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How to make Roti Parcels | The story of a little church | Return of a Vintner’s Tale Serving Bruton, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Sherborne, Somerton, Wincanton, Yeovil & Surrounding Villages

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From the Editor It’s always good to welcome back old friends and I am delighted to say we have Peter Law from The Wine Wizzard with his fascinating tales of life in the wine trade making us smile again in this month’s issue. With June sporting the longest day, there will be plenty of opportunity to make the most of long summer evenings sipping a glass of wine, or whatever takes your fancy; and perhaps settling down in the garden (having already followed the tips in our gardening columns!) with a good novel . Winstone’s latest book reviews provide plenty of inspiration. There again you may be out and about, sampling and supporting some of our local pubs and restaurants or perhaps attending one of the many exhibitions listed in our growing ARTS section! Don’t forget to enjoy nature and take some lovely walks on the “not so wild side” according to our columnist Rachel Woods or go for a bike ride with the family – see how Tim Saunders got on in his latest travel column.




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Victorian restoration had brought A walk onThe the not so wild side!

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Events listed are correct as we go to press but we advise checking with organisers before attending any event as the Covid-19 situation may change.

What’s On Charity ONLINE St Margaret’s Hospice Care Fundraising Campaign St Margaret’s has launched its ‘Your year, Your challenge, Your hospice’ fundraising campaign. The Somerset charity has created a catalogue of online challenges to choose from that can all be completed no matter what restrictions are in place. From walking 21 miles, a flexible yoga challenge, giving up chocolate for a month or even the staircase mountain step challenge – there is something for everyone! So, why wait? Sign up today! For more details about this campaign and for further fundraising ideas, visit DORSET Reading Partners Required! Local charity Dorset Reading Partners is recruiting volunteers to deliver vital literacy support to children in primary schools across the area. The charity has been supplying primary schools with trained literacy volunteers for fifteen years. Volunteers will be provided with full training, a DBS check, resources and ongoing support from the charity’s friendly team. If interested and can spare two hours a week over a school year, please contact Juliet on 01305 458515 or visit Inspire a child to read! YEOVIL Breast Cancer Unit Appeal Yeovil Hospital Charity is still collecting unwanted or broken jewellery and watches to help raise the £2 million required to build this much needed dedicated Breast Cancer unit just over £1.7 million raised so far! To donate, please call Maggie (appeal committee volunteer) on 01963 250108. Yeovil Hospital Charity would like to thank:


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everyone who has donated this appeal, Acreman St. Antiques for their invaluable support, and Cheap Street Church for highlighting the appeal in their window display at The Pod, 54 Cheap Street (until the end of May).

Coffee Morning SOUTH PETHERTON Every last Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at The David Hall, there is a coffee morning. Pop in for a cup of real coffee and a chat. Look around the book and brica-brac stalls and more often than not, listen to some live music. Free entry. WEST CAMEL Every Thursday from 9.15am to 11.30am at The Davis Hall, there is a coffee morning. There will be the usual tea, coffee and cake, a selection available from The Bakery, eggs and local produce as available, plus post office. Free entry. Please follow the signs: social distancing, hand sanitising and face masks apart from when eating or drinking.


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as follows: 1.15pm duck race, 1.30pm gates open, 1.45pm band, 2.30pm dog show, 3.00pm Morris Men, 4.00pm live music, 4.30pm event closes. Also includes BBQ, various stalls and refreshments. Entry is free this year. Come along and enjoy a fun-packed afternoon at this great family event.

Food ALHAMPTON Levant Takeaway Treats Delicious, fresh, safe home-cooked food. Collect from the Corner Cottage front door between 5.00pm and 6.00pm. 5* Food & Hygiene rating. Please check the website for the week’s menu and collection day. To place an order, email tanya@ or text 07779 093020. Payment by BACS or cash. For further information, call 01749 860314 or visit www.

ILMINSTER From Friday 18 June, the Gallery Café at Ilminster Arts Centre is open for breakfasts, lunches, cakes, savouries and takeaways. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am to 3.00pm. Garden Café, a delightful sun spot with a stunning view, is now open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 2.00pm. Pre-concert Supper Club is due to start on Monday 21 June. Check out the exciting menus on Instagram (sueforemanatthegallerycafe). To book a table or a takeaway, phone 07883 852724 or email susanforemancatering@gmail. com. LOPENHEAD The Trading Post Farm Shop is a veritable Aladdin’s cave, bursting with local organic produce from over 120 local suppliers – locally baked bread, locally made jams and chutneys, West Country cheeses, biscuits, deliciously tempting tiffin, cakes, meat, smoked fish, and charcuterie. Visit the amazing

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Sellers: All Vehicles £6 for as much room as required Public Car Park: £1 per car For further info: 07979 345914 or 07479 476809 Gates open to sellers: 11am Strictly no dogs on site | No booking required

MARSTON MAGNA On Saturday 26 June at Marston Magna Moat Field (behind the church) is the Marston Magna Midsummer Fair. Timings are

We are always keen to buy antique silver and old Sheffield plate at current prices Please telephone or call into the shop

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Events listed are correct as we go to press but we advise checking with organisers before attending any event as the Covid-19 situation may change. zero waste room packed full of loose organic dried goods: cereal, rice, grains, pasta, herbs and spices, dried fruit, nuts and seeds. A weekly organic fruit and veg box scheme is available for delivery or collection. For further information, visit www.tradingpostfarmshop. SANDFORD ORCAS The Mitre Inn has set out a number of measures so that guests can have a safe and enjoyable dining experience. Booking essential as seating inside the pub is limited. The outside bar is open for drinkers as is the garden and marquee. Opening hours are now: Wednesday to Friday from 12.00 noon to 2.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm; Tuesday to Saturday from 7.00pm to 10.00pm; open for drinks only on Sunday and Monday evening from 7.00pm to 9.30pm. For further information, call 01963 220271, email or visit SOUTH CADBURY Teals Farm Shop, on the A303 at the North/South Cadbury junction, is a brand new eco farm store, packed with sustainably sourced products from fantastic local suppliers. Why not stop for breakfast or lunch and explore the food market and colourful store of independent-label gifts, or just take a break from the road? There’s also a nature-inspired kids play area. Open seven days a week from 8.00am to 6.00pm. For more information, visit SOUTH PETHERTON Frogmary Green Farm Takeaway Meals Farm and Field Café is open for takeaways only. Opening times: Thursday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm (daytime takeaways, just turn up); Friday and Saturday, 4.30pm to 8.00pm (evening takeaways, order online). Find further details and latest menus via social media or website, or phone 01460 242775. Open Farm Sunday is on Sunday 27 June from 11.00am to 4.00pm. WEST CAMEL The Walnut Tree Hotel The beer garden now open (serving food and drink), with indoor dining hopefully available from Monday 17 May. See the Facebook page or website for opening times and takeaway/ restaurant menus. Call 01935 851292 or email to order and arrange a collection time or to book a table.

Market CASTLE CARY Every Tuesday from 8.30am to 2.00pm at the Market House is a weekly open-air market. Possibly the friendliest market in Somerset! Food stalls: West Country sourced fish, extensive range of cheeses, greengrocery plus Roots Organic, artisan bread, home-made preserves, home-made pies and pasties, Swanky Cakes, freshlycooked Thai food and sauces, and Jack’s Mac and Cheese. Contact 01963 351763. www. CREWKERNE Every third Saturday from 9.00am to 1.00pm outside Henhayes Centre is Crewkerne Farmers’ Market. It

has a comprehensive selection of around 16 stalls, offering bread and baked goods, dairy and eggs, drinks, fish, fruit, vegetables, meat, as well as preserves and honey. For further information, visit www. DRAYTON Every third Saturday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at the Village Hall is the monthly market. Produce includes bread, vegetables, meats, butter, cheese, cakes, preserves, honey, desserts, savouries and plants. Refreshments available. Free parking. ILMINSTER On Saturday 12 June from 9.00am to 6.00pm at Jordans Courtyard, Horton Cross, is The Somerset Collective Pop Up Shop. Over 35 south-west businesses are popping up for the day, from aromatherapy and artworks to fashion, homewares, food and drink - raising money for charity with every purchase. Just in time to buy for Father’s Day on Sunday 20 June! Covid safe. Free entry. Find out more via social media. www.


WINCANTON Every first Friday from 9.00am to 11.30am at The Barn (via the Peace Garden) is the Wincanton Country Market. Enjoy locally homegrown produce including cakes, cheese, jams, vegetables and flowers.

Open Garden CHEDINGTON On Saturday 5 June from 11.00am to 5.00pm is Chedington Open Gardens & Studios 2021. There are many gardens to explore in this pretty conservation village, from small cottage gardens to the extensive grounds of Chedington Court. As an added bonus, some local artists and makers will open their studios and workshops to exhibit a wide variety of arts, crafts and produce. Bring younger family members to enjoy an activity Treasure Trail though the

Every Thursday from 8.00am to 5.00pm at the Market House is the Ilminster Town Market. There are a variety of stalls, including a barber. Regular traders sell fruit and veg, bread, cakes, fish, preserves, olives and nuts, cheese, decorative items for the home and plants. For further information, contact Ilminster Town Council on 01460 52149. MARTOCK On Saturday 12 June from 10.00am to 1.00pm at the Moorland’s Shopping Precinct is Martock Farmers’ Market, with stalls selling vegetables, cheese, coffee, chicken, beef, cordials, jams, bread, savouries and plants. Card payment preferred, but cash handled carefully. Please observe the advice on distancing and queueing. Any enquiries, please phone Fergus on 01935 822202. SHEPTON MALLET Every Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place is Shepton Mallet market. This historic market, which dates back to 1318, offers a wide range of fresh local produce, such as fruit, veg, bread, cheese, seafood, and cider. For further information, visit the market’s Facebook page or phone 07912 769731. SHERBORNE On Sunday 20 June from 10.00am to 4.00pm, The Sherborne Market will take place along Cheap Street, Digby Road and Pageant Gardens. This hand-picked and selected artisan market features local producers and suppliers, amazing food, plus arts and crafts. @thesherbornemarket.


Every third Friday from 9.00am to 1.00pm at Cheap Street, there is a Dorset Farmers’ Market. Come and support local Dorset traders with a gorgeous selection of outdoor stalls. For more information, visit SOMERTON Every first Friday from 9.00am to 2.00pm at the Market Place is the Somerton Vintage Market. Antiques, vintage, retro, artisan food, bike repairs and more. For further information, email somertonvintagemarket@ or visit the market’s Facebook page.

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DON’T PANIC, DON’T PANIC DAD’S ARMY IS BACK! With a lot of resilience and determination, Project Play, a community based project offering theatre enthusiasts an opportunity to be involved in a professional staging of a popular play in their local theatre, is bringing Dad’s Army to The Octagon, Yeovil from Monday 19 July to Thursday 22 July. Rehearsals for Project Play came to a stark halt in six towns across the south west, just over a year ago. However, after a really tough year they are planning on picking up from where they left off and will be presenting this absolutely wonderful stage show this summer. Most of all, and more than ever, they would love your support and to see you in the audience for Dad’s Army this July!

What is Project Play?

‘Project Pay brings communities together through a shared passion for theatre,’ explains its Producer, Matthew Rock. ’Essentially it is a touring play with a different cast at each venue, comprising people from that particular locality. They have rehearsed together, formed friendships and connections, and been part of an amazing theatrical experience. In addition, there are four other people in towns across the south who are playing exactly the same role as them and having the same experience in their own community - it offers a unique experience to compare notes and go on a shared journey.’

gardens. Refreshments available. £6.00 covers all gardens and studios, accompanied under 16s free. All proceeds to the Chedington Village Hall Fund. For more information, phone 01935 891925 or visit www. MARTOCK On Sunday 27 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at Yews Farm, East Street, the garden is open for viewing as part of the National Garden

Scheme. Admission £8, children free. Pre-booking available online. Theatrical and sculptural planting, working organic kitchen garden, greenhouses bursting with summer vegetables, organic orchard and active cider barn, plant stall, and more! For further information, visit NETHER COMPTON On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 June from 2.00pm to 5.00pm, the following gardens are open

Previous productions from Project Play include The Vicar of Dibley and ‘Allo ‘Allo. The amateur production of Dad’s Army is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company. Project Play raises money for charity through its work, and this year visits six venues across the south west. In 2021 it will be supporting the Salisbury-based charity Help For Heroes. The production is based on the classic BBC comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-on-Sea who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges. It comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters and much loved catch phrases: ‘Stupid boy,’ Pike, ‘Don’t panic, don’t panic’ Jonesey, ‘Doomed, we’re all doomed!’ Fraser, ‘May I be excused, sir?’ Godfrey, and all under the command of the redoubtable Captain Mainwaring and his effacing deputy Sergeant Wilson. Three wonderful episodes, more side-splitting comedy and a nostalgic finale to boot!

DAD’S ARMY 2021 RESCHEDULED TOUR Opening Performance: Monday 19 July 7.30pm Final Performance: Thursday 21 July 7.30pm The Octagon Theatre, Yeovil Box Office 01935 422884 Tickets: £16

as part of St Margaret’s Glorious Gardens 2021: Harts Cottage, Stavordale House and Stirling Cottage. £6 ticket admission covers all gardens – all in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Full details, including opening dates, can be found in the Glorious Somerset Gardens 2021 brochure, available from St. Margaret’s Hospice shops, selected local garden centres and tourist information centres or via the website,


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Sale OBORNE On Monday 21 June from 10.30am to 3.30pm at The Grange, Artisan Route will be holding an Open Day Event in the Regent Room. The Spring collection will be on show and available for sale on the day. Artisan Route specialises in rare pieces of alpaca knitwear, exotic handwoven silk scarves and Pima cotton - the ‘Perfect Fit’ Pima cotton tops are an example of real excellence, with an attention to fit and finish which just ‘shout’ quality. View the collection in advance at www.artisanroute.

Social ONLINE Every Monday at 7.00pm online, come and join ‘The Choir‘ for an uplifting singalong, all from the comfort of home. The Zoom sessions are led by Jo. Help can be given with set-up for anyone not familiar with Zoom. Sessions are £4 and words will be provided. Come along, join in and have fun! For

Events listed are correct as we go to press but we advise checking with organisers before attending any event as the Covid-19 situation may change. more details, contact Jo on 07800 767712 or Every Tuesday and Thursday at 11.00am, join Rachel and Cheryl and enjoy an old-fashioned singalong with the Goldies fun sessions. All the favourite songs with on-screen words. Free on YouTube and Facebook – watch sessions at any time. For more information, visit www.goldieslive. com. Martock & District u3a continues to meet online for talks, social events and interest groups. Hopefully, by the Autumn, it will be back to ‘live’ meetings! Until then, the focus is on finding new ways to share information, learn together and, most importantly, have fun in the process. Why not learn, laugh, live with the u3a? To find out more, visit the Martock & District u3a website. Anyone interested in membership, please contact the Membership Secretary on 01460 240788. www. ILMINSTER On Friday 11 June from 1.00pm to 3.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre is the Readers Group Book Club. An informal and friendly book group that meets to chat and share ideas about the latest ‘read’. All

ARTISAN ROUTE IN SHERBORNE ALPACA – PIMA COTTON - SILK Rare pieces of Alpaca Knitwear – never found on the High Street On Monday 21 June from 10.30am to 3.30pm at The Grange, Oborne, Artisan Route will be holding an Open Day Event in the Regent Room, showing its Spring Collection, all of which will be available for sale on the day. Artisan Route is a young business, just under six years old, with a wealth of experience gathered over many years by owner Clive Webber. This brings a maturity which underpins this new brand.


books are provided by the local library service. £5 per session. For further information, contact Sarah at

ONLINE On Wednesday 2 June at 5.00pm via Zoom, there is an Arts Society lecture entitled ‘Undressing Antiques’ by Mark Hill. A persuasive introduction to buying antiques and using them in today’s homes. His talk explores what collectors of antiques are buying, why they are buying them and how they are displayed. Please join the lecture by 4.45pm. Members will receive links. Non-members (£5), contact

SHERBORNE Until Monday 31 May at The Pod, 54 Cheap Street, come and see the RVS window display. Find out about the Home Library Service, RVS Lunch Club in Sherborne and various crafting projects. For more information, contact Maria Jacobson on 01305 236666 or email maria.jacobson@ The Pod is a new venture run by Cheap Street Church – a contact point to work with other churches and groups in the town and the community to connect people and to promote the well-being of the whole community. For information on The Pod, phone 07496 755549 or email shares@

On Wednesday 9 June at 2.00pm via Zoom, there is a Martock & District u3a talk about ‘The Crane Project’ by Damon Bridge, Conservation Officer RSPB. This is an illustrated talk on the wonderful wetlands of Somerset and includes a special Every Thursday at 6.00pm focus on the ground-breaking at Culverhayes car park, join a reintroduction project that friendly group for a cycle ride. brought the iconic Eurasian crane The rides usually last about an back to the West Country. These hour and are at a relaxed pace. online talks are currently open Newcomers/beginners welcome. to all interested parties, and For details, contact Peter might be a useful introduction if Henshaw on 01935 389357 or at considering membership of the Martock & District u3a. To obtain AR Conduit Mag_June 21.qxp_Layout 1 28/04/2021 11:55 Page 1 a link to the Zoom meeting,






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The brand specialises in rare pieces of alpaca knitwear, exotic handwoven silk scarves and Pima cotton - the ‘Perfect Fit’ Pima cotton tops are an example of real excellence, with an attention to fit and finish which just ‘shout’ quality. Clive has had connections with Sherborne for more than twenty years and is so pleased to have organized this special Open Day this time in the spacious and beautiful Regent Room at The Grange at Oborne – due to the Digby Hall, which has hosted past events, being used as a Vaccination Centre. Visitors are requested to bring a face covering. There will be hand sanitisers and an adjusted layout will encourage safe distancing. Payment areas will be protected with a screen and card readers sanitised after each use. Check out the collection in advance at 8

Open Day Event In the Regent Room at The Grange at Oborne. DT9 4LA Monday 21st June (10:30am - 3:30pm) Check out our Spring collection of Alpaca Knitwear, Pima Cotton Tops and Handwoven Silk Scarves in advance at

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Walk ONLINE Sherborne Walks has a number of Zoom presentations that explore the beauty and interesting aspects of the local area. A catalogue of journeys around the area with booking details is available on the website. The group specialises in guiding around this historic town and the surrounding area, delving a little deeper into the stories, characters and people that make the area so fascinating. Guided tours will start in July. BRUTON On Saturday 26 June from 11.30am at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, there is a group audio experience for outdoor spaces entitled ‘Walking Stories’. Supplied with an mp3 player and headphones, a walk in the park amongst open-air sculptures becomes an interactive and absorbing audio journey – moving between watching, listening and following instructions. Age 7+. Sessions will take place at 11.30am, 1.30pm and 4.00pm for one hour. Please book a free ticket in advance. To book and for more details, visit www. (select the Locations tab then Somerset) or phone 01749 814060. MARTOCK Every third Friday at 9.30am at Martock Precinct is the start of the Martock Health Walk. This is a friendly walk lasting about 60 mins led by trained volunteers at a pace suitable to the group. Due to government guidelines regarding social

GARDEN FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE BISHOP’S PALACE 2 - 4 JULY 2021 The Bishop’s Palace Garden Festival returns this year to celebrate its sixth year, amongst 14 acres of stunning RHS partner gardens. The event takes place from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July, when the Gardens will be at their very best with dramatic summer colour and the evocative fragrance of roses. Festival speakers will include Roy Lancaster, John Horsey, Claire Greenslade and James Cross. The South Lawn will be filled with stalls including nurseries, food and drink, garden gadgets, gifts, sculpture and more, and there will be live music, handson demonstrations, workshops, flower installations and garden tours. Tickets are £12.50 Adult and £6.50 Child and are on sale on the Palace website. Visit ABOUT THE BISHOP’S PALACE The Bishop’s Palace is the 800-year-old

home of the Bishops of Bath & Wells. The medieval palace is also home to the wells and ancient springs that give the City of Wells its name, the world famous mute swans that ring a bell alongside the Gatehouse when they want their food, and 14 acres of stunning gardens. Within the gardens are an Arboretum, formal planted gardens, the ruined and romantic Great Hall, waterfalls and well pools, a Community Garden and the new Garden of Reflection. The Palace buildings open to the public include a medieval undercroft, a striking Long Gallery hung with portraits of former bishops, exhibition space and the beautiful medieval Chapel. There is a modern, family and dog friendly café, serving produce from the gardens, drinks, cakes and light meals and a gift shop. The site is accessible for wheelchair users, with new, even pathways in the gardens and a lift in the Palace building.


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MINTERNE MAGNA Every day until November from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Minterne House, visit the gardens - a haven of tranquillity to explore and inspire. The garden is full of interest throughout year, with its world-renowned and completely unique collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas, spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees. Wander the trail, around a mile in length, and enjoy the chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. Book online for tickets. Adults £6, under 12s free, season tickets available. For further information, visit or phone 01300 341370. The Conduit Magazine apologises for giving the incorrect price for an adult ticket in previous issues; the correct price is £6.

ILMINSTER On Thursday 27 May from 1.00pm to 3.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is an ‘Corn Dollies’ workshop with Carol Cooke. There will be an opportunity to take some straw away to develop the various skills learned. Corn Dolly Favours can be used as gifts or decorations. Please bring any narrow ribbons, small sharp scissors, needles and corn-coloured thread. Cost £15 plus small charge for materials. To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www.

On Friday 4 June from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Beginners Watercolours’ workshop with Nicky Clarke. The day will consist of advice on equipment, techniques, and colour mixing, with view to painting a simple watercolour by the end of the day. Students need to bring watercolour paper, paints, brushes, and any other watercolour-related equipment. Cost £30. To book and for further information, contact Nicky on 01460 281773.

On Friday 28 May and Friday 25 June from 10.00am to 12.30pm or from 1.15pm to 3.45pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Slow Stitch – Contemporary Indian Applique and Stitch’ workshop with Paula Simpson. Create interesting circle designs in a Kantha–style stitched roll, embellished with an Indian flower applique design, using a simple running stitch, cotton fabrics and sari fabrics. Bring own equipment and materials or use the materials provided at a small cost. Cost £15 per morning or afternoon workshop (both can be booked as two workshops). For more information and to book, please email Paula Simpson at www.

From Tuesday 8 June to Tuesday 20 July from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a seven-week ‘Watercolours’ workshop with Nicky Clarke. Every Tuesday learn the techniques of watercolour in these friendly and relaxing classes. All abilities welcome. If a complete beginner, Nicky can advise on what materials are required to get started. Cost £105. To book and for further information, contact Nicky on 01460 281773.

STOURHEAD On Sunday 27 June at 10.15am, Dorset Ramblers will be walking at Stourhead. Please see the Facebook page or for details. WELLS From Saturday 29 May to Sunday 6 June from 10.00am to 6.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace is the Whitsun Half Term Family Scavenger Hunt. Make the most of half term with the family by heading to the Palace Gardens to take part. Grab a copy of the hunt from the Ticket Office or download from the website and set off around the 14-acre site to find various items. Don’t forget to visit The Dragon’s Lair for some fun in the children’s play area. Included in admission. Please follow current lockdown guidelines. Tickets available to


From Wednesday 2 to Thursday 3 June from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a two-day ‘Colour Mixing’ workshop with Juliet Farnese. A practical course for beginners through to advanced painters. No drawing skills necessary. Day 1 will be spent colour mixing and Day 2 putting into practice

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things learnt on Day 1 by working on abstract designs or directly from observed objects. Cost £60 (plus £10 for materials). To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www.

distancing, booking is essential so that contact details can be recorded for the NHS Track and Trace to ensure everyone’s safety. To book a place, contact Maggie 01935 824252 or Pam 01935 826429.

From Thursday 10 June to Thursday 15 July from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a six-week ‘Creative Portraits in Oils’ workshop with Heather Ford. Discover a variety of oil-painting techniques and produce a beautiful A3 portrait in a relaxed atmosphere – bring along an A4 photograph to work from. Suitable for beginners as well the more experienced. Bring own materials or use the materials provided. Cost £72 (plus £2 if using materials provided). To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www. From Thursday 10 June to Thursday 15 July from 6.00pm to 8.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a six-week ‘Acrylic Painting’ workshop with Juliet Farnese. A class where individual creativity is developed and encouraged, from total beginner to confident painter – all are welcome. Please bring A4 sketch book, 2B and 4B graphite pencils and acrylics to the first class. No paints yet? Materials (£3) can be provided for use in the first few classes. Cost £90. To

book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www. From Wednesday 16 June to Wednesday 14 July from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a fiveweek ‘Drawing and Painting with Nature’ workshop with Julia McKenzie. This is an observational ink drawing and printmaking course using traditional and non-traditional tools. Create expressive drawings using tools found from the natural world and the man-made environment, then translate them into prints, using dry point and mixed media techniques. Cost £75 (plus materials cost). To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit www. On Friday 18 June from 10.00am to 3.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Felting’ workshop with Geraldine Field. Come and have a go at making felt. 2D or 3D, wet or dry, learn from scratch or learn a new technique. Have fun with fluffy colour! Cost £25, excluding materials. To book, phone 01460 54973. For further information, visit uk. SHERBORNE ArtsLink is back and delighted to be to be offering workshops again. One-off, full day or weekend workshops are a great opportunity to try something new or to explore a subject in greater depth. All workshops are tutored by specialists in the technique being explored and aim to bring the best out of everyone in a supportive creative atmosphere. Covid-19 Secure arrangements are in place for all activities. For more information, visit www. WELLS On Friday 11, Friday 25, Sunday 20 and Sunday 27 June from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Bishop’s Palace, join accredited Mindfulness teacher and guide Alison Sackett to experience the benefits of Mindful Photography. No fancy equipment required. The aim is not to take technically perfect photos nor to create award-winning images, but to enjoy the process and not to worry about the outcome. Bring a sense of curiosity and an open mind and enjoy a relaxed mindful photography walk through the gardens. Each session costs £30 per person. To find out more and to book, visit www.bishopspalace.



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By Julie Haylock, Sandhurst Garden Design The end of last month marked two anniversaries for me. It was five years since I qualified as a garden designer and three years since I started writing my column ‘Up the Garden Path’ in The Conduit Magazine.

of all shapes and sizes. Not forgetting all the contacts and supporters I have established relationships with - from local garden centres and nurseries to landscapers and suppliers, I really could not have done it without them.

My change in career direction was not planned. In 2016 I was working for Avon and Somerset Constabulary as an investigation support officer; it was a particularly unsettling time as the force had undergone reorganisation and, after 30 years, it was the perfect time to do something different.

In March 2020 I took the plunge and left the security of the constabulary to concentrate full-time on my own business; perhaps a brave move considering the pandemic looming on the horizon. I need not have worried; we are busier than we’ve ever been.

I looked at the courses Kingston Mauward College in Dorchester had to offer and saw the Advanced Garden Design Diploma. Having always had a love of plants and my own garden, it sounded just what I was looking for. Not in a million years when I enrolled on the course did I think it would lead me to my own thriving garden design business, Gold-medalwinning show gardens at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC and Taunton Flower Show and to date over 150 completed projects ranging from full garden designs to borders

By now the worst of the frosts have gone and your thoughts are turning to your own garden borders. If your aim is to choose plants that will give you months of colour, then you could do worse than consider these. Osteospermum is perfect if space is limited. These trouble-free daises only require occasional deadheading and of course watering and are ideal to use in containers or window boxes. Geranium ‘Patricia’ has magenta-coloured flowers that have a purple centre, suitable in

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sun or partial shade. There are lots of varieties of perennial geraniums to choose from, so read the label carefully to check it will suit the space you have to give it. Nepta ‘Walkers Low’ is an essential plant for cottage gardens, loved by bees and cats! Also known as catmint, there are several different varieties. It’s the ideal plant to use to soften border edges as it tumbles over a wall or path. Penstemon will flower for weeks and there are so many colours to choose from. Like most summer flowering plants, deadhead regularly and it will continue to bloom until the first frosts. If you are considering a garden design project or need some help revamping those garden borders, then visit my website www. or give me a call on 07899 710168.







By Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group

In the first few months of the year, gardening is fairly straightforward in terms of pest and disease. The biggest challenge to date this year hasn’t been a many legged creature or some fungal growth, but the very cold period in April and early May with many plants nipped by quite hard frosts. But from now onwards pest and diseases start to feature every now and then. Many of us will want to avoid using ‘chemicals’ in the garden and prefer to work with nature encouraging wildlife – or at least the wildlife that doesn’t damage the way we want to garden! Pest and disease control, without resorting to the chemical cupboard, is possible, but we just need to be firstly, more tolerant, and secondly, a bit smarter. I would start by selecting the right plants for the conditions that you have in your own garden. Garden with nature rather than fight against it would be my motto. This includes selecting plants that will cope with, or even better, that will enjoy the soil in your garden. By this I’m referring to soil type, such as whether your soil is clay based or sandy, as well as the pH of the soil. Both will affect the type of plants that will thrive. For example, silver-leaved plants such as lavender will love a free-draining sandy soil, whereas camellias won’t enjoy an alkaline soil. I would also ensure that plants are well looked after at the time of planting with the use of planting composts to improve the soil conditions and also the addition of Rootgrow in each planting hole. Rootgrow contains naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi, which not only act as an extension of the root system but also will protect the plant from invasion by soil borne pathogens. Mulching after planting with an organic material, such as Bloomin’ Amazing, will keep moisture in the soil, will reduce weed growth, improve soil structure and fertility in the long term and as a huge bonus will deter slugs and snails! Combine this with regular watering, so that the plant is never under stress, and a sensible feed 12

programme, using balanced fertilisers such as Maxicrop, and plants will be in robust form to withstand attack from pest and disease. There are many examples of plants with natural pest and disease resistance. Many of the seed companies will list these attributes on the packets. Take for example Cucumber Diva, which is resistant to downy and powdery mildew. Both of these were problem diseases in recent years but there are very few chemicals to control either even if you wanted to use such a method. Companion planting is the use of combinations of plants that confer upon each other mutual benefits, or where one plant assists another. An example of this is the use of French marigolds amongst tomatoes in the greenhouse. Either whitefly don’t like the smell of the marigolds or it confuses them so that they aren’t aware of the tomatoes, but whichever is the case the tomatoes are protected. Other examples include the use of plants, such as the poached egg plant, to attract beneficial insects including hoverflies, which are very effective predators of a number of insect pests. In a different form of companion planting, nasturtiums can be used to lure away caterpillar attack from cabbages. Cultural methods can also be useful. Keeping the humidity levels up in a greenhouse will reduce the incidence of red spider mite. Again in the greenhouse, air movement can keep fungal attacks down. There are then some very clever insect traps, such as the pheromone traps for codling moth in apples, plum maggot and also leek moth. These traps need to be set up amongst the crop and will attract the male moths which then get stuck to a sticky pad in the trap. The males then don’t get together with the ladies and so the maggots, which are the problem, aren’t conceived. There are lots of examples of other simpler sticky traps that can be used in the battle.

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Biological control is on the increase. This utilises naturally occurring predators and parasites of insect pests which are introduced to crops. There are many available for greenhouse use against aphid, red spider mite, whitefly and mealy bug, but also now for outdoor use are controls against slugs, leatherjackets and vine weevil. That they are available for leatherjackets is particularly useful in that this pest has been hugely problematic in recent years. Alternatively, soak the lawn in the summer months when the leatherjackets have started to damage the lawn and then in the late afternoon or early evening cover areas with black polythene. The warmth will bring the leatherjackets to the surface and so first thing in the morning remove the polythene and wait for your friendly garden birds to come down and clean up! Look out also for the other organic treatments available. Many of these use vegetable and fish oils, which can be used to nobble insect pests and also to stop the spread of fungal spores. Many of these methods require a bit more planning and thinking, but with such planning are very useful and also much kinder to the environment.

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RETURN OF THE SWALLOWS This morning on a walk down a country lane, The grey clouds were sullen, and it looked like rain. A strong breeze stirred ferns and branches in sway, Rooks and crows cackled in treetops along the way. Crossing a nearby field what a welcome sight, Flocks of swallows were returning in triumphant flight. The sun broke as if knowing the score, More than one swallow the start of summer once more. Over six thousand miles they had bravely flown, To the farmland residence their seasonal home. The clouds cleared revealing a turquoise sky, In a spotlight of sunbeams, the little birds would fly. In the eaves of the barn, they had returned to nest, Like squadrons on a sortie, little time to rest. Skimming the lake and soaring to great heights, Insects for their young, preparing them for flight. Happier times to come, with hope the swallows bring. ‘We’re back from Africa let summertime begin!’

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Awnings are a great addition to any commercial property. They can help reduce unwanted light, lower temperatures and increase your outdoor space. An awning could really give your business a boost this year. I know the hospitality industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. I am going to talk about a few ways you can maximise your outdoor space in the most beneficial way for your business, including providing your customers with a safe space to dine and shop. Enhance your street presence With a sun awning, you get to choose the design and colour options, meaning you can choose ones that will suit your brand and building the best. We all know not to judge a book by its cover, but shops, cafes and restaurants with an eye-catching front are definitely going to attract more customers. Gain extra space Having a sun awning is a brilliant way to gain some more valuable space that your business will benefit from in the long run. Whether you own a cafe, restaurant, butchers or greengrocers, a sun awning will not only protect your produce and customers from the sun, wind and rain, it will also extend the useable area around your commercial premises which can be incredibly beneficial because you can utilise a larger area to grow your business.

They’re versatile and convenient When it’s not in use, your shop awning can be conveniently stored away at the touch of a button. Housed in a full powdercoated aluminium cassette, your awning will continue to look stylish even when it’s not in use. They can also withstand very high wind speeds and can be optionally equipped with sensors so, if the conditions become too extreme, the awning with automatically retract to prevent any damage. Dine and drink in comfort The whole host of optional extras that are available alongside a sun awning can really make for an incredible experience. There are heaters, lights, weather sensors and vertical screens available to you and your customers. The heaters ensure no one gets too cold; the lights make for a perfect atmosphere; the weather sensors ensure the awnings stays safe from any kind of weather damage; and finally vertical screens protect from wind and add a little bit of privacy to the area. All in all, utilising an awning in a commercial setting can be extremely beneficial to your business in ways you didn’t think were possible. They can expand your businesses footprint, thus bringing in more customers. This summer a sun awning can be utilised to the full, think about the possibilities. Thanks for sticking with me today, come by next month!

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COMPARISON GAME By James Flynn, Milborne Port Computers Everyone loves a bargain and we Brits have become fanatical about getting the best possible price when shopping for holidays or insurance, TVs or washing machines. To satisfy this demand any number of price comparison sites have sprung up offering to get you the best deal; this allows you to make sure you get a deal that’s tailored to you at the best price. However, finding the best deal isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Some price comparison sites allow you to search for products via simple ‘best buy’ tables but others ask you questions about your preferences and for personal details, and then provide you with personalised results. Personal loans and credit cards, for example, can be quickly compared on screen. However, to get car, home and travel insurance, you’ll need to disclose more information, as these are priced and change in line with your circumstances. No single price comparison site trawls the entire market for the very best financial products in every category, so it’s best to search several websites before choosing which product to take out. Also, be aware that some financial product providers choose not to be featured on any price comparison sites. The likes of Direct Line and Aviva won’t be included in any comparison site search results, even if they might offer the most suitable deals for you; so, it’s well worth checking individual providers as well. The amount of excess (a sum of money you pay towards your insurance claim) you set for your insurance policy or choosing

whether to pay your premiums monthly or annually can have a huge impact on the quotes you are offered. Always check that these details are appropriate, and if you’re happy to increase your excess or pay for an insurance policy in one annual lump sum, you could be offered a better deal. The cheapest deals don’t always rise to the top! Paying monthly rather than annually makes a huge difference. For car insurance, paying monthly can add up to 44% and for home cover almost 50%. Keep an eye out for unwanted extras as well. Free extras can make providers stand out in a list of comparison site results, and they can be a perk - if you understand the deal. However, policies with add-ons, that were free for a year, automatically renew at a cost to the customer, unless they specifically ask to cancel. Worse, there are also examples of price comparison sites adding on extras at an additional cost to the consumer that were never asked for. Quality is as important as cost, so focus on getting value for money, not the cheapest deals, when you buy products. Lowcost insurance policies, for instance, are unlikely to include perks such as a replacement hire car in the case of an accident. In a tight spot, you might appreciate benefits like this even if they cost a little more. I love comparison sites, but I always check, check and check again before clicking the buy button. The choice as always, is yours, but if you need help making that decision, you know where to come.


By Jim Rayner

Every restaurant owner knows that food waste hits your profit margins. But as you inspect the contents of the kitchen waste bins, do you know how much lost profit it represents? You might be shocked!

2. The costings are out of date. Vanilla has increased in price 10% and everything else by 2%.

Let’s look at an example. Imagine you engage me as a pastry chef to make tiramisu. I don’t actually recommend you do this; I’m a passable home cook but I have no professional training, no hygiene certificates and I’d buckle under the pressure inside a professional kitchen. But anyway, my version of tiramisu, made to a recipe I learnt from the wonderful people at Ashburton Cookery School, has a big fanbase among my family. The recipe starts with a cooked custard mixed with mascarpone and double cream. The main ingredients and costs for a batch of 16 portions are: • 8 egg yolks £2.33 • 50g caster sugar £0.07 • 1 vanilla pod £3.00 • 100ml Tia Maria £2.14 • 250ml strong coffee £0.80 • 2 packets Italian sponge fingers £2.90 • 250g mascarpone £2.09 • Cocoa powder, grated chocolate, freeze dried raspberries £0.77 Total cost £17.73. You decide to put it on your menu at a price

All fine in theory, but then it starts to go wrong: 1. I’m not very good at separating eggs and actually manage to waste one.

And it’s not just food waste that takes a big bite out of profit. Poor portion control, out of date costings and inconsistent adherence to recipes all nibble away at it.

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of £3.25 (plus VAT) per portion. If you sell all 16 portions you achieve a gross profit of £34.27, a healthy 66%.

3. I’m a bit heavy-handed and use 10% more cream, booze and chocolate. 4. And finally, the portions are over-generous and we end up with only 15 instead of 16. Taken individually these might not seem very expensive mistakes, but together they increase costs by £1.55 and reduce sales by £3.25. Your gross profit shrinks by £4.80 and instead of 66% you only achieve a 60.5% margin. Now imagine that replicated across your entire menu. If food sales for the complete service average £1,000 you could be losing £55 profit. And across a whole year that might amount to over £20,000. I might not be a great asset in your kitchen. But I am a good mathematician and I’ve created a series of tools to help hospitality business owners calculate how much of your profit might be nibbled away by waste, out of date costings, poor portion control and inconsistent adherence to recipes. They’re free to use on www.james-rayner.




PRINCIPLES FOR INVESTMENT SUCCESS By Mark Salter, Fort Financial Planning

Successful investing hinges on many factors. Some can’t be controlled – the returns of the markets, for example. But others can be. By following these four principles you can focus on the factors within your control, which can be an effective way to achieve long-term results. FOCUS ON WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

It’s very easy, and very tempting, to focus on the markets, the economy, manager ratings or the performance of individual funds. This may lead you to overlook the basic principles that we believe can give you the best chance of success. These principles rest on a simple idea: focus on what you can control.


Create clear, appropriate investment goals. The investment process begins by setting measurable and attainable investment goals and developing plans for reaching those goals. BALANCE Develop a suitable asset allocation using broadly diversified funds. A successful investment strategy starts with an asset allocation suitable for its objective. Investors should establish an asset allocation using reasonable expectations for risk and potential returns. The use of diversified investments helps to limit exposure to unnecessary risks.


Minimise cost. You can’t control the markets, but you can control how much you pay to invest. Every pound that you pay in costs and charges comes directly out of your potential return. Indeed, research suggests that lower-cost investments have tended to outperform higher-cost alternatives.


Maintain perspective and long-term discipline. Investing evokes emotion that can disrupt the plans of even the most sophisticated investors. Some make rash decisions based

on market volatility. But you can counter emotions with discipline and a long-term perspective. This can help you stick to your plan. At FFP we have an evidence-based investment philosophy built around these four principles and if you are interested in finding out more about investing or how building a financial plan can help you achieve your long-term goals then please visit www.ffp.

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EVERYONE SHOULD CONSIDER LASTING POWER OF ATTORNEY By Catherine Murton, Head of Private Client, Pardoes Solicitors LLP This month has seen my eldest son purchase his first property, which is a big milestone for

us all! He and his girlfriend have saved every penny for the last three years and, at last, they could saddle themselves with the requisite mortgage and pick up the keys to their dream

‘doer-upper’. No doubt it will be a project that involves the whole family, although I may only to able to help with a bit of painting as I’m not known for my practical skills! This new chapter in my son’s life has made me realise the importance of engaging the young in legal matters so I thought it might be useful to look at a scenario and things that should be considered. You are in your late twenties and you have saved hard for the last five years for a deposit on your first house. You have a lovely girlfriend and you intend to live together as soon as you can afford to buy something. She is on a low income and the mortgage will be in your sole name. The mortgage company insists that the house is also held in your sole name. Your girlfriend was left £10,000 when her grandfather died so she will contribute that to the house fund. You are young so you haven’t given much thought to what would happen if you died. As lovely as your girlfriend is, you have no plans to get married, particularly as your last relationship failed and you now only get to see your baby son at weekends. So, what legal problems could there possibly be? If you die and have no will, the rules of intestacy will apply. These favour your son and he 16

would be entitled to any equity in your property. As a minor, an application would need to be made on his behalf, and this would usually be done by the surviving parent. Effectively, your ex-partner would have control over the administration of your estate and the investment of funds until your son attains the age of eighteen. Your current partner would have no legal right to continue occupying the property or to any of the proceeds of the sale. If she wished to recover her £10,000, she would need to prove to the court that it was intended to be repayable and that can be expensive and time-consuming, without any guarantee of success. The purchase of a property or the birth of a child are life events that should trigger a visit to see your solicitor. A will can ensure that you choose who administers your estate, who holds money for minor beneficiaries and who should act as guardian for your child. A will can also ensure that any partner living with you has the right to occupy after you have died. To further protect a partner who has contributed to the purchase, a Declaration

of Trust can be executed. This would mean that any sums contributed would be refunded on the sale of the property.

for an extended period or even just break your writing arm there is someone who can legally do things on your behalf.

I would add that Lasting Power of Attorney is also equally relevant to the younger generation as it is to those in later years. Executing a Property and Financial Affairs and Health and Welfare Power of Attorney means that if you have an accident, are out of the country

If you would like any further information on the topics covered then please give me a call on 01935 382689 or email at catherine.murton@pardoes.

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Helping you recognise a scam Scams can affect us all, but certain types of scams are more likely to target people by age. If you recognise your age group, then you may recognise a scam. ‘Young people’ aged 18 to 24 don’t represent the largest group of people falling victim to scams, but numbers of scam victims in this group is rising. In particular, young people are a growing proportion of victims of online and identity fraud. Having grown up with technology they are often confident in their ability when using the internet. This can lead to them feeling that they are unlikely to fall for internet scams, making them complacent and increasingly vulnerable. Research shows that over half of young people are unlikely to report scams.

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‘Life established people’ in their 40s to 60s are the group most affected by scams. Part of this is due to the fact that they are most likely to report scams, but also because certain demographics within this group are targeted due to their circumstances. For example, this group tends to be more settled and has access to financial assets. This makes them more likely to be targets of scams, such as pension scams, dating scams and property scams.

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SKYGATE Part VIII: Hope Before I became the two-hundred-andfifteenth Guardian of the Skygate, I had been hopeless. Not the ‘Oh Red, you’ve spilt milk everywhere!’ type of hopeless – I was hope/less. But the Skygate had changed all that. It was as if each part of my adventure – travelling to Sherborne, meeting Aunt Agatha, being pushed through to the Skygate, falling and then flying, helping Mother Tree, saving the ancient forest, finding my long-lost halfbrother Harry – all of it had filled me up.

biggest secret of all: I’d told him how to fly. Not only that, but I’d convinced him he could do it too.

I realised all this – that I was a much happier person now and that I had been painfully empty before – moments before Harry betrayed me.

A frown had flitted across his face and his eyes – so like mine ¬¬– had, kind of, sharpened. But then the expression was gone and he’d smiled playfully, ‘Well, I suppose it will always be a mystery, Red. I’m certainly not planning on throwing myself from a great height anytime soon.’ I was so relieved I’d laughed far too loudly, the guards outside his makeshift prison shifting uncomfortably in the dark.

Sorry, I’m getting ahead of myself. Like I said, meeting Harry and getting to know him had filled me with hope…and stupidity. It was like the hope came with rose-tinted spectacles and I either couldn’t see what was obvious to everyone else or I refused to. Even when Harry was rude to me or Lytania, leader of the horse-clan, I still managed to push the rising dread and panic aside and make limp excuses for him: He’s tired…It’s awful being a prisoner...He doesn’t know how to behave towards family…He’s probably hungry. Lytania tried to break it to me gently at first, ‘Red. We are both responsible for the health of old-Wessex. Harry can’t be trusted. Whatever he says to you...just – please don’t trust him.’ I should have told her then – that it was too late – I’d already trusted him with the 18

Red arrives in Sherborne, hoping to start a ‘normal’ life with distant relative, Great-Aunt Agatha. But Agatha has other ideas. Before Red can unpack a suitcase, they have been pushed through to the Skygate, a magical ledge positioned hundreds of miles above old-Wessex. Now, with help from Agatha’s Labrador Ted and Lytania, leader of the horse-clan, Red must become the newest Guardian of the Skygate and decide what to do with Harry, their malicious long-lost brother, who has already tried to destroy the ancient forest and murder Red…

‘It’s all about believing. About being in a position where you have to,’ I had said. ‘What do you mean?’ ‘Well, for me, if I hadn’t been falling – I wouldn’t have flown. I had no choice, really. It was either fly or die. It sort of unlocked something in me.’

That had been the night before Lytania announced we were moving the camp, and Harry, our prisoner. We would head east – towards the coast. Basically, she was buying time. None of us knew what to do with him. Even I knew we couldn’t release him. We packed up the camp and moved through the forest. A late spring day, with green trees reaching out towards a warm sun, gulls swooping overhead and already I could feel a salty shift on the air; we were nearing the sea. Harry’s hands were bound and two guards flanked him. I walked by his side, telling him all about my life.

‘I’m very happy to have found you, you know,’ I said. Harry smiled at me and then looked away, thoughtful. ‘It was hard growing up alone and, to be honest, I’d given up hope, you know...of a family.’ Harry nudged me with his shoulder, ‘Red. I’m sorry. Sorry...for all of it.’ And despite everything that happened next, I still believe he meant that. Harry would betray me, but there had been some goodness in him. The forest began to thin as we climbed uphill and suddenly the barrage of trees broke apart to reveal a rocky ridge of cliff top giving way to grey, tumultuous waves. Our path began to shrink in size, swallowed up by hardy undergrowth. Soon, there wasn’t room for a guard on either side of Harry. Lytania shouted something inaudible and we fell into a single file line. To our left, the sea churned far below. Every now and then Harry would quickly – almost nervously, I thought – glance down into the waves. Only then did I realise how scared I felt. Which meant I didn’t trust Harry after all, that I regretted telling him how to fly. As all these thoughts scurried through my mind – Harry gave a great cry, throwing himself off the side of the cliff. Time jerked to a sticky halt. I felt stuck but must have moved because I’m stood,


A NEW HEAD FOR SHERBORNE PREP Mrs Natalie Bone has been appointed as Head of Sherborne Prep from 1 September 2021.

teetering on the edge of the cliff, looking down, down, down, into grey churning waves and craggy rocks. Lytania, by my side, saying she is sorry and I understand he has gone. Harry has chosen death. No one could survive that drop. And just as a wave of grief overtakes me, there is the sound of whooshing air, a flash of red hair and we see Harry. Flying. Harry can fly. I feel Lytania’s eyes on me, as she prepares her bow and arrow. The rest of the horse-clan follow her example and before Harry can say anything mocking (even from a distance I see his face knotted into a scornful scowl and realise just how foolish I had been) he has dipped out of harm’s way, an arc of arrows raining through a now vacant sky. As Lytania and the rest of the horse-clan quickly prepare more arrows, Harry reappears. His hands are still bound and he kicks his legs to stay airborne, ‘Red, I told you before...there is only room for one of us here.’

Mrs Bone is currently Head of Junior School at Sidcot School, having previously been a Houseparent and teacher of Mathematics at Millfield School and a Houseparent and Head of Mathematics at Millfield Preparatory School. Natalie has a degree in Economics from the University of Reading and before entering teaching was a professional dressage competitor and trainer as well as having a successful City career in investment management. Natalie says, ‘I am delighted and honoured to have been chosen to lead this wonderful school and build upon the excellent legacy that Nick leaves behind. I am very much looking forward to working with the whole community to take the school from strength to strength at this exciting time.’ Natalie Bone replaces Nick Folland, current Head who is retiring at the end of the academic year.

And then he is gone. Flying away from me, the horse-clan, the arrows – now falling aimlessly into the crashing sea below ¬¬– and Ted, who is barking furiously. I cannot bring myself to look at Lytania. I have betrayed her and all of old-Wessex. I have handed Harry an escape route with the gift of flight and made him even more powerful. Of course he was evil, Red. How were you stupid enough to trust him? And before I fall any further into the sea of self-loathing and pity, I realise what I must do. I don’t allow myself to think, just screw my eyes tight shut and run headlong towards the edge of the cliff. As I leap into the wide-open space, there is a loud bark beyond my left ear and I feel Ted’s jaw connect with my arm. He has chosen to fall with me, again. Stupid, lovely, loyal dog. We are falling and I wrap my arms around him and tell myself I can fly –like the first time – I can fly and I will stop Harry. I close my eyes and try to believe it, to remember the feeling of weightlessness, the magic of flight… But every time I try to believe, no, to know I can fly, Harry’s face – twisted and warped by his hatred and disgust for me – appears and I feel utterly hopeless. Too late, I realise the secret ingredient for flight: Hope. I will not fly today and before I can say my goodbyes, Ted and I hit the grey waves with an ear-shattering crack; the pair of us swallowed whole by a violently careless sea.

To be continued…

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By Dawn Woodward, The Emporium, Yeovil

Hello to all of our lovely followers and readers! We’re delighted to be fully reopen now in both our shop and cafe, we look forward to welcoming you back into the wonderful world of The Emporium and The Emporium Cafe in Yeovil. Filled with so much eclectic and unusual stock, it really is time to come and find us! As well as beautiful gifts and items for your home, we now stock a range of live plants and garden accents! Perfect for this time of year, come and find some inspiration for your garden. Our beautiful fabrics provide colour and comfort to your home, come and explore our range of bespoke services, soft furnishings and upholstery, woodwork, furniture painting, to name but a few. We’d love to help you in your quest for original or personalised items for your home.

Contact us to book a table or simply walk in! We are home to 65 independent traders, their mix of shops is what makes The Emporium so varied and eclectic. Come and support these local businesses as they strive to get back on their feet following the long period of being closed. Local shopping can feel so worthwhile, knowing that you are making a difference to so many striving enterprises and the families behind them. One new business to have launched recently is AM Designs, look at this beautiful handmade woodwork... If you’d like to join us as a trader, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear from you. Looking forward to seeing you soon!

We stock a great mix of antique and modern pieces, carefully blended to create a beautiful shopping experience. Come and see why our shop is so well loved, we don’t think it’s ever looked better and can’t wait to show you. If it’s culinary inspiration you are seeking, look no further than The Emporium Cafe! For seriously great cakes, scrummy brunches and inspired lunches, come and grab a bite to eat or enjoy a delicious coffee while you ponder your next purchase! Look at this amazing chocolate cake made by Tom, who wouldn’t be tempted? 20

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BOOK REVIEW By Wayne, Winstone’s

With Father’s Day on 20 June I thought Jonathan Dimbleby’s new book Barbarossa might be a helpful solution for a nice present.

Barbarossa How Hitler Lost the War By Jonathan Dimbleby | £25 hbck Operation Barbarossa, Hitler’s invasion of Russia in June 1941, aimed at nothing less than a war of extermination to annihilate Soviet communism, liquidate the Jews and create Lebensraum for the German master race. But it led to the destruction of the Third Reich, and was cataclysmic for Germany with millions of men killed, wounded or registered as missing in action. It was this colossal mistake -- rather than any action in Western Europe -- that lost Hitler the Second World War. Drawing on hitherto unseen archival material, including previously untranslated Russian sources, Jonathan Dimbleby puts Barbarossa in its proper place in history for the first time. From its origins in the ashes of the First World War to its impact on post-war Europe, and covering the military, political and diplomatic story from all sides, he paints a full and vivid picture of this monumental campaign whose full nature and impact has remained unexplored. At the heart of the narrative, written in Dimbleby’s usual gripping style, are compelling descriptions of the leaders who made the crucial decisions, of the men and women who fought on the front lines, of the soldiers who committed heinous crimes on an unparalleled scale and of those who were killed when the Holocaust began. Hitler’s fatal gamble had the most terrifying of consequences. Written with authority and humanity, Barbarossa is a masterwork that transforms our understanding of the Second World War and of the twentieth century. ‘With his customary literary flair and capacity to master and mobilize very many and varied sources, Jonathan Dimbleby gives us the best single-volume account of the Barbarossa campaign to date’ Andrew Roberts

House of Trelawney by Hannah Rothschild | £8.99 pbck The Earls of Trelawney have inhabited the same castle for 800 years – but recent generations have been better at spending than making money. Now living in isolated penury, unable to communicate with each other or the rest of the world, the family are running out of options. Three unexpected events will hasten their demise: the sudden appearance of a new relation, an illegitimate, headstrong, beautiful girl; an unscrupulous American hedge fund manager determined to exact revenge; and the crash of 2008. Deliciously escapist and gloriously funny, House of Trelawney is a novel about family and forgiveness, chaos and crisis – and finding yourself in the most unexpected ways. This book is perfect to read when relaxing in the garden. ‘Sheer escapist bliss’ Nigella Lawson. Shortlisted for the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize For Comic Fiction


ARE THE NEW WAYS OF WORKING HERE TO STAY? By Steve Haigh, Station Manager, Radio Ninesprings 104.5 FM Remote working during the pandemic has become the new normal for everyone at Radio Ninesprings. Our presenters have now been broadcasting from home studios for thirteen months. I’ve built a makeshift studio in a bedroom from where I read the local news. I put a duvet over my head to cut out any echo. But you’d never know this listening to the radio as the quality of the sound is much the same as sitting in a proper studio. But I do miss going into the radio station every day. Not meeting my colleagues to spark off ideas has made work feel less enjoyable. And, I miss meeting people who come to the radio station to be interviewed. Whether it’s speaking with a studio guest, having a creative conversation or dealing with a difficult matter, there is no real substitute to face-to-face conversations. The pandemic has forced every broadcaster - every business for that matter - to rethink how and where people should work. As an example, Channel 4 has introduced a 3-2 split working week for staff. They will spend three days in the office and two working remotely. But this won’t necessarily mean working from home, which has been the case since the first lockdown. The pandemic has led to a surge in the use of video conferencing and when MPs start making decisions via a video link you know the world has changed. But people have differing views about meeting virtually. Some say it avoids travel and saves on time. Also that it is more democratic and gives everyone an equal say.

But friendship and leadership rarely translate with online conferencing. Some people have difficulty speaking on camera. They look terrified knowing they are being watched. Also, judging a person’s mood is much harder when meeting virtually. Video conferencing has changed the way in which decisions are made. The quality of a person’s conversation, their choice of words, is now what determines the winner of a group discussion. After thirteen months of doing things virtually, I’m finding the novelty of using Zoom and Teams has started to wear thin with some users. But there’s no going back. The challenge is to take the positives from the new ways of working and blend them successfully with the old ways. Be open-minded about meeting virtually. Think hard about what you want to say before you say it. Stay relaxed and you will have great impact. At Radio Ninesprings, our presenters will go to the studio less often and broadcast more from home. We’ve embraced the new world, even if it has meant broadcasting with a duvet over our heads. To listen to Radio Ninesprings: Tune in: 104.5 FM Listen Online: www.

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By Julie Locke


On Friday 28 May at 7.30pm at Davis Hall, West Camel, there is a screening of ‘Military Wives’ (12A). With partners away serving in Afghanistan, wives left at home need to find a way to deal with the stress until the tour of duty is completed. They form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement. As unexpected bonds of friendship flourish, music and laughter transform their lives, helping each other to deal with their fears for loved ones in combat. Starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan. Doors open 7.00pm. Tickets £5, on the door only. Licensed Bar/tea/ coffee.

On Friday 28 May at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, Petherton Picture Show will screen ‘Summerland’ (12A). During World War II, Alice opens her heart to an evacuee after initially resolving to be rid of him in this moving journey of womanhood, love and friendship. Alice comes to learn that wounds may be healed, that second chances do occur, and that, just perhaps – magic really does exist. Starring Gemma Arterton, Gugu MbathaRaw and Tom Courtenay. To purchase tickets (£5), phone 01460 240340 or book online. 22

From Thursday 24 to Wednesday 30 June, Windrose, the Dorset rural media charity famous for its extraordinary film archive of local life, is staging an online film festival. Amongst the four shows available is ‘Buckland Newton to Sherborne’: Buckland Newton’s first Parish Map 1990s, the King’s visit to Sherborne 1940s, Sherborne streets and fete 1950s, Sherborne School 1930s, an historical pageant at the Larmer Tree gardens 1960s, well-known Sherborne farmer Jack Dimond and his old binder 1950s and 1990s, Cerne Abbas 1960s and 1990s, plus Mother Of All Pageants (also available on DVD), the story of the great Sherborne Pageant with the original 1905 film and music. Presented by the late Gerald Pitman. For further information, visit www.

Shannon Tarbet and Bill Paterson. Doors open 7.00pm. Tickets £5, on the door only. Licensed Bar/tea/coffee.


On Friday 25 June at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, Petherton Picture Show will screen ‘Le Mans ’66’ (12A). American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles battle corporate interference and the laws of physics to build a revolutionary race car for Ford in order to defeat Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal. To purchase tickets (£5), phone 01460 240340 or book online. uk.


Love Sarah On Friday 25 June at 7.30pm at Davis Hall, West Camel, there is a screening of ‘Love Sarah’ (12A). When Sarah dies in a tragic accident, her dream of opening an artisan bakery in Notting Hill is fulfilled by her daughter Clarissa, her mother Mimi and her best friend Isabella. Enlisting the help of an expert pâtissier, they produce a range of exquisite cakes and pastries that reflect the neighbourhood’s cultural diversity. Starring Celia Imrie,

production and publishing packages. Submissions close on Monday 31 May. Find out more about The Page Turner at www.pageturnerawards. com.

Calling All Cultural Writers to get involved in the 2021 Page Turner Awards. These inclusive writing and book awards have with one goal – to change the lives of as many writers as possible. The team at Page Turner Awards passionately believes that talented writers can be from any background, age, race, religion, or interest. These awards give writers the chance to enter fiction/non-fiction/ screenplays (unpublished or published) to be read by a carefully curated judging panel of influential players in the publishing industry. Prizes span everything from mentorships to audiobook

Until Saturday 29 May from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, there is an exhibition ‘Petal Poise’ by Helen Simpson. Helen’s paintings are no ordinary views of flowers – they are well observed and beautifully drawn but not immediately recognisable, partly due to their enlarged scale. The Malthouse Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry to exhibition. Prebooking may be necessary, so please check the website. For further information, visit www. Until Saturday 29 May from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary Art Gallery, Castle Cary, there is an exhibition ‘Picasso & His Muse: Original works by Pablo Picasso & Lydia Corbett’. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday and Sunday). The gallery specialises in established and emerging British artists with a focus on semifigurative painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass. For more information, phone 01963 359102 or visit www. Until Sunday 6 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, there is an exhibition by Henry Taylor. For his inaugural exhibition with Hauser & Wirth, the American artist has taken over all

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Moish Sokal’s 26th annual summer exhibition, entitled ‘SAFARI’, to be held at the Malthouse Gallery, East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, TA13 5HH Watercolour artist and traveller Moish Sokal had a lifelong dream of visiting Africa and he found it as exciting as he had expected.

huge herds of elephants grazed the river grass in the background.’

‘I had most magical encounters with rhinos, sleeping lions, wrestling giraffes, sparring elephants and even a brief glimpse of an elusive cheetah stalking its prey. Every evening in the camp we would recount all the animals we had seen and leaf through hundreds of photos.’

Africa and its wildlife have inspired Sokal to make a stunning series of paintings which form the body of this exhibition, due to be shown last year. However, he has not only added more to this body of Africaninspired work but also has painted a series inspired by his lockdown walks from winter into spring around his lovely Somerset village.

River safaris brought more wonders, revealing an exceptional array of birds along the riverbank – yellow weaver birds with their hanging nests, kingfishers, hornbills and a giant footed African jacana walking effortlessly on the waterlily leaves.

‘Safari’ will be in the Malthouse Gallery, set in beautiful East Lambrook Manor Gardens for Sokal’s 26th annual exhibition, but also, in a major innovation, also online for those of his fans unable to visit the gallery at

Sokal continues, ‘The safari trips in Botswana were a true off-the-beaten-track wildlife adventure. I saw a pack of rare wild dogs setting off to hunt, vultures perched on a dead tree waiting their turn to gorge on a buffalo carcass, crocodiles soaking up the sun on the river bank just six feet away from our boat, giraffes and hippos, whilst

Saturday 5 June – Saturday 17 July, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm (closed Sundays and Mondays). Entry to the exhibition is free and you can visit without booking and paying to see the gardens. The Gardens and the Malthouse Gallery are COVID safe.

For more information, phone 01749 814060 or visit www.

Henry Taylor Exhibition five galleries in Somerset to present a major body of sculptural work and paintings evolving in unison across the spaces. During his fourdecade long career, Henry has amassed a staggering body of highly personal work rooted in the people and communities closest to him, often manifested alongside poignant historical or pop-cultural references.

Until Sunday 6 June there are open studios throughout Dorset during Dorset Arts Weeks 2021. For the various days, times and venues, please see website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or phone 07598 138295. Check to see whether booking is required, then check on the day of the visit in case any last minute changes have been made. Please be respectful of all the Covid measures in place in order to enjoy the experience safely. Some events are online only and can be enjoyed from the comfort of home! www.dorsetartweeks. Until Saturday 12 June from 9.30am at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Floral Feast’ in the Main and Café Galleries. Celebrate the coming of summer in a confectionery of

Online & Gallery Exhibition of New Paintings from the wild animal kingdom of Africa by


Giraffes / Kruger wildlife park

Watercolour 22” x 30”

The Malthouse Gallery East Lambrook Manor Gardens, Silver Street, East Lambrook, South Petherton, Somerset TA13 5HH Saturday 5th June – Saturday 17th July Tuesday to Saturday (Closed Sundays & Mondays) 10am-5pm (COVID Safe) Phone 01935881350

colour, surrounded by birds and flowers as the freedom to meet and roam returns. This exhibition will be a feast for the eyes. Artists featured are Liz Watts (ceramics) and Susan Thomson (painter). Gallery open: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3.00pm (closes at 12.00 noon on final day). Admission free. For more information, phone 01460 54973 or visit www. Until Saturday 19 June from 10.00am at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition of paintings ‘In Search of Northern Soul’ by Leonard Green. Energetic movement in the dances related to Northern Soul music provide the energy for these paintings. Powerful, dynamic compositions overlaid with gestural drawing. Exhibition opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Until Saturday 19 June from 10.00am at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition of paintings ‘Constellations’ by Emma Housley. Vivid abstract works, layered with colour and drama, describe how powerful memories and sensations are experienced. These paintings, always striving for balance, reflect a desire to make sense of how people relate to the physical world and each other. Exhibition opening times: Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm.

Constellations Exhibition

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The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists

2021 International Exhibition of Miniature Art SATURDAY 5TH – SATURDAY 12TH JUNE Wells Town Hall, Market Place, Wells, Somerset, BA5 2RB 10am – 5pm (last entry 4pm) FREE ENTRY Closed on Sunday 6th June

Until Tuesday 6 July, Ilminster Arts Centre is calling for entries to its 2021 Open Exhibition. Artists are invited to submit work for this year’s exhibition. Cash prizes to be won. Prizewinners’ exhibition. The exhibition will run from Tuesday 20 July to Friday 13 August. Details and entry forms are available from the Arts Centre, by email ( or via the website (www. From Saturday 5 to Saturday 12 June from 10.00am to 5.00pm at The Town Hall, Wells, The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists is hosting the annual international exhibition and sale of miniature paintings and sculptures. This is one of the largest selling exhibitions of contemporary miniature art in the world, with hundreds of paintings by some of the world’s leading miniature artists, plus sculptures, cards, books and prints - a great place to start a collection! Closed on Sunday 6 June. Free entry. Also available to view online from Saturday 5 June. From Saturday 5 June to Saturday 17 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, there is an exhibition by Moish Sokal. ‘Safari’, his 26th annual summer exhibition, will feature new paintings from the wild animal kingdom of Africa. The Malthouse Gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. No preview. Covid safe. Free entry to exhibition. Online exhibition available at www. For further information, phone 01935 881350 or 07940 506757. 24

From Friday 11 to Wednesday 30 June at The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, there is an exhibition of twenty sculptures by Mark Coreth. His expressive modelling of animals and birds is in the tradition and style of the animalier sculptors of the nineteenth century. Influenced by his upbringing in Kenya where he immersed himself in the wildlife of the surrounding bush, Mark has developed his own unique recognisable style of sculpting. Mark will be in the Gallery to meet clients and discuss his work on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 June. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm. For more information, visit www. or phone 01935 815261.

Mark Coreth Exhibition From Tuesday 15 June to Saturday 3 July from 9.30am at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a photography exhibition entitled ‘Through West Country Eyes’ in the Main and Café Galleries. Enjoy the delights of the region through the eyes of two creative photographers, Richard Lawrence and Gillian Ann Hooker, and the exceptional renaissance textile artist, Vivienne Swatridge. Gallery open: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3.00pm (closes at 1.00pm on final day). Admission free. For more information, phone 01460 54973 or visit www. From Saturday 26 June to Saturday 31 July from 10.00am at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition of paintings

‘Endangered’ by Sky Siouki. A new collection of abstract paintings overlaid with intricate illustrations of various endangered species. These paintings are full of rich, earthy hues and a multitude of textures inviting the viewer to look deeper and contemplate the threat of extinction the animals in the artworks are facing. Exhibition opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm. From Saturday 26 June 2021 to Monday 3 January 2022 from 10.00am at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, there is an exhibition of work by Eduardo Chillida. One of the foremost Spanish sculptors of the twentieth century, Eduardo Chillida (1924-2002) is widely celebrated for his monumental public sculptures and enduring fascination with interconnected shape, space and organic form. A significant body of Eduardo’s sculptural works and drawings will be displayed throughout the farm buildings and surrounding outdoor landscape. Opening reception is on Friday 25 June from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. For either event, please book a timed reservation online. Open Tuesday to Sunday. For more details, visit www. (select the Locations tab then Somerset) or phone 01749 814060. On Friday 9 and Saturday 10 July at Milborne Port Village Hall, there is the Milborne Port Art Show. Friday evening from 6.00pm to 9.00pm is ticket only - £5, includes a glass of wine. Saturday from 10.00am to 4.00pm is £3, children free. In aid of the Yeovil Hospital Breast Unit. For further information, phone 01963 251628.


On Thursday 3 June at The David Hall, South Petherton, Belshazzar’s Feast returns for two performances. The duo starts with traditional

folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour guaranteed to send audiences home with smiles on their faces. Together Paul Sartin (of Bellowhead and Faustus) and Paul Hutchinson (of Pagoda Project) have wowed audiences with an eclectic, eccentric mix of songs and tunes plus their betweensongs chat. Performance 1: 6.30pm to 7.45pm (doors open 6.00pm). Performance 2: 9.00pm to 10.15pm (doors open 8.30pm). Tickets £17, concessions £16. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit On Monday 7 and 21 June at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, come along to the Jazz Jam sessions. Play an instrument? Have an interest in jazz and a yen to try improvising around jazz standards and other well-known tunes? This is a completely informal group, so come and play, or just sit and listen. £3 to take part or to listen. Bar available. Doors open 7.30pm. Box Office 01460 54973. www. On Friday 11 June at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, enjoy a special evening with Mike Denham and The Sunset Café Stompers – the South West’s favourite traditional jazz band is 30 years old this year! During this time, they have built a reputation that is second to none in the South West, as well as performing up and down the country from Cornwall to Cumbria. They play the whole jazz spectrum from Scott Joplin’s

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Ferio Saxophone Quartet ragtime to Fats Domino and his Rock ‘n’ Roll, and have always been enthusiastically welcomed. Tickets £20 (£38 with pre-show supper at 6.30pm, supper to be prebooked). To book, phone Box Office 01460 54973. www. On Friday 18 June at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, Concerts in the West presents the Ferio Saxophone Quartet. Huw Wiggin (soprano sax), Ellie McMurray (alto sax), Anthony Brown (tenor sax) and Katie Samways (baritone sax) will play works by Handel, JS Bach, Gershwin, Bizet, amongst others – for the full programme visit www. Tickets £15 (£33 with pre-show supper at 6.30pm, supper to be pre-booked). Book all tickets in advance. Box Office 01460 54973. www.

Kitty Macfarlane On Saturday 19 June at The David Hall, South Petherton, there are two performances by Somerset songwriter and guitarist, Kitty Macfarlane. Kitty’s trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked

empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Rich with visual imagery and carried by a clear voice, her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world – thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes. Performance 1: 6.30pm to 7.45pm (doors open 6.00pm). Performance 2: 9.00pm to 10.15pm (doors open 8.30pm). Tickets £16, no concessions. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www. On Saturday 19 June at 7.30pm at The Dance House, Crewkerne, Concerts in the West presents the Ferio Saxophone Quartet. Huw Wiggin (soprano sax), Ellie McMurray (alto sax), Anthony Brown (tenor sax) and Katie Samways (baritone sax) will play works by Handel, JS Bach, Gershwin, Bizet, amongst others – for the full programme visit www. Tickets £15, students £5, children (with a paying adult) free. Book all tickets in advance from Town Hall Information Centre (email or phone 01460 75928) or Concert in the West (email or phone 01823 252658). On Friday 25 June at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, The Tommaso Storace Quartet returns to the stage, supported by Dave Newton (piano), Alec Dankworth (bass) and Chris Nichols (drums). Tomasso, probably Italy’s best jazz musician, has gained a very high reputation for top quality dynamic performances. Tomasso’s superb performance at the Centre four years ago comprised a broad mix of jazz, from lyrical ballads through to contemporary new compositions. The trio supporting him is probably the top piano/bass/drums trio in

the UK (Dave and Alec have won the annual UK jazz award numerous times). Tickets £18 (£36 with pre-show supper at 6.30pm, supper to be prebooked). To book, phone Box Office 01460 54973. www. From Friday 2 to Saturday 10 July is the Somerton Music & Arts Festival. The festival will include a family fun day, with a variety of events at venues across town, and reach its finale on the last day with Somerstock, Somerton’s own family friendly music festival. There will be more than 14 local, covers and original bands performing across three stages, headlined by pop and soul legends, The Christians. Somerton Recreation Ground, the venue for Somerstock, has plenty of space for all festivalgoers as well as for family entertainment, food, licensed bars and on-site car parking and camping. Advance tickets available online now. The festival ticket office will open at Somerton Library on Saturday 29 May. For further information, visit www.


Until Saturday 5 June, there is an online performance of ‘Manatomy’. This wry witty performance poetry film, written and read by James McDermott, follows the experiences of a camp gay boy through adolescence into manhood as he comes of age in Norfolk in the nineties and noughties. The film explores how identity is shaped by parents, place, politics and pop culture, and questions how lad culture shapes boys as they grow into men. Age 18+. Sign up for a free ticket and watch anytime until 5 June. Book at www.


From Friday 28 to Sunday 30 May at East Coker and West Coker is the Od Arts Festival ‘Alone with Everybody’. The festival returns this May, bringing exhibitions, performances, films and workshops by local and international artists to not-sosleepy Somerset. New and specially-sited artworks will pop up around both villages, in cafes, halls, houses, chapels and fields, and also online for a special digital programme (until Sunday 6 June). With over twenty events and exhibitions, artists, neighbours and visitors will come together to think, dream and ponder what it means to be alone with everybody. For further details, visit On Saturday 29 May and Saturday 26 June from 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, it is the monthly Acoustic Night. This is an evening full of extraordinary skill, talent and variety – all types of performance welcome – music, comedy, poetry, dance and more! Take the opportunity to deliver for 10 to 15 minutes on a professional stage with full PA and lighting. To book a slot or a seat, please email Chris Watts at or call 07715 501157. Please pre-book so the evening can be managed properly under current conditions. Suggested donation: £1 for performers and £2 for audience (to cover the cost of heating and lighting). Payment is on the door. On Thursday 3 and Friday 4 June at 10.30am, 12.00 noon and 2.00pm at Coates English Willow Visitor Centre, Stoke St Gregory, Wassail Theatre Company presents ‘Whispering Willows’. It’s 1929. Morris has been planting, harvesting, basketmaking and drinking tea on his willow farm, year after year. Until one day he pulls up a large piece of willow with a girl clinging to the end of it! She eats too much, breaks

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Whispering Willows everything and is a complete nuisance. Time moves on, they learn from each other and all is well. Then WWII and the invention of plastic threaten to destroy the farm, unless they can find a new use for willow! Age 6+. Outdoor performance. Tickets from £7. For information and to book, visit whispering-willows. On Wednesday 9 June at 7.00pm at Yeovil Country Park, join The Lord Chamberlain’s Men for the breathless and brilliant tragedy ‘Macbeth’. The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are the UK’s premier all-male theatre company, with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare. ‘Macbeth’ is a play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. This performance will take place in Yeovil Country Park, directly behind The Octagon Theatre. Advance tickets: £16, child £10. Tickets on the day: £18, child £11. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagon-theatre.

On Saturday 12 June at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a onewoman show ‘Florence’, written and performed by Louise Jordan. Using original song and storytelling, Louise shines a light on the lesser-known aspects of Florence Nightingale’s life and questions why her extraordinary, wide-ranging achievements are so often overlooked. Florence devoted decades to campaigning for social reform worldwide and advocating equal access to healthcare for all. In order to advance her causes, she became an expert in areas such as land irrigation, hospital design and postal services for soldiers. Performance 1: 6.30pm to 7.45pm (doors open 6.00pm). Performance 2: 9.00pm to 10.15pm (doors open 8.30pm). Tickets £16, concessions £15. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit On Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 June at 3.00pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Taboo Theatre Company presents ‘Flea the Pandemic, Dorset 1348’ by Sue Ashby. In 1348, a ship arrives at Melcombe Regis carrying goods from China and a flea comes ashore, carrying the plague. Dorset folk are the first to experience the unknown illness that will spread across the whole country. ‘Flea the Pandemic’ mixes history and humour to look at the rich and the poor, the powerful and the essential workers – and wonders why little has changed in 672 years! Evening showing on 19 June at 7.30pm. Tickets £12. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit On Friday 25 June at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is the start of its summer outdoor theatre season. The first production is ‘Robin O’ The Greenwood’. Was Robin Hood a real person? Is it true


he stole from the rich to give to the poor, or was that a thin excuse for relieving travellers of their purses? Join storyteller Beth Webb and folk singer Neil Eaton for a delightful evening of traditional tales, songs, and a little bit of history. Age 11+. Bring a picnic blanket or low-backed seating. The performances, on the stunning South Lawn of the Palace Gardens, will go ahead whatever the weather, so dress accordingly for the Great British Summer! Standard ticket £15. To book, visit uk or phone 01749 988111.

Wells Outdoor Theatre On Friday 25 June at 7.30pm at 7.30pm at Higher Orchard, Sandford Orcas, there is an open-air performance of ‘Oh Mary!’ – a swashbuckling tale of transportation, love, escape, tragedy and redemption that spanned the world between Cornwall and Australia. Cornish actor Bec Applebee’s solo physical theatre show is based on the incredible life story of Mary Bryant: Cornish highway woman, convict, mother and maritime adventurer. Using specially commissioned music with a mix of physical storytelling and evocative narrative, this show promises to be an adventure through

the senses! Age 11+. Tickets £10, under 18s £6. To book, phone 01963 220208 or book online at On Wednesday 30 June and Thursday 1 July at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, Living Spit presents the classic French tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’. A beautiful young woman is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. She learns to look beyond its hideous exterior and discovers the kind heart that lies within. The enormously popular Living Spit stars Howard Coggins and Stu McLoughlin. Howard is beautiful – there’s no escaping that – but so is Stu! However, one of them will have to portray an ugly, foultempered beast. But which one will it be? Suitable 12+. Tickets £14. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit www.


Every first Saturday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Bruton, is Family Saturday. These free sessions offer families a unique experience of art, design and nature. Family Saturday is inspired by the exhibition ‘Henry Taylor’; children and their families are invited to explore the exhibition and take part in creative activities. Bring an empty box or two, for example, cereal, toothpaste or match box, to create some art work. The sessions are aimed at families with children aged 6 to 14 years. Younger children are welcome and all must be supervised by parents/carers. This is a free event, however, advanced booking is essential as there are limited places. Book online at www.hauserwirth. com/events/32022-familysaturday-36.

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By Tim Saunders, Motoring Correspondent Do you like to make an entrance? Are you an attention seeker? Then you simply must drive the Honda Civic Type-R. No sooner has the bright red Civic arrived on the drive every passer-by stops to admire its cool design. ‘Look at those exhausts,’ says my son Henry (5). It looks like a rocket. The rear is certainly striking thanks to the massive spoiler and then there are the subtle red brake callipers. Stroll round to the front and there are air vents by the side of the front doors; they’re on the bonnet too, further adding to its racing credentials. I wouldn’t like this behind me, that’s for sure. This is a Civic with a difference. A package to please any boy racer. A 169mph sports car for just over £30,000. A very easy way to lose that precious driving licence. So much respect is required. It reminds me of a considerably more expensive Maserati, which when the engine is started, the ground beneath literally vibrates. Although this doesn’t happen in the Honda, the engine does vibrate the driver’s feet in the footwell.

Tim Saunders is an advanced motorist and journalist. He has always been passionate about motoring and regularly reviews cars from the leading manufacturers. His first report on a BMW 520i was published in the Dorset Echo when he was 17 (just after passing his driving test) in 1995. He went on to become business and motoring editor at the Bournemouth Echo.

everything it has to offer, ideal for a track day. The latter is sort of Maserati mode; a louder noise from that exhaust, tighter suspension. In fact driving in +R mode reminds me of the time I went on a Honda powerboat; the same type of g-force is thrust upon the occupants. Definitely one for the adrenalin junkies among you. I do like the red and black suede steering wheel; very comfy to hold and the slightly squashed circle shape of the wheel is appealing. The power steering is quite hard and race car like as you might expect, compared to other cars. ‘The doors are tough to shut, though,’ says Caroline, who is known to stretch out her left arm behind her, when seated in the front passenger seat, to shut the rear

passenger door for the children. But not in the Honda. ‘It’s a bit plasticky,’ criticizes Lin, Caroline’s mum when we meet for a socially distanced walk. The driver’s seat hugs its occupant and the red and black suede is good quality. The red suede covered steering wheel continues the luxurious sporty feel. There’s a six-speed manual gearbox and an electric handbrake. It’s an absolute joy to drive. The post girl is just delivering some letters to us as I start the engine and it lets out a hearty roar. She takes a step back in surprise and can’t resist a double take. Oh what fun. This is the start of what is to become a succession of admiring glances throughout our travels.

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ACREMAN ANTIQUES Acreman St. Antiques Auction saw some very good prices achieved in the April auction, with a rare pair of antique wooden decoy pigeons hammer £900, a collection of twentieth century paintings with a total hammer price of over £5,500 and jewellery, silver and effects sold on behalf of the New Breast Cancer Unit Appeal at Yeovil Hospital totalling over £4,000 thanks to your kind donations. With the lifting of lockdown, the floodgates have opened and items have been coming in thick and fast for our Friday 25 May auction. We have a large collection of kitchenalia, including over 400 pieces of T.G.Greens - part of a large deceased estate that we will be auctioning over the next few months. Also on offer this month are an extensive canteen of silverplated cutlery by Robert Beck Hester Bateman in a floorstanding cabinet with the original receipt from 1987 for £4,800, a Charles Horner silver 1903 tea set, and a Norman Foster 1980s Tecno glass and chrome dining table, plus over 300 lots of jewellery and silver. 28

We are now taking in for our 25 June General Antiques and Collectables sale and also for our 18 June specialist Textiles, Fashion and Apparel sale, to include designer and vintage clothing, antique lace and linen, tapestries, sewing related items, soft furnishings and fabrics. We are happy to give free valuations and appraisals on any items you may be considering for auction and home visits can be arranged. We will take in from single items up to complete house clearances. For any enquiries, please contact Gill Norman on 07908 333577/01935 508764 or at auction@acremanstreetantiques.




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SHINING A LIGHT ON LAMPS By Alec and Caroline Grant, from Grants of Somerset It is believed that the first ever lamp was invented in 70,000 BC

using a hollowed-out rock or shell. It was filled with moss soaked in animal fat and ignited – pretty clever stuff. Lamps have changed a bit since then (thankfully no more flaming moss in the home!), but what’s not changed is their incredible practicality and the ability to transform the mood of any room. Here are a few top tips for lamps which we think you’ll find, ahem, illuminating. Big lamp, little lamp It’s all about proportion – a small room with a big lamp will look unbalanced, a small lamp in a big room will look lost. It’s not just the room size to consider, though; where the lamp sits is just as important. A taller table with a short lamp, or vice versa, could be a natural combination. Look at the top

of the table too – a lampshade that hangs over the edge is a no-no as it will make the space look crowded.

if you’re putting a lamp on a corner table, look for a lamp just over half the width of the table.

Hallway Putting a lamp on a console table? Then you’ll want a lamp at least half the height of the table. If you can get a combined height of 1.5m, you’re in the perfect lighting zone.

Bedroom There’s no hard and fast rule for a bedside lamp, but you should always make sure the bottom of the shade is lower than your eye line when you’re sat reading. A top tip for bedroom lamps is to go for a heavy base

– bedside lamps are the ones most likely to get knocked over! As well as the above, consider the task for which you need the lighting, reflect on the ambience of the room and look out for those accent hotspots you might want to highlight. We hope we’ve gone some way to helping you ‘shine a light’ on the subject.

Living room If your lamp’s going next to a settee or armchair, the combined height of the table and lamp should be around 1.2m. Why? Because it gives you light at eye level when you’re sat down without blinding you with a bulb! And

Books, Lunches, Knitting and more: RVS Sherborne If you find yourself in beautiful Sherborne over the next couple of weeks, go and visit the window display at The Pod, 54 Cheap Street, Sherborne. The Royal Voluntary Service was offered the very first display in this brand new venture run by Cheap Street Church. The church is aiming to use the premises as a contact point to work with other churches in the town as well as other groups and members of the community with aim of linking people together and promoting ways in which we can all contribute to the well-being of the whole community. You will find information about the RVS Home Library Service, which is available free to anybody who finds it difficult to get to the library, the RVS Lunch Club in Sherborne which is making plans to restart as soon as restrictions allow, and various crafting projects. If you can’t go and see it, but would like more information please contact Maria Jacobson, RVS

Service Manager Dorset Home Library Service, on 01305 236666 or email For information on The Pod, contact Penny Gardner or Cath Adam on 07496 755549 or email shares@thepodsherborne.

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Hopefully, post 17 May visitors will have more freedom to explore new locations and enjoy visits to Hopefully, post 17 May visitors will hav local towns. Sherborne Walks has prepared for this new season in a number of ways.towns. Sherborne Walks has prepared Firstly, founder of Sherborne Walks, Cindy Chant is much recovered from a recent period of ill-health and will be leading short specialised tours this summer. Cindy will not be leading large groups. We are pleased to welcome Julia Morris as a colleague guide. Julia has lived in the area for many years and first qualified as a Blue Badge Guide working in Dorset and the South West, and now works across southern England leading private tours for families and groups. She worked at Yeovilton Fleet Air Arm Museum as learning manager and was previously a living history teacher specialising in the interpretation of history through food, culture, and through an understanding of the wonderful landscape of southern England. Julia says, ‘Sherborne has long been a favourite place to guide; a small market town with a fascinating history and great variety of stories to tell.’ She takes great pleasure in uncovering what will inspire and intrigue visitors and discovering themes that bring our surroundings to life in


a new or unexpected light. Julia will be advertising walks and taking bookings through Sherborne Walks. In addition to our normal ‘Historical Town’ tours, and ‘History of Market & Fairs’ tour, we have also developed new tours which will provide opportunities to help visitors and local residents alike to access parts of the town rarely open to the public. These include the ‘Explore the rich history of Entertainment and Leisure in Sherborne’ tour. During this tour Paul will consider the development of entertainment and leisure since the 1750s. The tour will recreate an Edwardian Terrace parade overlooking the town before dropping down into Pageant Gardens to consider the importance of the coming of the railway and the 1905 Sherborne Pageant. We will continue through the town identifying past entertainment venues before reaching Paddock Gardens where you’ll learn about the Sherborne House Screen. The tour will conclude with a visit to the rarely visited and unique Georgian Shell House in Harper House.

This summer only, we have the opportunity for a special tour inside Sherborne School to discover a hidden history not usually available to the public. This will include meeting a custodian who will escort the group on a visit into the fascinating Old School classroom, a walk around the cloisters, including a glimpse into the monastic undercroft and the remains of the original Saxon church, before experiencing the sensation of remembering Old Shirburnians’ service to their country in the antichapel. Cindy will explain the link between the abbey, the medieval monastery and the Advert PDF version origins of the school.

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DELICIOUS ROTI PARCELS By Khrishma Preston, The Alternative Indian Before I focus on the awesome recipe I’ve been working on, I want to tell you about a couple of things happening soon; the first is my return to work catering, and this will be for the Od Arts Festival being hosted at West Coker Village Hall on Saturday 29 May. There will be exhibitions, performances, films and workshops by local and international artists, and I will be serving up a selection of street foods, snacks, sweets and savoury items. The event runs from 11am to 6pm. Secondly, I will be hosting the first of my curry clubs at The Helyar Arms Inn, East Coker,

where I am looking forward to showcasing three-course meals that bring the taste of real Indian home cooking. Do come along and say Hi. This month’s recipe is something a little different. These are my own creation and I think they work really well with left-over roast chicken or any other meat. Alternatively, you could get creative and use any type of filling in these roti parcels. These are influenced by a traditional North Indian sweet called Ghughra or Gujiya. However, I have adapted these to give you a starter or lunch option.

Chapatti flour or Atta (aka durum wheat flour) can be found in most large stream supermarkets within the Indian Grocery section or at ethnic/continental shops. If you can’t find this, you can use double zero 00 whole grain bread flour (it’s the very finely ground version) or alternatively blend white bread flour and wholewheat flour in a 50:50 ratio. An instructional video to accompany this recipe can be found on my You Tube Channel: The Alternative Indian out on 26 May.

Roti Parcels

Makes 10-13 parcels Prep time dough and spice filling 20 mins Resting time 40-50 mins Fry time 45 mins



Roti Dough for Parcels 2 cups medium chapatti flour + an extra cup on the side 1 heaped tsp cornflour 1 heaped tsp sea salt ½ tsp sugar (I used caster) 2 tbsp vegetable oil Florets of 2 stems of tenderstem broccoli, finely chopped ¾ pint warm water Spiced Filling 2-3 fresh red chillies, finely chopped, or use 2-3 tsp dried crushed red chillies flakes 4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped Thumb-sized fresh root ginger, finely chopped 1 slightly heaped tsp cinnamon powder ½ tsp star anise powder 4 heaped tsp cumin-coriander powder Approx. 180g cooked shredded chicken 1 brown onion, finely chopped 2 tomatoes, finely chopped 2 stems of tenderstem broccoli, finely chopped 1½ tsp salt Fresh ground pepper to taste Juice of ¼ lemon

Combine flours, salt and sugar into a mixing bowl. Add in oil, broccoli florets and ½ pint of water and start to combine. Bring the dough together adding extra water or flour as needed to create a soft but not sticky dough. Kneed gently with your hands for 5-7 minutes. TIP: you can rub your hands with extra flour to remove any dough that’s stuck to your hands. Once kneaded, place back in mixing bowl with a little oil drizzled over the top and rub the oil around the bottom of the bowl. Cover and set aside in a cool place for 40-50 minutes. Heat a little oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add in the chilli, garlic, ginger and spice powders. Stir and cook through for a couple of minutes until aromatic. Stir in the rest of ingredients, cook for a further 5 minutes to allow all the flavours to infuse. Set aside until you are ready to make the parcels and fry them up. Once the dough has rested. Divide the dough into golf-ball-sized dough balls if you find this easier or start by pinching off the first ball. Lightly dip it into some of the extra flour and gently roll it out into an even thickness and about 1012cm in diameter. Place about 2 heaped teaspoons of the filling in the bottom half of the circle, leaving a lip of dough at the bottom so they can be sealed. Fold the top half over the bottom half to make moon-shaped parcels. Lightly press to seal the parcels and then flute edges of the dough using your thumb and forefinger. If needed, use fork prongs to ensure the pastry is sealed sufficiently. No additional

water or egg is needed but you could always use a lightly beaten egg if you are more comfortable doing it that way. TIP: don’t worry if there are little holes in the dough when encasing the filling – this is due to the broccoli in the dough. Heat oil a heavy frying pan over a medium heat. Drop in one parcel and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until browned. Drain on paper towels or greaseproof paper. Repeat. Tip: if you get your timing right, you can drop a parcel into the oil, roll out your next dough ball and fill it, then flip the parcel that’s half-cooked in the oil, get your next parcel folded and sealed ready to go before you take the fully-cooked parcel out the oil.

Mango Chutney Hack

A lot of people like mango chutney but I sometimes find it a little too sweet for my palate. Below is a quick easy hack that makes a great accompaniment to these roti parcels but also works well with my other dishes. Just mix the below ingredients and serve up as pictured. 3 tbsp Geeta’s Premium Mango Chutney 2 tbsp mayonnaise 2 tsp red chilli flakes 1 heaped tsp curry powder A squeeze of lemon Photo mentions: Chicken: Sourced at Barrett Bro Butcher’s Fabric: Sourced at Yandle’s Arts and Crafts; Designed by Debbie Shore

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A VINTNER’S TALE (ACT 2, SCENE II) Peter Law, Chairman and MD at Wine Wizzard in Castle Cary, continues with his fascinating tales of life in the wine trade…. Firstly, my apologies to the Editor and readers of The Conduit for my silence since Christmas. I have just moved house in the middle of this pandemic, which was pretty complicated!

back ten days earlier than expected: ‘Gee - Europe’s SMALL…!’ – it turns out, he was used to driving long lorry trains across the outback!! The wine all sold and he had to go back three weeks later, in a larger van.

… we’re back in the 1970s, at Wine Traffic in Kent. I was the first at work one morning. On opening the post, I discovered that the partnership had bought a six-berth motor yacht - on credit, for which I was apparently 50% responsible. I dissolved the partnership and gave in my resignation notice. I put my cottage up for sale due to an impending divorce and headed off for a weekend break in Yorkshire. It was so foggy on the M1 that I took a left and ended up in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, where my sister was living on her return from hippydom on the Isle of Formentera. Here, I discovered that four dilapidated cottages, including a shop in the High Street, were coming up for auction two weeks later. I bought them as the hammer was coming down for a third of the price I was prepared to pay. I booked into a good hotel and celebrated with an excellent dinner and champagne. But there was a problem: I didn’t have enough money to cover the 10% charge of the auctioneer! Barclaycard to the rescue (then, at only £30 per transaction, bank to bank) until I could meet the cheque and then returned to Kent to approach my bank manager, who refused. HELP!! Back to work and - lo and behold - the phone rang. I was told that my name had been given to him by the commercial attaché at the French Embassy as (at that time) I was the only importer of Jurancon wine from south-west France.

I had moved to Wiltshire as I was, and still am, fascinated by ley lines. I planned to pursue this whilst opening the shop for two days per week; but I was soon working six days a week whilst also renovating the cottages from top to bottom. I supplied half a dozen London restaurants (including two very famous Michelin-starred ones) and, before long, several local ones.

On being given the address of the bank in London for delivery, I established that he was the manager and made an appointment to see him the following day. Job done, and he loaned me enough to do the restoration of my new shop as well! Hence, the birth of the Malmesbury Vintner. In the four houses, there were four outside ‘thunder boxes’, a highly polished outside cold water tap - and about 100 buckets, catching the drips! I headed for France in my lovely new Lancia Zagato sports car (‘Thanks, new Bank Manager…!’) and bought some lovely wines. On my return, I hired a large van and asked an Aussie mate to collect them, whilst I renovated the shop, including a blocked-up inglenook fireplace. My Aussie mate was 32

That first Summer, I built a temporary office on the roof of the shop so that I could both do all the office work and re-roofing: there were 40 tons of Cotswold stone tiles up there. Stan, who I had employed to do the job, liked a tipple. So, I tied a rope around his waist and to the chimney – just as well, as it turned out. I was his ‘lad’, doing all the fetching and carrying. The Malmesbury business was an instant success and many of the customers, from all walks of life, became friends. One Oxford don arranged for me to do a wine tasting event at New College, Oxford, which turned out to be fun, interesting and lucrative! Another, a young man dressed in an immaculate Donegal suit, came in at 11am every Friday and spent £1,000 in cash. Bear in mind, this was in the mid-1970s. This poor man had a dreadful stutter, but once he had said ‘F*** it!!’ you couldn’t stop him talking! He liked a vintage Krug. All of a sudden, he stopped coming into the shop, so I phoned his home to ask if there was a problem. His wife told me he had got eight years – this gentleman farmer was, in fact, a major drug smuggler!

Now to the present day at the Wine Wizzard in Castle Cary. Thanks to you, Christmas was very busy and Linda did more than well, on her own. Unheard of in my 59 years in the wine trade, we sold out of rosé in February – but then we have all had a very strange year. I have just come out of thirteen months’ ‘solitary’ and, with only my feline friends for company, I am now fluent in ‘cat’. A recent pint in a pub garden was magic – yes, wine merchants like a good beer! Between February and April, and postBrexit, we have managed to import our first 8,000 bottles of the year successfully. This is ‘pedant’s paradise’: the paperwork has to be spot on, both sides of the Channel – and well in advance, or suffer lengthy and costly delays. How we love bureaucracy! The EU wants/needs to export and the UK government wants/needs the excise duty (not to mention the contribution to VAT, PAYE and corporation tax). I have recently done my first four (short) days in the shop, whilst Linda took a very welldeserved break. It was really good to meet and talk to our customers again! I have really missed my buying trips to France, but luckily I have an encyclopaedia of quality wine producers in place. For the past decade, we have been importing from Chateau Clement-Termes, whose familyowned vineyards produce really excellent still red and white Gaillac wines; ever-so-slightly effervescent Perle and Les Bulles (‘bubbles’ – a natural, bottle-fermented sparkling wine) with a tiny hint of natural sweetness. Delicieux!! And all at very affordable prices. Call in to see Linda, who is very knowledgeable and will help you find the right wine for you!

The writer Anthony Shaffer (Sleuth, The Wicker Man) and his girlfriend Diane Cilento (the actress and ex-wife of Sean Connery) were great fun, great customers and friends. I bumped into Anthony one evening in the foyer of the Theatre Royal in Bath. His hands were shaking so much that his very large brandy was spilling everywhere. ‘Tony – what on Earth is wrong?’ He had had to do an extra final dress rehearsal with Hywel Bennett and had cancelled his fishing trip with Lord Mountbatten and Lord Brabourne.

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Local wine club seeks members A local club for people who love wine is looking for some new members.

at various members’ houses on the first Thursday of each month.

The Wine Hunters club is aimed at people based within approximately a 10-mile radius of Yeovil who enjoy drinking wine, but would perhaps like to learn more. Having started life back in the early 1990s, Wine Hunters appeals to those who share a real interest in learning more about wine.

Volunteer members host the wine tastings or occasionally invited speakers lead tastings on a wine based theme. Members learn about the background of the producer, the grape and region, and are able to enjoy tasting wines they may not have tried before. Club Chair Steve Jones said, ‘We are proud to have kept the club running over the past year via Zoom but now we are allowed to meet up again we would love to have some new blood in the group. You don’t have to ”know” about wine to become a member. The whole point of the club is that people join to learn more.’

Members enjoy a monthly meeting with a friendly and welcoming group, some of whom know a lot about wine and are eager to share their knowledge and some of whom know little except they enjoy a glass of wine and want to know more! Monthly wine tasting meetings take place

Tales from the Trading Post Back in December 2017 we had just taken over the Trading Post Farm Shop when we were approached by local organic dairy farmer Pete Lemmey from Liberty Dairy with a novel idea - how would we like to sell milk direct from the farm to the consumer without the crazy amount of plastic waste! Our milk sales at this point were around 120 litres a month of beautiful organic milk but this also amounted to 120 plastic bottles being wasted and we knew that we should and could do better for our customers and the environment. Working closely with John from Daisy Vending - Belinda the Milk Vending Machine (named after Pete’s favourite cow) was designed, developed, and built in Somerset – supporting another local business rather than importing a ready-to-go unit.

The wines are funded by a small monthly subscription of £16. Funds from the subscription allow the monthly host to build a tasting of 6 to 8 bottles shared between up to 20 members and guests. The club also organises two other funded events: the Annual Dinner where the wines are matched to the menu and the Annual Tasting which provides the opportunity to taste wines from the very top producers. There is also a Christmas meal and a summer BBQ, weather permitting. If you are interested in joining us as a guest or a member, please contact Jane Adkins at or on 01935 813114. Or contact Steve Jones at or on 01458 259376.

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We have now become the place to visit after school to bribe the children with a pint-sized milkshake and there is no better way to spend a hot summer day than grabbing a chilled shake fresh from Belinda! Although on colder days we have discovered that the chocolate milkshake also makes a great mocha and – I cannot lie – the salted caramel tastes great with an added shot of Twin Fin Rum or Tough Nut Moonshine! BELINDA VENDING PRICES Empty Bottle £1.50 1 Litre Organic Milk £1.30 ½ Litre Organic Milk 70p 1 Litre Milkshake £2.00

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POPULAR CRUISES FOR 2022/23 (WITH FREE RETURN TRANSPORT FROM YEOVIL – ONLY AT MILES MORGAN TRAVEL) By Heather Muir, Manager – Miles Morgan Travel, Yeovil As many of you will know, we have a long history of working with Fred. Olsen cruises and are proud to be main agent for them. Each year, we offer an exciting range of itineraries which are fully escorted by one of our experienced cruise escorts, customers return to travel with them year after year. These cruises all come with the added convenience of free return transport from Yeovil to the port, something only available at Miles Morgan Travel. Over the last few years, we have escorted hundreds of customers on these cruises and the feedback we have received about the transport to the port, the private welcome party, and the service of our cruise escorts on board is always a delight to read. As customers get back travelling again, we have extended the choice for 2022 and 2023 and have eleven fantastic itineraries to choose from, which are: In Search of the Northern Lights 24 March, French Riviera & Monaco Grand Prix 22 May, Discovering the Balkans 14 June, Norwegian Fjords 2 July, Scenic Isles of Scotland 9 July, Discover the Amalfi Coast 17 July, Natural Wonders of Iceland 1 August, UK Isles & Celtic Cities 11 Sep, Croatia & Italy 23 Oct, 34

European Christmas Markets 2 Dec and American Waterways & Canada in the Fall 26 September 2023. Prices start from only £999pp, based on two sharing a cabin, but we also have single cabins available too. Seats on the coach from Yeovil are limited, so early booking is strongly recommended due to the popularity. Many of these cruises sail from Southampton on board Fred. Olsen’s new ship, Bolette. Bolette has capacity for less than 1,400 guests. So, in keeping with the Fred. Olsen smaller-ship ethos you will find that you’re not overcrowded on board and have plenty of space in which to indulge yourself in the stylish dining venues, enjoy a glass of your favourite tipple and fantastic entertainment at the bars, lounges and theatres, and while away the hours by the all-season pool. If you would like to find out more information about these cruises then please pop in and see us at 14-16 Middle Street, Yeovil or call us on 01935 428488. I hope that you will join us on one of these

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By Tim Saunders, Travel Correspondent I’ve always loved cycling but since my university days have found the roads have got busier and driving standards have declined. Because we don’t want to ride on the roads it means we have to drive the bikes to the start of the route. I wasn’t even sure whether my ageing Ford Fiesta would be able to transport five bikes. But it can. So, on my trusty roof rack I have bike bars that allow me to carry two full size adult bikes on the roof. I then have a carrier that I fit on the boot that will carry up to three full size adult bikes. We venture to Wickham, Hampshire, where there is a popular car park. I fit my Akaso Brave 7 LE waterproof camera to my bike’s handlebars, which act as a steady tripod for me to take a photo and video via the remote wrist strap. Here Hampshire County Council has a cycle and walking trail, which goes through the Forest of Bere and into the South Downs. Very picturesque but little Henry (then 4) has worried about going

along this route after his last encounter with a large dog. Despite my shouting at the dog and the owners, they continued on their way, the dog off its lead. We noticed that a lot of dog walkers do this, which is off-putting for young families. I put this to Hampshire County Council and am told: ‘In areas we have marked as safe to let dogs off the lead, such as the Meon Valley Trail through Wickham, dog owners are still responsible for ensuring their dog does not intimidate other path users. We also hope that the respect and care shown by most dog walkers will be reciprocated with tolerance and understanding from other path users.’ Not good enough when a little boy has been scared out of his wits! So we go along it with a little trepidation but soon realise that dog owners and their dogs have a respect for bicycles that they do not seem to display for those on two feet. It’s an interesting sociological exercise. Henry is

still timid but soon grows in confidence as most dog owners wait for us to pass and we all have a thoroughly enjoyable bike ride. A couple of miles into our ride we find some tree trunks lying on the ground by the side of the path, a perfect spot for a picnic. We tuck into our sandwiches, then Henry is eager to start riding again and after a couple more miles begins to tire, not surprisingly when he is only four. We probably cover about five miles or so in total and then return home for a wellearned ice cream. For more information: Watch the videos at

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By Peter Luscombe BVSc, PgC SAD, MRCVS Antibiotics have had an incredibly positive impact on human healthcare, animal health and animal welfare, enabling clinicians to successfully treat conditions that were previously fatal. However, there is an increasing number of bacteria that are resistant to the antibiotics we have available. Antibiotics derive from natural microbial products produced as a defence against other bacteria. Random mutations can result in reduced susceptibility of bacteria to antibiotics, and in some cases this resistance can be transferred to other bacteria by exchange of portions of DNA. Antibiotic resistance is nothing new; it a natural phenomenon resulting from a process of biological warfare between microbes. DNA in 30,000-yearold permafrost samples show a highly diverse collection of genes encoding resistance to various antibiotic groups. Widespread use of antibiotics kills susceptible bacteria, allowing resistant bacteria to thrive in the absence of competition by a process of natural selection. The increased prevalence of resistant infections has mainly 142 Preston Road, Yeovil Somerset BA20 2EE Lower Acreman Street Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3EX


resulted from this process. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria do not inherently cause more serious infections. However, they are much more difficult to treat, which can have serious consequences. The central role of antibiotics in current veterinary and human medical practice has, unfortunately, led to a degree of complacency. Although there are side effects and adverse reactions associated with their use, antibiotics were regarded as first-line treatments for many presenting complaints, not all of them caused by bacteria. Many treatment protocols considered ‘gold-standard’ when I qualified thirty years ago are now frowned upon. Our use of antibiotics has changed with a greater understanding of resistance mechanisms and a realisation of the possibility of the loss of efficacy of these important drugs. We are now more selective when justifying our use of antibiotics, not only establishing that bacterial infection is the main cause of disease, but also asking why infection has established. This usually reflects a failure of the immune system and other protective

mechanisms. We now have a greater understanding of conditions which are selflimiting, allowing our immune system to control the infection. Many infections are now considered as a ‘dysbiosis’, meaning an imbalance rather than new infection. Wherever possible we investigate and target any underlying causes. This includes optimising good health and immunity with balanced diet and preventative medicines. Following any consultation your vet will recommend treatment with or without drug therapy. Your vet will also provide advice on how to monitor your pet to ensure things are getting better

in the expected time frame and not worse. If your pet is not improving as expected, then they need to be re-examined to review the diagnosis and the treatment plan. Don’t worry, if your pet does need antibiotics, we are still able to prescribe them and will work with you to ensure the best possible treatment is provided for your pet. When prescribed antibiotics, always use them as directed: give the correct dose, at the correct intervals and always complete the course. If this is likely to create practical problems, always discuss this with your vet at the outset.

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THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING By Niki Cassar And how you can create a healthy mind and a healthy body! Most of us have been conditioned from a very young age to think negatively. For example: ‘If you don’t clean your teeth properly, you’ll end up with false teeth when you’re older’ or ‘If you don’t work hard, you’ll fail all your exams and never get a good job’. This constant repetition of negative suggestions results in a flow of negative self-talk when we are adults. We tell ourselves that we’re clumsy, or stupid, or we’re no good at doing this or that. When we try to perform even a simple task and aren’t successful, we say ‘Damn, I can’t do it!’ Negative thinking leads to negative outcomes, because like attracts like. Over time, we increasingly place restrictions on ourselves that result in the overproduction of stress hormones, including cortisol, which can severely affect gut bacteria, resulting in any number of health issues. Probably the least severe but nonetheless very uncomfortable of these are digestive disorders, with IBS being one of the most commonly diagnosed. Yes, it’s true: your mental health really does have a very powerful effect on your physical health! This has long been accepted by mental health professionals, but more recently, also by the medical profession. A positive attitude results in a healthy mind; and a healthy mind contributes greatly to a healthy body.

computer, threading a needle or doing a DIY job, notice your negative self-talk. Now stop! Take a deep breath and say ‘I CAN do it’ with conviction (preferably out loud) and repeat it many times over. Chances are that you will suddenly be able to complete the task. Continue to notice your negative self-talk over the next few months, and any self-critical remarks you make to others (even in jest), and when you do: stop, take a deep breath and turn the negatives into positives. ‘I’m getting old’ becomes ‘I am young, fit and healthy’. ‘I’m not very good at doing some things’ becomes ‘I can do anything I put my mind to’. ‘I’m not as clever as them’ becomes ‘I’m just as good as everyone else’. Make this a daily habit and you’ll start to notice feeling more positive about yourself and your life, and very likely your general health will start to improve. Be aware that this isn’t going to happen overnight. If you’re someone who has got into the habit of negative self-talk, it may take some time and a lot of commitment to change from being a cup-halfempty person to one whose cup is always half full. You CAN do it!

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WHY THE RICH ARE THE REASON FOR CRUMBLING CHURCHES! By Tracey Warren, Stoodley and Son Undertaker noun [ C ] UK (also funeral director); (US also mortician); a person whose job is to prepare dead bodies that are going to be buried or cremated and to organize funerals. It has been often written that there are two certainties in life – death and taxes, and as undertakers or its modern term funeral directors it is our job to ensure that the funeral is carried out to the families wishes and in a safe and hygienic manner. The actual specific job of ‘funeral director’ was only invented in 1675 when William Boyce opened a shop at Ye Grate Old Bayley called The White Hart and Coffin. Historically before this time funerals were carried out by the family or Guilds, i.e. Guild of Bakers, Tailors, etc. Funerals were very different with only burial in the local church being an option for the deceased. However, if you were unbaptised or had died by suicide, sadly you were buried at a local crossroads or outside the church walls and often late at night. The reasoning behind this was that on the Day of Judgement as a sinner you would not know which road to take and therefore not be able to take your place at the right hand of God. Poor families used the parish coffin – the deceased was wrapped in a simple shoud and winding sheet. They were 38

placed in the parish coffin during the service which was then taken to the graveside whereupon the deceased was taken out and, using the winding sheet, lowered into the grave. The coffin was then returned to the church for the next funeral. Some churches even had recesses in the stone work to hold the coffin in-between uses. The parish coffin soon fell out of favour as people thought you could catch the plague from it, and I believe there are very few, if any, examples of them left. Rich families of course could afford the best in death, often having eleborate solid oak coffins covered in velveteen and brass pins. In death it was important to show wealth and importance and many families argued over who would have the most outlandish or ostentatious memorials. Walk up any church path and you will notice the memorials nearer the church seem to be those of stature, tombs and stepped vaults often with decorative carvings showing the stonemasons’ skill of that time. In many of our beautiful local churches, for example, Sherborne Abbey or St. George’s at Hinton St George, stunningly carved memorials to the Digby and Poullett families can be seen. These families were burried in vaults under the church, and the nearer the grave to the altar, the nearer to God you would be on the Day of

Judgement – in life and in death money assumed you status. Sadly, this need for being buried within church walls and in vaults is now having a effect on the churches themselves. The beautiful Bath Abbey is in the middle of a £19.3 million rescue project as two-thirds of its floors were at risk of collapse due to the vaults and decomposing coffins undermining the foundations of the church and

leaving huge voids. Thousands of burials took place under the floors and they have had to lift and repair 891 ledger stones (floor grave stones) which gives you an idea of the size of the task. With church burials being the only option in the 1800s suddenly people had to face a new challenge … more next month.

foundry at Closworth. Two of the bells had Willia HISTORY there in1952, but one of the originals had cracked There are currently two bells in use

The Victorian restoration of 1855-70 rebuilt the c interesting and famous of the church’s benefacto married Jane, the daughter of Richard Erle-Drax G Jane inherited the family estates including Charbo him taking the surname Erle-Drax. They had two daughter Sarah, who had married, inherited mos courts to try to stop this happening, but lost. It w Drax family, that he moved to Holnest House.


Travelling from Sherborne to Dorchester on the A352, many people will have seen the little church at Holnest, but how many people have stopped to have a look? The church was built as a chapel associated with Longburton church and may date from the thirteenth century: it now serves as the Parish Church of Holnest and is dedicated to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was built of local stone rubble quarried from Seven Ash Common and Longburton, originally with a stone and lead roof (the lead disappeared during the 193945 war and even the lead from the pulpit canopy disappeared sometime afterwards!) The oldest remaining part of the current building is probably the south wall of the nave, certainly predating the fifteenth century remodelling of the church in the Perpendicular style, and just near the south wall is the font, which has been dated to the thirteenth century, probably from the original chapel. Like most churches and ancient buildings, the church has had refurbishments and alterations: the porch was altered in 1650 at the start of the Commonwealth – there is some rather lovely graffiti carved into this porch, someone added their name in 1669 and even some protection marks were put on to save the building from witches! More recently, a sundial was added commemorating great crested newts, whose discovery meant that a field nearby was saved from development as a landfill site by the Dorset Council. Under the barrel vault roof in the nave, the oak seating is interesting: box pews are not unique, of course, but the pews have retained the original curved cast iron candle sconces. On the north side, above the pews, was a wall mural which has been painted over, possibly several times since the Reformation, and plans are being

He is possibly remembered most, however, for bu the west side of the Church. Sir Frederick Treves Dorset says, ‘It is almost as large as the humble ch vulgarity. Its general appearance at a distance is t inspection it proves to be a gaudy building in the Mausoleum is distinguished by its striking lack of

considered to try to restore it, although conservation may be very difficult. For campanologists, the three original bells were cast in 1580 by William Purdue in his foundry at Closworth. Two of the bells had William Purdue’s name on them and were still there in1952, but one of the originals had cracked and been replaced in 1867 by Erle Drax. There are currently two bells in use. The Victorian restoration of 1855-70 rebuilt the chancel, funded by possibly the most interesting and famous of the church’s benefactors, John Samuel Wanley Sawbridge. He had married Jane, the daughter of Richard Erle-Drax Grosvenor in 1827, allegedly for her money. Jane inherited the family estates including Charborough, to which she and John moved, with him taking the surname ErleDrax. They had two daughters. Jane sadly died and her daughter Sarah, who had married, inherited most of her estate. John went through the courts to try to stop this happening, but lost. It was at this point, having fallen out with the Drax family, that he moved to Holnest House. John is possibly remembered most, however, for building a huge mausoleum for himself on the west side of the Church. Sir Frederick Treves in his book The Highways and Byways in Dorset says, ‘It is almost as large as the humble church, which is overshadowed by its vulgarity. Its general appearance at a distance is that of a pumping station. On nearer inspection it proves to be a gaudy building in the Byzantine style.’ Frank Heath wrote ‘The Mausoleum is distinguished by its striking lack of beauty’. Unfortunately, neither the church nor the Drax family could fund the cost of maintaining the apparently rather unlovely

building and it was finally demolished in Unfortunately, neither the church nor the Drax fa 1935. Even now, there is a debate about apparently rather unlovely building and it was fin whether this should have happened.

a debate about whether this should have happen

The Victorian Victorianrestoration restorationhad hadbrought broughtthe the church church a good of repair of butwar, it the chu to last,up as to in 1939 at state the outbreak was not to last, as in 1939 the outbreak the building. However, in at October 1968 the churc of war, the church had to be closed owing to the state of the building. However, in October 1968 the church was reopened following the efforts of a few parishioners, other people in Dorset, and the Friends of Friendless Churches, who saved it from ruin. The total cost of the work needed was £3,500, which sounds like a bargain today! Currently Holnest church is undergoing major repair work with the support of the Friends of Holnest Church, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Dorset Historic Churches Trust, the Erskine Muton Trust, local whist drives and donations. For more information, visit www. The Friends of Holnest Church welcome new members. I would like to acknowledge Leslie W Coffin’s book Dorset Villages (Past and Present) from where most of the information above was gleaned.





Few people now remember that there is a link between Donald Campbell, the only man to hold the world land and water speed record simultaneously, and Milborne Port. Donald Campbell made his first (unsuccessful) attempt on the water speed record in August 1949. He eventually triumphed six years later, taking the jet-powered Bluebird to 202.32mph on Coniston Water. More records followed, reaching 260.35mph in May 1959. He then decided to try for the land speed record. This began his link with Milborne Port. Recognising the publicity this could offer, Bewsey Dyke from Milborne-Port-based business Silas Dyke, wrote to Mr Campbell, offering to supply him with a pair of specially designed gloves for his record attempt. Campbell took the offer, explaining that while making the attempt he would have to select various switches on a congested instrument panel and would prefer to wear a tight-

fitting leather glove similar to that issued by the RAF to their flying crews. Dyke submitted several experimental pairs and after a period of trial, the chosen glove was of super-lightweight Cape Mordant leather, made pique with ventilation holes at intervals down the back of the hand, and an elastic insertion to ensure a close fit at the wrist. These gloves gave the high degree of sensitivity and the firm grip required, as well as protection against any ‘flash’ burns which might occur during the high-speed bid. In September 1960 the gloves were handed to Mr Campbell by Miss Joyce Fay, a pique glove machinist, during a reception arranged at the Cafe Royal, London, to wish him and his team Godspeed on their departure for the USA. Other representatives of the firm present were Mr and Mrs Bewsey Dyke, Miss Beryl Dyke, director; Mr T H Baldwin, company secretary; Mr R D Wellman, tannery manager; Mr

R Gully, general foreman; Mr W Hinks, a cutter representing the male staff and Miss Peggy Thick, a machinist representing the female staff. Campbell went to Salt Lake Flats in Utah. The trials initially went well, but on the sixth run he lost control at over 360mph and crashed. A fractured skull and other injuries delayed his plan to break the land speed record. Once recovered, he went to Lake Eyre, in South Australia, where the vast dry bed of the salt lake offered a course of up to 20 miles. However, by May 1963 Lake Eyre was flooded causing the attempt to be abandoned. Campbell returned to Australia in March 1964, taking the land speed record of 403.10mph on 17 July. On 4 January 1967 he was killed in an attempt to take the water speed record over 300mph on Coniston Water. The wreckage of the last Bluebird, and Campbell’s body, were not recovered until 2001. Donald Campbell was laid

to rest at Hawkshead cemetery, Coniston. The gloves that Silas Dyke’s glove manufacturers had designed went on sale under the ‘Chequered Flag’ name, and a pair can be seen in the Milborne Port Museum, complete with Donald Campbell’s signature on the glove. Dyke’s had the distinction of being the oldest glove firm in the country still owned by the original family, until 1976 when it was sold to the Glove Corporation. From then on, the factory in North Street concentrated on sporting gloves, but production was scaled back until it finally closed in 1984. If you would like to organise a tour of the museum, please email It is hoped that from 27 June to 29 August, the museum will also be open every Sunday from 2.30pm to 4pm. For information, please visit our website, www.



Freedom wasn’t something I had ever really thought about before COVID struck. I had always taken for granted being able to pop out for a coffee or the freedom to catch a plane to whatever country I wanted to visit. And of course being able to invite people into my home or share a cosy chat in an intimate little bistro – all things that were off limits for much of the past 12 months. Freedom is the inspiration for this month’s Wordsearch. Just find the hidden words for freedom in the grid below, ring each word until you have found all of them and when you have completed the puzzle send it to: The Conduit Magazine, Unit 4, Barton View Business Park, Sheeplands Lane, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4FW. The lucky winner receives a £10 cheque. The closing date is: Monday 21 June. Good luck.




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Now the better weather is upon us you may be out for a leisurely stroll through the countryside or the historic streets of Sherborne, why not stop off for a break. I am sure you will agree, there are so many options when it comes to coffee shops, bistros and delis nowadays, making it harder than ever to decide where to go. Try somewhere new, wind your way to Oxley Sports Centre opposite Sherborne Girls School and pop into our Coffee Pod where you will be greeted by the intoxicating scents of our seasonal coffee blends. The Coffee Pod serves a wide range of freshly ground coffees and hot drinks, made by our friendly Hospitality Team with passion and a smile. We pride ourselves on sourcing quality local produce, supporting local businesses including Longmans Cheese, Hunt’s Foodservice and Dorset Blue Soup. With a large variety of both hot and cold foods including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options, there’ll certainly be something mouth-watering at the Coffee Pod to tempt everyone. We also have a new range of ‘Grab and Go’ foods. We are open to members, non-members and the wider community, seven days a week, offering a warm and welcoming atmosphere with free parking, Wi-Fi, newspapers, and lifestyle magazines. We have seating throughout the centre, including tables overlooking the pool so you can watch your children swim, with coffee in hand. Or enjoy the sunshine in our outdoor seating area. If you are feeling

active, try out one of our classes! We strive to provide outstanding service for our community, but don’t just take our word for it; this is what some of our customers have to say: ‘the best vegan menu in town’, ‘Great coffee!’, ‘Very friendly staff’. In line with the centre’s environmental policy we actively reduce, reuse, and recycle whenever we can to minimise our carbon footprint. With this in mind, we have produced our very own reusable coffee cup to encourage members and visitors alike to join us in minimising unnecessary waste. To say thank you, customers that purchase our reusable cup will receive their first coffee free of charge. Thereafter, you will be entitled to 20% discount off all hot drinks; what’s not to love! And as if that is not enough, we also offer a loyalty scheme allowing our returning customers a free hot drink for every seven hot drinks purchased. And for those budding gardeners, we offer complimentary used coffee grinds on a first come first serve basis; perfect to use as a fertiliser on your garden or allotment – ask at the counter. So, whether you are after a quiet coffee break, catching up with friends or colleagues, enjoying a family walk or cycle, pop in and say hi, take time out and treat yourself!

Equine support for disabled and autistic young people available through SCF The trustees of Horseshoes and Handprints (H&H) have regretfully closed the charity but have handed over the reins to Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) to manage the fund in the future. H&H was a charity established in 2013, supporting children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), particularly those with autism, who live in Somerset, east Devon or north Dorset and would otherwise not be able access equine facilitated therapy sessions. Operating from Manor Farm, Stocklinch, they provided equine therapy until 2017, when they returned to concentrating on delivering funding to families to access the equine therapy provider of their choice. Desi Fradgley, one of the trustees at H&H, said: ‘On behalf of the trustees I would like to thank all our staff and volunteers, not forgetting our wonderful landlord at Manor Farm. Enormous thanks are due to everyone who has raised money for H&H, made donations and grants, and generally supported us in so many ways.’

Kirsty Campbell, programmes manager at SCF, said: ‘We’re absolutely delighted to be looking after the Horseshoes and Handprints Fund going forward. ‘The Horseshoes and Handprints Fund will open to applications in September 2021. These grants will cover 50% of the cost of equine therapy sessions, up to a maximum of £250. If you would like to find out more about the fund and how to apply in the meantime, please do get in touch with us directly.’ Close contact and interaction with horses is highly sensory and there are a variety of equine therapy providers in Somerset. Benefits for the users are many, including better speech and communication, improved memory and attention span, greater confidence, and a happier family environment. To find out more about how the fund may be able to help you, or to support the fund, or for more general information about the fund, visit or call 01749

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H&H’s first client in 2013, pictured in April 2021 at Move the Mind, which helps children with autism and other neurocognitive conditions. 344949 and ask to speak to programmes manager Kirsty Campbell. SCF is a charity that helps passionate people in Somerset change the world on their doorstep by funding local charities and inspiring local giving and philanthropy. They aim to build stronger communities in Somerset where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Since SCF were founded in 2002 they’ve awarded more than £15 million in funding, changing thousands of lives across Somerset.




By Rachel Woods

My default when I think of going for a walk is to find greenblue spaces. To head for the woodlands, rivers, chalk downs and gorges my beloved West Country offers so readily.

spaces given over to concrete and car parks. Determined dandelions and other tiny green things, poking their heads out through minute cracks in tarmac and brick walls.

But what about when time is tight, transport is limited or you just can’t face another muddy footpath or climb over a stile. What if you live somewhere super-urban? You still want to get outside and walk for health, right? So how might urban walking be enriched, embellished or enhanced?

Even spaces I consider somewhat derelict can house ivy and other creeping and climbing green things, I’ve yet to learn the names for.

To experiment, I decided to take a walk around my own home town. It’s not easy to avoid the green spaces, we’re surrounded by them and are fortunate enough to have a lovely park and lots of tree-lined pathways. For this challenge I avoided anywhere with too many trees, headed for housing estates, town centre roads and even trading estates to see what I would notice. I have to admit to finding it quite difficult to motivate myself for this one. I found myself setting off as if I was on a mission to reach a destination – silly as the walk was circular. My destination was home again. I set off at a brisk pace, as if to get it out of the way, and had to stop and remind myself of the purpose of walking. Pace helps for physical health of course but the benefits to my mind generally come from pauses, from slowing down. It was in the slowing down, I spotted wonderful little things I might otherwise have bypassed. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but I never fail to be impressed at how determined nature is to reinhabit


Bees visit urban dandelions on paths, carting what looks like quite cumbersome yellow saddlebags back to their hives. I wonder how much honey comes from roadside flowers? Butterflies can be spotted in areas of rubble and hardcore, thanks to the pioneering fauna we call weeds. I like weeds and I’m not a fan of the reputation they have. Weeds teach us a lot about resilience, about thriving in lessthan-ideal environments. Determination, grit and a will to grow. Adaptability. There are lessons we can take from the humble dandelion of which every part is edible. Although no longer a mainstream food for humans, they make themselves useful to many species and have found ways to be very accessible. By doing so, they ensure their seeds can spread and they flourish in a hostile world. I’m delighted that a stroll around the concrete-laden parts of my little town has provided these insights. Reinforcing my appreciation of mother nature’s ability to thrive. Next time you’re somewhere deeply urban, take a closer look. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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