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Bradford & Borders

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Adam Henson interview


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to our Bradford on Avon spring edition packed with all the usual local news and things to do over the bank holidays in May. We interview Adam Henson the Country File presenter whilst he was talking at Wiltshire Heights Care home and found out about his life on and off screen looking into his family background and his passion of farming.

Whip-up the perfect eggs benedict accompanied by new season asparagus and plant out those spring greens to make the most of the glorious early spring weather we are experiencing. The current climate is polling change and we hope elect fresh growth in our gardens as in our Spring Greens feature on page 44. This month you have a chance to lobby support from your local Avonfield Garden Centre and WIN £25 of seeds. Just complete the crossword and (s)elect the hidden winning clue on page 54. There’s lots of inspiration for your interiors too with various parties all manifesting great ideas to canvas all tastes! See page 20 for another of our independent businesses in the town, Moulton bikes. They recently travelled to Monaco for the LikeBike show on the waterfront and the inaugural 30 lap NiteRace. A father and son team competed against larger wheeled opposition on the formula one race track. It’s fabulous to see business blooming with several new additions to the town. Retail plus food and drink are all expanding in our thriving constituency. We see the launch of BOA Business formerly the Chamber of Commerce with a more informal organisation to promote and help over 250 businesses in the area. Membership is free and open to all businesses in the area. Check out the website to get involved at: Please remember, this is your magazine and we are polling your community stories and events. So everyone get on board!


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We buy scrap gold

What’s On..........................................................................6 Community & Culture....................................................9 Gardening........................................................................14 Glove Factory Feature..................................................18 Moulton & Monaco......................................................20 House & Home...............................................................22


Up Close - Adam Henson............................................33 Health & Fitness............................................................36 Plant Spring Greens......................................................44 Food & Drink...................................................................42

Scrap in or re-model your old gold & Platinum with Orton Jewellery...

Recipe...............................................................................42 Health & Fitness............................................................42

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what’s on MAY 2015 Tuesday 28 April

BoA Probus Club 10am refreshments, 10.30 Talk. Limply Stoke Hotel. The history of the Aust to Beachly River Severn Crossing by Timothy Ryan. Ray Sanger 01225 865088

Saturday 2 May

Friday 1 May

Britten Sinfonia / Barbara Hannigan Soprano 7.30pm Wiltshire Music Centre £26 / £13 Under-18s. SONGS OF VIENNA: decadent and dripping with passion. ‘Hannigan both sang and directed in a tour de force of performance and vocal brilliance.’ Guardian. 6.30pm pre-concert talk: with Jonathan Cross, Professor of Musicology, Christ Church Oxford. 01225 860100

Three Wessex Sketchers Capturing the Light 10am-5.30pm An exhibition by 3 local landscape painters at the West Barn, Barton Farm, BoA. BA15 1JY. Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th of May 2015. Featuring Valérie Pirlot, Bob Child and Andrew Taylor.

Sunday 3 May

Being a Musician in the 21st century 7.30pm Masonic Hall, Upper Room, Church Street, BoA, BA15 Arts Association talk by James Slater, director of the Wiltshire Music Centre and guest conductor for the Royal ballet at Covent Garden. The History of Writing – from Cuneiform to Kindle. FREE Megan Jones 01225 862670

Antiques, Collectables & Sporting Memorabilia 6

Tel: 01249 720888

Monday 4 May

Christ Church Primary May Fayre Berryfield Road, BoA, BA15 1ST. 12-4pm. Traditional fun and entertainment including lots of exciting games and stalls for all the family. £1 Entry under 14yrs FREE.

Thursday 7 May

Arts Association outing to Kenwood House 8:30am–7.30pm. Coach outing to Kenwood House, a majestic neoclassical villa with breathtaking interiors and a stunning art collection. From Station car-park £25 incl. guided tour. £16 coach only. 01225 865221 Unearthed by Alys Metcalf Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge Town Hall 7.30pm. Two estranged


siblings are forced together by their father’s last wishes on a quest which ignites memories and unearths buried secrets. Tickets £10 (Conc: £8) Age guide 14+ years. Tickets: 01225 774306

jazz' (All About Jazz). £16 / £8 Under-18s 01225 860 100

Wednesday 13 May

Baking People Happy The Tollgate Inn, Holt. 7.30pm start. £25 per person for the evenings’ food. £5 from every ticket will be going to Pop n Grow charity.

Friday 15 May

Jazz - Paul Harrison Mount Pleasant social Club BoA, BA15 1SJ. Gerald 01225 400959

Saturday 16 May

Friday 8 May

BoA Choral Society Concert 7.30pm. St Margaret's Hall, BoA, BA15 1DE. Directed by Rupert Bevan. £10. Simon Little 01225 864617

Wessex Auction Rooms Silver, Gold, Jewellery & Cabinet Items. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am. 01249 720888

Sunday 17 May

BoA Sailing Club Open Day Fancy sailing on the river? Annual club open day. Club boats available under supervision. Families welcome. 11am-4.30pm

Monday 18 May

Climate Friendly BoA Quaker Meeting House Whiteheads Lane, BoA, BA15 7.30 pm– 9.30 pm. Vivienne Kynaston “Fairtrade Sustainability and New Developments.” Free. Sylvia Tate 01225 866056

Saturday 9 May

Antiques, Furniture & Collectables - Wessex Auction Rooms. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am Antiques, Furniture and Collectables. 01249 720888 Jason Rebello / Gwilym Simcock Wiltshire Music Centre 7.30pm. Acclaimed WMC residency concludes with an exuberant, jazz set from two of the 'most inventive pianists in

adults, £1.50 children, Friends of Keevil School. 01380 870376 Musical Rumpus, A Fairy Queen in the forest. 11am until 1.30pm Wiltshire Music Centre Musical Rumpus is Spitalfields Music's award-winning, interactive, multi-sensory opera series for babies and toddlers. Great for kids 0–2.5 years. Purcell (arr. Sam Glazer) music Zoe Palmer libretto, director Musicians from OAE Experience. 01225 860100

Keevil Scarecrow Trail Charity 10am until 4pm. Until Sunday 17th May. Keevil C of E Primary School, Main Street,Trowbridge, BA14 6LU. Children's Activities “Heroes and Villains”. Opened by TV Presenter, Paul Martin. BBQ, bar, stalls, raffle, games and children’s entertainment. To raise funds for school. All-day, £3 No42 May 2015

Friday 22 May

Canal Walk Bath to BoA. DAY 1. To mark the 25th anniversary of Wiltshire charity Alzheimer’s Support. The first leg of a four-day fundraiser leaves Bath at 10am to walk 9.5miles along the Kennet and Avon towpath to Bradford on Avon. Entertainment and refreshments along the way. To register 7

what’s on MAY 2015 Toys, Cars, Trains, Dolls & Teddies - Wessex Auction Rooms. Viewing - 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am. 01249 720888

stored in your loft. Contact 01225 866551

Saturday 23 May

Canal Walk from Bradford on Avon to Seend. DAY 2. The second leg leaves Bradford at 10am to walk 7.5 miles long the Kennet and Avon canal towpath to Seend. To register go to Singing for the Brain Wiltshire Music Centre, Monday mornings during term time. Run by Alzheimer’s Support for people with memory problems and family carers. Call 01225 776481

Saturday 23 May

Westwood Scarecrow Trail – Half Term Family Fun Until 31st May. Westwood Village, nr BoA, BA15 2DL. Scarecrow Trail Half Term fun for all the family. Trail map (£3.00). £3.00, Westwood Nursery Committee and Westwood with Iford School FoWS.

Monday 25 May

Lions Fun Day & Boot Sale This year will be held on Monday 25th May at the Victory Field & Culver Close which are close to the Tithe Barn Area. This is one of the most loved event in our Town and promises to be again a happy full day with all The Fun of The Fayre. Get a car boot pitch and earn some cash from all the items 8

Tuesday 26 May

BoA Probus Club. The Royal Agricultural College from 1845 until today by professor Christopher Gaskell OBE. 10am Refreshments 10.30 am Talk Limply Stoke Hotel. Ryan Sanger 01225 865088.

Saturday 30 May

The Athenaeum Singers of Warminster present Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. Conductor: Edward-Rhys Harry. Orchestra: The British Sinfonietta. BoA Twinning Open Meeting BoA is privileged to be twinned with Sully-sur-Loire, the ducal home of one of France's greatest statesmen. An illustrated talk by Terry Brown with wine, soft drinks, nibbles. Contact Terry and Eileen Brown on 01225 862453 or Antiques, Furniture & Collectibles - Wessex Auction Rooms. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am. 01249 720888 www. The Boy Who Bit Picasso. Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge

Town Hall - 2pm. Devised by Jake Oldershaw and Co. Adapted from the book by Antony Penrose. Come and play down on the farm with Tony and Picasso. An interactive theatre show for young children and their families, including storytelling, music and messy play. Wear something suitable! Tickets £8 (Conc: £6) Age guide 4-8 years

Sunday 31 May

A Personal Education in the Theatre 7:30 – 9:00pm - Upper Masonic Hall, Church Street, BoA BA15 1LN. Arts Association talk by Michael Darlow, who has directed, written and produced a wide range of drama, arts and music programmes. £3 members, £4 non-members. 01225 862670


Trowbridge Arts at Trowbridge Town Hall Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Saturday 20 June 3pm

Tickets £8 (Conc: £6) Genre Family Theatre Age guide 4+ years Venue Trowbridge Town Hall Free jam tarts for anyone coming in character!


Pre-School Ballet A

& Boogie

t this time of the year, the supermarkets provide lots of exciting outdoor play products, which often include pom poms and batons. With the longer days and nicer weather, it is a great opportunity to get active and now there are some new Pre-school Dance classes that will help give you some ideas for dance moves to do with those pom poms and batons! Pre-School Ballet & Boogie are Dance classes, perfect for little children who love to bop and twirl around. In the half an hour session, the children are taught Ballet plus a few more funky moves from qualified Dance teacher, Annette Wilsher. There are opportunities to dance with props such as beautiful fairy wands and ribbons and each child has their own sticker chart where their achievements are celebrated every week. The aim is to encourage and build confidence. The classes take place in Bearfield Church, Bradford on Avon on Friday afternoons. Parents and Grandparents get to stay in the room and cheer on their child. For those coming from further afield, there is car parking in the residential streets around the Hall. For more information, please go to our website. Trial sessions are available and for those children not yet old enough for ‘Pre-School Ballet & Boogie’, there are also ‘Baby and Toddler’ Dance classes held in Bradford on Avon. 07843 252265

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Jane Austen Dancers of Bradford on Avon. United Reform Church Hall, 8-10pm. £4. 2nd & 4th Mondays in the month. Jazz Factory Wiltshire Music Centre. 7.30pm9pm. Come and sing or play jazz in our weekly workshops. Bradford Bridge Club The Swan Hotel, BoA, 7-10pm. Jan O’Connor, 01225 865669 Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 2nd Monday of the month, United Reform Church Hall, St Margaret’s Street. 2.15-4pm. 01225 864541 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. Call 01225 776481


Con Brio Mixed Voice Choir United Church Hall. 8pm-10pm 01225 863066 All in Harmony Choir Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30-9.30pm. No need to read music, no auditions, no solos. West Wiltshire Amnesty Group 3rd Tuesday of month. Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane, BoA. 7.30pm. 01225 863562 Bearcubs Sing - along - Fun Bearfield Church, Huntingdon Street, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1JH. 10-10.30am (Term time only)  10

Free session of music and singing for mums and tots. 07467 068718 Kettlebell Fitness Class Woolley Grange Hotel gardens. 6.30-7.30pm (see Thursday)


Bradford Choral Society United Church Hall, BoA, 7.30-9.30pm. No audition, new members welcome. 01225 862670. 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


Farmers Market – Westbury Gardens, 3rd Thursday monthly. 9am-1pm. Market Day 9am-1pm Library Car Park The second Thursday of the month Bradford on Avon 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. Holt Morris Men – Practices, 8pm, Mount Pleasant Centre, Bradford-on-Avon.

Rhyme Time Free activity for babies & toddlers. 10-10.30am at the Library. 01225 863280 Learn to Sing Course Bearfield Church, Bradford on Avon 7.30pm – 9pm The course will run for 4 weeks from 26th February. Bradford on Avon & District Flower Club First Thursday of every month (except February) in Holt Village Hall. Contact Secretary on 01225 863640

FRIDAYS Back to Netball 7-8.30pm, St Laurence School. £3.50. Friendly netball for all abilities. Term time only. Nicola 01225 864874 Bath Old Time Dancers 2nd Friday of month, 7.30-10pm Bath Community Academy, Rush Hill, Bath BA2 2QL. 01225 335740.


BoA Lifesaving Club Bradford Swimming Pool. 5pm. 5 years to adults. £3 (first week try out is free).

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.


BRADFORD ON AVON ARTS FESTIVAL 2015 Small & Beautiful: CD Art Exhibition

Calling all Artists! A

s part of the BoA Arts Festival in September 2015, an exhibition of CDsized artwork is planned to celebrate the beauty, creativity and diversity of Bradford-onAvon and its wealth of creative artists. A wide range of artists will donate small ‘fun-size’, original artworks. Any medium is acceptable provided as long as it fits within a CD-jewel case (12cm square). Alongside the Festival exhibition, all contributing artists will be listed on the Festival website with scanned artworks as a virtual exhibition accessible to a much wider audience. However, each work will be anonymous, only 12

signed on the reverse side, and will remain anonymous until sold and distributed at the end of the Festival. Each artwork will be sold for the same price. There will be range of artists from professional, renowned to undiscovered amateurs. For purchasers there is the chance to own a secret masterpiece! Proceeds will support a local charity. There will be an opening event to launch the Festival (early September) which will be a social occasion for contributing artists and the people of Bradford on Avon. The exhibition will remain in place over 2 weeks of the Festival in September. The festival theme of Flower

Power does not need to be followed, but the diverse collection is intended to reflect the aesthetic inspiration that is Bradford on Avon. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday 31st July 2015. ENJOY, CREATE, BE PART OF IT! Enquiries: Festival Theme: Flower Power



Capturing the light


n exhibition by 3 local landscape painters at the West Barn, Barton Farm in Bradford on Avon from Saturday 2nd of May to Monday 4th of May 2015. 10am - 5.30pm FREE ENTRY Featuring Valérie Pirlot, Bob Child & Andrew Taylor Nature, landscapes and architecture lovers, all three artists share the same passion for capturing light with paint. The show will feature a large selection of original oil and watercolour paintings. All work will be for sale alongside a selection of original prints, cards and catalogues. Meet the artists who will be present during the whole show.

Helping hand with your plans Fancy Barcelona? We have a fantastic offer for June for a 2 nights stay in a 4 star hotel that we know well called the Senator Barcelona Spa for £149 pp including flights and accommodation WE KNOW BARCELONA WELL SO FOR ADVICE AND DETAILS COME AND SEE US!!


Hong Kong !! A brilliant offer to this exciting city. £699 for 5 nights in the 4 star Cosmo Hotel departing on selected dates in May and June. GREAT OFFER OF A FREE CITY TOUR INCLUDED.

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Gardening microbes The key to growing healthy plants is first to build up a healthy garden soil!


ealthy soils are full of organic matter and humus, teeming with beneficial microbial activity, earthworms – an abundance of nature’s wonderful little helpers. Plants growing in rich, healthy soil are vibrant, full of vitality and health, having few or rare problems with pest attack, diseases or nutrient deficiencies. 40 years ago a Japanese scientist discovered a microbial soil inoculant that is both organic and totally safe. This he termed Effective Microorganisms or EM and is pretty much what local company Microbz now brew. EM helps rebalance beneficial bacteria, converting organic materials, regeneratively, into nutrients that are more readily available for plant uptake. Plants thrive significantly in fertile soil and this in turn increases growth

Worms thrive on bokashi in the soil

and nutritional quality. Plant roots and natural fungi in the soil combine symbiotically to provide food for each other. This natural approach to gardening allows a reduction or total removal of artificial fertilisers and pesticides. BoA resident and Microbz partner, Peter Hodkinson says, “Two years ago I abandoned my regular dig/ turn/weed approach to producing veg and created a raised no-dig garden. I had been inspired by an Austrian who uses EM in all areas of his life, not just gardening. He sees EM as an essential link in all stages of the life cycle – in this case, to aid composting, inoculate the soil, sow seeds and foliar feed direct to the plants”. Peter recently toured northern Spain witnessing EM’s incredible results “Europe is way in front of the UK in optimising organic EM methods... results in my own garden have been staggering! I now appreciate the necessity of a healthy soil. Spinach leaves were over 16” long with a high brix* value over 12. Beetroot the size of tennis balls – without pith.” Peter uses kitchen waste inoculated with an EM mix called ‘bokashi’ (Japanese for pickled veg) to use as a quick compost breakdown. “once my bokashi bin is full I need only wait 2 weeks before digging it into the soil”. Last year we had a lot of fun with year 6 Fitzmaurice


pupils making their own bokashi. Also, a dedicated bakashi bin includes a tap for ‘compost tea’ to be drawn off as a liquid feed once diluted 1:200 with water. EM can be administered most times of the year, though late in the day away from strong sunlight is advised. Combine with mulching and soil remineralisation for best results. Minerals can be added through the application of rock dust or sea water minerals. Microbz also create a brew that balances garden ponds. Partner Dom Penrose, another BoA resident, simply pours some into his pond annually to keep it clear and control the blanket weed. No need to remove the fish as it is perfectly safe for them. Microbz gardening products are being sold in BoA by J Alex Brown on Silver Street, Avonfield Garden Centre in Hilperton or ordered online at *Refractometers are used to measure the quality of fruit and vegetables via the dissolved mineral and carbohydrate content.

Giant spinach leaves

Easy pond maintenance



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The title is even more remarkable as Avonfield Gardens only moved to Hilperton from Bradford on Avon last year. James and Matthew took the brave decision to relocate due to increased overheads. However they were confident their business would be up to the challenge.

bloomin’ marvellous

Their new home on Marsh Road, Hilperton gives them exclusive occupancy, easier access to the site and the location means it’s in the perfect position for customers to pop in on the way to Trowbridge and to the recycling centre.

Local garden centre takes county title


vonfield Gardens in Marsh Road, Hilperton, has been named Wiltshire’s Best Garden Centre – even though the whole business only moved premises last year. Owned by James Vincent and Matthew Webb, the centre received the honour after being voted for the top spot by readers of the weekly local newspaper the Wiltshire Times.

James and Matthew still have their roots in Bradford on Avon where James Vincent also owns the local hardware store – J Alex Brown in Silver Street – offering a selection of plants, tools, ironmongery and hardware. They have both continued to work with local schools helping with their gardening clubs. They are also supporting Dorothy House Hospice in honour of its 40th anniversary this year.

James Vincent said: “It’s a huge honour for us. We are so touched by the kindness and support we have received from everyone.”

Don’t forget to enter the crossword competition on page 54 where you can win £25 of Fothergill’s seeds to get your garden going this Spring!


Avonfield Gardens Marsh Road, Hilperton Wiltshire BA14 7PL Tel 01225 866886

We offer a wide rangeof high quality trees, shrubs, conifers, alpines and herbaceous perennials, complemented by a range of key gardening products such as composts, fertilisers, tools, seeds, terracotta & glazed pots and garden sundries. The Centre prides itself on excellent levels of service, horticultural advice and a clear, nononsense, no-gimmicks approach. Open: Mon-Sat 9am - 5.30pm • Sun 10am - 4pm

All your hardward needs... 16

30 Silver Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1JX. 01225 862236


Neatly trimmed

Colin Bush machinery is a family business with over 15 years of experience. Supplying everything you need to keep your garden looking its best including; lawn mowers, strimmers, chainsaws, shredders and the new Freedom 48 rechargeable hand held equipment. This time of year they would recommend you scarify your lawn to lift out the moss and old thatch left from last year, this will allow the grass to grow and keep the weeds down, using a digging fork to aerate the lawn will allow better drainage and help with better root growth of the grass. Keep the level of cut fairly high just in case of late frost. They have a wide range of mowers to suit every budget and lawn size from an small lightweight electric Mountfield Princess perfect for the smaller garden, then up a gear to a mid range petrol mowers and sit on lawn tractors. For more tips and advice pop in store or visit them online at Find them in Whitehall Garden Centre, Corsham Road, Lacock, SN15 2LZ open 6 days a week (closed Tuesday's)






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“The Glove Factory is

an inspirational work environment where people can meet, network, create and realise business ideas. We offer affordable, flexible lets on serviced studio, office and desk spaces for small businesses


inspirational workspaces in Holt


love Factory Studios is adding 20 new stunning studio spaces to its existing offer of affordable flexible lets on serviced studio offices and desk spaces. An urban restoration of an industrial heritage building near Bradford on Avon and Bath, these bright and generous workspaces (100 to 670 sq ft) provide inspirational space for businesses who want to grow in a supportive and professional environment. A bespoke workspace for thinkers, creators and doers, Glove Factory Studios is made up of thriving start-ups, creative entrepreneurs and independent professionals who feed on an interactive atmosphere, these businesses

benefit from 1Gb fibre with 100Mb up & download speeds, business networking events Supper Clubs and wonderful café run by Sam’s Kitchen and Deli. Several studios open onto a balcony or roof top terrace and all of them are within a gated premise with private car parking, bike racks, a managed reception and business support. The new spaces have been designed to be stimulating and functional. We have worked alongside great architects and suppliers to deliver a considered environment that creates the right impression for you and your clients. 01225 784080


F O R T H C O M IN G EVENTS Thursday 30th April | 9:30 to 11:30am

Social Media School by Imogen Woodford, Social-i. 10 individual 2hr sessions every Thursday. £35/session or £150/5 sessions. Book via net or 01225 805808

FREE HBN Breakfasts 8 to 9am 1st May | Richard Roberts, HR & Employee Engagement Consultant

5th June | Cristina Riveiros, Graphic Clinic 10th July | Simon Williams, Financial Health Accountant

“Glove Factory Studios aim to put together

the best urban workplace facilities within an industrial heritage building overlooking open countryside, in a strategic location near Bradford on Avon and Bath

3rd July | 7 to 11pm Glove Supper Club with best selling author Tom Hodgkinson

A wonderful evening of music & discussion over supper served by Sam’s Kitchen & Deli. £35/person*

9th July | 5pm Opening of the Lakes

Launch of Glove Dippers Club by Daniel Start from Wild Swimming at the new lakes, followed by a talk about wild swimming with sundowners & BBQ. £20/person*

16th July | 7:30 to 9pm An evening tasting the best of the season by Kitchen Table Cookery. £15/person booking via

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An invitation out of d’Azur:

Moultons in Monaco!


Nite riders We were asked to take part in an inaugural event there, the NiteRace, which covered 30 laps on a section of the Monaco Formula 1 race track. Many local residents, charity-minded, or yacht involved cyclists took part and we invited a father and son team, Steve (55) and Zeb Kyffin (17) to bring their Moulton bikes down from Newcastle to take part. They performed impressively, lining up alongside 100 big-wheeled racing bikes. Zeb has only just become a category 3 cyclist, but he cycled his heart out and was only ever overtaken by the Pro-rider on the race. His father was only 5 seconds a lap slower than him and together they did a fantastic job flying the flag! The prize-goody bag given to every participant included free tickets to the LikeBike show (featuring unique bicycles from around the world) held the following weekend, so many visiting us on the stand already knew from personal experience just how fast a Moulton can be ridden! The LikeBike show took place at the prime Monaco waterfront location, the Grimaldi Forum. Prince Albert of Monaco made a kind and supportive video-taped message for us all, welcoming us to these inaugural cycling events held in the Principality. 20

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ometimes it’s important for us here at Moulton Bicycles to go further afield to show our unique bicycles to a wider audience. Hand-built here in the heart of Bradford on Avon it’s a pleasure to see our bicycles being ridden at new events and in April we were happy to accept an out-of-the-blue invitation from Monaco.

many visiting us on the “stand knew from experience

just how fast a Moulton can be ridden!

As icing on the cake, we were also allowed to have a stainless steel Moulton on show for ten days at the Monaco Yacht Club, which was a rare coup and kind gesture on the Club's part. At the same time, Tomo-san, our friend from Cyclograph magazine took photos and video of the Kyffins both racing and touring on Moultons, which hopefully will feature in pages of a popular Japanese cycling magazine, another way of spreading the word about Bradford on Avon’s Moulton bicycles far and wide!

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Sandwich - Ink pattern dress

aspiring to... A

spire to is owned by local business woman Jacqui Cooper and caters for women who want to find something stylish to wear and isn’t found in a High Street store. The Bradford on Avon shop was opened last year to complement its sister shop in Trowbridge established nearly eight years ago. Jacqui is married with two children and lives in Hilperton. She has retail running through her blood influenced by her mother and father who between them owned a greengrocers, fishmongers, ironmongery and a wool shop. Jacqui says “she was counting back the change to customers before she started school.” During her previous career, she trained and worked in ladies’

fashion with household names including Jaeger, Paul Costello Aquascutum, The Windsmoor Group and latterly House Of Fraser. She feels this background gives her an understanding of what the discerning lady wants to wear. With her experience she carefully selects clothes that flatter and enhance her clientèle’s figures.

Myrine - Terra Dress

Brands available in the shop include; Creenstone, Crea Concept, Grizas, Sahara, Sandwich, James Lakeland, Lauren Vidal, Myrine and Eden Rock, Tempest and Girls & Pearls jewellery as well as a range of cashmere, scarves and handbags She’s proud to be an independent business offering something different together with a personal shopping experience.

Eden Rock


Coppice Guild – distinctive design

“... distinctive,

highly connected to artisanal Bath, beautiful designs and highly consultative


hen setting up a new business in a field that is full of competitors it is so important to stand out from the crowd. Julie Mason of Coppice Guild was so thrilled when the judges of The Bath Life Awards recognised how special Coppice Guild is. Their comments were: “Coppice Guild is distinctive, highly connected to artisanal Bath, beautiful designs and highly consultative” It is in being connected to local makers, with complete artistic freedom that makes Coppice Guild so fresh and interesting. This can be seen clearly in a couple of projects now completed. National award winning builders Bloor Homes were quick to discover Coppice Guild and decided to put a range known as ‘The Shambles’ in their


flagship property in Fortescue Fields in Norton St Philip. The property needed to have a kitchen with elegant period detailing whilst retaining a modern twist. Downstairs is a classic shaker laundry room – still very popular when kept very simple and uncluttered. As a complete contrast, Coppice Guild have installed a minimalistic kitchen in a historical manor house close to Bath, where blending the old with the new worked very successfully. “The client wanted something bright and contemporary to replace a very dark kitchen in a room with little natural light. We added architectural features to the room such as lowering the outside edge of the ceiling to install concealed uplighters – to add height to the room. Also we created a lobby area so that guests did not walk


straight into the kitchen whilst doubling as a recycling store - key to making the space functional and appealing” Watch out for yet another design range of furniture that is ‘on the drawing board’ for later on this year – something elegant with a Scandinavian vibe. Julie is keeping her eyes open for a client with a stunning empty space needing a new kitchen who would be happy to help develop the new prototype and be prepared to have photographs taken when completed. Cookery events play an important role in reaching out to potential clients whilst keeping in touch with the community. The next event is on 20th April for all AGA enthusiasts. Details can be found on www. where you can register to be on a mailing list for forthcoming events.


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t’s now two years since we first met Vanessa at her brand new interior styling shop on the Lansdown Road in Bath. Things have moved on a lot since then.

“there has never

been a dull day. I’ve been lucky enough to work on some great interior projects


With another successful shop (in Clifton) she has been incredibly busy – with two awards to her name already (Vanesssa won the 2014 Bath Life Awards for Creativity and very recently the 2015 Women in Business Awards for Innovation). Also, a new distribution business selling Annie Sloan paint to other stockists, a permanently busy commission studio, and new online shop for her own designed products about to launch soon. “I am not quite sure where the last two years have gone”, says Vanessa – “in a puff of chalk dust I think. But there has never been a dull day. I’ve been lucky enough

to work on some great interior projects” she is currently redesigning Bartons Tea Rooms in the centre of Bath, with the help of it’s new proprietor to turn it into an Italian Wine Bar/Café. She is also very busy training up to 20 people a month on how to use her chalk paints and upcycle their furniture with Marmalade House renowned French and Gustavian paint finishes. To Vanessa, the most exciting thing of all is that she is now bringing together her own brand of products that she has researched and sourced, in some cases designed and had made, and all of which they have painted. The all new Marmalade House online shop launches early May moving the business in an exciting new direction. “It was always my intention to make


Marmalade House a brand in it’s own right and we are now almost there”. It’s been a lot of very hard work – juggling three children, a husband who travels and a house that is used for corporate and press location shoots, “I have a fabulous team of people working with me. Each and every day is very different and we all do a bit of everything”, says Vanessa. The aim this year is to take stock, and strategise the direction we take with the business. Next month in May sees the launch of her online shop packed full of new products, complimenting this, Vanessa will be starting her blog with lots of interior fashion trends. Go to their website for further details about courses, new products and paints.

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HOUSE & HOME town has had the good fortune to include among its residents a professional draftsman who was happy to devote his spare time, for much of his working life, to the recording of his local townscape.




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To reveal this hidden treasure, the Bradford on Avon Preservation Trust – as part of the celebration of its 50th anniversary – has now published Adrian’s work in book form.   “Bradford Facades - Made to Measure” can be obtained from Ex Libris bookshop in The Shambles or from and the price is £25. 

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ercol –

Richard Hayes of TR Hayes furniture store in Bath takes a look at this famous British brand and how it has adapted over the years to remain one of Britain’s favourite brands.

Design for comfort, function & beauty


elebrated furniture designer and maker ercol has long been a British favourite with its high quality timeless designs, combined with excellent functionality. ercol is a brand that knows what it’s customers want. As well as using its own talented in-house design team, ercol collaborates with upcoming and established British design talent to ensure the brand remains at the forefront of great British furniture design. The current portfolio is extensive, offering quality designs for every room in the house – sofas, chairs, dining, lounge and bedroom furniture - combining visual appeal with functionality whilst ensuring consistent and uncompromised quality. The ercol collections of sofas and chairs are not only comfortable but these ranges are designed with the integral show wood elements which create their distinctive ercol identity. Launched just this year, the striking Triggiano collection is a contemporary modular sofa range that offers a wide selection of pieces. Smooth splayed curved arms made of solid oak give the range its ercol identity. Deep cushions and quality foam interiors ensure complete comfort. Triggiano’s versatility makes it ideal for large and smaller homes alike and is available in a choice of twenty woven fabrics. Other established ranges include the popular Windsor collection made of solid ash. The range comes in a choice of six different wood stains, from a clear finish that seals and protects the wood to rich mid-tone stains which bring out the full beauty of the grain. The modern Bosco dining range with finger joint detailing combines traditional construction methods with contemporary styling. It is made from pale oak and finished in clear lacquer to let the beauty of the timber shine through.

ercol has a wide breath of collections that combine practically with visual appeal to offer something for every style of home. For more information on ercol visit the TR Hayes store on London Street or online at Local delivery is free and there is a large customer car park at the side of the store.

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Bath iconic

mass cycling event


ore than 1,500 cyclists are expected to take part in Bike Bath - the cycling event which is growing in popularity year on year. This fourth annual event takes place on Sunday July 5 at the Rec in Bath and cyclists are able to choose between distances of 25, 50 and 80 miles. The aim is to appeal to cyclists of all abilities. This year, each route has a sponsor, with the longest, the 80 mile ride, sponsored by the Yorkshire Regiment. Local company Bath Ales is sponsoring the 50 mile ride and the 25 mile route is backed by ‘tryactive’ – a partnership programme to encourage people to be more active while having fun and creating a sporting habit for life. The routes will head south of the city and will pass through glorious countryside surrounding

Bath and beyond. The Yorkshire Regiment will also be providing the food for the day for the cyclists and the Bath Ales marquee will offer a pay bar serving up their finest ales. Member of ‘tryactive' will also be on site encouraging people in the 25 mile ride. Jayne Fishwick, of Bike Bath says, “We have been absolutely delighted with the support from local businesses, Bike Bath is fast becoming a key part of the city’s sporting calendar. We’re also thrilled to confirm local newspaper the Bath Chronicle will be our media partner in 2015, so it is great to receive their support. “Riders can expect to see online photo galleries and a dedicated section in the Bath Chronicle where rider names and times will be printed.” Martin Pellow, of ‘try active’ has said, “Our team are very excited

to be working with Bike Bath and giving our support to the 25 miler event. This will provide a great opportunity for lapsed cyclists, newbies, families, young and old to get on their bikes.” This year, HPH Commercial Property, a founding sponsor, is providing the finisher medals, while architectural practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, are sponsoring the feed stations en route. Other local firms Withy King, Carter Jonas, Vision for Sport and Scheckter’s - are entering a team. Riders at Bike Bath can also expect spot prizes from Vision for Sport and a number of food and drink suppliers will be inviting riders to sample their products. Details about the event is available here www.bikebath. - the event is run by ICE - Iconic Cycling Events and specialises in designing high quality outdoor events. ICE was responsible for last year’s event in Bath which attracted 1,300 riders. It’s also running two other events in the region this year one in the Cotswolds in May and another in Oxford in September. For details of these other events visit or Bike Oxford, Sunday 13th September 2015


TV presenter and farmer

Adam Henson

shares his stories with Wiltshire audience


dam Henson, the 48-year-old presenter of popular BBC TV series Countryfile and Lambing Live, was in Wiltshire recently talking to a packed audience about his life as a farmer and a TV personality. He’d been invited to be guest speaker at an event organised by the Wiltshire Heights Care Home in Bradford on Avon and to support a new local charity – Hub@BA15 which aims to help those in need in the community. Guests queued outside in order to meet Adam, who works a 1,200-acre farm near Cheltenham – his farm is now famous for rare breeds and it’s open to the public as Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park – for more information see

Childhood Adam talked about having a privileged childhood brought up on a farm with his sister and being able to live a free and abundant life in rural Gloucestershire. However the ability to entertain also runs through the family as Adam’s grandfather Leslie Henson was a well known actor and comedian, especially during WW2, and his uncle Nicky Henson is also an accomplished actor. Adam was clearly most in awe of his father Joe, who only ever wanted to farm and who inspired him to do whatever he wished in life. Adam always knew, wherever life took him – he would always come home to be a farmer. “My dad was my hero and my mentor,” he said. “He was so No42 May 2015

Adam’s dad, Joe

exciting and so entrepreneurial, he saw opportunities where others saw problems.” One of those opportunities was the drive to keep rare breeds of farm animals when they fell out of fashion, or didn’t suit the emerging farms where goods needed to be mass produced in the 1950s and 1960s. This vision means that today Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park is the oldest of its kind in the UK – first opening its doors to the public in 1973. Adam went to local schools and then agricultural college before 33

UP CLOSE to the farm, its success is actually down to teamwork. He particularly singled out his friend and now business partner Duncan Andrews. Duncan and Adam studied together and went their separate ways but always stayed in touch. On a visit to Duncan – where Adam had arrived to sheer his own rare breed sheep – Adam asked Duncan if he would come into his farm to help him run the business side of things. Duncan did and later came into the business with Adam.

The farm park itself attracts over 100,000 visitors each year, has a restaurant and its own camping and caravan site. The caravan site has 40 grass pitches, 16 with electrical hook-up and costs from £14.35 a night. Visitors to the farm park, can many rare breeds and can interact with the animals from feeding through to handling new born chicks. Some of the animals have also been used in films including oxen in Braveheart and one of Adam’s rams was used in Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.

“Adam’s partner who works herself in

television, suggested he applied for a position as a presenter on Countryfile, as the BBC were looking for new talent. He did – and got the job

Top to bottom: Joe Henson and son Adam with Oxen; Joe Henson and John Neave, 1971; artist drawing Joe Henson with horse

taking time to travel the world, partly funded by working on farms in different countries. He then came home to join the family business and became the third generation tenant farmer on land at Guiting Power, near Bourton on the Water. Adam now lives in the main farm house with his partner and their two children Ella, aged 16 and Alfie, 12. Today at Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park Adam talked about the fact that although his name is attached 34

“One thing I’ve learned about the business is to surround yourself with those who complement you. They can see things you cannot see and together you can ensure the business grows,” Adam said. Today the farm has the most modern equipment available to ensure the farm is sustainable in the future and embraces conservation. The giant machinery used to harvest, plant and care for the land is all run via a satellite navigation system so that fertilisers are distributed efficiently, the make-up of the soil is mapped accurately and land is ploughed accurately ensuring fuel efficiency and cost savings. Some of the machinery costs £250,000 a unit.

The Television Personality Adam told the audience how his own father Joe had often been featured on television so he grew up used to seeing a camera crew around the farm. Joe was a regular with Angela Rippon on a show called In The Country and he also appeared with Johnny Morris on Animal Magic. Then some years ago, Adam’s partner who works herself in television, suggested he applied for a position as a presenter on Countryfile, as the BBC were looking for new talent. He did – and got the job. Since then he’s travelled the country meeting interesting people and visiting beautiful places to find out about rural life across the UK. Now he

films largely at home with two self-shooting directors talking about day-to-day life and issues on the farm. More recently he became involved in Lambing Live with Kate Humble – an idea which Adam didn’t believe would ever catch on. He didn’t think watching lambing night after night would hold an audience. However the programme has proved immensely popular. Adam talked about loving his work in television and singled out John Craven and Kate Humble for particular praise. John Craven for being a genuine, professional presenter who told life ‘as it was’ during a difficult time for farming when the industry was besieged by problems such as the ‘egg crisis’ and ‘foot and mouth’. Kate Humble, Adam said, was the queen of live television, able to move seamlessly from shot to shot even if everything was being filmed in real time. As for the future of farming, Adam said he believed farming was now on the crest of a wave and should be positive about the future. He talked of wanting to encourage young people into the industry - even if, like him, it might not be possible to actually buy a farm or own land. He said people’s growing need to know

the history of the food they eat, the ethics of how animals are treated and the movement towards more locally produced and sourced food – all made it an exciting time to be part of the farming industry. Adam has also written his first book – My Life on the Land – which is available online or in the shops -

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ingsdown Golf Club has been welcoming golfers for 135 years and it is the oldest golf club in Wiltshire and the second oldest course in the South West. An excellent golf club, its modern facilities and established course have been regularly updated over the years to ensure an enjoyable experience for golfers of all levels. Kingsdown GC offers golfers a warm and friendly welcome and a golf course in excellent condition. The new covered driving range provides great practice facilities and there is now a three hole Academy Course to allow practice and coaching on real golf conditions helping both experienced golfers and those new to golf. The Clubhouse

INVESTS FOR THE FUTURE has been updated and now boasts new changing and shower facilities and next month the Clubhouse lounge bar, which has panoramic views over the course, will be completely renovated and modernised. The perfect place to unwind after your round and discuss those great shots! The course was recommended in a leading national golf magazine by the Wiltshire Golf Champion as one of his favourite courses to play and has housed many prestigious competitions. The latest of these, in April, is the Jock Lawrence Scratch Golf Competition which is competed for annually by elite senior golfers from all over England. The sixteenth green has also been completely rebuilt over the

winter and will open shortly for the summer season. This will mean all our greens are of the highest standard and adds to the superb quality of the course at Kingsdown. Kingsdown GC is a golf club for golfers and the Club goes out of its way to put golfers first. The Club also offers a variety of different membership packages to suit a range of lifestyles and wallets. We also encourage younger golfers to get into golf by offering low cost deals and “get into golf� packages. Visit Kingsdown Golf Club where you will be welcome with open arms and you can sample its excellent Course and superb facilities. 01225 743472


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e are a small, family friendly sailing club, that sails on the river Avon the other side of the Beehive field, up stream of Bradford on Avon. The club was established in 1965 and on Sunday 28 June will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. All members, present and past are welcome to this event. We sail nearly every Sunday from the beginning of March until the end of October. As a club we are really keen to invite prospective new members and visitors to come and join in the sport of dinghy sailing. We have a modest clubhouse and provide home made refreshments on a Sunday. There is a varied selection of club boats for members to use. These include 2 brand new RS Visions, which were funded this year via a Sport for England grant. RS Visions are outstanding family boats and exceptional for learning, or if you have some experience brushing up on your rusty sailing skills. Other boats include 2 Lasers and a Topper for the

juniors. Regular club members are always on hand to help you with rigging plus with regular, morning improver sessions throughout the summer. We also offer an informal 'Try Sailing' training weekend on 6-7 June which is now open for bookings. During the summer months we have a full programme of club racing, which generally start at 2pm on Sundays plus we visit other clubs and a couple of coastal trips thrown in for good measure. New faces always welcome, so if you fancy a cup of tea and homemade cake over a chat come and see us. More information on

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hether you are hoping to reduce stress and learn to relax, gain flexibility and strength, have a healthy, positive pregnancy or regain fitness after birth, ill health or surgery – YogaNama provides a range of local classes. Prenatal These classes provide a safe, supportive environment in which to enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy and prepare body and mind for birth and beyond. Postnatal – A relaxing ‘space’ for new Mums and babies to practice yoga for postnatal recovery. Therapeutic Yoga – Specialised classes for a range of health conditions, including : back pain, arthritis, and chronic fatigue. Hatha Yoga – Suitable for all levels. Take time to relax and rejuvenate body and mind. Breathe, stretch and strengthen, for optimum wellbeing ! Contact Julie Ngama: 01225 766704 / 07867 117413 38


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Eggs Benedict

with new season asparagus METHOD Put vinegar, peppercorns and bay leaves in a pan and reduce by 3/4. STRAIN the vinegar into a glass bowl and discard the peppercorns and bay leaves. ADD the egg yolks to the vinegar and whisk over a pan of simmering water (bain marie) until thick. Do not boil the water as this will scramble the eggs. COOK Bacon if using instead of Parma Ham. When thick remove from heat and slowly WHISK in the clarified butter, a little at a time. When all the butter is gone, SEASON with lemon juice, salt and pepper and put to one side. Once the sauce is done put 2 pans of water on to SIMMER. In 1 put the 50ml vinegar.


Serves 4

advance and cool in iced water, then just re-heat for 1-2 mins to warm

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OTHER INGREDIENTS: 12 peeled asparagus spears 4 eggs 50ml white wine vinegar 4 slices Parma ham / Bacon Muffins/bread for toasting

Place the asparagus in the other pan of water and COOK for 3 minutes. Whilst that is cooking STIR the vinegar water and break the eggs into it 1 by 1. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes. When cooked, remove both asparagus and eggs from the water and allow to DRAIN. SEASON asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper then you are ready to serve. POUR some sauce on each muffin, place a slice of ham/ bacon on top, then top with an egg. Spoon over the remaining hollandaise and SERVE at once.


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Plant Spring Greens


ump start the gardening season before the summer vegetables are ready. While many standard garden vegetables cannot be planted outside or started from seed until the soil is fully warmed and the threat of frost is past, a variety of other cool season spring crops can be started right now. Cool season vegetables can be planted either directly in the soil with no cover, directly in the soil underneath a row cover or low tunnel, or in pots and trays in a sunny window or porch. Planting under row covers or a low tunnel will not only help to warm the soil quicker, but will also protect seedlings from frosts (although a hard freeze, or a long stretch of really cold weather may still be able to kill plants under row covers). Planting in pots and trays that can be moved outside into the sun on warm days, and brought inside at night, is one sure-fire way to beat the frost (as long as you remember to bring them


inside), and can be a great way to start an early spring garden long before the soil outside is ready to plant. Container gardening is also a good way to start growing some of your own food on windowsills, balconies, or decks, even if you don't have an outside garden plot. These spring vegetables, all of which can be easily planted from seed, are great choices for an early garden, and are usually foolproof enough to grow so that even the most beginning gardeners can reap a good harvest.


SPINACH Fresh baby spinach is also fairly quick to sprout and grow in a spring garden, and can be remarkably frost-resistant, especially when grown under cover.


CHARD This beet relative is another excellent spring vegetable that is easy to grow from seed, and can be eaten fresh or cooked.



LETTUCE Mixed lettuce seed (sometimes called mesclun mix), and instead of sowing the seeds farther apart, as is recommended for head lettuce, sow them very close together in each row, which will yield a solid row of lettuce leaves that is easy to harvest, and which can be cut repeatedly throughout the season. Baby greens can be harvested in a couple of weeks, and by planting successions of seeds every week or two, you can have a constant supply of greens for the kitchen.


RADISHES Radishes are one of the fastest vegetables you can grow, aside from the various greens, as many varieties are ready to be harvested in as little as three weeks. Radishes are great for interplanting with lettuce or other spring greens, and can help to naturally thin those crops as the radishes get harvested. Radishes mature incredibly quickly and are very hardy.

5 KALE Kale is another excellent spring vegetable that is easy to grow from seed, and because it can be harvested as a baby green and as full-sized leaves, can provide a lot of food from a little effort. 6

PEAS Snow peas, and other pod peas, are another great spring vegetable that kids tend to love. Peas take anywhere from 50 to 65 days to mature, depending on the variety, and can grow either as vines or as 'bushes', so they lend themselves equally well to both trellising and growing in regular garden beds. For best germination rates, pea seeds should be soaked in water overnight before planting them.

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eth's Bakes Pudding Appreciation Society was first held at The Tollgate Inn, Holt June 2014 and has it's 5th meeting on Wednesday 13th May – with a slight difference. £5 from every ticket will be going to Pop n Grow, a charity set up to help make life easier and more comfortable when babies are born prematurely. Baking people happy and making a difference has always been a passion of mine. In 2013 I baked for 24 hours straight as part of the Macmillan Coffee mornings and raised over £2000. Helping to raise




ocal pie company Eat Square make pies; square ones! They sell their pies though local shops and pubs as well as farmers markets. There pies are so popular that they are growing fast. Last month they successfully ran a crowd-funding project that has enabled them to move in to a new industrial kitchen in Woolley Green, just outside Bradford on Avon. From here they hope to supply more businesses in the area and continue their growth. You can try some pies yourself by going along to the local farmers market. You can also join their growing Facebook following at to keep up with the latest pie news.

money for Pop n Grow and the great work they do to comfort new families by providing practical clothing for little bodies is another great way to make a difference. My inspiring friend Emily had her little girl 3 months early in Southmead Hospital. Essie and Emily are happy, healthy and eternally grateful to those people that helped in those first few months and would like to raise the money to say thank you for keeping her little miracle safe. It’s an informal eve with a little hello from me to let you know what has inspired the menu and the ingredients, mainly sourced from the local area. Give the team at The Tollgate a call to book yourselves a seat and come for a new experience and a chance to make a difference. I look forward to seeing your friendly faces. £25 per person for the evenings’ food. 7.30pm start. Beth's Bakes Free Range Baker Baking People Happy


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uoins Organic Vineyard at Little Ashley (BA15 2PW) near Bradford on Avon will hold an open day free to the public on Sunday 31 May from 12-5pm as part of English Wine Week. Visitors are welcome to visit the vineyard and sample the wines which will be available for sale at farm gate prices. There will also be guided tours with an explanation of organic management of the vineyard and over a hundred fruit trees.

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Legend of the Moonrakers B

By the mid-sixteenth century they had established a smuggling operation that would run for more than 200 years. The barrels of spirit were landed in quiet coves on the Hampshire coast and brought up to Swindon by night. The barrels were hidden during the day in church crypts or in village ponds. The green weed in the ponds concealed the barrels beautifully.

But there was a problem! The merchant’s favourite tipple was gin from Holland and brandy from France, but that carried a heavy import duty. The solution for the Wiltshiremen seemed obvious, they would have to smuggle in barrels of spirit and so avoid the import duty.

One cold and still night, many moons ago, they nearly got caught…the smugglers were raking their barrels out of the village pond when they were surprised by a patrol of excise men. The smugglers thought quickly and pointed to the moon’s reflection in the pond and told the officials that they were trying to rake in the cheese. The excise men, thinking they were simple local folk, laughed at them and went on their way. The Moonrakers had the last laugh over a tipple…and the legend of the Moonrakers was born!

etween the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries the wool produced from the English county of Wiltshire was known and prized all over Europe because of its superb quality. Dutch and Flemish merchants had permanent headquarters in the Wiltshire town of Swindon, attracted there by the high profit obtained from the wool trade.



Modern British hospitality When we bought the hotel in July 2013 our intention was to bring to life and celebrate the wonderful beauty, history and food of Wiltshire. We got to work refurbishing the public areas and guest bedrooms, created a kitchen garden, bought rare breed pigs and, working alongside Chef Matthew Briddon (River Café), started sourcing ingredients from the local farmers and artisans that surround the hotel. We were delighted in February 2015 to be written up by Olive magazine as ‘modern British hospitality at its relaxed – and romantic – best’. When we discovered the legend of the Wiltshire Moonrakers in an old book in the Trowbridge museum, we felt certain we had found a name befitting of a hotel that celebrates the history, food and folk law of the area.

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Boa No42 May 2015  

Magazine for Bradford on Avon and surrounding area for May 2015.

Boa No42 May 2015  

Magazine for Bradford on Avon and surrounding area for May 2015.