Horsham 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!

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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The

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

Home Ireland

Hit List of jobs

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

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

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns

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Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen - her new book has some of

the most stunning photography and

amazing anecdotes from her life.

We’ve also got a festive gift guide

to get the ideas flowing and some

delicious new ideas for special festive

food from the experts of flavour -

Maldon Sea Salt.

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The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

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Interior Designer

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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 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

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PANTO'S BACK WITH A

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This year’s highly anticipated production of Aladdin

opens on Friday 3 December and runs until 31

December. Heroes Aladdin and Princess Amirah will

take the audience on a spectacular, action-packed

adventure through mystical lands with gorgeous sets,

amazing costumes and lots of favourite songs.

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It’s a heart-warming festive story that

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magic and a present for every child to take

home. With a running time of 50 minutes,

it’s the perfect introduction to live theatre for

little ones aged 3+.

Family tickets are available for both

Christmas shows which provide a saving on

standard ticket prices.

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welcome the return of W3 on Friday 25

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Zog and The Flying Doctors land in

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Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel

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creative team behind Zog, Emma Kilbey

and Joe Stilgoe, back together for this truly

modern take on the classic fairy tale.

The Olivier Award-Winning comedy-drama,

Ray Mears

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice starring TV

favourite Shobna Gulati (Coronation Street,

Dinnerladies, Loose Women), British soap

royalty Ian Kelsey (Emmerdale, Casualty)

and two-time Drama Desk Award Nominee

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trimming that or simply stating that they

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creating and monitoring a framework

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The active assessment of skills with pupils

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5 the emphasis is on self-assessment

by pupils, with the support of a strong

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the sheer weight of educational research

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approach to teaching and learning, the

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The PSB continues to evolve as its

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the newly appointed Director of Education

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The greatest strength of the PSB is the

fact that change is driven by staff within

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Nurturing

pupils through

the transitions

Mike Lamb, Director of

Staff and Pupil Wellbeing

at Hurst College explains

to Horsham Living

why pupil wellbeing is

paramount...

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Most people would agree that good

mental health and wellbeing is the basis

for a happy and successful life at school

and beyond. It is at the core of what

we do at Hurst and which we consider

is especially important around the key

Year 9 transition time, particularly in the

uncertain world we find ourselves in

today.

Moving schools can be a challenging

experience for pupils (and parents) and it

is important for schools to work closely

together to ensure a successful transition.

This process begins well before a pupil

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we invite key staff from our feeder prep

schools to witness first-hand how we

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pupil. In addition, our current pupils

return to their prep schools to share

experiences of what it was like when they

joined.

Under normal circumstances, we host a

special two-day event - with an overnight

for boarders - before pupils join Year 9.

They take part in a variety of activities

and challenges, in different teams, to

acquire a real taste for life at Hurst. It is

a fantastic experience and helps pupils

to familiarise themselves with their new

school, make new friends and meet their

teachers.

Pupils new to year 9 start the school year

before other year groups for a three-day

induction programme. This allows staff

to focus on supporting new pupils before

the school is full again and helps with

orientation and a sense of belonging.

This is not - and should not - be the end

of supporting the transition. There are

a number of teambuilding and bonding

experiences in the first few weeks, such

as a multi-activity day involving abseiling,

zip wire, potholing and the like.

We believe that a busy, challenging,

engaging, rewarding daily and weekly

timetable is vital to ensure all pupils

settle successfully. The school day is

packed with learning and activities. There

is the opportunity to exercise during

three games sessions each week, either

through team sports, such as rugby or

netball, or alternatives such as climbing,

gym or triathlon. All year 9 pupils also

take part in drama, dance and PE. There

is an activities afternoon each Tuesday –

with everything from football to shooting.

Plus, enrichment activities later in the

week which could involve dismantling a

Dyson vacuum, developing travel

writing skills or learning Mandarin

Chinese.

The Year 9 wellbeing programme was

designed to provide the pupils with a

quieter moment in the middle of the

week. On a carousel over the year, pupils

can develop fitness techniques, practice

yoga and spend time on the college farm.

They also learn how to make fires and

shelters in the surrounding woods.

Through a diverse and varied curriculum,

we believe that pupils will thrive and

develop the life skills they need to

achieve their personal bests. Combined

with a robust tutorial programme this

helps them develop other attributes such

as effective study skills, an understanding

of the world around them and good

relationships with others. This will stand

them in good stead for life beyond

school.

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which is why our tutors meet regularly

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achieve their potential.

Through these initiatives we strive to

develop well-rounded, world-aware,

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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 Ravensea, 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.

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 from Pan Macmillan, £20.

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ROLLED

PORCHETTA WITH

PISTACHIOS,

FENNEL AND

LEMON

Porchetta makes a wonderful alternative to Turkey

for your festive centrepiece. Porchetta originates

from Italy and is a rolled joint of pork belly stuffed

full of fragrant herbs. It is slow cooked for soft

tender meat but still with beautiful crispy crackling

on the outside. Serve this Porchetta alongside

rosemary roast potatoes and fresh sautéed greens.

Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chilling overnight

Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2kg pork belly, boneless

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1 lemon, zested

50g pistachios, finely chopped

10g sage, finely chopped

15g parsley, finely chopped

50g fresh breadcrumbs

1 tbsp Maldon salt

METHOD:

Begin by prepping your pork. Score the skin of the pork

belly with a knife in lines at an angle across the whole skin,

then place in the fridge uncovered overnight – this will help

dry out the moisture in the skin and ensure you have super

crispy crackling.

Meanwhile you can make the stuffing for the porchetta. In

the olive oil lightly fry the onion with a pinch of Maldon salt

for 5 minutes until softened. Then add the crushed garlic

and fennel seeds and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove

from the heat and tip into a bowl to cool. Once cooled

add the lemon zest, chopped pistachios, sage, parsley,

breadcrumbs and season with Maldon salt and cracked

black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 200C°.

Once you are ready to cook your pork remove from the

fridge. Place it on a board skin side down, and then cover

the flesh with your stuffing mixture. Using butchers string

carefully roll your meat and bind together in 3 or 4 places

tightly to keep it in a roll.

Place the rolled joint onto a baking tray and drizzle the skin

with olive oil, rubbing it in and then sprinkle liberally with

Maldon salt. Place the tray into your preheated oven for 30

minutes until the crackling is crispy and golden. Then turn

your oven down to 180C° and cook for a further 2 hours. If

the crackling begins to look a little too dark, then you might

want to cover it with some foil.

After the cooking time remove your porchetta from the oven

and rest for 20 minutes until ready to serve!

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BBQ PRAWNS,

LOBSTER AND

CRAYFISH WITH

HERB BUTTER

AND SIRACHA

MAYONNAISE

Lobster, prawns and crayfish are often considered

delicacies for a special occasion, so this BBQ recipe with

smoky siracha mayonnaise and herbed butter is perfect

for a showstopping Christmas feast.

Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 lobster, sliced in half lengthways

450g king prawns

300g crayfish

150g unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp Maldon salt

Cracked black pepper

10g parsley, finely chopped

10g coriander, finely chopped

2 lemons, halves

100g mayonnaise

1 tbsp siracha

METHOD:

Begin by mixing together the herb butter for your seafood. In a

small bowl mix together the softened butter with Maldon salt,

cracked black pepper, the chopped parsley and coriander. Set

aside.

The perfect way to cook your seafood is on a hot BBQ, however

if you don’t have one then a griddle pan will work too. Make sure

it has reached a medium to high temperate, and start by grilling

your lobster halves. Cook flesh side down on the griddle until

the meat has turned pink and has some lovely charring on it.

The shells will turn orangey pink too, and this is when you know

your lobster are cooked. Do the same with the king prawns and

crayfish, although these will take less time to cook.

While your seafood is cooking, it is also nice to griddle some

lemon to serve alongside. Simply add your lemon halves cut

side down onto the grill and allow them to cook and char for 3

minutes.

Once your seafood is all cooked, pile onto a large serving platter

and using a pastry brush, brush all across the flesh with your

delicious herb butter – letting it melt in. Place your griddled lemon

onto the serving platter too.

In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and siracha. Serve

this alongside the platter of BBQ seafood and allow everyone to

tuck in!

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VEGETARIAN

WELLINGTON

WITH

BEETROOT,

BUTTERNUT

SQUASH,

LENTILS AND

CHESTNUTS

ADVERTISING FEATURE

This vegetarian wellington recipe

is a fantastic centrepiece for

a vegetarian Christmas table.

It includes beetroot, butternut

squash, lentils and chestnuts all

wrapped in wonderfully crisp pastry

– no one will miss the meat.

Serves: 6 – 8 people

Prep time: 1 hour, plus cooling time

Cook time: 45 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

300g butternut squash, chopped into

1cm cubes

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

250g chestnut mushrooms, chopped

10g sage, finely chopped

10g thyme, leaves picked

130g cooked puy lentils

100ml double cream

75g cooked chestnuts, crumbled

1 tsp Maldon salt

Cracked black pepper

500g puff pastry

5-6 cooked beetroot

1 egg, beaten

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 180C°.

Begin with the butternut squash. Place

the diced squash onto a baking tray and

drizzle with some oil, Maldon salt and

cracked black pepper. Place into the

oven and roast for 20 minutes until soft

and cooked through.

Meanwhile, in a large frying pan heat

1 tbsp oil. Once the oil is hot, add the

diced onion and fry gently for 5 minutes

until softened. To the softened onions,

add the crushed garlic and cook for a

further 2 minutes. Next add the chopped

chestnut mushrooms and continue to

cook these for 5 – 8 minutes until the

mushrooms have softened and beginning

to caramelize.

Once the mushrooms are cooked, add

the chopped sage and thyme leaves,

followed by the cooked puy lentils and

double cream. Allow this to fry and cook

for 3 minutes, mixing well so everything

is well combined. Remove from the heat

and add the crumbled cooked chestnuts,

Maldon salt, cracked black pepper and

the cooked butternut squash. Set aside

and allow to cool.

Once the mixture has cooled, you are

ready to assemble.

On a lightly floured surface roll out the

puff pastry block until it is a roughly

30 x 40cm rectangle and 1cm thick. At

this stage you want to carefully lift the

rolled pastry onto a baking sheet lined

with parchment paper. Next spoon on

the cooled filling and spread out evenly,

leaving a 1-inch boarder along the top

and 1cm board round all the rest of the

edges. Next take the cooked beetroot

and make sure they are dry of any excess

liquid. Choose beetroot that are similar

in size and place them in a row down the

middle.

Take one of the long sides and lift it up

and over the beetroot to enclose them.

Pinch the pastry together at the seams

and rest the whole wellington seam side

down. Pinch the pastry at either end

of the wellington also, and trim off any

excess.

Use the excess pastry to create long

strips and decorate the top of the

wellington with a lattice pattern (optional).

And brush the entire thing with the

beaten egg.

Place the wellington into the fridge for a

minimum of 30 minutes (but the longer,

the better) to cool.

When ready to bake, take your chilled

wellington from the fridge and place into

the preheated oven. Bake for 40 – 45

minutes until the pastry is golden and

crisp all over. Remove from the oven and

allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing

and serving.

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SPICED

GINGERBREAD

CHRISTMAS

COOKIES

These sweet festive cookies are

a wonderful treat to gift to friends

and are great fun to make with

children. They are spiced with the

Christmas flavours of cinnamon,

ginger, nutmeg and cloves and

then iced with pretty patterns to

decorate. The cookies should last in

an airtight container for 1 week.

Serves: makes 30 cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

225g unsalted butter, softened

180g soft light brown sugar

300g molasses

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

700g plain flour

1 tsp Maldon Salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

500g icing sugar

METHOD:

Using an electric whisk or stand mixer,

start by creaming together the butter

and brown sugar (ensure your butter is

softened to room temperature before

you attempt to do this). Once the mixture

is pale and fluffy add the molasses and

vanilla extract and mix again.

In a separate bowl mix together the

dry ingredients; the plain flour, Maldon

salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon,

nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the dry

ingredients into the butter mixture in

stages and then mix until it forms a soft

dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and

chill in the fridge for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 170C°.

After the dough has chilled, remove it

from the fridge and on a lightly floured

surface roll out the dough until it is

roughly ½ cm thick. Use any cutters you

like to cut out shapes – gingerbread men,

stars, Christmas trees, candy canes –

have fun with it! Place the biscuits onto a

baking sheet lined with parchment paper,

keeping the biscuits a few cm’s apart

(you may need to do this across a couple

of trays). Put the trays into the preheated

oven and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until

the biscuits are slightly darker and baked

through. Remove from the oven and allow

to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire

rack to cool fully.

To make the icing place the 500g icing

sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp water,

mix until it forms a paste. Keep adding

a small amount of water at a time till

you reach your desired consistency. You

want the icing to still be thick enough to

pipe and hold its shape. Once you have

the correct consistency, pour the icing

into a piping bag with a small nozzle

attachment and decorate the cooled

biscuits anyway you like.

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THE STRAND PALACE

The rooms are clean and modern, with all the amenities you could need

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evening of theatre entertainment and a cornucopia of dining options. Covent

Garden is steps away, as is the buzzing Trafalgar Square.

MONDRIAN

SHOREDITCH

With its very own bar and restaurant and on-site complimentary gym, you

have all you need without leaving the building. There are few places to stay

for this value, this location and such well-appointed rooms - it’s the perfect

pit stop for your next visit to London.

Rooms from £199 per night | 372 Strand, London WC2R 0JJ

strandpalacehotel.co.uk | 020 7379 4737

Mondrian, a leading brand within the Accor

group, has expanded into Europe with the

launch of Mondrian Shoreditch London. The

lifestyle hotel, owned by The Reuben Brothers,

opened its doors in August 2021, following

a major overhaul and complete redesign by

award-winning London interior design studio

Goddard Littlefair.

The 120-bedroom property -

including 13 suites - sits in the midst

of Shoreditch, East London’s creative

and cultural hub. Hosting elevated

dining experiences at the property,

Mondrian Shoreditch houses worldfamous

chef Dani García’s BiBo - a

Spanish kitchen serving tapas with

courtyard seats - and Christina’s - a new

all-day café and cocktail bar serving Katsu

sandos.

STYLISH stays

Available on 24 and 25 December, Mondrian

Shoreditch’s Christmas offering includes:

• Welcome festive treats for all guests in

Christina’s; the hotel’s cocktail and allday

sando bar

• Special festive amenities in-room

• Christmas feast at either Bibo - the

hotel’s Spanish tapas restaurant headed

by renowned Michelin Starred Chef, Dani

Garcia - or on the rooftop overlooking

the stunning views of East London;

Altitude at The Curtain

Guests can also stay longer for less when

booking 3 nights or more (up to 20% off).

Rooms from £230 per night

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sbe.com | 0203 988 4455

MARSON PARK

After a sell out summer in 2021, the iconic UFO-shaped Futuro House

at Marston Park, Somerset, is now available to book overnight from May

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experiences and a chance to spend quality time with loved ones in jawdroppingly

picturesque surroundings.

Designed for leisure and pleasure by artist Craig Barnes, this is one of the

only Futuros in the world where you can spend the night. Set in a leafy

glade by the lake, it has a flexible living space, complete with a kitchenette

area, vintage lighting, round dining table and reclining chairs upholstered in

groovy mustard, plus two curtained-off sleeping cabins with double beds. It

also comes with exclusive private bathroom facilities, including a piping hot

shower and outdoor seating with a fire pit.

Prices start from just £400 per night, based on two adults sharing,

depending on date. Book this once-in-a-lifetime experience via the website:

www.marstonpark.co.uk.

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For People AND our Pets, Leucillin is a

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putting our pets first

We may feel as if we have had ‘information

overload’ when it comes to germ

prevention and protection, but sometimes

a product comes along that demands our

attention - enter Leucillin. This is a skin

health product for pets that is proving to

be a product which all of us may well be

putting in our first aid chests very soon.

We spoke to Georgina Bashforth (pictured

right) about the product and its exciting

potential…….

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

Leucillin?

Leucillin is a clever antiseptic applied to

the skin topically to protect against harmful

germs. Leucillin is a revolutionary fresh new

take on what an antiseptic is and can be

capable of.

Leucillin mimics the body’s own immune

system, providing you a powerful solution

which delivers the ultimate shield in

topical skin protection against harmful

pathogens. Leucillin’s unique formulation

does not contain any alcohol, steroids or

antibiotics, it is the natural choice for safe

skin sanitising.

Our pets our so important to us, how

is Leucillin used and what specific

applications is it effective for?

Leucillin has a great reputation for safety

and efficacy, supported by pet healthcare,

veterinary and grooming industries,

this year. It has been awarded human

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Furthermore it can be safely applied in

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red, sore, inflamed, cuts, stings, bites

or grazes, Leucillin’s powerful antiseptic

properties eradicate germs on contact

creating the perfect environment for rapid

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

“Ouch Free” formula is kind, it has been

developed to match the natural pH of skin

so no more wincing on that grazed knee.

It seems to be a very gentle solution

to a number of particularly stubborn

problems - can it be used long-term?

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable

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Fast effective pathogen reduction means

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And finally, how else can it be used and

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Our goal is to help alleviate the dependence

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During the pandemic Leucillin has been

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including SARS-CoV-2 topically and

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We have also recently teamed up with The

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raising money for ONE Medicine, so that

humans and animals can benefit equally

from all medical progress.

KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE

AND HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS

To share a stress-free and safe Christmas with your dog,

The Kennel Club has rounded up some tips on how to keep

them comfortable and safe during the festive season...

A DOG’S DINNER - Each Christmas there are thousands of cases of

dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealthily stealing chocolate

and other unsuitable festive treats. With so much going on during

Christmas so try and keep treats out of paw’s reach.

One of the most hazardous Christmas treats is chocolate, which

is highly toxic for dogs. It is important to keep any chocolate

treats, including tree decorations, out of your dog’s reach to avoid

poisoning, and ask your visitors to do the same.

Christmas dinner also involves a lot of foods which can be

dangerous for a dog, either through being toxic, too salty or too

fatty. Owners should avoid feeding dogs turkey, goose or chicken as

bones can easily splinter causing an obstruction and possibly even

piercing your dog’s tummy.

Sweet treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding all contain dried

fruits including raisins, currants or sultanas which are toxic to dogs.

Other dangerous Christmas treats that should stay in a cupboard

and away from your pet include macadamia nuts, blue cheese,

alcohol, bones, fatty foods and mouldy foods.

FESTIVE FUN - Christmas festivities can be overwhelming for dogs,

from excited and noisy children to crackers banging, so avoid forcing

festive fun by making sure their routine isn’t disrupted. Take them out

on their usual walks and keep their dinner at the same time too. To

help them feel secure, ensure they have their usual space and bed

where they can retreat if they want to.

When visiting family and friends over Christmas, or fitting in some

Christmas shopping, make sure you don’t leave your four-legged

friend alone for more than four hours.

DANGEROUS DECORATIONS - Christmas decorations and

presents are often just as intriguing and exciting for dogs as they are

for humans. However, some seasonal decorative plans including

holly, mistletoe, ivy and poinsettia, can also be dangerous. When

decorating your house, make sure these plants are out of your dog’s

reach.

When choosing your tree, consider an artificial one as they don’t

drop needles and are likely to be less harmful to pets. It can also be a

good idea to leave the tree up undecorated for few days, giving your

dog a chance to get used to it being there.

Avoid hanging any chocolate, sweet or salt-dough decorations on

the tree and keep the bottom branches bare of lights, tinsel and

baubles.

If you think your dog

may have eaten,

touched or inhaled

something that

they shouldn’t,

speak to your vet

straight away.

There is further advice

on how to have a carefree canine

Christmas on The Kennel Club

website:

thekennelclub.org.uk/health/dogs-atchristmas

thekennelclub.

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CMD Interiors Ltd (formerly Hoadley & Geal Furnishings Ltd) est.

1980 is a family run business which is now run by Kathy Lister, Claire

Pountney and Mark Stepney. A wealth of experience has been passed

on over the years. Popular work which they undertake is

made-to-measure curtains, pelmets and roman blinds. They can

supply and fit roller, venetian and vertical blinds, curtain tracks and

poles. CMD Interiors undertake many aspects of upholstery, along with

making cushions and headboards and bed valances. They have a vast

supply of fabric sample books on display to cover all your needs. Even

if you want to have a go at making your own curtains, they can supply

you with all you need.

Their suppliers are iliv, Hunter & Hyland, Romo, Linwood, Prestigious

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Please give them a call on 01403 268481 or call into their shop

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THE HOME

hit list

JOBS TO TACKLE THIS AUTUMN

SEASONAL

REFRESH

PROPERTY MOT

Home maintenance is a year-round

endeavour, but these are the top jobs

to get sorted before the worst of the

winter weather sets in:

CHECK ALL DOOR/WINDOW

SEALS FOR DRAUGHTS

Check that existing seals are still

intact and repair any cracks or holes

that have formed. For a quick and

easy solution, fit doors with draught

excluders to keep rooms warm and to

prevent energy wastage.

CHECK YOUR BOILER

Have a boiler service and check the

system is running efficiently. Many

people put off replacing older boilers,

but you will save money in energy with

more efficient models. If you have one,

make sure your external condenser

pipe is well insulated.

CLEAR GUTTERS

Clear gutters and drainpipes of leaf

debris to reduce the chance of leaks.

Also be sure to check drains for

blockages - prevention is better than

fixing it on a cold night!

CHECK THE OUTSIDE

Look over all external masonry,

checking for cracks, gaps around

windows or issues with roof. Make

sure your front door closes snugly (and

make sure your property is secure

whilst you’re at it).

INSULATION

Insulate your pipes (burst pipes cause

huge damage). Make sure your loft

insulation is adequate and look into

cavity wall insulation, which can

save hundreds ££ on energy bills.

If you can, look into upgrading the

efficiency of your windows with triple

or secondary glazing.

Why is it that we save all the

property redecoration for when we

are getting ready to move? How

about giving your rooms some

TLC with a fresh lick of paint and

swapping in some new accessories

to update the palette.

Try switching out cooler grey tones

for warmer neutrals and introducing

more natural materials like linen,

leather and wood - this means you

can use your base furniture pieces,

and just give them a lift with new

decorative items.

DIY panelling is another huge

trend which is helping people give

rooms a completely new look for

less - why not try adding a wall to a

bedroom in a strong contrast colour

for maximum impact?

PRACTICAL

HOME-WORKING

It looks as though working from home,

or at least a hybrid, flexible model is

here to stay. With that in mind, many

of us are choosing to carve out proper

working spaces instead of balancing on

the end of the kitchen table.

Investing in a proper desk and chair

are fundamental - it’s well known that

sitting for long periods on chairs not

specifically designed for desk work can

cause long-lasting pain.

For desks, there are lots of options for

built-in models into wall space or even

stand up desks. If you don’t have the

space for a full office room, you can

still find inventive ways to incorporate a

desk into wardrobe areas or even into

cupboards, meaning the workspace

can be neatly tucked away at the end

of the day and the space can resume

its original purpose. Storage is another

essential element to stop work admin

spilling out into home life.

Finally, take some time to make your

work space look homely - it stops it

from feeling transitory. Hang some

prints, invest in some greenery or buy

some soft furnishings like cushions

or blankets to make it feel like an

extension of your home.

Boston Fern from £9.99, hortology.co.uk;

Hathai Cushion, £34, hauslife.co.uk

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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 & Renovating Show...

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 HAVE BEEN THE KEY

LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNT ABOUT

INTERIOR DESIGN IN YOUR

EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY?

Without doubt, the most important lesson

is to design holistically and to engage

all of the senses. It’s not enough just to

create a pretty, ‘instagrammable’ room.

The way we experience our homes and

workplaces is crucial to our mental

health and performance and shouldn’t be

underestimated. From choosing a colour

palette to reflect your personality and

emotional needs to providing good air

quality, creating a harmonious space that

‘feels’ and functions as good as it looks is

key to good design.

SINCE THE PANDEMIC, HAVE YOU

NOTICED ANY CHANGES IN THE

WAY PEOPLE WANT THEIR HOMES

TO FUNCTION – A MOVE AWAY

FROM FULLY OPEN PLAN FOR

EXAMPLE?

There is still a strong appetite for openplan

living as it provides the space,

light and connection to one another we

all crave. That said, to mitigate some

of the issues with open-plan such as

noise, privacy issues and cooking-smell

transference from the kitchen, ‘brokenplan’

is becoming a useful design tool.

Broken-plan essentially incorporates

vertical divides within the open-plan

space using glazing, open-backed

shelving, or sliding doors to delineate

areas without closing off the visual impact

of the space. This is also a great way to

bring some architectural interest to an

otherwise ‘large box’ that can too often

feel like an airport lounge! I think anyone

with shares in garden offices will have a

good year ahead…

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

farnborough.homebuildingshow.co.uk

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HOUSING-WITH-CARE

Allowing older people to live where they want to live

Imagine you’re an older person in your

70s, approaching your later years and

perhaps in need of more support soon,

but still with so much to give, so many

talents to unlock, so many friends to

make. You’re thinking about moving

from the family home you’ve lived in

for years to somewhere which provides

security and care if and when you need

it, but which also allows you to keep

your independence and connections to

the local community, and which has a

range of activities and facilities to keep

you busy.

It’s this middle ground, this golden

mean, combining independence with

care and support, which housing-withcare

settings across the country are

offering to older people in increasing

numbers. Sometimes called retirement

communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

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

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

For further email please visit

www.arcouk.org

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