North Hampshire 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.

WHO WE ARE. WHO WE BECOME.

CURIOUS.

INSPIRED.

HAPPY.

With our more informal setting,

our teachers and students really

get to know one another; literally

on a first-name basis. With their

teachers firmly beside them, our

students learn to be brave with

their learning - to question

and discover their sense of self

in this world. To discover who

they might like to become. Get

in touch at hello@frensham.org

to find out more.

Visit www.frensham.org

to book a tour or join us

for our Open Morning

on 18th September.

www.frensham.org

A progressive day and boarding school in Surrey for children

from 3 to 18 | refreshingly different since 1925


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

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Waitrose

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Planning for a

happy retirement

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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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ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL

FRENSHAM HEIGHTS

ALTON SCHOOL

OPEN

DAY

DIARY

2021

St Nicholas’ is a unique

school where children have

the chance to grow up at

their own pace, and where

they can let their talents

and imagination run free.

At every stage of their

educational journey, pupils

flourish. We have a long

history of educating boys and

girls together in our Infant

Department and girls all the

way through to 16. Our GCSE

results rank amongst the best

nationally and if you visit us

you’ll see why. An education

at St Nicholas’ equals a happy

childhood.

OPEN DAY DATES

October 9 th

At Frensham Heights, there

is a feeling of both happiness

and calmness. It comes from

the children being comfortable

in their own skins and an

environment that says come

and be you.

From our founding days,

everyone at Frensham is on a

level playing field. Everyone is

an important, valued part of

the community with teachers

building relationships based

on genuine, mutual respect

and interest. These are the

relationships that spark true

learning.

OPEN DAY DATES

September 18 th

Alton School is a happy coed

Catholic School set in a

beautiful location where every

child from 6 months to Sixth

Form is a valued part of our

community.

We know each of our children

individually and understand

how best to balance the

challenge, support and

encouragement that they need

to succeed.

OPEN DAY DATES

Nursery and 1:1 private tours

available

Open Events (Years R – 13)

September 22 nd 9.30am-12pm

October 2 nd , 10am-1pm

October 15 th , 9.30am-12pm

01252 850121

st-nicholas.hants.sch.uk

01252 792 561

frensham.org

01420 82070

altonschool.co.uk

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...

THE ROYAL SCHOOL

Excellent teaching and

outstanding pastoral care

underpin everything we do,

it is a powerful combination

in enabling happiness and

success. As an organisation

that embraces modern ideas

but is steeped in tradition

and history, we are proud

of our royal patronage and

privileged to have Her Majesty

The Queen Elizabeth II as our

Patron.

OPEN DAY DATES

Senior School Open Morning:

September 24 th , 9:15am

Prep School Open Morning:

October 7 th , 9:30am

The Royal Sixth Form Open

Evening: October 7 th , 6:30pm

01428 605805

royal-school.org

LEIGHTON PARK SCHOOL

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

0118 987 9600

leightonpark.com

YATLEY MANOR SCHOOL

Education is a journey. At

Yateley Manor we aim to

provide opportunities that

result in children leading

successful adult lives.

First and foremost, children

need to feel safe and must

be well cared for. Our strong

family ethos runs like a vein

through our community,

where children love coming

to school. We aim to develop

confidence in children so

that they are able to face the

challenges that lie ahead and

build their resilience to help

in this.

OPEN DAY DATES

September 24 th

October 22 nd

01252 405500

yateleymanor.com

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Alton School is

looking forward –

to being back

together as one

community

Looking back over the last 18 months, it

is all too easy to dwell on the negatives...

There have been many challenges for everyone, schools

included, but the ways in which people have come together have

been revolutionary and inspiring: Open Days on Zoom, lessons

taught remotely and virtual parents’ evenings. We’ve all had to

find new ways to connect and to come together.

Community is very important to us at Alton School – being a

Catholic School gives us an automatic sense of belonging, not

only within our own School and Nursery but also with partners

schools around the world, including as far afield as Columbia and

India. We look forward to future foreign school exchanges, trips

at home and abroad and the opportunity to share in the wider

world first-hand.

We are looking forward to doing what we do best, opening our

doors, welcoming current parents and prospective families,

partner schools and our wider community. We are excited about

our coming Open days through the Autumn Term, our Careers

Fair with Eggars and Amery Hill Schools on 25 November and

our Sixth Form evening on 21 October, led by our fabulous Sixth

Formers (not to be missed!).

We are very proud to be hosting Ri Maths Masterclasses (Royal

Institution) through October and November. These together

with our Autumn events for Primary schools (Primary Maths

Challenge, Big Draw workshop and U11 Football Festival) mean

that many young people from around Hampshire will get an

opportunity to become part of our school community for the day.

We really hope that this Christmas we will be able to host our

wonderful Carols by Candlelight concert, our Christmas Nativities

– the opportunity for our Nursery and lower school children to

shine, and our community PTFA Christmas Fayre.

“The past year has been challenging but despite it all we have so

much to celebrate. The resilience and camaraderie that everyone

has shown over the last academic year has been simply amazing.

I hope everyone has enjoyed a well-deserved rest over the

summer and I look forward to seeing everyone in September”.

Karl Guest HEADMASTER

Find out more at www.altonschool.co.uk

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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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Educating boys & girls from 6 months to Sixth Form

See our School in action

22 September, 2 October, 15 October

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No Ceilings

on Learning AT

YATeLEY MANOR

The American poet Ralph Waldo

Emerson once said, “The only person

you are destined to become is the

person you decide to be.”

In a world where celebrities thrust themselves on us through

media, and children dream of being a professional sports

player or the next big hit “Vlogger”, Emerson’s thinking is

not about aiming to be one of these necessarily. It is about

taking ownership of your future and committing to it, no matter

what barriers are put up in your way – a sort of drive towards

“realising your own potential.”

Children are individuals. They all have huge potential and their

education must take account of this. We are teaching our

children not only the knowledge they will need to succeed in

later life but also the mindset to be successful adults.

Within the aims of many schools comes the wish to help each

child “achieve their full potential.” What does this actually

mean? Is it possible to achieve your full potential? Let us take

a sunflower. To achieve its potential, it’s ‘destiny’, a sunflower

needs to be in the correct place (good soil) at the correct time

(in good weather). Children also need the correct environment in

which to thrive.

Personal predisposition, the idea that ‘you can be anything you

want to be,’ is a trap. Why? Because the world is scattered with

different types of people - a good thing. Our sunflower is not

going to do well in a mathematics class, however ‘positively’ we

think. By all means we should encourage our children to ‘reach

for the skies’ and believe in themselves. However in essence

schools should be places where children are encouraged to

consider where their strengths lie, have opportunities to lead

others, learn to develop an appreciation of their own minds, be

productive at every chance, show perseverance and strive for

excellence. With all of these, children stand a good chance of

realising potential in their lives, but they should never settle for

having reached their full potential.

Yateley Manor

Your Child ∙ Their Journey ∙ Our Focus

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Open Mornings

Friday 24th September

Yateley Manor Friday 22nd October

01252 405500 www.yateleymanor.com


DISCOVER THE ROYAL SCHOOL

Delivering a first-class education

in a vibrant and caring

environment, our pupils become

confident, successful and

compassionate young people with

qualities and qualifications that

enable them to excel in their adult

lives.

Register for one of our many

Open Mornings.

Visit: www.royal-school.org

Every day shapes a future

INDEPENDENT, CO-EDUCATIONAL DAY & BOARDING SCHOOL FROM NURSERY TO SIXTH FORM

The Royal School

Farnham Lane, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1HQ

Tel: +44 (0)1428 603052

www.royal-school.org


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St Nicholas' School

St Nicholas’ school has an outstanding

reputation for high academic

achievement, excellent pastoral care

and a wide range of enrichment

opportunities....

What sets St Nicholas’ apart from other

schools is our friendly atmosphere, sense

of community and strong educational

ethos. Our children are inspired to learn

and grow at their own pace, developing

their unique talents whilst fostering a

lifelong love of learning.

Founded in 1935, St Nicholas’ School is

set within 30 beautiful acres of Hampshire

countryside. Despite our enviable rural

location, we are easily accessible and we

run a range of bus routes. We educate

girls from 3 – 16 and boys from 3 – 7 in

a safe and nurturing environment. Our

fantastic facilities include an Astroturf

pitch, sports fields, forest school and

purpose-built performance and arts

buildings. Coupled with our excellent

wrap-around care, we create the

perfect environment for an outstanding

education.

At St Nicholas’, we are passionate

about supporting children’s academic,

emotional and social wellbeing,

enabling them to develop well-rounded

perspectives, strong values and a growth

mindset.

Academically St Nicholas’ pupils are

encouraged to have high standards and

equally high aspirations. Our small class

sizes develop curiosity, creativity and

a love of learning, whilst our specialist

teaching allows pupils to be stretched

and supported. We consistently achieve

outstanding GCSE results and are

always looking to develop and integrate

the latest educational excellence. For

example, at St Nicholas’ we use the

“White Rose Maths” frameworks, which

are enjoyable, engaging, varied and

encourage pupils to identify, understand

and correct their own errors to build a

solid foundation in mathematics. We

also look at the successful approaches

adopted by other countries such as

Finland, Hungary and Japan. This

means that when St Nicholas’ pupils

get to GCSE and beyond, they are both

competent and confident.

Performing arts play an integral part in

school life, with music and drama taught

throughout the school by specialist

teachers in specialist facilities. Children

are encouraged to learn musical

instruments and there are regular

performance opportunities at weekly

assemblies and termly concerts in our

purpose-built Pritchard Hall. Our school

orchestras, choirs, chamber choir and

musical ensembles perform at very high

standards throughout the year. Highlights

include school productions by senior and

junior pupils and the much-anticipated

nursery nativity play.

Sport for all is key at St Nicholas’; we

have excellent sporting facilities and

dedicated, enthusiastic staff. Pupils of

all ages are encouraged to do their best

and take full advantage of the wide range

of sports and activities on offer including

netball, athletics, swimming, football,

rugby and tennis. Developing resilience

and teamwork, Junior and senior pupils

have the opportunity to compete against

a wide range of other schools.

A strong pastoral care program, a wide

range of enrichment and a partnership

approach with both pupils and parents

is another key part of our ethos. At St

Nicholas’ our size enables the staff to

know each pupil and support them

as individuals. We maintain an open

dialogue with parents and throughout

your child’s time at St Nicholas’ our doors

are always open. The school’s enrichment

and co-curricular programs aim to

develop and expand pupils’ learning

outside of the classroom, including trips

to local farms and historic locations, team

building activities, and senior field trips to

Iceland and France.

With this balance of academic

excellence, broad curricular and strong

values at the heart of everything we do,

St Nicholas’ pupils are well-educated,

well-mannered and confident to face the

world ahead.

We warmly invite you to come along

and see the above for yourself at our

next Open Morning. This takes place on

Saturday 9th October from 10.00am. If

you are unable to make this date, please

do not hesitate to contact our Registrar

and arrange a personal tour.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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St Nicholas’ School

fleet • hampshire

An independent day school for boys aged 3-7 and girls aged 3-16

• Open 8.00am - 6.00pm

• 50 weeks a year

• 15 hours EYE Funding

• Child Care Vouchers Accepted

Open Morning - Saturday 9 th October 10.00am - 1.00pm

• GCSE results rank amongst the best nationally

• Excellent awarded by the Independent

Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

• Outstanding pastoral care

• Small classes taught by specialist subject teachers

St Nicholas’ School ranked 3rd position in the Sunday Times 2021 Parent Power

(The top independent schools with small or no sixth forms)

T. 01252 850121 | E. registrar@st-nicholas.hants.sch.uk

@stnicholasschool | @stnicholasfleet | stnicholasfleet

www.st-nicholas.hants.sch.uk


CAPS OFF!

At Jubilee Day Nursery’s

sister setting, Jubilee Gems

Nursery’s class of 2021 have

graduated!

The event was set in the nursery’s 60 acres of beautiful private

land and it was a gloriously sunny day. Every child looked

incredibly smart in their graduation gowns and hats when they

went up to collect their personalised framed graduation picture

from our nursery manager Sian. Cheers from their family and

friends could be heard all across Padworth!

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Gems then continued the days celebrations with a Sports Day,

having all the traditional races. There was a relay race, egg and

spoon, and obstacle course, however, with it being such a hot

day, the fastest race must have been to the box of ice creams!

The staff at Jubilee Gems wish them all the best at their new

schools and hope they have had lots of magical childhood

memories which they will cherish.

Jubilee Gems is a term-time nursery, located in the heart of the

countryside in rural West Berkshire, offering a flexible range

of sessions to suit you and your child and care is available for

babies and children from three months to five years of age. Gems

are all about ‘learning by doing’ through real experiences, giving

all children the time and space to explore, discover and use

their imagination both indoors and outdoors in a language-rich

environment with our caring and highly skilled practitioners.

To find out more information

about the care opportunities

we can provide for your child,

please send us a message or

give us a call. We are always

happy to help are delighted to

show people around. You can

be sure of a warm welcome!

www.jubileegems.co.uk

School Road, Padworth,

Berkshire, RG7 4JA

0118 983 4018

Give your child a truly unique experience...

• From 3 months to 5 years old

• Set in 60 acres of woodlands &

gardens, with a working farm

• Experts in Forest School learning

• Freshly prepapred food

• Funding available

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VISITS WELCOME!

0118 970 1600

www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk

Rectory Rd, Padworth, RG7 4JD


Girls’ schools today

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

Girls’ schools are very much alive and well

and a thriving part of the UK’s education

provision. But don’t just take my word for

it - take a look at the evidence and visit your

local girls’ school.

Around half a million secondary school

aged children are educated in single-sex

schools in England, a significant proportion

of all school aged children. What is perhaps

more interesting is that the majority are

in girls’ schools, meaning co-ed schools

typically have more boys than girls.

What this means in practice is that girls’

schools, and the benefits they bring,

attract significant numbers of girls and

their parents. I know from talking to head

teachers that parents who set aside any

lingering assumptions to visit their local

girls’ school are frequently bowled over by

the contemporary, lively and highly relevant

education that’s on offer.

Girls-only schools provide freedom from

gender stereotypes, where girls can grow

into themselves without feeling under

pressure to conform to gender-weighted

expectations. New research+ has shown

that girls in girls’ schools are also more

confident and emotionally in control - these

are environments which enable girls to grow

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

are better placed to take on the demands of

the adult world.

Academically, data from the Department

for Education shows that pupils in girls’

schools perform better at both key stages

4 and 5, which equates to GCSE and A

Level in the English school system. In girls’

schools there is no such thing as a girls’

subject or a boys’ subject and girls are

free to follow their inclinations with little

of the pressure they might otherwise feel.

The results are evident, with girls’ school

students significantly more likely to study

STEM (science, technology, engineering &

maths) subjects – nearly three times more

likely for physics and further maths and

almost twice as likely for computer science.

On average, girls in girls’ schools also

achieve almost a grade higher at A Level

than girls who attend co-ed schools.

Girls’ school students are more likely to take

up sport, which isn’t surprising when you

consider that, with only girls in the gym and

on the sports field, their physical confidence

has space to grow. Every girl has every

opportunity to become a leader, a form

captain, a Head of House. They learn not

just how to shoulder responsibility, but also

how to take risks, inspire and lead others.

Our schools see the fruits of this all the

time. Students win awards and go on

to become confident, high achievers in

business, the arts, academia, and sport.

Among our alumnae our Economist editorin-chief

Zanny Minton-Beddoes, actress

and activist Emma Watson, Everyone’s

Invited activist Soma Sara, anthropologist

and TV presenter Professor Alice Roberts,

award-winning astrophysicist Dame Jocelyn

Bell Burnell, Olympic champions Alex

Danson MBE and Helen Glover MBE, and

Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Robinson

MBE.

The school you choose for your daughter

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

to have an excellent choice of schools of all

shapes, sizes and locations. The fact that

girls’ schools continue to thrive in such a

diverse environment is an indication of their

great strength and expertise in giving girls a

highly relevant, 21st century education.

Main image: Withington Girls’ School

Bottom left: St James School

Below right: Norwich High School for

Girls

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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

miss this year. The UK is home to some of

the most fertile soils and varied agricultural

output, what is not to celebrate about that?

See: www.lovebritishfood.co.uk for further

information. And follow the campaign @

LoveBritishFood for the latest news.

In previous years hundreds of schools have

taken part and encouraging your child’s

school to join British Food Fortnight is a

great way to show your support. Love

British Food has a Teacher Zone where

there’s swathes of resources on how to

include food into the curriculum.

In addition, now lockdown is over numerous

local festivals are happening across the

country and you can check out what is

happening near you. Even if nothing is

going on then why not organize your own

foodie event?

British Food Fortnight encompasses the

three Sundays of the Harvest Festival

calendar. Celebrations for this traditional

Pagan festival often include singing hymns

and decorating Churches with baskets

of fruit and food and there are lots of

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23 children in our region

have an uncertain future

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

Could you adopt and change their lives forever?

For most people, being part of a family

is something they can rely on from birth.

Unfortunately, there are children across

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and

Southampton, who are unable to live with

their birth parents, and who are instead cared

for by kind and compassionate foster carers.

Lilly is just three and loves playing with her

dolls. Siblings Oliver, aged five years and Theo

who is nearly three, enjoy going to the local

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

They are just some of the children waiting for

a permanent family life.

Today, there are all types of wonderful families

from different backgrounds and circumstances

who support one or more children to feel

included, safe and loved forever. Some families

have single parents, while others are couples

who are heterosexual, same sex or gender

fluid. Ethnicity, religion, or culture, these

differences don’t matter – what matters is that

a child is loved and supported to feel safe and

respected.

child thrive in a forever home. Kirsty adopted

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

ever done.

I’m so pleased about adoption

I actually encourage other

friends... you need to go and

do that. Do it. For me it’s

been wonderful.”

Mike and Natalie both felt very strongly that

they could offer a family life to a brother and

sister who might otherwise stay in the care

system for a long time. “Young siblings have a

strong bond together but need to be wrapped

in the cushion of being loved and cherished by

one or more parent. We knew that separating

siblings from one another can have long term

effects on children.”

Adopt South is seeking more mums and dads

who can give children a shared life together.

School teacher Kirsty knew about the high

numbers of black children who were waiting

in foster care and felt that with a bit of learning

and support she could be a mum and help a

Families who adopt two children or more,

or adopt a child with additional needs, may

also get additional financial support through

Adopt South.

*Children with Placement Orders as of 5th July 2021

If you’ve been thinking about adoption

and the children waiting, contact us today

0300 3000 011 • adoptsouth.org.uk

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


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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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.

HOW DID YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR

FIRST CHELSEA GOLD?

If I’m honest, I think I was slightly

oblivious to what they actually meant. My

dad was a landscaper and he built early

John Brooks gardens in the early 70s.

Recently I met Professor David Stevens,

garden designer, who also worked for

John Brooks. We were talking about

Chelsea and he said that my dad would

have been a few gardens along from

where we were. David also taught me a

lot about design in that sense.

WHEN YOU START A DESIGN IS IT

FROM A THOUGHT OR ARE YOU

PLANNING IT IN ADVANCE?

It depends on whether its for a client.

I think ultimately gardens are about 4

things; people, space, plants and place.

It’s normally one of those that I tap into

first and it might be a bit of landscape

it might be an individual picture I’ve

seen it might be the shape of something

whatever it is that gives me an insight

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

particular design will drive it that’s how I

start and then create from there.

DO YOU THINK BEAULIEU WILL BE A

REGULAR EVENT NOW?

I think so, I walked in and thought

what a glorious piece of landscape

and the moment I walked in the gate it

had a good feel. People really enjoyed

themselves and as a setting it had quite a

lovely intimate feel to it, even the stages

had an open canopy, and everybody

was sensible and had plenty of space.

The standard of the displays was really

good and Hilliers had gone there and

built a garden, so it was great that you

had something there of Hilliers quality. I

think a positive out of the last 15 months

is that people have slowed down have

connected or reconnected with what’s

outside their back door or in the area.

I’ve seen a report saying we now have

3 million new gardeners. Everybody

you talk to in the industry says that

the hunger from last year is still there

which is great. I just hope in a way that

stays. I think even the people that knew

gardening was good for you physically

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

realised how important it was to my life.

I FIND IT VERY THERAPEUTIC AND

GOOD FOR THE SOUL

It’s interesting that we are seeing

statistics people moving out of cities

and into the countryside and are wanting

bigger gardens it wasn’t that long-ago

people were downsizing and didn’t want

a big outdoor space and this time has

now changed that.

I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU ARE AN

RHS AMBASSADOR? WHAT DOES

THAT ENTAIL?

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

now. Basically, I help them with stuff

looking at helping youngsters to engage

more through events and I did a lot

of work a while back with Homebase

creating apprenticeships so that’s how it

started. I also do a lot of community stuff

with RHS and I’m just about to start a

new project which I can’t say too much

about which will be good. I have travelled

all over to schools, events for them. I

was brought up just outside London and

wasn’t the best behaved, I’m dyslexic

and obviously I’ve done OK and I think

that’s why they wanted me to help.

YOU ARE AT THE NEC IN THE

SUMMER WHAT WILL THAT INVOLVE?

I normally go from stage to stage and

talk all things gardening and there’s

different themes on different stages from

talking about ‘Grow your Own’, ‘Unusual

edibles’, soil and compost so all sorts

really. What I love about that show is you

have the gardens and displays but it also

interlinks with food and because its at the

NEC if we do have poor weather people

can get inside. Because it’s such a large

venue everything will feel alright.

DO YOU DO ANY JUDGING IN YOUR

ROLE?

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

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

up and judge other people’s work.

SO, AT CHELSEA FOR EXAMPLE ARE

YOU THERE WHEN THE JUDGES

COME AROUND?

You have a 2 minute conversation the day

before to explain if anything has changed

or there have been any adjustments

to the design. They then arrive at your

garden anytime between 7:30am and

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

from your garden. Then you have another

24 hours until you find out the result.

WHEN DID YOU REALISE THAT

YOU HAD AN APTITUDE FOR

PRESENTING?

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

think it just happened. I was talking to a

Robert Hillier at Chelsea and I 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”. 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.

WHAT WOULD YOU ADVISE OUR

READERS TO DO TO THEIR GARDENS

BEFORE AUTUMN?

Don’t disengage with the garden, I think

we get to September the kids go back to

school and people pack up their gardens.

I think our environment has changed so

much that you can’t month to month

garden anymore, you have to react to the

month you are in. September, October

and even going into November we can

still have some cracking days and only

have our first frosts going into December

so I would say to anybody there is so

much glorious flower colour foliage

colour stem colour to be had and the light

is different so the atmosphere is different

you can still wrap up and enjoy it just

don’t disengage. Don’t chase perfection

just enjoy the moments.

Adam Frost, along with other gardening

celebrities, will be appearing at the NEC

in Birmingham from Thursday August 26

to Sunday August 29.

For ticket information, please visit

www.bbcgardenersworldlive.com

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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

www.hetas.co.uk

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No Fault

Divorce Delay

ADVERTISING FEATURE

The much heralded No Fault Divorce

legislation for England and Wales has

been delayed until next year...

The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which

included provision for no fault divorce was supposed to have

come into effect this Autumn. However, this has now been

delayed until 6 April 2022,

Hayley Eachus who heads the Family Law Team at Phillips

Solicitors said: “This will be disappointing news for anyone who

has been waiting for the new rules to come into force allowing

them to go no fault divorce process.”

“For most people there is no need to wait for the new law as it is

perfectly possible to have an amicable divorce under the current

rules, as long as you have the right legal support right.”

For the time being, in order to divorce you must give one of five

reasons why your marriage has broken down:

• Adultery

• Unreasonable Behaviour

• Desertion

Separation for at least two years, where your spouse

agrees to a divorce

Separation for at least five years, whether your spouse

agrees to divorce or not

With the new law, either one or both spouses will be able to make

a statement that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. This

will be sufficient proof that the marriage has come to an end and

will allow the Court to make a Divorce Order.

Like many family law professionals, Hayley welcomes the change

in the law. She said: “The current divorce system is archaic and

unfair because of the law’s heavy reliance on using fault as a

basis of divorce. This invariably heightens emotions in an already

difficult situation, where couples are often forced into needless

acrimony and conflict.”

She said: “In essence the new law removes the need to provide

a reason for a divorce, a spouse will not be able to oppose a

divorce and couples will be able to make a joint application to

end their marriage.”

If you are considering divorcing or separating from your partner,

whether you are married or not, please do not hesitate to contact

Hayley by calling 01256 854633, emailing hayley.eachus@

phillips-law.co.uk or visit www.phillips-law.co.uk/family.

Let's Get Together

We are social creatures. We thrive in the

company of others – talking, laughing,

playing… being. At Lakeview, a Hallmark care

home, relationship-centred care is at the heart

of everything we do. Not only will our team

members form strong relationships with each

resident, we also encourage residents to form

bonds with each other...

Through the range of activities we offer at a Hallmark care

home – from cooking classes to singing sessions, days out and

gardening – friendships are formed and new memories made.

Our social spaces are also abuzz with game-playing, chatting

and cake-eating – both with family members visiting and those

residing with us.

Of course, we understand the importance of ‘me time’ as well,

which is why there’s always the option for residents to opt for

some peace and quiet – either in our tranquil gardens, in their

stylishly decorated room or in a quiet nook.

You know your loved one best and we recognise that selecting

the right care home for them is an emotional decision. Will

they be safe? Will they be stimulated? Will they be happy? If

our multiple Hallmark awards and our own current residents’

smiles are anything to go by, the answer is a resounding YES.

Every resident is unique, with their own needs, interests and

personality, which is why we ensure we get to know them

properly – by spending time with both them and their family. We

ask questions and, more importantly, we listen to the answers,

so that we are able to fulfil each person’s medical, physical,

emotional and social requirements. We want each resident to

feel comfortable in their new home, without having to give up the

things they enjoy. As such, your mum can still enjoy her weekly

trip to the hairdresser in our on-site salon and your dad can still

have his Friday-night pint at our bar.

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents, the

company of like-minded companions cannot be underestimated.

Our relationship- centred care encourages friendships both inside

the care home and in the wider community, which can both open

up new opportunities and allow residents to continue with a

much-loved hobby or pastime.

We can’t wait to meet – and get to know – your loved one. After

all, we’re in this together.

If you’re looking for the highest quality care for your loved

one, let’s get together and talk. We’d be delighted to arrange

a family visit and answer any questions you may have.

01276 861 661

www.hallmarkcarehomes.co.uk

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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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ADVERTISING FEATURE

Forest Care - 40 Years of Caring

Starting in 1981 with one of the first purpose-built care homes in South

of England, Forest Care has flourished into a large family company

successfully caring for our communities in Hampshire and Surrey. Over

their 40 years, Forest Care has opened 4 care homes and is about to welcome

their 5th...

Frank Fogarty Senior founded Forest

Care Ltd with a homely 48-bed care

home in Farnborough, welcoming Mr

and Mrs Tocock as his first residents.

Originally naming the company M.P.F

Ltd, after his three children, Michael,

Philomena and Frank Jnr, the family have

evolved the company together.

The Forest Care Ethos

Forest Care prides itself on caring for the

elderly with dignity and respect guiding

everything they do. One particular

resident inspired the ethos of Forest Care

when she said:

“Do you see an old lady, or do you see

me?”

Celebrating every resident’s

achievements, hobbies and what makes

them individual is very important to

everyone at Forest Care. That is why

the company stands out as an authentic

person-centered care provider and how

they have successfully cared for 40

years and are widely recommended by

residents and their loved ones.

Each of the Forest Care homes are

individually distinctive. They are all multiaward-winning

and have earned the trust

of the local communities.

Cedar Lodge

Frank Senior quickly realised that his

approach to providing person-centered

care in luxury surroundings was a

desirable care package for the aging

community. He purchased land to design

and erect a 60-bed purpose-built care

home in Frimley Green, named Cedar

Lodge, in 1989.

Framed by a forest, every resident

continues to enjoy woodland views from

their luxury bedrooms. However, it’s the

person-centered approach to holistic care

that makes Cedar Lodge a prestigious

setting. Delivering five-star hospitality led

by resident’s choice, Cedar Lodge has

continued to be the epitome of a “home”

for the last 32 years.

Oak Lodge

The family then purchased Oakley Hall

in Basingstoke in 1993. Transforming the

former Hilsea College into Oak Lodge

care home, Frank Senior created a

luxury care home set within 315 acres of

Hampshire country estate.

In 2013, Oak Lodge and all their residents

re-located into their new premises within

the Oakley Hall estate. Purpose-built on

the foundations of a former country farm

complex, this quintessentially British care

home combines state-of-the-art facilities

with a family approach to “outstanding”

care.

Holly Lodge

The first Forest Care home and original

“Holly Lodge” was sold in 1999, with the

plan to relaunch a purpose-built Holly

Lodge.

In 2005, Frank Fogarty Jnr stepped into

the role as proprietor of Forest Care with

the ambition to continue his father’s

legacy. In 2008, this was actualised with

the reopening of Holly Lodge.

Neighboring its sister home, Cedar

Lodge, Holly Lodge is a purpose-built,

award-winning, specialist dementia

care home, innovatively designed to

cultivate both calming and stimulating

environments for the elderly.

Rowan Lodge

Rowan Lodge, the youngest home in the

group, celebrates its 10th anniversary in

September 2021. Located in Newnham,

this innovative care home continues to

provide person-centered care for each of

their residents.

5th Decade of Caring

Entering their 5th decade, Forest Care

is excited to announce that they are

opening a 5th care home in Hartley

Wintney, Hampshire. Elm Lodge will

open its doors in 2023, offering luxury

residential care to the community.

Residential care is aimed at providing

companionship and giving people as

much of their independence back as

possible, with the added security of

dedicated and trained staff being on hand

to provide 24-hour support.

Forest Care remains a growing Fogarty

family business and is proud to have

reached their 40th anniversary in the

social care sector. The company thanks

their local communities for trusting

them to care for their loved ones for

four decades. And they look forward to

being there for those in need of care and

support for many more years to come.

For more information about Forest Care

Ltd or to speak to a member of staff,

contact the team on 0333 305 1785,

enquiries@forestcare.co.uk or visit their

website; Forestcare.co.uk.

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All you need to know

about Retirement

Interest-Only (RIO)

mortgages

It’s been over a decade since the financial crash wiped

billions off the value of the UK’s biggest companies.

As a result, borrowing became more difficult for those

heading into their later years with many lenders lowering

their maximum lending age limit and reducing the provision

of interest-only mortgages.

However, since the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

recently improved access to mortgage borrowing for those

in retirement, the door finally reopened for everyone seeking

finance; no matter their age.

What is a RIO mortgage?

RIO mortgages – short for Retirement Interest-Only – allow

borrowers to pay a monthly interest payment with no set

end date as it will run until a ‘significant life event’, such

as the homeowner moving into long-term care or dying.

It is at this point the mortgage is repaid by the sale of the

mortgaged property.

Who eligible for a Newbury Building Society RIO

mortgage?

Our RIO mortgage is designed to support borrowers in later

life who either want to move or do not want to downsize their

current property and wish to remain in their home. We lend

to those aged 60 and above who are retired and in receipt of

their pension or other ongoing income.

Why might a person want to borrower in

later life?

There are many reasons why older borrowers might

want to take out a mortgage:

• To purchase a retirement property which better

suits their needs as they get older

• To fund home improvements or extend their property

• To release cash to top up their pension income

• To gift funds to a loved one looking to step onto the

property ladder

Always speak to an independent financial adviser who

will explore your options with you and determine which

route suits your circumstances.

Is a RIO mortgage different to that of a standard

residential mortgage?

A RIO mortgage is very similar to that of a standard

residential mortgage, with two key differences:

1. The loan is usually repaid when the borrower either sells

the house, moves into long-term care or dies

2. The borrower only has to prove they can afford the

monthly interest repayments because the method of

repayment the loan is already agreed

Essentially, the ‘retirement’ element of the mortgage means

there is no defined end date the capital has to be repaid by.

Our mortgage appointments can be undertaken in branch,

by telephone or by video link. If you would like to talk to a

qualified mortgage adviser about RIO mortgages, contact

us to book an appointment.

Alton branch: 47 High Street, Alton, GU34 1PF

Call: 01420 84275 Email: alton@newbury.co.uk.

Basingstoke branch: 5-6 Chelsea House,

Festival Place,Basingstoke, RG21 7JR

Call: 01256 816813

Email: basingstoke@newbury.co.uk.

Sammy Forrester, Alton Branch

Manager and Lisa Wedge,

Basingstoke Branch Manager.

YOUR MORTGAGE IS SECURED ON YOUR HOME. THINK CAREFULLY

BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME

MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON

YOUR MORTGAGE.

Newbury Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential

Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number 206077). English Law applies and we will communicate with you in English. We are

participants of the Financial Ombudsman Service. We have a complaints procedure which we will provide on request. Most complaints that we

cannot resolve can be referred to the Financial Ombudsman Service. 8418

Newbury

Building Society


Call: 0333 305 1785 or visit: forestcare.co.uk

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