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WHAT’S ON SQUIRREL SCAVENGER HUNT A National Trust Event: What's it like to be a Red Squirrel?! Join in on our Red Squirrel scavenger hunt and find out!. Assistance Dogs only are welcome Contact:Brownsea Island Property Office 01202 492161 Times:10:30 to 16:00.. Booking Not Needed. Brownsea Island, Poole harbour, Poole Dorset BH13 7EE Sat 22 Oct 2011 to Sun 30 Oct 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR AT COMPTON ACRES A superb selection of crafts, artwork, gifts and garden ornaments for Christmas in the beautiful Italian Villa at Compton Acres. Access for the less mobile. Free parking. Silky wooden bowls, Shetland lace, exquisite jewellery, hand made quilts, photography, leather bags and belts, pottery and much much more. A wonderful selection of Christmas gifts. 10am to 5pm. Admission £3.50 Telephone 01202 842407 146 Canford Cliff Road, Poole Dorset BH13 7ES. Sat 12 Nov 2011 to Sun 13 Nov 2011 BATTY ABOUT BATS A National Trust Event: Spooky fun for all the family. Spooky bat trail around the island plus the chance to make your own spooky bouncy bat!. Assistance Dogs only are welcome Contact:Brownsea Island Property Office 01202 492161 Times:10:30 to 16:00.. Booking Not Needed. Brownsea Island, Poole harbour, Poole Dorset BH13 7EE Sat 29 Oct 2011 to Sun 30 Oct 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk BOURNEMOUTH TO BROWNSEA ISLAND WALK FOR LOCAL BH RESIDENTS A National Trust Event: Join our Head Ranger to celebrate the National Trust's Walking Festival for a bracing walk along the sea front! Our Head Ranger will meet you at Bournemouth Pier and take you on a guided walk along the coast to Sandbanks Jetty. Once you get to Sandbanks

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Jetty our boat will bring you over to the island to walk some more or just relax with a cream tea!. Bournemouth Pier outside the Oceanarium.. Wet weather gear and walking boots. Contact:Brownsea Island Property Office 01202 492161 Times:10:00 to 16:00.. Booking Essential: 01202 707744 To book you must be a BH Poole/Bournemouth resident.. Brownsea Island, Poole harbour, Poole Dorset BH13 7EE Sun 30 Oct 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk FESTIVAL OF MASSED VOICES Bournemouth Male Voice Choir, Rushmoor Oddfellows Male Voice Choir, Swindon Male Voice Choir and Romsey Male Voice Choir have come together to sing a range of music from Poulenc to Eric Whitacre to Take at and e Marcels all in aid of 3 local charities; e Wessex Autistic Society, Lewis-Manning Hospice and LEAF. 7.30pm Lighthouse, Poole Dorset BH15 1UG. Sat 19 Nov 2011 MIND, BODY & SPIRIT FAYRE ‘e Friendly Fayres’ • BOURNEMOUTH Premier Inn Central • Sunday 30 October • Psychics, therapies, traders and more! FREE talks & demonstrations, including renowned spiritual & psychic artist PATRICK GAMBLE (with picture raffle in aid of Dorset Air Ambulance), past life reader HILARY STANLEY, top medium JAN HARRIS and artist & author BERYL NOYCE • All details on website www.psychicfayre.com more... 10am-5pm • FREE entry • tel 07918 657385. Premier Inn Central, Westover Road, Bournemouth Dorset BH1 2BZ Sun 30 Oct 2011 www.psychicfayre.com A SPOOK-TACULAR OCEANARIUM HALF-TERM! If you go down to the Oceanarium this October half-term, you are sure to get a

spooky surprise! e Bournemouth aquarium is full of magic and mystery waiting to be explored, with some of the world’s slinkiest, spiniest and slithery creatures including the weirdly wonderful octopus, creepy crabs and peculiar snake-necked turtles! From Saturday 22nd to Sunday 30th October head down to the Oceanarium for some family fun including: •Interact in our MEET THE CREEPY CREATURE sessions – twice daily! •Take part in our TRICK OR TREAT QUIZ TRAILfollow all the clues to discover some of our most ghoulish creatures! •Watch our waters come alive in our NINE DAILY FEEDS & PRESENTATIONS including scary sharks and menacing piranhas! Activities may vary throughout the week. For more information: Visit www.oceanarium.co.uk where you can make great savings if you book your tickets online. Oceanarium opening hours: Open everyday at 10am (except Christmas day). Last admission 5pm, close 6pm. Oceanarium, e Bournemouth Aquarium, Pier Approach, Bournemouth Dorset BH2 5AA Sat 22 Oct 2011 to Sun 30 Oct 2011 www.oceanarium.co.uk TONY CHRISTIE Tony Christie tickets are sure to be massive whenever the popular crooner decides to go back out on tour. With his latest album 'Made In Sheffield' sure to add more live favourites to his legendary performances of 'Is is e Way To Amarillo' and 'Avenues and Alleyways' this is one tour you are not going to want to miss out on so make sure you are part of it and get your tickets when you can. Start time:19:00. See website for prices and details. O2 Academy Bournemouth, 570 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth. Hampshire BH1 4BH. Sun 6 Nov 2011 AUTUMNWATCH EVENT AT UPTON COUNTRY PARK - AUTUMN COLOURS AND FUNGI WALK Autumn is a firm favourite with walkers, as the leaves of Upton

Park turn a myriad of colours. Amongst the fallen leaves we will be looking out for mysterious mushrooms. Upton Country Park is located four miles from the historic town of Poole, and is situated on the south side of the A35/A3049. It has over 100 acres of garden, open parkland, woodland and shoreline together with its centerpiece, Upton House and on-site educational facilities, and has the opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to relax and learn. www.rspb.org.uk/events & www.uptoncountrypark.org for more information and directions. £1 event charge. 10.30 - 12 noon Upton House, Upton Country Park, Poole BH17 7BJ Dorset BH17 7BJ Sun 6 Nov 2011 www.rspb.org.uk/events ADAM ANT Concert : Adam Ant & e Good, e Mad & e Lovely Posse : Tickets avaiable. Start time:20:00. See website for prices and details. Bournemouth Pavillion, Westover Road, Bournemouth. Hampshire BH1 2BU. Sun 13 Nov 2011 OUR ORGANIC WORLD oin us for an informative and inspirational evening and discover how even the smallest of changes can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. ere will be a panel of speakers including Janey Lee Grace, Barbara Cox and Linda Anousta all chosen to represent the key areas of health, well being and nutrition. ere will also be at least 8 exhibitors chosen specifically for their expertise who will be giving short 10 minute talks at their stands. As well as over 40 exhibitions for you to explore and buy from during the evening. Price per ticket: 1 x £15 : 2 x £25 : 3 x £35 : 5 x £50 Your Ticket Includes: 40 exhibits to browse - 4 guest speakers each professionals in their own field - 8 Mini talks at specific exhibits Drink on arrival Small snack - Programme - Goody bag Tel: 01202 778321 e Ambassador Suite, e Carrington House Hotel, Knyveton Road, Bournemouth. Dorset BH1 3QQ.u 3 Nov 2011 www.ourorganicworld.co.uk HALLOWEEN QUIZ NIGHT Charity Quiz with a Halloween twist! Test your knowledge and


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generally enjoy a fun evening with pizza supper and a glass of wine all for just £10. Cash bar and raffle. Contact 01202 703597 From 7pm. Portfield School, Christchurch Dorset BH23 6BP Tue 1 Nov 2011 www.twas.org.uk

information on times when Santa will be there. You can book online or in either of our stores www.stewarts.co.uk Stewarts Gardenlands, Lyndhurst Road, Somerfield, Christchurch Dorset BH23 4SA Sat 19 Nov 2011 to Sat 24 Dec 2011 www.stewarts.co.uk/index.php

SUNDAY ROASTS A National Trust Event: Relax and enjoy a roast beside the seaside at Knoll Beach Cafe. Times:12:00 to 15:00. Tickets:Per Item:£7.95 Sunday Roast. Booking Not Needed Studland Beach and Nature Reserve, Purbeck Estate Office, Studland, Swanage Dorset BH19 3AX. Sun 6 Nov, Sun 13 Nov, Sun 20 Nov, Sun 27 Nov. www.nationaltrust.org.uk

MET OPERA - MOZART’S DON GIOVANNI Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award?-winning director Michael Grandage and with James Levine conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramn Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts. Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £24, Conessions £20, Contact 01202 499199. Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Sat 29 Oct 2011 to Tue 1 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

WWII EXPLORER A National Trust Event: Discover the crucial part Studland played in WWII including site visits. Finishes with a 2 course lunch. . Meet at the Visitor Centre, Knoll Beach. Dogs on leads welcome Times:10:30 to 12:30. Tickets:All:£14.00. Booking Essential: 01929 450259 Studland Beach and Nature Reserve, Purbeck Estate Office, Studland, Swanage Dorset BH19 3AX. Wed 16 Nov 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk SANTA’S GROTTO AND REAL REINDEER CHRISTCHURCH One of our most popular events of the year - Santa and his real reindeer! Christchurch. Its free to watch so come and visit us. Come and see Santa arrive with his marching band (e Dorset Youth Marching Band). You will also be able to visit Santa's very own reindeer which will be at both garden centres from 19th November through to 24th December. To visit Santas Grotto advance booking is essential; and entry is by ticket only; limited number of tickets available, all tickets must be collected from our garden centres. ese will be available to purchase online from Tuesday 1st November. So dont miss out on this wonderful event. All tha family will enjoy it! Tickets to our ever famous fabulous Santa’s winter grotto can be purchased from Tuesday 1st November online for just £7.50 including a great gift from Santa. See Stewarts website for

THE COUNTRY WIFE Being the most famous of the Restoration comedies, Jadis Shadows will be presenting the play in full romp, while taking the opportunity to bring a fresh savour to the farce and sexual connotations of the drama, while also placing a focus on the many similarities between 17th Century London and modern Britain today. Sexual freedom, hypocrisy, addiction to fashion and consumerism are all themes they intend to highlight, through direction and specifically designed costume, throughout this comic, flamboyant piece. Written by William Wycherley, at the height of the Restoration period. Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £10.50, Conessions £8.50, Contact 01202 499199. Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Fri 4 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

MET OPERA - WAGNER’S SIEGFRIED In part three of the Ring, Wagner's cosmic vision focuses on his hero's early conquests, while Robert Lepage's revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Gary Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brunnhilde is his prize. Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brunnhilde is his prize. Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £24, Conessions £20, Contact 01202 499199. Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Sat 5 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

COLIN FRY & FRIENDS Awe inspiring; thought provoking; riveting and enthralling; an evening of spirit communication, with three very individual mediums; be amazed as they traverse the two worlds to obtain detailed information of a life beyond, bringing forth spiritual love, laughter and harmony. Colin Fry, star of TV's e 6ixth Sense is truly an inspiration. Clairvoyance should be viewed as for educational and entertainment purposes. Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £17, Contact 01202 499199 Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS. Mon 14 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

ALLO ALLO Leesten verrry carefully, I shall say zis only once! is is the hilarious stage version of one of Britain's best loved TV sit coms. 'Allo 'Allo went out on prime time TV on Saturday evening between 1984 92 and is still a firm family favourite today. Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £24, Conessions £20, Contact 01202 499199. Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Wed 9 Nov 2011 to Sat 12 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

THE NUTCRACKER (EUROPEAN BALLET) is magical and most enchanting of all fairy tales is brought to life by European Ballet, one of the most popular and highly praised touring ballet companies. Under the direction of Stanislav Tchassov, former principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, this exciting and dynamic company of international first-class dancers has endeared itself to audiences and critics alike for its commitment to excellent artistic standards and for the dedication and energy of its talented dancers. Set to Tchaikovsky's glorious score, enhanced by over 45 beautiful handcrafted costumes, the ballet is ideal for audiences of all ages. Highly respected, award winning dancers from Russia, France, Italy, Spain and the UK will perform in this beautiful production. e magic of Christmas comes alive as Clara dreams that her toys come to life. e exciting moments of the ballet - spells of mysterious Drosselmeyer, a fearsome battle between rats and toy soldiers, the transformation of the Nutcracker into a hand Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £12.50£16 Contact 01202 499199 Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Sun 20 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

SWING UNLIMITED BIG BAND - REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY CONCERT e highly acclaimed Swing Unlimited Big Band return to the Regent Centre on the evening of Remembrance Sunday. Swing Unlimited have become one of the most popular big bands in the south of England and are famous for their musical versatility, being able to offer everything from the music of Glenn Miller and Count Basie through Louis Prima and jive to modern jazz, funk and soul. As always, promise a lot of excitement and a few surprises! Box Office 10am - 6.30pm and 7.45pm on evenings, 9.30am-1.30pm and 45 mins before perf on Sun. Tickets: £10.50, Conessions £9.50, Contact 01202 499199. Regent Centre, Christchurch Dorset BH23 1AS Sun 13 Nov 2011 www.regentcentre.co.uk

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FIREWORKS AND BONFIRE LISTINGS Wrap up warm and have a great family night out at one of the many bonfire and firework displays in Dorset. Come and enjoy all the thrills watching one of the organised displays that are on at some great venues around the county. Check below to find a fantastic display in your area! It is vitally important that you remain safe and out of danger when being around bonfires and fireworks. e Dorset police have therefore produced these guidelines to keep you safe.

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GUY FAWKES NIGHT CONTACT Weymouth Beach (Pavilion End) e Esplanade Weymouth Dorset DT4 8ED Tel: +44 01305 78574 DATES 05/11/2011 OPENING TIMES 14:00 - 19:40 TICKETS Free INFO Remember Remember the 5th of November. One of the Borough’s biggest annual community events. On Saturday 5th November 2011, many thousands of local children with their families will gather on Weymouth Esplanade to enjoy the Free Traditional Community Guy Fawkes Celebrations. A wealth of family Guy Fawkes entertainment, including Fireworks, Guy Fawkes Competition, Fun Fair and Beach Bonfire with many special guests and visitors including the Mayor of Weymouth and Portland enjoying the fun. e climax of the evening will be a fabulous Free International Firework Display at 7.20pm over Weymouth's moonlit bay. e display is presented and co-ordinated by Weymouth’s favourite Firework Company Pains Fireworks. Get Building! for the Children's Guy Fawkes Competition at 5.45 pm in the Pavilion Foyer judged by our special guests. Don't miss the lighting of the Great Beach Bonfire at 7.00 pm and International Firework Display at 7.20 pm with the Fun Fair in the Pavilion Forecourt from 2.00 pm to 10 pm. DORCHESTER RUGBY CLUB FIREWORKS DISPLAY

Coburg Road Dorchester Dorset DT1 2HX Tel: 07968203932 DATES 05/11/2011 TICKETS Family from £10.00 Adult from £4.00 Child from £2.00 INFO Remember, remember, the 5th of November! Gates open at 6pm, fireworks start at 7.30pm. Hog roast, BBQ, bar and refreshments. FIREWORK NIGHT IN LYME REGIS e Cobb Lyme Regis Dorset DATES 05/11/2011 TICKETS Free INFO Join the town as it celebrates Guy Fawkes Night with a bonfire on the beach and fireworks over the Cobb. Fireworks at 18.30, bonfire on the beach at 18.45. FIREWORK NIGHT AT BRIDPORT LEISURE CENTRE Skilling Hill Road Bridport Dorset DT6 5LN DATES 05/11/2011 FIREWORK EXTRAVAGANZA AT SHERBORNE CASTLE Sherborne Castle New Road Sherborne Dorset DT9 5NR Tel: 01935 815341 01749 813899 DATES 05/11/2011 OPENING TIMES 17:00 - 20:15 TICKETS

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Car Child Senior Citizen from £3.00 Car (up to 3rd November) from £2.00 Child (up to 3rd November) from £2.00 Senior Citizen (Up to 3rd November)from £2.00 Under 5s free INFO Oone of the most spectacular fireworks displays to be found! Sherborne Castle hosts entertainments, live music, refreshments and food from 5pm, bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the fireworks will start at 7.30pm. Co-ordinated by Sherborne Area Youth & Community Centre and the Rotary Clubs of Sherborne and a proportion of the proveeds will go towards supporting charitable work in the town. Tickets available from Sherborne Tourist Information Centre. BONFIRE NIGHT IN UPWEY Entrance at bottom of Elwell Street UPWEY Dorset DT3 5QF Tel: 01305 81228 DATES 05/11/2011 OPENING TIMES 18:00 - 21:00 INFO On Saturday 5th November join us for a huge bonfire and great firework display provided by the Upwey Society. Food and drinks, great night for all the family. Start at 6.00pm. Entrance fee applicabl

BONFIRE & FIREWORKS STANPIT Stanpit Recreation Ground Stanpit CHRISTCHURCH Dorset DATES 05/11/2011 TICKETS Family from £10.00 Adult from £5.00 Child from £2.00 INFO Community Bonfire & Fireworks Spectacular organised by the Christchurch Rotary Club. Stanpit Recreation Ground. Gates open at 5pm, fancy dress competition at 5.45pm, Bonfire at 6.15pm, Gugge Band at 7pm and fireworks at 7.45pm. Food stalls, face painting and free parking at 2 Rivermeet Leisure Centre. Tipping for the bonfire starts on Monday 24 October and finishes on Wednesday 2 November (excluding Sat 29 & Sun 30 October) Combustable material only. No Leaves. All loads will be strictly supervised and refused if not satisfactory. FIREWORKS ON POOLE QUAY Poole Quay Poole BH15 1HJ DATES 05/11/2011 INFO November 5th brings a host of street entertainers plus live music to Poole Quay, leading up to a fantastic free fireworks display on the water at 8 pm. e whole length of the Quay is packed with entertainers keeping the crowds entertained.

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Big name acts that have performed at the BIC include Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Oasis, Kings of Leon, Rihanna, Michael McIntyre, Simply Red and more recently Katy Perry, Dolly Parton, Lee Evans, e Script and Diversity and in the last decade all of the major political parties have held their conferences at the centre. e up and coming season will bring laughter to the BIC on the 25 Nov when Stephen Merchant, the Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning co-creator of e Office and Extras embarks on his first ever stand-up comedy tour - HELLO LADIES… Stephen Merchant said: ‘Most people don't realise that I was a stand-up comedian before I met Ricky Gervais and his coat-tails. Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife.’

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Following a sell out West End run, comic and musician Bill Bailey brings his live show DANDELION MIND to the BIC on 29 Nov as part of his national tour. Featuring Bill’s trademark musical interludes, observations and stories of the road, DANDELION MIND will be based loosely on the theme of doubt (or will it?), as we follow Bill from his real-life saga of being trapped by the ash cloud to his barely contained rants about celebrity, TV, creationism and Michael Winner. After an absence of more than 7 years to the UK stage the BIC are thrilled to welcome Duran Duran on 1 Dec who throughout their outstanding career have sold more than 80 million records, with 30 chart toppers in the UK, 18 American hit singles and a global presence that guarantees them huge concert audiences on five continents. e heat stays on during December when e Saturdays arrive with their first ever arena tour on 2 Dec, Canadian rock superstar Bryan Adams with his 20th Anniversary tour on 5 Dec and with over 13 million units sold worldwide, Louis Clark’s Hooked On Classics is back with a new live production . e legendary Louis Clark, former arranger for Electric Light Orchestra, will be conducting the 60 piece English Pops Orchestra featuring many

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players who recorded on the original album, recreating the magical Hooked On Classics live in concert at the BIC Windsor Hall on 22 Dec. 2011 ends with Lord of the Dance - the most successful touring show in entertainment history. It has played in over 65 different countries and territories, to over 7 million people on every single continent and will run at the BIC from 28-31 Dec. After months of fevered anticipation and levels of hysteria not witnessed for a long time, the New Year brings new excitement in the form of new pop band sensation – One Direction who will thrill their screaming fans at the BIC on 3 Jan followed by the “nation’s tenor” – Alfie Boe on 21 Jan and the record-breaking multi platinum selling mezzo-soprano – Katherine Jenkins on 9 Feb. THE BOURNEMOUTH PAVILION Opened on 19 March 1929 by HRH e Duke of Gloucester, the Bournemouth Pavilion’s splendid and eye-catching art deco design has remained and is now protected by a Grade II listed building status granted in 1998 although in the 1930’s it was one of the most modern theatres in the country! A Ghost associated with the Bournemouth Pavilion is an actress called Emily who is said to have died on stage in the 1930's.


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Footsteps have been heard and there have been sightings of a women in a bonnet who some think is Emily. e Bournemouth Pavilion stage has played host to legendary performers such as Margot Fonteyn, Marlene Dietrich, Richard Attenborough, Jimmy Tarbuck, Ken Dodd, Des O'Connor, Bob Monkhouse, Max Miller and Tommy Cooper. Ken Dodd, now aged 83, still entertains audiences and last played at the theatre in April earlier this year.

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Autumn brings iconic singer-songwriter/pianist Gilbert O’Sullivan to the Bournemouth Pavilion on 11 Nov to enthral fans with his unique blend of melodic pop-rock sensibilities and In a career spanning more than 35 years, Adam Ant will have the audience standing while he delivers all his hits plus songs from his forthcoming album - ‘Adam Ant Is e Blueblack Huzar In Marrying e Gunnar’s Daughter’ on 13 Nov. British Comedy Award nominee - Jack Whitehall will rock the aisles with laughter on 10 Nov and the mirth will continue when the star of BBC One's Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow & CH4's Stand Up For the Week and Tramadol Nights – Tom Stade takes to the stage on 16 Nov. No winter season would be complete without a good old fashioned pantomime. Back in 1958 it was Puss in Boots starring Tommy Cooper and Reg Varney. In 2011 it’s Jack and the Beanstalk starring CBeebies star and Bournemouth panto favourite Chris Jarvis, Debra Stephenson (e Impressions Show & Coronation Street), Kate Weston from Wave 105, Nick Wilton better known as Mr Lister from Eastenders and Brian Capron (Coronation Street’s bad boy Richard Hillman). e whole production is complimented by lavish costumes and a sumptuous set and promises to be yet another spectacular success from producers UK Productions. Jack and the Beanstalk runs from 3 Dec – 2 Jan.

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e Bournemouth Pavilion Ballroom adds to the Christmas spirit with a Fawlty Tower Christmas Dinner on 7 Dec. Laughlines, the original British Fawlty Towers Touring Company, debuted the hit Fawlty Towers Dinner Show in 1997. e professional cast have the characters’ mannerisms down to a tee and use a high-energy mix of improvisation and perfect comedy timing to deliver a delicious evening of unforgettable entertainment. Tickets for events can be purchased by calling BH Live Tickets on 0844 576 3000, online at www.bhlivetickets.co.uk or visit the BIC or Bournemouth Pavilion Ticket Office in person. For the latest news go to www.facebook.com/bicpav or http://twitter.com/bicpav Stereophonics Windsor Hall5

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Log boat on display in the Poole Museum

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oole has a rich and fascinating history stretching back to prehistory. e 2,300 year old Poole Log boat is evidence of a maritime tradition that continued with medieval boats and Victorian yachts. It continues today with Sunseeker building some of the world’s most luxurious yachts here in Poole Harbour. THE IRON AGE e Iron Age has provided us with the first evidence of settlement around Poole Harbour. Pottery from this era was uncovered at Hamworthy in the 1920s. In 1964 the Log boat was accidentally uncovered during dredging work in Poole Harbour, this was crafted by Iron Age boatbuilders. e log boat dates back to 295 B.C and it is thought it could have carried up to 18 people. e log boat would not have travelled beyond Poole harbour but could have helped transport goods and workers to Green Island (in Poole Harbour) where bracelet and jewellery production was taking place. e log boat is now on display in Poole Museum and is a remarkable object as prehistoric boats are very rare finds. ROMAN TIMES e future Roman Emperor Vespasian used Poole Harbour as an invasion port for his Second Legion Augusta. A road was constructed from Hamworthy to Bradbury Rings and at the Lake Farm site there was a legionary fort of around 40 acres. is means that the shore base at Hamworthy must have received a huge quantity of military supplies. 1248 At this time the Longespee Charter was granted by the crusader knight William Longespee. Poole gained important

freedoms that formed the foundations of the prosperity of the town and port in the Middle Ages. One of the oldest buildings in Poole, the Town Cellars, dates from c.1300 and now houses Poole History Centre, part of Poole Museum. In 1405 fighting raged around the building when the town was attacked by Spanish raiders in retaliation for attacks by Harry Paye, the famous Poole Pirate. 1364 In 1364 the Winchelsea Certificate was granted by the Mayor and Barons of the Cinque Port of Winchelsea, this confirmined Poole’s admiralty, jurisdiction and boundaries. e ceremony of Beating of the Water Bounds comes from this charter. 1568 By the Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1568, Poole was created ‘one entire County Corporate in deed and name distinct and altogether separate from the County of Dorset’ and named ‘the County of the Town of Poole’. GEORGIAN POOLE Poole has some of the finest Georgian buildings in Dorset. Most of these were built on the profits of a transatlantic trade with Newfoundland which had huge stocks of cod off its shores. Poole merchants made vast profits from exporting salt cod to Spain, Portugal and Italy. is was also a period when smugglers were active in the area. A smuggling gang- the Hawkhurst Gang- raided Poole Custom House in 1747, an event that led to murder and execution!

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NAPOLEONIC WAR e defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo and peace with France and the United States of America signalled the beginning of the end of Poole’s lucrative Newfoundland trade. Poole Harbour continued to import flour, meat, timber and skins. China clay mining then came to the Harbour for the Staffordshire potteries. THE GUESTS OF CANFORD MANOR Cornelia Churchill married Sir Ivor Guest at the age of 21 in 1868. e Guest family made their fortune by owning the largest ironworks in the world at that time. Ivor Guest became the 1st Lord Wimborne and after their marriage Lord and Lady Wimborne took up residence at Canford Manor. Lord and Lady Wimborne were philanthropists and gifted land and buildings to Poole. ese included the Cornelia Hospitalwhich opened 1907 and they also gifted 40 acres to the people of Poole; this became Poole Park and was officially opened by the Prince of Wales in 1890.

e Opening of the third Poole Bridge

POOLE POTTERY Poole Pottery is known and collected worldwide. Its origin goes back to the Carter family who first came to Poole in the 1870s. Carter and Co.’s main business was architectural products, such as floor and wall tiles, but around 1900 Owen Carter began experimenting with making bowls and vases. During the First World War a decorative pottery section was formed. One of its products was an unglazed ware probably inspired by Romano-British pottery held in local museums. After the First World War, Cyril Carter concentrated on pottery production for Carter and Co. He was joined by Harold and Phoebe Stabler and John and Gertrude (Truda) Adams. ey formed Carter, Stabler and Adams in 1921 as a subsidiary of Carter & Co. Truda Adams (later Truda Carter) was the resident designer, soon supported by a group of skilled ‘paintresses’. In the 1920s and 1930s they developed a distinct look based on decorative hand-painting influenced by Art Deco. SECOND WORLD WAR Poole played a full part in the Second World War. It served as a major flying boat base and its boatyards built many landing craft and other vessels. Operation Overlord saw an armada leave Poole for the D-Day landings. 1975 Poole is probably unique in having two charters granted by both Queen Elizabeth. e Charter of Queen Elizabeth II confers Borough status and retention of its historic titles and privileges on the District of Poole created on 1st April 1974. 1ST APRIL 1997 Borough of Poole became a unitary authority. 1998 Poole celebrated its 750th birthday, marking the date when the Longspee charter was granted. TWIN SAILS e first bridge lasted until 1885 when concerns were raised about its safety. It was replaced by an iron girder swing bridge. e bridge had a gear system which was operated by hand. Both sides of the bridge were wound open separately until they were at right angles with the road. e third and present bridge was officially opened on Wednesday 9th March 1927. e town enjoyed a carnival atmosphere to celebrate 22

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Poole House, ames Street. Built by the merchant family e Slades

the first toll free bridge. Schools were closed for the day and shops closed early. e local newspaper reported that over a thousand people gathered to witness the ‘Excel’ sail through the bridge “amid deafening cheers, hooting of sirens and firing rockets.” e Twin Sails Bridge will open to the public in early 2012. e bridge, one of the greatest engineering projects in post-war Poole, is a world class design which reflects Poole’s maritime and industrial heritage. POOLE MUSEUM e rich history of the ancient port town of Poole is revealed in four floors of galleries housed in a 19th century quayside warehouse. e Museum was reopened in 2007 following a major redevelopment. Displays range from archaeology to art, from pirates to potteries. Highlights include the Iron Age Poole logboat, the finest collection of Poole Pottery on public display, and a replica hide where you can view the birds of Poole Harbour. With its stunning new entrance and atrium, Poole Museum’s new public facilities include a visitor lounge and terrace with magnificent views over Poole Harbour and the Old Town. Currently running is a temporary exhibition ‘e way we worked’. An exhibition focused on working in Poole in the 1950s and what you could buy with your earnings. Wages were low but so were many prices. Find out what life was like when you might earn only £5 a week but a loaf of bread cost less than 2p.


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e exhibition is at Poole Museum until 26 February 2012. e Museum is open Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm, and Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm (Winter opening from 31 October 2011).

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ARTIFICIAL REEF IMPROVEMENTS ALL AT SEA

Surfers have complained that the right-handed waves produced by the reef are ugly ‘slabs’ making them steep and short-lived and not the promised ‘peelers’ which provide a purer and longer, sustained ride. Remedial work by the reef ’s manufacturers, the global coastal and marine consulting firm ASR, is now looking unlikely due to the forthcoming seasonal poor weather and associated sea conditions.

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he surfing world’s hopes have been ‘wiped out’ by the news of planned improvements to Europe’s first artificial surf reef off Dorset are unlikely to be completed by the end of the year. Born of an idea from as far back as 1999, work on the Northern Hemisphere’s only artificial reef didn’t start until 2008 after the government go-ahead was given in 2007.

e reef opened 12 months late and £1.3 million over budget in the winter of 2009 and locals voiced concerns that the reef had failed to deliver on its promises.

e £3.2m underwater reef at Boscombe is often exposed

during low tides and has been closed since March. It has been responsible for taking the fins off surfers’ boards and the decision to officially close the reef came after two sandbags were damaged by a boat. Seagulls can be spotted taking refuge of the reef ’s sandbags at low water and locals hope that the ‘affectionately’ named beached whale does not turn out to be a white elephant. It looks like the tide may have turned for this unique piece of marine engineering but for the moment it appears to be going out ■

Despite an expectation of the reef attracting more surfers to the area, increased tourism and an associated influx of capital to a previously run-down area, some hoteliers have been left high and dry.

CONVICTED PROPERTY DEVELOPERS CLAIMED THAT PROSECUTION WERE BARKING UP THE WRONG TREE 70-foot specimens, the pair reportedly arranged for the trees to be ring-barked in order to free up the seafront plot.

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When council planners blocked the development, which would have involved building on top of the root system of the magnificent

wo local men have been found guilty of killing five protected trees to clear the way for a multi-million pound building project in Sandbanks.

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e five mature pine trees, three Corsican and two Scots pines, were subject to Tree Preservation Orders and valued at £50,000 each. In September 2010, within three weeks of permission being denied, more than a foot of bark appeared to have been stripped from the trees’ trunk. e pair denied the allegations, claiming that the

site was unsecured and that vandals, aggrieved creditors or locals wanting a better sea view had stripped away the bark. However, the supposed ‘miscreants’ had been particularly precise in their act of arboreal vandalism, having precisely cut 14-18 inches of bark from each tree and then cleared up after themselves. “Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, Unnerves his strength, invites his end.” Ralph Waldo Emerson ■


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WIND BLOWS IN BEST WINDFEST IN 13 YEARS

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indfest blew all other action sports festivals out of the water at this years event, as strong winds of over 30 knots helped competitors execute the extremist of stunts. e perfect combination of sunshine and wind pulled in the punters, who came in their thousands to compete or watch the action in the water, on the sand and in the air above Sandbanks Beach, Poole. Sponsored by Franklin & Marshall, the British Kitesurfing Association (BKSA) National Course Racing Championships and Freestyle Invitational especially benefitted from these ideal weather conditions. Steph Bridge proved why she

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is the four times World Champion by winning the BKSA Course Racing for the second year in a row. Ned Taylor brought home the trophy for the BKSA Men’s Freestyle Invitational Championships with Sukie Robertson victorious in the Women’s Freestyle Invitational Championships. Hosted by Maverick Slacklines, the very first UK Slacklining Championships revealed the huge amount of talent that is already in the UK for this burgeoning urban sport. After a breathtakingly

close final, full of flips and highly technical combos, Jacob Hirsch-Holland was crowned king of the UK slackliners. Back on the water, both amateur and professional windsurfers battled hard for the UK Windsurfing Association National Freestyle Tour. With the standard at an all-time high, it proved very hard work for the judges, and in a couple of categories there was only a mere fraction of a point separating the winner. e gruelling British Stand-Up Paddleboarding (BSUPA) race around Brownsea Island, the BaySUP/BSUPA 'Battle of

the Paddle’, 14ft plus Class Time and the BaySUP/BSUPA Men on Men Sprints proved a staggering feat of stamina and strength for Paul Simmons, who was first across the finishing line in all four races. For the second year running, the Redbull Matadors’ aerial antics were a huge crowd thriller. eir daredevil acrobatics could be clearly seen against the backdrop of the big, blue sky as the two planes twisted and turned, trailing blue and white smoke behind. Old favourite, the Animal Bike Tour, never failed to attract the crowds, as riders Blake Samson and the former World Champion, Martyn Ashton tore up the ramps with


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RESULTS BKSA Freestyle Ladies 1st Sukie Robertson 2nd Sheryl Confue 3rd Lana Culley

BKSA Men’s Freestyle 1st Ned Taylor 2nd Ruchard Flindall 3rd Tom Bridge

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Maverick Slacklines UK Slacklining Championships 1st Jacob Hirsch Holland 2nd Ryan Bastin Joint 3rd place - Ian Jennings and Jake White

1st Steph Bridge 2nd Oliver Bridge 3rd Denzil Williams

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their own special brand of bike trickery. Sponsored by Breeze Volkswagen, FCWatersports, and Fruit, other popular features at the South Coast’s biggest extreme sports festival included Ultimate Frisbee, wakeboarding, skateboarding, volleyball, surf ski, live bands plus a children’s zone with face painting, table tennis and crafts. ree nights of parties rounded off the day’s activities, with DUB OPTIC kicking off the festivities. For the Friday night ‘Black tie and board shorts’ charity ball, revellers raised money for the Richie Keefe Life and Soul Trust amongst other charities. At the legendary Saturday night Rubix themed bash, party goers arrived dressed in all the

colours of a Rubik’s Cube, swapping clothes until the puzzle was solved and left in just the one colour. Event Manager Gary Willingham said: “e wind gods have blest this year’s Windfest with the best weather conditions in 13 years for full water action. It’s fantastic to see all the competitors ripping it up out on the water all weekend. “We want to thank all our sponsors for their valuable support in helping us to continue to provide an action-packed, three-day, sports festival free of charge for Poole visitors. Now we are looking to making next year’s event even bigger and better!” For more information please visit www.windfest.co.uk n

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Overall Tour Results

Pro Mens Fleet 1st Max Rowe 2nd Andy Chambers 3rd Adam Sims Ladies Fleet 1st Chloe Goodyear 2nd Emily Hall 3rd Julia Slack Amateur Fleet 1st Ollie Acton 2nd Nick Bentley 3rd John Yeomans Under 20’s Fleet 1st Alex Mitchell 2nd William White 3rd Charles Wilson Under 17’s Fleet 1st Nic Hibdige 2nd Ollie Bradley baker 3rd Jamie Howard Under 15’s Fleet 1st Ike Bradley Baker 2nd Harry Davis

Pro Mens Fleet 1st Adam Sims 2nd Andy Chambers 3rd Max Rowe Ladies Fleet 1st Chloe Goodyear 2nd Emily Hall 3rd Julia Slack Amateur Fleet 1st Nick Bentley 2nd Ollie Acton 3rd Richard Van Aken Under 20’s Fleet 1st Alex Mitchell 2nd Sam Conroy 3rd William White Under 17’s Fleet 1st Oscar Carmichael 2nd Nik Hibdige 3rd Ollie Bradley baker Under 15’s Fleet 1st Ike Bradley Baker 2nd Harry Davis 3rd Finn Howard

Saturday - BSUPA Brownsea Island Race 5 miles Overall 1 2'6" Stock Class Time 1st - Paul Simmons 1st Mark Slater 01.02.53 2nd - Mark Slater 2nd Sean Taylor 01.03.01 3rd - Sean Taylor 3rd Robin Willaims 01.15.32 4th - Pete Holiday 4th Mike Foad 01.22.50 5th - Nick Watt 6th - Adam Stiling Sunday - BAYSUP/BSUPA 7th - Robin Williams 'Battle of the Paddle 8th - Mike Foad 1st Paul Simmons 9th - Andrew Pieterse 2nd Mark Slater 10th - Dave Welch 3rd Pete Holiday 11th - Steve Ward Sunday - BAYSUP/BSUPA 14ft plus Class Time Men on Men Sprints 1st Paul Simmons 00.59.35 1st Paul Simmons 2nd Pete Holiday 01.02.53 2nd James Hardy 3rd Nick Watt 01.14.25 3rd Nick Watt 4th Adam Stiling 01.15.32 NOVEMBER2011 27


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ock and roll icon, author, restaurateur and photographer legendary former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman brings his Rhythm Kings to Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts on November 11th. Bill Wyman has seen it all and continues to live life to the full. For over thirty years he was part of the best rock n roll band in the world. His latest musical rebirth, as the driving force behind the fabulous Rhythm Kings, sees him return to his musical roots. is set of virtuoso musicians superbly bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar as a teenager. A show imbued with absolute quality. "e whole idea behind the band was to play music that we love and I think you can hear and feel that on our records. Playing live, doing gigs, means everybody in the band does it for the same reasons as I do; to have a good time and send the crowd home with smiles on their faces" says Wyman. Having spent much of 2010 touring Europe, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings return to tour the UK and joining Bill are legendary musicians: Albert Lee, who’s lightning-fast speed has earned him a reputation as the guitarist's guitarist, also known as Mr Telecaster. Georgie Fame, rhythm and

blues, jazz singer and keyboard player, who released hit records in the 60’s such as: 'I Love My Dog', 'e Ballad of Bonnie','Clyde', 'Yeh Yeh', 'Get Away' Frank Mead, saxophonist, has played alongside Blues legends BB King, Albert Collins, Jimmy Rogers and Otis Rush. He’s appeared on records with the likes of Paul McCartney, Squeeze and Manfred Mann. Geraint Watkins, the legendary Rock and Roll, Boogie and Blues pianist who has given his skills to some of the biggest names in music during his 30 year plus career on both piano and accordion. From Van Morrison, Carl Perkins to Sir Paul McCartney. He’s Bob Dylan’s favourite pianist. Terry Taylor on guitar, ex Tuckey Buzzard and e Arrows, Terry has also performed with the legendary Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, amongst others. Graham Broad, on drums, has worked with artists including Roger Waters, Tina Turner and e Beach Boys. Nick Payn on sax, has performed with Lonnie Donegan, and e Gary Moore band, amongst many others. Beverley Skeete, who has been the featured Vocalist with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings since the band's formation in 1997 has also recorded with acts ranging from Robbie Williams

to Elton John. “Former Rolling Stone teams up with a stellar cast of players. Delivery is immaculate – a dream team of musicians” Q Magazine “Every song is carefully picked, finely honed and exquisitely crafted” Classic Rock “High precision jazz-blues-pop, superbly performed by top R&B veterans.” Mojo For interviews, press tickets, images and further information please contact Communications Officer: Paul Tucker pault@lighthousepoole.co.uk or 01202 781320 Notes to Editors: Lighthouse is a charity (Poole Arts Trust - registered charity number 275961) and is only able to sustain its valuable work with the continued financial support from those who believe in what we do. Visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk for more information Lighthouse worked with See a Voice to develop and broaden the programme of arts available to deaf, deafened, hard of hearing, blind and partially sighted audiences through good quality captioned and audio described performances.Visit www.lighthousepoole.co.uk for more information.

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POOLE SAILOR JOINS EXCLUSIVE SURVIVORS’ CLUB AFTER T-BONE MISTAKE

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oole Olympic star Annie Lush has become the latest ‘proud’ member of an exclusive group of mariners rewarded for accidents at sea. Acceptance into the South West Shingles Yacht Club is by invitation only and as its founder and Club Commodore, Poole’s David Latchford explained, it is for those who have made ‘mistakes’ at sea and survived to tell the tale. Annie’s membership came as the result of having T-boned a boat while sailing in Australia but her fellow crew members, sailing sisters Kate and Lucy Macgregor, have yet to ‘hit the mark’ to qualify. Annie is no stranger to accidents. In the build up to the Rolex Miami Olympic Classes Regatta earlier this year, she fell 10ft from her Elliot 6-metre boat while it was docked in the boat park. e Olympic hopeful

was rushed to hospital but fortunately her injuries were no more serious than concussion, a broken nose, dislocated fingers and a gash to her head requiring 25 stitches. Annie, along with Kate and Lucy, will be flying the flag for Team GB in the 2012 Olympics, competing in the Match Racing Class on the notoriously difficult waters off Weymouth. e exclusivity derived from being a member of the Survivors’ Club comes at a price and there is a certain amount of kudos associated with membership. Although the Macgregor sisters might enjoy the potential of the exclusive status “We don’t want them joining during the Olympics” explained David. David formed the Club almost 30 years ago. On 13th June 1984, while sailing his 30-foot Moody yacht from Yarmouth on

the Isle of Wight back to Poole, rather than ‘rounding’ the South West Shingles buoy he struck it while traveling at 10 knots. Coincidentally, about 100 miles away, Commander Colin Hamilton, captain of HMS Jupiter, was not enjoying plain sailing either and his 2,500-ton Leander class frigate struck London Bridge. Fortunately it did not fall down. e Club now boasts a membership of 160 famous and infamous mariners from all four corners of the Globe. e list includes various Tony Bullimore, whose was rescued in 1996 during the Vendee Globe single-handed race. Tony survived in the upturned vessel in the Southern Ocean inside an air pocket. High-ranking Royal Navy personnel are also listed, including Commander Richard Farrington, captain of HMS Nottingham whose destroyer struck Wolf Rock, off Australia’s

east coast in 2007. Additionally Commander Andy Coles, skipper of the Royal Navy’s Hunter/Killer submarine HMS Astute is also listed. e £1 billion nuclear submarine hit the World’s front pages when the ‘run ashore’ off the Isle of Skye last year didn’t quite go as planned.

David’s philosophical slant on forming the club is ‘It’s for people with like minds and attitudes. You made a mistake, it’s not the end of the world.” As the saying goes “worse things happen at sea!” ■

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he National Motor Museum at Beaulieu will be hosting BBC South’s live broadcasts during the 32nd BBC Children in Need appeal on Friday 18th November. e museum last hosted the event in 2009 when a 1,000 strong audience joined charity mascot, Pudsey, and South Today presenters Roger Johnson and Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes for a fun-packed night. e BBC South presenters for Children in Need 2011 will be the four ‘Weather Girls’; Sarah Farmer, Alexis Green, Reham Khan and Laura Trant. During the evening they will be taking part in a Pit Stop Tyre Change Challenge against members of the South Today Sports team. Each team will attempt to replicate the awesome team work that takes place in the F1 pit lane during a Grand Prix race. Members of the public will also have an opportunity to take

part in the Challenge, for a donation to the charity. Have you ever watched the F1 teams on TV doing their Pit Stop? ought it looked easy? e F1 Team time is 6 seconds, your challenge is to do it in less than 20 seconds ..... e National Motor Museum is again offering free entry to audience members and fundraisers wishing to present their cheques in person, with an opportunity to look around the exhibits in the museum during the evening. Bands, choirs and dance groups from around the region, will be performing live on stage both for the cameras and to also to entertain the audience in between broadcasts. Entry will be from 5.45pm through the Beaulieu Visitor Admissions Hall, with parking in the visitor car parks. e Brabazon Cafeteria will be open throughout the evening for refreshments.

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While we are all thinking about our autumn wardrobes and digging out our winter jumpers in an attempt to stay warm, designers were showcasing next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring/summer collections during this monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s London Fashion Week. So what we will be wearing next Spring & Summer? Here are just a selection of those names that hit the catwalk! Over 1500 guests attended the Burberry Prorsum Spring Summer 2012 Womenswear show in Londonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hyde Park. Pippa Middleton, Kanye West, Samantha Cameron, Sienna Miller, Paul Weller were among the wellgroomed crowd of celebrities packing London Fashion Weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glossiest event to catch a glimpse of Burberryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spring/summer 2012 collection. Burberry Prorsumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design chief Christopher Bailey wowed the starstudded crowd with dozens of variations on the luxury brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature trench coat.Bailey, who has been at the helm of the historic British brandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designs for a decade, has been credited with revitalising it and lifting its revenues.For the spring and summer 2012 season, he showed oďŹ&#x20AC; a commercially-savvy collection that ensured the clothes suited all tastes. Neutrals were ditched for rich autumnal hues which dominated alongside colourful abstract prints and raďŹ&#x192;a was prominently used on tops, coats, belts and bags.Bailey said he wanted to celebrate traditional craftsmanship that is being forgotten and to juxtapose that with the digital technology that the brand is embracing. As for its digital innovations, the fashion house showed its Twitter fans each modelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s look before they hit the catwalk. It also opted to stream the event in HD from both its own website and Facebook page. Clarity and optimism radiate from the SS12 Aquascutum collection, exploring the contrasting forms created by structure and drape, bringing a fresh sense of femininity and a glamorous sensuality to Aquascutumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s signature outer wear and tailoring. Aquascutumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rich British heritage continues through the use of innovative technical fabrics, featuring an exclusively commissioned, laminated,British tweed and a playful exploration of coating silk georgette with a waterproof gloss ďŹ nish. Outerwear is made graphic with strips of bonded canvas and plastic trim. Luxurious and wearable accessories echo the palette and texture of the collection. Chic shoes combine attitude with supreme comfort and we introduce a

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wrapping around the waist to create a sensual silhouette. Pretty, soft-washed powder tones of blush, lavender and mauve sit next to a more masculine range of chambray blues and steely greys whilst vibrant shots of bright buttercup, jade and bordeaux bring optimistic block colour highlights to the palette. Hazy ďŹ&#x201A;orals add depth, their petals inked with dark tones. For Spring/Summer 2012, Jaeger London is inspired by the glamour of the late 60s /early 70s jet set and their hideaways in far-ďŹ&#x201A;ung, exotic destinations. This season sees the Jaeger London woman landing on the isle of Mustique, the exclusive playground of British rock stars and royalty. Imagine the back of a villa open onto the ocean, the billowing curtains blowing gently in the sea breeze. Her wardrobe epitomises the laid-back elegance of the island, blended with British colonial references, rich colours and textures and inspired by Jaegerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic early 1970s advertising campaigns shot against backdrops of famous locations. Since 2005, Jaeger has focused on UK brand expansion, including its return to Harrods and Selfridges (the brand became the ďŹ rst retailer to operate independently within Selfridges in the 1930s). Jaeger has 45 premium UK freestanding stores, including the Jaeger London branded stores in prime London locations, and signiďŹ cant shop-in-shop presence in Harrods, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick, House of Fraser and John Lewis. The trend for 70s fashion continued at House of Holland where their spring/summer 2012 collection had a pastel punk edge. Inspirations were Skins and Punks, SKA revival and South Beach & Miami palette. Highlights included Oversized mobre leopard, lurex string knits, laser-cut ďŹ shnet leather, hand painted python belts and cuďŹ&#x20AC;s and Reworked House of Holland signature tartan. House of Hollandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s collection is nothing shy of colour with mint, lilac, apricot and French Navy being featured - the clothes were fun and, as always, Henry isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taking fashion too seriously. Drawing inspiration from notions as diverse as mythical warriors, ďŹ shing on the Amazon, his ongoing fascination with the black lit paintings of Pierre Soulages, and the languid tones of Hank Williams. The Spring/Summer 2012 collection continues

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Cool Earth has a plan to save the Rainforest. If we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t save the Rainforest- Forget it! First we saved the Rainforest. Will they ever know we saved the planet? Most of you know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always used my fashion shows as a platform for my belief in the importance of social justice and the urgent need to ďŹ ght climate change. I introduce the Rainforest charity, Cool Earth, and a campaign that is very close to my heart - a plan to save the most vulnerable Rainforest areas by 2020. We must begin today - tomorrow is too late. Governments have been talking about saving the Rainforest for 40 years. Now, only half of it is left. Since launching in 2007, Cool Earth has worked with indigenous Rainforest people to protect 2.5 million acres in the Western Amazon and block the advance of illegal logging- the ďŹ rst stage in most Rainforest destruction. We plan to extend this eďŹ&#x20AC;ective community-lead model along the most critical arcs of deforestation in the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Borneo- the groundwork has already been laid. We need your help to continue. I am personally supporting Cool Earth and investing in our future. This show marked the start of our fundraising campaign for Cool Earth- we will have the oďŹ&#x192;cial launch in November. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m inviting

my friends, celebrities and everyone interested in saving our beautiful world to join me. Think about getting involved. Find out more about playing your part at www.coolearth.org. Remember: No Rainforest, No Planet. We have less than 10 years to keep what is left! Inspired by tribal body paint and the work of contemporary artist Kim Joon, David Komaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Spring/Summer 2012 collection focuses on the body as a canvas. Kim Joon decorates intertwining bodies with ďŹ&#x201A;uid painting; David reinterprets this concept by using devore to act as a delicate second skin that conceals yet reveals the female form. Imitating the masterful artistry of Polynesian tribal tattoos, combinations of devore prints from small and intricate to large, abstract blocks reference the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, the traditional male tattoo covering the body from the waist to the knees. The bold â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;aâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; symbolizes men respected for courage; David similarly designs for a strong and powerful female muse. The African zulu skirt and Dinka menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s corset are interpreted as handcrafted leather belts with fringing and pleats, that enclose a tailored and body conscious silhouette in light wools and silks. Combining the traditional Scottish kilt with tribal layering creates feminine, high waisted skirts with pleated panel eďŹ&#x20AC;ects. This season sees a continuation of David Komaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s third collaboration with Alain Quilici who has designed exclusive footwear for the collection. The Maria Grachvogel Spring/Summer 2012 collection is a feast of colour, print and texture. The palette is vibrant and fresh with bold shots of raspberry, apple and pristine white that sit alongside languid tones of blossom, clay and ash. Signature Maria Grachvogel pieces such as the beautifully cut magic trousers are given an innovative twist this season with the introduction of a skinny leg pant with a cool ankle drape and a wrap palazzo with a wide, ďŹ&#x201A;uid leg. Mariaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s iconic catsuit appears in fresh white crepe, blossom and snake print wool. This season sees the launch of Atalanta Weller for Maria Grachvogel; an exclusive footwear line and design collaboration featuring a statement, cut-away shoe boot in snakeskin, ash and blossom suede, and a sculpted spiked court. Maria Grachvogel also celebrates the opening of her new London ďŹ&#x201A;agship store at 18 Culford Gardens, SW3. The store has been designed by Russell Sage, the designer behind the interiors at the Savoy Grill, the restaurant at Claridges, the Zetter Townhouse and Stapleford Park.

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It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t so diďŹ&#x20AC;erent from the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shows - thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the clothes, the models, the celebrities - but it is more relaxed. London Fashion Week was brought to a stylish close as the men took to the catwalk for spring/summer 2012. The main attractions covered Mexican inďŹ&#x201A;uences, dapper suits, and exotic and paisley prints. This season, the Topman boy would not look out of place leaving a smoking Parisian jazz club during the early hours of the early 1950s. Time travel decadence aside, there were silk paisley shirts, tweed suits, lurex ďŹ sherman jumpers and fake fur. It went down a treat. Topman delivered a ďŹ ne show and the very heart of menswear day. SPG, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sir Philip Green, not Sarah Jessica Parker - the billionaire was THE VIP at the Topman show. Christopher Shannon showed us that tassels could bring a whole new lease of life to the humble shirt, while James Small drew quite s celebrity crowd - including Kate Moss and Jamie Hince - to see his ďŹ&#x201A;oral shirts and shorts and Oliver Spencer made coral the colour of the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Menswear fashion in London is alive and kicking and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always proud to wear British designers,â&#x20AC;? said actor Luke Evans, also seen at Pringle of Scotland earlier in the week, too. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Very interesting to see Alistair Carrâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new vision. His designs are strong and fresh. This has been my ďŹ rst London Fashion Week and it was great to have the opportunity to see two very British designers and their work,â&#x20AC;? he told us. Fashion Week is one of the highest proďŹ le fashion events in the world and one of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big fourâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; international catwalk inďŹ&#x201A;uencers. The event is organised by the British Fashion Council (BFC) and funded by a number of sponsors (including Canon Europe current headline sponsor for seven consecutive seasons). London Fashion Week puts London and British Fashion ďŹ rmly on the global stage, generating orders in the region of ÂŁ100m; the event itself contributes ÂŁ20 million to the London economy in terms of direct spend and attracts visitors from over 25 countries including US, France, Italy, Russia, Middle East, China and UAE. NOVEMBER2011 41

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Choose a product that you are 100% sure will be good for the nail plate. Don’t just select the cheapest product or the most convenient, make sure the product you choose is well investigated and that the company is well established and has a good reputation. Unlike other nail finishes, Bio Sculpture Gel is a nail treatment applied as a coating onto your own natural nails to strengthen and condition them with no damage. Also fantastic on toe nails and will last for weeks. Clients will enjoy seeing their nails transformed to their exceptional potential, with no fumes, no odours and minimal buffing. No more waiting around for nail polish to dry as the Gel dries instantly under a UVA Curing Lamp in a choice of over 140 different colours, French or natural finish. The gel is easily removed without any damage to your natural nails. No more chipped nail polish as your gel nail colour will be long wearing and chip proof and your nails will keep their well manicured look long after application. Matching colour varnishes allow flexibility of Permanent Colour Gels – simply apply one of our 140 different coloured varnishes over the Colour Gel. This can be removed easily with our specially formulated “Non Acetone Cleanser” and you are back to your Permanent Colour Gel. “Your hands are your calling card in life – your nails their focal point” For your nearest salon or information on training courses for beginners or experienced nail technicians: Tel: 0845 331 2347 www.biosculpture.co.uk


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therapies, some using ingredients which are grown in the beautiful grounds of Chewton Glen. e Spa has a unique partnership with ila-Spa and exclusive facial treatments by skincare expert Linda Meredith. Chewton Glen’s award-winning spa has been voted Condé Nast Traveller and SpaFinder’s ‘Favourite UK Spa’, ‘Laurent Perrier Relais & Chateaux Best Spa’ and ‘Most Luxurious Spa in the UK’ and spa experiences include: ■ 17-metre ozone treated swimming pool ■ Hydrotherapy spa pool with hi-tech therapy options ■ Relaxation room ■ Outdoor whirlpool ■ Cold drench showers ■ Ten treatment rooms ■ Beauty and skin care treatments ■ Body treatments ■ Manicures and pedicures ■ Pool bar and lounge with a specially formulated menu to provide great tasting food with healthy benefits ■ State-of-the-art gymnasium with personal training available ■ Dance studio with daily programme of exercise and relaxation classes (including pilates and yoga)

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e majority of spa treatments available at Chewton Glen are designed to be enjoyed by women and men and our highly trained beauticians and therapists use products and treatment routines created in association with: LINDA MEREDITH Advanced skincare formulations and legendary facials have earned Linda Meredith an enviable list of celebrity clients from the worlds of film, music and fashion. Linda’s skin care regime recognized that the ‘typical ‘skin type no longer exists, the Linda Meredith range treats the problem not the skin type and all of the products can be overlapped to deal with various issues arising on the skin. However, the main aim of the range is hydration and anti-ageing, a process that begins in the mid-twenties and is the most important time to begin a good skin care routine. Linda’s innovative approach to skin problems involves an in-depth understanding of the affects stress, diet and the environment play on our bodies and her state-of-the-art product range harnesses the finest ingredients nature and science have to offer. Ingredients from the best natural resources, combined with science, gives Linda Meredith skin care products the answer to beautiful skin. ILA Founded by Denise Leicester, ila brings balance to mind, body and spirit. For ila, everything starts with purity, which is sought in every ingredient, every process and every blend. Ingredients come from the furthest points of the globe in some of the most inaccessible regions. ey are wild harvested using traditional methods by local craftsmen, for whom sustainable farming is a necessary and values practice. Each ingredient is carefully chosen according to its inherent capacity for positive energy, purity and life-force as well as its healing properties. ila then looks at the synergistic effect of the ingredients, ensuring that they flow in harmony with each other bringing back vital energy. THE GROOMING LOUNGE A full range of manicure, pedicure, beauty and grooming treatments, including traditional wet shaves for our male guests and bio sculpture gel nails for the ladies, is available in e Grooming Lounge at Chewton Glen, 46

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We offer a fabulous selection of spa day experiences which are available from Monday to Friday, together with our ‘Classic Chewton Glen’ spa day, which is also available at weekends. Each spa day includes continental breakfast box in the Pool Bar on arrival, selected treatments, and unlimited use of the swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool, gym, saunas and steam rooms. Lunch and refreshments, including tea, coffee, mineral water and fruit juices served in the Pool Bar are also included. A wide choice of leisure activities is available for all guests to enjoy. Within the 130 acres of landscaped gardens, parkland and woodlands that surround the hotel among the many things you can enjoy is our beautiful nine-hole, par-3 golf course; participate in circuit training or alternatively take a leisurely stroll around the grounds. A fully equipped gymnasium, with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment, Powerplate and Knesis Wall provides the perfect exercise environment. To help you in your workout we also have a multi-channel audio-visual system to keep you motivated. For guests who struggle to achieve fitness goals, our team of personal trainers are always on hand to guide and provide expert advice, personal training can include anything from gym work to exercise sessions in the studio or along the beach. We offer a gentle, restorative approach to Hatha Yoga and our resident tutor will personalise your session to present an accessible and rewarding practice, comprising: yoga breath work and postures for flexibility, strength, balance and relaxation. Guests to the spa at Chewton Glen can also attend the regular programme of exercise classes in the dance studio and pool, where everything from aqua aerobics to legs, bums and tums are available. Within the hotel grounds we have superb tennis facilities including two indoor ‘Marka-Grain’ tennis courts and two all weather artificial grass outdoor tennis courts. e hotel has a resident tennis professional, who is available to offer coaching and advice to players of all standards from complete beginners to the more experienced players wishing to improve their game.


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health beauty e hotel has its own 900+ yard, 9-hole, par 3 golf course which is open from 10.00 every day, weather permitting. In addition we have a golf practice area. It is a beautifully maintained course, with well thought out holes, including some challenging water hazards to navigate over, which we know you will enjoy playing. e social setting of the Pool Bar is the hub of the Spa and it serves a daily healthy eating option with a buffet served from 12.00 noon to 15.30 daily and light snacks throughout the day from 08.00 to 20.00. In addition to hotel guest visiting the spa, and spa day guests, Chewton Glen has a private members club who have access to an unsurpassed range of leisure, fitness and social facilities. Available annually, numbers are restricted to ensure maximum enjoyment of all facilities for members. Open from 07.00 to 22.00 Monday to Friday and until 21.00 at the weekend, spa members have access to the 17-m ozone-treated indoor swimming pool, the hydrotherapy spa and outdoor whirlpool. Members can also work out in the fully air-conditioned gym, which is equipped to the highest standards with air resistance equipment and cardio theatre. Personal trainers are available and entertainment is provided via a multi-channel audio-visual system. WHAT’S NEW FOR 2011/2012 WINTER WELLNESS RETREAT Escape to the sanctuary of the luxurious spa at Chewton Glen and let our team of experience spa professionals help you to relax and unwind in the tranquil settings of our award-winning spa. A perfect way to start the New Year, the Winter Wellness Retreat includes overnight accommodation in one of our luxurious bedroom or suite, a fabulous complimentary 60-minute spa treatment*, use of all the spa and leisure facilities at Chewton Glen, attendance at the daily exercise and relaxation classes and of course full English breakfast in Vetiver. With prices starting from just £175.50 per person, per night, based on two guests sharing a Bronze Room with shower, we really do think that this is a fabulous way to start the New Year. You can also purchase a Winter Wellness Retreat Gift Voucher for that someone special this Christmas. GETTINGTHE BALANCE RIGHT, CLEANSING AND DETOX RETREATS We have teamed up with the exclusive Balance Clinic in Chelsea, London (e UK’s largest colonic hydrotherapy practice) to offer our guests a special day, and overnight, detox and cleansing programme. e detox retreats combine nutritionally balanced juices with complimentary treatments and supplements to facilitate the cleansing process and maximise the weight-loss benefits you receive. Choose from our signature mini-cleanse day retreat or our great value two-night overnight residential cleanse retreat. Full details can be found on our website www.chewtonglen.com

TRIO OF SEASONAL SPA DAYS FROM JUST £138 Autumn Fall Seasonal Spa Day Valid until 30th November 2011 As the crisp autumn winds begin to blow, enjoy our ‘Autumn Fall’ seasonal spa day, which includes a signature Chewton Glen face, back and scalp massage along with all the other benefits of a fabulous day in our award-winning spa. Pre-Christmas Indulgence Spa Day Valid 1st December to 24th December 2011 Just perfect for anyone needing pampering in the run-up to a Christmas, this indulgent spa day includes a choice of a 50-minute warming salt scrub; a relaxing 50-minute massage or, a 50-minute personalised facial treatment. Winter recharge Seasonal Spa Day Valid 1st January to 31st March 2012 When the Christmas festivities are over and you want to recharge your personal batteries in readiness for the year ahead, spend a fabulous day in the spa at Chewton Glen and enjoy either a seaweed body wrap treatment or a one-hour personal training buddy session. All seasonal spa days are valid seven days a week.. As well as the treatments mentioned they include: full use of the spa and leisure facilities; welcome tea and coffee on arrival; bathrobe and slippers to use in the spa; attendance at daily fitness and aerobic classes; delicious healthy buffet lunch in the Pool Bar; selected refreshments until 6.00 pm. Seasonal spa days are subject to availability and not valid in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Twilight Pre-Christmas Party Spa Evening - £82 Valid 1st – 23rd December 2011 Just about the perfect alternative to the office Christmas party; or just a really good reason to get together with a group of friends or family for a relaxing, pampering, indulgent evening in the spa at Chewton Glen. Forget about the crackers and mince pies and enjoy either a 50-minute body massage; haute couture facial; moisturising manicure; or a pedicure and the use of all spa and leisure facilities throughout the evening. e Twilight Pre-Christmas Party Spa Evening is available Sunday to Friday and the Pool Bar will be open until 9.00 pm, if you wish to purchase refreshments or food. Chewton Glen New Milton Hampshire BH25 6QS Telephone: 01425 275341 Email: reservations@chewtonglen.com www.chewtonglen.com

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underlying skkiin with deep cleansing, exfoliating and antioxidant serums. The specially formulated serums are clinically formulated to improve the appearance of ďŹ ne lines and wrinkklles, congested pores, hyper-pigmentation and acne-prone skkiin, no wonder Paris loves this facial. The results are immediate and superior to more aggressivve microdermabrasion - with no discomfort or downtime. Perfect for th hat A-list skin,, you will be lefftt with a radiantly clean,, moist and polished complexion. HydraFacial f rom ÂŁ80, available at leading salons and spas nationwide dee,, ffor or stockists visit www.skinbrrands.co.uk

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Hair is such a quintessential thing for celebrities; it can make or break their look. Of all the latest coveted hairstyles music maker Jessie J’ J ’s sleek,, Pulp Fiction-esque bob and slashed ffrringe seems to be what ’s getting the nation talkkiing. And, now the secret to her statement style is well and truly out, as she revealed just how she keeps her bob intact. Tweeting to oveer 100,000 000 ffol ollowers,, Jessie J (@ jessiejofficial) said, “Cloud Nine straighteners are AMAZING, they keep my bob lookkiing f f f f resh.” The Cloud Nine Micro iron is desiggned for shorter hairstyles, layers and of course f ringes, lending itself perfectly to Jessie J’s stand-out fr f rom the crowd look. And,, with fame comes a new jet-set lifesttyyle for the singer. So, weighing-in at just 169grams and measuring a neat siixx inches, the Cloud Nine Micro iron is the perfect travel companion,, to ensure her polished, poker-straight bob gets tongues wagging all over the world. Cloud Nine Micro iron, £54.95, available ffrrom the finest salons nationwide and to buy at www.cloudninehair inehairr.com com For those pregnant ladies,, yummy mummy and newly joined Twitter user u style icon Victoria Victtoria Beckham (@victoriabeckkh ham), tweeted her top tip. In a ttwit witpic, she shared her favourite stretch mark preventer Elemis Japanese Camellia Oil tweeting “Pregnancy tip!!!! I have used this through every pregnancy, itt ’s amazing!! X VB”. For centuries Camellia Kissi Seed Oil was the Japanese beauttyy secret for healthy nails, hair, scalp and skin, imparting gloss and strength. This non-greasy easily absorbed oil is highly nourishing and rich in plant collagen helping to keep skkiin supple and hyydrated. It ’s no surprise th hat Mrs B loves this, especially since it has anti-aggeing, antioxidant or baby massage too. properties and can be used ffor Little Harper is certainly one lucky baby! Elemis Jaaappanese Camellia Oil Blendd,, £27.60, available at www.timetospa.co.uk For make-up lovers, Twittter is the mecca in discovering which lipsticks, eyeshadows and foundatio foundations celebs desire. Baby-faced Burlesque star Dita Ditta Von Von Teese Teese (@ DitaV VonT nTeese) revealed her secret to a flawless face declaring that “My favourite foundation is L’Oréal True Match. I use N1”. Trendsetter and recent Royal Wedding singer Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) divullged “I’m absolutely loving my new Topshop Blush in Neon Rose got it on my lips,, eyes and cheeks,, just can’t get enough!”. Finally X-Factor favourite Leona Lewis (@leonalewismusic) showed that living the L.A lifesttyyle hasn’t changed her “Stumbled across some awesome makeup! I’m loving MyFace Cosmetics Blingtones Eye Shadows,, which I ffound ound in Boots in the UK! Nice products” L’Oreal P Par aris True Mattcch F Foundation, oundation, £10.29, available at Boots nationwide. Topshop p h p Blush Bl h in i N Neon eon Rose R e,, £6, 08451214519. MyF Face Blingtones, £9.99 each, 0840708090. As ffor o the Queen or Queen of Twitter, Lady Lady GaGaa (@ladygaga) recently tweeted a picture of her back-stage must have - Tiger Balm. tw Originating in China in the 1870s, Tiger Balm has really withstood the test of time, using healing properties of active naturaal ingredients including Camphor, Dementholised Mint Oil,, Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol and Clovve Oil. Tiger Balm W hite is one of the most efficient and eff ffectiv ective head ache relief rubs on the market. Just apply to skin, and its pain relieving properties will work quickklly to reduce pain, ain,, discomffort whilst also relieving pressure and tension. Considering that she is one of the hardest workkiing ladies in pop music, it isn’t a surprise that Lady GaGa can suffer with headaches but it ’s good to see her using such a powerful yet price busting product. Tiger Balm White, Price RRP £4.67, is available f rom Sainsburry’s, Tescoo, Asda, Superdrugg, Boots and all good pharmacies. NA O V BE3M;B0E3R 0 1 1 ! 49 3> @2 


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or too long now the government has handed the running of the NHS to various parties, all with diďŹ&#x20AC;ering approaches and visions of steering our beloved NHS into a position of stability and greatness once again. In years gone by people of the UK were in an enviable position, having access to one of the best healthcare systems in the world and one that was free. Unfortunately, with time, the NHS has found itself coming under increasing pressures, both resourced based and ďŹ nancially, the results of which have lead to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s experiences being both positive and negative. The question is, where do we go from here? Maybe the government will ďŹ nd a solution! In the meantime you could join the healthcare revolution and put your health in your hands! The current UK healthcare system is complicated and disjointed, making it work in a way that is right for you, is often fraught with anxiety and stress. Simply making an appointment to see your own GP, through to getting referrals and waiting for results, can be a nightmare. More often than not the ten minutes we have with our GP does little to inspire us with conďŹ dence but more worryingly can result in misdiagnosis which is something that is being reďŹ&#x201A;ected more and more in evidence, reports and statistics. This is no reďŹ&#x201A;ection on the skills of the GPs working in the NHS, in fact quite the contrary, our NHS GPs are highly skilled individuals that do the most remarkable job with the tools available to them. It is the system that is making their job so much more diďŹ&#x192;cult. If we could have unlimited time with their own GP, make same day appointments, could speak to him/ her on the telephone anytime, including evening and weekends and have a team of individuals working on our behalf to organise every aspect of our health requirements, our primary healthcare would be truly taken care of. With this level of service available to us, we would have â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Our health in our handsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, and could begin to use the system to our advantage by taking â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;preventativeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; steps, using our GP and his/her team to improve and maintain our health, instead of being there to ďŹ x us when something goes wrong. The trouble is this is a pipe dream, a fantasy that is unachievable by the NHS! However, it is happening and it is available here in the capital and for as little as ÂŁ30/month. Harley Street is world famous, establishing its reputation back in the 18th century for exciting, innovations and pioneering developments in medicine, becoming a centre of excellence for cutting edge medicine and that trend still continues today. Harley Street may be considered by many as somewhere only for the rich and famous with Doctors and Consultants charging enormous fees for every consultation, but despite this being the norm, it certainly is not the exception. The exception can be found at Galen Health, designed to give both ďŹ ve star luxury and an exceptional medical service without the excessive

price tag. Galen Health was founded by an exceptionally gifted GP who has worked with inspiring, world leading mentors from across the spectrum of UK healthcare. Dr Lidder leds a team of highly skilled GPs and nurses all at the pinnacle of their professions, and is supported by a team of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Healthcare Concierge Assistantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; who ensure that every aspect of care, and every treatment pathway that a Galen Health member receives is completely seamless, from simply organising appointments and referrals, chasing results and organising follow-up care, to organising Nutritionists, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists, Personal Trainers, Dentists, Orthodontists, Opticians and many more at excellent rates, most of which can be found on site at Galen Health along with MRI, CT, Ultra Sound, Cone Beam, Thermal Imaging and X ray. When this is combined with a dedicated pathology laboratory providing immediate results, Dr Lidder ďŹ nds himself at the helm of arguable one of the best and most advanced diagnostic centres in the UK, and as we all know, early diagnosis saves lives, emotions and ďŹ nance. As a Galen Health member, not only do you get outstanding day-to-day care, but you also have access to world class diagnostics getting to the route of any complications fast. There is no age or medical discrimination and you do not have to leave your NHS practice. If you already have private medical insurance you can nominate your Galen Health GP as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Your GPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; which makes obtaining accurate referrals quick and simple, as well as stress free, knowing that your healthcare assistant is organising everything for you. If, however, you do not have health insurance, your healthcare assistant will act on your behalf liaising with the NHS to ensure you get your referral as quickly as possible after establishing a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Shared careâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; relationship. ÂŁ30/month gives unlimited FREE consultations with your own private Harley Street GP in person or on the telephone from 08:00 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 22:00 (24/7 for ÂŁ50/month members) plus your own personal â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Healthcare Assistantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and access to the full range of Galen Health services at a discounted rate.

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of the same type and share the experience with their family and friends. Having qualified as a Private Pilot, many individuals wish to upgrade their skills by learning to fly other helicopters. The obvious choice for most is to learn to fly the R44 which is a 4 seater version of the R22. With controls virtually identical to the R22, this can be achieved in as little as 5 hours and a test. Heli Air has expanded its training division by offering an advanced flying course to students who have their licence, yet wish to improve their flying and navigation skills. Flying

through controlled airspace, Military Air Traffic Zones, confined areas and advanced auto rotations all feature heavily during this modular course designed to turn the PPL novice into a more rounded and professional pilot. In addition, Heli Air also trains for night flying, instrument awareness and mountain flying, all designed to make the individual a better pilot. For those who decide to make a career of helicopter flying, Heli Air provides the right environment to achieve this goal, the Commercial Pilot Licence. Heli Air offers some outstanding packages for individuals to accumulate their flying hours for the CPL course at competitive rates. The Commercial course as its name implies is to turn the individual into a pilot capable of flying and navigating accurately, improving the efficiency of the


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flight as well as maintaining costs. Having passed the Flight Test, this may allow a pilot to work for a helicopter charter company. Once qualified as a commercial pilot, there are two

further options to individuals, both of which are offered at Heli Air. Firstly a pilot may embark on the Flying Instructors course and having qualified, this will enable the pilot to teach students to fly and gain their Private Pilot Licence.

Take a look inside any of Heli Air’s hangars, designed to accommodate all customers’ aircraft whether they are in for maintenance, rebuild or just Heli Air’s caretaking. The highly organised positioning of aircraft and constant supervisor control over their aircraft engineers assures the customer of a professional relationship. Heli Air maintains aircraft from the Robinson R22 / R44 series, Bell 206 B & L series, Squirrel

AS 350 / 355 series Eurocopter EC120 & EC130 and the Agusta 109 series. Heli Air’s teams of trained specialists are able to rebuild and refurbish R22 and R44 aircraft from a complete 12 year / 2200 hour overhaul to installing night kit equipment, interior upgrades and hull re-sprays. Heli Air is a Robinson Helicopter Company Distributor and Authorised Service Center. For clients looking to sell an aircraft, Heli Air can assist by using its database of customers. For the supply and purchase of any new make and model of aircraft, given the requirements Heli Air will obtain the best terms available in the marketplace through its well-established arrangements with manufacturers’ distributors. Heli Air also specialises in the supply of turbine engine aircraft, both single engine and twin. For further information call Heli Air 01789 470476 and or visit HeliAir.com

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hen it comes to identifying that ‘must have’ product that will top Christmas lists everywhere, the iPad 2 easily earns the top spot. If you were thinking there might be a worthy competitor from an alternative electronic manufacturer then think again. Lets be honest, no-one wants to see their child cry on Christmas morning. I am of course bias, with a vested interest in Apple. Still the truth is universal, and it is universally acknowledged that the Apple iPad 2 is best. It doesn’t matter whether you are buying something for a 5 year old or a 75 year old. e iPad 2 spans generations in a way no previous electronic device ever did. You will still need to decide which iPad 2 to buy. Prices range from £399 - £699. You can choose between Wi-fi only, where you must download content at home (or Wi-fi hot spot) but can play anywhere. Alternative Wi-fi/3G models allow you to download content outside using a mobile data network

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connection (Vodafone, O2, 3, Orange). is obviously costs money. I’d be cautious of signing long term contracts that tie you in for up to 24 months and does not include using your iPad abroad without incurring extravagant ‘roaming’ charges. e good news is the iPad 2 can also be used with a Micro ‘Pay As You Go’ sim. If this all sounds confusing, that is because it is. eir are subtle differences across the iPad 2 range spanning 12 models. Make sure you go to a store that can advise you correctly. My second choice for a Christmas present is the iPod touch. e latest iPod touch is a piece of technical brilliance. Lightweight, slim, tactile and beautifully presented, the iPod touch is fabulous value for money. Priced at £169 - £329 the iPod touch really belies its price and I just can’t think of anything else that is so good for anywhere near the same price. Remember Apple originally catapulted itself to fame and fortune with the iPod and this latest

incarnation still delivers smiles every Christmas. e secret to Apple’s success has much to do with how Apple has redefined user experience, carefully removing all the irrelevant buttons and unnecessary complications that bog down the competition. I only need glance at my collection of old school remotes, an ageing Hi-fi stack held together with a mile of cable and C:/ Why_wont._u/work operating systems to remind me. 19 years ago, when I left school, I headed straight to Apple to ask if I could start my own business with them. ey were a little shocked at my presumption, being just 20 years old at the time. Nonetheless they eventually said yes and I’ve never looked back. At the very core of Apple, imbedded in its DNA, thanks to Steve Jobs, is the desire to make sure things just work. It seems strange that for so long so many of us blindly accepted poor design, inferior

production methods and damn right obtuse interfaces that drove many of us too despair. Much like ‘the ghost of Christmas past’ I remember a Christmas where Dad was still sweating from an over indulgent portion of Christmas lunch trying to fathom out the Christmas gadget he so readily purchased without realising he’d require a crash course in computer programming. Up and down the country parents found themselves speed reading tiny multilingual booklets, knowing only too well, they were well out of their depth. Consequentially glancing around the room in the vain hope they might find someone to ‘pass the parcel’. is brings me to my third choice of Christmas present. Apple TV priced at just £99 is a great Christmas present for the person who already has a Mac, iPhone, iPad & iPod touch. e Apple TV plugs straight in to your big flat screen TV and joins your existing home Wi-fi network, without the need for a manual.


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iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac to the device. Only one device can be paired at a single time but given most of us on the beach don’t have a vast array of equipment with us, the Bose SoundLink serves its purpose well.

Apple TV is one of those products that you need to see to really appreciate. Go to a store where you can see it working for yourself. It’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time. In short it integrates your Mac, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad with your TV, wirelessly.

What I really like about the Bose SoundLink is the fact that Bose make good solid products, well engineered & well thought out. e Bose SoundLink seems to share some of Apple’s design DNA. e SoundLink features Bose patented sound technology that reproduces good quality sound despite its compact size. Its easy to set-up and features a built in case. When you close the case the music stops and when you open the case, which doubles as a stand, the music starts up again. Simple elegant practical design. Brilliant. e Bose SoundLink is priced £259 - £299 and worth every penny.

Even the wealthiest of James Bond villains doesn’t have as cool a set-up as I have at home. Admittedly I do not have an enormous shark filled fish tank but my Apple TV set-up runs a close second. I can run up to five Apple TVs in my home at once. I can watch five different HD movies in five different rooms at the same time. I can interrupt any of my five Apple TV’s whenever I like and simply push content from my iPad 2 to any Apple TV. I can do the same with my MacBook Pro and my wife can use her iPhone or MacBook to control whichever TV she prefers at the same time. We need never speak again, let alone fight over the remote. It’s worth taking time out to test your internet connection speed before you rush out and buy one or more Apple TVs. I would recommend using www.speedtest.net . is website provides a quick and simple test of your internet speed and so long as you are receiving a 4Mb+ download speed you should be good to go. New fibre optic based internet services from Virgin and BT are best and commonly provide 8Mb+ so its worth checking you have the latest, fastest service if you want to feel the full benefit of Apple TV. Fourth on my list of cool Christmas presents is the new Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin

Air. A quality wireless speaker system that has Apple’s Airplay system built-in. is means you can use the Zeppelin Air on the same network as one or more Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac or iPhone. Bowers & Wilkins commitment to Airplay is encouraging as the Zeppelin has in recent years been the most popular choice, least in my own stores, and its good to see the British company Bowers & Wilkins leading their industry. When it comes to other docking speaker systems, and lets face it there are hundreds these days, the majority are poor quality systems designed and built by opportunist companies that none of us have ever heard of. Supermarkets, PC World, Curry’s and others all have their own “i” brands. As the majority of iPhone/iPod customers purchase speakers

without auditioning them, these retail giants simply push out rubbish products designed to maximise their profits. Sure they look attractively priced but they sound rubbish and often only last till Spring before they make their way to the local rubbish tip along with a mountain of other similar devices. My final suggestion for a Christmas gift is another wireless speaker system but well deserving of its place in this list. For years I’ve been waiting for a portable speaker system that I can take with me on holiday, in the garden, to the park or beach. Something well built, stylish and that sounds half decent. Its been a long wait but finally its arrived. e Bose SoundLink relies on a bluetooth connection for wireless connectivity. is means you must ‘pair’ your

So there you have it, five electronic products all of which are either made by Apple or rightfully deserve a place alongside an Apple product. ere’s something for almost everyone and every budget. If I was allowed a sixth product, please editor let me have a sixth, I highly recommend either a Wacom, Griffin or Just Mobile iPad Stylus. ese devices use a conductive rubber nib that allows you to more accurately draw and write on an iPad or iPad 2. Its not that I have abnormally fat fingers, I just find drawing with a stylus so much easier and better than with my fingers. Priced £15-£25 they make great stocking fillers. John Parvin Managing Director of Solutions inc. www.solutions-inc.co.uk For more information on any of these product visit our Store at 78 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH1 1LR Tel: 01202 559776 n NOVEMBER2011 55


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utumn chills can easily be banished by the popular new trends in homeware emerging on the high street. ere's something for every taste from modern to vintage and, even if a complete makeover is beyond your budget, it's perfectly possible to echo styles in key, affordable pieces or accessories with impact. "Blame it on TV's Mad Men, but our appetite for all things Fifties and Sixties is insatiable," says Isobel McKenzie-Price, editorial director of Ideal Home magazine. "at's one of the key trends and at the other end of the scale, but equally strong, is the New Victorian decor, inspired by our yearning for the security and stability of past eras and a certain nostalgia." An eclectic country style, celebrating the beauty of one-off treasures, rustic wood and natural materials will also continue to charm, she predicts, while glamour, sparkle and shine is guaranteed to star in fashionable homes next year. "I think all these styles have real staying power - not just for the season but right through 2012," she predicts. Follow her guide to the four top trends for home decor.

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MAKE IT MODERN Cool design classics from the Fifties and Sixties are enjoying a revival and are must-have pieces for contemporary rooms. "Mid-Century Modern is the perfect look for our time - simple, pared-back, elegant, and seriously stylish in an unassuming way," says McKenzie-Price. "It's a look that really is timeless, and perfectly suited to our smaller living spaces too, which is probably why it's such a winner." is time around, she says, it's interpreted in a pared-back Scandi-style, so avoid wacky graphics and kitsch colours, and simply allow statement furniture pieces to star, and team with a chalky neutrals colour scheme, subtle patterned wallpapers, and injections of moody ochre colours. Follow the trend: "You can always tell if a trend has staying power when the big retailers commit to it," says McKenzie-Price. "Mid-Century furniture is everywhere from John Lewis to House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer's new Conran range. STAG CUSHION, £165, PEDLARS 56

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and sumptuous textures are essential ingredients, she says. Make a button back sofa an iconic piece, and preferably in leather. Follow the trend: Look to companies like Multiyork for classic furniture that can be customised in a bold colour or pattern, she suggests, or visit online companies such as Sofa.com or Argos.

TWO-SEATER IN DALTON ZINNIA, £1,050; FOOTSTOOL, £300; ARMCHAIR IN GOSFORD OFFWHITE CERISE, £650; MILTON NEST OF TWO TABLES, £325; COBY ANGLEPOISE LAMP, £125 AND RIDGED WHITE LACQUER FRAMES, £22 EACH, ALL FROM LAURA ASHLEY.

Check out wallpapers such as linear graphic patterns from Harlequin or those with stylised seed heads from Villa Nova." CHIC & SLEEK GLAMOUR Banish the blues - or at any rate the gloom of hard times by indulging in full-on fab decor. "Forget the bling - this season, it's all about sophistication and luxury with a contemporary twist," says McKenzie-Price. "It's the modern version of Marie Antoinette in Versailles - the world may be crumbling, so let's live for the moment!" Create this with a monochrome scheme based on geometric prints, she advises, and then add a pop of vivid colour to create instant glamour and focus. "Shapes are geometric and linear and classic pieces are reinvented in ultra-modern finishes. "Gloss and shine are essential elements - lustrous leather, gleaming mirrors, glassware and sleek surfaces - all of which bounce light around. "And the must-have accent

Sanderson and Laura Ashley have great Neo-Victorian style wallpapers and quirky decorative pieces suitable for your own stately home: stags heads for the wall, stuffed animals in bell jars and ornate mirrors from boutique companies such as Pedlars.

worn wooden furniture and layers of texture. Follow the trend: Laura Ashley's buttercup yellow and duck-egg blue palette is particularly appealing, says McKenzie-Price, and House of Fraser is showcasing designer Rachel Ashwell's new Shabby Chic Collection with pretty furniture and a subtle grey and pale pink palette. Accessorise with chunky knit cushions, throws and sheepskin bean bags from companies such as Heal's, Marks & Spencer and e White Company. n

colour for this look is deep raspberry - avoid red, it's far too Eighties." Follow the trend: Source sofas and dining furniture from stores such as Dwell and Furniture Village, she advises, while Next is an excellent source for glamour decor. Graham & Brown's range includes stunning black and white wallpapers, and Tesco and Debenhams both have stylish accessory collections. NEW VICTORIAN e highly decorative look of the Victorian era is reborn with a rich colour palette, eclectic accessories and a galaxy of patterns. "is look is waiting in the wings," predicts McKenzie -Price. "is is the big grown-up sister of the girly vintage look that's been around for the past couple of years. "But forget pretty florals, crystal and lace - this is seriously Pre-Raphaelite and intense. "ink dark colours - peacock blue, charcoal grey, mulberry and purple - and ornate patterns." Big bold damasks in flock on a shiny ground, velvets, chenille

BRAMLEY SIDEBOARD, £1,100; KITCHEN DRESSER, £1,600; DINING TABLE, £950; BENCH, £325; SINGLE CARVER CHAIR, £250; PAIR OF DINING CHAIRS, £350 AND GALLERY WALL CLOCK, £120, ALL FROM LAURA ASHLEY.

ECLECTIC COUNTRY Traditional farmhouse, elegant French and vintage are all ingredients of the new interpretation of country. "e great British love affair with country style never ends, but this year our passion for all things rustic is at fever pitch," says McKenzie-Price. "It seems we're all in the mood for nesting, and the relaxed feel at the heart of country has hit the spot perfectly. "But this is definitely an updated version - and it's all about putting your own eclectic stamp on classic elements, such as soft linens,

WILLOW ROUND DINING TABLE, £999; DARCY DINING CHAIR, £699 FOR A PAIR; MADELINE CHANDELIER, £120; GOSFORD DINNER PLATE, £7.50; SIDE PLATE, £5.50 AND BOWL, £5.50, FROM THE SHABBY CHIC COLLECTION AT HOUSE OF FRASER

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As a frequent visitor to the South Coast, I have very fond memories of Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, e New Forest and all the wonderful surrounding towns and villages. I have been writing monthly articles for Fish Media Group (the publishers of this magazine) since their launch in 2006. I have grown with their rapid development and am pleased to say that the response from readers in all of their groups of exceptional magazines covering the Home Counties, London and Channel Islands has been overwhelming, I hope you find them interesting down here too!

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If you have any questions or would like me to write a specific piece then please email me at john@johnbly.com or visit my website www.johnbly.com Some years ago I had a large oil-on-canvas portrait of a lady, obviously of noble background and, in her day – that is of the later 17century – of considerable beauty. It was a fine example of a typical set piece of time; she is holding, rather dramatically, a scantily clad child who clearly wants to play with a small dog, and all are within swathes of luxurious drapes. In a well-preserved condition and in its original carved wood and gilt frame, it was not long before it caught the eye of someone who recognises a good picture. A deal was struck and the picture was delivered and hung in a place just made for it. And so began one of those great friendships that grow from common interests, although this buyer had enjoyed a few more

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interests than I, and I thought mine were varied enough. e customer and later to become friend was Laszlo Grof, a beguiling Hungarian who arrived in England in 1956 and without any English found employment first as a cook and then as a steel worker in an iron foundry, then into the mine as an explosives expert. Next came a spell as a furniture maker for Messrs Gomme in High Wycombe working on their famous ‘G Plan’ range, before turning his hand to running his own chicken farm. Settling down to become a qualified accountant Laszlo then went to Oxford to receive a degree with honours in history and has just completed his 8th tour of Transylvania lecturing on his

favourite subject, the history of cartography. In this field Laszlo is one of the leading authorities on ancient maps with a collection envied by museums and connoisseurs all over the world. In the field of music he is a keen jazz buff and has been in the audience on several occasions when I’ve been playing, both with a small group and with the Sticky Wicket Big Band Drum Spectacular which we put on at e Stables in Wavenden, the jazz Mecca established by the late and much lamented John Dankworth and his still-singing wife the fabulous Cleo Lane. So time spent with Laszlo is never silent and while visiting him last year I noticed and

remarked on two contemporary paintings hanging in the same room as the lady with the child and dog. ey had an instant appeal in the colourful and atmospheric representation of rural Hungary, full of light and shadows. Zoltan explained that the Impressionist movement had and still has an important influence in Hungary and a leading exponent is the artist Zoltan Grof – no relation – who painted the two I was admiring. Zoltan’s technique of using enamel-oil, give his paintings the power of colour achieved by traditional oils, with the luminescence of light and shade created by the modern medium of lacenamel. Zolton developed his skills and love of the medium as a student. e impressionist traditions of the famous Hungarian Nagybanya School which was founded as an artist’s colony in 1896 by Simon Hollosy, was the spark from which Zoltan developed his passion and skills to produce the vibrant and atmospheric paintings. In 2001 Zoltan was commissioned to create 24 large scale pictures for UNESCO, each commemorating the cities, towns and villages given World UNESCO status. His paintings are in numerous private collections in Hungary and abroad. At the time of writing we are holding an exhibition of Zoltan’s work in the grand Bedford Room at Woburn Abbey, the first we hope of many. We all meet fascinating people from time to time but there can be few occupations like mine where you have the opportunity to learn just how fascinating they really are and how they act as catalysts for other people with varying talents in such disparate fields.


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ver the last twenty years every aspect of the home has been the subject of makeovers and upgrading. We have seen kitchens, bathrooms, conservatories, soft furnishings, gardens, sundecks, swimming pools: the list is endless. Or almost endless. e only area in a home that has not had the usual loving care is the garage: until now that is. After years of abuse, the lowly garage is finally getting a second chance thanks to GarageTek who are the leading garage storage and organisation company in America and have been operating in the UK for five years now. Alastair Broom, the Managing Director in the UK had been researching the options for garages for a number of years because, coming from a property background he could see the enormous potential that has been the garage.

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THE WORLD’S CLEANEST GARAGE BY GARAGETEK “In many cases the garage is over 10% of the space in a house and yet owners have not had a sensible proposition to do anything with it. ey will happily leave their £50,000 Mercedes on the drive in all weather whilst there is probably £1,000 of odds and ends lying all over the garage floor. is really doesn’t make a lot of sense and I was determined to find a solution,” says Alastair Broom. “Added to that in a house with a value today of, say £750,000, 10% equates to the garage having a potential value of £75,000. Does it feel like that value to most owners? Why not increase its value and therefore the value of the house as well as making maximum use of the space?” THE BENEFITS OF GARAGETEK GarageTek will design and install a storage solution that gets everything off the floor and onto the walls in specially designed cabinets, baskets,

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With options for the walls, floor, ceiling and over 80 different units there is clearly something for everyone. And there is no need to have the whole garage fitted: the system is so flexible that it is possible to have just one wall fitted, maybe with a new floor and the rest can be done at a later stage if that fits the budget better.

THE VALUE OF VERSATILITY e foundation of the GarageTek system is the patented TekPanel, a strong, attractive wall panel on which other system elements are attached. TekPanel is bright, strong and covers the walls of the garage and then a modular system of high performance cabinets, shelves, baskets and activity racks are added to the slotted walls with clip-on brackets. e GarageTek system can easily accommodate storage of various items. For example: n Sports enthusiasts can select activity racks specifically designed for stowing bicycles, fishing rods and tackle, sailing equipment, canoes, golf clubs and shoes, ski equipment or tennis equipment n Kids will love to have their own private lockers and racks for sports gear n Gardeners can organise their tools handily


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Woodworkers or hobby enthusiasts can create a well-organised workshop area with benchs, cabinets, part bins, tip-out bins, tool holders and hooks n

If storage needs or hobbies change, the beauty of GarageTek is its adaptability. Any layout changes are easy: the owner simply lifts and

slides the item to a new location. GarageTek also offers a choice of flooring system: an extraordinarily strong, stain resistant and easy to keep clean interlocking tile or a very popular seamless Resin coating that gives the garage a car showroom look. Like the entire GarageTek system, the flooring is custom designed

and versatile with a wide range of colours and patterns to choose from. CUSTOM DESIGN AND INSTALLATION When a homeowner is interested in a GarageTek system, the first step is a no strings attached free consultation where a GarageTek designer will create a custom rendering of the proposed garage organisation system using the Company’s own GarageVision software. e garage will be measured and designed to the owner’s needs and requirements and a

comprehensive colour layout and price structure is given to homeowners so that they can see exactly how their garage will look. “Whilst the do-it-yourself on a budget is not our core market we have sold a number of our systems and the owners will do the installation themselves” says Broom. “Our market is the homeowner who

understands value and wants the convenience and style of a GarageTek system which will create or enhance a lot of space in their home.” ENJOY THE GARAGE e final piece in the jigsaw is the enjoyment. It is the most important step. A GarageTek system gives so much more flexibility. Owners can re-configure the accessories anywhere on the walls at any time without the need for tools. If you need more accessories – no problem. GarageTek have them in stock and they can easily be added

Alastair Broom’s vision is for the garage to be considered on the same level of thinking as the rest of the home. “ In a few years I expect to see the GarageTek brand as a part of Estate Agents’ details in much the same way as the quality brands for kitchens are today.” One thing is clear: homeowners now have a serious and quality option for upgrading their garage to make it a highly usable space be it for storage, recreation or keeping that car in throughout the year. You can learn more about GarageTek and the

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ere are a few bits and pieces you can pick up from nurseries and garden centres to fill the gap. Pink heathers and cyclamen can make a pretty autumn planting scheme and quite an unusual hue from the normal burnt oranges, burgundies and yellows of autumn.

Choose one type of bulb for each pot and you're likely to have a more eye-catching display than if you mix your bulbs, which probably won't all flower at the same time.

Go for the heather Calluna vulgaris 'Annemarie', with pale pink buds which deepen as they open and are set off by pink-flowering Cyclamen hederifolium, with its pretty marbled leaves to lighten the scheme.

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foliage. Ornamental cabbages are in season, in a mass of sculptural shapes in blues and whites, often tinged with purple. An ornamental cabbage can make a great focal point for any hanging basket, perhaps teamed with crimson foliage of bugle (Ajuga reptans 'Multicolor').

other seasons - and if you want low maintenance then you could always choose a perennial to provide year-round interest.

Skimmia japonica 'Rogersii', planted nearby, will form clusters of red berries which last until the next flush of flowers, while the

WITH A LITTLE IMAGINATION, AUTUMN AND WINTER POTS CAN PROVIDE THAT MUCH NEEDED SPLASH OF COLOUR LONG AFTER ALL ELSE HAS FADED.

Alternatively, try the pink and purple shades of a variety of Aster novi-belgii, which is compact, bushy and suitable for container planting. If you have a galvanised bucket, the silver will go perfectly with the pinks, purples and bluey-green foliage shades.

Make the most of winter foliage by planting up hanging baskets with Mexican orange blossom (Choisya ternata Sundance), with its bright yellow leaves, contrasting with the dark foliage of Gaultheria procumbens, or wintergreen, which produces bright red fruit which lasts through the winter. Other colour can be added with violas, lamium and dark-leaved ivy. Some plants will be interesting now but will also flourish in 66

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With a little imagination, autumn and winter pots can provide that much needed splash of colour long after all else has faded. BEST OF THE BUNCH RHUS (SUMACH) ey are grown for their brilliant autumn colours, their palm-like leaves turning rich orange, red or purple.

Other plants which look great in silver planters include the attractive purple evergreen Heuchera 'Stormy Seas', along with the silver-leaved Convolvulus cneorum and pink Cyclamen persicum which flowers in autumn or early spring. Container displays can be enhanced by berries of different colours. Try planting a gaultheria - a hardy, evergreen shrub with small oval glossy green leaves whose flowers in late spring are followed in autumn by clusters of bright, round fruits in shades of red and pale lilac, white, pink, purple or blue, depending on the variety.

traditional terracotta pots. Different varieties of red hot chilli peppers, mixed with rust and orange-coloured pansies can make a wonderful display in a conservatory.

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e flowers of the rhus are insignificant but in late summer the female plants produce spikes of small crimson fruits. ese shrubs are often grown as small trees but need to be pruned regularly to stop them becoming leggy and untidy. e most common variety is R. typhina, the Stag's Horn Sumach, whose spreading branches will grow to 4m (12ft) or more if left to their own devices. ey do produce suckers, which will need removing to keep the plant under control. ey are best located in a woodland, as a background shrub or specimen and prefer to be grown in full sun in moist, well-drained soil. Another great addition is Rhus glabra, whose deep blue-green leaves turn a brilliant red in autumn.

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e compact shrub Skimmia japonica 'Rubella' has oval-shaped, red-edged leaves and dark-red flower buds which form in autumn and winter, then open in late winter and early spring. A female clone, such as

hermaphrodite S. japonica 'Reevesiana', which can be planted on its own, produces clusters of bright red berries through the cooler months. Fun autumn colour in pots can also be provided by capsicums of all kind, planted up in

GOOD ENOUGH TO EAT - PUMPKINS With Halloween approaching, pumpkin lanterns will be adorning porches and windowsills alike - but these brightly coloured vegetables will also add flavour and texture to soups, casseroles and pies.


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ey need a long, hot summer to fully ripen and develop their colour and plenty of watering when the fruits are swelling.

l Check bowls of bulbs planted for winter flowering indoors and don't let them dry out.

Pumpkins are frost-tender annuals, so should only be planted out after all danger of frost has passed. In cooler areas, sow the seeds direct at the end of spring or in modules indoors before planting out.

l Clear fallen leaves and save them to make leaf mould, which can be used as a mulch.

When three leaves have emerged, plant out the seedlings, which are sensitive to root disturbance. Plants need to be hardened off gradually under a cloche and planted in soil that has been warmed under a cloche beforehand. Pumpkins prefer a sunny spot in normal garden soil, mulched with a layer of compost. Each plant will need about three square metres (30 square ft) of space. e fruits are ready for harvesting when the stems dry and the skins harden, usually in mid-autumn. THREE WAYS TO... USE PLANT TEXTURES 1. Select shiny leaves, berries and fruits to reflect light into gloomy areas. 2. Use soft, downy foliage close to the front of a border, where you can brush past tactile plants, enjoying their full touchy-feely effect. 3. Plant trees with rough or peeling bark to create focal points in winter gardens. WHAT TO DO THIS WEEK l Continue to harvest fruit and vegetables. Apples and pears should be picked by the end of the month and maincrop carrots and potatoes lifted and stored for the winter.

l Net the pond to protect it from autumn leaves. l Bring in pelargoniums and half-hardy fuchsias growing in pots outdoors. l Plant garlic, spring cabbages and Japanese onions. l Lift gladioli corms for winter storage. l Cut back outdoor chrysanthemums as they finish flowering, lift them and store them in shallow boxes of compost. l As the likelihood of rain increases, cover alpine plants with hairy or downy foliage with a cloche or plastic supported on wire legs. l Remove the yellowing leaves of Brussels sprouts and firm the plants in with your feet. l Take pots of amaryllis, crinums and nerines inside to protect from frost and waterlogging. l In areas with established plants, top dress with well-rotted garden compost, but don't add fertilisers until early spring. l As the weather becomes colder, cover fruiting strawberries with cloches, tunnels of plastic sheeting or horticultural fleece to protect them at night. l

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Hallways are often, wrongly, neglected areas in the home, says Hoppen, and can ďŹ&#x201A;ag up personal style. In her hallway, recessed strip lights on either side of the treads and risers of the staircase make it appear to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ďŹ&#x201A;oat.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The lighting also has the eďŹ&#x20AC;ect of appearing to widen the space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Halls should impress as well as being practical. Whenever I come home, I look forward to experiencing the sense of wellbeing that my hall engenders,â&#x20AC;? says Hoppen. Eye-catching features include a pair of Sixties zinc wall mirrors hung above a shelf displaying ďŹ&#x201A;ower arrangements and tea lights. Hoppen loves: Full-height doors that run all the way up to the ceiling to increase a sense of space, as well as bespoke door handles and

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Kitchens are now as popular as dining and entertaining areas, and Hoppen has devised her own streamlined recipe for the space. In her home this area extends over the majority of the ground ďŹ&#x201A;oor and incorporates a dining area leading on to the garden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nitely the theatre at the heart of my home,â&#x20AC;? she says. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To cook and entertain at home is now cool and I have a ďŹ replace up on the wall like a painting, which is a focal point, and cosy in winter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m always hosting dinners and love having guests drinking and chatting while I cook, I wanted this to be an open and alluring space for friends to relax. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The island bar is where everyone gravitates - itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;chill and chatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; zone, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a place to work, read and have breakfast and so upholstered comfortable chairs are an essential.â&#x20AC;?

The dining area has its own character deďŹ ned by a large oak farmhouse-style table which Hoppen designed. Hoppen loves: Maximising space with an island bar on double-sided central units, using reďŹ&#x201A;ective surfaces such as glossy lacquer or silky polished plaster and employing the colour taupe - a perfect neutral which creates an atmosphere of harmony and calm. >3@A=</:@3B@3/B

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whether it will also function as a dressing room and extra private lounging area, she says. In Hoppenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compact bedroom, a low, wide headboard and integrated bedside units help give an illusion of more space. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A bedroom is a treasured place, the ultimate comfort zone, and should be designed to please all your senses,â&#x20AC;? says Hoppen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your sanctuary and must be warm and inviting with lots of texture. My own bedroom is my hiding place and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used a calm, taupe palette and concealed lighting to give the room a warm, seductive glow.â&#x20AC;? Hoppen loves: Adjustable lighting which gives you the freedom to alter the atmosphere to suit mood, shutters that ďŹ lter daylight softly and allow privacy, and fabrics such as linen, velvet and satin for a luxury look, plus a dressing table for jewellery and treasured possessions. NOVEMBER2011 69

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SINCE CHAPLINS OPENED IT’S DOORS ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO IT HAS SHOWCASED AND DELIVERED THE VERY BEST IN STYLE, QUALITY AND SERVICE TO A LONG LIST IF DISCERNING CLIENTELE, INTRODUCING MANY INTERNATIONAL BRANDS TO THE UK MARKET FIRST.

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to edit collections rather than be dictated to by a single brand as many furniture stores around Europe are. is reflects in the individuality of our displays and crosses over to our client’s homes. At Chaplins we enjoy a freedom to express our love for design and to push boundaries and trends quickly, without having to run through and constantly analyse figures." If all the fabulous pieces on display in this design heaven proves too much for you, Chaplins also offer a ‘Home Design Service’ as many of their elegant storage systems for bedrooms and offices require an expert level of planning, which naturally they

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pread over 25’000 square feet, Chaplins scour the international design scene to display over 180 of the biggest and most exciting European furniture and lighting brands including B&B Italia, Cassina, Ligne Roset, Hulsta and Rolf Benz, to name but a few. All these wonderful collections are held under one roof, making it an inspiring one-stop solution for your entire home furnishing needs. Managing Director, Simon Chaplin is the second generation to take control of what is a family run business. Simon’s fascination stems back to his youth, “I was fortunate enough to grow up in a furniture family so even though I was not working, I was learning through osmosis!” Simon’s vision when taking over the Chaplins dynasty was to not only showcase the largest retail space showing high-end contemporary furniture and design in the UK, but to also build a concierge service around it, offering their clients a fully tailored package from the

they are just at home working on a TV room in the quiet suburbs, which surround them. So what does Simon predict will be the next big trend in contemporary furniture design? “I’d like to think great interiors are timeless. An interior should reflect an individual’s personality and lifestyle more than current trends." Although Chaplins are very proud of their showroom in Hatch End, Middlesex they also appreciate that buying trends are changing and people are using the internet for both research purposes and to make the occasional purchase. e Chaplins website (www.chalplins.co.uk)

building stage to the finishing touches. He goes on to explain, “Running a business enables me to build a team that I value who share the same design ethos. Furniture runs in my blood, It is not a business for numbers although they always have to add up! It is a business that has to be led by passion or the end result will reflect this.” As an independent run store all Chaplins staff have a background in design and are qualified to give you the fullest possible assistance, which is friendly, expert and efficient, taking your personal wishes into account. Simon goes on to say, “e love of design can be seen in every element of our customers’ lives, from the cars they drive to the watches they wear to the houses they live in. It is our skill of interpretation using these outwards signs which enable us to connect with our client base.” When asked what makes Chaplins unique to other furniture stores Simon explains “Working with over 150 design houses, it allows us

provide. is includes full floor plans, plus delivery and installation which is always carried out by their own team of fully trained fitters who know how to handle furniture and realise the importance of each piece, protecting and caring for it throughout delivery and installation as if it was their own. As well as working on projects throughout the UK, Chaplins work all over the world. Liasing with designers and architects on various sized projects. Recent projects have included a 40 million Euro home in Cap Ferrat, South of France and 68,000 sq ft mansion in Dubai. However

is well worth the visit. As well as stylish furniture and accessories, it features a trend-led section full of inspiring ideas and product news. Simon finishes up by saying "we have worked with clients in the Sandbanks area for many years and our delivery teams can be seen as often there as in our own locality! Our furniture is perfectly suited to many of the individual and more contemporary homes in the area" For more information about Chaplins please call 020 8421 1779, email sales@chaplins.co.uk or visit www.chaplins.co.uk NOVEMBER2011 73


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e first met our client, a Dorset property developer, when he called in at our stand at the RHS Chelsea Flower show,â&#x20AC;? explains Crown Pavilionsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; in-house Garden Designer, Carl Hooper. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He explained that he had admired our products for some time - and browsing our website noticed we have our own landscaping company (which, incidentally, was awarded the much coveted Merit Award for Outstanding Presentation),â&#x20AC;? he adds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He wanted a beautiful garden complete with spacious gazebo, all of which would reflect the unique character of the main house. All elements had to work together in harmony as well as forming a sumptuous back-drop for relaxing and entertaining. Day or night, winter or summer, rain or shineâ&#x20AC;Ś he wanted a year-round sanctuary where he could work, rest and play.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sanctuaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first thing that came to mind when Carl and the design team arrived on site one cold, damp March morning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had to clamber across rubble, weeds and rubbish,â&#x20AC;? he recalls. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The soil was poor and the drainage atrocious. However to our landscapers it was the perfect blank canvas and at the heart of this canvas would be the jewel in the crown: a bespoke 12-seater cedar gazebo with luxury dining, seating and lighting, fully wired for media and internet â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;escapeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; that could be a haven of relaxation one minute and a glorious pleasure zone the next.â&#x20AC;? Crown Pavilions and its sister company Crown 76

/A/>@=>3@BG23D3:=>3@G=C 53BCA32B=0C7:27<5A7B3A 0CBE63<B6/B0C7:27<5A7B37A G=C@=E<¡5/@23<¸7B¸A?C7B3 /<=B63@;/BB3@/<2E63< B63¡0C7:27<5¸/BB6363/@B =4B6/B5/@23<B6383E3: 7<B631@=E<B=037A:7BB:3 ;=@3B6/</>7:3=4@C00:3 G=C<332/A>317/:97<2=4 :/<2A1/>3@B=>CB7B@756B Gardens (responsible for the landscaping) arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;your averageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; landscape designers or gazebo manufacturers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d started life as a manufacturer of high-end gazebos and garden rooms,â&#x20AC;? Carl explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But, increasingly, we were finding people wanted us to handle the landscaping too â&#x20AC;&#x201C; after all, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re investing in a state-of-theart gazebo you want a setting that does it justice!â&#x20AC;? So Crown Gardens was born to work in parallel with its sister company - and scores of sumptuous gardens-andgazebos later, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve attracted the attention of some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most discerning clients â&#x20AC;&#x201C; people like Duncan Bannatyne for his Bannatyne Spa Hotel in Hastings and Canadian businesswoman Gabriella Atkinson for her home and riding centre at Bedgebury Park. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also created stunning sanctuaries overlooking the Mediterranean where the gazebo is more about sheltering from the heat than the rain or snow,â&#x20AC;? says Carl.

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Home i nterest But wherever the location, the accent is firmly on creating the perfect haven to relax and entertain, and which requires minimum maintenance. “It’s important that everything - from the smallest exotic shrub to the most intricate cascading rock waterfall, from the plump feather-filled cushions to the siting of the gazebo itself - must work in complete harmony.” But unlike a painting on a canvas, a garden never looks the same. “Not only does it change dramatically according to the season, it must look amazing from every angle.” From the house to the garden room and back again, it’s a 360 degrees 3-dimensional entity that needs to look stunning and serve a multitude of different purposes “whether you’re putting your feet up at the end of the day or welcoming guests to a glittering celebration.” Then there’s the weather to contend with. “Soft furnishings must be fade and insect-resistant for the summer and mould-resistant in the wet season. Structures must be sturdy and low maintenance. Lighting must complement each other. And, of course, you need heat so you can get the most from the garden room all year round.” Inspired by a string of triumphs “which includes the transformation of our property developer client’s ‘building site’ into a breathtaking garden retreat”, Crown is now setting its sight on making clients’ outdoor spaces even more versatile. “These days, people want a garden in which they can do everything,” says Carl “We already have a popular range of gazebos with hot tubs. Now we’re about to introduce a range of bespoke garden offices and outdoor kitchens, vastly extending the scope of how you use your garden.” Contact: Rees Gidley or Barbara Anne Barber Tel 01491 612820. Crown Pavilions Ltd, 6B Lys Mill Farm, Watlington, Oxfordshire, OX49 5EP

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housands of food-lovers flocked to Deans Court in Wimborne last month for the magical Feast of Dorset food festival. More than 100 stalls displaying the best of Dorset produce filled the 14-acre grounds and a huge range of activities including falconry, beekeeping, apple identification, foraging walks and herb talks delighted visitors. Packed audiences filled the cookery theatre to see celebrity

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chefs, including food writer Rose Prince, Masterchef ’s Mat Follas and Jez Barfoot cooking up a delicious Dorset feast. Dorset’s favourite chef Lesley Waters used elderberries and blackberries in her dish, freshly-picked from the orchard at Dean’s Court, to demonstrate the local ingredients available to visitors this harvest season. As chair of the popular Q&A session, the charismatic Olives Et Al entrepreneur Giles

Henschel successfully fielded foodie questions and conundrums to the experts, including Tamasin Day-Lewis, Fran Warde and Andy Kelly. Not one for the squeamish, the deer butchering performed by Lee Moreton from the Purbeck Larder in front of a captivated crowd in the cookery theatre, was the epitome of hearty food from butcher’s hook to dinner plate. Artisan butcher Lee gave the freshly cut meat to Deans

LESLEY WATERS PERFORMING IN THE COOKERY THEATRE

THIRD SUCCESSFUL YEAR FOR THE FEAST OF DORSET

Court chef Jez Barfoot and the Bib Gourmand-accredited Matt Davey to create their venison with foraged mushrooms, pumpkin gnocchi and sage butter. Even the Sunday showers couldn’t deter visitors, who packed out the marquees until the sun shone through in the afternoon. Among the event highlights for the day was the chocolate pasta-making workshop, hosted by Italian food writer Anna Del Conte


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and her tireless sous chef, granddaughter Coco (13). ey were joined by young competition winners, who all had a fantastic time squashing, shaping, stretching and pulling pasta under Anna and Coco’s superb supervision. Premium sponsor, Colten Care’s interactive area was in constant demand for cupcake-making, and its dynamic new ‘Sun Room’ which allows visitors to experience tropical climates proved particularly popular. Wine sponsor, Tempus Two, exclusively chose Feast of Dorset for its UK launch and has already signed up for next year’s event after experiencing the good festival ambience and subsequent sales. Event organiser Anna Wallis said: “We are delighted with the turnout. Saturday was a glorious day with Deans Court full of sunshine and food-lovers enjoying the best of Dorset’s food and drink. In spite of the rain on Sunday morning, 7,500 people attended, which demonstrates the strength of Feast of Dorset as a significant event in the national food calendar”.

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THE GREEN ROOM RESTAURANT APPOINTS NEW HEAD CHEF

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he critically acclaimed Green Room Restaurant at the award winning Green House Hotel, Bournemouth, has appointed a new head chef. Previously at the five-star Royal Crescent in Bath, Andy Hilton joins the Green Room with a desire to continue the environmentally friendly practices of the restaurant. Andy was drawn to this new role through a shared passion for sourcing and cooking with fresh, local, sustainable ingredients, integral to the ethos of the Green Room. Under his expert supervision, the team at the Green Room use fresh ingredients from suppliers within 50 miles of the restaurant where feasible. With a keen eye on the ethical details, Andy delivers original and continuously changing menus to delight Green Room customers, without ever compromising on taste and quality.

pleased to be joining a team that lives and breathes sustainability. While our menu draws on influences from many nations, it is sourced locally from the South West which is the essence of e Green Room. I’m looking forward to progressing our offering of exquisite, sustainable dishes for the discerning diner.”

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General Manager of e Green House Hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan said: ‘e appointment of Andy as Head Chef is a real coup for the Green Room. Not only does Andy share our core values, he brings with him a real drive to put the Green Room at the forefront of the UK food scene. We are delighted to welcome Andy to the team.” To make a reservation please contact the Green Room on 01202 498900 ■

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FJB HOTELS GROUP LAUNCHES

2011 CHRISTMAS PARTY NIGHTS

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hether you want a small festive get-together with friends or a big party for the whole office, FJB Hotels Group can put the sparkle into Christmas. With traditional festive feasts to dinner dance party nights, across the four prestigious hotels in the FJB Hotels Group, Christmas can be made an unforgettable experience. Book a table at the AA four-star Sandbanks Hotel for the ultimate Christmas Dinner Dance. Indulge in a four-course meal and enjoy all the essential Christmas party novelties before hitting the dance floor with friends and colleagues. From hosting small

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tables of friends and colleagues to large private parties for numbers of 150 or more, the hotel will put on a night to remember. e hotel’s party season commences on November 26 until December 22 and prices are £27.50 per person, Sunday to ursday, and £33.00 per person, Friday and Saturday. For those that wish to stay over, an exclusive bed and breakfast rate of £39.75 per person will also be available. To book, telephone 01202 707377. For those wishing to dress to impress in the stylish surroundings of AA four-star Haven Hotel’s banqueting suites, party-goers can dance the night away following a

three-course menu designed by the hotel’s new head chef, Jason Hornbuckle. Guests attending on December 2 or December 3 will receive a complimentary bucks fizz reception or two bottles of house wine per table of 10. Weekend (Friday and Saturday) Christmas parties are priced at £34.95 per person and Sunday and midweek parties are priced at £26.50 per person for groups of 60 or more, perfect for that large work party gathering. Guests attending a festive celebration can take advantage of discounted bed and breakfast accommodation rates at £47.50 per person based on two people sharing or £57.50 per person single occupancy.

e Haven Hotel will also by offering a Christmas party three-course lunch menu in La Roche throughout December, priced at £24.95 per person. To reserve a table, telephone 01202 707333. Groups of friends and colleagues wishing enjoy a celebration with spectacular views over Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island, the AA four-star Harbour Heights Hotel will be serving up a three-course festive menu in Hytes priced at £37.50 per person. Diners will then be able to make their way to the dance floor and shake a few moves to the sounds of a DJ. For those wishing to enjoy a slightly quieter celebration, the


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hotel will also be offering fine food and exquisite wines in the Harbar Bistro. e hotel will also be offering an exclusive bed and breakfast rate to all party-goers of £85 per room based on two people sharing. To make a booking, telephone 01202 707272. e Bournemouth-based AA three-star Chine Hotel will be hosting Christmas party lunch and evening menus. e three-course lunch menu is priced at £18.50 per person and as the sun goes down evening party-goers will dine on a three-course menu before dancing to a variety of hits on the dance floor. Evening menu prices are £23.50 per person, Sunday to ursday, and for groups of 30 or more a glass of wine is included. On Friday and Saturday prices are £27.95 per person. To reserve a table, telephone 01202 396234. John Butterworth, managing director of FJB Hotels Group, says: “With the need for distinctive Christmas parties becoming ever greater, we are pleased to offer party goers a variety of options for enjoying gourmet food and great entertainment this festive season. Each of the four FJB hotels has created festive menus full of culinary delights, which are guaranteed to tantalise the taste buds. We look forward to welcoming groups of friends and work colleagues to enjoy our festive celebrations.” For more information visit www.bhotels.co.uk ■

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ritish genius and luxury goods designer Stuart Hughes has yet achieved another amazing and unique product for an anonymous leading Malaysian business man, calling his project ‘History Supreme’, probably the world’s most expensive yacht, putting Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich’s swanky yacht in the shade. The billionaire’s 533ft Eclipse, which has its own missile defence system and escape submarine, is the world’s biggest private yacht - but at £750million it is a snip compared to this creation. The 100ft super boat took 3 years to complete, with the use of 100 tons of solid gold and platinum to design the deck, dining area, rails, anchor, making the exclusive project absolutely unique. While the base of the vessel is wrapped in gold, a thin layer was formed to embrace this huge section, the stunning main sleeping quarter is adorned with platinum accents of which included, wall feature, made from meteoric stone, with genuine Dinosaur bone shaved in from the raptor T-Rex. There is also a wall feature in the master bedroom that is made from meteoric stone and an aquarium made from 68kg of 24 carat gold. An additional jaw-dropping feature aboard the ultraexpensive ‘History Supreme’ superyacht - which is fitting for the ultimate billionaire lifestyle: a glass enclosed

atrium perfect for dining in the epitome of high-style. Also on board is a luxury liquor bottle featuring an 18.5ct diamond, one of the world’s rarest. Worth almost ten times more than Eclipse, the largest yacht in the world, this creation of the gorgeous yacht costs THREE BILLION POUNDS! Stuart, 40, a jeweller from Liverpool said: “It was probably the most mammoth task ever.” Stuart - who also made a £5million diamond-wrapped iPhone added: “I’ve covered all sorts of things in gold but this has got to be my most ambitious project yet. This will never be topped. Mr Hughes, who has also used gold to customise other luxury goods like iPads and iPhones, added: ‘He wanted a plane doing as well but the thing would never take off if we did. “So he said, ‘Can you do the yacht?’ and I said, ‘We’ll give it a crack.’ Then it was pretty much a case of can you make this gold, can you make that gold? “We just did what we were told and are delighted with the result.” The anonymous leading businessman from Malaysia probably won’t be that anonymous after getting on this beauty. The yacht was built in Italy and completed in Malaysia last month.

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THE LATEST SET OF WHEELS ARE TAKEN FOR A SPIN. THIS WEEK: BENTLEY CONTINENTAL GTC

good example of Bentley's confidence in its approach to making super-luxury cars. A new look inside and out to compliment the firm's flagship Mulsanne saloon is matched by a thorough revision of suspension, transmission and engine performance.

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t's only when you go barreling into a turn faster than you really should in Bentley's Continental GTC that you realise what an accomplished piece of kit it is. After leaning hard on the brakes to scrub off speed the steering remains accurate, communicative and uncorrupted by the sudden change in direction and the presence of any mid-corner bumps. For many this won't be the stereotypical image of a Bentley experience, though. Wafting along at a refined pace is the usual cliché, but since the arrival of the 'new' Bentley range under the Volkswagen Groups' stewardship unashamed performance and driver involvement have been key elements of the brand's philosophy. And this second-generation Continental GTC is yet another

Like the Continental GT coupe, the GTC drop-top boasts crisp exterior lines and fuss-free sheetmetal - much of it crafted using the latest manufacturing technology. Unlike the coupe it also boasts a large fabric folding roof that can be operated on the move and stows neatly behind the car's second row of seats. e four-seat GTC is not a small car, but now it has a wider track fore and aft to bolster its makers' claims of an improved driving experience. Revised suspension components, retuned steering and a 40:60 power bias to the rear (previously 50:50) and a faster responding auto gearbox all result in a more agile car despite its size. At the GTC's core is Bentley's familiar 6.0-litre 12-cylinder turbo petrol engine, with power going to all four wheels through a six-speed auto gearbox. Power has been upped slightly to 567bhp,

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while the engine's prodigious 516lb/ft of torque is what really impresses when out on the open road, and is a major reason behind the car's astonishing 4.5 second zero to 60mph time. Sprinting duties aside, you also notice the snappy nature of the GTC's gearbox, which is more responsive than of old and a beneficiary of technology found in the previous generation Supersports variant. e changes to the car's suspension, steering and track also add genuine value to the experience, with the car delivering a more engaging experience when you're in the mood to press on and better able to cope with road surface imperfections around town. Mind you, with the GTC's plush fabric roof up you'll struggle to hear much when sat in the car's supportive leather chairs. e overall experience is so good thanks to acoustic glass for the windows and better sound proofing that all

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you can hear is the distant burble from the exhaust. at's a good thing if you want take it easy. Drop the roof and the situation changes; the exhaust's tone becomes more urgent and it's easy to hear the cackle and rumble when you lift of the throttle. You're still pretty well insulated from the elements, though. With the windows up and the wind deflector in place - do this and you will loose the rear seat space, however - and fast motorway driving is never a chore, plus you can still hold a civilised conversation. As with any Bentley the driving experience is only part of the story. e ability to personalise a car through different wood and fabric options is a key element of the ownership experience. e GTC's simple but elegant cabin design offers plenty of potential, and to the naked eye there's no complaints regarding the fit and finish of the various components.


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e GTC's cabin is also a modern one, with its clearly laid out controls and the dominant touch-screen sat-nav and entertainment display easy to use. is interface hides a powerful audio unit, phone and MP3 player connectivity and a fully-featured sat-nav function. You've also got all the safety-related mod cons plus driver adjustable suspension and a refreshingly grown up stability system that allows the you a little 'headroom' when you want to have some fun. All in all this second generation GTC is a useful step forward in terms of refinement, styling and performance. e car's evolutionary looks successfully complement the flagship Mulsanne saloon, while the available performance is staggering yet easily accessible. With Bentley bucking the trend with its sales figures, it's clear that the company is doing something right. It's also pioneering technologies and processes that will eventfully find their way into other Volkswagen Group cars, which is all the proof you need that it and its new GTC have a long and productive future.

FACTS AT A GLANCE Model: Bentley Continental GTC, from £149,350 on the road. Engine: 6.0-litre petrol unit developing 567bhp. Transmission: 6-speed automatic transmission as standard, driving all four wheels. Performance: Maximum speed 195mph, 0-60mph 4.5 seconds. Economy: 17.1mpg. CO2 Rating:384g/km.

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THE RANGE ROVER EVOQUE The Range Rover Evoque is on sale across Dorsetand Hampshire having completed a punishing schedule of more than a million development miles in 20 countries - including 5,000miles of testing at the Nürburgring. Available as a stunning coupé or a practical 5-Door model, the Range Rover Evoque brings agile handling and concept car looks to the classic Range Rover package of luxury and all-terrain performance. The Range Rover Evoque exudes dynamic elegance and is available in three core design themes - from the cool and contemporary ‘Pure’, to the bold and sporting ‘Dynamic’ and the luxurious ‘Prestige’ package

– though customers can personalise As you would expect from their vehicle with an array of a Range Rover, the interior colour, trim and accessory options. features high quality materials and craftsmanship but sees them Additional exterior styling items applied in a more contemporary include bright side protection and sporting fashion. Among tubes, bodyside decals, coloured the special touches are premium wheel centres, and alloy wheels leather with twin-needle in alternative finishes. Within stitching on the instrument panel, the vehicle, customers can select doors and seats, plus displays features like metal sports pedals that come to life through a and illuminated aluminium choreographed start-up sequence. and chrome tread plates. The Range Rover Evoque provides The Range Rover Evoque’s interior is customers with a host of premium deceptively spacious given its compact technologies - including an 8-inch, proportions and a full-sized panoramic high-definition touch-screen glass roof can be selected in both display with optional dual-view the coupé and 5-Door to flood the technology that allows a passenger interior with natural light if desired. to watch a DVD while the driver

follows navigation instructions. Entertainment options include Digital and Satellite TV, DVD playback capability - which passengers can enjoy via 8-inch screens mounted in the headrests and digital infrared wireless headphones. New sound systems, developed in partnership with audio specialist Meridian and including a range-topping 825W, 17-speaker system, are also available. However, the true test is how it drives and it is here that a million development miles prove their worth. Starting with the Range Rover Sport, which has a similar

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MOTORS DNA to a luxury sports saloon, dynamics specialists set out to give the Range Rover Evoque a sporting character consistent with its looks. They focused on ensuring that the Range Rover Evoque was agile and fun to drive, so particular attention was paid to steering precision and agility at lower speeds. As a result it offers a rewarding experience even during day-to-day urban driving but retains excellent body control and suffers no loss of poise. Taking ride and handling to the next level, Range Rover Evoque customers have the opportunity to specify a state-of-the-art new Adaptive Dynamics feature, which sees MagneRide™ dampers monitoring and adapting to vehicle movements 1000 times/second* to help minimise body roll and provide an even more balanced drive. Naturally the Range Rover Evoque delivers all-surface capability and makes use of a unique suite of technologies to maximise performance and comfort in challenging on- and off-road conditions. These include the

latest version of the company’s signature Terrain ResponseTM system – which has settings for General Driving, Grass/Gravel/ Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand to optimise driveability and comfort. When specifying the Adaptive Dynamics feature there is also an additional ‘Dynamic’ setting. For customers looking for reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, the Evoque is the first Range Rover to offer a choice between the standard, full-time four-wheel-drive system and a front-wheel-drive option tuned to deliver the same agile handling. A choice of engines are available from a 150hp 2.2 litre turbo diesel eD4 engine that delivers less than 129g/km CO2 (in front-wheeldrive coupé form), to a 190hp SD4 version which gets from 0-60mph in 8.0 seconds when equipped with the automatic gearbox and a new 240hp 2.0 litre turbo-charged petrol engine capable of 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds.

The Range Rover Evoque’s compact size has enabled engineers to minimise weight, improve aerodynamics and reduce the quantity of materials required to produce it. Each car also uses 16kg of recycled plastic material in components including wheel arch liners and the engine cover - diverting many tonnes of waste from landfill. The Range Rover Evoque represents desirable sophistication - priced from

£27,955 for an eD4 ‘Pure’ 5-door model (equipped with 6 speed manual gearbox and two–wheel drive) to £44,320 for a top-of-the-range Si4 ‘Dynamic’ coupé (equipped with 6 speed automatic gearbox and LUX pack).

For more information visit www.rangerover.co.uk/evoque

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lways yearned for ocean views, particularly from a premier spot in the favoured Poole and Sandbanks micro climate area? Octagon, the nation’s premier luxury house builder, may well have the answer; with Canford House. is is an exceptional detached house built in the modernist style, with long reaching views over Sandbanks peninsular, Poole harbour and across to Brownsea Island. In a private, elevated location, on sought-after Haig Avenue, the house has south-west backing fully landscaped gardens, and adjoins the exclusive Parkstone Golf Club. is 5 bedroom 4 bathroom detached property has its own gated entry and driveway. Set over three levels which follow the contours of the surrounding grounds, the heart of the home is the stunning 50’ open plan reception room, with wide fold back glazed doors opening onto a super size balcony, which overlooks the undulating gardens and the promised harbour views.

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Flexible living space makes this house perfect for either a growing family or professional couple who love weekend guests and entertaining, with every bedroom and living room having access to a balcony, decked terrace or paved patio, Two of the en suite bedrooms are at garden level, with direct access onto the deep sandstone paved terrace, the Master Suite has a floor to itself, on entrance hall level, with large dressing area, marble bathroom and separate shower room, and both a private balcony and internal courtyard. e fourth bedroom at roof terrace level could easily be a family room, again, with direct access to its own large glass walled terrace.

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e generously sized double garage has a vehicular turn-table on the drive, powered by remote control, making parking and driving off an effortless task. Available for viewing everyday, priced at £3.25m. Call appointed agents Lloyds on 01202 701800 email enquiries@lloydspropertygroup.com or Savills on 01202 708888 email jowen@savills.com n

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A SPECIALIST SERVICE FOR LAND OWNERS IN PRIME LOCATIONS

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ometimes you need an expert to make the most of an opportunity. Selling land to a developer is no exception and Lance Trendall, owner of e Land Office is in no doubt about his ability to offer specialist advice to land owners. e Land Office deals with prime locations and is turning its attention to Sandbanks, Branksome Park, Canford Cliffs, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest where the demand for development land is outstripping supply. With a long track record in property, including a period as a developer himself, Lance works with land owners to help them maximise the potential of their property when selling to a developer. “However successful someone has been in their career, when

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they come to sell their home to a developer they are at a disadvantage unless they have someone like me on their side” comments Lance Trendall “Developers buy land all day long and know how to buy well and negotiate a very favourable deal, so it is worthwhile levelling the playing field by having an experienced land agent on your side.”

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Lance maintains that a third party is really helpful as negotiating direct can result in accepting a low offer or failing to explore the terms of an offer thoroughly or getting the right deal. With such issues as overage, where you can get a share of the price achieved by the new homes built on your site above an agreed base price or an additional premium for deferring payment for land until new homes are sold, it is easy to see how complex land deals can become. Timing is another area where land sellers can fail to negotiate effectively. e Land Office were called in to help a land owner who had agreed a three year option with a buyer who never even made a planning application on the land. “It is fundamental to us to make sure there are performance-clauses requiring the land buyer to submit a

planning application within a certain time and a three year option is far too long and restrictive for the land owner.” With some amazing properties sold recently e Land Office has proven success, a recent sale of a single plot for £1.8 million resulted in a house being demolished to be replaced with a 10,000sqft new mansion, which e Land Office sold off plan with a guide price of £4.6M. e Land Office often sells the new homes following the land sale which can help the land owner claim any overage agreed with the builder. e ‘before and after’ photos show the improvement to the street-scene and the sort of house that is viable to develop in the right location. Mulberry House is another stunning home ‘coming soon’ through e Land Office, which enjoys an elevated 1.5

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acre plot, making it really private and perfect for a celebrity, with 18,000sqft of beautifully designed accommodation. With the opportunity to buy this mansion off-plan, comes the chance to save tax as the buyer would only pay tax on the land, not the build contract, and have the house fully finished to their specification to create the dream palace! We wonder if a F1 driver might buy it as it includes a 10 car underground garage/showroom perfect for a collection of luxury cars. is property is in Beaconsfield, Bucks, another of the UK’s most sought after locations and is an example of the portfolio of clients looking for land through e Land Office. Your land may have development potential for an additional house on the plot or to be replaced with a mansion,

but even if it is a smaller plot where you can combine with a neighbour to create a building plot then e Land Office wants to hear from you.

for an impossibly large property that will never get planning approval so the deal may look good but will never happen.

“We work on all sorts of projects and have builders and developers calling us every day looking for land in prime locations. In addition to house and apartment builders, we have people looking for sites for care homes and retirement homes and even an American company wanting to build retirement villages in prime areas”

With the ethos of ‘experience, integrity and enthusiasm’ e Land Office tries to agree win-win deals that will proceed. “Having been a developer in the 1980’s, I understand the margins a developer needs, so I know how hard we can push on price and when to shake hands on a deal.” e Land Office offer a free initial appraisal for land owners so they can explore the development potential and discuss the various ways to harvest their land value which will compare the advantages of obtaining planning permission prior to selling or selling ‘subject to planning’ where the buyer pays all the architect and

Whilst e Land Office helps maximise the price for the seller, they are keen to explain that the deal must allow enough profit for a developer or it will never happen. Apparently some developers might be pushed too far on price and will need to apply

planning costs and purchases the land once planning is approved. is sounds a good place to start when you think you may be sitting on a goldmine of valuable development land. Whilst e Land Office is a Hertfordshire based company it has a site for sale with planning for 22 holiday lodges close to Loch Ness, was approached about a site for houses on the Isle of Man and is currently investigating a development opportunity in the Cayman Islands so Sandbanks is what they might call ‘within easy reach’. More information is available on e Land Office website www.thelandoffice.co.uk or you can ring them at their Hertfordshire HQ on 01582 461581.

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LandWanted for luxury homes & apartments Land is in great demand in prime locations like Sandbanks, Canford Cliffs, Branksome Park, Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch and the New Forest. The Land Office helps land owners negotiate good deals with developers and we can help find the right buyer and work with land owners from the very start. Free Initial Appraisal and Consultation • Land sold to Developers There are many different approaches to selling your valuable development site each with different merits and pitfalls. Our initial meeting can focus on the most advantageous strategy for your circumstances. All matters are respected as confidential and your concerns and time scale are respected throughout.

Call us today and arrange your free land appraisal In many cases, land owners prefer our developer contacts to seek planning at their own expense so you can remain free from costs and planning expenses Lance Trendall

lance@thelandoffice.co.uk

01582 461581 EXPERIENCE • INTEGRITY • ENTHUSIASM

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