The Conduit Magazine August 2021

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Crossing counties,

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Issue 245 August 2021



BBC Countryside films local farm | Tales from the Castle Cary Vintner

The joy of volunteering | How to light up your life | A dog named Sergeant Serving Bruton, Castle Cary, Crewkerne, Ilminster, Langport, Sherborne, Somerton, Wincanton, Yeovil & Surrounding Villages

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Established in 1826, Pittards is world-famous for its high quality leather and still makes it locally in Yeovil today. Visit the factory store to buy direct from a huge range that includes gloves, bags, accessories and leather for crafts. Pittards, Sherborne Road, Yeovil, BA21 5BA Coffee shop, free car park. Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm

Crafting quality timber buildings and gates since 1912 Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 7LH Tel: (01963) 440414 | Email: | @sparkfordtimber |

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From the Editor Welcome to the August edition of The Conduit. As you would expect we are jam-packed with a positive smorgasbord of wonderful articles and information about what to do and where to go this summer. Our front cover shows one of the popular Eat Festivals springing up across the region and well worth a visit. It is heartening to see all the pop-up eateries and markets helping to regenerate our towns and villages. Our very own Alternative Indian has been particularly active in arranging some fabulous pop-up events; see page 34 for an update plus another tasty recipe. We always like it when we see someone local appear on our TV screens and many of you will already know Julie Plumley, founder of Future Roots, who was interviewed recently on BBC Countryfile about the inspirational work she and her team do at Rylands Farm. See p19 for the full story. Finally please get in touch if you would be interested in seeing your business or event feature on future front covers.




SEPTEMBER DEADLINES News and Articles: FRIDAY, 13 AUGUST Advertisements: MONDAY, 16 AUGUST

WHAT’S ON p4-10 Info on markets, workshops and social activities


Agapanthus and Thinking about Bulbs


How to choose an insurance broker


Dorset farm on Countryfile

ARTS p20-27

Exhibitions, Music & Movies

FOOD & DRINK p32-34 Wine, Farm Shops & Spice


A dog named Sergeant

RACHEL’S RAMBLES p42 Coming to your senses

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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 DORSET Inspire a child to read! 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 SHERBORNE ArtsLink Charity It is with great sadness that the trustees of Sherborne ArtsLink have decided to close the charity in September 2021. However, the charity is working with others to achieve an ArtsLink art and cultural legacy that can be sustained for the community. ArtsLink says ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has contributed, supported, participated and been part of the creative family over the years. It has been an amazing time! SOMERSET Great Somerset G&T Party! St Margaret’s Hospice Care is inviting people across Somerset to host their very own Great Somerset G&T Party to support the hospice’s patients and their families. Don’t like gin, tea or even cake? Why not have a party theme such as festival fun, garden party, afternoon tea, children’s tea party or a bottomless brunch? Host a party with friends, families, colleagues or neighbours in the garden or even a virtual party. For more details, visit


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YEOVIL New Breast Cancer Unit Appeal continues to grow - £1.8 million plus of the £2 million required to build this much needed dedicated Breast Cancer Unit has now been raised. As the country starts to open up, everyone is working very hard to reach the total. July has seen a large art show of 287 paintings on display in Milborne Port and the Breast Cancer Unit’s own lady consultant walking the Isle of Wight together with one of the nurses. Yeovil Hospital Charity is still collecting unwanted or broken jewellery and watches - nearly £40,000 raised so far! To donate, please call Maggie (appeal committee volunteer) on 01963 250108.

Coffee Morning SANDFORD ORCAS On Saturday 14 August from 10.30am to 12.30pm at The Village Hall is the Village Café. Enjoy a warm welcome, with cakes, coffee and chat. 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

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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. YEOVIL Every Thursday from 10.00am to 12.00 noon at Yeovil Baptist Church, opposite the library, there is a coffee morning. At ‘Jacob’s Well’, hot and cold drinks are served, along with a delicious array of homemade cakes, scones and other goodies. Covid secure premises plus an outdoor seating area. Entry is free, and a warm welcome guaranteed!

Fair ILMINSTER On Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 4.30pm at Monks Yard, there is a Creative Crafters fair. Two local women, Sarah, a graphic artist who now brings her expertise to textiles, and Barbara, who makes jewellery with the semi-precious stones gathered on her world-wide travels, have brought together more than thirty creative makers and artists for this fair. There will be pottery, textiles, jewellery, paintings, woodwork, fudge, toiletries, candles, flowers and much, much more. The exhibition area is light and airy, and the popular café and garden all add to the visit. Ample parking free, entry free. MINTERNE On Sunday 1 August from 11.00am to 4.30pm in the grounds of Minterne House is Minterne Summer Fair. There will be a Punch and Judy Show, BUG-FEST, craft stands, plant stalls, RNLI souvenirs, food, cakes and cream teas, alongside longbow demonstrations. This year, Kate Adie, Chief News Correspondent for BBC News

(retired), will be judging the Family Dog Show. A popular day out for all the family and dogs! Entrance £5, children free. Free parking. In aid of the village church and the RNLI. For more information, visit www.minterne. or phone 01300 341370. SOUTH PETHERTON On Sunday 25 July from 10.00am to 4.00pm at The David Hall, come along to its first Wedding Fayre and Fashion Show. Beautiful and joyful things to see and consider for the big day! The line-up of stallholders includes Angie’s Cakes2Crumbs, Bloom Lifestyle, Cottage Flowers, Deborah Johnson Photography, Hamdon Beauty Barn, Hilary’s Hats, Prima Moda Brides, South West Car Hire and Tim’s Wines. At 12.30pm, Prima Moda Brides of Ilminster and Preview Ladies Fashion of Wincanton will present a fashion show. Live music. Refreshments available. All welcome. Visitors entry free. www. STOCK GAYLARD On Saturday 7 August from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at The Old Rectory, come and have ‘Tea in the Garden’. Fabulous teas, various stalls including produce and bric-abrac. Admission including tea £5, children £1. All proceeds in aid of Lydlinch Churchyard Fund. YEOVIL On Saturday 31 July from 11.00am to 4.00pm at Little Tarrat Lane is the St Margaret’s Hospice Care Summer Fete. Tea room, ice cream, cakes, BBQ, plant stall, craft stalls, face painting, children’s area, entertainment, raffle, tombolas and much more! Entry £2 on the gate, under 14s free. Dogs allowed on leads. Free parking at Aldon Fields. For more information, phone 01935 709480 or visit

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WELLS On Saturday 24 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace, Wake Up Wells Community Day and activities will take place all day. There’s Yoga with Ellie at 7.30am, croquet taster sessions from 10:15am, storytelling (storyteller Beth Webb and singer Neil Eaton will tell the Tales of Robin Hood at 10.30am and 3.30pm; the under 6s can enjoy The Magic Garden story at 11.30am and 1.30pm), plus The Big Picnic from 11:45am to 4.00pm. For more information, phone 01749 988111 or visit From Saturday 28 to Monday 30 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace sees the return of the popular Medieval Weekend. Visitors will be able to immerse themselves in 800 years of history and get into the medieval spirit as they discover the medieval re-enactment troupe, Bowlore, encamped amongst the stunning ruins of the Great Hall. Bowlore will delight visitors with its daring displays of medieval weaponry including sword-fighting, archery, and axe and stick fighting! Entrance to the Medieval Weekend is included with any valid entrance ticket/membership to The Bishop’s Palace. For further information, phone 01749 988111 or visit

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@levantcatering. com or text 07779 093020. Payment by BACS or cash. For further information, call 01749 860314 or visit ILMINSTER The Gallery Café at Ilminster Arts Centre is open for coffee and cakes, and light lunches. Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.00am to 2.00pm. LOPENHEAD The Trading Post Farm Shop is a hidden gem that delights with its selection of farm grown organic vegetables, locally sourced food, drink and unusual locally crafted gifts – it’s a wholefoods market, a greengrocery, a deli and a treasure trove, all rolled into one! The farm shop supports over 150 local suppliers providing the best produce that the West Country has to offer. Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 6.00pm and Sunday 10.00am to 4.00pm. 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 SHEPTON MALLET On Sunday 8 August from 10.00am to 4.00pm is the Little eat:Shepton Festival, a one-day celebration of local and regional food and drink organised by multi-award-winning eat:Festivals. eat:Festivals will be delivering four ‘little eat festivals’ in Street, Glastonbury, Wells and Shepton Mallet during July and August, all commissioned by Mendip District Council as a part of the reopening the High Street Safely campaign. The open air event is free to attend and will have farmers’ market favourites alongside top class street food, music and entertainers. 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 Stop by the Farm and Field Café for a salad bowl, loaded panini or a delicious Clifton coffee and a piece of gorgeous homemade cake. Indoor and outdoor seating. Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm (last food orders from the kitchen at 3.00pm). Find further details and latest menus via social media or website, or phone 01460 242775.

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 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 15 August 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. 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 15 August from 10.00am to 3.00pm, 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 Buttercross, Market Place, is the Somerton Market. Vintage, retro, artisan food, bike repairs and more. For further information, visit the market’s Facebook page or phone 01458 273008.


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The monthly Sherborne Market continues to go from strength to strength attracting between 3,500 and 4,000 visitors, and over 150 local traders from Somerset and Dorset, all offering a huge variety of artisan products. Traders like Barty’s Trading Company from Frome say they couldn’t be happier, ‘We have found trading in Pageant Gardens at The Sherborne Sunday Market a joy. There’s a great atmosphere and great shoppers. The organisers have been very good at providing a safe place for both the public and us traders.’ Extending the market to the Pageant Gardens has been a huge success with music, local food and produce all available between 10am and 3pm. The food stalls are always very popular and Katy from Bayside Bakery says, ‘It’s a wonderful, vibrant market that has been steadily growing since it began. We already have regular customers who come back to buy our brownies every month.’ Maree from MooniGooni Glass enthuses, ‘I really love bringing my glass to The Sherborne Market and catching up with many regular visitors each month! Sherborne has such a lovely friendly buzz about it on market day and really comes alive! The smooth organisation and communication to me as a vendor is really good as is the camaraderie between the stall holders. It really is a treat to have such a high quality market helping to promote and support small independent (and perhaps more importantly) local businesses.’ Organiser Jules Bradburn comments, ‘One of our market stall holders, Sophie Briggs from Glorious Staples, is so popular she has taken a permanent shop in Sherborne’s Swans Yard.’ The market is a community organisation with profits going back into the community. Its first major project has been the Grove Surgery Garden where a donation of £1000 to the project is helping to transform the overgrown land to the rear of the surgery into a tranquil garden for patients and staff. 6

Volunteers clearing the garden at The Grove Medical Centre.

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Hand picked & selected artisan market featuring local producers, suppliers, amazing food, arts and crafts. 2021 dates

AUGUST 15th August 15th April 18th SEPTEMBER May 16th 19th September 19th June 20th17th October 17th OCTOBER July 18th 21st November 21st NOVEMBER


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Every Saturday from 9.00am to 12.00 noon at The Unicorn Hotel skittle alley is the Wessex Country Market offering a wide variety of artisan produce. There are home-made baked goods using locally sourced ingredients, jams, marmalades, chutney and pickle unique to this market. Locally sourced butter, cheese, meat and fresh vegetables in season. For further information, visit Scrumerton Facebook page or phone 01458 273926. 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. www.

Open Day SHERBORNE On Sunday 25 July and Sunday 15 August from 11.30am to 3.30pm at Sherborne Steam and Waterwheel Centre, there is an open day. See how the area overcame a previous health crisis. Waterwheel and steam engines running, audio visual displays and many items of local and historic interest. Tea room, picnic area, toilet, free parking on road. Entry by donation (cash or card). For more information, visit or Facebook page, SherborneSteam.

Open Garden YEOVIL On Sunday 25 July from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at Little Tarrat Lane, St Margaret’s Hospice Care’s garden is open to view as part of St Margaret’s Glorious Somerset Gardens 2021. Come and explore the tranquil and beautiful garden, featuring mature planting and colourful perennials, tended by the wonderful team at St Margaret’s Hospice Care. Appreciate an afternoon full of greenery, relaxation, entertainment and sunshine, whilst enjoying refreshments on offer to buy provided by the marvellous kitchen staff. Admission £3, all in aid of St Margaret’s Hospice Care. For more details, visit www. glorious-gardens.

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ILCHESTER Every Sunday from 7.30am off the A37/A303 roundabout is the Ilchester Sportsfield Fund charity car boot sale. Gates open at 6.30am for sellers. For more information, phone 07967 280754 (weekends only) or visit the Ilchester Charity Car Boot’s Facebook page.

Social ONLINE 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 Langport & District History Society hopes to return to faceto-face meetings in the autumn. In the meantime, the society has launched a new website with the aim of celebrating the rich history of the Langport area in words and pictures. Explore Langport history online, through images, quirky stories, personal accounts, original sources, and Walter Bagehot’s life and works. New material and features will be added over time and feedback is welcome. www.langportheritage.

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. SHERBORNE Every Thursday at 6.00pm at Culverhayes car park, join a friendly group for a cycle ride. The rides usually last about an hour and are at a relaxed pace. Newcomers/beginners welcome. For details, contact Peter Henshaw on 01935 389357 or at STALBRIDGE On Monday 26 July from 2.00pm to 4.00pm at the village hall, Stalbridge Cancer & Recovery Support group (SCARS) plans to restart monthly meetings. SCARS offers friendship, information and support in a caring and confidential environment to cancer sufferers and survivors, their families and friends. As a self-funding group, SCARS holds fundraising events throughout the year and is keen to find volunteers who can help with these and website/social media. Come along - there is always a warm, friendly welcome and a cuppa, plus a chance to chat. For further information, phone

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Sport BRUTON Every Tuesday and Thursday until Tuesday 31 August at 9.30am at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, there is an invigorating outdoor Pilates session. Overlooking the rich floral tapestry of Oudolf Field, these thirty-minute sessions are a wonderful opportunity to fire up the inner core whilst enjoying the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. £5 per person per class, to be booked in advance. Socially distanced classes with a maximum of ten participants. Sanitiser provided, however, participants should bring their own mats. For more details, visit or phone 01749 814060.

Walk 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 distancing, booking is essential so that contact details can be recorded for the NHS Track and


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arch in Abbey Road. Maximum group size is eight. Cost £15 per person. Book and pay at www.

MINTERNE MAGNA Every day until November from 10.00am to 6.00pm at Minterne House, the gardens are open to visitors. With a world-renowned and completely unique collection of Himalayan rhododendrons and azaleas, spring bulbs, cherries, maples and many fine and rare trees, there is something to see throughout the year. Wander the trail, around a mile in length, and enjoy the chain of small lakes, waterfalls and streams. A haven of tranquillity to explore and inspire! Book online for tickets. Adults £6, under 12s free, season tickets available. For further information, visit or phone 01300 341370.

WELLS On Saturday 24 July from 10.00am to 6.00pm at The Bishop’s Palace, the summer family trails will begin. Families can collect a trail, which will be different each week of the holidays, from the Ticket Office, or download it from the website. When they’ve finished, there’s a reward on the way out! www.

SHERBORNE On Saturday 24 July at 2.30pm at Sherborne School, there is a ‘Discover Hidden Parts of Sherborne School’ walk. The highlight of which is a custodian’s guided visit to the old classroom, cloisters, antechapel and chapel green. Meet outside the school entrance

Workshop ILMINSTER On Thursday 22 July from 10.00am to 1.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, it is the start of a six-week ‘Coloured Pencil’ workshop. This course is packed with different techniques each week, from capturing iridescence, encouraging perspective, challenging one’s observation of shape, form and tonal value, learning how to draw white on white, fine detailing and the art of blending. The six-week workshop

costs £75. To book, phone 01460 54973. For more information, visit On Friday 23 July from 10.00am to 12.30pm or from 1.15pm to 3.45pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Slow Stitch – The Art of Kantha’ workshop with Paula Simpson. Kantha, a Bangladeshi word for rags, is also the name given to a form of relaxing and therapeutic hand stitching used to make quilts and covers from the good parts of old worn saris. Bring along 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 hello@ www. On Wednesday 4 August from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre is an ‘Icons in Stitch Applique’ workshop designed by Gary Mills. In this workshop, a recognised iconic female actress and performer of the ‘silver screen’ is captured in this on-trend applique and stitched


2D textile. Gary has tailored this project for all to enjoy learning a mixture of creative textile skills. Workshop £40, materials £10. To book, please email workshopbookingIAC@gmail. com or call 01460 54973. For more information, visit www. On Wednesday 18 August from 10.00am to 3.30pm at Ilminster Arts Centre is a ‘Creative Sketchbook’ workshop with Gary Mills. Always wanted to feel more confident in creating a sketch book or exploring mark-making ideas on paper? Spend the day with Gary - his workshop can help develop creative ability in anyone. Workshop £40, materials £5. To book, please email workshopbookingIAC@ or call 01460 54973. For more information, visit www. On Friday 20 August 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


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colour! Cost £20, plus materials. To book, please email workshopbookingIAC@ or phone 01460 54973. www. On Friday 27 August from 10.00am to 12.30pm or from 1.15pm to 3.45pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is a ‘Slow Stitch – The Art of Kantha’ workshop with Paula Simpson. This second workshop explores how to display the student’s work in a simple book with a cover made from collaged sari fabrics. Ideally this workshop is a follow-on from the one on Friday 23 July. Bring along 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. SOMERTON On Monday 26 July at ACEarts is a free workshop led by Edwina Bridgeman for anyone over 55. The works that are created will go into the August exhibition ‘Putting on a Show’ alongside the work Edwina is doing with the pupils of


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. King Ina School. To book a place. please email Nina at ACEarts has been nominated for the Best Art Gallery in Dorset and Somerset for the 2021 Muddy Stilettos Awards! www. On Monday 9 August from 11.00am to 3.00pm at ACEarts is a Life Drawing workshop. This untutored life drawing day takes place in the Exhibition gallery. £25 per person. Places are limited to six participants per day, please book early to avoid disappointment. Book online at WELLS On Tuesday 3 August at The Bishop’s Palace, come along to the Trainee Gardener Family sessions and see what it takes to be a trainee gardener. Collect a map from the ticket office to help identify plants and trees on the way through the gardens. Then into the community garden to have a go at designing a garden, and plant something special to take home. Time: 10.30am-1.00pm and 1.30pm4.00pm (drop in). Price: included with any valid admission ticket. To find out more, visit

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By Julie Haylock, Sandhurst Garden Design If you are looking for a mid- to late-summer architectural statement plant, then look no further than Agapanthus. These long-flowering, drought-tolerant plants are perfect for the summer garden. Sometimes called Lily of the Nile or the African Lily, there are around 600 different varieties to choose from, that range in colour from pale and indigoblue to dark purple. The name Agapanthus is derived from the Greek words ‘Agape’ meaning love and ‘anthus’ meaning flower, which is why it is affectionately known as the flower of love. Agapanthus are easy to grow, perfect for containers or as specimen plants in a summer border or planted on mass to edge a pathway for that exotic look. These adaptable plants are often seen growing in nooks and crannies near to the coast, being wind and salt tolerant, makes them perfect for a coastal garden. Agapanthus fall into two main groups semievergreen and deciduous. One of the best semi-evergreen varieties is Black Pantha with its deep blue-black flowers that burst from almost black buds and grows to about 40 cm tall but will need some winter protection.

The deciduous perennial varieties of Snow Crystal or Windsor Grey make a good choice if you fancy a white flower, or if you prefer the blue-purple colour varieties then Royal Velvet with its purple bells and a near black stripe along the length of each petal on sturdy upright stems is the one for you.

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Or how about something different? Golden Drop has lilac-blue flowers that emerge from a dense clump of green foliage edged in yellow. All varieties like to be in free-draining soil, and when planting young plants into containers restrict their roots by adding 2 or 3 plants to each. During the growing season, feed plants regularly with a high potash liquid feed to encourage more blooms and apply a liberal layer of mulch in the autumn to protect from frost. These trouble-free plants really are a good choice to add to your garden, even the pests leave them alone! Snails, slugs, deer and rabbits will leave these gorgeous specimens to get on with what they do best, which is to bask in the hot summer sun. Until next time, Julie






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By Mike Burks, Managing Director of The Gardens Group It might feel odd to even think about it now, but it’s time to start planning

your early spring gardening displays. In the next few weeks, a vast array of

spring flowering bulbs become available and these will need planting over the

next month or so in order to create displays in the New Year and beyond. Such

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displays are often vital in giving hope in some of the darkest months and then

inspiration as spring starts to take a hold. In this list are daffodils and narcissi, tulips, crocus, hyacinths and the like. The bulbs are available from early August but the range peaks in September and October. The beauty of bulb gardening is that the first task is to spend some glorious time choosing the bulbs in our vast displays! The perhaps harder (yet still enjoyable) task of planting can wait awhile! Making one’s selection whilst the range is at its highest is a good idea and the bulbs will be happy being kept cool and dry whilst waiting for space to be available in the garden. It also means that when it’s time to plant, the soil should be moist and easier to work. Indeed it is traditional to wait until November to plant tulips.

prepared bulbs, which have been specially treated to induce them to flower within a specific timescale. If you’d like the beautiful scent of a hyacinth on Christmas Day, then the bulbs will need to be planted before 25 September. In order to get a bowl of, say, five plants all in flower at the same time, my suggestion would be to plant the same colour bulbs in individual pots in bulb fibre in a cool and dark space. To get five evenly growing bulbs, plant about seven or nine and then later choose those that are most matching in their growth. Bring the bulbs out into the warmth and light once the flower buds have pushed up past the leaves – that’s usually just a few centimetres of growth.

One bulb that will need planting sooner though are hyacinths for flowering indoors at Christmas. These are what are known as

For planting outside, there is a huge selection of tulips available with some spectacular flower colours. With all bulbs just


about, the larger the bulb, the greater the potential for flowers. We have a great selection of large-sized tulips, including the almost black Queen of the Night which is spectacular. At the other end of the colour scale is the pure White Dream. Equally as dramatic are some of the green and white varieties, such as Spring Green which grows to around 20 inches (50 cm) or the slightly smaller and yellower variety Formosa at 12 inches (30 cm). For a slightly showier flower with similar colours choose Exotic Emperor, which grows to a height between the other two. Something really unusual is the variety Ice Cream which caused me to do a double take when I first saw it! A short-stemmed variety, the white petals force up through the middle of pink outer petals giving the effect of an exotic ice cream, as the name suggests! It also reminds me of a protea flower and is well worth a look.

Dwarf daffodils and narcissi are always a delight and so useful in tubs and baskets, as well as in the ground. As a centrepiece to a tub or basket, varieties such as Tête-à-tête, February Gold and Jack Snipe will force their way through the rest of the planting to perform at a time when everything else is finding it tough. For something a bit different, have a look at Rip Van Winkle with its shaggy double flowers. Some of the varieties are also scented. Spring Dawn is such and also flowers very early in the season. I’m a fan of the dwarf iris. There is something about the structure of the plant and its neatness when it’s in flower that pleases me. Often the varieties are scented and the blues such as Harmony and Clairette are particularly good. The yellow Danfordiae is great too. So lots to choose from for a beautiful display next year and no work to do… just yet!

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It really is looking like holidays abroad may be off the cards for a while, so it is time to make our outdoor spaces at home feel at least a little like paradise. Easy access to the wonderful world of overseas outdoor spaces may be dampened this year, with most of us considering whether to leave foreign travel and holidays for another year. This can only mean one thing; we will have to draw from past experiences and bring some paradise to us. Due to the pandemic, we’ve all been somewhat forced to live a more outdoor lifestyle, but we know that sometimes with English weather this can feel pretty impossible. Whether you decide to plant Musa Basjoo to make your garden feel like a Japanese haven, or a few palm trees, there is sure to be a way to bring paradise to you. In other words, you may not be abroad, but with a glass room like ours you can make your garden feel like a tropical paradise. Maybe, once before, you went to a different country and you fell in love with certain colours or plants? The chances are you’ll be able to find them here somewhere and be able to plant them in your own garden or perhaps choose LED lights in those colours for your outdoor room. You can also opt to include an integrated

sound system and play music or sounds that make you feel as though you are back in that tropical paradise once again. When it comes to furniture, we recommend bringing in something you can relax in; a recliner or one of the on-trend hanging egg chairs. You may even want to bring the bar to you and install one inside your glass room allowing you to make all the tropical cocktails you can think of, thus making it feel all the more paradisiacal. The uses for a glass room really are endless: a bar, a hot tub cover, a relaxation room, a tropical paradise. When decorating your glass room and rejuvenating your garden, you want to take into account what you want it to feel like and think about where would you like to take a holiday. As already mentioned you could plant some Musa Basjoo and decorate your glass room with Japanese vases and wall decor to create that authentic Japanese feel. Alternatively, you could fill your garden with palm trees and mount a surfboard on the wall of your glass room to make it feel like you are on Venice Beach. Stop waiting to get back out into paradise, bring paradise to you.

The Wren Looking out the window at the falling summer rain, I watched a little wren who was busy again. Storm or not she had young to feed, Whilst other birds sheltered in shrubs and trees. Amongst the flowerpots insects she would seek, Her second brood calling with expectant cheeps. Beak full of grubs amongst roses she flew, Back to the nest that only she knew. Built using moss, twigs and pride, Deep within the ivy, a perfect place to hide. She divided the bounty between her young, Raindrops on ivy leaves sparkled in the sun. If wary of a predator or another bird, with a shrill call she made herself heard. She taught her young to feed and fly, A joy to observe, these days slipped by. The little fledglings have now safely flown, From the nest within the ivy, they called home. Andrew Haylock

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LAPTOPS FOR CHILDREN; LAPTOPS FOR STUDENTS By James Flynn, Milborne Port Computers In the world we live in today, and following the year that was 2020, laptops for students have never been so important. Whether it’s to be able to do schoolwork during endless bubble quarantines or to watch their favourite films, when you’re buying a laptop for a child, you need to know what it’ll be used for as this is critical. Is it an educational tool only? Are you happy for them to use it for gaming or watching movies? Laptops come with different operating systems: Windows, Chrome OS and macOS. Windows is the most common, working with the most applications. Chrome laptops are usually the cheapest but have an operating system with fewer applications and really only work best when connected to the internet. A Chromebook uses Google’s own laptop operating system which uses programs like Google Docs but with some Android apps as well. Finally, Apple’s macOS is arguably the most intuitive to use, but Apple’s hardware is not cheap (and lacks the touchscreen found on many laptops and Chromebooks). It’s important to check with your child’s school to make sure there’s no requirement for particular programs or operating systems. Screen size is the most immediate way to interact with a laptop, and if your child is planning on watching movies as well as doing homework, then a bigger screen is better. There is usually a triangle of tradeoffs: weight, power and price.

One that’s lightweight will rarely be cheap, one that’s cheap probably won’t be powerful or light. There is a balance to be found somewhere, but the days of bargains are sadly a thing of the past (at the moment hopefully!) as everyone turns to the digital world. It’s also worth considering its life expectancy. Most children’s laptops won’t last much beyond three years, so if you think they’ll need a new one for GCSEs from Year 9, don’t buy them an expensive one in year 8 as you may be replacing it again before GCSEs have finished in year 11… and again if they choose to go into further education. Sixth-formers and university students have slightly different needs as most of the specialist equipment will probably be provided by the institution. Even maths and science degrees only require a computer that you can write essays and dissertations on and can do the occasional spreadsheet. Most students browse the internet, do social media and watch Netflix! Golden rule: don’t spend too much too early and ask the school or university what the minimum specification is, then check with a reliable source for the best deals. Most institutions can provide cheap access to Microsoft Office 365 as well, so don’t be coerced into buying it from PC World at full price before term starts. The choice as always, is yours, but if you think you need advice, you know where to come.

VALUE YOUR CUSTOMERS By Jim Rayner Have you heard the one about the three men who walk into a pub for lunch? I can feel the editor twitching after that opening sentence so I shall avoid the temptation to label them with ethnic stereotypes or fiddle with their pronouns, and we’ll just call them Pete, Reg and Charlie. Each in turn looks at the specials board, orders himself sausage and mash with a rich onion gravy and, having painlessly and contactlessly handed over £15, settles down with a pint and pretends to tackle the Times crossword - or maybe The Conduit wordsearch. Imagine you are the pub owner. What is the value of each customer to your business? An instant answer might be £15, but of course that includes the VAT that you’ve collected on behalf of the government. So that takes the value down to £12.50 (assuming VAT is back up to 20%.) But that’s not all profit; what about the cost of the food and drink. Allowing for them might reduce the gross profit from each customer to let’s say, £8. And we could further refine the calculation by taking into account other costs of serving these customers including staff and property. But let’s leave the profit calculation and instead investigate another aspect: the Lifetime Value of each customer. Imagine Pete isn’t local and never visits again. The only profit you ever earn from Passing Pete is £8 from his single visit.

But Reg decides he likes your pub and comes back for lunch every Friday. Over the next four years until Regular Reg moves away he contributes more than £1,600 to your profits. And Charlie loves what you do so much that as well as returning every Friday he recommends you to all his friends and introduces three new customers. So Champion Charlie contributes £1,600 to your profits over four years, while his friends (Petra, Regina and Charlene) bring in another £3,208. So why does this matter? Clearly you cannot calculate the Lifetime Value of each individual customer, and of course when somebody first walks through the door you have no way of predicting whether they will be a Pete, a Reg or a proper Charlie. However you can calculate the average Lifetime Value of your customers – and it’s not difficult to do. If you need help there’s a simple calculator on my website Armed with that knowledge you can then think about how much it is worth investing in making sure your existing customers keep coming back and also how much you can afford to spend attracting new customers. The concept of Lifetime Customer Value applies not just to hospitality businesses but any with regular customers.



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By Becky Rogers, Senior Paraplanner at FFP With many tax allowances now frozen at current levels until at least April 2026, is it time to consider Business Property Relief (BPR) investments to complement more traditional tax efficient investments like ISAs and pensions? BPR has now been around for over forty years and allows individuals to pass on BPRqualifying assets entirely Inheritance Tax (IHT) free to their beneficiaries upon death (subject to certain stipulations) along with potentially other tax benefits. Successive governments have encouraged the use of BPR schemes and offered tax advantages to investors in order to encourage private funding into new and innovative UK companies, thus stimulating and growing the UK economy. Not all investments into businesses will qualify for BPR and there is always the possibility that tax rules and legislation could change in the future, however, BPR-qualifying investments will typically be in

shares in an unquoted qualifying company, shares in a qualifying company listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) or an unincorporated qualifying trading business, a partnership, for example. As investment will generally be into unlisted start-up companies, the investment risk can be high, with greater volatility, and be harder to sell. However, by diversifying investment across several potentially BPR-qualifying companies you have the potential to spread the risk somewhat, but these are not suitable investments for everyone and there is a real risk that investment capital can be lost, therefore it is imperative that investors have sufficient income and capital elsewhere in order to maintain their lifestyle. Just as with more traditional investments, for example, into unit trusts, Open Ended Investment Companies (OEICs) and managed funds, risk should come hand-in-hand with reward. In addition to the potential for greater growth from small start-up

businesses compared with the established large corps, the government offers certain tax advantages to investors. There are different types of BPRqualifying investments which carry different rules. However, some of the tax advantages on offer could be the ability to reclaim up to 30% of the value of your investment in income tax relief, the ability to defer a capital gain and the potential to receive tax free dividends. They also offer the ability to pass on qualifying shares to your beneficiaries entirely free of IHT (provided shares are held at the time of death and have been held for at least two years – note the much shorter time frame than the ‘7-year rule’ applying to some gifts!) and should not use your inheritance tax nil rate band, albeit the value of BPR investments remain in your estate for the purposes of calculating the residence nil rate band. BPR investments are not suitable for everyone, however, with frozen tax and tax efficient investment allowances for at least the next

AN EASY GUIDE TO CHOOSING YOUR INSURANCE BROKER By Dean Holloway When you need to insure your business, you could spend hours searching comparison websites. You could do it yourself or you can go the route most people choose and find an insurance broker. A broker acts on your behalf and will do the research and source the best policies and providers for your needs. CHECK THE REVIEWS Reviews are one of the most important indicators that your broker is well liked and possesses the experience and expertise of various insurance situations. They may be well known in the local business community. Check their testimonials on their website to see what others say about them. THE CONSULTATION Once you have narrowed down a list of prospective brokers it is time to set up a consultation. The consultation is an opportunity

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HOW TO HELP SOMEONE WITH DEMENTIA By Catherine Murton, Head of Private Client, Pardoes Solicitors LLP ‘Where did I put my phone?’ I search all the usual places: kitchen work surface, next to my bed, on the arm of the sofa, car, and no sign of it. ‘Maybe I left it at work?’ I drive back to the office and check my desk drawer. No sign of it there either. Just as true panic sets in something digs into me. My phone has been in my back pocket the whole time. be given one at a time not as a string of requests in one sentence. Short, easy-tounderstand instructions are more likely to be processed. Some day-to-day activities will also become progressively more difficult as the condition worsens but the person living with dementia can be assisted by breaking the task down into more basic steps. For example, ‘fill the kettle with water’, ‘put a tea bag in a mug’, ‘turn the kettle on’, etc.

This is actually typical of me, although it seems to be happening more as I get older. I have always put it down to having a busy mind that just throws out some of the basic stuff! Sadly, sometimes forgetfulness is not quite so simple, and dementia can start at any time of life. The Private Client Team at Pardoes have all trained as Dementia Friends and can therefore provide a sympathetic, sensible approach to the problems that may arise following a diagnosis. It is worth passing on a few of the practical points that were raised.

It can be very difficult for loved ones to communicate a bereavement in the family to someone with dementia. In the later stages, memory retention can be very limited, and it is hard to know how to respond when asked repeatedly about someone who has died. There is no real right or wrong way to

Someone with dementia will find it more difficult to process information and to respond appropriately. Any instructions that need to be given should

deal with this but each time the same information is delivered it causes the same level of sadness to the person with dementia. Sometimes there is no alternative but to be direct, however, changing the subject or distracting them away from the enquiry is often a better solution. Practical help with finances and even health decisions (if the person does not have sufficient competence to decide for themselves) can be given providing there is a Lasting Power of Attorney in place appointing a chosen attorney to act in this capacity. Lasting

Power of Attorney can only be executed by someone in the early stages of dementia, so it is essential to put this in place sooner rather than later. On a final note, diagnosis of dementia involves lots of factors but is often accompanied by a short test of memory and cognitive skills. Just because someone gets a couple of the questions wrong does not necessarily suggest dementia. If you would like to discuss this issue further, please give me a call on 01935 382689 or email at catherine.murton@pardoes.

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By Dawn Woodward, The Emporium, Yeovil

Hello from The Emporium, we’re at the heart of independent shopping in Yeovil! We’re having a lovely summer, it’s so encouraging to see our shop getting busier every week and our cafe starting to feel like it used to before the many months of lockdown... we couldn’t be happier and we thank all of our amazing customers and supporters for all they do, to keep us going on this incredible journey!

Take in the delights of the 65 different traders at The Emporium, stock spread across antiques, gifts, collectables, arts, furnishings, fashion and interior design. it’s certainly a destination worth travelling to! The cafe is the icing on the cake: breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea awaits – contact us to book a table.

The shop is looking stunning! We’ve had several new traders join us which has given us the push to refresh, redecorate and reorganise - the results are amazing and I hope you agree that the shopping experience we deliver is amongst the best locally. If you have not yet found us, come and say hello!

This month, I’d like to take a moment also to celebrate the many people who work at The Emporium. I’m inspired every day by the dedication and creativity, along with the sheer hard work, that our team puts in!

unemployed people on the Kickstart scheme. We currently have 23 members of staff on this government run scheme. I’m proud of the contribution they make and the development I am seeing; it’s brilliant as is the support and training offered by our other members of staff. I’m thankful to all of these amazing people.

If you’d like to join us as a trader, we are actively inviting antiques traders to join us ahead of our new antiques department launching in September. We have created some new trading areas and excitedly await launching this new room soon. Contact us to open your own shop at The Emporium.

Contact us as always in the following ways: Phone: 01935 411378 Email: Website: Visit: The Emporium, 39 Princes Street, Yeovil, BA20 1EG

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SUMMER READING By Wayne, Winstone’s

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In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation.

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Set in 1634, a boat leaves the East Indies with a detective duo on board. Although one is locked up and facing execution, their skills are very much needed when the voyage is beset by a terrible forewarning. ‘Wildly inventive, Turton’s tale defies definition as either historical fiction or crime novel, but provides all the pleasures of both genres and more’

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In this riveting real-life thriller, Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of senior Nazi SS Brigadefuhrer Otto Freiherr von Wachter and his wife, Charlotte. Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, as a fugitive on the run in the Alps and then in Rome, and into the Cold War.

RADIO IS DEAD, LONG LIVE RADIO! By Steve Haigh, Station Manager, Radio Ninesprings 104.5 FM There are those who say radio is old school…. that it’s only people of a certain age who listen and, with an abundance of streaming services, radio has no future. But try telling that to the millions who tune in to their favourite stations every day. Forty-eight million adults – 88% of the UK adult population – listen to radio for more than one hour every week (source: Radio Centre). They can’t all be wrong. Competing alongside new streaming technologies, radio continues to thrive and expand. Not least, through the launch of new local stations widening choice and providing content that is truly local. Radio occupies a place in people’s hearts and minds because it’s human. It’s a real person talking to you about real things that matter. There is no personality – no human interaction – with streaming services. Radio is like someone chatting away sitting next to you. For people who live alone it’s company and comfort. One of the great things about radio is that you can listen without having to stop what you are doing. You can’t do that with TV, newspapers and social media. They require your full attention. The place where radio is heard the most is in cars. Think about how much time you spend driving around each day. Be it thirty minutes or a couple of hours, most likely you will listen to radio. People listening in cars is radio’s USP. It’s radio’s captive and most engaged audience.


In terms of revenues, last year was the most successful ever for the commercial radio sector. It was also a record year for community radio with 300 licensed local stations now broadcasting, while the BBC introduced the BBC Sounds app. People like music and chat playing in the background as they get on with their daily lives. And, research shows they are happy to stand back and let a presenter/DJ choose the music and select the talking points. The public like to be entertained. They like being the audience. Radio is not going away, not now, and not in the near future. The sector has matured well and having it tagged ‘old school’ has a nice ring about it. As a medium of mass communication and a ‘friend in the room’, radio is definitely here to stay. To listen to Radio Ninesprings: Yeovil and South Somerset 104.5 FM Chard/Ilminster 107.6 FM (from August) Wincanton/Bruton 103.3 FM (from August) To listen online:

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Why local farm featured on BBC Countryfile If you are a fan of the popular BBC programme Countryfile you will have seen presenter Adam Henson treading some familiar turf and interviewing local people in a piece that went out on 18 July. Adam needed little persuading when speaking to Dorsetbased Julie Plumley who believes farming has the potential to be one of the greatest learning environments offered to young people. Julie, based at Rylands Farm in Holnest, is passionate about farming and helping young people in equal measure. She is the owner and founder of Future Roots, an organisation that is successfully demonstrating the need for ‘other‘ learning opportunities to enable young people to reach their potential. Registered social worker Julie Plumley grew up on a farm and thirteen years ago saw the potential of the farming environment for helping young people who were not coping in a main stream school environment. Future Roots has seen over 1,000 youngsters, aged from as young as 8 up to 18, through its gates since it began in 2008. Julie says, ‘the young people here are not the issue – it is society’s inability to cope with their particular needs.’ The organisation aims to provide stability and direction through any tough times

for young people and their families. Julie explains, ‘Young people don’t come to Future Roots because they are ‘naughty’ or ‘bad’. They are referred because they need a safe and secure learning environment, where they feel they can achieve, in order to reach their potential. We believe there are always reasons for behaviours (not excuses) and that there is always a solution.’ Threequarters of the young people who come to the farm are boys in their early teens and have been referred by their school or local authority. Julie believes that farming is a gateway which offers an alternative learning opportunity and prepares young people for future life. Some of the youngsters who have attended Future Roots have themselves become farmers. Nineteenyear-old Jordan, who features on Countryfile, is a prime example. He attended Future Roots from the age of 13, initially coming to the farm just one day a week after he had been excluded from school. The Future Roots team worked with Jordan and gradually saw his negative attitude change

as he moved towards a life that gave him the skills to cope with his personal situation and opened up a new and exciting future working as an apprentice at a nearby farm. Julie comments, ‘It was wonderful seeing Jordan getting a fulltime job following a Future Roots plan of improving confidence and self-belief, together with functional skills qualifications and completing an apprenticeship.’ Part of the reason Future Roots has been so successful is the freedom the farm gives to young people, explains Julie. ‘There is an open space; they are not confined in a classroom and always have that feeling of being valued because they are always doing something useful, whether that is helping to clean out the cows or bottle feeding lambs or fixing a fence.’ The farming environment offers even the most anxious or uncommunicative child the opportunity to have an affinity with another living thing. Everything is focused on learning by experience. By learning how to care for animals, the children and young people learn how to form relationships and, during this time of COVID, have benefitted in particular from being able to touch and hug the animals. Animal therapy helps them to build a

relationship of trust which has a knock-on effect with their human relationships too. Julie says, ‘Young people respond to being needed, wanted and valued.’ Some young people attend Future Roots for three days a week, up to a maximum of fifteen hours a week. For the first six weeks there is an assessment by the team which concentrates on the pupil’s strengths and using the organisation’s specially developed Resilience Model, the team will work to create a feeling of safety and belonging for the child while providing them with a unique set of life opportunities learned from working on the farm. These services, together with the opportunity to study Functional Skills, Levels 1 and 2 in Maths and English and take a City & Guilds in Land Based Operations, means youngsters leave Future Roots ready for work or more education. In conjunction with local schools the organisation also runs thirteen-week Short Break courses designed to complement their education as well as to demonstrate the opportunities farming can offer. If anyone wants to know more or would be willing to make a donation, however small, please contact www. 19

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Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Endangered’ by Sky Siouki. A new collection of abstract paintings overlaid with intricate illustrations of various endangered species. These paintings become their own imagined, ethereal landscapes, 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 open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit

Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is an exhibition entitled ‘Materiality’. 2020 was a time to look at the material world with new eyes. Everyday objects are no longer taken for granted. How did this happen? How did they become inspirations for artists and acquire new meanings? This exhibition explores these questions through the new work of fourteen artists (all members of Somerset Art Works) and a unique collaborative book with more than fifty participating artists. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit

Until Friday 13 August from 9.30am at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is the annual Open Exhibition. This year’s event is showcasing winners’ work from the annual competition for local artists. It is a highlight of the centre’s support for local amateur and professional artists. Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm and Saturday 9.30am to 3.00pm (please note that on the final day of an exhibition the gallery will close at 12.00 noon). For more information, phone 01460 54973 or visit www. Until Saturday 28 August at The Jerram Gallery, Sherborne, there is a summer exhibition showing a variety of new work from several of the gallery’s regular artists, plus a few who are new to the Gallery: Christie Bird, Michael Clark and Daniel Shadbolt. Gallery open Tuesday to Saturday, 9.30am to 5.00pm. For more information, visit or phone 01935 815261.

Painting by Leo Davey


Until Saturday 31 July from 10.00am to 5.30pm at David Simon Contemporary Art Gallery, Castle Cary, there is an exhibition ‘The Cornish Path’ featuring Julia Cooper, George Dannatt, Alice Mumford, Myles Oxenford and Neil Pinkett. Open Monday to Saturday (closed Wednesday and Sunday). The gallery specialises in established and emerging British artists with a focus on semi-figurative painting, ceramics, sculpture and glass. For more information, phone 01963 359102 or visit

Don’t miss this years event showcasing the winners work from our annual competition for local artists. Ilminster Arts Centre at the Meeting House, East Street, Ilminster, Somerset TA19 0AN SPONSORED BY

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Until Thursday 30 September at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an exhibition of nature-inspired paintings entitled ‘Light in the Dark’ by the artist Jackie Henderson. Country lanes, The Levels and Moors, birds, flowers and even home-grown vegetables are all celebrated in vibrant watercolour. A year-long project commenced when the world had turned into a dark place, but the light was there, if only one chose to see it. The exhibition will be held in the Exhibition Room of the Palace. Entrance is included with any valid admission ticket to the Palace and Gardens. For further information, visit or phone 01749 988111. From Saturday 24 July to Saturday 14 August from 10.00am to 5.00pm at East Lambrook Manor Gardens, South Petherton, there is an exhibition ‘Petal Poise’ by Helen Simpson. Helen’s pastel and oil paintings are no ordinary views of flowers – they are well observed and beautifully drawn but not immediately recognisable, partly due to their enlarged scale. ‘There is a stillness about a flower, but a stillness that masks an unceasing journey of transformation’. The Studio and Malthouse Galleries are open Tuesday to Saturday. Free entry to exhibition. For further information, visit From Saturday 24 July to Sunday 5 September at the Market House, Castle Cary, there is a fascinating display ‘Cary21: Castle Cary through Time in 21 Objects’. Explore the story of the town from the Stone Age through the Roman and Norman invasions, the Civil War and right up to date through a selection of intriguing objects and accompanying video presentation. Illuminated by a 4000-year-old axe head, a Roman housegod, the story and model of the castle, a hoard of hidden coins, the horsehair factory and more – see how the town has developed through the ages. A joint venture by the Cary History Society, Castle Cary Town Council, Castle Cary and District Museum, and The Newt in Somerset. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm and Sunday 3.00pm to 5.00pm. • 01460 54973


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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. From Saturday 7 August to Saturday 4 September from 10.00am to 5.00pm at ACEarts, Somerton, there is a community art exhibition entitled ‘Putting on a Show’. An exciting and vibrant exhibition of works made during intergenerational community workshops led by artist Edwina Bridgeman. Expect narrative-based work and a whole host of imaginative pieces made by the pupils at King Ina School. Exhibition open: Tuesday to Saturday. For further information, phone 01458 273008 or visit www.acearts. From Saturday 21 to Saturday 28 August from 11.00am to 5.00pm at Kings Bruton Memorial Hall, Bruton, is Bruton Art Society’s 68th annual exhibition. Affordable art from regional artists – some of the best amateurs and professionals in Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset and beyond! Free entry. www.


From Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 July in the grounds of Minterne House is the Minterne Festival of Music. Thursday: one of most exciting British cellists of his generation, Guy Johnston, performs a programme that includes Mozart’s sublime Clarinet Quintet. Friday: an evening of jazz with internationally renowned jazz pianist Ben Waters and his band. Saturday: Les Gray’s MUD II closes the event with 70s pop nostalgia filling the grounds. Order a hamper or bring a picnic and enjoy the grounds before the concerts begin. Tickets for each event are sold in ‘pods’ (maximum of four guests per pod). To book tickets or to find out more, visit minterne-festival-of-music. On Friday 23 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Jive Talkin’ performs ‘The Bee Gees Live in

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Concert’. Renowned as the original and very best Bee Gees tribute show, and the only Bee Gees tribute show that has actually performed with the original Bee Gees! As with the original Bee Gees, Jive Talkin’ is very much a family affair, with brothers Gary and Darren Simmons taking the roles of Barry and Maurice Gibb, with Darren’s son Jack joining the group in 2014, taking on the role of Robin Gibb. For a truly amazing experience and an opportunity to hear all the great Bee Gees hits; Tragedy, Night Fever, Massachusetts, Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talkin’, and more, in a two-hour explosion of music and vocal harmony, this is a night not to be missed! Tickets £21.00 to £22.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.octagon-theatre. On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, listen to adventurous jazz played by The Dominic Ingham Quintet. The band comprises Dominic Ingham (violin), Jonny Mansfield (vibraphone), David Swan (piano), Will Sach (bass) and Boz Martin-Jones (drums). Expect to hear thoughtful and refined compositions, played in a way that requires careful listening, played by five extremely talented musicians. The acoustics in the building are superbly suited to the sound that this band generates. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. www.


cake, Mr Tea and the Minions have been unleashing their colourful explosion of musical mayhem on unsuspecting audiences since 2013. Their raucous Ska Folk blended with full-fat Balkan beats has made them festival favourites, and has inspired frenzied dancing all over the UK (and on a number of forays into continental Europe)! Tickets £16.00, concessions £15.00. Tickets can be purchased via the website or from N&D News in South Petherton. For more information, phone 01460 240340 or visit www.

hits, her best loved covers and the odd twist in the tale – plus sequinned heels, flamboyant tail feathers, high energy dance routines and musical genius, not to mention the band’s legendary sense of humour. Simply the best! Tickets £18.50 to 19.50. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit

On Friday 6 August at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, come and see Totally Tina, voted the UK’s official No 1 Tina Turner tribute for the past six years by the Agents Association of Great Britain. – probably the closest thing to a live Tina Turner concert. This is a sparkling mix of nostalgia and surprise, featuring all the

The Pete Allen Jazz Band On Friday 6 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there is an evening of UK traditional jazz at its very best with The Pete Allen Jazz Band. Pete’s bands in their various forms have been running for almost 40 years and, along with Messrs Ball, Barber, Bilk and many others, have continued to keep the

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Affordable Art from Re gional Artists some of the best amateurs and professionals in Somerset, Wilts, Dorset & beyond

Mr Tea and the Minions On Friday 30 July at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a ‘chance to dance’ event with Mr Tea and the Minions. United by a love of tea, energetic dancing, cheeky riffs, silly hats, and

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traditional jazz flame well and truly alight since its 50s/60s heyday. The ‘Three Bs’ are sadly no more, but Pete still continues to carry the flag. Book soon to guarantee a seat! Tickets £20. Box Office 01460 54973. www.

Moscow Drug Club On Saturday 7 August at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, enjoy an evening with the Moscow Drug Club – troubadours of gypsy cabaret and swing. Moscow Drug Club is a curious musical place where elements of Berlin cabaret, Hot Club de France, French musette and storytelling meet. This brilliant five-piece band combines original material with songs by the likes of Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Leonard and Eartha Kitt to deliver an intoxicating and intimate musical experience. Tickets £19. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www.

Johnny Mars and the Craig Milverton Blues Band On Thursday 12 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, there’s Harmonica Blues with Johnny Mars and the Craig Milverton Blues Band. Johnny Mars was born in southern USA, where he started playing the harmonica at a very early age. Before coming to England, he toured with the big names of the blues scene, such as Magic Sam, BB King, Earl Hooker and Jesse Fuller. He will be 22

accompanied by the highly versatile (near resident!) keyboard man, Craig Milverton, and his blues band. This will be a cracking good night of music. Tickets £20. Box Office 01460 54973. www. On Saturday 14 August at 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, go ‘Live and Local’ with Reg Meuross. ‘Live and Local’ is the hall’s first ever evening dedicated to showcasing local talent. With so many fantastic local musicians in the area, this is the perfect opportunity for The David Hall to provide them with a performance platform. Reg Meuross is the headline act, also featuring Tom Clements, Mandy Woods, Guitarist on Wheels and Olly Howard. Support local talent! Who knows, the next big act might be on stage! Tickets £10. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit www.


Annika Skoogh Centre, there is a tribute to the First Ladies of Jazz with Annika Skoogh. Annika has a widespread reputation for her adventurous approach to her various styles – jazz, gospel and soul music, and has performed several times at the Arts Centre. Accompanied by guitarist Nigel Price, tenor sax player Martin Dale and the Craig Milverton Trio, she will sing songs made famous by well-known vocalists, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Blossom Dearie, Billie Holiday, Anita O’Day, Peggy Lee, and so many others. Tickets £20. To book, email or phone 01460 54973. www.

Andre Rieu: Together Again Talisman On Saturday 21 August at 8.00pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, there is a ‘chance to dance’ event with Talisman. In the late 70s and early 80s, Talisman were one of the UK’s top Roots Reggae bands. The band had support slots with acts as diverse as Burning Spear, The Clash and The Rolling Stones. After thirty years apart they reformed in 2011, with two of the original line-up - now one of Bristol’s and the UK’s finest live acts are back and ready to party once again. A not to be missed gig! Tickets £16, concessions £15. To book, phone 01460 240340 or visit On Friday 27 August at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts

On Saturday 28, Sunday 29 and Tuesday 31 August at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Andre Rieu: Together Again’. The King of the Waltz has handpicked his all-time favourite show tunes, operatic arias and dance numbers from stages around the world - from São Paulo, Mainau, Bucharest, Mexico City, Amsterdam, Melbourne and Istanbul featuring many performances never seen before on the big screen. André brings together performers from all over the world in one global spectacular. Smile, sing and dance with Andre! Book soon – don’t miss this one! Tickets £8.50 to £14. Box Office 01935 422884. www.

Until Thursday 22 July at 7.30pm at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Project Play presents an amateur production of ‘Dad’s Army’ by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd, a Concord Theatricals Company. The classic BBC comedy series of the Home Guard of Walmington-onSea, who battle daily against the Germans and local ARP Warden Hodges, comes to the stage complete with all the well-loved characters: Pike, Jones, Fraser, 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! Tickets £16.00. Box Office 01935 422884. On Thursday 22 July at 8.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, enjoy an evening with Paul Smith. A lot has changed for Paul in recent years. Join him for his third and largest ever tour of the UK and Ireland as he once again mixes sharp, hilarious stories from his life with his trademark off-thecuff wit. Suitable 16+. Tickets £23.50. Box Office 01935 422884. www.westlandsyeovil. On Friday 23 July at 8.00pm at Ilminster Arts Centre, Concerts in the West presents ‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by

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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. the Andrews Massey Duo with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15. Box Office 01460 54973. On Saturday 24 July at 7.30pm at The Dance House, Crewkerne, Concerts in the West presents ‘Creating Carmen’ by Clare Norburn. Prosper Mérimée is struggling with his latest novella, when his leading character, Carmen, turns up with a band of musicians in tow and chaos in her wake. Who is in control? And what will happen next? A fun-filled performance of fantasy, comedy, drama and tremendous music arranged from Bizet’s Carmen and inspired by Boccherini, de Falla, de Lorca, Granados, Ravel and Albéniz. Live music performed and arranged by the Andrews Massey Duo with Francisco Correa. Tickets £15, student £5, under 12s (with a paying adult) free. Book in advance from Town Hall Information Centre (email or phone 01460 75928) or email concertsinthewest@ On Saturday 24 July and Sunday 22 August from 7.30pm at The David Hall, South Petherton, it is the monthly Acoustic Night. Petherton Arts Trust is encouraging local performers to come to The David Hall and perform on a professional stage. All types of performance welcome – music, comedy, poetry, dance! Everyone has the opportunity to deliver for 10 to 15 minutes with full PA and lighting. To attend as a performer or audience member, please email Chris Watts at or call 07715 501157. Payment is on the door. On Sunday 25 July at 6.00pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, there is an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s breathless and brilliant tragedy ‘Macbeth’ by The

Lord Chamberlain’s Men, UK’s premier all-male theatre company with direct links to the history of William Shakespeare. This is a play of supernatural magic, vaulting ambition and an examination of the dreadful consequences of the insatiable lust for power. Bring a chair and a picnic, and enjoy watching Shakespeare in the open air, by an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. Doors open 5.30pm. Suitable 9+. Tickets £16, under 16s £10, family (two adults plus two under 16s) £45. For further information, visit uk or phone 01749 988111. On Friday 30 July at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents ‘Much Ado about Nothing’ by William Shakespeare - breathing new life into the Bard’s tale of love and deception. Please bring picnics, blankets, seating and warm clothes for an evening of fast and furious madcap comedy in the walled garden. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via

King Arthur On Saturday 31 July at 2.00pm in Stalbridge Village Hall, The Last Baguette presents ‘King Arthur’. Somewhere in England, a very, very, very long time ago – so long ago that nobody quite knows whether it happened or not – boy pulled a sword from a stone and became king. A story of the old world, with knights, wizards, mist, and magic. This fun and farcical family adventure is a deliberately anarchic and anachronistic re-telling of the Arthurian legend with live music, physical comedy and lo-fi acrobatics. Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £6, under 18s £5, family £20. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. or call 01963 362978. On Wednesday 4 August at 2.30pm and 7.00pm at Westlands Entertainment Venue, Yeovil, there Is a screening of ‘Broken’ performed by Motionhouse.


Broken ‘Broken’ examines mankind’s precarious relationship with the earth. Hanging in suspense and scrambling to safety, the dancers negotiate the cracks and craters of this world of illusions where nothing is quite as it seems. Athletic contact work, spectacular acrobatics and a gripping narrative combine with revolutionary set design, amazing musical soundtrack and digital imagery that melds with the performers as they move. The 2.30pm screening includes live workshop and 7.00pm includes virtual Q&A with Kevin Finnan, the artistic director of Motionhouse. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. www.

On Wednesday 4 August at 3.00pm at the Recreation Ground, Nether Compton, Dorset’s own Treehouse Theatre presents an open-air performance of a brand new family show ‘The Elves and the Shoemaker’. In a world without music and dance, nobody is buying dancing shoes and the shoemaker is almost out of leather. The elves will need everyone’s help to save the shoemaker’s shop and to help humans remember the joy of music and dancing – all without being discovered! Expect live music and the energy, humour and pathos of great storytelling in this immersive and interactive show. Suitable 3+. Tickets £6, under 18s £5, family £20. Tickets must be booked in advance and full details are available when booking. Book online at or phone 01935 815033. On Friday 13 and Saturday 14 August at 7.30pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, SNADS returns to the stage with its summer Adult Cabaret. This will be a great opportunity to banish the blues

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and have a really good laugh. They have a great cast, under the direction of Craig White, who cannot wait to be treading the boards and entertaining a ‘non-zoom’ audience. Over 18s only. Tickets £12.50. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. For further information, visit

The Cameraman On Sunday 15 August at 2.00pm at Yetminster Community Sports Club, there is an outdoor performance of ‘The Cameraman’ by Bash Street Theatre. Sometime in the future, a jaded detective looks back on his early career as a young crime-fighter in the ‘Roaring 20s’ - the days of fake news, a world pandemic and global warming. With influences as diverse as Tintin, Roger Rabbit, Humphrey Bogart and Buster Keaton, ‘The Cameraman’ offers a comic view on the digital age with a touch of nostalgia for the analogue past. Fast-moving comedy with live musical accompaniment – fun for all ages. Tickets £10, under 18s £5, family £25. Full details are available when booking. Book online at www. or phone 01935 873546 or at the club. On Thursday 19 August at 7.00pm at Halstock Village Hall, Circus Around & About presents a circus double bill ‘Pirate Taxi’ and ‘Roll Up, Roll Up’. Pirates of the Carabina are award-winning circus artists, acrobats and musicians; their brand-new show ‘Pirate Taxi’ tells their own tale of running away to the circus. Skilled duo, Simple Cypher, performs explosive tricks with effortless agility within a Cyr Wheel (a large, spinning steel ring); freestyle hip hop and acrobatics are combined with juggling in this innovative and original playful production of ‘Roll Up, Roll Up’. Extraordinary physical skill, humour and storytelling – fun for all the family! Bring a chair or rug and dress for all weather. Suitable 5+. Tickets £10, under 18s £5, family £25. Book in advance. For more information and to book, visit www. or call 01935 891744. 24

On Saturday 21 August at 3.00pm at Collett Park, Shepton Mallet, the Tall Tails Theatre Company presents ‘The Adventures of Madame Carol Sell and Mr Popsy’. This is a free, family show with fully integrated Makaton. For further information, visit or the theatre company’s Facebook page. On Saturday 21 August in Hallr Wood, Charlton Mackrell, join the Spindle Ensemble for an interactive familyfriendly matinee at 3.00pm or a beautiful candlelit evening concert at 8.00pm. The ensemble has garnered much praise for its innovative take on contemporary classical music, rooted in spontaneity and improvisation, performed with deft musicianship and unique instrumental pairing all resulting in truly captivating sonic soundscapes. Email deb@ for family booking form for the activity afternoon. www. www.spindleensemble. com. On Wednesday 25 August at 7.30pm at Castle Gardens, Sherborne, Illyria Theatre presents an outdoor performance of ‘HMS Pinafore’. Set on board the warship HMS Pinafore, the opera cheerfully mocks such great British institutions as class, patriotism and the Royal Navy. Gilbert & Sullivan’s wonderful comic opera gets the complete Illyria treatment, faithfully performed by a reduced cast on a beautiful nautical set. Gates open 6.30pm. Tickets £15, concessions £12.50, under 16s £5.00. Tickets on sale from Castle Gardens and online via www.illyria.


On Tuesday 27 July at 10.30am and 1.30pm at Bishop’s Palace, Wells, is ‘The Bishop’s Code’ – escape room family fun in The Undercroft. The Bishop of Bath and Wells needs help! It’s 1953 and Bishop Bradfield is getting ready to leave for the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. He has locked something very important in the Palace’s safe and he cannot remember the code! Aimed at families with children aged 5-12, The Bishop’s Code is an escape room style activity session where families will solve clues and puzzles together. What does it take to crack the Bishop’s Code? Price is included in any valid admission ticket. For further information, visit uk or phone 01749 988111. On Wednesday 28 July at 10.00am in Halstock Village Hall, there is a children’s ‘Wild Withy’ workshop with Fran Quinlan.

Create giant structures out of willow, inspired by seed pods, flowers, cones, vegetables and fruits. Decorate these using recycled paper, wool, threads, strips of fabric and tissue paper to create a graceful sculpture which can be taken home and suspended or displayed freestanding. Dress for mess! Suitable age 8+. Tickets £8. For more information and to book, visit or call 01935 891744. On Friday 30 July at 2.00pm at Yetminster Jubilee Hall, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘The Secret Circus’ with Kevin Burke. In this circus skills workshop, take the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at juggling (clubs, rings, balls and scarves), diabolo, flowerstick/ stuntstick, plate-spinning, stilts, poi and rolla bolla. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £6. To book, phone 01935 873546 or email For further information, visit On Monday 2 August at 10.00am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘Plastic Paradiso’. Join Dorset Youth Dance Director Claire Benson to explore themes of climate change, plastic pollution and the impact it has on the planet, through dance and puppetry, making moving props such as fish from recycled materials. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £5. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. On Monday 9 August at 10.00am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is a Fiddlesticks Toddler Session with Kathy Kelly. This workshop gives parents and young children the opportunity to get hands on and be creative together through a variety of simple art and craft activities. In this nature-inspired session, use clay, paints, sheep’s fleece and other natural resources to create exciting works of art, then join together to sing songs, make music, tell stories, bake bread and share food. All children must be accompanied. Age group 3-5 years. Tickets £5. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. On Tuesday 10 August at 2.00pm at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach children’s workshop ‘The Secret Circus’ with Kevin Burke. In this circus skills workshop, take the opportunity to ‘have a go’ at juggling (clubs, rings, balls and scarves), diabolo, flowerstick/stuntstick, plate-spinning, stilts, poi and rolla bolla. Age group 7-11 years. Tickets £6. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www.stur-exchange.

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and interactive hour of making music, dressing up, singing songs and creating stories is perfect for parents and little ones to enjoy together. Suitable for ages 2-5 years, all children to be accompanied by parent or guardian. Tickets £3. To book, phone 01935 873546 or email For further information, visit Paint like a Caveman On Wednesday 11 August at 10.00am at Sandford Orcas Village Hall, learn to paint like a caveman with Sarah Butterworth. Use stones to grind local soils into coloured powders and mix them into paint. Using this paint, make a caveman painting and create marking tools from natural materials, binding twigs and grasses. During the day, learn a little about local geology and examine fossils found in the different rock layers. Dress for mess and bring empty jars to take the paint home. Remember a packed lunch. Suitable age 8+. Tickets £10. To book, phone 01963 220171. For further information, visit www.artsreach. On Wednesday 11 August at 11.00am at Yetminster Jubilee Hall, join Treehouse Theatre for the story of ‘Sally and the Limpet’. Hear about poor Sally who gets her finger stuck in a limpet in this eco-conscious story which encourages children to think about the inhabitants of seaside rock pools. This exciting

On Monday 16 August at 10.00am in Halstock Village Hall, there is a ‘Stop-Frame Animation’ workshop by experienced, skilled, and intuitive filmmaker, Gary Jarman. A fun and engaging stop-motion animation workshop for children who want to create their very own short film – a great introduction to the world of animation! Construct a small set, create scenes and use props to film a new story themed around the effects of climate change. Dress for mess and remember a packed lunch! Age group 7-12 years. Tickets £10. To book, phone 01935 891744 or 07939 550719. On Thursday 19 August at 10.30am at The Exchange, Sturminster Newton, there is an Artsreach summer workshop ‘Wildlife on the Edge – Tigers’ with Darrell Wakelam. The children will create their own 3D scene including a fantastic tiger sculpture. They will gradually build up their artwork using cardboard and other recycled materials. Once the construction is complete, they will papier mâché it and use collage materials to enhance the effect before painting and

Wildlife on the Edge – Tigers completing it, ready to take home. Please bring a packed lunch and soft drinks. Age group 6-12 years. Tickets £6. Book in advance. Box office 01258 475137. www. On Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August from 10.00am at the Octagon Auditorium, Yeovil, Igglepiggle, Upsy Daisy, Makka Pakka and friends are coming to Yeovil with their fun-filled live show ‘Igglepiggle’s Busy Day!’. Join Igglepiggle as he looks for his friends in the Night Garden by following their funny sounds until he finds them all! See all the favourite characters beautifully brought to life with full-size costumes, magical puppets, enchanting music and the amazing flying Pinky Ponk. Now in its twelfth year, In the Night Garden Live is one of the UK’s favourite family events. See website for various performance times. Tickets £15.50 to £19.50. Box Office 01935 422884.

Save the date! Outdoor Cinema returns to The Bishop’s Palace. Friday 3 September 2021. 6.30pm Calling all Pink Ladies and T-Birds!

This September, join The Bishop’s Palace and Wells Film Centre for a fabulous outdoor screening of the classic 1978 film ‘Grease’ in its singalong version. Get those vocal cords warmed up to join in with well-loved numbers such as Grease Lightning, Summer Lovin’ and or course ‘You’re the One That I Want’. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance? Enjoy the chance to watch this perennial favourite whilst seated on the famous Palace Croquet Lawn.

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Tickets are £20 for adults and £18 for children and include a hog roast provided by the Film Centre (or vegetarian/vegan option) and a drink. Bring your own blanket or low-backed seating and an umbrella, as the show will go on whatever the weather. This event usually sells out quickly, so buy your tickets now!

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Feature length: 111 minutes. Tickets: Adult £20, Children £18, available from 6.30pm doors open. 8pm show begins. The evening will finish no later than 10.45pm.

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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.


Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), aka Black Widow, is pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down. When a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and with the broken relationships left in her wake. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 30, Saturday 31 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.


In the post-WWI era, two British track athletes, one a determined Jew and the other a devout Christian, compete in the 1924 Olympics. Harold Abrahams (Ben Cross) and Eric Liddell (Ian Charleson), both naturally gifted fast sprinters, strive for Olympic glory in their own fashion and for their own separate reasons. Inspirational film with Oscar-winning score by Vangelis. SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 30 July, The Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.


Jan Vokes, a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal - which they name Dream Alliance. This is a classic story of triumph against adversity, and a tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 21 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.


Seventeen-year-old Ellie (Sophie Hawkshaw) is struggling to find the courage to ask her classmate Abbie (Zoe Terakes) out. Luckily her Aunt Tara, a lesbian who died in the 80s, has shown up as a ‘fairy godmother’ to dish out advice, whether Ellie wants it or not! SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Sunday 1 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.


Jo March (Saoirse Ronan) tells the story of the March sisters - four young women, each determined to live life on her own terms. Following the Civil War, Jo is in New York City making her living as a writer, Amy (Florence Pugh) studies painting in Paris, and Meg (Emma Watson) is married to a schoolteacher. Then Beth (Eliza Scanlen) develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together. SHOWING AT West Camel on Friday 27 August, The Davis Hall, 7.30pm. Admission £5 on the door.

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A chilling and mysterious new thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their lives into a single day. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Saturday 7 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Sunday 8 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.


Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, the monsters have returned. It’s up to Raya, a lone warrior, to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Friday 23 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Saturday 24 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Sunday 25 July, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 2.30pm. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884.


The prehistoric family, the Croods, need a new place to live, so they set off in search of a safer place to call home. They discover an idyllic paradise that meets all their needs, except for one thing – another family, the Bettermans (emphasis on the ‘better’!), already lives there. However, a new threat forces them to embrace their differences, draw strength from each other and forge a future together. SHOWING AT Yeovil on Wednesday 4 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am. Tickets £5 to £10. Box Office 01935 422884. Yeovil on Thursday 5, Friday 6 August, Westlands Entertainment Venue, 11.00am, 2.30pm, 7.00pm. Tickets £5.00 to £10.00. Box Office 01935 422884. Petherton Picture Show Please visit the website to check dates and titles. www.

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24 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm The Relics, Rock/Blues, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 8.30pm Wrecking Ball, Country Rock, Westfield Playing Fields, Curry Rivel Live, 12.00 noon. From £6 25 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Mike Saint Cricket Pavilion, South Petherton, 3.00pm 31 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, The Railway Hotel, Yeovil, 9.00pm Lewis & The Sound of the Suburbs, Ska/2-Tone, The Lord Nelson, Norton-sub-Hamdon, 9.00pm The Rhythm Collective, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm


1 Chill, 60s to 90s Covers, The Brewers Arms, South Petherton, 3.00pm 7 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, White Hart Inn, Crewkerne, 9.00pm 14 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm Unknown Identity, Covers & Originals, Coopers Mill, Yeovil, 8.30pm 20 Ultimate 80s Night, 80s Covers, Yeovil Labour Club, 8.00pm 21 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, White Hart Inn, Crewkerne, 8.30pm 28 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, Fleur De Lis, Stoke-sub-Hamdon, 4.00pm Roadstars, Rock/Pop Covers, Stoke-sub-Hamdon Working Mens Club, 9.30pm 29 Bad Edukation, Classic Rock, The Halfway House, Pitney, time tbc 30 Powercut, Acoustic/Electric Rock/Pop, Recreation Ground, Castle Cary, 2.00pm


competition A COLOURFUL SUMMER! We are now at the height of summer and everything is looking colourful in the sunlight as I write. Hopefully it remains so well into August and beyond. I love all the colours of the natural landscape and especially when they are highlighted by some summer sunshine. You have probably guessed that colour is the inspiration for this month’s Wordsearch. Just find the hidden words associated with colour 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 23 August. Good luck.




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BOXER PACKS POWERFUL PUNCH! By Tim Saunders, Motoring Correspondent

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.

The Subaru XV Boxer packs a powerful punch, if slightly subdued compared to its ancestors. It has road presence as you would expect and commands respect from other road users. Interestingly, they don’t seem to tailgate the Boxer in the way they do with other cars that I drive. It might be that there are comparatively few of these on Britain’s roads and that there’s a healthy interest about what it is that is in front of them. Certainly during the test I do not see a single Subaru on the roads, making me feel that I am driving something rather special. This all-wheel-drive five-door car is basically an estate with raised ride height. An attractive alternative for those not wanting a traditional 4x4 but certainly as competent. Paddle shifts either side of the steering wheel allow the driver a choice between lazy automatic or more involved driving. This petrol-hybrid clicks over from petrol to an electric motor at low speeds or when slowing down, or at least it should do. Trouble is the motor doesn’t kick in very often. I find this a lot with hybrids. You see, I expect them to be able to handle speeds of at least up to 30mph, for say for


a mile, regardless how heavy your right foot, but I am always left bitterly, bitterly disappointed. Unless the driver nurses the car along whispering sweet nothings about the environment it completely forgets it’s a hybrid. When driving there’s a graphic in the middle of the dashboard showing the electric motor charging. That keeps the children entertained but it’s unnecessary and I question how much more efficient this really is over a standard model because Subarus have always been fairly thirsty and so’s this one. The cruise control is easy to operate and automatically brakes or accelerates depending on what the car in

front is doing. One annoying thing - on damp days the windscreen mists up quickly and the blowers have to be put on full to clear it. There’s a comfortable driving position and the black leather seats are hardwearing. In the back there’s a good amount of space for passengers meaning that oldest daughter Harriett (9), who has now grown out of using a booster seat, has some room, which isn’t often the case in other cars. The large boot easily copes with the weekly shop and there’s a neat cover that can be pulled over for security. Another bonus is the sizeable tilt/sliding glass sunroof that fully opens; a joy on a sunny day. A problem though is that when the sun shines it hits the plastic on the screen of the centre console and bounces off forcing both driver and front passenger to squint. A shame to have to pull the blind over the sunroof to stop this.


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ACREMAN ANTIQUES At Acreman St. Antiques Auction in Sherborne, we had a very successful June with our General sale selling over 85% and our best ever result selling jewellery on behalf of the Yeovil Hospital Breast Cancer Unit Appeal with a hammer total in excess of £5,000. We also held our specialist Textile, Fashion and Apparel Auction which was a roaring success with 98% of lots sold. We are now taking in for our November sale so if you have any antique lace, linen, costume, eiderdowns, vintage or designer handbags, 60s or 70s clothing or fabrics, sewing-related items, framed wool work, tapestries or samplers, please contact Gill. We are happy to come out and collect or appraise your items. We are delighted to announce our upcoming 17 September oneowner Asian Art house sale to be held on-site in Stalbridge, Dorset. The vendors were avid collectors and spent over forty years putting together their wonderful collection whilst living between Asia and London before finally settling in Dorset. Our 30 July General Antiques auction will have viewing by appointment on 29 July between 9am and 5pm and bidding will be online and commission bids only through and We have a large selection of jewellery and silver lots, furniture and general antiques, including a double fusee skeleton clock under dome, est. £600-£1000, an eighteenthcentury Staffordshire Agateware figure of a cat, est. £100-£200, and a collection of Arts and Crafts copper and lighting.




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INTRODUCING HEARTVETS, A NEW SPECIALIST CARDIOLOGY SERVICE By Matt Saunders, BVetMed MRCVS, Newton Clarke Veterinary Surgeons Peter has taken a well-deserved break this week, giving me the opportunity to write about our new visiting Cardiology Referral Service from HeartVets. For many years we have been carrying out cardiac ultrasounds and cardiology screening clinics for our own patients and occasionally as favours to other practices for their patients too. We routinely screen smaller dogs (under 15kg) for PreClinical Mitral Valve Disease (PCMVD). This occurs when the heart becomes enlarged due to a leaky mitral valve. These dogs always have heart murmurs but are not yet in, or showing signs of, heart failure (hence the pre-clinical part of the name). Signs of heart failure

are typically breathlessness, exercise intolerance and coughing but on occasion weight loss, lack of appetite and, more rarely, collapse. If we can prove PCMVD exists, there are medications available that can prevent the onset of signs of heart failure by an average of fifteen months - quite a long time in anyone’s life, let alone our pets! The second disease we can screen for is in medium and large dogs and is called Dilated Cardiomyopathy. This is a progressive illness that can

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rapidly lead to heart failure. Again, medications are available to help manage clinical signs and to slow down progression of the disease. Dogs with this type of heart disease rarely have heart murmurs so the disease unfortunately remains hidden until clinical signs appear. A dog’s breed, size and age are all potential risk factors and may warrant ultrasound screening to diagnose this illness. Approximately 40% of cats also have heart murmurs and only an ultrasound will confirm if these murmurs are significant or not. The risk is that if left undiagnosed, heart conditions in cats can rapidly progress to a life threatening situation within hours. In-house blood tests can help us determine which patients are more at risk and should be screened more urgently with ultrasonography. Diagnosis allows us not only to medicate our cats, alleviating some of the clinical signs but also to reduce and even eliminate certain risk factors associated with congestive heart failure.

There are, however, also a very large number of more complex heart conditions that require specialist investigation and intervention by a cardiologist. Until now we, and most other practices, have had to refer pets to specialist referral centres where cardiologists are based. However, from 4 August, HeartVets will be visiting our Yeovil Practice once a month to see our own patients, internal referrals and also cardiology cases from other local practices. This is a significant step towards the early diagnosis of heart disease and the optimal treatment of heart disease in our pets, not only improving their quality of life but potentially saving their lives. I am really excited to provide this specialist referral level of care for your pets, under our own roof. If you would like more information or to make an appointment, please contact one of our surgeries and ask to speak to myself or one of the team.

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By Alec and Caroline Grant, from Grants of Somerset

There was a time when candles were reserved for Wee Willie Winkie and

birthday cakes but times have changed. Now they are regarded as an essential

part of many people’s decor as evidenced by the fact that sales have doubled in the

last five years. Why? Because they’re one of the few items we can bring into our

homes that have an impact on three levels: decoration, lighting and aroma!

Candles styles, like our homes, range from natural to vibrant. Similarly, with scented candles, there’s no end to the scents you can fill your space with, from the exotic to the traditional. No doubt you’ve already seen some of the big brands around, but the candle market is a very varied place and, with so many options, we’ve focused our range on three key brands that cover all the bases for aroma and appearance. The Recycled Candle Company Based in Exeter, The Recycled Candle Company save thousands of tonnes of wax from landfill every year, melting old candles, purifying the wax and turning it into beautifully perfumed, understated looking candles. Their award-winning Bitter Orange & Ylang Ylang candle is a perennial favourite with customers and a great place to start if you’re dipping your toe into the world of scented candles, especially with small tins available at just £6. Porthouse Candles These are a great mid-price candle with scents that evoke classic rural and seaside moments. Appearance-wise they’re just right for light and airy, coastal and relaxed looking interiors. They’re made from soy wax, making them vegan-friendly, clean-burning and biodegradable. Sara Miller London These are also soy wax candles and a big luxury favourite of ours. Every candle comes in a gorgeously decorated jar, lined with a metallic lustre to help reflect the flame. The perfumes are designed to take your senses to faraway places and really do fill your room with a sense of the exotic.

Candle tips First burn When you first light a candle (other than a traditional dinner-shaped one), you should let it burn long enough that the whole top layer melts to ensure it burns evenly in future. Smoking’s not cool Candles shouldn’t smoke – if one does, the wick is probably too long. When it’s cool, trim the wick to about 6 mm long. Don’t spoil your dinner We know you’re not going to eat your scented candle, but you shouldn’t burn one when you’re eating either – the same receptors that taste our food pick up the smells from the candles we burn.

If you’d like your candle ends recycled, bring them in to us and we’ll make sure they reach The Recycled Candle Company. In return, we’ll give you a voucher for 10% off any of their candle range in-store.

Whatever your style, there is a candle for you, so light that wick, sit back, relax and be transported wherever you want.

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Merry Christmas Everyone! Retail is a funny old business, just as everyone is starting to get their legs out for the summer, with paddling pools being erected in gardens and fridges full of barbecue and picnic food….we crack open the Christmas catalogues and start planning for the festive season. Last Christmas in food retail was totally different to anything I have ever experienced and having been at The Trading Post for fourteen years I have seen a fair few festivities. Our focus for Christmas in 2020 was swayed very much towards practical hampers and small gifts that could be left on doorsteps or handed over at a distance. We had to make these decisions back in June – six months before the big day. Totally changing how we order

for Christmas, without knowing what state the world was going to be in by December, was a massive gamble. Big family Christmases were suddenly on hold; 14kg turkeys enough to feed a large family with leftovers for turkey curry the next day were a thing of the past and large boxes of sharing chocolates or platters of antipasti were forgotten in favour of smaller portions but often more adventurous meals. And of course we then had the speedy turnaround from Boris and chums which led to a lastminute stampede of people who suddenly had no place to go for Christmas and needed enough festive food to keep them going for a few days. So, back to this year…obviously we have no magic crystal ball

that will tell us what is going to happen on a global scale but we refuse to let it dampen our spirits and this year Christmas at The Trading Post is going to bigger and better than ever before! In years past Andy and I have sat down with a pile of Christmas catalogues, and a glass of whisky, carefully scrutinising every page, making hard decisions on which flavour of panettone should we stock and which ones won’t fit on the shelves, which boxes of chocolates, chutneys, biscuits and snacks from each range will be purchased and which ones will be left on hold maybe for the next year. The catalogues

were full of ticks, crosses and copious notes. This year our marker pen had an easy job as whole pages of beautiful products were excitedly circled, every turn of the page bought something new and thrilling or new packaging that perked up an existing line of products. This year the Trading Post Farm Shop will be your go-to grotto and we cannot wait to share with you all the amazing treats that we have bought – but you’ll have to wait! And where are we going to fit it all? Watch this space!

WINE GLASSES – SNOBBERY OR SCIENCE? Does your choice of wine glass really matter? Does it affect the taste and enjoyment of wine, or is it the last bastion in wine snobbery? Wine glasses come in a baffling array of shapes, materials and sizes. In restaurants we are served wine in anything from a hand-blown lead crystal wine glass to a trendy tumbler or even a jam jar! The Wine Society’s director of wine, Pierre Mansour, dives into the debate and offers some insight into the world of wine glasses and some common-sense advice. The science – in a nutshell Getting back to basics, several features are key to how a wine glass performs: the best have a stem to hold so the temperature of the liquid isn’t affected. The most prized aspect of the design is the shape of the rim which should narrow to enhance the smell and aromatic intensity of the wine. And finally, a thin-rimmed glass influences what is technically called the flow pattern which directs the liquid to the various taste zones in the mouth. So, yes, the wine glass does 32

play a very important role. It can enhance your wine-drinking experience whether your glass contains a complex, mature claret or a simple mid-week-supper wine. There are thousands of different wines with their own distinct characteristics, so does it follow that different wine styles benefit from different glass shapes? Pierre continues: I often think of wine in terms of music with the glass acting like the loudspeaker. And just as die-hard music enthusiasts might choose different speakers for their affinity with different genres of music, you could also argue that different wines need different glasses. Austrian manufacturers Riedel are the ultimate exponents of this with glasses designed by grape variety in collaboration with winemakers, sommeliers and consumers. They really work but much like high-spec speaker systems, you would need deep pockets and a lot of shelf space to house them! Many purists argue that you do need a smorgasbord of glass types; others find the aesthetic quality of different glasses a joy to collect.

Alternatively, for most aficionados, a decent all-rounder will suffice. It is precisely for that reason I use the same glass for red, white and sweet wine at home.

The Wine Society advocates the ‘Anyday Wine Glass’ – this is Riedel’s ‘Extreme Riesling’ glass - the best affordable all-rounder. It looks the part but is pretty robust so you’re never going to have to worry about putting it in the dishwasher or smashing it whilst washing by hand. It has a decent-sized bowl and a tapered rim so gives plenty of air to the wine but traps more elegant aromas nicely. Ref GL476, £45 for set of 4. Find The Society’s complete range of glasses at

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A VINTNER’S TALE (ACT 2, SCENE III) Peter Law, Chairman and MD at Wine Wizzard in Castle Cary, continues with his fascinating tales of life in the wine trade…. It must have been about 1973 or 1974, having started my new venture in Malmesbury, Wiltshire. There was a very deep recession; I still have the petrol rationing coupons, somewhere. As a nation we were the laughing stock of Europe as well as the poor man. I was in my late twenties - what the hell - go for it! I had no idea that I had just moved to such a wealthy area. Several of my new customers were Lloyds names (before its collapse) and thought nothing of buying six-hundred bottles at a time. There were many customers from the nobility, aristocracy, huge landowners, people at the top of their professions. I opened the shop two days a week, spent two days selling and delivering to London restaurants and two days per week anywhere between Yorkshire and Cornwall, selling my wares. Lady Edith Foxwell (no prizes for guessing her nickname) had an Argentinian polo-playing Beau whose nickname was ‘the wild boar of the pampas!’ She turned up in the shop in a bright green all-in-one leather jumpsuit, which she promptly unzipped in the forlorn hope of a discount! One day, Sarah Ponsonby came in and introduced herself saying that she was moving nearby, having a party – would I like to come and that she couldn’t pay for three weeks. Three weeks later she turned up and paid, and we remained friends until her death a few years ago. She had bought Surrendell – infamous hippy farm – she was always getting into trouble for growing banned plants! The farm became host to Princess Margaret and Roddy Llewellyn. I had the great pleasure of

meeting Helen Mirren there and we shared pots of tea around the kitchen table. Our paths have not subsequently crossed but I understand that she is still a lovely person. Elspeth Huxley was a customer and I loved delivering to her remote Cotswold home as we always had such interesting conversations. I can never forget a Rover pulling up outside, held together with rust and string, and the tramp-like driver coming in. We had a lovely discussion for about half an hour. He phoned a few days later, apologised for turning up in his gardening gear and ordered several thousand pounds’ worth of very fine claret. He was the MD of Burmah Oil/Castrol and he remained a very good customer and friend until his retirement to his native South Africa. I could go on like this all day – I met so many interesting and influential people ... this wasn’t work – it was a wonderful wealth creating lifestyle. Fast forward to 2021 in Castle Cary where the Wine Wizzard (originally known as The Cary Vintner) has now been based for the past twenty-six years and we continue to import and sell quality wines. Linda, who now runs the shop (extremely well) has been a very willing student and has tasted with me all the thousands of sample bottles received. Some went into the cooking, many went straight down the kitchen sink and some made it into the shop, for sale. I have known Linda very well these past thirty-five years and always told her that she would be good at anything she put her mind to and she has certainly put her mind to selling wine!

I hope that by the time this goes to press that the summer has finally arrived and I have therefore made a few suggestions: Muscadet de Sevres et Maine. Domaine bottled. £10.85 Gaillac Perle. Very slight natural effervescence. Chateau bottled. £10.65 Sauvignon de Touraine. Domaine bottled. £12.15 South African Sauvignon. £9.65 South African Chardonnay. Unoaked. £9.45 Pecorino £10.35 Entre-deux-Mers (Sauvignon/Semillion). Chateau bottled, Bordeaux. £11.25 Brouilly, Fleurie and Domaine bottled Beaujolais. £15.50, £15.75, £12.70 respectively. All three can happily be drunk chilled Chateau Clement-Termes Gaillac rouge. Chateau bottled. Gorgeous. £11.15 A la Bonne Franquette, our Chateau bottled house rosé. Pale. Superb value. £8.40 We know that everyone has had a very difficult year and a half – but a little wellpriced, quality wine with a smile goes a long way. À votre santé!

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INTRODUCING THE ROARING ‘20S PROJECT! By Khrishma Preston, The Alternative Indian Hello everyone, I hope that with some welcome sunshine we all have some fun times ahead. Over the last few months, I have definitely been a busy lady. From slowly restarting my Tiffin service by feeding the lovely campers at the new local ecofriendly Wytch Wood Eco Campsite, to filling my calendar with a series of regular pop-ups in South Somerset and West Dorset, I hope to bring you a taste of what I can offer a party whether it’s curries, fusion, or street-food - we are here to help with any event.

Chicken wings supplied by Saunders Butchers, West Coker

Where possible I will now start using the more traditional thalis to serve up most of my meals. These stainless-steel plates are the go-to across the Indian continent. Each state of India (28 in total) has its own version of what a thali consists of; they can vary in the number and type of items served. They can feed a quick lunch, add a couple of small bowls and small plates and suddenly you have a three-course meal or more. They are generally a set meal, including your starters, side and main, often a sweet or two as well. Keep a lookout for pictures of my food served out of these amazing versatile plates on my social media pages. In other news, I had a wonderful opportunity to take part in The Roaring 20s Project, thanks to the fabulous ladies at The Kitchen Garden Somerset. The Roaring 20s Project is the creation of the amazing Matt at Food Envy Photography to explore and highlight the effect of Covid-19 lockdown on the lives of those working within the food and hospitality industry. The primary concept is to showcase the frustration, confusion, strength and resilience of industry figures through photographic portraits. It also references ‘The Roaring Twenties’ when the early part of the twentieth century saw the world suffering through the Spanish flu pandemic and First World War resulting in slowing economies and the closing down of whole sections of society. The project started in London and the ladies at The Kitchen Garden Somerset took notice and approached Matt to further use the project to champion women in food and - in particular - in Somerset. With the help of New Cross Farmhouse as a venue (they also have their own amazing survival and adaption story), the team put together an amazing group of local businesses that have shown flexibility and strength to bolster their business through the challenging beginning to the 2020s. Keep an eye out for further updates on all the other amazing Chefs via Food Envy Photography website or my social media pages. With that said, I now want to focus on this month’s recipe – Indo-Chinese Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings: a quick and easy marinade that can be used for any type of chicken either in the oven or over the BBQ. Best on thighs, legs and wings, though there is nothing stopping you using this recipe for a whole roast chicken, just make sure you get some of the marinade in between the breast meat and skin to maximise flavour. They can be a quick lunch, and also work well as a side or main meal. Whichever way you use this recipe, do make sure the chicken is cooked through to 75C for at least two minutes in the thickest part and the juices run clear.

Indo-Chinese Sweet Chilli Chicken Wings Prep time 5 mins

Cook time 25 mins



Approx. 700g chicken wings

Honestly, this recipe is so easy and quick there really isn’t much prep beforehand. It’s ideal for a lastminute dinner idea or can be left to marinade in the fridge overnight. Take the chicken out the fridge to reach room temperature prior to it going in the oven. If you are putting it back in the fridge to marinate, try to get it back in the fridge as soon as possible once you’ve added the marinade.

3 garlic cloves, minced ½ inch root ginger, minced ½ tsp turmeric powder 3 tsp cumin-coriander powder ½ tsp cinnamon powder 1½ tsp chilli powder 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp garam masala ½ cup sweet chilli sauce White, brown and black sesame seeds, for serving Spring onion, sliced, for serving

Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Add marinade to chicken and ensure it is well coated. Place the wings on the BBQ or in the oven at 180C fan and cook for about 25 mins (for a whole chicken refer to the cooking instructions) until the skins starts to char. Check the internal temperature and that the juices are running clear, then plate and sprinkle with sesame seeds and spring onion before serving.


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Main Agent for Viking Cruises

By Heather Muir, Manager – Miles Morgan Travel, Yeovil As a main agent for cruise holidays, we are delighted that many lines have now either returned to sea or have plans to return shortly. Even during the pandemic our cruise business has continued to grow with customers making bookings right into 2023 so that they have something secured to look forward to. As an agent we always like to inspire you with our products and this month we focus on Viking Ocean Cruises. Viking, the small ship experts, offers award-winning journeys across Scandinavia and Northern Europe, the Mediterranean, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Culturally enriching, with opportunities to explore more, both on board and on shore, a Viking journey allows you to immerse yourself in each destination. Every Viking Ocean ship is designed for discovery. Elegant and spacious, it offers serene Scandinavian-inspired interiors and the best views in the world. A state-

of-the-art Nordic spa that is open to all, offering sanctuary for body and soul. A stylish collection of bars and restaurants, each one different, every one superb, and all included. Best of all, every stateroom has not just a view, but also a veranda on which to sit and enjoy it. Home to just 930 guests, the ship is both generously spacious and wonderfully intimate. With so much knowledge in this sector, we have many customers and staff who have cruised with, and loved, the Viking experience, so please contact one of our cruise specialists for firsthand knowledge and expert advice. Prices start from £1390pp and cruises are on sale now for departures up to 2024! Early booking is strongly recommended.

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CYCLING OUR WAY THROUGH SUMMER HOLIDAYS By Tim Saunders, Travel Correspondent With a young family, the first day of the holidays is always stressful. This year though, it is perhaps even more so because we have been home schooling for weeks and therefore around each other far more than we otherwise normally would be. Then of course there is the continued threat that Covid-19 has not actually gone away. It’s still there lurking. So common sense must prevail. In our family that means we have made the decision not to travel too far. Hopefully, this situation will change in time but that’s our plan for the foreseeable future. That outlook brings a whole new level of planning because our three little rascals; Harriett (10), Heidi (8) and Henry (5) need entertainment. They have bags of energy. So, Caroline and I have agreed to take them out every morning and then to head back home in the early afternoon. This is especially important when cycling and kayaking because Henry is smaller than the others and only has so much energy. We have planned ahead and purchased bike and kayak racks and another tandem kayak. We load my little 19-year-old Ford Fiesta up with two bikes on the roof, two on the boot and Henry’s in the boot. ‘It’s like a mechanical donkey,’ quips my dad. When driving you wouldn’t even know that it was carrying all this weight. It does take time to load and unload but as long as you don’t rush all is fine.


We head for Gosport where there is a cycle path leading to Stokes Bay. Parking by the roadside we unload and all enjoy a carefree cycle ride, with Henry leading the way. It’s a glorious day with a light breeze. In time we reach Alverstoke Crescent Garden, which beckons us to sit under a large tree and have a snack. This is a lovely, well maintained garden with a water fountain. There are hollyhocks and this reminds me of part of a poem I read only the other night by Edgar A Guest. ...The garden of my boyhood days, With hollyhocks was kept ablaze; In all my recollections they In friendly columns nod and sway... ‘There are twenty volunteers looking after these gardens,’ one of them tells us as we head out. ‘Usually, throughout the year we run plant sales and there’s tea and coffee but Covid has put paid to that. We even have to use our own tools at the moment.’ Despite these circumstances, the garden looks vibrant and we feel all the better for our visit. It’s good to see lots of people out and about enjoying the weather and chatting. Down the road we discover another little park with a symmetrical design, pagodas and a lovely pond where we spy a beautiful blue dragonfly and a smaller orange one. A perfect spot for our picnic. ‘It’s like being abroad,’ smiles Caroline.

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The Conduit Interview

The Conduit wanted to find out what it’s like to work as a volunteer. Judy Griffiths volunteers as an English tutor with The Rendezvous Youth Charity. The Rendezvous’ Education project, based in Sherborne and Yeovil, offers free one-to-one tutoring in Maths and English Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills to young people aged 16-25 who missed out on qualifications at school the first time round. What do you do for The Rendezvous Youth Charity? I’ve tutored one-to-one English since 2016. I initially joined Rendezvous as a mentor, then that developed into tutoring when a young person came along and said he needed his English so he could go to university. I thought I could help him, and even though English isn’t my subject I felt I could do this. How would you describe the role of a one-to-one tutor? It’s about developing a rapport – being non-judgmental, willing to listen, encourage and praise even for the smallest of things. Saying ‘well done’ is really important, so the young person feels more and more that you’re on their side – you are there for them and believe they can do it. Can you tell us a bit about some of the learners you work with? I’ve tutored young people of all ages since I started. In September 2019 I began tutoring a Syrian refugee in her early twenties with two small children. She had the disruption of lockdown, but she has just passed both English and Maths Level 2 which we are both so over the moon about. She’s very focused on going to university to do IT. What do you get out of your role as a volunteer? It’s a complete joy for me seeing the young person achieve – the same joy as I had for teaching. It has honestly been the highlight of my week especially over Covid.

What background did you have and what made you get involved? I had taught for thirty years and loved my job as a teacher and a counsellor. I had settled into retirement and felt ready for something new. I read a Rendezvous leaflet and thought straight away this is the time and the place - I’m now going to act! Do you need to have been a trained teacher? No, not necessarily. It’s one-toone, so you don’t need to know how to handle a classroom. The tutors work together and share resources and advice. I tutor English but I taught social sciences, and English is not my subject at all – it’s probably the thing I had least confidence with at school! So if I can do it then most people can. It’s more important to be able to build a rapport and show kindness than anything. What qualification does Rendezvous offer? The qualification is called Functional Skills and it’s very practical and it’s recognised by employers. It relates maths and English to everyday life, such as comparing special offers in shops, or writing letters and emails. So no, as long as you have a reasonable level of English or maths yourself and common sense, you can do it I would say. What’s it like being part of The Rendezvous? It’s a privilege to be part of The Rendezvous. I love belonging to the group of volunteers – Julie the learning manager is an absolute star and it’s fabulous being part of a wider organisation that supports young people. What would you say to someone thinking of being a tutor? Give it a try – you might be completely brilliant!!! If you have an interest in

helping youngsters, this is a practical and worthwhile way to do it. The Functional Skills qualifications prepare people for life – they learn to apply the maths and English skills that they need. If you’d like to apply to be a volunteer tutor for The Rendezvous, Julie and Faye would welcome your enquiry by email at Learning@ More information can also be found at be-a-tutor/.

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THE ARRIVAL OF KING CHOLERA By Tracey Warren, Stoodley and Son

In my last article I described the issues surrounding burials in London and the impact on public health: thousands of people being buried in overcrowded churchyards, unscrupulous gravediggers and the effect on the bereaved. London was on a knife-edge, the capital city became a sprawling metropolis of rich and poor, the divide had never been greater. The assumption that London’s streets were paved with gold and that fortunes were to be made was often met with the stark reality that the roads were paved with something else: effluent animal or human, the stench of the tanneries, slaughter houses, tallow boilers, and waste being thrown onto the street. Add to this the pestilent Churchyards, and you can only imagine what it was like to live, work and even just survive in some of the most deprived areas of London. During the first half of the nineteenth century, the death rate in Britain’s cities was higher than at any time since the Black Death. It was under this shadow that cholera arrived. Cholera comes from the deadly bacterium Vibrio Cholerae. It was first seen in Bengal in 1816 during the Anglo-Nepalese War (The Gurkha War). The disease then spread at an alarming rate, with over 10,000 British troops dying during the first recorded pandemic in India. It was first seen in England in 1831, again spreading and causing deaths across the country. London’s first major cholera outbreak struck in 1831 when the disease claimed 6,536 lives, bear in mind this was in areas of severe overcrowding and unsanitary conditions and, of course, overflowing churchyards.

A second epidemic hit in 184849 and killed 14,136 people. The third outbreak from 1853-54 killed 10,738 people. The final epidemic killed 5,596 in 1866, all in the East End of London, an area that had not yet had the new ‘sewer system’ installed in the streets and houses. In less than thirty years, cholera had claimed over 40,000 victims in London, all of them being buried in their local churchyards, and thus adding to the cycle of infection. With primitive diagnosis, many thought the disease was caused by miasma – noxious air caused by decomposition of animal and human waste. This stench would permeate the air and infect anyone coming into contact with it. Miasma theory wasn’t new, it had stemmed from the Middle Ages and the spread of the plague; nosegays and scented pomanders were worn to fend off this killer disease. The famous plague nursery rhyme ‘Ring a Ring o’ Roses’ has the line ‘A pocket full of posies’ referring to putting scented flowers in your pockets to ward off the plague.

drew their water from a longhandled pump. Unbeknown to the users, this well was dug three feet away from an old cesspit.

is boiled in part so that hops can be added, this boiling process killed the cholera bacillus.

Waste water from washing nappies from a baby that had contracted cholera had escaped into the cesspit and infected the water. As more and more people contracted it, so it spread. People usually died within twenty-four hours of showing severe symptoms, and the nature of the illness meant it spread rapidly.

Based on all the evidence, John Snow successfully petitioned the Board of Guardians of St James’ Parish and on 8 September 1854 the handle of the pump was removed. Today in Broad Street a replica pump and commemorative plaque stands, ironically, outside the John Snow public house, a constant reminder of the spectre of cholera.

There was, however, one significant anomaly, none of the workers in the nearby Broad Street brewery contracted cholera. The workers were given a daily allowance of beer, so they did not consume water from the nearby well. During the brewing process, the unfermented beer

The tipping point had now come; it was finally recognised that churchyards overflowing with bodies were infectious, and the public would stand for it no longer. However, it would take an Act of Parliament and the burial of a prince to finally close London’s churchyards forever.

A famous London physician, John Snow, published a paper in 1849 entitled ‘On the Mode of Communication of Cholera’. He identified that cholera was caused by an unidentified germ cell, transmitted from person to person from drinking water. The breakthrough came in 1854. An outbreak occurred around Broad Street in Soho, London, and within two weeks it had claimed 616 people living in the district, 127 of them living on Broad Street. Snow decided to test his theory of cholera being waterborne and plotted every death on a map – bang in the middle of the map was the Broad Street pump. This was the main drinking water well where people


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There are many varied requests for help received at the Somerset & Dorset Family History Centre but one of the more unusual concerned a medallion with the name of a dog ‘Sergeant’ followed by his owner’s name and address - Symes, Graythwaite, Highmore Road, Sherborne. On the reverse was the motto ‘I help my pals’ - The Tailwaggers Club. The medallion was found amongst the belongings of a member of the Symes family but by now mystery surrounded both the identity of the owner and of their dog named Sergeant. The medals are dug up regularly by metal detectorists in fields up and down the country. The Tailwaggers Club was founded in 1928 and more than 200,000 dogs were enrolled enabling £20,000 to be donated to help the work of the Royal Veterinary College. On enrolment, the medallion, together with a certificate, was issued to each dog. The medallion would be attached to the collar and was an excellent form of identification. By 1930, the Tailwaggers Club was able to offer financial support to the newly-formed Guide Dogs for the Blind. Finding out who might have owned Sergeant and lived in Highmore Road proved problematical. Highmore Road is on the northern edge of Sherborne, right next to open countryside. It is a road

mainly of bungalows but none of them still bear the name ‘Graythwaite’. All local enquiries drew a blank until an old directory of Yeovil and the surrounding area, dated 1938, came to light and there was ‘Miss Winifred Symes, Highmore Road’. Margaret Winifred, known as Freda, was the youngest daughter of Constance and Frederick Symes. Freda was born in 1884 at Nether Cerne, a tiny dot on the map deep in the Dorset countryside, where her father was a farmer. He died when Freda was 12 and her mother took her four daughters to live in Ealing in Middlesex, a complete contrast to rural Nether Cerne. Freda began nursing at Frimley Cottage Hospital in Surrey and went on to train at the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford becoming a state registered nurse in 1921. It seemed likely that perhaps she might have taken up a nursing post at Sherborne’s Yeatman Hospital. By searching through old newspaper reports, it came to light that she did nurse in Sherborne, though not at the Yeatman, as supposed, but served the town for seventeen years as a health visitor. She began in 1921 and on her retirement in 1938 she was presented with an ‘up-to-date suitcase and hatbox

in recognition of all the good work she had done for the children and babies of Sherborne’. However, with the outbreak of war she went back into nursing for a further nine years, as a tuberculosis health visitor for New Holland in Lincolnshire. By studying old family photographs belonging to the Symes family, it appears that West Highland terriers were a favourite breed within the family - so was Sergeant a ‘Westie’? It does seem most likely.

Nature From time to time we like to share some special moments in nature happening around us and we couldn’t resist this beautiful photograph of the Silver-washed Fritillary photographed at Alners Gorse, Haselbury Bryan, Dorset. Photographer Colin Lawrence took this striking image of the male and the very rare female aberration which is called Valesina! The Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly is our largest fritillary and gets its name from the beautiful streaks of silver found on the underside of the wings. The bright orange male is quite distinctive as it flies powerfully along woodland rides, pausing only briefly to feed or investigate anything with an orange hue that could be a potential mate. The rare female variant Valesina is a spectacular form that occurs in a small percentage of females, where the orange-brown colouring is replaced with a deep olive-green. The legendary lepidopterist, Frederick William Frohawk, was so taken with this form, that he named his only daughter after it. 41

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What goes through your mind when you’re on a trail or footpath? Dinner, shopping, work stuff, the football? Do you ever get that feeling that you know you’ve moved through a certain area, but can’t recall having been there? How much attention do you pay to the route that you’re taking, to the environment, the textures, sights and sounds of your surroundings? I had one of those moments, I was lost in thought. I was thinking about a book contribution I’d agreed to write and how intimidated I was at the calibre of the other contributors. I lost about half a mile of my route; I don’t recall a thing about that part of my stroll. The topic of my article ‘Nature as a Reflective Partner’. Oh the irony. With this in mind, I invite you to take a more immersive approach to your next excursion. I don’t mean the sort of journey where you’re trying to get somewhere and have a deadline. I mean the sort where the activity itself is the focus, the purpose. Before you set off, pause and check in on your state; how you feel. Note any areas of tension, concerns you may be carrying. The nonphysical baggage we pick up each day. As you set off, note the space with all of your senses. Maybe leave taste out of it but focus on the rest. • Look around, the ground, the sky, the canopy of trees if you are in a wooded space.

• Finally, what can you hear, try and identify three different sounds in the environment. What this does is create a sense of presence, you’re conversing with your senses and waking them up to be more observant. Paths that are familiar can then offer up more because you’ll be open to noticing. Taking time to pause and focus in on tiny things, lichen on a tree trunk. Tiny flowers in fractal patterns that are so abundant we forget to look at the individual flowers seeing only the sea of white clusters. If you can, pause to gaze up into the canopy offered by the trees or check out what the clouds are doing. Move past the temptation to try and predict if it’s likely to rain and appreciate the shapes, colours, shadows and movement they offer. Follow the path of a bee or bird, safely of course. Notice the gaps and potential trails used by our more nocturnal neighbours. If you can sit safely, try pausing with eyes closed to hone in on the birdsong and feel the air moving around you. Finally, when you return, try to resist the urge to dash back to everyday life. Pause for a moment to recall what you noticed. Run through the same self-checks you did before leaving and notice what’s different. If you’re anything like me, you notice you feel that little bit better.

• Breathe deeply, noticing the scents around you, the quality of the air. • What can you feel, temperature, breeze, the clothes on your skin, your weight on the ground?


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