Winchester Lifestyle 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

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

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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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

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Dress up, show up and be confident

this party season with help from

Stylist Sarah Sullivan...

Your diary is probably looking a little busier this year with some

festive events planned. It is always tempting to splurge on a new

outfit that gets worn once and then discarded to the back of the

wardrobe. Here are 4 easy party outfit ideas that you can use as

a basis to shop your wardrobe.

OUTFIT 1

Wide legged trousers + statement top + heels + clutch

Wide legged trousers have been around a while and continue to

be a key shape so you may have invested in some. If not, this

formula will work with any smart trousers in your wardrobe just

add a jazzy top, heels, clutch and some statement earrings.

OUTFIT 2

Pleather/leather skirt + camisole + velvet blazer + heels

If you don’t own a pleather/leather skirt this will work with a slip

skirt or a denim or pencil skirt. A normal blazer will also work in

place of a velvet one just add a camisole and heels and some

sparkly accessories.

OUTFIT 3

Jeans + sequin top + heels/fancy flats

You can never go wrong with a fancy top and jeans. Don’t forget

fancy flats can look just as elegant as heels.

1 2

3 4

OUTFIT 4

Black dress + bold accessories

Most people own an LBD or a black jumpsuit or a black top and

skirt. Just add some bold accessories to be party ready. As well

as a bold colour such as red you could also choose animal print,

silver or gold accessories.

If you are keen to buy something new make sure you invest in a

key staple that will last you such as those described above i.e.

a velvet blazer, a leather/pleather skirt, a sequin top/statement

top.

Finally, if you want a budget friendly way to dress up for party

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An enriching life like no other

Which school should my child attend?

Choosing the right educational

environment for your child is one of

the most important decisions you’ll

ever have to make as a parent. But if

you’re looking for a boarding school

for your child, how do you choose

the right one? Robin Fletcher, CEO

of the Boarding Schools’ Association

(BSA), explains.

‘How do I choose the right boarding school

for my child?’ That’s a question we’re asked

more often than any other at BSA. And

when you consider the UK boarding market

is one of the largest in the world, with more

than 450 schools of all sizes and types, in

all sorts of different locations, there isn’t a

straightforward answer.

But having such a wide range of choice can

really work to your advantage. If you know

exactly what to look for in a prospective

boarding school, your child will enjoy a

first-class education and gain invaluable life

skills, boost their confidence, become more

independent, and have the best possible

preparation for adult life.

The first key piece of advice I would always

offer when choosing a school is that it must

be a joint decision between you and your

child: they have to be happy with the final

choice.

As I’ve mentioned, one thing there isn’t a

shortage of in the UK boarding sector is

choice. You need to think about the best

location for your child: will they be best

suited to a large school attended by several

hundred students, or a smaller school

with fewer pupils? Would a school in the

middle of a city be better for them, or would

they prefer somewhere more rural? Would

they be best suited to a single sex or coeducational

school? Also, will full boarding

be the best option for them? Schools can

offer full, weekly or flexi-boarding, so you’ll

need to decide which works best for you

and your child. And is an academic school

right for them, or one that focuses perhaps

more on sport, music or more vocational

subjects?

Once you’ve considered all those factors

and you’ve got a shortlist of schools you’re

interested in, I’d always strongly encourage

you to visit those schools in person. This

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

child or not, as it will be clear very quickly

whether they are comfortable there.

Making that final choice of the right

boarding school for your child can be a

lengthy process, but taking the time to get

your decision absolutely right is crucial.

Boarding will not suit every child or family

- but for the right child, in the right school,

it can offer an enriching life experience like

no other.

For further information about the Boarding

Schools’ Association, or to search for a

boarding school, please visit www.boarding.

org.uk. In 2020, BSA also teamed up with

Bulldog Publishing to launch Schoolplaces.

org, a dedicated live information resource

for schools, parents and education agents.

For more information, please visit www.

schoolplaces.org.

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The RESULTS ARE IN!

We feature the GCSE results from two of the area’s most

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KING EDWARD VI SCHOOL

THE GREGG SCHOOL

GCSE:

99.7% of students achieved 5 of more

Grade 4/C and above

81.5% of students achieving at least one

Grade 7 to 9

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in Maths and Further Maths

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in English Language

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in Physics, Biology and

Chemistry

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in Physics, Art, Drama, Computing,

Economics, English Literature,

Sports Science, History, Music, and

Religions & Philosophy

GCSE:

98% of students achieved 5 or more

Grade 4/C and above

80% of students achieving at least one

Grade 7 to 9

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in Maths and Further Maths

97% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in English Language

100% of students achieved Grade 4/C

and above in Physics, Biology and

Chemistry

100% of students achieved Grade

4/C and above in Physics, Art, Drama,

Computing, Food Preparation & Nutrition,

French, PE, History, Music, Photography

and Religions and Ethics

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23 children in our region

have an uncertain future

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

Could you adopt and change their lives forever?

For most people, being part of a family

is something they can rely on from birth.

Unfortunately, there are children across

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and

Southampton, who are unable to live with

their birth parents, and who are instead cared

for by kind and compassionate foster carers.

Lilly is just three and loves playing with her

dolls. Siblings Oliver, aged five years and Theo

who is nearly three, enjoy going to the local

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

They are just some of the children waiting for

a permanent family life.

Today, there are all types of wonderful families

from different backgrounds and circumstances

who support one or more children to feel

included, safe and loved forever. Some families

have single parents, while others are couples

who are heterosexual, same sex or gender

fluid. Ethnicity, religion, or culture, these

differences don’t matter – what matters is that

a child is loved and supported to feel safe and

respected.

child thrive in a forever home. Kirsty adopted

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

ever done.

I’m so pleased about adoption

I actually encourage other

friends... you need to go and

do that. Do it. For me it’s

been wonderful.”

Mike and Natalie both felt very strongly that

they could offer a family life to a brother and

sister who might otherwise stay in the care

system for a long time. “Young siblings have a

strong bond together but need to be wrapped

in the cushion of being loved and cherished by

one or more parent. We knew that separating

siblings from one another can have long term

effects on children.”

Adopt South is seeking more mums and dads

who can give children a shared life together.

School teacher Kirsty knew about the high

numbers of black children who were waiting

in foster care and felt that with a bit of learning

and support she could be a mum and help a

Families who adopt two children or more,

or adopt a child with additional needs, may

also get additional financial support through

Adopt South.

*Children with Placement Orders as of 5th July 2021

If you’ve been thinking about adoption

and the children waiting, contact us today

0300 3000 011 • adoptsouth.org.uk

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


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.

Reward their calm behaviour with treats

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

you for comfort make sure to give it to

them and never try to force your dog to

face their fears.

Lost and found

The confusion and stress that fireworks

can cause to dogs mean more tend to

sadly go missing during the fireworks

season. It’s important to be extra cautious

and ensure your dog doesn’t escape or

run away during fireworks displays by

following the steps above and shutting

all windows, doors and other potential

escape routes ahead of time.

Early October is a particularly good time

of the year to make sure that your dog’s

microchip details are up to date and that

they are wearing a collar and ID tag -

although this is important all year around.

Correct and up to date contact details

make it easier to locate and reunite lost

dogs with their owners.

More tips on how to keep your dog safe

and sound during the fireworks season are

available at The Kennel Club’s website.

www.thekennelclub.org.uk

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Its been a strange and trying year for all of us, but many of you have found comfort in a new furbaby for

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HIS

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BREAD

HOUSING

DEVELOPMENT IN

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

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

courses alike have delighted audiences for many years.

Sally Thomson talks to Richard to discuss books, baking and

BBC Maestro, where you can catch him offering the ultimate

online bread-making course...

HOW ARE YOU ON THIS GLORIOUS

DAY?

Making croissants with this weather! It’s

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

open again so all is good.

YOU ARE DOING WONDERFULLY

WELL AT THE MOMENT APART

FROM THE FACT WE HAVE ALL

BEEN THROUGH THIS RATHER

INTERESTING YEAR THINGS SEEM TO

BE GOOD WITH YOU.

We opened in April and we have just tried

to push everything we could this year and

last year. It’s very busy.

SO, PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO COME TO

YOUR CLASS NOW?

Yes, we reopened in April.

SO, THESE CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

HAVEN’T CHANGED YOUR PLANS?

No, we are Covid compliant and can still

have the same number of people.

In Bath 40% of the customers come

from the rest of the World so Japan, The

States and Australia. Obviously, they

cannot come to Bath at the moment so

we have a massive backlog of people

wanting to come when they can

travel*.

YOU NEED TO BE CLONED SO THAT

THERE IS ANOTHER ONE OF YOU

AND YOU CAN KEEP UP!

That’s true but there is only one of me

I’m afraid.

WHEN YOU FIRST CAME INTO BATH

IN 2005 DID YOU EXPECT YOUR

CAREER TO TAKE OFF AS IT DID?

I knew the concept we had was good and

if it worked out, we would have success.

When I first moved to Bath a lot of local

businesses gave us 6 months to survive

but that made me more determined to

make it.

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On his baking classes

for children: “It’s good

fun and nice to see

them smile when they

try something that they

haven’t done before. I

think it’s a shame that

so many schools don’t

use cooking and baking

anymore.”

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOUR

COOKERY SCHOOL - IT’S GOING

FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH BY

THE SOUNDS OF IT?

Well, the school has been going since

2005 and since then we have won a lot

of awards, we then sold the bakery and a

lot of things have happened in 15 years.

The school is so busy it’s a worldwide

attraction which means we bring a lot of

people to Bath. We won the South West

Tourism Award two years ago due to the

number of people that we attract to Bath.

We have a few guest chefs coming in as

well, but the core classes are with me

learning about bread making, as well as

what I write about in my books.

YOU HAVE SO MANY ACCOLADES

AND EVERYBODY ENJOYS WHAT YOU

HAVE BEEN DOING.

We pride ourselves on the services we

give our customers and also the way I

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

Our school is quite small so it means that

I can spend time with everybody.

I SEE THAT YOU OFFER CLASSES FOR

CHILDREN, HOW DO YOU FIND THAT?

Teaching children was always very

important to us and we also work with a

lot of local schools in the area and teach

some classes plus talk to the children.

It’s good fun and nice to see them smile

when they try something that they haven’t

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

many schools don’t use cooking and

baking anymore.

I SEE THAT YOU ALSO WORK WITH

PING COOMBES.

Yes, Ping does classes for me. She

teaches Malaysian cooking plus stuff

from my book.

YOU HAVE PRODUCED 6 BOOKS SO

FAR. HAVE YOU GOT ANYMORE IN

THE PIPELINE OR DO YOU NOT HAVE

ENOUGH TIME?

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

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

for the right purpose not just for the sake

of it so I need to get the time and wait

until things get back to normal.

DO YOU FEEL THAT YOU ARE

GETTING BACK TO NORMAL?

Until we get all our backlog of people

who couldn’t attend last year’s classes

hopefully then we will be back on an

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

open and running and there are some

businesses that can’t do that so in a way

we are one of the lucky ones.

I HEAR THAT YOU WILL BE GETTING

INVOLVED WITH BBC MAESTRO.

Yes, it’s been amazing. We have just

finished editing. I absolutely loved it! It’s

a challenge to do live broadcasts, it’s

recipe lead and different from how I teach

in my classes, but it was well done. The

team were amazing.

YOU HAVE BEEN ON OTHER

COOKERY SHOWS SO DID YOU FIND

THAT THIS WAS A STEP UP?

Yes, I’ve been on Saturday Kitchen and

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

buzz being filmed live and you have to be

mindful of what you do and say.

WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WILL BE

SPECIALISING IN?

It’s specifically about bread and things I

like to do at home. It goes from making

brioche, sourdough to bagels, all that

kind of stuff and things to give people

the confidence to bake at home and feel

that they learn something. It’s going to be

good. The production team was amazing,

and I can’t wait for it to launch.

YOU ARE FROM BRITTANY HAVE

YOU HAD THE CHANCE TO GO BACK

RECENTLY?

We went to France last year, Provence.

We have a house down there and

managed to visit just before lockdown.

*At the time of the interview there was

uncertainty regarding travel to the city

of Bath.

BBC Maestro with Richard Bertinet

is available now at bbcmaestro.com.

The course costs £80 for 23 episodes

including written class notes for

each one. An additional bonus festive

episode is expected to launch later in

the year exclusively to subscribers.

thebertinetkitchen.com

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PRETZELS

PREPARATION:

Ferment + 20-30 mins

RESTING: 1 hour

PROVING: 45-60 mins

BAKING: 10-12 mins

FREEZING: Freeze well fully baked.

Defrost at room temperature.

INGREDIENTS (MAKES 12)

400g fermented white dough

500g strong white flour

10g fresh yeast

15g caster sugar

10g salt

50g unsalted butter

100g milk

100g water

1 egg mixed with a pinch of salt (and, if

you like, a few drops of coffee essence

for colour) 1 hour before you need it, to

make an egg wash

A little vegetable oil

A Little Rock salt for sprinkling

TO PREPARE

Preheat the oven to 250°C. Lightly oil 1 or

2 baking trays.

To make

Mix all the dough ingredients together in

your mixing bowl. The resulting dough

will feel very stiff. Give the bowl with a

baking cloth and leave to rest for 1 hour.

Very lightly flour your work surface. Divide

the dough into 12 x 100g pieces.

Roll each piece with your fingers until it

is around 20cm long. Form into a heart

shape by brining the 2 ends to the centre,

crossing the right end over the left,

bringing it back underneath, then laying

the ends either side of the point of the

heart.

Lay the pretzels on a greased baking tray

and glaze with egg wash. Leave to prove,

uncovered, for 45-60 mins.

Glaze again with egg wash and sprinkle

immediately with rock salt, pressing

it down into the dough a little. Put the

pretzels into the oven and turn down the

heat to 230°C. Bake for 10-12 mins until

they are dark golden brown, at which

point they will be chewy. If you prefer

them a little crisper, give them another

couple of mins. Cool on a wire rack.

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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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WITH FAMILY

And that’s just what you need at

this busy festive season.

After months of being apart and

Life is just so busy and sorting out that wonderful feast can be

missing a challenge. So, Christmas, now the big blue turkey Easter book is out, and why not

come in and start off your order with the main event – Turkey.

many Remember you special can come birthdays, and change it any time now until the is end the of

November, so its never too early start. We’ve everything you

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Many people are becoming concerned about the welfare of their

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counter – not forgetting your special groceries. We are here to

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Of course, its not

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SHORTAGES - IS IT TRUE?

cheese, deli, pies, and

Well yes, it is! We’re always honest with our

other

customers

delicacies

and

from

things are going to be tight this year. The best

the kitchen.

answer? Dive into

Evans and grab an order form or chat to a member of staff so

you can beat the crowds. We’ll get it all ordered

Then there’s

and you

the

can

only

relax knowing its in hand.

wet fish shop for miles

around – and you really

can’t get better, as it

comes with excellent

service from Simeon

who can fillet your fish

and dress your crabs

or even lobster - these

must be ordered in

advance.

So shop local and enjoy a coffee in town at the same time,

there’s a good selection of café’s and restaurants so you’re

bound to find what you want. Add to that the independent

shops and you’ll have Christmas sorted in no time – along with

an enjoyable day out. Why battle with the busy towns and traffic

when TURKEY you VISIT can enjoy a shopping trip locally.

Yup, its already happened, Nigel & Eunice have been and

So checked come on in and the Turkeys see us and to make we will sure help they you are create happy a masterly birds – just

feast we for like friends them and Copas family. have done it again!

From all the team at Evans

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COMFORT

When the darker nights set in, you

just want some go-to comfort food

recipes - and here, Waitrose has

delivered! Find more recipes at

www.waitrose.com

Calling

CHICKEN SHAWARMA

FLATBREADS WITH

YOGURT

Prep time: 20 minutes + marinating

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

8 British chicken thigh fillets

3 tbsp Cooks’ Ingredients Shawarma

Paste

½ red onion, finely sliced

2 lemons, juice of 1, 1 cut into wedges

1½ tsp Cooks’ Ingredients Sumac

½ large cucumber

250g Yeo Valley Organic Greek Style

Natural Yogurt

1 small clove garlic, finely grated

15 mint leaves, finely shredded, plus extra

to garnish

4 Waitrose & Partners Hand-Stretched

Flatbreads

50g pomegranate seeds

1-2 handfuls wild rocket

METHOD

Slash each chicken thigh a few times,

concentrating on the thicker parts of the

fillet. Season, then rub all over with the

shawarma paste. Cover and chill for 20

minutes (up to 2 hours). Meanwhile, mix

the onion, lemon juice and sumac with a

good pinch of salt. Set aside until ready

to serve.

To make the sauce, coarsely grate the

cucumber and put in a sieve. Toss with a

pinch of salt and leave over a bowl for 10

minutes to drain, then gently press with a

wooden spoon to extract as much liquid

as possible. Tip into a bowl and stir in the

yogurt, garlic and mint.

Heat a griddle pan over a high heat. Cook

the chicken for 5-8 minutes on each side

(depending on the fillets’ size) until the

juices run clear and there is no pink meat,

then set aside for 2 minutes. Clean the

pan then use it to griddle the flatbreads

for 30 seconds on each side. Arrange

them on plates and top with the chicken,

pickled onion, pomegranate, rocket and

the cucumber and yogurt sauce, finishing

with the extra mint leaves and lemon

wedges for squeezing over.

COOK’S TIP

This recipe also works well with lamb or

pork steaks instead of chicken (adjust

cooking times accordingly).

COTTAGE PIE WITH

SWEET POTATO

Prep time: 20 minutes plus standing

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

1 tbsp olive oil

500g British beef mince

1 onion, diced

1 stalk celery, diced

1 carrot, peeled and diced

1 Oxo Beef stock cube

1 tbsp tomato purée

1½ tbsp plain flour

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

3 thyme sprigs

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled

1 tbsp unsalted butter

METHOD

Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large sauté pan or

casserole dish over a high heat. Add

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

minutes, until browned. Remove from the

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

the heat to medium and fry the onion,

celery and carrot with a pinch of salt for

10 minutes, until softened. Meanwhile,

dissolve the beef stock cube in 500ml

just-boiled water.

Return the beef to the pan, add the

tomato purée and cook for 1 minute, then

stir in the flour and fry for 1 minute more.

Add the stock, Worcestershire sauce and

2 thyme sprigs and simmer for 25-30

minutes, until the beef is coated in a thick

gravy. Meanwhile, slice the potatoes

as thinly as you can and put in a bowl.

Cover with just-boiled water from the

kettle; set aside for 10 minutes. Drain and

use kitchen paper to pat dry thoroughly,

then lay out on more kitchen paper to

finish drying.

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

Melt the butter. Tip the beef and gravy

into a medium ovenproof dish. Toss the

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potatoes with the butter and leaves from

the remaining thyme sprig. Season and

arrange in circles over the beef. Bake for

30 minutes until bubbling hot and the

potatoes are cooked through. Stand for

10 minutes before serving.

COOK’S TIP

Scatter grated cheddar over the potatoes

halfway through baking to give the pie a

nice cheesy crust.

CHEWY BROWN SUGAR

COOKIES

Prep time: 15 minutes plus chilling

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Makes: 12 - 14

INGREDIENTS

200g unsalted butter, roughly chopped

300g Billington’s Dark Brown Soft Natural

Unrefined Cane Sugar

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp fine salt

1 large British Blacktail Free Range Egg

1 tsp vanilla bean paste

METHOD

Put the butter and sugar in a large

saucepan and set over a medium heat.

Heat gently, stirring occasionally, until

the butter has melted and the sugar has

dissolved. Set aside off the heat for 5

minutes to cool. Meanwhile, mix the flour,

baking powder, bicarbonate of soda,

cinnamon and salt in a bowl.

With a wooden spoon, beat the egg

and vanilla into the butter-sugar mix,

then beat in the dry ingredients until

completely combined. Transfer to a bowl,

cover with a plate and chill for at least 2

hours (up to 24 hours).

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

line 2 large baking trays with parchment.

Leave the cookie dough out of the fridge

for 15 minutes to warm up a little. Roll

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

and space out well on the baking trays

(the cookies spread quite a lot during

cooking, so bake in more than 2 batches

if needed). Bake for about 15 minutes,

turning the trays halfway if needed, until

deep golden and cracked on top. Cool

for 5 minutes on the trays, then transfer

to a wire rack to cool completely.

COOK’S TIP

Ovens can vary in temperature, so after

about 12 minutes, keep an eye on your

cookies. Once they look set and golden

at the edges and start to crack on top,

they’re ready.

CHERRY & ALMOND

BRIOCHE FRENCH

TOAST

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

425g can black cherries in light syrup

3 tsp Tate & Lyle Fairtrade Cane Icing

Sugar, plus extra for dusting

1 medium British Blacktail Free Range

Egg

250ml whole milk

½ tsp almond extract

8 slices sliced brioche loaf

2 tbsp unsalted butter

150g pot vanilla yogurt

1 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

METHOD

Put a sieve over a small saucepan and

drain the cherries. Set the cherries aside

and simmer the juices for 5 minutes until

reduced. Add 1 tsp icing sugar and the

drained cherries to the saucepan and

simmer for another 5 minutes, until the

cherries are coated in a glossy syrup.

Meanwhile, set your largest frying pan

over a medium-highheat. In a large,

shallow dish, whisk the egg, milk,

almondextract and remaining 2 tsp

icing sugar. Add 4 brioche slices to the

mixture, soaking on each side for about

45 seconds until they’ve absorbed plenty

of the mixture but aren’t too soggy. Add

1 tbsp butter to the frying pan and, when

foaming, fry the brioche for 4 minutes

on each side until golden and puffed up.

Arrange on plates while you prepare the

remaining slices in the same way, frying in

the remaining 1 tbsp butter.

Serve 2 slices of brioche per person. Top

with a spoonful of vanilla yogurt and the

warm cherries and syrup (reheat briefly

if necessary). Scatter with the toasted

almonds and dust with a little icing sugar

to serve.

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Good bed linen really is worth the money

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Kit the room out with either fresh flowers,

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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,

£139, laredoute.co.uk

Rustic Apricot Blossom

Wallpaper, £44 for 10m

roll, litfad.com

MODERN

REGENCY

Porthallow Footstool, from

£746, sofasandstuff.com

Botticelli Demi Lune

Console Table, £495,

perchandparrow.com

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

Size 3, £1319,

www.originalbtc.com

B O H O

COASTAL

Dulux Paint in ‘Paper Chain’

Natural Ceramic Table Lamp,

£99,barkerandstonehouse.co.uk

Kilby Bedside

Table, £229,

made.com

Design by Studio McGee

Fingal 3 Seat

Sofa, £1210,

sofa.com

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

co.uk, Weeping Palm Tree Velvet Cushion Cover, £32.95, audenza.com

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

Tulana Double Bed,

£599, made.com

Elowen Throw,

£75, hauslife.co.uk

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DIY PROJECT:

UPCYCLE

We all know the importance of reusing

and recycling, and this ethos extends to

our furniture. We’ve all been knee-deep

in a flat pack assembly project, when in

reality, we could be looking at updating

furniture we already have, with a few

simple steps.

If you’ve ever felt daunted by a project

like this, don’t! It’s one of the simplest

DIYs and you can feel happy in the

knowledge that you’ve saved something

from landfill and created a beautiful piece

for your home. Here’s how to get started.

1. CHOOSE YOUR PAINT. In this

project, Annie Sloan’s Athenian

Black Chalk Paint was used. The

beauty of paints like this is they

don’t require much prep - no need

to sand, just give your piece a good

clean with sugar soap. If you opt

for a different paint, just check the

instructions on the label - some

might require a priming coat.

2. REMOVE OLD HARDWARE/

KNOBS. Unscrew existing knobs -

you can either paint or spray paint

these or replace with new ones.

We chose these incredible Rococo

Drawer Handles from Dowsing &

Reynolds in a raw brass finish. Their

concave shape and fabulous

texture made this piece feel

modern again. If your knew

handles have different fixings

to the old ones, you may need

to use wood filler to patch the hole,

allow to dry and then sand before

painting.

3. BEGIN TO PAINT. Remove the

drawers and paint each section,

making sure to coat the edges of

drawers as these will be seen. This

piece only needed one coat as the

paint was so thick.

4. FINISH. We finished by buffing

clear Annie Sloan wax into the dry

piece for extra longevity. Wax gives

a dull lustre, but you might prefer a

clear varnish.

5. FIX NEW HARDWARE. Once dry,

attach your knobs or pulls.

The beauty of projects like this are that

you can repaint as soon as you need to

give your space a refresh, or add new

hardware to suit the room.

You can give a room a

whole new look, without an

Allen Key in sight!

Paint: anniesloan.com

Handles:

dowsingandreynolds.com

A T H E N I A N

BLACK BY

ANNIE SLOAN

THESE

HANDLES ARE SO

BEAUTIFULLY MADE

AND REALLY ELEVATE

THE PIECE. THEY WOULD

BE A STYLISH ADDITION

TO KITCHEN OR

BATHROOM

CABINETRY

TOO

UPCYCLE TIPS:

• If you don’t have furniture like this already, you can always look out

for pieces in charity shops, Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree.

• Adding new hardware to existing furniture creates an amazing

instant update - you can use filler for old holes if your new knobs

or pulls are a different shape to the previous ones.

• If you have drawers which are stubborn to open, try rubbing the

tracking and the underside of the drawer with the edge of a tea

light - this should help to reduce the friction.

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WOOD BURNING STOVES

The importance of wood as an efficient, renewable and low carbon energy source

Wood burners vs Open fires: the stats:- There are few things in life

more comforting and mesmerising than the long, lazy flames and

crackling sound of a freshly lit wood fire, however, there is some

confusion surrounding the impact of wood burning stoves on the

environment and the efficiency and sustainability of firewood as a

fuel source.

With air quality an ever growing issue, especially in urban areas, it

is vital that government, stove manufacturers, dealerships and fuel

suppliers alike, work together to educate Brits that by following

best practice and making the right choices when it comes to wood

burners and fuel, stove owners can ensure that they are getting the

best possible performance from their appliance whilst also playing

their part in protecting the environment.

Contrary to popular opinion, when used and maintained correctly,

the right appliance can provide an efficient, cost effective and

sustainable domestic heating solution. Likewise, firewood is a highly

efficient and low-carbon energy source.

Why is wood a good fuel option?

Unlike coal or natural gas, wood is a low-carbon fuel. This means

that burning wood results in a relatively small net release of carbon

dioxide into the atmosphere, which is then re-absorbed when new

trees grow. This effectively balances out the combustion of bio-energy.

When changing from smokeless or mineral fuels to burning wood,

this contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions.

Unlike fossil fuels such as coal, crude oil and natural gas, wood is

a renewable energy source. A renewable resource is defined as a

natural resource which can be replenished to replace the portion

depleted by usage.

Wood is renewable in that a tree cut for fuel will naturally be replaced

by a younger tree that grows or is planted in its place. However,

it is also important to consider the concept of sustainable forest

management; both locally and worldwide…

Most firewood is produced from thinning the forest to provide

space, nutrition and light for thicker, more established trees to

prosper. Localised coppicing helps to ensure ‘low fuel miles’ as

wood is transported to areas nearby, within a 30 to 100 mile radius,

rather than sourced from forests abroad.

How efficient is wood burning?

Using firewood contributes to fuel independence as it can nearly

always be sourced locally, within a 30-100-mile radius, which means

it extremely efficient in fuel miles terms and those purchasing

firewood are also supporting the local economy.

In the case of rural properties that do not necessarily want to heat all

spaces at all times, local space heating using firewood is the most

efficient heating solution.

Just two logs per hour are required to keep a wood burner going,

whilst eight logs are needed to burn for an hour in an open fire.

Similarly, a wood burning stove is 60 percent more efficient at

heating the home as heat transfer is convected into the room rather

than being lost up the chimney in the case of conventional open

fireplaces.

It is advisable to replace an open fireplace with a closed wood

burning stove.

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ADVERTISING FEATURE

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We caught up with one of our new clients, Neil Dickins,

to show him around his new property...

Within three weeks of the house purchase

we did all external work identified by the

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beautification to bring it up to spec before

the first guests arrived.

Tell us a little about yourself?

I fell in love with theatre whilst at

McMaster Uni in Canada, and was told I

must go to London. I duly came to study

Shakespeare but became ensnared in

the thorns of an English rose (the red of

Lancashire version) and never left.

What do you do?

I founded Intellectual Capital Resources

(IC Resources) 22 years ago to focus on

‘deep tech’ recruitment (all the tech that’s

in your phone, or a satellite, or an electric

car….ie everything except IT). The

company is now 70 people with offices

in Reading, London, Munich, China and

the US.

What were you hoping to achieve when

making an investment with BTLH?

I make very high risk, seed stage

investments in tech companies, and

wanted an investment to balance my

portfolio. Like all assets, property

values fluctuate but the likely downside

compared to stocks (or early stage

companies!!) is lower.

Why did you choose BTLH?

For me the most critical word in seeking

success is ‘niche’. I loved the niche,

under-represented ‘mid-term let’ idea

as outlined by Adrian. My due diligence

consisted of meeting his business

partners Alex and Lucy, who also

impressed me greatly and convinced me

that the company was solid and would

deliver on its promises. The great thing

about the space that BTLH has carved

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What has your experience been

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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.

There can either be a lot of information

given to you at the time of diagnosis, or not

very much at all. Either way, whatever is

said to you at the time of diagnosis can be

forgotten in this emotional and challenging

time.

Dementia UK provides specialist dementia

support for families through the Admiral

Nurse service. Admiral Nurses give families

the compassionate one-to-one support,

expert guidance and practical solutions

they need to face dementia with more

confidence.

The families they work with want a simple

checklist of what to ask, what to do and

who to approach - so the important next

steps are clearly outlined in one place,

with links to more detailed information to

consider later, when it’s needed.

The Dementia UK next steps checklist:-

This checklist has been written by dementia

specialist Admiral Nurses, to help in the

early days after you or your family member

has received a diagnosis of dementia.

For each item on the checklist, there is a

further link to additional information, as

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

access to the internet, you can contact the

Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline for more

information and support

Ask whether there will be a follow up

appointment after the diagnosis.

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

makes this appointment?

Who will be your main point of contact?

Who will be responsible for coordinating

subsequent care and support?

Please record these details and your notes

in the Dementia UK Practical guide to

get the best out of GP and other health

appointments.

Arrange a Lasting Power of Attorney for:-

Health and welfare.

Property and financial affairs.

A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a

legal document, nominating a person to

make decisions on behalf of a person with

dementia, if and when the time comes

that they no longer have the capacity to

make these decisions themselves. It is

very important to fill in and register an LPA

for both health and welfare, and property

and financial affairs, while the person with

dementia still has the capacity to do so.

Discuss plans and wishes for the future

with your family, including:-

Your wishes regarding your future care.

Your wishes regarding your future medical

treatment.

Your hopes about your involvement with

activities.

An Advance Care Plan is a document that

outlines a person’s future wishes for their

care and medical treatment.

Apply for a Carers’ Assessment

Anyone with caring responsibilities for a

person with dementia is entitled to a Carers’

Assessment, to be carried out by their

Local Authority. The Assessment will look

at the impact that caring for a person with

dementia is having, and will then identify

the type and level of support that is needed.

This could include some care for the person

with dementia, some training or some help

coming in to the home. You will need to

request the Assessment from your Local

Authority.

Apply for all of the relevant financial

support you are entitled to:-

People with dementia and their family

carers are entitled to various benefits,

tax discounts or financial support. It is

important to make sure you are receiving all

of the financial help you are entitled to.

Organise your home so it helps you live

safely and independently

There are lots of simple, practical steps

that can be taken to help a person with

dementia to be safe and comfortable in

their home.

Inform the Driver and Vehicle Licensing

Agency (DVLA) and your vehicle

insurance company your diagnosis

People with a diagnosis of dementia do not

automatically have to give up their driving

licence – but you do need to take certain

steps to make sure you are insured and

abiding by the law.

Inform your employer about the

diagnosis

If you are diagnosed with dementia and still

working, it is very important that you tell

your employer, so that steps can be taken

to support you in your job, if possible.

Similarly, if you are caring for someone with

dementia, telling your employer about your

changing responsibilities will help you plan

together, so that you can continue working

and caring as effectively as possible.

For more information call 0800 888 6678 or

visit www.dementiauk.org.


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care should they need it. Applicants

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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,

including one with seats so you can rest

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

help you to stand

• Raised toilet seats or commode

chairs, toilets with button flushes

• Walk in baths or showers with a

seat

• Easy to turn taps in the kitchen and

bathroom

• A kettle with a holder to make it

easier to pour, alongside easy to

grip utensils

• Gadgets to help pull shoes and

socks on

• A contact care button to help in the

event of a fall


ADVERTISING FEATURE

Luxury Living at Mayflower Court

We’re continuing to welcome new residents at Mayflower Court this

Autumn. Our care home is designed with both luxury and lifestyle in

mind, with attention paid to every detail of our sumptuous environment...

We are ideally located with ample parking

and great transport links to Southampton,

Eastleigh and the surrounding villages.

Mayflower Court has the benefit of

extensive landscaped gardens with

uplifting views, which enable our

residents to enjoy gentle exercise,

catching up with friends and family* or

simply watching the world go by.

Our aim is for our residents to enjoy a

real sense of community by offering a

wide range of activities and encouraging

independence and choice. Our beautiful

home is designed to support this and

offers areas of interest, such as a

hobby and crafts room and a number

of lounges. Mayflower Court has a hair

and beauty salon, where residents can

enjoy being pampered. For our residents

who celebrate birthdays, we’ve helped

make their day special as they wish. It’s

wonderful to see them enjoy their cake,

gifts and a buffet tea or Afternoon Tea.

At Mayflower Court, our team are

specially selected for their skills and,

of course, their passion for care and

a natural desire to help. Our friendly

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our residents, ensuring that our care is

tailored to their interests, preferences

and lifestyles. From the moment a new

resident steps into our home, they can be

assured of personally tailored care.

Colleagues at our Mayflower Court

work tirelessly to keep those living with

us engaged and happy. In addition to

welcoming visitors into our care homes*,

our residents have access to up-to-date

technology, enabling regular Skype

or Zoom calls with family and friends.

Jean, a resident at Mayflower Court

commented, “The care staff bring me

an iPad already set up with a video call

from my daughter. They then leave me in

my own privacy while I take the call. All

I have to do is talk to her and once I am

done, I press my call bell and the carer

returns to end the call for me.”

Our home-cooked food is always

enjoyed, and our catering team work

hard to ensure that they provide a lovely

dining experience at each mealtime.

We take great pride in the range of

high quality, seasonally focused and

nutritionally balanced meals that we

serve to residents on a daily basis. We

appreciate that mealtimes are a sociable

and pleasurable part of each day.

Our team are here to answer any

questions that you may have regarding

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You can arrange an in person or virtual

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Twitter at @Mayflower_Court.

Mayflower Court care home is located at

62-70 Westwood Road, Southampton,

Hampshire, SO17 1DP.

*This may vary in line with government guidance.

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We understand Victoria enjoys a

competitive game of scrabble

At Mayower Court care home, we support our residents with tailored

and individual activities so Victoria will have a worthy challenger!

Mayower Court Care home

Contact us: 023 8098 4476

www.mayowercourt.org.uk

62-70 Westwood Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO17 1DP


Telephone: 023 8076 4389

Fax: 023 8091 4413

Email: info@southcoasturology.co.uk

South Coast Urology (SCU)

are a team of seven consultant

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Each consultant holds a teaching hospital appointment at

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You may choose to see any of our experts for a consultation

and diagnosis, our philosophy is that through subspecialisation

and team-working we are able to guarantee

that should they require an operation, it will be performed

by a high volume surgeon – something that has been shown

time and again to improve outcomes for patients.

Our services include:

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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

Travelling admist COVID Restrictions means

you must be fully aware of conditions for

travel prior to your journey - you must follow

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Saving over £1140 per couple! Prices are per

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travel on selected departure dates from October

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Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Maldives - 5

7 nights from £3879 pp - Includes return

business class on Qatar Airways flights from

London, to Male Deluxe Beach Villa, B&B basis,

including domestic flight transfers. Includes

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couple. Prices are per person based on two

adults sharing valid for travel on selected

departure dates from October 21-December 21

- rates not guaranteed so call for details To book

call on 0208 843 4444

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