Winchester Lifestyle Oct - Nov 2023

The Pre-Christmas edition is here - as the weather cools, the events calendar heats up, with lots of fun for all the family. We've also got some lovely recipes to welcome in the autumn and home and garden inspiration if you're planning on welcoming guests over the festive season.

The Pre-Christmas edition is here - as the weather cools, the events calendar heats up, with lots of fun for all the family. We've also got some lovely recipes to welcome in the autumn and home and garden inspiration if you're planning on welcoming guests over the festive season.

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As we head into Autumn/Winter, Personal Stylist Sarah Sullivan has some helpful tips<br />

to declutter and organise your wardrobe for the new season.<br />

• Before you pack away your summer clothes go through and pull out anything<br />

that is damaged or stained. Make you sure you get these pieces repaired or<br />

cleaned before you put them into storage. If something is beyond repair donate<br />

it to a clothing bank.<br />

• Take stock of any items you did not wear this summer and yourself why that is.<br />

Are they the wrong size? Do you feel uncomfortable in them? Is there anything<br />

with the label still on that remains unworn? Think about donating these items to<br />

charity or selling them on a resale site such as Vinted or Ebay.<br />

• What are the pieces that you felt great in this summer? Make a note of these and<br />

take photos of your oufits if possible. This will be a useful reminder when you<br />

unpack your summer clothes again next year.<br />

• When unpacking your Autumn/Winter clothes make sure you pull out any items<br />

that fit into the above criteria i.e. need repairing, cleaning, do not fit/do not like<br />

and make sure you repair, clean or donate.<br />

• Make a list of things you think you might need to shop for this season so that<br />

you can shop with purpose and before buying, think of at least 3 ways you could<br />

wear a new item with something you already own. Buy less and style more!<br />

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Making GDPR more simple<br />

New data laws are set to cut down on pointless paperwork<br />

for businesses and reduce annoying cookie pop-ups.<br />

The new Data Protection and Digital Information (No. 2) Bill was<br />

unveiled by Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan earlier this year<br />

and is currently making its way through Parliament.The government<br />

says that a new common-sense-led UK version of the EU’s GDPR<br />

(General Data Protection Regulation) will reduce costs and burdens<br />

for British businesses and charities, remove barriers to international<br />

trade and cut the number of repetitive data collection pop-ups<br />

online.<br />

Strengthening the data regime will save the UK economy more than<br />

£4 billion over the next 10 years and ensure that privacy and data<br />

protection are securely protected, says the Department for Science,<br />

Innovation and Technology (DSIT).<br />

When enacted, the Bill will make changes to the UK GDPR, the Data<br />

Protection Act 2018 and the Privacy and Electronic Communications<br />

Regulations.<br />

The government expects the new regime to build on the UK’s<br />

high standards for data protection and privacy and ensure data<br />

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the European Union’s GDPR.<br />

Ms Donelan said: “Co-designed with business from the start, this<br />

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n Increased public and business confidence in AI technologies by<br />

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Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa<br />

Christmas Festivities and New Year Celebrations<br />

Macdonald Botley Park Hotel & Spa invites you to celebrate in style this Christmas and New Year.<br />

From Festive afternoon teas, to Christmas party nights, we have everything you need to ensure that your<br />

Christmas is one to remember.<br />

Festive Fizz Afternoon Tea<br />

Put the outside world on pause as you join us for a refined afternoon tea with a dash of Festive surprise and a<br />

chilled glass of Prosecco. Available from 1st—23rd December <strong>2023</strong> from 1.00pm to 4.30pm<br />

£29.50 per person<br />

Christmas Party Nights<br />

Dust off your dancing shoes and prepare to party with friends and family at one of our shared Christmas party nights<br />

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Three Course Festive Meal and entertainment until late<br />

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Christmas Day Lunch<br />

Sit back and enjoy comfortable surroundings as we serve you four delicious festive courses. Arrive for a glass of fizz<br />

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New Year Celebrations<br />

Our New Year Gala celebration is not to be missed!<br />

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<strong>Oct</strong>ober Half Term<br />

Football &<br />

Street Dance<br />

This <strong>Oct</strong>ober, <strong>Winchester</strong> City Council<br />

in partnership with ActiveMe 360<br />

and Aquila Nuclear Engineering Ltd are<br />

providing a number of football and street<br />

dance sessions at various locations across<br />

the <strong>Winchester</strong> district.<br />

If you want to have some fun, be more active<br />

and make new friends, why not come along!<br />

For booking information<br />

please visit:<br />

: www.winchester.gov.uk/sport<br />

and click on the ‘School Holiday<br />

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to relax. This can lead to lower heart rate, lower blood pressure,<br />

relaxed facial muscles, and increased gut function.<br />

Stimulation of the vagus nerve also leads to lower cortisol levels.<br />

Cortisol is the major stress hormone. When its levels are too<br />

high in the body, the body is stressed out. Over time, this leads<br />

to fatigue. However, if the cortisol levels aren’t lowered, the body<br />

can’t rest well. Stimulating the vagus nerve reduces the cortisol,<br />

allowing the body to rest as it should.<br />


We all know we need to make more time for a bit of a pamper,<br />

but far from seeing it as an indulgence, we should see it as a<br />

necessary part of our overall well-being. Here are some of the<br />

reasons you should consider booking in a bit of time for yourself...<br />



Studies have shown that massage increases our levels of<br />

serotonin and dopamine - Serotonin is a chemical that carries<br />

messages between nerve cells in the brain and throughout<br />

your body. Serotonin plays a key role in such body functions as<br />

mood, sleep, digestion, nausea, wound healing and bone health.<br />

Dopamine is most notably involved in helping us feel pleasure as<br />

part of the brain’s reward system.<br />


In addition to the serotonin-melatonin connection, massage also<br />

stimulates the vagus nerve. This is the major parasympathetic<br />

nerve in the body. When it is stimulated, it tells the entire body<br />


Regular facials and face massages helps in reducing wrinkles,<br />

boost cell regeneration and promote collagen development. This<br />

gives you younger looking skin. Combining different treatments<br />

will give optimal results - it’s best to talk through your personal<br />

needs with your aesthetician or therapist.<br />



Stress can harm your physical and mental health and contribute<br />

to health issues such as heart disease, depression, weight gain,<br />

and sleep issues. It is important to take the time to relax your<br />

mind and body to control your anxiety and stress levels. By<br />

keeping stress in check, you can improve your physical health.<br />

Spas can help reduce the stress on our physical body, and a spa<br />

day can serve as a great resource for overall stress reduction.<br />

By caring for our skin, our largest organ, we can reduce the<br />

overall impact of stress on the body. The cumulative negative<br />

impact of pollution, stress, and hormones results in damaged<br />

skin. By making time to care for your skin and the rest of your<br />

body, you can reduce the negative impact of environmental<br />

stressors. Facial massage activates your sympathetic nervous<br />

system. This reduces your anxiety levels and uplifts your mood.<br />

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city to The <strong>Winchester</strong> Hotel and Spa where you<br />

can experience ultimate relaxation and tranquil surroundings. Just a 10-minute walk<br />

from <strong>Winchester</strong> High Street, lies a paradise waiting to be explored.<br />

Visit The Spa and indulge in one of our expertly hand-crafted spa treatments, from<br />

soothing massages to rejuvenating facials, our trained spa therapists will take care of<br />

your every need. Our luxury treatment rooms are designed to bring you a sense of<br />

tranquilly, as all your daily stresses melt away.<br />

Unwind in our newly renovated spa facilities, including a new plunge-pool,<br />

hydro-pool, steam room and sauna. Earn your relaxation with a visit to our new<br />

fitness studio, complete with a selection of free weights resistance cable machines,<br />

cardiovascular machines, and an area for aerobic exercise.<br />

Whether you’re seeking a solo escape, or<br />

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spa packages to suit. Start your wellness<br />

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For more information, visit<br />

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To book, please call The Spa on<br />

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Particularly British Piccalilli,<br />

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Gold Plated Earrings,<br />

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Gloves, £26.20, stihl.co.uk<br />

Elevate Wine Glass, Set of 2,<br />

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Soho Street Cocktail<br />

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Assorted Chocolate Almonds<br />

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Cherry Picking<br />

your Boarding School<br />


It is a myth that boarding schools<br />

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days as they look to take the first<br />

steps towards establishing the life-long<br />

relationships that epitomise their role.<br />

A boarding school can offer a unique<br />

and enriching experience, fostering<br />

independence, academic excellence,<br />

and personal growth. Attending a<br />

boarding school open day is an essential<br />

step in the decision-making process,<br />

giving you the opportunity to immerse<br />

yourself in the school’s environment,<br />

understand its values, and evaluate<br />

whether it’s the right fit for your child’s<br />

individual needs.<br />

Before you step foot through the school<br />

gates, here are the three steps to success<br />

in choosing a boarding school:<br />


Speak to students during your<br />

visit – they will give you an honest<br />

account of the boarding experience!<br />

Observe how they interact with<br />

you, are they confident and do<br />

they engage in conversation? Do<br />

they speak enthusiastically and<br />

positively about the school? Look<br />

out for staff and pupil interactions<br />

and not just between those who<br />

are on open day ‘duty’. Is there<br />

two-way respect between staff and<br />

students? How do students behave<br />

with and treat one-another?<br />



Are you looking for a school<br />

which will offer a vast range of<br />

opportunities and experiences<br />

as part of a huge boarding<br />

community? Or will your child<br />

feel overwhelmed and lost in this<br />

environment? Does the location<br />

of the school suit your family<br />

circumstances?<br />

Notice how the boarding facilities<br />

are presented. Are they well looked<br />

after? Do they feel homely and<br />

welcoming? Draw your attention<br />

to the wall displays - do they<br />

demonstrate inclusivity and<br />

diversity or are they different<br />

versions of the same thing?<br />

How is safeguarding prioritised in<br />

boarding? What security measures<br />

does the school have in place<br />

to ensure student safety? What<br />

are the pupil and staff ratios in<br />

boarding houses and who is on site<br />

overnight?<br />


Ask questions about the school’s<br />

commitment to care. What is the<br />

procedure if a boarder feels unwell<br />

during the night? How does the<br />

school manage day-to-day medical<br />

provision? What is their policy with<br />

regards to parent communication?<br />

Learn and ask questions about the<br />

school’s approach to mental health<br />

and wellbeing. Are counselling<br />

services available to boarders and<br />

what measures are in place to<br />

prevent bullying or discrimination?<br />

Do students know who they can<br />

talk to if they have any concerns or<br />

worries?<br />

A boarding school is a hungry<br />

place! Are food options balanced,<br />

varied, and accommodating of<br />

dietary needs? The boarders<br />

themselves will be the first to tell<br />

you if they enjoy the food provided<br />

or whether they order pizza to their<br />

houses three times a week.<br />

The range and diversity of boarding<br />

schools is huge. Thankfully, so is the<br />

information available on the internet, so<br />

do narrow your search down by checking<br />

out websites and speaking to your<br />

current Head. Once you have your list of<br />

schools to visit, enjoy the experience –<br />

open days are normally great fun as well<br />

as being tremendously informative.<br />

The Boarding Schools’ Association<br />

(BSA) is part of the BSA Group. BSA<br />

Group supports excellence in boarding,<br />

safeguarding, inclusion and health<br />

education, serving more than 1,500<br />

organisations and people in 40 countries<br />

worldwide. Since its foundation in 1965-<br />

6, BSA has promoted boarding education<br />

and the development of quality boarding<br />

through high standards of pastoral care<br />

and boarding accommodation.<br />

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Old Pilgrim returns as Headmaster<br />

New Headmaster of The Pilgrims’ School, Tim Butcher, finds<br />

himself back in his home town, extending a warm invitation to<br />

all to discover what’s behind the green doors.<br />

In an idyllic setting in the south-east<br />

corner of the cathedral close, there is<br />

more than an air of familiarity about<br />

Pilgrims’ for me: over the years, it has<br />

become an intrinsic part of who I am. I<br />

have been drawn back time and again,<br />

even when I wasn’t a pupil and later<br />

a member of staff. And now I am the<br />

Headmaster of this very warm and<br />

entirely wonderful school.<br />

One thing I am most keen to share when<br />

talking with people is that we may be<br />

tucked away, but we are an incredibly<br />

friendly and open school; we may look<br />

arcane (thanks to some of our amazing<br />

medieval buildings), but we are forwardlooking<br />

and always pushing ourselves<br />

for the next improvement. When people<br />

have heard a little about us on the local<br />

grapevine, it can sometimes be that we<br />

are an academic ‘hot house’ (wrong) or<br />

that, being a double choir school, a child<br />

has to be ultra talented musically to come<br />

here (also wrong). Of course, when one<br />

remembers that we start our journey<br />

with 4-year-olds, it is obvious that these<br />

cannot be true. Our fantastic Pre-Prep for<br />

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 revels in fun,<br />

Forest School, and in stimulating curiosity.<br />

But… we judiciously start seeding those<br />

elements that will help these little chaps<br />

grow in very special ways.<br />

Small class sizes, specialist teaching<br />

from the youngest ages and an<br />

adventurous quest for excellence in all<br />

its forms soon pays off and, yes, by the<br />

time our boys leave us, this is reflected<br />

in some outstanding academic results<br />

and outstanding music making. But –<br />

and here’s the point – this is only part<br />

of the story… More than anything, we<br />

aim for a Pilgrim to be a well-rounded<br />

boy, excelling in breadth, not just areas<br />

of specific depth. Our sport is fantastic,<br />

and all the more so thanks to our use<br />

of many of <strong>Winchester</strong> College’s topclass<br />

facilities and playing fields in the<br />

grounds of Wolvesey Castle. The range<br />

of opportunities is mind-boggling, and<br />

you’re just as likely to find boys getting<br />

stuck in to radio controlled car club,<br />

scuba diving club or frisbee, as you are<br />

chess club.<br />

This all said, the comment I have heard<br />

most frequently from our parents since<br />

I started is how well staff know and<br />

care for their son as an individual;<br />

they feel he is really understood. This<br />

is inescapably linked to our relatively<br />

small size. Emotions have license, and<br />

care, kindness, good manners and an<br />

understanding of self and of others are<br />

thoroughly embedded within the pastoral<br />

culture.<br />

Thanks to my own time as a professional<br />

choirboy at Pilgrims’, I can personally<br />

attest to the qualities the daily singing,<br />

music making and performing help to<br />

develop: confidence in front of others;<br />

meeting high expectations; organisation;<br />

effective communication through<br />

tone, inflection, diction and pace; and<br />

an attuned collaboration with your<br />

teammates towards a polished end<br />

result. These opportunities continue to<br />

be available today to boys in Years 3 and<br />

4 who might be keen to come along and<br />

have a go at an audition. We’re experts<br />

at putting them at ease and a heavily<br />

subsidised place could await. They don’t<br />

have to be ‘a singer’ already, just to show<br />

enthusiasm and potential.<br />

As an independent school, we embrace<br />

the flexibility we are fortunate enough to<br />

enjoy. Pupils can start at any time of year<br />

(it doesn’t have to be September) and we<br />

make sure to look after our busy parents<br />

too, with Breakfast Club and late pickups<br />

available every day (the advantage<br />

of being a school with a hearty boarding<br />

community). Perhaps my most important<br />

job – now and on an ongoing basis – is<br />

to really encourage people to come and<br />

meet us, come and get to know us, come<br />

and see that we may well not be what<br />

they think we are… If you’re ever passing<br />

us in The Close, come and experience<br />

what’s behind the green doors. You’ll find<br />

that a very special community awaits!<br />

www.thepilgrims-school.co.uk<br />

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1960 Poodles being judged at Crufts Olympia<br />








OF THE LAST 150<br />




2024 IN MAYFAIR,<br />






Dogs have been alongside people for<br />

centuries, for most of this time dogs were<br />

working animals, with only the wealthiest<br />

keeping dogs just for leisure. In the 19th<br />

Century, social and economic changes<br />

meant more people in Britain had the<br />

spare time and money to keep dogs as<br />

simply companions.<br />

A new hobby of showing dogs and<br />

judging them against agreed criteria<br />

started with early shows taking place in<br />

pubs (for men) and private homes (for<br />

women). Popularity for dog shows grew<br />

among spectators and they were held in<br />

grand exhibition venues in cities.<br />

Soon, a national organisation was needed<br />

to ensure everyone followed the same<br />

rules, competitions were conducted fairly<br />

and that the dogs were looked after well. A<br />

group of men, already involved in running<br />

dog shows, decided to do just this.<br />

The Kennel Club was founded on 4th<br />

April 1873 by Mr Sewallis Evelyn Shirley,<br />

MP, along with 12 other founding<br />

members and was the first national<br />

Kennel Club in the world.<br />

CRUFTS<br />

The members organised the first Kennel<br />

Club show at the Crystal Palace, London<br />

in 1873. In 1942, The Kennel Club bought<br />

Crufts Dog Show from Emma Cruft<br />

following Charles Cruft’s death. In 1948<br />

The Kennel Club brought both shows<br />

together to run the first, of what would<br />

become to be known as ‘the world’s<br />

greatest dog show in the world’ – Crufts.<br />

The first Crufts was held in London<br />

Olympia in 1950 and continued to grow<br />

in popularity, in 1969 the late Queen<br />

Elizabeth II (patron of The Kennel Club)<br />

visited the show. In 1979 the show<br />

moved to Earl’s Court where it remained<br />

until 1991 before moving to its current<br />

location, the NEC, Birmingham.<br />


By 1880, it was clear from dog show<br />

records that accurate dog identification<br />

had become a problem, The Kennel Club<br />

instigated a registrations system and<br />

monthly lists were published of dogs<br />

newly registered, including details of<br />

parentage.<br />

Today, The Kennel Club runs the UK’s<br />

largest registration database - registering<br />

over 250,000 pedigree dogs every year<br />

and thousands of crossbreed dogs on its<br />

activity register.<br />


The Kennel Club celebrates its 150th<br />

Anniversary in <strong>2023</strong>. It has come a long<br />

way since it’s beginnings and is now<br />

one of the largest organisation in the<br />

UK devoted to dog health, welfare and<br />

training. Its objective is to ensure that<br />

dogs live healthy, happy<br />

lives with responsible<br />

owners.<br />

Health and welfare<br />

remains a priority for<br />

The Kennel Club which<br />

is accredited by UKAS<br />

to certify members of its<br />

Assured Breeders scheme,<br />

the only UK-wide scheme that monitors<br />

breeders in order to protect the welfare<br />

of puppies and breeding bitches. It<br />

jointly runs health screening schemes<br />

with the British Veterinary Association<br />

and has conducted research with the<br />

University of Cambridge. The Kennel<br />

Club Charitable Trust supports research<br />

into dog diseases and dog welfare<br />

charities, including The Kennel Club<br />

Breed Rescue organisations that re-home<br />

dogs throughout the UK.<br />

The organisation works to lobby the<br />

Government on various campaigns and<br />

advises dog owners on legislation, such<br />

as microchipping, and runs Petlog, one<br />

of the UK’s biggest reunification service<br />

for microchipped animals.<br />

It continues to license shows and clubs<br />

across a wide range of activities and runs<br />

the UK’s largest dog training programme,<br />

The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog<br />

Training scheme and accredits trainers<br />

and behaviourists through The Kennel<br />

Club Accredited<br />

Instructors<br />

scheme.<br />

Mr S E Shirley<br />

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AKTAR<br />

ISLAM<br />

Unleashed<br />

Sally Thomson caught up with the Michelin<br />

starred chef to discuss inspiration, teamwork and<br />

hospitality after Covid...<br />

When I read your website the first<br />

thing that struck me was your<br />

strapline, ‘Opheem is just me,<br />

Unleashed’. Would you like to tell<br />

us more?<br />

Well, over the years I’ve always<br />

worked with other people. For<br />

example, in my last business,<br />

everyone had a say on how the food<br />

was presented. For example, you’d<br />

put a dish together and in its initial<br />

conceptual stage to where it ended<br />

up was far removed from what it<br />

was supposed to be.<br />

I understand the unleash bit on<br />

your website - now you’re being<br />

totally yourself?<br />

I am lucky to do what I enjoy. The<br />

only thing that I’m constrained by<br />

is the produce that I’ve got access<br />

to, whatever is coming out of the<br />

land, whatever is coming out of our<br />

seas. And the seasons. I’ve always<br />

worked with seasons and, it’s just<br />

natural for me to cook.<br />

What was it like when you<br />

received your Michelin star?<br />

Obviously, it’s an incredible<br />

experience to achieve such an<br />

award. It was lovely, incredible<br />

to achieve it a year after I set up<br />

Opheem especially after the years of<br />

constraints that I’ve experienced.<br />

I’m very proud of my team. I’m<br />

proud of everyone within the<br />

business. Because though I set<br />

the vision, the direction, we’re all<br />

in the boat together and we’re all<br />

rowing that boat together. When<br />

the waters are choppy we all have<br />

to experience that together. It’s the<br />

power of the team.<br />

Covid was a really difficult time<br />

for the hospitality industry - how<br />

did you navigate that time?<br />

We started Aktar at Home, but that<br />

became something much bigger<br />

than I expected.<br />

With Aktar at Home, it’s all about<br />

investing in the community and<br />

creating jobs - much of the time for<br />

people that lost their jobs as a result<br />

of the pandemic. There are teams<br />

who are in the portioning and the<br />

packing team and the processing<br />

team. They’re all people who are<br />

from the inner city of Birmingham,<br />

you know, aged 25 and below<br />

who traditionally struggled to find<br />

employment. So, we give them a<br />

chance and an opportunity to join<br />

the team and develop within the<br />

team. And obviously they’re paid well<br />

above national living wage to make<br />

sure it gives them a start in life.<br />

The other thing that we did last year,<br />

was give away 6,000 care packages<br />

for people who were struggling<br />

to feed their families. We just<br />

asked people in the communities<br />

to nominate people within their<br />

community that they know are<br />

struggling to feed themselves or<br />

feed their kids. Just to get in touch,<br />

let us know, and we just sent a box<br />

out to them.<br />

I wanted to ask you about the<br />

name of your restaurant. Where<br />

does that come from?<br />

“I’ve always worked<br />

with seasons and,<br />

it’s just natural for<br />

me to cook”<br />

It was inspired by a region that was<br />

known as Mandu, but it’s a Sultan of<br />

Mandu, a guy called Giyath Shahi.<br />

He was an epicure in the late 1300s.<br />

He enjoyed the nicer things in life<br />

and there’s a particular manuscript<br />

that he wrote or commissioned,<br />

which concentrated on recipes from<br />

the time and his life. And something<br />

that he enjoyed was opium!<br />

So, Opheem ia a play on the word<br />

opium, but it’s more based on<br />

the understanding, it’s a sensory<br />

indulgence and that’s what his life<br />

was built around.<br />

Sensory indulgence, I love that. Do<br />

you ever visit India so you can go<br />

to the places which inspired you?<br />

I used to spend a lot of time in<br />

India. I’d spend a month or so<br />

there every year. At least three<br />

weeks just travelling and eating<br />

and documenting recipes and<br />

understanding the culture.<br />

It’s really inspirational - then towards<br />

the end of your trip, you always miss<br />

a roast dinner! There’s nothing like<br />

a Yorkshire pudding. By the end of<br />

it all you want is to come home and<br />

have a lovely roast dinner.<br />

You can find out more about<br />

Opheem at opheem.com and Aktar<br />

at Home at aktarathome.co.uk<br />

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BEAUTIFUL Baking<br />

We sample some delicious recipes from the new Two Magpies Bakery recipe book, written by the<br />

bakery’s founder, Rebecca Bishop. The book aims to teach how to make all your favourite breads,<br />

pastries and pizzas, as well as recipes for celebrations cakes, bakes, bars and savoury dishes<br />


Fruity little almond cakes with a<br />

dollop of jam in the centre – a great<br />

afternoon pick-me-up and a longstanding<br />

favourite. Choose seasonal<br />

fruit such as sharp summer berries,<br />

juicy plums or autumnal figs and<br />

blackberries. This recipe also works<br />

well with gluten-free flour.<br />

Make the friand mix a couple of<br />

hours ahead (or even the day<br />

before) to allow the ground almonds<br />

to absorb the liquid egg white and<br />

melted butter – the firm batter will<br />

rise more evenly.<br />

Makes: 10<br />


130g unsalted butter<br />

160g caster sugar<br />

80g ground almonds<br />

50g plain (or gluten-free) flour<br />

130g egg whites<br />

150g seasonal berries (or stone<br />

fruits, figs, rhubarb, chopped)<br />

100g Raspberry Vanilla Jam<br />

50g apricot jam, sieved<br />

50g pistachios, chopped<br />

Brown the butter by bringing it to<br />

the boil in a pan. Allow it to bubble<br />

fiercely for 5–8 minutes, scraping<br />

the bottom of the pan with a spatula<br />

regularly. When the butter starts to<br />

smell sweet and nutty and the boiling<br />

foam rises up in the pan, pour the<br />

hot liquid (including the brown flecks<br />

and scrapings from the bottom of the<br />

pan) into a heatproof bowl. Allow the<br />

butter to cool, stirring occasionally<br />

as it firms up.<br />

fan/gas 4. Grease your mini cake<br />

moulds or muffin tin. Place half the<br />

fruit at the bottom of the moulds,<br />

then pipe or scoop your friand mix<br />

to come a third of the way up the<br />

sides. Use a small spoon to place<br />

the jam into the middle of each cake<br />

before topping with a dollop of the<br />

remaining batter. Your moulds will be<br />

about two-thirds full. Decorate with<br />

more fruit on top.<br />

Bake for 20–25 minutes, turning the<br />

moulds or tin after 15 minutes. Use<br />

a skewer to check the cakes – it<br />

should come out clean. Cool for 5<br />

minutes before removing from the<br />

moulds/tin and cooling on a rack.<br />

Warm the sieved apricot jam and<br />

brush over the top of each cake,<br />

then sprinkle with the chopped<br />

pistachio nuts.<br />


KNOTS<br />

Makes: 12<br />


Cardamom dough<br />

450g strong white bread flour<br />

80g icing sugar<br />

12g ground cardamom<br />

8g fine sea salt<br />

75g cold unsalted butter, cubed<br />

260g full-fat milk<br />

7g active dried yeast<br />

Cardamom butter<br />

100g soft unsalted butter<br />

80g caster sugar<br />

10g ground cardamom<br />

10g lemon juice<br />

½ tsp fine sea salt<br />

Try and source black cardamom<br />

seeds for this, grinding them fresh for<br />

every bake. The intense, astringent<br />

Weigh the sugar, almonds and<br />

flour into a bowl and whisk until<br />

combined. Still using the whisk,<br />

gradually add the egg whites, then<br />

the cooled browned butter in three<br />

stages until absorbed and no longer<br />

oily-looking. Cover the mix and<br />

leave to rest for a couple of hours or<br />

in the fridge overnight.<br />

Preheat your oven to 180°C/160°C<br />

Two Magpies Bakery is published by Headline Home and is<br />

available from all good bookshops and online<br />

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taste is utterly unique. Once tasted it will live in your<br />

memory and keep you returning, again and again.<br />

Weigh the flour, icing sugar, cardamom and salt into a<br />

large bowl and mix to combine. Rub the cubed butter into<br />

the flour mix until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Warm<br />

the milk 30°C, add the yeast and stir to dissolve. Add this<br />

liquid to the dry mix and bring the dough together using<br />

your scraper until all the dry matter is incorporated.<br />

Allow the dough to rest in the bowl, covered, for 20<br />

minutes, then turn out onto the counter and knead for 5<br />

minutes until you have a smooth, elastic dough. Place the<br />

dough back in the bowl, cover and prove for 1 hour with<br />

stretch and folds after 20 and 40 minutes. Maintain the<br />

dough temperature at 26°C.<br />

sections from the bottom edge, leaving the top edge still<br />

attached so that each strip has three sections. Prepare<br />

your tin by greasing it well or lining with cases.<br />

Plait the sections and roll each plaited strip so that the<br />

ends are tucked underneath when placed into the muffin<br />

tin. Prove for 1–2 hours until puffy and increased in size.<br />

Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6. Brush the<br />

buns with egg wash and sprinkle with nibbed sugar<br />

(optional), then bake for 12–15 minutes. Brush liberally with<br />

syrup as soon as they are out of the oven, then turn out of<br />

the tin after 10 minutes to prevent the buns sticking.<br />

While your dough is proving, make the cardamom butter<br />

by gently combining all the ingredients in a bowl.<br />

Roll the dough into a rectangle 60cm x 24cm, with<br />

the narrowest side next to your body. Spread with the<br />

cardamom butter and fold the bottom edge halfway to the<br />

centre of the dough, then fold the top edge of the dough<br />

to fully cover the first half of the dough (a single/letter fold).<br />

The dough will now measure 20cm x 24cm.<br />

Wrap the dough in cling film or baking parchment and<br />

chill in the freezer for 20 minutes. Remove and place the<br />

longest side of the dough parallel to your body. Gently roll<br />

the chilled dough to 30cm high, then trim the sides. Cut<br />

12 x 2cm wide strips of dough. Cut each strip into three<br />

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BURNT<br />


with Spiced Mandarins<br />

Celebrate Bonfire Night with a perfect<br />

dessert, from Del Monte<br />

Vegetarian, gluten-free<br />

Serves 10-12<br />

Prep time: 30 minutes. Cook<br />

time: 1 hour, plus overnight<br />

chilling<br />


680g full-fat cream cheese<br />

250g caster sugar<br />

Good pinch of salt<br />

1 tsp vanilla extract<br />

25g cornflour<br />

4 medium eggs<br />

300ml double cream<br />

Ingredients for the<br />

mandarins:<br />

2 cans (298g) Del Monte®<br />

Mandarin Segments in Juice<br />

4 tbsp soft light brown sugar<br />

1 cinnamon stick<br />

1 star anise<br />

5-6 cardamom pods, slightly<br />

squashed<br />

METHOD:<br />

Make the cheesecake the day before<br />

you want to serve it. Preheat the<br />

oven to 200°C/gas 6 and find a<br />

20cm round springform tin. Take a<br />

large piece of baking parchment,<br />

more than big enough to line the<br />

tin, and scrunch it up in your hands<br />

– this makes the paper easier to<br />

manipulate. Unscrunch the paper and<br />

put it in the tin, using a smaller cake<br />

tin to help mould it to the sides. Don’t<br />

worry about the creases and wrinkles<br />

– these are all part of the look of the<br />

cheesecake!<br />

If you have a mixer, put the cream<br />

cheese, sugar, salt, vanilla and<br />

cornflour into it and beat them<br />

thoroughly together. Otherwise, do<br />

this in a large mixing bowl, beating<br />

until smooth. Add the eggs and start<br />

beating them into the cream cheese<br />

mixture, gradually pouring in the<br />

cream as you go. If you’re using a<br />

mixing bowl, beat in the eggs one at<br />

a time before beating in the cream.<br />

You want a nice, smooth mixture.<br />

Pour the mixture carefully into the<br />

lined tin and transfer to the oven.<br />

Bake for 50-60 minutes until the<br />

cheesecake is puffed up, very brown<br />

at the edges and a rich golden<br />

brown in the centre. It should have a<br />

slight wobble in the middle still. Take<br />

out of the oven and leave to cool<br />

completely in the tin – it will sink as<br />

it cools. Transfer to the fridge and<br />

refrigerate overnight.<br />

While the cheesecake is baking, make<br />

the spiced mandarins. Drain the juice<br />

from both cans into a saucepan. Add<br />

the brown sugar and whole spices and<br />

put over a medium heat. Stir until the<br />

sugar is dissolved, then let the juice<br />

come to a brisk simmer and cook for<br />

about 10 minutes until the liquid is<br />

reduced and syrupy. Take off the heat,<br />

add the mandarin segments and stir<br />

gently. Leave to cool then refrigerate.<br />

When you’re ready to serve, carefully<br />

remove the paper and transfer the<br />

cheesecake to a serving plate. Serve<br />

in slices, with a generous spoonful of<br />

the mandarins and their syrup.<br />

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Robin Large Sofa in Basket Weave,<br />

Sandstone, arloandjacob.com<br />

HOME<br />

for Christmas<br />


DINING SPACE - is your table large enough<br />

to host? Consider an extending table, which you can<br />

keep smaller throughout the year until you need to up<br />

the size.<br />

REPAINT - new paint or wallpaper is the fastest,<br />

and one of the cheapest, to completely transform the<br />

feel of a space.<br />

NEW SOFA - just be sure to choose one from a<br />

company who can deliver in time for Christmas!<br />

LIVING<br />

&DINING<br />

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Farrow & Ball<br />

Eyebright by<br />

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NEW CUSHIONS - seasonally<br />

change your cushions, you can keep the<br />

same inners and just swap the covers to<br />

refresh the space. Add more cosy fabrics<br />

like velvet, wool and corduroy as we come<br />

into the cooler months.<br />

NEW RUG - rugs have big impact<br />

without having to get new flooring.<br />

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LIGHTING- kitchen lighting must be both functional<br />

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a wireless lamp to brighten dark corners.<br />

RESTYLE - change up the accessories you have on<br />

the sides and have a big declutter<br />

ARTWORK - hanging some new prints, or propping<br />

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and make it feel more inviting.<br />



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familial needs. If you’re trying to get this ordered<br />

before Christmas, you need to be decisive<br />

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maximise functionality whilst creating<br />

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NEW BATHROOM - It might be time for a new<br />

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Ensuring Consumer<br />

Safety and Compliance:<br />

The Vital Role of<br />

Professional Installers<br />

As the demand for sustainable and efficient home<br />

heating solutions continues to rise, the role of<br />

skilled installers becomes increasingly crucial in<br />

safeguarding homeowners.<br />

Highlighting the indispensable value of professional installers in<br />

maintaining safe and compliant homes, Alan Young, Compliance<br />

Manager for leading biomass and solid fuel heating expert<br />

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benefit of both consumers and the environment.<br />


A well-maintained stove or boiler is not only pivotal in ensuring<br />

optimal performance but is a fundamental aspect of homeowner<br />

safety. It’s vital that installers conduct regular maintenance<br />

checks that mitigate potential hazards, such as carbon monoxide<br />

leaks and fire hazards. By addressing these issues proactively,<br />

consumers can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that their wood<br />

burning stove or boiler is running efficiently and safely. Regular<br />

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of the stove and also saves homeowners money in the long run<br />

by reducing the risk of costly breakdowns.<br />


Compliance with industry regulations and standards guarantees<br />

that the stove or boiler installed meets safety criteria and<br />

environmental guidelines. Homeowner safety should always be<br />

the top priority; and installers play a critical role in upholding this<br />

commitment. By staying up to date with the latest legislations,<br />

installers can guide homeowners towards sustainable and<br />

environmentally friendly heating choices, contributing to the<br />

global efforts in reducing carbon footprints.<br />


One of the most significant advantages that professional<br />

installers bring to the table is their ability to empower<br />

homeowners with valuable knowledge. From offering insights into<br />

the latest energy-efficient technologies to explaining the benefits<br />

of regular maintenance, installers can help homeowners make<br />

informed decisions about the best suited heating solutions for<br />

their home. Raising awareness fosters trust and loyalty and also<br />

encourages them to prioritise maintenance and compliance with<br />

legislation. Together, consumers and installers can form a strong<br />

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Designer Fabrics, Wallpapers and Paint Supplier<br />

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Home Consultations<br />



Celebrating 25 years<br />

at Cranbury Park and<br />

a new chapter for<br />

Neat-House Interiors<br />

It’s hard to believe that Neat-House Interiors has<br />

been trading for over 25 years, starting with the<br />

founder of the business, Janet who started it all<br />

from making curtains in her own home, to then<br />

growing the business and needing more space,<br />

and a team of seamstresses to continue<br />

This is when an old farm building on<br />

Longmoor Farm, which is part of the<br />

historic Cranbury Park in Otterbourne<br />

was found. With a lot of hard work, late<br />

nights, and a team of friends and family<br />

the workroom was created enabling Janet<br />

to grow her dream of becoming luxury soft<br />

furnishing manufacturer.<br />

25 years later, and Neat-House Interiors<br />

is still based in the same farm building on<br />

Cranbury Park, Janet has retired, and the<br />

company was taken over by Wes 7 years<br />

ago, Laura followed the following year, and<br />

then in July of this year Wes and Laura<br />

became joint owners of the business.<br />

Over the past 7 years we at Neat-House<br />

Interiors have focused on expanding<br />

our services, and our wonderful Design<br />

Studio and our team of fantastic and<br />

super talented seamstresses has helped<br />

massively in showcasing our work to<br />

new and existing clients, along with<br />

suppliers and our trade accounts. With<br />

our workroom attached to our studio we<br />

have the luxury to be hands on with all our<br />

work, and clients love being able to see<br />

that their furnishings are made on site, by<br />

one seamstress from start to finish.<br />

Wes’s background isn’t originally from<br />

the interior world, but he has always had<br />

a huge passion and love for creating<br />

beautiful schemes in his own home,<br />

and a large renovation project is what<br />

brought him, Neat-House, and Janet<br />

together. Working together to finish his<br />

Grade II listed cottage renovation, Janet<br />

saw a talent in Wes and offered him the<br />

opportunity to come to Neat-House….he<br />

took this opportunity, and then as Janet<br />

was due to retire he decided to buy the<br />

business and continue what Janet had<br />

started.<br />

Later that year Laura joined the team, after<br />

taking a break from her interior career of<br />

15 years working for a home design team<br />

in Southampton to have her son, Laura felt<br />

now was the time to get back into what<br />

she loved…. Interiors! Laura had worked<br />

with Janet before and had always loved<br />

visiting the workroom, so when she found<br />

that Janet was due to retire, she contacted<br />

Wes and 7 years later the rest is history.<br />

Together they have worked hard to build<br />

the business and to taking the next step<br />

by going into partnership together seemed<br />

a natural thing to do. There have been<br />

some tough moments during that time,<br />

COVID being the main one, however the<br />

team at Neat-House Interiors is stronger<br />

than ever, with Wes and Laura they have<br />

4 wonderfully talented seamstresses who<br />

between them have over 100 years of<br />

experience in hand sewing, an equally as<br />

talented upholsterer, and a super-efficient<br />

fitter who helps with keeping things calm<br />

on installation days.<br />

So, if you have a project that you<br />

have been postponing, why not call or<br />

email Wes or Laura today to make an<br />

appointment.<br />


• Design consultations.<br />

• Expert measure and fitting<br />

• Accounts with all the major brands<br />

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• Upholstery<br />

• Onsite Design Studio and Workroom<br />

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Planting for Autumn colour<br />



As the full light of summer fades into<br />

Autumn so the colour palette of our gardens,<br />

changes and for me, Autumn is one of the<br />

most beautiful seasons in the garden.<br />

If you are starting from scratch and planning for colour, lucky you,<br />

then there are so many options, but the addition of some or any of<br />

the following will reward you as the summer wanes. Backlit plants<br />

can look amazing as the sun comes and goes and immediately, we<br />

think of Acers, that blaze of fire that creates so many spectacular<br />

exclamation points at this time of the year. Size certainly matters<br />

so check the height and spread that each plant will reach and then<br />

a little research will find you the ideal choice. If your soil type isn’t<br />

ideal – they are acid loving plants, then grow them in pots. A two- or<br />

three-year-old Acer in a beautiful pot can look spectacular and you<br />

can move it to the most advantageous spot to enjoy its autumn show.<br />

Trees are an obvious choice for colour and Amelanchier lamarkii or<br />

‘Snowy Mespilus’ is another beauty – it grows to about 7 metres so<br />

place it carefully, but it offers a lot- silvery leaves followed by snowy<br />

white flowers and pale copper leaves in spring. Berries follow that<br />

and then in autumn a stunning display of orange and red leaves –<br />

what more could you ask for? Shrubs also play a part – the wonderful<br />

‘Smoke Bush’, Cotinus ‘Grace’ has deep maroon leaves and a halo<br />

of fluffy grey toned flowers which look like the smoke of an autumn<br />

bonfire. Hydrangea quercifolia – the ‘Oak Leaved Hydrangea’ is<br />







another treasure offering incredible leaf colour, and white flowers too.<br />

Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’, turning yellow in autumn, looks<br />

fabulous …… I am spoilt for choice!<br />

Smaller plants also offer great colour, from Nandina domestica ‘Fire<br />

Power’ to Asters, Helianthus, Japanese Anemone, Cyclamen – and<br />

let’s not forget the grasses. Miscanthus and Pennisetum or fountain<br />

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Finding out what a good care<br />

home looks like can help you to<br />

make choices about your care.<br />

It can also help you understand<br />

what you should be able to expect<br />

from a service you already use.<br />

When we inspect care homes, there are<br />

five questions we ask.<br />

Is it safe?<br />

Is it effective?<br />

Is it caring?<br />

Is it responsive to people’s needs?<br />

Is it well-led?<br />

In a good care home, you can expect<br />

to be safe because…<br />

The home and any equipment are well<br />

maintained and managers look for ways to<br />

improve safety. You should feel confident<br />

that your belongings are safe and secure.<br />

There are always enough staff on duty with<br />

the skills needed to make sure you are safe.<br />

You are protected from being bullied,<br />

harassed, harmed or abused. Abuse<br />

includes neglect and financial abuse.<br />

Staff deal with incidents and accidents<br />

quickly and openly (and investigate them if<br />

necessary) and they learn from mistakes.<br />

You feel safe and protected by staff,<br />

but you also have as much freedom as<br />

possible to do the things you want to do –<br />

regardless of your disability or other needs.<br />

Staff give you your medicine safely and<br />

store it correctly. Where possible, the<br />

home involves you in reviewing your<br />

medicines and supports you to be as<br />

independent as possible.<br />

The home is kept clean and hygienic to<br />

prevent any risk of infection to you or<br />

other residents.<br />

You can expect a good care home to<br />

be effective because…<br />

You are regularly asked for your views<br />

about the quality and choice of the food<br />

and other aspects of the home, and your<br />

feedback is consistently good.<br />

Staff make sure you get the right food<br />

and drink you need, and that you have<br />

enough of it.<br />

Staff have the right knowledge,<br />

qualifications and skills to carry out their<br />

role so that you have a good quality of life.<br />

You are always asked to give your<br />

consent (permission) to your care,<br />

treatment and support in a way you can<br />

understand. Where appropriate, your<br />

family and friends are also involved in<br />

decisions about your care.<br />

Staff know about your health needs and<br />

personal preferences and give you as<br />

much choice and control as possible.<br />

Staff speak with health and social care<br />

professionals, such as GPs, and take the<br />

right action at the right time to keep you<br />

in good health.<br />

You are asked for your likes and needs<br />

when the home is adapted or decorated.<br />

Any changes to the home are made to<br />

help you to be as independent as possible.<br />

You can expect a good care home to be<br />

caring because…<br />

Staff know about your background, likes,<br />

hopes and needs. This includes any needs<br />

you have because of your age, disability,<br />

sex (gender), gender identity, race, religion<br />

or belief, or sexuality (whether you are<br />

lesbian, gay, bisexual or heterosexual).<br />

You are encouraged to express your views,<br />

no matter how complex your needs are.<br />

You have access to advocates (people<br />

who can speak on your behalf).<br />

Staff also know your wishes for your care<br />

at the end of your life, if this applies.<br />

Staff treat you with dignity and respect.<br />

They spend time with you, develop<br />

trusting relationships and are concerned<br />

for your wellbeing.<br />

You have enough privacy.<br />

Your family and friends can visit you.<br />

You can expect a good care home to be<br />

responsive to your needs because…<br />

Your care, treatment and support are set<br />

out in a written plan that describes what<br />

staff need to do to make sure that you<br />

receive personalised care.<br />

You, and your family and friends where<br />

appropriate, are actively involved in<br />

developing this plan. For example, you<br />

should be able to have a choice about<br />

who provides you with personal care,<br />

such as help with washing and dressing.<br />

As your needs and preferences change,<br />

your plan is changed, and all those who<br />

need to know, such as your care staff, are<br />

kept up to date.<br />

The plan includes information about<br />

the whole of your life, including your<br />

goals, your abilities and how you want to<br />

manage your health. You may also have a<br />

health action plan.<br />

Staff work hard to prevent you from<br />

feeling lonely. They do this by helping you<br />

to keep in contact with your family and<br />

friends.<br />

Staff also help you keep up your hobbies<br />

and get involved in the community if you<br />

want to.<br />

If you need to visit hospital, staff plan<br />

this well with you to make sure it goes as<br />

smoothly as possible.<br />

If you have any concerns and complaints,<br />

staff always take them seriously,<br />

investigate them thoroughly and respond<br />

to them in good time.<br />

You can expect a good care home to<br />

be well-led because…<br />

You know who the manager is, and<br />

anyone else in charge.<br />

Managers know what their responsibilities<br />

are and are always honest, including<br />

when things go wrong.<br />

Staff know what is expected of them and<br />

are happy in their work.<br />

Managers are available to support their<br />

staff.<br />

Staff have the confidence to report<br />

concerns about the care that colleagues,<br />

carers and other professionals give.<br />

When this happens they are supported<br />

and their concerns are thoroughly<br />

investigated.<br />

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9.8<br />

Mayflower Court<br />

Review score <strong>2023</strong><br />

carehome.co.uk*<br />

Read David’s story<br />

*carehome.co.uk scores are based on independent reviews with a<br />

maximum score of 10. Rating correct as at 05/09/<strong>2023</strong>.<br />

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VAX claims that it is their best performing cordless hard floor<br />

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