Bristol Living Oct - Nov 2021

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The Autumn edition is here - filled with amazing goodies. We've got an interview with legendary baker Richard Bertinet, lots of delicious recipes, advice on redecorating the guest bedroom and of course our amazing competition page.

YOUR FREE COPY OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2021

Bristol

LIVING

WIN

A LUXURY

STAYCATION

PLUS A WHOLE

HOST OF

AMAZING

GOODIES

GREAT

WE CATCH UP WITH

LOCAL BAKING LEGEND

RICHARD BERTINET

Bakes

PLUS

WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE TO HAVE BOTOX | GUEST BEDROOM

REDESIGN INSPIRATION | COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

A LIFESTYLE JOURNAL FOR THE CITY OF BRISTOL


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Coming up for air: Stephen gill

- a retrospective

16 october 2021 - 16 january 2022

From The Pillar 2015 - 2019 © Stephen Gill


CONTENTS

04 COMPETITIONS

The competition page you don’t want to miss -

with lots of goodies to win this edition

08 EDUCATION

Advice choosing the right school for your child

from the Boarding Schools Association

12 TWEAKMENTS

With its popularity on the rise, we look into the

world of Botox and answer those FAQs

14 RICHARD BERTINET

We catch up with the West Country’s (via France!)

legendary baker

20 COMFORT CALLING

Delicious dishes to comfort the belly and heart as

the darker nights draw in

25 BEST GUEST

The ultimate guide to getting your guest room in

ship shape ahead of festive guests

EDITOR Katie Thomson

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PUBLISHER Sally Thomson

PRE PRESS MANAGER Kate Norris

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER Tessa Welbourn

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CONTRIBUTORS Rebecca Rose, Pete Lawrence

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A NOTE FROM THE

EDITOR

“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!

It wouldn’t be right to have an edition without one of

our most popular pages - the competitions! You can

enter all the ones listed on the page, plus some webexclusives

at minervamagazines.co.uk - you can also

opt into being the first to hear about new giveaways

when they are launched.

We are looking forward to seeing you again in

December, where we will be unapologetically thrusting

you into the Christmas swing. Don’t say I didn’t warn

you! Until then, take care and enjoy this issue.

Katie

Front cover courtesy of Richard Bertinet

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COMPETITION

Time

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To enter any (or all!) of our competitions, head to

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Find the competition and enter on that post,

using the appropriate keyword.

T&C’s apply and no cash alternatives available. Winners chosen at

random - entries made after closing date will not be accepted.

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WIN We are giving one

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Eliza Southwood

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take up a career as an

artist and illustrator fulltime

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she has consistently

drawn and painted throughout

her life. Her first illustration

commission was a Spanish children’s

book, when she was aged 13.

Eliza’s speciality is silk screen

printing, but she also works in mixed

media, watercolour and acrylic. As

a keen cycling fan, she is known

particularly for her cycling themed

artwork, but she also produces work

on a wide range of subjects such as

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start of the year, Floward is expanding its distribution across

the country, to offer a next day delivery service which allows

customers to place orders by 12pm and guarantees that their

flower arrangements will arrive the next day. What’s more, as

part of Floward’s worldwide CSR programme, 1% of all annual

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WHAT ARE

YOU INTO? WE

WOULD LOVE

TO KNOW!

BADMINTON SCHOOL WELCOMES

LOCAL DAY GIRLS AND BOARDERS

ALIKE TO TAKE A WIDE VARIETY OF

SUBJECTS, SOME OF WHICH ARE NOT

OFFERED ELSEWHERE...

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

festivals.

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

Sixth Form - we have a full-size senior school orchestra

capable of performing major symphonic works. Recent

works performed include symphonies by Mozart,

Haydn and Beethoven. Our annual concert at is held at

St George’s, Bristol, one of the most prominent music

venues in the south west of England. Plus, there other

regular performance opportunities including our biannual

international tour. We have over 20 visiting

music teachers capable of delivering tuition in a vast

array of instruments, from piano and violin to organ and

orchestral percussion.

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If you are into Dance, you can study it at A Level with us.

This brings with it a host of additional opportunities. For

example, all girls participate in the annual House Dance

Competition and we have various performance and

chorography opportunities throughout the Academic

Year.

Be as creative as you like at Badminton! Our Art Centre

building itself, with its displays of all the girls’ art will

totally inspire you to get into your art. Specialist teachers

will encourage you to try your hand at a vast array of

different skills and techniques, working with different

tools and materials. Whether it’s Graphic Design,

Fashion & Textiles, Photography, Ceramics or Fine

Art. We will encourage you to produce some amazing

art and showcase it beyond the school. If you want to

make a career out of your art, we will offer you bespoke

support and help prepare you for applications into

Creative Industry related courses; architecture, fashion,

animation, media etc. You’ll have opportunities to

attend workshops and seminars with professional artists,

designers, makers and craftspeople.

The best thing to do is to come and see for yourself! Join

us in person or virtually at our next Senior School &

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Register for your free place now:

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get

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Email: admissions@badmintonschool.co.uk

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A N

ENRICHING

LIFE LIKE NO

OTHER

WHICH SCHOOL SHOULD MY

CHILD ATTEND?

Choosing the right educational environment for your

child is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever

have to make as a parent. But if you’re looking for a

boarding school for your child, how do you choose the

right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO of the Boarding Schools’

Association (BSA), explains.


How do I choose the right boarding school for my

child?’ That’s a question we’re asked more often than any

other at BSA. And when you consider the UK boarding

market is one of the largest in the world, with more than

450 schools of all sizes and types, in all sorts of different

locations, there isn’t a straightforward answer.

But having such a wide range of choice can really work

to your advantage. If you know exactly what to look for

in a prospective boarding school, your child will enjoy a

first-class education and gain invaluable life skills, boost

their confidence, become more independent, and have

the best possible preparation for adult life.

The first key piece of advice I would always offer when

choosing a school is that it must be a joint decision

between you and your child: they have to be happy with

the final choice.

“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

vocational subjects?

Once you’ve considered all those factors and you’ve

got a shortlist of schools you’re interested in, I’d always

strongly encourage you to visit those schools in person.

This is the best way to tell if it’s right for your child or

not, as it will be clear very quickly whether they are

comfortable there.

Making that final choice of the right boarding school for

your child can be a lengthy process, but taking the time

to get your decision absolutely right is crucial. Boarding

will not suit every child or family - but for the right

child, in the right school, it can offer an enriching life

experience like no other.

For further information about the Boarding Schools’

Association, or to search for a boarding school, please

visit www.boarding.org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up

with Bulldog Publishing to launch Schoolplaces.org, a

dedicated live information resource for schools, parents

and education agents. For more information, please visit

www.schoolplaces.org.

Image: Courtesy of Highfield and Brookham Schools

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CLIFTON HIGH

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.

ADVERTISING FEATURE

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.

Learn • Create • Explore

• Strong and caring school community

• Outstanding academic results

• Vibrant Music, Drama and Creative Arts

• Sports for all: range of activities at all levels and

links to Professional clubs

• Day school with boarding at its heart. Flexi boarding

and extended days available for busy families

• Home away from Home Boarding community

• City location with +100 acre rural site

• Scholarships and Bursaries available

Book your tour on our website

A warm welcome awaits

www.kingswood.bath.sch.uk

An Independent Co-educational Boarding & Day School

for pupils aged 9 months - 18 years


DESTINATION

SKIN

THINKING OF AN AESTHETIC

PROCEDURE? SARAH WATSON

HEADS TO DESTINATION SKIN IN

BRISTOL TO GET THOSE COMMON

FAQS ANSWERED...

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

HAVE DONE?

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

movement.

One area Botox from £184, two areas from £258. If you’d

like to find out more, head to www.destinationskin.com

and book your no-obligation consultation.

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LINGERIE FOR

ALL OCCASIONS

PERFECT FIT LINGERIE IN KEYNSHAM IS

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS THIS

AUTUMN...

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

extra mile.”

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

ADVERTISING FEATURE

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

we have”.

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!

CELEBRATING

30 YEARS

OF TRADING

THIS AUTUMN

• General lingerie

• Bridal

• Maternity

• The Elderly

• Sports

• Medical & Support

• Swimwear

• Nightwear

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enquiries@perfectfit.uk.com

50 Temple Street,

Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1EH

0117 986 0950


HIS

BREAD

Butter&

SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

RICHARD BERTINET IS WELL-

LOVED AND WELL-KNOWN

FOR BEING THE UK’S BAKING

‘GODFATHER’.

HIS BOOKS ABOUT BAKING AND

HIS BREAD-MAKING COURSES

ALIKE HAVE DELIGHTED

AUDIENCES FOR MANY YEARS.

SALLY THOMSON TALKS TO

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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.

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

ANYMORE.

ON HIS BAKING

CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN

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.

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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

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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these family favourites, with refreshments and an on

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THE KITCHEN

GARDENER

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

themselves.

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

NO SHORT-CUTS,

AND DOUGH IS AS

TEMPERAMENTAL 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,

golden, flaky.

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.

And then...

You all know what happened in

March 2020.

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

included £150pp.

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

thekitchengardensomerset.com

Miranda: 07899 665635

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COMFORT

WHEN THE DARKER NIGHTS SET

IN, YOU JUST WANT SOME GO-

TO COMFORT FOOD RECIPES

- AND HERE, WAITROSE HAS

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AT WWW.WAITROSE.COM

Calling

CHICKEN SHAWARMA FLATBREADS

WITH YOGURT

Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

8 British chicken thigh fillets

3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma Paste

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges

1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac

½ large cucumber

250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style Natural Yogurt

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra to garnish

4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched Flatbreads

50g pomegranate seeds

1-2 handfuls wild rocket

METHOD

Slash each chicken thigh a few times, concentrating on the

thicker parts of the fillet. Season, then rub all over with the

shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20 minutes (up to 2

hours). Meanwhile, mix the onion, lemon juice and sumac

with a good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready to serve.

To make the sauce, coarsely grate the cucumber and put in

a sieve. Toss with a pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10

minutes to drain, then gently press with a wooden spoon to

extract as much liquid as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir

in the yogurt, garlic and mint.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook the chicken

for 5-8 minutes on each side (depending on the fillets’

size) until the juices run clear and there is no pink meat,

then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the pan then use it to

griddle the flatbreads for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange

them on plates and top with the chicken, pickled onion,

pomegranate, rocket and the cucumber and yogurt sauce,

finishing with the extra mint leaves and lemon wedges for

squeezing over.

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

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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 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.

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

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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

completely.

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 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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Ultimately you have to work with what you’ve got - in the

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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

TREATMENTS

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,

decorative drapery.

DO: CREATE SOMEWHERE THEY

CAN UNPACK

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

MATTRESS

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

cold.

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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Black Branches Print, from £6.99,

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Jute Effect Daylight Roller

Blind, from £22, John Lewis

Bedroom by Pure Salt Interiors

BRIGHT

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Off-White Linen Bed Set.

£170.99, www.truelinen.co.uk

Limestone Wood Paint, £18

750ml, thorndown.co.uk

Dar Lighting

NUS422, from £82,

wtlighting.co.uk

Furn Contra Olive Cushion,

£25, www.persora.com

London Bench, from £499,

www.boconcept.com

Mala Pile Rug,

200x290cm, £299,

Made.com

Reims, Iron/Metal Four Poster Bed Frame, from

£649, www.obc-uk.net

Black Bud Vase, £29,

room356.co.uk

Achieve this look by

layering different

neutral textures, and

adding structural

touches of black and a

few strong accent colours

Juna Striped

Cushion, £34,

hauslife.co.uk

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Century 1 Light

Chandelier in Rich

Auerelia Gold with Clear

Heritage Crystal, £906.12,

weybridgelights.co.uk

Design by Turner Pocock

Clemence Mirror, £174,

sweetpeaandwillow.com

So’Home Lamp,

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Rustic Apricot Blossom

Wallpaper, £44 for 10m

roll, litfad.com

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Botticelli Demi Lune

Console Table, £495,

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Country Living Linen

Pom Pom Cushion, £20,

homebase.co.uk

Estella Headboard from £545,

headboardsbydesignonline.co.uk

400cm Core-Edo

Coordonne mural, £470,

thebestwallpaperplace.com

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Pembridge Pendant

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Natural Ceramic Table Lamp,

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Kilby Bedside

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Fingal 3 Seat

Sofa, £1210,

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Navy Seigaiha Wave Cushions £32 and Kayla Woven Cushion £31, hauslife.

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Malibu Print, from £6.99, www.juniqe.co.uk

Tulana Double Bed,

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Elowen Throw,

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AUDI Q4 E-TRON

REVIEW

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

options.

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

boot.

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

cloud.

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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Celebrating progress.

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

unmistakably Audi.

Future is an attitude

Bristol Audi

Lysander Rd, Patchway, Bristol BS10 7FF 0117 958 1450

www.monmotors.com/audi

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

ADVERTISING FEATURE

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

one place.

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

throughout.

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

programs.

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

desire.

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


AFTER A

DIAGNOSIS OF

DEMENTIA

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

happens next.

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

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.

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

www.dementiauk.org.

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BRISTOL-BASED

CARE THROUGH

AND THROUGH

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

ADVERTISING FEATURE

“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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RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE PROVIDED BY LOCAL PEOPLE

Where genuine friendships develop in a welcoming home from home setting

RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE PROVIDED BY LOCAL PEOPLE

Where genuine friendships develop in a welcoming home from home setting

RESIDENTIAL CARE FOR LOCAL PEOPLE PROVIDED BY LOCAL PEOPLE

Where genuine friendships develop in a welcoming home from home setting

Award winning, family run 4th generation small boutique care homes in your neighbourhood.

We know that nothing replaces your own home; we can offer the next best thing. A real home from home

atmosphere where staff and residents get to know each other well.

Excellent meals are cooked by our in-house chefs, activities are stimulating & fun.

Providing care for people in their 50’s, in their 100’s and all ages in between, specialising in personal care

and dementia care.

We have locations throughout Bristol for long term care, short breaks for family holidays &

carer Covid-19 breaks safe or practices recouperation with excellent stays after cleanliness illness: & infection control. Residents and staff have

vaccinations We have and locations safe family throughout visiting Bristol arrangements for long are term implemented care, short breaks so that for residents family holidays can continue & to see

carer Belvedere breaks or Lodge recouperation stays their after Patron loved illness: House ones regularly.

Hengrove Lodge

1 Belvedere Road,

Westbury Belvedere Park, Lodge

BS6 Westbury 7JG Park,

BS6 7JG

212 Stoke Lane,

Patron Westbury-on-Trym

House

Westbury-on-

BS9 3AS

Trym BS9 3RU

29 Petherton Road

Hengrove Lodge

Hengrove

BS14 9BX

BS14 9BX

Rosewood House

55 Rosewood Westbury House Road

Westbury-on-Trym

BS9 3AS

Crossley House

Crossley 109 High House Street

Winterbourne

BS36 1RF

Frenchay House

Frenchay Beckspool House Road

Frenchay Common

BS16 1NE

For further info please contact: 0117 956 8117

www.ablecare-homes.co.uk/contact

For further info please contact: 0117 956 8117

www.ablecare-homes.co.uk/contact

Looking for a career in care? Get in touch today!

Please contact our admissions team for more details:

Looking for a career in care? Get in touch today!

josh@ablecare-homes.co.uk

Please contact our admissions team for more details:

lynne@ablecare-homes.co.uk

josh@ablecare-homes.co.uk

0117 956 8117 www.ablecare-homes.co.uk

lynne@ablecare-homes.co.uk

0117 956 8117 www.ablecare-homes.co.uk

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