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welcome Welcome to the February/March issue. The weather has been kind to Wiltshire - so far, and daffodils remind us that both Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are close. 2016 being a leap year suggests that Recipes for Lovers and Mothers’ might help nudge romance - after all, love is not just for the young… Arts events abound as The Independent Literature Festival in Bath showcases a profusion of literary talent. We have interviews with three participants, including Jamie Cullum, Comedian Isy Suttie, and Pub Landlord Al Murray who celebrates the continuing vigour of REAL pubs, of which we are lucky to have many in the area. A new season at the Wiltshire Music Centre has something for everyone with Mozart, Mahler and live screenings from Covent Garden; Jazz, Funk, World Music and Modern Dance; and two whizz bang special events for children: Wonderland, a family concert and My Science Fair activity day. Check special discounts for children and those under-26. Don’t forget to peruse What’s On to take advantage of loads more activities and events. Clean for the Queen is a new initiative to de-litter Britain, including getting fly-tipping sites removed by professionals. Find resources and info from Wiltshire Council at: Meanwhile, Richard Craft from Climate Friendly BOA encourages us to find out about Fracking. Indeed. Licenses have been granted on our doorstep and fracking is unlikely to leave our countryside squeaky clean. On a lighter note there are some interesting ideas for sprucing up your home; and Slice of Life returns – please contribute your thoughts on life in the area, we’d love to hear from you. Looking forward to the Spring-Easter issue… all

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Sunday 7 February King Lear from the Inside Upper Masonic Hall, Church Street-7.30pm. Jonathan Croall will talk about how he put together his latest book, with signed copies available to buy. £4.

Tuesday 9 February BoA Pancake Race Town Bridge. Every Shrove Tuesday for as long as can be remembered people of Bradford on Avon have donned silly outfits and raced across the town bridge. 01225 864240

Friday 12 February City of London Sinfonia Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. CLS brings the Song of the Earth to WMC. £28 / £14 Under-18s. 01225 860100

Saturday 13 February Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. 6

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A celebrated folk singer leads a stellar supporting cast. £16 / £8 Under-18s / £15. 01225 860100

Monday 15 February Climate Friendly BoA Review Meeting BoA Youth Development Centre, Frome Road-7.30pm. Find out what they do and join in with questions and discussion on future activities. Free Event.

Wednesday 17 February Art Store Tours Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 12pm-12.45pm. Explore the parts of the Gallery other people don’t reach. Free, but book in advance. 01225 477232

Thursday 18 February The Bradfordians Present “Revolting Rhymes” By Roald Dahl at St Margarets Hall2.30pm and 6.30pm. Musical versions of Red Riding Hood and the Three Little Pigs,

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Saturday 20 February Antiques, Furniture & Collectables Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham. Viewing: Friday from 10am to 8pm and from 8.30am sale morning. 01249 720888

Tuesday 23 February Bradford on Avon Probus Club Limpley Stoke Hotel-10am for 10.30am. “Suspension development, robotic vehicle testing around the world - history of AB Dynamics plc from 1982” 01225 865088

Friday 26 February Toy Sale Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham. Viewing: Thursday 25th February 10am to 7pm and from 9am sale morning. 01249 720888

WHAT’S ON The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2016 Venues across Bath-until 6th March. £6-15. 01225 463362

turns pop-up publican and invites you to his makeshift boozer. Tickets £12. 01225 463362

Saturday 27 February

Seedy Sunday Upper Masonic Hall, Church Street-11am-until 1pm. Climate Friendly BoA are holding their annual seed swap. There will also be seeds to buy. Refreshments available. Admission free, but all donations welcome. 01225 866601. A Day’s Work

Mark Nevin Live South Wraxall-7:30pm. The two time Brit Award winner brings his band to the Village Hall. It promises to be ‘Perfect’. Tickets £8/7/4.50. 01225 869293 World War One Recruiting Posters Victoria Arts, Bath “Displayed in our building a century ago, this stunning collection of posters has been unseen for many years.” -until 13 April. Free event. 01225 477233 Wonderland Wiltshire Music Centre-3pm. A beautiful retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Running time 60 minutes. £10 / £5 Under-18s. 01225 860100 Bath Literature Festival ISY SUTTIE – THE ACTUAL ONE Masonic Hall at Old Theatre Royal, Bath-6.15pm. The award-winning writer, comedian, actress and songsmith delivers a heartfelt and hilarious ode. Tickets £9. 01225 463362 AN EVENING WITH AL MURRAY, THE PUB LANDLORD The Forum, Bath-8pm. The nation’s favourite Pub Landlord

Sunday 28 February

St Margaret’s Hall-7.30pm. Mick Ryan’s inspirational folk opera. Bar available. Tickets: £10 adv. £12 on the door. 01225 860100

Wednesday 2 March Skerryvore Wiltshire Music Centre-7.30pm. The multi-award winning Scottish folk-rock band celebrate their 10th Anniversary. £16 / £8 Under18s. 01225 860100

Thursday 3 March JAMIE CULLUM: IN CONVERSATION Guildhall, Bath-4:15pm. An award-winning jazz artist, Jamie Cullum also has a deep passion for the written word. Tickets £9. 01225 463362 First Aid for Pets Presentation The Bath Cats & Dogs Home, Claverton Down-7.00pm. Learn

more about how to care for your cat or dog in an emergency. Tickets £20. 100% of proceeds go to charity. 01225 787334

Sunday 6 March Castles and Cathars in Languedoc (A Walk along the Cathar Way) Upper Masonic Hall, Church Street-7.30pm. Illustrated Arts Association talk by Jo Hunt. £4. 01225 862670 MY SCIENCE FAIR 2016 Wiltshire Music Centre 10am-4pm. Eye-opening projects in the amazing world of science. Free Event and Concert (see below). 01225 860100 LONDON SINFONIETTA FAMILY CONCERT Wiltshire Music Centre-1pm. Join music leader Duncan Chapman and the virtuoso musicians of the London Sinfonietta for this special performance, free to My Science Fair attendees. 01225 860100

Friday 11 March Letters from the Sea 1900 - a young man’s journey Upper Masonic Hall, Church Street- 7.30pm. Unpublished letters describing a voyage under sail from Liverpool to China. Live performance. £7.50. 01225 862670

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WHAT’S ON Saturday 12 March Volunteers’ Day St Margaret’s Hall. Local groups and charities recruitment event. “Last year BoA was voted nationally as one of the best towns to live in due to the local community involvement and spirit.“ 01225 864240

of the Gallery other people don’t reach. Free, but book in advance. 01225 477232

Friday 18 March

Vinyl Records, Music, Film, Stamps, Postcards, Football & Sport Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham. Viewing: Thursday 25th February 10am-7pm and from 9am sale morning. 01249 720888

design - the secrets to achieving successful and beautiful spaces” by Robin Williams, landscape architect £5. 01225 865088

Friday 25 March

Monday 21 March

GATCOMBE SPRING HORSE TRIALS Unitl 26 March. Gatcombe Park. The Spring Trials are held on a different course to The Festival of Eventing. Small selection of trade tents and refreshments.

Big Breakfast in Bradford The Hub (Church Street)-10am – 2pm. Delicious Fairtrade and local products, everyone welcome.

Climate Friendly BoA Meeting Quaker Meeting House. Whiteheads Lane-7.30pm Members of similar groups from Freshford, Frome and Bath will speak about their activities past and future. Free Event.

The Royal Opera Livestream Boris Godunov (As Live) Wiltshire Music Centre 2pm Running time: 3h (including one interval), sung in Russian (with subtitles). £15 / £3 Under-18s. 01225 860100

Wednesday 16 March

Tuesday 22 March

Art Store Tours Victoria Art Gallery, Bath 12pm-12.45pm. Explore the parts

Bradford on Avon Probus Club Limpley Stoke Hotel 10am for 10.30am. “Garden

Antiques, Furniture & Collectables Wessex Auction Rooms, Chippenham. Viewing: Friday before from 10am-8pm and from 8.30am sale morning. 01249 720888

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

Jane Austen Dancers of Bradford on Avon. United Reform Church Hall, 8-10pm £5. 1st & 3rd 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

TUESDAYS 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, 10

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WEDNESDAYS Bradford Choral Society United Church Hall, BoA, 7.30-9.30pm. No audition, new members welcome. 01225 862965 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

THURSDAYS Farmers Market – Westbury Gardens, 3rd Thursday monthly. 9am-1pm. Market Day 9am-1pm BoA Library Car Park Weekly University of the Third Age 2.30 pm. The United Church, St Margaret’s Street, BoA. Interesting talks followed by refreshments. Members must have card. Kettlebell Fitness Class St Laurence School Dance Studio. 6.15-7.15pm. For all round strength and fitness. 07712 051837 Holt Morris Men – Practices, 8pm. Mount Pleasant Centre, Bradford on Avon. Rhyme Time Free activity for babies & toddlers. 10.30 am - 11am at the Library. 01225 863280

Bradford on Avon & District Flower Club First Thursday of every month (except January) in Holt Village Hall. Contact Secretary on 01225 863640

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

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

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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Advanced Decisions - The Formal Way of Expressing Your Wishes James Trescothick-Martin, Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team at BLB Solicitors in Bradford on Avon, looks at the importance of planning ahead and making decisions about your future medical care.


nfortunately nowadays people increasingly find themselves in a situation where they, or someone they love faces a difficult decision with regards to the receipt of, or continued receipt of, life sustaining treatment. The simplest way to think about this is somebody on a “life support machine�. However, what happens when that person is no longer able to make decisions about their future medical care? What do you do when, as the closest family member or the next of kin, you are asked what should happen next? Recognising that not everybody would necessarily want to have in place a Lasting Power of Attorney

for Health & Welfare, the Mental Capacity Act 2005 gave a statutory footing to the common law with regards to Advance Directives or, as they are sometimes referred to, Living Wills. The Act allows a person to state that in the circumstances specified in the Advanced Directive that they refuse specific medical treatment. This Directive then would be applied if they lacked capacity to consent to the carrying out, or continuation of, the treatment identified. It may be slightly confusing, but the decision can only extend to the refusal of treatment and cannot stipulate that treatment must be started or should continue. As with other proxy decisions such as the appointment of an

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On The Buses


he public are being invited to have their say on subsidised bus services in Wiltshire, which account for half the bus mileage in the county, at a cost of £5.1 million a year.

Wiltshire Council is looking into how to make several million pounds of savings over the next three years and their ‘Bus Service Consultation’ forms part of their research. “We are committed to minimising any impact changes might have, especially on vulnerable people including those who are elderly, disabled and young. We really do want to hear from people who could be affected by any changes to the current services and we will be doing everything we can to act on those comments.” The Minister for Transport has expressed concern, but stated: ”…due to the pressures on local authority spending, we are under severe pressure to reduce the amount of budget we spend on subsidizing public transport…” Make your voice heard by picking up a form at council offices, libraries and on some buses; call 0300 456 0100 for a postal copy; or post comments online at until April 4. Speak up - and use them or lose them!

Wiltshire Legacy


he Queen’s Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics made a significant impact on local communities and their economies. Building on this legacy Wiltshire Council has set up a ‘Legacy’ Steering Board focussing on the Queen’s Birthday in May and the Rio Olympics in August.

Clean for the Queen An initiative to de-litter countryside, towns and villages. Why not motivate your local council, community groups, schools and friends to take part? Available resources include special edition litter sacks, gloves, tabards, power washing equipment, education packs, posters, and a chance to get ‘grotspots’ (fly tipping sites) sorted by professionals! A special ‘clean-up’ weekend is earmarked for 4-6th March. 12

Road to Rio


he Road to Rio informs The Big Pledge this year with carnival themed entertainments, a host of sporting challenges and school ‘games’ throughout June and July. The council will also be handing out grants to up-and-coming athletes through the ‘Funding Future Olympians and Paralympians’ programme. Can you donate an experience or item to the raffle and auction held at their annual fundraising dinner in March? If so, please email uk It’s a fantastic cause. More news and information on how to enter the sporting challenges at:’s BigPledge @Sport4Wiltshire #RoadtoRio #Bigpledge


Expansion and transformation at Monkton Prep School


ig things are happening at Monkton Prep as the school embarks on an ambitious programme of expansion and transformation. Construction is well underway on a new £4.4 million development which will bring together Monkton’s Nursery, Pre-Prep and Prep and provide enhanced teaching and learning facilities for all divisions of the school. Demand for places at Monkton Prep has been growing and the new building, which is scheduled to open in Autumn this year, will accommodate additional places whilst enabling the school to maintain small class sizes alongside inspiring play and woodland areas, an upgraded swimming pool and sports facilities, and extensive parking. A new school bus service has just been launched and the Pre-Prep has started a new breakfast club running every morning from 7.45am with after school care running until 6.00pm. The start of the new development follows the school being recognised as an exceptional Early Years care provider when it was recently awarded the Bristol Standard, ‘gold standard’ accreditation from Bristol City Council which recognises continuous quality improvement. Monkton Prep was also acknowledged as ‘outstanding’ in a recent Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspection report.

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Letters from the Sea 1900 : a young man’s journey March 11, 2016 – Upper Masonic Hall, Bradford at 7.30pm


n June 1900, Maurice Ewbank, then aged 15, sailed from Liverpool on the merchant ship Senator. Six months later he was in Wei Hai Wei in China. Why he gave up a comfortable life in a country rectory, surrounded by a loving family, to endure a hard, rough-and-ready life on board ship we will never know with certainty. But we do have the evocative and poignant letters which he wrote home, letters which made their way back across the oceans to rural Cumberland. They paint a picture of a gruelling life and homesickness, but also show a young man interested and excited by the sights and sounds of his voyage, and of Wei Hai Wei, bustling with sailors, troops and native Chinese in their sampans and junks.

A unique and unusual evening’s entertainment has been devised, describing Maurice’s first sea-faring journey. Extracts from the letters will be read, complemented by sea-poems of the period. And Maurice Ewbank’s daughter – the actress Sybil Mitchell – will describe the family life he left behind. Tickets/information: contact Megan Jones on 01225 862670 or email

The Independent Bath Literature Festival

“Forever Young…age is about attitude not a number” 26th February – 6th March 2016

comedy, current affairs, history, nature, new age, and more. Debut novels and fresh talent are highlighted, yet the festival has not forgotten the importance of something that never gets old: discovering a new book by a favourite author. This major festival offers a fantastic opportunity to enjoy literary greats, rising stars and interesting newcomers - up close and personal. A unique occasion to connect with new ideas, sharpen brain cells, or simply have fun. Over 130 events feature a host of journalists, comedians and broadcasters from home and abroad coming together to celebrate the festival’s twentyfirst birthday! Enjoy debates, masterclasses, performances, exclusive ‘bliss’ lectures and talks covering

The starry line up of speakers include Al Murray the nation’s favourite pub landlord; leading feminist Gloria Steinem; author Sebastian Faulks; much-loved broadcaster Joan Bakewell; comedian and actor Ben Miller; author of Girl with a Pearl Earring Tracy Chevalier; feisty politician Vince Cable; and star of Trigger Happy TV Dom Joly.

While the Edinburgh Fringe smash hit Austentatious: An Improvised Novel which is based on audience suggestions, delivers a show that is never the same twice and is guaranteed to leave you feeling 10 years younger! Pick up a programme, or browse online at Tickets sell fast, so don’t delay. Book online, or call Bath Box Office 01225 463362. See interviews with JAMIE CULLUM, AL MURRAY - The Pub Landlord and ISY SUTTIE from PEEP SHOW in the magazine....

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Spring Summer 2016 Concerts World / Classical / Folk / Jazz / Family / Livestream Opera and Ballet


he Spring Summer concert Season is now in full swing at Wiltshire Music Centre with a programme of international stars and special collaborations. Young British pianist, Benjamin Grosvenor, flies in from Florida USA to make his Wiltshire Music Centre debut with Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat Major. Benjamin wowed audiences at the 2015 Last Night of the Proms, and performs with the Britten Sinfonia (Sat 23 Apr, 7.30pm). Celtic supergroup Altan make a rare UK appearance (Sun 22 Apr, 7.30pm), with folk songstress Fay Hield leading a stellar supporting cast The Hurricane Party, featuring BBC Folk Musician of the Year Sam Sweeney in February (Sat 13 Feb, 7.30pm). The Centre is delighted to welcome award-winning jazz trombonist Dennis Rollins


(Prince, Tom Jones) as its 2016 Artist in Residence. Dennis will accompany the Wiltshire Youth Jazz Orchestra for a ‘knock out’ soloist slot (Sun 28 Feb, 3pm), and perform his own show with his Velocity Trio featuring special guest and Steel Pan virtuoso Samuel Dubious for a gig that will delight any jazz, funk and world music fan (Sat 14 May, 7.30pm). Jazz enthusiasts can also experience the likes of Courtney Pine and MOBO winner Zoe Rahman (Fri 8 April, 7.30pm), and relax with drink in hand with jazz bass A-lister and his group the Matt Ridley Quartet, live in the Foyer (Fri 18 Mar, 8pm). The City of London Sinfonia bring Mahler’s iconic Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth) and a programme of Bach and Strauss with leading young vocalists, mezzo Anna Huntley and tenor Gwylim Bowen (Fri 12 Feb, 7.30pm).

The classical programme also features appearances by the Heath Quartet (Sat 30 Apr, 7.30pm), world-leading Schubert Ensemble (Sat 5 Mar, 7.30pm), and lunchtime concerts by young artists. Children and families can experience the magic of Alice and her adventures in a beautiful new performance of Wonderland (Sat 27 Feb, 3pm). 13 new pieces of music written by leading composers will be brought to life by violinist Matthew Trusler and pianist Ashley Wass, accompanied by a script by Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) and joyfully narrated by CBeebies’ Katy Ashworth. Whizz, pop, bang! - My Science Fair takes place again on Sun 6 Mar, with a day packed full of science and music activities and a free family concert by the London Sinfonietta. The Centre is also offering £1 children’s tickets and


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“...welcome award-winning jazz trombonist

Dennis Rollins (Prince, Tom Jones) as its 2016 Artist in Residence.

Free Under-25 offers for selected concerts to provide affordable ways for young people and families to enjoy live music. Neon Dance present a spellbinding new work, Empathy, with 5 dancers folding, balancing and navigating around live musicians and beams of light (Sun 20 Mar, 7.30pm). Screenings of live opera and ballet from Covent Garden continue throughout the year, including a world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s new ballet inspired by Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein (Wed 18 May, 7.15pm).

Across the year the Centre is also running exciting events for young people through its Creative Learning Programme, including monthly Zone Club for learning disabled young adults, and its Young Curators Programme for budding music and event organisers. The Spring Summer concert season at the Wiltshire Music Centre provides a treat for anyone who enjoys (or would like to try!) great live music of all kinds. BOOK NOW: 01225 860 100 /

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omedian Michael McIntyre is to host a second charity show for Julia’s House – this time at a bigger London venue, the Apollo in Hammersmith. Tickets for the one-night show on Friday, Feb 26th are on sale now. The comedian’s last gig for Julia’s House – at Salisbury City Hall back in June –  sold out within two hours and raised enough money to fund a nurse. The show proved such a success that Mr McIntyre immediately announced plans for this second date in support of the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.

Mr McIntyre, who has a home in Wiltshire, first got to know about Julia’s House after attending the private fundraising event hosted by patrons Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainslie which raised the first million for a new children’s hospice for Wiltshire. He subsequently dedicated one of his tour warm-up shows to Julia’s House – to an audience that included Guy, Jacqui and some of the nurses – and then went on to host his Salisbury show exclusively for the charity. Michael McIntyre has yet to announce his line-up of guests for this latest show but in the past they have included the likes of Alan Carr, John Bishop, James Corden, Sarah Millican and Gary Barlow. Tickets are available at


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sy Suttie the stand-up comedian much loved as Dobby in Channel 4’s Peep Show is at the Independent Bath Literature Festival 27th Feb



The Life and Death of Sophie Stark and Edna O’Brien’s The Little Red Chairs. I read a lot - it’s real time to myself.

I was shy as a teenager. But I always wanted to perform and went to Guildford Drama School. Doing Stand-Up, doing it and doing it, learning so many skills along the way through trial and error - I was gradually able to make it seem effortless. Over time I found what I really wanted to say - found my true personality.


WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THE BOOK? I wrote some magazine articles about feeling like a misfit while all my friends were ‘settling down’ and went on from there. WHAT DISCIPLINE DID YOU USE? I woke up, had coffee and toast and then sat at my computer until I’d written 2,000 words.

It was like having a friend in my pocket. A RECENT BOOK YOU LOVED?

We’re reading ‘That’s Not My Bunny’. FAVOURITE BOX SET

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ver the last ten years, the number of people renting property has doubled, so there’s no doubt that The Total Letting Service is a welcome addition to the Bradford on Avon property scene. A well established, familyrun agency, with a well-earned reputation for professional, friendly assistance at competitive rates, they offer a full range of services to landlords, as well as helping first-class rental clients who are searching for quality homes to rent. Their full range of specialist services to Landlords cover Buy-To-Let Support - from sourcing property, all the way through to a free Mortgage finder service; Information On


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ormosa Kitchens of Silver Street, Bradford on Avon has been trading for over 4 years and specialise in the design, supply and installation of beautiful, quality kitchens. From contemporary styles to classic traditional, Formosa can guide you through the complete process using the latest 3D CAD design. The company is the creation of Natasha Allin, who has been working within the Kitchen and Bathroom Industry for over a decade and due to a high requirement for quality kitchens coupled with a professional service, in early 2014 Kara Simpson joined Formosa to keep up with continued demand. ‘’We pride ourselves on our service, knowledge and understanding of how to apply a customer’s practical needs and wants along with wish list items to fit within their design.


Combined with the balance of budget and styles, we can help create the ultimate beautiful kitchen. This year we will be adding another string to our bow by taking on Crown Kitchens as another quality kitchen supplier which will allow us to offer even more choice to our customers while continuing to cater for all tastes and budgets”. “The company provided an excellent, all-round service from start to finish. Staff are knowledgeable about the full range of products and sensitive to customer’s needs.’’ ‘’We met with the installer to discuss the whole process from start to finish. Nothing was left to chance and we were delighted with the end product. The fitting took place whilst we were on holiday- we had no qualms!’’ Mr & Mrs B - Bradford on Avon

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We let homes. Experience the difference.


n line with our exciting expansion plans for 2016, HF Lettings are delighted to announce that in addition to renting a selection of gorgeous homes in Bradford on Avon, we are now working with the prestigious Iford Manor Estate. Set in an idyllic location, the Estate comprises a number of beautiful properties. We have already successfully secured tenants for two residences and have a further two available for long-term let. We’ll be introducing a third property in the Spring. Please explore our website or call us on 01249 716333 for more details. LOCATION Iford is quintessential rural England at its finest. Nestled in the Frome Valley, its riverside position overlooks rolling hills and woodland. While losing yourself in some of Wiltshire’s most stunning views you’d be forgiven for thinking you were miles from anywhere but, in fact,

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Jamie Cullum Growing up in Wiltshire and life in general...


rought up in Hullavington, north of Chippenham, and educated at nearby Grittleton House School, he completed his sixth form studies at Sheldon School Comprehensive, 28

Chippenham. While at Reading University he produced an album for only £480. Original copies are now selling on eBay for up to £600. After graduating with first class honours, he released

a second album, which snagged him a television interview on Parkinson. A record company bidding war ensued and later that year he became the biggest selling ‘crossover’ jazz artist of all time.

UP CLOSE Having grown up in Wiltshire, what are your best memories of living in the West Country? The open space to let your imagination run wild! I really think it gave me space to develop musical and creative ideas being around all that green and pleasant land. It inspired me to reach beyond what everyone else was doing and find my own voice. Do you still have family and friends here? Of course - although many have moved far and wide - the pull of the west country is hard to ignore - many have moved back or are thinking of doing so. How different is your life now compared to then? My goals, fascinations and values I think are essentially the same. I was always ambitious to create things, always interested in books, music, writing and art. However, having two kids and a life to look after means things are so different. You no longer make decisions just for yourself! It is freedom in some way! I guess I’m also playing bigger gigs now too! Have you always been interested in journalism, and what gave you the idea for The Eighty-Eight? Yes I have - writing really, not so much journalism. I always harboured the ambition to write a novel or film script. I have many unfinished ones on my hard drive. I have also always loved the magazine format, not only in content but also in terms of design, specifically illustration and typography. In the back

of my mind I always thought I would love to put something together as an experiment. It came together beautifully about 3 years ago now - two old west country friends Simon Tapscott and Kate Monument are both now very experienced in the magazine world, Simon in publishing and Kate in design. Over a Christmas drink one year I told Simon about my magazine idea as we had always shared a love for good writing. He inspired me to jump in at the deep end and just go for it. We contacted Kate (an unbelievably talented designer) who was up for it too! It was initially designed to sell to my fans on tour but became something bigger and far more interesting than the initial brief very quickly. How did you get involved with the Bath Literature Festival? I have many close connections with Bath Festivals, from gigs at the Bath Music Festival through to my Dad, John Cullum, who is now Chairman.  Also the Publisher of The Eighty-Eight, Simon Tapscott, lives in Bath and works with Bath Festivals and he arranged my event on 3 March.  Can you give a brief clue as to what to expect from ‘Conversations’? I love it when things are unplanned, if you’ve seen any of my gigs you will know this! However, I imagine it will contain aspects of the intersection between different areas of creativity, the death or rebirth of print media and the craziness of a restless mind. No47 February/March2016

What would you say are your biggest musical influences My older brother Ben has been a huge influence on me. Both his musical taste and passion for learning and improving on instruments are major factors in getting me to where i am today. And have you always been good at beatboxing? I have never been and am unlikely to ever be good at beatboxing, I am however a passionate amateur! Does your interest in photography include nature, and if so, what are your favourite spots in Wiltshire? I prefer taking portraits! Being a man of many talents and much energy, what advice would you give to your younger self, or to upcoming artists, of how to achieve and maintain success? You truly have to do it because you love it. It’s obvious I suppose, but these days the public can smell a rat more than ever before. Insincerity shines through. If you want a long career, do what you love and ignore anything other than your creative muse. Your audience will find you, and if you look after them, they will stay with you. Jamie Cullum: In Conversation live at the Guildhall, Bath at 4:15pm Thursday 3rd March. Tickets cost £9 and are available from or call Bath Box Office 01225 463362.



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10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Pub Landlord

by Viv Groskop - Artistic Director for The Independent Bath Literature Festival 2016

1. Comedian Al Murray started performing as The Pub Landlord in 1994 whilst he was the tour support for Harry Hill. At the time he was part of a band called The Pub Band International, in which he played the drums. The character grew out of the band. “I said, ‘Why don’t we say the compere hasn’t turned up and the barman has offered to fill in?’ And it worked.” 2. The Pub Landlord’s favourite band is Queen and he loves nothing better than to get musicians on his show to perform Queen tunes in their


own style. Al Murray himself is still an accomplished drummer and a guest musician with cult karaoke live show, Friday I’m in Love, a late night favourite at the Edinburgh Fringe. 3. His TV appearances as The Pub Landlord include The Royal Variety Performance (ITV1) three times, and hosting Live at the Apollo (BBC1). Out of character, Al Murray has hosted 7 Day Saturday (formerly 7 Day Sunday), a weekly news review programme for BBC Radio 5. He was listed in The Observer as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy and was

voted 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups. 4. His huge stand-up tours have made him one of the most popular live comedy acts in the country with sell-out shows including the O2 Arena. He won the Perrier Award (after a record four successive nominations) and secured Olivier Award nominations for both of his sell-out West End runs. 5. The Pub Landlord’s catchphrases? “All hail to the ale.” “A glass of white wine for the lady.” “My gaff, my rules.”

AL MURRAY He is described as “a mockxenophobic publican.” 6. In real life Al Murray studied history at Oxford University and has presented two BBC4 specials on war movies as well as a historical series about the art and culture of Germany. In his latest book, Watching War Films with My Dad, he looked at his childhood where his fascination with war and history began. 7. He came second in a Comic Relief crisp competition to name a new brand of crisps. Stephen Fry beat him with Stephen Fry-Up crisps. The Pub Landlord’s crisps were called Steak and Al Pie. Fellow contenders included Jimmy Con Carne (Jimmy Carr) and Frank Roast Dinner (Frank Skinner). 8. The Pub Landlord stood as a member of the Free United Kingdom Party (FUKP) at the

2015 election, running against UKIP leader Nigel Farage in the constituency of South Thanet in Kent. He polled 318 votes, more than the candidates for the Communist, Socialist and BNP parties. One of the key images from last year’s election was The Pub Landlord’s face of triumph and disbelief at the moment when Nigel Farage failed to be elected. 9. In the run-up to the election, the Pub Landlord said he was launching his campaign from a pub because “a pub is the cradle of democracy in the country that is the very mother of parliaments.” He said he planned to parachute into the town of Sandwich to launch the campaign but the stunt was scrapped because he was “too heavy to carry out the 12,000 ft jump.” He blamed this on being

“another victim of the obesity epidemic.” 10. The Pub Landlord’s election pledges included bricking up the Channel Tunnel, burning down the Houses of Parliament (“for the insurance money”) and “to fight Germany - if they’re up for it.” To the question “What will be the first thing you do if you’re elected?” he answered: “Well, you must know the old saying: with great power comes a great expense account.” Good job he’s still got his pub.

Tickets for An Evening with Al Murray, the Pub Landlord at the Independent Bath Literature Festival on Saturday 27 Febuary at The Forum at 8pm (£12, £10 concessions) are now on sale at or call 01225 463362. No47 February/March2016



hail to the ale.” ““AAllglass of white wine for the lady. ”

Al Murray’s characterisation of a pub landlord might be a little too traditional for most pubs these days. With so many closing up and down the country each week, pubs have had to up their game by serving great food. Although we love fine dining, it’s good to go back to basics and enjoy a session of darts of local ales. Here we discover 5 local gems for you investigate...



Landlord, Clive, believes that a good local pub is one of the keystones of the community and so he offers a friendly welcome, well-kept ales, ciders, a comprehensive wine list, soft drinks and home cooked food. In colder months there are open fires burning bright in both the bars and on warmer days the large garden is a pleasant place to sit.

Laura & Mark moved to the free house in August 2012 wanting to bring it back to it’s roots, remembering the beautiful country pub it really is. We use local produce and local suppliers and pride ourselves in our classic yet innovative menu. We are recommended in the Michelin Pub Guide, Good Pub Guide and have also been awarded an AA Dinner Award for our cuisine and came runner up in ‘Best Country Pub in Bath’ at the Bath Food Awards 2014..

All the food is made from fresh, locally sourced, ingredients. Two courses from the evening menu cost around £15 and a two course Sunday lunch, is £17. Something light from £6. Booking is advised. Ales: Courage Best, Bath Ales, Gem Sharpe’s Doombar Ciders: Stowood Press, Thatcher’s Heritage Traditional & Gold Lagers: Moretti, Stella Artois & Fosters, plus full compliment of wines.


Food: Soup of the day £5.50, Beer Battered Fish & Chips, Pea Puree & Tartar Sauce £11.50, Ham Egg & Chips GF £8.50, Pan Roasted Guinea Fowl Breast & Ballotine of Leg GF, Wild Mushroom, Buttered Kale & New Potatoes £15 Drink: Various Ales, Ciders and Lagers good selection of wines .

Open: 12-3 and 5-11 Mon – Thur; all day Fri, Sat, Sun. Snack lunches all week; full menu Wed – Sun.

Open: Mon- Fri 9.30am-11.30pm, Food 12-2pm, 6.30- 9pm, Sat 8.30am To 11.30pm, Food 12pm9pm. Sun 8.30-4.30pm, Food 12- 2.30pm.

Ashley Road, Bradford on Avon BA15 1RT 01225 862137

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The Mill at Rode is a beautiful riverside bar and restaurant set in it’s own glorious grounds. The Mill makes a wonderful venue for drinking and dining with friends either in the sympathetically designed restaurant itself, or on the deck overlooking the river. The Mill has gained an excellent reputation for group bookings and parties. You can expect a very welcoming atmosphere with great service. If you haven’t been for a while you should take another look.

Nestling in the heart of this popular and picturesque village, with the emphasis on the food offering, a selection of two permanent ales, two rotating guest ales, and a substantial wine list. Our chef has created a seasonal British inspired menu, with some classical touches.

South Wraxall and District Working Men’s Club to use its full title dates from the early 1700s, it has been a club since1890. These days, however, the working men’s aspect is no longer a pre-requisite for membership - anyone over the age of 18 is eligible. Pop in to apply!

Producing house charcuterie, air cured hams, wet cured hams, sausages and even bacon, from our own pigs, we also bake a substantial amount of our own bread. What we don’t produce in house we source from great local companies such as Church Farm Meats.

Membership gives you access to unrivalled hospitality in a piece of Old England (The Pub Landlord Al Murray would approve). Run by members, we offer a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments, traditional bar snacks and the occasional treat provided by whoever is running the bar. Darts, shove ha’penny, table skittles and pool; TV Sports Evenings, occasional talks, duck races and general high jinks abound. Experience a warm welcome and the exclusivity of a club that probably only exists in one or two other similar places in the country.

Food: From soup of the day at £4.95, Fish finger sandwich £7.25, daily specials and selection of 4 meats roasts, 1 course £13, 2 £19 and 3 £25.

Food: Smoked salmon, brown toast £6.50, Cassoulet of local game, home cured chorizo & red cabbage £16.95,

Drink: Butcombe favourites plus range of ciders and largers with smart selection of wines.

Drink: Bath Ales-Gem, Butcombe Bitter, Veltins, Ashton press, Thatchers Dry, extensive wine list.

Open: Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm Sun: 12.00 pm-10.30pm Food served Mon-Fri 12-3, 6-9pm Sat 12-9pm & Sun 12-8pm

Open: Tue-Thur 12pm-1pm, Fri-Sat 12pm Until Midnight, Sun 12pm-10pm

Taking booking for Valentines and Mothering Sunday. Rode, Somerset, BA11 6AG 01373 831100

Open: Fri 7-11pm, Sun (Winter 4-10pm) & Mon 7-11pm.

Food: Tue- Sat 12pm-2.30pm & 6pm-9.30pm, Sun 12pm-5.30pm

“A proper place for proper people.”

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Salmon & Asparagus Risotto Impress your partner with Valentine’s Day dishes that include ingredients famed throughout the centuries for their aphrodisiac qualities. Asparagus is a vegetable lauded by the Greeks and the Kama Sutra for its potent qualities. A delicious salad, which only contains ingredients intended to fire your passion.

METHOD Soften the onion in butter over a low to medium heat. Add the zest of the lemon and the rice and stir well. Add a cup or two of liquid and let simmer. As the broth is absorbed, add more liquid until 36

it is all gone. Stir regularly until rice is almost done. Add a good squeeze or two of lemon. Don’t be afraid to add more water if necessary. When the rice is done, add 1/2 a cup of freshly grated cheese and turn off the heat. Meanwhile, place the asparagus pieces in a steamer over boiling water for about 6 minutes. Place the salmon fillets in a pan of cold water over a medium heat. As soon as the water boils, turn off heat and leave no longer than 7 minutes. Remove fish onto a plate and break gently into large pieces. Stir the asparagus into the rice and reheat if necessary and then gently add in the salmon. Serve on warm plates. Finish off by adding a further squeeze of lemon and a sprinkling of grated cheese on top.

INGREDIENTS 1 cup diced onion 4 tablespoons butter 1 lemon - for zest and juice 1 cup arborio rice 1/2 litre vegetable bouillon (or chicken broth) 10 spears asparagus, cut into 1-inch lengths 2 medium salmon fillets 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Gran Padano cheese

SERVE WITH SALAD Rocket & Avocado Salad with Pine Nuts & Pomegranate Seeds CHILE VINAIGRETTE DRESSING 4 tbsps good olive oil 1 tsp red wine vinegar 1 tsp sugar (any kind) 1 garlic clove (crushed) ¼ tsp chile powder Drop or two of milk or cream Whisk ingredients together, adjust seasoning to your taste.


Simply The Best Chocolate Mousse Cake (Adapted From A Recipe By James Martin)

A meltingly delicious chocolate dessert that is quick and easy to make and is a real libido rouser - Casanova was renowned for consuming copious amounts of chocolate to support his amorous exploits! Yet that’s no reason that Mum can’t enjoy this seriously indulgent cake on Mother’s Day too.

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Grease a 24cm/9½in loose-bottomed cake tin with butter and line with silicone or baking paper. Put squares of chocolate and butter cut into squares into a heatproof bowl over a large saucepan of hot water (not touching the water) and stir until melted. Allow to cool. Whisk egg yolks with half the sugar until thick and pale. Add liqueur and whisk again. Whisk the egg whites with the rest of the sugar until they reach the soft peak stage. Pour egg yolk mixture into melted chocolate and whisk together. Mix in half the egg whites until well incorporated, and then gently fold in the remainder of the egg whites. No47 February/March2016

Pour the mixture into the cake tin. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until just set. (The cake will wobble a little in the middle.) . Dust the cake with cocoa powder and then gently remove from tin. Serve straight away or at room temperature, with a dollop of whipped cream.

INGREDIENTS 300g/10½oz plain chocolate 150g/5½oz butter, plus extra for greasing 6 free-range eggs, separated 50g/1¾oz caster sugar 4 tbsp orange liqueur 300ml/10½fl oz double cream A tablespoon of cocoa powder (optional) 37


CHURCH FARM MEATS Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire


For that special Valentines or Mothers day meal. Suggestion* Tried Hogget? - From a sheep of between one and two years, meat tends to have a darker red color than meat from a younger lamb and to have a slightly richer flavor. Call to reserve and check availability. Our own Aberdeen Angus Beef - Farm Assured aged for 21days.

For all your seasonal meats, including Turkey, Poultry, Beef, Lamb, Hams and Pork, Venison & Game. Farm assured and free range from our family run farm and butchers in Wiltshire.

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

Specialist Butchers & Farmers since 1860 Opening Hours: Tues 8am - 4.30pm, Weds 9am - 12 noon, Thurs 8am - 4.30pm, Fri 8am-4.30pm, Sat 8am - 2pm 38


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The Greenhouse Restaurant, bar and grill at Wadswick Green


he Greenhouse Restaurant is lighting up the neighbourhood with great food at reasonable prices in stylish surroundings. Part of the Wadswick Green Village development, it is conveniently situated just five miles from Bradford on Avon on the way to Corsham. This oustanding development, designed by concept architects Pencil and Ink, consists of clusters of modern courtyard apartments for the over 60’s, set around a contemporary Pavilion which encompasses swimming pool, luxury spa, hairdresser ‘Figo’and the snazzy Greenhouse Restaurant.


The Library Bar & “Terrace is perhaps the single most relaxing place in the whole of Wadswick Green - ideal for reading the papers, getting into your latest book, and sharing good times with friends.

Sleek lines, especially commissioned artworks and shabby-chic furniture combine to make the restaurant smart and fashionable, yet relaxed and easy. Floor to ceiling windows offer amazing natural daylight, and two terraces with outdoor heaters make for a real indoor/outdoor dining space on dry days. Perfect for a lingering lunch, a romantic dinner, or stopping in for an ‘all day’ snack. The menus offer an eclectic mix of Modern British food combined with sun-kissed Mediterranean cooking. Mouth-watering starters include crispy duck salad and smoked salmon and crayfish


Perfect for a lingering lunch, a romantic dinner, or stopping in for an ‘all day’ snack.

cakes; main courses offer Rib-Eye Steak with Bearnaise sauce, Sea Bream with Pea and Chorizo risotto, and Spinach, Leek and Ricotta Canneloni. Puddings include Brownies, Crème Brulee with Raspberry Sorbet, Sticky Toffee Pudding and so much more! As for the wine list, General Manager Jose Afonso explains “We have a passion for great grapes and we’re well-stocked with tried-and-true favourites from crisp, refreshing white Pinots and Sauvignons rosés currently making a splash, to classic, juicy Riojas and Merlots.“ There is a great selection of wines by the glass.

Dine à la carte, or take advantage of their amazing Sunday lunch special - three courses for just £25.00 and £12.50 for children: 2 for 1 pizzas Monday through Friday from noon ‘til 7 pm; and a bottle of Prosecco Thursday nights for just £14.95. Whether you want to take your partner out for a romantic dinner, celebrate Mother’s Day, or just hang out with friends over a few beers, a cuppa or their specially blended Greenhouse coffee - this is a really special and versatile venue.

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Open every day from 9am - 11pm (food orders stop 9.30pm) 9am 6pm on Sundays. The Greenhouse Restaurant, The Pavilion, Wadswick Green, Corsham SN13 9FN. 01225 585880



New Year, New Look?


great haircut helps both men and women not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside. Guiseppe Calascione of Figo Hair has expanded his successful Salon in Bath to launch a second at the Wadswick Green development, just five miles outside Bradford on Avon. Lauded both for his dexterity and panache with hair styling, as well as his social skills - a positive outlook, a listening ear, and a willingness to share some of his own entertaining experiences - it is no surprise that he engendered a tremendously loyal following in Bath. “We love making the most of your hair’s particular characteristics, health and condition, either creating a new look to suit you, your lifestyle and individuality, or giving you the confidence that gorgeous hair is achievable with your own style every single day.” Backed by a wealth of experience and technical know-how, whether you fancy short hair crops,

classic, sophisticated mid-length styles, need highlights, colour, or smart men’s grooming, the hairdressing experience with Guiseppe and his team is a luxurious and caring experience. To encourage local life readers to come to Figo Wadswick Green, we would like to offer a discount of 15% on their 1st appointment. (T&C’s apply). And you can enjoy great coffee, or a delicious lunch at The Greenhouse Restaurant right next door. Housed in Wadswick Pavilion Building, in a beautiful countryside setting (with plenty of parking); a trip to Figo is not to be missed. Figo Hair, Wadswick Green, Corsham SN13 ONY. 01225 584080 Figo Hair, 15 Margarets Buildings, Bath BA1 2LP 01225 338866 Open: Mon 10-4pm, Tues-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat 9-5pm




with Andrew Ward Dip. IACH. R.S.Hom

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Experience the wonderful effects of Classical Homeopathy in restoring health, vitality and well-being. BRADFORD-ON-AVON Green Tree Health Clinic 11, St Margaret’s St, BoA, BA15 1DA 01225 862654 | 07736 183395 BATH The Practice Rooms 26, Upper Borough Walls, Bath, BA1 1RH For advice: 07736 183395


Join us for some Fresh Air

It is now widely acknowledged that being outdoors greatly improves mental wellbeing and reduces stress and anxiety levels. The walks are led by a fully qualified walk leader; they are of a maximum duration of 90 minutes, and have all been fully risk assessed, thus ensuring you have a safe and enjoyable experience. After the walk the groups enjoy socialising together at one of the local café’s.


et Wiltshire Walking - the walking project set up by Wiltshire Council and funded by Public Health – is enjoying a very busy start to this New Year. The scheme is highly successful not just in helping people increase their physical activity and thus reduce the risk of a wide variety of health issues, but also in bringing people together as a community and helping reduce social isolation.



So why not join us for some fresh air!! The Bradford on Avon walk meets every Wednesday at 09.30 outside the Weaving Shed. For more details on this great scheme please contact Louise Gale on 07342 066608 email louise.gale@ or Rosie Golding on 07917 599964 email

Massage Therapy

Deep tissue or relaxation massage using essential oils. Pregnancy massage for all stages of pregnancy. Fully qualified, insured practitioner. Massage rooms in Holt or in your home.

Thursdays at 6.15-7.15pm at St Laurence School Dance Studio. Mondays 6.30-7.30pm Woolley Grange Hotel gardens. Contact Pete on 0771 2051837

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The Sports Room


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

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

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Homeopathy A logical, safe and successful system of medicine that has been tried and tested over the last 230 years.


omeopathy is a system of medicine that utilizes specially prepared doses of medicines made from various substances from the plant, mineral or animal kingdom. Each medicine/remedy is prescribed for its capacity to cause, if given in large doses to healthy people, symptoms similar to those that the sick person is experiencing. Because basic physiology recognizes that symptoms represent defenses of the body

(and mind) in its efforts to fight infection and/or adapt to stress, a homeopathic medicine is selected for its capacity to mimic a person's own symptoms, thereby augmenting their own defensive response. It is just as suitable for acute illness and treating more chronic diseases. Here is just one example, in the treatment of chronic fibromyalgia, with evidence - from the medical journal of Rheumatology:

in lessening tender point pain and improving the quality of life and global health of persons with fibromyalgia.

Improved clinical status in fibromyalgia patients treated with individualized homeopathic remedies versus placebo.

(Rheumatology (2004) 43 (5): 577-582.doi: 10.1093/ rheumatology/keh111. First published online: January 20, 2004)

...the present study demonstrated that individualized homeopathy is significantly better than placebo

Andrew Ward Dip IACH R.S.Hom works in Bradford-on-Avon, Bath and London.

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Under the Stars From Germany to China on Moultons


e get many pictures sent to us from all corners of the globe and on this occasion intrepid cycle-touring couple Tobias and Katia have sent us tales of their adventures cycling all the way to China on their own Moultons. Leaving their homes in Germany behind them, they went on a fascinating journey that took them across Turkey before entering the Southern Caucusus and crossing a number of the former Soviet republics of central Asia. The final leg across Tibet and into China brought incredible vistas, adventures and challenges and we are reminded of the epic journey from Bradford to Australia completed years ago by Colin Martin on his locally built Moulton Marathon. When asked to name a country that was a favourite on the trip, our friends didn’t hesitate in mentioning Kyrgyzstan, calling

it a picturesque country full of mountain scenery with almost no tourist activity. Encounters with dogs, punctures and high altitude snow-capped mountain passes were all part of the challenge, but unexpected jewels like Song Kol lake were ample reward for all of their efforts. Tobias describes it as a wonderful mountain lake 3200 meters above sea level, where nomads live over the summer months with only their livestock and occasional cyclists for company! Photos of Moultons tucked away in their colourful yurts are proof of the Kyrgystani hospitality.

bumpy roads. Keep your eyes out for Tobias this month, as he is spending a few weeks with us here at the Moulton factory. You might catch him clocking up a few calmer miles along the tow path to Bath or dealing with lesser altitude sickness problems on the way up to the pub at the top of Mason’s Lane!

And how was the Moulton as a touring bike? Being lightweight, fast and stowable, they were ideal kit for the trip. Equipped with their unique front and rear suspension systems, the Moultons were much appreciated for providing extra comfort on those thousands of miles of


Countries crossed in five months:

Azerbaijan Central China Georgia Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Tibet Turkey


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This month the column returns with a green look at local life... VEG NOT BREAD While feeding ducks and swans is an enjoyable pastime, BREAD harms both birds and water. To ensure healthy wildlife and waterways, switch to veg trimmings, defrosted frozen peas or Swan & Duck Food (available from Fetch Pet Shop in the Shambles BOA/E T Lumley, Gloucester Road, Malmesbury). Veg is good for dogs too. Gluten free, vegetarian dog chews - good for healthy bones, teeth and tummies - are currently trending in Notting Hill. Try Whimzees available at both the above shops. ENVIRONMENTAL HAZARD Fracking licenses have been granted for land between Bradford on Avon and Westbury and from Farleigh Hungerford to Ashton Common! Fracking requires the use of millions of gallons of water containing 596 different chemicals which then which then has to be dumped - somewhere. Watch out for contaminated land and ground water; wildlife corpses; taps spouting radioactive water and

UPMARKET RECYCLING Clearing clutter is hip, downsizing is on the increase and austerity is still with us. Fiona Leach at Second Hand Rose on Market Street in BOA offers high end outfits at a fraction of their original price. The addition of her shop for tiny tots, Roundabout on Church Street, also puts children in line for good quality clothes, toys and equipment at affordable prices. Buy interesting stuff and sell unwanted togs. SAVING THE BEES The Glove Factory Field Kitchen at Holt has added a second beehive to their sustainable endeavours. It will be a while before we can benefit from their own brand honey. In the meantime, enjoy creative breakfasts, lunches or teas in contemporary surroundings; or munch on yummy filled croissants while listening to inspirational speakers at monthly Business Breakfasts. BoA TOWN BRANDING Solar Panels could provide energy to floodlight historic buildings and river arches, suggests a branding guru employed by the local Council and aired at the Area Board Meeting. Lovely idea. They do it in Bedford, Bruges and Budapest – why not BoA? He also highlighted Bradford as being ‘The Perfect Setting’ for film locations; weddings; No47 February/March2016

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BoA No47 Feb/Mar 2016 Online  

Your local community magazine, featuring the Bath Literature Festival.

BoA No47 Feb/Mar 2016 Online  

Your local community magazine, featuring the Bath Literature Festival.