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NEW ATTEMPT TO HELP FAMILIES FIND THE RIGHT CARE HOMES FOR THEIR ELDERLY LOVED ONES A FRESH attempt to take the heat out of Britain’s growing residential care crisis will be launched in Dorset early in the New Year.

NEW ADDITION TO THE TEAM IN BOURNEMOUTH Goadsby Lettings are proud to announce the addition of Alexander Henley to the busy town centre branch as Senior negotiator, joining an already established and successful team. Alexander joined Goadsby in 2013 as a Trainee Negotiator in the Bournemouth Branch and has since moved on to work in both the surrounding Westbourne & Southbourne branches enhancing his knowledge of the local area and developing his skills. Alexander will bring a wealth of experience along with his never dampened enthusiasm to the team. Alexander joins Adam Carter, Lettings Manager, Thomas Greenfield, Lettings Negotiator, and Ellie Barrett, Trainee Lettings Negotiator. For all your lettings needs please drop into see us at 109 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1EP, or give the office a call on 01202 544644.

Care Home Bedfinder enables relatives looking for a place for their elderly loved ones to search locally via a new web service. The way it works is that care homes register the beds they have available with the site, and relatives search the site to find a good match for the kind of care they need...and can afford. Company founder Malcolm Whitham says: “When relatives reach that point in life where they have to put a parent or grandparent into a home it has to be one of the most terrifying experiences a family has to go through. Ultimately, it’s about them having to give up their liberty and be cared for outside of the family for the first time.” The ambitious service will be launched in Dorset and rolled out across the country over the course of the year. Added Malcolm, 39: “There are currently around

465,000 care beds in the UK with a further 140,000 expected to be needed over the next decade, due to people living longer. Yet there is a real lack of independent and quality information. Relatives generally want their loved ones living nearby. They also want crucial information on things like funding and inspection reports. “We offer all the relevant documents - such as the care homes’ official inspection report conducted by the Care Quality Commission – but also we explain what it means. The Care Home Bedfinder site is a database containing information on around 18,500 homes. Relatives can locate homes close to where they live. Care homes pay an annual fee to sign up. It means that when a relative finds a home they like, they can send it details of their loved one direct, and arrange a visit. They will also be able to read reviews from other users of the care home. Each elderly resident will have their own ‘passport’ on the site showing their interests and background to try match them to an appropriate type of home.

Gallagher Private Clients are now offering a tailored personal approach to insuring your valuables with the appointment of Gemma Burgess from their Bournemouth based office.

“A friend of mine had to put her father in care. Unfortunately, he was suffering from dementia, and she had real problems finding a suitable place. In the end she was forced to accept second best because of a perceived lack of choice, and she regrets her decision to this day.” www.carehomebedfinder.co.uk

Protect the things that matter with a tailored insurance solution: Finding the right personal insurance for your valuables could be complicated and time consuming, standard policies may fail to offer an enhanced level of protection which you may need.

away. And if you need to make a claim we will be here to help you. Gallagher offer a broad range of personal insurance products and can help you to arrange cover for the items that may matter most, including; home & contents, fine art & valuables, UK & overseas holiday homes, motor insurance including family fleet, classic and performance cars, boats and travel.

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For the NHS, it means they will be able to book vacant care beds online directly, if the home feels able to meet the patient’s needs. “We hope it will alleviate the problem of bed blocking as it means NHS Trusts won’t have to spend hours ringing around care homes for a suitable bed,” said Malcolm, who has worked with care homes for 14 years as a supplier.


CHICKEN & BLUE’S FLYING HIGH AT THE BRITISH TAKEAWAY AWARDS! Already an absolute favourite of loyal Patrons in the South, it’s now been made official! Chicken & Blue’s has scooped the impressive title of ‘Best Takeaway in the South East’, with a notable ‘highly commended’ award for the overall ‘Best Takeaway in Britain’. The much anticipated annual awards ceremony was held at London’s beautiful Savoy Hotel on Monday 27th November. The star-studded evening was hosted by funny-man John Bishop, who was joined for the event by special guests including model and actress Kelly Brook, Countdown’s Rachel Riley, tv presenter Lisa Faulkner and Love Island’s Chris Hughes, to name a few! This was the third year running for the awards, set up to recognise the hard work of the £3billion takeaway industry, backed by Just Eat. The judges were especially impressed by Chicken & Blues unique marinade and 48 hour cooking process, alongside their extended and on-going community outreach, and their impressive following of over 14,000 card holders. Nominated by Instagram star ‘Tom’s Big Eats’, the self-titled ‘posh chicken shop’ was excited to be in the running for the coveted award, with the panel, which included Ainsley Harriott and Dragon’s Den star Sarah Wilingham, voting Chicken & Blue’s as their overall winners of the South East’s Best Takeaway. Founders Josh Simons and Steve Crawford attended the ceremony and collected the award on behalf of their teams. Joshua Simons comments: “We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who voted for us, our loyal patrons, and of course our committed and hard-working team. This award is for them!” Steve Crawford comments: “To be nominated was superb, but to go on and win was beyond our expectations. This is very exciting times for Chicken & Blues, and we’re excited to see where this journey takes us.”

BOURNEMOUTH TOWN CENTRE BID SUPPORT THE BAPTAS FOR THE 3RD YEAR Bournemouth Town Centre BID are supporting the BAPTAs - Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards for the 3rd year running, previously known as the Bournemouth Tourism Awards, and will be sponsoring the Family Eating Experience Award for the 2nd consecutive year. The Family Eating Experience Award celebrates the venues who offer specifically excellent services for families visiting the area of Bournemouth and Poole. This may consist of baby changing facilities, children’s knives and forks, special offers for children, or kids eat for free! Eating out for families can be challenging at times, and it’s these restaurants and cafes that make it easier for tourists visiting the area to still be able to enjoy a meal out. There are ever changing new eateries around Bournemouth and Poole and the surrounding areas, even more so with the arrival of the BH2 building in Bournemouth Square.

best of everything, being a quirky and welcoming café/bar with great food and atmosphere as well as plenty of games to entertain the kids while the parents can relax, at any time of the day.” Paul Kinvig, Chief Operating Officer of Bournemouth Town Centre BID said, “The Town Centre BID understands the importance of the hospitality sector to the conurbation. It’s essential to recognise & celebrate best practice, achievement and encourage continual innovation and development! The BAPTA’s are an important part of this and we’re delighted to be sponsoring an award” For more information and to enter the BAPTAs visit www.bapta.co.uk or call 01202 896698.

Jackie Phillipson from BAPTAs says, “The competition is high and last year winners were Flirt café bar for having the

LANGSIDE SCHOOL PUPILS GET CREATIVE FOR CHRISTMAS Pupils from Langside, a special school for children aged two to 19 with profound disabilities run by Diverse Abilities, have designed a range of Christmas cards to help raise vital funds to continue the support for children and adults with disabilities in Dorset. This year’s range of festive cards are from pupils Ken, Angel, Julian, Alicia, Amelia and James, who all enjoyed listening to Christmas music whilst creating the vibrant cards. The children used their hands and feet to make their creations. Angel used her communication book to choose the colours in her picture of baby Jesus and James enjoyed feeling the texture of the fur and the cotton wool when he was making the three wise men Christmas card.

Jon Seaward, principal at Langside School, said: “Giving the children the opportunity to get creative is a really fun and stimulating exercise for them. The funds raised from the cards will also have a substantial impact on the charity.”

AWARD WINNING CLINIC COASTAL SKINTHETICS A lot has been going on at the award winning Coastal Skinthetics Clinic over the past few months. Yes; award Winning! Obagi Medical recognised Tracy Cullen, Clinical Director, for the difference she made to peoples lives with commitment and dedication to her patients. Tracy won the Obagi Medical Award for ‘Best Patient Results 2016/17’. The Clinic also received the award from Obagi Medical for most productive clinic within March and October 2017. Certainly a busy year! Following conference and training in Harley St, Coastal Skinthetics is now able to offer the additional service of Profhilo; a revolutionary bioremodeling skin treatment that hydrates, improves collagen production, skin laxity and strength, with remarkable results. Keep and eye out, as photos of the treatment will be on their website in the New Year. For the full range of treatments offered and prices please contact them directly on: 07828 617807 or 0800 6124 468. Visit www. coastalskinthetics.co.uk

The specially designed Christmas cards are now on sale and are being sold for £4.00 per pack of 12 or £10.00 for 3 packs. International Cards & Gifts (ICG) kindly printed the cards for Diverse Abilities at no cost which means that all the proceeds will go directly to the charity. To purchase the cards directly from Diverse Abilities, call 01202 718266 or pop into the charity’s head office located near Tower Park. For further information regarding Diverse Abilities please visit www.diverseabilities.org.uk


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Independent Building Control Consultancy Founded by Mark Cook in 2013, MC Plan and Site Services has become a well established Independent Building Control Consultancy company, covering the South West and London, including Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. Managing Director Mark Cook has over 25 years experience in the construction industry, including more than 15 years as a Building Control Surveyor. Having worked for both the NHBC and Local Authority Building Control bodies, Mark’s knowledge base and experience is extensive and varied across both the public and private sectors, ranging from conversions of existing office buildings to flats, construction of new build offices and refurbishments of entertainment venues.

His ever-growing team of inspectors also bring much experience to each individual project, incorporating a practical approach with technical expertise. MC Plan and Site Services aim to provide a personalised, professional Building Control service to all clients, whether they are developing a large housing project, an extension to their own home, or a refurbishment of a commercial unit. Mark and the team act as a ‘One Stop Shop’, encompassing all of the Building Control services under one roof in an efficient and cost effective manner. MC Plan and Site Services will work closely with all parties involved throughout the process including the Application Submission, Plan Assessment, Site Inspections and Completion of Works.

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MC Plan and Site Services aim to provide a personalised, professional Building Control service to all clients, whether they are developing a large housing project, an extension to their own home, or a refurbishment of a commercial unit.

MC Plan and Site Services work alongside residential clients on a regular basis, working on internal alterations, extensions, conversions and new builds. Included in our service is:


Plan Assessment Site Inspections Pre-Application Meetings Design Meetings 10 Year Structural & Latent Defects finishes so you will not find theInsurance same materials and Fire Risk Assessments finishes anywhere else. Our• walk-in-wardrobes will • Access Audits simply be the very best design and manufacture in • Technical Seminars

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www.mcplanandsiteservices.co.uk. Alongside our own brand, we offer two very Courtesy of Anders Roberts Cheerdesigner This American approach to wardrobes has been influential Italian brands meaning Courtesy of Anders Roberts Cheer with us for around a decade now,and it’s only recently unrivalled choice of the very best materials for your Having worked for both the NHBC Mark and team act as a ‘One Stop Local Authority Control to bodies, we have been Building commissioned create some realthe luxury walk-in-wardrobe. encompassing all of the Building Mark’s knowledge experience is Shop’,luxury masterpieces forbase the and ultimate in organised extensive and varied across both the pub- Control services under one roof in an effistorage. We have completed work in some of the One product proving to be huge in popularity, is the cient and cost effective manner. MC Plan lic and private sectors, ranging from conand through Site Services will workLinen closelyfinish, with allthis finish has been specially most luxurious in Greater London, textured versions of existinghouses office buildings to flats, thefor process inconstruction new build offices and refurto simple of angled loft rooms locally.parties No involved other throughout formulated wardrobe interiors. This is a hard cluding the Application Submission, Plan bishments of entertainment venues. wardrobe will give you maximum storage as well as wearing product, proven Assessment, Site Inspections and Comple- to last the test of time. flexibility. His ever-growing team of inspectors also tion of Works. bring much experience to each individual Our designers will work with you to create a true The walk in wardrobe is more of an experience masterpiece for your room. Every aspect of a walkrather than an item of furniture, it’s a real sanctuary in-wardrobe is carefully considered to achieve the for the individual to plan their entire outfit. Luxury very best in optimum storage, while still creating a is also an affordable reality, without the need for visually pleasing and organised dressing room. doors to the front of the wardrobes there is a real price saving too. LAMCO DESIGN LTD Units B1 & 2, We have been relentlessly evolving our materials 50 Waterloo Road, Poole, BH17 7LG and finishes for the manufacturing of walk-inwardrobes specifically, including everything from 01202 694963 | info@lamco-design.co.uk Courtesy of Westover Nissan the lighting through to wardrobe colours and www.lamco-design.co.uk dustry, including more than 15 years as a Building Control Surveyor.






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MC Plan and Site Services work alongside residential clients on a regular basis, working on internal alterations, extensions, conversions and new builds. Included in our service is: • • • • •

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Resin Bound Driveways The popularity of resin bound driveways continues to grow, rapidly becoming the number one solution for creating a stunning entrance to your property. The solution is made from a mix of different coloured, small kiln dried stone and resin which is typically hand laid on a specially prepared base. When set, usually around 12 hours, the finish is smooth, non-slip and very sleek with seamless borders.

Long Lasting, Low Maintenance Along with the aesthetic appeal there are some fantastic practical benefits offered by resin driveways. The nonslip surface is very hard wearing, free from loose stones and is resistant to oil stains. A driveway laid with good quality resin will be UV resistant so it will not fade. Unlike block paving, there is little or no weeding required, leaving the area much easier to keep clean and looking great.

While we are seeing more and more homes with resin driveways, there is quite a variety and uniqueness being maintained through design and choice of colours. With options to plan a completely different layout to an existing driveway, changes to borders, and even adding a motif inlay, driveway projects can provide a truly bespoke look, with that all important WOW-factor and kerb appeal.

You can expect a resin driveway to have a 10-year guarantee, but in reality they will last a lot longer before needing any work to extend longevity. Planning permission A key factor that has spurred the rise of resin driveways is that no planning permission is required, due to the resin bound solution being permeable, meaning water will drain

through. Where new driveways over 5 Square Meters – with surfaces such as traditional impermeable concrete or tarmac – is laid, planning permission would be required. New driveways that require the kerb to be dropped for access to a classified road will need planning permission, however access to non-classified or non-principle roads would not need planning permission. Planning permission may be required in conservation areas. SuDS: Sustainable Urban Drainage System An initiative called SuDS promotes a sustainable approach to managing surface water, preventing flooding and

pollution in urban areas. Choosing an SuDS compliant, permeable resin driveway is an excellent way to positively contribute to the protection of the environment while enjoying the relief of not needing planning permission. Not Just For Driveways The resin bound solution forms a perfect surface for many more applications other than driveways. Paths – especially when they are laid as part of a driveway project – offer continuity of look and feel. Patios benefit from the hardwearing aspect of resin, as do hot tub areas and swimming pool surrounds, which take advantage of non-slip, permeable and low maintenance features, making the surface safer under foot than tiles or decking, not to mention longer lasting.






Installation A typical installation of Apple’s EvaDrive Resin Bound Driveway takes two days. During the first day the area is prepared and borders created, then during day two the new driveway surface is laid by hand by our expert team.


Once laid the new surface needs to cure, this can take around 12 hours to fully set before the surface can be used.





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Evening Hill

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A selection of properties sold by Winkworth Southbourne in 2017

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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



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Bed 5, Bath 5, Built 389 m2, Plot 1,089 m2

Bed 1, Bath 1, Built 108 m2

Occupying an elevated position within a popular urbanisation, the villa is distributed over 3 floors offering spacious and comfortable living for a large family.

Located in one of the best residential areas of Marbella, the sizeable accommodation is all on one level with a south facing garden and an enormous master bedroom.




REF: WW429 Bed 3, Bath 2, Built 158 m2, Plot 1,066 m2 OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD Bed 5, Bath 3, Built 274 m2, Plot 1,523 Situated just east of Marbella, in a well-


REF: WW887 Bed 4, Bath 3, Built 214 m2, Plot 969 m2 established urbanisation, this charming villa is Bed 4, Bath 3, Built 291 m2, Plot 748 m2 Located on the outskirts of Estepona this This recently refurbished villa has been An extraordinary and individual modern house in a stunning location. Built originally in 1962 for the artist John Merton, Pound House is builtcountry over 2 floors. The property has complete lovely villa has a bright open plan feel with a finished to a very high standard. With its This little gem of a villa is located in a small privacy from all angles. beautiful south-facing private southeastover orientation, large terraces and pool andextended pretty urbanisation onlyto 10include minutes from broadly Palladiangarden, in style andpool is a wide, single storey building with large windows looking the gardens. It was in 1978 a and self contained apartment. area, the property is perfect for entertaining. Marbella. Recently refurbished this villa has Stunning Sea Views | Good Rental Potential | plenty of style and character. garden room and a large studio complex including a workshop and dark room . The property currently has very high ceilings and brick parapets Wooden Vaulted Ceilings | Private Pool Fireplace | Car Port | Mountain View | Terracota

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Flooring | Good Condition surrounding the roof which has good storage space.

Air Conditioning | Panoramic Views | Italian Stone Flooring | Guest House | Fireplace

Four bedrooms | four bathrooms | garden room | hall | drawing room | studio complex | dining room | wine cellar | integrated garaging | small lake arboretum | over six

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A selection of properties let by Winkworth Westbourne in 2017



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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



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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



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OARE, WILTSHIRE £2,750,000 FREEHOLD 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

PENN HILL AVENUE £230,000 WINKWORTH POOLE | 01202 BATTERSEA | 020 7228 9265 733000 poole@winkworth.co.uk battersea@winkworth.co.uk

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HOME HOME HOME. Wishing a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year to all our past, present and future clients. We’ll go to great lengths to make sure you find the home of your dreams this Christmas and New Year. So whether you’re buying, selling, renting or letting, come to Winkworth and we’ll show you how we look at things from a different perspective. And we’re always refreshingly honest. #HomeTruths

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Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor ‘The Kitchen’: the heart of the home. For centuries the kitchen has been the source of all mankind’s joy (food that is), but recently it has taken on a far greater role in our daily lives. No longer just a place for our cherished home cooking, but more so a hub for entertaining. More and more homeowners are opting to transform their culinary chambers into opened-up lavish living spaces, complete with all the bells and whistles. We got in touch with one of Dorset’s leading independent kitchen designers to find out what is on trend for this and the coming year… Since being established in 1987, the company has evolved enormously to meet the needs of their customers. What’s on trend in the world of interior design is constantly changing, both aesthetically and equally in terms of technology. Just look at the evolution of the stove: once a gas-

burning ring, now almost 80% of hobs sold are induction. It’s an incredibly innovative industry in some senses and in others a wonderful homage to pure craftsmanship. Whilst catching up with Gary, he mentioned on several occasions that he took a lot of his influences from overseas – particularly from our German cousins. “The kitchen market in Germany is huge. The scale of it is unbelievable”, Gary remarked. He went on to describe a state of the art showroom he had visited previously, which was three stories high, with well over eighty different show kitchens on display. Gary regularly visits Germany (as well as other European countries) to cultivate fresh and original products for his showroom. After all, who doesn’t love having visitors ooh and ahh over your beautiful home, beginning the question “where did you get that?”

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I rather admired Gary’s dedication to originality. He isn’t sat flicking through catalogues heartlessly selecting a few new models for the showroom. He’s putting his heart and soul into his business by traveling overseas for research and it really shows in the vast and unique range of products that Kitchen House offer. I for one love independent businesses! I love the energy and individuality that they bring to over saturated commercial industries. They aren’t bound by the rules of an authoritarian head office, which for us customers means opening the door to a world of brand new options; things you probably would never have considered, if you’d visited a chain store.


As the interview continued Gary explained the coming ‘kitchen trends’ for the later part of this year, come the next. He explained, “Most people are extending their homes into these big open plan areas”. This interesting development is one of, if not the, reason for the extinction of the dining room and moreover, the evolution of the ‘island’ as a pinnacle part of the kitchen. Dining is far less formal than it used to be (at least at home anyway) and whether you like it or not you cannot deny the fact that the once treasured ‘dining table’, is becoming obsolete. It seems that the majority of people are investing more time and money into creating a less formal, more open eating space. It’s actually quite fascinating once you delve into the potential reasons why, but I’ll leave you to make your own conclusions. The point is, people are getting really creative when it comes to designing such a space and Kitchen House are extremely obliging when it comes to big ideas. Ordinarily you might not get overly excited about a worktop, but when Gary went on to explain some of the new materials coming in, I suddenly wanted to buy up the lot. “Mixing up different textures and materials is also huge right now”, he added. Word on the interior design street is that we’ll be seeing a lot more concrete and metals, aiming for a kind of ‘industrial-lux’. I managed to get a sneak peak at some samples and may I just say WOW! I can honestly say I haven’t seen anything like this in any of the main chains either. Rich brown (almost black) oak, ‘set lava’ surfaces with flecks of bronze – the entire range of worktops and doors were stunning! But it really is something to see with your own eyes.

I couldn’t help but ask the age-old question, ‘what makes you guys unique?’ to which Gary replied with, “People visit the high-street traders to begin with, for some initial research. They tend to gather three or so quotes and then come to us with their ideas. What we tend to find is that the highstreet stores try and quash their ideas and go for the easier option. Whereas we are more likely to opt for a design that is likely to be more work for us, but will produce a far superior result” If you’re planning a kitchen refurbishment in the near future, I simply can’t recommend Kitchen House enough. I was blown away by their range of products, their keen eye for detail and most of all their passion for truly stunning kitchen design. By Charlotte Williams

Kitchen House’s slogan is: ‘Designers and suppliers of the ‘WOW’ factor’, and I can easily see why. Nothing they do is done in half measures and no two projects are the same.

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BOURNEMOUTH | OIEO £500,000 A beautifully presented three bedroom detached character house situated in a highly sought after location within close proximity to Bournemouth Hospital and JP Morgan. Benefitting from two reception rooms, two bath/ shower rooms, stunning open plan kitchen/ family room and detached garage.

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A substantial four bedroom detached house situated in a premier location within the sought after Talbot Woods. The property offers generous living accommodation and the opportunity for further updating whilst benefitting from a private garden, en suite bathroom and double garage. No forward chain.

A substantial four bedroom detached character house situated in a premier location within the sought after Queens Park. The property offers generous living accommodation and benefits from an en suite bathroom, open plan kitchen/ family room and double garage with office/ games room above.

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A superbly presented two bedroom detached house offering an ideal first time purchase or investment opportunity. Finished to a high standard throughout the property is located a short walk from local shops, mainline train station and within easy reach of Bournemouth Town Centre and seafront.

A luxury two double bedroom, two bathroom ground floor apartment situated in the highly sought after Talbot Woods. Beautifully presented throughout the property features an open plan kitchen/ living room and private patio seating area. Two allocated underground parking spaces.

A superbly presented two double bedroom fourth floor apartment situated in the highly desirable Branksome Park. The property offering generous living accommodation benefits from a large balcony, modern fitted bathroom, second WC, garage in block, lift and Share of freehold.

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HARBRIDGE | £775,000 A four bedroom country farmhouse believed to date to the early 1600’s retaining many characterful features and situated in a beautiful rural location in approximately a third of an acre. Kitchen with Aga, utility room and en-suite. Garage and outbuildings. NO CHAIN

CORFE CASTLE | £474,950

RINGWOOD | OIEO £575,000

A three bedroom brand new chalet style cottage positioned in the heart of the historic Corfe Castle Village located within approximately half a mile from the Castle Ruins. Spacious accommodation with three reception rooms and ample off road parking.

A well-presented four double bedroom detached house situated on the borders of the New Forest and within close proximity to Hightown Lakes. Spacious accommodation of just over 1800 sq. ft. Off road parking, double garage and front and rear gardens. NO ONWARD CHAIN.

RINGWOOD | £349,950

RINGWOOD | OIEO £335,000

VERWOOD | G.P. 285,000

A three bedroom semi-detached house situated in a desirable location within a quiet cul-de-sac close to local amenities and backing onto open fields. Dual aspect sitting/ dining room, utility, ground floor cloakroom. Integral garage, off road parking, front and rear gardens.

A three bedroom detached bungalow set in a quiet position within a popular cul-de-sac. Offering huge potential with scope for improvement and extension (subject to planning). Keys available to view. NO CHAIN.

A three bedroom semi-detached house overlooking a delightful green to the front and boasting a very secluded rear garden. Beautifully decorated throughout with a newly fitted bathroom, solid Oak flooring to the kitchen/dining and living room. Garage and two parking spaces.

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LYTCHETT MATRAVERS | £850,000 SOLE AGENT One of Lytchett Matravers’ best kept secrets. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of today’s world in approximately 3 acres on an elevated plot with stunning views over the Dorset countryside is Crumpets Farm. Offering ample accommodation and 2 substantial out buildings, in all approx 3173 sq ft.


LILLIPUT | £850,000

Tucked away at the bottom of a cul-de-sac in one of Lower Parkstone’s sought after locations is a delightful two/three-bedroom chalet house with a kitchen/breakfast room. Set in a south facing garden with stunning views of Brownsea Island and the Purbecks in the background.

SUPREME HOME IN A PREMIER LOCATION. This beautifully appointed 4 bedroom home is set in the heart of Lilliput with Parkstone Golf Club just a few hundred yards away, and local award winning beaches and Canford Cliffs Village nearby offering many local amenities. Ready for immediate occupation.

PARKSTONE | £514,500

CREEKMOOR | £250,000

POOLE | £330,000

An exceptionally well presented spacious three double bedroom chalet style house which has been tastefully modernized with a delightful 100ft rear garden. The home has a generous lounge/ dining room, well equipped kitchen, modern ground floor bathroom, and en-suite to master, along with a garage.

A delightful 2 double bedroom spacious mid terrace home with a 100-ft. rear garden, kitchen/breakfast room, downstairs cloakroom, separate dining room and lounge set in a cul de sac location within 200 yards of local shops. The property also offers block paved off road parking for two cars.

A stunning remodelled two double bedroom top floor apartment with amazing views over Holes Bay from the halfmoon shaped double glazed windows, which also have French doors that open onto a wraparound terrace. This beautiful home has one of the best positions in the iconic Aqua development.

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FERNDOWN | £735,000 SOLE AGENT An attractive and well-maintained three bedroom, three bathroom detached family home with a detached garage and west facing rear garden. Situated in a sought after location, just a short distance to Ferndown’s town centre. The lounge is an impressive size measuring approximately 23ft x 20ft, with an open fire and stone surround. This imposing property is accessed via a carriage driveway with two sets of double iron gates.



A substantially enlarged, beautifully modernised and deceptively spacious four/five double bedroom, three bathroom, detached chalet bungalow with a 120ft south facing and private rear garden and generous off-road parking. Sitting proudly on a large plot measuring approximately 1/5 of an acre whilst enjoying a popular location within Bearwood located close to amenities.

A deceptively spacious, tastefully modernised and character four double bedroom, two bathroom detached chalet bungalow, with a 24ft conservatory, a 50ft south facing rear garden and generous off-road parking. Enjoying a highly sought after location positioned within Mudeford’s ‘golden rectangle’, a highly desirable residential location.

FERNDOWN | £450,000 A rarely available, well-maintained and extended three bedroom 1930’s detached family house, with a detached double garage 100ft private rear garden. Sitting centrally on a larger than average plot which is approaching 1/3 of an acre, situated in a sought after and convenient location approximately 500 metres from Ferndown’s town centre.

GOLF LINKS ROAD, FERNDOWN | £425,000 A rarely available and superbly positioned two double bedroom, two bathroom ground floor garden apartment, with two private patio areas and secure underground parking. Situated opposite Ferndown’s Championship Golf Course and offered with no onward chain.

FERNDOWN | £405,000 A well-presented and generous size four bedroom, two bathroom, two reception room detached family home with a double glazed conservatory, a 50ft enclosed rear garden and a double driveway, tucked away in a peaceful cul-de-sac whilst enjoying the popular Camellia’s development.

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DECK THE HALLS Katie Thomas, Design Director, KTM Design

Entertaining at home was predicted to be a key lifestyle trend for 2017, and interiors have followed suit, with elegant statement furniture in luxurious materials finding their place in your living room. Everywhere you look you’ll see marble, velvet and metallics, and cocktail chairs have become a statement item in the living room. Before we look at the trends for 2018, and with Christmas just around the corner, you may like to think about doing something slightly different with your festive decorating this year. Read some of my tips and tricks below:


MAKING SPACE AT CHRISTMAS Steve Webber, Director of Maidmans Moving & Storage Steve has many years experience in the moving and storage industry. Mrs W asked “how can I make space for visitors over the festive season?” Steve offered the following advice about freeing up some space over the festive period. Steve says: “If you’re hosting Christmas at your home, it’s best to get prepared as early as possible and look at ways to free up some space. It’s really common to use a spare room as a dumping ground for anything you don’t use very often. However, if you’ve got family staying, an extra room that’s free from jumble will make the experience far more pleasant for your guests.” Steve added “focus on the main areas of the house. Ideally you should aim to clear any clutter from the kitchen, dining room and sitting room, as this is where your guests will spend most of their time.” Steve says: “One of the easiest ways to free up space in your home is to put items you don’t need into storage. Here at Maidmans we are able to offer affordable short-term storage at one of our 16 secure warehouses across the country”.

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SHAPE AND TEXTURE: From the round candles and organic shape of the garland to the linear look of the mirrors and ordered placement of stockings, a mix of rectangular, circular and botanical always strikes the perfect balance. INCORPORATE LIGHTS INTO YOUR CURTAINS: If outdoor décor isn’t an option, you can create waterfalls of lights over the window with a sheer curtain on top for a soft glow that can be appreciated both indoors and out. A TOUCH OF BRASS: A great way to break up the richness of the typically festive midnight blue and merlot red is with touches of metallic. Silver tones feel cool, but brass and bronze tones add a warmth which layers well with reds and blues. USING WHITE AS A BASE COLOUR: Layering different whites together can achieve a look that is glamorous, modern, traditional, romantic or casual, depending on the textures and materials used. Combining ultra white with deep blues and reds will stop your space becoming too dark. Do this with throws, area rugs and wreaths. WHITE LIGHTS OR COLOURED LIGHTS? White lights add ambiance with their subtle glimmer and magical quality. They work beautifully with metallic and glass decorations. With colourful lights you can be at danger of overpowering a tree or a room and remove any attention from other festive elements, but they can inspire a playful palette. You can choose to go from classy – by using just one or two specific colours – to more playful and festive by using multi-colours. Whatever lights you decide to go for, they are perfect for setting the mood you desire and add ambience to any space. It is a simple way to set an energetic and fun tone for your family gatherings and parties. ARRANGE CANDLES FOR A CENTREPIECE: An arrangement of candles will keep your space cosy and serve as something to gather around if a fireplace isn’t an option. If you are thinking about making changes to your home or commercial space in the upcoming months and wondering how an Interior Designer can help you save time and money, do get in touch. For more information or to book your complimentary design consultation, please call 01202 069499 or email info@ktmdesign.co.uk

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2017 NOVEMBER BUDGET & TAX ROUND UP Little in the budget to affect holiday home owners but significant announcements from previous budgets are stealthily arriving It’s Groundhog Day For the second time this year we have a budget to look at. Ok I’ll be Bill Murray and you be Andie MacDowell! Let’s examine the announcements from the latest budget that affect holiday home owners. As it turns out there is very little in the announcements of direct relevance to holiday home owners. Payment of Capital Gains Tax In the small print it was announced that the requirement to pay capital gains tax within 30 days of a property sale is being pushed back to April 2020. So if you sell in this tax year you can sit on the money until January 20 and I assume that the bill for sales in the 19/20 tax year will fall in January 21. Rent a Room Scheme This is a handy allowance that was increased previously and highlighted as supporting the new sharing economy as exemplified by Airbnb. It’s an unusually simple and useful scheme which allows you to earn up

to £7,500 a year tax free for renting out part of your home. You don’t claim any expenses, just keep the gross income regardless of your income tax rate. At the moment the guidelines are aimed at people with a small annexe or doing a bit of B&B. Buried in the small print was an announcement that the government would be conducting a review to target the allowance at promoting more permanent stays, i.e. lodgers thus increasing housing capacity for the young. Simon’s crystal ball predicts a loss of the scheme for holiday letting B&B. The Pain Isn’t Fading! They are not new announcements so there’s no coverage but in the last few years we’ve seen a couple of really hard hitting changes for buy to let landlords & second home owners who don’t do enough letting to qualify as an official furnished holiday let. Capital Gains Tax on Residential Property George Osborne (remember him?) put the boot in when he reduced capital gains by creating a surcharge for residential property has so the rate

paid will normally be 28% rather than the 20% for other assets. Holiday let owners take a big breath as you qualify for entrepreneurs relief and pay CGT at 10% Restriction of Mortgage Interest Relief For Higher Rate Tax Payers If you think the government was taking a swing with the capital gains tax then this is a full on Cantona style kung fu kick in the teeth! The spin on this announcement was that it was the removal of a generous relief. I’m surprised more fuss hasn’t been made as I think that the buy to let restriction crosses a very fundamental line in the sand. Throughout the years that I worked in the finance industry there was a simple answer for clients bemoaning a large tax bill- if you owe the tax you must have earned the money. This will not be true in

future for buy to let landlords and so for the first time in generations we have a ‘dry’ tax in the system that is buy to let landlords and second home owners falling below the occupancy or availability thresholds may have to pay tax on profit that they have not made. We are only in the first year of phasing in this measure which ramps up between now and April 2020 so it’s not really biting let. If you’re a buy to let landlord or second home owner who doesn’t rent seriously it’s important to calculate what the effect is going to be and make plans now as it’s certainly possible that the pain could be compounded by a rise in interest rates. Fortunately this measure does not apply to holiday lets so take an even bigger breath if you are one of us!

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£3,500 - £6,000 PER WEEK, WEEKEND BREAKS AVAILABLE The design is cantilevered, made of concrete and glass and takes full advantage of its prime position and amazing views as the house is surrounded by water. Being dual aspect, you will enjoy views over looking both Poole Bay and Poole Harbour. It occupies a site fronting the fine sandy beach on the neck of the Sandbanks Peninsula which divides Poole Harbour from the sea. The harbour hardly needs introduction being the second largest in the world. Bustling with kite surfers, passing ferries and yachts, it is the perfect place to watch the magnificent sunsets over the water. The house has been redesigned by the current owners who have created the perfect balance of a home that can be enjoyed by young and old, morning noon and night. The interior design is a fresh, fun and quirky mix of relaxed coastal and urban chic. With approximately 4000 square feet of contemporary, stylish space to relax, have fun and unwind. Horizons sleeps up to 12 people and is available for short breaks and weekend stays as well as weekly holidays. All of the double rooms can be made up as singles making the accommodation very flexible to suit the guests needs. There is parking for up to 5 cars on the drive and a large garden area which makes Horizons the perfect place for a large family holiday or also great place for celebrating special events such as wedding anniversaries and birthdays as well as being ideal for company board meetings or a base for watersport schools.

Entrance: On the ground floor the large entrance hall leads to the first double bedroom. There is a large games room which has a seating area with sofas, a music area, table football, a fridge and a selection of board games. The games room can be used for additional sleeping to accommodate a further 2/4 people. First Floor: The kitchen is modern, contemporary and spacious. It is well equipped with everything you need to entertain family and friends, and a large breakfast bar. There is also an impressive dining table that seats up to 14 people so everyone can sit together to enjoy a meal. A large sliding door opens onto a balcony with the panoramic views across to Brownsea Island and the harbour. The lounge area has a large, comfortable seating area and a B&O TV system with Apple TV. The large patio door leads to a spacious balcony and spiral steps down to the garden and beach beyond. Second Floor: On this floor you will find two double bedrooms, a bunk bedroom and a large shower room. The master suite is at the back of the property and boasts the magnificent, uninterrupted beach views. There is also a second bunk bedroom accessed just off the bedroom area. The Garden: The large garden area is tiered into separate areas with a large sand pit, a decked areas, a BBQ and large wooden table that seats up to 14. There are lots of fun things to find here in the garden, including paddle boards, buckets and spades and even a table tennis table. All perfect for enjoying your holiday by the sea.

Beach and harbour fronting | 6 bedrooms (4 with sea views) – 1 ensuite – 2 showerooms | Additional sleeping available (up to 4) | Friday changeover | Linen and towels included | Parking for up to 6 cars | Short breaks available | Pets by arrangement (1 small dog) | Broadband

2 Banks Road, Sandbanks, Poole, Dorset BH13 7QD 01202 707 357 | office@sandbanksbeachholidays.co.uk | www.sandbanksbeachholidays.co.uk

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CUSTOM MADE A Genuinely Bespoke Service We’re used to popping by offices and workshops here at House, but rarely do we make house calls, that except in this case. Thrilled by the work done at his home, a Custom Made client insisted we visit and see just how good their service is. So a hop, skip and a car ride away, we arrived at a beautiful New Forest home, to see their exceptional furniture for ourselves and ask the questions we all want answers to, when it comes to fitted furniture. What made you opt for fitted furniture in the first place? I’d tried and tested plenty of pre-made furniture from stores, but nothing quite seemed to fit. The colour was always not quite right, or it was too big or too small, so in the end I thought I’d try an alternative route.

What made you choose Custom Made? In all honesty, I’d contacted a few different companies before finding them. A few had come round to quote, but they never quite fit the bill. Whilst they claimed to be a bespoke service, it seemed that they were always pushing their style onto me, rather than heeding to what I really wanted. From the minute Neill (Co-Director, Custom Made) came round, I knew they would be different. Before making any plans, we sat down over a coffee and he asked me exactly what it was I needed. I left him to go away and come back with some ideas and by the morning after, I had a detailed plan of what they could do and it was spot on. It’s as though my vision had come to life. Everything they designed was in keeping with my needs and the property itself.

Custom Made offered a genuinely bespoke service. They went above and beyond the usual call of duty


How was the service, from start to finish? The owners, Neill and Steve were there every step of the way. I was so surprised. These aren’t your ordinary, ‘clock out at five’ guys. In fact, when I asked if the playroom could be completed in time for some friends visiting, the pair worked late into the night themselves, ensuring it was done in time.


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The guest room is the perfect place for our friends to get away and enjoy a space of their own, the playroom is really a dream come true – right down to the specific green of the paint – and I couldn’t be more thrilled with their level of commitment and beyond high-quality service.

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I first used them for the bookcases in the dining room, then the cinema room, then eventually the den and the guest room. When it came to the den, they really did cover every little detail and anything they couldn’t manufacture, they sourced without hesitation. Take the bar for example, the wood from which they sourced was from America and was fitted to exacting standards, so that guests could lean at the perfect height; or the brass foot bar, which they seamlessly paired with matching brass fittings and fixtures across the room. It’s all of these little details that seems to be second nature to them. Their entire team was so careful too. Instead of covering the 100 year old snooker table with a thin dust sheet, they even went to the length of building a wooden box to house it during the renovations to the room. What value has this furniture added to your home? It’s brought the house to life. I had no idea where to start with these rooms, but now with the new furniture, it’s totally transformed.


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We specialise in installing quality windows, doors, conservatories & roofline throughout the south of England.

Poole Joinery has built its success on delivering complete customer satisfaction time after time. That’s why we proudly adopted the slogan “The name you can trust”. Experts in UPVC or Aluminium, we are able to supply and expertly install Fascia, Soffits and Guttering, Traditional Windows, Modern Windows, Shaped Windows, Composite Doors, Bi-Fold Doors, Patio Doors, Orangeries, Conservatories or even Glazed Extensions. Poole Joinery offers all customers FREE no obligation quotations, a full design service, full planning/building regulations applications service, and of course, a very friendly service, from initial consultation through to final installation.

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POOLE JOINERY The Name You Can Trust Eighties Britain: “the era of home renovation”. A time of floral wallpaper, bright colours and mirrors in almost every room. But perhaps the most influential, was the introduction of uPVC windows. Since their arrival, the industry has come on leaps and bounds with new and exciting products coming to the market all the time. So, in the hopes of fishing out the next big thing, we visited the experts at Poole Joinery to talk about their family run business and innovative new products.

WHO ARE POOLE JOINERY? First and foremost Poole Joinery is a family business, with equal family values. Roy Smith has owned and successfully run Poole Joinery since 1994, placing great emphasis on continuous improvement and evolution, to create a company whose customers could rely on them for their expertise, quality products, dependability and an always-friendly service. It is for this reason that they proudly adopted the slogan, “the name you can trust”.

Co-owner (and son) Gareth joined the company in 2001 and over the past sixteen years has now assumed the mantle of running Poole Joinery to ensure its legacy, alongside his mother and sister who also work there. They work only with the best manufacturers to bring state-of-theart windows, doors and conservatories to homes across the South Coast. For over 20 years Poole Joinery have been building strong working relationships with suppliers, safeguarding the best products for their customers; “…we buy specialist products from specialist people. Our sliding sash windows for example, come from Roseview Windows who solely make sliding sash windows; likewise with our bi-folding doors, which come from a company who specialize in make this type of door and so on and so forth”, says Gareth.



Gareth and his team are passionate about providing the right solution for your specific needs, dealing with each window, and it’s unique requirements, in it’s own way. There are many reasons why you might decide to upgrade your current windows; insulation, soundproofing, better security, low maintenance or maybe even just for

aesthetics. Whatever the case, the team at Poole Joinery takes every detail into account; giving each window it’s own individual assessment and conclusion of what is most suitable.

TRIPLE GLAZING; KNOW THE DIFFERENCE A lot of people are selling triple glazing under the premise that more glass equals more efficiency, or that three panes are better than two, but in some cases three can be worse. There are some companies out there that offer a seemingly great deal on triple glazing, but what you’re really getting is double glazing with a few more bells and whistles. Allow us to explain… Windows are given a ‘u-value’ based on the level of insulation they provide. In theory the extra piece of glass awards a further 0.1 to the overall u-value of the window – the lower that value the better – but it’s not just about having extra glass. The problem arises when the extra layer is added to a standard sized double glazed unit. In order to maximise the efficiency of a double glazed unit, the gaps are filled with an insulating gas called Argon. Argon requires an optimum gap (between panes) of 16mm to work effectively and will then reduce the u-value by a further 0.3.


By introducing an extra piece of glass you’re then comprising the 16mm gap and making the gas less efficient. Therefore, you need a 44mm unit – made up of the three 4mm panes of glass and with 16mm air gaps between – in order for triple glazing t0 be effective. Poole Joinery pride themselves on offering a range of products that have optimal double or triple glazing systems, offering ultimate efficiency.

THE LATEST PRODUCTS For years architects and homeowners alike, have craved the authenticity of real wood windows, but without the up-keep and eventual deterioration. The classic range of foiled woodgrain uPVC was the initial answer to that, but with clientele still demanding a more realistic look, Poole Joinery sought a solution and in the process discovered something really special. Flush Sash uPVC windows are the best of both worlds. With all the integrity of wood and the longevity of uPVC, these perfectly formed frames are the industry’s latest innovation. Perfect for period homes in need of restoration (and top-grade insulation), these windows include some really interesting design features. Unlike the uPVC wood replicas of the past, the ‘Heritage’ range is the first to incorporate the seamless timber style joints, giving it a flawless finish. Using revolutionary ‘Graf Welding Technology’, these windows are built to last. In the absence of bumpy excess welding fluid (usually cleaned from the joint in the manufacturing process, leaving a small residue) dirt and mold have nowhere to linger on the Flush Sash range, ensuring a good-as-new finish for the life of the window.

Every window can be treated individually. Tailored to individual circumstances and the property in which it sits.

Available in a wide range of handpicked faux-wood finishes, the likeness is incredible. Everything from the feel of the grain to the look of the façade is painstakingly crafted to give the impression of real wood. Similarly, the design of the frame is entirely authentic with every inch being carefully considered to mimic styles from periods such as the Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian, right through to the present. Poole Joinery are the area’s leading specialist in windows, doors and conservatories. With a wide range of high-quality products and on-hand expertise, they will create the perfect window solution for your home and or business. Contact Poole Joinery today for a FREE no obligation quote. t. 01202 661299 w. www.poolejoinery.com a. Poole Joinery Ltd, 188 Stanley Green Road, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3AH



BOOK YOUR COURSE TODAY! It’s never too late to follow a dream! Whether you are 16 or 90, a novice or experienced, you are welcome at AUB.

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Specialist Evening & Saturday Short Courses held at AUB are a great way to master a new skill, or indulge in a subject you enjoy.

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High quality aluminium glazing systems are key to achieving bright, inviting homes with easy access to your outdoor space. Our 3,000 square foot showroom in Poole displays a vast range of our products, including sliding and folding doors, rooflights, a variety of window systems, curtain walling, as well as blinds and awnings. And our design team is on hand to talk you through all the options available for your project and budget.

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MC PLAN & SITE SERVICES Independent Building Control Consultancy Founded by Mark Cook in 2013, MC Plan and Site Services has become a well established Independent Building Control Consultancy company, covering the South West and London, including Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. Managing Director Mark Cook has over 25 years experience in the construction industry, including more than 15 years as a Building Control Surveyor. Having worked for both the NHBC and Local Authority Building Control bodies, Mark’s knowledge base and experience is extensive and varied across both the public and private sectors, ranging from conversions of existing office buildings to flats, construction of new build offices and refurbishments of entertainment venues.

His ever-growing team of inspectors also bring much experience to each individual project, incorporating a practical approach with technical expertise. MC Plan and Site Services aim to provide a personalised, professional Building Control service to all clients, whether they are developing a large housing project, an extension to their own home, or a refurbishment of a commercial unit. Mark and the team act as a ‘One Stop Shop’, encompassing all of the Building Control services under one roof in an efficient and cost effective manner. MC Plan and Site Services will work closely with all parties involved throughout the process including the Application Submission, Plan Assessment, Site Inspections and Completion of Works.

Independent Building Control Consultancy project, incorporating a practical approach with technical expertise.

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Founded by Mark Cook in 2013, MC Plan and Site Services has become a well established Independent Building Control Consultancy company, covering the South West and London, including Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Devon, Somerset, Surrey, Sussex and Berkshire. Managing Director Mark Cook has over 25 years experience in the construction industry, including more than 15 years as a Building Control Surveyor. Having worked for both the NHBC and Local Authority Building Control bodies, Mark’s knowledge base and experience is extensive and varied across both the public and private sectors, ranging from conversions of existing office buildings to flats, construction of new build offices and refurbishments of entertainment venues. His ever-growing team of inspectors also bring much experience to each individual

MC Plan and Site Services aim to provide a personalised, professional Building Control service to all clients, whether they are developing a large housing project, an extension to their own home, or a refurbishment of a commercial unit.

MC Plan and Site Services work alongside residential clients on a regular basis, working on internal alterations, extensions, conversions and new builds. Included in our service is: • • • • • • • •

Plan Assessment Site Inspections Pre-Application Meetings Design Meetings 10 Year Structural & Latent Defects Insurance Fire Risk Assessments Access Audits Technical Seminars

For more information, please contact us on 01202 744966 or visit our website at www.mcplanandsiteservices.co.uk. Courtesy of Anders Roberts Cheer Courtesy of Anders Roberts Cheer

Mark and the team act as a ‘One Stop Shop’, encompassing all of the Building Control services under one roof in an efficient and cost effective manner. MC Plan and Site Services will work closely with all parties involved throughout the process including the Application Submission, Plan Assessment, Site Inspections and Completion of Works.

MC Plan and Site Services work alongside residential clients on a regular basis, working on internal alterations, extensions, conversions and new builds. Included in our service is: • • • • •

Plan Assessment Site Inspections Pre-Application Meetings Design Meetings 10 Year Structural & Latent Defects Insurance • Fire Risk Assessments • Access Audits • Technical Seminars For more information, please contact us on 01202 744966 or visit our website at www.mcplanandsiteservices.co.uk Property photos courtesy of Anders Roberts Cheer

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Refurbishment Bourne Lifts provide assistance by offering a farreaching scope of modernisation and renovation bundles for all makes and types of lift. Our engineers perform itemised studies of your lifts, and rather than regularly providing established, older lifts with finish substitution, we offer modernisation bundles where out-of-date components are supplanted with their cuttingedge components.

New lift installation Our passenger lifts are compliant to standards EN81:1, EN81:2 and 95/16/EC. Should our standard range not quite meet your requirements, we also provide a bespoke range of special lifts. In addition, we offer high-rise or unique finishes to match your specifications. Please contact us to discuss your requirements – we know we can help.

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£1,950,000 Ferndown | 01202 855595


A fabulous mature and private plot, extensive parking and an attached double garage, are just a few features of this impeccably presented architect designed home. The owners always wanted to live in The Avenue, in particular this end of the road for its proximity to the sea, so when this very rare 0.5 acre plot came to the market they jumped at the opportunity, knowing this was their chance to construct and design the home of their dreams.

A particularly impressive and substantially extended four/five bedroom individual detached bungalow, enjoying a highly desirable and peaceful location in arguably one of the villages premier roads, just a short distance from both the village centre and West Moors forest. The bungalow has been well maintained and is well presented but would benefit from some updating to the latest styles. In our opinion the room layout is flexible and versatile with great ‘annexe potential’.

Wonderful Private Plot of 0.5 Acres | Gorgeous Vaulted & Galleried Reception Hall | Incredibly Spacious & Versatile Accommodation Approaching 4000 sq ft | Impeccably Presented Throughout

Four/five bedrooms | Light and airy lounge | Main bathroom and en-suite shower room | Detached double garage | Private rear and side gardens

Verwood | 01202 829777

£425,000 Bearwood | 01202 555550


A well presented three bedroom, two reception room detached bungalow with generous kitchen/ breakfast room, sizeable entrance hallway, four-piece en-suite to master bedroom, situated on a corner plot with private shared access to Ringwood forest and south facing rear garden. The property is offered with no forward chain.

A mature and private rear garden, off road parking and garage, are just a few features of this impeccably presented detached family home. The owners of this wonderful home bought it brand new 46 years ago, knowing it would be a great place to raise a family. Since then this fine home has been meticulously maintained and tastefully extended in line with their growing family.

Well presented | Three bedrooms | Two receptions | En-suite to master | Kitchen/breakfast room | Separate utility | Corner plot | Access to Ringwood Forest | No forward chain

Fabulous Extended Family Home I Wonderful Mature & Private Corner Plot I Lovely Fitted Kitchen with Utility Room & Cloakroom I Four Bedrooms I Two Reception Rooms I Two Bath/Shower Rooms (one en-suite) I Impeccably Presented I Parking & Detached Garage

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£365,000 Bournemouth | 01202 555550


This three bedroom, renovated, detached bungalow occupies an elevated plot on the outskirts of Wimborne with local amenities and transport links nearby. The property offers well proportioned and versatile accommodation with open plan frontage and an enclosed rear garden with garage towards the rear of the plot. Offered to the market with NO FORWARD CHAIN.

Wonderful elevated view over Bournemouth, secure allocated parking and no chain, are just a few features of this beautifully presented purpose-built apartment. Completed by renowned developers Redrow in December 2015, The Summit commands a unique elevated position above Bournemouth, with certain apartments benefitting from wonderful views; this apartment being one of them.

Detached Bungalow | Three Bedrooms | Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Garage and Driveway Parking | Front and Rear Gardens | Popular Location | No Forward Chain

No Chain I Exceptional 2ND Floor Apartment I Incredible Town Centre Location I Fabulous Elevated Urban Views From Balcony I Stylish Open Plan Kitchen/Living Space I Two Large Bedrooms I Two Modern Bath/Shower Rooms Secure Parking I 10 Year NHBC (expires 2025)

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Saxe Coburg team

2017 has been an exciting year for Saxe Coburg and we are ready to take on 2018 with even more passion and positivity for property, and the area in which we live. We’ve won awards and supported a number of charities this year and we are extremely proud of the work we are doing. 2017 Gold winner for Poole - British Property Awards 2017 Silver for South West - British Property Awards Headline sponsor for Grooves on the Green music festival raising money for Diverse Abilities

Second season sponsorship of Bournemouth Rugby Club Business Come Dancing supporting the Mayors charities Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Morning Raising money and awareness for the Poppy Appeal

Please contact us if you require any buying, selling or letting advice and don’t forget to take advantage of our latest Rick Stein in Sandbanks promotion.

Proud Partners of Sandown Mercedes-Benz Poole

24 Haven Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7LP 01202 303 066 | info@saxecoburg.eu | www.saxecoburg.eu


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Let Us Take You For Dinner...

We're giving you a £150 voucher to spend at Rick Stein, Sandbanks, when you instruct us to sell your home. With views across the water from this award-winning, destination restaurant, enjoy a relaxed lunch or elegant fine dining. The choice is yours. Contact a member of our team to claim your £150 voucher. 01202 303066 | info@saxecoburg.eu | www.saxecoburg.eu Terms and conditions apply. Food photo credit: Lucy Richards

Wishing all our clients past and present Very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

McKinlays Residential Sales, Commercial Property & Lettings

TEL: 01202 646 964 | www.mckinlays.co.uk | 117 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth BH6 3QY



We are a design-led contemporary development company, creating

An award winning company, our focused team strive to maintain our

luxury homes across the South Coast. Our keen eye for detail and

reputation by delivering constantly superior results. Our services

dedication to quality is what makes each and every one of our homes

include: New builds, refurbishment projects, extensions and dedicated

distinctively unique. Offering contract builds to clients who share our

cinema rooms. We are currently looking for land and or property, so

passion, we can advise on all elements of construction and provide a

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DUTTON GREGORY What to do in the face of a distressing legal situation is a tricky subject, and often one which most of us know little to nothing about. So, in the hopes of gleaning a little light into the world of solicitors and their general call of action, we spoke with Claire Buckley (Partner, and Family Department specialist) of Dutton Gregory – the national brand, with a strong local presence. When did the Bournemouth branch open? 02 December 2002. What makes you unique? Clients expect law firms to know the law. What makes us different from other firms is our staff, and the relationships that they have with our clients and business colleagues. We spend time ensuring that we employ people who think the same way we do and are a good fit for the Dutton Gregory culture. Once on board, we actively encourage their career and personal development and support staff who want to give back to the community, by becoming school governors or working with organisations such as the Citizen’s Advice Bureau. This supportive nature can also be seen in the way we work alongside our clients. We believe in a personal service at Dutton Gregory, which is why the person our clients instruct to help them (from the outset), will be the same person who looks after them the entire time they need us. We realise that many of our clients might be instructing solicitors for the first time or have had no choice in doing so because of the actions of others, but no matter what the circumstance we move quickly to reassure them and agree a way forward. Which areas do you specialise in? Personally, I specialise in Family Law and can help couples whose relationships are not going quite the way they would have hoped. The firm as a whole provides support and assistance to clients in every aspect of their lives, whether it’s business or personal. Our services to individuals includes house moves, advice on wills and assistance with the probate process, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, divorce, separation and financial matters, as well as personal injury and advice on medical accidents. For businesses we can advise on all aspects from start-up, to funding, employment matters and the commercial property aspect. Our Commercial and Commercial Property departments are supported by our Commercial Litigation and Property Litigation teams, to ensure that we have every ability to carry out our clients’ wishes – whatever they might be. Why should someone come to you regarding divorce/separation advice/child residence issues, over your competitors? I came into the law because my mother was widowed very young and had to make visits to see the family solicitor. These were always a trial for her and caused her great worry and anxiety. His heart was


in the right place, but she often didn’t understand what he was advising her to do. I used to try to figure out, with her, what he was talking about but I was too young to be of much use. This is what made me want to become a solicitor. I vowed that I’d be down to earth, approachable and my advice would be in plain English and easy to understand. I never forget that I am seeing people at the worst time of their lives and they need support and guidance as well as advice and an assertive advocate, who is always on their side but not afraid to tell it like it is. I am efficient and quick in my response times and always update my clients as to what is happening. I pride myself on my communication skills and hardworking ethos. What is your process with regards to personal injury? Our Personal Injury team in Dorset has just been recognised in Legal 500 Directory for 2017. The Directory ranks legal firms according to feedback received by their researchers from clients and the business community. Jo Gatehouse, the Partner who leads our Dorset team was recognised as being “professional, thorough and remarkably knowledgeable.” Members of the team are APIL and Law Society accredited. The team handles a wide range of personal injury claims, with catastrophic, brain and spinal injury claims being particular areas of strength. They manage claims involving multiple injuries and serious injuries as well as psychological injuries (such as PTSD and psychiatric trauma), requiring extensive care and rehabilitation measures. Our team offers a personal service to clients; understanding that each of them has different needs and we tailor our service to their requirements. We personally visit clients in hospital and at their home, wherever they might be in the country. Each of our clients is given a dedicated specialist to help and assist them through the process of their claim. Using technology (including case management systems) we ensure that our clients’ matters run as smoothly as possible and they are kept informed of the progress of their claims at regular stages.

Say I had just bought a house and have discovered a discrepancy in the property that the previous owner has lied about, what should I do? That is a very loaded question! It depends on the seriousness of the fib and the discrepancy and the value or loss to the client. First of all the client should come in and see a member of our property team and discuss it with them. The property lawyer may be able to resolve matters for the client or can refer the client on to the litigation team, who can provide further advice as to the appropriate course of action. How do you stay up to date with the latest laws and regulations? In all sorts of ways. I attend courses, view webinars, talk to colleagues in team meetings, read relevant publications such as monthly legal magazines and periodicals, BUT the main way I keep up to date is by actually practicing in my area of law; acting for people on all sorts of matters and dealing with other solicitors. Going to court a lot helps too, in terms of being able to see what orders the judges are making. The best way to stay knowledgeable is to just do the work! What does 2018 look like for the business? Very exciting! We have plans for growth in Dorset and I’ll have some exciting news to tell everyone in the New Year regarding that – but sadly I can’t say today! Dutton Gregory is doing all it can to ensure that we have the best people on board to provide the greatest service we can to our clients and the community. Our aim is to provide a ‘one-stop-shop’ for families and businesses from each of our offices throughout Hampshire and Dorset. We have received recognition and reward for our services to clients and our work with our local business colleagues and we aim to build on that over the coming year. In fact, we have recently heard that we have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Dorset Legal Awards 2018 in two categories; “Law Firm of the Year” and “PI / Clinical Negligence Team of the Year”. I understand that 22 other law firms submitted applications to become “Law Firm of the Year”, so we are honoured to be a finalist, along with three other firms. The ultimate winner will be announced in February next year, so we have our fingers crossed! Do you have a festive message for our readers? I would like to wish all your readers, our clients and our business friends, a very “Merry Christmas” and a “Happy New Year” from everyone at Dutton Gregory.

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Merry Christmas and a Happ y New Year!


Julian, Nick, Sharn, Wendy and Adam would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. 2017 has been a successful year for our clients, selling and letting many properties in Bournemouth. We’ve seen a big increase in landlord investor enquiries and also house prices have increased by around 5% from last year. We look forward to seeing many first time buyers purchasing in the New Year, thanks to the recent stamp duty tax breaks announced in the Autumn budget.

ARE YOU THINKING OF SELLING YOUR HOME? We are offering pre-Christmas Home Valuations for free in your area – just get in contact via phone, email, office or social media

BOURNEMOUTH OFFERS OVER £140,000 We originally met this property’s owner on a property viewing, and later in the year they came back to us to sell their property, which we did, for a great price, and has enabled the owner to relocate as planned. The new owner of this property is really pleased to have completed before Christmas.

I contacted Fahren estate agents to sell my apartment in Bournemouth. I followed some low cost decor tips from Nick which must have done the trick because Fahren’s sold my flat within 2 weeks. Nick and Julian are so professional and friendly, I felt completely confident with themI Thank you chaps for a quick, efficient and successful sale! - Susie



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One of our long term clients came back to us recently to sell one of her rental properties. We achieved a price which both she and the new landlord investor were happy with, and the sale is proceeding smoothly. We are more than happy to help clients old and new both sell and buy property – contact us!

We really loved this charming and homely property! After only a few days of marketing we were able to secure a deal which both parties were happy to proceed with. We would love to help you sell your home when you are ready and want to move on. Please contact one of us to get an idea of how best to start your next chapter!

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Stamp Duty abolished for first time buyers

The Chancellor has announced that Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) is to be abolished with immediate effect on properties up to a sale price of £300,000 for first time buyers. This comes into effect immediately and is expected to reduce the cost of buying your first property by around £5,000. Clare Hallett, Conveyancing Partner at Frettens Solicitors, explains “If you are buying your first property and it costs over £125,000 and up to £500,000 you will save money. The 2% SDLT duty applies on every pound above £125,000 that a home costs, up to £250,000, while a 5% band applies between £250,000 - £925,000.” So, a £300,000 property which used to attract a SDLT bill of £5,000 is now tax free for first time buyers. Above this level, SDLT will be paid at 5%, in the £300,000-£500,000 band. So a £10,000 SDLT bill on a £400,000 property is being reduced to £5,000.

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We would like to thank all of our clients for a fantastic year at Meyers, we wish all current and future clients a MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

I can’t recommend Meyers enough, after my house not selling for months with another agent, Alex sold it within days. They’re honest, reliable and I’m so glad I decided to put my sale in their hands. I can’t thank Alex and Leanne enough. Definitely a company worth recommending.

Alex was there for us every step of the way whenever we needed advice or support. We got a better price for our house than we could have hoped for and I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex, LeAnne and Meyers… and in fact already have more than once!

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APEX CB FINANCIAL PLANNING GROWS FOR SUCCESS Apex CB is building upon its reputation for providing high quality financial solutions in Dorset by promoting Richard French to the role of Financial Adviser, following successful completion of his qualifications. Richard has been supporting their existing adviser Chris Ryan and has coordinated countless client relationships and service agreements for over 2 years, but is now following his dream to develop a career as an adviser himself. He joined the firm with 12 years experience in Investment Banking and thrives in helping others to manage their finances.

It is always reassuring and comforting to receive comprehensive and professional advice regarding ones savings and investing plans for the future. These sentiments have been developed during my association with Apex CB Financial Planning Ltd over the past 7 years. Chris and his team always handle my needs in a friendly and personal manner. CEDRIC ROACH, VICE PRESIDENT PROCUREMENT, DOCKWISE LTD

A recent move to larger premises at Holton Heath has provided the space this growing business needs to expand. Apex believes in providing their clients truly independent, whole of market financial planning backed up by outstanding service. The firm offers a range of services but has traditionally focussed on managing the needs of the at-retirement or approachingretirement sector, whose focus is primarily related to having built up significant personal wealth during their lifetimes. “Later life” issues such as managing your savings and wealth to generate income, releasing money from pension funds, and releasing money from property for lifestyle or Inheritance Tax planning are day-today activities for Apex CB. However, they are seeking to work with more young professionals whose needs are focussed on building their wealth by saving into pensions and ISAs, protecting their families against death and serious illness, financing their children’s schooling and further education, and paying off the mortgage. “Generation X is facing a different set of challenges from their parents, including less reliance on the State for pensions and healthcare”, says Chris (Managing Director, Apex CB), “…our challenge is to prepare them by planning and education to think about the future and not just about today’s challenges”.

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My wife and I have used Chris for a considerable number of years to provide financial expertise which has been extremely accurate, trustworthy and useful in our financial planning. I would not hesitate to recommend Chris as a financial intermediary. MR A.J. WATSON C. ENG. M.I.MECH.E, BROADSTONE, DORSET

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Apex CB now has three fully qualified advisers committed to ensuring you receive the best possible advice who will work with you to achieve your financial goals. “We are a well established local business assisting clients in Dorset for over a decade. We have a large and loyal number of clients that are confident to recommend Apex CB Financial Planning” – Chris Ryan, Apex CB Give them a call on 01202 622223 for an initial no obligation consultation at their expense. w. www.apexcb.com a. Suite 2, Jellicoe House, Admiralty Park, Station Road, Holton Heath, Poole, BH16 6HX

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KUBE VISUALS Seeing is Believing With the property development market booming and new-builds on the rise, we’ve grown accustomed to the likes of 3D-visuals and CGI’s as valuable insight, but who are the people behind these elaborate fabrications? We interviewed Adam and Tara of Kube Visuals, to find out just what goes into these incredibly complex illustrations. Q: CAN YOU TELL US HOW THE COMPANY STARTED AND WHERE IT’S AT TODAY? Tara: It was a really natural progression setting up our own business together. We’d both been working for the same design firm, mastering 3D-visuals along the way, and one day we just decided to go for it. It was a big decision for us to make as there is always the fear of the unknown and there is never any guarantee that it will work and be successful. But we worked extremely hard and have never looked back!

Adam: Almost all of our business has come from good word of mouth and recommendations and we have built the business up to the point where we now work with most of the local developers and architects, as well as those further afield and even overseas. We are very lucky to be in the position we are and grateful for the support and repeat business locally. Business has never been better for us and every year we tend to be busier and busier with many exciting projects coming up. Q: WHAT LED YOU TO A CAREER IN THIS INDUSTRY? Tara: I started my career heavily involved in the arts – I was an exhibition designer for museums in London, which eventually – in a round about way – led me to a job with an architectural firm, learning how to produce 3D visuals.


Adam: I actually always wanted to be an illustrator for children’s storybooks. I began my design career studying illustration and fine arts at university, but after struggling to find a job in the profession doing what I loved I was then pushed to go into 3D design which got me my

first professional job in the industry. Luckily it all worked out for the best! Q: WHY ARE HIGH-QUALITY VISUALS SO IMPORTANT? Tara: Ultimately, if you want to sell off plan, you need a hyper-realistic depiction of the property in question. It’s also really important for the design process, as not everyone can visualise the end result from the vagueness of a flat plan 2d drawing. Adam: There’s so much competition in this area and across the country doing what we do, so its very important to us that we stand out from the rest of the crowd. We try to update our technology and technique/skills as often as possible to make sure that these visuals are as realistic as they can be. We want our standard of work to be the absolute best and as photo-realistic as possible. Having a competitive edge and wanting to better yourself is key in what we do and I believe that is what separates us from other companies. Tara: Whether you’re buying a multimillion pound home, or a firsttime studio apartment, you want to feel confident in how the end result is going to look.


In larger companies, the work will go from designer to designer often loosing its finesse and personal style in the process. We want to make sure that every visual produced has the same level of attention and quality as the last. Being consistent with our work is definitely something we pride ourselves on. Tara: We’ve never wanted to expand the business for fear of loosing that signature quality and unique style of our work. We have a great team of people who work along side us to help keep us up with the demand of our current workload. Having that personal relationship with our clients and knowing what they are after definitely helps the workflow and inevitably the end result of each visual. Q: WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT TO DATE? Tara: We’ve worked on some amazing award winning properties locally and abroad, all which have been a pleasure

to visualise, especially when you see how the designs have come together and worked. To be honest there’s been so many great projects it would be hard to push for a favourite. Adam: There is so much variety in the projects we do. I suppose the most unique was designing some visuals for a huge private jumbo jet. The entire plane was going to be fitted out with some ultra-luxury lifestyle essentials and designed to a very high specification, so this was a challenge to get it looking as lavish and realistic as possible. These visuals were widely spread in other news articles and magazines so had some really good coverage. Likewise with many of the building projects we work on, so many of them have an individual look to them from the architects designs, so being able to bring that design to life for them is quite rewarding. t. 01202 700565 e. studio@kubevisuals.com w. www.kubevisuals.com

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Q: HOW DO YOU CAPTURE THE INCREDIBLE REALISM THAT YOU DO? Adam: We’re always trying to improve our skill-set, in order to push the quality and boundaries of our work. I’ll often find myself researching better techniques and learning new skills to stay that extra step ahead of the competition. The computers can only really take it so far, after that it comes down to the individual artist to try and add in those extra details to take the image to a more natural and realistic state without it looking too computer generated. Tara: We keep an eye on the latest software upgrades, to ensure that the software we’re using is the very best. Always referring back to actual final built projects and studying them to see if we can match that realism of a final build. It’s an ongoing process and sadly there’s no shortcuts. Q: WHAT KEEPS YOUR WORK APART FROM COMPETITORS? Adam: We’re a small company, where the owners (ourselves) both take full control of each project, so the consistency and the quality are managed throughout the entire process by just Tara and myself.




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THE LAUNCH OF OUR RINGWOOD BRANCH If you would like a free market appraisal, or if you are already on the market and you are disappointed with your current agent, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01425 651717. We are launching in the New Year with our brand new team in Ringwood, and we would be delighted to visit you throughout December, during which preferential rates will be offered, or in the New Year.



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INSURANCE BROKERS COLEMAN URGES EVERYONE TO CHECK THE VALUE OF THEIR DIAMONDS AND JEWELLERY PIECES AS VALUES CAN SOAR Coleman Insurance Brokers is urging everyone to take the time to check the adequacy of their insurance cover, particularly in respect of diamond jewellery. Manager of Private Clients at Coleman, Jennie Fraser explained, “Diamonds are the smallest, lightest and most concentrated form of wealth in the world today. Their values keep going up too! On average diamond prices have increased over 10 times in 50 years. If you have had a diamond or gold piece of jewellery for ten years or more it will certainly

have increased in value, possibly quite significantly.” Jennie continued, “With rising values it is really important to check not just your total sum insured for your valuables, but also the single item limit for unspecified jewellery which can vary considerably from Insurer to Insurer.” Jennie advised, “Getting valuations will incur a cost but is definitely worth the investment. It is hugely important that the valuations are done professionally. Ensuring that

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thecolemangroup.co.uk the origin of a diamond is verified and its grade, in terms of the colour and clarity of the stone, and weight is noted. Valuations provide not only proof of ownership but also evidence of the true value of your treasured item. We would also recommend taking photos of yourself wearing the jewellery, again, good proof of ownership. This will help to speed up the claims process if you are unlucky to suffer a loss. “If you are considering purchasing a piece of jewellery for a loved one at Christmas make sure that any new valuables are adequately covered and on a worldwide basis too.” The advice given by Coleman has been mirrored by Roderick Harris, Director of WHY Jewellers, formerly of Corfe Castle and newly opened in Canford Cliffs, Poole. Roderick added, “As diamonds are traded internationally


JENNIE FRASER AT COLEMAN Coleman Insurance Brokers provide insurance protection for homes and businesses in Dorset and across the UK.

By keeping the process as simple as possible, we save you precious time and provide peace of mind that your cover is on the right basis.

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in dollars their value is determined by the currency rate, another reason why values can change. At WHY Jewellers we specialise in the rare, natural coloured diamonds and these have been going up by some 10 – 15 percent per year over the last 15 years.” Roderick advised, “Nine tenths of the World’s production of pink diamonds comes from just one mine in Australia. It is estimated that within ten years this mine will be worked out hence these diamond supplies are rapidly diminishing and values will continue to accelerate and soar.”

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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.

DOLPHIN QUAYS • Stunning Modern Apartment • Views Over Poole Quay • Two Private Balconies • Two Double Bedrooms

£389,950 • Open-plan Reception • No Forward Chain • Miele Fitted Kitchen • EPC C




• Immaculate Modern House • Three Bedrooms • Perfect Family Home • South Facing Rear Garden

• Allocated Parking • 10yr Building warranty • Gas Central Heating • EPC B

LILLIPUT £1,250,000


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.



A contemporary rare 3 bedroom apartment which has tremendous THE SEED WAREHOUSE views over the harbour towards Purbeck Hills.bedrooms This apartment •the Two double situated Gated on the third floor and •isSecure Parking secure parking •has Moments Fromand Thea balcony. Quay

This exquisite three bedroomed, four storey character property £174,950 CATALINA DRIVE situated in the heart of Poole Old Town conservation area.The• Perfect Holiday Home • Ideal BTL Investment building is understood to date • Two bedrooms • No Forward Chain from the mid 1800’s. • First Floor Apartment • South facing garden

• Recently Refurbished




SANDBANKS £875,000 An ultra-modern 4 double bed room, 4 bathroom townhouse. Lo cated on the Sandbanks Peninsula, ideally positioned within walking • Gas Central Heating distance to stunning beaches and • Allocated Parking the shores of Poole • NoHarbour Forward Chain

• Harbour Views

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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.



£975 PCM

• Harbour Views • Two double bedrooms • Allocated Parking • Recently refurbished


£1,250 PCM

• Harbour Views • Two double bedrooms • Balcony • Allocated Parking

• Courtyard Garden • Unfurnished • Available Now • EPC D

• Open Plan Living • 24 Hour Concierge • EPC B • Available Now

LILLIPUT £1,250,000


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.


Two Double Bedrooms Communal Gym Water Bills Included in Rent Balcony

£1,050 PCM • • • •

Part Furnished Allocated Parking Close to Poole Park EPC D

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LIFEBOAT QUAY £319,950 A contemporary rare 3 bedroom apartment which has tremendous views over the harbourQUAY towards AQUA, LIFEBOAT £1,000 PCM the Purbeck Hills. This apartment • Unfurnished •isTwo Double Bedrooms situated on the third floor and • White Goods Included • Views over Holes Bay has secure parking and a balcony. • Secure Allocated Parking • Two Balconies

• Available Now • EPC C

PARKSTONE ROAD Two Double Bedrooms Ground Floor Apartment Off Road Parking Modern Fitted Kitchen

£850 PCM • • • •

Furnished Close to Poole Park Available Now EPC D



New Build apartment Two Double Bedrooms Allocated Parking Space Unfurnished


£950 PCM • • • •

Gas Central Heating Open Plan Living Area Available Now EPC B


SANDBANKS £875,000

This exquisite three bedroomed, four storey character property situated in the heart Poole PANORAMA RD,ofSANDBANKS £1,700 PCM Old Town conservation area.The • Communal Gardens •building Contemporary Townhouse is understood to date • Private Garage • Four Double Bedrooms from the mid 1800’s.

An ultra-modern 4 double bed room, 4 bathroom townhouse. Lo cated on the Sandbanks HARBOUR REACHPeninsula, £1,450 PCM ideally positioned within walking • Fully Furnished • Three Bedrooms distance to stunning beaches and • Secure Allocated Parking • Penthouse Apartment the shores of Poole Harbour

• Four En-suite Bathrooms • Two Balconies

• Available Now • EPC C

• Large Terrace • Panoramic Views


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appearance. The bedrooms are supported by a

1927 this property is a classic example of Edwin

family bathroom and en-suite shower room.

• Spectacular Arts & Crafts Property Available for the First Time in 30 Years • Superb Five Bedroom Detached House More

Lutyens arts & crafts inspired architecture which

Than 3,100 sqft Including Garage

exhibits a wealth of retained character features

Beautifully maintained and loved by the current

throughout. With original fireplaces to the dining

owners, the property is most definitely in a league

• Open Fireplace & Log Burner

room, study, and reception room to the front aspect

of its own.

• Contemporary Character Style Kitchen Open Plan to Breakfast Room and Separate Dining

of the property, there is also original parquet flooring throughout.

Substantial presence with render, exposed brick


and stained timber elevations plus dramatic triple

• Large Utility Room with WC and Pantry

This property has significant Poole Harbour views

hip rosemary clay tiled roof form. The character is

• Balcony

from the first floor and viewing balcony. There

further embellished with two dramatic floundered

are five bedrooms and two bath/shower rooms

chimney stacks.





• Walled Grand Terrace to Front Elevation • Large Garden Mainly Laid to Lawn with Enclosed

and plenty of scope to extend into the loft space STPP if required.



There is a front garden mainly laid to lawn and

Paved Terrace to Rear

bounded by fully matured shrubbery hedging, and

• Master Bedroom with En-Suite Shower Room

There is a contemporary kitchen/breakfast room

off road parking for numerous cars on the front

• 9 Metre Long Garage and Off Road Parking for

which again defers to the traditional character


Several Cars

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SOVEREIGN LIVING Your helping hand onto the property ladder It’s an incredibly tricky climb up the proverbial property ladder these days. Whether you’re just leaving the nest or well into the game and desperately seeking a way out of the rental market, the financial burden of owning your own home is near enough terrifying. However, there is light at the end of the rental tunnel, in the form of a new shared-ownership home from ‘Sovereign Living’. Here to help everyone who wishes to take their first steps in owning their own home. We spoke to their incredibly friendly team about their latest developments and how they can help locals, seeking a connection to East Dorset.

As a non-profit organisation, regulated by the Homes and Communities Agency, they offer a range of ‘Help to Buy’ services. With 20 years experience in developing home ownership solutions, Sovereign Living is dedicated to providing, quality, affordable housing in neighbourhoods where people want to live.

Who is Sovereign Living? Sovereign Living has an established reputation as one of the South’s leading shared ownership and market rent providers, and has already helped to find new homes for over 4,000 people. Driven by compassion, they strive to help people achieve the goal of owning their own home, and provide specialist support for first-time buyers, growing families, downsizers, and those facing changes to their family circumstances.

What is Shared Ownership? The process is simple really. It starts with buying an initial share in your home, and paying a rent on the rest. Then, as your finances allow, you can purchase further shares in your home as and when you choose, until you own it outright. It’s a phenomenal process that is allowing those who might previously not have been able, to take steps into owning a home of their own.

Sovereign Living is a trading name of Sovereign Housing Association Ltd – one of the top 10 largest social housing associations in the country and a main provider of affordable housing across the South and South West of England.

Holmwood Park Sovereign Living are delightful to introduce ‘Holmwood Park’; a superb new development close to Ferndown town centre in beautiful East Dorset, on the edge of the picturesque New Forest. Thanks to the opportunities provided by shared ownership, these quality properties are truly affordable – a simple and manageable way to own your own home. They say location is key, and never was that more true than with this new development. Situated between the up and coming town of Ferndown, the area is alive with a friendly energy from the growing community. Should you seek solace from the liveliness, you can escape to one of the UK’s most coveted natural beauties, the New Forest – just a short ride away from this development, offering romantic views, roaming wildlife and breathtaking scenic walks.

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Victory Oak

12-year NHBC warranty, so no nasty bills for surprise repairs. With access to your own private garden, two parking spaces and shed, you won’t be short of storage, space or the opportunity to relax in your own little piece of real estate heaven. Victory Oak Situated between the buzzing communities of Ferndown and Ringwood, this exciting new development offers a beautiful selection of homes, in an allencompassing neighbourhood. With access to beautiful walks, parks and fantastic local schools, as well as trendy bars, eateries and adventure in all directions, these homes are perfectly placed whether you are a first time buyer, have a growing family or are looking for a little more space to relax. The complex offers two and three bedroom homes, with gardens and parking, creatively set around open spaces and mature trees – there’s even a cricket pitch used by the local team.

This is more than just your new home. Over the next fifty years there’s a plan to encourage all sorts of wildlife and rare plants back to Victory Oak, where they used to flourish before the land was built on and then abandoned. Endangered wildlife, flora and fauna will soon be back. A poetic metaphor, as you too blossom into your new environment and lay down some solid roots of your own. Prices starting from: £114,000 for 40% + monthly rent & service charge of £399.78 – 2 Bed £134,000 for 40% + monthly rent & service charge of £468.64 – 3 Bed For more information contact Sovereign Living on: t. 0300 330 0718 e. living@sovereign.org.uk w. www.sovereignliving.org.uk a. Sovereign Living, Spectrum House, Grange Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 4GE



MARVEL & MYSTERY IN INDONESIA’S ISLANDS Indonesia feels like a land designed for adventure, as Ed Elliot discovers. “Quick, look in the trees - just above the bank,” whispers our jovial, middleaged guide, Ameer, animatedly.

in excess of 3,000 miles from east to west along the equator. It is made up of more than 17,500 islands and a bit of hopping about is necessary to experience the best it has to offer.

The deep growl of the boat’s engine is instantly killed as he directs my eyes to the edge of the narrow, murky river. I follow his outstretched arm until my gaze fixes on a female orangutan with the early-morning sun shining brightly on her craggy, brown face.

Cheap internal flights costing as little as £20 mean it is easy to do so, providing opportunities to the see the weird and wonderful creatures of this country’s diverse ecosystems.

We’re a few hours into a journey through the jungle of Tanjung Puting National Park in Indonesian Borneo, chugging through the crocodileinfested Sekonyer river on a traditional two-tiered, wooden boat known as a klotok. Our initial excitement increases when the big, dark eyes of a tiny, one-yearold infant peep out from behind its mother’s back. Our looks of awe and amazement are returned with a mix of bemusement and indifference before the larger of the two apes releases the long leaf it has been feasting on and nonchalantly retreats back into the thick foliage with an effortless swing. Indonesia is the largest archipelagic nation on the planet and stretches

Almost every region contains different habitats and animals, making it an ideal destination for an adventurous trip in search of wildlife. Borneo - divided between Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesian Kalimantan and the nearby island of Sumatra are the only two places in the world to encounter wild orangutans. The critically-endangered arboreal creatures, which share around 97% of their DNA with humans, lead solitary lifestyles and, according to our hosts, move nests every few days, which makes them more difficult to spot. There are reportedly just over 100,000 orangutans living in Borneo, with around 6,000 found in this part of the national park, including ones formerly held in captivity.

A couple of feeding stations located a little further upstream provide prime places to see some of the rehabilitated animals up close. As daylight fades, our attention switches to spotting another mammal endemic to this part of the world. Known locally as the bekantan, the reddish-brown proboscis monkey - a species also at risk of extinction - is characterised by an unflatteringly long nose, which can grow to more than 10 centimetres. We catch glimpses of small troops gathering at sleeping sites high in the canopy, before the light relents and we are left with a clear, starry sky disturbed only by the effervescent glow of fireflies along the river’s edge. ABOVE: A woman snorkelling in the sea in Indonesia. (Photo credit: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos)


LEFT: Orangutans together in Kalimantan at Tanjung Puting’s feeding stations. (Photo credit: PA Photo/Ed Elliot)


Spending the afternoon in close proximity to the world’s largest lizard is our main goal, but there are plenty of enjoyable distractions to break up the boat journey. A 40-minute hike to the top of the western peak of rugged Padar is hard work in the baking heat, but the views more than justify the exertion. A narrow stretch of volcanic earth holds the place together, while hilly terrain branches off in different directions amid the turquoise sea which laps at numerous pristine coves and inlets. One of the beaches has a pink appearance due to the mix of red coral and white sand, and it offers an excellent opportunity for a snorkelling expedition to explore hidden treasures lurking beneath the sea’s surface. The presence of manta rays, turtles, whales, dolphins and dugongs makes it an enticing area for divers, and there are also more than 1,000 species of tropical fish and occasional sightings of whale sharks. After slipping into a mask, snorkel and flippers, it doesn’t take long before I’m surrounded by marine life emerging from the reef. I spot the black, white and yellow bands of Moorish idols, follow the energetic darts of a bright blue damsel fish and catch sight of a couple of orange and white clown fish.

Leaving behind Pangkalan Bun in Borneo, we travel to the island of Flores, situated almost in the centre of the archipelago. The journey - via the Javan city of Surabaya and Denpasar in Bali requires three short flights, totalling fewer than four hours. We arrive in Labuan Bajo, a fishing town on the western tip of Flores, which is renowned for its sunsets and, more importantly, serves as the gateway to the Komodo dragons of Komodo National Park. Comprising 29 islands, this conservation area is spread across the tempestuous Flores Sea. Komodo and Rinca, which have a combined human population of around 4,000, are the major ones, along with uninhabited Padar. RIGHT: Padar island (Photo credit: PA Photo/ thinkstockphotos)



Following an hour spent face down in the warm waters, we are soon back on dry land ready to continue our primary quest. There are more than 2,000 dragons on Komodo island. These fearsome, carnivorous cannibals dominate, preying on much larger animals, such as water buffalo and deer, along with wild boar and goats. Despite being able to run reasonably fast in short bursts, their main hunting technique is to hide in long grass and ambush anything which ventures too near, biting with razor-sharp teeth and infecting with bacteria-filled saliva. Visitors, understandably, must be accompanied by a guide and, as we follow a series of trails, ours quickly leads us to a couple of dragons lounging by a watering hole. They appear languid, but I’m told this is a way to regulate body temperature, rather than idleness. “There’s another one behind you,” smiles the guide with a nod in my direction. I turn to see the clay-coloured scaly skin of a three-foot dragon patrolling its patch, a forked tongue darting in and out of its mouth. It’s another unforgettable wildlife encounter, which unfortunately ends too soon, although I have time to reflect on it that evening.

ABOVE: A man snorkelling in the sea in Indonesia. (Photo credit: PA Photo/thinkstockphotos) LEFT: Padar island. (Photo credit: PA Photo/ thinkstockphotos)

Back on Flores, I tuck into fresh crab coated in spicy Padang sauce while watching the setting sun turn the sky various shades of red and orange above the silvery sea. As I pick out the dark silhouettes of fishing boats dotted in the bay, I wonder what other great mysteries Indonesia might hold.

HOW TO GET THERE Ed Elliot was a guest of Indonesia’s ministry of tourism (indonesia.travel/ en). Quatar Airways (qatarairways. co.uk) fly from London Heathrow to Denpasar, Bali from £576. Flights are also available from Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh. For more information on the destination, visit the Indonesia’s ministry of tourism (indonesia.travel/en) 118

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A stunning brand new four double bedroom, three bathroom semi detached house located in a quiet, mature road between fashionable Ashley Cross and Pennhill.The house has a south facing rear garden and these lovely homes have been built to the very highest standards by a well regarded local builder.

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‘Chewton Oaks’ is a beautiful ensemble of ten luxury apartments set in substantial Private grounds on the edge of Highcliffe. The ‘Arts & Crafts’ design creates the delightful impression of an elegant late Victorian Mansion. Finished to a high specification the apartments are of a contemporary open plan design maximising the use of natural light and space. Ground floor flats have a private garden (pets allowed) and upper floor flats have a summer house to the rear and most have balconies. (Lovely show home to view!)


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A select development of contemporary new homes located within close proximity of Mudeford Harbour and the sandy beaches at Friars Cliff and Highcliffe Castle. This exclusive development comprises: two detached bungalows and four detached houses situated around a private, enclosed courtyard setting. Contemporary kitchens with built in appliances, luxury tiled bathrooms, under floor heating, modern open plan design, fitted carpets and tiled floors throughout. (Show home open)

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CREEKMOOR | £180,000 • Spacious Cluster House • One Bedroom • Lounge With Access To Garden

• Kitchen With Appliances • Private Enclosed Garden • EPC Rating D

OAKDALE | £255,000 • Character Family Home • Two Double Bedrooms • Open Plan Lounge/Diner

• Stunning Ground Floor Apartment • Sun Room And Study Area • 3 Double Bedrooms • Luxury Kitchen With Appliances • Master Ensuite And Family Bathroom • EPC Rating Tbc

WESTBOURNE | £675,000 • Large Family Bathroom • Brand New Roof • EPC Rating C

• Character Family Home • 5/6 Bedrooms • Two Reception Rooms


WESTBOURNE | £550,000

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• Stunning Town House • Four Bedrooms • Large Lounge/Diner

• Finished To The Highest Of Standards • Available On The Help To Buy Scheme • Completion Early 2018

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We welcome Ed and look forward to him making his mark and building on the already successful team in Brown & Kay.

BAITER PARK | £310,000

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BAITER PARK | £280,000 • Well Presented • Two Double Bedroom House • Large Lounge With Dining Area

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• Ground Floor Apartment • Lounge With Private Decking • Two Double Bedrooms • Parking Space/Pet Friendly • Master Ensuite And Dressing Room • EPC Rating B

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EQUITY RELEASE/ LIFETIME MORTGAGES INTEREST ONLY MORTGAGE TIMEBOMB! If you have an interest-only mortgage, you have only been paying the interest on the loan, rather than the debt back. So whatever you borrowed you still owe. There are options you can consider: Extend your mortgage Depending on how long is left on your mortgage, your lender may consider extending the term. The lender is likely to consider this if extending the term will still result in the mortgage being repaid. This will give you more time to consider the options, but there will still be an End date where the mortgage will need to be repaid.


Remortgage If you have enough time left on your loan, the bank may let you remortgage onto a repayment loan. This would mean switching directly to a repayment mortgage.

Downsize Selling your home may release enough to pay off your mortgage. It will mean buying a smaller property or keeping the cash balance after your sale and renting. (Please see Equity Release Purchase below) Talk to your bank Lenders have been training staff in how to deal with borrowers in these situations. They have been told to give borrowers time to consider their options and assess if any variation to an existing mortgage with significant increases in monthly repayments could help the situation. Savings If you have any savings, or expecting a maturity of a savings policy, Tax Free lump sum for your pension, then these could be used to repay your mortgage. Cash in your endowments Many borrowers took out an endowment policy in the 1980s and 1990s to cover

repayments on the mortgage. However, many of these investments may have underperformed. There is an argument for taking the cash from your endowment now to have access to some funds to pay off part of the mortgage. Get your children to pay By paying off the interest as you go, you can dramatically reduce the total cost of the debt. In effect, you are simply converting a standard interestonly mortgage into an interest-only mortgage for life. One potential way of making this work is to get children or other family members to contribute the interest costs of the loan. This is especially helpful where the children are the beneficiaries of the will and as they will ultimately benefit from a property that only has the original mortgage amount that has not increased by the roll up of compound interest.

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Equity release Many homeowners want to remain in their home. It is where you have raised families, know your neighbours and are the most comfortable. You have a lot of memories and emotions in your property. One way of staying in your home is through equity release. This allows you to release equity in your home to pay off debts and stay in it at the same time. There are many options and type of Equity Release, Lifetime Mortgages and Home Reversion schemes, your adviser will explain all the different types and their features benefits and disadvantages. With NO obligation at a FREE consultation, all fees and charges would be explained to you at that consultation, (e.g; Valuation, Arrangement, Broker, Legal fees (and if a purchase Stamp duty).


You can have Lump sums, Lump sum with cash reserve facilities, repay interest on an ad hoc percentage per year, a monthly basis or make no repayments at all. You can still move, transfer the Equity to another property, downsize, repay all or part of the mortgage. The plans are very flexible and you still retain ownership of your home. Equity Purchase (Downsizing) If you do decide to downsize you would look at the balance of cash you would have after you have sold your property and perhaps think that this is not enough to purchase the type of property that you would want to spend the rest of your retirement days in! However you can use Equity Release to purchase a property. Very simply you arrange to release Equity from the property you are going to buy. EXAMPLE; You have a home valued at £325,000 and an Interest Only Mortgage of £140,000 that needs to be repaid in the next year. You enquired about Equity Release Lifetime mortgages and at the moment you can only release £90,000. Unfortunately with that amount you are unable to redeem your existing mortgage.

Based on these figures, if you were to sell your property you would be left with £185,000. Would that be enough to purchase the retirement home you would like? However, by using an Equity Release (Purchase) lifetime mortgage and depending on your ages and personal circumstances you could get say £85,000 to help with that purchase. You would then be looking to purchase at £270,000. Or if you purchased at £240,000 you would keep the balance as a cash sum. This is all arranged whilst you are still in your present home and just like a normal mortgage you would move out of your property and into your new one on the same day. In this example, the Stamp duty would have been £2300.00 the other fees would be dependent on the lenders fees. Legal Fee approximately £1200.00

If you are interested to learn more and see how an Equity Release Lifetime mortgage may help you, then you need to see a Qualified Equity Release Adviser. The steps he or she will take are: • Initial Telephone Consultation to check eligibility. • If eligible, the adviser will research the entire Equity Release market to ascertain if what you are looking to release is possible. All research and advice at this stage is at NO cost to you.

RISK WARNINGS This is a Lifetime Mortgage, to understand the features and risks ask for a personalised illustration An Equity Release Lifetime mortgage will reduce the amount of inheritance

you will be able to leave, and it could affect both the tax you pay, and any welfare benefits you receive. There may be an arrangement fee, which will be deducted from the amount you receive or in some cases you can add this to the mortgage amount. You will also be required to pay your own legal fees when you instruct a solicitor to act on your behalf. There may be an independent valuation fee (and stamp duty to pay If you are purchasing a property). Photo above by Ritchie Valens on Unsplash

IF you would like a friendly informal discussion please contact myself Bob Ducker CeFA, CeMAP, CeRER e. bob.ducker@trustrjp.co.uk Direct Line 01202 896037 Mobile 07971 376782 w. www.equityreleaseadvice.online Robert Ducker is a Registered Individual of Richard James Partnership Ltd who are directly authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority under reference number 301173.



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FISHERMAN’S QUAY £825,000 A magnificent penthouse apartment arranged over two floors affording fabulous views of the Lymington River.

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Two/Three Bedrooms Two/ Three Reception Rooms Large Balcony and Roof Terrace with Stunning Views Light and Spacious Accommodation with Excellent Entertaining Areas

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Immaculately presented Throughout Master Bedroom with Door onto Balcony Mediterranean Style Courtyard Garage and Visitors Parking


OIEO £499,950

A beautifully refurbished period cottage situated in the charming village of Sway.

• Beautifully Refurbished • Modern Fitted Kitchen/ Breakfast Room with Under Floor Heating • Separate Dining Room • Large Lounge with Working Fireplace

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A rare opportunity to acquire one of the original detached bungalows in the Town Centre of Christchurch.

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CARTER SHAW Ditching Formalities Estate agency is by no means a new phenomenon, but every now and again someone new comes onto the scene and breaths new and exciting life into the industry. With this in mind, we had the pleasure of interviewing the dynamic sales duo, ‘George Lawrence’ and ‘Rob Rudge’ at independent agency Carter Shaw. Having moved last year into new offices over in Parkstone, this local brand is going from strength to strength, offering their signature friendly, proactive and honest attitude to buyers and sellers in the local area.


HOW DID THE SALES SIDE OF THE BUSINESS START? George: Over the last decade, Carter Shaw had mainly focused on lettings, with the odd bit of sales, until we came on-board. I’ve known Lee who originally set up the company, for many years and he asked if I wanted

to run the sales arm and expand this side of the business. So I jumped at the opportunity to be able to work for myself and put our stamp on the local market. We re-branded, gave it a fresh look and haven’t looked back since. Rob: We’re both heavily experienced within the industry and local area, so it feels second nature to us now. I think it’s a testament to how much we love our jobs, having worked in the industry–through it’s good and bad times – for as long as we have. AND YOU’RE NOW IN THIS NEW OFFICE… George: Yes! We were previously based further down this road, but the owners for that site sold it to develop the land. So we needed to move, and it came at just the right time, as the chap that owned our now new office had just decided to retire, after

keeping it as a household electrical store for over 25 years. We still get the odd house call for vacuum bags – but it’s nice to be in a place that’s so obviously entwined with the local community.

Rob: What we do isn’t rocket science, but how we do it is unique. I love meeting people and hearing their stories and again helping them to establish themselves in a home they love.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? George: The main reason I got into estate agency was I just loved houses. I loved seeing different properties and curious to see what individual changes each owner had made to their home. But now, the reward is having that satisfaction of working for yourself and being able to help people how you really want to, without being restricted by mindless corporate politics.

YOU GUYS ARE VERY RELAXED, IS THAT AN APPROACH YOU LIKE TO TAKE? Rob: We are. We’ve both worked for local corporate estate agencies – where yes there is a certain amount of pressure – but the feedback we get from the public, is that they hate that kind of pressured, slimy approach. So we try to be the complete opposite. ABOVE LEFT: George Lawrence ABOVE RIGHT: Rob Rudge


George: You can be the best sales person in the world, but you can’t sell a house to someone if it’s not right for them. What you can do is be proactive and enthusiastic, coupled with not going over the top or putting people under too much pressure, and people react better to that. No gimmicks, just ultimate transparency. People know what they want and they’re a lot savvier due to modern online property tools, and we have to meet those standards that the public expects. DO YOU HAVE ANY PREDICTIONS FOR THE LOCAL MARKET OVER THE NEXT 5-10 YEARS? Rob: Areas are forever changing, and certainly over the last 2-3 years we have seen a greater increase in prices in BH12 in particular, which would have previously been affected by certain stamp duty thresholds. Parkstone offers a diverse mix of property, young buyers are looking at these 1950s, solid builds. When you drive down the road now, people have nice driveways, they’re changing the façade of the property – they’re really investing in their homes. So I personally believe that these properties and those in the surrounding area are going to continue to increase in value. Bourne Estate for example, the prices there have just shot up recently. George: There have been huge jumps in general in this area. So far, the entire Brexit thing hasn’t had an effect on the market locally, and only time will tell if it will, but ultimately there will always be those who want or need to move. A lot of us take for granted what a beautiful part of the country we live in…moments from the beach and a short drive to the New Forest National Park, there is a lot on offer. Lately there has been a general shortfall of property coming to the market, and can see this being the case for a while.

WHAT’S DOES 2018 LOOK LIKE FOR CARTER SHAW? If we continue the way we have, then we hope to maintain our reputation for being the number one independent choice in the area. We look forward to helping more and more people looking to sell or buy a home.



Both George and Rob make it their business to be available to you, any time and as such have submitted their own direct contact information, so that you can rest assured that you will always get through to them, whatever the enquiry. For a laid back and honest approach to estate agency, you need Carter Shaw.

George Lawrence, Sales Director e. George@cartershaw.co.uk t. 07557448523 Rob Rudge, Sales Manager e. Robert@cartershaw.co.uk t. 07955078679 a. 337 Ashley Road, Parkstone, Dorset, BH14 0AR t. 01202 744500 07557 448523 (sales) e. info@cartershaw.co.uk



8 THINGS YOU CAN’T MISS IN ALASKA Follow in the footsteps of Liz Bonnin, Steve Backshall and Matt Baker by exploring one of the world’s last true wilderness areas. BBC One’s new ambitious threepart series, Wild Alaska Live, visits America’s 49th state at the most exciting time of year, when the forces of nature are charging at full throttle. A short season, running from late June to September, means accommodation is booked up fast, so plan now for 2018 - but make sure you include these activities in a trip.



American landscape photographer Ansel Adams was mesmerised by the reflections in this lake set below the continent’s highest peak, Mount Denali, and the Alaska mountain range.

It’s located deep in Denali National Park in the “backcountry” area Kantishna Hills, 90 miles from the park’s over-commercialised entrance nicknamed Glitter Gulch. It’s a six-hour bus ride (no cars are allowed this far in) or a 45-minute light aircraft ride to get here, although it’s advisable to stay overnight. A handful of lodges include Kantishna Roadhouse (kantishnaroadhouse. com), where guests sleep in log cabins.



During summer, thousands of salmon swim upstream to spawn in the place they were born, providing food for opportunistic predators such as bears. One of the safest places to view the feeding frenzy is Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park on the south coast of Alaska.

You’ll need to take a commercial flight from Anchorage to King Salmon, followed by a float plane, which makes the trip expensive. Visitors come for short day trips, but it’s better to stay at either Brooks Lodge (katmailand.com/ brooks-lodge) or in the neighbouring campsite. At busy times, there can be up to 300 people queuing to get on the viewing platform. Come in the shoulder season (June or September), when there are fewer bears but the sightings are much more enjoyable.



Known as old men of the ocean, long whiskered sea otters are a charming sight in the port of Seward, the gateway to Kenai Fjords. Moving with a gentle backstroke, they famously store a “favourite” stone on their stomachs, using it to crack open shellfish. One habituated sea otter at the Alaska Sealife Center (alaskasealife.org) in Seward has even been known to stash sunglasses, keys and other stolen items under his armpits.


LEFT: Brown bear with salmon at Brooks Falls, Katmai, Alaska; Inuit artefacts on display at the Anchorage Museum; a close up of a sea otter in Kenia Fjords, Alaska




During summer, the waters around Kenai Fjords are packed with marine wildlife. Pods of resident orcas feed on salmon, and migratory humpbacks show off by breaching, fin flapping and fluking. The best way to witness these displays is on a cruise; several day trips operate out of Seward and can be booked last minute. Kenai Fjords Tours (kenaifjords.com) also offers kayak trips.



Get to grips with the scale, size and significance of Alaska at the excellent, revamped Anchorage Museum (anchoragemuseum.org). Temporary exhibitions include reflections on climate change, something acutely felt in this glacier-heavy region of the world, and works by polar artists. A permanent showcase of native cultures offers an insight into the lives of indigenous communities who’ve called this wilderness home for centuries. Seek out an impressive rain mac made from seal skin.

ABOVE: Wonder Lake, Denali National Park, Alaska LEFT: Humpback breaching, Kenai Fjords, Alaska





Denali’s highlight attraction is undoubtedly Mount Denali (previously named Mount McKinley), although the 6,190-metre summit is often obscured by clouds. One way to guarantee a sighting is by taking an air safari. Pilot Greg LaHaie, who runs Kantishna Air Taxi (katair. com), is an expert at weaving between peaks and finding clear patches of sky.



Alaska is made up of more than 100,000 glaciers and many can be found along the coast of Kenai Fjords. Watching the icy sculptures calve (a process where chunks break off and crash into the water) is best done from the safety of a sightseeing cruise. Adventure company Liquid Adventures (liquid-adventures.com) get closer to the ice edge with SUP (stand-up paddle boarding) and overnight camping trips to Bear Glacier.



Completed in 1923, the Alaska Railroad (alaskarailroad.com) operates several services between Seward in the south and Fairbanks in the north. It’s a great option for landbased travellers wishing to explore the country, and observation cars coupled with live commentary mean it’s much more than a journey from A to B. The Railroad’s flagship train is the Denali Star, which runs a 12-hour trip between Anchorage and Fairbanks with a useful stop at the entrance to Denali National Park. Book the Gold Star service for glass-dome carriages and access to a dining car.


By Sarah Marshall, Press Association Picture credit: PA Photo/Renato Granieri

Corbin & Co Review of 2017 2017 has been a busy but exciting year at Corbin & Co with the expansion of both our Sales & Lettings Teams. Alison Mitchell has taken on the role of Sales Director and has been joined by Matthew Tucker who brings a wealth of experience from his time as a Manager with a large corporate estate agent. To accommodate the larger team, we have opened an additional new office at Northbourne/Parley which will enable us to offer our services to a wider audience. As part of the expansion we have also invested in new technology, with the launch of a new TV channel, video tours and, unique to Corbin & Co, we are able to offer our Vendors and Landlords their own property website, which enables their property to be

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shared across social media and reach more potential buyers and tenants than Rightmove alone. We have always taken pride in how we present and market our client’s properties and we are very excited about being able to offer this unique marketing tool which will ensure our properties stand out from the crowd and sell and let faster, at the best possible price. On the Letting side of the business, we have been joined by John Boult who previously worked in a busy letting agents in Bournemouth. John brings with him youth, energy, enthusiasm and drive!!! We have also invested in new technology which will enable us to give our Landlords improved and more detailed inspection reports in 2018.

The end of the year has seen us looking towards 2018, which I am sure will bring its challenges, but we will be prepared. We are reviewing what we do to see how we can become more efficient and improve the service we give to our clients and, whilst we recognise the importance of technology, I believe it’s the PEOPLE working in the business that really make the difference to the service our clients receive. It’s about treating people as individuals, doing what we say we are going to do and acting with honesty and integrity. We love what we do and looking forward to meeting new clients in 2018 and selling and letting even more property! Best wishes for a happy Christmas from all the team at Corbin & Co!


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Celebrating a successful 2017 MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY 2018 from the team at Corbin & Co

Thanks to Corbin & Co I was in my new house in just 4 weeks! It’s been my experience that Debbie and her staff are very approachable and helpful and give a top rate professional service. Nothing is too much trouble for Corbin & Co as they genuinely ‘go the extra mile’ for people. It’s very reassuring for me to know that they can be counted on to provide a fast, efficient and dependable service and I’d highly recommend them to buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants alike. – JOANNE PEACE

Corbin & Co are our chosen letting agent. Chosen because of the team’s professionalism and friendliness. We commenced letting my mother’s property, as she is now in a care home, but worked with the team in the preceding 4 months in terms of clearing the property, selling items of furniture and refurbishment. Debbie Corbin and Lisa Pearce have at all times given value for money advice and guidance and have managed the letting to our complete satisfaction. My wife and I have no hesitation in recommending Corbin & Co for prospective landlords and prospective property sellers and buyers. – TOM JORDON

I would like to express my sincere thanks to Debbie, Alison and Kyall at Corbin and Co in the sale of my parents property. I found everyone to be open, honest and very professional during the negotiations and they kept on top of everything to bring the sale to a successful conclusion. I would definitely use Corbin & Co again and would recommend them to my family and friends. – ANDREW HUNTER

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MERLEY £312,500 A three bedroom semi detached home situated in this very popular residential location and benefiting from gas fired heating and UPVC double glazing. The ground floor accommodation comprises of a lounge, dining room and a modern fitted kitchen. To the first floor there are three bedrooms with a contemporary white bathroom suite. There are front and rear gardens and a long driveway which leads to the single garage. The house is located within walking distance of local amenities and the First School.

Broadstone Office


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GUIDE PRICE £165,000

A superb ground floor flat offering well proportioned living accommodation and comprises a 17ft approx. lounge/dining room, a good size modern fitted kitchen, one double bedroom with fitted wardrobes, utility room and a stylish beautiful bathroom, which was fitted in 2016. There is UPVC double glazing, gas fired central heating plus front and rear garden areas and a single garage in a nearby block. NO CHAIN.

Lower Parkstone Office

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Broadstone Office

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LOWER PARKSTONE £225,000 This purpose built flat is situated on the top floor of this block, which is situated in a popular and sought after location. The accommodation comprises a reception hall, L-shaped lounge/ dining room with balcony, kitchen, two double bedrooms, bathroom with a separate w.c. The property benefits from gas radiator heating, UPVC double glazing and a specifically allocated parking space close by.

Lower Parkstone Office

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POOLE £250,000

POOLE £399,950 A brand new traditionally built three storey semi detached home, situated in the heart of Poole. Built to a high specification and incorporating solar panels, along with gas radiator heating and UPVC D/G. The kitchen comprises high gloss units with quartz worktops and incorporates integrated appliances. To the ground floor is Karndean Van Gogh’ range of flooring, a security alarm system and there’s 2 allocated parking spaces plus a rear garden

Poole Office

A very well presented three bedroom detached bungalow with an L-shaped lounge/dining room and benefiting from gas fired heating with radiators and UPVC double glazing. The property is situated in a semi rural location on the edge of the village, yet within easy reach of local amenities and excellent schooling. To the front of the property a driveway provides off road parking for a number of vehicles and a boat or caravan space. There is also a single garage.

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A very well presented and contemporary four double bedroom family home benefiting from gas fired heating with radiators to the first floor and underfloor heating to the ground floor, UPVC double glazing and a large rear garden. A particular feature of the property is the open plan living/kitchen/dining area with large patio doors enjoying an outlook over the rear garden. Other features of the property include a generous reception hall with French doors opening to a balcony, a master bedroom with dressing area and an en-suite shower room.

Broadstone Office

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LOWER PARKSTONE GUIDE PRICE £525,000 - £550,000 A three bedroom detached house located in a cul-de-sac within a short walk to Poole Park. The property comprises a kitchen with through breakfast area, large lounge with sliding doors out to the south facing garden, dining room, utility/ office and ground floor cloakroom,. Upstairs there are three bedrooms with the master having an en-suite shower room and a further large bathroom (formerly bedroom 4). The house sits within a private drive with 2 single garages and access to the south facing rear garden.

Lower Parkstone Office


A spacious two double bedroom ground floor apartment located directly opposite Poole Park. Accommodation comprises reception hall, lounge with private patio, kitchen/ breakfast room, two double bedrooms, large shower room, separate WC and the flat benefits from gas radiator heating with a recently installed Vaillant boiler, UPVC double glazing and a garage in a block at the rear of the building. There is an area of visitor parking to the front and communal gardens. NO FORWARD CHAIN.

Poole Office


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O.I.E.O £325,000

A recently renovated detached chalet home. The Accommodation comprises hallway, a thirty two foot approx. lounge/dining room, modern fitted kitchen, ground floor bedroom 3/reception and shower room. On the first floor is a large master bedroom benefiting from a fabulous en-suite bathroom and bedroom two. There are oak doors, UPVC double glazing & gas fired central heating. A driveway provides plenty of parking plus there is a garage with a parking space to the front. To the rear is a well maintained sunny aspect rear garden and this wonderful property is offered with NO CHAIN.

Poole Office

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CORFE MULLEN £580,000 Nestled in the countryside located midway between Broadstone and Corfe Mullen is this immaculate and spacious detached bungalow. The accommodation comprises of four bedrooms, the master with en-suite and a large office space that could be used as a potential fifth bedroom. The living space comprises a lounge, separate dining room and modern fitted kitchen. Outside, there is a driveway providing parking for several cars, as well as a spacious west-facing rear garden with a large summer house and garage.

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O.I.E.O £650,000

A substantial detached family home is situated in a popular and sought after location. The accommodation comprises an entrance vestibule, reception hall, lounge, separate dining room, study, cloakroom, kitchen and a small breakfast room. On the first floor are four bedrooms with an en-suite to the master and a family bathroom. Situated on a corner plot, the house has 2 accesses, with a rear garage and large front driveway. The property is in need of modernisation throughout.

Lower Parkstone Office

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A superb detached bungalow on a generous sized plot backing onto Lytchett Bay Nature Reserve. The accommodation comprises hallway, lounge, kitchen/breakfast room, three bedrooms, shower room plus separate cloakroom. There’s UPVC double glazing, gas fired central heating and a driveway provides plenty of off road parking or space for a caravan/ motorhome. Other benefits include a detached double garage with an electrically operated door and the well maintained rear garden enjoys a westerly aspect.

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OFFERS OVER £320,000

A very well presented two double bedroom detached bungalow situated in a quiet and favoured location and benefiting from gas fired heating with radiators and UPVC double glazing. The property has been extensively modernised and offers a contemporary fitted kitchen and bathroom and attractive hard wood veneered internal doors. The lounge has attractive dual aspect windows and a pleasant elevated outlook. There are front and rear gardens, a driveway and garage and internal viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate.

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Broadstone Office


GUIDE PRICE £370,000

EXCELLENT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY - GROSS INCOME POTENTIAL OF £32,400 PER ANNUM (8.76%)** A large four/ five bedroom detached period property offering flexible accommodation on three floors, with the added benefit of a large games room/ office. Internally the house has one large reception room , a kitchen dining room, shower room, snug/ bedroom 4 with access to the games room/ annexe. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, with the master having an en-suite toilet and a further bathroom.

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Lower Parkstone Office


UPTON £369,950

Poole Office




A semi detached house situated in a popular/convenient location offering well-proportioned living accommodation comprising of entrance hallway, 25ft approx lounge/dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms, bathroom and separate cloakroom. There is also UPVC double glazing/gas fired central heating and a front garden plus a well maintained attractive rear garden which then gives access to a garage conveyed in a nearby block with a parking space.

Poole Office

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BROADSTONE £329,950 Coming to the market for the first time since it’s total and complete refurbishment is this well located two double bedroom detached bungalow situated between Broadstone and Poole. Benefitting throughout from newly installed UPVC double glazed windows, full electrical rewire including Cat 5 cabling, full width sliding windows in the lounge, renovated bathroom, refitted kitchen and detached double garage, this home is an ideal purchase for someone who simply wants to move in.

Broadstone Office

01202 691122

LOWER PARKSTONE £155,000 A stylish recently decorated top floor apartment situated within walking distance of the shops, bars, bistros and restaurants of Ashley Cross and Penn Hill. Also a short walk away is the train station with direct links to London. The property comprises an open plan lounge / kitchen area with integrated appliances, double bedroom, bathroom and benefits from gas radiator heating and D/G. Ideal first time buyer or investment opportunity. NO FORWARD CHAIN.

Lower Parkstone Office

01202 717771

UPTON £295,000 A well-presented detached bungalow constructed approximately 10 years ago benefiting from gas fired heating and UPVC double glazed windows. There’s a spacious kitchen/ breakfast room with integrated appliances, an en-suite shower room to the master bedroom and a second bathroom. Both the front and rear gardens have been arranged for ease of maintenance and a long block paved driveway provides plenty of off road parking leading to the garage with an electrically operated up and over door. No forward chain.

Poole Office

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SWANAGE £469,950


Contemporary garden apartment with harbour views, 3 bedrooms, 2 reception rooms, 3 bath/shower rooms, kitchen/breakfast room, utility, double garage

Well-presented detached bungalow with private secluded garden backing onto field, kitchen, 3 bedrooms, en-suite, generous driveway & garage.

This detached residence comprises four bedrooms, conservatory, study, kitchen / breakfast room, off road parking, integral garage, front and rear gardens.

SAVILLS 01202 708888 www.savills.co.uk

GOADSBY 01929 425055 www.goadsby.com

GREYS OF UPTON 01202 622101 www.greysestateagents.co.uk

FOR SALE Our favourite properties for sale this issue.

DORCHESTER £695,000 Brewery Square presents a 3-bed, 2-bath apartment with balcony leading from open plan living space featuring stunning views over Dorchester and surrounding countryside. (Photo credit: Richard Budd)

BREWERY SQUARE 01305 757000 www.brewerysquare.com



WEST CLIFF £250,000


Second floor Art Deco style apartment, 2 bedrooms, open plan kitchen/living room, bathroom, residents gym, south facing balcony and parking space

Stunning views from this spacious apartment. Benefitting from a garage, living/dining room, westerly balcony, 2 double bedrooms and a bath/shower room.

New detached contemporary style house, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en suites), open plan kitchen/ living room, sitting room, balcony, garage and garden

SAVILLS 01202 708888 www.savills.co.uk

HEARNES 01202 317317 www.hearnes.com

SAVILLS 01202 708888 www.savills.co.uk




Modern detached house with 2 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms, 3 bath/shower rooms (2 en-suite), kitchen/ breakfast room, double garage and rear garden

Beautifully refurbished spacious detached family home comprising four bedrooms, newly fitted kitchen, four bedrooms, double garage and driveway.

This deceptively spacious five bedroom detached house comprises a sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, conservatory, two bathrooms, and a garage.

SAVILLS 01202 708888 www.savills.co.uk

GREYS OF PARKSTONE 01202 710001 www.greysestateagents.co.uk

GOADSBY 01202 85 66 66 www.goadsby.com

FOR SALE Our favourite properties for sale this issue.

HAMWORTHY £375,000 - £390,000 Available now! A stunning conversion of a local landmark, comprising two high specification 3 and 4 bed freehold houses with underfloor heating, spacious sun terraces and off-road parking. Stamp duty paid. Call now to view – you will not be disappointed!





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RINGWOOD £550,000



This bungalow benefits from 3 bedrooms, stunning kitchen/diner, living room, well maintained landscaped garden, driveway and garage.

This three bedroom apartment benefits from a balcony with panoramic harbour views, open plan living, kitchen, parking and 24 hour concierge.

A two bedroom apartment with a spacious double bedroom, further bedroom, lounge/diner, fitted kitchen & bathroom, communal garden and parking.

GOADSBY 01425 470283 www.goadsby.com

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PRICE £289,000


PRICE £319,950

A superbly located, immaculate 2nd floor apartment in a quiet cul-de-sac position with direct access to the Pleasure Gardens and a very short walk to the town centre and beach.

A 1st floor south facing, two double bedroom apartment in one of the most conveniently located blocks adjacent to Bournemouth town centre and with a short walk to the Pier Approach and Pleasure Gardens.

Sitting/Dining Room with Balcony overlooking Gardens | Two Bedrooms | Secure U/G Parking | Low Outgoings | Share of Freehold

South Facing Sun Balcony | L-shaped Sitting/Dining Room | Share of Freehold | Secure U/G Parking | Some Limited Views | Short Walk to Town Centre & Beach



PRICE £329,950

PRICE £335,000

A well presented 3rd floor two bedroom apartment located on the popular East Cliff of Bournemouth within easy reach of all town centre amenities, with balcony offering good sea views and the added benefit of a heated outdoor communal swimming pool.

A spacious 11th floor, west facing apartment with extensive sea views over the Bay, located in a popular Cliff Top block with a short walk to the beach and the excellent shopping of Bournemouth town centre.

Two Bathrooms | Good Sea Views | Share of Freehold | U/G Lock Up Garage | Close to Beach | Excellent Transport Links

Sitting Room to L-shaped Balcony with excellent views | Two Bedrooms | Cloakroom (possibility to create shower room) | Secure Parking | Porterage



PRICE £419,950

PRICE £475,000

An immaculate, spacious 3rd floor two double bedroom apartment in this modern apartment block on Bournemouth’s favoured East Cliff with an internal finish to the highest standard, and located with easy access to local shopping.

A superb top (5th) floor three bedroom apartment in this iconic Bournemouth block located adjacent to the Town Centre and with a short walk to the Pier Approach, having delightful outlook over Courtyard garden to the sea.

Two Reception Rooms | Luxuriously Fitted Kitchen | Two Balconies | Secure U/G Parking & Ample Visitors Parking | Resident Manager

Two Reception Rooms | Utility Room | Bathroom & Further Shower Room | Porterage | Off Road Parking


01202 557766 www.bournemouth-property.co.uk


PRICE £495,000


PRICE £545,000

An unusually large 2nd floor south facing apartment in this impressive block, offered in excellent condition throughout with southerly views over the garden to the sea, and private gate onto the Overcliff with nearby path down to the beach.

Large through Sitting/Dining Room with access to Balcony | Ample Storage Facilities | Underground Parking | En-Suite Bathroom | Porter Services

Large through Sitting/Dining Room | Balcony accessed from Sitting Room & Master Bedroom | Well Fitted Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Lock Up Garage with Storage | Three Lifts




A rare, front three bedroom 1st floor apartment in Hinton Wood, being a most sought after building with delightful southerly sea views over Bournemouth Bay towards the Isle of Wight and having private pedestrian gate onto the East Overcliff.

PRICE £588,000

PRICE £595,000

A 13th floor south & west facing three bedroom apartment with magnificent far reaching views across the Bay & the Purbeck Hills, located with easy access to the Cliff Top & Beach and within easy reach of Town Centre shopping.

An uniquely impressive and unusually large ground floor apartment in this majestic building conveniently located for both local & Town Centre shopping, with easy access to the Cliff Top and on down to the seven miles of sandy beaches.

Large S/F Conservatory Style Balcony | Fully Fitted Kitchen | En-Suite Bath/Shower Room | Lock Up Garage | 24 Hour Porterage

Sitting/Dining Room and further Formal Drawing Room | Master Suite with Dressing Room & En-Suite Bathroom | Garage & further Private Parking | Large Internal Store Room


PRICE £775,000


PRICE £895,000

A large character detached freehold family house on the popular, tranquil East Overcliff with a short walk to the beach, and offering generous accommodation over three floors and self-contained annexe, whilst being set in pleasant mature, south facing gardens.

A very pretty detached freehold house with many original character features, located on a bright corner plot in the heart of the East Overcliff conservation area, set in beautifully attractive secluded gardens, and having easy access to the Town Centre and beach.

Five Bedrooms | Three En-Suite Bathrooms & Separate Cloakroom | Utility Room | Kitchen/Dining Room | Garage

Two Large Reception Rooms | Kitchen/Dining Room & Separate Utility | Three Bathrooms | Garage | Easy Reach of Town Centre | Short Walk to Beach


01202 557766 www.bournemouth-property.co.uk


PRICE £1,300,000

Fabulous architect designed brand new contemporary style four/five bedroom detached house offering versatile and flexible accommodation set out over three floors. Incredible Position Within 200 Metres of a Beach | Four/Five Bedroom | Four Bath/Shower Rooms | Fabulous Open Plan Kitchen/Dining/Lounge Area | Separate Sitting Room | Cinema Room



An exceptional architecturally designed four bedroom house which has commanding views across views across Poole Harbour towards Brownsea Island.

Duplex apartment offering spacious and well planned accommodation with balcony offering sea views over the harbour.

Four Bedrooms | 3 En-Suites | Shower Room | 30’ Living Room/Kitchen | Dining Room | Study | Cinema Room | Two Balconies | Landscaped Garden With Spa | Garage | Gated Parking Area

Open Plan Lounge/Diner | Kitchen With Integrated Appliances | Two Double Bedrooms | Two Bathrooms | Two Car Parking Spaces and Visitor Parking | Situated a Short Walk from the Beach

PRICE £1,675,000

PRICE £569,950


01202 557766 www.bournemouth-property.co.uk


PRICE £1,750,000

A stunning contemporary family house constructed approximately one year ago by renowned local developer West Coast developments located within landscaped grounds extending to approx 0.75 acre. Sitting/Dining Room Opening Into Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Ground Floor | Bedroom 5/Family Room With En-Suite Bathroom | Study | Four Bedrooms All En-Suite






A two bedroom top floor apartment with outstanding views over Poole Harbour & the blue lagoon



Set in the heart of Sandbanks Peninsula is this well presented 4/5 bedroom home offering versatile and spacious accommodation




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SILVERBIRCH A Breath of Fresh Air in Estate Agency As they approach their first anniversary, we sat down with owner and operator ‘Laila Safaee’ of Silverbirch Estate and Letting Agents, to find out how their first year in business has been and what Laila predicts for the local and nationwide property market in the New Year.

WHAT DROVE YOU TO START THE BUSINESS? I had worked myself to a very senior position within a local independent estate agent. I watched it blossom from the start of the business and helped it grow along the way. During my time there, I specialised in lettings and had spent years building great relationships with clients, but I couldn’t shake some niggling frustrations – particularly if the clients wanted me to look after their needs outside the Poole area, which was out of the company’s catchment area. I had to pass people who wanted my help to other offices and the clients were usually as disappointed as I was. It was then that I began to think that I would organise things differently. The second factor was that sales and lettings were organised separately, and I was finding that many of my clients had to use the services

of both teams, but would have preferred a closer relationship with just one. In the end I just wanted to be able to do things differently, I had a vision of what was best for my clients and this was based on knowing them and their particular needs very well. Whether a client is buying, selling, renting or letting, it’s a big deal for them. It’s their lives in our hands, so dealing with somebody they know and trust is crucial.

HOW HAS YOUR FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS BEEN? Business, like in life, always throws you a couple of curve balls, but since taking full custody (from her business partner) of the business in June, I have learnt that what I was most scared of – not having someone to bounce ideas off of – actually gave me a new and deeper love for the business, making each and every decision solely by myself. Although I love my team to feel involved with the day-to-day decision-making. The company has done better than I could ever have imagined and it is growing organically, almost daily, purely from recommendation and word of mouth.

WHAT MAKES SILVERBIRCH UNIQUE? We don’t have a high street premises and our office is by appointment only. We have a 24 hour virtual PA, that ensures that we don’t miss a call, and thorough messages are taken if the team are at appointments; allowing them to return calls at our earliest opportunity even if it is on the go.

far we have planted 103 trees at the Alladale reserve in Scotland. I want the business to operate as eco-friendly as we can be; our business cards are recycled, we use recycled paper (when we need to use paper) but most of all we are 95% paperless, and we have an office smart car. It’s all these small steps that will allow a beautiful future for generations to come.

Something I should shout about more is our green efforts. We plant a tree every time a property completes. So

We also don’t believe in tying any client into any form of sole agency agreement when they instruct our

What a breathe of fresh air these guys at Silverbirch are! They give great attention to detail and are thoroughly professional, we wouldn’t hesitate to give them 5 stars and recommend them. - KAYE AND RICHARD, BOURNEMOUTH



services. We are one of the ONLY agents that offer a ZERO week agency contract, giving our clients freedom. After all the proof is in the pudding.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB? It doesn’t feel like a job to me and I believe that is true success of the business also. I love my job. I have specialised in estate agency for over 8 years locally, not forgetting the teams combined experience of over 25 years. Until setting up a business I have never felt the need to track my commissions because it runs a lot deeper than that for me. I may not sell or let a house everyday, but I give at least one person a day a helping hand, even if it’s simple advice, and that is the best thing for me, helping others.

WHAT DOES 2018 LOOK LIKE FOR YOU GUYS? We are really looking forward to 2018 and seeing what else we can achieve as individuals and the business as a whole. There are lots of new legislations coming into play;

including the tenant fee ban and other legal updates and the team are all booked onto the necessary courses to ensure we are prepared and compliant for our clients. We are also going to be recruiting for another member of staff – although I have no great desire of growing this business rapidly. In fact, I feel it is more important to get the right people that have the same beliefs and will provide the exceptional service our clients deserve. I will keep growing this business at a snail’s pace to ensure the roots are solid, rather than rushing and not getting everything I dreamed of 100% right.

HOW WILL THE CUT IN STAMP DUTY FEES (FOR FIRST TIME BUYERS) EFFECT THE MARKET AS A WHOLE? I think the Government has done a fantastic thing in helping first time buyers. Stamp Duty was previously payable on purchases over £125,000 so to increase this to £300,000 is a very good thing. Those spending up to £500,000 will also benefit, as the first

£300,000 of the purchase price will not be subject to the tax. Naturally the market will quieten in December and the cool off from Christmas, but the true test, as with anything, is time. Come January things will pick up again within the industry.

DO YOU HAVE A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FOR OUR READERS? Wishing the House Magazine readers all the health and happiness over the Christmas period, and into the New Year 2018!

Silverbirch Estate Agents: t. 01202 497970 e. laila@silverbirchestateagents.com w. silverbirchestateagents.com a. 13 Ravine Road, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7HS


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Diary of Award Winning Sales and Letting Agent Move On Sharon Canning

RENTAL PAYMENTS AS PART OF CREDIT RATING! In the budget last month, the chancellor announced, ‘The Rent Recognition Challenge’. From January the Government will open entries, offering £100,000 each to the best six proposals who will develop technology that will help record rental payments on a tenants credit history. This is excellent news for tenants. The average rental payments can take up 47% of earnings and it is unfair for this not to be acknowledged as part of their credit score especially when applying for a mortgage. The competition will run until October 2018. Westminster held a debate after a public petition backed by nearly 150,000 signatures asked for ‘paying rent on time to be recognised as evidence that mortgage payments can be met’. At the moment, most credit agencies and mortgage applications will not take into consideration rental data because they simply do not have access to the information. There is a company called Creditladder, where tenants can pay their rent direct and they then pay the landlord/agent at no extra cost. Each time the rent is paid, Creditladder notify Experian. This has proved quite popular, however, not all mortgage companies use Experian. This will also be a great news for landlords and agents. Many landlords write off rent arrears, rather than pursuing the debt and creating a CCJ. Meaning many landlords may accept a tenant without their full history. The Rent Recognition Challenge, with a total of a £2m competition prize should be the answer for all. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and fabulous 2018. Have a good week! Sharon IF YOU ARE LOOKING TO RENT, BUY, SELL OR INVEST, THEN REMEMBER MOVE ON SALES AND LETTINGS. DON’T MISS OUR ADVERT ON PAGE 89. If you would like a friendly, no obligation chat regarding any property matter, then please Email sharon@moveon.biz or telephone 01202 711169. 162

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IT’S WHAT’S INSIDE THAT COUNTS WN Interiors are the designers and creators of truly inspiring interior architecture, the likes of which services have been sought out by private, commercial and development clients across the country. So when a private client got in contact, to perform a complete home renovation, the team threw all of the creative energy into crafting something magical. The brief: “…to refurbish a traditional family home reflecting the modern tastes of its new owners, whilst enhancing and retaining all the original features of the property…”. The results? Well…

MEET YOUR TEAM WN Interiors are a small and friendly team of five designers, directed by Sarah Woadden. As a collective, they have a wide range of interior design experience, from high-end private residential schemes, through to small space, massmarket developments, as well as commercial projects. Whatever the brief, WN Interiors brings knowledge, and crucially hands

on experience, that means they can offer you not only inspired creative guidance, but also the support and reasoning of many years practical expertise.

LIVING ROOM To accentuate the incredible period characteristics, the north wall was lacquered in a rich blue-tinted grey – the first of many refined design statements. The grandeur of the solid wood fireplace, with all of its robust friezes, creates the centrepiece for everything else to fall in line with, and notice, not a bit of 21st century technology insight. The two custommade box loungers – dressed in sumptuously tactile suede – are sat in unspoiled symmetry, whilst the carved wooden legs bring it to perfect sitting height. Sporadically placed brass flourishes give the room an extra touch of luxury, whilst the mixture of soft textiles adds comfort and amplifies the tranquil atmosphere. The space is made complete by the geometric pendant light, lifting the traditional elements for a more contemporary finish.

There is a misconception that designers wish to impose their own taste and style on a client, but at WN Interiors the opposite is true. It is vital to us that what we do enhances your lifestyle and sense of well-being.”


FAMILY ROOM With the intension of creating a moody, atmospheric space the styling offers a cozy kind of extravagance. An indulgent black suede corner sofa (complete with chrome studs) frames the room, with a walnut and chrome coffee table in the centre – thoughtfully placed for easy access to all. A stunning 3-teired round chandelier is suspended above, fit with voluminous glowing glass orbs that cast light beams across the furniture. Between the ornate wall panels, varying beveled mirrors are set in juxtaposition for a little contemporary twist and added excitement.



DINING ROOM Home to one of the most interesting dining tables, this larger dining space offers a clean-cut, contemporary look. The herringbone parquet floors set the tone for understated elegance, whilst the crisp white walls act as a bright blank canvas for a galleries worth of family photos – each mounted in a sharp black box frame. The windows are dressed with sophisticated lengthy drapes; pulled aside by two brass arms to allow plenty of welcomed natural light into the space.

We work in conjunction with the client, developer or architect, to ensure that every fitting, lighting system, and intricate detail is planned and in-line with the scheme.


A blend of rustic and lavish elements, this room is a more playful take on a luxurious space. The driftwood tables sit proudly in the centre, below a cascading pendant light – each bulb with its own unique golden cord and oversized bulb. Whilst the table itself is more towards rustic, the dressing is very much deluxe, with a beautiful arrangement of voluptuous glasses, polished silverware, and freshly cut hydrangeas. Six chesterfield style chairs sit around, bringing softness to the space.

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SPRUCE IT UP Dressing your Christmas tree ST. PETERSBURG BLUE This scheme is all about those opulent blue tones that are so synonymous with the iconic city of St. Petersburg in Russia. Varying shades of vibrant ‘sky blue’ stand out against the deep green of a traditional Christmas tree. This look is all about lavishness so opt for ornate shapes, plenty of sparkle and varying rich textures.

WHITE CHRISTMAS Portray a snow-full winter wonderland, with an all-white theme this year. Suitable for all kinds of home décor, this look transcends your living space into a dreamy monochromatic blizzard. Purity and delicateness are essential, so be sure to incorporate plenty of feathers, (faux) fur and soft textures. Metallic flourishes are a great edition too, specifically the classics gold and silver, but remember, less is more. RIGHT: Snowy Derry pre-lit tree - 7.5ft. Available from Homebase (www.homebase.co.uk)

PERFECT IN PASTEL Pastel shades have been huge this year and not just with interiors, but also technology, fashion, beauty, even hair, with thousands of millennial dying their hair fifty shades of crayon this summer. So it was only natural that the same trend would trickle down into the festive season. For this look think soft pinks, blues and purples, which can either be sassed up with pops of more vivid colour, or toned down with subtle neutrals. Gently twinkling warm lights and sporadic bulb placements are two rules to live by here.

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We’ve all fallen for the cozy-chic stylings of Scandinavian style; rural bark, knitted goodies and pine cones, but this year there’s a twist. Whilst the new Nordic boasts the same warm reds and snow-dusted branches, only now with the welcomed edition of everyone’s new favourite metallic ‘copper’. The rustic backdrop of the traditional fir tree (real or artificially) against the bright burnt orange tones of the copper gives any space a gorgeous contemporary look.

First things first: real or faux? Let’s just clarify there’s no right or wrong here, it’s entirely your preference. If you have little munchkins (children or pets) forever picking things up, I’d opt for an artificial, however if your sprogs are a bit older and you don’t mind a little maintenance, a real tree can be a very special addition to your home.

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If you do decide to opt for a real tree, you have a plethora of options. For almost 200 years, the Norway Spruce (Picea Abies) – with it’s bright green, pointed quick-drop needles – has been Britain’s trusted tree of choice. However, In more recent years “nondrop” varieties, such as the Nordman Fir (Abies Nordmanniana); Fraser Fir (Abies Fraseri) which has soft, wide and flat dark green needles; and Blue Spruce (Picea Pungens), with glaucous or silver-blue foliage, have grown in popularity.

DRESSING TIPS & TRICKS Lights First Always start with the lights. It’s probably the most time consuming of all the steps, but one well worth the extra care. For a spectacular glow, apply between 50-100 lights per foot of tree, weaving the reel around each brand. Texture The best trees are those with decorations of a variety of different textures and finishes. Highly polished against matte, frosted and translucent – mix it up. Depth & Spacing Be sure to dress right into the very core of the tree, as well as the outside, to create the illusion of an abundance of decorations. Strategically space you decorations; mix up sizes, height and placement in order to create a more interesting look. Take a Good Look Be sure to regularly take a step back (and a slug of mulled wine) and look at your work as you go. Asses how well balanced your tree is and remember, dressing your tree should always be a fun job, so flick on the Christmas tunes and take your time. 174

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Call 01202 973008 to book an appointment, or go online at www.homedesign.schmidt or pop into the showroom. We Design • We Manufacture • We Install We promise you an exceptional product with exceptional service as standard.

t. 01202 973008 e. design@schmidt-poole.com a. 441 Poole Road, Branksome Poole BH12 1DH OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday, 10am to 6pm Saturday, 10am to 5pm Bank Holidays, 11am to 4pm

CHRISTMAS OPENING 26th to 29th December, 11am to 4pm


WHEN IS A SALE PRICE NOT A GENUINE REDUCTION? It sounds like we need a punch line doesn’t it! Over the last few years large retail giants have been making a joke out of ‘sales’ in order to try and coerce the public into quick purchases. We won’t name names here but we are sure you will agree that bums have not sat on a full price sofa for over half a decade now!

SO WHEN IS A SALE REALLY A SALE? We at Just Shutters have a once a year sale, it always starts a little before January just because those last few days of December are a great time to be reaching people with our seasonal offering. It lasts the whole of the month of January, we guarantee our sale prices until January 31st.

making the most of a supplier ‘January Sale’ deal helps us help our customers. Secondly, our margins do take a big hit at this time of year, we simply couldn’t sustain a profitable business and provide the quality, staff, training, lifetime guarantee support and all the other wonderful things that make us such a special company, if we were to always reduce our prices.

DO LOWER PRICES MEAN LOWER QUALITY? Absolutely not! Just Shutters business is built on reputation, recommendations and additional orders. We offer the industry’s longest possible guarantees for all our customers. We build relationships that last! Every single set of shutters is individually designed, installed and each customer nurtured and cared for by our family of shutter experts.

At Just Shutters we publish our prices all year round. We are incredibly transparent and never ‘add on’ what others may consider extras, such as installation and lifetime guarantees. Our price calculator on our website shows our published prices all year round.

If you would like to see for yourself why we are not JUST another shutter company, while making the very most of our lowest possible prices, call now on 01202 240769 or visit www.justshutters.co.uk. SHOWROOM: 59 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, Dorset BH6 3QU

WHY CAN’T YOU RUN THESE PRICES ALL YEAR? There are two reasons we cannot run our sale prices all year. We, like many other businesses, get a small amount of supplier support at this time of year,



PURE ELEGANCE Style at Alington Road Bathroom and Kitchen Elegance – the designers and suppliers of luxury interiors – have once again succeeded in producing another inspiring home improvement, for a private client in conjunction with local building Contractor, Urban Homes Inc Ltd. The clients (Darren and Paul) approached Kitchen and Bathroom Elegance for the first time, having caught wind of their reputation for possessing impeccable standards, and ability to provide a high-end service. The entire project was a flawless collaboration, combining skilled craftsmen, fitters and world-renowned brands, and the results were nothing short of breathtaking.

THE KITCHEN The starting point – for the kitchen – was born out of the homeowner’s fascination with German brand ‘Leicht’– manufactures of modern kitchen design for contemporary living. Finished in a warm grey, matte façade the cabinets give a luxurious modern look.

“The brief was for a quality modern handless Leicht kitchen, using simple lines and seamless flow.” - CHRIS BUNDY, KITCHEN ELEGANCE Atop the Leicht units are custommade Ceaserstone worktops, built from glossy quartz stone, bringing an elegant feel to the heart of the home. Quality Miele appliances were a must – only the best for a kitchen of such stature.


The breakfast bar and sink were strategically placed for prime viewing of the stunning scenery; now the owners can enjoy their coffee whilst taking in the gorgeous harbour, right on their doorstep.


THE CONTRACTOR Urban Homes worked meticulously with Brightspace Architects throughout the build process to produce these two stunning properties. The properties were the result of hours of product research, and a mission to incorporate as many locally sourced products – to enhance the design features – as possible.

awe-inspiring design, Urban Homes’ director Darren Arnold was incredibly proud of his team’s efforts and the striking end result. Contact Kitchen Elegance on: t. 01202 740630 e. info@kitchenelegance.co.uk w. www.kitchenelegance.co.uk a. 19-21 Bournemouth Road, Lower Parkstone, Poole BH14 0EF

There is a wonderful balance of nature versus man in the design, with organic features such as the stained hardwood and Purbeck stone, against the ultra modernity of glass, aluminium and polished tile – the likes of which can be found throughout both properties.

Contact Bathroom Elegance on: t. 01202 675992 e. info@bathroomelegance.uk.com w. www.bathroomelegance.uk.com a. Nuffield Trade Centre, 11-17 Nuffield Road, Poole BH17 0UF

Urban Homes prides itself on its attention to detail, quality craftsmanship and proven ability in producing high-end residential properties for discerning clients. With 30 years experience and a passion for

Contact Urban Homes Inc Ltd on: t. 01202 572 413 e. darren@urbanhomes.org.uk w. www.urbanhomes.org.uk a. 72 Cudnell Avenue, Bournemouth, BH11 9DA


“Paul & Darren were after a very modern, clean look for the bathrooms, something aesthetically beautiful but equally practical for the families living requirements. In combining unique, award-winning products, with the flair and passion of Bathroom Elegance’s designs – the perfect bathrooms were formed.” – EDDIE LLOYD, BATHROOM ELEGANCE Much like the kitchen, it was a particular brand that inspired the overall design. Swiss brand ‘Laufen’ have been making architecturally motivated bathroom components for over 125 years, so it’s no wonder that it was a powerful driving force behind the design of the bathroom as a whole. Bathroom Elegance used both the Kartell and Ino ranges for their minimal, yet striking, design lines. To match the caliber of the Laufen suite the room was dressed with Porcelanosa tiles. Paul (the client) was exceptionally happy with the finished article, resulting in what will be the first of many projects working together in the future. Great business relationships have been formed between all parties, and that will last a lifetime.



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Laura Ashley Antler Ring Tealight Holder, £20 www.lauraashley.com

Beaded Bauble, £7; Set of 6 Luxury Crackers, £20; Iona Diningware, from £8; Glass Christmas Tree Tealight Holder, £12; Silver White Rattan Wreath, £58; Christmas Garland, £52 www.lauraashley.com

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Roma Wine Glasses - Set of 2, £15 www.kellyhoppen.com

Chalk Stripe Cake Stand, £28 www.kellyhoppen.com

Peacock Bauble, £6; Waterford Candle Holder set of 2, £50; Beaded Place mat, £16; Willow Plate 28cm, £15 www.johnlewis.com Winter Snowflake Cracker, £20 www.johnlewis.com


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SHUTTERS; IMPROVE YOUR CURB APPEAL Everyone knows that selling a house is all about curb appeal, ok, not all about curb appeal, but it helps! Those first few moments when a buyer pulls up outside and sees your property in the flesh for the very first time speak volumes, and it’s often a make or break situation before they’ve even stepped foot inside. Make the most of the opportunity by improving your curb appeal and your property’s value with the addition of bespoke plantation shutters. But selling aside, the outside of your house matters as much as the inside space. Whilst many people spend a fortune decorating the interior, few pay attention to the outside appearance of their property. It’s time to show your home some love, and be proud of your smart looking home every time you pull onto the drive, it’s time to get some plantation shutters.

Reduced Heating Costs Shutters add an extra layer of hardwood protection on your windows helping to insulate in the winter, dramatically reducing your heating bills.

Your Health Although dust may settle on your shutter louvres, it can’t penetrate hardwood shutters, making them far easier to clean than traditional blinds or curtains. No breeding ground for dust mites here!

Noise Reduction Hardwood shutters act as a natural noise barrier behaving like a secondary glazing panel to aid in noise reduction, perfect if you live on a busy road.

Security and Privacy


Thanks to the flexible design of plantation shutters, they can be split in sections to allow light to filter through at the top, whilst retaining closed off privacy at the bottom. When open, the louvres have a similar privacy effect as net curtains… without looking like your nan’s house in the eighties!

Exclusive HOUSE offer: To find out how shutters could improve your home and its value local firm South Beach Shutters offer a no obligation measuring service and are offering an exclusive 10% discount to HOUSE readers until 31st January 2018, just quote HOUSE18 when calling 01202 788377.

Find out more and contact: 01202 788 377 www.southbeachshutters.co.uk

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THE ORIGINAL BED WAREHOUSE is the newborn business taking the industry by storm. We are a friendly, approachable and knowledgeable team who genuinely enjoy our work. We understand the high-selling pressures that come with visiting the high-street retailers, but we allow our mattresses to sell themselves and are only there to guide you on the journey through our showroom. We can store your orders for as long as you require and offer a free room of choice delivery and assembly service on the day you move in or at your convenience. Visit our showroom today to help you discover what you find most comfortable, at a price that works for you.

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Transform your kitchen in days at under half the cost of a new kitchen by changing the doors, worktops and accessories



From kitchen makeovers, to brand new kitchens, we will work with you to create a space you enjoy spending time in.

We Bring the Showroom to You Best of Houzz Service Award 2017 Winners www.houzz.co.uk/pro/happykitchens “We had just moved and wanted to update and bring colour and a contemporary feel into our existing kitchen but wanted to avoid the large Corporate Companies. We found the answer in Happy Kitchens when Ben brought his showroom to us, and the experience of choosing units and colours turned out to be an exciting one, rather than daunting and disappointing. When it came to installation, the team of fitters including Martin, James and Mitch were spot-on with their time keeping, efficiency and workmanship. We were consulted where decisions mattered and nothing seemed too much trouble. We are both thrilled with our kitchen and can’t believe the transformation. Post customer service is as important and they can’t be faulted. They even returned to check all the units a week later for any ‘tweaks’. A happy team, led by Ben and we would 100% recommend them. They deserve to do well. Thank you” – Jane Wareham

We are now taking bookings for January 2018 and places are filling up fast.

Less time | Less hassle | Less cost For a free home visit and no obligation quotation: Telephone: 02392 986465 Email: info@happykitchens.uk www.happykitchens.uk

30% OFF ALL ORDERS WHEN YOU QUOTE HOUSE30 Treat yourself to a new kitchen this Christmas and receive excellent discounts when you wrap up your order before the end of 2017.

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Be inspired by our beautiful painted and oak furniture. Great discounts throughout the store, don’t miss out! 01202 574 358 | www.qpfurniture.co.uk 1625 - 1633 Wimborne Road, Kinson, Bournemouth BH11 9AR



FESTIVE DINNER PARTY ESSENTIALS Ah, the festive season. A time for joy, friends, family – oh and tears, tantrums and copious amounts of stress. The Christmas period (now known as November 1st – January 31st) is both fabulous and agonizing. So, in anticipation we have put together the ultimate entertaining guide.

Meal Prep Food has to be the number one most stressful part of entertaining – personally, I blame social media and everyone’s incredible look ‘food selfies’ – none the less, there is something special about doing it all yourself. We asked local Chef, Adam Bartlett what his top tips were staying cool under the pressure of cooking a festive feast. He explains: “It’s all about the prep. Don’t be scared to prepare early and remember reheating is not failure. Par-cook things like your meat and potatoes that usually take the longest. It’s also about how you choose to serve it. RIGHT: Greenwich Padded Chair, £499; Stella 4 Light Chandelier, £129; Metal Banded Medium Lantern, £15; Nouveau Dinner Plate, £8; Nouveau Side plate, £6; Nouveau Cereal Bowl, £6; Nouveau Charger, £15; Alphabet Glass, £8; Bellagio 2 Pack Champagne Saucers, £19.50; Bellagio Wine Glasses (Set of 2), £19.50; Champagne Micro Bead Bauble, £4; Gold Boutique Lights, £25; Gold Tree Crackers (Set of 6), £20. Available from Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

“There is so much pressure to make your meals look incredible on the plate, but ‘family service’ – where items are served in giant dishes on the table, to help yourself to – is really the best and least stressful way to do it”

Décor Dressing the table is a fundamental ritual for the holidays – one usually eased by the solace of something mulled. The best place to start is the tablecloth. Whilst not traditional, darker colours – if not back – are best for concealing inevitable spillages. In terms of crockery, variations of white are really the best. Roasts – assuming you stick with a traditional meal – tend not to vary much from brown in terms of colour, so that last thing you want is a dark plate. White will make that rich comfort food sing on the plate, bringing it to life.

LEFT PAGE: 7ft Snowy Potted Tree, £200; Silver Star Tree Topper, £7.50; Hanging Lit House Cloche, £5; Hanging Lit Snowman Cloche, £5; Hanging Let It Snow Lit Cloche, £5; Silver Jewel Snowflake, £5; Silver Beaded Wish Tree Dec, £3; Glass Champagne Bauble, £2; White Stag with Silver Glitter, £5; Smoked Glass Etched Bauble, £6; Pearlescent Glass Droplet, £4; Tall Silver Light Up Tree, £17.50; Champagne Vintage Style Lights, £25; Clara Tea Light, £5; Beaded Tea Light, £5; Renee Tea Light, £5; Renee Large Mercury Hurricane, £29.50; Silver Glitter Wreath, £19.50; Hartley Tea Light Holder, £39.50; Clara Decorative Bowl, £19.50; Freya Coffee Table, £199; Ceramic Jug, £22.50; Luxury Glass Baubles (Set of 20), £19.50; Arch Window Mirror, £149; Staveley Medium Sofa in Baril Weave Natural, £1,399; Feather Print Oversized Cushion, £25; Metallic Print Throw, £49.50; Brown Glitter Leaf Bauble, £4; Hartley Objet Reindeer, £7.50; Mercury Flower Tea Light, £3.50; Silver Star Lights, £25. Available from Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com) LEFT: Zen Dinner Plate, £19 and Grey Linen Runner, £25. Available from Kelly Hoppen (www.kellyhoppen.com)



Glasswear is really exciting this year. A particular favourite of ours is the Olivia Bonas Pineapple Cocktail Cup. With a golden leafy lid and matching straw intact, this awesome drinking vessel is our top buy for the holidays. Though not cheap at £26 a cup, it’s probably the only mug you’ll ever (want to) use. For luxury flourishes, candles are a must. When entertaining lighting, next to music and smell, is one of the most influential mood enhancers. Keeping a candlelit room encourages guests to relax, freeing their inhibitions unafraid of being caught doing something un-dinner party like. For the perfect perfumed atmosphere, we love the Voluspa Crisp Champagne boxed candle. With notes of brut rose champagne chilled and poured over cassis berries and edible white rose petals, this candle screams lavishness. RIGHT: Mercury Flower Tea Light, £3.50; Decorative Hexagonal Lantern, £25; Hartley Stag Objet, £7.50; Clara Tea Light, £5; Renee Tea Light, £5; Blythe Cloche Light, £89; Renee Large Mercury Decal Hurricane, £29.50; Silver Bell Star Tree Dec, £5; Beaded Tea Light, £5; Winter Scented Small Tree Candle, £12.50. Available from Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

LEFT: Quartz Hurricane, £30. Available from Kelly Hoppen (www.kellyhoppen.com) BELOW: Pineapple Cockail Cup, £26, avaiable from Oliver Bonas (www.oliverbonas.com) and Cobalt Court, £35, available from Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

RIGHT: Manhattan Mirror Tray, £39.50; Bellagio 2 Pack Champagne Saucers, £19.50; Bellagio 2 Pack Wine Glasses, £19.50; Alphabet Glass, £8; Gold Banded Medium Lantern, £15; Paper Star Fortunes, £5; Gold Beaded Place Mat, £12.50; Mini Cocktail Shaker, £10. Available from Marks & Spencer (www.marksandspencer.com)

Dress to impress The style guru’s over at Marks & Spencer have been working on staple partywear and we’ve narrowed down a few key pieces that you absolutely need in your wardrobe this winter. First off, shoes. With a nod to Manolo Blahnik’s iconic ‘Hangisi’ satin pumps (as seen in the first film adaptation of ‘Sex and the city’), M&S are releasing a copycat version of the royal blue heels. And at £36 over Manolo Blahnik’s eye-watering £745, these are an absolute bargain! Post party blues call for comfy dress. For our male readers, we’ve opted for something a little cozier. Footwear experts ‘Ugg’ has created the perfect slipper. A cross between style and comfort, the Ascot Slipper is the everything you could ever want. Made with water-resistant, breathable and stain-resistant Silkee suede leather in a beautiful espresso brown colour, these are our new favourite obsession. 202

By Charlotte Williams



Here at Cricklewood Kitchens we have been designing, making and installing kitchens along the south coast for more than 16 years. We offer high-quality cabinetry, combined with the best in creative design and service. All of our kitchens are designed and made to order in our own workshop. No matter what sort of look you choose for your home, our talented designers are on hand to make your dream kitchen a reality.



A N D Q U O TAT I O N! 01202 488808 | info@cricklewoodkitchens.co.uk Mon-Fri: 9-5pm | Sat: 10-4pm | Sun: Closed www.cricklewoodkitchens.co.uk *Throughout December 2017 and January 2018 †On all kitchens designed throughout December 2017 and January 2018.


CHRISTMAS GAMES YOU HAVE TO TRY! Sometime after lunch and before the baileys, comes a time solely dedicated to the partaking in whimsical games. In my family that’s usually some crude form of charades, but for those who require something a little more stimulating and a little less uncouth, we’ve put together a few of our favourite non-board games that you can easily play with all the family.

DIY SNOWMAN GAME Gather the toilet rolls, cotton wool, tape, and any special extras you might wish. Spilt your guests into teams (at least two in each team) and set the clock as they race to complete the best human snowman with the decorative essentials. The best snowman (whatever ‘best’ means to you) wins! If your family can’t always come to an agreement, you’ll need an impartial adjudicator, but don’t worry about them getting their turn, simply elect a new person each round.

Photo by Josh Boot on Unsplash

WHAT’S IN THE STOCKING? For this game you’ll need a makeshift blindfold and a Christmas stocking. Fill the stocking with everyday items from around the house and ask your guests to guess what’s inside without peeking. And remember, the more random the items the better. Get each guest to guess one item at a time, passing it around each turn. Whoever gets the most correct guesses, wins!

ORNAMENT ON A SPOON Remember the classic egg and spoon race from your childhood? Well, this is pretty much the same thing, only instead of an egg competitors will have to balance a Christmas bauble on their spoon. Eggciting stuff! (Can we still use egg puns anyway?).

TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE As it states, each player will have to tell two truths and one lie. The team’s job is to spot the lie! For a festive twist, relay it back to past Christmas events.

CHRISTMAS CHARADES A personal fave! Similar to any other game of charades, only you’re using Christmas characters. This is all about your best mime skills, so no talking (that means you too granddad). Jot down a ton of festive characters/objects on tiny bits of paper and mix them up in a bowl or hat or whatever else you might have. Each player will pick a piece of paper at random and attempt to convey whatever is written on it to the rest of the team – whomever guesses correctly is up next.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

SANTA’S BELLY LIMBO I think you see where this is going; first of all you’ll need a limbo bar. This is really up to you, but in the spirit of the season we recommend a string of Christmas lights, ribbon or any kind of festive garland. Next, music; you’ll want to steer clear of anything too slow, so maybe park Mr. Bublé for this one. Here’s where the fun begins…


Grab a large T-shirt, a pillow and a belt and get your guests to take it in turns to dress up with a ‘Santa belly’ and let the limbo-ing begin! As per the usual limbo rules, the lower the better – though special points will be given for solid efforts and mega laugh out loud moments.

HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE An alternative to the aforementioned DIY Snowman. Decorate one representative from each team as a Christmas tree. The more creative the better! Whoever dressers their candidate with the most festive cheer, wins! Be sure to watch out for any loose baubles. Photo by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash

Words by Charlotte Williams

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CUSTOM CREATIONS A firsthand account This time last year, I interviewed Custom Creations for the first time. Blown away by their obvious passion and gorgeous examples of previous work, I decided that when it came to replacing my own wardrobes, that they were the ones to call. So, in the hopes of finally transforming our walk-in, we invited the talented team at Custom Creations to design, build and fit a tailor-made unit that could give us the storage we so desperately needed.

A LITTLE BACKGROUND… My significant other and I bought our very first home late last year; a charming semi-detached 1930’s build, full of character– and plenty of flaws so we’ve learnt. Never the less, we love our house, but to say that it lacks in appropriate storage would be an


incredible understatement. What our estate agent called a ‘walk-in’ I have since more appropriately termed a ‘step-in’; a step-in that has no form of shelving, no rail, no thing. So, having previously learnt of their incredible work writing about them in our magazine, I asked Custom Creations if they could solve our storage problem with a custom-made solution.

STEP ONE: ASSESS AND DESIGN Our experience began with a home visit from James, who – before anything – sat down with us whilst we explained our needs. The next step was a visit to the closet itself. We watched as James meticulously measured each and every crevice, taking through notes along the way. The final step was my favourite part,

picking the colours and finishes, much to my partner’s dismay. We shook hands and the visit was over, now we had to wait to receive the designs in the post. It was like waiting for Santa Claus, only it was actually a wardrobe, but our excitement was all the same.

unit, our eyes were opened to all of these new possibilities, and all within our budget. We previously looked at each other – having compared the extortionate cost of a high-street furniture company – and agreed; “where do we sign?”…

The designs arrived little more than a day or so later and our excitement was amplified. We couldn’t quite believe all that had been included into the design – ideas we had never even considered. Shoe storage, two tiered hanging, an adjustable shelving

ASSEMBLY DAY Between the initial consultation and the day of installation, I was invited down to the Custom Creations showroom (in Verwood) to handpick the final colours, finishes and fittings for our wardrobe doors. I was greeted


by Jo (co-owner and all-around lady in charge), who took my through my various options. I think she ought to win an award for patience having to deal with my indecisiveness, not that she let it show, as she remained only too happy to help throughout the entirety of this project – in person and via the many emails. Sure enough assembly day arrived and true to his promise our fitter ‘Dan’ showed up bright and early. It can be a slightly daunting experience inviting a tradesperson into your home – especially when you’re going to be spending a couple of days with them – but Dan was marvellous; a cheery, flat out friendly guy through and through and meticulous in getting the job right. By the end of the fitting it was like having another member of the family.

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Family run business As the project was coming to an end we did stumble into a small hurdle. You might recall I mentioned we have a fairly old house with plenty of quirks, one of which was the wonkiness of the original door frames, meaning that when the new wardrobe doors went on, they didn’t quite meet. Hardly anyone’s fault, but Custom Creations’ owner Simon wasn’t going to settle for anything less than perfect and so, he immediately got onto building two new doors. Within a week he personally came over to fit the new doors. I watched as he methodically checked and tweaked all of the fittings, to ensure that the door hung in the perfect place – the two doors seamlessly aligned, and meeting in the centre.

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THE END RESULT My partner and I couldn’t be more thrilled with our brand new walk-in wardrobe. It has not only given us more storage, but it’s finally given us space back elsewhere to improve our home and general day-to-day use of it. Now the real question remains; what can you do for us next Custom Creations? Wardrobes / Lounge and Media Units / Angled Units / Home Offices / Storage Solutions for every room By Charlotte Williams

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REFORMED PLASTICS Here’s to a great year! So, I hear you’ve moved to new

named a line of our Adirondack chairs


after him – ‘The Andreas’.

Yes! We are really excited to have moved just half a mile up the road, to

During the year we had a some

a new site on the Parley Court Estate

further changes within the team with

in Hurn – it is practically double

a few comings and goings, meaning

the size of where we were. We had

that over the summer we were very

completely outgrown our previous

happy to welcome Sheridan and Sam



as Junior Fabricators. They’re both

increasing demand for our products.

picking up the in-house training we’re

This means we now have the much-

providing them really well, and are

needed room to hold more stock and

shaping up to be a perfect fit within

increase production as we continue to

the Reformed Plastics family.





grow. We’re also now able to provide a display area for customers to

What’s the best part of your job?

come and see our product range for

Delivering happiness! “People may not


remember exactly what you did or what you said, but they will always remember

Great, I also hear that you have

how you made them feel.” They say, “no

acquired some new staff. Who makes

news is good news”, so I would regard

up the Reformed Plastics team now?

the majority of our customers to be

At the very beginning of the year

perfectly satisfied with what they’ve

Martyn and I took on our Senior

purchased. As in the busy world

Fabricator ‘Andre’, who has proved

we live, people tend not to make

himself to be an extremely skilled,

contact post sale, unless it’s for



something that on the rare occasion

asset to the team, so much so that we

needs minor adjustment (subject to


our Lifetime Guarantee), or indeed for more products which is great and testament in itself. Therefore receiving



from happy customers offering praise for the service and products we’ve provided is, I can safely say, the best news! Customers that go out of their way to do this, makes taking the rough and the smooth of being in business completely worth it! What has been your favourite project this year? There are many, but a couple spring to mind. Firstly Sandy Balls Holiday Park in Fordingbridge, who purchased a large number of our most popular A-Frame picnic tables to replace 210

many old, dishevelled wooden ones.


We initially loaned them a picnic table to trial for a month, but they were so impressed that they called back the following day to discuss their future requirements for the spring. We were very happy to fulfill their order in a short time frame and we’re looking forward to the next phase they’re planning for next year. Another





smaller, but all the same lovely to do in the glorious summer sunshine, was a lovely replacement deck, set in a well kept garden for a local customer in Muscliffe, who was an absolute joy to work for!

David and the team were always on hand to answer any questions we had. Reformed Plastics have reformed our outside seating area making it look like new all year round. CHRIS HEATH. MANAGER AT THE HIKER CAFE

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Just a reminder to our readers – who may have seen and not heard – why should they choose recycled plastic? Reformed Plastics (UK) Ltd are an experienced family business who are a leading UK manufacturer and stockist of 100% recycled plastic products. We’ve been providing a unique and personal service, delivering direct to the Domestic and Commercial sector, nationwide, since the turn of the century. We produce high quality products such as decking, fencing, outdoor furniture,



signage, bollards, planters and gates, and what’s more, they’re all made from 100% recycled plastic!

Due to our products high strength and durability, it’s the perfect alternative to anything that has ever needed maintaining. It’s safe for big and little hands, as it does NOT rot, split or splinter, and it can also be generally worked just as easy as wood! Plus hygienic too, as it doesn’t absorb moisture or bacteria and can therefore be easily wiped clean. Our products never need to be replaced and




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What is in the pipeline for your guys in 2018? Already the order book for January is filling up fast, as we work with various schools and local authorities supplying them with all their outdoor furniture needs. Also we’ll be carrying out some safety improvement works on a ride’s surrounding walkway using the








Paultons Park! I can also exclusively reveal that we’ll be launching a new budget bench range called ‘The Upton’, which will use left over off-cuts in it’s construction. These will be extremely sturdy and long lasting, like all our products, but even more competitively priced. So watch this space. Safe to say we like the way 2018 is set to be looking and we’ll be very happy to welcome many new customers as we move through the year.

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HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BUG HOTEL Give the kids a garden project with our guide to building a bug hotel. School holidays are upon us, so keep the kids amused by helping them create a stylish and useful bug house to attract beneficial insects to your garden, including spiders, lacewings and ladybirds. Lacewing larvae and adult ladybirds and larvae will feast on aphids, while solitary bees may also hibernate in a bug box. WHAT YOU’LL NEED Any old wooden box or recycled wooden pallet will do - you’ll need it to stand up on its end to accommodate beneficial insects and other wildlife.

You could nail boxes together (end to end) to make bug towers, which could be nailed on to a post or left freestanding on the ground. Collect wood, bark, twigs, leaves, pine, larch or spruce and any other natural materials. You can also use old terracotta roof tiles, bricks with holes in them and even holey old plant pots. LINING THE CONTAINER Use dead leaves to line the back of the box, preferably oak or beech, as they will form the primary living area for insects. FILL IT UP Pack materials into the front of the box. These could be anything from cutoff branches to segments of bamboo cane, pine cones and other solid garden materials. Either create a visible pattern at the front of the box or just fill it randomly, wedging it all together with dead leaves or moss, the RSPB advises. WHERE TO PUT IT Bugs prefer sheltered spots, so place your new bug-friendly hotel under hedging or close to wild areas in your garden, where there might be nettles, brambles or other wildlife-welcoming plants that will attract bugs into their new home. Make sure the box isn’t in full sun, or everything will dry out including the bugs. LOOKING AFTER YOUR BUGS Give the boxes a good spray regularly in hot weather to keep them moist and give the wildlife a drink. Sit back and see what creatures move in!


By Hannah Stephenson, Press Association Photos credit: PA Photo/RSPB

New Year New Car WHETHER IT’S YOUR FIRST, NEXT OR DREAM CAR, WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED. RB Prestige is a new and exciting, family-run

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



Featuring a raised ride height with body cladding, a robust new interior and the latest connectivity including OnStar and R 4.0 IntelliLink, Vauxhall’s rugged VIVA ROCKS is now available from £11,530. Says Vauxhall:”Ideally suited to city conditions, VIVA ROCKS gives occupants excellent connectivity, while retaining the practicality of the Vauxhall VIVA with five doors, five seats, compact dimensions and a luggage capacity in excess of 1,000 litres. “Clever design tweaks set the VIVA ROCKS apart from its A-segment rivals. Silver roof rails,rugged front (including fog lights) and rear bumpers with integrated skid pads, muscular wheel arches, and unique 15-inch bi-colour look alloy wheels, all ensure that the new model has a distinctive edge.” The optional R 4.0 IntelliLink system brings the world of smartphones to the VIVA ROCKS via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, also providing navigation through Apple Maps or Google Maps. Alternatively, Navi 4.0 IntelliLink offers an integrated navigation system. The five-door model has luggage capacity of 1,013 litres with seats folded and the ‘City’ driving mode reduces steering effort to assist with tight manoeuvres in heavy city traffic, with cruise control supporting speed management. Additional features that support the driver include Park Assist, which makes parking safer and easier.

ROAD TEST: VOLVO V90 D5 Volvo has long been noted for capacious estate models and its latest V90 upholds this tradition, with practicality complementing executive luxury and sporty performance, writes NICK FLETCHER. The company has also been a pioneer of new technology, and even on entry level versions (from £35,865) you get 9-inch touchscreen, sat-nav, connectivity, voice control, adaptive cruise control, LED headlights, and safety kit which includes pedestrian, cyclist and large animal detection, auto emergency braking and Pilot Assist, a semi-autonomous system to aid steering, acceleration and braking, plus 17-inch alloys and leather-faced upholstery. My test model was V90 D5 PowerPulse AWD Inscription, a top-spec version laden with a raft of extra features including a £3,000 premium sound system, 360-degree surround-view parking camera, and much more, taking the price to £56,935. The car featured Volvo’s smooth and quiet 2.0 litre 235 hp diesel engine mated to an 8-speed auto gerabox, with all-wheel-drive. This is a beautiful combination of refinement, performance and economy – so good I felt I

could drive right across Europe and still be relaxed at the end of the journey. The car featured Volvo’s smooth and quiet 2.0 litre 235 hp diesel engine mated to an 8-speed auto gearbox, with allwheel-drive. This is a beautiful combination of refinement, performance and economy. The 0-60 mph time of 6.9 seconds underlines its sporty credentials and top speed is 145 mph. The fuel figure is very respectable at 57.6 mpg combined and emissions are 129 g/km. The V90 has elegant classy styling which turns heads, and the cabin also impresses with its use of top-quality materials, thoughtful layout and comfortable seating. There is good space for occupants front and rear and the boot space with rear seats in use – while not the largest in the class – is still a substantial 723 litres. The rear seats drop flat to boost capacity to 1,526 litres and the tailgate is powered. On the road, the relative quiet of the car, its seamless auto gearshifts, responsive acceleration and reassuringly composed handling get top marks. Overall, I rate this Volvo estate as arguably best in class.

KIA STINGER GRAN TURISMO The Kia Stinger, described as “an elegant gran turismo”, has just gone on sale in the UK priced from £31,995. In range-topping twin-turbo V6 guise, it is the fastestaccelerating Kia ever, with a 0-60mph time of 4.7 seconds. Five versions are available in the UK, all with turbocharged directinjection engines mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and featuring electronic driver aids and connectivity systems. The GT-Line and GT-Line S offer the choice of a 2.0-litre 244 hp T-GDi petrol engine or a 2.2-litre 197 hp CRDi turbodiesel, while the range-topping GT S has exclusive use of a 3.3-litre 365 hp twin-turbo V6. Says Kia: “Stinger is a classic grand tourer, not a hardedged sports car. It harks back to an era when travelling was all about the joy of the journey and getting to the final destination could be an anti-climax.” Dual automatic air conditioning is fitted to every model, along with a 7.0-inch touchscreen, head-up display which allows key information – speed, navigation instructions and audio, cruise control and blind spot detection information – to be projected onto the windscreen. GT-Line S and GT S also have a 360-degree around-view monitor. Every model also has

a DAB radio with MP3 compatibility and Bluetooth with voice recognition and music streaming. All versions drive the rear wheels through an electronic eight-speed automatic gearbox which offers up to five different shift and throttle programmes, accessed through the car’s electronic Drive Mode Selector.



ROAD TEST: PEUGEOT 5008 GT LINE Multi-purpose vehicles are declining in popularity due as larger SUV models begin to take over, and a new contender has just been launched which will shake up the SUV sector, writes NICK FLETCHER. The new Peugeot 5008 is a seven-seater with a lot of visual cachet, a spacious interior and styling cues from its already popular 3008 stablemate. Priced from £24,495, the new 5008 is radically different from its predecessor and is certain to attract a raft of younger family buyers like charismatic street image yet with day to day practicality. The 5008 sets a new benchmark for the brand in quality cabin materials and standard of fit and finish. Inside and out, this new model has a wow factor. The engine range mirrors that of the smaller 3008, which uses the same platform, and embraces perol and diesel units with varying power outputs, with manual and auto gearboxes available. There are four trim levels and a 12.3 inch display screen is standard on all models, as is a touch-screen info system, climate control and parking sensors.

On the road, the 5008 drives smoothly and is very composed on the corners, with minimal body roll. The car has a smaller than usual steering wheel which looks and feels a little odd but you quickly get used to it. Driving position is great, with good forward visibility, and very supportive seating and well-balanced suspension combine to make the 5008 very comfortable. My test model was a top-spec GT Line model with a 2.0 litre 148 hp diesel engine and 6-speed manual transmission. The 0-60 mph time of 9.6 seconds is nippy for this class of vehicle, and top speed is 129 mph. Fuel conomy is very good at 61.4 mpg combined. The GT model, priced at £31,245, has a lot of extra kit including keyless entry and push-button start, adaptive cruise control, satin-chrome detailing, leather seats, diamond-cut alloys, panoramic glass roof and multipoint massage facility on driver’s seat. With seats folded, load capacity is a massive 2,150 litres. The new 5008 takes on established rivals such as the Renault Grand Scenic and newscomers such as the Skoda Kodiaq, and is certainly going to give those and others a hard time in the sector’s sales battle.

Leon CUPRA R, SEAT’s most powerful car to date, is now available to order priced at £34,995. Just 799 models will be built for global sale in the first half of 2018, of which 24 are initially destined for the UK. The new front-wheel-drive model, boasting 305 hp, will be available with a six-speed manual gearbox. has a top speed limited to 155 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds. The Leon CUPRA looks have also been given even greater impact in ‘R’ form, through carbon fibre details for the rear spoiler, lower lip spoiler, side skirts and rear diffuser. The newly extended wheel arches and the front also benefit from a more powerful design around the air intakes. Copper colouring is also a key theme and comes into play on the door mirrors, CUPRA tailgate lettering, and copper and black 19-inch CUPRA R alloy wheels. Features include keyless enter & go with wireless phone charger, heated front seats, headlight washers, rear view camera, tiredness recognition system and rear seatbelt reminder, 10-speaker audio system, adaptive cruise control and navigation system with eight-inch touchscreen.

AMAROK AWARD The Volkswagen Amarok has won the ‘International Pick-up Award 2018’ award. The jury rated the Amarok as the epitome of ‘work hard, play hard’, a core element of the entire pickup segment and described the Amarok as a “top pedigree workhorse”. The clear design and high standard of the finish were specifically cited by the jury as being key factors in their decision. The size of the double cab with room for five people, the benchmark in the segment, also impressed with its modern design. The ergoComfort seats for driver and front-seat passengeralso won over the jury, who in addition highlighted the eight-speed automatic transmission and V6 engine specification in the segment. The jury members were particularly taken by the on- and off-road capabilities of the V6 Amarok: “The engine’s refinement and elasticity set a new standard in the segment.” This year, to the end of October, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has already supplied customers with 65,200 vehicles from the Amarok range, an increase of 13.2 per cent.



THE WHEEL SPECIALIST Repair, Refurbishment & Customisation Choosing the right set of wheels is essential to the full enjoyment, use and safety of driving your car. Every car is unique and has a different set of needs, which is why sometimes you need an expert to guide you in the process of choosing – or indeed customising – the best ones. The Wheel Specialist is the UK’s leading alloy wheel repair, refurbishment and customisation specialist, providing a professional service that transforms the look of any car. They offer outstanding customer service, guaranteed quality finishes and durability, with a same day service, at a fraction of the cost of replacement wheels. Their Bournemouth branch is a family run business that serves the whole of Dorset, with the backing of a huge national franchise behind it.

look tired and dull, generally caused by a combination of in-grained disc brake dust, road grime, salt and chipped rims from curbing. No matter much you try to clean them, they never seem to regain that freshout-the-showroom look. Well, the good news is that there is a place where you can bring your alloys back to life without it costing you an arm and a leg. At The Wheel Specialist you can customise your alloys’ colour to match the finish or colour of your vehicle and fit chrome valve caps.



REPAIR You don’t have to be a petrol head to love your motor’s alloys. You’ll remember the day you collected your gleaming new car from the dealer with its sparkling paintwork and the pristine alloy wheels. Then in no time at all those cherished alloys begin to

REFURBISHMENT The Wheel Specialist has been in business since 1955, and has been providing alloy wheel refurbishment for over 35 years. Having built an enviable reputation for their care, quality and rapid turnaround times, and now with nationwide coverage, their services are second to none.



The wheels are chemically stripped, to remove previous layers of lacquer and paint. Wheels are hand sanded to obtain a smooth metal surface in preparation for coating.




The wheels are then prepared, dressed and filled to deal with any damage to the rim edges and the face. (Note: they do not deal with buckled or badly dented wheels as these are safety related structural repairs and wheels should be written off and replaced). Next the wheels are gently heat treated to remove any air from the alloy and a first stage powder coat finish is applied and then cured for a set time period. After this, if the wheel is having a “special” or “bespoke” finish, the wet-in-wet procedure takes place (e.g. special paint and clearcoat finish). The wheels are then automatically subjected to a further

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TOM’S CHRISTMAS KITCHEN He’s a perfectionist chef with a chain of restaurants to his name, but in Tom Aikens’ kitchen at home, someone is else in charge - two little people, to be precise. His daughters, Josephine, five, and three-year-old Violette, like to help Dad out with cooking - peeling, mixing, and “oh my God, making such a mess”. The Norfolk-raised chef loves almost everything about Christmas with his brood - “all the food and unwrapping presents is so much nicer with little ones, and they understand about Father Christmas now” - but one thing he’s less looking forward to is hearing Let It Go, from Disney’s Frozen, on repeat over the holidays. It’s been a busy couple of years for Aikens, who at 26, became the youngest British chef to be awarded two Michelin stars. Little wonder he’s looking forward to seeing friends and family, and “getting out of the chaos of London” this Christmas.

Tom Aikens’ Turkey Recipe

At home, he will probably cook goose, duck or ham - and turkey, with mulled wine (“I get through a fair bit of that”) and port on the drinks menu. To avoid a Christmas cooking meltdown, he recommends getting as much done in advance as possible, and preparing things like vegetables, chipolatas, bread sauce and cranberry sauce the day before. “Even roast potatoes, you can get them done in the morning so you just reheat them, to make life a little easier,” he advises. “I brine my turkey first and leave it out the night before, so it’s at room temperature and I know it’s going to cook evenly. Then when I get out of bed - I put it in the oven straight away and cook it really, really slowly, so when it comes to lunchtime, you’ve got a really nice moist turkey that’s not going to be dry and overcooked.” He says he isn’t “regimented” about having turkey on the menu, however. “As a chef, I don’t want to

Tom Aikens (Photo credit: PA Photo/David Griffen)

always do the same thing at Christmas, and it’s nice to do something different. But I will always have Christmas pudding,” Aikens adds. “That’s the one thing I won’t ever change.” By Jeananne Craig, Press Association Here are three festive recipes from Tom’s Kitchen to try this Christmas...

Ingredients 1 x 8kg turkey For the stuffing: 1kg sausage meat 12g chopped fresh sage 25g butter 120g onions, finely diced 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped Large pinch of dried mixed herbs 12g fresh thyme 6g fresh parsley, chopped 4 egg yolks 25g breadcrumbs 8g coarse sea salt

Method For the turkey, allow 25-30 minutes cooking time per kilo. Remove the turkey from the fridge at least two hours beforehand, so it will cook instantly, instead of warming up for the first 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200C. For the stuffing, place a pan onto a medium heat then add the butter. Once it’s just melted, add the onions, garlic, thyme and 2g of salt. Cook on a low heat until it starts to soften and caramelise, roughly 10-14 minutes. Then add the sage and take off the heat to cool. Then add the sausage meat and remaining ingredients. Use this to stuff the turkey neck end. With floured hands, roll any remaining stuffing into balls (approximately 4cm in size), then chill in the fridge and cook when ready. Place the turkey on a rack over a roasting tray and place in the oven. Cook on 200C for the first 30 minutes, then turn down to 170C for the required time.

PA Photo/David Griffen


Leave to rest for at least 20 minutes and s erve with a selection of vegetables, such as roast honey parsnips and broccoli, with lashings of cranberry sauce.


Mince Pies (Makes a minimum of 24)

PA Photo/David Griffen



For the mincemeat: 325g cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped 115g shredded suet 150g raisins 115g sultanas and currants 115g mixed candied peel 150g soft dark brown sugar Zest and juice of 1 lemon and orange 30g almonds, nibbed 2tsp mixed spice 1tsp cinnamon Large pinch fresh grated nutmeg 0.5g ground ginger 0.5g salt 4tbsp brandy

To make the mincemeat: Mix all the ingredients together, except the brandy, in a bowl and leave in a cool place for 12 hours to marinate.

For the pastry: 270g all-purpose flour 1.5g salt 140g butter 110g caster or powdered sugar 2 egg yolks 1 whole egg Icing sugar, to serve

Place the mixture in a baking dish, cover with tin foil and bake for two-and-a-half to three hours at 140C/225F. Leave to cool, stirring from time to time, and then stir in the brandy.

Cut out 48 pieces with a round cutter. Make the mince pies in either small Yorkshire pudding moulds or tartlet cases. Lightly grease the moulds/cases then flour. Line with the pastry then add the mince pie mix. Place on the lid, crimp the edges, and bake at 180C/375F for about 10-15 minutes. Dust with icing sugar.

Spoon the cooled mixture into storage jars, cover with waxed discs and seal. This is then ready to use (however it’s best when left to mature for a month!). For the pastry: Sieve the flour and salt, put into a stand mixer and place on a low to medium speed, then add the butter mix until crumb-like. Add the sugar then egg and yolks, it will slowly come together, then refrigerate for one hour. Roll the dough out between two sheets of parchment to a 0.5cm thickness, then let it rest for 10 minutes. 223


Truffled Eggs Benedict (Serves 4)

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White wine vinegar 8 eggs 4 English muffins Unsalted butter 6 slices of Parma ham Salt and pepper For the Truffled Hollandaise sauce: 120ml white wine vinegar 2 round shallots, finely sliced 12 black peppercorns 1 sprig thyme 1 sprig of tarragon 350g unsalted butter, cut into cubes 6 egg yolks Juice of 1/2 lemon 1tsp of truffle paste (available in Waitrose) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

First make the hollandaise sauce. Put the vinegar, shallots, peppercorns and herbs in a pan, bring to the boil and continue to boil until reduced by about two-thirds. Leave to cool to room temperature, then strain into a bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, clarify the butter: put the cubes in a pan over a gentle heat until melted. Skim the white foam off the surface, leaving only clear liquid. Set aside to cool until tepid, then carefully tip into a clean bowl, leaving any solid residue in the bottom of the pan. Place a round metal bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and add the six egg yolks and the vinegar reduction. Whisk the mixture over the heat until it is a pale, fluffy mass - this will take eight to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk vigorously while adding the clarified butter to make a thick creamy sauce. If the sauce gets too thick, add a little warm water. If it separates, beat a fresh egg yolk with a spoonful of water in a clean bowl, then whisk the separated sauce into that - it should magically form a smooth sauce again. Adjust the flavour with a little lemon juice, truffle paste and salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm until needed. The best way to do this is to put the sauce into a bowl and stand it in a pot of warm water, about 40-50C. Cover the bowl with cling film so a skin doesn’t form. Next, poach the eggs. Fill a large, shallow pan with water, add some white wine vinegar (about two to


four tablespoons per litre of water) and bring to a simmer. The vinegar will help the eggs hold their shape. Break the eight eggs into separate coffee cups or ramekins. When the water is simmering, take a spoon or spatula and stir the water so it swirls around in the pan like a vortex. Add the eggs, one by one, as quickly as you can so they cook at the same time. The swirling water keeps the eggs in a nice round shape, but you might have to move them around a little so they don’t stick to each other or to the bottom of the pan. Poach for three to four minutes, until the whites of the eggs are soft and the yolks are runny. Meanwhile, deep fry two slices of Parma ham by deep frying it at 170C until crispy. Once the eggs are cooked, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to a small plate lined with kitchen paper. They need to dry off or they will make the toasted muffins soggy. To serve, slice each muffin in half, toast them under the grill and spread with butter. Arrange one slice of uncooked Parma ham on top and put the muffins back under the grill briefly to warm. Season the eggs with salt and pepper, carefully place one on each muffin half and ladle over the truffle hollandaise. Garnish with half a slice of the crispy fried Parma ham.


CLINIC VISJEUNE Injectables – the need to knows With the New Year just around the corner, we’re talking about resolutions, specifically the age-old ‘new me’ vow. Self improvement is a very common thought when beginning a-fresh and ultimately, if it helps you walk taller, feel better and build your confidence, then we have to do all we can to achieve these goals. We spoke with Lisa Niemier, Visjeune’s Managing Director, to gain more information about anti-wrinkle injectables and when and how you should seek them out. As an advisor, on the governing body BACN (British Association of Cosmetic Nurses) – who regulate and govern

At Clinic Visjeune, we’re all about helping YOU.

the code of conduct for this industry – Lisa takes great pride in the way she conducts her own business and puts her clients health and happiness at the top of her list. The industry is unregulated, despite medical pressure and this means aesthetic procedures can be performed by non-qualified practitioners. Lisa is fully trained as an advanced, non-surgical aesthetic practitioner and as such regularly undertakes continuous and professional development, keeping herself up to date with the current procedures and the latest technologies in facial rejuvenation. Her NMC Registration is there to protect the public. Unfortunately in an unregulated industry, if procedures are complicated and require medical intervention then some practitioners will not have access to fast medical outcomes. You might not know this, but there are actually several different types of Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a prescription drug which has to be prescribed by a medical professional. Clinic Visjeune are incredibly proud to say that when we advertise ‘antiwrinkle injectables’ we use the genuine product. There are cheaper copies available of the anti-wrinkle injectables - BE

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THE BLOODY MARY: FROM CLASSIC TO CREATIVE 3 Recipes That Celebrate The Bloody Mary In All Its Glory A new book offers dozens of nourishing variations on this traditional pick-me-up, while never straying from its spicy red roots. Variety is the spice of life and if you want to think outside the Bloody Mary box, a new book has all the best recipes for breakfast, brunch and beyond.

lemon juice, black pepper, celery salt and a curveball ingredient that’s generally left up to the creator. “As with any well-made cocktail, a Bloody Mary should be balanced, but that curveball ingredient should also make the drink fun, inspiring good-to-the-lastdrop smiles,” says Bartels.

The Bloody Mary: The Lore And Legend Of A Cocktail Classic, is filled with dozens of renditions of this soupy, spicy red drink that pushes boundaries, while staying true to its roots. “Cocktail fashions come and go, but the nourishing charm of a Bloody Mary endures,” opines author Brian Bartels, who has more than 20 years’ experience behind the bar.

The Bloody Mary: The Lore and Legend of a Cocktail Classic with Recipes for Brunch and Beyond by Brian Bartels is published in hardback by Jacqui Small. Photography Eric Medsker. Available from Amazon.

A classic Bloody Mary contains the following ingredients: tomato juice, vodka, spices and seasonings. It often includes Worcestershire sauce,

Along with some suggested vodkas, here are three of our favourites recipes... but don’t feel like you have to wait until the morning after to spice things up.


By Sam Wylie-Harris, Press Association Book cover photo credit: PA Photo/Ten Speed Press

In the late 1960s, Calgary Westin bar manager Walter Chell was asked to create something special. So he mashed up some clams, mixed their juice with tomato juice and thus embraced the philosophy of ‘if it’s good enough to eat, it’s good enough to drink’.

Ingredients 45ml vodka 120ml clamato juice 1tsp prepared horseradish 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce 2 pinches freshly ground black pepper 1 pinch celery salt 1 pinch salt Garnish Celery stick Freshly shucked oyster on the half shell (optional)

Method Combine all of the ingredients, except the garnish, in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Roll the ingredients back and forth with another shaker three times and strain into a rocks or highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a celery stick and serve with the oyster on the half shell atop the glass.

How to roll

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The roll is a gentler method than shaking and slows the ice from melting. Get a shaker with two tins, or two glasses that are large enough to contain the ingredients. Combine all the ingredients in one glass tin and fill with ice. Hold both tins (or glasses) a few centimetres from each other at chest level and pour the drink mixture between the vessels, trying to catch all the liquid. Pour all the ingredients back and forth from one vessel to the other three times. This, in essence, is ‘the roll’.



Around the end of Prohibition, tomato juice become available and vodka increasingly popular. Pairing the two seems such an afterthought today, doesn’t it? This recipe celebrates the tomato juice cocktail and how vodka decided to crash the party.

Ingredients 45ml vodka 45ml tomato juice 1 dash freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Method Combine all of the ingredients in an oldfashioned glass filled with ice. Stir until chilled and serve.

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“We treat brunch with great respect, privilege and enthusiasm at each of our Happy Cooking Hospitality restaurants. Bloody Mary No. 20 has been steadily holding the brunch fort at Joseph Leonard and Jeffrey’s Grocery since we opened their doors, and keeps on scoring big points with the masses.”

Ingredients 60ml vodka 175ml Pilsner beer 90ml Bloody Mary No.20 mix Bloody Mary No.20 mix (makes 950ml, enough for 10 drinks): 750ml tomato juice 90ml Worcestershire sauce 45ml olive brine 30ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 1tbsp prepared horseradish 2tsp black pepper 1tsp salt 1tsp celery seeds 1tsp Sriracha sauce Garnish: Lemon wedge Cornichon Olive


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Combine the vodka and Bloody Mary mix in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Roll the ingredients back and forth with another shaker three times and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish and serve with a beer shorty. 229

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As the two token females of the office (no offense boys) Vicky and I are only too happy to help when a local salon kindly invites us for a day of pampering. So, when Francesca invited us to her Pokesdown based beauty haven, we jumped at the chance to try some of the latest and greatest non-invasive treatments. Health & Beauty Bournemouth is a calm oasis in the midst of the busy high street, as we discovered one mid-week afternoon. We entered the salon only to be met by the owner and operator Francesca. With a warm welcome and a kind smile, she immediately invited us in to get comfortable. Ever the professional, she ensured that our health and safety was top priority and as such took us through the various treatments we would each be having, and showed us to the relevant safety forms before undergoing anything. Vicky and I were due to try out a few treatments each for our own personal problem areas – emphasis on the personal, as I am not suggesting that our own personal hang-ups are neither good nor bad for others. Never the less, I shall explain ours…


For me it was my skin. For the past three months I have suffered from adult acne and it has been physically and emotionally punishing. As a teen I may have got the odd blemish, but I have never suffered with a consistent patch of them. To stop the naysayers who tell you it must be due to poor diet and bad lifestyle choices, I am a non-smoker, I don’t drink to excess, and I eat a pretty balanced diet – it’s a boring life I know. To make it worse, I’m also a dedicated advocate of taking off every inch of my makeup at night, so it wasn’t down to a negligent cleansing routine either. The truth is, it sparked off of the back of a really stressful time and never went away. Since then, I have tried every lotion, potion and trick in the book, but nothing worked. Sensing my sheer desperation, Francesca recommended two potent treatments; the first a chemical peel, followed by an intense 20-minute spell under a therapeutic LED light. The treatment began with a simple cleanse, just to take away any residual make-up left on my skin. Next was the acid peel. That might sound scary to anyone out there who’s never had

one before, but in truth it’s really just a chemical exfoliation. The horror stories of the early chemical peels – of melting faces and bright red after burns – are a million miles away from those of today. The gel like substance is painted on and left to work it’s magic, you might feel a tingling sensation – as I did – but it’s a painless procedure. The gel was then thoroughly removed and a cooling agent was smeared across my skin to restore its natural PH balance. I then got myself comfortable on the couch and sat with my face beneath a bright LED light. I couldn’t tell you what it looked like as my eyes were covered for safety, but it was a very relaxing experience, kind of like sunbathing in the gentle summer sun. I picked up the mirror and discovered that my spots had significantly reduced in terms of their aggressive appearance, but it wasn’t until the next day that I woke up to find that my acne had significantly dissipated. It was the happiest I’d been with my skin in a really long time. The other areas that weren’t affected by acne looked glowing and fresh, so much so that I went barefaced the entire day.

Vicky had opted for a weight-loss treatment, specifically targeted at the areas that she wasn’t so confident with. The treatment is known as ‘HIFU’, otherwise known as High Intensity Focused Ultrasound. It works by destroying any unwanted fat cells in the areas it is exposed to. How? Well, Francesca explained that it was kind of like bacon; “you have the meat (our muscle and tissue) and then you have the white part along the edge (the fat)”. When you heat up the fat, it melts away, which is exactly what this treatment does. It melts the fat so that it can pass away –along with all of those unwanted toxins – when you pee (apologies for the visual). Before the treatment we measured Vicky’s stomach and then again after, and in the short time that Francesca had worked on it, it shrunk by two centimetres. Francesca explained that over the next three months the treatment would continue to keep breaking down those fat cells, so she should continue to see results, so long as a well-balanced diet was maintained. We had the most amazing time at Health & Beauty Bournemouth. Francesca was so kind and genuinely helped us both with issues we were previously very uncomfortable with. I would definitely go back! By Charlotte Williams


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TRY SALT THERAPY FOR HEALTHY SKIN AND MORE… The particles of dry salt that settle on skin during a salt therapy session have numerous benefits – therapeutic and cosmetic. Salt therapy gently and effectively boosts exfoliation, removing dull, dead skin cells and debris from the surface. This can help clear impacted follicles and prevent acne formation. It also helps normalise the skin’s pH-balance and fortify the skin’s protective barrier. Dry salt aerosol has anti-bacterial properties, yet its gentle action does not compromise the skin’s normal microflora. It’s also an antiinflammatory, reducing redness and swelling, which make it beneficial in treating certain skin conditions, such as acne (you can combine with microdermabrasion and blue light therapy for faster results), eczema and psoriasis. It provides long-lasting relief from redness, irritation and skin rashes, helping to significantly reduce discomfort associated with lesions, scales and inflamed tissue. Salt therapy contributes to post-surgery recovery, helping repair and promote healthy tissue regeneration and the prevention of scar tissue. It also helps prevent secondary infections by restoring the skin’s natural defensive properties, nourishing and revitalising the skin’s delicate tissues. Salt therapy boosts skin microcirculation, facilitating deeper penetration of therapeutic skin care serums, lotions and creams, and it facilitates the elimination of toxins. It works synergistically with skin care treatments and helps maximise results. Moreover, its antioxidant properties help fight free radicals – for a powerful anti-aging effect. The end result is skin with a natural, healthy glow. Clients who arrive in our salt room to address skin conditions are also very likely to experience an improvement in general health and wellbeing, with improved immunity and reduced hypersensitivity to the common allergens and other irritants that can trigger skin disorders. Skin conditions are often exacerbated by stress and when clients take in the benefits of Salt Therapy in the peaceful atmosphere of a welldesigned salt room, they are likely to experience a much greater sense of calm and wellbeing. Dorset Salt Therapy provides new services in their unique salt room, including: breath exercises, meditation, full body massage and more with Oliver James (practitioner) who over the last 12 years, has experienced 100 different breathing techniques as part of his training in Pilates, Body Led Psychotherapy and Healing.


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Delivering exceptional standards of cosmetic and medical treatments to all of its patients Coastal Skinthetics offer a varied range of aesthetic medical treatments including anti-wrinkle injections, lip enhancement and non-surgical face lifting (threadlift and Ultrasound lift) to name but a few. Coastal Due to popular demand, they have now added fat reduction procedures to their treatment options. Aqualyx and Cryolypolisis are reaching new heights within the aesthetics industry and the results speak for themselves. Stubborn fat deposits can be dissolved simply and effectively with Aqualyx on areas such as double chin, upper arms, waist, abdomen, moobs, saddlebags, thighs and knees. How does aqualyx work? The active substance found Aqualyx locks onto the fat cell wall making it unstable enough to begin releasing the fatty acid store within. The residue is removed by the body defences and the fatty acids metabolised and converted into energy. The range of medical cosmetic treatments offered include: • Male Anti wrinkle

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THE CHRISTMAS TREE BARN IS OFFICIALLY NOW OPEN! The Christmas Tree Barn opened its doors on Saturday the 25th of November and stocks the largest selection of trees in Dorset. Specialists in all varieties of Premium Christmas Trees and family run for over 20 years. Olly Eaton director of Country Care Products and Founder of the Christmas Tree Barn is officially the South Coasts Christmas Tree Man. There is nothing he doesn’t know about trees and you can expect to be guided on size, variety and how to care for your tree by Olly and his team of Christmas Tree Helpers. We all know that choosing the perfect tree can be hard work when there are so many to pick from, but you can expect to be given a service like no other at the Christmas Tree Barn. There are hundreds of trees available from 3ft to 30ft. Olly said, “I’ve been involved in trees since I was about 10 years old, we pride ourselves of supplying the best quality trees to the trade and public. We have had the same customers come back every year, each year we get hundreds of new customers and this year we look forward to seeing some old faces and many new ones!”

360 RANGE TO GET STARTED. A fabulous saving of over £130. Mistletoe ready lip treatments FROM £200*. Call the clinic today for more information. Fat Freezing: Banish the Bloat. SPECIAL OFFER £125 per treatment* (usually £250). Offers includes FREE Skin Tightening treatment or Light Facial Peel. *Terms and conditions apply. Offers end 30th December 2017.

The Christmas Tree Barn is located in Ashington, near Wimborne BH21 3DH, all trees are undercover and free parking is available. After picking your perfect tree they will net it for you and even put it in your car if required. The Christmas Tree Barn also can deliver trees for customers if required. For Information please call 01258 452592, 07861 292132 or 07977 380692.

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FITTER THAN FIT Here it is then, the Christmas issue, and what a year it’s been for us at Wassmuffin Martial Arts Academy! Most importantly we finally found our home: 686 Christchurch Road Boscombe. This was such a huge project when we first started out. An old charity Shop called Anna’s Furnishings, which we completely refurbished, until it was unrecognisable, into our beloved gym home. We were told time and time again that the project was too big to take on and that we would never do it on our budget. We would never open in time (to be fair that nearly did happen), et cetera, et cetera... But after a lot of hard work, working all kinds of hours – with the help of many friends who we will be forever grateful to – we did it! Our Home was born. We now have an extensive timetable that includes Thai Boxing, Bootamp, Ju Jitsu, Yoga, Boxing, and kids classes including mini Ju Jitsu, mini Thai boxing and mini capoeira – not forgetting good old fashioned open gym time. We have a total of 44 classes available and are always increasing and changing them to keep up with demands from you guys!


We have also had a lot of fighters out on some great shows. I won our first boxing title belt for the academy on our first show when we opened. We’ve

had plenty of knockouts, stoppages wins and loses, but most of all some fantastic fights from our warriors who we are incredibly proud of. Our coaches have started and completed some great courses in MMA/Wresting, Beginners Thai Boxing and Ju Jitsu and our Women Rising self defence class, which people have loved having started them off on their martial Art journey. We literally cannot wait to start again in the New Year as we have so much more great stuff coming your way. There will be lots of charity events as we always love to be involved in raising money for good causes and we are hoping to be able to do some kind of 24-hour triathlon – watch this space. Another great thing to happen this year is the amazing Leon, who we raised money for to get a new leg. Leon has been classified in his rowing for the Paralympics and we are so incredibly inspired at his incredible achievement. We will be following him closely over the next few years – this young man is going to sail into a brilliant future! Another avenue we hope to explore is the arguably darker side of fitness. We hope to work with some special groups to deal with body confidence and bullying in young women among other issues.

Don’t forget our December deal for any of our Bootcamp classes, Monday-Friday 6.30am and Monday Wednesday 6.30pm – plus any of our Thai fit classes at 9.30am – all for just £30. Remember, this offer will carry over into January, before commencing our brand new deal in the New Year. We also have our student deal, which is our Platinum Membership (normally £85, including every class every course open gym and a free child membership) for just £50, or our Silver Membership, which is all of our standard classes – i.e Bootcamp, Thai fit, Boxing and Thai boxing – normally £50, for just £30 (student proof required). Also if you’re running out of ideas for Crimbo, a fantastic gift is a private 1 on 1 session. It can be used any time from the 1st January to the 1st of June, as long the voucher is brought along to the session. You can learn all the basics, or increase your knowledge and get a great workout at the same time. If a private class is not your choice of gift there are vouchers for you to enjoy our classes; £5 for 1 class, £10 for 2 classes, £15 for 3 classes and £20 for 4. A great idea if you are ready to train, but need to motivate a friend to come with you, or if you know someone who’s desperate to train but just need a little push. Please contact us to make any enquiries with regards to the vouchers.


Finally, to help you keep on it over festive period here are our 12 days of Christmas tips:


Ask for at least 1 active gift: Trainers, roller skates, yoga mat, kettlebell, dance lessons, Fitbit – anything to keep you active over the season.


Try doing a couple of 10-minute slots of exercise when you have hardly any time. Just a couple of really short workouts at home a day can still make a difference.


Enter a sporting event. There are quite a few around. Reindeer runs and all sorts, but I would highly recommend the ‘Christmas Dip’, usually done in fancy dress. It’s a run into the sea on Christmas day for the Christchurch hospital and MacMillan services. Just a £5 entrance fee and a fantastic thing to be involved in.



Drink and be Merry of course, but take a few days off to let your body breath and recover.

have time to relax too. Its good to be active but you also need time to chill out for your mind and body to recover.



Subtle exercise. That can be anything from fighting with your tree, putting all the decs up, and the taking it all down again – find what works for you, and let’s not forget that last minute run to the shops!

Do you really want it? Very often we over indulge just because its there, not because we really want it. So ask yourself, do you really want it?




High intensity. So those short workouts we recommended... they should be high intensity, so work to your maximum capacity but for a much shorter time. You’ll feel much better for it. Hit the shops. Walk to the shops carry the bags, pack the car, carry the bags again. Move and be active.


Relax. With all that running around and stress, make sure you

Exercise after food. Studies show that exercising after you have eaten reduces sugar spikes. This means you are much less likely to go for your 4th mince pie, or lock yourself away with a chocolate orange.

Get some fresh air. Go for a walk lap up the cold fresh air – nothing like a brisk winter walk to clear the mind.


Make Plans! Book group activities, holidays, weekends away. Do things you’ve always wanted to do but not made time for. Join a gym, do a class – take a leap of faith.







Muay Thai Bootcamp 06.30 - 07.30

Muay Thai Bootcamp 06.30 - 07.30

Muay Thai Bootcamp 06.30 - 07.30

Vinyasa Flow “Yoga” 06.30 - 07.30

Muay Thai Bootcamp 06.30 - 07.30

Kids Class: Muay Thai 10.00 - 11.00

Muay Thai Class 09.30 - 10.30

Ladies Thai Fit 09.30 - 10.30

Muay Thai Class 09.30 - 10.30

Ladies Thai Fit 09.30 - 10.30

Muay Thai Class 09.30 - 10.30

Boxing With Genny 11.00 - 12.00

Women Rising 10.45-11.45

Open Gym 11.00 - 16.00

Open Gym 11.00 - 16.00

Open Gym 11.00 - 16.00

Women Rising 10.45 - 11.45

Muay Thai Bootcamp* 11.15 - 12.45

Open Gym 12.00 - 16.00

Kids Class: Boxing 16.15 - 17.15

Kids Class: Muay Thai 16.15 - 17.15

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If there’s one thing December brings, it’s a guilt-free nod to indulge in as many sugary delights as you dare.

Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan is published by Murdoch Books, available now!

But while we’re all stocking up on the mince pies and Christmas pud, why not throw a few Bake Off-inspired showstoppers into the mix? Grab a pinny, set your ingredients out, and get your festive on. Ready, set, BAKE!

Words by Claire Spreadbury, Press Association RIGHT: Photo of Sweet! Celebrations by Elise Strachan, published by Murdoch Books. (Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Murdoch Books)

Stuffed Stocking Surprise Cookies (Makes 8)

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1 batch Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough (see below) Flour for rolling out 200g white chocolate (ideally one without cocoa butter) Tiny red and green festivelooking sweets, such as Nerds, M&M’s or sprinkles

First, make the cookie dough. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt.

For the Vanilla Sugar Cookie Dough: 400g plain flour, sifted 1/4tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/4tsp salt 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature 170g caster sugar 1 large egg 1tsp vanilla extract 1tbsp red food colour paste


In a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg, vanilla and food colouring, and beat until well-combined. With the mixer on low, add one-third of the flour mixture and mix to combine. Add the second third of the flour and continue mixing on low speed. Add the final third of the flour mixture, beating just until combined. Pour the mixture onto a work surface and knead with your hands until the dough is no longer crumbly and you are able to form a tight ball.

Arrange the cookies on baking trays, but turn one cookie out of every set of cookies so it’s inverted (toe pointing the opposite way). Use the rectangle part of the template to cut a hole out of every third cookie. Bake until you just start to see the cookies darkening around the edges (seven to 10 minutes). Let cool for 10 minutes on the tray, then transfer to a wire rack. Grate 35g of the chocolate using a fine grater and set aside. Melt the remaining chocolate and place into a zipseal bag, cutting a small tip off the corner.

Preheat the oven to 160C. Line your baking trays with baking parchment. Trace the outline of the Christmas Stocking and then cut it out of thick card to use as a template. (Cut out the central rectangle as well.)

Assemble the stocking sets so each has a front, a middle and a back, with the ‘baked side’ of the front and back stockings facing inward. Pipe a thin line of melted chocolate close to the edge of the ‘baked side’ of the back stocking and then take a middle stocking and place it on top. Fill the stocking cavity with the sweets. Do not overfill.

Working with one portion of dough at a time, on a floured surface, roll the dough to 5mm thick. Use the template to cut out stockings, re-rolling the scraps to cut out as many as you can. You need multiples of three, as each ‘surprise cookie’ is made up of a set of three cookies.

Pipe a line of melted chocolate on top of the middle stocking and place the final whole stocking on top, baked side in. Pipe around the toe, heel and top of the top stocking and immediately sprinkle with the grated chocolate to create a fluffy effect.

Split the dough into two portions, wrap with cling film and refrigerate for 30 minutes.


Hidden Ornament Cupcakes (Makes 12)

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1 batch Classic Vanilla Cake batter (see below) Red & green food colour pastes 60g white chocolate (ideally one without cocoa butter) 24 mini peanut butter cups (like Reece’s) or Rolos Yellow sprinkles Large gumballs or gobstoppers in festive colours (4cm diameter) 1 batch Vanilla Bean Buttercream (see below)

Preheat the oven to 160C. Coat the top and bottom cavities of a non-stick 12-hole cake pop mould (24 sections in total) with cooking spray.

For the Classic Vanilla Cake batter: 250g salted butter, at room temperature 225g caster sugar 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 1/2 vanilla pod split lengthwise, or 1tsp vanilla extract 2tbsp vegetable oil 260g plain flour, sifted 3tsp baking powder 110ml whole milk For the Vanilla Bean Buttercream: 225g unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/2 vanilla pod, split lengthwise 650g icing sugar 1-2tbsp whole milk

Make the cake batter. In a stand mixer with the whisk or paddle attachment, beat the butter, sugar and eggs on high speed until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the mixing bowl (or add the vanilla extract, if using). Add the oil to the creamed mixture and combine. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Add the flour mixture and milk to the creamed mixture and beat on high speed until the flour is completely mixed, for up to one minute. Scrape the batter into the tin and smooth the top. Measure out half the batter and set aside. Divide the remaining batter evenly between two bowls. Colour one bowl red and the other green. Fill six cavities of the bottom section of the cake pop mould with the green batter and fill the remaining bottom six cavities with the red batter. Each cake pop cavity should be filled to just over full. Close the mould and bake until the mixture stops pushing out the breathing holes of the cake pop mould. Check first at 10 minutes, and then every minute thereafter. Remove the baked balls from the mould and place in the freezer for 20 minutes. Once cooled and semi-frozen, use a serrated knife to cut a 5mm thick slice from the centre of each ball, leaving you with two hemispheres and the 5mm thick disk. Reassemble the balls, matching the colours of the hemispheres, but replacing the centre slice with the opposite colour. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water and place a quarter of a teaspoon of it onto either side of each middle disk. Attach a hemisphere to each side to create a completed ornament.

Line 12 holes of a cupcake tin with paper liners. Place one teaspoon of the reserved cake batter into the bottom of each of the cupcake liners. Place a completed cake pop ornament into the centre of each liner and press down to secure, making sure the middle disc is horizontal and level. Place the rest of the batter into a piping bag with no tip and pipe the batter first onto the top of the ornament, to add weight, and then around the outside of the ornament, until the liner is three-quarters full. Bake until the sides of the cupcakes spring back when lightly touched, for 10-13 minutes. Immediately transfer to a wire rack to cool. Meanwhile, make the mini ornaments: Use a toothpick to make a small hole in the base of each mini peanut butter cup or Rolo, dip a yellow sprinkle into a little melted chocolate, and insert into the hole (this is the ornament’s handle). Take the gumballs and use a little more melted chocolate to attach a peanut butter cup or Rolo to each gumball. Next, make the buttercream. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter on high speed for at least five minutes, until the butter has lightened in colour and is thoroughly whipped. Using the tip of a sharp knife, scrape the vanilla seeds into the butter and beat to incorporate. Add 220g (about a cup) of the icing sugar and begin mixing on low speed to combine, then beat on high speed for about two minutes. Repeat this process a cup at a time until all the sugar has been added. Add milk a dash at a time if the mixture becomes too thick or dry. Scrape down the sides as needed and make sure no icing sugar is visible. Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a plain tip. Pipe a high swirl onto each cupcake and then top with a mini ornament. 239


THE HERMITAGE HOTEL Living the highlife for a night Over 150 years ago, an ivory fronted boarding house known as ‘The Brookside’ was born; built to serve the needs of refuge seeking artists and dreamers alike. In 1891 a weary traveller – otherwise known as Thomas Hardy – called upon the boarding house for shelter. Little did he know that this lodge would provide him with the inspiration behind the setting for parts of his famed novel ‘Tess of the d’Urbervilles’. Since then, several important figures frequented the boarding house; even Peter Tuck – one of the founding fathers of our faithful town Bournemouth – lived here. In 1928 the boarding house became known as ‘The White Hermitage’, before dropping the ‘white’ in the late 80’s. The Hermitage has changed hands a few times over the years, but no one spurs the same vitality as the current owners, whom kindly invited us to his hotel having undergone an incredible (still developing) renovation.

We arrived at the hotel on an archetypal drizzly eve. The entrance – aglow with twinkling lights – was a warm and inviting beacon of hope in such dire weather. We clambered into the revolving doors and shuffled it along, only to reveal a kind face (night manager ‘Christopher’) waiting for us at the reception desk. As if blessed with psychic abilities, Christopher knew exactly who we were and within a flash whisked us to our accommodation for the evening. The passage to our room seemed to take us on a journey through time, which in reality was a mere two flights of stairs. The ground floor follows a more traditional scheme, with crimson carpets, gilded oil paintings and antiquated chandeliers, but staircase by staircase the décor becomes more contemporaneous, until finally you reach the newly renovated top floor; a shell of dove grey panelling and exposed brickwork, complete with

globe looped-filament wall lights and copper flourishes. The penthouse level hosts four superior suites, including ours for the evening, room ‘703’. Christopher, who’d kindly shown us all the way to our front door, pushed it open to reveal our suite. With modern wood floors, fresh neutral walls and more of that gorgeous grey panelling, they have created a beautiful space. An all-new glossy kitchenette (complete with NEFF appliances) and statement seating takes pride and place in the living-cum-dining area, where voguish bold colours and muted greys come together in a contemporary contrast. The bathroom is equally sublime, covered wall to floor in a marbled tile and illuminating LED lights. We stood aghast, trying to take it all in, the same question whirling around both our heads; do we plunder the Nespresso machine, or dive straight in with the complementary fizz? With little time to spare we sunk both and headed out for our reservations at their sister-restaurant.


Just around the corner from the hotel is grand cafe ‘NEO’. Famed for it’s classic British and European dishes, and art deco setting NEO has put haute cuisine back on the Bournemouth map. As we prized open the glass door, we were greeted by the restaurant host and shown to a window table overlooking the sea, on the panoramic all-glass second floor.


As we took our seats and cozied up, we were surprised with a visit by general manager, who took the time to explain the current Winter menu: “We change our menus every three to four weeks, to be able to utilise seasonal produce. We serve modern takes on classic British dishes, in an atmosphere where people feel they can get dressed up and get excited about going out for a nice meal”. Our next visitor of the evening was our attentive waiter ‘Diego’, who quickly brought along two delicious cocktails to rouse our taste buds – p.s. you absolutely must try the ‘Pear and Cinnamon Martini’. With suitable libations now in hand we began our menu perusal and after careful deliberation, slipped our orders to the kitchen. To start, I had opted for the ‘Chicken Liver & Foie Gras Parfait’, served with a golden raisin relish and homemade

rosemary brioche. I took my knife and generously smothered part of the slab onto the crispy slices of bread, catching a whiff of fragrant herbs in the process. I topped the ensemble with a wave of relish and took my first bite. The combination of silky parfait, against the crunch of the bread and the acidity of the pickle was to die for. My reviewing co-pilot (Adam) had the signature ‘Twice Baked Soufflé’, with Wookey Hole cheddar (local produce points) and chive cream – another delicious sampling; light, fluffy and packed full of decadent cheese flavour. For main, I chose the ‘Partridge’. The sharp blackberry jus – with textural whole berries still intact – lifted the earthy flavours of the bird, whilst the squash puree added a welcomed sweet creaminess. A bed of rainbow carrots gave it a gorgeous look and a finishing bite. Adam had opted for the ‘100-day Aged Beef Brisket’. The slow-cooked meat, served on a pillow of fluffy mash, was a beautiful hearty dish – perfect for this time of year. For the pièce de résistance we each tried something that had only recently made it to the menu – a mixture of excitement and nervousness stirred. Adam had chosen the ‘Salted Peanut Caramel Parfait’, a clever deconstruction that bared an incredible likeness to a Snickers bar. A sweet caramel with crunchy nuts, along with a rich chocolate sauce, made for delightful accompaniments to the silky sweet-versus-savory nut parfait. For me, it had to be the ‘Bitter Chocolate Crème Brulee’. The intense hit of concentrated chocolate, against the delicate silkiness of the crème was

extraordinary and exciting. The scoop of raspberry sorbet was gorgeous too, cutting through the rich chocolate with its sharp, sweet flavour. We were officially stuffed! Just when we thought we couldn’t go on, Phil offered up some kryptonite, in the form of two ‘Espresso Martinis’, which we considered a nice alternative to the after dinner coffee we probably should have chosen, but the sore heads were well worth it. We rolled back to the hotel and decided to take a tipple in the lounge bar where we met host with the most ‘Michael’. Who put on a fabulous spread of G&T’s and a showing of ‘Blackadder’ on the telly in the background – when you stay here, be sure to ask for him. Climbing the stairs was bitter sweet. Sure, we had a gorgeous room to stay in, but soon the Cinderella story would be all over, and not least because I’d lost a shoe on the way back from the bar. Breakfast was a phenomenal spread of an all-English fry-up, along with divine pastries, fresh fruit, and juices – the works. We checked out leaving behind our key and some dignity, but taking with us fond memories of a wonderful trip away. For a fantastic Bournemouth stay, you must visit The Hermitage. Their hospitality is second to none, the new rooms are gorgeous and the staff are a delight! By Charlotte Williams t. 01202 557363 a. Exeter Rd, Bournemouth BH2 5AH w. www.hermitage-hotel.co.uk


TV GUIDE Christmas Eve BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, sport and entertainment reports. 7.25 Match Of The Day. Gary Lineker presents highlights of the latest Premier League matches. (R) 9.05 FILM: Planes (2013). A crop-dusting plane tries to conquer his fear of heights so he can compete in a round-theworld race. Animated adventure, with the voices of Dane Cook and Teri Hatcher. 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. Fantasy comedy, with Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold and Wendy Crewson. 12.00 Life In The Snow. Gordon Buchanan meets animals that live in snowy conditions. (R) 1.00 BBC News; Weather. 1.15 Songs Of Praise: The Big Sing. Katherine Jenkins and JB Gill present a carol concert from the Royal Albert Hall. 1.45 Shaun The Sheep: The Farmer’s Llamas. Shaun causes mayhem at a country fair. (R) 2.15 Hammy’s Boomerang Adventure. Over the Hedge short spin-off. (R) 2.20 FILM: Monsters University (2013). Student creatures Mike and Sulley must work together to complete their course in scaring kids. Animated comedy prequel, with the voices of John Goodman and Billy Crystal. 3.55 Doodlebugs. New series. Sketch show in which inanimate objects talk. 4.10 FILM: Home (2015). Premiere. An alien on the run from his own people arrives on Earth and embarks on an adventure with a daring young woman. Animated comedy, featuring the voice of Jim Parsons. 5.35 BBC News. 5.50 Regional News; Weather. 6.00 Countryfile. A special festive episode from the Castleton Christmas Tree Festival. 7.00 Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You. Former Bake-Off stars Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins reunite to prepare a festive surprise for some hard-working volunteers at a community centre in a South Wales town. 8.00 EastEnders. 8.30 Michael McIntyre’s Big Christmas Show. The comedy star brings the latest series of his entertainment showcase to a conclusion with another festive special. Joining Michael to entertain the masses this evening are soul singer Seal, and comedian Bill Bailey. 9.35 Not Going Out Christmas Special. Lee Mack and Sally Bretton star in a festive episode of the sitcom. 10.15 BBC News; Weather. 10.30 The Vicar Of Dibley. Festive special from 1996, guest starring Peter Capaldi and Mel Giedroyc. (R) 11.15 The Two Ronnies Sketchbook. Messrs Barker and Corbett reunite to provide an insight into their remarkable comedy career. Katie Melua guests. (R) 1.45 Midnight Mass From Leeds Cathedral. The traditional Christmas Eve service from St Anne’s Roman Catholic Cathedral. Featuring the Leeds Cathedral Choir and Leeds Trinity Cathedral Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs. 1.00 FILM: Great Expectations (2012). Period drama, starring Jeremy Irvine. 3.00 Weather For The Week Ahead. 3.05 BBC News.

BBC 2 6.15 Nature’s Weirdest Events. Why Spain is under attack from spaceballs. (R) 7.00 Island Parish Shetland. Frank Strang prepares for Shetland’s biggest music festival. (R) 7.30 FILM: The Prince And Me (2004). A studious teenager who dreams of becoming a doctor falls in love with a prince in disguise as a foreign exchange student. Romantic comedy, starring Julia Stiles and Luke Mably. Edited for daytime broadcast. 9.15 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. The Pigotts from Oxfordshire face the Hilliards from Essex. (R) 10.15 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites. Matt Tebbutt presents highlights of the series. 11.45 Mary Berry’s Absolute Christmas Favourites. Part two of two. Five recipes for a stress-free Christmas Day. (R) 12.20 The Hairy Bikers Home For Christmas. Dave Myers and Si King create a series of festive recipes. 1.20 Alex Polizzi’s Perfect Christmas. The hotelier presents a guide to entertaining at home over the festive period. (R) 2.20 Cheetahs – Growing Up Fast. Two years in the lives of a cheetah mother and her cubs. (R) 3.20 FILM: Guys And Dolls (1955). Musical, starring Frank Sinatra and Marlon Brando. 5.45 Carols From King’s. The annual service from King’s College, Cambridge. 7.00 Dad’s Army. Vintage comedy with the bumbling Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea, starring Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier and Ian Lavender. (R) 8.00 Christmas University Challenge 2017. New series. Jeremy Paxman presents the first round of the Christmas quiz, featuring famous alumni. 8.30 Winter’s Weirdest Events. Chris Packham explores unusual and unexplained natural events that occur around the world during winter, enlisting the aid of leading scientists to uncover why these strange events happen. 9.30 FILM: The Great Gatsby (2013). Premiere. A naive writer arrives in Long Island in 1922 and befriends a self-made millionaire with a reputation for lavish parties. As he is seduced into this decadent lifestyle, he slowly uncovers his friend’s mysterious dark past and lifelong obsession with his cousin. Period drama based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. 11.55 Christmas TOTP2 Special. Mark Radcliffe presents festive performances from the Top of the Pops archive, including classics by Slade, Wham!, Wizzard, East 17, Mud, the Jackson 5 and Johnny Mathis. (R) 1.25 FILM: Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017). The life story of Whitney Houston, who died in 2012 aged 48. 3.05 Sign Zone: Holby City (R). 4.05 This Is BBC Two.

ITV 1 6.00 CITV 9.25 Save Money: Good Food. Susanna Reid and Matt Tebbutt offer money-saving tips for Christmas. Last in the series. (R) 9.55 FILM: Jack Frost (1998). A dead musician’s spirit takes over the body of a snowman made by his son so they can spend one last Christmas together. Fantasy drama, starring Michael Keaton and Joseph Cross. 11.50 Catchphrase Christmas Special. Katie Price, Warwick Davis and Christopher Biggins play the guessing game. (R) 12.45 ITV News; Weather. 12.55 FILM: Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets (2002). The wizard returns for a second term at Hogwarts, where a strange serpentine power is attacking students. Fantasy adventure sequel, with Daniel Radcliffe and Kenneth Branagh. 4.00 Cannonball Christmas Special. Festive edition of the water-based obstacle course challenge, hosted by Andrew Flintoff. 5.00 You’ve Been Framed! Unwrapped. Harry Hill narrates festivethemed clips. (R) 5.30 Regional News; Weather. 5.35 ITV News; Weather. 5.50 A Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special. With Patti Clare, Matt Richardson, Kirsty Wark and Jimmy Osmond. 6.40 All Star Musicals. Celebrities perform famous songs from musicals. 8.30 Maigret In Montmartre. The detective’s latest case presents him with a baffling conundrum in the shape of two seemingly random murders, with the victims coming from very different ends of the social spectrum – one is a countess, and the other a showgirl. His investigation soon reveals a dark secret that is an unexpected connection between the two women, both of whom have past experiences involving the same hotel in Nice. Rowan Atkinson makes his fourth appearance as the French detective from Georges Simenon’s series of novels. 10.25 ITV News; Weather. 10.45 A Night For The Emergency Services. Members of the emergency services team up with famous singers and dancers to show off their performance skills in a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms. Hosts Ashley Banjo and Diversity dance alongside aerialist Hayley Wray, who is a firefighter from Jersey, and Scott Elliott, who works for South Yorkshire Police. The Cheshire Fire Choir sing with 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis, Michael Ball and Alfie Boe perform a Les Miserables favourite with emergency medic Lewis Quinn, and Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers teams up with the Cheshire Fire Choir. (R) 11.45 Christmas Carols On ITV. Alfie Boe introduces a traditional Christmas Eve carol service, featuring Nadine Coyle, Alexander O’Neal, Howard Hewett, Alexis French, Ruthie Henshall and Natasha Barnes. 12.45 FILM: Casino Royale (1967). Spoof James Bond adventure, starring David Niven. 3.00 ITV Nightscreen. 5.00 The Aquabats! Super Show! (R) 5.25 Make It Pop. (R) 5.45 Mr Bean: The Animated Series (R).

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Christmas Eve FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. 9.00 Catch A Contractor. A builder who turned out to be unlicensed. 9.20 Longmire. The sheriff’s department investigates a highway incident. 10.40 Remington Steele. Laura and Steele search for a missing writer. 11.40 Remington Steele. The sleuths investigate a magazine for swingers. 12.45 FILM: Columbo: Swan Song (1974). A country singer arranges for his wife and his underage lover to die in a phoney plane crash, but Columbo sees through his ruse. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Johnny Cash. 2.55 FILM: Columbo: Any Old Port In A Storm (1973). 4.55 FILM: Columbo: Rest In Peace, Mrs Columbo (1990). A woman seeks revenge on Columbo for the death of her husband in prison, and plans to make him suffer by murdering his wife. Crime drama, starring Peter Falk and Ian McShane. 7.00 Castle. The author’s father, mysterious secret agent Jackson Hunt, returns as Castle probes the death of a computer hacker. However, when Hunt vanishes, Castle and Beckett find themselves trying to track him down. American crime drama, starring Nathan Fillion. 8.00 Castle. (R) 9.00 CSI: Miami. The discovery of a woman’s body at the bottom of a lake leads Horatio to Julia, the mother of his son, and he ties the murder to Kyle’s forthcoming trial. . Starring David Caruso. 10.00 CSI: Miami. Part two. 11.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The team’s investigation into the abduction of two girls leads to a schizophrenic artist from Louisiana who is in New York on business. Starring Diane Neal. 11.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The team becomes embroiled in the hard-hitting world of ultimate fighting when a teenager’s body is found with her lips cut off, and DNA traces lead to a cage fighter. 12.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 1.50 Cedar Cove. 2.55 Cedar Cove 3.55 Access. 4.00 Teleshopping.


FILM 4 11.00 Casper (1995). The daughter of a paranormal expert befriends the amiable ghost of a young boy, but finds other spooks are not so friendly. Family comedy, with Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman. 1.05 Baby’s Day Out (1994). Three bungling kidnappers struggle to recapture their infant hostage when he escapes on to the streets of New York. Comedy, with Joe Mantegna, Lara Flynn Boyle and Joe Pantoliano. 3.00 Jingle All The Way (1996). A workaholic father competes with rival parents to get his son a popular action figure for Christmas. Comedy, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sinbad, Jake Lloyd and Rita Wilson. 4.45 Eragon (2006). A farm boy and the last surviving dragon fight to overthrow the tyrannical leader who has taken control of the kingdom. Fantasy adventure, starring Ed Speleers and Jeremy Irons. 6.50 Night At The Museum (2006). The exhibits at a New York museum come to life and run riot after dark, causing mayhem for the nightwatchman. Fantasy comedy, starring Ben Stiller, Dick Van Dyke and Robin Williams. 9.00 Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy (2004). The host of a top-rated American news programme in 1970s San Diego fights for his status and job security when both are threatened by the arrival of an ambitious female reporter, whose determination to become a newsreader leads to a bitter battle of the sexes. Comedy, starring Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate, Fred Willard and Steve Carell. 10.55 Predator (1987). An elite military team takes on a top-secret mission in the jungles of Central America, but the soldiers realise they have been deceived by their CIA employers. A greater danger presents itself when they are stalked by a lethal alien big-game hunter with the power to become invisible, that has come to Earth to stalk human prey. Sci-fi thriller, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers and Bill Duke. 1.05 It Follows (2014). Horror, starring Maika Monroe. 3.15 Close.

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. A couple with a record-breaking number of tattoos. (R) 6.25 Emmerdale. Omnibus. 8.55 Coronation Street. Omnibus. 12.15 Mr Bean. The bungling buffoon gives his hotel room a makeover. (R) 12.50 Merry Christmas Mr Bean. Christmas slapstick, starring Rowan Atkinson. (R) 1.25 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol. Short festive animation. (R) 1.50 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. Comedy, starring the voice of Tom Arnold. 2.50 FYI Daily. 2.55 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011). 3.40 You’ve Been Framed! At Christmas. (R) 4.10 You’ve Been Framed! With Bells On!. (R) 4.40 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. 5.40 FYI Daily. A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 5.45 FILM: Happy Feet (2006). 6.50 FILM: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005). 7.50 FYI Daily. A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 7.55 FILM: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005). 9.00 FILM: Casino Royale (2006). Spy thriller, directed by Martin Campbell and starring Daniel Craig in his first outing as 007, with Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench and Giancarlo Giannini. 10.00 FYI Daily. 10.05 FILM: Casino Royale (2006).11.55 Family Guy. A selfish Peter loses his festive spirit and is visited by ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. (R) 12.30 Family Guy (R) 12.55 Family Guy (R) 1.25 American Dad! (R) 1.55 American Dad! (R) 2.20 The Cleveland Show (R) 2.45 The Cleveland Show (R) 3.05 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (R) 3.30 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (R) 3.55 Educating Joey Essex: Winter Essex-Pedition (R) 4.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.10 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.35 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen.

CHANNEL 4 7.00 FILM: The Rugrats In Paris: The Movie (2000). The tots visit a French theme park, where Chuckie hopes his wish for a new mum will come true. Animated adventure, with the voices of Christine Cavanaugh and Susan Sarandon. 8.15 The Big Bang Theory. A petty argument between Leonard and Sheldon creates a rift among their friends. (R) 8.40 The Big Bang Theory. The gang runs into Penny’s old boyfriend Zack. (R) 9.05 Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food. Recipes include sausage carbonara, scrambled egg omelette and steamed pudding. (R) 9.40 Christmas Brunch. With guests Anton Du Beke, Danny Mac and Tom Fletcher. 12.40 Paul Hollywood: A Baker’s Life. Paul shares his favourite Mediterranean recipes on a trip to Cyprus. Last in the series. (R) 1.10 Jamie’s Italian Christmas. Jamie Oliver cooks a festive meal with an Italian twist. (R) 2.10 The Simpsons. A corporation buys Springfield Elementary School. (R) 2.40 The Simpsons. An adult Bart and Lisa return home for Christmas with their parents. (R) 3.05 The Simpsons. Three festive shorts with the animated family. (R) 3.35 FILM: The Borrowers (1997). Four-inch-high people living under the floors of a home try to stop a lawyer’s plans to demolish it. Children’s fantasy, starring John Goodman, Jim Broadbent and Celia Imrie. 5.20 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale.(R) 5.55 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 6.20 Channel 4 News. 6.30 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. Puppet comedy, with Michael Caine and Steven Mackintosh. 8.00 Child Genius Vs Celebrities Christmas Special. Richard Osman hosts a Christmas special in which some of the cleverest youngsters featured on the series return to take on a team of celebrities in tests of spelling, maths and general knowledge. 9.00 Gogglebox 2017. Highlights from the most recent series. 11.05 The Inbetweeners. The friends decide to play truant from sixth form and buy alcohol for an all-day drinking session, which is interrupted when Neil’s father comes home early. (R) 11.35 The Inbetweeners. The gang goes on the infamous sociology and geography field trip to Swanage, and Will takes a shine to new girl Lauren – but she is only interested in Simon. (R) 12.10 The Inbetweeners. (R) 12.40 The Inbetweeners (R). 1.05 The Inbetweeners (R). 1.35 Man Down Christmas Special (R). 2.00 The Last Leg Christmas Special (R). 2.55 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special (R). 3.50 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. (R) 4.40 Location, Location, Location (R). 5.35 Four In A Bed.

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! (R) 9.20 FILM: Gone With The Wind (1939). A plantation heiress has a tumultuous relationship with a roguish Southern gentleman during the American Civil War. Epic romantic drama, starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable. 1.35 FILM: Oklahoma! (1955). A farm girl is torn between two suitors, a charming cowboy and a grim, brooding farmhand. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical Western, starring Gordon MacRae and Shirley Jones. 4.15 FILM: Scrooge – A Christmas Carol (1951). Adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, with Alastair Sim and Mervyn Johns. (b&w) 6.00 Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. Adaptation of the mystery novel, starring Max Irons and Terence Stamp. (R) 7.00 5 News. 7.05 Agatha Christie’s Crooked House. (R) 8.00 The Yorkshire Vet At Christmas. Peter Wright is called to an emergency at John Swales’ farm, where one of his prize-winning Limousins is struggling to give birth. Meanwhile, a baby donkey named Alfie is brought in by his doting owners, Fiona and Nigel, and everyone at Skeldale falls in love with him, including Julian Norton. 9.00 André Rieu: My Life In Music. Profile of the violinist, examining his upbringing in the Netherlands, and how he was inspired by the music of Johann Strauss at a young age – leaving him inspired to raise the mainstream popularity of his favourite works of classical music. 10.20 Andre Rieu: Christmas In London. A festive concert given by the Dutch violinist and the Johann Strauss Orchestra in 2015, featuring Christmas carols, popular classical pieces and songs including Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and the Concierto de Aranjuez. (R) 11.30 An Audience With Donny & Marie. The Osmond siblings entertain a celebrity audience in a programme based on their Las Vegas stage show, featuring old favourites and songs from their 2009 Donny & Marie album. (R) 12.35 Lip Sync Battle UK: Rufus Hound V Jorgie Porter. (R) 1.00 SuperCasino. 3.05 Love/Hate (R).4.00 My Mum’s Hotter Than Me! (R) 4.50 House Doctor. (R) 5.15 Access. 5.20 Wildlife SOS. (R) 5.45 Chinese Food In Minutes.

ITV 1 6.40 PM All Star Musicals

BBC 1 7 PM Mary, Mel & Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You

E4 6.00 Prep & Landing. Animated comedy, with the voice of Dave Foley. (R) 6.25 Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs Nice. (R) 6.50 Made In Chelsea. Make-ups and break-ups abound during the festive period. (R) 7.50 Don’t Tell The Bride: Christmas Revenge. 8.55 FILM: All About Christmas Eve (2012). Two versions of a woman’s life unfold, with the turning point being whether she catches a plane on Christmas Eve. Romantic drama, with Haylie Duff and Chris Carmack. 10.40 FILM: Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules (2011). Children’s comedy sequel, with Zachary Gordon and Devon Bostick. 12.45 FILM: Dr Dolittle (1998). The home and surgery of a doctor who can talk to animals is overrun with wildlife, causing his colleagues to fear he has lost his mind. Comedy, with Eddie Murphy and Ossie Davis. 2.30 The Big Bang Theory. 3.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 5.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 6.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 7.00 The Secret Life Of Children At Christmas. The children from the original Secret Life of 4 Year Olds reunite to put on their own nativity play, along with some of the five and six-year-olds from the more recent series. (R) 8.00 FILM: Miracle On 34th Street (1994). Remake of the 1947 family drama. 10.20 The Big Bang Theory: Christmas. Leonard’s mother visits and he is horrified to learn that Sheldon knows more than he does about his own family, including his parents’ impending divorce and the death of his dog. Guest starring Christine Baranski. (T) (R) 10.50 The Big Bang Theory: Christmas. (R) 11.20 The Big Bang Theory: Christmas. (R) 11.50 The Big Bang Theory: Christmas. (R) 12.20 The Big Bang Theory: Christmas. (R) 12.50 Gogglebox: The Best Bits (R) 1.50 Tattoo Fixers At Christmas. (R) 2.55 Hollyoaks.

SKY 1 6.00 Hour Of Power. Religious service, with the Rev Robert V Schuller. 7.00 Futurama. 7.30 Futurama. (R) 8.00 The Simpsons. (R) 8.30 The Simpsons. (R) 9.00 The Simpsons. (R) 9.30 The Simpsons. (R) 10.00 The Simpsons. (R) 10.30 The Simpsons. (R)11.00 WWE Raw Hlts. (R) 12.00 Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. Part one of two. Comic drama, starring David Jason. (R) 2.00 Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather. Conclusion. 4.00 The Simpsons. (R) 4.30 The Simpsons. (R) 5.00 The Simpsons. (R) 5.30 The Simpsons. Four tales celebrating the festive season. (R) 6.00 Ratburger. Adaptation of David Walliams’ book, starring Sheridan Smith. 7.30 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 The Simpsons. (R) 8.30 A League Of Their Own Christmas Special 2017. (R) 9.30 Trollied Christmas Special. Gavin steps up to save the day when thieves set their sights on the Christmas takings, but the hapless criminals have to hold the staff in the canteen when things go wrong. 10.30 The Late Late Show With James Corden. All the year’s best moments from The Late Late Show with James Corden. 11.30 A League Of Their Own Christmas Special. (R) 12.30 The Russell Howard Hour (R) 1.30 Michael Bublé’s Christmas In Hollywood (R) 2.30 Michael Buble’s Christmas In New York. (R) 3.30 It’s Me Or The Dog (R) 4.00 It’s Me Or The Dog. (R) 4.30 The Bachelor King (T) (R)

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TV GUIDE Christmas Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, entertainment and weather reports. 9.00 CBeebies’ The Snow Queen. Stage musical adaptation of the tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 9.45 Go Jetters. The Go Jetters snap into action as Glitch wants some festive cheer on Christmas Island. 10.00 Christmas Morning From All Saints Fulham 11.00 The Madagascar Penguins In A Christmas Caper. The penguins have an adventure on Christmas Eve. (R) 11.10 Snow Chick: A Penguin’s Tale. Following the first months in the life of an emperor penguin. (R) 12.10 BBC News; Weather. 12.20 Top Of The Pops Christmas Special. With performances by Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, Clean Bandit, Rita Ora and the Script. 1.20 FILM: Toy Story 3 (2010). Woody, Buzz and the toys end up in a daycare centre, but plan their escape when they discover how dangerous it is. Animated adventure, with the voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. 3.00 The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. Her Majesty’s annual address. 3.10 FILM: Cinderella (2015). Premiere. Romantic fantasy, with Lily James and Richard Madden. 4.45 The Highway Rat. Animated comedy, with the voice of David Tennant. 5.15 BBC News; Weather. 5.30 Doctor Who. The Doctor meets his original incarnation in Peter Capaldi’s final episode. 6.30 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special. Six previous contestants return to the dance floor. 7.40 Call The Midwife. Guest starring Anita Dobson. 9.00 EastEnders. 10.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys Christmas Special. Brendan O’Carroll returns as the daft-but-doting Irish matriarch for the first of two festive episodes – and as usual, there is mayhem in the Brown household. 10.35 300 Years Of French & Saunders. Comedy double act Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders reunite on-screen for the first time in 10 years to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of their eponymous sketch show, which ran for six series up until 2007. 11.25 BBC News; Weather (T) 11.40 On Christmas Night. 11.45 Have I Got A Bit More 2017 News For You. An extended compilation of memorable moments from the satirical quiz over the past year, with a variety of guest hosts and panellists joining captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop. 12.30 Darcey Bussell: Looking For Fred Astaire. (R) 1.30 Weather For The Week Ahead. 1.35 BBC News.

BBC 2 6.10 The Hairy Bikers Home For Christmas. Dave Myers and Si King create a series of festive recipes. (R) 7.10 Island Parish Shetland. The islanders gather for the annual Eela fishing competition. (R) 7.40 FILM: Bee Movie (2007). A bee sues the entire human race for stealing the honey his species works hard to make. Animated comedy, featuring the voices of Jerry Seinfeld, Renee Zellweger and Chris Rock. 9.00 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Families from Wiltshire and Birmingham compete. (R) 10.00 Harry Potter: A History Of Magic. The myths, legends, traditions, and everyday objects that inspired Harry Potter author JK Rowling. (R) 11.00 Carols From King’s. The annual service from King’s College, Cambridge. (R) 12.15 FILM: The Importance Of Being Earnest (2002). Two bachelors using the same pseudonym capture the hearts of a couple of girls – but their deception leads to confusion. Oscar Wilde comedy, starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. 1.40 BBC Proms 2017: Oklahoma!. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical. 4.30 Dame Vera Lynn: Happy 100th Birthday. The singer reminisces about her long musical career. (R) 5.30 Sign Zone: The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast. Her Majesty’s annual address. (R) 5.35 The Morecambe And Wise Christmas Show. Another chance to see the festive special from 1977. (R) 6.45 Winter’s Weirdest Events. Unusual natural events that occur during the season. (R) 7.45 Dad’s Army. (R) 8.25 Upstart Crow. Will is busily rehearsing his latest play, which is to be performed as part of the queen’s Christmas festivities – but which may not be quite ready for a royal audience. Emma Thompson guest stars as Elizabeth I. 9.00 Tom Jones And Beverley Knight’s Gospel Christmas. Singers Tom Jones and Beverley Knight host a festive concert from Cardiff featuring a blend of traditional gospel, carols and songs of spiritual intent by modern greats.10.00 Judi Dench: All The World’s Her Stage. Documentary celebrating the life and times of the veteran actress, looking back at the high points of her 60-year career. Narrated by Colin Salmon. (R) 11.05 FILM: Mrs Henderson Presents (2005). A widow invests her fortune in an abandoned London theatre and defies censorship laws to stage a controversial nude revue. Fact-based comedy drama, with Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins. 12.45 FILM: My Week With Marilyn (2011). Factbased drama, starring Michelle Williams. 2.15 This Is BBC Two.

ITV 1 6.00 CITV. 7.30 Scrambled!: Scrambled! Christmas Special. Two hours of children’s fun. 7.35 Scrambled!: The Tom And Jerry Show. Cat and mouse adventures. (R) 7.50 Scrambled!: The Bagel And Becky Show (R) 8.10 Scrambled!: Teen Titans Go!. The teenage superheroes fight to save the world. (R) 8.30 Scrambled!: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!. Adventures with the Scooby gang. (R) 9.05 Scrambled!: Wishfart. Dez gets to meet Santa Claus. (R) 9.25 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. Comedy, starring Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. 11.10 FILM: Mr Bean’s Holiday (2007). The bumbling fool wins a trip to France in the church raffle, only to cause chaos when he is accused of kidnapping a youngster. 12.50 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.3.00 The Queen. Her Majesty’s annual address. 3.10 FILM: Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004). The teenage wizard is alarmed to learn a dangerous fugitive sorcerer is searching for him. The third in the fantasy adventure series, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Gary Oldman. 5.50 Emmerdale. 6.50 ITV News; Weather. 7.00 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs At Christmas. Paul returns to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home to bring some much-needed festive cheer to the canine residents, hoping to find a home for a heavily pregnant terrier found wet and bedraggled on Hampstead Heath. He also arranges a visit to Great Ormond Street Hospital so another stray can join other dog-loving patients for some festive fun. 8.00 Coronation Street. 9.00 Victoria. Feature-length festive special. It is Christmas 1846 and Victoria is uncharacteristically sad as she prepares to face her first Christmas without her beloved Baroness Lehzen, while Albert transforms the palace into a magical festive wonderland as he is gripped by an obsession with staging the perfect family Christmas. But tensions between the couple mount when the prince invites house guests to join the celebrations. Meanwhile, Skerrett inherits a large estate from an estranged uncle. Starring Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes. 11.00 ITV News; Weather. 11.15 FILM: The Holiday (2006). Romantic comedy, with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law. 1.45 FILM: The Dam Busters (1954). Fact-based Second World War drama, starring Michael Redgrave. 3.50 ITV Nightscreen.

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Christmas Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. 9.00 Catch A Contractor. The team tries to get a builder to repair damage. 9.20 FILM: Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005). Detective drama, starring Tom Selleck and Mimi Rogers. 10.20 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 10.25 FILM: Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005). 11.00 FILM: Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010). The chief of police has been suspended from the force, but returns to duty to investigate a series of murders in Boston. Detective thriller, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. 12.00 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 12.05 FILM: Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010). 12.50 FILM: Columbo: Etude In Black (1972). An orchestra conductor murders his mistress for threatening to reveal their affair, but reckons without Columbo. Detective drama, starring Peter Falk, John Cassavetes and Myrna Loy. 2.55 Remington Steele. Laura and Steele must protect valuable gems. 4.00 Castle. A Japanese ballerina is killed. 5.00 Law & Order. A male nurse is attacked. 6.00 Law & Order. An FBI witness is found dead. 7.00 NCIS. The team is called to the scene of a fatal car crash involving marine lance corporal Chad Dunn and student Lyla Cutwright. Duckie notices that the woman’s injuries do not match the specifics of the accident and there are no skidmarks found at the scene, leading Gibbs to declare they possibly have a murder and a suicide on their hands. Abby calls in sick for the first time after the case stirs up a traumatic incident from her childhood. Mark Harmon and Pauley Perrette star. 8.00 NCIS. 9.00 NCIS. 10.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Crime drama, starring Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay. 10.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.50 Bull. The Trial Analysis team heads to Miami with JP Nunnelly to work on a drug trafficking case in which both their clients and the jurors’ lives are in jeopardy. Last in the series. 12.50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.50 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 2.50 Chicago PD. 3.50 Access. 4.00 244 Teleshopping.

FILM 4 11.00 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. 1.00 The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader (2010). Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to the magical world, and journey across the sea in search of seven banished lords. Fantasy adventure, starring Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes. 3.10 Cheaper By The Dozen 2 (2005). A father of 12’s summer holiday with his family is ruined when he is drawn into a battle of one-upmanship with an old rival. Comedy sequel, with Steve Martin and Eugene Levy. 5.00 Romancing The Stone (1984). A writer travels to South America to save her kidnapped sister, and ends up seeking lost treasure with a fortune hunter. Comedy adventure, with Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. 7.05 Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (2014). Nightwatchman Larry notices that the living exhibits of his museum are behaving strangely. He discovers that the magical artefact that brings them to life is damaged, so he and his friends travel to London’s Natural History Museum to find a way to restore it. Fantasy comedy sequel, starring Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson and Robin Williams in his final film role. 9.00 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). A streetwise teenager is taken under the wing of his dead father’s old colleague, an agent working for a super-secret spy organisation. Will the youngster prove to be a chip off the old block by proving useful during a battle against a twisted, hi-tech genius? Action comedy based on a comic book, starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson. 11.35 Big Game (2014). A teenage hunter helps the US president to escape from terrorists pursuing him through the Finnish wilderness. Action adventure, with Samuel L Jackson and Onni Tommila.1.20 The Warriors (1979). Action adventure, with Michael Beck. 3.15 Close.

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. Incredible and peculiar record-breaking attempts. (R) 6.25 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 6.50 Emmerdale. (R) 7.10 Coronation Street. (R) 7.35 Coronation Street. (R) 8.05 The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol. (R) 8.30 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. 9.30 FYI Daily. 9.35 FILM: Beethoven’s Christmas Adventure (2011). 10.20 You’ve Been Framed! At Christmas. 11.25 FILM: Peter Pan (2003). 12.25 FYI Daily. 12.30 FILM: Peter Pan (2003). 1.35 Catchphrase: Christmas Special. Katie Price, Warwick Davis and Christopher Biggins play the guessing game. (R) 2.35 You’ve Been Framed! Harry’s Naughty List. (R) 3.10 Merry Christmas Mr Bean. Christmas slapstick, starring Rowan Atkinson. (R) 3.45 FILM: Clash Of The Titans (2010). The son of a Greek God rejects his immortal roots and seeks a way to destroy the evil lord of the underworld. 5.50 FILM: Happy Feet Two (2011). Animated musical comedy sequel, with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. 6.50 FYI Daily.6.55 FILM: Happy Feet Two (2011). 7.45 FILM: Skyfall (2012). The James Bond saga continues. 8.45 FYI Daily. A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 8.50 FILM: Skyfall (2012). 10.30 Family Guy. (R) 11.00 Family Guy. (R) 11.30 Family Guy. (R) 12.00 Family Guy (R) 12.30 American Dad! (R) 12.55 American Dad! (R) 1.25 Celebrity Juice Christmas Special (R) 2.20 Through The Christmas Keyhole (R) 3.10 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show. 3.35 Educating Joey Essex: Football Fever. (R) 4.25 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 4.50 Christmas Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 5.15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records (R) 5.40 Jonas Blue: The Hot Desk (R) 5.50 ITV2 Nightscreen.

CHANNEL 4 6.00 FILM: Rugrats Go Wild (2003). The precocious youngsters are saved by the Wild Thornberry family when they end up shipwrecked. Children’s animated adventure, with the voices of Nancy Cartwright and Bruce Willis. 7.20 The Bear. Animation based on the Raymond Briggs tale. (R) 7.45 Prep & Landing: Naughty Vs Nice. Animated comedy, with the voice of Dave Foley. (R) 8.10 Prep & Landing. Animated comedy, with the voice of Dave Foley. (R) 8.40 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Festive spin-off of the animated films, with the voice of John Leguizamo. (R) 9.05 The Simpsons. (R) 9.35 The Simpsons. (R) 10.05 The Simpsons. (R) 10.35 The Simpsons. (R) 11.05 FILM: Dr Seuss’ The Lorax (2012). A boy who has never seen a tree learns the story of a creature who tried to stop the destruction of his forest home. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Danny DeVito and Zac Efron. 12.45 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 1.20 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 1.55 Father Christmas. Festive animation based on Raymond Briggs’ book. (R) 2.25 Channel 4 News. 2.30 The Alternative Christmas Message. Counterpoint to the Queen’s broadcast. 2.35 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. Festive comedy, starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen. 4.30 FILM: Dumbo (1941). Disney animated adventure following a lonely young elephant who discovers that his oversized ears allow him to fly. Featuring the voices of Edward Brophy and Sterling Holloway. 5.50 FILM: Home Alone (1990). A boy is left to defend his home from burglars when his family jets off to Paris and accidentally leaves him behind. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. 7.40 The Great Christmas Bake Off. 9.00 First Dates At Christmas. The restaurant hosts the festive party to end all parties with a programme full of amazing surprises as maitre d’ Fred and his Christmas Cupids celebrate a year that has seen love blossom into wedding proposals, engagement rings and the very first First Dates baby. 10.00 Alan Carr’s Christmas Chatty Man. 12.00 George Michael: Freedom (R) 1.40 George Michael: Live In London (R) 2.45 The Crystal Maze (R) 3.40 Location, Location, Location (R) 4.35 Four In A Bed (R) 5.00 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas. (R) 5.20 FILM: Moomins On The Riviera (2014). Premiere. Children’s animation, with the voice of Russell Tovey.

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 8.55 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. 11.05 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. 1.05 FILM: Singin’ In The Rain (1952). A silent-movie star tries to win the heart of an aspiring actress as the dawn of sound changes the film business for ever. Musical comedy, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. 3.10 FILM: Oliver! (1968). Musical version of the Dickens tale about an orphan who falls into the hands of petty crook Fagin and his gang of young pickpockets. Starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester and Oliver Reed. 6.00 Elf: The Musical. A musical stage adaptation of the festive film of the same name. (R) 9.00 The Morecambe And Wise Story: Look Back In Laughter. Documentary making use of old performances, chat show appearances and archive interviews to shed light on the success of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. Eric’s mother Sadie claimed to be the first person to spot their potential as a comedy double act when, as children, they spent an entire train journey to Coventry annoying her with their antics. The Second World War would see the duo split up, but they were reunited by chance, and by 1968 they had become established household names and were on track to become the most-watched comedy act in the history of British TV. (R) 10.55 Britain’s Best Loved Double Acts: Christmas Special. An hour of festive fun featuring stand-out comedy moments from some of the greatest double acts to have graced the small screen, with famous fans and colleagues revealing just what makes them so funny. Those featured include Morecambe and Wise, French and Saunders, the Two Ronnies, Ant and Dec, Cannon and Ball, and Little and Large – as well as fictional duos George and Mildred, Cissie and Ada, Smashie and Nicey, and Wallace and Gromit. (R) 11.55 FILM: Steptoe And Son (1972). Harold marries a stripper – but makes the mistake of letting Albert tag along on the honeymoon. Comedy based on the TV series, starring Harry H Corbett and Wilfrid Brambell. 1.45 SuperCasino. 3.05 Love/Hate. (R) 4.00 Now That’s Funny!. (R) 4.45 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Busters. (R) 5.35 Wildlife SOS.

BBC 1 5.30 PM Doctor Who

BBC 1 7.40 PM Call The Midwife

E4 6.00 Father Christmas. Festive animation based on Raymond Briggs’ book. (R) 6.30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. (R) 6.55 The Secret Life Of Children At Christmas. (R) 7.55 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts. (R) 8.10 FILM: 12 Dates Of Christmas (2011). A woman is forced to relive a blind date on Christmas Eve over and over again, and grows to appreciate the man in question. 10.00 The Big Bang Theory. The gang reflects on how Sheldon has changed their lives. (R) 10.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 11.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 11.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 12.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 12.30 Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. Festive spin-off of the animated films, with the voice of John Leguizamo. (R) 1.00 Toy Story Toons: Partysaurus Rex. Cautious Rex throws an over-the-top, bubble-filled bash for the bathroom toys. (R) 1.15 FILM: Dr Dolittle 2 (2001). 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: A Is For. Anything Can Happen Thursday. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: B Is For Bazinga!. 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: C Is For Comic Book Store. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: D Is For Driving. (R) 4.55 Gogglesprogs Christmas Special. 6.00 We’re Going On A Bear Hunt. Animated adventure, based on Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s book. (R) 6.30 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 7.00 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 7.30 FILM: Snow White & The Huntsman (2012). Classic tale with an action-packed twist. 10.00 Made In Chelsea’s Christmas Ding Dong. 11.05 The Inbetweeners. 11.40 The Inbetweeners. 12.15 The Inbetweeners. 12.50 The Inbetweeners. 1.25 The Inbetweeners. 2.00 The Inbetweeners 2.35 Made In Chelsea’s Christmas Ding Dong. 3.30 First Dates: The Proposal. 4.25 Don’t Tell The Bride: Christmas On Ice. 5.20 New Girl (R) 5.40 New Girl (R).

SKY 1 6.00 The Simpsons. (R) 6.30 The Simpsons. (R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (R) 7.30 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 The Simpsons. (R) 8.30 The Simpsons. (R) 9.00 Football’s Funniest Moments. Comical incidents from the Premier League. (R) 11.00 A Kylie Christmas. The singer performs a mix of seasonal favourites and classic hits. (R) 1.00 The Simpsons. Lisa fears she is destined to be stupid. (R) 1.30 Ratburger. Adaptation of David Walliams’ book, starring Sheridan Smith. (R) 3.00 The Queen. Her Majesty’s annual address. 3.15 It’s Christmas Live From The Royal Albert Hall. Jason Manford hosts a concert of Christmas classics. (R) 5.15 The Simpsons. (R) 5.45 The Simpsons. (R) 6.15 The Simpsons. (R) 6.45 The Simpsons. (R) 7.10 The Simpsons. (R) 7.35 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 Carpool Karaoke Special. James Corden takes Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez for a musical spin in his SUV, as well as sharing a selection of highlights of the segment from The Late Late Show. (R) 9.00 A League Of Their Own Christmas Special 2017. (R) 10.00 FILM: The Rock (1996). A renegade general and his crack team of mercenaries take over the abandoned fortress prison of Alcatraz and threaten San Francisco with toxic nerve-gas rockets to extort a massive ransom. To break their stranglehold on the city, the FBI sends in a chemical weapons expert and a jailed SAS veteran, chosen because he is the only man to have ever escaped from the infamous penitentiary. Action thriller, with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris. (T) 12.40 Trollied Christmas Special (R) 1.40 A League Of Their Own (R) 2.40 The Russell Howard Hour (R) 3.35 A League Of Their Own. (R) 4.05 Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family. (R) 5.00 Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family. ITV 1 9 PM Victoria 245

TV GUIDE Boxing Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, entertainment and weather reports. 9.00 FILM: Tinker Bell And The Legend Of The NeverBeast (2014). Premiere. One of the fairy’s friends tries to convince her that a monster is nothing to be afraid of. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Mae Whitman and Ginnifer Goodwin. 10.10 FILM: Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014). Premiere. A racing plane starts a new career as a firefighter and risks his life to contain a forest blaze. Animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Dane Cook and Ed Harris. 11.25 Mary, Mel And Sue’s Big Christmas Thank You. A festive surprise for community centre volunteers. (R) 12.25 BBC News; Weather. 12.35 Regional News; Weather. 12.45 Judi Dench: My Passion For Trees. The actress discovers how trees are a part of Britain’s history. (R) 1.45 Stick Man. Animated adaptation of Julia Donaldson’s children’s book. (R) 2.10 FILM: Shaun The Sheep Movie (2015). Premiere. The lovable lamb spends his day off in the big city trying to save the farmer. Animation, featuring the voice of Justin Fletcher. 3.30 Doodlebugs. Sketch show in which inanimate objects talk. 3.45 FILM: Mary Poppins (1964). A practically perfect Edwardian nanny with magical powers brings fun into the humdrum lives of two children. Disney’s musical fantasy, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 6.00 BBC News At Six; Weather 6.20 Regional News; Weather 6.30 Snow Bears. Documentary following polar bears travelling to the North Pole. 7.30 EastEnders. The events of Christmas Day continue to reverberate around Albert Square, and as the full horror of what has happened unfolds, it is clear that life for the Brannings will never be the same again. However, they are not the only ones to be affected as the consequences of Max’s actions have even wider repercussions. 8.00 Little Women. New series. Screenwriter Heidi Thomas, who previously adapted Cranford and Call the Midwife for the BBC, turns her attention to Louisa May Alcott’s quintessential 19th-century coming-ofage tale. The story begins in the depths of winter, during the American Civil War, as the March sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy face Christmas without their father, who is away serving as a chaplain for the Union Army forces. 9.00 The Miniaturist. Two-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s best-selling novel set in 1686, following 18-year-old Nella Oortman as she begins a new life in Amsterdam as the wife of wealthy merchant, Johannes Brandt. As a wedding gift, Nella is presented with a doll’s house replica of their home, but soon realises that an elusive miniaturists tiny creations are seemingly predicting the future with unsettling accuracy. 10.30 BBC News; Weather. 10.45 Match Of The Day. 12.15 Stacey Dooley In The USA (R) 1.15 Weather For The Week Ahead. 1.20 BBC News.

BBC 2 6.15 Sign Zone: Celebrity Antiques Road Trip. Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champions Ore Oduba and Joanne Clifton compete. (R) 7.15 Island Parish Shetland. The Rev David Cooper oversees the renovations to his retirement home. (R) 7.45 FILM: Chimpanzee (2012). Premiere. Wildlife documentary following the development of a young chimpanzee in the forests of the Ivory Coast, which is left to fend for itself after its mother is killed. 8.55 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Culinary competition, hosted by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain. (R) 9.55 Nadiya’s British Food Adventure. Nadiya Hussain embarks on a culinary road trip around Britain. (R) 10.25 Nadiya’s British Food Adventure. Nadiya Hussain embarks on a culinary road trip around Britain. (R) 10.55 The Sweet Makers: A Tudor Treat. Modern confectioners relive the world of historical sweets. (R) 11.55 FILM: A Hard Day’s Night (1964). The Beatles embark on a train journey to London for a TV show, harassed by their manager and Paul’s grandfather. Musical comedy, starring the Fab Four alongside Wilfrid Brambell. 1.20 FILM: The Eagle Has Landed (1976). A Nazi agent plans to kidnap Churchill as the prime minister spends the weekend in a Norfolk village. . (3.30 The Repair Shop At Christmas. How family treasures are restored in time for Christmas. (R) 4.30 Final Score. Jason Mohammad presents a round-up of the classified results. 5.35 Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella. An interpretation of the fairy tale staged at London Sadler’s Wells Theatre. 7.30 Christmas University Challenge 2017. 8.00 Reindeer Family And Me. Gordon Buchanan travels to Finnish Lapland to meet a family from the nomadic Sami culture, who rely on reindeer to help them travel across the frozen wilderness. 9.00 Dragons’ Den. 10.00 QI. 10.30 Two Doors Down – Christmas Special. New series. Beth and Eric’s plans for a quiet festive feast are thwarted when Cathy and Colin’s flight to the French Alps is cancelled, and Christine also turns up with her granddaughter. 11.00 Joanna & Jennifer: Absolutely Champers. Absolutely Fabulous duo Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders explore the Champagne region of north eastern France to find out how their characters’ favourite tipple is made. (R) 12.00 Saturday Night Fever – The Ultimate Disco Movie. (R) 1.10 Tom Jones & Beverley Knight’s Gospel Christmas. (R) 2.10 Sign Zone: Inside The Christmas Factory. (R) 3.10 Sign Zone: Blue Planet II (R) 4.10 Sign Zone: Countryfile (R) 5.05 This Is BBC Two.

ITV 1 6.00 CITV. 7.30 Scrambled!: Scrambled! Christmas Special. Two hours of children’s fun. 7.35 Scrambled!: The Tom And Jerry Show. Cat and mouse adventures. (R) 7.50 Scrambled!: The Bagel And Becky Show. Offbeat animated comedy following a mis-matched brother and sister. (R) 8.10 Scrambled!: The Powerpuff Girls (R) 8.30 FILM: Scrambled!: Scooby-Doo! Haunted Holidays (2012). The cowardly hound and his friends are trapped in a toy factory while investigating a mysterious living snowman. Animated adventure, with the voice of Matthew Lillard. 9.05 Scrambled!: Horrid Henry. A Christmas present comes early. (R) 9.25 FILM: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). A teenager plays truant from school and spends the day dragging his friends into all manner of adventures in the big city. Comedy, starring Matthew Broderick and Mia Sara. 11.25 FILM: Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore (2010). A rogue cat plots to take over the world, forcing her fellow felines to team up with their canine foes. Comedy sequel, starring Chris O’Donnell, with the voice of Bette Midler. 1.00 ITV Racing: Live From Kempton. Ed Chamberlin presents coverage of one of the biggest meetings of the National Hunt season at Kempton Park, with races at 1.20, 1.55, 2.30 and 3.05. 3.30 FILM: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). A lonely boy befriends a stranded alien and helps him to contact his own people and call for rescue. Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi fantasy, starring Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore. 5.50 ITV News; Weather. 6.10 Emmerdale. Rebecca sees a new side to Robert. 6.40 FILM: Jurassic World (2015). Premiere. A safari park for genetically engineered dinosaurs creates a new species – but it quickly escapes to terrorise the tourists. Action adventure sequel, with Chris Pratt. 9.00 Coronation Street. 10.00 ITV News; Weather. 10.15 Birds Of A Feather Christmas Special. The festive season is around the corner in Chigwell and Tracey has got big plans that could upset the harmony in the house over the holiday period. Meanwhile, Sharon has come up with a novel approach to doing her Christmas shopping and Dorien has got a mystery to solve. What could possibly go wrong? Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s long-running comedy returns for a festive special, starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph as the three friends and sparring partners, with Emily Atack. (R) 11.15 The Keith And Paddy Picture Show. Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness enlist the aid of Will Mellor, Robbie Williams, Sarah Parish, Emma Willis and Chris Kamara and others as they remake the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. (R) 11.45 Al Murray’s Make Christmas Great Again. Philosopher, common sense commando, scholar, sage and bald bloke The Pub Landlord arranges a lock-in with a celebrity guest audience for a lively mix of music and chat. (R) 12.45 Jackpot247. 3.00 Tenable (R) 3.50 ITV Nightscreen. 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show.

SATELLITE / DIGITAL Boxing Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 Catch A Contractor. A Los Angeles couple who hired contractors to baby-proof their home. 9.20 FILM: Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006). An alcoholic police chief gets caught up in a domestic abuse case that leads him to a money-laundering scheme. Detective thriller, starring Tom Selleck and Stephanie March. 10.20 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 10.25 FILM: Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006). An alcoholic police chief gets caught up in a domestic abuse case that leads him to a money-laundering scheme. Detective thriller, starring Tom Selleck and Stephanie March. 11.05 FILM: Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011). The police chief, now forced into retirement, continues his own investigation into the death of a teenage girl. Detective thriller sequel, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. 12.05 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 12.10 FILM: Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (2011). The police chief, now forced into retirement, continues his own investigation into the death of a teenage girl. Detective thriller sequel, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. 1.00 FILM: Columbo: Prescription Murder (1968). The crumpled cop investigates a philandering psychiatrist who has the perfect alibi for murdering his wife. First episode of the detective series, with Peter Falk and Gene Barry.3.00 Remington Steele. A woman from Steele’s past needs his help. 4.00 Castle. A Wall Street trader is murdered. 5.00 Law & Order. A psychologist is stabbed to death. 6.00 Law & Order. Briscoe and Curtis investigate a shooting. 7.00 NCIS. (R) 8.00 NCIS. (R) 9.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.10.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.55 The Mysteries Of Laura. A badly decomposed body is found in a bath, leading Laura to some risque locations in a bid to catch the killer, including an erotic party. 12.55 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. 1.50 CSI: Miami. 2.50 Chicago PD. 3.50 Access. 4.00 246 Teleshopping

FILM 4 11.00 Mr Popper’s Penguins (2011). A workaholic businessman’s life is thrown into turmoil when he inherits six penguins from his explorer father. Family comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury. 12.50 Mirror Mirror (2012). An exiled princess joins forces with a band of rebellious dwarfs to wrest back her father’s kingdom from her wicked stepmother. Fantasy, starring Julia Roberts and Lily Collins. 2.55 Paddington (2014). A bear from the Peruvian jungle starts a new life in London, but catches the eye of a sinister taxidermist. Family comedy, starring Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. 4.40 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010). A wizard in modern-day New York recruits an ordinary teenager to help protect the city from his mystical enemy. Fantasy adventure, with Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina. (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 Ex Machina (2015). A computer programmer working for the world’s biggest search engine is given the opportunity to spend a week at the remote home of his boss, a hi-tech genius. The break turns out to be an elaborate experiment, in which he must test the world’s first truly artificial intelligence, which is housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl. Sci-fi drama, starring Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac. 11.10 X-Men: First Class (2011). The first generation of the superhero team is brought together in the 1960s to avert a nuclear war. Superhero adventure prequel, starring James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender. 1.45 The Breakfast Club (1985). John Hughes’ drama, starring Emilio Estevez. 3.45 Close

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. Putting on hair rollers while on a rollercoaster. (R) 6.15 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. Including the fastest tightrope walk in high heels. (R) 6.40 Emmerdale. (R) 7.30 Coronation Street. (R) 8.20 Mr Bean. The bumbling hero visits the fair. (R) 8.55 Mr Bean. The hapless hero bags a bargain. (R) 9.25 You’ve Been Framed! Gold – Best Of The Best. Classic clips and Harry Hill’s most surreal comments. (R) 10.25 Emmerdale. (R) 11.30 Coronation Street. (R) 12.30 FILM: Nanny McPhee (2005). A widower struggles to control his seven unruly children, until a strange-looking nanny steps in. 2.35 FILM: A Bug’s Life (1998). A well-meaning ant sets out to find a few would-be heroes willing to defend his colony from greedy grasshoppers. Pixar animation, with the voices of Dave Foley and Kevin Spacey. 4.40 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. 6.30 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents – The Missing Crown Jewels. The duo’s comedy crime sketch show is stitched together to form a special standalone episode. (R) 7.00 FILM: Uncle Buck (1989). Family comedy, starring John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Kelly, Gaby Hoffman, Amy Madigan and Laurie Metcalf. 9.00 FILM: Sherlock Holmes (2009). Premiere. The eccentric detective and his confidant Dr Watson investigate the apparent resurrection of a criminal mastermind with links to the occult, who is carrying out a series of seemingly magical murders. 11.35 Family Guy. (R) 12.10 Family Guy (R) 12.35 Family Guy (R) 1.05 Family Guy (R) 1.30 American Dad! (R) 2.00 American Dad! 2.30 The Great Xmas Rant (R) 3.40 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show (R) 4.05 Educating Joey Essex: Supermodel Student (R) 4.55 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records: Bonkingly Big Hits (R) 5.45 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records.

CHANNEL 4 6.40 FILM: Song Of The Sea (2014). A magical seal-child and her human brother go on quest to prevent the spirit world from disappearing. Animated fantasy, with the voices of Lucy O’Connell and David Rawle. 8.25 FILM: Short Circuit (1986). A military robot is struck by lightning and develops a mind of its own, embarking on a series of misadventures. Sci-fi comedy adventure, starring Steve Guttenberg and Ally Sheedy. 10.25 The Simpsons. (R) 10.50 The Simpsons. (R) 11.15 The Simpsons. (R) 11.40 The Simpsons. (R) 12.10 FILM: Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009). The trio compete in a battle-of-the-bands contest, but encounter fierce rivalry from another group of musical rodents. Comedy, starring Zachary Levi, Jason Lee and David Cross. 1.55 Channel 4 News. 2.00 Child Genius Vs Celebrities Christmas Special. Past competitors return to take on a team of celebrities. (R) 3.05 The Great Christmas Bake Off. Part one of two. Former contestants compete in a series of festive challenges. (T) (R) 4.20 FILM: The Little Mermaid (1989). An undersea princess strikes a deal with a witch to become human – but there is a price to be paid. Animated adventure, with the voices of Jodi Benson and Christopher Daniel Barnes. 6.00 FILM: Back To The Future (1985). A teenager travels back in time and gets stuck in the 1950s – where he has to make sure his parents fall in love. Sci-fi comedy adventure, with Michael J Fox and Christopher Lloyd. 8.00 Travel Man: 48 Hours In Hong Kong. Richard Ayoade is joined by actor Jon Hamm, star of Mad Men and Baby Driver, for a Yuletide trek around Hong Kong – the most visited and most vertical city on the planet. They join the other 26.7 million tourists, as they gorge themselves on questionable foodstuffs, traditional transportation and the world’s largest seated Buddha statue. After resting at the Peninsula Hotel for some colonial opulence, they sample street food and get their fortunes read, before taking to the air for a bird’s eye view by helicopter. 9.00 Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2017. Jimmy Carr hosts a comedy quiz looking back at the past 12 months. 11.10 FILM: Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994). A man’s misfortunes in love look set to change when he meets an American beauty at a wedding. Richard Curtis’s romantic comedy, starring Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell and John Hannah. 1.20 The Inbetweeners (R) 1.50 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.15 The Inbetweeners (R) 2.45 The Inbetweeners (R) 3.10 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA (R) 4.00 Location, Location, Location (R) 4.55 Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas (R) 5.10 FILM: Moshi Monsters: The Movie (2013). Animated adventure, with the voice of Emma Tate.

E4 6.00 Olive, The Other Reindeer. Animation, with the voice of Drew Barrymore. (R) 6.55 The Goldbergs. (R) 7.30 New Girl. (R) 7.55 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts. (R) 8.10 FILM: Holiday In Handcuffs (2007). A single woman kidnaps a man at gunpoint to force him to pose as her boyfriend at her family’s Christmas get-together. 10.00 FILM: Dr Dolittle 3 (2006). The talented vet’s daughter inherits her father’s uncanny ability to talk to animals and tries to save a ranch from closure. Comedy sequel, starring Kyla Pratt and Kristen Wilson. 11.50 Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation. Bonnie and her family take a winter break in Hawaii without Ken and Barbie. (R) 12.00 Brooklyn Nine-Nine. (R) 12.30 Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Doug Judy is offered a plea deal. (R) 1.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory. (T) (R) 1.55 The Snowman. Animated adventure, based on Raymond Briggs’ festive tale. (R) 2.30 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: E Is For Earworms. head. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: F Is For Fun With Flags. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: G Is For Geology. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: H Is For Hoarding. 5.00 Toy Story Toons: Small Fry. Buzz Lightyear is usurped by a miniature version of himself. (T) (R) 5.10 FILM: Miracle On 34th Street (1994). A six-year-old girl and her mother help a department store Santa prove he is the real thing. 7.30 The Snowman And The Snowdog. Animated sequel to Raymond Briggs’ classic festive tale The Snowman. (R) 8.00 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 8.30 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 9.00 Tattoo Fixers. 10.00 Naked Attraction. (R) 11.05 Rude Tube Christmas Cracker. (R) 12.10 The Big Bang Theory (R) 12.40 The Big Bang Theory (R) 1.05 Tattoo Fixers (R) 2.15 Rude Tube: Welcome To 2013 (R) 4.05 2 Broke Girls (R) 4.25 Don’t Tell The Bride: Christmas Revenge (R) 5.20 New Girl (R).

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 9.15 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 9.25 Pets Make You Laugh Out Loud. Clips of foul-mouthed parrots and a water-skiing squirrel. (R) 10.00 FILM: Titanic (1953). An aristocrat trying to stop his wife and children leaving him finds them on board the ill-fated ship. Drama, with Clifton Webb and Barbara Stanwyck. 11.50 FILM: Chariots Of Fire (1981). Oscar-winning drama based on the true story of British runners Eric Liddell and Harold Abrahams, going for gold at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Starring Ian Charleson and Ben Cross. 2.10 Balmoral: A Hidden History. Documentary offering a behind-scenes look at the secluded royal retreat. (R) 4.10 Sandringham: The Queen At Christmas. What Christmas is like for the Royal Family on the Sandringham Estate. 5.15 FILM: A Royal Night Out (2015). Premiere. Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret have a night of excitement, danger and romance during the VE Day celebrations. Comedy drama, starring Bel Powley and Sarah Gadon. 7.00 The Strictly Story: Fake Tan, Tangos & A 10 From Len. The tale behind the popular celebrity dance contest, featuring contributions from popular past contestants as well as the show’s judges and professional dancers and celebrity fans. The programme takes a look back at Come Dancing, the long-running TV show that inspired it, and Bruce Forsyth’s tenure as the original Strictly lead host. (R) 8.30 Dirty Dancing: Making Movie Magic. It is 30 years since Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey first captivated cinemagoers as bad boy choreographer Johnny Castle and would-be dancer Baby. This documentary celebrates the Dirty Dancing phenomenon, revisiting favourite scenes, discovering what happened on set – with contributions from cast members Kelly Bishop, Lonny Price and Jane Brucker – and hearing from the behind-the-scenes team, including choreographer Miranda Garrison and writer Eleanor Bergstein. (R) 10.00 FILM: Dirty Dancing (1987). A dance instructor at a 1960s resort hotel fears his career will be jeopardised when his regular partner is forced to pull out of an important show in which they are due to perform. Luckily, a naive teenager is happy to step in, and is treated to a whirlwind holiday education in life, love and expressing herself. Romantic drama, starring Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey and Jerry Orbach. 12.00 Football On 5: The Championship. 12.55 Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights. 1.45 SuperCasino. 3.05 Love/ Hate. (R) 4.00 Now That’s Funny! (R) 4.45 House Doctor (R) 5.10 House Busters (R) 5.35 Wildlife SOS (R).

CHANNEL 5 7 PM The Strictly Story: Fake Tan, Tangos & A 10 From Len

SKY 1 6.00 Futurama. (R) 6.30 Futurama. (R) 7.00 Futurama. (R) 7.30 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 The Simpsons. (R) 8.30 The Simpsons. (R) 9.00 The Simpsons. (R) 9.30 The Simpsons. (R) 10.00 David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive. The broadcaster presents a unique tour of the institution. (R) 11.30 The Last Dragonslayer. Feature-length fantasy drama, starring Ellise Chappell. (R) 1.30 The Bachelor King. Documentary exploring the lives of king penguins. (R) 3.00 Gillette Soccer Special. Update on today’s games. 5.15 Gillette Soccer Special. Update on today’s games. 5.30 The Simpsons. (R) 6.00 The Simpsons. (R) 6.30 The Simpsons. (R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (R) 7.30 Ratburger. Adaptation of David Walliams’ book, starring Sheridan Smith. Zoe’s new pet rat is in danger when burger van man Burt (Walliams) earmarks it for his menu. 9.00 FILM: Minority Report (2002). Cop John Anderton is forced to go on the run when a supposedly infallible trio of psychics foretell he is about to kill a man he has never heard of. Convinced their prediction is false, he kidnaps one of the so-called precogs to prove his innocence – and stumbles across a complex conspiracy. Steven Spielberg’s futuristic thriller, starring Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max von Sydow. 11.45 A League Of Their Own: US Road Trip 2.0. (R) 12.45 The Russell Howard Hour (R) 1.45 A League Of Their Own (R) 2.45 NCIS: Los Angeles (R). 3.45 Futurama: Welcome To The World Of Tomorrow. (R) 4.00 Dogs: An Amazing Animal Family. (R) 5.00 Zoo Tales. (R) 5.30 Zoo Tales. BBC 1 8 PM Little Women 247

TV GUIDE New Years Eve BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, sport and entertainment reports. 8.00 Match Of The Day. Highlights of Liverpool v Leicester City. (R) 9.25 FILM: Bolt (2008). The canine star of a TV show, who believes his on-screen adventures are real, tries to find his way home. Animated adventure, with the voices of John Travolta and Miley Cyrus. 10.55 FILM: The Croods (2013). 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. 12.25 BBC News; Weather. 12.40 Comic Relief 2017: ’Twas The Thanks After Red Nose Day. Fun and games from the O2, London. (R) 1.40 FILM: Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971). A novice witch befriends three children and whisks them away on a series of magical journeys. Disney part-animated musical fantasy, starring Angela Lansbury and David Tomlinson. 3.35 Songs Of Praise: The Big Sing. A concert from the Royal Albert Hall. 4.05 Top Of The Pops New Year Special. Fearne Cotton and Clara Amfo present the biggest hits of 2017. 5.05 Attenborough And The Giant Elephant. The naturalist investigates the life of a famous Victorian elephant. (R) 6.05 BBC News. 6.20 Regional News; Weather. 6.30 Celebrity Mastermind. Famous faces put their knowledge to the test. 7.00 Countryfile. Adam Henson takes a trip to New Zealand, where he discovers why the country is at the forefront of modern farming with the help of some old friends. 8.00 Antiques Roadshow. 9.00 The Real Marigold On Tour. Rosemary Shrager, Sheila Ferguson, Paul Nicholas and Dennis Taylor explore Thailand. A Buddhist meditation retreat proves more relaxing to some of the group than others, and Rosemary investigates cheap dental work. They conclude their trip by attending a Ladyboys show, with Paul and Dennis joining the performers on stage. Last in the series. 10.00 BBC News; Weather. 10.20 The Graham Norton Show. Graham is joined by Hugh Jackman, Zendaya and Zac Efron, who star in The Greatest Showman, a new movie musical about circus maestro PT Barnum. Other guests include Doctor Foster’s Suranne Jones and Gary Oldman, who discusses playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. With music from Leading Ladies, the super-group consisting of Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson, who perform One Night Only. 11.20 Nile Rodgers & Chic: Good Times 2017. The musician and his funk band perform live as the year draws to a close. Featuring footage of the traditional New Year’s fireworks display, choreographed to fit a medley of music. 11.55 New Year’s Eve Fireworks 2017. The annual celebratory New Year’s Eve fireworks display, live from the Thames Embankment in London. 12.10 Nile Rodgers & Chic: Good Times 2018. 12.50 Michael McIntyre: Happy & Glorious (R) 1.50 FILM: Old School (2003). Comedy, starring Luke Wilson and Will Ferrell. 3.20 Weather For The Week Ahead. 3.25 BBC News.

BBC 2 6.35 Birds Of Paradise: The Ultimate Quest. Part two of two. The return of old injuries places the expedition in doubt. (R) 7.35 FILM: Mars Needs Moms (2011). A boy stows away on a Martian spaceship to rescue his kidnapped mother from the aliens. Animated sci-fi adventure, with the voices of Seth Robert Dusky and Dan Fogler. 9.00 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain present the second semi-final. (R) 10.00 Saturday Kitchen Best Bites. Matt Tebbutt presents highlights of the series. 11.30 The A To Z Of TV Cooking. John Torode selects his favourite moments from the series. (R) 12.15 FILM: Shall We Dance? (2004). A bored lawyer signs up for dance classes, but has to keep the new hobby a secret from his suspicious wife. Romantic comedy, with Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon and Jennifer Lopez. Edited for daytime broadcast. 1.55 Six Robots & Us. Part two of two. A north London couple receive a robot to help their autistic four-year-old. (R) 2.55 Talking Pictures: Anthony Hopkins. A look back at the career of the actor through interviews conducted with the BBC. (R) 3.40 FILM: 84 Charing Cross Road (1987). Romantic drama, starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins. 5.15 FILM: Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time (2010). Fantasy adventure, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. 7.00 Robot Wars Special. More motorised mayhem as radio-controlled robots vie for places in the final battle arena. 8.00 FILM: Into The Woods (2014). Premiere. A wicked witch agrees to lift a curse on a young couple if they will help restore her once beautiful looks. Musical fantasy, based on Stephen Sondheim’s hit stage show, which entwines the fairy tale stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel. Starring Meryl Streep, James Corden and Emily Blunt, with a cameo by Johnny Depp as the Big Bad Wolf. 10.00 Match Of The Day 2. 10.50 Live At The Apollo. Henning Wehn hosts tonight’s show from London’s Hammersmith Apollo, introducing performances from Lucy Porter and Guz Khan. 11.20 Jools’ Annual Hootenanny. Jools Holland presents his 25th annual New Year party, featuring performances from Ed Sheeran, Mavis Staples, Beth Ditto, Ruby Turner, Jessie Ware and Soul II Soul. 1.20 Best Of Glastonbury 2017 (R) 3.25 Sign Zone: Countryfile. (R) 4.20 This Is BBC Two.

ITV 1 6.00 CITV. 9.25 Countrywise. Liz Bonnin joins conservationists trying to save the water vole. (R) 9.50 FILM: Casino Royale (1967). Ageing spy James Bond comes out of retirement to tackle a mysterious mastermind who wants to take over the world. Spoof adventure, with David Niven, Peter Sellers and Woody Allen. 12.25 ITV News; Weather. 12.30 All Star Musicals. Celebrities perform famous songs from musicals. (R) 2.20 A Very Royal Wedding. The marriage of the Queen and Prince Philip. (R) 3.30 A Right Royal Quiz. Fern Britton hosts a panel show about the royal family. 4.30 Victoria. The queen and Prince Albert have very different expectations for Christmas. (R) 6.25 Regional News; Weather. 6.35 ITV News; Weather. 6.50 Cannonball Splash Hits. Andrew Flintoff presents highlights from the action-packed game show. 7.50 FILM: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). The young wizard continues his search for the artefacts containing fragments of the dark lord Voldemort’s soul. Time is running out, as the evil sorcerer is aware of Harry’s mission, and marshals his forces for a final, devastating attack on Harry and his friends at Hogwarts school. Conclusion of the fantasy saga, with Daniel Radcliffe, Ralph Fiennes, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Alan Rickman. 10.15 The Real Full Monty. Twenty years after the release of The Full Monty, a group of male celebrities come together to recreate the famous striptease from the movie and raise awareness of men’s health issues.†Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo recruit their fellow famous faces, including Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden (David Metcalfe), McFly drummer Harry Judd, actor Danny John-Jules and dancer Wayne Sleep, before putting them through their paces for the performance in front of 2,000 people at the London Palladium. But with little time to rehearse and the show fast approaching, will they dare to bare all for a good cause? (R) 11.45 ITV News; Weather; New Year Bongs. 12.10 FILM: Parenthood (1989). Comedy drama, starring Steve Martin. 2.15 Take Me Out (R) 3.20 Through The Keyhole (R) 4.10 ITV Nightscreen.

SATELLITE / DIGITAL New Years Eve FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 9.10 Longmire. Henry takes Gabriella to a medicine woman. 10.10 Remington Steele. A murder mystery weekend turns all too real. 11.15 Remington Steele. Old friends of Steele seek his help with a robbery. 12.15 FILM: Columbo: Butterfly In Shades Of Grey (1993). A radio host kills one of his employees and thinks he has the perfect alibi – but his ruse fails to convince the slovenly sleuth. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and William Shatner. 2.25 FILM: Columbo: A Matter Of Honour (1976). The sleuth’s Mexican holiday is disrupted by a death involving a bullfighter who used one of the animals to kill his friend. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and Ricardo Montalban. 3.55 FILM: Columbo: Negative Reaction (1974). A photographer murders his wife and makes it look as if she was killed by a kidnapper – but the shabby sleuth sees through his ruse. Crime drama, with Peter Falk and Dick Van Dyke. 6.00 Castle. 7.00 Castle. . 8.00 CSI: Miami. Two men are killed on the same day – one in a hit-and-run incident, the other in a shooting. At first the cases seem unconnected – but Horatio suspects a vigilante may be at work when he discovers a crusading TV show had recently exposed both victims as paedophiles. Starring David Caruso. 9.00 CSI: Miami. 10.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 10.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12.50 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 1.50 Cedar Cove. 2.50 Cedar Cove. 3.50 Access. 4.00 Teleshopping.


FILM 4 11.00 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. 12.50 Mr Popper’s Penguins (2011). A workaholic businessman’s life is thrown into turmoil when he inherits six penguins from his explorer father. Family comedy, starring Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino and Angela Lansbury. 2.40 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. Festive comedy, starring Bill Murray and Karen Allen. 4.45 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. 6.55 Home Alone (1990). A boy is left to defend his home from burglars when his family jets off to Paris and accidentally leaves him behind. Comedy, starring Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. 9.00 Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015). A streetwise teenager is taken under the wing of his dead father’s old colleague, an agent working for a super-secret spy organisation. Will the youngster prove to be a chip off the old block by proving useful during a battle against a twisted, hi-tech genius? Action comedy based on a comic book, starring Colin Firth, Taron Egerton and Samuel L Jackson. 11.35 An American Werewolf In London (1981). A tourist is attacked on a Yorkshire moor and undergoes a terrifying transformation. Horror comedy, with David Naughton and Jenny Agutter. 1.30 Quadrophenia (1979). Mods and rockers drama, starring Phil Daniels. 4.00 Close.

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. The tallest human pyramid. (R) 6.25 Emmerdale. . 9.25 Coronation Street. (R)1 2.25 You’ve Been Framed! Top 100 Animals. The pick of the show’s animal clips. (R) 1.30 Mr Bean. (R) 2.00 Mr Bean (R) 2.30 FILM: Happy Feet Two (2011). A penguin’s search for his lost son leads him to uncover a threat to his entire colony. Animated musical comedy sequel, with the voices of Elijah Wood and Robin Williams. 4.35 FILM: Nanny McPhee (2005). A widower struggles to control his seven unruly children, until a strange-looking nanny steps in. Period fantasy adventure, with Emma Thompson, Colin Firth and Kelly Macdonald. 6.40 FILM: New Year’s Eve (2011). Premiere. Various New Yorkers wrestle with personal and romantic challenges in their lives on the last night of the year. Comedy drama, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro. 9.00 FILM: Sherlock Holmes (2009). The eccentric detective and his confidant Dr Watson investigate the apparent resurrection of a criminal mastermind with links to the occult, who is carrying out a series of seemingly magical murders. The case is complicated by the reappearance of Holmes’ duplicitous old flame Irene Adler. Action thriller, starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong and Eddie Marsan. 10.00 FYI Daily. A round-up of the latest entertainment news. 10.05 FILM: Sherlock Holmes (2009). 11.35 Family Guy. (R) 12.10 Family Guy. (R) 12.35 Family Guy. (R) 1.10 Family Guy. (R) 1.35 Family Guy .(R) 2.00 American Dad! (R) 2.30 American Dad! (R) 2.55 Celebrity Juice: Bestest Bits 2017. (R) 3.45 The Keith Lemon Sketch Show. (R) 4.15 Educating Joey Essex: Space Cadet. (R) 5.05 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 5.30 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. (R) 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen.

CHANNEL 4 7.35 Frasier. The brothers argue over Christmas. (R) 8.00 Frasier. Frederick announces he is unable to visit at Christmas. (R) 8.25 F1 2017: Hamilton’s Record Breaking Season. A look back at the 2017 Formula One season. (R) 9.30 Sunday Brunch. With guests Joe Lycett and Harry Hill. 12.30 The Simpsons. Homer is transformed into a genius. (R) 12.55 The Simpsons. Homer discovers Grampa may not be his father. (R) 1.25 The Simpsons. Marge is arrested. (R) 1.55 FILM: We Bought A Zoo (2011). A widowed father-of-two takes over ownership of a struggling zoo, and tries to restore it to its former glory. Fact-based comedy drama, starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Edited for language. 4.20 Channel 4 News. 4.25 Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast. Ashley Jensen learns to make authentic Umbrian pasta. (R) 5.25 Britain’s Wildest Weather 2017. Some of the UK’s most unusual weather in the past year. (R) 7.00 Amazing Spaces Snow And Ice Special. Architect George Clarke and master craftsman Will Hardie find out how Norway, a country with some of the harshest weather on the planet, has become a leader in architectural design. (R) 8.00 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special. (R) 9.00 Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 2017. The presenter hosts his annual New Year’s party, with a mixture of sketches and party games. Alan is joined by guests Big Narstie, Jonnie Peacock, Keith Lemon, Caroline Flack, Alex Brooker, Binky Felstead, Tom Davis, Charlotte Dawson, Kim Woodburn and Liam Charles, with music from Stefflon Don and Pete Tong, with Becky Hill and The Heritage Orchestra, conducted by Jules Buckley. 11.00 Big Fat Quiz Of The Year 2017. Jimmy Carr hosts a comedy quiz looking back at the past 12 months, with panellists Richard Ayoade, Noel Fielding, David Mitchell, Big Narstie, Roisin Conaty and Katherine Ryan. (R) 1.00 Gogglebox 2017. (R) 2.55 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Special. (R) 3.50 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. (R) 4.40 Location, Location, Location. (R) 5.35 Come Dine With Me.

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 10.35 Football On 5: The Championship. Highlights of Middlesbrough v Aston Villa. (R) 11.25 Football On 5: Goal Rush. Highlights of Blackburn Rovers v Scunthorpe United. (R) 12.00 Winter In Alaska. Documentary following four seasons in the north American state. (R) 12.55 FILM: Three Men And A Little Lady (1990). A trio of surrogate dads rush to stop the girl in their care from being whisked away abroad by her mother. Comedy sequel, starring Tom Selleck, Ted Danson and Steve Guttenberg. Edited for language. 2.55 FILM: Groundhog Day (1993). An obnoxious TV weatherman reporting on a festival is made to relive the same day over and over again until he becomes a better person. Comedy, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. 3.55 5 News. 4.00 FILM: Groundhog Day (1993). An obnoxious TV weatherman reporting on a festival is made to relive the same day over and over again until he becomes a better person. Comedy, with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. 4.55 5 News. 5.00 FILM: The Lego Movie (2014). Premiere. An ordinary man living in a city made of the construction toy is mistakenly chosen to save the world. Animated comedy, with the voices of Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks. 7.00 The Lego Story: Brick By Brick. Documentary charting the history of the toy, looking at how the company has grown since its origins in 1930s Denmark, when the Christiansen family started creating wooden toys. 8.00 World’s Strongest Man 2017. Action from the fifth heat in Botswana, which featured Lithuania’s Zydrunas Savickas, a four-time winner who was returning from an injury that kept him out of the 2016 event. 8.50 5 News. 9.00 All New When TV Goes Horribly Wrong. Richard Bacon narrates a compilation of disasters befalling TV presenters, featuring mishaps involving Phillip Schofield, Anne Diamond, Denis Tuohy, Ross King, Charlotte Crosby and Stephen Bear, as well as other presenters from around the world. The show looks back at technical problems on the opening night of BBC2 and some unexpected nudity on daytime TV. 11.55 Aviva Premiership Rugby Highlights. Mark Durden-Smith and David Flatman present action from the 12th round of matches, including Bath v Wasps, Gloucester v Sale Sharks and Saracens v Worcester Warriors. 12.50 SuperCasino. 3.10 World’s Strongest Man 2017. (R) 4.00 Cruising With Jane McDonald. 4.50 House Doctor. (R) 5.20 Wildlife SOS. (R) 5.50 Chinese Food In Minutes.

ITV 1 3 PM A Right Royal Quiz

CHANNEL 4 8 PM The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special

E4 6.00 Lost And Found. Magical tale about a boy and a penguin. (R) 6.25 New Girl. (R) 6.50 New Girl. (R) 7.25 New Girl. (R) 7.55 How I Met Your Mother. New York. (R) 8.25 Couples Come Dine With Me. (R) 9.30 Couples Come Dine With Me. (R) 10.30 Rude(ish) Tube Shorts. (R) 10.45 FILM: Dr Dolittle 2 (2001). The vet who can talk to animals protects a conservation site from land developers, with a little help from his furry friends. Comedy sequel, starring Eddie Murphy and Kevin Pollak. 12.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: A Is For Anything Can Happen Thursday. Raj prepares for a date with Emily. (R) 1.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: B Is For Bazinga!. (R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: C Is For Comic Book Store. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: D Is For Driving. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: E Is For Earworms. (R) 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: F Is For Fun With Flags. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: G Is For Geology. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: H Is For Hoarding. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: I Is For Intimacy. Sheldon and Amy spend their first night together. (T) (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: J Is For Junior Professor. (R) 5.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: K Is For Knocking. Amy and Sheldon have an argument over their bathroom schedules. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: L Is For Laundry. (R) 6.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: M Is For Meemaw. (R) 7.00 FILM: I, Robot (2004). 9.00 FILM: Red (2010). Action thriller, with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren. 11.15 The Inbetweeners. (R) 11.50 The Inbetweeners. (R) 12.25 The Inbetweeners. (R) 12.55 The Inbetweeners. (R) 1.30 The Inbetweeners. (R) 2.00 The Inbetweeners. (R) 2.40 Naked Attraction. (R) 3.35 Hollyoaks.

SKY 1 6.00 Hour Of Power. Religious service, with the Rev Robert V Schuller. (R) 7.00 Futurama. world. 7.30 Futurama. (R) 8.00 Futurama. (R) 8.30 Futurama. (R) 9.00 The Simpsons. Marge (R) 9.30 The Simpsons. (R) 10.00 The Simpsons. (R) 10.30 The Simpsons. (R) 11.00 WWE Raw Hlts. Wrestling action from the States. (R) 12.00 Premier League’s Greatest Moments. 1.30 The Last Dragonslayer. Feature-length fantasy drama, starring Ellise Chappell. (R) 3.30 David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive. The broadcaster presents a unique tour of the institution. (R) 5.00 Modern Family. Election day arrives. (R) 5.30 Modern Family. Cameron’s dad comes to visit. (R) 6.00 Modern Family. Jay makes a Thanksgiving toast to everyone’s recent success. (R) 6.30 The Simpsons. (R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (R) 7.30 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 The Simpsons. Homer is involved in a court case that rules a dog’s life is more valuable than a person’s, and Springfield’s canines assert their dominance over the humans. (T) (R) 8.30 Carpool Karaoke Special. James Corden takes Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez for a musical spin in his SUV, as well as sharing a selection of highlights of the segment from The Late Late Show. (T) (R) 9.30 Take That: Wonderland. (R) 11.45 New Year’s Eve Fireworks. 12.15 Queen – Live At Wembley. (R) 1.30 A League Of Their Own Christmas Special 2017. 2.30 A League Of Their Own. (R) 3.00 A League Of Their Own. (R) 4.00 Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family. (R) 5.00 Big Cats: An Amazing Animal Family. CHANNEL 4 9 PM Alan Carr’s New Year Specstacular 2017 249

TV GUIDE New Years Day BBC 1 6.00 Breakfast. News, entertainment and weather reports. 9.00 FILM: Cars 2 (2011). Racing car Lightning McQueen gets mixed up in espionage while competing in an international grand prix. Animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Owen Wilson and Michael Caine. 10.40 How To Train Your Dragon: Legend Of The Boneknapper Dragon. Animated short film based on How to Train Your Dragon. (R) 10.55 FILM: Bedtime Stories (2008). A handyman forced to look after his niece and nephew shows a knack for telling stories – but then they start to come true. Fantasy comedy, starring Adam Sandler and Keri Russell. 12.25 The Highway Rat. Animated comedy, with the voice of David Tennant. (R) 12.55 The Archbishop Of Canterbury’s New Year Message. With the Most Rev Justin Welby. 1.00 BBC News; Weather. 1.15 A Christmas Carol Goes Wrong. Anarchic festive comedy, created by the Mischief Theatre Company. (R) 2.05 FILM: Shrek Forever After (2010). A magical trickster leaves the grumpy ogre stuck in an alternate world where no one knows who he is. Animated comedy, with the voices of Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. 3.30 Blue Planet II: Oceans Of Wonder. Highlights from David Attenborough’s recent series. 5.00 FILM: Maleficent (2014). Premiere. A fairy is betrayed by her ambitious human lover, and plots to get revenge on him by cursing his daughter. Fantasy adventure, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. 6.30 BBC News; Weather. 6.45 Regional News; Weather. 6.55 Grandpa’s Great Escape. Adaptation of David Walliams’ book, starring Tom Courtenay. 8.00 EastEnders. The day has arrived for Aidan’s gang to pull off their job, so they gather to go through the final plans, then go about their business as they wait for his signal. As they do so, Sharon is sure Phil is up to something and Karen picks up on Keanu’s anxiety, but when Shirley realises Mick has become mixed up with Aidan, she takes steps to prevent him getting involved any further. Meanwhile, Kathy hosts a tea party for the ladies at the cafe. 9.00 McMafia. New series. Thriller inspired by Misha Glenny’s bestseller, starring James Norton, Juliet Rylance and David Strathairn. 10.00 Mrs Brown’s Boys New Year Special. Father Damien organises a neighbourhood patrol to tackle the rising amount of crime in Finglas, but it quickly becomes clear that Agnes and Winnie are not exactly cut out for catching criminals. Meanwhile, Cathy has had yet another disastrous internet date, so Mrs Brown takes some unorthodox steps to sort out her daughter’s love life once and for all. Second of two festive specials, starring Brendan O’Carroll, Eilish O’Carroll and Jennifer Gibney. 10.30 BBC News; Weather. 10.50 Regional News; Weather. 11.00 FILM: Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull (2008). The globetrotting archaeologist races against Soviet agents to find a mysterious artefact of untold power. Action adventure sequel, starring Harrison Ford. 12.55 The Graham Norton Show. (R) 1.55 Weather For The Week Ahead. 2.00 BBC News.

BBC 2 6.25 Sign Zone: Stick Man. 6.55 FILM: Frankenweenie (2012). 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. 8.15 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain present the last semi-final. (R) 9.15 The Big Family Cooking Showdown. The three most successful families compete in the final. Last in the series. (R) 10.15 New Year’s Day Concert Live From Vienna 2018. The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs polkas, marches and waltzes. 12.45 Natural World: White Falcon, White Wolf. The lives of gyrfalcons and wolves in the Arctic. (R) 1.35 FILM: Dances With Wolves (1990). A soldier alone at a remote outpost is adopted into a Sioux tribe during the American Civil War. Oscar-winning Western, directed by and starring Kevin Costner. With Mary McDonnell. 4.25 Sign Zone: The Archbishop Of Canterbury’s New Year Message. With the Most Rev Justin Welby. (R) 4.30 Final Score. Round-up of football results. 5.30 The Perfect Morecambe & Wise. The duo put a new spin on making breakfast. (R) 6.00 Eric & Ernie’s Home Movies. Morecambe and Wise’s personal film archive. (R) 7.00 Reindeer Family And Me. Gordon Buchanan travels to Finnish Lapland to meet a family from the nomadic Sami culture, who rely on reindeer to help them travel across the frozen wilderness. (R) 8.00 Only Connect. Victoria Coren Mitchell presents as round two losers Snake Charmers and the Inquisitors return for one final chance to stay in the competition. Among the challenges facing the players is to determine what connects DiConcetto & Cruz, Moore & Prater, Green & Flynn, and Bono & Sarkisian. 8.30 Christmas University Challenge 2017. Teams made up of distinguished graduates of Queen Mary University of London and Cardiff University compete to secure a place in the semi-finals. 9.00 Sue Perkins And The Chimp Sanctuary. After a recent change in American law, decades of testing on chimpanzees has been brought to an end. In this programme, Sue Perkins meets Jill, Whitney, Paula-Jean, Tessa, Martha and Ariah as they settle in at US national sanctuary Chimp Haven after an 800-mile journey from a laboratory in New Mexico to rural Louisiana. 10.00 FILM: Noah (2014). Premiere. A man is chosen by God to build an ark capable of housing his family and pairs of every living creature when the world is flooded. However, Noah’s mission is complicated by his adopted daughter Ila, and the villainous Tubal-cain, who plans on storming the vessel to escape the Creator’s vengeance. Biblical epic, starring Russell Crowe, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson. 12.10 Frankie Boyle’s 2017 New Year World Order (R). 12.40 Romesh Ranganathan: Irrational Live (R). 1.40 Festival Tales: Edinburgh At 70 (R). 2.40 Sign Zone: The Highway Rat (R). 3.10 This Is BBC Two

ITV 6.00 CITV. 9.25 Cannonball Splash Hits. Andrew Flintoff presents highlights from the action-packed game show. (T) (R) 10.25 You’ve Been Framed!. Children perform a stage version of The Exorcist. (R) 10.55 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments. (R) 12.45 ITV News; Weather 1.00 ITV Racing: Live From Cheltenham. Ed Chamberlin presents coverage of today’s meetings, featuring four races at Cheltenham at 1.25, 2.00, 2.35 and 3.10, and two races from Musselburgh. 3.30 FILM: Charlie And The Chocolate Factory (2005). A penniless boy wins a once-in-a-lifetime tour of a magical sweet company. Tim Burton’s children’s fantasy, based on Roald Dahl’s novel, starring Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore. 5.45 Paul O’Grady: For The Love Of Dogs At Christmas. The work of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home over the festive period. (R) 6.40 ITV News; Weather. 7.00 Emmerdale. Debbie invites Tom to join her family’s protest against the golf course developers. However, he becomes evasive when questioned about his new job, raising her suspicions. Moira seeks out Harriet, and Lachlan manipulates Chrissie over the flat. 7.30 Coronation Street. Chesney makes a scene during his and Sinead’s hen and stag parties, believing his filmed run-in with Daniel is about to be screened. It’s an altercation which leaves Beth in agony and Sinead appalled. Elsewhere, Luke sees red when he’s called upon to assist the racist Parker brothers with a flat tyre, Roy and Brian tread on eggshells over their living arrangements, and Steve offers to help with Michelle and Robert’s financial problems. 8.00 FILM: Spectre (2015). Premiere. James Bond goes rogue after receiving a cryptic message that sets him on the trail of a secretive criminal network. While his colleagues face a new threat closer to home, Bond embarks on a globetrotting journey in search of the elusive mastermind behind the syndicate – whom he discovers may have links to his own past. Spy thriller, starring Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux and Ralph Fiennes. 10.45 ITV News; Weather. 11.05 The Keith And Paddy Picture Show. Keith Lemon and Paddy McGuinness present their half-hour remake of Rocky, starring Anna Friel, Marvin Humes and Andi Peters. (R) 11.35 Bear’s Mission With Anthony Joshua. Bear Grylls teaches the boxer some alternative survival skills, taking him to the notorious Commando Ridge in Cornwall, and providing nutrition in the form of a rotted sheep’s leg. (R) 12.30 Jackpot247. 3.00 The Jeremy Kyle Show. (R) 3.55 ITV Nightscreen 5.05 The Jeremy Kyle Show (R).

SATELLITE / DIGITAL New Years Day FIVE USA 6.00 Teleshopping. Home shopping. 9.00 Catch A Contractor. Homeowners and businesses that have been cheated by contractors. 9.20 FILM: Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010). The chief of police has been suspended from the force, but returns to duty to investigate a series of murders in Boston. Detective thriller, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. 10.20 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 10.25 FILM: Jesse Stone: No Remorse (2010). The chief of police has been suspended from the force, but returns to duty to investigate a series of murders in Boston. Detective thriller, starring Tom Selleck and Kathy Baker. 11.00 FILM: Patricia Cornwell’s The Front (2010). Detective Win Garano is recruited to reinvestigate a decades-old murder, but finds someone is killing all the witnesses. Mystery drama, starring Andie MacDowell and Daniel Sunjata. 12.00 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 12.05 FILM: Patricia Cornwell’s The Front (2010). Detective Win Garano is recruited to reinvestigate a decadesold murder, but finds someone is killing all the witnesses. Mystery drama, starring Andie MacDowell and Daniel Sunjata. 12.50 Access. Showbiz news and gossip. 1.00 Remington Steele. Laura receives death threats. 2.00 Person Of Interest. The members of the team try to adapt to their new lives. 3.00 Person Of Interest. The team is assigned to help a student engaged in a life-or-death scavenger hunt. 4.00 Castle. Part two of two. Beckett and Castle prepare for their wedding day. 5.00 Law & Order. 6.00 Law & Order. 7.00 NCIS. 8.00 NCIS. (R) 9.00 NCIS. 10.00 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 10.55 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 11.50 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. 12.50 Cedar Cove 1.50 Cedar Cove 2.50 Chicago PD. 3.50 Access. 4.00 Teleshopping


FILM 4 11.00 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012). The prehistoric animals get stuck on a drifting iceberg, and try to find a way home. Animated comedy sequel, featuring the voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary. 12.45 The Indian In The Cupboard (1995). A boy is given an old cupboard for his birthday, and discovers that the toys he places inside it come to life. Children’s fantasy, starring Hal Scardino, Litefoot and Steve Coogan. 2.35 Paddington (2014). A bear from the Peruvian jungle starts a new life in London, but catches the eye of a sinister taxidermist. Family comedy, starring Hugh Bonneville and Sally Hawkins. 4.25 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010). A wizard in modern-day New York recruits an ordinary teenager to help protect the city from his mystical enemy. Fantasy adventure, with Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel and Alfred Molina. 6.35 Iron Man 2 (2010). The superhero battles a vengeful new foe, but finds the armour he created to fight evil is slowly killing him. Adventure sequel, with Robert Downey Jr and Mickey Rourke. 9.00 Now You See Me (2013). Four magicians use their lavish stage shows as cover for a series of seemingly impossible heists, and give away the money they steal to their audiences. An FBI agent assembles a team of experts to discover how the baffling robberies are committed and what the secret agenda behind the crime spree is. Crime thriller, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher. 11.15 Secretary (2002). A shy and lonely woman takes a job as a lawyer’s secretary and embarks on a sadomasochistic relationship with her boss. Comedy drama, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader. 1.30 Byzantium (2012). Vampire horror, with Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan. 3.55 Close.

ITV 2 6.00 Totally Bonkers Guinness World Records. The heaviest train pulled with a beard. (R) 6.25 The Cube: Celebrity Special. Katherine Ryan and Fabrice Muamba play for charity. (R) 7.15 Emmerdale. (R) 7.40 Coronation Street. (R) 8.10 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents – The Missing Crown Jewels. The duo’s comedy crime sketch show is stitched together to form a special standalone episode. (R) 8.40 Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway Presents – Who Shot Simon Cowell?. The complete series of sketches in which the duo are accused of murder. (R) 9.10 You’ve Been Framed! Gold – Best Of The Best. (R) 10.10 FILM: Bean (1997). 12.00 Emmerdale. (R) 12.30 Coronation Street. (R) 1.00 FILM: Beethoven (1992). A family man is horrified at the chaos caused by his kids’ huge St Bernard, but has a change of heart when the dog is kidnapped. Comedy, starring Charles Grodin and Bonnie Hunt. 2.50 FILM: The Mummy (1999). 5.05 FILM: Despicable Me (2010). An evil genius adopts three orphans to aid his latest plot, but fatherhood brings out his long-buried caring side. Animated comedy, with the voices of Steve Carell and Jason Segel. 7.00 FILM: Uncle Buck (1989). 9.00 FILM: The Hangover (2009). Three men on a stag weekend in Las Vegas wake up after a night of heavy drinking and find they have not only misplaced the groom, but somehow gained a tiger and a baby. Unable to remember the details of the night before, they set about piecing the clues together in the hope of finding their missing friend. Comedy, starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis. 11.05 Family Guy. (R) 11.35 Family Guy. (R) 12.05 Family Guy. (R) 12.30 American Dad! (R) 12.55 American Dad! (R) 1.25 Celebrity Juice Christmas Special. 2.25 Teleshopping 5.55 ITV2 Nightscreen.

CHANNEL 4 6.05 Jamie’s Cracking Christmas. Jamie Oliver cooks beef Wellington. (R) 6.15 FILM: Flash Gordon (1980). An American quarterback is rocketed through space to save Earth from destruction by the evil Emperor of the planet Mongo. Sci-fi adventure, with Sam J Jones and Max von Sydow. 8.15 FILM: Thunderbirds (2004). A master criminal takes over Tracy Island, leaving International Rescue’s youngest member to save the day. Sci-fi adventure, starring Bill Paxton, Ben Kingsley and Anthony Edwards. 10.05 The Simpsons. Bart and Milhouse take over the comic-book shop. (R) 10.35 The Simpsons. (R) 11.05 The Simpsons. (R) 11.35 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. 1.10 FILM: Hugo (2011). An orphan living in the walls of a railway station in 1930s Paris uncovers a lonely shopkeeper’s mysterious past. Family adventure, starring Asa Butterfield and Chloe Grace Moretz. 3.35 FILM: Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006). Three prehistoric animals search for a tree to use as a boat and escape the danger of a melting glacier. Animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Ray Romano and Denis Leary. 5.20 Channel 4 News. 5.30 FILM: Mrs Doubtfire (1993). A divorced actor disguises himself as an ageing female Scottish housekeeper to get a job looking after his own children. Comedy, with Robin Williams, Sally Field and Pierce Brosnan. 7.40 The Great Festive Bake Off. In the second of two yuletide specials, Noel Fielding, Sandi Toksvig, Prue Leith and Paul Hollywood welcome back four past contestants to compete once more, with Benjamina Ebuehi, Rob Billington, Rav Bansal and Sandy Docherty taking on a series of Winter Wonderland-themed challenges in a bid to win the Star Baker title. 9.00 FILM: Pitch Perfect 2 (2015). Premiere. A Cappella group the Barden Bellas enjoy an unprecedented run of success, until a disastrous performance sees them banned from national competitions and beset by scandal. They attempt to turn their fortunes around and redeem their reputation by competing in the World Championships of A Cappella in Copenhagen. Comedy sequel, starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson. 11.15 First Dates: Celebrity Special For SU2C. An edition in aid of Stand Up to Cancer in which singer Sinitta, MP Michael Fabricant, DJ Roman Kemp and ex-newsreader Jan Leeming go on blind dates with members of the public. (R) 12.20 The Price Is Right (R) 1.15 FILM: Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997). Action thriller sequel, starring Sandra Bullock. 3.20 Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares USA. (R) 4.10 Location, Location, Location. (R) 5.05 Come Dine With Me .(R) 5.35 Come Dine With Me.

CHANNEL 5 6.00 Milkshake! 7.45 Thomas & Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor. Feature-length special, narrated by Mark Moraghan. 9.15 FILM: On The Town (1949). Musical following the romantic misadventures of three sailors looking for love while enjoying a day’s shore leave in New York. Starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Jules Munshin. 11.25 FILM: Oliver! (1968). Musical version of the Dickens tale about an orphan who falls into the hands of petty crook Fagin and his gang of young pickpockets. Starring Ron Moody, Mark Lester and Oliver Reed. 2.10 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. 4.20 FILM: The HundredFoot Journey (2014). Premiere. An Indian family emigrates to France to open a restaurant, leading to a feud with the proprietor of a local establishment. Comedy drama, starring Helen Mirren and Om Puri. 6.35 World’s Strongest Man 2017. Action from the Grand Final in Botswana. Last in the series. 8.00 The Two Ronnies: In Their Own Words. A celebration of the lives and careers of much-loved comedy duo Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett, featuring performances, chat show appearances and rare and long-forgotten archive material. The programme also includes contributions from family, friends and colleagues as the stories behind these two legends of British entertainment are told in their own words and by those who knew them best. 10.00 Britain’s Greatest Ever Double Acts. A countdown of the nation’s favourite 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, and 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) 11.50 Football On 5: The Championship. Colin Murray introduces highlights from the weekend’s games in the Championship, including Leeds United v Nottingham Forest and Bolton Wanderers v Hull City. 1.00 SuperCasino. 3.10 World’s Strongest Man 2017. 4.00 Cruising With Jane McDonald. (R) 4.45 Access. 4.55 House Doctor. (R) 5.20 Wildlife SOS. (R) 5.45 Chinese Food In Minutes.

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E4 6:00 Rude(ish) Tube. 6.25 Streetmate. A personal trainer is on the hunt for a partner in Leeds. (R) 6.55 Charmed. Part two of two. The sisters try to vanquish the Titans. (R) 7.55 Charmed. Part one of two. Phoebe and Paige search for Leo. (T) (R) 9.00 FILM: Postman Pat: The Movie (2014). 10.45 FILM: Dr Dolittle 3 (2006). The talented vet’s daughter inherits her father’s uncanny ability to talk to animals and tries to save a ranch from closure. Comedy sequel, starring Kyla Pratt and Kristen Wilson. 12.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: N Is For Never Have I Ever. (R) 1.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: O Is For Ornithophobia. (R) 1.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: P Is For Prom. (R) 2.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: Q Is For Quizzing. (R) 2.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: R Is For Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock. 3.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: S Is For Soft Kitty. (R) 3.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: T Is For Trains. (R) 4.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: U Is For Underpants. (R) 4.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: V Is For Valentino The Rabbit. (R) 5.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: W Is For Weddings. (R) 5.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: X Is For X Chromosome. (R) 6.00 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: Y Is For Yelling. (R) 6.30 The Big Bang Theory: Big Bang A-Z: Z Is For Zazzles The Cat. (R) 7.00 FILM: Titanic (1997). 11.00 Gogglebox 2017. Highlights from the past 12 months, featuring the armchair critics’ reactions to The Crystal Maze, the Weakest Link Celebrity Special, and Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets. (R) 1.10 The Big Bang Theory. (R) 1.40 The Big Bang Theory (R) 2.10 Rude Tube. (R) 3.10 First Dates. (R) 4.05 The Crystal Maze: Celebrity Christmas Special. (R) 5.00 Charmed.

SKY 1 6.00 Futurama. Aliens threaten to destroy Earth. (R) 6.30 Futurama. Fry wins a contest that takes the crew on a tour of the Slurm factory. (R) 7.00 The Simpsons. Homer invents a new drink. (R) 7.30 The Simpsons. The nuclear plant is sold. (R) 8.00 The Last Dragonslayer. Feature-length fantasy drama, starring Ellise Chappell. (R) 10.00 David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies. Insects capable of flight. 11.00 David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies. Creatures that glide, including the harlequin tree frog. 2.00 David Attenborough’s Conquest Of The Skies. Creatures that dominate today’s skies. 1.00 Flying Monsters With David Attenborough. The broadcaster explores the world of the pterosaur. (R) 2.30 The Bachelor King. Documentary exploring the lives of king penguins. (R) 4.00 Modern Family. The Dunphys have a brush with death. (R) 4.30 Modern Family. Claire confronts the neighbours about the boat on their lawn. (R) 5.00 The Simpsons. (R) 5.30 Futurama. (R) 6.00 Futurama. (R) 6.30 The Simpsons. (R) 7.00 The Simpsons. (R) 7.30 The Simpsons. (R) 8.00 The Late Late Show With James Corden. All the year’s best moments from The Late Late Show with James Corden. (R) 9.00 FILM: Air Force One (1997). Action thriller, starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Glenn Close, Dean Stockwell and William H Macy. 11.00 The Simpsons. (R) 11.30 The Simpsons. Lisa is thrilled to learn she has been moved up a grade at school – until she discovers Bart has been demoted to the same class. With the voice of Tony Bennett. (R) 12.00 The Force: North East. (R) 1.00 The Force: North East. (R) 2.00 Air Ambulance ER (R). 3.00 Brit Cops: Frontline Crime UK (R). 4.00 Stop, Search, Seize. (R) 5.00 Highway Patrol. (R) 5.30 Highway Patrol.

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13TH - 20TH JANUARY DICK WHITTINGTON AND THIS CAT, AT THE REGENT CENTRE CHRISTCHURCH Boo, hiss and cheer as good triumphs over evil in this rags to riches panto. The hero, Dick Whittington, journeys to London to seek his fortune, accompanied by his faithful cat Tommy, where he becomes smitten with Alice Fitzwarren, the Alderman’s daughter, but is confronted with the baddest of all pantomime baddies - King Rat. Forced to run away to sea, Dick and the gang are washed up on the rat infected shores of Arabia ruled by Sultan Peppa. Will Dick, with the help of Tommy and Fairy Bow Bells, defeat King Rat and his army of vermin and return to England a rich man to become Lord Mayor of London? Be sure to book early – it’s the award-winning Charity Players’ first Dick Whittington for over a decade and promises to be pure panto gold!


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19TH DECEMBER THE SNOWMAN, AT POOLE LIGHTHOUSE A magical festive season is in store at Lighthouse Poole’s Centre for the Arts, featuring an array of music, theatre and family fun to entertain and delight all ages. Join The Snowman and James on their magical journey through the winter sky in a special showing of the animated festive classic on the large screen, accompanied by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. As a bonus, during the first half of the concert Tchaikovsky’s famous Nutcracker will be narrated by much-loved CBeebies presenter Pui Fan Lee. Poole Lighthouse www.lighthousepoole.co.uk

17TH NOVEMBER - 4TH JANUARY CHRISTMAS MARKET, BOURNEMOUTH SQUARE The Bournemouth Christmas Market runs from 17th November 2017 to 4th January 2018 and is open daily except for Christmas Day. Brand new for 2017, the two storey Alpine Lodge will be opening its doors to start the festive period off! With a selection of festive hot and cold drinks, charcuterie meat & cheese boards, and indoor and outdoor seating this is definitely the place to be this Christmas! Throughout the festive period they are also hosting a range of events in the Alpine Lodge from restaurant take-overs to quiz nights. Also the Bournemouth Christmas Market includes an exciting Town Centre grotto, where you can come and meet Santa and his elves from the 24 November - 24 December.

16TH NOVEMBER - 2ND JANUARY CHRISTMAS OUTDOOR ICE RINK, IN BOURNEMOUTH’S LOWER GARDENS The rink is held within the canopies of Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens, which have been magically brought to life for the Christmas season. New for 2017 is the separate ice rink ‘Rinky Dinks’ for little ones to discover and enjoy the experience of ice skating in a safe and secure environment, away from the main ice rink. In the evening the rink will transform into a new GLIDERS ice bowling experience – the UK’s only outdoor gliding rink, think ten pin bowling meets curling! The rink will be open from 16th November 2017 until 2nd January 2018, 10:30am to 10.00pm daily (except Christmas day). Skater numbers for each session are limited, so don’t miss out book today! Gardens Ice Rink www.iceskatebournemouth.co.uk


Christmas is magical at Corfe Castle. Take in the atmosphere with their contemporary lanterns, braziers, beacons and their wonderful light display as you explore the castle grounds. Enjoy the log fire in the tea-rooms and browse for gifts in their shop. The castle will be open until 7pm, weather permitting, on various dates throughout December. You can also share your special memory or wish and place it on one of the ‘Christmas Wish’ trees. They’ll be offering tasters of mulled wine.

Upton Country Park’s new and improved Santa’s Christmas Grotto is sure to get you in the Christmas spirit. A magical winter wonderland of real wood cabins and interactive fun for the family, Santa’s Grotto will see every visitor receive a special quality gift from Father Christmas himself and a photograph to remember the special day. New for 2017, the historical Walled Garden will be transformed into a magical world of lights and laughter. You can follow the twinkling pathways to take in wonderful displays including the giant Christmas tree, an interactive igloo, penguin frozen lake and nativity scene, aswell as an Aurora Borealis inspired display. Telephone bookings can be made for weekends in December to guarantee your visit – please call 01202 261305, Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm. Real reindeer will be also be visiting Upton Country Park on 9th & 10th December to join the festivities. Children and adults alike will be able to listen to fun facts and stories about Santa’s reindeer and there will also be the chance to have a photo on the sleigh with a wonderful snowy owl. A perfect opportunity to capture those special memories for all of the family! There is no charge and you can find Santa’s reindeer near the Tea Rooms between 11am-4pm, so why not go along and say hello?

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We are presently seeking an experienced Sales Negotiator to join our busy residential department. The ideal candidate will be selfmotivated, and be able to conduct property valuations when required. In addition, they will be computer literate and possess a good working knowledge of the industry.

Silverbirch Estate Agents have an opportunity to join our close knit, experienced team in a Sales Negotiator position. You must be dedicated, reliable, honest, driven and confident and MUST be able to work well as a team. This is a huge opportunity to develop and be a part of a growing independent business with morals. Valid UK Driving license & own car required.

In the first instance please send your CV to anthony.baynham@churchfield.uk.com or call 01202 779911

Please email your CV and cover letter to Laila@silverbirchestateagents.com

SALES NEGOTIATOR Winkworth Westbourne are looking to recruit a full time Sales Negotiator to work in their extremely busy 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 person and on the telephone. Most importantly, the successful candidate will not be afraid of hard work and must be target driven. Some form of sales experience is preferable however not necessarily essential. To apply, please contact Ben Jesty 01202 767633 or bjesty@winkworth.co.uk



ADMINISTRATOR Administrator required for a kitchen showroom in Bournemouth. The role involves ordering, scheduling, customer service, producing documents using Word & Excel. Candidates must be smart, professional and capable of using their own initiative. Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage.

The Jazz Café located on Sandbanks Beach, are looking for waiters and bar staff.

The role will be 3 days a week, 9.30am – 6pm, plus every other Saturday, 10am-4pm. Rate of pay £9 per hour.

Weekly pay, great atmosphere and place to work.

Please send your CV to sales@kitchenhouse.co.uk

Please send in your CV to info@jazzcafesandbanks.co.uk or call 01202 708346

EXCITING OPPORTUNITY WITH EXCELLENT CAREER PROGRESSION OPPORTUNITIES Woolley & Wallis estate agents are proud to announce the re-launch of their Ringwood Office in the New Year with a brand new team. If you are currently looking for employment and would be interested to be part of this exciting opportunity with excellent career progression opportunities, we are currently looking for a senior property consultant with experience and an office manager/secretary. Please contact us on: Ringwood@w-w.co.uk 01425 655900

TO ADVERTISE YOUR JOB HERE Contact Ross Stallion ross@house-mag.co.uk or Gary Pearce gary@house-mag.co.uk 256



We wanted to know what all the fuss was about...

THE EATERY Just damn good food Fine food, or haute-cuisine, tends to come with it’s own set of pretenses – airs and graces that you feel you should put on in order to feel a different way or to convey this idea of superiority. The fact is, it doesn’t matter whether you’re in a backstreet café, where the owner has been making the same slap-up breakie for the last 50 years, or a white-linen laced dining room – good food is all that matters. So, the geniuses behind the Dancing Moose brand sought a way to bring a relaxed atmosphere, with the likes of some seriously good, refined food, and we were fortunate enough to sample their incredible menu. The team gathered outside the new site in Penn Hill one wintery afternoon – the cold fueling our desire for some much needed comfort food. We stepped inside to discover that signature Dancing Moose décor of wooden cladding and exposed brick, complete with a plethora of movie merchandise and neon signage. The room is filled with tables for all occasions; cozy booths for catch-ups, banquet styles for big get-togethers and high tables for a quick bite and a beer. We were sat on an expansive party table by the door; the tabletop was made up of an array of joined wooden wine crates, laid with voluptuous glassware, red checkered napkins and a pitcher of blueberry infused water – so far so good. We each made our various drink selections – my usual crisp white wine – and took in the cozy atmosphere. Dressed with understated Christmas decorations and warm glowing lights, it felt wonderfully festive and before we’d even scanned the full extent of our menu-cum-placemat, our first course arrived. To start: an array of cheese and charcuterie. We were informed that each item on these boards had

been hand selected – if not made in-house – by Chef ‘Charlie Bronson’, the same man responsible for the food at all of their venues (Penn Hill, Wimbourne, Ashley Cross and counting…). The charcuterie sharer was a beautiful display of cured meats, walled by a two rows pâté and terrine, not forgetting the miniature pickles and mustard accompaniments. The pâté (my personal favourite) had a gorgeous silkiness to it and a moreish punchy flavour. The terrine was equally as good; a perfect disk of meaty goodness, with fresh herbs and fruit pieces entwined into the mix. The cheeseboard was a selection of classics, with a few contemporary twists. The ‘Isle of Blue’ cheese went down particularly well, with all the creaminess of Brie and the strong and distinctive taste of a Blue. That, smeared on a toasted wedge of artisanal bread, along with a healthy dollop of caramelised onion chutney and I was in heaven. The next course (two out of four) was a selection of small plates. First was the Beef Tartare. For the record, I’d like to add that was THE BEST beef tartare I have ever had. There’s a common misconception that anything raw is easier to make, but actually the opposite is true, for you have to really focus every element. The incredible attention to detail in the flavours – heavy on the mustard, capers and Tabasco – and textures was genuinely mind blowing and an un-forgettable taste experience. Among the other items was Calamari (with a Thai green sauce), a beautiful Roasted Cauliflower (with golden raisins, almonds, brown butter, lemon, and parsley) and pulled Confit Duck, served with

mushrooms, jus, sherry vinegar, and topped with a perfectly poached egg. Every dish was as exciting as the next – unveiling new and adventurous flavour experiences along the way. Third course time – the main event! Chef Charlie Bronson brought us an array of handsomely presented dishes, boasting vivacious colours, garnishes and eyecatching plating. First to try was a hearty, yet refined sampling of Braised Beef Cheek, served with a sweep of bright orange root vegetable puree – a wonderful example of stylish comfort food. The meat was falling apart and melting in the mouth, and when eaten with a coating of the red wine gravy, you’d have sworn you were in food heaven. Surprisingly though, my favourite was the Grilled Poussin; served with creamy polenta, feta, roasted tenderstem broccoli, olives, sun-dried tomatoes and a harissa jus. I say surprisingly only because generally speaking chicken dishes tend not to be anything to write home about, but this was really special. The play on flavours – salty olives, sweet polenta and the welcomed acidity of the feta and sundried tomatoes – was a pleasure to eat. It brought real anticipation and enjoyment back to eating. Now full to the brim of delicious savoury goods our ability to go on was growing weak, but, being the troupers that we are, we continued onto dessert – purely in the name of research, and what research it was. We began with an array of ice creams, each fresher more flavoursome than the next. Next we tucked into their signature ‘After Eight Brownie’; a gooey piece of chocolate heaven, served with a rich chocolate moose and choco-mint ice cream. Finally, we tried their Old Fashioned – as in the whisky cocktail ¬– Parfait; a creamy dark chocolate parfait, topped with a scatter of zesty-sweet candied orange, and the most delectable rum caramel. The combination of bitter chocolate with the refreshing zest and that rum-heavy sauce was so incredible, I NEED the recipe – or a years supply delivered to my house. These guys seriously know their food. We had the most fabulous time and we can’t wait to go back! By Charlotte Williams t. 01202 738676 a. 7-8 Penn Hill Ave, Poole BH14 9NB w. www.dancingmoose.co.uk





The Grove, Christchurch £550,000

**SPECTACULAR GRADE II LISTED PROPERTY WITH A BESPOKE DESIGNED INTERIOR** A unique detached home of some 2800sq ft situated amidst substantial grounds in this popular village within easy reach of the historic town of Christchurch. EPC BAND = D

** SUBSTANTIAL FOUR BEDROOM DETACHED CHALET BUNGALOW ** with features including parking for several cars, a detached tandem length garage and adjoining workshop with a private well-kept garden and conservatory. EPC BAND = C


Salisbury Road, Burton £1,150,000

Tregonwell Road, Bournemouth £385,000

Moors Close, Hurn £315,000

**STUNNING TWO DOUBLE BEDROOM, TWO BATHROOM PENTHOUSE** Situated in this newly converted character conversion. This charming home is finished to a high specification and is conveniently situated just yards away from Bournemouth Town Centre.

**SPACIOUS THREE BEDROOM FAMILY HOME** Set in a semi-rural location backing onto land owned by the Forestry Commission with nearby walks over nearby common land and conservation area. Twynham School Catchment! EPC BAND =TBC


Instruct Lovett in Christchurch to fully manage your property and benefit from 7% + VAT fees until the end of 2017. What are you waiting for?

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Lovett would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas It’s a time to reflect on the last 12 months and we are so grateful for our clients, old and new. Here’s our year in a snapshot. It’s been an exciting one and we hope to build on our fundraising and community ethos, successes and annual awards.

Gold Winner at the British Property Awards 2017

Lovett Win the Avon Valley Skittles League

Community day with mulled wine and mince pies as part of the annual Christchurch Christmas Light Switch On

Sponsor of UK Beach Netball

Headline Sponsor of Christchurch Food Festival

Lovett Sponsor Thundercats UK

Raising awareness and funding for the Poppy Appeal 2017

Christchurch feature in InTouch Screen’s national marketing campaign

All legal fees paid and a furniture pack offered


Lovett sponsor the Venus Awards; empowering women in business across Dorset

Support of the Arts and local Theatre, including being a monthly sponsor of Coastal Comedy in Bournemouth

Lovett Sponsor Vantage Sporting Group Boxing Event, In Aid of Julia’s House

Hosted our Macmillan Coffee Morning


A fantastic opportunity to purchase a new 1 or 2 bedroom apartment directly off plan. Due for completion early spring and summer 2018, with reservations being taken now to avoid disappointment. Modern apartments with neutral décor. The kitchens will come fully integrated with appliances (Oven, Hob, Extractor, Splashback, Fridge/Freezer and Washer/Dryer) so are ready to move into. Further benefits include large open plan kitchen/living rooms, fully fitted bathroom suites with shower over bath, double bedrooms, secure underground parking (subject to separate negotiation), security entry, double glazing, legal fees paid, stamp duty paid (first time buyers) and on the Help to Buy Scheme. Holiday lets are also permitted. A superb way of getting onto the housing ladder or adding to your portfolio as a buy to let.

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