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Do you believe in

January 2014


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Fashion that you & your wardrobe will adore



Get fit whilst looking fabulous




pages of top tips from Cotswold Style’s Women in Business

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Parlour Farm create beautiful handmade kitchens. Whether choosing from our bespoke range or from our Smart kitchens, the same dedication in design and quality is found throughout all our manufacturing.

Meet our friendly team and view our show kitchens at:12,Wilkinson Road, Love Lane Industrial Est, Cirencester, GLOS GL7 1YT

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Parlour Farm have developed a brand new extensive range of modular kitchen units available to order online. This stunning range has been carefully designed to be customised in a variety of colours and handles and meets the demand of those customers who require high quality but without the need for bespoke tailoring.

For more information or to order visit our website

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Gloucester Quays open new cinema Invited guests were treated to a tour of one of the new 10 cineworld screens at Gloucester Quays and a promotional video was also screened to promote the diversity of Peel Holding (Owner of Gloucester Quays) investments. A delicious lunch was served in the temporary tented Shire tavern in Pillar and Lucy Square by Williams Kitchen staff.

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JANUARY 10 Out and About

61 How Your Garden Grows

101 Laura Leigh

Your guide to the very best events happening in and around the Cotswolds this month

Charles Price of Graduate Gardeners offers his invaluable tips for our gardens this winter

Transform your hair with Laura Leigh’s six top tips

113 Circle to Success 14 Real Life Life coach, Sara Lewis, gives us the motivational advice we need to accompany our resolutions

26 Hot Property We feature some of the most beautiful properties that are for sale or to let in and around the Cotswolds

30 School Report Celebrating the success of schools across Gloucestershire as we head into another term

35 Women In Business Our 16 page supplement of the most powerful and innovative women in the Cotswolds

66 Pet Problems? Alison of Vets on The Park answers all of our pet dilemmas

117 Cowley Manor 68 The Good Life Mandy Hall speaks with the founder of Cotswold Farm Park, Joe Henson

Find out how to hire Cowley Manor exclusively on your wedding day

125 Bordeaux Undiscovered 76 Cheltenham Fashion Week We take a look back over the most fashionable week in Cheltenham

82 Golden Winter Weddings Four pages of glamourous, golden winter wedding inspiration

90 Fabulous Fitness Fashion Lucy Denver showcases a range of luxurious gym wear, making you look and feel good

54 Cosy Living

92 Grace & Glamour

Indulgent inspiration for our living rooms.

Grace visits Barnsley House for some much needed pampering


Suzanne Hall-Gibbins tells us about the C2S Executive Forum at the Chelsea Brasserie

Nick Stephens shares his delicious Beef Wellington recipe with us

133 Outsmart temptation How to shed those xmas pounds

EVENTS 04 Gloucester Quays 17 Investec 48 Ladies Lunch 53 Cheltenham Fashion Week 71 Harrison Clark Rickerbys 143 Blade with Phil Vickery


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welcome Senior Partner Paul Bates 01242 220239 Partner Mark Cuzner 07917 821577 Business Development Manager Ian McRorie 07917 175919

Office Manager Carley O’Dea 01242 220239 Production Consultant Hilary Collier 01242 220239


Editorial Designer Nick Clark


A HAIR BOOT CAMP SESSION AT CREAM Schwarzkopf’s BC Fibre Force, is a boot camp regime for your hair. Suitable for hair that’s in of some serious TLC, BC Fibre Force will restore your hair’s natural strength and vitality. Two lucky winners will receive BC Fibre Force micro infusion treatments at Cream and a blow dry. They will also receive a full set of the BC Fibre Force products to take home (shampoos, conditioners, spray conditioners and treatments). To enter, email before the closing date of 31st January 2014. Two winners will be chosen at random and notified. Good luck!

editor’s foreword

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a truly magical Christmas and welcomed 2014 in style. I’m particularly excited about our January issue, not only due to the fantasic features but it’s also my very first issue as Editor with Cotswold Style! January is all about new starts and with Christmas now firmly behind us, we’re all looking to revamp not only ourselves but our homes, too. Our first issue of 2014 is filled with lust-worthy fashion (pages 90-93)and indulgent interiors (page 54) that will leave you wanting to invest in a new wardrobe and update your living room. The presence of women in the boardroom and in the workplace is an issue I care deeply about. As a result, I am proud to see our January issue marking the return of our annual Cotswold Style’s Women in Business (page 35). Our intern, Rosie Webber, together with Eric Barton researched and compiled our 16 page supplement that is filled with powerful and inspirational women.They each share the stories of their success and in turn offer invaluable advice to us all. Do take a look, you may notice some familiar faces. Who knows, you could be so inspired by these women that it will be you on our list next year! Another feature that I have been looking forward to sharing with you is our Golden Winter Weddings photo-shoot (page 82). Taking place at Manor By The Lake and featuring a range of outstanding wedding suppliers from right here in the Cotswolds, we have four pages of glamorous, golden glamour gracing our pages. Just you wait until you see the seriosuly stunning Ian Stuart wedding dresses from Wedding Days of Cheltenham... I do hope you enjoy the latest issue and that it leaves you eagerly awaiting February’s issue. We always love to hear from our readers, so do get in touch to let us know what you think of the new issue. Have a wonderful January and see you next month!

Natalie Letch, Editor, @CotswoldStyle Twitter followers


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Cover image: James Lakeland blue lace dress, price: £199 – Cotswold Style is published monthly by Cotswold Style Ltd, based at Suite 104, Eagle Tower, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1TA. Reproduction of any material, in whole or in part, is strictly forbidden without the prior written consent of the publishers. All material is sent at the owner’s risk and whilst every care is taken, Cotswold Style will not accept liability for loss or damage. Dates, information and prices quoted are believed to be correct at time of going to press but are subject to change and no responsibility is accepted for any errors or omissions. Neither the editor nor publisher accepts responsibility for any material submitted, whether photographic or otherwise. All rights reserved. ISSN no. 1756-6673.




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HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH HOTEL DU VIN CHELTENHAM! As we welcome in 2014 with our new diary of events, do join us in the fashionable heart of Montpellier for some exciting occasions at Hotel du Vin in our 20th Anniversary Year!! Cheers to our Event Organisers Thursday 9th January 6pm-8pm Open Evening Do you have the important role of booking events for your Company, Charity or Family celebrations? Then this event is designed with you in mind. Join us for informal cocktails and canapés and toast in the New Year with us. Be among friends, hear how we can help with your events and see ideas to impress your guests! RSVP WEDDING OPEN EVENING Thursday 6th February With Thomas Cook and If Only Holiday and Honeymoon Specialists. For those newly engaged, celebrating that special anniversary or planning weddings you will fall in love again with this event, it’s only a dream away!

Discover faraway places, escape to warmer climates with our VIP hosts on this special evening. Pre-booking essential as space is limited. Call Linda & Emma for details on 01242 588450 WINTER WARMING SWING DANCE Saturday 18th January Saturday the 18th sees the 8th annual Winter Warmer Dance return to Gloucester, this year featuring the 



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amazing live band; The Inteli-Gents. This harmony trio specialise in the classics from the 1940’s and 50’s and make their debut performance in Gloucester at this event. They are guaranteed to get you on your feet and provide some ‘swing dance therapy’. Taking place at the Walls Sports and Social club with the doors opening at 7:30 and tickets starting at £11 when booked in advance and on the door for £13. CLASSIC GHOSTS Tuesday 21st – Saturday 25nd January Award-winning actor Jack Shepherd stars in a lavish new production of two spine-chilling masterpieces CHELTENHAM CONCERT SERIES - BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Thursday 30th January

‘eat well, enjoy wine, love life’ hour demonstration before you enjoy a two course lunch, featuring a dish that has been demonstrated that day. The January topic is Braising & Pie Fillings. Tickets are priced at £15 per person including an hour demonstration and a two course lunch. Booking is essential as places are limited. To find out more and to book, call 01242 527788. CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE TO BE PART OF THE RIZZLEKICKS NEW UK TOUR Sunday 2nd March Platinum selling duo Rizzle Kicks, whose new critically acclaimed album “Roaring 20s” stormed into the chart at no.3 providing a much needed blast of their signature irresistible pop, have announced a massive tour of the UK, to include a gig at The Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse. Their brand new single, “Skip To The Good Bit”, was released on November 4th through Island Records. Tickets on sale at Tickets cost £17.50 plus booking fee.


Pianist Ronald Brautigam explores deep emotions in an expansive, truly glorious work from Mozart, encompassing melancholy and mischief. Whereas Mozart delighted, Beethoven confounded with his epic Third Symphony performed here tonight. Conductor Kees Bakels Piano Ronald Brautigam. Mozart: Overture to Der Schauspieldirektor and Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat, K.482; Beethoven: Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55, Eroica 7.30pm. Tickets from £10.

THE MONTPELLIER CHAPTER’S CHEF’S COOKS CLUB The Cooks Clubs are now running into their third year. They enjoy sharing out knowledge of cooking with you, then enjoying a delicious lunch. Each month the club will start at 11.30am, offering an

THE MICE WHO ATE CHRISTMAS Friday 3rd January Another performance put on by the Badapple Theatre Company portrays the story of two mice who are misled by a newspaper headline that describes Switzerland as the ‘Land of Cheese’. Naturally, the two mice set a course for Switzerland after envisaging streets paved with cheese, rivers flowing with chocolate and even ‘Toblerone Mountains’. The pair take shelter in a church on Christmas Eve, and mistakenly eat through the bellows of the church organ, leaving the Priest devoid of festive music for Midnight Mass. The mice, Edna and Wilbur, then hurry to make amends by writing their own Christmas carol and shape a charmingly cheery Christmas story in the process to be enjoyed by both children and adults from eight and above. The performance starts at 7:30pm at the Frampton Village Hall with tickets from £9.50 / £5 under sixteen’s.


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ALADDIN Until Sunday 12th January 2014 Let the Everyman Theatre be your very own genie and grant your wishes this Christmas with a real festive treat. Join the hero, Aladdin, on his journey from rags to riches, defeating the evil Abanazar and winning the heart of the beautiful princess. Featuring the hilarious antics of Tweedy the Clown from Giffords Circus, the Everyman’s annual family friendly pantomime is a winner, complete with a fantastic flying carpet, magic tricks, good clean fun and frolics with Wishee Washee and Widow Twankey and, of course, wishful thinking with the Genie of the Lamp! Tweedy is returning by popular demand, following his run-away success last year, along with William Elliott as Widow Twankey. Tickets: From £9 to £23 (Family Tickets from £58) available from the Box Office on 01242 572573 or online at

FACES IN AVEBURY STONES Saturday 11th January to Sunday 9th February This exhibition by Di Pattison; the author of two recently published and successful books, features artwork inspired by the monuments included in her books. Di exploits her imagination to recreate drawing and painting equipment potentially used by communities 4500 years ago and then uses these hand-made tools and processes to create a portfolio of pieces over ten years old. The displays will contain pieces of her own work and the tools of which Di herself has created and used and entries from other people inspired by her work. Entry is free, opening times Mon – Sat

10am – 4pm and Sunday 2pm – 4pm at Corinium Museum, Cirencester.

START THE NEW YEAR WITH A LAUGH AT THE BACON THEATRE Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th January 2014 For 2014 Promenade Productions, Cheltenham’s most popular ‘panto provider’ have chosen a pantomime which is a little different from the traditional pantomimes, but comes with more than its fair share of mayhem and merriment! So if you want to be thoroughly entertained, Robin Hood the Panto, is for you. It will have lots of laughs, stunning sets, fabulous costumes, great dance routines, a large cast and lots


of audience participation – a great night out! There will also be 2 matinee performances. Ticket prices £8.00£14.00 and a Family of Four can share the fun for just £30.00 on Wednesday and Thursday performances – a great Christmas gift. To order your tickets call Showcase on 01242 224144 now to reserve the best seats at the lowest prices – tickets on sale from the beginning of October 2013.

MOON TIGER Monday 27th Jan to Saturday 1st February Jane Asher stars in this haunting story of loss and desire, adapted from Penelope Lively’s 1987 Booker Prize-winning novel. 


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breakfast revolution and help bereaved children go into the future with confidence and hope. For more information and to sign up please visit: BRIGHTON MARATHON Sunday 6th April

BURN’S NIGHT Friday 24th January

Be piped in to Dinner. Enjoy a 3 course meal Address to the Haggis 7pm for 7.30pm At Century Hall Social Centre, Shurdington, Glos. GL51 4TA Tickets £27.50 each Available from The LINC Office, Haematology Dept, Cheltenham General Hospital Tel: 0300 422 4422 or online GREAT BRITISH BREKKIE Monday 10th – 16th February

Run for Winston’s Wish - It’s London by the Sea! The Brighton Marathon is now the second largest marathon in the UK and 2014 is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Starting in Preston Park, the route takes you past the iconic Royal Pavilion down to Brighton seafront and along the promenade to Hove and Shoreham Beach. It’s a great day out by the seaside for the whole family and a phenomenal atmosphere for runners and spectators. The fundraising target is £500 with a registration fee of £75 which includes guaranteed entry, a running vest, fundraising support and an enthusiastic cheering squad to motivate you on the day. To secure your place today please call, Louise Brown on 01242 515157, or email

‘eat well, enjoy wine, love life’ priced at just £120, are now on sale with the big event being staged before the home game with Southend United, on Saturday 5th April next year. Fans and businesses can buy Champagne Lunch Tickets from the commercial department on 01242 588104 but they can also buy online from: and using the password ‘CHAMPAGNE’ when prompted. Champagne Lunch tickets can also be bought and picked up at the ticket office located at the Abbey Business Stadium. GLOUCESTER RUGBY V SARACENS Saturday 4th January 3.15pm Gloucester Rugby take on Saracens in the Aviva Premiership on Sat 4 January kick off 3.15pm. Ticket prices start from just £15 for adults and £5 for juniors. Don't miss out – book your tickets now! Visit: GLOUCESTER RUGBY V MUNSTER Friday 10th January Gloucester Rugby take on Munster in the Heineken Cup on 10/11/12 January TBC. Ticket prices start from just £15 for adults and £5 for juniors. Don't miss out – book your tickets now! Visit:


Revive the Great British breakfast to raise vital funds for bereaved children. From the 10th – 16th February Winston’s Wish is asking everyone to hold their own Great British Brekkie! Join in and let’s all revive the tradition of the Great British breakfast with anything from a traditional full English to a good ol’ cuppa and toast. Let your imagination get boiling! Be a part of our 


‘MAKE A STAND’ AT CHELTENHAM TOWN Cheltenham Town are giving fans and local businesses a chance to enjoy what could turn out to be the lunch of a lifetime. The star attraction of an end of season champagne lunch at the Abbey Business Stadium will be a free draw with the winner being awarded the naming rights to the Main Stand for a whole season. The champagne meal ticket also gets you one of the best seats in the stand to watch the action on top of free entry into the Make A Stand draw. Champagne lunch tickets are

CTFC V ACCRINGTON STANLEY Saturday 18th January Home 3pm CTFC V NORTHAMPTON TOWN Saturday 1st February Home 3pm


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“It’s all about self-nourishment” Natalie Letch speaks to life coach, Sara Lewis January. Yes, you know, that month that’s gloomy, overcast and cold. The month many of us dread arriving. After all of the excitement and over-indulgence of Christmas parties and New Year celebrations, we can be left nursing our bank balances and declaring that this year, we will adhere to our endless list of New Year resolutions... So, you’ve decided you to need to make changes to your life. Perhaps you know what direction you want to go in but are not quite so sure of how to get there. Maybe there is something niggling at you and you cannot see the wood for the trees? Well, this is where meeting someone like Sara Lewis could be the answer to your problems. Life coaching is becoming increasingly popular and can provide many of us the opportunity to tweak things in our everyday, so that our lives are enriched. Based in Cheltenham, Sara, of Lewis Life Coaching finds that the majority of her clients have similar qualities; “They are warm, thoughtful, kinesthetic type of people who are compassionate and consider others, but they can worry deeply about what others think of them. Interestingly, that’s something I can see in myself ”. Sara says, ‘being of that nature means you’re in tune with life, more grateful for the everyday and selfless”. Generally, her clients fall into two categories: those with a sense of dissatisfaction but don’t know what the problem is and those that would like a change but don’t know where to start. “Through exercises and discussions, we hopefully come to a point where we identify the problem. It could be that their perception is just slightly distorted, which stems a realisation that there is no problem at all”. 


Self-nourishment is something that Sara deems a necessity, “I stress that clients need to take time out for themselves, we don’t do enough of it. I take a very realistic approach to coaching; life gets in the way and we have to do the daily chores, go to work and look after the children but there is always time. It’s about the simple things, like taking yourself to the coffee shop for half an hour or reading a magazine”. Sara adds, “By doing so, you allow yourself space to think allowing new ideas to increase. It can be small, inexpensive experiences. We need to nourish ourselves”. Modern day life can be somewhat overwhelming. Increases in technology mean we are available 24/7. The constant need to check our phones and updates to social media leaves many of us struggling to sleep and filled with anxiety. Sara comments, “We have to do so much in life now, everything is speeded up. I’m a big fan of being mindful. It’s about acknowledging that you have got yourself into town, looked up at the sky, noticed the rooftops you’ve not seen before and can hear the birds singing. It’s not easy to do but taking that time rather than letting your mind race. Try practicing mindfulness and enjoy the moment you are in. You will become far more appreciative of what you have. In turn this will build confidence and mean you’re not always on the go”. Sara says, “The crunch word is progress. It fills us with a sense of purpose and without this we can feel stagnant. We all need fulfillment to some degree and whether this is discovering simple everyday gratitude to fill us with contentment, or a full blow

action plan, progress in our own lives must exist. If you are unsure of how to begin, consider the question - what would I be doing differently next month to demonstrate to myself and others I have made progress?” We asked Sara how can life coaching help people, “I offer devoted time to the client, time of which we do not make enough of. I act as an impartial sounding board, enabling me to distinguish key words and vital information in order discuss thoughts and feelings, options and decision making. Ultimately, empowering the client to take action and find a resolution to their problems”. The constant pressures of money and job security has meant that many of us are facing longer working hours, often into the evenings and weekends. Sara advises,“If there’s work to be done, schedule in specific working time and do not let this bleed into other free time you have. Create a pattern in your life so that you are able to leave work behind before the evening arrives. Turn the phone onto silent or turn it off from a certain time of the evening”. Sara says, “Some of my clients have made remarkable progress through simple exercises and conversation over a number of sessions”, with many changing their lives for the better. Their lives are enriched and they and their families reap the rewards. On my walk home from Sara, I took in my surroundings. I noticed a building I hadn’t seen before. I breathed in the fresh air and did not ‘check my emails’. I returned to work feeling that bit more refreshed and that was only with ten minutes worth of ‘me’ time. CS JANUARY 2014

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“The crunch word is progress. It fills us with a sense of purpose and without this we can feel stagnant. We all need fulfillment to some degree and whether this is discovering simple everyday gratitude to fill us with contentment or a full blow action plan, progress in our own lives must exist”


For more information on Sara’s life coaching business and approaches, visit her website:

• You’re the average of five people you associate with. Surround yourself with positive people doing what you want to do. Be inspired and learn. • Your past does not equal your future. Make your fresh start now. • Motivation. Find your desire, build on it, and achieve it. • Remind yourself of all the good decisions you have made in life and have faith in the choices you are yet to make. • Accomplish being content and


Sara’s Motivational Advice thankful this year. Find large or small ways to nourish yourself to breed satisfaction and if you so wish, be enthralled at introducing change and take action through small steps, evoking positivity into your life. • Get involved in something, do unusual selfless acts for one or two people and enhance the feelings of pride in yourself. Selfless acts are

also proven to help us release endorphins, increasing the internal feel good factor. • Find excitement in a new challenge and use incantations to believe it, speak it and act it. Be confident and feel empowered to try. If you take an honest approach, it is rare you will lose anything, but you will certainly gain confidence.


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Hand Tied Bouquets made to order Wedding Flowers Floral Tributes Corporate Flower Arrangements Delivery Service

Fresh flowers delivered to your door. Montpellier Flowers have a wealth of experience in all aspects of the floristry business, from cutting-edge contemporary design to traditional elegance. Please call us on 01242 517777 for orders and enquiries

Or alternatively, visit our shop in the heart of Montpellier, Cheltenham for personal service and advice. Our address is: 5 Montpellier St, Cheltenham, GL50 1SX



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Investec Christmas Drinks Party at All Bar One Investec Wealth & Investment in Cheltenham celebrated a successful 2013 with a Christmas Drinks Party for business associates at All Bar One.

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Montpellier Location and lifestyle. Situated in the heart of Montpellier this newly converted development of apartments includes two fabulous penthouses which exude luxury and style and contemporary chic. Offering the best of stylish Cheltenham living with the advantage of underground secure parking, lift access and large roof terraces to the penthouses. This is a unique opportunity to secure a property within walking distance of the most fashionable areas of this desirable Regency town. EPC:D

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Lansdown, Cheltenham A magnificent Grade II* listed town house in one of Cheltenham’s best terraces overlooking Lansdown Green. The property retains many period features, has a 2 bedroom self-contained basement flat and is offered with No Onward Chain.

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Bredons Norton, Gloucestershire A sympathetically refurbished character village residence being part of a former farmhouse. The property also benefits from an adjacent Grade II listed Dovecote offering further excellent potential for development (subject to planning permission). EPC: D

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Hasfield Gloucester Setting the scene: Occupying a delightful rural position on the edge of the Hasfield Estate, this well presented detached family home has stabling, garaging and enjoys an enviable amount of privacy whilst taking in distant views towards Cheltenham, Gloucester Cathedral and the Cotswolds beyond. Why we love it: Upper Hasfield House is an attractive period home and has been sympathetically refurbished and modernised to create a practical and comfortable family home with extensive gardens and grounds, oak framed triple garaging and a double stable block. Guide Price: ÂŁ725,000 Details: Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246959.



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Kemerton, Gloucestershire Setting the scene: A wonderful family home, with arguably some of the best views in the village, set up a private driveway in this highly sought-after Bredon Hills village, with paddocks, stables and outbuildings. EPC: F Why we love it: Great character house hidden up its own driveway with amazing views from the rear and hard to find paddocks and stables. Guide Price: ÂŁ750,000 Freehold Details: Hamptons, Cheltenham. Tel: 01242 639414 JANUARY 2014


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What’s in a star? Exposé on Grade II* listed buildings Many of the houses which we sell in the Cotswolds during the course of the year are listed. Most of those are listed Grade II but a handful are Grade II* or Grade I. Most people know the connotations and responsibilities of owning either a Grade I or a Grade II listed building, but we are often asked what it means for a property which is classified in between these two categories as Grade II*. A simple Grade II building is one which is nationally important and of special interest. 92% of listed buildings fall into this category. Grade II* buildings are particularly important buildings of more than special interest. 5.5% of the portfolio of listed buildings achieve the star rating. The crème de la crème of buildings are, of course, Grade I listed (2.5% of the register) which are of exceptional or international interest. To put these percentage figures into some kind of context, in England and Wales there are around 20,000 properties which are listed Grade II* equating to about 1 in a 1000 of our total housing stock. So what does the star rating mean? There are two important differences between this category and the standard Grade II category. Firstly, in applications for consent to works, the local conservation officer will refer the application to English Heritage for their input. Secondly, the works might qualify for a grant. Whereas the first point might add a bit more red tape to an application, the second is rarely sought in the private property domain to avoid the obligation to open the property on occasions to the public. Whatever the issues are concerning the ownership of a Grade II* listed property, the joy to the owner is to be able to live in a building whose architectural or historic qualities are 1 in a 1000. The buyer will gladly assume the responsibilities JANUARY 2014

because he will have the daily pleasure of experiencing, enjoying and owning a sublime and extraordinary building. Savills is currently offering a number of Grade II* listed buildings for sale. The jewel of these is the newly renovated Brandon House in Cheltenham which can easily claim to be the best example of a Regency villa in the town. Its proportions are ambassadorial and the light throughout the house is incredible for such a large building. The Regency fashion for large sash windows was at its height when this property was built and the elegant moulded atrium, which illuminates the graceful cantilevered staircase, is simply a joy to behold. Its six bedroom accommodation is ideal for family use and the basement has been converted into a generous, self contained three bedroom flat. With ease, this space could be used for gymnasium, cinema or media room if the new resident preferred such an option. With extant planning permission for an indoor swimming pool complex on site, this is one of the most important properties to be offered for sale in Cheltenham for some time. Formerly the home of an archbishop, a French countess and an admiral, the new owners will have to be on their best behaviour! At Savills we have a specialised team dedicated to providing a cradle to grave service for buyers wishing to embark on the purchase and renovation of important buildings. The team, which is based in Oxford, is led by Gordon Freeman and has, over the years, advised on a number of high profile buildings both locally and nationally including Jesus College in Oxford and Blenheim Palace. As Gordon says, buying an historic building need not be as daunting as many might imagine. If the challenges are embraced, high tech and modern living comforts can normally be incorporated into the shells of these historic buildings so that the new occupant can make their own mark for posterity. COTSWOLD STYLE 29

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Report The Cheltenham Ladies College For 160 years, College has been at the forefront of education for many young women. Our vision is to embody excellence, independence, inspiration and empowerment in the education of our 850 Day Girls and Boarders. A rich curriculum and a sense of community help nurture intellectual curiosity, creativity, confidence and an enduring sense of belonging. Our focus on academic excellence, produces outstanding results and inspires girls as they become self -determining, fulfilled and resilient women who play a full part in their communities. Day girls benefit from a boarding school environment where they receive exceptional pastoral care in their day houses, as well as a vast array of extra-curricular activities and expert University application support. We believe College offers an unequalled breadth of opportunity for girls and this is reflected in the number of higher education places secured at Oxbridge colleges, Russell Group universities and Ivy League institutions.

Rendcomb College Slap bang in the heart of the Cotswolds is Cirencester’s Rendcomb College. Amid 220 acres of gentle Cotswold Hills, there is a buzz. In Rendcomb’s beautiful 19th century stable block classrooms something very modern is happening. A bunch of Year 10 pupils are coding an app. Under the watchful eye of Jonathan Torbitt (Director of IT and Head of Middle School) the group was building a prototype for an app. Each of the pupils works independently on their own


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Beaudesert Park School £3M NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE FOR BEAUDESERT Performance is an important part of life at Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton, and rarely a week goes by without the sound of a school play or concert flooding through the school. The 400 boys and girls there range in age from 3-13, and every one of them is given lots of opportunity to get in front of an audience – little or large – and perform. Now the school is about to start building a fantastic new performing arts centre. The £3m project will house a large, flexible performance space, and up-to-date music school. At the centre of the school’s ethos is the desire to let children be children, and to build each child’s confidence. Headmaster, James Womersley, explains; “Parents often comment on how Beaudesert has helped nurture their child’s confidence. Doing well academically is important, but so is giving children plenty of opportunity to perform before an audience and to express themselves through the arts. It boosts their confidence and of course it’s fantastic fun too!” Beaudesert’s next Open Morning is between 9.30am and noon on Friday 21st March. All very welcome.

‘DOES IT HAVE TO WORK, SIR?’ app, but with a good level of practical and creative collaboration. The environment is less of a classroom: more of a contemporary workplace. The Rendcomb students clearly enjoy IT. Take up at Rendcomb is almost equally divided between the boys and girls. A student asked if the protoype needed to work. ‘What do you think?’ And, of course, everyone thought about it (briefly) before getting back to work.


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The King s School For parents seeking to realise their child’s potential and nurture their talents, The King’s School, Gloucester fulfils that dream. A hidden gem with around 520 girls and boys aged three to eighteen, it is the leading Independent Day School in the area. Offering academic excellence, small class sizes, outstanding pastoral care and a unique ‘Keystones’ programme designed to identify and develop individual talents. Established by Henry VIII in 1541 and set within the Cathedral grounds the school offers an inspiring setting

and provides a special sense of identity and powerful community unlike any other. The Choristers and Choral music are intrinsic to life at King’s while the school nurtures and is extremely proud of both its sporting and acting talent. Monday to Friday a varied academic and extra-curricular programme including art, drama and music is presented with a vibrant culture of endeavour and scholarship which continues to thrive. The school’s twelve dedicated bus services enable access countywide. The next Open Morning is Saturday 22nd March with a Sixth Form Information Evening, Wednesday 12th February. Come and discover how King’s can develop your child. For further details or to arrange an individual tour, please contact the Registrar Sharon Bird; Telephone: 01452 337337, Email: Alternatively visit

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Airthrie School


Airthrie is a long-established, co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 3 – 11 years. Within a nurturing and supportive environment it provides all the necessary care and facilities for pupils to become well-rounded, confident individuals. A very high teacher/pupil ratio means that children are individually encouraged to maximise their potential and participate in all aspects of a broad curriculum; thus every child feels valued for their unique talents. The driving force of Airthrie is the Principal, Beth Sullivan, whose many years of dedicated leadership supported by experienced, highly committed staff ensures that the school’s philosophy of ‘Stability, Happiness and Motivation’ enables children to grow in confidence and experience. Pupils are clearly at ease, yet work with focus and diligence enjoying a daily variety of academic and extra-curricular activities. Performing Arts feature highly as well as daily sport activities which benefit from using the adjacent, extensive Cheltenham Ladies’ College sports facilities. Airthrie’s all-round success is proven by the excellent results achieved at age 11 in entrance examinations to a variety of both independent and grammar schools. The Principal warmly invites interested parents to contact Airthrie to arrange a personal visit and tour of the school. Our new website is Tel: 01242 512837. Postcode: GL50 2NY

An oversubscribed Academy rated ‘Outstanding’ across all categories by Ofsted, The Cotswold School reaches its twenty-fifth birthday. Principal Will Morgan says, “The twenty-fifth anniversary of The Cotswold School is our opportunity to recall – with enormous gratitude and pride – the contributions made by so many to make our school the happy and enormously successful place it is today.” The Cotswold School was formed in 1988 through the controversial amalgamation of two Gloucestershire schools: Bourton Vale Secondary Modern and historic Westwood’s Grammar School in Northleach. ‘Our focus continues to be happy pupils and great results,’ says Mr Morgan, “It is, of course our terrific students that have driven us all forward over these 25 years, and they will continue to do so. We aim to inspire in them a lifelong love of learning and to be their very best. Ultimately, it is our students – past and present – who are the measure of this school’s 25 year success story and it is our current and future students that will make the next 25 years even more exciting!’



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we get the balance just right... Rendcomb College will be hosting Two Open Mornings this term to accommodate the number of Admissions requests that they are receiving at present.

On Friday 7th March, the Nursery and Juniors will be hosting an open house where prospective parents will have an opportunity to visit the school, meet pupils and teachers and to speak with Headmaster, Martin Watson and Deputy Head, Anne Haas. Younger pupils benefit from a nurturing environment at Rendcomb with strong pastoral care, a broad curriculum and opportunities for outdoor learning in the School’s 220 acres. The following day, Saturday 8th March, Seniors will be welcoming families to have a tour of the School, experience teaching and learning and to look at some of the numerous co-curricular activities that take place at Rendcomb.

Headmaster, Roland Martin is meeting parents individually who are interested in entry for the School. Tel. 01285 831 213 Email: Near Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 7HA 



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Welcome With a word from our guest editor, Suzanne Hall-Gibbins, Director of Circle2Success

Researched and compiled by Rosie Webber & Eric Barton


Women contribute a huge amount to the UK economy. The list of women featured in in this supplement is a testimony to their skills; tenacity and dynamism and a tribute to their ability to sustain and grow successful businesses. Women in the UK account for 17% of business owners in the UK compared to some 30% of all US businesses which are majority female owned. So this means that women in the USA are twice as likely to be entrepreneurially active as women in the UK. The entrepreneurial rates for men are roughly the same in the UK as the US, any significant increase in business formation will only come from encouraging more women into business. This represents a great opportunity as if we could encourage the same levels of female entrepreneurship as the US, Britain would gain three quarters of a million more businesses. On the other hand we have come a long way and in Britain today there are currently more women running a business than ever before, although they are still far outnumbered by men. There does seem to be a belief that women are not as capable as men of running a business, this is completely untrue. They may do it differently but most women are well

suited to running a business, at least as well suited as any man. Research shows that “strong market growth among European companies is most likely to occur where there is a higher proportion of women in senior management teams.” Firms with more women on their boards “outperform their rivals with a 42% higher return on sales, 66% higher return on invested capital and 53% higher return on equity.” Qualities such as tenacity, communication skills, empathy, perspective and maturity make women great leaders. Generally, gender stereotyping is not a good idea, as that has clearly been one of the problems! It is also true that these qualities are not uniquely female and there are bad women bosses and women who are ruthless and destructive, while plenty of men are compassionate and inspiring. But I also firmly believe that if we had more female leaders the world would be a better place.


Suzanne Hall-Gibbins Director of Circle2Success


Ditch the filofax, set Eric Barton meets Charles Russell Partners, Julia Cox and Sarah Jane Turcan Trends are great. I loved my Filofax, Duran Duran and avoiding lunch because it was for wimps. But time stands still for no man. Staying ahead of the curve and setting trends is insightful, inspiring and usually culture forming. The legal firm Charles Russell in Cheltenham have at their very beating core the ability to both understand their client’s needs and the desires of their staff. Like a gavel hammering on teak, this is a thumping good principle that permeates throughout the business enabling organic growth to thrive. The portals at the Charles Russell Cheltenham office are impressive. No dusty, dimly lit entrance harbouring an ancient dragon – like receptionist spitting indifference. The welcome at Charles Russell is bright, professional and charming. Lovely. I’m intrigued to find out how two of the female Partners at this Cheltenham legal practice have managed to mould and organise their busy lives to enable their heavy-duty careers to flourish. It’s a very hackneyed term ‘women in business’ because there are women in business everywhere, but sadly only a small percentage who are real high flyers. And that seems to be still relevant for just about every profession. Not so at Charles Russell. Partner Julia Cox started off her major academia with a degree in history before deciding that the legal World offered more potential by way of variety. Julia comments, ‘I thought being a lawyer would offer more opportunities to work across a larger breadth of businesses’. That certainly seems to be the case as the practice currently represents and manages a plethora of clients across a wide- ranging spectrum. Julia goes on to comment, ‘we have an enormous degree of diversity with our client base’. That certainly rings true as Charles Russell represent and manage clients as far


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ranging as rugby players, landed estates, captains of industry, celebrity chefs and a number of high profile businesses. Although the clients are very diverse the approach seems to be the same. Partner Sarah Jane Turcan (who after doing languages at university) also decided that being a lawyer would be more fulfilling initially says.’ no two days here are the same. It’s a case of juggling priorities every day and ensuring that the client’s needs are always met’. Julia Cox further comments,’some of our trust cases can be very complicated and we always need to be aware that obtaining a speedy, positive resolution for the client

is what we’re aiming at’. Sitting round the table in the ground floor meeting room at Charles Russell I’m really unaware (as the photographer snaps away) that these two ladies are both working mums. It’s not obvious at all that they themselves also have to juggle everything from doing the school run to after school activities with both of their young children. This is a balancing act that would happily grace cirque du soleil. Julia Cox further goes onto comment,’ being able to meet the high demands of what we do here day to day is attributable to the support both Sarah Jane and I receive from our teams. We both have extremely hardworking, dedicated teams who make sure that the clients requirements are always met to a standard that we all set’. In a sense the word culture springs to mind here. There’s certainly a culture of excellence and professionalism, but also of something more human and touchable. Sarah Jane says,’ we both worried about taking time off for maternity leave, but the internal culture here enabled that to happen and to


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happen easily’. She further comments,’ if you are good at what you do, work very hard you will get there’. That’s a fair point. It’s also fair to say that Charles Russell as an overall law practice is substantial in every way. The total operation has nearly seven hundred staff with Cheltenham chiming in with over ninety staff, of which a staggering forty six are actual lawyers. In fact the Cheltenham office alone in the last three years has seen a12% growth. These types of hefty figures place the business in the Top 50 full service law firms in the UK. No mean feat. This isn’t just relevant as a statistic to show weight in numbers, but more of an indication of available expertise. Sarah Jane further says,’ we do operate as one firm in conjunction with the London office and can call on them


at any time. This is a massive resource that we can call to bear if needed’. Ask anybody and they’ll probably tell you that you’re only as good as your last job. It’s certainly the case in my profession, but hugely refreshing to hear a topnotch lawyer say it. Julia comments,’ we constantly strive to deliver every time to our clients in terms of results and speed. Adding value is one of our basic mantras here. We always try to make sure that there is always a benefit to the client in using Charles Russell’. There is a nonnonsense policy at this firm that the Partners see the managed project all the way through to its conclusion. This is all very encouraging stuff, as who wants to be passed down the line like some tired old rugby ball? Time off for both these Partners is the weekend with the children

(of course) and a mixture of horse riding and yoga. Both Partners finally comment that it’s about ‘hard work and providing a Rolls Royce service to the client’. Mix this up with school runs, riding horses, yoga and bringing up young children and you have the makings of both super -mums and dazzling examples of ‘women in business’. So you see being a top flight female lawyer and a mum can and does work. Some people say be careful what you wish for. I disagree. CS For more information


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TOP WOMEN IN With a wealth of talent right on our doorstep here in the cotswolds, we thought it wise to Lorrin White

Meredithe Stuart Smith

Shannon Mercer


Meredithe heads the design company, Meri Meri, which found huge success after her small range of handmade cards gained excellent response at the National Stationary Show in New York. It all began in Los Angeles over two decades ago and now the company functions from studios situated in a 400-year-old regency building in Cheltenham. Her entrepreneurial spirit was instilled from a young age as both of her grandfathers had successful businesses. But running a business like Meri Meri is not always an easy ride. She admits that like most mothers she is short of sleep, and her advice to aspiring businesswomen is to start small and take responsibility. “You will make an awful lot of mistakes in the beginning. Take full responsibility for all the mistakes.”


Gloucester based Raging Bull is a lifestyle brand founded by rugby legend Phil Vickery. MD of the company Shannon


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Mercer has been pivotal in building the brand, which has seen huge growth over the last five years especially within House of Fraser, where it is stocked in 26 stores nationwide. The brand is also stocked in Debenhams in Gloucester and a number of local independents. Shannon’s incredibly strong work ethic comes from having a drive for success and she says that working with Phil Vickery is inspiring because of his passion and enthusiasm. She also doesn’t let anything hold her back. “When I began building the Raging Bull brand it was through continuing to believe in the product and being able to absorb set backs that led to our current success.”


As Head of the entire Commercial Property Team and equity partner at BPE Solicitors, Antonia Shield is responsible for advising both regional and national clients in the development and retail sector. BPE Solicitors have a reputation regionally, and increasingly nationally, for their effectiveness at all levels. With a wealth of expertise in providing strategic advice during the evolvement of businesses with

property assets, Antonia assisted in moving SuperGroup into Regent Street. She cites her mother, who became a hugely successful businesswoman in her own right, as her greatest inspiration. She advises fellow businesswomen to “work hard and have the confidence to go the extra mile to add value – if it is a successful strategy it will be appreciated and noticed and what goes around, comes around.”


Having joined Total in 2002, Lorrin White is responsible for administrative, service and back office functions of the award-winning business-to-business service provider. She brings 20 years of experience in administration and project control within small to medium-sized companies to her role as operations director. Lorrin isn’t shy of hard work. She says, “I firmly believe you don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.” She also thinks the key to juggling work and family life is by being organised and knowing when to ‘switch off ’. “Your own well being has a huge impact on your ability to reach your goals. All too often we


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BUSINESS 2014 Patricia Topping


expose these innovative women who are making it happen for themselves and for others. Nell Gifford

Diane Savory

focus on what we are trying to achieve with our businesses when our personal goals are just as important and don’t get the airtime they should.”


SLG is a privately owned British company with offices and a manufacturing site in Gloucester and Cheltenham. SLG has more than 30 years heritage in designing and manufacturing beauty accessories and creating high fashion beauty brands. Pat’s background is in finance and advertising, but with her parents having a business themselves, she inherited an entrepreneurial spirit. She set up a business from home, before becoming a business partner and shareholder in SLG. Now she is executive director of SLG. She advises aspiring businesswomen to “enjoy what you do and never underestimate the number of hours you will need to dedicate to it. Enlist as much help as possible if you have a young family in terms of childcare, cleaner etc so that you can focus your attention on the most important areas of your family life and your career. And make sure you always take your holidays to re-charge the batteries!”


NELL GIFFORD Giffords Circus

Despite running a vintage-style circus alongside her husband, Toti, since 2000, Nell Gifford says that becoming a businesswoman was something that happened to her without realising. Her business acumen has grown with the business. Preparing for the majority of the year, the sche¬dule between May and September is intense, with one to two shows a day and up to six at the weekend. With such a busy schedule, Nell juggles work and family life with organisation and by accepting that some aspects of life have to fall by the wayside. She advises aspiring businesswomen to “find the best people in the relevant field to work with, research around the subject and learn a language.” She also believes that anything is possible if you have the determination.


As one of 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in England, GFirst LEP is led by former SuperGroup Chief Operating Officer, Dr Diane Savory

Lindsey Temple

OBE and David Owen, Chief Executive. Diane is passionate about galvanising businesses and stakeholders across the county into action to stimulate economic growth in Gloucestershire. In her role as Chair, she provides leadership and sets the direction and strategy for GFirst LEP in how the business community is brought together to work closely with the public and voluntary sectors. Her passion for business grew when she transformed SuperGroup from a small local enterprise to a distinctive nationwide fashion retailer. In 2013, she received an OBE and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Gloucestershire in recognition of her work with GFirst LEP and her contribution to business. Diane’s mantra to overcoming obstacles and seizing opportunities is “See a hurdle and jump it.”

LINSEY TEMPLE Gloucestershire Engineering Training Linsey Temple is the Chief Executive Officer of Gloucestershire Engineering Training and is responsible for the day to day running of the organisation,


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setting strategic aims and objectives for the business. The company is a unique engineering training association that delivers training and services to its member companies. Linsey says that in business you need broad shoulders and thick skin. “It’s not easy, and there will be plenty of set backs and criticisms along the way, but each hurdle is an experience that should be used as a learning curve.” While she admits that having two young children and holding down a career is a challenge, she has an understanding Board of Directors that allow her to work formal hours to fit the needs of her family. Her advice to other businesswomen is to “have confidence in your abilities and act with conviction.”


Having left school at 16 to join International Biochemicals as a secretary, and leaving as International Sales and Marketing Director, Mary Curnock Cook has made her way to the top through hard work and determination. “I never had a particular ambition but as soon as I started working I found that I loved it. I just worked hard and slowly made progress to more senior positions.” Since 2010, Mary has been working as Chief Executive of UCAS, the organisation that manages applications to higher education courses. Host to a phenomenal CV, Mary has headed various organisations, has an MSc in general management and was awarded an OBE in 2000. To aspiring


businesswomen she says, “Find a business sector that you really care about and are passionately interested in; then work hard and go the extra mile. People who have a great attitude and produce high quality work always get noticed.”


With two degrees and several years working in London in finance under her belt, Sarah joined foodservice company, Creed, as Finance Director in 2012. Creed is one of the leading independent foodservice Wholesalers in the UK. Sarah believes there needs to be a good work and home life balance, and with twin boys who are now both at school, she values the time she gets to spend with her family at weekends. She believes versatility to be a key attribute in becoming successful in business. Her advice to aspiring businesswomen is to “read all that you can and take every opportunity that comes your way to learn and progress. Be interested in other people, have a good can do attitude, and be adaptable. Business is constantly changing and you need to be aware of the potential pitfalls!”


HR Champions has provided Human Resource and Employment Law support and management training for businesses for over ten years. Company founder and

director, Cathy O’Donoghue identified a need for the provision of support in Human Resources and Employment Law matters, and set up the business in 2001. The company flourished, and her husband joined the business a few years later. “As my husband and I both work in the business, we have the flexibility to manage family life between us when we need to.” Cathy and her team have learnt along the way and have been hugely successful. “Having a good business idea is only half the story. Make sure you learn the nuts and bolts of what running a business entails. You need to understand turnover, profit and balance sheets.” She also thinks that gender won’t make any difference in the business world, “You’ll be seen as credible if you prove through your actions that you are capable and effective.”

REBEKAH HOWARD Adey Heating Solutions

Rebekah is the commercial director at Adey, a professional heating solutions company, and is proud to have supported the growth of the company. In less than 10 years, Adey has achieved turnover of £18.4m. “I’ve always been very process driven, and I’m relishing the challenge of managing a growing team through change and continuous development.” Rebekah says that her supportive family is her inspiration, as they have always owned their own businesses. She thinks that balance is key and although she loves going on holiday, she is never far from her phone and emails. Her main piece of advice is to enjoy it, because then it doesn’t feel like


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Clare Arnold

work at all. “Also, don’t take no for an answer and work hard, really hard – then spend the rewards on fabulous shoes because they make even a bad day better!”


As co-founder of Commercial Group, Simone Hindmarch Bye is at the helm of one of the largest independently owned business service groups in the UK. With its head office based in Cheltenham, Commercial comprises four divisions: Office Supplies, IT Services, Interiors and Print. The Group’s turnover for year ending 2014 is expected to hit target at £36m. Simone cites her father as her greatest inspiration: “I watched him build a business through my childhood and in my teens was lucky enough to reap the rewards from his hard work. He always believed in me and instilled the importance of confidence and selfbelief without arrogance. The one piece of advice Simone would give to an aspiring businesswoman is to “find the thing you feel passionate about and focus on being the best – everything else will follow.”


Brought into the company last year, Susanne Given is the chief operating officer for SuperGroup, the owner of the clothing brand, Superdry. Susanne was appointed to improve


operations and to help SuperGroup boss, Julian Dunkerton to professionalise the business. She is responsible for the UK Retail division together with the central support functions of the business. With more than 20 years’

SARAH BRYARS Target Public Relations

Sarah Bryars is the Chief Executive of Target Public Relations in Cheltenham. Target has a long history of applying its creativity in communications to help clients grow their businesses. Today, that includes helping Specsavers engage with their local communities, driving footfall on the high street, and supporting ADEY Professional Heating Solutions increase market share with its best-inclass heating maintenance products. “I’m not sure that I ever ‘chose’ to become a businesswoman – I simply pursued a career I love. The more experienced I became at PR, the more my roles involved managing teams and growing sales.” Her advice to aspiring businesswomen is to learn from the successes of others but remain true to the ‘authentic you’. “Doubt and confidence are both part of the rollercoaster of new experiences as we develop our skills; expect the rise and fall, and don’t for one moment think that it’s only you who feels it!”

CLARE ARNOLD Maple Rock Design

Maple Rock Design, created in 2003 by Clare Arnold’s late husband Steve, is a

multi-disciplinary graphic design agency. It prides itself on excellent customer service and wealth of knowledge and expertise. Steve is Clare’s main inspiration. “He faced each day smiling, regardless of the challenges – proven by his successful relationships with clients and colleagues. After his untimely death in 2010 I was faced with the ultimate challenge of raising my children without him and adapting my professional skills to run a business. I’ve been extremely lucky to have support and advice from my fantastic team, Karyn Mitchell and Richard Bell, friends and business colleagues.” Clare defines success as happiness and says she enjoys going to work every day. “I believe a happy team means happy clients!” She sees it essential for any modern businesswoman to have a great support network to rely upon. “This has been vital for me, especially as a single parent.”


Nicola Goldsmith believes that a good education and a strong interest in economics fuelled her business focus. Nicola is the managing director of Attivo Group, a successful wealth management firm offering specialist pensions, investments, property and tax planning advice and a full range of professional investment management services. To be successful in business she says, “You have to be very single minded and focused with the ability to juggle many things at once.” She also says that in order to succeed you need


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to believe that you can make a real difference, which she wouldn’t be able to do without her support network. “Having really good childcare and support systems in place are absolutely essential in being able to take on major responsibilities and make big decisions, with the peace of mind that everything is OK at home.”


Saracen Care is a clinically-led care company operating in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. The company specialise in tailor made care packages, developing specific care and support solutions for individuals with learning difficulties, mental health conditions, dementia, acquired brain injury and other complex conditions. Saracen seek to empower, and provide choice and opportunity, maximising life potential and improving health well being. Under Julia’s leadership, Saracen Care has grown significantly with sales doubling in the last 15 months; along with the establishment of a robust management infrastructure and a care team of nearly 70. “My first boss was a very driven and ambitious woman who was spearheading a male dominated sector. Her drive and mentorship probably formed the basis of my business and management attributes”. Julia’s advice is to “get out there and take every opportunity to network; don’t try and fly solo – it’s much more fun to share experiences and knowledge.”


JULIE MOORE Green Gourmet

Julie is the Managing Director of Green Gourmet; a Gloucestershire-based food innovation company specialising in education, travel and leisure catering. Since her appointment in 2008, she has doubled turnover and led the company to a Mercury award, the world’s leading award for the international travel catering industry. Prior to this she has gained a wealth of foodservice experience covering the whole supply chain; from distributor, to manufacturer, right through to chef. In 2013, she received the Gloucestershire Business Woman of the Year award. Having been invited to join the Women 1st Top 100 Club - a network of the most influential women in the hospitality industry – Julie is focussed on helping the team at Green Gourmet develop their networks both locally and within the foodservice industry. Julie is most proud of the apprenticeship scheme she introduced to inspire the next generation of foodservice pioneers

SYLVIA BULLOCK Gloucestershire College

Sylvia Bullock is a Vice Principal at Gloucestershire College, responsible for business development, higher education and employer engagement. Sylvia’s background is actually in teaching business studies. During that time she made lots of strong links with employers around the county as a result of organising work placements and ensuring her courses were ‘fit for business’. “When the

Director of Business Development position came up, I went for it based on those relationships! I worked in that role for 10 years before joining the Executive Team at the College, and I am proud of how significantly the College’s profile has been raised within the Gloucestershire business community, particularly in the last five years.” Sylvia believes in the importance of apprenticeships and encourages young aspiring businesswomen to “make the most of the opportunities you are given”. “It’s about networking and gaining experience.”

KATHRYN RUDD National Star College

Having worked at the National Star College for ten years, Kathryn Rudd took over as Principal in 2010. National Star College gives young people with disabilities the opportunity to realise their potential through personalised learning, transition and lifestyle services. It was ranked as an ‘outstanding’ specialist education provider by Ofsted last year, with its exceptionally good specialist care and support for students. The college has grown substantially over the past 10 years offering programmes to over 800 people with disabilities at 44 venues across the UK. Kathryn is inspired by the students and staff on a daily basis, and feels very fortunate to work at the college. She also thinks self-belief is an important aspect of being a businesswoman “Don’t believe anyone when they say you can’t do it but be prepared to fail fast when you need to.”


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DEBRA DREW Fabric Architecture Limited

Debra Drew is the Managing Director of Fabric Architecture Limited, tensile fabric engineering specialists headquartered in the UK. The company, which delivers bespoke design and builds fabric structures for internal and external applications, has an annual turnover of £5.6m and employs 21 full time staff. With Debra’s extensive sales experience, entrepreneurial spirit and passion for the company’s ‘ready to install’ bespoke structures, Debra received Gloucestershire’s Diamond Jubilee Business Woman of the Year in 2012. She defines success as “feeling that you are expressing your authentic self through your life and your work.” Her advice is to “lead from your heart and your head. Don't be shy, ask for what you want and deliver what you commit to.”

JULIE RANDALL Vero Software Ltd

Julie Randall is the finance director of Vero Software Ltd, which owns a number of specialised software brands. Having trained as a Chartered Accountant, Julie enjoyed working with a variety of different clients but liked the idea of being more closely involved with the day-to-day running of a business. She then became a finance manager for a relatively small company and worked her way up from there. Julie advises other women entering the business world to be themselves. “If you and the business you work for share similar values you are much more likely


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to enjoy your work and be committed.” She also emphasizes the importance of being able to step outside your comfort zone. “You need to push boundaries in order to progress and things that seem daunting at first become easier.”

EVE JARDINE YOUNG Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Eve Jardine-Young became the 11th Principal of Cheltenham Ladies’ College in September 2011, having taken her own A levels at the school in the late 1980s. Her previous experience includes time spent as Housemistress and Head of Sixth Form at Epsom College, and as Director of Studies at Blundell’s School in Devon. Eve is at the head of an educational organisation, including sports and performing arts centres, with a turnover of £23m and more than 500 academic and operational staff. Since its formation 160 years ago, the College has built a worldwide reputation for academic excellence and the latest results are testament to why it is such a highly regarded institution. Last year, the girls secured the highest overall university offer rate in recent years, with 72% achieving A/A* at A level. CS

We wish to express our thanks to all of the women in have kindly taken part in this year’s Top Women in Business Supplement. We look forward to seeing you all again next year! Researched by Rosie Webber

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THINGS THAT SUCCESSFUL WOMEN IN BUSINESS DO DIFFERENTLY THEY ENJOY THEIR WORK The successful businesswoman loves to work. Sometimes she enjoys it so much that it doesn’t even feel like work. After all, if you enjoy doing what you do, you’re more likely to do a better job. Passion and commitment contribute hugely to success. THEY VALUE THEIR SUPPORT SYSTEMS Spending quality time with family and friends gives women the chance to replenish and recharge their batteries, ready to take on the challenges ahead once more. But the successful businesswoman understands that sometimes childcare and support systems are needed to fully focus on the work at hand. And they never take colleagues and staff for granted, ever. THEY DON’T TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER Working hard and being persistent is the businesswoman’s forte. No one’s ever heard of a successful businesswoman who failed to pick herself up after a setback. Instead, they treat these setbacks as learning curves – constantly pushing forward. THEY STEP OUTSIDE THEIR COMFORT ZONE Businesswomen push boundaries and lead from both their hearts and heads. They aren’t afraid to ask for what they want, because without doing so they will never progress. Casting aside self-doubt in favour of having the confidence to step outside their comfort zone is integral to the businesswoman’s ability to succeed.


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“What you believe, you create!” Rosie Webber speaks to Denys Shortt OBE to find out more about becoming an entrepreneur... If business is your career path of choice, there’s one man whose advice you wouldn’t want to pass up. Denys Shortt OBE is a serial entrepreneur, and his motto is “what you believe, you create!”- a sentiment he has, undoubtedly, followed through his entire career. At 18, Denys turned down a place at Loughborough University to join his family’s food delivery business. After spending some time there, he set up his fist company, DCS in 1994. Nearly two decades on and the company employs over 300 people and will this year see sales of £185 million. Like many successful businessmen, Denys isn’t afraid of taking risks. He created Enable Software in 2000 with a 16-year-old, who he made managing director. And the company now has sales of £2 million. This year he started up yet another business partnership, Deal-Track Ltd. With running multiple flourishing businesses, Denys has acquired of a lot of business know-how, despite not having studied the subject. And when it comes to the age-old question of whether to experience work or to study, Denys’ career is testament to the fact that a formal education in business is not exactly necessary; “I think people should work for a business to figure out what they like or don’t like. I was hopeless at school. All I could do was play sport.” However, all was not lost at school for Denys, as he admits that playing hockey fired up his ambitious side.


When to start a business is something many budding entrepreneurs have trouble grappling with. Yet, with banks keen to lend at the moment, Denys believes the best time to start a new business is now; “Often your business idea is current and as the world is changing there are openings appearing all the time.” Going about getting financial backing is often the most crucial part of getting an idea into fruition. Denys advises shopping around as different banks have various offers, “There are loads of schemes and you can get advice from your Local Enterprise Partnership or Chamber of Commerce.” So what makes for the ideal businessperson other than viable ideas? Denys believes there to be three attributes required for becoming a success in business; passion, energy and planning. The importance of planning in particular certainly

should not be overlooked, “Often people don’t give themselves a chance by not preparing properly.” “I am a big fan of strategic planning. I learned the Kaplan plan from Harvard when my business was £60 million sales. We have turned it into a £180 million business using the Balanced Scorecard Planning method”. Energy is also needed and putting in the time and effort is essential for making it in the business world. But Denys believes setting up a business in the evenings and weekends is feasible, “I know an electrician who set up an online store in his spare time and now he has become quite big. Online has so many opportunities and many people are running shops from home.” Denys still sees the business industry as being far too male-dominated. At a recent industry dinner 9 out of 10 people on his table were men. But he believes attitudes towards women in business are changing and is keen to see more women in the workplace, “Women have a completely different way of managing situations and are far more calm. Our head of HR is a woman and she is brilliant at encouraging women to rise up and become leaders within our company. I am a firm believer if the world’s leaders were women we would live in a more settled place with patience and balance”. We couldn’t agree more! CS


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ROOM to RELAX Interiors expert, Rachel Tozza, offers some creative inspiration for updating our living rooms... The House Guests have checked out, you’ve taken down the tree and your home is your own again. Any impetus to lift even the daintiest finger may have all but disappeared. You dream of curling up beside the fire with a good book…but wait! The New Year signals a brand new start and that could include your décor, too. Imagine relaxing in a freshly updated living room. It needn’t be a daunting task and will surely be worth the effort. Creating a fabulous living space is easy, with a few simple golden rules; you can change the look in your living area & give yourself a great start to 2014.

COLOUR ME HAPPY The simplest way to change the look of any room is to add colour. There is no doubt a fresh coat of paint can instantly transform a room. Whether you opt for a feature wall or brave a complete colour revamp, the power of colour should never be underestimated. Injecting small shots of your chosen hue into your existing scheme with scatter cushions, the odd vase, lamp or a rug can create fun and fresh environment. Monochromatic accents will softly update your current palette


and keep a look that is true to your style. Adding accents in complementary colours will add impact & contrast.

LIGHT THE WAY Getting your lighting right is key. By directing, effectively combining and making the most of both your natural light and lighting scheme can really bring your living space to life. Maximise your natural light with a cleverly positioned mirror or two, try filtering the glare from sunlight with soft drapes. Consider your lighting layout. Think overhead pendant lighting, table lamps and floor lamps. Well positioned table lamps will make the room fell cosy and intimate, while a floor lamp next to an armchair will provide the perfect task lighting for reading. TEXTURE, LAYERS & MORE TEXTURE! Without texture, a space can look flat. By layering, you can add drama and really personalise your space. Layering an abundance of textural scatter cushions creates comfort, visual impact and is an instant upgrade for your sofa or favourite chair. For barefoot heaven; layer rugs, in fact why not try mixing

pattern and texture? Mix throws and blankets together, place the hardback art books that are collecting dust on your coffee table and create a visual vignette with your favourite collectables. Make your living space your own with an abundance of everything that is ‘your style’.

FLOWER POWER Nothing says ‘attention to detail’ like fresh flowers. It may seem a little extravagant, but flowers are a luxury that every home should have. From elegant floral displays, a jug of home-grown roses to an urn of foliage; flowers can transform the look of any space. Don’t be afraid to play with scale and proportion to create a focal point, add a touch of drama and give the perfect finishing touch to your living room. Whatever your interior style be it Classic, Retro Vintage, Eclectic or Contemporary, adopting decorating solutions mean you shouldn’t have to compromise in order to achieve a fresh new look for your living space, in a style that is uniquely you. So that is the sitting room done for another year, now where did I put that book? CS






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To many people this January, ‘Paperwhite’ will be a new Kindle advertised constantly on television, but to me there is only one true paperwhite and that is of the all-white narcissus type. The sweet, intoxicating scent of a stem exploding with snowflakes of pure white, is an indoor winter sight to behold in the UK! This delicate bulb from the Mediterranean is planted up in its thousands in bowls in the run up to Christmas to provide us with a plethora of fragrant fascination in our homes in the cold dark months. The name ‘paperwhite’ comes from ‘papyrus’, which is a reed upon which Egyptians used to write, so an early form of paper. Hence a well thought out name for the new Kindle, if not slightly ironic due to its digital nature!

“The name paperwhite comes from ‘papyrus’ which is a reed upon which Egyptians used to write, so an early form of paper. Hence a well thought out name for the new Kindle, if not slightly ironic due to its digital nature!” The original paperwhites in cultivation include the likes of N. papyraceus and N. pannizzianus, but many modern cultivars exist such as ‘Ziva’ and ‘Scilly White’, the latter offering the most truly amazing aroma. There are 13 divisions in the daffodil classification system and paperwhites belong to Divison 8: Tazetta Daffodils. Those under this division bear several blossoms per stem and come with very sweet scents. All daffodils within the classification system are given a colour code made up of capital letters to represent petal and cup colours. So, for example, the paperwhites would be 8(Tazetta division) W(white petals) – W(white cup). It was in fact a relative of the nearby Coughton Court JANUARY 2014

TIPSY TAZETTAS Camilla Bassett-Smith is a Cheltenham based media horticulturalist. Camilla’s most recent project is as Assistant Producer on a brand new BBC programme presented by Fern Britton, which will be coming to our screens soon. As we welcome a new year, Camilla shares a glass of sherry with a winter daffodil….. Throckmorton family in Warwickshire that devised this colour coding system that we use for all daffodils today. Bulbs for forcing (no this is not some kind of botanical punishment but rather an encouragement to flower earlier than normal!) are planted in the last few months of the year with their tips just below the surface in, ideally, a good bulb fibre. They are then left inside and can flower in 6 weeks. Unlike hyacinths, paperwhites don’t need to be kept in the dark for weeks in order to promote flowering, and so bowls and pots of the bulbs can be placed straight away in a warm light spot. There they are now awakening to greet our new year and remnants of Christmas, which they actually think is spring and the season full of growth! They’ll be the first ones to mistake that bauble for a rosy red radish! As the sherry and port make their way into the crystal glasses placed elegantly around, why not invite your daffodils to join you? No, I have not been partaking of the liquor already, I base my alcohol loving narcissus on fact! The Flowerbulb Research programme, at Cornell University in America, carried out some research which found that when paperwhites were watered with a mixed solution of 4-6% alcohol and water, their stem size was reduced but flowers were still large, fragrant and long lasting. Finally, a solution to the

sometimes long and leggy toppling flowers, plus the added benefit of a very happy tipsy tazetta! It’s not only as forced bulbs that the paperwhites make a winter appearance, but cut flowers too; over 25 million stems a year are exported from the Isles of Scilly. The climate in these islands allow the delicate tazetta bulbs to thrive outdoors, and families make their living from the production of these gorgeous cut flowers. I was lucky enough to visit Tresco a few years ago, but am yet to behold the wondrous beauty of fields of white fluffy paperwhite clouds in neighbouring islands. Although many forms of tazettas can be planted in your Cotswold garden in the autumn, along with other outdoor daffodils, paperwhites are not very hardy. If they do survive outdoors in the UK as a spring flowering display, it will only be in a very sheltered, warm position. Modern cultivars are more likely to perform outside but for guaranteed success with paperwhites, opt for indoors! If you love daffodils as much as I do then why not join the Daffodil Society? Visit Or, to offer your nasal passages something other than a cold, visit one of the Cheltenham flower sellers for an instant fragrant paperwhite treat. Happy New Year and here’s to tipsy tazettas! CS 


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gardening have a 150 year old oak tree Q We in our garden, is there anything

we should do to look after it? A: Apart from standing back to enjoy it, look out for any dead, diseased and dying branches and remove in June or July. Try and keep the area above the root zone undisturbed and unplanted and never dig or cover with any hard landscaping products. The roots can extend a third again beyond the canopy and it is vital to allow them free access to air and water. keen to update Q We’re our land, to breathe

new life into it how would we go about this? A: It is always best to start with a garden design for the whole area of your land. Working from this master plan, you can then pick off projects to do or areas to work in, as and when you have the time or the money to do them. This way your completed garden will be livable and practical, with all the different areas linking and complementing each other. lake has gathered so much Q Our algae over the past few months,

combined with hundreds of leaves from the trees – how do we get rid of this? A: Algae is harmful to the nutrient balance in a lake and will therefore inhibit life. Using an Algae Rake, you can drag the algae and leaves from the surface and remove them. You can then place bales of Barley Straw in sunny positions around the lake ( one bale / 800m2 surface area). The chemical produced as the straw rots will kill the algae, but keep raking it off. Try and minimize fish life and do not allow fertilizer run off into the lake. If you want to go down the chemical route, then, there are Algaecides on the market that, when applied, will starve the algae of the nutrients it needs to grow and it will consequently die off fairly rapidly. and how do I prune Q When wisteria?

A: Wisteria needs pruning twice a year to keep it flowering prolifically. In July or August, after flowering, prune all the JANUARY 2014

How your garden grows We caught up with Charles Price of Graduate Gardeners and received invaluable tips for our garden long whippy shoots down to five leaves. This keeps the plant from going everywhere. Then cut these same shoots back again, in January or February, to two or three leaves. Tie in any new shoots that you want to train and apply a good dose of manure at the base.

plants do you suggest for Q What areas of dry shade, especially

under evergreen trees? A: Ivy will always grow under Evergreen Trees. Euphorbia species, Lamium, Vinca, Epimediumand Pachysandra will create an attractive carpet. Prepare the ground by adding plenty of well rotted organic matter, apply 50mm of mulch and water well during the first season. This will help to get the plants established.

branches. Cut back one third of any new branches and remove any growing in the wrong direction. If you have an Espalier or Fan Trained Apple, then you can prune in summer removing any shoots to allow sunlight onto the fruits allowing them to ripen more quickly. have some mistletoe from Q IChristmas can I try growing

new plants from these? Is so how do I do this? A: Sadly, no. You will need to collect berries in March or April from mistletoe growing in a tree of the same species as the one in your garden that you are going to graft the berries into, which will also need to be a mature specimen. Cut a flap in the bark of a large branch and place all the seeds from the berries underneath it. Bind up with hessian and wait. It could be a long process, and you may see little for several years, and longer before you get a reasonable crop. garden has become rather Q Our overgrown and we are not sure

I prune my Cox apple Q Should tree in the winter, or should I

leave it until the summer? What are the downfalls, or perhaps, benefits? A: To encourage a good crop of fruit in the following year, Apple Trees should only be pruned in winter. January or February, at the latest, to help stimulate short fruiting sideshoots. Try and clear the middle of the tree and remove any crossing, dead, diseased or damaged

how to tackle it, how can you help? A: Winter is a great time for a clearance. Try and identify any plants that you may want to keep and cut everything else right down. If you can lift out the plants that you like and pot them, then you will have a blank canvas to work with. Get a Garden Designer to draw up some plans for you and maybe to prepare a quotation for building the new garden. If you get a move on now, you could be enjoying a lovely new garden as Spring awakens. CS 


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By Jon Hodder, Sudeley Castle’s Senior Gardener We begin a new year. In sheltered places some bulbs will be showing through, all signifiers of Spring’s great show. Yet, we should not hasten the next season, but dwell within the one yet to pass. Winter has already shown a good deal of character; we have been dowsed with persistent rain, struggled with impish and tugging winds and felt the first cold breath of the great northern wastes push its icy fingers down the back of our southern necks. A meteorological playground bully; strong and threatening, just as long as the sun stays low and shrivelled in the darkening sky. But what of winter’s slippery ermine? That most feminine of winter’s clothes,

the Snow? Ah, what indeed. She that comes on nights clouded wings; a thousand-fold feather-fall, with none alike. She who brings a silencing beauty to all she touches. Lays, with matchless skill, wonder in the eye of children eager to sully the finest of winter’s linen. Remember the beauty, and allow yourself to celebrate the Snow Queen’s court. Beneath the snow, in the resting soil, seeds recall summer’s fecund plenty, and await the burgeoning ache of spring’s call to growth. Beetles lie moribund in a chilled torpor, carapaces still and far from thoughts of flight. Resting, curled tight in a nest made by command of nature’s urging, the wood mouse breathes slow and steady, the

finite reserves of his honest heart kept better for the rush of vernal clamouring. Birds may not rest. This is the harshest of times, the winnowing. The smaller ones will spend the short day constantly looking for food, the larger ones looking for smaller birds to eat, all of them looking for anything they can find. As I have said before, and as we all know well enough, the iron clamp of winter will not endure, but we must endure the iron clamp of winter. The imperceptible gain of light is mean indeed in these cold days, but slowly draws on towards our mid-summer apogee, when at last the cold is forgotten and all is as alive as it could ever be. Let that thought be a beacon when the dark embrace of winter clings tight, and all about is damp and cold. When shades of grey and dun perplex and clouds hang low in a threatening northerly sky. When the night-flight geese call the haunting tunes of the arctic wastes, as they pass over a huddling, muddling suburbia. CS Follow us on SudeleyCastleGardeners or visit our website



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Pet problems? Alison Jones of Vets on The Park, answers your pet dilemmas cat has stopped using the Q My litter tray, what does this mean?

Cats can have accidents in the house for lots of reasons, but the most two common are stress or cystitis. If you see blood in the urine or your cat is straining then visit your vet as an emergency. Stress can be caused in many ways such as moving house, having visitors or even thunder, fireworks and other cats. If your routine has changed and your cat starts messing in unusual places then here are a few tips that might help:

1. If you’ve changed your cat litter, go back to the old one 2. Supply 1 litter tray per cat plus one spare and put them in different places. Try getting bigger trays especially if your cat is large 3. Clean up accidents with biological washing powder or special sprays such as ‘Urine-Off ’ 4. Clean the tray more often 


5. Use Feliway sprays or diffusers. These are feline facial pheromone that mimics the smell of happy cats. Don’t worry you won’t smell them yourself but your cat will feel chilled and relaxed.

can I do to make my pet Q What less scared of the vets?

Most animals are scared of the unknown – it’s a natural protective behaviour. The single best thing you can do to reduce your pet’s fear of the vet is to find a surgery that welcomes you just dropping by for a free weight check or a quick chat. By allowing your pet lots of happy experiences with your vet then their fear should abate. At Vets on the Park we give dogs liver treats and owners tell us they simply pull them across our car park to get in! Cats are a different matter. If you have a cat that is extremely fearful of the box, the car and the vet then the whole process can be stressful for everyone concerned. Try finding a vet

that provides free house visits so your cat can stay sleeping on the sofa until the vet arrives! is a puppy party? Q What Many vets now run puppy parties

and if properly organised they can be great fun. Make sure there are not too many puppies attending - at Vets on the Park we prefer to keep groups to between 3 and 5 puppies. This means each puppy and owner can get the right amount of attention. In large parties, some bold puppies, (and owners!) can take over! Your veterinary team will take you and your puppy through a range of topics such as toilet training, safe play, sleeping, lead walking and basic healthcare. These parties allow you to meet and talk with other puppy owners and gain confidence in handling your puppy and improving socialisation. We have found many of our puppy party owners form great friendships and start puppy walking together! JANUARY 2014

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animals vaccinations are needed Q What for my new puppy?

All puppies need two sets of vaccinations, given 2-4 weeks apart to protect them. These start at between 6 and 9 weeks depending on the brand of vacine your vet uses. They are vaccinated against distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, leptospirosis and bordatella (also known as kennel cough). They can also be vaccinated against rabies and leishmaniasis if you plan to travel but vets usually advise these are given at a later date. do I need to do to if I Q What want to take my pet abroad?

The rules for taking pets abroad changed last year and it is now a fairly simple process. First your pet must be microchipped and vaccinated against rabies. Your vet then needs to complete an official Pets Passport (there is even a section for a photograph of your pet if you wish!). After you have your passport you are free to travel but you must wait 3 weeks from the date of the rabies vaccination before returning to the UK.


worried about my cat Q I’m wondering away from home

You need to visit a vet 1-5 days before your journey home for tapeworm treatment. It’s important to understand that the PETS passport scheme is designed to keep humans safe from disease and does not take into consideration your pet’s welfare. At Vets on the Park, we offer free Travel Clinics where you can discuss your intended destination. Our qualified nurses can advise and recommend specific preventative treatments that may be needed for that area of the world. These include protection against sand flies, mosquitoes and ticks that spread very nasty and often fatal disease to our pets.

during the day, how can I know where she is and what can I do if she gets lost? They often say that you don’t own a cat but a cat chooses you! One of the joys of cats is their independence and so wandering the neighbourhood is simply normal cat behaviour. One thing you can do is to get your cat microchipped. This quick, painless procedure will link your cat to a database where your contact details are stored and can be accessed 24 hours a day. If your cat is found and taken to any vet or animal shelter then you will be reunited quickly. You must, of course, make sure your details stay up to date if you move house or change phone numbers. You can get small GPS tracking devices to fit to your cat’s collar if you are really worried but they are more costly than a simple microchip. CS Vets on the Park, Moorend Grove, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, GL53 0EX Email:


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With Mandy Hall from Cotswold Farm Park

This month, I had the absolute pleasure of catching up with my farming hero, Mr Joe Henson, Adam’s father and founder of both the Cotswold Farm Park and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST). In 2011, he was even awarded an MBE for services to conservation. Being a local man, I think everybody should realise all that he has achieved in his life and how, without his sheer passion and determination, some of the most beautiful rare breeds on show at the Farm Park today would be extinct. M: How did you get into farming Joe, were you from a farming family? J: No, I wasn’t actually. I lived with my mother and father in a place called Northwood, which is outside of London. About as far away from London as you can get whilst still being on a tube line! My father (Leslie Henson) was an actor and comedian in the 1920’s to 1950’s. He was pretty much at the top of his game, he went out to entertain the troops during the war and he even performed for the royal family.

M: Oh wow! So how did the rest happen then, what made you want to be a farmer? J: It was my dream from day dot. I used to buy little lead animal figurines every Saturday to add to my play farm; my pride and joy at the time! I can remember my mother used to walk me past a little farm every day. There were cows, pigs and chickens all running around the place. It was all very traditional, they still bottled their own milk and delivered it by horse and cart to the villages every day. I thought it was wonderful. My family moved back to the area after the war and when we did, I was old enough to work there for a while. They didn’t have any paid work available, but it was my first proper experience of farming. M: When you first opened the Farm Park (in 1971) what was it like? How many animals did you start with? J: John Neave (Joe’s business partner) 


had done all of the fencing, water laying and building ahead of opening, but we had just a small, rather dilapidated barn and a little caravan which my wife Gill used to serve refreshments from. The four children all got stuck in and helped. We had just four rare breeds on show at the beginning. M: So, where did all the rest of the animals come from? J: Early on, a large number came to us from Whipsnade (Zoo). Lord Zuckerman had a collection of rare breeds there which he called his ‘Living

Gene Bank’. The new curator there said that it wasn’t their job to look after farm animals, and so after a long story, the collection finished up here, so we have the original gene pool. M: What made you take them? J: To take the Norfolk Horn as an example, Whipsnade had the last existing flock in the world, so they could easily have become extinct. And people used to say to me, ‘They’re rare! You can’t eat them!’ but the more you eat, the more there’ll be!


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“It was my dream from day dot. I used to buy little lead animal figurines every Saturday to add to my play farm. My pride and joy at the time!” M: Did Adam show an interest in farming early on? J: Yes he did, in fact he insisted on introducing and being responsible for our Exmoor ponies, descendants of the herd we have today. He had the farming genes very early on.

M: How was the transition of Adam taking over the Farm Park? J: It was about 12 – 15 years ago now. He went to Agricultural College in Devon and became very good friends with his business partner, Duncan.

I never put any pressure on him, but when he came home from travelling I said, ‘If you want to work for me, do’…and he did. After a while, I made Adam a partner and then it’s just happened gradually from then on. It’s been a gradual process.

M: How did you feel about Adam’s TV career? J: Oh, delighted, obviously. I was sometimes quite uncomfortable with that side of things (Joe appeared in a regular farming slot on popular ‘70s TV

programme Animal Magic with Jonnie Norris) but it comes very naturally to Adam. He has it in him, I think.

M: One last question. What animals do you have at home now? J: Nothing at all. I haven’t even got a goldfish!

I had such a lovely chat with Joe. I don’t feel like I even scratched the surface! I could have listened to him for hours; he’s had such an amazing and inspirational life. Everyone here feels so privileged to be carrying on his work. Cotswold Farm Park was the first of its kind and in my opinion is still the very best. CS The Cotswold Farm Park will be re-opening to the public on February 15th. Lambing will be taking place live until April 6th. For more information visit

To be up with all the latest Farm Park gossip, follow Mandy on twitter @mandyfarmpark JANUARY 2014


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The wedding of Claire Moore & Tom Davis Claire & Tom chose the stunning setting of Ellenborough Park for their special day on April 27th 2013. They exchanged vows in the pretty chapel set in the grounds witnessed by ninety family and friends. April showers were soon banished leaving guests enjoying a champagne reception in the spring sunshine! Photography: Oli & Jane



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Golden Glamour Wedding planner, Sophie Smith, tells us the story behind our golden New Years wedding shoot… Glistening frost on the grass, a sprinkling of snow, grand manor houses, cosy fireplaces and getting your closest friends and family together to celebrate not only your wedding but a wonderful time of the year. I adore winter weddings; and as a wedding planner, I have noticed that the trend for summer weddings – whilst still strong - has declined of late in favour of celebrations in the cooler, pretty autumn and winter months.


So, when I was approached by Cotswold Style to plan and style a winter wedding shoot I didn’t have to think twice about getting involved. It wasn’t long before I began to get creative with beautiful concepts including a winter woodland wonderland, white winter wedding and a vintage inspired Christmas – whilst finally deciding on the perfect theme, gold winter glamour. Just think; the glamour of Hollywood and elegance of Great Gatsby,

perfect influences for a winter wedding celebration and even better for a New Year celebration. As my ideas for styling evolved, so did specifics such as the idea of a New Years Eve wedding. New Years Eve has to be one of the best days of the year. There’s a real sense of joy in the air, and what better way to celebrate than with a wedding. Guests have a perfect excuse to go all out with their outfits with a bit of sparkle and black tie. The chill factor is also an element you can take


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“Just think; the glamour of Hollywood and elegance of Great Gatsby, perfect influences for a winter wedding celebration and even better for a New Year celebration.” advantage of and a perfect excuse to cosy up and party in a grand manor with ornate detailing and beautiful fireplaces. This is why I decided upon, Manor by the Lake, being the perfect Cotswold location to base the shoot. Winter weddings really allow you to play around with food and drink ideas to create a truly scrumptious menu. I decided to add some extra glamour to the shoot by incorporating an Eggnog and Baileys drink and dessert bar with decadent treats. Not only is this seasonal

and a little bit special, their colours fit right in with the gold colour scheme. I have to say, this was one of the elements I was most excited about planning. Of course, to bring it all together I had to source some of the Cotswold’s finest wedding suppliers and a model who could pull off this elegant style perfectly. Styling and planning a shoot is very different to styling and planning a wedding. In a real wedding the couple are your customers and so all suppliers >

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work and advise to meet customer requirements. With a shoot, suppliers invest a lot of their own time and money to make it work, so it’s incredibly important to each supplier that they get to bring their own personal style to the table and represent their unique style. There would be no point for a supplier to invest so much, if their ‘brand’ didn’t fit. For this shoot, I was lucky enough to work with a great team who shared my vision and were willing to collaborate and work together. The results of carefully planning JANUARY 2014

and styling an event really pay off. I am incredibly proud of our team for creating this vision. From little details such as confetti filled save the dates to superb Ian Stuart dresses; gold dusted stacked cookies to luxurious fabrics; pretty flowers with a bit of sparkle to elegant glassware and a grand 4 tier cake. The individual details came together perfectly with our fabulously styled model who was a true professional on the day. I’ll leave you now to indulge in a bit of gold glamour and hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed creating it. CS

CREDITS Model Iris Fitzgerald Venue Manor By The Lake Cupcakes Flowers Hair Styling Make-Up Styling Bar Filming Table Styling Stationery Photography Vintage Accessories Dresses Bag & Shoes L.K. Bennett in Cheltenham


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Love is in the Air We find out all about what to expect at Bride: The Wedding Show at Cheltenham Racecourse in February... Love is in the air on St Valentine’s weekend and what better way to celebrate than by planning your big day at Bride: The Wedding Show at Cheltenham Racecourse. The event on February 15 and 16 has everything you need to organise a perfect wedding with the help of the region’s finest suppliers. There will be more than 70 exhibitors from venues to bridal boutiques, florists to photographers, caterers and cake makers to entertainers. The highlight of the weekend is the catwalk show which takes place three times daily. It is acknowledged as the best in the business and worth the ticket price alone. The choreographed presentation of the latest in bridal and bridesmaids’ gowns, men’s wear and mother of the bride outfits, will include dresses from House of Vintage gowns and accessories, Cotswold Bride and Mystia Bridal Boutique of Gloucester, outfits from John Lewis (who are also supplying goodies for the goody bags), and groomswear from Slaters. The show is guaranteed to have the crowd laughing and clapping and combines entertainment with great music and fantastic ideas on what to wear. There will be music and entertainment from The Swing Kings who appeared at Bride: The Wedding Show at Westpoint

day, including a hen or stag party for 12 people at the racecourse. This will also include overnight accommodation at the Cheltenham Thistle Hotel. Visit Cheltenham Racecourse on their stand at Bride: The Show on 15 and 16 February 2013, to enter the fantastic competition that includes a raceday Gold Package for 12::

Arena in Exeter in October 2013, Soul Shoes and other wedding artists, competitions and offers, ice cream from Cotswold Vintage Scoop, a restaurant and champagne bar. Copies of the new Cotswold Bride magazine, packed with inspirational stories, real weddings, advice from brides and professionals and the latest wedding trends, will all be given away. The racecourse function rooms will be set up for a wedding breakfast, with panoramic views over the course and plenty of competitions to enter on the

Club/Tattersalls Enclosure ticket £9 of food and refreshment vouchers £10 of tote betting vouchers Racecard voucher £5 off voucher for use in the Cheltenham Collection Shop on the day of racing (terms and conditions apply) Accommodation package at the Cheltenham Thistle Hotel: Six double or twin bedrooms to share plus Thistle Breakfast the following morning. Joanne Goodwin, of Bride: The Wedding Show, Cheltenham, says: “The show is a great day out for brides, their girlfriends, families or husband to be and gives visitors the chance to meet a wide range of the finest local wedding professionals to see what they have to offer. The catwalk show is sheer entertainment and has everyone smiling, from flower girls to grooms to grandmothers of the bride…and especially the bride herself ”. CS Bride: The Wedding Show is at Cheltenham Racecourse on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16 from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are £5 in advance from and £7.50 on the day.

For more information or to exhibit at Bride: The Wedding Show at Cheltenham Racecourse, see or contact Rachel Roberts,, 01803 860753. JNAUARY 2013


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Making the cut: Luxe Bra Top (£39.99) and Diamond-Cut Leggings (£69.99) both Gymluxe

Electrify your workout: Finesse Bra (£41) and Impulse Run Shorts (£40) in Electric Purple both Lorna Jane

Build your armour: Compression Bra (£15) and Sonic HeatGear Capri (£20) both Under Armour. Shoes and bracelets: stylist's own

Girls who lift: Adidas Prime Hoodie (£40), Reebok CrossFit Lite Bra (£40) and CrossFit 2 Shorts (£35)



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TRAIN LIKE A BEAUTY Lucy Denver is a SportStylist Ambassador, nutrition coach and fitness model. She also runs fitness and body confidence sessions for models, young people and charities

Photographer - Helen Machin Hair stylist - Jess Mac MUA - Amy Hickey Location - Fitness First Cheltenham Model/Stylist - Lucy Denver All garments available online direct from Reebok, Gymluxe, Under Armour and Lorna Jane UK or at

Plyo box fresh: CrossFit Nano 3.0 trainers (£95) Reebok, Diamond-Cut Leggings (£69.99) Gymluxe, Pammy Bra (£38) Lorna Jane


Hitting the gym can seem like a daunting task, especially in January after the excesses of the festive season. What’s the one thing that will make it easier to step back onto that treadmill? Looking fantastic in some gorgeous sportswear, that’s what! Whatever your goals at the gym, there is a sports fashion look to suit you. 2013 was a great year for women’s luxury fitness fashion and it’s only going to get better in 2014 (hot tips: Charli Cohen and Miss Matahari, you heard it here first). Before you set foot anywhere near a personal trainer or a gym, you need a good sports bra, and you can’t go wrong with the Finesse Bra (£40) by Australian designer Lorna Jane. Recently launched in the UK, Lorna Jane designs are sculpted and flattering with beautiful detailing and bright, sexy colours that will brighten up even the dullest January morning. Their tank tops come in every colour imaginable, so choose one to suit your mood! Your legs will thank you for enveloping them in any of these pieces. Reebok has a great range of CrossFit shorts (from £35) that are suitable for far more than JANUARY 2014

just CrossFit, and Under Armour’s Sonic Heat Gear capris (£26) are perfect for yoga or studio classes like Body Pump. As for leggings, you simply have to treat yourself to a pair of Gymluxe’s Diamond-Cut Leggings (69.99) – I guarantee they’ll become a part of your everyday wardrobe (and everyone will be asking where you got them from!). Slip your feet out of your

heels and into a pair of Reebok Nano 3.0s – which, joy of joys, you can customise online – and you’re ready to go! Make 2014 the year you look and feel fabulous 24/7: with a gym wardrobe like this, what’s stopping you? CS To get in touch with Lucy, contact or tweet @denvertronix


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LOVE Revisiting his roots as a knitwear designer, James Lakeland presents this capsule line of 10 woven pieces features the Love Me knitted jacket, the Love Me wrap, the Love Me cardigan and the Love Me polo; all of which will make this Autumn-Winter all about loving yourself.

The range presents stand-out styles detailed with fringed hemlines or pearl buttons, all in a soft autumnal colour palette ranging from dusky pink to powder grey and nougat. Mr Lakeland says of his collection “this season is about the Power Woman: she is not afraid of her femininity; she takes charge and owns what she wears.� Also available at House of Fraser JANUARY 2014

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Lisa von Hallwyl talks out with the old and in with the new



The Races


Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a truly fabulous Christmas and have suitably recovered from the New Year festivities. So, here we are in a brand new year with a fantastic chance to update ourselves and our wardrobes. This month, I’m going to offer you some ideas including lots of amazing things to look forward to and wonderful events where you can show off your new look. Now we are in 2014, let’s look closer at fashion and what lies ahead of us. Upcoming trends for spring and summer – a style I’m particularly, excited about, is for high contrast words and slogans on clothing, which is going to be huge; think witty, think bold. Another popular trend will be fringing and cowgirl looks, hot pants and checked shirts with uneven buttoning. The tuxedo will also make an appearance with real style and sparkle; pantone colours fresh with pastel hues. It’s also time to start thinking of getting that special outfit sorted for the Cheltenham Festival in March, as there are only two months until the big day. The festival is as much about fashion as racing so don’t forget to purchase your tickets and, most importantly, get your statement hat for ‘Ladies Day’ by taking a trip to my showroom at Cotswold Bride or, very soon, Beards who will also be showcasing my new collections especially for raceweek. So, why not view their gorgeous pieces whilst choosing that special hat? When it comes to fashion, the importance of makeup and skincare is often overlooked due to the focus on the clothes. The correct makeup and skincare is hugely important to any look and that is why for this month I have some tips from Victoria Jones, a local

makeup artist, based in Cheltenham. For more information on makeup please get in touch with Victoria by email victoriajonesmakeup@ This season’s makeup looks feature elements of strong sixties influences in the eyes and tomato coloured lips and nails. Here are some useful tips from Victoria... The Tomato Pout – Let the lip be the statement piece and leave the rest of your make-up simple. Choose an orange lipstick with a hint of red, a cool or warm tomato depending on your colourings.

Lived-in-Liner – (Saint Laurent & Versace) – This make-up trend allows for a little messiness. Glide your liner along the top and bottom water lines and then gently smudge with a cotton tip/eye shadow smudging brush.

Bright Eyed – (Marc Jacobs) – A pop of colour whether on the lids or on the bottom waterline will be a huge look for the spring.

“The festival is as much about fashion as racing so don’t forget to get those tickets sorted and most importantly get that statement hat for ladies day” Natural Beauty – (Lavin & Michael Kors) – Dab a little concealer under your eyes, groom your brows, add two coats of mascara, a little blusher and a neutral gloss to keep on trend with this natural look.

Bold Brows – (Dried Van Noten & Versace) – Bold brows are back! Full brows are the must have trend which will go with any make-up look you choose.

Take the opportunity that the New Year provides you; be bold and try something different and have fun in the January sales. In fact, treat yourself to some beauty therapy and rejuvinate your wardrobe, as well as your well being. CS Get in touch – Tel: 07738223791 


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Grace&Glamour With Christmas and New Year done and gone, we have no choice but to enter January defeated and uninspired – or so you thought. Forget your usual January slump and celebrate a brand new year just for you. Words by Grace Parry, fashion and lifestyle writer It’s January and time to face it; we need to put the festive season behind us. There isn’t often anything that appealing about this month. Full of wishful thinking about the year ahead, resolutions that we don’t always like to keep and, if recent years are anything to go by, an awful lot of snow that always appears at the most inappropriate of times; it’s safe to say, January isn’t always welcome. I think it’s time to shake up that rotten habit of a thought. We have no reason to think of this month as a bad one, only previous traditions mean that we tend to. Why not look forwards to the month ahead, before the rest of the year, by planning your January the glamorous way. Starting with one of the things we all care about at this time of year; your health. But when I say health, I’m not talking about your five-a-day and a monotonous diet that even the freshest of spring chickens wouldn’t want to stick to. I was thinking more along the lines of a stress-free and indulgent month, to prepare you for the year of course... Where better to prepare yourself for all that relationships, work, friends and family can throw at you than at one of The Cotswolds’ worst kept secrets; Barnsley House. Barnsley House, home to the beautiful Barnsley Garden Spa, is the most decadent treats right on our doorstep and if you’ve not yet taken a trip, or even if you are a frequent guest, their spa packages are just crying out for your presence. Who’d of thought, we have the option to be pampered, primped and pressed, all before lunch, with their Half Day Spa option – it’s a must. JANUARY 2014

Barnsley Garden Spa

But with all of this relaxing we plan to be doing, we can’t miss out on the celebrating. What are we celebrating you ask? Us, of course! It being a brand new year for even more glamour will always go off with a bang, but that doesn’t mean it needs to stop on January 1st, we should carry it on all year long. So with that in mind, why not pay a visit to John Gordon’s in Cheltenham and pick up a bottle their finest Lemaire Cuvee champagne, or Thomas Panton in Tetbury for a bottle of Laurent Perrier. Now stress free and ready to celebrate, what could be needed more than a minimakeover. I’m not talking about a whole new you, but if we’re going to make January a good one, a little blush and glossy lips

will give a helping hand. Space NK will give you glamour in seconds with lashings of our favourite classic brands. If you want to keep it natural, we have Neal’s Yard stocked full with the finest organic products right here, in Montpellier. But what could this all lead to? The shopping, of course! With so many great high street and designer brands mixed with independent chic boutiques all dotted around the Cotswolds, it would be rude not to. Especially with these January sales; after all, we don’t want to be all dressed up with nowhere to go!

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Hair rehab...

New Year offer free hair conditioning treatment worth ÂŁ25 with every cut or colour booked in January.

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NewYear,New Hair The start of a new year is the perfect time to update your look. A new year is a fresh start in so many ways, and it’s the perfect time to change your hair. Whatever change you make, whether it be subtle or dramatic; you’re guaranteed to feel refreshed afterwards. A new look can be life changing and incredibly exciting. Sometimes, just getting those extra compliments can make you feel good about yourself and can be a big boost in self-esteem.

Transform your hair with our 6 Top Tips... “If a fringe will work for your face shape, now’s the time to try one out they are on trend and an easy way to update your look in an instant!”

Are you ready for a change? If so, follow our 6 top tips and reinvent your hairstyle in 2014.


Try a new haircut

If you haven’t changed your hair cut in quite some time, it’s definitely time to make a change. If you’re at a loss, tear out pictures from magazines of looks that you love. By doing so, your stylist will have an idea of what you’re envisioning.


Change your parting

We rarely change our hair parting and by doing so, you can create a subtle, yet effective new look. The best part about this? It’s not permanent! If you don’t like it, you can always change it back.


Add a fringe!

Have you always wanted a fringe? Or, are you a bit too nervous to try them out? If a fringe will work for your face shape, now’s the time to try one out they are on trend and an easy way to update your look in an instant! Alternatively, try a clip in fringe. These are available to buy from the Blowdry bar hair wardrobe.


Get colourful

Getting the colour right is so important. Perhaps you’re concerned about those grey hairs appearing or you fancy something a bit lighter or brighter during the Winter? Changing the colour of your hair can really refresh and update your look. If you’re limited for time, try out our new express colour bar for quick fixes just where you need it.


Hair extensions

Want thicker, fuller hair? Why wait for your hair to grow? Hair extensions can be added to instantly create more length or volume to your hair. Hair extensions can also be used to create highlights or the latest ombré dip dye trends, you can have a new colour without the commitment of dying your own hair!


Beat the frizz

Add another new year’s resolution to your list; “I will reassess my hair care routine”. Try a Brazilian blow-dry – a keratin smoothing treatment that leaves your hair silky smooth for up to 3 months. This will be available in January for a very special price of £165, with Jessie and Nadine. The internet is filled with all sorts of websites that let you upload a photo and try on a hairstyle before you actually take the plunge. Browse through magazines or online sites first to get some trend inspiration then call in to Laura Leigh hairdressing or book in for a consultation for some expert advice. All consultations are complimentary at Laura Leigh hairdressing.

Laura Leigh Hairdressing, Lower Ground Floor, 105 The Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1NW, Tel: 01242 530598;



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Gorgeous-hair offers its clients a highly indulgent experience. Their philosophy is to give you a fantastic haircut and stunning colours; as well as luxury products, delicious refreshments, and a relaxing massage from their Shiatsu massage chairs, all in sumptuous, contemporary surroundings. We will really give you an experience to remember, as well as a fabulous new look. Gorgeous-hair always pampers their clients. Most importantly, the salon ensures that their clients leave feeling completely gorgeous and happy with their hair. In the New Year, the salon is really pleased to introduce its newest recruit to the talented team of hairstylists; Katie Milne. Having visited the salon as a client, Katie fell in love with the friendly, professional and fashionable environment and knew this was the right salon for her. The extensive consultation training she has received gives her a unique approach to hairdressing. She understands the client’s wishes, matching cut and colour to face, lifestyle and hair type. Katie has had the privilege of learning from the very best. She has worked and trained at top salons across the country, attending the L’Oreal Professional Academy to gain a diploma in Blow Drying and Finishing, as well as diploma in Classic Cutting from the Wella Professional Business Education Centre. Her professional ability works across both genders, having also completed the Wahl seminar, ‘Funky Men’, from the Wahl Academy. Being both skilled technically and creatively, Katie’s enthusiasm and ability to listen to a clients’ requirements make her the ideal hairdresser. She is not just someone who will cut, colour and style hair, she can make everyone feel comfortable and you can trust her to deliver the best look. She is disciplined in delivering what JNAUARY 2014

Gorgeous-hair is tucked away in the Suffolks – ‘Cheltenham’s Notting Hill’

“Gorgeous-hair pampers its clients. Most importantly, the salon ensures that their clients leave feeling completely gorgeous and happy with their hair.” clients both want and need. Katie has a particular strong skill in putting hair up to create the perfect wedding or party styles. Watching her disappear into herself whilst she creates works of art for every special occasion is mesmerising. Ultimately, Katie will develop a relationship with new clients, maintain a connection with existing clients and always draw on her ability to visualise the style she is creating and versatility in creating exactly the look you want. Gorgeous-hair is confident that Katie will be an asset to the team, adding to the creative talent already within the salon. When she starts at

the beginning of January, she will join a six-strong team of salon owner, Gary Bullock; senior stylists, Todor and Leah, stylist Monika, junior stylist Sammi and apprentice Sarah. Why not give the salon a call or book online to experience all Gorgeous-hair has to offer, and discover for yourself Cheltenham’s best kept secret? CS

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It’s January – what can I do to make this new years resolution count? With Laura Milne, Body & Health Coach Every year I see and hear the same old new years resolutions... ‘I will get fitter... ‘I will become healthy’... ‘I will lose 3 stone’…. You get the picture. When I ask: “What was your resolution last year and the year before that?”, the reponse is always the same. Why is that? Surely they must be fed up of doing the same thing every year? Most of us approach January 1st with a view of commiting to trying the latest diet fad, drinking shakes or premade foods, the newest fitness DVD and, of course, the new gym membership will commence. People always try so hard at first but more often than not the old routine starts creeping in and they return to square one. Why does this happen? Well, you’re either too stressed from work to go to the gym, you’ve had no sleep because of the baby and have no energy, there’s no time to make healthy meals, too much to do with working, kids, exercise and looking after myself, I can’t cope...does this sound familiar? Remember, that being fit, healthy and positive will make all these barriers disappear. Instead, you will have better focus during the working day, your sleep will improve and your husband and children will have a happy partner. As a result, you will be happier, brighter, healthier and feel fabulous. Looking after yourself is so vitally important for your future. Our body can survive under stress for months, even years with nothing going wrong; but then something can happen, with no warning! Chronic fatigue, serious illness, weight gain, weight loss, depression, the list goes on. What will you do then to make yourself feel better and great? Go to the doctors for medication, or carry on feeling bad? Try approaching things differently this New Year. Far too often, you can often end up trying to do too much in one go, with many of us attemting to do a variety of things at once, such as: JANUARY 2014

• Starting an exercise routine • Cutting out caffeine • Going to bed earlier • Drinking more water • Eating more vegetables and protein • Trying to relax more • Taking supplements • Not drinking alcohol or smoking

That’s a long and rather daunting list. You’re changing so much of everything in your life in one go; very, very rarely does this succeed. You will find that when the going gets tough at work or, you have a night out with the girls and drink too much, you end up eating badly. You can then think, ‘Oh, I will start again on Monday’. Before you know it this happens every week, making you feel worse in the long run. MAKE THIS YEAR DIFFERENT Make your New Years Resolutions be to achieve your previous years resolutions, but by doing it as follows: • Sensibly • Gradually • One step at a time • Real food, no gimmicks or fads

• Find a support group or person to help you who understand what your needs and wants are. By doing so, you will create lifetime changes that will have a huge impact on both yourself and your family. Of course, there will be times that you will drink alcohol and eat chocolate but it’s about learning self-control and not beating yourself up over having those indulgences. One other thing before I go; be positive! Tell yourself, ‘I CAN’ and ‘I WILL’ rather than ‘I can’t’ or ‘I won’t’. YOU CAN do this and YOU CAN achieve so, so much. Baby steps soon turn into huge leaps. CS Join Laura on her special programme just for women helping to realise how to make these baby steps and start to see serious and real results. She now offers a two week free trial but spaces are limited. 07737209523


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FOMO – Is the new black, and why I can make you happy – Vigilante Style Predictably, now Christmas is over, and the nation is sobbing into its collective soup bowl – (surely because the DFS sale has finished), the media becomes obsessed with happiness and why we’re all suffering from the blues. Do you suffer from FOMO? No, I hadn’t heard of it either, although it is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary (it’s the “fear of missing out” if you’re wondering). From what I can make out, this acronym essentially describes the angst of young adults, as they cruise their social media pages, watching in real time all the fabulous parties they weren’t invited to. As their “friends” upload yet another selfie to Facebook , they miserably post a “like” and wonder where it all went wrong. What anguish these poor women (men too, but seemingly less often) go through. What gut wrenching inadequacy this behavior produces in our society; exclusion rather than inclusion, and all because the lady loves the black magic screen of social media. Shouldn’t we take a leaf out the book of that Primary School Headmaster, who insisted on a zero exclusion party policy (ie invite every kid in the class to your child’s party – friend or not)

just to stop anyone feeling left out? In short – No. It’s precisely because of these cottonwool attitudes that the problems start. A kid knows from a young age whether they are liked or not. That’s what you childhood is for: to test out who you are and how to act, and to develop a tough skin – something that seems to have been forgotten recently. To appreciate how truly good life is in the West, you need to have faced a bit of adversity. Far be it for me to suggest we go out and threaten everyone (although I do love a good vigilante movie), but if just the faintest whiff of disharmony seems like a disaster, then that is a real problem for our society. That now overused motto from the war, “keep calm and carry on” was intended for a generation that was stuck in air raid shelters, as their loved ones got blown up in the Battle of Britain. It wasn’t aimed at those who claim to be stressed when their printer won’t work. Don’t feel sad in January. Just because you can’t see blue sky doesn’t mean to say it’s not there – it’s just hidden temporarily by grey clouds. And if that image doesn’t work, maybe I should get the heavies round to put the frighteners on you – it’s for your own good, honest. CS

TOP TIPS FOR HAPPINESS • Write down every day 1 thing that made you smile. Writing and then reading (not typing) is a powerful reminder. • Be grateful you’re healthy. Don’t wait until you’re ill to appreciate wellbeing. • You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone: keep that in mind and you’ll live in the moment. • And if you really can’t get with the positivity, throw a big party, invite everyone who’s ever “liked” you and post selfies of yourself. I give up.

I would love to hear from you! Please write to me, Amanda Toner (maiden name Surtees!) via



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TRIM THE FAT! Brunsdon CEO and Financial Adviser Brian Morman suggests ways to streamline your savings and investments in 2014 The festivities are over. The New Year is here. Time for resolutions, then. Topping the list of the most popular resolves – made and broken (!) – are losing weight and getting fit, followed by reducing debt and saving money. No surprises there then, but it reinforces my view that most people’s concerns centre on their health and finances. Whether they decide to do anything about either is another matter. I can’t help you with your diet or fitness regime, but I can suggest ways to make the most of your savings and investments. In terms of pure streamlining, I can’t think of a better way than making use of a ‘wrap’ account, or ‘platform,’ to hold all your investments in one place. It makes life so much easier. You can view all your holdings listed on one or two pages online, get up to date valuations quickly and easily and in many instances, you’ll be able to access your investments at any time. Wraps can hold shares, bonds, cash, pensions and trusts, for example, plus tax-advantaged savings vehicles such as ISAs. No more rummaging through piles of printed statements and valuations from a multitude of different providers. And you can request changes to your portfolio via a single point of contact – or indeed, online. That’s convenience with a capital ‘C.’ Our Brunsdon wrap platform is branded ‘Portfolio Management,’ because that’s exactly what it does. Whatever you resolve to achieve in life, I think it’s always a good idea to have a plan. This is especially true with financial aspirations. As they say, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there! At Brunsdon, we like to talk to our clients about devising a financial game plan, with set goals for maybe three, five, ten or even 20 years hence. Focus on what you actually value for yourself and your family and what you want to achieve. With a clear strategy in your mind you won’t have to keep making it up as you go along, JANUARY 2014

“Focus on what you actually value for yourself and your family and what you want to achieve. With a clear strategy in your mind you won’t have to keep making it up as you go along, or continually need to make resolutions you can’t keep.” or continually need to make resolutions you can’t keep. An important component of any financial game plan of course will be how to invest money wisely and protect as much of it as possible from the tax man. Now that’s a subject dear to my heart and one I’ve covered here in depth on a number of occasions. Clearly the options open to you will depend entirely on your personal circumstances but generally we’re talking about making full use of the annual tax concessions allowed by the Government on your savings, investments and pensions. As always , I’d recommend an ISA as a taxefficient wrapper as there is no tax on any of the income you receive and no tax due on any capital gains. And don’t forget to look at any old legacy investments you may hold. It’s

quite likely these will no longer reflect your current or future objectives, either in terms of investment strategy or charges. Modern thinking, as practiced at Brunsdon, is based far more on client attitude to risk and lifestyle profiling, strategic asset allocation and, very importantly, regular reviews. In terms of investments, our recommendations will be based on those criteria, will be tailored to your circumstances, and will be carefully selected from a range of solutions identified by our Investment Committee. There you have it then. A reasonably straightforward route to achieve a new, slim-line financial strategy for 2014 and beyond. And don’t forget, at Brunsdon, we make it our business to help our clients make their financial resolutions a reality! CS The value of an investment and the income from it could go down as well as up. The return at the end of the investment period is not guaranteed and you may get back less than you originally invested. Brian Morman ACII Dip FA is a Financial Adviser and CEO of Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Tel: 01452 623 623 Email:


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C2S Exec Forum

held at Chelsea Brasserie, Cheltenham Words by Suzanne Hall-Gibbins, Director of Circle2Success


The members of the C2S Executive Forum met at the Chelsea Brassiere to kick start the Forum that officially starts in January 2014 with a meeting hosted by Jill Douglas at Adey Professional Heating. The central idea behind the effectiveness of peer-to-peer networks is that we all learn better, trust more, and gravitate to the shared experiences of people at our level and in circumstances similar to ours. And, there is incredible value in being able to tap into the collective experience of a group of trusted peers. In peer-to-peer networks, you are among people with similar challenges, issues, and problems. In that setting, the likelihood is huge that you'll benefit faster from exposure to their thinking,

the problems they've solved, the mistakes they’ve made, their best practices and innovative ideas – and also the people they know. Tapping into the collective intelligence and wisdom of such a group can be extremely powerful, especially in a forum that provides a safe harbour – a place to test your thinking and ideas, to ask questions with supportive colleagues who are there to help and not to judge. This is the ethos behind both the C2S Leaders and Executive Forums. Lennie Quainton (pictured top left) from Brunsdon said “I was really pleased to be nominated for the Exec Forum. It helps me to gain an insight as to how other business people are thinking and how they plan to manage the challenges they face.”

Circle2Success (C2S) is a network of MD’s; Partners and Directors of successful companies who support each other by sharing ideas and insights; short circuiting problems and developing alliances that add real value to Gloucestershire businesses. Sustaining business growth is only possible if you have a great team and critical to this is the next generation of managers and directors. Circle2Success provides opportunities to develop those rising stars, from learning key skills to being inspired by leading business owners.

For more information please call Suzanne on 07971 148 787 email:



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Full speed ahead at Cowley event

Andrew Terry MD Linac addresses delegates

Top executives descend on the Cotswolds


Delegates in working groups


Over fifty of the globe’s top learning and development professionals attended Cowley Manor for a learning master class run by Gloucestershire based company, Linac, which was officially opened by Mayor of Cheltenham, Wendy Flynn. The delegates braved the winter travel conditions to descend on Cowley Manor from across the UK, with some of the world’s most recognisable brands in attendance, including: Vodafone, Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Williams F1, EE and Debenhams. After absorbing the stunning setting of Cowley Manor and enjoying a multitude of Sophie smoothies and exotic Cook Linac fruit snacks to ensure the Training talks to senses were stimulated, delegates the attendees took part in a fast-paced, interactive masterclass, exploring the latest techniques for developing accelerated training events, aimed at optimising the impact of their people in a fun and engaging way. With the event falling in the middle of a hectic time for learning professionals, the strong turnout for the event signalled exactly how impressive Linac’s reputation is within the marketplace. Andrew Terry, Managing Director, stated “It’s great to bring so many talented executives to the Cotswolds for the weekend. As a company, we’re always looking to share our expertise with the global learning community, so free master class events likes these are extremely rewarding for us”. The masterclass kicked off and the energy within the room was immediately high and rose even higher as the interactive activities progressed. The session involved a wide range of thought provoking exercises such an impromptu

Spanish lesson and a practial exploration of brain physiology, all designed to encourage learning by presenting information from a radically different perspective! Those that had travelled to Cowley for the day, left with great enthusiasm regarding the session. Kathy Williams, Head of Learning & Development at 3663 Foodservice, said “It was an inspirational and refreshing event and I can’t wait to put what I have learnt into practice!” While Alison Simmons, of FTSE 100 firm GlaxoSmithKline, confirmed “As a client of Linac for many years, I have come to expect top quality training expertise, and this event was no different. But it’s also great that they hold these sessions, and bring the learning community together to discuss ideas from so many great businesses”. As well as hosting top-flight events, Linac is the chosen partner to organisations across the world, assisting

in the development of their staff, from junior to executive level, across a wide range of disciplines. However, as a Gloucestershire-based company themselves, Linac were keen not to ignore the fantastic businesses in the local area, with the likes of Cheltenham Town Football Club, Endsleigh, Ecclesiastical, Severn Trent Water, Gloucestershire College and Tewkesbury Borough Council all in attendance. Alison Smith, Learning & Development at Severn Trent Water, also a long term client of Linac, commented “It’s great to attend this type of event, with real experts on the subject. The mix of delegates from a diverse range of businesses made for a fascinating and enjoyable event”. Linac will be holding a similar event in spring 2014 specifically for Gloucestershire firms, ranging from start-ups to multi-national organisations. CS


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A Cowley Manor Dream Fancy having Cowley Manor all to yourself on your wedding day? Your dreams could soon be answered...

We all know how stunning Cowley Manor is; we do not even need to try to convince you of that. What makes Cowley Manor that bit more special is having it all to yourself on your wedding day. Now picture this; 60 to 80 of your closest friends and family catered for perfectly, all 30 bedrooms, access to the gardens, Main House & Stable Block for a day that you and your guests will never forget. Your guests will also enjoy full use of the facilities at CSide Spa with any treatments they would like to book at 20% off during their stay. Of course, Cowley Brides and Grooms stay for free on their wedding night in the Best Room,

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Have you dined at Ellenborough Park yet? The Beaufort Dining Room Classic British dishes with a modern twist Two courses from ÂŁ45 per person Open 7-10pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12.30-4pm Sunday

The Brasserie Wholesome, brasserie style dishes Main courses from ÂŁ13.50 per person Open 12noon-10pm daily Award winning Executive Head Chef David Kelman has created the menus for both restaurants For more information and to book please call 01242 807552 or email Ellenborough Park Southam Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL52 3NJ UK Find us on:

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with Food Writer Shelle Duffin Having over-indulged in the festive period with turkey, mince pies and chocolate treats, washed down with copious amounts of delicious mulled wine; I can only imagine that if you’re anything like me, the diets and detox will be in full swing. I’ve always found January to be quite dull – the come down from Christmas, the strain of keeping those all-important resolutions in action and the cold, dark days that brutally remind us that we are still in winter. However, rather than put you in a total state of doom and gloom, let me instead arouse your taste buds and ensure that 2012 gets off to a mouth-watering start.

Well first of all, Happy NewYear!!!

Cooking in January can be made fun and adventurous for budding cooks at any level of ability. In an attempt to save those last remaining pennies and keep the bank manager at bay, seize the chance to empty out those cupboards and use up leftovers from the Christmas season. This is your opportunity to get gutsy in the kitchen, sampling new flavours and mixing them up to make a delicious dish. There is nothing more thrilling than creating a new recipe of your own combinations; this is how the best chefs learn! As the cold days linger on, there

remains a demand for satisfying comfort food – warming, stirring, and nurturing ingredients into scrumptious and hearty casseroles and soups. My recipe this month demonstrates a dish you can produce using leftover ingredients from the yuletide season, without interfering too much with your resolutions. However, don’t axe the calories too drastically – a few here and there are perfectly. justifiable throughout the winter months!

Serves 6 generously (*if there are any leftovers, this dish is suitable for the freezer)

• Add the chicken and cook for 10

add the garlic, onion, pancetta, cooking for a few minutes until they soften minutes, stirring occasionally • Add the leeks, thyme and sage and

cook for a further 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 5 free range chicken breasts, diced 200g chopped pancetta 2 leeks – chopped 1 onion – finely chopped 3 garlic cloves – crushed Bunch of thyme Bunch of sage – chopped 3 bay leaves 250ml white wine ½ pint chicken stock 200g button mushrooms 3tbsp flour 1tbsp redcurrant jelly 1tbsp Dijon mustard A knob of butter Salt & Pepper For Crumble topping: 4 slices wholemeal bread

• Mix in the flour, stirring until all the

mixture is covered and then add the stock, allowing to simmer for 5 minutes • Once the mixture has thickened,

add the wine, redcurrant jelly and mustard • Season well with salt and pepper • Add the mushrooms and cook for

200g chestnuts 200g smoked cheddar, grated 100g dried cranberries Bunch of fresh sage, roughly chopped 1tbsp redcurrant jelly 1tsp Dijon mustard Salt & Pepper

a few minutes on a low heat whilst you prepare the crumble • Place all the crumble ingredients

into a food processor and blend until it reaches a crumble consistency • Pour the chicken mixture into an

oven proof dish and cover it with a layer of the crumble topping


• Place the crumble in the oven and

• Preheat the oven to 180°C

cook for 30-40 minutes until the top is golden

For more recipe ideas and articles, follow me on Twitter – @Shelle_Duffin or Facebook – Shelle Duffin – Food Writer/Cook, plus check out my blog – JANUARY 2014


Recipe file

Chicken Crumble

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ET amidst the rolling Cotswold Hills on the edge of Shipton Oliffe, Andoversford, the idyllic 17th century Frogmill with roaring log fires and original beams has re-opened after a major refurbishment under the expert stewardship of Marco Pierre White. This picture-perfect 28 bedroom hotel, with traditional honey-tone stone, extensive grounds with pear orchards, river and watermill, has been sympathetically restored to enhance its original features and create a variety of eating and drinking areas to suit every occasion. Intimate spaces in the restaurant bar and pretty conservatory, and open raised terraces with vines for shade, provide the perfecting setting for every occasion throughout the year, while the spacious Hall and Waterwheel Room (both licensed for civil ceremonies) can cater for the most elaborate of weddings and private dining affairs. Winter wedding specials and occasional ‘last minute’ deals for those couples who just can’t wait are worth considering – do visit the website or call

for Wedding Fair details and available dates. The A la carte menu, subject to seasonal changes, is packed with MPW fresh fish, local game and top quality meat classics, including the ever-popular Glazed Honey Pork Belly Marco Polo, and Wheelers of St James Fish Pie. Starters are available from £5.95, mains from £12.50 and scrumptious desserts at £5.50. The extraordinarily ‘value for money’ bar menu starts from just £5.50 for doorstep sandwiches with a cup of hearty soup, to half a dozen Colchester Oysters with a black velvet cocktail for £18.50. A luxury afternoon tea menu is available throughout the year and prices starts from £5.50 with sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea and prosecco for just £14.50. Comfortable en-suite rooms are available from £79 on a B&B basis which includes a traditional English breakfast fit for a king. Information regarding winter-warmer breaks and New Year events can also be found on the website:

The Frogmill Inn | Shipton Oliffe | Andoversford Cheltenham | Gloucestershire GL54 4HT

Tel: 01242 822911

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Tables must be booked in advance for this fantastic offer.

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The Boathouse Tewkesbury

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The ‘Missus’ will love this one... Wine and champagne tasting competition runs the last Thursday of every month An evening of Cheese boards, Antipasti and lots of wine!

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Welcome in 2014 with Beef Wellington With Christmas now in the past and the New Year upon us all, what better way to warm up a Winter’s day than with Beef Wellington? A traditional dish adored by many and not that difficult to cook if you have time. It is not the cheapest of dishes to make, yet it does make a delicious supper for a celebratory occasion and the nice thing about this dish is that you can prepare it the day before and leave it in the fridge over night! This is how I prepared a Beef Wellington and after reading this recipe I hope you may have a go yourself.

Beef Wellington Serves 4

Ingredients 500g Fillet of Beef ideally the middle section Seasoning – Freshly ground pepper and salt 120g Smooth Pâté. 2 Eggs beaten for glaze and sealing Duxelle (Chopped Mushrooms and Onion) Spinach 25g Butter preferably unsalted 8 medium sized Mushrooms – finely chopped 1 medium sized Onion – finely chopped 2 hands full of spinach- blanched Make two thin Pancakes – these help to prevent the juices soaking into the pastry. Madeira Sauce Puff Pastry (or for ease buy a roll of Rough Puff) Method • Season the beef fillet with black pepper and salt then place into a frying pan over a high heat. Turn the fillet to ensure even cooking. Remove when browned on each side and leave to rest. • Prepare the Duxelle by adding the butter to the frying pan you browned the beef in add the finely chopped mushrooms and onions. Cook until soft for approximately 10 mins over a moderate heat tossing occasionally. • Remove from the heat and leave to rest until needed. JANUARY 2014

With Nick Stephens from Bordeaux Undiscovered • Cover the bottom of a medium sized pan with water. Add 1 teaspoon full of salt. Bring the water to the boil and add the spinach and cover for approximately 2 minutes. Drain in colander and leave until needed. • Make two very thin pancakes and leave to one side. Remove the pastry from the fridge. Roll out the puff pastry until 5mm/¼in thick trying to keep it in a rectangular shape. Take two pancakes and place into the centre of the pastry and spread the pâté over the pancakes with a small pallet knife. Take your Duxelle and spread it evenly over the pâté and top with the spinach leaves over the Duxelle. • Place the seasoned fillet on top of the spinach leaves • Beat the 2 eggs in a bowl, then brush the egg over areas clear of the pastry beyond the pancakes (outside of the pastry). A tip here is to egg wash the beef, as this will help the pastry stick to the beef, avoiding big gaps when cooked. • Taking the nearest edge of the pastry, wrap it tightly as possible around the beef, and then roll the beef like a sausage in the pastry until completely wrapped. Ensure where the pasty ends over lap is at the base. Wrap the ends of the pastry underneath towards the base. • Place the beef Wellington seam-side down onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and brush with the beaten egg. Place in the fridge to cool for at least 30mins or when you are ready to cook it. Remove the wellington from the fridge brush again with egg wash and using the back of a knife score the sides lightly. • To cook the Wellington, place it in a preheated oven 220°C/400°F, or gas mark 6. Bake for 25 mins (Rare) 30-35 mins Medium or until the pastry is golden brown. Remove and leave to

What wine to serve with this delicious dish?

Beef Wellington affords itself very nicely with a number of red wines because of the delicate flavours. Keep your big, bold wines in the cellar and go for a good Bordeaux or Burgundy. A Pinot Noir could be a nice choice but serve it slightly chilled to remove some of the acidity and release the fruit. Depending on your budget there are a couple of wines from our range I would suggest to accompany your delicious Beef Wellington and also add to the eating experience of the dish: Chateau Ballan Larquette 2008 This is a lovely Claret with dark firm blackcurrant flavours and good earthy undertones as well as complex notes of black cherry, crushed black pepper, mint and blueberry. Chateau La Tour du Pin 2006 Made by the owners of First Growths Chateaux d'Yquem and Cheval Blanc, this wine has notes of cherries, strawberries, blossom and raspberries. The attack is full and smooth, leading into a silky tannic structure, with a fresh edge highlighting the fruity quality of the finish. The bouquet is fresh, complex and intense with a nicely integrated woody touch. Happy New Year!

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rest for 15 mins before serving. • Whilst the beef is resting, make the Madeira sauce and pour into a sauce boat. Slice the Beef Wellington and serve with seasonal vegetables. CS 


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Christmas for a footballer... What Christmas?

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Shane Duff, looks back on his time as a professional footballer


“Christmas is a period where the majority are off work and, therefore, an opportunity to get people into the football stands and makes football clubs a bit of money”


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An old Manager of mine used to say to me, “Have your Christmas sat on a beach in May?”. After years of growing up looking forward to the festive period, it was hard to adapt to the change of lifestyle imposed on us. Christmas is a period where the majority are off work and, therefore, an opportunity to get people into the football stands and makes football clubs a bit of money. Christmas can have a schedule of 4 games in 8 days which is crazy, really. This year, Cheltenham will have played 4 games in 10 days from Boxing Day through to the 4th January and any sports medicine professional will advise against this sort of physical overload due to the increased chances of injury. Due to a mixture of games and over indulgence at Christmas; alcohol, food, chocolates, late nights and socialising, has to become a bit of a sacrifice for a professional footballer. Personally, I would never drink during this time. Instead, I would look forward to that time after New Year when I could go out and enjoy one or two. The only problem with this is that normally all of my friends would have been drinking solidly for ten days and preparing to go back to work. I would sometimes be so desperate for a night out that I would get a couple of friends, who weren’t that keen to go out to meet me at an empty pub, somewhere – an anti-climax, for sure.

New Year’s Eve is an event that I can take or leave. Over the years I have become accustomed to a night on the sofa and actually enjoy the BBC fireworks at midnight. One year, my girlfriend at the time thought she would be kind and stay in with me, a gesture I deemed unnecessary. She was sparked out before midnight and didn’t even make the fireworks. The following year I was left alone, there was no offer made by her to stay in again with me; she obviously thought “Never again!” I didn’t have any kids of my own during my time playing, so I luckily didn’t have the upset of that some of my team mates had on Christmas day. Those who had to travel would have to leave their children opening presents and not get back for a few hours, all for the sake of a short training session. I can see why we were made to it but I really felt for the players who missed out on a chunk of their children’s day. I wish you all a happy new year and may 2014 be a good one for you all. CS @duffo16


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Outsmart temptation Q: I’ve neglected my diet over Christmas and now I can feel all those extra calories on my waistline! I have a busy social life and it’s hard to stick to healthy foods. Is there something I could try to give me a helping hand?

Ann Crowther is an internationally recognised Pilates expert and leading authority on health and lifestyle. Her books and DVDs have been published in eight languages worldwide

A: To kick start a diet, a supplement like B-Slenda, which is a licensed medical device, could be a good choice. This is a natural fat binder derived from a dense fibre which traps the fat in your food before it can be absorbed. It’s a good idea to keep a packet handy for those impromptu social occasions when fatty foods might be unavoidable. Punishing yourself for every infraction or not going out at all isn’t a healthy approach to weight loss. SO WHAT IS B-SLENDA?

Thousands of us will have decided not to worry about what eat over the Christmas period and choose to tackle the beltbusting consequences in the New Year. That’s a lot of physical and mental pressure to face at the start of the year. FIRST THINGS FIRST A healthy body starts with a healthy attitude. We should try to eat natural fresh foods whenever possible; exercise is also vital for burning calories and it has a key role in health and wellbeing. Anyone seeking to maintain a healthy weight does need some discipline and regular moderate exercise, even if it’s only brisk 30 minute daily walks, in order to achieve this. Yet, despite our efforts, it can be frustrating when results don’t come quickly. Don’t panic! There could be a natural way to boost your existing slimming efforts without taking extreme action. NATURAL FAT BINDERS CAN HELP YOU CUT CALORIES AND FEEL FULLER B-Slenda, is a licensed medical device from the nutrition experts at PharmaNord who have specialised in nutrition for over 30 years, with a lot of research JNAUARY 2014

to support their products. It contains a natural substance that clings to dietary fat and removes it before it can accumulate in your body, reducing calorie intake. As the product goes to work, it helps you feel fuller too so put less on your plate in the first place and see how you get on. MAGNETIC EFFECT ON FAT B-Slenda consists of the active, polyglucosamine that binds dietary fat in the intestine before the body absorbs it. Instead, the fat is excreted safely in the natural way. Of course, you should continue to watch what you eat and keep active. The result of integrating this product in your diet is easier weight management in the long term – way beyond the New Year.

FIVE TIMES AS EFFECTIVE AND NO NASTY SURPRISES An in-vitro study has shown that it binds up to five times more fat than similar leading products on the market. It does this gently too, it doesn’t emulsify the fat and won’t cause extreme digestive problems. It is important to know that no slimming aid is a cure all, B-Slenda only binds fat, not protein,carbohydrates, or alcohol – so take it easy on the sweets and tipples!

PHARMACEUTICAL QUALITY AND SAFETY B-Slenda is measured for quality and efficacy before and during manufacture. Using a unique processing technology, the special fibres in B-Slenda, are extracted from freshly caught coldwater shrimp from Icelandic waters. Any tablet from any package can be traced all the way back to the actual fishing vessel that caught the shrimp used to produce the batch. BE HEALTHY WHATEVER THE SEASON – KICK OUT FAT NOW! Ann Crowther is offering a special discount for Cotswold Style readers who fancy trying B-Slenda. Visit, discover more about the product, then click ‘Buy Now’. When you reach the checkout, use SLENDACS when prompted and you’ll save £5 a pack. CS

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Meet the expert... Ann Crowther Ann Crowther is an internationally recognised Pilates expert and leading authority on health and lifestyle. She has integrated her knowledge of mind and body fitness, nutrition and overall wellbeing to develop her proven harmonious and holistic Pilates regime. Her books and DVDs have been published in eight languages worldwide. Ann is qualified in Exercise & Health studies, Kinesiology and Nutritional Therapy.


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Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going going! Happy 2014! There is no better time to start a new fitness plan than right now. It’s January, have you had a few extra treats over Christmas? Do you feel motivated to hit those new years resolutions right here, right now? If your answer is ‘yes I am motivated but where on earth do I start?’, carry on reading.... BY JODIE MOLYNEUX OF HART FITNESS Here are my ‘Hart Fitness Tips’ on how to feel motivated to get fit and healthy now and for the coming year...

1. FIND YOUR REASON. Find your why. Everybody has one. What’s yours? Do you want to look and feel fit and healthy? Do you want to fit into those jeans you wore 5 years ago? Do you want to compete in a fitness challenge? E.g. A 10k race, a swimming competition, a triathlon....What is it? Focus on it.

2. SET YOURSELF A GOAL. Now write it down. Tell your partner, tell your friends and work colleagues. Commit to achieving whatever it is you want to achieve. It doesn’t have to be your end goal! You can set smaller stepping stone goals to reach your final goal. Smaller goals bring the light at the end of the tunnel a bit nearer, making it more achievable. A great idea is to sign up for a charity walk or run that will encourage you to train. Once you have a set date to work towards, you’ll have a goal in mind while you’re working out. When you have completed it, you will

have a feeling of accomplishment, which will encourage you to sign up for another or to even just continue being fit. 3. PLAN WHAT YOU WILL DO AND WHEN YOU WILL DO IT. Don’t be too hard on yourself; yes you are busy with work, kids and other commitments so don’t plan to do something every day because you will only be setting yourself up for failure. Plan times into your diary when you can realistically find time to exercise. Choose something you will enjoy, get others involved. Don’t make this into work, or an obligation. That’s no fun! Be positive about what you are doing, make it exciting and enjoy it. After all, this is the new you. This is a lifestyle choice and a lifestyle change. Embrace it. This will become your way of life, a habit! CS If you would like to get in touch and let me know your goals for 2014, I would love to hear from you or for further information on Personal Training or goal setting and motivational advice please contact me at

Here’s a a few inspirational ideas of up & coming events in 2014 Sue Ryder Runsie 1K or 5K (Pittville Park) – 9th March 2014 Cheltenham Race for Life – 29th June 2014 Linc Fairies & Pirates fun run (Pittville Park) – August 2014 Cheltenham Half Marathon – 7th September 2014 Cheltenham Triathlon (Lido) – 14th September 2014



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The Road To Cheltenham PART ONE

By Cathryn Fry

My late Father always told me: “Make sure you always follow Irish racing, you’ll have the edge when it comes to betting at Cheltenham”. These wise words along with some Celtic heritage made sure that my love affair with the Emerald Isle was cemented at an early age. On December 1st, I arrived in Fairyhouse to take in a card that featured three Grade One races and a fairly hot Grade Three Juvenile Hurdle. If you have never been racing in Ireland, I urge you all to go. With the exception of the Festival, it’s as close to heaven as you can get. I tend to not look at Juvenile form until the New Year, however, I put this theory aside when Analifet ran away with the Bar One Racing Juvenile 3yo Hurdle. By the time you read this, you may well have seen her in action at Leopardstown during the Festive period. If she learns to settle, Analifet is the perfect candidate for the Triumph Hurdle. When she lines up in the Juvenile showpiece in March, she will be in receipt of the 7lb fillies allowance; this combined with her obvious talent is a potent combination. The 2014 Champion Hurdle is shaping up to be one of the races of the season. Reigning champion, Hurricane Fly, is to JANUARY 2014

face the battalion of young pretenders, namely: Our Conor who tore apart a decent Triumph field last March, The New One who loves Cheltenham and landed the 2013 Neptune Investment Management Novices Hurdle, My Tent Or Yours who started his season off with a win in the Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Plus, by the time this hits the shops, he may have won the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton. Last but not least is Jezki, who took the Hatton’s Grace Hurdle at Fairyhouse. For me, he falls just short of Champion Hurdle class, in what looks an exceptional year. However, you cannot crab his win at what was a previously untried 2 miles 4 furlongs. Although the Champion Hurdle is run at 2 miles, you ideally need to be able to stay 2 mile 5 furlongs, due to the stamina sapping undulations at Prestbury Park. All things considered, this was a decent effort from Jezki, albeit without the fireworks. For a start, he prefers going left handed so the right handed track at Fairyhouse would have put him at a disadvantage. He also overcame a last flight error to take the race from the 2012 winner, Zaidpour.

The Tullow Tank took the Grade One Royal Bond, which fielded some very smart novices. Having beaten the smart Turn And Go at Naas previously, The Tullow Tank was supplemented to the Royal Bond and he totally vindicated the decision of his connections to do so. Although the form book will tell you that he only beat Renneti by half a length, you needed to be there to see the manner of his victory. He sat on the outer of the field before asserting past the second horse. A big, imposing gelding, The Tullow Tank is well named and looks as if he’ll step up in trip with ease. Will we see him at Cheltenham in March? That’s the million dollar question as we’re talking about a horse that prefers to go right handed. Although to my eye, he didn’t look inconvenienced by the left handed track at Naas. Two months to go until the third week of March, the road to Cheltenham is well and truly illuminated. CS Cathryn Fry Twitter @cathrynfry



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MOTIVATION! This month I want to talk about Motivation. It seems appropriate as I am a total sucker for the ‘New Year, New Me’ analogy. For me, Motivation is high in January, especially near the beginning. Sadly, it does tend to peter out on a general, gradual downward slope, by about... well, February. Nevertheless, it’s here for now – and I do like to make ‘Being More Motivated’ the basis for my New Year’s Resolutions. My new Motivation begins with domestic chores; slides through work deadlines; glances off correspondence with friends and flirts a little with exercise and healthy eating. With all these things, I am potentially capable of enormous achievement and total organisation.. I adopt a ‘keeping my head above water’ approach and I occasionally descend into total apathy. The apathy with one tends to lead to failure at another: Housework will get so on top of me that I put off vital work, related chores, cancel a meet for coffee with a bestie and end up drinking wine and eating chocolate to numb the pressure of too much to do. Which then, of course, leads to the housework not getting done and a nice fresh load of cancellations and postponed deadlines! However, the opposite is also true: If Motivation hangs around long enough to have no more laundry or vacuuming to do, I can whiz through a stack of worky turkey in my efficiently filed office with the clean window sills and cobweb-less corners, go for a run and prepare a feisty, zesty, fresh vegetable laden meal for all the neighbours. The end of the day is very important in defining where Motivation will go or how long it will stay. I inevitably finish my day by getting up from the kitchen table, saying goodnight to Husband and letting the dogs out for a last run. What I should then do, is finish the washing up, put away the dinner dishes, wipe the kitchen down, make the children’s sandwiches, clean out the dog’s bowls, fold the clean laundry, go upstairs, check on the children, lay out their school uniform, put away my clothes, neaten up the bathroom, take off my make-up, 


Kate Justice considers how long her dear friend, Motivation, will stay with her this year...

clean my teeth, go back downstairs, put the cats out, plump up the sofa, put all the shoes in a row, hang up discarded coats, leave out the empty milk bottles, put the dogs to bed, check the school bags for stray letters and completed homework, go back upstairs, brush my hair, go to sleep. Interestingly, when Husband retires, he simply stands up, goes upstairs and gets into bed. Rising in the morning to organised kids and kitchen, maintains Motivation’s energy and whiz. Slung jackets, piles of shoes, dogs on the sofa, ‘at large’uniforms and no clean pants, leads to a chaotic and Motivation draining day. Inevitably this descends into too much wine and chocolate, which further reduces the

likelihood of any laundry folding or school bag checking. It’s obvious, really – things happen for me in very powerfully charged circles. Once the bad diet and skimpy bedtime tidying routine have properly taken hold, it’s tricky to reassert the ‘M’ word. But not impossible. A nice fat peg like New Year to hang it on helps enormously. So, my aim for 2014 will be to love and cherish and aim to maintain Motivation for as long as I possibly can and ideally forever. Let’s see how that goes shall we....? CS If you would like to share your thoughts on this subject with Kate Justice, please email the Editor at


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Welcome to the New Year. In our January issue we are proud to see the return of our annual Women in Business supplement, filled to the brim...