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Pearce Avenue, Lilliput, Poole. Guide price £5,995,000 Standing majestically on the waters edge with stunning panoramic harbour views, Vantage is the ultimate in luxurious waterside living. Set in a highly in a highly prestigious and desirable location. Approximately 5700sq.ft. EPC:C

Lilliput Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole. Guide price £2,050,000 Stunning central 3/4 bedroom penthouse in the exclusive and well renowned Forsyte Shades development. Unrivalled panoramic views which can be enjoyed from a wealth of private terracing. Approximately 3800sq.ft. EPC:C

Crichel Mount Road, Evening Hill, Poole. Guide price £1,845,000 Stylish and contemporary family home with superb and impressive living space and well proportioned bedrooms. Located off of the picturesque Evening Hill in a quiet cul-de-sac. Approximately 4000sq. ft. EPC:C

Chaddesley Glen, Canford Cliffs, Poole. Guide price £1,299,950 Magnificent first floor apartment in an exclusive gated cliff top development. Stunning sea views from all principle rooms and bedrooms which can also be enjoyed from the two impressive paved sun terraces. Approximately 1760sq. ft. EPC:C

Blake Hill Avenue, Lower Parkstone, Poole. OIEO £835,000 Charming and deceptively spacious 4 bedroom family home located in a popular tucked away residential location. Recently modernised and cleverly extended, providing a choice of reception rooms. Approximately 2010sq.ft. EPC:D

Lilliput Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole. Guide price £39 7,000 Modern purpose built gated development set in well establish grounds adjoining Parkstone Golf Course. 2 bedroom 1st floor apartment with an open plan kitchen/living area & 2 private balconies. Underground parking. Approximately. 810sq. ft. EPC:B

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NEWS The latest local news

18 RETAIL THERAPY 32 SOMERS HOUSE DESIGNS Somers House Style

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TALKING BUSINESS 19 LAMCO 58 HEARNES ESTATE AGENTS 128 A-ONE INSURANCE GROUP 152 DENISONS 171 BLAKES RESIDENTIAL SALES & LETTINGS 260 HOTEL TERRAVINA

PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT 68 AJ DEVELOPMENTS 95 BUILDWELL 117 DAVID JAMES ARCHITECTS

ASK THE EXPERT 98 THE MORTGAGE DOCTOR 109 CHERRY MORTGAGE 130 MAIDMANS MOVING & STORAGE 186 DIARY OF A LETTING AGENT

LOCAL PROPERTIES 106 ON THE MARKET 124 TOP PROPERTIES

BUSINESS PROFILE 72 MK ESTATES

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230 HOUSE HUNTER

96 POWIS REAL ESTATE AGENTS

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

200 QP FURNITURE

120 BROADVIEW SHADING

266 DR.LINDA EVE

210 OH, CHRISTMAS TREE!

268 CLINIC VISJEUNE

226 WALL TO WALL ADVICE


INTERVIEW 188 KATE WINSLET Winslet’s Ways

228 DAME MAGGIE SMITH Ahead of the Dame

OUTDOOR LIVING

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232 GARDEN

Find out what has been happening at SK Property Group.

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236 CRANBERRIES FOR CHRISTMAS

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238 MOTORING NEWS What’s new

242 KARTECHNIC 244 SILVER WHEELS

TRAVEL 246 MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU IN ICELAND

HEALTH & BEAUTY 258 CHIC 269 FITTER THAN FIT

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The latest news storys in your area.

GIVE THE GIFT OF BAKING THIS CHRISTMAS WHILE RAISING FUNDS Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, has the perfect Christmas gift for budding Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood enthusiasts. The charity’s Scrumptious Home Baking hardback recipe book features mouth-watering recipes and would make the perfect gift or stocking filler at Christmas. It features family favourites which are sure to tantalise the taste buds and bring out the baker in all. All proceeds from the sale of the book will help to support Diverse Abilities, as they are hoping to sell hundreds of books and raise funds for the charity. These proceeds will provide further assistance to those it supports, ensuring that they have the best Christmas that they deserve. The recipe book can be purchased at a special price of £5.50 online at www.diverseabilities.org. uk/getinvovled or directly from Diverse Abilities by calling 01202 718266. For further information regarding Diverse Abilities please visit www. diverseabilities.org.uk

SCISSORS BOURNEMOUTH CREATING TAILOR MADE LOOKS JUST FOR YOU The SCISSORS salon on Bourne Avenue in Bournemouth is a bright, modern and spacious environment for you to enjoy your salon experience. The salon is part of the Award Winning Scissors Group that have eight salons in the South West and is sister company to the Midlands based Francesco Group. The experience at the SCISSORS salon in Bournemouth is all about letting the expert team create a gorgeous tailor made style whilst you sit back and relax. The salon offers a spa like haven, complete with in-depth consultations, complimentary seasonal refreshments, indulgent head massages, personalized product recommendations and specialist tips on styling your hair at home at every appointment. The experience is truly about you, you’ll leave the salon not only looking great but feeling great too. Senior Stylist, Rufus is one of the salons rapidly rising stars. Rufus has had a fantastic 2015, establishing his creative ability in the hairdressing industry, gaining a much-coveted place on the Wella Professional’s Generation NOW Team. The team of eight takes the lead in launching, developing and exploring the trends of upcoming seasons.

Dorset’s only independent chartered insurance broker Alan & Thomas recently welcomed their new intake of apprentices and graduates by holding a special induction day for them at the home of AFC Bournemouth.

Rufus has also had the fantastic opportunity to work on this years Britain’s Next Top Model where he is working alongside some of the industries best talents to create some of the awesome looks seen on the show.

As well as an introduction to Alan & Thomas and insurance broking by directors Susan Reeves and Rob Gale, the four apprentices and one university graduate were treated to a tour of the football stadium and facilities by AFCB Commercial Director Rob Mitchell.

Although Rufus enjoys being out and about in the industry his true passion is working in salon, where he specialises in precision cutting and providing his clients with beautiful and bespoke haircuts that suit their face shape, personality and lifestyle.

The new recruits were also given an insight into the insurance risks of a football club as Alan & Thomas are the official commercial insurance supplier of AFC Bournemouth, having organised their insurance programme for the past fifteen years.

Rufus has appointments available Tuesday to Saturday and alternate Mondays. If you would like to book an appointment with him simply contact the SCISSORS salon in Bournemouth on 01202 290888 and mention this article when booking.

The five new starters will join A&T’s eighty strong workforce across offices in Poole, Gillingham, Dorchester and Basingstoke.

LOOK HOW QUICKLY THESE FLATS WILL GO… Fahren Estate Agents are proud to announce that they have secured 10 town centre apartments for one of their clients, with a view of offering them to rent on their behalf in early January 2016. Being a mixture of unfurnished one bedroom and studio flats, the team at Fahrens are excited about finding reliable, professional tenants and securing a high rental income for their client.

don’t wait til next summer to think about selling or letting. Fahren can do it all year round! Call one of the Fahren team to get the ball rolling for 2016. Fahren would like to wish clients old, new and future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 01202 551022 | inf@fahren.co.uk www.fahren.co.uk

Most people in the industry find Christmas is a quiet month but you’d be surprised… Rightmove has the highest hit rate on Christmas day of all days! Fahren expect 2016 to be a great year, with sales and lets going through from early January to March, more sooner than the usual boost of enquiries expected as the weather improves in Spring. Whatever they tell you, property does sell and let, so

Joining the nationally recognised Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Providing Financial Services (Insurance Broking) are George Mansfield, David McKay and Jack Phelps. Alan & Thomas has been instrumental in introducing young people to a career in insurance broking over the past few years having played an integral part in the launch of the nationwide Brokerbility Academy Apprenticeship scheme. They have also visited local schools and colleges to promote insurance broking at Alan & Thomas as an alternative to university. And the broker’s efforts at promoting their industry have been rewarded when last year they won the Rock Recruitment Rock Star award for Star Company, as a result of their investment, training and development of young people and this year, former A&T apprentice Nick Magee won the Rock Star award for Rising Star.

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SK TO GIVE BACK

CHANGE A LIFE THIS CHRISTMAS

When SK Property Group opened their primary goals were to build a reputation for helping to achieve people’s property goals through their service and to try to change the public’s perception of Estate Agents. The first goal is well underway, some of their testimonials can be seen on page 81. The second goal is somewhat harder and will take time but ‘the proof is in the pudding’.

This Christmas Diverse Abilities will be open round the clock, even on Christmas Day. The Dorset-based disability charity will be supporting over 200 children and adults, and their families, costing £200,000 – that is enough to buy a mince pie for every single person in Dorset.

Throughout 2016 SKPG are planning a number of fundraising events, these already include a golf day fronted by Douglas, a charity football match and also Simon has entered the 15k Rough Runner challenge. Alongside this throughout 2016 SKPG will donate £50 of their fee for EVERY lettings and EVERY sales instruction. All monies at the end of the year will be split equally between two charities that are very close to directors Douglas Stirling-Kibble and Simon Kerley. The first being Cancer research. “I don’t know anyone that hasn’t been either directly or indirectly affected by this horrific disease, my mum had it, my grandads fighting it, my partners nan had it and just recently a friends dad lost his fight, so any money and awareness we can raise to help is definitely worth it” says Simon. The second charity SK Property Group are delighted to be supporting is the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). Douglas comments “GOSH is one of the top 5 research hospitals in the world, together with its research partner, the UCL Institute of Child Health it has become the forefront of ground breaking research and without this, I wouldn’t be sitting here today supporting such a wonderful organisation.”

To provide this care and support Diverse Abilities is appealing to the local community to help in any way they can during this special time of year by raising funds or volunteering. Diverse Abilities is encouraging local people to donate through holding a Christmas jumper day, purchasing Christmas cards created by the charity’s special school, Langside, or simply making a one off donation. Those that are unable to donate but wish to give their time can support the charity by volunteering to collect Christmas trees in January. Mark Powell, CEO at Diverse Abilities, said: “Many people take Christmas time for granted so we are asking the local community to consider those less fortunate. The children and adults we support have a very different experience to most, some not even spending

it with their family. That is why the services Diverse Abilities provide are crucial for many people with disabilities and their families and why, with your support, we can provide them the magical Christmas they deserve.” A simple donation will help pay for a host of Christmas activities for children from visiting Father Christmas, to parties and glitter filled pamper sessions. It will also give families some respite from the exhausting 24 hour care they provide, helping families to cope with the pressures of this busy time of year. Donations will even give adult with physical and learning disabilities the support they need to cook Christmas dinner in their own home. Mark added: “With your support we can make Christmas time even more special for children and adults with disabilities.” To find out more or to get involved with Diverse Abilities this Christmas visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk/christmas or call the fundraising team on 01202 718266. Please also ‘like’ the charity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ diverseabilitiesplus or ‘follow’ on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DiverseAbility.

MK ESTATES HELP THE HOMELESS THIS CHRISTMAS MK Estates have joined forces with local homeless charity Hope For Food over the Christmas period and into 2016. The team have been helping out with local cake sales and Christmas fairs in order to raise money for the charity. They will also be setting up donation boxes in both the Holdenhurst Road and Castle Parade offices for items to donate to the Hope For Food Christmas meal and direct to the homeless. Please do feel free to come along to one of the offices to donate any of the following items and help someone less fortunate this Christmas.

On behalf of Hope for Food and MK Estates we thank you in advance for your help and please do keep a look out for future events! 337 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8BT | 01202 611373 2 Castle Parade, Iford, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6SH | 01202 611270

GOADSBY SUPPORT THE ST PETER’S CHURCH FROST FAIR Goadsby are proud to announce their sponsorship of the St Peter’s Church Frost Fair in Bournemouth town centre, in aid of supporting the event in the run up to Christmas. St Peter’s church is currently having to undergo major repair and restoration works to stonework, fabrics and windows to restore the Grade 1 listed building and safeguard it for future generations to come. With our added support we hope to make this mammoth task that little bit easier. Lettings Manager for Goadsby, Adam Carter, organised for promotional boards around the church advertising the event. He comments “As a company Goadsby are committed to helping support communities and charities across Bournemouth and Hampshire. We were therefore delighted to help out with the Frost Fair this year”. He continued “Although we are approaching Christmas, the lettings market is continuing to be buoyant across the region, please do contact us with advice as a potential Landlord or Tenant on 01202 544 644”.

TINNED FOOD / SOCKS / SLEEPING BAGS / DEODRANT / TOOTHBRUSH / FOOD FOR THE SOUP KITCHENS AND CHIRSTMAS MEAL SUCH AS BREAD / UHT MILK / CHEESE / VEGETABLES / TINS OF CHOCOLATE ETC ETC

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NEWS CHURCHFIELD ASSOCIATE PARTNER ACHIEVES ARLA LEVEL 3 TECHNICAL AWARD The latest news storys in your area.

DIVERSE ABILITIES IN DESPERATE NEED OF VOLUNTEER VAN DRIVERS Diverse Abilities, Dorset’s disability charity, is in desperate need of volunteer van drivers to take part in the charity’s Christmas tree recycling collections on 9 and 10 January 2016, to help the charity raise funds to further support children and adults with disabilities across the county. The volunteer van drivers will work alongside collectors in teams to pick up Christmas trees from homes in Poole, Bournemouth, Ferndown, Christchurch, Wimborne, Blandford and Weymouth and deliver to a recycling site. For those wishing to get their tree collected in January by Diverse Abilities, there will be a suggested donation of £5. Visit www.diverseabilities. org.uk/trees to book a place. Please contact Fiona on Fiona.hansford@ diverseabilities.org.uk or 01202 718266 for more information or to offer your help as a van driver or tree collector.

Churchfield are delighted to announce that Associate Partner & Lettings Manager Gemma Hayward has achieved the National Federation of Property Professionals (NFoPP) QCF Level 3 Technical Award in Residential Lettings and Property Management. The Technical Award, which is a nationally recognised industry qualification, meets the Associate of Residential Lettings Agents’ (ARLA) membership requirements for those looking to join the Association as a member agent. ARLA is the UK’s foremost professional body for letting agents. It aims to promote better regulation and higher practice standards in the UK private rented sector. Gemma said “Having worked within the industry for 8 years it is not only a personal achievement but also a

mark of professionalism and trust, it provides reassurance to both landlords and tenants dealing with Churchfield that the agency adheres to the highest professional standard. I hope to progress my studies within the industry as knowledge is key to ensure that as an agency we continue to keep up with ever changing legislation and provide our clients with the best service possible. This qualification has enabled me to become an associate Member of ARLA, moving forward we hope to have all staff members obtain this qualification and move towards Churchfield becoming a licenced member of ARLA”. At Churchfield we are very proud of the service that we offer, this can be seen from our client feedback through our 5 star google reviews online. www.churchfield.uk.com - 01202 779911

A NEW PARTNERSHIP Laceys Solicitors are pleased to announce that, as of December 1st, they have joined forces with respected local law firm Horsey Lightly Fynn to create a new and influential legal partnership, which moving forward will be known as Laceys. The strength of both firms will create a significant presence in the legal market in Bournemouth.

from, alongside speed of service and value for money.

The merger facilitates a greater strength and depth of experience in all major practice areas across the firm and also expands the areas of expertise that Laceys can offer its clients.

Managing Partner Mark Timberlake said “We are very proud of this merger as we are welcoming the entire team from HLF into our Bournemouth office. They bring with them a wealth of knowledge and skills and share our passion to provide clients with a high-grade modern service in a personal manner.”

In particular, the inclusion of HLF’s well established and reputable Planning and Licensing departments are great assets for Laceys to have within their portfolio.

Tony John of HLF said “We have known the partners of Laceys for many years with whom there is a mutual trust and respect and I’m delighted to be working with them to develop the merged firm to the mutual benefit of our respective clients.”

Laceys will now have over 100 staff, including 13 partners, largely based at the Bournemouth office providing a concentrated hub of expertise in one location. This will provide clients with an extensive knowledge base to draw

Local lettings agent Fox & Sons in Poole is offering guidance to landlords following the announcement of stamp duty changes in Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement. From April 2016, those in England and Wales will have to pay a 3% surcharge on each stamp duty band and Fox and Sons believes that now represents a window of opportunity to buy a property before the changes hit: “For those looking to invest in a buy-tolet property or grow their portfolio, do not delay in making plans to get ahead of when the stamp duty changes come into play,” says Steven Coles, Lettings Manager at Fox and Sons. “There are good opportunities out there where landlords can take advantage of continued rising rents, so snapping up a buy-to-let property now and avoiding the higher fees could be an astute financial decision.” “We urge potential landlords to get in touch today to see how we can assist with all their property needs – be it finding that perfect property and offering advice on maximising rental yields to securing a suitable mortgage and understanding current legislation in the market. But don’t delay, and ensure you meet the deadline when the stamp duty surcharge takes effect next April,” concludes Steven Coles. Fox and Sons is a large and well-regulated, ARLA-qualified letting agent which conducts professional inventories, provides a tailor made approach for each customer and is a member of the Tenancy Deposit Scheme. The Poole branch offers a range of lettings services and advice, from matching tenants to their ideal properties to full property management, rent collection and insurance. For more information on buy-tolet and advice on the local property market, contact the local branch on 01202 649290 or email poolelet@ sequencehome.co.uk.

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SWAIN & RAND LOOK AHEAD TO 2016

NEW APP TO MAKE SHOPPING EVEN EASIER THAN SHOPPING ONLINE

Swain & Rands would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

You may have seen in the previous issue some adverts with little purple ‘BUY NOW’ labels and there are more in this issue. They are part of a new shopping app called toodle® created by local tech startup Payar, an app that enables users to buy product instantly straight off of adverts.

Traditionally, “in truth”, orders in the home improvement industry are slower in January i.e. after the festive period - when it seems we are all recovering from an excess of food, good cheer, and also financially! Therefore they would be delighted to take any further instructions during this month. As a genuine incentive all confirmed orders taken up until the 31st January will attract a 10% discount for this period only, and to fit within our work schedule & bolster our New Year orders. Also, for all their past clients, any referrals to friends, neighbours, family members or colleagues that result in confirmed orders placed before 31st January will result in a monetary thank you (£25 for orders up to £1500, £50 for orders up to £5000, and £100 for all orders over £5000). Looking forward in to 2016 they have just purchased a freehold showroom & offices which is currently being fitted out and will open before Easter. Swain & Rand will send out invites and updates on the opening nearer the time. They wish you their best wishes and sincerely hope you have a magical Christmas & New Year. All the team, Swain & Rands.

The app works like a mini checkout till. Wherever a user sees a product advertised with one of the purple ‘BUY NOW’ labels or ‘toodle tags’ next to it, they can use the app to scan the tag’s barcode and buy it instantly. The app produces a virtual receipt and notifies the advertiser of the purchase to be delivered direct to the customer.

by shopping for presents both online and in store, figured he could create a simpler solution. With many large High Street retailers also following the apps early progress, Andy commented “I see a time when we will never have to struggle through long-winded checkout processes or have to queue to pay in store and toodle® will become the simplest and most secure way to shop in the future.” For more information visit www.payar. co.uk

toodle® is the brain-child of local entrepreneur Andy House who in the past having been completely frustrated

SINGER URGES CHERRIES TO ‘NEVER GIVE UP’ WITH CHARITY SINGLE A song dedicated to AFC Bournemouth and their fans launched this week with a party at Canvas bar in Bournemouth, which included a special screening of the accompanying video. The track, entitled ‘Never Give Up’, has been written and recorded by Bournemouth based singer / songwriter Chris Manning, who is donating all proceeds from the sale of the single to Lewis-Manning Hospice in Poole. Chris, an accomplished and well-known local entertainer, wrote ‘Never Give Up’ having been inspired by the Cherries near demise and subsequent rise to the pinnacle of English football’s elite. The song captures the spirit of AFC Bournemouth’s determination, not only to survive in league football but to fight their way all the way up to the Premier League.

and their fans the boost they need and at the same time raise some money for us to help people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses.” The song is available now to pre-order on iTunes and will be released on December 12th via https://itunes.apple.com/us/ album/never-give-up-single To book Chris Manning for your forthcoming corporate event or private function then contact chris@ thecmprojects.co.uk

AOK RUCKSACK APPEAL Go Let, independent letting agents in Moordown are appealing for donations on behalf of the homeless charity AOK Rucksack Appeal. The charity, run by Sally Harvey is asking for donations of clothes, toiletries and kitchenware, amongst other items, to be given to homeless and newly rehoused, local people. Most of us have things stored in our homes that we don’t even use, kitchen equipment gathering dust on top of the shelves, wash bags three different people gave us for Christmas last year, toiletries we will never use. This is a great opportunity to donate all of those unwanted items to someone in need, do a good deed for Christmas and start clutter free for the New Year. AOK Rucksack Appeal’s objective is to relieve the needs of homeless people, by the provision of various means of support, in Bournemouth and the surrounding areas. You can contact AOK Rucksack appeal directly to donate items or money, or you can offer your time at aokrucksackappeal@gmail. com. Alternatively, you can drop any items into the Go Let office in Moordown, before 17th December or from 4th January 2016.

The project ticks all the boxes in terms of Chris’ love of football, singing and song writing and for AFC Bournemouth and we urge as many people as possible to download the single for Christmas. Hopefully the song will give the Cherries

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We helped many people’s wishes come true this year… Reasons why people moved this year*: n 48% Moved to a bigger home n 17% Moved to a new area n 11% Development Opportunity n 10% Moved to a smaller home n 8% Bought a second home

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n 3% Moved to the UK for a new job

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n 3% Other wishes * Source: Savills Research – National Statistics

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BRANKSOME PARK Guide £1.8 million

TALBOT WOODS

WESTMINSTER ROAD BH13 3,712 sq ft

ELGIN ROAD BH3

4

4

3

4

EPC=C

Guide £2.35 million

BANKS ROAD BH13

3,180 sq ft

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EPC=B

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3

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4

SOLD

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CANFORD CLIFFS Guide £1.35 million

SANDBANKS

Guide £850,000

2

LILLIPUT

Guide £875,000

2,526 sq ft

BROWNSEA VIEW AVE BH14 2,144 sq ft

EPC=E

4

2

3

EPC=C

SOLD Guide £1.1 million

BRANKSOME PARK

Guide £1 million

CLIFF DRIVE BH13

2,214 sq ft

BANKS ROAD BH13

1,991 sq ft

FOREST ROAD BH13

4,262 sq ft

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EPC=C

3

EPC=D

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EPC=D

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2

1

3

3

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SOLD CANFORD CLIFFS

Guide £895,000

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SOLD

BRANKSOME PARK Guide £1.6 million

LOWER PARKSTONE Guide £750,000

FLAGHEAD ROAD BH13

2,411 sq ft

WESTERN ROAD BH13

6,501 sq ft

LINKS ROAD BH14

4

EPC=D

5

EPC=C

4

2

3

SOLD

5

5

SOLD

LILLIPUT

Guide £1.495 million

3

2,175 sq ft 2

EPC=E

SOLD

TALBOT WOODS

Guide £869,000

CANFORD CLIFFS Guide £1.295 million

PARTRIDGE WALK BH14

4,439 sq ft

EAST AVENUE BH3

4,015 sq ft

DE MAULEY ROAD BH13

2,500 sq ft

5

EPC=C

6

EPC=E

5

EPC=E

3

5

SOLD LOWER PARKSTONE Guide £365,000 ST OSMUNDS ROAD BH14 1,076 sq ft 2

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2

EPC=B

5

5

4

2

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Located on the site of the old Dormy hotel and adjacent to the prestigious Ferndown Golf Course.

• Integrated dishwasher, freezer, refrigerator and combination microwave

• Under floor heating to the ground floor with radiators upstairs (under floor throughout in Plots 24 & 25)

FEATURES INCLUDE:

• Gas hob with glass splashback • Wine cooler SHOW HOME (PLOT 16) Now open 10am to 4pm, seven days a week. No appointment required.

• Quartz worktops with upstand • LED under cabinet lighting • Satin chrome electrical fittings

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VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Savills, Wessex House, Priors Walk, East Borough, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1PB

savills.co.uk

01202 492518 Email: glong@savills.com

Hearnes, 390 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Dorset BH22 9AU

hearnes.com

01202 890890 Email: james@hearnes.com

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Furniture for Modern Living. Est. 1981

BRINGING YOU AWARD WINNING FURNITURE IN 2016

Wardrobes

Walk in Wardrobes

Childrens Bedrooms

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01202 694963

TV Units

Home Office

LAMCO DESIGN LTD

info@lamco-design.co.uk

Units B1 & 2, 50 Waterloo Road, Poole, BH17 7LG

www.lamco-design.co.uk www.misuraemme-interiors.co.uk


Furniture for Modern Living. Est. 1981

WISHING YOU A HAPPY CHRISTMAS

Wardrobes

Walk in Wardrobes

Childrens Bedrooms

MisuraEmme

R

ITALIAN D E S I G N F U R N ITU R E

Lounge

01202 694963

TV Units

Home Office

LAMCO DESIGN LTD

info@lamco-design.co.uk

Units B1 & 2, 50 Waterloo Road, Poole, BH17 7LG

www.lamco-design.co.uk www.misuraemme-interiors.co.uk


RETAIL THERAPY

RETAIL THERAPY

Marks & Spencer soft toys including Spencer bear, £18.00; Emily Button™ Knitted Bobble Cat Toy, £10.00 www.marksandspencer.com

Still searching for those last minute Christmas gifts? Here are some of our top picks

Cocktail garden kit, £14.95 www.johnlewis.com

Marvel Socks, £12.00 www.bhs.co.uk

Woodland Rose Scrapbook Kit, £18.00 www.cathkidston.com

VTech Toot Toot Friends Hospital, £29.99 www.argos.co.uk Small Ceramic Heart Tealight Holder, £3.99; White Heart Willow Case Tealight Holder, from £3.99; Follow Your Heart Ornament, £10.99 www.homebase.co.uk

Emma Bridgewater Polka Dot egg cups (set of 3), £29.95 www.houseoffraser.co.uk

Handcrafted fairy door for indoor use only, perfect for just above the skirting board. The fairy door comes in a beautiful organza gift bag and can be personalised. Fairy Doors, £10.00 Email your order bellawoodchic@gmail.com; Follow them on Facebook - Bellawood 18


TALKING BUSINESS

TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Martyn Weeks at LAMCO

WALK-IN DRESSING ROOMS Uniquely designed, organised luxury storage With over 40 years of being at the forefront of designing & manufacturing bespoke fitted furniture, we have seen many trends and fashions come and go over the years. One product in particular we are seeing becoming more and more popular, especially in new builds is the ‘Walk-in dressing room’. This American approach to wardrobes has been with us for around a decade now, it’s only recently we have been commissioned to create some real masterpieces for the ultimate in organised luxury storage. We have completed work in some of the most luxurious houses in Greater London, through to simple angled loft rooms locally. No other wardrobe will give you maximum storage as well as flexibility. The walk in wardrobe is more of an experience rather than an item of furniture, it’s a real sanctuary for the individual to plan their entire outfit. Luxury is also an affordable reality, without the need for doors to the front of the wardrobes there is a real price saving too. We have been relentlessly evolving our materials and finishes for the manufacturing of walk-inwardrobes specifically, including everything from the lighting through to wardrobe colours and

finishes so you will not find the same materials and finishes anywhere else. Our walk-in-wardrobes will simply be the very best design and manufacture in the industry today and each one is unique in design, tailored to our client’s needs. Alongside our own brand, we offer two very influential Italian designer brands meaning unrivalled choice of the very best materials for your luxury walk-in-wardrobe. One product proving to be huge in popularity, is the textured Linen finish, this finish has been specially formulated for wardrobe interiors. This is a hard wearing product, proven to last the test of time. Our designers will work with you to create a true masterpiece for your room. Every aspect of a walkin-wardrobe is carefully considered to achieve the very best in optimum storage, while still creating a visually pleasing and organised dressing room.

LAMCO DESIGN LTD Units B1 & 2, 50 Waterloo Road, Poole, BH17 7LG 01202 694963 | info@lamco-design.co.uk www.lamco-design.co.uk

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WINKWORTH MARKET OVERVIEW 2015 “It has been another exciting and busy year for us in what has been undoubtedly a more challenging market than that of 2014. We have acquired the Winkworth Southbourne branch which now enables us to offer both buyers and sellers complete coverage across Bournemouth whilst dealing with familiar, experienced staff in both branches. Winkworth have continued to strengthen their network of offices in key areas across London and the Home Counties and our new office in Marbella has provided an excellent source of new clients moving both to and from Spain. We have been amazed at the number of clients with whom we have dealt with locally who own property on the Costa Del Sol or indeed have a desire to own a property in the region. We have sold a number of properties this year to buyers moving back from Spain who have dealt with our office in Marbella. Furthermore, we have sold a record number of properties this year to buyers referred from our colleagues in the London offices. The importance of being able to offer direct links with London, the Home Counties and beyond has become increasingly important in the local property market and we have continued to capitalise on the excellent relationships we have built with the our London and International Offices. After a slow Autumn and Winter period in 2014, the market was strong in the first quarter of 2015. Sales were consistent with the same period of the previous year. The lead up to the General Election in May had a noticeable effect on the market with transactions dropping off during the second quarter with many people awaiting the outcome of the election. After the Tories were re-elected, business resumed as usual and despite people’s political views, confidence was restored and the second half of 2015 enjoyed a busy market. There has however, been a lack of properties for sale with most agents reporting similar findings. With demand remaining high and buyers taking advantage of the continued low interest rates, we have seen record prices being achieved for properties with demand far outstripping supply.

Winkworth Westbourne 01202 767633 | westbourne@winkworth.co.uk 77 Poole Road, Westbourne, Dorset BH4 9BB

winkworth.co.uk

The Autumn Statement certainly stirred up the UK housing industry and although some forward-thinking property experts saw the changes coming, for most, the content was a surprise. In the Chancellor’s eagerness to help first time buyers get a foot on the property ladder, he has yet again targeted landlords and people buying second homes by introducing a 3% surcharge on stamp duty from April 2016. This is likely to result in a rush of landlords looking to buy properties ahead of the implementation of this measure in April. Presumably George Osbourne is hoping that this measure will deter would be landlords, freeing up the housing market for first time buyers. What is more likely to happen is that landlords will opt for the lower end of the market snapping up properties below £125,000 to minimise their tax liabilities. Looking to 2016, my expectation is that we will see a strong first quarter with Landlords, investors and second home buyers trying to buy before April. I do however fear that second half of 2016 may be somewhat subdued in comparison however, this could be an opportunity for first time buyers to take advantage of the market with less competition from Landlords. We have once again been encouraged by the number of buyers relocating from the capital during 2015 taking advantage of the record price gap with London and I anticipate this will continue throughout 2016. I also believe that low interest rates will play a role in encouraging local buyers to move up the ladder or take their first steps onto it. As such, I would expect a price growth of around 5% in 2016. We have enjoyed another successful year in Westbourne and I believe this is largely down to the professionalism and depth of knowledge all of our staff here display. Our highly experienced team have been working in our Westbourne office for a number of years and have built up excellent relationships with many of our clients resulting in recommendations and repeat business. We all strive to provide a first class service to each and every one of our clients and this is the basis on which we have built our business over the last twenty years. If you are considering buying, selling or letting throughout 2016, please contact either Winkworth Westbourne or Winkworth Southbourne to discuss your requirements.

Ben Jesty, Director

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The importance of being able to offer direct links with London, the Home Counties and beyond has become increasingly important in the local property market.

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As Winkworth near the end of another successful year serving the housing needs of Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding areas, Ben Jesty, Director of Westbourne and the recently acquired Southbourne branch sums up 2015 and what he feels is in store for 2016.


WINKWORTH SOUTHBOURNE UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP Ben Jesty, Director comments: “We are delighted to announce that we have recently acquired Winkworth Southbourne which will compliment our existing office in Westbourne and now enables us to strengthen our position across the Bournemouth area. We have made a number of changes to the team in Southbourne which is now run by the Associate Director Fergus Naylor. Fergus has worked in our Westbourne branch for over twelve years and brings a wealth of knowledge with him along with his excellent management skills ensuring customer service levels remain high at all times. Working with Fergus will be Tom Harris who has been working in the office for nearly three years and Alex Marle who was also an integral part of the original Southbourne team. We have just completed a total refurbishment of our new office which includes the latest, state of the art LED window displays which show off our clients properties to their best potential. With the office being situated on a prominent corner position on Southbourne Grove, it was important for us to maximise the number of people viewing our properties and we feel these new displays have achieved this using the large expanse of window area we have. In recent years, it has become apparent that many buyers registering in Westbourne or Southbourne are happy to consider properties in either area, particularly bearing in mind both areas have similar amenities to offer. Our aim is to be able to create relationships with our buyers and view properties from either office with them keeping the continuity of dealing with the same person. This way, we get to understand exactly what our buyers are looking for in a property which helps us in finding them their perfect home. We have also acquired a large lettings portfolio in the Southbourne and Boscombe area and this, coupled with our existing portfolio in Westbourne, Bournemouth and Poole, enables us to offer a huge choice of properties to let to prospective tenants across the whole area.

We have expanded our Property Management department in Westbourne to accommodate the additional properties and we are able to offer a complete, professional letting service for our landlords with everything being dealt with under one roof. Each of our landlords have their own dedicated property manager looking after their property, again keeping the continuity of always dealing with the same person. We have also subscribed Winkworth Southbourne to all of the voluntary regulatory bodies such as NALS (National Approved Lettings Scheme), ARLA (Association of Residential Letting Agents), SAFE Agent and the incredibly important Client Money Protection Scheme. Whilst the letting industry is still unregulated, we believe in being completely transparent with our Landlords and subscribing to the above ensures our Landlords can instruct us to look after their property with complete confidence.” Fergus Naylor commented; “I am extremely excited to be running this new office. After twelve years of working in Westbourne, I am ready for a new challenge. I know the Southbourne area well and many of the clients with whom I have dealt with over the years in Westbourne have moved to Southbourne so I look forward to dealing with them again. I strongly believe in the Winkworth brand and believe we are best placed to offer clients the complete package offering a personal, yet professional service. Our network of offices, strong links to London and the support of our centralised marketing department sets us apart from other agents. We are delighted to be the exclusive sponsors of Stourfield Junior School. The PFA at Stourfield work tirelessly in organising events that benefit not only the pupils but the local community. Schools such as this and indeed the community events they organise, play an important part in making an area like Southbourne so popular to live and we are keen play our part in this. I understand that the future growth of our business is entirely dependant on the service we provide our clients and all of our staff recognise the importance of this” If you are considering a move in 2016 or are just intrigued as to the value of your home, please contact Fergus or one of the team to arrange a market appraisal.

Winkworth Southbourne 01202 434365 | southbourne@winkworth.co.uk 29 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QT

winkworth.co.uk

Fergus Naylor: Associate Director

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Our network of offices, strong links to London and the support of our centralised marketing department sets us apart from other agents.

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Winkworth Southbourne has been acquired by the owners of Winkworth Westbourne and has been completely refurbished ready for the anticipated increase in activity in the first quarter of 2016.


A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

FAMILY HOME FOR SALE IN GAUCIN

APARTMENT FOR SALE IN ESTEPONA

Situated in a picturesque riverside location this contemporary family home offers wonderful open plan living with 6 m high vaulted ceilings in the main living area. The extensive grounds include a two bedroom guest cottage and an additional outbuilding with possibilities for conversion.

Beautiful, recently renovated apartment in the sought after Alcazaba Beach. The apartment is located in a luxury frontline beach complex within easy walking distance of Estepona, shops and restaurants. It has got excellent rental potential.

€850,000 (£621,660*) WW409

€475,000 (£345,135* WW465

Six bedrooms | Six bathrooms | Private pool | Secluded location | Office | Galleried landing

2 Bedroom | 2 Bathroom | Build 119m2 | 1Minute Walk To Shops And Restaurants | 24 Hr Security | Air Conditioning (Hot/Cold) | Close To Amenities | Communal Gardens

PARK BEACH, ESTEPONA

NUEVA ANDALUCIA

€379,000 (£279,603*) WW422

SOTOGRANDE PORT

€495,000 (£352,059*) WW438

€350,000 (£254,310*) WW461

LOMAS DE LA QUINTA €525,000 (£381,465*) WW466

A lovely, spacious three bedroom, three A superb three bedroom, three bathroom A delightful 3 bedroom duplex apartment in A luxurious and spacious elevated ground floor bathroom apartment located in a popular townhouse located in a very popular area a well established area of Nueva Andalucia, apartment with great views over the golf and beachside urbanisation close to Estepona. The of Sotogrande, opposite the Padel Club and Marbella. Close to amenities and less than 5 the sea located in the highly sought after area of apartment boasts a private garden, communal walking FREEHOLD distance to the port, El Octogono minutes drive from the luxury yachting marina La Quinta. The property consist of 3 bedrooms, 3 £2,750,000 pool, a garage space and storage room. Beach Club and the beach. Set within a small of Puerto Banus. bathrooms and sunny outside space. 3 Bedroom | 3 Bathroom | Build 173m2 | Plot 70m2 gated estate, this townhouse has covered 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | Duplex apartment | 3 bedrooms | 3 bathrooms | Sea and mountain An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is | Communal gardens | South facing | 5 Minute Drive parking for two cars and a private garden. Build 150m2 | 10 Mins From Centre Of Marbella | views | Air Conditioning (Hot/Cold) | Gated

OARE, WILTSHIRE

To All Amenities | Accommodation On One Level | Air Conditioning (Hot/Cold) | Close To Amenities community | Communal gardens | South facing 5 minutes walk to the beach | Communal | broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building withpool large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a Close To Golf Courses | Private Parking Fireplace | Modern kitchen | Air conditioning

garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and brick parapets

Winkworth arewhich delighted introduce surrounding the roof has good to storage space.

their new office in Marbella working in association with Winkworth Westbourne. a truly and professional finding service. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | gardenOffering room | hall | drawing roompersonal | studio complex | dining room | wine cellarproperty | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land Whether you are looking for a holiday home, investment or are considering moving to the Costa Del Sol, our experienced team can guide you through the process and source your dream property. MARBELLA 941 BATTERSEA| 0034 7228880 9265 | 020 952 info@winkworth.es battersea@winkworth.co.uk

www.winkworth.es winkworth.co.uk/battersea

WESTBOURNE | 01202 767633 westbourne@winkworth.co.uk

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Season’s Greetings Greetings from Season’s from WINKWORTH WESTBOURNE & SOUTHBOURNE WINKWORTH WESTBOURNE 01202 767633 | 77 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9BB

01202 767633 |winkworth.co.uk/westbourne 77 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9BB winkworth.co.uk/westbourne 01202 434365 | 29 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 3QT winkworth.co.uk/southbourne


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A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

A UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON BUYING, RENTING AND SELLING HOMES.

ALIPORE CLOSE

£375,000

DELHI CLOSE

£745,000

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£599,950

KINGS AVENUE

£635,000

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A selection of properties sold by Winkworth Penn Hill in November 2015 We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Winkworth Penn Hill

An extraordinary and individual modern country house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is broadly Palladian in style and is a wide, single storey building with large windows over looking the gardens. It was extended in 1978 to include a garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and brick parapets surrounding the roof which has good storage space. Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six acres of land

ASHLEY CROSS

£450,000

BRANKSOME

PENN HILL| 020 | 01202 733000 BATTERSEA 7228 9265 pennhill@winkworth.co.uk battersea@winkworth.co.uk

SOUTHBOURNE | 01202 434365 southbourne@winkworth.co.uk

winkworth.co.uk/battersea winkworth.co.uk/pennhill

winkworth.co.uk/southbourne

£227,500

FLORENCE ROAD

£235,000

PENN HILL AVENUE

£549,950

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PENN HILL | 01202 733000 pennhill@winkworth.co.uk

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Seasons Greeting to all of our past, present & future customers

bedrooms | studies | cinema rooms | storage | bespoke pieces | bathrooms | kitchens

Chalwyn Estate Old Wareham Rd Poole, Dorset BH12 4PE T: 01202 737 555 ww www.CustomiseYourHome.com


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Boscombe Spa ÂŁ285,000 Stunning, spacious purpose built duplex penthouse close to the beach Two bedrooms | Immaculately presented | Two ensuites + WC | Allocated secure parking | NHBC warranty | Large open plan layout

Boscombe Spa ÂŁ299,950 A light and spacious apartment with spectacular sea views Two bedrooms | Large south facing balcony | Underground car park | Communal gardens | Excellent location | Well maintained block | Moments walk to the beach

For a free online valuation visit www.capitalandcoastal.co.uk


Southbourne £600,000 A south facing detached family house close to the beach with detached one bedroom annexe Four bedrooms | Period features | Laundry room | Utility room | Two bathrooms | South facing garden | Two reception rooms | Conservatory | Garage & driveway parking

Poole Harbour £650,000 A stunning apartment located in an award winning development with 12m berth Three bedrooms | Two ensuites | 12 metre berth | Modern refitted kitchen | Garage | Sitting room with stunning views | Terrace overlooking the Marina | Two car parking spaces

Sales | Rentals | Land | Finance

01202 217091


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DREAMHOME

CHRISTCHURCH, DORSET A TRULY STUNNING DESIGN INSPIRED APARTMENT WITH SUPERB OUTSIDE SPACE IN THE HEART OF CHRISTCHURCH This property could not be situated in a more

Through the next door is the large living room

One of the biggest advantages of this apartment

fantastic

of

which is flooded with natural light due to the large

is the superb amount of outside space. Not only is

Christchurch high street, this apartment is close to

sash windows looking out onto the high street.

there the beautifully designed roof terrace which

all the local amenities that this beautiful coastal

This property also boasts stunning original wooden

creates the perfect entertaining space and captures

town has to offer. With the Priory and Castle ruins

floorboards that help maintain the true character

the sun throughout the day. There is also the garden

just a moment’s walk away and both Christchurch

of the apartment.

which has a large shed that could easily be converted

location.

Being

in

the

centre

into a studio or office and offers plenty of space for

and Mudeford Quay close by as well, you are not short of some incredible historical attractions on

Further down the hallway is a good sized storage

outdoor activities and even a chicken garden area.

your doorstep.

cupboard on the right hand side and the bathroom

There is a leased garage with two large studio rooms

follows after. The bathroom has a nautical style to

above and permit parking in the city centre.

You enter this period property through a quaint

it which you also see in both the bedrooms and the

arched

decking area. It also has a large Velux window to

This truly is a chance to acquire a one of a kind

bring in the natural light.

property in the centre of Christchurch. What makes

trellis

doorway

into

a

large

porch

with seating area which leads straight into

this even more special is the outside space that

the hallway. The master bedroom sits opposite the bathroom

comes with it. To not only have a large roof terrace

The first door to the right leads into the cottage

and contains a large built in wardrobe and windows

but also a generously sized garden is unheard of

style kitchen which has a wide range of eye and

looking out to both the decking area and garden.

in this town centre location. It also has the huge

base level units and contains everything you need

The second bedroom is next to the master and

advantage of planning permission for a loft extension

in a modern day kitchen whilst maintaining the

again is a good size with built-in wardrobes and a

to put a large third bedroom and ensuite with Priory

traditional feeling that is created throughout.

window looking over the garden.

and Castle views above the living room and kitchen.

ÂŁ315,000 CAPITAL & COASTAL 01202 217091 www.capitalandcoastal.co.uk

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FINEST HANDCRAFTED FITTED FURNITURE

Kitchens Bedrooms Home Studies Living Rooms Bathrooms

QUALITY FURNITURE COMPETITIVELY PRICED Beautiful, bespoke, handmade furniture for every room of the home. Whether your style preference is traditional or contemporary, and whatever your budget, our designers will work with you to create the perfect solution for your lifestyle.

In association with

Our Italian Partner

showroom and workshop

Unit 17, Branksome Business Park Bourne Valley Road, Poole, BH12 1DW Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday by appointment

new showroom at

155 New Road, West Parley, BH22 8EB open every day

www.maisoncreations.co.uk Call 01202 769232 to speak to a designer


“Any design can be, and should be inspirational” As a leading interior designers in Hampshire and Dorset, the Somers House team are passionate about creating exceptional and inspiring interiors that reflect each client’s individual tastes and lifestyle to achieve their perfect living environment.


A Feast for the Eyes this Season! White Magic

perfectly. “Fruit painted with egg white and then

Look for updated takes on the New England look,

dusted with caster sugar is a fabulous frosted

including craft and cross-stitch details, as well as

centrepiece. Don’t forget greenery – think sprigs

hearts on accessories. “Weave in touches of the

“White and silver is an enduring seasonal colour

of holly, strands of ivy and pale seasonal flowers.

outdoors with vases of winter berries, pine cones

theme – and with good reason. It’s refined,

Keep it simple, shimmering and understated.

and holly. Blue and white gingham or tartan

elegant and also chimes with our idealised vision

Beautiful!”

napkins and red table runners or tablecloths will

of a perfect white Christmas,” says interiors expert Susie Mirco from Somers House which is home to tableware and accessories.

New England

enhance the cosiness of this setting.” Top table touches: The Contemporary Home is bursting with brilliant table accessories making it

“Place mirrored glass roundels underneath a

“Blue and white with a flash of red is a festive

collection of white or cream candles – the glass

favourite thanks to its nostalgic, homely feel,”

reflects the candlelight. “Spray walnuts with silver

says Kate Somers of Somers House Designs

spray and then use as place name holders; the

“Opting for this classic Christmas palette means

Find out more at:

natural crack in the shell will hold name cards

you can mix and match decorations with ease.

www.somershousedesigns.co.uk

easy to revel in blue red and white.


Interior Design

The Library

The Boutique

Need to revamp your home or undergo a full

One of the largest collections of fabrics and

Pop in peruse our eclectic mix of classic and

refurbishment? Call now to book an appointment

wallcoverings outside of London

contemporary collections ranging from furniture

with a designer on 01425 837322

to stunning accessories

Somers House Library, Fabric Trims & Wallcoverings: Holding arguably the largest selection of fabric books in the area and our suppliers offering thousands more Somers House Designs can help you find exactly what you are looking for. Here are just some of the brands we work with at Somers House Designs: •

Abbot and Boyd

Declerq

GP & J Baker

Jason D’Souza

Marvic

Samuel & Sons

Beacon Hill

Dedar

Henry Newbery

Johnstons of

Maya Romonoff

Troynorth

Brian Yates

Evitavonni

Houles

Elgin

Metaphores

Zinc

Busby & Busby

Elitis

James Hare

Larsen

Morris and Co

Zoffany

Carl Robinson

Etro

Jane Churchill

Lee Jofa

Mulberry

Zoffany Paints

Colefax & Fowler

Metaphores

J. Robert Scott

Manuel Canovas

Pierre Frey

Calvin Klein

Gaston y Daniela

Jab

Mark Alexander

Robert Allen


It’s a Winter Wonderland at Somers House! Ranging from cushions, Christmas candles,

certainly cover all tastes and preferences, from

decorations, accessories and decorative items,

contemporary to traditional styles.

you will be sure to find items to bring the festive cheer to your home this year. Alternatively come in and browse if you are looking for gifts and stocking fillers for loved ones or friends. You will find pieces from Goodwill, True Grace, Eichholtz, Sia, India Jane and many more!

Somers House Designs Manor Hatch, 63 Southampton Road, Ringwood,

Thinking of an interiors change for the New

Hampshire BH24 1HE

Year? We are always open to discuss your requirements and offer our advice. With a large

Monday-Friday 10:00-17:00

library of fabrics and wallpapers to peruse, we

Saturday 10:00-16:00


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WE WOULD LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR PAST, CURRENT AND FUTURE CLIENTS

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS & BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2016 FROM THE BERKELEYS SALES AND LETTINGS TEAM

2015 HAS BEEN A REALLY SUCCESSFUL YEAR AT BERKELEYS By combining first class customer service with expert local knowledge, Berkeleys has delighted customers across all market segments this year. We would like to celebrate the festive season, by offering you a free sales or letting market appraisal.

Please contact us on 01202 708383 1-3 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7LE Sales: 01202 708383 | info@berkeleys.com | Lettings: 01202 544599 | lettings@berkeleys.com www.berkeleys.com

C A N F O R D C L I F F S • B R A N K S O M E PA R K • S A N D B A N K S • L I L L I P U T • L OW E R PA R K S TO N E


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YOUhome would like to celebrate the festive season by offering you a free market appraisal for the sales or lettings market. To avail of this offer contact a member of our expert team today.

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Lyndon Le Boutilier Hearnes Estate Agents

We took a little time to sit down over a coffee with Lyndon from Hearnes estate agents, and we we’re touched by his genuine care and dedication to providing a personalised serviced tailored to each and every individual. Could your take us through your journey with Hearnes so far? My wife Lynda and I started the company in 1986, and like any company it’s had its up’s and down’s but we were always confident in surviving those down periods, because we believe in what we do. Having a strong Christian faith helps as well. We deliver a very personal service – whether it’s a studio flat for first time buyers or a luxury country mansion, we provide service that people appreciate. We currently have branches in Ferndown, Ringwood, Wimborne, Bournemouth, with our Lettings Centre in Bournemouth as well, and every branch is going well. The company will mark its 20th anniversary in October 2016. What was your first job? An Estate Agent, I started in 1982, I was 19 years old and I worked as a negotiator in Milton Keynes. I worked up there for 6 years gaining promotions within the company but working very long hours – an average week was 6 days including every

Saturday and Sunday and around 65 hours. Then I took a year and a half off; I actually finished on the 8th August, 1988 (8/8/88), which was meant to be the luckiest day of the decade, and it was for me, because that was the beginning of the property crash, and I had resigned on the 26th of July. That was a horrendous property crash with house prices falling by about 40% and unprecedented repossession levels. I was so glad to have taken that time off! I’d never travelled, so that’s what I did. I came back, lived in a house in Bedfordshire with some friends, was offered a job back with my previous employer in 1989 and worked there until 1992 when I came down here to work for a corporate estate agency. I then set up Hearnes with my wife Linda in ‘96. The name Hearne is actually her maiden name, assuming that we would marry, and that she would lose that name, (her only other sibling being a sister), this was a way for her name to live on.

What lead you to a career in property? A friend of mine was working as an estate agent, and she was just about to leave. I was doing nothing in particular at the time, and she suggested I should interview for her job. I’d never really thought about agency, before when someone said ‘mortgage’ I thought Monopoly, I had absolutely no idea – but I went to the interview, got the job, and that was that. I started the job in October, and the irony is, I’d done various other things before, and my sister bet I wouldn’t last until Christmas in this job 33 years later... I really do thoroughly enjoy estate agency, it’s a job where you get huge satisfaction out of it. The day you hand the keys over to someone, you’ve got a very happy seller and a very happy buyer because they’ve just fulfilled a dream to own this home. So is it that feel good factor that drives you to succeed, or is it something else? No actually, the thing that drives me to succeed is being a dad! Having four children, and as a husband and a father, I’m quite a traditionalist in that sense – my job is to provide for my family. Running your own business people look at it and think I’d love to do that, but it’s hard. The cost of running an agency is phenomenal, as to be able to provide the right service you need to invest a lot into the business.

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What’s your favourite local haunt? I quite like causal dining I must say, and Turtle Bay in particular is one of my favourite new places, and Koh Thai. The Mandarin is my favourite Chinese, and my favourite bar is probably The Duck in

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Westbourne. It sounds like we go out a lot but if we get out once a month we’re doing well! In your opinion, what makes Hearnes unique? I get asked this so often, and the answer is… hard work in everything we do. We look at every single aspect of what is required, and we try to do it all properly. The size of our branch teams means we can handle huge amounts of buyer enquiries whilst delivering a one-to-one service for our clients. There is no secret formula, a lot of people think that all you need to do to be an estate agent is to put properties on the internet. You might sell some, but not necessarily at the best price. We’re in the business of selling at the right price, in the relevant timescale for the individual client, delivering a service that you would expect when you’re selling such a valuable asset as your home. It’s about communication and transparency. There is a good deal of paranoia in our business; with people assuming that everyone has their own agenda, this stems from a lack of good information. We employ dedicated Sales Progressors, who, once a sale is agreed, stay continuously in touch until the day of completion, and that’s their sole responsibility. They’re the customer’s problem solvers.

…It sounds like there is actually lot of psychology almost involved, almost like property therapy… Yes it is in a way, if you can imagine property scenarios where people are divorcing, or probate matters, overseas sellers/buyers, you have to be a little bit of a therapist in a lot of different situations. Yes, there is a lot of empathy required in this job because really what we want to do is make people happy, and that’s not necessarily just about selling a house. It’s about how you help people out along the way – from the day they put their property on the market to the day they move.

Visit one of our branches and speak to a member of our team:

With 2016 just around the corner now, what are your plans for growth and development, in the New Year? We continue to look at expanding our marketing, and we are working with ‘Rightmove’ for some projects in the New Year, as well as ‘On the Market’ which is a fantastic website - I suspect in the next 2 to 4 years it will probably become the most relevant property portal in the UK. We’re also looking at redesigning our website, and updating our marketing material. We also, have a new office opening up in Poole, hopefully by Easter, which I’m particularly excited about with there being such a diverse selection of homes in that area. In 2016 we will also be launching Hearnes Land and New Developments, another exciting addition to the company.

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A wonderful mature and private plot of approximately 0.32 acres, extensive parking and a detached double garage are a few features of this charming, spacious and versatile character home which retains many of its original features. The current owners have brought their family up here, enjoying every moment of the 38 years since purchasing the property. Originally they chose it because of its beautiful welcoming reception hall, fantastic versatile accommodation and incredibly sought-after position, being within one third of a mile of the Talbot Heath Nature Reserve and just 2 miles from Bournemouth town centre.

A stunning four bedroom refurbished bungalow situated in a tranquil non estate location nestled centrally on a good size plot. Modernised and updated throughout by the current vendors this beautifully presented bungalow offers generous accommodation including four bedrooms with en-suite to master, a separate shower room, a bathroom with shower, utility room, living room overlooking the south facing garden with wood burner and a beautifully appointed kitchen which is open plan through to the generous size dining room.

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An imposing detached Victorian family residence providing versatile and well proportioned accommodation situated on the outskirts of Wimborne in a convenient location within favourable school catchments. The property retains a wealth of original features combined with modern fittings and was originally the owners accommodation to the adjacent farm and now benefits from ample off road parking, turning space leading to a double garage all within a private plot measuring approximately 0.38 of an acre. Whilst offering many original features of its era, the property has been updated in some parts by the current owners, but this delightful family home offers ample opportunity for any prospective purchasers to “stamp their own mark” on this period farmhouse. Detached Victorian Residence | Four Bedrooms | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Boot Room and Utility | Double Garage | Established Grounds | Outskirts of Town

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£585,000

A fantastic convenient location for access to the A338, a delightful 65’ private rear garden, and extensive off road parking are just a few features of this charming and spacious detached character home. This wonderful family home has been sympathetically and stylishly improved whilst still retaining many of its original features; such as Dorset coved ceilings and picture rails, stripped floorboards (in the reception hall and sitting room), and some stained glass windows. Stunning Family Home I Four/Five Double Bedrooms I Wonderful Character Features I Lovely Fitted Kitchen I Two Bath/Shower Rooms I Superb Edwardian Conservatory I 65’ Rear Garden I Extensive Parking & Garage I Fantastic Convenient Location

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An extremely well presented and very spacious four double bedroom, two bathroom, two reception room detached house enjoying a highly convenient non estate location a stone’s throw from the town centre and local schools.

An exceptionally spacious three double bedroom, two large reception room detached bungalow enjoying a desirable non estate location in the centre of Ashley Heath close to the forest, Moors Valley Country Park and Castleman cycle trail. Permission to be extended by adding a first floor and extending to the rear.

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Set on a magnificent site extending to about 6 acres Southwood Farm is arguably one of the areas finest houses. The original house was part of the Lord of Wimborne's Estate and was the dairy and bakery for Canford School. Located in the much sought after location of Arrowsmith Road, the grounds offer a fabulous mix of formal lawns woodland and paddocks with extensive stabling, ideal for the equestrian enthusiast. Sympathetically extended, the property has been updated to the highest standards, this stunning family home offers versatile accommodation and incorporates a further two bedroom annex with a pool complex and separate two bedroom cottage.

Southbourne £2,250,000

EPC Rating E

A uniquely situated detached property based on an elevated plot on the seafront. Wavecrest holds arguably the best plot for a detached house in Bournemouth, due to its proximity to the sea, its private garden & distance between other plots. This is truly one of Bournemouth sea fronts crowning glory's.

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Ferndown £1,050,000

EPC Rating C

Unique in design, this is a contemporary, yet imposing and individual detached house situated on an elevated plot in the heart of the Sandbanks Peninsular. Currently tenanted on an AST agreement.

The Chapter House is a traditionally built character style house in Ferndown's premier road sat within a 1/3 acre of beautifully landscaped grounds with over 3300 sq ft of accommodation immediately adjoining the Ferndown Golf Course at the 16th green.

Canford Cliffs £865,000

Branksome Park £899,000

EPC Rating C

EPC Rating C

An excellent four double bedroom family home with two large reception rooms, kitchen/breakfast room and three bathrooms offering over 2200 sq ft of living space with all the principal ground floor rooms being interlinked via wide double doors.

A larger than average character detached residence split currently split into two Freehold apartments. This would make an ideal family home/investment residence, offering 6 bedrooms, 3 reception rooms and 2 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. Vacant possession offered.

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Branksome Park £3,650 pcm

A stunning four double bedroom house which has recently had new laminate flooring throughout the whole of the downstairs and a new carpet right through the upstairs. Situated in a quiet road with a fantastic view from the garden and located in a good school catchment area. EPC = TBC

A stunning brand new four bedroom detached home situated in the highly sought after area of Branksome Park. Comprising of a large open plan living kitchen with bi-folding doors to rear-garden. On the first floor, two of the four bedrooms have en-suites, the family bathroom serves the other two bedrooms. Also contains Integral garage.

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Above: Due for commencement in early 2016, the re-plan and development of land at “Amberwood” in Lymington was voted in favour by 16 out of 17 New Forest Councillors.

AJ DEVELOPMENTS Before selling your house or site lets together explore the most profitable options AJ DEVELOPMENTS have spent the last 6 years building their stellar reputation amongst local communities and residential bodies alike. With their popular builds and eco-friendly developments, this has been achieved with a consistently considerate approach to the needs of home owners and local councils, but can also be attributed to their submission of realistic planning applications and well-earned partnerships. With a national housing shortage, home owners are increasingly exploring and undertaking the option of cashing in on appreciated land whilst remaining in their existing home. This is a particularly attractive option for those who are retired, as it frees up capital from their house without the need to relocate. As Brits, we aspire to a “mortgage free” status. It is for this reason that the thought of re-mortgaging or increasing our debt, can be unnerving, particularly if your whole life has been spent working towards this end. In most cases the fear of potential risk outweighs curiosity to explore the idea that you can access capital on your home, without incurring crippling charges.

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In a recent case study, AJ purchased a site in Highcliffe; an existing house with a sizeable garden, for which an approval decision has just been reached, allowing for 3 new homes to be developed. The uplift on the home and plot which the homeowner originally contacted AJ about has been exponential, and something which was never even dreamt about by the owner before. Another recent example is on a popular road in Lymington (Above); The existing house was devalued by only £100,000 with the shortened garden, but by selling off the land to the rear, plot realised £700,000. This allowed over half a million pounds worth of profit to be generated for the home-owner on the entire plot and who (prior to contacting AJ) had only been expecting a price for the existing house. Increasing in popularity as an option, those who wish to cash in on their gardens now have planning laws working in their favour as it is becoming more and more difficult for Councils to resist applications in already developed areas; This is also attributable to the new planning guideline, PPG3,

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Two Double Bedroom | Ground Floor

Two Double Bedroom Flat | Modern Throughout Unfurnished | White Goods | Parking Close to Local Amenities Available January 2016 for a Long Term Let

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Detached Family Home | Four Double Bedrooms Two Receptions | En-suite Shower Room Private Rear Garden | Off Road Parking Garage

For complete property listings, visit: mkestates.co.uk


Sales | Lettings | Management | Valuers | Commercial

2 Castle Parade, Iford Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6SH 01202 611270 iford@mkestates.co.uk mkestates.co.uk

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

On behalf of everyone at MK Estates, we would like to take this opportunity to wish all our valued clients a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year and to thank you for your continued custom. We look forward to hearing from you in 2016!

For complete property listings, visit: mkestates.co.uk


BUSINESS PROFILE House talks to Suzanne Kaddah from MK Estates

Suzanne Kaddah MK Estates

Could your take us through your journey with MK Estates so far? I have been involved with the development of the company from the outset. From the name/ colour’s/marketing and building of the brand etc. I specialise in lettings but have now taken a step away from that to focus on the day to day running of the company and cover both of our Holdenhurst Road and Castle Parade offices. What was your first job? Waitressing at a local hotel What lead you to a career in property? I have a family background in property so naturally I have always had an interest in the industry. I started my career about 9 years ago in a property admin role at a well-known national estate agents. I wanted to learn the responsibilities of every role in a typical office set up and over the years I gained experience doing so in both independent and corporate agents. This has helped greatly with the development of MK Estates. What is it that drives you to succeed? Seeing the growth of the company and hearing the feedback from friends and clients alike means a lot to me and makes me strive to succeed. My main priority first and foremost though is keep a good reputation within the industry. I also have such a strong team behind me who motivate and

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surprise me each day, letting them down in any way would be devastating, our growth means their growth and new opportunities for them also. In your opinion, what makes MK Estates unique? We have a fresh approach to the industry and I feel we have led where others have soon followed. We listen to each and every one of our customers and dedicate time and effort into fulfilling their requirements, whether that means doing appointments at 9pm when they finish work or driving to collect our out of area applicants from the train station to spend the day showing them around.

MY DAY A typical day in my life would be:

• Gym at about 6.30am • Office by 8.15am where I usually stay until late • Dinner/socialising with friends or family most evenings • BED!

VITAL STATISTICS Suzanne takes us through her vital statistics.

With 2016 just around the corner now, what are your plans for growth and development, in the New Year? There is nothing we need to change about what we are doing now, we just have to keep ahead of the times and have lots of new ideas and projects planned for 2016 so you’ll have to keep a look out! For more information contact: t. 01202 611373 e. info@mkestates.co.uk w. mkestates.co.uk a. 337 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH8 8BT

Born: London Children: Definitely don’t have the time for that yet Car: MK car of course! Last holiday: Marbella for a good friend’s wedding Party trick: My disappearing act of telling everyone I’ll be back in a minute but actually going home to bed Worst habit: My colleagues would say I am slightly OCD and probably a bit too truthful Favourite gadget: Without a doubt my iPhone


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ON THE COVER

LONE PINE RESIDENTIAL PARK

What makes the Premier Park Homes group location one of the most desirable in the UK? Premier Park Homes is a family-run business with

Hot Spot

designed homes are grouped together in a way

decades of experience in the industry and six

Just a few miles along is Sandbanks, an exclusive

which makes the most of aesthetics, with some

beautiful parks on offer. When it comes to special

spot with a beautiful beach, harbour and of course

very exciting models either already in situ as show

locations, Premier Park Homes really do have it in

a range of dining, including a new Rick Stein

homes or on their way in, making it a brilliant

the bag with some truly beautiful parks in their

seafood restaurant due to open very soon options

target for homebuyers looking for something

portfolio.

to suit the most refined of tastes.

really special.

Flagship Park

The park itself is set quietly back in a peaceful

Additional Information

There are none more special than their flagship

residential area, and to the rear of the park it

There are many local amenities close by and

park, Lone Pine Residential Park, in Dorset. Located

counts Ferndown’s championship golf course as its

a public bus service is only a short walk away,

in Ferndown, near Bournemouth, this really is

neighbour, with Parley Common on another side.

with frequent visits to Bournemouth, Ringwood,

a park with everything going for it, sitting within

That serves to demonstrate how peaceful it is here,

Ferndown and surrounding towns. All homes

‘millionaires row’ in Ferndown. The park was here

with the only sounds tending to be from the birds

are supplied inclusive of brick skirting, steps,

long before many of the houses, and Lone Pine

and wildlife which share the spot.

landscaped garden, garage/shed and blocked paved

Drive is actually named after the park which was originally a holiday spot.

driveways. Show homes are usually available for The 14.5-acre park is in a woodland setting, and

viewing but please call to make an appointment

since being acquired by Premier Park Homes

or pop into the sales office on site. Home exchange

It’s an area where property prices are at a

last year it’s undergone a gradual programme of

options available, if required.

premium, but on the park you can secure yourself

improvement which has given it a massive uplift, all

a spot that might otherwise simply not be

very carefully executed. It’s beautifully mature, with

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obtainable with bricks and mortar, but at a more

homes nestled behind pretty rhododendron drives,

To find out more about Premier Park Homes, please

accessible price. Homes here are high spec and

hedging and among trees which have been carefully

contact:

top-notch, bespoke designed and nestled perfectly

thinned a little in the past year to let sunlight and

T: 01202 894438

amongst the beautiful sylvan setting to ensure the

warmth through giving the park a fresh, new feel.

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best possible experience of residential living within the most prestigious area in Ferndown

It’s also a low density park, so the gardens are

Lone Pine Residential Park, Lone Pine Drive,

and Dorset.

generous and private, and the new bespoke

Ferndown, Dorset BH22 8NN

Be part of something exciting for Retirement Living within a very prestigious location in Dorset


Nestled within the most prestigious area of Ferndown, Dorset.

IT’S TIME FOR CHANGE... RETIREMENT LIVING AT IT’S VERY BEST! GATED & SECURE ENVIROMENT

EXQUISITE LOCATION

CLOSE TO LOCAL AMENITIES

EXCLUSIVE LIFESTYLE

Prices range between £249,950 - £500,000

DETACHED BESPOKE HOMES

A truly enchanting 14.5 acre sylvan setting development, with its unique prestigious location adjacent to a members only Championship Golf Course and beautiful heathland, ideal for leisurely walks. We love designing new homes for our customers and going the extra mile in providing a professional and caring service combined with excellent aftersale services. A fully assisted Home Exchange Scheme is also available to ensure a smooth transition and secure an idyllic lifestyle within the beautiful surroundings of Lone Pine Residential Park.

NEW COMPLIMENTARY BUS SERVICE FROM SPRING 2016

For further information on this exclusive development, please contact us on: 01202 894438 to arrange a viewing by appointment only.

Lone Pine Drive, Ferndown, Dorset. BH22 8NN info@premierparkhomes.co.uk w www.premierparkhomes.co.uk


Wishing all our customers a

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Mudeford £520,000

Highcliffe £435,000

Spacious & Well Presented Town House | Four Bedrooms & Two Bathrooms | Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room with Integrated Appliances | Lounge/Dining Room | Utility Room | Loft Room | Ground Floor Cloakroom | Balcony | Entrance Porch & Hall | Small Garden | Garage & Car Port | Visitor Parking | Approx. 2000 Sq. Ft.

Modern Detached House | Three Double Bedrooms | Sitting Room | Dining Room | Fitted Kitchen | Ground Floor Shower Room | Family Bathroom | Integral Single Garage & Off Road Parking | Landscaped Garden | Ideal Holiday/Second Home | Close to the Beach

Southbourne £159,950

Mudeford £319,950

Beautifully Presented Second Floor Apartment | One Bedroom & Bathroom | Fitted Kitchen | Lounge/Dining Room | Allocated Parking Space | Double Glazing & Gas Central Heating | Communal Gardens, Bin & Bike Store

Delightful End Terrace Cottage Designed For Those Over 60 | Two First Floor Bedroom & En Suite Bathroom | Ground Floor Bedroom/Dining Room & Wet Room | Living Room & Fitted Kitchen | Patio & Communal Gardens | Allocated Parking Space & Visitor Spaces | Sought After Development Close to Mudeford Quay | No Forward Chain

Mudeford £265,000

Stanpit, Christchurch Offers over £900,000

Modern Duplex Apartment | Set Over Two Floors | Two Double Bedrooms | Kitchen & Bathroom | Two Balconies with Sea Glimpses | Underground Parking | Access to Christchurch Harbour via Dinghy Park | No Forward Chain

Beautiful Grade II Listed Home Set Over Three Floors | Six Bedrooms & Four Bath/ Shower Rooms | Wealth of Charm & Character | Bespoke Kitchen/Breakfast Room * Annexe Potential | Double Garage, Boat Store, & Private Gardens | Opposite Stanpit Marsh Nature Reserve

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Seasons Greetings from Lloyds property Group in Lilliput

A selection of our recent sales in the BH14 and BH13 area! Lloyds Property Group are a family run business who have been successful selling and letting properties in the area for over 20 years. We have offices in Lilliput and Canford Cliffs meaning our clients get twice the attention from our experienced teams. To arrange a valuation on your property, please call one of our friendly team members on 01202 708044 or pop into our newly refurbished Lilliput office or visit our website www.lloydspropertygroup.com


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CONTACT 34-36 Seamoor Road, Westbourne Bournemouth, Dorset, BH4 9AS (above Ripples Bathrooms)

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UNIQUEGIFTS MINIPRESSO Minipresso helps you prepare amazing shots with little effort and a quality close to traditional machine. Don’t get rid of your daily pleasures far from home. With Minipresso, be sure to enjoy a delicious espresso anywhere, anytime. Compact & Featherweight. Doesn’t matter if you’re going away for few hours or a fortnight, space and weight are major factors when you select your travel equipment. Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine. Overall weight 0.8 LBS / 360 GRAMS Overall length 6.89 IN / 175 MM Average pressure 116 PSI / 8 BARS

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THE ALUMINIUM APPLE WATCH DOCK The Aluminium Apple Watch Dock has a micro glass pearl blasted and clear anodized finish that complements your Apple Watch. The AWDock is compatible with all Apple Watch models and bands. Docking and undocking with the AWDock is quick and requires fewer actions than charging the regular way. Simply put your watch on the AWDock to charge, and lift it off to undock. The AWDock is specifically designed for Apple Watch, to compliment your watch to its fullest. The AWDock features a minimal design, and uses highquality materials and finishes, the same as Apple does for their Watch, making the AWDock an extension of your Apple Watch. The Apple Watch charger is concealed inside the dock and is hold in place without screws or clamping parts (watch not included).

Exclusive Price £49.99 (includes UK shipping)

POWERCUBE It has a 3 metre extension cord fitted to it, so it can be mounted anywhere to have a power outlet within reach. To do this, a stick-on dock is included. An ideal location is your desktop: there is no more need to duck beneath your desk to plug in your laptop! This PowerCube also includes a powered Dual USB port, so your mobile devices (including tablet computers!) can be recharged from your desktop.

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ALL OF THESE TESTIMONIALS CAN’T BE WRONG! “I had almost given up renting my property until I was given SK Property Groups number- I called them, Simon came over on a Sunday evening- I was ‘live’ Monday morning and he has found an excellent tenant paying 6 months in advance. I now wish I hadn’t wasted 6 weeks with the other agent.” Mrs L (Landlord)

“We had four agents around to value our home. We had both the director of SKPG over- Douglas and Simon were by far the best we saw- no waffle, simplicity and honesty they offered valuations for both Sales and Lettings and were also able to offer advice on what we could do to the house to achieve higher figures.” Mr and Mrs K (Vendor)

“I would not hesitate in referring Douglas and SKPG, they definitely go the extra mile and work in your best interests going over and above all expectations.”

“Douglas is the most efficient, honest and respectful agent I have ever dealt with- I will pass all my friends your way.”

Miss W (Vendor)

Miss W (Vendor)

“I moved into a stunning flat managed by SKPG but had an issue with the heating- I emailed the maintenance address that I was given and within 15 minutes I had a call, within 2 hours of this call I had an engineer over and my heating was fixed. The service here so far has been fantastic- long may it continue.”

“I have dealt with Simon at a previous agency and as soon as I heard he was a director of a company I wanted him to manage my portfolio once again. I am an overseas landlord so I need to know my properties are in safe hands - they certainly are with SKPG!”

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Mrs P (Landlord)

A Modern Agent Built on Taditional Values Working around the clock to get the results you need. Keeping you updated throughout the whole process. 01202 287 487 info@skpg.co.uk

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01202 738 338 info@clearwater.co www.clearwater.co 133 Penn Hill Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH14 9LY

OPEN HOUSE SATURDAY 15TH MARCH 11AM – 2PM Old Harry House, 11 Gervis Crescent, Lower Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0LR

Lower Parkstone, £675,000 • Meticulously Renovated and Extended Four / Five Bedroom Chalet Styled Detached House • Wonderful Large and Beautifully Landscaped Rear Garden & Patio • EPC D

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A substantial 3 double bedroom, contemporary detached, single storey, architect designed home. The property has great emphasis on the interaction of internal and external spaces with most principal rooms having floor to ceiling windows and doors which allow a great deal of light to flood into the property. The fixtures and fittings are all 2 with underfl 1 oor heating Lower From £265,000 2/3 bespoke and theParkstone, property is overall a well-lit convivial space.

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For more information or to arrange a private viewing please contact Clearwater on 01202 738338 or visit www.clearwater.co


You decide what to pay!

In choosing Clearwater.co we are so confident you will be impressed by our service that our selling fee will be between (0.95% to 1.5% inc VAT*) and based upon our performance you decide at the end what you would like to pay...! No other agent locally has made such a bold commitment.

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Let our experienced professional team with an outstanding record in matching buyers and sellers, landlords and tenants, take exceptionally good care of you and your home. For your FREE SALES OR LETTINGS MARKET APPRAISAL call, email or visit our Penn Hill office.

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Merry Christmas from all at Leaders Honest, Straightforward Estate Agency


New for 2016 One of Bournemouth’s leading Independent Estate & Letting Agents Clifftons was first established in 2005 and we have been selling and letting properties in the Bournemouth area for Ten Years. As an Independent agency, we are creative and aspirational, looking at new ways to develop the marketing and showcasing our clients properties. This year, we have launched our new responsive website, over 60% of buyers and tenants now use a mobile device, like tablet or phone, to view properties. www.clifftons.com; Now generate over 3,000 visitors per month and growing. It’s the first port of call for buyers and tenants looking for property.

Just Launched

Click on ‘YouTube’ and type ‘Bournemouth Estate Agents’ to view.

This year has seen significant investment at Clifftons with new signs above the offices, new fleet of modern vehicles, new website and new effective marketing through Youtube. Showcasing our client’s properties with maximum impact.

Why Clifftons? – Trusted. Professional. Knowledgeable. Honest. Regulated. Experienced.

For a FREE Valuation – Call 01202 789699 The property market for 2016? The new stamp duty change, 1st April 2016, for Buy to Let and Second Homes. Purchase Price £100,000 £150,000 £250,000 £300,000 £500,000

Current Zero £500 £2,500 £5,000 £15,000

Buy to Let / Second Home £3,000 £5,000 £10,000 £14,000 £30,000


Close River Stour Walks

£650,000

• Beautiful Detached House • Large Plot, 0.43 Acres • Backs on to River Stour • Four Double Bedrooms • Two En suites • 24ft Conservatory • Large open Kitchen • Utility Room • Three

Kings Park

£295,000

• Detached Victorian House • Five Bedrooms • Three Receptions • Gas Central heating • Downstairs Cloakroom • South Westerly rear garden • off road parking • Vendor suited. •

East Cliff

£249,950

• Two Double Bedroom • Sea Views • Balcony • Underground Parking • Share of Freehold •

Town Centre

£139,950

• First Floor Maisonette • Two Double Bedrooms • Gas Central Heating • Double Glazing • Off Road Parking • Good Condition • •

East Cliff

£399,950

• Sea Views • 3 Double Beds • 2 Receptions • Balcony • 2 luxury bathrooms • Share of Freehold • Underground Parking • Contemporary Kitchen • No Chain • Built in

East Cliff

£249,950

• 2 Double Bedroom • 2 Bathroom • Very Spacious • Modern • Fitted Kitchen • East cliff • Off Road Parking • Gas Central Heating • Double Glazing • No Chain •

East Cliff

£215,000

• Minutes from the Beach • Three Double Bedrooms • Garage • Top floor ( Lift ) Fourth Fl. • Double Glazing • Gas Central Heating • Separate Cloakroom • Art Deco Mansion built

Town Centre

£130,000

• One Double Bedroom • First Floor • Purpose Built • Contemporary Kitchen • 146 Year Lease • Secure Underground Parking • No Chain •

Thinking of Selling or Letting? Tel: 01202 789699 For a FREE valuation

Westbourne

£180,000

• Two Double Bedrooms • Off Road Parking • Garage • Share of Freehold • Direct Access to Gardens •

Moordown

£125,000

• In need of Modernisation • One Double Bedroom • Gas Central Heating • Double Glazing • Built/Converted 2005 • Off Road Parking • No Chain • EPC 82 •

Over Years combined Experience • Free in Valuations Free 40 Sales & Lettings Valuations • Experts Property

Tel: 01202 789699 • www.clifftons.com

Charminster

£170,000

• Two Double Bedrooms • Share of Freehold • Gas Central Heating • Double Glazing • Southerly facing Balcony • Secure Underground Parking • Second Floor (Lift) •

Town Centre

£115,000

• One Double Bedroom • Town Centre Location • Let for £550pcm • Gas Central Heating • Double Glazing • No Chain • EPC 66 • •


TALKING BUSINESS

TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Jeff Lester from SPV

Meet Jeff Could you maybe tell us a little more about the process of your business, and how it could make readers money? One of the key areas of our business is working with land and property owners; they bring in their land or the property, and we bring in our expertise and arrange funding. Together we then form some kind of joint venture, and that venture can form a number of guises; either a very simple ‘subject to planning purchase agreement’, (we go into an agreement with the client to buy their land once planning has been approved), or alternatively a real joint venture where the land owner stays invested with us throughout the project. They put in the land, we obtain the planning consent and funding and we develop the venture out and we both share in the profit on the development, or it can be where we take a simple option on a site, or piece of land, and that in effect gives us the ability to obtain a speculative planning consent, and then either develop or sell that opportunity to someone else again sharing the profit with our client.

accommodation and this venture all started with a simple option agreement, which is now being developed by ASN Capital for occupation by Bournemouth University. We’re also working on a dream home joint venture in Christchurch, which I’m really excited about. Our joint venture partner owns a modest bungalow on a lovely plot, overlooking the river Avon, and we think with some clever planning, we can put two very smart contemporary homes on this site. They won’t just look over the river, they will look up the river out toward the harbour making the absolute most of this wonderful setting– essentially we are doubling his land value.

I suppose my first relevant job was in financial services, I also spent a short time in estate agency. Our first venture was redeveloping a really grotty bedsit on Boscombe beach. It was this first project, which lead us onto so much more work, and ultimately to where I am today. What lead you to a career in this field?

Ultimately our joint ventures are as risk free as possible for the client, we are a 100% performance paid business, in that if we do not deliver a highly profitable venture we don’t make any money. We believe in every joint venture we take on and we are prepared to invest our time experience and money into the venture, and if it doesn’t work out at the planning stage, the client still has their land or property – it’s win, win. What projects are you currently working on? I’m really excited to finally see the dynamic site at ‘Bath Road’, (Bournemouth), coming to a conclusion, over 80 units on a brown fill location, (a site that had an old unwanted property on it), right in the town Centre. Providing luxurious student

Ultimately it is down to 20 years of experience, we can see certain potential in different spaces, but if I was to pin point a few things we look for, it would be: •

Location, location, location: whether it’s potential for an urban build in a town center, or a conversion of an agricultural building in the country.

If it’s a joint venture, its the people involved.

Potential, We have redeveloped everything from a church and monastery, agricultural barns, to simple back gardens.

Demand: is there a good demand for what you want to develop?

A site that is under-utilized or where planning can be improved, On many occasions we can seriously increase a projects value by improving planning, or improving properties which are under-utilized.

What was your first job?

What makes your business different? What’s unique about us is we try to find a joint venture that suits the client – every client is different, and their needs are different, and ultimately it’s our job to find out what they want, and to make it as stress free, enjoyable, and as profitable a process as possible.

When picking a site, what is it you look for?

Well my father and grandfather were builders, but I never wanted to be one, so I spent 15 years in financial services, and begun specialising in property related pension schemes, so that drew me back into property and as that went on I become more and more involved in it. One day I was having an extension built on my own house, by two friends I knew who became my business partners and most trusted friends, and we then went on to start a property development business together.

What has your favourite project been to date? I get a buzz out of doing something I can be proud of, and the monastery in Torquay stands out. I’m also proud of the development being built now in the town center by ASN, it really looks stunning. I was standing on the roof a week or two ago with the new owner and it felt great looking at the view and seeing a big smile on the owners face.

What is it that drives you to succeed? Quality of life, I love waking up and enjoying what I do. I have young vibrant family who are full of beans and they inspire me daily. It is also vital for me to really like the people I work with, especially when working on a venture with a client. Liking the people you work with is a fundamental part of a good joint venture as it is in running a good business. I learned some valuable lessons about choosing joint venture partners many years ago and it has stood us in good stead ever since.

We cover the costs. You maximise your site value.

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The $64,000 question, does your property have development potential?

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TO FIND OUT MORE CALL Jeff Lester on 07891 596667 or email jeff@spvsolutions.co.uk www.spvsolution.co.uk


Residential Sales, Commercial Property & Lettings

Tel: 01202 646 964

www.mckinlays.co.uk

COMING SOON SOUTHBOURNE 4 Bed 3 Rec Detached Needing Updating WINTON 3 Bed Semi Requiring Full Refurbishment

BOSCOMBE

£154,950

LEASEHOLD 2 bed SFF, lounge, mod fit kit / diner, mod bath, d/g, c/h, parking. Currently let @ £700 pcm ideal BTL or FTB

EAST CLIFF

£299,950

SHARE OF FREEHOLD 2 dbl bed SFF, en-suite to master, lounge/ diner, mod fit kit, mod fit bath, c/h, d/g, ample storage, lift, permit parking, s/w balcony, NO CHAIN.

SOUTHBOURNE

£242,000

SHARE OF FREEHOLD 2 dbl bed FFF, lounge/diner, mod fit kit, mod fit shower rm, balcony, d/g, c/h, lift, garage, NO CHAIN

BOSCOMBE EAST £237,500

SOUTHBOURNE

FREEHOLD 2 bed purpose built GFF, open plan mod fit kit/lounge/dining rm, mod fit bath, sep wc, c/h, d/g, front & rear gdn, det garage, orp

LEASEHOLD 2 bed FFF, modern open plan living space, en-suite shower, mod fit bath, d/g, c/h, orp, newly refurbished. NO CHAIN

CHARMINSTER

£245,000

FREEHOLD 3 bed det bungalow, lounge, kit/b’fast rm, shower rm, c/h, majority d/g, terraced gdn.

£219,950

SOUTHBOURNE

£149,950

LEASEHOLD 1 dbl bed g/f flat, lounge/diner with privacy windows, mod fit kit, mod fit bath, c/h, d/g, comm gdn & bike store.

McKinlays would like to wish all their customers old and new a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous 2016

117 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth BH6 3QY

Poole £280,000

Bournemouth £314,950

Poole £275,000

3 Bedroom detached bungalow, lounge with open fireplace, kitchen/ breakfast room, garage/workshop, off road parking, rear garden with decked terrace.

3/4 Bedroom detached property, double glazed conservatory, large reception, landscaped rear garden, detached garage divided to provide workshop/office.

3 Bedroom detached bungalow, gas central heating, double glazed conservatory, double garage with electric door, off road parking, enclosed rear garden.

Poole £245,000

Bournemouth £205,000

Poole £234,950

3 Bedroom semi detached, modern fitted kitchen, modern bathroom, lounge area, dining area, good sized back garden, corner plot, heart of Creekmoor.

3 Bedrooms, fitted kitchen, good size living room, gas coal effect fire, good size rear garden, UPVC double glazing, GCH, large garage, close to main bus route.

Popular location, 3 bedrooms, generous living space, enclosed rear garden, UPVC windows, central heating, in need of modernisation.

Thacker & Revitt your local independent sales and letting agents are successfully selling and letting properties within the Poole and Bournemouth area. For a free, no-obligation market appraisal please call us. We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

478 Ashley Road, Poole, Dorset, BH14 0AD • 01202 748999 • www.thackerandrevitt.co.uk • sales@thackerandrevitt.co.uk • lets@thackerandrevitt.co.uk


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paulwatts The team over at Paul Watts were a delight to deal with. They dealt with both the sale of our house, and the purchase of another house for us. They offered us advice at every step of the way and we found them to be truly honest. Would highly recommend.

This was an estate sale of my late mothers property. The whole process was handled in a sympathetic as well as professional manner

We were very happy with Margaret, she answered all our questions and if she didn’t know she got straight back to the vendor to ďŹ nd out and then got back to us. We have not used the company before but would so in the future.

Margaret and her team are helpful and professional throughout the process. Always very warm and welcome to any questions we may have and prompt to answer. Will deďŹ nitely recommend to families and friends.

Margaret was responsive, helpful and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend dealing with Paul Watts.

A good company,far better than we had the misfortune to deal within the past, and certainly better than the one we are currently dealing with to purchase our next property. Why cant all agents be honest and straight forward like this one, Margaret and her team show how easy and simple good companies can make the process, one of the few companies that dont deserve the poor reputation this industry have brought upon itself. Thanks Margaret and team

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paulwatts The team always follow up viewings with prompt and honest feedback so the seller is kept informed of progress in their sale. The team at Paul Watts are all highly professional but also very friendly and approachable. Their local knowledge is thorough and up to date making them ideal estate agents to emphasise the positive aspects of your property and the local area. I sold my property with Paul Watts. Margaret and Penny were very helpful and friendly they kept me informed all the way. They are very professional in their work. My sale went smoothly and quickly thanks to Margaret and Penny being on the ball and doing what you expect from a estate agent. They found me the best price and their fees are very good. I highly recommend this estate agent and I will be using them again.

The ďŹ rm were a delight to work with giving feedback throughout the process. The team also stayed in contact on a regular basis up to completion updating on progress

Margaret, Penny, Taya, Leigh and Karen would would like to wish everyone

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

01202 524252 www.paulwatts.co.uk info@paulwatts.co.uk 379-381 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, BH8 9QT


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PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT

THE BUILDWELL GROUP Wow, what a year we have had! 2015 has been a year of exciting developments for Buildwell. With the launch of the new branding and company expansion there have been many great things for us to shout about for the last 12 months. With collaborations on some truly exciting projects this year we’re not sure where to start. Having a key involvement on the new £1.2m renovation and refurbishment at the Littledown Centre, Bournemouth has certainly been one of our highlights. A very exciting project that will have fantastic knock-on benefits to the area providing additional services to the popular public facility. Buildwell have had involvement in numerous luxury home developments along the Dorset coastline, highlighting some unique projects in Sandbanks and Mudeford for major local building companies. We have also worked with some great Educational sector projects including a school refurbishment in

Andover, again working hand in hand with one of the South Coasts major construction companies. From time to time, we get the chance to have major involvement in projects working for companies based outside of the local three counties, once such project is the redevelopment of one of the old buildings on the Bournemouth’s Old Christchurch Road, this project has been ongoing now for about 5 months and is set for exciting unveiling in the new year so watch this space. It’s not just buildings that we make steel for; we have designed and fabricated a custom galvanised swimming pool cover that sits in the garden for a private client, intricate ‘floating’ staircases for another private client and designed steelwork to repair the tower of a national heritage site. We have fabricated and supplied thousands of steel beams for building projects for several hundred different building companies of varying sizes across the South Coast, it really has been a busy year.

The team dynamic has also changed greatly with an energetic new sales manager and new members of the fabrication and erection team, Buildwell are going from strength to strength with 2016 set to be our most exciting year to date. Buildwell has some very exciting projects on the horizon with business growth, expansion of our geographical reach and project development being key to the buzz within the office. If you are looking for a company to get involved with your new development then please get in touch with us. Buildwell would like to wish all our customers and clients a very Merry Christmas and here’s to a fantastic and profitable 2016 for everyone. For more information contact us on: t. 01202 871448 e. info@buildwellgroup.co.uk

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BUSINESS PROFILE House talks to Ray Powis from Powis Real Estate Agents

Ray Powis

Powis Real Estate Agents How did Powis Real estate agents begin? I started the business on the 22nd of May 2009, born out of my personal frustration of working as a senior manager in the world of corporate agency, I felt that the customer had become secondary and all focus was on maximising profit at their expense. I wanted to offer an alternative which purely focused on Real estate agency. Experience, local knowledge and passion for fantastic customer satisfaction being key. Tell me about your History. As a “world cup” baby born in 1967 in Seafield Road in Southbourne, I attended Stourfield Junior school then made the natural progression to Beaufort Secondary Modern school. Having a varied career in many diverse businesses including Wilkins the bakers, a repairing and manufacturing jewellers, retail, antiques and even the licence trade, I started my career in estate agency in 1994. Having many successes including top regional manager in the Southern Division in 2004. What sets Powis Real estate agents apart from other agents? Firstly we always put the customer first, this has seen Powis become and sustain the number one house selling agents in BH7 for a number of years. In addition we are proud of our bespoke viewing facility where buyers and sellers can sit in comfort and search the market, see extended

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photos and floor plans of all our properties and use the internet for additional information. What do you do for fun? I love to dance, this year I have started to learn Ceroc which has been a challenge. Walking throughout our amazing local countryside, the New Forest and the Purbecks. I am a real foodie and get immense satisfaction in baking and cooking for friends and family. Get to the gym when I can and play golf to a moderate standard. What has surprised you the most? How there is a genuine desire from our customers to deal with a real expert in the local area and someone who will take away the stress of moving where possible. The other surprise is how my staff step up to the mark when called upon. I am the world’s worst delegator but find when I put my trust in my team they deliver, which I am immensely grateful for. What is Powis Real estate agents goal? When I sit with potential customers, I explain, our goal is not only to sell your property but we look at your whole move. Using our unique Home Hunter service we are able to target specific properties on our customers behalf with a view to making our customers move complete. I always say, my goal is for you to be sitting in your new home with a cold drink feeling truly happy with the choice of agent that

you made, and feeling confident that you can recommend us to your friends and family. What’s new for Powis in 2016? We intend investing in technology, we are currently exploring the world of telecommunications which will give us the facility to be a 24/7 agent. The new system will enable our customers to contact the correct person every time with this fully computerised system which we are very excited about. For any further information call 01202 43 55 77 or visit www.powis-estateagents.co.uk


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WESTBOURNE | £229,950

WESTBOURNE | £220,000 GUIDE PRICE

• 2 Double bedroom character apartment • Share of freehold • Kitchen/breakfast room • Parking • Master with ensuite • EPC Rating C

• Unique 1 bedroom flat • Master bedroom with ensuite • Golden grid location

TALBOT WOODS | GUIDE PRICE £725,000

WESTBOURNE | £225,000

• 4 double bedroom family house • 2 large reception rooms • Master ensuite

• 2 bed ground floor flat • Lounge/dinner with terrace • Shower room

• Double garage • Yards from Bournemouth gardens • EPC Rating E

BRANKSOME PARK | £499,950

WESTBOURNE | £265,000

• Luxury Modern Apartment • 3 double bedrooms • Master ensuite with dressing room

• 2 Double bedrooms • Golden Grid location • Stunning kitchen

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• Oversize garage with storage • Further bathroom • EPC Rating D

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Please tell us a little bit about what you will be doing in this brand new column? I am really excited to be invited back to the magazine. I used to write a column and I am looking forward to answering some common and sometimes specific and specialist questions from readers. Financial constraints on the lending community from The Bank of England (BoE) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are making it difficult for people to borrow money and even if people are offered a loan, it is often below what they need. The European directives coming in March next year will add even more burden to a badly affected area of UK business and I expect to have more information on the impacts of legislation in future columns over the course of next year.

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So what sort of topics do you expect to be asked about? I think that most of the questions will be straightforward, such as types of mortgage and repayment schemes, latest developments and impacts of legislation. I hope that some of the questions are topically specific that not only apply to the writer but most of all to the readers who may have similar experiences.

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Will you be answering questions on mortgages only or will you cover other areas of financial advice? The FCA are extremely strict on who can give advice on financial matters. Unless you are qualified and deemed competent in an area of finance with mortgages, investments, pensions and insurances being the main areas then you will not be able to give advice, whether solicited or unsolicited. As a result, I will be concentrating mainly on mortgages and insurances and other means of raising finance for property related projects.

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Who are you and why should we read your column? Two very good questions. I used to write under my own name – Tony Peters of Planit Mortgages but when I was approached by this fine publication with the Mortgage Doctor idea, I just had to take it up. The area of financial advice is seen to many as stuffy and very serious using rules and phrases to confuse the man in the street. We hope to take a more human view, explaining things in a way that most people can understand and taking the fear out of buying property, whether it be your first or last home or an investment for your future.

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We know your name, tell us a bit about yourself. I can’t say I’m shy and not say anything because anyone that knows me would disagree with that so here’s a snapshot of me… I have been in Poole for 20 years now having come to Dorset to join Siemens in Poole as an engineer. I used to look after the equipment monitoring the air quality in the UK, something that has cropped up recently in the news. I am originally from the North-West having been born in the city of Liverpool but grew up in the countryside of Cheshire.

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A lovely bright and spacious first floor two bedroom apartment located in the ever popular Poole Quarter offered with vacant pos session available.

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A chance to purchase a spectacular four-bedroom contemporary detached house in the heart of Lilliput and just a five minutes drive from the beautiful blue flag beaches of Sandbanks. This property has been beautifully furnished throughout, comprehensively equipped with high attention to all details.

A well fitted and presented 1 bedroom flat in this popular, centrally-located development in Poole Old Town, only a short stroll from the bars and restau rants of Poole Quay.

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LIFEBOAT QUAY £319,950 A contemporary rare 3 bedroom apartment which has tremendous views over the harbour towards the Purbeck Hills. This apartment POOLE QUAY £135,000 is situated on the third floor and • Intercom System • One Bedroom has secure parking and a balcony. • Close to Poole Quay • Ideal Investment • Gas Central Heating • Purpose Built Block

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Three Double Bedrooms Marina Berth Harbour Views Garage

£650,000 • • • •

First Floor Apartment Large Balcony Two Parking Spaces EPC - C

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Two Double Bedrooms En-suite to Master Ideal Investment Fitted Kitchen

£139,950

£225,000 • • • •

24 Hour Concierge Service Gated Parking Poole Quay location EPC - C

POOLE OLD TOWN £475,000

SANDBANKS £875,000

This exquisite three bedroomed, four storey character property situated in the heart of Poole Old Town conservation area.The BAITER PARK £500,000 building is understood to date • Very Well Presented • Harbour Views from the mid 1800’s. • Garage • Four Bedrooms

An ultra-modern 4 double bed room, 4 bathroom townhouse. Lo cated on the Sandbanks Peninsula, ideally positioned within walking CANFORD HEATH £144,950 distance to stunning beaches and • Gas Central Heating • Two Double Bedrooms the shores of Poole Harbour • Allocated Parking • Lounge

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Clarkes

Clearwater

T: 01202 533377 696 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth, Dorset BH9 2EG

T: 01202 738338 133 Penn Hill Avenue, Poole

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Clifftons (Winton)

Corbin & Co

T: 01202 789699 3 Lansdowne Crescent, Bournemouth, Dorset

T: 01202 512520 706 Wimborne Road, Winton, Bournemouth

T: 01202 519761 40 Kinson Road, Bournemouth BH10 4AL

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Edwards

Elder & Froy

Westbourne T 01202 765995 Poole T 01202 676292

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Denisons

T: 01202 555550 404 Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Bournemouth, Dorset BH22 9AU

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Foxes

Frost & Co

T: 01202 299600 2 Poole Hill, Bournemouth, Dorset

T: 01202 778855 2 Station Road, Parkstone, Poole BH14 8UB

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Mitchells

Richard Godsell

Highcliffe T: 01425 272206 Mudeford T: 01202 499295

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Savills T: 01202 708888 34 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs Poole, Dorset, BH13 7LP

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T: 01202 424214 2 Church Street, Christchurch, Dorset BH23 1BW

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Elder&Froy

T: 01305 269200 22 Middlemarsh Street, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3GD

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Hearnes Bournemouth T: 01202 317317 Ferndown T: 01202 890 890

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Hearnes Ringwood T: 01425 489 955 Wimborne T: 01202 84292

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Stephen Noble (Sandbanks)

T: 01202 557766 3-5 Yelverton Road, Bournemouth BH1 1DB

T: 01202 557766 34E Panorama Road, Sandbanks, BH13 7RD

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Winkworth Westbourne

T: 01202 434365 29 Southbourne Grove, Southbourne, BH6 3QT

T: 01202 767633 77 Poole Road, Bournemouth, BH4 9BB

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Woolley & Wallis

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ASK THE EXPERT Matthew Fleming-Duffy Cherry Mortgage and Finance LTD Mortgage and Finance Broker

Have a Cherry Christmas! Well, what a year 2015 has been; according to the Bank of England, gross mortgage lending is experiencing its strongest period since the ‘credit crunch’ in 2008. The Council of Mortgage Lenders believe that the UK may not see its first rate hike until 2017, as global uncertainties have had a profound effect on interest rate expectations. We’ve seen Chancellor George Osborne back down on tax credit cuts, announce the building of 400,000 new affordable houses and create the Help to Buy ISA… however it’s not all good news and we certainly won’t see the end of austerity despite the generosity of the Spending Review and Autumn Statement. The Chancellor has announced changes to the way profit from property is taxed and the EU Mortgage Credit Directive comes into force on 21st March 2016; both changes will have an impact on landlords and Buyto-Let mortgages. Financial analysts are becoming increasingly worried about the situation in China and the recent volatility in the U.S. stock markets… and here in the UK, we should expect to see an EU referendum in the summer of 2016 which could have a significant effect on our economy and the mortgage market.

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Gutter Cleaning Blocked gutters and down pipes can cause serious damage to your property. Damp, water ingress, interior and external building damage as well as algae growth can be attributed to blocked gutters. In order to prevent any costly repair work, we recommend having your gutters cleaned regularly.

Soffits, Fascia’s & Cladding Our water fed telescopic pole allows us to clean the hard to reach external features of a property. These include Soffits, Fascia’s and the undersides of gutters, as well as banners, signage and facades on commercial units.

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SK ON THEIR FIRST QUARTER We are absolutely delighted with what we have achieved so far. Our preliminary goals were to build a reputation for helping our vendors and landlords while offering best customer service possible. This we are on the way to achieving (especially looking at our testimonials found on page 81). Secondly we are trying to change the public’s perception on estate agents this will take more time but hopefully possible. We have stated before that we understand why people feel the way they do about agents, but it’s the little things we do that can make a large difference so time will tell.

reputation for offering inflated values to gain the instruction- this is a very frustrating reason for missing out on the opportunity and it also provides false expectations for the owner), some choose the agent they got on best with and some go with the middle valuation. SK Property Group researches the area, its surroundings, the schools, current available properties, recently sold/rented properties and their extensive market knowledge to produce valuations- we believe in offering an achievable valuation rather than inflated valuation- this saves everyone time, of course if the owners would like to test the market with higher figure we will do so but we will always offer our professional advice.

SK ON THE FUTURE

SK ON OTHER AGENTS We like to think we have some positive links with other local agents. Although we are in competition I think it’s a bit small minded when people bad mouth other agents. I always ask our vendors, landlords and tenants about their experience with other agents and love positive feedback- hearing someone be positive about an agent is similar to hearing someone say ‘didn’t that ref have a good game’ - it just doesn’t tend to happen! – Simon Kerley

SK ON THE CURRENT MARKET I find It funny when I hear people blaming the festive period for not achieving. Of course the market slows slightly that’s definitely true - however the buyers and tenants that are viewing during this season in our experience are certainly motivated so there no excuse really. It’s almost like the agent is slowing down so uses Christmas as their reason. Being proactive, keeping the properties correctly priced and having quality marketing should always reap rewards.

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It’s a very exciting time for us, we are a fresh, motivated and highly proactive agency. We are building awareness, creating excitement and the phones are ringing. We are about to extend the team (see recruitment advert on page 288), we have happy vendors, buyers, landlords and tenants. We have plans to grow at a comfortable rate- however we do not want our service to diminish due to an inability to manage the portfolios. We have built links with some local investors and developers, we have recently acquired a plot of land for developers and look forward to selling and managing the block. There are no limits on what we can achieve, as long as the service is consistent then we will grow and grow, we will add to the team before it’s a necessity so when the new members are fully trained they will be up to speed and their introduction will be smooth. SK Property Group would like to hear from you if you are considering coming to the market or if you are unhappy with your current agent please call to see how we can help you achieve. We believe in our service so much so that we invite you to instruct us alongside any agent and you will see the difference yourself.

On average owners invite three agents to their property for a market appraisal. They have their own reasons for which agencies they choose but its normally the agency that they originally bought through, the agent that has the most boards in the area and the agent that a family member knows. Some owners choose the highest valuation (unfortunately some people have the

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DAVID JAMES ARCHITECTS David James Architects & Associates Ltd have been recognised again at the prestigious International Design and Architecture Awards held at the Hurlingham Club in London. They were the proud recipients of the design award in the international residential category for houses valued between £1- £2.5 million. The awards were hosted by Design et al, an international design magazine. Winners are selected by industry professionals, clients and customers. This year over 54,000 people voted in these awards. The David James designed house in Nairn Road, Poole was voted as the winner out of seven other internationally shortlisted houses. In 2014, David James Architects & Associates Ltd were winners at the same awards, in the £2.5 - 5 million category for House Ventura, in Minterne Road, Poole. The practice has won a number of prominent awards, including the What House awards in 2013, for which they were also shortlisted in 2014. These awards acknowledge that this local Dorset company is achieving worldwide recognition for excellence, design and innovation in architecture. David James qualified as an Architect in South Africa, and has practiced in England as a RIBA Chartered Architect for the past 19 years. David James Architects was established in 2009 and have

since been at the forefront of architectural design in the south of England. Projects range from bespoke houses, large scheme apartment blocks, to sizeable commercial projects, office developments and master planning housing schemes. David James Architects have a proven track record for gaining planning permission even for the most challenging of sites. The company strives to create bespoke design solutions and provides a comprehensive design service; from the initial appraisal, concept design, and planning submission, through to building regulations and detailed design features. In addition, the dedicated 3D visualisation team produce realistic models, allowing the client to fully appreciate the design. The Interior design team completes the picture enabling the internal architecture to mirror the exterior design in quality and innovation. David James Architects provide a comprehensive service, from design to project management - inception to completion. David James Architects are a young dynamic practice, with a reputation for creating thoughtful, versatile, dynamic yet practical design solutions.

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Broadview Shading are fast building a reputation for innovation and cutting edge conceptual shading design, partnering with some of the leading designers, architects and developers on some of the most prestigious, modern and concept buildings where attention to detail matters. The concept of connecting architecture and design is the most important aspect of our business. Broadview helps their clients to control the environment that surrounds them with the minimum of fuss and maximum flexibility with the beauty of the latest technology, their objective is to produce a shading experience that far exceeds expectations.

Broadview offer exclusive brands such as Silent Gliss, Luxaflex, Brustor Outdoor Shading and Somfy as well as the full range of other well known domestic brands to suit any modern or period home. They are specialists in total home shading and can supply and integrate any type of blind into home control systems which give clients the flexibility to control their shades at the touch of a button or controlled via timers or sunlight. Privately owned Broadview have a team of Sales Designers to deal with their clients on a one to one basis throughout the project, giving continuity, fast turnaround times, bespoke detailing and a high degree of flexibility and innovation, with the back up of an in house customer service team and fully trained installers to complete the job. For further information, drop into their showroom to see the latest trends in shading solutions. Or have one of their team provide a demonstration of the latest operation in home or commercial electrically powered systems.


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TOP PROPERTIES

WAREHAM £385,000

POOLE £299,950

WEST PARLEY £699,950

A detached 4 bedroom family home, benefits from a master en-suite, underfloor heating, wood-burning stove, carpeted, garden, garage & visitors’ parking.

This top floor apartment benefits from two double bedrooms, lounge/dining room, large balcony with stunning views and secure ground floor parking.

A five bedrooms home which benefits from three en suites, refurbished kitchen, lounge, separate dining room, two studies, a wine cellar and a secluded garden.

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GREYS UPTON 01202 622101 www.greysestateagents.co.uk

ATKINS 01202 548844 www.atkinsestateagents.co.uk

FOR SALE Our favourite properties for sale this issue.

BOURNEMOUTH £595,000 A beautifully presented 4 bedroom, 2 reception room character home situated within a sought after location. The property has been finished to an exacting standard by the current owners and features a stunning open plan kitchen/dining/family room opening onto a good-sized garden. HEARNES BOURNEMOUTH 01202 317317 www.hearnes.com

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CANFORD CLIFFS £349,950

RINGWOOD PRICE GUIDE £550,000

CANFORD CLIFFS GUIDE PRICE £1,250,000

High specification apartment with two double bedrooms with an en-suite to the master bed, open plan living area with balcony and underground parking.

A superb & spacious Grade II listed Thatch Cottage with pretty south west facing gardens and an original features including beams and inglenook fireplaces.

A stunning four double bedroom, three bathroom detached home situated within the sought after Canford Cliffs.

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WAREHAM £669,950

WESTBOURNE £535,000

Substantial and extremely elegant family residence, beautifully presented and standing in glorious, secluded gardens of nearly an acre.

A luxurious architectural home with extensive glass elevations, 3 spacious bedrooms, set in landscaped gardens, with a driveway and double garage.

A stunning 3/4 bedroom townhouse boasting a beautifully re-fitted kitchen and bathrooms, spacious living accommodation and a larger than average garden.

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GOADSBY 01929 552206 www.goadsby.com

HEARNES BOURNEMOUTH 01202 317317 www.hearnes.com

FOR SALE Our favourite properties for sale this issue.

VERWOOD GUIDE PRICE £200,000 Ideal property for first time buyers or investors looking to achieve in the region of 5%. This beautifully presented two double bedroom end of terrace house has been extended and modernised by the current owners and is offered with no forward chain and available for viewing exclusively with SK Property Group.

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A part furnished, three bedroom, three bathroom, two balcony apartment with roof Jacuzzi and two parking spaces.

This property is neutrally decorated to suit all tastes and also benefits from 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, a single garage, driveway parking and a rear garden.

This immaculate three bedroom house boasts a generous sized reception room, master to en-suite, garden to the rear and two allocated parking spaces.

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TALKING BUSINESS

TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Richard Pettifer from A-One Insurance Group

A-One Insurance Group Richard Pettifer, Manager

A-One personal lines insurance has recently relocated to the busy borough of Westbourne. The move has been a fantastic success and resulted in far greater footfall. At A-One Insurance an open door policy is integral to the service provided. Whether you are a current client or simply wishing to seek advice, A-One are pleased to help and take time to go the extra mile. Now located in Westbourne, a more accessible location, A-One Insurance can best practice this policy. Branch Manager Richard Pettifer told “as part of the personal service we provided there have been occasions where we have left the office to visit the premises of a claimant”. Providing a face - to - face point of contact with staff who are considerate and experienced is exactly how A-One has retained their clients business for many years. Set up in 1993, A-One lives by the mantra ‘we provide our clients with peace of mind so they can go about their lives with absolute confidence’. Often it is not until something happens that the realisation of the financial loss is considered. A-One Insurance has been due diligent in offering advice to suit their mantra and have noted the potential pitfalls to your home during the winter months.

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Follow these A-One recommended tips to MOT your property ensuring a peaceful Christmas. 1. It is recommended that working chimneys should be swept at least once a year, especially if they have been unused for a long period of time for example after the summer. Regularly sweeping your chimney reduces the risk of chimney fires and resulting smoke damage. 2. Regularly keep an eye on your external drains if they are overflowing or smelling nasty you have warning signs of a problem or blockage. Scoop out any tree debris in the autumn months and install drain covers cheaply by purchasing them from a local DIY store. 3. Check you roof- stand as far away as you can from your property so you can see your roof, look out for cracked or slipped tiles, ensure satellite dishes or TV aerials are secure as they can cause damage if they are not fitted properly. Flat roof should not show signs of tear or sagging. If you notice wet patches on ceilings in the upstairs of properties, it is a warning sign of a roof leak.

4. Protect your property from the elements by taking care of external doors and windows paying particular care to frames especially if they are wooden to avoid rotting keep them protected with a weather proof varnish or paint. 5. Tackle any overhanging branches before the gusty winds descend so they don’t cause damage in storms to your property or passers by. Plants growing up the brickwork or rendering on your property can look attractive but can damage brickwork and foundations, or cause blockages in gutters. 6. Pressure wash path and drive ways to avoid algae growing causing slippery surfacing in wet weather creating hazards to people visiting your property. 7. Clear gutters from weeds, leaves and branches to avoid damage. Much like a doctors surgery, A-One Personal Lines Insurance is on call, so pop in for a cup of tea and some friendly advice.


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About using a local removal firm Steve Webber, Director of Maidmans Moving & Storage

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Steve has many years experience within the moving & storage industry, he offers the following advice about using a local removal firm. Steve says: “It is always advisable to use a local BAR approved removals company, because they have to conform to a high standard of service and to follow the BAR’s Code of Practice. You can be assured that all staff will be properly trained with sound knowledge of the local area and conditions, with all vehicles well maintained and licensed.” Buying, selling and moving home can be one of the biggest and most stressful events in your life. You may consider moving yourself but never underestimate just how big a job this could be. The safe relocation of furniture, pianos and antiques etc. is a time consuming and difficult job, especially if it is something you are not used to doing”. He added: “Sometimes there are unforeseen delays, such as a house sale not completing as anticipated, or keys not being exchanged on time. If you had to wait overnight or over the weekend, we have local secure storage facilities or we can keep your possessions on our lorry overnight, at our secure premises under CCTV surveillance. Our insurance cover for your goods runs from the start to the finish of the removal.” Maidmans receive 80% of our new business by referrals. At Maidmans, we think there are plenty of good reasons why it’s worth going local!”

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A sincere thank you to all of our clients for making 2015 a great year. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all the team at Frost & Co Lower Parkstone www.frostandco.net


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Open 7 days a week Professional photography LILLIPUT £835,000 A stunning three bedroom plus study/ bedroom four, four bathroom detached house enjoying panoramic harbour views. The property also has a large mezzanine level with plans approved to extend to include an additional en-suite master bedroom. Vacant, no chain and viewing comes highly recommended.

LOWER PARKSTONE £549,950 A three bedroom, three storey, contemporary detached house having been finished to an extremely high standard including a stunning kitchen dining room. Situated in a popular location just a short distance of Ashley Cross village with its amenities, fashionable bars and bistros. Must be viewed

PARKSTONE £139,950

LOWER PARKSTONE £430,000

LOWER PARKSTONE £364,950

Garden flat - A large one bedroom character apartment located within walking distance of local shops and a bus route. The property has its own garden and parking area - ideal first home or investment

An attractive three bedroom detached, character house located in a quiet and mature road within walking distance of Ashley Cross village. The property enjoys lovely views across Poole Harbour and the Purbecks beyond

925 sq ft - A well presented and particularly spacious two bedroom, two bathroom ground floor apartment with south facing terrace. The property is ideally located in a quiet road between Ashley cross village and Poole Park.

01202 778855 | Parkstone@frostandco.net Poole Office: 2 Station Road, Lower Parkstone Poole, Dorset, BH14 8UB

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OAKDALE £153,950

LOWER PARKSTONE £359,950

LOWER PARKSTONE £419,950

Two bedroom first floor purpose built flat. Located in a convenient location close to the amenities of Oakdale and Canford Heath village centres. Offered for sale with no forward chain.

A three double bedroom detached family home situated in this sought after area of Alexandra Park within the favoured Courthill First and Baden Powell Middle School catchment area, backing onto Alexandra Park.

A charming three bedroom, two reception semi detached house built in the 1930’s and located in a mature, established road within walking distance of Ashley Cross Village. No chain - ready for occupation.

LOWER PARKSTONE £550,000 A well presented four bedroom detached family home benefitting from a superb open plan kitchen /dining day room with door opening to rear garden. Located in a popular road within an excellent school catchment area. Viewing comes highly recommended.

LILLIPUT £499,950 Requiring full modernisation and refurbishment throughout, this two double bedroom detached bungalow benefits from a large west facing rear garden and is situated in a popular residential road within the Lilliput area. No forward chain, viewing comes highly recommended.

01202 778855 | Parkstone@frostandco.net Poole Office: 2 Station Road, Lower Parkstone Poole, Dorset, BH14 8UB

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ARE YOU UP TO DATE ? House prices in Poole have changed throughout 2015 – if you would like to obtain an up to date valuation of your property then call Frost & Co on 01202 778855. Property valuations are offered in complete confidence and there is no obligation to sell. www.frostandco.net


LOWER PARKSTONE 01202 737755

THINKING OF LETTING? THINK OF FROST & CO PROFESSIONAL LETTINGS! Your local lettings experts! Call today for your FREE, no obligation market appraisal • Residential lettings and property management • • Buy to let advice • Experienced letting team • 01202 737755 | poolelettings@frostandco.net | 32 Wessex Road, Lower Parkstone, BH14 8BQ


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HAMWORTHY

£137,500

This ground floor flat benefits from two bedrooms, allocated parking and in our opinion, would make an ideal first time buy or buy to let. No forward chain | close to train and bus links

Upton Branch 01202 622101

CORFE MULLEN £369,950

UPTON

New build detached house in sought after location with four bedrooms, en-suite to master, open plan kitchen/family room and off road parking.

A vacant semi detached bungalow with two bedrooms, lounge/ dining room and off road parking.

Available now | downstairs toilet | enclosed garden

Corner plot | modern shower room | enclosed garden

Upton Branch 01202 622101

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UPTON

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£224,950

An extended end of terrace house situated within local favoured school catchment with three bedrooms, two receptions and garage in a block. Sizeable rear garden | downstairs toilet | utility area

Upton Branch 01202 622101

POOLE QUARTER

£200,000

Situated in a modern block, this spacious flat has two double bedrooms, secure underground parking and open plan living area. Close to town centre | en-suite to master | well presented

Upton Branch 01202 622101

LYTCHETT MATRAVERS £299,950 This detached bungalow is situated in the centre of the village and benefits from three bedrooms, garage, car port and is being offered with vacant possession. Scope for further extension (STP) | wrap around gardens | close to bus routes

Upton Branch 01202 622101


Parkstone Branch 01202 710001 444 Ashley Road Parkstone, Dorset BH14 0AA parkstone@greysestateagents.co.uk

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E S TAT E & L E T T I N G A G E N T S

LOWER PARKSTONE

£187,950

A spacious ground floor flat with superb kitchen and modern bathroom situated close to Ashley Cross and rail station. Share of freehold. Two double bedrooms | spacious lounge / diner | garage

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PARKSTONE £59,950

LOWER PARKSTONE £539,950

First floor retirement flat for the over 55’s. Situated close to Ashley Road shops and bus routes.

A substantial detached family house with a good sized southerly facing garden. Now requiring some general updating. Must be viewed!

Double bedroom | care line service | no forward chain

Six double bedrooms | double length garage| tremendous potential

Parkstone Branch 01202 710001

Parkstone Branch 01202 710001

ALDERNEY

£289,950

A very spacious older – style detached bungalow with a good sized south facing garden and a detached garage. Situated in a cul – de – sac close to Bourne Valley Nature Reserve. Three bedrooms | feature 34ft through lounge / diner | must be viewed !

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BRANKSOME

£289,950

LILLIPUT £675,000

A spacious detached bungalow with a through lounge / diner, study, kitchen / breakfast room. Tremendous potential to extend ( stpp ).

Beautifully presented three storey contemporary style town house with a feature mezzanine style lounge and open plan kitchen / diner and living area. Situated close to Parkstone Yacht Club.

Two double bedrooms | off road parking | no forward chain

Four bedrooms | garage | no forward chain

Parkstone Branch 01202 710001

Parkstone Branch 01202 710001


REALLY? YOU’VE NOT CONSIDERED USING WOOLLEY & WALLIS RINGWOOD?

WITH EVERY GOOD WISH FOR A VERY JOYOUS CHRISTMAS, A CELEBRATORY NEW YEAR AND THE PERFECT 2016 WOOLLEY & WALLIS RINGWOOD Would like to start the year by inviting you to phone or call in and find out about our exciting new deals with surprisingly better rates.

IF YOU ARE BUYING OR SELLING CONTACT WOOLLEY & WALLIS RINGWOOD 01425 484466 | ringwood@w-w.co.uk www.w-w.co.uk


fahren estate agents

BUYING • SELLING RENTING • INVESTING

Considering Selling or Letting? Free Valuation - No Obligation Tel: 01202 551 022 Email: inf@fahren.co.uk www.fahren.co.uk New Listing

BOURNEMOUTH £185,000 Fahren Estate Agents are delighted to offer for sale this stunning two bedroom penthouse apartment situated close to Bournemouth and Charminster. Situated on the top floor (third) this well looked after apartment offers spacious and light accommodation, the large living room / kitchen offers a brilliant space to entertain and relax, as well as contemporary black and white kitchen units and built in appliances. This apartment offers plenty of storage and an additional powered utility/ storage room for other appliances and items. A fully tiled modern bathroom tops the already impressive property bill. Allocated parking is conveyed with the property, as well as communal gardens and a tree lined driveway. We highly recommend a viewing so please contact us today.

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237 Fairmile Road Christchurch BH23 2LQ • 01202 487587 • www.michaeladam.co.uk WE WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO WISH ALL OUR PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE CLIENTS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM ALL AT MICHAEL ADAM ESTATE AGENTS. Please feel free to call into our offices during December at 237 Fairmile Road, CHRISTCHURCH BH23 2LQ for a beverage and mince pie. We look forward to seeing you.

SOUTHBOURNE £137,500 & £169,950 • Last two remaining, hurry when they are gone they are gone • Buy before April to avoid increased stamp duty

CHRISTCHURCH ££550,000 • • • • • •

Built circa 2009 by Antler Homes 3 - 4 Bedroom detached residence Good size & well maintained modern dining/kitchen Study/bedroom four to the ground floor 3 double first floor bedrooms with master having own en-suite Tandem length garage, off road parking, quiet cul-de sac location

DUE TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR PROMOTION WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE CONTINUING OUR DISCOUNTED COMMISSION OFFER OF 0.75% PLUS VAT (0.9% including) UNTIL JANUARY 31ST 2016. PLEASE CALL US ON 01202 487587 TO APPLY FOR THESE SPECIAL RATES.

• 2× 1 bedroom second floor apartments • Finished to a high standard

PUREWELL £264,950 • Modern well presented semi detached house • Located in a small cul-de-sac • 3 Bedrooms & modern first floor bathroom • Modern fitted kitchen, ground floor W.C. • Spacious lounge/diner • Off road parking, nice sized rear garden

WEST CHRISTCHURCH £369,950 • Modern style detached bungalow • Pleasant cul-de-sac off river way • 2 double bedrooms, but could be converted to 3 • Modern kitchen & shower room & second W.C.

• Modern fitted bathrooms & kitchens

• Garage, ample off road parking

• Off road parking, one road back from Southbourne beaches

• Small easy to maintain gardens

ST CATHERINE’S HILL £335,000

WEST CHRISTCHURCH £144,950

WEST CHRISTCHURCH £415,000

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• An attractive modern purpose built retirement apartment • One bedroom, over 60’s • Allocated parking • Close to local shops & bus routes • Good size lounge, modern kitchen & bathroom • Lift to all floors

• Modern detached house in Twynham catchment

Detached modern style bungalow 24’ Sitting room, 3 double bedrooms Bathroom & separate W.C. Garage converted into utility/study could be used as a bedroom • Off road parking • Situated close to local shops & bus routes

• 4 Bedrooms, large lounge & sep. dining room • Modern kitchen, bathroom, utility & wet room • Larger than average garden • Garage & off road parking • Sought after location in West Christchurch

CALL US NOW ON 01202 487587 FOR A FREE VALUATION AND TO DISCUSS OUR FAVOURABLE COMMISSION RATES


WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Just 3 apartments remaining

GLADE LODGE

All plots: £350,000*

CARROLL AVENUE | FERNDOWN | DORSET | BH22 8BP

SHOW HOME - CHRISTMAS HOURS

FEATURES INCLUDE:

10 - 4pm Fridays to Mondays inclusive up to and including 21st December.

• Integrated single electric oven, combination microwave/oven, dishwasher and fridge/freezer

• Oak faced doors and chrome lever handles windows and external doors

It will then be open over the festive period 10am - 4pm on the 28th, 29th and 30th December. It then re-opens as normal between the same times from 2nd January.

• Floor and full height ceramic wall tiling to bathrooms and en-suites

• Energy efficient condensing boiler from Gloworm (or similar)

• Vanity sink units and heated towel rails

• Allocated car port and private individual store

• Moulded architraves with co-ordinated skirting boards

• Landscaped gardens

During Show Home open hours no appointment is required to view.

Just three 3-bedroom apartments remain available at this outstanding development. For more information please contact us directly.

• Quality PVCu double glazed

• PEAs band “B”

James McNeil

Senior Sales Negotiator

t: 01425 613958 www.pennyfarthinghomes.co.uk

* The prices and particulars regarding properties are correct at the time of the production of this literature, however can be amended at any time, you should check the latest position with us before viewing. Images may also include optional upgrades which may only be available at an additional cost, please contact us for clarification or refer to the brochure.


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Lyndhurst

£325,000

A lovely semi-detached character cottage on the southern side of the village in the heart of the New Forest National Park. EPR: C Please contact the Brockenhurst office

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£945,000

A unique architect designed family residence offering contemporary living in a stunning setting with direct forest access. EPR: D

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Brockenhurst

Brockenhurst

£425,000

An opportunity to purchase a family home of 1,124 sq. ft with private gardens and situated within a short walk of the village centre. EPR: D 1

Please contact the Brockenhurst office

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Ossemsley

£1,175,000

Further scope for modernisation and occupying a tucked away position within attractive grounds of approximately 4.4 acres. EPR: E 5

£660,000

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Neacroft

A spacious and contemporary family home situated in a delightful hamlet only a short walk from the village of Bransgore. EPR: E

4

4

Please contact the Burley office

£1,650,000

Minstead

Attractive home in approximately 6.5 acres with garden, paddocks and outbuildings set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. EPR: C 5

3

4

Please contact the Burley office

www.spencersnewforest.com Brockenhurst 01590 622 551 Burley 01425 404 088 Lymington 01590 674 222

Ringwood 01425 462 600 The London Office 0207 839 0888 Lettings 01590 624 814


G E G NE A R RD O EN U S

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Lymington

£795,000

A choice of two detached houses of approximately 2,200 sq. ft. situated moments from the Georgian town of Lymington. EPR: TBC 1

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£399,500

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Milford On Sea

£515,000

Situated moments from the village centre a delightful character home surrounded by stunning countryside and coastal walks. EPR: E

Please contact the Lymington office

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Lymington

£579,000

Situated in a no through lane with potential to extend (STPP) and within walking distance of the amenities of Lymington EPR: E 3

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Pennington

Built in 2008 a creatively designed light and airy home with contemporary design features and part clad elevations. EPR: C 4

£965,000

A substantial house on a superb gated garden plot in a sought after area within walking distance of the village centre and beaches. EPR: D

Please contact the Lymington office

C RE ES A T IG I V N E

4/5

Milford On Sea

2

2

Please contact the Lymington office

Lymington

£779,500

A substantial and significantly improved character home with far reaching views over the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. EPR: D 4

3

3

Please contact the Lymington office

www.spencersnewforest.com Brockenhurst 01590 622 551 Burley 01425 404 088 Lymington 01590 674 222

Ringwood 01425 462 600 The London Office 0207 839 0888 Lettings 01590 624 814


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Hangersley

£625,000

An enchanting semi-detached period cottage with delightful mature gardens in a stunning location on the edge of the open forest. EPR: D 1

A spacious home approaching 2500 sq. ft. in an elevated position with stunning views towards the River Avon and Avon Valley. EPR: D

Please contact the Ringwood office

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Ashley Heath

£469,950

Located in a quiet cul de sac adjacent to Moors Valley Country Park and Ringwood forest and set in attractive private gardens. EPR: C

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Fordingbridge

£325,000

Please contact the Ringwood office

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Hightown

OIEO £450,000

Attractive family home located in a small and quiet cul de sac close to Hightown lakes and the open New Forest. EPR: D 4

2

A beautifully presented semi-detached mews style house with parking situated in a quiet location on the outskirts of Fordingbridge. EPR: C

E

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£749,950

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Winkton

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Avon

OIEO £625,000

A spacious well appointed chalet style home located on a private lane within an exclusive residential area. No forward chain. EPR: D 4

2

2

Please contact the Ringwood office

www.spencersnewforest.com Brockenhurst 01590 622 551 Burley 01425 404 088 Lymington 01590 674 222

Ringwood 01425 462 600 The London Office 0207 839 0888 Lettings 01590 624 814


Exbury £5,495pcm

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The aptly named Rotunda is a spectacular apartment of grand proportions occupying the first floor of the Grade II Listed property, Exbury House, which is the centerpiece of the renowned Exbury Estae, the seat of the De Rothschild Family. The apartment enjoys wonderful southerly views over the private parkland to the foreshore, the Solent and the Isle of Wight beyond. The Rotunda is offered either furnished or unfurnished.

Brockenhurst

£1,450pcm

Well presented three bedroom detached house with large garden in the village of Brockenhurst.

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1 The Old Print Works, 86b High Street, Lymington, SO41 9AN

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Lymington

£1,600pcm

Spacious four bedroom detached house with garage and garden walking distance to Lymington

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Burley

£1,700pcm

A characterful four bedroom detached cottage with large garden set in the quiet village of Burley.

4

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Lymington

£900 pcm

A furnished two bedroom apartment with communal garden overlooking the marina.

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01590 624 814 lettings@spencersnewforest.com www.spencersnewforest.com


LOCAL PROPERTY

WATERSIDE PROPERTIES

The Christchurch, Southbourne and surrounding areas are a truly fantastic place to live or own a seaside or riverside retreat

Myself and my wife moved to the area 4 years ago as we were looking for a better work life balance and quality of life. With all the activities and natural beauty sites on our doorstep we have not been disappointed and now wax lyrical about the area to anyone thinking of making the move. With miles and miles of sandy beaches, some of the best weather in the UK and the longest life expectancy in Britain, Dorset makes for a happy home. Our picture postcard villages, the vibrant towns of Christchurch, Southbourne and Bournemouth are bursting with places to eat, drink and shop. Business is booming too, with household names such as Animal, RNLI and Clipper Teas having their HQ’s in the county. Britain’s digital economy is booming outside London, with 74pc of digital firms now based beyond the capital. Bournemouth coming from a very low base, has become the UK’s fastest-growing city in the digital economy, with digital start-up incorporations rising 212pc between 2010 and 2013.

Dorset’s amazing natural features include Durdle Door, Pulpit Rock, Golden Cap, Lulworth Cove and Chesil Beach. The county also boasts 5 country parks. Dorset has nearly 100 miles of coastline with award winning, golden sandy beaches at Bournemouth Sandbanks, Christchurch, Swanage and Weymouth. Christchurch and Poole Harbour and the beaches at Southbourne and Bournemouth are great for a variety of watersports including sailing, surfing, kite surfing, paddle boarding and many more. What can be better than ending a day at the office with a swim at the beach! Bournemouth hosts both the annual Air Show and Wheels festivals. The award winning air show is internationally renowned and has incredible jets and display teams while the wheels festival has non-stop, high speed action along the Demo Straight, monster metal crushing madness, gravity defying quad bike jumps and breathtaking BMX and skateboard tricks. There are many more festivals and attractions throughout the county.

The relaxed pace of life makes you forget that London is only a two and half hour drive away or two hour train journey from Bournemouth station to Waterloo; not forgetting Bournemouth International Airport or the ports at Poole and Weymouth, connecting to the Channels Islands, Europe and beyond. The office in Southbourne offers all types of properties for sale, let and holiday let from Beach huts on the famous Mudeford Spit, Beach front houses and apartments with breath taking views to riverside retreats along the Stour and Avon. We are delighted to offer you a market appraisal. In addition, for valuations resulting in an instruction on a sole agency basis between now and 7th January 2016, we will include 2 complimentary tickets to the International London Boat Show. For more information call the office on 01202 974891 or email Bournemouth@watersideproperties.com

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ADMIRALS POINT | £795,000

ST CATHERINE’S COURT | O.I.E.O £450,000

A beautifully presented South facing three bedroom duplex apartment. The development benefits from a lift to all floors and access through the development out to the sea road and beach beyond. This apartment has views out over Poole Bay. EPC Rating C.

A rare opportunity has arisen to purchase this South facing top floor two bedroom apartment in St Catherine’s Court. It benefits from superb sea views from all principle rooms and the balcony runs the length of the apartment. EPC Rating C

SALTAIRE | £400,000

OCEANSIDE | £255,000

A rare opportunity to purchase this 1st floor South facing beach front, front line two bedroom, 1 bathroom apartment which benefits from stunning sea views, 2 allocated parking spaces, indoor heated pool and secure lock up. EPC Rating C.

REDECORATED SEPTEMBER 2015 - 3 Bedroom ground floor South facing apartment with a sunny aspect and allocated parking space. Situated on St Catherine’s Road in Southbourne and only 400m from the beautiful sandy beaches. EPC Rating D.

Southbourne Office 01202 974891 bournemouth@watersideproperties.com

www.watersideproperties.com


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WWW.GLOSSBROOK.CO.UK Glossbrook Builders Ltd est. 1985 is an award winning build and construction company based on the South Coast.

We recognise that for us to be a successful company, we need to offer a service which is second to none, ensuring each of our clients is satisfied with their project from conception to completion. As the largest single purchase most of us will probably make, security and peace of mind is important, so you need to know you are buying wisely and from a reputable builder. Glossbrook’s building expertise covers the full spectrum of residential and commercial construction, whether you require a small bungalow, luxury multimillion pound home, industrial units or offices for your headquarters, we treat each client the same irrespective of spend. www.glossbrook.co.uk enquiries@glossbrook.co.uk

2a Oswald Road, Bournemouth. BH9 2TQ Tel. 01202 537232


Two new build energy efficient 3 bedroom semi-detached homes ready for occupation 7 Trigon Road, £265,000 | 8 Trigon Road, £270,000

Attractive & spacious new build three bedroom semidetached house situated conveniently for travel links to Bournemouth and Poole.

Energy efficient with LED lighting, A-Rated appliances, insulation, and LG PV Solar Panel System with feed in tariff.

Lounge/diner, separate kitchen, downstairs W.C. and first floor family bathroom.

Gas fired central heating, UPVC double glazing, and oak laminate flooring.

French doors from Lounge/diner to decking and Southerly rear garden & driveway providing off road parking for two cars.

Built just complete, now ready for new owner.

The houses have been built to Code 3 level for sustainable homes, and so have been built to reduce carbon foot print, and lower energy bills, notably with extensive insulation, LED lighting throughout, A-rated appliances, and 1.3Kw/Hr LG PV Solar Panels on the roof with feed in tariff. Call us to view or request further details on 01202 805806

simon@simonandcoproperty.co.uk • www.simonandcoproperty.co.uk

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Senior Partners of the new firm (left to right) Simon Nightingale, Jonathan Ogden, Tony John, Mark Timberlake

A NEW PARTNERSHIP Laceys Solicitors are pleased to announce we have joined forces with respected local law firm Horsey Lightly Fynn to become a new and influential legal partnership. Laceys will now have more than 100 staff, including 13 partners, largely based at the Bournemouth office, enabling clients to benefit from a broader spectrum of practice skills as well as a greater strength and depth of experience in each department.

Get in touch today to see how we can help.

T: 01202 557256

E: info@laceyssolicitors.co.uk W: laceyssolicitors.co.uk


TALKING BUSINESS

TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Andy Denison at Denisons Estate Agents

ANDY DENISON Denisons Estate Agents Andy Denison has a career spanning over 35 years in the property industry. Previously working for GA Town and Country (General Accident Property Services) it was here that Andy reached his peak positioning at the company and begun to crave his own agency. It is with Andy’s desire to be his own boss, providing an honest service to rival others that has led Andy on a winning path. The result is the birth of Denison’s, a family run business situated along the South’s charming beaches. Spotting an opening in Christchurch for an office with a corner position to feature a fabulous window display, Denison’s embarked on its first exciting venture. At the time of establishment Christchurch was quickly becoming an up and coming area providing great opportunity for new businesses. In the late 1980’s GA took over Jackson Jackson in Christchurch and Lymington. It was not until recently in 2015 that Andy was presented with the

New Lymington office

opportunity to take on Paul Jackson Estate Agents as part of Denison having gained valuable connections previously. Jumping at the offer Denison’s have now acquired perhaps one of the most idyllic located offices in Lymington, glancing across the waterfront watching the yachts bob in the morning sunshine. Completing the take over this summer on the 10th of June, Denison’s have undergone a refurbishment program, incorporating their new asset. A sophisticated, auto responsive website is now live with literature to suit and Denison’s can turn their attention to establishing themselves in their new territory. Kick starting things of with the launch party held some weeks back, it went with a bang. A great evening sees a bright future for the Lymington office with things as Andy tells “going in the right direction”. Choosing to move by the waters edge is a decision to change a lifestyle. A relaxed way of living where sunsets on the sea are often it’s easy to see why the South Coast is a popular choice to live. From Christchurch to Lymington there is a diverse choice of lifestyle available. If you are looking to indulge in sailing and take to the water often then Lymington is home to the famous yacht club. For those who prefer to take dog walks or run along the beach Christchurch has the optimum beaches with cafes and ice cream. Away from the sound of waves crashing, Denison’s are proud founder members of “Mayfair Office” in London. Advertising properties from agencies across the country to clients looking to escape the city means Denison’s have acquired the contacts to helps clients get in touch with recommended agents in various parts of the country. In short forming a valuable networking system across the country.

The Denison family is at the heart of the business, and Andy tells, “Being family run is a great attribute to our business as I can trust my family implicitly”. Knowing that together they have the same constant for providing a great service is what makes Denison’s a name you can feel assured by. When daughter Danielle joined she provided the business with a fresh pair of eyes, reigniting the passion and excitement. Andy admits “sometimes you need a new member from a different generation to come in and provide their own perspective. Its important to continually learn and progress with the times”. Although estate agencies do not have to be officially licensed to operate, Denison’s have chosen to be and provide clients with confidence. The importance of this license enables clients to have a fall back position if they feel that the service they have received is unjust. By agreeing to be apart of a licensing Denison’s have full confidence in the service they provide and this is reassuring. Providing a service that’s as good as you can get is vital to Denison’s. Buying or selling a home can be an emotional process and Denison’s appreciate these circumstances. Choosing carefully where they operate Denison’s have positioned themselves across a spectrum from the middle to the elite market. The love for the business has never faded for Andy only being ever fuelled by the quest to find clients perfect properties. Taking great satisfaction in helping clients Andy tells, “there is no better enjoyment than knowing you have helped someone find their dream home and are happily moved in. It is the best feeling”. Keeping an eye open for expansion in the right areas with the right opportunities we wish Denison’s every success for what exciting prospects are to follow.

Christchurch Ofiice 12 Castle Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1DT 01202 484748 | christchurch@denisons.com Lymington Office The Yacht House, The Quay, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3AS 01590 674411 | lymington@denisonsjackson.com Mayfair Office Cashel House, 15 Thayer Street, London, W1U 3JT 0870 112 7099 | mayfairoffice@denisons.com

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MUDEFORD

£2,295,000

Beautiful Grade II listed property set in grounds running down to the harbour’s edge. • Stunning waterside position • Views across Christchurch harbour and Mudeford Spit • Grade II listed • Beautifully renovated • Three further double bedrooms • Master suite with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom • Kitchen/breakfast room opening onto

LYMINGTON

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south facing verandah Family bathroom Landscaped waterside gardens Extensive cellars Mooring Many fine original features Garage Car Port Parking for three cars

£1,495,000

A substantial Edwardian family house situated in highly sought-after location on the southern side of Lymington. • • • • • • •

Six bedrooms Four reception rooms Kitchen/breakfast room Family bathroom and three shower rooms Utility room Dressing room Ancillary accommodation

• Delightful gardens • Double garage and ample off-street parking • Close to yacht clubs, marinas and sea wall • Many period features • Light and spacious

Christchurch 01202 484748 |

Lymington 01590 674411 |

Mayfair 0207 4675330


HOME IMPROVEMENTS

FIRING UP THE IMAGINATION DIY EXPERT Get those jobs done with a little help from ‘Big Al; our resident DIY expert.

THIS WEEK: HOW TO CHOOSE A DESIGN FOR A GOOD FIREPLACE TO MATCH THE FEEL OF YOUR HOME. The days may be getting a bit warmer, and the spring flowers may be daring to rear their heads; but generally speaking, we are still in winter, and winter means one very welcome addition to any home - a fireplace.

if you’re lucky, you can find them in skips and give-away websites such as Freecycle.

A good fireplace doesn’t only give warmth though. A wellchosen design to match the feel and period of your home can create a strong and attractive focal point of your room, whatever the weather outside.

That said, while it is more environmentally friendly and often cheaper to buy a reclaimed period fireplace than a new reproduction one, if you want your fireplace for actual use not just decoration, reproduction ones are often better suited. Many original fireplaces are missing some parts and fittings needed for a real fire, some of which are hard to replace.

If you have a period home but no original fireplaces (or you want contemporary fireplaces for a modern home), eBay is a great place to look for bargains. It’s a good idea to watch some auctions first to see what fireplaces like those you want are going for, and remember to factor in the cost of petrol, as most fireplaces are collection only. You can also buy fireplaces from other websites, high-street shops, DIY stores and architectural salvage yards, or sometimes,

If the fireplace you want to restore seems to be complete though, wooden and metal ones are generally straightforward for DIYers to repair and renovate (stone are best left to the experts). If the fireplace is painted and the paint is in poor condition, you may need to strip it off and start again. However, this is a big job, and you can often get away with filling, sanding and repainting instead (depending on the state of it and assuming you’d like a painted finish).

Use a heatproof paint if you intend to have a real fire, at least for the bits closest to the fire. Metal period fireplaces often have rust on them, but don’t be put off. The quickest and easiest solution is to use a paint that can be applied straight to rust, such as Hammerite Direct to Rust Metal Paint (from £7.98 for 250ml, B&Q), where you don’t need to use a primer or undercoat. Hammerite Direct to Rust now comes in lots of colours (both off-theshelf and mixed in store), but if you’d prefer another colour as a topcoat, try Hammerite Kurust (£8.49 for 250ml, www.tooled-up.com) or Hammerite No 1 Rust Beater (£4.36 for 250ml, www. powertoolsdirect.com) to treat the rust first, depending on the extent of it. As with any DIY project though, sometimes you need a bit of trial and error, but you will get there in the end.

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK PURE WOOL CARPET For a luxurious feel underfoot, you can’t beat a pure wool carpet, and the Linear range (£31.49 per sq m) from Carpetright is a great choice because it looks more expensive than it is. Made in the UK of 100% wool, it has a lovely loop pile and is naturally durable, insulating and resistant to soiling - practical as well as pretty. Striped stair carpets look fantastic too, whatever style of home you have, and there are lots of smart striped designs in the Linear range 154

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BOURN HOMES LTD If you are looking to release equity within your home and garden, then Alex Meineck at Bourn Homes Ltd has all the answers.

Above: Beaufoys Avenue, Ferndown. A traditional mansion style apartment building consisting of 8 large three bedroom apartments and two stunning penthouses. Below: Blandford Road, Poole. A stunning development of three new detached family homes with impressive sized gardens close to the shores of Poole harbour.

It’s become a growing trend selling part of your garden for redevelopment because it has huge nancial bene ts without any outlay in cost. Many home owners have gardens that require huge upkeep or simply want to release equity without having to move house. Brad and Alex provide a simple land buying service having a dedicated team of specialists working solely on maximising the potential locked in your garden or unused dif cult to maintain land. “We are able to offer extremely quick decisions on purchasing land and can offer guidance and reassurance throughout giving home owners a smooth transaction which we feel is equally as important as obtaining the best possible price.” “We also offer very flexible timescales from months to years in an effort to give home owners a smooth transition between homes should you be moving on.”

Bourn Homes Ltd Suite 9 Watson House, 398-400 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8BN 156

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Bourn Homes Ltd was set up by Brad Bourn in 2011 with the intention of providing affordable homes across the region, within this time the company has grown exponentially offering guaranteed rental income with no void periods on a large scale to all types of landlords. Having a background in the building industry Brad soon expanded the company with its main focus on developing which has seen a huge amount of growth.

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327 Wallisdown Road, Bournemouth Dorset, BH12 5BU

198 Blandford Road, Hamworthy, Poole Dorset, BH15 4BH

WEST PARLEY | £699,950

WALLISDOWN | £250,000

Five Bedrooms • Three en suites • Refurbished Kitchen • Superb lounge Separate dining room • Two studies • Wine cellar • Utility room • Family bathroom GF Cloakroom • Reception hall • Minstrels gallery • Secluded garden Double garage • Under floor heating to ground floor • BAB3017 • EPC: 63/68

Four bedrooms • Well fitted kitchen • Spacious lounge Modern bathroom • GF cloakroom • GFCH/Double glazing ORP • Enclosed rear garden • BAB3004 • EPC: 82/84

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BOURNEMOUTH | £1,200 PCM

BOURNEMOUTH | £284,950

Detached character cottage • 3 double bedrooms Refurbished kitchen/breakfast room • Lounge Refurbished bathroom • Separate cloakroom • Garden Off road parking • BAB2895 • EPC: 66/77

2/4 bedrooms • 1/3 reception rooms • Well fitted kitchen Conservatory • Modern bathroom • New garage Courtyard patio • GFCH & DG • BAB3020 • EPC: 60/63

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EAST CLIFF – THREE BEDS

£365,000

GREEN PARK

£409,950

A spacious, 1st floor south facing apartment in this popular Cliff Top Development within a short walk of the beautiful sandy beaches and within easy reach of local shopping and town centre facilities, whilst also being conveniently located for the Travel Interchange.

A large 5th floor apartment with good sea views over the bay from two balconies within a short walk of the Cliff Top and beach, and with easy access to the town centre via good public transport links located in a premier block with Resident Manager.

S/F Sitting/Dining Room with Balcony | Kitch/Breakfast Room | Two Bathrooms | Excellent Storage | Secure U/G Parking | Lift

Two Reception Rooms | Two Balconies | Two Bathrooms | Two Lifts per Floor | Sec U/G Parking | Share of Freehold

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£445,000

£475,000

A rare opportunity to acquire one of the finest positioned 3 dble bedroom apartments in this modern block, located on the 4th floor at the south end of Block D and obtaining some of the best 180 degree sea views, with views obtained from all principle rooms.

An immaculate and unusually large 3rd floor apartment in this impressive mansion style block adjacent to Bournemouth town centre’s excellent shopping and entertainment facilities, Pier Approach and Pleasure Gardens.

Large Sitt/Dining Room with Balcony and Sea Views | Fitted Kitch/Breakfast Room | Good Storage | Lock Up Garage | Cliff Top Location

Dining Hall | Large Reception Room | Kitchen with Utility | 3 Dble Bedrooms | Bathroom | Shower Room | Cloakroom | Lift | ORP | Porterage

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WEST OVERCLIFF CONSERVATION AREA

£745,000

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An impressive & spacious 2nd floor s/f apartment with excellent sea views over the bay located just a few short steps from the seven miles of beautiful sandy beaches and extending to an ample 1874 sq ft, finished to an exceptionally high standard internally.

One of the largest apartments in this small block of just eight, situated on the first floor of an award winning development located on the West Overcliff with its tree lined avenues and wooded chine walks leading down to the Pleasure Gardens & beaches.

Four Bedrooms | Three Bathrooms | Sitting/Dining Room | Good Sized Sun Balcony | Underfloor Heating | Utility Room | Good Sea Views from most Rooms

Large Kitch/Breakfast Room | Utility Room | Sitting/Dining Room with Feature Rounded Bay Window | Master Bedroom Suite | Guest Bedroom Suite | Third Bedroom | Garage | Excellent Cond T/Out

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TALBOT WOODS

ÂŁ1,500,000

An outstanding family house in one of the finest roads in the heart of the premier district of Talbot Woods which has been the subject of an amazing transformation by the owner with no expense spared, offering exquisite quality of finish throughout and creating one of the finest houses in this location. Stunning Open Plan Chalon Kitchen/Family Room | Five Bedrooms | Dining Area with Snug | Opulent E/Suite Bathroom | Playroom | Garage | Secluded Mature Gardens

SANDBANKS

SANDBANKS

A brand new luxury contemporary superhome with magnificent south facing views over the Bay to Old Harry Rocks and having direct frontage to the many miles of beautiful sandy beaches of the renowned Sandbanks Peninsula. This magnificent home, in the most idyllic setting, provides extensive accommodation including luxuriously appointed kitchen/breakfast room with all integrated appliances, five bedrooms suites, swimming pool complex, cinema, lift to all floors and extensive sun decking and terraces.

One of the last opportunities to acquire a development site at the head of the Sandbanks Peninsula with planning permission already granted for a magnificent, contemporary house of approximately 7,000 sq ft with direct Harbour access.

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HARBOUR VIEWS

PRICES FROM £1,895 000

UNIQUE LUXURY

PRICE GUIDE £2,895,000

A stunning development of two brand new architecturally inspired homes with south westerly views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island.

An exquisite light and spacious luxury property situated in exclusive Branksome park conservation area .within easy reach of the stunning beach of Branksome Chine.

Approx 3000 sq ft. | Luxuriously finished | Contemporary open plan living space | Gym | Outdoor dining space

Separate Guest Annexe | Indoor Swimming Pool | Spectacular Atrium

SANDBANKS PENINSULA

AWARD-WINNING DESIGN

PRICE GUIDE £5,500,000

PRICES FROM £1,995,000

A magnificent harbourside property with large accommodation offered in superb order throughout, and having a private twin berth mooring from jetty, set in a prime position at the the head of the renowned Sandbanks Peninsula.

Two stunning brand new contemporary 4 bedroom homes with open plan accommodation finished to a high specification set in a highly desirable road within walking distance of Canford Cliffs village.

Spectacular Views | 7 Car Garage | Landscaped grounds

Approx 3000 sq ft. | Short walk to beach | Westerly views over Harbour

LILLIPUT CATCHMENT

PRICE GUIDE £775,000

A magnificent 5 bed family home within popular residential area offering spacious accommodation and close to superb local schooling and local shopping facilities. Large Rear Garden | Extensive Terracing | Conservatory | Garage

DESIRED POSITION

PRICES FROM £495,000

A modern well-presented apartment block on the Sandbanks Peninsula within a short walk of local shopping and the award winning sandy beaches. All apartments benefit from southerly facing balconies, sea views and secure underground parking. 3 APARTMENTS AVAILABLE

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SALES • LETTINGS • LAND & DEVELOPMENTS • NEW HOMES • HOLIDAY LETTINGS • COMMERCIAL

CHURCHFIELD SALES & LETTINGS Property is our business, people are the passion Churchfield are proud of the service we offer to all of our clients, whether you are a tenant, landlord, purchaser, seller, holiday landlord or holiday guest. It is important for us that all clients have confidence in us and can be assured of our honest and efficient approach to all aspects of the property industry. Our google reviews speak for themselves:

a phone call away that swiftly dealt with anything thrown at them. I have had a relationship with Churchfield now for more than 2 years and they are simply great! Search no more, these are the guys to do dealings with!

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««««« I am letting my holiday property through Churchfield and I can highly recommend them. Gemma has been extremely knowledgeable and helpful from the very start, walking me through the whole process and giving advice. She has dealt swiftly and professionally with everything and I am very pleased with the service.

««««« Never thought I’d be writing a favourable estate agent’s review but Iain Miller was excellent when I recently bought a flat in Charminster. He gave me his mobile phone number and was efficient in sorting out any queries, resolving problems and keeping me informed at all times. An excellent service and because of him and the rest of the friendly team at Churchfields in Charminster, I will have no hesitation in using this company again or recommending them.

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««««« Churchfield managed the rental and subsequent sale of my flat. Both services were excellent throughout, and delivered at a very reasonable rate. Jenny, Iain and Yann were consistently friendly and helpful, and went out of their way to ensure that all matters relating to my property were resolved quickly and efficiently, I would recommend Churchfield to anyone considering lettings or selling their property in the area.

Lettings Landlord

««««« I have no hesitation in recommending Churchfield. They have let my properties for several years and have always done so quickly and efficiently. Any problems that may arise are dealt with in the same quick and efficient manner. Gemma and Yann are particularly helpful and keep me very well informed with things such as gas safety reminders and their visits to the properties.

««««« Very professional service when I purchased my house through Churchfields. Refreshingly honest, open, and responsive. From a buyers perspective I highly recommend.

ABOUT US Established in 1996 Churchfield is an independent firm of Estate Agents who have a wealth of experience in the property market throughout Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and surrounding areas.

matters applying a flexible tailored approach to each individual or companies requirements. Our dynamic New Homes and Land section deals with numerous clients including both local and national developers and a number of PLC investment companies. Churchfield offer advice on acquisition and sale of investment properties and development sites with a comprehensive service which includes pricing and marketing for both conversion and new build projects ranging from first time buyer apartments to luxury detached family houses all over the Dorset area and beyond. Through our lettings and property management department we offer a comprehensive letting service, advising and acting for both private and corporate landlords giving guidance on rental revenue through to technical management matters. We operate throughout Bournemouth, Poole and as far as Ringwood and Wimborne. The Churchfield Holiday Lettings department covers all areas including self-catering holidays, corporate & short term lettings. We operate predominantly in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch areas, however we are often asked to offer self-catering property outside our natural boundaries. We have a dedicated website and a team of holiday advisors to assist your needs.

The company has eight main areas of expertise, including; residential sales & lettings, land & developments, new homes, investment & commercial, holiday & short term lettings. We offer dedicated advice and guidance in all aspects of the particular area that you are interested in.

As one of Bournemouth’s most well respected and ««««« trusted Estate Agency Firms we pride ourselves Having been looking for a property for a considerable in offering an all-encompassing service utilizing time with no luck I found this little gem. My the latest technologies combined with traditional experience at the time with estate agents had service values. Dedicated personal attention is reached an all-time low and could be compared to assured to each and every client creating a focused, that of being faced with a group of peckish hyenas. comprehensive and professional approach. Yann and Gemma at Churchfield restored my faith PrimeLocation.com_Light Background_CMYK_Horizontal and experience means we have in humanity and provided a second to none service. Our independence They proved easy going sound people always just the industry know how to deal with all property

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Meet the team from left to right: Sarah Olymbios, Senior Lettings Negotiator Iain Miller, Sales Manager Jenny Flindall, Office and holiday lettings administrator Andrew Hooper, Partner Ben Gent, Senior Sales negotiator Gemma Hayward, Associate Partner Yann Robinson, Lettings Negotiator David Swift, Partner

01202 779911 • admin@churchfield.uk.com • 122 Charminster Road, Bournemouth, BH8 8UT

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Corbin & Co would like to wish all our past and present customers

Happy Christmas & Best Wishes for 2016

Debbie Corbin

Alison Mitchell

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Lisa Pearce


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NORTHBOURNE | £399,950

BEARWOOD | £365,000

WALLISDOWN | £349,950

MUSCLIFFE | £359,950

ENSBURY PARK | £339,500

WALLISDOWN | £305,000

PARKSTONE | £284,950

PARKSTONE | £280,000

KINSON | £239,950

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You are definitely ‘the A Team’ and I would recommend you to anyone and if I ever move again, you are on speed dial (don’t hold your breath because our new home is Awesome!). Thank you once again for all your hard work and dedication to get the job done. Mr & Mrs K

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Just wanted to say thanks so much for your hard work. When I first met you, you said you would find me a house and sell mine straight away, you did exactly that. Although moving home is stressful I believe I had the best team of people handling it for me (including your recommendation to use a local solicitor).

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Many many thanks for all your help, patience and attention with our sale and purchase. When you valued the house and said that you believed in providing a great service I can now agree 200%, it’s been fantastic. Mr & Mrs E


BUSINESS PROFILE House talks to Colin Wetherall BSc FRICS, Managing Director of House & Son

Colin Wetherall House & Son

Could your take us through your journey with House & Son so far? It was a bit of luck to start with, but I made my own from thereon in. I started as a Sales Negotiator in 1988, rose to Sales Manager by 1990 and then Terry House, kindly let me go to College one day a week to do a Surveyors Degree. I graduated in 1993, and moved to the Survey Department full time. Terry supported my interest in the Leasehold Reform Legislation, and this has made my career. I now specialise in valuation issues relating to extending Leases of Flats, buying freeholds of blocks of Flats, and Houses under the Leasehold Reform Legislation, across the South of England, into London, and, elsewhere in the Country. From that, I have also developed a speciality for modification of Freehold Covenants. As an Expert Witness, I have carried out numerous Court and Tribunal appearances over the last 20 years. Terry House’s primary interest was the Auction Rooms next door to us, which the House family still retain. I persuaded Terry, to allow myself and a former colleague, to carry out a Management buy-out of the property side of House & Son in 1997. We have expanded substantially since then, and have a further office in Winton and a staff now in excess of 25.

every day. I have seen some beautiful houses, valued beach huts, but the most interesting, was a Valuation Report on a Lighthouse. What is your favourite local haunt? I have lived in Poole virtually all my life, and have spent many happy days on the water in the Harbour. My favourite place is on my family’s Contessa 32 on our mooring in the Wych Channel, near Brownsea Island. In your opinion, what makes House & Son unique? We provide professional property advice relating to all aspects of residential property. Our core advantage is the depth of our knowledge, and the extent to which, there is synergy, between the apartments. For example, a Buy to Let Investor buys through us and then lets through us. The Survey Department provides advice for the Management Department, who in turn, introduces a Seller to the Sales Department.... and so it goes on.

With 2016 just around the corner now, what are the companies/your plans for growth and development, in the New Year? We have our 80 year Anniversary coming up soon, so we are thinking of how we should celebrate that – watch this space!! What’s the one piece of advice you would give to someone starting a new business? I thoroughly enjoy my work as a Chartered Surveyor, and would recommend that anybody that is interested in property has a think about following that career.

Winton Office 01202 244844 348 Wimborne Road, Winton, BH9 2HH Bournemouth Office 01202 242000 Lansdowne House, Christchurch Road, BH1 3JW

What was it like when you started at House & Son all those years ago? I remember carrying out a viewing on my second day of a small little Studio, asking price, £20,000. The same property sold recently for £105,000. When I started, I watched the market soar in 1998, stumble in 1989, and then crash from 1990 onwards. They were interesting times! What lead you to a career in property? There has always been property in my family. My Grandfather, Tommy Wetherall joined Rumsey & Rumsey (a large local Firm) in 1925, and worked there all his life, being Senior Partner, for many years. My Father was a local Solicitor. What is it that drives you to succeed? I thoroughly enjoy running House & Son. The work that I do is challenging, interesting and thought provoking, but most of all, it is different 167


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TALKING BUSINESS

TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Blakes Residential Sales & Lettings

BLAKES RESIDENTIAL SALES & LETTINGS Blakes Residential Sales & Lettings formerly known to many as ‘Blake & Blake’ has undergone a recent change of management and is now owned by Harcourts, who are based in Southampton. Partners Linda Long, Lisa Headington and Janice Ball were looking for an opportunity to expand on their firmly established Southampton office and increase their portfolio of managed properties, whilst also venturing into Sales. Situated along the busy Wimborne Road, Blakes is in a prime position for footfall. However, the newly acquired business came to an abrupt halt on the 10th March when at around midnight a taxi mounted the curb and veered sideways into the agency, completely demolishing the front of the shop and leaving behind a mass of debris and destruction. Fortunately no one was injured but Blakes was boarded up and many believed the business had gone bust. Unable to display properties in their shop front and an 8 -10 week lead-time for the new aluminium window frames to arrive, prevented Blakes from advertising. A lot of precious time was spent on sorting out the insurance for the damages to Blakes and organising the necessary works to rebuild the shop, but this dip in business presented an opportunity to rebrand and update the look of the business. With the brand new shop front came the

new window displays and lighting and redecorating the interior of Blakes with soft pale grey walls and maroon colour flooring, a visible continuity of brand, similar to Harcourts, was formulated. Rising from the debris and re-opening their doors on the 18th June, Blakes is back in business. A friendly team whose door is always open to offer advice and help, Blakes is a traditional agency, honest and transparent in their operation. At Blakes, Senior Negotiator Karen Atkinson who has almost 25 years of estate agency experience says, “It’s about building a customer base for a long term business relationship”. An independent agency, Blakes offers a personal service and has the luxury of being flexible in their approach. The longevity of the staff at Blakes allows landlords to build a rapport and this makes life much easier when communicating. People like continuity and Blakes can offer this and much more. Karen says “We have had clients who have come back to us 20 or 30 years after we originally sold their property” Blakes has built a strong reputation over the years and this is testament to the success of the business.

Taking care of a wide range of properties, Blakes has something to offer many, from student lets, purpose built flats, to family housing. Buy to Let is a popular choice in the Bournemouth community, and Blakes wish to invite those looking to begin or increase their property portfolio into the agency. With a database of investors including cash buyers Blakes are always on the look-out for new property, irrespective of whether it is offered with vacant possession, with a tenant in situ, with or without the requirement for improvement works. Blakes are a fully licenced ARLA agent, members of The Property Ombudsman scheme and The Guild of Lettings & Management and are fully insured to include Client Money Protection so you have peace of mind that your money or investment property is in safe hands. There is a friendly warmth about Blakes that you don’t always find. Both Karen, Lisa and the staff at Blakes continue to enjoy their role within the agency, strengthening client relationships and building new ones. Looking very smart with its new front window, Blakes is now far too dapper to be veered into by any passing vehicle.

Karen Atkinson

Contact Blakes on 691 Wimborne Road, Bournemouth BH9 2AT Sales: 01202 512621 Lettings: 01202 520650 Email: enquiries@blakes-property.co.uk From left to right, Lisa Headington, Linda Long and Janice Ball

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“Very impressed with how Rebecca kept us informed. She was always friendly and positive and answered any queries we had very promptly. The whole team at Goadsby in Ferndown were very professional” - Buyer

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“Georgia was very good and helpful in finding us the property and brilliant at completion stage” - Buyer

“Helpful and courteous, we were on a very tight timescale and with the recommended solicitors we have been able to move in just three weeks! We can’t praise the Wimborne office enough” - Buyer

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Business Profile House talks to Steve Wells from DWP Housing Partnership

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How long have you worked in the business and what roles have you undertaken? I’ve worked in the family business for over 26 years. I started as a teenager collecting rents with my mother. Eventually I got a paid job on the clean and clear away team as part of our maintenance department. When the organisation went computerised in the mid 90’s I started working in the office and after serving a 22 year apprenticeship became the Managing Director!! I worked from the bottom up and there isn’t a job I haven’t done, you could say. What are the biggest changes you have brought to the business since becoming Managing Director? I became MD four years ago. The business operated from an old corner shop on Windham Road, Boscombe for many years. One of my first tasks was to design and deliver our new purpose built head office which houses over 100 staff including maintenance and administration. It has its own recycle centre and repair shop, furniture storage, offices and boardrooms, all under one roof. Imagine what life was like when they were all housed in separate locations.

Another key change was to add a few hand-picked people to complement our existing committed team. Managing 100 staff and 3,000 units of accommodation has its complexities so you need a team with the organisational skills to run a business of this size.

What’s next for DWP Housing Partnership?

The business has changed so now I am building on what my father has handed over to me. We are buying fewer sites, re-investing into the portfolio and developing our sites we have owned for many years. Although we are always looking for good opportunities if you know of any!!

The changes in the tax system will keep my Financial Director and I busy for a while as we incorporate them into our business plan.

What’s your most recent development? We have just completed a development of 64 units to rent comprising of one bedroom and studio flats located on Lorne Park Road in the heart of Bournemouth, which are being let as we speak. They are proving popular with young professionals who like modern open plan flats, close to their work place so they save commute time and expense and are within easy reach of great restaurants, entertainment facilities and the beaches.

We will continue to develop our sites which include 22 two bedroom houses (with gardens) in Southbourne, again very reasonably priced quality housing for the local rental market.

The general upkeep, refurbishment and management never stops as the business continues to grow. What tips would you give to others looking to build a portfolio? It’s not as easy as it looks and choosing a good tenant is the key.

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DIARY OF A LETTING AGENT Sharon Canning Move on Rentals Have you heard? Christmas is on its way! The staff at Move On are all excited at getting the Christmas Decorations up. We always make this a fun event with mince pies and mulled wine and I traditionally give all the team an advent calendar which they normally place proudly on their desks.

The staff has even been known to dress up and give a festive cheer to our clients. As we draw an end to 2014 and reflect over the last 12 months, we have had a very busy year! Our sales department selling tenanted properties has seen treble the amount of sales this year from the previous year and the successful sales going through to completion remains at 95%, which is a fantastic result. On the lettings side we experienced our first gazumping in our 9 years of trading due to the demand of a certain type of a property. Court fees went up for tenant evictions from £175 to £280 with a reported 62% of evictions being rejected due to incorrect paperwork. The start of 2014 also saw one of the busiest starts from previous years for bailiffs. HMRC started coming down heavily on landlords who are not declaring their rental income, again it was reported that seven landlords were hit with a bill totalling £500k between them on undeclared rental income. And new rules were passed that mean the HMRC will be able to take money owed to them direct from your bank account. October saw the Immigration bill come into force and all letting agents must now belong to a redress scheme as well as displaying fees in all offices. The lettings world is changing each year and keeping up to date with

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the legislations is almost a full time job and becoming increasingly more difficult for the private landlord to stay on top. 2015 I believe will see more changes, however, that is next year! For the moment, enjoy the rest of the year and from all of us at Move On we wish you a prosperous New Year.

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TALKING BUSINESS

Burns Property Management With Bournemouth’s skyline continuously changing, one of the new buildings taking centre stage is Taylor Wimpey’s Coast development. Situated on the site of the Bournemouth International Hotel, just behind the BIC, this new development boasts 86 new homes with underground parking and a glass-fronted restaurant overlooking Priory Road. The development has a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses with stunning views and the beach at your feet Local ARMA-Q agent, Burns Property Management, has been awarded the contract to provide management services to the building. “We are extremely pleased to have been asked by Taylor Wimpey to manage its flagship development in the centre of Bournemouth,” said Managing Director, Caroline Kelleway. Burns has been managing leasehold and freehold property in the Bournemouth and Poole conurbation

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for the past 40 years and the addition of Coast sits well in its portfolio. Specialising in the management of residential property has allowed the company to focus on the industry and provide its clients with good local knowledge and an excellent level of service, becoming one of area’s leading Property Managing Agents.

Burns is able to offer a bespoke personal service to its clients by allocating a dedicated team to the management of each property, ensuring experience and continuity at all times. “Having been a property manager with Burns for the past nine years, I have witnessed the steady growth of the company and am very excited to be part of the future,” added Andrew.

“We have seen a steady increase in new instructions from both developers and resident-controlled management companies who have been dissatisfied with their current management arrangements”, commented Senior Property Manager, Andrew Hargadon. “Being able to identify the client’s needs and tailor our service to meet specific requirements has certainly helped secure new instructions. Property owners paying service charges are rightly more aware of the service they expect and value for money is paramount.”

Having recently been accredited as an ‘Outstanding’ agent, following its recent ARMA-Q audit, Burns Property Management has certainly demonstrated its commitment to providing the highest level of service and transparency to clients and this was recognised by the RICS audit team that conducted the in-depth review.

Being able to identify the client’s needs and tailor our service to meet specific requirements has certainly helped secure new instructions.

“We work hard to ensure that we meet the standards imposed by the Association of Residential Managing Agents and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Residential Service Charge Code, and we are very pleased that this has been recognised. We would urge anyone appointing a manging agent to ensure that they are members of ARMA,” said Andrew. If you would be interested in finding out more about the services that the company offers please contact Andrew on 01202 391663 or email andrew.hargadon@burnsproperty.com

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INTERVIEW

WINSLET’S WAYS

If Hollywood wanted to cast Superwoman, Kate Winslet would effortlessly fit the bill The actress, who’s just turned 40, is currently promoting not one but two films, bringing her total this year to four, with another one slated for release in February. She’s also bringing up daughter Mia, 15, and sons 11-year-old Joe, and Bear, who turns two in December.

The last time two Winslet films came out in the same calendar month in the UK (The Reader and Revolutionary Road) was January 2009. and the following month, she finally won an Oscar (after five previous nods), for her portrayal of a former Nazi guard in The Reader.

So, how does she do it and still manage to look so fabulous? “I don’t know!” exclaims Winslet, dressed head-to-toe in black with a tuxedo jacket and three gold necklaces, blonde hair swept back into a casual pony. “Honestly, I sometimes say, ‘How am I doing this? How are we coping? OK, we’re good, we’re still here, OK, let’s go, let’s go!’ It’s a lot of forwardplanning. A LOT of forward-planning...”

With awards season around the corner, she could be a contender for the Danny Boyle-directed Steve Jobs, given that everything Boyle touches turns to gold. “He’s such a lovely man,” Winslet says of the film-maker. “He’s got incredible energy, everybody adores him, and that really makes a huge difference to your day.”

Being happy in her personal life helps too. “I have a wonderful, very present husband that really makes a huge difference, because then I don’t have to feel guilt if I’m in London for a whole entire day, as I am today - he’s there,” she says of husband of three years, Ned Rocknroll (she was previously married to directors Jim Threapleton and Sam Mendes). She’s actually relishing doing interviews, as it means she gets to take the weight off her feet. “It’s a real treat,” she says with a laugh. “You know what it’s like when you find yourself going, ‘Oh wow, I’m sitting down!’ I never sit down, this is like a moment, you know?” Her latest roles couldn’t be more different. Opening within a week of each other, Steve Jobs sees her playing the late Apple Inc. co-founder’s Polish-Armenian right-hand woman Joanna Hoffman, while in The Dressmaker she puts on an Australian accent as couture seamstress Tilly Dunnage, who’s returned to her small-town home to seek revenge.

Written in three parts, by Oscar-winning The Social Network scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin, the film explores Jobs’ (Michael Fassbender) personality through three product launches in 1984, 1988 and 1998. Hoffman is one of the few people to tolerate his outbursts and so dense and wordy was the script, Boyle built in rehearsal time. “I do remember reading it and going, ‘Wow, this is really impossible, we’re going to have to learn this like a play’, I knew we wouldn’t be able to leave anything to chance,” she says. I knew it would be a unique experience, very different from anything I’d done before. The rehearsal process itself was so crucial, to make mistakes and figure out what we didn’t want to do. By the time we got onto set to film it, we’d done it 100 times.” The director credits Winslet with being “the enabler” in the process (“She helped Michael in the way Joanna Hoffman helped Steve, and she would help me. She would constantly solve problems on set. She’s a bit of a film-maker on the quiet, she understands all the business”).

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Winslet baulks at the idea of directing, though. “I think I would find it really stressful,” she concedes, adding that she’s full of admiration for Jocelyn Moorhouse, who helmed The Dressmaker. “She has four children of her own and somehow she seems perfectly calm, together and never seems flustered. I’m not sure that I could remain that calm if I was a director.” While Winslet plays second fiddle to Fassbender’s Steve Jobs, she’s very much the lead in Fifties-set The Dressmaker. Shot on location in Australia, and starring Judy Davis as Tilly’s mother ‘Mad Molly’, and Liam Hemsworth as the strapping love interest, the film’s a black comedy about one woman’s mission to discover the truth about her past.

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Bullied at school and sent away from her single mother at 10 for her part in a death, Tilly returns as a glamorous, world-wise vixen, who turns heads in her stunning creations and soon has the smallminded women (and men) of Dungatar in her thrall.


When she arrives home, Tilly finds her mother bedbound in a filthy house and sets about restoring her to health. The Reading-born actress says she’s fascinated by how her relationships with her own mother and daughter are constantly evolving. “[We’re all] getting older and you learn to enjoy all the shifts and changes in relationships. Also, playing a different role as a mother now that my daughter is that little bit older, and playing a different role as a daughter now that my mother is a little bit older, it’s a wonderful, evolving thing.” One of her biggest challenges as a mother recently has been social media - ironically, for someone who plays Apple’s marketing executive, she admits she’s not at all tech-savvy. “I enjoy being terrible because it means I never have to get a computer, I don’t have one. We have no social media in our home,” she adds. “My daughter has only just been given an iPhone, [but] there are

big restrictions on that, she has to hand it in at night and it’s switched off.

Academy Award, and to stand tall and proud, and have achieved something great.”

“Children do have to have a childhood, and I do worry that exposure to social media and all these devices could get in the way of children just knowing how to climb a tree.”

Hollywood also has a reputation for making actresses insecure about their looks, but Winslet’s never let that get to her, and has spoken out against being airbrushed.

Chatting today, it’s hard to think that as a child at theatre school, Winslet was bullied for being “chubby”, having “the wrong shoes” and “bad hair”, as she’s previously revealed.

As she heads into her 40s, she’s not feeling the pressure to look ever-beautiful. “I actually don’t really care! It’s nice to feel pulled together in the moments when I need to be, like on a red carpet, and I really enjoy those moments, because I don’t sit at home getting manicures and massages and having people cook for me,” Winslet confides.

Winning her Oscar, she admits, was the perfect revenge. “You can’t imagine...” she whispers. “I think bullying can take on different forms, it can come in very aggressive physical forms or just in the way of horrible isolation, intimidation and saying very unkind, cruel things, and that was the case for me. “So yeah, it was a pretty satisfying moment; to be in the position I’m in now and to have won an

“So actually, I do still find those occasions really quite glamorous and exciting, and a real treat.”

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Guests can be a duty - or a pleasure - but whichever category they fall into, they need a stylish, comfortable room for overnight stays Naturally, if you like them, you’ll want to treat them to such a spoiling space that it encourages them to stay longer (and if you don’t, if they like their room, at least they’ll want to retreat to it!). Either way, a smart spare is especially helpful during the festive holidays, when everyone crammed into one space can send tension levels soaring. So, look on those looming visitors as just the nudge you need to turn that long-neglected space into a beautiful boudoir. “My wife and I have three children and we both come from large families, but it’s nice to do Christmas on our terms, sometimes. We designate one room for the children, and then have another kitted out with a sofa, bed and a couple of chairs, to make it into a peaceful sanctuary from the happy chaos, noise and mess of the holiday,” says Charlie Marshall, founder of sofa and bed specialists, Loaf .

Small but smart Limited space or a tight budget doesn’t mean you can’t create a stunning spare; space-saving solutions and budget pieces can save the day - and the visit! “Guest rooms should be warm and welcoming, as opposed to an afterthought,” says Alison Cork, founder of online interiors company, Within. “Keep a colour scheme simple - two shades always works best - so ultra fashionable grey and white, or give a room a Skandi/festive feel, with red and white. “For this room, the little thoughtful touches, which needn’t be expensive, are everything. A throw, a lamp, a radio, a basket of bath goodies, scented drawer liners and a candle, and a pile of magazines all work together to conjure a cosseting atmosphere.” Ensuring there are enough electrical sockets for charging phones, tablets laptops - plus an extension cable near the bed - is a pleasing, practical touch.

Spoil The Spare: Save pennies and simply paint the bedhead wall as a feature, or revamp old furniture for instant effect. The Colours paint range at B&Q includes a Grey Slate Emulsion, £13.94 for 2.5L. Style connoisseurs know Dunelm’s a brilliant destination for affordable pieces. A Skandi Oak Low Bedstead, from £449.99; Elements White Telephone Table, £69.99, which could double as a bedside table, and Elements Set Of Three Wooden Painted Drawers, only £7.99. If space is an issue, BoConcept has two contemporary solutions: a Melo 2 Sofa, £1,659, which reclines into a bed position, or a Kyoto Sofa Bed, which folds flat to make a double, £1,389.

Below left: Kyoto sofa bed, available from BoConcept Below Right: Wooden painted drawers, available from Dunelm

“To make your guest room snug, add lots of blankets to the bed. At our home, we have giant lambswool ones, which are super soft and so large, they cover the whole bed. I’m a fan of laid-back pure linen bedding, which feels soft and natural, rather than starched and ironed - bedlinen which looks nice but doesn’t feel as cosy. Keen to transform your spare? Take your pick from ‘hotel-room luxe’ or ‘beautiful on a budget’ - the effort will pay dividends as after those welcome (or pesky!) guests have departed, you can reclaim the space and finally start enjoying a room which previously may have been wasted or treated like a dumping ground.

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Spare no expense Luxury and comfort are the watchwords if you’re creating indulgent spaces, where guests can retreat and relax as well as sleep. “I love a spare room that has personality, style and is a talking point for guests,” says Samantha Parish, interior design account manager for Hypnos Beds. “Being bold in your decor, and creating a room with a boutique hotel look, works brilliantly to give a guest space the ‘wow’ factor. You can easily capture this look in your own home with an oversized statement headboard, which is a dramatic focal point. Use contrasting bright colours on walls or fabrics, styled with eclectic soft furnishings or accessories.” Spoil the spare: Cashmere is synonymous with luxury, and Hypnos has an Orthos Cashmere mattress, from £1,035 for a double (from £2,050 when purchased with a divan and headboard). Alternatively, Willow & Hall’s Foxham 2 Seater Sofa Bed, upholstered in Magnesium textured linen, currently from £1,053 (previously from £1369), combines good looks with comfort. Rich colour and fabulous fabrics can transform a room; for instance, a bed canopy adds grandeur to the most modest bed. If you’re seeking inspiration, Ian Mankin is a good destination and its Britannia collection, available in on-trend navy blue, includes a Blazer Stripe, £29.50 per metre, and a Dunoon velvet, £49.50 per metre. Accessorise a blue room with with a blue and white Kraakware Ceramic Chinese Table Lamp, £139 (shade extra), OKA, and one of my favourite Oliver Bonas pieces, a Velvet Tub Chair in blue, £445. Luxury bedlinen and towels are a must, and Christy is a byword for top quality ranges. Bag a bargain right now: its Luxury Egyptian Bedlinen is currently reduced online, with double duvet covers down to £127.50 from £170. Soft textures are soothing and a Mohair Throw, £99, from Within, is a cuddly choice, or a John Rocha Light Purple Faux Fur Cushion, currently reduced from £28 to £19.60, Debenhams. The designer’s Silver Cutout Lily Scented Reed Diffuser, reduced to £15.40 from £22, would make a perfect finishing touch. By Gabrielle Fagan, Press Association Photo credit: PA Photo/Handout

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Left: The Foxham sofa bed, in textured linen Magnesium, available from Willow & Hall


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MAXIMISING SPACE IN A CLOAKROOM Tips from Victoria Lombard Owner Of Ripples Showroom In Bournemouth The cloakroom is perhaps the most exciting

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Meet Simon Platt… So Simon I understand QP Furniture is a family run business, and has been since 1987, could you tell our readers a little more about it’s roots? Yes, ran by myself, and my brother Sean. The business was originally established as a pine furniture retailer and traded, under the name, ‘Quality Pine’ until 2005, when we rebranded to QP Furniture. This was to reflect the company’s extended product range, along with its philosophy of quality furniture, that’s competitively priced. When you think about your competitors, what makes you unique? We are proud to be one of the area’s most progressive independent furniture retailers, operating from six unique showrooms, with a team of highly skilled customer advisors, with exceptional customer and product knowledge, and this is reflected by QP Furniture’s loyal customer base. Customers are often impressed by the company’s ethos, and often return to the business to buy more furniture and frequently recommend friends and family along to the showrooms.

How have you grown the business, especially with the recent growth of digital marketing seemingly taking over our lives? We now stock a huge range of oak and painted furniture to suit the modern taste, and provide furniture solutions for the modern home. In addition to our showrooms, we also showcase our products on our website, displaying a vast range of beautiful living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, as well as stylish home office pieces. Despite operating in a highly competitive market, and considering the growth of internet trading alternatives, QP Furniture continue to thrive and attract new customers. To be honest, feedback indicates that when choosing furniture, customers want to be able to see and touch items before they buy, and I doubt that will ever really change. What drives you to succeed? I’m driven by the satisfaction that comes from doing a great job. It has been a challenging time in the retail sector over the past few years but what has kept me motivated is getting feedback from customers who tell us they enjoy coming to

our showrooms and refer people to us because of the approach we take to business. What do you see in the future for QP Furniture? Short term, QP Furniture have seen a huge demand in 2015 for painted furniture and provide a wide range of pieces and colour options available to order. We are so excited by new ranges coming into store in the early part of 2016, further extending the choices available. What is your favourite local haunt? To me, nothing beats sitting outside the Captain’s Club on a summers evening, I love the combination of sunny weather, that view and an ice-cold beer! With 2016 just around the corner now, what are your new years resolutions? - Business and personal. In 2016 I intend to spend little more time with my great friends and family as a result of having built up a fantastic team at QP Furniture. I’ve committed to ride some cycling events and am cycle training in Majorca in April, so better get training! t. 01202 574 358 w. www.qpfurniture.co.uk a. 1625 - 1633 Wimborne Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH11 9AR

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After his own experience of developing round living in the property from his own personal experience & created us a temporary kitchen in a downstairs bedroom which we used for the duration. Throughout the duration of the project Mark closely managed all the trades (up to11 tradesmen on site at peak) and provided me with comprehensive daily updates of progress and any ongoing concerns or issues. This included periods whilst I was out of the country on work business. Mark managed the design of the whole build including the complex roof structure which required architectural estimates on loading , the design and purchase of all the glazing, the roof lantern , velux windows, steels supports , lighting and electrics – the only person I has to deal with was Mark.

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OH, CHRISTMAS TREE! Never mind decking the halls - it’s all about the Christmas tree, isn’t it? Whether you favour a ‘can-you-believe-it’s-notreal?’ artificial one or always opt for the genuine article, whose fragrant scent (and needles) will fill the house, it’s the decorations that say most about your taste and family history - from hand-me-down baubles to childhood creations.

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“This year, people seem determined to want their tree to be the biggest they can fit in and afford, and they also have a very good idea of what colour or style theme they want to follow,” says Craig Roman, home and garden styling expert at Dobbies Garden Centres.

“This an absolute classic look with red particularly strong this year and not only in decorations - there are also red berry lights,” says Roman. “There’s a lovely nostalgic feel to this style of decoration, which is seen in red candy cane and Santa stocking decorations.

“They’re very specific about the look they want to achieve, and we have three key looks this year - full-on traditional, with lots of red and gold; a countryside feel, featuring creatures great and small; or the dazzling snowy white tree, embellished with silver or gold touches.”

“This season, we’re seeing much more emphasis on the texture and finishes of baubles - incorporating matt with shiny; shiny with glitter; or those which are ribbed. Many have an ‘added extra’, such as a tiny charm attached to the top, or a ribbon with beading.

Truly traditional Red and green is the ultimate festive look, and has a timeless appeal which can be interpreted in a retro way, or given a dash of kitsch.

“People could embellish their own baubles, by simply sourcing charms, stickers or diamante glitter from craft stores, or use a glitter pen to personalise them with names or messages. Add to the red effect by pegging cards to red ribbon, which can be hung from banisters, curtain or picture rails and adding red bows to a wreath.”

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Tree-mendous treats: A luxuriant green 7.5ft artificial Washington tree, £379.99; decorations from £1.79 each, and a Luxury Berry & Pine Garland, £29.99, from Wyevale Garden Centres. Debenhams has plenty of red decorations to choose from, including a Pack Of Four Red Spotty Christmas Baubles, £12, or Set Of 16 Red Assorted Christmas Baubles, £6. Embrace a yesteryear look with Father Christmas Tin Decorations, £3.99 each, The Oak Room. Similarly, John Lewis has a Glass Telephone Box Decoration, £5, and a Bombki Large Post Box or London Bus Glass Hanging Decorations, £30 each. A Red & White Wooden Houses Advent Calendar, reduced to £20 from £40, also from John Lewis, would be a perfect finishing touch.

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The bottle brush squirrel hanging decoration, available from George Home (PA Photo/Handout)

Woodland way Make a tree come alive with woodland creatures, for a look which will delight young and old alike. “This is a cosy, comforting look featuring all the British wildlife characters. Owls are currently the most popular, along with squirrels, foxes, hedgehogs and stags,” says Roman. “Woodland motifs have featured strongly in decor for a while now, and the reddish brown shades of the squirrels and foxes key into the trend for copper tones in decor, so it’s not surprising that they’re popular for the tree. “Of course, tiny creatures will look perfectly at home on the branches and evoke a cosy, rustic feel. Stand a tree in an old barrel or a wicker tree hamper to complement that look.”

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White magic This look captures the atmosphere of a winter wood, where snow-laden trees sparkle and shimmer. “This is a magical, winter wonderland effect, which because of its neutral colour palette - works with any decor and is hugely popular,” says Roman. Lightly flocked artificial trees with twinkling prelit white lights are perfect for this, and then all you need is a collection white or silver baubles - the ‘less is more’ rule definitely applies to this style. “If pure white is too cool for your taste, warm up the effect with a few gold baubles. This metallic finish is enjoying a revival and will feature very strongly in collections next Christmas too. For a finishing touch, make snowballs by simply rolling white or silver strands of tinsel into a ball, and pop them in between branches.” Neon signs are bang-on-trend this season and John Lewis’ White Noel Battery Operated Sign, £20, would look brilliant near a tree or on a mantel. Alternatively, The Handpicked Collection has illuminated letters spelling out ‘JOY’; Joy Light, £49.95. Tree-mendous treats: A 2.2m Cranmere Pre-lit Christmas Tree, with 400 LED lights, from £299.99, Dobbies. House of Fraser’s Linea 6ft Pre Lit Flocked Whistler Tree is just as handsome and is currently reduced from £230 to £115. For a stylish contemporary effect, John Lewis has a 4ft Prelit Birch Cluster, a chic arrangement of trees on a stand, £100 (re-stocked mid-December). Glamour and sparkle combine in Swarovski Christmas Baubles, £45 for set of four, and for a Narnia effect, a Snowdrift Acrylic Glitter Stag, £4, both John Lewis. The Matrioskas Ornaments, a set of three striking white and gold porcelain dolls, £140, Lladro, are an unusual collector’s set and would perfectly suit this theme. 214

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How revamping your home lifts lifestyle and property value From functional fundamentals to cosmetic titivation, maintenance and improvement are vital aspects of home ownership. They keep a property going and allow us to expand and avoid the stress and expense of moving. But sometimes, just sometimes, all we want is a big, fat upgrade – an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink, seismic lifestyle shift that panders to every whim and wish. Which is just what Inspired Interiors achieved for the new owners of a 1960s’, detached, 4-bedroom house, tucked away in a secluded cul-de-sac in the Test Valley village of North Baddesley. In just five months and with a budget of £150K, this interior design, refurbishment and decoration company transformed the property structurally, functionally and cosmetically, inside and out.

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Now it’s a substantial residence with eye-catching kerb appeal – a home big on elbow room, function, comfort and all-round ambience, not to mention a big raise in value.

The challenge True to form, the Inspired Interiors team stripped the house, outbuildings and grounds back to basics to reveal a lengthy list of Building Regulation and Legislative ‘Must Dos’. From installing brand new compliant electrical and plumbing systems, excavating all gardens and driveways, to improving drainage and converting and creating new facilities, including an American Pool suite, no turf, tile, floorboard, roof, door or wall remained untouched.

Why home improvement pays Importantly, and a compelling consideration for those pondering home improvements of their own, the £150K investment was instantly reflected in the property’s value – and some. So splashing the cash in a seller’s market pays big dividends, as commented on by Richard Woolhouse, chief economist at the British Bankers Association in August this year: “House price rises are driven by a housing shortage and demand is outstripping supply.”


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once all the cables have been buried and the lights installed. Try different beam angles and wattage’s to maximize effect, even a splash of colour. A lamp as low as 20w or a 3w LED is surprisingly bright at night in the garden as it does not have to compete with natural daylight. However this is something we can advise on. Adding outdoor lighting along paths and walkways can help to extenuate the edges of the path, but also illuminate any flowers that are planted next to them. The ideal light fitting for this is the spread light or low level bollard which is designed to push the light downward and reduce glare. Some plants do not like constant light at night, so be sure to check you don’t unknowingly damage any plants. If this is the case then point the light in another direction away from the leaves. Your main driveway is an ideal place to use specially designed marker drive-over lights which show a direct route to the house entrance and can be used in conjunction with bollard lights for extra security and effect. The bollards can be placed on a light sensor to detect anyone entering the property. Bollards large and small can also be used to good effect to illuminate pathways in your garden. Putting lighting in between rocks and stones will make shadows and shapes with great effect at night and will enhance the scenery at night. There are hundreds of small low level spike lights which use either low voltage or LED power and can be easily concealed in these areas. Twin adjustable spike

lights are also very flexible and enable you to down light or highlight an object with one lamp whilst up lighting a tree or tall shrub with the other lamp. Lighting decking areas can help to complete the look, and create an almost fairytale ambiance. Lights can be placed on the decking posts and rails for maximum exposure at an elevated position. For a very classical look you can build them into the wood of the decking, and this helps to protect them as well. The look is very unique and seamless, and is a favourite with many homeowners. The light can bring out the quality and shape of the wood, as well as different textures. They take a little more work to fit them and install but the finished result is one of the best around, and will really set your garden apart from the rest. Using LED in the decking is ideal as the lamp produces very little heat and will be safe to touch for children. Low level bollards can be used at the side of entrance steps to the patio decking area. You can hang lights from branches in trees, or on top of posts, fences and pergolas. These light fittings are very popular for pergolas and create a dramatic pool of light on the pathway below or patio area and add a bit more sparkle to the area. Solar fairy lights can also be used as a type of hanging light to create a twinkle effect at night. If you want expert advice on lighting your garden or any other electrical work just give us a ring, we would be happy to pop out and perhaps give you some new ideas. Call us on 07866 054448

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AHEAD OF THE DAME Dame Maggie Smith flops her head down onto the desk with a dramatic flourish. Neatly turned out in a pale green jumper and leopard skin print scarf, the theatrical gesture is the 80-year-old star of the stage and screen’s initial deadpan response to how she remains energetic during busy bouts of work.

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“The energy comes from the people around you and one’s director,” she says in her trademark crisp tones. “But it is tough and I can’t say it’s easy at the age I am.” Born in Essex, Smith moved to Oxford when she was four, joined the Oxford Playhouse in her teens and has been steadily working since. She won her first Oscar in 1969 for her leading role as spirited teacher Jean in The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie, and her second for her supporting role in 1978 comedy, California Suite. Then of course, there’s her role as the firm but fair Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter series and lately as Downton Abbey’s scene-stealing snob, the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley. While there is much debate about the lack of roles for older women, Smith concedes that she is “lucky” with the work she is known for.

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“There’s always this endless thing about how there aren’t any parts for women over a certain age,” she explains. “Well, I’ve kind of reached the limit now, because I’m sure there aren’t many [parts] after the age I am, but I think they’re talking about middle age.”

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Although she’s keen to keep on working, some of the physical aspects of the job are harder than they used to be. A recent example of this is her role as the eponymous character in The Lady In The Van, which is based on the real-life story of a transient elderly woman, who parked her car in playwright Alan Bennett’s driveway and stayed there for 15 years. When Bennett first moved into Camden in North London in the late Sixties, the woman, who he came to know as Miss Shepherd, was already living in the van, although further up the street. He gradually became aware of her, as she and her van, which was dirty and filled with shopping bags, old bits of carpet and rubbish, drifted down his street as she systematically outstayed her welcome outside every other house. Although not friends in the strictest sense, the two formed a bond and their relationship was played out in Bennett’s 1999 stage show, based on his memoir, in which Smith starred as Shepherd. Clearly, the actress has empathy with Miss Shepherd’s plight. “Loud and ghastly though she was, there’s a terrible tragedy there,” says Smith.

“She isn’t subtle, she just isn’t. She drove them mad, up and down the street, although they were much too nice to say. And they wanted to keep up with Alan I suspect, to make themselves look as tolerant as he was.” While the play was “demanding”, she could “handle” the intense workload at the time. The film, however, was “very, very different”. “Miss Shepherd was much broader and the film was much more concentrated - it was a whole different thing... the stage was more demanding and it was a long time ago,” she says. And she found herself out of her comfort zone the second time around. “It wasn’t easy being constricted by the van,” she laughs. “When it was dry, it wasn’t so bad, but it was wet most of the time because of the rain. “It was where I spent most of the time, I must admit but they [the rest of the cast and crew] were all in comfort in the house. They were in luxury. Figures, doesn’t it?” The filthy van, which according to the director Nicholas Hytner, was broken into one weekend and


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used by a couple, “having a good time with each other using whatever substances,” was a sharp contrast to Smith’s TV home in the grand grounds of Downton Abbey. Along with the rest of the cast, the star completed her last scenes in the landmark ITV series earlier this year, but she wouldn’t rule out a role in the film version if it does happen after the Christmas special. “It would be fun,” she smiles. “I’m not sure if the wig will be around, but hopefully I will be. I think the wig is slightly more tired than I am.’’ Although she’s not “very close” to either the Dowager or Miss Shepherd in personality, it was a nice change to play a less buttoned-up character. “I can only talk as an actress, but it was much easier to be Miss Shepherd, because she didn’t mind how she looked,” says the mother-of-two. “It was such a relief, because Lady Violet was forever in those corsets that Miss Shepherd would never have dreamed of going near. So for comfort alone, it was nicer to be Miss Shepherd.” Although Smith jokes about the van, on a serious note, she notes how fortunate she is to have a roof over her head. “I’m so glad I’ve got a home,” she says. “Having had a practice of not having one, it means an awful lot. There is no way you could live in a van. I know some people do, some people live in cars, but surely not for that length of time. “I’ve lived in my home for a very long time and I dread to think what it would be like without it. It means everything.” By Keeley Bolger, Press Association

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FAMILY LIFE ON THE DECK

Back early in the summer of 2010 we had the pleasure of installing a 30sq metre deck in the rear garden of the Bradbury’s lovely family home. They had recently moved into their newly built house 2 years previous and decided it was time to put they own stamp on the garden by asking us to replace the original small area of wood decking that had already started to rot (after only 2 years!), and create them a relaxing & inviting outdoor dining area that could also be shared as a safe play space for kids and the whole family to enjoy! We even installed white LED lights to frame the edge of the deck and illuminate the area so the good times could continue even once the sun has set.

MEET THE BRADBURY’S! A modern dual income hard working family with 2 young children, living together in a 3 story semidetached town house within an exciting growing community in Wiltshire. In the Bradbury family there is Simon (Dad), Sara (Mum), Ella (swimming ballerina) and Oliver (football loving cheeky monkey). Just your “average” down to earth family really! What’s your family life philosophy? Work hard - play hard, and enjoy life with the ones you love.

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How do you decide when & why to invest in larger purchases? For us it’s about value for money and quality products, whilst enhancing our house value. We

saw the garden as a key area for investment with an area which not only met our family requirements, but also added value to our property if a time ever came to sell it. What attracted you to recycled plastic decking instead of wood? We had a timber deck in our garden for only two years which had to be treated each year and had started to rot. Alongside this it was slippery for the children to play on in wet and cold weather, and we wanted an area within our garden which was maintenance free and could be used all year round. So after researching the various products available we turned to a plastic decking solution that met all of our needs. Why did you choose Reformed Plastics to supply & install your deck? They were a local company with a good reputation who understood our needs when they came and quoted for the work, which followed through to the installation team who completed the fitting. How did the price compare to alternative materials & installers? Whilst it was more of an investment than a wooden deck the benefits of the plastic deck far outweigh the cost difference, and the cost to life ratio far exceeds the wooden alternatives.


How would you assess Reformed Plastics’ overall performance & customer service? From the initial quotation visit to the fitting team, it was a friendly & professional service which we would highly recommend. How has choosing plastic decking benefited your family life? In the 5+ years we have had the deck we simply need to jet wash the deck once a year to keep it looking like new. During the summer months we are known to use the area from dawn until dusk, but in addition we now have an area which is usable in all weathers, and where our children have been able to play happily & safely during wet and cold conditions. Would you recommend Reformed Plastics’ products & services to you friends & family? The product has far exceeded our expectations! We have a beautiful deck which is envied by our neighbours, friends and family and as such we would highly recommend Reformed Plastics to all. To find out more about our products, visit www.reformedplastics.co.uk or call us on: 01202 385751.

“Reformed Plastics built a wonderful deck in our garden over 5 years ago and it still looks like new! Just a quick wash down in the spring and we are set for the summer. The best garden investment we have ever made!” - Sara Bradbury - (June 2010) - Amesbury (Feedback Received – October 2015)

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CRANBERRIES FOR CHRISTMAS

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Cranberries are the staple fruit of Christmas, creating the sauce synonymous with turkey or adding warmth to winter punches, relishes and jellies. These beautiful deep red berries aren’t only popular with us though, they are also adored by wetland birds, so this year, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust wetland centres all across the country are holding their first ever Craneberry Fest - a celebration of the famous wetland fruit and an iconic wetland bird, the crane, after which cranberries are named. From November 30 until January 26, WWT Wetland Centres, supported by Ocean Spray, will be showing visitors how to make beautiful cranberry decorations for the tree and cranberry bird feeders. The plant was first named by early European settlers in America who felt the expanding flower, stem and petals resembled the neck, head, and bill of a crane. Most cranberries are still grown in boggy areas of North America and eastern Europe. They’re not widely grown in this country, although specialist fruit nurseries may offer a few types and the RHS also sells them. “Cranberries like boggy soil conditions and it’s quite difficult to create an environment in which they thrive

in the UK,’ says Leigh Hunt, principal horticultural adviser with the RHS. “But we can control the moisture and soil type by planting them in containers.” The plants do have some visual worth, as they are evergreen and low growing, with pink bell flowers. Cranberry ‘Pilgrim’, for instance, available from the RHS (www.rhs.org. uk) is a low-growing, evergreen cranberry with small, leathery leaves on lax stems that have an arching habit. Its attractive shape can be best admired when planted in a container so it can cascade over the sides of the pot. The tiny pinkish-red flowers appear in spring and are followed by tart dark red berries, a regular superfood packed with nutrients and vitamins. ‘Early Black’ has a spreading habit, evergreen leaves and large dark blue, fairly sweet fruit. If you have problems with drainage in your garden, the cranberry might actually be for you. They need extremely acidic soil, with a pH of less than 5, and semi-bog conditions. They prefer sun but will also withstand light shade. If you’re planting them in the ground, dig a hole 40cm (16in) deep

and line the base and sides with plastic sheeting. Fill with an ericaceous compost and mulch with 5cm (2in) of sawdust or wood shavings. Punch a few small holes in the sides of the plastic just above the bottom to allow water to seep out. If you can, use rain water to thoroughly wet the compost and trample it like grapes until the soil is soaking. “Keeping them well watered is really important and early to mid-summer is critical,” adds Hunt. “Most days you will need to check the pot. They have a shallow root run so a pot 12 inches deep would be sufficient and ideally you want a pot which is wide but shallow.” In spring, feed the plants with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost. If you are growing in pots you can control the conditions more effectively by spring planting in peaty ericaceous compost enhanced with around 10% lime-free grit. You’ll need to keep the plants really wet, so stand the pots in wide saucers that remain topped up with water, particularly rainwater, as tap-water contains too much lime. Feed the plants every week during

the growing season with a product specifically formulated for acid-loving plants and you should be harvesting the berries in September and October. They will keep in the fridge for a good few weeks or you can freeze them or pop them on a tray in the oven on its lowest setting for a few hours to dry them. Once the dried cranberries start to look like raisins, they can be added to bird feeders, while the fresh ones can be made into festive tree decorations, using floral wire and threading cranberries and craft beads through it to form circles. You can also make snowflake decorations using a foam ball in the centre. Thread 5in pieces of wire through it to form the spokes of a snowflake shape and thread cranberries on to the wire, gluing a craft bead at the end of each wire spoke, to secure the berries. To make a pine cone bird feeder, tie one 24in ribbon length to the end of each pine cone. Coat each pine cone with lard and sprinkle with soft, dried cranberries and bird seed. Hang by the ribbons on tree branches. For more details of the Craneberry Fest, go to www.wwt.org.uk


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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK: IN YOUR GARDEN

Many varieties of prunus, including flowering cherries and plums, are deciduous, but the evergreen types are excellent for screening and hedging, as their large glossy leaves and dense growth hide ugly views and deter intruders. Meanwhile, the smaller varieties suppress weeds, providing a display of white flowers in early summer, followed by berries. To keep it tidy, prune bushes in late winter and trim hedges in late summer, using secateurs not a hedge trimmer and dispose of the clippings, as laurel are poisonous. Among the best types for tall hedges is the common laurel, P. laurocerasus, which will reach 4.5m (15ft) or more if left unchecked. Small white flowers appear in April followed by red berries in September which later turn to black. Other good varieties include P. lusitanica ‘Variegata’, which is a better choice for alkaline soil and if you want a smaller hedge or if you want the shrub to be trimmed into a formal shape. Laurels thrive in sun or partial shade in any well-drained soil.

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When staking trees, place the stake on the side which receives the prevailing wind to ensure the stem is blown away from the stake and bark is less likely to be rubbed.

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GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT LAMB’S LETTUCE This tasty, reliable rosette-shaped lettuce is easy to grow through the winter undercover, ideally on a windowsill. Sow seeds thinly from September to March in cold frames or a soil border in a cold greenhouse, or on windowsills indoors. If sowing indoors fill a shallow windowsill trough with compost, sprinkle seeds thinly over the surface and just cover them with a thin layer of horticultural vermiculite or compost. Water in gently, then again when the soil starts to dry out at the surface. When the seedlings are big enough to use, remove them for baby salads, while mature plants will be ready a couple of weeks later. Good varieties include ‘Vit’, a modern, fast-growing type, and ‘Verte de Cambrai’, a French variety.

TOP BUY ELECTRIC KITCHEN GARDEN SET As the weather turns colder, more of us will be venturing under cover for our gardening, and there’s an ideal way to start thanks to a new Electric Kitchen Garden Set, launched by Stewart Garden. Ideal for germinating your seeds, it will keep them warm, hu-

mid and protected. It features a growing tray, propagator cover, a 12-watt heater mat, five flower pots and two seed trays. The set, priced £34.99, is available in lime and mocha. For details and stockists go to www.stewart-home.co.uk

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MOTORING NEWS The latest news on all things motoring. By Nick Fletcher

SNOW DRIVING ADVICE Road safety charity the IAM is issuing advice about driving in winter weather: • Think about the safest possible way to get to your destination. If you can, avoid travelling on quieter roads or country lanes as these are less likely to be gritted. • Don’t forget to clear off snow piled on the roof and bonnet as it can fall and blow on to the windscreen or the vehicle behind. • Start your car gently from stationary and avoid high revs. If road conditions are icy and you drive a manual car, move off in a higher gear rather than first gear. Stay in a higher gear to avoid wheel spin. • Never drive too fast that you risk losing control, but avoid driving so slowly that you risk losing momentum, especially when driving up a slope. • Double your stopping distance from the vehicle in front of you. This will give you more time to slow down without relying on your brakes.

NEW MINI CLUBMAN The new Clubman offers “the highest level of ride refinement ever seen in a MINI”, the company says. Priced from, £19,995,the car’s signature design feature – its split rear doors – are retained, while accessibility and everyday usability are enhanced thanks to four full-sized side doors. Clubman’s dimensions are larger than those of the previous generation MINI Clubman. It’s also 270 mm longer and 73 mm wider than the MINI 5-door Hatch, with a wheelbase which is 100 mm larger. The boot has a volume of 360 litres, which can be extended to 1,250 litres by folding the rear seats flat. The latest generation of MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol and diesel engines have been installed, with four units available from launch – the MINI Cooper Clubman, MINI Cooper D Clubman, MINI Cooper S Clubman and MINI Cooper SD Clubman. CO2 emissions are as low as 109g/km, with fuel economy of up to 68.9mpg.

New to the MINI brand is an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, available as an option on the MINI Cooper S Clubman, the MINI Cooper D Clubman and the MINI Cooper SD Clubman. Numerous features make their MINI brand debut on the new Clubman, including an electric parking brake, full electric seat adjustment and the optional MINI Yours Interior Styles with backlit door bezels. The new MINI Clubman includes MINI’s Navigation System as standard on all models, as is the MINI Excitement Package, which features a projection of the brand logo on to the ground beneath the driver’s side door mirror when the car is opened and closed. Six-speed manual transmissions are standard on all versions of the new Clubman, but the Cooper Clubman version offers an optional six-speed Steptronic transmission.

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SsangYong’s new Tivoli 4X4 model makes its UK showroom debut this month, priced from £17,100 and with a 5-year limitless mileage warranty. The electronically controlled on-demand system distributes power to the front and rear drive shafts as required, and automatically adjusts to the road surface and driving conditions to optimise performance. In normal driving, the drive system distributes all the power to the front wheels to enhance fuel efficiency, and automatically adapts to four-wheel drive in snow or wet, slippery conditions, by diverting power to the rear wheels to ensure driving stability. For further control and reassurance, particularly when driving up a hill or across a slope, the 4x4 system operates with Hill Start Assist to help deliver power to any wheels that begin to lose grip and start spinning. An all-wheel drive lock mode is also provided to ensure a 50/50 spread of torque between the front and rear wheels at speeds up to 25mph, for when low speed traction and control is needed. The Tivoli 4x4 also features multi-link rear suspension for greater off-road performance, as well as electronic stability program and ABS for greater safety. It also comes with high specification mud and snow tyres to give optimum grip regardless of the weather or road conditions.


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NEW NAVARA DEBUT Making its UK showroom debut in January, the all-new Nissan Navara NP300, which will be priced from £18,376, excluding VAT. Nissan describes the new model as a “rugged, dependable and capable workhorse with crossover-style comfort and class-leading technology.” It will be available in five distinct trim grades – Visia, Acenta, Acenta+, N-Connecta and Tekna. The pick-up can be specified with either a double cab or a king cab and a 190hp twin-turbo or 160hp single turbo version of the new 2.3-litre dCi engine. There’s also a choice of two or four-wheel drive and a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic transmission. Standard kit includes Forward Emergency Braking on all

double cab models; driver, passenger, side, knee and curtain airbags; electronic Limited Slip Differential; Hill Start Assist and Hill Descent Control (on 4WD models). Entry level Visia models feature manual air conditioning (4WD), 5-link rear suspension (DC), Bluetooth telephone integration, steering wheel mounted audio controls, an AUX socket for MP3 connectivity, a USB port, three 12v sockets, automatic headlights, cruise control and speed limiter (DC). Topping the range, the Tekna adds other equipment including Nissan’s Around View Monitor, which uses cameras to give the driver a bird’s eye view of the car, as well as rear parking sensors, leather seats with heated front seats, roof rails and LED headlights.

Volkswagen is sharpening the appeal of the Golf with a highly specified Golf Match BlueMotion Edition, and Golf Match Edition, priced from £19,840. The new Match Edition models add high-end equipment as standard including Discover Navigation with Car-Net Guide and Inform, and Winter Pack. The entry-level three-door Golf Match BlueMotion Edition has a 1.0 115hp TSI engine, sixspeed manual gearbox. The Golf Match Edition, from £20,400, has a 1.4-litre TSI 125 hp engine, BlueMotion Technology and a five-speed manual gearbox. Standard features include 16-inch ‘Dover’ alloys and Discover Navigation system with 6.5inch colour touch-screen control system for navigation, CD and radio functions. Other equipment includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Front Assist and City Emergency Braking, Driver Alert System, PreCrash preventive occupant protection, Driver Profile Selection, automatic lights and wipers, and automatically dimming rear-view mirror.

LATEST DISCOVERY MODELS Land Rover continues to broaden the appeal of the Discovery with the launch of the Landmark and Graphite models. New distinctive exterior design features to both enhance the design of the fourth generation Discovery, while unique interior touches to the Landmark bring more luxury and exclusivity. The Discovery Landmark builds on the specification of the HSE Luxury derivative with new interior and exterior features that offer customers a more premium and unique look and costs £55,995. The Discovery Graphite has additional features including 19-inch 7-split spoke alloy wheel in a high gloss dark grey as standard, with the option of a 19-inch 7-split spoke alloy wheels. It costs £47,495. A full 7-seater with over 2,500-litre stowage capacity, the Discovery has a versatile interior with variable seating and a range of practical accessories. The split tailgate and adjustable air suspension are an added bonus for easier loading and unloading. The Land Rover Discovery has diesel and petrol engine options, Stop/Start technology and 8-speed automatic transmission. The 3.0-litre SDV6 will be a popular choice, delivering 256hp, 36.7mpg combined and 203g/km emissions. 239


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Kartechnic in Poole invite us to review their remapping service

KARTECHNIC When Kartechnic in Poole asked us to come and review their remapping service on our cars we were intrigued to see if the gains were as good as everyone said! So what is the benefit of remapping your car with Kartechnic? A Kartechnic ECU remap will not only improve the engines power and torque figures, it will also sharpen the throttle response and widen the powerband. This will make the power delivery a lot more linear, which in turn will make the vehicle feel a lot livelier to drive and the engine more flexible. Frequently, the vehicles power output is restricted by the manufacturer for no other reason than to ensure that the vehicle fits into a class to suit fleet buyers. As a driving enthusiast, you do not need or want such restrictions placed upon your vehicles ECU and its performance therefore you can benefit from the hidden power and torque locked away within your engine management system. The other main benefit of remapping will be a reduction in fuel consumption. With the extra torque especially at the bottom of the rev range you will see a fuel saving, as it will require less throttle input to maintain motorway speeds, you can drive in a higher gear at a slower speed as well as helping significantly when fully laden, towing or on gradients and even in start stop traffic.

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Many see the modern crop of Turbocharged diesels as the future of road car tuning. These engines offer fantastic potential for reliable low cost tuning without removing any of the appeal of buying and running a turbo diesel powered vehicle, such as economy, reliability and longevity. After your ECU upgrade to your turbocharged diesel engine, you will enjoy: • • • • • •

Increased horsepower Increased torque Better throttle response Smoother power delivery Improved fuel economy Safer overtaking

So what’s the verdict ? It took 30 minutes for the guys at Kartechnic to firstly remap a 4 litre petrol BMW 5 series, the remap has made a massive difference to the whole car giving it an increase from 306 BHP to 341 BHP. This is really noticeable when accelerating and the car feels like a different car, my MPG around town is also up by about 2mpg which is great news for a thirsty engine!

Kartechnic also pride themselves on performance and economy remapping on diesel engines. So we provided them with an Audi A4 with a V6 2.7 TDI engine. This is a mighty fine engine out of the box but half an hour with Kartechnic’s tuning experts and this feels like a brand new motor. The multitronic gearbox really does benefit from this remap with a significant MPG improvement driving around town in the standard “D” mode. But the engine springs into life once the gearbox is put into sport mode. Kartechnic has managed to increase the horsepower from 170 to 212 which is a whopping 25%! The difference will instantly put a smile on your face and re-affirm your reasons for getting a remap in the first place. I wouldn’t think for a second getting another car remapped at Kartechinc. You feel in safe hands with specialists who know exactly how to push the car without asking too much from the engine to cause future problems. Simply awesome. Book your remap now, contact Kartechnic on 01202 677455 at their Poole branch or at their Christchurch branch on 01202 484500. (www.kartechnic.co.uk)


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Silver Wheels launch an innovative new process, and we got the inside scoop! With over 25 years experience in the industry, Silver Wheels’ directors recognised a gap in the Bournemouth area, to not only offer high specification finishes on alloy wheels but to provide exemplary service. “At Silver Wheels, we aim is to provide our customers with a wide range of finishes and a level of service to suit them, not us. We have a full range of samples in our showroom, for you to examine and to make your selection from. Take advantage of our experienced staff, who are there to guide you, and are happy to talk through your ideas, or suggest some of their own. We try hard to match the wheel, to the car, and to the owner. We hope that you will be amazed by what we can offer” With CCTV and a 24 hour alarmed premises, as well as ample onsite secure parking for customer’s vehicles, you can be confident that nothing untoward will happen to your vehicle whilst in our care. Just next door to Tyreland, should any of your tyres are found to be defective, or just the victim of natural wear and tear, a replacement can be done at the same time – saving you time and money.

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Customers are able to bring a single alloy wheel for us to process or their entire car. We are happy to remove your wheels and tyres, paint your alloys, then replace tyres, balance your wheels and mount them back on to your car – a complete service. Silver Wheels provide the best finish in the market place today.

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Let’s talk about the regular process… We strip wheels of all existing paint and then prepare the surface for the specialist paint process. We apply a hard wearing base coat, a colour and then a specialist Acrylic top coat designed to protect your final finish. Very few other companies offer this level of paint application, so make sure this is what you pay for. We can bring your wheels back to manufacturer specifications or we can change your colour! Have you ever considered Matt black? Gloss black? White or something a little more funky? Not only do we offer the highest quality of workmanship, with a 12 month warranty, we offer

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a fast turn around of service, even up to a premium of a 8 hour time period to complete a full set of 5 wheels.

The Diamond Cut Wheels manufactured with a diamond cut finish are becoming more and more common, with most of the main manufacturers either offering them as upgrades or as a standard option. A diamond cut wheel can be identified by the polished finish on the front face of the spoke and another colour on the side face of the spoke. This second colour can be a silver, which can then make the polished face hard to spot. Refurbishment of a diamond cut wheel is carried out in the normal way, up to the point that the colour has been applied to the wheel. Then it is loaded into a specialist machine, that lathes the front faces of the spokes using diamond tipped tools – hence the term ‘diamond cutting’. Silver wheels are the first company in Dorset to be able to offer this service all completed in house. With a short turn-around time of just 2 days. We can repair damage to diamond cut wheels and return them back to factory specification using the same processes and paint suppliers as the main automotive manufacturers. It was, and has always been our mission, to concentrate on high quality results and deliver these results at a speed to suit the customer.

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The view looking north from Reyjkavik seafront with Akrafjall mountain in the background

Bleak and inhospitable, Hoth, the frozen planet featured in The Empire Strikes Back, wouldn’t be an obvious holiday choice. But fans of cult film franchise Star Wars can travel to a place with ice, glaciers and mountains, which is a lot more picturesque. Iceland has starred in several big screen blockbusters, the latest being the seventh Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, and is the perfect option for anyone seeking a sci-fi winter break. I start my other-worldly weekend adventure in capital city Reykjavik, but it’s the rugged landscapes outside the city limits that I’m eager to explore. Iceland is a place that’s been shaped by ferocious geological processes and the sharp teeth of Arctic weather for tens of thousands of years. Striking features include glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs. My first stop is Soheimajokull glacier, a 90-minute drive south and east from the city, along the island’s excellent long-distance main ring road. It is not far from Svinafellsjokull glacier, which doubled for the Himalayas in Batman Begins and the land North of the Wall in Game of Thrones. It is also a sight of a changing environment. Our guide from Reykjavik Excursions (www.re.is) tells us that 20 years ago, you could step from the car park onto the ice. Now, it’s a long uphill walk to the edge of the glacier. If you’re picturing glistening, pristine, blue-tinted ice, you might be disappointed. The 2010 eruption of the

Eyjafjallajokull volcano - the one that disrupted so much air travel - coated the glacier in fine volcanic ash, so now it looks a bit more like a coal mine. We strap on our crampons, hoist our ice axes and spend several glorious hours exploring the ice, keeping a safe distance from any dangerous crevasses. As well as glaciers, Iceland has some pretty epic waterfalls. Our route back from Solheimajokull takes us past Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The latter has a walkway winding behind the thundering torrent - just be prepared to get a bit wet! No less damp are Iceland’s lava tunnels, which have also become a tourist attraction. These narrow burrows are formed when lava flowing from volcanic eruptions cools and solidifies, and the hot magma runs away. I don a hardhat and head torch, and follow our dryhumoured guide, Kommi, from Iceland Expeditions (www.icelandexpeditions.is), into the darkness. At times, we have to crawl on all fours and occasionally even wriggle along on our stomachs. If this all sounds like a bit too much effort, there are ways to have a good time if you are a bit more C-3PO than Chewbacca. Reykjavik is a small but superb city, with a long sweeping waterfront and a striking 1930s concrete cathedral, Hallgrimskirkja, where the views from the top of its tower are worth the hike.

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik’s concrete cathedral, with its statue of Lief Erikson

Other city attractions include a museum on whales (www.whalesoficeland.is), a chance to see the Northern Lights (www.aurorareykjavik.is) and, bizarrely, the Penis Museum (www.phallus.is). I stay at the 4-star Fosshotel Reykjavik, which opened this year and is the largest hotel in Iceland. I spend a good few hours in the property’s excellent beer bar called the Bjor Gardurinn. It has a varied and long drink list, with many Icelandic beers to try - although the cheapest will set you back £5 and others can cost £12 each. Of course, a long weekend break in Iceland involves much more than just drinking. Pampering is also important in this Nordic country. This is where the famous Blue Lagoon (www.bluelagoon.com) comes in handy. Located on the road between Reykjavik and Keflavik Airport, its milky blue, geothermal, silica-rich waters (heated between 36-40C) provide instant relaxation. It even has a swim-up bar although there’s a three-drink maximum rule, to avoid drunkenness. I go there after dark, in the hope of glimpsing the aurora. Lying back in the warm water, I look up to see brilliant stars illuminating the clear sky. It’s unlikely I’ll ever have a chance to enjoy space travel, but with the alien landscapes of Iceland on my doorstep, there’s really no need to jet off to a galaxy so far, far away. By David Wilcock, Press Association Photo credit: PA Photo/David Wilcock

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LEVEL HAIR SALONS What a new doo can do

There’s something about the thrill of a new look, something rather 007 about it all; a new style, a new identity, the chance to turn heads and who else could we trust, other than Level Hair Salons. With branches in both Bournemouth and Christchurch, (and exciting new plans to expand in the near future), Level has, and certainly continues, to make it’s mark across Dorset. It’s no secret that salons are often misconstrued as intimidating, but we assure you this couldn’t be further from the truth. Upon arrival I was greeted with a sincere and warm welcome, (smiles all around), before being made to feel at home in their plush waiting area. Experts in their field, Level have created an allknowing destination salons, where the staff and not only friendly but also highly skilled. Home to in-house colour specialists, who have obtained the highest L’Oreal qualification in colour change and colour correction, their team can create and entirely bespoke look with not only the edge on what is on trend, but the expertise to back it. Providing continuous training and apprentice schemes, Head Designer Russell explains; “it is critical we remain current and in tune with the latest trends”. A lot of time is spent ensuring each member of staff is well equipped, with the knowledge they require to offer clients the best possible service. Each member of staff is considerate in tailoring a desired look specific to the clients needs.

An appreciation for listening is as important as providing a great cut, and Level are proactive in attending courses to implement this. As Head Colourist Kris explains “it is vital that our staff are discussing with clients, how they can maintain their new look by asking the right questions, and really listening to what the client is saying; how do they feel about their current hair, and how can we create that dream look for you”. Stocking Kérastase products, (a premium Parisian hair care brand), Level can offer clients the crème de la crème when creating their ideal look. The most recent treatment available is the ‘Fusio-Dose conditioning treatment’. This is a diagnostic treatment enabling hair professionals to customise a blend of super concentrated active ingredients for personalised care. In laments terms, its a product that can be adapted for your specific hair needs, rather than trying to seek out a product that you can adapt to. This treatment can be enjoyed at Level and comes complimentary on your second visit to the Salon. Ensuring new clients come through the door, and current clients are rewarded is an ethos that Level live and breath. Unlike many salons who might only offer a 10% discount on your first cut, Level want to make sure their current clients feel special and rewarded for their loyalty, just as much as interesting new clients to try out their fantastic service. This is why they have introduced four stages of introductory offers and the availability of a membership card, (costing £35), entitling its owner to a 20% discount of all services. It is this mentality and dedication to service that sees Level retain

clients for many years. Russell says “it’s a sense of belonging here at Level that we hope to instill in our clients. We want to gain clients trust”. Proud of the experience they offer clients with a dedicated team of professionals, co-owners Russell and Kris tell, “We have a fantastic team and would recommend any one of them”. Level take pride in their salons, everything from their highly qualified staff, to the range of products they offer to clients – A high-end luxury salon, with an affordable price tag. We have now expanded our beauty room. Level are quickly becoming a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs. Offering everything from manicures and pedicures to hair removal, reflexology and luxury facials. Russell and Kris are constantly striving for to offer more from their business, in increasing their portfolio without diluting the brand, so keep your eyes peeled for a Level coming near you.

My Experience Upon visiting the salon, (post confessing that I get hairdresser friends to do my hair at home), Level made me realise I’d been missing out on a wonderful experience. After being dissuaded by past experiences of a busy Saturday morning where chaos felt like it was about to break out at any moment and I longed for my hair to be finished quicker to escape the mania, the experience at Level could not be further from this. Busy, yes, but calm and organised, only the sounds of blow dryers and friendly chatting swarmed around the salon. Apprentice Sean shampooed my hair and performed the infamous Fusio-Dose treatment I had heard so much about. Very knowledgeable, and having taken time to explain the treatment, I felt in safe hands. With my feet up, having sunken further and further into one of their massaging chairs, and almost being lulled into a dreamy coma by Sean’s scalp massage, I wondered where this place had been all of my life.

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Hair Designer Chloe consulted me in what I was looking for from my new look. Passionate about her job, informative and understanding of my hair requirements, Chloe transformed my hair into a big glamorous blow-dry. Chloe then explained to me exactly how I could recreate the same look in weeks to come using a curly wand – no pushy upselling, just genuine advise for at home upkeep. Having walked into the salon with a pile of what once resembled hay bale hair bundled on top of my head, I left feeling ultimately empowered with my now glossy wavy locks. I can’t thank Level and Chloe enough. I’ve already booked my next appointment.


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Rachel Allen’s Christmas Cake with Toasted Almond Paste

Making a Christmas cake is a bit of an epic challenge, isn’t it? First comes the planning, then the mixing, then months of feeding it booze, then baking, making marzipan and spending an eternity icing it - only for half your Christmas party to eventually turn their noses up and opt for the chocolate log. Rachel Allen gives us her quick and easy Christmas Cake recipe to try this festive season.

Ingredients 150g sultanas 150g raisins 110g chopped dried cranberries 110g chopped candied peel 110g chopped dates 110g chopped dried apricots 50g finely chopped crystallized ginger 150ml brandy or whiskey

275g butter, softened 275g light muscovado or soft light brown sugar 5 eggs Finely grated orange rind from 1 orange 50g ground almonds 275g flour 2tsp mixed spice For the Almond Paste:

450g ground almonds 450g caster sugar 1 large or 2 small eggs 2tbsp brandy or whiskey A couple of drops of almond essence To brush on the cake: 1 small egg white, lightly beaten 2 egg yolks

out of the oven. Cover the cake, still in the tin, with tin foil. This will keep the top of the cake nice and soft while it’s cooling.

carefully turn the cake the right side up with the lid of almond paste attached to the top.

Method Preheat the oven to 150C/135 fan/300F/gas mark 2. Line the base of a 23-inch non-stick cake tin and butter the sides. You can also put parchment paper around the outside of the tin to stop the cake drying out in the oven. Place the sultanas, raisins, dried cranberries, chopped candied peel, dates, dried apricots and the crystallized ginger in a bowl. Pour on the whiskey or brandy and allow to soak for at least two hours. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter very well. Add in the sugar and beat well, and then beat in the eggs one by one. Stir in the grated orange zest and ground almonds. Sift in the flour and spices and fold in gently, followed by the fruit and any alcohol left in the bowl. Transfer into the prepared cake tin and bake for between two-and-a-half to three-and-a-quarter hours. A skewer inserted into the centre of the cake will come out clean when the cake is cooked. Pour another tablespoon or two of whiskey or brandy over the top of the cake, as soon as it comes 250

Once the cake has cooled, remove it from the tin and cover again in tin foil, until you’re ready to cover it with Almond Paste. To make the Almond Paste: Preheat the oven to 220C/425F/gas mark 7. Mix the ground almonds and sugar together in a bowl. In another bowl, beat the eggs, add the brandy or whiskey and a couple of drops of almond essence, then add to the dry ingredients and mix to a stiff paste. Sprinkle the worktop with icing sugar, turn out the almond paste and work lightly until smooth.

Measure the circumference and height of the cake. Roll out two long strips of almond paste (to the length of the circumference) and trim both edges to the height of the cake with a palette knife. Paint both the cake and the almond paste lightly with egg white. Press the strip against the sides of the cake - do not overlap or there will be a bulge. Use a straight-sided water glass to even the edges and smooth the join. Rub the cake well with your hand (or cake smoother or palette knife) to ensure a nice flat surface. At this stage, place the cake on a baking tray (Allen recommends turning the baking tray upside down so it’s easier to remove). Roll out the remainder of the almond paste to approximately 5mm thick, and cut out star, heart, holly or Santa shapes.

Remove all tin foil and greaseproof paper from the cake. Take about half of the almond paste and place it on a worktop that has been dusted with icing sugar. Roll until it is about 1cm thick.

Paint the whole surface of the cake with some beaten egg yolk and stick the shapes on top and around the sides. Brush the shapes with egg yolk.

Paint the top of the cake with the lightly-beaten egg white and put the cake, sticky side down, onto the almond paste. Cut around the edge of the cake, then

Bake the cake in the centre of a preheated oven for 10-20 minutes until lovely and golden. Remove from the oven, allow to cool, then transfer to a plate.


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MAKE CHRISTMAS DINNER A CRACKER Tired of gobbling up turkey at Christmas? Or maybe you favour festive tradition over taste? Whatever you decide to cook, make sure it’s a delicious, hearty feast.

Considering we generally only eat turkey once a year, there’s an awful lot of fuss made about it. Butcher or supermarket, how big, where to store it? The beastly birds are so massive, they take up half the space in the average fridge or freezer. And then, finally, comes how to cook it. Delia Smith has a tried-and-tested recipe in her seminal Delia Smith’s Christmas, while Jamie Oliver, Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and just about every other TV chef you can think of, have all had a go at coming up with their own twist on the traditional dish. Methods vary from brining it for 24 hours beforehand - that’s submerging it in a bucket of salty water flavoured with things like rosemary, garlic and clementine peel - to rubbing garlic and herb butter under the bird’s skin to make it crisp and golden, while the meat underneath - in theory comes out nice and moist. For all these techniques, though, turkey meat is always much of a muchness. Even a modest-sized bird comes in at about 10lb/4.5kg, with whoppers nearing 17lb on sale for larger families, meaning they need so long in the oven that, unless you concentrate on anything but that, it’ll end up dry as a bone. Gordon Ramsay’s take is to joint the bird first, roasting the breasts and legs separately, which dramatically reduc252

es cooking time. That can only be a good thing, but it’s also worth remembering the instructions of Georges Auguste Escoffier, the godfather of French cuisine, who wrote in his 1903 book Le Guide Culinaire: “Roast in a moderate oven”. And that’s it. There are a few golden rules though, like getting the turkey up to room temperature before cooking. It takes a while, so if it’s in the fridge and you’re roasting on Christmas Day morning, take it out the night before. You should try to keep the bird moist too, with a bit of butter on the breast and perhaps some bacon.

stops with the bearnaise sauce. Similarly, if nothing would please you more than a nice lamb chop, a pasta dish, or an array of roasted veg, go for it. Just don’t skimp on anything - make it a feast. If you still want the focal point of a big meal but are tempted to break away from tradition, other joints are worth considering. A turkey Wellington’s a perfect alternative for those who still want turkey but don’t want the hassle. You could make it a day or two in advance and just cook it on Christmas Day.

You could, however, just forgo turkey altogether and eat something else. After all, we only started eating turkey in the 16th century - Henry VIII was the first monarch to eat it as part of his festive feast - with goose and boar very popular before then. Goose has remained popular, although during Victorian times it was expensive, prompting hard-up fans of the gamey bird to start Goose clubs, like a street urchins’ version of a supermarket reward card.

If you still want poultry, maybe have a couple of chickens, or a cockerel for a stronger flavour and more meat. Guinea fowl, slightly smaller than chickens, are particularly good, especially if you’re cooking for just yourself and one other. A fore rib of beef is another alternative. This means shifting around some of the side dishes - you can’t serve it without Yorkshire puddings - but it’s worth it. And a cold beef sandwich with a load of mustard on Boxing Day is hard to beat.

There’s an argument for eating whatever you like on Christmas Day, too. If you’d really be happier with steak and chips, why not have that? Of course, if you’re going to do that, make sure it’s the best steak you can manage, and pull out all the

Whatever you choose, remember to think about the size of your kitchen and oven space, ease of cooking and, above all, what you’ll actually enjoy. Tradition is important at Christmas, but tasty grub is essential.

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Sainsbury’s Taste The Difference All Butter Mince Pies. £2.50 for six


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LA BELLE ASSIETTE Last week we were asked by the guys at La Belle Assiette if we could review their private chef service. So we invited 6 guests to our home and La Belle sent one of their top chefs to make the night one to remember! La Belle Assiette’s mission is to allow their customers to rediscover the pleasure of entertaining at home. The company offers private chef services through its website www.labelleassiette.co.uk with prices starting from £39/person. Using the website you can select the date, time and location of your event and then browse available chefs and their menus. A La Belle Assiette chef will prepare the dishes in your kitchen, serve them to you and will make sure the kitchen is clean before leaving. Launched in February 2012 by Stephen Leguillon and Giorgio Riccò, La Belle Assiette has created a new market in the food industry. The website is an online service where chefs can create their profiles; creating menus and updating them seasonally, setting their own availability and prices. On the chef’s profile you can also read about the chef, reviews from previous La Belle Assiette customers and browse photographs of their food. The vision of La Belle Assiette is clear; to allow people to rediscover the pleasure of entertaining at home. The private chef dining experience, in the comfort of your own home, is special and La Belle Assiette ensures you can simply relax and enjoy your the company of your guests without having to worry about a thing.

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It is the first service provider of its kind. The chefs are constantly changing and adapting their menus to fit with the seasons and food trends. Being able

to welcome guests and enjoy a drink while the chef is preparing in the kitchen allows the host to simply enjoy the evening. Once seated at the table the guests will discover the delights the chef has created. Their chefs select their own produce always looking for the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The chef takes care of the service allowing the host to enjoy the company of their guests. Before leaving the chef will ensure the kitchen has been cleaned. What a fantastic idea. Our chef for the night was Rachel Meaden, she arrived with everything she needed to ensure we had a good night, from plates to food everything was taken care of. Rachel started by preparing Canapés for the arrival of our 6 guests, these went down very well and tasted amazing leaving everyone looking forward to our starters, whilst we sat around the table enjoying some wine Rachel served up our starters, these were Chicken Liver Parfait with melba toast & fig & marrow chutney, everyone absolutely loved these which tasted fantastic. After a couple more glasses of wine Rachel brought over our main courses, this was Italian chicken with pancetta, olives & basil in a rich tomato sauce served with baby herb potatoes and broccoli & green been medley again it was cooked to perfection and a couple of our guests were hounding Rachel to give them her recipe which she gladly did! Finally it was

time for dessert, this consisted of Lemon & chocolate pots with a raspberry coulis and it was amazing Rachel did a splendid job of preparing 3 delicious courses and even cleared away all of the dishes leaving the kitchen looking brand new. All in all the whole experience was a delight, we got to enjoy an evening with friends with out any of the hassle of cooking, serving or cleaning up leaving us to have a fun filled night. I would recommend this to anyone looking to hold a diner party, after all why shouldn’t the host also enjoy the night! If you’re still looking for the perfect gift for your loved ones you could gift a private chef experience - from romantic meals for two to a cooking class for the whole family, a chef will create a truly memorable experience. www.labelleassiette.co.uk/gift t. 01355 377 022 w. www.labelleassiette.co.uk


PR Man About Town “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” The eponymous head honcho of one of the South’s leading PR Agencies, Darren Northeast PR, shares his top pick of news and upcoming events in Dorset and beyond this December. The festive season is upon us and, as Dorset gets into the Christmas spirit, I am delighted to bring you DNPRs first column in House Magazine - providing you with a range of exciting news, upcoming events and thoughts on Dorset’s current cultural scene. Being based in the centre of Bournemouth, you just have to look up at the daily evolving skyline to realise how much Bournemouth has changed in the past year. It truly feels like a vibrant city on the up, with the opening of new on-trend venues such as ‘Canvas’ last month, the return of the fantastic ‘Christmas Bar’ to the former ‘Print Room’ plus the eclectic range of talented acts gracing the Bournemouth Square Christmas Stage… And that’s not all! With the family-favourite German Christmas Market back, the charismatic Jools Holland coming to the BIC on the 18th and the Bournemouth Ice Rink - there’s no shortage of exciting things to do in the local area this month. At DNPR we are not adverse to a shopping spree here and there, and of course Christmas is the perfect excuse to splurge. So whilst out and about, preparing ‘secret santa’ gifts and the like, it’s been fantastic to see our shopping districts so bustling as we all get ready for Christmas. One thing there is certainly no escaping this season is the shelves and shelves of Star Wars merchandise – from light sabres, BB-8 t-shirts, to Darth Vader soap on a rope! The build up to the film of the year has been huge and several of our team in the office are getting giddier by the day as the premier approaches. However, much more down my boulevard is the new Absolutely Fabulous film and the new promotional photos look just that – ‘fabulous’! Lastly, I wanted to briefly talk sport – as finally, Andy Murray and the team have given Britain something to cheer for this year! We were chuffed to see them bring home the Davis Cup last month. Looking ahead, next year will see the 2016 Olympic Games – for which I can’t wait. Thank you reading the first in what will hopefully be many ‘About Town’ features. From the entire DNPR team, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a splendid Christmas and a fabulous New Year! Darren Northeast, Director of Darren Northeast PR www.darrennortheast.co.uk

Bournemouth’s Most Festive Bar Donates To Homeless The Print Room is to undergo a festive transformation as Seventa Events rent the previously closed venue for the Christmas period. Part of their festive plans, in the spirit the season, is their ‘pay it forward’ campaign which will be giving back to the community this Christmas. Events management company, Seventa Events, are putting a Christmas twist on The Print Room this December. For two weeks, they will be transforming the venues into a magical ‘Christmas Bar’ with live entertainment, festive menus including Christmas tapas, and winter-themed cocktails. In the spirit of the season, for every item that is ordered from the ‘Christmas Classics’ menu, the same again will be donated to local foodbanks to help the homeless in Bournemouth. Located in the old press rooms of Bournemouth’s historic Daily Echo building on Richmond Hill, The Print Room will be transformed into a ‘Traditional Magic Christmas’ theme. The exciting seasonal menu will include a selection of Christmas Tapas, including whole baked rosemary & thyme infused camembert, honey & mustard glazed pigs in blankets, and Spanish chorizos cooked in mulled cider. However, the Christmas classics are not forgotten as guests will be treated with roast turkey accompanied by sage & sausage stuffing, crackle butter and cranberry sauce. There will also be a mouth-watering hog roast with sage & sausage stuffing, salted crackling and smashed apple sauce. This true Christmas feast is set to be topped off with a happy ending of Malt & honey cheesecake, whiskey squiggles and Christmas Crepes. There is also a special Sunday Roast on the two Sundays (13th and 20th December), where the venue will have Christmas films, mouth-watering Sunday Roast specials and of course a wide range of mulled drinks. Simon Brooks, Managing Director of Seventa Events has commented on the Christmas Bar: “We were inspired to create the Christmas Bar in the centre of town because we wanted to offer something back to the people of Bournemouth. Somewhere fun and exciting to spend their time. However, this also made us think about those less fortunate at this time of year. As such, we have decided to ‘pay it forward’ and donate the same thing ordered by every customer to our local foodbanks. So, if you like great food, awesome drinks, and having a good time, get in the Christmas spirit and pay us a visit knowing your own fun will help others!”

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BIG APPLE WITH STRINGY CHEESE

There is little doubt that restaurateur Russell Norman is in the right career A former head of drama at a girls’ school, for years he worked at restaurants on the weekend, before taking the leap in the late Nineties, eventually going on to set up the popular mini chain of Venetian-inspired Polpo eateries. Nearly 20 years on from resigning as a teacher, Norman is in his element, with a string of restaurants - including the New York-style Spuntino - and a new cookbook to his name. Happy to chew the fat about food all day, he regularly “fills up notebooks” with menu inspiration, and jokes that for someone who cooks Italian food, his mastery of the language is limited to food vocabulary - rather than “asking for directions to the train station”. Clearly he feeds this enthusiasm into his work, where he has been known to hold competitions in his Spuntino kitchen for finding the longest

strings of cheese in their macaroni cheese dish from pan to mouth. “I’m not the current holder,” laughs Norman, who indulged his love of stringy cheese on holiday to Tuscany where he had “strands of cheese that looked like telephone wires”. Hearty meals like macaroni cheese form the basis of his new book Spuntino, which celebrates the comforting dishes they serve up on a daily basis. While his Polpo restaurants resemble the “backstreet wine bars of Venice”, Spuntino is all about the Big Apple. “I’m going to sound a bit naff here, but there’s a bit in Sex And The City, where Sarah Jessica Parker’s character talks about the additional character of the programme

being the city of New York,” he laughs. “It’s a rather cheesy way of summarising it, but New York does have its own energy. It’s one of those places that really makes you feel good to be alive.” By Keeley Bolger, Press Association

Ingredients

Butternut, Rainbow Chard & Taleggio (Serves 4)

1 small butternut squash Small handful of sage leaves 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Flaky sea salt and black pepper Extra virgin olive oil Fine salt 1 bunch of rainbow chard, about 200g, thoroughly washed 200g Taleggio, thinly sliced

Method Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Cut the butternut in half lengthways, scoop out the seeds, then cut the flesh into small to medium ‘chips’. Place in a large bowl with the sage leaves, one of the chopped garlic cloves, a few very good pinches of sea salt, a twist of black pepper, and two tablespoons of olive oil. Turn everything over a few times with your hands to coat the butternut thoroughly, then transfer to a baking tray and put the tray into the oven. After 10 minutes, turn the pieces of butternut over and cook for a further 10 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the rainbow chard. Place a pan of salted water over a high heat and bring to the boil. Separate the leaves and the stems. Cut the stems diagonally into bite-sized strips. Cut the leaves into quarters. Once the water has come to the boil, add the stems and cook for one minute, then add the leaves and boil for a further 30 seconds. Remove from the water and squeeze out any excess liquid. Place into a large mixing bowl and add a good few glugs of olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper and the remaining chopped garlic clove. Turn several times to coat the chard well. Once the butternut comes out of the oven, place the chard on top and then slices of Taleggio. Return to the oven for two minutes, so that the cheese has just started to melt. Carefully transfer to serving plates. This lovely warm salad is best eaten immediately. 256


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Mac & Cheese (Serves 6)

Ingredients

Method

250g macaroni pasta Fine salt 250ml whole milk 450ml double cream 175g grated Parmesan 250g grated mozzarella - the hard, cheap kind 1 1/2tbsp Dijon mustard 2 leeks 25g butter 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped Flaky sea salt and black pepper 75g panko breadcrumbs (made from bread without crusts) 85g grated Fontina

Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil, add the pasta and some fine salt, and stir. When the water boils again, turn down to a medium heat and follow the instructions on the packet, usually simmering for around 11 minutes. Drain when al dente.

After about 10 minutes, the leeks will have a translucent, glossy appearance. Take off the heat and leave to cool. Once the leeks have cooled, drain off any lingering fluid and add them to the soaking pasta.

Once cooled, transfer the drained pasta to a large mixing bowl and add the milk, the double cream, 125g of the Parmesan, half of the mozzarella and the Dijon mustard. Mix together thoroughly and leave to soak for two hours.

Mix the breadcrumbs with the remaining Parmesan and set aside.

Meanwhile, trim the leeks by removing and discarding the green tops and the roots, and finely chop. Wash the chopped leeks thoroughly to get rid of any grit. Place a medium pan over a low heat, melt the butter and very gently sweat the leeks with the garlic, four large pinches of flaky sea salt and a good pinch of black pepper.

Preheat the oven to 200C/Gas 6. Add the grated Fontina and the remaining mozzarella to the pasta dish and combine well. Transfer the mix to a large baking dish or six individual dishes and cover with the breadcrumb and Parmesan mix. Bake in the preheated oven ‘til golden brown and bubbling, for 25 minutes if using one large dish, or 15-20 minutes if using individual dishes. 257


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HEALTH & BEAUTY The latest beauty tips and treatments from the owner of Chic Beauty Salon & Academy, Sophie Tamagna

A CHIC GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS… Fed up of trawling around the shops in the cold asking shop assistants what to buy that special person in your life... and then getting it wrong? For some reason, known only to man, things can go very, very wrong for men when it comes to buying Christmas presents. Even armed with the most detailed of lists men can home from a day out shopping some very strange presents indeed. To give you an idea of what we really do want, here are some gifts that could get you well and truly into those good book this Christmas! You’re Girlfriend - As if Christmas shopping needed to get more stressful, finding just the right gift for your girlfriend is kind of an imperative. That doesn’t mean you need to go crazy, but it definitely requires some thought. If you aren’t sure how to approach the situation (maybe the relationship is still young or maybe you don’t feel like you have a knack for buying her gifts —it’s ok, we’ve here to help!

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TALKING BUSINESS House talks business with Nina Basset from Hotel Terravina

Nina Basset

Hotel Terravina Having sold Hotel Du Vin was it always your intention to purchase another hotel? After selling HDV we had some time out and then realized we missed the buzz and excitement of being hoteliers and the daily challenges you get thrown, as well as the interaction between ourselves, our team and guests and so we opted to buy another hotel and do it all again but on a much smaller scale What do you love so much about running a hotel? The people, the fact that every day is so different from the one before, the challenges and obstacles that you have to get over, but most of all the fact that there is tremendous reward in nurturing, mentoring and training a team and then watching them progress in their careers and the rapport you build between ourselves and regularly returning guests who appreciate what we and the team do. Is having your own hotel something you have always wanted to do? For me personally yes, or at least to be very involved in the hospitality industry, but Gerard would probably not agree that it was his first choice as wine is his obvious first love What made you want to purchase a hotel in the New Forest? We love the New Forest, we have lived here for over 25 years. The hotel is not too far from home, our

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son’s school and within easy distance of Winchester, Romsey and Southampton so quite well located, albeit with no footfall so not as easy to market as being in the middle of a bustling provincial town. What would you say makes Hotel Terravina so special? The people we have chosen to work with us in our team. Guests often compliment us on the team and we are very proud of them all- they make TerraVina special and we couldn’t run the hotel without them all. Have you any further plans to develop the hotel? We have planning permission to build extra bedrooms but the recession has hit hard and so at present we are happy to just sit tight and wait and see what the economy does next before we plan too far ahead with expansion plans. That said if we had the right backers to help finance any such plans we would be pleased to develop further and sooner. What goals would you like the hotel to achieve in the future? A roll out of further TerraVina sites was once our plan, but with the uncertain economic times we face and so many hoops to jump through for small businesses, it has made us somewhat wary of the idea of expansion as it is not easy for small business to thrive, due to the beaurocracy and EU stipulations imposed upon them re: staffing, Health and safety etc. At present I think we will stay small and watch with interest what direction, small, independently owned hotels such as ours take as we have

noted many changes in the past 8 odd years of owning TerraVina. What’s going on at Hotel Terravina going into the New Year? We have a young and talented team of people with us. Many of them have been working with us for the past 2-3 years and are now ripe for promotion and mentoring into more responsible roles and that is always one of the best bits of being a hotelierwatching them grow, seeing them use the expertise we readily share with them and then eventually encouraging them to “fly the nest” and watch their careers go from strength to strength Are you offering any deals when the holiday season come to an end and we are all a little broke? We try to offer as best value as we possibly can for the standards of service and quality we offerwe always have great special breaks, offers and late offers during quieter times such as January, February and the early New Year. We have mid week offers running Sunday to Thursday, for example currently for January we have a Dinner, bed and breakfast rate of £177.50 for two people sharing, to include accommodation, 3 course dinner with a glass of Prosecco and full English breakfast and VAT. It’s always best to check the hotel’s website and social media pages as that is where we promote ourselves and all of our current offers throughout the year. For more information contact: w: www.hotelterravina.co.uk e: info@hotelterravina.co.uk t: 02380 293 784


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SCISSORS With the important event of our children’s Baptism approaching I was looking for a stunning new hair make over. Having not been to the hairdressers for 3 months my hair was in a seriously bad way! I arrived at Scissor’s in Bournemouth town centre for my eagerly awaited appointment. I was greeted at the door by a very nice and polite receptionist who took my coat and directed me up the stairs to the seating area. The salon is a large open plan, bright and modern space with simple décor and has a variety of products and Christmas packages available to buy also. After a few minutes I was shown to my seat which overlooked the gardens and was offered a drink from the huge variety on the menu. I was even offered a glass of red or white wine but unfortunately I had to decline. A nice idea though should you be having your hair done before heading straight out in to town for the night.

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Then I met Kinga who is the Salon Manager and Art Director. Kinga has worked at the salon for years and it’s obvious she is enthusiastic and passionate about her job. She first off gave me a 15 minute consultation about my hair, what I liked about it, what I didn’t. What shampoo and conditioners I should and shouldn’t be using etc. After taking on board what I said she constructed the big idea and she got to work.

First of all she applied ‘break the base’ which is something I have never heard of. It’s a solution put just on the roots of the hair to eliminate the visible line you can get and it would create a more natural softer look. Then this solution is washed off and the highlights applied. After the highlights were finished I had the all-important hair wash along with a lovely hair treatment and head massage! Once my hair had been dried Kinga got to work chopping away and the end result was incredible. She took off the split ends and layered it all around. She also coloured the fringe a little lighter and cut it a little shorter as she said this would ‘bring out my eyes.’ My hair is now in such great condition, feels very nourished and brand new. I am very impressed with the service I received and am very happy with the finished result.

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They are now open on Mondays so 6 days a week and they also offer beauty treatments. Keep up the great work! t. 01202 290888 w. www.scissors.co.uk a. Bournemouth Salon, Bourne Court, Bourne Avenue, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH2 6DT

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THE COSY CLUB Cosy by name, Cosy by nature…

Enter; ‘Cosy Club’ - This long awaited opening has shaken Bournemouth to its core, and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. After the recent departure of the beloved high street haunt ‘Daisy O’breins’, towns people have been craving a new ‘It place’, so in the interest of our readers, (strictly business), we decided to explore…

Sparks’ style voiceover)…Pulled chicken and chorizo with crispy potatoes, pan fried halloumi, carrot and chickpeas, Sweet potato and basil falafels with tzatziki, and oh so much more… These petite pickybits, really packed a punch, (try saying that three times fast), who knew so much flavour could be condensed into such tiny packages.

After climbing a staircase to liquor heaven, through floors one to two, one finally arrives in their dining hall, lavished in décor fittingly described as ‘vintage chic’ – where artwork from all eras, quirky textiles and urban furniture come to meet. Everything from the décor to the atmosphere, to the staff feels so welcoming, you wonder why you’d ever leave… But enough about their gorgeous tower of happiness, (did we mention there were three floors?!), onto the main event, the food.

After our tapas we decided to take a trip through their main menu. A particular favourite of ours was their signature ‘macaroni and cheese’ - let us paint a picture for you; oversized pasta shells, engorged in a truffle infused, cheesy puddle of sheer bliss, all topped off with a crisped cheese top, but wait, there is a twist! Pan fried mushrooms, and wilted spinach – it’s all too much.

Their menu is a collective of brunch dishes, classic sarnies, tapas, gourmet burgers and hearty mains from around the world, (think pub grub gone traveling). To some this might all sound a little overwhelming, but fear not foodies, this eclectic menu means there really is something for everybody, and you truly will be spoilt for choice.

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In the pursuit of providing a well-rounded review, we decided to try something from almost every section of the menu - purely research of course. To start, the team indulged in a little tapas, (begin ‘Marks &

Before we all get hungry again, lets swiftly move onto the drinks: our top four contenders consisted of one ‘watermelon ice-tea’, (utterly refreshing with a citrus kick), a luscious ‘vanilla milkshake’, (if you have ever had the pleasure of finishing off a tub of that gorgeous American cake frosting, you’ve already had this shake), their ‘cherry bakewell cocktail’, (Exactly what it says on the tin – with alcohol!), and an array of hand crafted coffees that would have any caffeine fiend, (like ourselves), begging for their next fix. Just when we were contemplating exactly how we would make it back to HQ, after having plotted that if we were to jumpstart our roll back up the hill,

perhaps a kind stranger might just push us the rest of the way, (and then very quickly dismissing another one of Ross’s great ideas)… the dessert menu arrived. Three words; Salted caramel cheesecake. The sudden demand for the once classic caramel, to now be dusted in a salty coating has really rocketed in the past few years, with almost every eatery now ‘savoury-ing up’ their toffee – so you can imagine our initial scepticism, but, the waitress assured us it would be life changing… she wasn’t lying. A delectably creamy cheese topping, the crumbliest of biscuit bases, a POPCORN topping, finally drizzled with a salted caramel jus., wow! This Cosy Club has won us over in every way possible, whether it’s coffee catch-ups, brunch meetings, or early evening cocktails – we suggest you make your next reservation here immediately, if not sooner.

Food served daily 9am – 10pm Try their ‘Teatime Tipple’ offer: Any 2 cocktails just £9.50 Monday – Friday 4pm-7pm t. 01202 509723 w. www.cosyclub.co.uk a. 30-34 Old Christchurch Road (Formerly ‘River Island’)


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BUSINESS PROFILE House talks to Dr.Linda Eve from Evenlines

Dr.Linda Eve Evenlines

Dr. Eve, you seem to have made a great success with your clinic Evenlines, have you always been an aesthetic doctor? Thank you Ross, it has been such an incredible journey and I’m really delighted to have succeeded so well with Evenlines. I started aesthetics training in 2003 whilst still a very busy GP in Bournemouth. My passion started very soon after the first training courses when I realized how even minor cosmetic treatments could change patient’s lives and give them increased self-esteem and confidence. My years in hospital medicine and general practice have given me many valuable skills in patient care and understanding and I, like many of Aesthetic Doctors, simply want to help people feel the best they can so that they can cope better with life’s stresses. The aesthetic market has seen massive development over the last 10 years, what should people be looking for when choosing a cosmetic treatment? It is important that anyone considering a surgical or non-surgical cosmetic procedure do their research first. Check the qualifications and experience of the practitioner, ask for evidence of their work and try and get good recommendations from friends or colleagues. You should know all about the procedure involved and have time to make a considered decision as to whether this is the right treatment

for you and not get swayed by sales talks or peer pressure. Be careful about going abroad for cheaper surgery as this can often lead to problems of poor work and lack of aftercare and may not necessarily be of the same high standards and regulations expected in the UK. We see some terrible faces in the media where people have had too much cosmetic work done and look awful, why does this happen and can it be prevented? Unfortunately we have all seen the results of poor cosmetic work such as over tightened facelifts, over-filled cheeks and lips or the ‘mask like’ look that can be the result of badly injected Botox. A good practitioner will never over-treat you and the results should be very soft and very natural looking. Its all about enhancing the quality of the skin so you look more refreshed and healthier for your age. Tell me about your Evenlines clinic and the treatments you offer. I opened Evenlines in 2008 and am very fortunate to have an excellent team of very loyal staff who are extremely knowledgeable about the treatments available and offer wonderful customer care. We have two Nurses and two Doctors, 3 treatments rooms, and offer a wide range of non-surgical treatments from simple skin conditioning products to Antiwrinkle injections, Dermal fillers, Collagen

stimulators, Radio-frequency skin tightening (Intracel), Micro-needling, Plexr, Silhouette thread lifts, Mole removal, Dermalux LED, Peels, Microdermabrasion, Laser and IPL. Why do you think you have been so successful? I like to think that it has been due to the passion I have for my work and the dedication and skills I have developed in producing only natural looking results with great attention to detail. I thank my dear father for my drive and ambition to work so hard and achieve my best in everything I do… he would be very proud of my success. Congratulations on winning so many awards over the last few years and for being a UK trainer and conference speaker. Thank you, it has been amazing to have become acknowledged as a respected Doctor in the Aesthetics industry. I received the Venus Small Business Awards 2013, Best UK Small Aesthetics Clinic Award 2013, Sculptra Training Award 2014 and the Best UK Aesthetic Medical Practitioner Award 2014. I continue to train other Doctors and Nurses and to speak at numerous European conferences in order to help others improve their knowledge and skills. What does the future hold for Evenlines? The future continues to be very exciting as the clinic continues to get even busier with patients now seeking us out from other areas of the UK. I am also extremely delighted to have Dr. Ian Strawford from Glastonbury who is now visiting alternate weeks to offer new exciting treatments at the clinic such as Silhouette Soft Thread lifts, Sclerotherapy, Plexr and Radio-surgery Mole removal. Thank you for sharing your success story, we wish you and your staff a very Happy Christmas and New Year!

t. 01202 237788 w. www.evenlines.com a. 1070 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth

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DORSET’S LEADING SCULPTRA(TM) CLINIC & PIONEERS OF THE CANUSCULPT(TM) TECHNIQUE Amazing skin rejuvenation that gradually adds natural volume to the face by stimulating new collagen growth with long lasting results of 2-3 years.

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LIP ENHANCEMENT

ANTI-WRINKLE INJECTIONS

Dermal fillers are perfect for augmenting lips and give a more youthful voluptuous look which is soft and very natural looking.

Anti-wrinkle injections smooth facial lines caused by muscle contraction and give a much more relaxed and youthful appearance. The procedure is used for frown, forehead, smile lines plus downturned mouths and neck lines.

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SILHOUETTE SOFT™ THREADS FACE LIFT FOR A NATURAL, FRESH AND YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE Silhouette Soft™ restores volume, lift and firmness to the face and neck. The poly-L-Lactic acid material of the sutures stimulates new collagen growth , supporting the skin and giving a more youthful and refreshed appearance. Results are immediate and can last up to two years depending upon your age and lifestyle.

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SCLEROTHERAPY Evenlines are now able to offer microsclerotherapy to correct and remove unsightly spider and thread veins on the legs. Dr. Strawford offers a thorough assessment and diagnosis of your veins in order to exclude any serious underlying pathology and will discuss the best treatment options to suit you.

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RADIO SURGICAL MOLE AND SKIN LESION REMOVAL Moles and skin lesions can be unsightly especially on exposed parts of your body. They can now be easily removed by Dr. Strawford using a revolutionary technique called Radio Surgery which is not available on the NHS. It is a cost effective alternative to more expensive excision surgery with the benefits of minimal risk of scarring.

Treatments available: • Anti-Wrinkle Injections • Dermal Fillers • Cheek & Lip Fillers • Sculptra • PDO & Silhouette Soft™ Thread lifts • Restylane Skin Boosters • Radio-surgery Mole removal • Sclerotherapy • Genuine Dermaroller • Medical Microdermabrasion • Obagi Nu-Derm • Blue Radiance, VI & pH Formula Peels • Lustre Acne Treatment • INTRAceI for skin tightening & scar reduction • Dermalux LED • IPL/Laser for hair removal, thread veins, tattoos, age spots, & hyper-pigmentation • Semi Permanent Make up Now also offering PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and Mesotherapy for natural skin boosting!

Evenlines now offering the Dermalux LED and PLEXR treatments Evenlines is a very successful and highly respected non-surgical Cosmetic & Training Clinic in Bournemouth run by Dr. Linda Eve MBBS, MBCAM

Open Tuesday - Friday 9.30am - 5pm Two Saturdays per month | Late Thursdays

1070 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth BH7 6DS 01202 237788 | www.evenlines.com


BUSINESS PROFILE House talks to Lisa Niemier from Clinic Visjeune in Moordown, Bournemouth

Lisa Niemier Clinic Visjeune

Can you tell us what Clinic Visjeune is all about? Our Clinic has been open for over two years now. We specialise in skin care, laser, anti wrinkle injectables and beauty treatments and our aim is to educate our clients in skin health as this is the best way to keep your skin looking young and fresh, which is what most of our clients come to see us about in the first place! We pride ourselves on our professionalism, discretion and integrity, and to maintain this all our staff receive a high quality of continuing education to ensure high standards of practice are attained. Our ethos is we want people to feel good about themselves. It may be a manicure helps to achieve this before embarking upon the other treatments such as a non surgical face lift. All our clients are unique individuals, we respect this and want them to leave the clinic happy with their treatment and confident to return again in the future. How and when did you become interested in aesthetics? I have been practicing aesthetics for 8 years. I left the NHS after a 27 year career during which time I was a midwife, health visitor, specialist nurse for Looked After Children and worked part time at Bournemouth University. I came across the aesthetic industry by chance, and quickly became passionate in the artistry of it all, carefully injecting products to give clients the subtle changes they need to get the appearance they want without it looking scary or over the top. What is special about Clinic Visjeune? We’re so proud of Clinic Visjeune, because we’re so different to everything else in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area. We know there are other places to go for some of the treatments we do, however we offer them all in one place which guarantees a better experience and result. For example, if someone came in for anti wrinkle injectables we could also recommend to them treatments and products to improve their skin health, which 268

enhance the result of the treatment. We also offer a number of treatments exclusive to Clinic Visjeune in the Bournemouth area like the revolutionary 3D Lipomed fat removing and body contouring system, which has been one of our most popular treatments since we introduced in in November 2014, and we have seen exceptional results from it. What treatments do you offer? We offer everything from Anti-Wrinkle injections to waxing. We have two Nurses, myself and Kerrie, who work on the medical side of things, doing anti-wrinkle injectables, dermal fillers, fat dissolving injections, medical grade peels and IV Vitamin Drips among many other things. We have an aethetician, Christie, who is responsible for laser hair removal and photorejuvenation treatments, lower grade skin peels, microdermabrasion, face and body skin tightening and our 3D Lipomed fat removal machine. Last but not least we have our beauty therapist, Elizabeth, who rounds it all up with your classic beauty treatments such as waxing, eyelash extensions, manicures and pedicures and massage. We also have had every member of the team specifically trained in skincare, giving all four of us the knowledge and expertise to offer skin scans and advise people on products and treatments for their needs during our complimentary consultations.

Have you introduced any new treatments recently? Yes, three in fact and all of them are very different. The aesthetic world is ever changing with new techniques. At Clinic Visjeune we spend time researching innovations before we bring them to the clinic. We introduced in October the Perfect Peel, a revolutionary skin peel and generally people only need one treatment. It offers considerable results on such a diverse range of skin problems including dull skin tone, acne and spot prone skin, pigmentation and fine lines. IntraVita IV infusions for wellness are taking the USA by storm and we introduced these in November. Clients can choose from several cocktails of vitamins and minerals, each of which has a particular benefit, such as anti-aging, diet and detox, energy boost, immunity, stress and anxiety and energy boost for athletes and sportspeople. Our newest treatment is the Aqualyx fat dissolving injections, which helps remove the pockets of fat which are notoriously difficult to get rid of. Aqualyx can be used over the whole body, including hips, saddlebags, thighs, stomach, knees and chin. We have plans for more treatments in the New Year, so watch this space! t: 01202 523142 e: info@visjeune.com Twitter: @visjeune Find us on Facebook


HEALTH & BEAUTY

HEALTH & FITNESS Charlie Lowe from the fastest growing bootcamp ‘Wassmuffin Fitter Than fit’ talks Fitness, well being, healthy eating and of course Thai Boxing.

HOW TO STAY (A BIT) FIT AND HEALTHY OVER CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to one and all I hope you are all feeling the festive spirit as the holiday season seems to be in full swing now. There will no doubt be lots of celebrations for you all, with massive amounts of eating, drinking, partying and just general overindulgence, which we will all choose to ignore until the call from deep within around January that tells us we need to do something about that overindulgence as soon as possible.

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We all start to make all those New Years resolutions, but where do you start? How do you start?

These 3 people will be able to come to any of the classes we run but will have to work hard. We will be giving nutritional advice and up to date posts on our web site and via social media of their progress. We will use before and after pictures so their body changes can be documented.

Here at Fitter than Fit we have the tools, knowledge, skills, motivation and heart to get you into the best shape you’ve ever been in for 2016. Don’t just talk about it. DO IT. Don’t just imagine it. DO IT. A fitter healthier (slimmer if that’s your goal) happier you is calling out to us. We are a well established fitness organisation that run boot camps, Thai boxing, Ladies Thai fit, Fitness and Yoga classes with the good news of expanding our timetable into the New Year with hopefully insanity and Metafit classes among others to be added. We are to my knowledge the cheapest membership for an independently run fitness organisation with 23 classes a week on our time table all for £50 each month, so even if you could only come to 5 classes a week that’s only £2.50 a class, and lets face it you can’t put a price on your health and well being. As an extra special Christmas Gift to you guys, here at Fitter than Fit we have decided to give you

We would like 3 volunteers who are willing to work out with us at least 4 times a week and are also willing to let us track their progress and details, following their journey for others to see the improvements which can be made

Its valid to any NEW clients. And will be an amazing way to give yourself that kick start that is needed. We will fully support you all the way through your journey in the gym and outside if it. You just need to turn up and to want it. As a secondary offer to help find the fitter, stronger, healthier you, we are also offering 3 months for the price of 2. If you sign up at the beginning of January 2016 you will get membership for all of January, February and March for £100. That’s a saving of £50! We are making it easy for you to get fit now people, so there should be no excuses. Come and join a great team with hard working dedicated people who get fit in a fun way. Hope to see you in the new year with many more exciting developments from the fitter than fit team.

Contact us: Charlie 07968855163 or Michael 07766090116 info@fitterthanfit.co.uk | www.fitterthanfit.co.uk

New Year Offer: Fitter that fit are looking for 3 volunteers so we can document your body transformation from start to finish. Yes that’s right, free training! Contact us: Charlie 07968855163 or Michael 07766090116

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MARTIN KEEPS IT SWEET TV presenter, restaurateur, bestselling chef and one-time Strictly semi-finalist, blue-eyed-boy James Martin certainly doesn’t do things by halves and the tradition continues with his latest cookery book, Sweet.

With a culinary career that spans two decades, perfectionist Martin has a finger in many pies - but it was his stint on Strictly Come Dancing in 2005 that landed him his biggest gig to date, as host of BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen.

“Every single dessert was shot at my house, and made and plated by me,” reveals the 43-yearold Yorkshireman. “My agent was shouting and screaming as they had to take three weeks off, but what with celebrating 20 years in the business, I knew we needed to do this.”

And despite 10 years of 4am starts and 6am rehearsals (“I have a big can of Red Bull and two eye drops before I go live”), his passion for the weekend show remains.

Following on from 2007’s hugely popular Desserts, Sweet looks set to re-establish Martin as the king of puddings, with over 70 recipes, from simple classic bakes and family favourites, to lavish showstoppers and - wait for it - an all-important troubleshooting section (Hallelujah!). “People always say, ‘I do this but this always goes wrong’, and the first thing I would say is buy quality ingredients. It can only be you or the ingredients that are the problem, so if it’s the ingredients, change it.”

“I love it and everything it represents. You’re giving chefs that hardly ever cook on TV the opportunity to show their restaurant and skill-set off. Their reputation is on the line, so it’s a huge pressure for them. “Me? I’ve got the best seat in the world, as I get to be a commis chef in the best restaurants in the world without having to go to them.” While Martin is happy to be ogled on screen, he’s equally content cooking undercover in his popular restaurant, James Martin Manchester, and has no qualms admitting he would happily revert back to the role should his fame game be up tomorrow.

“The public will make its own decision, and that’s it. If they stop watching me, I’m quite happy to go back home and carry on working, because I’ve had a whale of a time for the last 20 years. I feel very privileged to do it, but when your time’s up, your time’s up. “Food has been at the start and it will be at the end - the bit in the middle is all fluffy clouds (tits and tinsels, we call it in the restaurant), but it’s all that fluffy stuff that people enjoy.” If you fancy trying out some of Martin’s sweet treats - from the privacy of your own kitchen - here are two recipes from his new book to whet your appetite... By Gemma Dunn, Press Association (Lauren Hurley/PA Photos)

Ingredients

Baked Double Chocolate Pudding (Serves 6)

100g melted butter, plus extra for greasing 3 eggs 175ml milk 250g self-raising flour 50g cocoa powder 1tsp baking powder 150g light brown soft sugar 100g dark chocolate drops (70% cocoa solids), or dark chocolate, finely chopped into 5mm dice 100g milk chocolate drops, or milk chocolate, finely chopped into 5mm dice For the sauce: 300ml water 200g light brown soft sugar 40g cocoa powder

Method Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas 4 and butter a 2L ovenproof dish. Whisk the melted butter, eggs and milk together in a jug until smooth. Sift the flour, cocoa and baking powder into a bowl then stir in the sugar. Pour the butter mixture onto the flour and mix well to a smooth batter. Stir in the dark and milk chocolate and spoon into the prepared baking dish. To make the sauce, bring the water and sugar to the boil in a saucepan, then add the cocoa and whisk until smooth. Pour evenly over the top of the batter then place the dish in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. The top of the sponge will be just firm to the touch, but underneath there will be a runny chocolate sauce. Serve hot with double cream or ice cream. 270


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Peach And Creme Fraiche Crumble Cake (Serves 12-16)

Ingredients

Method

For the cake: 450g self-raising flour 2tsp baking powder 200g butter, plus extra for greasing 350g demerara sugar 6 eggs 150g creme fraiche 25ml peach schnapps or peach juice 100ml peach puree 7 peaches, halved and stoned, or 2 x 400g tins peach halves, drained

Preheat the oven to 150C/Gas 1 and grease and line a 24cm high-sided, loose-bottomed cake tin.

For the crumble: 60g plain flour 1 30g butter, diced 30g demerara sugar For the topping: 100g creme fraiche 100g cream cheese 50ml double cream

Pour half into the prepared tin and tap the tin gently to settle the batter. Place the peach halves, cut-side up, onto the batter in concentric circles, then top with the remaining batter, smoothing over the top.

To make the cake, place the flour, baking powder and butter in a bowl and rub together to form a breadcrumb-like texture. Stir in the sugar. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs, creme fraiche, peach schnapps or juice, and puree together, then pour onto the dry mixture and mix to a thick batter

Bake in the centre of the oven for one-andthree-quarter hours until golden and risen. A skewer inserted into the centre of the cake

should come out clean - if it doesn’t, return the cake to the oven for a further five minutes and repeat. Leave the cake in the tin to cool completely. While the cake cools, make the crumble to go on top. Turn the oven up to 180C/Gas 4. Place the flour, ground cinnamon and butter in a bowl and rub until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Spread out over a baking sheet and bake for six to eight minutes until golden brown and crispy. Set aside to cool on the baking sheet. For the topping, whisk the creme fraiche, cream cheese and double cream together, then spread over the cake while it’s still in the tin - this will give you a neat finish. Scatter the crumble over the top to cover the cream, then ease the cake out from the tin. 271


TV GUIDE Christmas Eve BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. 9.00 David Suchet: In The Footsteps Of St Paul. Part two of two. How Paul brought Christianity to the Mediterranean world. (R) 10.00 On Angel Wings. Animated adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s children’s book. (R) 10.30 FILM: The Santa Clause (1994). A divorced father accidentally kills Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and is forced to deliver the presents himself. 12.00 Bargain Hunt. Four teams test their antiques knowledge in Corby, Northamptonshire. (R) 1.00 BBC News At One 1.10 Regional News 1.20 Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale. Following the first months in the life of an emperor penguin. (R) 2.20 FILM: A Christmas Carol (2009). A Victorian miser is visited by a series of ghosts on Christmas Eve who try to make him change his ways. 3.50 FILM: Finding Nemo (2003). A clown fish tries to rescue his son, who has been netted by a scuba diver. 5.20 Harry Hill In Professor Branestawm Returns. The absent-minded professor enters an inventing competition. 6.20 BBC News 6.30 Regional News; 6.40 Celebrity Mastermind. With Radzi Chinyanganya, Badly Drawn Boy, Rebecca Root and Kriss Akabusi. 7.10 Pointless Celebrities Christmas Special. A pantomime special of the general knowledge quiz. 8.00 Would I Lie To You? At Christmas. Musical comedian Bill Bailey, actor and writer Ruth Jones, comedian and presenter Jo Brand and athlete-turnedpresenter Kelly Holmes join team captains David Mitchell and Lee Mack. 8.30 EastEnders. The residents gather to watch the nativity play, but when Stacey goes into labour, it looks like there might be two births that day. 9.05 Peter Kay: 20 Years Of Funny. To celebrate the popular comedian’s two decades of making people laugh, this documentary looks back at his career and his life beforehand. 10.05 Walliams And Friend. Actor, writer and Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams returns to his first love, comedy, in this 40-minute spectacular in which he shares the screen with Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley. 10.45 Not Going Out. On Christmas Eve, Lee and Lucy – who is three days overdue with their first baby – find themselves mistakenly caught up in a robbery at a local department store. Alongside them are Lee’s dad, Frank, dressed as Santa’s elf, Daisy and neighbours Toby and Anna. Locked in and faced with a dangerous armed robber wearing a Father Christmas mask, they have to come up with an escape plan. But will Lee’s poorly conceived ideas get them into even more trouble? 11.30 BBC News; 11.45 Midnight Mass From St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. Live service from south London, led by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, with prayers to reflect the cathedral’s international congregation. 1.00 FILM: Serendipity (2001). Romantic drama, starring Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. 2.25 Weather For The Week Ahead 2.30 BBC News

BBC 2 6.20 Homes Under The Hammer. 7.20 James Martin – Home Comforts At Christmas. The chef demonstrates festive recipes.(R) 8.05 Sign Zone: This Wild Life. Saba runs into problems when the safari camp reopens after the rainy season. (R) 8.35 Sign Zone: Great British Menu. The Northern Irish chefs are challenged to prepare perfect main courses. (R) 9.05 FILM: Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971). A novice witch befriends three children and whisks them away on a series of magical journeys. 11.00 The Hairy Bikers’ Northern Exposure. Si and Dave taste some of Russia’s finest foods. (R) 12.00 Natural World. Gentoo penguins raising chicks in Port Lockroy in the Antarctic. (R) 1.00 FILM: Sister Act 2: Back In The Habit (1993). A singer who once posed as a nun joins the order again to help save a Catholic school by making a success of its choir. 2.45 Perry And Croft: Made In Britain. How the duo’s comedies each encapsulated the end of an era. (R) 3.15 The Snow Wolf Family And Me. Part one of two. Gordon Buchanan explores the lives and habits of Arctic wolves. (R) 4.15 The Snow Wolf Family And Me. Part two of two. Gordon Buchanan follows the wolves as they hunt. (R) 5.15 Carols From King’s. Music and readings from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. 6.30 To The Manor Born. Audrey takes Christmas very seriously. (R) 7.00 Dad’s Army. The vicar holds a Comforts for the Troops Fund bazaar at which Mainwaring finds himself bidding against Pike for a highly prized orange. Surprisingly, the private reveals a stubborn streak that costs the thick-skinned captain an arm and a leg. (R) 7.30 Christmas University Challenge. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions as teams made up of graduates from Exeter University and Magdalen College, Oxford, compete. 8.00 MasterChef: The Professionals. The search for a chef to be crowned Professional MasterChef Champion 2015 is almost over, as the three finalists face one last challenge. 9.00 The Great History Quiz: The Tudors. Kirsty Young asks the questions in this one-off quiz which sees two teams of historians, captained by Lucy Worsley and Dan Snow, answer questions on all aspects of Tudor life. 10.00 The Scandalous Lady W. Game of Thrones and Hunger Games star Natalie Dormer leads the cast in this fact-based drama about the scandalous life of Lady Worsley, an 18th-century noblewoman who dared to leave her husband and elope with his best friend, Captain George Bisset. 11.30 FILM: Dial M For Murder (1954). A tennis player’s plan to arrange the death of his socialite wife goes wrong when she kills her would-be assassin. Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, with Ray Milland and Grace Kelly. 1.10 Sign Zone: Simply Nigella: Christmas Special (R) 2.10 Sign Zone: Christmas Shopping Fever 2015: John Lewis And The Retail Race (R) 3.10 Sign Zone: James Martin – Home Comforts At Christmas

ITV 1 6.00 CITV 7.00 Good Morning Britain. 8.30 Lorraine. Entertainment and fashion news. 9.25 Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. Stop-motion animated adventure based on the film Elf. (R) 10.25 Pick Me!. Game show featuring lively, loud and energetic players. (R) 11.25 FILM: Back To The Future Part II (1989). Teenager Marty McFly travels into the future to save his kids from a terrible fate and ends up changing history. 1.30 ITV Lunchtime News; 1.45 FILM: Small Soldiers (1998). A computer chip brings a squad of toy soldiers to life, causing mayhem for their owner. 3.50 FILM: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989). An American householder finds his plans for a traditional family holiday are thrown into disarray by a succession of visitors. 5.40 All Star Mr & Mrs. With Martine McCutcheon, Harry Redknapp and Gwyneth Strong. (R) 6.45 ITV Evening News; 7.00 Emmerdale. Belle walks in on Zak and Joanie kissing and becomes determined to make her pay for what she secretly saw, while the warehouse robbery is on the news and Aaron’s picture is in the paper – but Chas refuses to believe he had any part in it. Laurel and Ashley regret not telling the kids everything, Leyla and Nikhil offer to help David, and Vanessa is touched to receive help on Johnny’s first night back home. 8.00 Coronation Street. Fiz tells Tyrone that Hope might not be allowed home for Christmas and Lapland might have to wait. Meanwhile, Tracy confides in Todd that she thinks Robert’s planning to propose and she’s not sure what to do, unaware that Robert has gone to visit Rob in prison. 8.30 The Abba Christmas Party. It seems that 32 years after they split up, Abba are more popular than ever. To celebrate their music, Paddy McGuinness hosts a festive party like no other, in which music and TV stars perform the Swedish band’s greatest hits. Those taking to the stage are Susan Boyle, Alexandra Burke, Corrie’s Shayne Ward and Catherine Tyldesley, Scouting for Girls, the Feeling and the cast of West End show Mamma Mia! There is also an interview with Bjorn Ulvaeus, reminiscing about how the band celebrated Christmas. 9.45 Through The Christmas Keyhole. Keith Lemon returns for the show’s third festive special, getting in the festive spirit as he rummages around three more homes of the rich and famous. Presenter Stephen Mulhern, Strictly Come Dancing host Claudia Winkleman and funnyman Jimmy Carr try to guess who has been stupid enough to hand over their keys to Keith of all people. Last in the series. 10.45 ITV News; 11.00 Christmas Carols On ITV. Aled Jones joins the congregation of St Elisabeth’s Church in Reddish, Stockport, for their Christmas Eve carol service, with performances by Collabro and soul singer Toni Green. 12.00 FILM: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). Time-travel comedy, starring Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter. 1.40 Murder, She Wrote (R) 2.30 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA (R) 3.15 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Christmas Eve FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 Diagnosis Murder. The hospital’s new chief of staff is stalked. 10.00 FILM: Annie Claus Is Coming To Town (2011). Santa Claus’s daughter falls in love with the owner of a California toy shop, but an ambitious elf plots to drive them apart. Christmas fantasy, starring Maria Thayer and Sam Page. 11.50 FILM: Kelly’s Heroes (1970). American soldiers go behind enemy lines in a bid to get their hands on a fortune in Nazi gold. Second World War adventure, with Clint Eastwood, Telly Savalas and Donald Sutherland. 2.45 FILM: Oliver’s Ghost (2011). A boy with the ability to see ghosts tries to persuade a bad-tempered spook to let his family stay in the house he haunts. Fantasy, starring Nicholas Stargel and Martin Mull. 4.35 FILM: Nightmare At The End Of The Hall (2008). An author with writer’s block returns to her old school as a teacher and meets a pupil who is eerily similar to her dead childhood friend. Mystery, with Sara Rue and Kavan Smith. 6.25 FILM: The Ghost Of Greville Lodge (2000). An orphan staying at his great-uncle’s haunted house finds himself caught up in the middle of events from the past. Supernatural family drama, starring Jon Newman and George Cole. 8.15 FILM: Secrets In The Walls (2010). A single mother moves into a seemingly perfect new home, but her happiness is cut short by strange and terrifying events that suggest the house is haunted. As her daughter falls under the influence of supernatural forces, she delves into the history of the house to discover the cause of the disturbance. Horror, starring Jeri Ryan and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. 10.00 FILM: The Unspoken (2015). Seventeen years ago, a close-knit family disappeared without a trace. No bodies were ever found and there was never any explanation. Since then, their home has remained undisturbed – until now. Thriller, starring Jodelle Ferland, Sunny Suljic and Matt Bellefleur. 12.20 CSI: Miami 1.15 CSI: NY 2.05 CSI: NY 3.05 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 4.00 Teleshopping 272

FILM 4 11.00 Arrietty (2010). A boy befriends a tiny girl living beneath the floorboards of his house, which puts her family’s secrecy at risk. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Saoirse Ronan and Tom Holland. 12.50 Evolution (2001). Two science teachers battle rapidly evolving alien monsters brought to Earth by a mysterious meteor. Sci-fi comedy, starring David Duchovny, Orlando Jones and Julianne Moore. 2.55 Bride Wars (2009). Two lifelong best friends become bitter rivals when their weddings are scheduled to take place on the same day and at the same venue. Comedy, starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway. 4.40 Parental Guidance (2012). A busy mother leaves her three kids in the care of her own parents, but finds they have very different ideas about childcare. Comedy, with Billy Crystal and Bette Midler. 6.45 I, Robot (2004). A detective is convinced a robot has killed its creator, even though it has been programmed never to harm humans. Sci-fi thriller, with Will Smith, Bridget Moynahan and Alan Tudyk. 9.00 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011). Seven English pensioners looking for a fresh start are drawn to an advert for a hotel in the Indian city of Jaipur, and plan to spend their retirement there. They arrive to find the building dilapidated but are won over by the enthusiastic young manager, and each embarks on their own adventures in the city. Comedy drama, starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Maggie Smith and Dev Patel. 11.25 Dredd (2012). A law enforcer in a post-apocalyptic city must fight his way out of a tower block dominated by a ruthless crime lord. Sci-fi thriller, starring Karl Urban and Lena Headey. 1.15 Wild At Heart (1990). David Lynch’s road movie, starring Nicolas Cage. 3.50 Close

ITV 2 6.00 The Hot Desk: Nick Jonas. An interview with Nick Jonas. (R) 6.10 1000 Heartbeats For Text Santa. Tess Daly and Keith Lemon compete. (R) 7.00 Emmerdale. Aaron is persuaded to help with a robbery. (R) 7.30 Coronation Street. David’s heart sinks when he bumps into Marion. (R) 8.00 Keep It In The Family Christmas Special. (R) 9.00 FILM: Santa Baby (2006). Santa Claus’ daughter takes over the workshop while her father is ill, but gets carried away trying to change things. 10.55 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011). The St Bernard helps a runaway elf recover Santa’s magic toy sack from thieves in time to save Christmas. 12.45 Emmerdale. Aaron is persuaded to help with a robbery. (R) 1.15 Coronation Street. David’s heart sinks when he bumps into Marion. (R) 1.45 Merry Christmas Mr Bean. Christmas slapstick, starring Rowan Atkinson. (R) 2.20 You’ve Been Framed!. Harry Hill serves up a crop of festive bloopers. (R) 3.20 All Star Family Fortunes Christmas Special. With Coronation Street’s Nazirs and Emmerdale’s Bartons.(R) 4.20 Catchphrase Christmas Special. Carol Vorderman, Michael Ball and Michelle Collins see it and say it. (R) 5.25 FILM: The Polar Express (2004). A boy doubts the existence of Father Christmas, until a magical train arrives to take him to the North Pole. 7.25 FILM: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, tires of being scary and decides to take over the friendly world of Christmas. 9.00 FILM: Casino Royale (2006). James Bond achieves his ’00’ status and is dispatched on the trail of Le Chiffre, an international criminal financing terrorist organisations around the world. 11.55 Celebrity Juice Christmas Special. (R) 12.55 Through The Christmas Keyhole (R) 2.00 Release The Hounds: Jingle Hell (R) 2.55 Release The Hounds: Jingle Hell II (R) 3.45 The Office Xmas Party (R) 4.30 Educating Joey Essex: Winter EssexPedition (R) 5.20 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R)


CHANNEL 4 6.15 Small Animal Hospital. John Barrowman visits a centre for rescued rabbits. 7.00 The Big Bang Theory. The group spends the Thanksgiving holiday at Mrs Wolowitz’s house. (R) 7.20 The Big Bang Theory. Sheldon is bothered by the attention following his scientific discovery. (R) 7.40 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 8.05 Father Christmas. Seasonal animation based on Raymond Briggs’ book. (R) 8.35 The Simpsons. Bart destroys the family’s Christmas presents. (R) 9.10 FILM: Animals United (2010). A group of assorted animals whose habitats have been destroyed by humans resolve to do something about it. 10.55 FILM: Horton Hears A Who! (2008). An elephant discovers a city on a speck of dust and vows to protect it, but the other animals think he has gone mad. 12.30 FILM: Stuart Little (1999). A family adopts a young mouse, but their jealous pet cat hatches a plot to get rid of him. Comedy adventure, starring Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie, with the voice of Michael J Fox. 2.10 Channel 4 News 2.15 FILM: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). A suicidal small-town businessman is visited by an angel who tries to change his mind by showing him the good he has done. 4.55 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 5.25 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 6.00 Hollyoaks. Lockie suspects Cameron was involved in the explosion. 7.00 Jamie’s Night Before Christmas. Jamie Oliver returns to help the viewers raise their seasonal game with foolproof recipes and clever last-minute ways to improve their festive dishes. 8.00 My Crazy Christmas Lights. Christmas, the time of year when peace on earth and goodwill to all men rings out across the land – unless elaborate festive decorating has anything to do with it. This one-off film meets the people who spend each year going into seasonal battle with their neighbours in a bid to come out on top in the extreme decorating stakes. As well as the race to get the lights up and working for the big switch on, there’s rivalries, tears and tantrums, and sometimes the risk of electrocution. 9.00 8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special. Some of the nation’s top comedy stars join team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson to discuss and dissect topical news stories that have captured the public’s imagination in the run-up to Christmas. 10.00 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker. 11.00 Gogglebox. Capturing the households’ instant reactions to what they are watching on TV from the comfort of their own sofas. (R) 12.00 The Inbetweeners (R) 12.35 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.05 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.30 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.00 Man Down Christmas Special (R) 2.30 Man Down (R) 2.55 Man Down (R) 3.25 Embarrassing Bodies (R) 4.20 Benchmark 5.10 Kirstie’s Handmade Treasures (R) 5.30 Famous Fred (R) 5.55 Olive, The Other Reindeer (R)

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.30 The Real Face Of Santa Claus. Documentary piecing together forensic and historical clues about St Nicholas. 10.30 FILM: Gone With The Wind (1939). A plantation heiress has a tumultuous relationship with a roguish Southern gentleman during the American Civil War. 2.45 FILM: The Dam Busters (1954). An engineer designs an ingenious bouncing bomb to destroy major dams in Germany’s industrial heartland. 5.15 5 News 5.20 FILM: Scrooge – A Christmas Carol (1951). A hard-hearted skinflint is taught the error of his ways by a succession of spectral visitors. 7.00 Christmas Makes You Laugh Out Loud. Iain Lee narrates a compilation of amusing and outrageous Christmas-themed videos that have taken the internet by storm in a seasonal special showcasing hilarious online clips with a festive twist. Examples include the unpredictable reactions of youngsters, from the adorable moment a young boy catches Santa Claus delivering presents on his webcam to the tantrum to end all tantrums thrown by one child who does not receive the gifts he was expecting. 7.55 Frank Sinatra & Gene Kelly: Ol’ Blues Eyes Is Back. A TV special from 1973 in which Frank Sinatra performs a selection of classics and is joined for a couple of numbers by Anchors Aweigh co-star Gene Kelly, with I’ve Got You Under My Skin, I Get a Kick Out of You and Send in the Clowns among the songs. 8.25 Happy Holidays With Frank Sinatra And Bing Crosby. The veteran crooners’ festive special from 1957, originally broadcast as an edition of The Frank Sinatra Show and the only instalment filmed in colour. 8.55 The Morecambe And Wise Christmas Show. Festive special from 1981, in which the duo appear in sketches including Julius Caesar and Lord Mayor Ern – and even act as a backing group for Alvin Stardust. Featuring guest appearances by Ralph Richardson, Robert Hardy, Ian Ogilvy, Susannah York and Suzanne Danielle. (R) 10.00 Christmas With The Double Acts. It seems that when it comes to light entertainment, two heads are often better than one. Would families have gathered around the TV every Christmas in the 1970s and 1980s for the Ernie Wise Show? Where would Little have been without Large, or Cannon without his Ball? Who knows. What is certain, however, is that this programme features an hour of stand-up, sketches and songs from some of the greatest double acts to have graced the small screen. 11.00 Morecambe & Wise Live! 1973. The duo’s performance at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon’s Fairfield Halls in October 1973, which was the only one of their stage shows captured on film. (R) 12.30 FILM: Scrooge – A Christmas Carol (1951). Charles Dickens’ fantasy, starring Alastair Sim. (b&w) 2.15 SuperCasino 4.00 Michaela’s Wild Challenge (R) 4.25 Divine Designs (R) 4.45 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Doctor (R) 5.35 House Doctor (R)

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E4 6.00 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 6.20 Ivor The Invisible. (R) 6.50 Charmed. (R) 7.40 Charmed. (R) 8.30 Hollyoaks. (R) 9.00 Lost And Found. (R) 9.35 The Bear. (R) 10.10 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 10.40 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 11.05 Charmed. (R) 12.00 Charmed. (R) 1.00 How I Met Your Mother. Ted loses his job. (R) 1.30 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – A Is For... Anything Can Happen Thursday. Raj prepares for a date with Emily. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – B Is For... Bazinga!. Sheldon gets a job at a diner. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – C Is For... Camping. Leonard, Raj and Howard go camping. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – D Is For... Driving. Sheldon is forced to overcome his fear of driving. (R) 5.00 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 5.30 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 6.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 7.00 Hollyoaks. Lindsey is annoyed when Robbie decides to host the annual Roscoes’ Boxing Day football match and it interrupts her time alone with Joe. 7.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 8.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. 9.00 FILM: Taken (2008). An American teenager travelling through Europe is abducted by a gang of sex traffickers. However, what the kidnappers do not realise is that the girl’s father is a former CIA agent, who employs all his old skills as he searches for the criminals and tries to rescue his daughter. 10.50 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 11.20 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 11.50 Rude Tube. (R) 12.50 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) 1.25 Brooklyn Nine-Nine (R) 1.50 How I Met Your Mother (R) 2.20 New Girl (R) 2.40 New Girl (R) 3.05 New Girl (R) 3.30 The New Normal (R) 3.50 How I Met Your Mother (R) 4.10 How I Met Your Mother (R) 4.35 Lost And Found (R) 5.00 The Bear (R)

BBC 3 7.00 Merry Madagascar. The animals deliver Santa’s presents after he crash-lands on the island, but they plan to use the good deed as an excuse to get back to New York City. (R) 7.20 FILM: Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008). The escaped zoo animals discover a plane and, following a swift repair job by the penguins, manage to escape the desolate shores of Madagascar. However, they crash-land on the plains of Africa and find themselves face-to-face with their wild counterparts for the first time. 8.40 FILM: Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). Martial arts master panda Po continues to hone his skills when an evil peacock, who was banished from China for trying to build a deadly new weapon, returns to cause more chaos. It falls to Po to defeat him, but he suffers strange flashbacks revealing a connection between his past and the sinister bird. 10.00 EastEnders. The residents gather to watch the nativity play, but when Stacey goes into labour, it looks like there might be two births that day. (R) 10.35 Him & Her: The Christmas Special. A surprise visitor turns up at the flat on Christmas Day – Steve’s dad Pete, who he has not seen for a year. The mood turns awkward and needs lifting with some festive spirit – but the arrival of Laura and Paul with a karaoke machine fills Becky with dread. (R) 11.05 Family Guy. Bertram goes back in time to kill Leonardo da Vinci – forcing Stewie and Brian to give chase. (R) 11.30 Family Guy. Brian turns to substance abuse to calm his nerves when a storm hits Quahog, and Meg takes action after one too many insults from her family. (R) 11.50 Family Guy. Quagmire is admitted to hospital following an accident, so his sister Brenda travels to Quahog to care for him – but he discovers she is the one who needs help. (R) 12.10 Family Guy (R) 12.35 Family Guy (R) 12.55 American Dad! (R) 1.20 American Dad! (R) 1.40 Bad Education Christmas Special (R) 2.10 Murder In Successville (R) 2.40 Murder In Successville (R) 3.10 Murder In Successville (R) 3.45 Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge Of The Fifth (R) 4.00 Close

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TV GUIDE Christmas Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. Headlines and business news. 9.00 Shrek The Halls. Festive animated short, starring the lovable ogre. (R) 9.20 Clangers. Tiny Clanger finds out that she is going to recieve a surprise. 9.35 Danger Mouse: The Snowman Cometh. DM and Penfold must protect Santa. 10.00 Christmas Day Service Live From Bath Abbey. A service led by the Rev Edward Mason and the Rev Claire Robson. 11.00 FILM: The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006). Father Christmas’s festive preparations are disrupted by the mischievous Jack Frost, who intends to sabotage the toy factory. 12.25 FILM: Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (2012). The escaped zoo animals try to get back to New York by joining a circus travelling across Europe. Animated comedy sequel, with the voices of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock. 1.50 BBC News; Weather 2.00 Top Of The Pops Christmas. Featuring performances by Coldplay, Jess Glynne and Ellie Goulding. 3.00 The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2015. Her Majesty’s annual address. 3.10 FILM: Brave (2012). Premiere. A princess uses magic to avoid an arranged marriage, but the spell has disastrous repercussions. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Kelly Macdonald and Emma Thompson. 4.35 BBC News; 4.45 Stick Man. Animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book. 5.15 Doctor Who. The Time Lord is hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy. 6.15 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special 2015. Six previous contestants compete for the Silver Star trophy. 7.30 Call The Midwife. Poplar readies itself for Christmas 1960 with a festive bus trip to see the Regent Street lights, while a visit from a BBC film crew promises to make it a festive holiday to remember. 8.45 EastEnders. Ian’s hopes of a perfect Christmas fall apart when the Beales and Mitchells end up arguing – little knowing the hostilities between Dennis and Bobby are increasing at an alarming speed. 9.45 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special. The doting mother-of-six is determined to have a safe and peaceful Christmas at home this year. However, with Mark and Betty arguing about the reappearance of his first love Bubbles, carol singers haunting her every waking hour and Buster installing a new Christmas tree with a very unusual safety feature, how will she manage to survive? 10.25 Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show. From the Theatre Royal in Drury Lane, London, the host welcomes performers including comedians Dara O Briain and Dame Edna Everage, ventriloquist and winner of America’s Got Talent Paul Zerdin and music superstars Ellie Goulding and Tom Jones to the stage. 11.25 BBC News; 11.40 Love Came Down At Christmas. At St Alban’s Church in Bristol, the Exultate Singers perform David Ogden’s new choral setting of the Christina Rossetti poem, and actor Alex Jennings reads from the Gospel of John. 11.45 Comedy Bloopers 12.15 Not Going Out (R) 1.00 FILM: Surviving Christmas (2004). Comedy, starring Ben Affleck. 2.25 Weather For The Week Ahead 2.30 BBC News

BBC 2 6.00 FILM: The Road To El Dorado (2000). Two Spanish conmen set out to find the legendary City of Gold, and end up worshipped as gods by the natives. 7.20 Galapagos – Islands Of Change: Natural World. The impact of increased migration and tourism on the archipelago’s wildlife. (R) 8.20 FILM: Herbie Rides Again (1974). The adventurous VW Beetle helps his owner save her home from the clutches of a greedy firm of property developers. 9.45 FILM: The Cat In The Hat (2003). Two bored youngsters get into all manner of trouble after a manic moggy with mischief in mind turns up at their house. Comedy fantasy, starring Mike Myers and Dakota Fanning. 11.00 Carols From King’s. Music and readings from the Chapel of King’s College, Cambridge. (R) 12.15 Climbed Every Mountain – The Story Behind The Sound Of Music. The true story behind the real Von Trapp family, with Sue Perkins. (R) 1.15 The Good Life. Tom ponders the future. (R) 1.45 FILM: Frankenweenie (2012). Premiere. A boy brings his dog back to life, leaving his neighbours terrified of a monster in their town. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Charlie Tahan and Winona Ryder. (b&w) 3.05 Tim Rice – A Life In Song. A concert celebrating the work of the Oscar-winning lyricist. (T) (R) 4.35 FILM: Romeo & Juliet (2013). Premiere. Shakespeare’s love story, with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld. 6.20 Sign Zone: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2015. Her Majesty’s annual address. (R) 6.30 World’s Sneakiest Animals. New series. The devious tactics and sneaky tricks that animals use to survive. 7.30 Dad’s Army. Pompous Captain Mainwaring proves he is a softie at heart by organising a turkey dinner as a Christmas treat for the struggling senior citizens of Walmington-on-Sea. (R) 8.00 The Two Ronnies: Christmas Show. Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett in a special Christmas show of sketches, jokes and songs, with their special musical guest Elaine Page. (R) 8.50 Darcey’s Ballet Heroes. After almost disappearing from ballet’s centre stage – pushed aside by the newly arrived prima ballerinas over the last 100 years – the spotlight has seemingly shifted back to men. 9.50 QI. Correctness and even intelligence go out of the window in this seasonal edition of the quiz, in which the questions are so difficult points are awarded for the answers host Stephen Fry finds most interesting. 10.20 We’re Doomed!: The Dad’s Army Story. Comedy drama based on the story of how Jimmy Perry and David Croft brought the sitcom Dad’s Army to life. (R) 11.20 FILM: Gambit (2012). A put-upon art expert plans revenge on a millionaire by tricking him into buying a fake Monet painting. Comedy remake, starring Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman. 12.40 FILM: The Trouble With Harry (1955). Black comedy, starring Edmund Gwenn. 2.20 This Is BBC Two

ITV 1 6.00 CITV 8.25 Weekend At Christmas. With Laura Fraser, James Morrison and Leona Lewis. 9.25 FILM: Santa Claus: The Movie (1985). An elf leaves Santa to make a name for himself, only to be manipulated into aiding an evil toy-maker’s money-making schemes. Fantasy adventure, with Dudley Moore and John Lithgow. 11.30 FILM: Happy Feet (2006). A penguin is rejected by his fellow birds for being unable to sing, and goes on a journey of self-discovery. Animated adventure, with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. 1.35 Text Santa: One More Time. Choice moments from the recent TV charity appeal. 2.45 ITV Lunchtime News; 3.00 The Queen. Her Majesty’s annual address. 3.10 Cameraman To The Queen. Royal cameraman Peter Wilkinson follows the queen over the course of one year. 4.10 Countrywise Winter Wonderland. Exploring what makes this time of year special for Britain’s countryside. 5.00 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs At Christmas. The broadcaster spreads festive cheer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. 6.00 ITV Evening News; Weather 6.15 You’ve Been Framed! With Bells On. Camcorder clips with a festive theme. 6.45 Emmerdale. Pollard confronts his past, present and future. 7.45 Coronation Street. Robert is about to propose to Tracy, but first he wants to know why she’s told Rob she wants to spend the rest of her life with him. Meanwhile, Sinead is thrilled when she gets an engagement ring of her own, and David is underwhelmed when Kylie presents him with an expensive watch. 8.45 Downton Abbey – The Finale. Julian Fellowes bids farewell to the Crawleys with one last festive special, catching up with the Abbey’s residents at the tail-end of 1925. Mary endeavours to build bridges, but Edith’s secret continues to pose a threat. As Henry settles into the role of husband, scars left by Charlie’s death are slow to heal, while Carson struggles to come to terms with developments that prove even he is not invulnerable to change. Spratt’s moonlighting venture is threatened by the conniving of Denker, and Daisy may have missed her chance with an admirer. Isobel receives devastating news, while the day that Anna and Bates have long-since waited for arrives. 10.45 Our Cilla. The death of singer and TV presenter Cilla Black in August 2015 shocked the showbusiness community. In this programme, stars including Ringo Starr, Cliff Richard, Elaine Paige, Christopher Biggins, Paul O’Grady and Lynda La Plante join members of the entertainer’s family and other close friends to reveal the woman behind the screen persona. 11.45 ITV News; Weather 12.00 FILM: Dr No (1962). James Bond spy thriller, starring Sean Connery. 1.50 Murder, She Wrote (T) 2.45 The Jeremy Kyle Show USA (T) 3.25 ITV Nightscreen

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Christmas Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. 9.00 Diagnosis Murder. A deadly feud erupts. 9.55 FILM: Mrs Miracle (2009). A talented housekeeper helps a widowed father of twin boys to turn his life around and rediscover his love of music. 11.50 FILM: Columbo Likes The Nightlife (2003). The dishevelled cop investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid journalist involved in the club scene in Los Angeles. 1.40 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 1.55 FILM: Columbo Cries Wolf (1990). The slovenly sleuth suspects a magazine owner has murdered his business partner, even though the victim’s body has never been found. 3.55 FILM: Columbo Goes To The Guillotine (1989). The crumpled cop enters the world of illusions to investigate the suspicious death of a stage magician. 5.50 FILM: Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War (2002). A widow’s uncaring son forces her into a run-down nursing home, where she incites fellow inmates to revolt. 8.05 NCIS. Returning from a six-month posting in the Gulf, Navy lieutenant commander Megan Huffner opens her front door to find her husband Noel dead in his chair. 9.00 NCIS. Feature-length episode. Gibbs is injured in an explosion while conducting inquiries aboard a ship. 10.55 CSI: NY. The murder of a former drug addict uncovers an insurance racket worth millions of dollars. Initially, a rock singer whose car was used in the killing is the prime suspect, until two femmes fatales come to the fore. 11.55 CSI: Miami. Horatio suspects Miami West Prison escapee Dante Kroll, a mixed martial-arts fighter jailed for murder, plans to take revenge on a rival competitor who helped secure his conviction. 12.50 CSI: Cyber 1.50 CSI: Miami 2.45 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.35 My Name Is Earl 4.00 Teleshopping

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FILM 4 11.00 White Christmas (1954). Two nightclub entertainers stage a series of shows to save an old friend’s winter resort with the help of a talented singing sister act. Musical, with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye. 1.20 Howl’s Moving Castle (2004). A girl is turned into an old woman by a witch’s curse and finds a new home and refuge in a wizard’s castle. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Jean Simmons and Christian Bale. 3.40 Avatar (2009). A soldier uses a genetically engineered body to help an alien tribe fight off a corrupt mining corporation. James Cameron’s sci-fi adventure, with Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana. 6.50 School Of Rock (2003). A slobbish guitarist posing as a supply teacher to make money after getting dumped by his band moulds his pupils into a new rock group. Comedy, with Jack Black and Joan Cusack. 9.00 Pitch Perfect (2012). A new student finds herself a social outcast during her first year of college, but soon acquires a new circle of friends in a band of misfits with a shared talent for singing. She joins their a cappella group and leads them to compete in the campus music competitions. Comedy, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks. 11.10 Coming To America (1988). An African prince journeys to the USA to escape an arranged marriage and search for a worthy wife. Comedy, starring Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall. 1.25 Taxi Driver (1976). Drama, starring Robert De Niro. 3.45 Close

ITV 2 6.00 Christmas Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 6.25 Emmerdale. (R) 7.25 Coronation Street. (R) 7.55 Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. (R) 8.55 You’ve Been Framed At Christmas!. (R) 9.20 You’ve Been Framed At Christmas!. Festive selection of camcorder calamities. (R) 9.50 You’ve Been Framed! (R) 10.15 Catchphrase Christmas Special. Katie Price, Warwick Davis and Christopher Biggins play the guessing game. (R) 11.15 Merry Christmas Mr Bean. Christmas slapstick, starring Rowan Atkinson. (R) 11.50 Mr Bean. The buffoon takes to hairdressing. (R) 12.25 Emmerdale. Belle sees Zak and Joanie kissing. (R) 1.25 Coronation Street. Fiz tells Tyrone that Hope might not be allowed home for Christmas. (R) 2.00 FILM: The Polar Express (2004). A boy doubts the existence of Father Christmas, until a magical train arrives to take him to the North Pole. 3.55 FILM: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). A boy befriends a stranded alien and helps the curious visitor to contact his own people and seek rescue. 6.15 FILM: The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997). A scientist reluctantly joins a research team on an island where genetically engineered dinosaurs roam. 8.45 FILM: Quantum Of Solace (2008). James Bond sets out on a personal mission of vengeance as he pursues the secret criminal organisation Quantum. 10.55 FILM: The Bourne Supremacy (2004). The amnesiac assassin is living quietly in hiding, until his former employers come after him again and murder his girlfriend. A CIA operation has ended in disaster, and those responsible intend to clear their names by implicating Bourne. 1.05 Celebrity Juice: Bestest Bits 2015 Part 2 (R) 2.00 Release The Hounds: Famous And Freaked (R) 2.55 Tricked: Top 30 (R) 3.45 Educating Joey Essex: Africa (R) 4.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records: Bonkingly Big Hits (R) 5.25 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen


CHANNEL 4 6.45 Prep & Landing. Animation about an elite unit of elves. (R) 7.05 Prep & Landing: Naughty V Nice. Lanny and Wayne try to recover classified North Pole technology. (R) 7.30 The Bear. Animation based on the Raymond Briggs tale. (R) 8.00 FILM: A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010). An elderly turtle tells the story of his daring 50-year search to find the love of his life. 9.40 The Simpsons. Homer resolves to be more generous. (R) 10.10 The Simpsons. Four tales celebrating the festive season. (R) 10.40 The Simpsons. Bart and Lisa have families of their own. (R) 11.15 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Festive spin-off of the animated films, with the voice of John Leguizamo. (R) 11.40 Toy Story Toons. Three short animations – Small Fry, Hawaiian Vacation and Partysaurus Rex. 12.10 Father Christmas. Seasonal animation based on Raymond Briggs’ book. (R) 12.40 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 1.15 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 1.45 FILM: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). A miser is encouraged to mend his ways at Christmas when three spirits show him his past, present and what the future holds. 3.25 Channel 4 News 3.35 Alternative Christmas Message. Channel 4’s alternative to the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast. 3.45 FILM: Scrooged (1988). A heartless TV executive who sees Christmas as a chance to make lots of money is persuaded to mend his ways by three spirits. 5.45 FILM: Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992). A boy ends up stranded in the Big Apple – where he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. 8.00 Gogglesprogs. The nation’s children share their honest, inimitable and sometimes hilarious opinions on the best and worst of 2015’s TV from the comfort of their own living rooms. The programme captures youngsters up to the age of 13 as they react to key moments, from the big news stories like the general election, to some of the most popular TV hits such as The Great British Bake Off, and powerful documentaries like the BBC’s nature documentary Growing Up Wild. 9.00 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas Special. Joining the host on the sofa for some festive cheer are Catherine Tate’s Nan, Keith Lemon, Lorraine Kelly, Emma Willis and Marvin Humes. 11.00 8 Out Of 10 Cats Christmas Special. A number of familiar faces join host Jimmy Carr and team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson as they cast their eyes over some of the more memorable stories of 2015. 12.05 Very British Problems At Christmas (R) 1.05 FILM: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). Comedy, starring Matthew Broderick. 2.50 Friday Night Dinner (T) (R) 3.15 Gadget Man (R) 3.40 Gadget Man (R) 4.10 Benchmark 4.55 Grand Designs Australia (R) 5.50 Close

E4 6.00 Rude(ish) Tube. Amusing internet videos. (R) 6.20 Rude(ish) Tube. Amusing internet videos, including a monkey that buys itself a drink. (R) 6.45 Rude(ish) Tube. Amusing internet videos, including a man with glasses tattooed on his face. (R) 7.05 Rude(ish) Tube. Featuring extreme unicycling and striking frisbee shots. (R) 7.30 Rude(ish) Tube. Featuring a musical nun and a ball-catching car. (R) 7.55 Suburgatory. George arranges for Tessa to spend Christmas with her mother. (R) 8.30 The Mindy Project. (R) 9.00 The Mindy Project. (R) 9.30 Melissa & Joey. (R) 10.00 Melissa & Joey. Mel and Joe prepare for their first Christmas together as a couple. (R) 10.30 Baby Daddy. (R) 11.00 Baby Daddy. (R) 11.30 FILM: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules 1.30 Prep & Landing. (R) 2.00 Prep & Landing: Naughty V Nice (R) 2.30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – E Is For... Engagement. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – F Is For... Fun With Flags. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – G Is For... Goths. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – H Is For... Hawking. (R) 5.00 The Secret Life Of Children At Christmas. The children are reunited to perform their own nativity play. (R) 6.00 Frozen At Christmas. (R) 7.00 The Snowman. (R) 7.30 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic festive tale The Snowman, telling the story of another youngster’s magical Christmas. (R) 8.05 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 8.35 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 9.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 9.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 10.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 10.30 The Inbetweeners. 11.00 The Inbetweeners. 11.35 The Inbetweeners. 12.05 The Inbetweeners (R) 12.40 The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.10 The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.40 Tattoo Fixers (R) 2.40 The Secret Life Of Children At Christmas (R) 3.30 2 Broke Girls (R) 3.50 2 Broke Girls (R) 4.15 Suburgatory (R) 4.35 Rude(ish) Tube (R)

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.50 Andre Rieu’s Christmas Spectacular. A seasonal concert by the Dutch violinist. (R) 10.50 FILM: Scrooge (1970). A miserly man is taught the error of his ways by a host of spectral visitors. Musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, starring Albert Finney and Alec Guinness. 1.05 FILM: Seven Brides For Seven Brothers (1954). A cowboy decides to get married, prompting his six hellraising brothers to kidnap brides for themselves. Stanley Donen’s musical Western, starring Howard Keel and Jane Powell. 3.10 FILM: The Wizard Of Oz (1939). A tornado whisks a girl off to a magical land where she embarks on a journey in search of the wizard who knows the way home. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. 5.10 Michael Buble’s Christmas 2015. Festive special, with guest appearances by Celine Dion, Tori Kelly and Sharon Jones. (R) 6.05 Britain’s Favourite Christmas Songs. Festive music countdown. (R) 8.50 Chas & Dave’s Xmas Knees Up!. In a Christmas special first broadcast in 1982, Cockney music duo Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock entertain an audience of Londoners in a replica of an East End pub, performing festive tunes as well as songs including Ain’t No Pleasing You, Goodnight Irene and Wish I Could Write a Love Song. They are joined by guitarists Eric Clapton and Albert Lee, comedians Jimmy Cricket and Jim Davidson and singer Lennie Peters. (R) 9.40 Britain’s Favourite Abba Songs. A countdown of the Swedish pop group’s 20 most popular songs, as voted for by their fans, with celebrities including singers Jane McDonald, Claire Richards and Liz McClarnon and former Blue Peter presenters Janet Ellis and Peter Duncan introducing their favourite clips. Featuring rare footage of the band, fascinating facts, and the stories of people who have turned their homes into shrines to the four-piece, a woman who named her daughter Abba, and a lady who learned Swedish just to get closer to her heroes.(R) 11.05 Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert. Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the singer’s birth, featuring performances of some of his best-known songs by Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, Usher and Alicia Keys. 1.25 Abba: Live In Concert (R) 2.35 SuperCasino 4.00 Christmas With Britain’s Biggest Family (R) 4.45 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Doctor (R) 5.35 House Doctor (R)

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BBC 3 7.00 The Gruffalo’s Child. Animated adaptation of the sequel to Julia Donaldson’s best-selling children’s book, reuniting all the voice cast from the original. The Gruffalo has raised his daughter on tales of the big, bad mouse, the only creature in the forest he is frightened of. Despite her father’s warnings, she sets off in search of this scary creature, along the way encountering the snake, owl and the fox. But when she still has no luck finding the evil rodent, she begins to think he does not exist after all. 7.30 FILM: Toy Story (1995). A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy. However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world. 8.45 FILM: How To Train Your Dragon (2010). A clumsy Viking boy longs to become a mighty dragon slayer and protect his village from the fearsome flying lizards, but his father thinks he is not up to the task. However, when he sets out to prove his worth, he ends up befriending a dragon, and realises his people may have misjudged the creatures. 10.15 Live At The Apollo. Mock the Week host Dara O Briain presents the comedy show from London’s Hammersmith Apollo, featuring performances by The Inbetweeners star Greg Davies and Canadian comedian Stewart Francis. (R) 11.00 EastEnders. Ian’s hopes of a perfect Christmas fall apart when the Beales and Mitchells end up arguing, Stacey receives an unexpected visitor and Dean surprises Roxy with an engagement ring. (R) 12.00 American Dad! (R) 12.25 American Dad! (R) 12.45 Family Guy (R) 1.10 Family Guy (R) 1.30 Family Guy (R) 1.55 Family Guy (R) 2.15 Uncle (R) 2.45 Uncle (R) 3.15 Uncle (R) 3.45 Sunny D (R) 4.00 Close ITV 8:45 Downton Abbey – The Finale 275


TV GUIDE Boxing Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, sport and entertainment reports. 10.00 Christmas Saturday Kitchen. With Christopher Biggins, Eric Chavot, Pascal Aussignac and Nadiya Hussain. 11.30 James Martin – Home Comforts At Christmas. Transforming leftovers into simple dishes. (R) 12.15 BBC News; Weather 12.25 Football Focus. Dan Walker reviews the week’s action. 1.00 Comic Relief 2015: Thanks A Billion!. Lenny Henry revisits comedy highlights from this year’s charity event. 2.00 Wallace & Gromit: A Grand Day Out. The animated heroes go to the moon. (R) 2.25 A Grand Night In: The Story Of Aardman. A celebration of the animation studio. 3.25 FILM: Puss In Boots (2011). The swashbuckling feline goes on a quest for a magical golden goose. Animated comedy spin-off from the Shrek movies, with the voices of Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek. 4.45 FILM: The Croods (2013). Premiere. Prehistoric family the Croods embark on a journey to find a new home after their cave is destroyed. Animated comedy, with the voices of Nicolas Cage and Ryan Reynolds. 6.10 Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas. Shaun invites three trouble-making llamas to take up residence on the farm. 6.40 BBC News 6.50 Regional News; 7.00 Dickensian. New series. Period drama re-imagining the works of Charles Dickens as interconnected tales, set in a fictional version of 19th-century London. 7.30 EastEnders. Lives are left hanging in the balance as Christmas Day continues. Dean is frustrated when his perfect dinner does not go to plan, and when he learns that Buster and Shirley have already eaten at the Vic, he loses his temper with his mother. 8.00 Still Open All Hours. New series. Granville and Gastric try to get Madge into the festive spirit by organising a cosy drinks party. 8.30 Dickensian. Christmas Day arrives and news of Jacob Marley’s murder dampens the festivities, giving Inspector Bucket a new investigation to pursue. 9.00 And Then There Were None. New series. In 1939, as the world teeters on the brink of war, 10 troubled strangers are invited to retreat to Soldier Island, an isolated isle off the coast of Devon. However, when the visitors arrive, they learn their hosts, Mr and Mrs UN Owen, are curiously absent. As the weather sours and the visitors find themselves cut off from civilisation, they discover there may be a killer in their midst. 10.00 BBC News; Weather 10.20 The National Lottery Live. Ore Oduba introduces the all-important Lotto and Thunderball draws, which could provide lucky winners with a slightly belated Christmas gift. Plus, a special festive performance by Collabro. 10.30 Match Of The Day. 12.05 FILM: The Guardian (2006). Drama, starring Kevin Costner. 2.15 Weather For The Week Ahead 2.20 BBC News

BBC 2 6.00 Race To Super Bowl 50. Action from the week 15 fixtures. (R) 6.50 Flog It!. Making a profit at auction. 7.35 FILM: Tom Thumb (1958). A miniature boy foils the schemes of a pair of crooks and helps a kind musician find true love. Children’s musical fantasy, starring Russ Tamblyn, Terry-Thomas and Peter Sellers. 9.05 FILM: Hotel For Dogs (2009). An orphaned brother and sister in foster care transform an abandoned hotel into luxury accommodation for stray dogs. Family comedy, with Emma Roberts, Jake T Austin and Don Cheadle. 10.35 Ten Pieces II. The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and guests perform recitals of 10 classical works. 11.35 FILM: G-Force (2009). Secretagent guinea pigs fight to stop a billionaire taking over the world – but end up on sale in a pet shop. Children’s adventure, with Bill Nighy and the voice of Sam Rockwell. 1.00 Attenborough’s Big Birds: Natural World. David Attenborough examines the world of flightless birds. (R) 2.00 Attenborough’s Paradise Birds. David Attenborough examines the appeal of birds of paradise. (R) 3.00 FILM: Bedtime Stories (2008). Fantasy comedy, starring Adam Sandler. 4.30 Final Score. A round-up of this afternoon’s football results. 5.30 Don’t Panic! The Dad’s Army Story. Victoria Wood celebrates the comedy. (R) 6.20 We’re Doomed!: The Dad’s Army Story. Comedy drama about the making of Dad’s Army. (R) 7.20 Dad’s Army. Frazer is unable to hide his delight when Captain Mainwaring’s disreputable brother gatecrashes a sherry party for local dignitaries and tries to reclaim a pocket watch his father promised him. Comedy first aired in 1975, starring Arthur Lowe in a dual role, with John Le Mesurier and John Laurie. (R) 8.00 Top Gear: From A To Z. The first of two programmes celebrating the highlights of the Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond era. 9.00 A Gert Lush Christmas. Comedian Russell Howard’s debut comedy drama. Regular guy Dan Colman is about to introduce the woman of his dreams, Lisa, to his crazy but adorable Bristolian family at Christmas. 10.00 Abz On The Christmas Farm. A festive edition of the fly-on-the-wall documentary series, catching up with former boy-band singer Abz Love and his girlfriend Vicky Fallon as the tumultuous year on their Welsh smallholder farm draws to a close. 10.30 Backchat End Of Year Show 2015. Jack Whitehall and his father Michael are joined by a range of celebrity guests as they review the past 12 months, picking apart some of the highs and lows of 2015 in an end-of-year special. 11.15 FILM: Kinky Boots (2005). A man inherits a struggling shoe factory and finds salvation for his business in a drag artist’s need for custom footwear. 1.00 FILM: Marnie (1964). Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, starring Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren. 3.05 Sign Zone: Imagine – The Ecstasy Of Wilko Johnson (R) 4.40 This Is BBC Two (T)

ITV 1 6.00 CITV 9.25 Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas. Stop-motion animated adventure based on the film Elf. (R) 10.25 You’ve Been Framed!. Featuring lookalikes of Matthew Kelly, Steven Spielberg and Osama bin Laden. (R) 10.55 FILM: Back To The Future Part III (1990). Time-travelling teenager Marty McFly is transported back to the Wild West to save his scientist friend from death. Sci-fi comedy sequel, with Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. 1.05 ITV News; Weather 1.20 FILM: Jurassic Park (1993). Genetically engineered dinosaurs escape from an eccentric tycoon’s safari park and go on the rampage. Steven Spielberg’s adventure, with Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. 3.40 Midsomer Murders. An apparent suicide shocks the village of Morton Fendle. (R) 5.40 ITV News; Weather 6.00 The Nation’s Favourite Disney Song 7.00 Surprise Surprise. Holly Willoughby delivers the perfect Christmas presents to deserving members of the public in a festive edition of the show. Olympic gold medal-winning rowing champion James Cracknell surprises an injured soldier, who is in the process of preparing to row across the Atlantic Ocean, and the One Direction boys make dreams come true for a young heart transplant survivor and her sister. Two people who have spent the whole year caring for the needy in their community are recognised for their efforts, and a man is reunited with his sister to spend Christmas together for the first time in 25 years. 8.00 Peter & Wendy. Lucy Rose, a 12-year-old girl with a serious heart condition, is admitted to St Ormond Street Hospital to await treatment. On the night before her operation, Lucy reads JM Barrie’s tale of Peter Pan to her fellow patients, and as she eventually drifts off to sleep, her dreaming mind conjures up the magical world of Neverland. Stepping into the role of Wendy Darling, the youngster meets the mischievous Peter, and joins him in battling the villainous Captain Hook, while in the real world, Lucy’s mother Julie remains distraught at the prospect of losing her beloved daughter, and seeks comfort in the assurances of paediatric surgeon Mr Wylie. 10.05 The Jonathan Ross Show Christmas Special. The latest series of the chat show closes with a Boxing Day special in which Jonathan is joined in the studio by another batch of celebrity guests. However, to mark the festive season, the host dispenses with his usual rounds of no-holdsbarred questioning, and instead invites his visitors to take part in lighthearted games. He also introduces performances by some of his more musically inclined callers, and plots to catch everyone off-guard with a few surprises. Last in the series. 11.10 ITV News; Weather 11.25 FILM: From Russia With Love (1963). James Bond is assigned to steal a top-secret Soviet decoding machine – but the mission is a trap set by crime syndicate Spectre. Spy thriller, with Sean Connery and Robert Shaw. 1.25 Jackpot247 3.00 Murder, She Wrote (R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Boxing Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 Diagnosis Murder. A country singer is murdered. 10.00 FILM: Mrs Miracle 2: Miracle In Manhattan (2010). The kindly Mrs Merkle helps a struggling department-store manager save the business and find love. Family drama sequel, starring Doris Roberts, Eric Johnson and Jewel Staite. 11.50 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 12.00 NCIS: New Orleans. Pride and LaSalle head to Afghanistan to try to track down a missing petty officer. 12.55 CSI: NY. A former drug addict is murdered. 1.55 FILM: Columbo: Uneasy Lies The Crown (1990). A dentist plans to poison his wife’s lover and make it look like she killed him, but reckons without the attentions of the crumpled cop. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and James Read. 3.55 FILM: Columbo: The Conspirators (1978). A terrorist who killed an arms dealer for swindling him thinks he has got away with murder – until Columbo turns up to investigate. 5.55 FILM: Zulu Dawn (1979). Fact-based historical drama, charting events leading to the massacre of more than 1,500 British soldiers at Isandlwana. Prequel to Zulu, starring Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole. 8.20 The NCIS Movie: Enemies. Ziva confronts her past when the team is ordered to protect her father, Mossad director Eli David, at a gathering of former heads of NCIS. 10.05 Mistletoe And Crime: CSI: New York. Mac and Jo discover the body of a department store manager in a shop window when they apprehend a pickpocket. They suspect the thief of murder, but his excuse leads them to the victim’s assistant, who appears to have planned the crime. 11.05 Mistletoe And Crime: NCIS. The team exhumes the body of a marine to ascertain whether a phone call to his widow, allegedly from beyond the grave, was a hoax. 12.05 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 1.00 CSI: Miami 2.00 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2.55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.45 Access 4.00 Teleshopping 276

FILM 4 11.00 Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989). A witch and her talking cat make a life for themselves in a small town, taking a job delivering bread by broom. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Kirsten Dunst and Phil Hartman. 1.15 Arthur Christmas (2011). Santa’s son tries to make sure a girl accidentally missed off his father’s list gets her presents. Animated comedy, with the voices of James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent. 3.15 Rio (2011). A domesticated rare bird gets lost in Rio de Janeiro, and has to learn to fly to get back to his owner. Animated comedy, with the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway. (T) 5.05 The Spy Next Door (2010). A Chinese secret agent looks after his girlfriend’s mischievous kids for the weekend – just as his arch enemy escapes from prison. Comedy, with Jackie Chan and Magnus Scheving. 6.55 Tower Heist (2011). The manager of an apartment complex recruits a thief to steal back his friends’ pension fund from a Wall Street fraudster. Crime comedy, starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. 9.00 Iron Man 2 (2010). Tycoon-turned-superhero Tony Stark confronts a fearsome new foe in a Russian scientist using his own deadly hi-tech weapons to seek revenge. He also faces a struggle to keep his secrets out of the hands of both the government and an amoral rival, and discovers the armour he developed to fight evil is slowly killing him. Action adventure sequel, with Robert Downey Jr, Mickey Rourke and Don Cheadle. 11.25 Sexy Beast (2000). A retired safe-breaker living in Spain is visited by his former gangland boss, who needs his help with a bank job in London. Crime thriller, with Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. 1.10 Under The Skin (2013). Sci-fi drama, starring Scarlett Johansson. 3.25 Close

ITV 2 6.00 Emmerdale. Omnibus. 9.00 Coronation Street. Omnibus. Tracy reels as Rob lies to her. 11.55 FILM: Space Jam (1996). The Looney Tunes cartoon characters take on alien invaders in a highstakes basketball game. Live action and animated comedy, starring Michael Jordan as himself, with Bill Murray. Including FYI Daily. 1.40 FILM: Happy Feet (2006). A penguin is rejected by his fellow birds for being unable to sing, and goes on a journey of self-discovery. 3.45 Emmerdale. Pollard confronts his past, present and future. (R) 4.50 Coronation Street. Robert plans on proposing to Tracy. (T) (R) 5.55 You’ve Been Framed! With Bells On. Camcorder clips with a festive theme. (R) 6.25 Minion Madness. Animated spin-off from Despicable Me. (R) 6.40 FILM: Despicable Me (2010). An evil genius adopts three orphans to aid his latest plot, but fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell and Jason Segel. Including FYI Daily. (T) 8.30 FILM: Skyfall (2012). James Bond pursues a mysterious criminal mastermind who has orchestrated a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters and exposed the identities of undercover agents around the world. The trail leads to a rogue former operative who has a personal vendetta against the intelligence organisation’s leader. Action thriller, starring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench and Ralph Fiennes. Including FYI Daily. (T) 11.20 FILM: The Bourne Ultimatum (2007). The amnesiac assassin regains his memory, just as a CIA director sets in motion a plan to kill him. Spy thriller sequel, starring Matt Damon, Julia Stiles and David Strathairn. Including FYI Daily. 1.35 Unseen Celebrity Juice Tit Bits (R) 2.15 Release The Hounds (R) 3.10 Reality Bites (R) 3.45 Viral Tap (R) 4.20 The Almost Impossible Gameshow (R) 5.10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R)


CHANNEL 4 6.15 FILM: Ramona And Beezus (2010). A disaster-prone nineyear-old girl tries to make sure her family do not lose their home after her father is fired from his job. 8.00 The Morning Line. Nick Luck and guests are at Kempton Park to preview today’s races. 9.00 The Big Bang Theory. Leonard fails to get Sheldon into the Christmas mood. (R) 9.30 The Big Bang Theory. The gang reflects on how Sheldon has changed their lives. (R) 10.00 The Big Bang Theory. Amy hosts a Christmas Eve dinner. (R) 10.25 The Simpsons. Bart destroys the family’s Christmas presents. (R) 10.55 The Simpsons. A corporation buys Springfield Elementary School. (R) 11.25 FILM: Fantastic Mr Fox (2009). A fox gives up stealing chickens in favour of family life, but a new challenge is too tempting. . 1.10 Channel 4 Racing. Nick Luck and Rishi Persad present live coverage of five races from Kempton Park and Wetherby, including the 3.10 King George VI Chase. 3.30 FILM: Home Alone 3 (1997). A resourceful eight-year-old uses an arsenal of home-made booby traps to fend off a gang of crooks searching for a stolen microchip. 5.25 Channel 4 News 5.35 The Secret Life Of Children At Christmas. The children are reunited to perform their own nativity play. (R) 6.30 Britain’s Favourite Children’s Books With David Walliams. A countdown detailing the nation’s most beloved children’s books. 8.00 Inside Lego At Christmas. Documentary following up on The Secret World of Lego, which went behind the scenes of the secretive, family-owned toy firm earlier this year. More than half of all Lego sales are reported to come during the last three months of the year, and this time, cameras visit the company’s factory to discover how workers prepare for the hectic festive season. The programme reveals how new lines are conceptualised and produced in time for Christmas, and details how staff manage the multi-language customer call centre at the busiest time of the year. 9.00 The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2015. Rob Brydon, Sue Perkins, David Mitchell, Claudia Winkleman, Greg Davies and Jo Brand battle it out as Jimmy Carr hosts the annual comedy quiz to determine which of his guests has their finger firmly on the pulse of modern life. The host receives help from the likes of Simon Pegg, Heston Blumenthal, Olly Murs, Rita Ora, Charles Dance and Jon Snow, as he poses questions relating to stories that gripped the media spotlight over the course of the year, including the infamous colourchanging dress, the politician Jeremy Paxman claimed was known as a ’north London geek’, and what it really means to be invited to ‘Netflix and chill’. 11.05 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker. Alex Zane presents 50 festive internet clips that have proved popular around the world, including a turkey with a boob job and an inventive Christmas tree decoration-remover. (R) 12.10 Alan Carr: Chatty Man Christmas Special (R) 2.05 Rude Tube 3.00 Hollyoaks (R) 5.10 Location, Location, Location (R)

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.10 The Saturday Show. Topical show looking at the week’s headlines. 11.10 The Dog Rescuers At Christmas With Alan Davies. Alan Davies throws a party for some of the series’ stars. (R) 12.10 The Secret Life Of Marilyn Monroe. Biopic, starring Kelli Garner and Susan Sarandon. 3.15 FILM: Diana (2013). Premiere. The Princess of Wales has a passionate affair with a Pakistani heart surgeon in the last two years of her life. Fact-based drama, starring Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews. Edited for Language. 5.05 FILM: One Chance (2013). Premiere. Fact-based comedy drama about the rise to fame of opera singer Paul Potts following a successful appearance on Britain’s Got Talent. With James Corden and Julie Walters. 7.05 Christmas Makes You Laugh Out Loud. Iain Lee narrates a compilation of amusing and outrageous Christmas-themed videos that have taken the internet by storm in a seasonal special showcasing hilarious online clips with a festive twist. Examples include the unpredictable reactions of youngsters, from the adorable moment a young boy catches Santa Claus delivering presents on his webcam to the tantrum to end all tantrums thrown by one child who does not receive the gifts he was expecting. (R) 8.05 Chas & Dave’s Xmas Knees Up!. In a Christmas special first broadcast in 1982, Cockney music duo Chas Hodges and Dave Peacock entertain an audience of Londoners in a replica of an East End pub, performing festive tunes as well as songs including Ain’t No Pleasing You, Goodnight Irene and Wish I Could Write a Love Song. They are joined by guitarists Eric Clapton and Albert Lee, comedians Jimmy Cricket and Jim Davidson and singer Lennie Peters. (R) 9.00 Football League Tonight: Boxing Day Special. Kelly Cates and George Riley present extended highlights of the packed Boxing Day fixture list, including Hull City v Burnley at the KC Stadium and Derby County v Fulham at the iPro Stadium in the Championship. Plus, all the goals from Leagues One and Two, where the big matches included Doncaster Rovers v Scunthorpe United at the Keepmoat Stadium and Plymouth v Yeovil Town at Home Park. 10.30 Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments. A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time. These are the kind of disastrous, ill-conceived and downright cringe-inducing moments that it’s a wonder ever made it to air. Among contributors ready to dissect the disasters – many of which they were involved in themselves – are Eamonn Holmes, Toyah Willcox, Laurence LlewelynBowen, Anne Diamond, Steve Punt and Mike Read. 12.30 Can’t Pay? We’ll Take It Away! Christmas Special (R) 1.25 SuperCasino 3.10 Kids’ Hospital At Christmas: Revisited (R) 4.00 Chris Tarrant On The Polar Express (R) 4.50 Make It Big (R) 5.15 Make It Big (R) 5.45 Angels Of Jarm (R) 5.50 Angels Of Jarm (R)

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E4 6.00 Made In Chelsea Christmas. Scores over a festive dinner at Louise’s. (R) 7.00 Olive, The Other Reindeer. Animation, with the voice of Drew Barrymore. (R) 7.45 Famous Fred. Animation about a singing cat, with the voice of Lenny Henry. (R) 8.20 Ivor The Invisible. Children’s animation. (R) 8.55 Father Christmas. Seasonal animation based on Raymond Briggs’ book. (R) 9.30 Prep & Landing. (R) 9.55 Prep & Landing: Naughty V Nice. (R) 10.25 Frozen At Christmas. A look at the phenomenal success of Disney’s Frozen. (R) 11.30 FILM: Animals United (2010). A group of assorted animals whose habitats have been destroyed by humans resolve to do something about it. 1.20 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts. (R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – I Is For... Ice Cream. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – J Is For... Justice League Of America. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – K Is For... Knocking. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – L Is For... Laundry Day. (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 5.30 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 6.05 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 6.35 FILM: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010). Bella Swan’s supernatural love triangle threatens to ignite a conflict between vampires and werewolves. 9.00 FILM: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011). Peaceful vampire Edward marries his human girlfriend Bella, who is soon pregnant. 11.20 Gogglebox. The armchair critics pass judgment on Experimental, Patagonia: Earth’s Secret Paradise, DIY SOS, River, Strictly Come Dancing, Bridget Jones’s Diary and the week’s news. (R) 12.25 Gogglebox (R) 1.30 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.00 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.35 The IT Crowd (R) 3.05 The IT Crowd (R) 3.30 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker 2014 (R) 4.25 Revenge (R)

BBC 3 7.00 Doctor Who. When a crashed spaceship calls upon his help, the Time Lord finds himself recruited into River Song’s squad and hurled into a fast and frantic chase across the galaxy towards a destination he has been avoiding for a very long time. King Hydroflax is furious, and his giant robot bodyguard is out of control and coming for them all. Will Nardole survive? And when will River Song work out who the Doctor is? (R) 8.00 FILM: Toy Story 2 (1999). Cowboy doll Woody is stolen by an unscrupulous toy collector, who knows he is worth a fortune as a collectible, prompting fearless Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear to lead a daring across-town mission to rescue him. However, Woody is tempted to spend his life languishing in the safety of a museum rather than face the prospect of his owner growing up. 9.30 Live At The Apollo. Kevin Bridges presents the comedy show from the Hammersmith Apollo, featuring performances by fellow stand-ups Shappi Khorsandi and Jack Whitehall. (R) 10.00 EastEnders. (R) 10.30 Russell Howard’s Good News. The comedian presents a selection of highlights and out-takes from the most recent run of the weekly light-hearted take on the news. The programme features Russell offering his personal perspective on stories that dominated the media, whether on television, online or in print, as well as picking up on overlooked items. (R) 11.00 Family Guy. Extended episode in which Brian and Stewie travel to the North Pole to teach Father Christmas a lesson after being snubbed by a mall-based Santa. (R) 11.45 Family Guy. Peter, Joe, Cleveland and Quagmire help throw Jesus an important birthday party. Animation following the misadventures of America’s disaster-prone Griffin family. (R) 12.05 Family Guy (R) 12.30 Family Guy (R) 12.50 Family Guy (R) 1.10 Family Guy (R) 1.30 Uncle (R) 2.00 Uncle (R) 2.30 Uncle (R) 3.00 Don’t Tell The Bride: Christmas In Wonderland (R) 4.00 Close

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TV GUIDE New Years Eve BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. 9.00 FILM: Tinker Bell And The Secret Of The Wings (2012). Premiere. The fairy makes a new friend in a winter forest, and together they must save both their homes. Disney animated adventure, with the voices of Mae Whitman and Lucy Hale. 10.05 CBeebies Alice In Wonderland. Adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. 10.55 FILM: The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (2011). A reporter goes on a globetrotting quest to find a sunken ship containing a pirate’s lost treasure. Animated adventure, with the voices of Jamie Bell and Andy Serkis. 12.30 Bargain Hunt. Tim Wonnacott joins the teams in Newark in Nottinghamshire. (T) (R) 1.00 BBC News; 1.10 Regional News; 1.20 Harry Hill In Professor Branestawm Returns. The absent-minded professor enters an inventing competition. (R) 2.20 Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers. The animated duo fall foul of a villainous penguin. (R) 2.50 FILM: Up (2009). An old man uses balloons to fly his house to South America, but finds an excitable boy scout has stowed away. 4.15 Stick Man. Animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book. (R) 4.45 Take That On Tour. Behind the scenes of the band’s first tour as a three-piece. (R) 5.45 Pointless. Quiz show, hosted by Alexander Armstrong. (R) 6.30 BBC News; 6.50 Regional News; 7.00 Celebrity Mastermind. Actress-presenter Lisa Maxwell, comedian Gary Delaney, actor Simon Greenall and commentator Conor McNamara are the latest celebrities to try out the black chair for size, demonstrating their knowledge of Judy Garland, George Romero’s zombie films, the D-Day landings and Irish whiskey. 7.30 Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot. Hollywood heavyweights Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench head the cast in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s story about retired bachelor Mr Hoppy, who harbours a secret passion for his neighbour Mrs Silver. (R) 9.00 BBC News; 9.15 FILM: Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie (2014). Premiere. The indomitable Irish matriarch discovers that a plan is afoot by developers to buy the famous Dublin street market where her family has run a fruit and veg stall for generations. 10.45 The Graham Norton Show. Graham hosts a star-studded show to help see out another year, including the first appearance on the show by Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games. 11.30 Bryan Adams Rocks Big Ben Live. The Canadian rocker blasts out his greatest hits to bring in the new year, only pausing to take a break for the chimes of Big Ben and the traditional fireworks display. 12.00 New Year’s Eve Fireworks 12.10 Bryan Adams Rocks Big Ben Live 12.45 Mrs Brown’s Boys (R) 1.15 Miranda Hart – My What I Call Live Show (R) 2.15 Would I Lie To You? At Christmas (R) 2.45 Weather For The Week Ahead 2.50 BBC News

BBC 2 6.00 Homes Under The Hammer. Properties in Kent, Stoke-on-Trent and Dorset. (R) 7.00 Flog It!. Valuing antiques at Guildford Cathedral, Surrey. (R) 7.45 Sign Zone: This Wild Life. The family and camp team celebrate the end of the tourist season. Last in the series. (R) 8.15 Sign Zone: Great British Menu. Chefs from Northern Ireland prepare their desserts. (R) 8.45 FILM: Father Of The Bride (1950). A doting father recounts the story of his struggles to deal with the financial and emotional chaos caused by his daughter’s wedding. Comedy, with Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. (b&w) 10.15 Natural World: A Bear With A Bounty. A wild black bear whose online fame has led to it becoming a target for hunters. (R) 11.15 FILM: Custer Of The West (1967). Historical biopic about the life of the controversial American cavalry commander who met his end at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. With Robert Shaw, Mary Ure and Jeffrey Hunter. 1.30 FILM: Ice Station Zebra (1968). An American submarine crew races to reach a Soviet satellite that has crash-landed near a British research station in the Arctic. Adventure, with Rock Hudson and Patrick McGoohan. 3.50 World’s Sneakiest Animals. The devious tactics and sneaky tricks that animals use to survive. (R) 4.50 Christmas Shopping Fever 2015: John Lewis And The Retail Race. Behind the scenes of one of the nation’s biggest stores at Christmas. (R) 5.50 FILM: The Odd Life Of Timothy Green (2012). Premiere. Fantasy, starring Jennifer Garner. 7.30 Christmas University Challenge. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions as two teams each made up of four distinguished graduates compete on behalf of their former universities in the second semi-final of the festive edition of the academic quiz. 8.00 Gareth Malone’s Great Choir Reunion. Gareth continues his mission to reunite the remainder of all the choirs he has formed over the past 10 years. 9.00 FILM: The Sapphires (2012). Premiere. An Irish music manager discovers four Aboriginal Australian singers in a remote mission in the 1960s, and plans to turn them into their country’s answer to the Supremes. The naive girls face a challenging journey to stardom when they are sent to entertain American troops in the Vietnam War. 10.40 Live At The Apollo Christmas Special 2015. Nina Conti hosts a special festive edition of the stand-up comedy show. Featuring performances by Canadian comic Tanyalee Davis, Royal Variety Show regular Hal Cruttenden and The Last Leg star Josh Widdicombe on the famous stage of the Hammersmith Apollo. (R) 11.10 Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2015. Jools Holland brings in the new year with performances by Tom Jones, Jess Glynne, Paul Weller, Hozier, James Bay, Beth Hart, Jeff Beck, Future Islands and KT Tunstall. 1.10 Best Of Glastonbury 2015 (R) 3.10 Sign Zone: Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale (R) 4.10 Sign Zone: Back In Time For Christmas (R) 5.10 This Is BBC Two

ITV 1 6.00 CITV 7.00 Good Morning Britain. With astrologer Russell Grant. 8.30 Lorraine. Entertainment and fashion news. 9.25 Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson and the team travel to Lymm, Cheshire. (R) 10.30 Judge Rinder. Real-life cases in a studio courtroom. (R) 11.30 Who’s Doing The Dishes?. Chloe-Jasmine and Stevi Ritchie play host. (R) 12.30 ITV Lunchtime News; Weather 12.40 FILM: Dragonheart (1996). A knight forms an unlikely alliance with the last remaining dragon to rid the land of a tyrant. Fantasy adventure, starring Dennis Quaid and featuring the voice of Sean Connery. 2.30 Dinosaur Britain. Part two of two. The lives of the dinosaurs that once roamed the nation. (R) 3.30 The Chase. Quiz show, hosted by Bradley Walsh. (R) 4.30 Downton Abbey – The Finale. The Crawley family saga concludes with one last festive special. (R) 6.30 Regional News; Weather 6.45 ITV Evening News; Weather 7.00 Emmerdale. Andy is forced to make a confession to Robert, leading to a fateful encounter with Ross. Bernice has a stressful time organising the Home Farm party and is upset to learn few people want to come, while Paddy’s lies look set to catch up with him. Elsewhere, Chas secretly arranges to meet Gordon, and Vanessa fears something is wrong with Johnny. 8.00 Coronation Street. Emily announces she has booked her flight and leaves for Peru on New Year’s Day, while Ken tells Audrey how much he values her friendship, but the moment is ruined by Nessa. 8.30 Panda Babies. Steve Leonard has been a vet for more than 20 years but has never had a close encounter with a panda. That’s all about to change as he travels more than 5,000 miles to China, where he goes behind the scenes of three reserves to watch baby pandas grow up. 9.35 Birds Of A Feather. When Sharon and Tracey discover Dorien has been keeping a secret for more than 50 years, they decide to get involved, but the novelist is reluctant to confront her past. Meanwhile, Tracey finds motherhood isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Sitcom, starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. (R) 10.05 Piers Meets Cilla Black. The journalist and broadcaster interviews entertainer Cilla Black, whose long showbusiness career was marked by extraordinary highs tempered with tragic personal setbacks. The former Blind Date and Surprise Surprise presenter reveals insights into some of her most personal memories, including the tragic death of her daughter, born prematurely in 1975. (R) 11.05 The Nation’s Favourite Bond Song. Documentary telling the stories behind 20 songs from the 007 movies, with contributions from Jonathan Ross, Moby, Jools Holland, Roger Moore, Honor Blackman and Naomie Harris.(R) 11.55 ITV News; Weather; New Year’s Bongs 12.10 The Nation’s Favourite Bond Song (R) 12.40 FILM: Goldfinger (1964). James Bond adventure, starring Sean Connery. 2.30 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R)

SATELLITE / DIGITAL New Years Eve FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 My Name Is Earl. Part two of two. Earl tries to dodge a prison bully. 9.30 The Mysteries Of Laura. The detective investigates the murder of a teenage boy. (T) 10.30 The Mysteries Of Laura. A female impersonator is found shot dead in his car. 11.25 The Mysteries Of Laura. A Brazilian au pair is found dead in Central Park. 12.25 The Mysteries Of Laura. Dr Andrew Devlin becomes the prime suspect in a murder case. 1.20 FILM: The Long Ships (1963). A warrior leading a Viking crew in search of a legendary bell of solid gold is captured by the Moors, who want it for themselves. Adventure, with Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier. 4.00 FILM: Zulu Dawn (1979). Fact-based historical drama, charting events leading to the massacre of more than 1,500 British soldiers at Isandlwana. Prequel to Zulu, starring Burt Lancaster and Peter O’Toole. 6.30 FILM: Operation: Daybreak (1975). Fact-based Second World War drama about the killing of leading Nazi Reinhard Heydrich and the search for the assassins. Starring Timothy Bottoms, Martin Shaw and Joss Ackland. 9.00 FILM: Tombstone (1993). Renowned marshal Wyatt Earp becomes a professional gambler in the town of Tombstone, but is forced out of his retirement to take on a gang of hellraising villains no one else is prepared to stand up to. Joining forces with his brothers and drunken gunslinger Doc Holliday, he gets ready to face them in a showdown at the OK Corral. Western, starring Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Bill Paxton, Sam Elliott, Michael Biehn and Charlton Heston. 11.35 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Part two of two. Catherine’s daughter is abducted from their car, and Grissom investigates the murder of a rock star whose body was found beside a replica of the crime scene. 12.35 CSI: Miami 1.30 Access 1.35 CSI: Miami 2.35 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.35 My Name Is Earl 4.00 Teleshopping 278

FILM 4 11.00 Swiss Family Robinson (1960). An 18th-century family is shipwrecked on an island off the coast of Papua New Guinea. Disney adventure based on the novel by Johann David Wyss, with John Mills and James MacArthur. 1.35 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992). A boy ends up stranded in the Big Apple – where he bumps into two familiar burglars with an axe to grind. Comedy sequel, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. 4.05 School Of Rock (2003). A slobbish guitarist posing as a supply teacher to make money after getting dumped by his band moulds his pupils into a new rock group. Comedy, with Jack Black and Joan Cusack. 6.15 Battleship (2012). American naval vessels go into battle against an invading fleet of powerful alien spaceships. Sci-fi adventure, with Taylor Kitsch, Liam Neeson and Alexander Skarsgard. 9.00 Pitch Perfect (2012). A new student finds herself a social outcast during her first year of college, but soon acquires a new circle of friends in a band of misfits with a shared talent for singing. She joins their a cappella group and leads them to compete in the campus music competitions. Comedy, starring Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and Elizabeth Banks. 11.10 Silver Linings Playbook (2012). A former psychiatric patient tries to get his life in order with the help of an equally troubled woman. Romantic comedy drama, with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. 1.30 20,000 Days On Earth (2014). Documentary about Nick Cave. 3.40 Close

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records: Bonkingly Big Hits. Incredible and peculiar record-breaking attempts. (R) 6.30 The X Factor Winner’s Story 2015. The highs and lows of this year’s contest, from the perspective of the winner. (R) 7.40 Emmerdale. Evidence emerges that Ross was involved in the shooting. (T) (R) 8.05 Coronation Street. Tyrone dips into the garage’s petty cash to pay off his loan. (R) 8.30 Britain’s Got More Talent: David’s Top Ten Moments. David Walliams shares his 10 favourite moments from the show. (R) 9.25 The Almost Impossible Gameshow. Action-packed game show. (R) 10.25 FILM: Arthur And The Great Adventure (2009). A teenager returns to a world of miniature people to save it from an evil emperor. Part-animated fantasy sequel, with Freddie Highmore and the voice of Selena Gomez. Including FYI Daily. 12.30 Emmerdale. Evidence emerges that Ross was involved in the shooting. (R) 1.00 Coronation Street. Tyrone dips into the garage’s petty cash to pay off his loan. (R) 1.30 The Jeremy Kyle Show. (R) 2.35 The Jeremy Kyle Show. (R) 3.40 The Jeremy Kyle Show. (R) 4.45 Catchphrase Celebrity Special. With Denise Van Outen, Jo Brand and Charlie Condou. (R) 5.45 Luke Kempner’s Impression Of 2015. The impressionist looks back at the year’s events. (R) 6.45 FILM: ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). A boy befriends a stranded alien and helps the curious visitor to contact his own people and seek rescue. 9.00 FILM: Quantum Of Solace (2008). James Bond sets out on a personal mission of vengeance as he pursues the secret criminal organisation Quantum. 11.15 Celebrity Juice: Bestest Of The Unseenest Bits. (R) 12.15 Celebrity Juice (R) 1.00 Celebrity Juice (R) 1.45 Celebrity Juice (R) 2.30 Release The Hounds (R) 3.20 The Almost Impossible Gameshow (R) 4.10 Educating Joey Essex – General Election, What Are You Sayin?! (R) 5.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.25 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen


CHANNEL 4 6.40 FILM: Explorers (1985). Three boys build a spaceship and go in search of the source of a signal from outer space. Sci-fi adventure, starring Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix and Jason Presson. 8.40 The Big Bang Theory. Raj discovers a secret about Howard. (R) 9.10 The Big Bang Theory. Raj prepares for a date with Emily. (R) 9.35 The Simpsons. Ned Flanders and Mrs Krabappel embark on a whirlwind romance. (R) 10.05 The Simpsons. Bart and Lisa have families of their own. (R) 10.35 The Simpsons. Lisa finds a classroom hidden beneath Springfield Elementary. (R) 11.05 FILM: Imagine That (2009). A financial executive finds solutions to his career downturn by sharing his daughter’s imaginary world. Fantasy comedy, with Eddie Murphy, Yara Shahidi and Thomas Haden Church. 1.10 FILM: The Rocketeer (1991). A maverick pilot in 1930s Hollywood finds an experimental rocket pack, but a Nazi spy is determined to steal it. Sci-fi adventure, starring Bill Campbell and Jennifer Connelly. 3.20 FILM: Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989). A professor’s shrinking ray reduces his children to microscopic size, leaving them faced with a perilous trek through their garden. Disney comedy, with Rick Moranis and Matt Frewer. 5.20 Channel 4 News 5.35 Hollyoaks. Kim confiscates her sister’s kill kit. 6.35 Celebrity Couples Come Dine With Me. With Union J singer Jaymi Hensley, TV presenter Gail Porter and ex-EastEnders actor Ricky Groves. 7.30 TFI New Year’s Eve. Chris Evans prepares to welcome in the new year with his usual mix of celebrity chat, raucous stunts and music, featuring singer and X Factor host Olly Murs and actor Will Poulter, with music by Sia, New Order, the Vaccines and Izzy Bizu. 9.00 Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular. Alan Carr returns with another end-of-year show, inviting a cavalcade of celebrity guests including David Guetta, Danny Dyer, Mel B, Greg Davies, Verne Troyer and Katherine Ryan to join him at Channel 4 HQ to welcome 2016 in a suitably raucous fashion. As was the case with last year’s festivities, viewers can expect the flamboyant host’s guests to take an active role in the evening’s frivolities, joining him for entertaining games, musical performances and specially produced sketches, and the studio audience will also be required to pull their weight in the entertainment stakes, as Alan heads into the stalls to hear their extraordinary stories. 11.10 8 Out Of 10 Cats End Of Year Special. Host Jimmy Carr and team captains Jon Richardson and Sean Lock discuss and dissect the funniest stories that have made the headlines in 2015. (R) 12.10 The Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2015 (R) 2.10 Catastrophe (R) 2.35 Catastrophe (R) 3.05 Catastrophe (R) 3.35 Gadget Man (R) 4.00 Location, Location, Location (R) 4.50 Deal Or No Deal (R) 5.40 FILM: Mysterious Island (1961). Sci-fi adventure, starring Michael Craig.

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.00 World’s Strongest Man 2015. Action from the fourth heat of the competition. (R) 9.50 FILM: Carry On Teacher (1959). A headmaster’s hopes of landing a job at a better school are ruined by his naughty pupils, who do not want him to leave. Comedy, with Ted Ray, Kenneth Connor and Kenneth Williams. (b&w) 11.30 Sinatra 100: An All-Star Grammy Concert. Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the singer’s birth. (R) 1.50 FILM: One Chance (2013). Fact-based comedy drama about the rise to fame of opera singer Paul Potts through a successful appearance on Britain’s Got Talent. With James Corden and Julie Walters. 3.55 FILM: The Wizard Of Oz (1939). A tornado whisks a girl off to a magical land where she embarks on a journey in search of the wizard who knows the way home. Musical fantasy, with Judy Garland and Ray Bolger. 6.00 Loch Lomond: A Year In The Wild. Charting the effects of a mild winter at Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. Last in the series. (R) 6.55 World’s Strongest Man 2015. Action from the fifth and final heat of the competition. 8.00 Ben Fogle: New Lives In The Winter Wonderland. The adventurer travels to Alaska to visit Bretwood Higman and Erin McCittrick, who hiked 4,000 miles to get to their new home, where they are now bringing up their two children. They spend half the year in a self-built Mongolian-style yurt on the mountainside, with the other six months dedicated to hiking in the region’s wildernesses. Ben joins the family in their small coastal village, which has a population of 350, and learns some of the skills essential to surviving in the wild, from chopping trees to protecting himself from potential attack by grizzly bears. (R) 9.00 Britain’s Best Loved Double Acts. A countdown celebrating terrific twosomes, cracking couples and dazzling duos from the worlds of TV, film, music, animation and sport, as voted for by Channel 5 viewers. The programme features partnerships including the Two Ronnies, Morecambe & Wise and Ant and Dec, plus there are contributions by Ronnie Corbett, Zig and Zag, Cannon and Ball, Chas & Dave, David Baddiel, Penn & Teller, Trevor and Simon, Dick and Dom and Andi Peters and Emma Forbes. (R) 11.55 Most Shocking Christmas TV Moments. A merry romp through the most inappropriate, outrageous and appallingly atrocious Christmas television turkeys of all time, featuring contributions from some of those involved. (R) 1.55 SuperCasino 3.10 Loch Lomond: A Year In The Wild (R) 4.00 Michaela’s Wild Challenge (R) 4.25 Divine Designs (R) 4.50 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Doctor (R) 5.35 House Doctor (R)

BBC 2 11:10 Jools’ Annual Hootenanny 2015

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E4 6.00 Bad(ish) Robots. A border control robot keeps daytrippers waiting. (R) 6.20 Troy. (R) 6.45 Charmed. Prue clones herself. (R) 7.35 Charmed. (R) 8.30 Hollyoaks. Alfie wants to prove Tony is his dad. (R) 9.00 Rude(ish) Tube. Clips include Darth Vader riding a unicycle. (R) 9.30 Bad(ish) Robots. (R) 10.00 Troy. The magician makes mischief at a boat party. (R) 10.30 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 11.00 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 11.30 FILM: Casper (1995). The daughter of a paranormal expert befriends the amiable ghost of a young boy, but finds other spooks are not so friendly. 1.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – A Is For... Anything Can Happen Thursday. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – B Is For... Bazinga. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – C Is For... Camping. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – D Is For... Driving. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – E Is For... Engagement. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – F Is For... Fun With Flags. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – G Is For... Goths. (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – H Is For... Hawking. (R) 5.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – I Is For... Ice Cream. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – J Is For... Justice League Of America. The guys make fun of Penny’s boyfriend Zack. (R) 6.35 Hollyoaks. Ellie sets her sights on a stranger. (T) 7.05 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – K Is For... Knocking. (R) 7.35 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – L Is For... Laundry Day. (R) 8.00 Gogglesprogs. (R) 9.00 Gogglebox: Celebrity Special For SU2C. (R) 10.25 Gogglebox 2014. (R) 12.05 The Inbetweeners (R) 12.35 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.10 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.40 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.15 The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.35 The Big Bang Theory (R) 3.00 The Goldbergs (R) 3.20 Gogglesprogs (R) 4.15 Charmed (R) 5.00 Charmed (R)

BBC 3 7.00 FILM: How To Train Your Dragon (2010). A clumsy Viking boy longs to become a mighty dragon slayer and protect his village from the fearsome flying lizards, but his father thinks he is not up to the task. However, when he sets out to prove his worth, he ends up befriending a dragon, and realises his people may have misjudged the creatures. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Jay Baruchel and Gerard Butler. 8.30 FILM: Toy Story 2 (1999). Cowboy doll Woody is stolen by an unscrupulous toy collector, who knows he is worth a fortune as a collectible, prompting fearless Space Ranger Buzz Lightyear to lead a daring across-town mission to rescue him. However, Woody is tempted to spend his life languishing in the safety of a museum rather than face the prospect of his owner growing up. 10.00 Russell Howard’s Good News. The comedian continues to offer his personal perspective on stories dominating the media, whether on television, online or in print, as well as picking up on overlooked items that raise a smile. (R) 10.30 Russell Howard’s Good News. The comedian continues to offer his personal perspective on stories dominating the media, whether on television, online or in print, as well as picking up on overlooked items that raise a smile. (R) 11.00 Family Guy. Lois takes drastic action to save the life of Stewie’s new best friend after his parents refuse treatment for his illness due to their religious beliefs. (R) 11.25 Family Guy. Peter becomes Tom Tucker’s agent as he pursues his dream of becoming a famous actor, and Chris begins dating a familiar-looking girl. (R) 11.45 Family Guy. Peter promises a favour to a helpful dolphin when he tries to salvage a sunken car, but the sea creature overstays its welcome in Quahog. With the guest voice of Ricky Gervais. (R) 12.10 Family Guy (R) 12.30 Family Guy (R) 12.50 Family Guy (R) 1.15 Family Guy (R) 1.35 Family Guy (R) 1.55 Family Guy (R) 2.15 Russell Howard’s Good News (R) 2.45 Russell Howard’s Good News (R) 3.15 Great Movie Mistakes V: Revenge Of The Fifth (R) 3.30 Asian Provocateur 4.00 Close

CHANNEL 4 9:00 Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular


TV GUIDE New Years Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. 9.00 FILM: Turbo (2013). Premiere. A freak accident grants an ordinary snail super-speed, which he uses to become a racing champion. 10.25 FILM: Monsters Vs Aliens (2009). A giant woman joins a team of strange creatures fighting to save the world from an alien invasion. 11.55 Top Of The Pops New Year. With KDA, Tinie Tempah and Katy B, the Vaccines and Sigala. 12.55 The Archbishop Of Canterbury’s New Year Message. The Most Rev Justin Welby delivers his New Year address. 1.00 BBC News At One; 1.10 Regional News; 1.15 FILM: The Sound Of Music (1965). A cheerful novice nun brings joy into the lives of seven children when she becomes their governess. 4.05 Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas. Shaun invites three trouble-making llamas to take up residence on the farm. (R) 4.30 FILM: Wreck-It Ralph (2012). Premiere. A video game villain ventures into other arcade worlds looking for the chance to be a hero. 6.05 BBC News 6.20 Regional News 6.30 EastEnders. Mick and Linda’s wedding day arrives. 7.00 Billionaire Boy. Family comedy, by David Walliams and Kevin Cecil. Len Spud and his 12-year-old son Joe become billionaires when Len invents a new toilet roll. Len soon starts dating fortysomething hand model Sapphire Diamond, while the butler helps a neglected and unhappy Joe transfer to the local comprehensive where he conceals the facts of his wealth. However, when Len turns up at the school with his son’s forgotten homework, the cat is soon out of the bag. 8.00 EastEnders. With Dean now outed as the black sheep of the family, he continues his revenge plot against the Carters – on his brother’s wedding of all days. 8.30 Dickensian. Compeyson goes to desperate lengths to make Miss Havisham notice him, and Martha Cratchit’s wedding plans are thrown into turmoil by an unexpected knock at the door. 9.00 Sherlock. Thomas Ricoletti is somewhat surprised to see his wife dressed in her old wedding gown as only a few hours earlier she took her own life. The apparent ghost of Mrs Ricoletti now appears to be prowling the streets with an unslakeable thirst for revenge. 10.30 Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Special. When a handsome man appears in Foley’s Pub, everyone presumes he must have set his attentions on Cathy. However, the stranger reveals he only has eyes for one very special woman – none other than Agnes Brown. Will the doting mum-of-six agree to go on her first date in donkey’s years? And if she does, who is in for the bigger surprise – Agnes or the stranger? 11.10 BBC News; Weather 11.25 Regional News; 11.35 Adele At The BBC. The singer-songwriter chats to Graham Norton about life and career, and is accompanied by her band on classic tracks and songs from her album 25. (R) 12.50 Weather For The Week Ahead 12.55 BBC News

BBC 2 6.35 FILM: Sinbad: Legend Of The Seven Seas (2003). A swashbuckling hero battles a deceitful sea goddess to save his friend from execution. 7.50 Natural World: Honey Badgers – Masters Of Mayhem. An investigation into the fearless reputation of the animal. (R) 8.50 FILM: Viva Las Vegas (1964). A racing driver arrives in the gambling capital for a grand prix – but loses focus when he falls in love while working at a casino. 10.15 Darcey’s Ballet Heroes. Darcey Bussell considers the dancers who transformed male ballet. (R) 11.15 New Year’s Day Vienna Concert 2016. Waltzes and polkas, mainly from the Strauss family. 12.45 FILM: Little Women (1994). A strong-willed mother holds her family together and raises her daughters while their father is away fighting in the American Civil War. 2.40 FILM: The Eagle Has Landed (1976). A Nazi agent plans to kidnap Churchill as the prime minister spends the weekend in a Norfolk village. 4.50 Gorilla Family And Me. Part two of two. Gordon Buchanan revisits the apes. (R) 5.50 The Archbishop Of Canterbury’s New Year Message. The Most Rev Justin Welby delivers his New Year address. (R) 5.55 FILM: The Terminal (2004). Comedy, starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones. 8.00 Christmas University Challenge 2015. Jeremy Paxman asks the questions as two teams each made up of four distinguished graduates compete on behalf of their former universities in the final of the festive edition of the academic quiz. Last in the series. 8.30 The Many Faces Of Ronnie Corbett. Like many of his generation Ronnie Corbett had a strong career on stage, but was 36 when his first big television break arrived in the shape of the ground-breaking Frost Report – a live satire that also introduced John Cleese and Ronnie Barker. 9.30 The One Ronnie. Comedy show from 2010 in which Ronnie Corbett takes centre stage to celebrate his 80th birthday. Guests David Walliams, Matt Lucas, Miranda Hart, Rob Brydon, Catherine Tate, Lionel Blair, James Corden, Harry Enfield, Richard Wilson, Robert Lindsay, Jocelyn Jee Esien and Jon Culshaw join in the fun with a series of sketches and routines, while the man himself will be performing one of his signature armchair monologues written by Ben Elton. With music by Charlotte Church. (R) 10.20 FILM: Catch Me If You Can (2002). The story of Frank Abagnale Jr, who found notoriety as a teenager conning and charming his way across America. Posing as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer, Frank was able to fund an extravagant lifestyle while outwitting the FBI at every turn. 12.30 FILM: Shadow Of A Doubt (1943). Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller, starring Joseph Cotten. (b&w) 2.15 Top Gear: From A To Z (R) 3.15 Sign Zone: Hugh’s War On Waste (R) 4.15 Sign Zone: The Secrets Of The Mona Lisa (R) 5.15 This Is BBC Two

ITV 6.00 CITV 9.25 Dickinson’s Real Deal. David Dickinson and the team head to Stamford in Lincolnshire. (R) 10.30 Judge Rinder. Real-life cases in a studio courtroom. (R) 11.30 Who’s Doing The Dishes?. With ’Allo ’Allo actress Vicki Michelle. (R) 12.25 Celebrity Squares. With Sarah Millican, Ana Matronic, Joe Lycett and Tess Daly. (R) 1.10 ITV Lunchtime News; 1.25 FILM: Dr No (1962). James Bond investigates a criminal mastermind in the Caribbean who is plotting to sabotage the US space programme. Spy thriller, with Sean Connery and Ursula Andress. 3.35 Midsomer Murders. Members of a chess club are targeted by a killer. (R) 5.35 Wild River With Ray Mears. An epic journey of discovery along the River Wye. 6.40 ITV Evening News; 7.00 Emmerdale. Debbie visits Charity in prison, and the experience leaves her determined to leave town for good with the kids. She gives Andy an ultimatum before she heads off, but will Ross let her leave? Laurel is surprised when Ashley suggests looking into care homes, and Gordon and Chas talk about how their lives have changed since they split up – leading to a surprising confession. 7.30 Coronation Street. Carla tells Johnny she will keep his dirty little secret if he leaves the factory and moves away. 8.00 Gino’s Italian Escape – Islands In The Sun. Chef Gino D’Acampo ends his tour of Sicily by learning how to make the sweet treat cannoli and climbing the craters of Mount Etna. 8.30 Coronation Street. Carla swears Robert to secrecy after their moment of passion, but then tells a stunned Michelle what she has been up to. Meanwhile, Roy tries to forget the incriminating letter which reveals Alan had an affair with Cathy’s sister, Nessa. Elsewhere, Emily prepares to leave for Peru, and Eva is furious when she discovers the details of Aidan and Kate’s bet. 9.00 The Big Quiz – Coronation Street V Emmerdale. Stephen Mulhern hosts as stars of Coronation Street and Emmerdale are tested on the biggest events and the funniest moments in the Yorkshire Dales and on the cobbles of Weatherfield from the past 12 months. Drama is to be expected as the soap giants’ cast members battle it out to be on top, but will the Rovers Return or the Woolpack reign supreme? 10.00 ITV News; Weather 10.15 The Jonathan Ross Show Christmas Special. The host welcomes another batch of celebrity guests to his famous green room, including leading lights from TV and film, before subjecting them to a no-holds-barred bout of questioning. Plus, musical performances by A-list bands and solo artists. Last in the series. (R) 11.20 FILM: American Pie: The Wedding (2003). The friends reunite to celebrate Jim and Michelle’s forthcoming trip to the altar – but events quickly spiral out of control. Comedy sequel, with Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan. 1.00 Jackpot247 3.00 Murder, She Wrote (R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen

SATELLITE / DIGITAL New Years Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 My Name Is Earl. Incarcerated Earl tries to unite feuding gang members. 9.30 FILM: Mrs Caldicot’s Cabbage War (2002). A widow’s uncaring son forces her into a run-down nursing home, where she incites fellow inmates to revolt. Comedy drama, starring Pauline Collins, Peter Capaldi and John Alderton. 11.40 FILM: Charade (1963). A distraught widow is pursued by her husband’s killers, who have linked her to a missing haul of money. 2.00 FILM: The Glenn Miller Story (1954). Musical biopic of the bandleader and trombonist, depicting his triumphs both on and off the stage before his mysterious disappearance in 1944. 4.25 FILM: Pal Joey (1957). A roguish nightclub singer struggles to cope with the demands of a wealthy socialite and his love for a chorus girl. 6.40 FILM: Escape To Victory (1981). Allied PoWs take on the Nazis in a propagandist football match, but plan to escape during the game. 9.00 FILM: The Haunting Of Radcliffe House (2014). Meg Hamilton moves with her husband Alec and their children Penny and Harper to Radcliffe House, a remote estate on the Yorkshire moors that she has been hired to renovate. Following a series of strange events, it appears that their arrival has triggered paranormal emanations related to the estate’s tragic past and when Meg unlocks the secret of an intricate mosaic, the Hamiltons finds themselves in grave danger from demonic forces unleashed by the previous owner. 10.55 NCIS. New evidence reveals the serial killer has infiltrated the agency and is targeting a member of the NCIS team, prompting Gibbs to seek the guidance of his former mentor Mike Franks (Prison Break’s Muse Watson). 11.50 NCIS. Gibbs and the team attend the funeral of a fallen colleague before identifying the man they believe to be the port-to-port killer, and rushing to apprehend him. 12.50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 1.45 CSI: Miami 2.40 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 3.35 My Name Is Earl 4.00 Teleshopping 280

FILM 4 11.00 It’s A Wonderful Life (1946). A suicidal small-town businessman is visited by an angel who tries to change his mind by showing him the good he has done. Fantasy drama, starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. (b&w) 1.40 Arthur Christmas (2011). Santa’s son tries to make sure a girl accidentally missed off his father’s list gets her presents. Animated comedy, with the voices of James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent. 3.40 We Bought A Zoo (2011). A widowed father takes over ownership of a struggling zoo, and tries to restore it to its former glory. Fact-based comedy drama, with Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. 6.15 Independence Day (1996). The US president leads the fight against a force of seemingly indestructible aliens intent on conquering Earth. Sci-fi adventure, with Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. 9.00 Les Miserables (2012). A former prisoner tries to lead an honest life in postrevolutionary France, despite being pursued everywhere by a fanatical police inspector. He promises a poverty-stricken factory worker that he will raise her child, a relationship that gives his life new meaning, but both of them are drawn into an uprising against the reinstated monarchy. Musical, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway. 12.05 Vehicle 19 (2013). Action thriller, starring Paul Walker. 1.45 Safety Not Guaranteed (2012). Sci-fi comedy, starring Aubrey Plaza. 3.30 Close

ITV 2 6.00 The Hot Desk: Fleur East. An interview with X Factor 2014 runner-up Fleur East. (R) 6.10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. The heaviest mantle of bees. (R) 6.35 The Almost Impossible Gameshow. Action-packed game show. (R) 7.20 Emmerdale. Andy makes a confession to Robert. (R) 8.25 Coronation Street. Emily announces she is leaving for Peru. (R) 8.55 Mr Bean. The buffoon takes to hairdressing. (R) 9.30 FILM: Space Jam (1996). The Looney Tunes cartoon characters take on alien invaders in a high-stakes basketball game. 11.15 FILM: Richie Rich (1994). A super-rich youngster tries to stop his arch-rival stealing a fortune from his billionaire parents. 1.10 Emmerdale. Andy makes a confession to Robert. (R) 2.15 Coronation Street. Emily announces she is leaving for Peru. (R) 2.45 FILM: Happy Feet (2006). A penguin is rejected by his fellow birds for being unable to sing, and goes on a journey of self-discovery. 4.55 The Nation’s Favourite Disney Song (R) 5.50 Minion Madness. (R) 5.55 Minion Madness. (R) 6.00 Minion Madness. (R) 6.05 FILM: Despicable Me (2010). An evil genius adopts three orphans to aid his latest plot, but fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. 8.00 FILM: Skyfall (2012). James Bond pursues a mysterious criminal mastermind who has orchestrated a terrorist attack on MI6 headquarters and exposed the identities of undercover agents around the world. 10.55 Celebrity Juice: The Special Special. Keith Lemon, Holly Willoughby and Fearne Cotton look back at highlights of the recent series and reveal their most special moment. (R) 11.55 Release The Hounds: Famous And Freaked. Joey Essex, Charlotte Crosby and Pete Bennett take part in a celebrity version of the horror game show, where they enter a forest at dusk and endure a series of spooky challenges. (R) 12.55 Luke Kempner’s Impression Of 2015 (T) (R) 1.55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (T) (R) 2.20 Teleshopping 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen


CHANNEL 4 7.30 The Big Bang Theory. The gang celebrates Star Wars Day. (R) 7.55 The Big Bang Theory. Penny gets fired from the movie. (R) 8.20 FILM: Planet 51 (2009). An astronaut travels to another world where the alien inhabitants believe him to be the scout for a planned invasion. 10.10 The Simpsons. Marge becomes a sex symbol after posing for a calendar. (R) 10.40 The Simpsons. Lisa accepts an invitation to join a Wiccan coven. (R) 11.15 FILM: Inspector Gadget (1999). A clumsy security guard is transformed into a crime-fighting machine with an array of devices concealed in his body. Comedy adventure, starring Matthew Broderick and Rupert Everett. 12.55 Channel 4 Racing. Nick Luck presents live coverage of six races. From Cheltenham, races start at 1.20, 1.55, 2.30 and 3.05. From Musselburgh, at 1.35 and 2.10. 3.35 FILM: The Golden Compass (2007). An orphan embarks on a perilous mission through a parallel universe to rescue her best friend. Fantasy adventure, starring Dakota Blue Richards, Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. 5.50 Channel 4 News 6.00 FILM: Tangled (2010). A princess locked in a tower by a witch escapes with the aid of a bandit and tries to find her way home. Disney animation, with the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. 8.00 Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. New series. Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty present dishes for the weekend from their cafe on Southend Pier. In the first of this third series, the pair are joined by Orlando Bloom, who shows off his sword training when he rustles up a Moroccan tagine. Jamie prepares fragrant, aromatic Asian seafood parcels, while Jimmy takes on the great British banger, showing how to make a DIY version that can be trusted. The presenters also uncover a by-product of the goat dairy industry – delicious meat that is currently being binned. 9.00 FILM: A Good Day To Die Hard (2013). Premiere. John McClane goes to Russia having received word that his estranged son Jack is in trouble with the law. He is surprised to discover Jack is secretly a CIA agent, and father and son join forces to take on the Russian Mob, who are engaged in a plot to steal nuclear weapons. Action adventure sequel, starring Bruce Willis and Jai Courtney. 11.00 Rude Tube: Welcome To 2016. A real-life Alan Partridge, 50 Shades of Grey in Lego and Darth Vader on a mini Segway are among the items featured as Alex Zane marks the end of 2015 with a series compilation. 1.10 FILM: Damien: Omen II (1978). Horror sequel, starring William Holden. 3.00 Friday Night Dinner (R) 3.25 You Deserve This House (R) 4.20 Location, Location, Location (R) 5.15 Hugh’s 3 Good Things: Best Bites (R) 5.20 Deal Or No Deal (R)

E4 6.00 Bad(ish) Robots. (R) 6.25 Troy. (R) 6.45 Charmed. (R) 7.35 Charmed. (R) 8.30 The Goldbergs. Barry is excited when a representative from a modelling agency approaches him. (R) 9.00 How I Met Your Mother. (R) 9.30 Bad(ish) Robots. A plumber loses his temper over a password. (R) 10.00 Troy. The magician goes on an unusual shopping spree. (R) 10.30 FILM: Animals United (2010). A group of assorted animals whose habitats have been destroyed by humans resolve to do something about it. 12.25 The Big Bang Theory: Access All Areas. (R) 1.00 The Big Bang Theory: It All Started With A Big Bang. (R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – M Is For... Magic. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – N Is For... Nose. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – O Is For... Ornithophobia. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – P Is For... Prom. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – Q Is For... Quizzing. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – R Is For... Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – S Is For... Soft Kitty. (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – T Is For... Tiara. (R) 5.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – U Is For... Underpants. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – V Is For... Valentines. (R) 6.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – W Is For... Weddings. (R) 7.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – X Is For... Chromosome. (R) 7.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – Y Is For... Yelling. (R) 8.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A To Z – Z Is For... Zazzles The Cat. (R) 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 9.00 FILM: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 (2011). 11.15 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 11.45 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 12.15 Tattoo Fixers (R) 1.20 Rude Tube: Welcome To 2015 (R) 3.15 Tripped (R) 4.00 Rude(ish) Tube (R) 4.20 Rude(ish) Tube (R) 4.45 Rude(ish) Tube (R)

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.35 FILM: Thomas & Friends: Sodor’s Legend Of The Lost Treasure (2015). Premiere. The engine triggers a treasure hunt after unearthing a hidden cavern housing an old pirate ship. Animated adventure, featuring the voices of Joseph May and John Hurt. 10.50 FILM: Carry On Cabby (1963). The neglected wife of a workaholic taxi owner secretly launches a rival cab firm using women drivers to tempt customers away from him. Comedy, starring Sid James and Hattie Jacques. (b&w) 12.35 FILM: Harry And The Hendersons (1987). A family’s holiday in the mountains is thrown into turmoil by an encounter with the legendary Bigfoot, whom they end up taking home. Comedy, with John Lithgow and Melinda Dillon. Edited for Language. 2.45 FILM: Dracula: Dead And Loving It (1995). An accident-prone vampire relocates to Victorian England, where he goes on the hunt for blood. Mel Brooks’ horror spoof, starring Leslie Nielsen, Lysette Anthony and Amy Yasbeck. Edited for Language. 4.30 FILM: Greystoke: The Legend Of Tarzan, Lord Of The Apes (1984). A man raised by apes after his shipwrecked parents are killed is helped by an explorer to return to England and claim his birthright. Drama, with Christopher Lambert and Ian Holm. Edited for Blood and Violence. 7.00 World’s Strongest Man Final 2015. Action from the Grand Final of the competition, which took place in Malaysia, as the 10 competitors who made it through the heats went head to head for the trophy. Events include the Super Yoke, Deadlift, Power Stairs and Atlas Stones. 8.00 Christmas With The Double Acts. It seems that when it comes to light entertainment, two heads are often better than one. Would families have gathered around the TV every Christmas in the 1970s and 1980s for the Ernie Wise Show? Where would Little have been without Large, or Cannon without his Ball? Who knows. What is certain, however, is that this programme features an hour of stand-up, sketches and songs from some of the greatest double acts to have graced the small screen. (R) 9.00 An Audience With Ken Dodd. Comedy and entertainment from the Liverpudlian comedian, in a programme originally aired in 1994 to mark his 40th year in showbusiness. Among the audience helping him celebrate are actors James Fox and Warren Mitchell, actress Mollie Sugden, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, former glamour model Samantha Fox, magician Paul Daniels and fellow stand-up Frank Carson. (R) 10.55 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians. A countdown of the 50 funniest people to have performed stand-up routines, including names such as Tommy Cooper, Victoria Wood, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers and Jo Brand. Featuring contributions by Paul Hogan, Ross Noble, Tamsin Greig, Christopher Biggins and Richard Pryor’s daughter Rain. (R) 1.55 SuperCasino 3.10 Loch Lomond: A Year In The Wild (R) 4.00 Loch Lomond: A Year In The Wil (R) 4.45 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Doctor (R) 5.35 House Doctor (R)

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BBC 3 7.00 Great Movie Mistakes III: Not In 3D. Robert Webb introduces clips of memorable mishaps that were spotted in films released during 2011. (R) 7.15 Top Gear Bolivia Special. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are sent to Bolivia, where they are challenged to travel through the rainforest and journey to the coast of Chile, driving second-hand off-road vehicles bought locally for a maximum of £3,500 each. Along the way, they encounter drug lords and feel the effects of altitude sickness as they negotiate the region’s roads, one of which is a notoriously dangerous 40-mile mountain pass dubbed El Camino de la Muerte – the Death Road. (R) 8.30 FILM: Shrek 2 (2004). The grouchy ogre and his new wife Princess Fiona set out on a journey to meet her parents. However, the king and queen are less than impressed with their daughter’s choice of husband, while a conniving fairy godmother is determined to make sure her own son gets to marry the princess. 10.00 EastEnders. It’s New Year’s Day and the wedding Mick and Linda have been dreaming about since they were teenagers has finally arrived. (R) 10.30 EastEnders. With Dean now outed as the black sheep of the family, he continues his revenge plot against the Carters – on his brother’s wedding of all days. (R) 11.00 American Dad!. Steve and his friends take a road trip to Snot’s father’s funeral, but the youngster’s commitment to his mourning pal wavers when he falls in love along the way. (R) 11.25 American Dad!. Hayley discovers that Steve has a talent for forging IDs. She uses him to start a business, but they soon come up against another fake ID kingpin – Roger. (R) 11.45 Family Guy. Brian and Jillian move in together, but Stewie interferes with their relationship. Meanwhile, Meg faces unfair treatment in the workplace. With the voice of Drew Barrymore. (R) 12.10 Family Guy (R) 12.30 Family Guy (R) 12.50 Family Guy (R) 1.10 Fried (R) 1.40 Fried (R) 2.05 Fried (R) 2.35 Fried (R) 3.00 Fried (R) 3.30 Fried (R) 4.00 Close

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FORGET THE FAFF Simplicity is key for Lorraine Pascale. “It’s the way I live and the way I eat,” explains the chef, discussing the essence behind her latest book, Eating Well Made Easy. “There’s no faff - just chop it up and throw it in.”

“I’ve started doing it regularly; I’m full-time now and I’m focused,” she says of her move into the vlogger sphere. “I only do two one-minute videos a week because I film and edit them myself.”

It’s this understated approach to delivering uncomplicated, nutritious food that has seen the model-turned-TV-cook take the culinary world by storm; and when I turn up to play sous chef at her home in south-west London, the proof is in the pudding.

Her latest venture, she tells me (while chopping tomatoes for her take on popular Mexican dish huevos rancheros) is all about providing fast, easy and affordable recipes for the busy mum/girlfriend/ student etc, who wants to uphold a nutritious diet.

Looking far younger than her 43 years, a glowing Pascale’s off-screen demeanour is as fuss-free as her recipes. Dressed in jogging bottoms and a casual T-shirt, she looks every inch the (admittedly quite glamorous) homebody - the only visible sign of her celeb status being a pair of studio lights in her kitchen, which she reveals are used to selfshoot her YouTube cooking channel.

“I’m so passionate about it. Writing healthy recipes comes really easily to me,” explains Pascale, who reveals she pulled the book together in less than three months by using her familiar, classic plates and giving them a healthier twist. Split across sections that include lazy brunches, weekday dinners and movie nights, the decadent book is designed to work for all budgets - and

Lorraine Pascale (Lauren Hurley/PA Photos)

the best thing about it? You won’t have to trek to mystical heights to retrieve rare ingredients you may never use again. “I wanted to include recipes that are easy to follow. Most of the ingredients listed you can get from Tesco, Sainsbury’s - local shops. That’s what I was aiming for.” If you fancy having a cooking day, here are two recipes from Pascale’s new book to try at home... By Gemma Dunn, Press Association

Huevos Rancheros with Jalapenos & Garlic (Serves 2)

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2 soft corn tortillas 2tbsp olive oil 4 ripe tomatoes cut into cubes 3 spring onions, finely chopped 2 green jalapeno chillies or 1/2 regular green or red chilli, deseeded for less heat if preferred, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped Good pinch of ground cumin Leaves from 1/2 bunch of fresh coriander, roughly chopped 4 free-range eggs Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas mark 6. Wrap the tortillas in a piece of tin foil, sit on a baking sheet and put them in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they are heated through. Meanwhile, heat one tablespoon of oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the tomato, spring onion, chilli, garlic, cumin and a little salt and pepper, and cook them for about five minutes, or until the tomato begins to break down. Stir in half of the coriander, remove from the heat and keep warm.

Rinse out and dry the pan and put it back on a low-medium heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil and once nice and hot, crack in the eggs, spaced apart. Cook them gently for about three to four minutes, until the whites are cooked but the yolks still a little bit runny. Remove the pan from the heat. Remove the tortillas from the oven and place one on each serving plate. Divide the salsa mix between them, spreading it out with the back of the spoon. Slide two eggs on top of each one, sprinkle with the remaining coriander and serve.


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Pasta With Lemony Chicken & A Kale & Cashew Nut Pesto (Serves 4)

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350g wholewheat pasta 1tbsp olive oil 3 large chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized chunks Leaves from 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, finely chopped (or 2tsp dried oregano) Finely grated zest of 1 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil and put the pasta on to cook for as long as is recommended on the packet.

For the pesto: 100g kale, hard stalks removed 1 garlic clove 50g cashew nuts, toasted 25g Parmesan, finely grated 25g fresh vegetable or chicken stock 1tbsp extra virgin olive oil Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper To finish (optional): Leaves from 1/2 bunch of fresh basil

As the pasta cooks, heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat. Toss the chicken in a medium bowl with the rosemary (or oregano) and salt and pepper.

Once the chicken is cooked, tip it in on top of the pasta along with the pesto. Add the lemon zest and stir everything together. Check the seasoning and then divide among the serving plates. Garnish with some ripped basil, if you fancy it.

Cook the chicken for about eight minutes stirring regularly, until it’s golden and completely cooked through. In the meantime, make the pesto. Whizz all of the ingredients together in a food processor or blender to give a rough paste. Season to taste and set aside. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it well, return to the pan, cover and keep warm. 283


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WHAT’S ON

WHAT’S ON... A brilliant selection of events happening across Dorset & Hampshire over the coming weeks.

19TH NOVEMBER 3RD JANUARY 2016 GARDENS OF LIGHT, BOURNEMOUTH GARDENS One of the biggest highlights of the year is the popular Gardens of Lights which take place in the Lower Gardens. This event started in 2013 and has been growing ever since. This year, along with the ice rink, there will be a Santa Express land train, a brand new light installation and of course the light pods! It’s a magical event not to be missed! Bournemouth Gardens www.bournemouth.co.uk/ event/bournemouthchristmas-festival

16TH DECEMBER COCA COLA CHRISTMAS TRUCK TOUR The iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck Tour will be rolling in to town on Wednesday 16th December. Spreading lots of Coca-Cola magic the star of the ‘Holidays are Coming’ adverts will be at The Waterfront, Pier Approach, Bournemouth, BH2 5AA from 12 noon until 8.00pm. Visitors will be able to have their photo taken with the big famous truck which will be parked up in a snowy winter wonderland. Christmas helpers will be serving chilled Coca-Cola drinks and a choir will be singing festive Christmas carols. Pier Approach, Bournemouth www.happiness.coca-cola.com

18TH DECEMBER GRAND CASINO, AT THE OCEAN VIEW HOTEL The Ocean View hotel on the East Cliff is the setting for a red carpet event this December. Bookings are now being taken for a spectacular party on the last Friday before Christmas. Dress to kill, and make a movie star entrance for this all inclusive event. You’ll be greeted with a free welcome drink, followed by a 3 course festive dinner. Try your luck at the Grand Casino, hosted by experienced croupiers. A resident DJ will get you and your fellow guests up on the dance floor until the early hours. All for just £29.95 per person. Groups and individuals are welcome, and tickets are on sale now, so get your work colleagues, friends and family organised early this year! Dress code is smart, evening wear with a touch of sparkle and glamour. Call 01202 405010 for more information or to book. The Ocean View Hotel www.theoceanview.co.uk

19TH - 24TH DECEMBER SAIL WITH SANTA FROM POOLE QUAY Santa goes to sea – yo, ho, ho! So you can go on a Santa kids’ party cruise with City Cruises Poole. Santa and his helpers, Dr Balloonman & Izzy Wizzy, will give a 20 or 30 minute show, then perform magic and balloon modelling. Kids can also get a choice of amazing glitter tattoos. Christmas music will be playing, except during the show, and Santa will walk through the boat. Santa will have a special gift for each child as a memento of their cruise. Poole Quay www.citycruisespoole.com

14TH NOVEMBER - 24TH DECEMBER SANTA’S CHRISTMAS GROTTO, AT UPTON COUNTRY PARK

NOVEMBER - JANUARY CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS, AT THE COTTONWOOD BOUTIQUE HOTEL Our stylish and flexible function rooms can cater for both small, intimate parties and larger gatherings of up to 150 guests. Hire your own exclusive private suite for family, friends or colleagues or simply enjoy Christmas dining in our restaurants. Whether your merriments are starting in November or you are combating the January Blues with a post-Christmas bash; we have the ideal venue for your Christmas Party in Bournemouth - with delicious food, exceptional service and a great festive atmosphere. Dance the night away with our resident DJ and enjoy fabulous cocktails and drink offers. All of our Christmas Party Nights include disco, table novelties, crackers and FREE car parking. Discounted drinks offers available for advanced orders. Book your Christmas party now to avoid disappointment - call 01202 405010. The Cottonwood Boutique Hotel www.thecottonwoodboutique.co.uk

21ST DECEMBER WINTER SOLSTICE, AT CORFE CASTLE Experience the rare opportunity to watch the sun rise on the shortest day of the year from the castle ruins, the Castle opens 7.15am – 9am. Tickets £10, including a voucher for a hot drink and a breakfast bap (vegetarian sausage, sausage or bacon) served outside in the castle grounds. Booking is essential 0844 249 1895, booking fee applies. Corfe Castle www.nationaltrust.org.uk/corfe-castle

25TH DECEMBER WHITE CHRISTMAS DIP, AT BOSCOMBE PIER

Father Christmas and his reindeer are back. From the moment you arrive you will be transported into a festive wonderland where you will get to meet and feed the real reindeer, turkeys and piglets before meeting Santa himself. Each child will receive a bag of goodies including a quality wrapped present from Santa, a large bar of Upton Park chocolate, large pot of edible reindeer droppings, a carton of Christmas fruit juice, a pot of magic bubbles, a free ride on the Poole Park Railway and a photo with Santa.

Before you overindulge on Turkey, Christmas pud and sweets, why not take a morning dip in the sea and help raise money for Macmillan Caring Locally! Last year saw over 2500 people flock to the beach on Christmas day to cheer on the hundreds that charged into the sea in fancy dress, raising money for the local charity Macmillan Caring Locally, who provide the terminally ill with specialist palliative care in Bournemouth, Poole & Christchurch. To take part in the event please register via the White Christmas Dip website. Minimum sponsorship of £5 is required, with the hope that you will also raise as much money as possible through sponsorship.

Upton Country Park www.santaatuptoncountrypark.co.uk

Boscombe Pier www.whitechristmasdip.co.uk

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“People are our business” Real Recruitment Solutions is a specialist recruitment agency focusing on recruitment within the Commercial, Construction, Healthcare and Hospitality sectors throughout the UK. Real Recruitment Solutions offers a permanent recruitment service using both reactive and proactive techniques to ensure timely delivery of a quality service to both clients and candidates. Our success derives from the close professional relationships which we build and maintain with both candidates and clients.

German speaking Project Manager/ Architect – 1124/6

Surveyor - 668/2

Our client in Somerset has an opportunity for a German speaking Project Manager/Architect within an innovative retail fit out and commercial interior design company. You must be happy to travel between Germany and the client’s head office in Somerset. You can live in either the UK or Germany as long as you have a good understanding of German business practice. You will have experience within the retail industry, working on projects up to £250,000k in value, knowledge of AutoCAD and/or Revit would be useful but not necessary.

Our client based in London is looking to recruit a Senior Surveyor (either Quantity or Building) with Employers Agents experience who is either Chartered or working towards APC. You will be responsible for the delivery of various key projects in the mixed-use residential and commercial sectors. You will manage the quality, administration and service delivery of projects and work to ensure the delivery of projects on time and within budget, to achieve the highest standards possible. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years PQS experience in a similar role.

Initial telephone phone interviews offered and a salary of £40,000 - £50,000 per annum.

Immediate interviews offered and a salary of £50,000 £70,000 per annum.

Design Manager – 653/13

Estimator/Surveyor - 1137/1

Our client is a leading Chartered Building Company offering a comprehensive service, delivering a wide range of projects with values up to £5million, across all sectors. They are seeking a Design Manager for a large site based in the centre of Southampton. This position would be on a temporary contract/freelance basis. The successful candidate will have significant experience in contracting design management and a relevant degree, HND or professional qualification would be an advantage. This position could either be PAYE or on a self-employed basis.

Our client a well-respected specialist sub-contractor based in Poole is looking to recruit an Estimator/Surveyor. They offer a specialist service that covers, screeding, drylining, plastering, insulation works and external rendering; focusing mainly on the new build residential sector. The role will include; Take-offs/Measuring drawings, preparing quotes, setting up and scheduling new jobs, undertaking site surveys and assisting in the co-ordination and delivery of works on site.

Immediate interviews offered.

Immediate interviews offered and a salary of £ 25,000 - £30,000 per annum.

Quantity Surveyor – 529/8

Architectural Technologist – 1004/1

Our client in the South East are looking for an HND qualified, experienced and enthusiastic Quantity Surveyor to join their team in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. Candidates with data analysis background as the bulk of the work is mostly analytical would be an advantage. Candidates with at least 5 years’ experience in Housing Services or in a Military environment will be at an advantage. A Full Driving Licence is essential for this role.

Our client an emerging Architectural practice based near Poole is looking to recruit an Architectural Technologist to their growing team. Our client based near Poole has an interesting and diverse portfolio of work, operating across the South of England. Duties will include but are not limited to: preparation of building regulations applications, resolution of technical design proposals and post contract work, client/site meetings.

Immediate interviews offered along with a salary of £30,000 per annum.

Immediate interviews are offered along with a salary of £30,000 per annum.

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RECRUITMENT

LOCAL JOBS The latest jobs in your area.

SENIOR NEGOTIATOR - HYBRID AGENCY Required for Capital and Coastal, highly efficient sales operation covering near to beach locations between BH13 to BH23. First class training, team and renumeration. SALES NEGOTIATOR/INSTRUCTION TAKER OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Due to SK Property Groups highly successful start we are looking to add an Office Administrator to the team. Thorough training will be provided to ensure our high levels of customer service is consistent. We are a bespoke, proactive, motivated agency so if you feel you have these qualities, you enjoy a challenge and want to be in a positive, exciting and enthusiastic atmosphere send your c.v to info@skpg.co.uk. The package includes internal progression, a competitive salary, petrol allowance, company phone, pension plan and great commission structure.

Buy 2 Let Sales UK are looking for a Sales Negotiator/Instruction Taker. £20-25,000 basic (depending on experience) + commission + company car + opportunity to progress to shareholder Buy2Let Sales UK are looking for a dynamic sales person with a proven track record in estate agency sales and gaining instructions for their Bournemouth branch. You should be self-driven and highly motivated with the desire to progress and grow the business. This is an opportunity for the right individual to gain shares and profit share.

We believe quality should be rewarded- come and join the team!!

If you feel you can make a difference, gain business and drive a company forward you will be rewarded accordingly. Please send yourCV to, or for more info e-mail tim@ mcconnellpg.co.uk.

BURNS ESTATES

PROPERTY MANAGER

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT & LETTINGS NEGOTIATOR REQUIRED

Winkworth Westbourne are looking to recruit a full time Property Manager to work in the ever expanding property letting and management department at their Westbourne office. The successful candidate will be of smart appearance, be able to work well under pressure and in a team environment and be confident in dealing with clients both in the office and on the telephone. Good computer skills required and some form of lettings experience is preferable however not essential as full training will be given.

At Burns Estates we pride ourselves on our professional and proactive approach and need like-minded property professionals to join our team. PROPERTY MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT required to support the Property Manager in a wide range of duties with the smooth running of the Property Management Department. Excellent organisational & communication skills are essential, along with the ability to prioritise and manage time effectively whilst thriving under pressure. Please email your CV to Senior Property Manager Harriet Morgan harriet@burnsestates.co.uk LETTINGS NEGOTIATOR required who is able to think outside the box and with a proven track record in meeting / exceeding targets. You will need a ‘can do’ approach to everything you do and to be able to work well as part of a team. Please email your CV to Branch Manager Aimee Ramage aimee@burnsestates.co.uk

Branch Manager for first of a ‘new brand’ of retail agencies required for BH postcode. New cutting edge retail estate agency business with prime flagship offices founded by some of the UK’s leading estate agency professional. TRAINEE NEGOTIATOR - HYBRID AGENCY Required for Capital and Coastal, highly efficient sales operation covering near to beach locations between BH13 to BH23. Remarkable training and career growth potential. If you would like to join a dynamic, fun and growing company, please forward your CV to hr@capitalandcoastal.co.uk. Email in confidence today.

LOOKING FOR A CAREER IN PROPERTY? NEED TO WORK FLEXIBLE HOURS? WOULD LIKE TO EARN 50% + COMMISSION? MOTIVATED AND HARDWORKING? SMART, ARTICULATE, AND A TEAM PLAYER? DO YOU WANT A REVOLUTIONARY AND PROVEN OPPORTUNITY TO EARN UNLIMITED INCOME? 50k… 100k… 250k?

Flexible working hours can be accommodated for the right candidate.

Then, RE/MAX is your vehicle to achieve your goals in the property industry. With 90,000 agents in 92 countries currently offering over 700,000 properties worldwide. You will be truly Global…“Nobody in the World Sells More Property than RE/MAX” $296 Billion in 2014.

For further information or to apply for the position please email kgray@winkworth. co.uk or call 01202 767313

For further information please call or email info.housevalues@remax.co.uk Tel: 01202 048855 ARE YOU TRULY MAX ENOUGH?

TRAINEE/LETTINGS NEGOTIATOR YOUhome require a trainee/lettings negotiator for our busy Bournemouth office due to internal progression. The ideal candidate will be smartly presented, driven to succeed, have good communication, telephone and IT skills, have a full drivers licence and be keen to learn and to undertake training to achieve professional qualifications. Please apply with a CV and covering letter to james.tiller@youhome.co.uk

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Emily West Honeypot People There’s a definite buzz in the world of recruitment with the arrival of Honeypot People in Bournemouth! The company are experts in sales and marketing recruitment and building on the dramatic success of their Salisbury office have decided to open their second office in Bournemouth. Managing Director Melanie Daly explains why… “We started the business in Salisbury three years ago and it’s been fantastic to watch it grow. Whilst we have developed a strong market presence in the Wiltshire/ Hampshire area serviced from our Salisbury office, we feel there is so much opportunity in and around the Bournemouth area specifically, and would like to provide our local client base with a more personal customer experience. Bournemouth feels like it’s on the move at the moment and definitely has that energy we love!” Emily West runs the busy Property desk. She has an extensive background in the local Property sector having gained experience in Lettings, as well as recruiting for a leading National Estate Agency brand, covering all roles within the industry. Emily says “My aim is to provide a more bespoke focus to the property sector here throughout the South, by listening to and understanding the requirements of both clients and candidates. Having worked in the sector myself, I know all the skills and personality traits that you need to be successful in both Sales and Lettings. We have had huge success along the coast recruiting in these areas for our clients, and by being local look forward to working with many new clients too! We are always keen to chat to candidates who are looking to begin or progress in their existing property careers. Our new office is centrally located, in the Old Library House, Dean Park Crescent, so it’s ideal for candidates to pop in and see us for coffee!”

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L Wildown Gardens, Hengistbury Head £549,950

Lingwood Avenue, Mudeford £395,000

A superbly presented four bedroom, three bathroom detached house with oodles of kerbside appeal situated in a small cul-de-sac comprising of just three properties in the heart of Hengistbury Head. With so much on offer, an internal inspection is a must.

A well presented, deceptively spacious 4 bedroom, 2 reception chalet bungalow. Situated in a sought after cul-de-sac location with easy access to Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Shopping Centre. The property offers versatile accommodation to suit a couple or family.

Stem Lane, New Milton £299,950 A three bedroom semi-detached house situated in the popular town of New Milton within walking distance of local amenities, benefitting from a larger than average rear garden.

Glendale Court, Christchurch £218,000 SOLD IN ONE WEEK SIMILAR PROPERTIES REQUIRED

Dragoon Way, Christchurch £197,500 SOLD IN ONE WEEK SIMILAR PROPERTIES REQUIRED

Somerset Road, Christchurch £189,950 SOLD IN ONE WEEK SIMILAR PROPERTIES REQUIRED

4 The High Street, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1AY 01202 303044 | lovettinternational.com


L Parkwood Road, Southbourne £499,950

Portchester Road, Bournemouth £129,950 - £275,000

A very large detached character house with annexe situated on a corner plot in a popular location close to Southbourne Grove and also Overcliff Drive with its fabulous sea views and access to the beachfront. 6 beds, 3 reception rooms, utility room, 6 bathrooms, garage, car port and annexe.

Choice of six flats in a large detached character building. Includes two spacious ground floor flats with extensive allocated gardens and a large attic flat. Located in a quiet cul-de-sac position in a popular residential suburb of Bournemouth.

Salisbury Road, Boscombe £219,950

Walpole Road, Boscombe £95,000 - £159,950

A spacious and well presented two double bedroom end of terrace house situated close to shops and bus routes. The house is fully UPVC double glazed and gas central heated.

Choice of studio, one bedroom and two bedroom flats all in excellent order throughout. Well maintained building, modern kitchens with built-in appliances. Prices range from £95,000 to £159,000. All flats currently tenanted, ideal for buy-to-let investors.

Hurn Court, Christchurch £1,600 PCM

Durley Gardens, Bournemouth £595 PCM

Distinctive Cottage for rent sat within a stunning setting. This three bedroom end of terraced cottage sits inside a gated development in the grounds of a large country estate in Christchurch.

Offered for rental is this beautifully presented first floor studio flat featuring a security entry system, street parking and is located two minute walk from the beach and very close to the town centre.

716 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH7 6BZ 01202 303044 | lovettinternational.com


Buy2Let Sales UK are delighted to bring to the market a portfolio consisting of 29 flats and 8 shop units in the Bournemouth area. This is a fantastic opportunity to purchase a selection of properties being sold, as a whole or individually ranging from £31,000 to £135,000 in the Christchurch Road and St Michael’s Road areas, with an average annual yield of 6.94%. This portfolio is being offered on a sole agency basis with managing rights with McConnell Property Group.

Pointing investors in the right direction... Purchase price

First home

Buy to let/ second home

Additional duty

£100,000

Zero

£3,000

£3,000

£125,000

Zero

£3,750

£3,750

From April 5th 2016 the government

£150,000

£500

£5,000

£4,500

is proposing an increase in stamp

£175,000

£1,000

£6,250

£5,250

duty for all buyers of second homes

£200,000

£1,500

£7,500

£6,000

or investment properties. There will

£250,000

£2,500

£10,000

£7,500

be an increase of an additional 3%

£300,000

£5,000

£14,000

£9,000

£400,000

£10,000

£22,000

£12,000

Did you know that stamp duty is going up???

stamp duty on all such purchases.

What does this mean to the buyer? An increase as above… Unfortunately, this will reduce the number of buyers looking, so if you’re looking to sell, sell now and beat the increase! Instruct Buy2Let Sales UK, the buy to let and investment specialists, to sell your property now! Call Tom Greir on 01202 422999 with all enquiries and for a free no obligation market appraisal.

01202 422999 • buy2letsalesuk.co.uk

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