Newmarket and Ely Living Dec 2021 - Jan 2022


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








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It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

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

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns


Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen - 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.


The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

Editor Katie Thomson


Publisher Sally Thomson

Pre-press Manager Kate Norris

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

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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 | 3

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Find the competition and enter on that post,

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A Laundry

Bundle from


worth over


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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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


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 &

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PLUS tickets

to see Paloma

Faith worth


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

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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

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an overnight

stay and

dinner worth


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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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


a book,

you won’t


that. But

I believe

you can do


you just

have to

start doing

it. If you

want to

write a



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.







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,

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Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


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


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


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


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! | 11






Porchetta makes a wonderful alternative to Turkey

for your festive centrepiece. Porchetta originates

from Italy and is a rolled joint of pork belly stuffed

full of fragrant herbs. It is slow cooked for soft

tender meat but still with beautiful crispy crackling

on the outside. Serve this Porchetta alongside

rosemary roast potatoes and fresh sautéed greens.

Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chilling overnight

Cook time: 2 hours 30 minutes


2kg pork belly, boneless

2 tbsp olive oil

1 onion, finely diced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tbsp fennel seeds

1 lemon, zested

50g pistachios, finely chopped

10g sage, finely chopped

15g parsley, finely chopped

50g fresh breadcrumbs

1 tbsp Maldon salt


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

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

then place in the fridge uncovered overnight – this will help

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

crispy crackling.

Meanwhile you can make the stuffing for the porchetta. In

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

for 5 minutes until softened. Then add the crushed garlic

and fennel seeds and fry for another 2 minutes. Remove

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

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

breadcrumbs and season with Maldon salt and cracked

black pepper. Mix well and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 200C°.

Once you are ready to cook your pork remove from the

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

the flesh with your stuffing mixture. Using butchers string

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

tightly to keep it in a roll.

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

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

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

minutes until the crackling is crispy and golden. Then turn

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

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

want to cover it with some foil.

After the cooking time remove your porchetta from the oven

and rest for 20 minutes until ready to serve!

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Cooperation to

resolve medical negligence

claims continues

By Marcus Chapman, Solicitor, Civil

Litigation Department at Fraser

Dawbarns LLP Solicitors...

Lawyers working in the medical

negligence (or clinical negligence as

it is also known) field have seen some

interesting developments during the past

18 months. Firstly there was a predictable

reduction in enquiries as everyone

complied with lockdown and showed

their support for the inundated NHS.

For some people this meant not looking

to claim compensation for injuries they

had suffered as the result of negligence

because they felt uncomfortable doing

so. Then as things started to ease,

those with serious potential claims

realised that they needed to take action

to put themselves and their families as

far as possible back into the position,

financial or otherwise, that they were in

before their medical injury occurred and

enquiries started to increase a little once


Meanwhile, at the height of the pandemic

some of the key parties involved in

medical injury claims worked closely

together to introduce the Covid-19

Clinical Negligence Protocol (C19P) to

try to speed up amicable resolution, and

reduce confrontation, for people with

genuine claims. Those involved were

NHS Resolution, the Society of Clinical

Injury Lawyers (SCIL) and Action Against

Medical Accidents (AvMA).

Amongst other measures the C19P

encourages both those making a claim

and those defending one to be flexible

about requests for extensions of time in

order to provide the information needed

by the others involved in the claim.

This acknowledges that with the recent

pressures on the NHS it was unfair to

expect responses in the usual


The general positive trends coming out of

this new regime are that more claims are

being resolved successfully without going

to Court, costs to the NHS in resolving

the claims are dropping, and claims are

in the main being resolved more quickly.

There has been an increased use of

alternative forms of dispute resolution,

such as mediation, and with many of

these taking place on digital platforms

such as Cloud Video Platform, Microsoft

Teams or Zoom the process is speeded

up and costs are reduced.

It appears that C19P is here to stay for

the time being at least and even with

the pandemic being brought under

control there are certainly benefits to all

concerned to continue with the spirit

of the Protocol and to approach claims

with a view to resolution rather than


If you, or a family member, has suffered

an injury as a result of clinical negligence

or negligence within the care community,

please contact Marcus Chapman on

or on 01354 602880 for an initial chat

about your potential claim and how we

can help.

This article aims to supply general

information, but it is not intended to

constitute advice. Every effort is made

to ensure that the law referred to is

correct at the date of publication and

to avoid any statement which may

mislead. However, no duty of care is

assumed to any person and no liability is

accepted for any omission or inaccuracy.

Always seek advice specific to your own

circumstances. | 13


12 tips for



The festive season can be a lovely time of year and evoke great memories. However,

it can also pose a huge range of very tempting hazards for our pets! Here are 12 tips

for Christmas to help you and your companions have a wonderful time of the year:

1. Food hazards: Chocolate is a

festive favourite, but as little as

50g of plain chocolate can be fatal

in small dogs. Turkey bones can

cause choking and constipation, as

well as seriously damaging internal

organs. Macadamia nuts, raisins,

onions, grapes, sultanas, raisins

and alcohol are all poisonous to

animals (so keep that Christmas

pudding out of reach!).

2. Antifreeze: This is a serrios toxic

hazrda to pets if eaten or drunk,

so ensure any spils are quickly

mopped up and bottles are kept

securly locked away.

3. Damp, wind, snow, ice and grit:

Despite their fur, cats, dogs and

small furries can feel the cold

just the same as humans do, and

damp and freezing temperatures

can create problems if you’re not

prepared for winter. Remember

your small furries this Christmas.

Ensure if they live outside they have

a warm insulated area, as well as a

ventelaterd section to the housing,

so that they can self regulat in the

British weather flucuations! In very

cold, wet, or windy conditions the

use of polystirine blocks on the

outside of solid housing (ie areas

the animals cannot reach) and

tawpawlins can help insulate and

keep any wet or wind chill at bay

4. Festive decorations: Keep baubles,

tinsel and gift wrap out of reach, as

if they are ingested they can result

in intestinal issues.

5. Party stress: Some pets will jump

right into the Christmas commotion,

others will prefer to keep away

from the activity. Common signs

of a distressed dog can include;

panting, yawning, pinned back ears

and excessive drooling. In a bird it

may involve cowering in the cage,

excessive sqwacking, destructive

behaviour, or feather plucking.

Rabbits and guinea pigs will try to

hide away. Make sure your pet can

escape the excitement of a festive

event and retreat to their bed.

6. Fire!: Ensure there is a fire guard in

front of the fire to prevent burns.

7. Tree needles: Clean up fallen

Christmas tree needles so that they

don’t get stuck in paws. Although

most species of Christmas tree are

low in toxicity, they could cause a

stomach upset if chewed.

8. Presents: Any Christmas presents

for your pet should be bought

from a reputable source to avoid

stomach or toxicity issues.

9. Coloured lights: Be sure to keep

fairy lights away from all pets,

especially small furries who like to

chew. Chewing through cables can

end up in a nasty electric shock!

10. Christmas scents: They may smell

nice to us, but to some animals

they cane be a real hazard, bting

on asthma in cats and breathing

problems or allergies in others.

Birds are especially susceptable.

11. Festive plants: Do you know some

festive plants are poisonous to

animals? Popular Christmas plants

Holly and Mistletoe, along with their

berries, are toxic to pets if ingested.

Cats are most at risk fro Lilies

which cause kidney failure. Signs

of poisoning include excessive

drooling, vomiting, diarrhoea,

wobbling and collapse.

12. Wrapping: Dispose of any leftover

string or ribbon after present

wrapping, as your pet might eat

it before you’ve had a chance to

clear it away, which can lead to

serious complications. Rabbits are

notorious chewers, and ingestion

of theses can cause internal

blockages, choking or become

wrapped around their legs or neck.

Fattening up for the winter?

Finaly a bonus 13th! We all enjoy the

good food at this time of year and many

pets get festive treats. With the shorter

days and colder weather our pets also

often exercise less. However it’s really

important to ensure they don’t put on the

weight as those extra pounds are really

bad for their health: joints are put under

unnecessary strain, as is the heart and

other organs, and it leaves the vulnerable

to developing illnesses such as diabetes.

To tell if your pet is in a healthy shape,

place your hands on them and you

should easily be able to feel their ribs and

spine without them being too prominent.

They should also have an obvious

narrowing of their body behind the ribs

and ‘tuck’ in their stomach from the side.

If you feel your pet might need some help

in shedding some extra calories after the

festive period, or your pet encounters any

of the hazards above, we are here to help.

Please do call the clinic on 01638676340

and make an appointment.

Vets4Pets Newmarket, Studland

Retail Park Oak Drive, Fordham Rd,

Newmarket CB8 7SX

01638 676340 |

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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

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

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We speak to Julia Kendell, interiors and

decorating expert from ITV’s ’60 Minute Makeover’

and ‘Rebuild Our Home’ and spokesperson for The

National Homebuilding & Renovating Show...








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.







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.




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






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.







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…



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

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hit list





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 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.


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 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!


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).


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?



It looks as though working from home,

or at least a hybrid, flexible model is

here to stay. With that in mind, many

of us are choosing to carve out proper

working spaces instead of balancing on

the end of the kitchen table.

Investing in a proper desk and chair

are fundamental - it’s well known that

sitting for long periods on chairs not

specifically designed for desk work can

cause long-lasting pain.

For desks, there are lots of options for

built-in models into wall space or even

stand up desks. If you don’t have the

space for a full office room, you can

still find inventive ways to incorporate a

desk into wardrobe areas or even into

cupboards, meaning the workspace

can be neatly tucked away at the end

of the day and the space can resume

its original purpose. Storage is another

essential element to stop work admin

spilling out into home life.

Finally, take some time to make your

work space look homely - it stops it

from feeling transitory. Hang some

prints, invest in some greenery or buy

some soft furnishings like cushions

or blankets to make it feel like an

extension of your home.

Boston Fern from £9.99,;

Hathai Cushion, £34,

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Kaloo Lapinoo Rabbit,



The gift

Help children

learn to code with

Blockly, Snap!,


Python and


Artie Max, £110,

Designed by

AndaSeat, who



race car seats.

with lumbar

and head


Leather Gaming

Chair, £369.99,

GOTS Organic


Pyjamas, £26,


Unisex Mouse

Babygrow Set, £45,

Woodland Nesting

Creatures, £22,


Electric Stove


Organic cotton

and amazing

colours and


Nila Nepp Top,

£22 and Kieran



£28, both

Lindt Bear and

Styorybook Set, £10,



Aranya Hmong

Cushion, £32,

Stunning photobooks on high quality

paper with helpful autofill options

Soft, Fabric or Hardcover

Photobooks, from £18.99,


Veloce Coffee Machine, £600,

Lattes flat whites and

more! Get those coffee

shop style drinks in a

flash at home with this

bean to cup coffee machine

Master Lock Biometric Padlock - with up to

10 saved fingerprints, £89,

Gusbourne Brut Reserve 2017, £39,

Cuisinart Precision Stand Mixer,

£275, | 23



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us to secure an off-market deal to your exact

needs, we are here to help from negotiation

through to purchase completion.

We will use our network and local intelligence

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sustainable, wellness-based

gift boxes - customisable and

beautiful, from £10

available from

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A personalised softcover

notebook is a thoughtful gift

Polaar Polar Night

Revitalizing Cream

with Boreal Algae,



Eye Pillow

Made from sustainably

harvested natural cork bark

with a non-slip surface

which increases grip with


Cork mat and block set, £75,

Heatable Lavendar

Eye Pillow, £11.99,


Softcover Printed Notebook,


Build the perfect bar

cart with Dartington’s

Limelight Mitre champagne

saucer, £55 for set of two or

pair of Margarita glasses,


Luxury Heavyweight

Merino Scarf, £90,

T3 Curl ID, £189,

The ultimate curler which

adapts to your hair type

and damage level

Cashmere Sweatshirt

in Emerald, £179,

BeGlow Tia All-In-

One Sonic Skincare

System, £199,

Micro Merlin


Knife Trio, £99,


The Micro

Explorer Electric

Scooter, £349.95,

reduced from



18 mile range,

foldable and

ultra light weight

with 15mph

top speed

Andrée Jardin

Sneaker Care

Kit, £33.50,


True Wireless Stereo

Earphones, £57.99,

Eco Sports

Cloak Long

Sleeve, £119.95,

Perfect if they love outdoor

pursuits or sports

Scrivner For Men 5 Step

Skin Strategy - £127, | 25


Allowing older people to live where they want to live

Imagine you’re an older person in your

70s, approaching your later years and

perhaps in need of more support soon,

but still with so much to give, so many

talents to unlock, so many friends to

make. You’re thinking about moving

from the family home you’ve lived in

for years to somewhere which provides

security and care if and when you need

it, but which also allows you to keep

your independence and connections to

the local community, and which has a

range of activities and facilities to keep

you busy.

It’s this middle ground, this golden

mean, combining independence with

care and support, which housing-withcare

settings across the country are

offering to older people in increasing

numbers. Sometimes called retirement

communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

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

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

For further email please visit

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Care Home in Ely

“My husband has been cared for with great kindness, and

attention to all his needs; he has settled in well to his new

way of life. I feel that he has rapidly become

a member of a large loving family”

Luxury Care You Can Trust

Wife of Resident

Exceptional residential and dementia care.

To arrange a safe visit call

Laura on 01353 886820


Let's Get Together

Our team gets to know your loved

one as an individual...


We are social creatures. We thrive in the company of others –

talking, laughing, playing… being. At Hallmark Care Homes,

relationship-centred care is at the heart of everything we do. Not

only will our team members form strong relationships with each

resident, we also encourage residents to form bonds with each


Through the range of activities we offer – everything from cooking

classes to singing sessions, days out and gardening – friendships

are formed and new memories made. Our social spaces are also

abuzz with game-playing, chatting and cake-eating – both with

family members visiting and those residing with us.

Of course, we understand the importance of ‘me time’ as well,

which is why there’s always the option for residents to opt for

some peace and quiet – either in our tranquil gardens, in their

stylishly decorated room or in a quiet nook.

You know your loved one best and we recognise that selecting

the right care home for them is an emotional decision. Will

they be safe? Will they be stimulated? Will they be happy? If

our multiple awards and current residents’ smiles are anything

to go by, the answer is a resounding YES. Every resident is

unique, with their own needs, interests and personality, which

is why we ensure we get to know them properly – by spending

time with both them and their family. We ask questions and,

more importantly, we listen to the answers, so that we are able

to fulfil each person’s medical, physical, emotional and social

requirements. We want each resident to feel comfortable in their

new home, without having to give up the things they enjoy. As

such, your mum can still enjoy her weekly trip to the hairdresser

in our on-site salon and your dad can still have his Friday-night

pint at our bar.

When it comes to the health and wellbeing of our residents, the

company of like-minded companions cannot be underestimated.

Our relationship- centred care encourages friendships both inside

the care home and in the wider community, which can both open

up new opportunities and allow residents to continue with a

much-loved hobby or pastime.

We can’t wait to meet – and get to know – your loved one. After

all, we’re in this together.

If you’re looking for the highest quality care for your loved one,

let’s get together and talk. We’d be delighted to arrange a family

visit and answer any questions you may have.

01223 633 677

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and Ely stores during another challenging year, your

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