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“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 wonderful 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.
We hope this edition makes a good companion to a
cosy evening or a peaceful morning with a cuppa. We
couldn’t resist the opportunity to carb load here with
an interview with west country expert baker (via
France!) Richard Bertinet - sorry not sorry to have
you reaching for that bread and butter...
This lovely chat falls alongside some delicious recipes
and some inspiration for the home and garden - this
issue we are focusing on getting the guest bedroom in
ship shape ahead of welcoming visitors this Christmas
- well, fingers and toes crossed we will have them this
year - bet you never thought you’d think that!
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BADMINTON SCHOOL WELCOMES
LOCAL DAY GIRLS AND BOARDERS
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Our Sixth Form’s strength comes from its size and form
our university-style teaching methods – it makes our
Sixth Form exciting and means that everyone knows
each other well. Our Sixth Form students have their
own building, the Sixth Form Centre, with its own
reception, common room, kitchen and bedrooms for
boarders. Sixth Form students have more freedom and
more responsibility, which helps them to prepare for the
transition towards university or gap year challenge.
WHAT ARE YOU INTO?
If you have an aptitude for Science and/or Technology
Badminton could be perfect for you! We offer Science
Outreach, where you will have the opportunity to learn
science beyond the curriculum and develop your science
communication skills before presenting it to the public
at various fora from primary school demonstrations
to exhibition centres and stage shows at international
In our Robotics club you will learn the hardware and
software behind an autonomous vehicle which can
be programmed to solve problems. A new addition
to our extra-curricula provision is a 3D printing club
where you can learn the basics of 3D design and how
to develop and print real objects. Some girls have also
had the opportunity to co-author published journal
articles. We have had girls presenting demonstrations
on superconductors and levitating magnets to world
renowned physicists like Jim Al-Khalili, while others
have performed to huge crowds at WOMAD, Blue Dot
and Green Man festivals.
If it’s music you’re into you’ll love coming to Badminton
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capable of performing major symphonic works. Recent
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international tour. We have over 20 visiting
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If you are into Dance, you can study it at A Level with us.
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LIFE LIKE NO
WHICH SCHOOL SHOULD MY
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.
“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 co-educational
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
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
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
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CLIFTON HIGH SCHOOL LAUNCHES
NEW SWIM SCHOLARSHIP IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH BRISTOL SPORT
The first of its kind in Bristol, a new elite Swim
Scholarship has been launched between Clifton High
School and Bristol Sport. With an aim to make elite
swimming more accessible through extra funding and
bespoke co-curricular education.
The Bristol Sport Swim Scholarship will be awarded to
young athletes, giving them the opportunity to marry
elite, national-level coaching and first-class schooling.
Bristol Sport Communications Director Lisa Knights
said: “We’re delighted to announce this innovative
partnership with Clifton High. Bristol Sport’s vision is
to put the city on the international sporting map and to
help inspire sport in Bristol.”
The first recipient of the swim scholarship programme
is Sean Simmons who joins Clifton High in Year 12,
from St Bedes; regularly in the top 10 of UK rankings for
50-metre backstroke, 50-metre fly, 100-metre backstroke
and 100-metre fly; Sean learnt to swim at the age of six
and has been excelling in the sport ever since.
The scholarship is launched alongside a new Complete
Swimmer Programme at Clifton High School, a threestep
initiative for children from Reception to Year 13
which aims to progressively nurture all Clifton High
pupils, from early stages, to swimming enthusiasts and
athletes throughout the duration of their time at school.
The programme is divided into three sections, each
covering a key period of long-term athlete development,
accessible for all levels of ability, and a carefully
timetabled provision for elite athletes.
To lead the programme, Clifton High has appointed Jez
Birds as the School’s new Director of Swimming. Jez, who
is an ex-professional swimming athlete, competing for
team GB, joins Clifton High from Henleaze Swimming
Club where he ran their swimming programme for
almost 10 years. As a Swim England Coach Tutor and a
Level 4 Strength and Conditioning Coach, Jez’s passion
lies in developing athletes of all ages and abilities; from
learning to swim through to National Champions.
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THINKING OF AN AESTHETIC
PROCEDURE? SARAH WATSON
HEADS TO DESTINATION SKIN IN
BRISTOL TO GET THOSE COMMON
Botox. It’s probably the world’s most famous antiwrinkle
treatment - but not always for the right reasons.
Done well, it revitalises the face - done poorly by an
inexperienced practitioner and you have a shiny cling
film forehead. So, I headed to DestinationSkin in Bristol
to find out more about the process, the results and try it
out for myself...
CAN ANYONE OFFER IT?
The most important takeaway from my time in the
clinic was understanding that you really want to be
in safe hands. Ashleigh, who works out of Bristol’s
DestinationSkin, is a qualified nurse and she stressed
how vital it was to have work done by a professional, ‘it
may cost a little more, but it’s essential you have someone
who has studied the structures of the face’, says Ashleigh,
‘it’s also important to have someone with experience
who’s been trained clinically - no two faces are the same
and so no two treatment plans are the same.’ This was
evident in my own treatment - as I have a small forehead,
the injections were mostly in my hairline. Each person
will need a different placement of the injections to ensure
the best results. ‘We offer a full consultation process
here, so we can make a plan to get your skin looking as
good as possible - this could be using a combination of
treatments. We then have a follow up two weeks later to
make sure we’ve acheived the desired results.’
DOES IT HURT?
This was my main question, being a little squeemish.
The answer is not really - no more than plucking your
eyebrows. I felt in very safe hands with Ashleigh, who
talked me through the process as it went on. I was asked
to frown or raise my eyebrows, then relax, at which point
Ashleigh would inject the site of the deeper lines.
HOW MANY AREAS SHOULD YOU
One thing I didn’t know was that if you are having your
forehead done, you also need to have the area between
the eyebrows (the glabella) treated at the same time - this
stops the brow from dropping too much - important for
a youthful look!
WILL IT GET RID OF DEEP LINES?
Botox is in essence a preventative treatment - it will help
stop the formation of new lines. It may also help to soften
the look of creases already in the skin, and will stop
them getting worse. Ashleigh undertakes all aesthetic
treatments at DestinationSkin, but the team also offer
a range of other skin perfecting treatments - from
chemical peels to the ever-popular Hydrafacial. They’re
adept at consulting on specific skin needs and can advise
on a course of treatment to best suit you.
WHAT’S THE DOWNTIME?
There isn’t any, really! The beauty of this treatment is the
speed - it really is a lunchtime procedure. Strenuous activity
is not recommended for 48 hours after and lying or facing
downward should be kept to a minimum in the following
six hours from treatment - this is to stop the Botox from
migrating. But other than that you are good to go!
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
This is down to the individual - on the face, treatments
can last between three-six months. Upkeep is important
though, as it’s required to make sure the effects of
the previous treatment are not undone by too much
One area Botox from £184, two areas from £258. If you’d
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PERFECT FIT LINGERIE IN KEYNSHAM IS
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS THIS
The business was started and run by Lyn Young for
25 years and is known far and wide for its large array
of lingerie and its professional and expert bra fitting
service. Debbie French the now owner of the business
started work with Lyn in 2007 and very quickly was
made Manager, so was the natural person to take
over when Lyn decided to retire. In 2016 Debbie
bought the business: “I took over a well established
business with a great reputation and it has gone from
strength to strength. The staff are all very friendly and
very experienced at measuring and fitting and always
prepared to help those with sensitive issues and go the
Debbie’s staff of six are so happy to welcome people
back for fittings, after months of lockdown. Hand
sanitizers are in all fitting rooms as well as on entry and
all staff wear face shields. We do ask customers to wear
a mask unless they are exempt.
Debbie and her team love to help ladies of all ages and
sizes. They have regulars who visit from all parts of
the country and from far corners of the world. Debbie
says: “Surveys suggest that as many as 9/10 women in the
UK are wearing the wrong size bra. New customers are
always amazed at the quality and quantity of stock that
Perfect Fit carries around 10 leading brands, sizes range
from AAA to K. As well as general everyday lingerie,
Perfect Fit specialises in Bridal lingerie, so brides can
bring in their dress and be reassured that all will look
fine for that perfect wedding day. Medically Perfect
Fit is recommended by the local hospitals for women
who have had surgery, so that they are fitted correctly,
with very importantly the right style of lingerie. Elderly
people are definitely catered for at Perfect fit and they
also stock are large range of nightwear and swimwear
all year round.
Why not treat yourself to a new set of lingerie and visit
Perfect Fit this autumn!
• General lingerie
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RICHARD BERTINET IS WELL-
LOVED AND WELL-KNOWN
FOR BEING THE UK’S BAKING
HIS BOOKS ABOUT BAKING AND
HIS BREAD-MAKING COURSES
ALIKE HAVE DELIGHTED
AUDIENCES FOR MANY YEARS.
SALLY THOMSON TALKS TO
RICHARD TO DISCUSS BOOKS,
BAKING AND BBC MAESTRO,
WHERE YOU CAN CATCH HIM
OFFERING THE ULTIMATE ONLINE
HOW ARE YOU ON THIS
Making croissants with this
weather! It’s a bit hot in the kitchen
but it’s nice to be open again so all
YOU ARE DOING
AT THE MOMENT APART
FROM THE FACT WE HAVE
ALL BEEN THROUGH THIS
RATHER INTERESTING YEAR
THINGS SEEM TO BE GOOD
We opened in April and we have
just tried to push everything we
could this year and last year. It’s
SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO
COME TO YOUR CLASS
Yes, we reopened in April.
SO, THESE CURRENT
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.
TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR
COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S
GOING FROM STRENGTH
TO STRENGTH BY THE
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
ON HIS BAKING
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
YOU HAVE SO MANY
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
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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
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
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
YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER
COOKERY SHOWS SO DID
YOU FIND THAT THIS WAS A
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
YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY
HAVE YOU HAD THE
CHANCE TO GO BACK
We went to France last year,
Provence. We have a house down
there and managed to visit just
*At the time of the interview there
was uncertainty regarding travel to
the city of Bath.
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additional bonus festive episode is
expected to launch later in the year
exclusively to subscribers.
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YEO VALLEY ORGANIC, THE FAMILY OWNED,
SOMERSET BASED DAIRY BRAND, HAS
ESTABLISHED ITSELF AS THE LEADING ORGANIC
DAIRY BRAND, BUT DID YOU KNOW IT ALSO HAS
AN ONLINE FARM SHOP?
Yeo Valley Organic, the family owned, Somerset based
dairy brand, has established itself as the leading organic
dairy brand and third largest yogurt brand in the UK. But
did you know it also has an online farm shop?
Yeo Valley Organic has always had a strong sense of
community spirit, whether that’s working with nature,
the environment, charities or even their cows. Last year
they launched the Yeo Valley Farm Shop, which features
handpicked products that are high quality and put nature
first. However, this isn’t your typical farm shop, it is online
and open 24/7 allowing customers to support small
businesses and purchase products that have great causes
and meaning. A selection of the brands featured on the
Farm Shop are even run by farmers that have chosen to
Yeo Valley is proud to be able to offer locally made
products from businesses that they know and personally
admire. Visit the Farm Shop to find out more:
If you collect Yeokens, use them to receive 20% off.
online farm shop
SUPPORT UK FARMERS & BUSINESSES
with HAND PICKED ARTISAN PRODUCTS
AN ALL NEW OFFERING AND A FAMILIAR
FAVOURITE MAKE CHRISTMAS 2021 ONE
TO REMEMBER ON THE WEST SOMERSET
We’ll all remember last Christmas in one way or another,
with tiers, tests and contact tracing, but for visitors to West
Somerset there was much to enjoy. Santa Express services
still went ahead in 2020 in a fully compliant environment
that delivered joy to young and old and, perhaps more
importantly, a safe way to celebrate Christmas. For 2021,
these family favourites, with refreshments and an on
board visit from Santa himself, make a welcome return.
But as darkness falls, an all new offering will also take
place along the popular heritage railway.
‘WSR presents: Winterlights’ will see a fully illuminated
train depart Bishops Lydeard for the first time ever, taking
visitors through winter woodlands and lineside displays
to Crowcombe Heathfield and back. Both festive services
are expected to be popular and with limited spaces, the
message is clear... book now or miss out! Further details
can be found online at
YOU CANNOT LEARN TO BE A GOOD
COOK WITHOUT LEARNING HOW
- AND HOW NOT - TO EAT AND
WITHOUT AN ABUNDANCE OF GREED
AND CURIOSITY. MIRANDA SHEARER
TELLS US MORE....
It’s not just about eating the best chefs’ food or cooking
with the finest ingredients. You need to eat bad food
to know what good food is, and to burn and ruin a
lot of your own food and learn from your mistakes.
And learn from the chefs who follow food fashion and
scatter micro-herbs over everything, even sticky toffee
pudding, who paint and glaze, drizzle and dribble, fiddle
and faddle with tweezers and puddles on plates rather
than make the ingredients taste simply and intensely of
I was lucky enough to discover French and Italian food
at an early age. My mother would drive crazy distances
in search of a good restaurant when we were children.
We would roam the back streets until we found ourselves
in a fish market where they were hosing down and
closing and she would demand the best bouillabaisse
in town. We ate L’Aioli and Soupe au Pistou in a tiny
village restaurant in Murs in the Luberon. We picnicked
in cherry orchards on ripe cheeses and rabbit pates
bought in a deli in Apt, on rillettes and brandade from
Carpentras, melons from Cavaillon.
When my mother wrote The Art of the Tart I was her
sous chef helping cook for the photographs for the book.
‘But I’ve never made a tarte au citron before,’ I wailed.
‘Nor will the readers of the book have,’ she replied, ‘if
you can’t understand my instructions I’ll re-write them.’
I was twelve at the time!
My passion for bread baking took longer to mature.
At home as a child we were always fed dense, branny,
organic wholemeal bread. Baguettes on holiday were a
treat. So were our nanny Gladys’ ‘scooby snacks’ made
with crusty cobs when Mama was away filming. That
sense of wickedness: giant sandwiches piled with ham
and cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, coleslaw; we
could hardly get our mouths round them.
When I was asked to set up a new kitchen in a pub in
Somerset I decided it was high time I learned to bake
and my mother recommended Paul Merry at Panary.
I went on Paul’s wood-fired course first and was
instantly hooked. Next came, German, French, Italian
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“WE EAT BREATHE AND
BAKE DOUGH AND RISE
TO EVERY CHALLENGE.
BAKING IS A LABOUR
OF LOVE. THERE ARE
AND DOUGH IS AS
TWO SMALL CHILDREN.
Photo: © Tom Waller Food Envy Photography
and sourdough courses. I moved
on to Paul’s professional course,
baffled by the hydration maths and
ratio of flour to water to yeast yet
determined to understand it.
When I had my first baby, Alba, I
left her on a Thursday to become the
sorcerer’s apprentice, even though,
to begin with, Paul only let me grease
the bread tins. Finally he allowed me
to make croissants, christening me
‘the croisssie girl.’
They were tough, cheesy, and a little
yeasty to my taste buds, something
wasn’t right, wasn’t French. I snuck
in a little more sugar, then a little
more, and they turned out buttery,
Paul upgraded me to ‘oven girl,’ to
weigh, fold and knead the dough
and by the time I left Panary I was a
fully fledged baker.
When we set up the pub restaurant
our pizzas were, I like to think, the
best between Taunton and Yeovil,
in fact if I dare, the best between
Taunton and Bath. But the highoctane
life of a pub kitchen is not
a place for the mother of two small
children, so when I had Rory in
2018 I quit the seventy hour weeks
and cooked for my family. The daily
round of purees, packed lunches,
teas and supper. Until a year later I
went back to help Paul.
But what did I really want? A bakery?
A restaurant? A cafe?
I started doing cookery
demonstrations at my husband’s
wood-burning stove shop. I baked
my way through Dan Lepard’s ‘Short
and Sweet.’ Customers stopped by,
tasted, asked for lessons. I set up
an Artisan Bread Baking Airbnb
Experience. Pretty soon I had 5
star reviews and a full order book. I
taught Wonderful Walkers Picnics.
You all know what happened in
Stuck at home with the children I
refined my skills. The kitchen was
stacked with flour sacks. I mastered
the perfect bagels, baguettes, brown,
white and finally sourdough loaves
after seven years of baking. And I
started a business with Carol, my
former chef at the pub. We called it
The Kitchen Garden.
It wasn’t long before we were catering
private dining and had opened a
cookery school. In the let-up from
lockdown we catered holiday lets
through Sleeps 12. We eat breathe
and bake dough and rise to every
challenge. Baking is a labour of love.
There are no short-cuts, and dough
is as temperamental as two small
children. You never know quite what
it is going to do next.
We’ve driven loaves across Somerset
sometimes for a single figure profit.
It is only sustainable with our private
dining and cookery school, now
booked up until the autumn.
I do not regret the long, hard slog
for a minute. I’ve met some amazing
people and cooked for people who
really appreciate good food. And the
joy is, we don’t operate behind closed
doors like chefs, we can see people
enjoying what we’ve produced and
almost taste their pleasure.
Perfect Neapolitan Pizza and Fresh
Pasta Class Sandpits, Curry Rivel,
Somerset Wednesday 8th and 15th
September are limited to 4 spaces.
10am-3pm lunch included £150pp.
Artisan Bread Baking Sandpits,
Curry Rivel, Somerset Thursday
9th, Friday 10th and Thursday 16th
September at Sandpits in Curry
Rivel, Somerset Classes are limited
to 4 spaces. 10am-3pm lunch
The Art of the Tart - perfecting
pastry Wednesday 22 September
10am to 4pm. Cost £175 pp lunch
included Venue to be confirmed.
To book please visit
Miranda: 07899 665635
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WHEN THE DARKER NIGHTS SET
IN, YOU JUST WANT SOME GO-
TO COMFORT FOOD RECIPES
- AND HERE, WAITROSE HAS
DELIVERED! FIND MORE RECIPES
CHICKEN SHAWARMA FLATBREADS
Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating
Cooking time: 20 minutes
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
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
COTTAGE PIE WITH SWEET POTATO
Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing
Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes
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
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1½ tbsp plain flour
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 thyme sprigs
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled
1 tbsp unsalted butter
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
Return the beef to the pan, add the tomato purée
and cook for 1 minute, then stir in the flour and fry
for 1 minute more. Add the stock, Worcestershire
sauce and 2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30
minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick gravy.
Meanwhile, slice the potatoes as thinly as you can
and put in a bowl. Cover with just-boiled water
from the kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and
use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly, then lay
out on more kitchen paper to finish drying.
Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6. Melt the
butter. Tip the beef and gravy into a medium
ovenproof dish. Toss the potatoes with the butter
and leaves from the remaining thyme sprig. Season
and arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for 30
minutes until bubbling hot and the potatoes are
cooked through. Stand for 10 minutes before
CHEWY BROWN SUGAR COOKIES
Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling
Cooking time: 20 minutes
Makes: 12 - 14
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
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
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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
CHERRY & ALMOND BRIOCHE
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
425g can black cherries in light syrup
3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing Sugar, plus extra
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
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 mediumhigh
heat. In a large, shallow dish, whisk the egg, milk,
almond extract 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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DON’T: WORRY IF YOU DON’T HAVE
LOADS OF SPACE
Ultimately you have to work with what you’ve got - in the
last 18 months, many of us have seen our guest rooms
overhauled into home offices. If you’ve ditched the bed
don’t worry - how about adding an attractive sofa bed that
you can actually use the rest of the time as a break out area
from your desk.
DO: PROVIDE BASIC AMENITIES
The more things you can put in the room to make their
stay easier, without having to ask you for everything, the
more relaxed everyone will feel. A mirror is important,
as are fresh towels, tissues, and perhaps even a hair dryer.
A bedside carafe and some glasses means they can help
themselves to water too.
DO: INVEST IN GOOD WINDOW
As you might have never slept in this space, you might
not know how light behaves or how effective the current
window treatments are for blocking out light. For a really
luxurious look, pair blackout blinds or shutters with thick,
DO: CREATE SOMEWHERE THEY
We all know it’s a bit stressful trying to live out of a suitcase
- allowing for some hanging space and a few drawers to
unpack into, can really help guests keep on top of things
whilst they’re with you.
DO: MAKE IT SMELL LOVELY
Kit the room out with either fresh flowers, a reed diffuser,
or room sprays.
DO: PROVIDE GOOD LIGHTING
Multi-level lighting is key for making a space feel cosy -
make sure there are two bedside lamps and then another
light source in the space, such as a standing lamp in the
corner or a lamp on a dressing table
DON’T: SETTLE FOR A LUMPY
The same goes for the mattress as the window treatments -
spend a night in the room and see if the bed is up to scratch.
DON’T: SKIMP ON THE BED LINENS
Good bed linen really is worth the money - and it tends to
wash better too. Provide a good quality duvet and pillows,
linens and some additional blankets if your guests feel the
DON’T: BE A PERFECTIONIST
If your guests were hoping for hotel standards, then that’s
where they should have stayed. Just aim to make sure the
space is clean, comfortable and functional, then relax -
there’s enough to be worrying about in the festive season
without adding high expectations on top of that.
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Bromley Chest, £399,
Black Branches Print, from £6.99,
Jute Effect Daylight Roller
Blind, from £22, John Lewis
Bedroom by Pure Salt Interiors
Off-White Linen Bed Set.
Limestone Wood Paint, £18
NUS422, from £82,
Furn Contra Olive Cushion,
London Bench, from £499,
Mala Pile Rug,
Reims, Iron/Metal Four Poster Bed Frame, from
Black Bud Vase, £29,
Achieve this look by
neutral textures, and
touches of black and a
few strong accent colours
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Century 1 Light
Chandelier in Rich
Auerelia Gold with Clear
Heritage Crystal, £906.12,
Design by Turner Pocock
Clemence Mirror, £174,
Rustic Apricot Blossom
Wallpaper, £44 for 10m
Porthallow Footstool, from
Botticelli Demi Lune
Console Table, £495,
Country Living Linen
Pom Pom Cushion, £20,
Estella Headboard from £545,
Coordonne mural, £470,
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Size 3, £1319,
B O H O
Dulux Paint in ‘Paper Chain’
Natural Ceramic Table Lamp,
Design by Studio McGee
Fingal 3 Seat
Navy Seigaiha Wave Cushions £32 and Kayla Woven Cushion £31, hauslife.
co.uk, Weeping Palm Tree Velvet Cushion Cover, £32.95, audenza.com
Malibu Print, from £6.99, www.juniqe.co.uk
Tulana Double Bed,
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WOOD BURNERS ARE A CARBON
NEUTRAL ALTERNATIVE TO FOSSIL FUELS
BUT CHOOSING THE RIGHT STOVE IS
IMPORTANT FOR OUR AIR QUALITY...
THE FIRES OF THE FUTURE ARE
An EcoDesign ready stove meets the criteria laid out
in the recent Clean Air Strategy. These are stoves that
have been tested to lower emissions, by burning wood
more efficiently, effectively and cleanly. They are also
approved for burning wood in Smoke Control areas –
such as the cities of Bristol and Bath. There are a wide
range of approved appliances to suit every home, from
manufacturers such as Contura, Morso, Dik Guerts,
Chilli Penguin, ACR and Rais.
MONEY SAVING AND EASY TO USE
A wood burner not only adds the feel good factor
and focal point to your home but can be a low-cost
alternative or supplement to gas, electric or oil fired
heating. If used effectively, you will see savings on your
fuel bills immediately. Many stoves are 80-90% efficient,
compared to around 10-15% for an open fire. Burning
wood that is seasoned and “Ready to Burn” is important
and there are many local suppliers in the Bristol area
who can deliver to you.
A NEW STOVE SHOWROOM FOR BRISTOL
A family run business, specialising in high efficiency
stoves for over a decade, Kindle Stoves have found the
need to expand and their supersized showroom on the
A4 near Keynsham has one of the largest displays of
wood stoves in the South West. Open 6 days a week and
with free parking, it is well worth a visit and now with
the Big Green Egg also on display. Kindle Stoves offer
a complete HETAS approved fitting service to include
fireplace alterations, plastering, chimney lining, twin
wall flue systems, hearths, stone fireplaces and oak
Kindle Stoves, Glenavon Farm, 331 Bath Road, Saltford,
BS31 3TJ | 01179 243898 | www.kindlestoves.co.uk
Approved for Smoke Control Areas
Full Supply and Installation Service
High Efficiency, Cleanburn Stoves
Family Run & Fully HETAS Approved
Interest Free Credit
Visit our showroom, open 6 days: GLENAVON FARM, 331 Bath Road, Saltford BS31 3TJ
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AUDI Q4 E-TRON
MOTORING JOURNALIST SUE COOKE
TEST DRIVES THE ALL-NEW FULLY
ELECTRIC AUDI Q4 E-TRON...
A new report by insurance comparison site GoCompare
says the number of ‘all electric’ vehicles in the UK is set
to quadruple. Nearly one million are estimated to be
registered by the end of this year which will increase to
3.8 million by 2031.
The newly launched Audi Q4 e-tron will help to increase
sales of these vehicles with its driving range of up to 316
miles and a fast charge which adds 80 miles in just ten
minutes! The report says an estimated range of 283 miles
is needed for mass uptake and expects a real world range
of 300 miles per charge to be reached within the next 10
years. Coupled with lower cost.
The Q4 compact SUV is based on the Audi 2019 concept
car with short front overhangs, large wheels and in the
Sportback, a low coupe style roofline. There is a choice
of eight paint finishes, including a new metallic shade
aurora violet. Displaying the next step in Audi’s design
language the Q4 exterior is absolutely gorgeous, whether
you choose the Sport, S line, Edition 1 or Vorsprung trim
And once you access the interior, there are plenty of
other attractive features, particularly for a demanding
family like mine. The level of space in the cabin exceeds
existing class standards and it feels spacious with
generous legroom with the absence of the centre tunnel.
There are 25 litres of storage space in the cabin and the
powered tailgate opens to reveal 520 to 1,490 litres in the
The luxurious cabin has that ‘oooh ahh’ moment with
its optional multi coloured ambient lighting. Analogue
instruments have been consigned to history with a
striking instrument panel oriented towards the driver. I
do wonder what wonderful technology Audi will come
out with next as new state of the art safety features come
with this SUV.
“POWER COMES FROM A CHOICE
OF TWO BATTERIES. THE LARGER
WILL CHARGE FROM 5% TO 80%
IN 38 MINUTES, JUST TIME FOR
A CUP OF COFFEE AND A CATCH
UP ON EMAILS.
Power comes from a choice of two batteries. The larger
will charge from 5% to 80% in 38 minutes, just time for a
cup of coffee and a catch up on emails. Using the ‘my Audi
app’, owners can charge remotely using a smartphone.
The same app will adjust the cabin temperature and seat
heating. The larger battery enables a sprint to 62mph in
8.5 seconds and on to the governed top speed of 99mph.
With precise steering, the Audi Q4 e-tron corners as if it
is on rails. The Four Ring brand is as always ahead of the
pack combing pioneering design, cutting edge display
technology and outstanding spaciousness.
Interestingly on the subject of charging infrastructure, the
report finds that some areas will have better availability
than others with Scotland on track to be the best place in
the UK to own an EV in 2030. Seven out of the projected
top 10 council areas for public rapid charger availability
are found north of the border. Meanwhile, Portsmouth is
set to be the worst place to own an EV.
I found I could understand the two displays very quickly
without being confused or distracted by them, and
they are extremely helpful in poor visibility conditions.
A natural-language voice control understands freely
structured wording, asks questions if necessary, allows
corrections, offers choices and will even defer to the
speaker when interrupted! Responses to enquiries are
made not just with the benefit of information stored
onboard, but also with detailed knowledge from the
FACTS AT A GLANCE
Model: Audi Q4 e-tron all electric compact SUV
Price: Starts from £40,750 otr
Electrics: Batteries 52kWh and 77 kWh
Performance: 77kWh battery - 0-62 mph in 8.5 seconds
and on to a governed top speed of 99mph
CO2 emissions: zero
WLTP: Certified driving range on a full charge of up to
316 miles. 125kW fast charging can restore 80 miles of
range in just 10 minutes
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The new, fully electric Audi Q4 e-tron.
Striking lines. Distinctive styling. Intelligent, optional matrix LED
headlight technology. Introducing the electric compact SUV that’s
Future is an attitude
Lysander Rd, Patchway, Bristol BS10 7FF 0117 958 1450
Official fuel consumption for the Audi Q4 e-tron range in mpg (l/100km): N/A. CO2 emissions: 0g/km.
The Audi Q4 e-tron is a battery electric vehicle requiring mains electricity for charging. Range figures were obtained after the battery had been fully charged, are for comparability purposes and may not reflect real
life driving results. Zero emissions while driving. Please consult your Audi Centre for further information. Image for illustrative purposes. Model shown is not UK specification and features optional equipment.
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TONIQ On Demand
We caught up with personal trainer Arron Collins-Thomas to find out about his new
online fitness offering, expanded from his very successful gym TONIQ...
Your gym, with its fully-rounded approach to health and
lifestyle, has made national news for its incredible client
results – what will the app offer?
At TONIQ we recognise that good health is more than just
regular workouts, it encompasses taking care of every aspect
of your body. We have created a solution where everything from
nutrition, mindfulness, amazing workouts, yoga and more is
available with guidance from fantastic trainers and experts in
Not only this, but as part of TOD you have access to your own
coach, ensuring that you have someone you can speak to, to
keep you on track and accountable as well as supporting you
We have had some incredible results over the past few years at
TONIQ and we want to be able to bring those results to more
people. With the app we aim to give anyone, anywhere in the
world, a taste of the TONIQ-life.
As a TONIQ On Demand member you get to join the incredible
community online, have access to our on demand workouts as
well as live workouts, Q&As and educational talks. We have an
incredible coaching team with a huge array of skills to bring to
you including yoga, qigong, nutrition and mindfulness.
The main workouts are written based on what we are up to at
TONIQ in any given training block and a new phase of workouts
launches every 6 weeks on the app as well as regular bonus
content to keep the training varied and inspiring.
Can you get a good experience with online coaching?
Are you accountable and is it personalised?
With TOD you have a designated TONIQ coach who you speak
to on a one to one basis. When you first sign up with us you
will have a call to help you set up your accountability sheets,
help you curate your workout schedule and set you on the
right nutrition plan for you. Then every month you get another
call with your coach to help keep you on track and answer any
questions you may have. Accountability is key if you really want
to get results and that is one of the reasons why TONIQ has
been so successful.
Are the classes accessible no matter your fitness level?
Some of us are self-conscious about going to the gym or
nervous in COVID times.
No matter what your levels of fitness we can help you. Our
expert coach will advise what level to start at for you and
how hard to push yourself in the first consultation you have
with them. It will be based around your fitness and any health
concerns, so you can feel secure in the fact that you won’t be
over training or causing yourself any harm by taking part in our
For people who aren’t ready for the gym again yet or who are
self conscious TONIQ On Demand is the perfect choice. You get
personal trainer support and expert written workouts, all from
the comfort of your own home.
You also get to join a great online community who share their
experiences and help support each other to get the results they
TONIQ ON DEMAND
MORE THAN A WORKOUT
Join our community from anywhere, at anytime with
TONIQ on Demand, our app gives you access to:
Personalised plans developed with expert coaches.
Nutrition plans based on your needs and goals.
Monthly 121 check in calls with an expert coach.
Extensive library of classes including SWEAT, STRONGER,
BURN and CHILL.
Visit TONIQLIFE.COM to find out more
WHAT ARE THE NEXT STEPS?
A diagnosis of dementia can be a big shock - for the
person with the condition, and their family. It can be
difficult to know what to do, what decisions need to be
made, who to tell, what support is available and what
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. 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? 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
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
DRIVER & VEHICLE LICENCE AGENCY (DVLA)
When you are diagnosed with dementia, the clinician
will ask if they can inform the DVLA. You can decide
to do this yourself, but legally they do have to be told.
Please be assured, just because you have a diagnosis of
dementia it does not mean you have to stop driving.
After you inform the DVLA, they will put you forward
to have a driving assessment.
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
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BOASTING A TRULY FAMILY ORIENTATED,
BRISTOL BORN AND BRED PEDIGREE,
PROVIDING BEAUTIFUL CARE HOMES
FOR THE CITIZENS OF BRISTOL AND
SURROUNDING AREA, ABLECARE HOMES
OFFER SOMETHING DIFFERENT WHEN IT
COMES TO RESIDENTIAL CARE...
Now jointly under the direct management and
supervision of the third and fourth generations of
the family, the individual care homes making up the
AbleCare Homes Group deliver the most personal level
of care in real home from home settings. In this respect
the set up is different from many of the modern, new
build homes that are springing up across the region,
often financed by investors and hedge funds. All six
of the homes are provided within the heart of Bristol
and South Gloucestershire’s vastly different and eclectic
communities. Whether it is the villages of Winterbourne
or Frenchay, or the tight knit communities of Hengrove,
Westbury-on-Trym or Redland, the beautiful period
properties have been tastefully adapted to meet the
needs of older people and people living with a dementia
whilst still feeling like large family homes. Managing
Director, Sam Hawker, says ‘We know how important
it is for families to live near their loved ones and for
people to remain within the communities where they
have spent their lives, raised their own families and
met lifelong friends. It makes such a difference to our
residents’ wellbeing to live in a house that feels like a
home and where they can pop in and out of the garden
at will or pick which room to spend their time in.’
The dedication of Sam’s Grandmother, Beatrice was
instrumental in the founding of the company, and
she was an early role model for women in business.
She worked alongside the men on the conversion of
Belvedere Lodge which was to become the family’s first
care home; undertaking jobs such as painting,
decorating and making curtains and soft furnishings
on her sewing machine. The company which was to
become AbleCare Homes started trading in 1983, where
Beatrice continued to work in the business helping
with a variety jobs in the home from serving meals to
mending bedspreads and tablecloths and an occasional
bit of painting and decorating. At the age of 80 her
first great-grandchild, Josh, was born, and he’s gone on
to become the fourth generation of the family ensuring
AbleCare Homes provides care his great grandmother
would have been proud of.
Josh comments on how the business has adapted to meet
modern needs whilst retaining the essence that makes
“IT MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE
TO OUR RESIDENTS’ WELLBEING
TO LIVE IN A HOUSE THAT FEELS
LIKE A HOME AND WHERE THEY
CAN POP IN AND OUT OF THE
GARDEN AT WILL OR PICK WHICH
ROOM TO SPEND THEIR TIME IN.
the homes so special. We have moved forward providing
smart TV’s and full WiFi access whilst still retaining the
old-fashioned values people appreciate. ‘I’m delighted
that our care teams have achieved success as part of the
Great British Care Awards, covering the whole of the
South West; these included best Care Home Worker,
Best Care Home Team and Covid-19 Hero. It just goes
to show that there is no substitute for genuine family
led care. Our catering teams have achieved incredible
recognition taking part in a South West regional cook
off competition. Having been selected as finalists for the
region, our Head Office support team, activity provision
and catering staff will also be competing for accolades
later this year.’
Although the face of residential care has changed
dramatically over the last four decades, the values and
principles of the family have remained at the foremost
in working with the great staff teams they employ. Sam
says ‘We have modernised with the times and now offer
care for older people with higher levels of need; there is
a much greater demand for dementia care too. We have
maintained our ability to provide this care in beautiful,
homely settings where individual needs, choices and
preferences are our first priority.’
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