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Bradford & Borders

No44 August/September 2015


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BoA Arts Festival 5–20 September

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welcome With summer being as unpredictable as an ashes test series, this edition is packed with a whole mix of interesting things to do. You will find the usual news and regulars whilst feasting on homemade pizza from Theo Randall’s latest offering. What’s On selects a choice of the many things going on, in and around the area. Fancy a new hobby or learn a new skill? Then join one of the featured art classes or dance lessons. Wiltshire Live Music Centre is hosting loads of holiday activities for tots to teenagers including workshops and movies. Talking of silver screens, Bath is showing Mamma Mia outside for free in its Movie by Moonlight charity event. We look forward to a season of festivals starting with the cycling on August 15 and the towns Arts festival on 5 September. If music is your thing, the Rising Sun are holding their annual ‘Rhythm & Booze’ festival raising money for Dorothy House over August bank holiday. Also, Frome hosts the hugely popular Agricultural Cheese Show on 12 September – WIN a family ticket to this event see page 37. The holidays maybe a good time to clear the attic too. Find any valuable assets? Gardiner Houlgate are happy to give free valuations at The Bath Auction Rooms. On an environmental note, plastic bag waste may not catch the public imagination like a hunted lion, but the damage is equally appalling. Encouraging news from Climate Friendly BoA that a 5p charge will be introduced in October. And finally, back through popular demand, Natashya from Best Behaviour talks about best practices when travelling with your canine chums. Next issue we feature a Health & Well-being special looking forward to all round health in Autumn. Get in touch if you would like to be involved. all

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what’s on August/September 2015 Participatory event, Claverton Manor, Bath. Join EcoWild for wilderness adventures in the American Museum’s woodlands. Learn essential survival skills inspired by Native American tribes and early settlers. workshops@

Saturday 1 August

Howard Jeffs Landscape into Print – Victoria Art Gallery – until Sunday 16 August Mastery of Jeff’s printmaking techniques – etchings of waterfalls and woodcuts of rivers, reflect his interest in familiar landscapes in England and France. All prints in the show for sale. Activities for children – 5, 7, 12, 14 & 19 August Free August creative fun drop-ins. 10.30-12.00am each day.

Tuesday 4 August

Awesome Archaeology – until Wednesday 5 August Come and see artefacts gathered from digs around Britain, Europe and Africa. Join in as we search for ancient Roman, Greek and Egyptian artefacts. Castle Rd, Salisbury SP1 3SD. visit/places/old-sarum American Wilderness Days – until Tuesday 11 August

Summer Race Day Castle Combe Circuit – enjoy a day of summer racing with the 5th round of the Castle Combe Championships and the 2nd round of the Sports Racing Series.

Friday 7 August

Stourhead Forest Fridays – until Friday 28 August Activities for the whole family. You can build a den, create wild art, make a mud pie and become nature detectives. Participatory event. Stourhead.

Paddington Wiltshire Live Music Centre. Big-screen debut of Michael Bond’s beloved talking bear is fun, fast and sweet. 10.30am. £3 Child / £3 Adult per film. 01225 860100

Saturday 8 August

Relish Running – Lacock 10K Starting by the River Avon and next to stunning Lacock Abbey.

Swindon & Wilts Pride Festival A vibrant, free, family-friendly event in Swindon which celebrates the creativity and diversity of Gay people with fun fairground rides and things to do for all ages. Evening live music.

Thursday 13 August

20,000 Days On Earth 7.30pm Wiltshire Live Music Centre. A bold, frank and wryly humorous drama-documentary on one of alt-rock’s most enigmatic figures, the iconic Nick

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Cave. £7 Adult / £3.50 Under-18s 01225 860100

Saturday 15 August

BACT Summer Picnic Barton Farm-1.00pm. BoA Area Churches Together please bring your picnics to Barton Farm or if the weather is poor we will meet up in the United Church Hall. Free 01225 862857

until Thursday 20 August Simply a day full of fun, games & themed activities. £55/child with sibling discounts. Contact or call 01173 778096.

Saturday 22 August

The Holt Thursday Painters – until Sunday 23 August Summer Exhibition at the West Barn, BoA on 22nd and 23rd August between 10 am and 5.30 pm. Free. 01373 452468

Monday 17 August

Climate Friendly BoA AGM + Electric Bike Demo 7pm, West Barn, Barton Farm Park. Electric bike demo by Cliffe Yule from BoA’s own Electric Bike Shop. www.climatefriendly

Wednesday 19 August

Art Store Tours Victoria Art Gallery 12.0012.45pm. Explore the parts of the Gallery other people don’t reach. Free, but book in advance. 01225 477232. Cupcake Café Pound Arts Café, Corsham. 10.30am-12.30pm. Decorate your very own fabulous cupcake! £2 per cupcake, please bring an adult. Please call to book your 1/2 hr session 01249 701628. Sharky & George Adventure days Glove Factory Studios. –

Thursday 20 August

Portraits and Identity Victoria Art Gallery – until Sunday 4 October A wonderful selection of portrait prints, by artists as diverse as Hogarth, Dürer and Grayson Perry, this exhibition gives a fascinating insight into how artists and their sitters construct identity in art.

Monday 21 September

The Effects of Climate Change on Wildlife Climate Friendly BoA, 7.30, Quaker Meeting House, Whiteheads Lane. “The effects of climate change on wildlife”. Speaker to be confirmed. Everyone welcome. www.climate

Sunday 30 August

Movie by Moonlight: Mamma Mia! Royal Victoria Park, Bath 8.30pm. Outdoor film screening of Mamma Mia. Entry to the event is free. Funds raised towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign. 01225 825823

Tuesday, September 22nd

Arts Association coach outing to London See Shambles notice board.

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Wednesday 23 September

The Royal Ballet – Romeo and Juliet Wiltshire Live Music Centre, 7.15pm. Kenneth MacMillan’s setting of Sergei Prokofiev’s matchless music is a 20th-century classic. Running time: c. 3h / two intervals. £15 / £3 Under-18s / £14 Multibuy. 01225 860100

Thursday 24 September

Glove Factory Supper Club with James Runcie Award-winning film-maker and the author of seven novels. James host our next Supper Club for an evening of talk and sumptuous food served by Sam’s Kitchen. £45/person ( includes drinks and a 3 course meal)

Annette Dineley exibition Showing at the West Barn. annettedineley

Ted’s Big Bake Off Pop on your aprons and prepare your mixing bowls this October to take part in The Forever Friends Appeal’s brand new region-wide fundraising week!

Tuesday 1 September Saturday 29 September

Melksham Comic Con Melksham Assembly Hall – until Sunday 30 September Showcasing the very best of the comic book industry via retailers, guest artists and writers, and independent creators selling their own work.

BoA Arts Festival

– until Saturday 12 September See pull-out centre page spread for programme of events.


Kettlebell Fitness Class Woolley Grange Hotel gardens. 6.30-7.30pm 07712051837 Jazz Factory Wiltshire Music Centre. 7.30-9.30pm. Learn, sing or play jazz in our weekly workshops. 01225 865787 www.jazzfactory. 8

Jane Austen Dancers of Bradford on Avon. United Reform Church Hall, 8-10pm. £4. 2nd & 4th Mondays in the month. Civil Service Retirement Fellowship 2nd Monday of the month, United Reform Church Hall, St Margaret’s Street. 2.15-4pm. 01225 864541

Bradford Bridge Club The Swan Hotel, BoA, 7-10pm. Jan O’Connor, 01225 865669 Singing for the Brain Monday mornings during term time. Wiltshire Music Centre, Run by Alzheimer’s Support for people with memory problems and family carers. 01225 776481


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


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 BoA Library Car Park Weekly University of the Third Age 2.30 pm The United Church, St Margaret’s Street, BoA, BA15. Interesting talks followed by refreshments. Members must have card.

Kettlebell Fitness Class St Laurence School Dance Studio. 6.15-7.15pm. For all round strength and fitness. 07712051837 Holt Morris Men – Practices, 8pm, Mount Pleasant Centre, Bradford-on-Avon.

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

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


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

Life/Art Drawing Classes Various days available for 8 week classes in Holt. See page 10 for full details. 077852 88854


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.

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FITNESS TRAINING Kettlebell & Indian Clubs Thursdays 6.15–715pm St Laurence Dance Studio 0771 2051837

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Life/Art Drawing Classes


lasses for both beginners and more advanced artists who are keen to improve their drawing & painting skills of figures in relation to environments. Only 6 to 8 students per class for maximum teaching time. Frank aims to attract a wide body of students of differing skill levels and ages and adopts an empowering and motivating coaching style.

He provides technical advice to improve your technique & delivery based on his professional experiences as a designer, practicing artist, fine art teacher and lecturer. 8 week Tuesday or Thursday classes and Saturday or Sunday (day chosen according to demand) – 4 hours tuition per day. 10am to 12noon (one hour for DIY lunch) 1pm to 3pm (tea & coffee provided) Bradford & Borders

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To help you decide do come and visit Frank at his Studio Open Mornings 10-12 midday on Saturdays from now until 12 September 2015 do register your interest by email to let him know you’re coming. 077852 88854 frankmcclean@ Unit F1, 117 The Midlands, Holt, Wiltshire. BA14 6RL

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Spousal maintenance

- til death us do part? Sarah Jackson, Head of Family Law at BLB Solicitors in Bradford on Avon, considers the thorny issue of ongoing maintenance after divorce.


he issue of spousal maintenance is an emotive one and can be one of the greatest stumbling blocks to reaching a financial settlement for divorcing couples. It is a sad fact that when a couple move into separate homes there is usually less money to go around as there are two households to run instead of one. As a result, many people find themselves in a precarious position financially during the divorce process. One spouse may not be working or have a very low income and be unable to meet the outgoings on their property. The other, the higher-earning spouse who previously made sure the mortgage and bills were being paid, may be unable to afford to continue to do so and may withdraw the support.

Clients in this situation need to know how much spousal maintenance, if any, the higherearning spouse should pay to the other and for how long. Spousal maintenance is entirely separate from child maintenance, which is calculated according to the paying parent’s income. Instead spousal maintenance is determined with reference to the recipient’s income, needs and earning capacity as well as the paying party’s ability to pay. It is a popular misconception that the court requires divorcing spouses’ income to be shared in the same way that assets are shared. In fact, except in exceptional cases, spousal maintenance is generally only paid where the non- or lowerearning spouse cannot support

Contact us now to arrange an initial consultation Sarah Jackson

themselves financially without it. The court will look firstly at whether there is a shortfall between how much the nonor lower-earning spouse needs to live on and their income from all sources (including tax credits and child maintenance) and then at the higherearning spouse’s ability to bridge the gap. When deciding how long a spousal maintenance order should last, the court’s aim is for there to be a clean break at the earliest opportunity and will consider whether, and if so when, the recipient spouse can become self-sufficient. A thorough investigation of the recipient’s earning capacity, eligibility for benefits and re-training options is therefore crucial.

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op About Dance continues to grow with more dance classes available for September. Bop About Dance offer exam-free classes in Ballet, Disco and Popdance where the emphasis is on having fun in a positive environment. From September, all classes take place in the Masonic Hall, Church Street, BoA.

to listen to chart hits from the 80's, 90's, 00's... Popdance Adults is a place to learn dance routines set to popular songs. No experience necessary and is the perfect alternative to the gym as not only will you be increasing your fitness from physical activity, but also from laughing a lot! Mondays 8-9pm. For more information on all the classes and to reserve a space, please visit

For toddlers, there is the new Tots Dance session for 18 month-3 year olds. With their parents/ grandparents help, the children get to try new disco dance moves and use colourful props. These sessions are Mondays, 10-10:40am. For pre-schoolers, Ballet & Boogie classes are for little ballet fans to learn movements from this graceful style. Parents watch these sessions and are available on Fridays from 2-2:30pm and 2:30-3pm. For teens who are fans of Taylor Swift, Ed Sheran, Bruno Mars et al; Popdance Teens can learn dance routines to show off on the dance (or kitchen!) floor. Mondays 7:15-8pm. Finally, one for the adults! For those who like

Prize winning Artist the three occasions she has entered the Westwood show. Work is also done with cloth, which she paints and stitches to give her pictures texture and depth. Annette is holding an exhibition of work at the West Barn, BoA, on the 2-4 October 2015. Opening times Friday 10am to 7pm Saturday and Sunday 10am to 6pm. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like a preview of work please visit her website:


nnette Dineley is an artist living in a beautiful village near BoA. Her childhood and teenage years were spent travelling abroad, later settling and living in Westwood. She loved creating and painting all of her life and settled on oil as a preferred medium. or email Annette will be there to meet visitors during the show.

Annette gradually started experimenting with acrylics, which led her into abstracts, and loves the freedom this gives her. Work has been displayed in Trowbridge, where she has sold many paintings and commissioned for many more. Annette has won the Richard Phillips Cup twice and placed first on 12


Thursday Painting Group


he Holt Thursday Painting Group, consisting of a maximum of fifteen members, has existed since 1999. It provides amateur artists with an environment in which to draw and paint in a range of subjects and mediums of their choice. They are also able to enjoy friendship and fun in the company of like-minded people – each person hoping that their next project will be a masterpiece!! Though the group

is led by a co-ordinator, most people share the responsibilities for the routine tasks and in the organisation and setting up of the annual exhibition. This is the second year the Exhibition is being held in the West Barn – last year attracting many people and proving to be a great success. The Exhibition is, not only an opportunity for the artists to show off their work, but it also displays paintings at affordable prices which allow a wider range of the general public to own an original work of art.

The Holt Thursday Painters will be holding their Summer Exhibition at the West Barn, Bradford on Avon on 22nd and 23rd August between 10 am and 5.30 pm. Free admission” If you would like more information about the group the Co-ordinator is Pamela Secker

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The Rising Sun ‘Rhythm & Booze Festival’ -

A Local Celebration


e celebrate our local community by bringing as many people together to enjoy a wide variety of live music, great traditional ales and ciders and each other’s company.

The Sans are a young, homegrown act emerging in the local scene.

The Riser prides itself on the quality of the ales and ciders available all year round and the Festival provides the perfect shop window. It gives the opportunity for our customers new and old to experiment with some of the more unusual and sometimes stronger beers and ciders. Listed in the Campaign for Real Ales Good Beer Guide for the last 9 years our commitment to well kept, varied and interesting guest ales is a matter of pride and fact.

SUNDAY BBQ and some of the best blues guitar filling your ears courtesy of Steve Payne and Paul Hobday.

Traditional ciders are the other mainstay of the Festival with at least eight different, exciting tastes and strengths to savour. FRIDAY Boy Le Monti are probably the best regarded ska act in the West of England and start the Festival.

Danny Foster fronts the Triple JD Band with energetic guitar based rock, paying tribute to some of the great rock acts of our time.

Later, Big Mama brings her Misfitz together for a fun and danceable set with no place to hide!! MONDAY Traditional Irish singalong - Yon Canny Band will provide the best finale to the music possible. We also celebrate to raise charitable funds. Dorothy House Hospice Care is the main beneficiary and has been The Riser’s nominated charity for many years, during which time we have raised approaching £20,000. Our regular customers’ generosity is well known and the Festival is an opportunity to widen our fundraising net. A festival is a celebration so join Dave and Liz at the Rising Sun over the August Bank Holiday. 01225 86235

SATURDAY Mark Green’s blues collaboration brings a choice of local talent together. Alongside this

Rising Sun Rhythm & Booze Festival Friday 28 – Monday 31 August Real Ales & Traditional Ciders Live Music • BBQ • Free entry Raising funds for Dorothy House Sponsored by BoA town council 14

Residential property in Bath – we’ve got it covered

The Bath property market is booming. Bath has been named as one of the top relocation spots in the UK. London buyers are flocking to our great city attracted to its status as an up and coming, new ‘prime urban market’. For those of us lucky enough to live here, the emergence of Bath as a key destination for re-locators is no surprise. Boasting great schools, pretty Georgian architecture, a rich cultural, social and sporting heritage and

Residential property in Bath and surrounding area we’ve got it covered

The property market in Bath, Bradford on Avon and the surrounding area is booming. The area has been named as one of the top relocation spots in the UK. London buyers are flocking to our great city attracted to its status as an up and coming, new ‘prime urban market’. For those of us lucky enough to live here, the emergence of the area as a key destination for re-locators is no surprise. Boasting great schools, pretty Georgian architecture, a rich cultural, social and sporting heritage and world-class tourist attractions, the area has it all.

Mowbray Woodwards’ expert residential property team can help with: • Buying and selling property • Re-mortgaging your home • Landlord and tenancy


• Leasehold issues

If you need any other propertyrelated or financial advice, we have strong relationships with a number of trusted local professionals that can help, including surveyors, financial advisors and residential agents.

Contact Kate Jackson, Head of Residential Property at Mowbray Woodwards on: 01225 485712 or email:

Potential buyers tell us they love having the best of both worlds – a buzzing city centre with shops, restaurants and cafes and stunning countryside on their doorstep. If you are looking to relocate or sell up and move to your dream home, remortgage, draw up a landlord tenancy agreement or need a helping hand to unravel leasehold issues, we have the experience and expertise.

Mowbray Woodwards Solicitors. 3 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HG 01225 485700


Valuable Asset Unrivalled specialist auction service outside London


internet bidding, where bidders can watch and listen to the sale live, bidding from the comfort of their own home, office, even on a tablet or smart phone on the go, the methods of bidding are endless!

ardiner Houlgate (The Bath Auction Rooms), specialist auctioneers and valuers based in Corsham, hold regular auction sales of Antiques, Paintings, Clocks & Watches, Guitars & Musical Instruments, Jewellery, Decorative Arts, Vintage & General sales.

All of these concepts ensure that Gardiner Houlgate reach the truly global market, finding bidders all over the world and achieving the best possible prices. Sales are also regularly attended by national and international buyers as well as local collectors and enthusiasts.

Their purpose-designed building has four specialist salerooms, high security storage and a large car park with the location having been specifically chosen to allow easy access for vendors and buyers. They recently welcomed Painting Specialist, Allan Darwell to their team. Allan, who has more than forty years experience as a valuer, having worked at Phillips/ Bonhams, has returned to the west country in perfect time to head the department. Holding four sales each year to include Fine Paintings and Affordable Works of Art.

All of their sales are fully illustrated and can be viewed on their website (www., public viewing days are held prior to each sale with an evening preview on the Monday of the sale week. Most recently in March this year they offered a fine selection of Musical instruments with the sale netting ÂŁ1 million. Included was the important keyboard collection belonging to the

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“...attended by national and international buyers as well as local collectors and enthusiasts.

late Christopher Hogwood, an important conductor and player who sadly passed away last year, included was a fine clavichord by Johann Adolph Hass, Hamburg, 1761, which sold for £101,680 to an oversea bidder via the internet. The collection in total realising over £500,000. In the same sale, a guitar (illustrated) by the maker JeanBaptiste Voboam, Paris 1699 sold for a house record bid of £148,800 to a private European

collector, proof again that pieces find their place and price when sold in specialist sale categories. With their friendly and helpful approach they offer a personal and efficient service. Entries are now being accepted for the forthcoming sales. They offer free valuation days including paintings every Monday 10am-5pm at the Corsham saleroom.


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Craig is a reliable and hardworking solution to your stonework needs, he also has a great eye for attention to detail and completes his work in time. This has ensured his clients are always satisfied.


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GARDENING Wilts and Bath Landscaping now offer operated chipper hire – for when you have been pruning and end up with more waste than you can dispose of, we can chip it for you. The waste can then be used in your garden or we can take it away. Alternatively we can do the whole job, from one overgrown shrub to whole gardens cleared. We are NPTC trained and qualified chainsaw operators, so can carry out the work quickly and safely. We also offer a range of hard landscaping services including patios, fencing, turfing and complete garden make overs. See our website for more information and pictures of our work. GROUNDWORK & DRAINAGE



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ne of the most important aspects of a golf course is the greens. Are they fast or slow? Have they been maintained to a good standard and ultimately are they good and “true” to play on? Our team of greenkeepers and course managers have the sharpest eye for detail to make sure that, at Kingsdown Golf Club we have some of the best greens in the area. To complement our team of experts and to ensure that the greens and the course are kept in superb condition, KGC have invested again by purchasing the latest Toro Triflex 3400 Greens Mower which joins a team of three other Toro greens mowers already at KGC. TriFlex mowers were designed to take precision cutting to a completely new level. Adopting the proven Flex suspension, the cutting units float freely over contours and undulations of the green resulting in a superior quality of cut and aftercut appearance.



of the greens was measured at a Stimp reading almost as fast as the greens used on the European Golf Tour. This expenditure on the new Greens Mower brings the total investment in capital equipment for the course in excess of £500,000 over the last few years. The Board of the Club considers that investment to maintain the quality of the Course is a major part of retaining our current members and gaining new ones. Therefore the Directors view investments to keep the Course a delight for members and visitors to play is a major part of managing Kingsdown Golf Club. Robert Wright - Kingsdown Golf Club

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“Staff provide an exciting and exceptionally welcoming environment where children confidently play and explore... Children delight in learning about the natural world as they freely explore and investigate during the extensive outdoor play” Ofsted Inspection May 2015

If you would like to know more or to arrange a visit, please call us on 01225 863117 or email We would love to show you around the setting.

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Activity, discovery & adventure secure and supportive pastoral environment. Our aim is simple: to inspire a life-long love of learning in those around us. So every day we use our expertise, ingenuity and enthusiasm to do just that. All children enjoy and are good at something; a school's job is to help them find and nurture their talents. Our experienced teaching staff continually encourage academic aspiration and learning. We strongly believe that a passion pursued now will offer untold opportunities for the future.


e are a co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 3 to 18 in the South West of England. Life at Warminster is a busy one, filled with academic and co-curricular activity, discovery and adventure. Everyone who visits us comments on our friendly atmosphere and sense of strong community. This is a vital aspect of the School and one that we cherish. Everyone has a part to play in contributing to the community. Pupils and staff are encouraged to share their interests, support one another, get stuck in and give 100% to everything. We are large enough to feel rich and diverse, but small enough to remain homely and provide opportunities for all. Warminster is known for its wonderful family feel and as a school where individuality is encouraged to grow. It gives our pupils the best of both worlds – a peaceful rural location, but also a cosmopolitan pupil body that replicates the world into which they are heading. Pastoral care is the most important aspect of any school: a child who is happy and feels safe can flourish and Warminster is committed to providing a

Every child is encouraged to aspire academically and to enjoy their learning. We are proud that our pupils not only fulfil their academic potential but are challenged to develop an intellectual curiosity and to have lively minds. These are habits that last a lifetime. Young people today face an unpredictable world but there are certain timeless aspects of a genuine education. We place strong emphasis on character and values and we want our pupils to leave as wellrounded, well-mannered, self-confident, articulate and fundamentally decent people with a sense of duty and integrity. We offer a wide range of co-curricular opportunities and experiences, and foster a culture of enthusiasm, optimism and ‘getting stuck in’. We prepare our pupils for life beyond school - at university and in the world of work. Most of all, though, we are a community, in which each boy and girl is valued and nurtured on the basis of who they are, whatever their age, natural gifts or background. Warminster School is located in the town of Warminster in Wiltshire – a peaceful rural setting, on the edge of Salisbury Plain. With good road and rail links we are a little under two hours from London by train and within easy reach of Bath, Bristol and Salisbury.

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question, debate and argue logically and to enjoy doing so. Sally considers it equally important to foster creativity and for pupils to develop the personal and interpersonal qualities that will equip them to flourish in and contribute to the modern world. 

Maximising potential Introducing Dr Sally Divall, Head at Stonar


r Sally Divall grew up in London and studied Science at Cambridge University. After working in business and in research, she moved into teaching. In her spare time Sally enjoys the great outdoors and mountain walking in particular.“At Stonar pupils (and staff) have a

Outstanding Monkton Prep


variety of outstanding sporting, artistic and academic talents. There is a real emphasis on each pupil becoming the best he or she can be, both personally and academically, and our staff will go out of their way to support each child in this,” explains Sally. Academically Stonar encourages pupils to remain curious and open minded, to learn to think, successfully fulfils its aim to encourage curiosity, creativity, sensitivity, ambition and empathy by ensuring that adults respond to children’s interests through a broad curriculum with exciting and challenging experiences throughout every area of learning”.

onkton Prep School has been described as “outstanding” in every area for its Early Years Foundation Stage (2-5 year olds) after a recent visit from the Independent Schools Inspectorate. This comes at an exciting time as the school announces the start of the building work on an impressive development for the school.

Monkton was also described as having “imaginative, stimulating and well-resourced indoor and outdoor areas.” and that the “children are enthusiastic, happy and engaged learners who make strong progress in relation to their starting points….They are kind friends to one another...Their behaviour is exemplary.”

The report found that “The setting makes outstanding provision. It

Building work will commence this summer on a new Pre-Prep


Since 2011 Stonar Prep School has been coeducational. In 2016 the Senior School will be welcoming boys. Sally believes that as women and men need to work effectively together in Western society, they should learn to do this at school. With boys in the Prep School already, no major changes are required. Stonar now offers a truly global perspective to its education: Joining the NACE group in 2011 gives pupils the chance to meet, collaborate and make friends with their international counterparts. and Nursery building, bringing together the teaching resources on the school site. This will enable the school to enrich the curriculum for the youngest children in new purpose-built classrooms. The development will also include new play space, state of the art facilities, a refurbished and upgraded sports centre and swimming pool as well as scope for the development of other teaching areas at the Prep School. Headmaster of the Prep School Mr Marshall-Taylor commented “I am looking forward to another exciting year ahead as we continue to look at ways in which we can raise the quality of the education that we offer further still”. Contact: Josie Nicholls, Marketing Officer 01225 831218


Stonar is changing Coeducational Prep. Senior boys from 2016 International partner schools Stonar values tradition Maximising potential & celebrating difference “Academically, pupils flourish as a result of the excellent pastoral care and small classes.” TATLER Schools Guide 2015


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Magna Carta


precious copy of the Magna Carta dating from 1225 survived the Second World War after being secretly hidden at Lacock Abbey. Matilda Talbot, the last private owner of the abbey, hid it in an air raid shelter with only one trusted person knowing of its location. The fascinating story about the Lacock Magna Carta, its war-time escapades and how it came to be donated to the British Museum has been uncovered as the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre and the National Trust celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta with a partnership project at Lacock Abbey near Chippenham. Matilda’s secreting of the Magna Carta clearly amused her, as commented later in life that ‘though many people sought refuge in the shelter, none of them suspected what was buried beneath their feet’. The only other person who knew the whereabouts of the medieval treasure was Mr Bird, Matilda’s trusted friend and coachman.

“a rare opportunity to see some of the archives in their original home

Until Monday 31 August 2015 a collection of archives owned by Wiltshire Council will be on display at Lacock Abbey in a small exhibition called ‘Lacock and the Magna Carta’. These archives include a facsimile of the Lacock Abbey version of Magna Carta plus two copies made in 1300, as well as a set of fascinating letters relating to Matilda Talbot donating the Lacock Magna Carta to the British Museum in 1945. This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see some of the archives in their original home, and has been created in partnership between the History Centre archive service (a service provided by Wiltshire Council in partnership with Swindon Borough Council) and the National Trust. The original documents will be on display in the Great Hall of Lacock Abbey but there will also be a colourful exhibition panel in the cloisters, explaining 26

1225 Magna Carta facsimile ©Swindon and Wiltshire Archives; Inset: Matilda Talbot dressed as Ela of Salisbury ©National Trust

the history of the Magna Carta and its connections to Wiltshire. It is also worth noting that Salisbury Cathedral is home to one of only four surviving copies of the original 1215 Magna Carta. Entrance fees will apply. Please see: for details. The printed exhibition panel about Wiltshire and the Magna Carta will afterwards go on display free of charge at Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the whole of October 2015 –

5 –19 September


BoA Arts Festival – 10 Sept – 7:30pm

15 Aug – 6 Sept

BoA Cycling Festival BOA Bicycle Trail Follow the trail of bikes decorated on the Festival’s theme Flower Power

6 – 19 Sept

Small & Beautiful – Art Exhibition 6 The Weaving Shed Here’s a chance to own a small picture which could have been painted by an established artist or a local gifted amateur. Profits from sale of artworks goes to Dorothy House.

6 Sept 1pm – 4pm

Canal 'Walkshop' – Poetry Canal towpath, Bradford on Avon Wonderful opportunity to take part in a canal-inspired poetry workshop with Canal Laureate Jo Bell, Price: £25.00 All ticket enquiries to

Sep 7 – Sep 19

Photography Exhibition 5 BoA Library The Bradford on Avon U3A Photography Group exhibiting in the foyer of Bradford on Avon Library 28

English Country Garden – Music 1 St Margaret's Hall A concert of folk and jazz featuring - Rosie Upton and Pete MacGregor, Andrew Bazeley, This Side of Paris, Bryony McGinty and Mike Scott. Tickets £8 on the door or £6 in advance– from www. or Travel Options 4U, 54 Frome Road, Bradford on AvonBA15 1LA

Ex Libris Bookshop in the Shambles, Bradford on Avon

Sat 12 Sept – 7:15pm

Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – Photo Shoot 1 St Margaret's Hall Your opportunity to be in a photo that is likely to be part or the towns history courtesy of BoA's Photogroup.

Fri – 11 Sept 7:30pm

Woodstock – The Film St Margaret's Hall The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival – the height of the Flower Power period? Entrance FREE! But Donations welcomed.


11,12 and 13 Sept

Freshford & District Annual Art Exhibition 2015 2 West Barn Private View from 5pm to 9pm (please contact Derek Perham

Sat. 12 & Sun 13 Sep.

Public view from 11am to 6pm. Free admission

Sat 12 Sept – 7:30pm

Literary quiz: 7 Masonic Hall, Church Street Test your knowledge of books, films and the Arts. Tickets £5 in advance from

Sat 12 Sept – 7:30pm

Flower Power Band – Concert St Margaret's Hall 2 hours of 60's music -Songs to joined in with and to dance to, Ticket £10 on the door or £8 in advance from www. or Travel Options 4U, 54 Frome Road, Bradford on AvonBA15 1LA


13 Sept – 2.45pm

Bradford on Avon Flower & Produce Show 1 St Margaret's Hall Free Admission


– Programme of Events 16 Sept – 2:00 pm

Sept 13 – 7:30pm

Ghost Walk with Jasper Bark The Swan Hotel, Church Street Beneath the picturesque streets of Bradford on Avon lies a secret history of murder, mayhem and mass insurrection. Discover the darker side of BoA Tickets – £10, concession £7 Book on Line at www.


Angela Remembered – An illustrated talk by Rosie MacGregor 8 The Swan Hotel, Church Street Rosie MacGregor will be talking about her new book on the life of Angela Gradwell Admission £2 on the door

18 Sept – 7.30pm

Philip Gross reads from his latest collection 8 The Swan Hotel, Church Street Come to hear poet Philip Gross read from his latest collection, Love Songs of Carbon, and other poems, and hear work produced by participants on July’s Ekphrastic Sculpture Gardens workshop. Price: £5.00 All ticket enquiries to

16 Sept – 10am–1pm

A story of our own – Writers Workshop 8 The Swan Hotel, Church Street Tutor: Rosie Jackson Capturing some of our memories and stories on the page is an exciting way to give shape and meaning to our lives. This stimulating and supportive workshop will get you started. Ticket enquiries to

Sept 19

Sgt Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band – Photo Shoot Another opportunity to be in a photo that is likely to be part or the town's history courtesy of BoA's Photogroup.

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weeks of cycling fun in Bradford on Avon, culminating in the grand finale of the cycling festival weekend on the 5th and 6th September.

The Bradford on Avon Cycling Festival weekend promises to be fun for everyone – from a Hill climb to a Cyclocross race and family rides. Live art, Cycle films and a cycle jumble. The weekends cycling activities will be accompanied by plenty of children’s fun – Join us to teach your kids the first skills to get on their balance bikes and skills to get them riding as they gain confidence, as well as bouncy castles, face painting and entertainment.

• Cycle Jumble – Sat 5 Sept, St Margaret’s Hall • Cycling films – Sat evening, St. Margaret’s Hall • Bike rides for all across the weekend • Family Treasure Hunt, Barton Farm • Bike demo day - all the latest in cycling at TT

cycles, Saturday 5 Sept • Bike art exhibition – Fat Fowl • Live Bike art with Jon Mulvaney – Sun, Lamb Yard • Dr Bike, bike maintenance and MOT.

• And the GRAND FINALE – The Bradford on Avon

Hill Challenge, are you tough enough to beat the mighty Masons Lane… Leading up to the weekend come and find the beautifully decorated bikes placed all around the town, complete the Bike Trail and enter to will a brand new bicycle, supplied by TT Cycles. Moulton bike exhibition, 28th August – 6th September, the Vaults. Experience the history of the Moulton Bicycle Company through the ages. Including stories from some iconic Moulton bike expeditions, meet the riders and relive their trip. Join us for a fun, friendly cycling festival for the whole family. Whatever your tastes or talents there will be something for you! We are supporting the town to further support its residents, Working with Alzheimer’s support, the proceeds of the weekend and any money raised will go to provide day care, a much needed additional resource. We would love to raise £1000, help us raise this amount by joining in the fun! Anything we raise will be matched by Apetito, one of our main supporters of the festival. See website for more information

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FOOD & DRINK in the stomachs and intestines of dead sea mammals. The Marine Conservation Society’s Beachwatch 2003 report, based on 135 kilometres of UK coastline, states that plastic accounted for 50% of the litter found, including 5,831 plastic bags. This equates to 43 plastic bags for every kilometre of coastline surveyed. On top of this, every bag uses energy in its manufacture. The energy embodied in 8.7

Who pays for plastic?


n the summer of 2013 a paper petition circulated by Climate Friendly BoA garnered well over 1000 signatures. It stated:

“Plastic carrier bags create litter and pollution as well as using valuable resources such as oil and water in their production, releasing damaging carbon emissions. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland already charge 5p for plastic bags and as a result have reduced their use by up to 90%. We urge the government in England to do the same and for any proceeds from a charge for bags to be donated to environmental charities.”

The petition was handed to our then MP, Duncan Hames. Shortly after, Nick Clegg announced at the Lib Dem autumn conference that a 5p charge would be brought in in October 2015! We’re not exactly claiming all the credit but it is good to know that this measure is about to happen. Plastic bags are a symbol of our throwaway lifestyles. It is estimated that every year, globally, over a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die from entanglement or ingestion of plastics. Postmortems frequently find plastic bags amongst other plastic waste

lightweight plastic carrier bags is roughly equivalent to the energy used to drive a car one kilometre. So, a reduction of 800 million plastic bags would be the equivalent to a reduction of 92 million car kilometres. So the answer to who pays for plastic is that, first and foremost wildlife but in the long run, all of us. Please welcome the charge on plastic bags, get yourself stocked up with reusable shopping bags and urge local stores to donate any money raised from sales of bags to environmental charities. www.climatefriendly

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4. Knock back the dough, then let it rise again for a further 40 minutes.

1 hour, plus rising 1. For stage 1 of the dough, put the flour and yeast into a large bowl and mix in the water. Leave in a warm place (35–40°C) for 15–20 minutes until frothy. 2. Add all the ingredients for stage 2 and mix together to a dough using a wooden spoon and then your hands. Turn out on to a floured surface and knead for 10–15 minutes to develop the elasticity of the dough..5 3. Shape the dough into a ball and rub with olive oil to prevent a crust from forming. Place in a clean bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and leave the dough to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour until doubled in size.

5. When you are ready to make the pizza, preheat the oven to 250°C, and put a pizza stone or a large baking sheet in to heat. Turn the dough on to a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a rough rectangle or other shape that is about 2cm thick. Lift on to a large, semolina-dusted baking sheet. 6. For the topping, spread the passata evenly over the pizza base to within 1cm of the edge. Add the remaining topping ingredients, scattering them evenly, then drizzle the olive oil over all. 7. Slide the pizza on to the hot baking stone or baking sheet in the oven and bake for 5–7 minutes. Serve hot.

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For the topping

200ml tomato passata 3 slices prosciutto di Parma, torn into strips 2 x 150g balls buffalo mozzarella, torn into pieces 150g Datterini or cherry tomatoes, cut in half 1 tbsp oregano leaves 75g pitted black olives, preferably Taggiasche 50ml extra virgin olive oil

Simply Italian Master chef, Theo Randall has some serious culinary credentials to his name – including Chez Max in London, Alice Waters in San Francisco and his 10 years as Head Chef at the River Cafe. These 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. 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”. Extracted from My Simple Italian by Theo Randall (Ebury Press, £25) photography by Martin Poole is available from all good book shops or No44 August/September 2015



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Over 350 Trade Stands and in excess of 4600 class entries into the various competitions. The Cattle section saw in 2014 a record 400 plus cattle making it one of the largest one day cattle shows in the country. There were in excess of 100 exhibitors from 12 counties, with all prize winners taking part in THE GRAND PARADE alongside other livestock winners. Attractions include COUNTRYSIDE PURSUITS, HANDYCRAFT, DOG AGILITY, ANIMAL NURSERY, FUNFAIR, RURAL CRAFT, SHOPPING HALL and LOCAL FOOD HALLS. Rangemaster kitchen theatre Celebrity chef Paul Rankin. Paul is best known for being one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on Ready Steady Cook. He will be demonstrating various recipes using local ingredients, situated in the Cheese Pavilion. Get involved with the 2015 Frome Show - a great family day out!

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HEADING in brief...

Ready, set, go! The great British summer is here

A missed opportunity? I had thought that wild flowers came into the same category as apple pies and motherhood. That is, everyone is in favour of them.   Apparently not. Some time ago Climate-friendly Bradford offered to plant wild flowers in the boring stretch of grass between Moulton Drive and the canal. But some residents objected and so the idea was dropped. As a result, this is what we now have (A)... and this is what we could have had (B)... Terry Brown

The sun is out and the days are longer, it’s the perfect opportunity to get active, pick up a new hobby and support your local community while enjoying the great outdoors. At Volunteer Centre Wiltshire we can help you find that opportunity you are looking for this summer. Do you like bikes? Would you like to meet new people who also share your passion? The Bike Workshop from Julian House Wiltshire are seeking volunteers for their growing social enterprise project. Summer school holidays? Volunteer with Splash and engage with young people through dance workshops, art sessions, wildlife projects, extreme sports, and food projects. Splash Projects are run at various venues throughout Wiltshire and take place throughout the School Holidays.


Come along and enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment under the stars at an outdoor film screening of Mamma Mia (certificate PG). Entry is free, with all funds raised on the night going towards The Forever Friends Appeal’s RUH Cancer Care Campaign – to help build a pioneering new Cancer Centre for the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

How about helping others enjoy the summer? CTSW need volunteer drivers to transport people with limited mobility. You can make a real difference in someone’s life.

Arrive early to secure a good spot and bring warm clothes and a torch for later in the evening. You’ll be able to grab a bite to eat from one of our fabulous food outlets in between singing along to the popular hits of Abba. 70’s inspired fancy dress is very much welcome and encouraged on the night!

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, don’t hesitate to call us on 0845 521 6224 or email us on Volunteer Centre Wiltshire is run by the charity DEVELOP, www.

Following the huge crowds that now regularly attend the Movie by Moonlight, the screening is moving to a larger section of the park to allow for greater numbers and make the event even more enjoyable. Our gratitude goes to Filmair Mobile Cinema Services for enabling us to hold this popular annual event. Last year’s showing of Grease, raised over an incredible £7,000 for a new Cancer Centre at the RUH. Don’t miss out on another night to remember! This year’s event is proudly sponsored by Freestyle Designs, Bath. For more information call 01225 825823 or visit



Village Pump Folk Club Join us for a special evening of beautiful singing with two talented singersongwriters. Kirsty Bromley is a young contemporary folk singer from Sheffield who draws on a wide range of traditional music. She has a most disarmingly transparent voice, but also the uncanny knack of drawing attention to the song, rather than the messenger. She will be joined by two fine musicians from the UK folk scene - Simon Dumpleton & Philippe Barnes, forming a fresh, exciting new band that is rapidly becoming in great demand on the folk circuit. Jess Vincent is no stranger to the Village Pump Folk Club, as a singer-songwriter from Bradford on Avon. She will open tonight’s gig with her highly distinctive and mature voice and song writing talent. We look forward to welcoming you to this unique venue for a delightful gig. Lisa & Chris Samuel Thursday 17 September 7.30pm at The Lamb Inn, Trowbridge, BA14 8BN. Tickets £12 on door or from

Boules at Barn in BoA Bradford on Avon French Twinning members had a fun get-together at the West Barn to celebrate the French national day with food, wine and a game of boules outside the Barn. The Twinning has regular social events in Bradford on Avon, and we will be going to our twin town, Sully-sur-Loire, in June next year. The visit lasts about 5 days, we stay with families, no need to speak French, and they always give us a wonderful time. www.bradfordonavonfrench or phone Vivienne 01225-863647.

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Under the Highway Code rule 57 states: “When in a vehicle make sure dogs or other animals are suitably restrained, so they cannot distract you while driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly. A seat belt harness, pet carrier, dog cage or dog guard are ways of restraining animals in cars.”

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he summer’s here and with it comes days out and holidays. As a nation of dog lovers it is common for dog owners to travel with their pets in the car, therefore it is essential to ensure not just the safety of your family but also that of your dog. Never leave your dog in a car on a warm day, even if it is parked in the shade as a car can get as hot as an oven posing a serious threat.

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BoA No44 August/September 2015  

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

BoA No44 August/September 2015  

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