North Hampshire Lifestyle Nov - Dec 2021


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!

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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


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


Editor Katie Thomson


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

Key Account Manager Ben Hollis


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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.

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using the appropriate keyword.

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The Anvil: Thu 9 Dec

'21 – Sun 2 Jan '22

Beauty and The Beast

Anvil Arts is delighted that Strictly

Come Dancing champion Joe

McFadden will be taking the lead role

of The Prince/Beast in The Anvil’s

pantomime Beauty and The Beast,

which opens on 9 December...

Joe is best known for his roles in Heartbeat and Holby City. He

won the 2017 series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with

dance partner Katya Jones.

Joe will be joined on stage by Basil Brush’s Mr Stephen Chris

Pizzey, who is excited to be returning to The Anvil for more gags

and silliness as Louis La Plonk, along with EastEnders’ Nick

Wilton as Polly La Plonk, Michael Quinn as Hugo Pompidou and

Maria Coyne as Belle.

One of the most popular fairy stories, Beauty and The Beast

makes its Anvil Christmas debut to tell a tale as old as time. The

pantomime tells the story of Belle, who finds herself imprisoned

in an enchanted castle by a Prince who has been transformed

into a hideous beast by an evil sorceress. Can Belle see beyond

the Beast’s appearance and fall in love with her captor? Will the

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girl who has melted his heart?


With larger-than-life characters, side-splitting comedy,

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transformation scene, this traditional family pantomime, written

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office records since it was first produced.

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Beast runs from 9 December to 2 January.

There is a BSL Signed performance at 6pm on Tuesday 14

December, and a Relaxed Performance at 2pm on Monday 20

December for those on the autistic spectrum and for anyone who

would prefer a performance with a quieter and more gentle tone.

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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


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


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


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


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.

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offering professional-standard facilities

for our students, aiming to help prepare

them for their future careers...

We recently opened our fantastic new Gaming & Creative Digital

Studios, featuring 10 classrooms and collaborative spaces

equipped with 48 high-end PCs and 64 Dell Alienware gaming


This project has been successful thanks to an investment

of £1.25m supported by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise

Partnership (LEP), who worked with our College to develop these

studios to reflect real-life workspaces of people working in digital


HSDC Principal Mike Gaston said: “I’m delighted that, with

the support of the Enterprise M3 LEP, we are in the vanguard

of developing education in the digital and gaming industries,

a vibrant and expanding sector which offers countless

opportunities for young people.

“We are immensely proud of these new facilities, which will not

only help students to get the most out of their time at HSDC, but

will also prepare them for their future careers by providing an

environment for learning which reflects the workplaces of these

future digital professionals.”

During this academic year, these modern facilities will house

students on our Level 2 and Level 3 Creative Media Production


and T Level Digital : IT Production, Design & Development


From September 2022, students enrolling on our Level 3 Esports

course launching next year will also be taught in this space, using

the Gaming Studios and the Dell Alienware high-end gaming


First-year Games Design & Development students were delighted

to meet visitors at the grand opening of the building, showcasing

their skills after just a few weeks of lessons.

Paul Carter, Assistant Principal Vocational Curriculum, said: “The

Gaming & Creative Digital Studios have allowed students to work

and learn in a professional industry-standard space.

“This facility will allow them to prepare for their careers in the

exciting gaming and creative digital sector. The design, layout

and high-end facilities will support digital skills development and

collaborative working.”

Visit to find out all about studying at HSDC

Alton and apply now for September 2022.











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An independent day school for boys aged 3-7 and girls aged 3-16

• Open 8.00am - 6.00pm

• 50 weeks a year

• 15 hours EYE Funding

• Child Care Vouchers Accepted

St Nicholas’ School ranked 3rd position in the Sunday Times 2021 Parent Power

(The top independent schools with small or no sixth forms)

• GCSE results rank amongst the best nationally

• Excellent awarded by the Independent

Schools Inspectorate (ISI)

• Outstanding pastoral care

• Small classes taught by specialist subject teachers

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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


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


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


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.

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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Wedding delayed?

Leave a gift for charity

Don't forget to sort out your Will

Whilst many Christmas presents will be forgotten as

soon For those as they who have made been plans unwrapped, for their wedding there is or a civil festive

gift partnership that can this make year, a big there difference is little doubt – leaving that the a legacy

to coronavirus a charity. has caused serious disruption...

Understandably, many couples have decided to delay their

Three quarters of Britons regularly give to charity in their lifetimes,

special day until next year.

but only 6% include a charity when writing a Will.

Although it does not sound very romantic, it is worth

Without this source of income many charities would have to cut

remembering that a marriage or civil partnership is a contract,

important services and some could not exist.

which legally recognises your spouse or civil partner.

Lucy Watson, who heads the Wills and Probate team at Phillips

Couples who live together but who are not married or in a civil

Solicitors, said: “Charities rely on both regular donations and

partnership are at a disadvantage as there is very little provision

legacies in Wills to be able to continue their good work. Leaving

for cohabiting partners should one die.

money to charity in your Will can make a huge difference and

what a wonderful way to ensure that your legacy lives on after

Claire-Marie Selwood, who is a Wills and Probate Solicitor at

you’ve gone.”

Phillips Solicitors incorporating Brain Chase Coles explains:

“Despite what many people think, there is no such thing as

“It is especially important to think of charities at the moment

‘Common Law Marriage’.”

when so many of their normal fundraising avenues have been

cancelled with the coronavirus pandemic.”

“If you die without a Will, your estate will be governed by the

Rules of Intestacy, and your life partner/cohabitee will not be

Donations can be as small or as large as you wish, as every gift

classed as your next of kin. The Rules of Intestacy will determine

makes a difference. A gift made to a UK registered charity is also

how your property is divided and distributed irrespective of

inheritance tax free.

the number of years you have lived together. This could result

in your estate being divided amongst your surviving family

“If your estate is large enough to be chargeable to inheritance tax,

members to the exclusion of your life partner/cohabitee and this

gifts to charity will reduce not just the overall amount of tax paid by

may not be what you would want to happen.”

the rest of your estate but may also reduce the rate of tax, resulting

in your family getting the most of their inheritance,” explained Lucy.

“Therefore, I would strongly advise cohabiting couples who are

postponing their wedding or civil partnerships to make a Will.”

Ordinarily, a Will made prior

“If you are looking to

to marriage is automatically

leave money to a charity

revoked once the marriage

you may well consider

has taken place unless the

Sebastian’s Action Trust,

Will is explicitly made in

which is Phillips’ charity of

contemplation of that

the year.”




Sebastian’s Action Trust

“We can

provides emotional,


social and practical

arrange for

care together with outreach and specialist support to families

a Will to be

in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and

drafted with a clause that incorporates the intention to marry or


form a civil partnership. This means you don’t have to wait until

after you are married to make your Will,” said Claire-Marie.

It also offers respite holidays to families from all over the UK at

The Bluebells – the Trust’s unique facility in North Waltham, just

“They provide clarity and peace of mind. If you are not sure

outside of Basingstoke.

when your wedding of civil partnership will take place, you can

use the time in the lead up to your delayed nuptials to make

suitable provision for your future spouse or civil partner.”

For help in leaving a charitable legacy, or for any other Wills and

Probate issues, please contact Lucy by emailing or by calling 01256 854646.

For more information about making a Will please contact

For more information about the wide range of legal services

Claire-Marie Selwood by calling 01256 854622, emailing

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23 children in our region

have an uncertain future

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

Could you adopt and change their lives forever?

For most people, being part of a family

is something they can rely on from birth.

Unfortunately, there are children across

Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and

Southampton, who are unable to live with

their birth parents, and who are instead cared

for by kind and compassionate foster carers.

Lilly is just three and loves playing with her

dolls. Siblings Oliver, aged five years and Theo

who is nearly three, enjoy going to the local

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

They are just some of the children waiting for

a permanent family life.

Today, there are all types of wonderful families

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child thrive in a forever home. Kirsty adopted

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ever done.

I’m so pleased about adoption

I actually encourage other

friends... you need to go and

do that. Do it. For me it’s

been wonderful.”

Mike and Natalie both felt very strongly that

they could offer a family life to a brother and

sister who might otherwise stay in the care

system for a long time. “Young siblings have a

strong bond together but need to be wrapped

in the cushion of being loved and cherished by

one or more parent. We knew that separating

siblings from one another can have long term

effects on children.”

Adopt South is seeking more mums and dads

who can give children a shared life together.

School teacher Kirsty knew about the high

numbers of black children who were waiting

in foster care and felt that with a bit of learning

and support she could be a mum and help a

Families who adopt two children or more,

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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


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



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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


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


25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan


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


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


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.


Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4


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.


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


250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm


50g caster sugar


50g plain flour

25g butter, cut into cubes

40g chopped mixed nuts

25g demerara sugar


170g butter, softened, plus extra for


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


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.


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


Allow to cool slightly before serving with

custard or ice cream.


Try using other seasonal fruits such as

damsons or gooseberries.






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.



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.




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.



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.



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



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.




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.



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

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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

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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

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Forest Care – Finalists at 2021

National Care Awards

Forest Care is delighted to announce that four of their hardworking

employees across three of their care homes have been

selected as finalists at the 2021 National Care Awards...

Terri Taphouse passionately leads the

activities at Rowan Lodge care home in

Newnham, Basingstoke. Her personcentered

approach to caring through

activities and drive to introduce new

experiences for residents has meant

she has been selected as a finalist in the

Activities Facilitator of the Year category.

A relative commented: “Mum’s physical

health improved quickly at Rowan Lodge,

but without the weekly activities, I doubt

she would have made the progress

that she has. The amount of effort and

enthusiasm and variety that goes into the

weekly activities is amazing.”

Jacqui Vickery is the Home Administrator

at Oak Lodge care home near Oakley and

has been selected as 1 of 5 finalists for

the Care Champion category. Familyfocused

and a straight-talker, Jacqui’s

authentic caring nature is heartfelt and

unwavering. She devotes herself to caring

for others and combines her incredible

kindness with an abundance of energy.

Nutrition and Hydration is an integral

part of well-being for residents in care

homes. Bhanu Morampudi, Head Chef at

Cedar Lodge in Frimley Green, secures

a finalist position in the Care Chef of the

Year category. He adds a level of personcentered

care through nutrition and

hydration that’s hard to replicate. Bhanu’s

charisma and shyness packs a punch

in the kitchen, where his humble talents

permeate into every meal he passionately


Finally, Nenita Jopson, Care Home

Manager at Cedar Lodge, has been

selected as a finalist for the Care Home

Manager of the Year accolade. Nenita’s

clear passion for care is infectious. Her

staff reflect the genuine care offered

and created a truly homely environment

for all. They not only care for residents;

they care for their families and friends.

The commercial manager of Forest Care

comments: “I feel extremely proud to

see Nenita walking through the lounge,

engaging with residents and staff

effortlessly whilst at the same time being

acutely aware of each resident’s needs”.

Mark Vickery, Director of Forest Care

Ltd, shares a few words of gratitude for

the unwavering commitment displayed

by staff across Forest Care during

the pandemic. “Alongside the NHS,

our teams across the care homes are

also heroes in our communities; for

their bravery and resilience over the

last 18 months, prioritising the safely

of the elderly above their own. We are

immensely proud that their efforts and

authentic care has been externally

recognised. They are already winners in

our eyes”.

The winners will be announced at the

extravagant National Care Awards on

November 19th held in London.

For more information about Forest Care

or to speak to a member of staff, contact

the team on 0333 305 1785, or visit their


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Five ways to prepare for

your mortgage application

if you are self-employed or

a contractor.

Recent research by Aldermore Bank revealed

self-employed workers in the UK are pessimistic about

their home buying chances, it seems the pandemic

has intensified their difficulties in getting a foot on the

housing ladder.

However, there are ways. Many specialist mortgage

lenders have lending options which can provide a route

to homeownership for the self-employed. Unlike many

high street banks, specialist lenders can dig into the detail

to understand the income streams and investigate the

mortgage opportunities available.

Our top tip is that you need to be well prepared before

making an application. Make sure you prepare the

documents and information the lender will need to give

your mortgage application its best chance of success.

Here are five ways to prepare for your mortgage

application if you are self-employed or a contractor:

1. Evidence of two-three years of accounts: Lenders

will typically ask to look at two to three years’ worth

of accounts. Since Covid-19, it is also important to

show your business has recovered to pre-pandemic

levels and be able to explain to a lender what

Covid-19 business incentives you took, including

amounts repayable.

2. Get your paperwork in order: You will need to

provide the relevant documentation to prove your

income. Making sure you know which documents

lenders will ask of you and having them to hand

will save time and help speed up the process. See

our Tax Guide at

sharing/1619639586/4234/ which explains what

lenders will typically ask to see to prove your income.

3. Evidence a steady stream of work: To prove you’re

a reliable borrower, it’s important to demonstrate a

steady stream of work which has been maintained

over time. It’s also important to show a strong pipeline

of upcoming work.

4. Review and Improve your credit profile: Checking

your credit profile is an important step especially

if you have had credit commitments in the past

and it can be a worthwhile process to check all old

commitments are up to date.

There are several ways to boost your credit profile.

Simple steps such as registering on the electoral roll,

paying off debts and meeting regular payments will

over time make a difference. See our guide at


5. Save a larger deposit: Having a larger deposit will

improve your chances of securing a mortgage and

could enable you to buy at a higher price and provide

you with a better mortgage product. Review your

expenditure and see where you can afford to cut

back and put towards your deposit. You could utilise

restricted access savings accounts to benefit from a

more favourable interest rate.

Alton branch: 47 High Street, Alton, GU34 1PF

Call: 01420 84275 Email:

Basingstoke branch: 5-6 Chelsea House,

Festival Place,Basingstoke, RG21 7JR

Call: 01256 816813


Sammy Forrester, Alton Branch Manager and Lisa

Wedge, Basingstoke Branch Manager.





Newbury Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct

Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number 206077). English Law applies and

we will communicate with you in English. We are participants of the Financial Ombudsman Service. We have a complaints

procedure which we will provide on request. Most complaints that we cannot resolve can be referred to the Financial

Ombudsman Service. 8452


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