Wokingham and Bracknell 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.

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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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

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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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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.

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When the darker nights set in, you

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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

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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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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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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.

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.

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

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INTO THE

blue

Emily Baker takes in ultimate luxury

in the inimitable Maldives

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ARRIVAL BY SEAPLANE

t’s difficult to write about the Maldives

without descending into cliches - it is

Ievery 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 otherworldly

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

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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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HORIZON WATER VILLA

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 really 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 humblelooking

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

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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 resortsnob

fall under its spell.

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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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