from the editor
The bleak midwinter. I often bemoan the loss
of the twinkle of festive lights and Christmas
wreaths - it seems a cruel, long stretch from
early January into spring without something
nice to look at - we can all fall victim to this
pessimism, generally because after the chaos
of the festive season, our diaries are looking a
little empty and our doors a little sad…
A Culinary recipes Journey to celebrate
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How about instead of succumbing to the
midwinter gloom, we instead rejoice in
something altogether more special than strings
of lights or wrapped up presents - the gentle
awakening of spring, the shift in the seasons.
I won’t look for glitter, but instead for the
solemn little heads of the snowdrops in shady
patches or the gentle bob of yellow swathes of
daffodils lining the roads on my drive to work.
I’ll view my lack of social engagements not as
a problem, but as a chance to take a breath
- and maybe treat myself to a dinner without
having to worry about anyone else. Finally,
instead of filling my body with festive treats (I
assure you, there were plenty), I’ll fill my lungs
with fresh air during the little 20 minutes I’ve
carved out of my day for a lunchtime walk.
IN THIS ISSUE...
04 What’s On
Spring is awakening! And we share
with you the pick of the best local
14 Perfect Pancakes
Three incredible pancake recipes
to celebrate Shrove Tuesday with -
including a curry version!
17 Mitch Tonks
We catch up with the West Country
chef on big business decisions and
creating a community
19 Fairtrade Fortnight
Three delicious recipes celebrating the
best Fairtrade ingredients - promising
a fair price to farmers
26 Liz Bonnin
We caught up with presenter and
wildlife expert Liz Bonnin ahead of the
Planet Earth Live in Concert tour
30 Bathroom Guide
A guide to creating your own
bathroom sanctuary and top tips for
Editor Katie Thomson
Publisher Sally Thomson
Pre Press Manager Kate O’Connell
Contributors Rebecca Williams, Peter Thomson, Kate O’Connell, Lucy Saunders
Angela Cave. Cover: Winchester Cathedral Choristers with The Dean of Winchester
Key Account Manager Claire Harris
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All things considered, then, February doesn’t
feel too bad. It’s famously the month of love
with Saint Valentine’s day in the middle - that
love can manifest itself with showings of
gratitude of kindness to your partner or pet,
your best friend or brother - a little bit of love
can lift even the gloomiest of spirits.
This issue we have a bumper selection of
goodies to keep you occupied too - with
a fabulous bathroom and tile guide, some
enviable inspiration on architectural glazing
and some tips on modern Victorian styling.
Add into that a catch up with the charming
chef Mitch Tonks, some tasty recipes and a
interview with the fascinating TV presenter and
biologist Liz Bonnin - well, we are confident
there is something for everyone.
We will see you again in April - when we will be
in full Easter mode!
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Finally, the days are getting longer
and spring is just around the corner.
Looking for the best local places to visit
and things to do at this time of year?
Then you can make the most of the
season with our extensive guide...
Exbury Gardens and
Exbury, Southampton SO45 1AZ
023 8089 1203
Saturday 14 March
Open for Spring
Exbury Gardens & Steam Railway will be
opening for the season!
Flowering highlights for March Heather
Gardens, Daffodil Meadow, Magnolias,
Camelias, Early-flowering rhododendrons.
Gilbert White's House
Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH
Saturday 8 February, 1pm & 2.30pm
Storytelling for Children
To celebrate National Storytelling Week
they will be hosting a storytelling session
with DD Storyteller.
Made up of two 1hr sessions, it will include
interactive traditional tales and a chance to
make woodland animal masks.
Wednesday 12 February
From Fire to Ice
A Journey Through the Solar
We see extremes of temperatures in the
solar system from the core of our Sun to
the frigid outer reached of the solar system.
These temperatures differences shape our
little corner of the cosmos they create the
many different types of worlds that inhabit
our solar system.
Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 February
The annual celebration of the Snowdrop!
Half price admission and garden tours
running through the weekend.
Tuesday 18 and Thursday 20 February,
11am - 2pm
Love Birds - Eggs & Nests
Look at real bird’s nests and find out about
the different nesting habits of our native
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birds. Can you match the birds to their
nests? Learn to identify different eggs and
find out what you can do to help our birds
this Spring. Suitable for ages 5 and up.
Saturday 28 March
Wedding Open Day
The Wedding Open Day gives you the
opportunity to view The 16th Century Barn
at Gilbert Whites. Look round the barn and
the parkland, meet the wedding coordinator
and discuss your individual requirements.
There will be information about all the
recommended suppliers including caterers,
photographers and florists.
Visitor Centre, Weyhill, Andover SP11 8DY
Sunday 22 March
Mothering Sunday Lunch
Treat your Mum to a three-course Sunday
lunch with a difference lunch will be served
in the Griffon Rooms with a break after the
main course for you to enjoy the Valley of
the Eagles flying display.
Near Alresford SO24 0LA
Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February
February Half Term Trail -
Spring is in Sight
Discover how plants, animals and people
welcome in the new season with this spring
Saturday 4 April, 10am - 4pm + 15 other
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt
Pick-up the family trail to explore Hinton’s
garden and parkland, with a chocolate prize
at the end.
This trail if recommended for children up to
13 years old.
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Jane Austen's House
Chawton GU34 1SD
Friday 14 February
Valentine’s Day Visit and Cream Tea
Spend Valentine’s Day with Jane. Visitors
can celebrate romance alongside their
own Mr Darcy or Lizzie Bennet. Take
a turn ‘round the lovely gardens and
enjoy discounted admission along with a
Valentine’s Day cream tea at Cassandra’s
Saturday 15 February, 2pm
‘Look upon Verdure’ - Garden Talk
Inspired by Fanny Price’s sentiment in
Mansfield Park ‘to sit in the shade on a fine
day, and look upon verdure, is the most
perfect refreshment’, gardener, historian
Snowdrops at Gilbert White’s House
Tie the knot
Hampshire Ceremonies has over 150 venues and
12 register office ceremony rooms for marriages or
The Winchester register office, based in the 19th century
Castle Hill building, has a suite of stylish rooms to meet all
tastes and budgets. Outside, the historic cobbled avenue is
the ideal backdrop for photographs.
To find out more visit: www.hampshireceremonies.org.uk
or telephone 0300 555 1392
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and author Carol Chernega will present
a talk about the garden at Jane Austen’s
Tuesday 18 February, 10.45am - 11.15am
Half Term - Tuesday Tales for Tots
Join them over half term for some rhyme,
mime and song in this special storytelling
session for the under 5s. Babes in arms
also welcome! Stay on afterwards and
explore the House with the family trails.
Tuesday 18 February, 11.45pm - 12.15pm
Half Term - Tuesday Tales - Over 5s
Join them for this magical storytelling
session inspired by some fabulous
footwear on display in Jane Austen’s
House. Find out about the magical role
of shoes in fairy tales, then listen to a
traditional story featuring a rather special
pair of boots.
Sunday 8 March, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Celebrate International Women’s
Jane Austen was a woman ahead of
her time- join them in celebrating her
and strong women the world over
on International Women’s Day. Enjoy
discounted entry and a cream tea at
Friday 20 March, 10.30am - 12 noon
Guided Village Walk -
First Day of Spring
Celebrate the first day of Spring with a
stroll through Jane Austen’s country village
of Chawton. Walk in Jane’s footsteps and
learn about her love of nature, the village
she lived in, and the importance of village
life in shaping her writing. Throughout the
walk, short readings from Austen’s letters
and novels will bring her world to life.
Sunday 22 March, 10.30am - 4.30pm
Mothering Sunday Visit and Cream
What better way to say thank you than to
treat Mum to a day out at Jane Austen’s
House and a cream tea at Cassandra’s
Mid Hants Railway
The Railway Station, Alresford SO24 9JG
Saturdays 15 & 22 February and 14 & 28
Real Ale Train (RAT)
Enjoy friendly banter as you travel on a
steam train drinking local ale! The famous
Real Ale Train, or RAT as it is affectionately
known, continues its tradition of serving
real ale from a restored bar carriage pulled
by a steam locomotive.
Nr Romsey SO51 0LP
Saturday 15 - Sunday 23 February
February Half Term - Daft Doodles
Silly scribbling activities inspired by the
Explore the grounds with fun February halfterm
trail, doodling as you go.
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University Road, Southampton SO17 1TR
023 8067 1771
Friday 31 January - Saturday 1 February
An unlikely group of men band together to
reclaim the place they call home. As the
team try to bring down the villain, they find
themselves grasping with morality, risk and
betrayal, questioning constantly ‘who can
you really trust?’
Wednesday 5 February, 7.30pm
Sir Ranulph Fiennes -
Named by the Guinness Book of Records
as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’,
Sir Ranulph Fiennes has spent his life in
pursuit of extreme adventure, risking life
and limb in some of the most ambitious
private expeditions ever undertaken.
Tuesday 18- Sunday 23 February
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful
family show packed with oodles of magic,
sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A
stunning stage adaptation of the classic
tale of teatime mayhem... expect to be
Saturday 29 February, 7.30pm
The Night Sky Show
The Night Sky Show will take you on an
epic journey from our celestial back yard
and across the cosmos.
The Night Sky Show will be a truly fun,
entertaining and memorable evening.
Helping you understand and enjoy the
heavens above and universe beyond.
Helpful for the next time you’re looking up
at the night sky stargazing, or when you
just look up and wonder.
Tuesday 3 - Saturday 7 March
An outrageous play about imperialism,
cross-racial adoption, cultural appropriation
Brighton, 1862. A day in the life of Sarah,
an African girl, adopted by Queen Victoria
and raised in the Queen’s circles. Today is
the eve of her having to return to Africa but
will she go?
Wednesday 11 March
One of the best-loved operas of all time,
Madam Butterfly’s glorious music and
tragic heroine have enchanted audiences
for more than a century.
Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 March
Aged 3 - 6? You are invited on an exciting
puppetry adventure to find the mysterious
monster that’s made everyone else run
Helped by two hapless, hopeless
storytellers, their big boxes of story and
their terrible rhymes, we’ll venture into the
forest, peep into deep, dark caves, build
walls and knock them down.
Sunday 15 March, 7.30pm
Arabella Weir -
Does My Mum Loom Big In This?
Devastatingly funny, excruciatingly honest
and definitely embarrassing for all of
Arabella’s relatives, not to mention herself,
this is a helter-skelter tour of appalling and
appallingly funny maternal behaviour.
Tuesday 17 March - Saturday 4 April
Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of)
A fun new take on the original rom-com,
Pride & Prejudice.
Men, money and microphones will be
fought over in this irreverent, all-female
adaptation of Jane Austen’s unrivalled
Tuesday 24 - Sunday 29 March
Cirque Berserk! returns with all your
favourite acts, and some thrilling new
ones, all created especially for the theatre.
Combining contemporary cirque style
artistry with adrenaline fuelled stunt action,
this astoundingly talented international
troupe includes over thirty jugglers,
acrobats, aerialists, dancers, drummers and
daredevil stuntmen showcasing the finest in
traditional circus thrills and skills.
Jewry Street, Winchester SO23 8SB
Friday 7 February
Oh! What a Night
Oh! What A Night takes you back in
time on a musical journey through the
incredible career of Frankie Valli & The
Four Seasons, now immortalised in
the multi-award winning show Jersey
Boys, which has been packing theatres
worldwide since its debut in 2005.
Saturday 8 February, 7.30pm
Philly Philly Wang Wang
Phil has made a name for himself (that
name being Phil Wang) exploring sex,
romance, politics, and his mixed British-
Malaysian heritage with shows that delight
in his unique Wang brand of smart and
This one is about morality and the modern
sense of self. Swell!
Wednesday 12 February
An Evening of Marvin Gaye
Let’s get it on with a special evening of
the Prince of Soul with the velvet falsetto,
Expect stunning soulful vocals from the
charismatic Wayne Hernandez, incredible
harmonies and infectious energy from
the star-studded Don’t Stop the Beat 10
Sunday 23 February
Fairport Convention has been entertaining
music lovers for over half a century.
During that time the band that launched
British folk-rock has seen many changes.
But one thing has remained the same -
Fairport’s passion for performance.
Tuesday 25 February
Round the Horne
“Oh, Mr Horne! How bona to vada your
dolly old eek!”
From the producers of the UK tours of
The Goon Show and Hancock’s Half Hour
comes another radio comedy classic live
Thursday 27 February
Jo Brand - Work in Progress
Join Jo Brand as she takes to the road
trying out new material along with her
special guest, Andy Robinson.
Long established as one of the UK’s best
comics, Jo Brand is the star and writer
of Getting On, the BBC’s BAFTA awardwinning
series set on a hospital’s geriatric
ward, which was partly inspired by her
earlier career in nursing.
Wednesday 4 March
Teacups and Tiaras
In a world full of general ghastliness, trusted
authority on matters of etiquette William
Hanson has embarked on an entertaining
solo mission to gentrify the nation.
As well as enlightening us with the history
of customs, tastes and manners, William
will invite carefully selected members of the
audience to the stage to demonstrate the
dos and don’ts of polite behaviour.
Saturday 7 March
Winchester Comedy Festival Spring
An evening of comedy featuring Hal
Cruttenden, Mike Cox, James Dowdeswell
and James Gill.
Sunday 15 March
Morgan and West -
Magicians, time travellers and all-round
spiffing chaps Morgan and West have a
secret past they are genuine, bona fide,
legitimately qualified scientists, and are
now bringing their love of enlightenment to
Sunday 22 March
Beyond the Barricade
The UK’s longest running Musical Theatre
Concert Tour features past principal
performers from Les Miserables and
delivers over two hours of the best of
Broadway and the West End, ending or
course with a stunning finale from Les Mis.
Sunday 29 March, 7.30pm
Clive Anderson - Me, Macbeth and I
The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose
Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with
his much-anticipated first-ever solo tour, in
a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier
than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy.
Tuesday 31 March
Join Ballet Theatre UK in a tragically
romantic tale of a young girl who falls
deeply in love.
However, she would soon be deceived for
he was betrothed to another.
Through despair and desperation, the
young girl kills herself as she could not live
Cathedral Office, Winchester SO23 9LS
01962 857 214
Sunday 19 February, 10pm - 3pm
Half Term Family Fun
Pick up a themed trail from the Entrance
Desk and explore the Cathedral, followed
by craft activities. Free on entry to the
Cathedral - admission is free for under 16s.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Join in the Pancake Race at the Cathedral
February 25, 12.30pm with racing from
1.00pm until 2.00pm.
Winchester Cathedral Close provides
the historical backdrop for the annual
Winchester Pancake Race. Many teams,
including clergy, the university, local
schools and businesses will compete
for a trophy, awarded to the team that
completes the course in the fastest time.
Enjoy pancakes and entertainment.
Organised by Winchester Rotary in
partnership with Winchester Cathedral.
Proceeds will be shared between the
Cathedral and Winchester Rotary.
22 March, 12pm - 3pm
Mothering Sunday Carvery
Treat your mother to a delicious Sunday
Carvery at the Paul Woodhouse Suite.
£17.95pp* for main (carvery) and a dessert
£8.95 for children (up to 12 years of age)
*To include a small gift for mum.
28 March, 7pm
Waynflete Singers’ 50th Anniversary
This gala concert will contain works
selected from those the Waynflete Singers
have performed over the past 50 years
and will be conducted by their three most
recent music directors.
As a result of a successful crowd-funding
campaign a new commission will be
unveiled from the composer and eminent
baritone Roderick Williams OBE, who will
also be performing.
Not to be missed!
The Broadway SO23 9GH
Friday 7 February, 7.30pm
Psychic Sally -
10 years and counting
Wowing audiences young and old across
the country Sally’s show will have you
on the edge of your seat, as she brings
mediumship into the 21st century.
Saturday 22 February, 7.30pm
Hair Trigger bring you the very best 80’s
rock anthems, complete with big hair, tight
spandex, and a bad attitude! They’re an
all live 6 piece band, with 5 part harmony,
screaming high notes and face melting
guitar solos. Playing the massive hits from
artists including Bon Jovi, Guns n Roses,
Van Halen, Motley Crue, Poison, Alice
Cooper and many more.
Saturday 29 February, 1pm and 7pm
The Gin To My Tonic Festival
The Gin To My Tonic Festival brings
together over 100 different gins from across
the UK and beyond. Each gin stocked
behind the bars has been selected based
on outstanding craftsmanship, delightful
flavour and the most enjoyable drinking
We take great care in compiling the listings,
however we recommend that you contact the
venue in advance as events and listings can
be subject to change.
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The importance of extra
Your child has spent a long day at school, however their
first port of call when they home will probably be their
X Box or something on the TV. However, we suggest that
they will benefit greatly from a non-academic activity
that they have an interest in.
Here are some examples of extracurricular activities
that your child might enjoy.
1. Music LESSONS - Some children learn to play instruments,
while others prefer to sing. There are some who are good at doing
both. There are so many instruments to choose from that you are
bound to find something that they will enjoy playing.
2. Sports CLUBS - Sports such as football, basketball, cricket
and softball require teamwork and a lot of energy, but if this type of
sport doesn’t sound like it suits your child, there are other options
such as tennis, badminton and golf that your child can try.
3. Dance LESSONS - Even among dance, there are so many
types to choose from that your child is sure to find the perfect fit.
Be it ballet, tap or modern dance is something that will help your
child develop physically and mentally as most forms of dance
require discipline and a strong body and it keeps them active as
nowadays there is very little physical activity at school.
4. Painting and Sketching GROUPS - Perhaps your child is
a blossoming artist and they will improve creative skills as the brain
will begin to develop the areas associated with creativity. Painting
and drawing can also help develop problem-solving skills.
5. Crafts, Pottery and Sculpting CLASSES - Working with
clay and creating something with their hands can give a child a
sense of satisfaction which builds confidence.
6. Martial Arts - Though the varied styles of mixed martial
arts such as judo, Taekwondo, karate and what these really teach
is discipline and how to control strength. Martial Arts teach selfcontrol
and self-discipline. They also help in socialisation skills and
physical development in your child.
7. Book Club - Book clubs are a great way for little bookworms
to have their fun and socialise with other book lovers. Many things
can be gained from a book club. Not only will the literature itself
teach your child a lot about the world, the way it works and so
much more, but it will also help them to develop their reading skills,
which will have a tremendous impact on their writing skills.
8. Drama ClubS - Your little drama kings and queens will love
this one as it is a fun and productive way to use up their dramatic
energies. Drama club helps your child to develop physical, artistic,
social and public speaking skills. It also helps to improve a their
memory and improvisation skills. Often, shy children who have a
talent for acting become more confident through drama club.
When you have a general idea of what your child wants, you can
do some research to see who provides these classes in your area
and then take the time to take your child to visit the place while
a class is in session and see if is a stimulating and comfortable
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Time to trust in the future of prep schools
It can’t be easy being a prospective
parent of a prep school child. If you fall
into this category you might be forgiven
for thinking that there’s not much point as
the whole fee paying independent school
sector could be abolished in the near
future if certain politically minded people
get their way.
Anything is possible, of course, but for
this extremely vindictive approach to
become a reality the Labour Party would
need to adopt it formally as a policy which
it has not yet done as well as achieve
a working majority to pass legislation
to make it happen. If all this does take
place, however, don’t underestimate the
independent school sector’s determination
to fight for its existence with every legal
pathway being followed to test the
legitimacy of such a policy. There could
even be a remarkable irony that should
the UK still be in the EU at the time such
legislation is brought forward it could be
the European courts who stop the move in
its tracks. As I said anything is possible.
In the meantime, there is every reason to
have confidence in prep schools and their
future. IAPS (the Independent Association
of Prep Schools) has over 600 of the top
prep and fee-charging junior schools in the
UK. The first step in your search for quality
is to check if your possible short list of
schools for your son or daughter carries
the mark of quality by being a member of
the heads’ association known as IAPS.
This association has a history extending
back over 126 years and the criteria
for membership is strictly monitored to
ensure both the head, and the school they
work at, maintain the highest standards.
School inspection reports are received
by IAPS, for example, and any failings
identified have to be rectified in good time
to maintain membership. In one sense,
therefore, the first level of due diligence a
parent might feel it necessary to undertake
is already done for them if the school can
demonstrate they are members of IAPS
and, better still, have been a member for
What should you do next as you are
feeling your way through the maze of
glossy publications and enticing web sites
placed in front of you. The temptation is
to look for a ‘brand’ name and, to some
extent, this has merit as it will more often
than not lead you to a school with a fine
reputation polished over many years of
conspicuous achievement. The question
to ask, of course, is has the school a
reputation for success in the areas which
co-incide with the talents and interests
of your child. A fine school’s sporting
tradition is of little relevance if your child is
a talented and developing musician – not
that those two areas have to be mutually
The resort to social media and discussion
forums is a likely step many will take but
if your chosen pathway takes you in this
direction then, at the risk of patronising
you, the reader, beware. Do you use
Tripadvisor when planning a stay away?
Do you believe all the messages posted
there and would you base your whole view
of a school on the postings of a few with
most likely a pro- or anti-line to promote
for their own reasons. There might be
themes to pick up on but it really needs
each parent to seek out the things that are
most important to you and your child.
That brings me then to what you should
do. The most important thing is to visit the
school and not just on an official Open
Day. If a school can’t buff itself up to look
good on an official Open Day it really is
a poor do. However, choose a day and
time to suit you, though be reasonable
when negotiating this. Nothing much is
likely to be gained from a visit if a good
proportion of the school is off their normal
timetable or routine because it’s the day
of the annual whole school cross country
event. Ask to see the class your child
would likely join at work and then visit
older age groups, looking for obvious
positive progression as revealed by the
work displayed on the wall displays. Find
out the answers to the questions you have
about the areas important to you and
judge how open and direct you find the
responses from the school. In short trust
your instincts and not wholly what others
If you follow this advice you won’t go far
wrong and then don’t lose any sleep over
the long term future of your prep school.
Let IAPS do that bit for you whilst you
concentrate on finding the right school for
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Inspiring careers & open afternoon
at St Swithun’s Prep school
Friday 6 March
From 1.15pm including tours of the school and the dream big
festival showcasing a breadth of careers including performance,
agriculture, medicine, law and entrepreneurial business.
Please contact us to book your visit:
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Get adventurous this Shrove
Tuesday and try out these
delicious recipes courtesy of
with chilli chocolate sauce
For the chocolate sauce:
100ml double cream
1 Chipotle Chilli, roughly chopped
200g Divine Fairtrade 70% Dark Chocolate
For the pancakes:
150g plain flour
Pinch of table salt
25g golden caster sugar
100ml whole milk
4 tbsp rapeseed or sunflower oil
Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve
To make the sauce, gently warm the
cream and chilli in a pan then leave to
infuse for 10 minutes. Break the chocolate
into a bowl and place on top of a pan of
simmering water, making sure the base
doesn’t touch the water, and allow to melt
slowly while stirring.
Strain the warmed cream into the melted
chocolate and stir. Discard the chilli.
Keep the sauce warm while you make the
Sift the flour into a large bowl and add the
salt and half the sugar. In a separate dish,
crack 2 eggs into the milk. Separate the
remaining 2 eggs and add the yolks to
Add the buttermilk to the milk and eggs
and whisk together. Slowly pour into the
flour, whisking gently but being careful not
In a separate bowl, add the remaining
s.ugar to the egg whites, whisk until light
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and fluffy then fold into the batter mixture
in 2 stages.
Heat a little butter and oil in a non-stick pan.
Depending on the size of your pan, drop up
to 5 large tablespoons of the pancake mix
into it and fry each pancake for 40 seconds
until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip
over and fry for a further 40 seconds, then
remove. Repeat in batches with the rest of
the batter to make 18-24 pancakes.
Divide the pancakes between 6 plates and
top each with a scoop of ice cream and a
drizzle of chocolate sauce. Serve swiftly.
Chicken tikka pancakes
with mango chutney
125g plain flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
1 green chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tbsp sunflower oil
2 x 300g packs Waitrose British Chicken
Breast Chunks In A Spiced Tikka Marinade
4 salad onions, sliced
4 tbsp Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney
4 tbsp low fat Greek yogurt
Sift the flour and a pinch of salt together
into a bowl. Make a well in the centre
and add the egg and half the milk. Whisk
together well then stir in the rest of the milk
to make a smooth batter. Stir in the chilli
and cumin, and set aside for 30 minutes.
Reserve 1 tbsp of the oil, then heat a little
of the remaining oil in an 18cm pancake
pan or shallow frying pan and add a ladleful
of the batter. Swirl it around the pan and
cook for 1–2 minutes each side until golden.
Transfer to a plate and keep warm. Repeat
with the remaining mixture to make 8
pancakes, keeping them warm, separated
with sheets of kitchen paper.
Heat the rest of the oil in a large, non-stick
frying pan and cook the chicken for 10–12
minutes, turning occasionally, until cooked
through with no pink meat. Divide the
chicken between the pancakes, putting
it on one quarter of the pancake, and top
with the salad onions, mango chutney and
yogurt. Fold up the pancakes to make
parcels, and serve.
Toffee Apple Pancakes
with vanilla ice cream
4 apples, cored and cut into thin wedges
3 tbsp clear honey
3 tbsp light brown soft sugar
8 Pancakes - from scratch or store bought
4 generous scoops vanilla ice cream
25g hazelnuts, chopped and toasted
1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan. Add
the apple wedges and fry for 3 minutes until
beginning to soften and turn golden. Stir
through the honey and sprinkle over the
brown sugar. Continue to cook for a further
4 minutes until sticky and glazed.
2. Warm the pancakes in the microwave or
oven, according to the packet instructions.
3. Divide the toffee apples between the
warmed pancakes then fold each one in
half and in half again. Place 2 filled pancake
cones on each plate and top with a scoop
of vanilla ice cream. Drizzle over any sauce
left in the pan and scatter with hazelnuts
Say I Love You
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250g plain flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 tablespoons caster sugar
355ml warm milk
75g butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix together flour,
salt, baking powder and sugar; set
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National Butchers’ Week gives us the
opportunity to celebrate and support a
mainstay of the British High Street
One of the most popular events in the butchery calendar,
National Butchers’ Week takes place 9-15 March 2020. National
Butchers’ Week highlights the great work being done by butchers
from around the UK that sets them apart from the competition. It
also focuses on the fantastic innovation that takes place within
butchers’ shops across the land.
Never has it been more important to understand our food
provenance - especially as more of us are reshaping our diets to
eat meat less often, but crucially eating better quality when we
do. That means engaging more with the process of buying meat
- selecting carefully reared livestock, butchered properly. It’s not
always possible to get that information from the supermarket.
This engagement with our food chain is essential, and should
start in the butchery shop - a butcher can not only tell you where
your meat has come from (usually a farm whose name you will
likely recognise!) but also can advise on the best cuts for certain
dishes, give you great value for money on cheaper cuts and
impart their wealth of knowledge with ready cooking tips.
Throughout the awareness week, butchers across the area will
be participating in events and putting on offers to help educate
and inform potential customers of the benefits of shopping
with them. The key takeaway is that consumers don’t need to
feel intimidated about shopping there - far from needing an
extensive knowledge of each and every cut available, shoppers
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available in the shops. As well as in the shops, lots of online
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of your regular weekly shop.
So, when you’re planning your meals this week, why not carve
out 10 minutes to go and visit your local butcher - you’ll come
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Famed for his growing group of fabulous fish restaurants,
Rockfish, Mitch Tonks is a chef, author, restaurateur and a
passionate, lifelong advocate for all the morsels that emerge
from the deep blue sea. Sally Thomson caught up with him
to discuss expansion plans, career motivations and why his
heart will always belong to the kitchen...
Sally: I hear you have another book
on the horizon?
Mitch: I do! We’re doing another
Rockfish book. It will be published
October. All very exciting!
Fantastic! How many Rockfish
Restaurants have you got
At the moment there are
seven but there will be
nine by the end of the year.
They will be in Poole, Lyme
Regis, and Sidmouth. Poole
opened in January, Lyme
Regis will open in June
and Sidmouth will open
in October. We then have
two or three sites ready
for 2021 that we are just
That is incredible,
when you think about
where you’ve come
It’s kind of been an
up and down journey,
because we had
grew to thirteen,
but it was a public
company and the
to grow restaurants
in and ultimately
the project failed.
But since 2009
Seahorses has existed down in
Dartmouth, and Rockfish is ten years
old, so we’ve done well to rebuild over
When we last had a chat you’d
opened Joe’s Bar, how’s that going?
It’s going really well, and since May last
year we actually moved the entrance to
the restaurant through Joe’s Bar, and
that’s been a real success as people
enter the restaurant through Joe’s
Bar, have a drink and start their dining
experience off with something more
special and fun.
So how do you stretch yourself with
everything going on?
Well the business is over three hundred
people, with a really good senior team,
finance, marketing, and then over four
hundred in the summer. So, I obviously
work very closely with my senior team
and I am clear about what I want to
achieve in a period of time and helping
other people to achieve those goals.
Sometimes its challenging but when you
work as a team and you are supporting
each other you can make stuff happen.
That’s it really!
Managing those people, helping them
manage others, then I spend my time in
the restaurants, as well as consistently
looking at the business as a whole and
thinking ‘How can our business provide
better solutions for jobs, how can we
be better than anywhere else to work
"I tend to think of the restaurants like a
community now. Everybody who works for
us belongs to the community. We talk a lot
about family but of course family are hard to
get rid of and communities are made up of
people all contributing"
"I think when Fishworks
failed…well it gives you
plenty of time to reflect on
what’s really important to
you and what’s not"
So I made a phone call to my agent who
was on the train on the way up. He was
mortified! All I could say to everyone was
that 'I’m sorry, I just don’t want to do
it'. Financially it was suicide as it was a
very well paid job but it was prime time
television and all the things that go with
it and I didn’t want to be known as a guy
on telly. I wanted to build my reputation
as a restaurateur and a chef which is
what I actually really enjoy.
I think when Fishworks failed…well it
gives you plenty of time to reflect on
what’s really important to you and what’s
not and allowed me to make my own
choices, not get swept along with ‘this is
a great idea’. It was a great idea, it was
magnificent. The TV show would have
been great but it just wasn’t for me. So
the answer is I am regularly asked to do
television bits and I will 99% of the time
turn them down and occasionally I might
do the odd thing but I don’t wake up
thinking ‘I’d like to do more television’.
for, how can we have a really amazing
strategy over five years that gives people
top pay, freedom, how can we create a
development programme so that people
can develop in the organisation.’
I tend to think of the restaurants like a
community now. Everybody who works for
us belongs to the community. We talk a lot
about family but of course family are hard
to get rid of and communities are made up
of people all contributing, so when people
don’t contribute they move out of the
community and new people move in.
One thing I didn’t realise is that you
made significant changes to your menu
with regards to being gluten-free. That
must have been a big change?
Yes! About ten years ago we set about
rebuilding all of cooking ranges and
changing all of our practices so that offer
everything gluten-free. We committed to
the business being gluten-free, not just
by saying ‘here’s a gluten-free menu’.
Everything we do is gluten-free. If we
have to swap a bun for a gluten-free bun
we do, and it basically means that the
whole menu is available to somebody
with a gluten intolerance rather than
them feeling in a minority and only being
able to choose from say five things on
Going back, I first met you at the
beginning of the century! 2000, a
long, long time ago! Since then you’ve
appeared on TV, most notably with
Matt Dawson, the rugby player, but
do you find yourself too busy to make
room to do any shows as of late?
The television career took off back
around 2008/09. The series Mitch and
Matt’s Big Fish became very successful
and Denham Productions and the BBC
wanted to do series two. So there was a
lot of euphoria and excitement from Matt
and the team, and they were on their way
to London to sign the deal.
We had agreed it, gone through it all and
I started to get cold feet. I was sat in the
restaurant having a brandy and a coffee
and I was just thinking to myself ‘I don’t
actually want to be a television chef, I
want to be in this restaurant cooking’.
Surely your heart has to be in it if it’s
what you are going to do?
I think you are either on telly to drive
people to your restaurants, well I’ve been
there when you are in a restaurant and so
many people want to talk to you because
they’ve seen you on telly but never for
the right reasons, and the thought that
somebody comes to the restaurant just
to catch a glimpse of the person they’ve
seen on telly is just the wrong motivation.
I want people to restaurants because
they are really great places socially to
go and they have importance in the
community and they like your food and
that it’s somewhere they want to come to
celebrate birthdays and all of that stuff!
Absolutely, and you’ve done so, I mean
The Seahorse is just brilliant I’ve got
to be honest. It’s just delightful the
minute you walk in there, it’s such
a lovely place to be and I absolutely
love coming down there and hopefully
when the weather brightens up I’ll be
back. One last question; are you doing
Salcombe Crab Festival this May?
I’m still not sure if I’m going to do it this
year. I didn’t do it last year, but I did
the year before, but I am hoping to do
a fish festival in Brixton, a crab festival
in Dartmouth which we always do, and
also Dartmouth Food Festival in October
which is always great.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2020 forges ahead from 24 February - 8
March in the fight to secure sustainable livelihoods for farmers
in the global south. Sadly, the shocking exploitation of the people
who grow our food is still rife around the world and Fairtrade
Fortnight 2020 will highlight this reality, focusing on women
cocoa farmers, who are some of the most marginalised and
face the greatest challenges. To raise awareness, we've brought
together fabulous recipes showcasing Fairtrade ingredients
Images Chris Terry and chef for
photography Danny Jack
By Martin Morales, chef, writer and
founder of Ceviche Family. Serves 4.
‘On a recent trip to the region of Junín,
near a town called Concepción, in
Peru, I drove by field after field of
beautiful, ripe artichokes. There were
women in the fields harvesting and
collecting them. Knowing then that the
freshest artichokes would be on offer, I
stopped by a roadside restaurant and
had a perfect artichoke ceviche – the
inspiration for this recipe.’
Fairtrade ingredients: olive oil, black
Taste the good: Fairtrade spice farmers
in India invested Fairtrade Premium in
community kitchens to cook lunch for
schoolchildren to encourage those from
poor families to attend school.
8 artichoke hearts, quartered
2 small parsnips, peeled and cut into thin
2 carrots, peeled and cut into thin batons
2 red onions, finely sliced
A small bunch of basil leaves, finely
A few iceberg lettuce leaves, shredded,
For the dressing
2 tbsp Fairtrade olive oil
Juice of 12 limes
2 medium-heat red chillies, deseeded
and finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground Fairtrade black
Bring a saucepan of salted water to the
boil. Blanch the artichoke hearts and
parsnip and carrot batons for 3–4 minutes
until just tender, then drain thoroughly
and either chill in iced water or cool under
Put the red onion in a large bowl and add
the cooled blanched vegetables.
Make the dressing by whisking together
the olive oil, lime juice and chilli and
season with plenty of salt and pepper.
Pour the dressing over the vegetables,
sprinkle over the basil leaves and stir very
gently to combine.
Serve on a bed of shredded iceberg
By Zoe Adjonyoh, chef, writer and founder
of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen. Serves 4.
‘Okra is a common west African
ingredient and one I use in my restaurant
kitchen as well as my home. When I
started Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, I looked
for new ways to incorporate this unique
vegetable into dishes. Okra stew is one
of my absolute favourites and one of the
most traditional Ghanaian dishes I cook.’
Fairtrade ingredients: peanuts, curry
powder, chilli, ginger.
Taste the good: Fairtrade peanut
farmers in Nicaragua used their Fairtrade
Premium to equip themselves with new
skills and tools to make handicrafts,
bringing in vital additional income.
200ml (7fl oz) sustainable red palm
oil or carotene oil (can be substituted
for Fairtrade coconut oil, rapeseed or
1tsp Fairtrade chilli powder
1tsp extra hot Fairtrade curry powder
2 medium red onions, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
7.5cm (3-inch) piece fresh root ginger,
finely grated (un- peeled if organic)
1 Scotch bonnet or habernero chilli,
deseeded and diced
750g ripe plum tomatoes, cubed or
1tbsp tomato purée
250ml good-quality vegetable stock
500g okra, trimmed and sliced
Chopped Coriander and sliced Anaheim
chillies to garnish
Heat the oil on low–medium heat until it
melts (palm oil has a low smoke point,
so be careful not to let it burn), add the
onion and sauté gently for a few minutes
until translucent. Add the spices, garlic,
ginger and Scotch bonnet and stir well,
then sauté for a further 5 minutes.
Cook in the tomato purée stirring well,
then pour in the vegetable stock to de
glaze the pan, reduce the heat to low,
then add the tomatoes and salt, cover
and simmer for 25 minutes until they start
to lose their tartness.
Add the sliced okra to the pot with the
measurement water, stir though once or
twice and replace the lid and simmer for
a further 15-20 minutes until the okra is
just tender. Season to taste.
This dish is traditionally served in a bowl
with banku on a side plate and fried
plantain along with a finger bowl.
Semolina halwa balls By Asma Khan,
chef, writer and founder of Darjeeling
Express. Serves 6-8.
‘Indian desserts can often be too rich
and sweet for many people. But this is
an ideal end to a festive meal as it is
light and – unlike many other desserts –
soaked in neither cream nor milk. Nutmeg
is best grated yourself from the whole
spice, as shop-bought ground nutmeg is a
shadow of the whole spice.’
Fairtrade ingredients: saffron, cassia bark,
cloves, sugar, raisins, nutmeg, cardamom
seeds, cashew nuts.
Taste the good: Fairtrade cashew nut
farmers in Burkina Faso have spent their
Fairtrade Premium on increasing adult
literacy, bicycles and cereal banks for food
¼ tsp good-quality Fairtrade saffron strands
1 piece Fairtrade cassia bark, 2.5 cm long
2 whole Fairtrade cloves
150g/ ¾cup Fairtrade granulated sugar
125 ml/ ½ cup melted ghee or unsalted
25g Fairtrade raisins (golden or green)
200g/ 1 ¼ cup fine semolina flour
½ tsp freshly grated Fairtrade nutmeg
½ tsp freshly crushed Fairtrade cardamom
40g Fairtrade cashew nuts, chopped
A few edible rose petals, to garnish (optional)
In a bowl, infuse the saffron strands in ½ tsp
of tepid water. Set aside.
Place the cassia bark and cloves in a pan
and cover with 500ml/ 2 cups cold water.
Bring to a boil over a medium-high heat.
Lower the heat, add the sugar to the pan
and cook, stirring until all the sugar crystals
In a large non-stick karai, wok or frying
pan, heat the melted ghee or butter over a
low-medium heat. Add the raisins and stir,
then remove them with a slotted spoon
just before they expand and burst. Add the
raisins to the pan with the sugar syrup.
Now add the semolina flour to the pan with
the ghee or butter, together with the grated
nutmeg and crushed cardamom seeds.
Gently stir until the grains of the semolina
darken and smell toasted (approximately 10
minutes). Keep the heat low as you do not
want to burn the semolina grains. Remove
the pan from the heat and slowly add the
sugar syrup, stirring constantly. The contents
will sputter initially but then calm down.
Put the pan back on the heat and stir to
break up any lumps. Keep the pan on the
heat until all the sugar syrup has been
absorbed. Towards the end of the cooking,
add the chopped cashew nuts and saffroninfused
Once the halwa is cool enough to handle, roll
it into ladoos, or balls. Alternatively, you can
serve the halwa as it is, warmed and placed
in a serving bowl, and let your guests serve
themselves. To serve, scatter over a few
edible rose petals and chopped pistachios,
plus a scattering of raisins to add a festive
flourish to this dish.
From Monday 24 February to Sunday 8
March, all are invited to join together to
celebrate farmers and workers and stop
exploitation of the people at the bottom of
the supply chain. One easy thing people can
do to make a difference is choose Fairtrade.
Kate O’Connell tackles
the culinary scene of
Santa Barbara. One
mouthful at a time...
Harbor View Inn Hotel
When it comes to traveling, shockingly enough I had yet to actually
get round to visiting the USA. This also came as a surprise to my
travelling companions on this trip. Our two nations are bound together
by much history, an overlap in religion, a common legal system and
language, so how had I not visited at least one state at one time or
Who knows. Our family holidays didn’t stretch that far I guess. Which
may explain my eagerness when I was offered the chance to explore
Santa Barbara. Quite the destination for a first time visitor to the USA!
Aptly nicknamed ‘The American Riviera’, Santa Barbara is situated
90 miles (a 2 hour car journey) north of Los Angeles, tucked within
a south-facing pacific coastline on one side, and the rolling hills that
stretch into the Santa Ynez Mountains on the other. But it is its charm
and sense of style that makes this small city so tempting - indeed it is
a hotspot favourite for the rich and famous, with a whole host of A-list
celebrities calling Santa Barbara home.
If there’s one things that strikes you, it’s that Santa Barbara doesn’t
really feel like a city at all. There’s no hustle and bustle here, instead
just a wonderfully laid-back, chilled vibe. Infused with the spirit
of Spain, we were informed that 6.8 magnitude earthquake near
enough flattened the city back in 1925. Devastating yes, but like a
phoenix from the ashes, this proved the making of the city in terms of
architecture, as the city planners were convinced to rebuild the city in
a unified, Spanish Colonial Revival style inspired by the historic Old
Mission (founded by Spanish Franciscans in 1786). Red-tiled clay
roofs and white washed walls are a feature of every building, and in
addition to the climate, give the city its Mediterranean charm.
Our first stop; checking in to the newly developed North Wing of
Harbor View Inn hotel. A premier beachfront hotel, Harbour View Inn is
centrally located within the city, and made for a fabulous base to start
our trip. My room featured a very inviting king size bed, complimented
by gorgeous modern Spanish Colonial furnishings, and to top it off - a
balcony view, a chance to sip on a morning coffee and watch the
world go by. But not yet. First; dinner!
We made a short walk around the block to Loquita Restaurant for
some authentic Spanish tapas. Created as a love letter to the Spanish
origins and history of Santa Barbara, Loquita showcases a medley of
paellas, charcuterie, cheeses and seafood. We were offered a sample
of a variety of dishes on the menu, with the squid ink seafood paella
being a personal favourite of mine.
After a restful night's sleep in my luxuriously comfy bed, I was ready
for a day of exciting activities. To get us started, we required a hearty
breakfast, and Goat Tree was just the place to go. A gourmet cafe
with a relaxed vibe, Goat Tree offers everything from fresh pastries
and baked goods cooked in-house by their resident pastry chef,
through to cooked breakfasts with a Mediterranean twist. I opted
for the classic Shakshuka, accompanied by homemade flat bread.
Possibly the best, tastiest start to a morning ever.
Feeling suitably energised, it was time for a spot of kayaking down
at the harbour front, courtesy of Santa Barbara Adventure Company.
Kayaking is a great way to view a side of Santa Barbara that perhaps
few visitors get to see, so it felt like such a treat. Not only this, it was a
perfect opportunity to spot some of the resident wildlife.
It was perhaps my enthusiasm at this
opportunity that had me labelled a
‘Twitcher’ on this trip. On every dock
we manoeuvred around brought hoards
of enormous pelicans, gangly herons
and rather amusing loons to name but a
few. We even managed to paddle right
up to a raft of sealions. So much of the
wildlife on show were species that I had
never seen out of captivity, it was a very
special morning indeed. I can’t say I am a
particularly experienced kayaker, having
only dabbled on holidays in the past, but
I needn’t have worried. The Adventure
Company specialise in providing tours for
all abilities, so I was in safe hands!
A great way to experience the harbour
front is to sample some of the
specialities, and so with this we took a
stroll over to Stearns Wharf; California’s
oldest wharf named after builder John
P. Stearns. There we took some seats at
Santa Barbara Shellfish Company, and
were served an array of locally caught
seafoods, all washed down with some
To get more of an overview of the city, we
then took a ‘trolley tour’ via Santa
Barbara Trolley Co. This 90 minute tour is
lead by a highly insightful guide, who
beguiled us with all sorts of interesting
facts about the city, as well as a little
local celeb gossip on the side!
After a quick freshen up it was time for a
bite to eat. Cue...Cubaneo restaurant!
Californian Cuban cuisine served
alongside cocktails from Shaker Mill who
neighbour within the same premises. It is
easy to see how you could happily waste
away an evening here, and we did just
that! With a cubano sandwich in one
hand and a ‘Bay of Santiago’ cocktail in
the other, you could have easily fooled us
into thinking we were in Havana!
After another restful night's sleep, I
skipped breakfast in order to make room
for the immense amount of food we
would be sampling on the Eat This, Shoot
That! Funk Zone Food & Photo tour. A
three-hour expedition, this is a chance to
sample some of Santa Barbara’s finest
fodder, as well as learn a little more about
the city’s history, all while discovering
how best to maximize your photo-taking
ability, achieving the most Instagramworthy
images that will make you the
envy of all your friends.
The tour is also a great chance to get to
grips with the layout of the city. Santa
Barbara is made up of several districts,
one of which, The Funk Zone, has seen
its popularity boom in recent decades.
Comprising of a series of converted
warehouses, this contemporary district
is very much the place to be to sample
artisan foods from up-and-coming chefs,
and out-of-this-world Santa Barbara
Country wines. Shop fronts and walls
are adorned with graffiti murals and art
pieces; this district really is an everevolving
artistic neighbourhood that is
well worth a visit.
It was then time to travel up into the
foothills to our next hotel. And what an
iconic hotel indeed. The Belmond El
Encanto. Recently renovated in 2013,
Belmond El Encanto offers stunning
views of the American Riviera and a
whole heap of Hollywood glamour on
the side. This resort manages to feel
relaxed and low-key, while at the same
time feeling like the most exclusive place
on earth. Sitting poolside whilst sipping
a glass of ‘Belmond El Encanto Cuvee’,
life truly feels timeless up here. It’s little
wonder that it was a favoured getaway of
the Hollywood elite.
We made our way back down from the
hills to State Street for an Italian feast
at Due Lune Cucina. Serving fresh
ingredients and hand-made pasta, I
would have been mad not to order the
Linguine alle Vongole. This was paired
with some fabulous local wines, and the
staff couldn’t have been more friendly
and attentive. We topped off the night
with a nightcap at Pearl Social; an
intimate and beautifully furnished cocktail
bar. The night felt like a very classy affair
Somehow, our final day had sadly rolled
around already! It was time to do a spot
of botanical sight seeing. Lotusland was
our destination. This 37-acre estate and
botanic garden is situated in the foothills
of Montecito, which is located to the east
of Santa Barbara. Purchased by the
rather marvellous socialite Madame
Walska (Google her, honestly!), she spent
43 years designing the gardens to her
liking. To say they were breathtaking is
an understatement. Home to all sorts of
exotic, rare collections of plants, this is
truly a garden like no other.
After another spot of wine tasting at
some of the local establishments (it
would be rude not to!), we made our
way to Bibi Ji for dinner. A modern take
on traditional Indian cuisine, Bibi Ji are
experts at pairing quality, local wines
with the most brilliant of dishes. The
moment came when the aptly nicknamed
‘Californian Gold’ was bought out; Santa
Barbara’s locally caught sea urchins.
Beautifully presented, and filled with
biryani rice, I couldn’t lie...I was a little
hesitant to try them. After all, my only
knowledge of them was to avoid standing
on them when on sandy beaches abroad.
I needn’t have worried. Creamy and
indulgent, they were fantastic.
What a dish. And what a trip.
At a glance
2 nights at harbor view inn
hotel, 2 nights at belmond
el encanto hotel, private
transfers and return
flights with Norwegian air.
Parking and lounge access
with holiday extras.
No1 Lounge at Gatwick
Airport (South Terminal)
from £26 PP
Harbor view inn - Nightly
Rates vary from $268.00-
belmond el encanto -
nightly room rates start
from $560 (inc tax),
suites from $811 (inc tax)
Belmond El Encanto Hotel
Kayaking around Santa
Bibi Ji Restaurant
The 'Planet Earth II Live in Concert'
arena tour will be hosted by science
and natural history TV presenter Liz
Bonnin. With a masters in wild animal
biology, Liz has presented over 40
primetime programmes including 'Blue
Planet Live', 'Super Smart Animals',
'Galapagos' and 'Horizon'.
With her recent landmark BBC One
documentary 'Drowning in Plastic', Liz
investigated the ocean plastic crisis,
with her hard-hitting environmental
reporting raising the level of public
debate on this important topic.
Here Sally Thomson was able to
discuss with Liz her passion for our
planet prior to the start of the tour.
Sally: When did your love of the world
and all it’s creatures begin?
Liz: Well it definitely started when I was
a kid. I grew up in the south of France in
the hills above Nice and we had a little
wood beside the house. Myself and my
sister used to play outdoors all of the
time. There were snakes and hedgehogs
and spiders and birds…and we had a
ball! I knew that, without thinking about
it then, that that’s what set me off with
this passion for wildlife. I used to stare
at the birds for hours, wondering how
their eyes moved in their sockets and I
really wanted to just understand how it all
worked, down to the chemical equations
that make up all of these reactions.
So that was a natural progress for you
then, to go into biochemistry?
Exactly! It all started in the woods in
the south of France! That’s why when I
give talks in schools, I make sure to tell
that story because it doesn’t take a lot
to remember our connection to nature
and what’s important, you just have to
be in amongst nature to be inspired and
to reignite your natural curiosity that
we’re all born with, and with that comes
an inherent want to protect our natural
world. It reminds you that we’re all
connected to it.
What you are doing is highlighting the
dangers that the world's creatures are
facing, particularly when you went on to
do ‘Drowning in Plastic’. I know when I
watched it my heart bled, but being so
close to it when you made to programme,
you must have found it difficult?
I wish that as a communicator of the
natural world, I could just be celebrating
it and continuing to inspire people about
all of these incredible creatures that we
share the planet with, but unfortunately
I am living through a time where we are
experiencing the greatest existential
threat to our future, and it is very clear
that the way we live on this planet is not
sustainable and is damaging not only the
health of the wildlife we share the planet
with, but is ultimately damaging our
health and threatening our future.
I feel a responsibility to communicate
those things. As we set off making the
plastics film, I knew what we were going
to be filming, but it really did hit me like
a ton of bricks to see it with my own
eyes. It’s hard to describe. It’s been
really moving and difficult, but also I
feel like I have a very well-stoked fire in
my belly now that feels like it won’t be
extinguished. It is my responsibility to
engage with the public in order for us all
to become part of the solution.
I recently watched the trailer for Planet
Earth II Live in concert. Isn’t that going
to be fantastic on the big screen?!
It’s going to be magnificent; I can’t
wait! Obviously it’s an extension and
adaptation of the iconic series, but I
think bringing it to a ginormous screen
like that and then having a 74 piece
orchestra playing the music of Hans
Zimmer, it’s going to be a very emotive
and very powerful experience. I think we
are desperately in need of those types
of experiences to help remind us of the
beauty of the natural world, and the
beauty of humanity as well. Our ability to
write music and to be capable of making
those types of programmes, and for us
to be all together in these huge arenas
having that connection is a much-needed
experience, and I for one am very much
looking forward to it.
Some of the things we see in these
programmes can be shocking, such as
the killer whales going after the seals.
But we of course have to remember
that they have to survive too!
You see for me I don’t find any of it
shocking, isn’t that strange? And it’s
really weird but I’m always rooting for the
predator! Obviously there’s tension and
it’s quite a powerful experience to watch,
but I’m always rooting for the predator
because from my studies I’ve seen just
how difficult it is for a tiger to get its prey.
It’s something like 1 in 100 attempts are
successful. So I celebrate that, that’s part
of nature and I think it’s a beautiful thing.
There is an iconic moment in Planet
Earth II with the iguana and the
Ah that one! Okay, I have watched that
sequence four times, and every time I find
my screaming ‘COME ON’ at the camera.
Funnily enough with that one I really want
the iguana to escape! That’s so funny,
with me saying I root for the predators.
That is one of the most magnificent
scenes I have ever seen, not least
because of this almost inconceivable
situation, with all these snakes coming
out of the crevasses of the volcanic
rocks, but how it was shot! You can not
underestimate how difficult it is to make
that sequence work. The smoothness
of how the camera works was absolute
perfection. So not only is it a celebration
of the magnificent wildlife we share the
planet with, it’s a celebration of these
incredibly talented film makers, who
sit there for days and days to get the
magical shots that will affect us to our
very core. It’s just wonderful.
Am I right in hearing that you went a
kilometre underwater in the Galapagos?
Yes! We were on this research vessel for
two weeks, joining all these scientists
at the tops of their fields who were
investigating different aspects of these
islands and how to better protect them.
At one point we got into this submersible
and went down to a thousand meters, to
a part of the Galapagos that nobody had
ever been to before, so I truly felt like an
astronaut of Earth’s inner space, rather
than its outer. Everything I pointed to the
scientists would say ‘Yep. New species...
Yep, don’t what that is, never seen one
of those before’. So we were discovering
new life at those depths. It was the most
It must be dark down there?
It’s pitch black, so you have these types
of sharks down there called Chimaera,
who do have these big, bulbous eyes.
There’s no iris, it’s just this big, white
circle of an eye, which is supposed
to help it absorb any smidgen of light
that there might be down there, and it’s
just a surprisingly colourful place in the
crevasses of all the rocks. Galapagos
are all volcanic islands, so what we
were doing is following the flanks of the
volcano all the way down to the depths.
We were down there for seven hours and
it passed by like we were down there for
an hour, time sort of stands still down
there. It was a thrilling experience.
I was watching you recently talking
about the African jungle, and you spoke
about chimpanzees, and how much
they fight. You showed how much the
alpha male will fight to protect what is
his, and it is a bit sinister!
They’re not the only species that have
to fiercely protect their place in the
hierarchy. The males often are exhausted
having to protect their females from
usurpers to the throne as such, but
chimpanzees in particular can be very
violent and because we are so closely
related to them I suppose it shouldn’t
be a surprise that they all have different
personalities, and sometimes you just
get a really nasty character. At the end
"it’s a celebration of these incredibly
talented film makers, who sit there for
days and days to get the magical shots
that will affect us to our very core"
of the day you can argue that the nastier
the male, the more successful he will be
because it all boils down to him and his
offspring and protecting his gene pool.
I suppose it’s like when male lions get
rid of any cubs that aren’t their own
There is infanticide in many species. It’s
all about making sure you have as many
offspring as possible, so if you kill a
female's offspring then you can mate with
her straight away.
Are there parts of the world or
creatures that you would like to visit/
see for the first time?
Yes. Snow leopards. I need to see a
snow leopard. And part of it is because
it is so difficult to see them now. They
are extremely elusive and live in an
extremely inhospitable part of the planet.
They’re probably the most elusive cat,
so that’s the dream. I will fall crying if I
ever see one in the wild. They are the
most glorious animals. Actually, it was
on Planet Earth II, and again it is a scene
that I’ve watched about three times and
it always brings me to tears; the first
time I heard the vocalisation of a snow
leopard. I had never heard that before.
And the fact that because our technology
is improving, Planet Earth II was able to
capture this glorious snow leopard at the
top of this mountain that was vocalising.
It brings me to tears every time I hear it,
it’s the most glorious sound in the world.
Are they as endangered as other
leopards and big cats?
Yes. I mean, the Amur leopard is the
most endangered cat, but all big cats are
facing extinction. They are all incredibly
threatened and their populations are
We’ve spoken about the man-made
situation with plastic. But is there
anything else in the natural world that
you have seen that has shocked you?
In terms of the natural world, I think it
is all magnificent. I really do. Even with
something that might look to us to be
violent, or a little bit uncomfortable
to watch, I think that the more we
understand how animals live and all of
their adaptations that have allowed them
to find solutions to all of their problems in
order to survive - the more I understand
it, the more I am in awe of it and the more
it makes me humble and very small in
comparison. So I find it all too wondrous
to ever think that something is too much
or too shocking.
The dates for Planet Earth II Live in
Concert are as follows:
Thursday 6 March
Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Friday 27 March
Manchester Arena, Manchester
Saturday 28 March
First Direct Arena , Leeds
Sunday 29 March
O2 Arena (matinee), London
Sunday 29 March
O2 Arena (evening), London
Wednesday 1 April
Friday 3 April
Resort World Arena Birmingham
Saturday 4 April
SSE Hydro Arena, Glasgow
Tickets are available from
When we think about our homes, it’s really the windows
and doors that create the wow factor. We are all so
keen to flood our properties with natural light and the
constantly evolving technology in the world of glazing is
making some truly astonishing designs achievable, not to
mention more affordable than ever.
Whether you are self-building, extending or even
renovating your home, apportioning budget to windows
and doors is a savvy move. As well as making your home
more valuable - 69% of people say that light rooms make
them more inclined to buy - investing in clever glazing can
make you fall in love with your space once more.
BI-FOLD vs SLIDING
PROS - for those looking for that wonderful sense of a
garden room that brings the outside in, bi-folds can help
create the sense of one open-plan space as the panels
fold away fully to the walls.
CONS - an expensive option - poorly constructed bi-folds
can also suffer from air-tightness issues around the joins
so do your research and get guarantees.
PROS - generally cheaper than bi-fold doors, sliding
doors also have fewer frame elements, meaning when
they are closed your view is less obstructed.
CONS - you won’t get the full, uninterrupted view of the
garden - instead only a portion of the doors are openable.
69% of people say that light rooms make
them more inclined to buy - investing in
clever glazing can make you fall in love with
your space once more...
Roof Lanterns and Skylights
Compared to windows of the same surface area, skylights and
roof lanterns can increase light in a room by up to five times.
They are particularly good in extensions and for channelling
light to darker corners of the home and adding opportunities
for ventilation. These additions are no longer considered just a
luxury and can be used in a wide variety of scenarios:
• In a loft extension, tucked beneath sloped rooflines, the
presence of skylights may spell the difference between a
bright, friendly space and a murky cave.
• In a home built between closely adjoining neighbouring
houses where overlooking might be an issue, skylights may be
the best solution for introducing good natural light into rooms.
• In a single storey house build or extension, built with an open
floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed natural light
into the centre of large spaces.
Many of the issues experienced in the past of rooms
overheating or being hard to clean have been mediated with
a tranche of new technology, including glass panels with heat
regulatory and storage abilities and self-cleaning glass.
SINGLE STOREY EXTENSION?
In a single storey house build or extension, built with an
open floor plan, skylight shafts can bring much needed
natural light into the centre of large spaces.
Our homes are one of the biggest energy wasters out there and
traditionally windows are the biggest energy leakage point, so
with any renovation, it can really pay to invest in glass tech to
ensure the best temperature regulation - creating huge savings
down the line. We all know that double glazing is much more
efficient than single, but newer technologies like triple glazing
are making windows nearly as efficient at energy retention as
the walls they are installed within.
As well as the glass, it is important to do you research into
frames and opt for the most airtight models.
With great green credentials, triple glazed units have the
added benefits of better thermal comfort, noise reduction and
a reduced risk of condensation between panes – so for the
self-builder or home improver looking for a premium finish with
added benefits, it’s a natural choice.
The trend for sleek black finishes
continues, with lots of companies
now supplying dark taps, shower
enclosures, towel rails and tiles
Dark tiles and fixtures look amazing - the only thing
to be aware of is living in a hard water area and the
effects that will have on the finish of taps over time.
For a sleek look, pair large-scale dark floor tiles with
white tiles on the walls, framed by black hardware.
Images: 1. Aquaglass Velar 8mm Black Crittall Corner
Entry Enclosure, frontlinebathrooms.co.uk; 2. Original Style
Tileworks Steel Midnight Blue, originalstyle.com; 3. Merlyn
Black Showerwall With End Panel, merlynshowering.com;
4. Duravit - Stonetto (Sand) Shower Tray, duravit.co.uk;
5. Contour Radiator, frontlinebathrooms.co.uk; 6. Pitch
Bluetooth Mirror, purebathroomcollection.co.uk; 7. Finissimo
Black Bath Filler, bathroomdealsuk.co.uk; 8. Valverdi Iguazu
With homes becoming
smarter in the main, it
makes sense that similar
technology would be
extended to the bathroom.
We love this bluetooth
mirror which can play
your favourite songs and
has automatic demisting
& TILE GUIDE
A roundup of the trends that can beat the bathroom blues
and turn your bathroom into your own slice of heaven
According to a survey carried out by Nationwide
Building Society, an ensuite can add as much as 5%
to your home's market value - if you have the space,
it's a great investment which is luxurious too
If space permits, a roll top or freestanding
bath looks wonderful in an ensuite and
gives a true sense of luxury. If your space
is more modest, the smaller scale is a great
place to experiment with some interesting
tile combinations and colours. There are
some fabulous examples of encaustic tiles
out there at the moment, but if you do opt
for those, be aware and prepared for more
maintenance than printed tiles.
Images: 1. products from Original Style; 2. String
lights from Lights4fun.co.uk; 3. image from
carleyrowena.com; 4. Floris tile from Boniti
THE way to add style and personality to
your bathroom - choices are limitless.
Avoid following trends too closely and pick
something you really love
is key - tiny mosaics look amazing, but you
don't want them in high traffic areas of a family
bathroom. Try to keep floor tiles low maintenance
and add decorative flourishes in smaller spaces.
Ceramics aren't the only option either - vinyl tiles
and laminates can work effectively.
Images: 1. Selection from Ripples; 2. Havana Dawn Self
Adhesive Vinyl Floor Tiles, zazous.co.uk; 3. Odyssey
- 8051V Seville Tile, originalstyle.com; 4. 3D Offset
Hexagon Tiles, bakedtiles.co.uk; 5. Original Style Living
Spirit Tile, originalstyle.com; 6. Windmill Geometric
Tile, tonsoftiles.co.uk; 7. Odyssey - Persian Floor Tile,
Houseplants are taking over - and
we love it! If you have natural light
in the bathroom, lots of plants can
thrive in the space!
The best plants for bathrooms are
moisture lovers - these are our
Zamioculcas zamifolia (the eternity
plant - so named because it is hard
to kill!), the spider plant, most ferns,
snake plant, aloe vera, cast iron plant
Image, left, from Dobbies - plants and
plant pots available.
No problem! LED growing lights can be
easily installed to help your plants grow,
even without natural light.
2020 is the perfect time to upgrade
your home with to Help to Buy
There are so many reasons for putting down roots in this beautiful region
- not least its close proximity to spectacular countryside, the breathtaking
south coast, and easy access to the delights of Winchester, Southampton,
Salisbury and Bournemouth...
It’s not surprising then that so many
potential buyers are seeking out homes
here. And they won’t be disappointed.
New build properties, known for their low
maintenance and energy efficiency, are a
With competitive mortgage rates
available, and special schemes designed
to help people enter the property market
or move further up the property ladder,
David Wilson Homes head of sales
Tammy Bishop believes there has never
been a better time to up-grade your
“We’re seeing a significant rise in the
number of buyers seeking their forever
home in 2020 at our Kings Chase
development in Romsey,” she says. “It’s a
particularly attractive site - with a stylish
collection of three and four bedroom
homes in a traditional market town
setting, close to the New Forest and with
easy links to Winchester.
“More than ever, we’re noticing people
opting to use Help to Buy again to secure
a bigger family home. It’s a great way
stretching your money further to fund
your dream move.”
Help to Buy is available on all new-build
homes up to £600,000 at Kings Chase.
Buyers can become owners with just a
5% deposit of the property value of their
new home. Many lenders are able to offer
a loan-to-value mortgage because the
UK Government provides a guarantee of
up to 15%.
“Many of our buyers are upsizing, having
previously used Help to Buy to secure
their existing homes. They’re finding
mortgage rates as low as 1.75% and
they don’t have to wait the full five years
before moving, so they’re seizing the
opportunity to upgrade.
“There is a common misconception that
Help to Buy is for first timers only - and
this couldn’t be further from the truth.
According to research, one in five of
those using the scheme have done so
to trade up. That’s more than 32,000
households - and I expect that figure
to increase rapidly as more buyers
recognise the many advantages to
be had. Our team at Kings Chase is
at-the-ready to talk buyers through the
entire process - giving them the perfect
opportunity to acquire a wonderful new
home here in 2020.”
Kings Chase features an exquisite mix
of spacious family homes in the historic
market town of Romsey. Situated on
the outskirts of the town centre, there
are plenty of local shops, cafes and
restaurants - as well as a good choice of
schools - right on the door-step.
“This popular development is designed
to suit a wide range of lifestyles,” adds
Tammy. “But families, particularly, are
loving this perfect combination of a
tranquil semi-rural location close to all
To find out more about new homes at
Kings Chase, call 033 3355 8494 or visit
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Look Before You Leap
While the SPAB warmly encourages people to take the
plunge and make an old building their home, it’s easy
to be swept away by romance. SPAB Director Matthew
Slocombe offers a checklist of key considerations to
help potential buyers make the right choice – both for
themselves and for the building of their dreams.
Think with head and heart
Old buildings are more than a space in
which to live. If all that really interests you
is location or floor area, an old building is
unlikely to be right for you. If you appreciate
style and character, and are keen to
embrace the quirks and idiosyncrasies of an
old building, the potential rewards are great.
Compromise to get what you want
For the majority of buyers, historic interest
is a desirable factor but not the key. If your
number one aim is to live in an interesting
old building, but your means are limited,
compromising on other requirements can
Authenticity can’t be re-created
If you want something genuine and
authentic, recreation of lost parts is unlikely
to act as a fitting or worthwhile substitute.
Look for genuine survivals. It may be that
fireplaces have been boarded up and plaster
overlaid with modern materials, but if the
originals survive behind this offers a much
better starting point than a gutted interior.
Choose something that will fit your
longer term needs
Look a few years ahead and try to consider
whether the building is likely to fit your plans.
If you think you might need more bedrooms
or a bigger kitchen, consider whether the
building is likely to be able to accommodate
this without major change. In a modern
house, adding extensions or knocking down
walls may be relatively straightforward. In an
historic building it may not.
Many old buildings needing work are sold
at auction. This can be a way to find an
interesting project, and perhaps also a
bargain. But the buyer must beware and it
is especially important to do your homework
seeking specialist help in advance.
Purchase is not the only possibility
If living in an old building is your goal, but
prices are unaffordable, other options
may exist. The commercial rental sector
general lets buildings that have been heavily
updated, but estates, farms and some
private owners may offer old buildings to
rent in a more rustic state.
Distinguish between decorative and
This is vital. Small cracks are normal in old
buildings and can be easily remedied as part
of the redecoration process; larger cracks
may hint at structural movement.
Get good advice
The cost of professional advisers can
seem off-putting, but sound advice is
an investment. There are accreditations
schemes run by the RICS, RIBA and AABC
and the Society can offer suggestions
via its Technical Advice Line (0207 456
0916 weekday mornings). The advice of a
structural engineer, conservator (see ICON’s
accreditation list), quantity surveyor or
historian may also be invaluable.
Put together the right team
If work is needed, the right team will be
crucial. Consider not just price, but the
expertise of team members. Listen to
craftspeople - good ones know exactly
what they’re doing and the expertise is often
Adjust your lifestyle
Occupying an old building brings huge
benefits to your quality of life, but don’t
expect it to be the same as a perfectly level,
hermetically sealed modern box. Floors
may slope, windows may be draughty, and
elaborate modern services may be difficult
Research and understanding
Understanding an old building includes
knowing how it’s put together and what
it’s made from, as well as the uses it’s had
over time and the changes previous owners
have made. Combine this with background
research, advice from organisations like the
SPAB, and knowledge from neighbouring
owners and a rounded picture of the
building should emerge.
Don’t ignore consents and other statutory
Planning consents and building regulation
requirements should always be adhered
to. This is particularly so in the case of
listed buildings. If you buy a listed building
that has been altered without permission
you inherit the liability and enforcement
action could be taken against you. If you
alter or demolish a listed building without
permission you could be prosecuted.
Don’t count on grants
Grants for private owners were once
relatively common. They are now rare and
should not be counted on.
Settle in before making big changes
A vacant house offers an opportunity
to tackle problems without upheaval to
occupants, but avoid the temptation to do
too much, too fast. A period of occupation
often brings realisation about what’s
necessary and what’s not important.
Deal with the boring things first
Kitchens, bathroom and decorative works
may be most fun, but they should be bottom
of your list. Fixing the roof and making sure
the gutters, drains and electrics work will
provide you with a sound basis from which
to make other changes.
Scratches and Witches
Loving the lumps and bumps is all part of
old building ownership. Appreciate them
as part of the building’s character and
history and avoid erasing them for the sake
of tidiness. Think too about witches! Old
surfaces often carry superstitious markings
designed to ward off bad spirits.
Repair is good
Building conservation is a branch of
environmental protection and sustainability:
repair is better than replacement. Decay
is rarely uniform and repair can allow
the undamaged parts to remain. An old
window with 20% new timber is better for
the environment and our history than a new
window with 100% fresh timber.
Make sure materials are compatible
New, innovative building products can
be valuable, but historic buildings are not
generally the place where they should be
tested. The potential for side effects is great
if incompatible materials are used.
Get involved but know your limitations
The SPAB has always encouraged a handson
approach. There is no better way to get
to know your building than through practical
work. However, it is important to know the
limitations of your own skills, to consider
safety issues, and to get training if you are
unsure. The SPAB and others run practical
conservation courses. If in doubt, call on an
Good new design
Where a strong and justifiable case exists
for a change or addition, sympathetic
new design offers the best approach.
This requires good design advice and a
thoughtful choice of materials.
An old building deserves to respected and
cared for, but it should be enjoyed rather
Call the SPAB Technical Advice Line on:
020 7456 0916
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is our secret formula to creating
projects that stand out from the rest...
Why settle for the same as everyone else, when you could have
a unique and stylish look for your outdoor space? Cranbourne
Stone, located in Stockbridge, offers a warm welcome and a
friendly team who are always happy to discuss any technical
details you may have to transform your home.
Pop along to the showroom to see the amazing choice of
quality stone. Whether it’s for your doorstep, or stone for a full
landscape project, Cranbourne Stone is here to help. With a
large stock of natural stone and slip resistant porcelain, available
to view at our workshop in Stockbridge (behind the Spitfire
Shoot), we provide the opportunity to turn your creative ideas
into a reality.
When it comes to individuality, our wide range of meticulously
sourced materials, combined with state-of-the-art precision
machinery is our secret formula to creating projects that stand
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Take advantage of our on-site template service, where you can
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Cranbourne Stone’s products are sourced from quarries
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300 new homes
coming to Broadleaf
Park in 2020
An area of Rownhams in Southampton
is set to be transformed into a brandnew
housing scheme by national
homebuilder, Taylor Wimpey...
The development will be made up of 300
new homes with 40 per cent fitting the
affordable homes criteria.
Taylor Wimpey’s Broadleaf Park will offer
the very best in high-quality homes in an
area which is already known for being an
incredibly friendly community. Positioned
in an excellent location, surrounded by
wide open spaces, it’s expected to be
popular with those wishing to live in the
area and those tempted by the ease
and comfort of moving into a brand-new
Roz Wells, sales and marketing director
for Taylor Wimpey Southern Counties
commented: “We are very excited to be
launching this new development. We
have kept the beautiful location in mind
when designing the community, with onsite
greenery and landscaping in keeping
with the existing environment.”
Based on Rownhams Lane, the
development will feature properties in a
range of styles and sizes to meet growing
demand for high-quality, new-build
homes in the area within easy reach of
Taylor Wimpey has taken all areas
of the community into consideration
when designing this development. The
homebuilder strives to do much more
than build homes and works closely with
every demographic of a community in
order to make a positive contribution to
the local area.
The team at Broadleaf Park will be
committed to a continuous programme of
engagement with local groups throughout
the lifetime of the development. This
means local associations, schools and
charities will benefit from donations,
forging long-standing relationships.
This commitment will include a
contribution of more than £1m, with
£269,000 of that pot going towards
educational resources in the area.
Roz added: “We wanted to cater for the
wider community when bringing this
stunning development to Rownhams.
“Whether you are just starting out on
the property ladder, looking to downsize
now the children have flown the nest, or
simply need more space for your growing
family – Broadleaf Park is the perfect
place to call home.”
Besides quality and luxury aesthetics,
house hunters can be assured of the
build quality at the development, with the
two-year Taylor Wimpey warranty, as well
as a 10-year NHBC ‘Buildmark’ warranty
and insurance policy.
Homes at Broadleaf Park are easier than
ever to secure thanks to Taylor Wimpey’s
range of financial initiatives specifically
designed for all types of home buyers.
These include Easymover, which sees
Taylor Wimpey manage the sale of
the buyer’s original home, and Part
Exchange, where the homebuilder buys
the property at its market value.
Part Exchange and Easymover are ideal
for existing homeowners looking to sell
their current home swiftly.
Sadly, Broadleaf Park is not open for
viewings just yet but for a sneak peek
on what to expect, take a look at Taylor
Wimpey’s Kings Gate Development in
Roz added: “We are looking forward to
welcoming visitors once the development
is open. I have no doubt that when they
see the plans, the proximity to local
amenities and beautiful surroundings,
Broadleaf Park will tick all the boxes for
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a plant for every
space in your house
The sale of houseplants has grown considerably in the last few
years - a 10-15% year on year increase since 2013 according to
the RHS. It is particularly prevalent among young people - not
so much as part of a décor choice but more to fulfil a desire to
have something to care for and look after. For urban dwellers and
workers there are also the perceived health and well-being benefits.
The RHS website has the following: ‘As well as looking good,
houseplants support human health in homes, offices, school and
hospitals. Research suggests that the greatest benefits of indoor
plants are through well-being and productivity improvement. There
is discussion around their influence on indoor air quality’.
If you have never had a plant in your life, having a plant at home
is the perfect place to start – and there is such a lot of choice!
Gone are the days of a dusty ‘mother-in-law’s tongue’ Sanseviera
trifasciata or a Kentia palm Howea forsteriana waving brown
fronds in distress - we have a plethora of options to suit every mood
and every place in your home. My first books were on the subject of
house plants and I love to have plants of all types sharing our family
There is an enormous body of research going on at the moment
into the beneficial effects of various species, how many you need
to benefit either physically or mentally, what specific problems
they can alleviate and which species can best tolerate the various
conditions they are exposed to indoors. Lack of light, temperature
fluctuations, infrequent watering - or too much watering - pity
the poor indoor plant and yet for all of the privations we put them
through they still flourish!
As I travel around the country I see so many lovely orchids on
windowsills and the moth orchid or Phalaenopsis must be present
in a high percentage of
British homes. These
orchids are incredibly
long lasting and even with
the most basic care will
flower again and again.
You could also chose a
Spathiphyllum or peace
lily, a Madagascar Dragon
Tree, Dracaena marginata
or an English ivy Hedera
helix - drape them from
cupboards and bookcases,
group them for more
impact, have one large statement plant for a
Wow factor, whatever you choose make room in your
life for a plant!
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Planning your nuptials this year? Read on
for top trends and lots of inspiration...
Planning your wedding is a personal
experience and to a large extent the
format, style and little touches are more
likely to be representations of your
personalities and tastes over any trends.
There is, however, an overwhelming body
of inspiration online which can put even
the most dedicated planner into a spin -
sometimes some fresh, trend-led ideas
might be just the spark to help you plan.
Channel your inner Disney princess - the
more streamlined dresses we’ve been
used to are making way for fuller skirts
and ball-gown styles. For evening, lots
of brides are opting for a second dress
which is less constrictive - meaning they
can dance the night away, carefree.
The wedding will be full of details that
nod to you as a couple, but more and
more brides are opting for personalisation
in their outfits too. Some with meaningful
words or dates embroidered into their
veils or others more edgy with painted or
stitched leather and denim jackets for the
evening (these have the added bonus of
being an item you can wear after the day!)
With a big shift toward eco-friendly
choices in everyday life, it’s natural
that wedding venues and suppliers are
upping their green credentials to meet
the demands of green-thinking couples.
Some considerations to make: ethical
wedding rings and outfits, even consider
hiring a dress (dresses take a lot of
energy to create but are seldom worn
after the event), give guests wildflower
seeds as favours, employ caterers who
only use bio-degradable packaging, print
eco-friendly invitations on recycled paper
and for flowers pick seasonal blooms
grown locally where possible.
In more non-traditional venues with
plainer walls or in marquees, decor is
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key for setting the mood. ‘Green’ walls made from
foliage and picked out with white lights look elegant
and timeless, whereas paper pom poms in bright
colours are cheerful and inviting. A new trend is a
balloon wall - making arches to frame the ceremony.
Lots of couples can add a DIY element here, making
some of the decorations themselves (with a small
army of bridesmaids or ushers to help!)
One of the biggest transformations in recent years
is the style of tables and the seating arrangements.
The more ornate chair covers with bows have
made way for elegant chiavari chairs and tables
are bursting with informal arrangements, made
predominantly of foliage, picked out by the twinkle
of fairy lights and mirrored platters.
Stately homes and castles are having a moment,
making perfect backdrops for the big day. As well
as being historic places to tie the knot, they are full
of character and have many architectural gems -
perfect for capturing those unforgettable photos.
As ever, Pinterest is a great source of inspiration -
but try not to get too bogged down and stressed
with including every detail - the most successful
weddings focus on bringing together a happy couple
in an atmosphere of love and support - guests will
remember how they feel on the day above all else.
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Social care seems to be in the
news a lot at the moment, often,
unfortunately, in conjunction with
the word ‘crisis’. Given that if you
need care it’s a necessity, it makes
sense to understand the basics – well
before that time might come.
Social care is there to support you because
you need some extra help with daily living
or are caring for someone who requires
additional help themselves. There are a
wide range of social care services, including
care in your home or in a care home, live-in
care services, day centres, home adaptions
like handrails, and technology of various
The first step if you or your loved one
needs some extra help and support is
to ask your local authority to carry out a
needs assessment. You might have to wait
several weeks at least for this, because
councils are strapped for cash and staff,
but it’s important to have it because it’s the
gateway to the wider system. Someone
from the council usually visits to establish
the type of support you might need. There’s
no charge and the assessor will create a
care plan specific to your needs.
When the type of care you need is decided
and agreed the next stage is to establish
how it will be paid for through a financial
means test - which can be complex and
quite confusing. Social care isn’t a free
service provided by the NHS as many
people think. Most of us have to pay for
all or some of our care and the amount
depends on the level of need and the value
of any assets we have.
Your home will not be included in the means
test if you’re arranging care and support
at home but other capital assets, including
savings will be. Currently, if you have more
capital that £23,250 you will have to pay all
your care fees. If you have under £23,250,
you’ll get financial assistance but may have
to contribute from your income.
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The cost of care varies by area but it is not
unusual to have to pay about £20 an hour
for a care worker to come to your home
(domiciliary care) to help you with, say,
getting up, washing and dressing, if that’s
what you need. You can see how the bills
add up if you need more than one visit
It is also possible that rather than
‘personal care’ you need a different kind of
support, such as companionship, because
you are very alone and lonely. If so, in
some places the council may refer you to
a scheme run by a charity like Age UK,
where you might have to pay a modest
amount to take part.
If your needs are such that it is best for
you to move permanently into a care home
your property, if you own one, will be
included in the means test at its present
market value, but less any mortgage
or loan you may have on it. However, it
will not be included if your partner still
lives there or, in certain circumstances, a
relative. Your home is also not included if
you need a temporary or short-term stay
in a care home. Two in five of all the older
people living in care homes now pay for
their own care.
To avoid property or other assets being
counted in the financial means test, some
people consider giving them away to a
child or grandchild. However, this could
be interpreted as ‘deliberate deprivation
of assets’, and your local authority may
still ask you to pay the same level of care
fees as if you still owned your home or
the other assets you have given away. It
is really important to take advice if you are
thinking of doing something of this kind.
If you do have to pay towards a care
home place it is possible to avoid selling
your property during your lifetime in order
to release the money required, namely a
deferred payment which endures while
you are alive. The council provides a loan
for your care costs secured against your
property and this is repaid either when
the property is sold or from your estate
after you have passed away. There is an
interest charge if you choose to do this
but every council is supposed to offer a
scheme of this kind, even though relatively
few people take advantage of it, possibly
because they do not know it exists.
If you have care needs and you are
not already claiming a benefit called
Attendance Allowance it is always
worth doing so. This benefit is there for
older people, to help offset the costs of
disability. In practice, many older people
use their AA to help fund their social care.
Your local Age UK can help you fill in the
forms and will be pleased to help. AA
is paid at two rates, £58 or £87 a week,
depending on your needs.
As you can see, finding social care and
paying for it is not straight forward and
there are lots of questions to ask, but Age
UK can guide you through the process
and provides independent information and
advice. If you are online there’s a lot about
care on our website, or there’s a free
advice line if you prefer to talk to someone
instead. Visiting your local Age UK is a
Social care has a bad reputation at the
moment, largely because it is underfunded
and there isn’t enough to go round. You
may also have read horror stories in the
press of care workers being neglectful.
Please don’t be put off seeking care
though - there are many wonderful care
workers. It pays to get advice and go
into it with your eyes open, but there are
hundreds of thousands of older people
whose lives are immeasurably better
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