Cotswolds Lifestyle Nov - Dec 2021

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At last the Christmas editions are here! With festive fun, gifts and interiors, plus inspiration for decorating the guest bedroom and an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Plus, our competition pages return, with staycations, laundry upgrades and festive hampers!

Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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Guest

A Culinary Journey through

Northern Ireland bedroom perfection

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

like as a present or if they’re free for a

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns

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Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen, plus some delicious recipes

from her new book.

If you’re receiving guests this year,

we’ve got some inspiration on

creating the perfect guest room

sanctuary. And if festive madness all

gets too much, you can always slip in

there yourself!

Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

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Editor Katie Thomson

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-Press Manager Kate Norris

Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs

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Recipes from

Amanda’s new book

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The news has been all doom and

gloom of late, but I think it’s important

that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel

crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is

looking so much brighter than 2020’s,

and there’s so much to be thankful

for. This quote from the legendary Bob

Hope really captured that for me:

“My idea of Christmas, whether

old-fashioned or modern, is very

simple: loving others. Come to

think of it, why do we have to

wait for Christmas to do that?”

We are looking forward to seeing

you again in January - we are doing

away with the New Year, New You

nonsense and instead focusing

on what 2022 can offer you. Until

then, take care, have a very Merry

Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Katie

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COMPETITION

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

www.minervamagazines.co.uk/competitions.

Find the competition and enter on that post,

using the appropriate keyword.

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

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

Looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Delight your friends

and family with a selection box of delicious treats. One lucky

reader will win a ‘Decadent Christmas in a Box’ containing the

following:

WIN

A Laundry

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For most of us, laundry is a bit of a chore, so to lighten the load,

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The prize includes Brabantia’s new Bo Laundry Bin Hi, which

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WIN

2 prints

each worth

£250

Eliza Southwood practiced

as an architect for ten years

before deciding to take

up a career as an artist

and illustrator full-time in

2010. Eliza’s speciality is

silk screen printing, but she

also works in mixed media,

watercolour and acrylic. As a keen

cycling fan, she is known particularly for her

cycling themed artwork, but she also produces

work on a wide range of subjects such as

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two prints worth £250 each to give away.

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Adagio is the perfect option for that much needed getaway this

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15/01/2022 - Competition keyword

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Closes 15/01/2022

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In a wonderful rural setting, the beautiful Jacobean barn at Kyre Park awaits you.

Here, you can explore, buy, collect and treasure a wide range of antiques, enjoy lunch

in our bistro, and take a walk around the stunning grounds of Kyre Park.

Charlie Chaplin’s Big Romance

Framed Original Poster

£265 @mancaveantiquesuk

French Rattan Chair

£135 @vintage.belle.living

Ladies Daks Linen Jacket & Fedora

£49 + £49 @livefortweed

Vintage Copper Pan

£36 @labrocante.co.uk

Bronze Military Monkeys On Marble Base

£795 Kyre Park

Ships Decanter

£27 @labrocante.co.uk

18” Benjamin Industrial Enamel Lights

9 available £165 each @mancaveantiquesuk

French Soupiere

£65 @vintage.belle.living

Schevrich West German Fat Lava Pottery

£42 @sixthlink

Iconic 1970 Italians Kartell Bar Cart

£275 @sixthlink

Pair English Homeware Cushions

£125 Kyre Park

19th Century French Candlesticks

£262 @offbeatinterior

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01885 410 361 | Kyre Park, Tenbury Wells WR15 8RW


putting our pets first

We may feel as if we have had ‘information

overload’ when it comes to germ

prevention and protection, but sometimes

a product comes along that demands our

attention - enter Leucillin. This is a skin

health product for pets that is proving to

be a product which all of us may well be

putting in our first aid chests very soon.

We spoke to Georgina Bashforth (pictured

right) about the product and its exciting

potential…….

First of all, in layman’s terms – what is

Leucillin?

Leucillin is a clever antiseptic applied to

the skin topically to protect against harmful

germs. Leucillin is a revolutionary fresh new

take on what an antiseptic is and can be

capable of.

Leucillin mimics the body’s own immune

system, providing you a powerful solution

which delivers the ultimate shield in

topical skin protection against harmful

pathogens. Leucillin’s unique formulation

does not contain any alcohol, steroids or

antibiotics, it is the natural choice for safe

skin sanitising.

Our pets our so important to us, how

is Leucillin used and what specific

applications is it effective for?

Leucillin has a great reputation for safety

and efficacy, supported by pet healthcare,

veterinary and grooming industries,

this year. It has been awarded human

approvals and begun an exciting new

chapter in healthcare.

Furthermore it can be safely applied in

any topical application where the skin,

ears and eyes need care, whether broken,

red, sore, inflamed, cuts, stings, bites

or grazes, Leucillin’s powerful antiseptic

properties eradicate germs on contact

creating the perfect environment for rapid

recovery.

For children, as well as our pets, it’s

“Ouch Free” formula is kind, it has been

developed to match the natural pH of skin

so no more wincing on that grazed knee.

It seems to be a very gentle solution

to a number of particularly stubborn

problems - can it be used long-term?

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable

99.99999% reduction in bacteria on

contact, but how does that compare with

the 99.99% which we think is good? Well;

it’s a massive 10’000 times better!

Fast effective pathogen reduction means

no resistance therefore long-term usage is

always effective and no harmful ingredients

means Leucillin is always safe!

And finally, how else can it be used and

what are your hopes for the product

going forward?

Our goal is to help alleviate the dependence

on antibiotics and pharmaceutical

intervention in the area of germ protection,

for a more natural, safe, non-invasive and

most importantly effective alternative.

During the pandemic Leucillin has been

proven effective against all coronaviruses

including SARS-CoV-2 topically and

has been used by animal care industries

including Police Dog Handler units for

reducing risk.

We have also recently teamed up with The

Humanimal Trust founded by Professor

Noel Fitzpatrick - aka The Supervet, we’re

excited to be supporting mental health and

raising money for ONE Medicine, so that

humans and animals can benefit equally

from all medical progress.

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(If you’re on our mailing list already, you

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suitable for all ages and skin types including

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300x more effective than most sanitisers YET Leucillin

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For People AND our Pets, Leucillin is a

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drying skin, so however species diverse your

family unit is, Leucillin has you covered.


TEA ADVENT CALENDAR,

£39, BIRDANDBLENDTEA.COM

Spread kindness and happiness this

year - there is not one but two tea

bags in each box. You can share

your advent experience with

a special someone, gift it or

experiment with it.

THE AMAZON

BEAUTY ADVENT

CALENDAR 2021,

£70, AMAZON.CO.UK

A superb beauty advent calendar

featuring 24 full or deluxe-size

products from beauty brands

such as Foreo, Max Factor,

John Frieda, Elemis,

Neal’s Yard and L’Occitane

worth nearly £260.

Alternative

ADVENT

CALENDARS

PORK CRACKLING& BEER

ADVENT CALENDAR,

£65, SNAFFLINGPIG.CO.UK

Three delicious flavours of pork

scratching, paired with three

specially brewed beers - perfect

if you’re more on the

savoury side.

MIXED WINE

ADVENT CALENDAR

£89.99,

VIRGINWINES.CO.UK

It’s back! The ultimate alcohol filled

calendar boasting 25 reds, whites,

rosé and bubbly...with a full-size

bottle for you to enjoy on Christmas

Day. Expect customer favourites

and best-selling wines from around

the world including exclusive and

limited-edition bottles.

ORGANIC DARK CHOCOLATE

CALENDAR,£9.99

MONTEZUMAS.CO.UK

TERRE EXOTIQUE

SPICE DISCOVERY

CALENDAR, £25,

SOUSCHEF.CO.UK

Up your cooking game with a fabulous

new spice to try each day - spices,

herbs, salts and peppers in a mix of

sweet and savoury finishes.

Also available in milk, white and absolute black

100% dark chocolate

VERY MERRY CALENDAR, £45,

SHOP.TOUCANBOX.COM

7 Christmas Crafts (including a juggling bear

bauble and snowman puppets), 4 Festive

Recipes, 5 STEAM Team Story Books, 8 Elf

Challenges and 1 adorable Merry Mischief

Elf plushie

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Experience C hristmas

IN THE COTSWOLDS

Ready, get set, shop! Yes - it’s beginning

to look a lot like Christmas and there’s

nowhere more picturesque and festive

than the beautiful Cotswold market towns

- home to fabulous independent shops and

boutiques - as well as larger designer shops

- all full to bursting with wonderful gift

ideas. What are you waiting for?

Cirencester regularly holds markets in the market square but the

Christmas market is special! Set against a festive backdrop of

twinkling Christmas lights, magical Christmas tree, and live music

and carols it’s a truly wonderful festive shopping experience.

The market will host a wide selection of quality traders and local

crafts including local craft cider, artists and handcrafted wooden

toys. Whilst you’re in the town, spend time wandering the many

alleyways and side streets where you will find quirky gift shops

like Con More, GH Knight, a traditional stationery shop, and

boutique designer shops including Sue Parkinson, Sassy Boo

and Jungle Boutique. For lovers of vintage check out Now-

Vintage for classic pieces for the home and garden. With a whole

host of fabulous cafes and restaurants, you can stay all day to

soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the sights and sounds of this

classic Cotswold town.

Nestled on the eastern edge of the Cotswolds lies beautiful

Woodstock, a small market town bursting with independent

shops and designer boutiques, perfect for those unique presents

you’re searching for. Enjoy the classical festive lights, which

create a magical Christmas glow to the town, whilst you discover

wonderful independents like jeweller Libby Rak, No 5 Park Street,

Martha’s Attic, and the Iona House Gallery. Stop for a warming

hot chocolate or meal in one of the many independent cafes and

restaurants to refuel before heading out for more retail therapy.

Time your visit for the Woodstock Festive Fayre or Blenheim

Palace Christmas Market with its wooden chalets for even more

irresistible gifts and tempting treats.

The Cotswolds is dotted with stunning market towns which

become all the more magical at Christmas. Find out more at

www.cotswolds.com/realcotswolds

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without

Cotswold Frames ̴ Market St ̴Charlbury ̴OX7 3PL ̴ www.cotswoldframes.co.uk

̴ info@cotswoldframes.co.uk

Please call 01608 811805 for opening times, all picture framing by appointment only.

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Christian has many years experience in refurbishing properties

around London, Brighton and the Cotswolds, sourcing the

“right” pieces of furniture, art and object d’art to complement

the period of the building and complete the decorative scheme,

for each project.

Through this, his knowledge and passion for antiques and

decorative pieces has grown into the business it is today, starting

with selling on a small scale, to private clients, from his Regency

town house in Cheltenham, to now opening his own shop in the

picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway.

His mission is to deliver timeless, stylish items that he would be

pleased to have in his own home.

CHELTENHAM HOUSE ANTIQUES

4A & 4B THE GREEN, BROADWAY WR12 7AA

TEL: 01386 859000 | MOB: +44 7792 542169

CHELTENHAMHOUSEANTIQUES@GMAIL.COM

HOWARDS OF MORETON-IN-MARSH

1 OLD MARKET WAY, HIGH STREET

MORETON-IN-MARSH GL56 OAJ

HOWARDSOFMORETON@GMAIL.COM

01608 650 583

Cirencester’s only under cover shopping centre,

Bishops Walk prides itself on being a very special shopping experience...

...a mini village in the Capital of the Cotswolds.

Step into

choice

this Christmas

visit Bishops Walk

Bishops Walk Shopping Arcade, Cirencester GL7 1JH

bishops-walk.co.uk

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Simply Crystals Ltd

An independent retailer in the heart of the Cotswolds

retailing beautiful: Crystals, jewellery, minerals and fossils.

Every item is bespoke, unique and natural from our vast

array of tumblestones to our hand set crystal and gemstone

jewellery to our superb incenses, essential oils, fair trade

products and more. We are a crystal and mind, body and

spirit specialist and are happy to take orders for hard to find

crystals, carvings and books etc

We support pancreatic cancer charities with our candle range

*Lavender & Frankincense

Amethyst hand made

candles available

- 70% to Pancreatic

Cancer UK*

Swan Yard, West Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2AA

01285 658197 | Thurs, Fri, Sat 11am–4pm

TRADITIONAL OUTFITTERS

SINCE 1905

R. SCOTT & CO.

CIRENCESTER

A family-run business for over a century.

We offer quality clothing for gentlemen and

ladies, with traditional and personal service.

Gift cards available.

01285 653982 | 3-5 Castle Street, Cirencester

WWW.RSCOTT.CO.UK

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THE CORN HALL

AND ARCADE

INDOOR

CHRISTMAS MARKET

Every day from

SUN NOVEMBER 21st until

CHRISTMAS EVE 10am - 5pm

Antiques Market every Friday & Craft Market every Saturday.

Admission free.

Diversitea Café open every day.

Contact Augusta Wreay on aw@wildmoorproperties.co.uk

THE CORN HALL

26 Market Place, Cirencester GL7 2NY

12 Old Market Way

Moreton-in-Marsh

GL56 0AJ

01608 650001

We have just moved to bigger and better

premises!!

Wide selection of Belgian beers & UK craft ales

(draught and bottled)

Specialists in Trappist Beers

Drink in or take away

Also:

Wines and a large range of cocktails

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Be inspired this C hristmas!

See our best ever collection of handmade candles, gifts and decorations

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Amanda Owen

The yorkshire Shepherdess

Tells us about her life in the Dales

Known to millions as The Yorkshire

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the author

of five best-selling books about her life

on Ravenseat ,one of the most remote

farms in the country, where she lives with

her husband Clive and nine children. She

currently stars in Channel 5’s popular TV

show Our Yorkshire Farm and her latest

book is Celebrating the Seasons includes

stories, recipes and photos from the farm

and is out now.

I understand that you had had no

previous links to farming, may I ask

how you became so involved in this line

of work?

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in

my family is from a farming background.

I loved the James Herriot books when I

was a child, and watched the TV series.

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea

of being a vet, probably like most other

children of that era, but was told at school

that I was not academic enough to make

the grades. One day in the school library

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.

It was a photographic documentary of

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Reading that book was an epiphany for

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on

the moors with the sheep made me realise

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the

box of wanting to work with animals in

the countryside and importantly it also

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the

opposite of my townie life up until then.

Years later after I had married my husband

Clive, we realised that there was actually a

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd! So it’s

a very important book to me.

How did you learn your crafts? One of

the many things I learnt from your book

was how important it is to get the grass

in - in good time.

I started out as a farm hand, and then

moved on to being a contract shepherd,

working on different farms all over the

country. But really, I learnt everything as I

went along.

Most of my crafts came through natural

progression, learning to ride a horse

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by

clipping my first one, learning to work a

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the

first time.

You can only learn what to do by doing it,

you have to get practical on the ground

experience. Nothing comes close to

learning how to be a shepherd, other than

actually doing the work of a shepherd and

it’s not just about learning about sheep,

it’s about learning about the land.

With the grass it starts with the sheep.

You’ve got to have your sheep in good

order - we grow hardy stock through the

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow

your crop well, so they have food to eat

throughout the winter.

You enjoy sheep shearing - were you

nervous when you cut your first fleece?

Of course, but you know, you have to be

nervous in order to be any good at what

you’re doing. If you’re lambing sheep you

are dealing with nature first hand, but

there is no room for you to have time to

be nervous as you have to get on with the

job. It’s you alone in that moment and it’s

not optional to be nervous. That pressure

makes you work fast.

The first time I clipped, I would clip the

sheep while the professional shearers

were having their dinner, and they

would encourage me or discourage me

depending on what I was doing, and then

the more you do it you get faster. You

keep practicing and eventually you will

get there.

How do you spread yourself between

9 children - it must quite a noisy

household at times?

It is a noisy household. But we’re very

privileged to live where we do which

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means that there’s plenty of room for

everybody to get some space outside. I

enjoy the busyness and noise of family

life in the house. But I can get away from

it by walking out my front door. Plenty

of people can’t as they leave their front

door and if they live in a city, it’s still loud

and busy when they get out. We’re lucky

here to have the wide open spaces and

the kids spend a lot of time outdoors.

We’re working farm and that means that

everyone mucks in - no matter what

the age, it could be collecting hen’s

eggs, feeding the horses, or helping find

uniforms for everyone, also cooking. Real

dough is just as good as playdough and

the kids love learning to cook. The only

time when we all come together is tea time

at the farm, when we all come together to

eat, it’s my favourite time of day, when I

get to hear what everyone’s been up to on

the farm and school.

Your children must have a wonderful

time and appear to have no fears with

any of the animals. Do they each have a

special one?

I suppose they do. Quite a lot of the girls

loves the horses. Violet loves the cows,

she was excited recently that our pet cow,

Ciara has now come in from the fields.

Violet hand reared Ciara from a calf, so

she thinks she belongs inside the house

and doesn’t like the other cows. Miles is

very taken with the hens and his flock of

30 sheep. Through the winter and up to

lambing time Miles looks after his flock of

sheep after school. Sidney has his own

dog, Nell a sheep dog and she runs for

him, so that’s quite a big thing for a young

lad to be able to work his own sheep dog.

It’s a level up from being a pet. The terriers

are wonderful they are real characters,

they are source of frustration as they

will have fights with each other, or they

wander off from the farm to the local pub

quite a few miles away! The terriers, are

Chalky and Sprout, sadly we lost Pippin at

the beginning of lock down. Tony the pony

(pictured above right) is loved by Annas,

Clemmie and Nancy, they look after him,

feed him, brush him and ride him. They

also love the bigger horses Josie and

Princess. Princess is very good with the

kids and often two of them ride her around

the fields. They also like to take the horses

down to the river and give them a bath

and wash and comb their tails.

Will any of them follow in your

footsteps?

Yeah, I think so, at the moment Miles and

Sidney are very keen on farming and Edith

is a good shepherdess. That said I never

place any expectation on any of them

to follow me into being a farmer and a

shepherd. You don’t know where life will

take you. I’m not sitting here going: “I want

you to be a shepherd”, because life goes

through stages, and what you want to do

changes, so I’d rather they make their own

choices, they can do whatever they want

to do. It’s a difficult thing to ask a child

what they want to do with the rest of their

life. They’ll figure it out as they go along.

What is your favourite season and why?

Summer. But really I mean June. June is

my favourite month, because all the sheep

have had lambs and been turned back

out onto the moor and it’s before hay time

and clipping, so there’s a lull and a pause

in the farm work, and at the same time

everything comes to life - the flowers, the

birds on the moor. In June, the Curlews

are back, as are the Lapwings, Golden

Plover, Black Grouse. All you can hear

is birds, wherever you’re walking. There

are woodcock and snipe too - they are

all ground nesting birds up here on the

moor, so you get to see their nests as

well - and it’s just beautiful. The flowers

you see in June are marsh marigolds,

globe flowers, all the hay meadow

flowers, rare orchids - it’s really pretty.

What made you decide to write this

book? It is a delightful read and the

recipes are a treat….

Celebrating the Seasons, came about

because I wanted to answer some of the

most frequently ask questions, how do

you cater for such a big family? Tell us

about the practicalities? What do you

cook? It was really difficult selecting

recipes for the book. I wanted to include

forgiving recipes. Recipes that it was

totally fine to get distracted in the middle

of and would still turn out good. Recipes

that were achievable with the most

basic of ingredients, simple feel good

food, that was nutritionally good too. My

absolute favourite is the Tagine recipe,

it’s a people pleaser, for me its so easy

and the smell always brings everyone

to the kitchen - which is helpful! Every

time I cook it it’s different, sometimes

chick peas, sometimes wild rice, some

times couscous - it always comes out

slightly different each time. In addition

to the recipes, people have told me they

loved my photos and images of the farm

that I post on twitter and would always

suggest I do a photograph book. If you

go back to basics it was a photography

book - Hill Shepherd - that inspired me

to become a shepherd. So it’s nice to

go full circle. I know how inspiring a

photography book can be - how it can

really steer you and how a picture can

tell a thousand words. I really hope that

when people buy the book, that they

look at the pictures over and over again

and still find something new in them, as I

have with Hill Shepherd.

What would you like to tell our readers

about your life?

I want people to know that Celebrating

the Seasons is a book about going your

own way. It’s not a blueprint for how you

should live your life, it simply says this

is what we do as a family this is how we

do it, feel free to follow the recipes, or

do them your own way. I want people

to not let themselves to be stereotyped,

to know that all things are achievable if

you really want to do it. So many people

said you won’t have time to write a book,

you won’t achieve that. But I believe you

can do anything you just have to start

doing it. If you want to write a book,

start writing. I got an E in GCSE English,

and this is my fifth book. Anything is

possible.

Celebrating

the Seasons with The Yorkshire

Shepherdess by Amanda Owen by Pan

Macmillan, £20.

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Dinner is served

Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Wild Mushroom Soup with

Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 4

2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for

garnish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated

450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow

chanterelle, roughly chopped

50ml Madeira or sweet sherry

850ml hot vegetable stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200ml double cream

1 tsp mushroom powder

Salt and black pepper

Pesto

25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan

Garnish

Handful of wild mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add

the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5

minutes, until softened but not coloured.

Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a

medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are

golden.

Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and

cook on a high heat for about a minute until

the alcohol evaporates.

Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,

then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the

boil then cover and simmer gently for 20

minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with

a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the

soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean

pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the

mushroom powder, then season the soup

and gently reheat over a low heat.

Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into

a small food processor and blitz for a few

seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the

pesto is a little thick and season to taste.

For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some

oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the

remaining mushrooms for a couple of

minutes until golden.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,

scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,

and top with a spoonful of pesto.

Tip

Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4

Tagine

2 tbsp olive oil

600g lamb shoulder, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp hot smoked paprika

40g tomato purée

400g can cherry tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

50g dried apricots, chopped

2 large pieces orange peel

285ml lamb stock

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

Jewelled couscous

200g couscous

200ml hot vegetable stock

1 red onion, chopped

100g pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

3 spring onions

20g almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/ gas 4.

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large

heatproof casserole dish, then add the

lamb and sear and brown on all sides for

about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from

the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and

set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and

add the remaining oil. When hot, add the

onion and fry gently for approximately 8

minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry

for a further minute.

Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir

in the tomato purée then fry for a further

minute. Return the meat and any juices

to the pan with the remaining Tagine

ingredients (except the fresh coriander),

bring to the boil then cover with a lid and

transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.

Cook for 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.

Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the

couscous into a bowl and pour over the

hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly

with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes

until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.

Season the couscous, then stir through

the remaining ingredients, saving a few

almonds and herbs to garnish.

To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon

stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle

over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm

bowls with the jewelled couscous.

Tip

This recipe can also be cooked slowly in a

Tagine over a barbecue.

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A discretionary - 12.5% service charge will be added to

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And time for pudding...

More tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Cake

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4-6

Rhubarb

250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm

chunks

50g caster sugar

Crumble

50g plain flour

25g butter, cut into cubes

40g chopped mixed nuts

25g demerara sugar

Cake

170g butter, softened, plus extra for

greasing

85g caster sugar

85g soft brown sugar

3 medium eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

170g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g custard powder

Icing sugar to dust

Custard to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas

Grease and line a 21cm round spring-form

cake tin.

Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and

sprinkle over the caster sugar. Heat very

gently until the sugar dissolves into a syrup.

Simmer for 6–8 minutes until the rhubarb

just begins to soften. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile make the crumble. Place the

flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the

butter with your fingertips until it resembles

breadcrumbs, then stir in the chopped nuts

and sugar.

Next make the cake. Beat the butter, caster

sugar and soft brown sugar in a bowl using

an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light

and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract

with 2 tablespoons of the flour, beat for

a minute until combined, then fold in the

remaining flour, baking powder and custard

powder.

Drain any excess juices from the rhubarb

and discard the syrup, then gently fold the

cooled rhubarb through the cake mixture.

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin

and gently smooth the top with a spatula.

Sprinkle the crumble over the cake and

press down lightly with the back of a spoon,

then bake on the middle shelf of the oven

for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden, firm

to touch, and when a skewer is inserted it

comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the

cake tin, then transfer to a plate.

Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving

warm with custard.

Tip

Also delicious served with ice cream or

single cream.

Hedgerow Nutty Crumble

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4

Fruit filling

40g butter

40g golden caster sugar

2 Braeburn apples, peeled and sliced

200g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced

300g foraged berries or any mixed berries,

such as blackberries and wild raspberries

Crumble topping

125g plain flour

85g unsalted butter, diced

85g demerara sugar

50g rolled oats

30g chopped toasted hazelnuts

Custard or ice cream to serve

Preheat the oven to 180°C/160°C fan/gas 4.

For the fruit filling, melt the butter in a

pan, add the sugar and apples and gently

simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and

simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to a

23cm round oven-proof dish.

Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping.

Put the flour into a mixing bowl and rub

in the butter with your fingertips, until the

mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir

in the sugar, oats and hazelnuts.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the

fruit, then place the dish on the middle

shelf of the oven. Bake for 30-35 minutes,

until the crumb is golden and fruit

bubbling.

Allow to cool slightly before serving with

custard or ice cream.

Tip

Try using other seasonal fruits such as

damsons or gooseberries.

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CHOOSING A NEW SIXTH FORM

The Good Schools Guide offers some suggestions to take into consideration when making the change

Whether you want to change from a

single sex school to co-ed or from day to

boarding, private to state, A levels to IB -

or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to

move schools post - GCSEs.

When to start looking

We’d advise getting the ball rolling

towards the end of their year 10 in time

for sixth form open days and applications

which generally take place the following

autumn.

Discussions about post-GCSE options

will already be taking place at your child’s

current school by then and looking at

other sixth forms will widen your options.

Maybe the broader based curriculum

of the IB would suit them better than

specialising at A level? Maybe they want

to pursue a more practical, less exam

based, route? Or perhaps your child

simply feels ready for a fresh start and

new faces.

Choosing a new sixth form

The decision needs to be a joint effort

between parents and children, based as

much on personal preference as objective

research. Your child may have formed

opinions about other schools via friends

and social media but however popular a

particular sixth form may be, it’s no good

if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want

to study.

Guide your child to consider the areas

of study they genuinely enjoy or find

interesting. Also bear in mind that the

demands of some A levels, such as

maths, are a big jump from GCSE and

most schools will set higher GCSE grade

requirements for these.

It may seem too early when your child

hasn’t even finished their GCSE courses

to start talking about university subjects

and destinations, but if they are going to

change school for sixth form it’s important

to at least start thinking about the ultimate

goal. For instance, if Oxbridge or medical

school is the aim then A level choices

need to be made accordingly and a

potential school’s record of Oxbridge and

medical school places taken into account.

If university isn’t part of the plan then you’ll

need to ask the school or college about

provision for pupils who are interested in

alternative post-18 options such as degree

apprenticeships.

You can find latest information on a

school’s Oxbridge, medical school and

non-university destinations in the ‘Exit’

section of The Good Schools Guide

reviews.

Day to boarding

A move to boarding school for sixth form

- see this article for more - is often said

to be a good preparation for university.

But manage your expectations – in our

experience most sixth form boarding

accommodation is more luxurious than the

average university hall of residence!

Most boarding schools have separate

provision for sixth formers where they can

live more independently and with fewer

restrictions than younger pupils. If you

are looking at full, as opposed to weekly,

boarding then find out how many sixth

formers are in school at weekends and

what activities are on offer (our writers

suggest looking at boarding house

noticeboards to see sign-up sheets for

weekend activities).

While it’s usually possible, with

permission, for boarding sixth formers to

attend day pupils’ parties for instance,

it’s unlikely that any school will allow the

same freedom to socialise (particularly

with regard to sexual relationships) as day

school pupils. Discuss school rules and

regulations frankly with your child - if they

(or you) are horrified then maybe boarding

isn’t the right choice.

Independent to state

A move from independent to state school

is often determined by family finances, but

we wonder whether it could also now be a

strategic decision.

State school sixth forms or sixth form

colleges often have exam results that are

comparable to independent schools and

they may also offer a wider range of post-

GCSE choices.

And as the UK’s top universities strive to

rebalance their admissions procedures to

correct what was (rightly) criticised as an

independent school bias, will this prompt

more independent school parents to send

their children to take A levels at state sixth

forms? Time will tell.

State to independent

If you think your child would benefit from

taking A levels at an independent school

but are worried about affording the fees, it

could be worth checking whether you can

apply for a bursary. Some schools offer

bursaries specifically for pupils joining the

sixth form from the local state sector.

Entry requirements

These differ considerably but five or six

GCSEs including English and maths at

grade 6 or above, with grade 7 or higher

in subjects to be studied at A level (can

be 8 or 9 for maths/further maths), is the

minimum for most selective schools.

Many schools set the sixth form entry

bar much higher and in addition to a

full set of GCSEs at grades 9-7, also

expect candidates to sit papers in their

prospective A level subjects. Schools will

usually interview prospective sixth formers

too.

The Good Schools Guide is the UK’s

number one school guide, helping

parents in every aspect of choosing

the best education for their children

using their unbiased and impartial

school reviews, alongside a host of

articles advising on all aspects of

school life. Find out more at www.

goodschoolsguide.co.uk

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Exceptional Breadth | Individual Focus

Application Deadlines for 2022 entry

Senior School

First Form (11+) 31 December 2021

Third Form (13+) 31 December 2021

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Hieda addresses workplace

healthcare education shortage

The coronavirus pandemic highlighted a shortage of

healthcare education in every workplace and business

sector, prompting the Boarding Schools’ Association

to set up a new organisation, the Health in Education

Association (Hieda), to support it.

Jane Graham, Health and Well-being Director for BSA and

Director, Hieda, explains why mental health in particular is going

to be a top priority.

If there was just one piece of learning that we could take from the

ongoing coronavirus pandemic during the past 18 months, it has

taught us the importance of good mental health and well-being

support.

At BSA, there was one piece of recurring feedback we continued

to hear. It was the same message we were getting from our

boarding members, and from non-boarding health and well-being

professionals: there simply wasn’t enough support and guidance

available on healthcare education across all different workplaces

and settings.

In response, we decided to launch Hieda. Hieda has been

established to provide training and support to members on

all health and well-being matters and we are dedicated to the

health promotion of all age groups. We aim to work with and

for members, sharing knowledge and best practice, and also

championing excellence in health and well-being provision in the

workplace.

was estimated one in nine may have a

mental health problem - worryingly, it’s

now thought to be one in six. Figures

also show the number of mental

health support teams in schools and

colleges is expected to grow from 59

to 400 by April 2023.

Mental health and well-being support

can be more difficult to provide

than supporting a physical illness

or injury, because the focus is on individuals’ needs.

Reactions will vary from person to person. The best practice

we refer to in our training focuses on the importance of having

information written down that’s easily understandable, and it’s

vital we can help individuals and organisations to understand

this.

One of the key things to remember with Hieda is that we’re

focusing on health and well-being in all workplaces, not just

boarding schools. No matter what your job is, or what business

area you work, every single one has its needs. And the focus

isn’t solely on the UK either. BSA Group already operates

internationally, supporting more than 1,000 organisations in 39

counties worldwide. We expect Hieda members will come from

across the globe, and we will have the necessary skills and

expertise needed to support them.

For more information about Hieda, please visit the website: www.

hieda.org.uk.

And mental health will certainly be one of our key areas of focus.

Recent research from the NHS indicates young people especially

have been uniquely impacted by the pandemic. Four years ago, it

Photo: Jane Graham, Director, Hieda, and Health and

Wellbeing Director, BSA Group

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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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the restrictions for both your destination country

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- they are reliable and competitively priced.

They have postal kits available from £44.90, and

special VIP concierge services for £150 where

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HOW TO BOOK

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DON’T: WORRY IF YOU

DON’T HAVE LOADS OF

SPACE

Ultimately you have to work with what

you’ve got - in the last 18 months,

many of us have seen our guest rooms

overhauled into home offices. If you’ve

ditched the bed don’t worry - how about

adding an attractive sofa bed that you

can actually use the rest of the time as a

break out area from your desk.

DO: PROVIDE BASIC

AMENITIES

The more things you can put in the room

to make their stay easier, without having

to ask you for everything, the more

relaxed everyone will feel. A mirror is

important, as are fresh towels, tissues,

and perhaps even a hair dryer. A bedside

carafe and some glasses means they can

help themselves to water too.

DO: INVEST IN

GOOD WINDOW

TREATMENTS

As you might have never

slept in this space, you

might not know how

light behaves or how

effective the current

window treatments are for

blocking out light. For a

really luxurious look, pair

blackout blinds or shutters

with thick, decorative

drapery. Shutters give a lovely secure feel

to a space and really finish the room.

DON’T: SETTLE FOR A

LUMPY MATTRESS

The same goes for the mattress as the

window treatments - spend a night in the

room and see if the bed is up to scratch.

DO: PROVIDE GOOD

LIGHTING

Multi-level lighting is key for making a

space feel cosy - make sure there are

two bedside lamps and then another

light source in the space, such as a

standing lamp in the corner or a lamp on

a dressing table

DON’T: SKIMP ON THE

BED LINENS

Good bed linen really is worth the money

- and it tends to wash better too. Provide

a good quality duvet and pillows, linens

and some additional blankets if your

guests feel the cold.

DO: CREATE

SOMEWHERE THEY CAN

UNPACK

We all know it’s a bit stressful trying to

live out of a suitcase - allowing for some

hanging space and a few drawers to

unpack into, can really help guests keep

on top of things whilst they’re with you.

DO: MAKE IT SMELL

LOVELY

Kit the room out with either fresh flowers,

a reed diffuser, or room sprays. Pillow

spray to help deep sleep is also a lovely

touch to make the space feel homely - we

love Olverum’s new Restful Pillow Sleep

Mist, £25, olverum.com

DON’T: BE A

PERFECTIONIST

If your guests were hoping for hotel

standards, then that’s where they should

have stayed. Just aim to make sure

the space is clean, comfortable and

functional, then relax - there’s enough to

be worrying about in the festive season

without adding high expectations on top

of that.

If you’re looking for a total decorative

overhaul, check out our moodboards!

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Bromley Chest, £399,

Made.com

Black Branches Print, from £6.99,

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Jute Effect Daylight Roller

Blind, from £22, John Lewis

Bedroom by Pure Salt Interiors

BRIGHT

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Off-White Linen Bed Set.

£170.99, www.truelinen.co.uk

Limestone Wood Paint, £18

750ml, thorndown.co.uk

Dar Lighting

NUS422, from £82,

wtlighting.co.uk

Furn Contra Olive Cushion,

£25, www.persora.com

London Bench, from £499,

www.boconcept.com

Mala Pile Rug,

200x290cm, £299,

Made.com

Reims, Iron/Metal Four Poster Bed Frame, from

£649, www.obc-uk.net

Black Bud Vase, £29,

room356.co.uk

Achieve this look by

layering different

neutral textures, and

adding structural

touches of black and a

few strong accent colours

Juna Striped

Cushion, £34,

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Pembridge Pendant

Size 3, £1319,

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B O H O

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Dulux Paint in ‘Paper Chain’

Natural Ceramic Table Lamp,

£99,barkerandstonehouse.co.uk

Kilby Bedside

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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,

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The Parsley Box Garden

Alan Williams discusses the ideas behind

his Chelsea garden

First-time Chelsea designer, Alan Williams,

(pictured right) presented his Parsley Box

Garden at the recent flower show.

The garden is designed as a place to

entertain friends in, to dine and relax, as well

as providing food for thought on the Parsley

Box mission to challenge the stereotype of

ageing.

Alan, 38, who splits his time between

Burlingham in Worcestershire and Windsor,

Surrey, said: “This whole experience

still feels like a ‘pinch me’ moment. I

can’t quite believe that I can now count

myself amongst the few people that can

call themselves Chelsea Flower Show

designers.

“Even though the first time we spoke about

this garden was just over five months ago,

it’s been something that I’ve been dreaming

of since I got bitten by the show garden bug

back in 2014.

“When I was asked to design this garden

one of the things in the brief was to create

a space that was more than somewhere to

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just entertain in. It needed to be a place that

would inspire, a place where fresh ideas

are sown that challenge the stereotype of

ageing - another theme that I wove through

the design as part of my brief.

“Ageism is one of the most accepted

prejudices and, one that has been brought

to my attention through my sponsor. Parsley

Box challenge the ageing stereotype and

they wanted a garden that would do the

same. I chose to reference this subtly

through the design and materials but also

by creating a garden that was accessible for

all generations.”

Alan has created a fresh and contemporary

garden providing inspiration on how to cook

and socialise within a relatively small area.

With this premise of self-sustainability at

the heart of the garden, the borders will

be brimming with edibles to forage and

ferment as well as home-grown vegetables

to bring flavour to dishes while minimising

food waste.

Fragrant herbs, edible flowers and

perennials will also feature in the borders,

adding texture and dimension to the

garden. Various trees provide height and

scale, Arbutus unedo, Malus ‘Evereste’,

espalier fruit trees and Cornus kousa.

A custom made outdoor kitchen area with

a green wall and storage sits at the edge of

the garden.

Planting will spill from tiered planters

constructed in aged brass. These planters

enable the garden to be accessible to

all generations whilst adding a sense of

abundance in nature and serving as a

boundary to the space.

The materials used in the garden have

been carefully selected to subtly bring the

conversation around ageing to the fore.

The brass planters are specifically aged to

allude to maturing with grace and beauty,

contemporary slick concrete structures

reference the stability of firm foundations

and reclaimed wood hints at the fluidity of

changes in identity throughout life.

Parsley Box was founded in 2017 by

Gordon and Adrienne MacAulay following

the couple’s discovery of limited options for

delivery of ready meals for Gordon’s mother.

The company provides a growing range of

quick, simple and nutritious ambient ready

meals which require no refrigeration and

have a shelf life of up to six months.

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Gifts for gardeners and the garden too!

Matt Biggs, the gardening expert, gives us some excellent ideas on Christmas presents for your

green-fingered friends...

It is that time of the year again, only this year hopefully we can be

with our loved ones and celebrate Christmas as we want to.

Whilst the past 18 months have been difficult and challenging for

so many of us, one good result is the interest in gardening that

spending so much time at home has created.

Bee-keeping is a great hobby -

and there is no better way to help

nature than to help our bees -

check out local bee keeping clubs

and societies - and do buy local

honey too!

New gardeners, born again gardeners, there are many ideas to

bring a Christmas morning smile - so here are a few, and not only

good for gardeners but good for the garden too.

Horticulture courses - from the RHS courses to local college

courses and even garden club activities, there are many ways to

learn from those in the know - and gardeners are great sharers.

The gift of a course, a membership or a good book is a great way

to encourage budding gardeners and assist those who want to

fulfil a gardening wish.

Older people who can no longer garden may be able to do a little

more in their gardens if the beds are raised so that they can sit and

garden or do so from a wheelchair . If housebound, planting a small

but beautiful tree or shrub so that it can be seen from the house is a

great idea, and a bird feeding station will offer hours of entertainment

and be great for the birds too!

From locally made hand creams and soaps to really good tools,

books, vouchers for the local garden centre and bird tables there

is plenty to keep a gardener happy - and give nature a bit of a

hand too!

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Shop Gifts And Gift Lifesaving Missions

To Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

It’s time to think about your Christmas shopping, and where better to start than Midlands Air

Ambulance Charity’s online shop, to make lifesaving missions possible, this Christmas. The

charity expanded its range last year and has now added more items to its Christmas stocklist.

Emma Gray, chief operating officer for Midlands Air Ambulance

Charity, says: “Last year, festive shoppers helped raise in excess of

£55,000 for our pre-hospital emergency service by buying through our

website. From this amount, 46 of our vitally important missions were

funded – 13 air missions and 33 in our two critical care cars.

“We hope that shoppers show their support of our lifesaving charity

this Christmas and help fund future missions across the Midlands and

Gloucestershire.”

All products in the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s extended festive

range for 2021 can be found at midlandsairambulance.com/shop

The new products include:

• Christmas cards

• Virtual Christmas cards

• Mini Medics – mini models in a familiar style based on some of

the charity’s real-life critical care crew.

• Bag for A Life – A lifesaving shopper bag to keep all your

purchases in.

• Commemorative Air30 Cufflinks and Lapel pins – Midlands

heritage jewellers, Deakin & Francis, have crafted just 100 of

each, an ideal gift for collectors.

• One Year’s Lifesaving Lottery Membership – The opportunity to

win £1,000, every week for a year. (Purchasers and recipients

must both be aged 16 or over.)

• Cross Stitch Pattern of the aircraft and crew members

• Crowd Racing Membership – The opportunity to own shares in

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• Remember Your Star by lighting the

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• Commemorative Air30 30th Anniversary

Poetry anthology – teaming up with The Word Association,

a book of creative writing and poetry has been produced to

provide a reflection of the charity’s rich 30-year history. (Funded

via a National Lottery project grant from Arts Council England.)

• Commemorative diary and pen

• Commemorative calendar and pen

• New Christmas star bauble

• New T-shirt design

• Teddy bear with MAAC hoodie

• Kids’ Crew Membership – the fun pack includes a welcome

letter, official certificate, invitations to meet the aircrew and to

next year’s Young Heroes Christmas Party, plus, a selection of

charity merchandise. (Suitable for ages five to 11).

You can also get involved in aiding the charity’s Christmas missions

by texting: ‘MISSIONXMAS’ as one word, followed by the amount

of your choice to 70085 to donate to the lifesaving service and help

make future missions possible. An example is MISSIONXMAS 5 to

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To browse and shop the range, visit: midlandsairambulance.

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organisation on social media.

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Tel: 01684 310626 • Email: info@albionlodge.co.uk • www.albionlodge.co.uk

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Wooden Ice Lolly Plate, £18.99,

bluebrontide.com

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Glass Glitter Bauble, £7, hauslife.co.uk; Ice Cream Four Decroation Set,

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Toucan, £6 and Glass Bunny Tail Grass Filled Bauble £7, hauslife.co.uk

Lights and LED Candles

from lights4fun.co.uk

Wooden Stag Head

Bunting, £5.99,

gingerray.co.uk

Extra Large Zinc Lined Rattan Planter, £85

Open Log Carrier Basket, £38

Mixed Eucalyptus Berry Wreath, £85

All marquisanddawe.co.uk

Sausage Dog Placecard, £3.99 for six, gingerray.co.uk;

Christmas Dogs Nibbles Bowl, £13, sophieallport.com

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Over 55?

WELCOME TO A

COMMUNITY OF

LIKE–MINDED

PEOPLE

“It’s so much better to come and

have coffee, tea or a meal with

neighbours in the communal

lounge than to sit alone at

home. We have fitness

classes and there’s always a

Christmas meal and cheese

and wine evenings.”

Beechcroft owner

Beautiful Burford – the

perfect retirement location

One of the joys of retirement

is the possibility of living in

a lovely location, surrounded

by countryside with shops and

cafés on hand – and a great

sense of community.

Beautiful Burford is the

perfect retirement location

and, with a collection of

elegant two-bedroom houses

and two and three-bedroom

apartments available at

Beechcroft’s Cotswold Gate,

it’s easy to find a new home to

suit your retirement lifestyle.

Designed for the over 55s,

Cotswold Gate is located

just opposite the Burford

Garden Company, close to

Burford High Street. Each new

home provides generously

proportioned living space and

a terrace, balcony, private

garden or combination of these

along with allocated parking.

The energy-efficient, easily

maintained, new homes also

meet Beechcroft’s exacting

Healthihouse TM standards,

including an abundance of

features designed to promote

a healthy living environment.

Home owners are able

to meet neighbours in a

luxurious residents’ lounge

with an honesty bar, there’s

a luxurious guest suite for

visitors and a shuttle bus

service into the town centre.

For further information

please contact Beechcroft

on 01993 688307 or visit

www.beechcroft.co.uk.

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HOUSING-WITH-CARE

Allowing older people to live where they want to live

Imagine you’re an older person in your

70s, approaching your later years and

perhaps in need of more support soon,

but still with so much to give, so many

talents to unlock, so many friends to

make. You’re thinking about moving

from the family home you’ve lived in

for years to somewhere which provides

security and care if and when you need

it, but which also allows you to keep

your independence and connections to

the local community, and which has a

range of activities and facilities to keep

you busy.

It’s this middle ground, this golden

mean, combining independence with

care and support, which housing-withcare

settings across the country are

offering to older people in increasing

numbers. Sometimes called retirement

communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

a flat or apartment, on a site with 24/7

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

For further email please visit

www.arcouk.org

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