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Bradford & Borders

No46 Winter 2015/16

ASHLEY • AVONCLIFF • BROUGHTON GIFFORD • FARLEIGH HUNGERFORD • FRESHFORD • HOLT • LIMPLEY STOKE • MONKTON FARLEIGH • RODE • SOUTH WRAXALL • WESTWOOD • WINGFIELD • WINSLEY & SURROUNDING AREA

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welcome With Winter upon us and Christmas around the corner, here at A Local Life we’re thinking about shopping locally, and supporting our independent retailers and vibrant Restaurants and pubs, of which there is now an abundance to choose from. Climate Friendly BOA make their case on page 24 of the importance of local shopping, not only for the environment but also for the prosperity of our beautiful town. We look ahead to 2016 on page 19 with the Bradford Roots Music Festival on the 16-17th January. This two day event held at the Wiltshire Music Centre promises to beat the January blues, it celebrates the very best of musical talent and community creativity. Cover design: Andrew Evans

Here at A Local Life, we are committed to local news, events and products, and we would love to hear from you at boa@alocalife.co.uk Our what’s on section is particularly bursting with seasonal events, from Christmas concerts and fairs, to festivals and film showings. There is plenty to see and do in Bradford on Avon this winter. As you may know, we have recently added additional households to our delivery routes. So, if you are enjoying the magazine for the first time, or are a regular reader, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and will join us in looking forward to next year. A Local Life

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WHAT’S ON

December 2015 / January 2016

WHAT’S ON

Spectra Musica

Sat 5 and Sun 6 December CORSHAM ART SOCIETY CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION West Barn, Barton Farm-Sat10am-5pm, Sun 11am - 4pm. We are a friendly group who welcome new members and visitors at our monthly talks and demonstrations. Free entry. charlotte.dylshouse@googlemail. com

Saturday 5 December Spectra Musica American Museum in Britain Claverton Manor-7pm. This chamber choir will be performing a programme of American music, including: Folk songs, sprituals, jazz, and more. £12. 01225 460503 www.americanmuseum.org

Sunday 6 December Carol Concert The Bath Cats & Dogs Home Claverton Down-5.00pm. A concert assisted by the Royal High School choir plus mince pies and mulled wine. Don’t forget to 6

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Friday 11 December

Christmas Tree Festival Holy Trinity Church-until 13 December. See over 60 decorated trees and enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Free entertainment programme. Details from John Cox: jandbcox@hotmail.com 01225 86427.

BoA Film Society - Begin Again St Margaret’s Hall -7.15pm for 7.45pm start. A soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music. Note that all viewers must be over 16. £5. www.boafs.org.uk

Thursday 10 December Christmas Charity Auction and IIloom Balloon Launch Swan Hotel-7pm-9pm. Mulled wine, mince pies, great prizes, and Illoom Remembrance light-up. Hosted by The Co-operative Funeralcare in aid of Dorothy House and Cancer Research. 01225 868686 www.theswanbradford.co.uk BoA and Area Seniors Forum Bradford on Avon Library-10.45 Members and friends xmas seasonal drop in with seasonal www.alocallife.co.uk

Christmas Concert Christ Church-7.30pm. BoA Choral Society plus children from St Laurence School sing a selection of carols incl. two by local composer Bernard Wight. £12.50 (children half price). 01225 862965. www.boachoral.org.uk Belshazzar’s Feast Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. An English folk Christmas: a superb showcase of breathtaking music and wry merry-making. £14 / £7 Under-18’s. 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk


WHAT’S ON Saturday 12 December The Vaults Christmas 2015 Lamb Yard-until 21 December. Jane Johnson - Exhibition in the Vaults. 01225 282801 madeinbradfordonavon@gmail.com

December Designs Victoria Art Gallery, Bath-2pm3.30pm until 13 December. Join us to start the festive season with some arty crafts, with trails and quizzes to take part in. All welcome. Free art materials. 01225 477232 www.victoriagal.org.uk Shine Fire and Frost The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham7.30pm. Packed with warming classic seasonal songs: harps and harmonies, lush vocals and Christmas sparkle. £12 (£11 concs). 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk

Monday 14 December Climate Friendly BoA Christmas Party at the Priory Barn Newtown-7.30pm Please bring food (preferably cold) and drink to share. Mulled wine on arrival, everyone welcome. Free entry. climatechampions@gmail.com climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk

Wednesday 16 December The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker Wiltshire Music Centre-7.15pm. Peter Wright’s wondrous production of THE magical Christmas ballet. Running time: 2h 15m / one interval. £15 / £3

Under-18’s. 01225 860100. wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Monday 21 December

Johnny Coppin Christmas Show St Margaret’s Hall-7.30pm. ‘All on a Winter’s Night’ is a festive feast of carols, songs and stories, supported by Bradford’s biggest community choir “All in Harmony”. £12 / £8 under 18s. 07496 718565. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Richard Durrant with Amy Kakoura Candelit Christmas Pound Arts, Corsham-7pm. The evocative and wintry sound of early music from Christian, pagan and folk traditions as well as distinctive Durrant originals. £12 (£11 concessions). 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk

Saturday 19 December

Tuesday 22 December

BoA Young Music Acoustic Night - The Vaults, Lamb Yard-6.30pm. Young musicians showcase their talents and meet with other performers. Tickets are £5 for adults, and £3 for children, available from Made In Bradford. 07503978278 facebook.com/BOA-Young-Music

The Vaults Christmas 2015 Lamb Yard-until 24 December. Made In Bradford on Avon Christmas Gift Fair in the Exhibition area. 01225 282801. madeinbradfordonavon@gmail. com

Sunday 20 December The Cleverly Bros. Xmas Party The Swan Hotel, Church Street 7pm-10pm. Join them for their unique brand of comedy, with some old, some new and some festive stuff! Free entry & free mince pies in the interval. 01225 868686 www.theswanbradford.co.uk The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (As Live) Wiltshire Music Centre-2pm. THE magical Christmas ballet- an enchanting fairy-tale danced to a glittering score. Join us for an encore screened performance. £15 / £3 Under-18’s. 01225 860100. wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Sunday 3 January Passing the Baton: Bradford Arts Association Evening Masonic Hall, Church Street -7.30pm. A musical evening illustrating the link between Gilbert and Sullivan and musical theatre. £4 on the door. 01225 862670. meganandjoyce1882@gmail.com

Sunday 10 January The Tempest auditions The Royal Oak, Corsham-10am -until 4pm. Open auditions for Shakespeare Live’s 28th annual open air production at Lackham House. Rehearsals to start in April. Free entry. 07771 703226 www.shakespearelive.com

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WHAT’S ON

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Thursday 10 December Guitars & Miscellaneous Musical Instruments

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Musical Instruments of the Violin Family Effie Gray

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Thursday 14 January Vintage & General

Monday January 11 BoA Film Society - Effie Gray St Margaret’s Hall- 7:15pm for 7:45pm start. The romantic love triangle story that shocked Victorian England. Viewers must be 16 and over. £5. www.boafs.org.uk

Sat 16 & Sun 17 January Bradford Roots Music Festival Wiltshire Music Centre- Sat 11am-10pm, Sun 11am–4pm. Two days of live music and hands-on activities for all the family. Weekend: £18 adv. (£20) under 18s £14, under 12’s free. Day tickets also available. 01225 860 100 www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Monday 18 January Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon-“Fracking” Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane-7.30pm. A film plus discussion. Free. climatechampions@gmail.com climatefriendlybradfordonavon.co.uk

Tuesday 19 January Gbh Big Band / Cantamus Chamber Choir Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. Mixes vivacious jazz and wonderful choral music with 8

atmospheric readings. £16 / £5 Under-18’s + Students 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Saturday 23 January Farnham Maltings presents It’s A Wonderful Life Trowbridge Town Hall-7.30pm. Adapted from Frank Capra’s classic 1946 movie, this show brings the struggles and joys of 1940s America to the villages and towns of England. £10 (Conc: £8). Duration: 120 mins 01225 774306 www.trowbridgearts.com

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Tobias Ben Jacob and Lukas Drinkwater Pound Arts-7.30pm. A dynamic and emotionally charged live show from the Devon based duo. £10 (£9 concessions). 01249 701628 www.poundarts.org.uk

Saturday 30 January Singing, Harmonium And Tabla Workshop Wiltshire Music Centre-3.30pm. A relaxed and enjoyable introduction to Indian classical music. £5 per person. 01225 680100. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Bollywood Showcase Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. A spectacular musical journey through Bollywood and a celebration of songs by legendary Bollywood music directors. £16/£8 Under-18s. 01225 680 100. www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk www.alocallife.co.uk

Saturday Art & Drawing Classes Classes for both beginners and more advanced artists who are keen to improve their drawing & painting skills. Frank McClean MA 07496 058144 frankmcclean@visionbydesign.co.uk

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COMMUNITY & CULTURE Bradford & Borders

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Corsham Art Society Christmas Exhibition 5th & 6th December 2015 - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Sunday 11am - 4pm West Barn, Barton Farm Country Park. Free admission. To be opened by Alison Craddock Mayor of Bradford-on-Avon. Corsham art society is a well established group with a wide variety of artist of all ages and abilities. As a group we specialise in all the different artistic mediums from watercolour to ceramics. We are a friendly group who welcome new members and visitors at our monthly talks and demonstrations. For that unusual Christmas present you have been looking for why not pop in and pick up an original piece of art or a quality print. For further information: Charlotte Johnson - charlotte. dylshouse@googlemail.com

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Art Classes: Drawing & Painting Workshops Classes for both beginners and more advanced artists who are keen to improve their drawing & painting skills. Only 6 to 8 students per class for maximum teaching time. "Frank is truly inspirational; he has the technical and artistic know how and expertise to enable me to understand and have the courage to take my paintings to the next level." Lynda, Artist, Occupational Therapist and NHS Service Development Manager. "I am a novice in the class! but I have found with Frank's encouragement and guidance I have been able to develop some skills and I find the sessions very enjoyable." Janet, Writer, Case Manager The Classes/Workshops for the New Year are full days and cost £50 per day: Saturday 9th & 30th January, 20 February, 12 March 2016 Vouchers available for that unique Christmas gift!

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WHAT’S ON

REGULAR WEEKLY / MONTHLY EVENTS MONDAYS Kettlebell Fitness Class Woolley Grange Hotel gardens. 6.30-7.30pm 07712051837 Jazz Factory Wiltshire Music Centre. 7.30-9.30pm. Learn, sing or play jazz in our weekly workshops. 01225 865787 www.jazzfactory.co.uk

Jane Austen Dancers of Bradford on Avon. United Reform Church Hall, 8-10pm. £4. 1st & 3rd Mondays in the month. jkgreaves@uwclub.net Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 2nd Monday of the month, United Reform Church Hall, St Margaret’s Street. 2.15-4pm. 01225 864541 Bradford Bridge Club The Swan Hotel, BoA, 7-10pm. Jan O’Connor, 01225 865669 Singing for the Brain Monday mornings during term time. Wiltshire Music Centre, Run by Alzheimer’s Support for people with memory problems and family carers. 01225 776481 www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk

TUESDAYS Con Brio Mixxed Voice Choir United Church Hall. 8pm-10pm 01225 863066 www.conbriovoices.org.uk All in Harmony Choir Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. No need to read music, no auditions, no solos. www.singingwithattitude.com West Wiltshire Amnesty Group 3rd Tuesday of month. Quaker 12

Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoA. 7.30pm. 01225 863562 jillbenedictross@gmail.com

WEDNESDAYS Bradford Choral Society United Church Hall, BoA, 7.30-9.30pm. No audition, new members welcome. 01225 862965 www.boachoral.org.uk Bradford Bridge Club see Mon Art Store Tours, Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Free, but book in advance on 01225 477232 Ekleksis Bradford on Avon Club, 7 for 7.30pm start. Acoustic musicians practice group. £10. Andrew Clifton on 07791 192639 aclifton@live.co.uk

THURSDAYS Farmers Market – Westbury Gardens, 3rd Thursday monthly. 9am-1pm. Market Day 9am-1pm BoA Library Car Park Weekly University of the Third Age 2.30 pm. The United Church, St Margaret’s Street, BoA, BA15. Interesting talks followed by refreshments. Members must have card. Kettlebell Fitness Class St Laurence School Dance Studio. 6.15-7.15pm. For all round strength and fitness. 07712 051837 www.kettlebell-fit.com Holt Morris Men – Practices, 8pm, Mount Pleasant Centre, Bradford-on-Avon. www.holtmorris.co.uk Rhyme Time Free activity for babies & toddlers. www.alocallife.co.uk

10.30 am = 11am at the Library. 01225 863280 Bradford on Avon & District Flower Club First Thursday of every month (except January) in Holt Village Hall. Contact Secretary on 01225 863640

FRIDAYS Bath Old Time Dancers 2nd Friday of month, 7.30-10pm Bath Community Academy, Rush Hill, Bath BA2 2QL. 01225 335740. www.batholdtimedancers.co.uk

SATURDAYS Little Fishes Toddler Group BOA Youth Centre 10:00–11:30am Every Friday (term time only). £2 per family. 07467 068718 BoA Lifesaving Club Bradford Swimming Pool. 5pm. 5 years to adults. £3 (first week try out is free). www.boalsc.org.uk

SUNDAYS Farmers Market. Lamb Yard. Last Sunday monthly. 10.30am-2.30pm The Bradford on Avon Walkers The second Sunday and last Tuesday of every month Meet War Memorial in Westbury Gardens at 9.30am. www.walkbradfordonavon.org

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LEGAL FEATURE

Divorce and your pension: it could be

your greatest asset

Sarah Jackson, Head of Family Law at BLB Solicitors in Bradford on Avon, reveals that the most valuable asset on divorce may not be what you think.

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n overriding concern of all those considering divorce is that they get a fair share of the assets and most believe their home to be their most valuable. But we should not forget our pensions. It is quite common that a person’s pension is worth more than the rest of his or her assets put together, and this impacts both parties in a divorce. Regardless of how a couple wishes to deal with their pensions on divorce, the value of all pensions must be disclosed to the court before a financial settlement order is made. Pensions therefore cannot be ignored. You may choose to share a pension after divorce by way of a pension sharing order. This is

where a proportion of the pension (a credit) is transferred into a pension fund in the recipient’s name, leaving the donating spouse with a reduced fund. Alternatively you may agree a ‘pension off-set’ where one spouse retains (more of) the pension and the other more of the other assets. A third option is pension attachment. It is imperative to get legal advice from a specialist divorce lawyer as the implications of each of these options so that you can choose the one most appropriate for you. In some cases, the value of a pension (known as the cash equivalent transfer value or CETV) provided by the pension company doesn’t accurately

Contact us now to arrange an initial consultation Sarah Jackson sarah.jackson@blbsolicitors.co.uk

reflect the true value of the pension; it is not uncommon for a pension company to significantly underestimate the retirement benefits. A specialist divorce lawyer will be able to help you find out if this is the case with yours or your spouse’s pension. At BLB we work closely with pension actuaries and tax advisers to ensure our clients get the best possible outcome. There are special considerations to be had where a pension is already being paid or if the pension-holding spouse wishes to take an early lump sum, which can be taken now from age 55. Dealing with pensions on divorce is a complicated business and getting it right, particularly when your pension is your most valuable asset, is of paramount importance.

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in brief... The Independent Bath Literature Festival celebrates coming of age 2016 sees the 21st birthday of The Independent Bath Literature Festival (26th February – 6th March) and to celebrate Bath Festivals is pushing the boat out with over 130 events from a host of literary names, comedians and broadcasters.

To mark this special anniversary, 12 events will be going on general release from Tuesday 1st December including an unmissable audience with Joan Bakewell, a hilarious take on science with comedian and actor Ben Miller, an evening with

This year’s over-arching festival theme is Forever Young in which debut novelists, journalists, broadcasters and comedians explore the coming of age and what it means to be young at heart.

Tracy Chevalier and an insight into politics with Vince Cable. Comedian Dom Joly,  of Trigger Happy TV fame, will also be sharing anecdotes.

A unique series of talks has been specially commissioned focusing on the theme of Bliss designed to take you on a 10-day literary journey of ‘blissful’ self-discovery. Other 2016 Festival strands include Nature and Science, Comedy, Thought Leaders, News and Current Affairs, History and Creative Workshops.

The full 10-day Festival programme is bookable online and from the Bath Box Office from Monday 18th January.   For further information and to book tickets visit  www.bathfestivals.org.uk  or call the Bath Box Office on  01225 463362.

Bradford on Avon Town Guide 2015/16 The council in conjunction with us at A Local Life have put together the latest town guide with where to shop, eat and drink in the town. The handy pocket sized guide is aimed mainly at tourists and visitors but also useful for all you Bradfordians to send to family and friends coming to the town. Pick up your copy from various outlets in and around the town, Town Council Offices or the Tourist Information Centre. 14

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Bradford on Avon & Sully-sur-Loire TwinningPromotes and fosters friendship and understanding between the two towns, with visits on alternating years to each town and social events throughout the year in Bradford on Avon. Twinning is great fun and we warmly welcome new members. Come and join us when we visit Sully-sur-Loire 6th-10th April 2016 (during the school holiday). Travel by comfortable coach or independently, stay with a French family, and enjoy social gatherings and exploring the beautiful and historic surroundings. 01225 863647 bradfordonavon frenchtwinning.weebly.com


AUCTION FEATURE

Gardiner Houlgate, The Specialist Auctioneers based in Corsham, continued their fine run of specialist auctions in November with a large three-day sale to include Jewellery, Antiques, Fine Paintings and the new and exciting sale of Post War Art and Contemporary Design. Specialist quality auctions are held regularly throughout the year. Their specialist sale categories include Watches & Clocks; Guitars & Musical Instruments; Jewellery & Silver; Antiques; Fine Paintings; Post War

Art, Decorative Arts & Design. Gardiner Houlgate are always pleased to offer free advice on buying and selling at auction.

Some sale highlights of the recent November sale lot 17 - Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 18ct gentleman's watch, ref. 18038 sold for £5500 lot 373 - Rare  George II 1747 gold guinea coin sold for £2000 lot 418 - Fine antique old-cut diamond set necklet, 9.12ct sold for £4400

lot 973 - Rare 17th century Welsh oak clamp fronted ark sold for £1900 lot 1191 - Fred Yates (19222008) - Zennor, oil on board sold for £2000 lot 1374 - Rare Galle cameo glass table lamp sold for £5000 For further information and the 2016 Sale Calendar please visit www.gardinerhoulgate.co.uk All lots subject to buyers premium of 20% plus VAT

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CHARITY FEATURE

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amie’s Farm transforms the lives of vulnerable inner-city children, at risk of social and academic exclusion, through a unique residential experience combining 'family, farming and therapy'. Children are involved with the running of their working livestock farms, in either Wiltshire or Herefordshire, and take part in farming, cooking, gardening, carpentry, log chopping, and horse care. The week is punctuated by 1:1 and reflective group sessions, and in order to ensure their impact is sustained, they provide a followup programme with schools and training for visiting staff. The charity was set up by local resident, Jamie Feilden, who found that taking lambs into the disadvantaged Croydon School he was teaching at, considerably improved the behaviour, attendance and positive relationships of his most ‘at-risk’ students. In 2006 with the help of his mother Tish, a trained Psychotherapist, Jamie brought various groups of children to his family farm in

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Jamie’s Farm literally changed my whole school career. You showed me a new look at life and helped me reflect on myself, my family and school

Richard, 15, London.

The impact Jamie’s Farm has had on the students and the rest of their year group is immense…It really is money well invested

Dame Sally Coates, Director of Academies South for United Learning Trust.

Warleigh. In 2009 they set up the charity and purchased the Farm they are currently based at in Box. This year they opened a second site in Herefordshire to double their impact and have also developed an urban farm in Warterloo to deepen their impact on the children who visit them from London. To date they have worked with over 2,750 children, and demonstrated sustained improvements in children's soft skills such as self-esteem, fewer fixed term and permanent exclusions and re-engagement with education. Through their approach, Jamie’s Farm provides an innovative, preventative solution to the number of children permanently excluded from education and the long term cost of this to society and themselves.  Jamie’s Farm are looking for runners in the Vitality Bath Half Marathon 2016 (£50 registration fee, minimum sponsorship £250). To secure your place please contact robduffy@ jamiesfarm.org.uk or call 01225 743608. www.jamiesfarm.org.uk

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CHARITY FEATURE who donated 130 separate pieces of different media. Each piece was signed, but only on the back so that the creator was kept secret until after purchase. The Art Festival was opened on 4 September, hosted by The Weaving Shed, and continued for two weeks. All of the works are still available to view on the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival website. There you can also find a few remaining pieces for purchase.

Big gift from ‘Small’ exhibit Dorothy House Hospice Care gratefully received a cheque from the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Thursday, November 12. The generous donation to the Hospice came after an outstanding arts festival, held in September, which drew an enthusiastic crowd who bid on the small works of unique art!

The outstanding turn-out of visitors and the sales from the works of art has enabled the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival to make a notable donation of over £500 to Dorothy House Hospice Care, the chosen local charity of the Festival. Dorothy House is grateful for the efforts of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival and their compassionate fundraising in aid of their local Hospice.

The exhibition, called 'Small & Beautiful’, organised by committee member and artist, Alex Kay, hosted at the Weaving Shed. This exhibit featured CD-case sized original artworks from over 40 different artists

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Minehead & West Somerset Railway with Cream Tea

Mother’s Day Lunch at Morton in Marsh

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Sun 06 Mar 2016 - £30.00

Firstly we head to Minehead where we have time for lunch before joining the West Somerset Railway for our journey to Bishops Lydiard. Whilst on board we enjoy a cream tea. The Train ride, coach & cream tea inc.

We take a scenic ride to The Inn on the Marsh for a two course dinner with tea or coffee, followed by a short drive through the Cotswolds. Various pick up points.

Mon 14 Mar 2016 5 days £339.00 Enjoy a fabulous package with stunning scenery, plentiful food, excursions and the free nightly bar! Staying in Newquay, one of Cornwall’s premier resorts, renowned for its magnificent beaches, picturesque harbour and bustling town centre.

Luxury Coach Tours with local pick up points - call for full details. Home pick up available for certain trips. Supplements might apply. Full details available T&C’s apply.

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Bradford Roots Music Festival Folk / Blues / Choral / Reggae / Jazz / Pop including: Mawkin / Harpin’ On / Beth Porter / Viva Voices / Giant Sequoia / This Side of Paris / Summoned by Ash Ceroc & Ceilidh Dancing / Poetry / Children’s Activities / and much more...

Community festival brings music, light and laughter to the depths of Winter The fabulous Bradford Roots Music Festival returns to Wiltshire Music Centre on 16-17th January 2016 with two days of live music and hands-on activities for all the family. The Centre will come alive with performances, poetry, open mic sessions, workshops and dance, celebrating the very best in local musical talent and community creativity. Beat the January blues and enjoy over 40 live music acts across 4 indoor stages! Critically acclaimed cellist Beth Porter is set to dazzle with her band The Availables and don’t miss four hearty men belting out songs of the salty deep (The Roaring Trowmen). Mawkin, one of britfolks brightest new guns, will be headlining on Saturday night and 45-piece choir Sassparella, with their sassy jazz classics and pop favourites from the 60s & 70s are sure to get you moving. Come and see the best in young talent with Alice McNeil, Joel Francis, Bath Folk Club Youth Band, Georgia Lewis and Melksham singer, Jordan Whatley.

The Festival Bar will be serving local and delicious real ales from Willy Good Ale - a micro-brewery based at Hartley Farm, and there’ll be fabulous food from the Fat Fowl alongside a showcase of local produce. Ease into a marvelously musical New Year with the Bradford Roots Music Festival! Mawkin,

Relax to Reggae, bring an instrument and get stuck into the open mic session and dance ‘Strip the Willow’ with Spill the Whisky’s good-time Ceilidh. There’ll be music workshops for adults and children, kids’ craft and morris dancing and spellbinding local poetry. "Bradford Roots Music Festival is Bradford at its best, with a great feeling of community at its heart. It happens because a lot of people say YES! The Wiltshire Music Centre staff work with us as a team to organise the festival, the artists and volunteers all give their time freely and together we've created a wonderful weekend that not only showcases local talent, but also benefits three Wiltshire charities." Lisa & Chris Samuel - Festival Founders No46 Winter 2015/16

Proceeds in support of Wiltshire Music Centre trust, Zone Club for learning disabled young adults and Wiltshire Young Carers. SAT 16 JAN 2016, 11am – 10pm SUN 17 JAN 2016, 11am– 4pm WILTSHIRE MUSIC CENTRE, BRADFORD ON AVON, BA15 1DZ Weekend Pass: £18 adv. (£20) / £14 Under-18s Day tickets: Sat: £13 adv. (£15) / £9 Under-18s Sun: £8 adv. (£10) / £6 Under-18s Free Under-12s (with adult)

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Gorgeous Big Horns Big Band & Cantamus Chamber Choir Present Another Merry Jazzy Christmas Saturday 19 December 7.30pm | Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford On Avon. Following on from the success of last year's sell out Christmas gig, Gorgeous Big Horns (GBH) Big Band and Cantamus Chamber Choir join forces once again to present a swinging festive feast to get you into the Yuletide mood. This ‘outstanding’ (Wiltshire

Times) slam-bang big band and ‘vibrant’ (Bath Chronicle) choir mix vivacious jazz and wonderful choral music with atmospheric readings in a sensational evening to get you into the swing of the season. Mingling enduring classics such as Winter Wonderland and Sleigh Ride with Stan Kenton’s fabulous carol arrangements, this is Christmas jazz perfection.

Both GBH Big Band and Cantamus Chamber Choir are under the enthusiastic direction of Mike Daniels, who delivers disciplined performances full of drama and intensity. This pairing of local talent is not to be missed! From 6.15pm to enjoy some festive music in the foyer. The concert will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday 19 December 2015 at Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon. For more information and to book tickets, please call 01225 860100 or visit wiltshiremusic.org.uk gbhbigband.co.uk cantamuschamberchoir.co.uk

Kingsdown The perfect Christmas Kingsdown GolfClub GolfClub

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destination list with visits this year, to Abu Dhabi, Dorset, Devon, Egypt, Mexico, Majorca, Benidorm, Copenhagen, Dubai, South Africa, Madrid and Mauritius enabling us to help you plan your trip with personal insights and tips. Nothing is too big or too small, we do everything from your staycation, offering hotels, cottages, and lodges to your big around the world journey, not forgetting family packages, tours, flights and lots more. We are a totally independent company, and are members of the Global Travel Group meaning we offer full financial protection to you .Our buying power is huge, offering competitive prices and great deals. With this in mind we often feature special deals that you will not find elsewhere, including online, we have access to great prices exclusive to global agents. Here are a couple of customer comments Jenette has booked several trips for us, each one being very different but equally as fantastic! Jenette has many years’ www.alocallife.co.uk

experience in the world of travel and always takes the stress out of booking! Looking forward to our next trip!! MJ Jenette and her team have been superb - from booking quick getaways to complex family holidays. Will always turn to her first for support and advice. She manages to find some great deals! Highly recommended. With January fast approaching, the traditional holiday booking period, we look forward to welcoming your enquiries be it big and small. In the meantime Travel Options 4 U would like to thank you for your support and we wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. Contact us on 01225 860977 or by email enquiries@ traveloptions4u.gtmail.co.uk Find us on facebook and twitter

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If you are looking for something special, the Town can offer you everything for Christmas. Presents, cards, decorations, food and drink, can all be bought here and you will be supporting local, individual shops. There is also a great choice of places to eat and drink from pubs to cafes to restaurants where you can take a break. By shopping locally you avoid the Christmas rush in other places with packed car parks and shops, as well as crowded buses and trains. Take the stress out of Christmas shopping and enjoy the special atmosphere of the Town at this time of year. Trolleys are a good alternative to weighing yourself down with shopping bags. You can move your purchases more easily and get them home without using the car. Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon will market a trolley in the New Year to make easier shopping without a car. There are good alternatives to driving into town and trying 24

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to find a parking space. Don’t forget the hourly local bus 9 and the half hourly 265. For more information on these services and other local buses go to the Connecting Wiltshire website. Climate Friendly Bradford on Avon is committed to making the Town carbon neutral by 2050. We want to reduce the amount of traffic within the Town and encourage people to shop locally and either walk or cycle to the Town’s shops or to www.alocallife.co.uk

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SHOPPING form in the objects she selects for her displays, always evolving as fresh treasures are acquired. In keeping with her Portuguese roots, Alex’s love of light and colour offers a refreshing take on the traditional antique shop. Here you will see how both old and new work together, to produce a truly contemporary look. In addition, in the run up to Christmas this year, Alex is once again offering a selection of vintage Christmas tree decorations, lovingly gathered over the last 12 months.

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lexandra Cunha opened her 'Decorative Interiors' shop on Silver Street earlier this year, after many years trading in Frome and latterly in London. Here you will find objects and furniture from the 17th to the 21st centuries, from Venetian furniture and glass to Ottoman textiles and rugs from India. From English classical antiques to outrageous 1980's coffee tables, all united by Alex's love of fun and

Alex exhibits at The Decorative Antique and Textile Fair in Battersea Park and at specialist textile fairs in London, selling to collectors, interior designers and museum curators, with a particular interest in early English textiles and curiosities. If you are looking for unusual vintage items for your home or unique gift ideas, ’Decorative Interiors’ is where you’ll find them. See shopping pages for other items. 07584 063834 6a Silver Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JY Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm

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RECIPE

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beef wellington “ An impressive alternative to the Christmas Turkey” METHOD 1.

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For the mushroom duxelle, heat the butter and vegetable oil in a frying pan. Once hot, add the chopped shallots and fry, stirring all the time, for two minutes. Tip in the chopped mushrooms. Reduce the heat a little and continue stirring and cooking for about ten minutes until the mushrooms are softened and their liquid has evaporated. Stir in the cream and cook for a further two minutes, then remove from the heat and leave to cool. For the Wellington, heat the oil in a frying pan over a high heat. Season the fillet all over with salt and pepper.

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Once the oil is smoking, add the beef and fry on all sides until browned. Remove and leave to cool. (NB. Don’t wash up the pan. Use this to make the Madeira and port reduction later.)

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Carefully roll the side closest to you over the meat encasing it within the crêpes and mushrooms. The crêpes should cover the meat on all sides, but trim off any excess.

Place the crêpes onto the work surface, one layer thick, but overlapping - you need to create an area about twice the thickness of the fillet, and about 2.5cm/1in longer at each end. Spread the mushroom duxelle over the crêpes.

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Place the wrapped fillet onto a sheet of clingfilm and wrap up tightly into a cylinder. Set aside in the fridge until completely cold, about half an hour.

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Meanwhile for the potato dauphinoise, preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.

Lightly pat the fillet with kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture, before placing the meat on top of the duxelle.

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RECIPE a bowl and pour over the cream and season. Stir to coat the potatoes, then lay them evenly in the garlicky baking dish. 10. Cover the dish with foil and bake in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for a further 20-30 minutes while you prepare the Wellington. 11. Roll the pastry out on a well-floured surface to a rectangle with a thickness of about 3mm. 12. Brush the pastry with beaten egg yolk. Remove the clingfilm from the beef fillet and place onto the middle of the pastry. 13. Wrap the pastry up over the beef fillet. Lightly stretch one edge of the seam so that it is not too thick, then press down firmly to seal. 14. You should be left with a tube that is open at either end. Lightly press the ends of the pastry together using a rolling pin to seal and thin the two pieces. Then with a small knife, trim the edges on each side to form a triangle shape. Brush the triangle of pastry with a little egg and press it up against the side of the Wellington. Repeat with the other side before flipping over so that the Wellington is seam-side down. 15. Place your Wellington onto a baking tray, brush with the remaining egg yolk set aside in the fridge to chill for 5-10 minutes.

16. Increase the oven temperature to 180C/350F/ Gas 4 (the dauphinoise should remain in the oven).

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17. Remove the Wellington from the fridge and score a pattern of your choice onto the top.

1 tbsp vegetable oil

18. Place in the oven with the potatoes dauphinoise and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the Wellington from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes. This should give you a perfectly pink finish to your meat. If you prefer it more cooked, then leave in the oven for longer, but you must ensure the meat is well rested. 19. For the Madeira and port reduction, heat the butter in the same pan in which you cooked the beef fillet over a medium heat. Once bubbling, add the shallot and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. 20. Increase the heat and add the port and Madeira. Simmer until the volume of liquid has reduced by half and then add the stock. Reduce again by half. When the sauce has a thick, syrupy consistency, strain through a fine sieve. Stir in the truffle peelings and keep warm until ready to serve. 21. Serve slices of the beef Wellington with the potato dauphinoise alongside and the Madeira and port reduction.

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For the mushroom duxelle 25g/1oz butter 2 shallot, finely diced 8 chestnut mushrooms, chopped 2 tbsp cream For the Wellington dash vegetable oil, to fry 1.2kg/2lb 12oz beef fillet salt and pepper, to taste 3-4 crêpes (you can use readymade) 225g/8oz ready-made puff pastry 2 free-range egg yolks, lightly beaten For the potato dauphinoise 1 garlic clove, halved 1kg/2lb 4oz waxy spuds, peeled and very finely sliced (preferably on a mandoline) 500ml/18fl oz double cream salt and pepper, to taste For the Madeira and port reduction knob of butter 1 shallot, finely diced 100ml/3½fl oz port 100ml/3½fl oz Madeira 500ml/18fl oz veal stock (or beef or chicken stock) 1 heaped tbsp truffle peelings in brine, drained

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CHURCH FARM MEATS Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire

SPECIALIST FAMILY RUN FARM SHOP

Christmas orders now being taken please call to place your order Neil Hooper & everyone at Church Farm wish all their customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! For all your seasonal meats, including Turkey, Poultry, Beef, Lamb, Hams and Pork, Venison & Game. Farm assured and free range from our family run farm and butchers in Wiltshire.

PLANNING A PARTY? We provide Hog & Lamb Roasts throughout the year with all equipment and cook supplied. All the ingredients for the perfect BBQ.

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Local, organic - seasonal Earlier this year, Alice Boden’s fruit and veg delivery service, Bodice of Holt transformed like a beautiful, determined butterfly in to Mayfield Organics. This independent, family run business first spread its wings in 2012, borne out of a passion to connect with other like-minded suppliers to provide local, organic and seasonal fruit and veg to the community. “ It’s all about making small growers produce accessible to our customers. We hope that by offering tailor-made fruit and veg crates coupled with our personable service, we can help people save money, get creative and improve their diet by eating seasonally and organically. It’s convenience with a conscience!” Alice believes her bespoke service offering up local and seasonal produce, is key to nurturing more sustainable and mindful communities. With fewer pesticides, produce being picked at it’s prime and the Mayfield team doing the leg work for you, it’s a great way to make small changes which in the end, result in a big positive impact on our own health and that of the environments. Along with the re-branding of the business, come some other additions like inspiring recipe cards from in house chef Beth of Beth’s Bakes and some exciting catering events being prepared for 2016. Alice also plans to create the ultimate ‘Great Crate’, teaming up with other small producers to offer meats, eggs, breads and other treats so you really have little need for trips to the supermarket. To sign up to Mayfield Organics Fruit and Veg crates, visit www.mayfieldorganic.co.uk and receive £5 off your order!

Recently refurbished, The George is the perfect place to visit for local ales, top quality wines and fantastic food created by our Award-winning chef, Alexander Venables. Our menus feature seasonal and local produce, alongside old favourites.

Breakfasts - Open on Saturday & Sunday from 9am Sunday Lunch - Featuring roasts carved at the table including whole herbed chicken for four, are proving very popular.

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New for 2016 retired patrons can subscribe for our VIP club for special lunchtime offers just email or call for details. 2 Course Tuesday Lunch £12 plus special offers on events throughout the year.

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With so many new eateries in the town, we highlight a few that you might like to sample to enjoy with friends and family over the festive season. The wealth of local produce and the restaurants, bars and cafes the area really is becoming a dinding destination. Enjoy, discover and devour...

THE WEAVING SHED

THE GEORGE AT WOOLLEY

Run by head chef Richard Synan and wife Natasha the bar, café restaurant opened earlier this year. Richard has worked in the Michelin-starred restaurant L’Atelier and Gordon Ramsey’s kitchen Claridge’s.

Now under the ownership of Chef Alex Venables and front-of-house manager Alison Ward-Baptiste – who have spent the past thirteen years at the award-winning Tollgate Inn in nearby Holt, and before that Alex headed up the kitchen brigade at country house hotel, Lucknam Park, retaining its coveted Michelin star.

A stylish open plan kitchen preparing all their food in house including the chutneys, mayonnaise and sauces with a changing seasonable menu. Using fantastic local suppliers serving us some of the best produce that the surrounding area offers. To whet your apettite, here’s a sample of what’s available; Crispy Duck Bonbon, Cranberry Chutney £3, Mrs Beeton’s Rabbit Pie, Roasted Carrots £15.00, Dewi’s Marlborough Mushroom Cobbler, Sauteed Greens £12.50, finished off with Sticky Toffee Xmas Pudding, Yuzu Custard, Pecan Crunch £6.75 plus a plethora of other goodies. For a perfect way to kickstart your weekends try their brunch menu. So relax, unwind and enjoy...​​​

The George has been revived as a proper community pub, offering top cuisine to a friendly bar; relaxing coffee & cakes to private meeting rooms; gourmet wine dinners to family Sunday lunches. Daily and weekly specials, inspired by what’s fresh in the market, as well as 2/3 course Set-Lunch menus. Sunday lunches with roasts carved at the table including whole herbed chicken for four at £40. Launching next year is VIP Gold offering special discounted lunch offers for retired diners plus special events throughout the year. Just email or call to register. Open: Tues- Sun see website ffi.

Open: 7 days a week 10am -11pm

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New Years Eve 2015/2016 A special 5 course tasting menu to include bubbles on arrival. We will be open later than normal, so plenty of time to savour the moment with your friends and family. Book now to avoid disappointment. £60 pp

Tuesday 12th January 2016 - Steak and Lobster Night! Its back!!! Following on from the success of the last evening, we’ve decided to host another Steak and Lobster night. Choose from either a 10oz Rump Steak or Half a grilled Lobster for £17

Relax, Unwind, Enjoy Pop in anytime of the day between 10am and 11pm Monday to Sunday for a coffee, nibbles, cocktails and more... Brunch now being served every Saturday and Sunday 10am-12pm

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HEALTH & FITNESS

The Sports Room

FOOT HELP

30a Silver Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JX Suppliers of Team Kit and Equipment for all sports including: Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Cricket, Badminton, Tennis & Table Tennis. Leisurewear Schoolwear Workwear Embroidery T Shirt Printing Trophies Sports Bags Trampolines Promotional Items

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Jenny Hepenstall-Brown Dip Foot Health. Dip Trop Nursing LSHM FAETEC

Home visits for all your foot needs: THICK NAILS AND LONG NAILS CORNS AND CALLUSES PAINFUL FEET DIABETIC FEET Registered general nurse for 36 years. Experience to Ward Sister level in NHS hospitals. Community Nurse experience in the patient's own home. Voluntary nursing work overseas. Have your feet looked after by a caring professional in your own home.

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Wiltshire Sight’s 96th AGM After 3 years as Chairman of Wiltshire Sight, Trevor Johns stepped down at this year’s AGM. Trevor has been instrumental in developing the organisation, and supporting it through its restructure, rebrand and move to the new St Lucy’s Sight Centre. We wish Trevor, his lovely wife Pat and guide dog Kiltie all the best for the future. Councillor Bill Moss who has been a huge asset to the organisation over a number of years also retired from the board. Again, we wish him all the best for the future and would like to thank him for his tremendous support. We would like to welcome three new trustees who were voted in at the AGM on 5th November 2015. Carl Hall, Rachel Wheeler and Jo Hicks will be joining the board.

“I am delighted to have been appointed as chair at the AGM and I look forward to continuing the good work Trevor Johns has been doing.” We are also thrilled to have a new Vice Chair in Melinda Carey-Hock. Melinda commented “The team at Wiltshire Sight work tirelessly to support blind and partially sighted people. I am delighted to be able to support the work of this important regional charity.” Everyone at Wiltshire Sight are looking forward to working with our new board and continuing to improve our services to make next year Wiltshire Sight’s best yet. Our Annual Report is available on line. If you would like a paper copy please contact the office. www.wiltshiresight.org

Wiltshire Sight are excited to announce our new chairman, Michael Weston who said

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We are open 7 days a week for all your cycling needs from road biking to mountain biking, from childrens bikes to cyclocross we have it covered, pop in and see our freindly experienced staff. Our workshop is alway open and ready to lend a hand be it a full service or small adjustment.

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BUSINESS

Bath Marketing Consultancy wins Professional Firm of the Year 2015.

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he M&A Awards celebrates the achievements of dealmakers, management teams, financiers and professional advisers and remains one of the most important and highly respected awards in the mid-market sector. Bath Marketing Consultancy has been awarded “winner” under the category of Professional Services Firm of the year for 2015 adding to the 5 national awards already won since opening its doors in 2009. This 6th award followed

a shortlist of finalists and was awarded based on the quality of BMC’s expertise and work. Priding itself on providing expert professional services across their 3 core product areas of marketing consultancy, website design and advertising, Bath Marketing Consultancy continues to offer extremely high service levels and deliverables to clients locally and nationally and this award is a fantastic accolade to have won especially when considering such a reputable category. bathmarketingconsultancy.co.uk

Tax Returns, Budget 2015 and other Interesting Developments! now is the time to get all of the paperwork ready and to talk to an adviser.

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t is nearly 8 months since BJP Finance opened its head office in Bradford on Avon and the firm of Chartered accountants and trusted business advisers are gearing up for the busy tax returns season. With the deadline for online submission of tax returns being 31 January 2016,

Ben Potter, Director of BJP Finance commented ‘The benefit of getting assistance from a professional adviser with your tax return is that they will give you the peace of mind that the return is submitted correctly and on time. A chartered accountant will also have the most up to date knowledge of the relevant tax rules and be able to ensure that all the reliefs that are available to you are claimed, which should help save you money.’ The summer budget 2015 also threw up some major taxation No46 Winter 2015/16

developments with significant changes to dividend income being introduced early next year that will particularly impact owner managed Limited Companies. There are also changes planned to mortgage interest relief for landlords so now is the time to start talking to an adviser about these changes and how they impact you. Ben and the team would welcome you to discuss any of the above or your general business and personal affairs at their offices on 34 Market Street so please call 01225 309219 to book an appointment. www.bjpfinance.com 37


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P.A.L. Interior Renovations Maintenance • Refurbishments • Fitting Decorating • Alterations Flexible working arrangements for all your household improvements. 5 The Shambles, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1JS tel: 01225 309110 web: www.bathroomsatno5.co.uk

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MASONIC HALL – Upper Hall to rent at very competitive rates.

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Organ available by agreement. Ground floor access by few steps. (Wheelchair ramp available) Parking – St. Margaret’s or Church Street. Ground floor room with use of outside terrace also available. DS Electrical Ad (No Certificate) 45 x 64mm 07586 309159 www.boamasonichall.co.uk

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Your local community magazine for Bradford on Avon & surrounding areas.