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Give yourself a huge pat on the back for getting through last year, you did it. Now with a new year finally upon us, we open our arms to welcome positivity, growth and prosperity. This edition celebrates new beginnings, putting your mental and physical health and wellbeing at the top of your priority list. To begin, we discuss how important it is to look after our Mental Health, by communicating with friends, family, colleagues and GP’s about how you’re feeling. From inspiring your fitness attire to transforming your body, we show you the ‘in’ sportswear and the virtual home workouts that are quickly taking over the health and fitness movement. For the taste buds, enjoy our Veganuary article and Brunch feature, the new staple of the modern weekend lifestyle. Our Tipple Talk celebrates the delicious alcohol
alternatives that are becoming increasingly popular, thanks to a cultural shift to look after our mind and bodies. It was a pleasure to interview the Manager, Steve, of P&G Wells in Winchester, one of the oldest independent bookshops in the country. We also chat with Anabel, founder of Make Room with Anabel, to learn how to declutter and organise efficiently. 2021 deserves a spruce up, so get inspired by beige and neutral colours in our Interiors feature and also learn how to revamp your home with small and big home improvement tips. There’s so much to explore inside, not forgetting our Gentleman’s Notebook and Healthy Haircare features too. So without further ado, we hope you enjoy this edition and wish you a brilliant start to the year ahead!
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THE STYLE EDIT Fashionably Fit
HEALTH & BEAUTY Virtual Home Fitness Healthy Hair Care
GENTLEMAN’S NOTEBOOK Winter Walks
SPECIAL FEATURE The Art of Decluttering & Organising
INTERIORS Return of Beige
SPECIAL FEATURE It’s Good to Talk
INTERVIEW P&G Wells Bookshop
FOOD & DRINK Sober is the New Sexy Bonkers for Brunch
SPECIAL FEATURE The Hawk Conservancy Trust
OUTDOOR LIVING Refresh & Redesign
SPECIAL FEATURE Veganuary
PRODUCER PROFILE Dunwell Calligraphy
MOTORING Polestar 2
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Beautiful South Magazine have found some wonderful workout clothes that could make you actually excited to exercise. Whether you’ve adapted to at-home workouts, are visiting the gym or are simply looking to get a few more walks around the block in, it’s time to stay stylish and feel your very best. After the Christmas period, so many of us focus on being healthy and getting fitter. Exercise is proved to eradicate stress, improve your mental health and boost your energy levels all at the same time. So, what are you waiting for? It’s 2021 and time to say goodbye to baggy t-shirts and mismatched socks. Simply have a look at our latest Style Edit to feel inspired. From sports bras and swimmers, to leggings and trainers, we’ve selected a handful of options to match your preferred workout style...
Nike Icon Clash color-block Dri-FIT stretch-knit sports bra, £35 available at Nike retailers
Adidas Ultra Boost in Vapour Pink, £159.95 available at Adidas retailers
The Pangaia Lightweight Recycled Organic Cotton Sweat Shirt in grey marl, £102 available online at Thepangaia.com
Reebok One Series Training Socks in Lemon Glow, Pixel Pink and Violet Haze, £12.95 available at Reebok retailers
Adidas By Stella McCartney mesh-paneled Climalite sports bra, £50, available online at Net-a-porter.com
W E ’ R E L OV I N G AC T I V E - W E A R B R A N D S W E AT Y B E T T Y. From yoga clothes, to running gear, winter coats and general loungewear, they have you covered for all activities and can help motivate you to move. If you are not familiar with them already, Sweaty Betty is a British brand that has been running for 20 years, first opening in Notting Hill in 1998. With over 50 stores now in the country, Sweaty Betty is on a mission to empower women through fitness and beyond by creating beautiful, technical activewear. And, they are doing a brilliant job as
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THE CLOTHES MAKE Y O U WA N T T O S T R E T C H T H AT L I T T L E F U R T H E R A N D B E T H AT L I T T L E MORE FLEXIBLE.
the quality of Sweaty Betty’s products are fantastic, lasting for years. If you enjoy exercising at home, or something you’re looking to do as you ease yourself into a little more movement, then Sweaty Betty run online fitness classes that are available and free for everybody. With workouts ranging from yoga to HIIT, their website holds a whole host of workout classes to suit your time frame and fitness level. It really doesn’t matter what ability you are, we feel inspired to work out with Sweaty Betty. Plus, you look the part too! The clothes make you want to stretch that little further and be that little more flexible. Be sure to visit their website at Swettybetty. com, and pop into your local branch on Chichester High Street when you get the chance.
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Radical changes in the motoring industry have meant radical changes in the workshops. The size has more than doubled and the equipment has changed completely, as have the skill sets and abilities of the staff, yet the personal relationships with their local customers remain strong.
The size has more than doubled, yet the relationships with their local customers remain strong. It is quite the norm, to be sat in the reception and to hear customers being greeted by their names, by staff who know them and their cars well. The petrol pumps may have gone and the front of the garage changed, but the heart of a village garage still beats strongly. This is complimented by modern capability and the garage offers servicing, MOT, repairs, air conditioning service & repair, diagnostics and tyres.
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HOME FITNESS If we learnt one thing from last year, it’s that you do not need a fancy gym, expensive weight machines and a surplus of extra time to reach your fitness goals. Virtual home workouts are quickly taking over the health and fitness movement. People now understand that you don’t need to take hours out of your busy schedules to work out; a factor which often sways us to postpone a gym class or two. At-home fitness allows for time flexibility, to do before work, during your lunch break or when you clock off. Last year saw fitness guru Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, encourage millions of Brits of all ages to get active, whilst personal trainers like Courtney Black offered their intense HIIT Worrier programme for free via Instagram’s Livestream feature to 100,000’s. Big brands such as Nike and CorePower Yoga now also offer their training apps free of charge, from HIIT and boxing to Yoga and Pilates, there is something for everyone to get those good endorphins flowing.
b o o king o ut sp a ce a nd t i m e e ac h d a y in yo ur h o m e a wa y f ro m t h e re s t o f t he f a mi l y t o r ea l l y g e t y o ur b ur p e e s qua t t hr ust s on i s a m us t . However, with more of us working from home than ever, it can be difficult to separate work from home living. To overcome this, we recommend having a designated time and space to work out which is separate from your workstation. Choose an area that you can manoeuvre comfortably in and that has no risk of injury and a place to prop your phone or laptop as you follow the workout. Whether it’s pushing the coffee table aside or transforming the dining room into a home studio, booking out space and time each day in your home away from the rest of the family to really get your burpee squat thrusts on is a must.
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SIMPL E ST E P S No Gym does not equal less effort: sure, we all have our off days, but just because you’re not at a gym does not mean the workout should be taken less seriously. Make a schedule and stick to it: creating a sustainable schedule that fits around your work and social life will keep you on top of your fitness journey and motivated to reach your goals. Create a studio sanctuary: with the winter weather permitting us to workout inside, it’s important to choose a designated space away from distractions and obstacles. Mix it up: Not every session has to be high intensity, mix your HIIT workouts with some low-impact routines that help strengthen your core like Pilates or yoga. Invest in equipment: Using cans of baked beans are not a long-term option. Invest in some varied weights, a resistance band and a decent exercise mat to give you that at-home-gym feel.
Resistance band, from £18.99 Available at www.myprotein.com
Pilates & Exercise Mat, from £14.99 Available at www.corebalancefitness.co.uk
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Shampoo and Conditioner: Contrary to some belief, washing your hair every day can cause more damage than good, as it strips the natural oils and protein that protect your hair and scalp. Depending on hairstyles, experts recommended washing your hair 2-3 times a week. For coloured hair, choose sulphate free products, to avoid stripping the colour. A shampoo and conditioner duo that is hot on the market comes from hair diagnostics Olapex. Featuring bond maintenance technology, the professionalquality formulas work to repair and protect colourtreated, or damaged hair. The Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo (250ml) and Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner (250ml) is available at www.lookfantastic.com from £52.
Hair care goes beyond the shower. For many, once we find our hair care routine, we often tend to avoid shying away for quite some time. However, experts say that our hair changes every seven years, shedding and growing without us taking much notice. It’s important to treat your locks with the same care you dedicate to your skin, so we have compiled a few tips on how to upgrade your hair care rituals.
Brush, glides through afro and curly hair without pulling or snapping. From £22, available at www.cultbeauty.co.uk.
Experts often say one of the simplest, yet most important haircare factor is down to the type of brush we use, which often can be far from suited for our hair types, causing daily breakage and damage. After all, we use it every day, so investing in a decent hairbrush is paramount to avoid frizz and split ends.
Keratin is a fibrous, structural protein and the main building block for our hair which is also found in our nails and skin. Trichologist Lisa Caddy explains that Keratin can suffer when exposed to harsh external factors like heated straighteners and blowdryers. To avoid this breakdown, use a heat protection spray and choose a lower heat setting on your appliance.
Bristle brushes are good for fine hair to gently detangle whilst creating a brilliant shine, like the Denman D81M Medium Finishing Brush with Mixed Bristles, sold for £12 and available at www.lookfantastic.com. A wide-tooth paddle brush, like the Charlotte Mensah Medium Size Paddle
The ghd Heat Protect Spray (120ml) protects against the heat of hairdryers, stylers and tongs while leaving hair with a ‘no product’ feel. Starting at £11.50 from www.johnlewis.com.
Conditioners are great for regular maintenance, but sometimes you just need that extra salon feeling. Hair masks quickly became a thing of 2020, as the nation made the most of the work-from-home life by rocking a hair mask as we tackled emails. Oils like coconut and olive oil have been used for beauty benefits for centuries and are great to apply on your mane once a week before washing. To really treat yourself, try making a Moringa, Honey and Avocado hair mask. Add 1 tablespoon of moringa oil, 1 tablespoon of honey, and 1 ripe avocado to a blender and blend till soft. Apply over the whole head and leave for 30 minutes before your usual wash routine. Not only does it moisturize and condition, it detangles, promotes healthy hair growth, protects against breakage, and nourishes the scalp.
WINTER WALKS From the South Downs Way to the Jurassic Coast, here in southern England we are truly blessed to have such an extensive choice of walking routes and hiking opportunities on the doorstep. Last year, the Nation fell in love with walking and truthfully, we can’t think of a better way to get fit and improve your health all whilst experiencing Britain’s
great outdoors first hand! Whether you want to go it alone, join friends and family or make it a group activity, hiking is one of life’s simple pleasures. Although Christmas may be over, but winter is far from finished, so there’s still plenty of time to invest in some comfortable yet stylish walking attire that will keep you snug.
Here are our top picks...
Berghaus Men’s Cornice Interactive Jacket from £225, available at www.berghaus.com.
Merrell Men’s Ontario Suede Mid hiking boots from £130, available at www.merrell.com.
The North Face Mens Cornice II 1/4 Zip Fleece from £50, available at www.cotswoldoutdoor.com
Top Tips... Wash your face morning and night You probably already know this, but it’s important to wash your face twice a day. In the morning, it’s a great way to shock your body into wakefulness, and at night, it’s a great way to clear the skin of any pollutants and traces of dirt that might otherwise transfer onto your pillow and back onto your skin.
this winter Protecting your skin from the cold with our Top Tips and favourite products
Clear away dead skin sells Exfoliating your skin is crucial to keeping it healthy, especially during the colder months. Using a light exfoliator will help to clear dead skin cells and remove blackheads and traces of dirt which can clog up the pores. Keep skin hydrated Moisturiser is a fantastic way to rehydrate your skin during the winter, especially when the cold weather can dry it out. Find a moisturiser suitable for your skin type (dry, oily or combination) and use twice a day after you wash your face to protect your face from the harsh weather.
Exposure to the cold weather can cause havoc with your skin during the winter months, creating dryness, redness and sensitivity that can leave skin irritated. There are ways to protect your skin from the winter though, and we’ve sourced some tried and tested methods and fantastic products to help you do so.
1. Natural and organic beauty pioneer Sue Stowell launched Willow in 2007 with the help of her daughters Bonnie & Tamryn. They set out to provide a range of natural and organic products that would be kind to your skin and the environment. £25, available from www.willowbeautyproducts.co.uk and SenSpa in the New Forest. 2. Barbershop Botanicals in West Meon have a fantastic range of products including Face Wash, Beard Oil and Shave Sets. Beard Care Gift Set £45, available from their HQ , from HÄLSA Cosmetics in Petersfield, Farside Barbers in Winchester, Wild Things in Alresford and Cobbs Farm Shop in Winchester. Visit www.barbershopbotanicals.co.uk.
3. Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Brightening & Exfoliating Daily Cleanser specifically tackles dark spots and discolouration, whilst its active ingredients purify the skin, battle environmental pollutants and improve overall visible clarity. From £28, available at www.kiehls.co.uk.
found inner peace in organisation and its benefits it can have on us, physically and mentally. With a nudge from her parents, Anabel started to discover how therapeutic decluttering can be. Anabel’s work-life and passions have always required organisation as a core skill, working in retail, hospitality and as a science lab manager. It wasn’t until October when Make Room with Anabel launched, born from a desire to integrate Anabel’s skills, knowledge and passions alongside her busy working-mum life.
Her holistic approach focuses on creating a space aligned with the client’s needs and that brings them calm and joy, enhancing their mental wellbeing whilst physically restoring peace within the space. Having a scientific background allows Anabel to use her technical expertise to classify and assemble items in a way which utilises and maximises your existing space. Last year saw a surge in love for Decluttering and Organising. Internet sensations like Marie Kondo have taught millions the insightful ways of Japanese organising whilst addictively bingeworthy series, including Netflix’s ‘The Home Edit’ offer tips and tricks on how to de-clutter and efficiently organise our space. For consumers in modern society, the instant ability to buy new things often leaves us with a surplus of items we do not need, or indeed love. Instead, these often-one-off purchases are stored away in a cupboard and mentally labelled ‘I must get around to using that’. In part, it can be difficult as an individual to decide what to keep, donate or throw away, especially if a form of emotional attachment has formed. Newly launched in October 2020, Make Room with Anabel is a professional decluttering and organising service with a holistic approach. Founder Anabel, who is based in Waterlooville, Hampshire, has had a love for the organisation since a young age. She explains that, like most, she grew up as a messy teenager, but Anabel soon
Her hands-on work ethic and love for DIY plays a big part in putting the finishing touch on each space makeover. Anabel’s services include inperson and video call (Skype/Zoom/WhatsApp), to guide you through the decluttering and organising process, leaving you feeling refreshed, calmer, happier allowing for free time, money and energy to use on the things that really matter to you. Anabel is a member of APDO (Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers), registered with ICO (Information Comissioner’s Office) and fully insured. Whether you’re welcoming a new baby, downsizing or need help with bereavement, Anabel can help you create a space that looks nice and works well for your dream life. To find out more about Anabel’s services, please visit www.makeroomwithanabel.com. To book your initial consultation, call 07787 889576 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Facebook & Instagram: @makeroomwithAnabel.
6 STEPS... 1. Breathe: It is vital, it creates space, calms the mind and body and makes us present.
2. Visualise: Imagine how you would like your
house/workplace to look like, how you would like to feel in it, what would make your everyday life easier, etc.
3. Start small: Think which areas would be
the most manageable, would help relieve the most anxiety or give you the most gratification. Break it down in small chunks.
4. Declutter first: Use the following categories to help you decide where an item belongs. Keep – Archive – Donate/Gift/Sell – Upcycle/Repurpose – Recycle – Discard. Keep these in mind when organising.
5. Celebrations – Make sure you take a breath and a few moments to celebrate your milestones! That feeling of satisfaction will be the fuel that keeps you going.
6. Ask for help – Above all remember that you don’t have to do this by yourself !
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THE RETURN OF
nce considered as dreary and uninspiring, the beige interior trend has had a makeover. Say goodbye to bland and lifeless rooms, and hello to a new way of styling neutrals. Beige has recently and rapidly gained traction, becoming a chic alternative for design enthusiasts. It has well and truly replaced grey as the minimalist’s favourite neutral. After years of grey hues dominating the interior design world as the neutral go-to, people are turning towards warmer, homely hues, embracing a colour scheme of off-whites, sands, champagnes and terracottas. From beautifully layered minimalist tone-on-tone designs to classic elegance bursting with accessories, beige works well with just a variety of interior styles.
Whether you’re into minimalist Scandi, earthy boho or are simply looking to play around with your current setup, it’s easy for you to incorporate this style into your own living environment.
“AN EPITOME OF ELEGANCE AND CLASS, BEIGE EVOKES THE FEELINGS OF SUBTLE SOPHISTICATION.”
Textures As we know, there can be a fine line between beige looking boring, and beige looking brilliant. The excitement is within the layers and the built up juxtaposition of textures. After some inspiration? Update your bedsheets to natural-linen fabrics and cover your bed in wonderful, woollen throws. Swap your plastic wash-baskets for woven or seagrass alternatives. Decorate vases with large, dried bouquets of flowers or pampas grass and adorn floors with textured faux-fur rugs. Together
this helps elevate the different neutral textures and tones, creating a cosy and peaceful space. Have a browse on Made.com for some serious interiors inspiration. They have a whole host of textured items to suit this trend. Our current favourites are their Havana Seagrass Laundry Basket (£79) and Tropeka Armchair in Faux Sheepskin (£179).
Colour Schemes Beige colour schemes have recently been trending as they feel welcoming and refined. It is sunny, sandy and warm. An epitome of elegance and class,
“NATURAL ACCESSORIES WITH INTERESTING SHAPES OR IMPERFECT DETAILS ADD COMPLEXITY TO PLAIN BEIGE SURFACES.” beige evokes the feelings of subtle sophistication. However, beige on beige, on top of more beige, can appear lacklustre and dull. When it comes to building colour in your living space, there are a few routes you can go down. For the boho desert and modern Mediterranean interior style, think about introducing warm shades such as terracotta, burnt orange and deep reds. A second option could be to mix and match neutral bases. Go for a tonal look and layer up varying tones of beige, sand, ochre, khaki, taupe and cream. Give richness to a pale beige scheme with chocolate brown accents and dark wood furniture for a more elegant feel. A final suggestion would be to keep things monochrome, by incorporating white, grey and black. Be bold and select black accents for lighting, table legs and accessories. This helps your living environment to look clean and contemporary, with sharp contrasts throughout the room.
Natural Materials Beige goes hand in hand with natural materials. Sometimes you just can’t beat the basics, keeping your flooring and furnishings simple and uncomplicated. Why not pair beige with lots of beautifully grained woods to add richness and tactility to pared-back spaces. On top of this, choose natural accessories with interesting shapes or imperfect details to add visual complexity to plain beige surfaces. The current trend is incorporating bamboo furnishings and rattan finishes. Boho beige uses rattan and ricker to Products featured: Havana Seagrass Laundry Basket (£79) and Tropeka Armchair in Faux Sheepskin (£179) both from www.made.com Thacker Bamboo Layered Shade (£55) from www.habitat.co.uk
create a natural, rustic and shabby-chic space. We’re loving bamboo lighting at the moment. Habitat has an array of designs in, and our current favourite is the Thacker Bamboo Layered Shade (£55). Inspired by organic forms and made from bamboo, the light is carefully crafted into an eye-catching design and will add texture to your beige space.
Say goodbye to bland and lifeless rooms, and hello to a new way of styling neutrals.
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M E N TA L H E A LT H Communication is the key to human happiness and good mental health, but many of us lack the opportunity of having good social contact because we live alone or feel disconnected from those we live with and have had to deal with the extra pressures of the pandemic.
he huge social changes we have all experienced in the last year have put everyone under pressure in one way or the other. Restrictions on our freedom to move around, visit and meet up with friends and family, work and financial issues have all combined to edge some of us close to breaking point, or at the very least to induce feelings from low mood to mild depression.
â€œA good way to start the day can be to do a quick mental Gratitude List to help lift your mood.â€?
Some of us are fortunate to have friends and family we can talk to when we are feeling particularly low, but not everyone has those strong connections. So it is good to know that the NHS has recognised the need for mental health support, and are offering Talking Therapies, or psychological therapies, that are confidential treatments delivered by fully trained and accredited NHS practitioners, who
can help with common mental health problems like stress, anxiety and depression. These talking therapies can be accessed via the NHS website, or a GP can refer patients, or they can refer themselves via the website without the referral from a GP. The Mental Health Foundation, a UK charity, is another very useful resource and support organisation whose mission is to help people to
thrive through understanding, protecting, and sustaining their mental health. The majority of us have been on a dramatic anxiety roller coaster ride in recent times.
“Research has shown that just by moving our facial muscles into a smile can stimulate feel-good hormones.” We all crave certainty, and we have had to make major adjustments to the way we live and see our future. The freedoms we have taken for granted in the past have been curtailed because of the pandemic, but we can use this experience to redefine our lives and re-programme the way we think and even feel. Most of us now understand the value of our connections with family members, friends and business colleagues. The higher levels of joy we are feeling now when we connect with our nearest and dearest, are making each encounter seem special. It is these relationships that often sustain us through times of stress and tragedy, and we have all been able to learn how to value them much more. Making time to keep in touch with family and friends, on the phone or face time calls, by letter or sending a special card, knowing how these things can brighten your day and those you connect with. So as we move into this new and hopefully better year of 2021, these relationships and connections can be the cornerstone to our own good mental health.
“We can use this pandemic experience to redefine our lives and re-programme the way we think and even feel.”
Learning to be happy with the smaller things in life - having a coffee with a friend, going for a walk as a family, discovering the joys and beauty of our surroundings, living closer to nature, making time to really relax alone or with others and ensuring you get enough sleep. Research has shown that just by moving our facial muscles into a smile can stimulate feel-good hormones. According to experts in the field of happiness, it isn’t completely dependent on the way we experience our lives. It can be more about seeking well-being and balance in all aspects of our lives and about creating more positive experiences than negative ones. A good way to start the day can be to do a quick mental Gratitude List to help lift your mood. Find things that make us happy by immersing ourselves in our hobbies, music, creating a beautiful garden, baking cakes for family and friends or reading a good book.
Simple relaxation techniques such as learning to breathe more deeply and becoming more present in the moment with mindfulness can really help us to deal with the added pressures of life. Improving our fitness levels with more time outdoors - forest bathing and connecting with nature, even wild swimming for the daring who don’t mind the cold water or playing your favourite music and dancing as though no one is watching you! But most important of all - if you feel that you could do with someone to talk to about your stress levels, anxiety and low mood, then seek help and advice from your GP.
For further information and help: NHS Talking Therapies: www.nhs.uk/talkingtherapies Mental Health Foundation: www.mentalhealth.org.uk
Celebrating the History of Winchester’s Oldest Book Shop P&G Wells is not only one of the oldest independent bookshops in the country but also lays claims to being Winchester’s longest-running retail business, trading since the 1700s. Beautiful South’s, Lily Lloyd chats to Current Manager Steve Scholey to discover the rich history of the Bookshop… As Steve explains, The Wells name has been associated with the shop at 11 College Street for nearly 200 years, since 1834 when Joseph Wells started as an apprentice to the previous owner. Joseph managed the shop from 1845, going on to become sole owner from 1866 to 1890. After his death, Joseph’s sons Philip and George refitted the shop, installing the current frontage with its display windows in 1891, one of the shops most recognisable features which makes everyone stop and look. The ‘new’ front staircase added in 1911 extended the shop into the former living space on the first floor.
to maintain the traditional style and period features such as the mahogany counter and bookshelves which have been in use for over a hundred years. “We change the window regularly adding new books as they come in and mounting themed displays. During the first lockdown we even had a thank you note from a customer telling us how much they enjoyed the changing displays.” Steve shares.
“THE WELLS NAME HAS BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THE SHOP FOR NEARLY 200 YEARS.”
Phillip Wells and his family kept the bookshop running across several generations. His granddaughter Monique and her husband Jan Fuchs ran the business from 1948 for nearly four decades until 1982, expanding the shop and its children’s department. Since 1983 a partnership with Winchester College has enabled the shop to continue to trade under the name of P & G Wells.
“Bookselling has changed significantly in recent years,” said Steve, “and so must we as a business. We have improved our IT systems and introduced a new website, giving us a platform to offer better customer service across all our operations.” P&G Wells not only operates from the College Street shop but has a branch at the University of Winchester, supplies schools direct, and offers pop-up bookselling at schools, festivals and other events across Hampshire and further afield.
P&G Wells is one of 130 UK bookshops to have signed up to Bookshop (www.Bookshop.org): a new online platform launched in November to help independent bookshops take on Amazon and allow loyal customers to continue supporting their local book shops.
Over the next few decades, the shop was run by Matthew Huntley and then Crispin Drummond, who managed P&G Wells up until early in 2020. Since April, Steve Scholey has taken on the role of looking after one of Winchester’s best-loved shops. As it has not been an easy time to take over the shop during lockdown, the immediate priority for Steve and his team was to continue getting books into the hands of the shop’s loyal customers, including delivering to their door by bicycle, if they were unable to collect from the shop.
Giving an Old Shop New Life Despite the current challenges this past year, Steve explains how the team have been working hard to add a breath of fresh air to the historic building. A priority throughout this process has been
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Move over disrupted sleep, headaches and sluggishness, the next generation of drinks are here and they’re nohangover guaranteed. Alcohol alternatives are becoming increasingly popular thanks to a cultural shift to look after our mind and bodies and steer away from the weekend binges. Countless brands are launching into the alcohol-free market, backed by existing alcohol connoisseurs. In this case, sober is the new sexy. There are now plenty of low-alcohol and alcohol-free potions to choose from, so that you can enjoy a crafted delicious beverage and still wake up hangover free. We’ve selected a few of our favourites to try this new year, to help get you on the right track to a more sustainable drinking habit.
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Torres Natureo De-Alcoholised Muscat, 0% ABV A big name when it comes to Spanish wine, Torres have turned their hand to alcohol-free varieties to complement their main range. Made from Muscat grapes, the Torres Natureo de-alcoholised Muscat is fresh and fruity on the palate, whilst its 0% alcohol properties make it a great apéritif. From £5.99, available at www.waitrosecellar.com
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Husband and Wife duo Red and Kate Johnson from Exbury in Hampshire developed Highball cocktails in Autumn 2019, after seeking alcohol free alternatives to their favourite cocktails. The small range of Highball Cocktails are delicious, convenient and suitable for both social occasions and to enjoy at home. The Ginger Dram delivers the zest and warmth of ginger, spice and orange, pairing perfectly with the rich flavour of whisky with only 78 calories per bottle.
Founded by British entrepreneur and television personality Spencer Matthews, Cleanco., create spirits using a traditional distillation process, to produce sophisticated grown-up drinks, with a fraction of the alcohol and calories. In 2019 they launched their CleanGin, which has all the crisp botanical-driven taste of some of the world’s greatest gin cocktails, but with over 30 times less alcohol.
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ot quite breakfast yet not quite lunch, Brunch is a staple of the modern weekend lifestyle. This mid-meal phenomenon is the perfect combination of two out of our three main meals of the day and can range from sweet to savoury, little or large. Usually consumed around 10-11 am, Brunch sets the tone for a relaxed day, as there’s no real rush to get up. It’s late enough to build up a healthy appetite, whilst also satisfying our stomachs as an early lunch, putting us in a good temper to fuel through the afternoon.
Since then, Brunch has come a long way. So why is it so popular? Thanks to Popular Culture and television with series like Sex and the City, the concept of Brunch has been associated with a glamorous lifestyle of leisure; to enjoy on the weekends as a means to catch up with friends. More recently, the foodie social media trend has become a platform to boast your brunch to those across the world, especially using the ever so cliché boomerang.
The perfect social gathering at which to share stories of Saturday night’s debauchery. Brunch originally began as a Sunday affair, with English writer Guy Beringer credited as the first person to propose the idea of a meal in between breakfast and lunch in his 1985 essay “Brunch: A Plea.” He states: “brunch would serve as the perfect remedy for Sunday morning hangovers - and it could be the perfect social gathering at which to share stories of Saturday night’s debauchery”.
You always need an excuse to Brunch, so we have categorised each one for you to rationalise your spending…
1. Day-to-day Brunch This is for your meetings, catch up with friends or a quick grab-and-go. Smoothie and Acai bowls are a statement dish here, topped with a variety of fresh fruit, granola, seeds, nuts, peanut butter and more. The rise of the avocado, especially amongst millennials, has meant that it is more often than not you’ll find a plate of smashed avocado on sourdough bread with a poached egg on top, followed by a healthy pressed juice of some sort.
2. Hangover Brunch One of the things the Brits are known for, your traditional English Sunday Brunch. The whole shebang is required for this; to be shared across the table in a buffet sort of style. Bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs, hash browns, beans, eggy bread, black pudding and more, nothing is off-limits here. Not forgetting the plenty of fluids to replenish your body including orange juice, coffee and maybe even a Bloody Mary to see you through to the other side.
3. Boozy Brunch From curing a hangover to causing a hangover, the Bottomless Brunch Boomers are glorified across social media. Essentially, a Bottomless Brunch is where you pay for your meal and a time slot to enjoy an unlimited amount of prosecco or cocktails for an hour or two. From fluffy American pancakes topped with bacon and drizzled in maple syrup to eggs benedict, the choice is endless, with burgers even making it onto the bottomless brunch menu. Basically, any substantial meal that will help soak up the fizz. What’s clear is that Brunch represents a culinary pillar of our society and if this hasn’t already persuaded you to book a brunch for this weekend, then schedule a time in the near future to sleep in a while longer, catch up with friends and enjoy some delicious food.
Kutchenhaus, Petersfield’s new high-quality German kitchens is now open! “Kutchenhaus” was established in 2004 to allow homeowners to buy the highest quality German designer kitchens, at the lowest possible price, without sacrificing quality or service. The new Petersfield showroom is the third of two successful Kutchenhaus franchises opened by Andy Barwell and Paul Turner, following the Chichester branch opening in 2017, Romsey branch in 2018. There are now over 30 Kutchenhaus franchises in the UK! Our successful team welcome you to visit the new showroom nestled in the heart of Petersfield town centre, at 33 High Street, with parking close for your ease. John Le Masurier, the Petersfield Showroom Manager has over 20 years in the industry and commented, “We are really looking forward to meeting and serving new customers and have been blown away by the unbelievable generosity
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It was almost a revelation when I realised my father may have left us the answer with the wildflower meadow created in his memory. share this together. Most importantly, adopters will be helping to preserve the future of the Trust so it can continue its renowned conservation, research and educational work to protect the world’s bird of prey populations. Created in 1995, the seven-acre meadow is an integral part of the visitor experience. Serving as a display arena and highlighting the importance of wild habitats and biodiversity for birds of prey, it has become a special place for many people whether it be for memories of watching beautiful birds fly across the wild flowers; the setting for wedding photos; or a place to remember time spent enjoying nature with a loved one.
The Hawk Conservancy Trust: The Hawk Conservancy Trust, which undertakes conservation and research work throughout the UK and overseas, usually raises much of its money through the operation of its visitor centre near Andover in Hampshire but last year’s lockdown periods and ongoing operational restrictions as a result of Covid-19 have led to a drastic reduction in the number of visitors able to purchase tickets.
Created in 1995, the seven acre meadow is an integral part of the visitor experience. Thinking hard about ways to address the shortfall, Ashley Smith, son of the Trust’s late founder Reg is hoping the solution lies with the legacy of a wildflower meadow planted at the Trust in memory of his father 25 years ago. Ashley said: “We have a really supportive community who have recognised our work to
conserve birds of prey over the years, of which we’re really grateful, yet we have never been in a position to feel forced to simply ask people for money to secure the future of the Trust. It was almost a revelation when I realised my father may have left us the answer with the wildflower meadow created in his memory.” Instead of just appealing for donations, Ashley and the team have devised a campaign to offer people the chance to adopt a plot of Reg’s Wildflower Meadow. For £100, supporters can become a Guardian of the Meadow, either for themselves or as a gift, choosing their plot from among the six areas named after the wildflower species that thrive there and form the stunning backdrop to many of the spectacular bird flying displays. If £100 seems a stretch for some at the moment, given the difficult financial pressures many are under there is the option to fundraise for a plot or simply club together with friends and family to
The meadow is part of the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s bird of prey visitor centre at Weyhill near Andover, Hampshire. Rated Hampshire’s number one attraction by TripAdvisor, it is also home to the National Bird of Prey Hospital™. More information on the Guardians of the Meadow appeal and online adoption options can be found at www.hawk-conservancy.org/support-us/ meadow-appeal Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @HawkConservancy
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2021 is all about revitalising, refreshments and new starts - the ideal time to consider revamping your home, indoors and outdoors. Big or small, a New Year’s renovation project is a great way to breathe new life into your living environment and there are plenty of ways to update your home without the messy overhaul or vast expense of remodelling. From small changes, or a whole new project, Beautiful South Magazine can share some inspiration on where to start. Once completed, these touches go a long way to improving your indoor and outdoor living space.
“Lighting is an essential aspect as it enhances the aesthetic appeal and creates the ambience of a living space.”
REFRESH… Rather than bidding farewell to your sofa or dining chairs, you can reupholster your furniture to immediately update your home. By adding new fabric to an existing armchair or sofa can create a chic modern style that will look as good as new. Easier additions, such as swapping in new throws or cushion covers each season is a great way to give your living room a fresh feel.
REVAMP… You don’t need to fork out on expensive redecorating fees to revamp. Whether you gloss your walls, kitchen cupboards or even front door, adding new pops of colour to your home can make it feel like an entirely new space. Other small touches you can update your home with can include: updating a kitchen backsplash with new tiles, replacing doorknobs, light switches and handles or even styling your walls with artwork and prints. The possibilities are endless.
RADIATE… But choose your colours carefully, consider the natural light sources, avoid dark colours in rooms that are already dark. Of course, lighting is an
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RE-ESTABLISH… Speaking of the outdoors, the growth in the ‘outside room’ industry has been enormous in recent years with a huge range of options to select from, including restored shepherd’s huts, tree houses, fully insulated summer houses, purpose built and fully insulated and plumbed outside rooms for work, play or even as additional guest accommodation. Harmonise your indoor-outdoor living with Bi-fold or clear glass sliding doors to help make the connection, leading to a new outdoor living/dining space. Whatever you choose to do, step inside your home as though you are a visitor and think about that first impression. Consider how the rooms flow together and brainstorm what small changes you could make that will make a big difference in creating a fabulous home.
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ince 2014 the Veganuary campaign has inspired more than one million animal produce consumers, across 192 countries, to switch to a vegan diet for January. Many of them will not return to eating meat, fish, dairy, eggs and any other foods from an animal source. The campaign works with businesses to drive up vegan food provision in shops and restaurants and works with more than 600 companies each year, with more than 1200 new vegan products and menus launched for Veganuary 2020. The previous year saw the launch of more vegan products than any nation as the number of vegans in Great Britain quadrupled between 2014 to 2019.
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Lifestyle Vegans For fully committed vegans, it is not just about eating plant-based foods; it can be a total lifestyle choice that includes sourcing cosmetics, toiletries, clothing, footwear and other non-food items that are free from animal products.
Vegan Events As we settle down to the dark days of winter, we can look forward to some exciting, fairly local vegan events coming up in 2021. VFestUK, a huge new vegan camping, music and food event is planned for 11th-13th June at the Dinton Pastures Country Park, near Wokingham, Berkshire, close to the north Hampshire border. This huge new vegan camping event will feature outdoor activities, live shows, headline acts, celebrity chefs, global speakers, amazing stalls and international vegan food. Fleet Food Festival will have a Vegan Village at their event between 19th and 20th June 2021. Both Southampton and Portsmouth host annual vegan events, usually in November.
s handwritten correspondence a thing of the past? Not if I can help it! My name is Gabrielle, and I am the one-woman-enterprise behind Dunwell Calligraphy, a Southampton-based art studio specializing in calligraphy, engraving, and pyrography. Believe it or not, calligraphy is everywhere. From shop signs to logos, you’d be hard-pressed not to find some element of the ancient art in your (preCOVID) commute. Despite the ubiquity of it though, it still took me a while to find it myself. There was no magical calling to calligraphy for me. Nor was there a burning desire to create beautiful writing. I didn’t have a “Eureka!” moment. I simply needed something to do in my spare time, so I consulted Google, looked at lists that covered “hobbies for introverts”, and the rest, as they say, was history.
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In the age of everything being digital and instant, there is something so sentimental about calligraphy. It is slow and deliberate, with each letter of each word being formed in a unique, specific way.
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Just my cup of tea In 2019, Polestar revealed the 2, its first fully electric, high-volume model. It arrived in the UK during 2020 and comes with 402bhp / 660Nm, all-wheel drive, a 78kWh battery pack and a WLTP range of 292 miles. The car has a saloon-look body style, but is actually a five-door hatchback with a slightly elevated ride height. This gives it a unique profile while still offering decent family practicality. With a price of around £50,000, you would rightly expect a svelte and plush interior and the Polestar 2 delivers in most areas. The front layout is simple but attractive, with well-chosen materials that give the 2 an inviting feel. Wood trim and fabric help make the interior default vegan-friendly, but you can choose leather upholstery as an optional extra.
THE POLESTAR 2 CERTAINLY GRIPS WELL AS IT CARVES THROUGH LONGER CORNERS, GIVING THE DRIVER PLENTY OF CONFIDENCE...
Mounted in the middle of the minimalist dashboard, the 11-inch portrait infotainment screen is the world’s first to get Android’s in-car infotainment software ‘Android Automotive OS’. It offers Google Assistant, Google Maps and apps, so offers a good experience if you’re an Android smartphone user, while Polestar claims Apple CarPlay will be coming at a later date. Boot space is a reasonable 405 / 1,095 litres and the powered tailgate aids practicality. There’s a further 35-litre space under the bonnet for charge cables and windscreen wash, etc. There is just the one very well equipped ‘trim’ level for the Polestar 2 at launch. Power from the 78kWh battery bank drives two electric motors sending power to all four wheels. Each produces 201bhp and 330Nm of torque. The result is an impressively quick family hatch that can zip from 0 to 62mph in 4.7 seconds. Drive is direct and seamless, with the Polestar 2 topping out at 127mph. As with all electric cars, most owners are expected to home-charge or work-charge most of the time. If you use a 7kWh system, recharging to 100 per cent will take around 11 hours. However, Polestar’s approved wallbox it
will supply power at 11kW which will recharge to 100 per cent in about five and a half hours. A 150kW DC rapid charger will top up to 80 per cent capacity in about 40 minutes, while a 50kW rapid charger will take around an hour to get to 80 per cent. The Polestar 2 certainly grips well as it carves through longer corners, giving the driver plenty of confidence. You can tell the battery pack gives the car a low centre of gravity, but the steering is numb and lifeless. The Polestar 2 is a genuinely likeable electric car with a useful range, slick infotainment, good performance and great build quality, along with a certain cool factor that will aid its departure from showrooms. Testing the Google Assistant, I asked it to tell me a joke and it responded…”I don’t really like coffee, it’s not my cup of tea”.
I have to say, the innovative Polestar 2 is my cup of tea. By Wayne Gorrett
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