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

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Contents

A Note

from the EDITOR

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The

A Culinary Journey through

Northern

Home Ireland

Hit List of jobs

It’s certainly the challenge of

publishing that you always have your

head in the wrong season - each year,

Christmas begins for us in July, which

is about the same time as I start to

ask my friends and family what they’d

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

meal in December - each year I’m met

with the same furrowed brows and

a ‘my god, I haven’t started thinking

about that yet!’

Forward planning aside, it is a rather

lovely, smug feeling to know that I’m

mostly sorted for the festivities - my

only issue being losing said gifts

between July and December 25th. If

your industry doesn’t quite prepare

you in the same way though, we’ve

got a bevy of festive features to help

get you prepped.

Our competition

page returns

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Alongside Christmas features,

we’ve got a lovely interview with

The Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda

Owen - her new book has some of

the most stunning photography and

amazing anecdotes from her life.

We’ve also got a festive gift guide

to get the ideas flowing and some

delicious new ideas for special festive

food from the experts of flavour -

Maldon Sea Salt.

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The Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen

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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.

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CHOOSING A NEW SIXTH FORM

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

Whether you want to change from a

single sex school to co-ed or from day to

boarding, private to state, A levels to IB -

or vice versa there are plenty of reasons to

move schools post - GCSEs.

When to start looking

We’d advise getting the ball rolling

towards the end of their year 10 in time

for sixth form open days and applications

which generally take place the following

autumn.

Discussions about post-GCSE options

will already be taking place at your child’s

current school by then and looking at

other sixth forms will widen your options.

Maybe the broader based curriculum

of the IB would suit them better than

specialising at A level? Maybe they want

to pursue a more practical, less exam

based, route? Or perhaps your child

simply feels ready for a fresh start and

new faces.

Choosing a new sixth form

The decision needs to be a joint effort

between parents and children, based as

much on personal preference as objective

research. Your child may have formed

opinions about other schools via friends

and social media but however popular a

particular sixth form may be, it’s no good

if it doesn’t offer the subjects they want

to study.

Guide your child to consider the areas

of study they genuinely enjoy or find

interesting. Also bear in mind that the

demands of some A levels, such as

maths, are a big jump from GCSE and

most schools will set higher GCSE grade

requirements for these.

It may seem too early when your child

hasn’t even finished their GCSE courses

to start talking about university subjects

and destinations, but if they are going to

change school for sixth form it’s important

to at least start thinking about the ultimate

goal. For instance, if Oxbridge or medical

school is the aim then A level choices

need to be made accordingly and a

potential school’s record of Oxbridge and

medical school places taken into account.

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

need to ask the school or college about

provision for pupils who are interested in

alternative post-18 options such as degree

apprenticeships.

You can find latest information on a

school’s Oxbridge, medical school and

non-university destinations in the ‘Exit’

section of The Good Schools Guide

reviews.

Day to boarding

A move to boarding school for sixth form

- see this article for more - is often said

to be a good preparation for university.

But manage your expectations – in our

experience most sixth form boarding

accommodation is more luxurious than the

average university hall of residence!

Most boarding schools have separate

provision for sixth formers where they can

live more independently and with fewer

restrictions than younger pupils. If you

are looking at full, as opposed to weekly,

boarding then find out how many sixth

formers are in school at weekends and

what activities are on offer (our writers

suggest looking at boarding house

noticeboards to see sign-up sheets for

weekend activities).

While it’s usually possible, with

permission, for boarding sixth formers to

attend day pupils’ parties for instance,

it’s unlikely that any school will allow the

same freedom to socialise (particularly

with regard to sexual relationships) as day

school pupils. Discuss school rules and

regulations frankly with your child - if they

(or you) are horrified then maybe boarding

isn’t the right choice.

Independent to state

A move from independent to state school

is often determined by family finances, but

we wonder whether it could also now be a

strategic decision.

State school sixth forms or sixth form

colleges often have exam results that are

comparable to independent schools and

they may also offer a wider range of post-

GCSE choices.

And as the UK’s top universities strive to

rebalance their admissions procedures to

correct what was (rightly) criticised as an

independent school bias, will this prompt

more independent school parents to send

their children to take A levels at state sixth

forms? Time will tell.

State to independent

If you think your child would benefit from

taking A levels at an independent school

but are worried about affording the fees, it

could be worth checking whether you can

apply for a bursary. Some schools offer

bursaries specifically for pupils joining the

sixth form from the local state sector.

Entry requirements

These differ considerably but five or six

GCSEs including English and maths at

grade 6 or above, with grade 7 or higher

in subjects to be studied at A level (can

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

minimum for most selective schools.

Many schools set the sixth form entry

bar much higher and in addition to a

full set of GCSEs at grades 9-7, also

expect candidates to sit papers in their

prospective A level subjects. Schools will

usually interview prospective sixth formers

too.

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number one school guide, helping

parents in every aspect of choosing

the best education for their children

using their unbiased and impartial

school reviews, alongside a host of

articles advising on all aspects of

school life. Find out more at www.

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After the disruption of the past eighteen months, choosing the right

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THE POWER of BURSARIES

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

than dumb down...

If a random sample of British

adults were to play a game of

word association when the chosen

words were ‘prep’, ‘independent’ or

‘private school’, the results would

be predictable. ‘Posh’, ‘exclusive’

and ‘expensive’ might make an

appearance, although so might

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

Placed against these pre-conceptions

of independent education, it is easy to

see why some politicians feel the days

of independent schools’ charitable

status to be numbered.

Even as a Headmaster of an

independent prep school, I sometimes

struggle, morally, to reconcile the

opportunities that we can create with

the reality for many children across

the country, despite the best efforts

of so many fellow professionals in

maintained schools. Having started my

career in the state sector, I only made

the switch because I felt I would have

the freedom to design an education

that worked in the fullest sense and

the ability to create something unique

and bespoke for every child is a

joy. The moral tension comes from

considering why this is only available

for those who can afford it, although

surely it can never be right to knock

excellence and reduce everything to

the lowest common denominator in

the quest for equality.

The charitable status of most

independent schools hides, from

some, our need to balance the books.

This is particularly challenging in

prep schools where the fees are

lower and the margins tighter: the

preconceptions of wealth held by

many are simply incorrect in most

cases. Competition between prep

schools can be fierce and the need

to demonstrate relative strength and

quality over rival schools is essential.

This need creates a tension between

the school as a business and the

school as a charity, and it would

be easy for Heads and Bursars to

prioritise the former at the expense

of the latter. Not only would this be

morally wrong, it is also a short-term

and blinkered course of action and

schools, even small prep schools,

need to factor creating inclusivity into

their business plans so that they are a

charity in action as well as in name.

I can’t describe the satisfaction to be

gained from watching a child benefit

from support from the school as a

charity. It feels right, is transformative

for those involved, and justifies the

charitable status of the school. All

involved benefit. Given appropriate

levels of financial and strategic

planning, it is possible, even for small

independent schools, to provide

their brand of education to a wider

cross-section of society and this

broadening of access to the best of

British education is something to be

celebrated. In senior schools, the level

of bursary support is greater again,

with many schools actively seeking to

broaden access with bursaries of up to

100% of the fees and some even work

with prep schools to create a pathway

from prep school entry through to the

end of their secondary education.

The provision of bursaries

demonstratively levels up society in

some small way but the scale of what

is possible is, of course, not enough.

There is no philosophical barrier to

opening our doors to the whole of

society. I know of no Head of an

independent school who would not

leap at the chance to open their doors

and provide an education for free, and

any blockage to this is caused by pure

economics.

What is the answer? Well, we can look

to the rest of the world for examples

of how state and private education

co-exist far more equitably than

they do in the UK. In this country, all

taxpayers fund state education but

only some are using it, the others

choosing to pay extra for their children

to be educated privately. In other

countries, the money follows the child

and parents may choose to top this

sum up to have their child attend an

independent school. This broadens

access, meaning that there is no need

for charitable status tax perks and the

gap between private and state is much

narrower.

I can’t think of an argument against

making this a reality, other than it may

be politically inconvenient to do so.

We need to find ways of providing

the best possible education to all

children in the UK and, whilst there

is a moral imperative on schools to

offer bursaries and broaden access,

there must surely also be a duty for

government to be more creative and

forward thinking in finding ways to

level up without dumbing down.

Charlie Minogue, Headmaster,

Moor Park, Ludlow, Shropshire

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30 th

Anniversary

CELEBRATIONS

FOR Salisbury

Cathedral's

girls' Choir

More than eighty

former girl

choristers returned

to Salisbury

Cathedral School,

on 9 October 2021,

to celebrate the

30th Anniversary

of Salisbury

Cathedral’s Girls’

Choir...

The impressive group of alumnae, which

included many members of the original

choir as well as former choristers from

all cohorts between then and now, sang

together with the current Salisbury

Cathedral girl choristers in a special Gala

Concert celebrating the 30th anniversary

of the founding of the Salisbury Cathedral

Girls’ Choir.

The women and girls gathered in school,

between rehearsals and the concert

at the Cathedral, where they enjoyed

a ‘back to school’ lunch as well high

tea and a celebratory supper after the

concert. Former Head Masters and

teachers also attended to see familiar

faces and enjoy hearing all the girl

choristers – former and current – sing as

one in beauty of the Cathedral.

The Gala concert took place three

decades, almost to the day, after the

girls’ choir sang their first Evensong on

7 October 1991. It was an extraordinary

moment not just in the history of the

Cathedral but also in cathedral music.

At the time there were some girls singing

in other cathedrals, but Salisbury was

the first English Cathedral to admit girls

on parity with boys and to establish an

independent foundation to support girl

choristers.

To illustrate just how ground breaking

this event was, it is worth noting that

despite there being more girl choristers

than boys in the UK today, many are still

not awarded performance responsibility

or funding equal to that received by boy

choristers. With weekly services divided

evenly between boys and girls, Salisbury

Cathedral remains a leading role model

for equal opportunities for all choristers.

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The success of

our girl chorister

tradition has

been replicated

in cathedrals

throughout the

country and is

something of which

we are rightly

proud. Salisbury

Cathedral Director of

Music, David Halls

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The concert featured three solo

performances from award winning

former girl choristers showcasing the

future benefits of the incredible musical

education enjoyed by all Cathedral

choristers. The youngest of the first girls’

choir, Amy Carson, performed a solo from

The Magic Flute by Mozart.

Amy, who graduated as a music scholar

from Cambridge and then the Royal

College of Music, famously sang ‘Pamina’

in Kenneth Branagh’s film of The Magic

Flute shortly after leaving music college.

Another award-winning soloist, Camilla

Harris, also a former chorister and recent

graduate of Royal Academy Opera, sang

‘Let the Bright Seraphim’, the aria from

Handel’s oratorio Samson. Completing

the talented trio, Sophie Gallagher, recent

graduate of the Royal College of Music,

and winner of the 2020 first prize for the

Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra

- jointly hosted by the European Union

and the Vatican – sang ‘O for the Wings

of a Dove’ by Felix Mendelssohn.

The concert comes just after Clive

Marriott, Salisbury Cathedral School

Head Master, was announced as the

new Chairman of the Choir Schools’

Association in recognition of his lifetime

commitment to supporting choristership

and choral music within education. He

said, ‘It was a joy to welcome back

familiar faces, from my eight years as

Head Master, as well so many former

choristers who attended our school

before my time. It is a real testament to

the joys of being a chorister during a

child’s formative years in school that so

many of our former students wanted to

come back to celebrate with us’.

Speaking about the anniversary and

concert, Salisbury Cathedral Director of

Music, David Halls said: “The success

of our girl chorister tradition has been

replicated in cathedrals throughout the

country and is something of which we

are rightly proud. For thirty years the

girls’ choir has been an integral part of

our worship, and a wonderful training

ground for young musicians. This concert

celebrates that legacy and reflects the

long tradition of music at Salisbury

Cathedral, a tradition that stretches back

nearly a thousand years.”

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A SENSE OF BELONGING

“Boys can be themselves at Pilgrims’ School”, says

Tom Halliday, Head of Juniors at The Pilgrims’ School...

Tom Halliday has worked with boys in

prep schools for over 11 years. Having

graduated with a degree in Drama and

Theatre from Royal Holloway, the new

Head of Juniors at Pilgrims’ decided that

teaching was the career for him.

“Prep school life is a varied one, not

just for pupils but for staff too,” he says.

“Teaching in a school like Pilgrims’ means

that you have to wear many hats. I love

the fact that I can go from leading an

assembly about the environment, to

exploring the phonetics in the vocabulary

used by Roald Dahl, to then teaching a

cricket session.”

Tom explains that “Pilgrims’ School is

a truly special place for many reasons.

“The boys create such a welcoming and

friendly atmosphere from the moment you

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whilst becoming acutely aware of the high

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The constant flow of music throughout

the corridors never fails to calm whilst

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“Pilgrims’ boys are busy boys who are

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“That means playing sport every day,

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enthusing them with teaching tailored

specifically to boys.”

“Best of all, our boys have the freedom

to express themselves without feeling

constrained by stereotypes. Within

school, all accomplishments are praised

equally and we highlight and share

the diverse success that individuals

experience.”

Freedom of expression pays dividends

musically too. Boys can become

Choristers at Winchester Cathedral

from Year 4, or Quiristers, who sing in

the Winchester College chapel choir,

from Year 5, both following assessment.

Choral singing nurtures a wide range of

skills, both social and musical. “It enables

boys to work effectively in a team to

exceptionally high standards. These are

skills for life. Most importantly, though,

singing in a choir is great fun!”

Alternatively, but not exclusively, boys

may be avid sportsmen. “We place a

great emphasis on encouragement, fun

and participation from the very beginning

of a Pilgrims’ school career. Our sports

specialists follow a PE curriculum

exploring fundamental movement skills

like gymnastics and athletics with sports

like basketball, ultimate frisbee, volleyball

and orienteering developing later.”

There’s no expectation of keeping a ‘stiff

upper lip’ at Pilgrims’. “We encourage

our boys to understand their emotions.

The school has a director of wellbeing

who works with boys on their social skills,

esteem and self-confidence,” says Tom.

“When I asked a history group in year

four to list the qualities they would expect

from a great leader, kindness came

up as the most important. That really

demonstrated the importance we put on

good character across school.”

Boys can join Pilgrims’ at any age, but

natural points are often Reception, Year 3

and Year 7. “Rather than seeing if a boy is

a good fit for us, we take time to be sure

that we are a good fit for him,” says Tom.

“Our taster days allow new boys to get a

feel for the Pilgrims’ experience. During

these days, we also assess children

informally.”

“We look for boys with character and

potential which we can nurture and grow,

but ultimately it’s the boy who chooses

us. The family feel at Pilgrims’ comes very

much from that sense of belonging.”

“For boys and their parents interested

in finding more about singing with the

Cathedral or College Chapel, we are very

happy to hear any boy sing informally and

to meet his parents. The proper auditions

are held when the boys are in Year 3 and

Year 4.”

An initial enquiry can be made through

the school’s Registrar, via email:

admissions@pilgrims-school.co.uk.

Find out more on the school’s website

www.thepilgrims-school.co.uk.

01962 854189

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HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE

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I have been a teacher at The Westgate

School since 2004 - long before it was

decided that it would become an allthrough

school. I was fortunate to be a

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the top performing English departments

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whom are still at the school.

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learning in which adults and pupils

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expectations of one another and of

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Being Hampshire’s

first, all-through

school is such

a privilege and

unique opportunity

children will leave our nursery and

progress to our primary phase. In

some years we have over 20 children

progressing from our nursery to Year R in

our setting. Our nursery provision is rare

in that it is led by a qualified Early Years

teacher (Mrs. Woodall - Head of Primary

Phase) and supported by a specialist

teacher - something that is not common

to all nursery settings. Children who join

our primary school will continue through

to our secondary phase, meeting new

friends from our linked primary schools

and alongside them, joining an exciting

transition programme from Year 6 to

Year 7.

WHAT ARE THE SIZES OF THE

CLASSROOMS AND HOW MANY

CHILDREN ARE YOU ABLE TO TAKE

PER TERM?

In our primary and secondary phases

we have class sizes of 26-30 which

reduces significantly in Year 9 when

pupils begin Key Stage 4. Owing to the

strong progress made by pupils in our

school, pupils have the option to select

from a wider range of subjects at the

end of Year 8 - including Photography,

Sculpture and Media Studies. Nearly all

pupils will experience Latin from Year 9

and continue with Computing as part of

their core provision. We are really pleased

to be able to offer extended courses in

Maths for those pupils who are keen

to pursue this subject beyond Year 11.

Recently, we have embarked on a joint

venture with Henry Beaufort School to

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for pupils in Key Stage 3. Each Year

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phase, we have 240 pupils in each year

group. It’s the perfect size: our school is

large enough to be able to offer a wide

range of opportunity whilst being small

enough to ensure that we maintain a

friendly feel with every young person wellknown

in our school. Specialist subject

teachers from our secondary phase also

deliver aspects of our Key Stage 1 and

2 curriculum alongside colleagues in our

lower school: we are particularly proud of

the delivery of science in Years 5 and 6

which takes place in a science laboratory

and, the specialist teaching of Spanish

that begins in Key Stage 1.

AS AN ALL-THROUGH SCHOOL IN

WINCHESTER WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN

CATCHMENT AREAS?

The catchment area for our school can

be seen on Hampshire County Council’s

website.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THE CHILD TO

TAKE AWAY FROM AN ALL-THROUGH

SCHOOL THAT THEY WOULDN’T GET

FROM A STANDARD SCHOOL?

As a result of learning in an all-through

school we expect that young people will

leave feeling proud of having been part

of a strong and successful community.

We hope that they will be confident

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Amanda Owen

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Tells us about her life in the Dales

Known to millions as The Yorkshire

Shepherdess, Amanda Owen is the

author of five best-selling books about

her life on Ravensea, one of the most

remote farms in the country, where she

lives with her husband Clive and nine

children. She currently stars in Channel

5’s popular TV show Our Yorkshire

Farm and her latest book is Celebrating

the Seasons includes stories, recipes

and photos from the farm and is out now.

I understand that you had had no

previous links to farming, may I ask

how you became so involved in this line

of work?

I grew up in Huddersfield and no one in

my family is from a farming background.

I loved the James Herriot books when I

was a child, and watched the TV series.

Because of James Herriot I loved the idea

of being a vet, probably like most other

children of that era, but was told at school

that I was not academic enough to make

the grades. One day in the school library

I picked up a book called Hill Shepherd.

It was a photographic documentary of

hill farming in Yorkshire and Cumbria.

Reading that book was an epiphany for

me, the pictures of the hill shepherds on

the moors with the sheep made me realise

it was where I wanted to be. It ticked the

box of wanting to work with animals in

the countryside and importantly it also

ticked the rebellion box as it was so the

opposite of my townie life up until then.

Years later after I had married my husband

Clive, we realised that there was actually a

photograph of him in Hill Shepherd!

So it’s a very important book to me.

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How did you learn your crafts? One of

the many things I learnt from your book

was how important it is to get the grass

in - in good time.

I started out as a farm hand, and then

moved on to being a contract shepherd,

working on different farms all over the

country. But really, I learnt everything as I

went along.

Most of my crafts came through natural

progression, learning to ride a horse

by riding it, learning to clip a sheep by

clipping my first one, learning to work a

dog, by taking the dog out with me for the

first time.

You can only learn what to do by doing it,

you have to get practical on the ground

experience. Nothing comes close to

learning how to be a shepherd, other than

actually doing the work of a shepherd and

it’s not just about learning about sheep,

it’s about learning about the land.

With the grass it starts with the sheep.

You’ve got to have your sheep in good

order - we grow hardy stock through the

winter, so it’s absolutely vital that you grow

your crop well, so they have food to eat

throughout the winter.

What would you like to tell our readers

about your life?

I want people to know that Celebrating the

Seasons is a book about going your own

way. It’s not a blueprint for how you should

live your life, it simply says this is what we

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

to follow the recipes, or do them your own

way. I want people to not let themselves to

be stereotyped, to know that all things are

achievable if you really want to do it. So

many people said you won’t have time to

write

a book,

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BBQ PRAWNS,

LOBSTER AND

CRAYFISH WITH

HERB BUTTER

AND SIRACHA

MAYONNAISE

Lobster, prawns and crayfish are often considered

delicacies for a special occasion, so this BBQ recipe with

smoky siracha mayonnaise and herbed butter is perfect

for a showstopping Christmas feast.

Loved by professional chefs and home cooks the world over,

Maldon Salt has been hand harvested by the same family since

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

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

passionate and the adventurous to elevate flavours and create the

extraordinary!

Serves: 6 people

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

2 lobster, sliced in half lengthways

450g king prawns

300g crayfish

150g unsalted butter, softened

1 tsp Maldon salt

Cracked black pepper

10g parsley, finely chopped

10g coriander, finely chopped

2 lemons, halves

100g mayonnaise

1 tbsp siracha

METHOD:

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

small bowl mix together the softened butter with Maldon salt,

cracked black pepper, the chopped parsley and coriander. Set

aside.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

crayfish, although these will take less time to cook.

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

lemon to serve alongside. Simply add your lemon halves cut

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

minutes.

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

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

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

onto the serving platter too.

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

this alongside the platter of BBQ seafood and allow everyone to

tuck in!

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SPICED

GINGERBREAD

CHRISTMAS

COOKIES

These sweet festive cookies are

a wonderful treat to gift to friends

and are great fun to make with

children. They are spiced with the

Christmas flavours of cinnamon,

ginger, nutmeg and cloves and

then iced with pretty patterns to

decorate. The cookies should last in

an airtight container for 1 week.

Serves: makes 30 cookies

Prep time: 45 minutes, plus chilling

Cook time: 15 minutes

INGREDIENTS:

225g unsalted butter, softened

180g soft light brown sugar

300g molasses

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

700g plain flour

1 tsp Maldon Salt

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

½ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cloves

500g icing sugar

METHOD:

Using an electric whisk or stand mixer,

start by creaming together the butter

and brown sugar (ensure your butter is

softened to room temperature before

you attempt to do this). Once the mixture

is pale and fluffy add the molasses and

vanilla extract and mix again.

In a separate bowl mix together the

dry ingredients; the plain flour, Maldon

salt, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon,

nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Add the dry

ingredients into the butter mixture in

stages and then mix until it forms a soft

dough. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and

chill in the fridge for an hour.

Preheat the oven to 170C°.

After the dough has chilled, remove it

from the fridge and on a lightly floured

surface roll out the dough until it is

roughly ½ cm thick. Use any cutters you

like to cut out shapes – gingerbread men,

stars, Christmas trees, candy canes –

have fun with it! Place the biscuits onto a

baking sheet lined with parchment paper,

keeping the biscuits a few cm’s apart

(you may need to do this across a couple

of trays). Put the trays into the preheated

oven and bake for 14 – 15 minutes until

the biscuits are slightly darker and baked

through. Remove from the oven and allow

to cool slightly before lifting onto a wire

rack to cool fully.

To make the icing place the 500g icing

sugar into a bowl and add 1 tbsp water,

mix until it forms a paste. Keep adding

a small amount of water at a time till

you reach your desired consistency. You

want the icing to still be thick enough to

pipe and hold its shape. Once you have

the correct consistency, pour the icing

into a piping bag with a small nozzle

attachment and decorate the cooled

biscuits anyway you like.

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take on what an antiseptic is and can be

capable of.

Leucillin mimics the body’s own immune

system, providing you a powerful solution

which delivers the ultimate shield in

topical skin protection against harmful

pathogens. Leucillin’s unique formulation

does not contain any alcohol, steroids or

antibiotics, it is the natural choice for safe

skin sanitising.

Our pets our so important to us, how

is Leucillin used and what specific

applications is it effective for?

Leucillin has a great reputation for safety

and efficacy, supported by pet healthcare,

veterinary and grooming industries,

this year. It has been awarded human

approvals and begun an exciting new

chapter in healthcare.

Furthermore it can be safely applied in

any topical application where the skin,

ears and eyes need care, whether broken,

red, sore, inflamed, cuts, stings, bites

or grazes, Leucillin’s powerful antiseptic

properties eradicate germs on contact

creating the perfect environment for rapid

recovery.

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

“Ouch Free” formula is kind, it has been

developed to match the natural pH of skin

so no more wincing on that grazed knee.

It seems to be a very gentle solution

to a number of particularly stubborn

problems - can it be used long-term?

Leucillin achieves an unbeatable

99.99999% reduction in bacteria on

contact, but how does that compare with

the 99.99% which we think is good? Well;

it’s a massive 10’000 times better!

Fast effective pathogen reduction means

no resistance therefore long-term usage is

always effective and no harmful ingredients

means Leucillin is always safe!

And finally, how else can it be used and

what are your hopes for the product

going forward?

Our goal is to help alleviate the dependence

on antibiotics and pharmaceutical

intervention in the area of germ protection,

for a more natural, safe, non-invasive and

most importantly effective alternative.

During the pandemic Leucillin has been

proven effective against all coronaviruses

including SARS-CoV-2 topically and

has been used by animal care industries

including Police Dog Handler units for

reducing risk.

We have also recently teamed up with The

Humanimal Trust founded by Professor

Noel Fitzpatrick - aka The Supervet, we’re

excited to be supporting mental health and

raising money for ONE Medicine, so that

humans and animals can benefit equally

from all medical progress.

KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE

AND HAPPY THIS CHRISTMAS

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

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

them comfortable and safe during the festive season...

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

dogs needing veterinary treatment after stealthily stealing chocolate

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

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

One of the most hazardous Christmas treats is chocolate, which

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

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

poisoning, and ask your visitors to do the same.

Christmas dinner also involves a lot of foods which can be

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

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

bones can easily splinter causing an obstruction and possibly even

piercing your dog’s tummy.

Sweet treats like mince pies and Christmas pudding all contain dried

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

Other dangerous Christmas treats that should stay in a cupboard

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

alcohol, bones, fatty foods and mouldy foods.

FESTIVE FUN - Christmas festivities can be overwhelming for dogs,

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

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

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

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

where they can retreat if they want to.

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

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

friend alone for more than four hours.

DANGEROUS DECORATIONS - Christmas decorations and

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

for humans. However, some seasonal decorative plans including

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

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

reach.

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

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

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

dog a chance to get used to it being there.

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

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

baubles.

If you think your dog

may have eaten,

touched or inhaled

something that

they shouldn’t,

speak to your vet

straight away.

There is further advice

on how to have a carefree canine

Christmas on The Kennel Club

website:

thekennelclub.org.uk/health/dogs-atchristmas

thekennelclub.

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Christmas is a time to indulge and come together and

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Christmas pudding and mince pies:

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Grapes and their dried products (currants, sultanas

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Cheap Dog Treats – stay away from anything that is

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KITCHEN

DESIGN

ADVICE

FROM AN

EXPERT

We speak to Julia

Kendell, interiors

and decorating

expert from ITV’s ’60

Minute Makeover’ and

‘Rebuild Our Home’

and spokesperson

for The National

Homebuilding &

Renovating Show...

THE KITCHEN IS THE UNDISPUTED

HEART OF THE HOME - AS WELL

AS FEEDING EVERYONE, IT’S

BECOME THE SOCIAL HUB, HOME-

SCHOOLING AREA AND MUCH

MORE – HOW DO YOU START YOUR

DESIGN PROCESS WITH CLIENTS?

Yes absolutely, the kitchen has had

to really take the strain in the past 18

months and now more than ever my

clients are eager to find ways to ensure

their new kitchen spaces are flexible

enough to cope with whatever might be

round the corner.

The design process starts with

understanding my client’s functional

needs for the room, both now and as far

into the future as we can determine (after

all, a good quality kitchen should last

20-30 years). My design principles centre

on wellbeing in the home and creating

spaces that fully support the family to

ensure everyone can be organised and in

harmony with one another. This involves

spending time working out the each

individual’s daily movements around

the kitchen, their needs and what they

enjoy doing. If there’s a keen baker in

the household, I will suggest a dedicated

‘baking cabinet’ where everything

you need is in one place, stand-mixer

plugged in ready for use and no excuses

not to achieve ‘Star Baker!’ I believe

good design ensures we can be the best

versions of ourselves and take obstacles

out of the way of our daily successes.

MANY OF US ARE LOOKING TO

SAVE THE COST OF MOVING AND

INSTEAD IMPROVE OUR HOMES –

ARE THERE SIMPLE CHANGES WE

COULD MAKE TO IMPROVE THE

LOOK AND FLOW OF OUR HOMES?

It sounds obvious, but a total de-clutter,

removing as much as possible from a

room to be able to view the room with

‘fresh-eyes’ is a great start to make

meaningful changes. One of the simplest

yet most effective improvements is

to increase the levels of daylight into

the home. Texture, whether fabrics or

carpeting absorbs a huge amount of

daylight and it can be transformational to

swap out curtains for shutters/ blinds and

hard flooring such as engineered wood

to replace carpet. Instantly the rooms will

feel larger and brighter and any increase

in daylight in the home can only improve

your mood and wellbeing.

WHEN DESIGNING A KITCHEN,

WHERE SHOULD YOU SPLURGE

AND WHERE SHOULD YOU SAVE?

Areas that receive the most use should

be prioritised in the overall budget. Most

kitchen units are well constructed these

days so choosing an affordable unit with

a good quality worksurface is a good

option. It’s amazing the difference adding

expensive handles can make to uplifting

an otherwise ‘standard’ kitchen. I caution

my clients to think carefully about their

appliance choices too. It’s very easy to

get excited about the latest gadget, but

with appliances a large proportion of

the overall cost of a kitchen, be realistic

about how useful an appliance will be.

Do you really need an oven with 42

functions?!

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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...

WHAT HAVE BEEN THE KEY

LESSONS YOU’VE LEARNT ABOUT

INTERIOR DESIGN IN YOUR

EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY?

Without doubt, the most important lesson

is to design holistically and to engage

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

create a pretty, ‘instagrammable’ room.

The way we experience our homes and

workplaces is crucial to our mental

health and performance and shouldn’t be

underestimated. From choosing a colour

palette to reflect your personality and

emotional needs to providing good air

quality, creating a harmonious space that

‘feels’ and functions as good as it looks is

key to good design.

SINCE THE PANDEMIC, HAVE YOU

NOTICED ANY CHANGES IN THE

WAY PEOPLE WANT THEIR HOMES

TO FUNCTION – A MOVE AWAY

FROM FULLY OPEN PLAN FOR

EXAMPLE?

There is still a strong appetite for openplan

living as it provides the space,

light and connection to one another we

all crave. That said, to mitigate some

of the issues with open-plan such as

noise, privacy issues and cooking-smell

transference from the kitchen, ‘brokenplan’

is becoming a useful design tool.

Broken-plan essentially incorporates

vertical divides within the open-plan

space using glazing, open-backed

shelving, or sliding doors to delineate

areas without closing off the visual impact

of the space. This is also a great way to

bring some architectural interest to an

otherwise ‘large box’ that can too often

feel like an airport lounge! I think anyone

with shares in garden offices will have a

good year ahead…

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EMBRACING THE MOST?

Houzz are reporting a huge increase in

interest in dedicated activity spaces such

as art rooms, home bars, home gyms and

cinema rooms. I am very excited to see

this as it shows that we are choosing to

design our interests and passions into our

homes. It’s refreshing to feel such a sense

of optimism when chatting with clients

and I am working with warmer colour

palettes and being asked to incorporate

planting and natural texture into room

schemes. There seems to be a continued

need to connect with nature after the past

18 months and I’m loving it!

Julia Kendell will be the design expert

at the Farnborough Homebuilding &

Renovating Show, 15-16 January 2022

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Pro Vision, based in

Winchester, celebrates its

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We work collaboratively to

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Our new office

which are focussed on people

and meeting their needs, whilst

also respecting the place and

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We thrive on understanding

our clients’ needs and

objectives and guiding them

through the ever-complex

world of planning, including

the pressing challenges of

adapting to climate change, and

helping to address the crisis

in housing. More so than ever,

the demands of the planning

system require our professional

services to ensure that

development proposals are well

presented to neighbours, local

communities and the planning

authorities, and supported

by compelling supporting

information.

Our Ecology service

The Ecologist’s role is to guide

clients through the legislation

which protects many UK

species, such as dormice,


which may be impacted by

prospective developments.

One of these groups are bats

which will roost in buildings,

from within the roof void to

within small crevices on the

outside of a building. Our most

common bat species will fit into

a gap the size of a match box.

We guide clients through the

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factoring the species into final

development designs. These

can be features which blend

into a build and provide habitat

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nature of a building.

Our Architectural and Design

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Architecture is the art of the

possible and it is about making

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client on the journey of creating

a beautiful place for people to

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great privileges that the

Architect has. Traditionally

Architects developed designs

using 2D drawings, which

some clients then find hard

to understand how the space

will look and feel. Increasingly

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As we celebrate our 25 th

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THE HOME

hit list

JOBS TO TACKLE THIS AUTUMN

SEASONAL

REFRESH

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Home maintenance is a year-round

endeavour, but these are the top jobs

to get sorted before the worst of the

winter weather sets in:

CHECK ALL DOOR/WINDOW

SEALS FOR DRAUGHTS

Check that existing seals are still

intact and repair any cracks or holes

that have formed. For a quick and

easy solution, fit doors with draught

excluders to keep rooms warm and to

prevent energy wastage.

CHECK YOUR BOILER

Have a boiler service and check the

system is running efficiently. Many

people put off replacing older boilers,

but you will save money in energy with

more efficient models. If you have one,

make sure your external condenser

pipe is well insulated.

CLEAR GUTTERS

Clear gutters and drainpipes of leaf

debris to reduce the chance of leaks.

Also be sure to check drains for

blockages - prevention is better than

fixing it on a cold night!

CHECK THE OUTSIDE

Look over all external masonry,

checking for cracks, gaps around

windows or issues with roof. Make

sure your front door closes snugly (and

make sure your property is secure

whilst you’re at it).

INSULATION

Insulate your pipes (burst pipes cause

huge damage). Make sure your loft

insulation is adequate and look into

cavity wall insulation, which can

save hundreds ££ on energy bills.

If you can, look into upgrading the

efficiency of your windows with triple

or secondary glazing.

Why is it that we save all the

property redecoration for when we

are getting ready to move? How

about giving your rooms some

TLC with a fresh lick of paint and

swapping in some new accessories

to update the palette.

Try switching out cooler grey tones

for warmer neutrals and introducing

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and just give them a lift with new

decorative items.

DIY panelling is another huge

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less - why not try adding a wall to a

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renal, testis and neighbouring

organ tumours.

South Coast Urology work

closely with a wider network

of specialists including

radiologists, oncologists, nurses

and chemical pathologists.

Appointments are available 5

days a week at 3 leading private

hospitals in Southampton,

Bournemouth and Chandler’s

Ford.

Our efficient administration

team will be happy to help

direct your patient to the most

appropriate consultant for their

condition at a time that suits.

www.southcoasturology.co.uk


HOUSING-WITH-CARE

Allowing older people to live where they want to live

Imagine you’re an older person in your

70s, approaching your later years and

perhaps in need of more support soon,

but still with so much to give, so many

talents to unlock, so many friends to

make. You’re thinking about moving

from the family home you’ve lived in

for years to somewhere which provides

security and care if and when you need

it, but which also allows you to keep

your independence and connections to

the local community, and which has a

range of activities and facilities to keep

you busy.

It’s this middle ground, this golden

mean, combining independence with

care and support, which housing-withcare

settings across the country are

offering to older people in increasing

numbers. Sometimes called retirement

communities, retirement villages or extra

care housing, these settings give older

people the opportunity to rent or own

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

staffing, high-quality care provision if

needed, and facilities like restaurants,

bars, cafes, gyms, activity rooms and

much more.

While long-standing options for older

people like care homes and traditional

retirement housing will continue to have

a vital place, there is a growing need

for middle options like housing-withcare

which allow older people to stay

independent and healthy for longer.

The evidence is clear: housing-withcare

improves health and well-being,

drastically cuts down hospital and GP

visits, and reduces feelings of loneliness.

Not only do older people themselves

benefit, but so too does the NHS and

whole social care system.

Housing-with-care settings can be in

either rural or urban locations, giving

older people the chance to choose the

lifestyle they want. Often, they are closely

connected with the town centre, and

people of different ages are able to use

the facilities at the retirement community

and mix with older residents. Far from

being ghettos of the elderly, housingwith-care

settings can be hubs of

intergenerational connection.

ARCO’s role as the representative body

for the housing-with-care sector is to help

our members provide the best possible

service to their older residents, and to

ensure the sector thrives and grows in

the way that it should. An important part

of ARCO’s work is helping members

set high standards through the ARCO

Consumer Code, a new edition of

which was launched in September this

year. The code upholds the principles

of transparency and fairness, giving

customers and residents confidence that

housing-with-care operators achieve

high levels of consumer protection in

everything from marketing, sales and

lettings, and resident relations.

Because, ultimately, housing-with-care is

all about the residents. About responding

to the growing demand from older

people for housing options that combine

independent, active living with care

and support if needed. About allowing

residents to live the life that they want

to live.

For further email please visit

www.arcouk.org

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VULNERABLE RELATIVE

OR FRIEND?

TURN A PHONE INTO A LIFELINE WITH THE PRESS OF A BUTTON

24 hours a day, 365

days a year service

Friendly operators

with access to

named contacts and

emergency services

Neck pendants

available

Less than 50p a day

For more details contact Winchester Lifeline

Lifeline@winchester.gov.uk l Tel: 01962 855 335

EXTRA CARE HOUSING

IN WINCHESTER

Extra Care facilities are for people over

55 who meet the criteria assessed by

Hampshire County Council Adult Social

Care. Residents can benefit from selfcontained

apartments as well as on-site

24/7 care should they need it. Applicants

must live in the Winchester City Council

district or have family living here, need

help with personal care and be in

housing that is no longer suitable for

their needs.

For more information contact

shelteredhousing@winchester.gov l Tel: 01962 855 335


Lending to

relocate in

retirement

People are working and living longer and the

number of people reaching retirement age with

an outstanding mortgage debt is increasing.

Recent research from Legal & General Retail Retirement

has also found that 3 million people in the UK aged

over 50 are considering relocating as a direct result of

Covid-19.

A year of lockdowns has led these over 50’s to want

to relocate to either move closer to family and friends,

pursue a better quality of life or even move abroad.

If you’re heading in the direction of a well-earned

retirement, or already enjoying the fruits of your labour,

you may be feeling the same and starting to review your

choices and your finances. You may decide to take out

a mortgage on your property or apply for additional

lending on the mortgage you already have - actions

probably not unfamiliar to you.

There are many different reasons those in or approaching

retirement look to do this; downsizing to a dream

retirement home, investing in a holiday bolthole, gifting

a deposit to a family member to get onto the property

ladder or as the recent trends are indicating – to relocate

to be nearer to other family members or have a better

quality of life.

The good news is that there are lenders, like us, who can

help and in a range of ways:

A maximum age at end of mortgage term of 90 years:

we lend up to the age of 90 across our entire mortgage

range. This means the term of your mortgage may run

until your 90th birthday. This essentially means you have

our entire mortgage range at your fingertips.

Retirement Interest-Only (RIO) mortgage: our

Retirement Interest-Only (RIO) mortgage supports

borrowers 60 years and above who are retired and do not

necessarily want to downsize their current property and

wish to remain in their home.

Borrowing in retirement needn’t be difficult. Our

friendly, qualified mortgage advisers are on hand to

make sure your mortgage is suitable for you and your

circumstances, giving you peace of mind.

Remember: no matter your reason for seeking finance,

it’s always advisable to obtain impartial advice from

an independent financial adviser to help you fully

understand the implications of taking out a mortgage in

retirement.

Winchester branch:

143 High Street, Winchester, SO23 9AY

Call: 01962 852716

Email: winchester@newbury.co.uk

Cliff Osborne

Andover Senior Branch

Manager.

YOUR MORTGAGE IS SECURED ON YOUR HOME. THINK CAREFULLY

BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR

HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS

ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

Newbury Building Society is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct

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

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

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

Ombudsman Service. 8502

Newbury

Building Society


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