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INTERVIEWS | EVENTS | FASHION | BEAUTY | PROPERTY | BUSINESS | DINING | SPORT

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CONTENTS

NOVEMBER 10 Out and About

67 Grace & Glamour

111 Bordeaux Undiscovered

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

All the accesssories that you need to brave the cold this month

Nick Stephens lifts the lid on the great dish... the curry

73 Milling it over

115 Rain stops play?

Lisa Von Hallwyl shares her millinery advice with us

Shane Duff on the weather and its affect on participation in sport

75 Beautique 12

121 The ones to watch

Beautify yourself at Montpellier’s classic destination

Racing Correspondent Cathryn Fry celebrates the National Hunt season

81 Health with Laura Milne

125 Wessex Garages

Is water really stopping you from getting in shape?

Read about the Pied Piper charity fashion show and the money raised

14 Real Life Georgina Phair meets fashion designer Lucy Choi at Cowley Manor

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

33 Thomas Legal Group Founding Partner Simon Thomas explains the London Connection

45 A Winter Warmer Jon Hodder of Sudeley Castle comments on the new season ahead

56 One Fine Day Cheltenham Fashion Week travel from Spa to City for party looks

62 Village People Cowley Manor shows us this season’s must-haves at their Village Shop

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83 Laura Leigh Hairdressing Introducing the Laura Leigh blow-dry bar

91 Circle to Success Suzanne Hall-Gibbins tells us about the Leaders Forum held this month

101 A Wild Warmth Shelle Duffin delivers another comforting recipe to keep you warm

103 Restaurant review The Boathouse in Tewkesbury

130 Kate Justice On trying to give up caffeine this month

EVENTS 35 Glos Style Fashion Show 47 New line at Beards 49 Cheltenham Fashion Week 61 Wessex Fashion Show 92 Who’s Cool in Food 113 Dormy House Hotel re-opening 119 Daffodil Sports Lunch 126 Gatcombe Horse Trials



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welcome Senior Partner Paul Bates 01242 220239 paul@stylemagazines.co.uk Partner Mark Cuzner 07917 821577 mark@stylemagazines.co.uk Business Development Manager Ian McRorie 07917 175919 ian@stylemagazines.co.uk

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to a fun filled festive morning at The Wilson Cafe on 15th December: The prize consists of 2 x adult tickets and 2 x children tickets Terms & conditions: Winning ticket holder must book by 8th December. Children under two will meet Santa and receive a gift but their place needs to be booked in advance. The prize must be claimed on 15th DecemberThe prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.

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editor’s foreword

Fashion is in full swing this month as we look ahead to the party season and those all important floor fillers! The team from Cheltenham Fashion Week went on location to London to bring us the latest looks in their from Spa to City shoot on page 56. Meanwhile, Cowley Manor provides the setting for our ‘Village People’ winter wardrobe essentials, modelled by real business women and clients based here in the Cotswolds. Turn to page 62 to choose your favourite fashion moment. Sticking with Cowley Manor, Georgina Phair went along to the hotel to meet our Real Life interviewee this month, Lucy Choi. Lucy is a successful fashion designer in her own right, but the fact that her uncle is Jimmy Choo makes it apparent where her passion for design has come from. Lucy came to the Cotswolds for the launch of her Autumn/Winter collection, which is stocked at the venue’s Village Shop. Her ‘Lucy Choi of London’ label could weave its way into your wardrobe if you are lucky enough to win a pair of the stylish shoes... turn to page 65 to find out how you could win. November 11th is such a special day to remember and we wouldn’t want it be left unmentioned. As a tribute to all of the men and women killed during the two World Wars we hear from Anita Claridge about The Victory Club this month, on page 51. We hope that you enjoy reading the issue and we look forward to celebrating Christmas with you next month!

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STYLING AND CHAMPAGNE FASHION EVENT AT ELLENBOROUGH PARK Thursday 7th November Canapés and champagne on arrival! Make up Demo. Colour & Style Talk. Mother of the Bride/ Groom & Occasion Collection by Georgina Rose Bridal. Companies confirmed for the retail tables. Raffle prizes donated. Book tickets at Studio: Cotswold Bride, 3 Ormand Terrace, Regent Street, Cheltenham.

CARL DONNELLY – NOW THAT’S WHAT I CARL DONNELLY! VOLUME V Monday 11th November Join Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Carl Donnelly, as seen on Mock The Week (BBC), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC) & Dave’s One Night Stand (Dave), for a brand new show full of hilarious anecdotes & observations on the state of the world & his plans on how we should deal with it. Part of the 2013 Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival. 8pm Tickets: £12. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

MEN IN THE KITCHEN Tuesday 12th November A chance for the boys to brush up on some new techniques in the kitchen, using knife skills and creating a three course meal to enjoy with a glass of wine at the end of the day. 9.30- 3.00pm. EXPRESS DINNER PARTIES Tuesday 19th November A great opportunity to learn some new seasonal recipes for all your up and coming dinner parties for the festive season! 9.30-3.00pm. Keep an eye out for all our delicious Christmassy courses coming up in December www.foodworkscookeryschool.co.uk 01242 870538 REGINALD D HUNTER – IN THE MIDST OF CRACKERS Thursday 14th November Following two previous sell-out tours of 

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the UK, Reginald - a popular guest on Live At The Apollo (BBC1) & Have I Got News For You (BBC) - returns with his unique blend of humour for his second date at Cheltenham Town Hall this year. If you missed him in May, this is your chance to catch this highly praised comedian. Part of the 2013 Hobgoblin Cheltenham Comedy Festival. 8pm Tickets: £23. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

MARK WATSON, WITH SUPPORT FROM ERIC LAMPAERT Friday 15th November Former member of the Cambridge Footlights & multi award-winning standup comedian & novelist, Mark Watson, gives us this special one-off show, with support from T4’s rising star of 2012, Eric Lampaert. 8pm Tickets: £14. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk CHAMPAGNE DINNER WITH LALLIER WITH MS NIGEL WILKINSON Friday 22nd November The evening will start with a champagne reception with canapés followed by a mouth watering 5 course dinner. The House of Lallier is committed to quality both in the vineyard and in the winemaking process, using only wild yeast for the fermentation and grapes only from the Grand Cru vineyards for its vintage champagnes. head sommelier Roberto Zanca has selected 4 exquisite champagnes for you to enjoy during the evening, for which our head chef Paul Mottram has created a unique menu to compliment them perfectly. We’d love you to join us for an evening of very special dining and culinary delight. £75 per person. www.hotelduvin.com THE ELO EXPERIENCE – MR BLUE SKY Tuesday 26th November Forty years on & the music of Jeff Lynne & the Electric Light Orchestra is still regularly played throughout the

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www.montpellierwinebar.com world. Re-live this fantastic music & take a magical trip down memory lane for two hours with The ELO Experience. 7.30pm Tickets: £20. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk CHELTENHAM CONCERT SERIES – OXFORD PHILOMUSICA Thursday 28th November A wonderful all-Beethoven programme, opening with the Second Symphony, in which the composer starts to move away from the classical tradition of Mozart & Haydn. Culminates with the Ninth Symphony, commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society. Tickets: £30, £25, £12.50, £10. 7.30pm. www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

FAMILY “MAJESTIC HORSES” – AN EXHIBITION OF CONTEMPORARY EQUESTRIAN ART CHELTENHAM Tuesday 12th - 17th November Montpellier’s Paragon Gallery will be holding an exhibition of paintings and sculpture by acclaimed equestrian artists in association with Equestrian Art Limited. Visitors will see paintings by Alasdair Banks, Debi O’Hehir, Ana Healey, Vineta Sayer, Jake Winkle, Isys Kad and Michael Heslop, and bronze sculpture by Jan Sweeney. Coinciding with Paddy Power Week at Cheltenham Racecourse, the exhibition will feature horseracing subjects but also dressage, polo and some more expressionist works. There will also be a wide variety of Paragon resident artists on show. There will be a private view from 6.00pm on Thursday 14th November for which a limited number of places are available by application. Please contact the Gallery. Images attached. For more information please call Eleanor Wardle on 01242 233391 or 07968 735426 or email Eleanor@ParagonGallery.co.uk. www.paragongallery.co.uk THE CHRISTMAS BONANZA Saturday 16th November 2013 Now in its amazing fifth year, the

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www.montpellierwinebar.com organisers will once again transform The Westwoods Centre into an arena of warm, festive, glittering, cheer. The Christmas Bonanza is the collaboration of four women in business who set out to create a valuable platform for local businesses and independent companies to showcase and promote their products and services. 10 am to 4 pm at The Westwoods Centre, Northleach In celebration of their fifth year, the team are delighted to announce their NEW website, www.northleachbonanza.co.uk with its Christmas bauble theme and clear content, information and imagery. CHELTENHAM CONNECT’S CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November More than 30 local craftspeople will be represented at the event in Bath Road Market, offering beautiful hand-made goods ranging from pottery, jewellery, paintings, textiles and woodcrafts to chutneys, sweets and Christmas decorations. The Fair also includes a magical Santa’s Grotto for children, entertainment from local carol singers, a Punch and Judy show, mulled wine, mince pies and a gift-wrapping service which proved extremely popular last year. The Christmas Craft Fair takes place at Bath Road Market and is open from 10am to 5pm. You can follow Cheltenham Connect on Twitter @CheltConnect or visit our website: www.cheltenhamconnect.co.uk

CELEBRITY LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR THE SPIRIT OF STOW EVENT Saturday 7th December This one-day event is the perfect way to start your festive shopping while enjoying many special offers, free gifts and street entertainment – and late night shopping too. All profits go to local charities including Kate’s home nursing that received £5,500 last year. Fashion, gifts, antiques, home wares, food and drink, jewellery and toys are just some of the choice shopping in stow can offer and there is a fantastic celebrity line up. Join Stow-on-the-Wold’s local traders on Saturday 7th December for a true taste

of Christmas in the ‘spirit of stow’ free children’s entertainment, market stalls, live music and a hog roast are just some of the many other things going on. ALADDIN - THE EVERYMAN’S TRADITIONAL PANTOMIME IS BACK! Friday 29th November 2014 – Sunday 12th January 2014

Who could wish for more? Let the Everyman Theatre be your very own genie and grant your wishes this Christmas with a real festive treat. Join our 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. So don’t get into a lather, dust off your lamp and book a magic carpet ride to our biggest and best panto yet. It’s comic genie ous! Tickets: From £9 to £23 (Family Tickets from £58) available from the Box Office on 01242 572573 or online at www.everymantheatre.org.uk FRAMPTON-ON-SEVERN CHRISTMAS FAIR Saturday 7th December The annual Frampton-on-Severn Christmas Fair will be taking place in the atmospheric surroundings of the village’s very own 16th century, Grade I listed ‘Wool Barn’ on Saturday 7th December. With hand-made gifts and

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edible goodies on offer alongside a host of present-perfect homewares and accessories, the fair is a popular local event. Profits go towards the upkeep of St Mary’s Church in the village.

Frampton-on-Severn Christmas Fair. 10am – 2pm. £1 entrance fee. Children free. Ample free parking. Teas and coffees. In aid of St Mary’s Church, Frampton-on-Severn.

IT’S NEVER TOO EARLY TO BOOK YOUR PANTO TICKETS! 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.

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Performers are: Gloucester Cathedral Youth Choir. Live Your Dream School of Dancing. St Peter’s Junior School Choir. Tomoya Forster (Glos. Musician of the Year). Tewkesbury Town Youth Band. Reading by: Nigel Davies Head Coach at Gloucester Rugby. 7.30pm – 9.15pm. Tickets £5.00 – Children FREE. For more information please call: Pied Piper office: 03004 226119. Email office: office@piedpiperappeal.co.uk www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk THE JOY OF CHRISTMAS Saturday 7th December Our next concert will be at Cheltenham Town Hall at 7.30pm featuring University of Gloucestershire Choir, Richard Pate School Choir, Beauregard Youth Choir, Charlton Kings Junior School Choir, English Concertante Orchestra and featuring presenter Vernon Harwood with tickets at £12, £10 (senior citizens), £8 (under 25s) from the Town Hall Box Office: 0844 576 2210 or on the door. This is the perfect way to start the festive season with Christmas music and readings, suitable for all the family. A STAR TO REMEMBER Sunday 8th December Christmas services to reflect and remember. 3.00pm at St Luke’s Church Cheltenham GL53 7JH. Thursday 12th December 

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3.30pm at at Gloucester Royal Hospital Chapel GL1 3NN. Followed by refreshments. Hang your message on the Christmas Tree. Silver Stars available from the LINC office for further information contact: linc@glos.nhs.uk www.lincfund.org CHRISTMAS CAROLS BY STEAM TRAIN Saturday 14th December 2013 Departing at 7pm from Toddington Station. Support Winston’s Wish by steaming your way from Toddington Station on the Great Western Railway for an open air carol service with a live band at Winchcombe Station. After the service, passengers will re-board the train and journey back to Toddington where the Flag & Whistle will serve mince pies, mulled wine and hold a raffle. This will be a highly memorable evening for adults and children alike. Tickets cost just £7.50 and are available from Toddington Station, online at: www.winstonswish.org.uk or by calling 01242 515157.

THE GREAT GATSBY, CHRISTMAS BALL WILL BE HELD IN AID OF WINSTON’S WISH Wednesday 18th December 2013 1920s Prohibition night of Dinner and Entertainment. Cheltenham Town Hall will be transformed into an underground speakeasy, rebelliously entwining debauchery with decadence in a lavish style. Make your way down the dimly lit passage to join the Mobsters and Molls, party the night away and say goodbye to your inhibitions! Tickets cost £40 per person plus VAT, which includes a sparkling wine reception, 3 course meal, full night of themed entertainment with casino, music and circus acts and more. Contact Hype Agency directly to book your table on 0117 971 0320 or email: info@hypeagency.co.uk BOXING DAY CHALLENGE Thursday 26th December Cheltenham Racecourse. 10.30am start with £5 entry and mince pies for all finishers! Banish that Belly this Boxing Day! Whether racing at the front, jogging with friends or walking off the

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www.montpellierwinebar.com Christmas excess, come and take up the Boxing Day Challenge! Complete either our 2 or 4 mile course in aid of Winston’s Wish, the charity for bereaved children. To sign up please visit www.boxingdaychallenge.com

SPORTING EVENTS GLOUCESTER RUGBY BUSINESS BREAKFAST Wednesday 6th November 8am – 9.30am.

Gloucester Rugby hold bi-monthly networking meetings in the 1873 Suite at Kingsholm. Sponsored by our Events Partner, Brewin Dolphin, over 100 local businesses mix and mingle before being seated for a full cooked breakfast. Book your tickets now visit: gloucetserrugby.co.uk www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk

THE OPEN – THE VERY BEST THAT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE HAS TO OFFER Friday 15th, Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th November The largest racemeeting in the UK this side of Christmas, The Open, takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse on and this year’s event is set to be as thrilling as ever with three days of top class racing, atmosphere and revelry. Whether it be a day with colleagues on the Friday on bringing the whole family along on Sunday, The Open really does offer something for everyone. For further information or to book tickets please visit www.cheltenham.co.uk or call 0844 579 3003. GLOUCESTER RUGBY VS NEWCASTLE FALCONS Saturday 16th November

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www.montpellierwinebar.com Kick off 4.30pm. Join Gloucester Rugby as they take on Newcastle Falcons in the first round of the LV= Cup. Ticket prices start from just £8 for adults and £1 for Juniors. Visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk or contact the ticket hotline on 0871 871 8781 option 2 to book your tickets. www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk CHELTENHAM TOWN – ABBEY BUSINESS STADIUM Saturday 23rd November Newport County KO 15:00 Tuesday 26th November Bristol Rovers KO 19:45 www.ctfc.com

GLOUCESTER RUGBY VS LEICESTER TIGERS Friday 29th November Kick off 7.45pm Join Gloucester Rugby as they take on Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership. Ticket prices start from just £15 for adults and £5 for Juniors. Visit gloucesterrugby.co.uk or contact the ticket hotline on 0871 871 8781 option 2 to book your tickets.

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CHRISTMAS EVENTS AT THE BREWERY Saturday 23rd November From 3 - 8pm. Cheltenham Christmas Light Switch on event at the Brewery The Brewery is hosting the town centre Christmas lights switch-on once more, with a feast of entertainment from local musicians, dancers and singers. Saturday 30th November. 12-4pm

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This is a totally free event, however we will be taking a collection for charity, this year being Macmillan Cancer Support. All donations are most gratefully received. Saturdays 7th, 14th and 21st November. 12-4pm.

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Meet Santa in his grotto, bring your Christmas lists to him and have your photo taken with the main man! This is a totally free event but donations are most gratefully received for Macmillan Cancer Support.

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The Luxe Factor Georgina Phair heads to Cowley Manor to meet fashion designer Lucy Choi, the niece of Jimmy Choo...

I arrived at Cowley Manor feeling excited about meeting Lucy Choi for an informal lunch alongside the launch of her Autumn/Winter collection, which is stocked in the venue’s Village Shop. As Jimmy Choo’s niece she may come from a famous family but with her own successful ‘Lucy Choi of London’ collection, she has emerged as a successful and intriguing fashion designer in her own right. It is easy to see how her brand stands out in a way that perfectly combines luxury and exquisite designs with affordable high street prices. Q. Can you tell me a little about your collection here at Cowley? A. This season we have combined lots of materials like snakeskin, lace and satin together – dark brown, burgundy and navy are the colours we are using. The ethos behind the brand is affordable luxury for every occasion. If you look at the collection, you can see snakeskin slippers in velvet with a metal toecap, which is very luxurious but different to what is on the high street and one of a kind. We have mid heels for people that don’t want high heels but still give a bit of height and we mix leopard skin with the black laced toecap and add a bit of red; it’s called the Louise style. We also have ankle boots and they are a comfortable heel, which you can wear with jeans or in the evening. You can dress them up or down. Q. It seems you have some really practical shoes. As well as the glitzy and glam to wear at a party, there seems to be a lot on offer for practical living too? A. Yes, exactly. It is about mixing the occasions together; the casual and the glam. We 

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without compromising the design, so all of these points I have applied to my brand. Obviously with Jimmy it has opened a lot of doors but he always taught me that you have to be honest and true to yourself – whatever you promise you must deliver.

have flat Italian boots, they’ve done really well. Perfect for the Cotswolds!

Q. What inspired you to choose Cowley as a destination to showcase your range? A. I think the clientele here is very appropriate. We have flat boots for this part of the world and the customer also enjoys a little bit of luxe factor and we are providing that with our brand. Q. Your pricing seems very reasonable compared to a lot of brands out there. A. I worked for a high-end boutique where I was the managing director and I felt there was definitely a gap in terms of affordable luxury. I wanted to create a brand where you are gaining affordable price, comfort, craftsmanship and you’re getting the design.

Q. How much has your uncle inspired you? A. I learned so much from my uncle from a very early age. I’ve seen him working so hard to deadlines before a fashion show and rushing around trying to get all of his shoes made. The craftsmanship is so important as well as the comfort

Q. Who has been your biggest inspiration? A. I would have to say my uncle. I watched him working hard for many years and it has inspired me to be like him and to be very humble. I don’t think things come easy, I really do think people need to work hard to get to where they want to be.

Q. For those young people out there considering a career in fashion, what is your advice to them? A. Just keep working at it and believe what you do – it will come through! Put your head down and it will happen. Listen as well. Listen to what people have to say too because that’s free. People are giving you feedback or ideas so I think that’s important.

Q. What do you have planned going forwards? A. We would like to do some more events here and we are focusing on getting into the US market. In the UK we are lucky to have stores like Harvey Nichols and Harrods who will be stocking our shoes but we are going overseas now. We are already in the Middle East, Canada, Belgium and Singapore so we would like to get into the next big step, being the US. We are talking to lots of suppliers there at the moment. Here, I definitely think we should do some more events. Thank you so much, Lucy. It’s a pleasure to meet you and good luck with everything! CS NOVEMBER 2013


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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Cheltenham An attractive, detached, double-fronted late Victorian house with well-presented and spacious accommodation, plenty of parking and lawned rear gardens, being an ideal family residence or opportunity to continue the existing guest house business. EPC: G

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8/10 bedrooms 8 bath/shower rooms 3 reception rooms Kitchen Garage and parking Lovely mature gardens

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Pittville, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire An elegant raised ground floor apartment in a magnificent Grade II listed building offering light and airy accommodation overlooking beautifully manicured west facing communal gardens to front and rear.

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2 double bedrooms 2 bathroom/shower rooms Westerly facing balcony Wealth of period features 2 allocated parking spaces Lovely communal gardens



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A superb selection of new homes with built-in quality in prime Cotswold locations

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The Bloor Cotswold Collection Visit www.bloorhomes.com to find out more

For current availability and prices visit www.bloorhomes.co.uk or contact the development of your choice: Cheltenham Green Cold Pool Lane, Up Hatherley, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 6HZ

Fairford Gate Off Cirencester Road, Fairford, Gloucestershire GL7 4BS

The Orchard Off Stoke Road, Stoke Orchard, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL52 7RZ

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Moreton Park London Road, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 0RH

Circa Cheltenham Off Tommy Taylors Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4RN

Pennylands Greet Road, Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5GZ

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Coberley Cheltenham Setting the scene: A wonderful home presented in excellent order situated in a rural setting yet only a short drive to Cheltenham and Cirencester. Why we love it: Properties along the Churn Valley come to the market rarely and this excellent family home combines smartly presented, generous living accommodation with extensive outbuildings and a large plot extending in total to 1.5 acres. The accommodation on the ground floor is light and bright with a large, quality fitted kitchen open to the dining area and excellent for relaxed entertaining with a wood burning stove adding character. There is an adjoining sitting room and lovely drawing room as well as a study with all the rooms being a generous size. On the first floor is a 21' master suite and the 3 remaining double bedrooms are served by en-suites to 2 and a family bathroom with shower. The grounds of the property provide a colourful setting with large level lawns, parking for numerous vehicles and extensive storage/outbuildings. Guide ÂŁ1,000,000; EPC rating D; Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246 959. sue.healey@knightfrank.com. www.knightfrank.co.uk/che090215 

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Wellington Square Cheltenham Setting the scene: A truly elegant Grade II listed town house forming part of a handsome terrace of fine period buildings around central gardens. Why we love it: A wonderful period home of great style and elegance, presented in a traditional fashion with a wealth of period features, fine living rooms, large bedrooms and one of the most attractive outlooks in Cheltenham. The house forms part of a square of impressive Regency and Victorian dwellings, overlooking well-kept central gardens and enjoying a peaceful setting yet within strolling distance of the town centre. An impressive addition since bought, is the conversion of the lower ground floor to create a large kitchen/breakfast room with a restored flagged floor, a stylish range of units and central island and ample space for a large dining table. This room opens out to a private courtyard area and is fabulous for entertaining. The gardens are of a generous size for town, colourful and well enclosed with a walled boundary ensuring privacy and access to two garages. Guide ÂŁ1,500,000; Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246 959. sue.healey@knightfrank.com. www.knightfrank.co.uk/che100117 NOVEMBER 2013



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Jersey House Hewlett Road, Cheltenham Setting the scene: A beautifully presented Villa situated in Hewlett Road. Why we love it: Jersey House is an attractive semi-detached, bay fronted villa with well proportioned living accommodation set out over four floors. On the ground floor there is a fabulous double drawing room with two fireplaces, kitchen/breakfast room which opens onto the conservatory and has views over the garden, a utility room and cloakroom. On the lower ground floor there is a family room/guest bedroom, shower room and laundry area. On the first floor there is the master bedroom with en suite bathroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom, whilst on the second floor there are a further three bedrooms, one of which has an en suite bathroom. Outside there is a private walled and timber fenced garden which has, to the side of the property, a garage/workshop accessed from Jersey Avenue. There is also off road parking to the rear. Guide Price: ÂŁ725,000; Details: Savills, Cheltenham; Tel: 01242 548 000; www.savills.co.uk 30 COTSWOLD STYLE

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Park Place Cheltenham Setting the scene: A delightful Grade II Listed Regency town house. 20 Park Place is located in a highly sought after area at the Montpellier end of The Park, on the south side of Cheltenham. There is a wide range of excellent schools in Cheltenham including Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham College (co-ed), St Edward’s and Dean Close. As well as superb educational facilities the town is well known for the many literary and music festivals that it holds as well as the cricket and National Hunt festivals. Nearby sporting opportunities include squash, tennis and swimming facilities whilst there are also a number of golf courses on the edge of the town. Why we love it: 20 Park Place is a beautiful example of a Grade II Listed Regency town house which retains many of its original features including some lovely ornate cornicing, working shutters to sash windows and large double doors between the reception rooms. The accommodation is laid out over four floors with three reception rooms at ground floor level, a master bedroom suite plus two further bedrooms on the first floor and two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor. On the lower ground floor there is a fabulous kitchen with breakfast room, utility and cloakrooms and a study with French doors leading to the garden. Outside the rear walled garden is laid mainly to lawn and gives access to the double garage. Guide Price: £1.1 million Details: Savills, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 548 000; www.savills.co.uk

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The Broadwalk Cheltenham Gloucestershire Setting the scene: A stunning second floor apartment in a handsome Regency style terrace, with well-presented, upgraded accommodation, subterranean parking and communal gardens to the rear. EPC: C Why we love it: A modernised and stylish apartment set in the heart of Montpellier overlooking Imperial Gardens. Guide Price: ÂŁ550,000 Freehold Details: Hamptons, Cheltenham. Tel: 01242 639414 cheltenham@hamptons-int.com 

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SERVING CITY & COUNTY Simon Thomas, Founding Partner of Thomas Legal Group, comments on the firm’s outstanding London market associations Having previously worked at a number of strongly property focused legal firms in London and the South, Simon Thomas, the founding Partner at Thomas Legal Group, specialises in the high to ultra-high end of the central London property market and is well known within that area. His particular specialisms include attended (same day) exchanges, exclusivity agreements and working for those with “off market” transactions – including celebrity clients and senior heads of industry. Simon is also a member of the Ask The Experts property panel for The Sunday Times. We met with him to examine the service that the firm provides for both London and provincial clients… Simon commented “It’s a very topical time for this interview to take place since I have just learned that one of my existing London clients has recently agreed a deal to buy a Cheltenham property through another of our Estate Agency contacts here. This case study proves how effectively the two arms of TGL work together. As a result of our knowledge and expertise, the client has gained a great price for their London home and has brought some of that cash to the Cotswolds. Thus demonstrating our London work is a really nice fit with the local market. Our Managing Partner, Simon David, heads up the work that we do here in the Cotswolds and that is complemented by the London side of things. London clients can expect their property transactions to be completed up to twice as fast as locally, so rather than discriminating between local and London clients, we apply the same ethos to deadlines across both markets. This ensures that both halves of the business mould together nicely, and NOVEMBER 2013

improves the customer service experience across the board. Adopting a modern approach was always high on my list when I founded TLG. The partnership here is young and we have a modern mindset in terms of innovation and policies. So if we can send something via email rather than post then we will. Historically, lawyers have become stuck in their ways but we are proud to move with the times and pass this progression on to our clients. We embrace change in order to get to the front of the queue. We believe we are purveyors of innovation. A good example of this is when we work with clients who are distant or simply have very busy lives; we can offer them the facility to use FaceTime and Skype to speed up the essential Identification process. All of our staff are trained up on this and our clients, many of whom are international, are often pleasantly surprised! More than fifty per cent of our London clients are based overseas and so this has become an essential tool. I am incredibly proud of the reputation that we have built as a relatively young firm within such a highly competitive industry. TLG recently won a Gold Award at the Law Firm Services Conveyancing Awards ceremony, where we were voted Estate Agents’ National Conveyancer of the Year. This award was made on the basis of recommendation. All Estate Agent and Financial Advisor clients that have used us, and of course been happy with our service, voted for us as their preferred national conveyancing lawyer in this category. We simply wouldn’t have won without the support of both London and Cotswolds Agents. The harshest judge of a property lawyer is a property agent; if you can keep them happy,

then you have the right formula! Repeat business is high, which is testament to TLG and the service that we offer. People often move frequently in London so we do have a high number of clients returning to us regularly. Month on month, repeat clients continue to be our best source of business. It’s incredible! CS

SIMON’S  TOP 5 TIPS...   Organise your finances before making an offer on your dream home  Get a survey done – not just a mortgage valuation  If you are selling, take your Estate Agent’s advice. They know what they are doing  Get all the information and documentation you need up together before you go to the market  Finally, use a specialist property lawyer!

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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Stonehouse, GL10 2JN – 4 Bedrooms, Unfurnished, £1,100 pcm £000,000 Freehold ALocation, delightfully location presented three storey town house comprising entrance hallway, utility room, Endreet nim dolum elis niam nosthree numsan vel eatofacilla kitchen/breakfast room,incipsustrud spacious living/dining room, bathrooms includeil.Nam an repercius illa quaeperum del Rating illiae et en-suite. Garden and parking. EPC C. la expellam latur sed mos. EPC: A

Beckford, GL20 7AD – 4 Bedrooms, Unfurnished, £2,900 pcm

Location, location £000,000 Freehold A spacious family home comprising hallway, sitting room, TV/ family room with wood burner, Endreet nim dolum incipsustrud elis niam nos numsan vel ea facilla il.Nam kitchen/dining room with Aga and breakfast table. The property also includes a study and large repercius illa quaeperum del illiae et la expellam latur sed mos. EPC: A cellar. Large garden with patio area and ample parking. EPC Rating F.

Cheltenham, GL50 2JR – 3 Bedrooms, Furnished, £1,400 pcm

Location, location Freehold Beautifully presented first£000,000 floor apartment comprising hallway with ample storage, sitting Endreet nim dolum incipsustrud elis niamroom, nos numsan facilla il.Nam room overlooking balcony, kitchen/breakfasting bathroom vel withea shower over bath, repercius quaeperum del illiae et laaccess. expellam latur sed gas CH, off illa street parking space, entry phone EPC Rating D. mos. EPC: A

Painswick, GL6 6SJ - 4 Bedrooms, Unfurnished, £1,950 pcm Location, location £000,000 Freehold Converted barn with a wealth of original features and comprising sitting room/family room Endreet nim dolum incipsustrud elis niam nos numsan vel ea facilla il.Nam with fireplace, breakfasting kitchen, dining room, utility room, WC/cloakroom, 3 bathrooms, repercius illa quaeperum del illiae et la expellam latur sed mos. EPC: A underfloor heating, gas CH, gated driveway, large garden and double garage. EPC:D.

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Gloucester Style Festival 2013 Gloucester Rugby Club hosted a ladies lunch and fashion show as part of the Gloucester Style Festival. The lunch followed a drinks reception in the Cathedral Bar which also had a selection of pop up shops so that guests could view some of the clothes that were being modelled.

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Like many of us, myself included, you may not have given farming much thought and possibly presumed that everything happens naturally, including the birth of the gorgeous lambs you see frolicking about when spring comes around. Here at the Farm Park, our stockmen commit a lot of time to working out a strategy months in advance so that our farm is organised at lambing time and we can provide our visitors with seasonal demonstrations. For example our current activity is “Tupping”, this is when we put the rams in with the ewes. This ensures that we have lambs being born for the public to view in our lambing demonstrations, which next year will be taking place from 15th February to 6th April. As well as all of our rare breeds, we have a total of 450 commercial ewes to put with our nine rams. All of our rams are kept together in a separate field for most of the year and hang out like a group of young men. Mike Caunter, our Livestock manager, and I went to give them their MOT to check they’re up to scratch before we reunite them with their wives. We check their teeth, feet and their "Crown Jewels" as they will need to be eating more, covering a lot of ground and serving a lot of ewes, so they need to be in peak fitness for the task ahead. As we have so many ewes and therefore the possibility of up to 1500 lambs, we want to make sure that they’re not all giving birth at the same time. So we put a harness on each ram, with a chalk marker on their chest plate, so we know if the ram has served the ewe. If he has it will leave a coloured mark on her rear. We change the colour of the NOVEMBER 2013

“We check their teeth, feet and their “Crown Jewels” as they will need to be eating more, covering a lot of ground and serving a lot of ewes, so they need to be in peak fitness for the task ahead.” chalk every seven days, starting off with yellow, then moving on to orange, then green, red, blue and finally black. This allows us to know which ewes are lambing in which week and to organise our lambing shed in five months’ time when they are due to give birth. Also if a ewe’s rump gets covered with every colour we know that she has not conceived and there may be a problem with her or the ram. I truly find this all so fascinating and interesting. Nothing feels more exciting and natural whilst being out in the beautiful Cotswolds, nipping about on the Polaris and inspecting all our

beautiful animals. My favourite rare breed of sheep is the Herdwick, so we decided to have a photo shoot with the ram Hendrix and his ladies before they’re set out into their romantic paddock... CS The Cotswold Farm Park is open every day from 10.30am, until December 22nd. Lambing will begin when the Farm Park re-opens on February 15th 2014. For more information visit www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk To be up with all the latest Farm Park gossip, follow Mandy on twitter @mandyfarmpark



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Santa Claus is coming to town at The Wilson Café in December. Families can enjoy a fun filled festive feast fit for the Three Kings, take part in Christmas Crafts, listen to a Christmas tale in the Elves Story Corner and finally a visit with Santa himself. Sophie Wilcock, Café manager said: “We’re so excited that Santa has managed to fit us into his schedule at the busiest time in his year. We’re really looking forward to welcoming him to the Café along with all the children and hope they enjoy their bumper breakfasts and have lots of festive fun. I’m going to be extra good to make sure that I don’t slip onto the naughty list before he arrives!”

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Families will be greeted and seated by Santa’s helpers and then tuck into their Christmas breakfast. Once they’ve eaten their fill they can then take part is various activities from making their own Christmas tree decorations to listening to the Elves telling Christmas Tales in the Story Corner. Every child will get to meet Santa and take home a small gift. The breakfast will include your choice from the breakfast menu plus a hot or cold drink with smaller portions available for children. CS The Wilson Café is situated on the ground floor of The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum on Clarence Street, Cheltenham.

Menu choices to be pre-ordered on booking.

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NB Children under 2 will meet Santa and receive a gift free of charge but their place will need to be booked in advance. Breakfast with Santa is taking place on Sunday 15th December. Please call Sophie on 077689 30380 or email sophiew@fostersevents.co.uk to book your place. This is an extremely popular event so please book early to avoid disappointment.



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By Jon Hodder, Sudeley Castle’s Senior Gardener Light the evening fire, smell the change in the air. The days of crepuscular rising are upon us, and many of us will fumble for our early morning socks in a greying gloom. The early autumn was a proper joy: mild weather and light rains; enough moisture to allow lawns to recover from the furnace blast of what we will in time recall as a golden summer. The shift from summer was the gentlest of changes, and perhaps it may be said that late summer and early autumn are indeed the finest point of the year. August is often the hottest and most languid of months, when it seems as though the entire world has gone on holiday. The dog days of summer, but September.... in truth, was there ever a fairer month? The temperatures are almost perfect, and the foliage showing but the smallest change. Birds are recovered from the rigours of nesting, and some will sing again. Hips and haws are beginning to show in the hedgerows and early apples are ready for eating. Is there anything more redolent of Eden, anything that gives a greater sense of our hunter gathering past, than NOVEMBER 2013

plucking an apple from the tree and crunching away? There are often days in September when the world can seem unspoilt and near perfect even though we may well know the truth to be different. Those small moments should be celebrated, for perhaps we are allowed to glimpse the

“Store the memories of this golden season and hold them close, much as the squirrels at the Castle have been gathering walnuts in preparation for harsher times” past as it could have been, or perhaps as we wished it might have been. Allow the momentary calm to form a gentle anchor upon which to steady yourself in the turbulence of our busy world. The fine and perfect mornings are now a diminishing return, though winter will offer some chillsome imposters. Store the memories of this golden season and

hold them close, much as the squirrels at the Castle have been gathering walnuts in preparation for harsher times. As we move through October and into November the change can no longer be missed. Apples are fully ripened, and leaves begin to change colour and fall. Gently, and with grace, winter’s tracery is revealed and the sweet scent of leafy bonfires will swirl and drift, mingling with the delicate aroma of dampening soil and decaying foliage. If you are not a regular visitor to woodland, then I encourage you to take a walk in one at this time of year. The full palette of the season is laid before you in subtle shades of rusty browns, golden yellows and still-vivid greens. The sun will play upon the ridged bark of oak and ash, the berries of the rowan and the holly will stand out as clear as lanterns, with the holly’s foliage seeming all the clearer for its background of fiery dun. CS Follow us on www.facebook.com/ SudeleyCastleGardeners or visit our website www.sudeleycastle.co.uk



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Beard’s Launch Kiki McDonough In celebration of their latest Fine Jewellery brand; Kiki McDonough, Beards, held a champagne reception at their Cheltenham showroom. Straight from London’s Sloane Street, the designer herself introduced the collections to an intimate audience in the store. Kiki’s jewellery is favoured by high society and Royalty alike, including Strictly Come Dancing’s Darcey Bussell and The Duchess of Cambridge to name but a few. Beards are delighted to be the only boutique outside of London to stock her collections.

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Cheltenham Fashion Week is back! After such a success last year Cheltenham Fashion Week is back! It officially launched on Monday 14th October at the super stylish offices of cosmetics company SLG. With 15 fashionable and exciting events unveiled, running on in the first week of December. Don’t delay in booking your tickets now, from the Cheltenham Fashion Week website.

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V is for Victory The Victory Club was founded in 1947, purchased by public subscription to a welcome home fund for service men and women. The original home to the club was Nelson House in Vittoria Walk but due to excessive maintenance costs the present building, Burlington House in Lypiatt Road, was acquired and opened in 2002. (This lovely building had previously been used as a military hospital in World War 1 amongst other things). The club is also hired out to many organisations both

Words by Anita Claridge for meetings or social events varying from band practice, jazz, skittles, cricket society and the regular Saturday night dances. We also hold very popular monthly Tea Dances and Bingo every Sunday night. The Victory Club continues to thrive with a good membership of ex-service personnel and their families. The day to day running of the club is overseen by the main committee and club steward and the ladies committee are responsible for raising funds for the cost of

entertainment on Saturday nights and other special occasions. The club is always ready to welcome new members as well as ensuring present members are well catered for. CS Victory Club Burlington House Lypiatt Road Cheltenham GL50 2QJ Tel: 01242 690 351

POPPY APPEAL 2013 – Please give generously to support the whole Armed Forces family and wear your poppy with pride. Please visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/how-to-give for more details on how to donate to this very worthy cause.

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Charity fashion show raises more than £1,900 Wessex Garages hosted a fabulous fashion show and auction at their dealership in Gloucestershire, helping to raise more than £1,900 for charity. The event was in aid of The Pied Piper Appeal and during the event a threefoot statue of Gromit, which was painted by the patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital, also took to the catwalk.

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80’s TOMBOY From the Village Shop... Sam wears: Rebecca Taylor Printed Shirt £195, Jbrand Aiden Boyfriend Jeans £249. Angel Jackson – Cobra Clutch bag £159, Markberg Studded belt £79 and skull & Stars wrist bands £40, Black resin & orange jewel stone ring £49, Nocturne Jewelled necklace £135, Lucy Choi Tartan Stiletto £185.

CREDITS Photography: Phil & Spencer www.mcphersonstevens.com Hair: Vallenders, tel: 01242 261802 Make-up: Donna Banfield www.donnabanfieldmakeup.weebly.com; and Kerry Willcocks www.phoenixtanning.co.uk Stylists: Gabbi Weston & Alison Harrison Venue: Village Shop, Cowley Manor, open daily 12-4pm www.cowleymanor.com tel: 01242 870908 Heartfelt thanks to our customers who have agreed to be turned into (super) models for the day: Sam, Lucy, Lucy, Vickie, Donna, Rachel, Emma, Lisa and gorgeous Millie.



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From the Village Shop... Lucy K wears: Fur Trimmed Tweed Cape £283, Rebecca Taylor leather trimmed kilt £200, Lucy Choi Eugenie Boots £235, Angel Jackson ‘Killer’ Satchel £310, R&R – Topaz gold ring £85. Lucy G wears: Fur trimmed quilted bomber jacket £369, Attic & Barn silk drop waisted polka dot dress £225, Nocturne Necklace & Bracelet from a selection starting from £78. Vickie wears: Christopher Fischer Chunky Knit Cashmere Finge Poncho £1200, Hipanema multi strand bracelet from £40.

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PRETTY IN PUNK From the Village Shop... Donna wears: Rebecca Taylor cuffed silk trouser £180, Lucy Choi Goldstone black snakeskin effect Stiletto £185, Black top with silver stud embellishment £85, Markberg Studded strap (worn as a chocker), Black suede lizard effect clutch with silver metal corners £65, Avalep multi coloured feather & Stone Scarf £120, Nocturne Necklace from a selection starting from £78. Sam wears: Rebecca Taylor Leather panelled fitted Jacket £450, Silk tank top with paint stripe effect £150, Black crepe tailored trousers cuffed at ankle pants £250, Two's Company Adjustable Purple Stone Ring £22, Lucy Choi Black patent toe suede boot £250.

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GOTHIC GLAMOUR From the Village Shop... Emma wears: 120% Graded silk dress £240 , Nocturne necklace from a selection starting from £120, Lola Rose Gold Cuff and stone bangle £129, Anya Hindmarch Clutch £269. Rachel wears: Python print Tank £150, Trousers £220, R&R Gold drop earrings and ring with semi precious stone from £75. Donna wears: Lily Aldridge for Velvet, Lace Dress £158, Nocturne necklace and bracelet from a selection starting from £78, Lola rose gold jade ring £38.50.

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WINTER WHITES From the Village Shop... Lisa wears: 360 Cashmere fringed cardigan £290, JBrand White Skinny Jeans £195, Ruby & ED Faux fur lined knitted slippers£49, Oozoo Rose Gold Watch £70. Millie wears: Azita (hand) knitted orange bobble hat £49, Rebecca Taylor (Women’s) Cable Knit Cashmere Jumper (worn as a dress) £260, Gold faux fur lined slippers with a bow £38.50, Hottie Horse cuddly warmer £23.50. Mantle: Silver crackle glaze Rose Noir, scented 3 wick candle £29 Angel Jackson cream cobra effect satchel £275. ForeGround: Hope & Greenwood sweets, from a selection starting at £2.99, Leather bound notebooks – from £15, Oak Men Wooden dimmer lamp with large filament bulb £150, Lucy Choi Silver sparkle kitten heeled shoes £198, Jingle socks with non slip soles £10, Green & Spring Christmas spa gift sets from £17.50.

COTSWOLD STYLE EXCLUSIVE READER OFFER... Nothing says Christmas more than a pair of party shoes! Join The Village Shop mailing list – alison@cowleymanor.com and automatically enter a free prize draw to win a pair of signed ‘Lucy Choi London’ designer sparkly heels of your choice!

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Grace&Glamour There’s a change in the air. It’s starting to feel like a cold, cold winter is coming on, but that’s all the more better to accessorise in – don’t you think? Words by Grace Parry, fashion and lifestyle writer When the evenings get darker and the days a lot colder, moods change and so do priorities. Gone are the lunchtimes where salads are on the menu, now it’s all about soup. Sitting outside with a glass of wine after work is most definitely out of the question, the sofa and a nice pot of breakfast tea is all you need. With winter taking over, it won’t be long before it gets into your wardrobe. November is the month of bonfires and fireworks, a whole lot of frost and one of the greatest times of Accessorize the year - yes, the Faux Fur Scarf late night shopping

Meet the expert... Grace Parry “I'd like to say I found my love of fashion in my teens, when I knew you could make a profession out of an interest. But when I look back, it was so much earlier than that. I guess an interest in style always starts young. Before and during my studies, I worked in retail and styling, then tried to write as much as I could on the side. Now I'm fortunate enough to run my own website and write as a career. I have a classic, yet eclectic, style and I guess it shows through my favourite designers. Chanel - the epitome of classic style, Prada and Pucci - for the vintage elements. But Burberry will always be my first love. I would class a well cut blazer, shift dresses, skinny jeans and a whole lot of heels as my basic wardrobe essentials.”

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“Hats, scarves, gloves, and boots – I’ll take them all, in every shape, size and colour just for good luck” begins. And to combat all of this, both, just makes you dream of ice you’ll need armour. That’s right; skating or long walks through the bring out the accessories (and snow, as well as keeping your ears lots of them). warm. Just wrap a little faux fur Hats, scarves, gloves, and tippet around your shoulders and boots – I’ll take them all, in you’ll be ready to go. every shape, size and colour But make sure you wear the just for good luck. During appropriate footwear. Accessorize Ear Muffs the summer, strappy sandals As we approach the R&B Tan and straw hats are always fun, end of the year, it’s Heel but there’s nothing quite like knitwear best to keep your feet covered Boot and faux fur to keep you from feeling up. That’s what makes like your nose, toes or fingers have winter boots so perfect. If R&B disappeared. you’re a heels girl, you can Black That’s the thing about winter, go as high as you like, but Flat Boot clothes and accessories are chosen for because your shins are their style and wearability, but first and covered, it’s considered foremost they need to keep you warm; practical. But if you’re not, none more so than the hat. I love a a simple yet stylish over the knee floppy hat at the best of times, but boot will do the same thing. when it comes to the autumn winter Who knew winter could season, it just seems so fitting. It keeps be so cool! your head warm and gives Oh, and don’t forget to protect your you a ‘70s-glam edge. But manicure with a lovely sheet of wool, then again, so does leather or whatever you please. Gloves the Cossack. are so timeless; they’ll look good in all If you’re not the materials. HOF Phase biggest fan of hat hair, Eight Hat or don’t need too much insulation, @graceoliviap maybe you’re more of an earmuff girl. www.dorothyandolive.com Something knitted or furry, or perhaps

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Lisa von Hallwyl talks “Dressing for winter with a bang” With the cold winter weather setting in.... Don’t forget your hats! Whether it’s a faux fur trimmed hat or a fabulous felt number, keeping your head warm in the cold weather often gets forgotten. And given that you lose about 20-30% of your body heat through your head make sure you keep warm and get yourself hatted! Fashion is fabulous, whatever the weather, so make sure you’re looking your best so that style doesn’t go up in smoke this bonfire night. Here are a few tips to make sure you look your sparkling best. Let’s spark things off by chatting fashion and fireworks. With the nights drawing in and temperatures dropping why not go with bright, lively colours for when you wrap up around the bonfire and watch the fireworks displays. It’s a great excuse to go and buy some nice new coats and jumpers to burst with winter style, feel great and, most importantly, stay warm!

Hats this month have been all about bright tweeds, cobalt blues and marabou with pheasant. A stylish winter day hat really changes the feel of any winter outfit and keeps you both toasty warm and looking absolutely fabulous. Check them out or order one for the freezing weather approaching or just to look great at the races this month.

PUT YOUR QUESTIONS TO ME… Last month’s question was: I’m going to the evening part of a wedding, what can I wear as an accessory for my hair?

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OTHER AUTUMN/ WINTER ESSENTIALS....  Try some classic leather boots matched up with some brightchunky wool knits, love it.  Go super skinny with jeans or sport some leather look trousers with some oversized shirts and a belt. Add some killer boots and, for added warmth, get that statement coat and go bold in colour.  Winter clothes don’t have to be dark and drab. Hot colours this winter are so bright you’ll need to keep your sunglasses on: poppy reds and emerald greens and cobalt blues.

Lisa answers… Whenever I have been invited to the evening of a wedding, I have always just worn a small enhancement in my hair, one of my more subtle creations such as a felt fascinator or small hat. I tend to think of the evening celebration as more of a party atmosphere than the formality of the main wedding reception so I dress in a more relaxed way whilst retaining a level of class and elegance. Go with classic colours (a gold with blue is lovely) and always try and find out what the colour scheme is prior to the event as you don’t want to colour clash with the MOB, groom or bridesmaids – recipe for disaster and embarrassment – hope this helps.

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beauty Beautique 12 is a new beauty salon set in the heart of Montpellier in Cheltenham. Providing the very latest in beauty and aesthetic treatments and something a little different to the usual; with a pretty ‘French Chic’ style boutique theme, soft lighting and fantastic décor this really is a destination and at the forefront of the industry. In my opinion salons can sometimes feel clinical and intimidating and the biggest aspect for me when visiting one is to relax and take time out, as soon as I walked in and was greeted by the lovely owner, Clare, I felt at ease and safe to put my beauty needs in her hands in this most comfortable environment. With over 15 years of experience as a therapist and business woman it is clear to see Clare Johnson’s passion and dedication for the health and beauty industry. Over the years she has created and owned a number of popular businesses all with a great following, including the well-known holistic salon Bliss, and Studio19 an eyelash and beauty salon. She takes pride that she has readily adapted to the changes and fashions of the industry and despite the recession has continued to grow. Keeping treatments at sensible prices and introducing weekly offers, maintaining a presence in social media, whilst also providing quality treatments. A high standard of customer care and employing a great team of professional and knowledgeable therapists are all part of Clare’s success. Clare lives locally and enjoys having a vibrant home full of activity; with her two daughters, her husband, her elderly mother, two dogs, two cats and two chinchillas, she has clearly never done anything by halves! This hard working lady knows the importance of balancing a healthy home life and business. Being a caring person and very down to earth but also appreciating the finer

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things in life, she loves Montpellier with its vibrancy, cosmopolitan feel and enjoys being in the heart of such an affluent area. With the great buzz and hum of the festivals including the Cheltenham races this really is an ideal location for her salon. Beautique 12 offers a variety of Beauty, Holistic, Spa and Aesthetic Treatments and with this great variety and wide choice it attracts clients of all ages and concerns. The treatment menu accommodates girls as young as 13 accompanied by mum to have waxing, eyebrow shaping and professional skin

care advice. 20-30 year olds are enjoying the popular HD Brow treatment, Eyelash Extensions, LVL Lashes, massages and facials. “Our most popular range has to be for anti-ageing which varies from 30-80 year olds looking at natural, non-invasive ways of fending off the signs of ageing” These treatments are The Nora Bode Oxyjet – Oxygen Infused Facials, Radiofrequency Skin Tightening treatments for Jowls, neck and faces and the Caci Microcurrent Face Lifting facials. Beautique 12 is proud to have exclusivity of the award winning Lipofirm Plus – Europe’s No 1 treatment for Permanent Inch loss, Skin Tightening, Cellulite Reduction and Body Sculpturing; Clare tells me that this is going down a storm and is attracting clients from far and wide, this is great for the salon and also for local businesses. CS Contact them on 07801 909919 www.beautique12.net

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The wedding of Daniel Margetts & Jenny Royal The marriage took place on 24th August at Stanway Church followed by a reception for family and friends at Stanway Tithe Barn.On the morning of the wedding Jenny received a surprise gift from Dan, a classic Figaro car in which her father drove her to Church. Photography: www.jamieburrell.co.uk Flowers: www.thecreativeflowerstudio.co.uk

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WATER – Why it’s stopping you from getting in shape With Laura Milne, Body & Health Coach Every chemical reaction in your body takes place within fluid. If you are just slightly dehydrated your body cannot function properly; signals cannot be sent, your hormones will be imbalanced, there will be an increase in blood acidity, blood temperature rises, and it is much harder for you to get rid of toxins and illnesses etc. I find that increasing your water intake is one of the biggest changes my members can make and it has a huge impact on their results in terms of body shape and how great they feel. When you are dehydrated your mind plays tricks with you and tells you that you are hungry. It’s not fair is it? If you suffer from water retention it is likely to be caused by dehydration. When you are dehydrated your body sends a warning signal, as it is a threat to

Recipe Finger Licking Chicken, Chips & Coleslaw (a great friday night alternative to a take away) Serves 2-3 4-6 Chicken drumsticks and/or thighs (depending how big they are) 2-3 eggs 1.5 cups of ground almonds or coconut flour 1 heaped teaspoon of each – cayenne pepper, black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, mixed herbs and onion powder. Plus a pinch of salt and chilli powder. 2 sweet potatoes, sliced into chips. (If organic do not peel) Coleslaw – see side dishes on my website

survival so the body tries to keep hold of as much water as possible. Also the more fat you have the more water retention you have as water is stored with your fat cells. The best way to cure water retention is to drink lots more water. The symptoms I have mentioned here can happen even if you are only a little dehydrated, let alone if you are chronically dehydrated. Other major symptoms of dehydration are: headaches, pains, digestive problems, hormone imbalances, low energy, bad skin, hair and nails and stubborn fat storage. I bet 99% of you reading this are dehydrated and I am sure some haven’t even had a glass of water today. I recommend one litre of fresh, clean, filtered water for every 50lbs that you NOVEMBER 2013

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Preheat the oven at 180°c. 2. In a bowl mix the ground almonds and herbs. In another bowl whisk the eggs. 3. Dip the chicken in the egg and ensure it’s fully coated, then cover with the almond mix. You can go for two coatings of each if you want. The key is to make sure it is fully coated. The more coatings the better so you may need to make more dried mixture. 4. Place the chicken on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. 5. Place in the oven and bake for around 40mins. Turning occasionally. 6. On a separate baking tray, melt some coconut oil and add the chips ensuring they are coated. Add some chilli flakes if you wish. 7. Serve the chicken with the chips and coleslaw. Yummy. Plus some spinach if you want.

weigh. This does not include tea, coffee, fruit juices, squash or fizzy drinks... stick to fresh water. If you up your water intake to this then you will see noticeable changes in your body shape, the way you feel and you will look fabulous. CS

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A 30 minute solution to a bad hair day! The blow-dry bar team will be able to recreate any look for you in just 30 minutes. The highly skilled team are trained in the art of styling hair. Simply walk in, with no appointment necessary and you can have your hair washed and blow-dried in just half an hour. It’s the perfect lunch hour fix. Then walk out with fashion forward fabulous hair. This service is ideal for last minute party invitations, business meetings and interviews... everybody feels more confident with professionally styled hair. The team will be happy to advise on the other hair services available at the blowdry bar. There is the option to indulge in the Brazilian blow-dry, which straightens, smoothes and conditions frizzy hair for up to three months, for only £165. There are also some quick services that can be added on to your blow-dry, such as a crystal gloss treatment, to enhance shine or a wide range of intensive conditioning treatments.

There are also a selection of temporary and clip-in hair extensions available to buy to enhance your look. Try the latest trend with a clip-in fringe, it will instantly update your look without the fear of the commitment, all of the hair pieces are easy to apply and no one will ever know. Temporary hair extensions can be applied complimentary with any service booked. The expert team will teach you how to style and blow-dry your own hair at home in a blowdry lesson, available for £65 (booking is required for the blowdry lesson) A selection of products and tools are available to buy from the blow-dry bar to help you to recreate the look at home.

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“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else” We meet Dr Ellie Ledger of Arnica Dental Care Nineteen years ago Dr Ellie Ledger arrived in Cheltenham for her first day as a maxillofacial surgeon at Cheltenham General Hospital driving a van full of windsurfing kit. Her new job involved both routine oral surgery and repairs of oral and facial injuries after traumas, some as serious as road accidents. A tough job for anyone... even Ellie, who had been brought up on a dairy farm in Cornwall and was driving tractors and delivering calves by the age of 10. ‘’Working at Cheltenham General was an amazing experience and I was fortunate to work with some supremely talented surgeons although the ‘life and death’ situations were often very tough’’. After four years of working in casualty, Ellie decided to remain in Cheltenham and set up a private dental practice which she called Arnica Dental Care. Her aim was to offer discerning patients high-quality general, cosmetic and restorative dental care as well as treatment (with sedation) for patients who suffer from dental phobia. ‘’Working at the hospital gave me lots of experience of complex surgical procedures as well as looking after very nervous and sometimes frightened patients. So establishing a dental practice that specialised in both was the next logical step’’ With the extensive surgical experience gained working in casualty as well as continual professional development, such as completing a year-long multisystem dental implantology course at Trafford General Hospital, Ellie soon NOVEMBER 2013

“I love Cheltenham and I love the Cotswolds especially at this time of year when the trees are a blaze of colour and there’s often a blaze in the fireplace of our favourite Cotswold pub!”

established herself as one of the leading dental surgeons and implantologists in the region. Arnica Dental Care is also Cheltenham’s Dental Sedation Clinic specialising in treating often dental phobic patients, many of whom require sedation. ‘’As an ex-windsurfing instructor and self-proclaimed windsurfing addict I can’t believe I live so far from the sea, yet I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I love Cheltenham and I love the Cotswolds especially at this time of year when the trees are a blaze of colour and there’s often a blaze in the fireplace of our favourite Cotswold pub!’’

‘’’’I am also very proud of the fact that since setting up the practice in 2001 over 80 local dentists now refer their patients to us for treatments that they currently do not offer.” Ellie lives with her partner Laurence and their two children Dan (8) and Daisy (4) in Leckhampton with windsurfing and sailing excursions to Cornwall in the campervan when they can. CS Arnica Dental Care 73 Leckhampton Road Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL530BS 01242 655554 www.arnicadentalcare.co.uk



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PAY LESS. SAVE MORE. Brunsdon CEO Brian Morman explains how we can make the most of tax breaks on our savings and investments Like me, I’m sure you consider you pay more than enough tax. We pay it on our income and on pretty much everything we buy. There’s no legitimate way to avoid it, is there? Well… yes, actually there is – and it’s Government-approved! Knowing how to invest wisely can cut down (or even eliminate) tax liability on your savings. And this of course helps improve returns. There are a number of investment vehicles that you could consider. Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) are probably the most popular and accessible tax-efficient savings available today. They are easy to understand, offer a range of options and are subject to a quite generous annual personal limit (£11,520 in the current 2013 /14 tax year). There isn’t a ‘lifetime’ limit as such, so you can save as much as you like into an ISA (subject to the annual allowance), for as long as you like. Imagine all that money building up – tax-free! It could serve to provide a useful nest egg for later life. A pension is also a great tax-efficient way to build up an income for retirement. Quite simply, when you make a payment into your pension, you’ll receive tax relief. The effect of this on pension payments over time can be considerable – the more you contribute, the more tax relief you can get. For example, for every £80 you pay into your individual pension, the tax man could add basic tax relief of £20! Again, these payments are subject to an annual allowance. You could get tax relief on every penny you contribute, up to the basic amount of £3,600 or 100% of your annual relevant UK earnings, with an upper limit of £50,000 in the 2013 / 14 tax year. (This is set to drop to £40,000 in 2014 / 15.) In certain circumstances you may be able to carry over unused allowance from up to three earlier years. However there is a Lifetime Allowance NOVEMBER 2013

on pension contributions of £1.5 million in the 2013 / 14 tax year. (This is set to drop to £1.25 million in 2014 / 15.) Clearly, the sooner you start paying into a pension, the more potential there will be for growth. So, your pension fund will grow largely tax-free and when you come to take your benefits you can usually have up to 25% as a tax-free lump sum. The remainder however will be paid as a taxable income. Similar tax breaks apply to company pensions, depending on the type of scheme. Investment bonds can also offer opportunities for tax savings. An investment bond is usually a single premium life assurance policy, but the life assurance element is small so it is an investment rather than insurance in the general sense. There are onshore and offshore variations. Regular withdrawals of up to 5% per annum can be taken with no immediate tax liability. The ‘gross rollup’ element means that the investment gains are not subject to tax until a ‘chargeable event’ occurs, such as the surrender of the policy or 100% of the original investment has been withdrawn. Don’t forget that gains from

investments such as unit trusts and shares, made outside of ‘tax wrapper’ vehicles (e.g. ISAs) are liable for Capital Gains Tax. But individuals are allowed an exempt amount of £10,900 per annum currently. Over and above that, excess gains are taxed at 18% (28% for higher rate tax payers). It goes without saying that tax relief depends on individual circumstances, and at Brunsdon our advice will be based wholly on our clients’ personal needs, lifestyle preferences and aspirations. I also have to point out that this information is based on our understanding of current tax law and HM Revenue and Customs practice, both of which may change without notice. It’s not often that the Government actively encourages us to pay little or no tax. So it has to make sense to use all the legitimate tax saving opportunities open to us. 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. CS 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: brian.morman@brunsdon.co.uk

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This month members of the C2S Leaders Forum met at Abbey Business Group. Each month members meet to discuss strategies and explore opportunities that will support them as they grow their businesses. Neil Brimble, MD of Abbey Business Group said ‘It was a great opportuntiy to host some of Gloucestershire’s leading businesses at our new facility. I am also delighted to be a member of the leaders Forum’. The next meetings take place at Hotel Du Vin and Randall & Payne.

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Who’s Cool in Food? The Foodworks cookery school kindly hosted a gathering of artisan food producers following the ‘in magazine‘ publication of the Who’s Cool in Food supplement in Cotswold Style’s August edition.The lunchtime event was attended by the sponsors Tayabali Tomlin Accountants and Chelbury Farm Mushrooms.The Cotswold Chef Rob Rees talked about the diversity of great produce across the Cotswold region.

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There’s a motto at my gym which sums up my feelings towards Cheltenham racing: “Motivation’s what gets you started – habit’s what keeps you going.” I’m pretty much certain they’re referring to exercise, but I’ve used it as my own personal mantra for any event for the past 20 years. Much like a circuit class without the champagne (enthusiastic start, moving quickly to sheer exhaustion then elation at the finish), whether you’re for it or against, there isn’t a person in Cheltenham who isn’t affected by celebrations. Get yourself along to the Open this month (15th – 17th) and see if you can recognise yourself in any of these Tribes:

The County Birds: Your tweed suit is more Daks than D&G – but it’s so classic it’s now bang on trend. You’re personal friends with several members of the racing fraternity and you’d never dream of placing a bet at the tote – you always go down to the rails. Whilst you enjoy the odd glass of champagne, you’re generally too busy using your binoculars (a family heirloom) over at the paddock to check fetlocks and forelocks to go heavy on the booze. Today’s a day to keep your wits about you. The Ba-Humbugs: You’re the infidels of the scene, the nonbelievers. You’ve never been to the races and you never will. Noisy, sweaty, smelly – and that’s just the punters. And don’t

Including: the importance of not being led into temptation and why a pizza sales spike in Waitrose = hungover mummies…

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The Vegas Wannabes*: Your mantra is “what happens at the Races, stays at the Races”. Unfortunately this is easier said than done when you bump into half of Cheltenham’s residents on your nights out. Where you’d normally have a fridge stuffed with healthy multi-coloured fruit and vegetables from Able & Cole, if you’re off racing, your concession to a varied diet is buying pizzas with different toppings. Your Waitrose shop consists of bacon, white bread and champagne, with a few packets of ibuprofen thrown

in for good measure. You love Cheltenham’s buzzy vibe, and resolve every time to have fun – but not be led into temptation. Sadly, as another year passes and you lose your handbag (again) in HdV, you realise that those who live by the (champagne) flute, die by the (champagne) flute. You can take the girl out of Cheltenham, but you can’t take Cheltenham out of the girl…

(As another fun sport, I’d like to give you a top gambling tip: when the young (usually Essex) Girls arrive in their fascinators and flimsy shift dresses (without a scrap of tweed or fur between them), ladies, take bets amongst yourselves which one will be the first to get their 4” stilettos stuck in the mud and begin the initial stages of hypothermia – now that’s what I call a sure thing.... CS

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A Wild Warmth with Food Writer Shelle Duffin As an avid lover of all things seasonal, during the autumn and winter months, we’re treated to some of the finest produce on offer, and the majority of it can be sourced from woods and fields across the Cotswolds. Game is a delicious, seasonal alternative to the meats accessible to us all year round, not to mention being good for

the waistline. Whether it’s roasted, potted, or slow cooked, it brings us nourishing warmth during the colder months. This is one of my favourite recipes for using game. If you haven’t cooked with game before, this is the ideal dish for beginners. This hearty casserole is easy to assemble whereby you don’t have to worry about jointing a whole pheasant or fiddling around extracting meat from the bone during the meal itself, a factor which sometimes puts people off eating game.

Serves 6 generously INGREDIENTS 6 pheasant breasts 200g smoked bacon lardons 1 large red onion, finely chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 100g wild mushrooms, fresh or dried 18 small shallots, peeled 200g cooked vacuum packed chestnuts 200g button mushrooms A bunch of thyme, stalks removed 1tbsp juniper berries, crushed 3 bay leaves 1tbsp Dijon mustard ½ pint of good chicken stock 250ml sherry (to personal taste) 250ml double cream 100g butter Olive oil Plain flour Salt and pepper

METHOD • Preheat the oven to 160°C; or turn

the slow cooker onto the low heat setting. • If the wild mushrooms are dried, put them into a saucepan of warm water and leave to soak for 10 minutes until they soften. • Season the flour with salt and pepper and coat the pheasant breasts until they are covered all over. • Melt half of the butter and olive oil in an ovenproof casserole dish and brown off the pheasant breasts on each side. Remove them from the pan and place to one side. • In the same pan, melt the remainder

of the butter and add the garlic, onions, juniper berries, shallots and bacon lardons and cook for 10 minutes until they soften and begin to go golden. • Add a tablespoon of the seasoned flour and stir for 1 minute. • Pour in the stock, Dijon mustard, and the sherry; and bring to the boil, stirring until it begins to thicken, before lowering the heat to medium. • Return the pheasant to the dish along with both types of mushrooms, chestnuts, bay leaves and thyme. Add the sherry, cream and season with salt and pepper. Gently simmer for a further 10 minutes. • Cook in the oven on 160°C for 1-1½ hours until the pheasant breasts are tender. Alternatively, cook on a low heat in a slow cooker for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Pheasant can become very dry quite quickly during the cooking process and tastes as good as a school rubber if it’s overcooked. Therefore, if you have a slow cooker, long, slow cooking on a low heat suits it best and helps to keep the meat tender. • Serve with a big chunk of bread or creamy mashed potato and seasonal vegetables.

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Pheasant and Wild Mushroom Casserole

The majority of butchers sell pheasant breasts separately, although if you prefer to use a whole pheasant, the butcher will be obliging enough to joint it for you. This luxurious comfort food is suitable for any occasion; from a dinner party for friends to a cosy night in on the sofa, it always goes down a treat. It’s the perfect meal following a tough week battling to and fro work now the dark nights have drawn in, or brings the nourishing warmth we crave after a dog walk in the bitter winds.


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Restaurant Review THE BOATHOUSE, TEWKESBURY

BY SHELLE DUFFIN

Tewkesbury is home to one of this country’s most treasured historical landmarks, Tewkesbury Abbey. Although this historical monument has put the town on the tourism map, it will soon be known as a culinary location also. And it’s newly opened restaurants like The Boathouse that will set the benchmark. Having undergone an intense lick of paint and acquired a brand spanking new carpet, it opened its doors to the public in March under new owner Johnny James. With charming views, The Boathouse sits in an idyllic location to enjoy a meal or a glass of wine. We dined that evening in the intimate flicker of candlelight in the best seats in the house overlooking the glistening river. Relaxed, with one of The Boathouse’s refreshing raspberry mojitos in hand, we reviewed the menu for the evening with the waiter by our side to assist with any queries. Starters began with authentic sharing platters of Italian meats and antipasti; and baked camembert served with an apple and grape chutney, both of which were indulging classics and a great way to begin a meal. Other dishes included both retro and decadent classics of handmade scotch eggs with homemade salad cream to smear them in; and pan-seared pearl scallops served with crispy chorizo, cauliflower puree and tempura florettes. Main courses presented a variety of pub classics alongside dishes which swayed more towards restaurant-style

food. For those seeking wholesome comfort food, there’s homemade fishcakes, a choice of burgers and steaks; and slow-cooked Gloucester beef bolognaise on offer to warm the cockles. Whereas for others looking for more of a rich indulgence there’s pan-fried duck breast with goats cheese stuffed fig wrapped in parma ham, sweet potato puree, parsnip crisp and a raspberry and red wine jus; or braised belly pork with an apple and black pudding mash, Chantenay carrots and a rosemary merlot jus, both equally alluring in their own right. The meat on the menu is locally sourced from David Dudley Butchers, who provide both quality produce and service with a ‘field to folk’ traceability. An ethos which runs adjacent to that of The Boathouse, where the quality, with added cooking

technique, is evident in presentation and satisfied in both flavour and texture. This can be said about the food served here overall; the scallops were sweet and silky, and worked beautifully with the smooth consistency contributed by the cauliflower puree. The pork belly was a triumph; having been sufficiently cooked, the skin was crunchy on top with the succulent meat underneath embodying a melt-in-your-mouth texture. The apple and black pudding mash contributed sweet and earthy flavours to complement the pork, which overall, created a dish of pure satisfaction. At this point of the meal, despite feeling on the brink of fulfilment, the dessert menu couldn't go amiss. Was it to be the homemade sticky toffee pudding, or the Bailey’s cheesecake? We opted for both together and were delighted to discover these were the crème de la crème of comforting puds. Although it goes without saying that the selection of The Boathouse’s homemade cupcakes and macaroons shouldn’t be brushed aside, there’s always the option of a doggy bag if needs must. The food is reasonably priced against the quality and presentation of each dish served. Starters range from £4.95 to £9.95 (including sharing platters), £9.95 to £19.95 for mains and £2.50 to £7.95 for an indulging dessert. CS The Boathouse, Tewkesbury A: The Boathouse, Mythe Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucester, GL20 6EB T: 01684 275 714 W: www.theboathousepub.co.uk

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There’s nothing like a trendy haunt clandestinely tucked away on one of the town’s back streets. Many know about it, but very few are letting on of its existence and keeping it a closely guarded secret. The Chelsea Brasserie is a sleek, stylish English bistro embodying a slight cosmopolitan twang. As we stepped out of the rain on a dismal autumnal evening, the waiter opened the door delivering us with a warm welcome to The Chelsea Brasserie. The atmosphere was vibrant and relaxing with uplifting jazz music playing in the background. The décor was trendy and charismatic, with an impressive display of fine wines lining the shelves incorporated as a key part of the restaurant’s contemporary décor. The menu boasts both sophistication and modernism, presenting a selection of British themed classics with European influences together in recipes and methods. Ingredients coincide with what’s seasonably available, and where possible are sourced locally. My only criticism is that I would have liked to have seen some of these producers specifically named on the menu. Starters begin at £4.95 for ‘soup du jour’; and range up to £7.95 for caramelised scallops with cauliflower puree and black pudding – a decadent classic consisting of pure luxury. Other dishes mark elegance and sophistication in both rustic comforts with a beetroot and goats cheese tart with red onion marmalade; and contemporary creations such as crab Arancini balls with a sweet chilli cream sauce. Main courses start at £10.95 for a simple roasted vegetable salad with houmous and almonds; and range up to £14.95 for sea trout with poached leeks, saffron potatoes, a whole grain mustard beurre blanc and tomato concasse; or roasted duck breast, dauphinoise potatoes, French beans and blackberry jus. The ‘classics’ section comprises of the much-loved British favourite, beer battered fish and chips; and the French culinary treasure beef bourguignon. Other comforts include smoked NOVEMBER 2013

haddock fishcakes and pork belly and black pudding stack, with root mash, apple disc and cider sauce, offering diners a warming indulgence in the familiarities they know and love. No decent menu can go amiss without a nice bit of juicy steak straight off the grill. The Chelsea Brasserie offer what

“No decent menu can go amiss without a nice bit of juicy steak straight off the grill”

they believe to be the more favoured cuts with an 8oz fillet and a 10oz ribeye both served with a choice of either Diane or peppercorn sauce and handcut chips. The food was good in both presentation and flavour bringing satisfaction all-round. The starter of caramelised scallops with pork belly, cauliflower puree, black pudding, served with a pea puree was a well put together dish. The flavours of the sweet pea puree and succulent scallops worked decadently with the smoky pork and nutty black pudding aromas, complimenting each other’s presence on

the plate. Nicely presented on a warm slate, the dish was stylish and inviting. However good food does not fall short of small improvements, despite its appeal, the cauliflower puree accompanying the scallops was served cold, which was rather distasteful against the other warming components on the plate. The duck was a representation of restaurant as a whole; trendy in presentation and packed full of vibrant flavours. The deserts we concluded with of chocolate fondant with pistachio ice cream and a selection of homemade ice creams were decadent and indulging, which sums up The Chelsea Brasserie as a whole and were a perfect end to the evening. CS The Chelsea Brasserie 60 St George’s Place, Cheltenham, GL50 3PN T: 01242 222634 W: www.chelseabrasserie.com

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There’s still time to book the perfect Christmas party! Celebrate in a Cotswolds manor house with fine dining and 600 years of history A great atmosphere under ancient timbered ceilings, award winning dining and roaring log fires: that’s what’s on the menu when you bring your party to Charingworth Manor! Whether you are planning to party in your own private room or to book a few tables in one of our splendid dining areas, let us take care of everything, All you need bring with you is plenty of festive spirit! You can hold your festive lunch or dinner party any time between Friday. November 30 and Sunday, December 23. L unc h Par tie s: fro m £2 3.5 0 p e r p e rs on D i n n er P a r t i e s : f r o m £ 3 2 . 5 0 p er p e r s o n Peace of Mind for Party Guests No driving, no taxis, no problem. After a great evening of fun and festivity, it’s just a short walk to a good night’s sleep. Stay overnight from £42.50 per person based on two sharing and including full English breakfast.This rate is available from November 25 to December 23 and is subject to availability. For details of menus along with our full programme of Christmas and New Year breaks, please go to our website or ask for our brochure. All offers are subject to availability.

Dining over Christmas and New Year We have limited availability for: Christmas Eve Dinner: £59.50 Christmas Day Luncheon: £95.00 Boxing Day Lunch: £55 Children under 12: half price. New Year’s Eve Dinner and Dance: £95.00 (adults only)

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Starters Spiced Parnsip soup – served with homemade bread Ham Hock terrine – with melba toast and balsamic glaze Vegetable parcel – with sweet tomato sauce and salad garnish Tien of crab and salmon – with grapefruit segments

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Turkey Breast Roulade – with sage and cranberry stuffing, roasted chestnuts and saffron pomme puree Beef Wellington – 6oz fillet in pastry served with saffon pomme puree and blackpudding paste Arctic Deer – with thyme jus, braised red cabbage with sultanas and dauphinoise potatoes Duet from the sea – salmon and dory with blanched courgette ribbons and new potatoes finised with lemon cream sauce Vegetable Gratin – a stack of aubergines and tomatoes topped with melted cheese

Desserts Sticky toffee pudding – served with toffee sauce and brandy clotted cream Apple and cinnamon crumble – finished with vanilla ice cream Trio of ice cream – honey and stem ginger, vanilla, rum and raisin

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Curry with Cremant d’Alsace With Nick Stephens from Bordeaux Undiscovered Curry is now our national dish, and has overtaken our beloved Roast Beef and Yorkshire Puddings as Britain’s favourite meal for some years now. Chicken Tikka Masala is the nation’s most popular dish. Following National Curry Week (7th 13th October) I have put together a straightfoward recipe you may like to try. In this recipe I have used chicken but feel free to substitute this with your favourite meat or fish. If you are vegetarian I would suggest using butter beans which make a very pleasant change. Should you have time, in order to get the best out of your curry, make it the day before, leave it in the fridge overnight and reheat it the following day. By doing so the flavours infuse over the 24 hours giving you a much better dish.

Chicken and Spinach Curry Serves 4

Ingredients: 6 tbsps sunflower oil 6 chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes 2 large onions, finely chopped 2 inch piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and chopped 4 cloves garlic, crushed 6 Cloves 10 Cardamom pods 2 Bay leaves 1 tbsp ground Coriander 2 tbsps ground Cumin 2 tbsps mild Paprika 2 tbsps Turmeric 400ml water 1 Cinnamon stick 1 good handful freshly chopped Coriander 200ml Coconut milk 3 good handfuls of fresh Spinach 2 tbsps Garam Masala Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper NOVEMBER 2013

Method: Heat half of the oil in a large frying pan and brown the chicken for a few minutes. Add the onions, ginger and garlic with the remaining oil and cook until the onions are soft. Now add the cloves, cardamom pods and bay leaves, ground coriander, cumin, paprika and turmeric and cook on a medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour in the water, add the cinnamon stick and fresh coriander and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer gently for 30 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and add the spinach. Replace the lid and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, sprinkle on the garam masala and replace the lid again. Leave for 5 minutes. Just before serving stir in the garam masala, check the seasoning and remove the cinnamon stick. Serve with boiled Basmati rice with a little saffron added if required. When eating at your favourite Asian restaurant or enjoying a takeaway at home lager is predominantly the chosen beverage to accompany your curry. The reason that it fits so well rather than beer or ale is because of lager’s gassiness. The bubbles release the flavour of the spices within the curry and they complement it well. The problem as I see it, is the volume – especially when you have side dishes with your curry such as poppadoms, chapatis and naan bread. The lager can leave you with that bloated feeling and sometimes you may even feel quite uncomfortable after eating your meal. I feel that we need an alternative which

still has this bubbly quality but is lacking the volume that lager has. The ideal partners for your spicy dishes are Sparkling Wines, (Prosecco, Cava etc) and even Champagne if your budget will allow. These wines enhance the subtleties and flavours of the curry without clashing with it (as does Red Wine). My perfect pairing however is a Crémant. The word ‘Crémant’ means ‘creaming’ and you can obtain Crémants from a variety of appellations within France including Burgundy, Bordeaux and Limoux. Having tried them all my preference is a Crémant from Alsace recommended to me by a champagne maker. Crémants are made in exactly the same way as Champagne (Méthode Traditionelle/ Champenoise). The only technical difference between a Crémant and a Champagne is that there is less power (gas) in a Crémant because it is not fermented in the bottle for as long as a Champagne. The advantage is that it is also half the price of its Champagne cousin! Bon Appétit! CS Please contact me at nick.stephens@bordeauxundiscovered.co.uk Telephone: 0800 8766958 www.bordeaux-undiscovered.co.uk



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As we move into the winter months the cold weather and rain become almost ever present but what does this mean for a child’s activity level? I personally hold a football session for youngsters on a Saturday morning and the numbers attending can be estimated by the weather it seems. If the weather looks bleak with rain clouds hovering you can almost guarantee numbers will be lower. But at what cost does this come to a child’s activity and wellbeing? I am sure this is a similar story all over the country and not just limited to a Saturday morning sports club. In schools for example, class teachers in their smart uniform won’t want to get wet or muddy to deliver a football, rugby or hockey lesson. This is a generalisation I know, and I personally know of schools and teachers who will be out there in all conditions to give the children the opportunity to play, and I choose the term ‘play’ as that is what it is. It is getting the heart rate up and bringing fresh air in the lungs whilst socialising with friends. When the sun comes out, it is a different story. There is nothing better than standing out in the sun watching your son/daughter, brother/sister, niece/nephew play their chosen sport. Taking your child to a Saturday morning session is no longer a chore. Recently I have been asking a few questions on this matter to some of the children in schools or on the Saturday morning session to find out what the

reasons were for non attendance. “Were you busy last week buddy?” I asked. “My mum/dad said it was too wet to come” one boy replied. “Did you not fancy the wet weather yourself ” I responded. “I don’t care about the rain, I wanted to play”, was his response. This is just one scenario at one given time but I would be willing to put a large wager on this being a fairly common occurrence. The child cannot drive himself to a sports club, so has to rely on others. His health and sports participation is almost entirely out of his hands. The recommended activity level for a child is at least 30 minutes every day, five times a week. Many, it would seem, struggle to do this in the summer, so when the winter arrives, the child has even more limited outdoor play. This can have major health implications later in life. We are quick in this country to slam computer games and crime rates, but the main reason may be that we as parents/guardians, brothers/sisters, aunties/uncles don’t put ourselves out so that our younger generation can play. A lot of children do not like the rain, but I come into contact with many more who really don’t care, and actually quite enjoy it. They become like a rowdy bunch of free spirits in the rain and it is really nice to see. CS @duffo16



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Field and Tack equestrian Ltd is owned by Lucy and Simon Schofield it is a retail outlet for all your equestrian and clothing needs based in Norton Gloucester on the A38. It was opened in July after Lucy decided to leave her retail career and join this with her passion for horses.

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The ones to watch As around 70,000 people stream through the gates of Prestbury Park for the Open Meeting, the fanfare is heralded that the National Hunt season is in full swing It’s the time of year when fans of the winter game are putting together their lists of horses to follow. There is nothing quite like the feeling of seeing a personal favourite or a horse that has caught your eye, run away with a big prize between now and April. If you are busy compiling a ten to follow or a similar competition, take a look at four horses that will feature high on my list:

Morning Assembly (Pat Fahy –Ireland) Last seen winning the Grade One three mile hurdle for novices at the Punchestown Festival and has been quoted at 25/1 in some markets for the 2014 World Hurdle. Morning Assembly has been in my notebook since he finished third in a Punchestown Bumper in 2012 which was won by subsequent Grade Two winning Chaser; Buckers Bridge, back in fourth was 2013 County Hurdler Ted Veale. It is unclear at this stage what the targets for Morning Assembly are but if you have a Nag Me or a similar horse alert service, he’s worthy of a place in that. NOVEMBER 2013

Rocky Creek (Paul Nicholls – UK) Two years ago I watched a video of an impressive winner of a three mile maiden point to point at Carrigtwohill in Ireland, I was told that the winner had been sold to then champion trainer Paul Nicholls for £250,000 immediately afterwards, that horse was Rocky Creek. This seven year old gelding is your classic old fashioned steeplechaser. I am convinced that he is a future Grand National winner but first of all there is the 2013 Hennessy Gold Cup to contend with. Rocky Creek has shown a liking for a stiff galloping track, this will stand him in good stead when he lines up at Newbury on November 30th.

The Liquidator (David Pipe – UK) In April 2012, I was sitting by a roaring fire in County Tipperary on a freezing cold Easter Monday whilst watching the TV coverage of the Fairyhouse Irish Grand National Meeting. The first three horses home in the Sales Bumper really caught my eye. By the start of the 12/13 National Hunt season all three of them had been sold to new connections on

this side of the sea. The Liquidator finished 2nd that day, he again caught my eye when chasing home the ill-fated Anonis at the 2012 Open Meeting. A win in an Exeter Bumper preceded an excellent fourth in the Champion Bumper at the Festival, he then ran away with the Champion Bumper at the Punchestown Festival. The Liquidator is set to go novice hurdling in 13/14 season, he is a force to be reckoned with. Pure Science (Nigel Twiston-Davies – UK) A nine length winner of a Warwick Bumper at the start of the year, lead to a fourth place in a hot Listed Bumper at Newbury. It was his sixth place in the Champion Bumper at the Festival which was most eye-catching; after being outpaced on the turn home he stayed on up the hill to claim 6th place. By the time you read this, he may have made his seasonal debut in a Novice Hurdle. Keep your eye on him. CS Cathryn Fry Twitter @cathrynfry



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Below: Digital Sales Executive at Wessex Garages, Matthew Davie s and Volunteer from The Pied Piper Appeal, Sophie Lydia Smith with Gromit at the fashion show.

Wessex Garages & Pied Piper Charity fashion show raises more than £1,900 People who attended a fashion show and auction at The Wessex Garages Dealership in Gloucestershire in October 2013 helped raise more than £1,900 for charity The Pied Piper Appeal hosted its annual fundraising fashion show at Wessex Garages on Mercia Road on Thursday, October 17 and raised £1,930. Matthew Cripps, Wessex Garages General Manager, said: “We would like to thank everyone who turned out to support the show and helped us raise such a fantastic amount. “People who attended the event Above: Linda and Nicola Smith both from saw The Pied Piper volunteers Above: Digital Sales Executive, Matthew Davies, who is dressed Gloucester, Nick Broady, Vice Chairman of as Wallace, Vice Chairman of The Pied Piper Appeal, Nick strut their stuff in nearly new The Pied Piper Appeal and Tanya Gray, also Broady and General Manager of Wessex Garages, Matthew from Gloucester. clothing from well-known high Cripps with the Gromit statue at the fashion show. street brands such as Jacques Vert and Diane von Furstenberg. Gromit Unleashed, an innovative public children from across Gloucestershire in “After the show people were able to arts trail in Bristol. many different ways. buy the items they saw on the catwalk.” “Eighty-one, five foot individuallyGromit will also be making an During the event a three-foot statue designed sculptures were placed in the appearance at the Gloucester Hospital of Gromit, which was painted by the city for 10 weeks from July 1 in aid of children’s wards near to Christmas to patients at Bristol Children’s Hospital, Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Appeal, the bring some much needed cheer and also took to the catwalk. Bristol Children’s Hospital charity. smiles, so watch out for the Wessex Matthew Cripps, General Manager at “We paid £21,000 for our mini statue Gromit! CS Wessex Garages, explained: “Gromit of the canine icon. There were 10 made an appearance during the fashion others this size too. The patients at the For more information about show and afterwards people were able to hospital painted the sculpture Wessex Garages on Mercia Road, have their photograph taken with the throughout the trail.” please call 0844 247 3181, cheeky canine for a donation to The The Pied Piper Appeal was created in visit www.wessexgarages.com, Pied Piper Appeal. 1992 to improve the lives of sick follow the company on Twitter at “We won the statue when it was children in Gloucestershire. Initially www.twitter.com/wessexgarages auctioned off earlier this month started to fund a new children’s hospital or log on to www.facebook.com/ (October). Our Gromit was part of for the county, the charity now helps sick wessexgarages NOVEMBER 2013



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Above: French rider Gireg Le Coz winner of the CIC* receiving the Style Trophy from HRH The Princess Royal Left: Christian Landolt owner of Whatley Manor & Spa giving a message of thanks at the end of the event Below: The top nine riders in the CIC** with their rosettes

Above: The event honoured the Skye Terrier in order to raise awareness that in danger of becoming an endangered breed Right: Kitty King winner of the Whatley Manor CIC** for the second year running receiving the Guzerat Trophy from HRH The Princess Royal event Chairman and Pattie Biden the event organiser

Above: Zara Phillips, Sir Timothy Laurence and Alan Titchmarsh enjoying the spectacle at the Water Jump

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Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa International Horse Trials

The popular Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa sponsored event, held annually at the home of HRH The Princess Royal Gatcombe Park, took place over the weekend of 21st and 22nd of September. The event featured an entry of over 600 including a representative selection of international riders on each day. Photography by Fiona Scott-Maxwell & Wye Valley Photography

Above: Senior officials receiving ‘Thank You’ presents from the sponsor for their work at the event Left: Peter Phillips in conversation with Christian Landolt Below: The winners of the Cotswold Style readers’ completion together with the suppliers of their prizes. L to R Anthony Pastore representing Land Rover, March winners Jo & Jeremy, Paul Bates from Cotswold Style, September winners Jacky & Kelly with Peter Egli of Whatley Manor Hotel

Above: Margaret Hammond with Alan Titchmarsh and his wife Alison Below: Rachel Wilson florist at Whatley Manor Hotel giving a flower arranging demonstration to a group of spectators

Left: HRH The Princess Royal exchanging views with Sir Mark Todd well known and highly successful event rider from New Zealand Right: Leading British rider William Fox-Pitt

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“I’m not addicted to caffeine” Ooosh, the last month has been tough. You see, I gave up caffeine. I had a variety of reactions to the decision – from an incredulous yet simple “Why in God’s name would you do that?”… to a more measured “Probably a good idea.” On the whole, most people thought it was pointless – and at this juncture, I’ll confess the main reason for doing it was to expose how little harm, having the odd coffee does. I set about trying to prove that I’m not addicted to caffeine. And all I managed was to prove that I am. The idea began when a very healthy friend came to stay from California, glowing and billowing into our lives with ‘higher energy and lightness’. She talked about the FIVE NAUGHTIES (adopt stern voice). The ‘naughties’ are: Alcohol, dairy, gluten, sugar and caffeine. And they should be avoided, if not given up altogether. (I know – doesn’t leave much left to actually eat, does it?) The idea of cutting out wine and cheese leaves me in a cold sweat, no sugar means no cake (and very little fruit) and what’s gluten again?? So I thought I’d give caffeine a bash – especially as I only have a couple of cups a day, therefore can’t be addicted to or reliant on it. Wrong. Am I being super ignorant here? One cup of coffee a day and possibly two of tea, suddenly removed from my diet left me physically ill. I developed a crushing headache that got worse lying down and then spread into an agonising sinus condition complete with runny nose and sore throat. This was by Day 4 – a day that coincidentally, some real productivity was required from me. I moaned and squirmed and suspected I had a cold, then finally gave in and had a cappuccino. Within twenty minutes, the illness and sinus pain had gone, along with the impetuous tiredness – I could barely lift my arms enough to drive the car let alone ride 6 horses or do a day’s work. There was all the proof I needed, to know that there’s something superbly wonderful about coffee!! 

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Clearly though, if I can’t actually operate on caffeine neutral, there’s a reason for concern… so instead of slipping deliciously back into my ‘milky with two, almost before I’d opened my eyes’ routine every morning, I stuck with the abstinence. Thankfully, the cold turkey lessened considerably and I can now happily go about my day with no tea or coffee boost. Do I feel any better? Have more energy? Nope, sadly not – although if I’m a bit flat, one espresso sorts me out in a way that I could only dream about before. Anyway, this situation now leads me irrevocably to consider removing another ‘naughty’ on the list. But which one? Not eating dairy is such a problematic problem… it becomes an annoying constraint when eating anywhere other than home… same goes

for gluten (don’t almost all foods contain gluten?) Sugar might be easier to cut out but I’d have to do some research. The most simple one, though, is alcohol – like caffeine, it is extremely easily identified and eliminated. Well, I say easy… Contemplating this makes me dread the rest of my life, so on that slightly alarming basis I have decided that billowing and glowing are not required traits and that there’s nothing like a large Sauvignon Blanc with dinner, followed by a Macchiato, to lift my energy and lightness to epic proportions. Bring on the festive season. CS If you would like to share your thoughts on this subject with Kate Justice, please email the Editor at editor@stylemagazines.co.uk

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