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Winchester Lifestyle 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!

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

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Contents<br />

A Note<br />

from the EDITOR<br />

38<br />

The<br />

A Culinary Journey through<br />

Northern<br />

Home Ireland<br />

Hit List of jobs<br />

It’s certainly the challenge of<br />

publishing that you always have your<br />

head in the wrong season - each year,<br />

Christmas begins for us in July, which<br />

is about the same time as I start to<br />

ask my friends and family what they’d<br />

like as a present or if they’re free for a<br />

meal in <strong>Dec</strong>ember - each year I’m met<br />

with the same furrowed brows and<br />

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking<br />

about that yet!’<br />

Forward planning aside, it is a rather<br />

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m<br />

mostly sorted for the festivities - my<br />

only issue being losing said gifts<br />

between July and <strong>Dec</strong>ember 25th. If<br />

your industry doesn’t quite prepare<br />

you in the same way though, we’ve<br />

got a bevy of festive features to help<br />

get you prepped.<br />

Our competition<br />

page returns<br />

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Alongside Christmas features,<br />

we’ve got a lovely interview with<br />

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda<br />

Owen - her new book has some of<br />

the most stunning photography and<br />

amazing anecdotes from her life.<br />

We’ve also got a festive gift guide<br />

to get the ideas flowing and some<br />

delicious new ideas for special festive<br />

food from the experts of flavour -<br />

Maldon Sea Salt.<br />

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The Yorkshire Shepherdess<br />

Amanda Owen<br />

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Contributors Rebecca Rose, Peter Thomson, Sue Cooke, Matthew Biggs<br />

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The news has been all doom and<br />

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that, toy shortage/turkey drama/fuel<br />

crisis or not, this year’s Christmas is<br />

looking so much brighter than 2020’s,<br />

and there’s so much to be thankful<br />

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on what <strong>2022</strong> can offer you. Until<br />

then, take care, have a very Merry<br />

Christmas and a peaceful New Year.<br />

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CHOOSING A NEW SIXTH FORM<br />

The Good Schools Guide offers some suggestions to take into consideration when making the change<br />

Whether you want to change from a<br />

single sex school to co-ed or from day to<br />

boarding, private to state, A levels to IB -<br />

or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to<br />

move schools post - GCSEs.<br />

When to start looking<br />

We’d advise getting the ball rolling<br />

towards the end of their year 10 in time<br />

for sixth form open days and applications<br />

which generally take place the following<br />

autumn.<br />

Discussions about post-GCSE options<br />

will already be taking place at your child’s<br />

current school by then and looking at<br />

other sixth forms will widen your options.<br />

Maybe the broader based curriculum<br />

of the IB would suit them better than<br />

specialising at A level? Maybe they want<br />

to pursue a more practical, less exam<br />

based, route? Or perhaps your child<br />

simply feels ready for a fresh start and<br />

new faces.<br />

Choosing a new sixth form<br />

The decision needs to be a joint effort<br />

between parents and children, based as<br />

much on personal preference as objective<br />

research. Your child may have formed<br />

opinions about other schools via friends<br />

and social media but however popular a<br />

particular sixth form may be, it’s no good<br />

if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want<br />

to study.<br />

Guide your child to consider the areas<br />

of study they genuinely enjoy or find<br />

interesting. Also bear in mind that the<br />

demands of some A levels, such as<br />

maths, are a big jump from GCSE and<br />

most schools will set higher GCSE grade<br />

requirements for these.<br />

It may seem too early when your child<br />

hasn’t even finished their GCSE courses<br />

to start talking about university subjects<br />

and destinations, but if they are going to<br />

change school for sixth form it’s important<br />

to at least start thinking about the ultimate<br />

goal. For instance, if Oxbridge or medical<br />

school is the aim then A level choices<br />

need to be made accordingly and a<br />

potential school’s record of Oxbridge and<br />

medical school places taken into account.<br />

If university isn’t part of the plan then you’ll<br />

need to ask the school or college about<br />

provision for pupils who are interested in<br />

alternative post-18 options such as degree<br />

apprenticeships.<br />

You can find latest information on a<br />

school’s Oxbridge, medical school and<br />

non-university destinations in the ‘Exit’<br />

section of The Good Schools Guide<br />

reviews.<br />

Day to boarding<br />

A move to boarding school for sixth form<br />

- see this article for more - is often said<br />

to be a good preparation for university.<br />

But manage your expectations – in our<br />

experience most sixth form boarding<br />

accommodation is more luxurious than the<br />

average university hall of residence!<br />

Most boarding schools have separate<br />

provision for sixth formers where they can<br />

live more independently and with fewer<br />

restrictions than younger pupils. If you<br />

are looking at full, as opposed to weekly,<br />

boarding then find out how many sixth<br />

formers are in school at weekends and<br />

what activities are on offer (our writers<br />

suggest looking at boarding house<br />

noticeboards to see sign-up sheets for<br />

weekend activities).<br />

While it’s usually possible, with<br />

permission, for boarding sixth formers to<br />

attend day pupils’ parties for instance,<br />

it’s unlikely that any school will allow the<br />

same freedom to socialise (particularly<br />

with regard to sexual relationships) as day<br />

school pupils. Discuss school rules and<br />

regulations frankly with your child - if they<br />

(or you) are horrified then maybe boarding<br />

isn’t the right choice.<br />

Independent to state<br />

A move from independent to state school<br />

is often determined by family finances, but<br />

we wonder whether it could also now be a<br />

strategic decision.<br />

State school sixth forms or sixth form<br />

colleges often have exam results that are<br />

comparable to independent schools and<br />

they may also offer a wider range of post-<br />

GCSE choices.<br />

And as the UK’s top universities strive to<br />

rebalance their admissions procedures to<br />

correct what was (rightly) criticised as an<br />

independent school bias, will this prompt<br />

more independent school parents to send<br />

their children to take A levels at state sixth<br />

forms? Time will tell.<br />

State to independent<br />

If you think your child would benefit from<br />

taking A levels at an independent school<br />

but are worried about affording the fees, it<br />

could be worth checking whether you can<br />

apply for a bursary. Some schools offer<br />

bursaries specifically for pupils joining the<br />

sixth form from the local state sector.<br />

Entry requirements<br />

These differ considerably but five or six<br />

GCSEs including English and maths at<br />

grade 6 or above, with grade 7 or higher<br />

in subjects to be studied at A level (can<br />

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

minimum for most selective schools.<br />

Many schools set the sixth form entry<br />

bar much higher and in addition to a<br />

full set of GCSEs at grades 9-7, also<br />

expect candidates to sit papers in their<br />

prospective A level subjects. Schools will<br />

usually interview prospective sixth formers<br />

too.<br />

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using their unbiased and impartial<br />

school reviews, alongside a host of<br />

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“Boarders will be thrilled – the brand-new,<br />

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Sherfield encourages a home-from-home<br />

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Students are invited to explore life at<br />

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a brilliant way for prospective students<br />

to see sixth form life in action for<br />

themselves. Coupled with a bespoke<br />

tour and meeting with the Headmaster<br />

and Head of sixth form, parents and<br />

students are able to experience the<br />

beautiful grounds, excellent facilities and<br />

wonderful ethos at Sherfield.<br />

For more details please visit<br />

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THE POWER of BURSARIES<br />

Levelling up – the transformative power of bursaries and how we might level up rather<br />

than dumb down...<br />

If a random sample of British<br />

adults were to play a game of<br />

word association when the chosen<br />

words were ‘prep’, ‘independent’ or<br />

‘private school’, the results would<br />

be predictable. ‘Posh’, ‘exclusive’<br />

and ‘expensive’ might make an<br />

appearance, although so might<br />

‘excellence’, ‘results’ and ‘success’.<br />

Placed against these pre-conceptions<br />

of independent education, it is easy to<br />

see why some politicians feel the days<br />

of independent schools’ charitable<br />

status to be numbered.<br />

Even as a Headmaster of an<br />

independent prep school, I sometimes<br />

struggle, morally, to reconcile the<br />

opportunities that we can create with<br />

the reality for many children across<br />

the country, despite the best efforts<br />

of so many fellow professionals in<br />

maintained schools. Having started my<br />

career in the state sector, I only made<br />

the switch because I felt I would have<br />

the freedom to design an education<br />

that worked in the fullest sense and<br />

the ability to create something unique<br />

and bespoke for every child is a<br />

joy. The moral tension comes from<br />

considering why this is only available<br />

for those who can afford it, although<br />

surely it can never be right to knock<br />

excellence and reduce everything to<br />

the lowest common denominator in<br />

the quest for equality.<br />

The charitable status of most<br />

independent schools hides, from<br />

some, our need to balance the books.<br />

This is particularly challenging in<br />

prep schools where the fees are<br />

lower and the margins tighter: the<br />

preconceptions of wealth held by<br />

many are simply incorrect in most<br />

cases. Competition between prep<br />

schools can be fierce and the need<br />

to demonstrate relative strength and<br />

quality over rival schools is essential.<br />

This need creates a tension between<br />

the school as a business and the<br />

school as a charity, and it would<br />

be easy for Heads and Bursars to<br />

prioritise the former at the expense<br />

of the latter. Not only would this be<br />

morally wrong, it is also a short-term<br />

and blinkered course of action and<br />

schools, even small prep schools,<br />

need to factor creating inclusivity into<br />

their business plans so that they are a<br />

charity in action as well as in name.<br />

I can’t describe the satisfaction to be<br />

gained from watching a child benefit<br />

from support from the school as a<br />

charity. It feels right, is transformative<br />

for those involved, and justifies the<br />

charitable status of the school. All<br />

involved benefit. Given appropriate<br />

levels of financial and strategic<br />

planning, it is possible, even for small<br />

independent schools, to provide<br />

their brand of education to a wider<br />

cross-section of society and this<br />

broadening of access to the best of<br />

British education is something to be<br />

celebrated. In senior schools, the level<br />

of bursary support is greater again,<br />

with many schools actively seeking to<br />

broaden access with bursaries of up to<br />

100% of the fees and some even work<br />

with prep schools to create a pathway<br />

from prep school entry through to the<br />

end of their secondary education.<br />

The provision of bursaries<br />

demonstratively levels up society in<br />

some small way but the scale of what<br />

is possible is, of course, not enough.<br />

There is no philosophical barrier to<br />

opening our doors to the whole of<br />

society. I know of no Head of an<br />

independent school who would not<br />

leap at the chance to open their doors<br />

and provide an education for free, and<br />

any blockage to this is caused by pure<br />

economics.<br />

What is the answer? Well, we can look<br />

to the rest of the world for examples<br />

of how state and private education<br />

co-exist far more equitably than<br />

they do in the UK. In this country, all<br />

taxpayers fund state education but<br />

only some are using it, the others<br />

choosing to pay extra for their children<br />

to be educated privately. In other<br />

countries, the money follows the child<br />

and parents may choose to top this<br />

sum up to have their child attend an<br />

independent school. This broadens<br />

access, meaning that there is no need<br />

for charitable status tax perks and the<br />

gap between private and state is much<br />

narrower.<br />

I can’t think of an argument against<br />

making this a reality, other than it may<br />

be politically inconvenient to do so.<br />

We need to find ways of providing<br />

the best possible education to all<br />

children in the UK and, whilst there<br />

is a moral imperative on schools to<br />

offer bursaries and broaden access,<br />

there must surely also be a duty for<br />

government to be more creative and<br />

forward thinking in finding ways to<br />

level up without dumbing down.<br />

Charlie Minogue, Headmaster,<br />

Moor Park, Ludlow, Shropshire<br />

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30 th<br />

Anniversary<br />

CELEBRATIONS<br />

FOR Salisbury<br />

Cathedral's<br />

girls' Choir<br />

More than eighty<br />

former girl<br />

choristers returned<br />

to Salisbury<br />

Cathedral School,<br />

on 9 October <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

to celebrate the<br />

30th Anniversary<br />

of Salisbury<br />

Cathedral’s Girls’<br />

Choir...<br />

The impressive group of alumnae, which<br />

included many members of the original<br />

choir as well as former choristers from<br />

all cohorts between then and now, sang<br />

together with the current Salisbury<br />

Cathedral girl choristers in a special Gala<br />

Concert celebrating the 30th anniversary<br />

of the founding of the Salisbury Cathedral<br />

Girls’ Choir.<br />

The women and girls gathered in school,<br />

between rehearsals and the concert<br />

at the Cathedral, where they enjoyed<br />

a ‘back to school’ lunch as well high<br />

tea and a celebratory supper after the<br />

concert. Former Head Masters and<br />

teachers also attended to see familiar<br />

faces and enjoy hearing all the girl<br />

choristers – former and current – sing as<br />

one in beauty of the Cathedral.<br />

The Gala concert took place three<br />

decades, almost to the day, after the<br />

girls’ choir sang their first Evensong on<br />

7 October 1991. It was an extraordinary<br />

moment not just in the history of the<br />

Cathedral but also in cathedral music.<br />

At the time there were some girls singing<br />

in other cathedrals, but Salisbury was<br />

the first English Cathedral to admit girls<br />

on parity with boys and to establish an<br />

independent foundation to support girl<br />

choristers.<br />

To illustrate just how ground breaking<br />

this event was, it is worth noting that<br />

despite there being more girl choristers<br />

than boys in the UK today, many are still<br />

not awarded performance responsibility<br />

or funding equal to that received by boy<br />

choristers. With weekly services divided<br />

evenly between boys and girls, Salisbury<br />

Cathedral remains a leading role model<br />

for equal opportunities for all choristers.<br />

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The success of<br />

our girl chorister<br />

tradition has<br />

been replicated<br />

in cathedrals<br />

throughout the<br />

country and is<br />

something of which<br />

we are rightly<br />

proud. Salisbury<br />

Cathedral Director of<br />

Music, David Halls<br />

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The concert featured three solo<br />

performances from award winning<br />

former girl choristers showcasing the<br />

future benefits of the incredible musical<br />

education enjoyed by all Cathedral<br />

choristers. The youngest of the first girls’<br />

choir, Amy Carson, performed a solo from<br />

The Magic Flute by Mozart.<br />

Amy, who graduated as a music scholar<br />

from Cambridge and then the Royal<br />

College of Music, famously sang ‘Pamina’<br />

in Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic<br />

Flute shortly after leaving music college.<br />

Another award-winning soloist, Camilla<br />

Harris, also a former chorister and recent<br />

graduate of Royal Academy Opera, sang<br />

‘Let the Bright Seraphim’, the aria from<br />

Handel’s oratorio Samson. Completing<br />

the talented trio, Sophie Gallagher, recent<br />

graduate of the Royal College of Music,<br />

and winner of the 2020 first prize for the<br />

Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra<br />

- jointly hosted by the European Union<br />

and the Vatican – sang ‘O for the Wings<br />

of a Dove’ by Felix Mendelssohn.<br />

The concert comes just after Clive<br />

Marriott, Salisbury Cathedral School<br />

Head Master, was announced as the<br />

new Chairman of the Choir Schools’<br />

Association in recognition of his lifetime<br />

commitment to supporting choristership<br />

and choral music within education. He<br />

said, ‘It was a joy to welcome back<br />

familiar faces, from my eight years as<br />

Head Master, as well so many former<br />

choristers who attended our school<br />

before my time. It is a real testament to<br />

the joys of being a chorister during a<br />

child’s formative years in school that so<br />

many of our former students wanted to<br />

come back to celebrate with us’.<br />

Speaking about the anniversary and<br />

concert, Salisbury Cathedral Director of<br />

Music, David Halls said: “The success<br />

of our girl chorister tradition has been<br />

replicated in cathedrals throughout the<br />

country and is something of which we<br />

are rightly proud. For thirty years the<br />

girls’ choir has been an integral part of<br />

our worship, and a wonderful training<br />

ground for young musicians. This concert<br />

celebrates that legacy and reflects the<br />

long tradition of music at Salisbury<br />

Cathedral, a tradition that stretches back<br />

nearly a thousand years.”<br />

CONTACT DETAILS<br />

01722 555300 (General Enquiries)<br />

01722 555315 (Registrar)<br />

www.salisburycathedralschool.com<br />

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1 The Close,<br />

Salisbury SP1 2EQ<br />

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A SENSE OF BELONGING<br />

“Boys can be themselves at Pilgrims’ School”, says<br />

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Tom Halliday has worked with boys in<br />

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“The boys create such a welcoming and<br />

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step into the school. Very quickly you get<br />

swept away with the history and tradition,<br />

whilst becoming acutely aware of the high<br />

expectations the School has in all areas.<br />

The constant flow of music throughout<br />

the corridors never fails to calm whilst<br />

simultaneously making you smile.”<br />

“Pilgrims’ boys are busy boys who are<br />

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designed to meet their needs,” he says.<br />

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the diverse success that individuals<br />

experience.”<br />

Freedom of expression pays dividends<br />

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from Year 5, both following assessment.<br />

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skills, both social and musical. “It enables<br />

boys to work effectively in a team to<br />

exceptionally high standards. These are<br />

skills for life. Most importantly, though,<br />

singing in a choir is great fun!”<br />

Alternatively, but not exclusively, boys<br />

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“For boys and their parents interested<br />

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01962 854189<br />

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MEET THE HEAD<br />

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE<br />

WESTGATE SCHOOL NOW?<br />

I have been a teacher at The Westgate<br />

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WHAT IS YOUR SCHOOL’S ETHOS<br />

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Our school’s ethos is based on the<br />

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“<br />

Being Hampshire’s<br />

first, all-through<br />

school is such<br />

a privilege and<br />

unique opportunity<br />

children will leave our nursery and<br />

progress to our primary phase. In<br />

some years we have over 20 children<br />

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our setting. Our nursery provision is rare<br />

in that it is led by a qualified Early Years<br />

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WHAT ARE THE SIZES OF THE<br />

CLASSROOMS AND HOW MANY<br />

CHILDREN ARE YOU ABLE TO TAKE<br />

PER TERM?<br />

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AS AN ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL IN<br />

WINCHESTER WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN<br />

CATCHMENT AREAS?<br />

The catchment area for our school can<br />

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WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THE CHILD TO<br />

TAKE AWAY FROM AN ALL-THROUGH<br />

SCHOOL THAT THEY WOULDN’T GET<br />

FROM A STANDARD SCHOOL?<br />

As a result of learning in an all-through<br />

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ADVERTISING FEATURE<br />

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When it comes to your skin, there is one thing we know for sure.. what you eat has a huge<br />

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how to nourish our skin in the winter months and regain that sense of healthy skin.<br />

Winter time can be extremely harsh on our skin, and whilst there<br />

are lots of medical treatments available to boost and rejuvenate<br />

ourselves, some simple lifestyle measures and dietary advice can<br />

make a huge difference to how healthy our skin looks and feels.<br />

The combination of spending more time indoors with heating on,<br />

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out with good nutritious foods rich in vitamins.<br />

Dr Tara provides high-strength Vitamin Infusions, bespoke to each<br />

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These can be used to promote collagen production, increase<br />

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takes a mere 30 minutes. Diet is also vital to nourish the skin from<br />

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“A diet focused on lean proteins, fibre, healthy oils and raw fruit and<br />

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foods contain amino acids which are the building blocks for skin,<br />

plus are rich in anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients to<br />

promote defence against the environment.”<br />

Below, Dr Tara has put together some useful foods to promote<br />

healthy skin, packing a punch filled with powerful anti-oxidants and<br />

essential fatty acids.<br />

GINGER: Ginger is a powerful anti-oxidant with anti-inflammatory<br />

properties and has a soothing effect on the skin.<br />

CHIA SEEDS: Sprinkling these into your smoothies provides you<br />

with a high dose of omega-3 fatty acids, which encourage collagen<br />

production, preventing wrinkle development.<br />

CINNAMON: This stimulates blood flow, encouraging nutrients and<br />

oxygen to be brought to the skin to help it glow. It also can stabilise<br />

blood sugar levels which can be vital in the indulgence of the<br />

Christmas period!<br />

AVOCADOS: To encourage hydration, include some avocado into<br />

your diet to boost levels of vitamin E and healthy fats.<br />

SALMON: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon will contribute to<br />

collagen production and we should aim to eat it twice a week if<br />

possible. Its also hugely beneficial to heart health too.<br />

KALE: Kale is a real superfood, rich in beta-carotene with is<br />

converted into Vitamin A which boosts circulation and reduces<br />

inflammation in the skin. Lutein and zeazanthin and omega-3s<br />

protect against sun damage.<br />

BLUEBERRIES: Full of vitamin A which helps to clear up acne-prone<br />

skin, and rich in anti-oxidants, blueberries neutralise free-radicals<br />

helping prevent skin damage and collagen production.<br />

LEMONS: Packed with Vitamin C which neutralises free-radicals,<br />

lemons once metabolised in the body, maintain the correct pH of our<br />

body – if our pH is out of line, our skin becomes dry and sensitive.<br />

WALNUTS: containing zinc and omega-3 and -6, vitamin E and<br />

selenium, walnuts are full of nutrients to promote health skin growth.<br />

Dr Tara runs her medical skin and aesthetics clinics in Dorset,<br />

Hampshire and Wiltshire and provides a range of treatments to help<br />

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Amanda Owen<br />

The yorkshire Shepherdess<br />

Tells us about her life in the Dales<br />

Known to millions as The Yorkshire<br />

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the<br />

author of five best-selling books about<br />

her life on Ravensea, one of the most<br />

remote farms in the country, where she<br />

lives with her husband Clive and nine<br />

children. She currently stars in Channel<br />

5’s popular TV show Our Yorkshire<br />

Farm and her latest book is Celebrating<br />

the Seasons includes stories, recipes<br />

and photos from the farm and is out now.<br />

I understand that you had had no<br />

previous links to farming, may I ask<br />

how you became so involved in this line<br />

of work?<br />

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in<br />

my family is from a farming background.<br />

I loved the James Herriot books when I<br />

was a child, and watched the TV series.<br />

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea<br />

of being a vet, probably like most other<br />

children of that era, but was told at school<br />

that I was not academic enough to make<br />

the grades. One day in the school library<br />

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.<br />

It was a photographic documentary of<br />

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.<br />

Reading that book was an epiphany for<br />

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on<br />

the moors with the sheep made me realise<br />

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the<br />

box of wanting to work with animals in<br />

the countryside and importantly it also<br />

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the<br />

opposite of my townie life up until then.<br />

Years later after I had married my husband<br />

Clive, we realised that there was actually a<br />

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd!<br />

So it’s a very important book to me.<br />

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How did you learn your crafts? One of<br />

the many things I learnt from your book<br />

was how important it is to get the grass<br />

in - in good time.<br />

I started out as a farm hand, and then<br />

moved on to being a contract shepherd,<br />

working on different farms all over the<br />

country. But really, I learnt everything as I<br />

went along.<br />

Most of my crafts came through natural<br />

progression, learning to ride a horse<br />

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by<br />

clipping my first one, learning to work a<br />

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the<br />

first time.<br />

You can only learn what to do by doing it,<br />

you have to get practical on the ground<br />

experience. Nothing comes close to<br />

learning how to be a shepherd, other than<br />

actually doing the work of a shepherd and<br />

it’s not just about learning about sheep,<br />

it’s about learning about the land.<br />

With the grass it starts with the sheep.<br />

You’ve got to have your sheep in good<br />

order - we grow hardy stock through the<br />

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow<br />

your crop well, so they have food to eat<br />

throughout the winter.<br />

What would you like to tell our readers<br />

about your life?<br />

I want people to know that Celebrating the<br />

Seasons is a book about going your own<br />

way. It’s not a blueprint for how you should<br />

live your life, it simply says this is what we<br />

do as a family this is how we do it, feel free<br />

to follow the recipes, or do them your own<br />

way. I want people to not let themselves to<br />

be stereotyped, to know that all things are<br />

achievable if you really want to do it. So<br />

many people said you won’t have time to<br />

write<br />

a book,<br />

you won’t<br />

achieve<br />

that. But<br />

I believe<br />

you can do<br />

anything<br />

you just<br />

have to<br />

start doing<br />

it. If you<br />

want to<br />

write a<br />

book,<br />

start<br />

writing. I<br />

got an E<br />

in GCSE English, and this is my<br />

fifth book. Anything is possible.<br />

Celebrating the Seasons with The<br />

Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen<br />

is available from Pan Macmillan, £20.


BBQ PRAWNS,<br />

LOBSTER AND<br />

CRAYFISH WITH<br />

HERB BUTTER<br />

AND SIRACHA<br />

MAYONNAISE<br />

Lobster, prawns and crayfish are often considered<br />

delicacies for a special occasion, so this BBQ recipe with<br />

smoky siracha mayonnaise and herbed butter is perfect<br />

for a showstopping Christmas feast.<br />

Loved by professional chefs and home cooks the world over,<br />

Maldon Salt has been hand harvested by the same family since<br />

1882. It’s unique pyramid flakes and tactile texture continues<br />

to inspire chefs and cooks to this day. The choice of the<br />

passionate and the adventurous to elevate flavours and create the<br />

extraordinary!<br />

Serves: 6 people<br />

Prep time: 10 minutes<br />

Cook time: 15 minutes<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

2 lobster, sliced in half lengthways<br />

450g king prawns<br />

300g crayfish<br />

150g unsalted butter, softened<br />

1 tsp Maldon salt<br />

Cracked black pepper<br />

10g parsley, finely chopped<br />

10g coriander, finely chopped<br />

2 lemons, halves<br />

100g mayonnaise<br />

1 tbsp siracha<br />

METHOD:<br />

Begin by mixing together the herb butter for your seafood. In a<br />

small bowl mix together the softened butter with Maldon salt,<br />

cracked black pepper, the chopped parsley and coriander. Set<br />

aside.<br />

The perfect way to cook your seafood is on a hot BBQ, however<br />

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

it has reached a medium to high temperate, and start by grilling<br />

your lobster halves. Cook flesh side down on the griddle until<br />

the meat has turned pink and has some lovely charring on it.<br />

The shells will turn orangey pink too, and this is when you know<br />

your lobster are cooked. Do the same with the king prawns and<br />

crayfish, although these will take less time to cook.<br />

While your seafood is cooking, it is also nice to griddle some<br />

lemon to serve alongside. Simply add your lemon halves cut<br />

side down onto the grill and allow them to cook and char for 3<br />

minutes.<br />

Once your seafood is all cooked, pile onto a large serving platter<br />

and using a pastry brush, brush all across the flesh with your<br />

delicious herb butter – letting it melt in. Place your griddled lemon<br />

onto the serving platter too.<br />

In a small bowl mix together the mayonnaise and siracha. Serve<br />

this alongside the platter of BBQ seafood and allow everyone to<br />

tuck in!<br />

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SPICED<br />

GINGERBREAD<br />

CHRISTMAS<br />

COOKIES<br />

These sweet festive cookies are<br />

a wonderful treat to gift to friends<br />

and are great fun to make with<br />

children. They are spiced with the<br />

Christmas flavours of cinnamon,<br />

ginger, nutmeg and cloves and<br />

then iced with pretty patterns to<br />

decorate. The cookies should last in<br />

an airtight container for 1 week.<br />

Serves: makes 30 cookies<br />

Prep time: 45 minutes, plus chilling<br />

Cook time: 15 minutes<br />

INGREDIENTS:<br />

225g unsalted butter, softened<br />

180g soft light brown sugar<br />

300g molasses<br />

2 tsp vanilla extract<br />

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda<br />

700g plain flour<br />

1 tsp Maldon Salt<br />

1 tsp ground cinnamon<br />

½ tsp ground nutmeg<br />

½ tsp ground ginger<br />

½ tsp ground cloves<br />

500g icing sugar<br />

METHOD:<br />

Using an electric whisk or stand mixer,<br />

start by creaming together the butter<br />

and brown sugar (ensure your butter is<br />

softened to room temperature before<br />

you attempt to do this). Once the mixture<br />

is pale and fluffy add the molasses and<br />

vanilla extract and mix again.<br />

In a separate bowl mix together the<br />

dry ingredients; the plain flour, Maldon<br />

salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon,<br />

nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the dry<br />

ingredients into the butter mixture in<br />

stages and then mix until it forms a soft<br />

dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and<br />

chill in the fridge for an hour.<br />

Preheat the oven to 170C°.<br />

After the dough has chilled, remove it<br />

from the fridge and on a lightly floured<br />

surface roll out the dough until it is<br />

roughly ½ cm thick. Use any cutters you<br />

like to cut out shapes – gingerbread men,<br />

stars, Christmas trees, candy canes –<br />

have fun with it! Place the biscuits onto a<br />

baking sheet lined with parchment paper,<br />

keeping the biscuits a few cm’s apart<br />

(you may need to do this across a couple<br />

of trays). Put the trays into the preheated<br />

oven and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until<br />

the biscuits are slightly darker and baked<br />

through. Remove from the oven and allow<br />

to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire<br />

rack to cool fully.<br />

To make the icing place the 500g icing<br />

sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp water,<br />

mix until it forms a paste. Keep adding<br />

a small amount of water at a time till<br />

you reach your desired consistency. You<br />

want the icing to still be thick enough to<br />

pipe and hold its shape. Once you have<br />

the correct consistency, pour the icing<br />

into a piping bag with a small nozzle<br />

attachment and decorate the cooled<br />

biscuits anyway you like.<br />

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putting our pets first<br />

We may feel as if we have had ‘information<br />

overload’ when it comes to germ<br />

prevention and protection, but sometimes<br />

a product comes along that demands our<br />

attention - enter Leucillin. This is a skin<br />

health product for pets that is proving to<br />

be a product which all of us may well be<br />

putting in our first aid chests very soon.<br />

We spoke to Georgina Bashforth (pictured<br />

right) about the product and its exciting<br />

potential…….<br />

First of all, in layman’s terms – what is<br />

Leucillin?<br />

Leucillin is a clever antiseptic applied to<br />

the skin topically to protect against harmful<br />

germs. Leucillin is a revolutionary fresh new<br />

take on what an antiseptic is and can be<br />

capable of.<br />

Leucillin mimics the body’s own immune<br />

system, providing you a powerful solution<br />

which delivers the ultimate shield in<br />

topical skin protection against harmful<br />

pathogens. Leucillin’s unique formulation<br />

does not contain any alcohol, steroids or<br />

antibiotics, it is the natural choice for safe<br />

skin sanitising.<br />

Our pets our so important to us, how<br />

is Leucillin used and what specific<br />

applications is it effective for?<br />

Leucillin has a great reputation for safety<br />

and efficacy, supported by pet healthcare,<br />

veterinary and grooming industries,<br />

this year. It has been awarded human<br />

approvals and begun an exciting new<br />

chapter in healthcare.<br />

Furthermore it can be safely applied in<br />

any topical application where the skin,<br />

ears and eyes need care, whether broken,<br />

red, sore, inflamed, cuts, stings, bites<br />

or grazes, Leucillin’s powerful antiseptic<br />

properties eradicate germs on contact<br />

creating the perfect environment for rapid<br />

recovery.<br />

For children, as well as our pets, it’s<br />

“Ouch Free” formula is kind, it has been<br />

developed to match the natural pH of skin<br />

so no more wincing on that grazed knee.<br />

It seems to be a very gentle solution<br />

to a number of particularly stubborn<br />

problems - can it be used long-term?<br />

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable<br />

99.99999% reduction in bacteria on<br />

contact, but how does that compare with<br />

the 99.99% which we think is good? Well;<br />

it’s a massive 10’000 times better!<br />

Fast effective pathogen reduction means<br />

no resistance therefore long-term usage is<br />

always effective and no harmful ingredients<br />

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And finally, how else can it be used and<br />

what are your hopes for the product<br />

going forward?<br />

Our goal is to help alleviate the dependence<br />

on antibiotics and pharmaceutical<br />

intervention in the area of germ protection,<br />

for a more natural, safe, non-invasive and<br />

most importantly effective alternative.<br />

During the pandemic Leucillin has been<br />

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including SARS-CoV-2 topically and<br />

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including Police Dog Handler units for<br />

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We have also recently teamed up with The<br />

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KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE<br />

AND HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS<br />

To share a stress-free and safe Christmas with your dog,<br />

The Kennel Club has rounded up some tips on how to keep<br />

them comfortable and safe during the festive season...<br />

A DOG’S DINNER - Each Christmas there are thousands of cases of<br />

dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealthily stealing chocolate<br />

and other unsuitable festive treats. With so much going on during<br />

Christmas so try and keep treats out of paw’s reach.<br />

One of the most hazardous Christmas treats is chocolate, which<br />

is highly toxic for dogs. It is important to keep any chocolate<br />

treats, including tree decorations, out of your dog’s reach to avoid<br />

poisoning, and ask your visitors to do the same.<br />

Christmas dinner also involves a lot of foods which can be<br />

dangerous for a dog, either through being toxic, too salty or too<br />

fatty. Owners should avoid feeding dogs turkey, goose or chicken as<br />

bones can easily splinter causing an obstruction and possibly even<br />

piercing your dog’s tummy.<br />

Sweet treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding all contain dried<br />

fruits including raisins, currants or sultanas which are toxic to dogs.<br />

Other dangerous Christmas treats that should stay in a cupboard<br />

and away from your pet include macadamia nuts, blue cheese,<br />

alcohol, bones, fatty foods and mouldy foods.<br />

FESTIVE FUN - Christmas festivities can be overwhelming for dogs,<br />

from excited and noisy children to crackers banging, so avoid forcing<br />

festive fun by making sure their routine isn’t disrupted. Take them out<br />

on their usual walks and keep their dinner at the same time too. To<br />

help them feel secure, ensure they have their usual space and bed<br />

where they can retreat if they want to.<br />

When visiting family and friends over Christmas, or fitting in some<br />

Christmas shopping, make sure you don’t leave your four-legged<br />

friend alone for more than four hours.<br />

DANGEROUS DECORATIONS - Christmas decorations and<br />

presents are often just as intriguing and exciting for dogs as they are<br />

for humans. However, some seasonal decorative plans including<br />

holly, mistletoe, ivy and poinsettia, can also be dangerous. When<br />

decorating your house, make sure these plants are out of your dog’s<br />

reach.<br />

When choosing your tree, consider an artificial one as they don’t<br />

drop needles and are likely to be less harmful to pets. It can also be a<br />

good idea to leave the tree up undecorated for few days, giving your<br />

dog a chance to get used to it being there.<br />

Avoid hanging any chocolate, sweet or salt-dough decorations on<br />

the tree and keep the bottom branches bare of lights, tinsel and<br />

baubles.<br />

If you think your dog<br />

may have eaten,<br />

touched or inhaled<br />

something that<br />

they shouldn’t,<br />

speak to your vet<br />

straight away.<br />

There is further advice<br />

on how to have a carefree canine<br />

Christmas on The Kennel Club<br />

website:<br />

thekennelclub.org.uk/health/dogs-atchristmas<br />

thekennelclub.<br />

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Specialists in Pet Nutrition and Healthcare<br />

Christmas has arrived in our stores in Grovely,<br />

especially in your local store in Oliver’s Battery,<br />

<strong>Winchester</strong>. With free parking and a special 5%<br />

discount* on production of this magazine, where else<br />

do you need to go for all your Christmas shopping.<br />

Christmas is a time to indulge and come together and<br />

this year, feels like it has been a long time coming. We<br />

all love to spoil our pets, but there are dangers to be<br />

aware of when feeding treats and human foods. Ones<br />

that you should be aware of and are dangerous are:<br />

Chocolate - The chemical theobromine, which is a bit<br />

like caffeine, is found in chocolate and is toxic to dogs.<br />

Even small amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhoea,<br />

hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, problems with the heart<br />

and even death in severe cases.<br />

Christmas pudding and mince pies:<br />

Grapes and dried vine fruits (currants, sultanas, raisins)<br />

Grapes and their dried products (currants, sultanas<br />

and raisins) are toxic to dogs. Ingestion of even a small<br />

quantity can cause severe kidney failure. Don’t forget<br />

this will include food items that contain dried fruits<br />

such as Christmas pudding and mince pies. Be aware<br />

that chocolate-coated raisins run the additional risk of<br />

chocolate toxicity.<br />

Cheap Dog Treats – stay away from anything that is<br />

rawhide with coloured red and green – not only is this<br />

stuff toxic to dogs but comes from the far east and goes<br />

through processes that are unacceptable for a dogs<br />

digestive system.<br />

At Grovely, you can be assured that all of our treats<br />

are natural and responsibly sourced. Our toys are high<br />

quality and can be played with safely under supervision.<br />

And if you are a new pet parent then pop in and speak to<br />

our in store Nutrition Specialists who can help you make<br />

healthy and affordable choices for your new furbaby.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you, and Merry<br />

Christmas and Happy to New Year. For those of you<br />

that already shop with us, thank you for your continued<br />

support and being part of our Grovely family.<br />

www.grovelypetsupplies.co.uk<br />

88a Olivers Battery Road South, <strong>Winchester</strong> SO22 4EZ<br />

Tel: 01962 877544 / 03300 948738 (Opt 3)<br />

* This offer is to be used by first time customers only once per customer.


KITCHEN<br />

DESIGN<br />

ADVICE<br />

FROM AN<br />

EXPERT<br />

We speak to Julia<br />

Kendell, interiors<br />

and decorating<br />

expert from ITV’s ’60<br />

Minute Makeover’ and<br />

‘Rebuild Our Home’<br />

and spokesperson<br />

for The National<br />

Homebuilding &<br />

Renovating Show...<br />

THE KITCHEN IS THE UNDISPUTED<br />

HEART OF THE HOME - AS WELL<br />

AS FEEDING EVERYONE, IT’S<br />

BECOME THE SOCIAL HUB, HOME-<br />

SCHOOLING AREA AND MUCH<br />

MORE – HOW DO YOU START YOUR<br />

DESIGN PROCESS WITH CLIENTS?<br />

Yes absolutely, the kitchen has had<br />

to really take the strain in the past 18<br />

months and now more than ever my<br />

clients are eager to find ways to ensure<br />

their new kitchen spaces are flexible<br />

enough to cope with whatever might be<br />

round the corner.<br />

The design process starts with<br />

understanding my client’s functional<br />

needs for the room, both now and as far<br />

into the future as we can determine (after<br />

all, a good quality kitchen should last<br />

20-30 years). My design principles centre<br />

on wellbeing in the home and creating<br />

spaces that fully support the family to<br />

ensure everyone can be organised and in<br />

harmony with one another. This involves<br />

spending time working out the each<br />

individual’s daily movements around<br />

the kitchen, their needs and what they<br />

enjoy doing. If there’s a keen baker in<br />

the household, I will suggest a dedicated<br />

‘baking cabinet’ where everything<br />

you need is in one place, stand-mixer<br />

plugged in ready for use and no excuses<br />

not to achieve ‘Star Baker!’ I believe<br />

good design ensures we can be the best<br />

versions of ourselves and take obstacles<br />

out of the way of our daily successes.<br />

MANY OF US ARE LOOKING TO<br />

SAVE THE COST OF MOVING AND<br />

INSTEAD IMPROVE OUR HOMES –<br />

ARE THERE SIMPLE CHANGES WE<br />

COULD MAKE TO IMPROVE THE<br />

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yet most effective improvements is<br />

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swap out curtains for shutters/ blinds and<br />

hard flooring such as engineered wood<br />

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TO FUNCTION – A MOVE AWAY<br />

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homes. It’s refreshing to feel such a sense<br />

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schemes. There seems to be a continued<br />

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Check that existing seals are still<br />

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Not only do older people themselves<br />

benefit, but so too does the NHS and<br />

whole social care system.<br />

Housing-with-care settings can be in<br />

either rural or urban locations, giving<br />

older people the chance to choose the<br />

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely<br />

connected with the town centre, and<br />

people of different ages are able to use<br />

the facilities at the retirement community<br />

and mix with older residents. Far from<br />

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care<br />

settings can be hubs of<br />

intergenerational connection.<br />

ARCO’s role as the representative body<br />

for the housing-with-care sector is to help<br />

our members provide the best possible<br />

service to their older residents, and to<br />

ensure the sector thrives and grows in<br />

the way that it should. An important part<br />

of ARCO’s work is helping members<br />

set high standards through the ARCO<br />

Consumer Code, a new edition of<br />

which was launched in September this<br />

year. The code upholds the principles<br />

of transparency and fairness, giving<br />

customers and residents confidence that<br />

housing-with-care operators achieve<br />

high levels of consumer protection in<br />

everything from marketing, sales and<br />

lettings, and resident relations.<br />

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is<br />

all about the residents. About responding<br />

to the growing demand from older<br />

people for housing options that combine<br />

independent, active living with care<br />

and support if needed. About allowing<br />

residents to live the life that they want<br />

to live.<br />

For further email please visit<br />

www.arcouk.org<br />

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Lending to<br />

relocate in<br />

retirement<br />

People are working and living longer and the<br />

number of people reaching retirement age with<br />

an outstanding mortgage debt is increasing.<br />

Recent research from Legal & General Retail Retirement<br />

has also found that 3 million people in the UK aged<br />

over 50 are considering relocating as a direct result of<br />

Covid-19.<br />

A year of lockdowns has led these over 50’s to want<br />

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pursue a better quality of life or even move abroad.<br />

If you’re heading in the direction of a well-earned<br />

retirement, or already enjoying the fruits of your labour,<br />

you may be feeling the same and starting to review your<br />

choices and your finances. You may decide to take out<br />

a mortgage on your property or apply for additional<br />

lending on the mortgage you already have - actions<br />

probably not unfamiliar to you.<br />

There are many different reasons those in or approaching<br />

retirement look to do this; downsizing to a dream<br />

retirement home, investing in a holiday bolthole, gifting<br />

a deposit to a family member to get onto the property<br />

ladder or as the recent trends are indicating – to relocate<br />

to be nearer to other family members or have a better<br />

quality of life.<br />

The good news is that there are lenders, like us, who can<br />

help and in a range of ways:<br />

A maximum age at end of mortgage term of 90 years:<br />

we lend up to the age of 90 across our entire mortgage<br />

range. This means the term of your mortgage may run<br />

until your 90th birthday. This essentially means you have<br />

our entire mortgage range at your fingertips.<br />

Retirement Interest-Only (RIO) mortgage: our<br />

Retirement Interest-Only (RIO) mortgage supports<br />

borrowers 60 years and above who are retired and do not<br />

necessarily want to downsize their current property and<br />

wish to remain in their home.<br />

Borrowing in retirement needn’t be difficult. Our<br />

friendly, qualified mortgage advisers are on hand to<br />

make sure your mortgage is suitable for you and your<br />

circumstances, giving you peace of mind.<br />

Remember: no matter your reason for seeking finance,<br />

it’s always advisable to obtain impartial advice from<br />

an independent financial adviser to help you fully<br />

understand the implications of taking out a mortgage in<br />

retirement.<br />

<strong>Winchester</strong> branch:<br />

143 High Street, <strong>Winchester</strong>, SO23 9AY<br />

Call: 01962 852716<br />

Email: winchester@newbury.co.uk<br />

Cliff Osborne<br />

Andover Senior Branch<br />

Manager.<br />

YOUR MORTGAGE IS SECURED ON YOUR HOME. THINK CAREFULLY<br />

BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR<br />

HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS<br />

ON YOUR MORTGAGE.<br />

Newbury Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct<br />

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

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

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

Ombudsman Service. 8502<br />

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Building Society


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