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Myth buster: the truth about Chinese medicine


ay “Chinese medicine” and most people will think of acupuncture and boiling up strange-smelling herbs. And while herbs and needles play a big part in treatments, there’s so much more to Chinese medicine according to Martin. “Chinese medicine is a holistic system of healthcare which includes cupping, moxibustion, dietary and lifestyle advice, exercises such as qi gong, as well as herbal medicine and

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Emma Dance meets Chinese medicine practitioner, Martin John, to find out more about the ancient health system which generally treats the symptoms of disease, Chinese medicine seeks to identify the causes and patterns of disease in the individual. “So for example, someone might suffer from persistent headaches, and take painkillers to mask the symptoms. “In Chinese medicine we want to find out from the patient things like the history, location and type of pain they are experiencing, and when it is worse or better – because those things will affect the treatments we prescribe. “So, two people might present with the same condition, but the cause, identified pattern and treatments may be very different. “When someone comes to see a Chinese medicine practitioner they are often surprised at how detailed the initial consultation is. “We ask, not only about the condition but also about other things, such as

sleep, thirst, appetite and digestion etc – lots of different factors, which enable us to identify the cause. We also look at the tongue and feel the pulse to aid in our diagnosis. “What often seem like different and unconnected symptoms to GPs and patients, may well make perfect sense when viewed from a Chinese medicine perspective.” It’s this intensely personal approach to diagnosis that Martin believes makes Chinese medicine so effective. But Martin is keen not to dismiss the benefits of conventional medicine.

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better and have stronger immune systems as a result of treatments.” Treatments can also include Chinese herbal medicine, which has the distinction of being one of the longest standing herbal traditions in the world. However, Martin stresses the importance of consulting a registered herbalist for this type of medicine. “Chinese herbs have strong pharmalogical properties and need to be prescribed accurately by a qualified, registered herbalist. We prescribe formulas specifically tailored to the individual, which can often contain up to 15 herbs. The synergy of combining herbs gives a far stronger effect than using herbs singularly.”

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e may be a little way into 2014, but January 31 marks the starts of the Chinese New Year, and is the perfect chance to take inspiration for a mini home-style

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ost 21 year olds are only at the start of their career. But Nathan Cornwell, who works in the kitchens at Lucknam Park near Bath, is proving to be a rising star in the culinary world, having just scooped three awards at the South West Chef of the Year competition. Not only did he win the Young Professional class, but Nathan also collected the prize for Best Menu – for the meal he devised for the final and prestigious overall title of South West Chef of the Year 2013. Nathan said: “It was fantastic to win all three titles and I was really surprised. “I thought I had a good chance in the Young Professionals class, but it was amazing to get the others as well.” While some competitions might allow the chefs time to practice their dishes months in advance, perfecting every tiny detail, the final of the South West Chef of the Year really tested the competitors’ inventiveness, as each participant had to devise a menu from a mystery box. But although it may seem like a challenge, Nathan took it all in his stride and created a menu consisting of a main

Emma Dance talks to Nathan Cornwell, who scooped three awards at the South West Chef of the Year competition course of roast loin of venison, squash purée, Savoy greens, red wine shallots, blackberries and girolles, and for dessert, milk chocolate panna cotta, poached pears, chocolate powder and caramelised walnuts. “It’s all about being confident in those types of situation,” he said. “I had an idea of what I might get, because of what is in season, so I already had a few ideas of what I could do.” The judging panel was made up of top chefs from the South West, including Mark Hix, Paul Ainsworth and the two-Michelin-starred Michael Caines, so impressing them was no mean feat. “I had some really great feedback from the judges, which was fantastic,” said Nathan. “And Michael Caines was very complimentary about my food.” Nathan is no stranger to working with

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like family; you see them more than you see anyone else.” Despite the anti-social hours, Nathan believes it is important to take time away from the kitchens. “You have to make time to socialise. I think people who come here and don’t have a social life find it difficult. “I always make the most of my time off, but it can be difficult. Trying to see family and friends at Christmas and New Year was a bit of a juggling act, but that’s just the nature of the job.” Winning the South West Chef of the Year means that Nathan is automatically through to the semifinals of the national Young Chef of the Year competition, but he’s not letting the pressure get to him. “I’ll just take it as it comes,” he shrugs. “And stay true to what I know. “I’ve always been taught to make my dishes seasonal and fresh and vibrant, and to not overcomplicate things. “I try to keep it clean, good and simple – a bit like myself!” Nathan will be launching this year’s competition with a demonstration of his winning dishes at the Source Food and Drink Trade Show at Westpoint, Exeter, on February 5. He’ll be appearing alongside one of the competition judges, Michelin-starred chef, Simon Hulstone from The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay. For more information on the South West Chef of the Year competition visit

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t is now more than a decade since a British-made film about a group of six out-of-work Sheffield steelworkers took cinema screens all over the world by storm. What we instantly remember about The Full Monty, of course, are the blokes of assorted ages, shapes and sizes getting their kit off to raise much-needed cash, after they have already been stripped, through economic decline, of both their pride and their livelihoods. The steelworkers devise a new strip show that will be based on the famous Chippendales strip act, but will go one better. The unemployed men will go “the full monty” stripping all the way. But of course the clothes were just a neatly erotic metaphor and the story was really all about shedding outward appearances and finding out about the things that really matter in life. The feel-good film made vast sums of money and now it looks as though the new stage version of the story – written by the same man who wrote the film screenplay and got an Oscar for it – is heading in the same direction. The Full Monty opens for a lengthy two-week run at the Theatre Royal Bath on Monday, before heading straight for London’s West End. Fans of TV’s long-running police drama series The Bill will recognise instantly – the face at least – of one of the steelworkers. He is Simon Rouse who spent 18 years playing Jack Meadows in the popular series, before the show was pulled four years ago. He has now been cast as redundant middle manager Gerald. “He is a man to whom status is everything,” says Simon. “He is terrified of losing it and probably terrified of taking his clothes off and of people seeing his willy.” As it happens that is not a big issue for Simon himself. “Don’t forget I was around in the seventies when everyone was taking their clothes off. Almost every play had its nude scene, even if it wasn’t really necessary. I remember taking my clothes off in Stratford that decade, and I have recently been in The Changing Room which is about a rugby team and everyone has their clothes off. Well, everyone except me in this case, because I played the coach.” The stage play is a bit different to the film. Simon says that lots of the dialogue is the same as in the film, but lots of it isn’t. Most of the characters have


Christopher Hansford talks to DCI Jack Meadows, aka former The Bill star Simon Rouse before he treads the boards in Bath as Gerald in The Full Monty been more developed, more filled out, which makes it a little deeper and probably more interesting than the film. And of course we get the full monty, so to speak, at the end of the evening. Simon says he doesn’t remember seeing the film but adds: “I suppose I must have done, though I haven’t touched it since”. He remembers being sent the script and went along where an assortment of actors read all the parts right the way through. “That’s just how auditions ought to be done, but often aren’t,” he says. The tour last year was a huge success, loved by critics and audiences alike. The same team are in the Bath production, which is the only date it can be seen outside London. “It’s a glorious piece,” says Simon. “It was an iconic film and the show is very theatrical, with its show-within-a-show. It also has a lot of sadness and pathos, which people tend to forget.” Unlike his character in the play, Simon doesn’t mind taking his clothes off, but he says there is not a lot of himself in Gerald, although he does recognise the things that drive his character. “Gerald is concerned with status and how things look. He is proud of his place in the community and is very conservative. “I am not like him but I understand him very well. My father was an inspector of education and he was very conscious of status and where that placed him in the world. “I think that Gerald is working class aspirational. I don’t think that he’s actually a Conservative – he’d need to have reached a higher level in society, but he’s certainly one of those people who were conned into thinking that if he works hard and does the right things, everything would be fine. He’s lost his job and in a way he’s lost himself. He

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When you strip, you discover that we’re all the same underneath.” Simon says that a fantastic camaraderie has grown up between the six men and that they all have tremendous respect for each other. “We’ve all had to be as vulnerable as each other and you know you’ll have the guys’ support. I’ve never seen an audience reaction like the one we receive. It’s like a party, a joyous occasion and the people go away feeling really happy. “I think that we all want to stand there naked without any of the crap which we impose on ourselves. Crap like class and status.” Leaving The Bill, where he’d played Jack Meadows for a monumental 18 years, has enabled Simon to develop his theatre work, which he might not otherwise have done. He said: “I’d be quite happy to do theatre for ever.” Like most actors who have spent many years in a long-running television series, Simon has mixed feelings about the way things have panned out professionally. While acknowledging that The Bill gave him a good living, he also admits that “I was absolutely thrilled when I heard that it was finishing. I didn’t enjoy the last five years in particular. “Actors do these series for the money and it’s very difficult to walk away from the security of a regular wage. I’m not sure that I’d have gone, if the series hadn’t been cancelled.” And if it hadn’t been, the man behind the police superintendent might not ever have been as fully revealed as it will be in Bath next week.

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Most Stylish Lady competition Ever fancied a day out on Ladies Day at The Cheltenham Festival? Well, the Bath Chronicle Weekend magazine and Cheltenham Racecourse have teamed up to find the region’s most stylish lady. The winner will automatically be entered into the final of the Most Stylish Lady competition, which takes place on Ladies Day at The Cheltenham Festival, Wednesday March 12. The prizes for the Most Stylish Lady, presented on the day in the Fashion Zone at Cheltenham Racecourse, are yet to be announced, but they are sure to be a special treat for the winner, whether it’s a shopping spree or a day out. Details will be announced in the

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coming weeks, so keep checking for details. New for 2014, the Fashion Zone marquee will be situated in the tented village, near to all the shops, in which racegoers can browse between races. There will be catwalk shows during Ladies Day, as well as a bar for those looking for an exclusive and chic area to visit during their day out. To enter simply take a picture of yourself dressed in what you would wear should you be heading to Cheltenham for Ladies Day and send to with your name, address, telephone number and email address by February 28. The

Box Moonrakers Club New Year Party, 2.15pm. Methodist Church, Box

Box Parish Council

The Federation of Bath Residents’ Associations welcomes observers to its meetings, 7.15pm. Widcombe Junior School, Pulteney Road, Bath

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Bath Branch

Golden Oldies Twerton Big Sing

For all levels, 1.30-4.30pm. Bathampton Village Hall

10.30-11.30am. Carrswood Day Centre, Cleeve Green, Twerton, Bath

Mr Wilkins’ Shilling Women’s Northwest Morris

Blood Donor Session

8-10pm. Methodist Church Hall, Northend, Batheaston. New dancers always welcome. 01225 869086

1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-7.30pm. Saltford Hall, Wedmore Road, Saltford

Full council meeting, 7.30pm. All Parishioners welcome

Bath Good Afternoon Choir No auditions, everyone welcome, 2-4pm. Argyle Hall, Central URC, Grove Street, Bath. £2.85

Daytime Singing Group 11am-12.30pm. Rush Hill United Reformed Church, Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath. 07592 016878

Rubber Bridge (ACOL) 2-6pm hosted by Dennis Bernard in Weston. Stake 50p a hundred. 01225 484523

Bath Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge with Masterpoints, 7.15pm. Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton

winner will then be chosen and they will automatically be entered into the final of the Most Stylish Lady competition, as well as receiving free tickets for the day for themselves and a guest. There will also be spotters at Cheltenham on Ladies Day to spot ladies in the crowd who are dressed to impress. Tickets start at just £25. For more information on Ladies Day and the rest of the Cheltenham Festival please visit or visit 0844 579 3003. Terms and conditions can be found at

High Street, Bath. 01225 310326

Knit Club at Great British Yarns All knitters welcome. 7-9pm. Unit 9, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath. 01225 462776

Songways Community Choir Fun, rewarding and open to all, 10am-noon, term time. St Swithin’s Church, The Paragon, Bath. £8.

Bath Spa Band Brass players and percussionists welcome. Rehearsals 8-10pm. Elim Pentecostal Church, Charlotte Street, Bath

Tomorrow Science

Dr Martin Mucha-Kruczynski, The Many Dimensions of Graphene, 7.30pm. BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

The Alliance Francaise Film Le chat du Rabbin in French with English subtitles, 7 for 7.30pm. BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath. Tickets £7 drink included

Pulteney Arms Beer Festival 10 cask ales from the Isle of Man, Essex, Yorkshire and Scotland, from 6pm. Daniel Street, Bath

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2.30-3.30pm. Community Room, Swainswick Gardens, Larkhall, Bath

Sing Alive Community Choir

Box Bridge Club

10am-noon (term time). United Reform Church, Bradford on Avon. All welcome

Friendly duplicate, 7-10.15pm. Box Parish Pavilion

Rubber Bridge (ACOL)

Bath Organic Community Garden

Hosted by Dennis Bernard, stake 50p a hundred, 2-6pm. 01225 484523

Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome, 10am-1pm. Victoria Park, Bath. 01225 311699

Reiki Courses Weekly For all levels, 2-day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179

Art Group Age UK B&NES 10am-noon. St Michaels Centre, St Michaels Place, Bath. £1.50 per session. 01225 484510

Saturday Electronic Organ/Keyboard Lessons

Sahaja Yoga

9am-noon. 6 Duke Street, Bath. First Lesson free. 01225 332550

Free meditation, 7.30-9pm. 2nd floor URC Halls, Grove Street, Bath

Bath Cycling Club

Bridge Club

9.15am from Cadence Bike Shop, Chelsea Road, Bath and take in a circular route of 25 easy miles

Bath Organic Community Garden Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome, 10am-1pm. Royal Victoria Park, Bath. 01225 311699

Nature Club/Daycare Animals to care for and enjoy plenty of countryside activities for 8s and over, 10am-4pm. Carlingcott, nr Peasedown. To book 07595034383

Reiki Courses Weekly For all levels, 2-day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179

Bath Saturday Antiques Flea Market Antiques, collectibles and vintage clothes, 7.30am-5.30pm. Walcot St, Bath

Green Park Market including Baths Farmers’ Market 9am-1.30pm. Green Park Station, Bath


Bath VA Vintage & Antiques Market 9am-4pm. Green Park Station, Bath

Bath Cycling Club

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Cross keys, Midford Road, Bath 8pm. In aid of Dorothy House

Meet every Monday, 6.30-8pm. The Ascension Church, Oldfield Park, Bath. 01761 416515

Reiki Courses Weekly For all levels, 2-day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179


Bath Afternoon Decorative and Fine Arts Society Lecture Jacob Epstein, lecturer Linda Smith, 1.40pm. Banqueting Room, Guildhall, Bath. Visitors welcome £8

Bath Natural History Society Talk Butterflies of the Bath Area, Mike Fuller. BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath. Bath Nats members £2, visitors £4

Bath Positive Living Group 7.30pm. The Coffee Lounge, Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath

Men’s Rights Meeting 7.30pm. Pratt’s Hotel, South Parade, Bath

The Women’s Royal Army Corps Association

Eastwood Park, 9am. Club run starts from Cleveland Bridge, aim to return by 1-1.30pm. 01225 426467 or 07944550933

Meet 2pm. Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath

Dry Arch Growers

Love to sing? Bring your baby or toddler along too! 9.30-10.30am term-time only. St Saviour’s Church, Larkhall, Bath. 07940 597427

Bathampton Community co-op producing food for the local area. Volunteers and helpers required, 11am-4pm. End of Holcombe Lane, Bathampton. 07972 564641

Spiritualist Meeting 6.30pm service. Corston Village Hall, Sanctuary of the Cross Spiritualist Church


HumBugs Singing Group

Masonic Museum Guided tours throughout the year, also on Wed and Thurs, 11am or 2.30pm. Sat 2.30pm only. 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath. 01225 462233

Arthritis Care Support Group 11am-1pm. Hillside Hall, Oldfield Park, Bath

Bath Spa Band

Golden Oldies

Brass players and percussionists welcome. Rehearsals 8-10pm. Elim Pentecostal Church, Charlotte Street, Bath

2.30-3.30pm, Hanover Court, Salisbury Road, Larkhall, Bath

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Walk

Social Bridge

Colerne Parish, 3 hrs, 5 miles. Bring a snack. Meet 10am The Fox and Hounds Public House

1.30 for 1.45pm (not bank holidays). Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath. 01225 310232

Bradford Bridge Club Come and play duplicate bridge, 7-10pm. The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon. 01225 865669 or 01225 863072

Salsa Classes Complete beginners, 8pm. No need to bring a partner. Revolution, George Street, Bath. £7/£5

Sakya Buddhist Group

Meditation Classes in Bath

Suffering can arise in obvious or more subtle ways, 8pm. The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath

7-8.30pm. John Williams Room, United Reformed Church, Grove Street, Bath. £6 per class

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Bath Branch

Sing & Smile Creative Links Singing Group

For all levels, 7.30-9.30pm. Ralph Allen School, Bath

2-4pm. United Reformed Church, Grove Street, Bath. 01761 438852 to book

Meditation on Twin Hearts


Barnardo’s Soft Play Session Free fun for under-5s and their families, 1.30-2.30pm. Springfield Leisure Centre, Corsham. 01249 716254 for details

Philosophy Geoff Catchpole, Reflections on Reality, 7.30pm. BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Monthly deafPLUS Activity Club A variety of presentations, outings, plus tea/coffee, social meetings, 2-4pm. Green Park Station, Bath

7.45-9pm. Funky Monkey Studio, 18 St Peters Terrace, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. 07516 500 569

Quilting Bee Quilting groups from all over the region demonstrate their talents and chat with visitors in the Textiles Room, noon-4pm. American Museum, Claverton Down, Bath

Singing for the Brain Singing to bring people with dementia and their carers together, 2.30-4pm. St John’s, Combe Park, Bath. 07540 921035

Songways Community Choir 10am-noon, term time. St

1.15-4.30pm. Village Hall, Bathampton. £1 per session. 01225 462965

Bath Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge with Masterpoints, start 7.15pm. Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton High Street, Bath. 01225 310326


Barnardo’s Play Session Messy and sensory play for under-5s and their families, 10.30-11.30am. Crumpets Cafe, Rudloe, Corsham. 01249 716254 for details

Speaking of Research Nicole Kelby, Taking Liberties Poetic: The legacy of Jackie Kennedy in fiction, 7.30pm. BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Bipolar UK Bath Meeting 12.30-2.30pm. United Reform Church, Grove Street, Bath. 0845 4349769 or 07534 530340 for details

Southgate TG Open meeting, 10.15am. Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath. 01225 405267

Oldfield Park Community Knitting Group 10am-noon. Upper Room above the office at Ascension Church, Oldfield Park, Bath

Jane Austen Dancers All abilities welcome to dance Regency and late Georgian Period dances, 7.45-10pm. Bath Central United Reform Church, Grove Street, Bath. £4 per class

Bath Gynae Cancer Support Group Meet for coffee between 10am-noon. The Boathouse, Newbridge, Bath

Weaving Workshop This workshop will teach you how to weave using simple laser-cut looms, ages 8+,

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Scottish Country Dancing For beginners and improvers, 7.30-9.30pm. New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath. 01225 319991 for details

Drop-In Meditation An opportunity to learn a simple type of meditation which helps

finds a calm space in the midst of our busy lives, 10.30am. Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath. £3. 07966 365633

Bath Bridge Club Two afternoon sessions, 1.40pm start. Venue at Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton High Street, Bath

Social Duplicate Bridge 7.15pm. Randalls (Bath City FC)

Twerton Park, Bath. All welcome, visitors table money is £4

Bradford Bridge Club Come and play duplicate bridge, 7-10pm. The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon. 01225 865669/863072

Boules/Petanque 11am to 1pm Queen Square (off when raining). Just turn up and play

Whist Drive 7-9pm, £2 including a raffle, Weston Parish Hall, Weston Village, Bath

Knit Club at Great British Yarns All knitters welcome, 10.30am-12.30pm. Unit 9, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath. 01225 462776

Greensprouts Parent and Toddler Session Craft, singing, storytime, snack and lots of play, 10am-noon. Laurel Farm, Carlingcott, nr Peasedown. £3 a session. 01761 420204

Bath Welcome Choir No auditions, everyone welcome, 7.45-9.30pm. Upper Hall, Culverhay, Bath. £4



Kings and canapés More than 150 businesses, private clients and friends of Withy King attended the firm’s annual New Year’s drinks reception and took advantage of the opportunity to ‘Meet the Team’. The annual event was hosted at Withy King’s new offices at Midland Bridge House on Midland Bridge and provided an opportunity for networking and socialising with solicitors from the firm’s corporate and private client-focused teams. Managing partner, Graham Street,

gave a short address, followed by Jan Witt from one of the firm’s charities, The RUH’s Forever Friends Appeal which funds vital equipment, research and other hospital projects. Bath Rugby, which has chosen Withy King as its official legal partner, was also well represented on the night by Olly Woodburn, Horacio Agulla, David Flatman and Geoff Binding.

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he chilling new production from The Bradfordians is The Snow Queen, a powerful story of friendship and the triumph of good over evil. The show takes place from February 19 to 22 at St Laurence School in Bradford on Avon. The show poses the question of whether the love of Gerda is powerful enough to rescue her brother from the clutches of the wicked Snow Queen, who has captured him and turned his heart to ice. With a large, youthful and wildly

enthusiastic cast, the production promises an evening of joyous music and high drama. The show is full of special effects and is suitable for the whole family. Director Phil Courage says: “The cast has taken to the task with relish and with so many highly talented young players, I would defy anyone not to take delight from this show.” Tickets can be ordered online from or by phone on 01225 860100 or in person from The Wiltshire Music Centre.


This week we have a family ticket for four people to give away. Just answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name, telephone number and preferred date to Snow Queen Competition, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA. The first correct answer out of the hat on February 6 will get the tickets. The question is: which theatre company is performing The Snow Queen?

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Fantastical trip into the forest Bath’s Core Theatre Productions celebrate the tenth anniversary of their first-ever production with a new piece of devised theatre called At the Forest’s Edge, which will be performed at the Rondo Theatre, Larkhall from next Wednesday to Saturday.

At the Forest’s Edge is based on and inspired by the stories of fairy tales. The cast has worked together to explore fairy tales, both well known and more obscure with directors Jenny Woloschuck and Sarah Larmour, to create a new fairy story, which we hope will appeal to children of all ages. As the wolf lurks in shadows, will the handsome Prince find his beautiful princess? And who are the two bitter old women living in the forest? Co-director, Jennifer said: “This project has been an idea of Core’s for years and when it was mentioned to me, I desperately wanted to be involved. It’s a very important year for Core and there’s no better way to celebrate it than showcase the high standard of work we consistently produce with another brandnew play.” The shows start at 8pm and tickets are £10/8 on or 01225 463362.





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Sunday – the day of jest Komedia Bath is launching a brand-new monthly show in its popular Arts Café space. Krater Sunday Club will take place on the first Sunday of every month, starting on Sunday. Krater Sunday Club is the much indemand spin-off to Komedia Bath’s award-winning Krater Comedy Club, and will run on the first Sunday of every month in the Komedia Arts Café. Catch the best circuit comics from Komedia’s sell-out Saturday night Krater Comedy Club shows, up close and personal in the Komedia Arts Café. Fans of stand-up will be in for a treat, Theatre Royal Sawclose, Bath Tel: 01225 448844 To Sat Feb 1 Black Coffee Starring Robert Powell as Hercule Poirot, Mon-Wed 7.30pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £17.50-£33.50 Mon 3-Sat Feb 15 The Full Monty Mon-Wed 7.30pm, Thurs-Sat 8pm, matinees Wed & Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £20.50-£36.50

Ustinov Monmouth Street, Bath Box Office 01225 448844 Thurs Jan 30 The Table 8pm. Tickets £13/£10 Fri Jan 31-Sat Feb 1 How to Be Immortal Love, death and DNA intertwine in three twisted true tales about what we leave behind, 8pm. Tickets £13/£10 Wed 5-Fri Feb 7 Bluebeard Bluebeard invites you to join

as the show is an excellent way to watch comedy in an intimate atmosphere. As Krater Comedy Club approaches its 15th anniversary, and Komedia approaches its 20th anniversary (our sister venue in Brighton opened in 1994) the Krater Sunday Club shows are the best way to catch the rising stars before they pack out arenas. The Krater Sunday Club kicks off with a bumper line-up as five comedians will perform at the Komedia Arts Café on Sunday, February 2. Performances include Mark Nelson,

him in his chamber to share and delight in the violent passion of his deviant sexual acts... Ages 16+, 8pm. Tickets £13/£10

the egg Sawclose, Bath Tel: 01225 448844 Thurs Jan 30-Sat Feb 1 Who’s Been Sitting In My Chair? A delightful and playful version of a well-known tale – with porridge and bears and one-two-three chairs, age 3-7, Thurs 1pm, Fri 10.30am & 1pm, Sat 11.30am & 3pm. Tickets £7.50/£6.50 Wed 5-Fri Feb 7 Insight-direction This is the first time insight theatre will showcase young writers and directors at the egg. Not suitable for Under 12s, 7pm. Tickets £7.50/£5

Mission Theatre Corn Street, Bath Tel: 01225 463362 To Sat Feb 1 Avenue Q One of the funniest shows

around, this “Sesame Street” musical for the broad-minded is a treat which you will not want to miss. Contains adult puppet themes and language. Not suitable for Under 16’s, Tues-Thurs 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £13/£11

The Rondo Larkhall, Bath Tel: 01225 333844 Fri Jan 31 Wrong ‘Un February 1918, and after several decades of protest and four years of bloody war Parliament is poised to grant what the suffragettes have demanded and fought for – votes for all women, 8pm. Tickets £12/£10 Sat Feb 1 Kiss Me Figaro A sizzling evening of love, laughter and classic favourites by Mozart, Handel, Donizetti, Monteverdi, Delibes, Irving Berlin and more, 8pm. Tickets £14/£12 Wed 5-Sat Feb 8 At the

Kate Lucas, Gary Tro, Adam Vincent and Sally-Anne Hayward (MC). Lark Porter, manager at Komedia Bath, was excited about the new Krater Sunday Club shows: “At Komedia we are immensely proud of the Krater Comedy Club, which over the last 15 years has been graced by many of today’s household names, including Russell Howard, Sarah Millican, John Bishop, Alan Carr, and many, many more of the UK’s favourite comedians.” Doors open at 7pm, ahead of a 7.30pm show. Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door.

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The face of each fairy tale is an entertaining story, but beyond that first glance, they each serve as a warning or a lesson worth learning, 8pm. Tickets £10/£8

Pound Pill, Corsham. Box Office 01249 7016280 Sat Feb 1 Cube Theatre Freddy Dare and Ginger the Robber

Komedia 22 to 23 Westgate Street, Bath. Box office 0845 293 8480 Sat Feb 1 Krater Comedy Club Comedy, 8.30pm. Tickets £45/£28.50/£18/£14.50/£10 Sun Feb 2 Krater Sunday Club

An epic adventure of striking visual effects, original music and a dazzling script, 4pm. Tickets £6.50/£5.50 Sat Feb 1 Cube Theatre Aubade A young, trainee teacher arrives at a failing school, determined to raise the aspirations of poverty-line pupils with the help of her middle-aged mentor, aged 15+, 8pm. Tickets £8/£7

The best in live stand-up, now on Sundays due to popular demand! 7.30pm. Tickets £10 advance/£12 door Mon Feb 3 New Act Comedy Night

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Komedia will be hosting a night where new, local acts that are new to stand-up get a chance to perform, 8.30pm. Tickets £2

Students from Bath Spa University present Tennessee Williams’ explosive drama, 7.30pm. Tickets £8/£6

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Pianist Kathryn Stott will be playing a hugely varied programme, ranging from works by Bach to Shostakovitch, when she visits the Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon on Saturday at 7.30pm. On the menu is Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in C, Grieg’s Holberg Suite Op 40 No 1, Rachmaninov’s Variations on a theme of Corelli, the Shostakovitch Prelude and Fugue No 24 in D minor and Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin. The programme brings together some of the greatest piano music ever written and neatly charts significant moments in the history of the genre. Kathryn is regarded as one of Britain’s most versatile and imaginative musicians, and among today’s most engaging pianists. She is much in demand as a chamber musician and has enjoyed a long-term professional partnership with celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

She is in demand for a wide variety of chamber music alliances, as well as appearing on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances. Kathryn has also directed several distinctive concert series and festivals, and has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied catalogue of recordings. She has been performing and recording with Yo-Yo Ma for nearly 30 years and together they regularly tour Europe, the USA, South America and the Far East. She has developed shared musical interests with an amazing array of performers and has always enjoyed collaborations with other musicians. With a vast repertoire, Kathryn has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music and has had many works written especially for her.


Band on the write track

Bestselling author Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect) will join The Bookshop Band for a special concert at The Wiltshire Music Centre, in Bradford on Avon, on Wednesday, February 26, to celebrate three years of the band’s book-inspired songwriting and to debut their 100th song. The Bookshop Band are unique. They write songs exclusively inspired by books. They formed as part of the author events at local multi-award winning independent bookshop, Mr B’s

Emporium of Reading Delights. When an author visits Mr B’s to talk about their latest work, the band read their book beforehand and write two songs inspired by it, to be performed in front of the author and audience at the start of the event. Three years later, the band have written 99 songs inspired by books from many different authors. Their concert at The Wiltshire Music Centre coincides with the debut performance of their 100th song, inspired by one of the many books that fans have recommended to them in

their guestbook over the least three years. Rachel said: “There is something incredibly moving about hearing a song that has been inspired by that story from your head. It is like seeing your children do something without them knowing you are watching. It made me cry listening to The Bookshop Band’s Harold and Maureen songs. The beauty, the tenderness, and the independence of them. That is something I will never forget.” To book tickets, costing £12, call 01225 860100.

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Recital to remember

Acclaimed as one of the foremost pianists of our time for his musicianship, stylistic versatility and commanding technique, Peter Donohoe is in great demand worldwide. In the years since his success as Silver Medal winner of the 7th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Peter has built an extraordinary worldwide career, encompassing a huge repertoire and more than 40 years’ experience as a pianist. He has appeared in the BBC Proms 18 times. You can hear him with Bath Philharmonia at Bath Abbey on Thursday, February 13, when he will be playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4. The orchestra rounds out the

Today Blow

A mix of new and classic Indie rock and pop, 9.30pm. Moles, Bath. £4/£3

evening with the “Great” Symphony No 9 by Schubert, one of conductor Jason Thornton’s signature pieces. Jason comes to the concert fresh from conducting the work in a return performance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Already the year is getting busy for Bath’s much-loved professional orchestra. On March 24, the orchestra is at the Guildhall, Bath alongside students from King Edward’s School. Sharing the role of conductor for music by Berlioz, Williams, Badelt and others will be Rupert Drury. Then on May 4, the orchestra is at Kington Deverill church as part of the Deverills Festival. This time the programme includes works by Britten,

saxophone, 8.30pm. The Inn at Freshford

Tomorrow Implode Live Music Night

Acoustic Oak Music Club

8.30pm every Friday. Belushis, Bath

8pm, Singers night. Floor Spots. The Royal Oak, Corsham. Entry £2

Live Music

Bath Cantata Group

Sue Harding and Ali George

Evening practices, 7.45pm. New singers welcome. St Stephen’s Church, Lansdown, Bath

Karaoke With DJ Jay, 8pm-3am. Mandalyns, Fountain Buildings, Bath

The Derrick Oldroyde Trio plus Special Guest Andy Kinsman, tenor


Every Friday from 9pm. The Huntsman Inn, Bath

Folk, 8pm. Village Pump Folk, Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge. £5


The Holburne Museum Evening Concert Series Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle, Peter Donohoe, 7.30pm. Great

Pulteney Street, Bath. Tickets £24

Sunday Acoustic Club

8pm. Bunch of Grapes, Silver St, Bradford-on-Avon

Open Mic Every Sunday, amazing acoustic music, all performers get drink and food offers, 7-10pm. The Tramshed, Beehive Yard, Bath

Monday Sublime Blues

Curfew Inn, Cleveland Place, West, Bath 8pm. Free

The Silver Ring Choir Love to sing? Join us at 7.45pm. Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath

Mozart, Tavener and Tchaikovsky. On May 18 the players are back in Bath at The Guildhall as part of the city’s International Music Festival, playing works by Wagner, Mahler, Stravinsky and Copland. On June 19, the orchestra is taking part in the Shaldon Festival with a concert at St Peter’s Church. Tamsin Waley-Cohenm will be playing the Vaughan Williams Violin concerto and his Lark Ascending. Then on June 26, the Phil is on home turf again, this time at the Forum in Bath with pianist Stephen Hough, when the evening includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 5 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5. Tickets for the February concert are at

Sing B4 Supper A friendly choir conducted by Jane Lilley, all abilities catered for, 6.15-7.45pm term-time. The Huntsman, Bog Island, Bath. £5 per session. For details Susanna Downes 07717173799

Tuesday The Big Cheese Every Tuesday. Expect all the cheesiest tunes, from 10pm. Moles, Bath. £4/£3.50 NUS

Bradford-on-Avon Folk Club Singaround. Floorspots, 8pm. The Cellar Bar, Swan Hotel, Church Street, Bradford-on-Avon. Free entry



A host of DJs playing a mix of Rock, Punk and Metal, 9.30pm-2am. PoNaNa nightclub, Bath. £5 entry

Karaoke With DJ Jay, 8pm. Mandalyns, Fountain Buildings, Bath

Old Crown Quiz 9pm. Old Crown, Weston Village, Bath

Seend Acoustic Club James Hollingsworth, singer/songwriter, support tba, 8pm. Rusty Lane, Seend. £4

BRASSite Live Ska, Funk, Jazz and Gypsy swing bands plus Electro Swing DJs, 7pm-2am. The Nest, The Paragon, Bath. Free


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Programme subject to change - see our website for latest details

Wed 5th - Speaking of Research

The legacy of Jackie Kennedy in fiction Nicole Kelby, Bath Spa University

Fri 7th - Free - Dick Phillips memorial lecture

The Big Bang and After... Dr Gary Mathlin, Bath University

Donations welcomed for Prostate Cancer Research

Mon 10th - History & Culture

The Ancient Amber Routes

Dr Mara Kalnins, Corpus Christi, Cambridge Mon 17th - Literature & Humanities

Who’s Who: Biography & biographer Adrian Tinniswood, author & cultural historian Tue 18th - World Affairs

Wellbeing and Social Justice

Dr S Deneulin, Bath University Thu 27th - Antiquity

Roman Bathing: A panacea?

Laura Mountford, BRLSI Antiquity Convenor Fri 28th - Science

A short guide to atomic manipulation Dr Peter Sloane, Bath University

Exhibition: Afghanistan (2012)

Images taken by Giles Duley, injured in Afghanistan 12 - 19 February (Mon - Sat), 10am - 4pm, Free

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Art at the heart in RUH exhibit New Year, New Exhibitions at the RUH! Joining Art at the Heart in 2014, The Royal Photographic Society, based in Bath, presents two exhibitions: The RPS Members’ Biennial Print Exhibition and the RPS International Images for Science Exhibition at the Royal United Hospital in Bath. The exhibitions can be seen until the end of April. The RPS Members’ Biennial Print Exhibition showcases a variety of work from some of The Society’s members and demonstrates their commitment to the art of photography. The Society has more than 11,000 Lane House Arts Exhibition, Winter Colour, contemporary art and ceramics, to end Jan 2014, Wed-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-6pm. Free Admission

Victoria Art Gallery Bath and the Great Western Railway Exhibition, to Sun Feb 2, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30-5pm, closed Mondays. Tickets £2.50. Near Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Victoria Art Gallery Ione Parkin: primal matter Exhibition, to Sun Feb 2, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30-5pm, closed Mondays. Near Pulteney Bridge, Bath

members worldwide and this exhibition celebrates the 160th anniversary of The Society in 2013. Membership of The Society is open to anyone of any ability who has an interest in image-making. The Society’s International Images for Science exhibition showcases the vast range of applications of photography within modern-day science. Many of the images represent worlds beyond human vision, using the microscope and the telescope, subjects revealed through polarised light, fluorescence and techniques such as high-speed photography.

Nick Cudworth Gallery Twilight, Exhibition of paintings and prints by Nick Cudworth of internal light during twilight, which can sometimes give a fleeting glimpse into the world within, to Fri Jan 31, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. The Gallery, 5 London Street, Bath

Bath Contemporary Exhibition, Robert Welch: Viewing Form. Welch makes strong reference to shape and form. Reducing the image to its simplest state, his soft palette sets a quiet tension between the two, to Sat Feb 8. 35 Gay Street, Bath

“No number of words can express or indicate the information that a photograph can,” says Afzal Ansary, curator of the exhibition. “Therefore, scientists have always needed to communicate their discoveries by pictorial documentation in the form of photographs. “In fact, the application of photography to science is almost as old as photography itself.”

44AD artspace Exhibition: echo: re-echo, paintings and drawings by Melissa Wraxall MFA, to Feb 3, noon-6pm daily, Sun 1-5pm. Lower Borough Walls, Bath

Nick Cudworth Gallery Exhibition of oil paintings and prints by Nick Cudworth, Under the Bridges of Bath, Sat 1-Fri Feb 28. 5 London Street, Bath

Museum of East Asian Art Exhibition, Eastern Voices in the West Country and Treasures, to Sun June 29. Bennett Street, Bath




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Prohibition-era drama is a hit for city author


om Abbott’s debut novel, To The Pines, has become one of the most highly rated novels of its genre to be released within the last few months on Amazon. The novel brought Tom a distinction from the Bath Spa Creative Writing Masters programme three years ago , and he was quickly taken on by a top literary agent in London. Unfortunately, they were unable to find a publisher willing to take on the novel, and so Tom decided to self-publish. Tom (30) lives with his parents in Bath and writes freelance for a tattoo magazine. Currently he is studying to become a psychotherapist at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling, while he continues work on his second novel. Although Tom has lived in Bath for the past 14 years, it is his interest in the American south – stemming from spending his teenage years living in Virginia – that sparked the inspiration behind writing To The Pines. He says: “Back in the summer of 2009 after having just been accepted onto the Bath Spa Creative Writing Masters programme, I was sitting in the garden of


Bath-based author Tom Abbott has just self-published his first novel entitled To The Pines a friend’s house in Canada, scribbling a scene down into his journal. “It turned out to be the voice of Onie, one of the protagonists of To The Pines. “Over the coming days a whole family formed in my mind and I knew that they had a story to tell – I just wasn’t sure at that point exactly what it was or how to tell it. “By just carrying on writing and increasingly believing that the Hale family was somehow real, I eventually uncovered what their story was and finished the novel towards the end of 2010.” Set in prohibition-era East Tennessee, the Hale family live an extremely limited existence. Pa works down the mine, dragging his exhausted body through life and bitterly mulling over the death of his wife. Oldest son Billy indulges in blood sports with a brooding enthusiasm, bullying his two younger

siblings as they try vainly to get the best from their days, while Jesca edges excitedly into womanhood and dreams of escape. The youngest child, Onie, mutely watches on as his family heads towards self-destruction. Over the course of a few days in late summer, events come to a head when there is an accident in the mine, and Jesca is attacked by the Lightning Boys, Billy’s sworn enemies. The effects of these events bring consequences that none of them could have guessed at, an unwelcome visitor, and unexpected salvation for one of the family. Despite feeling very confident writing of the world that To the Pines was set, Tom is now working on a novel set in England that deals with the life of a young woman desperately trying to understand her place in the world. Says Tom: “The new novel will draw on my interest and belief that a good therapeutic relationship is essentially a positive and rewarding experience, but one must accept and be willing to be confronted with deeply uncomfortable and painful realisations along the way.” The novel will be set entirely in a therapist’s office.

Topping’s top reads

Big Brother, Lionel Shriver, £7.99

I love Lionel Shriver and I will always look forward to a new book from her. Big Brother is her most fearless and moving novel since she set the world alight with We Need to Talk About Kevin. It is the story of a brother and sister, Pandora – a controlled, successful business woman and Edison – her brother, a jazz musician who is now morbidly obese. Shriver touches on subjects others usually shy away from and this is an infectious, witty and sometimes gruesome read.

The Patience Stone, Atiq Rahimi, £7.99 In this moving and powerful novella, a young Afghan woman prays at her husband’s bedside as he lies in a coma with a bullet in his neck. Without the oppression of censorship she is able to speak her mind and reveal to us her deepest thoughts and secrets. A truthful insight into human tragedy and the day-to-day life of the Afghani people. Important and shocking.

The Collini Case, Ferdinand von Schirach, £7.99

This is a well-written, well-formed novel that emphasises the blurred lines of what is right and wrong, and the workings of the justice system. Translated from the German, this taut legal thriller will have you reading to the end without stopping, and leave you wondering about the ambiguity surrounding the idea of ‘crime’.


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Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas, £12.99 This is the new book from the author of the incredible bestseller, The Slap, and it is an absolutely riveting, profound novel about a young swimming prodigy, Danny Kelly. No one else does contemporary Australian sexual and racial politics quite so well, and here the world of competitive sport looms large. The writing is sharp and incredibly frank, so not for the faint-hearted, and the characters are beautifully visceral and true.

Not So Dusty: Tales of an Antiquarian Bookdealer, Anthony Chandor, £9.99

Few people can be as charming, entertaining and forgiving as Anthony Chandor – or as amusing. In these vividly gentle reminiscences of his time as a antiquarian book dealer in Bath, he proves himself to be the most engaging of companions. A treat for anyone who loves books and reading about them. A delicious little book.

The Thing About December, Donal Ryan, £12.99 The follow-up to a first novel is never easy, especially when that novel – The Spinning Heart – won the Guardian First Book Award and Book of the Year at the Irish book awards, and was long listed for the Man Booker prize. However, this book proves that Ryan is no flash in the pan. While similarly sparse and curiously poetic in style, The Thing About December is a novel of huge emotional depth. The writing is cool and detached, narrated by Johnsey Cunliffe, the 24year-old village ‘eejit’.

He is both astute in his observations and desperately sad (recollections of a disco had me in tears), as, following the death of his parents during Celtic Tiger times, he is left to negotiate property developers who want his land, deal with bullies and make his own friends. A hugely satisfying follow-up, and a gem of a novel.

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Three intense days of film

The Pound Theatre in Corsham will be hosting a Film Festival in March. Russ Tunney, recently appointed director of Pound Arts, said: “We’re excited to launch the 2014 Corsham Film Festival over three intense days, bringing together a host of international films to celebrate the art of documentary making. “The festival opens with two preview screenings on Friday, March 14, 20 Feet From Stardom and A Story of Children and Film, and offers a variety of special events involving writers, directors and stars of the films across the weekend.”

One of the most highly anticipated films of 2013, Leviathan is a thrilling, immersive documentary, taking the audience deep inside the dangerous world of commercial fishing. Screening at The Pound on Friday, March 14 at 5pm, the film captures the harsh, unforgiving world of the fisherman in starkly haunting, yet beautiful detail. The Armstrong Lie is an unflinching account of a sport ruled by money and power. Award-winning documentarian Alex Gibney began recording cycling

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superstar Lance Armstrong in 2009. His unprecedented access to Armstrong, his ex-teammates and the infamous Doctor Ferrari, draws an intricate portrait of an extraordinarily ambitious man who would stop at nothing to win. The Armstrong Lie will be showing at The Pound on Saturday, March 15, 7pm. Corsham Film Festival is delighted to team up once again with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, to promote the film screening of Project Wild Thing which will be followed by a post-film discussion with the filmmakers. This feature-length documentary takes a look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and the great outdoors. Look out for A Wild Workshop for children, which will be running in addition to this screening on the Sunday afternoon. “It’s fantastic to have an opportunity to bring such a wide programme of diverse and interesting documentary films to Corsham,” said Martin Campbell, box office and venue co-ordinator. “With tickets available from as little as £3, and a number of post-film discussions and events, there is a real opportunity to engage and seek out a more thought-provoking cinematic experience.” “There’s plenty to get stuck into at Pound Arts this spring, to ban the January blues.” Pick up a brochure from the box office or visit the website for a full programme of events at



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