Bristol Living Dec 2021 - Jan 2022

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At last the Christmas editions are here! With festive fun, gifts and interiors, plus kitchen design advice from Interior Design expert Julia Kendell and an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen. Plus, our competition pages return, with staycations, laundry upgrades, festive hampers and a chance to win tickets to see Paloma Faith in concert!

YOUR FREE COPY DECEMBER 2021/JANUARY 2022

Bristol

LIVING

WIN

A BRABANTIA

SET WORTH

£500, A HOTEL

STAY AND

MORE!

PLUS

THE YORKSHIRE

SHEPHERDESS

AMANDA OWEN

INTERIOR DESIGNER

JULIA KENDELL

DELICIOUS

FESTIVE FOOD

CHRISTMAS

all wrapped up

OUR ULTIMATE GIFT GUIDE

A LIFESTYLE JOURNAL FOR THE CITY OF BRISTOL


SPRING 2022

AN AUDIENCE WITH

DIRTY DANCING

13th February

Clifton Observatory

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

28th February

Avon Gorge by Hotel Du Vin

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON

1st March

Redgrave Theatre

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

3rd March

Arnos Vale Cemetery

LITTLE WOMEN

4th March

Arnos Vale Cemetery

INTERSTELLAR

5th March

The Planetarium

IN BRUGES

10th March

The Station

THE THIRD MAN

11th March

Averys Wine Merchants

MONTY PYTHON & THE HOLY

GRAIL

12th March | Redcliffe Caves

THE PRINCESS BRIDE

13th March

Redcliffe Caves

1917

18th March

Bristol Museum

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

19th March

Averys Wine Merchants

Bristol Film Festival’s Red Carpet Club is an

opportunity for film-lovers to make the most

of our events throughout the year. Take

advantage of advanced booking facilities,

discounts on tickets, and more.

Find out more at bristolfilmfestival.com/red-carpet-club

Tickets now on sale for Spring 2022.

For the full programme and tickets,

scan the QR code or visit:

bristolfilmfestival.com/events


CONTENTS

04 COMPETITIONS

The competition page you don’t want to miss -

with lots of goodies to win this edition

08 KEYNSHAM

Experiencing the festive best of Keynsham

this Christmas

10 GIFT GUIDE

Our handpicked guide to the only gifts you’ll

want to see under the tree this year

14 EDUCATION

Advice choosing the right sixth form from the

Good Schools Guide

20 AMANDA OWEN

We interview the Yorkshire Shepherdess ahead of

the launch of her new book

28 JULIA KENDELL

We catch up with the interior designer known from

DIY SOS and 60 Minute Makeover

EDITOR Katie Thomson

e katie.thomson@minervapublications.co.uk

PUBLISHER Sally Thomson

PRE PRESS MANAGER Kate Norris

KEY ACCOUNT MANAGER Tessa Welbourn

e tessa@minervapublications.co.uk | t 01225 984 551

CONTRIBUTORS Rebecca Rose, Pete Lawrence

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misprints. No part of this publication may be reproduced without prior permission from

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A NOTE FROM THE

EDITOR

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.

Alongside Christmas features, we’ve got a lovely

interview with The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen - her new book has some of the most stunning

photography and amazing anecdotes from her life.

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 February -

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.

WIN

A Laundry

Bundle from

Brabantia

worth over

£500

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’

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:

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’

HURRY!

CLOSING SOON!

WIN

2x GOLD

PLUS tickets

to see Paloma

Faith worth

£180

Looking for the perfect excuse to get

away? The outstanding Paloma Faith is

touring the UK in the Summer of 2022

for her “Summer of Optimism” Tour 2022

and we are giving you the chance to win

2 x GOLD PLUS tickets (worth £180) to

see her live at any of the following venues: Parc

Y Scarlets, Llanelli – Saturday 18th June, Central Park,

Plymouth – Saturday 9th July, Darlington Arena – Saturday

16th July, Bitts Park, Carlilse – Saturday 24th July, Slessor

Gardens, Dundee – Sunday 24th July, Leicestershire County

Cricket Club – Sunday 31st July. The winning gold plus

tickets will grant the lucky winners early entry (no queuing!),

premium bar and toilet facilities, and are situated in the Golden

Enclosure, which is the closest area to the stage. If you win,

you can choose from any of the locations above and make a

weekend of it!

lizhobbsgroup.com

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

WIN

an overnight

stay and

dinner worth

£299

Win a luxury stay at the Charlecote Pheasant in the historic

Stratford-upon-Avon. Your prize includes an overnight stay in

a Suite with breakfast, bottle fizz in your room and a 3 course

dinner or a 3 course Sunday lunch.

charlecotepheasanthotel.co.uk

Closes 15/01/2022 - Competiton keyword ‘CHARLECOTE’.

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. Their

apartments comprise of a kitchen, bedroom and living area

with flat screen smart TV - great for lounging after a busy day of

activities. T&Cs available online.

WIN

A City

Break with

Aparthotel

Adagio!

adagio-city.com

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


A TWISTED

NEVERLAND AT

NIGHT

THE COCKTAIL CLUB GROUP, FORMALLY

KNOWN AS LONDON COCKTAIL CLUB,

OPENS ITS BIGGEST BAR YET ON CORN

STREET...

Launched in November, club holds 300 party goers,

offering some of the world’s greatest cocktails and a

venue where people can let loose until 2am.

Following the success of the already popular London

Cocktail Club on The Triangle, The Cocktail Club:

Bristol has taken over Gilbert House with an impressive

2 floor venue. It has several bars, lounge areas and a

garden terrace.

JJ Goodman, Founder and Owner of The Cocktail Club

bar group says “At The Cocktail Club, we’re all about a

bloody good time. Our bars party like the best of them

and mix the world’s greatest drinks to perfection.

With our Clifton branch already hugely popular,

we can’t wait for the party to get even wilder on

Corn Street. Expect bigger, better and more of the

mischievous fun that

everyone knows and loves

from The Cocktail Club

group.”

The Cocktail Club is currently operating across nine

London venues and one Bristol venue, all characterised

by their vibrant ‘party-style’ environment, sophisticated

cocktails, and first-class service. The group is expanding

with investment from Night Cap, giving Corn Street

a brand-new hot spot, perfect for the party goers of

Bristol.

www.londoncocktailclub.co.uk/bristol

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Experience C hristmas

I N K E Y N S H A M

ON FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER, KEYNSHAM

WILL BE WELCOMING EVERYONE TO THE

TOWN CENTRE WITH A CHRISTMAS MARKET

AND LATE-NIGHT SHOPPING EVENT...

Keynsham’s Winter Festival will take place in a different

format due to improvements works to the public spaces

on the High Street. This year, Keynsham Town Council

will be celebrating their Christmas light switch-on

with a festive outdoor market on Market Walk and a

community exhibition in The Space.

From 6-9pm, browse a range of high-quality, handmade

gifts and edible treats from The Wicked Chilli, OKO

Marketplace, Salvaged and Sewn, and many more. A

number of local retailers will stay open all evening,

with many of the High Street shops offering dazzling

Christmas displays.

Wood fired pizza, hot chestnuts and mulled wine

will be available, and don’t forget to enjoy the best of

Keynsham’s bars and restaurants while you’re there.

There will be pop-up entertainment, including

performances by local brass bands, and a special visit

from Father Christmas and his elves. Prizes will be

available for visitors with the best Christmas jumper,

too!

We are an independently owned store

We love local and artisan foods and aim to offer

something to everyone, whatever your dietary

requirements. We sell natural supplements and offer

holistic treatments to complete your well-being journey.

“IT’S SO CONVENIENT TO COME TO KEYNSHAM AND

PARK FOR 40P AND SHOP IN MY FAVOURITE SHOP!

BEATS THE BUSY CITY CENTRE OF BRISTOL!

li

@consciencefoods

consciencefoodsandlifestyle.co.uk

1 Bath Hill BS31 1EB Bristol 0117 986 5511

Mon: 1.30 - 6pm | Tues - Fri: 9.30-6pm | Sat 9 - 5.30pm


There’s plenty more taking place in Keynsham

throughout December. The Christmas Tree Festival

returns to St John’s Church from 3rd-5th December,

and if you’re venturing beyond the Town Centre, you

might consider visiting the light trail and enchanted

village at Avon Valley Adventure & Wildlife Park from

3rd December.

To help people shop locally throughout December,

free car parking will also be available in the town every

weekend.

In early 2022, Keynsham will celebrate the completion

of the Core High Street Public Realm Improvement

works and move towards the next phases on

Keynsham’s High Street Heritage Action Zone

Programme. This includes a connected Local Cultural

Programme, which will launch at the end of February

with new markets and community events. More

information can be found online at HiKeynsham.co.uk

YOUR PLASTIC-FREE

JOURNEY STARTS HERE

DID YOU EVEN KNOW THERE’S A REFILL STORE

IN KEYNSHAM? DOESN’T IT MAKE SENSE TO GO

COMPLETELY GREEN AND JUST WALK DOWN THE

HIGH STREET AND SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES?

IT MAY SURPRISE YOU JUST HOW MUCH ECO

SHOPPING YOU CAN ACHIEVE LOCALLY...

Conscience Foods & Lifestyle, Established in 2018 and

owned by Helen, offers specialist organic foods, supports

local suppliers and has 2 holistic treatment rooms to

complete your wellbeing journey.

Our new customers are looking for help on how exactly

they can contribute to reducing single use plastic and

helping the planet. You can currently refill over 100 foods,

coffees, loose-leaf teas, body & household items. Create

your own organic & seasonal veg box in store. No plastic

punnets here! You can even refill your deodorant and

hand sanitiser.

Reducing single use is easier than you think. Just bring

along your washed containers and bottles and we can

do the rest. For further information please call us on

01179865511.

No gest is too small.

Open 6 days a week. Winter hours may vary.

www.consciencefoodsandlifestyle.co.uk

ADVERTISING FEATURE

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LINGERIE

FOR ALL

OCCASIONS

PERFECT FIT IN KEYNSHAM IS

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS IN BUSINESS

THIS YEAR...

The business was started by Lynn Young and is known far

and wide for its large array of lingerie and its professional

and expert fitting service.

Debbie French who managed the business for Lynn took

over when Lynn retired in 2016.

Perfect fit carries around 10 leading brands, sizes range

from AAA to K. As well as general lingerie, Perfect Fit

specialises in Bridal, maternity, sports, medical, and the

elderly. Not to mention stocking a large range of nightwear

and bra sized swimwear all year round.

EXPERTLY MEASURING & FITTING

LINGERIE FOR ALL OCCASIONS

ALL AGES & SIZES

CELEBRATING

30 YEARS

OF TRADING

THIS

AUTUMN

Why not treat yourself or a loved one to a new set of

lingerie this Christmas and visit Perfect Fit!

www.perfectfit.uk.com

ADVERTISING FEATURE

www.perfectfit.uk.com

enquiries@perfectfit.uk.com

0117 986 0950

50 Temple Street, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 1EH

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THINKING OF

GOING GREEN

THIS NEW YEAR?

GOING GREEN IS ABOUT SO MUCH MORE THAN

JUST SWAPPING YOUR PLASTIC TOOTHBRUSH

FOR A LOVELY BAMBOO ONE (ALTHOUGH THAT IS

A GREAT PLACE TO START)...

There are so many eco friendly products out there, it

can feel a tad overwhelming.

That’s why, at The Plastic Free Shop – an online retailer

based locally in Bristol – we take a very selective

approach to the plastic free products that we stock. We

know just how hard it can be to make changes, so we

test every potential product for you to ensure that it is

truly a good swap before adding it to our list.

A great example of this is our popular paper tape. You

might not have considered the fact that regular sticky

tape is made of plastic. Yes, that’s right. It’s made of

plastic and can’t get recycled after being used which

makes it a bit of a baddie when it comes to going green.

Here at The Plastic Free Shop, we sell a beautifully

simple repositionable paper tape which comes in three

different widths, making it perfect for all your gifts,

parcels and even home crafting needs. We use it on

parcels that we post across the country, and initially

ADVERTISING FEATURE

only started selling it after customers commented

on how much they loved receiving our plastic free

packages!

Of course, we don’t just sell paper tape. We also stock

a lovely range of good quality, effective plastic free

alternatives to everyday items that are people and

planet friendly; from shampoo bars, toothpaste tablets

and reusable coffee cups to wildflower seed balls, linen

beach towels, natural cleaning products and many more

items which will help you in your efforts to go greener.

We believe in the power of upholding green values in

everything we do, which is why we work with small,

local and ethical businesses and we take great pride

in our customer service – after all, sustainability is so

much more than simply buying the latest eco ‘must

have’.

Theplasticfreeshop.co.uk

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Kaloo Lapinoo Rabbit,

£17.99, jojomamanbebe.co.uk

Guide

The gift

Help children

learn to code with

Blockly, Snap!,

JavaScript,

Python and

C++

Artie Max, £110,

amazon.co.uk

Designed by

AndaSeat, who

previously

manufactured

race car seats.

with lumbar

and head

pillows

Leather Gaming

Chair, £369.99,

andaseat.com

GOTS Organic

Cotton

Pyjamas, £26,

polarnopyret.

co.uk

Unisex Mouse

Babygrow Set, £45,

magnetmouse.co.uk

Woodland Nesting

Creatures, £22,

rosaandbo.com

Organic cotton

and amazing

colours and

prints

Nila Nepp Top,

£22 and Kieran

Kneepatch

Joggers,

£28, both

welovefrugi.com

Lindt Bear and

Styorybook Set, £10,

Waitrose

WHEN THEY HAVE EVERYTHING

Aranya Hmong

Cushion, £32,

hauslife.co.uk

Cuisinart Precision

Stand Mixer, £275,

cuisinart.co.uk

Stunning photobooks on high quality

paper with helpful autofill options

Soft, Fabric or Hardcover

Photobooks, from £18.99,

rosemood.co.uk

FOR KIDS

Veloce Coffee Machine, £600,

cuisinart.co.uk

Lattes flat whites and

more! Get those coffee

shop style drinks in a

flash at home with this

bean to cup coffee machine

Master Lock Biometric Padlock - with up to

10 saved fingerprints, £89, masterlock.eu

Seal & Go Trio - Super handy set of 3

leakproof stainless steel containers with

silicone lids, £26, theplasticfreeshop.co.uk

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BACTERIAL, VIRAL & FUNGAL

Yet skin pH Neutral, Gentle to Skin

Reasons to

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At home or away, Leucillin is a

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suitable for all ages and skin types including

highly sensitive, ears and eyes. Leucillin is

your germ protection, antiseptic care and

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300x more effective than most sanitisers YET Leucillin

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For People AND our Pets, Leucillin is a

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drying skin, so however species diverse your

family unit is, Leucillin has you covered.


A personalised softcover

notebook is a thoughtful gift

Polaar Polar Night

Revitalizing Cream

with Boreal Algae,

£42, polaar.com

Lavender

Eye Pillow

Made from sustainably

harvested natural cork bark

with a non-slip surface

which increases grip with

perspiration

Cork mat and block set, £75,

bullfrogbottles.com

Heatable Lavendar

Eye Pillow, £11.99,

hauslife.co.uk

FOR HER

Softcover Printed Notebook,

£16.99, rosemood.co.uk

Build the perfect bar

cart with Dartington’s

Limelight Mitre champagne

saucer, £55 for set of two or

pair of Margarita glasses,

£20, dartington.co.uk

Luxury Heavyweight

Merino Scarf, £90,

pantherella.com

T3 Curl ID, £189,

t3micro.co.uk

The ultimate curler which

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Cashmere Sweatshirt

in Emerald, £179,

loopcashmere.co.uk

BeGlow Tia All-In-

One Sonic Skincare

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johnlewis.com

Micro Merlin

Japanese

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souschef.co.uk

FOR HIM

The Micro

Explorer Electric

Scooter, £349.95,

reduced from

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micro-scooters.

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Andrée Jardin

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souschef.co.uk

ONESONIC® BXS-HD1

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onesonic.co.uk

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Eco Sports

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charliemcleod.co.uk

Perfect if they love outdoor

pursuits or sports

Scrivner For Men 5 Step

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janescrivner.com


PUTTING OUR

PETS FIRST

LEUCILLIN 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 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.

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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 longterm?

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

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effective and no harmful ingredients means Leucillin is

always safe!

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CHOOSING A NEW

SIXTH FORM

THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE OFFERS SOME

SUGGESTIONS TO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION

WHEN MAKING THE CHANGE...

Whether you want to change from a single sex school to

co-ed or from day to boarding, private to state, A levels

to IB - or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to move

schools post - GCSEs.

WHEN TO START LOOKING

We’d advise getting the ball rolling towards the end

of their year 10 in time for sixth form open days and

applications which generally take place the following

autumn. Discussions about post-GCSE options will

already be taking place at your child’s current school by

then and looking at other sixth forms will widen your

options. Maybe the broader based curriculum of the

IB would suit them better than specialising at A level?

Maybe they want to pursue a more practical, less exam

based, route? Or perhaps your child simply feels ready

for a fresh start and new faces.

CHOOSING A NEW SIXTH FORM

The decision needs to be a joint effort between parents

and children, based as much on personal preference as

objective research. Your child may have formed opinions

about other schools via friends and social media but

however popular a particular sixth form may be, it’s no

good if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want to study.

Guide your child to consider the areas of study they

genuinely enjoy or find interesting. Also bear in mind

that the demands of some A levels, such as maths, are

a big jump from GCSE and most schools will set higher

GCSE grade requirements for these.

It may seem too early when your child hasn’t even

finished their GCSE courses to start talking about

university subjects and destinations, but if they are going

to change school for sixth form it’s important to at least

start thinking about the ultimate goal. For instance, if

Oxbridge or medical school is the aim then A level

choices need to be made accordingly and a potential

school’s record of Oxbridge and medical school places

taken into account.

DAY TO BOARDING

A move to boarding school for sixth 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. 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.

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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

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national-level

coaching, and

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THE ADVENTURE

CONTINUES AT

CLIFTON HIGH

BY INSTILLING A LOVE FOR THE NATURAL WORLD,

ENCOURAGING CHILDREN TO PUSH THEIR

BOUNDARIES AND LEARN NEW SKILLS, PUPILS AT

CLIFTON HIGH THRIVE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE

CLASSROOM...

Following the successful launch of the Adventure

Programme earlier this year, pupils at Clifton enjoy

the benefits of their bespoke outdoor education

programme, which is intertwined with their weekly

timetable.

The School has teamed up with Mendip Outdoor

Pursuits, Belmont Estate, Oxfordshire Outdoors and

Farm Link to facilitate the programme. Beginning in

the Summer Term 2021, the programme commenced

with weekly lessons and short courses for the Infant and

Junior School and day visits for all Senior years.

The aim of the Adventure programme is to enable

skill development, rather than one-off introductory

sessions – Clifton High’s aim was to make up for the

time children spent indoors over lockdown and to grow

in them an appreciation for the living world. Visits to

the Mendip Centre will include offsite forest school,

climbing, kayaking, archery, target sports, rock skills,

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hiking, tobogganing and skiing. Clifton High teaching

staff also lead outdoor curriculum enrichment such as

nature studies, art and creative writing. Farm education

at Belmont Estate is provided for children in Reception-

Year 4 to learn about nature, sustainability, nonaggressive

farming, conservation, rewilding, foraging

and the environment.

The Senior School provision includes weekly extracurricular

clubs; curricular field trips including English

Creative Writing lessons in the Mendip Hills, Biology

lessons on the Southwest coastline; end of year bonding

trips and opportunities for coaching on individual

pursuit sports.

If you would like to find out more about Clifton High

School’s Adventure programme, or a chance to see the

School, you can contact the Admissions Team who

would be delighted to answer your queries.

www.cliftonhigh.co.uk

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BSA LAUNCHES

HEALTH & WELLBEING

ASSOCIATION FOR

SCHOOLS

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 nonboarding

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.

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 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.

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.

For more information about Hieda, please visit the

website: www.hieda.org.uk.

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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 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

“WE’RE WORKING FARM AND

THAT MEANS THAT EVERYONE

MUCKS IN - NO MATTER WHAT

THE AGE.

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.

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 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.

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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 MADE YOU DECIDE TO WRITE THIS

BOOK? IT IS A DELIGHTFUL READ AND THE

RECIPES ARE A REAL 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! 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.

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO TELL OUR

READERS ABOUT YOUR LIFE?

I want people to know that Celebrating the Seasons is a

book about going your own way. It’s not a blueprint for

how you should live your life, it simply says this is what

we do as a family this is how we do it, feel free to follow

the recipes, or do them your own way. I want people to

not let themselves to be stereotyped, to know that all

things are achievable if you really want to do it. So many

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

won’t achieve that. But I believe you can do anything you

just have to start doing it. If you want to write a book,

start writing. I got an E in GCSE English, and this is my

fifth book. Anything is possible.

Celebrating the Seasons with The Yorkshire

Shepherdess by Amanda Owen is available by Pan

Macmillan, £20.

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FESTIVE

favortites

CRISP AND GOLDEN ROAST POTATOES

PREP TIME: 5 MINS

COOKING TIME: 43 MINS

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS

sea salt and black pepper

1.5kg Maris Piper potatoes

100ml olive oil

8 garlic cloves

2 sprigs thyme or rosemary

PREPERATION

Separate the leaves and stalks of the thyme or rosemary

and discard of the stalks.

METHOD

Pre-heat oven to 200C.

Peel the potatoes and cut each into large, even-sized

pieces (halves or quarters, depending on size of potatoes).

Place the potatoes into a large saucepan, cover with

water and add a pinch of salt.

Bring the water to a boil, then reduce the heat slightly

and leave to simmer for 2-3 minutes, or until a sharp

knife pierces the potatoes with some resistance.

As the potatoes are cooking, pour oil into the roasting

pan to heat up in the oven.

Drain the potatoes in a colander, shaking the colander a

bit as you go (this will rough up the edges, to give a nice

crisp finish). Carefully add the potatoes to the roasting

tray, along with the garlic cloves (spreading them around

so they are evenly covered).

Roast for 20 mins.

Remove the tray from the oven long enough to move and

turn the potatoes around (so they evenly cook). Return

tray to the oven and roast for a further 20 mins, or until

the potatoes are crispy and golden. (You may want to

turn them one more time.)

Scatter the fresh herbs, salt and pepper to season, and

serve immediately.

SPICED APPLE-BRAISED RED CABBAGE

PREP TIME: 10 MINS

COOKING TIME: 70 MINS

SERVES: 6

PREPERATION

Peel, core and chop the bramley apples. Chop the red

onions. Core and shred the red cabbages.

INGREDIENTS

pinches of salt and pepper

50g butter

150ml dry cider or water

4 tbsp cider vinegar

100g caster sugar

0.25 tsp ground nutmeg

2 tsp ground allspice

2 bramley apples

2 red onions

1kg red cabbages

METHOD

Melt the butter in a large non-stick pan over medium

heat.

Add the onions and cook for 3 or 4 minutes, until they

start to soften.

Turn the heat down to low.

Add the spices to the onion, and stir.

Then add the sugar, cabbage, apple, cider vinegar and

cider orwater. Mix well.

Cover with a lid and leave to cook slowly on a low heat

for about 1 hour or until the cabbage is tender and the

liquid absorbed.

Make sure the bottom of the pan does not burn and stick

during cooking; stir contents and top up with a little

water as you go, if necessary.

When the cabbage is ready, season to taste with salt and

pepper.

Find more fabulous festive recipes at:

www.cookwithmands.com

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THE COTSWOLD

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is a family run single estate with around 80,000 vines

planted on steep south-facing slopes. Dedication to

quality has allowed Woodchester Valley to win an array

of world-class awards including a recent prestigious

silver medal in the Champagne and Sparkling Wine

World Championships.

The vineyard produces still white, rose and red wines as

well as sparkling wines. They offer well-presented wine

gifts and wine box-set collections as well as vouchers

for Vineyard Experiences and Escapes, perfect gifts

for colleagues, friends and family. Everything can be

sent with personal touches such as handwritten notes

included. Gift some locally grown world-class wines to

give comfort and joy to the ones you love!

Order wine and wine gifts online for delivery anywhere

in the mainland UK. If you or someone you know want

to learn the story behind every glass; come on a tour

and find out about vine growing in our cool climate

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and explore the wine production methods, followed by

a fun wine tasting of still and sparkling wines all with

a relaxed and friendly guide. Fiona warmly invites you

to come and see what the buzz is all about and how

talented winemaker Jeremy Mount is producing such

exceptionally good wines on our Cotswolds slopes.

Visit for an afternoon tour or stay overnight in the

beautiful vineyard barn rooms high above the valley

in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are

pleased to offer a 10% Winter Discount on tours and

accommodation in our Vineyard Barns to our Bristol

Living readers.

To claim your discount, please get in touch or book

directly via our website using the code BRISTOL10. This

code is valid on our classic & sparkling vineyard tours

and for stays in our vineyard barn guest rooms. Your visit

must be between November 2021 – March 2022 inclusive.

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SWEET

CHRISTMAS COOKIES

PREP TIME: 15 MINS

COOKING TIME: 10 MINS

SERVES: 20

treats

INGREDIENTS

300g brown sugar

175g butter

1 egg

300g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp M&S Christmas Spice

100g dried mixed fruit

icing sugar

METHOD

Heat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 (180°C for fan

ovens).

Line 2 baking trays with greaseproof paper.

Beat together the sugar and butter, then stir in the egg.

Add the flour, baking powder and spice mix, then stir in

the mixed fruit.

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and cut out

about 20 cookies using star-shaped cutters.

Place on the lined baking trays and bake in the oven for

8-10 minutes, until golden.

Leave to cool completely on a wire rack, then dust with

icing sugar.

SPICED HOT CHOCOLATE WITH WHISKY

Prep time: 20 mins

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS

150g plain chocolate

4 tbsp whisky

grated chocolate or cocoa to decorate

1 litre semi-skimmed milk

200ml double cream

4 cardamom pods

1 cinnamon stick

PREPARATION

Break the plain chocolate into pieces. Bruise the

cardamom pods.

METHOD

Heat the milk, half the cream and the spices in a saucepan

until almost boiling.

Set aside to infuse for 20 minutes, then strain the liquid

into a clean pan.

Add the chocolate pieces to the pan and whisk over a

medium heat, until melted.

Remove from the heat and stir in the whisky.

Pour into 4 heatproof glasses.

Softly whip the remaining cream and spoon over.

Sprinkle with grated chocolate and serve immediately.

Find more fabulous festive recipes at:

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In Five Acre Farm Shop you’ll find everything you’ll

need for the festivities, with fresh seasonal produce from

our own farm in Backwell, foodie gifts, books, puzzles,

homewares, toiletries, chocolate, craft beer, wine and gin,

as well as cards from Bristol artists. We also have beautiful

hampers of our favourite food and drink produce, or a

bath-time hamper for that special pamper night!

Make Sunday your shopping day and you’ll also be

able to browse our Sunday Market, with over 40 stalls

selling locally made crafts and produce such as ceramics,

jewellery, preserves, hamper goodies, cards and artwork,

unique locally made gifts and food and drink produce.

Ali and Joe’s Christmas Tree Sale is back this year too, on

Saturday 4th, Sunday 5th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th

December.

Five Acre Farm Shop is open Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm

and Sunday 9am-4pm. Tobacco Factory Sunday Market is

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HOW MANSARD

ROOFS ARE

CHANGING THE

LANDSCAPE OF

BRISTOL

It is hard to believe that the shape of a roof can

make much difference to the economics of an area,

but mansard roofs can have such an impact, and

they are on the increase...

Mansard roofs have four steeply sloping sides, usually

70 degrees or more, so that an extra floor can be added

inside the roof. They date back to the early 16th century

in France but it was François Mansart, a Baroque

architect in the 17th Century, who

popularised them in Paris. It was to

celebrate his work there that these

roofs became known as mansard

roofs.

Mansard roofs gently lower the profile of a building as

the photographs below show. The Georgian/Victorian

addition of an extra stone-faced storey to the terrace, on

the left, looks quite crude compared with the extra storey

formed by a mansard, on the right.

The only proviso was that the parapet

walls were not raised and that the

mansard roof shape was turned into

a stand-alone structure.

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Since this time, there has been an increased demand

for mansard roofs from other householders and we

have designed several more in Hebron Road. The only

modification has been to keep the ‘V’ shaped parapet

at the rear. While the mansard roofs are almost hidden

from view at the front, the original ‘V’ shape of the roof

is clearly visible from the rear.

Not all planning officers are sympathetic to this type of

change, and we had quite a struggle to get a mansard

roof added to this house in nearby Greenway Bush Lane.

The zinc faced mansard roof was to match the roof of the

nearby primary school.

In Bristol, the small two storey 19th century terraces,

often have simple ‘butterfly’ or

‘valley’ roofs with a central lead

gutter which, by now, has usually

given way, allowing rainwater to

pour into the centre of the house.

Hebron Road is in the Bedminster Conservation Area

and we were asked to extend and renovate one of

these houses. Its valley roof had given way, allowing

incoming rainwater to destroy the walls, the floors and

the ceilings. It therefore seemed

sensible to replace the valley roof

with a mansard which we designed

by raising the party walls on either

side.

Our design was turned down by the planning officer, but

we insisted that she came to view the state of the building

and view the destruction caused by the defective roof -

which she did. The visit changed her mind about the

refusal and the new mansard roof was granted approval.

It seems that planning officers are reluctant to give

permission for mansard roofs in other parts of Bristol,

since their approval might set a precedent. At present,

we are appealing a refusal for a mansard roof in nearby

Somerset Terrace.

The highly insulated mansard roof means a terraced

house, that already benefits from having no heat loss on

its side wall(s), will have its carbon emissions further

reduced. Something that is very important, now that

energy prices are rising.

A new mansard roof will cost around £75,000, and

will typically accommodate a large double bedroom

or two smaller bedrooms and an ensuite. For many

homeowners, adding a mansard roof means the

difference between staying put or leaving the area.

In London, Bow, Tower Hamlets and Westminster have

all given in to local pressure and have drawn up guide

lines for the addition of good quality mansard roofs to

their housing stock.

Richard Winsor B,Arch RIBA AMIStructE

Winsor & Leaman Architects

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KITCHEN

DESIGN

ADVICE FROM

AN EXPERT

WE SPEAK TO JULIA KENDELL, INTERIORS

AND DECORATING EXPERT FROM ITV’S

’60 MINUTE MAKEOVER’ AND ‘REBUILD

OUR HOME’ AND SPOKESPERSON FOR

THE NATIONAL HOMEBUILDING &

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THE KITCHEN IS THE UNDISPUTED HEART

OF THE HOME - AS WELL AS FEEDING

EVERYONE, IT’S BECOME THE SOCIAL HUB,

HOME-SCHOOLING AREA AND MUCH

MORE – HOW DO YOU START YOUR DESIGN

PROCESS WITH CLIENTS?

Yes absolutely, the kitchen has had to really take the

strain in the past 18 months and now more than ever my

clients are eager to find ways to ensure their new kitchen

spaces are flexible enough to cope with whatever might

be round the corner.

The design process starts with understanding my client’s

functional needs for the room, both now and as far into

the future as we can determine (after all, a good quality

kitchen should last 20-30 years). My design principles

centre on wellbeing in the home and creating spaces

that fully support the family to ensure everyone can

be organised and in harmony with one another. This

involves spending time working out the each individual’s

daily movements around the kitchen, their needs and

what they enjoy doing. If there’s a keen baker in the

household, I will suggest a dedicated ‘baking cabinet’

where everything you need is in one place, stand-mixer

plugged in ready for use and no excuses not to achieve

‘Star Baker!’ I believe good design ensures we can be the

best versions of ourselves and take obstacles out of the

way of our daily successes.

MANY OF US ARE LOOKING TO SAVE

THE COST OF MOVING AND INSTEAD

IMPROVE OUR HOMES – ARE THERE SIMPLE

CHANGES WE COULD MAKE TO IMPROVE

THE LOOK AND FLOW OF OUR HOMES?

It sounds obvious, but a total de-clutter, removing

as much as possible from a room to be able to view

the room with ‘fresh-eyes’ is a great start to make

meaningful changes. One of the simplest yet most

effective improvements is to increase the levels of

daylight into the home. Texture, whether fabrics or

carpeting absorbs a huge amount of daylight and it can

be transformational to swap out curtains for shutters/

blinds and hard flooring such as engineered wood to

replace carpet. Instantly the rooms will feel larger and

brighter and any increase in daylight in the home can

only improve your mood and wellbeing.

WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN, WHERE

SHOULD YOU SPLURGE AND WHERE

SHOULD YOU SAVE?

Areas that receive the most use should be prioritised

in the overall budget. Most kitchen units are well

constructed these days so choosing an affordable unit

with a good quality worksurface is a good option. It’s

amazing the difference adding expensive handles can

make to uplifting an otherwise ‘standard’ kitchen.

I caution my clients to think carefully about their

appliance choices too. It’s very easy to get excited about

the latest gadget, but with appliances a large proportion

of the overall cost of a kitchen, be realistic about how

useful an appliance will be. Do you really need an oven

with 42 functions?!

WHAT TRENDS FOR 2022 ARE YOU

EMBRACING THE MOST?

Houzz are reporting a huge increase in interest in

dedicated activity spaces such as art rooms, home bars,

home gyms and cinema rooms. I am very excited to

see this as it shows that we are choosing to design our

interests and passions into our homes. It’s refreshing to

feel such a sense of optimism when chatting with clients

and I am working with warmer colour palettes and

being asked to incorporate planting and natural texture

into room schemes. There seems to be a continued need

to connect with nature after the past 18 months and I’m

loving it!

Julia Kendell will be the design expert at the

Farnborough Homebuilding & Renovating

Show, 15-16 January 2022

www.farnborough.homebuildingshow.co.uk

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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 housingwith-care

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-with-care which allow older people

to stay independent and healthy for longer. The evidence

is clear: housing-with-care improves health and wellbeing,

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, housing-with-care settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body for the housingwith-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

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Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is all about the

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