Newmarket and Ely 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.

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Guest

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

bedroom Ireland

inspiration

“There is something so special

in the early leaves drifting

from the trees–as if we are all

to be allowed a chance to peel,

to refresh, to start again.”

– Ruth Ahmed

There is something so special about

this time of year - it has a grounding

effect which forces us to consider

the passage of time and the tangible

changes around us. As the hues

of the trees shape our landscape,

we settle down into the embrace

of those cooler, darker evenings

- a sense of quietude before the

inevitable Christmas rush begins.

Our competition

page returns

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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...

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Editor Katie Thomson

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Baking legend

Richard Bertinet

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs, Angela Cave,

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Comfort food

dishes

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 web-exclusives

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


ART UNEQUALLED MAKES ITS

LONG AWAITED RETURN TO THE

MALTING'S THIS NOVEMBER!

After the enforced break for 18 months,

Art Unequalled is excited to make its return to

The Malting’s in Ely with a special 10 year (+1!)

Anniversary event.

To celebrate 10 years of the

show there will be extra opening

hours on Friday evening with

live music to enjoy whilst you

are browsing the amazing Arts

and Crafts for sale and chatting

to the Artists who created them!

EVENTS TO SHOWCASE SUPERB ART AND CRAFT

A truly amazing group of makers have been selected to take part this

year, with returning regular exhibitors and also new exhibitors, a mix

sure to delight all that visit.

Visitors will find something to suit all tastes and budgets, whether they

are looking to start their Christmas shopping, treat themselves or find

a statement piece for their home.

It seems like a very long time since we have been able to welcome

visitors and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying the event in

November!

Art Unequalled at The Malting’s in Ely on 5th, 6th, 7th November

4.30-8pm Fri, 10.30am-5pm Sat & Sun

www.artunequalled.co.uk info@artunequalled.co.uk

Adults: £2; Concessions: £1; Accompanied children under 15: Free

www.artunequalled.co.uk info@artunequalled.co.uk

Sally Dunham, Organiser: 07850 286566

This winter be amazed by

Ickworth's Light Nights

19 November - 5 December

Mon-Thurs 4.30-8.30pm

Fri - Sunday 4.30-9.30pm

Explore Ickworth’s Italianate Garden, as we capture the magic of our gothic

Stumpery with a sound and light based trail. The walk culminates with a beautiful

light display on the iconic Rotunda.

Make the most of your evening with festive bakes, mulled wine and late night

shopping– a great combination for the perfect night out.

Book your tickets online now.

© National Trust 20121. Registered charity, No. 205846. © National Trust Images

nationaltrust.org.uk/Ickworth

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Magical Christmas

Event at a Suffolk Barn

Celebrates 30 Years

Snuggled in the heart of Rougham Estate just

outside Bury St Edmunds, historic Blackthorpe

Barn is home to a Christmas event that ignites the

Christmas spirit for thousands every year, and

this year they are celebrating 30th years.

The Christmas festival starts in late October at Blackthorpe Barn

with the opening of the Country Christmas shop. There are also craft

weekends and famous Rougham Estate Christmas Trees, which

have been pride of place outside 10 Downing Street in recent years.

The Country Christmas shop has everything needed to make your

Christmas extra special, from decorations, wreaths, aromatics and

wrap to wonderful gifts for all. With everything beautifully displayed

you cannot help but imagine how you could transform your home

with amazing decorations and put a glorious smile on the faces of

your friends and family through amazing gifts this Christmas.

Celebrating 30 years this year, the Christmas craft weekends are

always much anticipated. They showcase some of the country’s

most talented artists and craft-makers. There are woven and

knitwear designs and textiles, ceramics, glassware, metalware,

wood creations, natural beauty products, leather items, jewellery,

books, baskets and so much more. Many exhibitors change each

weekend so there are new crafts to be explored each visit.

The weekends start with a special unveiling of a 30th anniversary

sculpture on 6 November at 10am and continue each weekend until

12th December.

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plantations close to Blackthorpe Barn. Available in many shapes

and sizes, freshly cut or pot grown.

George Agnew, Joint owner of Blackthorpe Barn and Rougham

Estate adds, “I am so pleased that we are getting back to a faceto-face

event again, it’s going to be fantastic. The 30th anniversary

sculpture unveiling to going to be special for me. There has been

a lot of changes, we always try to evolve things every year and

this year we have created more space for the crafts, to allow

everyone to feel comfortable, and we have extended the Courtyard

Café with more covered areas for all to enjoy. I look forward to

welcoming our visitors again and seeing the smiles on their faces,

it really does mean a lot to me.”

Blackthorpe Barn is just three miles east of Bury St Edmunds in

Suffolk, off the A14 at junction 45 (Sat Nav IP30 9HZ). For more

information and opening times for the various events see

www.blackthorpebarn.com.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Sandringham Christmas

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday

19th – 21st November

Christmas is coming! Start the season

with the traditional Sandringham Craft

Food and Gift Fair where you will love

the diverse array of over a hundred and

fifty craftsmen and artists bringing you a

choice of unique and special gifts for all

your loved ones...

Watch them at work with regular

demonstrations of glassblowing,

blacksmithing, chainsaw carving, woodturning

and traditional country crafts.

The fine food halls are large and delicious

and offer a ‘taste before you buy’

approach on most stalls, which will make

the decisions even more difficult. There

is hot coffee, chocolate, mulled wine or

cider to choose from when you need a

well-earned break. Get some Christmas

cooking ideas from our wonderful Living

Heritage chefs who will be demonstrating

their recipes in the Country Kitchen area.

There is plenty for the whole family to

see and do. Enjoy live music from the Bill

Bailey Band, Kevin O’Regan and Johnny

Flintons Music, keep the children happy

with children’s make and take, sand art

and entertainments.

Put the dates in your diary now and buy

your tickets for the Sandringham Craft,

Food and Gifts Fair.

Christmas starts here!

All in all, a great family day out at the

Sandringham Estate, Kings Lynn PE35

6EN, 19th – 21st November, 2021

For more information, please visit

www.livingheritagecraftshows.com,

where you can buy tickets in advance.

Alternatively tickets will also be available

on arrival.

Living Heritage run a series of events

across the UK, with a number of Game

& Country Fairs, Craft Shows and three

very successful Food Festivals. Their aim

is to give families a great day out.

Sandringham Christmas Craft Food &

Gift Fair

Sandringham Estate

Near Kings Lynn

Norfolk PE35 6EN

Show open 10 – 5 daily

Adults £10, Over 65’s £9 and children £4

Enjoy your day!

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SANDRINGHAM

CHRISTMAS

CRAFT FOOD

& GIFTS FAIR

November 19th,

20th & 21st 2021

10am - 5pm

Start the season with the tradtitional

Sandringham Craft, Food and Gift Fair

where you will love the diverse array

of Artists, Designers, Craftsmen, Food

& Drink and Gifts. All mixed together

with Working Craftsmen, Chefs,

Cookery Demonstrations, Jesters,

Good Food and Live Music in the Main

Event Catering Marquee.

Let’s all start planning for Christmas now!

SANDRINGHAM ESTATE, NEAR

KINGS LYNN, NORFOLK PE35 6EN

Adults £10.00 Over 65s £9.00 Children £4.00

www.livingheritagecraftshows.com | Tel 01283 820548


CAN YOU

LEND US A..

Tenor

Ade Hill catches up

with ‘The People’s

Tenor’, Russell

Watson, where he

discusses getting

back out on stage

post pandemic, as

well as something we

can all relate to...

the great lockdown

clear-out!

Images by Richard Haughton/Raymond Gubbay Ltd

It sure has been a tough year for

everyone, especially for the performing

arts and theatres. How did you

personally find lockdown?

In some respects when it first kicked in

I don’t think anybody in the industry, or

the country for that matter, anticipated

just how long the lockdown would last.

So when we initially thought it was just

going to be a few weeks I thought ‘Well

this could be a good opportunity for me

to rest my voice, rest the infrastructure’.

I also wanted to settle down – I had

been constantly touring for about ten or

eleven years without much of a break.

So it was kind of going to be just a long

lay-off but it didn’t quite work out like

that! I remember when it started to unfold

it was evident that the lockdown was

going to be much longer than we were

anticipating and it was then that my wife

presented me with this great big long list

of jobs that I’d been promising to do for

the last eleven years, culminating with the

tidying of the proverbial garden shed. It’s

only a simple 8x6 garden shed, but once

I’d opened the door to it I realised that it

probably had a similar capacity to that

of Dr Who’s Tardis! There was so much

junk in there, I wasn’t able to actually

get through the door. So the first point

was to clear the doorway by emptying

the immediate contents onto the garden

lawn. The first thing I noticed was that

there were about five or six kites in there

that remained unopened. But the most

interesting thing I found was at the back

of the shed lurking were three bikes that I

didn’t even know I owned!

That’s quite a find! Now I hear that

in your lockdown sort-out you found

boxes of old stage gear, including a

suit that you wore to meet the Queen?

Yes, and this was all in my shed! It was

all piled up in these plastic containers.

I pulled a lot of it out thinking ‘I thought

this had gone years ago?!’. This beautiful

silk white suit that I had worn when I

received my first Brit Award. All manner

of stuff was in there. It was like Aladdin’s

cave. It’s funny because a lot of the stuff

doesn’t fit anymore, as it is twenty years

on. It is designer stuff, there’s Dolce &

Gabbana and Armani and all that. So we

bagged it all up and took it to the local

homeless facility. It was funny because

the guy rang me up a few days later

and said “Russell we’re so grateful for

the clothes, we shouldn’t laugh but all

the guys here are now walking around

in Dolce & Gabbana and Armani, it’s

brilliant!”

That’s really brilliant! It is great to

donate.

We’ve attempted to do a lot for homeless

people over the years. I’ve recently been

involved with a big project with The

Big Issue, to try to raise for homeless

people who at the moment are suffering

more than ever. With people not leaving

home because of the pandemic it’s been

incredibly difficult for a lot of homeless

people. I am a huge advocate for

supporting the homeless.

Tell us more about your 20th

Anniversary tour. How does it feel to

finally be able to go back to what you

do best?

Well it was the tour that was meant to

happen at the beginning of 2020. Then

it was moved to the middle of 2020.

Then it was moved to the end of 2020.

Now it has ended up in Autumn 2021.

It’s difficult to know what to put on the

tour poster. ‘The tour that nearly was,

then wasn’t. But then nearly was again,

but wasn’t. But might be, but wasn’t.

But probably could be but we just don’t

know’ tour. December 2019 was my last

concert in front of an audience, and so

this Friday (20th July) was my first show

for the best part of eighteen months. It

was an outdoor festival in Hale Barns

and it was just wonderful to get back on

stage with all my musician friends and

deliver a show to an audience that, you

could just tell, were long overdue some

live entertainment. It was such a great,

great night.

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On his 20th

Anniversary tour:

I’m very proud of

the fact that I’ve

been able to remain

in the industry for

such a long period of

time, and it really is,

from my perspective,

something to

celebrate.


I can imagine. Just to get out and

see you and also see friends again.

Because we’ve all had to give up a lot

of our life! What can we expect from

the tour?

It’s a collection of material from the last

twenty-one years of my recordings. It’s

the repertoire that I think the fan base

would expect first and foremost and

then similarly a few surprises in there. I

think it’s all the material and repertoire

that underpins the last twenty-one years

of my recording career. I’m very proud

of the fact that I’ve been able to remain

in the industry for such a long period of

time, and it really is, from my perspective,

something to celebrate.

Does it feel like it’s been twenty-one

years since you recorded your first

album?

You know what, when I think about

all the things that have happened to

me over twenty-one years it feels like

two lifetimes! But when I actually look

back in retrospect to, say for instance,

when I first went into the studio with my

producer Nick Patrick in 1999, it literally

feels like the blink of an eye. It feels

like it was last week! It’s such a strange

feeling, but life is like that isn’t it? I think

all those moments that we feel underpin

who we are, the successes in our lives,

the failures, the difficult times, they’re the

moments that we single out and they are

they key elements in our lives. They are

part of a big jigsaw, and when you look

back on them it doesn’t feel like they

were that long ago but when you think

about all the water that’s gone under the

bridge in between it feels like I’ve done so

much, and I’ve been incredibly fortunate

in my career as well.

It’s like looking at old pictures of

yourself back in the 80s. Did I really

have a mullet? I did.

I know what you mean. I look at pictures

from that period, particularly with

reference to my teenage years and even

though, stylistically, some of the stuff I

was wearing was odd, I just look back on

it and think ‘Oh my god, that was such an

uncomplicated period of my life’. It just

seemed like it was sunshine every day

of the Summer, and snow in the Winter

and everything just seemed so massively

uncomplicated.

So you’ve been busy with a new

album?

No, there’s no new album this year. I’ve

decided to take a year off from recording.

But last year at the beginning of 2020

I went into the studio to make to 20th

anniversary recording which was released

last Christmas. So they’ll be nothing this

year. I just sort of feel like I want to let

the dust settle on 2021 and then maybe

next year, if everything is fully operational

again and we have some sort of

semblance of normality, then maybe we

can look at another four quarter release

for 2022.

During your career you have played

at some amazing venues around the

world. Does it still make the hairs on

the back of your neck stand up when

you walk on stage?

That can happen for different reasons.

It’s not necessarily with regards to the

location I’m performing in. But it can

happen if I get a moment in a song where

there’s maybe a memory of a certain

moment or somebody that maybe I’ve

lost in my life and a memory comes

in. But with regards to being in venues

where I would most definitely look out

and think: “My God how did I end up

here? This is awe-inspiring.” I mean the

Vatican is one of those moments that I

can single out. It was just tremendous,

not least of all because the Pope was

there as well.

No pressure there then!

You know what? I’ve never really felt

pressure. It’s funny, it’s something that

was born into me and it’s not something

I ever really think about. I just go on there

and I do what I do. It doesn’t matter

whether I’m singing to ten people or ten

thousand people. I go on and I do what I

do, and I do it with the same enthusiasm

and technique as I would do it anywhere.

I remember doing the opening ceremony

for the Commonwealth Games, and there

was one of the yellow bibbed stewards

stood at the side of the stage. I was

waiting to go on and he said to me: “You

alright there Russell mate?” I said: “Yeah

I’m good thank you.” He said: “You’re

not nervous are you?” I said: “No, I’m

fine.” He says: “There’s a lot of people

out there, about forty-thousand people in

the stadium I’ve heard.” I said: “Really?

Great!” He continued, saying: “All the

athletes from all the nations, all with their

banners. They’re all out there.” I said:

“Lovely.” He then says: “Her majesty

the Queen is out there, yeah she’s out

there too. And I’ve heard there’s about a

billion people watching live on TV.” I said:

“Right, please be quiet now because you

are making me nervous!.”

Who would you say are you musical

influences?

Believe it or not, my biggest musical

influence as a child would have been

my Gran! Whenever I would go round

my Gran’s house, she was a massive

classical music fan. I’ve been listening

to everything from Chopin, Schubert,

Schumann…all those greats. Mario Lanza

was a constant fixture in the house so I

was very familiar with a lot of those big

classical artists from an early age. So

she was a big influence. But in regards

to artists, Luciano Pavarotti was a big

favourite of mine. But as a kid it was all

about Paul Weller and The Jam and The

Beatles to a degree. I mean The Beatles

were slightly before my time, but still I

had my old semi-acoustic guitar and I

used to bash out tunes with my old pals,

sit up in our bedrooms or whoever’s

garage we could use and jam away to the

old Beatles bumper book of 101 songs.

Great memories, they were probably my

biggest influences.

How can we find out more information

on the tour?

You can find all the information you need

on the website including the dates that

we are doing. It’s russellwatson.com,

so you’ll find all my new dates on there,

plus you are able to book through it too

so that’s great.

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HIS

SUSTAINABLE

BREAD

HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

GLOUCESTERSHIRE REACHES

KEY MILESTONE

& BUTTER

Richard Bertinet is well-loved and well-known for being the

UK’s baking ‘godfather’. His books about baking and his breadmaking

courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.

Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and

BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate

online bread-making course...

HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS

DAY?

Making croissants with this weather! It’s

a bit hot in the kitchen but it’s nice to be

open again so all is good.

YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY

WELL AT THE MOMENT APART

FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL

BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER

INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO

BE GOOD WITH YOU.

We opened in April and we have just tried

to push everything we could this year and

last year. It’s very busy.

SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO

YOUR CLASS NOW?

Yes, we reopened in April.

SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?

No, we are Covid compliant and can still

have the same number of people.

In Bath 40% of the customers come

from the rest of the World so Japan, The

States and Australia. Obviously, they

cannot come to Bath at the moment so

we have a massive backlog of people

wanting to come when they can

travel*.

YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT

THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU

AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!

That’s true but there is only one of me

I’m afraid.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH

IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR

CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?

I knew the concept we had was good and

if it worked out, we would have success.

When I first moved to Bath a lot of local

businesses gave us 6 months to survive

but that made me more determined to

make it.

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plus tales of her life in Yorkshire

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On his baking classes

for children: “It’s good

fun and nice to see

them smile when they

try something that they

haven’t done before. I

think it’s a shame that

so many schools don’t

use cooking and baking

anymore.”

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY

THE SOUNDS OF IT?

Well, the school has been going since

2005 and since then we have won a lot

of awards, we then sold the bakery and a

lot of things have happened in 15 years.

The school is so busy it’s a worldwide

attraction which means we bring a lot of

people to Bath. We won the South West

Tourism Award two years ago due to the

number of people that we attract to Bath.

We have a few guest chefs coming in as

well, but the core classes are with me

learning about bread making, as well as

what I write about in my books.

YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING.

We pride ourselves on the services we

give our customers and also the way I

teach is quite unique - I’m very hands on.

Our school is quite small so it means that

I can spend time with everybody.

I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?

Teaching children was always very

important to us and we also work with a

lot of local schools in the area and teach

some classes plus talk to the children.

It’s good fun and nice to see them smile

when they try something that they haven’t

done before. I think it’s a shame that so

many schools don’t use cooking and

baking anymore.

I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH

PING COOMBES.

Yes, Ping does classes for me. She

teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff

from my book.

YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO

FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN

THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE

ENOUGH TIME?

I’ve got a couple of ideas but it’s getting

the time to do it and I like to write a book

for the right purpose not just for the sake

of it so I need to get the time and wait

until things get back to normal.

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

Until we get all our backlog of people

who couldn’t attend last year’s classes

hopefully then we will be back on an

even keel but not yet I’m afraid. We are

open and running and there are some

businesses that can’t do that so in a way

we are one of the lucky ones.

I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING

INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.

Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just

finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s

a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s

recipe lead and different from how I teach

in my classes, but it was well done. The

team were amazing.

YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER

COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND

THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?

Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and

on James Martin’s show so it’s a different

buzz being filmed live and you have to be

mindful of what you do and say.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE

SPECIALISING IN?

It’s specifically about bread and things I

like to do at home. It goes from making

brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that

kind of stuff and things to give people

the confidence to bake at home and feel

that they learn something. It’s going to be

good. The production team was amazing,

and I can’t wait for it to launch.

YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK

RECENTLY?

We went to France last year, Provence.

We have a house down there and

managed to visit just before lockdown.

*At the time of the interview there was

uncertainty regarding travel to the city

of Bath.

BBC Maestro with Richard Bertinet

is available now at bbcmaestro.com.

The course costs £80 for 23 episodes

including written class notes for

each one. An additional bonus festive

episode is expected to launch later in

the year exclusively to subscribers.

thebertinetkitchen.com

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CHOCOLATE, ORANGE

& PISTACHIO LOAF

INGREDIENTS

150g good quality dark chocolate chips

75g roughly chopped pistachios

Zest of 2 oranges

50g mixed peel

1 tablespoon Cointreau (optional)

125g unsalted butter straight from the

fridge

125g full fat milk

3 medium eggs

500g strong white bread flour (plus extra

for dusting)

15g fresh yeast

45g caster sugar

10g fine sea salt

FOR THE GLAZE

2 eggs

Pinch fine sea salt

METHOD

Mix the chocolate chips, nuts zest

and mixed peel in a bowl and stir in

the Cointreau if you are using it. Place

the cold butter between 2 sheets of

greaseproof and bash it with a rolling pin

to soften it and break it up into smaller

pieces (without warming it up).

Put the milk and eggs into the bowl of a

food mixer and then add the flour. Break

up the yeast and add to one side of the

bowl. Add the sugar and salt on the other

side of the bowl.

Mix on a slow speed for 4 minutes.

Increase the speed to medium for another

2 minutes then add the butter piece by

piece until it is all incorporated. Continue

mixing on medium speed for 10-12

minutes until the dough comes away from

the sides of the bowl.

Stop the mixer. Add the chocolate and

pistachio mixture to the bowl and mix

for no longer than 30-40 seconds on

the slowest speed – you don’t want the

chocolate and nuts to become mushy.

Lightly flour your worksurface and turn

the dough out onto the work surface.

Form the dough into a ball and then place

into a lightly floured bowl. Cover and

rest for about 45 minutes until just under

double in size.

Lightly flour the surface again, turn out

the dough and divide into 10 equal pieces

of about 110g each. Form each piece

into a ball and then press gently into

cake or loaf tins until they are full. In the

picture I have used tiny tins that only take

one ball but if you use a larger one you

will have a finished loaf or two that will be

perfect to tear and share. Whether you

have one or two will depend on the size

of your tins. Cover and leave to prove

for about 1 hour until just under double

in size.

While the dough is proving, pre-heat the

oven to 190°C and beat the eggs and

pinch of salt for the glaze. Brush the top

of each loaf with the egg glaze and use a

pair of scissors to snip into the dough for

decoration.

Place the tins on a baking tray and

put into the pre-heated oven. Turn the

temperature down to 180°C and bake for

15-20 minutes until golden.

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COMFORT

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CHICKEN SHAWARMA

FLATBREADS WITH

YOGURT

Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

8 British chicken thigh fillets

3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma

Paste

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges

1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac

½ large cucumber

250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style

Natural Yogurt

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra

to garnish

4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched

Flatbreads

50g pomegranate seeds

1-2 handfuls wild rocket

METHOD

Slash each chicken thigh a few times,

concentrating on the thicker parts of the

fillet. Season, then rub all over with the

shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20

minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix

the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a

good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready

to serve.

To make the sauce, coarsely grate the

cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a

pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10

minutes to drain, then gently press with a

wooden spoon to extract as much liquid

as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the

yogurt, garlic and mint.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook

the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side

(depending on the fillets’ size) until the

juices run clear and there is no pink meat,

then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the

pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads

for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange

them on plates and top with the chicken,

pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and

the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing

with the extra mint leaves and lemon

wedges for squeezing over.

COOK’S TIP

This recipe also works well with lamb or

pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust

cooking times accordingly).

COTTAGE PIE WITH

SWEET POTATO

Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil

500g British beef mince

1 onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 Oxo Beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée

1½ tbsp plain flour

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 thyme sprigs

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp unsalted butter

METHOD

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or

casserole dish over a high heat. Add

the beef and fry, breaking it up, for 4-5

minutes, until browned. Remove from the

pan, add the remaining 1⁄2 tbsp oil, lower

the heat to medium and fry the onion,

celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for

10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,

dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml

just-boiled water.

Return the beef to the pan, add the

tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then

stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and

2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30

minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick

gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes

as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.

Cover with just-boiled water from the

kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and

use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,

then lay out on more kitchen paper to

finish drying.

Preheat the oven to 200°C, gas mark 6.

Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy

into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the


potatoes with the butter and leaves from

the remaining thyme sprig. Season and

arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for

30 minutes until bubbling hot and the

potatoes are cooked through. Stand for

10 minutes before serving.

COOK’S TIP

Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes

halfway through baking to give the pie a

nice cheesy crust.

CHEWY BROWN SUGAR

COOKIES

Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 - 14

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped

300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural

Unrefined Cane Sugar

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp fine salt

1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD

Put the butter and sugar in a large

saucepan and set over a medium heat.

Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until

the butter has melted and the sugar has

dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5

minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,

baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,

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cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

With a wooden spoon, beat the egg

and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,

then beat in the dry ingredients until

completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,

cover with a plate and chill for at least 2

hours (up to 24 hours).

Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4;

line 2 large baking trays with parchment.

Leave the cookie dough out of the fridge

for 15 minutes to warm up a little. Roll

into 12-14 balls (about 65-70g each)

and space out well on the baking trays

(the cookies spread quite a lot during

cooking, so bake in more than 2 batches

if needed). Bake for about 15 minutes,

turning the trays halfway if needed, until

deep golden and cracked on top. Cool

for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer

to a wire rack to cool completely.

COOK’S TIP

Ovens can vary in temperature, so after

about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your

cookies. Once they look set and golden

at the edges and start to crack on top,

they’re ready.

CHERRY & ALMOND

BRIOCHE FRENCH

TOAST

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

425g can black cherries in light syrup

3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing

Sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 medium British Blacktail Free Range

Egg

250ml whole milk

½ tsp almond extract

8 slices sliced brioche loaf

2 tbsp unsalted butter

150g pot vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

METHOD

Put a sieve over a small saucepan and

drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside

and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until

reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the

drained cherries to the saucepan and

simmer for another 5 minutes, until the

cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.

Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan

over a medium-highheat. In a large,

shallow dish, whisk the egg, milk,

almondextract and remaining 2 tsp

icing sugar. Add 4 brioche slices to the

mixture, soaking on each side for about

45 seconds until they’ve absorbed plenty

of the mixture but aren’t too soggy. Add

1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and, when

foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes

on each side until golden and puffed up.

Arrange on plates while you prepare the

remaining slices in the same way, frying in

the remaining 1 tbsp butter.

Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top

with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the

warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly

if necessary). Scatter with the toasted

almonds and dust with a little icing sugar

to serve.


Blue

INTO THE

Emily Baker takes in ultimate luxury

in the inimitable Maldives

t’s difficult to write about the

Maldives without descending into

Icliches - it is every bit as beautiful

as you imagined, the ocean suites with

their glass floor hatches are equal parts

luxurious and mesmerising, and of

course the combination of sand, sea and

all-inclusivity really are a winner - so,

I’ll try and limit myself to only using the

word crystalline a handful of times, but

what can I tell you that you don’t already

know?

I think I could start with the journey -

though travelling is my bread and butter,

long haul can test even the most excited

of voyagers. There are a few different

routes to the mainland of Male, with BA

offering direct flights. For those looking

to fly in the lap of luxury (and if you’re

heading to the Maldives, who isn’t) then

Qatar is the best choice - with a short

layover in the ultra-plush Doha airport,

it’s enough to make the journey an event,

rather than a task.

Whilst I was prepared for the drama of

the seaplane arrival, there is something

other-worldly about seeing this string of

atolls from the air for the first time. The

inky-blue sea stretches out like a vast

blanket, punctuated by bursts of green,

framed by the turquoise necklace of each

island’s reef. Even whilst feeling weary

from the long flight, I pressed myself

to the window like a child, completely

mesmerised by the views below along

the 40 minute hop. If you’re looking for

that international-traveller ‘I’ve made it’

feeling, then arriving by seaplane has to

tick all the boxes.

The welcome on arrival at the

spectacular Sun Siyam Iru Fushi

Resort was the first taste of the group’s

trademark hospitality - a gleaming small

army in white uniforms and glowing

smiles awaited, festooning us with flower

garlands and introducing each guest to

their own dedicated villa butler - they

are your go-to whilst on the resort, for

everything from booking restaurant

tables to helping you hitch a ride on one

of the golf buggies that transport guests

around the 52 acre resort.

There are a handful of different

accommodation options for guests -

either stays on those quintessential

oceanic villas, decked with their steps

straight into the water, or a series of

beach villas, either with direct access to

the beach or with oceanic views and their

own private infinity pools. Whilst some

of the fixtures and fittings are looking a

little tired in places, the sheer delight of

the location more than makes up for any

shortcomings inside, as does the wealth

of activities, both in the water and out,

available from your doorstep.

This brings me on to my other

assumption - one I think many travellers

make - that the Maldives is a destination

for loved-up couples to fly and flop in

luxury. And whilst there’s definitely scope

for that, I wasn’t overcome by a raft of

couples acting amorously by the pool,

but instead greeted by a huge breadth

of guest profiles - there were, of course,

couples, but also groups of friends on

a girly getaway and families - taking

advantage of the total safety of the

island to let little ones run around freely.

Though, unlike other family-friendly

resorts, the children are seen but not

heard - there’s space for everyone, so

adults can still find their escape. Kids

and adults alike can partake in aquatic

adventures, with guided reef swimming,

paragliding, and options to learn to dive

in the resorts PADI and DDI Diamond

certified diving school.

If the term barefoot luxury is banded

about too much, it’s very much found

its true definition here - this is a place

of relaxation, aided by that extra

oomph that only an all-inclusive stay

can offer. In all there are 15 venues for

drinking and dining - offering a mixture

of worldwide cuisines. Where the food

really shines is in the bevy of freshly

grilled reef fish and Maldivian curries -

there are fine dining options available,

but it was the Bamboo restaurant with

its tables in the sand and menus of fresh

salads and Pan-Asian cuisine which

“If the term barefoot luxury is

banded about too much, it’s very

much found its true definition here”

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“There’s not much I can say that you

might not already know, but that

shouldn’t be a reason to stop you

getting into the Maldivian groove

and discovering it for yourself”

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eally hit the right notes in the afternoon

heat.

Knowing as they do that tourism in these

areas have hugely adverse effects on the

local environment, Sun Siyam as a group

continually look for ways to reduce their

footprint. Being an archipelagic state, the

Maldives does rely on a significant array

of food imports, but the group has its

own farm island which grows a variety of

produce, limiting the carbon impact. Guests

to the resort can visit too, for a unique farm

to plate experience.

I suppose the other big question for everyone

tentatively dipping their toes back into

international travel, is, is it safe? The major

advantage of the Maldives is the sheer space

between the islands, meaning that they

can isolate cases as and when they occur.

How this landscape will change as more

vaccines are rolled out across the globe is

still unknown, but its clear that each resort

is doing their part. As it currently stands, to

change resorts you are still required to take

a PCR test - whilst some might consider

this an unnecessary expense, I think it’s a

sensible and safe practice to make sure you

can enjoy your stay fully.

Now, if there is a spa to be found in a resort,

you will generally find me ensconced inside

it. Within a humble-looking bungalow off

one of the jungle tracks, lies Iru Fushi’s - a

world-leading spa by French brand Thalgo -

don’t be fooled by initial appearances though

- knock on the heavy black-lacquered doors

and you’ll be whisked into an exotic oasis,

where pebble-lined paths snake through

bubbling koi ponds. Massages here are on

the expensive side, but hey, you’re in the

Maldives - lean in to the luxury and enjoy

your slice of paradise, it really is worth it.

I suppose the thing that really sets the tone

for any trip, and indeed the make or break,

are the staff within the resort, and Sun Siyam

really do have a spectacularly good team.

Throughout the stay, nothing was too much

trouble. Want a pinch-me romantic dinner

on your own stretch of beach, surrounded

by the twinkle of candles? You’ve got it. In

our little quintet of ladies holidaying together,

we mentioned we would like to have a

meditation session on the beach - what

we got was a heart shape hand-dug into

the sand, punctuated with tea lights and

frangipani flowers, with yoga mats rolled out

and a selection of oils from the spa to aid

relaxation. This beautiful scene was all the

work of our dedicated butlers and could not

have been more special. This attention to

detail extends everywhere - even my own

very British sensibilities about having a butler

were eased, as the service they offered was

completely unobtrusive and very intuitive.

There’s not much I can say that you might not

already know, but that shouldn’t be a reason

to stop you getting into the Maldivian groove

and discovering it for yourself - flawless

hospitality, great food, a wealth of activities

and the unrelenting joy of the location, I think

Sun Siyam could make even the most cynical

resort-snob fall under its spell.

www.sunsiyam.com

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you must be fully aware of conditions for

travel prior to your journey - you must follow

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Matthew Biggs, is a radio personality in the UK, best known for

his appearances on the long running BBC Radio 4 programme

Gardeners’ Question Time. He has been a professional

gardener for over 25 years, since studying at Pershore College

of Horticulture and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Over the

past twenty five years, he has visited lots of gardens throughout

Britain, from small suburban plots and inner city allotments to roof

gardens and large country estates and written a number of books

including RHS Lessons from Great Gardeners: Forty Gardening

Icons and What They Teach Us, Matthew Biggs’s Complete book

of Vegetables and Gardening at Eden: And how to do it at home.

Matt’s tips for the

forthcoming springtime.

Summer saw some

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very hot weather - and, just

occasionally, the weather

we would expect during the summer too!

Whatever the reason the way we use our gardens needs to reflect

how we want to use it - if we want wildlife, then there are big and

small changes we can make, from not concreting over the front

garden for parking to putting up an insect hotel, big and small

changes add up and make a difference so let’s get going on

those - an early New Year’s resolution maybe?

If you have a space that is challenging, oddly shaped, sloping,

very overgrown or you just don’t have any inspiration, it is time

to call in the experts - from a complete landscape makeover

to some planting ideas, there are local firms who will provide

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FIREWORKS

Keeping your dog safe, calm and happy

Seasonal fireworks celebrations

can be a stressful time for many of

our four-legged friends, with loud

noises and bright lights causing

fear, anxiety and unexpected

behaviour.

To help owners and dogs enjoy this

fireworks season more comfortably, The

Kennel Club has rounded up tips on

how to help dogs feel safe during the

celebrations this autumn.

Preparation is key

A major reason why fireworks scare dogs

is the loud and unexpected noise. You can

help prepare your dog by playing them

fireworks sounds in the weeks leading up

to fireworks night. This will help your dog

get used to the disturbing noise in the

safety of their home.

To help your dog feel secure and

comfortable, make sure they have a safe

den which they can retreat to if they feel

scared, and fill it up with their favourite

toys, blankets, an item of unwashed

clothing, and other items that make them

feel safe and calm.

Make sure that you walk and feed your

dog ahead of any evening displays. It

could be a while before it is safe to venture

outside again for a bathroom break and

they might not be able to eat later if they

are feeling very anxious.

To keep your dog safe, make sure you

shut all the doors and windows in your

home and draw the curtains. This can help

reduce some of the noise and block out

any scary flashes of light. Make sure that

your garden is escape proof and don’t

forget to block off any cat flaps.

Keep calm and cuddle up

To help your dog relax while fireworks

take place, try to behave as normally as

possible and remain calm and happy,

sending positive signals to your dog. You

can also try distracting your dog from the

fireworks noise by having the TV or radio

switched on.

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or playing, and don’t tell them off - it is

natural for dogs to be scared of loud

noises and unfamiliar sights. Dogs might

choose to hide under the bed or behind

furniture, so make sure you are aware of

their whereabouts. If your dog comes to

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them and never try to force your dog to

face their fears.

Lost and found

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and ensure your dog doesn’t escape or

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microchip details are up to date and that

they are wearing a collar and ID tag -

although this is important all year around.

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make it easier to locate and reunite lost

dogs with their owners.

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available at The Kennel Club’s website.

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET

Here Martin James gives some valuable advice

Though the UK has changed dramatically

in recent years, we still have national

obsessions that are quintessentially

British. A big chunk of the population

feel the pull of the open road, jumping

in a caravan or motorhome at every

opportunity. Others spend small fortunes

down at the garden centre or heading out

to hike in somewhere that’s green. But

above all else, as a nation we’re obsessed

with our pets.

Over lockdown, an astonishing 3.2 million

households purchased or adopted a pet

- and a huge and evolving industry has

grown up around them, from daycare to

specialist food providers. According to

the latest research that brings us up to 34

million pets in the UK, including 12 million

dogs, 12 million cats, 1 million rabbits and

600,000 hamsters!

This demand has led to spiralling prices

and a worry trend of pet theft - to such a

degree that the Government is considering

much tougher penalties for pet thieves.

And from the complaints I see, cost is

clearly a worry for many pet owners.

As people start to go back to the office,

there’s a huge demand for dog walkers

and pet daycare. Many people are starting

to report anxiety in their pets after the

months of unadulterated attention they’ve

experienced suddenly ending. Bet therapy

classes are apparently booming.

Which brings us to the most important

pet expenses you’ll encounter - pet

insurance and vet’s bills. Though many

more policies have come on to the market

in recent years, lots of people are put off

by high prices or confusing contracts.

Pet insurance varies considerably like all

insurance products but it makes sense to

buy the best one you can afford - but that

doesn’t always mean the most expensive.

The best policy you can buy is a ‘lifetime’

policy, which covers your pet for treatment

for life, though only for a set amount each

year. These are the priciest policies but

make the most sense for pet lovers. You

can also buy ‘maximum benefit’ policies

that will pay up to a set ‘cap’ for each

illness. Finally, there are ‘time limited’

policies which only cover your pet for a

set period (your standard 12 month policy)

and ‘accident only’ policies.

If you’re on a budget, an accident only

policy is worth considering. As the name

suggests, the policies will only cover you

for genuine accidents not illnesses. But

if money is tight, they can really help out

if your pet is injured. Take time to read

the policy though so understand what is

being defined as an accident – and get the

insurer to explain anything that isn’t clear.

Pet theft cover is a new type of insurance

and usually you have to purchase it

separately.

A lot of the people I speak to don’t want

to think about their pet getting ill, so

leaving aside some basic injections and

treatments, many people avoid speaking

to a vet until something bad happens. I’d

really encourage anyone with a pet to get

to know their vet. The security of knowing

that the surgery is there, its opening hours

and where to go if you need emergency

treatment is priceless – though I hope you

never need to use it.

Speak to your vet before signing up to

see if their fees are likely to be covered.

There’s quite a lot of variation with vet’s

fees - and if yours is pricey, check with

the insurer how much they’d be willing to

cover.

And finally, if you need to make a claim,

speak to the insurer and tell them

about the costs asap. Some vets may

recommend ‘experimental’ treatments

that aren’t recognised and might not

be covered. I’ve seen dogs sent for

hydrotherapy treatments that turned out to

be frolicking in a paddling pool in a shed –

for hundreds of pounds. So make sure you

look into what every treatment involves

and how it helps the underlying medical

condition.

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MOBILITY MATTERS

Mobility aids can make a huge difference to someone who is older or living

with a disability, by giving them the opportunity to remain independent both

at home and out and about

If you’re living with limited mobility there

are a number of mobility aids available

which can make it easier for you get

around - whether you’re inside or outside.

From help getting to and from your car,

to effective mobility equipment which can

aid you climbing the stairs, investing your

time in investigating your care and mobility

aid options can assist you in making daily

activities simpler and more enjoyable.

As we age, our balance can often

become compromised, leading to slips,

trips and falls. While inconvenient and

painful at any age, a fall for someone

of advancing years can have dramatic

consequences – ageing bones are more

liable to breaks than younger ones, and

take considerably longer to mend, rarely

restoring complete function.

WALKING STICK

A walking stick is a simple and effective

method of providing extra support for

anyone who experiences problems with

balance or walking. Easily available, they

come in a range of sizes and designs,

making it easy to find one that suits your

loved one’s circumstances.

4-WHEELED ROLLATORS

4-wheeled rollators are a great option if

you need more support when walking.

They come in a variety of different styles,

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when you need to or bags so you can

carry your shopping without having to

struggle with carrying extra bags.

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WHEELCHAIRS

If your loved one’s doctor thinks that a

wheelchair would be appropriate, they

will be offered an appointment with their

nearest NHS Wheelchair Service centre.

In these instances, the wheelchair will

be completely free of charge and will be

maintained by the NHS.

If your loved one would prefer to organise

their own wheelchair, they will be offered

a voucher to set against some, or all, of

the cost.

Where the NHS does not consider a

wheelchair to be necessary, it is still

possible to source one through a range

of providers, with some models folding

down for ease of transportation.

MOBILITY SCOOTERS

Mobility scooters are a reliable way to

help you get around if you find walking

distances difficult and need extra

support. When choosing a scooter, bear

in mind:

• How often you need to use it

• what you need it for (roads or

pavements)

• Whether it needs to go in a car

• Where you’ll store your scooter and

how you will charge it

• How much it costs to maintain and

repair

• Whether you’ll be able to steer it

(some have special levers to steer

them if you have arthritis in your

hands)

STAIRLIFTS

With more elderly people choosing to

remain in their own homes, rather than

moving into residential care, elderly care

at home is becoming a popular option.

High quality live-in care agencies will

closely match a carer with your loved one

to ensure their needs are met fully.

Where stairs are an issue, a stairlift can

offer real benefits, allowing your loved

one to move about their own home in

complete safety. Stairlifts come in a

variety of styles and designs and can be

fitted to most stairways, even where they

have many twists and turns.

HOME MOBILITY AIDS

There are a variety of products available

to help your mobility around the home.

These include, but are not limited to:

• Grab rails/handrails, to help prevent

falls around the home

• Grab rails for the bed or a chair to

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• Raised toilet seats or commode

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• Easy to turn taps in the kitchen and

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• A kettle with a holder to make it

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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.

There can either be a lot of information

given to you at the time of diagnosis, or not

very much at all. Either way, whatever is

said to you at the time of diagnosis can be

forgotten in this emotional and challenging

time.

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia

support for families through the Admiral

Nurse service. Admiral Nurses give families

the compassionate one-to-one support,

expert guidance and practical solutions

they need to face dementia with more

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The families they work with want a simple

checklist of what to ask, what to do and

who to approach - so the important next

steps are clearly outlined in one place,

with links to more detailed information to

consider later, when it’s needed.

The Dementia UK next steps checklist:-

This checklist has been written by dementia

specialist Admiral Nurses, to help in the

early days after you or your family member

has received a diagnosis of dementia.

For each item on the checklist, there is a

further link to additional information, as

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

access to the internet, you can contact the

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for more

information and support

Ask whether there will be a follow up

appointment after the diagnosis.

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

makes this appointment?

Who will be your main point of contact?

Who will be responsible for coordinating

subsequent care and support?

Please record these details and your notes

in the Dementia UK Practical guide to

get the best out of GP and other health

appointments.

Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-

Health and welfare.

Property and financial affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a

legal document, nominating a person to

make decisions on behalf of a person with

dementia, if and when the time comes

that they no longer have the capacity to

make these decisions themselves. It is

very important to fill in and register an LPA

for both health and welfare, and property

and financial affairs, while the person with

dementia still has the capacity to do so.

Discuss plans and wishes for the future

with your family, including:-

Your wishes regarding your future care.

Your wishes regarding your future medical

treatment.

Your hopes about your involvement with

activities.

An Advance Care Plan is a document that

outlines a person’s future wishes for their

care and medical treatment.

Apply for a Carers’ Assessment

Anyone with caring responsibilities for a

person with dementia is entitled to a Carers’

Assessment, to be carried out by their

Local Authority. The Assessment will look

at the impact that caring for a person with

dementia is having, and will then identify

the type and level of support that is needed.

This could include some care for the person

with dementia, some training or some help

coming in to the home. You will need to

request the Assessment from your Local

Authority.

Apply for all of the relevant financial

support you are entitled to:-

People with dementia and their family

carers are entitled to various benefits,

tax discounts or financial support. It is

important to make sure you are receiving all

of the financial help you are entitled to.

Organise your home so it helps you live

safely and independently

There are lots of simple, practical steps

that can be taken to help a person with

dementia to be safe and comfortable in

their home.

Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency (DVLA) and your vehicle

insurance company your diagnosis

People with a diagnosis of dementia do not

automatically have to give up their driving

licence – but you do need to take certain

steps to make sure you are insured and

abiding by the law.

Inform your employer about the

diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with dementia and still

working, it is very important that you tell

your employer, so that steps can be taken

to support you in your job, if possible.

Similarly, if you are caring for someone with

dementia, telling your employer about your

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What happens to

a personal injury

settlement if you get

divorced?

By Daniel Sims, Solicitor,

Family Law Department...

The bottom line is that the answer may

not be quite what you expect and, sadly,

changes in family circumstances quite

often follow on from someone suffering a

serious injury.

Most people are aware that spouses

have financial claims against the other’s

income, property, savings and pensions

and, if no agreement can be reached

as part of Divorce negotiations, a Court

may have to make an Order, which could

include selling the property and dividing

up the savings and pension funds.

It would be natural to assume that if

one spouse has received personal injury

damages or compensation after being

injured at work or in a traffic collision, that

money would be ‘ringfenced’ for them

to keep. This is not always the case,

particularly if it is not easy to identify

how much of the compensation remains.

For example, it can be particularly

complicated if it has been ‘invested’ in

the family home and is not simply sitting

in a bank account.

Some proportion of the personal injury

settlement may be compensation for

loss of income or pension benefit. As

the uninjured spouse might have a claim

on the income or pension in ‘normal’

circumstances, so they may have a claim

for a share of the compensation which

has been paid to replace this.

If the family assets are very limited, and

there are children to look after, the Court

may have to ‘dip in’ to the compensation

if ringfencing it would mean the uninjured

spouse could not pay for housing.

However, if there’s a proportion of

the settlement which represents

compensation for pain and suffering, this

may be kept by the injured spouse.

The Court will also need to think about

the injured spouse’s future earning

capacity – if they are not able to carry

on working full-time until retirement age,

they may need to keep the compensation

to pay rent or mortgage, whilst the

uninjured spouse may be able to work to

support themselves.

Negotiating a financial settlement on

divorce can be complicated, with the

Court having to consider factors such

as family dynamics – including child

rearing responsibilities – and different

types of assets. If compensation has

been received before marriage, it may

be prudent to consider entering into a

Pre-Nuptial Agreement, which might look

to ‘ringfence’ the money, and protect it,

just in case the marriage breaks down in

the future.

Fraser Dawbarns have friendly and

experienced lawyers who can offer advice

on divorce and financial settlement in

King’s Lynn, Wisbech, Downham Market,

March and Ely.

Contact us today at any of our offices

if we could help you –

01353 383483

info@fraserdawbarns.com

This article aims to supply general information,

but it is not intended to constitute advice. Every

effort is made to ensure that the law referred to

is correct at the date of publication and to avoid

any statement which may mislead. However,

no duty of care is assumed to any person and

no liability is accepted for any omission or

inaccuracy. Always seek advice specific to your

own circumstances. Fraser Dawbarns LLP are

always happy to provide such advice.

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