teenagers in the run up to GCE A and GCSE O

Levels. He managed to combine a friendly disposition with a focused approach to

tutor sessions which for both girls delivered effective work flows. Feedback from

‘I enjoyed teaching Maths & Science at

online from my home in Marlborough

friendly and effective teaching and I loo

our girls and their tutor session colleagues is very positive – money well spent.

Greg Shakeshaft, Managing Director, AquaDam Europe Ltd

‘Mr Rogers tutored my son in Science and Maths. Over this time Paul has

developed subject knowledge, skills and importantly self confidence in my son as a

student. Thank you.’ Mr Bob Buckley, Head Teacher, Abbey Meads School

'Mr Rogers tutored two of our teenagers in the run up to G

tutor sessions which for both girls delivered effective wor

spent. Greg Shakeshaft, Managing Director, AquaDam Euro

'Mr Rogers tutored my son in Science and Maths. Over this

student. Thank you.' Mr Bob Buckley, Head Teacher, Abbey


Open Morning – Thursday 7th October 2021

For further information or to register please email

emilymiller@pinewoodschool.co.uk

www.pinewoodschool.co.uk

Pinewood Bourton Shrivenham Wiltshire SN6 8HZ

01793 782205 office@pinewoodschool.co.uk

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Breadth v Depth:

What's the Best Way

to Learn?

By Alex Hopkins, Head of Prep

and Deputy Head Academic at

St Margaret’s Prep, Calne

One of the ongoing debates in

education revolves around the question

of breadth versus depth when it comes

to curriculum design. Is it better to

foster a deeper understanding in

subjects (depth) or expose our pupils to

a wide variety of concepts (breadth)?

Needless to say, a consensus between

educationalists has not been reached

but, over the past decade or so, a shift

towards the concept of deeper learning

or ‘mastery’ has been in favour. Any

successful curriculum should certainly

be meticulously designed and planned

to foster higher order thinking and a

deep level of understanding. However,

an exposure to a breadth of topics,

particularly in the Early Years when

children’s brains are still developing, is

also vital in building those foundations

and piecing together the building

blocks to allow our pupils to become

lifelong learners and achieve maximum

impact from their education. The links

which we can organically foster in a

well-designed, broad and balanced

curriculum help children to solidify

their learning as well as provide them

with an opportunity to learn topic areas

in a more open-ended, exploratory

fashion rather than simply relying on

teacher-led instructional direction.

In this model, the process and the

journey are just as important as the

end result.

Here at St Margaret’s, we endeavour

to find that ‘sweet spot’ between

depth and breadth. Our minds work

through making connections; the more

we know about the details of one

area of study, the easier it is to grasp

other areas of study. An example we

might see in the classroom could be

within science. To pass an exam, it is

true that children can learn and retain

answers to a variety of questions in

depth, but a true understanding of

science can only be revealed by setting

up your own experiments, making your

own predictions and observations by

drawing on your breadth of knowledge,

interpreting your results to decide

what it all means and then applying

that knowledge in other contexts to

make connections. Processes such as

this allow pupils to demonstrate their

curiosity and perseverance alongside

independence of mind and a total

confidence in their own observations.

By memorising data and facts, anyone

can pass a science exam, but that

alone does not make a scientist.

“Here at St Margaret’s, we endeavour

to find that ‘sweet spot’ between depth

and breadth.”

Chris Quigley, a leading specialist in the

primary curriculum writes:

“A successful curriculum means

providing children with increased

cognitive challenge, allowing them to

apply the skills which they have learnt

independently in a range of contexts

rather than moving them onto the next

skill needlessly, when they have not truly

mastered it.”

This ideology is one which we adopt at St

Margaret’s and our pupils are incredibly

fortunate to be taught by Specialist

Subject Teachers in art, modern foreign

languages, music, sport and computing.

These are areas of the curriculum our

specialists are passionate about and

in which they are highly qualified and

experienced. This specialist teaching

helps our pupils to develop deeper and

broader subject knowledge and make

connections. This, coupled with top-class

facilities, means that we can provide

a curriculum which meets that ‘sweet

spot’ between depth and breadth and

which promotes a state of ‘Flow’ where

pupils unconsciously achieve an optimal

state of learning and cognitive challenge.

Combine this with the quality-first teaching

from our Class Teachers in core areas of

the curriculum and we are privileged to

find ourselves in a position where we are

enabling our young people to acquire and

develop the knowledge, skills and values

that they will need to prepare themselves

for lives in an often unpredictable and

challenging global context.

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Helena Harris, Head of Art & Design comments:

“Art develops focus, discipline, problem-solving and perseverance.

These are all valuable life skills that help children prepare for their

future and beyond. Specialist art teaching does not simply mean

showing children how to draw and paint; it means sharing your

passion for the subject and helping each individual child to explore

and experiment so that they discover what interests them and learn

to trust in their own creative choices.”

Hilary Gibbin, Head of Performing Arts, adds:

“Music and the performing arts are powerful tools in enabling

children to express themselves creatively throughout their lives and

to develop their personal confidence. Aural awareness, analysis and

performance skills are all transferable and carefully nurtured through

a set of activities which, as a specialist, I am constantly evolving.

My own training and experience provide me with a strong basis of

knowledge and skill to share with every pupil, according to individual

need, and extend the talented by challenging them appropriately.”

Much of my work since joining St Margaret’s has been to work with

our teachers to review our curriculum to ensure it is not only engaging

and exciting for our children, but to also ensure it inspires excellence

and motivates our pupils to be the best they can be whilst maintaining

this careful balance between depth and breadth. For example,

our redesign of the Pre-Prep curriculum means we have had the

opportunity to work collectively to design and plan many opportunities

for essential knowledge, skills and understanding to be gained in

every subject for depth and across subjects for breadth. Evidence to

date is showing that, since the children are being given opportunities

to revisit and build upon their previous learning and apply them across

a range of contexts, they are developing a deeper understanding of

the skills and processes within each subject and those connections

are happening. As we work to increase the breadth of children’s

knowledge, by default, we also increase their depth.

Our Headmaster, Luke Bromwich, places positive psychology

and pupil well-being at the forefront of our agenda and it is now

more important than ever. There has been a shift from traditional

psychology, which prioritises what can go wrong, to focusing

instead on what can go right. Children’s physical and mental wellbeing

are high priority at St Margaret’s and we understand that they

will not be successful learners unless they are emotionally secure.

A broad and balanced curriculum which allows the children to

succeed can only serve to promote this ideology. It provides us with

the opportunity to challenge our children to become independent,

well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their learning and

become deep thinkers who are also able to apply this thinking

across a broad range of topics through exploration, collaboration

and self-reflection. This approach allows our pupils to strike that

balance between both ends of these spectrums in order to fulfil their

potential, achieve maximum impact from the curriculum and help

them lead happy, successful lives.

St Margaret’s is holding an Open Morning on 14th October at

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THE VIEW FROM THE BOUNDARY

We catch up with local estate agents to find out a little more

about the most tumultuous year any of us can remember...

The last 18 months have caused

many of us to re assess how we live

and perhaps more pertinently to this

feature, where we live. Quality of

life, surroundings, the need to work

from home and perhaps the desire to

spend at least some of the week still

doing so, all of these factors have

changed the housing market, locally

and nationally. We thought that our

key local estate agents would have a

view on this – and we were right...

JONATHAN RICH,

BREARLEY & RICH

The residential property market in the

Marlborough area remains robust despite

the Chancellors stamp duty suspension

coming to an end on 30th September.

Within the Marlborough area we think we

have seen a rise in prices of some 7-8%

in the last 12 months.

Property sales this year have been

strong across all price ranges and indeed

the main problem now is sourcing more

stock to offer ready and willing buyers.

Even before the stamp duty suspension,

the market was building a head of

steam, with pent-up demand from

buyers that appear for very good

reason to have been procrastinating

for years. The 2007 banking crisis, 3

general elections in 6 years and Brexit

had really put the brakes on the market.

Once Brexit was decided, we finally

began to see the market start to gather

confidence.

Our view is that there seems to be no

reason to think that the market will not

continue in the same vein for the short

term. The appetite from buyers is strong

going into August and therefore there

is reason to feel that a busy Autumn

market will follow.

EDWARD TAYLOR, FINE &

COUNTRY, MARLBOROUGH

AND DEVIZES

It’s certainly been a frenzied property

market of late. Unprecedented

levels of demand continue to outstrip

availability, and the resultant upwards

pressure on pricing has left some

vendors rubbing their hands with glee,

only to find they are faced with the

issue of now buying their new property

in the same hugely competitive market.

Zoopla reported that in the first half

of 2021 available homes for sale was

down 24%, whilst demand rose 26%.

They also report the average time to

sell (SSTC) of just 22 days, nearly half

the 42 days it took in May 2019. The

Nationwide House Price Index reported

a 13.4% annual increase in prices in

June 2021, due at least in part to the

stamp duty holiday up to £500,000.

For those of us fortunate to live in

Wiltshire, we all know the many

reasons buyers will be attracted to

move here from elsewhere in the UK.

More flexible working patterns have

meant that many can now relocate

from London and the South East,

putting further strain on housing

supply.

The next 6 months? It’s impossible to

say precisely, but if demand remains so

strong and supply of new properties to

the market continues to be constricted,

then it is almost inevitable that prices

will continue to rise well into 2022 and

beyond.

To book an up to date market appraisal

of your property call Fine & Country

Marlborough and Devizes on 01672

511 211 or email edward.taylor@

fineandcountry.com

LYNN ATWELL,

ATWELL MARTIN

Oh, my goodness, what a year! Never

in our wildest dreams did we think

the property market would continue

trading during the pandemic. It has

been the most challenging, but most

rewarding time with a record numbers

of homes sold. The pandemic has

given people the catalyst they needed

to make life changes that they

probably were contemplating, but just

not getting on with.

This situation continues, as more and

more people are working from home

and wanting home/office space and

larger gardens. Our list of proceedable

purchasers now outstrips our stock

and so our focus is firmly on gaining

further instructions. Any property listed

is generally sold within days, with

some going to final bids.

The stamp duty holiday certainly

caused a stir and made the early

summer a very stressful time for

agents and solicitors as we all strived

to achieve completions before the

30th June cut-off date. We did think

that this would cause the market to

slow, however there still appears to be

a good market out there.

First-time buyers are the first step in

the chain of moving up the property

ladder and are now rising to the top

of the market again as mortgages are

becoming easier to obtain.

Atwell Martin are an independent estate

agency with 30 years’ experience in

North Wiltshire and we are always

happy to help and advise on any

aspect of buying and selling your

home, whatever the market is doing.

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Looking to sell your property

and want to achieve the very

best price?

Speak to our local expert, Edward Taylor at Fine & Country

Marlborough and Devizes today on 01672 511 211 or

edward.taylor@fineandcountry.com

With over 13 years’ of experience of high-end property sales and a resident of Marlborough, Ed

is in an excellent position to advise on your next luxury property move.

Fine & Country are achieving great results for many clients in the local area

already and we’d be delighted to design you a bespoke strategy for success.

With our network of over 225 offices in the UK and over 300 worldwide we

can expose your property to the biggest audience of potential buyers, and

we guarantee you a personal, first-class service.

Scan the QR code to book a complimentary

marketing consultation of your property now!

www.fineandcountry.com


MARK CHICK,

MANNINGFORD CROFT

It’s been a record-breaking year, and

the beautiful rolling countryside of the

Marlborough Downs and Pewsey Vale

continue to tempt a London-based market

to a better, simpler existence, with

fresh air, green fields and big skies.

Our excellent schools, wonderful walking

and riding and a friendly, welcoming

culture sets Wiltshire apart, yet still within

an hour of London, Bath, Salisbury and

Oxford. There have been some lovely

houses of all shapes and sizes come to

the market in recent months, all finding

delighted buyers and tenants, ready for a

calmer world in 2021/22.

Whilst the Olympics seems set to be an

altogether quieter affair this year, Qatar

2022 looks like being hotter than ever

before. We expect the property market

continue to go from strength to strength,

and maybe surpass some of the records

set in 2021.

PAUL GREGORY,

McFARLANE PROPERTY.COM

McFarlane Property.com is thrilled now

that lockdown is over to have been able

to open the door to our new office in

Marlborough’s historic High Street. We

have waited over fourteen months due

to the pandemic to greet Marlborough’s

community! McFarlane Property is an

independent Sales and Lettings business

with offices in Cricklade, Swindon’s

Old Town, Redhouse Village and now

Marlborough. Our area of expertise

covers South Gloucestershire, North

Wilts, and Hampshire.

McFarlane Property purchased SLCA

Marlborough, a long established

residential letting agency, over five years

ago. At our new ground floor offices

at 106, High Street we have enhanced

our specialist and bespoke lettings and

management service, and now every

landlord has a dedicated tenancy

manager. Our new Residential Sales

department also provides an equally

specialist service with expert advice from

a highly knowledgeable, professional,

and friendly team. Properties currently

on offer include cottages in Ramsbury

and Marlborough, and houses in Great

Bedwyn, Aldbourne and Pewsey.

By registering with us you will receive

updates as soon as both sale and rental

properties matching your criteria become

available and you will never need to worry

about missing out on your new home.

At McFarlane Property we take on new

properties daily, so register with us and

let us assist you in finding your dream

home. Join us for coffee or afternoon tea

and meet the team, Jacqueline Marchant-

Currie, Paul Gregory and Janice

Cartwright or telephone us on 016725

514380 to discuss your requirements.

MANNINGFORD CROFT MACLAINE

‘A FIRST CLASS SERVICE’

FOR PROPERTY IN THE VALE OF PEWSEY

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www.brearleyandrich.co.uk

Residential property specialists in

Marlborough

and the surrounding villages

Tel: 01672 514820

Email: sales@brearleyandrich.co.uk

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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.

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

published by Welbeck

APT Group Services Ltd

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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 I

recently met Professor David Stevens

Garden designer who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things; People, Space, Plants and Place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape

it might be an individual picture I’ve

seen it might be the shape of something

whatever it is that gives me an insight

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

particular design will drive it that’s how I

start and then create from there.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody

was sensible and had plenty of space.

The standard of the displays was really

good and Hilliers had gone there and

built a garden, so it was great that you

had something there of Hilliers quality. I

think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

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you talk to in the industry says that

the hunger from last year is still there

which is great. I just hope in a way that

stays. I think even the people that knew

gardening was good for you physically

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

realised how important it was to my life.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

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

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and talk

all things gardening and there’s different

themes on different stages from talking

about Grow your Own, Unusual edibles,

soil & compost so all sorts really. What

I love about that show is you have the

gardens and displays but it also interlinks

with food and because its at the NEC if

we do have poor weather people can get

inside. Because it’s such a large venue

everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

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

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

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30 and

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

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

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

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and he said can

you remember the conversation we had

in 2015 where you said the BBC want

me to do some presenting as they think

I’m half decent and he said are you sure

that’s what you want to do and you said

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

we are now.

“I would say to

anybody there is

so much glorious

flower colour foliage

colour stem colour

to be had and the

light is different so

the atmosphere is

different you can

still wrap up and

enjoy it just don’t

disengage. Don’t

chase perfection just

enjoy the moments.”

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed

so much that you cant month to month

garden anymore you have to react to the

month you are in September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

For ticket information, please visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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Trends for Autumn...

Is it really time to think of Autumn?

Well it takes time to plan a new scheme for

your home, so perhaps its a good idea to start

now before the nights draw in...

This year we will be seeing lots of warm colours and textures,

ochres and greens, dusky pinks and bluey greys, glorious printed

velvets for throws and upholstery, with sleek styles for furniture,

influences are from nature, trees and foliage, birds and butterflies.

Its a beautiful season for colour and natural textures, like bark

and stone. Fabrics are being created from wood and stone

textures, its an amazing concept.

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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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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

selling less than 600m3 in a year) they have until 30 April

2022 to comply with the new rules, so you’ll need to make

sure the wood is properly seasoned before you use it.

Advice on how to dry wet wood and measure moisture

content can be found on www.readytoburn.org

4. Around 40% of chimney fires take place between January

and March, reduce the risk by making sure your appliance

is regularly serviced and chimney is swept.

Find your local HETAS Registered professional at

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The future is

electric

Electric cars are the future, that much is certain.

How to charge them may, currently, be less so.

1st Green Electrical Ltd can solve that problem

by installing a charging point in your home or

work place and we spoke to Jason Lampard of the

Devizes-based EV Installations Company about

what this entails...

I suppose the first question must be where

can they be installed, garage, outside wall,

free standing? Tell us more.

Wall pods can be installed on any permanent

structure like your house or garage wall, garden

walls and some durable high quality sheds

with slight modifications. If you have non of the

above a Bollard type unit is available which is

fully freestanding, we install mechanical protection if the location

of the unit could be struck by your local Amazon delivery driver,

in reverse!

For the average domestic user, how long does a charge take

and are there potential financial advantages to charging

overnight?

Most UK homes are capable of running a 32 amp single Phase

unit. Houses with large electric boilers, electric showers,

induction hobs, electric heating, hot tubs and heat pumps may

need a load monitoring device to run along side the unit, to limit

the car charging, during high load times.

Charging times very much depend on the on-board vehicle

charger and the battery range, however on average, around 30

miles per hour, with a 32 amp or 7.2kw charger can be expected.

If you have an off peak tariff, smart charging is available, enabling

you to choose what time you want it to start and stop, from your

phone or tablet. A strong 4G reception around your location is

required. Boosters can be installed to help.

How long does it take to install one?

With every installation being slightly different, it is very difficult

to say how long an installation takes. Most will take a few hours

with some of the trickier ones taking 6/8 hours. Power disruption

is always kept to a minimum, normally no longer than 30 minutes

down time per unit.

Are there restrictions for certain properties, such as listed

properties or conservation areas?

There are restrictions for listed properties. It is always best to

consult your local planning department first and you will probably

need to fill out an application for Listed Building consent and

provide a few accompanying photographs or drawings.

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The Pearl

from Eden Retirement Living

Summer

2021

PEARL HOUSE IS OPEN,

AND WE WELCOME YOU TO VISIT

Our exciting new development right in the heart of Newbury, close to the station

and just minutes from the High St has opened its doors for you to view.

What to expect

Pearl House brings luxury, style and independent later living for those looking for a lifestyle that

makes you feel safe and secure. We recommend you come and take a look at the array of exclusive,

spacious one and two bed apartments and penthouses – most come with spacious terraces or patios.

When you visit us, you will find out just what

luxury retirement living is all about at Pearl

House, from the ‘hotel-style’ services with

24-hour concierge to the beautiful communal

areas, just a step away from your own home.

The community spirit for homeowners at

Pearl House is founded on luxuriously

appointed social spaces that include a

library, lounge, and bar area. Our Baroque

restaurant offers the perfect place for family

and friends to socialise, serving breakfast,

lunch, and light evening meals. Private dining

facilities are also available.

Residents can enjoy the private landscaped

gardens and first floor terrace, that provide

restful areas to relax, the terrace outside the

restaurant also offers alfresco dining in the

summer months.

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The Pearl

from Eden Retirement Living

OUR APARTMENTS

We keep things light and bright with large

windows in the living areas and bedrooms,

(custom made Voiles come with your apartment),

glazed doors provide access to the generous

terrace, balconies, or patio areas maximising your

living space to enjoy the outdoors. Bedrooms

are also fitted with high quality wardrobes and

carpet.

Open plan kitchens equipped with Siemens

appliances extend into a dining area and lounge.

Stained European Oak engineered flooring is laid

in the hall, living, dining and kitchen areas with

underfloor heating throughout.

The luxurious en-suite wet rooms are carefully

designed with everything on one level and are

furnished with sanitary ware by Villeroy and Boch

and Hansgrohe fittings.

THE FACILITIES

Pearl House benefits from 24-hour staff cover,

with an on-site manager and day and night

concierge to help you with day-to-day needs.

Undercroft parking and private storage areas are

on the ground floor. There is also a guest suite

located here and this is available to book at a

nominal fee for family and friends.

One hour’s housekeeping per week is included

in the management charges. Domiciliary care

as a supplementary service is available by

arrangement with our Care partner, a local

reputable CQC registered care agency.

A smart living solution is provided for your safety

and security, it is easy to operate with touch free

functions and fobs its multiple utilities includes

the ability to view visitors before door entry and

contact the Concierge Service from the privacy of

your own home.

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Where to find us

Located within the Newbury Town Centre

conservation area, amongst striking 18th and

19th century architecture Pearl House is set

in a superb central location, with town centre

shopping, theatre, restaurants, and train station

just a few minutes’ walk away. For visiting

friends and family, or for getting out and about

the development is less than an hour to

London, and in close proximity to M4 and M3.

DOWNSIZING

The personal emergency alarm provides

assurance when and where you need it for you

and your family, and a voice activated system is

available too.

The high specification detail also includes a

heat transfer system installed in each apartment,

this is a great benefit from a health perspective,

providing excellent quality air, but also because

this form of ventilation cuts out almost all of the

ventilation heat losses, which can make up to

30% of the heating demand on your apartment

at Pearl House, creating a significant impact on

energy and emission savings.

(Above) Newbury Right on your doorstep: Newbury

High Street shopping, the Corn Exchange for theater

and entertainment and the Kennet and Avon Canal for

leisurely walks.

If you have been thinking about downsizing there

isn’t a better time to make that move - Property

Agents, are keen to source properties for their

buyers who are seeking homes that offer more

space. With limited available stock, it makes for

a strong seller’s market with competitive bidding

and price growth.

We are here to help you look at the process

of downsizing and will assist with professional

support from the Senior Move Partners, a

specialist consultancy who are experts in the

field.

Its not just the financial benefits that will make

a difference, this could be the start of a new

you, Low maintenance living brings a stress-free

lifestyle, giving you the time to do things you had

always planned to. With an active social life and

the benefits of the restaurant we can guarantee

you will feel like a different person.

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COME AND TAKE A LOOK

Sign up and we will tell you when one of our many

talks, charity activities or events are taking place.

If you would just like an informal visit, then you are

very welcome to join us at one of our weekly ‘Open

Thursdays’ which will run throughout the summer

into early autumn. Join us for Coffee or Afternoon

Tea and a tour of the beautiful Pearl House show

apartments and complex.

These run from 11am – 12.30pm and 2pm – 3.30pm from August to October

Make your appointment by calling us on 01635 551 229

or contact us at sales@edenrl.com

Opening Hours:

the Marketing Suite is open from Monday – Saturday from 10am – 4.00pm

When making an appointment at Pearl House we

are still maintaining our Covid policy and would

like to assure you that we will maintain a level

of respect in terms of social distancing, be it a

personal appointment or as part of a small group.

Our marketing suite is spacious, but we will limit

numbers so people are not uncomfortable in

company.

Apartment prices start at £275,000 PLEASE

NOTE other charges apply. This property is

serviced and managed by Eden (Pearl House)

Limited, part of Eden Retirement Living Limited, a

monthly management charge is payable (annually

indexed), and a deferred management fee (an

event fee) is applied to all properties.

No ground rent is payable.

For further information please visit our website www.pearlhousenewbury.co.uk

Pearl House Newbury Marketing Suite 11-15

Bartholomew St, Newbury Berkshire, RG14 5LL

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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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Local Favourite,

The Greenhouse Restaurant,

Re-Opens with a New Chef

and Menu

Neighbourhood favourite, The Greenhouse

Restaurant in Corsham, has re-opened again

following a break over the various lockdowns.

It is set to become more popular than ever

with a new chef, Adrian Warren, in charge

and a brand-new menu.

Adrian has revamped the menu to champion locally sourced

produce that is grown onsite at the award winning Wadswick

Green retirement village. Set among 25 acres of landscaped

grounds, restaurant visitors can enjoy a leisurely stroll among the

beautiful grounds with mature trees and wildlife ponds.

Prior to joining The Greenhouse, Adrian gained his experience

at Marco Pierre White’s Rudloe Park Hotel in Corsham and the

National Trust. Commenting on his new appointment, Adrian

says: “I always believe in cooking as fresh and local as possible,

and I am excited that this will be a keystone for The Greenhouse.

I am very much looking forward to taking the food and dining

experience at the restaurant to the next level and I’m excited

about the opportunity.”

Menus will take visitors from breakfast through to dinner and

everything in between including afternoon tea as well as Sunday

roasts. The Greenhouse Coffee Shop is open daily with a range

of delicious sandwiches and paninis, homemade soup, cakes

and pastries on offer. While the stylish yet relaxed Greenhouse

Restaurant is open Wednesday through to Sunday for lunch and

dinner.

The contemporary styled restaurant benefits from picturesque

surroundings, perfectly viewable from the floor to ceiling widows,

or from the outdoor terrace, not forgetting the focal bar which

perfectly displays the extensive drink selections on offer. Visitors

will benefit from hearty meal selections such as slow roast

tomatoes, with black pudding, potato beignets, pan-fried smoked

bacon and a caramelized onion puree to start, grilled pork chop

with braised red cabbage, roast carrots, dauphinoise potatoes,

apple puree and red wine jus, and vegetarians might like the

walnut steamed pudding, with creamy spring green cabbage,

truffle and roasted squash puree.

Taste buds tingling yet? To book your table, visit

www.rangefordvillages.co.uk/thegreenhouse

or call 01225 85880.

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MAKE LIFE EASIER

• Large range of Mobility Aids • PPE

• Hire services • Wheelchairs • Stairlifts

Our stores always welcome visits for consultations regarding advice

on choosing the right mobility equipment or service.

FREE HEARING

HEALTH CHECK

Shoes and slipper

Footcare appointments

The Mobility Store

7 Clive Parade

Cricklade Road,

Swindon SN2 1AJ

01793 701313

swindon@thehearingandmobilitystore.co.uk

THE MARLBOROUGH

MOBILITY STORE

56 George Lane,

Marlborough SN8 4BY

01672 511550

wiltshiremobility@mail.com

THE WROUGHTON

MOBILITY STORE

Unit 1, The Forge

4-6 Devizes Road

Wroughton SN4 0RZ

01793 815083

wroughtonmobility@mail.com

NEW

ADDRESS

Rise and recline furniture

Adjustable beds

Mobility scooters

Mobility scooter repairs

FREE LEVEL ACCESS PARKING AT ALL STORES

www.thehearingandmobilitystore.co.uk

THE BOURTON ON THE

WATER MOBILITY STORE

Lansdowne

Bourton on the Water GL54 2AR

01451 810088

bourtonmobility@mail.com

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