Worthing Lifestyle Sep - Oct 2021

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

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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A

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

delicious Ireland

bake from expert Richard Bertinet

“There is something so special

in the early leaves drifting

from the trees–as if we are all

to be allowed a chance to peel,

to refresh, to start again.”

– Ruth Ahmed

There is something so special about

this time of year - it has a grounding

effect which forces us to consider

the passage of time and the tangible

changes around us. As the hues

of the trees shape our landscape,

we settle down into the embrace

of those cooler, darker evenings

- a sense of quietude before the

inevitable Christmas rush begins.

Garden Designer

Adam Frost

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We hope this edition makes a good

companion to a cosy evening or

a peaceful morning with a cuppa.

We’ve filled it with interviews with

some titans of their fields - firstly, west

country expert baker (via France!)

Richard Bertinet and Chelsea seventime

gold medal winning garden

designer Adam Frost.

Our interview with

Richard Bertinet

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These lovely chats fall alongside

some delicious recipes and some

inspiration for the home and

garden - plus some advice on

getting the house in good order

ahead of the worsening weather -

there’s nothing like a burst pipe to

make you wish you’d checked on

things a little earlier.

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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.

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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

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it - take a look at the evidence and visit your

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Around half a million secondary school

aged children are educated in single-sex

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attract significant numbers of girls and

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girls’ school are frequently bowled over by

the contemporary, lively and highly relevant

education that’s on offer.

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pressure to conform to gender-weighted

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Bottom left: St James School

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Preparing Sixth Formers for life

beyond school

Hurst College explains to Worthing Lifestyle why it is important

to encourage Sixth Formers to step outside their comfort zones

from day one...

The Sixth Form at Hurst College is

focused on preparing students for the

next step after school. The last two years

of a student’s educational journey are key

to providing a plethora of opportunities

and experiences to complete their

passage of self-discovery. By the time

they complete their A-levels, students will

have developed a keen sense of self and

have made the right decision about their

true purpose in life.

The journey begins on day one as Sixth

Formers step outside their comfort zones

with off-site adventure training. They take

part with a whole host of challenging

activities where they swiftly need to form

working relationships to succeed as part

of a team. By the end of the day, they

have truly bonded as a year group.

The fun continues with a Lower Sixth

dinner and quiz, followed by the first

Mystery Bus Tour of the year. Students

take a risk by signing up for a trip to an

unknown location and are rewarded with

activities such as go-carting, curling and

glow-in-the-dark mini-golf.

The Lower Sixth year is a careful

balancing act, when students are

assisted and monitored by their tutors to

ensure they get it right. The priority for

each student is to complete their core

academic responsibilities to the best of

their ability and to make time for wider

intellectual enrichment as they engage

fully with all that is on offer beyond the

classroom.

When they enter the Upper Sixth,

students move into St John’s - the co-ed

hall of residence - to begin their transition

to post-school life as undergraduates.

The year kicks off with an Icebreaker

Disco and by the end of the night they

have settled into their new house and are

ready for the academic challenges that

lie ahead.

Hurst prides itself on a unique system

of Upper Sixth academic tutoring. Each

student is allocated a subject specialist

depending on their desired post-school

path. They have access to, and support

from, someone who knows the specific

subject demands and who can help

ensure UCAS applications are the best

they can be. This is also the one teacher

students will have most contact with - in

and outside normal lesson time. Upper

Sixth Formers often see their tutors

daily, to discuss subject-specific matter

for A-levels and are also encouraged to

deepen and widen their knowledge base

beyond the syllabus.

All students recognise that membership

of Hurst’s Sixth Form is a privilege. They

are given multiple opportunities within the

school week to make a wider contribution

to the wellbeing of their community and

the wider world. Many work towards the

Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award, with

its emphasis on leadership, community

service and personal development.

Others take command roles in the largest

school Combined Cadet Force in the

southern counties or lead the school’s

own community service programme.

The Lower Sixth Young Enterprise

Programme provides an opportunity for

students to create and run their own

business from scratch. They can also

contribute to the school’s student-run

magazine or lead the many intellectual

clubs and societies. Charitable action

is highly valued, with the student body

raising around £30,000 a year for worthy

causes, and Sixth Formers are expected

to take the lead.

The Sixth Form is a time when

significant decisions are made, and

Hurst is unashamedly ambitious for all

its students. The priority is to ensure

the next step after school is perfectly

suited to each student’s aspirations and

aptitudes. Sixth Form tutors are trained

executive life coaches, investing time

and expertise to draw out an individual’s

values and motivations. Most students

choose to apply for a place at a leading

British university, but the college

also embraces the alternatives, from

professional sport and the performing

arts to entrepreneurship and aid work.

Pastoral care is second to none, with a

huge focus on wellbeing. Should they

need to speak to someone, students

have easy access to their housemaster/

mistress, school counsellors and

student guardians. Sixth Formers play

an important role in school leadership,

with a varied assembly programme

when they are encouraged to discuss

relevant topics. The aim is to ensure that

they leave Hurst as happy, well-rounded

young adults, ready for the challenges

and excitement of life beyond school.

The college operates a bus route to and

from Worthing to accommodate flexi/

weekly boarders and day students from

the area.

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It has been over two and half years since Wine & Reason first opened its

doors on Montague Place in Worthing.

If you have yet to have been, be prepared for a large selection of about 80

bottles to choose from, with at least 30 different wines available by the

glass! This includes several local sparkling wines and Champagne, Port and

Sherry, dessert wines and many other offerings, all available in various sized

glasses and carafes. There is definitely something for all lovers of fermented

grape juice! And if you don’t like wine, don’t worry, as they also have a large

selection of spirits, as well as local craft beers, kombucha, lagers and soft

drinks. The wine list itself is updated regularly, with several guest wines, bin

ends and special offers available at all times. If you’re ever unsure of exactly

what to try, wine flights are also available, where you can sample several

different wines, before deciding on a bottle.

Wine & Reason is, however, actually a restaurant. And it’s also a

predominantly vegan restaurant! Prior to opening, the owner Fergus had

been working in the wine trade for over 20 years. But he doesn’t eat meat!

The only thing on the menu that is not actually vegan is their excellent

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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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celebrate The new normal? the

harvest season

Jean de Rien, Chef Patron at The Dining Room

restaurant in Worthing talks to us about his experiences

It’s

during

no coincidence

the recent lockdown

that most

and

UK

how things are getting

back to normal… albeit a new normal...

food festivals take place at this time

of year, the harvest season. Fruit,

How did you react to the news that restaurants should be

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vegetables My wife and I were and on holiday meat for a are short break at their when we best heard,

but we immediately started making plans on how we could

and “pivot” should and change rightly the ways we be operate celebrated.

to make sure we got

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Both have confirmed always been foodies flexible and and the happy curious to try will new congregate things. to seek

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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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recipes - and here, Waitrose has

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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

BARNWELL?

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 then spent an

amazing mind blowing, not that I think

you realise it in your early 20s working

6-7 years with Geoff until he passed away

in 96.

AN INSPIRATIONAL MAN I SHOULD

IMAGINE?

Yes, looking back I don’t think you

realised what he was talking about, Peat

free gardening, Organic gardening, stop

ripping up limestone pavements and

destroying the countryside all the things

that were way before their time really. We

are now 30 years on and we’ve only just

decided to ban peat. I think in reality he

set my gardening moral compass.

HIS SON HAS GONE INTO THE SAME

LINE OF WORK ALSO?

He had 3 sons but Nick the middle son

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

Barnwell plants and gardens.

TELL ME HOW THE GARDENER’S

WORLD EVENT WENT AT BEAULIEU?

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

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

had my 2nd injection It was the first time

I had done anything in a public arena for

about 18 months! You realise that all the

shows are now your general catch up.

WITH THE PANDEMIC DID YOU FIND

IT STRANGE NOT BEING OUT &

ABOUT WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC?

Definitely, We run a school as well so

we had to close that. I did some stuff on

zoom like most people but that’s a very

strange experience. I’ve never spent

so much time at home or in the garden

through the summer months with my wife

& kids which was a mixed blessing and

gave me time to stop which I don’t think

I’ve done since I was 16.

I BET YOU MISSED THE VIBE OF

BEING AT CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW?

I was due to go back and do a garden

in 2020 so that went but it looks we will

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e able to go back in September and

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 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

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.

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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THE HOME

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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

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happens next.

There can either be a lot of information

given to you at the time of diagnosis, or not

very much at all. Either way, whatever is

said to you at the time of diagnosis can be

forgotten in this emotional and challenging

time.

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia

support for families through the Admiral

Nurse service. Admiral Nurses give families

the compassionate one-to-one support,

expert guidance and practical solutions

they need to face dementia with more

confidence.

The families they work with want a simple

checklist of what to ask, what to do and

who to approach - so the important next

steps are clearly outlined in one place,

with links to more detailed information to

consider later, when it’s needed.

The Dementia UK next steps checklist:-

This checklist has been written by dementia

specialist Admiral Nurses, to help in the

early days after you or your family member

has received a diagnosis of dementia.

For each item on the checklist, there is a

further link to additional information, as

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

access to the internet, you can contact the

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for more

information and support

Ask whether there will be a follow up

appointment after the diagnosis.

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

makes this appointment?

Who will be your main point of contact?

Who will be responsible for coordinating

subsequent care and support?

Please record these details and your notes

in the Dementia UK Practical guide to

get the best out of GP and other health

appointments.

Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-

Health and welfare.

Property and financial affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a

legal document, nominating a person to

make decisions on behalf of a person with

dementia, if and when the time comes

that they no longer have the capacity to

make these decisions themselves. It is

very important to fill in and register an LPA

for both health and welfare, and property

and financial affairs, while the person with

dementia still has the capacity to do so.

Discuss plans and wishes for the future

with your family, including:-

Your wishes regarding your future care.

Your wishes regarding your future medical

treatment.

Your hopes about your involvement with

activities.

An Advance Care Plan is a document that

outlines a person’s future wishes for their

care and medical treatment.

Apply for a Carers’ Assessment

Anyone with caring responsibilities for a

person with dementia is entitled to a Carers’

Assessment, to be carried out by their

Local Authority. The Assessment will look

at the impact that caring for a person with

dementia is having, and will then identify

the type and level of support that is needed.

This could include some care for the person

with dementia, some training or some help

coming in to the home. You will need to

request the Assessment from your Local

Authority.

Apply for all of the relevant financial

support you are entitled to:-

People with dementia and their family

carers are entitled to various benefits,

tax discounts or financial support. It is

important to make sure you are receiving all

of the financial help you are entitled to.

Organise your home so it helps you live

safely and independently

There are lots of simple, practical steps

that can be taken to help a person with

dementia to be safe and comfortable in

their home.

Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency (DVLA) and your vehicle

insurance company your diagnosis

People with a diagnosis of dementia do not

automatically have to give up their driving

licence – but you do need to take certain

steps to make sure you are insured and

abiding by the law.

Inform your employer about the

diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with dementia and still

working, it is very important that you tell

your employer, so that steps can be taken

to support you in your job, if possible.

Similarly, if you are caring for someone with

dementia, telling your employer about your

changing responsibilities will help you plan

together, so that you can continue working

and caring as effectively as possible.

For more information call 0800 888 6678 or

visit www.dementiauk.org.


PLANNING FOR DEMENTIA

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Let's Get Together

ADVERTISING FEATURE

We are social creatures. We thrive in the company

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Maycroft Manor, a Hallmark care home, relationshipcentred

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Not only will our team members form strong

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

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You know your loved one best and we recognise that selecting

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