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

ALICE IN THE COTSWOLDS

Fantastical fashion for a wonderland wardrobe

Mandy Hall welcomes you to Cotswold Farm Park

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10 Out and About

47 Change your home

71 Step into Spring

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

We meet up with Clare Jennings, of JW Jennings in Tewkesbury

Laura Leigh Hairdressing on this season’s most wanted hairstyles

51 Historic Hyacinths

73 Spa review

16 Real Life We meet internationally renowned wood sculptor Ian Norbury ahead of his exhibition at Highnam Court

Horticulturist of the Cotswolds, Camilla Bassett-Smith on gardening

Natalie Letch heads to the C-Side spa at Cowley Manor

55 The Good Life

75 Have your cake...

19 Creativity capital

Mandy Hall tells us all about lambing season at Cotswold Farm Park

...and eat it with a little nutrition advice from Laura Milne

Cheltenham Design Festival returns to Cheltenham this month

62 Alice in the Cotswolds

77 Surtees Speaks

25 Hot Property

Fairytale fashion straight from the pages of Alice in Wonderland

An insight into parenting... Geordie style... with Amanda Toner

64 Raging Bull

80 Delectable Dilutables

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

Local rugby star Phil Vickery mixes the sport with wearable fashion

A local husband and wife team on their flourishing cordials business

67 Fashion fling

83 Pension advice

43 A welcome addition Eleanor Wardle speaks with us about her new artful business, The Paragon Gallery, in Cheltenham’s Montpellier



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Fresh from the spring season fashion launch at McArthurGlen Swindon

Brunsdon Financial Services CEO Brian Morman offers advice

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105 Recipe with Shelle Duffin

A woman in a man’s world? We meet up with Linsey Temple of Gloucestershire based GET

Rhubarb custards provide us with pretty pink frills of spring

107 Cowley Manor 93 Diane Savory Chair of Gloucestershire LEP hits the high street this month

Shelle Duffin reviews the inviting restaurant at Cowley Manor

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108 Tom’s Travels 95 Clear skies ahead... Eric Barton meets Isle of Man aviation supremo David Buck from Citywing

101 Kim Bailey review Renowned racehorse trainer Kim Bailey reviews Cheltenham’s The Curry Corner

103 Shining brightly Four students from National Star College are through to the semifinals of a TV cookery competition

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Style events

Why do the press want to ruin all top sports stars?

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119 Chukkas away

20 Cowley Manor Fashion show

Sarah Boustead looks back on 50 years of her love of polo

94 Willans business event

130 Kate Justice...

110 Hotel du Vin

104 Chelsea Bar and Brasserie

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Spring is here! Contrary to what the erratic weather of late suggests, we are all looking forward to stepping into a new season and adding a little colour to our lives now that winter is well and truly behind us. This month, we have Cotswold Farm Park’s Mandy Hall on our front cover and we think a day out at The Farm Park is a great way to spend a (hopefully) sunny April day. Mandy has found her true vocation within her role at The Farm Park and you can read all about her experiences of lambing season (so far!) on page 55. For your chance to win a family ticket to Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park make sure that you enter the competition in the box opposite. This month also sees Cheltenham at the centre of creativity as we welcome Cheltenham Design Festival to the town for its second year. Figures from the international creative circuit join the line-up which runs from 11-14th April at the Parabola Arts Centre. If you fancy a luxurious trip to the ‘C-Side’ then take a look at our Feature Writer, Natalie Letch’s, review of Cowley Manor’s C-Side Spa on page 73. A little indulgence goes a long way and Natalie summarises the afternoon as “an underated spa that exudes quality and outstanding service.” Blissful. As always, I hope that you enjoy the issue and indeed the lighter evenings. If you have any social events that you would be interested in our Photographer covering then do email me at the address below and if you are a newly married bride or groom then perhaps you would like to share some of your wedding photographs with us?

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SPRING BALL Saturday 6th April Calling all ballroom dancers – take to the floor in this magnificent building and join the Town Hall team as we celebrate the start of spring with our annual ballroom extravaganza. Hosted by James and Joanna Whitehead from Viva La Dance and featuring fantastic live music from Tony and The Sapphires along with star cabaret from British Closed Amateur Ballroom champions, Kyle Taylor and Polina Shylyaeva - this promises to be an evening not to be missed! From 8pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £16.95. For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

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SUGGS – MY LIFE STORY IN WORDS & MUSIC Sunday 7th April

The Madness front man takes to the stage in a hilarious, yet moving, one man tour de force playing to rave reviews. The death of Suggs’ beloved cat on his 50th birthday triggered a personal quest to discover what happened to the father he never knew. Stunned by what he learnt, Suggs is taken back to his childhood on the tough streets of 1970s Soho and his first appearance on Top Of The Pops at the age of eighteen. Is it a play? Is it stand-up comedy? Is it Music Hall? Whatever it is hold on to your seats, as Suggs goes on to stumble and plummet through the trap door of failure, then trampoline back up to catch the passing trapeze of show business success!Starting at 7.30pm in the Town 

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DUKE SPECIAL Thursday 11th April Duke Special is an artist aptly named. Dynamic, musically ambitious and bracingly eccentric, with his inimitable style and lush musicality. Hailing fromBelfast with a sound that is selfconfessed “hobo-chic”, Duke Special – AKA the endlessly inventivePeter Wilson – is once heard, never forgotten. Blissfully at home in his own alluring genre of beautifully bruised romanticism, Duke Special inhabits a world unlike any other – a world filled with vaudeville-esque sensibility, sing-alongs and addictive melodies. A show not to be missed! Tickets £12 per person, ages 14+. Doors open 7:30pm. For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at: www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.

CHEF MASTERCLASS Thursday 11th April 2013 Ever wondered what it is like to cook in a professional gourmet kitchen? Well now you can experience it for yourself with The Greenway’s new Chef Masterclass. Learn how to cook fine dining dishes with this in-depth morning masterclass in the Kitchen, with The Greenway’s Head Chef, Robin Dudley. The Masterclass will be followed by a two course lunch, glass of house wine and coffee as well as tip sheet and Chef ’s biscuits to take home! Just £35.00 per person.The Greenway Hotel & Spa, Shurdington, Cheltemham, GL51 4UG. For bookings and more information contact 01242 862352 or info@thegreenway.co.uk alternatively visit: www.thegreenwayhotelandspa.com CHELTENHAM CONCERT SERIES – BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Friday 12th April Schubert: Overture, Rosamunde.

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www.montpellierwinebar.com Beethoven: Symphony No.8 in F, Op.93. Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15. Kirill Karabits, Conductor and Paul Lewis, Piano. The BSO return with principal conductor Kirill Karabits for a sparkling concert featuring three towering Germanic works. Both Schubert’s bright and airy overture and Beethoven’s confident energetic symphony are filled with ingratiating tunes and cheeky humour, whilst Brahms’ towering concerto too has an almost over-abundance of themes, the effect both meditative and exhilarating. Starting at 7.30pm in the Town Hall.Tickets: £30, £25, £12.50, £10. For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

DEXY’S Saturday 13th April “We’ll wear great clothes and make soulful music.” That was the promise Kevin Rowland made to the first line-up of Dexys Midnight Runners when he formed the group in 1978. The pledge held true through Dexys’ audacious and powerful live performances, seven Top Twenty hits (including the Number Ones Geno and Come On Eileen) and the landmark albums Searching For The Young Soul Rebels, Too-Rye-Ay and Don’t Stand Me Down. And style, soulfulness and emotional honesty remainDexys’ hallmarks as spring 2012 witnesses the group’s return with stupendous new album One Day I’m Going To Soar and a series of hotlyawaited shows. As the songs took shape, Rowland and Talbot gathered together the team of contributors who now constitute Dexys 2012. Ages 14+, tickets £22.50. Doors open 7.30pm. For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhall’s Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at: www.gloucesterguildhall.co.uk Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street. CHAS & DAVE – BACK BY DEMAND Sunday 14th April Chas & Dave are back! Firm friends and great musicians, they know how to give an audience a good time. They have gained a following of both young and

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old, and due to public demand they are about to be seen together on stage once more. Join them as they re-live the history of their success, which kicked off with their 1979 hit Gertcha and was marked by other catchy hits such as Rabbit and Ain’t No Pleasing You. From 7.30pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £24, £21.50. For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk LAURENT PERRIER CHAMPAGNE EVENING Thursday 18th April

Join us for a very sparkly evening in the main house with canape Champagne drinks reception followed, by a luxurious four course dinner with Laurent Perrier – £99.00 person. Mallory Court Hotel, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QB. For more information, contact 01926 330214 or: reception@mallory.co.uk alternatively visit: www.mallory.co.uk COTSWOLDS ART & ANTIQUES DEALERS’ ASSOCIATION FAIR Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st April For the second year running the CADA fair returns to Blenheim Palace as a four day event. The best and rare examples of every discipline will be showcased by many of our members creating a rich tapestry of history and culture. The fair will be the perfect place to hunt for the best that the Cotswold’s can offer and promises to be one of the best quality events outside of London. We are sure to have something for everyone with so much variety at this gem of an event, you can buy with confidence! For more information please visit: www.blenheimpalace.com or call 0800 849 6500.

TWELFTH NIGHT AND THE TAMING OF THE SHREW AT THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th April Propeller’s all-male theatre company returns to the Everyman, turning their innovation and interpretive flair to two of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. One thing is certain – nobody does Shakespeare like Propeller. For more information visit: www.everymantheatre.org.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Saturday 20th April Robert Thompson, Piano. Lutoslawski: Little Suite. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 in C (Elvira Madigan). Sibelius: Symphony No.1 in E minor. A setting of four jaunty Polish folksongs is followed by Mozart’s popular piano concerto, whose dreamlike slow movement was featured in the 1967 Swedish film Elvira Madigan. Sibelius’ first symphony is arguably the first significant work from Northern Europe; its dramatic and poignant melodies have an overwhelming emotional impact. Starting from 7.30pm in Pittville Pump Room.Tickets: £13 (£11 concessions, £1 under 19s). For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk WEDDING FAYRE Sunday 21st April Sublime. One word to describe the greatest of all days. Hotel Du Vin Cheltenham is the perfect venue for all weddings and civil partnerships. Come and visit us between 11am and 3pm, where we will have a variety of wedding suppliers on show, live models and entertainment. FREE entry! For more information please contact events on 08447 364254 or email: events.cheltenham@hotelduvin.com JAZZ BRUNCH Sunday 21st April 2013 Enjoy a lazy brunch to the soothing sounds of jazz – the perfect way to round off your weekend. Jazz from 12.00pm until 3.00pm. Brunch dishes from £3.95, served from 12.00pm until 4.00pm. The Arden Hotel, Waterside,

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ISBOURNE HOLISTIC CENTRE PRESENTS SHARON SALZBERG – LOVING KINDNESS Monday 22nd April In this fascinating talk Sharon Salzberg, the internationally renowned meditation teacher from the USA, explains how the Buddhist path of loving kindness can help us discover the radiant, joyful heart within each of us. This practice of loving kindness is thought to be revolutionary because it has the power to radically change our lives, helping us cultivate true happiness in ourselves and genuine compassion for others. From 7pm in the Town Hall (Pillar Room). Tickets: £13 (£16 after 8th April). For further info/bookings contact the Isbourne Holistic Centre on 01242 254321 or www.isbourne.org JIMMY CARR – GAGGING ORDER Tuesday 23rd April

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NUTRITIONAL THERAPY Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th April We are offering you a complementary therapy that will help you on the road to good health! We will give you a health questionnaire and food diary to enable you to personalise your nutrition and lifestyle programme, assess and identify nutritional imbalances and help you to rectify them and work with you to support your body to maintain or improve health. Suitable for those with chronic conditions and those who are interested in enhancing their health and wellbeing! Cost: £15 and includes a one hour initial appointment and a half hour follow up. To book or for more details contact the clinic officer David Hickman 01905 542529 or d.hickman@worc.ac.uk. For more information, visit: www.worcester.ac.uk/wellbeing

HOWLERS AT THE HALL Wednesday 24th April Cheltenham’s biggest and best comedy club is back for another night of top stand-up. From 8.30pm at the Town Hall (Pillar Room).Tickets: £12 (£9 students). With a line-up still to be finalised, keep an eye on: www.howlerscomedyclub.com for full details. AN EVENING OF JAZZ IN THE BRAZ Thursday 25th April Join us for the latest in the series of swinging Jazz events in the Brasserie. Mallory Court Hotel, Harbury Lane, Leamington Spa, CV33 9QB. For more information, contact 01926 330214 or reception@mallory.co.uk alternatively visit: www.mallory.co.uk GOURMET STEAK EVENING Friday 26th April 2013 For the steak fan; A selection of wonderful steak cooked just to your liking! Individually priced. The Kings Hotel, The Square, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6AW. For more information contact 01386 840256 or 

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CHELTENHAM CONCERT SERIES – ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA Friday 26th April Barry Wordsworth, Conductor and Julian Bliss, Clarinet. Sibelius: Finlandia, Op.26. Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A, K.622. Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.5 in D. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is joined by acclaimed young British clarinetist Julian Bliss, in a performance of Mozart’s ever-popular Clarinet Concerto. Composed during the last months of the composer’s life, it is rich in expressive melodies and ethereal beauty. The concert also features Sibelius’ atmospheric tone poem, Finlandia, a magnificent nationalistic work inspired by the composer’s homeland, and Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony, based on material from his then unfinished operatic work, The Pilgrim’s Progress. From 7.30pm in the Town Hall. Tickets: £30, £25, £12.50, £10. For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk CHELTENHAM PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SPRING CONCERT Sunday 28th April Duncan Westerman, Conductor and Sue Belinfante, Leader. Debussy: Prélude à l’après midi d’un faune. Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis Of Themes by Carl Marie Weber. Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony. Music for springtime celebrating nature, dance and the sounds of a great city. From 3pm in the Pittville Pump Room. Tickets: £10 (£6 students under 25, 16 and under free admission). For more information visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

THE LUMBERJACKS Tuesday 30th April Canadian stand-up comedians Craig Campbell, Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool are continuing to tour the UK with their hilarious Edinburgh Festival 2012 show. Between them they have appeared on: Mock The Week, 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Live at the Apollo, Russell Howard’s

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JUST COLOUR – A JUST FABRICS SPECIAL EVENT Wednesday 15th May 2013 Discover how to combine colours successfully to help you achieve striking results throughout your home. Taking place in the beautiful Just Fabrics showroom in Cheltenham, guests will enjoy a complimentary glass of bucks fizz on arrival, an illustrated talk and practical workshop session about how to style your home with colour. With access to hundreds of fabrics, tutors will guide you, step-by-step to create your own colour mood board to take home and a 20 per cent discount voucher! From 10:00am-12:30pm. To book, phone 01993 823690!

FAMILY MICHAELA STRACHAN’S REALLY WILD ADVENTURES Friday 5th April Adapted from her own book of children’s poetry, popular TV presenter Michaela Strachan will take families on a delightful journey through an alphabet jungle of animal rhymes. From antelopes to zebras, from orphaned orangutans to polar bear dentistry, this is a whistle-stop interactive show full of poetry, dancing, music and lots of fascinating wildlife facts. Suitable for children aged 3-8 and Key Stage 1. From 2pm in the Town

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BEST FRIENDS FOREVER AT THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM Sunday 7th April A must see pop event for every kid in town – featuring tributes to Justin Beiber, Jessie J and Katy Perry.

SHAOLIN WARRIORS – RETURN OF THE MASTER Saturday 13th April The internationally acclaimed Shaolin Warriors are returning to the UK with a brand new show before embarking on a world tour. This breathtaking theatrical Kung Fu show continues the story of the warrior, and vividly depicts the rarely-seen Kung Fu masters’ feats of agility, strength and skill, using Buddhist Meditation and their rigorous martial arts training. A must-see for family audiences, martial arts experts and enthusiasts alike. From 7.30pm, Town Hall. Tickets: £21, £18.50 (Family of 4 £68). For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk

CHELTENHAM POETRY FESTIVAL HIGH SCHOOL SLAM! Thursday 18th April Watch teams of budding poets from schools across the county go head to head in an X-Factor style battle of rhyme and reason, hosted by Spoz! Cheltenham Poetry Festival – comedy, film, animation, open mic, readings, music and much more!Starting from 7pm in the Town Hall (Pillar Room). Tickets: £5 (£4 concessions). See www.cheltenhampoetryfest.co.uk for more details. HIGH SOCIETY AT THE EVERYMAN THEATRE, CHELTENHAM Tuesday 23rd – Saturday 27th April Get ready for the musical event of the season as Cole Porter’s timeless classic skips into town in a dazzling new production from the acclaimed producers of The King and I. Starring Marilyn Cutts, Teddy Kempner, Daniel Boys, Sophie Bould and Michael Praed.

PATE’S GRAMMAR SCHOOL – LEAVERS CONCERT Wednesday 24th April This concert celebrates the talents of our Year 13 leavers, with outstanding solo items as well as final performances with the orchestras, choirs and jazz bands. An evening rich in talent and entertainment!Starting at 7pm in Pittville Pump Room.Tickets: £10 (£5 children). Tickets are available from the beginning of March at the school office on 01242 523169. For more information, visit: www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk FOOD FIESTAS IN FAIRFORD AND LECHLADE Sunday 12th May at Fairford and Sunday 9th June at Lechlade Market Place If you are interested in eating and drinking and supporting local produce, then the Fairford and Lechlade Food & Drink Festivals are two events not to be missed. This will be the fourth year that Fairford & Lechlade Business Club has organized this gastronomic delight, which brings together – in a traditional market place setting – a huge selection of local food, wines and ales. The aim of the Business Club is to provide events that will increase the awareness of the fantastic range of food and drink that is available in this corner of the Cotswolds.The Food & Drink Festivals will be open all day from 10am till 4pm. If you would like to book a stall, get your business on to the website or to get a listing on the website, please go to:

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CHARITY CHAMPAGNE TEA PARTY Thursday 11th April The Leukaemia & Intensive Chemotherapy Fund are inviting you to a Champagne Tea Party at Ellenborough Park Hotel. From 3pm onwards enjoy delicious sandwiches and a chilled glass of champagne, alongside special guest Fiona Fullerton talking about her latest book. Tickets £30 each. Book now on 0300 422 4422. For more information visit: www.lincfund.org

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THE BOOTLEG BEES GEES Saturday 20 April 2013 You are invited to join Linc to party with The Bootleg Bees Gees at St Edward’s School, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham GL53 8EY. Starting at 7.30pm! Tickets £15 each to include welcome drink and table buffet, last orders 10.30pm. For more information contact: 0300 422 4422 or linc@glos.nhs.uk alternatively visit: www.lincfund.org

SPORTING EVENTS THE APRIL MEETING AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE Wednesday 17th & Thursday 18th April 2013 www.cheltenham.co.uk

HUNTER CHASE EVENING AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE Wednesday 1st May 2013 www.cheltenham.co.uk

GLOUCESTERSHIRE MOTOR SHOW June 8th and 9th The Gloucestershire Motor Show takes at Highnam Court, with all profits being split between The Pied Piper Appeal, and Cruse Bereavement Care. The show has grown again this year with over a 100 classic cars each day, the beautiful gardens of Highnam Court to explore, many of the local car dealers with new models, celebrity chefs with a daily cookoff, a fashion show each day, stalls, children’s entertainment and bands. A great day out for all the family. 

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CHELTENHAM DESIGN FESTIVAL Thursday 11th – Sunday 14th April Back for its second year, and with another day of events added to the programme – the Cheltenham Design Festival 2013 is bringing leading designers and innovators to the Parabola Arts Centre in Cheltenham to show how creativity enhances our lives in every way. Leading figures in the creative world including Wayne Hemingway, Sir Christopher Frayling and Peter York, globally recognised businesses Aston Martin and Airbus and world renowned design museums such as the V&A, the Design Museum and MoMA (Museum of Modern Art New York City) will be participating. With a focus on the future, the festival covers a broad range of topics from architecture, the energy debate and 3D printing to how creativity helps Britain’s economy to grow. Book tickets online: www.cheltenhamdesignfestival.com

by phone 0844 5762210 or in person at Cheltenham Town Hall Box office. LADIES LUNCH FASHION SHOW TIMELESS STYLE Thursday 18th April As part of this year’s Fashion and Beauty in Cheltenham week, The Daffodil is very excited to be hosting The Timeless Style Fashion Show for ladies who love to lunch! This glamorous event promises to impress with its showcase of the latest spring/summer 2013 collections and styles. Sit back and relax in the stunning Art Deco surroundings of The Daffodil whilst you enjoy what will be a fabulous catwalk show, featuring a hand-picked selection of leading local fashion retailers, all accompanied by an exceptional lunch. Tickets £30 pp and include a two course lunch. To book your ticket call the reservations team now on 01242 700 055 or events@thedaffodil.com For more information visit: www.thedaffodil.com 

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Event organised by Ellenborough Park in association with Cotswold Style Magazine

Join Saturday Kitchen Celebrity Chef James Martin and David Kelman at a Gold Ticket Charity Dinner on Saturday July 20th. Tickets are only available from Ellenborough Park Events and will sell out very quickly so please reserve your tickets NOW by calling 01242 808974 and ask for the events team. This is an ideal event for Corporate Entertaining and a tables of ten can be reserved at £1250. Tickets £125 per person include:  A sumptuous Champagne and Canapés reception  4 course Meal with half a bottle of wine per person  Meet James  Signed copies of James’ latest book  Charity Auction with fabulous prizes  After Dinner chat with James Why not stay over in one of our beautiful rooms – prices from £265 for a Traditional Room To book telephone 01242 808974 or email events@ellenboroughpark.com

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PARADISE OF FOOLS Internationally renowned wood sculptor, Ian Norbury, tells us about his forthcoming exhibition at Highnam Court… April 1st is certainly the day to indulge in a little April fool’s mischief, but for Ian Norbury this holds a greater meaning. From 27th-28th April, Ian will be holding an exhibition at The Orangery at Highnam Court in Gloucestershire from 10:30am-4pm daily. “It has been several years since my previous exhibition and this will probably be my final show”, Ian explains. “The title ‘Paradise of Fools’ reflects my interpretation on the history of folly, from the days of creation, through ancient mythology and folklore to the perverse foolishness of the 21st century’s ‘enlightened’ mankind. We never learn!” Ian has been creating the pieces for his ‘Paradise of Fools’ exhibition for the past four years and in total has around 20 carvings to show. “The reason that it will probably be my last is due to the fact that it takes so long to prepare for an exhibition of this kind”, Ian explains. “I worked on the pieces along with other commissions at the same time and the theme is really about people doing very foolish things. I look at the news and what is happening all around us for inspiration… and there is always something. I also have hundreds of notebooks that I doodle in. I know that some designs will work out and some simply don’t work. Often they are just too difficult or too expensive to create.” Ian moved to Cheltenham in 1971, along with his wife Betty, where he painted racehorses. “I got fed up and decided to become an art teacher and studied sculpture at St Paul’s College for three years and this is where my interest in woodcarving began”, Ian says, “After attaining my degree I bought a house, gallery and studio in Cheltenham and began carrying out carved restoration work for the antique trade”. After a



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couple of years Ian changed to sculptural work and by the late eighties Ian’s exhibitions had become very successful indeed. Ian became an international figure in the woodcarving world, judging at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto, giving lecture tours in Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand and becoming chairman of the British Woodcarvers Association. Ian’s success continued as he published books, held annual exhibitions and began teaching in Iceland and Ireland. In fact Ian and Betty set up a second home and studio in Ireland, while maintaining their original home, gallery and studio in Cheltenham. Ian now teaches in America and following the exhibition will be returning to teach students. Many of his students have been astonished by what they are able to produce under his direction and how much can be achieved in such a short time using his methods. “My attitude was that if you make something very special, somebody will want it,” Ian explains and this is really the secret of his success. Fans of his work remain loyal to him and appreciate the amount of creativity and time that goes into producing such unique work. Ian’s wife Betty explains, “He makes things that astonish people by their virtuosity of execution, intrigue people by their enigmatic mystery or enchant people by their beauty. I believe he learned from Salvador Dali, an artist whose work is totally baffling to most of his audience, and yet they find the combination of Dali’s technical expertise and mystery compelling. It is for this reason Ian has pursued excellence in technique, because when you try to create an illusion, nothing must detract from it – no technical fault must break the spell.” CS

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Ian Norbury’s Paradise of Fools An exhibition to be held at The Orangery, Highnam Court, Gloucestershire GL2 8DP 27th-28th April 2013, 10:30am-4pm daily

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From global fashion brands such as Burberry and Alexander McQueen to the splendour of last summer’s Olympic Opening Ceremony, Britain is renowned as a creative powerhouse. If you are unsure how creativity has an impact on your own life, April’s Cheltenham Design Festival is a chance to find out why innovation is at the heart of British culture and why we should foster our creative industries. As host to one of the UK’s most exciting design events, Cheltenham is attracting attention far and wide as figures from the international creative circuit join the line-up for the event which runs from 11-14 April at the Parabola Arts Centre. Last year’s inaugural festival the celebrated designer, Stefan Sagmeister, caused a buzz with a rare UK appearance that put Cheltenham firmly on the design map. For 2013, Paola Antonelli, a Senior Curator at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is crossing the Atlantic to appear at the festival. Named as one of the most incisive design visionaries in the world by Time magazine, Antonelli will be joining the renowned design critic Alice Rawsthorn to discuss how design has always played a part in our lives, from the skull and cross bone ‘logo’ that pirates used to advertise who they were to the search for the perfect World Cup ball. It is predicted that by 2017 around half of British jobs will emanate from the creative industries. It’s a staggering statistic but many local young people will be set to seize opportunities thanks to the charitable foundation behind the Cheltenham Design Festival and Academy. The Academy has just finished another year of free design classes for local young people. Its leader, David Myerson, is delighted with the level enthusiasm from the students: “It speaks volumes that they have all turned up week in, week out for 30 weeks – especially as it is held on a Saturday morning!” In APRIL 2013

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Mel Nicholls, local Paralympian, is joining the line-up

addition to learning from professional designers, architects and engineers, the students have worked with staff from GE Aviation to design and build gliders and have tackled a real-life design brief from The Montpellier Association to create posters for the group of retail-business owners’ Christmas campaign. During the four-day festival, the Parabola Arts Centre will have free interactive events where the curious put their creative thinking to the test while the Sunday workshops – free for 8-16 year olds – give young people a chance to discover photography, illustration and inventing and drawing with the experts. Our everyday lives are affected by design both good and bad – think about the shopping trolley you can never quite manage to navigate at the supermarket or the lounge chair you always avoid because it’s uncomfortable. When design works well it can make an enormous difference to our lives. David Constantine has improved the lives of more than 135,000 people throughout the world through his charity Motivation, which designs wheelchairs for people in

developing countries. Adapted to suit the local terrain, the chairs give people the independence to work, earn money and support themselves, transforming their lives. David will be talking about his work at the festival and will be joined by Mel Nicholls, the Tewkesbury-based 2012 Paralympian. Mel, who trains in Cheltenham, has collaborated with Motivation on the design of a racing wheelchair. With events covering car design, architecture, creative thinking for business, the energy debate and many more areas, the festival – which has Superdry as its Principal Sponsor – gives everyone the opportunity to discover something new. And Cheltenham can now add proudly ‘capital of creative thinking’ to its long list of accolades! CS Tickets are on sale from Cheltenham Town Hall box office and the Cheltenham Design Festival website. To find out about all the events, sign up for the Sunday studios and to buy tickets, go to cheltenhamdesignfestival.com 

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In support of Hop, Skip & Jump, Cowley Manor launched the first of many ‘very fashionable lunch parties’, accompanied by a Race Week inspired fashion show and stylist talk, hosted by Deborah Dyer. The show featured collections included the Village shop, British School of Millinery, mywardrobe.com, 100% , J-Brand, Anya Hindmarch, Alexander McQueen and Keith Scarrott. Photography by www.mcphersonstevens.com



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It’s great that you want your day to be personal, fun and special – just like you ☺ and great that you are doing so much of it yourselves. You have asked for a little help with bits and pieces and of course we’re happy to help – perhaps over some vino? We heard about one of those Wedding Shows and thought of you. It sounds like it has everything you said you were looking for: photographers, cars, stationery, favours, and loads of other things that we’ve never heard of. It sounds really different. The advert I saw said that it has catwalk shows, live entertainment and is all over a huge gorgeous 4 star hotel. The hotel itself sounds fab! Have you got your venue yet? It says there is a demonstration programme with things like know your flowers, how to wear your hair, how to dress your

different sized bridesmaids and all sorts. Sounds very interesting. Apparently you can have Sunday lunch in the restaurant – might be a great way to sample the hotel’s food and service – check them out like one of those secret shoppers! This is what else it said… “Let us help you plan your perfect day… Get yourself and your wedding into perfect shape with health & fitness advice, hen/stag do ideas, table decorations, entertainment for your younger guests, honeymoons and everything in between… Enjoy the journey to your big day and gather all the information and contacts you need in one place. And…have a go…try for yourself! Lots of interactive ideas, tasters and

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ceremony. Visitors will enjoy an free consultations atmosphere of excitement, available. inspiration and all the Have a mini-make information they need…” over, get your nails Guys, this show sounds really done, watch a cocktail different to others and although masterclass or relax to I’m sure you’ve been to others, the sweet sound of a Cheltenham Park Hotel this will be worth a visit. Could harpist. be a laugh too – maybe we should all go? There is guidance on the legal bits and I’ve heard you get to see all the function rooms, fashion for the bride, groom, bridal party, the restaurant, hotel rooms and bridal suite mother-of-the bride and accessories and bedroom. plus size dresses. The Cheltenham Park Hotel Wedding Here are the details for you: Show will be an experience. It will provide visitors with real examples and a taste of Cheltenham Park Hotel Wedding Show what they can expect on their big day. Sunday 14 April Tables will be laid as they would be at a Cheltenham Park Hotel. reception, floral displays will adorn rooms 11.30am until 4pm and chairs arranged as if ready for a

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It’s on facebook too: www.facebook.com/CheltParkWeddingShow That’s the big white one on the Cirencester Road, Charlton Kings. A Georgian house with beautiful grounds, a lake and a pagoda. It’s next to the Lillybrook golf club. The catwalk shows are at 12.00, 14.00 and 15.15 plus there’s all the demonstrations and live entertainment, as well as the stands. And it’s FREE entry and FREE goody bags!! Let me know if you’d like us to come too. See ya soon Love us xxx www.jtevents.co.uk/ wedding-show



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Beyond your expectations www.hamptons.co.uk

Cheltenham

A beautifully presented duplex apartment in an elegant Grade II* listed terrace. The apartment has been stylishly refurbished with many of the original features having been retained including architraves, cornices and fireplaces. EPC: D

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 639414 email:cheltenham@hamptons-int.com

Guide Price £465,000 • 2/3 bedrooms • 2 bath/shower rooms • Drawing room • Dining room/bedroom 3 • Kitchen/breakfast room • Off road parking

The Only National Agent With 5 Cotswold Offices. At Hamptons International our unrivalled coverage of the Cotswolds and access to the key London market will ensure your property is seen by the widest possible audience. Call us now to arrange a free, no obligation market appraisal. 

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Cockleford, Cowley

Occupying a superb position surrounded by open fields and with far reaching wooded views, this attractive detached Cotswold stone cottage of great character is situated in a lovely elevated location in the hamlet. EPC: F

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 639414 email:cheltenham@hamptons-int.com

Guide Price: £569,950 • 3 bedrooms • 2 bath/shower rooms • 2 reception rooms • Kitchen/dining room • Utility area • Garage

It’s Important To Make Time For The Things You Love. At Hamptons International we know your move is important to you and so our knowledge, expertise of the local market and personal service can take the strain out of moving. Leaving you free to relax, safe in the knowledge that everything’s being taken care of. APRIL 2013



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Christchurch, Cheltenham £1050pcm Unfurnished

Century Court, Cheltenham £1700pcm Unfurnished

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

Most attractive 2nd floor 2 bedroom apartment within a modern development, located just a few minutes walking distance from Cheltenham town centre. This spacious apartment comprises hall, kitchen, sitting room/dining with doors leading onto balcony, master double bedroom with en-suite shower room, 2nd double bedroom and bathroom. GCH, 2 allocated underground parking spaces, secure entry phone/code access and communal landscaped grounds.

Superb Penthouse, furnished to an extremely high standard with far reaching views. The property comprises entrance hallway, kitchen, living room/dining with a double height window and 2 generous balconies, study, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, 2nd double bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The apartment further benefits from secure underground parking space, communal gym and landscaped grounds.

Sedgeberrow, Worcestershire £4000pcm Furnished

Chalford Hill, Gloucestershire £1400pcm Unfurnished

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

Hamptons Cheltenham 01242 263559 email@hamptons-int.com

A truly stunning half timbered Grade II Listed house set in grounds and gardens with an exceptional indoor swimming pool complex. The property retains a wealth of period features and comprises custom made kitchen with breakfasting area/family room, Orangery with unique sunken well, games room, TV room/study, master double bedroom with en-suite, 4 further bedrooms, 3 further bathrooms. The pool complex includes a 17m swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym. Oil fired CH, ample off street parking and private gardens.

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Delightful three bedroom Cotswold stone cottage, which has been sympathetically extended and displays a wealth of character features. Occupying an enviable elevated setting the cottage comprises entrance hall/utility with stable door, kitchen, dining room looking over the garden, sitting room with wood burner, master double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with separate shower cubicle, 2 further double bedrooms (one with single pull out bed) and bathroom with shower over. Gas CH, garden and offstreet parking.



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Sandy Lane Road Cheltenham Setting the scene: A substantial detached property standing in over half an acre of beautifully maintained, private gardens and located on one of Cheltenham's most exclusive roads. Why we love it: A very impressive turn of the century house occupying a prominent position on the road, with a wonderful south facing aspect to the rear and colourful gardens. The property offers extremely well appointed and spacious accommodation with the principal reception rooms and a 22’x20’ kitchen/breakfast room overlooking the gardens. On the first floor five bedrooms are served by three bath/shower rooms, plus a good sized linen store and cloakroom. On the second floor are two further bedrooms, plus loft access and storage. The gardens are beautifully planted, providing colour throughout the year and are well enclosed by high hedged and evergreen boundaries. Plot sizes such as this are rarely found in houses so close to the centre of the town. To the front of the house is a carriage driveway and double garage with useful adjoining store and workshop. EPC rating E. Guide Price: £1,695,000 Details: Knight Frank, Cheltenham. 01242 246959. Sue.healey@knightfrank.com. www.knightfrank.co.uk/che070175



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Lansdown Road Cheltenham Setting the scene: Set back off the Lansdown Road is this superbly appointed and beautifully presented house with an excellent garden and parking for several cars. Why we love it: Offering extremely spacious, well planned and beautifully presented accommodation with the added benefit of parking for up to 6 cars and a south facing garden. The house has recently been the subject of a stylish refurbishment and now benefits from a superbly appointed kitchen/breakfast room, luxury bathroom/shower rooms and tasteful decoration throughout. The ground floor living space is light and bright with a flow that lends itself to very comfortable entertaining and family living. As well as the large kitchen, there is a lovely drawing room, a further sitting room with French doors leading to the garden, a dining room to the rear, two cloakrooms and utility room. On the first floor is the master bedroom suite, three further bedrooms and bathroom. EPC rating C. Guide Price: ÂŁ585,000 Details: Knight Frank, Cheltenham 01242 246959 sue.healey@knightfrank.com www.knightfrank.co.uk/che130023

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Crane Hill Farm Woolstone, Gloucestershire Setting the Scene: Crane Hill Farm is a charming red brick farmhouse which is believed to date from about 1904. The property offers lovely family accommodation with stunning views over the surrounding countryside. Why we love it: Set in the charming hamlet of Woolstone which is situated close to Gotherington and the property is arranged as follows: Sitting room, playroom, kitchen/breakfast room, cloakroom rear lobby, master bedroom with en suite shower room three further bedrooms, family bathroom, gardens. Outside the property is approached from the lane to a parking area for several cars. The gardens are laid to lawn and surrounded by post and rail fencing. Guide Price: ÂŁ550,000 Details: Savills, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 548 000 www.savills.co.uk 

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St Johns Lodge Tivoli Circus, Cheltenham Setting the Scene: A stunning town house with consent for conversion to a residential dwelling, St John’s Lodge is situated on Tivoli Circus, close to Montpellier, an area of Cheltenham with a cosmopolitan lifestyle having cafes with wonderful on street terraces and wine bars, close to the town centre and the Suffolks. Cheltenham became a spa town in 1716, although its popularity flourished after King George III visited in 1788. Its heyday as a spa town was to last from about 1790 to 1840 and it was during these years that many of the town’s fine Regency terraces, crescents and villas were built. Why we love it: Today Cheltenham offers a wide range of facilities for everyday living with many shops, restaurants and bars as well as a good selection of excellent schools including Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Cheltenham College (co-ed), St Edward’s and Dean Close. The town is also well known for the many literary and music festivals that it holds as well as the cricket and national hunt festivals, including the Gold Cup meeting in the spring. Nearby sporting opportunities include squash, tennis and swimming facilities whilst there are also a number of golf courses on the edge of the town. There is easy access to the M5 and a train service to London Paddington from Cheltenham Spa station. Guide Price: £895,000 Details: Savills, Cheltenham Tel: 01242 548 000 www.savills.co.uk APRIL 2013



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Larkrise, Knapp Lane Ledbury Setting the scene: Larkrise, a new development of 5 five individually designed luxurious new homes on Knapp Lane in Ledbury presents a rare opportunity to acquire a superb new home in one of the more sought after areas on the edge of this very popular town. The site is less than a mile from the town centre and within walking distance of the Railway Station. There are 3 houses remaining in the lightly wooded setting which has panoramic distant views over open countryside. All the houses are of similar construction but each has its own style and character. All benefit from landscaped gardens, off street parking and balconies off the main living areas. The main structure of each property is principally in bespoke oak frames. Internally, each will have exposed oak beams with high vaulted ceilings and large windows offering a huge amount of light through highly efficient double glazing. Why we love it: A system of mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, as well as under floor heating, means that the running cost of the properties is kept to a minimum, whilst the houses offer the convenience of mains gas, mains water and mains sewerage. Maintenance is also kept to a minimum, the Siberian Larch timber cladding and Cedar shingles are materials that are not only sympathetic to their surroundings, but also do not need painting. The windows and rainwater goods are low maintenance powder coated aluminium. Each property has an attached double garage with connecting door to the house and a large log store to the rear. The large wood burning stove is a real feature of the main reception room. Surrounded by some of the regions prettiest and most productive countryside, Ledbury is an ever popular market town famous for its half timbered buildings and medieval Market Hall. Local facilities include a thriving high street with a wide range of independent retailers, good pubs and eateries, as well as a supermarket, primary and secondary schools, library, swimming pool, doctor’s surgeries and train station with a direct service to London Paddington. At the heart of the home, the fully fitted kitchens have integrated appliances and granite work surfaces as well as boiling water taps and integrated plug sockets and USB Ports. The bathrooms have stylish luxury sanitary ware with wet rooms en-suite to the principle bedrooms. Inside and out – the style is contemporary and comfortable, easy to live in and easy on the eye. Guide Price: £599,000 Details: Knight Frank, Worcester. 01905 723 438 charles.probert@knightfrank.com 

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Barberry Close, Cheltenham Setting the scene: A detached 4 bedroom spacious family residence constructed approximately 12 years ago by Redrow Homes in the highly regarded Park area. EPC: D Why we love it: The property offers light, well proportioned accommodation throughout. The benefits include a lovely kitchen/dining/family room with two further reception rooms and separate utility. Upstairs offers a dressing room and full en-suite with the master bedroom, guest bedroom with en-suite shower room and family bathroom off the landing to service the other remaining 2 double bedrooms. Outside boasts a good size low maintenance southerly garden, double garage and driveway. Barberry Close is well positioned for excellent primary and secondary schools and daily M5 access if required. Local amenities are on hand and the fashionable Montpellier or Cheltenham High Street is within walking distance. The Park also offers a bus service into the town centre if preferred. Guide Price: ÂŁ650,000 Freehold Details: Hamptons, Cheltenham. Tel: 01242 639414 cheltenham@hamptons-int.com APRIL 2013



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Come and view Cheltenham’s most sought after address... Prices start from £309,995 for a two-bedroom apartment and £549,995 for a three-bedroom apartment. Appointments to view the show apartment are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and can be made by calling:

0844 488 0946 or visiting: www.lindenhomes.co.uk/seventynine

The wait is over for anyone seeking a luxury, elegant and contemporary home in one of the most sought after addresses in the UK. Appointments are now being taken to view Linden Homes Western’s exclusive new development of two-and threebedroom apartments – Seventy Nine, The Park, Cheltenham. Ever since work began on the nine apartments and one spacious penthouse with its own roof terrace, prospective

buyers have been keen to learn more about their sumptuous interior. Interest has been so high that four of the apartments have already been reserved. This comes as no surprise as the apartments represent the very best in contemporary innovation combined with classic design, to offer homes where every fixture, fitting and finish is of the highest quality. Throughout the development emphasis has been placed on creating a light and airy space while using beautiful detailing to make these apartments stand out from the crowd. At the heart of each apartment is a superbly fitted kitchen which includes 

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granite worktops, AEG and Electrolux integrated appliances, strip plinth lighting and soft close doors and drawers. Bathrooms and ensuites feature sparkling white sanitaryware and high quality chrome fittings, while the bedrooms benefit from built-in wardrobes. Special finishing touches throughout each home give an overall feeling of understated elegance, but no detail has been overlooked, from the provision of Sky TV+HD , to ample TV and telephone points and a colour video security entry system. All of the apartments also benefit from off-street parking, electric gates and number plate recognition, providing unobtrusive security and peace of mind.

The style and specification of Seventy Nine, The Park is matched by its

unrivalled location. Beyond its landscaped gardens and gated entrance lies the beautiful area of Montpellier, which offers a wide range of bistros, cafes, boutiques and bookshops giving it a continental atmosphere. Clive Wiltshire, Managing Director of Linden Homes, said: “The location of this development is second to none and although the building is modern its design ensures it fits perfectly with the surrounding Georgian villas.”

Cheltenham itself is one of the UK’s most architecturally stunning towns and is set on the edge of the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Just a short drive from the town centre are rolling hills and spectacular scenery – ensuing that Seventy Nine, the Park offers the perfect combination of town and country living. It also has excellent transport links with easy access to the M5 motorway while Cheltenham Spa mainline railway station provides direct access to London Paddington in less than two hours. APRIL 2013


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A welcome addition We speak with gallery owner Eleanor Wardle following the recent opening of her new business The Paragon Gallery in Montpellier, Cheltenham...

exactly the right pieces for her clients. “I wanted to bring in some international artists and so these have been sourced from Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Russia and I am also looking further afield too. We also support our British artists and some very local artists too”. Eleanor explains. “My focus is very much on the art and on all of the art being remarkable. A lot of artists have very interesting stories to tell. I have met pretty much all of our artists and my

intention was always to be proactive for the artists as well as for our customers. My aim is to help them to promote and build their work and that separates us from a lot of other galleries.” The Paragon Gallery is a beautiful addition to the area of Montpellier and Eleanor welcomes browsers. However, Eleanor is also more than happy to visit client’s homes with the art and to advise on style, lighting and colour. “Buying a piece of art is a very personal and emotive decision and so if customers see a painting but are not quite sure about how it will work in their home then I am always happy to take the piece to their homes. It’s never too much trouble.” “I sell the artwork with conviction and that is why it is so important to meet the artists. We will always have remarkable art, offering a wide diversity and will always make sure that we offer pieces to suit a variety of budgets.” CS The Paragon Gallery, 4 Rotunda Terrace, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham

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There is something incredibly inviting and comforting about spending time in an art gallery. It gives us the opportunity to stand still... something that for most doesn’t happen very often. Situated on Montpellier Street, The Paragon Gallery is home to a mix of the traditional and the avant-garde, hanging synonymously together with use of clever space. “We opened 10 days ago”, Eleanor explains, “I only moved to Cheltenham last month but love it here already. I have worked for other people in their art galleries for five years but have always wanted to manage my own. Cheltenham was top of my list and so when this space became available it was impossible to say no. It is just perfect for us and a really wonderful opportunity.” Eleanor admits that the gallery is very much her baby, but she also has help from her father and mother. “My father, Anthony, has a strong background in advertising and marketing and so he has been a huge help to me. My mother, Sue, handles the accounts for me as well as helping me to look after the gallery when I am viewing potential pieces and meeting artists. Eleanor travels the world to source

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Change your home We meet up with Clare Jennings, of JW Jennings in Tewkesbury... Q. When did rugs first come into fashion and why? Rugs have always been popular but certainly over the last 20 years with wooden floors coming back into fashion people have become more aware of them. Having been in Tewkesbury for nearly 53 years we have seen our rugs in all kinds of settings from flats to farmhouses and cottages to castles. We like to think that there is something for everyone here.

Q. How do you set about helping customers to select the right piece for their home? Firstly we need to find out what size is required and then whether there are colours in the room that need to be taken into consideration. Then we need to know where the rug is to be used and what the rug is to sit on (wooden floor or carpet) and sometimes even what the fireplace is made of will help to determine what type of rug will be most suitable. Q. What does the decision process involve for you when buying stock? I choose our stock very carefully and in fact have a reputation for being fussy but I am primarily looking at colour above anything else. A lot of handmade rugs are APRIL 2013

traditionally in reds and blues as the dyes used for these are very accessible. When I am buying rugs I am always looking for softer colours and unusual designs, things that you will not find anywhere else and of course the quality has to very good. I will choose dozens of rugs out of hundreds and then go through them again picking only the best. Q. Can you explain a little more about your lending service? You are only going to buy a rug once and we do not want people to make a mistake so it is much safer to borrow them first and see them in situ as your lighting and furnishings can make them look different when you get them home. Q. As well as rugs do you also sell other items? We specialise in handmade rugs and carpets but also sell Turkish kilim furniture, stools, cushions and bags. If I have time when I am buying the rugs I like to look for artefacts from these countries that I can sell in the shop, be that handmade ornaments or hand painted Persian pencil boxes.

Q. How do you believe a rug can change the whole look and feel of a room? If you are able to start a room from scratch it is

advisable to start with the floor, as that is the foundation of the room and then work upwards pulling out colours from the rug. A rug is going to last a life time and certainly outlast any fabrics or furniture. However, sometimes a room can be finished but just need something to pull it all together and very often a rug will do that. Q. How does light affect the placement of a rug in a room? As all rugs have a pile which leans one way they will automatically look darker from one end to the other. There is no hard and fast rule as to which way round you put it, just whichever way you prefer. Of course daylight and artificial light in the evening will also make the rug look different. Q. What are your top tips to always keep it at its best? Rugs can be vacuumed from day one but the one thing to watch is the fringes. Turn the vacuum cleaner the other way when you get to the ends as the fringe is the most vulnerable part. We do lots of repairs and restoration work but the fringe is the most common repair we carry out. CS 10 Church St Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire GL20 5PA Tel: 01684 292033 www.jenningsrugs.co.uk



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Historic HYACINTHS with Camilla Bassett-Smith This month and last we welcome one bulb that is not only rich in scent, but in history too. Mentioned as far back as between the 8th and 10th Centuries BC in the Iliad, the hyacinth was once a flower on many a mind. Believed to have been first mentioned as growing in England in 1596, the flower was so popular in the 1700s, that thousands of cultivars were bred in The Netherlands. This obsession with the flower overtook the fascination with tulips at the time, partly due to new breeding of double hyacinths. Fashionable Europeans followed Louis XV as he filled his gardens with this high

Horticulturalist of the Cotswolds, Camilla Bassett-Smith, has a wealth of green fingered experience from a gold medal at Chelsea, to working on high profile TV gardening output such as ‘Gardeners’ World’ and ‘The Flowerpot Gang’. This April we look at an old fashioned spring favourite... society perennial, and later British Victorians held shows to illustrate their prime blooms. Unusually, despite the large numbers of bulbs introduced in times gone by, today your average gardener has less than 40 cultivars available to them. One man who hasn’t let this prevent his passion however is Alan Ship from Cambridge, who holds the national collection of hyacinths with over 20,000 flowering bulbs! The word ‘hyacinth’ in ancient language refers to blue water, an appropriate nod to the blue of the true species from Asia, Hyacinthus orientalis. In Greek mythology, the flower is said to have sprung from the death bed of Hyacinth, a beautiful boy loved by the god Apollo who met his death by discus following a game of quoits. For years I have been forcing specially prepared hyacinths for my New Year windowsills, an extra treat prior to the natural spring return of our outdoor friends. A treat that volunteers and I also enjoyed sharing with residents at Cheltenham’s Charlton Lane Hospital as part of a CSV Charity Make a Difference Day event. Popular favourites such as ‘Delft Blue’,’Pink Pearl’ and ‘Carnegie’ (white) always perform well, but the mulled wine like hues of ‘Woodstock’ can’t fail to impress, indoors or out. (Blues always seem to offer the strongest scents so select these for the sweetest returns). In 2005, a black hyacinth ‘Midnight Mystic’ was launched in this country, amongst great interest at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I made a purchase in Cheltenham

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Our lambing season is now in full flow. I literally cannot wait to jump in my car every morning to take the beautiful scenic drive up into the Cotswolds, to my favourite place in the world, the Farm Park. It’s a very exciting and busy time for everyone here - and one that we all enjoy immensely. I'm currently rearing seven lambs. Four are from the same ewe. She actually gave birth to six and although all of the lambs were fine, she wouldn’t be able to produce enough milk to keep them all equally fit and healthy, so we’ve helped her out.

One of the other ‘pet lambs’ that I adore is a rare breed Jacob that I’ve named Domino, because of her black and white markings. All of these lambs need to be kept under a heated lamp, where we can monitor how much milk they are getting. They need feeding every three hours with a special lamb milk formula, which we mix up warm for them. It actually smells delicious, like really creamy vanilla ice cream. They sometimes struggle to take the bottle, especially to begin with, so I may have to sit very patiently until they get used to it - which is absolutely my favourite job. As well as the Jacob sheep, the other rare breeds that you can see being born here are: Cotswolds, Kerry Hill, Whiteface Dartmoor, Portland, Shetland and The Norfolk Horn. I had the fortunate opportunity to deliver the first rare breed lamb of 2013, which was a Norfolk Horn. As we pregnancy scan the ewes (just like a human pregnancy scan), we knew to only expect one lamb. Ewes will have enough milk to happily feed two lambs, so quite often we’ll take

the opportunity to adopt a lamb from a multiple birth. The night before a Romney ewe had given birth to triplets and needed help, so this Norfolk Horn ewe was the perfect candidate to become a foster-mum. Mike, our Livestock Manager, said we needed to act fast, as a lamb should bond almost instantly with its mother once born. The ewe does this by smelling, tasting and calling out to the lamb. I had to catch some of the ewe’s birth fluids in a bowl, then get the Romney lamb and cover both her and the Norfolk lamb in the fluid, as it’s vital that both lambs smell the same. You then gently rub both lambs together so that when the ewe turns around to bond with her new born, she will think that she had twins and lick and smell both of them, hopefully none the wiser... Thankfully the adoption went perfectly well and the three of them bonded beautifully. They were then all moved into a smaller pen to give them some space and quiet time together. I decided to name these two lambs (admittedly with help from my daughter, Lola) “Rosie and Posy”. They will both be going out on to our “Rare Breeds through history” trail at the Farm Park, where you will be able to watch and feed them over the coming months, so come and say hello. It really was a liberating and magical moment helping a ewe to deliver a beautiful lamb into the world. I will never tire of lambing season. CS

The Cotswold Farm Park is open every day from 10.30am. Lambing is on until 21st April and the chance to bottle-feed lambs continues. Milking demonstrations start on 27th April. For more information visit www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk To be up with all the latest lambing news, follow mandy on twitter @mandyfarmpark

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Phil’s fashion is all the RAGE Rugby and fashion are not usually two words that you see in the same sentence. However local rugby legend Phil Vickery has been proving that they can mix with his successful menswear label Raging Bull The brand has been growing steadily, especially within House of Fraser where it is one of the most successful ranges in the Cheltenham branch. The brand is also stocked in Debenhams in Gloucester and a number of independents. The MD of Raging Bull is Gloucester based Shannon Mercer who explains “We always try to take on board the views of our loyal customers on design and fabrics so that we continue to deliver a range that has the broadest appeal possible. Both Phil and I love this current season which we feel is our best yet.” The new Spring/Summer collection has just hit stores and is likely to continue the success story. Colour palettes feature summer shades of raspberry pink, lemon and lime all off set with classic shades of navy, marl and black. Look out for the extremely fine gauge cotton v necks – ideal to throw over a shirt on a cool evening. The shirt collection is particularly impressive with very high quality fabric and finishing and lots of detailing such as contrast cuffs and trims. Polos come in an array of stripes either fine or block with white or self coloured collars. New this season are beach shorts in vivid prints or if you want something a bit more subdued there are plenty of classic navy and stone options with subtle logos. As we know our summer weather is not always perfect for shorts and t-shirts so Raging Bull have kept their best selling quilted jacket in the range. This on-trend garment is lightweight but keeps you warm and with its smart cord collar and stylish trims is great value at £90. CS Raging Bull has launched an exclusive boyswear collection for 4-14 year olds with Marks & Spencer. Available online at M&S and in 10 stores nationally, including Bristol’s Cribbs Causeway and Bath.



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Art Couture Painswick What’s it like to enter the Art Couture Painswick competition? PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF MCPHERSON STEVENS

All sorts of people enter this unique competition: children of all ages, college students and professional artists and designers, as well as blacksmiths, florists, carpenters and yoga teachers. What they share is a passion for being creative and for thinking outside the box. ‘It’s fantastic fun’, says Frances Day, an IT professional who has entered each year. ‘What I love is the challenge of creating something totally original. There is no instruction book, no pattern, no constraint except imagination. You just have to find a way to express an idea in your head and make it come to life. Last year I imagined a huge eye that would blink as the model walked by. I created two vast images on my computer: one of an open eye and one of it shut, and printed it on massive sheets of paper that I then pleated to make the artwork. Finishing touches are important – I printed eyes all over a pair of tights and made a windmill eye for a headdress. It’s very satisfying to see people staring at the costume and asking about how it’s made.’ This year, there will be more opportunities than ever for visitors to the Art Couture Painswick Festival to interact with designers and see the costumes upclose. Models will be wearing the creations all day as they move about the village, so lots of photo opportunities. Millie Mercer, who with her brother Josh, has won her category for the last two years said, ‘It’s

great walking around and having people admire all the hard work that has gone into making something so fantastic. I loved talking to everyone about how we thought up the idea.’ Millie and Josh created their 2010 costume from the Yellow Pages, and the 2011 entry was made from over 400 crisp packets – the kind of innovation that really turns the judges on! Entries to the competition over the years have been made from sweet papers, glass, china, steel, paper and of course fabric. The more inventive entrants get with materials, the more they can catch the judges’ eyes, and recycled materials are a winning favourite. Kirsten Fletcher’s iconic Best in Show winner in 2012 was made from tents discarded at the end of a music festival, transformed into an astonishing work of art that is also very beautiful. Entering the Art Couture Painswick competition can have a big impact on people. Many young entrants have found they gained huge confidence in their abilities. Art student Abi Garbett has entered each year and is now applying for university and finds her portfolio greatly enhanced by displaying her remarkable Art Couture work, not to mention that she has also won her category twice. Students can also win work placements: Abi has worked with Savannah Miller, and another student, Mila Harris-Mussi, won a placement with Denise Innes, of The British School of Millinery. These opportunities can be lifechanging, as well as very enjoyable. Themes for 2013 are Metamorphosis, World Where You Live, and Well Suited – with this last theme the organisers hope to attract more men to enter the competition. The only requirements are a creative mind and skilful hands. So why not go and take a look at the Festival’s website and get your entry in now! CS

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The looped, knotted and twisted styles seen on the spring summer catwalks proved a great alternative to the classic pony tail. For an easy on-trend look, hair should be parted at the centre, create a low -slung pony tail and casually loop the hair back on itself. Clever twists, top knots and braids provide a chic alternative if you are searching for a new season up-do.

Wave goodbye to winter and hello to spring with carefree curls and kinks. Super sexy bed-head waves are easy to achieve. Create the curls using a wand then brush them out for a softer, fuss free, undone texture. Give your textured waves a sophisticated twist with a deep side parting, this instantly adds glamour to long hair, alternatively part your hair in the centre for a youthful, off duty finish. An ombre hair colour will work well with this trend, starting with a darker colour at the roots and lightening gradually towards the tips

THE NEW FRINGE A good fringe is never out of fashion. If you are feeling brave enough why not try a fashion forward full Sixties fringe, you will need strong features to carry off this look, and hair that sits well. Brow skimming fringes are a hairstyle of their own even when your hair is pulled back a fringe gives a dressed up feel. Grown out fringes work well worn messy and choppy, side-swept versions will update your look in an instant.

CUTE CROPS Thanks to Les Mis, short hair has never been more feminine. Pixie cuts like Anne Hathaway’s make for endless styling possibilities; keep longer layers on the top and keep the perimeter of the shape textured and slightly disconnected, to ensure the style remains soft and versatile. For something a little more fashion forward sweep your grown out crop to one side leaving plenty of volume at the roots and enhance your eyebrows for a statement look.

THE SIXTIES SWEETHEART The Sixties influenced the hair and fashion on the catwalks of spring/summer 2013. For a modern twist to the retro beehive, add plenty of volume with soft backcombing at the roots for a more teased and textured sex kitten look. Take a deep side parting and sweep your hair to the side.

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Cowley Manor is synonymous with style and attention to detail. Its spa, C-Side, makes no exception. Set deep into the landscape the spa compliments the scenery, minimalist in its approach and design, yet the service is far from minimalist. My day package included a two course lunch and a 60 minute treatment with access to all of the facilities. I had booked for lunch in the lounge of the Manor House. Breathtaking. The views were spectacular and the food was exquisite. As I began my journey down the steps towards the glass fronted spa I spotted the steaming outdoor pool, and behind it the indoor pool, as smooth as silk. I was greeted by staff and the spa’s manager, Gilly, like an old friend yet a special guest. The balance was perfect and it was clear that all guests were treated in such a manner. I couldn’t wait any longer. Now, I could have used their quality gym but this was a day of relaxation! Armed with my complimentary robe and flip-flops I headed towards the 29 degree indoor pool. Having it all to myself, it was unbelievably relaxing. After a leisurely swim, I thought I should unwind just that bit more before my treatment in the steam room and sauna – again all to myself. You feel as though you are basking in luxury. The time soon arrived for my 60 minute treatment. I opted for the signature Green & Spring Massage – a full body massage that encompasses reflexology and acupressure. Just what was needed to relieve my tensed muscles. Gilly advised me that all treatments were bespoke and should I fancy a treatment slightly different to what was on the list then one would be tailored for me. That’s the thing about this spa, everything has APRIL 2013

A luxurious trip to the C-Side Natalie Letch reviews Cowley Manor’s C-Side spa such a personal touch. C-Side even has its own bespoke range of aromatherapy products that are available from the spa.Of course it does, I wouldn’t expect anything less. My therapist guided me towards the treatment room and handed where me a menu to choose from a number of relaxing soundtracks to listen to. I chose an old favourite, ‘Goldfrapp’, but one could choose from the classical sounds of Mozart to Coldplay. A wonderful touch, I thought. As I lay waiting for my massage to start, eyes closed, my therapist told me she was to use a lavender oil for my massage to aid relaxation and relieve tension. Moments later, I was told to breathe in – I inhaled the soothing aroma of lavender – I breathed out... Pure Bliss. A mixture of reflexology and acupressure ensued and alleviated any aches and pains I had arrived with, even my hands weren’t left out. With the massage over, I just couldn’t believe an hour had passed. My therapist advised me to relax for at least half and hour and then passed me a menu of Lahloo Teas to choose from; Bliss, Revive or Unwind. I chose Bliss, a delicate combination of jasmine and baby pink rosebuds. I hadn’t been fooled, there really were baby pink rosebuds in the tea strainer, yet another beautiful touch. If you are after an understated spa that exudes quality and outstanding service then I suggest you pay C-Side a visit. I can personally guarantee that you will not be disappointed and will leave, like me, wondering ‘When can I next squeeze in a day of pure, indulgent relaxation?’ CS

WEDDING OPEN DAY Are you searching for the ideal Cotswold wedding venue? Then look no further. Join Cowley Manor on Saturday 11 May 2013 for their Open Wedding Day. Enjoy a glass of Champagne and a selection of canapés and embark on a guided tour of the house and grounds and see how the restaurant could potentially look for your wedding breakfast. You could even stay the night from £185 inclusive of breakfast for two people. If you decide to book and confirm a midweek exclusive use wedding on the day held between December 2013 and Feburary 2014 and you will be given a reduced spend of £8,000. Or if on a non-exclusive use is more your style, you will receive 50% off of room hire. Entry is free but RSVP’s are essential. Book your attendance, weddings@cowleymanor.com or 01242 870 900.



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Have your cake... AND EAT IT Your Final Fitness Formula is helping women across the county... and much further afield. Laura Milne is the owner and creator of Your Final Fitness Formula, a business which places great emphasis on nutrition and positive thinking. Laura explains how she is transforming lives... “I guide my clients through nutrition and educate them to make the right choices and changes in their lives to become healthy. I want to change the focus from losing weight to a focus on health and feeling FABULOUS. I am a keen cook; love food and write cook books and recipes that are gluten, wheat and dairy free. I like to prove that you can eat cake, curry and Chinese that is delicious and healthy. I hold monthly seminars at the fantastic Wholefoods Store in Cheltenham to provide education on nutrition and health including: hormones, stress, why diets don’t work and lots more. I am on a mission to get Gloucestershire healthy and at the same time raise funds for Sue Ryder and Winston’s Wish. You can be part of this and kick-start your health the right way with my expert guidance and support. On 22nd April a 14-day challenge for the ladies of Gloucestershire will start, it will kick-start your health and get you back into shape. There are a choice of exercise sessions that take place at 6am, 9:45am or 7pm, plus online. There will be a nutrition plan, cook book, exercise sessions and lots more. You will be

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educated on why dieting doesn’t work and why health must be the overall goal. I guarantee that the results will be fantastic – happier, healthier and empowered to achieve your health goals. I just want to help people, every day I see people struggle as they have been given the wrong advice, read the rubbish in the newspapers and their hormones are going crazy. There is a simple solution and I want to help. I know how frustrating it can be. I now want to help to make a difference to as many women’s lives as possible. It is just a £10 donation to go to Winston’s Wish and Sue Ryder, two very special local charities. I very sadly lost my best friend, Claire (pictured right), last year at Sue Ryder to bowel cancer, aged just 29. Claire’s wish was for

her family and friends to help support these two charities and I hope to raise £5k for the charities this year. The challenge is something positive and exciting to be part of. There is a lot of negativity out there in the health and state of our nation and this is something that will benefit you and your family. Give this a try and I guarantee that it will change the way you think about yourself right now and you will love what it does for you. When you join you’ll also benefit from fantastic offers from: Chelsea Brasserie, Wholefoods, Charlton Kings Royal, Riverford Organic, WakeyReiki, Indian Lounge, Primrose Vale and many more. CS To join visit www.glosladiegethealthy.co.uk or contact Laura on laura@finalfitnessformula.com Tel: 07737029523

LAURA MILNE Body & Health Coach Your Final Fitness Formula www.glosladiesgethealthy.co.uk laura@finalfitnessformula.com Twitter @finalfitformula Facebook www.facebook.com/ yourfinalfitnessformula • 2013 Finalist for Gloucestershire’s Women in Business Awards – Rising Star of The Year • Jamie Oliver Food Revolution Ambassador

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How to get around the smoking ban… Geordie Style and the four little words that put you totally in control…

I have a question: when did ‘parenting’ become a verb, and when did ‘parenting skills’ become part of our everyday language? In the 21st century, there is so much concern about doing the right thing for our kids that I think adults have become scared of being in control. What with Helicopter Parents and kids wrapped up in cotton wool, I thought Style readers might appreciate some pearls of wisdom from the North East. So I’ve done a translation of the key Geordie/Parisian parenting techniques (as interpreted from Pamela Druckerman’s French children don’t throw food), in an effort to redress the balance and instruct new parents in the art of being the boss.

Top Tips for Parenting Geordie Style – Less ‘Venez ici’, more ‘Haway pet’ – but the ethos is the same:

childminder who advised me to use these words when answering a demanding toddler :“Because I said so”. Thrillingly empowering when used on 2-year-olds, (and also quite effective on errant husbands).

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ADULT TIME When my children were young, I always got babysitters so we could go out as adults. Yes, there were tears – but mainly from me at the thought I’d not be able to drink a G&T in peace. There’s nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant listening to someone else’s offspring crying, when you’ve paid good money for your own darlings to be tucked up at home.

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CRYING It’s wearing and exhausting, but I found a very effective method was to put my toddler out on the patio whilst I stayed in the kitchen. Amazingly, their crying stopped very quickly when they weren’t the centre of my world (or maybe I just couldn’t hear them). I learned this useful nugget from my own mother, no better demonstrated than when she was minding our children many years ago whilst we were away. In the kitchen, my son was in his playpen and she was having a cigarette. My friend had popped by, and she expressed her concern that I wouldn’t like Danny to be exposed to the smoke. My mum agreed – and promptly lifted the playpen and baby onto the patio whilst she smoked inside. Classic.

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WAIT (Attendez) Believe it or not they can. Delayed gratification is a good thing for kids. If you don’t want them to grow up with Little Emperor Syndrome, make sure you don’t treat them like one. “Your Mum is talking – wait”. End of. CS

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A local husband and wife team, Chris and Becky Verinder-Baker, is celebrating growing success with their flourishing cordials business. Five Valleys Cordials, is beginning to catch the attention of big food and drink chains, despite having grown from humble beginnings in the couple’s own kitchen in their terraced house in Ebley, near Stroud

Chris and Becky met when working for Bottlegreen, the award-winning producer of cordials and sparkling presses based in South Woodchester. However, following 25 years shared experience in the soft drinks business, they decided to head out alone to develop their own original and uniquely different products. Chris is eager to point out that they do not intend to compete as rivals with the bigger company, but rather act as complementary. “Our products are a lot more niche than Bottlegreen,” he says, “And in fact we still have many close friends still working there.” After spending some time travelling the world together, Chris and Becky started out by making their own cordials on the kitchen stove, but their growing popularity has meant that production has had to grow to meet demand. Indeed, they were thrilled when, in March 2011, Waitrose started listing their cordials, which are now stocked in 250 stores across the UK, as well as in a number of other independent retailers. Five Valleys Cordials, however, still retains its very local and unique appeal, and you can find their cordials in Stroud and local retailers across Gloucestershire. Chris, 45, says, “We’re delighted that we’ve started to gain a greater presence in the food and drink industry, but we are determined to maintain our reputation as a local producer with unique flavours and Cotswolds feel.” Becky adds, “In fact it is the beautiful Cotswold countryside with its bohemian values and artisan 

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industrial roots which is the inspiration for our flavours. Our Lemon and Mint cordial took ages to get right because we wanted the mint to taste light and summery just as if you had picked it out of your garden.” The couple love the area and have returned to work here despite having travelled all over the world together. This has also been a contributing factor to some of the unusual and distinctive combinations, which they have created, Coconut and Kaffir Lime being a good example. The couple delight in “watching people’s reactions to their exciting tastes and doing a double-take when they try them. It’s one of the most exciting things about the production,” says Chris.

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The cordials all use natural ingredients and make a delightfully refreshing drink mixed with either still or sparkling water. They can also be added to cocktails, used as marinades, made into delicious ice lollies or even used as a cooking ingredient for fruit crumbles. So what does the future hold for this delightful couple? They certainly don’t intend to stand still or rest on their laurels. “People are bored of apple and blackcurrant and are looking for new and interesting drinks,” says Chris. “I’ve got lots more ideas bubbling in my head of flavours I want to develop.” I, for one, can’t wait to see what they come up with next! CS

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Get the most from your pension pot Brunsdon Financial Services CEO Brian Morman explains why sound financial advice could help secure you a better deal in retirement In the last issue, I suggested a number of alternative ways you could boost your income in retirement. For most people though, the mainstay of a comfortable lifestyle in our later years will hopefully be a decent pension. After years of investing into a scheme, you need to be sure that when it comes to enjoying the fruits of your prudence, you are getting the best deal. And for that to happen – to turn your pension into a reasonable income – you need to be pro-active, because a number of very important choices and decisions will have to be made. There are various options, but essentially you could elect to purchase an annuity, or you could go down the route of income drawdown. Each method has its pros and cons and it will be up to you to decide which suits your particular circumstances. An annuity is a regular income, guaranteed for life, which is paid in exchange for a lump sum. The amount you receive will depend on the type of annuity you choose and how long the provider expects you to live! As you might expect, falling interest rates and greater life expectancy have seriously devalued annuities in recent years. A £100,000 pension pot in the early 1990s might have generated an annual income of £18,000. Now, the same savings would return something in the order of just £6,000.* And when you are gone, so is the pension. Any surplus funds will be retained by the provider. The advantage is that the amount you receive is guaranteed for life. An alternative to purchasing an annuity is to leave your pension invested and take a proportion of the fund each year as an income. This is known as income drawdown. Clearly, here there is no guarantee for life. The income will only last as long as you have a pension APRIL 2013

pot! And the value of the fund is at the mercy of market volatility. It could reduce in value, which in turn would have a detrimental effect on your income later on. One advantage of drawdown is that any surplus left after you have gone can pass to your dependants. You can see how important it is to make the right choice at the outset. Think of it like this. The chances are that you will be receiving a pension for longer than you paid a mortgage. A new code of practice from the Association of British Insurers (ABI – www.abi.org.uk ) that came into force on 1 March this year, will require insurers to encourage people approaching retirement to look at the whole market rather than take the default option offered by their provider. In my book, that means consulting a financial adviser for help. This is borne out by the evidence. Between 40 and 50% of people who shop around via a financial adviser benefit from an enhanced product and a significantly higher annuity income.* Even though the ABI now requires your pension provider to

suggest products and rates more tailored to your circumstances, there is every likelihood that better deals can be found elsewhere. The moral of this story is simple. Don’t take this first option offered to you by your pension provider. The market is vast and the market leaders – those offering the best rates – are constantly changing. Your circumstances are unique and need to be taken fully into account. For example, even a relatively minor medical condition such as diabetes could mean you may qualify for an enhanced annuity. Or your pension pot could be too modest to make drawdown a viable proposition. A qualified financial adviser will be able to guide you through the process and recommend solutions that could positively impact on your lifestyle for the rest of your days. CS Source: www.thisismoney.co.uk 28 February 2013

with Brian Morman Brian Morman ACII ABIBA Dip FA is a Financial Adviser and CEO of Brunsdon Financial Services Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority(FSA). The FSA does not regulate tax. Tax treatment may be subject to change in the future. Tel: 01452 623 623 Email: brian.morman@brunsdon.co.uk

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With over 800,000 people suffering with dementia in the UK and numbers expected to rise to 1 million by 2021, many people often fear how decisions about their medical treatment would be made if they lost the ability to make the decisions themselves. Many are concerned that they would be forced to receive life-sustaining / prolonging treatments long after they were able to achieve a tolerable level of recovery, length of life or quality of life. The Mental Capacity Act 2005 has made Lasting Powers of Attorney (Health and Welfare) and Advance Decisions legal under statute. Both documents give you the opportunity to set out your wishes in relation to care and treatment for a time in the future when you may not be able to express your wishes. A Health and Welfare Lasting Power of Attorney allows you the opportunity to appoint one or more persons to make health and welfare decisions on your behalf, if you are mentally unable to make that decision yourself. The power can be general and cover all care and

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with Amelia Breakwell treatment decisions or specific decisions. Such decisions can include those in relation to where you live, day-to-day care, including diet and dress, consenting to or refusing medical treatments and having rights of access to your personal information, such as health and social care records. The Lasting Power of Attorney also allows you the opportunity to authorise your attorneys to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment. This is treatment that in the view of the health care professional is necessary to sustain life. An Advance Decision (sometimes known as a Living Will) is a statement which documents your general beliefs, aspirations and preferences and records specific healthcare treatments that you consent to or refuse. It sets out the circumstances when the decisions apply. The document is useful in that it can be of great assistance to health

professionals and loved ones when making decisions about what kind of treatment you would have wanted if you were able to communicate your wishes. It is important to note that if a family member or medical practitioner follows an advance decision this is not the same as assisted suicide, which is illegal. The withdrawal of treatment or nontreatment which brings about your death is lawful, if those treating you feel it would be in your best interests and it is clinically appropriate. It is important that your doctor is aware of any advance decision and it should be reviewed from time to time. Probably the most significant benefit of both these documents is that they allow you to control who makes decisions for you when you are not in a position to do so. Being older and vulnerable does not have to be the same as being powerless. CS For further information and advice, please contact Amelia Breakwell on 01242 246473 or email Amelia on amelia.breakwell@rickerbys.com



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I bought a house with my ex partner two years ago. I used all of the money I received from the sale of my last house, £200,000, and my former partner contributed £50,000. We purchased the house together for £250,000. My former partner and I recently split up, and he has moved out. We have agreed that I will buy him out of his share in the house. We had the house valued and it has stayed the same at £250,000. I therefore offered my former partner £50,000 for his share, and he has now said that he is entitled to 50 per cent of the net equity in the property. I went to a lawyer and was told that my former partner is technically correct, because when we bought the property the conveyancing solicitor who acted for us made it so that it looks like we own the property jointly, which was never intended. Is there anything I can do?

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It sounds as though you may have a potential professional negligence claim against your conveyancing solicitor, though I would need to see the complete file of papers held by your conveyancing solicitor in respect of the purchase to accurately assess your position. In general, it is the case that when two or more people purchase a property together and each makes an unequal financial contribution, it is imperative that the conveyancing solicitor on the purchase identifies the intentions of each of the prospective owners, in terms of how the unequal shares being contributed toward the purchase of the property should be handled with regards to ownership of the property itself. If, for example, you made your £200,000 contribution and your former partner contributed £50,000, but you wanted your partner to own one-half of the net value of the property, this would mean that your

respective contributions would be pooled and shared equally. Your conveyancing solicitor should explain to you the implications of your wish to do this so that you understand your options before making a final decision. If, however you intended that your respective contributions should be reflected in the ownership of the equity in your property, this should be expressly indicated on the purchase, using a document called a Deed of Declaration of Trust, which can confirm, for instance that you contributed 80 per cent of the purchase price and your partner, 20 per cent and thus you should be entitled to 80 per cent of the equity in the property. If no indication is given at the time of purchase of the property, the default position would be that you and your former partner share the equity equally. It may be that your conveyancing solicitor was negligent in failing to advise you appropriately, or at all, in relation to your increased contribution to the purchase of the property. This being the case, if it was your intention that you should have owned the equity in your property in anything other than equal shares with your former partner, and on the basis that you have to pay your former partner more than his original contribution of £50,000 (or an equivalent figure based on his 20 per cent contribution on purchase) to buy him out in respect of the jointly owned property, you may be able to recover the amount you pay over and above the original £50,000 from the conveyancing solicitors.

I would suggest that you make an early appointment with a professional negligence solicitor, in order to explore this further. I am happy to offer you a free one hour consultation on this issue.

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doing a degree”. Linsey ended up completing not only her degree, but also a Masters, when she was eight and a half months pregnant. On completion her predecessor planned to retire within two years, Linsey was offered the role of CEO and she accepted. Now officially CEO, Linsey has rebranded the business, relocated premises and dramatically turned the charity around for the better. “The biggest challenge so far was the physical move and going through so many changes. As soon as I took over, we moved buildings, rebranded, made internal structural changes. Now we are here and even people that had been very skeptical about the rebrand now think it’s better”. Linsey is confident yet humble and even became a mentor for one of her female apprentices, “She came up to me and said, ‘I know it’s early days but towards the end of year one, can I spend time with you?’ I said ‘Yes, but why?’ she simply said “I am intrigued as to how you have got to where you have got to and I am very keen and ambitious and want to learn from you”. Now that is what we call a female role model! CS

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business When a friend asked me about my favourite places to visit, I realised that most of my favourite destinations were high streets. As a former retailer, I’m a great shopper and I love walking down the high street, seeing crowds of people on a busy Saturday afternoon packing into the shops to look at the latest trends or maybe even grab a cup of coffee. It gives you a sense of community and place that you just can’t get anywhere else. From boutique stores to the big names, for me the high street experience is about more than just shopping. It is about each store and the high street itself having a sense of theatre, and the overarching experience that will entice customers into the town centre. Despite all the talk in the press the high street is still very much alive but it has to adapt to changes in the economy and the retail landscape. Retail centres also have to make themselves stand out and play to their strengths. This is something that we always did well when I was COO of Supergroup, the makers of Superdry. We realised that shopping had to have that sense of theatre and that’s why every store is innovatively fitted out to make the visit more appealing. The website is more than just an online payment system, but an e-tail journey that you want to repeat and return to, which these days has to be part of the whole retail offering.

The high street is still very much alive and kicking Diane Savory, Chair of Gloucestershire LEP, hits the high street this month.... This is something that I was keen to look at as chair of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership so I was delighted when last year – thanks to the hard work of local businesses and the LEP team; we were named as the national retail Pathfinder by central Government. In essence this means that we lead on retail for the UK, trialling a number of retailbased projects. And we have just launched something that I have been really excited about – a ground-breaking new report and toolkit that empowers communities, retailers and local planners to breathe new life into their high streets and town centres. It’s our first major project as the retail Pathfinder and critically it will give people the tools to unleash the retail

potential of their town or city centre. It advocates a fresh approach to saving the high street by getting communities to work hand in hand with local authorities, town teams, retailers, town centre managers and LEPs to position their destination as one of four ‘personality’ types; global celebrities, sustainable destinations, specialists and communityfocused entrepreneurs. I’m sure everyone would want their high street to be a global celebrity but people and places have to play to their strengths. We don’t want every high street to be the same – it is their personality and individuality that make them unique and desirable places to visit. Although it may seem like this is another tick-box quiz, like you get in numerous magazines, this is about giving retail centres the tools they need to establish themselves and retailers need to galvanize their high street teams to see how they can move with the times. Famous car manufacturer Henry Ford once said “If I’d asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses”. His point: that it is no use trying to reinvent the past, we have to revolutionise the future. Consumer needs are changing and our high streets need to change with them. The tools that this new report provides will ensure that the town centre experience remains part of our daily lives and a desirable destination to boot. In a world of online interaction and social networking, the fantastic inperson experience that our high streets can offer should be treasured. CS Diane Savory is chair of Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership

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Clear skies ahead… Eric Barton meets up with Isle of Man aviation supremo David Buck from Citywing The Isle of Man aviation scene has come a long way since the first flight in 1911 by Claude Graham – White. The whiz of jet engines and the throbbing of jet props have replaced the stretched yawn of canvass and the groaning, turbulent creaks of wood. The 1st of January 2013 tannoyed the dawn of a new era for a small, but perfectly formed aviation service. Citywing provides inexpensive flights from the Isle of Man to Gloucestershire, Blackpool, Belfast, Newcastle and Anglesey. Led by Managing Director, David Buck and colleagues Phil Cowin, Judith Musgrave and Andy Mathieson, they make a formidable management team. It’s a team that have vision, belief and a commitment to providing the best service they can. David Buck said, ‘the opportunity arose to purchase the business which was then called Manx2.com. It seemed like good, sound business sense to go through with a Management Buy Out’. David Buck goes on to further comment,’ There’s no other business like it on the Island and as the financial model stacked up it seemed prudent to go ahead and prepare the path to the actual buy out’. Perhaps there’s’ an oversimplification here? Not a

bit of it. David Buck further comments,’ it took about six months of preparatory work behind the scenes to ensure that we had a smooth transition from Manx2.com to Citywing. It was particularly interesting over the Christmas period in 2012 as many of our support agencies either shut up shop or slowed down their operations. We of course had a business to change over. Quite challenging really’. It seems to me that the aviation industry on the Isle of Man is in a period of change. They have a new Executive Jet Centre being built at the Ronaldsway Airport complex and there is quiet optimism in the air . David further says, ‘all the aviation businesses on the island are in a sense fishing in the same pool, so we do want to look off island for more routes and increased traffic’. He further says,’ the Isle of Man is a natural hub for Citywing and of course as a management team we are all very settled here on the island’. In fact David Buck has been resident since 2000 and with a wife and two children he is well entrenched in Isle of Man life. David Buck comments,’ we have ten excellent staff and hope to grow this number in the future. The economy in the UK and here on the Island will be crucial in sustaining that growth. We do

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have hurdles to face in the guise of an increased UK tax which will come into force on the 1st April’. I mildly hint at what that might be and David Buck fixes me with a no - nonsense stare. ‘It’s another passenger tax hike’. He says. In fact I’m told this will be £13.00 per passenger per round trip to the Isle of Man for flights originating in the UK. Thanks UK Government. How on earth are businesses to flourish if these kinds of taxes continue to be levied? The next three years will I’m guessing, be crucial for Citywing as they will undoubtedly want to expand the operation. David Buck says’. If the economy improves then we will grow with more routes and increased frequency, together with an extra hub off the island. However we have consolidated the business to ensure it’s stable and secure before we take any further steps’. Citywing currently carries around 80,000 passengers every year. Everybody has good and bad days. However it seems this enigmatic Managing Director has something unique – the ability to control his emotions to the point that there’s always continuity. He simply says,’ my best day was when we broke our sales record in February and I don’t do bad days. I’m fairly unflappable’. So it looks like a smooth ride ahead for David Buck and the Management Team at Citywing… it looks like the only way is up! CS For more information and to book www.citywing.com

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Shining brightly The team, from the college’s Star Bistro, was seen by millions of viewers on ITV’s Food Fabulous Food. Rachel Janes, 20, Tristan Blick, 19, and Georgina Ivins, 18, and former student Joe Cook will do their best to win through to the finals later this month. They will be on ITV in the semi-finals on April 10th. The winner of the series, which is hosted by Loyd Grossman and Carol Vorderman, will collect £20,000 and have their dish produced and sold by Marks & Spencer. The Star Bistro team’s Star Pimm’s summer jelly won the favour of the judges which include Anne Harrison, Tom Parker Bowles and Stacie Stewart. Star Bistro is based at the college’s campus in Ullenwood, near Cheltenham, and open to the public. It has recently launched a new afternoon tea complete with homemade cakes and scones and sandwiches. The bistro provides vital life skills and life experience for the students. For Rachel Janes the experience in the bistro – and taking part in Food Glorious Food – has helped her become more confident and improved her communication skills. In her third year at National Star College, Rachel works in front of house serving customers and in the kitchen. Rachel, who has cerebral palsy, has just started using an iPad to communicate. For her it is an exciting opportunity to voice her thoughts and make herself understood. The National Star Foundation, the charity that supports the college, helps fund such vital communication equipment, such as Rachel’s iPad. All money raised by the Foundation is used to help young people with disabilities realise their potential, whether it is learning to driver a powered APRIL 2013

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Foundation. The sky’s the limit for ideas to raise money – from baking star-shaped cakes and selling them to friends, colleagues and family to sitting in a tub full of Star Pimm’s summer jelly. On June 29, the foundation will hold its summer fete at the college campus in Ullenwood. Enjoy children’s activities, falconry, entertainment and a wide variety of stalls. Parking is free and entrance is £2.50 (children £1). You can also support students like Rachel by donating £5 by text. Simply text STAR30 £5 to 70070. Or visit www.natstar.ac.uk/drupal/donate. CS To find out more about any of the mentioned activities please contact fundraisingteam@natstar.ac.uk or phone 01242 524478.

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The s are from Cow award-winning with salted cara apple tart ley’s C-Side Spa whi mel ice-cream was also a win ch featured on Independent’s to be missed. ner and not The top 10 spas in B ri ta in. Whilst sipping A good dining on a glass of pr experience does osecco, we stud n’t stop with be menu, with the plates of food and fine wine; ied the autiful restaurant man th ager, Madara, e se answer any qu pa rvice is also ramount. The on hand to estions and mak se rv ic e delivered at Cow e recommenda menu is made spot on, some ley Manor is tions. The up of two part of the best I ha s; the chef ’s ve encountere recommendatio dining experien d in my ce. From the m ns on one side , accompanied oment you wal suggestions to are welcomed by k in and on reception; af wine suit each course ter speaking to , and a selectio starters and m kn ow le dg ea bl n th e barman abou of e ains on the othe t his delicious r with the oppo mix and match when chatting cocktails; rtunity to to Madara and between the tw her team of at o. Starters rang for a chicken liv waiters in the re tentive e from £8 er parfait with staurant who sh port jelly, spiced ow excellent at and toasted br de ta il; ri gh t up tention to cherries ioche, to £11.5 to when you le 0 for baked dive ave – the servic scallops in thei consistent thro e is r-caught r shell with crea ughout. med leeks. The courses range Cowley Manor main from £15 for lo is appealing all cal Cerney goat year round, th and cep pithiv ha vi ng previously s cheese ough ier, to £25 for lunched on the their renowned beef. The men su te rr m ac m e er on ’s af a fi te lle gl rnoon overlook u offers a good orious t of ing the pictures selection of di with seasonal in surroundings, shes made que its gardens and gredients, which lakes are to be are sourced lo where possible and explored. admired cally . All-day bar an d afternoon te available, which Once seated in a m enus are can either be en the restaurant, joyed on the te we were presen a selection of on the comfort rr delicious breads ted with able selection ace or of garden furn and canapés to as we sipped on located on the iture nibble on lawns, under th a glass of Mâc e big oak trees on-Villages Cha Our starters of lakes. 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Going Wild Michaela Strachan goes really wild at Cheltenham Town Hall 5th April: 2pm Interview by Andrew Marshall Children, have you been wondering how to keep the adults entertained: well look no further than ‘Michaela Strachan's really Wild Adventures’ at the Cheltenham Town Hall, as she takes you on an enjoyable romp through the alphabet jungle. Now living in South Africa, but appearing regularly on our TV screens, Michaela is a delightful bundle of excitement, happiness and joy that transfers itself with consummate ease to her performance in her current touring show. “I always knew what I wanted to do, but flat feet meant that my ballet career was short lived. Fortunately, I was appearing in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in the West End between the ages of 16 and 19 when the call came to audition to be a presenter for a new Saturday morning children’s show. “I thought it would be a bit of auditioning experience. But blow me; within a week there I was there on the

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Wide Awake Club with my fellow presenter Timmy Mallet! For four months I was doing WAC a matinée and evening performance of Seven Brides. It was fun, but hard work. Timmy and I were like two big children in a big playpen with the same sense of humour. That humour hasn’t changed.” Look out for the polar bear skit. Next came along the Really Wild Show. “They were after someone who had an interest in animals, but more importantly who could present to children. I fitted the bill, so then followed 15 brilliant years on the show. It really was ‘the dream job’, which led to many other opportunities, including lots of appearances in panto. “School was fun. I had a few nicknames: Micky, Twigs, and Twiglet mainly as a result of my chicken legs. One day my mother suggested that I change the name on the back of my chair from ‘Micky’ if I wanted to be taken seriously. Can you think of a newsreader with that sort of name on the back of their chair? So Micky became Michaela. “I became a vegetarian at about 18. I thought that if I was unable to kill an animal then I should not expect to eat it. I also believe with the growing population that agricultural farming is a more efficient use of land than raising cattle. “Oh, my son is a real carnivore, so I don’t force my views on him or my step children. They eat what they like. On occasions the smell of the cooking almost tempts me to turn back. “I can’t really comment on the current wildlife programs as we all grow up with our own favourites, though I thoroughly enjoy ‘Deadly 60’ with Steve Backshall. I haven’t seen the Africa series, but I’ve just ordered the box set. “Relaxing for me is going for a long

walk with my friends, exercising, doing Pilates or cycling. I would rather do this than catch up over a coffee or lunch. It is the same with holidays. I like variety with my holidays; I can’t sit on a beach for more than a day. I like to explore and go on road trips, especially in South Africa. Here you can stay in simple campsites.... “At the moment my son is too young for long walks. Oooo last year we went on a P & O cruise, which was brilliant as I was doing talks on board, but the whole family were together. Oh, and the cinema: have you seen Les Miserable? It’s brilliant.... Without giving too much away, the show will have you smiling from the beginning, full of interesting animal facts told through a mixture of stories, puppetry, poetry, songs and thanks to some wonderful audience interaction will often have you roaring with laughter. CS 

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Why do the press want to ruin all top sports stars? Shane Duff looks at our attitudes towards winners in this country...

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I find in this country we love the underdog but not a winner. We have all these fans of sport really rooting for the ‘David’ in the battle versus ‘Goliath’. But when they become Goliath, it seems all they want is for them to fail so they can slam them. Michael Owen, the young wonder kid of football who went on to win some of the world’s best awards a player can get, then got slated for years in the press about being injured for long periods. Now he has announced his retirement all the good stories are reappearing again. Why only now? David Beckham was a top player and poster boy who then became victim of death threats through the media after a second of madness in a World Cup football match. The nation tried to ruin him. Andy Murray cheered on patriotically by the public when he initially came on the scene, but when he became a contender in the world top rankings and lost some major matches, he gets branded a choker and a failure. These things really get my goat. The Andy Murray scenario especially! The bloke has forced his way up into the top 4 world rankings in the company of arguably the best players to have ever played the game, but he dare not lose to one of them. If he does he is castigated and made cannon fodder for journalists... He is no longer British, he is Scottish. I ask myself this - He has made it to the very top of the game against millions and millions of wannabe’s playing the game as a kid. He has worked wonders to even be recognised in the sport. Yes, he lost to a top player, but why we can’t say ‘hard luck’ carry on supporting him as oppose to abusing him is beyond me.

In sport I find that negative people always shout louder. Prior to the Olympics all we read about was how much of shambles the event was going to be with the G4S security scandal. All the newspapers were filled with venomous words. The public panicked about our reputation to the world. In reality the games were a fantastic success and the nation put on a superb spectacle for the world to see. It is only then when you realise that it’s the minority group that berating the top stars and organisers, and the quiet majority are not heard. I’m sure the current golden stars of the Olympics such as Jessica Ennis and Bradley Wiggins are already on a hit list for the press, desperate for them to put one foot out of line so they can gain a story. I really would love the nation to cheer a young prospect/team all the way to the top of their game and support them in these big events even if they lose out at the final hurdle. I doubt this will ever happen but one can dream. CS 

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Make a difference to your running routine Have you entered a running event this year? Are you doing Race for Life, a half marathon or a full marathon? Amazing! Well done you. The next question is can you run? How is your training going? Here are a few tips that will help you to hit your running goals this year and get you fitter and loving running! GO UPHILL... I know it is hard, but it is definitely worth it. Whether you are an experienced runner or a new runner it helps to build leg strength and stamina. Try running up a hill with a reasonable incline for 10 seconds and walk back down as recovery. Repeat this 5-10 times, depending on your level of fitness, and then have a rest for two minutes. Then repeat the whole sequence two or three times. SPEED UP... Yes, speedwork can be tough, but also fun and will stop you getting bored during training. Try warming up by jogging for 10 minutes, then stride fast for 30 seconds followed by a recovery of 90 APRIL 2013

seconds, then repeat but this time reduce your recovery time by 15 seconds. Keep reducing your recovery time until there is a 15 second recovery time after each 30 second fast stride interval. Repeat this three times and cool down with a 10 minute jog.

RESISTANCE TRAINING... Just because you are training to run a race doesn’t mean you should only run. You need to make sure your legs and core are strong to avoid stresses and strains. A conditioned body will really pay dividends when running. Squats, lunges, deadlifts and core work can help strengthen the muscles around the vital joints for running. (Hips knees, ankles etc) You will also have better balance which will ensure you are stronger when you run.

STRETCH... Stretching after running is really important to help with flexibility and recovery. It will also bring your muscles back to their resting length; which shorten during workouts. CS

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Chukkas away! Sarah Boustead looks back on nearly 50 years of her experience of Polo Clubs around the world Amongst my earliest childhood memories is that of being taken by my mother to Smith’s Lawn in Windsor Great Park aged around two and a half and being sat on a rug on the edge of the ground close to the game of Polo. The scene was very different in those days (circa 1965). There were comparatively few Clubs in the UK compared with today’s over 70 now evergrowing in numbers. The atmosphere at Guard’s Polo Club, then called the Household Brigade Polo Club, was informal and relaxed. We would go along on Chukka afternoons with a picnic tea and more often than not park alongside Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, struggling into his boots, to be joined shortly by Her Majesty the Queen driving herself and her Corgis in her Rover. The Lavender Farm teams had primarily been set up to encourage

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Forbes–Cockell’s eldest son Ian, then a young lad into the game at Eton. Polo is an addictive sport and years later when Ian came out of the Lifeguards he immediately returned to Polo in a professional capacity. We moved to Wiltshire to Milston and I joined the pony club, but we had to content ourselves with all its equine activities, except Polo. It is an enormous organisation with a total of 316 members playing Pony Club polo, making up teams in 2011. I organised the Mid Devon’s First team. In 1983 I set off for New York and what unintentionally turned out to be ten years of travelling around the world following the polo, funding it by nannying for polo families and helping with the exercising. We would ride one and lead two on either side; it was great fun. I moved up to Santa Barbara, where the Polo and Racquets Club was established in 1911 and is the oldest Club still running today. I spent six weeks in Hawaii, where the Polo Club is strikingly dramatic

with volcanic mountains on one side, dropping away to Jungle on the other. Much later I had a nannying job with Tom Sellick’s Agent in Hollywood. I visited the Windsor Club near Sydney – a mere field with a wooden hut, the only shade from the sun and a stark contrast to our own Smith’s lawn at Windsor – and then Shoal Haven Lauren, a club almost on the beach, a most marvellous place. After the return from my travels I settled down, to start working in London from where I escaped as often as possible to watch Polo at Ham, the newly formed Royal Berkshire Polo Club, and others around the country. After breaking my ankle, I decided I needed fresh air and open spaces and moved to Gloucestershire where I immediately became a non-playing member of the Cirencester Park Polo Club. Lytchett Heath Club is wonderful as you can see the sea from the Polo Grounds and a wonderful warm atmosphere as well. Do contact my sister in Dorset if that would suit you or I can put you in touch with someone in your area. We would love to see you either to watch or come and learn or give it a try. CS E-mail:sarahccboustead@gmail.com



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“It never loses its power to evoke old memories” Cheltenham Radio is powered by Timeform Radio. During Festival week an estimated 200,000 people worldwide, tuned in to hear the commentaries and in depth analysis from the team. I put a few questions to Cheltenham resident and Timeform Radio Pundit, Rory Delargy PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF SAMIR HUSSEIN WWW.SAMIRHUSSEIN.COM

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Timeform Radio? I met a few of the Betfair team when taking my brother-in-law’s dad to Betfair Chase day in 2008. I was lucky enough to be in a syndicate which landed the Scoop6 that day, and the celebrations eventually led to an introduction to Kieran Packman, who is in charge at Timeform Radio. That got my foot in the door, and after doing a guest pundit spot in December that year, I’ve been keeping it ajar ever since. us through what a typical Q Talk day at the Festival is like for you?

We’re on air as the gates open, which means getting to the track at around 9am. There is no chance to do any research once racing starts, so the first hour is taken up by foraging for all the lastminute information on non-runners, market movers and going changes. We tend to be well aware of the form of the major races, but the handicaps in particular can be very volatile and checking through the claims of any “steamers” is important at this stage. From then, we’re in the paddock, and while my input is sporadic as Chris Barnet and Lorna Fowler conduct key interviews, I need to be on hand to add my opinion where needed. The job proper begins 20 minutes before the APRIL 2013

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opening race, where I’ll be asked to analyse the runners on form and appearance as well as providing ad-hoc analysis of how the races have panned out. This is a frenetic time, but really flies by when the action is of such high quality, and charged with the raw emotion that only the Festival brings.

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enthralling jumps races in the calendar, but the focus on Prestbury Park in March is easy to understand. Its attraction is magnetic, and its atmosphere is unmatched. The appeal of the nightlife may have waned for me, but the racing never will.

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The 1986 Gold Cup. I first saw Dawn Run when she gave Champion Hurdler Gaye Brief a fright at Aintree in 1983, just 24 hours after winning a 2¾m handicap hurdle at the track. I was in love! She proved one of the greats, and is still the only horse to win both the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle. Her lastgasp win over Wayward Lad, accompanied by that famous commentary (“the mare’s beginning to get up!”) by Sir Peter O’Sullevan, make it the most evocative race in Festival history. CS Cathryn Fry Twitter @cathrynfry



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All change! No, it’s not a bus or a train. It’s the digital display landscape which is going under the LED knife. The future is actually bright; it’s not orange or some other mobile phone nonsense. The way that we gather our sales information and product messages is about to undergo a sea change that will affect the high street, large static displays and stadia. And do you know what? The small trader on the high street will be able to get a whiff of this LED revolution at a fraction of the normal cost. Elonex as a company has been at the forefront of technology since 1986 and hold over two hundred worldwide patents on a myriad of high technology products and now they seem to be leading the pack as far as innovation is concerned. Nick Smith, CEO, Elonex said,’ progression is the lifeblood of Elonex. Innovation flows through our organisation. We have an intimate understanding of the needs of today's digital home, workplace and social life and are continually evolving to create breakthrough products to meet these needs. Our mission is to deliver inspirational products, to the highest possible quality, at a price that is affordable and attainable’. But its not just the technical innovation that’s creating a bright shiny blip on the digital radar, it’s the business model and the way that Elonex are facilitating a presence on their products that will ensure that the local fish and chip shop can get their brand out there too. Elonex currently have around 8000 digital screens in the UK – everything from seven inch LED units at small retail outlets, to huge stadium displays at a plethora of sporting venues throughout the UK. In fact local rugby clubs, Worcester Warriors and Gloucester Rugby are benefiting from the Elonex touch right now by way of stadium screens and advertising displays. During the industrial revolution Walsall may have missed out on the revelation that was the train, but they’ve more than made up for it during the digital APRIL 2013

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revolution. An Elonex – led deal with Walsall FC will see the largest LED display in Europe. The site adjacent to the M6 will be massive. At 65m x 8m it’s on such a scale that you’ll probably be able to see it from space with a ‘two-bob telescope’. Nick Smith, CEO, Elonex further commented, ’as a Midlands-based company that operates on an International scale, we will bring a great deal of experience and expertise to this project’, he added. ‘This is a superb advertising location, at the hub of the UK’S motorway network, and along with Walsall FC we are going to provide an opportunity for Walsall, Birmingham and the West Midlands to promote itself to a national and international audience’. And there’s more afoot for Elonex at Manchester Piccadilly Gateway in the shape of a stunning LED skyscraper tower. It’ll be another massive, awe – inspiring site that will have jaws dropping and eyes bulging. There’s a ‘Robin Hood’ mentally that

abounds at Elonex, in that they want to ensure that that the small local trader can also afford to get their foot on the LED ladder. Nick Smith finally said,’ it’s our aim to make digital LED display advertising available to everyone. Not every business can afford £16K every fortnight, so we have produced a unique business model that allows the small trader to be right up there with some of the major UK and global brands at a price that’s in the hundreds of pounds rather than in the thousands’. The future for Elonex is both bright and ever – evolving. Comforting to know that a company that invented the ‘power saver’ technology that’s in every computer is putting something back and lighting up the way we absorb our information and products. So, sun specs at the ready and no need for green tights. CS For more information www.elonex.com



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It’s a dog’s life Have you got a dog? And do you let it on the bed? Some people don’t even allow their dogs upstairs… but 30% of owners have invited their pet INTO their bed at night. To a lot of normal people… it’s gross, but I admit I am one of the 30%....

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That, however, was before I got my husband – he says no to animals in the boudoir. Well… he says no… but try training a cat to stay downstairs / out of a room / off the bed. The dogs get the message a little better but Toby the terrier still tries to push the boundaries. He goes into stealth mode and walks ever so slowly up the stairs, so as not to be heard and then keeps his eyes tight shut while creeping into the bedroom, so as not to be seen (!?). Sadly for Toby, he can’t jump on the bed without considerable effort so his plans are usually foiled at this point. A stern word and he turns to leave but will only go as far as the door… then he waits a minute or two before coming round for a second attempt. He has occasionally managed it if we’ve fallen asleep and left the door open – I then wake up nose to nose with a stinky, hairy, snoring thing (not husband) and a pile of grit on the duvet. Lovely. The Labrador, Jesse is less forward, but still a chancer. The implications of letting her up are bigger though – she takes up roughly half the bed. Her method is to wait until husband is asleep (she somehow knows I am more likely to give in) and then sidles upstairs to begin the ‘wagging ceremony’. This usually involves some sort of offering; a shoe, screwed up piece of paper, bit of firewood… that she has clasped between the very edge of her teeth so that I can see it nice and clearly. She breathes in and out noisily, curls her ears back and down and wags her entire self – tail, body and head all going madly from side to side. How can I say no to that??

Then there are the cats. If they are shut out of the bedroom at night, they simply knock on the door until they are let in. They sleep under the bed and on the window ledge and – if I am in bed – on me. ‘On the bed’ is not sufficient, they need to be ‘on the body’. This then enables them to purr up my nose and tap my face with their paw when it is time to WAKE UP NOW PLEASE AND LET ME OUT. Not wanting to bundle all my dependants into one category but, the children are still at the age where they might want to get in with us. A nightmare, a lie in or just trouble getting to sleep – all possible reasons we may have one or more of the offspring requesting a space. Last weekend was one of those days. It was also the day everything fell into place for Toby’s covert operation - and similarly, Jesse’s wagging ceremony had particular effect. I woke up early on Sunday morning to find FOUR people and FOUR animals in one bed. I’m yet to properly investigate the potential hygiene repercussions of this, but there is something oddly secure about having one’s entire family in such close and cosy proximity. You’ll be relieved to hear though… (so far) I draw the line at including the horses. CS APRIL 2013


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