Marlborough Living 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

Angela Cave and Pete Lawrence. Front cover courtesy of Rose & Grey roseandgrey.co.uk

Key Account Manager Angela Cave

e angela.cave@minervapublications.co.uk

d/l 01225 984498

twitter: @MarlboroughLive

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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

Bundle from

Brabantia

worth over

£500

6kg Free Range Whole Turkey | 4.5kg Unsmoked Ham | 1kg

Side of Smoked Salmon | 1kg Organic Cheddar | 1kg Cropwell

Bishop Stilton | Christmas Pudding | Harrow & Hope Brut

Reserve (750ml bottle) | Classic Cranberry Sauce | Granny’s

Apple Chutney | Artisan Coronation Sauce | British Goose

Fat | Luxury Bread Sauce | Traditional Roast Gravy | Sage &

Onion Stuffing | Pigs In Blankets | 200g Smoked Chicken 200g

Smoked Duck

WIN

Christmas in

a box! Worth

£375

copasturkeys.co.uk

Closes 10/12/2021

Competition keyword ‘TURKEY’

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

we’re giving away a luxury laundry bundle from Brabantia worth

over £500.

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

will blend effortlessly into your decor with its sleek finish and

has two 45L compartments for easy separating your whites

from your colours. When spring comes around again, you

can then hang your washing out on Brabantia’s Rotary Dryer

Lift-o-Matic Advance which can easily be adjusted to your

ideal height. For those grey days, Brabantia’s 23m Drying Rack

Tower is the perfect inside solution. Finally, prep your fresh

laundry for the wardrobe with a Brabantia Ironing Board. ThisXL

model is designed for easy ironing of any outfit!

brabantia.com

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competition keyword ‘BRABANTIA’

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

cityscapes, dogs, sports and people. We have

two prints worth £250 each to give away.

Adagio, the European leader in aparthotels is giving one lucky

winner a two-night stay for two at one of their amazing UK

properties in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh or Liverpool.

Adagio is the perfect option for that much needed getaway this

year, providing all the services of a hotel with the freedom of an

apartment. The apartments comprise of a kitchen, bedroom and

living area with flat screen smart TV - great for lounging after a

busy day of activities.

WIN

A City

Break with

Aparthotel

Adagio!

adagio-city.com

T&Cs available online. Closes

15/01/2022 - Competition keyword

‘ADAGIO’

elizasouthwood.com

Closes 15/01/2022

Competition keyword ‘ELIZA’

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Did Someone say

Christmas?

If they could speak....they might ask:

with white ear tips and noses need SPF 50 cream to prevent

skin cancer and sunburn. Hypoallergenic products suitable for

young children may be used, but products designed for pets are

probably safest, as some ingredients may be toxic if licked off.

“To have our attention” most of our pets

enjoy company and a variety of stimulating

activities. This may be long walks in new

places, fun games with toys or puzzles

to challenge them. No dog is too old to

learn to play and it’s the best way to train

them. If you are out at work during the

day consider a dog walking service or

day-time care with some-one who is home

alone.

“To be understood” - pets are not cute little furry people. If we learn

about our pets’ natural behaviour, ways of communication and social

groups we can ensure that they feel happy. Different breeds have

been selected over the centuries because they really enjoy certain

activities and they will need to find a substitute in daily life. We are

learning more all the time about the social needs of cats and rabbits

which are very different to those of dogs.

“To be pain free” - many pets suffer dental and joint pain without

obvious signs. This is probably because they enjoy food and activity

so much. However when these issues are treated their relief is often

clear to see, and they can shed years and start enjoying active life

again. Regular vet and nurse checks will pick up these problems early.

So we can help! We are committed to your pet’s wellbeing and

here to help you keep them fit and happy for life.

Have a very happy Christmas and New Year.

ADVERTISING FEATURE

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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At home or away, Leucillin is a

effective essential for all skin

concerns, it is soothing and calming

to; Red, Sore, Itchy skin, Minor Cuts

and Grazes, Bites, Stings and Burns.

suitable for all ages and skin types including

highly sensitive, ears and eyes. Leucillin is

your germ protection, antiseptic care and

daily cleanser.

300x more effective than most sanitisers YET Leucillin

is passed by the Organic Soil Association, has recyclable packaging, is cruelty free and vegan

friendly.

Available in stores and online

For promotional 500ml product offer please visit: www.leucillin.co.uk/promotions

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For People AND our Pets, Leucillin is a

clever, reliable and affordable solution for

cleansing and sanitising skin safely including

your face! Leucillin removes germs without

drying skin, so however species diverse your

family unit is, Leucillin has you covered.


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CHRISTMAS GIFTS

FOR EVERY GENERATION

at

THE WHITE HORSE BOOKSHOP

M A R L B O R O U G H

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NEW 2021-2022

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Out November 2021!

Contact our team on

01793 821303 to pre-order

a free brochure and start

planning your next adventure!

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

will be sent a new brochure automatically.)

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FOR THOSE WHO

LOVE TO TRAVEL

At Travel by Hannah we appreciate

when it comes to travel everyone’s

desires are different, travel is our

passion, and we design your getaway

around you...

After the year(s) we have all been through I know there is pent up

demand for getting your travel fix, there has never been a better

time to use an agent for your next escape.

With the re-opening of international travel, 2022 and beyond is

set to promise big adventures.

We already have many clients travelling, with a big demand for

the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, European Villa holidays and UK

breaks.

With Canada re-opening and news for the USA, Africa & Australia

following soon we look forward to getting more clients exploring

the world again.

Tailor-made travel is our speciality, offering a wide range of trips

around the world, including across each continent. Be it a short

break, beach escape, cruising, skiing, touring or a bespoke

journey we offer these and so much more…

I work to source lots of exciting deals that I share on our

Facebook, Instagram, and website.

ADVERTISING FEATURE

We are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded to give you peace of mind

when booking, our small team offer professional and personal

service and we are all lucky enough to be experienced travellers,

we utilise our first-hand knowledge and always focus on putting

clients first.

I am proud we have many loyal clients and 5* reviews.

Working with all the big brand names at price parity and over 300

individual operators we can source the most suitable option for

you, incorporating many exclusive offers for our customers.

Priding ourselves on consistently providing you excellent value

and friendly service, we do not charge for our time, I believe

everyone should book with the assurance of their own personal

travel experts, who are on hand throughout if needed, for

whatever trip they are taking. You will never experience hours on

hold when dealing with us!

You can come and visit us in store on Marlborough High Street,

or speak to us over the phone, email, and video call!

We hope to be booking you soon.

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Guide

The gift

Kaloo Lapinoo

Rabbit, £17.99,

jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Unisex Mouse

Babygrow Set, £45,

magnetmouse.co.uk

Woodland Nesting

Creatures, £22,

rosaandbo.com

You’re sure to

find a game

every member

of the family

will love

The Toy Tree -

Puzzles, Games

& Gifts for all the

family.

thetoytree.co.uk

Luigi Starter Course

Currently priced at

£46.98,

amazon.co.uk

Nila Nepp Top, £22

and Kieran Kneepatch

Joggers, £28, both

welovefrugi.com

Organic

cotton and

amazing

colours and

prints

FOR KIDS

GOTS Organic

Cotton

Pyjamas, £26,

polarnopyret.

co.uk

Everhot

Electric Stove

£1,295,

everhot.co.uk

An

interactive

toy the

whole family

can enjoy

Available

in a host

of fab

colours

WHEN THEY HAVE EVERYTHING

A range of

hampers available

at Allington

Farm Shop,

allingtonfarmshop.

co.uk

Aranya Hmong Cushion,

£32 and Beti Geometric

Cushion with Tassels, £34,

hauslife.co.uk

Hand-Sliced Side of

Smoked Salmon, £54.95,

formanandfield.com

All your

Christmas

goodies in

one place

Truffle Guys

Experience Box,

£119.95,

truffleguysuk.com

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Your local toy shop,

catering for all ages.

Visit us at The Old Granary,

Townsend Farm, Horton.

SN10 3NE

Stockists of: BigJigs, Jellycat, Le Toy

Van, The Puppet Company, Cheatwell

Games, Orange Tree Toys, Rainbow

Designs, Wild Card Games & many

more

See the full range and buy online at:

www.thetoytree.co.uk

Open 10am-12pm Mon, Weds & Thurs

Open 9.30am-3.30pm Tues & Fri

(other times available by appointment)

An extensive collection of

children’s clothes for boys and

girls from newborn to teenager.

Big brands at a fraction of the

cost.

Brands include: Abercrombie, Boden,

Cath Kidston, Fat Face, GAP, Hollister,

Jack Wolfskin, Joules, Levi’s, Monsoon,

Ralph Lauren, White Stuff &

many more

Smart & casual clothes available.

Full details at:

www.thetoytree.co.uk/smarty-pants

Email: smartypants@thetoytree.co.uk

SMARTY PANTS is a clever little idea to assist

in the sale of nearly new children’s clothes…

A Christmas Cracker of a shop!

For expert advice and the perfect products visit Megan and

the team at Beauty Full Time for:

Skin consultations

Fragrance Matching

Personalised Foundation and Makeup Colour Matching

36 High St, Marlborough SN8 1LW

01672 514114

www.beautyfulltime.co.uk

I @beautyfulltimemarlborough F @beautyfulltimemarlborough X

Beauty Full Time

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Perfect

Christmas

party

skin

Tabitha Ribbed

Cashmere Socks, £32,

pantherella.com

Candle Discovery Set,

£18, floralstreet.com

Clarins Body Smoothing Moisture Milk 400ml,

Clarins Hand Cream 100ml and Clarins Instant

Spa Gift Set. Much more available in store.

beautyfulltime.co.uk

FOR HER

Star Sheepskin

Slippers, £39,

onaie.com

Faith in Nature Soap

Gift Set, £5.99,

Eco Creations, 7

Wood Street, Calne

SN11 0BZ,

01249 248487

A range

of organic

goodies to give

this Christmas at

Eversfield. Pop in to

create your own hamper or

choose from the fabulous range

of foodie gifts and gift boxes.

eversfieldorganic.co.uk

Alpaca Super Soft Hot

Water Bottles, £45,

chilcottuk.com

Reusable Make Up Remover

Pads, £13.99, Eco Creations,

7 Wood Street, Calne SN11

0BZ, 01249 248487

Great for

deeply cleansing

the skin and

soothing

stressed eyes

BeGlow Tia All-In-One

Sonic Skincare System,

£199, johnlewis.com

FOR HIM

7 speed - up

to 30 miles

range. 3 year

warranty on

motor and

battery

Batribike OMEGA Lovely

lightweight electric bike

- from £1399, E-Motion,

-motionevc.co.uk

Off White Sneakers,

£175, muloshoes.com

Cashmere Sweatshirt

in Emerald, £179,

loopcashmere.co.uk

Scrivner For

Men 5 Step Skin

Strategy - £127,

janescrivner.com

A true

gift to

remember

At the heart of the Meteor is the all-new air-oil cooled, 349cc, long

stroke, SOHC engine. Continuing the legend of the easy singles, the

new engine throbs with a visceral beat that is distinctively Royal

Enfield. 01793 957960, biketreads.co.uk

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& Mojo

Mojo

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Ladies & Gents jewellery

Wedding Rings

Vintage

Bespoke

Repairs

Valuations

BOTANICALS

COLLECTION

NOW ONLINE

H.J.Johnson Jewellers | 01380 723709

www.hjjohnsonjewellers.co.uk

1 Maryport Street | Devizes | SN10 1AH

STERLING SILVER AND GOLD

VERMEIL JEWELLERY WITH

SEMI-PRECIOUS STONES - FROM £10

www.hauslife.co.uk

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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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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

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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.

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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

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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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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

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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.


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

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school reviews, alongside a host of

articles advising on all aspects of

school life. Find out more at www.

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The closing event in St Mary’s Calne’s ‘Leaf to Leaf’

celebrations – marking the official opening of the

school’s new garden and the new library – took place

on 24th September with the long-awaited official

opening of their amazing new library.

As music filled the air, courtesy of their talented

vocalists and instrumentalists, the whole school

gathered in the orchard and on the library terrace.

Whilst the girls enjoyed elderflower, the wider school

community of parents, alumnae and staff sipped glasses

of fizz and enjoyed the themed cupcakes.

Alumna, Eva Rice, cutting the ribbon

Headmistress, Dr Felicia Kirk, opened proceedings and introduced Sixth Form students, Issy and Elan, who

talked about the significant benefits that the library had brought to their learning. The guest of honour,

alumna and celebrated Author, Eva Rice, gave an entertaining speech that spanned the lessons she had

learnt from the top 10 books she had read at Calne. Eva finished by taking the opportunity to return No

Direction Home, Bob Dylan’s autobiography, borrowed from the Coulter Library in 1993!

As Eva signed copies of her best-selling novel The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets, many guests were able to take

the opportunity to explore the fabulous spaces in the library. The event was the perfect ending to three

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run by a married couple, which flourished into a thriving family

business involving extended family and employees. The business

had managed to weather the storms of the economic fall-out,

recent global events and many recessions.

The couple are now sadly separated.

Every decision was made together - until now.

The present relationship breakdown threatens closure of the

business because neither of them can agree how to move it

forward. This is an example of many collaborations that hinge on

good relationships when everyone pulls together.

It’s taken six months to accept that the business must be sold

if terms aren’t agreed and each day delayed causes long-term

economic damage.

We all know that disagreement is inevitable in any working and

personal relationship. Outright warfare can result from those

relationships turning sour and particularly when self-interest

takes priority.

Often it’s how we prepare for these times that saves the business

from economic and personal lockdown. Decisions often need to

be taken urgently with a cool head.

The right provisions and the right legal written agreement for your

business can, and often do, direct the way ahead.

Depending on which article you read, the economy will thrive as

we emerge from the isolation of national lockdown.

The time is always right to review your business needs.

We recommend you:

• Hold frank discussions about those eventualities to prevent

uncomfortable conversations later

• Agree steps to take in any buy-out, retirement, sale of part

and how to mediate or arbitrate when tensions rise

• Agree time-frames for talks to steer the storms whenever

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• Plan for succession planning

Relationship breakdown or divorce is hard enough and the family

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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.

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Cowan will persuade them to alter the means of her inheritance.

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the

To find out more about making a Will and other estate planning,

your date child(ren) of thein gift the then event noof

inheritance tax will be payable at all.

please get in touch with your usual contact at Wansbroughs or

both Capital parents’ gains tax deaths. might If, arise however, on a transfer into the trust if the asset

contact us on 01380 733 399 or via email at

you is not both cash. die Therefore leaving no aWill,

gift into a bank account in cash would not

wealth@wansbroughs.com.

the trigger decision a charge will be to capital made by gains tax.

the Once Court. funds A are Will incan thetherefore

bare trust, capital gains tax, if payable, is

payable

By Victoria Iremonger

provide peace by theof beneficiary mind. but they are entitled to their individual

annual exemption of £11,100 Paralegal and- similarly, Private Client income tax will be

payable by the beneficiary.

Wansbroughs Solicitors

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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

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Not only do older people themselves

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Housing-with-care settings can be in

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ARCO’s role as the representative body

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