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welcome Summer is upon us and we have a packed edition for you here to help you make the most of these lovely long summer days. We explore the upcoming Bradford Arts festival with a packed offering of music, art and culture to delight you all. For those feeling peckish after all these activities we have food tips and offers galore both for those wanting to go out and rediscover local haunts as well at those wanting to don the chef’s hat and create magic at home. Much admired head chef Theo Randall shares a mouth-watering recipe, life-story titbits and an autographed recipe book for you to win. We find out a little bit more about the relevance to all of us that next year is the UN’s Year of Soils, how we can look after the planet just a tad better, by thinking about the producers we support and how we shop. Hey! The sun is out! It’s time for health and fitness, a round of golf, art, statues and gardens, a trip abroad.. but most important of all, it’s Pimm’s O’Clock everyone! Look out for special coupons this issue from top local pubs and restaurants and raise your glasses to summer! Remember its your magaizne so get in touch if you have community news and events to share. A Local Life


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what’s on June/July 2015 Monday 13 June

Your Kid For A Quid. Powerful and intelligent set that veers between folk classics and eclectic originals.

Westwood Nursery Open Morning Let your child experience fun filled days of laughter and happiness. 10am-12noon. 01225 863117

Sunday 14 June

GBH Big Band / Moonrakers Dance Orchestra 3pm Wiltshire Music Centre, £15 / £5 Concs Bring Kid For A Quid. A brief history of big band jazz: a sumptuous celebration of the ‘real cool’. 01225 860100

Monday 15 June

Quakers and Climate Change With Rachel Berger. Climate Friendly BoA, 7.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane.

Saturday 20 June

The Big Chris Barber Band Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm £24 / £12 Under-18s. The Big Chris Barber Band – an exciting evening of world-class jazz. Alice in Wonderland Delightful puppet show which is not just for the children. Trowbridge Town Hall £8 (Conc: £6) Family Theatre, 4+ years.

Friday 26 June

Antiques, Furniture & Collectables - Wessex Auction Rooms. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am.

Saturday 20 June

Wessex MidSummer Show Classic cars, classic & vintage motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, traction engines. Heavy horses, craft Marquee, Trade Stands, mini quad bikes, small fairground. £5 Adults, children under 14 free (with adult). 01225 754374 or

FATHER’s DAY – 21 June Tuesday 23 June

Wessex Auction Rooms. Stamps, Coins, Postcards, Film & Music, Ephemera. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am.

June 28

BoA Secret Gardens Explore fifteen gardens scattered around this delightful town raising money for the Museum Society. £6 (children free) 2-6pm.

Wednesday 1 July

English National Opera ‘Carmen’ (Livestream) Wiltshire Music Centre, 7.30pm A compelling staging of Bizet’s popular masterpiece, a dynamic portrait of the destructive power of sexual infatuation. £15 / £3 Under-18s. 01225 860 100

BoA Probus club ‘The Modern hanging gardens of Singapore’ by Andrew Grant MD of Grant Associates. Limply Stoke Hotel. 01225 865088

Wednesday 24 June

Martin Simpson / Andy Cutting / Nancy Kerr 7.30pm Wiltshire Music Centre, £19 / £9.50 Under-18s / Bring

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Sunday 5 July

Bike Bath This fourth annual event takes place 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.

Michael Pennie’s small-scale sculptures. Free admission. Royal International Air Tattoo – until Sunday 19 July Best known for staging the world’s largest military airshow. Beloved Clara Classical music in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society.

Saturday 18 July

Horrible Histories – Live on Stage! until Sunday 19 July Presents Barmy Britain Part Three. Performances at 2pm & 4.00pm Trowbridge Civic Centre Tickets Cost £15 available at

Thursday 9 July

Frome Festival until Tuesday 14 July Exciting arts and music festival with an eclectic mix of events.

Glove Dippers Club launch 5.30pm Glove Factory, Holt. Launch of Glove Dippers Club by Daniel Start from Wild Swimming at the new lakes, followed by a brief talk about wild swimming with sundowners & BBQ.

Friday 10 July

Friday 10 July

Papillon - Light & Lark theatre 10-2pm, Trowbridge Town Hall Tickets £5, Includes 15 minute ‘stay and play’ after the show Age guide 3-6 years.

Robert Plant at Westonbirt Arboretum For ticket information call 03000 680400 or visit

Friday 17 July

Wessex Auction Rooms. Stamps, Coins, Postcards, Film & Music, Ephemera. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am.

Visual Arts – exhibition – until Saturday 29 August 10am-4pm daily (closed Sundays)

Saturday 11 July

BoA sculpture garden Saturday 18th July Opening night – 6-10pm Sunday 19 July to Sunday 26 July 11am – 6.30pm Monday – closed Late night opening

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what’s on June/July 2015 Friday 24 July – 11am-9pm sculpture-garden

Monday 20 July

Solar Schools With Richard Craft. Climate Friendly BoA, 7.30, Quaker Meeting House.

Friday 24 July

Wessex Auction Rooms. Football & Sporting Memorabilia. Viewing 10am until 7pm. Sales day from 9am.


The Village Pump Festival – Sunday 26 July A friendly festival of folk, roots and acoustic music in Westbury White Horse Country Park. Movies4Kids Friday 24 July onwards Wiltshire Music Centre, see website for various date/times. Discover a glorious world of celluloid craziness with some of the best kids’ movies to watch as a family (‘Frozen Sing-A-Long’, ‘Paddington’, ‘Shaun The Sheep’, ‘Big Hero 6’). £3 Child / £3 Adult per film. 01225 860 100,

Monday 27 July

Summer Fun Kids’ Festival 3 week festival Wiltshire Music Centre, various date/times. A vibrant festival of summer holiday music, dance and arts activities for children and young people. Various prices. 01225 860 100

Saturday 5 September

Town Arts Festival – until Sunday 20 September This year’s theme is Flower Power with many opportunities to get involved be you a poet, painter, photographer or lantern maker. This year more acts, more food and more lights including English Country Garden Concert and 60’s tribute band.

Tuesday 28 July

BoA Probus club ‘The impact of the South West of the UK in terms of Offshore Energy’ by Peter Larkin, Manager, Foundations and Sub-Sea Structures. Limply Stoke Hotel. 01225 865088


Kettlebell Fitness Class Woolley Grange Hotel gardens. 6.30-7.30pm 07712051837 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. 7.30-9.30pm. Come and learn, sing or play jazz in our weekly workshops. T 01225 865787, www.jazzfactory. 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


his July the Wiltshire Music Centre launches its 2015 Summer Fun Kids' Festival, a vibrant three week festival of summer holiday music, dance and arts activities for children and young people. A feast of hands-on, creative and fun experiences, there are magical activities for all ages, from precrawlers to 19 years old – the perfect opportunity to introduce babies and toddlers to the arts and live music for the first time. Activities / shows include: Felicity Courage's 'Musical In A Week' (Mon 27 Jul - Fri 31 Jul); Tessa Bide's wonderful sing-along 'Arnold's Big Adventure' puppet show and puppet workshop taking place in a special bell tent (Fri 31 Jul); the Wiltshire Young Musicians 'Summer Strings' sessions (Mon 3 - Wed 5 Aug); various craft and song sessions for mums and pre-crawlers, and for kids aged from 2-9 years; 'Old Joanna, New Noise' piano sound design and recording techniques (Thu 6 Aug) for 15-18 years; the 'Wiltshire Rock School', an intensive two-day course for all serious young musicians

11-19 years old (Mon 10 – Tue 11 Aug); Michael Loader's (Wild

Wiltshire Music Centre

Summer Fun Kids' Festival 2015 Words Storytellers) stunning 'Crazy Creatures' storytelling show and 'At Your Fingertips' creative writing and story making session (Tue 11 Aug); Kaya African Drumming (Thu 13 Aug); and a Movies4Kids series including 'Frozen Sing-A-Long' (Fri 24 Jul), 'Paddington' (Fri 7 Aug), 'Shaun The Sheep' (Fri 14 Aug) and 'Big Hero 6' (Fri 21 Aug). Complete beginners are welcome to all workshops: no experience needed, just bags of enthusiasm! All concerts can be booked at the Box Office on 01225 860100 or at www.wiltshiremusic.

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REGULAR WEEKLY / MONTHLY EVENTS 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, BoA 10-10.30am (Term time only). A fun, free session of music and singing for mums and tots. 07467 068718


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. 10

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. 07712051837 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 Bradford on Avon & District Flower Club First Thursday of every month (except January) 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. 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).

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. Gudgeon Guides. Walking Tours of BoA led by a local Blue Badge Guide. Every Sunday June to October at 14.30 for a 2 hour tour. Meet in Westbury Gardens by the Town Bridge. £6/£4, 07899 784372 Demonstration with Marcia Poole – 7.00pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 24th June Showing the benefits of the Aga Total Control. Book now to aovid disappointment as seating is restricted.

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Sarah Jackson, Head of Family Law at BLB Solicitors in Bradford on Avon, considers the relevance of family law for the older client.

Life begins at 60 — it’s official!


ecent findings from the Office for National Statistics have revealed that marriage is on the increase, and the biggest upturn is seen in the over-65s. Commentators have put the increase in later-life marriage down to the good health and greater wealth of the babyboomer generation. Their parents thought that they were too old to remarry once they’d reached pension age, but today’s over-65s  know that it’s not too late to start a new life. “Although the law is the same for those marrying or divorcing at any age, there are aspects of family law that are more pertinent to the older client,” says

Sarah Jackson, Head of Family Law at BLB Solicitors.

Separating With older couples, often one of them will have given up their career to raise children and contributed less to the mortgage and pensions but still had a vital role in the marriage. On divorce, provision needs to be made to ensure assets and income are shared equitably during retirement. If separation comes after illness, provision may need to be made for on-going treatment. An older couple might also need to consider their respective inheritance prospects, care for elderly relatives and how to deal with second homes or timeshares.

Contact us now to arrange an initial consultation Sarah Jackson

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Starting again When re-marrying later in life, clients may wish to make sure that adult children still inherit a proportion of their assets. This requires a new Will. Otherwise if you die without a Will, your new spouse will be the sole beneficiary. Additionally, if a home is purchased with a new spouse and you wish your share to pass to others on your death, you will need to purchase as tenants in common rather than joint tenants. As regards protecting assets in case a subsequent marriage breaks down, entering into a pre-nup is usually advisable.

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Bath Society of

‘Time Machine’, Robin Grey

Artists 16 May – 27 June


ur summer ‘open’ exhibition is a box of delights, with over 300 dazzling paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, all for sale. Any artist aged 18 or over may submit work for possible selection and winning of a prize.

‘Laura’, Ben Hughes

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“Hare” by Ian Marlow

“Male Head” by Peter Hayes

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he Sculpture Garden is the first event of the Bradford on Avon Arts Festival which follows later in the summer. There will be several new exhibitors and work will be for sale. The exhibition will appeal to adults and children. The location will be, as last year, the stunning gardens of “Lynchetts” in Woolley Street, with outstanding views over 12

“Tall Flanged Vase” by Christine-Ann Richards

The Victoria Art Gallery is run by Bath and North East Somerset Council open from Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00-5.00pm, Sunday 1.30-5.00pm

New for 2015 – a lottery of members’ work on 7x5 cards (tickets just £1). Handing In day is on 9 May from 10.00-4.00pm.

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Bradford on Avon. The exhibits will be placed around the gardens, which include both level and steeper areas. Opening times are: Saturday 18th July Opening night – 6-10pm Sunday 19 July to Sunday 26 July 11am – 6.30pm Monday – closed

Late night opening Friday 24 July – 11am-9pm The opening party on Saturday 18th will feature light jazz and a glass of wine. A local poet, Dawn Gorman, will be creating impromptu poems based on what she sees and hears during the evening. Entry will be £3.00 (£5.00 on the opening night)


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‘Having set up home in Bradford on Avon 8 years ago and with a young family immersed in the local school and community, it was the logical next step for us to set up our head office in the town, which we love and want to invest in for the future. It is an exciting time for us to open our new premises in a historic building on the high street.’ BJP Finance offers a specialist and personal service throughout the lifecycle of its clients business and personal affairs. Whatever your specific need, we will offer a fast, effective and tailored service that is right for you.

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CULTURE Here are a few highlights: English Country Garden Concert September 10th St Margarets Hall. A mix of folk music and jazz with Rosie Upton & Pete MacGregor, Andrew Bazeley, This Side of Paris, Bryony McGinty and Mike Scott.

Town Arts Festival


ome and support our Town’s Arts Festival – there is something for everyone!

We kick off with our wonderful Sculpture Garden Exhibition from the 18th to 26th July at Lynchetts showing an inspiring exhibition of contemporary sculptures by local

sculptors and a few special guests from further afield. The main Festival runs from the 5th – 20th September and this year’s theme is Flower Power. There will be many opportunities to get involved be you a poet, painter, photographer or lantern maker.

Small & Beautiful – here is a chance to own a small picture which could be painted by a famous painter or local gifted amateur. On show during the Festival will be a hundred or more works of art for sale all at the same price of £10. But the identity of the artist is kept secret until after purchase. Profits of sales going to Dorothy House. Any artists that want to participate please email Alex Kay Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be – dig up your psychedelic tie or your vintage dress and take a trip back in time with The Sixties tribute band ‘Flower Power’. Their bright groovy costumes will get you smiling and nostalgia will kick in once the songs begin. Tunes from the Mamas & Papas, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Monkees and many more. St Margaret’s Hall, September 12th. Also along the same theme, come along to see Woodstock the film on September 11th, at St Margaret’s Hall. What better way to end the Festival with a Lantern Procession and of course an End of Summer Party. This year more acts, more food and more lights, not forgetting a bar. Make a lantern and help make the party as successful as last year’s. September 19th – Westbury Gardens – DO NOT MISS IT.



60’s/70’s Professional Tribute Show Come in fancy dress if you dare! Performing here on: St Margaret’s Hall on Saturday 12th September. Tickets available on line on or from Travel Options 4U, 54 Frome Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LA No43 June/July 2015



Saxon Church


he last two months have seen scaffolding enveloping the Saxon Church and residents and visitors are wondering why.

The Saxon Church Trustees undertook a rolling programme of removing the cement pointing and replacing it with the correct lime mortar.

Benfold and Michael Weltike, Stonemasons/Artists, have painstakingly removed the cement without damage to the stones and sensitively re-pointed with the correct lime mortar.

The project started last year and should be completed by the middle of May 2015.

The Trust is deeply grateful to all who have gone the extra mile. It is a superb job. We hope you will enjoy looking at the work.

Under the guidance of our architects, Queen Ann’s Gate Architects of Salisbury, Ian

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tarted in 1982 as a means of filling the coffers of the Preservation Trust which had recently embarked on the ambitious project of restoring Pippet Buildings in Market Street, this very successful event continues to raise money for local good causes, this year for the Museum Society. For the small sum of £6 (children free) guests may explore fifteen gardens scattered around this delightful town. Scrumptious teas will be available and other crafts, plants and cooling drinks. Friendly and well-behaved dogs on leads welcome. Open on June 28 from 2-6pm. £6.00 per day, children under 14 free. events/secret-gardens-2015

In Aid Of The National Osteoporosis Society


tory of the intense relationships between Robert Schumann, his wife Clara and Johannes Brahms has always fascinated music lovers. This programme of music and readings brings their history to life. It chronicles the sometimes troubled marriage of Clara and Robert, the arrival in their household of the dynamic, 21-year-old Brahms, Robert’s decline into mental illness and the deepening relationship between Clara and Brahms, the exact nature of which has never been established. Music by all three is performed by the awardwinning pianist Lucy Parham, interspersed with extracts from their letters and diaries, with readings performed by celebrated actors Joanna David and Edward Fox. Wiltshire Music Centre, Saturday 11 July.


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The Future of Food

– locally and beyond


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“Many of our local

farmers & producers are passionately committed to high environmental standards

In the Farmers Weekly article (2014) ‘Only 100 Harvests Left in UK Farm Soils’, Sheffield University researchers warn that, with a growing population


to feed, and nutrients in our soil in sharp decline, we may soon see an agricultural crisis due to intensive over-farming. Allotments were found to be less compacted and have significantly healthier soils than local arable fields (32% more organic carbon, 36% higher carbon to nitrogen ratios, 25% higher nitrogen). Poor management and land increasingly covered by hard surfaces such as housing, paved areas, commercial development, roads and other infrastructure (a particular concern within the EU) – are all leading to the loss of fertile soils. This endangers food security, biodiversity, increases Photo: Local Veg/BoACA



hy do we need an International Year of Soils? Soils are sadly neglected with 2.2 million tons of precious topsoil being lost in the UK alone every year. Soil is vital for life on earth and the fight against Climate Change. There is a growing realisation that what we do to soils can seriously impact on our future, which is why the United Nations has declared 2015 International Year of Soils.


drought and flood risk and contributes to global warning. We are already witnessing the effects of climate change in many countries leading to unpredictable growing and harvesting conditions, with increased risk of crop failures. Deforestation (especially at higher altitudes), the removal of hedges and overgrazing can lead to flooding. Poorer soils reduce the natural environment’s ability to mitigate extreme weather events. Soil is composed of dust from weathering rock and humus formed by the action of bacteria, fungi and earthworms on organic matter. Humus stores water and micro-nutrients and is essential for healthy crops andA biodiversity. An1 increased variety of plants ensures greater variety of root systems which reach down to different levels, creatingBristol stability and an efficient use of soil nutrients. Permanent pasture, and grassland as part of B the rotation in mixed farming, especially if grasses are of mixed Keynsham

frequently denied the rights others take for granted) and encourages the use of new technology to spread good practice. Fairtrade relies on low-impact farming – smallholder farmers use natural resources. Certification means goods are shipped not flown, renewable energy is mainly used and it is forbidden to cut down rainforests. Protecting trees and biodiversity is encouraged with strict control on the use of water. There is an increasing amount of organic farming within the Fairtrade system – currently 56% of goods are organic. Buying fairly traded goods also helps lift farmers out of poverty.

species with deep rooting herbs, can sequester large amounts of carbon dioxide in the soil, and the increased nutrients benefit animal and human health. Many of our local farmers and producers are passionately committed to high environmental standards. The UN says 70% of the world’s food is produced by small farmers. Organizations like Oxfam are working to help developing world farmers produce better crops more sustainably. Oxfam’s Global Advisor on Climate Change Adaptation says that poverty and lack of access to resources like agricultural improvements, finance, or land itself, can prevent or discourage small scale farmers from implementing long-term sustainable agricultural practices. 3 2 Large-scale industrial agricultural and mining activities seek shortterm benefits, largely ignoring soil conservation. Oxfam encourages farmers to bring back local knowledge, provides incentives to improve soil fertility, empowers women (often the farmers but Malmesbury



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ell known artist Jonathan Mulvaney is to show his new paintings in Bradford on Avon on Saturday the 20th and Sunday 21st of June. Documentary film maker Paul Watson has offered his unique stone garden to show some 30 of the artist’s paintings. “I was happy to offer the garden in which I have found much pleasure since my arrival in this friendly community. Throughout my travels while directing my films I have witnessed that a society without art is a less happy place. Hopefully there will be no rain, certainly no lectures; I shall simply make the cake and pour the tea”. Open from 10.30 am on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 June, at The Old Seven Stars on 19 Newtown and the junction of Wine Street. 07905409861

The Bradfordians


or their Summer production The Bradfordians Dramatic Society present Shakespeare’s Hamlet directed by multi award-winning Simon Blacksell. See Shakespeare performed as you’ve never seen it before in the atmospheric Tithe Barn. Wed 24 to Sat 27 Jun 7:30pm

Mind the Gap

A new youth play about being young, old and everything in between


haracters Stage Company, a cast of young people, aged 10-20 working with professional director and writer, Tom Wainwright from Bristol Old Vic, devised the play ‘Mind The Gap’ performing at The Arc Theatre on Saturday July 4 (7pm) and Sunday July 5 (3.30pm matinee and 7pm).

RNLI BoA Branch –

Call for Volunteers T

he Bradford on Avon Branch of the RNLI has been supporting the Lifeboats since 1969 and has raised many thousands of pounds over the years. But our volunteer numbers are shrinking and we are now having difficulty supporting our fundraising activities. We are desperately in need of new members from Westwood, Winsley and Holt as well as Bradford to join our committee and to carry on our valuable support for this very popular charity. For more information call David Chalmers on 866734 or David Wilson on 864507. 22

The producer is Bradford on Avon-based Moira Townsend Williams, a former West End casting director, actors’ agent. This will be the third production, from the Characters Stage School. The Arc Theatre, Trowbridge, Tickets £8-10 T: 01225 756376 www.arctheatre.


Step outside for something different in

pre-school care


Helping hand with your plans

estwood Nursery School proudly launches its new and improved outdoor space at its forthcoming open morning.

Nursery Manager Dawn Bryant and her experienced staff team look forward to showing you around. “We are situated in a beautiful rural setting in the village of Westwood just outside Bradford on Avon. Our newly improved garden has plenty of space, a wooded area, mud pit and kitchen, raised vegetable beds and bug hotel. The children are central to all we do at Westwood, and they love the outdoor play and learning we are able to offer”. Opened in 1984, we are a non-profit making, community-based nursery for children aged 2 to 5 years. We have some spaces available now and for Sept 2015. Come along to our Open Morning, visit our website or speak to one of the team to find out more. We hope to see you there!

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Open Morning 10am-12noon Sat 13 June If you would like your child to experience fun filled days of laughter and happiness... contact 01225 863117 Ofsted Inspection May 2015: Good overall rating, with Outstanding for our contribution to the wellbeing of children at our setting

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The Wessex Midsummer Vintage Show C lassic cars, classic & vintage motorcycles, commercial vehicles, tractors, full size & miniature traction engines, stationary engines driving a variety of vintage machinery, Aveling & Porter Steam Roller that laid many of the first tarmac roads in and around Trowbridge.

This year there will be new attractions including a display of heavy horses. There is also a Trade area with many stalls selling all sorts of goods from clothing to vintage vehicle parts. Children are well catered for with mini quad bike rides and a small fairground. Visit the birds of prey and take your own photos holding a hawk or owl.

Held on the A361 Semington to Devizes Road, Semington, Trowbridge on Saturday 20 June & Sunday 21 June 2015 ÂŁ5 Adults, children under 14 free (with adult). Call 01225 754374 or visit

Don’t forget editorial submissions are on a first come first serve basis the earlier we get them assures you of a place. Next deadline is 3 July 2015

Puppy Training & Socialization Courses in Winsley. Classes use positive, ethical and effective reward based training in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere to assist your puppy to become a well mannered and trained pet dog.

www.b es tb ehavio ur.o r g Why choose our Puppy Classes? u Limited

numbers to ensure each individual receives attention and assistance. u Behaviour advice and positive reward based training techniques taught. u Courses successfully run in the area for over 4 years. u Classes run by a qualified and insured behaviourist. u Kennel Club Good Citizen scheme classes. u One to one dog training.

Contact Natashya Sheppard DipCABT 01225 767138 0 773 4 9 5 173 7

Travel Options celebrates moving to Bradford on Avon a year ago. Established in 2006, Travel Options 4 U has been grown by Jenette Spirovski into a well respected company. Her success is based on a friendly, personal, service coupled with expert knowledge and fastidious checking of all the resorts, hotels, operators and partners used to make up your travel package. Now with a strong base of returning customers, Travel Options 4U is growing its business, adding staff and establishing itself on the high street and the Internet. 54 Frome Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LA 01225 860977



Would you enjoy being a Befriender

for Age UK Wiltshire? Our volunteers really enjoy the contact, and this can vary from a chat in the client’s home, a trip out for a coffee, or going along to a local community event: it just depends on the people involved, like any relationship.


he Befriending Service helps tackle social isolation by linking older people with local volunteers who will visit them regularly.

It is important to link people who will enjoy each other’s company and the Befriending Support Worker will match you carefully to ensure this happens.

Would you like to volunteer? Please contact one of the Befriending Team for a chat on Tel 01380 727767 We are also looking for telephone befrienders. If you are you a local business that would be happy to facilitate staff telephoning an isolated person in the community once a week, please get in touch.

Volunteers will receive training and ongoing support as well as travel expenses. All volunteers are subject to a free DBS check. 01380 727767

Cromwell House, 31 Market Place, Devizes, SN10 1JG Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 9.00am – 4.00pm and Friday 9.00am – 1.00pm Registered Charity No 800912

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Country & Western Music / Line Dancing, Cowboys & Indians Fancy Dress £15

dogs are allowed... with well behaved owners.

a box of spare reading glasses for the convenience of all... little touches that give this pub the edge.

a legendary story for us to remember, and most definitely, the best pub in smiles.

Open every day for Food & Drink – check the website Sun: 12-9pm – Sunday Lunch served till 4pm.

18 Alfred Street, Westbury BA13 3DY. 01373 859433

The Dog & Fox

Home cooked food in a relaxed pub environment... Within easy walking distance of the centre of Bradford on Avon, you will be assured of a warm welcome. OPENING HOURS: Mon-Thurs 12-3pm & 5-11pm, Fri-Sun 12-11pm

33 Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1RT.

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fter an incredibly dry winter, and a teasingly on/off spring, aren’t we all looking forward to the longer drawn out warm summer evenings, where we can venture out with good company in search of a characterful, al fresco dining location; or a place to simply kick back and enjoy a glass of Pimm’s, crisp refreshing glass of white wine or an ice cold beer. LOOK NO FURTHER! These locations are wonderful places to do exactly that! They are all very individual and unique, ranging from the rustic to the more sophisticated venues, but what they all do have in common; is great food, fab service in divine settings.

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The Dog & Fox at Ashley

The Bell Inn at Rode


The Bell Inn is a ‘family’ run pub with a modern contemporary feel blending the old with the new. Our passion comes from serving food that is home produced using a modern English Gastro theme. All food is prepared on site using local suppliers. With 14 years experience Chris the Head Chef offers weekly specials and a wide selection of foods including salad bowls, light lunches and a new summer menu coming soon.

ur traditional pub is the perfect place to find a cosy corner and take time out whilst enjoying some of our Chefs seasonal dishes and our great selection of wines, ales and lagers. All of our ingredients are from local suppliers, and all meals are freshly prepared in our kitchen. Our meat comes from a family butchers’ that is renowned for its top quality cuts, and we try to source local vegetables – some are provided by our own customers. We are a family friendly pub and happy to prepare meals especially for children and vegetarians. Opening: Mon to Thurs - 12-3pm & 5-11pm Fri to Sun 12pm-11pm Please check for food servings. 33 Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 1RT. 01225 862 137

Being a ‘free house’ we offer various guest ales & ciders with a great range of wines available. Open: Mon - Sat 11am - 3.30pm / 6 - 11pm Sun 12 - 3pm 7-11pm Food served see advert for further information. 13 Frome Rd, Rode, Frome, Somerset, BA11 6PW. 01373 830356



House wine when 2 dining Weds-Fri lunch or dinner spending over £20.

Tables of 4 or more receive a free bottle of house red or white wine with their meal Mon-Thur Evenings.

Mention LocalLife when booking or bring this voucher. Until 31 July 2015

Set Lunch 2 courses £12, 3 courses £15 Mon-Sat. Mention Local Life when booking or bring this voucher. Until 31 July 2015

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The Tollgate Inn

The Horse & Groom





ith picturesque gardens and a dining terrace, this charming inn is set in 1.5 acres of countryside. Local produce and suppliers – classic yet innovative menu. Recommended in Michelin Pub Guide, Good Pub Guide and also awarded an AA Dinner Award.

New Boules court

n independently operated family restaurant and traditional pub. Lovely garden & stream. Dog friendly with well-behaved owners. Great selection of food. 8 main courses under £10 and Sunday roasts. Light lunch menu with a good selection of vegetarian offerings. Great for functions.


Mon-Sat - 9.30am to 11.30pm Food 12-2pm & 6.30-9pm (Sat 12-9pm) Sun 8.30am - 4.30pm Food 12pm - 2.30pm

Open 7 Days For Food & Drink

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18 Alfred Street, Westbury BA13 3DY. 01373 859433

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Theo Randall

- goes intercontinental!


ormer head-chef at the Michelin-star winning River Cafe, Theo Randall provides us with a mouth-watering recipe infused with the summer sun, herbs and sprinkles as only he can combine them. Alongside this we wanted to share a little bit more about the man in the chef’s garb before letting you loose on his culinary ideas and inspired cook books. Known for whipping together the fastest 3 egg omelette on “Saturday Morning Kitchen”, Theo has more serious culinary credentials to his name. Having learned his trade with Max Magarian at Chez Max in London and with Alice Waters in San Francisco, his 10 years as Head Chef at the River Cafe were the perfect springboard for his own restaurant “Theo Randall at the InterContinental Park Lane” which has won numerous awards including Best Italian Restaurant of the The Year from the London Restaurant Awards, Best Italian/ Mediterranean over £50 in Harden’s 2013, and the highest

ranked Italian on the Sunday Times Food List 2013. Jamie Oliver got his first TV break years ago when working under Theo at the River Cafe and gave the following endorsement of his work opposite. Both men share a fascination with Italy. Theo recounts trips with his parents over to Tuscany as a youngster, being driven around the Italian countryside, to Florence and Venice and all stops in between while his parents loaded up their Citroën DS with delicious ingredients to take home with them. And so was born a master chef! Wife Natalie and children Max and Lola must now also be the beneficiaries of these early Italian gastronomic forays. For the rest of us we have to either catch Theo on the telly, on MasterChef, Chef’s Protegé or at his restaurant in Park Lane. Or we can try out his lovely recipes to be found in his “My Simple Italian (2015)” or “PASTA (2006)” or even right here in your “AlocalLife”.

I love Theo Randall at the Intercontinental. I worked with Theo at the River Cafe and he is a brilliant chef. I’ve had some fantastic meals there over the last year or so and the food just gets better

COMPETITION Win a signed copy of Theo’s latest book. Enter online: Clsoing date: 15 July 2015

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lamb rump with salsa verde Serves 2


“when marinated, lamb has a wonderful flavour and is surprisingly tender. Salsa verde is the perfect sauce for the lamb as it cuts the fattiness and gives a lovely fresh taste. Serve with a young Rosso di Montalcino



RECIPE METHOD 1 hour 10 minutes 1. Mix together the olive oil, lemon juice, garlic and rosemary in a bowl. Add the lamb rump and turn to coat with this marinade, rubbing it in well. Set aside to marinate for at least 30 minutes. 2. Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Peel the onion squash, cut it in half and remove the seeds. Cut the squash into 3cm wedges. Peel the jerusalem artichokes and cut into quarters. Cut the peeled carrots lengthways in half. 3. Bring a pot of salted water to the boil, add all the vegetables and cook for 4–5 minutes until tender. Drain, then tip into a bowl. Add the olive oil, thyme

salsa verde Serves 4-6

and garlic and season with salt and pepper. Toss so all the vegetable pieces are coated with the seasoned oil. 4. Spread out the vegetables in an ovenproof dish, cover with foil and roast for about 20 minutes until tender. Remove the foil and return to the oven to brown the vegetables for 5 minutes. 5. While the vegetables are roasting, cook the lamb. Pat it dry with kitchen paper to remove any excess marinade, then season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat an ovenproof frying pan and, when very hot, sear the lamb rump on all sides. Transfer to the oven to finish cooking for 4–5 minutes. Remove from the oven and leave to rest for a couple of minutes.

INGREDIENTS 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil juice of 1 lemon 3 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tbsp chopped rosemary 1 rump of lamb, with fat on, about 500g Salsa Verde to serve

For the roasted vegetables

1 ripe onion squash 6 jerusalem artichokes 3 carrots 25ml extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp chopped thyme 1 garlic clove, finely chopped sea salt and freshly ground black pepper



CHOP the herbs really finely and transfer to a bowl. Immediately cover with the olive oil so the herbs don’t turn brown.

100g flat-leaf parsley leaves 50g wild rocket 30g mint leaves 25g picked marjoram leaves 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 anchovy fillets (packed in oil), drained 1½ tbsp capers in vinegar, drained ¼ garlic clove, peeled 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, or to taste sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

POUND the anchovies, capers and garlic together using a pestle and mortar to make a paste.

Literally ‘green sauce’, this has many variations, using different herbs and flavourings. It is a really useful sauce to serve with all kinds of meat, fish, poultry and vegetable dishes.

6. Slice the lamb lengthways into four pieces. Serve on the roasted vegetables, with a good spoonful of salsa verde on top of the lamb.

MIX in the herbs (with the oil) and add Dijon mustard to taste. SEASON with salt and pepper (be careful with the salt as anchovies and capers are both quite salty). This is best used freshly made, but any leftovers can be kept in a covered bowl or jar in the fridge for a couple of days – put a layer of olive oil on the surface of the salsa to prevent it from discolouring. No43 June/July 2015



Almond Tart This tart makes a very versatile dessert because it can be served with all kinds of fruit. For example, in summer it is lovely with raspberries and crème fraîche or with baked fresh apricots (to bake apricots, cut them in half and remove the stones, then spread in a baking dish and sprinkle with vanilla sugar and Amaretto to taste; bake at 180°C until soft). Pears baked with lemon and sugar are good too. In winter try the tart with marinated prunes. It is always best freshly baked, when the pastry is crisp and the filling moist.

50 minutes, plus making pastry

For the almond filling INGREDIENTS 300g blanched (skinned) almonds 300g unsalted butter, softened 300g caster sugar 3 organic eggs crème fraîche, to serve

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line the tart case with baking parchment and fill with baking beans. Blind bake for 15 minutes until golden in colour. Remove the paper and baking beans, then return the tart case to the oven to bake for a further 5 minutes. Set aside. Leave the oven on. 36

2. Make the filling while the pastry case is baking. Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor; tip into a bowl and set aside. Cream the butter with the sugar in the processor until pale and fluffy. Add the almonds, then mix in the eggs one at a time until combined.

Makes a 26cm tart case.

3. Spread the filling in the tart case. Bake for 30–40 minutes until the filling is golden brown. Cool before serving with crème fraîche.

2. Cover the bowl and leave the pastry to rest in the fridge for 1 hour.

Sweet pastry case INGREDIENTS 250g plain flour, plus extra for dusting 75g icing sugar, sifted 180g unsalted butter, chilled 2 organic egg yolks

1. Put the flour, icing sugar and butter in a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolks and pulse for 10 seconds, then tip into a bowl and mix briefly by hand into a dough.

3. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and press into a 26cm fluted, loose-bottomed tart tin to line evenly. Leave to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes before baking as directed in the recipe.

FOOD & DRINK thebellinn.atrode

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence

The Bell Inn Rode The Bell Inn is a ‘family’ run pub with a modern contemporary feel blending the old with the new. Our passion comes from serving food that is home produced using a modern English Gastro theme. All food is prepared on site using local suppliers, come and try our new summer menu.

BEER & CIDER FEATIVAL Saturday 1st August 2015 12 noon till midnight LIVES BANDS, BBQ AND ATTRACTIONS. Fun for all the family. Tickets available from the Bell £5 in advance / £8 on the day Children under 16 FREE. Open: Mon - Sat 11am - 3.30pm / 6 - 11pm Sun 12 - 3pm 7-11pm Food Served: Mon-Thur 12 -2pm / 6.30 - 9pm Fri - Sat 12 - 2.30 6.30 - 9.30 pm Sun - Two Lunch sittings 12 & 2.30, 7 - 9pm

01373 830356

13 Frome Rd, Rode, Frome, Somerset, BA11 6PW.

Our talented head chef, Marc Salmon, has created fantastic new À la Carte and Set Menus. Sunday 21st June Fathers Day Sunday Lunch

LUNCH OFFER 2 Courses £14.00 3 Courses £18.00

Thursday 9th July Bisol Prosecco Wine Dinner

Treat Dad to a delicious three courses lunch at the Three Gables. Enjoy time and share great food and wines with the ones you love.Canapés and 3 courses Lunch £30 per head.

DINNER OFFER A bottle of house wine with Dinner Tues to Thursday

Discover this 500 year old tradition of family wine making. Aperitif and canapés from 7.30pm. Dinner at 8.00pm. Four courses including wines: £75 per head.

(minimum two courses, one to be a main)

Mention: A Local Life when ordering!

Enjoy the summer with al-fresco dining... | | Phone 01225 781666 Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday - Morning Coffee from 10.00am; Lunch from 12.00pm; Dinner from 6.30pm 1 St Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1DA

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of the Veneto Azienda Vinicola Maculan Dinner

The Three Gables regularly opens its doors for special events and talks, and we were fortunate to attend the “Azienda Vinicola Maculan" dinner accompanied by wines from the Maculan family run vineyard in Breganze close to Venice. Established by Giovanni Maculan in 1947 and nurtured by son Fausto up to the present day, their 40 hectare estate produces exceptional wines that are now sold around the world. Grand-daughters Maria Vittoria and Angela continue the tradition and it’s Angela who shares stories with us of the vineyard’s development while we enjoy Head Chef Marc Salmon’s wonderful five-course meal. Starting on the terrace with canapés and the white Pino & Toi 2013, Angela gave us an enlightening introduction to the estate and its wines. Home to both vines and olive trees on rolling Veneto hillsides, its winery is located in the historical centre of Breganze, where ancient traditions and state-of-the-art technology merge. The soil there 38

is ideal for grape varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Tai and Vespaiolo and Fausto’s early experimental work to improve the vines paid off handsomely in both wine quality and recognition from his peers. Our next wine was a white Bidibi 2013, a delicious accompaniment to Marc’s citrus-cured salmon salad of spring vegetables and crab.This was followed by a cornish mackerel palmier with cucumber and oyster velouté accompanied by another white, the dry and well-rounded Vespaiolo 2012.

As expected, all of the food was delicious, married perfectly to the wine selection and perhaps some of this might be put down to the Mediterranean influence that classically trained Marc brings to his award winning modern British cuisine. His mains offering of a Fillet of Packham beef, bone-marrow croquette with horseradish and celeriac purée

melted in the mouth and was preceded by a Brentino 2011 and accompanied by a Fratta 2010, a full-bodied red which was nectar, though not readily available in the UK. Marc’s excellent fare and host Three Gables’ Vito Scaduto’s evening was rounded off perfectly with a mascarpone and strawberry millefeuille and the intriguing Torcolato 2004 dessert wine. Wines are available from The Three Gables. Maculan wine - Whites : Pino & Toi 2013 £10.50, Bidibi 2013 £11.95, Vespaiolo £11.95. Reds: Brentino 2011 £13.50, Fratta 2010 £44.50 this wine it's available on order directly from Maculan. Dessert wine: Torcolato 2004 £30.00 the 2004 only limited availability. Torcolato 2009 £31.00. Torcolato Half bottles 2009 £17.50

The Three Gables 1 St Margaret’s Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1DA. 01225 781666


The Benefits of

Green Tea

So Much More than

Just Cheese! T

he Cheese Shop is a new and exciting business in Bradford on Avon where you will find not only a large selection of Fine Cheese for your perfect cheese board but also a full range of Deli Favourites such as Local Ham, Charcuterie, Pâté, Fresh Olives & Freshly Ground Coffee. They also boast a large selection of Local Chutneys, Biscuits & Fruit Preserves.


reen tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for hundreds of years to treat everything from headaches to depression. Drinking Green tea is thought to boost weight loss, reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease, prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease. The leaves are processed in such a way that supposedly leaves them richer in antioxidants. Green tea contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidants (notably catechins). All types of tea (green, black and oolong) are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation. The evidence supporting the magical properties of Green Tea is fairly inconclusive but there’s definitely less calories than in a cup of Green Tea than a latte, and less caffeine than a cup of tea. Green tea is a low calorie refreshing hot drink that definitely won’t do you any harm. What’s not to love?

If you are looking for a gift you can find Beautifully presented Gift Boxed Sets of Cheese Plates & Bakers, Quality Chocolates, Bath Ale Gift Packs or even have a Lovely Gift Hamper made up for you using a selection of your choice for a personal touch!! The Cheese Shop is owned and ran by Christophe Bonneau who has a wealth of experience and is passionate about food! Celebration/Wedding Cheese Cakes made to order...

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5 Market Street, Bradford on Avon BA15 1LH Tel: 01225 920 240 Email: /The-Cheese-Shop @cheeseshopbao

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Fresh Look

at Orton Jewellery


rton Jewellers in Bradford on Avon celebrate their 15th year in business this October so thought if fitting to have a refurbishment for the Summer, a fresh new colour scheme, lighting, display cabinets and the introduction of three new brands has given this well established business a new modern look. New ranges include Junkers and Zeppelin watches ,their retro aviation designs are inspired by Hugo Junkers. ‘The minimalist style and clean lines of the Bauhaus design have lost none of their fascination and they are celebrated today in the successful revival of the Junkers Bauhaus Watches’ Prices are from £149-£359.

Orton’s years spent in Australia. The Nero watches have a minimal retro design, fine Italian leather straps and start from £94. Travel Journals from £21 make a great gift for the summer holidays, acid free paper for sketching or just capturing memories. These new additions complement the existing ranges and bespoke designs handmade in the workshop so take a fresh look at Orton’s. Opening hours 10-5pm Tues to Sat or by arrangement. 01225 309039

Alongside Junkers Orton are introducing Nero Steel Watches and natural textile and leather Travel journals, one of the first to supply this up and coming brand, designed in the Adelaide hills of South Australia this new range is a nod to fond memories of Lee DESIGN




ORTON Jewellery

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Design • Commissions • Workshop on premises • Wedding Rings

Tel: 01225 309039

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Myrine - Terra Dress



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Choosing the Right Bed


hen it comes to choosing a bed, people can be left confused by the types of mattress available and the benefits they provide. Richard Hayes of TR Hayes furniture store in Bath looks at different types available to help ensure we all get a good night’s sleep. Open Coil mattresses featuring linked springs are perhaps the most traditional type. As the springs are linked, the movement of one person may be felt by the other. As a result, open coil mattresses are generally used for spare rooms and children’s beds. Pocketed Sprung mattresses are a traditional mattress that features individual springs that mould to your body, meaning a partner’s movements will not be felt. The number of springs and quantity/quality of filling have a bearing, and natural fillings such

as lamb’s wool and hair tend to mould better with the springs, retain their shape and provide more comfort. Developed by NASA, Memory Foam mattresses are very supportive and are made of a visco-elastic that varies in thickness and degree of elasticity. The thickness affects quality and a higher grade visco-elastic gives more support. Memory foam mattresses do not need to be turned and are hypo-allergenic.

Latex on Pocketed Springs is another hybrid combining latex with pocketed springs. The main benefit is the coolness provided by the latex as well as the firmness and resilience that it provides. Mammoth mattresses are a new product made from medical foam and are scientifically proven to enhance sleep. The company partners with the Chiropractic Patients Association, so they are great for all ailments as well as giving you the best night’s sleep.

Memory Foam on Pocketed Springs is a hybrid mattress that Local delivery is free and we combines the support of memory have a customer car park next foam with the traditional feel of to the store. pocketed springs. These mattresses feature over 1000 springs and SUMMER SALE are topped – – starts 20 June with memory BARGAINS foam.


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Facial Aesthetics

at The Dutch Barton Dental Practice

“soften facial

expressions and help reverse the signs of ageing

” Before treatment


e are pleased to announce that we can now complement our cosmetic dentistry offering with a range of facial aesthetics. Combining the experience and understanding of the facial structure and muscle actions with the leading products produced by Galderma, we are able to offer treatment which will help to soften facial expressions and help reverse the signs of ageing. One of the products we offer is a toxin – a purified protein – which is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles in the face to temporarily relax them; this leads to the softening of facial expressions. This treatment is typically used on the forehead - above and in between the eyebrows (globela region). Depending upon the individual,


After Emervel treatment

the effect of the treatment will typically last between 4-6 months. Another product called Emervel consists of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) which has been used in facial aesthetics for almost 2 decades. Emervel dermal fillers are HA gels that resemble your body’s own HA and are specifically designed to work within the different layers of the skin to replace or restore facial volume and improve the quality and integrity of your skin. Dermal fillers are used to treat wrinkles or lines below the eyes, most typically around the mouth and nose or the lips themselves. The temporary effect

of our dermal fillers is typically 6-9 months. Working alongside Emervel, or as a stand-alone treatment, we also offer other products which can help with skin and facial rejuvenation including wrinkle relaxation. As an example of how Emervel can be used please see the before and after pictures. If you are interested in facial aesthetic therapy please contact our surgery on 01225 862377 and our reception team will be pleased to provide more information. Or if you would like to book a consultation please call and book an appointment with Dr Simon Fieldhouse GDC 68142.

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ndrew is pleased to announce the opening of his new practice at Green Tree Health in Bradford-on-Avon. He will be providing the same level of excellent health care and advice that has allowed him to become so well known and respected in the area. Andrew has been working in Bradford as a successful homeopathic practitioner for over 20 years. Many of you may remember his ground-breaking NHS practice that ran for nearly 14 years at St Margaret’s Surgery until its closure some years ago. This was a highly successful service that provided free NHS homeopathic treatment to the patients of the surgery. The service only closed due to reorganisation and funding issues.

able to help thousands of people in the area regain their health over the years.

It is suitable and safe for all ages to use and has no serious side-effects.

In the last 8 years Andrew has started teaching a three year part-time course in Classical Homeopathy, based on the teaching of George Vithoulkas. This takes place in Bath.

Andrew will be working from Green Tree Health on Wednesdays to start with and then another day will be announced.

Homeopathy is a system of natural medicine based on the principle of similars - prescribing highly dilute, and therefore safe, substances on the basis of what can cause symptoms of illness can also cure similar symptoms. An example would be the use of coffee homeopathically to cure insomnia or onion to cure hay fever etc.

Andrew Ward Dip IACH R.S.Hom Classical Homeopath For all appointments please ring 01225 867098

A FREE 15 min initial evaluation can be booked.

All enquiries contact Andrew on: 07736183395 or

Andrew has now over 25 years full-time practice experience and has continued to train with the world’s leading practitioner and teacher, Prof George Vithoulkas in Greece. This has given him vast experience at treating many acute and chronic health conditions. He is now one of the most experienced practitioners in the UK. Specializing in hard to treat or chronic illnesses Andrew has been No43 June/July 2015



It’s Tee-Time

in Chippenham C

hippenham Golf Centre welcomes you to a Golf Driving Range at Tiddleywink close to Chippenham, set in the heart of the rural countryside of Wiltshire. Our facilities are smart, modern and our welcoming and Professional staff are here to help and advise you. The Centre is easily accessible, between the A420 Chippenham/ Bristol Road and the village of Yatton Keynell with its local shop and pubs and it’s just a 10 minute drive from Junction 17 of the M4. Our aim is to provide you with an excellent and enjoyable opportunity to practice both your long game and your short game and our PGA qualified professionals can offer you individual or group lessons. We also have a fully stocked professional golf shop, with demo clubs available to try.

highest quality mats and Srixon 'Premium range' balls.

For your short game Our nine hole Par 3 Short Golf Course is perfect for improving your short game with distances ranging from 55 to 102 yards. We have an area adjacent to the bays, with a chipping green and bunker which enable you to practice your short game off the grass. We also have a nine hole putting green near the short game area ideal for practicing the most challenging part of the game! Tuition one to one, group ladies and juniors. We offer PGA Pro Golf Tuition and our next Beginner Group lessons are set for Saturday 4th July.

During this £34 four week course you will gain a basic understanding of the main fundamentals of the golf swing (grip, set-up and swing) in a 4 x 1 hour class format and there will be a maximum 8 people per PGA professional with all your equipment provided. Peter Hancox is our Head Professional and he has over 30 years coaching experience teaching people from all walks of life, ages and abilities. Lessons can be tailored to your individual needs, whether you wish to learn the basics, or fine-tune a specific aspect of your game. He prides his teaching on being friendly and enjoyable, whilst maintaining a structured lesson to achieve your goals.

For your long game We have a 300 Yard Golf Range with 26 flood-lit bays. They’ve been fully refurbished to provide a state-of-the-art golfing facility. The range has distance markers, targets and bunkers. We pride ourselves on using only the

CHIPPENHAM GOLF CENTRE Open: Mon to Thur: 10:00 - 21:00 Fri: 10:00 - 19:30 Weekends and Bank holidays: 09:00 - 18:30 Tiddleywink, Yatton Keynell Chippenham Wiltshire SN14 7BY

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Bath Marketing Consultancy achieves

gold standard


ath Marketing Consultancy has been Awarded the Gold Award under the category of Websites South West 2015 by Best For Web going one stage further than the Silver Award the company achieved in 2014. In order to achieve recognition by Best For Web, an agency must have demonstrated their track record of excellence to the Best For Panel, via their rigorous application process. The award

signifies that an agency is a leader within its specific sector or region and the adjudicating Panel, which is comprised of six business owners and Directors, who have combined experience of over 50 years of working with a full range of agencies, look in detail at the online packages provided and come to an independent decision based on elements like design, the SEO capabilities, response rates & customer feedback.

of trading operating in a very competitive sector and geographic area and to be awarded the Gold Award demonstrates that the website work we do and the hard work we put in has been deemed to be of a very high standard” says Paul Tagent, Director, Bath Marketing Consultancy.

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Demonstration with Marcia Poole – 7.00pm – 8.30pm on Wednesday 24th June Come and see AGA demonstrator Marcia Poole extol the benefits of the Aga Total Control - It’s an Aga BUT not as you know it! Book now to avoid disappointment as seating is restricted.

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BoA No43 June/July 2015  

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

BoA No43 June/July 2015  

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