Mendip 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, an interview with the Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, as well as Spandau Ballets very own Martin Kemp. 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

Editor Katie Thomson

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Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

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

Front cover courtesy of Hydeaway Frome

Key Account Manager Ade Hill

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Interior Designer

Julia Kendell

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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

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!

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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

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Closes 10/12/2021. Competition keyword

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HURRY!

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WIN

2x GOLD

PLUS tickets

to see Paloma

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£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

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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.

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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

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Aparthotel

Adagio!

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COCKTAIL COVER STAR!

We find out more about Frome’s new

secret bar...

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Just who are Hydeaway?

The HydeAway is a 5 strong family run business, a small

collective of passionate people. Adam Way is behind the

creation of the HydeAway. He is responsible for every fine

detail; including the build, the exquisite decor and the guest

experience, with partner Charlie driving the back of house and

social aspects making this a truly family experience. Then we

have Giles our bar manager, aka mad scientist, who’s creative

mind and knowledge for flavour knows no bounds!

How long have you been open?

We opened mid August this year and have been overwhelmed

with the local response.

Tell us more about your fabulous cocktails?

Our cocktails are bespoke, hand crafted and made lovingly

to order. The focus is on balance, using fresh produce and

seasonal ingredients, and we make a lot of flavours and blends

in house.

What is the cocktail you’re making on our cover Adam?

The cocktail on the cover was my signature Martinez, a long

standing favourite of Adam’s. This boozy little number comes

right out of the golden age of cocktails, sweet but punchy,

delectable and very delicious!!

Can I dress up for an evening of cocktails with you?

We encourage sharp and dapper dress, but most of all we just

hope for people to feel comfortable whatever they choose to

wear when they join us.

How do I find you?

We are a hidden bar, so to find us we suggest ‘searching Frome

for the eagle’.

Do I need to book?

Booking is highly recommended as we cannot guarantee entry

without, we get booked up in advance especially at weekends.

You can book via table agent.

When are you open?

We are open from 5pm Thursday - Saturday, and Mondays from

5pm also. We also offer a discount for hospitality workers on a

Monday and we will be extending our hours through December.

What cocktail would you recommend I try for a first visit Adam?

I would recommend the corpse reviver #2 as an ideal first cocktail

to try. The blend of citrus and sweetness is a great way to

experience how we balance our drinks!

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FROME, SOMERSET

HYDEAWAY

HYDEAWAYFROME

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CHRISTMAS A T

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MEET THE

Fromies

We talk to businesses

in and around Frome

who are passionate

about what they do...

MATTHEW PAUL INTERIORS

Catley Chilled Foods Frome

- Troy Catley

Who are Catley chilled Foods?

We are a family run business which started

in 1978 by our father. We are a wholesaler of

chilled and ambient frozen foods which we

sell across the southwest at local markets

and town centres.

You stock a wide range of chocolate

and confectionery perfect for Christmas,

right?

Don’t forget Catley’s this Christmas for all

those festive choccy treats at wholesale

prices, as well as a wide range of ham and

cheeses.

Where are you?

We have our food warehouse at Commerce

Park in Frome, BA11 2FD.

Can anyone visit you?

Yes. We are open to everyone twice a

week on a Thursday 7am – 5.30pm and on

Sundays 7am – 2pm.

Where can I find out more about the

weekly stock?

We have hundreds of weekly bargains.

No two weeks are the same. We post

promotional videos on our facebook twice

weekly on Wednesday and Friday evenings.

What do you love about Frome?

We wouldn’t be here with our loyal and

faithful customers new and old.

Thank you Frome!

Tell us about Matthew Paul Interiors?

We are an official Annie Sloan Stockist so

we sell everything Annie Sloan including

her incredible Chalk Paint which Annie

developed to upcycle furniture without the

need to sand or prime first. We also sell her

waxes, brushes, books and stencils. We also

stock a large range of interior accessories

including rugs, cushions and throws all

made from recycled plastic bottles by British

company Weaver Green. Stoneglow candles

and diffusers and the beautiful British made

toiletry range by Bramley as well as picture

frames, vases, plant pots, ceramics and a

large selection of greetings cards.

What’s new in store Matt?

Annie Sloan has just launched a brand-new

wall paint range consisting of 32 fabulous

colours.

Where abouts are you in Frome?

We are situated in a beautiful listed building

at 1 Bath Street, on the corner opposite

Barclays Bank.

What do you like most about Frome?

Frome is a wonderful friendly town with so

many interesting people living here but most

of all I love the fact that we are about 80%

independent businesses which makes us so

unique I think.

What is the best part of your day?

I love meeting customers new and old

and helping them choose things for their

home whether it be a new paint colour or

just a picture frame. I also love listening to

customers chuckle as they read some of

the funny greetings cards we sell, it always

makes me smile.

Westway Cinema

How does it feel to be back open with the

return of 007?

It feels so good to be open again with

James Bond. It has been doing very well

after so many delays!

Other cinemas are charging double the

price of a £4 ticket right?

Yes we still have our tickets at £4. Being

affordable is very important at the moment

as people are feeling the pinch with all the

price rises.

Do you do popcorn and sweets deals at

the cinema?

We have several deals on. There is a kids

deal which is mini popcorn, small drink

and mix up bag sweets for £3. A small deal

which is small popcorn and small drink for

£3.60. A medium deal which is medium

popcorn and medium drink £5.75 and also

a large deal which is a large popcorn and a

large drink £8.00

Can I watch a film with a beer?

You can have a drink with your film. We

serve ciders, beers and wines.

What films have you got coming over

Christmas?

We have Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Boss Baby,

The Addams Family 2, House of Gucci

Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City,

West Side Story, amongst others.

Can I book online?

Booking can be done online, by phone or by

popping in to the Cinema.

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This much is

TRUE

ADE HILL CAUGHT UP WITH 80’S

POP STAR AND ACTOR MARTIN KEMP

WHO DISCUSSES GETTING BACK

ON STAGE, LIVE AID AND MUSICAL

INFLUENCES!

Image credit:

Chris Bailey Photography

WELCOME TO FROME AND OF

COURSE OUR BELOVED CHEESE

AND GRAIN. TELL US MORE ABOUT

TONIGHT’S 80’S EXTRAVAGANZA DJ

SET?

Tonight, is something I’ve been doing

for the last few years. We’ve been doing

in the region of about 135 DJ sets up

and down the country. Of course, we

had to stop due to the pandemic. This

is probably the most euphoric thing I’ve

ever done.

You’ll see tonight people who want to

be transported back to being 17 years

old again and they absolutely play the

part. I’ve never seen people sing to every

single song I play. You know it’s very

different to listening to 80’s music on

the radio and listening to it through giant

speakers.

HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE BACK ON

THE ROAD AND PLAYING TO PACKED

AUDIENCES ONCE AGAIN?

You know I remember during the

pandemic the one thing I missed was

doing this. Getting that adrenaline and

that buzz. You know what I like about it

most? I’m not up there separate from the

audience. The audience and me are just

one and we are all having a great time.

YOU’VE VISITED FROME ON SEVERAL

OCCASIONS, RIGHT?

Yeah. It’s a lovely little town and you

know I absolutely love coming back.

Frome is quite the place to be.

I’VE GOT TO ASK YOU ABOUT THE

CONCERT OF THAT DECADE AND

36 YEARS AGO. OF COURSE, I’M

TALKING ABOUT LIVE AID! WHAT

WAS THAT DAY LIKE FOR YOU AND

YOUR BAND SPANDAU BALLET?

It was an amazing thing. You know like

when something becomes historical in

retrospect when you look back at it. We

knew Live Aid was going to be historic on

the day. There was like two billion people

watching it that day around the world, so

you knew how big is was going to be. It

was a different day to anything we’d ever

done.

The special moment about Live Aid for

me, wasn’t about doing our thing that

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day. It was of course watching Freddie

Mercury and Queen. That was probably

the best moment I have ever seen on

stage in Rock & Roll in my life.

HAVE YOU NOTICED HOW MANY

PARENTS WHO GREW UP THE

1980’S ARE NOW BRINGING THERE

TEENAGERS TO YOUR SHOWS AND

DISCOVERING CLASSIC 80’S POP?

Oh absolutely. You know it it’s a

generation thing. I used to do the same

thing with my mum and dad who were

really into the sounds of the 1960’s and

they spoke about it as the best time ever.

Now everybody looks back at the 1980’s

and thinks what a great time that was.

You know in a few years’ time I promise

you everybody will be saying the same

thing about the the 90’s and the 2000

years.

THE 1980S WAS SUCH A

GROUNDBREAKING TIME FOR NEW

SOUNDS AND MUSIC. WHO DID YOU

ADMIRE BACK THEN?

You know I was into all sorts really. I was

into Glam rock, Punk rock, Prog rock,

Electric rock like Kraftwerk, Gary Numan

and early stuff from the Human League

so I’ve been through the whole lot you

know. I suppose the bands that were

really groundbreaking were Spandau

Ballet and Duran Duran. We were the

ones opening the doors for everybody

else. We were making it happen in

London and Duran Duran were making it

happen in Birmingham.

WHEN SPANDAU BALLET FIRST

STARTED, WHO WERE YOU AND

YOUR BOTHER GARY INFLUENCED

BY?

Without shadow of a doubt for us it

was Early Kraftwerk, you know when

sympathizers came out and took over

from guitars. Instead of having a guitar

solo you had a Sympathizers solo. It

wasn’t really about what bands were

doing in the 80’s it was more about what

instruments were doing it because the

sounds of keyboards changed everything

and had come a long way. You suddenly

had producers like Trevor Horn who was

producing ABC, Grace Jones and Frankie

goes to Hollywood. They were coming

out with the most incredible sounds

and that was more groundbreaking than

opening doors for any band. I guess it

was a bit of everything really.

“ON HIS FIRST DATE

WITH HIS NOW

WIFE: GEORGE

MICHAEL CAME ON

OUR FIRST DATE. I

SPENT ALL NIGHT

TRYING TO GET RID

OF HIM.

WHAT OR WHO IS THE GREATEST

LOVE OF YOUR LIFE?

My wife. We’ve been married 30 years

and our relationship gets stronger every

day – well, it does for me; I haven’t asked

her. George Michael came on our first

date. I spent all night trying to get rid of

him.

MARTIN THANK YOU AND BY THE

SOUNDS OF IT THE AUDIENCE IN

FROME TONIGHT ARE READY TO

PARTY 1980’S STYLE!

Oh, absolutely I love it here. Thank

youand I can’t wait.

For further details and forthcoming tour

dates go to www.martinkempdj.com

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THE STRAND PALACE

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

- but the real speciality of this hotel is its location - few hotels can boast

of such a spot - truly in the heart of the West End - ready for a glittering

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

45 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PT

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

to October 2022. Located between Frome and Bruton, this beautiful

destination offers an exhilarating Pandora’s box of unique cultural

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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CEDARS HALL GETS

FESTIVE...

Mendip Living’s Ade Hill meets Sue Bartucca

and discovers more about Cedars Hall and

what’s on this festive season!

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Tell us a little bit about Cedars Hall?

Opened in 2016 as a state-of-the-art performance venue, Cedars

Hall is a modern and acoustically magnificent building, only 5

minutes’ walk from the centre of Wells.

Of course, the last year has been tough for everyone. How

pleased are you to see the hall open again?

We are delighted to be able to run events again – although we

successfully hosted the Wells Festival of Literature in 2020 before

the second lockdown.

How is Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis associated with

the hall?

Michael Eavis was a pupil at Wells Cathedral School and officially

opened Cedars Hall in 2016 – the main auditorium is named after

him. We have hosted several events for him and he is a regular

visitor and supporter.

You’ve got some fabulous events planned this December,

including an ABBA tribute band?

Yes – ABBA Sensation played in the hall in the summer and were

so popular that we asked them back for a Christmas special. We

also have the Alex Western-King Quartet – a modern jazz group

performing a new album – and the infectious enthusiasm of world

music star Kanda Bongo Man, who will get the party going!

If I want to book tickets, what covid precautions do I need to

be aware of?

Cedars Hall has a fresh air ventilation system so the air constantly

refreshes. We are operating as normal; however, we are asking

our audience to wear masks when moving around, we have extra

cleaning measures in place and we are encouraging people to

test themselves before they attend an event.

How is 2022 looking like in terms of events?

We have an exciting line-up planned for 2022 – with jazz (Tom

Ollendorff Trio), classical (Imogen Cooper), country (Katy Hurt)

and folk (The Gigspanner Big Band) music, as well as talks and

family events.

How can I find out more about Cedars Hall?

You can check out our current website at cedarshall.events - we

will be launching our new website in January.

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STARTERS

CREAM OF CAULIFLOWER SOUP (V)

COQUILLES ST JACQUES

Scallop, mornay sauce & pomme puree

HAM HOCK TERRINE

Served with celeriac remoulade & toasted

sourdough

RADICCHIO, ROQUEFORT, PEAR &

WALNUT SALAD (V)

BEETROOT & ORANGE CURED

SALMON

Served with wholegrain potato salad

FRIED PANKO-COATED BRIE

with orange, cranberry & rosemary confit

VEGAN STARTER OF SAUTÉED

WILD MUSHROOMS & POLENTA

ARTICHOKE HEARTS AVAILABLE ON

REQUEST

Christmas Menu

£32.95 per head

MAIN COURSES

All are served with frites, dauphinois

potatoes, savoy cabbage & petit pois

7oz RUMP STEAK & PINK

PEPPERCORN SAUCE

CASSEROLE OF VENISON

with red wine & sweet cherry

FILLET OF SALMON

with seafood & Lobster bisque

POUSSIN

with roasted apple cream & calvados

DUCK BREAST

with pomme puree, red cabbage cassis &

blackberries

PORTABELLO MUSHROOM,

SAGE, CHESTNUT & SPINACH

served in brick pastry with redcurrant &

port sauce

DESSERTS

PRUNE & ARMAGNAC

CRÈME BRULEE

STEM GINGER ICE CREAM

BLOOD ORANGE SORBET

CHOCOLAT TORTE

with blackforest fruits & Chantilly cream

PROFITEROLES

ASSIETTE DU FROMAGE

Our meat is from next door; the wonderful

Crayford Butchers, who source from local

farms.

Our food is prepared in a kitchen where

allergens may be present. Please ask the

front of house team if you have concerns.

(V) - VEGETARIAN (VG) • VEGAN

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Jude’s

Frome's C hristmas Destination Store

COME AND

HAVE YOUR

PICTURE TAKEN

IN OUR SLEIGH!

(Beautifully

demonstrated by

Murphy!)

A HUGE SELECTION OF CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS AND ACCESSORIES

AS WELL AS GIFTS, HOMEWARE, TOYS AND GAMES FOR ALL AGES

OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK | LATE NIGHT SHOPPING FROM 20TH DECEMBER - OPEN UNTIL 7PM

www.judesoffrome.co.uk

1 Stony Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BU

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NOW

OPEN ALL DAY

SUNDAYS

from 12pm - late

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WINTER AT BAR LOTTE…

MUSIC NIGHTS

Bar Lotte is excited to announce the launch of

Wednesday’s Music Nights. Through the winter there will

be live bands and other musical performances on most

Wednesday evenings - check social media for updates.

Expect ripping piano solos, flamboyant guitar playing

& copious amounts of jive. Local legend Iain Ballamy,

well known Jazz Saxophonist, will also be making an

appearance; alternating with some of the guys from

Rosco Shakes, who have already been hugely popular

when they played at the bar last month.

Also join Bar Lotte for Christmas carols and mulled

wine on Wednesday 22nd December.

SUNDAYS AT BISTRO AND BAR LOTTE

Bar Lotte will now be open all day on Sundays.

Lunch served from 12 in the Bistro, bar opening

from 4pm serving until 8. Offering a brand new

Sunday menu that includes some of the classic

Bistro favourites, expect moules & steaks, croque

monsieur and garlic prawns.

The Bloody Mary station is set to become a

permanent fixture; either choose from the Bloody

Mary menu or choose from what’s on offer to make

your own Bloody Mary. The perfect way to spend a

Sunday with a hang over!

01373 300646 info@bistrolottefrome.co.uk 6a Badcox. Frome BA11 5BQ


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.

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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.


We look forward to

welcoming you back to

our modern shop & cafe

to enjoy a warm welcome,

home cooked food, buy

local produce and goods.

Full Catering • Banquets • Buffets • Canapes

Bar • Event Planning and Management

01373 830321

Open Monday - Saturday

32a High Street, Rode, BA11 6PA

For 25 years Hope Farmhouse has been our much-loved

family home. After a busy first Summer as a holiday

hideaway for families and friends, the house is ready for

a warm winter hosting cheerful gatherings and some

festive celebrations.

Surrounded by fields and hills, and just a few minutes’

drive from the centre of the medieval marked town of

Frome, we invite you to bring the kids, bring the dog,

light the woodburner and soak up the cosy comfort of

the countryside.

Buy your copy now

Visit www.bit.ly/yorkshireseasons

You can find us on social media using

@homefarmfrome, online at

www.hopefarmfrome.com and email us at

charlotte@hopefarmfrome.com

For the latest titles, bestsellers,

and hidden gems choose

Winstone’s Hunting Raven Books in Frome

01373 473111

winstonebooks3@gmail.com

shop.winstonebooks.co.uk

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Dinner is served

Tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Wild Mushroom Soup with

Wood Sorrel & Hazelnut Pesto

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 35 minutes

Serves 4

2 tbsp Yorkshire rapeseed oil, plus extra for

garnish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 large clove garlic, crushed or grated

450g wild mushrooms, such as yellow

chanterelle, roughly chopped

50ml Madeira or sweet sherry

850ml hot vegetable stock

3 sprigs fresh thyme

200ml double cream

1 tsp mushroom powder

Salt and black pepper

Pesto

25g chopped toasted hazelnuts

1 small bunch wood sorrel

2 tbsp olive oil

10g Parmesan

Garnish

Handful of wild mushrooms

Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add

the onion and garlic and fry gently for 5

minutes, until softened but not coloured.

Next, add the mushrooms and fry on a

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medium heat for 8 minutes, until they are

golden.

Pour the Madeira over the mushrooms and

cook on a high heat for about a minute until

the alcohol evaporates.

Lower the heat and pour in the hot stock,

then add the sprigs of thyme. Bring to the

boil then cover and simmer gently for 20

minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat, blitz with

a hand blender or in a liquidizer until the

soup is smooth. Return the soup to a clean

pan, stir in the cream and sprinkle over the

mushroom powder, then season the soup

and gently reheat over a low heat.

Meanwhile, place the pesto ingredients into

a small food processor and blitz for a few

seconds until combined. Add extra oil if the

pesto is a little thick and season to taste.

For the mushroom garnish, drizzle some

oil in a small frying pan and gently fry the

remaining mushrooms for a couple of

minutes until golden.

To serve, ladle the soup into warm bowls,

scatter over the whole fried mushrooms,

and top with a spoonful of pesto.

Tip

Try serving with homemade spelt bread.

Moroccan Lamb Tagine with

Jewelled Couscous

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves 4

Tagine

2 tbsp olive oil

600g lamb shoulder, diced

1 large onion, sliced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tbsp ground cumin

2 tsp ground coriander

1 tbsp hot smoked paprika

40g tomato purée

400g can cherry tomatoes

1 cinnamon stick

50g dried apricots, chopped

2 large pieces orange peel

285ml lamb stock

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

Jewelled couscous

200g couscous

200ml hot vegetable stock

1 red onion, chopped

100g pomegranate seeds

1 small bunch mint, leaves roughly chopped

1 small bunch coriander, chopped

3 spring onions

20g almonds, toasted

Salt and black pepper

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

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large

heatproof casserole dish, then add the

lamb and sear and brown on all sides for

about 5 minutes. Remove the lamb from

the casserole dish with a slotted spoon and

set aside.

Return the casserole dish to the heat and

add the remaining oil. When hot, add the

onion and fry gently for approximately 8

minutes until golden. Add the garlic and fry

for a further minute.

Sprinkle over the ground spices and stir

in the tomato purée then fry for a further

minute. Return the meat and any juices

to the pan with the remaining Tagine

ingredients (except the fresh coriander),

bring to the boil then cover with a lid and

transfer to the middle shelf of the oven.

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

Meanwhile, while the Tagine cooks, put the

couscous into a bowl and pour over the

hot vegetable stock. Cover the bowl tightly

with cling film and set aside for 10 minutes

until the couscous has absorbed the liquid.

Season the couscous, then stir through

the remaining ingredients, saving a few

almonds and herbs to garnish.

To serve the Tagine, remove the cinnamon

stick and check seasoning, then sprinkle

over the chopped coriander. Serve in warm

bowls with the jewelled couscous.

Tip

This recipe can also be cooked slowly in a

Tagine over a barbecue.


QUALITY,

SUSTAINABLE

PRODUCE

with honesty at the heart

Where it all started:

Penleigh is a small family run farm

situated on the Wiltshire/Somerset

border and has been farming for

four generations; it truly is a family

affair. A traditional working farm,

you’ll find a whole host of crops

alongside handraised pigs and

sheep. Penleigh Farm & Butchers

began with selling their own pork

and lamb to family and friends,

growing over the years until today

where they have taken the plunge

to open their first independent

butchers shop in Frome.

The best produce:

As well as selling the home-grown

produce, Penleigh supports local

farmers who use traditional and

free-range farming methods and

producers that are passionate

about quality, fresh produce. At

the farm, home-grown rare breed

pork and lamb is produced and

sold alongside the very best grass

fed local beef, poultry and game,

sourced locally.

Their ethos:

Simple, but rings true - local,

sustainable, slow-growing, wellbred,

quality and overall yummy!

THE Shop:

5 Stony Street, Frome, Somerset,

BA11 1BU

TALK TO THE EXPERTS:

Owen Singer (Director)

01373 472331

facebook /penleighfarmbutchers

twitter @penleighfarm1

www.penleighfarm.co.uk

This Christmas, visit Penleigh

Butchers. Our expert butchers

can advise you on the best cuts

for the festive season. Put your

order in today!

Local, Sustainable, Slow Growing,

Well Bred, Quality and Overall Yummy

5 STONY STREET, FROME, SOMERSET, BA11 1BU

01373 472331 | www.penleighfarm.co.uk

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And time for pudding...

More tasty recipes from Amanda Owen

Rhubarb & Custard Crumble Cake

Prep time 15 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4-6

Rhubarb

250g Yorkshire rhubarb, cut into 2cm

chunks

50g caster sugar

Crumble

50g plain flour

25g butter, cut into cubes

40g chopped mixed nuts

25g demerara sugar

Cake

170g butter, softened, plus extra for

greasing

85g caster sugar

85g soft brown sugar

3 medium eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

170g self-raising flour

1 tsp baking powder

30g custard powder

Icing sugar to dust

Custard to serve

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

Grease and line a 21cm round spring-form

cake tin.

Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and

sprinkle over the caster sugar. Heat very

gently until the sugar dissolves into a syrup.

Simmer for 6–8 minutes until the rhubarb

just begins to soften. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile make the crumble. Place the

flour into a mixing bowl and rub in the

butter with your fingertips until it resembles

breadcrumbs, then stir in the chopped nuts

and sugar.

Next make the cake. Beat the butter, caster

sugar and soft brown sugar in a bowl using

an electric mixer for 2–3 minutes, until light

and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla extract

with 2 tablespoons of the flour, beat for

a minute until combined, then fold in the

remaining flour, baking powder and custard

powder.

Drain any excess juices from the rhubarb

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and discard the syrup, then gently fold the

cooled rhubarb through the cake mixture.

Transfer the cake batter to the prepared tin

and gently smooth the top with a spatula.

Sprinkle the crumble over the cake and

press down lightly with the back of a spoon,

then bake on the middle shelf of the oven

for 40 minutes, until the cake is golden, firm

to touch, and when a skewer is inserted it

comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly in the

cake tin, then transfer to a plate.

Dust lightly with icing sugar before serving

warm with custard.

Tip

Also delicious served with ice cream or

single cream.

Hedgerow Nutty Crumble

Prep time 10 minutes

Cooking time 40 minutes

Serves 4

Fruit filling

40g butter

40g golden caster sugar

2 Braeburn apples, peeled and sliced

200g Bramley apples, peeled and sliced

300g foraged berries or any mixed berries,

such as blackberries and wild raspberries

Crumble topping

125g plain flour

85g unsalted butter, diced

85g demerara sugar

50g rolled oats

30g chopped toasted hazelnuts

Custard or ice cream to serve

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

For the fruit filling, melt the butter in a

pan, add the sugar and apples and gently

simmer for 5 minutes. Add the berries and

simmer for 2 minutes, then transfer to a

23cm round oven-proof dish.

Meanwhile prepare the crumble topping.

Put the flour into a mixing bowl and rub

in the butter with your fingertips, until the

mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir

in the sugar, oats and hazelnuts.

Sprinkle the crumble topping over the

fruit, then place the dish on the middle

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

until the crumb is golden and fruit

bubbling.

Allow to cool slightly before serving with

custard or ice cream.

Tip

Try using other seasonal fruits such as

damsons or gooseberries.


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.

Loved by professional chefs and home cooks the world over,

Maldon Salt has been hand harvested by the same family since

1882. It’s unique pyramid flakes and tactile texture continues

to inspire chefs and cooks to this day. The choice of the

passionate and the adventurous to elevate flavours and create the

extraordinary!

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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A range of Festive Christmas fish boxes availible. Please call us to enquire

about our range of bespoke Christmas fish boxes, Oyster Gift boxes and

shucking knives and our Hesperian at home dinner parties.

HESPERIAN

FISH STORES

& KITCHEN

Supplying fresh &

smoked fish & shellfish

sustainably caught

from around the UK as

well as small plates of

delicious, simple fish

dishes.

Special Occasion?

Get in touch to pre order from the counter or the

kitchen. We are very much looking forward to

opening our doors again and seeing you soon.

Find us at UNIT 1, STATION APPROACH, FROME, BA11 1RE

Tel: 01373 800250 info@hesperianfish.co.uk www.hesperianfish

THE THREE SWANS

Corporate Christmas Lunches and Dinners

Make sure your Christmas plans are complete by booking a celebratory lunch or dinner

at The Three Swans in Frome. We offer superb meals, prepared with flair and care,

by James Morrison and his talented kitchen team.

Our festive three course menu, with vegan options, is just £25 per person.

Tables available:

L Friday 3rd December - 1pm and 8pm

L Thursday 9th December - 1pm and 8pm

L Thursday 16th December - 1pm and 8pm

Call now on 01373 452009 to make your reservation.

www.thethreeswans.com

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NOW TAKING

BOOKINGS NOW TAKING FOR

BOOKINGS CHRISTMAS FOR

CHRISTMAS

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CHRISTMAS

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AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

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CHRISTMAS

BOOK YOUR BOOK TABLE YOUR EARLY TABLE TO AVOID EARLY DISAPPOINTMENT

TO

AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

01373 AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

01373 461400

461400

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BOOK YOUR TABLE EARLY TO

Mendip Christmas

01373 461400 Tree Farm

The Authentic Christmas Tree Experience

Choose and cut, or freshly cut

T: 07508 399 366 W: mendipchristmastrees.co.uk

Located between Frome and Shepton Mallet at Dean on the A361

Sat Nav: BA4 4RZ

Open: Open from the last weekend in November to the last weekend before Christmas.

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 10.00am-6.00pm | Weekends 9.00am until 6.00pm

Last Entry for Choose and Cut: 3.30pm

£2.00 OFF with this voucher

Members of the British Christmas Tree Growers Association

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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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MEET THE HEAD...

We talk to Alastair Tighe - Head Master

of Wells Cathedral School

Wells Cathedral School is over a thousand years old – how

do you balance a sense of reverence for history with a

progressive curriculum?

You can’t help feel you are part of an extraordinary history as a

member of the Wells Cathedral School community. History and

tradition is evident everywhere, enhancing not only the beauty

of our environment but also our sense of being guardians of

something so much larger than ourselves. But although our past

gives us confidence and firm foundations, we also ensure we are

forward-looking and innovative. Our state-of-the-art performance

venue, Cedars Hall, is a very visible demonstration of this,

alongside other facilities such as our astro pitch and brand new

Multi Use Games Area. But it is innovation in the classroom

which really counts; all our Senior School pupils have devices

with which to access the internet and other learning resources;

we provide our pupils with cloud based classroom platforms

which permit flipped learning and easy access to lesson

worksheets and notes; and we frequently ask our pupils to tell us

what they would like to see in terms of curriculum developments

and enhancements.

The last 18 months has been an unprecedented time for our

learning institutions – what have you taken away from it?

Never take what you have for granted! I think pupils at Wells

were good before Covid at understanding the privilege and

opportunities available to them, but the experience of remote

learning periods and the inability to engage in so many things

we would normally have been able to do has helped everyone -

teachers and pupils - better appreciate the value of what we offer

here, the joy they gain from engaging with the opportunities here

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both in and outside the classroom, and the supreme importance

of friendships and mutual support.

Can you tell us a little more about your ‘whole child’

educational principles?

Wells Cathedral School champions a holistic education; we value

academic and cocurricular endeavours equally, and want all our

pupils to nurture and discover passions here which will last a lifetime.

We are unique in the UK as being both a Specialist Music School

and an all-round School, which means creativity and the Arts have a

particularly important role to play in our School ethos, but this is not at

the expense of the very many valuable things schools should provide,

including sport, charitable service and outdoor learning.

How would you like each pupil to look back on their time

at Wells?

I want every pupil who has been educated at Wells to be able

to say they were happy and safe here. That they made life-long

friendships with people of diverse talents and backgrounds. That

they were challenged and encouraged to be as open-minded,

aspiring and responsible as possible. And that they were given

the skills to go out into the world confidently, but humbly, to

pursue the things they love and to make a positive difference

both for themselves and the world around them.

3-19TH

DECEMBER

THE BISHOP'S PALACE,

WELLS PRESENTS

CHRISTMAS

at the

PALACE

2021

GARDEN ILLUMINATIONS

Wander the rooms of the Medieval Palace to enjoy

beautiful festive decorations, and be wowed by

the illuminations in the formal Gardens

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CHOOSING A NEW SIXTH FORM

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

Whether you want to change from a

single sex school to co-ed or from day to

boarding, private to state, A levels to IB -

or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to

move schools post - GCSEs.

When to start looking

We’d advise getting the ball rolling

towards the end of their year 10 in time

for sixth form open days and applications

which generally take place the following

autumn.

Discussions about post-GCSE options

will already be taking place at your child’s

current school by then and looking at

other sixth forms will widen your options.

Maybe the broader based curriculum

of the IB would suit them better than

specialising at A level? Maybe they want

to pursue a more practical, less exam

based, route? Or perhaps your child

simply feels ready for a fresh start and

new faces.

Choosing a new sixth form

The decision needs to be a joint effort

between parents and children, based as

much on personal preference as objective

research. Your child may have formed

opinions about other schools via friends

and social media but however popular a

particular sixth form may be, it’s no good

if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want

to study.

Guide your child to consider the areas

of study they genuinely enjoy or find

interesting. Also bear in mind that the

demands of some A levels, such as

maths, are a big jump from GCSE and

most schools will set higher GCSE grade

requirements for these.

It may seem too early when your child

hasn’t even finished their GCSE courses

to start talking about university subjects

and destinations, but if they are going to

change school for sixth form it’s important

to at least start thinking about the ultimate

goal. For instance, if Oxbridge or medical

school is the aim then A level choices

need to be made accordingly and a

potential school’s record of Oxbridge and

medical school places taken into account.

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

need to ask the school or college about

provision for pupils who are interested in

alternative post-18 options such as degree

apprenticeships.

You can find latest information on a

school’s Oxbridge, medical school and

non-university destinations in the ‘Exit’

section of The Good Schools Guide

reviews.

Day to boarding

A move to boarding school for sixth form

- see this article for more - is often said

to be a good preparation for university.

But manage your expectations – in our

experience most sixth form boarding

accommodation is more luxurious than the

average university hall of residence!

Most boarding schools have separate

provision for sixth formers where they can

live more independently and with fewer

restrictions than younger pupils. If you

are looking at full, as opposed to weekly,

boarding then find out how many sixth

formers are in school at weekends and

what activities are on offer (our writers

suggest looking at boarding house

noticeboards to see sign-up sheets for

weekend activities).

While it’s usually possible, with

permission, for boarding sixth formers to

attend day pupils’ parties for instance,

it’s unlikely that any school will allow the

same freedom to socialise (particularly

with regard to sexual relationships) as day

school pupils. Discuss school rules and

regulations frankly with your child - if they

(or you) are horrified then maybe boarding

isn’t the right choice.

Independent to state

A move from independent to state school

is often determined by family finances, but

we wonder whether it could also now be a

strategic decision.

State school sixth forms or sixth form

colleges often have exam results that are

comparable to independent schools and

they may also offer a wider range of post-

GCSE choices.

And as the UK’s top universities strive to

rebalance their admissions procedures to

correct what was (rightly) criticised as an

independent school bias, will this prompt

more independent school parents to send

their children to take A levels at state sixth

forms? Time will tell.

State to independent

If you think your child would benefit from

taking A levels at an independent school

but are worried about affording the fees, it

could be worth checking whether you can

apply for a bursary. Some schools offer

bursaries specifically for pupils joining the

sixth form from the local state sector.

Entry requirements

These differ considerably but five or six

GCSEs including English and maths at

grade 6 or above, with grade 7 or higher

in subjects to be studied at A level (can

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

minimum for most selective schools.

Many schools set the sixth form entry

bar much higher and in addition to a

full set of GCSEs at grades 9-7, also

expect candidates to sit papers in their

prospective A level subjects. Schools will

usually interview prospective sixth formers

too.

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number one school guide, helping

parents in every aspect of choosing

the best education for their children

using their unbiased and impartial

school reviews, alongside a host of

articles advising on all aspects of

school life. Find out more at www.

goodschoolsguide.co.uk

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We prepare girls for life beyond education. They are confident, resilient and,

most importantly, free to be themselves. Whatever age children come to us,

we ensure that they receive a broad and well-rounded experience.

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BELONG • SUCCEED • GROW


Choosing the right

Sixth Form

We ask Mrs Xavière Harvey, Head of Sixth Form & Careers

and Head of Languages at Bruton School for Girls...

ADVERTISING FEATURE

What makes your curriculum at BSG so unique?

Our Sixth Form curriculum is both traditional and innovative.

We equip girls with the advanced knowledge that derives

from their academic interests and - perhaps more

importantly - the skills they will need for further study or

the world of work. Whilst they may be able to develop their

understanding of the finer points of Chemistry, History or

German in their lessons, it is through the experience of all

the valuable extras we offer that they will develop crucial

skills such as independence, creativity, self-reliance or team

work, to name a few. This will allow them to apply their

knowledge in any new context. Extra qualifications, such as

the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or the Advanced

Certificate in Spoken English (ESB), marry knowledge and

skills to excellent effect and give our girls a head start for

undergraduate study. Whilst these are popular for our more

academic pupils, we develop a range of other skills through

our more practical courses such as the Leiths Certificate

in Food & Wine, or the Diploma in Childcare & Education,

which offer a wealth of useful life skills as well as a ready

qualification to undertake a successful gap year or start a

career after Sixth Form. Ultimately, our offer is bespoke so

girls are able to choose anything they like out of our broad

curriculum.

How would you like each pupil to look back on their time at BSG?

With enormous affection and a sense of unquestionable belonging.

BSG is a hugely special place; I challenge anyone to set foot here

and not feel the unique vibe of the school. It is an indescribable

mix of warmth, creativity and ambition, with core human values

that equip pupils with individuality of thought, empathy and

undeniable humanity. This creates a sense of community that is

hard to leave behind. I genuinely believe that friendships formed

here are for life.

How do you think you achieve such outstanding A Level results?

We set out to be excellent in all we do - and it works! The staff

at the school are hugely dedicated as well as being talented

individuals in their own right. It is this level of care and attention

to detail with every individual which means that our pupils

achieve the very best results that they can in their chosen

fields. We are committed to developing all girls, regardless of

background or ability, to be the very best version of themselves,

both personally and academically; the two go hand in hand. What

allows this is our tailored pastoral support and mentoring each of

our pupils so they develop and find fulfilment in their chosen field.

Outstanding results follow on from that.

For more information visit our website www.brutonschool.co.uk

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progressed to Russell

Group universities,

including Oxbridge,

in 2021

Sexey’s Sixth is rated in the top 1% nationally based on

students’ results 2021 (ALPS)

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THE POWER of BURSARIES

Levelling up – the transformative power of bursaries and how we might level up rather

than dumb down...

If a random sample of British

adults were to play a game of

word association when the chosen

words were ‘prep’, ‘independent’ or

‘private school’, the results would

be predictable. ‘Posh’, ‘exclusive’

and ‘expensive’ might make an

appearance, although so might

‘excellence’, ‘results’ and ‘success’.

Placed against these pre-conceptions

of independent education, it is easy to

see why some politicians feel the days

of independent schools’ charitable

status to be numbered.

Even as a Headmaster of an

independent prep school, I sometimes

struggle, morally, to reconcile the

opportunities that we can create with

the reality for many children across

the country, despite the best efforts

of so many fellow professionals in

maintained schools. Having started my

career in the state sector, I only made

the switch because I felt I would have

the freedom to design an education

that worked in the fullest sense and

the ability to create something unique

and bespoke for every child is a

joy. The moral tension comes from

considering why this is only available

for those who can afford it, although

surely it can never be right to knock

excellence and reduce everything to

the lowest common denominator in

the quest for equality.

The charitable status of most

independent schools hides, from

some, our need to balance the books.

This is particularly challenging in

prep schools where the fees are

lower and the margins tighter: the

preconceptions of wealth held by

many are simply incorrect in most

cases. Competition between prep

schools can be fierce and the need

to demonstrate relative strength and

quality over rival schools is essential.

This need creates a tension between

the school as a business and the

school as a charity, and it would

be easy for Heads and Bursars to

prioritise the former at the expense

of the latter. Not only would this be

morally wrong, it is also a short-term

and blinkered course of action and

schools, even small prep schools,

need to factor creating inclusivity into

their business plans so that they are a

charity in action as well as in name.

I can’t describe the satisfaction to be

gained from watching a child benefit

from support from the school as a

charity. It feels right, is transformative

for those involved, and justifies the

charitable status of the school. All

involved benefit. Given appropriate

levels of financial and strategic

planning, it is possible, even for small

independent schools, to provide

their brand of education to a wider

cross-section of society and this

broadening of access to the best of

British education is something to be

celebrated. In senior schools, the level

of bursary support is greater again,

with many schools actively seeking to

broaden access with bursaries of up to

100% of the fees and some even work

with prep schools to create a pathway

from prep school entry through to the

end of their secondary education.

The provision of bursaries

demonstratively levels up society in

some small way but the scale of what

is possible is, of course, not enough.

There is no philosophical barrier to

opening our doors to the whole of

society. I know of no Head of an

independent school who would not

leap at the chance to open their doors

and provide an education for free, and

any blockage to this is caused by pure

economics.

What is the answer? Well, we can look

to the rest of the world for examples

of how state and private education

co-exist far more equitably than

they do in the UK. In this country, all

taxpayers fund state education but

only some are using it, the others

choosing to pay extra for their children

to be educated privately. In other

countries, the money follows the child

and parents may choose to top this

sum up to have their child attend an

independent school. This broadens

access, meaning that there is no need

for charitable status tax perks and the

gap between private and state is much

narrower.

I can’t think of an argument against

making this a reality, other than it may

be politically inconvenient to do so.

We need to find ways of providing

the best possible education to all

children in the UK and, whilst there

is a moral imperative on schools to

offer bursaries and broaden access,

there must surely also be a duty for

government to be more creative and

forward thinking in finding ways to

level up without dumbing down.

Charlie Minogue, Headmaster,

Moor Park, Ludlow, Shropshire

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Ray Jones, the gallery owner/curator says “We are delighted with our first half year, it has been a

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Welcome Back!

Mendip Living chats with Farès K Moussa

who’s returned to Strode Theatre and tells us

more about his exciting plans for Christmas

and the New Year!

Mendip Living chats with Farès K Moussa who’s returned to Strode Theatre and tells us more about

his exciting plans for Christmas and the New Year!

ADVERTISING FEATURE

Welcome back Farès. How does it feel to be back here in the

west country?

Thank you –it’s great to be back! People from throughout Somerset

and beyond come to use the theatre in one way or another – it’s

really great to be part of it again!

really excited about the new Improvised Panto on the 3rd and 4th

How good does it feel to be back open?

December, which should be great fun for all the family. On the 15th

It’s fantastic to be open again –and it’s so nice to see so many Welcome back December Farès. How Rebecca does it feel Vaughan to be back stars here in Dyad in the Production’s west country? Christmas

people feeling confident to come out, relax and enjoy themselves. Gothic, for a celebration of Christmas to put your hairs on their

Of course, like so many other organisations, we’re struggling Thank a you –it’s end!; great and to be on back! 17th People December, from Strode throughout College Somerset is putting and beyond its own come to use the

bit to cover everything with enough staff, so if you’re reading theatre this in one Concert way or another of Christmas! –it’s really Something great to be for part everyone! of it again! Although I never really left

and you’re interested in working for us in front of house, duty the southwest: I live in Castle Cary and – until Covid times – had been commuting to London.

management, technical or administration, please do get in touch! What about for early 2022?

We have so much going on! To mention a few of our live offerings,

What films are you showing in the cinema?

in January we have Can’t Sit Still’s family stage adaptation of Chris

How good does it feel to be back open?

Strode is really unique in the southwest for having one of the Haughton’s children’s book Oh no, George! We have tribute shows

most diverse film programmes. So, for example, coming up, It’s of course fantastic from Stayin’ to be Alive open (The again Bee –and Gees) it’s so in nice February to see and so many The Sound people of feeling confident

just before Christmas we have the adaptation of Graham Swift’s to come out, relax Springsteen and enjoy in themselves. March; Folk Of from course, Jon like Boden so many and Remnant other organisations, Strings we’re

Mothering Sunday with a classic all-star cast of Glenda Jackson,

struggling a bit

in

to

and

covering

the first

everything

Strode Literature

with enough

Festival

staff,

in

so

April;

if you’re

and

reading

Dom Joly

this

will

and you might be

Olivia Coleman and Colin Firth and the new Ghostbusters Afterlife; be joining us to talk about his travels around the world.

interested in working for us in Front of House, Duty Management, technical or administration,

and, early in the new year, Steven Spielberg’s new adaptation of

please do get in touch!

Westside Story.

How can I find out more about what’s on and how can I book?

To find out more and book visit our website at

With the festive season fast approaching, what’s on this

www.strodetheatre.org or see our Facebook and Instagram

Christmas?

What plans do pages. you have You for can the call Theatre? or visit our box office on Mondays between

Besides from live broadcasts from the Bolshoi Ballet and the 10am and 1pm or on Saturdays between 3pm and 6pm, or one

Royal Ballet of the Christmas favourite The Nutcracker; we’re

There are many

hour

great

before

plans

a

afoot.

show/screening!

We’re really excited about the theatre taking on more of an

‘academy’ model in the future; integrating more performing arts and technical education and

training with the ongoing theatre operations.

Sun 16 Jan

NEW AMEN CORNER & GLEN LEON

Sat 29 Jan

OH NO, GEORGE!

Fri 11 Feb

STAYIN’ ALIVE

Fri 11 March

THE SOUND OF SPRINGSTEEN

Thu 31st March

THE THREE DEGREES

Upcoming Live Events

at Strode Theatre

Wed 7th April

JON BODEN & THE REMNANT STRINGS

Fri 13 May

DOM JOLY’S HOLIDAY SNAPS

What films have you showing in the cinema?

Strode is really unique in the southwest for having one of the most diverse film programmes,

apart from the Watershed in Bristol; from blockbuster favourites to international and indie films.

Tel. 01458 442846 www.strodetheatre.org.uk

Church Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0AB

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THE HOME

hit list

JOBS TO TACKLE THIS AUTUMN

SEASONAL

REFRESH

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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

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For desks, there are lots of options for

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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

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We speak to Julia Kendell, interiors and

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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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I started the market in 2017. I’d been looking for somewhere to run

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We have all sorts of traders from people upcycling furniture, fantastic

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When and where can I find the vintage market? What have you

got planned for the Christmas Market?

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Blue

INTO THE

Emily Baker takes in ultimate luxury

in the inimitable Maldives

I

t’s difficult to write about the Maldives

without descending into clichés - it

is every bit as beautiful as you

imagined, the ocean suites with their

glass floor hatches are equal parts

luxurious and mesmerising, and of course

the combination of sand, sea and allinclusivity

really are a winner - so, I’ll try

and limit myself to only using the word

crystalline a handful of times, but what

can I tell you that you don’t already know?

I think I could start with the journey -

though travelling is my bread and butter,

long haul can test even the most excited

of voyagers. There are a few different

routes to the mainland of Male, but for

those looking to fly in the lap of luxury

(and if you’re heading to the Maldives,

who isn’t) then Qatar Airways is the

best choice - with a short layover in the

ultra-plush Doha airport, it’s enough to

make the journey an event, rather than

a task. Their internationally-celebrated

Qsuite experience is unlike any other

I’ve experienced in the air - your own

private suite with partitioned doors offers

ambient mood lighting, fully lie-flat beds

and generous storage space. You can

open up the space to enjoy meals and a

glass of fizz with your travel party, before

slipping back into ultimate comfort and

privacy. The food is exceptional too -

both on board and in the Doha Business

Class lounge. It’s easy to see why it’s

consistently rated the best in the world.

If you’ve been nervous to travel since the

pandemic, the in-flight team are so highly

professional, you can relax in complete

safety and start your holiday off in the

most wonderful way.

Once in Male, the final leg of the journey

begins - and for us, it was by seaplane.

There is something other-worldly about

seeing this string of atolls from the air for

the first time. The inky-blue sea stretches

out like a vast blanket, punctuated by

bursts of green, framed by the turquoise

necklace of each island’s reef. Even

whilst feeling weary from the long flight, I

pressed myself to the window like a child,

completely mesmerised by the views

below along the 40 minute hop. If you’re

looking for that international-traveller ‘I’ve

made it’ feeling, then arriving by seaplane

has to tick all the boxes.

The welcome on arrival at the spectacular

Sun Siyam Iru Fushi Resort was the

first taste of the the Sun Siyam group’s

trademark hospitality - a gleaming small

army in white uniforms and glowing

smiles awaited, festooning us with flower

garlands and introducing each guest to

their own dedicated villa butler - they

are your go-to whilst on the resort, for

everything from booking restaurant tables

to helping you hitch a ride on one of the

golf buggies that transport guests around

the 52 acre island.

There are a handful of different

accommodation options for guests -

either stays on those quintessential

oceanic villas, decked with their steps

straight into the water, or a series of

beach villas, either with direct access to

the beach or with oceanic views and their

own private infinity pools. Whilst some

of the fixtures and fittings are looking a

little tired in places, the sheer delight of

the location more than makes up for any

shortcomings inside, as does the wealth

of activities, both in the water and out,

available from your doorstep.

This brings me on to my other

assumption - one I think many travellers

make - that the Maldives is a destination

for loved-up couples to fly and flop in

luxury. And whilst there’s definitely scope

for that, I wasn’t overcome by a raft of

couples acting amorously by the pool,

but instead greeted by a huge breadth

of guest profiles - there were, of course,

couples, but also groups of friends on

a girls getaway and families - taking

advantage of the total safety of the

island to let little ones run around freely.

Though, unlike other family-friendly

resorts, the children are seen but not

heard - there’s space for everyone, so

adults can still find their escape. Kids

and adults alike can partake in aquatic

adventures, with guided reef swimming,

“If the term barefoot luxury is

banded about too much, it’s very

much found its true definition here”

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“There’s not much I can say that you

might not already know, but that

shouldn’t be a reason to stop you

getting into the Maldivian groove

and discovering it for yourself”

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paragliding, and options to learn

to dive in the resorts PADI and DDI

Diamond certified diving school.

If the term barefoot luxury is banded

about too much, it’s very much

found its true definition here - this

is a place of relaxation, aided by

that extra oomph that only an allinclusive

stay can offer. In all there

are 15 venues for drinking and dining

- offering a mixture of worldwide

cuisines. Where the food really

shines is in the bevy of freshly grilled

reef fish and Maldivian curries - there

are fine dining options available, but

it was the Bamboo restaurant with

its tables in the sand and menus of

fresh salads and Pan-Asian cuisine

which really hit the right notes in the

afternoon heat.

Knowing as they do that tourism in

these areas have hugely adverse

effects on the local environment,

Sun Siyam as a group continually

look for ways to reduce their

footprint. Being an archipelagic

state, the Maldives does rely on a

significant array of food imports, but

the group has its own farm island

which grows a variety of produce,

limiting the carbon impact. Guests to

the resort can visit too, for a unique

farm to plate experience.

I suppose the other big question for

everyone tentatively dipping their

toes back into international travel,

is, is it safe? The major advantage

of the Maldives is the sheer space

between the islands, meaning that

they can isolate cases as and when

they occur. How this landscape will

change as more vaccines are rolled

out across the globe is still unknown,

but its clear that each resort is doing

their part. As it currently stands, to

change resorts you are still required

to take a PCR test - whilst some

might consider this an unnecessary

expense, I think it’s a sensible and

safe practice to make sure you can

enjoy your stay fully.

Now, if there is a spa to be found

in a resort, you will generally find

me ensconced inside it. Within a

humble-looking bungalow off one

of the jungle tracks, lies Iru Fushi’s

- a world-leading spa by French

brand Thalgo - don’t be fooled by

initial appearances though - knock

on the heavy black-lacquered doors

and you’ll be whisked into an exotic

oasis, where pebble-lined paths

snake through bubbling koi ponds.

Massages here are on the expensive

side, but hey, you’re in the Maldives

- lean in to the luxury and enjoy your

slice of paradise, it really is worth it.

I suppose the thing that really sets

the tone for any trip, and indeed the

make or break, are the staff within

the resort, and Sun Siyam really do

have a spectacularly good team.

Throughout the stay, nothing was

too much trouble. Want a pinch-me

romantic dinner on your own stretch

of beach, surrounded by the twinkle

of candles? You’ve got it. In our little

quintet of ladies holidaying together,

we mentioned we would like to have

a meditation session on the beach -

what we got was a heart shape handdug

into the sand, punctuated with

tea lights and frangipani flowers, with

yoga mats rolled out and a selection

of oils from the spa to aid relaxation.

This beautiful scene was all the

work of our dedicated butlers and

could not have been more special.

This attention to detail extends

everywhere - even my own very

British sensibilities about having a

butler were eased, as the service they

offered was completely unobtrusive

and very intuitive.

There’s not much I can say that you

might not already know, but that

shouldn’t be a reason to stop you

getting into the Maldivian groove and

discovering it for yourself - flawless

hospitality, great food, a wealth of

activities and the unrelenting joy of

the location, I think Sun Siyam could

make even the most cynical resortsnob

fall under its spell.

www.sunsiyam.com

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PET

Here Martin James gives some valuable advice

Though the UK has changed dramatically

in recent years, we still have national

obsessions that are quintessentially

British. A big chunk of the population

feel the pull of the open road, jumping

in a caravan or motorhome at every

opportunity. Others spend small fortunes

down at the garden centre or heading out

to hike in somewhere that’s green. But

above all else, as a nation we’re obsessed

with our pets.

Over lockdown, an astonishing 3.2 million

households purchased or adopted a pet

- and a huge and evolving industry has

grown up around them, from daycare to

specialist food providers. According to

the latest research that brings us up to 34

million pets in the UK, including 12 million

dogs, 12 million cats, 1 million rabbits and

600,000 hamsters!

This demand has led to spiralling prices

and a worry trend of pet theft - to such a

degree that the Government is considering

much tougher penalties for pet thieves.

And from the complaints I see, cost is

clearly a worry for many pet owners.

As people start to go back to the office,

there’s a huge demand for dog walkers

and pet daycare. Many people are starting

to report anxiety in their pets after the

months of unadulterated attention they’ve

experienced suddenly ending. Bet therapy

classes are apparently booming.

Which brings us to the most important

pet expenses you’ll encounter - pet

insurance and vet’s bills. Though many

more policies have come on to the market

in recent years, lots of people are put off

by high prices or confusing contracts.

Pet insurance varies considerably like all

insurance products but it makes sense to

buy the best one you can afford - but that

doesn’t always mean the most expensive.

The best policy you can buy is a ‘lifetime’

policy, which covers your pet for treatment

for life, though only for a set amount each

year. These are the priciest policies but

make the most sense for pet lovers. You

can also buy ‘maximum benefit’ policies

that will pay up to a set ‘cap’ for each

illness. Finally, there are ‘time limited’

policies which only cover your pet for a

set period (your standard 12 month policy)

and ‘accident only’ policies.

If you’re on a budget, an accident only

policy is worth considering. As the name

suggests, the policies will only cover you

for genuine accidents not illnesses. But

if money is tight, they can really help out

if your pet is injured. Take time to read

the policy though so understand what is

being defined as an accident – and get the

insurer to explain anything that isn’t clear.

Pet theft cover is a new type of insurance

and usually you have to purchase it

separately.

A lot of the people I speak to don’t want

to think about their pet getting ill, so

leaving aside some basic injections and

treatments, many people avoid speaking

to a vet until something bad happens. I’d

really encourage anyone with a pet to get

to know their vet. The security of knowing

that the surgery is there, its opening hours

and where to go if you need emergency

treatment is priceless – though I hope you

never need to use it.

Speak to your vet before signing up to

see if their fees are likely to be covered.

There’s quite a lot of variation with vet’s

fees - and if yours is pricey, check with

the insurer how much they’d be willing to

cover.

And finally, if you need to make a claim,

speak to the insurer and tell them

about the costs asap. Some vets may

recommend ‘experimental’ treatments

that aren’t recognised and might not

be covered. I’ve seen dogs sent for

hydrotherapy treatments that turned out to

be frolicking in a paddling pool in a shed –

for hundreds of pounds. So make sure you

look into what every treatment involves

and how it helps the underlying medical

condition.

Martin is head of Media at Resolver

Resolver can help you sort out complaints

including pets, vets and every pet service

you can imagine. Check out www.resolver.

co.uk

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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

approvals and begun an exciting new

chapter in healthcare.

Furthermore it can be safely applied in

any topical application where the skin,

ears and eyes need care, whether broken,

red, sore, inflamed, cuts, stings, bites

or grazes, Leucillin’s powerful antiseptic

properties eradicate germs on contact

creating the perfect environment for rapid

recovery.

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

“Ouch Free” formula is kind, it has been

developed to match the natural pH of skin

so no more wincing on that grazed knee.

It seems to be a very gentle solution

to a number of particularly stubborn

problems - can it be used long-term?

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable

99.99999% reduction in bacteria on

contact, but how does that compare with

the 99.99% which we think is good? Well;

it’s a massive 10’000 times better!

Fast effective pathogen reduction means

no resistance therefore long-term usage is

always effective and no harmful ingredients

means Leucillin is always safe!

And finally, how else can it be used and

what are your hopes for the product

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Buying residential

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Alison Treble discusses more about

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What does purchasing a property

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Purchasing property, whether freehold

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Most houses are freehold which means

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At what stage can I change my mind

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Up until the exchange of contracts, both

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If you are happy to proceed with the

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of the contract and you will pay a deposit

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HOUSING-WITH-CARE

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