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In this winter edition, we take a look at Jamie’s Farm, a wonderful Wiltshire charity transforming the lives of vulnerable inner city children. Over on page 18, RAW Biogas Ltd are proposing construction of a Biomethane Injection Facility, which would provide enough renewable gas for 2500 homes, made exclusively from crops and farm waste. We look ahead to 2016 with the Bradford Roots Music Festival on the 16-17th January. This two day event held at the Wiltshire Music Centre promises to beat the January blues, it celebrates the very best of musical talent and community creativity.

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On page 22 we have an alternative to a traditional Sunday Roast, the Beef Wellington, and we have included a selection of reader offers, including local trips or for travelling further afield. We encourage you to check out your local travel consultants. Our what’s on section is particularly bursting with seasonal events, from concerts and fairs, to festivals and film showings. There is plenty to see and do in the Malmesbury area this winter. As you may know, we have recently added additional households to our delivery routes. So, if you are enjoying the magazine for the first time, or are a regular reader, we hope you will join us in the next issue. We are committed to local news, events and local independent businesses, and we would love to hear from you at malmesbury@alocalife.co.uk all

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WHAT’S ON

December 2015 - February 2016

WHAT’S ON

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker

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Wednesday 16 December

Christmas Wreath Making Whitley Manor, Malmesbury -until 10 December. Rachel Wilson, the in-house florist will demonstrate how to create and make a decorative Christmas wreath. Participatory event. 01666 822888

The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker - Wiltshire Music Centre-7.15pm. Peter Wright’s wondrous production of THE magical Christmas ballet. Running time: 2h 15m / one interval. £15 / £3 Under-18’s. 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Saturday 12 December Malmesbury Singers Christmas Concert “Hail Star!” Malmesbury Abbey-7.30pm. Tickets £12 (concessions £10, children/students £5) available from the Abbey Bookshop. 07753 199500 www.malmesburysingers.co.uk

Sunday 13 December Among Friends Christmas Concert - Extra PerformanceSt Mary’s Church, Tetbury7.30pm for 8pm start. An extra performance of their November concert has been added. Tickets £6. 01666 503946 h.bristow@yahoo.co.uk

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Friday 18 December Antiques Fair @ Westonbirt School, Tetbury -11am. -until 20 December. The Cotswold Decorative Antiques and Fine Art Fair. Entrance fee of £5. 01278 784912 www.cooperevents.com Enchanted Christmas Westonbirt Arboretum -until 20 December. Enjoy a spectacular illuminated trail and festive activities 01666 880220 www.forestry.gov.uk

Sunday 20 December The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker (As Live) Wiltshire Music Centre-2pm. www.alocallife.co.uk

Malmesbury Abbey Skate 2016

THE magical Christmas ballet- an enchanting fairy-tale danced to a glittering score. Join us for an encore screened performance. £15 / £3 Under-18’s. 01225 860100. wiltshiremusic.org.uk Malmesbury Film Society Presents – ‘The Thin Man’ St Mary’s Hall-7.30pm. A rollicking good time starring William Powell and Myrna Loy. (91 mins, Cert A, 1934, USA) £5, no need to book. www.malmesburyfilmsociety. org.uk

Monday 21 December Family Storytelling Malting Hall, Malmesbury Town Hall-4pm. Step out of the everyday and come on a journey into an enchanted world. £3.00 per child payable on the door. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 07887 544428 www.inotherwordsstorytelling. co.uk


WHAT’S ON Friday 8 January

Monday 18 January

Wednesday 17 February

MOVIES@MALMESBURY Brooklyn (12A) Town Hall-2pm. An Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) in 1950s New York falls for a tough Italian plumber (Emory Cohen). Tickets: Adults £4. Under 16’s £3. www.oxboxoffice.com

Cookery Masterclasses with Martin Burge. Whatley Manor, Easton Grey-9am. Spend the day in the kitchen with Michelin two-starred chef Martin as he conducts a hands-on practical day. Participatory event. £200 per person. 01666 822888 www.whatleymanor.com

Malmesbury Abbey Skate 2016 Skaters from across the UK take over the Abbey after the church is turned into a skate park. john@malmesburyabbey.com www.malmesburyabbey.com

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Tuesday 19 January

Antiques, Furniture and Collectables Wessex Auction Rooms-10am. Viewing on Friday before sale 10am to 8pm and sale day from 8.30am. 01249 720888 www.wessexauctionrooms.co.uk

GBH BIG BAND / CANTAMUS CHAMBER CHOIR Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. Mixes vivacious jazz and wonderful choral music with atmospheric readings. £16 / £5 Under-18’s + Students. 01225 860100 wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences Victoria Art Gallery, Bath - until 10 April. An exhibition of the artist’s work. 01225 477233 www.victoriagal.org.uk

Sunday 10 January Jazz Sundays in Le Mazot Brasserie Whitley Manor, Easton Grey -12.15pm. Live jazz, including: Progressions Jazz Band, The Solent City Jazzmen and The Porter Trio. £6. Booking required. 01666 822888 www.whatleymanor.com

Thursday 12 January MOVIES@MALMESBURY The Importance of being Earnest (12A) Town Hall-7pm. Celebrated actor and Poirot star David Suchet plays the formidable Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s much loved masterpiece. www.oxboxoffice.com

Saturday 30 January Antiques, Furniture and Collectables Wessex Auction Rooms-10am. Viewing on Friday before sale 10am to 8pm and sale day from 8.30am. 01249 720888 www.wessexauctionrooms.co.uk Singing, Harmonium And Tabla Workshop Wiltshire Music Centre-3.30pm. A relaxed and enjoyable introduction to Indian classical music. £5 per person. 01225 680100 www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk Bollywood Showcase Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. A spectacular musical journey through Bollywood and a celebration of songs by legendary Bollywood music directors. £16/£8 Under-18s. 01225 680 100 www.wiltshiremusic.org.uk

Saturday 27 February DAVE SMITH’S NEW GEORGIA JAZZ BAND The Rose & Crown, Lea -8:00pm. Always a pleasure to welcome them to Malmesbury, Dave will hopefully be leading a front line of Dave Wood and Stan Stephens, supported by a rhythm section of Messrs Johnson, Jones and Dalziel. 01666 822053 www.roseandcrownatlea.co.uk

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Thursday 14 January Vintage & General

Wednesday 24 February Specialist Watches Deadline: 1 February.

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WHAT’S ON

REGULAR WEEKLY / MONTHLY EVENTS MONDAYS Alzheimer’s Society: Singing for the Brain Activity Zone, 1.30-3pm A fun, stimulating and social activity for people in the early to moderate stages of dementia, and their carers. Fortnightly. 01249 443469

TUES/WED/THURSDAYS Sherston: Peaceful Fair Trade Coffee Shop Holy Cross Church Sherston, 9.30-12pm, until the end of October. Children welcome.

WEDNESDAYS Lea & Charlton Toddler Group Charlton Village Hall, 10.15-12pm Craft, stories, songs and cake.

North Wiltshire Flower Club Crudwell Village Hall, 7.30pm. Third Wednesday of each month Contact Sue on 01666 577125.

THURSDAYS Sherston WI Sherston Village Hall, 7.30pm in spring/summer, 2.30pm in winter months. First Thursday of the month. Group has been going for 74 years. Hjquirk@aol.com Malmesbury Morris Corston Reading Room, 7.30pm New dancers and musicians welcome. www.malmesburymorris.org.uk Malmesbury Carers’ Café Kings Arms, Malmesbury, 10.30am. Fourth Thursday of the

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SUNDAYS Malmesbury Film Society St Mary’s Hall, Malmesbury, 7.30pm. Showing films every third Sunday of the month. malmesburyfilmsociety.org.uk

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AUCTION FEATURE

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

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

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

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

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CHARITY FEATURE

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

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

Richard, 15, London.

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

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

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

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Mum’s Christmas Appeal for Julia’s House four years we had with him were so precious.

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he mum of a brave little boy who died as a result of a rare genetic disorder is appealing for people to support Julia’s House this Christmas in memory of the care he received from the charity. Samuel Monk‘s condition meant he suffered from seizures that were frequent and often severe. He wasn’t expected to survive until his first birthday, but proved to be a real fighter. Now, on the first anniversary of Samuel’s death, mum Zoe has paid tribute to the support the whole family received from Julia’s House by telling her story for its Christmas appeal. Said Zoe:  “He gave us four years – four birthdays, four Christmases. And that was more than we had ever hoped for. The

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“We can’t buy Samuel presents now so this appeal is the next best thing. I hope this Christmas people will remember Samuel and all the brave, special children who have to endure so much every single day.” Zoe is hoping the money raised will support more families like hers who would struggle to cope without the practical and emotional help of the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity. Julia’s House nurses and carers looked after Samuel at the hospice and at his home in Corfe Mullen where he received regular respite. Zoe, her husband Chris and Samuel’s little brother Toby also joined many of the social events organised for families. “Julia’s House were there for us right from the start – and were there for us at the end. “I hate to think what life would have been like without Julia’s www.alocallife.co.uk

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

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

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

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

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

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Janine loves her job and helping customers get exactly what they want, meeting their needs and expectations and gaining customers for life is her ethos. As a homeworker, Janine is able to access deals, offers and availability at all times to suit her customers and is also able to offer home or office visits if the customer prefers.

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BIOGAS FEATURE

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AW Biogas Ltd are proposing the construction of a Biomethane Injection Facility on Charlton Park Estate, Malmesbury, Wiltshire. Using advanced anaerobic digestion technology, the proposed project will use only agricultural crops and farm waste to provide sufficient gas for 2,500 average homes. All of the gas produced will be carbon neutral which would save the equivalent of 8,500 tonnes of carbon being released into the atmosphere. RAW are a modest firm with a team of seven experienced renewable energy developers and are based near Burford in Gloucestershire. RAW held a public consultation for local people to come and find out more about the proposal on Monday 23rd of November at The Horse Guards public house in Brokenborough. Up to 40 local people came and met with the three company representatives

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and the Farm Manager from Charlton Park Farms, to look at the plans and our information boards. These are all available to be downloaded for anyone who could not attend, or is interested to learn more at www.rawfm. co.uk and by then clicking on Raw Biogas, and then Charlton Park Farm. Quote from Stuart Homewood of RAW ‘This will be an excellent development for the area and will significantly decarbonise the local gas grid network which transmits gas between Malmesbury and Tetbury. The UK is starting to make significant steps towards the greening of the electricity grid, however the Governments latest plans, announced following the Spending Review on the 25th November, are to build a number of new gas fired power stations. For these to be effective then it is www.alocallife.co.uk

essential that they have a reliable supply of low carbon gas, which is not dependent on imported supplies and we would be delighted to be able to deliver this along with a forward thinking Wiltshire landowner.’ If anyone has any questions then RAW are welcome to take calls or respond to emails. 01451 844148 or info@rawenergy.eu.

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

Once the oil is smoking, add the beef and fry on all sides until browned. Remove and leave to cool. (NB. Don’t wash up the pan. Use this to make the Madeira and port reduction later.) 3.

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Place the crêpes onto the work surface, one layer thick, but overlapping - you need to create an area about twice the thickness of the fillet, and about 2.5cm/1in longer at each end. Spread the mushroom duxelle over the crêpes. Lightly pat the fillet with kitchen paper to remove any excess moisture, before placing the meat on top of the duxelle. www.alocallife.co.uk

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

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

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

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Rub the inside of a deep baking dish or casserole with the raw garlic.

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

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

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

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18. Place in the oven with the potatoes dauphinoise and bake for 25 minutes. Remove the Wellington from the oven and leave to rest for 10 minutes. This should give you a perfectly pink finish to your meat. If you prefer it more cooked, then leave in the oven for longer, but you must ensure the meat is well rested. 19. For the Madeira and port reduction, heat the butter in the same pan in which you cooked the beef fillet over a medium heat. Once bubbling, add the shallot and fry for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.

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

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